08/27/2009 11:00PM

Doremifasollatido stands out


There are seven 3-year-old fillies entered in Sunday's $75,000 New York Oaks at Finger Lakes, but it would be a major surprise if a horse other than Doremifasollatido wins.

Although winless in four starts this year, including a second as the 8-5 favorite in the restricted Fleet Indian at Saratoga nearly a month ago, Doremifasollatido has faced vastly superior company than the six rivals she will face in the 1 1/16-mile Oaks.

Last season, she was good enough to win the Grade 2 Matron at Belmont Park and earned a trip to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. She hasn't done better than a pair of seconds in four starts this season, but trainer Jimmy Jerkens has found an ideal spot to provide a boost of confidence.

Her runner-up finish in the Fleet Indian looks good when you consider the fifth-place finisher, Silvercup Baby, came back to win the Union Avenue at Saratoga, earning an 88 Beyer Speed Figure.

Jerkens rarely ships in to Finger Lakes, but the last time he did, he won last year's Niagara with 6-5 favorite Karakorum Katie.

A forecast that calls for rain in western New York throughout the weekend could enhance the chances for an upset by Sapphire Sky.

Based at Belmont with trainer David Donk, Sapphire Sky is 4 for 4 over wet tracks, including a dominant win in the Biogio Rose at Saratoga on Aug. 21.

Donk doesn't do very well, however, wheeling back winners on short rest, going just 1 for 8 with horses returning in 14 days or less, according to DRF's Formulator. He has also chosen a rider, J.M. Rohena, who is 0 for 19 in stakes races the last five years.

Aside from Sapphire Sky, whose career-best Beyer of 90 compares favorably to Doremifasollatido's last-out figure of 89, no other filly in the Oaks has a dirt Beyer within 18 points of the favorite.