- While the connections of Sweet Catomine now say that the Kentucky Oaks is probably not an option, which will be nice for Pool 3 bettors to know and a potential bonanza for those who bet against her in Pools 1 and 2, fillies that are prepping for the Oaks will do so Saturday in the Ashland at Keeneland, and wow, what a race it is. Sis City may be the favorite off her 16 length win in the Davona Dale and she prepped for the Ashland with a bullet work here Tuesday morning, getting a half-mile in 47.40 seconds. [Daily Racing Form] She’ll be challenged by G1 winner Sharp Lisa, graded stakes winners Summerly and Runway Model, as well as the unbeaten Letgomyecho.
As for Sweet Catomine, there are those who feel she’s not the same filly now that she was as a 2 yo, and others who feel that she’s been raced and trained perfectly up to this race, and that we’ll see the real thing on Saturday. I’ve read at least a couple of people talk with awe about her gallop out after her SA Oaks win. Interestingly, her owner Marty Wygod told the Thoroughbred Times that her road up to this point had been a troubled one, contradicting his trainer Julio Canani, who had maintained throughout that he had purposely undertrained her for the two races this year.
"We had rain, as you all know, that was unprecedented and [an] inability to train her so much of the time. It was very challenging for her. She didn’t really come into the first race right, and then we had some interruptions prior to the second race, so it really isn’t like we’d hoped it would be." [Thoroughbred Times]