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Day of Victory Favored in Grace III Arlington Oaks
Lewis Lakin’s Day of Victory, third in the $250,000 Iowa Derby when racing against male rivals last time out, faces foes of her own sex when she heads to post as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the Grade III Arlington Oaks on Saturday. The $100,000 race at a mile and an eighth for 3-year-old fillies will be ninth of 11 races on the program that starts at 1 p.m. Central time.
A daughter of Victory Gallop, Day of Victory is one for six this year with her lone seasonal score coming in allowance company at Oaklawn Park in March. Since that effort, she has been competitive in stakes competition and ran second in the $50,000 Panthers Stakes at Prairie Meadows in June. Trained by Bob Holthus, she will have the services of the meet’s leading rider Rene Douglas and will start widest of the eight fillies entered.
Among those Day of Victory will have to beat Saturday are Heather Stark’s Sky Mom and Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Liz.
The former, a daughter of Maria’s Mon comes into the Arlington Oaks off a second-place finish in the Grade III Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows June 27. Previously, the Steve Asmussen-trained filly won the $50,000 Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park and the $200,000 WinStar Oaks at Sunland Park. Ramsey Zimmerman has been named to ride.
Dreaming of Liz already has two stakes victories under her belt this meet, capturing the $56,100 Double Delta Stakes on opening day May 2 and the $53,300 Sweetest Chant Stakes July 5. Trained by Wayne Catalano, she will be ridden Saturday by Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires.
Completing the field for the Arlington Oaks (with rider listed) are: Virginia H. Tarra Trust’s Apple Martini (Eduardo Perez); G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & St. George Farm’s Temper Temper (Jesse Campbell); Lloyd DeBruycker’s Rasierra (E. T. Baird); Glory Days Racing’s Miss Mafioso (Chris Emigh) and Anita Cauley’s French Kiss (Joe Johnson).