Phoenix Thoroughbred III’s Crazy Beautiful tops a field of nine in the $300,000 Grade 3 Delaware Oaks at Delaware Park this Saturday. The Oaks has been carded as the eighth race with an approximate post time of 4:45 p.m.
In her most recent effort, the Kentucky-bred trained by Kenneth McPeek posted a 1 3/4-length score in the mile and a sixteenth Grade 2 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita May 30.
“She is doing great,” said trainer Ken McPeek. “We could not be happier with this filly. She handled the race in California pretty handily, so hopefully we will be able to pull off the coast-to-coast bookend and pull off the Santa Anita to Delaware Park double. The Delaware Oaks is a real good spot for her. The money, the grade and the timing are all what we are looking for. We are excited that Mike Smith is coming back to ride her and I suspect she will be tough.”
Previously, the daughter of Liam’s Map was unplaced in mile and an eighth Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on April 30. In her two other outings this year, she won the mile and a sixteenth Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks by 2 ¼-lengths on March 27 and finished second in the one mile Grade 2 Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park on February 27.
Last year, she posted a record of two wins and two seconds from five starts which included a second in the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland and a second in the Grade 3 Pocahantas Stakes at Churchill Downs. She closed her 2020 campaign by finishing sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Filly at Keeneland.
Her connections are intending to use the Delaware Oaks as springboard for further engagements this summer in upstate New York.
“Absolutely, there is no question and after the Delaware Oaks, she will ship to Saratoga,” McPeek said. “If she runs well, she might comeback in the Coaching Club or we may skip the Coaching Club and run in the Alabama. We have not decided that yet, but she will be definetly be headed to Saratoga.”
She has a career record of four wins and three seconds from nine starts with earnings of $520,865.
|1||Orbs Baby Girl||A R M Racing||Anthony Margotta||Mychel Sanchez||120||15-1|
|2||Exogen||Nautical Racing||Miguel Penaloza||Mychel Sanchez||116||15-1|
|3||Midnight Obsession||Main Line Racing||John Servis||Joe Bravo||118||4-1|
|4||Juror Number Four||Cash is King &LC||Brittany Russell||Sheldon Russell||116||6-1|
|5||Hybrid Eclipse||Magic Oaks||Linda Rice||Jorge Vargas||116||10-1|
|6||Leader of the Band||SMD Limited||John Servis||F. Pennington||116||8-1|
|7||Crazy Beautiful||Phoenix Thoroughbred||Ken McPeek||Mike Smith||122||6/5|
|8||She a Hot Mess||Cantrell Family Partner||Brett Brinkman||Angel Suarez||116||12-1|
|9||Baby Gundin||Bra-Gar Stables||Antonio Machado||Jamie Rodriguez||116||15-1|
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