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Kentucky Oaks Contender Midnight Lucky Pleasing Baffert

Trainer Bob Baffert had good things to say about Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Midnight Lucky Sunday after she breezed five furlongs in :59.60 with exercise rider Dana Barnes in the irons.

Midnight Lucky

Midnight Lucky

Undefeated after two career starts, the gray filly prepped for Friday’s Oaks with the fourth fastest of 42 works at the distance. Starting about three lengths behind stablemate and Derby prospect Code West, she turned in split times of :12.40, :24.40; :36.60 and : 48.  She finished about a half-length in front of Code West. The six-furlong gallop out time was 1:11.80.

“She’s always worked well and we’ve always been high on her,” Baffert said. “She’s an exceptional filly. She went really well today. She worked with Code West and sat off him coming down the lane. She worked really well and I really liked what I saw. She had to work well like that for me to throw her in with the wolves. She looks like she’s doing well, so she’s going the right way.”

Baffert said he had the filly work with Code West to keep her focused.

And Baffert said the Oaks will be a real test for his Sunland Park Oaks winner.

“It’s probably the toughest Oaks field I’ve seen,” he said. “You could just give the Eclipse Award that day.”

Reed Palmer photo