Secret Oath wins Martha Washington in dominating fashion

HOT SPRINGS, AR – Briland Farm’s Secret Oath won as a 1-2 favorite when they tied to win Saturday’s $ 200,000 Martha Washington Stakes in dominant fashion and in the meantime earned 10 points for eligibility for the Kentucky Oaks ( G1) of 6 May.

Secret Oath settled in fourth place when Optionality established easy fractions of: 24 and: 48 2/5 for the first half mile. The winner dragged her jockey Luis Contreras to the lead by turning the round for home and from there the race was only for second place when Secret Oath led the way to win by 7 ¼ lengths in 1:46 1/5 to 1 1/16 miles on a preferential lane.

Optionality held for the second, 4 ¾ lengths in front of Piazza Como. They earned four and two points, respectively, for eligibility for the Kentucky Oaks, while Hypersport earned one point for finishing fourth. Kentucky Oaks is limited to 14 owners.

“I had an amazing trip,” Contreras said. “I had so much horsepower the whole ride. Once I took her outside the horses, he gave me everything he had. “

secret oath dominates the field of the 44th Martha Washington (Coady)

Secret Oath, an arrogant filly of three-time Oaklawn stakes winner Absinthe Minded, has won a third time in five starts and has now earned $ 285,167. The heavy favorite paid $ 3, $ 2.20 and $ 2.10.

The remaining races in Oaklawn’s Kentucky Oaks series are the $ 300,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) (85 points) on Saturday February 26 and the $ 600,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) (170 points) on Saturday April 2.

Live races resume on Sunday with a first post at 12:30.

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In the absence of Hall of Fame coach D. Wayne Lukas, Secret Oath was saddled by his longtime assistant, Sebastian “Bass” Nicola.

Winning jockey Luis Contreras: “She’s a really good filly. I had a really clean trip. I took a good break and the fractions weren’t really strong up front. I just tried to keep her covered as much as possible. She was arguing with me. She wanted to follow every single step of the race. I just tried to keep her covered behind another horse. When I put her out, she exploded. “

Winning coach D. Wayne Lukas: “It was a replay (of his last game) and it was what we were looking for. That consistency is now coming and we’re getting that maturity, as far as a professional racehorse is concerned. It was very manageable, but it was a little immature before. But I think now she is combining and we just have to make her happy and fat and we will go along the way. What was I thinking about during the stretch? ‘Oh boy, oh boy. Here it comes. ‘ I said, ‘Let it roll.’ When he made that big move, the fractions were so slow at first, I thought Steve (Asmussen) (Optionality )’s filly might just stay there because they were slow. I was a little worried, but not when she pulled up to their hips, back to their hips. I said, ‘When he (Luis Contreras) lets her go, she’ll roll over.’ “

Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr., second on Optional: “I saw that horse in three eighths (Secret Oath) and when I saw him (the jockey Luis Contreras) pass me so easily, I could never beat him. My horse ran well. Only second best.

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Photo: Secret Oath wins 44th Martha Washington Stakes: Coady Photography

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