2015 Pippin Stakes

Pippin Stakes at Oaklawn

Spring In The AirLet’s preview the Pippin Stakes at Oaklawn for fillies and mares, four year olds and up going a distance of 11/16 miles for a purse of $100,000. The morning line favorite is Karl Broberg’s Honey’s Ryan with Luis Quinonez in the irons. This horse loves to be on the lead, but I’m not so sure she can get the distance. Her last race was a win at a mile and seventy yards at Remington where she showed the liking for being on the lead and the muddy going. Second choice in the ML is Mark Casse’s Spring in the Air with Ricardo Santana in the saddle. This one is essentially dropping out of the graded stakes races where she liked to stalk the pace. I have my questions about her. Her last win came in the Grade 3 Hendrie at Woodbine in Canada. After that win, she ran several grade 3’s and didn’t do bad but did not win. Then she was laid off from August until November, but then ran decently in a Grade 2 race. Maybe she just needs a little easier company to get the victory.

Courageous JulieThird in the morning line’s selections is Karl Broberg’s second entry in the race Diva’s Diamond with Ramon Vazquez up. Diva likes to lay just off the pace and then pounce. However she hasn’t had much Stakes experience. In fact she was beaten by her stable mate Honey’s Ryan in her last start. So this race is a fairly tough one to handicap but here is the way I see it. It looks to me as if the Broberg stable mates are the two horses with any front end speed in the race. But I believe that if Spring in the Air is not hurting that her back class gets her to the wire first. D Wayne Lucas’ Courageous Julie will be second with Diva’s Diamond coming in third. Happy Horse Pickin Gals and Guys!



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