Coffeepot Stables’ homebred Farrell was the facile winner of Saturday’s G2 Fair Grounds Oaks, cementing her spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Oaks in five weeks’ time as she cruised under the wire 3 1/4 lengths in front of the field. The sophomore daughter of Malibu Moon has won her last four starts for trainer Wayne Catalano, all stakes, under the guidance of his son-in-law, jockey Channing Hill. Farrell covered 1 1/16 miles over the fast main track in 1:43.67.
She had to settle off of horses in third for the first time in her four-stakes series, but Farrell was completely relaxed under Hill’s reinsmanship, settling three-wide around the first turn and down the backstretch behind Daria’s Angel and Vexatious. Daria’s Angel set a modest first quarter in 24.09 seconds, then picked up her pace slightly to mark the half-mile in :47.55. Vexatious began to threaten Daria’s Angel entering the far turn, but Hill continued to wait, sitting chilly on top of Farrell.
Just as the three leaders were approaching the top of the stretch, Farrell took over command in a matter of strides, easily in front of Daria’s Angel and Vexatious at the head of the lane. Farrell continued to draw away from the rest of the field in the stretch, though drifting about a bit greenly late, and crossed the wire 3 1/4 lengths in front. Wicked Lick came up the rail from fourth to just nip Vexatious on the wire for second, and Daria’s Angel faded to fourth.
Bred in Kentucky, Farrell is out of a daughter of Unbridled’s Song. Her worst finish was in her very first start, when she was fourth, and she has not been off the board since, recording five wins and a third in her seven-race career. Overall, Farrell will bring earnings of almost $ 600,000 into the Kentucky Oaks, where she may well be the favorite on the first Friday in May.
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