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Oaks Notes

The Oaks is always overshadowed by the Derby, but this year seems especially so — perhaps because the race will likely draw a small, modestly accomplished field dominated by the awesome Rachel Alexandra. In a small attempt to redress the imbalance here though, a bit of Oaks news …

– Is D. Wayne Lukas feeling cagey, or cranky? When asked yesterday how far Oaks contender Be Fair had galloped, the trainer replied, “Doesn’t matter. She was strong.” Asked the same question today, he said it was up to others to “figure out” the distance. Be Fair, fourth in the Ashland Stakes, will work Sunday or Monday. Tweeter, Lukas’ other Oaks starter as of this morning, worked five furlongs in :59.80, the best of 30 at the distance.

– The addition of Tweeter — lightly raced, stepping up from maiden company, not without fans on Twitter — brought the likely Oaks field back to seven after it was announced that Fitz Just Right will miss the race due to an ankle chip in her right front, discovered after the filly breezed four furlongs in :49. Stablemate Justwhistledixie equaled that time, then galloped out five furlongs in 1:02.20 over the main track (video).

– Rachel Alexandra had a planned morning off, walking the shedrow instead of going to the track. She’s scheduled to work on Monday, with Calvin Borel up. For that, I would like to be at Churchill …


Hi Jessica,

I am an equine exercise physiologist and I was at Churchill yesterday for the training accident, followed by the work by Rachel Alexandra.

The two events are closely related, check this link to find out why.


Posted by Bill on April 28, 2009 @ 10:46 am

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Posted by Jessica Chapel / Railbird v2 - It’s Derby Time on April 28, 2009 @ 1:34 pm