Shane’s Girlfriend Best in Iowa Oaks

SHANE’S GIRLFRIEND( f, 3, Adios Charlie-Western Tornado, by Proud Citizen ), freshened since a fifth-place finish as the favourite in the Feb. 25 GII Rachel Alexandra S. at Fair Grounds, returned in sharp form to annex the GIII Iowa Oaks Thursday night at Prairie Meadows. Sent postward as the 9-5 second choice, theA Doug O’Neill trainee broke alertly and was in a bit tight as stretch-out sprinter Swing and Sway( Maclean’s Music) intersected over to set the pace through fractions of: 24.12 and: 48.01. Determining patiently as Iowa-bred Chanel’s Legacy( Dominus) went on the attack, she angled out turning for home and rallied to rating comfortablyA over longshot Babybluesbdancing( Sky Mesa ), who overhauled the tiring pacesetters to complete the exacta. Shane’s Girlfriend captured her first two starts, including a powerhouse 13 1/4 -length triumph in the GIII Delta Princess S. last November. A respectable third behind the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained ‘ TDN Rising Star ‘ duo of Unique Bella( Tapit) and It Tiz Well( Arch) in the GII Santa Ynez S. in January, she never genuinely got involved in the Rachel Alexandra and sent to the sidelines for the spring. The bay’s second dam is a half-sister to MGISW Critical Eye( Dynaformer ). Western Tornado rendered a filly by Uncaptured in 2016. Sales History: $95,000 2yo OBS June’ 16; Lifetime Record: MGSW, 5-3-0-1, $419,200.

O-ERJ Racing, LLC, W.C. Racing Inc. and O’Neill, Dennis. B-Ocala Stud( FL ). T-Doug O’Neill.

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