‘Veuve’ Sharpened for Alabama Tilt

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Talk Veuve to Me | J Englehard Photo

GIII Indiana Oaks winner Talk Veuve to Me (Violence) posted a sharp four-furlong work in :47.02 over the Oklahoma training track Sunday morning. The fastest of 98 horses at the distance, she prepares for a possible start in the Aug. 18 GI Alabama S.

Trainer Rodolphe Brisset was aboard Talk Veuve to Me, who galloped out five furlongs in :59 4/5. Brisset co-owns the filly with Team Valor International and Stephen McKay.

“She worked very good,” confirmed Brisset. “We went a tick faster than what I wanted, but I guess I’m the one to blame. She did it pretty easy, on her own. We were looking for a :48 more than a :47, but we were happy with the way she did it and the way she cooled out.”

Talk Veuve to Me was working for the first time since her Indiana Oaks win July 14. She also finished runner-up in the GI Acorn S. June 9 at Belmont and GII Eight Belles S. May 4 at Churchill Downs.

“She bounced back really good from her last race and she was ready to breeze,” added Brisset. She may have fooled me a little bit. It didn’t feel like I was going that fast, so it’s always a good sign, but at the same time it was a bit faster than what we were looking for. So, we may want to try and slow her down a little bit next week.”

The Indiana Oaks marked Talk Veuve to Me’s first time racing beyond one mile.

“Her race in Indiana we thought was pretty impressive,” said the former assistant and exercise rider for Hall of Famer Bill Mott. “She handled the two turns very well. We are very strongly looking at the Alabama, for sure. She showed us two turns may not be a problem for her at all. The mile and a quarter, you don’t really know until you try it. If we are pleased with the next two breezes, it could be the spot where we go next.”

 

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