How dazzling was Paradise Woods in the Santa Anita Oaks?
Put it this way – if she runs the same race next month at Churchill Downs, it will take a good filly to beat her in the Kentucky Oaks.
Paradise Woods ran a mile and a sixteenth in 1:42.53, a blazingly fast clocking over the Santa Anita surface. Her official Beyer Figure will be published Sunday; a preliminary estimate is 100-plus.
The winning margin of 11 and three-quarter lengths was the largest winning margin in at least 22 years.
Paradise Woods made the lead, as expected, set the pace comfortably while jockey Flavien Prat sat still, and powered away. This was only the third start of her career, and her first around two turns.
Abel Tasman, odds-on, broke well but completely lost interest early. She lost ground rallying wide, and was up for second. It Tiz Well finished third.
Unique Bella would have had her hands full with Paradise Woods, who must might be the best 3-year-old filly in the country based on her runaway win in the Santa Anita Oaks.