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Rosalind, Thank You Marylou Breeze at Churchill Downs / Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Saturday, April 26, 2014
UNTAPABLE (No. 1) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable galloped two miles shortly after 6 o’clock Saturday morning with Angel Garcia aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Asmussen said the three-time graded stakes winner who is undefeated in two starts at Churchill Downs would work Sunday morning with his second set shortly after 6 o’clock with Garcia to handle the breeze/
Rosie Napravnik, who has been aboard for all four of the filly’s victories in her six-race career, has the mount in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI).
SUGAR SHOCK (No. 2) – On Cloud Nine’s Sugar Shock jogged two miles under Seth VanDyke after the morning renovation break.
“All is good here,” trainer Doug Anderson said. “She wanted to do more this morning, but she did what we wanted.”
Anderson, who is part of the On Cloud Nine ownership group, bought Sugar Shock for $20,000 at Keeneland in September 2012.
“The main thing I liked about her was the pedigree,” Anderson said. “She’s by Candy Ride who is a very useful sire and her second dam is a Grade III winner. We thought she had potential and that’s why we bought her.”
Calvin Borel will have the mount in Oaks.
FASHION PLATE (No. 3) – Arnold Zetcher and Michael Tabor’s Fashion Plate completed the California portion of her Kentucky Oaks preparation by working 1:00.40 on Saturday morning at Santa Anita for trainer Simon Callaghan.
“She worked in company and went very, very well,” Callaghan said. “I got her in a minute and change. It was a nice maintenance move and she did it well within herself.”
Callaghan said the filly would walk tomorrow and then ship from her Southern California base early Monday.
“I will be flying in Tuesday,” Callaghan said. “She will probably jog Tuesday.”
Gary Stevens has the mount in the Oaks.
MY MISS SOPHIA (No. 4)/GOT LUCKY (No.6) –- Trainer Todd Pletcher's Oaks duo of My Miss Sophia and Got Lucky danced their final preparatory dance together Saturday morning at Churchill Downs, breaking off as a team at the half-mile pole and skipping through four furlongs as one with My Miss Sophia (on the inside) perhaps winning it by a neck.
Clockers caught the pair in an equal time of :49.40 for the drill and assigned early splits of :12.20 and :24.40. The six-furlong out time registered at 1:15. The half-mile time was 34th best of 75 at the distance.
Regular exercise riders Humberto Zamora (My Miss Sophia) and Amy Mulen (Got Lucky) did the driving.
"Many of our horses work together," Pletcher noted. "These two have been on the same path. They both ran in the same race (Gazelle at Aqueduct April 5) last time, they'll run in the same race (Kentucky Oaks) Friday and they train together. It was a good move for them today. They both went off well and finished up well."
Unlike many other trainers, Pletcher often puts his work horses right back on the track the next morning. He said he would consider doing it again with his Oaks fillies.
"We'll check and see how they're doing tonight," the trainer said. "If all's good, we might put them on the track for a jog in the morning."
The owners of My Miss Sophia -- Bill and Terry Mathis of the Mathis Stable -- announced they are pledging a portion of any winning they might realize in the Oaks to a special cancer fund that is partnering with Churchill Downs.
In a press release, the couple stated:
"It's a tremendous honor to have My Miss Sophia competing in the 140th running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks. We are especially proud of Churchill Downs for raising cancer awareness while celebrating its many survivors. We are pledging to Bright Pink 10% of any proceeds My Miss Sophia receives for competing in this historic race. When she turns for home coming down the stretch she'll be running to support this most worthy cause."
ROSALIND (No. 5) – Landaluce Educe Stables’ Rosalind breezed a half-mile in :49.40, covering the first quarter in :24.20 and out five furlongs in 1:02.60 in her final prep for the Kentucky Oaks with exercise rider Danny Ramsey up for trainer Kenny McPeek.
The move was the 34th fastest of 75 at the distance.
“This was just a routine, maintenance breeze,” McPeek said. “She really didn’t need a lot. She actually went faster than we wanted her to in her last work at Keeneland.”
The Kentucky Oaks will be just the third start of the year for Rosalind, who ran third in an optional claimer at Gulfstream Park before finishing as a dead-heat winner of the Ashland Stakes (GI) at Keeneland.
“She’s been drilling the feed tub,” McPeek said. “I don’t know if she’s doing better than when she went into the Ashland, but definitely just as good. Typically my best horses have peaked in their third race of the year.”
Joel Rosario has the Oaks mount.
AURELIA’S BELLE (No. 7) – James Miller's Aurelia's Belle, the Bourbonette (GIII) winner, galloped Saturday under exercise rider Calamity Compton.
"Very well. She went good,'' trainer Wayne Catalano said.
Catalano expressed respect for likely Oaks favorite Untapable but is upbeat about challenging her Friday.
"She's very talented.'' he said. "If the points system were different, she'd probably be running in the Derby. She looked very good to me, a couple of races that I saw her, pretty impressive races. But obviously, she's a very nice filly, but they've got to run the races. We like our filly. I wouldn't trade place right now with anybody.''
Channing Hill, Catalano's son-in-law, has the mount.
RIA ANTONIA (No. 8) – Christopher Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable’s Ria Antonia schooled in the gate and galloped 1 1/2 miles Saturday morning, trainer Bob Baffert said.
KISS MOON (No. 9) – Carl Pollard’s Kiss Moon galloped 1 ½ miles after the renovation break with Otto Thorwarth up for trainer David Vance.
Kiss Moon, who will be ridden in the Oaks by Victor Espinoza is scheduled to work Sunday morning on her own.
“She’s going to go by herself,” Vance said. “I don’t want a :58 (work).”
FIFTYSHADESOFGOLD (No. 10) – The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Fiftyshadesofgold walked the shedrow at her barn a day after working a half-mile in :48.40.
Trainer Bret Calhoun said no decision would be made on Fiftyshadesofgold’s Oaks participation for a couple of days.
“Right now I am leaning toward the Eight Belles (GIII on Friday),” Calhoun said. “I want to see how the rest of the field works this weekend and then we’ll make a decision.”
UNBRIDLED FOREVER (No. 11) – Charles Fipke's Unbridled Forever, the third-place finisher in the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII), jogged a mile Saturday under exercise rider Pedro Velez. It was her first exercise on the track since she worked five furlongs Thursday in 1:00.80.
"The filly worked real good, came out of it good,'' trainer Dallas Stewart said."The main thing at this point is how they come out of it.''
Unbridled Forever began her career last fall at Churchill Downs, finishing fifth in a maiden race Oct. 27 before breaking her maiden Nov. 30. She ran seven furlongs in 1:21.91 to win by 5 1/4 lengths. She won the Silverbulletday at the Fair Grounds in her stakes debut.
THANK YOU MARYLOU (No. 12) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Thank You Marylou, the third place-finisher in the Ashland (G1), worked five furlongs Saturday in 1:01.00 for trainer Mike Maker.
With jockey Julien Leparoux riding, she posted fractions of :36.60, 48.80 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.20. The five-eighths work was the 11th fastest of 68 at the distance.
Leparoux said Thank You Marylou appears to prefer dirt to a synthetic surface.
"I think so,'' he said. "Yes. That's what I told Mike and Mr. Ramsey after the race last time at Keeneland. I think on the dirt, she's going to be better, and hopefully, she runs good Friday.''
EMPRESS OF MIDWAY (No. 13) – Daniel Kramer and Rick Pitino’s Empress of Midway walked the shedrow Saturday morning, a day after working a half-mile in :49.80.
No rider for the Oaks has been confirmed by trainer Doug O’Neill who said via text that a decision would be made Sunday.