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OaksProving the word quit is not in her vocabulary, Project Whiskey battled down the Delaware Park stretch on the 4th of July and won the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks in her first graded stakes start! The daughter of Tapizar out of the Dark Hollow Farm-bred Over the Moon (by Malibu Moon) is now a two-time stakes winner, having shown the same grit and determination when taking the Parx Juvenile Fillies Stakes at 2.

Trained by Butch Reid, Project Whiskey was purchased by Charles J. Zacney at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling sale for $35,000 and races for Cash is King LLC and LC Racing. In seven starts, she has won three times, been on the board in five, and has earnings of $262,580.

The mile and a sixteenth Delaware Oaks-G3, worth 50 points to the winning 3-year-old filly seeking a start in the 2020 Kentucky Oaks-G1, had eight runners, with Project Whiskey totally dismissed as the 39-1 longest shot on the board. But she proved a force to be reckoned with right from the start. She pressed the pace early, took command at the top of the stretch and held off all challengers to win by a half length. Reid said after the race, “I think this is what she has been waiting to do – to go a route ground. We are not sure where we are going to go next with her, but I am sure it will probably have the word ‘Oaks’ behind it.”

Project Whiskey is the second named foal for Over the Moon, a winning half-sister to Dark Hollow Farm-bred graded stakes-winning juvenile, Maryland-bred champion and graded stakes sire Ready’s Image, as well as stakes-placed Yingyingying.

Project Whiskey was first in the headlines as a yearling, as winner of a star-studded class at the Maryland Horse Breeders Association’s annual Yearling Show which included future Breeders’ Cup winner Sharing. Over the Moon was also a yearling show star, when pinned Reserve Champion in 2009, as was Ready’s Image, winner of his class in 2006. Great looks and great talent flow through the family of Project Whiskey!