Tempera Misses Training with Fever; Bella Bellucci Breezes
Updated: Sunday, April 28, 2002 12:41 PM
Posted: Saturday, April 27, 2002 4:59 PM
Photo: Mike Corrado
Tempera, winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Godolphin's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) winner Tempera missed training Saturday due to a fever, according to assistant trainer Tom Albertrani. Albertrani is uncertain when the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful will be able to resume training for Friday's race.
"We likely won't know (how much training she will miss) for the next 24 hours," Albertrani said. "We will just have to keep an eye on her and see how she is."
Tempera has won three of seven career starts with two second-place finishes as a 3-year-old. The daughter of A.P. Indy is trained by Saeed bin Suroor and is scheduled to be ridden by David Flores in the Oaks.
Godolphin's other Oaks hopeful, Imperial Gesture, galloped 1 1/4 miles at Churchill Saturday and will probably work on Tuesday, according to Albertrani.
In other Oaks developments, Ile De France is now being pointed toward the 1 1/8-mile race rather than the La Troienne on Thursday, trainer Richard Mandella informed Churchill Downs officials on Saturday.
Also, recent Comely Stakes (gr. III) winner Bella Bellucci put on a seven-furlong breeze at Churchill Saturday for trainer Neil Drysdale. Marcelino Olguin was aboard Michael Tabor's daughter of French Deputy for the work.
"It was just a steady move," said Drysdale. "She's fit, she just ran so she doesn't need much."
Bella Bellucci's lone career loss came in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, in which she finished third. Gary Stevens will be in the irons for the Oaks.
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