2023 Saratoga Oaks: French invader Elusive Princess wins

Soft turf often plays to the strength of the Europeans and that is how it panned out in the 2023 Saratoga Oaks at a soggy Spa on Friday, when French filly Elusive Princess scampered through the mud to make her stakes breakthrough in fine style.

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Saratoga Oaks

G3, $400,000, 1m 3/16 turf, 3yo fillies

Princess wears the crown

It rained all over Saratoga’s parade on Friday but that suited the European raiding party, as French-trained Elusive Princess relished the soft ground in the 2023 Saratoga Oaks when making her stakes breakthrough from Irish filly American Sonja and Papilio, best of the home team.

The weather evidently made the 6-5 favorite feel right at home, as Elusive Princess rated patiently in mid-pack before delivering an irresistible challenge nearing the eighth pole. The horses on her inside drifted out and she ended up almost under the outside rail, but she had a ton in hand and cruised under the wire three and a quarter lengths clear, with a half-length separating American Sonja and second-choice Papilio.

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“She handled the ground and she was traveling really well the whole way around,” said jockey Flavien Prat, who began his career in France and has known trainer Jean-Philippe Dubois since he was a youngster.

Elusive Princess is now four-for-eight and will stay in the US, moving to the barn of Arnaud Delacour. The G3 Jockey Club Oaks at Aqueduct, over a mile and three-eighths on September 16, is a potential target.

2023 Saratoga Oaks Race Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Elusive Princess4.703.702.80
2. American Sonja 8.505.70
3. Papilio  3.20

Winning time: 1m 57.08s

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