The 3-year-old daughter of Street Sense broke alertly from the starting gate under jockey Edgar Prado to set the pace along the backstretch, stalked by Latin Rocks into the far turn. The even-money favorite in the nine-horse entry-level allowance withstood the challenge and drew off to an easy victory.
Aubby K, who had finished fourth in the Pocahontas (G2) at Churchill Downs in her last trip to post on Oct. 30, collected her second victory in three lifetime starts. The James Spence homebred ran 6 ½ lengths in 1:15.51 after setting fractions of :22.15 :44.15, 1:09.01.
Note: Allen Maragh saddled the first winner of his training career in the sixth race, won by Mr. Nu Nu, a 23-1 longshot ridden by apprentice Aparna Battula. The brother of Gulfstream Top 5 jockey Rajiv Maragh wound down his riding career at Calder last September.
Quote of the Day: “You never know for sure how they’ll do off the layoff. I thought she would run well, but I couldn’t have expected that kind of performance. We’ll look to stretch her out from here and maybe get to the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) (at Pimlico on May 18),” said trainer Ralph Nicks following Aubby K’s impressive triumph in the ninth race.
Work of the Day: Todd Pletcher-trained El Padrino prepped for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby (G1) with a four-furlong workout at Palm Meadows Training Center. The 3-year-old son of Pulpit covered the half-mile distance in :49 under jockey Javier Castellano while training in company with Brethren, who will return from nearly a year layoff in the Sir Shackleton on the Florida Derby undercard.
Who’s Hot: Rajiv Maragh rode three winners on the card: Ms. Diller ($14) in the second, Mayreau ($5.40) in the seventh and Liberty Cap ($7.40) in the 10th.
10-cent Rainbow 6 carryover: $416,758.84