HOT SPRINGS, AR – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said that Come Dancing, a recent addition to his stable, is ready to debut in this Saturday’s Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at Oaklawn Park.
After spending her first four racing years based in New York with trainer Carlos Martin, Come Dancing was sent to Oaklawn Park after the COVID-19 pandemic forced New York racing operations to cease until further notice. Come Dancing has posted two local works since arriving approximately four weeks ago, including a 6-furlong effort in 1:12.60 on April 7.
“It was very impressive,” Lukas said of her most recent work. “The way she moves out there and gets over the racetrack like she does – she is some kind of impressive filly.”
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Lukas is expected to give Come Dancing one more minor work this week. Entries for the Apple Blossom will be drawn on Wednesday. Other probable contenders include Grade 1 winners Serengeti Empress and Street Band.
“I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do,” Lukas said of his plans for Come Dancing’s final work. “I might let her breeze through the stretch a little bit. I might even work her an easy half or something. I’ll just let her tell us.”
Come Dancing won four of her six starts in 2019, all at the graded stakes level, and concluded the year with a sixth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1). The 6-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon carries an overall record of 14-8-2-0 with $1,064,950 earned.