Beautician, who is slated to run in the April 30 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I), worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 in company with her stablemate Noble's Promise , a Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) prospect, at Churchill Downs April 20.
“She worked really well, except she worked against a really good horse--Noble’s Promise worked fantastic,” said trainer Kenny McPeek of his Derby-bound charge.
While Noble’s Promise covered the five furlongs in :59 4/5 and was the fastest of 30 horses that worked the same distance, Beautician was ranked third on the list. The daughter of Dehere was ridden by jockey Alex Solis, who is also scheduled to be in the irons on Oaks Day.
“They were given instructions to stay together,” said McPeek. “(Beautician) got a little bit tired during the last part of it…we’re going to watch her progress going up to the Oaks, but it was a good work considering the fact she worked against Noble’s Promise. His work was really impressive.”
While Beautician has won only once in eight starts, she has been second four times in graded company, including last year’s Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and Spinaway Stakes (gr. I).
McPeek was initially concerned about the filly’s disappointing eighth-place effort in the April 3 Ashland Stakes (gr. I), but his worries were subsided when Beautician had a bullet work at Churchill April 13, covering four furlongs in :47 flat. After that, McPeek chalked up the poor effort at Keeneland to the filly’s dislike of the Polytrack and said she was 50% likely to run in the Oaks.
Following her second stellar effort at Churchill, however, McPeek is much more confident in Beautician.
“I think she’ll make it to the starting gate (on Oaks Day); we just need to make sure she comes out of the work good, and as long as it happens, it looks like we’re on target,” McPeek said.
Bred in Kentucky by G. David Shashura and Diane Shashura, Beautician is owned by Florida resident Peter Callahan.
Also on the morning of April 20, D. Wayne Lukas trainee Tidal Pool breezed six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 under jockey Calvin Borel at Churchill. The daughter of Yankee Gentleman , who was ranked the fastest of four horses at that distance, is pointed toward the Oaks if all goes well.
“(Tidal Pool’s work) was excellent,” said Lukas of the filly, who has placed in two stakes this year, including the April 2 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, where she was runner up to Blind Luck.
“I was really happy with it; it was exactly what we wanted. We wanted to go in 1:12 to 1:13, and Calvin was very excited. We felt like she got over the ground good, looked good, and we’re very pleased.”
Bred in Kentucky by David Garvin, Tidal Pool is owned by Scott Ford’s Westrock Stables.