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Jody Slew Possible for Fair Grounds Oaks

Fair Grounds Race Course
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Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan’s Jody Slew, winner of the $75,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes Jan. 23 and the Grade III Silverbulletday Stakes Feb. 20, was still a possibility for Friday’s Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks as of Wednesday morning, according to trainer Bret Calhoun.


The 3-year-old daughter of Slew City Slew injured herself when cast in her stall a little over a week ago, missed her final scheduled work for the Oaks but has been improving day-by-day since that time.


“She seems a little better again today,” said Calhoun, “but I’d like to make a decision by tomorrow (Thursday) on whether she’s going to run or not. I really don’t want to have to drag it out until race day (Friday).”


Should she run in the Fair Grounds Oaks and win it, Jody Slew would become the first horse in Fair Grounds history to sweep the local sophomore filly series.


Rachel Alexandra Gallops Again Wednesday with Next Scheduled Work Set for Monday

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, who first appeared on the national racing writers’ radar last year after she won the 2009 Fair Grounds Oaks, had her usual routine gallop during training Wednesday morning at Fair Grounds, according to Fair Grounds clocker Mike Diliberto.


“They did not ask her to do too much today,” said Diliberto later in the morning. “As of right now, her next scheduled (official) work is to come Monday.”


Last year, Rachel Alexandra became the fourth of the last five Fair Grounds Oaks winners to go on and win the Grade I Kentucky Oaks later in the spring.

Also Wednesday morning, Louisiana Derby contender Island Soul, owned by Rachel Alexandra’s majority owner Stonestreet Stables and also trained by Steve Asmussen, breezed a half in 50.40.


Red Alert Day Not on Wednesday’s Flight from California.

British-bred Red Alert Day, a Grade II Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap entrant conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale, was not aboard Wednesday’s flight from California, according to stall superintendant Mario Torres.

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