Ivanavinalot on Fence for the Oaks
Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2003 6:48 PM
Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2003 3:10 PM
Ivanavinalot, winner of the Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park, needs to breeze once more at Calder before trainer Kathleen O'Connell decides if she is going to take the 3-year-old filly to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
"I am very pleased with her work yesterday," said O'Connell in a release from Gulfstream Patk regard to Ivanavinalot's six-furlong work on Wednesday. She was timed in 1:15 breezing. "She came out of it fine this morning and ate up last night. We'll have to see how she goes back to the track tomorrow (Friday)."
In her last race, the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland, Ivanavinalot never got into the race and finished a dull seventh.
"She got absolutely nothing from that race," said O'Connell. "I hate to run her a mile and an eighth and ship her too with nothing between the Bonnie Miss and the Oaks. She will need to work another really good work here first before we decide. I don't want to take her if she's not 110 percent."
O'Connell said that a decision would be made either late this weekend or early next week in regard to sending the filly to Churchill Downs. If they decide to pass the Oaks, O' Connell said the Black Eyed Susan (gr. II) at Pimlico the day before the Preakness (gr. I) would be their next option.
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