FRANKLIN, KY – Three Chimneys Farm’s homebred Princesa Carolina engulfed her foes with a powerful rally before clearing away to be crowned the victor of Sunday’s $350,000 Fifth Third Insurance Dueling Grounds Oaks at Kentucky Downs.
Breaking from post 7 under Jose Ortiz as the 4/5 favorite, Princesa Carolina took back and watched as Indigo Gin set the pace, with Pep closest early. After the leaders completed the opening mile in 1:38.00, Princesa Carolina began slowly marching toward the front.
“I was trying to split horses, between Julien and Graham, but Graham didn’t have enough,” Ortiz said. “So I had to take back. I knew I could do it because I knew I had the amount of horse to do it. I felt like I had a lot of horse underneath me. I took her back and went wide, but I had a lot of horse to be honest. She’s a really nice filly.”
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