Gulfstream Park Oaks (Grade II) winner Champagne Anyone along with Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) victor Street Band highlighted a chilly Monday morning training session at Churchill Downs as they began to ramp up their preparations for the $1.5 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) on May 3.
Champagne Anyone, with regular rider Chris Landeros in the saddle, worked five furlongs in 1:03.40 with opening eighth-mile splits of :13.40, :26.40 and :39.20 before a six-furlong gallop out in 1:16.60.
“She's really excelling following the Gulfstream Park Oaks,” Landeros said. “Even though the time wasn't too fast this morning, she did everything effortlessly. I really think she'll be coming into the Oaks at the peak of her career.”
Trained by Landeros' father-in-law Ian Wilkes, Champagne Anyone is stabled in Barn 26.
In her first work following the Fair Grounds Oaks, Street Band, with Sophie Doyle up, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40. Trained by Larry Jones, Street Band broke off from the pony and swiftly began breezing through fractions of :11.80, :23.40 and :35 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.20.
“I think she loved this weather and was feeling good getting back to work,” assistant trainer Corey York said. “This was her first work back from the (Fair Grounds Oaks) and I think that's why she went pretty quick early. She looks great and is training great.”
Street Band is stabled in Barn 28.
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