A look at who has stood out through April 25:
As a handicapper, you want to go against the favorite, but that’s going to be tough to do after seeing this filly motor through the Churchill Downs stretch. If her top-notch work is any indication, she hasn’t lost a step since moving from Fair Grounds and, if anything, looks to be even more dangerous at her home track. She left her work mate in the dust. You get the feeling you’re watching a superstar in the making, and only an unfavorable post or stumble at the start could stop this freight train. Grade: A+ Final time: 5f, 1:00 Splits: 12.40, 24.40, 36.40 & galloped out 6f in 1:13.60. Finished 9 lengths in front.
I’ve liked this filly from Day One, and she’s done nothing to change my mindset. She was soundly beaten by Untapable in the Fair Grounds Oaks, but she is certainly a Horse for Course at Churchill Downs and has trained exceptionally well here. If any filly can turn the tables on Untapable, I think she’s the one. Keep in mind her dam, Lemons Forever, won the Oaks at 47-1. We won’t get anywhere near that, but she’s a viable option if you’re looking to take a chance against Untapable, who should be a heavy favorite.
Final time: 5f, 1:00.80
Splits: :12.20, :24.40, :36.80, :48.80 and galloped out 6f in 1:14.
My Miss Sophia
The Gazelle winner is a sight to behold. She’s the definition of fit and athletic, and appears happy and aware when galloping on the track. She is a very appealing mover who can carry her speed. Since she likes to be the pace or close to it, a lot will depend on post position and the design of the field. As far as training goes, she’s been passing the test in the mornings.
If there is a “Wise Guy” Oaks horse developing, Rosalind might be it. She’s been the talk of the backside with her dominating presence on the track in the mornings. When she comes out onto the strip, she struts like she owns the track, and does not look the least bit intimidated when foes get close to her in the lane. She’s a late closer who should have a suitable pace scenario. She’s likely to work this weekend.