Oaks candidates Weep No More, Cathryn Sophia each breeze four panels
Edited press release
Kentucky Oaks (G1) candidate Weep No More, winner of the Ashland (G1) in her most recent start, worked a half-mile Saturday morning at Churchill Downs in :49.60 before 6 a.m. (EDT) with jockey Corey Lanerie aboard for trainer Rusty Arnold.
Working on her own, Weep No More produced fractions of :25.20 and :49.60 while galloping out five furlongs in 1:03. The work was the 52nd fastest of 82 at the distance.
"We got lucky (with the work)," Arnold said. "She originally was going to work Sunday, but I knew the rain was coming in. It was raining when I left Lexington this morning. With racing tonight, they would probably seal (the track) tight. I didn't want to wait and be sitting here at 8:30 with it pouring."
It was the second work for Weep No More at Churchill Downs since winning the Ashland on April 9 at Keeneland.
"This was the plan all along to have two works here," said Arnold, who sent Weep No More to Churchill Downs two days after her Ashland victory. "Her work today was exactly the same as the one before the Ashland. She will walk tomorrow, jog Monday and gallop up to the race."
Cathryn Sophia worked a half-mile shortly after 6 a.m. at Keeneland under exercise rider Jerry Ortega.
"It was just what I wanted and we beat the rain," trainer John Servis said. "I got her in :50 and change. I know the clockers got her slower, but I told Jerry I didn't want to do too much since she had the big work last week."
Last Saturday, Cathryn Sophia worked five furlongs in :59.60 under Paco Lopez.
"She is coming into the race perfectly," Servis said of the filly who finished third in the Ashland in her most recent start. "We will probably leave Keeneland tomorrow after training hours and be at Churchill in the afternoon."