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ALL TIED UP
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ANCHOR DOWN
ASSERTING BEAR
BARATTI
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SCOTLAND
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TAMARANDO
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TASHIR
TEXAS RYANO
THE ADMIRAL
TOURIST
UNDERTAKER
UNKNOWN ROAD
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ALBANO (KY)
Trainer: Larry Jones
Owner: Brereton C. Jones
Breeder: Brereton C. Jones
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Istan (Gone West, Ronda (GER))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Pocho's Dream Girl (Fortunate Prospect, True to Romeo)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-6-10-0-0 (22) 3.40
Foal Date: April 30, 2011

A half-brother to Mark Valeski.

NEXT RACE: Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park on May 10.

WORKOUTS
On Jan. 6, Albano breezed five in 1:03.40 (34/39) at FG.
On Jan. 13, Albano breezed four on a sloppy track in 1:00.60 (2/34) at FG.
On Feb. 3, Albano breezed five in 1.02:00 (16/44) at FG.
On Feb. 10, Albano breezed five in :59:60 (1/24) at FG.
On Feb. 17, Albano breezed five in 1.00:00 (4/30) at FG.
On March 10, Albano breezed five in 1.03:60 (20/21) at FG.
On March 17, Albano breezed five in :59:60 (1/23) at FG.
On March 24, Albano worked five in :59:20 (1/6) at FG.
On April 24, Albano breezed five in 1.04:80 (4/4) at DEL.
On May 4, Albano breezed five in 1.00:20 (1/5) at DEL.
On May 19, Albano breezed five in :59:60 (1/10) at DEL.
On June 2, Albano breezed five in 1.01:60 (1/3) at DEL.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 9 NOTE: “(Albano) worked Monday (five furlongs in 1:03.40), and we were pleased with that,” said trainer Jones. “He came out fine from that work the other day, and we’ll work him again this Monday.”

Jan. 18, Grade III Lecomte Stakes, Fair Grounds, One Mile 70 Yards. Vicar’s in Trouble, the second wagering choice, became the first Louisiana-bred since One Tough Cat in 27 years to win the Lecomte. Vicar’s In Trouble prompted Roman Unbridled's early pace, gained the advantage entering the lane and drew off steadily for a 6 3/4-length tally timed in an impressive 1:42.57. Second finisher Albano was well placed early but could not stay with the winner in the lane. Gold Hawk, favored at 6-5, raced in third up the backstretch and finished third, beaten 7 1/2 lengths, after being fractious loading into the gate. Roman Unbridled hung on for fourth, another length back. The rest of the field was in another area code. Roman Unbridled set a pace of :23.71 and :47.80, and Vicar's In Trouble led after six furlongs in 1:13.11. The chart call: "Albano shifted out nearing the first turn, went four then three wide on that bend, settled on the outside in third position, chased while three wide on the far turn, came under the whip in upper stretch and earned the place while no match for the winner."

Kerwin Clark: “Good trip, horse got tired. We got the pace we wanted, and went after the leader at the 3/8 pole, but we just got tired. I think the horse might have been a little confused around two turns, he wanted to go and we sort kept doing a stop-go-stop-go thing. He’s got a lot of upside.”

Jan. 19 NOTE: “I don’t have either of these two 3-year-olds (also referring to filly Divine Beauty) really cranked up all the way yet,” said trainer Jones. “Believe You Can and Proud Spell both lost races down here. We’re just going to build on those races yesterday.”

Feb. 6 NOTE: Actually, I think Divine Beauty is a little bit further along in her training than Albano is right now. She’s a little bit closer to where I want to be with her than he is. But they’re both coming along well in their training lately and I’m very pleased with both of them,” trainer Jones said.

Feb. 22, Grade II Risen Star Stakes, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 Mile. Albano made almost all the running, but Intense Holiday came and got him in the shadow of the wire for the win. Fifth in the early running, 5 1/2 lengths off the pace set by Albano, Intense Holiday was adroitly handled by Mike Smith. Reserved near the middle of the field halfway through the race, he went three wide early on the far turn and five wide leaving it. Intense Holday, three lengths back with a furlong left, rallied to the outside of Albano and got up to win by a nose. Albano set fractions of :24.30, :48.14 and 1:13.00. The final time was 1:43.86. Post time favorite Vicar's in Trouble, sent off at 2-1 odds, broke alertly from post 13, was in seventh position after a quarter-mile, and made a sustained run only to weaken and finish third, beaten 5 1/2 lengths. California shipper Hoppertunity finished fourth, beaten seven lengths.

Larry Jones: “Running second, getting beat a nose in this race is a family tradition. We knew we had to go from the gate. That part went to plan.”

Kerwin Clark: “I thought I was home at the 1/16. He was still running. I looked over inside the 1/8 pole and didn’t see anyone coming. I can’t believe that horse came and got us, to be honest, because my horse never stopped one bit. It was disappointing, but it’s what I wanted to see from him – improvement that sets us up for the big one.”
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March 29, Grade II Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Mile. Albano finished fifth but was moved up to fourth on a DQ. In a roughly run race, Vicar’s in Trouble stayed out of just that by going to the lead and staying there. He cut through fractions of :23.56, :47.86, 1:12.14 and 1:37.15 before winning in 1:50.77 in the 1 1/8-mile race. Intense Holiday rated off the pace in fourth or fifth and started moving up going into the turn while saving ground. He was bumped by Louies Flower, costing him momentum, but he managed to forge ahead to get second, beaten 3 1/2 lengths, despite ducking in sharply in the stretch while under a left-handed whip. Commanding Curve was pinched back at the start and forced in. That left him running last after a half-mile, 8 1/2 lengths off the lead. After going three and four wide on the far turn, he checked in third, beaten five lengths. In Trouble finished another 3 3/4 lengths back in fourth and was moved down to fifth after coming out twice on Albano in the stretch.

Kerwin Clark: “He broke okay, in a bit, and I straightened him up. We were in a great spot. I had Rosie’s horse clocked, and I had the (In Trouble) clocked, but when (Rise Up) came up on the outside and then dropped over, In Trouble wheeled out and he hit my horse so hard, it knocked the air out of him. He just couldn’t recover from that.”

April 13 NOTE: Taken off the Derby Trail last week.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Albano broke his maiden in his second start, which came at Fair Grounds on Nov. 24. Nine ran in the special weight in which Albano had the lead not long after the gate opened and held off Speightshill to win by 3/4 length, timed in 1:11.44.

Dec. 21, Sugar Bowl Stakes, Fair Grounds, Six Furlongs. Only five ran. Albano, ridden by Kerwin Clark, proved clearly best with a 1 1/4-length score at 3-2 odds. Pressing, then pressed through the first half-mile, Albano edged away as  D'cajun Cat couldn't keep up with him and Be Well couldn't get to him. The chart call: "Albano chased the pace, made a bid while outside on the turn, inched clear under a right-handed whip into the final furlong and proved best under good handling."

THE NEXT DAY: “We’ll try to get on the Triple Crown trail with Albano," trainer Jones said, adding "try to bring him up to the Lecomte (on Jan 18), go on and shoot next for the Risen Star (on Feb. 22) and then the Louisiana Derby (on March 29).  The idea is rack up enough points to get on to the Kentucky Derby, but of course we have to take these things one step at a time.... We’ll just hope he turns out to be a few steps better than his older brother (Mark Valeski).”

 

ALL TIED UP (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Dogwood Stable
Breeder: Chris Cahill & Kirt Cahill
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Even the Score (Unbridled's Song, Ashtabula)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Satinet (Olympio (IRE), Satin Promise)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-4-6-0-0 (14) 3.67
Foal Date: Feb. 28, 2011

$70,000 RNA Keeneland November 2011.
$70,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga 2012.
$130,000 OBS 2013.

NEXT RACE

WORKOUTS
On March 8, All Tied Up breezed four in :50.90 (67/74) at PMM.
On March 16, All Tied Up breezed four in :49.40 (19/48) at PMM.
On April 10, All Tied Up breezed five in 1.01:90 (1/10) at PMM.
On April 20, All Tied Up breezed four in :49:45 (5/9) at PMM.
On May 12, All Tied Up breezed four in :49:40 (46/120) at MTH.
On May 18, All Tied Up breezed four in :49:40 (40/79) at MTH.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 12, Allowance/Optional Claiming, Gulfstream Park, 7 1/2 Furlongs (T). He finished third, beaten only 3/4 length, by dead-heaters Medal Count and Drover Road. He rallied from 4 1/2 lengths off the pace at the furlong marker.

Jan. 24, Starter/Optional Claiming, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile (T). All Tied Up won this race as the 5-2 favorite. He came from eighth, nine lengths off the pace at the first call.

Feb. 22, Allowance/Optional Claiming, Gulfstream Park, 7 1/2 Furlongs (T). All Tied Up finished third, beaten a length. Divine Oath and Big Bazinga were just ahead of him at the finish line.

March 22, Grade III Spiral Stakes, Turfway Park, 1 1/8 Mile. All Tied Up finished sixth, beaten 6 1/2 lengths. Eighth early, he bid going into the far turn but flattened out.

April 26, Allowance/Optional Claiming, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile (T). At 2-1 odds, All Tied Up finished fourth, beaten by 5 3/4 lengths by runaway winner Dashing David, the 6-1 fifth choice in a field of nine.

May 24, Allowance, Monmouth Park, 1 1/16-mile (T). All Tied Up finished first by 4 lengths at 3-2 odds after coming from about six lengths off the pace. Even-money favorite Go Bernie Go finished second. The winning time was 1:44.78.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

It took four races for All Tied Up to break his maiden, and he did it at Aqueduct on Nov. 3 running 1 1/16 mile on the turf.  The time was 1:46.02; he was fourth of nine in the early going and never more than 2 1/2 lengths back. It was his final race of the year.

His first three races came at Saratoga (eighth going 1 1/16 mile on turf) and Belmont Park (second and fifth going one mile on turf each time).

 

ALMOST FAMOUS (KY)
Trainer: Patrick Byrne
Owner: Chuck and Maribeth Sandford
Breeder: Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Unbridled's Song (Unbridled, Trolley Song)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Wild Gams (Forest Wildcat, Diamonds and Legs)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-9-6-0-2 (22) 3.40
Foal Date: Feb. 14, 2011

$500,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida March 2013.

WORKOUTS
On Dec. 18, Almost Famous breezed four in :48.40 (2/27) at PMM.
On Jan. 12, Almost Famous breezed five in 1:00.60 (6/29) at PMM.
On Jan. 19, Almost Famous breeze four in :48.40 (7/51) at PMM.
On Feb. 8, Almost Famous breezed four in :49:00 (31/53) at PMM.
On March 8, Almost Famous breezed five in 1.01:55 (5/21) at PMM.
On March 18, Almost Famous breezed three in :36:40 (1/2) at HTC.
On April 20, Almost Famous breezed five in 1.00:20 (5/51) at CD.
On May 14, Almost Famous breezed three in :36:40 (4/20) at CD.
On May 21, Almost Famous breezed three in :38:20 (9/15) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 19 NOTE: “I was very happy with it, trainer Byrne said of today's workout. "He went up a little quicker than I liked. He worked on his own from the half-mile pole to the wire and galloped out in 1:02 and three-quarters in 1:17. He’s ready to go Saturday. I just put some blinkers on him, just to keep him focused a little, and it worked." Byrne said Calvin Borel will reunite with Almost Famous in the Holy Bull. Borel is based at Oaklawn Park.

Jan. 20 NOTE: “His first race was spectacular, then in his second race, he kind of went to sleep on me. I kind of babied him. It was my fault. He’d been off for seven weeks. He kind of just went around in place. He just didn’t run. It was nothing to do with talent,” said trainer Byrne. “I wheeled him back in 14 days, put blinkers on him and he galloped (to win).”

Jan. 25, Grade II Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Almost Famous finshed fourth, beaten seven lengths after setting a contested pace with Coup de Grace of :23.63, :46.75 and 1:10.30. After a perfect trip, Cairo Prince won by 5 3/4 lengths in near-track record time. Luis Saez gave Cairo Prince a picture-perfect ride, sitting in the three path and keeping him out of trouble, and the result was a dominant win.  Cairo Prince was in striking position leaving the second turn. Coup de Grace suddenly dropped out of contention, and Almost Famous had the lead but was beginning to tire a bit. Mr Speaker was making a move at the leader, but began dropping back. Cairo Prince suddenly moved away from Almost Famous. The chart call: "Almost Famous pressed the pace off the rail, took over on the final turn and gave way in the drive.

Feb. 22, Grade II Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Almost Famous, under Calvin Borel, was steadied after the start and didn't get a forward running position. He found himself in 10th early and never made an impact, finishing 11th, beaten 24 1/4 lengths.

March 22, Grade III Spiral Stakes, Turfway Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Almost Famous vied for the lead for a half-mile, then backed up to finish 11th, beaten 35 lengths.

May 24, Allowance, Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Almost Famous finished first by 7 3/4 lengths, timed in 1:42.63 under Calvin Borel, after leading at each call.

Patrick Byrne: “The Matt Winn is definitely what we’re pointing for with him. I was hoping he’d run the kind of race he did, and I was honestly very impressed by him. He came out of the race perfectly. There’s plenty of time before the race and he’ll be ready. So it’s a good spot and we’ve got a lot of time and races between now and the end of the year so if he can continue to move forward, we should have a lot of fun with him.

“We had a bit of a rough start to the year with him. Things didn’t quite work out the way we would’ve hoped. The horse was always doing okay, but just not great, not perfect. Once we got back from Florida, after the Spiral Stakes he actually wrenched an ankle. It was nothing to really worry about; we got an x-ray and everything was okay. We just needed to give him a little time.

“We got back here to Churchill and my plan was to run him in the Derby Trial after our Triple Crown hopes went awry. But I could tell something still wasn’t quite right with him so we waited. It was nothing major; he just wasn’t quite ready yet.

“He really likes this race track. Calvin worked him here a couple of times and he seemed ready to go. We were looking for a race and I felt that I finally had the way I wanted to have him. So we looked at the Matt Winn and we wanted to find a race for him before then so this seemed like the perfect spot.”

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Almost Famous notched an impressive 2 1/4-length victory under Calvin Borel in his debut in a six-furlong maiden race on Sept. 13.

Oct. 27, Street Sense Stakes, Churchill Downs, One Mile. Coastline took the lead from Almost Famous around the turn and increased his advantage in the stretch to win by a widening three lengths over Ichiban Warrior. He was timed in 1:36.77 under Shaun Bridgmohan. Highly-touted Almost Famous, who beat Coastline by 2 1/4 lengths in a Sept. 13 maiden special weight, set the early pace of :22.92 and :47.14 with Coastline putting on pressure from the outside. Coastline gained a short lead with a furlong to go and drew clear under urging. Ichiban Warrior, who also was forwardly placed, made a bid on the turn but was no match late and was second best. Even-money favorite Ride On Curlin was a distant third after losing ground coming out of the turn. Almost Famous faded to fourth.

Patrick Byrne: “It’s a disappointment – it’s kind of a head-scratcher on this one. I have no idea what happened. We have no excuses. The first quarter was a little quick, but Joe backed him up nicely. He had a good trip, no excuses there. It’s just a head-scratcher. I don’t know. Hopefully it’s just one of those toss-out races. The horse has trained here – he’s trained super. Joe said he didn’t back up – he just didn’t quicken. It’s disappointing, for sure.”
 
Joe Rocco, Jr.: “He’s a really nice colt. He’s young – it was his first time going a mile. At the top of the stretch, they went by him and he stayed on. He didn’t stop at all. He’s just a really nice colt that I think will continue to develop, and I look forward to seeing what he can do down the road.”

Nov. 7 NOTE: “He just didn’t focus – he just kind of goofed around there,” trainer Byrne said. “I gave him a day off, took him back to the track and galloped him with blinkers on and I think the blinks are the way to go. ’He’s a genuine horse, but he’s just a green baby. When he ran the other day he was just never at the races.”

Nov. 9, Entry Level Allowance, 1 1/16 Mile, Churchill Downs. Almost Famous, ridden by Corey Lanerie, won by six lengths over Dobra Historia, timed in 1:44.98. He led at each call with little pressure from the other nine runners and put down fractions of :23.98, :47.22, 1:12.09 and 1:38.04.

THE NEXT DAY: “He came out of the race super good and he ate-up quick last night,” trainer Byrne said.  “It was easy for him.  There’s no doubt he’s got a lot of talent. I really didn’t want him on the lead, but he just kind of out-galloped the others to the lead. My instructions to Corey were that we’d like to see him win, but we’d like to see him come from off the pace.  But he broke, Corey had a split-second decision and the horse kind of took himself to the lead.  He’s got a big stride on him and he just out-galloped them to the first turn,  and after that he just kind of dragged Corey around there.”

“We’ve got two horses now (Chas’s Legacy the other one) and I don’t know if we’ll run both in the Jockey Club, but I know we’ll run one. We’ll talk with the Sandfords about that possibility.  The important thing is that both horses came out of their races great. They’re both nominated to the Jockey Club.  I’ve got no interest in going to New York with either for the Remsen.  There’s plenty of races without going all over the countryside.”

Nov. 27 NOTE: With Calvin Borel hurt, Corey Lanerie has the mount in the Kentucky Jockey Club. “He’s a nice horse,” said Lanerie. “He’s made right. He’s got all the credentials to be a good horse. His disposition is good, and he’s got a lot of class about him. He was in high-cruising speed (in the allowance win), and the good thing is, he looked like he could have gone a little bit further.”

Nov. 30, Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club, Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Almost Famous was a late scratch. “He popped a 'stone gravel' – a stone bruise. It popped out of his coronet band yesterday," trainer Byrne said on race day. "He’s sound on it, and we were able to treat it topically. He was fine this morning. The state vet was here, and she thought he was sound. But I know he’s not quite 100 percent, and as the day has gone on some infection has been building up in the foot. It’s the left-hind foot, and on the outside of the coronet band the abscess has broken, but the abscess is still there. So we’ve got a horse that’s not a 100 percent and we’ve decided we can’t take a risk and run him. It’s just bad timing, but unfortunately, that’s the game. It’s a timing thing – the bottom line is it’s a timing thing. It’s the kind of thing that happens all the time. If it happened last week or next week, we’d be fine.”

Dec. 17 NOTE: Nothing on the worktab yet.

Dec. 22 NOTE: Trainer Byrne said he will enter Almost Famous in the one-mile Gulfstream Park Derby, set for Jan. 1. Almost Famous got back on the worktab at Palm Meadows on December 18. "He put in a nice work,” Byrne said. “I lost a couple of days with him when I had to scratch out of the Jockey Club in Kentucky, but he’s back, and his foot is good. The Gulfstream Park Derby is a good spot for him. It wasn’t originally in my plans, but he’s acting like he wants to run and he’s doing well. We’ll take it one race at a time, but obviously the Florida Derby would be a nice target, and we’ll go from there. Gulfstream is always a tough meeting.”
 

 

AMI'S HOLIDAY (ON)
Trainer: Josie Carroll
Owner: Ivan Dalos
Breeder: Tall Oaks Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Harlan's Holiday (Harlan, Christmas in Aiken)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Victorious Ami (CAN) (Victory Gallop (CAN), Street Ami (CAN))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-1-5-0-0 (8) 2.20
Foal Date: April 2, 2011

$35,000 RNA Keeneland September 2012.

NEXT RACE

WORKOUTS
On Feb. 20, Ami's Holiday breezed four in 50:40 (5/8) at OP.
On Feb. 26, Ami's Holiday breezed five in 1.01:80 (6/12) at OP.
On March 8, Ami's Holiday breezed five 1.02:40 (17/32) at OP.
On March 14, Amy's Holiday breezed five in 1.03:40 (20/30) at OP.
On March 21, Ami's Holiday breezed six in 1.14:80 (2/4) at OP.
On March 30, Ami’s Holiday breezed five in 1.01:40 (21/28) at KEE.
On April 5, Ami’s Holiday breezed five in 1.02:20 (46/57) at KEE.
On April 11, Ami’s Holiday breezed six in 1.13:80 (1/2) at KEE.
On April 30, Ami’s Holiday breezed four in :48:20 (6/25) at WO.
On May 7, Ami's Holiday breezed five in 1.01:00 (3/22) at WO.
On May 14, Ami's Holiday breezed six in 1.13:80 (1/1) at WO.
On May 21, Ami's Holiday breezed four in :49:00 (12/17) at WO.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 9 NOTE: Ami's Holiday is heading to Oaklawn Park. “He’s a very nice horse,” said trainer Carroll. “He’s not on the grounds yet. He’s at the farm in Ocala, and we’re still freshening him up and letting him kick out and just be a horse. He’ll be shipping in and going into training again soon.”

Feb. 22 NOTE: Ami's Holiday is finally at Oaklawn Park and breezed there on Feb. 20. He's being pointed to the March 15 Rebel Stakes and/or April 12 Arkansas Derby. “He just had his first work,” trainer Carroll said. “Unfortunately, right when he came in was when we had the bad weather, and it put me a little behind where I really wanted to be with him. Hopefully, we’ll be able to catch up. As for the work, he did it easily and didn’t get too tired. I had just brought him in from the farm in Florida and I would have left him there if I’d known we were going to have that interruption in training because it makes it tough, but we got a fair amount done with him in the barn area. Hopefully we’re not set too far back and we can catch up.”

April 19, Grade III Coolmore Lexington Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/16 Mile. Mr Speaker was an easy four-length winner. Divine Oath finished second, edging Supermonic by a head, with Ami’s Holiday another 3/4 length back in fourth. The time was 1:44.18.

Robby Albarado, rider of fourth finisher Ami’s Holiday: “The horse ran a big race. They rushed up on him at the three-eighths pole and he lost a little position there, got in a little tight quarters. Then the others cleared him and he stayed. He stayed to the wire. A good fourth.”

May 25, Marine Stakes, Woodbine, 1 1/16 Mile. Asserting Bear, Conquest Top Gun and Ami's Holiday finished heads apart, in that order. Asserting Bear was disqualified from the win for interfering with Ami's Holiday in the stretch and placed third. The time was 1:44.44.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Ami's Holiday broke his maiden in his debut on September 1 going six furlongs at Woodbine. His margin of victory was 3 1/4 lengths, timed in 1:10.45. Eight ran.

Oct. 6, Grade III Grey Stakes, Woodbine, 1 1/16 Mile. In a field of only four, Ami's Holiday came from last to win by a half-length, timed in 1:44.80. Big Bazinga was a half-length back in second, followed another 10 1/4 lengths by Go Greeley. Give No Quarter did not finish and walked off the track. Ami's Holiday rated off the pace, took command inside the sixteenth pole and prevailed in hand under Luis Contreras. He was 3-2; Big Bazinga was 9-1 and Go Greeley was 8-5.

Nov. 17, Coronation Futurity, Woodbine, 1 1/8 Mile. At 4-5 odds, Ami's Holiday threw in a clunker, finishing fifth and disqualified to last of seven. He was sixth at the first three calls and lost by four lengths. As for the DQ, here's what the chart says: "Ami's Holiday, off pace,hustled late turn,angled out top stretch,all out stretch.... AFTER A CLAIM OF FOUL LODGED BY THE RIDER ON MATADOR (who finished last) AGAINST MAN O' BEAR FOR INTERFERENCE AT THE 1/4 POLE, THE STEWARDS RULED THAT AMI'S HOLIDAY WAS THE HORSE THAT INTERFERED WITH MATADOR AND DISQUALIFIED AMI'S HOLIDAY, PLACING HIM LAST."

Dec. 8, Display Stakes, Woodbine, 1 1/16 Mile. Jose Sea View and Emma-Jayne Wilson won this by a neck after a duel that lasted throughout the race with Coltimus Prime and Gary Boulanger. Ami's Holiday, favored at 6-5 under Luis Contreras, finished five lengths back in third. Seven ran. The time was 1:44.39. Initial fractions were :24.52, :49.62 and 1:13. The chart call: "Ami's Holiday broke inward, raced in midpack, chased hard on the turn, angled out upper stretch but was not a threat."

Dec. 31 NOTE: No workouts since the Display.

 

ANCHOR DOWN (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Alto Racing LLC
Breeder: Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Successful Outlook (Orientate, Catch a Glimpse)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-5-9-1-0 (22) 3.00
Foal Date: April 14, 2011

$250,000 Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Feb. 9, Anchor Down breezed four in :48:05 (9/67) at PMM.
On Feb. 16, Anchor Down breezed five in 1:01.30 (12/32) at PMM.
On Feb. 23, Anchor Down breezed four in :49:30 (10/58) at PMM.
On March 15, Anchor Down breezed four in :48:00 (1/66) at PMM.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 25, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, Six Furlongs. This was his debut. Despite hitting the gate and losing ground as a result, Anchor Down won. He was timed in a speedy 1:09.35 under Javier Castellano after rallying from fifth of six and going four wide on the turn. He was 3 1/2 lengths off the pace at the first call and won by two. The chart call: "Anchor Down hit the gate, rallied four wide, took over in the drive and edged away under pressure."

March 1, Allowance Optional Claiming, Gulfstream Park, Seven Furlongs. Anchor Down won as expected at odds of -- in the field of six, timed in 1:21.67 under Javier Castellano. He was in contention throughout and came again after Myositis Dan split horse at the top of the stretch to gain the lead. Myositis Dan was second, beaten 1 1/2 length at 13-1 odds. Danza looked lost much of the way and finished third at 3-1 odds, beaten 7 1/2 lengths after he finally ran a little bit in the latter part of the stretch.

April 2 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Unraced.

 

ASSERTING BEAR (ON)
Trainer: Reade Baker
Owner: Bear Stables, Ltd.
Breeder: John Carey
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Bear's Kid (Lemon Drop Kid, Tap to Music)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Star Guest (Assert (IRE), Violet)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-3-7-4-0 (18) 1.40
Foal Date: March 12, 2011

$50,500 Ontario October 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Dec. 30, Asserting Bear breezed three in :39.20 (3/5) at PBD.
On Jan. 6, Asserting Bear breezed four in :49.00 (3/4) at PBD.
On Jan. 15, Asserting Bear breezed five in 1.01:20 (2/6) at PBD.
On Jan. 20, Asserting Bear breezed five in 1:02.10 (1/3) at PBD.
On Jan. 27, Asserting Bear breezed five in 1.01:20 (3/3) at PBD.
On Feb. 14, Asserting Bear breezed five in 1.01:30 (4/5) at PBD.
On March 3, Asserting Bear breezed five in 1.03:00 (1/2) at PBD.
On March 10, Asserting Bear breezed six in 1.14:00 (1/2) at PBD.
On March 15, Asserting Bear breezed five in 1.03:00 (3/4) at PBD.
On April 7, Asserting Bear breezed four in :48:00 (11/46) at KEE.
On May 3, Asserting Bear breezed five in 1.05:00 (27/28) at WO.
On May 10, Asserting Bear breeezed five in 1.02:20 (35/84) at WO.
On May 18, Asserting Bear breezed five in 1.01:60 (16/30) at WO.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 1, Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Asserting Bear finished fifth, beaten only 3 3/4 lengths by winner Vinceremos and a time of 1:47 and change. He closely stalked the early pace, made a move to get nearly to the lead in the far turn, but faded in the stretch.  The chart call: "Asserting Bear raced three wide early, stalked outside, bid on the far turn, dueled and weakened."

March 22, Grade III Spiral Stakes, Turfway Park, 1 1/8 Mile. In a blanket finish, We Miss Artie got up in the shadow of the wire to win. Harry's Holiday was second by a nose, Coastline third by a neck and Asserting Bear fourth by two lengths after running mid-pack most of the race. Harry's Holiday, always prominent, had the lead in the far turn and looked like the winner as the finish line neared. Coastline, who never was far back, was breathing down his neck, but We Miss Artie got up just in time. The time was 1:52.26. We Miss Artie was seventh after a half-mile, but only 3 1/4 lengths back of a split of :47.21 set by Almost Famous and Solitary Ranger. We Miss Artie made a long, sustained run that started going into the far turn with six furlongs in the book in 1:12.43. Velazquez steered him five wide, and they were five wide coming into the lane.

April 12, Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile. Asserting Bear finished eighth, beaten 12 1/4 lengths by Dance With Fate.

Emma-Jayne Wilson:  “The one hole wasn't something we were too concerned about, but he was in there quite a while and balled up on us and didn't break as sharply as we would've liked, which put us in a pocket. The rail’s not that good right now, trying to give him an opportunity to get out and by the time I got out, he doesn't kick the way those horses kick. He’s a steady gain and by the time we got a run, it was too little, too late.

May 25, Marine Stakes, Woodbine, 1 1/16 Mile. Asserting Bear, Conquest Top Gun and Ami's Holiday finished heads apart, in that order. Asserting Bear was disqualified from the win for interfering with Ami's Holiday in the stretch and placed third. The time was 1:44.44.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

From his first four races, Asserting Bear won once, and that was in his second start, a maiden special weight at seven furlongs on turf. Next, in the Grade II Summer Stakes (one mile on the turf), Asserting Bear finished eighth, beaten 10 3/4 lengths: speed and fade. That was followed by a third-place finish in the Cup and Saucer Stakes (1 1/16 mile on the turf) at the same track after Asserting Bear settled and rallied. He was beaten 3/4 length by Matador, with Cool Faith a nose back in second.

Nov. 17, Coronation Stakes, Woodbine, 1 1/8 Mile. Asserting Bear won this race by a length on the main track, timed in 1:50.96 under James McAleney. He was always prominent and outfought Heart to Heart after the first six furlongs. Majestic Sunset, who tracked Asserting Bear, finished second after being outfinished. The chart call: "Asserting Bear stalked the pace in hand, chased on the far turn, bid a furlong out, dueled and prevailed late, driving."

Dec. 7, Kingarvie Stakes, Woodbine, 1 1/16 Mile. Spadina Road, ridden by Eurico da Silva at 4-1 odds, emerged triumphant by 3/4 length timed in 1:46.06 on the main track. He took back a bit while never far from the lead and tracked even-money favorite Asserting Bear as Spin the King set splits of :24.65, :48.62 and 1:12.47. Da Silva had more horse in the late running and edged Asserting Bear in what turned out to be a two-horse race. Spin the King was third, beaten 4 3/4 lengths. The chart call: "Asserting Bear stalked the pace, chased three wide on the far turn, challenged in the final furlong, gained command but failed to contain the winner."

 

BARATTI (KY)
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Owner: Darley Stable
Breeder: Darley
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Medaglia d'Oro (El Prado (IRE), Cappucino Bay)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Surf Song (Storm Cat, Fleet Lady)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-7-10-2-0 (26) 2.71
Foal Date: April 24, 2011

 

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WORKOUTS
On Feb. 25, Baratti breezed four on the training track in :48.34 (4/46) at BEL.
On March 4, Baratti breezed four on the training track in :48:87 (3/7) at BEL.
On March 23, Baratti breezed four on the training track in :48:88 (15/69) at BEL.
On April 6, Baratti breezed four on the training track in :48:15 (1/96) at BEL.
On April 24, Baratti breezed four in 49:02 (5/17) at BEL.
On May 12, Baratti breezed four in :47:00 (1/5) at GTC.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 10, Maiden Special Weight, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 Mile. Baratti ran huge, timed in 1:42.97 and winning by six lengths after making all the pace under Mike Luzzi. Trainer McLaughlin later said he wants to see Baratti ultimately run in the Wood Memorial.

March 8, Private Terms Stakes, Laurel Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Baratti, the 8-5 favorite, never seemed to get hold of the track and finished sixth. He was urged along early in the race and it was obvious he was laboring.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Baratti made his sole start of the year at Aqueduct on Dec. 14 in a driving snowstorm while taking kickback. He finished fifth, but ultimately trainer McLaughlin said it was a good schooling experience for him.

 

 

BASHART (KY)
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Owner: Rosedown Racing
Breeder: Rosedown Racing Stables, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): War Front (Danzig, Starry Dreamer)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Busy Windsong (Clever Trick, Lady Trespass)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-5-11-0-0 (20) 2.64
Foal Date: March 25, 2011

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WORKOUTS
Jan. 17, Bashart breezed three in :39.20 (1/1) at PMM.
On Jan. 24, Bashart breezed three in :39:00 (1/1) at PAY.
On Feb. 3, Bashart breezed three in :38:10 (11/20) at PAY.
On Feb. 10, Bashart breezed four in :51:00 (16/20) at PAY.
On Feb. 17, Bashart breezed five in 1.04:00 (9/10) at PAY.
On March 28, Bashart breezed three on firm turf in :37:00 (1/3) at PAY.
On April 4, Bashart breezed four in :49:00 (1/6) at PAY.
On April 11, Bashart worked five on firm turf in 1:02.00 (1/3) at PAY.
On April 18, Bashart breezed five in 1.02:00 (1/2) at PAY.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 5 NOTE: Bashart was switched from Todd Pletcher to Christophe Clement sometime after Breeders' Cup.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Bashart finished third, beaten a length by Tiger Bourbon, in his debut going six furlongs on turf at Belmont Park on July 12. He won next time out on Aug. 18 going 1 1/16 mile at Saratoga after stalking the pace and going three wide on the second turn.

Aug. 29, Grade II With Anticipation Stakes, Saratoga, 1 1/16 Mile. Showing determination also displayed in his maiden victory, Bashart went to the lead from the one hole and staved off challenges at the top of the stretch to win. Under Javier Castellano, Bashart went through an opening half-mile in :47.20, closely followed by Base Case Scenario and favorite Wee Miss Artie. On the turn for home, Base Case Scenario bid for the lead from between horses, but Bashart spurted away to score by 1 1/4 length ahead of River Dancer, who came from seventh of seven. The time was 1:41.97.

Todd Pletcher: "Javier kind of let him run away from there, and he made the lead and relaxed. The turf course has been playing that way like the past seven to 10 days, so it was a good spot to be. He responded every time they came to him. He found a little more. He's still learning. When he made the lead the other day (Aug. 18), he was a little bit green and kind of idled a little bit, but when you're on the lead, you can kind of relax and use that to your advantage. So, he was able to settle. The second quarter was comfortable, so I think that really helped.

"One of the reasons we decided to run back on short rest was it put us on a better schedule. It gave us an opportunity with a horse that's still learning to run twice ... before a possible Breeders' Cup. That's why he ran back on short rest, and he's acted really well since his maiden win. We got lucky today."

Javier Castellano: "I let him do whatever he wanted, and I was very satisfied with the way he did it today. He showed a lot of speed in the race before this. Today was a very competitive race and a lot of the horses showed the same tactical speed. I had the beautiful post, inside, on the rail. He broke sharply, and I just let him go to the lead."

Oct. 6, Grade III Bourbon Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/16 Mile. The race was taken off the turf. Poker Player sat back in tenth, went wide hitting the top of the stretch, and passed a lot of horses to win at 23-1. Bashart, from the Todd Pletcher barn, was a close second.

John Velazquez: “We had a decent enough trip. They kind of backed up right in my face on the backstretch and I was finally able to pull him out and tried to get him to relax behind the other two horses. Then outside, another horse made a premature move and that cost me a little bit. When he took the lead, he pulled up. He was looking out in the infield, and the horse coming on the outside he didn’t even pay attention to; he just kept looking in the infield.”

THE NEXT DAY: Assistant trainer Byron Hughes said, “He tried hard yesterday. He is going to stay here (at Keeneland) for the time being and his next race has not been determined.”

Nov. 1, Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Stakes, Santa Anita, One Mile (T). Bashart finished sixth, beaten 8 1/4 lengths by Outstrip. He was ninth at the first three call. The chart call: "Bashart, three deep into the first turn, chased between rivals off the rail, came out four wide into the stretch and lacked the needed late kick."

Dec. 17 NOTE: Bashart breezed on Nov. 25 at PMM, then disappeared from the worktab.

 

BEST PLAN YET (FL)
Trainer: Stanley Gold
Owner: Jacks or Better Farm Inc.
Breeder: Jacks or Better Farm Inc.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Hear No Evil (Carson City, Nizy)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Bayou Plans (Bayou Hebert, Better Plans)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 12-7-8-0-1 (28) 4.60
Foal Date: Feb. 11, 2011

Half-brother to Midas Eyes, Awesome Belle.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 11, Best Plan Yet breezed five in 1:03.00 (10/23) at CRC.
On Jan. 18, Best Plan Yet breezed five in 1:01.40 (3/16) at CRC.
On Feb. 14, Best Plan Yet worked five in 1.00:80 (1/6) at CRC.
On March 21, Best Plan Yet breezed five in 1.03:00 (5/13) at CRC.
On March 28, Best Plan Yet breezed five in 1.03:00 (4/7) at CRC.
On April 16, Best Plan Yet breezed five in 1.01:60 (2/3) at CRC.
On May 3, Best Plan Yet breezed six in 1:13.65 (1/3) at GP.
On May 10, Best Plan Yet breezed five in 1.01:88 (14/29) at GP.
On May 24, Best Plan Yet breezed five in 1.01:11 (1/8) at GP.
On May 31, Best Plan Yet breezed six in 1.14:07 (1/1) at GP.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 1, Gulfstream Park Derby, Gulfstream Park, One Mile. Best Plan Yet finished ninth of nine, beaten 20 1/4 lengths by General a Rod, after never being in contention.

Jan. 25, Grade II Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Best Plan Yet finished fifth, beaten 7 1/4 lengths behind Cairo Prince after running fourth or fifth at each call. The chart call: "Best Plan Yet raced up close saving ground and weakened."

Feb. 22, Grade II Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Best Plan Yet and Paco Lopez finished ninth, beaten 21 lengths. The chart call: "through after six furlongs."

April 5, Skinny’s Place of Anna Maria Island Sophomore Turf Stakes, 1 1/16 Mile (T). Best Plan Yet finished third, beaten three lengths by second choice Ex Pirate.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Debuting with a fourth-place finish in the Frank Gomez Stakes at Calder on June 22, Best Plan Yet broke his maiden in his third start, a maiden special weight at Calder, and overall finished first or second in five of his six starts in 2013. He won the last two, taking Calder's Foolish Pleasure at a mile and 70 yards on Sept. 14 and the 1 1/16-mile In Reality, also at Calder, on Oct. 12. Both those races are, of course, restricted to Florida-breds.

Dec. 27 NOTE: "I really wanted to win it," said Gold of the In Reality Stakes. "I thought it would be his best performance to date, and everything went well."

Dec. 29 NOTE: “His pedigree is filled with grass on the dam’s side," trainer Gold said. "The dam has produced a lot of good grass horses, but they’ve all also run on the dirt, like Awesome Belle. We’ll stick with the dirt now, because everyone wants that chance at the Kentucky Derby. It’s a long way off, but the turf is definitely in his future I always thought he’d like two turns, and he won first time around two turns, and then he ran big in the Stallion Stakes, but that’s not Gulfstream and it’s not some of the horses we’re running against. But he’s up to it. He’s training really good. We know distance isn’t going to be a problem. The post position (7) is good going a one-turn mile.

“This is what happens every year. This is the acid test. Now we run against some of the better horses and see how we fare on a more national scene. I’m optimistic. I’m looking forward to the race. He’s still learning. He’s still trying to figure it out. The less you have to rush him, the better off he’ll be, but he’s got enough tactical speed that he doesn’t have to be way out of it. He’s just coming along. I’m looking forward to it. This is where you find out how he’ll perform on the bigger stage.”

 

BIG BAZINGA (KY)
Trainer: Katerina Vassilieva
Owner: Derby Dreamers Racing Stable
Breeder: Sheltowee Farm, Alfonso Mazzetti, Dr. Robert J Hunt & Rodney Winkle
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Bluegrass Cat (Storm Cat, She's a Winner)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Darling Daughter (Maria's Mon, Miss Carmella (IRE))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-4-7-0-0 (14) 3.00
Foal Date: March 21, 2011

A gelding.

$32,000 RNA Keeneland January 2012.
$25,000 Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On March 12, Big Bazinga breezed five on firm turf in 1:03.90 (2/5) at PMM.
On April 6, Big Bazinga breezed four in :47:60 (8/63) at KEE.
On April 26, Big Bazinga breezed four in :48.00 (8/75) at CD.
On June 1, Big Bazinga breezed four in :48:00 (5/23) at WO.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 25, Grade II Holy Bull Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Big Bazinga finished last of 11, beaten 33 lengths.

Feb. 22, Entry Level Allowance Optional Claiming, Gulfstream Park, 7 1/2 Furlongs (T). Big Bazinga, at 12-1 odds finished second to Divine Oath, beaten a neck. The time was 1:28.27.

March 22, Grade III Spiral Stakes, Turfway Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Big Bazinga finished fifth, beaten 2 1/2 lengths after running evenly throughout in fourth, fifth or sixth at each call.

April 12, Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile. Big Bazinga finished fourth, beaten 8 3/4 lengths, after being placed last at the first call. Dance With Fate got the job done with a closing, going-away move. Medal Count also closed to get second place, beaten 1 3/4 lengths. Pablo Del Monte, who led the field through fractions of :23.58, :47.59 and 1:12.74, faded to third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Medal Count. The final time was 1:50.06.

Brian Hernandez Jr.: “He ran a big race. We had a great trip up until about the three-eighths pole when we had to wait a little while for a little clearing. Once he got through, he came running again.”

April 16 NOTE: Big Bazinga, originally set to be shipped off to Canada, will remain at Keeneland at least through the weekend in case he might make it into the Kentucky Derby.

April 21 NOTE: He left Keeneland for Churchill Downs today.

May 3, American Turf, Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Mile (T). Supplemented to the race, then scratched.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Big Bazinga raced three times, breaking his maiden at Woodbine in his debut going a mile and 70 yards on the main track, finishing second to Ami's Holiday, beaten a half-length, in the Grade III Grey Stakes, also on the main track, but then running a desultory seventh in the Grade III Delta Jackpot on Nov. 23, beaten 12 1/4 lengths by Rise Up. The chart call in the latter race: "Big Bazinga was allowed to settle, then raced three wide on the backstretch, made a bid heading into the far turn to upper stretch then faltered."

 

 

BOBBY'S KITTEN (KY)
Trainer: Chad Brown
Owner: Ken and Sarah Ramsey
Breeder: Ken and Sarah Ramsey
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Kitten's Joy (El Prado, Kitten's First)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Celestial Woods (Forestry, Celestial Bliss)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-7-7-2-0 (22) 3.00
Foal Date: March 30, 2011

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 14, Bobby's Kitten breezed three in :38.45 (8/10) at PMM.
On Jan. 21, Bobby's Kitten breezed four in :49:95 (14/23) at PMM.
On Jan. 27, Bobby's Kitten breezed four in :50:00 (20/30) at PMM.
On Feb. 4, Bobby's Kitten breezed four in :48:60 (11/57) at PMM.
On Feb. 10, Bobby's Kitten breezed four in :49:35 (23/43) at PMM.
On Feb. 17, Bobby's Kitten breezed five on firm turf in :58:40 (1/29) at PMM.
On Feb. 24, Bobby's Kitten breezed five on firm turf in 1.02:65 (32/35) at PMM.
On March 2, Bobby's Kitten breezed four in :49:95 (33/52) at PMM.
On March 22, Bobby's Kitten breezed four on firm turf in :48:30 (1/3) at PMM.
On March 29, Bobby‘s Kitten breezed five on firm turf in :59:30 (1/1) at PMM.
On April 5, Bobby’s Kitten breezed five in 1.00:20 (8/57) at KEE.
On April 26, Bobby’s Kitten breezed four in :48:00 (30/87) at KEE.
On May 4, Bobby’s Kitten breezed four on the training track in :49:28 (9/17) at SAR.
On May 11, Bobby's Kitten breezed four on the training track in 49:90 (10/28) at SAR.
On May 18, Bobby's Kitten breezed four on the training track in :48:64 (2/30) at SAR.
On May 25, Bobby's Kitten breezed four on the training track in :49:20 (13/38) at SAR.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

March 8, Entry Level Allowance, Tampa Bay Downs, One Mile (T). Bobby's Kitten, at 2-5 under Javier Castellano, won as he pleased, on the lead throughout, ahead by three lengths at the furlong marker and easily the best as he prevailed by 1 1/2 length over Global View (2-1, Jose Lezcano), who was second all the way in the weak field of six. Splits were :24.32, :48.13 and 1:12.31. The final time was 1:36.84. A very fine race.

April 12, Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile. Bobby’s Kitten stalked the early pace, then faded badly to a 12th-place finish.

Javier Castellano: “He ran a good race but unfortunately I don’t think he liked the Polytrack. He was (strong) in the beginning, but he relaxed on the backside. That was not a problem.”

Chad Brown: “That was not what we were looking for, but we gave it a try. In the second half of the race, he lost (interest) and didn’t seem to care for the track. He was a little keen down the backside, and I thought Javier did a good job to keep him relaxed as much as he could. He will be back on turf next time.”

May 31, Penn Mile, Penn National, One Mile (T). At 6-5 favoratism, Bobby's Kitten won by 3 1/2 lengths after stalking, then pouncing on 124-1 Sing the Dream. He was followed by Global View (9-5) two lengths better tan Storming Inti (6-1). Divine Oath (9-2 third choice) was nosed out for fourth. Winning time was 1:35.82. Laddie Boy, Coastline, Mr. Brioni and Sing the Dream completed the order of finish.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Bobby's Kitten debuted going 1 1/16 mile on the turf at Saratoga and finished third. He broke his maiden in his second start going the same distance at the same track, again on the turf. He led at each call, was ahead by six lengths after a half-mile, and he stayed on to win by 2 3/4 lengths.

Oct. 6, Grade III Pilgrim Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/16 Mile (T). At 8-5 odds under Javier Castellano, Bobby's Kitten set, then attended, moderate fractions of :24.70, :48.13 and 1:12.26. He made his move when approaching the stretch en route to victory in 1:42.37 by a 6 1/4-length margin. He was up by five lengths at the furlong marker. Stablemate Shadow Banking was second, and Captain's Affair was less than a length back in third.

Chad Brown: "Second time out, we learned he was capable of leaving early and finishing. He has speed and can carry it, which makes him dangerous. Javier came out and worked him the other day and really liked the horse and accepted the mount on him. He said, 'I want to go out. I'm not going to worry what anybody else is doing. I'm going to ride my race. I'm real confident.' He rode that way." Brown made no bones about it: Bobby's Kitten is Breeders' Cup bound if he's healthy.

Javier Castellano: "I had a lot of confidence because I worked this horse in the morning, and I know how talented he is. I was impressed with his maturity today and how he did it. He broke well out of the gate. He's a very straightforward horse and was very impressive today."

Nov. 1, Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, Santa Anita, One Mile (T). Bobby's Kitten finished a respectable third, besting all his American counterparts but losing to Euro invaders Outstrip and  Giovanni Boldini. He led as was his wont but was passed late in the game by both of the others. The winning time was 1:33.20.

Dec. 17 NOTE: No workouts since Breeders' Cup.

 

 

BOURBONIZE (KY)
Trainer: Kellyn Gorder
Owner: Bourbon Lane Stable
Breeder: Troy Rankin & Joe Davis
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tiz Wonderful (Tiznow, Evil)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Brown Eyes (Halo's Image, Hold the Dream)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-1-5-0-0 (10) 3.00
Foal Date: March 28, 2011

A gelding.

$40,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 4, Bourbonize breezed four in :49.80 (26/188) at OP.
On Jan. 22, Bourbonize breezed four in :50:80 (14/34) at OP.
On Jan. 31, Bourbonize breezed five in 1.02:60 (3/29) at OP.
On Feb. 11, Bourbonize breezed five in 1.06:80 (1/1) at OP.
On Feb. 28, Bourbonize breezed five in :1.04:00 (40/47) at OP.
On March 9, Bourbonize breezed four in :48:40 (2/78) at OP.
On March 16, Bourbonize breezed five in 1.01:60 (1/17) at OP.
On April 5, Bourbonize breezed four in :48:00 (3/43) at OP.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 10, Entry Level Allowance, Oaklawn Park, One Mile. Bourbonize dominated a field of 10 on a sloppy/sealed track. While his time was a modest 1:44.66, he won by four lengths after early positioning in seventh, 6 1/4 lengths off a pace of :24.07. He made a big move while wide on the far turn and exited it with the lead, drawing off to a three-length margin at the furlong marker. Norberto Arroyo, Jr. rode at 5-2 odds. The chart call: "Bourbonize, outrun in the early going, made a good move four wide to challenge in the far turn, dueled into the lane, drove steadily clear the final furlong."

Feb. 15 NOTE: “He’s training well,” trainer Gorder said. “I was a little concerned about losing a breeze and some training to the weather. The same thing happened his last race, and he ran well fresh. Hopefully that’ll be the case again.”

Feb. 17, Grade III Southwest Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Bourbonize finished sixth, beaten 11 3/4 lengths by Tapiture and a time of 1:44.95. After breaking from the far outside post, he ran in tenth during the first half-mile while only about four lengths from the leader. The chart call: "Bourbonize unhurried for five furlongs, in some traffic midway on the second turn, moved out a bit, displayed a modest amount of late interest to improve position."

March 23, Grade III Sunland Derby, Sunland Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Bourbonize finished fifth, beaten 17 1/2 lengths by Chitu and a time of 1:47.88.

April 12, Northern Spur Stakes, Oaklawn Park, One Mile. Bourbonize won by a neck at 6-1 odds after being sixth of 10 in the early going.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Fifth of 12 at the first call, Bourbonize finished first, timed in 1:23.22 in his debut at Churchill Downs on Nov. 30. It wasn't the easiet of trips for him. He was 17-1; Shaun Bridgmohan was in the irons. Long Station was second, Ulanbator third. The chart call: "Bourbonize, behind the leaders between foes, angled in a bit entering the stretch when moving to challenge and edged clear under steady urging."

 

 

C. ZEE (FL)
Trainer: Stanley Gold
Owner: Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.
Breeder: Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Elusive Bluff (Elusive Quality, Megan's Bluff)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Diamondaire (Distorted Humor, Flawless Diamond)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-4-7-0-0 (14) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 5, 2011

Named for cubic zirconia.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 18, C. Zee breezed five in 1:01.40 (3/16) at CRC.
On Jan. 25, C. Zee breezed four in :48:20 (2/36) at CRC.
On Feb. 15, C. Zee breezed four in :48:80 (6/36) at CRC.
On March 15, C. Zee breezed four in :49:00 (2/36) at CRC.
On March 21, C. Zee breezed five in 1.00:60 (1/13) at CRC.
On March 28, C. Zee breezed five in 1.03:00 (4/7) at CRC.
On April 16, C. Zee breezed five in 1.00:80 (1/3) at CRC.
On May 24, C. Zee breezed four in :47:32 (7/79) at GP.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 4, Spectacular Bid Stakes, Gulfstream Park, Six Furlongs. Hollywood Talent finished third. Just Call Kenny, a 19-1 longshot, sat behind Corfu's fractions of :22.18 and :45.12, then took off to win going away in 1:10.58.  After lagging well behind his five rivals along the backstretch -- Corfu set the pace while stalked by Hollywood Talent -- Just Call Kenny kicked into high gear coming off the turn and surged through the stretch to easily prevail. Corfu faded leaving the turn, and Hollywood Talent took the lead at the top of the stretch, but Joe Bravo got Just Call Kenny rolling. C. Zee, ridden by Edgard Zayas, closed well to finish second, beaten 2 1/4 lengths, and three lengths ahead of Hollywood Talent. The chart call: "C. Zee stalked the pace along the rail, eased out for room in the stretch and closed to prove best of the rest while unable to match strides with the winner."

Feb. 1, Grade II Hutcheson Stakes, Gulfstream Park, Seven Furlongs. Wildcat Red ran seven furlongs in 1:22.21, hitting the wire 4 3/4 lengths in front of C. Zee. Pablo Del Monte came on to be third, another half-length behind. Wildcat Red ranged up to the lead turning for home and drew away to win by daylight. Gambler’s Ghost led through a quarter-mile in :22.30 and a half in :44.87 with Mighty Brown alongside and Wildcat Red settled in a stalking spot in fourth, then third. Javier Castellano steered Wildcat Red outside approaching the final turn and took command with little resistance, pulling clear under a hand ride.

Feb. 22, Grade II Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. C. Zee and Edgard Zayas finished 10th, beaten 22 3/4 lengths. The chart call: "tracked the leaders three wide into the far turn and had nothing left."

April 5, Ocala Breeders’ Sales Sophomore Stakes, Tampa Bay Downs, Seven Furlongs. C. Zee, favored at 3-2, finished third, beaten a neck by Prudhoe Bay.

May 3, Sir Bear Stakes, Gulfstream Park, One Mile. C. Zee led at every call and held off a fast-closing East Hall to win by 3/4 length over a sloppy track. He was timed in 1:36.95.

Stanley Gold: “I was hoping he’d run like that, and he did. He didn’t disappoint me, but he scared me. You see (East Hall) breathing down and you’re afraid he’s going to overtake him, but he didn’t quit. He just kept running and was the best today. He’s always showed that he’s got speed and that he would go long. We ran him two turns the first time here, and he disappointed a little, but it was his first two-turn race. He’s just continued to improve, and I think his best days are ahead of him. He’s a nice horse.”

Edgard Zayas: “When Social Inclusion scratched this morning, we decided to just let him go to the front, and it worked out fine. Everything went OK.”

May 31, Unbridled Stakes, Gulfstream Park, Six Furlongs. Favored at 9-5, C. Zee finished third, beaten six lengths by 5-2 Bolita Boyz and a time of 1:11.23.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

After losing his September six-furlong debut at Calder by a nose, C. Zee won at that same distance at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 13. Ahead by 2 1/2 lengths at the wire, C. Zee and Edgard Zayas stalked the pace while fourth of 14 in the early going and were three wide in the turn. Early fractions were :22.55 and :45.43, and the final time was 1:10.90. Endowment Manager was second. The chart call: "C. Zee got away alertly and settled just of the pace in a stalking position while wide and in the clear, advanced three wide on the turn, was set down for the drive and wore down his rival to draw clear inside the final sixteenth."

 

CAN'THELPBELIEVING (IRE)
Trainer: Graham Motion
Owner: Albert Frassetto
Breeder: G. Kelly, Milltownmore & Pinnacle B/S
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Duke of Marmalade (IRE) (Danehill, Love Me True)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Embark (GB) (Soviet Star, Shore Line (GB))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-2-15-2-0 (22) 1.32
Foal Date: March 5, 2011

$81,804 Goffs November 2011.
$49,092 RNA Goffs Orby 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Feb. 4, Can'thelpbelieving breezed five on firm turf in 1:01.90 (12/20) at PMM.
On Feb. 10, Can'thelpbelieving breezed six on firm turf in 1:06.00 (29/30) at PMM.
On Feb. 17, Can'thelpbelieving breezed five on firm turf in 1.02:55 (18/29) at PMM.
On Feb. 24, Can'thelpbelieving breezed five on firm turf in 1.01:45 (23/35) at PMM.
On March 27, Can'thelpbelieving breezed four on firm turf in 53:45 (12/24) at PMM.
On April 6, Can’thelpbelieving breezed four :49.00 (38/63) at KEE.
On April 13, Can’thelpbelieving breezed four in :47:80 (23/79) at KEE.
On April 20, Can’thelpbelieving breezed four in :49:40 (20/31) at KEE.
On May 12, Can'thelpbelieving breezed five in 1.03:200 (3/6) at FAI.
On May 19, Can'thelpbelieving breezed five in 1.02:00 (1/5) at FAI.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 11, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile (T)
. Notability and Corey Lanerie looked like the winner with not much of the race left, but Can'thelpbelieving and Alan Garcia swooped down the middle of the course in the late going to prevail by 3/4 length. Majestic Sunset and Joel Rosario were another 1 3/4 length back in third after running in eighth position of 12 the first half-mile -- and getting squeezed at the start. The winning time was 1:50.43 after Notability attended early splits of :24.01, :49.21 and 1:13.59 before taking the lead after a mile in 1:38.25. The chart call: "Can'thelpbelieving, allowed to settle, swung wide for the stretch run and rallied to be up late under urging."

March 1, Grade III Palm Beach Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile (T). Can’thelpbelieving finished fifth, beaten three lengths by Gala Award. He was ninth, 7 3/4 lengths off the pace, after a half-mile.

April 4, Transylvania Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/16 Mile. The race was moved to the main track. Can'thelpbelieving was scratched.

April 24, Allowance, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile (T). At 7-5 odds, Can'thelpbelieving lost by a neck to 19-1 Affortable after surging from the back of the pack.

May 26, Pennine Ridge Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/8 Mile (T). Gala Award finished first by a head after he and three others surged ahead of pacemaker Mr Speaker in the stretch, with Can't Helpbelieving coming out on the middle of the track. Flamboyant was second.  Can'thelpbelieving was third, beaten 1 1/4 length. Mr Speaker wound up last of five, beaten 5 1/4 lengths. The time was 1:49.73 on ground rated firm.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Can'thelpbelieving finished second at seven furlongs on good ground at a track called Roscommon in Ireland on Aug. 19. He was brought to the U.S. and finished a closing second, beaten a length, at Keeneland on Oct. 25 running nine furlongs on the turf. That concluded his 2013 campaign.

 

 

CHELIOS (KY)
Trainer: Tom Proctor
Owner: Glen Hill Farm
Breeder: Glen Hill Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Distorted Humor (Forty Niner, Danzig's Beauty)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Grat (A.P. Indy, Likeable Style)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-7-16-2-1 (34) 2.09
Foal Date: April 26, 2011

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WORKOUTS
On Feb. 25, Chelios worked four in :50:00 (1/1) at SA.
On March 4, Chelios worked five in 1.01:80 (51/69) at SA.
On March 11, Chelios worked five in 1.01:60 (20/34) at SA.
On March 17, Chelios worked six in 1.13:80 (4/8) at SA.
On March 23, Chelios worked five in :58:00 (1/11) at SA.
On March 29, Chelios worked seven in 1.25:20 (1/1) at SA.
On April 4, Chelios worked six in 1.13:60 (8/21) at SA.
On April 10, Chelios worked three in :36:20 (9/19) at SA.
On April 22, Chelios worked four in :50:00 (10/10) at SA.
On April 28, Chelios worked five in 1.02:40 (25/30) at SA.
On May 4, Chelios worked six in 1.13:20 (1/6) at SA.
On June 5, Chelios worked four in :48:60 (1/12) at SA.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 26, Maiden Special Weight, Santa Anita, 6 1/2 Furlongs. Chelios won his second start. Ridden by Gary Stevens, he didn't mess around. Setting fractions of :22.22 and :44.92, he came home in 1:16.16. The chart call: "Chelios sped to the early lead, set the pace a bit off the rail, dueled inside a rival on the turn and into the stretch, inched away again in midstretch and held gamely under some urging with the whip turned down and good handling."

April 12, Allowance Optional Claiming, Santa Anita, Seven Furlongs. Chelios finished second, beaten 2 1/2 lengths by Ferocious as the 5-2 favorite.

May 10, Grade III Laz Barrera Stakes, Santa Anita, Seven Furlongs. Chelios was last of seven at every call and finished last, beaten 18 1/2 lengths in an absolutely dismal showing at 6-1 odds.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

On Dec. 28, Chelios debuted and finished second to Cherubim, beaten 3 1/4 lengths to a time of 1:08.56.

 

CHERUBIM (KY)
Trainer: Simon Callaghan
Owner: Gerald Frankel
Breeder: Ward Williford & Rick Strauss
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Henny Hughes (Hennessy, Meadow Flyer)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Wings of an Angel (Cherokkee Run, Angel Gift)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-0-2-0-0 (4) 3.00
Foal Date: Jam. 25, 2011

$50,000 OBS June 2013.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 6, Cherubim worked three in :36.00 (2/13) at SA.
On Jan. 19, Cherubim worked five in 1.00:80 (14/54) at SA.
On Jan. 26, Cherubim worked five in 1.00:00 (8/54) at SA.
On Feb. 2, Cherubim worked four in :46.80 (2/75) at SA.
On Feb. 26, Cherubim worked four in :47:80 (12/71) at SA.
On March 7, Cherubim worked four in :48:60 (19/44) at SA.
On April 25, Cherubim breezed four in :50:34 (26/43) at BEL.
On May 3, Cherubim breezed five in 1.01:76 (10/20) at BEL.
On May 27, Cherubim breezed four in :49:56 (11/16) at BEL.
On June 3, Cherubim breezed five in 1.02:87 (5/7) at BEL.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 13 NOTE: “He was on the inside and it was his first time out,” said trainer Callaghan of Cherubim's debut race. “I’m not really sure why he didn’t run well on the synthetic, but we always felt he was a really good horse, and he really showed it last time.” That "last time" has proved to be a productive race, as the second (Chelios) and third (Pimpernel) horses each came back to win. “Horses have been coming out of that race winning,” Callaghan said. “We’re really excited.”

Feb. 16, Grade II San Vicente Stakes, Santa Anita, Seven Furlongs. Kobe's Back, reserved early, came flying down the stretch to win going away. Sitting well behind fractions of :22.73 and :45.00, Joel Rosario and Kobe's Back made a big move on the turn, reached contention at the top of the lane, and put away early leader Cherubim well ahead of the finish line. The winning margin was 5 1/4 lengths, and the race was timed in 1:21.84. Cherubim stayed on for a second place after contesting the early pace with Papa Turf, followed across the wire by Rprettyboyfloyd, Papa Purf, Roger Rocket and Grazen's Hope.

Simon Callaghan, Cherubim: “I mean they went fast up front, so maybe that set it up for a closer. It was fast. I’ll have to see what Mike says. He ran a good race still.”

Mike Smith, Cherubim: “He was just cruising early, nice and happy. We just got outrun. He was second-best today.”

March 13, Allowance, Santa Anita, Six Furlongs. At 2-5 odds in a field of three, Cherubim lead but gave way late to Pimpernel, beaten 3/4 length. Rum Point was third and last, beaten six lengths. The winning time was 1:08.75.

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Cherubim debuted at Betfair Hollywood Park on Nov. 24 in a six-furlong maiden special weight. He showed little, finishing eighth, beaten 11 3/4 lengths by Indianapolis.

Dec. 28, Maiden Special Weight, Santa Anita, Six Furlongs. There’s nothing else you can say other than that Cherubim ran away with this race. Timed in 1:08.56, he cleared by 3 1/4 lengths at the wire. Pressing early, he was on the lead by the time he’d run four furlongs. Ridden out by Mike Smith. The chart call: “Cherubim  had speed off the rail, then dueled outside a rival, took the lead on the turn, inched away into the stretch, kicked clear inside in the drive and proved best under a couple taps with the whip turned down and a brisk hand ride.”

 

COASTLINE (KY)
Trainer: Mark Casse
Owner: John Oxley
Breeder: DATTT Farm, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Speightstown (Gone West, Silken Cat (CAN))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Culinary (El Amante, Volunteer (ARG))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-5-9-0-0 (20) 3.44
Foal Date: Feb. 11, 2011

$190,000 Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Dec. 28, Coastline breezed five in 1:02.90 (23/33)at PMM.
On Jan. 4, Coastline breezed five in 1:00.60 (2/28) at PMM.
On Jan. 13, Coastline breezed five in 1:03.20 (7/58) at OP.
On Feb. 5, Coastline breezed five in 1.03:20 (4/18) at OP.
On March 5, Coastline breezed five in 1.00:40 (1/7) at OTC.
On March 12, Coastline breezed five in :59:20 (1/12) at OTC.
On April 4, Coastline breezed five in 1.00:40 (2/19) at KEE.
On April 26, Coastline breezed five in 1.01:40 (21/68) at CD.
On May 3, Coastline breezed five in 1.00:60 (8/29) at CD.
On May 11, Coastline breezed five on a track rated good in 1.00:20 (2/41) at CD.
On May 19, Coastline breezed five in 1.02:20 (18/26) at CD.
On May 25, Coastline breezed five in 1.00:20 (3/38) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 4 NOTE: Coastline, who was clocked a second-fastest time in 1:00.65, worked in company with Conquest Titan, timed in a bullet 1:00.50 “We don’t normally work them together, it just happened that way,” trainer Casse said. “Both of them are kind of on the same path in that they both ran toward the end of November, and we gave them a little bit of a break. Now, they’re both kind of getting cranked back up. We were wanting a good work out of them, and we got it. They went head and head, one was not better than the other. Both of them went really well, and we’re happy. I think they’re both on track for where they’re headed.”

Casse said Coastline could make his next start in the Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 20. "When I say we gave them time off, they never missed any training. We just didn’t breeze them,” Casse said. “They never stopped training, they just went through a period where we just galloped them. Coastline is a little bigger, wider kind of horse, where Titan is a little more compact. I can see where Titan has grown up, and Coastline is coming along well, too. I think they’re both above average horses; now we just need some luck. This time of year, you have to have luck. You have to have things go your way, and have them stay happy and healthy. Every day you kind of hold your breath. Right now, we’re at a point in time where things can’t go wrong or you miss out on the Derby trail,” he said.

Jan. 10 NOTE: “We really like Coastline a lot.He got unlucky in his last start where he stumbled badly at the gate,” trainer Casse told the Toronto Sun.

Jan. 16 NOTE: “He lost all chances (in the Delta Jackpot), but if you go to his previous race (the Street Sense), it was a great race. The second, third and fourth finishers came back to win their next starts and he beat them pretty convincingly,” trainer Casse said. “We gave him just a little bit of a break and then we sent him to Palm Meadows, and he breezed a couple of time there. He’s been at Oaklawn now for about 10 days and he worked really well the other day under Eurico (Rosa Da Silva)."

Jan. 20, Smarty Jones Stakes, Oaklawn Park, One Mile. Tanzanite Cat vied for the lead throughout with Walt, racing side by side through an opening quarter in :23.17 and a half-mile in :47.37, and got the best of it sprinting to the wire. With a head advantage at the top of the stretch, Tanzanite Cat prevailed by 1 1/4 length over Walt, timed in 1:38.69. Walt switched leads late. Coastline, the 6-5 favorite, was in third from start to finish, beaten 2 1/2 lengths. Son of a Preacher finished fourth after running sixth early.

Shaun Bridgmohan: “He ran hard. I thought he was sitting the ideal trip. I thought the top two would come back, but they just kept running in tandem. He got a little tired. He needed this race.”

Feb. 17, Grade III Southwest Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Coastline finished fourth, beaten 10 3/4 lengths by Tapiture and a time of 1:44.95. He was fifth much of the way. The chart call: "Coastline covered up in traffic much of the first three quarters, continued to rate into the far turn, roused left handed into lane, eased out, five wide, brushed into the lane, modest late interest to miss the show."

March 4 NOTE: Coastline is training on synthetic at Ocala and is being pointed to the Spiral.

March 22, Grade III Spiral Stakes, Turfway Park, 1 1/8 Mile. In a blanket finish, We Miss Artie got up in the shadow of the wire to win. Harry's Holiday was second by a nose, Coastline third by a neck and Asserting Bear fourth by two lengths. Harry's Holiday, always prominent, had the lead in the far turn and looked like the winner as the finish line neared. Coastline, who never was far back, was breathing down his neck, but We Miss Artie got up just in time. The time was 1:52.26. We Miss Artie was seventh after a half-mile, but only 3 1/4 lengths back of a split of :47.21 set by Almost Famous and Solitary Ranger. We Miss Artie made a long, sustained run that started going into the far turn with six furlongs in the book in 1:12.43. Velazquez steered him five wide, and they were five wide coming into the lane.

Mark Casse, trainer of Coastline: “He came up six inches short of winning the race, but I was very happy. He definitely ran a big effort and we know he likes Churchill and he also likes Keeneland. It looked like we were going to get by.”

Stewart Elliott, aboard Coastline: “We had a great trip. When we turned for home I thought we were going to win it.”

April 12, Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile. Coastline finished 10th, beaten 16 1/2 lengths by Dance With Fate.

Stewart Elliott: “Well, I thought we had good position and he was running along nice and comfortable and then at the end of the race he just stopped.”

May 31, Penn Mile, Penn National, One Mile (T). At 6-5 favoratism, Bobby's Kitten won by 3 1/2 lengths after stalking, then pouncing on 124-1 Sing the Dream. He was followed by Global View (9-5) two lengths better tan Storming Inti (6-1). Divine Oath (9-2 third choice) was nosed out for fourth. Winning time was 1:35.82. Laddie Boy, Coastline, Mr. Brioni and Sing the Dream completed the order of finish.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

In his debut, Coastline finished second to the front-running Almost Famous going six furlongs at Churchill Downs. Coastline broke his maiden second time out going seven furlongs on the main track at Keeneland.

Oct. 27, Street Sense Stakes, Churchill Downs, One Mile. This was the third start for Coastline. He took the lead from Almost Famous around the turn and increased his advantage in the stretch to win by a widening three lengths over Ichiban Warrior. He was timed in 1:36.77 under Shaun Bridgmohan. Highly-touted Almost Famous, who beat Coastline by 2 1/4 lengths in a Sept. 13 maiden special weight, set the early pace of :22.92 and :47.14 with Coastline putting on pressure from the outside. Coastline gained a short lead with a furlong to go and drew clear under urging. Ichiban Warrior, who also was forwardly placed, made a bid on the turn but was no match late and was second best. Even-money favorite Ride On Curlin was a distant third after losing ground coming out of the turn. Almost Famous faded to fourth.

Assistant trainer Norman Casse said the Kentucky Jockey Club was a next-start option.

Norman Casse: “He’s shown us all along that he was one of our better 2-year-olds. We’ve been pretty high on him all along.I don’t think there were any surprises. I’d have to watch the replay to see how everyone else ran, but I thought we’d be sitting second or third. He trained really good up to the race, so we were expecting a big performance today.”

Shaun Bridgmohan: “He’s such a kind horse. Mark and Norman have done such a phenomenal job with him, because he’s very kind to rate and he basically just waits for a command. I basically just put him in a stalking position and he was kind enough to let the bridle go and relax. When I asked him to pick it up down the lane, he really finished up.”

Nov. 23, Grade III Delta Jackpot, Delta Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Coastline, the 8-5 favorite, stumbled very badly at the start, then raced three wide down the backstretch, faltered turning for home and wound up eighth. Rise Up was a six-length winner over Casiguapo.

Dec. 22 NOTE: Trainer Casse said Coastline is under consideration for the Holy Bull Stakes on Jan. 25.

 

COLTIMUS PRIME (ON)
Trainer: Justin Nixon
Owner: Cabernet Racing Stables
Breeder: J. Horner
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Milwaukee Brew (Wild Again, Ask Anita)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Certainly Special (Distorted Humor, With Certainty)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-6-7-0-0 (16) 3.57
Foal Date: May 10, 2011

No auction history.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 25, Coltimus Prime breezed three in :37.60 B (1/1) at PBD.
On Feb. 3, Coltimus Prime breezed four in :51:80 (8/8) at PBD.
On Feb. 8, Colitmus Prime breezed four in :48:20 (1/2) at PBD.
On Feb. 14, Coltimus Prime breezed five in 1.00:89 (1/2) at PBD.
On Feb. 21, Coltimus Prime breezed five in 1.00:20 (1/1) at PBD.
On March 1, Coltimus Prime breezed five in 1.01:40 (9/25) at TAM.
On March 22, Coltimus Prime breezed five in 1:01.60 (2/11) at PBD.
On March 30, Coltimus Prime breezed five in :58.40 (1/4) at PBD.
On April 7, Coltimus Prime breezed five in 1:01.20 (5/16) at KEE.
On April 27, Coltimus Prime breezed four in :47:80 (1/27) at WO.
On May 4, Coltimus Prime worked five in 1.01:00 (5/85) at WO.
On May 25, Coltimus Prime breezed five in 1.00:60 (26/38) at WO.
On June 1, Coltimus Prime worked five in :59:20 (1/14) at WO.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

March 8, Grade II Tampa Bay Derby, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Coltimus Prime never impacted this race and finished ninth, beaten 25 1/4 lengths by Ring Weekend.

April 12, Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile. Coltimus Prime finished fifth, beaten 10 lengths by Dance With Fate.

Alan Garcia: “We had a great trip. He finished very strong and I was very happy with his performance. He’s a very nice horse and he’s going to improve a lot off this.”

May 11, Allowance, 1 1/16 Mile, Woodbine. At 3-5 odds, Coltimus Prime and Jesse Campbell were beaten a length by 3-1 Niijon Express and Patrick Husbands in a field of eight. The race was timed in 1:44.49.

June 8, Allowance, Woodbine, 1 1/8 Mile. Coltimus Prime won by two lengths, timed in 1:52.58.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Coltimus Prime debuted on Sept. 29 at Woodbine and finished seventh. He broke his maiden at the same track next time out. Winning by eight lengths at seven furlongs, he was timed in 1:23.61 under Jesse Campbell at 3-1 odds. Twelve ran. Coltimus Prime led through initial splits of :23.87, :47.89 and 1:11.85.

Nov. 8, Display Stakes, Woodbine, 1 1/16 Mile. Jose Sea View and Emma-Jayne Wilson won this by a neck after a duel that lasted throughout the race with Coltimus Prime and Gary Boulanger. Ami's Holiday, favored at 6-5 under Luis Contreras, finished five lengths back in third. Seven ran. The time was 1:44.39. Initial fractions were :24.52, :49.62 and 1:13. The chart call: "Coltimus Prime led early, was joined midbackstretch, dueled, was hustled into the turn, was quickly head to head with his rival again, battled through the stretch but gave way grudgingly in the late stages."

Dec. 31 NOTE: No workouts since the Display Stakes.

 

CONQUEST TITAN (KY)
Trainer: Mark Casse
Owner: Conquest Stables, LLC (Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell)
Breeder: Michael Edward Connelly
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Birdstone (Grindstone, Dear Birdie)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Miner's Secret (Mineshaft, Madam Lagonza)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-5-10-2-0 (24) 2.43
Foal Date: March 28, 2011

$475,000 OBS March 2013.

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WORKOUTS
On Dec. 28, Conquest Titan breezed five in 1:02.70 (22/33) at PMM.
On Jan. 4, Conquest Titan breezed five in 1:00.40 (1/28) at PMM.
On Jan. 11, Conquest Titan breezed five in 1:01.00 (5/24) at PMM.
On Jan. 18, Conquest Titan breezed five in 1:02.30 (16/20) at PMM.
On Feb. 8, Conquest Titan breezed five in 1.00:00 (3/15) at PMM.
On Feb. 22, Conquest Titan breezed four in :48:30 (6/71) at PMM.
On March 1, Conquest Titan breezed five in 1.02:25 (20/35) at PMM.
On March 22, Conquest Titan breezed five 1.01:05 (6/20) at PMM.
On March 29, Conquest Titan breezed five in 1.00:70 (2/20) at PMM.
On April 7, Conquest Titan breezed four in :47:40 (1/28) at CD.
On April 26, Conquest Titan breezed four in :49:00 (22/75) at CD.
On May 3, Conquest Titan breezed five in :59:40 (1/29) at CD.
On May 19, Conquest Titan breezed five in 1.01:00 (2/18) at CD.
On May 25, Conquest Titan breezed five in 1.01:60 (14/38) at CD.
On May 31, Conquest Titan breezed five in 1.00:00 (8/36) at CD.
On June 7, Conquest Titan breezed five in 1:01.00 (4/32) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 5 NOTE: On Jan. 4, Conquest Titan tuned up for the Holy Bull with a bullet five-furlong work in 1:00.50 in company with Coastline, who was clocked in 1:00.65, second fastest at the distance. “We don’t normally work them together, it just happened that way,” trainer Casse said. “Both of them are kind of on the same path in that they both ran toward the end of November, and we gave them a little bit of a break. Now, they’re both kind of getting cranked back up. We were wanting a good work out of them, and we got it. They went head and head, one was not better than the other. Both of them went really well, and we’re happy. I think they’re both on track for where they’re headed. When I say we gave them time off, they never missed any training. We just didn’t breeze them,” Casse said. “They never stopped training, they just went through a period where we just galloped them. Coastline is a little bigger, wider kind of horse, where Titan is a little more compact. I can see where Titan has grown up, and Coastline is coming along well, too. I think they’re both above average horses; now we just need some luck.

“I was very happy to see (General a Rod) win the Derby, because Titan beat him pretty solidly (at Churchill Downs),” Casse said. “His horse was making only his second start (at Churchill), and he obviously is an improving horse, and I feel as though our horse is, as well. We’ll just have to see how it works out. This time of year, you have to have luck. You have to have things go your way, and have them stay happy and healthy. Every day you kind of hold your breath. Right now, we’re at a point in time where things can’t go wrong or you miss out on the Derby trail."

Jan. 10 NOTE: The Toronto Sun interviewed trainer Casse and reported, "Clearly, the colt that is providing the most optimism in his barn is Conquest Titan" despite his poor run in Breeders' Cup. “It wasn’t all his fault,” Casse said. “I might have made some mistakes there. All along, he wanted to settle and make a run and a lot of people thought in his last race that he got away bad. But that was the plan all along — to take him back and let him make a run. (General A Rod, second in that race) is an improving horse, and I feel ours is as well. We’ll just have to see how it works out.”

Jan. 25, Grade II Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Conquest Titan and Shaun Bridgmohan were last in the 11-horse field, 9 1/4 lengths off the pace, after a half mile. With no option other than the overland route, they circled the field to get into contention and finish second. After a perfect trip, Cairo Prince won by 5 3/4 lengths in near-track record time. Luis Saez gave Cairo Prince a picture-perfect ride, sitting in the three path and keeping him out of trouble, and the result was a dominant win.  Sitting behind contested early fractions of :23.63, :46.75 and 1:10.30 set by Coup de Grace and Almost Famous, Cairo Prince was in striking position leaving the second turn. Coup de Grace suddenly dropped out of contention, and Almost Famous had the lead but was beginning to tire a bit. Mr Speaker was making a move at the leader, but began dropping back. Cairo Prince suddenly moved away from Almost Famous.

Mark Casse: “It was a nice run, we were happy with it. We had hoped to not be so far back, but going into the first turn, they sandwiched him, so Shaun (Bridgmohan) did the right thing and took him back. This is not the easiest place to come from out of it. We wanted to know if he fit with these horses, and I think he proved that today. He has a special place he likes really well (Churchill Downs) and they run there on the first Saturday in May, so that’s good. I’ll have to talk to the owner, but we’ll probably stay here.”

Feb. 6 NOTE: Right now our goal is to keep him happy and healthy, and that’s one of the reasons we’re going to stay and run in the Fountain of Youth,” trainer Casse said.

Feb. 15 NOTE: Now trainer Casse is expressing doubt about running Conquest Titan in the Fountain of Youth, calling it 50-50.

Feb. 17 NOTE: Trainer Casse said Conquest Titan had dropped some weight after the Holy Bull, was worked up during paddock schooling recently, will wait for the Florida Derby.

March 8, Grade II Tampa Bay Derby, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Ring Weekend ran through early fractions of :23.62, :46.68 and 1:11.41 en route to a win in 1:43.71. Vinceremos, always in a good spot and battling with Surfing U S A, finished second, beaten three lengths. Surfing U S A was third, another 3/4 length back, and Conquest Titan came from eighth of 10 to finish fourth, beaten 4 3/4 lengths overall. In fifth was Matador, a 5 3/4-length loser.

March 30 NOTE: Calvin Borel will ride Conquest Titan in the Arkansas Derby. The plan, come hell or high water, is to take back and make one run.

April 12, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Conquest Titan was devoid of early speed. He made a bid in the far turn but flattened out and finished fifth, beaten 10 1/4 lengths by Danza.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Conquest Titan finished fourth in his debut going six furlongs at Churchill Downs in June. He was sent to Woodbine and won the seven-furlong Swynford Stakes on Aug. 24 by 5 1/4 lengths. Sent off at 4-5 odds in a field of seven, his time was 1:23.64. He went to the lead and set splits of :23.37, :46.50 and 1:10.99.

Oct. 5, Grade I Dixiana Breeders' Futurity, Keeneland, 1 1/16 Mile. There was literally a flood of rain before the race, and water was kicking up from the Polytrack, a very unusual circumstance. We Miss Artie won, timed in 1:46.91, after coming from almost six lengths off the pace to wrest control in upper stretch. He drew off from Smarty’s Echo, who was second, beaten 2 3/4 lengths, after running a couple of lengths closer to the pace initially. Arctic Slope was third, beaten 4 3/4 lengths, after being placed last, 12 3/4 lengths off the pace after a half-mile. Rum Point was another two lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by Conquest Titan, Pontos, Ready for Action, Laddie Boy, Solitary Ranger, General Jack, Kendall’s Boy and Tiznowforamerica.

Mark Casse:“I thought we were in good position. We just weren't good enough. It was (his first big test). We'll regroup. We'll go back and think about it, give it a couple days’ thought and go from there.”

Eurico Da Silva: "It was a good trip but right when I came home, I got bumped a little bit but just because I didn't have enough horse to go on. Everybody was passing me so fast, but it was a good trip. (The rain and wet track) made it a little bit more difficult. There was so much water coming to his face that he was always thinking about that."

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer Casse said Conquest Titan came out of the race fine and returned to Churchill Downs, where he will be pointed to the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club.

Nov. 3, Grade I Breeders' Cup Juveniie, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Mile. Conquest Titan flopped badly. After being part of a contested pace that went the first half in :45.38, he faded to finish last of 13, beaten 26 3/4 lengths. The chart call: "Conquest Titan sprinted clear along the rail past the seven eighths pole, was joined into the backstretch, disputed the issue to the far turn, then faltered."

Nov. 30, Entry Level Allowance, Churchill Downs, One Mile. Conquest Titan rebounded very well from Breeders' Cup. After being sent off at 5-2 odds under Shaun Bridgmohan, he redeemed himself with a going-away win timed in a spritely 1:35.27. Sixth by 4 1/2 lengths after six furlongs, Conquest Titan won by 1 3/4 length. General a Rod set fast early fractions -- :22.69 and :45.45. Conquest Titan lost his footing at the start of the race, but maybe that was a blessing in disguise. The chart call: "Conquest Titan lost his footing at the start, was outrun early, moved up off the rail with three furlongs to go, angled out four wide approaching the stretch when making a bold move, surged to the lead with a furlong to go and stayed clear under steady urging."

Dec. 22 NOTE: Trainer Casse said Conquest Titan is under consideration for the Holy Bull Stakes on Jan. 25.

 

COOL SAMURAI (KY)
Trainer: John Shirreffs
Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S. Moss
Breeder: Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Moss
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): First Samurai (Giant's Causeway, Freddie Frisson)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Uzume (Unbridled's Song, Passion Flower)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-5-13-0-0 (22) 2.38
Foal Date: March 11, 2011

A gelding.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 11, Cool Samurai worked four in :49.40 (16/26) at BHP.
On Jan. 18, Cool Samurai worked seven in 1.27:60 (1/2) at BHP.
On Jan. 26, Cool Samurai worked seven in 1.28:40 (2/2) at BHP.
On Jan. 31, Cool Samurai worked seven in 1.28:40 (1/2) at BHP.
On Feb. 22, Cool Samurai worked four in :49:40 (22/39) at SA.
On March 3, Cool Samurai worked four in :48:40 (21/51) at SA.
On March 10, Cool Samurai worked four in :48:60 (14/31) at SA.
On May 13, Cool Samurai breezed three on the training track in :39:17 (5/5) at BEL.
On May 21, Cool Samurai breezed four on the training track in :47:74 (5/33) at BEL.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 8, Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Mile. Cool Samurai finished sixth, beaten 10 lengths by Candy Boy and a time of 1:4183. He was eight lengths behind after a half-mile and was never in contention.

March 16, Entry Level Allowance, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Mile. Scratched.

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Cool Samurai debuted at Belmont Park on Oct. 26, finishing second to Wicked Strong by two lengths at odds of 56-1 under Alex Solis. He was ninth of 10, 11 lengths back, after the first half-mile. Wicked Strong's time was 1:37.09.

At 9-5 odds, Cool Samurai broke his maiden in a mile special weight at Santa Anita on Dec. 27, and he looked good doing it, rallying late to outlast The Admiral (4-5) by a half-length under Mike Smith. He was last of five, 10 lengths in arrears, after the first quarter-mile. The time was 1:36.47. The chart call: "Cool Samurai settled inside then came off the rail on the first turn, chased off the inside then three deep leaving the backstretch, on the second turn and into the stretch and rallied under left handed urging to get up outside foes late."

 

COUP DE GRACE (KY)
Trainer: Chad Brown
Owner: Fox Hill Farms, Inc.
Breeder: AGS Thoroughbreds Ltd.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Home Court (Storm Cat, Jewel Princess)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-6-11-2-0 (26) 2.47
Foal Date: Jan. 24, 2011

$300,000 Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 5, Coup De Grace breezed four in :49.60 (26/49) at PMM.
On Jan. 12, Coup De Grace breezed five in 1:00.75 (7/29) at PMM.
On Jan. 19, Coup de Grace breezed four in :47:40 (1/51) at PMM.
On Feb. 9, Coup de Grace breezed four in :48.90 (25/67) at PMM.
On Feb. 16, Coup de Grace breezed four in :48:00 (3/55) at PMM.
On Feb. 23, Coup de Grace breezed four in :48:45 (3/58) at PMM.
On March 2, Coup de Grace breezed four in :48:00 (3/52) at PMM.
On March 9, Coup de Grace breezed four in :49:15 (15/37) at PMM.
On March 16, Coup de Grace breezed five in 1.01:40 ( 2/12) at PMM.
On March 23, Coup de Grace breezed four in :48:90 (8/50) at PMM.
On March 30, Coup de Grace breezed four in :47:60 (5/35) at PMM.
On April 19, Coup de Grace breezed four on the training track in :48:71 (23/78) at BEL.
On April 28, Coup de Grace breezed five in 1.00:34 (5/28) at BEL.
On May 4, Coup de Grace breezed five in 1.01:10 (4/10) at BEL.
On May 18, Coup de Grace breezed four in :48:15 (7/34) at BEL.
On May 25, Coup de Grace breezed five in :59.35 (2/28) at BEL.
On June 1, Coup de Grace breezed four in :47.54 (6/25) at BEL.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 9 NOTE: Coup de Grace is on track for the Holy Bull. “His last race was a nice progression to a one-turn mile. He handled it fine, so now he needs to run two turns. He’ll work again over the weekend coming up, and we’ll continue to keep all our options open with him. Right now, we’re leaning toward staying at home and running him in the Holy Bull.” Coup de Grace breezed a half-mile in :49.75 on Jan. 5, his first work since his most recent race. “I was real happy with that (work),” Brown said. “He’s convinced me he needs to run in a stakes race. I don’t know if I’m looking for something very specific out of his next work; I just want to see him continue to thrive down here and show me that he’ll be fine with the stretch-out around two turns. As long as he continues to train the way he has been, the way he’s moving and the way he’s galloping out, every indication is that he should be able to handle two turns.”

Jan. 19 NOTE: Javier Castellano chose to ride Wicked Strong instead of Coup de Grace in the Holy Bull. John Velazquez will ride Coup de Grace.

Jan. 20 NOTE: “He worked good. It was cold out, and he was a little sharp,” said Brown of the Jan. 19 move under John Velazquez. “Johnny seemed to get along with the horse well, and he said he learned a couple things about him in the morning, and that was really the reason for putting him on. All systems are go for the Holy Bull. It’s going to be a tough race. He’s unproven around two turns, and it’s a real test for him. I think it’s that time of year to try him around two turns and then we can figure out how to campaign him the rest of the year.”

Jan. 25, Grade II Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. One of the biggest disappointments in the race was Coup de Grace, who, according the to the chart maker, checked in tight quarters on the final turn and never recovered. He was sent off as the second choice at 3-1 odds but finished tenth after setting a contested pace with Almost Famous of :23.63, :46.75 and 1:10.30. The chart call: "Coup de Grace set the pace under pressure along the inside was checked in tight quarters on the final turn and never recovered."

Chad Brown: “He broke bad and then he rushed up. He just wasn’t comfortable there, pulling; it just wasn’t the trip I was looking for.”

April 5, Grade III Bay Shore Stakes, Aqueduct, Seven Furlongs. Coup de Grace made his return to the races a successful one, winning by a closing nose over Oliver Zip at 7-1 odds. Kobe’s Back, the 6-5 favorite, missed by a half-length after spotting the pace 10 lengths, while The Admiral finished fourth after grabbing the lead around the furlong marker.

Cherie DeVaux, assistant to Chad Brown: "They did a really good job with him at Palm Meadows. He came up here and trained well the couple days he was here."

Javier Castellano: "The way I handicapped the race, it was a lot of speed. Chad and I talked about the race and we tried to take advantage of a lot of speed in the race. We tried to come from behind, quicken it up a little bit. The distance, seven-eighths, I think he's a come-from-behind horse. He didn't break that sharply, and it worked out great for me. I was able to relax behind the horses. He finished very strong today."

June 7, Grade II Woody Stephens Stakes, Belmont Park, Seven Furlongs. Coup de Grace finished sixth, beaten 8 1/4 lengths by Coup de Grace. He was 11th of 13 in the early running.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Coup de Grace scored as the 1-2 chalk in his career opener at Aqueduct on Nov. 9 and earned an 85 Beyer Speed Figure after covering six panels in 1:10.11. He prompted the pace and had a three-length command after a half-mile run in :46.26. He held off Unknown Road, a well-bred son of Bernardini, by three-quarters of a length.

Nov. 28 NOTE: Twitter follower says he has the "ability to make two moves, early and late (break, settle, break)."
 
Dec., 13 NOTE: “I’m hoping he can build off of that debut and effectively stretch out to the mile distance, and just keep progressing like he has all fall for us,” trainer Brown said. “I give all of the first-time starters the benefit of the doubt when I’m watching them. I thought he handled everything quite well overall. He seems to be training well since he’s arrived here in Florida. He’s by a good stallion, and the owner, Mr. Rick Porter, has a history of getting horses to the Derby -- live horses, with a real chance in the race. I think that, given who owns him, who he’s by and how he ran first time, I’m not surprised (that he was in Derby Future Wager Pool 1). He does have a long way to go. He has to effectively stretch out and keep progressing. It seems like a deep group of 2-year-old colts this year, so we’ll just see how he does and keep our fingers crossed.”

Dec. 14, Entry Level Allowance, Gulfstream Park, One Mile. Coup de Grace ran his record to 2-0 with a professional one-length victory in 1:36.76 under Javier Castellano at 4-5 odds. Nine ran. Coup de Grace broke from post eight and settled behind Prudhoe Bay through the opening quarter-mile in :23.40. Castellano took Coup de Grace to the lead with a half in :46.23, and turned for home still in front. Hy Kodiak Warrior made a bold move to chase Coup de Grace around the turn, but was unable to match strides and finished second, 3 3/4 lengths ahead of Gone as Wind in third.

Chad Brown: “I thought he ran really well. He rated nicely up close to the pace like we talked about. We drew a great post, so that was easy to accomplish. He did what he had to do. He won, and Javier told me that when the other horse came to him at the wire, he galloped out pretty well. I think he’s earned his spot in a stakes race somewhere.

“He’s still learning the game, and that was one of the reasons this horse didn’t run at Saratoga. He had all the talent in the world, and he was having some behavioral issues in the morning, so we decided not to put him through the pressure of Saratoga. It’s so busy up there, and he was showing some greenness intermittently in his training. Training for Fox Hill is great because Mr. Porter just said, ‘When he’s ready, run him.’ He got it together this fall, and he’s doing real well.

“The Holy Bull would be a strong possibility because he’s here, he’s run over the track and he loves training here. I’ll discuss that with Mr. Porter and, first and foremost, see how the horse is doing out of the race. We’ll make sure we have him nominated everywhere, and we’ll start to test this horse around two turns more than likely.”

Javier Castellano: “He’s a very professional horse. I liked the way he did it. He’s a very straightforward horse. He broke well out of the gate, and he felt so sharp today. He wanted to run. I let him see a target in the beginning, and he rated pretty good, very kind. Turning for home, sometimes with young horses they look around a little bit, but as soon as the horse came to him on the outside, he was focused. He just took off. He has a lot of talent, and we’re looking forward to what’s next.”

 

COUSIN STEPHEN (KY)
Trainer: Chad Brown
Owner: Klaravich Stables, Inc. & William H. Lawrence
Breeder: Brereton Jones
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Proud Citizen (Gone West, Drums of Freedom)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Gallant Dreamer (Belong to Me, Demi Monde)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-7-18-0-0 (30) 2.33
Foal Date: March 17, 2011

$210,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 19, Cousin Stephen breezed four in :47:40 (1/51) at PMM.
On Jan. 26, Cousin Stephen breezed four in :48:90 (5/54) at PMM.
On Feb. 15, Cousin Stephen breezed four in :48:95 (27/83) at PMM.
On Feb. 22, Cousin Stephen breezed five in 1.01:25 (3/18) at PMM.
On March 1, Cousin Stephen breezed four in :48:30 (6/57) at PMM.
On May 3, Cousin Stephen breezed three in :38:12 (1/3) at SAR.
On May 11, Cousin Stephen breezed four on the training track in :48:80 (1/28) at SAR.
On May 18, Cousin Stephen breezed four on the training track in :49:35 (7/30) at SAR.
On May 25, Cousin Stephen breezed four on the training track in :48:65 (4/38) at SAR.
On June 1, Cousin Stephen breezed four on the training track in :49:54 (13/28) at SAR.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 3, Entry Level Allowance, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Cousin Stephen finished fifth, but not all that far back. Commissioner (6-1) prevailed over what was perceived by many at the time as a strong field. Never far back and running in second position early, he surged between horses in the stretch to defeat Top Billing (3-1) by a neck, timed in 1:50.72. Commissioner stalked pacesetter Ichiban Warrior (3-1) through fractions of :24.38, :49.03 and 1:13.81 and to the furlong marker timed in 1:38.48. Cousin Stephen (8-5 favorite), who'd been running with Commissioner, challenged Ichiban Warrior briefly, but both faded a bit late. Commissioner and Top Billing were swung to the outside from their rail positions for the stretch drive, joined on the outside by Hy Kodiak Warrior (9-2). Top Billing appeared on his way to victory in mid-stretch but lacked running room between Commissioner to his inside and Hy Kodiak Warrior to his outside. Commissioner took charge and out-battled Top Billing to the wire. Hy Kodiak Warrior finished third, beaten 2 1/4 lengths and a head in front of Ichiban Warrior, who in turn was a neck in front of Cousin Stephen, ridden by Javier Castellano.

The chart call: "Cousin Stephen  stalked the pace off the rail to inside the eighth pole and weakened."

Jan. 9 NOTE: Trainer Brown is regrouping with Cousin Stephen after his fifth-place finish. “That was really disappointing," he said. "We had really targeted that allowance race and we were hoping to use that as a springboard to something else. He scoped with a lot of thick mucus, and it compromised him in some way; how much, I’m not sure. I don’t know if it cost him a lot or a little, but it cost him something. I’m not big on making excuses for the horses, but we are treating him right now to clean him up. We’re going to give him another shot somewhere and see if he can regain his form and get back to the way he ran in his maiden win.”

Feb. 1, Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Edgar Prado gave Vinceremos a crafty ride and surprised even his own connections with a nose victory. Looking hopelessly beaten on the far turn after being part of the early pace, Prado figured Vinceremos likes a target and felt he had plenty of horse left. He was right on both counts, and Vinceremos cut the corner, got the lead and surged to the wire, holding off stable mate Harpoon by a nose. Timed in 1:47.34, it was the slowest run rendition of the race since 2002, when Bunk N Ted completed distance in 1:49.86.  Cousin Stephen finished third, beaten three parts of a length after setting a pressured pace of :24.35, :48.77 and 1:13.61 to the outside of Vinceremos. Matador rallied from sixth place to finish fourth. Asserting Bear, third in the early going, and looking threatening when he hit the stretch, faded to fifth.

The chart call: "Cousin Stephen vied outside for early command, dueled on the far turn and dug in gamely between foes in the stretch drive."

March 8, Grade II Tampa Bay Derby, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Cousin Stephen had a wide trip, but really had no excuse, and finished sixth, beaten six lengths by Ring Weekend and a time of 1:43.71. He bid going into the far turn to obtain third position, but he could not improve on it.

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Cousin Stephen debuted at Belmont Park in September and showed nothing after being squeezed at the break. However, he was a 7 1/2-length winner second time out running 1 1/8 mile in 1:52 and small change at Aqueduct on Nov. 7. Three wide on both turns, he answered on the far turn when asked by Javier Castellano and drew off in the stretch. That win set the stage for him to be taken to Florida for the winter.

 

CULPRIT (KY)
Trainer: Dale Romans
Owner: Donegal Racing
Breeder: Iron County Farms Inc.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Street Sense (Street Cry (IRE), Bedazzle)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Caught in the Act (A.P. Indy, Creaking Board (GB))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-5-12-0-0 (22) 2.67
Foal Date: April 23, 2011

$70,000 Keeneland September 2012.

NEXT RACE: One work away from a race as of Jan. 20, according to trainer Romans.

WORKOUTS
On Dec. 16, Culprit breezed five in 1:01.11 (8/22) at GP.
On Dec. 29, Culprit breezed five in 1:02.78 (49/60) at GP.
On Jan. 16, Culprit breezed five in 1:02.08 (5/10) at GP.
On Feb. 2, Culprit breezed four in :48.84 (36/100) at GP.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 20 NOTE: “He’s not far from a race, he’s probably one work away,” trainer Romans said.

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Culprit finished third, beaten four lengths by the highly-regarded Wry, in his Sept. 7 racing debut at Churchill Downs, a seven-furlong race on dirt. That was followed by a seventh-place finish behind Poker Player in the off-the-turf Grade III Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 6.

Oct. 27, Maiden Special Weight, Churchill Downs, One Mile. At 8-1 odds, Culprit rallied from just off the pace under Corey Lanerie to score a half-length victory timed in 1:37.43. Among the colts he defeated was Tapiture (third), who was narrowly beaten in a three-horse photo finish in the Iroquois on Sept. 7. Notability finished second. The chart call: "Culprit attended the pace along the inside, slipped through with a furlong to run and was up in the final yards.

Nov. 29 NOTE: “He came into us a little bit weedy and not quite as developed as we thought he would be when we bought him as a yearling,” trainer Romans said. “We thought he was one of our best, but it took him a while to get his feet under him. But by the time late summer rolled around, he had really rounded into form. He’s one of my best and a horse that I think has a huge future if he just continues to improve.”

Nov. 30, Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club, Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Culprit broke from the inside post and finished eighth of nine, beaten by 14 3/4 lengths by Tapiture. The chart call: "Culprit was no threat along the inside."

 

 

DECEIVED (NY)
Trainer: Leah Gyarmati
Owner: Treadway Racing Stable
Breeder:Dr. William B. Wilmot & Dr. Joan M. Taylor
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Broken Vow (Unbridled, Wedding Vow)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Naughty Natisha (Known Fact, Noble Natisha)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 11-9-10-2-2 (34) 2.78
Foal Date: Jan. 31, 2011

$135,000 Keeneland November 2011.
$120,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October 2012.
$180,000 OBS 2013.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 5, Deceived breezed three in :36.40 (3/42) at BEL.
On Jan. 13, Deceived breezed four on the training track in :51.12 (114/134) at BEL.
On Jan. 20, Deceived breezed four on the training track in :48.76 (8/63) at BEL.
On Jan. 27, Deceived breezed four on the training track in :50:14 (28/42) at BEL.
On Feb. 12, Deceived breezed three on the training track in :37:25 (6/21) at BEL.
On Feb. 18, Deceived breezed four on the training track in :50:66 (12/24) at BEL.
On Feb. 23, Deceived breezed six on the training track in 1.16:10 (1/2) at BEL.
On March 17, Deceived breezed five on the training track in 1.02:15 (3/9) at BEL.
On April 7, Deceived breezed three on the training track in :36:17 (1/16) at BEL.
On April 14, Deceived breezed four on the training track in :48:90 (18/65) at BEL.
On April 25, Deceived breezed five in 1.02:45 (5/9) at BEL.
On May 3, Deceived breezed five in 1.00:66 (1/2) at BEL.
On May 12, Deceived breezed six in 1.14:09 (2/2) at BEL.
On May 21, Deceived breezed four in :46:75 (1/32) at BEL.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 24 NOTE: Was entered in an allowance optional claiming $75,000 at Aqueduct this date, but there was no racing due to bad weather.

Jan. 31, Entry Level Allowance/Optional Claiming, Aqueduct, One Mile. While he didn't set the track on fire, Deceived won by an impressive 8 1/4 lengths timed in 1:39.53. After tracking in second for a half-mile, he and Rajiv Maragh took over and drew off in hand at the end. Deceived was 8-5. Five ran. The chart call: "Deceived  tracked the pace of Storm while just off the inside from in range, took closer order in the far turn, got let out nearing the quarter pole and took over, went clear under a drive to the sixteenth marker and was placed to a vigorous hand ride through to the wire going well clear at the end."

March 1, Grade III Gotham Stakes, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 Mile. Deceived finished seventh, beaten nine lengths by Samraat. He was up close for a half-mile and then beat a retreat.

May 31, Mike Lee Stakes, Belmont Park, Seven Furlongs. Deceived finished third, beaten 3 3/4 lengths by 7-5 favorite Mr. Serious and a time of 1:20.99.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Deceived had a promising debut going 5 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga, finishing third behind next out winners Free Mugatu and Empire Dreams. He was switched to turf and finished second. The dirt-to-turf-to-dirt cycle was completed in his third start, a one-mile race at Belmont Park, and Deceived again ran second, missing by a neck. Fourth time was the charm. On a track rated muddy going a one-turn mile,  Deceived broke his maiden by a widening 7 1/2 lengths.

Dec. 14 NOTE: "I think he'll be great going two turns. It looks like it might set up well for him; he can sit off the pace because there's plenty of speed. Every race he's run, he shows up," said trainer Gyarmati.

Dec. 18, Damon Runyon Stakes, Aqueduct, One Mile 70 Yards. Deceived finished third, beaten 19 1/2 lengths by Samraat. Forever Utopia, second, was 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Deceived. Samraat was sent to Florida, and Deceived stayed in New York.

 

DIVINE OATH (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Let's Go Stable
Breeder: Sanford R. Robertson
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Broken Vow (Unbridled, Wedding Vow)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Rejoicing (Forestry, Pennant Champion)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 11-8-9-2-2 (32) 2.76
Foal Date: March 16, 2011

$200,000 Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On March 8, Divine Oath breezed four in :49.35 (30/74) at PMM.
On March 16, Divine Oath breezed four in :50.50 (39/48) at PMM.
On March 22, Divine Oath breezed four in :49.45 (39/77) at PMM.
On March 30, Divine Oath breezed four in :49:30 (26/35) at PMM.
On April 6, Divine Oath breezed four in :50:60 (22/24) at PMM.
On April 13, Divine Oath breezed four in :48:60 (47/79) at KEE.
On May 11, Divine Oath breezed four on the training track in :50:36 (19/28) at SAR.
On May 18, Divine Oath breezed four on the training track in :50:22 (20/30) at SAR.
On May 25, Divine Oath breezed four on the training track in :49:60 (16/38) at SAR.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 20, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, 7 1/2 Furlongs (T). Under Javier Castellano, Divine Oath won at first asking by a half-length, timed in 1:30.84. Ring Weekend, who went on to win next time, was second. Divine Oath pressed the early pace set by Rocboo, who wound up ninth.

Feb. 22, Entry Level Allowance, Gulfstream Park, 7 1/2 Furlongs (T). Divine Oath won again, this time by a neck, timed in 1:28.27. He was reserved mid-pack, about 10 lengths off the pace, during the first half of the race. The chart call: "Divine Oath, reserved off the pace, raced three wide around the far turn, then rallied to take over late and held off Big Bazinga."

April 5, Mr. Light Stakes, Gulfstream Park, One Mile (T). Scratched.

April 12, Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile. Entered, was made also-eligible, did not make the race.

April 19, Grade III Coolmore Lexington Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/16 Mile. Mr Speaker was an easy four-length winner. Divine Oath finished second, edging Supermonic by a head, with Ami’s Holiday another 3/4 length back in fourth. The time was 1:44.18.

Todd Pletcher: “We were hoping to get a crack at the Blue Grass Stakes, but this was always the back-up plan. I think he would have made a good showing of himself like he did today. He ran well today.”

Javier Castellano: “I had a beautiful trip. Unfortunately, I kind of missed the break out of the gate. I think that could have cost me my position in the race. I expected to be closer to the pace but unfortunately, the way it unfolded, I had to come from behind. But that’s the way the race developed.”

May 31, Penn Mile, Penn National, One Mile (T). At 6-5 favoratism, Bobby's Kitten won by 3 1/2 lengths after stalking, then pouncing on 124-1 Sing the Dream. He was followed by Global View (9-5) two lengths better tan Storming Inti (6-1). Divine Oath (9-2 third choice) was nosed out for fourth. Winning time was 1:35.82. Laddie Boy, Coastline, Mr. Brioni and Sing the Dream completed the order of finish.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Unraced.

 

DYNAMIC IMPACT (KY)
Trainer: Mark Casse
Owner: John Oxley
Breeder: Blue Heaven Farm LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tiznow (Cee’s Tizzy, Cee’s Song)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Featherbed (Smart Strike (CAN), Favorite Feather)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-4-11-0-0 (22) 3.00
Foal Date: April 19, 2011
$125,000 Keeneland September 2012

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WORKOUTS
On May 3, Dynamic Impact breezed five in 1.00:20 (5/29) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Dynamic Impact raced for the first time in 2014 at Oaklawn Park and finished second, beaten over six lengths by Street Strategy running a mile. On March 1 at Oaklawn, he won his fifth start, running a mile again, timed in 1:38.40. Knock Em Flat was second by a neck.

April 19, Grade III Illinois Derby, Hawthorne, 1 1/8 Mile. Dynamic Impact won by a nose at 9-1 odds. He and Miguel Mena challenged Midnight Hawk and Martin Garcia early, pressing them through early fractions of :24.11 and :48.06. Midnight Hawk had a one-length lead heading into the far turn with six furlongs run in 1:12.19. At the furlong marker, Midnight Hawk looked like a winner with a 1 1/2-length lead, but Dynamic Impact came back on him under urging by Mena. The winning time was 1:49.07.

Mark Casse: "He was training really well at Keeneland and I had to think long and hard about whether to run him in the Lexington or the Illinois Dery. I kind of thought Hawthorne is similar to Oaklawn, so I thought we would have a bit of an edge going in there. I didn't know if we could beat Midnight Hawk, but I thought he might not want to get a mile and an eighth.

"We'll talk about it with Mr. Oxley; I would be really surprised if we end up at the Preakness, but if that's where he wants to go, that's where we'll be. We'll talk about it, but for now we're just going to cherish this victory. It's been a funny spring; we've lost some big races by three or four inches this year, so it was nice to be on the winning end of the photo in this one."

Miguel Mena: "My horse broke OK, he didn't break too sharp, but (Midnight Hawk) wasn't having any pressure at all, and I was like, 'I've got to do something, that horse is speed and I can't let him go.’

“I was glad I was able to put him on the outside at the quarter pole. He wasn’t liking it on the inside, and I had no choice since I had to put some pressure. By the time we got to the one-eighths pole, I said he’s coming back, he’s coming back.”

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Dynamic Impact raced three times without winning. He finished second at Keeneland in his second start and was off the board twice at Churchill Downs.

 

EAST HALL (FL)
Trainer: William Kaplan
Owner: Jack H. Hendricks, & Roger Justice
Breeder: Mary K. Haire
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Graeme Hall (Dehere, Win Crafty Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): East Long Lake (Sultry Song, Antoinetta)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 1-1-4-0-0 (6) 2.00
Foal Date: March 12, 2011

A gelding.

$55,000 OBS April 2013.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 14, East Hall breezed four in :48.72 (18/26) at GP.
On Feb. 15, East Hall breezed five in 1.01:11 ( 41/70) at GP.
On March 24, East Hall breezed five in 1.01:88 (6/8) at GP.
On April 25, East Hall breezed five in 1.01:25 (4/9) at GP.
On May 28, East Hall breezed four in :49:03 (7/12) at GP.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 1, Gulfstream Park Derby, Gulfstream Park, One Mile. East Hall finished third, beaten 2 1/4 lengths at odds of 22-1. He was fifth of nine, two to 2 1/2 lengths off the lead, during the first half-mile. General a Rod won by a head over Wildcat Red after each of them were prominent throughout. The chart call: East Hall stalked the pace off the rail, angled out for the stretch run and couldn't gain on the top ones while gaining the show.

Jan. 21, OBS Championship Stakes, Ocala Training Center, 1 1/16 Mile. The top three finishers in order -- Here's Johnny, Canzoni and East Hall -- finished with margins of a nose and a neck separating them. The race went in 1:45.80. The top two vied for the lead throughout, while East Hall came charging late. He was seventh of 11, 2 3/4 lengths off the pace, after six furlongs. The chart call: "East Hall, mid pack and outside, looped three wide through the second turn, fanned widest into the stretch and closed well missing the place in the final strides."

Feb. 6 NOTE: Trainer Kaplan could saddle East Hall in the Fountain of Youth. "We're happy with the way East Hall has developed," he said. "He's won at Gulfstream, ran very well in the OBS race, so he's deserving of a shot if all goes well in the next couple weeks."

Feb. 22, Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Wildcat Red narrowly defeated General a Rod. Those two shot from the gate and began winging it early, running together through fractions of :23.03, :46.25 and 1:10.13. General a Rod and Javier Castellano were to the outside of Wildcat Red and Luis Saez. Nothing else came close to them at any point, and Wildcat Red prevailed by a head, timed in 1:41.85. Top Billing, the 2-1 favorite despite having to break from post 11, made a valiant closing run to get third, beaten two lengths. Longshot East Hall, sent away from the gate at 72-1 odds, finished fourth, another 4 1/2 lengths back. Top Billing and East Hall were at the back of the pack after the first quarter-mile, 13 1/2 lengths off the lead.

Feb. 22, Grade II Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Wildcat Red narrowly defeated General a Rod. Those two shot from the gate and began winging it early, running together through fractions of :23.03, :46.25 and 1:10.13. General a Rod and Javier Castellano were to the outside of Wildcat Red and Luis Saez. Nothing else came close to them at any point, and Wildcat Red prevailed by a head, timed in 1:41.85. Top Billing, the 2-1 favorite despite having to break from post 11, made a valiant closing run to get third, beaten two lengths. Longshot East Hall, sent away from the gate at 72-1 odds, finished fourth, another 4 1/2 lengths back. Top Billing and East Hall were at the back of the pack after the first quarter-mile, 13 1/2 lengths off the lead.

March 8, Grade II Tampa Bay Derby, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. East Hall finished eighth, beaten 12 lengths by Ring Weekend and a time of 1:43.71. He ran mid-pack early and gradually lost position and lengths.

March 29, Grade I Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile. East Hall finished fifth, beaten 8 3/4 lengths by Constitution and a time of 1:49.16.

May 3, Sir Bear Stakes, Gulfstream Park, One Mile. C. Zee led at every call and held off a fast-closing East Hall to win by 3/4 length over a sloppy track. He was timed in 1:36.95.

Stanley Gold: “I was hoping he’d run like that, and he did. He didn’t disappoint me, but he scared me. You see (East Hall) breathing down and you’re afraid he’s going to overtake him, but he didn’t quit. He just kept running and was the best today. He’s always showed that he’s got speed and that he would go long. We ran him two turns the first time here, and he disappointed a little, but it was his first two-turn race. He’s just continued to improve, and I think his best days are ahead of him. He’s a nice horse.”

Edgard Zayas: “When Social Inclusion scratched this morning, we decided to just let him go to the front, and it worked out fine. Everything went OK.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

East Hall had an 8-2-1-1 reocord racing at Calder and Gulfstream Park. In two stakes appearances, he finished second in the one-mile Seacliff Stakes and fifth in the one mile 70 yard Foolish Pleasure Stakes.

His two wins came in his sixth and eighth starts, both of them going a mile at Gulfstream Park. His times in those two races were 1:38.83 and 1:37.30. He pressed or stalked the pace to get those wins.

 

EDISON (FL)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner:  Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Breeder: Destiny Oaks of Ocala
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Bernardini (A.P. Indy, Cara Rafaela)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Heart of Grace (Exploit, Subtle Raise)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-8-9-0-0 (24) 4.33
Foal Date: March 7, 2011

$950,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida March 2013.

Thomas Edison had a winter home in Ft. Myers, Fl. which is still maintained by the city.

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WORKOUTS
On Feb. 9, Edison breezed four in :50.20 (57/67) at PMM.
On Feb. 16, Edison breezed five in 1:02.90 (25/32) at PMM.
On Feb. 23, Edison breezed four in :50.65 (45/58) at PMM.
On March 2, Edison breezed four in :50.00 (39/52) at PMM.
On March 10, Edison breezed four in :50:90 (36/41) at PMM.
On March 30, Edison breezed four in :50:60 (34/35) at PMM.
On April 6, Edison breezed four in :50:10 (18/24) at PMM.
On April 13, Edison breezed four in :50:20 (24/31) at PMM.
On April 19, Edison breezed four in :49:40 (30/62) at CD.
On April 26, Edison breezed four in :49:20 (28/75) at CD.
On May 5, Edison breezed five on the training track in 1.01:64 (6/10) at BEL.
On May 26, Edison breezed four in :48:20 (12/47) at BEL.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 26, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile (T).
Edison won at 8-1 odds under Luis Saez. Under a pressured lead from Notability all the way past the eighth pole, he just kept going and won by 4 3/4 lengths. His fractions were :23.68, :47.95, 1:11.82 and 1:36.69 with a final time of 1:49.22. Notability finished third, beaten 5 3/4 lengths after being passed late by Four More. The chart call: "Edison set the pace under pressure inside of Notability, then drew clear in the drive under urging."

Todd Pletcher: “We didn’t really have much of a plan,” winning trainer Todd Pletcher said. “I just told Luis that this horse has got one strong, steady run in him. He’s not quick, but he’s steady. The main thing was just to get him into a good rhythm. He got a good start and Luis took advantage of it. He ran well. It was an improvement from his first race, and we thought the way he trained after his first race really helped him. We felt like he moved forward after having run.

"I think (he has) a pedigree that suggest (he) might be on the dirt later on.”

May 2, Allowance, Belmont Park, 1 1/4 Mile (T). Scratched.

May 19, Allowance, Belmont Park, 1 1/16 Mile (T). At 5-2 odds on a track rated good, Edison finished third, beaten 5 1/2 lengths by 6-5 favorite Mr. Jenney, a 4-year-old.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Edison debuted on Dec. 22 at Gulfstream Park on the grass in a 1 1/16-mile race. He finished fifth under Luis Saez. He made a premature three-wide move and then faded a bit.

 

EMPOWER (KY)
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Owner: Darley Stud Management LLC
Breeder: Darley
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Distorted Humor (Forty Niner, Danzig's Beauty)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Magnificence (Stormy Atlantic, Fashion Delight)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-4-10-0-1 (22) 2.67
Foal Date: March 4, 2011

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 2, Empower breezed four on the training track in :49.59 (22/74) at BEL.
On Jan. 10, Empower worked breezed four on the training track in :48.20 (7/106) at BEL.
On Jan. 17, Empower breezed five on the training track in 1:02.43 (7/20) at BEL.
On Jan. 27, Empower breezed four on the training track in :49:02 (58/118) at BEL.
On Feb. 25, Empower breezed four on the training track in :48:37 (5/46) at BEL.
On March 15, Empower breezed four on the training track in :50:09 (54/97) at BEL.
On March 23, Empower breezed four on the training track in :48:88 (15/69) at BEL.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 2 NOTE: Empower was demoted from Florida to New York after his poor debut effort.

Jan. 31, Maiden Special Weight, Aqueduct, One Mile. Empower, in easier company and doing better, bounced back from the trouncing he took in Florida. The 3-1 favorite in a field of eight, he prevailed by 1 1/2 length timed in 1:40.22 with Cornelio Velasquez at the helm. Empower had his heels clipped early, attended the pace and proceeded to the wire in a workmanlike manner. The chart call: "Empower, clipped behind soon after the start by Supermonic, attended the pace from just off the inside in close aim, came under urging at the five-sixteenths and got on nearly even terms spinning into upper stretch, took over narrowly straightened away, dug in under a drive and inched away through the final furlong kept busy to the wire."

March 1, John Battaglia Memorial Stakes, Turfway Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Empower finished seventh, beaten 35 3/4 lengths.

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

The second foal from Magnificience, who was purchased as a broodmare prospect for $1 million.

Dec. 18 NOTE: “He’s ready to run and he should run well, but we’re not great with first-time starters,” trainer McLaughlin said. “He’s a big, leggy long horse that wants to run all day, and I feel he’s going to take a race or two to figure it all out. Our barn thinks he’s going to win, but our second-time percentage is huge. He’s a two-turn horse for sure, and we hope he’s a graded-stakes horse. He’s like a grown-up, really tall teenager that isn’t quite there yet. It’s a tough race. We do like him, but he’s not a speedball.”

Dec. 19, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, Seven Furlongs. McLaughlin's comments proved telling, but something also had to go wrong, as Empower finished last of nine, beaten 20 lengths by Dudeman. Seventh early, he steadily lost ground after a half-mile. The chart call: "Empower raced four wide in a stalking position, was hard ridden heading into the turn, continued to be urged racing five wide on the turn, weakened."

 

ENTERPRISING (FL)
Trainer: Tom Proctor
Owner: Glen Hill Farm
Breeder: Glen Hill Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Elusive Quality (Gone West, Touch of Greatness)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Indy Blaze (A.P. Indy, Fire the Groom)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 10-11-19-00 (40) 3.21
Foal Date: Feb. 18, 2011

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 7, Enterprising worked four in :50.00 (20/29) at SA.
On Jan. 13, Enterprising worked five in 1:01.80 (21/37) at SA.
On Feb. 1, Enterprising worked four in :49.00 (35/63) at SA.
On Feb. 8, Enterprising worked five in 1.00:60 (35/86) at SA.
On March 4, Enterprising worked four in :50:00 (51/61) at SA.
On March 11, Enterprising worked five in 1.02:20 (27/34) at SA.
On March 17, Enterprising worked five in :59:80 (3/16) at SA.
On April 12, Enterprising worked five in 1.00:80 (17/65) at SA.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 18, California Derby, Golden Gate Fields, 1 1/16 Mile. Exit Stage Left (5-2 second choice) set a pace of :23.86, :48.20 and 1:12.96 while hounded by Harbaugh, put him away at the top of the lane, and then repelled challenges by Enterprising (9-5 favorite) and Infosec to win in 1:44.07. Enterprising was a half-length second, and Infosec was third, beaten two lengths. Meanwhile, Harbaugh backed up to finish seventh. The chart call: "Enterprising stalked the leaders to the second turn, bid inside to the stretch, eased off the rail in upper stretch, rallied when set down but could not catch the winner."

Feb. 15, Grade III El Camino Real Derby, Golden Gate Fields, 1 1/8 Mile. Tamarando ran down Dance With Fate in the shadow of the wire to win in 1:51.23. I'll Wrap It Up led the field through a half-mile in :24.40 and :49.73, followed closely by Enterprising. Craftsman and Dance With Fate were swapping licks for third position. After six furlongs in 1:13.98, I'll Wrap It Up held a tenuous lead, with Enterprising inching forward and Dance With Fate on the move. Infosec was trying to launch a bid, and Tamarando, a confirmed late runner, was still eighth and last and ready to gear up. Into the stretch, Enterprising was still coming on, but Dance With Fate got by him, and then Tamarando charged late for the victory by a half-length. Enterprising was third, beaten 2 3/4 lengths, and Puppy Manners finished another length back in fourth.

Gary Stevens: “We had a great trip. I’m not so sure he handles this track that well. My horse didn’t pick it up for me like I thought he was going to.  The race came up pretty much like we planned on paper, but the result wasn’t what we thought it would be.”

March 22, Pasadena Stakes, Santa Anita, One Mile (T). Heavily favored Enterprising overcame trouble into the far turn to win in 1:33.75. He and Gary Stevens broke from the inside in a field of nine and worked his way into fourth position going to the three eighths pole. He had to steady sharply between horses as Diamond Bachelor closed a small hole. Quotient rallied from off the pace while green late, and just missed the win, finishing second, a half length in front of a fast finishing Home Run Kitten, who was last into the clubhouse turn.

Tom Proctor: “He’s a nice horse. I might try the dirt with him next time. It’s nice to win a race. We were a little unlucky in the other stakes today. Some days things go your way and some days they don’t. I thought today might be like that.”

Gary Stevens: “I had a real good trip until the far turn where I got into a tight pinch. This colt is real athletic, thankfully, because I had to check him for half a stride. He got right back into the bridle for me. He got a little babyish going through the lane when I came up to Mike. He leaned on us a little bit and played some games with us. Then, when Victor (on board Quotient) came to me on the outside, he picked it up a little but I was afraid it wasn’t soon enough, but he’s a nice colt. I wasn’t sure if we had it at the wire, neither one of us was sure."

April 19, La Puente Stakes, Santa Anita, 1 1/8 Mile (T). Enterprising, the favorite, was right there at the end but didn’t have quite enough finishing kick and finished third to a closing Flamboyant, beaten 1 3/4 length.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

His debut in October was nothing to write home about. Enterprising broke his maiden going a mile on turf at Hollywood Park on Nov. 16 in his second start.

Dec. 28,  Eddie Logan Stakes, Santa Anita, One Mile (T). In only his third career start, Enterprising got a  good ground-saving trip under Gary Stevens en route to a three quarter length score timed in 1:35.25. Enterprising hugged the rail while attending the pace which was set by Lucky Views and Joe Talamo,.  Stevens bided his time around the far turn and swung out leaving the quarter pole to overtake Royal Banker and Corey Nakatani close to the finish line. Initial fractions were moderate, :23.47, :48.05 and 1:12.22.

Tom Proctor: “I thought (Royal Banker) kind of ducked out a little bit (into Enterprising), but that’s OK. When you’re trying to win, they can do that. Gary gave him a smart ride, had him in the right position and in the clear when it counted. I don’t know what might be next for him. I really hadn’t paid much attention, but I’m tickled to win this, because Eddie Logan was special. He was the best executive in racing. He knew more than most.”

Gary Stevens: “He had no clue what he was doing in the beginning. I told Tom he might be like that, but the light turned on at about the eighth pole, and he started sprinting. The transition from his first start to today, I’ve never had a horse turn the corner like that. I think something, and he just does it. He’s got a great mind. He’s gonna have a good year, knock on wood!”

 

 

EXIT STAGE LEFT (NJ)
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
Owner: Mark DeDomenico LLC & Jerry Hollendorfer
Breeder: Bright View Farm, Inc.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam):  Noonmark (Unbridled's Storm, In the Storm)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Hana J (Peaks and Valleys, Judaire)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-4-3-0-0 (10) 5.67
Foal Date: April 29, 2011

$100,000 Barretts March 2013.

NEXT RACE: Unknown. Was going to be the El Camino Real Derby on Feb. 15, but he was injured Feb. 8.

WORKOUTS
On Dec. 15, Exit Stage Left worked four in :47.60 (2/70) at GG.
On Dec. 21, Exit Stage Left worked five in 1:01.20 (2/51) at GG.
On Dec. 27, Exit Stage Left worked five in 1:00.00 (2/21) at GG.
On Jan. 2, Exit Stage Left worked six in 1:14.20 (1/5) at GG.
On Jan. 8, Exit Stage Left worked six in 1:15.80 (2/5) at GG.
On Jan. 14, Exit Stage Left worked four in  50:60 (10/16) at GG.
On Jan. 26, Exit Stage Left worked four in :49:40 (24/76) at GG.
On Feb. 2, Exit Stage Left worked six in 1.13:60 (1/6) at GG.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 18, California Derby, Golden Gate Fields, 1 1/16 Mile. Exit Stage Left (5-2 second choice) set a pace of :23.86, :48.20 and 1:12.96 while hounded by Harbaugh, put him away at the top of the lane, and then repelled challenges by Enterprising (9-5 favorite) and Infosec to win in 1:44.07. Enterprising was a half-length second, and Infosec was third, beaten two lengths. Meanwhile, Harbaugh backed up to finish seventh. The chart call: "Exit Stage Left was a pace factor from the outset, responded when roused on the second turn, dug in determinedly through a long drive and held gamely."
 
Russell Baze: “I thought (Harbaugh) would clear me leaving the gate and I’d sit just off of him, but he didn’t break all that sharp and run away from the gate the way I thought he would. My horse rose to the challenge when (Harbaugh) came up next to me.  Down the backside, I gave him his head a little bit.  Once he got a little in front, he relaxed real well for me. He doesn’t like to let horses by him. He ran hard all the way to the wire.  He kicked real good when I asked him, and when (Enterprising) came into sight, he laid his body down even harder.  He’s tough and he’s talented.  You have to like that combination.  And, you know, he’s still a work in progress.”

Feb. 8 NOTE: "The horse came back from galloping this morning and was injured," said trainer Hollendorfer, according to an account posted at Bloodhorse.com. "There's no way to know why, or, actually, what happened, but the horse can't run. He's going to have to have some time off and that's all I can tell you."

April 6 NOTE: Still looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

In his debut, Exit Stage Left was a game winner of the six-furlong Golden Nugget Stakes on Nov. 9 at Golden Gate Fields.

Dec. 7, Gold Rush Stakes, Golden Gate Fields, One Mile. Exit Stage Left was sent off at 3-5, stalked the pace and won in resolute fashion. Russell Baze got him home in 1:38.53. Argyle Cut and Dennis Carr finished second, a length back, and they were gaining on the winner a bit as they finished up. Five ran. The chart call: "Exit Stage Left stalked the pace in hand to the second turn, rallied three wide to the stretch then dug in determinedly, took over leaving mid stretch and held under steady urging."

Hollendorfer said Exit Stage Left will likely make his 3-year-old debut in the $100,000 California Derby on Jan. 18 at Golden Gate Fields.

Jerry Hollendorfer: “He’s a very talented horse, but we have a lot of work to do with him to get him to relax the first part of it. He also was looking around down the lane.  But we’ve asked him to do a lot.  Most young horses couldn’t do that, so I’m very pleased with him. I’m glad he showed his talent.”

Russell Baze: “This was only his second start, and he’s still putting it all together. He’s a very talented colt, and he’s got tons of potential. Mentally, he’s not real mature. He kind of wants to fight me a little bit.  But he’s very responsive when I ask him.  He’s got a real good move. I was surprised he had that good of a (finishing) move today because he was pulling on me pretty hard the first half-mile."

 

EXTRASEXYHIPPZSTER (PA)
Trainer: Michael Trombetta
Owner: Kirwan Equine Group, Inc. & Ed Hipps
Breeder: Toni M. Kirwan & Edward Hipps
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Stroll (Pulpit, Maid for Walking (GB))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Extra Sexy Psychic (Freud, She's Pretty Too)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-2-5-0-0 (10) 3.00
Foal Date: April 16, 2011

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WORKOUTS
On March 15, Extrasexyhippzster breezed four in :48.80 (8/48) at LRL.
On March 22, Extrasexyhippzster breezed five in 1:03.00 (8/15) at LRL.
On March 30, Extrasexyhippzster breezed five in 1:00.00 (5/28) at KEE.
On April 6, Extrasexyhippszter worked four in :46.00 (2/63) at KEE.
On April 26, Extrasexyhippzster breezed four in :50:20 (14/18) at FAI.
On May 3, Extrasexyhippzster breezed four in :49:20 (4/21) at FAI.
On May 10, Extrasexyhippzster breezed four in :48:00 (1/16) at FAI.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 25, Miracle Wood Stakes, Laurel Park, One Mile.  Extrasexyhippzster easily won at 3-1 odds, besting 201 favorite Joint Custody by 3 3/4 lengths. Timed in a solid 1:36.75 under Julian Pimentel, Extrasexyhippzster stalked Joint Custody on the rail, giving him about two lengths, all the way into the stretch. He was moved out and to the fore without much effort and scooted away. Joint Custody finished 1 1/2 length in front of Mr. Rover, who was followed by Master Lightning, Jessethemarine and Germaniac.

Michael Trombetta: “This was huge today. I’m extremely pleased with this performance. You hope that everything turns out perfect the way a race develops, but rarely does it. This was so impressive the way he rated behind all that speed. He was kind to Julien the whole way. When he found that spot at the top of the lane, I was very impressed with the way he went forward. This time of the year you start trying them a little further to see if they’re going to be able to get the longer distances, and for me today he passed the test. I don’t know where I’ll run him back, but the obvious is to continue to add distance and two turns.”

Julian Pimentel: “Mike told me to sit behind those two horses and make my move when I thought the time was right. I did just what he said, and when things opened up, I made my move and he just took off, and that was it.”

March 1, Grade III Gotham Stakes, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 Mile. Extrasexyhippzster finished eighth, beaten 11 1/2 lengths by Samraat. He was seventh, 3 3/4 lengths off the lead, after a half-mile.

April 12, Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile. Extrasexyhippzster finished in 11th-place, beaten 19 1/4 lengths by Dance With Fate.

Julian Pimentel: “I had a perfect trip. I was lying on the rail and saving some ground around the turn. I thought I had some horse left but they just ran away from me.”

May 17, Chick Lang Stakes, Pimlico, Six Furlongs. Extrasexyhippzster finished seventh, beaten 12 3/4 lengths with no excuse. He loomed and faded.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

He had two wins in four starts for after taking the one-mile Don Rickles Stakes at Aqueduct on Dec. 21.

 

FINANCIAL MOGUL (KY)
Trainer: Rick Violette
Owner: Klaravich Stables, Inc. & William H. Lawrence
Breeder: Atlas Farm et al
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Street Boss (Street Cry (IRE), Blushing Ogygian)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Trav n' Kris (Snow Chief, Begay)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-1-5-0-1 (10) 1.86
Foal Date: March 10, 2011

$185,000 Keeneland November 2011.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 2, Financial Mogul breezed four in :48.20 (5/9) at PMM.
On Jan. 8, Financial Mogul breezed six in 1:19.80 (1/1) at PMM.
On Jan. 12, Financial Mogul breezed five in 1.00:75 (7/29) at PMM.
On Jan. 17, Financial Mogul breezed eight in 1:43.00 (2/2) at PMM.
On Feb. 7, Financial Mogul breezed five in 1.00:00 (1/16) at FAI.
On Feb. 15, Financial Mogul breezed a mile in 1.42:00 (1/1) at FAI.
On Feb. 22, Financial Mogul breezed five in 1.00:60 (1/10) at FAI.
On March 15, Financial Mogul breezed four in :47:55 (1/9) at AQU.
On March 28, Financial Mogul breezed five in 1.01:07 (1/7) at AQU.
On April 25, Financial Mogul breezed four in :49.01 (2/7) at AQU.
On May 12, Financial Mogul breezed five in 1.01:27 (4/20) at AQU.
On May 25, Financial Mogul breezed six in 1.15:55 (1/1) at AQU.
On June 1, Financial Mogul breezed four in :48:71 (1/9) at AQU.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 25, Grade II Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Financial Mogul finished sixth, beaten eight lengths by Cairo Prince, aftter beginning in ninth and slowly progressing to fifth in the stretch. The chart call: "Financial Mogul, in good position, faded."

Feb. 7 NOTE: He exited the Holy Bull with a lung problem and was sent to Fair Hill Training Center for treatment.

March 1, Grade III Gotham Stakes, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 Mile. Financial Mogul finished fourth, beaten 5 3/4 lengths by Samraat. He ran fourth or fifth the first six furlongs stalking the pace, then lost a couple of lengths on the leaders in the final 5/16 mile.

April 5, Grade III Bay Shore Stakes, Aqueduct, Seven Furlongs. Financial Mogul finished a non-threatening sixth.

June 7, Grade II Woody Stephens Stakes, Belmont Park, Seven Furlongs. Financial Mogul finished 12th of 13, beaten 21 lengths.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

After running fourth in his debut, Financial Mogul won the second time out going seven furlongs at Saratoga. The margin was 5 1/2 lengths, and the time was 1:24.20. The very descriptive chart call says: "Financial Mogul raced at a considerable distance from off the inside throughout, underwent a four wide pursuit on the turn, took off after the front runners right after they in turn had disposed of the pacesetter near the three-eighths pole, was still hung out in the four path challenging as the widest of a threesome for command, each of whom had already been set down to a drive, took charge and scampered away to a comfortable margin during the ensuing furlong, added to it the rest of the way to the wire, under wraps for the final sixteenth."

Sept. 29, Grade II Futurity Stakes, Belmont Park, Six Furlongs. In a field of five, Financial Mogul was outrun. He was fourth from start to finish and was beaten 9 1/4 lengths by In Trouble. Fractions up front were :22.09, :44.75 and :56.80, and the final time was 1:09.64.

Nov. 3, Grade II Nashua Stakes, Belmont Park, One Mile. Financial Mogul was next-to-last in the field of 12 in the early going, but he was gaining in the stretch and finished second under Jose Ortiz. In only his second start, and at 4-1 odds, Cairo Prince employed a strong turn of foot on the far turn and held sway in the stretch to win. He came away fifth of 12 and launched a three-wide rally after Manhattan Johnnie, the 5-2 favorite, ran the opening half-mile in :46.90. After gaining the lead with five-sixteenths left, Cairo Prince rapidly opened up on his rivals and was in front by five lengths at the eighth pole, with Financial Mogul running on late to reduce the winner's margin to 2 1/2 lengths. Noble Moon, who was bumped at the start, finished an additional half-length behind in third. The final time was 1:37.59.
 
Rick Violette: "He's a nice horse who wants to go long and get the two turns. Jose Ortiz did a nice job on him. When you have one horse beat and you put your hands down and trust he's going to come forward, that's pretty game. He did everything right. We'll talk about the Remsen. I just got off the phone with Seth Klarman, and he said, 'Do whatever you want to do.' That's going to come up a monster race, but we'll think about it."

Dec. 31 NOTE: No workouts since the Nashua.

 

 

FLAT GONE (KY)
Trainer: K. Desormeaux
Owner: Don't Tell My Wife Stables 2013 LLC
Breeder: Linn Davis
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Flatter (A.P. Indy, Praise)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Me Gotta Go (Kayrawan, Flow Motion)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 13-5-14-0-0 (32) 3.57
Foal Date: April 10, 2011

$32,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky 2012.
$65,000 OBS 2013.

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WORKOUTS
On Feb. 8, Flat Gone breezed four in :50:40 (30/87) at FG.
On Feb. 15, Flat Gone breezed five in 1.00:80 (3/60) at FG.
On March 15, Flat Gone breezed five in :59:80 (3/55) at FG.
On March 22, Flat Gone breezed five in :59:80 (5/44) at FG.
On May 3, Flat Gone breezed four in :48:60 (17/44) at KEE.
On May 10, Flat Gone breezed four in :48:00 (6/27) at KEE.
On May 19, Flat Gone breezed four on the turf in :53:20 (2/2) at AP.
On May 31, Flat Gone breezed four in :48:00 (7/56) at AP.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 25, Maiden Special Weight, Fair Grounds, One Mile 70 Yards. Flat Gone finally won a race. It was a 2 1/2-length victory in a field of seven timed in 1:44.31. Three and four wide, he came from fifth, 12 lengths off a pace of :46.56 to get the job done.

Feb. 22, Grade II Risen Star Stakes, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 Mile. Flat Gone and Chris Landeros finished eighth, beaten 15 1/2 lengths by Intense Holiday. He ran mid-pack early in the race.

Chris Landeros: “We had a great trip, there just wasn’t any pace for this kind of horse, but he gave it his all.”

March 29, Grade II Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Mile. Flat Gone finished sixth, beaten 15 3/4 lengths by Vicar’s in Trouble, and never impacted the race.

Kent Desormeaux: "He was like a 9-year-old. He's bush button. When I pushed the button 3/8's out he took off. Going a little shorter he'll be good. He gave us a run."

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Flat Gone finished off the board at Del Mar in his first two starts; then he was put in with grade I company and finished fifth in the FrontRunner Stakes, beaten five lengths by Bond Holder. Moved to Louisiana ran third in the Jean Lafitte, then finished ninth in the Delta Jackpot. Moved back to maiden company on Dec. 22 at Fair Grounds, he encountered  a sloppy track and was beaten 21 lengths while running fourth behind Sea View Chico.

 

GALA AWARD (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Michael B. Tabor, Derrick Smith & Susan Magnier
Breeder: William L. Currin
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Bernardini (A.P. Indy, Cara Rafaela)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Wilshewed (Carson City, So Cozy)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 12-10-16-0-0 (38) 3.75
Foal Date: Feb. 22, 2011

$1,550,000 Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On March 22, Gala Award breezed four in :49:50 (40/74) at PMM.
On March 30, Gala Award breezed four in :47:40 (1/35) at PMM.
On April 6, Gala Award breezed four in :49:25 (11/24) at PMM.
On May 4, Gala Award breezed four on the training track in :52.05 (32/32) at SAR.
On May 12, Gala Award breezed four on the training track in :50:22 (15/28) at SAR.
On May 20, Gala Award breezed four on the training track in :49:56 (8/21) at SAR.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Gala Award won at second asking, a professional-looking three-quarter-length score on Jan. 20 at 1 1/16 mile on turf at Gulfstream Park.

March 1, Grade III Palm Beach Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile (T). Gala Award held wore down pacesetter and post-time favorite Storming Inti and held off the late-running Mr. Speaker to win by a half-length. Mr. Speaker was second, a neck ahead of Storming Inti. Pleuven was another half-length back in fourth. John Velazquez had Gala Award in a stalking spot on the outside of Javier Castellano and Storming Inti, who led through a quarter-mile in :23.90, a half in :48.25 and six furlongs in 1:11.42. Storming Inti still had a one-length advantage at the head of the stretch. Velazquez was able to get Gala Award to the front past the eighth pole, and he was determined in turning back the late bid from Mr Speaker, who rallied strongly on the outside.

Todd Pletcher: “I’m very proud of this horse. It seems like he’s been improving leaps and bounds over the winter. We felt like his maiden race was strong enough from a figure standpoint to take a shot and the mile and an eighth would suit him, and it worked out really well. Havana, we would have loved to have gotten his season started today, but it was a minor setback and hopefully we can move forward from here.

“It is a big jump, and I think it says a lot about his quality. He’s been improving. His dirt works have improved a lot. I’m not going to rule out something like the dirt or the Blue Grass. I think with today’s effort, he put everything in play and we’ll see where we go from here. The race unfolded almost exactly like we thought it would. We thought we’d be close, and we wanted to keep some pressure on Storming Inti. The turf course has been playing kind to horses that have been playing close, and we wanted to be involved.”

John Velazquez: "Finally I get to win a stakes! It was a perfect trip. He did everything that Todd said he would do. He said he'd place himself pretty forwardly and that I had to make sure to get after him a little bit early, because the horse that Javier was riding (Stormin Inti) was a fighter. When he gets there, he likes to hang a little bit, but he put in a good fight today."

April 12, Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile. Gala Award finished sixth, beaten 10 3/4 lengths by Dance With Fate.

John Velazquez: “We were far out there (in the 14 post position) and I couldn’t get to where I wanted to so I dropped in as far as I could. I don’t think he liked the track. He kept bouncing up and down the whole way around and was never comfortable and couldn’t get in any good rhythm.”

May 26, Pennine Ridge Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/8 Mile (T). Gala Award finished first by a head after he and three others surged ahead of pacemaker Mr Speaker in the stretch, with Can't Helpbelieving coming out on the middle of the track. Flamboyant was second.  Can'thelpbelieving was third, beaten 1 1/4 length. Mr Speaker wound up last of five, beaten 5 1/4 lengths. The time was 1:49.73 on ground rated firm.

Todd Pletcher: "We talked about it in the paddock that it wouldn't be impossible that we would be on the lead. With the way it unfolded, we were in a good stalking position. I was a little worried at the top of the stretch when he got bounced around a little bit, but it seemed to make him get up on the bridle, and he was pretty game."

"He really has (turned into a good turf horse). It wasn't something we were thinking, but as soon as we tried him on the grass we could see he was, at that time, better on the turf. He has improved in his dirt training, but we're not looking to change right now."

John Velazquez: "It was a good trip. I didn't think I was going to be laying in third the first part of the race, but we inherited that and (Mr Speaker) set a pretty good pace. We were bouncing around a little bit at the quarter pole, but he put up a good fight and ended up being the winner."


PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Gala Award was a closing second in his debut at Gulfstream on Dec. 7 going 1 1/16 mile on turf at Gulfstream Park.

 

GIOVANNI BOLDINI (GB)
Trainer: Aiden O'Brien
Owner: Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Breeder: Charles A. Woodson, Jr.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): War Front (Danzig, Starry Dreamer)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Dancing Trieste (Old Trieste, La Promenade (ARG))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-7-13-0-0 (24) 2.69
Foal Date: Jan. 27, 2011

$190,000 Keeneland November 2011.
$675,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga 2012.

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WORKOUTS

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

March 29, Group 2 UAE Derby, Meydan Racecourse, 1,900 Meters (about 1 3/16 Mile). Giovanni Boldini, favored at post time, was far back in the field of 12 early and finished fourth, beaten 3 3/4 lengths by Toast of New York. Asmar finished second, and Emirates Flyer nosed out Giovanni Boldini for third.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Giovanni Boldini raced four times, winning twice and culminating in a second-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, beaten a half-length by Outstrip (GB). He stalked the pace two or three lengths back and was always in contention. The winner swooped by late in the race.

Those two wins came as follows:

Going seven furlongs at Dundalk in the Star Appeal Stakes on Oct. 13, timed in 1:25.12. The race call:      "Tracked leading pair in 3rd, travelled best from 2f out, on terms 1f out, soon quickened clear, easily."

Going the same distance at the same track in his debut when only three ran, timed in 1:26.17. The race call: "Waited with in rear of trio, took closer order on outer 2f out and progress going best to challenge over 1f out, pushed out to lead final 150yds and extended advantage near finish where edged left, comfortably."

In between those two races, he finished third in the National Stakes at The Curragh going seven furlongs on turf.

 

GLOBAL STRIKE (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Stonestreet Stables LLC
Breeder: Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Smart Strike (CAN) (Mr. Prospector, Classy 'n Smart (CAN))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Misty Lady (ARG) (Lucky Roberto, Miss Milagros (ARG))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-12-19-0-1 (40) 2.81
Foal Date: March 7, 2011

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WORKOUTS
On March 8, Global Strike breezed four in :47:90 (3/71) at PMM.
On March 16, Global Strike breezed five in 1.01:45 (4/12) at PMM.
On April 7, Global Strike breezed four in :48:00 (1/15) at PMM.
On April 14, Global Strike breezed four in :47:55 (2/20) at PMM.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Global Strike's second race was on dirt at Gulfstream Park, and he finished second behind Tonalist, beaten four lengths. Javier Castellano was abaord. After running second of 12 the first half-mile, he had a narrow lead on the turn but wasn't able to hold off Tonalist.

Feb. 22, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Global Strike won by 1 1/4 length in his third career start. At 3-5 odds under Javier Castellano, he was fractious in the gate and stumbled at the start. Still, he got the early lead and held off a late challenge from I’mbetterthangood. The time was 1:52.00, and the winning margin was 1 1/4 length. Eight ran.

“It was gutsy,” trainer Pletcher said. “He kind of put himself into a bad spot when he didn’t behave very well in the gate. They had a tail on him, and I think that caused him to get away like he did. I’m always happy to win, but I think there’s more there than we saw today.”

March 23, Grade III Sunland Derby, Sunland Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Global Strike finished sixth, beaten 21 1/2 lengths by Chitu and a time of 1:47.88.

April 19, Grade III Illinois Derby, Hawthorne, 1 1/8 Mile. Global Strike finished a desultory last of eight.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Global Strike debuted at two turns on the Gulfstream Park turf. Ridden by Javier Castellano, he finished third behind Nowhere to Run and Gala Award, beaten 2 1/4 lengths to a time of 1:43.66.

 

GLOBAL VIEW (KY)
Trainer: Tom Proctor
Owner: Glen Hill Farm
Breeder: Reiko Baum & Michael Baum
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Galileo (IRE) (Sadler's Wells, Urban Sea)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Egyptian Queen (Storm Cat, Warrior Queen)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-2-10-4-0 (20) 1.22
Foal Date: Feb. 1, 2011

$500,000 Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 25, Global View breezed three in 38:00 (6/14) at TAM.
On Feb. 2, Global View breezed four in :49:00 (2/27) at TAM.
On Feb. 9, Global View breezed four in :48:60 (6/24) at TAM.
On Feb. 15, Global View breezed five in 1.00:00 (1/14) at TAM.
On Feb. 21, Global View breezed six in 1.13:60 (1/2) at TAM.
On Feb. 27, Global View breezed a mile in 1.47:80 (1/1) at TAM.
On March 5,Global View breezed four in :48:80 (4/23) at TAM.
On March 20, Global View breezed four in :50:80 (19/27) at TAM.
On March 26, Global View breezed five in 1.00:00 (1/20) at TAM.
On April 2, Global View breezed three in :38:00 (3/4) at KEE.
On April 16, Global View breezed four in :50:40 (4/6) at KEE.
On April 22, Global View breezed six in 1.13:00 (1/1) at CD.
On April 30, Global View breezed three in :35:40 (1/10) at CD.
On May 13, Global View breezed four in :49:60 (1/3) at CD.
On May 20, Global View breezed five on firm turf in 1.00:80 (1/3) at CD.
On May 27, Global View breezed four on firm turf in :53:40 (6/6) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

March 8, Entry Level Allowance, Tampa Bay Downs, One Mile (T). Bobby's Kitten, at 2-5 under Javier Castellano, won as he pleased, on the lead throughout, ahead by three lengths at the furlong marker and easily the best as he prevailed by 1 1/2 length over Global View (2-1, Jose Lezcano), who was second all the way in the weak field of six. Splits were :24.32, :48.13 and 1:12.31. The final time was 1:36.84. A very fine race.

April 4, Grade III Transylvania Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/16 Mile. Global View finished seventh, beaten 18 1/2 lengths by Medal Count. The race was moved to the main track.

May 3, Grade II American Turf, Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Mile (T). Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides to win. Ridden Gary Stevens, Global View was timed in 1:41.65. Craftsman led the field of 10 through fractions of :23.68 and :47.99 with Storming Inti in closest pursuit. Global View raced near the back of the pack in the early going but began picking off horses on the far turn. Quotient finished 2 1/4 lengths back in third.

Tom Proctor: “He ran awful good last year and chased a good horse in Tampa. His last race was on Polytrack. I’m like everybody else – I’ve got hope. He got a perfect trip. It’s really good when there’s not a horse within a length or two of you the first half mile of a race. That’s means a lot.”

Gary Stevens: Tom just said, 'Enjoy yourself, have a good time. I want you to concentrate on just the finish. I don't care where you're at early.' He said, 'Just make sure you've got horse to finish up with.’ It took me a while through the stretch the first time to wrangle him back, get him to settle. And once he did, it was just a matter of getting him out at the head of the stretch and letting him do his thing. He's got a powerful, powerful kick. I think he's going to be a top, top turf horse, I'm talking Grade I. He's still learning. He's a big colt. He's still developing right now. He's only going to get better.

May 31, Penn Mile, Penn National, One Mile (T). At 6-5 favoratism, Bobby's Kitten won by 3 1/2 lengths after stalking, then pouncing on 124-1 Sing the Dream. He was followed by Global View (9-5) two lengths better tan Storming Inti (6-1). Divine Oath (9-2 third choice) was nosed out for fourth. Winning time was 1:35.82. Laddie Boy, Coastline, Mr. Brioni and Sing the Dream completed the order of finish.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Global View broke his maiden in his second start running down the hill on the 6 1/2-furlong course at Santa Anita. Four wide into the lane under Gary Stevens, he was drawing away in this 1 3/4-length win timed in 1:13.56. Bourne Hot was second. The chart call: "Global View chased off the rail then a bit off the fence on the hill, came out four wide into the stretch, bid alongside the runner-up under some left handed urging past the eighth pole, gained the advantage in deep stretch and proved best."

Nov. 30, Grade III Generous Stakes, Betfair Hollywood Park, One Mile (T). At 2-1 odds in a field of six, Global View and Joe Talamo defeated Aotearoa by 1 1/4 length, timed in 1:36.25.  Aotearoa tracked Global View as that pair ran fourth and fifth during the first half-mile behind an honest paced. Global View got the jump on his rival with a quarter-mile left to go, and Aotearoa couldn't quite get to him after that. The chart call: "Global View angled in and stalked inside, moved up along the rail on the second turn, came out into the stretch, bid alongside the pacesetter in midstretch, gained the lead under urging past the eighth pole and inched away then held gamely."

Tom Proctor: “He’s a really nice horse and has always acted like a nice horse. I’ve worked him a mile. He’s bred to run all day, so I wasn’t worried about that. He relaxed, he gave him a good trip, and it makes a horse look better when they get a good trip. It’s nice to get a stakes win in him and we’ll go from there.”

Joe Talamo: “Before he left for Hong Kong, Gary Stevens (who was aboard for the maiden win on Oct. 27) told me a lot about this horse. He said this horse is very classy and pretty push-button. He sure was today. We had a great trip. I just took him to the outside and he did the rest.”

 

GOLD HAWK (KY)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
Breeder: Hermitage Farm LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Empire Maker (Unbridled, Toussaud)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Caressing (Honour and Glory, Lovin Touch)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 10-6-6-0-2 (24) 3.80
Foal Date: April 4, 2011

$450,000 Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 5, Gold Hawk breezed five in 1:01.60 (25/79) at FG.
On Jan. 13, Gold Hawk breezed four on a sloppy track in :49.80 (22/47) at FG.
On Jan. 27, Gold Hawk breezed four on a sloppy track in :50:20 (14/27) at FG.
On Feb. 3, Gold Hawk breezed five in 1.00:60 (3/44) at FG.
On Feb. 10, Gold Hawk breezed four in :49.00 (16/68) at FG.
On Feb. 17, Gold Hawk breezed four in 49:80 (17/47) at FG.
On March 10, Gold Hawk breezed five in 1.01:00 (3/21) at FG.
On March 17, Gold Hawk breezed six in 1.12:00 (1/3) at FG.
On March 24, Gold Hawk breezed four in :50:60 (17/27) at FG.
On April 7, Gold Hawk breezed four in :51:40 (25/28) at CD
On April 15, Gold Hawk breezed five in 1.01:80 (3/12) at CD.
On April 21, Gold Hawk breezed five in 1.01:40 (2/20) at CD.
On April 28, Gold Hawk breezed five in on a sloppy track in 1:02.40 (4/7) at CD.
On May 5, Gold Hawk breezed five in 1.00:80 (7/19) at CD.
On May 12, Gold Hawk breezed six in 1.14:00 (1/1) at CD.
On May 19, Gold Hawk breezed five in 1.01:00 (2/18) at CD.
On May 26, Gold Hawk breezed four in :50:40 (34/46) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 9 NOTE: “What really impressed me about this horse is the way he was stretching out at the end of that last race,” said jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. “He really wanted to go longer.”

Jan. 18, Grade III Lecomte Stakes, Fair Grounds, One Mile 70 Yards. Vicar’s in Trouble, the second wagering choice, became the first Louisiana-bred since One Tough Cat in 27 years to win the Lecomte.Vicar’s In Trouble prompted Roman Unbridled's early pace, gained the advantage entering the lane  and drew off steadily for a 6 3/4-length tally timed in an impressive 1:42.57. Second finisher Albano was well placed early but could not stay with the winner in the lane. Gold Hawk, favored at 6-5, raced in third up the backstretch and finished third, beaten 7 1/2 lengths, after being fractious loading into the gate. Roman Unbridled hung on for fourth, another length back. The rest of the field was in another area code. Roman Unbridled set a pace of :23.71 and :47.80, and Vicar's In Trouble led after six furlongs in 1:13.11. The chart call: "Gold Hawk  was reluctant to load, raced off the rail on the first turn, settled in fourth position, was roused while two then three wide on the far turn, shifted four wide into the stretch and lacked the needed response then missed the place."

Shaun Bridgmohan: “Liked the trip, had a smooth trip. The horse has a lot of upside and is only going to get better.”

Feb. 8 NOTE: Corey Nakatani will ride Gold Hawk for the first time in the Risen Star.

Feb. 22, Grade II Risen Star Stakes, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 Mile. After being reluctant to load into the gate, Gold Hawk finished fifth, beaten eight lengths by Intense Holiday. He was in a good spot, third or fourth at each call, before tiring in the stretch.

Corey Nakatani: “Good trip, we were in a good spot. I think the further this one goes the better, and the more he matures, the better he’ll get.”

March 29, Grade II Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Mile. Gold Hawk finished eighth, beaten 17 1/4 lengths. He was sixth, four lengths off the lead at the first call, but he backed up from there.

Shaun Bridgmohan: "We got squeezed a bit at the 3/8's pole, other than that everything else was pretty smooth. It was a pretty good trip."

May 31, Prairier Mile, Prairie Meadows, One Mile. At 9-5 favoritism, Gold Hawk finished fourth, beaten 3 1/4 lengths by 5-2 Jessica's Star.
 

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Gold Hawk debuted at Churchill Downs with a scintillating win at seven furlongs timed in 1:23.76 under Ricardo Santana, Jr. He prevailed by 2 1/4 lengths going away. Twelve ran.

On Dec. 27, Gold Hawk won in a similar manner going two turns for the first time in a mile and 70 yard allowance at Fair Grounds. Santana reserved him early, and he took off from the field in the stretch after finally changing leads. From post 1, his time was 1:43.96, and his margin was 3 1/2 lengths. Son of a Preacher was second. The chart call for that Fair Grounds race: "Gold Hawk saved ground on the first turn, settled off the inside on the backstretch, was asked near the half-mile pole, went two then three wide early on the far turn, shifted four wide at the five-sixteenths, bumped with Zander Zone while five wide into the stretch, rallied on the outside under the whip, closed well to get the lead near the sixteenth-pole then drew clear under strong handling."

Dec. 29 NOTE: “That horse,” said jockey Santana the next day, “is a very good horse. He ran huge for me. I took him back early to school him a little bit, teach him to rate and allow him to get some dirt in his face, and he handled all that very well. But the thing that he really showed me was that he wants to go a lot longer. That race was only a mile and 70 yards. He was just drawing off on his own at the end. I was not using the whip at all. He was just reaching out in the late stages without me asking him for anything.”

Dec. 29 NOTE: Trainer Asmussen has Gold Hawk and Tapiture, both owned by Winchell, at Fair Grounds and may want to separate them in coming stakes races.

 

HARPOON (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Let's Go Stable
Breeder: Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Christmas Star (Star de Naskra, Carol's Christmas)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-5-6-1-0 (16) 3.00
Foal Date: March 21, 2011

$500,000 Keeneland September 2012.

Half-brother to Cuvee and Will He Shine.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 12, Harpoon breezed four in :47.80 (6/65) at PMM
On Jan. 19, Harpoon breezed five in 1.02:85 (21/25) at PMM.
On Jan. 26, Harpoon breezed five in 1.01:70 (8/25) at PMM.
On Feb. 16, Harpoon breezed four in :48.05 (6/55) at PMM.
On Feb. 23, Harpoon breezed four in :47:95 (1/58) at PMM.
On March 16, Harpoon breezed four in :49:70 (24/47) at PMM.
On March 22, Harpoon breezed four in :48:90 (18/74) at PMM.
On March 30, Harpoon breezed four in :47:55 (3/35) at PMM.
On April 28, Harpoon breezed four in :49:88 (7/22) at SAR.
On May 5, Harpoon breezed four on the training track in :48:51 (1/27) at SAR.
On May 11, Harpoon breezed four on the training track in :49:19 (4/28) at SAR.
On May 18, Harpoon breezed four on firm turf in :50:16 (3/5) at BEL.
On May 26, Harpoon breezed four on firm turf in :49:25 (2/6) at BEL.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 5 NOTE: Plans are fluid for Harpoon, but he will likely get a chance to run a bit further than a mile in his next start. “Everything’s in play for Harpoon,” trainer Pletcher said. “We’ll continue to try to stretch him out around two turns and see where he fits.”

Jan. 8 NOTE: Harpoon's connections are leaning toward the Sam F. Davis but want to watch him work before deciding.

Feb. 1, Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Edgar Prado gave Vinceremos a crafty ride and surprised even his own connections with a nose victory. Looking hopelessly beaten on the far turn after being part of the early pace, Prado figured Vinceremos likes a target and felt he had plenty of horse left. He was right on both counts, and Vinceremos cut the corner, got the lead and surged to the wire, holding off stable mate Harpoon by a nose. Timed in 1:47.34, it was the slowest run rendition of the race since 2002, when Bunk N Ted completed distance in 1:49.86.  Cousin Stephen finished third, beaten three parts of a length after setting a pressured pace of :24.35, :48.77 and 1:13.61 to the outside of Vinceremos. Matador rallied from sixth place to finish fourth. Asserting Bear, third in the early going, and looking threatening when he hit the stretch, faded to fifth.

The chart call: "Harpoon tracked inside, came four wide into the lane, swung out widest, closed willingly outside, was gaining late and just missed."

March 1, Grade III Gotham Stakes, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 Mile. Harpoon finished fifth, edged out of fourth a head by Financial Mogul, beaten 5 3/4 lengths by Samraat. Seventh in the early running, he passed a couple of horses but lost some ground to the front runners.

April 5, Grade I Wood Memorial, Aqueduct, 1 1/18 Mile. Harpoon finished ninth, beaten 18 1/4 lengths, and never impacted the race.

June 1, Allowance, Belmont Park, One Mile (T). Harpoon finished seventh, beaten 4 3/4 lengths at odds of 9-2. He was at or near the back of the field most of the way and passed a couple of tired horses in the stretch.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

For his first three starts, Harpoon raced at Saratoga in September going 5 1/2 furlongs, Belmont Park in October going six furlongs, and Aqueduct in November going a mile -- and finished second each time. Matterhorn defeated him by a half-length in the latter race.

Dec. 26, Maiden Special Weight, Santa Anita, One Mile. Harpoon, a 3-1 morning line choice in a full field, was sent off at 4-5 odds against 13 competitors. The crowd was most definitely right -- Harpoon prevailed by 5 1/2 lengths while being timed in 1:37.10 on a track rated good. He didn't break that sharply from post 12. Fourth by three lengths after a quarter run in :23.29 and fifth by 2 3/4 lengths after a half run in :46.16, Harpoon and Luis Saez led by a half-length after six furlongs timed in 1:11.41. Harpoon made that big move on the turn while four wide, but he didn't change leads in the stretch. The chart call: "Harpoon broke outwardly just a bit, was quick into stride to obtain a good stalking position four wide and in the clear, edged closer into the turn, made a bid in earnest at that juncture and wrested command midway on the turn, was soon clear and drew off."

Winning tweet from LGS Stable: "Bingo! Harpoon finally gets it done. Still learning didn't switch leads and he looked lost when he hit the front. Maybe we have another."

 

HAVANA (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Breeder: Harvey A. Clarke Racing Stable LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Dunkirk (Unbridled's Song, Secret Status)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Missy Turtle (Kyle's Your Man, Redding Ridge)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-7-10-1-0 (24) 3.00
Foal Date: April 22, 2011

$575,000 Barretts March 2013.

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WORKOUTS
On Feb. 1, Havana breezed three in :37:75 (8/13) at PMM.
On Feb. 6, Havana breezed four in :48:95 (3/6) at PMM.
On Feb. 11, Havana breezed four in :50:50 (18/29) at PMM.
On Feb. 17, Havana breezed five in 1.01:25 (2/7) at PMM.
On Feb. 23, Havana breezed five in 1.00:90 (3/14) at PMM.
On April 6, Havana breezed four on the training track in :50:03 (50/96) at BEL.
On April 13, Havana breezed four on the training track in :50:42 (47/62) at BEL.
On April 22, Havana breezed five on the training track in 1.01:46 (2/8) at BEL.
On April 28, Havana breezed five on the training track in 1.01:07 (9/33) at BEL.
On May 20, Havana breezed four on the training track in :49:43 (22/42) at BEL.
On May 25, Havana breezed five in :59.64 (5/28) at BEL.
On June 1, Havana breezed four on the training track in :48:10 (6/38) at BEL.

March 1, Grade II Swale Stakes, Gulfstream Park, Seven Furlongs. Scratched by trainer Pletcher. Jerry Bossert of the New York Daily News reported the morning of March 1 via Twitter that the colt came up with a quarter-crack.

March 1 NOTE: Todd Pletcher: “When (Havana) came out this morning, he was a little tender in his right front foot. We couldn’t really see anything of note. I went ahead and took him to the racetrack to see how he was, and he actually trained fine. When he came back, he had a little bit of blood on the inside quarter of his front foot, and we saw a little quarter crack there. I don’t anticipate it’s going to be a big deal but the timing couldn’t have been much worse, especially for today’s race. I really don’t have a firm plan until I can see how quickly we can get this patched and ready to go. I’ve had some of these were you can literally within 48 hours have a patch on and never look back, and some of them can be longer, more drawn-out processes. It’s literally day to day until we see once we get it patched, and then we’ll come up with a plan.”

May 4, Gold Fever Stakes, Belmont Park, Six Furlongs. At 1-4 odds, Havana finished third of five, beaten 2 3/4 lengths by Favorite Tale (3-1). He fell about four lengths behind at the top of the stretch and made up some ground as the wire approached.

June 7, Grade II Woody Stephens Stakes, Belmont Park, Seven Furlongs. Havana was in seventh place after a quarter-mile, then quickly regressed and finished 11th, beaten 16 1/2 lengths.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 5 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher gave Havana a break after Breeders' Cup.  “Havana is just getting back to light training,” Pletcher said. “I felt like I was going to be rushing things a bit to make the Holy Bull. Right now I have the Fountain of Youth circled in as his first target. He’s been at Palm Meadows since the Breeders’ Cup. He’s filled out, and I think he looks great.”

Feb. 22 NOTE: "He's doing well," trainer Pletcher said. "I plan to breeze him on Sunday and, assuming that goes smoothly, we will go in the Swale. You never expect a graded stakes here to be easy. But we need to get him started somewhere, so we'll see how it goes."

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Aug. 23, Maiden Special Weight, Saratoga, 5 1/2 Furlongs. At 2-5 odds in his debut, Havana rolled, winning by 2 3/4 lengths drawing off under Johnny V. He set fractions of :22.18 and :44.49 before hitting the wire in :1:02.64. Kendall's Boy was second. Eight ran.

Todd Pletcher: "Looking at the worktab of the horse who was second, he looked like he had been training very well. It didn't surprise us (Havana) broke alertly and showed speed, and I was happy to see him put in the performance he did. He's trained well enough, and he ran well enough today that something like the Champagne might make sense."

John Velazquez: "He's been working really good in the morning. We all liked him, and we were all wishing that when it comes to the races that he could do the same thing he's been doing in the morning. He did it, so we're very proud. We thought we had a fast horse, and we didn't want to give him such a hard race. There was another horse in the race (Kendall's Boy) that obviously ran fast enough to be with him the first part of the race. I didn't want to abuse him down the lane, but I had to make sure to keep his mind on running. I had to spank him and make him run away from that other horse, but he did it well. He definitely is a very good horse. We like him; I just didn't think that we were going to have to give him a hard race right off the bat."

Oct. 5, Grade I Champagne Stakes, Belmont Park, One Mile. Havana won by a neck after always being prominent but sitting just off the pace for about half the race. The final time was 1:35.81 after Havana was in front after a half in :45.54.

Todd Pletcher: "Anytime you go from 5 1/2 to a mile and do it against the type of horses he was in with today, it's always a concern. We did a similar thing with Uncle Mo, the difference being that was six to a mile. I think it takes a pretty special horse to do it. I'm proud of his efforts today. We knew we were asking him a lot, but we were doing it because we liked him a lot.

"They were throwing down some pretty solid fractions and he was in a bit of a difficult spot because he was inside. I thought we were going to be up close; I wasn't sure if anyone would be in front of us. I thought there was a couple that could press us. I think Iraddid a good job of not giving up that position but not forcing it too much, either. He found himself three in front at the quarter pole when Debt Ceiling fell off. I could see the other horse revving up and I knew he had a big run from Saratoga. I was hoping we'd have enough to hold on.

"I can't imagine the horses we ran against today aren't going to be certainly some of the favorites for (Breeders' Cup). I think there's room for improvement. I think he can move forward for his third start."

Irad Ortiz: "In the first part, I thought they were going too fast, so I waited a little bit. I had a couple horses beside me, so I had to use him a little earlier than I wanted. He got the lead early, but he was ready. When I asked him, he picked it up. He got a little tired at the end a little bit, but he was still running. He was perfect all the way. Thanks to the regular jockey, John Velazquez, he told me how to ride the horse, and it worked out."

Oct. 7 NOTE: Havana received a 93 Beyer Speed Figure. "Havana showed us what we were hoping to see," said trainer Pletcher. "It was a challenge for sure going from a 5 1/2-furlong maiden to a grade I going a mile. We're very satisfied with his performance. He earned his way to the next stop It did not surprise us he adapted to (sitting just off the pace). "We'd experimented in the morning with him sitting off horses, and he seemed to be cooperative. It's always nice to see them do it in the afternoon. I think it was a little bit of an optical illusion because (pacesetter) Debt Ceiling fell off so quickly and Havana was suddenly four lengths ahead of everyone else. You could see at the top of the stretch Honor Code was starting to put in a big run. I anticipated it would be close, especially after the fractions they had put in early on, and he certainly had the right to be getting tired at that point."

Nov. 2, Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Mile. New Year's Day did something not many horses had been doing at Santa Anita, and that was to come from well off the pace to win. Eighth by eight lengths after a half-mile, he came up the rail to win going away and was timed in 1:43.52. Havana, prominent throughout, had a two-length lead at the furlong marker but couldn't hang on and lost by 1 1/4 length. Strong Mandate, who broke from post 14, took the lead early on and stayed on to get third, beaten two lengths. Bond Holder was fourth, beaten 3 1/4 lengths, after being almost 14 lengths behind after the first half-mile.

Todd Pletcher: “I thought (Havana) ran super. He just came up a little tired in the very last part there. But he ran very well. I thought he actually settled beautifully. I’m really happy with the way he positioned himself. Gary said he got a little bit lost when he made the lead turning for home. Then he just got tired the last 100 yards.”

Gary Stevens: “It was a great try.  They just told me not to hit him. This is a serious horse.”

Dec. 31 NOTE: No workouts since Breeders' Cup.

 

HY KODIAK WARRIOR (KY)
Trainer: Marcial Navarro
Owner: Mar Racing Stable
Breeder: Meg Buckley & Mike Buckley
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Kodiak Kowboy (Posse, Kokadrie)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Aheadnotatail (Unbridled, Highland Penny)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-7-4-0-2 (18) 3.50
Foal Date: April 21, 2011

$72,000 Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 17, Hy Kodiak Warrior breezed four in :48.02 (6/22) at GP.
On Feb. 8, Hy Kokiak Warrior breezed four in :49:60 (14/38) at CRC.
On Feb. 15, Hy Kodiak Warrior worked six in 1.15:00 (1/3) at CRC.
On Feb. 21, Hy Kodiak Warrior breezed five in 1.00:60 (1/8) at CRC.
On March 1, Hy Kodiak Warrior breezed five in 1.01:00 ( 1/19) at CRC.
On May 22, Hy Kodiak Warrior breezed four in :49:40 (2/24) at MTH.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 3, Entry Level Allowance, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Hy Kodiak Warrior, ridden by Luis Saez, finished third. Commissioner (6-1) prevailed over what was perceived by many at the time as a strong field. Never far back and running in second position early, he surged between horses in the stretch to defeat Top Billing (3-1) by a neck, timed in 1:50.72. Commissioner stalked pacesetter Ichiban Warrior (3-1) through fractions of :24.38, :49.03 and 1:13.81 and to the furlong marker timed in 1:38.48. Cousin Stephen (8-5 favorite), who'd been running with Commissioner, challenged Ichiban Warrior briefly, but both faded a bit late. Commissioner and Top Billing were swung to the outside from their rail positions for the stretch drive, joined on the outside by Hy Kodiak Warrior (9-2). Top Billing appeared on his way to victory in mid-stretch but lacked running room between Commissioner to his inside and Hy Kodiak Warrior to his outside. Commissioner took charge and out-battled Top Billing to the wire. Hy Kodiak Warrior finished third, beaten 2 1/4 lengths and a head in front of Ichiban Warrior, who in turn was a neck in front of Cousin Stephen.

The chart call: "Hy Kodiak Warrior, reserved off the pace, rallied to loom a threat in midstretch but couldn't gain late while up for the show."

March 6 NOTE: Program shows a trainer change from Augustin Bezara to Marcial Navarro.

March 8, Grade II Tampa Bay Derby, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Hy Kodiak Warrior finished seventh, beaten 8 1/4 lengths by Ring Weekend and a time of 1:43.71. He bid between rivals in the stretch and flattened out, but he was never closer than seven lengths at that point.

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Hy Kodiak Warrior finished second and fourth in his first two starts, both of them at Gulfstream Park. At 6-5 odds, Hy Kodiak Warrior broke his maiden in his third start, a seven-furlong maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park -- and he won it by 7 1/4 lengths. It was a straightforward race. He chased the pace from the outside, rallied to take over nearing the quarter pole, then drew off under urging. The time was 1:23.77.

Nov. 24, Entry Level Allowance, Gulfstream Park, One Mile. Hy Kodiak Warrior won, but he lost. First by 3/4 length at 8-5 odds, he was disqualified after ducking in late and impeding East Hall. Stewards reversed the order of finish, putting East Hall in first.

Dec. 14, Entry Level Allowance, Gulfstream Park, One Mile. Hy Kodiak Warrior finished second to a highly-regarded colt, Coup de Grace, who ran his record to 2-0 with a professional one-length victory in 1:36.76 at 4-5 odds. Nine ran. Coup de Grace broke from post eight and settled behind Prudhoe Bay through the opening quarter-mile in :23.40. Castellano took Coup de Grace to the lead with a half in :46.23, and turned for home still in front. Hy Kodiak Warrior made a bold move to chase Coup de Grace around the turn, but was unable to match strides and finished second, 3 3/4 lengths ahead of Gone as Wind in third. The chart call: "Hy Kodiak Warrior, who was taken outside to stalk the pace three wide down the backstretch, swung five wide on the turn to launch a bid, drew to the flank of the winner in mid-stretch but was no match for that one late."

 

 

IN TROUBLE (KY)
Trainer: Tony Dutrow
Owner: Team D
Breeder: Joseph Duffel
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tiz Wonderful (Tiznow, Evil)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Ballpark Butterfly (Grand Slam, Miss Lady Bug)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index:  2-2-5-0-1 (10) 1.86
Foal Date: March 25, 2011

$120,000 OBS April 2013.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 11, In Trouble breezed three in :37.20 (5/12) at PMM.
On Jan. 20, In Trouble breezed four in :51.00 (25/29) at PMM.
On Jan. 27, In Trouble breezed four in :48:00 (3/30) at PMM.
On Feb. 3, In Trouble breezed five in 1.00:70 (2/22) at PMM.
On Feb. 12, In Trouble breezed five in :59:30 (1/8) at PMM.
On Feb. 21, In Trouble breezed five in 1.02:75 (9/12) at PMM.
On March 12, In Trouble breezed four in 48:90 (6/15) at PMM.
On March 22, In Trouble breezed five in 1.00:25 (2/14) at PMM.
On May 5, In Trouble breezed four in :50:00 (2/6) at FAI.
On May 11, In Trouble breezed five in 1.01:00 (1/9) at FAI.
On May 19, In Trouble breezed five in 1.00:00 (1/4) at FAI.
On May 31, In Trouble breezed six in 1.14:00 (2/2) at FAI.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 5 NOTE: Gary Quill (@horseracingnut) tweeted,  "Tony Dutrow says, 'In Trouble is about 75% now... look at end of Feb. or 1st of March for return to races.' Derby Trail is not a stretch."

Feb. 21 NOTE: "I don't know (about the distance), but I feel good about trying it," said trainer Dutrow. "He's excellent; he's really, really happy. I feel the horse is ready to give us what he's got."

March 1, Grade III Gotham Stakes, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 Mile. Samraat edged Uncle Sigh and In Trouble after a thrilling stretch run. Those three were on the engine from the break, with In Trouble getting to the first turn sightly in front of Uncle Sigh and Samraat. They ran in that order around the first turn, up the backstretch, around the second turn and into the lane. In Trouble was on the inside after breaking from the rail, and Samraat was to Uncle Sigh's outside. The first quarter-mile was timed in :23.85, the half in :48.30 and six furlongs in 1:12.30. The same three dueled through the stretch to the wire, with Samraat, ridden by Jose Ortiz, and Uncle Sigh, with Corey Nakatani aboard, barely inching ahead of In Trouble, who had Joe Rocco, Jr. in the saddle. They were 1-2-3 at the furlong marker, and that's how they finished. The final time was 1:44.44 for the 1 1/16-mile Gotham. Only two necks separated the top three finishers.

Joe Rocco, Jr.: "Coming off a layoff we were concerned he might need a race, but he ran very game. Very game. He really dug in well, and we're looking forward to see what he can do next time. (Tony Dutrow) thinks we're going to move forward with him, to the (Wood)."

March 29, Grade II Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Mile. In Trouble finished fourth but was moved down to fifth on a DQ. In a roughly run race, Vicar’s in Trouble stayed out of just that by going to the lead and staying there. He cut through fractions of :23.56, :47.86, 1:12.14 and 1:37.15 before winning in 1:50.77 in the 1 1/8-mile race. Intense Holiday rated off the pace in fourth or fifth and started moving up going into the turn while saving ground. He was bumped by Louies Flower, costing him momentum, but he managed to forge ahead to get second, beaten 3 1/2 lengths, despite ducking in sharply in the stretch while under a left-handed whip. Commanding Curve was pinched back at the start and forced in. That left him running last after a half-mile, 8 1/2 lengths off the lead. After going three and four wide on the far turn, he checked in third, beaten five lengths. In Trouble finished another 3 3/4 lengths back in fourth and was moved down to fifth after coming out twice on Albano in the stretch.

Joe Rocco, Jr.: "After Rise Up moved up to the outside, I thought I had the room to get outside of him. It happened quickly, but he relaxed well and tried very hard."

June 7, Allowance Optional Claiming, Belmont Park, Seven Furlongs. In Trouble was sent off at 2-1 odds in a field of 13 and finished 10th, beaten 24 lengths.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

In Trouble looked professional in his 5 1/2-furlong debut in August at Saratoga. He rated just off the pace before getting up to win by three-quarters of a length. The second, third and fourth-place finishers in that race (Sound of Freedom, Tizmowforamerica, Mosler) all came back to win their next starts.

Sept. 29, Grade II Futurity, Belmont Park, Six Furlongs. Making his second career start from post 1, In Trouble, the 5-2 second choice, tracked favored front-runner Corfu (:22.09, :44.75) from the outside, was 3 1/2 lengths back entering the stretch, then reeled him in with a sixteenth of a mile left en route to a 2 1/4-length victory under Joe Rocco, Jr. In Trouble was timed in 1:09.64. Favored at 9-5, Corfu was second, a length in front of Big Sugar Soda, who was followed under the line by Financial Mogul and a distant Sound of Freedom.

Tony Dutrow: "Having done this a long time, I was looking forward to today. I was feeling that we have a talented horse and I'm not surprised at what I saw. I wasn't predicting this, but I'm not surprised. He's pretty good. I'd say within a week after his (maiden) race, (we pointed for) this race. "It shows you a lot. This was the second race of his life, and he was able to relax and give up the lead and finish up against quality horses. I think that's a big statement for him. I just told Joe that we've worked with him a lot in the gate. He's a rough horse in the gate. We've worked with him a lot, and I think that's the only thing you've got to pay attention to.

"Part of the plan was, once we got by today, was on to the Nashua at Aqueduct."

Joe Rocco, Jr.: "He broke really sharp, and I'd rather be outside dictating when we can move than be inside and be under someone else who can force us. It worked out when I saw I could get behind him and get outside of him, that's when I went outside and did it. So we had options. I didn't pull him back; I just didn't ask him any more. He was very gentle to rate and did it kindly."

Dec. 31 NOTE: In Trouble hasn't raced or put in a workout since the Futurity. He was sidelined by a knee chip.

 

 

INDIANAPOLIS (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Breeder: Turner Breeders, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Medaglia D' Oro (El Prado (IRE), Cappucino Bay)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Pretty n Smart (Beau Genius (CAN), Charges Daffaires (CAN))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-9-9-2-0 (26) 3.00
Foal Date: April 3, 2011

$490,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga August 2012.

NEXT RACE: Was going to be the seven-furlong San Vicente on Feb. 16, but on Feb. 12 he was declared out with a cough.

WORKOUTS
On Dec. 5, Indianapolis worked four in :49.00 (13/37) at SA.
On Dec. 11, Indianapolis worked five in 1:01.00 (15/42) at SA.
On Dec. 17, Indianapolis worked five in 1:01.80 (25/34) at SA.
On Dec. 27, Indianapolis worked four in :47.60 (5/41) at SA.
On Jan. 2, Indianapolis worked six in 1:14.60 (8/17) at SA.
On Jan. 9, Indianapolis worked four in :46.60 (1/25) at SA.
On Jan. 15, Indianapolis worked six in 1.12:60 (3/12) at SA.
On Jan. 30, Indianapolis worked four in :47.40 (4/33) at SA.
On Feb. 5, Indianapolis worked six in 1.11:40 (1/9) at SA.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 20, San Pedro Stakes, Santa Anita, Six Furlongs. Ridden by Martin Garcia, Indianapolis won decisively in a short field of four. His 4 1/4-length margin over Papa Turf was timed in 1:08.80. Beach Hut, third at each call, finished another 2 3/4 lengths back, followed by early pacesetter Rockin Home, beaten 15 3/4 lengths in all. Breaking from post 2 at 3-5 odds, Indianapolis sat second early, took the lead at the quarter and dispatched a legitimate, looming bid from 5-2 second choice Papa Turf and Joe Talamo.

Bob Baffert: “We’ve always thought that he has that super-star status, and he showed it today. Now, he’ll run in stakes races. From here on out, hopefully up to the first Saturday in May, we’ll put him on a schedule that will stretch him out and hopefully we’ll win some big races.  Keeping him healthy and happy, that’s all we can really do."

Feb. 12 NOTE:: Indianapolis will miss the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 16 after coughing, per a report by DRF.com.

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Indianapolis debuted with a win at Betfair Hollywood Park on Nov. 24 and came from seventh of nine to clear by a length after wearing down rivals in the stretch. He was timed in 1:10.53 under Martin Garcia. The chart call: "Indianapolis, close up between horses early, fell back a bit off the rail on the backstretch, went outside a rival into the turn, came out leaving the turn and five wide into the stretch, rallied under urging to the front in deep stretch and proved best."

 

JOINT CUSTODY (MD)
Trainer: John Robb
Owner: Konrad M. Wayson
Breeder: Janet Wayson
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Outflanker (Danzig, Lassie's Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Paying Off (Malibu Moon, Chief Witch (GB))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-7-16-1-0 (30) 2.33
Foal Date: March 25, 2011

A gelding.

NEXT RACE

WORKOUTS
On Jan. 18, Joint Custody worked five in 1:00.60 (1/7) at LRL.
On Feb. 12, Joint Custody breezed six in1.18:00 (1/1) at LRL.
On March 1, Joint Custody breezed six in 1.19:00 (1/1) at LRL.
On March 28, Joint Custody worked six in 1:14.00 (1/2) at LRL.
On April 11, Joint Custody breezed five in 1.01:80 (2/8) at LRL.
On May 10, Joint Custody breezed five in 1.00:00 (1/40) at LRL.
On May 24, Joint Custody breezed four in :48:00 (1/42) at LRL.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 25, Miracle Wood Stakes, Laurel Park, One Mile.  Extrasexyhippzster easily won at 3-1 odds, besting 201 favorite Joint Custody by 3 3/4 lengths. Timed in a solid 1:36.75 under Julien Pimentel, Extrasexyhippzster stalked Joint Custody on the rail, giving him about two lengths, all the way into the stretch. He was moved out and moved to the fore without much effort and scooted away. Joint Custody finished 1 1/2 length in front of Mr. Rover, who was followed by Master Lightning, Jessethemarine and Germaniac.

March 8, Private Terms Stakes, Laurel Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Joint Custody loomed a winner in mid-stretch but finished second, four lengths back after staggering a bit in the lane. Kid Cruz rolled late to finish in 1:54.82.

April 19, Frederico Tesio Stakes, Pimlico, 1 1/16 Mile. Joint Custody took third. Kid Cruz rated off the pace into the far turn, then charged by his rivals to post an easy victory, winning by 3 1/2 lengths and completing the 1 1/16 mile in 1:47.38. Matuszak finished second. Sassicaia was fourth.

May 17, James W. Murphy Stakes, Pimlico, 1 1/16 Mile (T). Scratched.

May 28, Grover Buddy Delp Memorial Stakes, Delaware Park, One Mile 70 Yards. At 6-5 odds, Joint Custody finished second, beaten 3/4 length by Tiz'naz, who was 9-1. Joint Custody led until being run down in the stretch.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

After winning his debut at Timonium (maiden claiming $25-$20, four furlongs) and an allowance at Laurel Park (six furlongs), Joint Custody was the runner-up  in the Maryland Million Nursery (six furlongs) and fourth in the James F. Lewis III Stakes (six furlongs).

Dec. 7, Marylander Stakes, Laurel Park, Seven Furlongs. Things didn't go exactly as planned, but Joint Custody broke alertly on a track rated muddy, quickly assumed the lead and then turned back all comers as he raced to victory timed in 1:25.38 under Wesley Ho. He won by 1 3/4 length at 5-2 odds. Post time favorite Jessethemarine raced behind a wall of horses before rallying into second, and Classic Giacnroll took third. Joint Custody set moderate splits of :23.25, :47.10 and 1:12.09.

John Robb: “We are aiming for the Juvenile (Maryland Juvenile Championship on December 28th). We had confidence today. We schooled him the last time. We took him back, and he learned how to run in the dirt. His mother loved the mud, and he had a good mud number. I told Wesley that he has as much speed as anything in here, to stay outside of the rest of them and let them run on the deeper part of the track. In the stretch he ended up going to the rail anyway. He looked good today.“

Wesley Ho: “His last race was a great schooling experience for this horse. Today he had the perfect post position. The game plan was to go to the lead and go as easy as you can for as far as you can. It worked out just right. He rated perfectly for me. When I turned for home, I asked him to go on and he just opened up very easily, very willingly. He gets to the lead and he’s starts waiting for competition. He wants another horse. I had to tap him a few times in the stretch to keep his mind on his business. He’s still a little green, but this horse has got a lot of talent, and I think he’s going to move forward off of this effort.”

Dec. 28, Maryland Juvenile Championship, Laurel Park, Seven Furlongs. Joint Custody, favored at 1-5 ina field of six, overcame a stumbling start and survived a heated duel down the backstretch before galloping to victory under Wesley Ho. The time was 1:25.19 and the winning margin 5 1/2 lengths. After Joint Custody put away Open the Bank nearing the far turn and turned back Fran’s Buckaroo around the turn, Ho gave him his head ,and they steadily pulled away. Buck n’ Ham Lane finished third.

John Robb: “You’re always a little concerned when you see them stumble, but it might have been a blessing in disguise. This horse does not like being on his own. He’s difficult to work because he just doesn’t want to focus without other horses right with him all the time. The minute he gets a little in front he gets lazy. I was looking for him to improve today, and he certainly ran well, but he doesn’t even look like he’s moving that fast. I give Wesley a lot of credit for keeping him busy. We’ll give him a bit of a break but we’ve got to keep an eye on him. He doesn’t get that much out of training so we don’t want to go too far in the other direction.”

Wesley Ho: “He stumbled pretty badly at the start but he got his feet right back under him and got right back into it. We schooled him with dirt being kicked on him, and he did fine, so we would have been okay if we were a little behind. I didn’t have to ask him at all. He knew what to do, and he did it easily. I’m sure he can go farther because he does it so easily.”

 

KING CYRUS (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: WinStar Farm LLC
Breeder: Robert Muir, Des Scott & Sam Klein
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Bellamy Road (Concerto, Hurry Home Hillary)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Queen of Empire (Empire Maker, Perfect Solution)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index:
Foal Date: Feb. 8, 2011

$70,000 Keeneland September 2012.

NEXT RACE

WORKOUTS
On Jan. 12, King Cyrus breezed three in :39.00 (22/23) at PMM.
On Jan. 19, King Cyrus breezed four in :49:95 (38/51) at PMM.
On Jan. 26, King Cyrus breezed four in :49:65 (26/54) at PMM.
On Feb. 2, King Cyrus breezed five in 1:00.65 (7/28) at PMM.
On Feb. 9, King Cyrus breezed five in 1:01.70 (28/31) at PMM.
On Feb. 16, King Cyrus breezed five in 1.01:55 (13/32) at PMM.
On Feb. 23, King Cyrus breezed five in 1.01:70 (9/14) at PMM.
On March 16, King Cyrus breezed four in :49:85 (31/47) at PMM.
On March 23, King Cyrus breezed four in :49:35 (21/50) at PMM.
On April 13, King Cyrus breezed four in :48.80 (9/17) at PMM.
On May 21, King Cyrus breezed four in :48:20 (1/26) at CD.
On May 28, King Cyrus breezed five in 1.01:40 (6/14) at CD.
On June 3, King Cyrus breezed five 1.01:00 (4/20) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

March 2, Smooth Air Stakes, Calder Race Course, One Mile. Tashir (8-5) won, followed 3 1/2 lengths back by King Cyrus (7-2), another half to Monopolize (9-2), four to Kodiak Kody (45-1) and 1 1/2 to Giancarlo (3-1). Nine ran in all. Tashir was timed in 1:39.87.  Giancarlo set a moderate pace while the top three finishers were fourth, fifth and sixth for the first half-mile.

March 29, Grade II Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Mile. King Cyrus finished seventh, beaten 15 3/4 lengths and never impacting the race.

James Graham: “He struggled the whole way. It felt like he was outpaced the entire time, but he stayed on in the stretch. He just struggled.

April 19, Grade III Illinois Derby, Hawthorne, 1 1/8 Mile. King Cyrus finished a very poor, non-threatening fifth of eight.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Aug. 5, Maiden Special Weight, Saratoga, Seven Furlongs. Here's what trainer Pletcher said after King Cyrus dominated the race, winning by 11 lengths, timed in 1:24.68 under Javier Castellano. He stalked in third of six early, and went four wide on the turn while being ridden confidently.

"We felt like he had been training well. We originally put him in a six-furlong race on Saturday; we thought seven furlongs might be better for him. He's an obvious two-turn kind of horse -- bred that way, looks that way, trains that way. We were happy with the way he came into the race but didn't really expect him to blow them away like that."

King Cyrus went on to disappoint in the remainder of his juvenile campaign, finishing a well-beaten eighth in the Grade I Hopeful on Sept. 2 and third in a Keeneland allowance race on Oct. 20 while running at 2-1 odds. He was beaten that day by Laddie Boy and Kids Rule in a field of eight.

Dec. 31 NOTE: Off the worktab the remainder of the year.

 

KOBE'S BACK (KY)
Trainer: John Sadler
Owner: C R K Stable
Breeder: Joanne R. Mummert
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Flatter (A.P. Indy, Praise)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Well (Well Decorated, Faith Tested Raye)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 9-6-11-0-0 (26) 3.73
Foal Date: April 9, 2011

$480,000 OBS March 2013.

NEXT RACE

WORKOUTS
On Jan. 4, Kobe's Back worked four in :48.60 (17/49) at SA.
On Jan. 11, Kobe's Back worked in :59.80 (5/72) at SA.
On Jan. 18, Kobe's Back breezed five in 1:00.40 (15/69) at SA.
On Feb. 8, Kobe's Back worked six in 1:11.80 (4/20) at SA.
On Feb. 26, Kobe's Back worked five in 1.00:80 (26/82) at SA.
On March 7, Kobe's Back worked six in 1.11:00 (1/3) at SA.
On March 25, Kobe's Back worked four in :47:00 (1/16) at SA.
On March 31, Kobe’s Back worked five in 1.00:40 (12/46) at SA.
On April 19, Kobe’s Back breezed four in :49:80 (26/45) at SA.
On April 26, Kobe’s Back worked five in :58:00 (1/32) at SA.
On May 3, Kobe’s Back worked six in 1.13:20 (4/9) at SA.
On May 20, Kobe's Back worked four in :47:40 (1/10) at SA.
On May 26, Kobe's Back worked five in 1.00:80 (7/13) at SA.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 15 NOTE: “Joel wanted to ride him back because he clipped heels and almost went down,” trainer Sadler said. “We gave the horse a little time to get over that nightmare race, and he’s trained well here so we’re ready to go.”

Feb. 16, Grade II San Vicente Stakes, Santa Anita, Seven Furlongs. Kobe's Back, reserved early, came flying down the stretch to win going away. Sitting well behind fractions of :22.73 and :45.00, Joel Rosario and Kobe's Back made a big move on the turn, reached contention at the top of the lane, and put away early leader Cherubim well ahead of the finish line. The winning margin was 5 1/4 lengths, and the race was timed in 1:21.84. Cherubim stayed on for a second place after contesting the early pace with Papa Turf, followed across the wire by Rprettyboyfloyd, Papa Purf, Roger Rocket and Grazen's Hope.

John Sadler: “I just wanted Joel to ride him patiently, because everybody has us kind of counted out of the route races, except us. I wanted him off the pace a little bit and see if he’d finish up good so we could get him going around two turns next time. We catch a little bit of an odd flow. We’re a little bit too quick for the San Felipe, so we’ll probably go with Kristo in that one, and this horse we’ll look at maybe the Rebel. We’ll look around. There are a lot of 3-year-old races, but we wanted to get a good one at home in good weather first, then we’re going to look at a race with points for him in the next one.”

Joel Rosario: “Last time, he clipped heels and that was a tough race over at Hollywood. He handled the seven furlongs well today.  I’ll talk to my agent, he makes all the calls, all the decisions (on whom I ride) but I like him; today was very impressive and he looked good today.”

Co-owner Lee Searing: “I don’t think we have favorites. We bred (Candy Boy) and this horse (Kobe’s Back) was just asking to be bought. We buy a lot of two-year-olds, but this was a special horse. I’ve said all along that he’s had three bad starts, he won the first one, got hammered in the second and we never had a chance out in the 12 hole last out. So finally, all the work John has put in and the right rider. We asked Ron Anderson if Joel could come out here and ride, and it was real nice. We go to all the Lakers’ games. I have gone 17 years to watch Kobe play and in my opinion, he’s the greatest basketball player I’ve ever watched. We tried to name a horse ‘Kobe’ but that was registered, but when we added something to it, I kept telling everyone Kobe is coming back, so when it came time to name the horse I had been saying that a lot. I thought we had to do it. He can go two turns, even on the gallop out he just looks like it. Maybe now, with that sitting-back, stalking style, he’ll be ready to go two turns. We’ll let John decide where he runs next but we’re sure not going to race him and Candy Boy against one another. We’ll let John get him back to the barn and decide where to run them next.”

March 7 NOTE: Clocker Toby Turrell said of Kobe’s Back's workout: He “really stepped it up big. He did it all and more.”

March 15, Grade II Rebel Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Kobe's Back finished seventh, beaten 28 lengths by Hoppertunity and a time of 1:43.90.

April 5, Grade III Bay Shore Stakes, Aqueduct, Seven Furlongs. Coup de Grace made his return to the races a successful one, winning by a closing nose over Oliver Zip at 7-1 odds. Kobe’s Back, the 6-5 favorite, missed by a half-length after spotting the pace 10 lengths, while The Admiral finished fourth after grabbing the lead around the furlong marker.

Larry Benavidez, assistant to John Sadler: "He didn't break. He's done that before, and somehow, he's got to break that habit because it cost him the race. He's the only horse who closed like that today. He ran huge and it hurts to lose like that."

Corey Nakatani: "He slipped a little bit when he broke. He actually broke kinda hard and it slipped away from him. He's a horse that obviously has a lot of talent. He ran at Oaklawn, shipped back home, came back here - he's done a lot of traveling, so he may not have run his best race, but he gave a good effort. All the traveling that he's done had to take a little wind out of his sails. We'll get 'em next time."

May 10, Grade III Laz Barrera Stakes, Santa Anita, Seven Furlongs. At 3-5, Kobe's Back broke poorly and couldn't catch up. He finished fourth, beaten 2 1/2 lengths by 30-1 longshot Top Fortitude.

June 7, Grade II Woody Stephens Stakes, Belmont Park, Seven Furlongs. Kobe's Back was last of 13 in the early going and got up to finish fourth, beaten 7 3/4 lengths by Bayern.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Kobe's Back debuted in the 5 1/2-furlong Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes on June 15, and he won by 3 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:05.42. So with hopes high after time off, he was sent into the Grade III Hollywood Prevue Stakes at seven furlongs on Nov. 1, and as the 4-5 favorite, he finished second, beaten 7 3/4 lengths by the monster horse Shared Belief. Only five ran.

On Dec. 14, Kobe's Back concluded his year with a 10th place finish from 12 runners in the Grade I CashCall Futurity, won by Shared Belief. He lost by 27 3/4 lengths after clipping heels with second finisher Candy Boy and falling back, leading to a stewards' inquiry. It was determined that he made his own trouble. The chart call: "Kobe's Back, five wide into the first turn, angled in and chased outside rivals, came out a bit and clipped heels a half mile out, dropped back on the second turn, drifted four wide into the stretch and also weakened.... The stewards conducted an inquiry into the incident involving Candy Boy and Kobe's Back a half mile out but made no change when they ruled the latter was the cause of his own trouble."

 

KRISTO (KY)
Trainer: John Sadler
Owner: Hronis Racing LLC
Breeder: Whisper Hill Farm LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Distorted Humor (Forty Niner, Danzig's Beauty)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Capote's Crown (Capote, Majesty's Crown)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-2-9-0-1 (20) 2.64
Foal Date: March 2, 2011

$500,000 Keeneland September 2012.

NEXT RACE

WORKOUTS
On Jan. 27, Kristo breezed four in :47:80 (2/18) at SA.
On Feb. 3, Kristo worked five in :59:80 (3/7) at SA.
On Feb. 10, Kristo worked five in :59:20 (1/15) at SA.
On Feb. 17, Kristo worked six in 1.13:00 (1/5) at SA.
On Feb. 24, Kristo worked six in 1:10.80 (1/8) at SA.
On March 3, Kristo worked six in 1.13:40 (4/16) at SA.
On March 17, Kristo worked four in :47:60 (4/11) at SA.
On March 24, Kristo worked five in :59:20 (1/30) at SA.
On March 30, Kristo worked six in 1.12:40 (1/7) at SA.
On April 18, Kristo worked four in :48:00 (4/10) at SA.
On April 26, Kristo worked five in 1.01:00 (7/13) at SA.
On May 4, Kristo worked five on firm turf in 1.01:80 (3/3) at SA.
On May 10, Kristo worked six on firm turf in 1.14:20 (4/7) at SA.
On May 28, Kristo worked four in :47:60 (1/12) at SA.
On June 4, Kristo worked five in 1.01:20 (6/9) at SA.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 9 NOTE: "His last race was good. I didn’t want to run him on synthetic, so I’ve saved him for the dirt,” said trainer Sadler as the Sham Stakes approached.

Jan. 11, Grade III Sham Stakes, Santa Anita, One Mile. Kristo (2-1) and Rafael Bejarano took the lead from post 1, but Midnight Hawk (2-5) and Mike Smith were breathing down their neck from the get-go. Leaving the far turn, Midnight Hawk got the better of Kristo, and he was able to get clear by mid-stretch. After shifting in deep stretch, Midnight Hawk still had more and beat Kristo by 1 3/4 length, timed in 1:36.48. Early fractions were :23.31, :46.33 and 1:10.50. Ontology (10-1) never threatened and finished third, beaten five lengths. I'll Wrap It Up (13-1) was fourth and last, another 9 1/2 lengths behind Ontology.

John Sadler: “We think he can get better. We think he wants to run farther. That’s not the style we wanted to run today, but when it came up sort of like a match race, you’re drawn inside of the other guy, what are you going to do? We had to run head to head all the way around, but he ran well.”

Rafael Bejarano: “My horse broke real easy to the lead. I thought (Midnight Hawk) was going to cross in front of me, but he never did, so I went to the lead. But the winner was much too fast. He lost ground on both turns and still beat me. He’s a nice horse, a really good horse. He finished a really good second. He tried hard to the end.”

Feb. 17 NOTE: Joel Rosario picks up the mount for the San Felipe.

March 6 NOTE: “He’s trained exceptionally well,” trainer Sadler said. “He’s ready, it’s good spacing, so we’re very happy.”

March 8, Grade II San Felipe Stakes, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Mile. California Chrome, who came from off the pace to win his last race, led all the way in fast fractions. He and Victor Espinoza sped through splits of :23.09, :45.55 and 1:09.45 en route to a blistering final time of 1:40.59 -- and left the rest of the field far in their wake. Midnight Hawk, who stayed with California Chrome for a little over six furlongs, finished a distant second, beaten 7 1/4 lengths. Kristo, who was midpack much of the way, got up for third, but he was 13 1/2 lengths back of the winner at the finish. Schoolofhardrocks gave way to Kristo to come in fourth, another 1 1/2 length back.

April 5, Grade I Wood Memorial, Aqueduct, 1 1/18 Mile. Kristo finished seventh, beaten 16 1/2 lengths. Surprisingly, he was placed close to the early pace instead of being taken back for a late run. That didn’t work out at all.

May 18, Allowance-Optional Claiming, Santa Anita, One Mile (T). At 5-2 odds, Kristo finished ninth, beaten 7 1/4 lengths by Home Run Kitten.

 

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

After finishing second twice in two races, Kristo won his third start going 1 1/16 mile at Santa Anita on Oct. 31 while ridden by Rafael Bejarano at 3-5 odds. Six ran. He cleared second finisher Hold Everything by 6 3/4 lengths. Kristo set splits of :23.23, :47.31 and 1:11.83 en route to a finish timed in 1:43.30. It was a nice effort and his first going two turns. He'd run on dirt once before, six furlongs at Santa Anita in that second start.

 

 

LOUIES FLOWER (FL)
Trainer: Bret Calhoun
Owner: Wesley Melcher
Breeder: Shadybrook Farm Inc & Castletop Stable
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Flower Alley (Distorted Humor, Princess Olivia)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Tembisa (Johannesburg, Varnish)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-1-7-1-0 (12) 1.67
Foal Date: May 22, 2011

$25,000 OBS August 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 4, Louies Flower breezed four in :52.40 (168/188) at OP.
On Jan. 12, Louies Flower breezed five on a good track in 1:03.80 (8/94) at OP.
On Jan. 19, Louies Flower breezed five in 1.00:40 (2/72) at OP.
On Jan. 26, Louies Flower breezed six in 1.14:20 (1/8) at OP.
On Feb. 2, Louies Flower breezed five on a sloppy track in 1.02:40 (5/28) at OP.
On Feb. 13, Louies Flower breezed four at EVT. (unreported)
On March 2, Louies Flower breezed four in :51.80 (71/78) at OP.
On March 7, Louies Flower breezed five in :59.40 (1/43) at OP.
On March 22, Louies Flower breezed four in :48:80 (10/67) at FG.
On May 9, Louie's Flower breezed four in :48:40 (5/35) at CD.
On May 16, Louies Flower breezed five in 1.00:40 (2/12) at CD.
On May 23, Louie's Flower breezed five in 1.00:00 (6/25) at CD.
On May 31, Louies Flower breezed six in 1.14:40 (5/8) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 17, Grade III Southwest Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Louies Flower finished last of 12, beaten 26 lengths. He pulled hard in traffic in the backstretch, then spit the bit.

March 29, Grade II Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Mile. Louies Flower finished ninth, beaten 19 1/2 lengths, after contending in the early going.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

He ran second and fourth in a couple of maiden special weights at Lone Star and Remington, then won in his third effort, also at Remington, dueling in a 5 1/2-furlong MSW. That led to a win in a $75K N2L allowance-optional claimer going a mile at Remington on Oct. 30. After leading at each call, he drew off to win by 5 1/4 lengths, timed in 1:36.03. Splits were :23.81, :47.24, 1:12.13 and 1:24.85. A very solid effort.

Dec. 15, Springboard Mile, Remington Park, One Mile. Louies Flower won under Luis Quinonez , holding off a late-charging Noble Cornerstone by a neck, timed in 1:38.83. Always prominent, Louies Flower was third, tracking then pressing Alpha and Omega through initial splits of :23.58, :47.18 and 1:12. Smack Smack was a distant third, beaten 5 1/2 lengths after trailing from seven to 14 lengths in the during the first six furlongs. He made a late run and nosed out fourth finisher Walt, who was just ahead of Smack Smack in the early going. Boji Moon cut to the inside at the top of the stretch and looked like he might win, but he lost momentum and came in fifth, beaten 6 1/4 lengths. The chart call -- which is incorrect -- Louies Flower had the lead at the furlong marker: "Louies Flower stalked pace from outset, commenced bid racing three wide into stretch, responded to strong handling, got up in final strides."

Luis Quinones: “The horse ran great. They had him ready. It took me a long time to get to the wire, but we won (laughs).”

 

MATADOR (ON)
Trainer: Mark Casse
Owner: John Oxley
Breeder: Windhaven Farms Limited
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy, Macoumba)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): I'm Breathtaking (Elusive Quality, Golden Tiy)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-7-13-0-0 (28) 3.31
Foal Date: Feb. 25, 2011

$150,000 Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Dec. 24, Matador breezed four in :49.10 (31/74) at PMM.
On Dec. 29, Matador breezed five in 1:00.10 (1/16) at PMM.
On Jan. 5, Matador breezed five in 1:00.80 (4/31) at PMM.
On Jan. 12, Matado breezed five in 1:00.50 (5/29) at PMM.
On Jan. 18, Matador breezed five in 1:01.00 (9/20) at PMM.
On Jan. 25, Matador breezed five in 1.00:65 (1/17) at PMM.
On Feb. 15, Matador breezed five in 1.02:75 (14/22) at PMM.
On Feb. 22, Matador breezed five in 1.00:00 (1/18) at PMM.
On March 1, Matador breezed five in 1.03:65 (30/31) at PMM.
On March 22, Matador breezed five in 1.01:00 (3/14) at PMM.
On April 21, Matador breezed four in :49:40 ( 17/46) at CD.
On May 17, Matador breezed five in 1.01:60 (17/77) at WO.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 10 NOTE: After an interview with trainer Casse, the Toronto Sun noted, "An Ontario-bred and thus eligible for the Queen’s Plate as well, Matador was mediocre in his final two-year-old race, finishing a flat sixth in the Coronation Futurity."

Feb. 1, Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Matador finished fourth, beaten only a length by winner Vinceremos and a time of 1:47 and change. At the first call, he was sixth, 4 1/2 lengths off the pace.  The chart call: "Matador raced off the pace, split rivals passing the quarter pole, came three wide into the lane, rallied and dug in between horses to the finish."

Feb. 15 NOTE: Trainer Casse says on HRRN that Matador was smacked with an opposing jock's whip in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, that it stopped him, that he got "really nailed."

March 8, Grade II Tampa Bay Derby, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Ring Weekend ran through early fractions of :23.62, :46.68 and 1:11.41 en route to a win in 1:43.71. Vinceremos, always in a good spot and battling with Surfing U S A, finished second, beaten three lengths. Surfing U S A was third, another 3/4 length back, and Conquest Titan came from eighth of 10 to finish fourth, beaten 4 3/4 lengths overall. In fifth was Matador, a 5 3/4-length loser.

March 29, Grade I Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Matador finished sixth, beaten 10 lengths by Constitution and a time of 1:49.16.

Assistant trainer Norm Casse: “I thought he ran a good race. This was a tough spot, and we knew that coming in. I don’t think he disgraced us today, and I think in the long run he’s going to actually be a decent horse. It just hasn’t all clicked yet, but eventually he’s going to be all right.”

Julien Leparoux: "He broke a little slow and in the first turn they all kind of went outside, so it gave me room to get position. On the backside I had a great position, and when they started running he tried. It was tough competition today, but I thought he ran well and in the future he'll get better. He's a nice horse, so we'll get him right."

April 26, Grade III Derby Trial, Churchill Downs, One Mile. Matador finished seventh, beaten 5 1/2 lengths, after never threatening.

May 28, Allowance optional claiming, Woodbine, 1 1/16 Mile. At 3-10 odds, Matador finished first by six lengths. He was timed in 1:44.32 after coming from last of five behind a moderate pace.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Matador competed four times, all in stakes races at Woodbine. After running fourth in the six-furlong Vandal Stakes, he finished third in the Grade II Summer Stakes at one mile on the turf, and then won the 1 1/16-mile Cup and Saucer Stakes, again on the turf. He regressed with a seventh-place finish, then placed sixth by stewards, in the Coronation Futurity won by Asserting Bear in 1:50.96. Well-positioned at the top of the stretch, he was squeezed back at that point by Ami's Holiday.

 

MEXIKOMA (FL)
Trainer: Rick Mettee
Owner: Team Valor International
Breeder: Hickstead Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Birdstone (Grindstone, Dear Birdie)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Toccet Over (Toccet, Hidden Pleasure)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-5-5-0-0 (14) 4.60
Foal Date: Feb. 21, 2011

$56,000 OBS April 2013.

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WORKOUTS
On Dec. 31, Mexikoma breezed three in :36.90 (2/34) at PMM.
On Jan. 9, Mexikoma breezed four in :50.90 (21/21) at PMM.
On Jan. 16, Mexikoma breezed four in :48.70 (6/24) at PMM.
On Jan. 22, Mexikoma breezed five in 1.02:75 (3/6) at PMM.
On Jan. 28, Mexikoma breezed five in 1.01:70 (7/11) at PMM.
On Feb. 5, Mexikoma breezed six in 1:15.00 (1/2) at PMM.
On Feb. 10, Mexikoma breezed five on firm turf in 1.03:65 (16/29) at PMM.
On Feb. 12, Mexikoma breezed five in 1.00:65 (4/8) at PMM.
On Feb. 18, Mexikoma breezed four in :49:05 (11/27) at PMM.
On March 28, Mexikoma breezed three in : 39:00 (7/7) at PMM.
On April 5, Mexikoma breezed four in :51:85 (35/35) at PMM.
On April 19, Mexikoma breezed four in :48:20 (2/18) at FAI.
On April 26, Mexikoma breezed five in 1.03:00 (9/11) at FAI.
On May 3, Mexikoma breezed five in 1.02:40 (11/12) at FAI.
On May 9,Mexikoma breezed six in 1.16:80 (2/2) at FAI.
On May 15, Mexikoma breezed five in :59:80 (1/3) at FAI.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 8 NOTE: According to trainer Mettee, per tweets by @DerbyContenders, Mexikoma had some hind-end issues that put him "behind the 8-ball" in training. He hopes to run him in an allowance near the end of the month, says going in a stakes race next would be less than ideal.

Feb. 22, Entry Level Allowance/Optional Claiming, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Under Javier Castellano, Constitution left the gate as the 2-1 favorite in a field of 10, and he won easily. After once again having some difficulty breaking cleanly from the gate, Constitution was soon on the lead with a quarter-mile run in :24.31, the half in :47.71 and six furlongs in 1:11.03. Longshot Big Guy Ian chased Constitution up the backstretch in vain, vying with Tonalist, the 5-2 second choice, for second position. Tonalist kept running and stayed on to get the place, beaten 3 1/4 lengths behind a winning time of 1:42.19. Mexikoma broke from post 10 and trailed the field after a half-mile, 10 1/2 lengths in arrears. He made a quality late run to take the third, 2 1/4 lengths behind Tonalist. Wicked strong finished fourth, beaten 6 1/2 lengths, after also trailing much of the field in the early running.

March 5 NOTE: According to a report at Bloodhorse.com on March 4, Mexikoma "has come down with a fever that forced him to miss several days of training." Team Valor president Barry Irwin told the publication they still hope to give the colt a Kentucky Derby prep race in April. Irwin said Team Valor feels Mexikoma is the kind of horse that is better suited for the Belmont Stakes.

March 20 NOTE: Off the Derby Trail.

May 23, Allowance, Pimlico, 1 1/16 Mile. Mexikoma (4-5) finished second by a half-length to Qualify (2-1) and a time of 1:44.27.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

After debuting at Saratoga, where he finished seventh, Mexikoma won at second asking, a one-mile maiden special weight at Delaware Park on Sept. 12. It was a resounding win, too. Under Alex Cintron at 3-1 odds in what was viewed as a fairly evenly-matched field of seven, Mexikoma prevailed by 14 3/4 lengths. Early on he rated in third, three lengths back, before getting down to business. The chart call: "Mexikoma raced close up early, took over into the second turn then drew off steadily through the stretch while ridden out."

Nov. 2, Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Mile. Mexikoma, sent off at 10-1 odds, finished sixth but was only beaten 3 3/4 lengths. The chart call: "Mexikoma came in at the break, was angled off the rail for the backstretch run, gained momentum past the three eighths pole,worked between runners in mid stretch, altered well wide departing the sixteenth marker and finished with good energy."

 

 

MONOPOLIZE (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Repole Stable
Breeder: G. Watts Humphrey Jr.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Bernardini (A.P. Indy, Cara Rafaela)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Jaramar Rain (Thunder Gulch, Jaramar Miss)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-7-10-0-0 (20) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 2, 2011

A ridgling.

$500,000 Keeneland April 2013.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 12, Monopolize breezed four in :47.95 (6/68) at PMM.
On Jan. 19, Monopolize breezed five in 1:01.90 (16/26) at PMM.
On Feb. 10, Monopolize breezed four in :49:70 (3/17) at PMM.
On Feb. 16, Monopolize breezed five in 1.01:70 (14/32) at PMM.
On Feb. 23, Monopolize breezed four in :49:00 (7/58) at PMM.
On March 16, Monopolize breezed four in :49:80 (28/47) at PMM.
On March 23, Monopolize breezed four in :49:30 (20/50) at PMM.
On April 6, Monopolize breezed four in :50:60 (22/24) at PMM.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 25, Entry Level Allowance/Optional Claiming, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Monopolize finished sixth of seven, beaten 8 3/4 lengths by Top Billing and a time of 1:42.66. He ran in fifth place of seven the first three calls. The chart call: "Monopolize raced up close saving ground and tired in the drive."

Feb. 21, Entry Level Allowance/Optional Claiming, Aqueduct, One Mile. The track came up muddy. Monopolize was scratched.

March 2, Smooth Air Stakes, Calder Race Course, One Mile. Tashir (8-5) won, followed 3 1/2 lengths back by King Cyrus (7-2), another half to Monopolize (9-2), four to Kodiak Kody (45-1) and 1 1/2 to Giancarlo (3-1). Nine ran in all. Tashir was timed in 1:39.87.  Giancarlo set a moderate pace while the top three finishers were fourth, fifth and sixth for the first half-mile.

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Monopolize broke his maiden in his second start, and that came at Aqueduct on Dec. 21. Ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., he went a mile and 70 yards in 1:44.76. After stalking in third, he won by a length and was sent to Florida.

 

MOSLER (KY)
Trainer: Bill Mott
Owner: Adele B. Dilschneider
Breeder: Cherry Valley Farm, LLC.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): War Front (Danzig, Starry Dreamer)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Gold Vault (Arch, Questress)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-6-13-0-0 (22) 2.38
Foal Date: April 15, 2011

$1,050,000 Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 5, Mosler breezed three in :38.00 (3/9) at PAY.
On Jan. 12, Mosler breezed three in :37.10 (3/8) at PAY.
On Jan. 19, Mosler breezed four in :49.40 (8/24) at PAY.
On Jan. 26, Mosler breezed four in :48.20 (1/15) at PAY.
On Feb. 2, Mosler breezed four in :49.00 (1/31) at PAY.
On Feb. 10, Mosler breezed five in 1:00.40 (1/6) at PAY.
On Feb. 17, Mosler breezed five in 1:00.20 (1/10) at PAY.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

In Trouble defeated Mosler in the latter one's debut sprinting at Saratoga, a margin of 4 1/2 lengths. After chasing the pace, Mosler had insufficient late punch.

On Sept. 8 at Belmont Park, Mosler broke his maiden and didn't race again in 2013. Racing one mile, he won by 3 1/2 lengths; Master Lightning was second, Long Water third. With Junior Alvarado in the irons, the time was 1:36.70.

 

MR SPEAKER (KY)
Trainer: Shug McGaughey
Owner: Phipps Stable
Breeder: Phipps Stable
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Pulpit (A.P. Indy, Preach)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Salute (Unbridled, Personal Ensign)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 12-13-13-0-2 (40) 3.71
Foal Date: May 14, 2011

The dam, Salute, is a daughter of Personal Ensign, unbeaten in 13 career starts for trainer McGaughey .

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 3, Mr Speaker breezed four in :49.30 (1/1) at PAY.
On Jan. 11, Mr Speaker breezed four in :49.20 (3/15) at PAY.
On Jan. 19, Mr Speaker breezed four in :49:10 (2/24) at PAY.
On Feb. 18, Mr Speaker breezed five on firm turf in 1.02:00 (1/3) at PAY.
On Feb. 25, Mr Speaker breezed four in :49:00 (1/1) at PAY.
On March 15, Mr. Speaker breezed four in :50:80 (8/11) at PAY.
On March 28, Mr Speaker breezed four in :50:20 (4/10) at PAY.
On April 6, Mr Speaker worked four in :46:20 (3/63) at KEE.
On May 3, Mr Speaker breezed four in :48:93 (6/9) at BEL.
On May 12, Mr Speaker breezed four in :47:34 (2/46) at BEL.
On May 19, Mr Speaker breezed four in :48:90 (6/23) at BEL.
On June 7, Mr Speaker breezed four in :51.00 (31/34) at BEL

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 1 NOTE: Pointing to the Holy Bull. “He came out of the race really well,” trainer McGaughey said of the Dania Beach win. “I’m going to work him from the pole at Payson on the dirt. I’d like to take Lezcano up there and work him in behind a horse to see how he handles the dirt in his face. If he handles it and breezes well, I’d like to take a shot at the Holy Bull. The timing is good, and we know he can run on the grass. He’s always trained fine on the dirt, so I would think that we’d be okay.”

Jan. 4 NOTE: “He worked very well (Jan. 3) on the dirt. Next weekend, I plan on putting him behind a horse and let the dirt hit him in the face,” trainer McGaughey said. “Then, I’ll make up my mind (about his next race) from there.”

Jan. 19 NOTE: “He worked in :49 2/5 and worked great,” trainer McGaughey said. “Pulpit never ran on the turf. Salute never ran on the turf. He’s trained good on the dirt. He handled (kickback) fine (in his previous work). I just wanted to see how he’d handle the dirt, and he handled it fine."

Jan. 20 NOTE: “I think he’s equipped to make the jump. It’s a matter whether he’ll make the jump from turf to dirt. He’s already done it on the turf. He went from a maiden to a grade 3,” said trainer McGaughey. “We’ll just have to see if he does it on the dirt.”

Jan. 25, Grade II Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Mr Speaker finished seventh, beaten 10 3/4 lengths by Cairo Prince. He contended in third and made a run at the lead leaving the turn, but he was done at that point. The chart call: "Mr Speaker stalked the pace off the rail and tired."

THE NEXT DAY: “I was a little surprised that he was up that close, but the winner was sitting right on his tail,” trainer McGaughey said. “I think at this point he’s going to be better on the grass, so we’ll go back to grass. I think the (3-year-olds) back around here are pretty good.”

March 1, Grade III Palm Beach Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile (T). Gala Award held wore down pacesetter and post-time favorite Storming Inti and held off the late-running Mr. Speaker to win by a half-length. Mr. Speaker was second, a neck ahead of Storming Inti. Pleuven was another half-length back in fourth. John Velazquez had Gala Award in a stalking spot on the outside of Javier Castellano and Storming Inti, who led through a quarter-mile in :23.90, a half in :48.25 and six furlongs in 1:11.42. Storming Inti still had a one-length advantage at the head of the stretch. Velazquez was able to get Gala Award to the front past the eighth pole, and he was determined in turning back the late bid from Mr Speaker, who rallied strongly on the outside after being positioned twelfth, 12 1/2 lengths off the lead after a quarter-mile and eighth, 7 1/4 lengths back after a half.

April 19, Grade III Coolmore Lexington Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/16 Mile. Mr Speaker was an easy four-length winner under Jose Lezcano. Divine Oath finished second, edging Supermonic by a head, with Ami’s Holiday another 3/4 length back in fourth.  Mr Speaker raced next to the rail while tracking early leaders Solitary Ranger and Supermonic, who raced through fractions of :24.13, :48.07 and 1:13.17. Leaving the far turn, Lezcano moved Mr Speaker off the rail and surged around the leaders to quickly take over. The time was 1:44.18.

Shug McGaughey, winning trainer: “I thought Jose rode a great race on him. He had him in the slot the whole way there and was just kind of waiting. I saw him reach up and grab him again around the 4 1/2 pole, and I thought, ‘Well, he’s got a lot of horse. We’ll just see what happens when the running starts.’

“This horse we’ve been high on. I brought him here with the idea of running in the Blue Grass, but when it came up a big field I decided not to. Racing Secretary told me last week they were going to have six (in this race) so I decided to go, and it ended up with 11.”

“We ran him on the dirt one time (seventh in the Holy Bull), and I don’t think that was a true indication of his dirt form. I think he probably will handle the dirt.  He laid up maybe a bit closer than we wanted him to, maybe a little eager, and I don’t think Jose wanted him eating the dirt. So I think one of these days we’ll try him again, but it’s not going to be in two weeks.”

May 26, Pennine Ridge Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/8 Mile (T). Gala Award finished first by a head after he and three others surged ahead of pacemaker Mr Speaker in the stretch, with Can't Helpbelieving coming out on the middle of the track. Flamboyant was second.  Can'thelpbelieving was third, beaten 1 1/4 length. Mr Speaker wound up last of five, beaten 5 1/4 lengths. The time was 1:49.73 on ground rated firm.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Mr Speaker was put on turf in three maiden special weights before going into stakes company. He was a troubled sixth under Javier Castellano behind the highly regarded Bobby’s Kitten in his Aug. 24 debut at Saratoga at 1 1/16 mile. Mr Speaker had the lead at the stretch call in another maiden special weight on Sept. 21, this time going a mile at Belmont Park, but he was outfinished by Request and Great Minds. Perhaps his bug boy jockey, Manuel Franco, moved too soon. Anyway,  third time was the charm; running 1 1/16 mile in 1:43.06 under Castellano, Mr Speaker rolled along to victory on the front end at Belmont on Oct. 14.

LATER ON: "His first two races were better than they looked," trainer McGaughey said. “When I ran him at Saratoga, Javier rode him and missed the hole, but came back and told me that he liked him a lot. A bug boy rode him after that, probably moved a little bit early on him against Request; he might have been best that day. We were what, 10-1 today and Request was 2-1? Then he came back and broke his maiden—everyone took back and he just found himself on the lead.

Dec. 21, Grade III Dania Beach Stakes, Gulfstream Park, One Mile (T). Mr Speaker was said to be on his toes in the post parade and took advantage of a rail run to record his first stakes win, and at juicy odds of 10-1. He was timed in 1:36.60. Unhurried early as Bon Accord showed the way, Mr Speaker skimmed the fence down the backstretch and looked full of run through the far turn. He waited for the pacesetter to drift out just enough and knifed through willingly en route to a 2 3/4-length victory under Jose Lezcano. Cabo Cat was second, while Pleuven, last of all early, finished up well to get third.

Shug McGaughey: "It didn’t bother me that he wasn’t on the lead today. Jose rode him really good, getting him into position on the backside. I thought he would break good; I thought he might be a little closer than he was. I think he can be wherever he wants. Yes, I will try him on the dirt, maybe even next time. He’s matured a lot since he left Belmont sometime in November, and I hope he continues to go that way.”

Jose Lezcano: "He showed me a lot of class down the stretch. I think he'll get better with maturity, too. We had a good trip. He broke good and was relaxed down the backside. I let him pick it up a little down the backstretch, and he got me inside. As soon as the hole opened up, he shot right through. He's showed me a lot."

 

NO NAY NEVER (KY)
Trainer: Wesley Ward
Owner: Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith et al
Breeder: Jayne Doi Johnson & David Sparrow
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Scat Daddy (Johannesburg, Love Style)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Cat's Eye Witness (Elusive Quality, Comical Cat)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-2-8-1-1 (18) 2.00
Foal Date: March 1, 2011

NEXT RACE: Jersey Stakes at Ascot on June 18.


WORKOUTS
On Dec. 3, No Nay Never breezed three in :37.60 (3/3) at KEE.
On Dec. 27, No Nay Never breezed four in :39.44 (12/17) at GP.
On Jan. 1, No Nay Never breezed five in 1:02.10 (3/7) at GP.
On Jan. 11, No Nay Never breezed four in :48.45 (26/124) at GP.
On Feb. 2, No Nay Never breezed four in :46.71 (1/101) at GP.
On Feb. 9, No Nay Never breezed five in 1.00:21 (5/30) at GP.
On Feb. 15, No Nay Never breezed five in :58:94 ( 3/70) at GP.
On Feb. 23, No Nay Never breezed five in 1.00:02 (8/24) at GP.
On April 7, No Nay Never breezed four in :49:00 (28/46) at KEE.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 22 NOTE: No Kentucky Derby aspirations for No Nay Never. “(The Swale is) the race I’ve been pointing for ever since he came back,” trainer Ward said. “He’s just been amazing. Everything he’s done, he’s done it easily. This is a little bit of a stretch-out to seven furlongs, but certainly as good a horse as he is, he should be able to handle that off the comeback. He got a little bit too geared up the first part of his works, so I kind of backed off him a little bit. His last few works have been unbelievable. His work last Saturday was just outstanding. If he runs like he works, we’ll be all right. He’s the most talented horse I’ve ever had. We’re hoping for big things in the future. Hopefully, he stays sound and can go out there and run the best race he possibly can every time I lead him over. We’ll see what we can do.” Ward said he is hoping to take No Nay Never back to Royal Ascot for the St. James’s Palace Stakes on June 17 or the Jersey Stakes on June 18, with the seven-furlong King’s Bishop at Saratoga Race Course a long-term goal.

March 1, Grade II Swale Stakes, Gulfstream Park, Seven Furlongs. At 9-1, Spot defeated 2-5 favorite No Nay Never buy 2 1/2 lengths in the seven-furlong Swale. Can't Stop the Kid set rapid fractions of :22.24 and :44.49, then basically quit running hard. No Nay never assumed command of the race but was passed by Spot nearing the furlong marker. Spot drew off to win in 1:22.44. No Nay Never finished second, 1 1/4 length clear of Brothersofthetime. Six ran.
Javier Castellano: "He was fresh and hadn't run in a while. He came out quick, broke on top, but I had to rate a little bit because the horse inside (Can't Stop the Kid) had speed, and I let him go. But that horse stopped so quick, and when my horse got on the lead he seemed to completely lose his momentum. (Spot) got the jump on me and my horse responded when I asked him. Unfortunately he did all of the hard work in the race."

March 8 NOTE: "There's so many different variables you can go over after the race," trainer Ward said earlier this week. "If you had it to do over again, you could do this, that, this and that. Looking at it afterwards, maybe I had him a little short. I did back off of him a few weeks ago because he was so forward. The pace was fast, 44 and change, and he hadn't run in awhile. The winner sat back there and it set up. But the end result is the same, and the fortunate thing is that the horse came out of it in wonderful shape." One future target mentioned is the Jersey Stakes on June 18 at Ascot, and that may be No Nay Never's next start. "We put him on a plane yesterday for Keeneland, and we've got big things hoping for him this summer," Ward said. "After Royal Ascot, there are some big races and there's nothing imminent for him right now on the horizon."

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

A precocious 2-year-old, No Nay Never was three-for-three. He debuted and won at Keeneland in April.

Taken to Europe, he won the five-furlong, Group 2 Norfolk Stakes in June at Ascot on turf rated good to firm. No Nay Never set a new juvenile course record, timed in :58.80. Ownership at that time was listed as Mrs. Paul Shanahan and Ice Wine Stable. Comments on the running: "Awkward leaving stalls, raced keenly and soon recovered to lead, restrained and headed halfway but stayed with leaders, ridden and effort when hung right over one furlong out, led inside final furlong, ran on strongly, impressive."

 No Nay Never famously prevailed in the six-furlong, Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville on Aug. 13. It was a five-length win timed in 1:09.82 on good to soft ground under David Flores. Current ownership had purchased the colt by then. Comments on the running: "Took keen hold early, disputed lead on outer, led over two furlongs out, ridden and quickened clear entering final furlong, ran on strongly and asserted, readily."

 

NOBLE CORNERSTONE (NY)
Trainer: Wesley Ward
Owner: My Meadowview Farm
Breeder: My Meadowview LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Noble Causeway (Giant Causeway, Mimi's Girl)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Besige (Polish Numbers, Psyched)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-2-14-0-0 (18) 1.57
Foal Date: April 4, 2011

A gelding.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 5, Noble Cornerstone breezed five in :50.20 (35/43) at GP.
On Jan. 11, Noble Cornerstone breezed five in 1:01.80 (21/46) at GP.
On Jan. 22, Noble Cornerstone breezed five in 1.02:53 (6/11) at GP.
On Feb. 12, Noble Cornerstone breezed five in :59:82 (4/15) at GP.
On Feb. 19, Noble Cornerstone breezed five in 1:00.56 (4/10) at GP.
On Feb. 25, Noble Cornerstone breezed four in :51:65 (23/24) at GP.
On April 25, Noble Cornernstone breezed four in :50:34 (14/18) at BEL.
On May 3, Noble Cornerstone breezed four in :47:89 (1/28) at BEL.
On May 12, Noble Cornerstone breezed four in :48:34 (13/75) at BEL.
On May 30, Noble Cornerstone breezed four in :49.20 B (10/18) at BEL.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 1, Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. The biggest disappointment in the race was Noble cornerstone, the 9-5 favorite. Off slowly, he trailed the field by 15 1/2 lengths after the first half-mile. He finished seventh, beaten 12 1/4 lengths. There was no apparent excuse. The chart call: "Noble Cornerstone was off a bit slow, raced far back and showed little."

March 1, Grade III Gotham Stakes, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 Mile. Noble Cornerstone again ran a poor race, finishing last of nine, beaten 25 3/4 lengths by Samraat.

May 17, Entry Level Allowance, Belmont Park, 6 1/2 Furlongs. At even-money odds, Noble Cornerstone finished second, beaten a head by 2-1 John's Island. He stalked in fourth, got a three-length lead in the stretch, then gave it up.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Noble Cornerstone broke his maiden in his debut, which came at Aqueduct on Nov. 3. He went six furlongs in 1:11.54 and prevailed by 6 1/2 lengths at 5-2 odds under Abel Lezcano. He was prominent throughout the race. The chart call: "Noble Cornerstone prompted the pace from the three path, took closer order on the leader nearing the quarter pole, got roused at that station and took command, drew clear under a drive kept to task."

Dec. 15, Springboard Mile, Remington Park, One Mile. Louies Flower won under Luis Quinonez , holding off a late-charging Noble Cornerstone and Keith Desormeaux by a neck, timed in 1:38.83. Always prominent, Louies Flower was third, tracking then pressing Alpha and Omega through initial splits of :23.58, :47.18 and 1:12. Smack Smack was a distant third, beaten 5 1/2 lengths after trailing from seven to 14 lengths in the during the first six furlongs. He made a late run and nosed out fourth finisher Walt, who was just ahead of Smack Smack in the early going. Boji Moon cut to the inside at the top of the stretch and looked like he might win, but he lost momentum and came in fifth, beaten 6 1/4 lengths. The chart call: "Noble Cornerstone was allowed to settle in stride for half, commenced bid circling foes leaving far turn, came four wide into stretch, responded to strong handling and just missed in a a game effort."

 

NOBLE MOON (VA)
Trainer: Leah Gyarmati
Owner: Treadway Stables
Breeder: Estate of Edward P. Evans
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy, Macoumba)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Mambo Bell (Kingmambo, Music Bell)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 10-5-19-5-1 (40) 1.58
Foal Date: March 6, 2011

$200,000 Keeneland November 2011.
$200,000 Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Feb. 12, Noble Moon breezed three on the training track in :38:88 (15/21) at BEL.
On Feb. 27, Noble Moon breezed four on the training track in :51:69 (21/22) at BEL.
On March 6, Noble Moon breezed four on the training track in :49:50 (3/11) at BEL.
On March 12, Noble Moon breezed four on the training track in :51:11 (17/26) at BEL.
On March 17, Noble Moon breezed five on the training track in 1.01:57 (2/9) at BEL.
On March 23, Noble Moon breezed a mile on the training track in 1.46:06 (2/2) at BEL.
On March 29, Noble Moon breezed eight on the training track in 1.45:43 (1/1) at BEL.
On May 31, Noble Moon breezed three in :38:22 (10/12) at BEL.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 1 NOTE: "He got hives the night before (the Remsen) and we had to treat him, so he had to be scratched," said trainer Gyarmati. "He's been great ever since, hasn't missed a work, and is doing very well, so, hopefully, he'll run well on Saturday (in the Jerome). He could have run even with the hives, if we hadn't treated him around midnight." Noble Moon prepared for his two-turn debut by breezing one mile in 1:45.22. "He sat off the other horse he worked with, Street Gent, and finished very well, so I think we're fine. You have to run in these races if you're thinking about having a nice 3-year-old, a Derby horse. This race probably won't come up as tough as some of the races down the line, but it's a good starting place, and you have to see how he matches up against everyone else."

Jan. 4, Grade II Jerome Stakes, Aqueduct, One Mile 70 Yards. Noble Moon, making his first start around two turns, sat off the early pace, took the lead on the backstretch, and repelled multiple bids en route to a two-length victory over Classic Giacnroll under Irad Ortiz, Jr. He was timed in 1:45.08. He sat second early behind long shot Pin and Win through an opening quarter in :24.07. Noble Moon claimed the top spot under a tight hold, getting the half in :48.34. Pressed by Master Lightning and Classic Giacnroll from there through three quarters in 1:13.50, Noble Moon began to assert himself when put to a drive by Ortiz turning for home, with Classic Giacnroll chasing in vain in the stretch and Master Lightning dropping out of contention. Classic Giacnroll finished 2 1/2 lengths ahead of third finisher Scotland, who held off Matuszak, Lawmaker, and Mental Iceberg in a blanket finish for third. Master Lightning and Pin and Win completed the order of finish.

Leah Gyarmati: "I told him, 'If he gets out and gets a clear lead and can do it easily, great. If somebody else wants it, let them have it and get outside.' And then, all of a sudden, there was a second wave of horses on him. I just kept thinking back to his maiden win when I thought that he might get a little leg weary, but he didn't want to let anybody by him. It's a good sign that he can win and go two turns and fight them off, whether he's on the lead or not. As a rider, you can maneuver him, so that's always handy. He's going to have to step it up again, obviously, because there are some nice horses out there beyond Aqueduct. I thought the fractions were fair enough for him. I know he's fit. I was hoping that if he did make the lead he'd be there by himself, and not have horses right on top of him. It was nice that I'd seen him go wire-to-wire and horses come at him late; you might have thought he'd get tired; he fights.

"We might skip the Withers and go to the next one (Gotham). Maybe (owner) Jeff (Treadway) has another one (Street Gent) for the Withers."

Irad Ortiz, Jr.: "It was perfect. He broke a little slowly, but then he put me in the race. He's got a big, long stride. I asked him at the quarter-pole, and he picked it right up."

Jan. 19 NOTE: Noble Moon came up with an injury to his right front foot in the Jerome and will be out of training at least through the end of the month. Trainer Gyarmati still hopes he will make the Gotham on March 1.

March 1 NOTE: There was the foot problem, never exactly divulged, and then an abscess. Noble Moon's abscess was drained and he was outiftted with an aluminum pad before his most recent workout. He's still being pointed to the Wood Memorial if he can maintain a steady workout schedule.

April 5, Grade I Wood Memorial, Aqueduct, 1 1/18 Mile. Noble Moon finished sixth, beaten 8 3/4 lengths. He was two or three lengths off the lead the first six furlongs while saving ground, was asked in upper stretch but then regressed.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Sept. 14, Maiden Special Weight, Belmont Park, Six Furlongs. The promising colt went gate-to-wire from post 1, holding off 4-5 favorite Divine Energy to win by three-quarters of a length, timed in 1:10.39 under Alex Solis.

Leah Gyarmati: "I knew he could run, but kind of like (the filly Sweet Reason), he's going to probably want to go longer and the post position was probably not ideal for getting a clean trip. It worked out great. In the mornings when he works, if you put him off in front of a horse or next to a horse, he would work dynamite. None of the other 2-year-olds were able to beat him. But, if he'd start out behind, he just wanted to play.

"Alex got on him one morning and he schooled him. He made him get dirt in his face and made him get up with the horses, but he wasn't happy about it. That's why I was thinking it was probably not a good scenario being in the one-hole if he does kind of get left or breaks short or breaks slow, especially with that many horses. It was a 12-horse field and they were all kind of playing around not wanting to go in [the gate], and he was standing there so long. I was a little worried about that but, shoot, he came right on out of there.

"It's kind of a nice problem to have, to be able to sit down and think where you're going to go next. I'm not sure yet."

Oct. 7 NOTE: Trainer Gyarmati said she has no definite plans Noble Moon. On Oct. 5, Noble Moon breezed three furlongs in :38.09 over the Belmont training track, the second work since his win. "He's doing really well," said Gyarmati. "I don't know where we're going with him yet; maybe the Nashua. We'll see. There's no rush with him."

Nov. 3, Grade II Nashua Stakes, Belmont Park, One Mile. Noble Moon was bumped at the start, compromising him, but he stayed on to finish third of 12, beaten three lengths. In only his second start, and at 4-1 odds, Cairo Prince employed a strong turn of foot on the far turn and held sway in the stretch to win. He came away fifth of 12 and launched a three-wide rally after Manhattan Johnnie, the 5-2 favorite, ran the opening half-mile in :46.90. After gaining the lead with five-sixteenths left, Cairo Prince rapidly opened up on his rivals and was in front by five lengths at the eighth pole, with Financial Mogul running on late to reduce the winner's margin to 2 1/2 lengths. Noble Moon finished an additional half-length behind. The final time was 1:37.59.

Leah Gyarmati: "I think he ran huge. He almost went down when (Awesome Wildcat) slammed him at the start. Alex said he's so big and strong that he just took it. After that, he settled down and made one run, so now I know he can close, too."

Nov. 30, Grade II Remsen Stakes, Aqueduct, 1 1/8 Mile. Noble Moon was scratched by the track veterinarian.

Dec. 19 NOTE: Noble Moon has been on the worktab in New York. since the Remsen.

 

OUR CARAVAN (KY)
Trainer: Michael Dilger
Owner: Anstu Stables (Ann and Stuart Subotnick)
Breeder: Hare Forest Farm, Ltd.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Daaher (CAN) (Awesome Again (CAN), Irish Cherry)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Alwaan (Elusive Quality, Jerrsey Girl)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-7-9-0-0 (18) 3.00
Foal Date: March 31, 2011

$190,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga August 2012.

His dam is a half-sister to 2010 Cigar Mile winner Jersey Town.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 5, Our Caravan breezed four in :51.00 (41/49) at PMM.
On Jan. 12, Our Caravan breezed five in 1:01.25 (11/29) at PMM.
On Jan. 18, Our Caravan breezed four in 50:55 (39/49) at PMM.
On Feb. 4, Our Caravan breezed four in :48:25 (3/29) at PMM.
On Feb. 10, Our Caravan breezed five in 1.00:05 (3/16) at PMM.
On Feb. 19, Our Caravan breezed four in :48.90 (17/57) at PMM.
On March 23, Our Caravan breezed five in 1.03:45 (7/12) at PMM.
On March 29, Our Caravan breezed five in 1.01:00 (6/20) at PMM.
On April 26, Our Caravan breezed five in 1.01:41 (1/2) at PMM.
On June 2, Our Caravan breezed four on the training track in :49:41 (2/21) at SAR.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 16 NOTE: “We got him back here after the race, checked him out and made sure he was OK,” trainer Dilger said. “We had a look at the condition book and saw what our options were and decided for (the) $400,000 (Holy Bull). He’s a course and distance winner so let’s give it a shot and see what happens. He’s a nice horse, and we’ve always liked him. We always knew he was going to be a two-turn horse. There was a lot of speed in the race that day and it sort of stopped in front of him, but we were expecting him to run well, for sure. Obviously he lacks experience, but by the same token we’ve had him in training for quite a while. He’s not a green horse; he just lacks that race track experience. He’s running against some pretty nice horses that have already proven themselves to be stakes caliber, so those are the two main concerns.”

Jan. 25, Grade II Miller Lite Holy Bull Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Our Caravan finished eighth, beaten 13 lengths by Cairo Prince. He was sixth, then seventh in the early running, but he regressed. The chart call: "Our Caravan, well placed, faltered."

Feb. 22, Grade II Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Our Caravan and Corey Lanerie finished seventh, beaten 16 1/4 lengths by Wildcat Red. He raced four wide in fifth place for a half-mile before giving way.

April 5, Calder Derby, Calder, 1 1/8 Mile. Our Caravan soundly defeated 2-5 favorite Ring Weekend.  Under Manoel Cruz, Our Caravan tracked Charlie the Boss through moderate fractions of :24.07, :49.24 and 1:14.67 before taking the lead on the far turn and drawing off in the stretch. Ring Weekend rated off the pace and was in fourth place entering the backstretch. He made steady progress toward the lead through the far turn but dramatically ducked out in upper stretch while a length back and outside of Our Caravan while that one ran a straight line toward the wire. The 1 1/8-mile race was timed in 1:54.32. Our Caravan’s margin of victory was 9 3/4 lengths. Cleburne was another 3 3/4 lengths back in third.

Grade II Peter Pan Stakes, Belmont Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Our Caravan finished sixth, beaten about a pole.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

In his debut, and despite a double-wide trip, Our Caravan took a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight at Gulfstream on Dec. 14. He relaxed in midpack before making a winning move on the far turn on his way to a three-length success over some well-bred competitors -- and paid $73.80. Corey Lanerie was up. The winning time was 1:44.73. My Storm Trooper was second, Palace Gate another 3/4 length back in third.The chart call: "Our Caravan was caught three to four wide around the first bend, raced mid-pack in the clear down the backstretch, appeared a bit sluggish and was given left-handed encouragement from the pilot at that point, started to pick up his stride heading into the far turn, continued with this prolonged drive three wide on the turn, collared the leaders mid-stretch, drove past and clear."

AFTER THE DEBUT WIN: “He’s always shown that he was better than average,” trainer Dilger said. “I was hoping that there would be some speed. He’s the kind of horse that’s going to close into speed, so we’re happy with the way it turned out. We’ll enjoy today and take it from here.”

 

POKER PLAYER (KY)
Trainer: Wayne Catalano
Owner: Gary and Mary West
Breeder: Nicholas M. Lotz, Rosemary K. Lotz & Harlan's Holiday Syndicate
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Harlan's Holiday (Harlan, Christmas in Aiken)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Revel in the Win (Red Bullet, Icy Warning)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-4-5-0-0 (12) 3.80
Foal Date: Feb. 2, 2011

$120,000 Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Nov. 14, Poker Player breezed five in 1:03.60 (14/17) at CD.
On Nov. 21, Poker Player breezed five in 1:01.80 (9/15) at CD.
On Dec. 7, Poker Player breezed five in 1:01.45 (10/49) at GP.
On Jan. 15, Poker Player breezed four in :50 (39/62) at FG.
On Jan. 21, Poker Player breezed four in :49:00 (15/27) at FG.
On Feb. 2, Poker Player breezed five in 1.03:60 (52/76) at FG.
On Feb. 9, Poker Player breezed five in 1.03:20 (58/80) at FG.
On Feb. 17, Poker Player breezed five in 1.01:40 (14/30) at FG.
On Feb. 24, Poker Player breezed five in 1.01:00 (2/6) at FG.
On March 15, Poker Player breezed six in 1.14:40 (3/3) at KEE.
On April 7, Poker Player breezed four in :48:40 (19/46) at KEE.
On April 14, Poker Player breezed four in :49:60 (15/16) at KEE.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

March 1, John Battaglia Memorial Stakes, Turfway Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Trainer Catalano saddled two and watched them come home first and second, with Solitary Ranger (9-1) setting all the pace to win by 4 3/4 lengths over his hard-closing stable mate Poker Player.  After setting the first two quarters in a lively :23.47 and :47.08, Solitary Ranger got six furlongs in 1:12.43 and finished the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:47.21. Poker Player, who had the inside post and was favored at 8-5, was more than 18 lengths off the lead at the half-mile mark and still 11 1/2 lengths back at the top of the stretch.  Harry’s Holiday finished third, another five lengths back, after being close to the lead but wide through the first six furlongs.

Wayne Catalano: “We kind of figured that’s the way the race was going to set up. He’s got speed, we had an inside post, and we were going to take advantage of that. And we also had Poker Player in there, so he was going to keep the pace honest up front, and in the meantime we were going to try to win with both horses. I think Poker Player got a little bit too far out of it. It just so happened that they both got ready at the same time, and they had both won on synthetic, and this race was here. They both ran pretty well today.

The race here in three weeks would probably be a good race for (Poker Player), but I’ll talk it over with (Gary and Mary West). The mile and an eighth, it looks like he’ll take that just fine.”

March 6 NOTE: Now based at Keeneland.

March 22, Grade III Spiral Stakes, Turfway Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Poker Player never made any impact at all and was beaten 17 1/2 lengths in 10th place.

April 19, Grade III Coolmore Lexington Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/16 Mile. Poker Player finished sixth, beaten 11 1/4 lengths by Mr Speaker. He labored near the back of the pack and had no closing kick.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Poker Player broke his maiden in his second start. That came in September at Kentucky Downs at one mile on the undulating turf course. Poker Player came from far off the pace at a time when front speed was dominant. He hit the finish line in 1:39.00 under Channing Hill as the 2-1 favorite.

Oct. 6, Grade III Bourbon Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/16 Mile. The race was taken off the turf. Poker Player sat back in tenth, went wide hitting the top of the stretch, and passed a lot of horses to win at 23-1. Bashart, from the Todd Pletcher barn, was a close second.

Wayne Catalano: “I saw he was saving ground around the corner; everything was working out real nice. When he turned for home, he got clear right there, and I thought we had a big shot. I had two horses in the race. I was watching the 1 horse (School On a Hill) down on the rail. He was bottle-necked in there. I was hoping he’d get a little room, then all of a sudden here comes Poker Player on the outside getting clear running, and here we are.”

On Poker Player’s next start; “Mr. West and (racing manager) Benny Glass, we’ll talk it over, but I’m sure they’ll want to go to the Breeders’ Cup.”

Channing Hill: “He put me in a really good spot, just even down the backside when he broke so well. He relaxed nice into the backside. He got a little jumbled down the backside and into the turn, but he really matured even from the last race at Kentucky Downs into today. He really found himself, and when I took him out I knew that we were going to be really tough to beat. He was a still a little green (early in the race), but he was absolutely professional getting to the wire.”

Nov. 1, Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, Santa Anita, One Mile (T). Poker Player came in eighth of 13. Last in the early going, he came into the stretch six wide but failed to have enough late kick to get on the board at 16-1 odds. The winner, Outstrip, defeated Poker Player by 10 lengths. Channing Hill was aboard. The chart call: "Poker Player angled in and settled outside a rival, continued outside on the backstretch and second turn, swung six wide into the stretch and was not a threat."

 

 

QUICK INDIAN (KY)
Trainer: Merrill Scherer
Owner: Daniel J. Lynch & Merrill R. Scherer
Breeder: Hill 'N' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. & Edward McGhee
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Indian Charlie (In Excess (IRE), Soviet Sojourn)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Quick Temper (A.P. Indy, Halo America)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-6-9-0-0 (18) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 24, 2011

$19,000 RNA Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Feb. 7, Quick Indian breezed five in 1.02:40 (15/27) at FG.
On Feb. 15, Quick Indian breezed five in 1.01:60 (17/60) at FG.
On June 4, Quick Indian breezed four in :53:60 (47/47) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 24, Entry Level Allowance/Optional Claiming, Fair Grounds, One Mile 70 Yards.
This was supposed to be Unknown Road's race to lose, and boy did he, finishing fourth of five at 1-5 odds, beaten 9 3/4 lengths by Quick Indian. The real race was ahead of Unknown Road going into the stretch. Border Crossing set fractions of :23.82, :48.12 and 1:13.20 while Unknown Road tracked hin in second. Border Crossing kicked away from that one turning for home. Quick Indian, fifth of five and 8 1/2 lengths off the pace after a half-mile, did the best late running and got by Border Crossing to win by a length in a time of 1:44.46. Brian Hernandez, Jr. rode Quick Indian. The chart call: "Quick Indian veered out at the start then was corrected by the rider, lagged at the rear while off the inside, came under urging around the half-mile pole, went three then four wide on the far turn, advanced into upper stretch, chased the leader under a right-handed whip, drifted in near the furlong marker, was switched to a left-handed whip in the vicinity of the sixteenth-pole, gained while mostly flagged with the stick and got up late."

Feb. 1 NOTE: “Yeah, we might want to take a look at (the Risen Star),” trainer/co-owner Scherer said. “That race might be the next logical spot for him. I’ve got a partner on this horse, so I can’t say for sure right now, but he is a pretty nice horse. Of course, there was a disqualification in his previous race, but with that disqualification, this horse is undefeated going two turns. The other side of that disqualification, of course, is that without the DQ, this horse was a maiden going into Friday’s race, and he beat some pretty nice horses in there. Sure, I lost a couple of days of training with him this week, but so did everybody else. We should be all right with him. That next race is still almost a month away, so it shouldn’t be a problem for us. He looks like he’s going to be a pretty nice horse for us.”

Feb. 22, Grade II Risen Star Stakes, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 Mile. Quick Indian and Brian Hernandez, Jr. finished 10th, beaten 18 1/2 lengths by Intense Holiday. He was never in contention.

Brian Hernandez, Jr.: “Decent trip. We saved ground, but the horse is still green.”

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Quick Indian raced twice at Churchill Downs, finishing third to Son of Dixie at seven furlongs and fourth to Sheikinator at 1 1/16 mile, before breaking his maiden at Fair Grounds third time out running a mile and seventy yards.

That win came via disqualification of Silent Ruler, who crossed the wire three lengths ahead of Quick Indian after the latter one had a very wide trip throughout the race. The chart call: "Quick Indian went four wide on the first turn, lugged out a tad while urged along on the backstretch, advanced four then five wide on the far turn, came six wide into the stretch, pursued the vanguard under the whip and finished willingly to get the place. Silent Ruler was disqualified from first and placed fifth for interference at the eighth-pole."

 

RED OUTLAW (CA)
Trainer: Peter Miller
Owner: Blinkers On Racing Stable, Aurelio, Bizovi, Coons, Dizonno, Gaylord et al.
Breeder: Liberty Road Stable
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tribal Rule (Storm Cat, Sewn)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Anachristina (Slewpy, Childhood Memories)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-1-8-1-0 (14) 1.80
Foal Date: Jan. 27, 2011

A gelding.

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WORKOUTS

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Red Outlaw won an allowance race second time out on Jan. 20 at Golden Gate Fields at 1-2 odds in a field of four. He ran six furlongs in 1:10.84, held a contested lead, then draw away to prevail by 2 1/4 length. Preacher Roe was second.

Feb. 16, Baffle Stakes, Santa Anita, 6 1/2 Furlongs (T). Red Outlaw, with Joel Rosario up, prevailed in a head and head battle the length of the stretch over favored Gangnam Guy. He was timed in 1:12.05. The second choice at 5-2 in a field of seven, Red Outlaw broke alertly from post six and sat a close second down the hill to longshot Noble Metal through fractions of :21.64 and :43.69. He was carried wide by the pacesetter crossing the dirt at the top of the lane and was immediately engaged to his outside by the favorite. After some light bumping, stewards reviewed the result and made no change.

Peter Miller: “He was very game down the stretch. Joel just hand-rode him, never hit him, and maybe he figured that when he ducked out a little he didn’t want to use the stick at all. Every time that other horse came to us, he just gave Joel a little more.”

Joel Rosario: “I tried to correct him as best I could. The other horse was laying on us a bit too. I wasn’t too concerned with it.”

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Red Outlaw broke his maiden at first asking in June sprinting at Betfair Hollywood Park. It was his sole race of the year.

 

RISE UP (KY)
Trainer: Tom Amoss
Owner: Paul and Andrena Van Doren
Breeder: Cottonwood Stables, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Rockport Harbor (Unbridled's Song, Regal Miss Copelan)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Appenzell (Johannesburg, Bourbon Blues)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-4-3-0-0 (10) 5.67
Foal Date: April 22, 2011

$27,000 RNA Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 26, Rise Up breezed four in :49:80 (26/106) at FG.
On Feb. 1, Rise Up breezed five in 1.01:80 (17/43) at FG.
On Feb. 10, Rise Up breezed five in 1.01:40 (11/24) at FG.
On Feb. 15, Rise Up breezed four in :47:60 (2/70) at FG.
On March 4, Rise Up breezed four in :48:20 (2/30) at FG.
On March 11, Rise Up breezed five in 1.00:00 (1/18) at FG.
On March 22, Rise Up breezed four in :47:40 (2/67) at FG.
On April 10, Rise Up breezed four in :48:80 (11/24) at CD.
On May 1, Rise Up breezed four in :50:80 (36/49) at CD.
On May 8, Rise Up breezed four on firm turf in :49:40 (1/1) at CD.
On May 16, Rise Up breezed five on a good track in 1.02:00 (10/12) at CD.
On May 22, Rise Up breezed four in :49:60 (6/18) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 26 NOTE: “I learned from Mylute that dancing every dance with a young horse like this is not the way to go,” trainer Amoss told Jennie Rees. “This is a refined horse. He’s got great speed. The question is to what distance can he carry that speed?”

Feb. 22, Grade II Risen Star Stakes, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 Mile. Rise Up was rank early under Gerard Melancon while in second position, but he was done by the time he reached the far turn and finished seventh, beaten 13 1/2 lengths by Intense Holiday.

March 29, Grade II Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, 1 1/8 Mile. Rise Up finished last of 10, beaten 22 lengths.

Gerard Melancon: “I don’t know what happened to him today, and why he has turned into such a terrible horse at the gate. He was standing perfect, and then he broke straight to the inside and got really aggressive. I don’t know what’s causing that.”

April 19, Robert Hilton Memorial Stakes, Charles Town, Seven Furlongs. It was a walk in the park for Rise Up at 1-2 odds. He went to the lead and increased his advantage, winning by 10 3/4 lengths in a time of 1:25.00.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Rise Up won two of his first four starts, a Presque Isle Downs maiden special weight at five furlongs in his second start, and his third start, the six-furlong Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes in which he was timed in 1:11.10 under Rose Napravnik at 2-1 odds. The 4-5 favorite, Joedini, finished third. That was followed by a sixth-place finish to Cleburne in the Grade III Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs in September. He was 7-2 among 10 runners. The Iroquois chart call: "Rise Up, closest to the pace off the inside, gained a short lead on the second turn, held well to the stretch and tired."

Oct. 26, Jean Lafitte Stakes, Delta Downs, One Mile. Rise Up won by a lot as the second choice at 3-1 odds. Under Gerard Melancon, Rise Up broke sharply before settling into second position behind early pacesetter Burning Warrior. Burning Warrior opened up a four-length lead racing up the backstretch in :22.31 and :45.50. When the second turn arrived, Burning Warrior threw in the towel, allowing Rise Up to go by with ease. He won by 6 1/2 lengths, timed in 1:38.20. Mighty Brown rallied for second while Flat Gone grabbed the show position, another 7 1/4 lengths up the track.

Nov. 23, Grade III Delta Jackpot, Delta Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Under Gerard Melancon at 2-1 odds, Rise Up captured the race by a six length margin over Casiguapo, just about equaling his margin of victory in the Jean Lafitte. He was timed in 1:44.71, a new stakes record. Big Drama set the previous mark in 1:44.72.

Rise Up broke well from the outside post 10, and Melancon guided him to the front, going in splits of :22.82, :46.30 and 1:11.94 just ahead of Mighty Brown. Melancon let loose on Rise Up, increasing their advantage to three lengths in the stretch. Casiguapo, 6-1 and second in the Hopeful, passed Mighty Brown in deep stretch to wind up second, a 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Rankhasprivileges, who rallied from ninth in the early going. Coastline, the 8-5 favorte, stumbled very badly at the start, then raced three wide down the backstretch and faltered turning for home and wound up eighth.

Tom Amoss: “Down the backside Gerard gave him breather and that’s where the race was won. ’ve been guilty so many times of taking horses with so much tactical speed and making them something they’re not. Maybe I almost did that today, but Gerard took it out of my hands and let him use his speed correctly and got us the win today. So he gets the gold star.

“As the race went through my mind this morning, I felt that some very good horses have competed in this race. I thought this was a very good field, and I’m excited to be in this kind of company. Hard to believe it’s still grade three status.”

Gerard Melancon: “He broke really sharp. My plan was to stall and not get a whole lot of dirt in his face.  He got a little rank the first 1/16 or first 1/8 of a mile, and I had a couple horses inside of me. I was like, ‘well I don’t want to get hung up in a speed duel with these.’ He came back to me and set his ears straight up and I was like, ‘this is where I want you.’ Around the turn, I said from here if they beat us, they’re going to have to outrun us.”

SAD NOTE -- LET'S ROOT FOR HER: When Rise Up won the Delta Jackpot,  the winner's circle celebration “somewhat subdued,” trainer Amoss said on Dec. 23. “It turned out that that was the same day Andrena (van Doren, co-owner) was diagnosed with cancer. In fact, this morning is the day she goes for her first chemotherapy treatment.  But winning the Delta Jackpot was just the ideal immediate therapy she needed to see that day.  With her positive attitude it was the kind of good news she will be able to build on. The Van Dorens are the kind of wonderful owners I like to have. They’ve been in this business a long time, and they deserve to have a horse like Rise Up."

Dec. 23 NOTE: “The horse is being freshened in Ocala right now,” said trainer Amoss.  “There’s nothing wrong with him, we just thought he deserved a little breather. I expect him to come back to me here around the first week of January. I’d like to give him one or possibly two starts here at Fair Grounds, and then we’ll decide where to go off of those."

 

ROGER ROCKET (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc.
Breeder: SF Bloodstock
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Pulpit (A.P. Indy, Preach)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Rhythmical Beat (Fusaichi Pegasus, Oscilate)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 13-6-15-0-0 (34) 3.53
Foal Date: May 10, 2011

$375,000 OBS 2013.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 28, Roger Rocket breezed four in :49:80 (18/25) at SA.
On Feb. 4, Roger Rocket worked six in 1.13:40 (3/4) at SA.
On Feb. 10, Roger Rocket worked five in 1.00:20 (9/47) at SA.
On March 5,Roger Rocket worked five in 1.00:00 (15/51) at SA.
On March 11, Roger Rocket worked five in 1.00:20 (14/48) at SA.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Roger Rocket won his debut on Jan. 18 in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Santa Anita. It was a nice come-from-behind effort timed in 1:03.75 with Corey Nakatani in the irons. He was four and three wide.

Feb. 16, Grade II San Vicente Stakes, Santa Anita, Seven Furlongs. Roger Rocket looked a little lost out there and finished fifth of six, beaten seven lengths by Kobe's Back. He was back of the pace with Kobe's Back early on. The latter one made a big move while Roger Rocket ran in place.

March 16, Allowance, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Mile. Roger Rocket finished fifth of six, beaten 4 3/.4 lengths by The Admiral and a time of 1:43.14. He never was very involved and was not a factor at any point.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Unraced.

 

 

SASSICAIA (KY)
Trainer: Chad Brown
Owner: Robert LaPenta
Breeder: Masaichiro Abe
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Bernardini (A.P. Indy, Cara Rafaela)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Hishi Aspen (Forestry, Candace in Aspen)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-8-10-0-0 (22) 3.40
Foal Date: April 28, 2011

$250,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July 2012.
$1,600,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida March 2013.

Named for the famed Tuscan wine.

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WORKOUTS
On Nov. 19, Sassicaiabreezed three in :37.20 (5/19) at PMM.
On Nov. 25, Sassicaia breezed four in :50.85 (23/42) at PMM.
On Dec. 4, Sassicaia breezed four in :49.70 (24/37) at PMM.
On Dec. 12, Sassicaia breezed four in :49.85 (18/32) at PMM.
On Dec. 19, Sassicaia breezed four in :49.70 (18/35) at PMM.
On Dec. 30, Sassicaia breezed four in :48.40 (7/36) at PMM.
On Jan. 5, Sassicaia breezed five in 1:01.80 (10/31) at PMM.
On Jan. 11, Sassicaia breezed four in :48.60 (12/67) at PMM.
On Jan. 18, Sassicaia breezed five in 1:01.25 (11/20) at PMM.
On Jan. 25, Sassicaia breezed four in :49:70 (30/57) at PMM.
On Feb. 15, Sassicaia breezed four in :48:95 (27/83) at PMM.
On Feb. 22, Sassicaia breezed five in 1.01:25 (3/18) at PMM.
On March 1, Sassicaia breezed four in :48:30 ( 4/38) at PMM.
On March 22, Sassicaia breezed four in :49:50 (30/55) at PMM.
On March 29, Sassicaia breezed four in :49:35 (20/65) at PMM.
On April 5, Sassicaia breezed four in :48:75 (6/35) at PMM.
On April 13, Sassicaia breezed four on the training track in :48:27 (4/62) at BEL.
On May 4, Sassicaia breezed four in :48:04 (2/29) at BEL.
On May 19, Sassicaia breezed five in 1.00:62 (12/35) at BEL.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 1, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, 6 1/2 Furlongs. Sassicaia finished third behind Ragtime and Strong Situation, beaten four lengths. Ragtime set the pace in :22.50 and :45.32, finishing the race off in 1:16.77 and a 3 1/4-length winner. Sassicaia was fifth, 3 1/2 lengths off the pace, after a quarter-mile, so he passed tiring horses afterward. Joel Rosario was up. Eight ran. The chart call: "Sassicaia  broke slowly, was guided to the inside early tracking off the first flight, shifted outside foes racing into the turn gaining some position, angled four wide entering the lane and finished evenly between foes late."

March 8, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, One Mile. Demander made a rousing run to come from eighth, 6 3/4 lengths off the pace, to win by a half-length at 30-1 odds.  Ridden by Alex Solis, he was timed in 1:35.66. Sassicaia, the 7-5 favorite, finished second under John Velazquez after he attended the pace and had the lead with a furlong left. At that point he was a length ahead of the third finisher and two lengths ahead of Demander.

April 19, Frederico Tesio Stakes, Pimlico, 1 1/16 Mile. Sassicaia was fourth. Kid Cruz rated off the pace into the far turn, then charged by his rivals to post an easy victory, winning by 3 1/2 lengths and completing the 1 1/16 mile in 1:47.38. Matuszak finished second. Joint Custody took third.

May 25, Maiden Special Weight, Parx, One Mile. Sassicaia, at 1-9 odds, finished second, beaten three lengths by Lynx at 5-1.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Unraced.

 

SCHIVARELLI (FL)
Trainer: Eddie Kenneally
Owner: Pike Place Racing & Homewrecker Racing, LLC
Breeder: Ocala Stud, Ebert Vans Inc. & Edward Wiest
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Montbrook (Buckaroo, Secret Papers)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Alotofappeal (Trippi, Argos Appeal)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-5-5-0-0 (14) 4.60
Foal Date: May 24, 2011

$100,000 OBS 2013.

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WORKOUTS
On March 8, Schiverelli breezed four on the training track in :50:46 (47/81) at BEL.
On March 16, Schivarelli breezed five on the training track in 1.00:05 (1/10) at BEL.
On March 25, Schivarelli breezed four on the training track in :47:88 (1/70) at BEL.
On April 1, Schivarelli breezed four on the training track in :47:32 (1/13) at BEL.
On April 19, Schivarelli breezed four in :48:60 (12/62) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 13, Maiden Special Weight, Aqueduct, Six Furlongs. Schivarelli won his debut in a time of 1:12.77 under Cornelio Velasquez. Fifth of six in the early stage of the race, he won despite being bumped hard from both sides at the start, his greenness, fighting restraint and running four wide into the stretch. The winning margin was 1 1/4 length.  Ferlin Husky second, Smarty Burns third.

Feb. 21, Entry Level Allowance/Optional Claiming, Aqueduct, One Mile. Schivarelli won by 12 lengths on a muddy track under Cornelio Velasquez. at 5-2 odds in a field of five. The time was 1:40.25. He went to the lead and extended his advantage. The chart call: "Schivarelli established control after the start, showed the way from the two path, drew off proceeding down the lane."

April 5, Grade I Wood Memorial, Aqueduct, 1 1/18 Mile. Wicked Strong closed down the center of the stretch to win. He relaxed in sixth, four lengths off the lead after a half-mile and was still fourth, two lengths back, with a furlong left. But he easily cleared the field for a 3 1/2-length win in 1:49.31. Schivarelli relinquished the lead to Social Inclusion after a quarter mile run in :23.79. Social inclusion led through fractions of :47.47, 1:11.18 and still was in front by 1 1/2 length after a mile in 1:36.39. But he could not hold off the winner -- and failed to hold off Samraat as well, who edged him by a nose for the place. Samraat was never worse than fourth at any call. Schivarelli was a non-threatening fourth.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Unraced.

 

SCOTLAND (KY)
Trainer: Anthony Dutrow
Owner: Harvey A. Clarke, Paul Braverman & Team D
Breeder:  Trackside Farm & Chet Blackey
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Horse Greeley (Mr. Greeley, Chile Chatte)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Varus (Vicar, Share the Fun)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-2-7-0-0 (12) 2.43
Foal Date: April 9, 2011

$14,000 Keeneland September 2012.
$310,000 OBS 2013.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 18, Scotland breezed five in 1:01.00 (1/15) at FAI.
On Jan. 26, Scotland breezed five in 1.01:00 (1/4) at FAI.
On March 2, Scotland breezed five in 1.00:00 (1/10) at FAI.
On March 12, Scotland breezed five in 1:01.00 (1/3) at FAI.
On April 5, Scotland breezed five in 1.01:00 (1/6) at FAI.
On April 26, Scotland breezed five in 1.01:60 (5/12) at FAI.
On May 6, Scotland breezed five in 1.01:00 (1/2) at FAI.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 4, Grade II Jerome Stakes, Aqueduct, One Mile 70 Yards. Scotland finished third in a good effort after never being too far back. Noble Moon sat off the early pace, took the lead on the backstretch, and repelled multiple bids en route to a two-length victory over Classic Giacnroll He was timed in 1:45.08. He sat second early behind long shot Pin and Win through an opening quarter in :24.07. Noble Moon claimed the top spot under a tight hold, getting the half in :48.34. Pressed by Master Lightning and Classic Giacnroll from there through three quarters in 1:13.50, Noble Moon began to assert himself when put to a drive turning for home, with Classic Giacnroll chasing in vain in the stretch and Master Lightning dropping out of contention. Classic Giacnroll finished 2 1/2 lengths ahead of third finisher Scotland, who held off Matuszak, Lawmaker, and Mental Iceberg in a blanket finish for third. The chart call: "Scotland carried in a bit after a troubled beginning by Pin and Win, made light contact with the top one, underwent a ground-saving journey, rated unkindly, fighting with force on the bit around the first turn, settled down afterwards, launched a rail run from upper to midstretch, flattened out late."

Feb. 1, Grade III Withers Stakes, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 Mile. Uncle Sigh and Pablo Morales took the lead early from post 1 with Samraat, ridden by Jose Ortiz, Jr.,  just off their flank on the outside. They stayed in that configuration until they were about to hit the stretch, when Samraat began inching forward. He cleared Uncle Sigh by a length at the wire. Both horses were sent off at even money odds in the field of six. Following early fractions of: 24.00,: 48.33 and 1:12.77, the winning time was 1:46.31. Scotland rallied from last to finish third, beaten 11 1/4 lengths. Classic Giacnroll was 2 3/4 lengths behind him, followed by Honorable Judge and Street Gent.

The chart call: "Scotland, steadied briefly when squeezed out at the start, raced three wide in pursuit from afar, commenced a long drive from the seven-sixteenths and made no headway."

March 8, Entry Level Allowance, Aqueduct, Six Furlongs. Scratched.

March 22, Maiden Special Weight, Parx, Seven Furlongs. Scotland won by seven lengths at 1-5 odds. Fourth of six early, he was only about a length off lead. He won as he pleased timed in 1:24.31.

May 12, Allowance, Six Furlongs, Parx. At even money odds, Scotland finished first by a nose.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Scotland failed to break his maiden in two starts, finishing second each time. His debut at Laurel was on Oct. 30 at six furlongs, and he was beaten a head by Pax Orbis. The second outing came a month later at the Big A going seven furlongs. Surfing USA, the 4-5 favorite, beaten him by 2 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:23.63 under Irad Ortiz, Jr.

 

SHARED BELIEF (KY)
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
Owner: Jungle Racing (Jim Rome), Jerry Hollendorfer, J, Litt, Alex Solis II & G. Todaro
Breeder: Pam and Martin Wygod
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Candy Ride (ARG), Ride the Rails, Candy Girl (ARG))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Common Hope (Storm Cat, Sown)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-2-6-2-0 (12) 1.40
Foal Date: Feb. 15, 2011

No auction history.

A gelding.

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WORKOUTS
On Dec. 22, Shared Belief breezed four in :49.60 (29/44) at BHP.
On Dec. 28, Shared Belief worked five in 1:02.20 (47/52) at SA.
On Jan. 3, Shared Belief worked five in 1:00.40 (12/41) at SA.
On April 15, Shared Belief worked three in :38:40 (2/2) at GG.
On April 20, Shared Belief worked three in :35:80 (2/27) at SA.
On April 27, Shared Belief breezed four in :49:60 (29/71) at GG.
On May 3, Shared Belief worked four in :48:00 (3/27) at GG.
On May 8, Shared Belief worked five in 1.00:80 (1/16) at GG.
On May 15, Shared Belief worked five in 1.00:40 (1/18) at GG.
On May 21, Shared Belief worked six in 1.14:80 (1/3) at GG.
On June 3, Shared Belief worked four in :50:80 (10/12) at GG.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 3 NOTE: “It was a very nice work (timed in 1:00.40), and the last part, a very nice turn of foot,” trainer Hollendorfer said. “I think we’re going to look at (the Robert B. Lewis) first. I don’t think we’re going to run in the next race coming up (the Sham on Jan. 11).”

Jan. 12 NOTE: Shared Belief missed a scheduled workout today but is still on course for his 3-year-old debut in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 8, assistant trainer Dan Ward said. “An abscess busted out on his right front foot,” Ward said. “As soon as the area is dry, when he’s 100 percent, we’ll work him. The Lewis is four weeks away. We should be fine.”

Jan. 17 NOTE: “I’m not going to work him until he’s perfect,” trainer Hollendorfer said. “We want to try and make the Lewis if we can, but if we don’t, it’s not going to bother me any. The injury is not serious at all, but it’s the kind of thing that if you go too quickly, then you could set yourself back. It still wouldn’t be serious, but you could set yourself back if you don’t time it right. We’re not going to get too worried about it. As long as we keep him safe and sound, we’ll be happy, because there’s plenty to run for this year.”

Jan. 19 NOTE: “We’re being overly cautious,” trainer Hollendorfer said. “We have time. Maybe he’ll work in a couple of days.” Hollendorfer said Shared Belief never quit training and that he is fit.

Jan. 23 NOTE: "He's been working every day for the past two weeks. But that doesn't seem to matter. They just make this stuff up," trainer Hollendorfer said to Bloodhorse.com. "I haven't made my mind up (about Shared Belief's next start). That's coming from me." Assistant trainer Dan Ward said, "it was any other horse, we wouldn't even be talking about it (because it's so minor)."

Feb. 9 NOTE: After a couple of weeks off, Shared Belief is “in training again, but won’t be breezing for another few days,” per trainer Hollendorfer. There's no commitment to make the San Felipe.

Feb. 22 NOTE: Shared Belief shipped from Santa Anita to Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 21. He's been galloping on Santa Anita's main track but is being switched to the synthetic Tapeta at Golden Gate. When asked about the move, trainer Hollendorfer said, “I need to try something different."

March 6 NOTE: Shared Belief has been training on the track at Golden Gate but has yet to put in a published workout.

May 25, Allowance, Golden Gate Fields, Six Furlongs. Shared Belief won by 4 1/4 lengths and had plenty left in the tank at the finish.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Shared Belief raced three times, all on synthetic surfaces, but two of those outings came at Hollywood Park, where the surface is said to be consistent with performances rendered on dirt. He broke his maiden going six furlogns at Golden Gate on Oct. 19 and won the seven-furlong, Grade III Hollywood Prevue Stakes on Nov. 10. The first win was by a margin of seven lengths timed in 1:09.53 after a stalking trip under Juan Hernandez; the second one saw him prevail by 7 3/4 lengths timed in 1:22.17 against four rivals after he pressed the pace under Corey Nakatani. Time Jumper, the 7-5 favorite, was second in the Prevue while Shared Belief was 5-2.

Dec. 14, Grade I CashCall Futurity, 1 1/16 Mile, Befair Hollywood Park. Shared Belief rang up this race with a resounding 5 3/4-length win timed in 1:42.16. Corey Nakatani rode him at even money odds. Brother Soldier set initial fractions of :22.86 and :46.59, with Shared Belief stalking in second, before yielding to a huge middle move by Candy Boy and his time of 1:11.38 for six furlongs. But Shared Belief took command hitting the stretch and drew off. Candy Boy stayed on for second. Tamarando was another 1 1/4 length back in third after running early in 11th position, 12 3/4 lengths off the pace. Bond Holder finished fourth, beaten 9 1/2 lengths, after running evenly while initially in seventh, then sixth, then fith place. The chart call: "Shared Belief stalked the pace inside then a bit off the rail into the second turn, bid three deep into the stretch to gain the lead, kicked clear and drew off under an energetic hand ride until the final stages."

Jerry Hollendorfer: “Going in, I never expected him to do it like that. He’s doing very well right now. I didn’t really anticipate the horse being (near the lead). I thought others would send their horse, but it didn’t turn out that way. (Shared Belief) took (Nakatani) there, and I thought he was very comfortable. When he was ready he asked him, and HE gave it to him. He was really on his toes today, and that surprised me. He’s never gotten on his toes like he did today. He’s always really comfortable around the barn, really laid back. When you have these 2-year-olds that are getting good, they all go under the microscope. I know the drill. I’m very pleased with his race -- how can you not be? I don’t like to compare my horses, but I’d have to put him near the top. I don’t like to put them on the Derby trail, but we’ll see what happens. If you’re going to go to the Derby, the horse takes you there, you don’t take him there."

Jim Rome, co-owner: “I said after Mizdirection won her first Breeders’ Cup, no matter what happened after that, I was fine. The second one was amazing, and today was obviously a really incredible day. I just went with (co-owner Alex Solis II) when he said to get in. Alex is an extremely disciplined buyer. He says no to most things. Visually, that race he won at Golden Gate was so spectacular. I haven’t owned horses very long, and I don’t have the background that a lot of people have, but I’ve only seen two other horses break their maiden like he did up north -- Mizdirection, who I bought in right after, and Turbulent Descent, who I had a chance to buy into and didn’t and regretted that forever. Winning around two turns was the first main hurdle.”

Corey Nakatani: “Wow! My horse has a pretty high cruising speed, and when (Candy Boy) made that early move, I couldn’t go at that time. I’m just very thankful to Jerry Hollendorfer and his team, (assistant trainer) Dan Ward and, obviously, Alex Solis II for finding this horse and buying him. He did all the work, and I was just a quiet passenger on him. Wow!”

Dec. 15 NOTE: DRF.com reports that Shared Belief is scheduled to have two or three starts in 2014 that would include the Robert B. Lewis on Feb. 8 and/or the San Felipe on March 8 and the Santa Anita Derby on April 5.

Dec. 23 NOTE: Per Gary West: Shared Belief looked like Joe Frazier, swinging that left foreleg as if it were a left hook, when he powered away from rivals in the CashCall.

 

 

SHELTOWEE'S BOY (KY)
Trainer: Brad Cox
Owner: Sheltowee Farm (Michael E. Evans)
Breeder: Michael E. Evans
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Nobiz Like Shobiz (Albert the Great, Nightstorm)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Miss Sheltowee (Najran, Dancapade)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-1-4-0-0 (8) 3.00
Foal Date: April 27, 2011

No auction history.

Not nominated to the Triple Crown.

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WORKOUTS
On March 2, Sheltowee's Boy breezed four in :50.40 (46/78) at OP.
On March 9, Sheltowee's Boy breezed five in 1.01:80 (10/48) at OP.
On April 6, Sheltowee’s Boy breezed five in 1.01:60 (3/12) at OP.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

He finished second in an Oaklawn allowance Jan. 10, beaten four lengths by Bourbonize on a sloppy track.

Feb. 17, Entry Level Allowance, Oaklawn Park, One Mile. Sheltowee’s Boy rallied from 11 lengths back under Joshua Navarro to win by 3/4 length and earn a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 82. The time was 1:40.08. Z Lucky, who was even further back in the early going, was closing on him as they neared the finish line.

Brad Cox: “He stepped up. He ran well. They went a little quick up front, which was good for the way he runs. I think he’ll go a mile and a sixteenth, a mile and an eighth. I don’t think it will be a problem. His next race will decide whether we (late-nominate him to the Triple Crown. We’re going to kind of let him tell us if he needs to be nominated with his next race. He deserves a shot now. He deserves an opportunity to play with the big boys now, and we’ll see where we stand with him.”

March 15, Grade II Rebel Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Sheltowee's Boy finished fifth, beaten 9 3/4 lengths by Hoppertunity and a time of 1:43.90.

April 12, Northern Spur Stakes, Oaklawn Park, One Mile. Sheltowee’s Boy finished fifth, beateh 2 1/4 lengths.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Sheltowee’s Boy won his career debut in a maiden special weight sprint at Indiana Downs in September. He proceeded to run fourth in a Churchill Downs allowance Nov. 21 to close out his juvenile campaign.

 

SMART COVER (KY)
Trainer: Dale Romans
Owner: Donegal Racing
Breeder: Keene Ridge Racing, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Any Given Saturday (Distorted Humor, Weekend in Indy)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Crazy Cousin (Smart Strike (CAN), Minster Abbey)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-7-12-1-0 (26) 2.71
Foal Date: March 25, 2011

$35,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Feb. 2, Smart Cover breezed four in :48.90 (43/100) at GP.
On Feb. 8, Smart Cover breezed four in :49:13 (33/73) at GP.
On Feb. 15, Smart Cover breezed four in :48:43 (24/77) at GP.
On March 15, Smart Cover breezed five in 1.01:33 (34/53) at GP.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 20 NOTE: Trainer Romans revealed that Smart Cover sustained a saucer fracture after the Iroquois. “He’ll be breezing in the next week or so," Romans said.

March 1, Grade III Palm Beach Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile (T). Smart Cover finished 11th, beaten 12 3/4 lengths by Gala Award. He never was in contention and ran evenly near the back of the field at each call.

March 22, Grade III Spiral Stakes, Turfway Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Smart Cover finished 12th and last, beaten 36 lengths. He never impacted the race in any way except to drag anchor.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

In his first two starts, Smart Cover had a win and an off-the-board finish. He finished second in his third start, the Grade III Iroquois.

Sept. 7, Grade III Iroquois Stakes, Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. Cleburne, at 34-1 odds, rallied from eighth to grab the lead near the finish and then held off a late surge by stable mate Smart Cover to win. He was timed in 1:45.65 under Corey Lanerie. It was the inaugural eligibility race for the 2014 Kentucky Derby. Tapiture was a close third. Ride On Curlin, the favorite in the field of 10, led by a half-length in mid-stretch but finished fourth under Calvin Borel.

Shaun Bridgmohan: "He ran hard. There was a lot of speed and he settled back there. The more I rode him, the more he gave to me. He just ran out of ground. He was a little farther back than I anticipated, but I just let him be comfortable. He kicked-in really good the last part."

Nov. 29 NOTE: “They (Smart Cover and Cleburne) both came up with shins (in early November),” trainer Romans said. “Smart Cover returns to training next week, and Cleburne won’t be far behind.”

 Dec. 20 NOTE: A next race has not been determined for Smart Cover.

Dec. 31 NOTE: There are still no recorded workouts since the Iroquois for Smart Cover.

 

 

SMARTY'S ECHO (KY)
Trainer: Anne Smith
Owner: Windy Hill Farm
Breeder: Northwest Farms LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Smarty Jones (Elusive Quality, I'll Get Along)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Silver Echo (Eastern Echo, Silver and Jade)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-4-8-0-0 (16) 3.00
Foal Date: April 8, 2011

$45,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July 2012.

NEXT RACE: Should be grass or synthetic.

WORKOUTS
On Dec. 14, Smarty's Echo breezed four in :48.20 (2/79) at FG.
On Dec. 21, Smarty's Echo breezed four in :47.00 (1/101) at FG.
On Dec. 29, Smarty's Echo breezed five in 1:00.00 (2/33) at FG.
On Jan. 5, Smarty's Echo breezed five in 1:00.40 (5/79) at FG.
On Jan. 12, Smarty's Echo breezed four in :48.80 (18/141) at FG.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 12 NOTE: Look for blinkers to be added in the Lecomte.

Jan. 12 NOTE: Following a :48.80 workout in company: “That work went really well for us,” said trainer Smith.  “I don’t know if the clockers caught them both or not, but I know what I got him in.  He worked in blinkers, and that seemed to help him focus a little bit.  I think now that we’ll run him in blinkers in this race coming up.  James Graham was aboard for the move today.  The other horse broke on top but Smarty caught up to him before the wire. The other horse is a little more mature than Smarty is at this time. Smarty is still just a little bit too playful.  Athletically, he is very talented and now we’re trying to get him to focus a little better to utilize that talent.”

Jan. 18, Grade III Lecomte Stakes, Fair Grounds, One Mile 70 Yards. Smarty's Echo finished last of nine, beaten 35 1/2 lengths, and was never even close to being in contention.

James Graham; “He didn’t like the dirt. This horse probably needs grass or Polytrack.”

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Smarty's Echo first win came in his second start. At Arlington Park on Sept. 6, he was victorious running a mile in 1:38.30 under Julio Felix. He did it via stalking the pace in second.

Oct. 5, Grade I Dixiana Breers' Futurity, Keeneland, 1 1/16 Mile. There was literally a flood of rain before the race, and water was kicking up from the Polytrack, a very unusual circumstance. We Miss Artie won, timed in 1:46.91, after coming from almost six lengths off the pace to wrest control in upper stretch. He drew off from Smarty’s Echo, who was second, beaten 2 3/4 lengths, after running a couple of lengths closer to the pace initially. Arctic Slope was third, beaten 4 3/4 lengths, after being placed last, 12 3/4 lengths off the pace after a half-mile. Rum Point was another two lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by Conquest Titan, Pontos, Ready for Action, Laddie Boy, Solitary Ranger, General Jack, Kendall’s Boy and Tiznowforamerica.

Solitary Ranger and General Jack led the field of 12 through fractions of :23.17, :46.84 and 1:11.94 as We Miss Artie raced near the back of the pack. John Velazquez moved We Miss Artie off the inside approaching the far turn and swung eight wide entering the stretch where he quickly collared Smarty’s Echo.

E.T. Baird: “He broke out of the gate, and I tried to get him forwardly placed. It worked out well. I think he ran super for the first start (in a stakes) of his life. He's learning all the time, and he's done a great job.”

Oct. 19 NOTE: “Every race he’s learning, learning, learning. The owners have goals to try to get a horse (to Breeders’ Cup), and I think this horse can compete," said trainer Smith at Keeneland.

Nov. 2, Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Mile. Ridden by E. T. Baird, Smarty's Echo finished 10th, beaten 16 3/4 lengths by New Year's Day. The chart call: "Smarty's Echo came out at the break, was corrected soon after, angled five wide around the first turn, continued wide and failed to threaten."

LATER: “I don’t even like to talk about that race,” said trainer Smith.  “It was his first start on dirt, and a whole bunch of other things went wrong. The owners were very disappointed."

 

SON OF A PREACHER (FL)
Trainer: Bret Calhoun
Owner: Terra Di Sienna Stables
Breeder: Sienna Farms LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Pulpit (A.P. Indy, Preach)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Kimchi (CAN) (Langfuhr (CAN), Alljazz (CAN))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-7-14-0-0 (28) 3.00
Foal Date: March 1, 2011

$50,000 RNA OBS 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Jan. 10, Son of a Preacher breezed four in :50.00 (55/104) at FG.
On Feb. 2, Son of a Preacher breezed four on a sloppy track in :52:40 (38/52) at OP.
On March 9, Son of a Preacher breezed four in :50:40 (45/73) at FG.
On March 27, Son of a Preacher breezed four in :51:60 (19/22) at FG.
On April 19, Son of a Preacher breezed four in :49:20 (25/62) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 18 NOTE: “This race is so wide open,” said trainer Calhoun of the Smarty Jones. “I think he’ll transition well from the surface at Fairgrounds to Oaklawn.  We’ll ship him up Saturday and he’ll be ready.”

Jan. 20, Smarty Jones Stakes, Oaklawn Park, One Mile. Son of a Preacher finished fourth with a mild bid after running sixth early, beaten 2 3/4 lengths. Tanzanite Cat vied for the lead throughout with Walt, racing side by side through an opening quarter in :23.17 and a half-mile in :47.37, and got the best of it sprinting to the wire. With a head advantage at the top of the stretch, Tanzanite Cat prevailed by 1 1/4 length over Walt, timed in 1:38.69. Walt switched leads late. Coastline, the 6-5 favorite, was in third from start to finish, beaten 2 1/2 lengths.

Feb. 22, Grade II Risen Star Stakes, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 Mile. Son of a Preacher and Miguel Mena finished ninth, beaten 17 3/4 lengths by Intense Holiday. He tracked the early pacesetter in fifth or sixth into the far turn, then succumbed.

April 5, Allowance, Keeneland, About Seven Furlongs. Son of a Preacher finished eighth, beaten 9 3/4 lengths by Myositis Dan.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Son of a Preacher won at first asking at Churchill Downs on Oct. 27, timed in 1:11.23 for six furlongs. Be Well was 2 1/4 lengths back in second. On Nov. 21, switched to turf second time out, Son of a Preacher finished fifth to Sweet Daddy as the 2-1 favorite, beaten 8 1/4 lengths. He was steadied early but had no kick late.

On Dec. 27, Son of a Preacher finished second to Gold Hawk going two turns on dirt for the first time in a mile and 70 yard allowance at Fair Grounds. Gold Hawk, the winner, was reserved early while Son of a Preacher was always prominent. The winning time was 1:43.96, and the margin was 3 1/2 lengths. Plug Catcher was a head back in third. The chart call: "Son of a Preacher bumped with a rival at the start, went four wide early on the first turn then dropped to the two path, tracked the pace, made a bid between horses midway through the far turn, dueled with Plug Catcher into the final furlong, battled into the final sixteenth and proved no match for the winner while just able to get the place."

 

SPOT (KY)
Trainer: Nick Zito
Owner: Joseph H. Moss
Breeder: Curtis C. Green
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Pulpit (A.P. Indy, Preach)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Quiet Summernight (Quiet American, Summernights Dream)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-11-14-0-0 (32) 3.57
Foal Date: Feb. 23, 2011

A gelding.

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WORKOUTS
On March 13, Spot breezed four in :47:75 ( 4/19) at PMM.
On March 22, Spot breezed four in :47:70 (1/55) at PMM.
On April 10, Spot breezed four in :47:85 (3/9) at PMM.
On April 17, Spot breezed four in :48:95 (8/11) at PMM.
On May 10, Spot breezed four on the training track in :49:49 (5/14) at SAR.
On May 22, Spot breezed five on the training track in 1.05:02 (2/2) at SAR.
On May 31, Spot breezed four on the training track in :48:44 (7/21) at SAR.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 1, Grade III Hutcheson Stakes, Gulfstream Park, Seven Furlongs. Spot finished fifth, beaten eight lengths by Wildcat Red. He was never in contention.

March 1, Grade II Swale Stakes, Gulfstream Park, Seven Furlongs. Nick Zito could be back on the Kentucky Derby trail with Spot if he listens to supporters, but he expressed some reservations about the idea. At 9-1, Spot defeated 2-5 favorite No Nay Never buy 2 1/2 lengths in the seven-furlong Swale. Can't Stop the Kid set rapid fractions of :22.24 and :44.49, then basically quit running hard. No Nay never assumed command of the race but was passed by Spot nearing the furlong marker. Spot drew off to win in 1:22.44. No Nay Never finished second, 1 1/4 length clear of Brothersofthetime. Six ran.

Nick Zito: “First, I’ve got to thank the Lord. Second, I have to thank Mr. Moss. He’s an elderly gentleman who loves this sport. He’s just looking for horses like this. He’s been trying for a two years now. We’ve got to a couple sales, and things haven’t worked out. I watched this horse run a month ago, and I know (owner/breeder) Mr. Green very well. I approached him, and he said, ‘Why not?’ Mr. Moss is getting up there in age and has so much guts, it’s amazing.

“I expected improvement. He hadn’t run in a while. We got him, and we started to like him. Sometimes they go to a new place and things change. I got goose bumps. “I said, ‘Havana will keep the field down, let do it.’ That’s what I did. I figured he would keep out of trouble, and it worked out perfectly. I want to thank Mr. Green again for selling me this horse. Everybody is saying Kentucky Derby, but I don’t know. I wish there were a mile race here. I’ll figure it out. You never know. If he keeps his composure, because these are real horses.”

Jose Lezcano: “He broke good and the speed went very good in front of him. When I asked him, he came running and he gave me the kick that I needed to win the race. The horse that finished second had to go on the pace the whole way and gave me the opportunity to win the race. When I really asked him, he took off very good.

March 29, Grade I Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Spot finished seventh, beaten 13 3/4 lengths by Constitution and a time of 1:49.16.

Nick Zito: Down the backside I thought, this is pretty good. Spot had them in a good spot. The race ran true to form. There were no surprises. He really looks like a very nice sprinter, it's not too bad, really. It was probably too quick to throw him in against these horses in the Florida Derby. Now you second guess yourself, we probably should have backed off and went to the Bayshore. But for $1 million, you have to take a shot.

"I think I am just going to take my time, regroup and give him a little rest. I'd like to look at the Woody Stephens on Belmont Stakes day and then the King's Bishop later in the summer. That's what I'd like to do."

Corey Lanerie: "My horse broke really sharp and I opted to ease on back and got over to save some ground in the first turn. We came out about the 3/4 pole and tipped him out three wide and got his face clean and we were just cruising. When it was time to go he just came up a little empty, but he ran his race and no excuses."

April 26, Grade III Derby Trial, Churchill Downs, One Mile. Spot finished sixth, beaten 4 1/4 lengths, after never threatening.

June 7, Grade II Woody Stephens Stakes, Belmont Park, Seven Furlongs. Spot finished ninth, beaten 13 1/2 lengths after lagging far back in the early going.


PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Spot broke his maiden at fourth asking on Oct. 24 at Hawthorne going six furlongs on the main track.

 

STORMING INTI (PA)
Trainer: Chad Brown
Owner: Sergio Ripamonti
Breeder: Brushwood Stable
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Stormy Atlantic (Storm Cat, Hail Atlantis)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Tarfaya (Pulpit, Layounne)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-3-9-0-0 (18) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 19, 2011

$100,000 Keeneland September 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Dec. 14, Storming Inti breezed four in :50.25 (41/57) at PMM.
On Dec. 21, Storming Inti breezed four in :50.90 (40/46) at PMM.
On Dec. 28, Storming Inti breezed four in :50.50 (44/54) at PMM.
On Jan. 4, Storming Inti breezed four in :49.40 (17/59) at PMM.
On Jan. 12, Storming Inti breezed four in :48.95 (38/65) at PMM.
On Feb. 2, Storming Inti breezed four in :49.70 (48/82) at PMM.
On Feb. 9, Storming Inti breezed four in :50.80 (63/67) at PMM.
On Feb. 16, Storming Inti breezed four in :48:40 (9/55) at PMM.
On Feb. 23, Storming Inti breezed four in :50:50 (35/58) at PMM.
On March 15, Storming Inti breezed four in :49:70 (39/66) at PMM.
On March 22, Storming Inti breezed four in :49:50 (40/74) at PMM.
On March 29, Storming Inti breezed four in :49:65 (34/65) at PMM.
On April 19, Storming Inti breezed four in :47:80 (21/113) at KEE.
On April 26, Storming Inti breezed five in 1.01:40 (27/33) at KEE.
On May 18, Storming Inti breezed four on the training track in :49:77 (12/30) at SAR.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan 9 NOTE: Trainer Brown is pointing Storming Inti to the Kitten’s Joy on turf on Jan. 19. Since winning the Pulpit, Storming Inti has had four works on the Palm Meadows dirt course, including a half-mile breeze in 49.55 on Jan. 4. “We’re leaning toward running him in the Kitten’s Joy,” Brown said. “He’s on a nice winning streak, and he’s training good, so that seems like a logical spot for him. He’s got to stretch out another sixteenth in the Kitten’s Joy, but he seems to be handling everything fine, and I don’t think that will be a problem for him.”

Jan. 17 NOTE: “He’s on a nice winning streak and he’s training good, so (the Kitten's Joy) seems like a logical spot for him,” trainer Brown said. “He’s got to stretch out another sixteenth in the Kitten’s Joy, but he seems to be handling everything fine, and I don’t think that will be a problem for him.” Brown plans a turf campaign for Storming Inti.

Jan. 19, Kitten's Joy Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile (T). Storming Inti and Alan Garcia broke from post 2, took the lead right away, were passed about a half-length by We Miss Artie and Javier Castellano mid-stretch and rallied again to hit the wire a head in front. We Miss Arties was third the first two calls and was never more than two lengths behind. Fractions were :23.99, :48.64 and 1:12.30 en route to a final time of 1:42.34. Cabo Cat finished third, beaten 1 1/4 length, after coming from seven lengths off the pace.

Chad Brown: “I was going to ask Ken if we get a season to the stallion if we won the stake, but I think all we’re getting is a trophy. He’s not giving those away. He’s shown us that in the morning in his works. He just doesn’t like to be passed. We saw that early on with the horse, and in his last race he was hooked in the lane in his dirt race, and he came back. He had a stiffer test from a better racehorse today and he showed up. I thought Alan really nursed him down the backside and reserved some energy for the stretch battle. It all worked out great.

“My plan A was if we could get loose on the lead and cut a 48 and change half, and that’s what happened. Plan B was if somebody was super intent on getting the lead, I think this horse can sit in the pocket and just wait for an opening when they turn for home, and I was OK with either. Thankfully, he made the lead and was left alone the first part. He’s got such a big heart, and they really battled all the way down the lane. We’ll just have to see how he comes out of it. If he’s going to need that little extra time to recover, I’m not sure. But we have the whole rest of the year and a wonderful ownership group that lets me operate, so we’re under no pressure to run the horse back anytime soon. He’ll tell me.”

Alan Garcia: “That was a very exciting race. On paper there was no speed, so Chad said, ‘Whatever you decide is fine with me. If you get in front, slow it down and try to steal it.’ I didn’t get nervous. I had a good feeling in my horse. He broke a step slow and I wanted to be patient for the last part. It’s unbelievable how game this horse is. Last time (in the Pulpit Stakes), he did the same thing to me—he likes playing with the other horses and at the last minute he decides to run. He’s a game horse and he’s very hard to beat. Javier (Castellano, on We Miss Artie) couldn’t decide who won, because my horse had his head up, then his horse had his head up. I told him, ‘I think I can beat you this time.’ I thought I had enough horse.”

Jan. 20 NOTE: “We’ll just have to see how he comes out of it,” trainer Brown said. “If he’s going to need that little extra time to recover, I’m not sure. But, we have the whole rest of the year and a wonderful ownership group that lets me operate, so we’re under no pressure to run the horse back anytime soon. He’ll tell me.”

March 1, Grade III Palm Beach Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile (T). Gala Award held wore down pacesetter and post-time favorite Storming Inti and held off the late-running Mr. Speaker to win by a half-length. Mr. Speaker was second, a neck ahead of Storming Inti. Pleuven was another half-length back in fourth. John Velazquez had Gala Award in a stalking spot on the outside of Javier Castellano and Storming Inti, who led through a quarter-mile in :23.90, a half in :48.25 and six furlongs in 1:11.42. Storming Inti still had a one-length advantage at the head of the stretch. Velazquez was able to get Gala Award to the front past the eighth pole, and he was determined in turning back the late bid from Mr Speaker, who rallied strongly on the outside.

April 4, Grade III Transylvania Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/16 Mile. Storming Inti finished fourth, beaten 4 3/4 lengths, after stalking the early pace. Medal Count was the come-from-behind winner.

Javier Castellano: “I had a beautiful trip. I love the way the race set up for us. I'm disappointed because I didn’t have the horse. He didn’t fire. It’s hard to find excuses when you get beat, but unfortunately today for some reason he didn’t fire.”

May 3, Grade II American Turf, Churchill Downs, 1 1/16 Mile (T). Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides to win. Ridden Gary Stevens, Global View was timed in 1:41.65. Craftsman led the field of 10 through fractions of :23.68 and :47.99 with Storming Inti in closest pursuit. Global View raced near the back of the pack in the early going but began picking off horses on the far turn. Quotient finished 2 1/4 lengths back in third.

Javier Castellano: “He put me in a good spot. Then we just got outrun at the finish. But it was a good race for him. I’m very happy with his race.”

May 31, Penn Mile, Penn National, One Mile (T). At 6-5 favoratism, Bobby's Kitten won by 3 1/2 lengths after stalking, then pouncing on 124-1 Sing the Dream. He was followed by Global View (9-5) two lengths better tan Storming Inti (6-1). Divine Oath (9-2 third choice) was nosed out for fourth. Winning time was 1:35.82. Laddie Boy, Coastline, Mr. Brioni and Sing the Dream completed the order of finish.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Storming Inti broke his maiden at Belmont Park going 1 1/16 mile on the turf in his second start. Next time out, he won again, this time running a mile on the grass in the Awad Stakes at Belmont.

Nov. 30, Pulpit Stakes, Gulfstream Park, One Mile. The off-the-turf race on a sloppy track yielded Storming Inti in first, Notyouraveragejoe in second by a length and Yes I'm Lucky in third, beaten 3 1/2 lengths. Eight ran. Storming Inti contested the lead throughout and was timed in 1:39.05. The chart call: "Storming Inti set the pace under pressure from Notyouraveragejoe, saved ground then edged clear under pressure."

Chad Brown (By phone from Aquduct): "The horse ran great. He’s better on the turf, but it all worked out. I was a little surprised to see him on the lead like that, but it was probably better to keep the slop out of his face.”

Owner Sergio Ripamonti: “Chad wanted to scratch him, but I told him we have so many people here to watch him, let him run -- and he showed up. He’s by Stormy Atlantic out of a Pulpit mare, so he should handle the mud. Chad agreed and we moved forward. I’m glad he ran well in the mud, and I’m glad he won. The options as to where he’ll run next, I’ll let Chad decide."

Alan Garcia: "He broke a step slow, but then he was fine and very comfortable. Chad told me to do whatever I needed to win the race. He said he had been training. I hit him a few times to keep his mind on things down the stretch, but he ran really well."

 

STREET STRATEGY (KY)
Trainer: Randy Morse
Owner: Iron Horse Racing LLC (Clark)
Breeder: Glencrest Farm LLC & Darley
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Street Sense (Street Cry (IRE), Bedazzle)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Spoken Softly (Notebook, Siberian Fur)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-1-6-0-1 (10) 1.50
Foal Date: Feb. 28, 2011

$425,000 OBS April 2013.

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WORKOUTS
On Feb. 17, Street Strategy breezed four in :50.00 (17/40) at OP.
On Feb. 24, Street Strategy breezed four in :48.80 (4/26) at OP.
On March 2, Street Strategy breezed six in 1:13.80 (1/6) at OP.
On March 10, Street Strategy breezed four in :50:00 (11/27) at OP.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Street Strategy debuted on Jan. 11 at Oaklawn Park, finishing second to Paganol, beaten a nose. They ran six furlongs in 1:14.24, and both horses came from pretty far out of it.

Jan. 30, Maiden Special Weight, Oaklawn Park, One Mile. Street Strategy broke his maiden in this, his second race. Timed in 1:42.05 on a track rated fast under Calvin Borel at even money, he took the lead early, was seriously challenged entering the far turn, brushed that off and departed the field to win by 6 1/2 lengths.

March 15, Grade II Rebel Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Street Strategy finished sixth, beaten 16 lengths by Hoppertunity and a time of 1:43.90.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Unraced.

 

STRONG MANDATE (KY)
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Owner: Robert Baker & William Mack
Breeder: G. Watts Humphrey Jr.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tiznow (Cee's Tizzy, Cee's Song)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Clear Mandate (Deputy Minister, Dream Deal)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-0-7-0-0 (12) 2.43
Foal Date: Feb. 8, 2011

$200,000 Keeneland September 2012.

NEXT RACE

WORKOUTS
On Dec. 17, Strong Mandate breezed three in :34.80 (1/8) at OP.
On Dec. 26, Strong Mandate breezed four in :47.60 (3/17) at OP.
On Jan. 2, Strong Mandate breezed four in :49.60 (5/48) at OP.
On Jan. 12, Strong Mandate breezed five in 1:04.20 (22/94) at OP.
On Jan. 20, Strong Mandate breezed five in 1:00.60 (2/28) at OP.
On Jan. 27, Strong Mandate breezed five in :1.00:40 (1/57) at OP.
On Feb. 2, Strong Mandate breezed four on a sloppy track in :48:60 (1/52) at OP.
On Feb. 25, Strong Mandate breezed four in :48:00 (1/31) at OP.
On March 6, Strong Mandate breezed five in 1.03:60 (10/17) at OP.
On March 26, Strong Mandate breezed four in :54:00 (21/22) at OP.
On April 1, Strong Mandate breezed five in 1.00:80 (5/21) at OP.
On April 8, Strong Mandate breezed three in :37:00 (2/4) at OP.
On April 22, Strong Mandate breezed four in :51:60 (10/14) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 29 NOTE: “In light of the track surface and the way the track was playing (on Jan. 27), I was very impressed,” said trainer Lukas. “His gallop out was extremely strong. He got the fastest time of the day, and I couldn’t have been any happier with how he went.”

Feb. 15 NOTE: “We’re all looking forward to (the Southwest Stakes,” said trainer Lukas. “We hold this horse in such high regard. It’s time to get started with spring rolling around and getting ready for the Triple Crown trail. We’re excited to see him run.” Joel Rosario has the mount.

Feb. 17, Grade III Southwest Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Tapiture turned a ground-saving trip into victory. Ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., Tapiture broke from the rail and briefly lagged behind several horses entering the first turn. As the field straightened onto the backstretch, Tapiture dueled for the lead with Tanzanite Cat and Ride On Curlin. Tanzanite Cat backed out of it in the second turn, and Ride On Curlin, who was seven wide in the first turn, continued running. Strong Mandate was taken in hand early after being bumped at the start and was eighth after a quarter-mile. Despite being wide on the first turn and four and five wide rounding the turn for home, he managed to get within a length of the lead at the home stretch loomed. But Tapiture was not looking back and ran a fairly straight path to the wire, prevailing by 4 1/4 lengths and timed in 1:44.95. Strong Mandate, who shifted in mid-stretch under Joel Rosario, finished second, six lengths ahead of Ride On Curlin. Coastline got the nod in a photo for fourth, another half-length back. They were followed by Tanzanite Cat, Bourbonize, Walt, Fire Starter, Son of Dixie, Paganol, Kendall's Boy and Louies Flower. Twenty-six lengths separated the winner and the last finisher.
D. Wayne Lukas: “He ran well. He didn’t have the cleanest of trips. We had wanted to be more forwardly placed, but he got bumped leaving the gate and was actually wide the whole trip. The winner ran exceptional. We’ll just go back to the barn and look at the Rebel Stakes.”

Joel Rosario: “He broke a little slow. In the first turn, I wanted to get into position, but I couldn’t. I had to hold a bit because a few horses were bouncing in and out. He’s the kind of horse you need to let run easy. He’s a big horse, and you want to let him do what he wants. Maybe next time we’ll get a better trip."

March 15, Grade II Rebel Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 Mile. After a tense stewards' inquiry, the order of finish in the Rebel Stakes was declared unchanged, and Hoppertunity's number stayed on top at 7-1 odds after a late surge in the stretch. On a track rated wet-fast, Hoppertunity was always close to the lead. Strong Mandate set the pace into the stretch with fractions of :24.06, :47.96 and 1:12.24. Ride on Curlin was right there with him going up the backstretch and into the second turn. Hoppertunity was behind them on the outside while Tapiture sat on the rail stalking. Once heads turned for home, the race to the wire was wild, and although there was some bumping, the stewards decided it did not affect the order of finish. Hoppertunity prevailed by a half-length over Tapiture, who also surged late, while Ride on Curlin stayed on for third, another half-length back. Strong Mandate backed up just a bit to fourth, beaten 2 1/2 lengths. The 1 1/16-mile race was timed in 1:43.90.

D. Wayne Lukas, trainer of Strong Mandate: "We haven't been able to get a clean trip yet. We got roughed up more than was indicated. I don't yet what's next for him. We haven't even gotten him cooled out yet. The Arkansas Derby is a month away."

April 1 NOTE: Joel Rosario to ride Tapiture in the Arkansas Derby -- moves away from Strong Mandate. Luis Saez will have the mount.

April 12, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Strong Mandate finished last of eight, capping off a disappointing spring campaign.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Strong Mandate was a second-time-out winner, prevailing by 4 1/2 lengths in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight at Saratoga. Jose Ortiz was the winning rider. The race was timed in 1:16.23.

Sept. 2, Grade I Hopeful Stakes, Saratoga, Seven Furlongs. Strong Mandate rolled to a widening 9 3/4-length victory on a muddy track. He rated kindly in third under Jose Ortiz behind 7-2 favorite Corfu, who led through rapid fractions of :22.47 and :45.15. Staying clear on the outside, those two hit the top of the stretch in front as Corfu began to drop back, and Strong Mandate drew clear with each stride down the middle of a muddy, sealed main track to hit the wire in 1:23.55 for seven furlongs.

D. Wayne Lukas: "I thought he'd run huge, I really did. I was a little concerned about the surface, you always are. He had a really good prep race and he hadn't done anything since then. I thought we'd get a good one, but you never expect to waltz home like that, though, ever. I think (the post) was key. Everybody got away good, I think, except for one horse. I'll have to watch it again, but everybody had a shot at it. We all ran over the same surface.

"He's a big, strong, powerful horse, but he's got a little bit of kick to him. I told him, 'Don't be so surprised if you're laying right there. Just be a little careful with the fractions.' He was comfortable. I told him to come right up the four hole coming home, and it looks like he did.

"I like to give all my horses a race without blinkers and let them get dirt in their face and go through the whole drill. I didn't want them all to get left at the gate like they have all season long. Second out you'll see all my horses come with blinkers and usually improve, if they've got some ability.

"We were pointing to the Breeders' Cup long before we won this. I'm going to look for a two-turn race. I don't know where that would be. We're in a position now where we can deal from a position of strength. Hell, we could go straight to the Breeders' Cup and not be too far off. We did it with Capote and some others."

Jose Ortiz: "I asked him a little bit because I knew (Corfu) is a tough horse. I cracked him one time on the shoulder, and he put me right beside him, so I knew I had a lot of horse. At the eighth pole I looked back, and nobody was coming, so I tried to say something. It's my first grade I."

Oct. 5, Grade I Champagne Stakes, Belmont Park, One Mile. Strong Mandate finished seventh, beaten 10 1/4 lengths by Havana. He was never better than seventh at any point.

D. Wayne Lukas: "(Jose Ortiz) thought he wasn't getting around the track as well as he did at Saratoga. The two local horses looked good. Maybe I should have gotten him here a couple weeks (ago) and put a couple works into him over this deeper surface. It's quite a drastic change from Churchill Downs and Saratoga to this." Breeders' Cup? "Oh yeah. Definitely."

Nov. 2, Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Mile. New Year's Day did something not many horses had been doing at Santa Anita, and that was to come from well off the pace to win. Eighth by eight lengths after a half-mile, he came up the rail to win going away and was timed in 1:43.52. Havana, prominent throughout, had a two-length lead at the furlong marker but couldn't hang on and lost by 1 1/4 length. Strong Mandate, who broke from post 14, took the lead early on and stayed on to get third, beaten two lengths. Bond Holder was fourth, beaten 3 1/4 lengths, after being almost 14 lengths behind after the first half-mile.

D. Wayne Lukas: “We made the best of a bad situation (post 14). I thought he had a good trip. No excuses. I’m looking forward to the three-year-old races next year with him.”

Joel Rosario: “Wayne wanted me to put him in the race, which I did, he handled everything very well today. When Havana went by him, it looked like he slowed down for a few steps, but then he picked it right up again. He ran a huge race.”

 

TALON'S OF TUSCANY (KY)
Trainer: Dale Romans
Owner: Albaugh Family Stable
Breeder: Gabe Grossberg
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Arch (Kris S, Aurora)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Rich City Girl (Carson City, Great Lady Slew)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 12-7-18-1-0 (38) 2.80
Foal Date: May 6, 2011

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WORKOUTS
On March 1, Talon's of Tuscany breezed four in :50:10 (62/85) at GP.
On March 8, Talon's of Tuscany breezed four in :47:34 (5/82) at GP.
On March 15, Talon's of Tuscany breezed five in :58:98 (2/53) at GP.
On April 21, Talon’s of Tuscany breezed four in :50:00 (23/46) at CD.
On May 28, Talon's of Tuscany breezed four in :49:40 (9/27) at CD.
On June 4, Talon's of Tuscany breezed four in :49:20 (5/47) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 12, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, 5 1/2 Furlongs. Talon’s of Tuscany, said to have been training well for his debut, broke well, closely stalked pacesetter A Touch of Poetry and fractions of :21.98 and :44.92. He wore down the leader in the stretch to prevail by three-quarters of a length. Corey Lanerie was up, and Talon's of Tuscany was timed in 1:03.31 on the main track as the 4-5 favorite in a field of seven.

Dale Romans: “This is a really good horse. We picked him up when we got down here in December and I’ve been impressed with him and everything he does. He does it easy and he gets better and better. He’s a big horse. He didn’t want to run 5 1/2 furlongs, but we wanted to get him started. We’ve been a little bit behind schedule with him. I just wanted to run him. I think he’s the real deal. He’s going to want to run two turns. We’ve got a lot of options.”

March 20, Allowance Optipnal Claiming, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. He finished last of four, beaten 11 lengths by Solemnly Swear and a time of 1:44.16.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

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TAMARANDO (CA)
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
Owner: Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams
Breeder: Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Bertrando (Skywalker, Gentle Hands)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Tamarack Bay (Dehere, Gee Toto)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-3-4-0-0 (10) 4.00
Foal Date: April 6, 2011

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WORKOUTS
On Dec. 28, Tamarando worked five in 1;01.20 (38/52) at SA.
On Jan. 9, Tamarando worked five in 1:00.40 (5/48) at SA.
On Jan. 16, Tamarando worked five inn 1:00.80 (8/35) at SA.
On Jan. 21, Tamarando worked four in :47:40 (5/33) at SA.
On Feb. 8, Tamarando worked five in :59:40 (1/21) at SA.
On Feb. 23, Tamarando worked four in :49:80 (50/98) at GG.
On March 2, Tamarando breezed five in 1.01:80 (22/78) at GG.
On March 8, Tamarando worked six in 1.14:00 (1/4) at GG.
On March 16, Tamarando breezed seven in 1.28:00 (2/2) at GG.
On April 6, Tamarando worked five on firm turf in 1.02:40 (5/5) at SA.
On April 12, Tamarando worked five in 1.01:80 (36/65) at SA.
On April 19, Tamarando worked six on firm turf in 1.13:00 ( 1/3) at SA.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 25, California Cup Derby, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Mile. While the race was restricted to state-breds, California Chrome looked good enough to take the step forward to open company. He didn't just win, he ran away it As the second betting choice at 5-2 odds, he beat 9-5 favorite Tamarando by 5 1/2 lengths. The time was 1:43.22. Victor Espinoza guided California Chrome through an ideal stalking trip a couple of lengths behind longshots Better Bet and Life Is a Joy. They set splits of :23.47, :47.47 and 1:11.95. As the field struck the end of the far turn, California Chrome separated himself and ran through the stretch alone. Tamarando, who was seven lengths off the pace after a half-mile, made a belated wide wide run to best the rest of the field. Life Is a Joy was another 3 1/4 lengths back in third, followed by Awesome Return, Better Bet, Public Policy and Lucky Views.

Jerry Hollendorfer (Tamarando): “I certainly didn’t expect him to be that far back.”

Rafael Bejarano (Tamarando): “He’s better coming from behind. If I move too early, he won’t finish. Once no horses are in front of him, he kind of stops. I was in good position, right behind the speed, but the winner was much the best today; he won easy. My horse finished out great; a better horse beat us.”

Feb. 15, Grade III El Camino Real Derby, Golden Gate Fields, 1 1/8 Mile. Tamarando ran down Dance With Fate in the shadow of the wire to win in 1:51.23. I'll Wrap It Up led the field through a half-mile in :24.40 and :49.73, followed closely by Enterprising. Craftsman and Dance With Fate were swapping licks for third position. After six furlongs in 1:13.98, I'll Wrap It Up held a tenuous lead, with Enterprising inching forward and Dance With Fate on the move. Infosec was trying to launch a bid, and Tamarando, a confirmed late runner, was still eighth and last and ready to gear up. Into the stretch, Enterprising was still coming on, but Dance With Fate got by him, and then Tamarando charged late for the victory by a half-length. Enterprising was third, beaten 2 3/4 lengths, and Puppy Manners finished another length back in fourth.

Jerry Hollendorfer: “This horse runs well every time we race him. Even before Exit Stage Left got hurt we talked about running him in this race.”

Russell Baze: “He was laying closer than normal for him and doing it within himself. I had to ask him to start moving at the three-eighths pole because I knew they had a lot of horse in front of us.  He got me right up there to them and then had enough to push by that horse at the finish line. My horse was moving pretty good, but that horse on the lead wasn’t coming back. He ran all the way to the wire.  It took a good horse to run him down and this is a good horse.  He’s got a nice, long move.  There’s going to be a lot of good things coming from this colt.  He’s got a lot of talent.”

March 22, Grade III Spiral Stakes, Turfway Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Tamarado was 11 1/2 lengths off the lead after the first quarter-mile but never got closer than an eight-length deficit and was beaten 11 1/2 lengths in eighth place.

Russell Baze, aboard Tamarando: “He didn’t get a lot of speed. When I asked him to go, he went for a bit at the eighth pole and then quit.”

April 26, Snow Chief Stakes, Santa Anita, 1 1/8 Mile (T). Favored at 3-2 odds, Tamarando finished fourth, beaten two lengths by Awesome Return at 4-1.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

After finishing fourth and second in restricted company, Tamarando broke through in his third outing, a 5 1/2 maiden special weight at Del Mar on Aug. 18. At 7-5 odds, he was best in a field of 10; this race was also restricted to Cal-breds.

Sept. 4, Grade I Del Mar Futurity, Del Mar, Seven Furlongs. Timed in 1:23.07, Tamarando won after rallying from well off the pace under Julien Leparoux.. Tamarando outran Dance With Fate, beating him by a half-length. Eleven ran, and the early pace was fast.

Jerry Hollendorfer: "We loved this horse at seven furlongs. I was thinking about running in the Cal-bred race (I'm Smokin Stakes, Sept. 2, six furlongs) but we decided to go for the big moment. I guess I'm glad we did now. I've never won this race before, so it's a special moment and a special horse. I don't think (his experience) hurt him. We wanted to win first time out, but we didn't do that. He came back and won second time (sic) and now this, so he looks like a pretty good candidate to do something next year. I was a little disappointed that he was as far back early as he was, but apparently that's the way he wants to run."

Julien Leparoux: "Jerry just told me to ride it as it came up, to get a spot and see what happens. From the outside post, I knew I was going to probably wind up going wide, but that was OK. He's the kind of horse who wants to run from the back, so that's what we were ready to do. I felt I could move well with him at any point. He just felt strong. He's a handy horse. And I think the farther the better with him. Definitely the farther the better."

Sept. 28, Grade I FrontRunner Stakes, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Mile. Bond Holder, a four-race maiden bet at 10-1, angled out entering the stretch and came running late to win by 2 1/4 lengths under Mario Gutierrez. He was far back early in a field of 10 and was 2 1/2 lengths behind leader Dance with Fate with a furlong left. The time was 1:45.02. Early fractions were brisk. Dance With Fate, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, was second as the 2-1 favorite and finished two lengths clear of Futurity winner Tamarando and Julien Leparoux. Can the Man was another 3/4 length back in fourth after grabbing the lead in the far turn.

Julien Leparoux:  “He moved right before they opened the gate. He put his head to the side, and we tried, but we missed the break. I tried to get closer to the pace on the first turn but I was behind two horses. If I tried to move too early I was going to be wide, too, so after that, I had to be patient and see where I could move. He ran well today.”

Nov. 23, Real Quiet Stakes, Betfair Hollywood Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Tamarando and Rafael Bejarano came on late in the middle of the stretch to snatch the win from Electric Eddie by a 3 1/4-length margin. The race was timed in 1:44.22.

Dec. 14, Grade I CashCall Futurity, 1 1/16 Mile, Betfair Hollywood Park. Shared Belief rang up this race with a resounding 5 3/4-length win timed in 1:42.16. Brother Soldier set initial fractions of :22.86 and :46.59, with Shared Belief stalking in second, before yielding to a huge middle move by Candy Boy in a time of 1:11.38 for six furlongs. But Shared Belief took command hitting the stretch and drew off. Candy Boy stayed on for second. Tamarando was another 1 1/4 length back in third after running early in 11th position, 12 3/4 lengths off the pace. Bond Holder finished fourth, beaten 9 1/2 lengths, after running evenly while initially in seventh, then sixth, then fith place. The chart call: "Tamarando settled inside then went outside a rival leaving the backstretch, swung out four wide into the stretch and gained the show."

Jerry Hollendorfer: "Tamarando ran a great third. I’m very proud of that horse as welll." Hollendorfer also trained winner Shared Belief.

Rafael Bejarano: "He ran well. No excuses. I had a perfect trip. He was moving really well, but the winner was much the best. I thought I was going to finish second, but (Candy Boy) kept on running.”

 

TANZANITE CAT (FL)
Trainer: Cody Autrey
Owner: James L. Driver and Ywachetta Driver
Breeder: Charles H. Deters & Dr. John Peterson
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Graeme Hall (Dehere, Win Crafty Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Gentle Wave (Mt. Livermore, Waviness)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-1-4-0-0 (8) 3.00
Foal Date: April 4, 2011

$4,500 RNA OBS Fall 2011.
$9,000 OBS 2012.
$150,000 OBS 2013.

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WORKOUTS
On Feb. 1, Tanzanite Cat breezed four in :52:00 (95/117) at OP.
On Feb. 12, Tanzanite Cat breezed four in :48.20 () at EVT.
On Feb. 28, Tanzanite Cat breezed four in :52:40 (26/29) at OP.
On March 8, Tanzanite Cat breezed four in :51:60 (81/96) at OP.
On March 15, Tanzanite Cat breezed four in :48:20 (1/73) at OP.
On May 3, Tanzanite Cat breezed three in :36:20 (12/20) at LA.
On May 10, Tanzanite Cat breezed four in :51:80 (43/44) at LA.
On May 24, Tanzanite Cat worked four in :50:00 (9/10) at LA.
On May 31, Tanzanite Cat worked five in :59:60 (3/22) at LA.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 20, Smarty Jones Stakes, Oaklawn Park, One Mile. Tanzanite Cat vied for the lead throughout with Walt, racing side by side through an opening quarter in :23.17 and a half-mile in :47.37, and got the best of it sprinting to the wire. With a head advantage at the top of the stretch, Tanzanite Cat prevailed by 1 1/4 length over Walt, timed in 1:38.69. Coastline, the 6-5 favorite, was in third from start to finish, beaten 2 1/2 lengths. Son of a Preacher finished fourth after running sixth early.

Cody Autrey: “After his race at the Fair Grounds, he started getting real aggressive in his training. He’s been working with (recent maiden winner) Paganol and we think really highly of that horse. He’s a fighter. I knew he’d get a mile, but I’m not sure how much farther he can go. That’s a good problem to have this time of year. We’re pointing Paganol to the Southwest and I’ll to talk to Mr. Driver about what’s next for him.”

Norberto Arroyo Jr.: “He’s a very nice horse, easy to ride. I’m riding with so much confidence right now. I love it here at Oaklawn.”

Feb. 9 NOTE: Corey Nakatani will ride Tarzanite Cat in the Southwest Stakes on Feb. 17.

Feb. 17, Grade III Southwest Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Tanzanite Cat finished fifth, beaten 10 3/4 lengths by Tapiture and a time of 1:44.95. He led initially but faded to miss third by a half-length. The chart call: "Tanzanite Cat on top, set a moderate pace well off the inside while rating, had little left for the drive to also narrowly miss the show."

Feb. 20 NOTE: Trainer Autrey said Tanzanite Cat came out of the Southwest "really good" and might go next in the Rebel Stakes. “Tanzanite Cat might go in the Rebel or The Northern Spur. We’ve got our options open," he said.

March 8 NOTE: “He worked really good,” trainer Autrey said. “He definitely worked well enough to go in the Rebel. We’ll just take a look at things this week, see who else shows up. There are several other options for him” that now include the Sunland Derby.

March 23, Grade III Sunland Derby, Sunland Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Tanzanite Cat finished eighth of nine, beaten 28 1/4 lengths by Chitu and a time of 1:47.88.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

He raced twice at age two, winning his second start, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight taken off the turf. At 3-1 odds under Miguel Mena, Tanzanite Cat went right to the lead and increased his margin, winning by four in a time of 1:05.15.

 

TASHIR (KY)
Trainer: Gennadi Dorochenko
Owner: Miroslava Dorochenko
Breeder: Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, LLC &Gerry Dilger
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Afleet Alex (Northern Afleet (CAN), Maggie Hawk)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Twin Induction (Slewacide, Nataliano)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-2-12-0-0 (18) 2.00
Foal Date: March 5, 2013

$24,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky 2012.

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WORKOUTS
On Feb. 11, Tashir breezed five in 1.02:00 (1/3) at CRC.
On Feb. 23, Tashir breezed five in 1.03:00 (2/3) at CRC.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 17, Entry Level Allowance, Calder, Seven Furlongs. Tashir destroyed the field of five and defeated the 1-10 favorite, Giancarlo, by 9 1/2 lengths. Timed in 1:23.70, Tashir pressed a pace of :23.00 and :46.36 before gaining command and drawing off under Edgard Zayas. The chart call: "Tashir  stalked the early pace, edged closer to be on even terms and outside the pacesetter entering the turn, edged away from that one to obtain the lead midway on the turn, was shaken up at the top of the lane and responded by drawing off while being kept to task."

Feb. 1, Grade II Hutcheson Stakes, Gulfstream Park, Seven Furlongs. Tashir finished sixth, beaten 9 3/4 lengths by Wildcat Red and a time of 1:22.21. He lagged the field in ninth, but only 4 3/4 lengths off a fast pace, and lost ground on the winner as the race progressed.

March 2, Smooth Air Stakes, Calder Race Course, One Mile. Tashir (8-5) won, followed 3 1/2 lengths back by King Cyrus (7-2), another half to Monopolize (9-2), four to Kodiak Kody (45-1) and 1 1/2 to Giancarlo (3-1). Nine ran in all. Tashir was timed in 1:39.87.  Giancarlo set a moderate pace while the top three finishers were fourth, fifth and sixth for the first half-mile.

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Tashir won his debut on July 3 sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs at Delaware Park. That was his only win of the year. His top accomplishment was finishing third in the one-mile Whirling Ash Stakes at Delaware Park. He finished fourth in the Strike Your Colors Stakes at Delaware and was second and sixth in a pair of allowance races at Keeneland, both on the main track, the former one sprinting and the latter one routing.

 

TEXAS RYANO
Trainer: Carla Gaines
Owner: Warren B. Williamson
Breeder: Williamson Racing, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Curlin (Smart Strike (CAN), Sherriff's Deputy)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Blending Element (IRE) (Great Commotion, Blue Wedding)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-5-13-0-0 (24) 2.69
Foal Date: April 16, 2014

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WORKOUTS
On Feb. 2, Texas Ryano worked four in :47.80 (6/75) at SA.
On Feb. 16, Texas Ryano breezed five in 1:01.60 (33/53) at SA.
On March 4, Texas Ryano worked four in :48:20 (22/61) at SA.
On March 10, Texas Ryano worked five in 1.01:00 (12/35) at SA.
On May 15, Texas Ryano worked four on the training track in :50.00 (1/4) at SA.
On May 21, Texas Ryano worked four in :50:00 (2/3) at SA.
On May 26, Texas Ryano worked four in :49:00 (28/48) at SA.
On May 31, Texas Ryano worked five in 1.00:20 (13/46) at SA.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 20, Maiden Special Weight, Santa Anita, One Mile (T). Here's what The Commish texted me after this impressive performance. "Here's my take.... Broke slow; spotted the field 15-20 lengths down the back stretch, rushed up to the pack down the backstretch to the far turn, checked behind the horse in second to last and fell back 5-6 lengths behind him, looped the field  3-4 wide, drew into contention passing horses like an express train, was blocked with nowhere to go and again checked in mid stretch, threw his head in the air and found the 6 path and a hole and exploded through to get up for the win." The time was a swift 1:34.84 under Irvin Orozco at odds of 24-1. Nine ran. While Texas Ryano wasn't 15 lengths behind, he was 12 back during the first half of the race. Now, here's the chart call: "Texas Ryano saved ground off the pace, came out into the stretch, came out again off heels in midstretch and rallied under good handling to get up late." I like the Commish's version better!

Feb. 21, Entry Level Allowance, Santa Anita, One Mile (T). Texas Ryano finished fourth of five. After running four or five lengths behind a moderate pace for the first seven furlongs, he begain gaining but was beaten 1 3/4 lengths to a time of 1:35.27. Mike Smith rode him at 6-5 odds. Better Bet won, Lucky Views and Awesome Return second and third. The chart call: Texas Ryano, a bit slow to begin, settled off the rail, went around a rival on the second turn, came out some in the stretch and just missed the show.

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Unraced.

 

THE ADMIRAL (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Breeder: Sassy Pants Syndicate
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat, Mariah's Storm)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Sassy Pants (Saratoga Six, Special Portion)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-1-26-1-0 (32) 1.29
Foal Date: Feb. 17, 2011

No auction history.

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WORKOUTS
On March 26, The Admiral worked four in :47:80 (4/31) at SA.
On March 31, The Admiral worked four in :46:60 (4/47) at SA.
On April 19, The Admiral breezed four in :47.66 (5/86) at BEL.
On April 25, The Admiral breezed five in 1.01:65 (7/23) at BEL.
On May 19, The Admiral breezed four in :47:20 (2/52) at CD.
On May 25, The Admiral breezed five in 1.01:00 (8/38) at CD.
On May 31, The Admiral breezed five in 1.01:20 (21/36) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 17, Maiden Special Weight, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Mile. The Admiral finished seventh, beaten eigth lengths by El Nino Terrible and a time of 1:44.91.

Feb. 15, Maiden Special Weight, Santa Anita, Seven Furlongs. The Admiral broke his maiden under Victor Espinoza, prevailing by 2 1/4 lengths. He was timed in 1:22.20 and led at each call, including a half-mile in :45.58.

March 16, Allowance, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Mile. The Admiral and Victor Espinoza won in a time of 1:43.14. He led at each call through fractions of :23.25, :47.25 and 1:11.52.

April 5, Grade III Bay Shore Stakes, Aqueduct, Seven Furlongs. Coup de Grace made his return to the races a successful one, winning by a closing nose over Oliver Zip at 7-1 odds. Kobe’s Back, the 6-5 favorite, missed by a half-length after spotting the pace 10 lengths, while The Admiral finished fourth after grabbing the lead around the furlong marker.

May 4, Gold Fever Stakes, Belmont Park, Six Furlongs. The Admiral finished fourth of five in a dull effort.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Dec. 7, Maiden Special Weight, Santa Anita, Six Furlongs. The Admiral, ridden by Joe Talamo at 10-1 odds, finished third, beaten 1 1/2 length by Chitu. He was seventh in the early going and came out in the stretch to finish with interest. Yard Line was second, beaten 1 1/4 length. The race was timed in 1:09.94. The chart call: "The Admiral settled off the rail, angled in and moved up inside on the turn, came out into the stretch and also went on well to the end and just missed the place."

Dec. 27, Maiden Special Weight, Santa Anita, Six Furlongs. The Admiral, who finished second of five under Joe Talamo to the late-running Cool Samurai, had the lead at the stretch call after stalking the pace early in the game. The final time was 1:36.47. The chart call: "The Admiral had speed outside a rival, then stalked just off the rail, bid
alongside that one leaving the second turn, was floated out a bit into the stretch, put a head in front in midstretch, fought back between foes in late stretch but could not hold off the winner."

 

TOURIST (KY)
Trainer: Bill Mott
Owner: WinStar Farm, LLC
Breeder: WinStar Farm, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tiznow (Cee's Tizzy, Cee's Song)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Unbridled Melody (Unbridled's Song, Skye Castles)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-4-7-1-0 (16) 2.56
Foal Date: April 10, 2011

NEXT RACE: Was thought to be the Spiral Stakes on March 22, but he wasn't entered.

WORKOUTS
On March 3, Tourist breeze four in :50.80 (21/22) at PAY.
On March 10, Tourist breeze four in :50.00 (15/27) at PAY.
On March 17, Tourist breeze five in 1:02.00 (1/17) at PAY.
On May 7, Tourist breezed three on the training track in :37:28 (5/11) at SAR.
On May 14, Tourist breezed four on the training track in :48:40 (1/17) at SAR.
On May 21, Tourist breezed four on the training track in :50:04 (5/13) at SAR.
On May 28, Tourist breezed five on the training track in 1.03:14 (2/4) at SAR.
On June 4, Tourist breezed four on the training track in :50:16 (7/10) at SAR.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Tourist made his 2014 debut on Jan. 10 on the inner track at Aqueduct and finished fouth at 6-5 odds, beaten 12 1/2 lengths by Baratti. Goodnewsisnonews and Rare Eagle were a distant second and third.

Fifth time was the charm. Tourist won a maiden special weight when switched to turf at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 8. He was 9-2 at post time in a field of  10. Three horses in this race did not finish. The time was 1:40.40, and he was ridden by Joel Rosario while prompting the pace. Even-money favorite Picozza was second, beaten 1 1/2 length, and Our Wild Won was another seven lengths back in third.

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

June 8, Allowance, Belmont Park, One Mile (T). At 5-1 odds, Tourist led all the way and won by 5 3/4 lengths, timed in a blistering 1:33.30.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Tourst was a three-race maiden in 2013. All three starts were in maiden special weights. He finished third in his debut going seven furlongs on dirt at Belmont Park, beaten by Misconnect and Endowment. He was seventh after attending the early pace, beaten 6 1/2 lengths by Wicked Strong going a mie on dirt at Belmont. In race number three, he  finished second to Street Gent running nine furlongs on dirt at Aqueduct on Dec. 1. That race was timed in 1:51.99.

 

UNDERTAKER (KY)
Trainer: John Servis
Owner: Leonard C. Green
Breeder: Manganaro LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Unbridled's Song (Unbridled, Trolley Song)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Kris's Sis (Forestry, Kicken Grass)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-12-6-0-2 (26) 4.20
Foal Date: March 14, 2011

NEXT RACE

WORKOUTS
On Feb. 11, Undertaker breezed four in :48:10 (4/20) at PRX.
On Feb. 24, Undertaker breezed five in 1.00:01 (1/18) at PRX.
On March 23, Undertaker breezed six in 1.12:21 (1/1) at PARX.
On April 2, Undertaker breezed five in 1.00:09 (1/4) at PRX.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 26, Entry Level Allowance, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 Mile.
Undertaker won this race in 1:44.33. On the lead early, he built up a four-length advantage with a furlong left, and he hung on to win by 3/4 length. The eventful and descriptive chart call: "Undertaker stumbled inwardly leaving the starting gate, making light contact with Matuszak, and got checked, was given some attention with the stick in the area of right shoulder after recovering, picked up interest and cruised past the others to take command by the end of the homestretch, took up residence towards the inside, increased both the tempo and the advantage proceeding down the backstretch, remained rated until near the top of the lane, held his ground for the first half of the stretch run, had the top one (sic) cut readily into the margin thereafter but had enough time to reach the wire safely to prevail."

March 2, Allowance, Parx, One Mile. At even money, Underaker finished second, beaten a neck by Charleymillionaire, who was 2-1. Well placed racing two abreast just outside the winner, Undertaker "loomed boldly through the stretch but lacked the needed late kick," according to the chart call.

April 19, Frederico Tesio Stakes, Pimlico, 1 1/16 Mile. Undertaker was scratched.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

After two off-the-board finishes, Undertaker broke his maiden on Dec. 29 going a mile and 70 yards at Parx. The time was 1:45.23. Eswan Flores was in the irons.

 

UNKNOWN ROAD (KY)
Trainer: Al Stall, Jr.
Owner: JMJ Racing Stables LLC
Breeder: Woodford Thoroughbreds, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Bernardini (A.P. Indy, Cara Rafaela)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Banshee Winds (Known Fact, Quack a Doodledoo)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-9-10-0-0 (24) 3.80
Foal Date: April 19, 2011

A gelding.

$335,000 RNA Keeneland September 2012.

A half-brother to Banshee Breeze

NEXT RACE

WORKOUTS
On Dec. 31, Unknown Road breezed four in :50.80 (51/73) at FG.
On Jan. 6, Unknown Road breezed five in 1:01.00 (7/39) at FG.
On Jan. 17, Unknown Road breezed four in :48.60 (19/59) at FG.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 9 NOTE: Unknown Road is being readied for a first level allowance race in lieu of the Lecomte. “What’s the rush?” said trainer Stall. “There’s no point in running him in that spot (the Lecomte) just yet unless an easier race doesn’t fill.”

Jan. 24, Entry Level Allowance/Optional Claiming, Fair Grounds, One Mile 70 Yards. This was supposed to be Unknown Road's race to lose, and boy did he, finishing fourth of five at 1-5 odds, beaten 9 3/4 lengths by Quick Indian. The real race was ahead of Unknown Road going into the stretch. Border Crossing set fractions of :23.82, :48.12 and 1:13.20 while Unknown Road tracked hin in second. Border Crossing kicked away from that one turning for home. Quick Indian, fifth of five and 8 1/2 lengths off the pace after a half-mile, did the best late running and got by Border Crossing to win by a length in a time of 1:44.46. Shaun Bridgmohan rode Unknown Road. The chart call: "Unknown Road  bumped lightly with Xtra Luck nearing the first turn, chose the three path while under restraint on that bend, was rated in second position, came under urging when joined by Interchange at the seven-sixteenths pole, chased off the rail on the far turn, was put to the whip at the quarter-pole and came up empty then lost the show."

Feb. 25 NOTE: He was gelded at the end of January; both his testicles were undescended. He's back in training.v

April 6 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Unknown Road debuted at Aqueduct on Nov. 9 with a second-place finish, beaten 3/4 length, with Jose Ortiz up.

Unknown Road broke through second time out running in a six-furlong maiden special weight at Fair Grounds on Dec. 19, timed in 1:10.91 under Shaun Bridgmohan. The thing was, his margin of victory was 11 3/4 lengths.

THE NEXT DAY: "That was exciting. We were very pleased with his race, yesterday," trainer Stall said. "We'll probably now start looking at the Lecomte. His breeding certainly suggests he'll be better at two turns. Also, he's an early bird nomination to the Louisiana Derby, so we'll just have to see how everything goes from here."

 

WALT (KY)
Trainer: Chris Hartman
Owner: Black Hawk Stable (James Rogers)
Breeder: Ronald Kirk, Greg McDonald & John Bates
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Run Away and Hide (City Zip, Jilted)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Miracle Mile (Silver Deputy (CAN), S S Miracle)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-2-5-0-0 (14) 4.60
Foal Date: March 11, 2011

$72,000 OBS April 2013.

NEXT RACE: Walt is sidelined.

WORKOUTS
On Jan. 11, Walt breezed four on a muddy track in :52.60 (22/76) at OP.
On Feb. 13, Walt breezed four in :47:40 (1/3) at OP.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 19 NOTE: Connections feel that Walt momentarily took himself out of the Springboard before starting to run again, and they hope that he will show his potential in the Smarty Jones.

Jan. 20, Smarty Jones Stakes, Oaklawn Park, One Mile. Tanzanite Cat vied for the lead throughout with Walt, racing side by side through an opening quarter in :23.17 and a half-mile in :47.37, and got the best of it sprinting to the wire. With a head advantage at the top of the stretch, Tanzanite Cat prevailed by 1 1/4 length over Walt, timed in 1:38.69. Walt switched leads late. Coastline, the 6-5 favorite, was in third from start to finish, beaten 2 1/2 lengths. Son of a Preacher finished fourth after running sixth early.

Chris Hartman: “We were aiming on being forwardly paced. I didn’t think we were going to be a length and a half in front when they straightened up down the back or when they got down the backside a little ways. It was sort of a rider’s race at that point. He ran a good race. We switched leads late. We’ll have to reevaluate and see where we’re at. I think we could be for sure, it just depends how the horse comes back, that’s the main thing. He switched leads late, and that caused a little concern for me.”

Feb. 17, Grade III Southwest Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Walt finished seventh, beaten 12 1/4 lengths by Tapiture and a time of 1:44.95. He was six wide on both turns. Ninth in the early going but only about four lengths off the pace, then 2 1/4 lengths back after six furlongs, he lost ground thereafter. The chart call: "Walt,six wide into the first turn, raced back, advanced while six wide again in the second bend, brushed into the lane, finished up evenly."

March 9 NOTE: Walt is sidelined. The nature of the issue isn't known here, only that he's out of action for now.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Walt won his first two starts, both at Remington Park, at distances of six and 6 1/2 furlongs.

Dec. 15, Springboard Mile, Remington Park, One Mile. Louies Flower won under Luis Quinonez , holding off a late-charging Noble Cornerstone by a neck, timed in 1:38.83. Always prominent, Louies Flower was third, tracking then pressing Alpha and Omega through initial splits of :23.58, :47.18 and 1:12. Smack Smack was a distant third, beaten 5 1/2 lengths after trailing from seven to 14 lengths in the during the first six furlongs. He made a late run and nosed out fourth finisher Walt, who was just ahead of Smack Smack in the early going. Boji Moon cut to the inside at the top of the stretch and looked like he might win, but he lost momentum and came in fifth, beaten 6 1/4 lengths. The chart call: "Walt was allowed to settle in stride for half, came five wide into lane when making bid, finished with a mild mid track rally."

 

WIRED BRYAN (NY)
Trainer: Michael Dilger
Owner: Anstu Stables, Inc.
Breeder: Anstu Farm LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Stormy Atlantic (Storm Cat, Hail Atlantis)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Red Melody (Runaway Groom (CAN), Lonely Melody)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 9-2-7-0-0 (18) 4.14
Foal Date: Feb. 6, 2011

NEXT RACE

WORKOUTS
None this year.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 16 NOTE: “He’s training at the moment,” trainer Dilger said. “He should hit the worktab here shortly. We gave him some time off after his last race and are just getting him back into the swing of things. We’ll take it as we find it; no firm plans yet.”

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Wired Byan debuted on June 19 in a maiden special weight restricted to New York-breds at Belmont Park, and he won by 7 1/4 lengths after leading throughout.

July 21, Grade II Sanford Stakes, Saratoga, Six Furlongs. Wired Bryan won for the second time in as many starts. He was in second position early, but that didn’t last long. He won in 1:11 and small change, prevailing by 5 ¼ lengths in a field of six. Shaun Bridgmohan rode.

Aug. 11, Grade II Saratoga Special, Saratoga, 6 1/2 Furlongs. Corfu set the pace with splits of :21.62, :44.02 and 1:08.61 and went on to win in 1:15.57, barely holding off a nice-finishing Wired Bryan, who stalked in second the whole way. Seven ran. Shaun Bridgmohan rode.

Michael Dilger: "I thought this was a scenario that might happen. I am very, very proud of our horse. He ran a great race. I was disappointed not to win. That was the closest thing to a dead heat that I've ever seen. We are very happy with him. He was doing very well. I don't know where we are headed next. We will decide tomorrow morning."

Shaun Bridgmohan: "He was trying; the wire just came up a little bit soon for him. I thought he ran his eyeballs out. They both ran to the wire. It's just unfortunate he got out-bobbed today. He is a pretty smart horse, and he waits for your command. He's very professional, that horse. I was riding hard and had my head down, but when I picked it up I saw that I didn't quite get there."

Sept. 2, Grade I Hopeful Stakes, Saratoga, Seven Furlongs. Wired Bryan was one of many that didn't handle the muddy track. He finished fifth, beaten 12 lengths by Strong Mandate. The chart call: "Wired Bryan brushed with an opponent at the start, pressed the pace on the outside of the leader, dropped back a bit at the half-mile pole, chased off the rail on the turn and tired.

Sept. 28, Finger Lakes, New York Breeders' Futurity, Six Furlongs. Wired Bryan was much the best, winning by seven lengths. Ridden by Jaime Rodriguez, Wired Bryan was timed in 1:10.50. He led at each call and set splits of :22.49 and :45.10.

Oct. 19, Bertram F. Bongard Stakes, Belmont Park, Seven Furlongs. At 1-5 odds in a field of seven, Wired Bryan led all the way and won by three lengths, timed in 1:22.83 after setting fractions of :22.86, :45.79 and 1:09.93. Fox Rox and Sol the Freud couldn't keep up with him, and Empire Dreams kept on to get second.
 
Michael Dilger: "It's a horse race, so you never know what can happen. He's been holding his form real well. He's been a consistent horse all year. Johnny has ridden the horse, he's won on him, he's ridden against him and beaten him, he's been beaten by him - he's seen him from every angle. I told him to do whatever he thought was best. The horse is always going to break sharp, it was just a
matter of whether someone else wanted the lead or not. He's a naturally fast horse. I wasn't concerned about seven furlongs on a fast track. His recent works have shown he's progressing and maturing. We'll see how he is during the week and go from there. We'll winter in Florida, and who knows, maybe try to stretch him out."
 
John Velazquez: "It wasn't a surprise, we have to expect that. This horse has been running against a lot better horses. Today we broke from the outside, just kind of let him run out of there, got to the lead, and tried to save some horse for the end."

Dec. 31 NOTE: No workouts since the Bongard.

 

 

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