Fillies Continue to Work Toward Oaks

While the focus at Churchill Downs Sunday morning continued to be on the major contenders for the Kentucky Derby, there was more than normal attention devoted to the 3-year-old fillies that will compete in the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

Following Saturday workouts by three Oaks hopefuls, the morning work tab Sunday included five Oaks fillies.

Fastest time among the Oaks contenders was the half-mile work in :48 3/5 for Mysia Jo, trained by Bobby Barnett. Also working that distance was Nasty Storm, timed in :49 3/5 for trainer Dallas Stewart.

Quick Tip, who could provide trainer Neil Howard with his second consecutive Oaks triumph following Secret Status' 2000 win, zipped five furlongs in :59 4/5. The other five-eighths of a mile works were turned in by Real Cozzy, who went in 1:00 3/5 for trainer Dan Peitz, and Flute, the Bobby Frankel trainee timed in 1:00 4/5.