HOT SPRINGS — Whispering Oaks Farm’s Street Story got the 2014 live meet off to a fast start for 2013 leading jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. and leading trainer Steve Asmussen by winning the $100,000 Dixie Belle Stakes before a rain-drenched crowd of 15,031. The Street Cry (Ire) filly survived an objection in the race to earn her first stakes victory.
Street Story raced in the second flight of the nine-horse field while Zip On led through an opening half-mile in :46 2/5. The winner began to make her move entering the turn, gained control at the top of the stretch and drew off to win by one length over Questlie. Racing Holiday finished third. The winning time was 1:14 1/5 for six furlongs over a sloppy track. More Than Beauty, the 2-1 favorite finished eighth.
Street Story, bred in Kentucky by John Oxley, improved her record to 4-2-1-0 and has now earned $98,350.