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Honeybee runners work for Fantasy
Sugar Shock, who was disqualified from first and placed second in the Honeybee, moved one step closer to possible redemption in the Grade 3, $400,000 Fantasy on April 5 by breezing five furlongs over Oaklawn Park's fast dirt Sunday in 1:02 1/5 under regular rider Channing Hill.
"She went nice and easy," trainer Doug Anderson said. "She went the way we wanted and we're still on target for the Fantasy."
Sugar Shock made her stakes debut in the Honeybee off a maiden score and an allowance victory, both sprinting six furlongs, at Oaklawn to begin her sophomore season. The Candy Ride miss was fifth at Churchill Downs in her racing bow last October before filling the third spot under the same conditions on November 24 in her juvenile finale.
Also working for the Fantasy on Sunday at Oaklawn was Please Explain, who finished third in the Honeybee. The Curlin filly turned a half-mile in :48 4/5 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01 4/5. The dark bay lass, who had shipped in from Tampa Bay prior to the Honeybee, has remained in Hot Springs since the March 8 race.
"She did it on her own," trainer Tom Proctor said via phone from Kentucky. "With this work, she's definitely on track for the Fantasy."
Likely Fantasy contender and Honeybee fourth Kiss Moon got a co-bullet five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 on Sunday. The David Vance-trained daughter of Malibu Moon was a 9 1/2-length allowance winner in January prior to a subpar seventh in the Martha Washington and her Honeybee effort.
Nominations for the Fantasy closed with 22 fillies made eligible for the 1 1/16-mile race. Florida shipper Stopchargingmaria, trained by Todd Pletcher, is scheduled to arrive Monday. Entries will be drawn Wednesday.