Review of the Honey Bee Stakes, (GIII), at Oaklawn Park on March 9

The Grade III event is part of the Championship Series on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks, with the top four finishers earning qualifying points (50-20-10-4) toward a berth in the Oaks.

Race 9. Honey Bee Stakes, (GIII). For three-year -old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. Purse $200,000.

Entries:

PP Filly Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Perfect Reins Richard Eramia Steven Asmussen 15/1
2 Motion Emotion Jon Kenton Court Thomas Van Berg 3/1
3 Sunset Wish Ramon Vazquez Michael Stidham 6/1
4 Bizwhacks Mario Gutierrez Doug O’Neill 12/1
5 Chocolate Kisses Orlando Mojica Mark Casse 4/1
6 Power Gal David Cohen Mark Casse 9/2
7 Raintree Starlet Alex Canchari Brian Williamson 6/1
8 Ultimate Mo David Cabrera D. Wayne Lukas 12/1
9 Marathon Queen Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steven Asmussen 6/1
10 Best Kept Secret Kevin Smith Benard Chatters 30/1

Power Gal has raced around two turns at Oakland, which provides her with an advantage. time. In her 3-year-old season  stakes debut in the Martha Washington, a two-turn mile race, Power Gal surged past three rivals in the final quarter mile while racing four wide. The move is especially impressive considering mile races at Oaklawn feature a short stretch. Power Gal will race at the 1 1/16-mile distance for the first time. She has recorded two strong works at Oaklawn since Martha Washington. She should be stalking the lead pack through the first 7 furlongs. She will start her kick around the turn for home. She should finish in top two.

Chocolate Kisses who finished fourth in last year’s Darley Alcibiades Stakes (GI) at Keeneland and enters off a clear victory in a January 18 allowance-optional claiming race on the Fair Grounds turf. She should finish on the board.

Marathon Queen ran second in the Martha Washington. She will be making her third start. She has posted six solid workout since January 1. She should improve over her two starts. In her two starts, she stalk the leaders till the turn for home. She will make a solid return to the track but not enough to finish on the board.

Raintree Starlet won the six-furlong Dixie Belle Stakes February 16 at Oaklawn. She has started three times in 2019 and has recorded three wins. She broke her maiden on January 14 at Hawthorne going sic furlongs then followed with an allowance claiming optional win at Oaklawn on January 25 going 5 1/2 furlongs. She has speed and should be dueling for the lead. She has never raced passed 6 furlongs or around two turns. She should not be a factor at the wire.

Motion Emotion will try stakes company for the first time after a pair of impressive front-running wins at Oaklawn, most recently a 6 3/4-length, front-running triumph in a February 17 allowance-optional claiming race. She has never raced passed 6 furlongs or around two turns. She should not be a factor at the wire.

Sunset Wish won the Take Charge Brandi Stakes at Delta Downs. She ran fourth in the Martha Washington. She also has speed and should be dueling for the lead. She has never raced passed 6 furlongs or around two turns. She should not be a factor at the wire.

Marathon Queen broke her maiden easily going six furlongs at Fair Grounds. She then ran second in the Martha Washington after pressing the pace every step of the way.  She should be forwardly placed. She should be a factor at the wire.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Power Gal
  • Marathon Queen
  • Chocolate Kisses

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