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Bizzy Caroline Fires American Oaks Bullet

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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 victory.

 

“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 Oaks.

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 straight win.

 

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 Bay.   

 

 

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