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Sugar Shock Works between Races in Preparation for Fantasy Stakes

On Cloud Nine LLC’s Sugar Shock, the disqualified winner of the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) March 8, had a workout Saturday designed to help her avoid any more antics in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 7, the final local prep before the May 2 Kentucky Oaks (G1). The Candy Ride (Arg) filly worked a half mile in :46 2/5 between the third and fourth races Saturday to test a theory trainer Doug Anderson has about why the filly suddenly veered in the stretch impeding the eventual Honeybee winner Euphrosyne.

“The only thing that we could think of was maybe she shied from the starting gate (that is moved back into the infield after the horses break from the gate,)” said trainer Doug Anderson. “We wanted to see if she would do the same thing again today and if she did, we were going to try blinkers. It was a good work, a real good work. We’ll just leave things as is now. No blinkers.”

Jockey Alex Birzer was on board for the work today because Sugar Shock’s regular rider Channing Hill was in Kentucky to ride in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. Anderson said Hill will retain the mount in the Fantasy.

Sugar Shock is scheduled to work one more time before the Fantasy, most likely next Saturday.

Other notable works on Saturday include:

King Cotton Stakes winner Apprehender, who went four furlongs in :49 1/5.

Possible Oaklawn Handicap contender Carve, who went four furlongs in :50 1/5

Spring Fever Stakes winner Airofdistinction, who worked five furlongs in 1:02.