FLORIDA / CHAMPION SHE BE WILD LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK IN FLORIDA OAKS – When she was last seen in the Forward Gal (Grade II) at Gulfstream Park, reigning 2-year-old filly champion and Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I) winner She Be Wild finished a disappointing fifth in her first career start over traditional dirt.
Trainer Wayne Catalano gives She Be Wild another chance on dirt on Saturday as she seeks redemption in the $150,000 Florida Oaks (GIII) at Tampa Bay Downs. Catalano is hoping for a sharp effort that will sharpen She Be Wild for a return to a synthetic surface in Keeneland’s Ashland Stakes (GI) on April 3.
Jose Lezcano gets the mount on She Be Wild, who will carry high weight of 122 pounds as she faces nine fillies in the Florida Oaks.
Foremost among those rivals is Diva Delite, whose four-race winning streak includes Tampa Bay victories in the Gasparilla and Suncoast Stakes. Rosemary Homeister Jr. will ride.
SOUTH / BEAUTICIAN RETURNS TO FACE DECELERATOR IN HONEYBEE – Beautician, one of last year’s top 2-year-old fillies and runner-up to champion She Be Wild in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, makes her anticipated return to racing in Saturday’s $125,000 Honeybee Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.
It will be the first race for the Ken McPeek-trained Beautician since a disappointing seventh-place run as the favorite in the Hollywood Starlet (GI) in December at Hollywood Park. She raced with blinkers for the first time in that race and McPeek will remove that piece of equipment for Beautician’s 3-year-old debut.
"I don’t know if w have a clear excuse on that race,” McPeek told Daily Racing Form. “She just had a bad day.”
Robby Albarado will ride Beautician.
If Beautician is to be successful in the Honeybee, she will likely have to find a way to handle the D. Wayne Lukas-trained Decelerator, winner of Oaklawn’s Martha Washington.
EAST / BICKERSONS BIDS FOR REBOUND IN CICADA – Saturday’s $100,000 Cicada (GIII) at Aqueduct provides a chance for the well-regarded Bickersons to get back on track.
George and Lori Hall’s filly rolled to a seven-length win in the seven-furlong Forward Gal (GII) at Gulfstream Park, defeating a field that included 2009 2-year-old filly champion She Be Wild. But the Kelly Breen-trained Bickersons followed that effort with a disappointing fourth-place finish behind Amen Hallelujah as the favorite in the one-mile Davona Dale (GII).
Joe Bravo will ride as Bickersons faces seven rivals in the six-furlong Cicada.