HOT SPRINGS, AR – A full field of 14 fillies fit for a fight headlines Friday’s card at Oaklawn Park in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3), and with a total of 170 Kentucky Oaks (G1) qualifying points on the line, the stakes are high.
Headlining the event is #10 British Idiom, the Eclipse Award winner as 2 Year Old Champion Filly following a pair of Grade 1 scores in the Alcibiades Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. The Brad Cox trainee has made one start so far in 2020, finishing a distant second in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G2).
#2 Venetian Harbor is likely to draw considerable interest at the betting windows. The 3-year-old daughter of Munnings is undefeated on the dirt, having won both starts over that surface (including the Las Virgenes Stakes [G2]) by a combined 20 lengths. Her regular jockey, Flavien Prat is traveling east from southern California to ride for trainer Richard Baltas.
#4 Lake Avenue won the Demoiselle Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct by 4 lengths last December while traveling 1 1/8 miles, but she failed to duplicate that success in her two prior 2020 starts. The Bill Mott trainee enticed Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez to ship in from the east coast.
Here is the full field for the Fantasy (click on each horse’s name to read an exclusive preview):
|Post||Horse||Jockey||Trainer||Morning Line Odds|
|1||Ice Princess||Kendrick Carmouche||Danny Gargan||20/1|
|2||Venetian Harbor||Flavien Prat||Richard Baltas||2/1|
|3||Swiss Skydiver||Brian Hernandez, Jr.||Kenny McPeek||6/1|
|4||Lake Avenue||John Velazquez||Bill Mott||15/1|
|5||Harvey's Lil Goil||Martin Garcia||Bill Mott||12/1|
|6||Kansas Kis||Florent Geroux||Ray Handal||30/1|
|7||Shedaresthedevil||Joel Rosario||Brad Cox||12/1|
|8||Ring Leader||Joe Talamo||McLean Robertson||30/1|
|9||Lady Glamour||Julie Burke||Kenny Smith||50/1|
|10||British Idiom||Javier Castellano||Brad Cox||5/2|
|11||Fire Coral||Tyler Baze||Steve Asmussen||15/1|
|12||New York Groove||Stewart Elliott||Mike Trombetta||20/1|
|13||Lazy Daisy||David Cohen||Doug O'Neill||20/1|
|14||Alta's Award||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||Steve Asmussen||12/1|