Tiger Hunt, Shadowland Turn in Sharp Works at Oaklawn
by Steve Haskin
Date Posted: 2/22/2004 2:52:35 PM

Team Valor's pair of Tiger Hunt and Shadowland worked sharply Sunday morning for their respective engagements in the Rebel Stakes (gr. III) and Louisiana Derby (gr. II).

Tiger Hunt was equipped with blinkers for the first time by trainer Ralph Nicks, who sent the son of Kris S. out for a five-furlong drill in 1:01 3/5, galloping out a strong six furlongs in 1:14.

"The blinkers really made him focus," Nicks said. "He was all business today. He was very strong." The blinkers were for training purposes only and likely will not be added for the Rebel.

Tiger Hunt won the Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes before finishing second in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II) and fourth in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).

Shadowland, who worked six furlongs in 1:14 1/5, out seven furlongs in 1:27, will get the services of Pat Day for the Louisiana Derby. Nicks is looking for big improvement off his second in the Lecomte Stakes.

In other news from Oaklawn, Kent Desormeaux will be aboard Risen Star runner-up Mr. Jester in the Rebel. Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) runner-up, Gran Prospect, will prep for the March 20 Rebel in an allowance race next Saturday.

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