Runaway winners Fashion Faux Pas, Avalina intrigue in Delaware Oaks

The Grade III, $300,000 Delaware Oaks is the feature at Delaware Park this Saturday. Seven three-year-old fillies will test their mettle in this 1 1/16th-mile heat. Post time for the Delaware Oaks, Race 7 on a nine-race program, is 4:37 p.m. ET.

#4 FASHION FAUX PAS (5-2) dazzled in Delaware’s Light Hearted Stakes last time out, winning by 14 lengths. The speedy daughter of Flatter was making her return to dirt that day after two straight ITM finishes on turf. FASHION FAUX PAS showed promise on dirt in the past, winning two of her first three starts on the surface by open lengths, including Tampa’s Sandpiper Stakes. She has a leg up on most of these foes having already raced at Delaware. Daniel Centeno stays aboard the Arnaud Delacour trainee.

#3 AVALINA (7-2) was last seen romping by 8 1/2-lengths in the Parx Spring Oaks despite starting slowly. That was the Danny Gargan trainee’s first career stakes victory. AVALINA is a head shy of being 4-for-4 in her brief time on the track. Kendrick Carmouche, who ships in for the call, will likely have AVALINA just behind a contentious early pace.

#5 JAYWALK (9-5, morning-line favorite) is 0-for-3 since winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, managing just one ITM finish. The Delaware Oaks represents a drop in class for the daughter of Cross Traffic, but she clearly hasn’t developed like she needed to from age two to three. JAYWALK switches to Joe Bravo after both Joel Rosario and Javier Castellano decided to stay at Belmont. She did not show her customary early speed in the Kentucky Oaks last time out, handicappers will see what that entails for Saturday.

The play: $4 exacta 4/3,5, $2 exacta 3,5/4 ($12)

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