By JENNIE REES
Jonathan Thomas made his training debut at Kentucky Downs a memorable one on Wednesday, taking the 1 5/16-mile, $300,000 Fifth Third Insurance Dueling Grounds Oaks with front-running Osare easily holding off the late-running Princess Warrior by 2 3/4 lengths. The triumph gave Eclipse Award-winning jockey Jose Ortiz his third win on the card to pull him into what became a three-way tie for the lead of the jockey standings with defending meet titlist Julien Leparoux and Tyler Gaffalione (who won the last race upon a disqualification) at six wins each heading into Thursday’s closing card.
The leader at each call of the race, Osare and Jose Ortiz, who won for the third time on the day, were in front by about a length throughout the sweeping far turn and extended their advantage in the stretch over hard-running second finisher Princess Warrior, trained by Kenny McPeek and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr.
“She was the right horse to do it,” Ortiz said of going wire to wire.
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