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Oaks to pit Star Billing against Nereid

Updated: July 14, 2011, 2:48 PM ET
By Steve Andersen | Daily Racing Form

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Trainer John Shirreffs has a deep team of 3-year-old turf fillies this summer in the stakes winner Star Billing and the improving Nereid.

With the Southern California calendar offering frequent opportunities for that division, some trainers would be tempted to split the two, running one in Saturday's $250,000 American Oaks over 1 1/4 miles on turf at Hollywood Park and another in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap over a mile at Del Mar on July 24.

But since ...

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