Purebred Briland Farm Secret Vow (Arrogate) made another mark on her march to the GI Longines Kentucky Oaks, beating her foes in a 7 1/2-length fluency race in GIII Honeybee S. on Saturday at Oaklawn Park.
Prohibited favoritism, with GII Golden Rod S. Yugiri (Shackleford) the only other person the bettors wanted, Secret Oath had to be rebalanced after breaking a little in during the start and being the final final into the clubhouse like Option (Gunman) and Yuugiri engine joint at the front. A small part cares and races with her mouth open as they reach the back seat, the chalk settles better as it approaches the third column of eighths, but gets covered in a few steps like Ice orchid (Super Saver) Roll up three wide to join the fight. As Optionality begins to retreat at the fence, Luis Contreras grabs the Secret Oath, guiding her around her waning foe, shooting through a hole in Yuugiri’s left side and extending under a stick left hand to crush.
Contreras reports: “I had a great stay and good location. “I just sat right in the back and stayed [the three-eighths pole], she tried to pull me again. I can only wait and wait. I thought to go out, but I had another horse right there, so I stayed a little longer. When I saw the rails open and asked her to go, she took a huge action.”
For his part, Lukas does not rule out swinging in the fences in the coming weeks.
“She was nominated here [GI Arkansas Derby] and [GI] Kentucky Derby,” he said. “You know what’s really good here? The thing that makes me happiest is [Oaklawn] changed [the date of the Arkansas Derby] are from [three] week before the Kentucky Derby next year. Boy, if you’re training someone to be obedient, that’s another little note that I like. I’d love it if I had a pony. I love that five-week break. But if you have a dirty thing, you’re going to have to say, ‘Wow!’ You will have a little more time. “
Maiden winner got 5 1/2 lengths on second ask while trying first two at Churchill on Halloween, Vow of Secrets came in fifth in Golden Rod Nov 27, but not sure Secured with 8 1/4-length short-distance walking allowance at this site on December 31. Dropped off at 1-2 at Martha Washington S. January 29, she has more than seven lengths. on Optionality on the wire and the like prevail on Saturday.
First-ranked winner for late Arrogate, Oath of Secrets is one of three winners from four races for her dam – also trained by Hall of Famer Wayne Lukas – with a half-dozen wins from 35 career start. Five of Absinthe Minded’s career achievements have come to this track, including the 2011 and 2012 Bayakoa S. runs, the 2012 Pippin S. and three GI Apple Blossom H finishes. Secret Oath has an unnamed 2-year-old boy, his half-sister Medaglia d’Oro and Absinthe Minded are expecting a pony of the son of Unbridled’s Song Map of Liam this season.
HONEYBEE S.-GIII$300,000, Oaklawn, 2-26, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:44.74, ft.
first-SECRET OATH, 122, f, 3, by Arrogate
Beat One: Absinthe Minded (MSW & MGISP, $607,747), by Quiet American
Second Dam: Rockford Peach, by Great Above
3rd dam: Strawberry Skyline, by Hatchet Man
GRADE 1 STORE WIN. Farm O/B-Briland and Robert &
Stacy Mitchell (KY); TD. Wayne Lukas; J-Luis Contreras.
$180,000. Lifetime record: 6-4-0-1, $465,167. Nick Werk
Rating: D. Click to view eNicks report & pedigree of 5 children.
2-Ice orchid117, f, 3, Super Saver – Singlet, by Real Quiet.
TYPE 1 BLACK, TYPE 1 BLACK. O / B-Shortleaf
Stability (KY); T-John Alexander Ortiz. 60,000 dollars.
3–Yugiri117, f, 3, Shackleford – Yuzuru, by Medaglia d’Oro.
O/B-Sekie & Tsunebumi Yoshihara (KY); T-Rodolphe Brisset.
Margins: 7HF, 1 3/4, 7HF. Odds: 0.30, 13.90, 3.60.
Also Ran: Free as a girl, Red Queen, Optional. Click to view Equibase.com chartthe PP of TJCIS.com or Free Equineline.com catalog style genealogy. VIDEO sponsored by TVG.