Adventuring Finds Winner’s Circle In Dueling Grounds Oaks

Once around the undulating course at Kentucky Downs, Adventuring braved the yielding ground and a field of six others to find the winner’s circle in the $500,000 Dueling Grounds Oaks. In making nearly post a winning one, the 3-year-old daughter of Pioneerof the Nile gave jockey Joel Rosario his fourth win on the first day of racing at the Franklin, Ky., track.

Adventuring and Serene, both owned by Godolphin, broke fastest, with Rosario putting his filly on the lead as James Graham on Serene was content to take up third positon, with Oliviaofthedesert in second. Adventuring held onto the lead for much of the race, setting a manageable pace of :26.10 for the first quarter, :51.49 for the half-mile, and 1:16.89 for six furlongs. Rosario gave the filly a breather about halfway through the 1 5/16-mile Dueling Ground Oaks, allowing Oliviaofthedesert to briefly take over the front as they approached the final bend. Entering the long Kentucky Downs stretch, Rosario easily put Adventuring back on the lead, with Oliviaofthedesert and Serene still second and third.

Down the stretch, Adventuring was able to hold on to her lead on the outside despite challenges from Viburnum and Oliviaofthedesert. She crossed the wire 1 3/4 lengths in front, with Viburnum, Oliviaofthedesert, and Inthewinnerscircle rounding out the top four.

The final time for the 1 5/16-mile Dueling Grounds Oaks was 2:12.33. Find this race’s chart here.

Adventuring paid $4.20, $2.80, and $2.60. Viburnum paid $13.80 and $8.20. Oliviaofthedesert paid $6.00.

Bred in Kentucky by her owner, Adventuring is out of Hard Spun mare Questing. She is trained by Brad Cox. With her win in the Oaks, she improves to three wins in eight lifetime starts for career earnings of $449,100.


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