Updated on 04/10/2017 2:52PM

Miss Sky Warrior ships this week to prep for Kentucky Oaks

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Debra A. Roma
Miss Sky Warrior went gate to wire in winning the Gazelle Stakes on Saturday.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Miss Sky Warrior, convincing winner of Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle Stakes at Aqueduct, will ship to Kentucky sometime this week to continue preparations for the Kentucky Oaks on May 5, trainer Kelly Breen said Sunday.

Miss Sky Warrior remained at Aqueduct Sunday morning; the bulk of Breen’s horses are still stabled at Palm Meadows in south Florida. Breen is scheduled to run a horse next Saturday at Keeneland and will likely ship Miss Sky Warrior to Keeneland later this week before moving on to Churchill.

Miss Sky Warrior dominated Saturday’s Gazelle by 13 lengths, going gate to wire under Paco Lopez. It was her fifth consecutive victory and fourth straight graded stakes win.

“It was just a wow performance,” Breen said Sunday morning. “She was touting herself a little bit, feeling good race-day, literally trying to buck in the post parade. I was trying to watch her and hoping she settled down. She broke sharp, rated enough, wasn’t a run-off or anything like that and kept on going.”

Miss Sky Warrior figures to vie for favoritism in the Oaks with Farrell, winner of three straight races including the Fair Grounds Oaks, and Paradise Woods, the eye-catching Santa Anita Oaks winner. Breen said he doesn’t care if his filly is the betting favorite come race day.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” Breen said. “She ran a big race; I got to try and keep her from bouncing or anything like that, keep her on her toes trying to get the same performance. That’s part of my job. I can’t make the odds and make who she’s going to run against. I just have to worry about my horse.”

In the Gazelle, Miss Sky Warrior ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:51.71 and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 94.

Grant to be more selective with Green Gratto

Trainer Gaston Grant has never been bashful when it comes to running Green Gratto. But now that the horse is a Grade 1 winner, Grant said he will pick and choose his spots more judiciously.

“After a Grade 1 win, you pick your spots now for him,” Grant said Sunday. “You don’t have to bury him in every race. I’m going to be more selective where I place him from now on.”

Grant said he would like to keep the horse in New York, and the next big sprint race is the Grade 2, $250,000 True North on June 9. Grant said if Green Gratto “is acting like he needs a race” before then, he could run in the $100,000 Diablo on May 7.

“If there’s nothing in New York I probably won’t ship out of town,” Grant said.

Green Gratto held off 4-5 favorite Unified by a neck to win the Carter at odds of 54-1. Two years ago, he finished second to Dads Caps in this race at 53-1.

Green Gratto, a 7-year-old New Jersey-bred son of Here’s Zealous, won for the ninth time in 53 starts. He pushed his career earnings to $1,100,872. He earned a 98 Beyer Speed Figure for the performance.

Send It In gets a 119 Beyer

Send It In and Tu Brutus, separated by a half-length in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Excelsior, likely will square off again in the Grade 2, $400,000 Brooklyn Invitational at Belmont Park on June 10, their connections said.

Send It In, a multiple New York-bred stakes-winning gelding, persevered past the Chilean-bred Tu Brutus, who set rapid early fractions before giving way grudgingly late. It was 14 lengths farther back to Doyouknowsomething in third.

Send It In was assigned a 119 Beyer, equaling the speed figure earned by Arrogate in winning the $12 million Pegasus World Cup. Tu Brutus, in his first start since December and his first in this country, was assigned a 118.

“He’s a horse that already showed a lot of stamina to where a mile and a quarter, even a mile and a half, would all be good,” said Todd Pletcher, the trainer of Send It In. “I was pleasantly surprised with how strong the figure came back.”

Trainer Gary Contessa said Sunday that the Brooklyn was his next objective with Tu Brutus. Contessa said he had attempted to run Tu Brutus before the Excelsior, but a race in Florida didn’t fill, and then he got snowed out of another race in Maryland.

“The Brooklyn will be his next start,” Contessa said. “I look forward to the rematch. He came back great, and I think from both training him and looking at his [past performances], the farther he goes, the better he’s going to get.”

Long Haul Bay aimed at Woody Stephens

Long Haul Bay, who made the jump from New York-bred maiden winner to Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes winner, will be pointed to the Grade 2, $500,000 Woody Stephens at Belmont Park on June 10, trainer Chad Brown said Sunday.

Brown said he and owner John Clay were both pleased with how the colt “stepped up” on Saturday and that the Woody Stephens, at seven furlongs - the same distance as the Bay Shore - made the most sense.

There aren’t many attractive spots to run Long Haul Bay between now and the Woody Stephens, so it is likely he will simply train up to the race.

Long Haul Bay, who defeated Even Thunder by 3 1/4 lengths in the Bay Shore, got an 88 Beyer for the performance.