Ashland Stakes winner Hooh Why could make her next start in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks. <br><a target="blank" href="">Order This Photo</a>

Ashland Stakes winner Hooh Why could make her next start in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks.
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Anne M. Eberhardt

Oaks: Hooh Why Still a Possible Starter

Hooh Why remains at Keeneland while her owner decides where she'll go next.

Edited Keeneland report

Hooh Why, who won the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland April 4, remains at the Lexington track while co-owner Mark Hoffman decides where the filly will go next.

Hoffman had planned to send Hooh Why to Churchill Downs to work April 19, but changed his mind because of heavy rains at the track that morning. Instead, he worked the filly April 20 at Keeneland, where she covered five furlongs in 1:00.20.

“I almost took her back to the track this morning,” Hoffman said about the filly by Cloud Hopping that he owns in partnership with breeder Gail Gee’s Derby Daze Farm. “She has so much energy. She’s jumping and squealing.”

Hoffman said the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) has been on the schedule for Hooh Why, but he is in awe of the horse that will be the overwhelming favorite for the race, Rachel Alexandra. On the morning of April 21 in the Keeneland racing office, Hoffman watched a replay of Rachel Alexandra’s six-length victory in the April 5 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park and said it was the first time he had seen the filly perform.

“Believe me, I want to run in the Oaks, but I don’t want to run against Rachel Alexandra,” Hoffman said, noting the two fillies’ front-running styles. “She’s a monster. She’s won on dirt; my filly hasn’t.”

While not completely ruling out a run in the Oaks for Hooh Why, Hoffman is considering the filly for a stakes in mid-May at Arlington Park (1000 Guineas) or at Woodbine, and he said he also would like to try her on the turf.

“She needs a race,” Hoffman said. “She’s ready to run.”