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Girvin Goes at Fair Grounds

3/18/2017

Works Five with Cool Arrow Under Napravnik

By Dick Downey
@DowneyProfile


Girvin breezed Saturday for the second time since winning the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds.

In company with Cool Arrow, both were timed in 1:01.00 for five furlongs. Joe Sharp, who trains both horses, was up on Cool Arrow while retired jockey Rosie Napravnik,  Sharp's wife and mother of their child, was aboard Girvin. Splits for both were 24.60, and 36.60, and they galloped out six furlongs on equal terms in 1:14.20. Girvin, known to be a calm horse in the morning, was that way again today.

 “He went great,” Sharp said. “I was on Cool Arrow again, and Rosie was on Girvin and it was even better than we expected. Unlike when they’ve worked together before, we had Girvin on the outside this time. At one point, Rosie queezed on him and he quickly opened up a little on Cool Arrow. He galloped out great, too.”

Girvin's win of the Risen Star was accomplished in only his third start after breaking from post 1 under Brian Hernandez, Jr.  A half-brother to Cocked and Loaded, Girvin will have one more maintenance breeze before the April 1 Louisiana Derby.

Resiliency

The racing office at Fair Grounds says recent allowance winner Resiliency, trained by Steve Asmussen, is probable for the Louisiana Derby.

In that March 5 race, Resliency had to go wide and still ran down a stubborn Stand and Cheer, while easily defeating heavily favored Excitations.

Resiliency broke his maiden at first asking on Nov. 6 and was wheeled back 20 days later to finish off the board.

Two months later he opened his sophomore year by finishing fourth. He was moved up to third when Senior Investment was disqualified fromt first. It's Your Nickel was declared the winner and went on to win the John Battaglia Memorial and is now probable for the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes. Senior Investment later won an allowance race at the track and is being pointed to the Louisiana Derby.

 

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