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BAYERN
CALIFORNIA CHROME
DYNAMIC IMPACT
GENERAL A ROD
KID CRUZ
PABLO DEL MONTE
RIA ANTONIA
RIDE ON CURLIN
RING WEEKEND
SOCIAL INCLUSION


 

BAYERN (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Kaleem Shah, Inc.
Breeder: Helen Alexander
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Offlee Wild (Wild Again, Alvear)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Alittlebitearly (Thunder Gulch, Aquilegia)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-3-11-0-0 (22) 3.00
Foal Date: May 3, 2011

$320,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2013.

WORKOUTS
On Jan. 13, Bayern worked four in :49.20 (13/28) at SA.
On Jan. 19, Bayern worked five in 1.00:20 (5/54) at SA.
On Feb. 6, Bayern worked six in 1.11:00 (1/17) at SA.
On March 3, Bayern worked five in :59:80 (18/65) at SA.
On March 20, Bayern worked four in :47:40 (7/47) at SA.
On March 26, Bayern worked five in 1.00:00 (8/37) at SA.
On March 31, Bayern worked five in 1.00:80 (20/46) at SA.
On April 6, Bayern worked seven in 1.23:80 (1/5) at SA.
On April 21, Bayern breezed four in 47:60 (2/46) at CD.
On May 5, Bayern breezed five in :58:20 (1/19) at CD.
On May 12, Bayern breezed five in 1.02:60 (9/17) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 4, Maiden Special Weight, Santa Anita, Seven Furlongs. Bayern was dominant in his debut, prevailing by 3 1/4 lengths at 4-5 odds in a time of 1:22.24 under Gary Stevens. He attended a pace of :22.50 and :45.19 set by Hold Everything -- who faded to finish a badly-beaten seventh of eight -- before taking command leaving the turn. Rprettyboyfloyd finished second, Snuggley Bear third. The chart call: "Bayern had speed between horses then dueled outside a rival, took the lead past midway on the turn, inched clear into the stretch and proved best under some light urging and good handling."

Jan. 23 NOTE: Has been ill, according to a major publication. Specifics were not disclosed, but it must be recent because he breezed on Jan. 19.

Feb. 13, Entry Level Allowance, Santa Anita, One Mile. Bayern, ridden by Gary Stevens, stretched out to a mile and dominated, winning by 15 lengths while getting the distance in 1:35.7. He was ridden out past the wire another sixteenth of a mile. Bayern was the heavy 3-5 favorite in a field of five. Breaking sharply from the rail, Bayern went to the front and was kept off the rail by Stevens, who had to contend with longshot Brother Soldier, who broke slowly and rushed up to engage the winner around the first turn and into the backstretch. With Brother Soldier very keen to his outside, Stevens eased back to second approaching the five furlong pole, but turned his horse loose going to the half and he had a five length advantage on Brother Soldier passing the quarter pole. Tap It Rich, errratically finished second, 5 3/4 lengths ahead of Brother Soldier.

Gary Stevens: “I don’t think I was quite test driving him, but when I did ask him to pick it up at the eighth pole, he exploded. I didn’t want to get into a speed duel and taking the blinkers off was a big help today. He was listening to what I did and was relaxed down the backside and he was relaxed throughout.

Bob Baffert: This is what you want to see, and it gets your hopes up. I would just make sure he comes out of it and give him plenty of time. He ran fast.”

Feb. 15 NOTE: Private clocker Gary Young on Feb. 14: “He was very impressive. He was a nice horse at the sale back in Maryland, he was a nice horse training for his first race. Bayern wasn’t really running when Tap It Rich kind of got bumped at the start and had his mental issues, but the way he won, there’s no way you can fault him. He’s a nice horse.” Bayern earned a 92 Beyer Speed figure.

March 7 NOTE: Santa Anita press office says Bayern has what is "reportedly" a "possible deep bruise" in a front foot one day after it was announced he was out of the San Felipe Stakes with a foot bruise.

April 12, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Bayern faded to third, beaten 5 1/4 lengths after setting the pace. Danza won at 41-1 odds after a ground-saving trip. After breaking from post 1, Danza was never far back. Fourth, then third at the first three calls, he stayed close to Bayern, who set the pace in :23.72, :47.72 and 1:12.29. Coming out of the second turn, Danza and Joe Bravo came through on the rail and moved off from the field to prevail by 4 3/4 lengths over second finisher Ride On Curlin, who was in sixth place of eight in early running, 4 1/2 lengths off the pace. Tapiture toiled in mid-pack and went five wide into the stretch before finishing fourth. He was beaten 7 1/4 lengths. The time was 1:49.68.

Gary Stevens: "I had a good comfortable trip, a nice comfortable pace and it picked up nice. Approaching the quarter-pole, the winner came up inside of me. I thought I was going to be able to stay with him and I thought my horse was going to give him a little fight, but he didn't."

Jim Barnes, assistant to Bob Baffert: "I have to talk to Bob and see what he thinks. I would have liked to have seen him let him run and maybe come after him."

April 26, Grade III Derby Trial, Churchill Downs, One Mile. Bayern broke on top from post 1, but he never got clear of Embellishing Bob to his outside, and the pair dueled throughout the one-mile, one-turn race. In deep stretch while under a left-handed whip from Rosie Napravnik, Bayern drifted out, herding Embellishing Bob and Brian Hernandez toward the outer rail while Myositis Dan closed strongly to get into the photo, two noses apart from the top runner. Bayern’s nose hit the finish line first, but the inquiry sign lit up quickly, and stewards took Bayern down. Laddie Boy ran fourth, beaten 1 3/4 length. The race was timed in 1:36.73.

Rosie Napravnik: "It wasn't any more me than him. I was surprised he claimed on me. I thought we won it fair. My horse ran hard and ran well."

Bob Baffert, trainer of Bayern: "I don't know. I never got to see it. There was contact. Apparently it was the right call because they took him down. What are you going to do? At first I thought he hung on and won. Then I saw the inquiry. I saw all the bumping, there was a lot of stuff going on there. He ran well, but he's still a young horse. We need to get him back, a little bit off the lead. He got a little tired at the end. The track is demanding tonight. He got a lot out of it." (After seeing the replay) "They made the right call."

Will he run in the Preakness:? "We'll see. We'll play it by ear."

May 17, Grade I Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 Mile. Bayern got slammed around in the early going and never got the opportunity to contend. He finished ninth, beaten 21 lengths by California Chrome and a time of 1:54.84.

Bob Baffert: “I got a horrible trip. That was a horrible trip. He took a half-step and got bumped. (California Chrome) is something. He's a cool customer. He does everything right. He's fast enough to stay out of trouble. Victor rides him with so much confidence. He knows when he has to move into a spot. He has so much acceleration."

Rosie Napravnik: “It was very rough. The horses on either side of us sandwiched us so tight we were practically off the ground. We got into a decent position and he still made a run to the quarter pole.”


PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Unraced.

 

 

CALIFORNIA CHROME (CA)
Trainer: Art Sherman
Owner: Steven Coburn & Perry Martin
Breeder: Martin Perry & Steve Coburn
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Lucky Pulpit (Pulpit, Lucky Soph)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Love the Chase (Not for Love, Chase It Down)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-5-10-0-0 (22) 3.40
Foal Date: Feb. 18, 2011

WORKOUTS
On Feb. 8, California Chrome breezed four in :48.00 (7/21) at LA.
On Feb. 15, California Chrome worked four in :47:80 (6/19) at LA.
On Feb. 22, California Chrome worked six in 1.11:80 (1/4) at LA.
On March 2, California Chrome worked five on a track rated wet-fast in 1.00:40 (1/1) at LA.
On March 22, California Chrome worked four in :47:40 (5/29) at LA.
On March 29, California Chrome worked four in :46:40 (1/16) at LA.
On April 19, California Chrome breezed four in :47:80 ( 7/27) at LA.
On April 26, California Chrome worked four in :48.20 (5/12) at LA.

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.

Art Sherman: “I thought he would run awesome today. He’d been training like a bomb. I brought him over here about a week before and schooled him and took him in the paddock. The horse, the light bulb went on. He was kind of green starting out. He had a couple of rough trips in his races, he kind of got banged around and had no place to go. Now, he’s learned how to rate himself and have speed, and in California, that’s the type of horse you want, where you can place them close up.

“(Blinkers and Lasix) helped him quite a bit. When he was first out, he was green. You didn’t want to rush him into everything. I let him get his legs under him and grow up a bit and now he’s starting to mature. Coming into this race, I knew he’d be awesome. He’s been training lights-out.”

Victor Espinoza: “I know he’s doing great, but it was his first time at two turns. We wanted to find out if he could go that far, and today, he showed he can go the distance. He did it easy. I had to tap him once though, just so he kept going because he waits for other horses.

“I talked with Art Sherman before the race and he asked me what I wanted to do. I told him I wanted to put him in the race; you have to let good horses run. I didn’t want to do too much with him, I didn’t want to take a hold or anything, I wanted him to be happy. He told me to do whatever I wanted.”

Feb. 22 NOTE: “I’m real happy with the work,” trainer Sherman said. “I got him galloping out seven furlongs in 1:25. He’ll have one more breeze at Los Al and we’ll ship to Santa Anita five days before the race for schooling and final preparations. Victor said he went really nice.”

March 2 NOTE: "He looked good," trainer Sherman said after another workout at Los Alamitos. "In light of all the weather we've had recently, everything went perfect. We'll bring him to Santa Anita Wednesday, he'll school Thursday and Friday and run  Saturday."

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.

Art Sherman: “I didn’t think he’d be on the lead, but he was a handful today. I just told Victor, ‘You got him.’ I told him he broke like that because of that Quarter Horse training at Los Alamitos . . . We all know Santa Anita’s a speed-biased type of track, so it was really great to see him with the hold he had on him. It’s unbelievable. I’m looking at the race saying, ‘Well, I hope that horse doesn’t press him too hard, but I’ll tell you, when (Victor) asked him to go, he looked like a fresh horse, breaking, didn’t he? Maybe I’m looking at the wrong race, I don’t know. But I had a lot of fun watching him run.”

Asked if the Santa Anita Derby might be next: “Well, we’ll kind of play it by ear. I needed this 50 points, and we’ll kind of see what happens. Now I think I deserve to go to the (Kentucky) Derby. I don’t think the distance will make any difference, a mile and a quarter. I think he’ll run all day.

Victor Espinoza: “It was great. He ran like I expected him to. Everything worked out today. I wanted to try something new today, so I let him go right out of the gate. I don’t know if people expected me to go right to the lead, but I wanted to let him enjoy his race, I just let him go. In these races, you can’t just try and do too much with them. I think it’s important for him to do his thing for the first five-eighths and be happy. It seems like he likes both tracks. He’s been training over at Los Al but he does things so much easier at Santa Anita after having trained at Los Al. He didn’t feel tired at all after the wire.”

March 16 NOTE: “We’re playing it by ear with him,” trainer Sherman said. “The horse is doing well. He galloped this morning (at Los Alamitos). Let’s say he’s on the Derby trail and there’s a chance he could run in the Santa Anita Derby. We’ll wait and see how the horse is doing.”

April 5, Grade I Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita, 1 1/8 Mile. California Chrome romped to an easy win. After a crowded start, California Chrome and Victor Espinoza rated in third position going into the first turn, then ran easily in second while pressing pacesetter Dublin Up in the backstretch and around the far turn. After initial fractions of :22.89, :47.02 and 1:10.86, California Chrome had plenty left in the tank and spurted away from the field in the top of the stretch. He prevailed by 5 1/4 lengths, timed in 1:47.52.

Art Sherman: “It was awesome. That’s all I can say. I got a little spooked leaving the gate. He got banged around pretty good, but I really think he’s a better horse stalking . . . when he won the San Felipe, he was on the lead all the way, which is something new to me, but I really prefer this type of race where he’s right off the lead.

“I know that the horse likes to have company. I’ve seen all his races; he’s pretty competitive. He doesn’t mind being hooked. Right now, he’s kind of freaky, and I’m enjoying it. I can’t believe the races I’ve been seeing. A length or two might have been all right with me.”

Asked about comparing him to Swaps: “He’s my Swaps, let’s put it that way. If all goes well, we’ll ship to Kentucky probably a week before the Derby.

“I loved it when Trevor (Denman) said, ‘They’d need to sprout wings’ to beat him. I love that saying.”

Victor Espinoza: “He knows what’s going on. He’s calm and focused, but for some reason, we missed the break a tiny bit, but I put him in the race right away. I didn’t want to get stuck in traffic. It worked out well.”

May 3, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. California Chrome sat just behind Chitu and Uncle Sigh through fractions of :23.04, :47.37 and 1:11.80. Rounding the far turn, California Chrome was revved up by Victor Espinoza, and they struck the front at the top of the stretch. With a furlong remaining in the race, California Chrome led by five lengths. He was never challenged, and Espinoza geared him down the last 100 yards. He was timed in 2:03.66.

Art Sherman: “Just awesome. I’m breathless. This is so cool. I think I rode the horse with Victor the last 70 yards. It was a picture-perfect ride. He was right where he should have been all the way around. Coming down the stretch I was thinking: ‘Keep rollin’ big boy. Keep rollin’.’ This has to be the sweetest moment of my life. To be my age and have something like this happen, what can you say? For all my friends in California, this is for you. We did it!”

Victor Espinoza: “Awesome. I never dreamed I’d win a second Kentucky Derby, but here it is. This was a typical race for him. He ran like he always does. Art just said: ‘You know him, ride him.’ I had the trip I wanted. I don’t mess with him too much. I just stretch his legs and little bit and then let him do his thing. Pressure will be back on for the Preakness, but that’s OK.”

May 17, Grade I Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 Mile. California Chrome broke well from post 3, and Victor Espinoza allowed Pablo Del Monte and Ria Antonia to clear him and sat in third position with the first quarter-mile run in :23.56 and the half in :46.85. Those three led the field going up the backstretch, followed most closely by Social Inclusion. Social Inclusion edged closer, passing Ria Antonia as the second turn loomed, and six furlongs were in the book in 1:11.06. In the far turn, Ria Antonia began a serious retreat, and Pablo Del Monte began to slow. Challenged on the turn by Social Inclusion, he asked California Chrome in mid-turn.. The horse and rider led into the stretch, the mile gone in 1:35.65. Ride On Curlin, 10th and last early, mounted a challenge. With a furlong left in the race, California Chrome led by daylight with Ride On Curlin three lengths back, having overtaken Social Inclusion in upper stretch. Espinoza showed California Chrome the whip, and he hit the finish line in 1:54.84. Ride On Curlin finished second, beaten 1 1/2 length. Social Inclusion was a distant third, another 6 1/2 lengths back. General a Rod surged late to miss the show spot by a head.

Art Sherman: “He broke great and had a perfect trip. I was so happy when I saw where he was able to set him. Right now he’s really on his toes and doing good. He’s a remarkable horse to come back in two weeks and win. I know he’s not the only horse that ever did that, but it’s tough on a horse to come back in two weeks. I appreciate everyone involved in my team. They did a hell of a job. Both my sons are here. It’s very emotional.

“To me, this race was even a little tougher for me knowing that I’m coming back in a little shorter distance than I normally ever run them and the time I give them to rest between races. I was a little concerned about that, but he’s got a big heart this horse – big.

“Wow. I’ll tell you it’s quite a thrill. I know we had to run harder in this race. For me, just watching him perform, coming back in two weeks, I was a little concerned. But I’ll tell you one thing: he’s a real race horse. I’m hoping that the mile and a half is up his alley, too, because he’s a very good horse.

“Oh, you’ve got to have a tear. I’ve got my whole family here. We worked hard all year and Victor rode him perfect. It’s a dream for any trainer to do this.

“I couldn’t tell how much horse he really had. It was hard for me to get a good view because people were jumping up and down in front of me. But when I looked up at the board, I could see him starting to move away and I felt really good then.”

Victor Espinoza: “It was not easy, but we got it done. I’m excited and looking forward. I had to start early (before the top of the stretch) because the outside horse (Social Inclusion) was pushing me. I thought I had the perfect position, but when the outside horse attacked me, I had to open it up at that point. It was tough today. This race was a little complicated. I saw another horse take the lead, I’m second, then (Ria Antonia) wants to go. I have to steady, steady and I have to hope and make the right decision and hope for the best. Then, I’m sitting third, and I think it’s perfect.”


PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

He was the last horse to win a stakes race at Betfair Hollywood Park.

As a 2-year-old, he raced six times, winning twice at 4 1/2 furlongs and 5 1/2 furlongs -- against state-breds in a maiden race at Betfair Hollywood Park and in the Graduation Stakes at Del Mar.  He was fifth against open company in the Willard Proctor Memorial and sixth against like company in the Del Mar Futurity. He closed out 2013 with a win in another restricted race, the seven-furlong King Glorious Stakes.

 

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

WORKOUTS
On May 3, Dynamic Impact breezed five in 1.00:20 (5/29) at CD.
On May 11, Dynamic Impact breezed five on a track rated good in 1.01:60 (18/41) 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.”

May 17, Grade I Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 Mile. Dynamic Impact did not make an impact at any point and finished seventh, beaten 15 3/4 lengths by California Chrome and a time of 1:54.84.

Mark Casse: “I think we beat three or four horses. We have no excuses. He just didn’t run fast enough.”

Miguel Mena: “We got a nice trip and a clean break and got around the turn good. But he struggled a little with the racetrack, but he came running at the end.”

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.

 

GENERAL A ROD (KY)
Trainer: Mike Maker
Owner: Skychai Racing LLC & Starlight Racing LLC
Breeder: Hare Forest Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Roman Ruler (Fusaichi Pegasus, Silvery Swan)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Dynamite Eyes (Dynaformer, Buckeye Search)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-2-12-0-0 (18) 2.00
Foal Date: Feb. 26, 2011

$90,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October 2012.

WORKOUTS
On Jan. 18, General a Rod breezed five in :59.54 (4/49) at GP.
On Jan. 25, General a Rod breezed five in 1.01:16 ( 11/34) at GP.
On Feb. 2, General a Rod breezed five in :59.13 (1/55) at GP.
On Feb. 9, General a Rod breezed five in 1.02:81 (25/30) at GP.
On Feb. 16, General a Rod breezed five in 1.00:12 (7/32) at GP.
On March 8, General a Rod breezed four in :51:26 (76/82) at GP.
On March 15, General a Rod breezed five in :59:50 (6/53) at GP.
On March 23, General a Rod breezed five in 1.01:14 (7/25) at GP.
On April 17, General a Rod breezed five in :59:80 (1/4) at CDT.
On April 23, General a Rod breezed five in 1.03:40 (13/15) at CD.
On April 29, General a Rod breezed four in :49.40 (17/27) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 1, Gulfstream Park Derby, Gulfstream Park, One Mile.
General a Rod was victorious under Joel Rosario. After breaking from post 9, he attended the :23.14 and :45.91 contested pace set by Wildcat Red and Aaron’s Orient from his outside. Wildcat Red had the lead after six furlongs in  1:10.25 as Aaron’s Orient started fading. General a Rod got on even terms with Wildcat Red in the stretch and got the win by a head over Wildcat Red in a ding-dong finish. The time was 1:35.94.

Mike Maker: “I didn’t know I thought I had it, but I was glad (Wildcat Red) hung around. I was worried about Joel opening up a little bit because he waits on horses. So it gave him some company. We drew great (post 9 of 9). He got a perfect trip. I have no complaints. He’s always shown great promise. He’s a big, immature colt, but since his last race he’s made no mistakes. We were looking for a big effort today and we got it. He ran great last time. He was just second best. The winner (Conquest Titan) was coming out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and was a bit more experienced. Eveything’s a possibility. We’ll talk it over with the owner, but my first inclination is keeping him right here (for the $400,000 Holy Bull on Jan. 25).”

Joel Rosario“When I got to the horse in front (Wildcat Red), he just kind of waited a little bit. He didn’t want to go by, but the other horse was running pretty good, too. I thought I had a little more left when I asked him, but he did the job. I think he’s still learning now, so going forward he’ll be even better.”

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.

Mike Maker: “The horse ran super. What else can you say?”

Javier Castellano: “I had a beautiful trip. It was where I wanted to be. He’s such a nice horse. It was a competitive race. I had a lot of chances to win the race. The horse gave me everything he had. Unfortunately, he just got beat by the bob.”

March 29, Grade I Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Constitution edged Wildcat Red, with General a Rod close by and favored Cairo Prince fourth. With General a Rod and Constitution tracking him, Wildcat Red went through the opening quarter-mile in :24.01. Spot was third after a half-mile in :48.19, with Constitution still close. Spot quickly faded while the other three kept running, and six furlongs were in the book in 1:12.00. General a Rod loomed and Cairo Prince made his move. Constitution moved up on the rail entering the stretch. At the furlong marker, Constitution led by a head in 1:36.46. He managed to keep Wildcat Red at bay and prevailed by a neck. General a Rod finished another 1 1/4 length behind, and Cairo Prince was beaten 3 3/4 lengths by the winner, timed in 1:49.16.

Assistant trainer Elesar Chavez: “He was trying at the end, but he couldn’t get past the other ones. Probably the pace was just too fast. He likes to go head-to-head with the other one, but it’s fine. We’ll see what Mike says for next time, but he looks like he can go longer and we’re going to look at the Kentucky Derby. He’s going to be fine.”

Joel Rosario: "It took him a little bit to keep him going and Johnny already had a good position on the outside he was coming out a little bit and I just followed him the whole way and opened up the inside a little bit and Constitution came through the rail and it was over from there. My horse ran great and tried very hard. He ran a great race. It was a little quick, but thats how it goes sometimes, I guess we were third best today.

March 30 NOTE: General a Rod was shipped to Kentucky this date.

April 28 NOTE: Skychai Racing LLC and Starlight Racing LLC announced their purchase of General a Rod. Skychai also owns an interest in Harry's Holiday, while Starlight owns Intense Holiday.

May 3, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. General a Rod finished 11th, beaten 8 1/2 lengths by California Chrome, after being taken back to rate. He was 16th in the early running. The winner was timed in 2:03.66.

Mike Maker: "It just looked like (he wasn’t) good enough. That's about it.''

Joel Rosario: “Good trip. The pace was pretty good, we were pretty steady the whole way. I thought he put together a pretty good run later, but just too late.”

May 17, Grade I Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 Mile. General a Rod finished fourth after a tough trip, beaten eight lengths by California Chrome and a time of 1:54.84.

Mike Maker: “He ran well. He may have been a little crowded down the backside. Whether or not that affected anything, we’ll find out.”

Javier Castellano: “It was a beautiful trip until the three-eighths pole when I checked him bad. I’m not sure if I could have beat California Chrome, but that sure cost me.”


PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

General a Rod debuted at Keeneland against 10 others and won on the course that goes about 7 1/2 furlongs. He was clear 2 3/4 lengths at the finish line and drawing away after being eighth after a half-mile.

Nov. 30, Entry Level Allowance, Churchill Downs, One Mile. General a Rod finished a stubborn second. Conquest Titan registered 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. The chart call: "General a Rod alternated for the lead three wide, responded willingly when the winner surged past then held on gamely to be seco
nd."

 

KID CRUZ (KY)
Trainer: Linda Rice
Owner: Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds and Black Swan Stable
Breeder: Machmer Hall
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Lemon Drop Kid (Kingmambo, Charming Lassie)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Layreebelle (Tale of the Cat, Voodoo Lily)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 9-2-14-5-0 (30) 1.50
Foal Date: March 30, 2011

$80,000 Keeneland September 2012.
Subsequently claimed for $50,000.

WORKOUTS

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

He made his season debut in late January with a second place finish around two turns going 1 1/16 mile against allowance runners at Aqueduct. Undertaker beat him less than a length in a time of 1:44.33.

March 8, Private Terms Stakes, Laurel Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Kid Cruz rolled late to finish in 1:54.82. He sat 18 1/2 lengths off a half-mile pace of :49.93 under Julian Pimentel. Joint Custody loomed a winner in mid-stretch but finished second, four lengths back after staggering a bit in the lane.

"After we claimed this horse, we evaluated him and thought he was a little immature mentally and detected some slight sensitivity in his left shin, so we backed up on him a little, freshened him up,” assistant trainer Sam Randazzo said. “He started training very well for his last race and he ran very well that day to just miss by a half a length. His breezes between that effort and today were getting progressively better. Linda thought that the mile and an eighth here at Laurel and his running style would be suited to the Private Terms. I do think he will run further than what he ran today, so we could see him in some longer races in the future.”

Julian Pimentel: “I never thought we would be so far back. I figured we would be in the middle of the pack, but it took me awhile to get him going. He wasn’t going anywhere, but around the three-eighths pole he kicked in by himself and got rolling.”

March 30 NOTE: Kid Cruz is reportedly getting some time off. Was subsequently entered in the Wood Memorial and scratched.

April 19, Frederico Tesio Stakes, Pimlico, 1 1/16 Mile. Julian Pimentel rated Kid Cruz off the pace into the far turn, then charged by his rivals to post an easy victory. He was much closer today than he was in the Private Terms. Kid Cruz won by 3 1/2 lengths and completed the 1 1/16 mile in 1:47.38. Matuszak finished second. Joint Custody took third. Sassicaia was fourth.

“He was running very easy and very comfortable,” said Pimentel. “He asked me to run a little early on the backstretch, so I had to hold him a little bit. He got up really well, really strong. I think I could have won by more but I just bided my time. Once I asked him he was ready.”

“I was a little worried that they were going to take this race from wire-to-wire but there was enough pressure to weaken the leader late,”  said assistant trainer Marsha Barrs. “This horse really ran a terrific race even though we had to miss a work. We got knocked off the Derby trail after the Private Terms, but after some time off he’s back to his old self, and our long range options include the Preakness, pending how he comes out of this race today.”

May 17, Grade I Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 Mile. Kid Cruz was never in contention and finished eighth, beaten 16 lengths by California Chrome and a time of 1:54.84.

Linda Rice: “I was a little disappointed, but he was running at the end of it. He just had too much to do. I’m also thrilled that we have a Triple Crown in the making, so that’s really good for racing. I think we still may go after the Belmont because the distance is in his favor. This was a pretty good challenge for him and he did pretty well.”

Julian Pimentel: “We were really far back on the outside. It took so long to get going. When we started going, he got going pretty good down the lane, but it was just too late.”


PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Kid Cruz beat maiden claimers in his second start and was claimed by trainer Rice for $50,000 from Black Swan Stable, trainer Bill Mott.

 

 

PABLO DEL MONTE (FL)
Trainer: Wesley Ward
Owner: Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor & Wesley Ward
Breeder: Wesley Ward
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat, Mariah's Storm)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): One Hot Wish (Bring the Heat, Wish for a Jeanne)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-1-21-0-0 (24) 1.29
Foal Date: March 31, 2011

No auction history.

WORKOUTS
On Jan. 16, Pablo Del Monte breezed five in 1:02.47 (6/10) at GP.
On Jan. 22, Pablo Del Monte breeze five in 1.01:94 (3/11) at GP.
On March 15, Pablo del Monte breezed six in 1.13:40 (1/3) at KEE.
On March 22, Pablo Del Monte breezed five in :58:40 (1/19) at KEE.
On March 30, Pablo del Monte worked six in 1.14:00 (2/2) at KEE.
On April 5, Pablo Del Monte breezed six in 1.13:00 (1/6) at KEE.
On April 25, Pablo Del Monte breezed six in 1:11.20 (1/6) at KEE.
On May 10, Pablo Del Monte breeezed six in 1.12:20 (1/4) at KEE.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 1, Gulfstream Park Derby, Gulfstream Park, One Mile. Pablo Del Monte finished fourth, beaten 3 1/2 lengths by General a Rod. He was on or near the lead as this race started unfolding, but soon he was near the back of the pack, though not very far back from the lead, and by the time they’d run six furlongs, he was still sixth, three lengths off the pace. The chart call: “Pablo Del Monte stalked the pace four wide into the stretch and had no response when asked.”

Jan. 29 NOTE: “I was hoping he would go further,” Ward said, “but his mother was a sprinter, so we’ll shorten him up a little bit and he should be good,” trainer Ward said.

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.

April 12, Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, 1 1/8 Mile. Pablo Del Monte led the field through fractions of :23.58, :47.59 and 1:12.74, then faded to third, beaten 3 1/2 lengths. 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. Big Bazinga was fourth, another 5 1/4 lengths back, after being placed last at the first call. The final time was 1:50.06.

Victor Espinoza: "He broke OK and I was able to take the lead easy. He was nice and comfortable and was just loping around. Turning for home, he spooked a little bit and it cost him a few strides. I still thought he had enough because he was going so easy. When he lost his stride, it kind of cost me but he was able to recover. I thought I would at least get second.”

Wesley Ward: “The plan was, I told Victor, to ride him just like he rode (California Chrome) in the Santa Anita Derby, and he was only two spots away. Very happy with how he ran. We’re ecstatic and very proud of him.”

May 17, Grade I Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 Mile. Pablo Del Monte led through six furlongs and then faded to finish sixth, beaten 14 lengths by California Chrome and a time of 1:54.84.

Wesley Ward: “He got away good from the gate but then Calvin on Ria Antonia put her right with him. I wish we could have gotten away with a 48 half. I would have felt a lot better.”

Jeffrey Sanchez: “He wanted to go for the lead and got over good to a spot. He ran his race.”

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Pablo Del Monte broke his maiden on April 7 by five lengths going 4 1/2 furlongs at Keeneland, then was off until beating winners going 6 1/2 furlongs on Oct. 13, again at Keeneland. Both victories came on the main track in gate-to-wire fashion.

On Nov. 30, Pablo Del Monte finished fifth of six as the even-money favorite in the Grade III Generous on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park. Running evenly, he was beaten 2 1/2 lengths by Global View. He "had speed outside rivals then stalked off the rail, continued three deep on the second turn and into the stretch, drifted in a bit in deep stretch and lacked the needed late kick."

Dec. 27 NOTE: “He just couldn’t be training any better, and that’s the reason we’re going for (the Gulfstream Park Derby),” trainer Ward said. “I’m excited to get him on the dirt. He goes so well over it, so we’re anxious to see what he can do. I raced the mother (One Hot Wish), and she was a very fast horse, but she preferred the Polytrack or the turf. This guy seemed to have an affinity for Polytrack early on, and when I breezed him on the grass he breezed OK, but not outstanding. I took a chance and took him out to Hollywood and he ran an average race. It wasn’t bad; it wasn’t great. He had no troubled trips as far as the running of the race or anything. But since I breezed him on the dirt here at Gulfstream, he just seemed to love it. We breezed him again (this) week, and he looked great. There’s no question in my mind he’s going to like it. The turf was always a question for him. With the breeding he has, I didn’t think it would be a problem, but it really was. I’m looking forward to this race. He’s an extremely talented horse. I’m anxious to see how far he can go. It’s really the only question I have. I don’t think the mile is going to be any problem whatsoever, but, obviously, this time of year you’re thinking big things. You just want to see how far he’ll go.”

Dec. 27 NOTE (part 2): Blinkers off for the Gulfstream Park Derby. “He has a lot of natural speed just because of the talent he has, but I think he’s very ratable,” trainer Ward said. “Generally, for the most part at this time of year I take the blinkers off most of the horses just to get them to relax and go a little further. The first part of the year, I try to put the blinkers on to keep them more focused. But, he seemed to relax really well with the blinkers off, so I’m looking for a big effort.”

 

 

RIA ANTONIA (KY)
Trainer: Tom Amoss
Owner: Christopher T. Dunn & Loooch Racing Stable, Inc.
Breeder: Lynn B. Schiff
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Rockport Harbor (Unbridled's Song, Regal Miss Copelan)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Beer Baroness (Mr. Greeley, Lavish Numbers)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-7-7-0-0 (18) 4.14
Foal Date: April 4, 2011

$9,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October 2012.

WORKOUTS
On Jan. 5, Ria Antonia breezed three in :36.60 (6/42) at BEL.
On Jan. 18, Ria Antonia breezed four in :49.60 (26/70) at FG.
On Jan. 26, Ria Antonia breezed four in :48:40 (2/106) at FG.
On Feb. 2, Ria Antonia breezed five in 1.00:60 (2/35) at FG.
On Feb. 9, Ria Antonia breezed five in 1.01:80 (18/64) at FG.
On Feb. 16, Ria Antonia breezed four in :47.00 (1/94) at FG..
On March 8, Ria Antonia worked four in :47.00 (7/44) at SA.
On March 14, Ria Antonia worked four in :46.69 (1/41) at SA.
On March 21, Ria Antonia worked six in 1:13.20 (4/21) at SA.
On March 26, Ria Antonia worked five in 1:00.00 (8/38) at SA.
On March 31, Ria Antonia worked four in :46.20 (1/51) at SA.
On April 18, Ria Antonia worked five in :59.40 (1/64)) at SA.
On April 24, Ria Antonia breezed five in 1:00.60 (3/15) at CD.
On April 28, Ria Antonia breezed four in :47.40 (1/15) at CD.
On May 11, Ria Antonia breezed four on a track rated good in :47:60 (4/52) at CD.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 18 NOTE: Ria Antonia made it to Fair Grounds, just a little later than projected.

Feb. 22, Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes, Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 Mile. After endless talk that she would compete against boys in the Risen Star Stakes, Ria Antonia finished fourth of seven at 2-1 odds, beaten 14 1/4 lengths by Untapable.

April 5, Grade I Santa Anita Oaks, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Mile. Transferred to the care of Bob Baffert from Jeremiah Englehart, she finished second, beaten 1 1/4 length by Fashion Plate. She sat back five lengths under Mike Smith in the early going.

May 2, Grade I Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs, 1 1/8 Mile. Ria Antonia finished sixth, beaten 15 3/4 lengths by Untapable. She was in contention heading into the far turn, then steadily fell back.

May 6 NOTE: It was disclosed she had been transferred to Tom Amoss and might be entered in the Preakness.

May 17, Grade I Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 Mile. Ria Antonia contended in second position for a half-mile, then started a retreat that ended her up last of 10, beaten 31 lengths by California Chrome and a time of 1:54.84.

Tom Amoss: “Disappointed, but she looks good.”

Calvin Borel: “My horse ran OK today. We didn’t have any real trouble. She’s a nice horse, but she just didn’t have it in her today.”

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Ria Antonia debuted in the My Dear Stakes at Woodbine in July, finishing fifth after being bumped. She won next time when facing maidens racing six furlongs at the same track. She followed up with uninspiring fourth- and fifth-place finishes in the Swynford Stakes and Grade I Frizette Stakes. Somehow she made it into the field of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Nov. 2, Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Santa Anita, 1 1/16 Mile. Ria Antonia emerged victorious at 32-1 odds after She's a Tiger, who prevailed by a nose, was disqualified for interference in deep stretch. Ria Antonia was seventh, six lengths off the pace, after a quarter-mile. Timed in 1:43.02 plus a nose, Ria Antonia was ridden by Javier Castellano. The chart call: "Ria Antonia, taken to rate off the rail, commenced a run leaving the five eighths pole, steadily progressed four wide into the lane to take aim on the leader, ranged up to challenge with about a sixteenth to go, was brushed dueling in deep stretch and just missed.... Following a stewards' inquiry, She's a Tiger was disqualified and placed second for causing interference in deep stretch."

Dec. 12 NOTE: Ria Antonia is set to arrive at Fair Grounds on Dec. 27, co-owner Ron Paolucci said. “She’ll be there to train up to a start in the Risen Star,” he said.  “I doubt we’ll get a race into her before then.”

Dec. 31 NOTE: Events lead one to think Ria Antonia didn't make it to Fair Grounds.

 

 

RIDE ON CURLIN (KY)
Trainer: William Gowan
Owner: Daniel J. Dougherty
Breeder: G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & Louise Ireland Humphrey Revocable Trust 2008
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Curlin (Smart Strike (CAN), Sherriff's Deputy)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Magical Ride (Storm Cat, Victory Ride)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-5-9-0-0 (20) 3.44
Foal Date: Feb. 16, 2011

$25,000 Keeneland September 2012.

WORKOUTS
On Jan. 27, Ride On Curlin breezed five in 1.03:00 (22/57) at OP.
On Feb. 5, Ride On Curlin breezed five on a muddy track in 1.03:40 (6/18) at OP.
On March 6, Ride On Curlin breezed seven in 1.26:80 (1/1) at OP.
On March 30, Ride on Curlin breezed five in 1.00:60 (4/46) at OP.
On April 6, Ride On Curlin breezed seven in 1.26:80 (1/1) at OP.
On April 27, Ride On Curlin breezed seven in 1.29:00 (1/1) at CD.
On May 14, Ride On Curlin breezed four in :49:60 (1/5) at PIM.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Jan. 12, Entry Level Allowance, Oaklawn Park, Six Furlongs. Some called it very handy, some called it workmanlike, and here's what happened. From the outside post 10, Ride On Curlin put himself right into the race under Calvin Borel and attended a pace of :21.80 set by longshot Compendium. After a half-mile in :45.98, Ride On Curlin was in the lead, and he stayed there, hitting the wire in 1:13.77. Smiling Charlie, who tried to stay with the winner, was beaten 2 1/2 lengths. Rivers Run Deep, last and 15 3/4 lengths back after a quarter-mile, got third, another two lengths back. The chart call: "Ride On Curlin, never far back outside, four wide when moving a bit closer into the turn, three wide bid late turn, clear, kept to the task."

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.

Billy Gowan: “He ran a heck of a race. He was hung nine wide, and he got a little bit tired. We’ll be back for the Rebel.”

Calvin Borel: “He ran good. He broke sharp. He got hung a little wide going into the first turn, and he didn’t like that. I had to take him back and let him go about his business. He got a little heavy at the end."

March 6 NOTE: “I thought it was awesome,” trainer Gowan said of a workout on this date. “He couldn’t have worked any better. He’s sitting perfect for the Rebel." Kent Desormeaux will be aboard Ride On Curlin, replacing Calvin Borel, who is riding Street Strategy.

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.

Kent Desormeaux, aboard Ride On Curlin: “I tell you, I fancy him. I like him a lot. At the half-mile pole, I thought I could win. The only thing I didn’t like was my post. I think if I had had an outside post, it would have been better. I was kind of committed from where I was. But, he was comfortable. He’s like riding a 9-year-old he’s so cool.”

April 12, Grade I Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park, 1 1/8 Mile. Ride On Curlin, who was in sixth place of eight in early running, 4 1/2 lengths off the pace, finished second, beaten 4 3/4 lengths by Danza. Danza won at 41-1 odds after a ground-saving trip. After breaking from post 1, Danza was never far back. Fourth, then third at the first three calls, he stayed close to Bayern, who set the pace in :23.72, :47.72 and 1:12.29. Coming out of the second turn, Danza and Joe Bravo came through on the rail and moved off from the field to prevail. Bayern faded to third, beaten 5 1/4 lengths. Tapiture toiled in mid-pack and went five wide into the stretch before finishing fourth. He was beaten 7 1/4 lengths. The time was 1:49.68.

Jon Court: “Everything came together and he’s been pressed his last couple of races. Actually, he tested me on the backside like it’s time to go. I had to just put him in a position to settle and I knew I had a lot of horse turning for home. I was kind of taken back to see the one horse just continue coming off that 7/8ths.I thought he was making a move and I made my move and he out finished us. He’s to be respected, it was a good field of horse flesh.”

May 3, Grade I Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, 1 1/4 Mile. Ride On Curlin finished a late-running seventh, beaten 6 3/4 lengths by California Chrome. The winner was timed in 2:03.66.

Billy Gowan (following morning): "Once he got clear he came flying, but it was too late. He never got a chance to run. You've got to look at the Preakness. The way he came out of it, the way he looks this morning, leg-wise he's perfect and he ate up pretty much everything. The way this horse is, after two or three days, he's ready to fight again."

Calvin Borel: “It was a little bit of a rough trip. They backed up into me around the turn and we had nowhere to go. He ran a good race, though.”

May 17, Grade I Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 Mile. California Chrome broke well from post 3, and Victor Espinoza allowed Pablo Del Monte and Ria Antonia to clear him and sat in third position with the first quarter-mile run in :23.56 and the half in :46.85. Those three led the field going up the backstretch, followed most closely by Social Inclusion. Social Inclusion edged closer, passing Ria Antonia as the second turn loomed, and six furlongs were in the book in 1:11.06. In the far turn, Ria Antonia began a serious retreat, and Pablo Del Monte began to slow. Challenged on the turn by Social Inclusion, he asked California Chrome in mid-turn.. The horse and rider led into the stretch, the mile gone in 1:35.65. Ride On Curlin, 10th and last early, mounted a challenge. With a furlong left in the race, California Chrome led by daylight with Ride On Curlin three lengths back, having overtaken Social Inclusion in upper stretch. Espinoza showed California Chrome the whip, and he hit the finish line in 1:54.84. Ride On Curlin finished second, beaten 1 1/2 length. Social Inclusion was a distant third, another 6 1/2 lengths back. General a Rod surged late to miss the show spot by a head.

Billy Gowan: “I thought it was awesome. California Chrome ran a great race and he’s a great horse. My horse ran a great race. He was in a good spot down the back. Joel said he got shut off for a second, but he came running in the stretch and gave me a heckuva thrill. I’m really proud. I like the horse; I like everything; I like the Preakness. I think we have to go to the Belmont if he comes out of the race good.”

Joel Rosario: “We had a good race. My horse ran really well. I thought that I had him and we were going strong, but if I got beat, I wanted it to be California Chrome, because he is a great horse. I know my horse is too.”

 

RING WEEKEND (KY)
Trainer: Graham Motion
Owner: St. Elias Stable & West Point Thoroughbreds
Breeder: Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Free the Magic (Cryptoclearance, Pompoes (DEN))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index:  6-8-9-1-0 (24) 3.36
Foal Date: April 27, 2011

A gelding.

$310,000 Keeneland September 2012.


WORKOUTS
On March 2, Ring Weekend breezed four in :49:90 (21/33) at PMM.
On March 28, Ring Weekend breezed five in 1.00:40 (1/7) at CRC.
On April 25, Ring Weekend breezed six in 1.12:80 (1/1) at FAI.
On May 10, Ring Weekend breezed six in 1.13:20 (1/3) at FAI.

PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Ring Weekend was switched to turf for his 2013 debut and finished second to Divine Oath racing 7 1/2 furlongs at Gulfstream Park. He was beaten a half-length by a time of 1:30.84 at 4-1 odds.

Feb. 8, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Ring Weekend left the gate at 9-1 under Alan Garcia. Ring Weekend assumed command in the stretch and fended off Legend for a half-length success. He was timed in 1:43.46.

Alan Garcia: "It was a little hard because I had to ask my horse to get a good spot. I didn't want to be wide. When I got my spot, I waited until I had to move. Everything went perfect, exactly the way the trainer told me to do it."

March 1, Grade III Palm Beach Stakes, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 Mile (T). Ring Weekend was entered main track only, but the race stayed on the turf.

March 8, Grade II Tampa Bay Derby, Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 Mile. With local jockey Daniel Centeno aboard, 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.
Graham Motion: “I wouldn’t say my confidence was high, but I really thought he was legit. I took him to Saratoga to try to break his maiden, that’s how much I liked him. I think gelding him got his mind on the game. I just left the ride to Daniel, I knew he could take advantage of the post position because the inside was good today and to just make sure he broke well and put him where he is comfortable. I think the others kind of left him alone because they possibly didn’t consider him a legit horse, and he got away with it. When the jockey looks behind him that much, you feel like he has a lot left. I could never have anticipated him winning like that.”

Daniel Centeno: “Coming out of the inside post I had to get him to start well, but when I got to the first turn it was like he got mad at me for not letting him run. He wasn’t rank, he was just full of himself, and I had to give him his head. I knew I was clear of the field, and I didn’t want to get run down, and I was able to get him to relax and save something for the stretch. He was looking around getting into the stretch and I was getting concerned, but when he switched leads he just took off again.”

Co-owner Terry Finley (West Point Thoroughbreds): “We work together. We have some nice horses. I said to somebody, I don’t think he got enough consideration winning from the 10-hole going a mile-and-a-sixteenth at Gulfstream. We were all set to go to Laurel (for the Private Terms) but Graham called me; we have the kind of relationship where we both kind of test each other out to see if either is strong either way. We got word Kiaran's horse, Baratti, was running, and on paper he has run faster than all these.”

THE NEXT DAY: Daniel Centeno: "I just warmed him up regular. I was talking to him, grabbing his ears and his neck, and he was so cool and quiet and relaxed." Then the race started. "Lezcano and I were looking at each other like, ‘Who is going to go?’ I tried to let (Surfing U S A) go, but he took a hold too. I said OK, if you don’t want to go, I’m going to let my horse go. So I made my decision, and he relaxed perfectly. When I got to the first turn, it was like he got mad at me for not letting him run. He wasn’t rank, he was just full of himself and I had to give him his head. On the backside, when I looked back and saw I was in front by so many lengths, I started talking to him more, from the half-mile pole to the quarter pole, to get him to relax more.”

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.

May 17, Grade I Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 Mile. Ring Weekend finished fifth, beaten 12 1/4 lengths by California Chrome and a time of 1:54.84.

Graham Motion: “He got a decent spot but he just didn't have a real clean trip. A horse stopped in front of him. I don't think it cost him a lot, but it might have cost him a position. I was very pleased with him. I thought he was very game. I thought he ran very competitively. I just wish he'd had a clean trip and then you wouldn't have any question. We'll talk about it (Belmont Stakes), definitely. I was very pleased with how he ran today."

Alan Garcia: “We had an unbelievably rough trip. We had trouble right from the start, getting bounced around. But he did everything he could.”


PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Ring Weekend raced three times without winning. He finished fifth going seven furlongs at Saratoga, then third going 1 1/16 mile at Churchill Downs, then third going 1 1/16 mile at Keeneland. All three races were on the main track.

 

SOCIAL INCLUSION (KY)
Trainer: Manuel Azpura
Owner: Rontos Racing Stable Corp.
Breeder: Robert Tillyer, Martin Keogh & Dr. Chet Blackey
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker, Star of Goshen)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Saint Bernadette (Saint Ballado, Wedding Jitters)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-3-7-1-0 (16) 2.56
Foal Date: May 1, 2011

$60,000 Keeneland September 2012.

 

NEXT RACE: Preakness Stakes on May 17. Arrival date at Baltimore: May 8.

WORKOUTS
On March 5,Social Inclusion breezed three in :35:28 (2/17) at GP.
On March 8, Social Inclusion breezed threee in :35:83 (3/18) at GP.
On March 22, Social Inclusion breezed four in :49:34 (43/69) at GP.
On March 26, Social Inclusion breezed three in :35:42 (1/8) at GP.
On March 29, Social Inclusion breezed four in :46:80 (2/51) at GP.
On April 16, Social Inclusion breezed three in :35:04 (2/9) at CRC.
On April 24, Social Inclusion breezed three in 34.41 (1/3) at GP.
On April 28, Social Inclusion breezed four in :48:05 (2/13) at GP.
On May 12, Social Inclusion breezed four in :47:00 (1/5) at PIM.


PERFORMANCE AT AGE THREE

Feb. 22, Maiden Special Weight, Gulfstream Park, Six Furlongs. Social Inclusion debuted with a resounding 7 1/2-length win timed in 1:09.35 under Luis Contreras. First at each call, he increased his advantage on the turn and continued to drew off under urging.

March 12, Entry Level Allowance, Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 Mile. Social Inclustion ran away with the race and set a new track record, timed in 1:40.97. Honor Code finished a distant second, beaten 10 lengths. We're All Set was another 17 3/4 lengths back in third. Honor Code was the 1-2 favorite; Social Inclusion was sent off at 7-5. Only five ran.  First at each call, Social Inclusion increased his advantage on the far turn and continued to drew off under urging. Fractions -- :23.20, :47.52, 1:10.70, 1:34.68. The old track record wasn't very old. Devil's Cave ran 1:40.00 on Feb. 16 of this year in the Grade II Sabin Stakes.

Manny Azpura: Declined to name a next start.  “I really like this horse and I like everything he’s done since I’ve got him. I’m so pleased with him and I believe he’s going to keep improving. I told my wife before the race, ‘You’re going to see him break out of the gate and they’re never going to catch him. They’ll be 10 lengths behind.’”

Luis Contreras, aboard Social Inclusion: “He was doing it so easy. I wasn’t doing anything. He’s a tremendous horse.

Ron Sanchez (Rontos Racing Stable Corp.):  “From the first time we trained him, we knew he was something special. The next step, we’re going to wait and see how he comes out of the race. We’ll take our time. We’ll wait until next week and decide, but we definitely want to go to the (Kentucky) Derby.”

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.

Manny Azpurua, trainer of Social Inclusion: "It was very good. Next time he'll win; he'll kill them."

Luis Contreras, rider of Social Inclusion: "He can run all day. I don't think he had problems with the distance. I had so much horse before the quarter pole, I just tried to open up, and he just kind of ran flat. He was trying hard. Today he was so nervous in the post parade. He was never like that, but this is his third race.

He broke a little bit to the outside, but I pushed two or three times from the gate and he was on his game. I just tried to keep him very strong on the bit. He was very strong from the quarter pole, but that horse just went by him late. He wasn't tired. He didn't give me that kick like he usually does. That's horse racing."

May 3, Sir Bear Stakes, Gulfstream Park, One Mile. Scratched.

May 3 NOTE: Owner Ron Sanchez said today Social Inclusion, was scratched from the Sir Bear due to a bruised right hoof. Sanchez said the colt otherwise was doing well and is being pointed to the Preakness Stakes.

"We had to scratch because he bruised his hoof this morning," Sanchez said. "He's OK, he's going good and it's nothing serious, and this thing will heal in two days. But we didn't want to take a chance running today with the big race just two weeks away. We always have to do the right thing by the horse. Right now, we've arranged to go to the Preakness on (Wednesday), but I think now we'll probably just go (Thursday)."

May 17, Grade I Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, 1 3/16 Mile. California Chrome broke well from post 3, and Victor Espinoza allowed Pablo Del Monte and Ria Antonia to clear him and sat in third position with the first quarter-mile run in :23.56 and the half in :46.85. Those three led the field going up the backstretch, followed most closely by Social Inclusion. Social Inclusion edged closer, passing Ria Antonia as the second turn loomed, and six furlongs were in the book in 1:11.06. In the far turn, Ria Antonia began a serious retreat, and Pablo Del Monte began to slow. Challenged on the turn by Social Inclusion, he asked California Chrome in mid-turn.. The horse and rider led into the stretch, the mile gone in 1:35.65. Ride On Curlin, 10th and last early, mounted a challenge. With a furlong left in the race, California Chrome led by daylight with Ride On Curlin three lengths back, having overtaken Social Inclusion in upper stretch. Espinoza showed California Chrome the whip, and he hit the finish line in 1:54.84. Ride On Curlin finished second, beaten 1 1/2 length. Social Inclusion was a distant third, another 6 1/2 lengths back. General a Rod surged late to miss the show spot by a head.

Ron Sanchez, owner: “My horse, I would have liked to have seen him on the lead, but that didn’t happen today. I’m proud of my horse. He ran well. Right now, we’re going to the Belmont.”

Luis Contreras: “He acted up a little bit in the gate, but it was no big deal at all. The horse ran a really big race today. I can’t tell you how happy I am with this horse. We will get them the next time.”

PERFORMANCE AT AGE TWO

Unraced.

 

 

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