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Kentucky Oaks Winner Back This Weekend
Kentucky Oaks winner Lovely Maria (Majesticperfection-Thundercup, by Thunder Gulch) is set to have her next start in the US$300,000 Gr3 Delaware Oaks (8.5 furlongs) at Delaware Park on Saturday, reports Blood Horse. Lovely Maria, a two-time Gr1 winner after also capturing the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland in April, has reportedly been training well at Delaware Park where she most recently galloped five furlongs in 1 minute flat on Monday. "She is here and she is ready to go," trainer Larry Jones said on Tuesday. "Everything looks good right now. I am not saying we got her cranked up to 110% or anything, but surely we think she is ready and good to go." He added: "We are ready to kick off the second half of the year campaign starting right here. From here, we are thinking the Alabama, and from the Alabama, if we are still doing well, we are just going try to figure out how to get to the Breeders' Cup." The Gr1 Alabama Stakes for 3YO fillies will be run at Saratoga racecourse on 22 August.