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2010 Kentucky Oaks Notes - April 19

AGE OF HUMOR – Bluegrass Equine Center, Sky Chai Stable and Twin Creeks Farm’s Age of Humor, walked the shedrow at trainer Mike Maker’s barn at the Trackside Training Center after working five furlongs in :59.80 on Saturday.


Age of Humor is scheduled to work again next Saturday.


BEAUTICIAN – Peter Callahan’s Beautician galloped after the renovation break Sunday morning under exercise rider Marvin Obrego.


Trained by Ken McPeek, Beautician is scheduled to work Tuesday.


CRISP – Michael Talla’s Crisp, winner of the Santa Anita Oaks (GI) in her most recent start, walked the shedrow at Barn 42 on Sunday morning a day after working six furlongs in 1:15.20 under Lupillo Alferez.


Joel Rosario, who has ridden Crisp in her past three starts, is slated to ride the John Sadler trainee in the Kentucky Oaks.


IT’S TEA TIME – Alex Campbell Jr.’s It’s Tea Time, runner-up in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (GI) in her most recent start, is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs from Keeneland on Monday according to Jack Bohannan, assistant to trainer Rusty Arnold.


It’s Tea Time worked a half-mile in company in :49 at Keeneland on Friday.


JOANIE’S CATCH – Trainer Barry Rose said Sunday afternoon that the Rose Family Stable’s Joanie’s Catch would be headed to Churchill Downs next Monday, April 26, for a run in the Kentucky Oaks.    “That is what we are planning on,” Rose said. “She breezed yesterday at Calder (:51.60 for a half-mile) and I plan to work her again next Saturday. Paco Lopez will ride.”


JODY SLEW – Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan’s Jody Slew walked the shedrow at Barn 22 on Sunday morning. Trained by Bret Calhoun, Jody Slew worked a half-mile in :50 at Churchill Downs on Friday morning.


Dennis “Peaches” Geier, assistant to Calhoun, said Jody Slew would return to the track Monday morning and work again on Friday.


QUIET TEMPER / SASSY IMAGE – Trainer Dale Romans’ duo of Kentucky Oaks contenders – Quiet Temper and Sassy Image – galloped on Sunday morning at Churchill Downs, each with Javier Tapia in the saddle.


Mark Stanley’s Quiet Temper, winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII), figures to be one of the favorites for the Kentucky Oaks.


Jerry Romans’ Sassy Image, winner of the Golden Rod (GII) and Pocahontas (GIII) last fall at Churchill Downs, has more work to do to ensure a spot in the Kentucky Oaks starting gate.  She has not raced since a poor effort in the Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 27 and a workout scheduled for Wednesday, April 20 could be the deciding factor on a possible Oaks bid for the daughter of Broken Vow.


SEEKING THE TITLE – Trainer Dallas Stewart said Charles Fipke’s  Seeking the Title jogged Sunday under exercise rider Pedro Velez.


Stewart is hoping the daughter of Seeking the Gold, who finished in a dead-heat for third with Sheer Beauty in the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII), will make the Kentucky Oaks field.  But Seeking the Title he remains on the outside-looking-in with only $21,000 in career earnings and is tied with Sheer Beauty for 21st on a list of 24 prospective Oaks starters.


The Kentucky Oaks is limited to 14 starters, with preference to fillies with the highest earnings in graded stakes races.


Stewart said he would likely look toward the Black-Eyed Susan (GII) at Pimlico for Seeking the Title’s next race if she does not make the Kentucky Oaks field.


SHEER BEAUTY – Trainer and co-owner Bernie Flint said the 3-year-old Mizzen Mast filly was doing well and had walked on the day after Saturday’s four-furlong work at Churchill Downs in :48.40.


Flint is pessimistic in regard to the chances that the winner of last fall’s Caresssing on the turf at Churchill Downs will be able to compete in the Kentucky Oaks because of her small amount of graded stakes earnings ($21,000).  He has indicated the Eight Belles (GIII) at 7 ½- furlongs on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs could be his alternative if she does not make the Kentucky Oaks.


TIDAL POOL – Westrock Stables’ Tidal Pool jogged after the renovation break under Leeanne Bates for Hall of Fame trainer and four-time Kentucky Oaks winner D. Wayne Lukas.

 

 

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