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Kentucky Oaks Barn Notes - April 24

CLOSE HATCHES/FLASHY GRAY Juddmonte Farms’ Close Hatches (No. 5) and West Point Thoroughbreds and Tom Keithley’s Flashy Gray (No. 6) visited the paddock and then galloped over the sealed track after the renovation break for trainer Bill Mott.


Joanna Trout was on Close Hatches and Penny Gardiner was on Flashy Gray.


DREAMING OF JULIA / PRINCESS OF SYLMAR / SILSITA / UNLIMITED BUDGET – Trainer Todd Pletcher’s quartet of Kentucky Oaks contenders galloped at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning.


Dreaming of Julia (No. 4), Princess of Sylmar (No. 7) and Silsita (No. 10) went out prior to the morning renovation break and Unlimited Budget (No. 3) galloped during the special Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks training window at 8:30.


The four fillies are scheduled to work Saturday.    


MIDNIGHT LUCKY – Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Midnight Lucky (No. 8) jogged under exercise rider Jorge Alvarez early Wednesday morning before the rains came.


PURE FUN Magdalena Racing’s Pure Fun (No. 11), back at Churchill Downs where she romped to a 9 ¼-length victory last November, galloped 1 ½ miles after the renovation break under exercise rider Jose Cano.


Pure Fun, who will be ridden in the Oaks by Julien Leparoux, arrived Tuesday at Churchill Downs from Keeneland, where she had run seventh on Saturday in the Lexington (GIII).


ROSE TO GOLD Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centrofanti’s Rose to Gold (No. 2) galloped 1 ½ miles after the renovation break under Denis Roberson.


Rose to Gold is scheduled to work Friday with Calvin Borel slated to be aboard.


SEANEEN GIRL – Naveed Chowhan’s Seaneen Girl (No. 10) did not have the best of mornings for trainer Bernie Flint.


“It was probably my fault. She is a fresh filly and wants to do something and there is nothing wrong with that. I like that,” Flint said. “But we were trying to beat the rain. The reins were wet and she ran off with the boy. She was timed in 1:06 and 1 (for five furlongs).”


Flint said he would try for another work in a few days.


“I want to let this weather get out of here and give her a couple of days and then work,” Flint said.


Seaneen Girl, who began her career in Canada, won the Golden Rod (GII) here last fall to close out 2012 and then ran third behind probable Oaks rivals Unlimited Budget and Flashy Gray in the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) in her first start of 2013.


Flint has not confirmed a rider for the Oaks.




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