Venetian Harbor Takes Her Show on the Road

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By Emily Shields

The $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) tops an impressive Friday card at Oaklawn Park. The 1 1/16-mile race will pit 2019 Eclipse Champion Two Year Old Filly and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner British Idiom against the Southern California sensation Venetian Harbor.

#2 Venetian Harbor (2-1) has won two consecutive races at Santa Anita by a combined 20 lengths. The sophomore daughter of Munnings is trained by Richard Baltas, and broke her maiden by 10 ¾ lengths December 29 after running second in her debut on the grass. She added the Las Virgenes (G2) on February 8, defeating Gingham and Stellar Sound by 9 ¼-lengths. Flavien Prat was aboard that day and is back for this.

#10 British Idiom (5-2) was unbeaten going into 2020 after taking her maiden race at Saratoga, the Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland, and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita. After being crowned the best of the crop at the Eclipse Awards in January, British Idiom ran second as the favorite in the Rachel Alexandra (G2) at the Fair Grounds. Brad Cox trains the filly, who will be piloted once again by Javier Castellano.

#4 Lake Avenue (15-1), one of two Bill Mott trainees along with #5 Harvey’s Lil Goil (12-1), is a Grade 2 winner who has won two of five starts, but has yet to win this year. She was most recently third in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) at Gulfstream Park March 28, defeated by Swiss Skydiver.

#3 Swiss Skydiver (6-1) was a 3 ¼-lengths winner that day, her first victory since breaking her maiden at Churchill Downs in November by more than five lengths. Kenny McPeek trains the Daredevil daughter.

All of the other runners are double digits on the morning line. #7 Shedaresthedevil (12-1) makes her third start for trainer Cox, and most recently won the local prep for this, the Honeybee (G3), over #14 Alta’s Reward (12-1), who was a two-time winner at the Fair Grounds this year.

There are six stakes races at Oaklawn Park this weekend, and all will be available to watch and wager live with TVG.

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