Sunday marked the return of Fantasy (Grade III) winner Ever So Clever to the Churchill Downs’ work tab after she breezing five furlongs in 1:02 for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen in preparation for the $ 1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I).
Ever So Clever recorded splits of :25.80 and :37.60 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.40 and seven furlongs in 1:29.80.
Ever So Clever began her Road to the Kentucky Oaks journey at Churchill Downs with a runner-up finish in the Pocahontas Stakes (GII) and a third-place finish in the Golden Rod (GII) as a juvenile.
Other Kentucky Oaks contenders who trained Sunday at Churchill Downs included Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) winner Farrell, who is expected to breeze Wednesday or Thursday; Gazelle (GII) winner Miss Sky Warrior for trainer Kelly Breen; and Gazelle (GII) runner-up Lockdown for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.
Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII) winner Salty had the day off and will return to the track Monday for trainer Mark Casse.
Likely starters in the 143rd running of the $ 1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) to be run for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on Friday, May 5:
- Abel Tasman (Mike Smith),
- Daddys Lil Darling (Robby Albarado),
- Ever So Clever (Luis Contreras),
- Farrell (Channing Hill),
- It Tiz Well (Corey Nakatani),
- Miss Sky Warrior (Paco Lopez),
- Paradise Woods (Flavien Prat),
- Sailor’s Valentine (Corey Lanerie),
- Salty (Joel Rosario),
- Tequilita (Luis Saez),
- Wicked Lick (Brian Hernandez Jr.) and
- Yorkiepoo Princess (Irad Ortiz Jr.).
Possible starters within the Top 14 on the preference list: Chanel’s Legacy (Alex Birzer) and Lockdown (TBA).
Next up in order of preference: Vexatious (Kent Desormeaux), Jordan’s Henny (TBA), Benner Island (TBA), Someday Soon (TBA), Mopotism (TBA) and Shane’s Girlfriend (TBA).
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