Oaks: Fillies Prepare for Final Works
Edited Churchill Downs report
L and M Partners’ Rachel Alexandra continued to show her readiness for the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) by galloping a mile and a half under stout restraint from exercise rider Rudy Gallegos at Churchill Downs April 22.
“She is like that every morning,” trainer Hal Wiggins said.
Calvin Borel, who has ridden Rachel Alexandra to four consecutive daylight victories, is scheduled to work Rachel Alexandra a half-mile April 27 as their final tune-up for the Oaks.
In other Oaks news, Thomas Van Meter and Charles Kidder’s Be Fair galloped the morning of April 22 at Churchill Downs with exercise rider Omar Golon up.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time winner of the Kentucky Oaks, has enlisted the services of jockey Rafael Bejarano to ride Be Fair in this year’s running of the race.
West Point Thoroughbreds’ duo of Fitz Just Right and Justwhistledixie are scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs from Keeneland the afternoon of April 22. The Kiaran McLaughlin trainees will be housed in Barn 42.
Ramon Dominguez has the riding assignment on Fitz Just Right, and Julien Leparoux will partner Justwhistledixie in the Oaks.
Mike Rutherford’s Flying Spur is also scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs from Keeneland the afternoon of April 22 and will be stabled in trainer Bill Mott’s barn (19).
In her most recent start, Flying Spur ran second to probable Kentucky Oaks favorite Rachel Alexandra in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 14. Flying Spur, a homebred daughter of Giant's Causeway , is a daughter of Lakeway, who ran second in the 1994 Kentucky Oaks.
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