Lear's Princess runs second in CCA Oaks(G1)
Lear's Princess nearly ascended to the throne of Grade 1 winner falling a half-length short in the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks(G1) at Belmont. Making her first start on the dirt, Lear's Princess broke alertly and showed more speed than normal in the mile-and-a-quarter race. Lear's Princess sat fifth just over three-lengths back after a quarter-mile in 23.4. Lear's Princess remained in good striking position through a half-mile in 48 flat. Jockey Eibar Coa asked Lear's Princess for run at about the three-eighths pole. She commenced a nice rally while running greenly in the stretch to finish a fast closing second.
Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said, "Well, for a filly making her first start on the dirt in a Grade 1 race that we weren't pointing for until a couple days ago, I thought she ran really well. Imagine what she might have done if she had some more experience over the surface. The filly continues to show her inexperience. She ran in fits and starts and still almost won. When Eibar was able to sit down on her and ride in the last sixteenth she really started to close the gap. I don't want to take anything away from the winner. She's now a multiple Grade 1 winner for a reason. She's a really nice filly and she was very game. Lear's Princess ran a winning race. We'll have to see what happens with Rags To Riches, but we might have to take a look at the Alabama now."
Jockey Eibar Coa said, "My filly was pretty sharp early. She was a little keen. I wanted to sit and make a run, but my filly was still pretty green. I never really got a chance to just ride her. She finally put it together in the last hundred yards and was getting after the winner.
This year's rendition was the fastest CCA Oaks since it was cut back in distance in 2004, this was the fastest running of the race. A three-year-old daughter of Lear Fan, Lear's Princess now has three wins and a second from four career starts. Today's race pushed her career bankroll over $159,000.
We will take a serious look at the $600,000 Alabama(G1) on August 18th at Saratoga for Lear's Princess' next start.