Last night, the connections of Violence and Unlimited Budget had a right to enjoy their dinners.
Unlimited Budget showed she had the right style and explosive turn of foot that might day win a Kentucky Oaks. And Violence's defeat, where he moved prematurely into a hot pace--although I can't blame Javier Castellano for thinking "let's win this thing right now because Orb will be coming and the shorter finish line favors the horse on the lead at a mile and a sixteenth."
Well, Unlimited Budget is #1 in the point standings on the "Road to the Kentucky Oaks." But Violence emerged from the Fountain of Youth with a fractured right sesamoid and is off the Kentucky Derby trail.
Of course, both horses are members of Todd Pletcher's power-laden string.
Unlimited Budget now has 60 Oaks points. In second is Davona Dale winner, Live Lively, with 50 points. Davona Dale runnerup Dreaming of Julia is third with 32. Kauai Kate (21) and Promise Me More (20) round out the top five.