Bold And Fresh Upsets In Oaks
Aug 6

Bold And Fresh lived up to her name to haul down the giants in the three-year-old trotting filly division, Crys Dream and Jezzy, to win the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks this afternoon at the Meadowlands while Rick Zeron’s Lady Rainbow closed a ton to grab second.

Bold And Fresh wins the Hambletonian Oaks for George Brennan. (Lisa Photo)

Wincinnati received the first call off the gate for Yannick Gingras but was passed before the :27.1 first quarter by Sashay and Ron Pierce. That Yankee Glide miss hit the half in :55 and at that point Tim Tetrick pulled Jezzy off the wood to begin her challenge and she provided cover for Crys Dream and Luc Ouellette.

As the field neared the 1:23.3 third quarter Sashay suddenly went offstride and Pierce was able to get her away from the rest of the field. Crys Dream assumed the lead but could not hold off a late charge by Bold And Fresh who hit the wire first for George Brennan in 1:53.1.

Rick Zeron had his Muscles Yankee lass Lady Rainbow flying late to finish second while Crys Dream had to settle for third. Her stablemate Iron Lady was fifth while Jezzy took fourth.

It proved redemption on Hambletonian Day for Bold And Fresh’s owner Donald Bartling who had been involved in the ownership of her sire SJs Caviar who wasn’t eligible to compete in the Hambletonian during his three-year-old season.

“I owned part of SJs Caviar so I knew if she was anything like he was she’d be okay. It’s very special so thank you SJs Caviar,” noted Bartling from Timonium, Maryland.

“We had a dream trip today,” said trainer Doug Miller. “I knew he had never used her down the backside and that if he ever got loose she would be tough to beat in the stretch.

“We liked her last year,” he noted of her rookie season where she won once in six starts and earned $21,667. “She was hard to train and hadn’t been much when we left Florida. She got very sick in the middle of the summer so she started late and didn’t get a lot of starts in but I felt all along that she was a quality filly.

“She loves to rally, if she gets a trip and you can save her some she’s as good as any of them finishing.” It was the second Oaks victory for Brennan who won in 2004 with Silver Springs and the very first time he had ever driven Bold And Fresh. (Mike Lachance had guided her in the eliminations, where she finished second to Iron Lady and he elected to steer Iron Lady in the final.)

“She’s a nice little horse, there’s not much to her as you can see, but she felt really good behind the gate, I took a shot and left with her and put myself in a good spot, sat third.

"Timmy came up first over, Luc was second, I didn’t even have to pull then. I was able to sit until the top of the turn and when I got her out at the top of the stretch she felt like she was going to go right by,” explained Brennan.

Owner Donald Bartling (with trainer Doug Miller to his right) accepts the Hambletonian Oaks trophy. (Lisa Photo)

“Doug Miller, the trainer, told me there’s times in a mile you might have to help her out. She got a little rough through the lane and I did have to help her. She got a little rough on me, I got her through it and she showed what kind of professional she is and trotted right through it.”

A $40,000 yearling at Harrisburg, Bold And Fresh was bred by Claudean Cone of Georgetown, Kentucky. From the Garland Lobell mare Odre Coucou, a winner of $60,000 during her racing career in Quebec, the filly is a half-sister to $427,000 winner Coulantine who was also trained by Miller during her career.

With her victory today, Bold And Fresh is now 5-2-0 in nine starts this year for $491,000 in earnings.


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