When Dovescry wins Oaks for Allard brothers
August 03, 2019
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When Dovescry and Simon Allard took control after the quarter and went on to win decisively in the 94th edition of the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks final for three-year-old trotting fillies Saturday, August 3 at The Meadowlands. The Muscle Hill filly, out of Breeders Crown champion Cedar Dove, trotted a lifetime best 1:50.2 on the way to her seventh victory in 13 career starts for trainer Rene Allard.
Drawing post five in the 10-filly field, Simon Allard left with When Dovescry at the start, taking control from 55-1 Southwind Casha after a :26.4 opening panel. The leader would set the pace through a :54.4 half and was comfortably in front at three-quarters (1:23). Turning for home, When Dovescry powered down the lane, opening up a margin that Millies Possesion and Asiago could not overcome. The official time shaved more than a second of the filly’s lifetime best.