04/24/2010 12:00AM

Two still on the fence for Oaks


A couple of decisions before entries are drawn Tuesday at Churchill Downs will have an impact on the makeup of the 136th Kentucky Oaks, but overall, the 14-horse lineup appears fairly well set.

The most important call still to come involves the filly Devil May Care, whose connections, owned Glencrest Farm and trainer Todd Pletcher, have said she may opt for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday instead of the Oaks the previous day. If Devil May Care runs in the Oaks, she could vie for favoritism with Blind Luck.

The other pending matter involves Sassy Image, who incurred a minor physical setback recently, according to trainer Dale Romans.

With either filly out, Champagne d'Oro will become the first to get in. Age of Humor would be next in, followed by Seeking the Title.

Devil May Care and Blind Luck led a slew of workouts posted Friday and Saturday by Oaks candidates. In fact, 12 Oaks horses had their final pre-race works on one of those of those days, including Blind Luck and Evening Jewel at Hollywood Park, It's Tea Time at Keeneland, Bella Diamante at Lone Star, and Joanie's Catch at Calder.

Blind Luck and Evening Jewel are scheduled to arrive here Tuesday following a charter flight from Ontario International Airport in Southern California.

Tuesday tradition ends

Derby week connoisseurs surely are aware that Churchill normally hosts a Tuesday card during this week - but not this year. Those Tuesday cards ostensibly made up for the racing missed by going dark on the Sunday after the Derby, but with horses in short supply these days, Churchill scrapped Tuesday for this year.

On short notice last May, Churchill reduced its spring schedule from five days a week to four, eliminating Wednesdays. This spring, the four-day schedule remains in effect, with the only Wednesday during the 42-day meet coming Derby week.

Another change in the racing program for Derby week this year is the lack of a stakes race on Thursday. In years past, races such as the Mamzelle and/or the Kentucky Juvenile would be held on "Derby Eve eve," as it is known, but Churchill has moved to consolidate all its stakes by running six apiece on Friday and Saturday.

The Thursday feature is an overnight race that once was a graded stakes: the $62,000 Edgewood for 3-year-old turf fillies.