Trainer Ralph Nicks had James Spence’s Aubby K entered in an
allowance race on Feb. 15, but he scratched the 4-year-old homebred
filly, who will instead make her first start since August in Sunday’s
$150,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park. Jockey Edgar
Prado has the mount for the seven-furlong test.
“It rained and I didn’t want her to start back off the long layoff
on a muddy track. Why risk it?” said Nicks. “She won her first start
impressively (career debut) and won big here off the layoff last year. I
think she can run her best race first time. We stopped on her after the
Test last year to give her time to grow and develop.
“We might have rushed her a little bit to try and make a route horse
out of her when we ran her in the Delaware Oaks (G2). She probably
wants to be a sprinter.”
A daughter of 2007 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Street Sense, Aubby K
made two starts as a 2-year-old in 2011, winning her debut by 15 ½
lengths at Belmont Park in September and finishing a good fourth to On
Fire Baby in the one-mile Pocahontas Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs.
Aubby K made her third career start in an ‘a other than’ allowance
here going 6 ½ furlongs on Mar. 25 and won off by 9 ¾ lengths with both
the second and third-place finishers coming back to win their next
Aubby K’s next start after Gulfstream was a third-place performance
behind Contested in the Acorn Stakes (G1) at Belmont before the Delaware
Oaks. In one more start she finished a non-threatening eighth behind
Contested in the Test Stakes (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 25.