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Doyle Makes Indiana Oaks History Aboard Street Band

Doyle Makes Indiana Oaks History Aboard Street Band

SHELBYVILLE, IN – Jockey Sophie Doyle became the first woman in history to win the $200,000 Indiana Oaks (G3) when her steed Street Band won Saturday’s edition at Indiana Grand.

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Breaking from post 5 under Doyle as the 3/1 second choice, Street Band stalked from midpack while the 2/1 favorite Kim K posted opening fractions of :23.83, :47.73, and 1:11.62. Splitting rivals at the 3/8 pole, Street Band made a strong sweeping move through the far turn and emerged at the top of the stretch with a growing lead.

Kept just to a mild drive in the stretch, the Larry Jones trainee crossed with an effortless 3 1/2-length advantage in a final time of 1:43.01 for the 1 1/16-mile event over the fast main track.

Sundaysatthebeach posed no threat for the winner but did rally past everyone else to take second by 1 1/4 lengths. Chocolate Kisses took third ahead of High Regard, while Kim K faded to fifth, a neck ahead of With Dignity, with the same gap between Hallawallah and Blessed Again for seventh. ShackletteDrinking DixieSally’s Curlin, and Sweet Diane completed the order of finish.

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Street Band’s win was her second at the graded level, having taken the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) two starts back in March. The 3-year-old daughter of Istan improved her record to 10-4-0-2 with $434,425 earned for Larry Jones, Cindy Jones, Ray Francis (who all co-bred her), Medallion Racing, and

Street Band returned $8.20 to win, $5.60 to place, and $3.60 to show. Sundaysatthebeach brought back $9.40 to place and $5.80 to show, while Chocolate Kisses paid $5 to show.

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