Kentucky Oaks Notes: ‘Perfect’ Street Band Schools The Gate

by | 04.25.2019 | 2:22pm
Street Band works at Churchill Downs on April 22

CHAMPAGNE ANYONE – Six Column Stables and Randy Bloch's Champagne Anyone galloped a mile under exercise rider Kara Lee for trainer Ian Wilkes.

CHOCOLATE KISSES – Debbie Oxley's Honeybee Stakes (GIII) winner Chocolate Kisses galloped about 1 ½ miles Thursday at Churchill Downs with exercise rider Kim Carroll aboard for trainer Mark Casse.

Chocolate Kisses is scheduled to breeze Friday.

LADY APPLE – Phoenix Thoroughbred III and KatieRich Stables' Fantasy Stakes (GIII) winner Lady Apple galloped about 1 3/8 miles during the exclusive training window for Derby and Oaks horses at 7:30 a.m. Thursday with exercise rider Juan Vargas aboard.

LIORA – Trainer Wayne Catalano pulled into the Churchill Downs stable gate at 5 a.m. and was “raring to go” after his four-day stint in Chicago to watch Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) runner-up Liora train.

Owned by Coffee Pot Stables, Liora, once again, visited the paddock and galloped about 1 ½ miles with Victor Garcia on board.

“I'm watching the weather now to see when we can breeze her,” Catalano said. “We'll try to work (Friday) but we'll see how the track looks in the morning. I want a fast surface to breeze on and time is starting to run out.”

MOTION EMOTION – Mark DeDomenico's Motion Emotion jogged a half-mile and then galloped a mile and a half under exercise rider Raul Vizcarrondo.

Trained by Tom Van Berg, Motion Emotion is scheduled to work Friday morning.      

OUT FOR A SPIN – Commonwealth Stables' Ashland (GI) winner Out for a Spin breezed a half-mile in :49.80 outside of recent fourth-place allowance finisher Broadway Cat Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.

Watching from Section 322 in the grandstand, Dallas Stewart said the work was, “perfect” to his riders over the radio.

The duo worked through fractions of :12.20, :24.40 and :37 before a five-furlong gallop out in 1:03.80 over the “muddy” surface.

Out for a Spin will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. in the Kentucky Oaks.

RESTLESS RIDER – Fern Circle Stables and Three Chimneys Farm's Ashland Stakes (GI) runner-up Restless Rider had a light gallop Thursday morning at 7:30 with regular exercise rider Danny Ramsey up for trainer KennyMcPeek.

The filly is seventh on the Oaks points leaderboard.

SERENGETI EMPRESS – The filly, who races in the colors of owner Joel Politi, continues to train well towards the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (GI), despite Serengeti Empress' bleeding episode as the heavy favorite in the March 23 Fair Ground Oaks (GII) in New Orleans.

Trainer Tom Amoss has indicated that she's on target to be entered for the Oaks. She jogged Thursday with exercise rider Francisco Herrera, and she's expected to gallop Friday. 

STREET BAND – Larry JonesCindy Jones and Ray FrancisStreet Band visited the starting gate and then galloped three-quarters of a mile under Jorge Nava.

“This was probably the best day she has had here,” said Corey York, assistant to trainer Larry Jones. “She was perfect in the gate.”

Winner of the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) in her most recent start, Street Band is scheduled to work Sunday.

“We are going Sunday no matter what,” York said. “Snow, sleet, thunderstorms … tornado warning? Uh, we'll see.” 

ALSO ELIGIBLES 

DUNBAR ROAD (No. 16) – Trainer Chad Brown was at his barn at Churchill Downs on Thursday, where he has 18 horses stabled for the start of the Spring Meet, which opens Saturday. He watched Dunbar Road take to the track Thursday as Peter Brant's filly trains for a possible run in the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (GI).

Dunbar Road, who finished second as the favorite in the Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII) in just her second career start, is 16th on the Kentucky Oaks points leaderboard, but only the top 14 will enter the starting gate. Jose Ortiz is expected to ride her if she makes it into the Oaks.

“She looks great,” said Brown after her session under exercise rider Kriss Bon. “We're in that unfortunate situation that we are going to need several defections to get in. We're holding out hope, and I'm going to train her as if she is going to run.”

No plans have been made, should she not make the Oaks field. “We'll remain optimistic that she'll get in,” said Brown, who noted that they might have to aim her for the Black Eyed Susan (GII) at Pimlico on May 17, if the Oaks is out of the picture.

 

SHAPING UP: THE LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS – Likely starters in the 145th running of the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) to be run for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on Friday, May 3: Bellafina (jockey Flavien Prat), Champagne Anyone (Chris Landeros), Chocolate Kisses (Julien Leparoux), Flor de la Mar (Joel Rosario), Jaywalk (Javier Castellano), Jeltrin (Luis Saez), Lady Apple (Ricardo Santana Jr.), Liora (Channing Hill),Motion Emotion (Mike Smith), Out for a Spin (Irad Ortiz Jr.), Positive Spirit (Manny Franco), Restless Rider (Brian Hernandez Jr.), Serengeti Empress (Tyler Gaffalione), Street Band (Sophie Doyle).

Next up in order of preference: Cookie Dough (Jeffrey Sanchez) and Dunbar Road (Jose Ortiz).

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