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Close Hatches Breezes for Kentucky Oaks

BROKEN SPELL Calumet Farm’s Broken Spell (No. 13) galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Edvin Vargas for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.
 
CLOSE HATCHES/FLASHY GRAY Juddmonte Farms’ undefeated Close Hatches (No. 5) had her first Churchill Downs work in preparation for the 139th Kentucky Oaks, breezing a half-mile in :47.80 over a fast track under exercise rider Joanna Trout. The move was the second fastest of 81 at the distance.

Working during the training period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horses after the morning renovation break, Close Hatches posted fractions of :11.80, :23.60, :35.60 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.20.

“I was very happy with her,” Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said. “She went very well. She looked bright and alert and seemed happy out there. She will work again next Sunday.”

West Point Thoroughbreds and Tom Keithley’s Flashy Gray (No. 6), who arrived at Churchill Downs from South Florida a few days ago, galloped after the break under exercise rider Penny Gardiner.

Mott said he has not set a work date for Flashy Gray, who worked last Sunday at Payson Park. Junior Alvarado, who rode Flashy Gray to a runner-up finish behind Unlimited Budget in the Fair Grounds Oaks (Grade II), has the Oaks riding assignment, according to Mott.

 
DREAMING OF JULIA / PRINCESS OF SYLMAR / SILSITA / UNLIMITED BUDGET – Trainer Todd Pletcher’s Kentucky Oaks contenders Unlimited Budget (No. 3), Dreaming of Julia (No. 4), Princess of Sylmar (No. 7) and Silsita (No. 10) walked the shedrow of Barn 34 the morning after working at Churchill Downs.
 
On Saturday, Unlimited Budget and Silsita breezed five furlongs together in 1:00.60, Dreaming of Julia breezed a half-mile in :48.80 by herself and Princess of Sylmar breezed four furlongs in :48.60 in company with Eight Belles Presented by Xerox (GIII) contender Fusaichiswonderful.

Pletcher said the four fillies came out of their works well.

“So far, so good,” Pletcher said.
 
FIFTYSHADESOFHAY/MIDNIGHT LUCKY – Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Midnight Lucky (No. 9), runaway winner of the Sunland Park Oaks in her most recent start galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez for trainer Bob Baffert.

 

Peter Hutton, assistant to Baffert, said that Midnight Lucky is scheduled to work Monday. 

Fiftyshadesofhay (No. 8), owned by the same partnership as Midnight Lucky, galloped before the break under Hutton.

 
ROSE TO GOLD – Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centrofanti’s Rose to Gold (No. 2) walked the shedrow at Barn 43 a day after working a half-mile in :48.20, the second fastest of 62 moves at the distance.
 
SEANEEN GIRL – Naveed Chowhan’s Seaneen Girl (No. 11) galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Edward “Rocky” Seely for trainer Bernie Flint.
 

 

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