LEXINGTON, KY (April 19, 2017) – The field for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) is limited to the top 14 point earners on the 30-race road to the May 5 race.
The series that began last September is over. Sitting at No. 15 is Lee Mauberret’s homebred Wicked Lick, who is at Keeneland with trainer Brendan Walsh.
“We are training like she will get in the Oaks,” Walsh said Wednesday morning. “Somebody will come out. It seems like every year, somebody drops out.”
Wicked Lick picked up the last 40 points of her 49-point total with a runner-up finish in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) at April 1. That figure looked solid until Ever So Clever and Chanel’s Legacy ran 1-2 in the Fantasy (G3) on April 14 to leapfrog Wicked Lick and into the top 14.
“That was the worst possible scenario for us,” Walsh said.
Wicked Lick, who also picked up points with a runner-up finish in the Silverbulletday and a fourth-place finish in the Rachel Alexandra (G2) at Fair Grounds, began her career on turf.
“She is a big-framed filly that wanted two turns,” Walsh said. “I started her at Ellis (going a mile). Then she broke her maiden at Churchill and I tried her in the stakes (JPMorgan Chase Jessamine-G3) here last fall and I don’t think she liked the course that day.”
It has been all dirt since for the daughter of Maclean’s Music. After finishing fifth in a one-turn mile at Churchill Downs in November, Wicked Lick compiled a 4-0-3-0 mark going two turns at Fair Grounds.
“She never runs a bad race,” Walsh said of Wicked Lick, who is scheduled to have her first work since the Fair Grounds Oaks here this weekend.