Emollient dominates Central Bank Ashland Stakes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Emollient shook off a week's rest to dominate the $500,000 Grade I Central Bank Ashland Stakes feature at Keeneland on Saturday.

Ridden by Mike Smith, the 3-year-old filly broke fast from 13th and didn't let up after setting the pace near the rail. The Kentucky bred ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.49 and returned $14.40, $8.40 and 5.80.

A week ago, Emollient finished fifth in the Grade II Gulfstream Oaks.

Tuttipaesi was nine lengths back and paid $5.80 and $4.40, while Kitten's Point paid $5.20 to show.

Emollient's second victory this year and third in six career starts earned $300,000 and 100 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in Louisville on May 3. Trained by Bill Mott, she entered the day with just four points in the standings.

Favorite Spring In The Air, who won last fall's Grade I Darley Alcibiades Stakes here, finished ninth.

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