09/29/2008 11:00PM

Synthetic aces head Indiana Oaks


Graded stakes winners Sky Mom and Golden Doc A, whose best performances came on synthetic surfaces, will try to prove they can be equally effective on dirt when they face nine other 3-year-old fillies in Friday night's Grade 2, $400,000 Indiana Oaks at Hoosier Park.

Sky Mom, who has not raced since winning the Grade 3 Arlington Oaks on Aug. 2, drew post 3, one slot outside Golden Doc A, who has lost five straight since capturing the Grade 1 Las Virgenes at Santa Anita in early February.

The Oaks, which will go as race 10 on an 11-race card that begins at 3 p.m. Central, also attracted Whirlie Bertie, the third-place finisher in the Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks last time out; Color Me Up, who nearly stole the Grade 2 Fitz Dixon Cotillion at 60-1 less than two weeks ago; and Shining Image, who stretches out from six furlongs to 1 1/16 miles after earning the best last-out Beyer Speed Figure in the Oaks field while just missing in the Miss Woodford at Monmouth Park.