Without a definitive starting point in mind, 2017 champion 2-year-old filly Caledonia Road continues to make steady progress toward her sophomore debut.
Zoom and Fish Stable, Charlie Spiring and Newtown Anner Stud's Caledonia Road breezed an easy three furlongs in 38.45 seconds Wednesday morning at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.
It was the first work for the bay daughter of Grade 1 winner Quality Road since her come-from-behind 3 ¼-length upset victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) Nov. 4 at Del Mar at odds of 17-1.
“All is well,” trainer Ralph Nicks said. “Looking back on last year, it was an amazing year. It ended up awesome.”
Caledonia Road had minor surgery to remove an ankle chip following the Breeders' Cup, remaining in Nicks' care throughout the winter. He expects to step her up to a half-mile breeze next week, but has not decided on where or when to bring her back to the races.
“We'll let her tell us what she wants to do. She's very forward right now,” Nicks said. “She had an ankle chip removed. It was a very, very minor thing. We had a little setback but she's training great and wanting to do more. I don't think it'll take her a long time but that being said, I don't want to get too far in front of her.”
Her Breeders' Cup triumph was just the third career start for Caledonia Road, who broke her maiden at first asking going seven furlongs Sept. 3 at Saratoga then ran a solid and decisive second in the one-mile Frizette (G1) Oct. 8 at Belmont Park.
“It was all kind of sudden. She got good at Saratoga, broke her maiden at the end of it and then it was a whirlwind for 60 days, basically,” Nicks said. “She breaks her maiden, runs well in the Frizette, and she blossomed some more. Then we go to California and for her to run the way she did and end up being the champion, it was an amazing run.”
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