Review of Indiana Oaks(G3) at Indiana Grand on July 13

The Grade 3, $200,000 Indiana Oaks at Indiana Grand in Shelbyville, Ind., has assembled the largest group,14, of 3-year-old fillies in the 24-year history of the race. Only 12 will enter the starting gate for the Indiana Oaks.

Race 8. Indiana Oaks(G3). For three-year-old fillies at 1 1/6 miles on dirt. Purse $200,000.

Entries:

PP Filly Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Kim K  Brian  Hernandez, Jr. Peter Miller 6/1
2 Drinking Dixie  Deshawn L. Parker Thomas Amoss 15/1
3 Shacklette  Martin Chuan Dale Romans 20/1
4 Sundaysatthebeach  Gabriel Saez Brendan Walsh 8/1
5 Street Band  Sophie Doyle J. Larry Jones 5/2
6 Blessed Again  Jon Kenton Court John Henry Prather, Jr. 12/1
7 High Regard  Corey J. Lanerie Victoria Oliver 12/1
8 Sally’s Curlin  Channing Hill Dale Romans 30/1
9 Chocolate Kisses  Shaun Bridgmohan Mark Casse 5/1
10 With Dignity  Julien R. Leparoux Ian Wilkes 8/1
11 Bye Bye J  Marcelino Pedroza Ron Moquett 20/1
12 Sweet Diane  Declan Cannon Eddie Kenneally 8/1
13 Hallawallah  Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steve Asmussen 10/1
14 Cloud Charmer  Deshawn L. Parker Timothy Hamm 30/1

Street Band last competed in the G1 Kentucky Oaks and was a winner in the start before that in the G2 $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks. Street Band has two wins in four starts for 2019. She should finish in the top two.

Chocolate Kisses was fourth in her last start in the G3 Wonder Again Stakes at Belmont Park on the turf. She has two wins in five outings for 2019. She won an  allowance optional claiming race on turf at Fair Grounds before rallying to a March 9 victory in the Honeybee Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park. Chocolate Kisses has been off the board in three starts since. She ran sixth in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland, placed seventh in the Kentucky Oaks, and was fourth—beaten 9 1/2 lengths on turf in the Wonder Again Stakes (G3T) June 6 at Belmont Park. She will need a honest pace to have a chance of having her picture taken. She should finish in top three.

Sweet Diane won an allowance optional claiming race in May. She placed in three consecutive stakes and was third in the Fair Grounds Oaks. She needs to be forwardly placed early and sit behind the pace setter. She needs a solid pace to increase her chances of being on the board. She is improving and should be on the board.

Kim K won the Barretts Debutante Stakes at Los Alamitos at 2. She ended her juvenile season with a 12th-place run in the Darley Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland. She has run her twice at Churchill this year. She went gate-to-wire going a mile on June 27.

With Dignity is moving up in class. She has two starts and has 2 wins. Her last race was an $75,000 allowance optional claiming race at Churchill Downs on June 2 at 1 1/16 miles on dirt.  She should be following the field and try to pass tired horses turning for home. She should finish in top five.

Bye Bye J in 2019 has started 5 times with a record of 2-1-0. She finished sixth in her last race the Adena Springs Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. She likes to stalk the leaders in mid-pack for the first half of the race. She should start pressing the pace around the turn for home. She should finish in top six.

Blessed Again broke her maiden at Oaklawn on April 12,2019. Since then she has won an allowance optional claiming race at Oaklawn and ran seventh in the Lone Star Park Turf Stakes, Black Listed.  She has never raced in her 7 starts in a graded stakes. She is moving past her class level. She should follow the top horses across the wire. 

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Street Band
  • Sweet Diane
  • Chocolate Kisses

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