Broken Spell Ruled Out of Kentucky Oaks

BROKEN SPELL Calumet Farm’s Broken Spell (No. 13) was ruled out of the Kentucky Oaks Tuesday morning by trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

“She is going to go in the turf race,” Lukas said, referring to the Edgewood Presented by Forcht Bank to be run May 3. “We think she is better on grass and the Oaks is a damned tough race.”

In preparation for the Edgewood, Broken Spell worked a half-mile on the main track Tuesday in :50.40 under Edvin Vargas. She recorded fractions of :12.40, :24.60 and :37.20 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:05.20. 


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 after the morning renovation break for trainer Bill Mott.

Joanna Trout was aboard the undefeated Close Hatches and Penny Gardiner was on Flashy Gray, who broke her maiden here last fall by 10 ½ lengths.

Mott said Flashy Gray likely would work Saturday if the weather cooperates and Close Hatches is slated for her second Churchill Downs work on Sunday.


DREAMING OF JULIA / PRINCESS OF SYLMAR / SILSITA / UNLIMITED BUDGET – Prior to the renovation break, Gazelle (GII) runner-up Princess of Sylmar (No. 7) galloped around the Churchill Downs track under exercise rider Obed Perez.

Following the renovation break, during the 15-minute period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders, undefeated Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) winner Unlimited Budget (No. 2), Gulfstream Oaks (GII) winner Dreaming of Julia (No. 4) and Bourbonette Oaks (GIII) winner Silsita (No. 10) galloped under the Twin Spires.

Unlimited Budget galloped under Patti Krotenko, Dreaming of Julia was guided by Humberto Zamora and Silsita was under Nick Bush.  


FIFTYSHADESOFHAY/MIDNIGHT LUCKY – Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Midnight Lucky (No. 9) came out of her six-furlong work of 1:12 on Monday in good order according to Jim Barnes, assistant to trainer Bob Baffert.

Fiftyshadesofhay (No. 8), owned by the same partnership, galloped 1 3/8 miles under Peter Hutton before the morning break.


PURE FUN Magdalena Racing’s Pure Fun galloped Tuesday morning at Keeneland was scheduled to leave the Lexington track shortly after noon for the van ride to Churchill Downs.

Trainer Ken McPeek said Pure Fun, seventh against males in Saturday’s Coolmore Lexington (GIII), would be on the track here Wednesday. McPeek said that Julien Leparoux would have the mount in the Oaks.


ROSE TO GOLD Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centrofanti’s Rose to Gold (No. 2) galloped 1 ½ miles under Denis Roberson on her first day back to the track since working a half-mile in :48.20 on Saturday.

Roberson, who began galloping Rose to Gold at Oaklawn Park this winter, said trainer Sal Santoro would not be here until possibly next week.

“He was supposed to be here yesterday, but he got delayed in Florida,” said Roberson, who has horses of his own stabled at the nearby Trackside Training Center.  “She was in my barn at Oaklawn and I started getting on her to help them out.

“Down there, she’d gallop a mile and a half a day and would walk the day before she’d work, but last week galloped on Friday before working with Calvin (Borel) on Saturday. She will probably work again Saturday with Calvin and follow the same schedule.”


SEANEEN GIRL – Naveed Chowhan’s Seaneen Girl (No. 11) galloped 1 ½ miles after the renovation break with exercise rider Rocky Seely up for trainer Bernie Flint.


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