Emollient wins the American Oaks on turf debut

Filed on 15 Jul 2013 @ 08:19

Hollywood Park, 14 July 2013

Juddmonte homebred adds second Grade One to her tally

Favored Emollient (Empire Maker) made an extremely successful turf debut, winning the Grade One American Oaks on Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Making her first start since failing at 4-5 in the Grade Two Black Eyed Susan May 17 at Pimlico, Emollient fought off Emotional Kitten, another shipper, through the stretch to win by a half-length.

Owned and bred by Juddmonte Farms, Inc. and trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Emollient, a three-year-old Empire Maker filly out of the Touch Gold mare Soothing Touch, won for the fourth time in eight starts. Her second Grade One success – she captured the Ashland by nine lengths April 6 at Keeneland – increased her earnings to $656,900.

Positioned just behind the slow pace set by Sarach and Macha, the 1-3 finishers in last month’s Grade Two Honeymoon Handicap, Emollient joined the leaders outside with about a half-mile remaining, got the advantage in midstretch, then was game to repel the bid of 8-1 shot Emotional Kitten, who was seeking her third consecutive victory for owner-breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Wesley Ward.

Rallying outside the winner, Emotional Kitten, who had earned her two recent wins by a nose on the turf at Keeneland and Pimlico, finished three-quarters of a length in front of 14-1 outsider Topic, a maiden winner June 13 over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf.

Filed on 15 Jul 2013 @ 08:19