Springboard Mile winner Louies Flower stepped closer to his 2014 debut in the Southwest Stakes when he breezed five furlongs in 1:02.40 (5/28) Sunday over a sloppy track.
“It was a very good work,” said trainer Bret Calhoun. “We had actually planned to work him a little harder, but in light of the track, we decided to be conservative. We’ve been lucky that despite weather lately, we’ve been able to keep him on schedule. He’s exactly where we want him to be.”
Louies Flower, a Flower Alley colt, will be looking for his fourth straight victory in the 1 1/16-mile Southwest. He broke his maiden in his third start at 5 1/2 furlongs Oct. 2 at Remington, and then has won his last two starts at one mile, including the Springboard in mid-December.
“He’s gotten good at the right time,” said Calhoun. “He’s just getting better and better both mentally and physically.”
Edited Oaklawn release