Maryland-bred filly Cathryn Sophia won the $1 million Kentucky Oaks in impressive fashion Friday, putting to rest questions about her ability to thrive at longer distances and highlighting the state's resurgent breeding industry.
Cathryn Sophia, bred on Chanceland Farm in West Friendship, won her first four career races before dropping to third in the April 9 Ashland Stakes. That race raised questions about her ability to run more than a mile, and trainer John Servis wasn't even going to enter her in the Oaks until would-be favorite Songbird dropped out because of a fever.
"She's matured so much mentally," Servis said.
Cathryn Sophia went off...