TDN Kentucky Oaks Contenders

Lake Avenue

7) LAKE AVENUE (TapitSeventh Street, by Street Cry {Ire})
O/B-Godolphin (KY). T-Bill Mott. Lifetime Record: GSW, 3-2-1-0, $191,000.
Last Start: 1st GII Demoiselle S., AQU, Dec. 7
Next Start: GII Davona Dale S., GP, Feb. 29 or GIII Honeybee S., OP, Mar. 7
Equineline PPs. KY Oaks Points: 10.

Trainer Bill Mott isn’t known for having top 2-year-olds, but he had one last year in Lake Avenue, a Godolphin homebred. She broke her maiden on Nov. 14 in her second career start, winning by 12 1/4 lengths and followed that with an impressive win in the GII Demoiselle S. at Aqueduct. Knowing how Mott takes his time bringing his horses along, this one probably hasn’t shown her best yet.

“We’ve tried not to overdo it with her,” Mott said. “She’s done what she has done with a normal training schedule and she brought us to those races. We didn’t push her into them.”

Lake Avenue has been a regular on the worktab at Mott’s winter base, Payson Park.

Lake Avenue may not be the best horse in the field if she makes it to the Kentucky Oaks, but she could be the best-bred. Her dam is Seventh Street (Street Cry {Ire}), the winner of the 2009 GI Apple Blossom H. and the 2009 GI Go for Wand H. In addition to Lake Avenue, she produced 2015 GI Malibu S. winner Marking (Bernardini).