(Trainer Ken McPeek trains Crazy Beautiful / Photo by Gene McLean)
(Crazy Beautiful / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
From the Gulfstream Park Media Team:
Phoenix Thoroughbred III’s Crazy Beautiful rallied from last to score a convincing victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2), providing trainer Ken McPeek his second straight success in the 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
The Gulfstream Oaks was one of 10 stakes on Saturday’s program that was headlined by the $750,000 Curlin Florida Derby (G1) presented by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms at Xalapa. The Oaks is a Road to the Kentucky Oaks qualifying race that offered 170 points on a 100-40-20-10 scale.
Crazy Beautiful earned her way into the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs by following in the hoofprints of McPeek-trained Swiss Skydiver, who captured last year’s Gulfstream Oaks winner, who went on to beat the boys in the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico.
Ken McPeek — Crazy Beautiful (1st):
“We were here a year ago. I was really proud of that win,” McPeek said. “Maybe we can accomplish half as much this year.”
“I thought Jose rode her perfect today. He got her in a nice rhythm. I told him, ‘Don’t be in a hurry. Don’t force anything. Get her in a nice rhythm.’ He did that,” McPeek said. “She was a little farther back than she’s normally been, but she’s got a lot of turn of foot.”
Jose Ortiz — Crazy Beautiful:
“I just wanted to sit there and make sure she got into a good rhythm on the backstretch and she did. I saved some ground on the first turn and I saved some ground on the second turn,” said Ortiz following his third stakes victory of the afternoon. “Kenny told me that she was a nice filly, so I rode her with confidence.”