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2011 Kentucky Oaks Undercard Results

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Victoria's Wildcat wins the 2011 Eight Belles Stakes
Victoria's Wildcat

Victoria's Wildcat wins the 2011 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
The $100,000 Eight Belles Stakes (G3) featured a field of 10 three-year-old fillies sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. Arienza, a daughter of Giant's Causeway out of Azeri, was the 5-2 favorite off her 2nd place finish in the Fantasy Stakes (G2). 4-1 Hoem Sweet Aspen went to the lead exiting the chute and set fractions of 22.02 and 44.57 while being stalked by 13-1 Honey Chile down the backstretch. On the turn, Honey Chile made her move and gained the lead through 3/4 in 1:09.84. However, she tired late as 7-1 Victoria's Wildcat, last early, rallied down the center of the course to win going away by 2 1/4 lengths over Home Sweet Aspen in 1:23.03. It was just a nose back to Honey Chile third, while Arienza failed to fire and was 8th.

Winning trainer Bob Hess said, "This is what we always thought we had, and it has finally all came together. She bruised her foot in January and we lost some time with her. She's going to be a neat filly the rest of the year and next year. She's very healthy. We'll sit down and talk about what's next - maybe something in New York or here."

Jockey Kent Desormeaux added, "Bob has been putting me on horses since 1990. It sure is good to win one for him. The first 100 yards out of the gate I got hazed. She was having trouble switching her leads and she fell back behind them. But she got it going and in the end it unfolded just like I'd hoped. It helps when you've got the horse to do it. It's like going for that hole and having the hole go faster than you. Today we were fast enough to get right on through."

Results chart from DRF

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