Racing News

Kentucky Oaks Barn Notes for April 28

Leggio Happy With Work by St. John's River, While Four Oaks Contenders Await Friday Moves

| Churchill Downs | 04/29/2011 #
  • St. John's River and jockey Rosie Napravnik awaited Friday's work. (Reed Palmer, Churcihill Downs)

  • St. John's River reached out under Rosie Napravnik in the Churchill Downs homestretch. (Reed Palmer, CD)

  • Fair Grounds Oaks winner Daisy Devine galloped under former jockey Larry Melancon (Reed Palmer, CD)

  • Trainer J. Larry Jones was in the irons for a 1 1/2-mile gallop by Joyful Victory. (Reed Palmer, CD)

  • Central Bank Ashland (GI) winner Lilacs and Lace galloped 1 1/2 miles under Eliel DeJesus. (Reed Palmer, CD)

ARIENZA – Robert and Lawana Low’s Fantasy (GII) runner-up Arienza galloped a mile and a half under exercise rider Eva Jansson before the morning renovation break when the track was labeled as “good.”

Trainer Dan Peitz plans to work Arienza five furlongs after the break Friday morning.

BOUQUET BOOTH/STREET STORM – Right Time Racing’s Street Storm worked five furlongs in 1:03 under jockey Robby Albarado after the renovation break over a track labeled as “fast.”

Fractions for the move, which was the 20th fastest of 23 at the distance, were :13.40, :26, :38.20, :50.80 and out six furlongs in 1:17.

“It was just a maintenance work for her,” trainer Steve Margolis said. “She is not a good work horse when she is by herself. She prefers turf and will probably go in the (May 6) Edgewood (Presented by Kentucky National Insurance).”

Bouquet Booth, also owned by Right Time Racing, galloped a mile and a half under Jose Castanon after the renovation break and is scheduled to work five furlongs Friday morning with Albarado up.

DAISY DEVINE – James Miller’s Daisy Devine galloped a mile and a quarter under Larry Melancon after the renovation break in her first trip back to the track since working five furlongs in :59.60 on Tuesday.

Trained by Andrew McKeever, Daisy Devine will be ridden in the Oaks by James Graham.

DELIGHTFUL MARY – John Oxley’s Delightful Mary galloped a mile and a half before the renovation break under exercise rider Melanie Giddings.

The Mark Casse-trained filly is scheduled to work Friday morning after the renovation break with jockey Shaun Bridgmohan up.

HER SMILE/R HEAT LIGHTNING – The E. Paul Robsham Stables’ R Heat Lightning, probable favorite for Kentucky Oaks 137, galloped a mile and a half after the renovation break under exercise rider Hector Ramos.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, R Heat Lightning will be ridden in the Oaks by John Velazquez.

Pletcher’s second Oaks probable is Her Smile, recently acquired by Bobby Flay and scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Thursday afternoon. No rider has been confirmed on Her Smile, who is scheduled to go to the track Friday morning.

HOLY HEAVENS – K.K. and Vilasini Jayaraman’s Holy Heavens returned to the track for the first time since working five furlongs on Tuesday in 1:03.60 to gallop a mile and three-quarters under exercise rider Manuel Huerta Castro.

Trained by Benard Chatters, Holy Heavens will be ridden in the Oaks by Kent Desormeaux.

JOYFUL VICTORY – Fox Hill Farms’ Joyful Victory galloped a mile and a half under trainer Larry Jones after the renovation break.

Runaway winner of the Honeybee (GIII) and Fantasy (GII) in her past two starts, Joyful Victory is scheduled to work Sunday.

Mike Smith has the Oaks riding assignment.

KATHMANBLU – Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables’ Kathmanblu galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Will Aldana.

The Ken McPeek trainee is scheduled to work Saturday. Julien Leparoux has the Oaks mount.

LILACS AND LACE – James Covello, Judy Hicks and Kathryn Nikkel’s Lilacs and Lace galloped a mile and a quarter under exercise rider Eliel DeJesus after the renovation break.

Reynaldo Abreu, assistant to trainer John Terranova, said Lilacs and Lace work would on Saturday. Javier Castellano has the Oaks mount.

PLUM PRETTYPeachtree Stable’s Plum Pretty jogged a mile under exercise rider Dana Barnes as the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro visited the track for the first time since a seven-furlong work at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

Trainer Bob Baffert’s filly is coming off a 25-length victory in the $200,000 Sunland Oaks.

Martin Garcia has the riding assignment on Plum Pretty in the Kentucky Oaks.

ST. JOHN’S RIVER – Dede McGehee’s St. John’s River was the first horse on the track after the renovation break from the “Lukas Gap” and wasted little time going about the business of the morning of working five furlongs in 1:00.80 under jockey Rosie Napravnik.

Working over a track labeled as “fast,” St. John’s River clicked off fractions of :12.40, :24.60, :36.40, :48.40 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.40. The move was the second fastest of 23 at the distance.

“I thought it went OK,” trainer Andy Leggio said. “She was in hand and it was a nice work. She will get two days off and go back to the track Sunday and gallop up to the Oaks and put the finishing touches on.”

Runner-up in the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) in her most recent start, St. John’s River has worked three times in Kentucky since the March 26 race in New Orleans. Two of the works came at Keeneland on Polytrack: 1:00.80 on April 13 and 1:00.40 on April 20.

“Time-wise, it was about the same, but she seemed to handle this track better,” Leggio said. “I think she is about at her peak and she just needs more distance. I hope this (the 1 1/8-mile Oaks) is it.”

SUAVE VOIR FAIRE – Fleur De Lis Racing’s Suave Voir Faire jogged a mile and then galloped a mile and an eighth under exercise rider Frederick Carmouche at the Highpointe Training Center.

“She will work in the morning on the main track at Highpointe and it should be a good track,” trainer Speedy Smithwick said. “She is going to go five-eighths and I will have her hook up with a companion the last three-eighths.”

Miguel Mena has the riding assignment on Suave Voir Faire, who will come to Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

SUMMER SOIREE – Team Valor International’s Summer Soiree is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Thursday afternoon.

Summer Soiree will stabled in Barn 22 and is scheduled to work Saturday or Sunday for trainer Graham Motion.