Plum Pretty wins Kentucky Oaks: Blind Luck bounces back in La Troienne Stakes

Peachtree Stable’s Plum Pretty proved her 25 length win last time out in the Sunland Park Oaks was no fluke, taking the lead turning for home in the $1,000,000 Kentucky Oaks (G1), opening up daylight and holding on to win by a neck. It’s the second stakes win for the 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, sold for $130,000 by Kirkwood Stables, Agent, at the 2010 OBS March Sale. She’s now 5-3-0-2 with earnings of $761,200.

Last year’s Kentucky Oaks winner, Mark Dedomenico LLC, John Carver, Peter Abruzzo & Jerry Hollendorfer’s champion Blind Luck, returned to Churchill Downs on Friday, and after stumbling at the start, stormed from last to first to win the $333,900 La Troienne Stakes (G2) by half a length. Fellow OBS graduate All Due Respect (March ’09, August ’08, October ’07) checked in third. It’s the first win of the year for the 4-year-old daughter of Pollard’s Vision, consigned to the 2009 OBS April Sale by Omega Farm, Agent. The 2010 champion 3-year-old filly is now 19-10-7-2 and has earned $2,679,520.

Dogwood Stable’s Aikenite scored his second straight stakes win on Saturday in the $348,900 Churchill Downs Stakes (G2) on the Derby undercard, rallying down the stretch and getting up in the last jump to win his first graded stake by a nose. Two for three this year, the 4-year-old Florida-bred son of Yes It’s True is now 18-5-3-2 and has earned $688,635. He was sold first by Summerfield, Agent, at the 2008 August Sale before being purchased for $225,000 out of the Eisaman Equine consignment at the 2009 February Sale.

Spendthrift Farm LLC’s lightly raced Crown of Thorns was at his best on Saturday, taking the $147,000 Mervyn Leroy Handicap (G2) by a length and a quarter. It’s the second graded stakes win for the 6-year-old Florida-bred son of Repent, sold by Cloverleaf Farms II and Brent Fernung, Agent, for $300,000 at the 2007 OBS March Sale. The win gives him a 10-3-4-1 record and $777,080 in earnings.

David and Margaret Wimer’s Daring Reality was ignored at 23-1 in Belmont’s $60,000 Wanda Stakes on Sunday , but the 3-year-old filly by Include came from off the pace and scored her first stakes win by a length and a quarter. Sold for $25,000 by Eisaman Equine, Agent, at the 2010 OBS April Sale, she’s now 8-3-2-1 and has earned $116,100.