R Heat Lightning by Trippi
(Photo : Drakenstein Stud)
KENTUCKY OAKS (Grade 1)
6 May 2011
In what must be a heartfelt blow to Gaynor Rupert’s Drakenstien Stud, R Heat Lightning (Trippi - Yellow Heat), the expected favorite for Friday’s G1 Kentucky Oaks, has been ruled out of the prestigious $1million event for sophomore fillies after heat was discovered in her right knee. “We detected heat in her right knee this morning and she was slightly off at the jog,” reported conditioner Todd Pletcher. “It’s unfortunate. She’s a very talented filly and has been training great. We’ve scheduled an appointment for an evaluation later this week at Rood & Riddle clinic in Lexington.”
E Paul Robsham Stables LLC’s R Heat Lightning had worked a half in :48 1/5 over a fast Churchill strip Saturday. Winner of the G1 Spinaway Stakes last September, R Heat Lightning established herself as a leader of her generation with a 7 1/4-length romp in the G2 Davona Dale Stakes at Gulfstream on February 26 and an 8 1/4-length tour-de-force back at the Hallandale Beach oval in the G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks on April 2.
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News