Daily Oaks Notes: April 24

A TO THE CROFT – Koolmen Racing Stable’s A to the Croft galloped after the renovation break at Churchill Downs on Thursday morning in preparation for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) on Friday, May 2.
            The Ken McPeek trainee is scheduled to work Saturday. Calvin Borel will ride in the Oaks.

AWESOME CHIC – Aurora Springs Stable’s Awesome Chic jogged two miles before the renovation break Thursday morning under Ariel Carrasquillo.
            Carrasquillo said Awesome Chic would work at 7 a.m. Friday with Oaks rider Robby Albarado up. Trainer Rafael Ramos is scheduled to be here for the work.

BSHARPSONATA – Cloverleaf Farm’s Bsharpsonata walked the shedrow early Thursday morning, a day after working five furlongs in :59.80.
            John Salzman, father of trainer Tim Salzman, said Bsharpsonata came out of the work well and everything was on schedule for the Oaks.
            Eric Camacho, who was aboard for the filly’s work, will be back in Louisville on Wednesday night and is scheduled to ride Thursday at Churchill Downs.

EIGHT BELLES/PROUD SPELL – Trainer Larry Jones’ two Kentucky Oaks – and possible Kentucky Derby – hopefuls, Eight Belles and Proud Spell, are scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Friday and will be housed in Barn 43.
            Eight Belles, owned by Fox Hill Farms, and Proud Spell, owned by Brereton Jones, worked a half-mile at Keeneland last Sunday and are scheduled to have five-furlong works here Sunday, weather permitting.

GOLDEN DOC A – Ron McCauley’s Golden Doc A came out of her bullet work of :59 for five furlongs Wednesday in good order, according to Geoff Dapp, who is taking care of the filly for trainer Barry Abrams, who flew back to California after the work.
            Kent Desormeaux has the mount on Golden Doc A in the Oaks.

HIGHEST CLASS – Briarwood Stable’s Highest Class galloped 1 ½ miles under Annie Finney on Thursday morning.
            Trainer Neil Howard said Highest Class may work Friday morning and that no decision has been made on the filly’s participation in the Oaks.

HONEST PURSUIT – Overbrook Farm’s Honest Pursuit worked a half-mile in :47, the best of 35 at the distance Thursday morning, with Kenny Bourque up for trainer Dallas Stewart.
            Overbrook has not made a final decision on whether Honest Pursuit will run in the Oaks.

PURE CLAN – Pocahontas (GIII) and Golden Rod (GII) winner Pure Clan galloped 1 ½ miles under Steve Schmelzel before the renovation break Thursday morning.
            Owned by IEAH Stable, Lewis Lakin and Pegasus Holding Group Stables, Pure Clan is scheduled to work five furlongs after the break Friday morning with new rider Edgar Prado aboard.
            Prado was involved in a spill in the seventh race at Keeneland on Wednesday and trainer Bob Holthus expected Prado to be on hand Friday.
            “I haven’t heard anything,” Holthus said. “Bob (Prado’s agent Bob Frieze) had a flight to New York and I am sure I would hear from him if Edgar couldn’t make it. If he doesn’t, I am sure we will find somebody to work her. Julien (Leparoux, who has ridden Pure Clan in her past five starts) would be happy to get on her.”

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