10/04/2012 2:28PM

Hoosier Park: Grace Hall fresh, fit for Indiana Oaks

Tom Keyser
Nearly seven weeks after mucus was detected in her lungs, Grace Hall will return to the races in the Indiana Oaks.

Grace Hall has been given a clean bill of health by trainer Tony Dutrow and will try to regain her form of old in the Grade 2, $200,000 Indiana Oaks on Saturday at Hoosier Park.

In her last out Aug. 18, Grace Hall finished far back in the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga. After the race, mucus was discovered in the 3-year-old filly’s lungs.

“It has been nearly seven weeks,” Dutrow said “She is doing good and is as healthy as ever.”

Grace Hall will be trying to win her third race of the year. She won the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks on March 31 and the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks on July 14. She won her first three races last year before finishing second to My Miss Aurelia in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies to round out her 2-year-old campaign.

The 1 1/16-mile Oaks is the perfect distance for Grace Hall, according to Dutrow.

“She is a Grade 1 winner at one turn and a multiple Grade 2 winner at two turns,” he said. “I think this distance suits her well.”

There is plenty of early speed in the nine-horse Oaks field but that is not a concern to Dutrow.

“She is very versatile and can handle any scenario,” he said. “She is an outstanding filly.”

Dutrow has no plans for Grace Hall past Saturday.

“We will just wait and see,” Dutrow said. “This could be the last race of her 3-year-old campaign. We will take it one race at a time.”

Ramon Dominguez will ride.

Eden’s Moon will be one of the pacesetters that Grace Hall will be chasing. Trained by Bob Baffert, Eden’s Moon has had the lead in five of her eight lifetime starts. Eden’s Moon won the Grade 2 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar on July 22 going a mile on the turf. In her most recent out Aug. 18, she finished fifth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks going 1 1/8 miles on the turf.

Rafael Bejarano retains the mount.

Wine Princess will be looking for her third consecutive win for trainer Steve Margolis. She won a one-mile Churchill allowance June 29. In her her most recent start on Aug. 11, Wine Princess won the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks in gate-to-wire fashion.

Shaun Bridgmohan will be back aboard Wine Princess, who will be coupled with Uptown Bertie.

The remainder of the Oaks field is Confession, Amie’s Dini, Holiday Soiree, Grace for Grace, and Chernomorochka.