Lady of Shamrock Finds Room on Rail to Win American Oaks

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Lady of Shamrock Finds Room on Rail to Win American Oaks

The rail turned out to be Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith’s friend in Saturday’s $350,000 American Oaks at Betfair Hollywood Park. Last month, Smith blamed himself for finishing second on Paynter in the Belmont Stakes. Paynter was beaten by Union Rags, who snuck through along the rail in the final sixteenth. In the Grade 1 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on turf, Smith rode favored Lady of Shamrock ($5) to a convincing 1 1/4-length win after saving ground throughout the 1 1/4 miles.

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