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
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
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.