Scandalous Act Works 4F for Juvenile Fillies
by Evan Hammonds
Date Posted: 10/25/2013 2:05:50 PM
Last Updated: 10/29/2013 11:20:01 AM
Scandalous Act works at Calder Race Course on October 25.
Coady Photography/Laura Villasana
Gil Campbell's homebred Scandalous Act, winner of her last three starts at Calder Casino & Race Course by a combined 22 lengths, got in her final drill in South Florida Oct. 25 before shipping west to Santa Anita Park for the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
With jockey Eduardo Nunez up, the 2-year-old filly went a half in :51 4/5 for trainer Kathleen O'Connell. Prior to her 5 3/4-length win in the $300,000 My Dear Girl Stakes, Scandalous Act went five furlongs in 1:03 1/5.
"I never like to put in a fast work," O'Connell said of the move. "With me it is the ease in which they do it, and the gallop out and the way they come back and recover, and what they drink."
She reported things went well for Scandalous Act following her work.
O'Connell has a 50-horse string in South Florida and has been training for Campbell for more than 20 years. Campbell, a mainstay in South Florida racing and Florida breeding, has seen two of his horses make it to the Breeders' Cup as a breeder: Marlin back in the mid 1990s in the Turf (gr. I) and Sir Dave in the Marathon in 2009.
Florida-breds have had their day in the sun in the Juvenile Fillies: winners are Twilight Ridge (1985), Brave Raj ('86), Meadow Star ('90), and Awesome Feather ('10).
Scandalous Act is a daughter of Act of Duty, a $3.6 million son of Mr. Prospector who now stands in Korea after a seven-year stay at Bridlewood Farm near Ocala, Fla. Scandalous Act is the third foal out of Seductive Lady, by Langfuhr. Her second foal is Two T's at Two B, winner of last year's Dr. Fager Stakes of the Florida Stallion Series.
Scandalous Act zipped through all three legs of this year's FSS for fillies: the six-furlong Desert Vixen Stakes July 20; the Aug. 24 Susans' Girl Stakes at seven furlongs; and the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl Oct. 12. She has won four of five starts, all at Calder, and has earned $328,040.
"We'll be running back in a short amount of time, which is why I chose for a light breeze," O'Connell said. "I'm not worried about her fitness level."
O'Connell is also not worried about the competition she'll face in the World Championships next weekend.
"It's going to be an interesting race," the trainer said. "They're all babies and they're not running with Salix. The best thing about this filly is she has exhibited such a good mind. If you were to ask me to pick a 2-year-old that would have to travel out to California, she would be it. She's got the demeanor to handle it."
However, shipping arrangements are a concern for O'Connell.
"Unfortunately there is no good game plan," she said. "We are flying out FedEx because they're not sending a plane because there aren't enough horses coming from here. We are at a disadvantage because of the shipping. It will take 15-18 hours to get there by the time we leave Calder, go to the Ft. Lauderdale airport and get in the FedEx box and fly to Memphis and then to Los Angeles. That is two takeoffs and landings which I'm not crazy about, but sometime you just don't have any options."
Regardless, Scandalous Act has apparently run out of competition in South Florida and O'Connell and Campbell are excited about their chances against the big girls in the Breeders' Cup.
"We're running back close, we don't have the ideal shipping arrangements, but it is a very big honor to be there," O'Connell said. "It's like making it to the Super Bowl. I'm proud to be there with Mr. Campbell."
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