WEST / OAKS FAVORITE BLIND LUCK TO TRAIN FOR OAKS IN CALIFORNIA – Blind Luck, the winner of last week’s Fantasy (Grade II) at Oaklawn Park and the early favorite for the 136th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) at Churchill Downs on April 30, will train in California until just before America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies.
Dan Ward, assistant to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, told Daily Racing Form this week that the daughter of Pollard’s Vision would follow a schedule close to her preparation for her successful run in Arkansas. She shipped to Oaklawn Park on the Tuesday before the Fantasy, which was run on Friday, April 2.
“We’d like to get the same schedule for Oaks Week,” said Ward. “That’s perfect.”
The victory in the Fantasy improved Blind Luck’s career record to six wins in nine races with earnings of $1,069,050. Five of her wins have come in graded stakes races.
KENTUCKY / FRANNY FREUD TAKES KEENELAND’S BEAUMONT – Favored Franny Freud cruised to the lead early and never looked back on her way to a 4 ¼-length victory in Wednesday’s 25th running of the $150,000 Beaumont Stakes (GII) for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland.
Jockey Garrett Gomez enjoyed an uncontested lead throughout as she improved her record to 5-2-0 in eight races. Franny Freud covered the Beard Course distance of seven furlongs, 184 feet in 1:26.89 over Keeneland’s synthetic Polytrack surface.
Chantilly Nayla rallied for second, while Diva Delite finished four lengths back in third. The setback snapped a five-race winning streak for Diva Delite, who ran for the first time for new trainer Ian Wilkes.
Trainer John Terranova said he’s not sure where Franny Freud, a New York-bred daughter of Freud and the odds-on 1-2 favorite in the Beaumont, would run next.
“She came out of the race really well,” he said. “There is an outside chance she could run in the Eight Belles (a Grade III, $100,000-added race at 7 ½ furlongs at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day), but I doubt it.”
NEW YORK / SHE’LL BE DOGGONE TRIES COMELY – Morris Bailey’s She’ll Be Doggone, unbeaten in two races at Aqueduct, will attempt to extend that string on Saturday when she takes on seven rivals in the $100,000 Comely Stakes (GIII) at a mile over the New York track.
The daughter of Gone West is trained by Tony Dutrow and will be ridden by Edgar Prado. Dutrow will also saddle Volare Cantare in the race.
A major threat to She’ll Be Doggone, the 5-2 morning line favorite, is Touching Beauty. A daughter of Tapit trained by Jimmy Jerkens, Touching Beauty was second to Awesome Maria in the 2009 Matron (GII) and was an impressive recent allowance winner at Gulfstream Park.