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Believe You Can Breezes Bullet Five Eighths; Baffert Duo to Work Tuesday

| Churchill Downs | 04/23/2012 #
  • Oaks contender Believe You Can breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs on Monday. Credit: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer

  • Mamma Kimbo galloped at Churchill Downs on Monday morning. Credit: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer

Mike Walker and Lou Sutterfield’s Amie’s Dini, second behind Mamma Kimbo in the Fantasy (Grade II) at Oaklawn Park, walked the shedrow of trainer Ron Moquett’s barn at Churchill Downs the morning after working four furlongs in :50.40.

BELIEVE YOU CAN – Brereton Jones Believe You Can, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) in her most recent start, worked five furlongs in :59 over a fast track Monday morning under jockey Rosie Napravnik. The daughter of Proud Citizen worked during the post-renovation break, 8:30-8:45 a.m. (all times Eastern) training session reserved for candidates for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).

Working in company with the 3-year-old filly Young and Lovely, an allowance winner, Believe You Can started the work about two lengths back and on the outside of Young and Lovely and finished the move two lengths in front. Fractions for Believe You Can were :12.20, :23.80, :35.20, :47.20 and out six furlongs in 1:13.40.

The five-eighths time was the best of 31 at the distance with Young and Lovely, who was ridden by Larry Melancon, credited with a :59.80 time.

“She rated very kindly,” said Napravnik, who was back at Churchill Downs for the first time since finishing ninth in last year’s Kentucky Derby on Pants On Fire. “She bursts off when she is asked.”

Napravnik, now riding in New York, said she would return to Louisville to ride on Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby Day. In the Derby, she has the call on Mark Valeski, who is also owned by Jones.

Trainer Larry Jones was happy with the filly’s work.

“When you work here, you wonder how they will handle the racetrack and both of them did in their works today,” Jones said, referring to the work by Mark Valeski after Believe You Can’s work. “I picked both of them up and neither of them was breathing excessively.”

Larry Jones said that Believe You Can’s final work for the Oaks most likely would be Sunday with exercise rider Jen Brasser handling the work.

COLONIAL EMPRESS – Bluegrass Hall’s Colonial Empress galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Rudy Colon for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

JEMIMA’S PEARL/MAMMA KIMBO – Gillian Campbell, R Group Management and Greenwood Lodge Farm’s Jemima’s Pearl and Peachtree Stable’s Mamma Kimbo galloped 1 ½ miles morning under exercise rider George Alvarez.

Jemima’s Pearl had her exercise before the renovation break and Mamma Kimbo, the undefeated winner of the Fantasy (GII), went out after the break.

Trainer Bob Baffert is scheduled to arrive in Louisville tonight and be on hand in the morning to oversee works that are scheduled for Tuesday.

KARLOVY VARY – Alex Campbell’s Karlovy Vary, winner of the Central Bank Ashland (GI) in her most recent start, was scheduled to arrive from Keeneland Monday afternoon. She will be housed in Barn 28.

The filly, trained by Rusty Arnold, is scheduled to work Saturday. James Graham has the mount in the Oaks.

ON FIRE BABY – Anita Cauley’s homebred On Fire Baby galloped 1 ½ miles early Monday morning under jockey Joe Johnson.

Trained by Gary Hartlage, On Fire Baby is scheduled to have her final work for the Oaks on Friday or Saturday.

SUMMER APPLAUSE – Gillian Campbell, R Group Management and Greenwood Lodge Farm’s Summer Applause walked the shedrow at Barn 22 as planned.

YARAPeras International’s Yara arrived at Churchill Downs’ Trackside Training Center on Sunday for trainer Jose Garoffalo and galloped one mile under exercise rider Mario Diaz on Monday.

“She arrived well and I’m told she galloped beautifully today,” Garoffalo said via phone from his barn at Calder.

Prior to finishing fifth in the Gulfstream Oaks (GII), Yara won the Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park over Grace Hall at odds of over 64-1. The chestnut daughter of Put It Back was ridden by Jesus Castanon in both those contests and he will be aboard her again in the Kentucky Oaks.

Yara is scheduled to van from the Training Center to Churchill Downs on Friday morning to breeze beneath the Twin Spires.

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