2021 Coaching Club American Oaks at a Glance

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Malathaat, above winning the Longines Kentucky Oaks, looks like a standout for the Coaching Club American Oaks July 24 at Saratoga Race Course. (Eclipse Sportswire)

There are not many starters in the Coaching Club American Oaks, but there is one very big standout. In Longines Kentucky Oaks winner Malathaat, the CCA Oaks has attracted an undefeated, 5-for-5 filly who will try to become the 15th filly to sweep both the Kentucky Oaks and the CCA Oaks and to become the fourth CCA Oaks winner in the last six years to become the champion 3-year-old filly.

Coaching Club American Oaks

Racetrack: Saratoga Race Course, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Date: July 24
Purse: $500,000
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Race: 5
Post Time: 3:23 p.m. ET
Notable winners: Guarana (2019), Monomoy Girl (2018), Songbird (2016), Princess of Sylmar (2013), Ashado (2004), Sky Beauty (1993), Lite Light (1991), Open Mind (1989), Mom’s Command (1985), Bold ‘n Determined (1980), Davona Dale (1979), Ruffian (1975), Chris Evert (1974), Summer Guest (1972), Shuvee (1969), Dark Mirage (1968), Twilight Tear (1944), and Top Flight (1932).
First held: 1917

1. Malathaat (2-5 morning-line odds): On paper, as one would expect from an unbeaten multiple Grade 1 winner, she will be very tough to beat and a huge odds-on favorite. She’s already beaten two of her three rivals, though that might be the lone concern for her. With no one having sharp early speed, there could be a rather slow early pace for her to chase as Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher takes aim at an eighth CCA Oaks win.

JOCKEY: John Velazquez; TRAINER: Todd Pletcher

2. Maracuja (6-1): She was seventh in the Kentucky Oaks, 7 1/2 lengths behind Malathaat, and hasn’t raced since then. With her late-running style, it’s hard to like her chances in a small field given the likelihood of a slow pace.

JOCKEY: Ricardo Santana Jr.; TRAINER: Rob Atras

3. Rockpaperscissors (15-1): She won her last start by 9 3/4 lengths, but the difference between that off-the-turf allowance win at Indiana Grand and facing Malathaat is a challenge about as tall as the Adirondack Mountains. If anything, she probably will be the early pacesetter and, with a top-notch rider like Luis Saez aboard, that could make her a threat to land in the exacta.

JOCKEY: Luis Saez; TRAINER: Rodolphe Brisset

4. Clairiere (9-5): She looms the main rival for Malathaat. A Grade 2 winner, she was fourth in the Kentucky Oaks, 3 ¼ lengths behind the winner, and was a closing third in the Mother Goose Stakes after a stumbling start. It seems like a simple boxed exacta with her and Malathaat, but the pace prevents it from being a no-brainer wager.  

JOCKEY: Irad Ortiz Jr.; TRAINER: Steve Asmussen

THE PICK: Malathaat

Predicted order of finish: 1-4-3-2


2021 Coaching Club American Oaks
July 24th, 2021

Winning Time: 1:49.29
  • Purse: $500,000
  • Distance: 1 1/8 Miles
  • Age: 3 yo
  • Surface: Dirt
  • Winning Time: 1:49.29
Results
Win
Place
Show
1st
2 Maracuja
$31.40
$6.00
2nd
1 Malathaat
$2.10
3rd
4 Clairiere
4th
3 Rockpaperscissors
Payoff
Pick 3
6-2-2
6-2-2
$698
Pick 4
4-6-2-2
4-6-2-2
$6,690
Pick 5
6-4-6-2-2
6-4-6-2-2
$30,147
Daily Double
2-2
2-2
$124
Exacta
2-1
2-1
$35
Payoff
Pick 3
6-2-2
6-2-2
$698
Pick 4
4-6-2-2
4-6-2-2
$6,690
Pick 5
6-4-6-2-2
6-4-6-2-2
$30,147
Daily Double
2-2
2-2
$124
Exacta
2-1
2-1
$35

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