Kentucky Oaks alum Aurelia’s Belle turned in a sharp work Saturday morning for owner James Miller and trainer Wayne Catalano. Going five panels in 1:01.80 under Channing Hill, the daughter of Lemon Drop Kid galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.40 full of energy.
“She’s pointing to the (Arlington) Oaks,” confirmed Catalano. “She worked good. It looks - at the moment - that Channing will ride her.” The move was her final serious work before that Grade III $150,000 event over nine Polytrack furlongs - a complete circuit of Arlington International Racecourse’s main track.
The leggy bay filly exits a good second - missing by a head - last out in the Grade III Regret Stakes on the turf at Churchill Downs - her first run since a disappointing ninth of 12 in the Kentucky Oaks. Previous to that, she was an easy winner of the Grade III Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park over its Polytrack surface.
Hernandez Racing Club’s multiple Illinois champion La Tia put in a wow-worthy move this morning, as well. Going five furlongs in a zippy :59, the daughter of City Place will race next in the Grade III $150,000 Ontario Matron at Woodbine on July 26. Exiting a disappointing third while defending her Lincoln Heritage Handicap title on June 21, the Armando De La Cerda trainee was a stellar winner of the Grade III Arlington Matron four weeks prior.