Grade 1 test for Lassofthemohicans
A graduate of Keeneland’s 2013 September Yearling Sale, Lassofthemohicans has not run since a fifth-place finish in the Davova Dale (G2). Walsh opted to skip last Saturday’s Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2).
“I don’t know if she really liked the track down there,” Walsh said about the daughter of Indian Charlie. “The track is too speed-favoring and in the Davona Dale, I thought she’d be last at the three-eighths pole, but she hung in there. It was a funny track that day.”
In the Central Bank Ashland, which offers 170 points toward to the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs on May 1, Lassofthemohicans will race around two turns for the first time since November.
“She ran well here in the fall, and her first time going two turns at Churchill Downs, she was only beaten a length and a half by Birdatthewire and that was her third race around two turns,” Walsh said.
Birdatthewire, who also beat Lassofthemohicans in the Forward Gal (G2) in January, won last Saturday’s Gulfstream Park Oaks to emerge as the leading 3-year-old filly in South Florida.
In her runner-up finish in the Forward Gal, Lassofthemohicans picked up four points toward the Kentucky Oaks, which is limited to the top 14 point earners that pass the entry box. Points in the Central Bank Ashland are 100-40-20-10 for the first- through fourth-place finishers, respectively.