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Joyful Victory Set for Work; Holy Heavens Waits Out Rain Delay
ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s regally bred Arienza galloped a mile before the renovation break under exercise rider Eva Jansson for trainer Dan Peitz.
Peitz, who also is considering the $100,000 Eight Belles (GIII) to be run May 6 for Arienza, said the daughter of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri by Giant’s Causeway probably would work again on Friday. Arienza worked a half-mile in :49.40 here last Friday.
BOUQUET BOOTH – Right Time Racing’s Bouquet Booth galloped early Sunday morning under exercise rider Jose Castanon for trainer Steve Margolis.
Margolis plans to work Bouquet Booth on Friday for the Oaks, in which Robby Albarado is scheduled to have the mount. Albarado rode Bouquet Booth for the first time in her most recent start, a fourth-place finish in the Central Bank Ashland (GI) at Keeneland on April 9. Margolis said Sunday morning that he plans to work Right Time Racing’s Street Storm on the grass Thursday for a likely run in the $100,000 Edgewood to be run on Friday, May 6.
DAISY DEVINE – James Miller’s Daisy Devine galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Miles Dunne for trainer Andrew McKeever.
McKeever plans to work the winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) most likely on Wednesday. James Graham has the Oaks riding assignment on Daisy Devine.
DELIGHTFUL MARY – John Oxley’s Delightful Mary, third in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) here, jogged two miles under exercise rider Melanie Giddings.
Norman Casse, son of and assistant to trainer Mark Casse, said the filly would work toward the end of the week. Shaun Bridgmohan has the Oaks riding assignment.
HOLY HEAVENS – With rain coming down heavily Sunday morning, trainer Benard Chatters opted to keep K.K. and Vilasini Jayaraman’s Holy Heavens in the barn and wait an extra day to work.
“Looks like we are in a holding pattern with this weather, but hopefully we can work tomorrow,” Chatters said of Holy Heavens, who made the move from the Trackside Training Center to Churchill Downs on Thursday afternoon. “I just didn’t want to take her out there today.”
Winner of the Martha Washington at Oaklawn Park in February, Holy Heavens ran second in the Honeybee (GIII) and third in the Fantasy (GII) behind probable Oaks rival Joyful Victory.
JOYFUL VICTORY – Fox Hill Farms’ Joyful Victory galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Robert Cline.
Two-for-two this year with victories in the Honeybee (GIII) and Fantasy (GII) at Oaklawn Park, Joyful Victory is scheduled to work Monday morning in company with Winslow Homer according to trainer Larry Jones.
Mike Smith has the Oaks mount on Joyful Victory.
KATHMANBLU – Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables’ Kathmanblu walked the shedrow at trainer Ken McPeek’s barn a day after working five furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:02.80.
Lars Becdelamotte, assistant to McPeek, acknowledged the filly came out of the work fine, which was her first breeze since finishing third in the Central Bank Ashland (GI) at Keeneland on April 9.
Julien Leparoux, who rode Kathmanblu to an 8 ½-length victory in the Golden Rod (GII) here last fall, will have the Oaks riding assignment.
PLUM PRETTY – Peachtree Stable’s Plum Pretty, 25-length winner of the Sunland Park Oaks on March 27 in her most recent start, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Peter Hutton.
Plum Pretty is trained by Bob Baffert, who won the 1999 Kentucky Oaks with Silverbulletday.
R HEAT LIGHTNING – E. Paul Robsham Stable’s likely favorite for the Kentucky Oaks earned trainer Todd Pletcher’s approval when she walked on the morning after Saturday’s half-mile work in :49.80.
“She looked good,” said Pletcher. “She came back in good shape.”
Pletcher said the daughter of Trippi would have her final pre-Oaks work on Saturday.
ST. JOHN’S RIVER – Dede McGehee’s St. John’s River, runner-up to Daisy Devine in the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) in her most recent start, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Robert Wright for trainer Andy Leggio.
St. John’s River is scheduled to work Thursday. Rosie Napravnik has the riding assignment in the Oaks.