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Grade 1 Oaks is Bizzy Caroline’s next target
The hot Bizzy Caroline is taking her three-race win streak to Hollywood, where, like many aspiring starlets, she will seek more fame and fortune as she makes her debut in Grade 1 company.
Trainer Ken McPeek has selected the $250,000 American Oaks (G1) over 1 ¼ miles on turf for Bizzy Caroline’s next start and he has engaged top jockey Rafael Bejarano to ride her in the invitational event on July 16.
Bred by Runnymede and raced by farm Chairman and co-breeder Catesby W. Clay, Bizzy Caroline arrived at Hollywood Park on June 26 and has been, literally, rearing with energy as she prepares for the sternest test of her career to date.
“My assistant, Alan Shell, said she’s doing super. He couldn’t walk her around the shedrow without her rearing and going up on her hind legs,” McPeek said. “She’s coming into the race really good and we’re very pleased.”
Bizzy Caroline jogged at Hollywood on June 27 and then began galloping over the Cushion Track the next day. Plans call for the daughter of Afleet Alex out of our Saint Ballado mare Sacre Coeur to work five furlongs on July 3 in company with the McPeek-trained Dark Cove, who is aimed at the Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) on July 9.
After winning for the first time while setting the pace going 1 3/16 miles over yielding turf on April 28 at Keeneland, Bizzy Caroline returned to capture a 1 1/16-mile allowance on good turf at Churchill Downs on May 27. In her stakes debut, Bizzy Caroline rated early and then drew away from a talented field, including Grade 2 winner Kathmanblu, in the Regret Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs on June 18.