By Dick Dick Downey
Trainer Steve Asmussen said Saturday that Untapable came back from the Kentucky Oaks in good shape. She’ll get a few days off after her awesome effort.
“She got out walking good and looks good,” Asmussen said. “We’ll just let her rest up from her efforts yesterday. She’s a very confident horse. She’s very forward, motor’s running and stuff. She goes out there to win.”
Asmussen said he and Ron Winchell haven’t talked yet about her next start. Asmussen has talked like the Preakness is unlikely but on Friday hedged and said he wants to see how Tapiture runs in the Kentucky Derby.
“I drove in with my dad, and I was saying that she took a tremendous amount of pressure off him,” Asmussen said. “We just hope for a good trip and hopefully we can get to the winner’s circle again.”
Other Oaks Horses in Order of Finish
MY MISS SOPHIA (2d) /GOT LUCKY (7th) – Trainer Todd Pletcher reported Saturday morning that both of his Oaks fillies – second-place finisher My Miss Sophia and the seventh-place horse Got Lucky -- “are in good shape.”
“They came out of their races well,” he said. “I was especially happy with My Miss Sophia’s effort. She ran hard and she ran well. I think the Acorn is high on the list for her next start.”
The Acorn is on June 7, Belmont Stakes day. Pletcher said that both fillies would be shipped to his New York stable.
UNBRIDLED FOREVER – Unbridled Forever, who finished third in the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, came out of the race well, trainer Dallas Stewart said Saturday morning.
"Well, she looks go so far,'' Stewart said. "We haven't gotten her out yet, but she looks good. She ate well last night and is moving good in the stall. That's a good sign.''
Stewart said he doesn't have a campaign in mind for Unbridled Forever.
"You've got the Acorn in five weeks, the Test,'' Stewart said.
The timing of the Acorn on the Belmont Stakes card at Belmont Park, "should be fine,'' Stewart said. "We just have to see.''
Unbridled Forever finished 10 1/2 lengths behind winner Untapable on Friday. In the Fair Grounds Oaks, third-place Unbridled Forever finished 9 1/2 lengths behind winner Untapable. The form held.
"Tell you what, it's a great deal for Fair Grounds,'' Stewart said.
ROSALIND – Rosalind closed for fourth in the Oaks, an effort trainer Kenny McPeek was satisfied with.
“She came back with a nick on her left-hind pastern but it’s no big deal,” he said. “No excuse and we were pleased with the effort.”
McPeek said he believes that Rosalind’s future is on the grass and he is looking hard at taking her to England for either the 1 ½-mile Oaks at Epsom on June 6 or the one-mile Coronation at Ascot on June 20.
THANK YOU MARYLOU – Trainer Mike Maker said Saturday that he has yet to consider his options for Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Thank You Marylou, who finished fifth in the Oaks.
"I haven't really given it a thought,'' Maker said Saturday morning."I wasn't really going to worry about it until tomorrow.''
Thank You Marylou is a stakes winner on dirt and turf, and Grade I-placed on Polytrack, so he has options.
She finished 12 1/2 lengths behind Untapable. "Just outrun,'' Maker said."There were some good fillies in front of her.''
Thank You Marylou came out of the race fine, Maker said.
RIA ANTONIA – Jim Barnes, assistant to Bob Baffert, said that Ria Antonia came out of the Kentucky Oaks in good condition.
“Mike (Smith) got her out and into a contending position, but she just wasn’t able to continue on,” Barnes said. “We ran into a very nice filly in that race.”
SUGAR SHOCK – Trainer Doug Anderson said that Sugar Shock came out of her eighth-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks in good order and would be shipped to Prairie Meadows in Iowa on Monday to rejoin the rest of his stable.
“She came back good and ate up everything last night,” Anderson said. “I was a little disappointed she didn’t keep fighting, but that’s horse racing. We’ll give her some time to recuperate and may look at the Iowa Oaks.”
AURELIA’S BELLE – Trainer Wayne Catalano said that when he plans the rest of the 2014 campaign for Jim Miller's Aurelia's Belle, races not on dirt will be the focus.
"It will be grass or Poly,'' Catalano said of the surface for her next start. "We won't rule out dirt forever, just maybe not so much this one.''
Catalano has a barn at Churchill Downs and at Arlington Park, where Polytrack is the surface for the main track. "We'll talk it over with Mr. Miller about what to do and what her next races are,'' Catalano said.
In the Oaks, Aurelia's Belle was in fifth place after quarter-mile but couldn't keep up. She finished ninth, 24 1/4 lengths behind Untapable.
"She looked great,'' Catalano said."She had a great position. I was very happy with the situation we were in. You couldn't ask for a better spot. When he set her down, she was like floundering around, like it wasn't really the best surface for her.''
She came out of the race well, Catalano said. "Everything seems to be good. She ate well, and she looks OK.''
PLEASE EXPLAIN – Trainer Tom Proctor said that Niall Racing’s Please Explain was fine Saturday morning after her run in the Oaks.
“She just wasn’t fast enough,” Proctor said.
FASHION PLATE – Paul Eddery, assistant to trainer Simon Callaghan, said Fashion Plate would be headed back to her home base in Southern California on Sunday morning after her troubled run in Friday’s Oaks.
“She just got a little nick on the leg,” Eddery said of Fashion Plate, who was restless in the gate and hopped at the start, spotting the field several lengths. “It could have been worse. (Jockey) Gary Stevens did the right thing after the bad start and took care of her and we live to fight another day.”
KISS MOON – Kiss Moon was OK Saturday after her disappointing trip in the Oaks.
“She got a few cuts in behind from that incident at the gate when Fashion Plate reared up,” trainer David Vance said. “They she hit her head on the gate and lost her position. It was not the trip that I had hoped she would get.”
Vance, who is stabled at Churchill Downs, said the $100,000-added Regret on June 14 at 1 1/8 miles on the turf is a possibility for Kiss Moon’s next start.
“I’ll work her on the grass, and if she likes it that’s where she will be,” Vance said.
EMPRESS OF MIDWAY – Empress of Midway, who flipped in the starting gate and was scratched from the Kentucky Oaks, sustained a small scratch on a hind leg but otherwise was unscathed according to Jack Sisterson, assistant to Doug O’Neill.
“She will go back to California on Monday,” Sisterson said. “We haven’t made any plans for a next race. We’ll see how she trains the next few days when she gets back and see.”