Three-year-fillies got equal time with their male counterparts this weekend, as the 2015 Kentucky Oaks Championship Series made its debut in New York, Florida, and Louisiana.
The final stage of official Kentucky Oaks prep races as designated by Churchill Downs, Championship Series races offer 85 points to the top four finishers (50-20-10-5). The top 20 fillies with points earn a spot in the Oaks starting gate at Churchill on May 1, though in each of the two years that the system has been in place, fewer than 20 fillies have entered the race, rendering the points system less than significant.
The first race of the Championship Series, the Busher at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York City, was won by Condo Commando, a $72,000 yearling purchase who has won four of her five lifetime starts, her combined margin of victory in those victories nearly 39 lengths. As in her prior wins, Condo Commando was sent straight to the lead, and she and jockey Junior Alvarado never had a moment of concern, leading easily throughout the mile and a sixteenth race.
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