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Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Monday, April 21
UNTAPABLE (No. 1)/ EUPHROSYNE (No. 8) – Gillian S. Campbell, Ralph Staver, Shelly Staver, Dan Clark and Greg Skoda’s Euphrosyne, listed as “possible” for the Longines Kentucky Oaks, breezed five furlongs in the company of a workmate in 1:02.20 Monday morning. Abel Flores was aboard the daughter of Harlan’s Holiday, who covered the distance in fractional splits of :13, :25.80 and :38 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:16.
Euphrosyne was on the track with Asmussen’s first set of horses.
Untapable, who had worked five furlongs on Sunday, walked on Monday.
SUGAR SHOCK (No. 2) – On Cloud Nine LLC’s Sugar Shock was given the morning off by trainer Doug Anderson.
“She just walked today,” said Anderson, whose string of 30 horses is based at Prairie Meadows. “She had four hard races at Oaklawn.”
A daughter of Candy Ride (ARG), Sugar Shock progressed from a maiden score to an allowance winner and then finished first in the Honeybee (GIII) but was disqualified before triumphing in the Fantasy (GIII).
Anderson said Sugar Shock probably would work “an easy five-eighths” with new rider Calvin Borel scheduled to be aboard.
AWESOME BABY (No. 4) / RIA ANTONIA (No. 12) – Christopher Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable’s Ria Antonia was scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon after a flight from Southern California for trainer Bob Baffert.
Kaleem Shah’s Awesome Baby was not on the Monday flight. However, there are flights scheduled from California on Thursday and next Monday.
MY MISS SOPHIA (tie-No. 5) / IN TUNE (tie-No.5) / GOT LUCKY (No. 10) – Mathis Stable’s My Miss Sophia and Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings’ Got Lucky both jogged after the morning renovation break for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Humberto Zamora was aboard My Miss Sophia and Amy Mulen partnered Got Lucky.
Wertheimer and Frere’s In Tune is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.
ROSALIND (No. 7) – Landaluce Educe Stables’ Rosalind, dead-heat winner of the Ashland (GI) at Keeneland in her most recent start, was scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs early Monday afternoon.
ROOM SERVICE (No. 9) / AURELIA'S BELLE (No. 11) – Gary and Mary West’s Room Service and James Miller’s Aurelia’s Belle galloped after the morning renovation break with exercise rider Calamity Compton in the saddle first on Room Service and then Aurelia’s Belle.
HOUSE RULES – Trainer Allen Jerkens said he “does not plan to come” to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Oaks with J.V. Shields Jr.’s House Rules.
House Rules had been No. 12 on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard.
KISS MOON (No. 13) – Carl Pollard’s Kiss Moon worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 under Julien Leparoux after the morning renovation break for trainer David Vance.
Working on her own and without the blinkers she wore in the runner-up effort in the Fantasy (GIII), Kiss Moon reeled off fractions of :12.20, :24.20 and :36.40 while galloping out six furlongs in 1:13.80.
“She only ran two weeks ago and I didn’t want her to do too much,” Vance said. “I was happy with the work and probably will come back next Sunday for her last work before the Oaks.”
IFTYSHADESOFGOLD (No. 14) – The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer’s Fiftyshadesofgold galloped 1 ½ miles before 7 o’clock Monday morning under exercise rider Sara Escudero for trainer Bret Calhoun.
Fiftyshadesofgold is scheduled to work Friday.
UNBRIDLED FOREVER (No. 15) – Charles Fipke’s Unbridled Forever, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Pedro Velez for trainer Dallas Stewart.
SWEET REASON (No. 16) – Treadway Racing Stable’s Sweet Reason has not been ruled out of the Kentucky Oaks picture that would require a couple of defections to land a spot in the starting gate.
"I am probably leaning in a different direction because I didn’t think there was a possibility of getting in,” trainer Leah Gyarmati said of Sweet Reason, who is at Belmont Park. “I would not rule it out now if there is a chance.”
THANK YOU MARYLOU (No. 17) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Thank You Marylou galloped at the nearby Trackside Training Center for trainer Mike Maker.