Regis Racing’s Shook Up tuned-up for her planned run in the $1 million-guaranteed Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) with a sparkling five-furlong work on Sunday at Churchill Downs.
The Steve Asmussen-trained runner-up in the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) breezed around 6:30 a.m. (all times EDT) and turned in a “bullet” move when she covered five furlongs in :59. Shook Up’s move over a fast track under exercise rider Mike Callaham ranked as the fastest of 51 works at the distance.
The 3-year-old daughter of Tapit worked in company with stablemate Indian Rocket and Churchill Downs clockers recorded internal fractions of :12 and :34.80 for Shook Up and she galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.60. Shook Up started her breeze one length behind her workmate and finished two lengths in front. Indian Rocket covered the distance in :59.60, which ranked as Sunday’s second-fastest work at the distance.
The six-furlong gallop-out by Shook Up was faster than a six-furlong work by 2014 Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve, who covered the distance over a fast surface in 1:13.
“She’s a tremendously talented filly,” Asmussen said. “I feel very good about all the time she’s had here at Churchill and how comfortable she is with the surroundings.”
Shook Up finished second to fellow Kentucky Oaks contender I’m A Chatterbox despite a wide trip in the 1 1/16-mile Fair Grounds Oaks at the New Orleans track on March 28. She opened her career with a runner-up finish in maiden race at Churchill Downs in late November and followed her debut with a 13 ½-length maiden victory on Jan. 3 at Fair Grounds. She finished second to eventual Ashland (GI) winner and Fair Grounds Oaks runner-up Lovely Maria in an allowance optional claiming race at Fair Grounds before she turned in the only poor race of her career in a fifth-place run behind I’m A Chatterbox in Fair Grounds’ Rachel Alexandra (GIII) on Feb. 21.
Shook Up will have one more work at Churchill Downs prior to her run in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 1.
“We’ll worry about what we have control over and get her there in as good a condition as possible,” Asmussen said. “We hope to draw well and you hope you get a better trip.”
Shook Up’s career record stands at 1-3-0 n five races with earnings of $123,100.
Also on the track for Asmussen was Ackerley Brothers Farm’s Bold Conquest, a Kentucky Derby candidate who galloped during the 15-minute training window for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders on a track rated sloppy from rains that started shortly after the Churchill Downs track opened for training.
Asmussen said Bold Conquest, runner-up in the Iroquois (GIII) at Churchill Downs and third in the Rebel (GII) at Oaklawn Park, would work Monday. He said Monday’s weather would determine whether the son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin would work shortly after the track opens for training at 6 a.m. or during the training period for Oaks and Derby horses.
Bold Conquest ranked 23rd with a total of 17 points on the updated “Road to the Kentucky Derby” Leaderboard released by Churchill Downs on Sunday. A maximum of 20 horses will compete in the May 2 Kentucky Derby.
KENTUCKY DERBY PRESENTED BY YUM! BRANDS NOTES – Zayat Stables LLC’s Arkansas Derby (GI) winner American Pharoah galloped in the rain under Jorge Alvarez over sloppy footing during the training window for Kentucky Oaks and Derby horses. … Assistant trainer Norman Casse said John C. Oxley’s Danzig Moon came out of Saturday’s swift five-furlong work in :58 in good shape. “Everthing’s perfect,” said Casse, the son of trainer Mark Casse who oversees his father’s stable at Churchill Downs. The younger Casse said his father would be at Churchill Downs on Saturday for a four-furlong work that would be the final pre-Derby training move by the son of Malibu Moon. … Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s International Star, winner of the Louisiana Derby (GII) and the points leader on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” Leaderboard, came out of his Saturday work at Churchill Downs well, according to trainer Mike Maker. The son of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus breezed five furlongs in 1:01.80 under jockey Miguel Mena. International Star returned to Maker’s base at Trackside training center after the work, but will return to Churchill Downs this week and will remain at the track through his Kentucky Derby run. Maker said Saturday that the colt would return to Churchill Downs on Monday or Tuesday, but said Sunday that the plan had changed and the four-mile journey from Trackside had been pushed back to later in the week. … Robert V. LaPenta and Harry T. Rosenblum’s Arkansas Derby runner-up Far Right galloped 1 7/8 miles over sloppy footing during Sunday’s training session for Derby and Oaks horses. Trainer Ron Moquett said the winner of the Southwest (GIII) and Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park would work on Saturday or Sunday … Loooch Racing Stables and Glenn K. Ellis’ War Story galloped early Sunday over a fast track at Churchill Downs. Trainer Tom Amoss said the Risen Star (GII) runner-up is scheduled to work on Wednesday. … Four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas said Zayat Stables’ Mr. Z, third in the Arkansas Derby, would work on Wednesday or Thursday. The Malibu Moon colt galloped over a sloppy track during Sunday’s training window for Derby and Oaks runners. … Stall manager Steve Hargrave reports Philip S. Birsh’s Wood Memorial runner-up Tencendur, trained by George Weaver, is expected to arrive Monday after a van ride from New York.
LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS NOTES: Assistant trainer Kenny McCarthy reported that Donegal Racing’s homebred Puca “looked fine” on the morning after her first work at Churchill Downs. The Bill Mott-trained daughter of 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown and runner-up in Aqueduct’s Gazelle (GII) breezed four furlongs in :48.20. … Two-time Kentucky Oaks-winning trainer Bob Baffert said he was leaning toward a run in the Kentucky Oaks by Kaleem Shah’s Luminance following her sizzling work at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The Tale of the Cat filly, the runner-up to Stellar Wind in the Santa Anita Oaks (GI), breezed four furlongs in a “bullet” :46. Baffert said that Maybellene, a filly owned by his wife Jill and under consideration for an Oaks bid, would work at Churchill Downs on Tuesday. The daughter of Lookin At Lucky won the Sunland Oaks via the disqualification of stablemate Callback in her most recent start. … Stall manager Steve Hargrave reports Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group’s Spinaway (GI), Demoiselle (GII), Busher and Gazelle (GII) winner Condo Commando, trained by Rudy Rodriguez, is expected to arrive Monday after a van ride from New York.