The American Oaks

12/31/2016 Santa Anita Park-Race 8

American Oaks-$300,000 Grade I Post Time: 4:00 PM PST

1 & ¼ Miles on Turf for 3 Year-Old Fillies

Analysis by Michael Patricks

A baker’s dozen of entrants will compete in the 15th running of the American Oaks on Saturday and it’s an event that’s shaping up as quite contentious on paper.  The morning line favorite will be the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained and Jim Rome co-owned Stays in Vegas, who began her career in northern California as a two year-old taking down the Juan Gonzalez Memorial in her debut, and also the Wine Country Debutante right here in Santa Rosa in her second career start.  With 10 placings in 12 career efforts, Stays in Vegas is by far the hardest hitter in the lineup and comes into this off her first triple-digit Beyer speed figure last time out in the Matriarch at Del Mar.  Will Stays in Vegas finally nab the oh-so-elusive Grade 1 she has coveted, or will there be another filly to steal the headlines?  Let’s handicap it:

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