The lightly-raced Mamma Kimbo, trained by Bob Baffert for John Fort’s Peachtree Stable, worked five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 at Churchill Downs the morning of April 24 in preparation for the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
The bay daughter of Discreet Cat was timed in fractional splits of :12 1/5, :24 2/5, :37, and :49 for the first four furlongs. Mamma Kimbo galloped out six furlongs in 1:15 and seven furlongs in 1:28 1/5.
After breaking her maiden by 5 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita Park Feb. 18, Mamma Kimbo was entered in the April 11 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park, where she prevailed by 1 1/4 lengths. Finishing second and third, respectively in that race were fellow Oaks contenders Amie's Dini and stablemate Jemima's Pearl.
Mamma Kimbo, bred in Kentucky by William Betz, Dr. Chuck Kidder, and Wayne Masterman, is out of the Devil’s Bag mare Bag Lady Jane.
The Oaks hopeful, who has career earnings of $213,600, was purchased for $120,000 by Fort at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale from Betz Thoroughbreds, agent.