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Daddys Lil Darling, Tequilita Work Towards Kentucky Oaks

April 21, 2017

LEXINGTON, KY (April 21, 2017) – Two candidates for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) on May 5 at Churchill Downs put in works minutes apart at Keeneland before the Friday morning renovation break.

Normandy Farm’s Daddys Lil Darling, runner-up in the Central Bank Ashland (G1) here on April 8, worked a half-mile in :47.40 with jockey Robby Albarado aboard for trainer Kenny McPeek. The time was the fastest of 72 at the distance.

Clockers caught Daddys Lil Darling in fractions of :23.60, :47.40 and out five furlongs in 1:00.80.

“She went really good; a nice maintenance move,” said Albarado, who has ridden the daughter of Scat Daddy in her past two starts. “I hope she gets some pace to run at in the Oaks. If so, she will be fine. I am positive she will be staying on at the end.”

McPeek said Daddys Lil Darling would have her final pre-Oaks work at Keeneland next weekend and then go to Churchill Downs the following Monday, May 1.

“She has trained and run there,” McPeek said of the winner of last September’s Pocahontas (G2) at Churchill. “(Once at Churchill) she will jog and gallop and school in the paddock.”

Dorothy Matz’s Tequilita, a homebred daughter of Union Rags, worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.40 under exercise rider Jo Saville for trainer Michael Matz.

Matz expressed satisfaction with the work for Tequilita, her second at Keeneland since winning the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) on April 1.

“She will go to Churchill on Wednesday and have her final work for the Oaks there,” the trainer said.