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On Fire Baby, Oaks Lily, Yara Slated for Friday Works
Mike Walker and Lou Sutterfield’s Amie’s Dini galloped 1 7/8 miles under Laura Moquett during the 15-minute period following the renovation break from 8:30-8:45 a.m. (all times Eastern) when the track is reserved for training by Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Kentucky Oaks (GI) contenders.
Trainer Ron Moquett said Amie’s Dini, second behind Mamma Kimbo in the Fantasy (GII), will work Friday or Saturday depending on the weather and condition of the track.
AND WHY NOT – Helen Groves’ And Why Not, second to probable Kentucky Oaks rival On Fire Baby in the Pocahontas (GII) here last fall, arrived at Churchill Downs at 1:45 p.m. from Keeneland.
Trained by Michael Matz, And Why Not will be housed in Barn 42. Julien Leparoux has the Oaks riding assignment.
BELIEVE YOU CAN – Brereton Jones’ Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) winner Believe You Can galloped 1 ½ miles under trainer Larry Jones after the morning renovation break during the 8:30-8:45 window that is reserved for Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby contenders.
The filly, who will be ridden in the Kentucky Oaks by Rosie Napravnik, is scheduled to work Sunday.
BROADWAY’S ALIBI/IN LINGERIE – E. Paul Robsham Stable’s Broadway’s Alibi and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber’s In Lingerie are scheduled to work Sunday at Palm Meadows trainer Todd Pletcher told Daily Racing Form.
The two fillies are scheduled to ship to Louisville on Tuesday.
COLONIAL EMPRESS – Bluegrass Hall’s Colonial Empress walked the shedrow at trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ barn a day after working a half-mile in :48.40.
EDEN’S MOON / JEMIMA’S PEARL – Kaleem Shah’s Eden’s Moon visited the starting gate and then galloped 1 ½ miles after the morning renovation break under exercise rider George Alvarez for trainer Bob Baffert.
The filly, who worked Sunday at Santa Anita before shipping to Churchill Downs the next day, is scheduled to be ridden by Martin Garcia in the Kentucky Oaks.
Baffert’s other Kentucky Oaks hopeful, Gillian Campbell, R Group Management, Ltd. and Greenwood Lodge Farm’s Jemima’s Pearl jogged a mile on her first day back to the track since her five-furlong work on Tuesday.
Joe Talamo will ride Jemima’s Pearl in the Kentucky Oaks.
HARD NOT TO LIKE – Hillsbrook Farms’ Hard Not to Like is scheduled to work five furlongs Friday morning at Woodbine according to trainer Gail Cox.
Runner-up in the Central Bank Ashland (GI) in her most recent start, Hard Not to Like is scheduled to ship to Louisville on Tuesday and will be ridden in the Oaks by Robby Albarado.
KARLOVY VARY – Central Bank Ashland (GI) winner Karlovy Vary galloped 1 ½ miles early Thursday morning over a track labeled as “good” with exercise rider Marty Metcalf up.
Owned by breeder Alex Campbell Jr., Karlovy Vary is scheduled to work Saturday, weather permitting, according to trainer Rusty Arnold. James Graham has the Oaks riding assignment.
OAKS LILY – Jonathan Rey, Javier Sarmiento and Dante Zanelli Jr.’s Oaks Lily galloped 1 ½ miles after the renovation break under exercise rider Patricia Eldridge.
A last out maiden winner at Keeneland, Oaks Lily has no graded stakes earnings and would need a couple of defections from fillies under consideration for the Oaks to make the 14-horse field.
Oaks Lily is scheduled to work after the break Friday.
ON FIRE BABY – Anita Cauley’s three-time graded stakes winner On Fire Baby stepped foot on a “good” racetrack at 6 o’clock Thursday morning under jockey Joe Johnson for her morning exercise.
The homebred daughter of Smoke Glacken visited the paddock and then galloped 1 ½ miles.
Winner of the Pocahontas (GII) and Golden Rod (GII) here last fall as well as the Honeybee (GIII) at Oaklawn Park in her most recent start, On Fire Baby is scheduled to work seven furlongs Friday morning shortly after the track opens at 5:45 according to trainer Gary Hartlage.
SUMMER APPLAUSE – Gillian Campbell, R Group Management, Ltd. and Greenwood Lodge Farm’s Summer Applause galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Jeff Lopez shortly after the track opened for training at 5:45 a.m.
Trained by Bret Calhoun, Summer Applause may work Friday morning.
Garrett Gomez has the Oaks mount.
YARA – Peras International’s Yara, winner of the Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park, galloped 1 ½ miles at Churchill Downs’ Trackside Training Center on Thursday morning under Mario Diaz.
Trainer Jose Garoffalo said Yara will van from Trackside to Churchill Downs on Friday morning to breeze beneath the Twin Spires prior to the renovation break. She will gallop once around the track and then breeze a half-mile under Diaz.
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