Photo: David Alcosser, NYRA
Winchell Thoroughbreds’ UNTAPABLE galloped two miles shortly after 6 o’clock Saturday morning with Angel Garcia aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen.
Asmussen said the
three-time graded stakes winner who is undefeated in two starts at
Churchill Downs would work Sunday morning with his second set shortly
after 6 o’clock with Garcia to handle the breeze.
who has been aboard for all four of the filly’s victories in her
six-race career, has the mount in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI).
SUGAR SHOCK (No. 2) – On Cloud Nine’s Sugar Shock jogged two miles under Seth VanDyke after the morning renovation break.
“All is good here,” trainer Doug
Anderson said. “She wanted to do more this morning, but she did what we wanted.”
Anderson, who is
part of the On Cloud Nine ownership group, bought Sugar Shock for
$20,000 at Keeneland in September 2012.
“The main thing I
liked about her was the pedigree,” Anderson said. “She’s by Candy Ride
who is a very useful sire and her second dam is a Grade III winner. We
thought she had potential and that’s why we
Calvin Borel will have the mount in Oaks.
FASHION PLATE (No. 3) – Arnold Zetcher and Michael Tabor’s Fashion Plate completed the California portion of her Kentucky Oaks preparation by working 1:00.40 on Saturday morning at Santa Anita
for trainer Simon Callaghan.
“She worked in company and went very, very well,” Callaghan said. “I got her in a
minute and change. It was a nice maintenance move and she did it well within herself.”
Callaghan said the filly would walk tomorrow and then ship from her Southern California base early Monday.
“I will be flying in Tuesday,” Callaghan said. “She will probably jog Tuesday.”
Gary Stevens has the mount in the Oaks.
MY MISS SOPHIA (No. 4)/GOT LUCKY (No.6) –- Trainer Todd Pletcher's Oaks duo of My Miss Sophia and Got Lucky
danced their final preparatory dance together Saturday morning at
Downs, breaking off as a team at the half-mile pole and skipping through
four furlongs as one with My Miss Sophia (on the inside) perhaps
winning it by a neck.
Clockers caught the pair in an equal time of :49.40 for the drill and assigned early
splits of :12.20 and :24.40. The six-furlong out time registered at 1:15. The half-mile time was 34th
best of 75 at the distance.
Regular exercise riders Humberto Zamora (My Miss Sophia) and Amy Mulen (Got Lucky) did the driving.
"Many of our
horses work together," Pletcher noted. "These two have been on the same
path. They both ran in the same race (Gazelle at Aqueduct April 5) last
time, they'll run in the same race (Kentucky Oaks)
Friday and they train together. It was a good move for them today. They
both went off well and finished up well."
Unlike many other
trainers, Pletcher often puts his work horses right back on the track
the next morning. He said he would consider doing it again with his Oaks
The owners of My Miss Sophia -- Bill and Terry Mathis
of the Mathis Stable -- announced they are pledging a portion of any
winning they might realize in the Oaks to a special cancer
fund that is partnering with Churchill Downs.
"We'll check and
see how they're doing tonight," the trainer said. "If all's good, we
might put them on the track for a jog in the morning."
In a press release, the couple stated:
"It's a tremendous
honor to have My Miss Sophia competing in the 140th running of the
Longines Kentucky Oaks. We are especially proud of Churchill Downs for
raising cancer awareness while celebrating its
many survivors. We are pledging to Bright Pink 10% of any
proceeds My Miss Sophia receives for competing in this historic race.
When she turns for home coming down the stretch she'll be running to
support this most worthy cause."
ROSALIND (No. 5) – Landaluce Educe Stables’ Rosalind
breezed a half-mile in :49.40, covering the first quarter in :24.20 and
out five furlongs in 1:02.60 in her final prep for the Kentucky Oaks
rider Danny Ramsey up for trainer Kenny McPeek.
The move was the 34th fastest of 75 at the distance.
just a routine, maintenance breeze,” McPeek said. “She really didn’t
need a lot. She actually went faster than we wanted her to in her last
work at Keeneland.”
Kentucky Oaks will be just the third start of the year for Rosalind, who
ran third in an optional claimer at Gulfstream Park before finishing as
a dead-heat winner of the Ashland Stakes (GI)
been drilling the feed tub,” McPeek said. “I don’t know if she’s doing
better than when she went into the Ashland, but definitely just as good.
Typically my best horses have peaked in their
third race of the year.”
Joel Rosario has the Oaks mount.
AURELIA’S BELLE (No. 7) – James Miller's Aurelia's Belle, the Bourbonette (GIII) winner, galloped Saturday under exercise rider Calamity Compton.
"Very well. She went good,'' trainer Wayne Catalano said.
Catalano expressed respect for likely Oaks favorite Untapable but is upbeat about challenging her Friday.
very talented.'' he said. "If the points system were different, she'd
probably be running in the Derby. She looked very good to me, a couple
of races that I saw her, pretty impressive races.
But obviously, she's a very nice filly, but they've got to run the
races. We like our filly. I wouldn't trade place right now with
Channing Hill, Catalano's son-in-law, has the mount.
RIA ANTONIA (No. 8) – Christopher Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable’s Ria Antonia schooled in the gate and galloped 1 1/2 miles Saturday morning, trainer Bob Baffert said.
KISS MOON (No. 9) – Carl Pollard’s Kiss Moon galloped 1 ½ miles after the renovation break with Otto Thorwarth up for trainer David Vance.
Kiss Moon, who will be ridden in the Oaks by Victor
Espinoza is scheduled to work Sunday morning on her own.
“She’s going to go by herself,” Vance said. “I don’t want a :58 (work).”
FIFTYSHADESOFGOLD (No. 10) – The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Fiftyshadesofgold walked the shedrow at her barn a day after working a half-mile in :48.40.
Trainer Bret Calhoun said no decision would be made on Fiftyshadesofgold’s Oaks participation for a couple of days.
“Right now I am
leaning toward the Eight Belles (GIII on Friday),” Calhoun said. “I want
to see how the rest of the field works this weekend and then we’ll make
UNBRIDLED FOREVER (No. 11) – Charles Fipke's Unbridled Forever, the third-place finisher in the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII), jogged a mile Saturday under exercise rider Pedro Velez. It was
her first exercise on the track since she worked five furlongs Thursday in 1:00.80.
"The filly worked real good, came out of it good,'' trainer Dallas Stewart said."The main thing at this point is how they come out of it.''
Forever began her career last fall at Churchill Downs, finishing fifth
in a maiden race Oct. 27 before breaking her maiden Nov. 30. She ran
seven furlongs in 1:21.91 to win by 5 1/4 lengths.
She won the Silverbulletday at the Fair Grounds in her stakes debut.
THANK YOU MARYLOU (No. 12) – Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Thank You Marylou, the third place-finisher in the Ashland (G1), worked five furlongs Saturday in 1:01.00 for trainer Mike Maker.
With jockey Julien Leparoux riding, she posted fractions of :36.60, 48.80 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.20. The five-eighths work was the 11th
fastest of 68 at the distance.
Leparoux said Thank You Marylou appears to prefer dirt to a synthetic surface.
so,'' he said. "Yes. That's what I told Mike and Mr. Ramsey after the
race last time at Keeneland.
I think on the dirt, she's going to be
better, and hopefully, she runs good Friday.''
EMPRESS OF MIDWAY (No. 13) – Daniel Kramer and Rick Pitino’s Empress of Midway walked the shedrow Saturday morning, a day after working a half-mile in :49.80.
No rider for the Oaks has been confirmed by trainer Doug O’Neill who said via text that a decision would be made Sunday.