Kathleen O., with exercise rider David Jego aboard, breezes at Keeneland
Two fillies under consideration for the May 6 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), Kathleen O. and Candy Raid, put in their final Keeneland works for the race Saturday morning over a fast track.
Working at 7:30 a.m. (ET) after the first track renovation break, Winngate Stables’ undefeated Kathleen O. worked a half-mile in :48.80 under exercise rider David Jego.
Following a few minutes later was Don’t Tell My Wife Stables and trainer Keith Desormeaux’s Candy Raid, who covered the same distance in :49.20 under jockey Rafael Bejarano.
Kathleen O., the leading points earner on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks with 150 points from her victories in the Davona Dale (G2) and Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2), galloped out past the three-quarter pole under Jego, who has been her regular exercise rider all winter.
“She picked it up and galloped out strong,” said Anthony Hamilton, assistant to trainer Shug McGaughey. “We are in good shape. She’s a happy horse – that’s what you look for.”
Kathleen O. worked a half-mile in :48.60 at Keeneland last Saturday in her first work back since winning the Gulfstream Park Oaks on April 2.
Hamilton said Kathleen O. would make the short trip to Churchill Downs Monday or Tuesday. He said McGaughey, who won the Oaks in 1993 with Dispute, would arrive in Louisville on Wednesday.
Candy Raid worked a half-mile in :50.40 last Saturday here. She is 13th on the Oaks leaderboard with 51 points of which 50 came from a victory in the Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park in her most recent start April 2.
“This was her last work here,” said Bejarano, who rode Candy Raid for the first time in the victory at Turfway. “She’s feeling good. I got her out five-eighths in 1:02 and change.”