Back to back Oaks for Marietta
Darley Stable's homebred Marietta won the Arlington Oaks GIII on Saturday at Arlington Park in track record time under jockey Mark Guidry. It was her second Oaks win in a row after taking the Iowa Oaks GIII at Prairie Meadows on June 29. The 3-year-old filly shipped in to Arlington Park from her Saratoga barn and easily handled the stakes fillies over Arlington's All Weather surface, going off as the second choice in a field of seven. She broke well but was content to rate at the rear through a very soft opening quarter in :25.1. She began picking up horses on the far turn, going four-wide turning for home where she accelerated down the stretch to gain the lead and was never threatened thereafter, with Guidry wrapping up in the final sixteenth to complete the mile-and-one-eighth in 1:49.1.
The dark bay filly broke her maiden by four-and-three-quarter lengths at Keeneland on April 22nd of this year and has since won two of three Grade III races at three different tracks. She finished third in the Selene Stakes GIII at Woodbine on May 20th after a very troubled trip. Trainer Eoin Harty immediately chose to send her to Darley's Jonabell Farm in Lexington to spend ten days enjoying the bluegrass pastures before returning her to his Keeneland stable to prepare for her first stakes victory at Prairie Meadows, where she took the Iowa Oaks GIII by a length-and-three-quarters. Harty credited the relaxation time on the farm for improving the filly mentally and physically.
"She was ultra impressive today in track record time," said Harty. He indicated that he would take advantage of the grass paddocks at Darley's private training center located adjacent to Saratoga Racecourse for another bit of relaxation to sweeten the filly again before her next start.
The Machiavellian daughter was bred in Kentucky by Darley and is out of the Deputy Minister mare Minister Wife.
"She looks capable of bigger and better things," Harty said.