Horse Racing

The Secret Vow to Ogden Phipps

Hall of Fame coach D. Wayne Lukas hasn’t won GI Ogden Phipps S. since 1996, the year the legendary Serena (Rahy) Song got the job done when the race was contested as the Hempstead H. The 87-year-old will hope that era ends when he rests on GI Kentucky Oaks 2022 heroine secret oath (Arrogate) in this year’s Phipps, one of nine elite level races scheduled to take place during the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. The winner will secure a spot at the GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff this November in Santa Anita.

Very impressive to beat Claire (make for curly) in the GII Azeri S. was first fired in November this past March, the Vow of Secrets hurt that Stonestreet Stables colorist during GI Apple Blossom H. April 15. Chestnuts didn’t. luckily getting hit on the horse’s head for the Play Hard course (faucet) in GI La Troienne S. at Churchill Downs May 5.

“[Jockey] tyler [Gaffalione] Lukas was still learning a little bit about her and he was acting a little fast,” Lukas said. “He made a big move around the turn. We’d love to have both back, but we’re in pretty good shape to get into this race. She’s bigger, stronger, and doing great.”

The oath of secrecy was delivered to Belmont on June 6, Lukas said.

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