2014 Pippin Stakes at Oaklawn

Oaklawn’s Pippin Stakes

Don't Tell SophiaNow it is time to preview the Pippin Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The Pippin is for fillies and mares, 4 year olds and upward going a distance of 11/16 miles for a purse of $100,000. I have to say that Oaklawn is my favorite track. I cut my horse racing teeth on Oaklawn many years ago. Back when jockeys Larry Snyder and John Lively, and many others I don’t have room enough to talk about, were regulars at the Spa. Those were the good old days friends. But these are the best days now!The morning line favorite in this short field of six is Philip Sims’ Don’t Tell Sophia, and a formidable favorite she is. She has only been off the board once in her last ten starts so she is a very consistent player. She was 2nd and 1st in her last two races at Churchill which both happened to be Grade 2 events. And she just popped a bullet work over the Oaklawn strip. As much as I hate to say anything good about a favorite her past performance speaks for itself.

CustodySecond in the ML is Mark Casse’s Dixie Strike. She has raced predominantly at Woodbine in Canada. She shows a 3rd place finish in a Grade 1 and a 2nd place finish in a Grade 3. She has not raced since November of last year so I am a bit wary of that.The morning lines third choice is Donnie Von Hemel’s Custody. She is coming off two allowance company wins at Remington Park. She was ridden out in her last which was somewhat impressive. I don’t know but it seems that the connections here are getting this one back in shape. She ran in a Graded Stakes in 2012 and wasn’t embarrassed there. She was laid off for almost a year before racing again. She seems to have the only early speed in this race so if she gets an uncontested lead in the race—look out.  After some consideration I have decided to go with Custody first, Don’t Tell Sophia second and Dixie Strike third. Good luck guys and gals! Also, be sure and check back with us over the weekend for our coverage of the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn on Monday.




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