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Evening Jewel returning to Santa Anita to prepare for Kentucky Oaks
From Sunday's Keeneland notes:
EVENING JEWEL (Northern Afleet), gritty winner of Saturday's Ashland S. (G1) at Keeneland, is heading back to her home base at Santa Anita on Monday, according to trainer Jim Cassidy.
"We can keep her happier out there rather than leaving her here with someone else," Cassidy said Sunday morning. "Hopefully, we will be back in two weeks."
Evening Jewel held off IT'S TEA TIME (Dynaformer) by a neck to stamp herself as one of the prime contenders for the Kentucky Oaks (G1) to be run April 30 at Churchill Downs.
"I will probably work her the 14th or 15th and I may work her twice out there, depending on how she is doing," Cassidy said. "If I can get into Louisville early enough on a charter (flight), I may work her three-eighths over that track before the Oaks."
The Oaks is also a possibility for It's Tea Time, according to trainer Rusty Arnold.
"It was a hard race for her since she had only run two times, but the Oaks is a possibility," Arnold said. "It is a long year. I think I have a nice filly and I am not just going to throw her in there. We will take it a step at a time."
It's Tea Time had made her first two starts on grass before her synthetic debut in the Ashland.
"She will stay here at least two weeks and if we think she will make the race, we will go on over to Churchill Downs," Arnold said.
Champion SHE BE WILD (Offlee Wild), who finished third, "looked very well this morning," trainer Wayne Catalano said.
"We're really proud of her," he said about She Be Wild's performance on Saturday, which came in her second start of the year. "We couldn't get all the training we wanted in Florida; she wasn't really handling that surface."
Future plans for She Be Wild are to be determined.
"We'll just see how she comes out of the race and sit down and make a plan with Mr. and Mrs. (Mike and Nancy) Mazzoni and go from there," Catalano said. The Mazzonis bred She Be Wild, who races in Nancy's name.
The remainder of the Central Bank Ashland field also came out of the race well.
Robbie Medina, assistant to trainer Shug McGaughey, said that fourth-place finisher PROTESTING (A.P. Indy) "would probably go to New York in a few days and her next start most likely be on grass."
Trainer Mike Stidham was not sure about the next race for fifth-place finisher UPPERLINE (Maria's Mon).
"We're probably going to give her a short little break and then look for something," he said.
APPLE CHARLOTTE (Smart Strike), who finished sixth in her Polytrack debut, "is going to go back to Fair Hill (in Maryland) and we will sort it out from there," said Alice Clapham, assistant to trainer Graham Motion.
NEGLIGEE (Northern Afleet), winner of last fall's Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland who ran seventh in the Ashland in her 2010 debut, "came back fine," said Reynaldo Abreu, assistant to trainer John Terranova. "We have no idea why she ran like she did. We are going to wait a couple of days before deciding what's next."
Alan Shell, assistant to trainer Ken McPeek said that BEAUTICIAN (Dehere) was OK Sunday morning after finishing last of eight in the Ashland.
"We are going to pull some blood and see if that tells us anything," Shell said.