With six of the seven sophomore fillies entered in Saturday's Grade III Arlington Oaks listed owning morning-line odds of 6-1 or less, it's safe to say the $150,000 race over 9 furlongs figures to be a contentious affair.
Slight favoritism in the wide-open race goes to Seaneen Girl (5-2). The Bernie Flint trainee is a graded stakes winner having captured November's Grade II Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs. Leandro Goncalves has been named to ride, and the pair will leave from the rail.
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Bold Kitten, trained by Wayne Catalano, last appeared when beating Illinois-restricted company in the $100,000 Purple Violet Stakes at a mile at Arlington. Leaving from the outside post, she will be ridden by Florent Geroux.
Another Illinois-foaled filly, My Option, also is using the Purple Violet as a steppingstone to the Oaks. The Chris Block-trained daughter of Belong to Me was just a half-length behind Bold Kitten in the June 1 race. Eduardo Perez gets the call.
Invading from Kentucky for Saturday's headliner is Sky Girl. The Paul McGee-trained daughter Sky Mesa carries a two-race win skein into the Oaks, with her most recent score being in a first-level allowance at Churchill Downs over a sloppy racetrack. Corey Lanerie will ride.
Others entered in the Oaks: Frivolous (Francisco Torres), a recent Churchill Downs maiden winner; Mary Bernice (Ronnie Allen Jr), who broke her maiden last out at Presque Isle Downs on July 2; and Gold Edge (Channing Hill), winless this year but a graded stakes victress over this course as a 2-year-old when taking the Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie.