Polar River keeps rolling in Grade 3 UAE Oaks
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Congrats’ undefeated 3-year-old filly Polar River made it four straight victories on Thursday at Meydan with a deceptively easy three-quarter length victory in the $250,000 UAE Oaks (G3).

Facing just two foes, perhaps due to Polar River dominating the division throughout the meet, Polar River broke in air but quickly recovered to race just outside of former Group 1 winner Vale Dori. Pat Dobbs sat motionless on Polar River for the better part of seven furlongs before urging his filly to the lead at the top of the stretch. She quickly opened up by daylight, and then coasted home once comfortably in front.

“That got close at the end,” trainer Doug Watson noted. “[Dobbs] just kind of eased up on her there and we didn’t want a hard race. She put it to bed pretty quickly after the turn in. It was a Group 1 winner she was facing there and (Vale Dori’s trainer) Mike (de Kock) is a great trainer, so I’m glad to get away with it.

“I’d like to have won easier but we knew it was a Group 1 winner and likely the best filly she’s faced,” Watson added. “They set a slow pace and it kind of turned into a sprint, and when she did sprint she sprinted away and it looked like he was pretty easy on her.”

Polar River covered the 1,900 meters in 2:00.57. She has now banked $365,423 for owners Valentin Bukhtoyarov and Evgeny Kappushev.

Polar River’s next start could be against males in the UAE Derby (G1) on March 26, and then possibly the Kentucky Oaks (G1) on May 6.

Polar River is one of three 2016 graded stakes winners by Congrats, and one of six black type winners, both numbers that rank number one in the respective categories on the General Sire list.
Visit Congrats's Page Congrats
Paynter filly shows grit in Keeneland allowance win title=
Paynter

Paynter filly shows grit in Keeneland allowance win

Bootsy's Hadenough overcame a tough trip in a six-furlong allowance contest for 3-year-old fillies...

[read more]

Black Stetson lowers track record in Bridgetown S. title=
More Than Ready

Black Stetson lowers track record in Bridgetown S.

More Than Ready had a stellar Saturday at Aqueduct when Black Stetson set a track record in the $100,000 Bridgetown S...

[read more]

More Than Ready's Uni (GB) sets track record in Aqueduct's Plenty of Grace S. title=
More Than Ready

More Than Ready's Uni (GB) sets track record in Aqueduct's Plenty of Grace S.

Uni, winner of last year's Sands Point S. (G2), was at the top of her game in Saturday's $100,000 Plenty of Grace S. at Aqueduct...

[read more]

Rushing Fall stays undefeated after Appalachian S. (G2) victory title=
More Than Ready

Rushing Fall stays undefeated after Appalachian S. (G2) victory

More Than Ready's Rushing Fall made a successful 2018 debut in Sunday's $200,000 Appalachian S. (G2) at Keeneland, winning the one-mile turf contest for 3-year-old fillies by a length...

[read more]

Justify shines in $1M Santa Anita Derby (G1) title=

Justify shines in $1M Santa Anita Derby (G1)

Justify's victory in Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) gave the 3-year-old colt his first stakes win, but more importantly also assured him of a spot in the starting gate for the May 5 Kentucky Derby (G1)...

[read more]

National Flag rockets to victory in $250,000 Bay Shore S. (G3) title=
Speightstown

National Flag rockets to victory in $250,000 Bay Shore S. (G3)

Speightstown's newest stakes winner National Flag closed with a rush in the stretch to capture Aqueduct's Bay Shore S. (G3) by four lengths...

[read more]

Morning Buzz the newest stakes winner for Congrats title=
Congrats

Morning Buzz the newest stakes winner for Congrats

Morning Buzz drew off in the stretch en route to a 3 3/4-length tally in the $70,000 Peeping Tom S. on March 31 at Aqueduct...

[read more]

Audible romps in Florida Derby (G1) title=

Audible romps in Florida Derby (G1)

China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and WinStar Farm's brilliant 3-year-old colt is on his way to the Kentucky Derby (G1) following his rousing performance in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1)...

[read more]

Bidding goes to $650K to secure Speightstown juvenile at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream title=
Speightstown

Bidding goes to $650K to secure Speightstown juvenile at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream

Speightstown's lone offering at the March 28th Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream 2-year-old sale got plenty of attention in the auction ring, ultimately bringing a winning bid of $650,000...

[read more]

$825,000 Pioneerof the Nile colt garners spotlight at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream 2-year-old sale title=
Pioneerof the Nile

$825,000 Pioneerof the Nile colt garners spotlight at Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream 2-year-old sale

Pioneerof the Nile's $825,000 colt at the March 28th Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale marked the...

[read more]