EVANS IMPACT LIVES ON OAKS DAY

Evans-bred remain prominent on big racing days.

Two Edward P. Evans Virginia-breds will be among the starters in the competitive fields of the American Turf and Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on Friday.  Blueskiesnrainbows and Colonial Empress, a half sister to likely Kentucky Derby favorite Bodemeister are Evans-breds starting in scheduled 14-horse fields. 



Colonial Empress is a 50-1 longshot in the Oaks starting as a maiden for trainer D Wayne Lukas who will give Corey Nakatani a leg up.  The filly is sired by Empire Maker, same as Bodemeister, out of Colonella by Pleasant Colony.  


Santa Anita Derby pacesetter Blueskiesnrainbows (rail) is another Evans-bred.  
At a better price at 5-1, Blueskiesnrainbows will make the American Turf his first start on the turf since last October at Santa Anita.  After running third in the Santa Anita Derby won by I’ll Have Another, Bob Baffert will shift the English Channel three-year old back to the turf in an excellent field of potential Virginia Derby starters that include turf performers Silver Max, Star Channel, Travel Advisory, Tones, Look At the Time and Howe Great.

Mike Smith gets the mount for the mile and sixteenth $200,000 American Turf (G2).