Ashado won the 88th running of the Grade I, $500,000 Coaching Club American Oaks at a muddy Belmont Park yesterday.
The daughter of Saint Ballado remained undefeated in four career starts on wet footing when she came from just off the pace to register a decisive 4 1/2-length victory in the 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.
Stellar Jayne, who won Belmont's Mother Goose Stakes June 26, lost her chance to sweep NYRA's Filly Triple Crown with a second-place finish. Magical Illusion finished third.
Ashado and jockey John Velazquez finished in 2:02 2/5 to earn $300,000 for Starlight Stables, her third win in five starts this year.
Ashado returned $3.50, $2.30, and $2.10. Stellar Jayne paid $2.90 and $2.10 and Magical Illusion returned $2.10 to show.
Simple Exchange beat Cool Conductor by a neck in the Grade II $250,000 American Derby at Arlington Park and Senor Swinger won the $250,000 Grade II Arlington Handicap by a head.
Simple Exchange, a horse from Ireland ridden by Patrick Smullen, winner of last year's race aboard Evolving Tactics, ran 1 3/16ths miles in a stakes record time of 1:54.93 on firm turf.
The first victory of the year for Simple Exchange paid $6.40, $4.80, and $2.40. Simple Exchange increased his earnings to $238,270.
Cool Conductor paid $3.80 and $2.20. Toasted, the 6-5 favorite, placed third, paying $2.10.
Senor Swinger survived a claim of foul by the trainer for second-place Mystery Giver.
Senor Swinger, ridden by Brice Blanc, ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.38 on firm turf. Senor Swinger paid $5.60, $3.20, and $2.20. The $150,000 winners check pushed his winnings to $670,688.
Mystery Giver paid $4.60 and $2.60. Ballingarry finished third, paying $2.10.