Twelve Fillies Vie For A Million Bucks in Belmont Oaks
By Margaret Ransom
At Belmont Park on Saturday, Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown will tighten the girths on a quartet of talented fillies for the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (GIT), a 1 ¼-mile test for sophomore fillies that drew a field of contenders from around the globe. Brown is seeking his third win in four years, having sent out Lady Eli to win in 2015, Minorette in 2014 and Alterite in 2013.
Peter Brant’s Sistercharlie will make her U.S. debut off a second-place finish in the Longines Prix de Diane (GIT) (French Oaks) at Chantilly. The Irish-bred daughter of Myboycharlie, who was purchased privately after that effort, is a dead-closer and just missed by a length in the 1 5/16-mile race. She’s only been in America for about a week, but, so far, has acclimated well, Brown said. She will break from the outside post with Hall of Famer John Velazquez in the irons and while not an ideal post normally, her late-running style helps her here.
Brant also owns Fifty Five, who was second in the Wonder Again Stakes (GIIIT) over this course a month ago where she was defeated by stablemate and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (GIT)… (more)