Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Cathryn Sophia takes Oaks with stretch run

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Cathryn Sophia took charge in the stretch and rolled to victory Friday in the 142nd Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

After running third last month in the Ashland at Keeneland, she got a good start along with favorite Rachel's Valentina in the $1 million showcase for 3-year-old fillies. Cathryn Sophia found her opening at the top of the stretch, overtook the fading Lewis Bay and pulled away to beat Land Over Sea by 2¾ lengths.

Cathryn Sophia claimed her first Grade 1 win and gave trainer John Servis and Javier Castellano their first victories in the Oaks.

Cathryn Sophia ran 1⅛ miles in 1:50.53 and paid $11.40, $5.40 and $3.80 for her fifth win in six starts. Land Over Sea returned $6.60 and $5.20, and Lewis Bay paid $4.60 for show.

This Oaks featured a big what-if with the absence of unbeaten Songbird and how she might have fared against some of the fillies she has already beaten in her career. That scenario was erased with last month's scratch because of a fever, a move that opened up competition for the 14-horse field.

Rachel's Valentina finished sixth.

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