QUEEN OF GOD WINS THE MAXIM CRANE WORKS BOURBONETTE OAKS
Florence, Ky., (March 14, 2020) – Winners Circle Racing Stable’s Queen of God was able to hold off the late charge of Pass the Plate to win Saturday’s $150,000 Maxim Crane Works Bourbonette Oaks (Listed) at Turfway Park.
Trained by Mike Maker and ridden to victory by Irad Ortiz Jr., Queen of God earned 20 points on the Road to the Longines Kentucky Oaks. Runner-up Pass the Plate earned 8 points, while third- and fourth-place finishers Impeccable Style and Laura’s Light earned 4 and 2 points, respectively.
Laura’s Light, the 4-5 race favorite, battled on the lead throughout the early running of the Bourbonette Oaks with 33-1 longshot Swanage. The duo dueled through the opening quarter-mile in :23.91 and the half in :47.64. Queen of God began her move at the three-eighths pole while tracking 3 1/2 lengths off the early leaders. Laura’s Light continued in hand around the far turn as Queen of God tipped three wide past a tiring Swanage. Ortiz and Queen of God were able to hold off a surging late run by Pass the Plate, who was very green in deep stretch under Florent Geroux, to win the Bourbonette Oaks by three-quarters of a length. Final time for the mile was 1:37.77.
Queen of God returned $15.60, $5.60 and $4.20. Pass the Plate paid $4.60 and $3.40 while Impeccable Style held third and paid $3.80.
A field of 11 3-year-old fillies contested the Bourbonette Oaks, with Laura’s Light, Las Ramblas, Kay Bee Gee, Baby Karats, Oxum Power, A Wicked Wildcat, Swanage and Fashion Code completing the running order. Mama’s Grey Ghost was an early scratch and Secretly Wicked was a late scratch at the gate.
Queen of God now boasts a career record of 7-4-0-0. The 3-year-old filly by Paynter was transferred to Maker’s care in early February.