04/02/2010 5:55PM

Oaklawn: Key work for Tidal Pool


Tidal Pool is one of the most interesting entrants in the Grade 2, $300,000 Fantasy later on the card at Oaklawn. She put up the year's best Beyer Figure for a 3-year-old filly in her last start, a 101, and since then has turned in a set of strong works at Oaklawn. Tidal Pool breezed a bullet five furlongs in 58.80 seconds March 14, then came back with a seven-furlong move in 1:25.20 on March 24.

"I couldn't be happier with the way she did it," D. Wayne Lukas, who trains Tidal Pool, said after the seven-furlong work. "Her gallop out time was 1:37 and 2. I mean, that will win most races. She's really gotten good at the right time, and we're over the moon about her right now."

Tidal Pool went 13 seconds for her opening eighth of the mile in the seven-furlong work, according to Oaklawn head clocker Jim Hamilton. He proceeded to carry her through an opening quarter in 25 seconds, three furlongs in 36.20, a half-mile in 48.20, five furlongs in 1:00.80 and six furlongs in 1:12.20.

Tidal Pool last raced on Feb. 18, and won a one-mile allowance over older rivals in 1:36.40. The time remains the quickest mile of the meet, and for the effort she earned the Beyer of 101. It will be interesting to see what pace approach is taken with her in the Fantasy, which drew a field of four led by closer and multiple Grade 1 winner Blind Luck.

On paper, Tidal Pool looks like she could get a tracking trip behind the rail-drawn All Due Respect.