Honeybee or Ashland for Amy’s Challenge

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Amy’s Challenge | Coady

Amy’s Challenge (Artie Schiller), who suffered the first defeat of her career when runner-up in the GIII Honeybee S. in her first try at two turns Mar. 10, is under consideration for the GII Fantasy S. at Oaklawn Apr. 13, but could make the trip to Kentucky for the GI Ashland S. Apr. 7

“I like another week here and I like the round pen here,” trainer Mac Robertson said. “I like the Grade I there, and they finish at the sixteenth pole.”

Perfect in her first three career appearances, including a defeat of the boys in the Shakopee Juvenile S. last September and the Dixie Belle S. in Hot Springs Jan. 20, the $20,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling opened up by as many as eight lengths through enervating splits, but she could not last on the front end and was beaten just under two lengths by Cosmic Burst (Violence).

“A little keen,” Robertson said after the Honeybee. “The first quarter was fine, but, obviously, you don’t win races long going :23, :23, :23. She got a little sharp. She had been really sharp going into the race. I was afraid of that. It’s never good when you open up that far away. Hopefully, she’ll learn to relax a little.”

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