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2010 Kentucky Oaks Notes - April 20

AGE OF HUMOR – Bluegrass Equine Center, Sky Chai Stable and Twin Creeks Farm’s Age of Humor galloped Tuesday morning at the nearby Trackside Training Center under exercise rider Marvin Jiminez for trainer Mike Maker.

AILALEA/DEVIL MAY CARE – Starlight Partners Ailalea and Glencrest Farm’s Devil May Care, both trained by Todd Pletcher, arrived at Churchill Downs early Tuesday afternoon after a flight from South Florida.


Trainer Todd Pletcher told reporters earlier in the day that Bonnie Miss (GII) winner Devil May Care was being considered for a run against males in the Kentucky Derby rather than facing fillies in the Oaks.  She was an early nominee to the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown.


The Pletcher trainees are housed in Barn 34.


AMEN HALLELUJAH – IEAH Stables and Whizway Farms’ Amen Hallelujah was arrived early Tuesday afternoon after a flight from South Florida.


Trained by Rick Dutrow, who saddled Big Brown to win the 2008 Kentucky Derby, the Davona Dale (GII) winner is housed in Barn 45.


BEAUTICIAN – Peter Callahan’s Beautician, runner-up to champion She Be Wild in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI), tuned up for a possible run in the Kentucky Oaks with challenging five-furlong in-company work with stablemate Noble’s Promise, who could run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.


The Ken McPeek-trained gray filly was ridden by jockey Alex Solis as she gave way in the stretch after working throughout with Noble’s Promise and covered the distance over a fast track in 1:00.40.  Noble’s Promise covered the distance in :59.80, the fastest move of the day at the distance.


The duo was timed in fractions of :11.80, :23.40, :35 and :47.20 before Noble’s Promise drew away under jockey Willie Martinez.  Beautician galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.40 – two full seconds slower than her workmate.


Beautician is coming off a disappointing last-place finish behind Evening Jewel on synthetic Polytrack in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (GI) at Keeneland and, while McPeek said the work was good for his filly, she is not definite to run in the Kentucky Oaks on April 30.


“Alex liked her work – he loved the way she felt,” McPeek said.  “He said [Noble’s Promise] was just that much better than her and she got a little tired.  So we’re watching how she’s cooling out.  She scoped perfectly clean and she’s drank quite a bit of water and she needs to progress in the feed tub in the next several days.”


CHAMPAGNE D’ORO – Southern Equine’s Champagne d’Oro galloped 1 ½ miles under Froylan Garcia shortly after the track opened for training at 5:45.


Trainer Eric Guillot is scheduled to arrive in Louisville tonight and take over the reins from assistant Richard Baltas, who was heading back to Louisiana Downs.


CRISP – Michael Talla’s Crisp galloped 1 ½ miles under exercise rider Lupillo Alferez early Tuesday morning for trainer John Sadler.


Crisp, who will be ridden in the Kentucky Oaks by Joel Rosario is scheduled to have her second Churchill Downs work either Friday or Saturday according to Sadler.


IT’S TEA TIME – Alex Campbell Jr.’s  It’s Tea Time is scheduled to arrive Wednesday from Keeneland and is scheduled to work Saturday.


JODY SLEW – Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan’s Jody Slew galloped after the renovation break under Eddie Corerra.


QUIET TEMPER / SASSY IMAGE – Trainer Dale Romans’ duo of Kentucky Oaks hopefuls – Mark Stanley’s Fair Grounds Oaks winner (GII) Quiet Temper and Jerry Romans’ Golden Rod (GII) and Pocahontas (GIII) winner Sassy Image – galloped under exercise rider Javier Tapia.


Romans said Sassy Image would work now work on Thursday and the outcome of that work will largely determine whether she runs in the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks.  The daughter of Broken Vow has not competed since a fifth-place finish in the Davona Dale (GII) at Gulfstream Park.


Quiet Temper is set to work on Friday.


SEEKING THE TITLE – Charles Fipke’s Seeking the Title galloped after the renovation break under Pedro Velez.


SHEER BEAUTY – L.T.B. Inc. and Miles Childers’ Sheer Beauty jogged a mile and galloped a mile under Mario Convento shortly after 7 o’clock.


TIDAL POOL – Westrock Stables’ Tidal Pool, conditioned by four-time Kentucky Oaks-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas, worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 under jockey Calvin Borel after the renovation break.


Fractions for the work were :12.20, :24, :36.20, :47.80, :59.60 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:29.60.


"She needed to get a good work in her and that was good,” said Lukas of Tidal Pool who would have one more work before the Oaks.


SCHEDULED KENTUCKY OAKS 136 ARRIVALS: Bella Diamante (4-24), Joanie’s Catch (4-26), Blind Luck (4-27), Evening Jewel (4-27)

 

 

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