Tapit’s 3-year-old filly Diva Ash took the lead going into the first turn and never trailed again to win the $113,800 Edgewood S. (G3) by 1 ½ lengths on Friday, May 6, Kentucky Oaks Day, at Churchill Downs (VIDEO
After taking the lead, Diva Ash led the field of eight through fractions of :24.87, :50.92 and 1:15.60 while running unopposed on the front end. Turning for home, Diva Ash spurted away and was not threatened in the lane, covering the 1 1/16 miles on turf course rated “good” in 1:45.93.
"It worked out really well,” said winning rider Kent Desormeaux. “We thought if we could get the easy lead, take it. But I tell you, she was pressured all the way from the half-mile pole. She had to run so she was very capable. The pressure came at the half-mile pole and she was ready for the action."
“Handicapping the race ahead of time I knew there wasn't going to be a lot speed,” echoed trainer Dale Romans. “Kent came to the paddock and asked permission to let her run away from the gate if no one went with her and we said it would be fine. It ended up perfect because they were going so slow and he was out there. He just had too much horse left."
Diva Ash, a Kentucky-bred, is out of the Boundary mare Positioning, improved her record to 3-2-1-0 and her bankroll to $100,459 with Friday’s $68,439 winnings.