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Four Fillies Turn in Major Works at Churchill Downs for Oaks
Mike Walker and Lou Sutterfield’s Amie’s Dini, working in company with the 3-year-old maiden Cahoots, worked five furlongs in 1:05.40 under jockey Jon Court.
Cahoots, ridden by Greta Kuntzweiler, broke a length in front with Amie’s Dini finishing in front at the finish. Fractions for the work were :14, :27.20, :40.80, :53.20 and out in 1:18.40.
“Perfect. But everybody says ‘perfect,’ right?” trainer Ron Moquett said. “But it was. I wanted to go steady 13s and relax. There is going to be a lot of speed in the Oaks and I want to put the race in the rider’s hands. She can go :58 or 1:05. I am trying to come in with a fresh horse.”
Runner-up to Mamma Kimbo in the Fantasy (Grade II) and On Fire Baby in the Honeybee (GIII), will have some paddock schooling next week but will not visit the gate.
“If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it,” Moquett said of visiting the gate.
AND WHY NOT – Helen K. Groves’ And Why Not tuned up for a start in next week’s Kentucky Oaks with a four-furlong workout Saturday morning at Churchill Downs.
The daughter of Street Cry, who accompanied stablemate Union Rags to the track, was timed in :46.80 with splits of :12, :23.60 and :35. She galloped out five furlongs in :59.80 under exercise rider Peter Brette. The half-mile move was the best of 47 at the distance.
“I thought the filly worked real well. She looked good. Peter said she worked well and galloped out good,” trainer Michael Matz said. “She ran a real good race here in the Pocahontas.”
And Why Not, who finished second behind On Fire Baby in the Pocahontas (GII) at Churchill Downs last October, finished seventh in her 3-year-old debut in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII) on March 31.
“The filly has done very well. She obviously needed that race and was not fit enough, but we were running out of time,” Matz said. “Unfortunately, we used the race as a prep and I think between the race and tracks being different, I think it should help her out an awful lot.”
BELIEVE YOU CAN – Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) winner Believe You Can galloped 1 ½ miles after the morning renovation break with trainer Larry Jones in the saddle.
Owned by Brereton Jones, Believe You Can is scheduled to work Sunday morning.
Rosie Napravnik has the Oaks riding assignment.
BROADWAY’S ALIBI/IN LINGERIE – E. Paul Robsham Stables’ Broadway’s Alibi and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber’s In Lingerie each worked a half-mile in :48.40 over a sloppy track at Palm Meadows Training Center Saturday morning.
Following the workout, trainer Todd Pletcher said a decision has yet to be made on whether Broadway’s Alibi will join In Lingerie in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (GI). In Lingerie, a six-length winner of the Bourbonette Oaks (GIII) at Turfway Park, is already scheduled to ship from the Boynton Beach, Fla., training center to Churchill Downs Tuesday for a start in the Oaks.
COLONIAL EMPRESS – Bluegrass Hall’s Colonial Empress galloped after the morning break under exercise rider Rudy Colon.
EDEN’S MOON/JEMIMA’S PEARL – Kaleem Shah’s Eden’s Moon breezed six furlongs in 1:14, the fastest of four works at the distance.
“She was by herself, just cruised around there and worked nice,” trainer Bob Baffert said.
Jockey Martin Garcia, who will ride the filly in the Kentucky Oaks, was aboard for her first work over the Churchill Downs surface.
Gillian Campbell, R Group Management Ltd. and Greenwood Lodge Farm’s Jemima’s Pearl galloped 1½ miles. In her most recent start, the Distorted Humor filly was third in the Fantasy Stakes (GII) at Oaklawn Park.
GRACE HALL – Trainer Anthony Dutrow was forced by sloppy track conditions at Palm Meadows Training Center to cancel a scheduled workout for Grace Hall Saturday morning.
“We’re hopeful we can get it done tomorrow,” Dutrow said from the Boynton Beach, Fla., training center. “It’s sketchy. It’s iffy. They’re talking scattered showers for the next few days. If I’m not happy with the racetrack tomorrow, I won’t be breezing her tomorrow.”
Grace Hall, owned by Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group, is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs on Tuesday for a start in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks.
HARD NOT TO LIKE – Hillsbrook Farms’ Hard Not to Like was so full of herself, trainer Gail Cox eschewed the usual walking routine following a workout Friday at Woodbine and sent Hard Not to Like to the track Saturday morning to jog a mile. Hard Not to Like worked five furlongs in 1:01.60 on Friday.
The Kentucky Oaks-bound filly will head to Louisville from her Woodbine base on Tuesday and she will gallop up to Friday’s race.
KARLOVY VARY – Alex Campbell Jr.’s Karlovy Vary completed her major preparation for Friday’s Kentucky Oaks by working five furlongs in 1:01.20 with exercise rider Marty Metcalf aboard.
Fractions for the work, accomplished at 6:30 over a fast track, were :13, :25.20, :36.80 and out six furlongs in 1:15.60.
“I was going to wait until 8:30 to work, but I ran into some rain coming over here from Lexington, so we went early,” said trainer Rusty Arnold, who sent out two winners Friday on the closing-day card at Keeneland. “I told him to go in 1:01 and that’s what he did. It was a good work.”
Karlovy Vary, winner of the Central Bank Ashland (GI) in her most recent start, had company of sorts in the work in Archetype, a 3-year-old unraced filly. Archetype started about 15 lengths in front of Karlovy Vary.
“She was supposed to start a length or two in front, but everything turned out well,” Arnold said.
Some paddock schooling will be on the agenda for Karlovy Vary next week.
“She will go to the paddock Tuesday and Wednesday,” Arnold said of the filly who arrived from Keeneland on Tuesday. “She would have gone today, but they are running at night. She went to the gate the day before we left Keeneland.”
OAKS LILY – Jonathan Ray, Javier Sarmiento and Dante Zanelli Jr.’s Oaks Lily jogged a mile before the renovation break.
Oaks Lily, who would need several defections among fillies under consideration for the Oaks to make the 14-horse starting gate, had worked a half-mile in :49.40 on Friday.
ON FIRE BABY – Anita Cauley’s On Fire Baby walked the shedrow at Barn 37 a day after working seven furlongs in 1:27.
Trainer Gary Hartlage said the Smoke Glacken filly came out of the work well and would return to the track tomorrow.
Joe Johnson has the Oaks riding assignment.
SACRISTY – Peachtree Stable’s Sacristy walked the shedrow at Barn 10A a day after working seven furlongs in 1:29.
Kelsey Danner, assistant to trainer Wayne Catalano, said the filly came out of the work well and would return to the track tomorrow.
Mike Smith has the Oaks riding assignment.
SUMMER APPLAUSE – Gillian Campbell, R Group Management, Ltd. and Greenwood Lodge Farm’s Summer Applause visited the starting gate and then galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Jeff Lopez before the morning renovation break.
Trained by Bret Calhoun, Summer Applause will be ridden in the Oaks by Garrett Gomez.
YARA – Peras International’s Yara, winner of the Davona Dale (GII), walked the shedrow of trainer Jose Garoffalo’s barn at Trackside Training Center the morning after breezing four furlongs in :51 at Churchill Downs on Friday.
“She came out of the work excellent,” Garoffalo said.
Garoffalo said the chestnut daughter of Put It Back would walk again Sunday and then return to the track Monday. She will be vanned from Trackside to Churchill Downs on Tuesday after morning training.
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