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Holy Heavens rallies for Martha Washington win

Holy Heavens earned her first stakes win in the Martha Washington (Sunny Taylor/Coady Photography)

Drs. K.K. and Vilasini Devi Jayarman's homebred HOLY HEAVENS (Holy Bull) came three-wide into the stretch of Saturday's $75,000 Martha Washington S. at Oaklawn Park and pulled out a one-length victory on the wire. With Israel Ocampo aboard, the Benard Chatters pupil dueled late with leader Scarlet Mist (Pure Prize) and just got the best of that rival when completing the mile test on the fast dirt in 1:42 4/5.

Holy Heavens was earning her first stakes in this one, having made her black-type debut a third-place effort previously in the My Trusty Cat S. at Delta Downs. She entered that seven-furlong affair off a five-length maiden win, and now sports a 7-2-1-1 mark having doubled her career earnings to $86,440.

Scarlet Mist herself pressed Roma Jean (Bandini) through the opening half-mile, eventually subduing that one and taking command. The 36-1 long shot in the field, she just couldn't hold the winner late, but was 3 1/4 lengths better than third-place runner Jazzin' Okie (Candy Ride [Arg]).

Mazucambera (Milwaukee Brew), winner of the Dixie Belle S. in her prior race, followed by another eight lengths, with Playgirl Prospect (Running Stag) a neck farther back. Grandacious (Grand Slam), the 6-5 favorite, came next while Miss Kinderhook (Pleasantly Perfect) and Roma Jean finished out the order under the wire. Summer Soiree (War Front) was withdrawn.

The Florida-bred Holy Heavens, who took five tries to break her maiden, is out of the winning Awesome Again mare Heavens Passport. Her third dam is stakes victress A Dream Above (Great Above), who counts among her offspring Grade 3 scorer Nite Dreamer (El Prado [Ire]). Farther back in Holy Heavens' female family one can find Grade 1 hero Inkerman (*Vaguely Noble) and Group 3 vixen Caspian (Bold Bidder).


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