Anita Cauley’s homebred On Fire Baby
continued her preparations for the $175,000-added Fleur de Lis Handicap
(GII) with a seven-furlong breeze in 1:26.20 on the fast main track at
Churchill Downs on Saturday
Working under regular rider Joe Johnson, On Fire Baby recorded fractions of :13, :25.20, :37.20 and 1:01.80 and galloped out a mile in 1:40.60.
“She worked great and now she’s back
in her stall munching on hay,” Cauley said following the work. “She
seems really happy. Knock on wood, everything is good.”
On Fire Baby began her 2013 campaign with a half-length victory in the Apple Blossom (GI) and then finished a head behind Authenticity in the La Troienne (GII) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day.
“I was so proud of her,” Cauley said. “Both of those fillies wanted to win so badly and that’s what horse racing is all about.”
A 4-year-old gray or roan daughter of
Smoke Glacken, On Fire Baby completed the Pocahontas (GII) – Golden Rod
(GII) double at Churchill Downs as a juvenile. She has won half of her
10 starts and has earned $720,308.