Struck by Derby fever after Eliza won the Santa Anita Oaks last year, [Allen Paulson] chose to run her against males in the Santa Anita Derby. Although she ran well to be third behind Personal Hope and Union City, the Mt. Livermore filly was never the same. The Oaks was her last victory and she hasn't run since finishing fourth as the 3-10 favorite in the Princess Stakes last June 19 at Hollywood Park.
Perfect in four starts against her own sex after a comfortable victory in the $212,800 Santa Anita Oaks on Sunday, Lakeway will keep running against the girls. The next major target for the best 3-year-old filly in the country is the Kentucky Oaks.
"As far as the (Santa Anita) Derby goes, we'll have to wait and see, but I really don't anticipate her running in that race," [Gary Jones] said. "I've always felt, and so has [Mike Rutherford] (Rutherford), that the Kentucky Oaks is just as prestigious a race for fillies as the Kentucky Derby is for colts."