04/02/2017 1:30PM

Farrell raced with Kentucky Oaks distance in mind


NEW ORLEANS – It’s not that trainer Wayne Catalano was looking past the Fair Grounds Oaks with the 3-year-old filly Farrell, but Catalano definitely was looking forward. Before the race, Catalano instructed Farrell’s jockey – and his son-in-law – Channing Hill to have Farrell go strongly at least a sixteenth of a mile past the finish line. The Fair Grounds Oaks, which Farrell won by 3 1/4 lengths as an odds-on favorite, was contested at 1 1/16 miles, but the Kentucky Oaks, Farrell’s next start, will be run over 1 1/8 miles.