Buckram Oak Farm's Last Song was an early bird who got a good track to work over at Churchill Downs Sunday morning, breezing five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 for trainer Carl Nafzger in preparation for Friday's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
"We went out very early, before 6 a.m.," said Ian Wilkes, assistant to Nafzger. "It wasn't raining yet and the track was fast. She breezed very well, got what she needed, and that will be her last work before the Oaks. Carl was very pleased with the work."
Last Song, a daughter of Unbridled's Song who won the Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream in March and was third behind Madcap Escapade and Ashado in the Ashland (gr. I) at Keeneland last out, was originally scheduled to have her final Oaks breeze on Monday.
"Carl decided it would be best to work very early today," Wilkes said, "because the track might not be as good on Monday as it was this morning."
Tracey Wilkes was aboard for the breeze, which was one of the best Last Song has turned in recently.
Edgar Prado, who rode the filly to win the Bonnie Miss, has the call again Friday. Four-time Kentucky Oaks-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas sent Stellar Jayne to the track just after it opened at 5:15 to work five furlongs in 1:00.
Stellar Jayne won the Golden Rod (gr. II) at Churchill last fall and most recently placed in the Fantasy (gr. II) behind Oaks hopefuls House of Fortune and Island Sand.
Lukas said a decision on whether the filly will race in the Oaks wil be made Monday.