AGE OF HUMOR – Bluegrass Equine Center, Sky Chai Stable and Twin Creeks Farm’s Age of Humor galloped at the nearby Trackside Training Center under Marvin Jiminez for trainer Mike Maker.
Maker said that Rajiv Maragh would ride Age of Humor in the Kentucky Oaks if she makes the field.
The Oaks is limited to a field of 14 that is comprised of horses with the most graded stakes earnings. Age of Humor has $39,400 in graded money, good for 17th among fillies pointing to the race.
Age of Humor, second in the Bourbonette Oaks (GIII) in his most recent start, is scheduled to work Saturday.
AILALEA/DEVIL MAY CARE – Starlight Partners Ailalea and Glencrest Farm’s Devil May Care, both trained by Todd Pletcher, had their first exercise over the Churchill Downs track on Wednesday after arriving from South Florida the day before.
Horacio De Paz was aboard Devil May Care and Fernando Espinoza was on Ailalea as both fillies galloped a mile and a quarter after the renovation break. Both are scheduled to work this weekend either Saturday or Sunday depending on the weather.
Devil May Care, winner of the Bonnie Miss (GII) in her most recent start and the Grade I Frizette last fall, could wait until the day after the Oaks and make a run in the Kentucky Derby.
“We are considering it,” Pletcher said. “I am confident she can go a mile and a quarter, a mile and a half. No decision will be made until after she works.”
AMEN HALLELUJAH – IEAH Stables, Whizway Farms and Robert Teel’s Amen Hallelujah galloped after the renovation break under Michelle Nevin to the delight of trainer Rick Dutrow.
“She galloped very well,” Dutrow said of the filly’s first trip over the track since arriving Tuesday afternoon from South Florida. “I am as excited about that as I was with ‘Homeboy’s’ work.”
The same time Amen Hallelujah was going through her paces, Dutrow’s Kentucky Derby hopeful Homeboykris was working six furlongs in 1:14.80 under Julien Leparoux.
Leparoux will ride Amen Hallelujah in the Oaks. Dutrow said the filly would probably work Friday, depending on the weather.
BEAUTICIAN – Peter Callahan’s Beautician was reported to be doing well Wednesday morning at Barn 6 a morning after working five furlongs in 1:00.40.
“She is fine this morning and will return to the track in the morning,” trainer Ken McPeek said.
CHAMPAGNE D’ORO – Southern Equine’s Champagne d’Oro jogged a mile and galloped a mile before the renovation break Wednesday morning.
Trainer Eric Guillot said Martin Garcia would have the mount on Champagne d’Oro if she makes the Oaks field. Champagne d’Oro has $60,000 in graded stakes earnings, good for 15th on the list of fillies pointing to the Oaks, which will fill the starting gate with the 14 entries with highest graded stakes earnings.
Guillot plans to work Champagne d’Oro on Saturday and next Wednesday and Thursday have paddock schooling sessions.
CRISP – Michael Talla’s Crisp galloped before the renovation break under exercise rider Lupillo Alferez for trainer John Sadler.
Joel Rosario will have the mount on Crisp, who comes into the Oaks off a victory in the Santa Anita Oaks (GI). The Kentucky Oaks would be Crisp’s first start on a dirt track.
“I think the West Coast form has held up pretty well,” Sadler said. “Blind Luck came east and won the Fantasy (GII) at Oaklawn Park and Evening Jewel shipped to Keeneland and won the (Central Bank) Ashland (GI).”
Crisp is scheduled to work Friday or Saturday, depending on weather.
IT’S TEA TIME – Alex Campbell Jr.’s It’s Tea Time remained at Keeneland on Wednesday instead of shipping to Churchill Downs.
“Everything is fine here; I am just keeping my eye on the weather,” trainer Rusty Arnold said. “If the weather gets real bad, I can work her over here. If it looks like it will be OK, we can come over Thursday and work Friday or Saturday.”
Alan Garcia, who has been aboard It’s Tea Time in her past two starts including a runner-up finish in the Central Bank Ashland (GI), will have the mount in the Oaks.
JODY SLEW – Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan’s Jody Slew galloped after the renovation break under Eddie Corerra. The Bret Calhoun trainee is scheduled to work Friday.
QUIET TEMPER / SASSY IMAGE – The pair of Kentucky Oaks candidates that reside in the barn of trainer Dale Romans – Mark Stanley’s Quiet Temper and Jerry Romans’ Sassy Image – galloped over the fast Churchill Downs surface on Wednesday. Romans indicated now that both of his fillies would work on Friday. Quiet Temper had been scheduled to work on Friday all along, but Romans indicated Wednesday that Sassy Image would also work on that day.
The work could determine the status of an Oaks bid by Sassy Image, who has not run since an off-the-board finish behind Amen Hallelujah in the Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park.
SEEKING THE TITLE – Charles Fipke’s Seeking the Title, who could be left on the outside looking in with only $21,000 in graded stakes earnings when entries are taken for the Kentucky Oaks, galloped after the renovation break under Pedro Velez.
The Dallas Stewart trainee stands tied for 18th among the list of Oaks hopefuls in graded earnings. The top 14 in earnings in graded stakes races that pass the entry box will comprise the Kentucky Oaks field.
SHEER BEAUTY – L.T.B. Inc. and Miles Childers’ Sheer Beauty, in the same boat as Seeking the Title with $21,000 in graded stakes earnings, galloped two miles before the renovation break under Mario Convento.
“She was really smokin’ the last mile,” trainer Bernie Flint said.
Flint said that Sheer Beauty would work either Saturday or Sunday depending on whether it looks like the filly will get into the Oaks field.
TIDAL POOL – Westrock Stables’ Tidal Pool jogged after the renovation break under Leeanne Bates.