A pair of ultra-talented 3-year-old fillies, Stardom Bound and Rachel Alexandra, are on a collision course to meet in the Kentucky Oaks on May 1 at Churchill Downs. If both fillies win their final prep this weekend, it figures to be quite a showdown.
Stardom Bound, whose connections had Derby dreams earlier this year, has won five consecutive Grade I stakes — something the great Ruffian didn’t even accomplish — as she prepares for Saturday’s $400,000 Grade I Ashland Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday. Regular rider Mike Smith will again be in the saddle.
Meanwhile, Rachel Alexander will go in Sunday’s $250,000 Grade II Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. Calvin Borel will ride the filly, who’s won three consecutive stakes, none of which were Grade I’s.
So, if we’re fortunate enough to see these two young ladies square off the day before the Run for the Roses in the Oaks, who do you like?