Three candidates for Thursday’s 28th running of the $125,000 Appalachian Presented by Japan Racing Association (G3) at a mile on the turf worked on the main track after the Friday morning renovation break.
Catch a Glimpse, winner of all four of her grass starts including a victory here last fall in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), worked a half-mile in :49.40. Keeneland clockers got her first quarter-mile in :24.40 and out five furlongs in 1:03.20. Mark Casse trains Catch a Glimpse.
Florida Oaks (G3) winner Baciami Piccola (GB) worked a half-mile in company in :47.60 with jockey Julien Leparoux aboard. Baciami Piccola started two lengths in back of her workmate and surged past at the wire, galloping out five furlongs in 1:01. Brian Lynch trains Baciami Piccola.
Ava’s Kitten, who finished fifth as the favorite in the Florida Oaks, worked a half-mile in company in :49.60. Trained by Chad Brown, Ava’s Kitten was clocked in :24.80 for the first quarter of a mile and galloped out five furlongs in 1:03.
Prior to Baciami Piccola’s work, Lynch sent out Maker’s 46 Mile (G1) probable Heart to Heart. With Leparoux aboard, Heart to Heart worked a half-mile in :48.80 with an opening quarter in :23.80 and five-eighths gallop-out in 1:02.40.
Trainer Todd Pletcher worked a couple of horses for upcoming Keeneland stakes.
General a Rod, being pointed to the $200,000 Ben Ali (G3) next Saturday, worked a half-mile in :48.40 with an opening quarter in :24 and and a gallop-out in 1:02.
Two-time Grade 1 winner Curalina, unraced since a third-place finish in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) here, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40. Curalina was timed in :36 for her first three-eighths and galloped out six furlongs in 1:14 in preparation for the $100,000 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) on April 22.