Streamline will be pointed for the $ 600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares April 14 at Oaklawn, trainer Brian Williamson said Sunday morning. The five-year-old mare provided Williamson his biggest career victory with a one-length decision over Eskenformoney in Saturday’s $ 350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles. The Azeri is the final major local prep for the Apple Blossom.
“She looks good,” Williamson said as he watched Streamline walk the shedrow Sunday morning. “She ate up and everything. So far, so good.”
The consistent Streamline – first, second or third in 16 of 17 career starts – is co-owned by Williamson’s mother-in-law, Nancy Vanier, 82, who also bred the daughter of Straight Line. Along with her late husband, Harvey, Nancy Vanier raced Straight Line (Boundary) to a pair of Grade 3 wins and earnings of nearly $ 500,000. The couple also bred and raced Streamline’s first four dams, all Illinois-breds.
Williamson called the victory, “special.”
Streamline, who has earned $ 601,566, has run in Oaklawn’s last seven two-turn stakes races for older fillies and mares. She won the $ 100,000 Pippin last year before finishing third in the Azeri and second in the Apple Blossom.
Streamline ran third in Oaklawn’s $ 125,000 Pippin Jan. 14 and $ 150,000 Bayakoa (G3) Feb. 18.
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