Paved Aims To ‘Regroup’ From Breeders’ Cup Trip In American Oaks

The trouble line for Paved explains her disappointing 12th-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf on a good course Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs: bumped, checked 1st turn.”

Draw a line through the race, says Michael McCarthy, trainer of the Quality Road filly, who is set to rebound in Saturday’s Grade I American Oaks at a mile and a quarter on turf at Santa Anita Park.

“Obviously we didn’t get the trip we were looking for on a turf course that wasn’t to her liking,” McCarthy said. “We’ll try to regroup on Saturday.”

Meanwhile, City of Light, the only runner to defeat Horse of the Year contender Accelerate this year, will work this weekend for a rematch with the John Sadler trainee in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26.

City of Light handed Accelerate a neck defeat in the Oaklawn Handicap on April 14.

The field for the $300,000 Oaks, race eight of 10 with a first post time of 12 noon: Colonia, Joe Bravo, 6-1; K P Pergoliscious, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Amandine, Mike Smith, 4-1; Princess Warrior, Brian Hernandez Jr., 6-1; Paved, Drayden Van Dyke, 3-1; Retro, Brice Blanc, 30-1; Competionofideas, Joel Rosario, 4-1; and Californiagoldrush, 5-2.

Kodiak West was scratched.

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