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Las Vegas, NV - Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky will play host to the Grade 3 Pure Romance Bourbonette Oaks this Saturday, March 21. A purse of $150,000 and a total of 85 qualifying points toward the Kentucky Oaks will be on the line for three year old fillies willing to go one mile on Turfway Park's All Weather track.
A wide open full field of 12 plus two Alternate Entries have been confirmed for the Bourbonette Oaks - race 10 on Turfway Park's Saturday card. Post time is 5:42 PM. Let's take a glance into the past performances of all 14 possible entries for this important Grade 3 stakes.
Sharla Rae - Doug O'Neill trained filly has eight career starts with four wins. Last time out was a win in the minor California Stakes at Golden Gate February 7 after a pair of off-the-board finishes including a ninth in the Grade 3 Delta Downs Princess Stakes in November. She also had a win in the minor Pike Place Dancer Stakes in October at Golden Gate. Sharla Rae has yet to place in three graded stakes starts and hopes to change that Saturday on a surface that she has a major advantage over the field. Drayden Van Dyke rides the 5-2 morning line favorite from post 9 in Sharla Rae's first start outside of California.
Harlan's Destiny - Wayne Catalano trained filly finished third in her debut and has reeled off four straight wins since - three restricted stakes scores. She enters off a win in the Eleanor Casey Memorial Stakes at Charles Town in December, an Allowance Optional Claiming score in November and wins in the West Virginia Triple Crown Nutrition Breeders' Classic and the Rachel's Turn Stakes. Harlan's Destiny hopes to keep an impressive run going in her first start in four months when she leaves from gate 6 with Channing Hill aboard.
Don't Leave Me - Malcolm Pierce trained filly started her career with two wins - a maiden score at first asking August 2 and an Allowance win August 22 - both results at Woodbine. She made an unsuccessful step up into stakes company last time out and finished a troubled sixth in the Grade 2 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine in September. Don't Leave Me hits the track for the first time in six months Saturday looking for a strong bounceback. Jose Lezcano rides from post 3.
Back Flip - Kelly Ackerman trained filly made her stakes debut last time out and finished a respectable third in the OBS Championship Stakes at Ocala Training Center January 27 after a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming and a maiden score in her third career start. She has improved in each of her last races and hopes to keep that trend going Saturday - from post 5 with Albin Jiminez guiding her.
Bossy - has six career starts for trainer Wayne Catalano with two wins and two third place finishes. She enters off a second in the minor Cincinnati Trophy Stakes on this track February 22 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score December 31 at Fair Grounds. Bossy steps into graded stakes action for the first time in good form from the outside post with Florent Geroux in the saddle.
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Sweet Success - will make her fourth career start Saturday after breaking maiden last time out - in her third career start. Before that win was a second and a fifth respectively in a pair of MSW races this past winter. Joel Rosario gets the call win Sweet Success' stakes debut - from post 7.
Flat Deposit - has five career starts for trainer Michael Maker with a win, which came in her debut and three third place finishes. She enters off a third in her stakes debut - the listed Cincinnati Trophy Stakes here February 22 and a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming January 26. Flat Deposit makes her graded stakes debut Saturday from gate 8 with Miguel Mena in the reins.
Walking The Kitten - Michael Maker trained filly won her first career start but has failed to place in three starts since. Last time out was a fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Gulfstream Park which followed a DNF after being pulled up in the minor Wait a While Stakes in November and a fifth in the Grade 3 Jessamine Stakes in October. Rafael Manuel Hernandez has been tabbed to snap the losing streak Saturday when Walking the Kitten add blinkers - from post 2.
Ride On Kitten - won her first two career starts for trainer Michael Maker including the minor La Senorita Stakes at Retama Park in October but has failed to place in her last two starts. Last time out was a fourth as favorite in the minor Cincinnati Trophy Stakes here February 22 after an eighth in the minor Ginger Brew Stakes January 3. Ride On Kitten makes her graded stakes debut hoping to snap a slump Saturday from gate 4 with Rajiv Maragh aboard.
Sweet On Smokey - has a win, a second and three third place finishes in nine career starts - Saturday marks her graded stakes debut. She enters off a third in the minor Busher Stakes February 21, a fourth in the minor Busanda Stakes in January, a third in an Allowance and a maiden score in her sixth career start - at Parx in November. Sweet On Smokey has been just OK in her career and looks to be in tough in this one. Alex Solis has the mount from post 10.
College Holly - Kenneth McPeek trained filly has a win, a second and a third place finish in four career starts. She finally broke maiden last time out - at Oaklawn Park February 1 after a sixth, a second and a third respectively in MSW races. College Holly makes a huge step up in competition Saturday from gate 11 with Shane Laviolette guiding her.
Urtheoneeyelove - has six career starts for trainer Scott Wilson and hasn't been worse than second in her last four. She enters off an Allowance Optional Claiming score February 27, a second in a similar race February 6 - both at Gulfstream Park. Before that was a maiden score here January 1 and a second in a MSW in December also on this track. She steps into stakes company for the first time Saturday in decent form when she leaves from the rail with Deshawn Parker in the irons.
Uncontrolled - Alternate Entry, Mark Hubley trained fully has just one career start - a maiden score on this track February 28.
Christie's Ready - Alternate Entry Charles LoPresti pupil has a win in two career starts - a maiden score last time out on this track after a fifth in her debut here December 21.
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