05/06/2010 11:00PM

Pure Clan examined after refusing to train


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Pure Clan, the star turf mare whose six graded stakes wins include the Grade 1 Flower Bowl last fall at Belmont Park, has been sent from her Churchill Downs base to the Rood and Riddle equine clinic in Lexington to determine why she has been so reluctant to train.

Trainer Bob Holthus said Friday that Pure Clan apparently has a left front foot "that's been bugging her" and that a full prognosis should be available by Wednesday.

Pure Clan, unraced since ending her 4-year-old season with a runner-up finish to Midday in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf last fall at Santa Anita, has periodically refused to go along with the routine training regimen that Holthus sends her through on a daily basis. "We don't really know why she's been acting like she has, but hopefully the vets at the clinic can give us some answers," said Holthus.

Holthus had been attempting to prepare Pure Clan for a campaign similar to 2009, when she had five races, starting with the Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill. But Pure Clan has had no recorded workouts since leaving Oaklawn Park in early April, and it had become clear in recent days that she would not be ready for the June 5 Mint Julep. In fact, Holthus had to cancel a Thursday work for the mare when she simply refused to cooperate with exercise rider Steve Schmelzel.

Pure Clan, bred and owned by Lewis Lakin, has been a standout since she won her first start at 2 at Ellis Park in August 2007. Employing a terrific late kick, the daughter of Pure Prize has earned $1,987,498 from 16 starts, with the Grade 1 American Oaks in 2008 and the 2009 Flower Bowl being her greatest wins.

Luck holding for Kleins

Richard Klein and his parents, Bert and Elaine, had no idea that the filly they bought and raced several years ago would produce a Kentucky Oaks winner with her first foal.

The Kleins, who perennially rank among the leading owners in Kentucky, bought Lucky One for $77,000 as a yearling in 2003. They ran her 13 times, mostly in claiming races, before she was claimed from them by William Baker for $15,000 in December 2005 at Turfway Park.

Lucky One raced twice more without success before becoming a broodmare, with her mating to Pollard's Vision resulting in Blind Luck, who last weekend captured the 136th Oaks at Churchill.

"Lucky One was a big, good-looking thing," said Richard Klein. "I named her. My dog's name is Lucky, and I've used 'lucky one' as a password for different things. We never really thought of protecting her as a broodmare prospect because she was by a young sire" - Best of Luck - "and she just didn't show a lot on the racetrack. You just never know how things like that will turn out."

Apprentice wins three on day

Overshadowed by all the carryover hoopla here Thursday was a breakout day by apprentice Freddie Lenclud, who tallied with three winners on the 10-race card, including two during the pick six sequence that resulted in payoffs of $21,317 apiece to 134 winners.

Lenclud, a 22-year-old Frenchman, won the second race aboard Prospector Queen ($13.40), the sixth on Dabossman ($10.40), and the seventh on Quiet by Seven ($5.80). Into Friday, he had won 79 races from 655 mounts since starting his riding career last July. Lenclud, riding with a five-pound apprentice allowance, wintered at Oaklawn, where he built on his business and won 24 races.

Both the pick six and super high five were hit Thursday after large jackpots had carried over from the Kentucky Derby Day card. A record one-day handle of $3,138,615 was bet Thursday into the $2 pick six, while $586,655 was bet into the $1 super high five, which was divided among 20 winners at $30,912 each.

* Ravi's Song, winner of the first race on Oaks Day when she returned from a seven-month layoff, will race preferably in another allowance before returning to the stakes ranks, said trainer Carl Bowman.

"I'm going to keep her on the dirt," said Bowman.

Ravi's Song is out of the star mare Lu Ravi, who earned more than $1.8 million under Bowman's guidance.