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Broken Spell Ruled Out of KY Oaks

Fiftyshadesofhay will also not contend in the May 3 race.

Calumet Farm's Broken Spell was ruled out of the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) the morning of April 23 by trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

"She is going to go in the turf race," Lukas said, referring to the May 3 Edgewood Presented by Forcht Bank at Churchill Downs. "We think she is better on grass and the Oaks is a damned tough race."

In preparation for the Edgewood, Broken Spell, a daughter of Broken Vow , worked a half-mile on the main track Tuesday in :50 2/5 under Edvin Vargas. She recorded fractions of :12 2/5, :24 3/5, and :37 1/5, and galloped out five furlongs in 1:05 1/5.

Trainer Bob Baffert also reported that Fiftyshadesofhay won't run in the Oaks.

"But she could go in the (May 3) Eight Belles (at Churchill) or (May 17) Black-Eyed Susan (at Pimlico)," Baffert said.

  • Upcoming Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) workers: The Bill Mott-trained Flashy Gray is likely to work April 27; Close Hatches is scheduled April 28. The Sal Santoro-trained Rose to Gold is slated to work April 27.
  • In other Oaks news, Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman's Midnight Lucky came out of her April 22 six-furlong work of 1:12 in good order according to Jim Barnes, assistant to trainer Bob Baffert.
  • Magdalena Racing's Pure Fun galloped Tuesday morning at Keeneland and was scheduled to leave the Lexington track shortly after noon for the van ride to Churchill Downs. Trainer Ken McPeek said Pure Fun, seventh against males in the April 20 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III), would be on the track at Churchill April 24. McPeek said Julien Leparoux would have the mount in the Oaks.
  • Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centrofanti's Rose to Gold galloped 1 1/2 miles under Denis Roberson on her first day back to the track since working a half-mile in :48 1/5 April 20.

Roberson, who began galloping Rose to Gold at Oaklawn Park this winter, said trainer Sal Santoro would not be here until possibly next week.

"He was supposed to be here yesterday, but he got delayed in Florida," said Roberson, who has horses of his own stabled at the nearby Trackside Training Center. "She was in my barn at Oaklawn and I started getting on her to help them out.

"Down there, she'd gallop a mile and a half a day and would walk the day before she'd work, but last week galloped on Friday before working with Calvin (Borel) on Saturday. She will probably work again Saturday with Calvin and follow the same schedule."