EPSOM, England (AP) -Three days after his winning ride in the Epsom Der
Undated (AP) _ EPSOM, England (AP) -Three days after his winning ride in the Epsom Derby, jockey Steve Cauthen rode Oh So Sharp to victory Saturday in the Epsom Oaks, the fourth of England’s five classic flat-racing events.
Oh So Sharp, the 6-4 favorite and winner of another clasic, the 1,000 Guineas, rallied from inside the pack at the two-furlong mark to score a six- length victory over Tryptych, with Dubian finishing third.
On Wednesday, Cauthen, the 25-year-old Kentucky-born jockey who has been racing in England since 1979, rode Slip Anchor, trained by Henry Cecil, to a seven-length triumph in the Epsom Derby, premier event of the British flat- racing season.
That victory made Cauthen the first jockey in history to win both the Derby and the U.S. Triple Crown of the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes and Preakness, which he accomplished in 1978 aboard Affirmed. Cauthen also became the first American to win the Epsom Derby since Frank O’Neill in 1920.
Cauthen’s victory aboard Oh So Sharp, owned by Sheikh Mohammed and also trained by Cecil, gave the Newmarket trainer three out of the four classic English flat races this season, with only the St. Leger left to go. The one he missed was the 2,000 Guineas, which went to Shadeed.
″Oh So Sharp stayed well,″ Cauthen said afterward. ″But when she went - whoosh 3/8 That was it.″
Christy Roche, rider of runner-up Triptych, said, ″Two furlongs out I was sure we were going to win. But then Steve swept passed me so quickly I could not believe my eyes. The winner must be an outstanding filly.″
Oh So Sharp, now unbeaten in six races, is the first filly to land the 1,000 Guineas-Oaks double since 1973, when Mysterious did it for Cecil’s father-in-law, Noel Murless.