TDN Kentucky Oaks Contenders

Venetian Harbor

2) VENETIAN HARBOR (f, MunningsSounds of the City, by Street Cry {Ire})
O-Ciaglia Racing LLC, Highland Yard LLC, River Oak & Dominic Savides. B-Colts Neck Stables LLC (Ky). T-Richard Baltas. Sales History: $110,000 yrl ’18 KEESEP; $205,000 RNA 2yo ’19 OBSAPR. Lifetime Record: GSW, 3-2-1-0, $163,400.
Last Start: 1st GII Las Virgenes S., SA, Feb. 8
Next Start: GII Santa Anita Oaks, SA, Apr. 4
Equineline PPs. KY Oaks Points: 10.

Quite a coup for the Coolmore stallion Munnings as his offspring have landed in the top two spots in the first-ever TDN Kentucky Oaks Top 10.

Venetian Harbor began her career with a second-place finish on the grass in a maiden special weight race in November at Del Mar. It wasn’t until trainer Richard Baltas tried the dirt with her that she showed her potential. She crushed her opponents, winning a 6 1/2-furlong maiden at Santa Anita by 10 3/4 lengths. A stiffer test came in the GII Las Virgenes S., and she handled it easily with an electrifying 9 1/4-length win.

For her, there are still some questions that have to be answered. There are several other top Oaks threats in California and most of the top fillies stayed away from the Las Virgenes. That’s one of the reasons Venetian Harbor was sent off at 3-10 in the race. How will Venetian Harbor fare when she faces tougher company? And, so far, Venetian Harbor has relied on her early speed to just run away from her opponents. Depending on who else shows up and how much speed there is in the race, that sort of style may not be a good fit for the mile-and-an-eighth Oaks.


1st GII Las Virgenes S.
1st Maiden
2nd Maiden
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