Several GI Kentucky Oaks-bound fillies put in their final major workouts Saturday morning leading up to Friday's Churchill Downs Classic. Leading the Churchill Downs worktab, Phoenix Thoroughbred's Crazy Beautiful (Liam's Map), winner of the Mar. 27 GII Gulfstream Park Oaks in her most recent start, worked a half-mile in :49.20 under Danny Ramsey for trainer Kenny McPeek.
“She had a breeze last week in :59, which was a bullet work,” McPeek said. “So today I just went a half with her, something simple, again just a basic maintenance work. She's eating good, and like King Fury, she's doing super good, fingers crossed.”
Also at Churchill Saturday, Juddmonte Farms' Millefeuille (Curlin) worked five furlongs in :59.60 in company to produce the fastest of 29 works at the distance. Ailsa Morrison was aboard the Gulfstream Park Oaks runner-up for trainer Bill Mott.
“It looked good to me,” trainer Bill Mott said of the work that began after Millefeuille had galloped once around.
At Belmont Park, Beach Haven Thoroughbreds' Maracuja (Honor Code) worked a half-mile in :48.20 for trainer Rob Atras. After breaking her maiden at Aqueduct Feb. 21, she finished runner-up in the nine-furlong GIII Gazelle S. The grey is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs Monday.
“I was very happy with it,” Atras said. “I wasn't worried about the time but the track must have been playing fast because the work didn't look that quick to me. She did it easily down the lane and had a nice even gallop out.”