Queen's Plate winner Wonder Gadot was among the first horses to work Saturday morning at Oaklawn. She ended up being the fastest, too.
Breezing over a fast surface moments after the track opened under David Cohen, Wonder Gadot recorded a 5-furlong bullet (:59) in advance of a scheduled start in the $750,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares April 14.
Clockers caught Wonder Gadot in :23.60 for her opening quarter, :36.20 for 3 furlongs and galloping out 6 furlongs in 1:11.20. Wonder Gadot's 3-furlong time was faster than the 3-furlong bullet (:36.60) and her 5-furlong time was the best among 30 published at the distance.
A finalist for a Sovereign Award as Canada's champion 3-year-old filly of 2018, Wonder Gadot finished second in her 2019 debut, a March 8 allowance at 1 1/16 miles, for owner Gary Barber and trainer Mark Casse.
“It was a solid work for her today,” said Cohen, who has regularly breezed the filly since her arrival in early February and will ride her in the Apple Blossom. “They were looking for that type of work. She probably got just as much, if not more, mentally out of that last race than she did physically. Very strong gallop out and definitely seeing a new side of her, from working her prior to then racing and coming out of that. Her last two works, she's been really feeling strong.”
Wonder Gadot worked a half-mile in :49.80 March 23.
Nominations to the 1 1/16-mile Apple Blossom closed Thursday. Cohen rode the Casse-trained Shamrock Rose to a third-place finish in the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 16, the final major local prep for the Apple Blossom. Shamrock Rose, Casse said, will make her next start in the $300,000 Madison Stakes (G1) April 6 at Keeneland.
Shamrock Rose won the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs. Wonder Gadot beat males in the first two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, including the Queen's Plate.
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