Racing News

Bouquet Booth to skip Fair Grounds Oaks

| Brisnet Editorial | 03/19/2011 #

Trainer Steve Margolis will likely run both LITTLE MISS HOLLY (Maria's Mon) and SWITCHING GEARS (Tapit) in the March 26 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2).

The Margolis filly who might have been expected to take part, BOUQUET BOOTH (Flower Alley), will skip the Fair Grounds Oaks after finishing fourth in the February 19 Rachel Alexandra S. (G3). Bouquet Booth had previously won the Silverbulletday S. at Fair Grounds and the Delta Downs Princess S. (G3).

"Our other filly, Bouquet Booth, we've decided to give her a little time off, so we're waiting for something at Keeneland for her," Margolis said.

"Right now, the reality is that (Gold Square's) Little Miss Holly and (Thoroughbred Futures Racing II's) Switching Gears are both doing really good and are coming up to this race (the Fair Grounds Oaks) in good order.

"They have two different owners, so barring something unexpected happening, it looks like I'm going to have two fillies in the (Fair Grounds) Oaks.

"Little Miss Holly had a very nice work yesterday (six furlongs in 1:11 3/5 on Thursday), and she came out of her last race (third beaten 1 1/4 lengths in the January 22 Silverbulletday) in good order.

"Switching Gears ran a very nice race last time (a February 25 neck victory in allowance optional claiming company), and she had a nice work yesterday, too (in 1:14). She's been getting good very fast lately, so I see no reason not to run her as well."