Cathryn Sophia Gets Distance, Takes KY Oaks

By Tom LaMarra
LOUISVILLE, KY (May 6, 2016)-Cash is King's Cathryn Sophia rebounded from a third-place finish in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) with an impressive off-the-pace win in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 6 at Churchill Downs.

Ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer John Servis, Cathryn Sophia sat off the pace in fourth until the far turn when she made her move outside of the leaders. The 3-year-old Street Boss filly fanned very wide into the lane as Lewis Bay found room and rallied along the rail, but she pulled away in the final eighth of a mile to win by 2 3/4 lengths.

Land Over Sea rallied from far back to nip Lewis Bay by a neck for second, while Go Maggie Go checked in fourth. The final time for 1 1/8-miles was 1:50.53 on a track rated fast. Cathryn Sophia paid $11.40 to win.

Cathryn Sophia, bred in Maryland by Robert Manfuso out of the Mineshaft   mare Sheave, now has five wins in six starts. She was purchased for $30,000 by Cash is King from the Chanceland Farm consignment of the 2014 Fasig-Tipton September selected yearling sale.

Cathryn Sophia made a similar move to the lead on the final turn in the April 9 Ashland at 1 1/16 miles but gave up the lead late to finish a close third behind Weep No More and Rachel's Valentina. She headed into the Kentucky Oaks with questions about her ability to win beyond one mile, but she answered them emphatically.

"She improved so much since the Ashland," Servis said. "It looks like the only shot to beat her is to run with her."