Class Above Continues to Work Toward Oaks

Edited from track reports
Padua Stable's Class Above, winner of the Bourbonette Breeders' Cup at Turfway Park, prepared for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with a strong five-furlong work Monday at Churchill Downs.

The daughter of Quiet American zipped the distance over a "fast" track in :59 under exercise rider Dana Barnes. Baffert said the move was better than it looked because he felt the track, although dry, was a bit deep throughout the breezy, warm morning of training.

"The track was very demanding today -- it was dry and deep and then she ran into a headwind," said Baffert. "She went nice. She got a good work out of it. That's a hell of a work on this track today."

Baffert's other Oaks hopeful, Thomas Van Meter II's Stonerside Beaumont (gr. III) winner Victory U.S.A., breezed on Sunday and walked under the shedrow on Monday.