Fiona’s Magic

A Florida home-bred for Marilyn Campbell’s Stonehedge LLC and a graduate of the early training at her Stonehedge Farm South in Williston, Fla., Fiona’s Magic had her morning routine switched up a bit Wednesday morning by trainer Michael Yates.

“Instead of breaking off when she came on the track, I took her over to the front side to let her get a look at all the people [for Dawn at the Downs],” Yates said. “Then she galloped about a mile and three-eighths.”

Alejandro Mariano was aboard Fiona’s Magic.


Leslie’s Rose

Owned by Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm in Ocala, Fla., where she also received her early education, Leslie’s Rose followed her regular pattern Wednesday morning and galloped a mile-and-a-quarter then jogged into the track’s mile chute and stood in the starting gate during the special training session between 7:30-7:45 a.m. at Churchill Downs.  

Trainer Todd Pletcher assigned regular rider Joel Osorio to handle the duties on Leslie’s Rose. Pletcher was nearby to see that all went well. Then it was back to Barn 39 for a bath and a snack.

“All’s quiet,” Pletcher noted. “Quiet is good.”


Ways and Means

A graduate of the early training program at de Meric Thoroughbred Sales in Ocala, Fla., Ways and Means galloped twice around during the 7:30 a.m. training session Wednesday with trainer Chad Brown looking on.


Thorpedo Anna

A graduate of Kenny McPeek’s Silverleaf Hills Training Center in Summerfield, Fla., Thorpedo Anna went out Wednesday morning for a gallop with another jockey that trainer Kenny McPeek regularly calls on, Robby Albarado.

“The filly galloped a mile-and-a-half, and stood in the gate, too,” McPeek said.


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