(Jockey Florent Geroux / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)
From the Fair Grounds Media Team:
In a victory that held meaning beyond the purse and the points, Juddmonte Farms’ homebred filly Bonny South made a statement and provided an emotional salve when she rallied widest of all down the stretch to prevail in the $400,000 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) for 3-year-old fillies, the third and final local prep for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Contested at 1 1/16-miles, the Fair Grounds Oaks was worth 100-40-20-10 points to the top four finishers towards the Kentucky Oaks, which has been postponed until Sept. 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic. For trainer Brad Cox and the Juddmonte Farms team, Bonny South’s triumph resonated on a deeper level as she was the workmate of undefeated Taraz, who was euthanized following a training accident last month.
Trainer Brad Cox — Bonny South (1st):
“Obviously she’s a very nice filly,” said Cox, who won three graded stakes on Saturday’s card including the $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) will Wells Bayou. “She was a workmate to an unbelievably nice filly we lost a couple of weeks ago. This filly has just stepped up immensely. Even when we were walking up and handing her to the pony, we were like wow she looks like she is bigger and stronger. She is getting better every day.”
Jockey Florent Geroux — Bonny South:
“I ride her with a lot of confidence,” said Geroux, who also had a monster day with his win aboard Wells Bayou. “Last time out she beat a very nice filly. Today, of course, I thought about Finite, and how she has been running well. I was just hoping she would take a step down, and we would take a step up. The Oaks is usually in about 5 weeks, but we will have to wait a little longer. Hopefully she is still running in September.”
Assistant Trainer Scott Blasi — Finite (4th):
“She looked good at the top of the stretch then just didn’t go on like she usually does,” said Scott Blasi, assistant to Steve Asmussen, trainer of Finite. “She wasn’t her usual self today but we will regroup with her and go forward.”