Oaks Works: Champagne Anyone ‘Did Everything Perfect,’ Street Band ‘Does It So Easily’

by | 04.22.2019 | 4:59pm
Street Band works at Churchill Downs on April 22

CHAMPANGE ANYONE – Six Column Stables and Randy Bloch's Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII) winner Champagne Anyone turned in her third local work since her Florida victory by breezing five furlongs in company in :59.80 under jockey Chris Landeros at Churchill Downs.

Working with 4-year-old allowance winner Kearny County, Champagne Anyone produced fractions of :12.60, :24.20, :35.80, :48.40 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.60. The work was the second fastest of 35 at the distance.

“I think I can win the Oaks,” Landeros said with a smile. “This filly is doing so well and did everything perfect today. I'm so happy with the way she breezed. She really impressed me with her development in a short period of time from the Gulfstream Park Oaks. I think she's maturing mentally at the right time. (trainer) Ian (Wilkes) and his team have her in a great spot physically.”

Champagne Anyone is scheduled to have a walk day Tuesday, according to Wilkes.

LADY APPLE – Phoenix Thoroughbred III and KatieRich Stables' Fantasy Stakes (GIII) winner Lady Apple had a walk day in Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen's Barn 38 at Churchill Downs following her breeze Sunday.

No official time was given to Lady Apple because of fog.

LIORA – Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) runner-up Liora galloped about 1 ½ miles Monday during the 7:30 a.m. exclusive training window.

Trainer Wayne Catalano flew to Chicago to be with his family for the Easter holiday and help set up his barn at Arlington Park.

OUT FOR A SPIN – Commonwealth Stable's lightly-raced filly Out for a Spin galloped at 7:30 a.m. for locally-based horseman Dallas Stewart.

The filly by Hard Spun will attempt to give 59-year-old Stewart his first win in the Kentucky Oaks since winning the 1 1/8-mile race with Lemons Forever in 2006.

SERENGETI EMPRESS – When the track reopened after a harrow break for Derby and Oaks horses Monday, trainer Tom Amoss had Joel Politi's filly out in the group with exercise rider Francisco Herrera.

Sticking to plans, Serengeti Empress galloped a mile-and-a-half, and the filly is expected to breeze Tuesday.

Amoss hasn't committed Serengeti Empress to entering the May 3 Oaks. She bled in her previous start, the Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (GII), and how she trains will determine if she'll make the race.

STREET BAND – Larry Jones, Cindy Jones and Ray Francis' Street Band turned in her second local work since winning the Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) covering five furlongs in 1:00.40 under jockey Sophie Doyle.

Working on her own and wearing blinkers as usual, Street Band recorded fractions of :12.80, :25.60 and 1:00.40 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14.40. The work was the fourth fastest of 35 at the distance.

“One more to go,” said Corey York, assistant to trainer Larry Jones. “He is at Oaklawn now and probably will be here next Sunday when she works. She would have worked yesterday but didn't because of the weather.”

Street Band, who trained here last summer, had turned in an identical 1:00.40 work last Monday.

“That was pretty good,” Doyle said. “She does it so easily and just pulls me around there.”

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 (undecided), Jeltrin (Luis Saez), Lady Apple (Ricardo Santana Jr.), Liora (Channing Hill), Motion Emotion (Mike Smith), Out for a Spin (Irad Ortiz Jr.), Positive Spirit (undecided), Restless Rider (Brian Hernandez Jr.), Serengeti Empress (undecided), Street Band (Sophie Doyle).

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

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