Jody Slew, undefeated in the first two legs of Fair
Grounds’ sophomore filly series, will attempt to become the first horse to
sweep all three races in that grouping when she goes to the post in Friday’s
44th running of the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks.
Owned by Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan, Jody Slew
suffered bruises and body soreness after getting cast in her stall more than a
week ago. She has been evaluated on a day-by-day basis by trainer Bret
Calhoun since that setback regarding her chances of answering the bell in
oval’s annual main event for members of the distaff set.
“As of right now we’re a ‘go’,” said Calhoun’s assistant
trainer Jill Perry Thursday morning, speaking outside the Calhoun barn.
“She seemed to be good this morning, and unless something drastic happens
between now and tomorrow we will be in there.”
That was also welcome news for the owners, who were already
seated on a plane for a flight from Dallas,
Texas, to New
Orleans when contacted.
“It’s been a blessing to us to have a filly like this one,”
said Stevie Martin, the feminine half of Martin Racing Stable, whose
filly was considered “doubtful” for the Oaks earlier this week. “We’re going to
put this little setback behind us, and now we’re looking forward to coming back
Ironically, Jody Slew was originally purchased to be a
grass horse and was entered in the $75,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes Jan. 23 (first
leg of the sophomore series) mostly because she needed a race and there was
nothing on the grass for her at time. When she won that, it made no sense not
to bring her back in the Grade III Silverbulletday Stakes Feb. 20, and in that
second leg of the series she got up to win by a nose in the last jump after
trailing the field most of the way.
Should Jody Slew win the Fair Grounds Oaks, in addition to
making unprecedented Thoroughbred history in New Orleans,
she would automatically become one of the long range favorites for the Grade I
Kentucky Oaks five weeks later on April 30.
Four of the last five Fair Grounds Oaks winners have gone
on to win the Kentucky Oaks, including eventual Horse of the Year Rachel
Alexandra last year.