Cathryn Sophia's Kentucky Oaks status hinges on workout
Edited press release from Keeneland
As with Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite Nyquist, wet conditions at Keeneland also kept Cash is King LLC’s Cathryn Sophia from her scheduled Friday work, said Tyler Servis, assistant to his father, John Servis. Third here in the Ashland (G1) on April 9, the Street Boss filly jogged on the main track after the renovation break. She is to work Saturday after the break.
“Depending how she works and comes out of it will give us more of an understanding of where we’re going,” Tyler Servis said.
The Kentucky Oaks (G1) or the Eight Belles (G2) at Churchill on Oaks Day is being considered as possible next races for Cathryn Sophia, who has 80 Oaks qualifying points to place sixth among the top 14 point earners nominated to the Oaks.
Trainer Kenny McPeek said Magdalena Racing’s Dothraki Queen would work Saturday with the Kentucky Oaks still a possible option.
“She lost a shoe coming out of the gate,” McPeek said of Dothraki Queen’s 2016 debut, an eighth-place finish in the April 14 Appalachian (G3). “We haven’t ruled out the Oaks and we are still considering the English Oaks ([G1] at Epsom June 3).”
Dothraki Queen has earned 20 points toward the Kentucky Oaks by virtue of a victory in the Pocahonas (G2), runner-up finish in the Alcibiades (G1) and third-place finishes in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and Golden Rod (G2).
The 20 points are good enough for 16th in the standings for the Oaks that is limited to 14 starters and as many as four also-eligibles.
Cathryn Sophia photo from Wednesday courtesy Keeneland/Coady Photography.