Latour, Tap Dance Work In Preparation For Oaks; Harmony Lodge Out

Latour and Tap Dance both worked Friday morning in preparation for the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Latour breezed five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 while Tap Dance covered the same distance in a more leisurely time of 1:01 3/5.

Relaxed during her effort, Latour wasn't asked for much. When she was galloping out, another horse broke off near her. She grabbed the bit and tried to take off again. Exercise rider Jorge Estrada sat quietly on Tap Dance, who looked happy and alert. But she did not appear to handle the track quite as well as the smooth-striding Latour.

Owned by Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and trained by John Kimmel, Latour won the Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) in February at Gulfstream Park. The daughter of French Deputy finished third in Keeneland's Ashland Stakes (gr. I) on April 4.

Kimmel reported that Latour likes the Churchill surface and seems to be enjoying her training more since she arrived in Louisville. He said she was very lively and ate up well following the Ashland, suggesting that she may bounce back for a better race in the Oaks. Latour's work was one-fifth of a second faster than Kentucky Derby (gr. I) candidate Monarchos' effort at the same distance on Friday.

Tap Dance scored in the March 16 Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream. A homebred raced by Edward P. Evans, the daughter of Pleasant Tap is trained by Mark Hennig.

In other news, trainer Todd Pletcher said that Harmony Lodge, winner of one of her two career starts, was no longer being considered for the Oaks.

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