Photo: Hollywood Park
Kentucky invader Bizzy Caroline worked on the Hollywood Park
turf for the first time Sunday for the $250,000 American Oaks for 3-year-old
fillies Saturday, July 16 and fired a bullet.
Bizzy Caroline was timed in 47.80 seconds for four furlongs
under Rafael Bejarano, who will ride her for the first time in the Grade I test
at 1 ¼ miles on grass.
“She galloped out five furlongs in a minute,” said Alan
Shell, assistant to trainer Ken McPeek. “Rafael loved her.”
Bizzy Caroline comes off a victory in the Grade III Regret
Stakes on the Churchill Downs turf June 18, her third consecutive grass
“She worked better on turf than on Cushion Track,” said
Shell in reference to a five-furlong drill in 1:02.20 here July 2. The
Kentucky-bred filly is a homebred owned by Catesby Clay.
Cambina, another American Oaks candidate, also worked four
furlongs on turf and was timed in 49.40.
Trainer Jeff Bonde said that Martin Garcia, who won the race
last year on Harmonious, would be aboard Cambina for the first time. The
Irish-bred filly finished third in both the Senorita Stakes and Honeymoon
Handicap after three straight stakes wins on the Santa Anita turf.
Trainer John Shirrreffs, who sent out Harmonious to victory
last year, said that both Star Billing and Nereid would start in the American
Star Billing, winner of the Senorita and runner-up in the
Honeymoon, will be ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario. Regular rider Joe
Talamo will be back aboard Nereid in her stakes bow in quest of a third
The two fillies completed drills Saturday with six-furlong
works on Cushion Track. Star Billing was timed in 1:12.60; Nereid in 1:13.40.
Entrustment, runner-up in the Senorita and fourth-place
finisher in the Honeymoon, also worked six furlongs Saturday, in 1:12.80.
Alonso Quinonez has the call back for trainer Paddy Gallagher.
Also nominated are Dynamo, Hard Sun, Love Theway You are, Up
In Time and the New York-based trio of Royal Delta, Mystical Star and Naples