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Saturday, July 21, 2012
Questing finds victory in CCA Oaks

By Claire Novak

Godolphin Racing's Questing earned the first Grade 1 win of her career and gave 19-year-old jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. the same when she took the $300,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks by 4 1/4 lengths at Saratoga Race Course July 21.

Ortiz piloted the 3-year-old daughter of Hard Spun to victory over Zo Impressive and 7-2 favorite In Lingerie with textbook style, refusing to allow Yara and jockey Joel Rosario to steal the 1 1/8-mile event on the front end. Placing his mount just behind Yara as she went an opening quarter through :23.21, Ortiz sent his Kiaran McLaughlin-trained mount up to grab the lead for a half in :47.65.

Questing rolled off the turn in command through three quarters in 1:12.20, and although she drifted out in the lane while clocking a mile in 1:37.16, the closers could not get to her. She slipped under the wire in the center of the track in a final time of 1:50.30.

Questing returned $9.80, $5.70, and $3.70 while Zo Impressive paid $3.80 and $2.60 and In Lingerie brought $2.40.

Bred in Great Britain by Darley out of the Seeking the Gold mare Chercheuse, Questing improved her career record to 3-1-1 from eight starts with earnings of $314,876. It was her second straight victory off a June 24 allowance optional claimer going a mile at Belmont Park; she took that event by 3 3/4 lengths.