Serena's Tune Breezes Toward Oaks; She's a Devil Due Withdrawn
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2001 3:51 PM
Posted: Sunday, April 22, 2001 8:20 PM
Photo: Associated Press/ Rob Carr
She's a Devil Due, winning the Alcibiades at Keeneland as a juvenile.
Serena's Tune breezed four furlongs Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for her start in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). The La Habra Stakes winner won't have to face Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) third-place finisher She's a Devil Due in the 1 1/8-mile Oaks, as trainer Ken McPeek says she is no longer under consideration for that race.
"I just don't like the way she is doing and I don't feel like running her just to run her," McPeek said on Sunday. "Physically, she has got some things going on, and I felt like it would be more prudent to give her more time."
Meanwhile, Serena's Tune went a half-mile in :49 3/5. Serena's Tune is the first foal from champion Serena's Song, who finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) after defeating males in the Jim Beam Stakes (gr. II). Switched off the turf for her most recent start, Serena's Tune finished eighth in the Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park. A Mr. Prospector filly, Serena's Tune is trained by Neil Drysdale and earned her lone main track win while making her racing debut at Del Mar last August.
Brian Griggs and Mike Geotz's She's a Devil Due finished seventh in the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland after finishing third in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) when making her 3-year-old debut. The Devil His Due filly has won four of seven career starts and earned $533,820.
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