Travel Column Avenges Loss To Clairiere With Dominating Performance In Fair Grounds Oaks

OXO Equine’s Travel Column avenged her loss to Clairiere in the Grade 2 Rachel Alexandria with a dominating performance in Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks at Fair Grounds racetrack in New Orleans, La.

Ridden by Florent Geroux, the Brad Cox-trained 3-year-old daughter of Frosted was always prominent, tracking pacesetter Souper Sensation until cruising to the lead at the top of the stretch and drawing off impressively for the 2 3/4-length victory. She was timed in 1:42.75 for the 1 1/16 miles on a fast track and paid $6.20 as the favorite in the field of seven 3-year-old fillies. Moon Swag scratched.

Clairiere, the 3-1 second choice, was bottled up near the back of the field in the early going, rallied wide into the stretch and was up late to finish second, two lengths ahead of Souper Sensational, with Obligatory another 2 3/4 lengths back in fourth.

The top four finishers earned 100-40-20-10 qualifying points for the Kentucky Oaks, to be run at Churchill Downs on April 30.

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The victory was the third in five starts for Travel Column, who broke her maiden at Churchill Downs last Sept. 4 and then finished third in the G1 Alcibiades at Keeneland before winning the G2 Golden Rod at Churchill Downs in her 2-year-old finale, edging Clairiere by a length. She lost the Rachel Alexandra to that rival last out but proved superior in the Fair Grounds Oaks.

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