Oaks News Stories

Ria Antonia Works, In Tune Takes First Trip Over Track / Longines Kentucky Oaks Update for Wednesday, April 23

UNTAPABLE (No. 1) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable visited the starting gate and then galloped Wednesday morning under Angel Garcia at Churchill Downs in preparation for the May 2 $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI).

Untapable is trained by Steve Asmussen, who saddled Summerly to win the 2005 Oaks. Rosie Napravnik, who won the 2012 Kentucky Oaks on Believe You Can, has the mount on Untapable.

SUGAR SHOCK (No. 2) – On Clud Nine LLC’s Sugar Shock galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Seth VanDyke after the renovation break.

Trained by Doug Anderson, Sugar Shock is scheduled to work Friday with Calvin Borel up.

FASHION PLATE (No. 3) – Arnold Zetcher and Michael Tabor’s Fashion Plate, winner of the Las Virgenes (GI) and Santa Anita Oaks (GI) in her  two most recent starts, is scheduled to work Saturday morning at Santa Anita according  to trainer Simon Callaghan.

Fashion Plate is scheduled to fly to Louisville on Monday.

IN TUNE (tie-No. 4)/MY MISS SOPHIA (tie-No. 4)/GOT LUCKY (No. 8) – Wertheimer and Frere’s In Tune made her first appearance on the track at Churchill Downs, galloping under Ovel Merida after the renovation break.

In Tune, who is undefeated in three starts that includes a victory in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII), arrived at Churchill Downs Tuesday afternoon as part of a continent of horses trained by Todd Pletcher.

Pletcher’s other Oaks considerations, Mathis Stable’s My Miss Sophia and Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings and Philip Steinberg’s Got Lucky, galloped with Humberto Zamora and Amy Mulen aboard, respectively.

Rider assignments for the Oaks are to be determined.

ROSALIND (No. 6) – Landaluce Educe Stables’ Rosalind, dead-heat-winner of the Ashland Stakes (GI), galloped under exercise rider Danny Ramsey for trainer Kenny McPeek after the renovation break.

McPeek plans to work Rosalind on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, depending on weather.

ROOM SERVICE (No. 7)/AURELIA’S BELLE (No. 9) – Gary and Mary West’s Room Service and James Miller’s Aurelia’s Belle galloped after the renovation break with exercise rider Calamity Compton handling the duties on both.

RIA ANTONIA (No. 10) – Christopher Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable’s Ria Antonia worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 with Rosie Napravnik aboard before the morning renovation break at Churchill Downs.

Working on her own, Ria Antonia posted fractions of :12.80, :24.60 and :48.20 with a six-furlong gallop out time 1:14.80. The move was the third fastest of 15 at the distance.

“I was happy with the work,” trainer Bob Baffert said of Ria Antonia, who arrived here Monday from Southern California. “She went really nice and moved well over the track.”

Mike Smith, who rode Princess of Sylmar to victory in the 2013 Oaks, has the mount.

KISS MOON (No. 11) – Carl Pollard’s Kiss Moon returned to the track for the first time since working five furlongs in 1:00.60 on Monday. Kiss Moon galloped after the break under Otto Thorwarth for trainer David Vance.

FIFTYSHADESOFGOLD (No. 12) – The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Fiftyshadesofgold, a candidate for the Oaks or the Eight Belles (GIII) on May 2, galloped two miles before the renovation break under Sara Escudero.

Trained by Bret Calhoun, Fiftyshadesofgold is scheduled to work Friday.

UNBRIDLED FOREVER (No. 13) -- Charles Fipke’s Unbridled Forever galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Pedro Velez for trainer Dallas Stewart.

Robby Albarado has the Oaks mount.

SWEET REASON (No. 14) – Treadway Racing Stable’s Sweet Reason remains under consideration for a possible start in the Kentucky Oaks but trainer Leah Gyarmati said no decision has been made on the filly who is training at Belmont Park.

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