Oaks Hopefuls Valadorna, Farrell Work At Fair Grounds

by | 12.29.2016 | 6:51pm
Farrell cruises in the G2 Golden Rod

A pair of Kentucky Oaks hopefuls topped this week's work tab, with Stonestreet Stables' Valadorna and Coffeepot Stables' Farrell each working half-miles for their respective connections. Trained by Mark Casse, Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up Valadorna had her first drill over the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots surface with a half-mile in 48.60 on Thursday morning. G2 Golden Rod romper Farrell worked a day prior, negotiating the same distance in 48.80 for trainer Wayne Catalano.

Catalano also sent out Gary and Mary West's multiple Oaks winning sophomore filly Family Tree, who worked a quick half-mile in 48.20 – good for third-best of 35 moves at the distance on Wednesday morning.

Multiple Grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox was also on the tab on Wednesday morning, preparing for her 5-year-old bow. The Fletcher and Carolyn Gray homebred worked a half-mile in 48.80 for trainer Larry Jones, who also sent out Sagamore Farm and Brereton C. Jones' speedy sprinter Chief Istan to easily earn the bullet that morning in 47.40.

An improving sprinter to watch, multiple stakes-placed Quijote, also worked a half-mile this week, negotiating such in 49.40 on Tuesday morning for trainer Tom Amoss and owner Midwest Thoroughbreds.

Tuesday's move of the day was a five-furlong bullet drill by Winter Quarter Farm's War Front filly Cambodia, who was wow-worthy when romping in second-level turf allowance company for trainer Tom Proctor on Dec. 1.

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