04/29/2002 11:00PM

Belterra out of Ky. Oaks


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Belterra, the Unbridled filly who recently underwent minor throat surgery, will not run Friday in the Kentucky Oaks, trainer Carl Nafzger said Tuesday morning.

"We just didn't have enough time," said Nafzger. "Not enough time to prepare her the right way. To run would not have been fair to the filly."

Belterra, who went unbeaten in three starts at 2, underwent surgery for an entrapped epiglottis two days after finishing third in the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland and had worked one time since then. She galloped Tuesday morning at Churchill.

Take Charge Lady, You, and Bella Bellucci are expected to be the favorites for the Oaks, for which a field of 11 was expected to be entered later Tuesday.