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ADMIRAL LYNCH (KY)
Trainer: Jorge Navarro
Owner: Joseph E. Besecker
Breeder: WinStar Farm, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam):
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam):
Dosage Profile (Points) Index:
Foal Date: Feb. 16, 2016

$9,000 Keeneland September 2017
$77,000 OBS March 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

 

He debuted sprinting at Penn National in October and finished sixth. Taken to Gulfstream Park and finished second there going six furlongs.

On Dec. 30, he broke his maiden in his third start running six furlongs at Gulfstream under Emisael Jaramillo in a time of 1:11.47 at 3-5 odds in a field of six. He won despite hitting the gate at the start. He pressed the pace into the stretch and gamely got up for the win.

In a seven-furlong allowance optional claimer at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 10, Outshine, off an eight-month layoff but the 5-2 favorite ridden by John Velazquez, outgamed nine foes to the wire in 1:23.18. Admiral Lynch and Nik Juarez, at 39-1, set the pace with fractions of 22.81 and 45.95 while The Right Path stalked in third two lengths back. Outshine did the same in fifth, then fourth, while three lengths back and four wide in the turn. Outshine got the best of Admiral Lynch in the final 100 yards and prevailed over Admiral Lynch by two lengths. The Right Path wasn't as fast to the wire as Outshine, but he was impeded in the stretch by a tiring Admiral Lynch and finished third, beaten 2 1/4 lengths. Stewards DQ'd Admiral Lynch to third, moving The Right Path up to second. Combination ran evenly and finished fourth, beaten three lengths.

In the seven-furlong Robert Hilton Memorial Stakes at Charles Town on April 20, Malpais led at each call to defeat Admiral Lynch by 4 1/4 lengths with Federal Case a neck back in third. The winning time was 1:25.15. The chart says "Malpais rated a short lead inside, was pressured leaving the three eighths pole, increased his advantage through the far turn then steadily handled downthe lane. Admiral Lynch settled off the pace in the three and four paths, raced outside into the backstretch, bid leaving the three eighths pole, rounded the far turn in the five path and dueled the final sixteenth for second. Federal Case rated close inside, bid leaving the three eighths pole, raced at the rail on the far turn, then outfinished in the later duel for second."

In the Chick Lang Stakes on Preakness day, Admiral Lynch was beaten two heads by Lexitonian and Gladiator King with Javier Castellano up.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 18, Admiral Lynch 48:15 Breezing 2/38
Jan. 31, Admiral Lynch 48:20 Breezing 4/46 at PMM
March 1, Admiral Lynch 1.00:00 Breezing 2/10 at PMM
March 8, Admiral Lynch 49:65 Breezing 13/36 at PMM
March 15, Admiral Lynch 48:00 Breezing 1/36 at PMM
March 23, Admiral Lynch 49:80 Breezing 37/91 at PMM
April 6, Admiral Lynch 47:60 Breezing 1/41 at PMM
April 13, Admiral Lynch 1.00:50 Breezing 2/7 at PMM
May 7, Admiral Lynch 1.00:20 Breezing 2/15 at MTH
May 15, Admiral Lynch 48:00 Breezing muddy 4/17 at MTH
June 2, Admiral Lynch 1.13:00 Handily 1/2 at MTH


 

 

 

BOB AND JACKIE (KY)
Trainer: Richard Baltas
Owner: Zayat Stables, LLC
Breeder: Zayat Stables, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Twirling Candy (Candy Ride, Houes of Danzing)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Fateer (Eskendereya, Tamar)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-1-7-0-0 (10) 1.86
Foal Date: March 1, 2016

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

A 1 1/16-mile turf maiden winner in his second start on Nov. 18 at Del Mar.

In the Eddie Logan Stakes on Dec. 29, Bob and Jackie forced the issue throughout and held off stable mate Rijeka late to win by a length going a mile on turf in 1:35.16. This came after he was gunned to a forward position from his outside post position and did battle with Manhattan Up under Heriberto Figueroa. Head and head up the backside, Manhattan Up succumbed heading into the far turn, leaving the eventual winner with a one-length advantage over The Creep around the far turn. Initial fractions had been 23.58, 47.63 and 1:11.64. After straightening for home, 3-2 favorite Rijeka and Joel Rosario came up inside with a stretch kick, but they couldn’t get on terms with the winner. Rijeka finished 3 1/4 lengths clear of More Ice.  

Richard Baltas: “I had one speed horse and one closer. Bob and Jackie came out of the 10-hole and he pulled his way to the lead.  With the rail being out today (20 feet), there might have been a little speed bias, but he’s a good horse.”

Nelson Arroyo, agent for Heriberto Figueroa: “He loses his bug March 15 and there’s no question he’s going to be a top, top rider. He fits any kind of horse and he’s improving every day. The sky’s the limit.”

Feb. 7 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 9, Bob and Jackie 1.05:40 Handily 48/49 at SA
Jan. 20, Bob and Jackie 1.02:20 Handily 90/135 at SA


 

 


BOLD PROPOSITION (KY)
Trainer: Mark E. Casse
Owner: John C. Oxley
Breeder: John C. Oxley
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Funny Proposition (Medaglia d'Oro, Humorous Miss)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-11-11-2-0 (30) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 9, 2016

A gelding


At the end of 20108, he was winless in three starts: Churchill Downs on Sept. 15 (third), Keeneland on Oct. 6 (seventh) and Gulfstream Park on Nov. 17 (third), all maiden special weights. In the latter race, as the 9-5 favorite he was beaten almost three lengths by Ian Glass and Federal Dominance, who were a head apart at the finish of the 1 1/16 mile turf-rated-firm affair timed in a pedestrian 1:48.33.

Jan. 25: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 3, Bold Proposition 35.40 Breezing 1/4 at CAA
Jan. 10, Bold Proposition 48:20 Breezing 2/6 at CAA
March 29, Bold Proposition 36:40 Breezing 4/13 at CAA
April 4, Bold Propostion 1.01:00 Breezing 1/3 at CAA
April 20, Bold Proposition 1.01:60 Breezing synthetic 32/70 at WO

 

 


BOLDOR (VA)
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Owner: Orr, Ed and Orr, Susie
Breeder: Carlos S. E. Moore & Gillian Gordon-Moore
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Munnings (Speightstown, La Comete)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Senate Caucus (Siphon (BRZ), Hong Kong Jade)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 1-2-6-1-0 (10) 1.50
Foal Date: March 17, 2016

$100,000 Fasig-Tipton New York August 2017
$700,000 OBS April 2018


NEXT RACE:

With Ricardo Santana, Jr. up at 4-1 odds, Boldor defeated 2-1 favorite Super Steed by a head at Keeneland on Oct. 25 in a six-furlong maiden special weight. It was his debut. A dozen ran. He was timed in a solid 1:10.87.

In his second and final start of 2018, Boldor finished second at 9-2 while facing winners for the first time. In the 6 1/2-furlong allowance optional claiming race at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24, he was defeated six lengths by 3-1 second choice Super Steed, who was timed in 1:17.34. Another 2 1/2 lengths back in third was Spectacular Gem at 58-1. There was bumping at the start of this race that affected six of the 11 runners, including the top three finishers. The chart says, "Boldor came out and bumped foe after the start, chased the pace early, angled off the rail into the lane and was no match for the winner in the stretch run."

In the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 25, Gray Attempt, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, won after going straight to the front from the outside post 8, clipping off splits of 23.12, 46.86 and 1:11.01 and finishing the mile in 1:36.94. Long Range Toddy and Richard Eramia closed from 1 1/2 lengths back after the first half-mile to get second, beaten only a neck. Boldor, always prominent, went three wide into the stretch and fought on to take third under Ramon Vazquez, another neck behind Long Range Toddy. Six Shooter, with Stewart Elliott aboard, finished fourth, another length back, after being four lengths back in fifth place in the far turn.

Steve Asmussen: “Obviously, I'm disappointed as heck in Bankit, but Long Range Toddy and Boldor both ran solid. Kind of a merry-go round race. They went in :46 and change fractions. That's pretty solid, but nobody changed any positions. First day of the meet, things will change. We'll see what happens.”

In the 1 1/16- mile Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 18, Boldor broke well but didn't exhibit much early speed, was eighth under Ramon Vazquez after a half-mile, regressed to 10th after six furlongs but only three lengths off the pace, and finished sixth, beaten 7 1/4 lengths.

March 19 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Boldor 1:01.00 Breezing 1/30 at OP
Jan. 14, Boldor 1.00:00 Breezing 1/91 at OP
Jan. 21, Boldor 37:60 Breezing 6/18 at OP
Feb. 3, Boldor 52:00 Breezing 75/81 at OP
Feb. 10, Boldor 1.00:20 Breezing muddy 4/47 at OP
March 2, Boldor 1.02:60 Breezing 22/40 at OP

 

 

 

BOURBON IN MAY (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Let’s Go Stable and Richard D. Schibell
Breeder: AJ Suited, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): More Than Ready (Southern Halo, Woodman's Girl)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Much Rejoicing (Distorted Humor, Soaring Softly)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-1-11-0-0 (18) 2.27
Foal Date: May 4, 2016

$160,000 Keeneland September 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

Bourbon in May finished second in his debut on Oct. 27 going 5 1/2 furlongs over a soft turf course at Keeneland. He returned with a two-length triumph in a 7 1/2-furlong turf sprint on Dec. 1 at Gulfstream. Luis Saez was aboard both times, and Bourbon in May was favored on the tote board. In both those starts, Bourbon in May sat off the pace before coming with a late run.
 
Jan. 4 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said ahead of the Kitten's Joy Stakes, “We thought he ran well the first time despite the distance being a little short, and the turf was a little soft at Keeneland that day, as well. But, we were encouraged by the effort and we were pleased that he came back and improved in his second start. We were kind of thinking about an allowance race originally, but it kind of looks like it might be a good opportunity for him and the timing is good. I think he’s tractable and, depending on the pace scenario in the race, he can do whatever you need him to do. I think a mile and a sixteenth shouldn’t be a problem down the road. This will be a good test to kind of see where he is from a class standpoint.”

In the Kitten's Joy Stakes on Jan. 5, Bourbon in May finished seventh, but beaten only three lengths by winner Casa Creed. The chart says he "stalked through backstretch, made three wide bid gaining close contention in turn, kept on and raced between rivals a furlong out then flattened."

Feb. 7 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

May 21, Bourbon in May 37:80 Breezing 7/15 at MTH
May 28, Bourbon in May 36:00 Breezing 3/12 at MTH
June 3, Bourbon in May 50:20 Breezing 9/14 at MTH

 

 



CORNACCHIA (KY)
Trainer: Brad Cox
Owner: Gainesway Stable
Trainer: Gainesway Stable
Breeder: Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Great Hot (BRZ) (Orientate, That's Hot)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-9-12-1-0 (28) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 24, 2016

$685,000 Fasig-Tipton New York August 2017
Named in honor of the late co-owner of Kentucky Derby winners Strike the Gold and Go For Gin

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

Word had gotten around about Cornacchia, resulting in his being the even-money favorite in his debut race going six furlongs at Fair Grounds on Dec. 22. He gave his backers a thrill by getting up over front-running Comedian by a nose. He was timed in 1:11.80 under Florent Geroux. He broke a step slow and was rushed up into mid-pack in a field of 12, only to be checked off heels as Comedian opened the race in :22.41. Free Speech finished third, beaten 1 1/2 length. Frank'sgunisloaded was another length back in fourth. The chart describes the win as follows: "settled off the leaders early from between foes, steadied nearing the half, angled out approaching the stretch, responded to steady urging and was up in the final jump."

Jan. 16 NOTE: Trainer Cox said, “He overcame some things in his first start ,and he’s had some good works since. This is the next step to just stretch him out a little bit. It’s a solid group of horses. He’s always trained well and acted like a racehorse. We’re asking him to run against winners and two turns for the first time, but he’s one that we think a lot of. He’s very intelligent, that seems to be his best attribute. He’s well-bred, so we hope that he can be a graded stakes horse down the road.”

In a one mile 70 yard allowance optional claiming race at Fair Grounds on Jan. 17, Gun It was favored at 6-5, but he faltered badly and it was Owendale, the 3-1 third choice ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, that prevailed. Frolic More, piloted by Corey Lanerie was second by 1 1/2 length, and Gun It was third, beaten 4 1/4 lengths. Cornacchia, second favorite at 3-2 and ridden by Florent Geroux, was another five lengths back in fourth. Six ran. Felipe briefly held the lead, then was replaced by Gun It, but it wasn't long before the winner supplanted that one. Pace fractions were honest: 23.84, 47.05 and 1:12.53, and the final time was 1:42.54.  The chart says Cornacchia "broke a step slow, was hard held while four to five wide on the first turn then reserved on the outside, ranged up in the four path on the far turn, spun five wide into the stretch and came up empty."

Feb. 28 NOTE: Scratched from today's six furlong allowance optional claimer at Fair Grounds.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 3, Cornacchia 47:80 Breezing Sloppy 3/50 at FG
Jan. 10, Cornacchia 1.01:20 Breezing 6/31 at FG
Feb. 7, Cornacchia 48:20 Breezing 4/32 at FG
Feb. 14, Cornacchia 49.00 Breezing 15/62 at FG
Feb. 22, Cornacchia 48:00 Breezing sloppy 1/45 at FG
March 15, Cornacchia 48:20 Breezing 6/31 at FG
March 24, Cornacchia 49:60 Breezing 18/52 at FG


 

 



COUNT DI LUNA (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Arnold Zetcher LLC
Breeder: Arnold Zetcher LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Liaison (Indian Charlie, Galloping Gal)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): House of Fortune (Free House, So Fortunate)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 0-1-1-0-0 (2) 3.00
Foal Date: May 3, 2016

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

In a field of 12 at Santa Anita on Nov. 3, Count Di Luna debuted at 10-1 and won by 1 1/2 length in a time of 1:10.76 under Assael Espinoza. Stretford End, favored at 3-5, was second with Railman anothere 7 1/2 lengths back in third. The charts says, "Count Di Luna dueled four wide on the backstretch and turn, took a short lead leaving the turn, inched away three deep into the stretch and held gamely under urging."

Jan. 10 NOTE: No races or workouts showing since Nov. 3.




 


CRUEL INTENTION (CA)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Jungle Racing LLC, LNJ Foxwoods & Nexus Racing Club
Breeder: Premier Thoroughbreds LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Smiling Tiger (Hold That Tiger, Shandra Smiles)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Perfect Feat (Pleasantly Perfect, Bold Feat)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 1-5-4-0-0 (10) 4.00
Foal Date: Feb. 29, 2016

$200,000 Barrett's April 2018
Full brother to grade I winner Spiced Perfection

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

Facing fellow Cal-breds at Santa Anita on Oct. 13, Cruel Intention was sent off at 2-5 and won by 5 1/2 lengths going six furlongs in 1:09.72.

Next time out, he won the Golden State Juvenile going seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.

Jan. 13 NOTE: No workouts showing.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

April 1, Cruel Intention 36.80 Handily 1/3 at LA
April 8, Cruel Intention 48.20 Handily 1/5 at LA
April 15, Cruel Intention 48.00 Handily 1/6 at LA
April 24, Cruel Intention 1.00:60 Handily 6/8 at LA
May 1, Cruel Intention 59:00 Handily 1/7 at LA
May 8, Cruel Intention 1.00:60 Handily 3/5 at LA
May 18, Cruel Intention 59.60 Handily 4/21 at LA
May 25, Cruel Intention 1:02.40 Handily 41/57 at SA
May 30, Cruel Intention 1.00:00 Handily 1/26 at SA
June 6, Cruel Intention 1.14:00 Handily 1/8 at SA

 

 

 


DERBY DATE (KY)
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Owner: Calumet Farm
Breeder: Calumet Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Will Take Charge (Unbridled's Song, Take Charge Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Smart and Fancy (Not for Love, Substitute Teacher)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-4-6-0-0 (18) 5.00
Foal Date: May 7, 2016


Derby Date debuted at six furlongs and tired to finish seventh on July 28. He returned two weeks later at seven furlongs and was caught late in the stretch, settling for second.

BEFORE THE HOPEFUL STAKES: Trainer Lukas said, "I just think he's a pretty talented horse. He's a real laid-back horse, a really quiet horse. He's so laid back you almost worry about him. You can bring him out here, drop the shank, let him graze a little while and go get him a half an hour later. He doesn't care about nothing. When the gates open he's got it on the mind. He'll be a little more focused, but he's awfully laid back, almost to worry. I expect a real big effort, I really do. He had two outs. One that I don't count, one that was very good, but just a bad trainer job. He got tired. You look at the replay, he did everything right except he got tired and that's my fault, not the horses fault. I do that a lot, run the horses, then I come back and run a little better. He got tired which is correctable, and it will. He won't be tired."

In the Hopeful Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 3, Derby Date finished eighth and last, beaten 19 3/4 lengths by Mind Control. After advancing under Luis Saez into contention a half-mile into the race, he faded. It was a very poor effort.

He improved to finish fifth in the two-turn Claiborne Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland on Oct. 6. This time ridden by Gabriel Saez, he made a big move in the far turn and into the stretch -- he was second by a length leaving the turn -- he couldn't sustain it and was beaten 8 3/4 lengths by the front-running Knicks Go.

His entry in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs resulted in an 11th place finish at 74-1 odds with Luis Contreras aboard. He broke well but was checked going into the first turn and was in 13 position at the first call.

Derby Date, still winless after all this, closed his juvenile campaign with a fifth-place finish in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24, beaten 14 3/4 lengths with Declan Cannon riding. The 11-horse race was won by War of Will, who was followed across the finish line by Locally Owned, Bundibunan and A. K. Safari. Derby Date "stalked the pace early, shifted into the three path in the far turn and faded down the lane."

 

 

 

DREAM MAKER (KY)
Trainer: Mark Casse
Owner: John C. Oxley
Breeder: John C. Oxley
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): To Dream About (Monarchos, Beautiful Pleasure)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-10-10-1-0 (26) 3.33
Foal Date: Feb. 16, 2016

Full brother to grade I winner Dream Dancing


NEXT RACE: Easy Goer Stakes at Belmont Park on June 8. Race 3, 12:47 ET.

He debuted sprinting at Churchill Downs on June 7 and won from off the pace.

Put into the Hopeful Stakes off that impressive effort, he finished fifth, beaten 4 3/4 lengths by Mind Control. The chart call: "Dream Maker, three wide in pursuit from near the rear, strode greenly along displaying high action at times facing kickback, tucked to the two path into the turn before getting out three then four wide near the three-eighths and came under coaxing at that station, swung four to five wide for home and offered no response."

He finished 12th of 13 as the 5-2 favorite in the Oct. 6 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity after missing the break and then quickly being pinched back.

Julien Leparoux: “When we broke, they kinda came in pretty quick on us, and we clipped heels actually at the beginning. So, then we’re last. My horse never got to relax. He was keen the whole race and wanted to run, but from the loss of the position at the beginning, we just lost it there. We'll see what happens next time.”

THE NEXT DAY:  Dream Maker won't go to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile after it was said he incurred a small cut on the back of a front hoof. Trainer Casse said the colt will not miss any training time, adding, “He ripped his shoe off at the start and grabbed his heel so we had no shot in the Futurity from the very beginning. He nearly fell but he ended up catching his front foot with his back foot. I thought he was a Breeders’ Cup horse, but obviously we can’t go after yesterday. I guess now we are going to regroup and try to get ready for the Kentucky Derby.”

Feb. 7 NOTE: Assistant trainer David Carroll said, “The horse is training very well. He’s one that we’ve always held in high esteem and just little 2-year-old stuff held us off. The Futurity was a throw-out last year. He stumbled badly at the gate. He was a little rank, the race was a throw-out. He came to us from the farm in great shape. He’s trained great here so we’re looking forward to getting him started. How he comes out of the race and how he runs will determine where we go from there with him.”

On Feb. 9 in a 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claiming race at Fair Grounds, Dream Maker did very well in his return to competition, winning by 8 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:44.10 under Florent Geroux. He was "double-wide" on the turns. Dream Maker was 6-5 when the gate opened. Six ran. The well-crafted chart description says he "went four wide on the first turn, was rated on the outside, ranged up while four wide on the far turn, made a bid outside the five-sixteenths,shook clear into the stretch, drew away into the final furlong and proved much the best under a moderate hand ride to win ridden out."

Feb. 13 NOTE: Trainer Casse said the Tampa Bay Derby is next, and, “It was what you hope to see but never expect to see. I’m just proud of everybody. He got hurt in the Breeders’ Futurity, so we sent him home to our training center in Ocala, and they did a magnificent job. Even when David (Carroll) got him, he couldn’t believe he was the same horse. That’s the one thing I’m proud of, because we have the ability to take them home, get them better and come back.”

Feb. 24 NOTE: Assistant trainer David Carroll said yesterday, “He worked beautifully this morning. It was just very smooth and very professional. The track was a bit quick this morning. He did it in hand, and his gallop-out was beautiful. He came back, cooled out great. We’re very happy with him. He hasn’t regressed from his race at all. He’s just been very professional with what he’s doing. Florent was very impressed with him. Right now it’s just a matter of keeping him happy. He’s plenty fit enough. We have a great crew, and everyone takes pride in their job. We’re having a good meet and everyone’s in a good mood. All the horses are doing well.”

March 2 NOTE: Assistant trainer David Carroll said, “Dream Maker was very good this morning, just wanted to do a bit more with him,” Carroll said. “He runs next week, so we wanted to stretch his legs the last eighth. He finished up beautifully; it was a typical gallop-out for him. He’s in a great place, so hopefully he can take his game on to Tampa.”

March 8 NOTE: Trainer Casse said after noting the dam's , “He’s been training really well, and this race would set him up nicely for the Blue Grass if he runs well. Dream Maker comes from two of Mr. Oxley’s best families. When he broke his maiden, I told Mr. Oxley I thought we had another Classic Empire. He had some issues last year that set us back, but he has grown up and looks wonderful, and his last race was really good.”

In the 1 1/16-mile Tampa Bay Derby on March 9, Dream Maker ran a horrible race. After a half-mile, he was eighth, 13 lengths off a fast pace. He finished 10th, beatn 8 1/4 lengths as the second betting choice. This horse appears to be offended by adversity. Like the Breeders' Futurity last year, he was bumped at the start. He showed nothing after that except perhaps he might have some excuse after being steadied at the quarter-pole. However, he was in a different zip code during most of the racde.

March 10 NOTE: Will add blinkers next start, Blue Grass is the target, per DRF Live post by Marty McGee.

March 30 NOTE: Assistant trainer David Carroll said, “He’s got a lot of talent, but his work in the mornings doesn’t translate to the afternoon. We broke him out of the gate today to sharpen him up.”

April 3 NOTE: Assistant trainer Carroll said, “I thought they were great draws for both horses (Dream Maker and Sir Winston). Dream Maker is right there in 6. We’re just hoping to see him break cleanly and put himself in the race. If you draw 1 or 2 and break half a step slow, you’re going to be covered up and shuffled back. I think 6 gives him a good chance to get out and get position going into that first turn.”

In the Bue Grass Stakes, Dream Maker ran horribly again, finishing 13th of 14. He "fought restraint along the first turn and into the backstretch then was through after a half."

In the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on May 4, Mr. Money (7-1), Hog Creek Hustle (16-1), Dream Maker (16-1) and Captain Von Trapp (24-1) finished first through fourth. None of the top finishers were part of the fastest early mix. Mr Money Bags, Dunph and Manny Wah contested early fractions of 22.21 for the first quarter-mile and 45.42 for the half while Mr. Money, ridden by Gabriel Saez, sat 1 1/2 length back in fourth heading into the far turn.  In a powerful move, Mr. Money split horses on the far turn to surge to the front, then drew off to win by 5 1/4 lengths. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to Dream Maker, and the field was well strung out after him. The race was timed in 1:35.21.

Julien Leparoux: "My horse is not an easy horse to ride. First of all, he made the decision where he wanted to be and made a right after the start. He's a tough horse and I tried to keep him happy. He ran a big race, but it wasn't the greatest trip, but that's him. He always is like that."

June 8 NOTE: Scratched from the Easy Goer Stakes.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 7, Dream Maker  1.01:20 Breezing 1/2 at CAA
Jan. 13, Dream Maker 48:80 Breezing 15/87 at FG
Jan. 19, Dream Maker 1.00:00 Breezing 3/42 at FG
Jan. 26, Dream Maker 1.01:40 Breezing 10/53 at FG
Feb. 2, Dream Maker 49:80 Breezing 93/169 at FG
Feb. 23, Dream Maker 47:80 Breezing 1/111 at FG
March 2, Dream Maker 49:00 Breezing good 26/87 at FG
March 23, Dream Maker 48:40 Breezing 8/43 at FG
March 30, Dream Maker 46:00 Breezing gate 1/48 at KEE
April 27, Dream Maker 47:60 Breezing 1/78 at CD
May 25, Dream Maker 48:80 Breezing 16/68 at CD
May 31, Dream Maker 48:29 Breezing good 1/7 at BEL


 

 

 

EPIC DREAMER (KY)
Trainer: Kelly Breen
Owner: Epic Racing, LLC
Breeder: J.D. Stuart, P.C. Bance, A R Enterprises, J Hollendorfer & G Todaro
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Orb (Malibu Moon, Lady Liberty)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Dixie Crisp (Dixieland Band, Two Step Trudy)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-5-9-1-0 (22) 3.00
Foal Date: May 10, 2016

$185,000 OBS April 2018


NEXT RACE:

After running second in his debut at Belmont Park on Sept. 23, Epic Dreamer showed promise by winning second time out at the same track on Oct. 26. The latter effort came at 1 1/6 mile in a respectable time of 1:43.18 under Javier Castellano. Equibase chart call says, "got set up in the two path after the field had been off and running, set the splits, well rated, remained under confident handling kicking away to his largest lead during the final half of the stretch run, then continued onward as much the best, best-described as handily in the last eighth." His early splits were 23.68, 46.75 and 1:11.47.

His stakes debut came in the Springboard Mile at Remington on Dec. 16, and Castellano stayed along for the ride; however, he finished sixth, beaten 5 1/2 lengths by Long Range Toddy and Bankit, who were separated by a head at the finish. Chart says, "was settled while inside on the backstretch, made a bid and was four wide in upper stretch, was bumped in mid stretch and steadied, then came up empty in late stretch." Remarkably, with one furlong left in this race, the first eight horses were separated by only one length.

In the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 2, two horses that weren't supposed to perform made up the exacta. Harvey Wallbanger and Everfast were sent off at 29-1 and 128-1 odds, respectively. Somehow the $2 exacta only paid $2,203.40. Epic Dreamer, sent off at 12-1, set the pace all alone under Irad Ortiz, Jr. with fractions of 23.18, 46.76 and 1:10.89 while 4-5 favorite Maximus Mischief and Jose Ortiz tracked a couple of lengths back in second. The latter one edged closer in the far turn and got to even terms with about a furlong left in the race. Meanwhile, Harvey Wallbanger and Brian Hernandez, Jr. broke slowly and were in last place, about 10 lengths off the pace the first half-mile. They just kept coming to win by a length in 1:43.69 after cutting the corner into the stretch. Everfast, ridden by Chris Landeros, didn't have any obviojus trouble but was was fifth by five lengths at the first call, third by two lengths at the second call, fourth by four lengths at the third call, still fourth and three lengths back with a furlong remaining, and then snuck in to get second, a neck in front of Maximus Mischief. Epic Dreamer held on for fourth, beaten 2 1/4 lengths.

In the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 2, Epic Dreamer finished ninth, beaten 19 3/4 lengths by Code of Honor. He was mid-pack until he started leaving the turn, and he backed up badly after that.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 4, Epic Dreamer 58:75 Breezing 1/13 at PMM
Jan. 11, Epic Dreamer 1.13:80 Breezing 1/1 at PMM
Jan. 18, Epic Dreamer 49:20 Breezing 8/38 at PMM
Feb. 22, Epic Dreamer 59:90 Breezing 1/19 at PMM
March 18, Epic Dreamer 1.01:80 Breezing 1/5 at PMM

 

 

 

FINAL JEOPARDY (KY)
Trainer: Jason Servis
Owner: Gary and Mary West
Breeder: Bloodstock Investment III
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Street Sense (Street Cry (IRE), Bedazzle)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Addison Run (Unbridled's Song, Fleet and Fancy)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-4-6-0-0 (14) 3.67
Foal Date: Feb. 8, 2016

$110,000 Keeneland November 2016


NEXT RACE:

He won his debut sprinting at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 9.

Next out, he finished third at even-money odds, beaten 5 3/4 lengths by Seismic Jolt in the Limehouse Stakes at the same track on Jan. 5. He was seventh of seven in the early running after being hammered by horses. The chart says he "was bumped from both sides at the break and quickly back trailing the field, remained well out of contention four to five wide  after  a  half,  and  overtook  tired  foes  for  third  while  not  a  factor."

He won an allowance race at Gulfstream Park on March 3, defeating six others after prompting the pace set by Mr. Ankeny and Award winner and timed in 1:35.97 for the one-turn mile.

In the Wood Memorial, his first race at two turns, Final Jeopardy finished sixth, beaten 11 1/2 lengths by Tacitus.

In the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park on May 11, Final Jeopardy stalked for six furlongs before fading to finish fourth of five, beaten 8 1/2 lengths by Global Campaign.

WORKOUTS

March 22, Final Jeopardy 52.80 Breezing 60/64 at PMM
April 1, Final Jeopardy 52.45 Breezing 11/12 at PMM
May 8, Final Jeopardy 51:66 Breezing 79/88 at BEL





 


FOLLOW THE DOG (MD)
Trainer: Marya K. Montoya
Owner: Waldorf Racing Stables LLC
Breeder: Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Bandbox (Tapit, Empty the Bases)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Two's Cozy (Cozzene, Sparkling Number)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 1-8-9-0-0 (18) 3.00
Foal Date: March 13, 2016

$40,000 Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

Follow the Dog ran second in a pair of maiden special weight sprints at Laurel, the latter one on Sept. 14, when he was placed first after having to steady in the stretch. He returned to be a well-beaten fourth in an open allowance Oct. 1 at Parx.

With blinkers added, Follow the Dog rated in the clear on the outside of longshot leader Lippi Lorenzo before taking over once straightened for home and pulling clear through the stretch for a 3 1/4-length victory in the six-furlong Maryland Million Nursery on Oct. 20 at Laurel Park under Julian Pimentel. At 7-2 odds, he completed the distance in 1:10.14.

Marya Montoya: “We run a small barn and he fit the program. He’s a very green horse that’s really just starting to figure it out. Last time he broke a step slow. We tried to get him to rate and when he broke a step slow, he just totally lost focus. We put the blinkers on today and it was a great start. We knew in the beginning he needed (blinkers) and he just wasn’t ready for them mentally, so we went ahead and ran a couple races and then we put them on. Today was the day to put them on because it was the most important day. The idea was to send him out of there and hopefully be on the lead, and Julian was really smart and sat off the longshot. He said he’s still learning and he had tons of horse.”

Julien Pimentel:  “He broke good. They told me to keep him busy, because he likes to look around a lot. He was very professional today. He broke and went about his business.”

On Nov. 10 at Laurel, Follow the Dog finished second to Scrap Copper, beaten less than a length, in the six-furlong James F. Lewis Stakes. He led by 2 1/2 lengths at the furlong marker. The winning time was a solid 1:10.87.

Jan. 14 NOTE: Looking for a workout.


 

 



FORTIN HILL (IN)
Trainer: Chad C. Brown
Owner: OXO Equine LLC
Breeder: Robert L. Losey
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Mucho Macho Man (Macho Uno, Ponche de Leona)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Dusty Rose (Cherokee Run, Bear West)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-2-5-0-0 (10) 3.00
Foal Date: May 2, 2016

$12,000 Keeneland January 2017
$170,000 Keeneland September 2017
$575,000 OBS April 2018

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE: Seven furlong allowance optional claimer at Churchill Downs on May 4. Race 4, 12:03 ET.

With Irad Ortiz, Jr. up in a Belmont Park maiden special weight on Oct. 12, Fortin Hill won with the greatest of ease after a three-wide trip by a margin of 5 1/2 lengths in a slick time of 1:09.56 at odds of 6-5. He led after a half in 46.08. The chart says he was "two to three wide in range of the leader, came under coaxing at the five-sixteenths, took over command swinging two to three wide for home, drew clear under a drive to prevail."

Jan. 13 NOTE: No workouts showing.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Feb. 25, Fortin Hill  37:85 Breezing 12/16 at PMM
March 4, Fortin Hill 37:60 Breezing 8/12 at PMM
March 11, Fortin Hill 37:80 Breezing 9/20 at PMM
March 17, Fortin Hill 50:20 Breezing 24/42 at PMM
March 24, Fortin Hill 49:90 Breezing 28/52 at PMM
March 30, Fortin Hill, 49:60 Breezing 21/61 at PMM
April 6, Fortin Hill 48:80 Breezing 5/41 at PMM
April 13, Fortin Hill 1.03:45 Breezing 6/7 at PMM
April 21, Fortin Hill 49:10 Breezing 6/29 at PMM
April 27, Fortin Hill 48:60 Breezing 26/78 at CD
May 4, Fortin Hill 48:60 Breezing 10/28 at CD
May 12, Fortin Hill 51:10 Breezing training track 28/38 at SAR
May 19, Fortin Hill 49:67 Breezing training track 17/50 at SAR
May 26, Fortin Hill 1.01:72 Breezing training track 1/2 at SAR
June 1, Fortin Hill 48:45 Breezing 3/59 training track at SAR
June 8, Fortin Hill 49:91 Breezing training track 32/60 at SAR

 

 

 


FRONT RUN THE FED (KY)
Trainer: Chad C. Brown
Owner: Klaravich Stables, Inc.
Breeder: Colts Neck Stables
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Fed Biz (Giant's Causeway, Spunoutacontrol)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Lawless Miss (Posse, Unbridled Pleasure)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-1-10-0-0 (14) 1.80
Foal Date: Feb. 17, 2016

$65,000 Keeneland November 2016
$300,000 Keeneland September 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

After three starts at Belmont Park, Aqueduct and Gulfstream Park in a span from Sept. 23 to Dec. 12, he was still a maiden after finishing fourth, second and third.

In a six-furlong maiden special weight at Aqueduct on April 14, Front Run the Fed was sent off at 4-5 odds under Irad Ortiz, Jr., and he got the job done in 1:09.63, winning by 1 1/2 length. He stalked a pace of 22.60 and 45.59 and then went to the front.

In a seven-furlong allowance optional claimer at Belmont Park on May 17, Front Run the Fed won, timed in 1:23.20 -- and prevailed by 13 1/4 lengths at odds of 4-5 under Jose Lezcano in a field of six. He could have won by more. Neverland Rock was second. The chart says Front Run the Fed was "along the outside at all times, departed the backstretch from the three path, made contact with the second place finisher near thehalf mile pole, recovered in short order and resumed its pursuit of the pacesetter, was confidently ridden seizing command in upper stretch, was deep into the furlong grounds before finally getting called upon more, gave the desired response scampering away from the competition, completed the final seventy yards having been geared down."

WORKOUTS SINCE JAN. 1

Jan. 29, Front Run the Fed 37:60 Breezing 5/25 at PAY
Feb. 4, Front Run the Fed 50:20 Breezing 11/6 at PAY
Feb. 11, Front Run the Fed 49:80 Breezing 11/28 at PAY
Feb. 17, Front Run the Fed 49:60 Breezing 7/14 at PAY
Feb. 23, Front Run the Fed 49:80 Breezing 12/14 at PAY
March 2, Front Run the Fed 49:40 Breezing 10/31 at PAY
March 9, Front Run the Fed 49:80 Breezing 12/29 at PAY
March 16, Front Run the Fed 49:00 Breezing 1/29 at PAY
March 23, Front Run the Fed 50:00 Breezing 2/33 at PAY
March 30, Front Run the Fed 48:68 Breezing training track 15/96 at BEL
April 7, Front Run the Fed 50:24 Breezing training track 58/89 at BEL
April 28, Front Run the Fed 48:80 Breezing 25/61 at MTH
May 7, Front Run the Fed 49:20 Breezing 36/81 at MTH
June 1, Front Run the Fed 49:00 Breezing 27/84 at MTH

 

 

 

GET THE PRIZE (KY)
Trainer: Albert Stall, Jr.
Owner: Spendthrift Farm & Town and Country
Breeder: Diamond A Racing Corp.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Candy Ride (ARG) (Ride the Rails, Candy Girl (ARG))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Hondo's Way (Giant's Causeway, Zepa)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index:  1-2-14-1-0 (18) 1.25
Foal Date: Feb. 19, 2016

$125,000 Keeneland September 2017
$410,000 OBS March 2018 after working in :21
Dam a half to graded stakes winner Nothing But Fun


Sent off at 8-1 in his debut, Get the Prize won by three lengths going away at Fair Grounds on Feb. 16. After breaking well, he set fractions of 22.04 and 45.73 with New Frontier in closest pursuit. He drew off down the lane and, as TDN put it,  "continued to find more" when Bourbon Calling closed late to geth second. New Frontier held on for third. The six-furlong race was timed in 1:09.85.

March 19 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Get the Prize 49.60 Breezing 65/157 at FG
Jan. 14, Get the Prize 1:01.60 Breezing gate 15/32 at FG
Feb. 3, Get the Prize 50.20 Breezing 68/102 at FG
Feb. 9, Get the Prize 50.60 Breezing 91/135 at FG

 

 

 


GRAY ATTEMPT (KY)
Trainer: William H. Fires
Owner: Dwight Pruett
Breeder: Wynnstay LLC, Donna Moore & Jim Richardson
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Graydar (Unbridled's Song, Sweetest Smile)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Attempt to Name (Consolidator, Capacity (CAN))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-4-3-0-0 (10) 5.67
Foal Date: Feb. 2, 2016

$47,000 RNA Keeneland November 2016
$50,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July 2017


NEXT RACE:

On Nov. 25 at Churchill Downs, Gray Attempt broke his maiden at second asking in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight. In a field of 12, he stayed out of trouble by going to the lead under Shaun Bridgmohan, setting fractions of 22.86, 46.42 and 1:10.81 en route to a final time of 1:17.39. He was pressed into the stretch but shook loose and led by 1 1/2 length at the furlong marker and at the finish line.

The same strategy was used to win the six-furlong Sugar Bowl Stakes at Fair Grounds on Dec. 22. Setting splits of 22.23 and 45.90, his final time was a sharp 1:10.45. Manny Wah was second by a length., with Hog Creek Hustle another 2 1/2 lengths back in third. Super Steed was fourth, beaten seven lengths. Eight ran. Equibase chart says, "sprinted clear at once, saved ground while setting the pace, responded when set down for the drive and held sway to the wire."

Jan. 23 NOTE: Trainer Fires said. “Acts like he’ll go around two turns. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes that’s bad (post 8, outsidish). If you get away real good, that’s good. But if you don’t, then you can get hung outside there.”

In the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 25, Gray Attempt, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, won after going straight to the front from the outside post 8, clipping off splits of 23.12, 46.86 and 1:11.01 and finishing the mile in 1:36.94. Long Range Toddy and Richard Eramia closed from 1 1/2 lengths back after the first half-mile to get second, beaten only a neck. Boldor, always prominent, went three wide into the stretch and fought on to take third under Ramon Vazquez, another neck behind Long Range Toddy. Six Shooter, with Stewart Elliott aboard, finished fourth, another length back, after being four lengths back in fifth place in the far turn.

Jinks Fires: "We thought he could go two turns after talking to the exercise rider. He left there like we thought he would. I knew with Steve having three in there, he’d send at least one of them. Our horse just had enough speed to overcome it. We’re staying right here and if everything goes well, we’ll go in the Southwest.”

Jan. 26 NOTE: All is well today for Gray Attempt. His final time in the Smarty Jones was second-fastest in the history of the race. Trainer Fires said Gray Attempt was made Triple Crown eligible. “Actually, I did it last night after the race,” Fires said.

Jan. 31 NOTE: Trainer Fires told DRF.com: “He’s an average-size horse who’s still growing. He’s pretty nicely put together. He’s very athletic. He doesn’t skip a beat when he’s out there. He changes leads when he’s supposed to, does everything right.”

Feb. 9 NOTE: Trainer Fires said ahead of a Sunday workout, “I’m not going to gut him, but I’m going to go on and let him work."

Feb. 10 NOTE: Trainer Fires said, “I was very pleased with the work. Unfortunately, a couple of horses broke off and then there were two gallopers in our way when we were trying to get ready to break off, so we got a little bit of a late run at the pole. We had to kind of let them clear before we took off. Very happy with him.”

Feb. 17 NOTE: Trainer Fires said, “The rail, normally you don’t want it, especially if you’ve got a horse that you’re not sure is going to have any speed away from there because you get covered up. He has speed. The next thing is, just hope you get lucky and get away right. I always prefer the 3 or 4 or 5, around that area, but you’ve to take what you draw, I guess. We’re not 100 percent sure we want to be on the lead all the way, that way. But as long as he’s in a stalking position or … when the gates open, it’s up the jock. My job’s done when they leave the paddock.”

In the 1 1/16- mile Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 18, the early pace was set alternately by Gray Attempt and Jersey Agenda in 23.43, 47.63 and 1:12.73. Gray Attempt finished last of 11, beaten 15 3/4 lengths.

Jinks Fires: “Very unsportsmanlike what they did. I don't mind them outrunning us, making us keep running. But don't come in and wipe me out.”

Feb. 23 NOTE: I just saw this on DRF Live, posted a few days ago. Trainer Fires said Gray Attempt was  sawed off into the first turn and added, "He's got hide off one tendon. It looks like he's going to be okay. He's walking sound. He's got some hair off an ankle. I think he's okay." The Rebel is the plan.

Feb. 24 NOTE: Trainer Fires said after Gray Attempt galloped for the first time since the Southwest, “We’re thinking about the Rebel. We’re going to see how he comes out of this.”

March 3 NOTE: Needs more time and will miss the Rebel Stakes. Trainer Fires said he hopes to make the Arkansas Derby.

March 17 NOTE: Gray Attempt is scheduled for the six-furlong Gazebo Stakes on March 23, trainer Fires said yesterday. Fires said, “I’d like to be running today, but unfortunately we had to walk him two weeks. We had to work on him, trying to get him back where we had him.”

March 21 NOTE: Gray Attempt is meant for the Arkansas Derby if all goes well in the Gazebo and thereafter.

March 22 NOTE: Trainer Fires said, “He went into the (Southwest Stakes) perfect. He didn’t come out of it perfect. He’s back doing good. We’ll have to see what happens. We did miss some training with him and did some work on him. We had to ice him, whirlpool, epsom salt. We did it all.”

In the six-furlong Gazebo Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 23, Gray Attempt blazed to a front-running, 3 1/4-length win. Gray Attempt controlled the pace from the start under Jon Court and cruised home in a solid 1:09.72 and paid $5.20 to win as the 8-5 favorite in a field of six

Jinks Fires: "He did everything we thought he could do today, and a little more. I was just hoping we didn't lose as much training after that race that he might come up a little empty on us then. But he didn't. The Arkansas Derby is next. We think he’ll go farther than this. Time will tell.”

Jon Court: "He relaxed, and I felt like he was ready to take two. I know he has some strong early speed, but we needed something to finish with. So I was happy with the finish."

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer Fires said, “It was pretty awesome yesterday. He got sore up in his back end when they put him up on the rail (in the Southwest Stakes). He got twisted around and he hurt his back end. We worked on his back end, front end and every other place, trying to get him back to where he was yesterday, (which was) was like coming out of something nice, and the other one coming out of a war."

March 26 NOTE: With Jon Court committed to Long Range Toddy, Stewart Elliott will ride Gray Attempt in the Arkansas Derby.

April 5 NOTE: Trainer Fires said, “I told (Stewart Elliott) to just let him work like he wanted to. He gives you everything you want. You can make him go faster than that, but you don’t want to. He’ll give you pretty much all you need.” Stewart Elliott has ridden Six Shooter in his last three starts, but he will ride Gray Attempt in the Arkansas Derby.

April 11 NOTE: Trainer Fires said, “I don’t know if we’ll be on the lead. I’ve not got a chance to see everybody that’s in there and look at my options. I will when the Form comes out. We’ll try to figure that out. I don’t think he has to be on the lead, but he might. We think (the post position is) good. We were pleased with the post. Of course, I preferred 3, 4 or 5, but 6 is OK.”

April 12 NOTE: Trainer Fires said, “It’s a big challenge. You feel like you’ve got to trust your horse, that he’ll rate good enough, and we feel like he will. He’s a competitive horse. We feel like we’ve got a chance to go that far (nine furlongs).”

In the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 13, Gray Attempt finished ninth, beaten 23 3/4 lengths by Omaha Beach on a sloppy track. He inexplicably didn't go for the lead, was third at the first call and lost position thereafter.

April 26 NOTE: Jockey Court said, “The only reason I stayed the extra length here (is to ride Gray Attempt and I would have been in Kentucky, otherwise. I’m staying to ride...horses for Jinks. That’s the decision we made. I was impressed with him (in the Gazebo). He was the speed of the race, but at the same time we were able to rate enough to where we actually opened up two lengths on them down the stretch.”

In the six-furlong Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 27, at 5-1 odds under Ricardo Santana, Jr. Nitrous won by 1 3/4 length in a time of 1:09.70 after overtaking Landeskog and blistering fractions of 21.31 and 44.26. Gray Attempt setttled for third, beaten 8 1/2 lengths, followed by Ninth Street, Bano Solo, Classy John, Frosted Ice and Oil Money.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 9, Gray Attempt 1.01:60 Breezing 6/32 at OP
Jan. 18, Gray Attempt 1.00:20 Breezing 1/55 at OP
Feb. 10, Gray Attempt 1.00:20 Breezing muddy 4/47 at OP
March 16, Gray Attempt 1.01:40 Breezing 18/39 at OP
April 5, Gray Attempt 58:60 Breezing muddy 1/8 at OP
May 25, Gray Attempt 50:40 Breezing 57/68 at CD

 

 

 

GUM TREE LANE (KY)
Trainer: Phil D'Amato
Owner: Michael House
Breeder: Ledgelands, LLC & Andrew C. Ritter
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): He's Had Enough (Tapit, Amelia)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Elizabits (Forestry, Sunday Morning)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-7-8-0-0 (18) 3.50
Foal Date: March 8, 2016

$13,000 Keeneland November 2016
$40,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July 2017
$320,000 OBS April 2018
A ridgling


NEXT RACE:

On Dec. 16 at Los Alamitos, he broke his maiden in his second career start, getting a mile in 1:36:93 in a maiden special weight. Flavien Prat rode. Five ran. The chart says he "stalked the dueling leaders around the first turn and down the backstretch, moved up three deep around the turn, came into the stretch three wide, took a short lead at the furlong marker and drew clear inside the sixteenth pole."

Trainer D'Amato later said Gum Tree Lane will love longer distances.

Jan. 28 NOTE: Flavien Prat will ride in the Lewis.

Feb. 13 NOTE: Missed the Lewis, looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Gum Tree Lane 1:02.40 Handily 48/105 at SA
Jan. 11, Gum Tree Lane 1:02.40 Handily 47/101 at SA
Jan. 20, Gum Tree Lane 1.00:80 Handily 24/135 at SA
Jan. 26, Gum Tree Lane 1.01:60 Handily 24/46 at SA
March 5, Gum Tree Lane 37:40 Handily 14/27 at SA

 

 

 

HARVEY WALLBANGER (KY)
Trainer: Kenneth G. McPeek
Owner: Harold Lerner LLC, AWC Stables, Nehoc Stables, Scott K. Akman, Paul Braverman
Breeder: Tony Holmes & Dr. & Mrs. Walter Zent
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Congrats (A.P. Indy, Praise)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Adorabell (Distorted Humor, Hear the Bells (CAN))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-6-12-0-0 (26) 3.33
Foal Date: March 21, 2016

$50,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July 2017

 
NEXT START:
 
After finishing second in his first three starts (beaten by Complexity at Saratoga; beaten by Plus Que Parfait at Keeneland; beaten by King Ford at Churchill Downs), Harvey Wallbanger broke his maiden in his fourth one, a maiden special weight at Churchill Downs on Nov. 17 when he ran 1 1/16 mile in a slow 1:46.71 facing a field of 11 in which he was favored at 4-5 odds.

In the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 2, two horses that weren't supposed to perform made up the exacta. Harvey Wallbanger and Everfast were sent off at 29-1 and 128-1 odds, respectively. Somehow the $2 exacta only paid $2,203.40. Epic Dreamer, sent off at 12-1, set the pace all alone under Irad Ortiz, Jr. with fractions of 23.18, 46.76 and 1:10.89 while 4-5 favorite Maximus Mischief and Jose Ortiz tracked a couple of lengths back in second. The latter one edged closer in the far turn and got to even terms with about a furlong left in the race. Meanwhile, Harvey Wallbanger and Brian Hernandez, Jr. broke slowly and were in last place, about 10 lengths off the pace the first half-mile. They just kept coming to win by a length in 1:43.69 after cutting the corner into the stretch. Everfast, ridden by Chris Landeros, didn't have any obviojus trouble but was was fifth by five lengths at the first call, third by two lengths at the second call, fourth by four lengths at the third call, still fourth and three lengths back with a furlong remaining, and then snuck in to get second, a neck in front of Maximus Mischief. Epic Dreamer held on for fourth, beaten 2 1/4 lengths.

Ken McPeek: “It’s a horse race. You can’t duck one, can you? He showed he had some good, solid ability. I was thinking he’d rise up to whatever level you put him in. All we did last fall was really kind of teach him what to do. The end of the season he was a little tired after his fourth race, and we backed off, came down here, and took our time. I had some options to run in an a-other-than and I told Harold (Lerner), ‘Let’s find out how good he is, because he can’t be training any better.’ Today, told Brian, ‘If they go, let them go. Don’t worry about it. Just tuck in, save some ground, and make your run. He’s a good, solid horse. We tried to teach him how to run, certainly finish, come up the inside or outside or whatever it takes, and he’s learned his lessons, and Brian did a wonderful job getting him there. Let’s just enjoy the evening here and then figure it out. Fountain of Youth, I’ve already got Signalman kind of circled for that, but that doesn’t mean that they both couldn’t run. I’d like to keep them apart if I can, but one step at a time.”

Brian Hernandez Jr.: “It was great. We had a horse that likes to come from behind, and we thought they’d go quick in front. I was able to just kind of sit there. I knew to trust in my horse, because he was second in a couple of good maiden races and he always runs to his competition, so I thought he’d give a good showing today. We’d have been happy if he’d have been second or third, but for him to jump up and win showed that he’s a good horse, and he’s turned into a good 3-year-old. When we turned for home, and I got within range of them, I thought I had enough horse to where I’d get past them. I  mean, he spurted through there quickly and he did it like a good horse.”

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer McPeek said, “He came back fine, no problems. He’s definitely matured and he showed a lot of killer instinct yesterday. He had a couple races as a 2-year-old where he didn’t put horses away when he had a chance to. I think the win he had in the fall got him some confidence, and hopefully this one takes him to the next step. I think good horses rise to the level of competition, no question. He acted last fall like he was that kind. He really didn’t fully understand what he was doing his first few starts, and then he kind of figured it out. He’s really got it down pat now. He’ll be nominated to the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby. Whether we run in the Fountain of Youth is up to debate right now, but definitely Florida Derby is the prep for the Kentucky Derby we want to be in.”
 
Feb. 13 NOTE: Trainer McPeek told TDN, "I’m leaning towards just waiting for the Florida Derby. (W)ith Harvey, he fired such a big shot with a long layoff there, I think that waiting for the Florida Derby might be a smart move, because I think it gives him a chance to get a little bigger and stronger. He’ll have to punch his Derby point ticket that day, but I think that’s doable. I’m a little concerned about running him back in the Fountain of Youth and then coming back again in the Florida Derby, and I might have squeezed him a little dry by spring." Comparing the two horses, Harvey Wallbanger and Signalman, "Harvey’s a much smaller horse than Signalman. Signalman’s a big bull, hits the ground a little harder than Harvey. Harvey really floats over the ground but Signalman is just a powerful machine."
 
Feb. 16 NOTE: Trainer McPeek said, “It was an easy half. It was his first work since the race. He’s done everything right. I have to work (him and Signalman) this weekend, but right now I’m leaning towards Signalman here (in the Fountain of Youth) and waiting with Harvey Wallbanger for the Florida Derby."
 
Feb. 23 NOTE: Trainer McPeek said, “We’re going to wait on Harvey. He still needs to get a little bigger and stronger for that next step. We’ve got plenty of time. We’re going to wait probably for the Florida Derby.”
 
March 27 NOTE: Jockey Hernandez said, “The Holy Bull was a lot of fun. We were a ways back – that’s his running style. The race set up for him. We had a lot of speed in front of us. I was liking my spot. I was able to sneak up the fence and turning for home when we were in contention, I thought he’d go on and finish it off, and he did. He ran on and ran a really big race. He came out of some good maiden races in Kentucky in the fall. When he was there for me in the Holy Bull the whole way, that’s what gives you confidence.”
 
In the Florida Derby on March 30, Harvey Wallbanger finished eighth, beaten 14 3/4 lengths by Maximum Security, after lagging every runner but one in 10th during the first half-mile.
 
In the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 13, Harvey Wallbanger finished seventh, beaten 12 1/2 lengths by Owendale. Per the chart, he "was never a threat."
 
In the inaugural Oaklawn Invitational at Oaklawn Park, Harvey Wallbanger finished seventh, beaten 7 1/2 lengths by Laughing Fox, after lagging near the back of the field most of the race.
 
WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Harvey Wallbanger 48.23 Breezing 8/84 at GP
Jan. 11, Harvey Wallbanger 1:01.49 Breezing 3/14 at GP
Jan. 17, Harvey Wallbanger 47.60 Breezing 1/32 at GP
Jan. 29, Harvey Wallbanger 49.15 Breezing 22/54 at GP
Feb. 16, Harvey Wallbanger 50:67 Breezing 98/124 at GP
Feb. 23, Harvey Wallbanger 1.01:75 Breezing 15/44 at GP
March 2, Harvey Wallbanger 1.02:81 Breezing 24/40 at GP
March 9, Harvey Wallbanger 48:35 Breezing 4/80 at GP
March 16, Harvey Wallbanger 59:66 Breezing 4/54 at GP
March 23, Harvey Wallbanger 47:10 Breezing 1/99 at GP
April 9, Harvey Wallbanger 37:40 Breezing muddy 1/3 at KEE
April 28, Harvey Wallbanger 59:80 Breezing 1/15 at KEE

 

 

 



HAYDENS HAVOC (KY)
Trainer: Peter Miller
Owner: Rockingham Ranch
Breeder: John Griggs & Linda Griggs
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humor, Hookedonthefeelin)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Royal G G (Royal Academy, Pamric)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-5-6-2-0 (20) 3.00
Foal Date: March 29, 2016

$85,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July 2017
$165,000 RNA OBS March 2018

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

He broke his maiden at third asking on Nov. 16 at Del Mar going five furlongs on the turf in a swift 56.33 to prevail by 1 1/2 length over Ka'nah as the 2-1 second choice. He "had good early speed and dueled inside, took a short lead in upper stretch, inched away under urging in midstretch and proved best" under Drayden Van Dyke. Eight ran.

On Jan. 11, Haydens Havoc was scratched from race 7 at Santa Anita, an allowance optional claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside course.

Jan. 25: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 7, Haydens Havoc  1:01.60 Handily 1/1 at LRC

 

 

 

HIGH CRIME (KY)
Trainer: Darrin Miller
Owner: Silverton Hill LLC
Breeder: Silverton Hill LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Violence (Medaglia d'Oro, Violent Beauty)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Done in Love (Smart Strike (CAN), Ender's Valentine)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-8-10-1-0 (26) 3.33
Foal Date: April 14, 2016


NEXT RACE:

 

He finished second his first time out in November at Turfway Park.

On Jan. 12 at Gulfstream Park in his second start, he covered six furlongs in 1:10.54 under Luis Saez to break his maiden.

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

In the seven-furlong Swale Stakes on Feb. 2, Call Paul, the 3-2 favorite, showed that time away from the races and a lack of recent published workouts weren't about to slow him down. After lagging over five, then three lengths behind a fast early pace of 21.76 and 44.27 set by Country Singer, Irad Ortiz, Jr. and Call Paul took the lead in mid-stretch to prevail by 1 1/4 length. Zenden finished second after he and Emisael Jaramillo were never worse than third and never further back than two lengths. Topper T and Javier Castellano rallied from an early seventh-place position to snag third, another two lengths back. High Crime, who was barely off the lead after that fast first half-mile, backed up a bit to finish fourth, beaten 3 1/2 lengths. The winning time was 1:23.43.

March 1 NOTE: Trainer Miller said of the Gotham: "We'll see how the weekend goes and make a decision after that. Facing winners for the first time I thought it was a real good effort. I thought he moved forward off of the maiden win as well. I hope he can handle stretching out. From what we've seen in the mornings, we've had no issues with him settling and covering a distance. His pedigree suggests it."

In a 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claimer at Keeneland on April 5, Intrepid Heart got by High Crime in the shadow of the wire to win by one-half length in a nice time of 1:43.39. Frolic More finished another 2 1/2 lengths back in third. High Crime and Luis Saez led through fractions of 24.14, 48.28 and 1:12.40, and at the stretch call were up by 2 1/2 lengths. John Velazquez, after being fanned five wide in the turn, kept after the rallying Intrepid Heart to get up in time. Frolic More ran evenly in fourth or fifth and stayed on to get the show money under Corey Lanerie.

March 7 NOTE: No recent workouts.

In a seven-furlong allowance race on May 4 at Churchill Downs, Borracho overtook a tiring Hidden Scroll mid-stretch to win by a length. Chase the Ghost closed to get second, and Hidden Scroll faded to third, beaten 1 1/2 length. Hidden Scroll disputed Hight Crime through fast early fractions, 22.63 and 45.62, and High Crime finished fourth, another 1 1/2 length back. The final time was 1:22.58.

WORKOUTS

March 31, High Crime 48:60 Breezing 12/32 at KEE
April 22, High Crime 50:80 Breezing 44/48 at KEE
April 28, High Crime 1.00:00 Breezing 2/15 at KEE
May 22, High Crime 48:00 Breezing 1/9 at CDT
June 2, High Crime 1.13:40 Breezing 1/1 at CDT

 

 

 

JERSEY AGENDA (KY)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Owner: Charles E. Fipke
Breeder: Charles E. Fipke
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Jersey Town (Speightstown, Jersey Girl)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Risky Agenda (Dynaformer, The Bink)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-3-13-0-0 (18) 1.77
Foal Date: March 9, 2016

$150,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October 2017
$250,000 OBS April 2018


NEXT RACE:

After finishing second in his debut, which came in September going 6 1/2 furlongs on the grass at Kentucky Downs, Jersey Agenda broke his maiden in his second start, that one coming on Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs in a 6 1/2-furlong dirt race.

In a one-mile allowance optional claiming race at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 26, there were 11 starters. The  6-5 favorite was Jersey Agenda, ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr., and he got the job done, winning in a time of 1:38.04. He was better by 2 3/4 lengths than Jack Van Berg, who was scratched the day before from the Smarty Jones Stakes. Those two ran one-two at each call, with the latter pressuring the former most of the way while shaking off two other rivals. Pole Setter, at 5-2 odds under Fernando De La Cruz, finished third, beaten five lengths, after rating in fifth the first half of the race. The chart for those three says "Jersey Agenda  vied inside, bid at the eighth pole to lead and held sway under mild urging. Jack Van Berg vied between foes, then was no match in the stretch. Pole Setter stalked the pace in the three path, then had no late bid."

In the 1 1/16- mile Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 18, the early pace was set alternately by Gray Attempt and Jersey Agenda in 23.43, 47.63 and 1:12.73. Jersey Agenda, ridden by Jose Ortiz, finished eighth, beaten 10 lengths.

In Division Two of the Rebel Stakes on March 16, Jersey Agenda finished fifth of 10, beaten 10 3/4 lengths by Omaha Beach and a time of 1:42.42. He was sent off at 30-1 odds.

In the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 13, Jersey Agenda and Ramon Vazquez pressed the early pace for six furlongs, then faded to finish seventh, beaten 17 1/2 lengths by Omaha Beach on a sloppy track.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Jersey Agenda 1:01.00 Breezing 1/30 at OP
Jan. 14, Jersey Agenda 1:00.00 Breezing 1/93 at OP
Jan. 21, Jersey Agenda 51.00 Breezing 27/36 at OP
Feb. 4, Jersey Agenda 49:40 Breezing 15/40 at OP
Feb. 13, Jersey Agenda 50:60 Breezing 46/100 at OP
March 2, Jersey Agenda 1.01:20 Breezing 10/40 at OP
March 10, Jersey Agenda 49:20 Breezing 27/93 at OP
March 25, Jersey Agenda 50:20 Breezing 13/19 at OP
April 1, Jersey Agenda 1.00:00 Breezing 1/18 at OP
April 8, Jersey Agenda 51:20 Breezing muddy 11/22 at OP
May 10, Jersey Agenda 52:20 Breezing 31/31 at CD

 

 

 


KNICKS GO (MD)
Trainer: Ben Colebrook
Owner: KRA Stud Farm
Breeder: Angie Moore
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Paynter (Awesome Again (CAN), Tizso)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Kosmo's Buddy (Outflanker, Vaulted)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-6-11-0-0 (20) 2.64
Foal Date: Jan. 29, 2016

$40,000 Keeneland November 2016
$87,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE: 1 1/16-mile turf allowance optional claimer at Churchill Downs on June 2. Race 5, 5:45 ET.

He broke his maiden last summer at Ellis park. Connections put him in the Sanford Stakes at Saratoga where he finished fifth. They shipped him to Chicago where he ran third in the Arlington-Washington Futurity on synthetic track.

On Oct. 6, Knicks Go won the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at 70-1 odds. Under Albin Jiminez, he set a comfortable pace -- without much pressure and led throughout before prevailing by 5 1/2 lengths. Signmalman was second after lagging behind in sixth during the early going and then having some momentum-costing trouble leaving the turn. Standard Deviation was third after closing from 11th of 13, beaten 6 1/4 lengths. Sombeyay, fourth and beaten 7 3/4 lengths, saved ground and tracked Knicks Go around the first turn, down the backstretch and around the far turn when he was jammed on both sides before breaking free.

Ben Colebrook: “Just got lucky. The horse trains real well here so that’s kind of why we took a shot. He’s always breezed like a good horse. His first race was good, and then he never got in a rhythm in his next two. Albin just stole it really. They didn’t give him any respect and he got out there and just got to gallop. I could see him on the backside, his ears were just going. I could tell he was going to run big. But I didn’t think he was going to run that big. It was just amazing.”

Albin Jimenez: “It was pretty easy. He told me to be close to the lead. He broke sharp, so I kept him in there.”

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer Colebrook said,  “It is still sinking in. I thought he might outrun his odds. Down the backside, I saw him flicking his ears and I thought he might get a piece of it. It is just speculation now, but I may take him over to Churchill to work because he never has been there."

In the 1 1/6 mile Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Nov. 5, favored Game Winner overcame adversity to surge past longshot Knicks Go in deep stretch and score a 2 1/4-length victory. Signalman finished third after having to break from the outside, and Mr. Money ran fourth. Game Winner was timed in in 1:43.67 over a fast main track. Second-choice Complexity assumed the early lead and maintained a daylight advantage in the run down the backstretch with 40-1 shot Knicks Go in closest pursuit and Game Winner racing outside in mid-pack. Turning for home, Complexity stopped running hard and Knicks Go took command, but Rosario had Game Winner in high gear on the outside. There was a brief bump between the two at midstretch before Game Winner drew off. Knicks Go held the place by a length over the closing Signalman, with Mr. Money finishing another 6 1/4 lengths back in fourth.

Ben Colebrook: “That was a thrill. Turning for home I thought we might get there, but Baffert's horse was the one to beat all along. You know, he keeps out-running his odds. Maybe people will start giving him some respect now, because he's a nice horse. It’s too early to start thinking about (the Derby). We're just thinking about today. We'll let him tell us what he wants to do next. The Derby's a long way off.”

Albin Jimenez: “We broke really well and had a great position. We were traveling really comfortable on the lead but just couldn’t hold off the winner. I’m so proud of my horse. He tried very hard until the very end.”

Nov. 21 NOTE: One of trainer Colebrook’s targets for Knicks Go was the Dec. 4 Marylander at Laurel Park, but he opted for the Kentucky Jockey Club instead.

On Nov. 24 on a sloppy-sealed  track at Churchill Downs, 7-2 second choice Signalman, ridden by Brian Hernandez, Jr., won the 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes after grabbing the lead with three-sixteenths of a mile to run.  Fourteen ran. He held off a late charge from 14-1 shot Plus Que Parfait to win by a neck, timed in 1:45.29. Limonite and King for a Day were third and fourth. Unfortunately for his connections, 3-1 favorite Knicks Go finished 11th, beaten 18 3/4 lengths with no excuses. The chart says he "tracked the pace early, shifted into the three path in the far turn and was empty down the lane."

Dec. 28 NOTE: Next stop Tampa, per reports.

Jan. 15 NOTE: Looking for a workout. Was reportedly scheduled for his first workout of the year last weekend. However, trainer Colebrook told DRF.com on Jan. 11, “He’ll probably just go a little quicker than a two-minute lick, so the clockers might not even post a time for him."

Jan. 27 NOTE: Trainer Colebrook said, “(The workout yesterday) probably was a little faster than we planned, but (Jesse Garcia) is a light rider and Knicks Go did it really easy. He finished up with good energy and galloped out strong. We had given him some time off after his last start, and he had put on some weight since, so he needed a serious work. He was savaging his feed tub later on and happy this morning. This was the big work, but we’ll give him an easier half-mile next week and hopefully be ready for the Sam F. Davis. He is easy to train, he tries hard every time and he is a pleasure to be around."

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

Feb. 8 NOTE: Trainer Colebrook said, “I’m really happy with the way he’s been training. He’s had good energy the last couple of weeks and is starting to get his game face on. He took it easy for a while (after the Kentucky Jockey Club) and gained some weight, but now that he is back in full training, he seems to be thriving. I’m a little concerned with the early speed inside of him (Going for Gold) and possibly some outside speed, but I think the Breeders’ Cup showed he can sit off a pace-setting horse. He’s the most proven horse in the race, and if he runs back to one of his better races, I think if will take a career-best for somebody to beat him.”

In the Feb. 9 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, Well Defined turned things around and romped at 7-1 odds with Pablo Morales aboard. Pursued by 9-5 favorite Knicks Go and Albin Jimenez, Well Defined went to the front and set splits of 23.23, 47.09 and 1:11.68. Knicks go flattened out badly in the stretch and finished fifth while Well Defined won the 1 1/16 mile race in 1:42.70. Kentucky Wildcat, who was seventh of nine up the backstretch, about eight lengths behind while ridden by Joe Bravo, rallied on the far turn and come home second, beaten 2 3/4 lengths. So Alive closed from outer space to get a distant third, beaten 11 1/2 lengths -- after being 14 1/2 lengths behind the pace after the first half-mile. Counter Offer was fourth, beaten 13 lengths, a nose ahead of Knicks Go.

Ben Colebrook: “Albin said he was getting out a little around the turn, so I don’t know what to make of that. It looked like he had dead aim and then he kind of flattened out. It didn’t go the way we wanted, but hopefully there will be another day.”

March 1 NOTE: Trainer Colebrook said: "It's certainly a possibility that we enter for the Gotham. He's seemed to come out of the Sam F. Davis well. He's had one breeze since then that we were happy with, and he's remained healthy. We're still trying to pick our spots and find our way to the Derby. Obviously, cutting back to the mile for the Gotham could certainly work in his favor, but the race is also looking like it will come up real salty, so we'll weigh all of our options."

Cut back to one turn in the Gotham Stakes, Knicks Go attended the pace for a half-mile, then faded to finish seventh of eight, beaten 23 3/4 lengths.

In the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 13, Owendale won, Anothertwistafate was second, Sueno third and Knicks Go fourth. Hawaiian Noises, ridden by John Velazquez, and Knicks Go, ridden by Albin Jiminez dueled for the early lead through fractions of 24.33 and 48.33. Those two were still leading into the far turn, with Anothertwistafate and Javier Castellano in closest pursuit while boxed in. In the turn after six furlongs in 1:12.88, Hawaiian Noises abruptly fell back, and leaving the turn Anothertwistafate put away Knicks Go after getting through traffic. Suddenly, Owendale and Florent Geroux come wide from well off the pace and shot to the lead. Owendale quickly separated himself from the field and won by 1 3/4 length in a time of 1:44.14. Anothertwistafate was alone in second, followed 1 1/4 length back by the late-running Sueno and another five lengths to Knicks Go.

Albin Jimenez: “I tried to take him back a little bit and get him to relax, but he was so fresh. But he did good.”

June 2 NOTE: Scratched from todays race 5 at Churchill Downs.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 19, Knicks Go 47:00 Breezing 1/71 at TAM
Jan. 26, Knicks Go 58:40 Breezing 1/38 at TAM
Feb. 2, Knicks Go 48:00 Breezing 4/64 at TAM
Feb. 23, Knicks Go 49:60 Breezing 21/52 at TAM
March 27, Knicks Go 1:01.60 Breezing 11/21 at KEE
April 4, Knicks Go 48.40 Breezing 10/44 at KEE
May 19, Knicks Go 1.01:80 Breezing firm turf 4/6 at KEEMay 29, Knicks Go 48:80 Breezing 8/23 at KEE

 

 

 

LIMONITE (KY)
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC & Willis Horton Racing LLC
Breeder: Roberto Mesquita
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Lemon Drop Kid (Kingmambo, Charming Lassie)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Colina Verde (Know Heights (IRE), Verdadeira (BRZ))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-2-15-5-2 (32) 1.21
Foal Date: Feb. 12, 2016

$115,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:

Limonite finished on the board in each of his first three starts. He won the second one, a seven-furlong maiden special weight at Keeneland on Oct. 6. He rallied in the stretch to defeat Ready and Rich by a head in 1:24.49 with Ricardo Santana, Jr. aboard as the 2-1 favorite. He was favored in his third start, too, but Roiland bested him by a neck going 1 1/16 mile at Churchill Downs on Oct. 28, winning the race in 1:45.84. Limonite was always in contention.

On Nov. 24 on a sloppy-sealed  track at Churchill Downs, Limonite was last of 14 early but finished third at 20-1 odds under Ricardo Santana, Jr. It was 7-2 second choice Signalman, ridden by Brian Hernandez, Jr., that won the 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes by a neck over Plus Que Parfait after grabbing the lead with three-sixteenths of a mile to run. Signalman held off a late charge from 14-1 shot Plus Que Parfait to prevail by a neck, timed in 1:45.29. Signalman broke from the rail, rated in sixth down the backstretch as longshot Topper T led the field through a quarter mile in 23.12 and a fast half-mile in :46.83. As the leaders neared the final turn, Signalman showed a quick burst of speed and moved into third along the inside. Topper T, also on the rail, passed the six-furlong marker in 1:12.33 but was tiring. King for a Day briefly poked his head in front at the top of the stretch and Plus Que Parfait and Limonite were hitting their best strides after racing near the back of the pack earlier. But it was Signalman who zipped past Topper T while between horses as Plus Que Parfait was engaging in his late challenge. Limonite narrowly edged King for a Day for third -- beaten two lengths. Roiland, Tracksmith, Current, Topper T, Dunph, Royal Urn, 3-1 favorite Knicks Go, Mick’s Star, Blue Steel and Everfast completed the order of finish.

Ricardo Santana Jr.: “He just needed a little more distance today. I thought he ran very well today and will improve when the distances get a little longer.”

Jan. 13 NOTE: Nothing showing on his worktab since Nov. 19.

Jan. 31 NOTE: Trainer Asmussen told DRF.com yesterday, “We gave him a little break off the Kentucky Jockey Club. He put in a very good work yesterday and came out of it in good shape. When they turn three, we’re all hoping for some improvement, and his pedigree says he should get better.”

Feb. 14 NOTE: Racing Manager David Fiske said, “He never really left training (after running at Churchill Downs in November), but he was just in light training. He was just jogging, galloping and taking it easy, which is what Steve does with a lot of his young horses. There’s really no reason to crank him up for any short races early, because it’s such a long year for 3-year-olds. We’re just looking for a good, solid performance that he can build on. He hasn’t run since the end of November, and he’s kind of a big, long striding horse. He was coming from off the pace last time, but will probably be a little fresher, faster and closer to the pace. He just needs to put in a decent showing, and hopefully after that he can move on to the Louisiana Derby. He’s been training well, as well as he ever had. We thought the Risen Star was good place to get him started. You have to start somewhere, and it seemed to be the next one in book."

In the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 16, Limonite and Brian Hernandez, Jr. finished fifth, beaten 7 1/4 lengths by War of Will. They were 12th, 10 lengths off the lead after the first half-mile. The chart call: "Limonite raced in the two path early on the first turn then dropped to the inside, settled under some urging, saved ground on the far turn, steadied behind horses near the three-sixteenths, came between rivals into the final furlong and improved position."

In the Louisiana Derby on March 23, Limonite was 10th at the first three calls and finished 10th, beaten 13 lengths by By My Standards. According to Equibase, the timer malfunctioned and the race was hand-timed. Reported early fractions set by Lemniscate, who finished last, were 23.63, 47.68 and 1:11.54. The final time was reported as 1:49.53.

In a 1 1/16 mile allowance optional claimer at Churchill Downs on May 4, at 5-1 odds, Limonite won by a nose in a time of 1:45.18. He was ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 17, Limonite 50:20 Breezing 31/44 at FG
Jan. 23, Limonite 50:40 Breezing 8/13 at FG
Jan. 29, Limonite 1.01:20 Breezing wet fast 1/5 at FG
Feb. 4, Limonite 1.00:40 Breezing 2/17 at FG
Feb. 10, Limonite 1.01:80 Breezing 7/47 at FG
Feb. 25, Limonite 52:40 Breezing 51/53 at FG
March 4, Limonite 1.01:20 Breezing 1/24 at FG
March 11, Limonite 1.12:40 Breezing 1/2 at FG
March 18, Limonite 50:00 Breezing 43/66 at FG
April 8, Limonite 1.02:20 Breezing 8/9 at CD
April 15, Limonite 1.01:40 Breezing 5/17 at CD
April 22, Limonite 1.00:80 Breezing 8/35 at CD
April 29, Limonite 51:00 Breezing36/40 at CD
May 13, Limonite 51:80 Breezing 57/67 at CD
May 20, Limonite 1.00:40 Breezing good 3/28 at CD
May 28, Limonite 1.02:40 Breezing 20/21 at CD
June 3, Limonite 1.01:60 Breezing 8/16 at CD


 

 

 

LISTING (CA)
Trainer: Ben Cecil
Owner: Reddam Racing, LLC
Breeder: Reddam Racing, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Square Eddie (Smart Strike (CAN), Forty Gran)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Marquis Diamond (Yonaguska, Diamonds to Me)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-5-8-0-0 (18) 3.50
Foal Date: March 13, 2016

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

Going into the California Cup Turf Sprint Stakes, his fifth career start, Listing was the only horse in the field to have defeated Irish Heatwave, his win over that rival coming by 7 1/2 lengths in the state-bred I’m Smokin Stakes, which was Listing’s first start on Aug. 31 at Del Mar.

In the Jan. 26 California Cup Turf Sprint Stakes down the hill at Santa Anita, Listing and Mario Gutierrez won after being attentive to the pace throughout despite being in fourth place during the early running. They rallied four wide turning for home en route to a measured half length win timed in 1:12.86. Takeo Square, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano, was always forwardly placed and finished second, 1 1/4 length in front of Tivan. Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Tivan rallied from last for third money at 11-1. Irish Heatwave was fourth, beaten two lengths under Assael Espinoza with no excuse. Six ran. Fractions were 22.16, 44.52 and 1:06.89.

Mario Guttierez:  “I think being on the outside today helped him a lot, he was more comfortable, you know no pressure; last time he did a little step before crossing the wire so I think that caused him that extra bow, but today it was good. That was the plan from the beginning. I think he might have got the nose in the wire and today on the outside with no pressure, I think it helped him a lot. Everywhere I've been, I get people like Paul Reddam so through ups and downs I know people like him will have my back 100 percent, which gives me a lot of confidence. Oh, it's always great. For me and for Paul it's great. I think I've been extremely lucky.”

Ben Cecil: “It was a bit closer than I hoped, but he may have gotten a little tired. I didn’t give Mario any instructions. He knows the horse. He had a good effort last time down the hill, and we had given him a little break prior to that, which he probably needed. Maybe now he’ll improve even a bit more.... I’m pretty much all Paul. I have about 10 for him, and he’s kept me alive. He’s been a good owner.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 19, Listing 1:01.40 Handily 25/45 at SA




 


MAGIC ON TAP (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Summer Wind Equine
Breeder: Summer Wind Equine
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Aubby K (Street Sense, Lilly Capote)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-9-11-1-0 (26) 3.00
Foal Date: March 15, 2016

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

On Sept. 12 in his debut at Del Mar, Magic on Tap was sent off at 4-5 odds in a field of nine and impressively won, prevailing over second finisher Gray Magician by 2 1/2 lengths, with third finisher Extra Hope another 6 1/4 lengths back. The 6 1/2 furlongs was timed in 1:17.58.

Dec. 22 NOTE: Has had a setback, the nature of which is not clear.

Jan. 3 NOTE: He was listed in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. but there are no recent workouts for him.

Jan. 25: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

May 22, Magic on Tap 37:40 Handily 5/9 at LA
May 29, Magic on Tap 47:40 Handily 5/15 at LA

 

 

 

 

METROPOL (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Peachtree Stable
Breeder: Phillips Racing Partnership
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Shackleford (Forestry, Oatsee)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Wonder Upon a Star (Street Cry (IRE), Ameriflora)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index:4-7-7-0-0 (18) 4.14
Foal Date: Feb. 24, 2016

$85,000 Keeneland September 2017
$200,000 OBS April 2018


Back on Oct. 8 at Santa Anita, Metropol debuted and won at 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.56. At 3-5 odds in a field of four, he gamely defeated Street Image by 3/4 length after the two of them battled from gate to wire. Drayden Van Dyke was up on the winner, and Martin Pedroza was on the second finisher. The chart call for those two: "Metropol stalked outside a rival then a bit off the rail on the turn, continued off the inside in the stretch, bid outside the runner-up under left handed urging a sixteenth out, took the lead in deep stretch and gamely prevailed. Street Image sped to the early lead, set the pace a bit off the rail then inside on the turn, continued along the rail in the stretch, fought back in deep stretch but could not quite match the winner late."

Dec. 31 NOTE: He didn't race again in 2018. Metropol recorded workouts on Dec. 8, 14, 20 and 27.

Feb. 13 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 10, Metropol 48.20 Handily 4/59 at SA
Jan. 21, Metropol 1:01.20 Handily 17/69 at SA
Jan. 27, Metropol 59:60 Handily 2/95 at SA
May 22, Metropol 37:40 Handily 5/9 at LA
May 29, Metropol 47:40 Handily 5/15 at LA
June 5, Metropol 49:20 Handily 5/8 at LA

 

 


MIHOS (KY)
Trainer: Jimmy Jerkens
Owner: Centennial Farm
Breeder: Wayne Lyster, Gray Lyster & Bryan Lyster
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Cairo Prince (Pioneerof the Nile, Holy Bubette)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Feline Flatline (Lion Heart, Jinny's Gold)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 1-1-0-0-0 (2) Infinite
Foal Date: March 10, 2016

$320,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:


Mihos showed promise in his Sept. 23 debut at Belmont Park, finishing third behind Vekoma, who went on to win the Nashua Stakes, after an inside trip.

At Aqueduct on Nov. 24, Mihos graduated and was actually geared down at the finish of a six-furlong maiden special weight after rallying from off the pace. At 3-5 odds, he bested five others with a time of 1:11.20 and a winning margin of 1 1/4 length.

Jan. 2 NOTE: Trainer Jerkens said, “It’s a jump, but he acts, to me, like he can do it. He’s really got a good head on him. Everything you throw at him, he seems to take is. He doesn’t bat an eyelash. I’m pretty confident he can take the step. You have to start making demands on them sooner or later if you’re going to get on the Derby trail. He’s got a nice big, long, even frame to him. He’s got a beautiful temperament. That’s half the battle.”

On Jan. 5 in the one-mile, one-turn Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Mihos emerged triumphant as the 5-2 second choice. He broke well from the outside post six but was five lengths off the 23.00 pace set by Gladiator King. After that one burned through the half in 45.53, Mihos was only 1 1/4 length back in second. Mihos remained in that position in the turn, 2 1/2 lengths back of the new leader, Trophy Chaser, who was part of that lively pace after a half-mile. Those two hit the furlong marker one-two, with 2 1/2 lengths still separating them, but Mihos finally wore down Trophy Chaser to win by a half-length in a time of 1:37.56. Garter and Tie, who was just behind the eventual winner headed toward and through the turn, rallied to finish third, beaten 2 1/2 lengths. Code of Honor and Well Defined were a very close fourth and third up the backstretch but started losing ground at that point. Code of Honor finished fourth, beaten 7 3/4 lengths. Well Defined was fifth, beaten 12. Gladiator King faded to last, beaten 20 1/2 lengths.

The chart says Mihos "raced widest and exchanged brushes with Code of Honor as they narrowed the gap on the leaders up the backstretch, continued edging closer still out in the five-path approaching the stretch, and sustained the rally determinedly to wear down Trophy Chaser from the outside through the closing yards."

Jimmy Jerkens: “He was resolute, that’s for sure. That’s kind of typical of him. The first two races, he kept coming. Even when he looked like he didn’t have the best of it, he gives himself a little breather and then comes again. I thought it was unfolding OK. I thought there was going to be a lively pace and I pretty much pictured him sitting right where he was. We’ve just got to see what his reaction is to dirt one of these times. It was the weirdest thing. The first time he ran, he got hit with a ton of it and he was down on the inside and he didn’t seem like he minded it at all. Then the second time it was awful, and this time he didn’t have much opportunity. You can’t sacrifice your position just to do that, but it’s something he’s going to have to get used to.  I think he will; he’s good about everything else. I don’t have a schedule really in my head as far as dates and things like that, but we’ll certainly look at all the usual spots down here. I wanted to get by this first and then figure it out.”

Jose Ortiz: “We were a little wide the whole way. We had the outside post. Code of Honor was on my inside and I tried to make a move. I tried to run with him. I thought he was the horse to beat. I thought it would take a lot of speed to catch Trophy Chaser. At the 3/8ths-pole. I was targeting Code of Honor because I thought he was the horse to beat. When we got to the 3/16ths, my horse switched leads a little late. Trophy Chaser got away from me a little bit, but when he changed leads and I hit left-handed, he gave me a great kick. He had a target in front of him, and he kept coming. I felt like Trophy Chaser was backing up a little bit and getting tired.”

Jan. 26 NOTE: Connections decided not to wait for the Fountain of Youth, and the Holy Bull is next. Trainer Jerkens said that Jan. 23 workout was "a good schooling," per DRF report.

Jan. 31 NOTE: Trainer Jerkens said, “The one-turn races are funny. They slowed up the last part because they went so fast early. That’s why we want to get this two-turn race into him early on, to give him some experience at it, instead of waiting a month. As long as he is doing well, I didn’t see any reason not to run. He seems to handle everything. He hasn’t been difficult to rate. I think he should be OK. He’s got good endurance, good wind. It’s something you have to build up to, that’s why I like to get him going earlier than later. He’s got nice length to him. He has a nice top line, nice balance. He’s got a great attitude.”

In the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 2, Mihos was fifth at every call and finished fifth, beaten 3 3/4 lengths by 29-1 shot Harvey Wallbanger. The chart says he and John Velazquez "raced off the top two leaders going through the first turn, continued in range racing two wide between foes at half mile marker, flattened out in final turn then kept on evenly in the lane."

March 7 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 16, Mihos 36:00 Breezing 2/5 at PMM
Jan. 23, Mihos 1.16:00 Breezing 1/2 at PMM
Jan. 29, Mihos 49:00 Breezing 19/98 at PMM
Feb. 19, Mihos 38:00 Breezing 2/3 at PMM
Feb. 26, Mihos 50:50 Breezing 6/26 at PMM
May 11, Mihos 38:89 Breezing training track 25/41 at BEL
May 18, Mihos 50:02 Breezing training track 29/72 at BEL
May 29, Mihos 36:40 Breezing 2/13 at BEL
June 5, Mihos 52:82 Breezing 23/23 at BEL


 

 


ONTHEWAYTONEVRLAND (IRE)
Trainer: Wesley A. Ward
Owner: Ice Wine Stable
Breeder: Ice Wine Stable
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): No Nay Never (Scat Daddy, Cat's Eye Witness)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): L'Ensorceleuse (IRE) (Oasis Dream (GB), L'Enjoleuse (IRE))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 1-2-6-3-0 (12) 1.00
Foal Date: Feb. 21, 2016

A gelding

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

Second on debut at Keeneland in April 0218.

Won when he came again at second asking going about 7 1/2 furlongs on turf at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 12. At 5-2, he won by a length in a field of 12. The chart says he "bumped with Justcallmenorman at the start, led inside through the first turn before yielding to Honey Won't, came off the fence at the top of the stretch, overpowered the leader from the outside past the furlong marker and edged away late."

On Feb. 10 going down the hill in a Santa Anita allowance optional claimer, Stubbins (4-1, Rafael Bejarano), Onthewaytonevrland (6-5, Flavien Prat) and Vantastic (9-5, Joel Rosario) ran one-two-three in a field of six. The winning time was 1:13.16. After those three chased Diamond Blitz through a first half-mile timed in 44.66, Onthewaytonevrland built a two-length lead at the furlong marker, but Stubbins got up late to win by a neck. Vantastic was beaten two lengths.

In the 1 1/16-mile Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park on March 9, Onthewaytonevrland was sent off at even money and returned the favor with a 3 1/2-length win over eight others. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, in town while racing in California was having troubles, he was timed in 1:45.59. He was never more than a length off the early  pace of 24.58, 48.45 and 1:12.75. The pacesetter, 109-1 Kitchi, faded to finish well off the board.

In the Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland on April 5, Onthewaytonevrland led the field to the furlong marker and was then passed by four horses to finish fifth, beaten two lengths. Avie's Flatter came from midpack and off a five-plus month layoff to get up for the win under Javier Castellano. He was timed in 1:42.86 for the 1 1/16 mile.


WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Onthewaytonevrland 1:04.30 Breezing 14/15 at PMM
Jan. 12, Onthewaytonevrland 1.01:00 Breezing firm turf 9/22 at PMM
Jan. 19, Onthewaytonevrland 1.00:25 Breezing firm turf 3/14 at PMM
Jan. 30, Onthewaytonevrland 59:80 Handily 1/42 at SA
Feb. 23, Onthewaytonevrland 1.14:80 Breezing synthetic 1/1 at TP
March 2, Onthewaytonevrland 1.01:40 Breezing synthetic 6/40 at TP
March 23, Onthewaytonevrland 59:60 Breezing synthetic 2/39 at TP
March 30, Onthewaytonevrland 1.01:60 Breezing synthetic 22/55 at TP
April 23, Onthewaytonevrland 1.00:80 Breezing firm turf 1/11 at CD

 

 

 



OPRY (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Cheyenne Stables & Gaillardia Racing
Breeder: Crosshaven Bloodstock
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Declaration of War (War Front, Tempo West)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): That Voodoo Youdo (Speightstown, Our Friend Terry)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-5-12-0-0 (20) 2.33
Foal Date: March 29, 2016

$180,000 Keeneland September 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

He closed well to be third in a seven-panel off-the-turf race at Saratoga on Aug. 11.

Racing as a maiden, Opry won the With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 29 after flying late at 7-2 odds. According to TDN, "Breaking a step slow while also taking a hard right, the dark bay was quickly straightened out and positioned along the hedge by Javier Castellano, trailing the field as Joyful Heart clocked opening splits of :23.29 and :47.91. Still last with plenty of work to do turning for home, (he)came alive in the final furlong, unleashing a powerful late rally down the center of the track to win going away in 1:42 flat. Even-money favorite Somelikeithotbrown was second and the pacesetter held for third. Opry became the seventh maiden to win the With Anticipation, and this was the sixth win in this event for Todd Pletcher in its 14 runnings."

Todd Pletcher: "Immediately at the break, I thought we're having a bad meet out of the gate. I thought he'd break a little better than he did his first time out with that experience, but he clearly didn't. Talking to Javier after, he said even though he was pretty far back, he felt like he had a lot of horse and he was finding a good rhythm so he felt very confident down the backside. The plan was to run him on the dirt when we initially entered him, and he drew the also eligible. That race came off the turf and we decided not to run even though we could've drawn in. We entered him back and the race came off the turf again, and so I figured he trained well enough on the dirt that we needed to get him started. He ran a respectable race that day and I'd been impressed enough with his turf works to think it wasn't crazy to enter here. For now, we'll look to stay on the turf and see what he does."
 
Javier Castellano: "He broke a bit slow out of the gate, but he didn't get panicked. This was his second start and first time on the grass. I wanted to let him figure it out by himself a little and this is a nice horse. Todd told me in the paddock that he really liked this horse and the way he's worked on the grass. After the break, we were really able to get comfortable and going to put us in a good spot in the race. I really liked the way he finished. He came on really strong and was impressive. After the wire he continued to gallop out past the field. I think this is a horse to look out for in the future on the grass. I'm thankful of the opportunity from Todd to get this mount. He's one of the best trainers in the country, and I'm very appreciative."

On Sept. 29, Opry finished fourth in the Pilgrim Stakes on turf at Belmont Park.

On Nov. 2, he finished 10th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

Jan. 14 NOTE: No workouts since he raced in the Breeders' Cup.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

April 19, Opry 38:88 Breezing 5/5 at PBD
April 26, Opry 49:11 Breezing 10/12 at PBD
May 3, Opry 50:45 Breezing 5/6 at PBD
May 10, Opry 48:75 Breezing 2/6 at PBD
May 17, Opry 1.01:05 Breezing 1/2 at PBD
May 24, Opry 1.01:85 Breezing 1/2 at PBD
June 1, Opry 1.01:20 Breezing 12/28 at BEL

 

 

 

OUR BRAINTRUST (MD)
Trainer: Mark Casse
Owner: Gary Barber
Breeder: Barak Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Freud (Storm Cat, Mariah's Storm)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Caller Trust (Trust N Luck, Call Your Beau)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-2-5-0-0 (10) 3.00
Foal Date: May 3, 2016

$27,000 RNA Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July 2017
$25,000 Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic October 2017


NEXT RACE:

In his debut, Our Braintrust broke his maiden sprinting on May 3 at Laurel Park, then won the 5 1/2-furlong Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park in a time of 1:04.41 -- at 10-1 odds with Javier Castellano up, no lie. Never worse than third and a couple of lengths back, he and Sombeyay finished strongly to catch the 2 1/2-length leader at the furlong marker, Mae Never No. The winning margin was 3/4 length, and so was the margin from second to third.

In the Dec. 8 Maryland Juvenile Futurity going seven furlongs at Laurel Park, Alwaysmining went straight to the front under Daniel Centeno and stayed there to get his first stakes victory. Alwaysmining, sent off at 3-1, was timed in a sprightly 1:21.91 on a track rated fast. Alwaysmining was pressed by 50-1 long shot V.I.P. Ticket through a quarter-mile in 22.83 while tracked by Our Braintrust. James F. Lewis III Stakes winner and 3-2 favorite Scrap Copper joined the chase after a half-mile in 45.34. Centeno shook up Alwaysmining leaving the quarter pole, opening up by 3 1/2 lengths turning for home and won by 2 1/2 lengths. Our Braintrust stayed on for second, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Scrap Copper, followed by Thatwouldbegrand, Sky Magician, Trifor Gold, Outofthepark and V.I.P Ticket.

In the one-mile, one-turn Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct on Jan. 1, Mind Control was a non-threatened winner sent off as the 3-2 favorite under John Velazquez. Mind Control set the early pace in company with 2-1 second choice Souper Jackpot through splits of 24.16 and 48.40, shook that one off, maintained his edge in the stretch, and outkicked a charging Our Braintrust to prevail by 1 1/2 length in 1:39.06 on a track rated good. Our Braintrust was stretching out to a mile for the first time. He finished four lengths clear of Family Biz for second.

Jorge Vargas, Jr.: "I have a lot of faith in him. He's a nice-sized horse and nice working since the beginning. I was a little concerned, he was coming from a little layoff. He ran hard last time, and I was worried if he was going to show up and he did. That's a nice horse, the one who beat me. I thought for a second I was going to get there, but (Mind Control), he gave me a little shot and that was it. My horse tried, took a shot, but couldn't make it."

Jan. 24 NOTE: Now owned by Gary Barber and trained by Mark Casse. The Jan. 22 breeze was at Casse Training Center in Ocala. Trainer Casse said, "We thought his race in the Jerome was very good and we're always looking for prospects. I really like him. I've trained a few Freuds, and some of them tend to be on the more compact side, but with this horse he has a little more length to him. So far, he's been a wonderful horse to be around. You never know until you try, and I'd be lying if I said I didn't have some reservations about (running in the Withers), but we're going to give it a try and hope for the best."

Jan. 31 NOTE: Trainer Casse said, "Obviously, we haven't had Our Braintrust for very long, but he's done everything you can ask for/ I thought he's worked well. It looks like he's pretty versatile. I know last time he came from off the speed. It's not an easy race. Everyone is trying to figure out where they fit in for the 3-year-old division. That's what you're doing in January and February; just trying to figure out who is going to mature from two to three. I think (stretching out in distance) an unknown for everybody. For us, the sooner you can find out those things, the better. I'd rather find out now and if he can't, we'll adjust and do other things. But until he proves he can't do it, we're going to try it. He's won as a sprinter, and he can kind of do a little bit of everything. When the dust clears, his best fit may be the grass. We're still trying to learn more about him."

In the 1 1/8-mile Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on Feb. 2, Tax was the 2-1 morning line and 2-1 post-time favorite after some late money came in on him. He wasn't part of the early pace after stumbling at the start, but he got the best of it late after coming up the rail following a somewhat troubled trip under Junior Alavarado to narrowly win in a time of 1:50.27. Not That Brady, who was always prominent and on the lead for over six furlongs while ridden by Reylu Gutierriz, finished a game second, holding off a surging Our Braintrust, who was never worse than third and appeared to hang a bit in deep stretch despite urging from Jose Lezcano. Tax's winning margin over Not That Brady was a head, and he was a neck better than Our Braintrust. Sir Winston came from last of seven to finish fourth, beaten five lengths.

The very comprehensive chart for the top three runners says, "Tax stumbled at the start and came under coaxing to be forwardly placed along the inside through the first turn and into the backstretch, tracked in the loose pocket patiently handled until placed to coaxing three furlongs from home, spun just off the inside into upper stretch, got forced to be taken in hand and paused at the three-sixteenths when placed in tight inside as Not That Brady drifted in, had that rival be corrected outwards and rallied up the inside to take narrow command a furlong out, dug in under threat from a pair through to the finish and repelled the duo gamely on the wire. Not That Brady broke  out at the start and came under coaxing in correction to be forwardly placed,  got  floated five wide into the opening bend by Our Braintrust, ranged up four then three wide through the first turn to seize command with seven furlongs to run tucking to the two path at that station, showed the way through moderate splits in hand just off the inside down the backstretch before tucking along the inside into the far turn, came under coaxing  at  the  five-sixteenths,  spun  just  off  the  inside  for  home  under  growing  threat,  drifted  in  forcing  Tax  to  be  taken  in  hand  in  tight  at  the three-sixteenths under threat from flanking challengers, got corrected and came out bumping Our Braintrust inside that station and was displaced from command, dug in trading leans with Our Braintrust under a near sided stick as that rival got directed under an off sided stick while latched on the leader through to the finish fighting on between foes but was ultimately rebuffed to the end. Our Braintrust broke on top and yielded command nearing the first turn while four wide into that bend floating Not That Brady five wide, had that rival clear outside and tucked three wide midway settling three wide in aim of the front, tucked to the two path half a mile from home, came under coaxing at the three-eighths, swung three to four wide into upper stretch, rallied the outermost of a trio latched on at the three-sixteenths, got bumped by Not That Brady just inside that station, dug in battling on to the finish trading leans under an off sided stick as Not That Brady employed a near sided stick but could not get by the top pair while clear of the rest."

In the Rebel Stakes on March 16, Our Braintrust finished last, beaten 19 1/4 lengths after backing up badly on the far turn.

March 22 NOTE: Trainer Casse told VSIN, "I didn't see it in the beginning, but I guess around the half-mile pole to the 4 1/2, as Game Winner came up beside him, he had to kind of check a little bit, and when he did he hit his left front ankle and put a little gash in it, and after the race he was significantly off. The good news is, the next morning he was fine. There's a good shot if all goes well, he'll show up in the Blue Grass."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 22, Our Braintrust 49:00 Breezing 3/6 at CAA
Jan. 26, Our Braintrust 48:80 Breezing 5/13 at CAA
Feb. 23, Our Braintrust 49:00 Breezing 5/9 at CAA
March 2, Our Braintrust 1.02:00 Breezing 1/4 at CAA
March 9, Our Braintrust 49:20 Breezing 5/12 at CAA
March 30, Our Braintrust 48:00 Breezing 5/48 at KEE

 

 



PHILOSOPHY (KY)
Trainer: Mark E. Casse
Owner: Stonestreet Stables LLC
Breeder: Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Speightstown (Gone West, Silken Cat (CAN))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Scarlett Tango (French Deputy, Silver Tango)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-5-7-0-0 (16) 3.57
Foal Date: May 7, 2016

$285,000 RNA Keeneland September 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

He won at second asking at Fair Grounds on Dec. 6 in a big effort that resulted in a 5 3/4-length margin over second finisher Vogt. At 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf, his time was 1:04.47.

On Jan. 11 at Fair Grounds, Philosophy and Corruze went into a 5 1/2 furlong allowance optional claimer on turf as 9-5 and 8-5 rivals, respectively, and it was Corruze who got the best of it, finishing first by 1 1/4 length under Joe Bravo in a time of 1:04.64 after being seventh at the first call. Meanwhile Philosophy, who set a pace of 22.51 before giving up the lead, came in fourth, beaten 3 3/4 lengths. All American Hero, who secured the lead after 3/8 mile, and Echo Alpha Six, who stalked the early pace, ran two-three.

In a 5 1/2-furlong allowance turfer at Fair Grounds on Feb. 10, Philosophy hit the gate, pressed the pace set by Ace Destroyer and won in 1:05.19 at even money under Shaun Bridgmohan. Tobacco Road and Corey Lanerie went three wide on the turn and six wide coming into the stretch, jumped in the air and ran on to finish second, beaten only a head. Uncapped was third, beaten only a half-length, and Ace Destroyer retreated to fourth, beaten 2 1/2 lengths. Seven ran.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 4, Philosophy 49.40 Breezing 15/39 at FG
Jan. 27, Philosophy 50:00 Breezing 35/69 at FG
Feb. 2, Philosophy 52:40 Breezing 157/169 at FG
March 1, Philosophy 50:20 Breezing sloppy 18/22 at FG
March 9, Philosophy 50:00 Breezing 52/98 at FG
March 15, Philosophy 50:00 Breezing 21/31 at FG
March 23, Philosophy 51:60 Breezing 38/43 at FG
March 30, Philosophy 51:40 Breezing 40/48 at KEE
May 17, Philosophy 47:60 Breezing 7/28 at KEE
May 24, Philosophy 50:60 Breezing 16/21 at KEE
June 1, Philosophy 1.03:00 Breezing 12/17 at KEE

 

 

 

PROLIFERATE (KY)
Trainer: Mark E. Casse
Owner: Gabe Grossberg
Breeder: Gabe Grossberg
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Declaration of War (War Front, Tempo West)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Rich City Girl (Carson City, Great Lady Slew)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 13-7-12-0-0 (32) 4.33
Foal Date: March 8, 2016

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

Ridden by Chris Landeros, he won at first asking at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 30 in a one-mile turf maiden special weight at 18-1 odds. It was a neck victory over 4-5 favorite Sea of Hope. The third finisher, Spindletop, was another 4 1/4 lengths back. The time was 1:37.62. The chart for the top two says "Proliferate raced two wide in first turn then rated near mid-pack positioned three wide through backstretch, raced three deep in second flight going by three eighths pole then let out and roused forward five wide nearing lead approaching turn for home, sent driving into stretch, dueled for top spot racing outside of Sea of Hope, dug in and edged away deep stretch. Sea of Hope saved ground in first turn, eager while rated in early stages, raced in range then made four wide bid leaving quarter pole, dueled for lead upper stretch, continued to battle inside of Proliferate, then lost edge late stages and failed to get back by, kept on with response for second best."

In a one-mile entry-level turf allowance at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 19, English Bee and Chris Landeros stalked the pace, with 9-5 favorite Proliferate, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., further back. They were two-to-three and five-to-seven lengths, respectively, back of a pace of 23.51 and 46.83. In the stretch, as English Bee inched up on the two early leaders, Champagneonme and Cable Channel, Proliferate swooped in to hook up with English Bee in the last hundred yards or so, and they provided a thrilling finish, with English Bee a neck the better at the wire. Longshot Shazier, at 36-1, added to the drama after he came flying late to take third, beaten only a half-length. The time was a solid 1:36.45.

March 9 NOTE: Scratched from today's Columbia Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 12, Proliferate 48:90 Breezing firm turf 18/32 at PMM
Feb. 5, Proliferate 50:65 Breezing 43/52 at PMM
Feb. 16, Proliferate 1.01:60 Breezing firm turf 5/9 at PMM
March 2, Proliferate 49:30 Breezing firm turf 32/52 at PMM

 

 

 

>RIONERO (KY)
Trainer: Brad H. Cox
Owner: Don Alberto Stable
Breeder: Don Alberto Corporation
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Declaration of War (War Front, Tempo West)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Regalo Mia (Sligo Bay (IRE), Shake It Up)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-4-9-2-0 (20) 2.08
Foal Date: Feb. 21, 2016

$200,000 RNA Keeneland September 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

After his Nov. 2 debut at Indiana Grand, finishing second, and a third-place finish at Fair Grounds on Dec. 26, he was a two-race maiden. In the latter race, at nine furlongs on firm turf, he was 3-1 and was beaten only a neck by Tom Management, who nosed out Cowboys Dream. The time was a slow 1:53.80.

Feb. 7 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 12, Rionero  51.40 Breezing 125/145 at FG
Jan. 19, Rionero 48:20 Breezing 1/89 at FG
Jan. 26, Rionero 48:80 Breezing 14/79 at FG

 

 

 


ROILAND (KY)
Trainer: Thomas M. Amoss
Owner: James and Mary Durlacher
Breeder: James M. Durlacher & Mary Durlacher
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Successful Appeal (Valid Appeal, Successful Dancer)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Anabranch (Congaree, Bayou Blues (CAN))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-1-4-0-0 (10) 4.00
Foal Date: Feb. 3, 2016


NEXT RACE:

Trainer Amoss has said he thought highly of Roiland before he even ran, but he said the colt's career debut at Indiana Grand on Aug. 31 opened his eyes. “He did something that you can’t do at Indiana Grand,” Amoss said. “In a sprint race, he came from well back to win going one turn in a sprint race, and you can’t do that there."

He finished second in an allowance race at Indiana Grand in his second start.

In Roiland's third start, Limonite was favored, but Roiland bested him by a neck going 1 1/16 mile in an allowance race at Churchill Downs on Oct. 28, winning the race in 1:45.84. On Jan. 13, trainer Amoss said, “The day he ran at Churchill might have been one of the few times in my life that I looked at a horse that was a huge longshot on the board and thought that he should have been 6-5.

Roiland's next start, and his final outing of 2018, was in the Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs. Upon reflection, trainer Amoss said, "He ran a troubled fifth." After breaking  slowly -- last of 14 -- he finished fifth to Signalman, who was followed across the finish line by Plus Que Parfait, Limonite and King for a Day. The winning time was 1:45.29 after initial pace fractions of 23.12, 46.83 and 1:12.33. The Equibase chart says Roiland "broke a bit slowly from the gate and trailed the field early on, shifted into the three path entering the lane and moved up in the stretch run."

Jan. 13 NOTE: Trainer Amoss said ahead of the LeComte Stakes, "He has progressed really well into his 3-year-old campaign and I am excited about this race, recognizing that he’ll be a longshot. I know it’s going to be big field, and I know that traffic is going to be an issue with a horse that comes from behind like him, but I think he has matured nicely, and I think when you look at him in the paddock, you will see a good looking, physical horse that is going to catch your eye.  I’ve always liked Roiland, he’s a very good looking physical specimen and he’s been a late bloomer and late running horse, so he’s been at a disadvantage in his early races and yet he can overcome that.”

In the mile and 70 yard LeComte Stakes at Fair Ground on Jan. 19, Roiland started very sluggishly and finished seventh, beaten 9 3/4 lengths by War of Will and a time of 1:43.44. The chart calls says he "was slow into stride, saved ground on the first turn, lagged at the rear, started the far turn in the two path, angled to the four path near the five-sixteenths, came six wide into the stretch and failed to threaten."

Feb. 13 NOTE: Trainer Amoss said, “The Lecomte was a disappointment. With 3-year-olds it’s always a learning process until you season them and understand them. The race was over after the first 200 yards. Instead of maybe having him 20 lengths off the lead, he’s 12 lengths off the lead this time and let his late run have some significance. I have not lost any confidence, but he has to show it in the afternoons.”

In the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 16, War of Will won, Country House was second, longshot Roiland third and Hog Creek Hustle fourth. War of Will broke well from post 13 and pursued front-runner Gun It -- who broke from post 14 -- and Dunph leaving the first turn, and the first quarter-mile run in 23.71. Up the backstretch, Gun It continued to lead the way, with War of Will in closest pursuit, followed by Dunph, Mr. Money and 10 others and the half-mile  gone in 47.36. Far back of those four were Country House, Roiland and Hog Creek Hustle. Into the far turn, War of Will took charge and led with six furlongs timed in 1:12.20 with Gun It, Mr. Money and Dunph about to fall away. War of Will opened a clear lead in the stretch. Country House, ridden by Luis Saez, came on strong to finish 2 1/4 lengths back of the winner after being in 11th position, almost 10 lengths off the lead, after the first half-mile and ninth on the far turn. Roiland, third by a total of 3 3/4 lengths under James Graham, was able to accomplish that at 69-1 odds when he came from dead last, 16 1/2 lengths off the pace, at the second call. Hog Creek Hustle ran his second straight credible two-turn race to come fourth, 2 1/4 lengths behind Roiland. He was 13th after the first half-mile.

James Graham: He didn’t break real good but finished off real well. We saved all the ground, but he’s still kind of figuring it out.”

Feb. 17 NOTE: Trainer Amoss said Roiland was in good condition on Sunday morning and that a decision on the Louisiana Derby is “up in the air”.

March 22 NOTE: Trainer Amoss said, “I don’t mind getting the rail. I’m disappointed there’s not more pace, particularly when there’s more pace in other preps, but you play the hand you’re dealt, so it’s important to position him a little closer earlier. I don’t envision him being in a different zip code, which is where we were last time.”

In the Louisiana Derby on March 23, Roiland was seventh or eighth at the first three calls and finished sixth, beaten 8 1/2 lengths by By My Standards. According to Equibase, the timer malfunctioned and the race was hand-timed. Reported early fractions set by Lemniscate, who finished last, were 23.63, 47.68 and 1:11.54. The final time was reported as 1:49.53.

In the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 13, Roiland finished sixth, a head behind Shang and beaten 8 1/4 lengths by Owendale. He was last of 10, 10 3/4 lengths off a moderate half-mile pace.

In the inaugural Oaklawn Invitational at Oaklawn Park, Roiland finished fifth, beaten 4 3/4 lengths by Laughing Fox after lagging at or near the back of the field during the early stages.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Roiland 59.40 Breezing 1/77 at FG
Jan. 12, Roiland 1:00.60 Breezing 3/77 at FG
Jan. 28, Roiland 37:20 Breezing 5/5 at FG
Feb. 3, Roiland 1.00:20 Breezing 4/51 at FG
Feb. 9, Roiland 48:20 Breezing 10/135 at FG
March 6, Roiland 48:20 Breezing 6/36 at FG
March 12, Roiland 1.15:20 Breezing 1/1 at FG
April 23, Roiland 49:60 Breezing 21/46 at CD

 

 

 

 

ROYAL MARINE (IRE)
Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor
Owner: Godolphin
Breeder: Godolphin
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie, Playa Maya)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Took (Giant's Causeway, Good Vibes)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 1-1-8-0-0 (10) 1.50
Foal Date: April 26, 2016


He broke his maiden at second asking in the Gary Reid Memorial British EBF Maiden Stakes at Doncaster on Sept. 14. Royal Marine went on to win the one-mile, Group 1 Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on Oct. 7 on turf rated good by a neck over Broome in his final start at age two. He was timed in 1:39.10. "Chased leader, ridden under two furlongs out, led 1 1/2 furlong out, kept on well, ridden out" by Oisin Murphy.

The one-mile UAE 2000 Guineas Trial on Jan. 10 yielded a dominant winner in Walking Thunder, now undefeated in three starts at Meydan Racecourse on dirt. Meanwhile, Royal Marine was making his first dirt start and finished a distant fourth. He started slowly and was pushed out wide in order to maintain position. Walking Thunder broke very well from the far outside stall 13 to stalk early leader Power Link before sweeping past early in the stretch and powering clear by nine lengths. Manguzi finished a hard-trying second on short rest for trainer Ali Rashid Al Rayhi, while Doug Watson's Al Seel Legacy’s got by 8-11 favorite Royal Marine for third in the final strides. The Factor’s three-quarter brother Power Link, who set the pace, retreated to fifth. Red Cactus, Burj, Giant Hero, Rayig, Faith and Fortune, Dark Thunder, Galaxy Road and Nitro completed the order of finish.

Christophe Soumillon said of the Saeed bin Suroor: “We got off to a slow start and he finished well in the end. He needed that run. We basically lost any chance at the start. We were short of room after starting slowly, so I had to take him wide to get racing room. The trainer will decide where he goes next."

 

 

 

SEISMIC JOLT (FL)
Trainer: David Fawkes
Owner: e Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables LLC
Breeder: Ocala Stud
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Kantharos (Lion Heart, Contessa Halo)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Valid Concorde (Concorde's Tune, Valid Silk)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-0-2-0-0 (4) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 6, 2016

$800,000 OBS April 2018


NEXT RACE:

First time out, he set a pressured pace in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race on turf before tiring to fourth at Saratoga on Aug. 13. Transferred from Mark Casse to trainer Fawkes, Seismic Jolt finished second in a five-furlong turf sprint at Gulfstream Park West,  2 3/4 lengths behind next-out winner Gladiator King, who went on to win the Inaugural Stakes on the main track at Tampa Bay Downs.

He came through with a victory at six furlongs on dirt on Dec. 7 in his third career start. Seismic Jolt powered his way to a front-running, 5 1/2-length triumph at Gulfstream Park, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione for the first time. Seismic Jolt broke from the rail, and the result was never in doubt.

Jan. 3 NOTE: Trainer Fawkes said, “We learned a lot about him real fast. He was very green, and he’s coming around. He’s really, really growing up to be a nice little horse. I had him one time (his second career start) and ran him on the grass, and he hooked that horse that came back and won an a-other-than. He ran in New York (sixth in the Remsen) and then they ran him back at Tampa and he won again, so that horse is OK. Seismic Jolt doesn’t really want to run that short, so we ran him three-quarters and he was able to break clear and Tyler got a nice hold of him, and he likes that. It was a nice race. This (upcoming Limehouse Stakes) is a non-winners of a sweepstakes so it’s a good race for him."

In the Jan. 5 Limehouse Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Seismic Jolt was much the best. After he broke outwardly from post 5 under Tyler Gaffalione, he was soon very much into the race and was fourth but only a length off a pace of 22.28 after a quarter-mile. With a half-mile gone in 46.11, he led by a length, and he improved from there to win by 3 1/2, timed in 1:11.28 for six furlongs. Running for Riz, Mercusio and Combination, who were 1-2-3 in front of Seismic Jolt after that first quarter-mile, finished fifth, seventh and fourth, respectively, beaten 8 1/4 to 34 1/4 lengths. Splicethemainbrace, who tracked the winner throughout, finished second. Final Jeopardy, seventh of seven at the first call, finished third, beaten 5 3/4 lengths. Combination was fourth, beaten 8 1/2 lengths.

David Fawkes: “On paper the race came up tough. He worked excellent last week. He’s been moving forward. If you look at the progression of his races, even off his first race, he’s been moving forward with each race. As long as he keeps his progression, we’ll be all right."

Tyler Gaffalione: "The horse broke real alertly. There was a lot of speed in the race, and he likes to run into the bit so I just let him get underneath himself and took a nice hold. When we got to the turn, I was four wide and I had a lot of horse, so I just let him out a little bit and he finished the rest. All the credit goes to Dave and his team, managing this horse. I let him run just a little bit (on the turn) because I was four wide and there was a couple horses tiring, so I was trying to get by them, and man, I had a lot of horse.”

Jan. 9 NOTE: Trainer Fawkes said to DRF.com, “He looks fabulous and is really improving. I don’t know how far he’ll want to go, but he’s handling everything we’ve asked of him so far.”

Jan. 31 NOTE: Trainer Fawkes said, “He’s been training excellent. In fact, I think he’s moved forward since his last race. I loved the way he ran (in the Limehouse Stakes), because he was just sitting. Tyler got him where he had to be. He could take back or just go. He barely shook the reins at him. He just sat there. As soon as he gave him the slightest cue, he was where he wanted him to be. (Thinking back on turf sprints early in Seismic Jolt's career), I don’t think the horse can’t run on turf. I think the distance was a factor. He doesn’t want to go five-eighths. He wants to break and be reeled in a little bit. When you’re going five-eighths, you don’t have a chance to reel anybody in.”

In the seven-furlong Swale Stakes on Feb. 2, Seismic Jolt was compromised when bumped hard at the start. He was far back early and managed to finish sixth, beaten nine lengths.

March 7 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

On June 1 at Gulfstream Park, Garter and Tie won the 6 1/2-furlong Ocala Stakes by 10 1/2 lengths going away, timed in 1:15.92. He rallied well off the pace before drawing off. Seismic Jolt, making his first start since winter, was second. Sent off as the 7-5 favorite, Garter and Tie and Jeffrey Sanchez settled far off a fast early pace set by Leaky Cup, who was pressed by Gladiator King while posting 21.93 and 44.65 splits. Seismic Jolt, the 5-2 second choice ridden by Edgard Zayas, stalked the pace along the backstretch, made a sweeping move to the lead on the turn into the homestretch, but Garter and Tie overpowered his competition.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 25, Seismic Jolt 1.02:58 Breezing good 25/34 at GP
April 24, Seismic Jolt 38:88 Breezing 9/13 at ST
May 11, Seismic Jolt 50:60 Breezing 1/1 at ST
May 27, Seismic Jolt 1.01:65 Breezing 1/4 at GP

 

 



SEVEN SCENTS (KY)
Trainer: Craig Lewis
Owner: Six-S Racing Stable & Shirley A. Barron
Breeder: FPF LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Goldencents (Into Mischief, Golden Works (CAN))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Forever Vow (Broken Vow, Charmander)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-4-3-1-0 (10) 3.00
Foal Date: March 24, 2016

$38,000 Keeneland November 2016
$70,000 Keeneland September 2017
$40,000 Barrett's April 2018

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

He broke his maiden in his third start, which came at Los Alamitos on Sept. 6. He got one mile on dirt in 1:36.82 under Giovanni Franco. He stalked and pounced en route to victory. Magnificent McCool finished second, beaten a length. The third finisher was another nine lengths back.

He finished third twice and second once in his next three races, the Barretts Juvenile Stakes at Los Al, the Sunny Slope Stakes at Santa Anita and a one-mile turf allowance at Del Mar on Nov. 12.

On Jan. 11 in an allowance optional claimer at Santa Anita, Seven Scents blitzed down the hill, getting the 6 1/2 furlongs on turf in 1:12.60 at 4-1 odds under Giovanni Franco. Vantastic, at 3-5, finished second under Flavien Prat, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, and the third finisher another half-length back was Neptune's Storm with Kent Desormeaux up. Initial fractions were 21.64, 43.60 and 1:06.37. Six ran. The chart for these three says: "Seven Scents dueled three deep, took the lead alongside a rival into the stretch, inched away while drifting out then in from the whip in the final furlong and  held  gamely.  Vantastic  stalked  outside  a  rival,  came  three  deep  into  the  stretch,  angled  in  some  in  midstretch  and  edged  a  rival  for  the  place. Neptune's Storm had good early speed and dueled between horses then inside into the stretch, could not match the winner in the drive and was edged
for second."

 

 


SHANG (LA)
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Owner: Heiligbrodt, L. William and Corinne
Breeder: Cloyce C. Clark Jr.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Shanghai Bobby (Harlan's Holiday, Steelin')
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Humble Janet (Humble Eleven, Humble Retha)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 1-3-1-1-0 (6) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 3, 2016

$90,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

After finishing second in his debut, his first win came in his second start, and that took place at Fair Grounds on Dec. 8 against fellow Louisiana-breds at six furlongs timed in 1:11.92. With Shaun Bridgmohan up, he defeated eight others at odds of 6-5. His winning margin was 2 3/4 lengths over Inspector Eddie. The chart says he "showed good speed, set the pace under pressure, vied inside on the turn, shook clear in upper stretch and proved best under strong urging."

On Jan. 13, Shang faced winners for the first time in an allowance optional claimer at six furlongs, and he was a three-length, wide-trip, going-away winner from off the pace, timed in 1:11.50 under Ricardo Santana, Jr.  Boston Repo was second at 5-2, and Brother Richie was third, another five lengths back. The chart says Shang "brushed the outside of the gat  then was hustled, settled under some urging, went  two then three wide on the turn, came under stronger encouragement near the five-sixteenths, rallied six wide into the stretch, drifted in while gaining coming to the  furlong marker, took the lead  near the sixteenth-pole then drew clear under strong handling."

In the  Premier Night Prince Stakes at Delta Downs on Feb. 9, with Diego Saenz aboard, 7-2 second choice Shang ran down 3-5 favorite Classy John and Corey Lanerie in deep stretch to win by neck. The one-mile time was 1:39.54. Shang was never more than 2 1/2 lengths back, but Classy John was unable to hold the lead after passing the furlong marker 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Shang. Race was for Louisiana-breds.

In the Crescent City Derby on March 23 at Fair Grounds, Shang was sent off at 1-5 odds facing 10 fellow Louisiana-breds, and he won by a margin of 8 3/4 lengths under Jose Ortiz. He was timed in 1:44.62 for the 1 1/16 mile after stalking the pace during the first half-mile.

In the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 13, Shang finished fifth, beaten 8 1/4 lengths by Owendale. He ran about mid-pack in the field of 10 throughout the race and lost ground in the late stages.

In the inaugural Oaklawn Invitational at Oaklawn Park, Shang finished 10th, beaten 15 3/4 lengths by Laughing Fox, after running midpack earlier in the race.

At 3-5 odds, Shang, won the Cheval Stakes at Louisiana Downs on May 25, rewarding the faith of the betting public with a victory by one length over Power Jet after coming from off the pace. Power Jet tried to go last-to-first, but his challenge was rebuffed easily by Shang, who finished the one mile race in 1:38.26 with Richard Eramia aboard.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 28, Shang 1.01:80 Breezing 14/35 at FG
Feb. 4, Shang 51:00 Breezing 18/19 at FG
Feb. 25, Shang 1.01:00 Breezing 6/18 at FG
March 4, Shang 1.01:40 Breezing 6/24 at FG
March 11, Shang 1.00:40 Breezing 6/28 at FG
March 18, Shang 50:20 Breezing 47/66 at FG
April 6, Shang 1.01:40 Breezing 13/31 at CD
April 24, Shang 59:80 Breezing 1/19 at OP
May 15, Shang 50:80 Breezing 31/40 at LAD

 

 

 

SHARP PROSPECT (KY)
Trainer: Joe Sharp
Owner: Barry and Joni Butzow
Breeder: Winchester Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday, Leslie's Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Boom Town Girl (Unbridled, Once To Often)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 9-7-4-0-2 (22) 4.50
Foal Date: Feb. 13, 2016

$100,000 Keeneland November 2016
$90,000 Keeneland September 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

Sharp Prospect started his career by not winning any of his four starts in 2018, but he hit the board twice. After debuting in a one-mile maiden at Churchill Downs in September, he finished third in a seven-furlong outing at Keeneland in October. Back at Churchill Downs in November, he ran fifth at 5-2 odds in his two-turn debut. At Fair Grounds in December, he finished a length second behind Swordsman after that one was timed in 1:48.10 for 1 1/16 mile.

Sharp Prospect finally broke his maiden on Jan. 19 at Fair Grounds. With Adam Beschizza aboard and running against 10 others, Sharp Prospect was sent off at 4-1 odds. After being bumped at the break, they stalked a pace of 24.00 and 48.49 set by the eventual last-place finisher, Strong Arm. Leaving the turn, Sharp Prospect was in the lead after six furlongs in 1:14.16, and he completed the mile and 70 yards in 1:44.16 on a good-sealed track, best by 4 1/2 lengths. This compares to 1:43.44 on a track rated fast for LeComte winner War of Will later on the card. The chart says Sharp Prospect "was bumped at the start, went three wide on the first turn, settled towards the front, ranged up while three wide on the far turn, made a bid at the five-sixteenths, led in the five path into the stretch then kicked clear and proved much the best under steady urging."

Feb. 17 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Sharp Prospect 1:01.40 Breezing 14/77 at FG
Jan. 12, Sharp Prospect 1:01.40 Breezing 18/77 at FG
Feb. 2, Sharp Prospect 48:60 Breezing 19/169 at FG

 

 



SOMBEYAY (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Starlight Racing
Breeder: J. D. Stuart & Mueller Farms, Inc.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday, Leslie's Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Teroda (Limehouse, Leza)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 0-1-1-0-0 (2) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 13, 2016

$125,000 Keeneland November 2016
$230,000 Keeneland September 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

Sombeyay won his debut, a 6 1/4-length romp on April 27 at Gulfstream Park. That was followed by a runner-up effort in his stakes debut when he recovered from a stumble to miss by three-quarters of a length to Our Braintrust in the Tremont on June 8 at Belmont Park.

Sombeyay, the 5-2 favorite in a field of seven, finished well to narrowly win the Sanford at Saratoga on July 21 after a patient and confident ride by Javier Castellano. After Sombeyay stumbled at the start, Bano Solo and Strike Silver, both winners in their only starts, battled on the front end with fractions of 22.26 and 45.49. After they clocked 57.64 at the five-eighths mark, Castellano received all he needed for the stretch run, completing six furlongs on the fast main track in 1:10.35 and winning over Strike Silver by a short neck after Bano Solo retreated. Strike Silver finished 3 1/4 lengths ahead of Whiskey Echo. Bano Solo faded to fourth. Knicks Go, Lexitonian and Chase Greatness completed the order of finish.

Todd Pletcher: "I thought he ran really well. Showed a little more speed than I thought he would. Javier had to take a bit of a hold on him at one point, but when he took him out, he finished up nicely. I think in these early 2-year-old races, experience is huge. Having two starts compared to others with only one, I think that helped today. I think it hurt him a little the last time when he stumbled, you could argue that it helped him today. I think the Hopeful would be the next logical step with three starts under his belt if he was tearing the barn down, we'll see.

"He's not a particularly impressive workhorse in the mornings. He's always run better than he breezes. I'm perfectly happy with that as long as he's happy and healthy and continues to perform in the afternoons. But, he's not one that would blow you away in the mornings."

Javier Castellano: "It was perfect. He broke good out of the gate and put me in the right position. Today, I didn't want to be too far back. It worked out the way we wanted today. When I asked, he took off. I loved the way he finished. He's a good come-from-behind horse. It was very satisfying. I give all the credit to Todd. I never rode this horse before, and Todd [Pletcher] gave me the instructions."

In the Hopeful Stakes on Sept. 3 at Saratoga, Sombeyay finished fourth, beaten beaten 3 1/2 lengths by Mind Control, with Mucho and Nitrous running two-three. With Javier Castellano up, the chart says, "Sombeyay lightly coaxed along chasing two to three wide from mid pack, got set down three wide at the quarter pole, shied out under a near sided stick nearing the eighth pole and kept on to secure the last major share."

On Oct. 6, Knicks Go won the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity at 70-1 odds. Under Albin Jiminez, he set a comfortable pace -- without much pressure -- and led throughout before prevailing by 5 1/2 lengths. Signmalman was second after lagging behind in sixth during the early going and then having some momentum-costing trouble leaving the turn. Standard Deviation was third after closing from 11th of 13, beaten 6 1/4 lengths. Sombeyay, fourth and beaten 7 3/4 lengths, saved ground and tracked Knicks Go around the first turn, down the backstretch and around the far turn when he was jammed on both sides before breaking free.

The chart call: "came out start, tracked off rail, bumped 1/4, altered four path, weakened."

Luis Saez: “I had a pretty good trip. He was in a great spot. At the three-eighths pole we got squeezed when we tried to make a move. It was pretty tight right there. But he did make his move. He ran all right.”

Jan. 8 NOTE: No workouts showing.

Jan. 18 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said, "He's doing fine. He just started back in training at my dad's training center in Ocala. I'd say he's a little late to the party to get on the Triple Crown scene, but hopefully we'll see him at Belmont in the spring."

In the May 12 Gold Fever Stakes at Belmont Park, Sombeyay finiished last of five, beaten 26 lengths by Wendell Fong on a track rated sloppy.

In the Lookin at Lucky Stakes at Monmouth Park on June 3, Sombeyay was beaten a nose by Bronzed. Those two contested the lead throughout. Ridden by Joe Bravo, Sombeyay had his head in front of Bronzed and Nik Juarez the last two furlongs but lost the bob. The six furlongs was timed in 1:10.07. Six ran.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

March 25, Sombeyay  39:99 Breezing 10/10 at PBD
April 1, Sombeyay 37:10 Breezing 6/8 at PBD
April 8, Sombeyay 49:52 Breezing 3/10 at PBD
April 14, Sombeyay 50:48 Breezing 4/7 at PBD
April 20, Sombeyay 1.01:33 Breezing 1/4 at PBD
April 26, Sombeyay 1.01:07 Breezing 5/6 at PBD
May 3, Sombeyay 1.00:25 Breezing firm turf 1/2 at PBD
May 25, Sombeyay 49:32 Breezing 13/88 at BEL

 

 

 



SOUPER JACKPOT (FL)
Trainer: Mark E. Casse
Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Breeder: Live Oak Stud
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Ghostzapper (Awesome Again (CAN), Baby Zip)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Slewfoundmoney (Seeking the Gold, Borodislew)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-4-14-0-0 (26) 2.71
Foal Date: Feb. 9, 2016

A half-brother to multiple graded stakes winner Awesome Slew


He won at second asking sprinting on Nov. 7 at Churchill Downs.

Third time out, under Irad Ortiz, Jr., he sustained a narrow neck loss to Garter and Tie in the one-mile, one-turn Smooth Air at Gulfstream Park on Dec.  8. He was always prominent and had a narrow lead leaving the turn. The winner was fifth of seven at the first call.

Dec. 29 NOTE: Trainer Casse's assistant Jamie Begg said soon after Souper Jackpot was shipped from Florida to New York, "He showed a lot of speed in that race, dueling for a bit, and ended up winning it. It was the same type of race at Gulfstream, where he was dueling, but unfortunately came up on the wrong end of that. I haven't had him that long, but he's the barn favorite down in Florida, and it's apparent when you deal with him that he's pretty classy. He's been to the training track at Belmont for the last two days. All the major work was done down in Florida, so he's ready to roll, we're just getting him over the training track here a little bit. He acts like a good horse. He shows speed, but I don't think we'll force him to do it if he doesn't want to be there."

In the Jan. 1 Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct, Souper Jackpost and Junior Alvarado contested Mind Control's pace of 24.16, 48.40 and 1:13.78 before fading in the stretch to finish fifth of six, beaten 8 3/4 lengths by Mind Control and a time of 1:39.06 The chart call: "Souper Jackpot traded a bump at the break with Gates of Dawn, led early on while in hand and was headed for the front six and a half furlongs from home, attended the leader while well off the inside down the backstretch nine then eight paths, tucked to the three path half a mile from home, came under coaxing at the three-eighths, swung three wide at the head of the stretch and weakened in the drive."

Feb. 10 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 18, Souper Jackpot 49:40 Breezing 10/38 at PMM
Feb. 15, Souper Jackpot 49:00 Breezing 10/38 at PMM

 

 

 

SPECTACULAR GEM (KY)
Trainer: James Baker
Owner: Candie A. Baker
Breeder: Ledgelands, LLC & Andrew Ritter
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Can the Man (Into Mischief, Smolensk)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Blackhawk Honey (Malabar Gold, Truly Something)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-5-5-0-0 (14) 4.60
Foal Date: April 5, 2016

$20,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:


He won at first asking sprinting at Ellis Park on Sept. 3, then was winless in four straight allowance optional claiming races, running third or fourth each time, at Keeneland, Churchill Downs and Fair Grounds.

On Jan. 12 in an allowance optional claiming race going "about one mile" on firm turf at Fair Grounds, Spectacular Gem woke up from four straight losses and romped to win by six lengths, with blinkers added, at 18-1 odds in a time of 1:41.54 under Joe Rocco, Jr. in a field of 11. Rocco dropped his whip in upper stretch. After prompting the pace of 25.25 and 49.27 set by Big Bobby Brown, Spectacular Gem siezed the lead on the turn and drew off. Landofthepharaohs and James Graham finished second after a wide trip and rating in fifth, seven or eights lenghs back of the pace for the first half-mile. Another 2 3/4 lengths back at the finish was Johny's Bobby and Luiz Saez, who rallied from 10th, 14 lengths off the early pace, in a ground-saving trip. Ian Glass rounded out the top four, another 3 3/4 lengths back, after rating in third for the first six furlongs and tiring in the stretch.

Jan. 31 NOTE: Trainer Baker said, “I call him my wonder horse, because I wonder what the difference was (last race): the blinkers or the turf. We did two changes with him last time, so I don’t k now which one worked the best. Obviously both of them worked, but I don’t know which one worked better. I thought he would run well. It was his sixth start, and he’s never put in a poor effort. When you switch surfaces like that, you don’t know how they’re going to handle it."

Following two unplaced efforts against stakes company over the main track, Marquee Prince, at 2-1 odds, made a successful return to turf when taking the Lloyd ‘Captain’ Maestri Memorial Overnight Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 2. Guided by jockey Florent Geroux, Marquee Prince broke from the rail and settled to the inside while tracking in fourth only three lengths off the pace set by Vivid Verse, a moderate 24.64. As Marquee Prince began inching his way closer to the front, Spectacular Gem took command and led the half in 49.61. At the top of the stretch, Marquee Prince was only an length off the pacesetter and, under strong urging from Geroux, was able to get past Spectacular Gem in the final half-furlong to win by 1 1/4 length. He completed the one mile journey in 1:39.48. Spectacular Gem was second, and Bluegrass Parkway was a troubled third.

On March 2 at Fair Grounds, the Black Gold Stakes came off the turf and went to 3-2 favorite Marquee Prince, who ran 1:39.02 under Florent Geroux for the mile on a track rated fast. Tobacco Road was a contentious second mid-stretch but faded a bit beaten 3 1/4 lengths with Corey Lanerie up, and  under Joe Rocco, Jr., another 1 1/2 length back. Six ran.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 2, Spectacular Gem 1:01.00 Breezing 1/12 at FG
Jan. 24, Spectacular Gem 48:80 Breezing 5/22 at FG
Feb. 14, Spectacular Gem 49:40 Breezing 23/62 at FG
March 13, Spectacular Gem 51:00 Breezing 21/22 at FG
March 19, Spectacular Gem 50:20 Breezing 10/15 at FG
April 4, Spectacular Gem 47:80 Breezing 1/28 at CD
April 23, Spectacular Gem, 49:20 Breezing 18/46 at CD

 

 

 

SUPERIOR (KY)
Trainer: Ahmad bin Harmash
Owner: Phoenix Ladies Syndicate
Breeder: Judy Hicks & Kathryn Nikkel
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Majesticperfection (Harlan's Holiday, Act So Noble)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Tiz Fate (Tiznow, Polly Adler)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 0-0-0-0-0 (0) Infinite
Foal Date: March 4, 2016

$5,000 Keeneland September 2017
$50,000 OBS April 2018
Same ownership as Walking Thunder


NEXT RACE:

As a juvenile, he was the winner of one race in one start, a maiden outing at one mile sponsored by Longines Ladies Master Collection at Meydan on Nov. 8. In a field of six, he beat Martial Art by a half-length while ridden by Connor Beasley. The race was timed in 1:41.26. "Tracked leader, smooth progress three furlongs out, led 1 1/2 furlong out, ran on well." The race was worth £19,959.68 to the winner. All six runners were bred in North America

Jan. 15 NOTE: Trainer bin Harmash said, “We will keep Walking Thunder and Superior separated until the UAE Derby. Superior will go to the Al Bastakiya Trial. We don’t need to run them together. They’re two good horses. We will run them until they both qualify for the UAE Derby and then they can face each other.”

In the 1 3/16-mile Al Bastakiya Trial at Meydan on Jan. 24, Superior, ridden by Connor Beasley, was always prominent into the stretch, but couldn't keep up with the top two. Manguzi (FR), who was second by nine lengths to UAE Derby hopeful Walking Thunder last time out, held off Estihdaaf by one-half length. It was far back to the next three finishers: Third finisher Victory Command was beaten 13 lengths, Grecko was beaten 17 1/2 lengths, and Superior was next, another two lengths back. Fourteen ran. Manguzi won in 1:59.59.

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

In the Al Bastakiya on March 9, Superior tracked pacesetter The Song of John up the back and around the turn and took the lead at the top of the stretch. Manguzi soon challenged him, but the filly Divine Image overtook both of them and quickly separated herself to win by 7 1/4 lengths. Superior stayed on to finish second and complete a Kentucky-bred exacta, a length in front of Manguzi. Al Hayette, a huge longshot, was another 11 lengths back in fourth. Fourteen ran. The winning time for 1 3/16 mile was 1:59.07. The winner, Divine Image, may be bound for the Kentucky Oaks.

Connor Beasley, jockey of Superior: “He jumped pretty smartly and traveled great throughout the race. I probably got to the front earlier than ideal. Take nothing away from the horse. He’s run his third start and didn’t run the best last time, but there were excuses for that. He showed his class today. Obviously, the winner has won well, but she had only 53 (kilograms) on her back and has a lot more experience than my fellow.”

March 26 NOTE:  Stable jockey Connor Beasley, the only rider to have been associated with the stable's UAE Derby trio of UAE Derby entries, has opted for Superior, leaving Oisin Murphy to be called up for Golden Jaguar. Frankie Detorri was recruited to ride Walking Thunder.

March 28 NOTE: Among Walking Thunder, Superior and Golden Jaguar, stable jockey Connor Beasley opted for Superior. He said, “It was a difficult choice among the three because they have given me some good days, and there is not a lot between them. Superior is learning his trade all the while and definitely stays the Derby distance of 1900 meters. I felt that of the three, he would be the one who would take me through the race and get the trip. I was happy with that last run because, as I say, he’s still learning and maybe we went to the front a little too soon."

On March 30 in the UAE Derby at Meydan, Superior was as close as fourth during the intitial stages of the race, but he couldn't keep up around the far turn and in the stretch. He finished eighth, beaten 13 3/4 lengths.

Connor Beasley: “He travelled very well, but once they quickened away on the bend, he kept on the one pace. It’s only the fourth start of his life. He’s going to be a nice horse for next year for sure.”

 

 



TALE OF THE UNION (NY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Michael Lund Petersen
Breeder: Avanti Stable
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Union Rags (Dixie Union, Tempo)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Tanglewood Tale (Tale of the Cat, Dreambride)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-3-6-1-0 (14) 2.50
Foal Date: Feb. 16, 2016

$90,000 Fasig-Tipton New York August 2017
$925,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2018

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

On Aug. 26, sprinting at Del Mar, TDN says he "powered away to a convincing eight-length tally." Ofter a less-than-lightning break from the gate, he and Stubbins battled through splits of 22.24 and 45.37 before he drew off to win in 1:03.81 under pretty much a hand ride. The Baffert-trained firster Mucho Gusto was a veterinarian scratch from this race.

Jan. 8 NOTE: There were no more races for Tale of the Union in 2018. Worktab is empty.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

June 8, Tale of the Union 36:40 Handily 4/21 at LA

 

 

 

 

TIKHVIN FLEW (KY)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Owner: Bloom Racing Stable & Madaket Stables LLC
Breeder: Mineola Farm II, LLC & Silent Grove Farms, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Street Sense (Street Cry (IRE), Bedazzle)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Chatique (Deputy Minister, Chateaubaby)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-0-10-0-0 (14) 1.80
Foal Date: April 18, 2016

$110,000 Keeneland September 2017
$240,000 RNA OBS April 2018


NEXT RACE: Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 13

On Jan. 4, Tikhvin Flew won his debut by 1 3/4 length going seven furlongs at the Big A.

On Feb. 9, he Tikhvin Flew finished a third to Haikal and another horse whose name is difficult to spell, Joevia, beaten two lengths in the Jimmy Winkfield Stakes, also at seven furlongs. Family Biz was another 2 1/2 lengths back in fourth. Seven ran. The chart says he "chased three to four wide coming under coaxing at the five-sixteenths, swung three wide into upper stretch, rallied to issue a challenge and loom outside a pair a furlong from home, battled on to the sixteenth pole before being steadily repelled (by the top two) to the finish while clear for the show honors."
 
Feb. 22 NOTE:
Assistant trainer Toby Sheets said, "I think he will stretch out well. We're going to play it by ear until we get the entries for the race, but he's continued to look good in the mornings and we'll cross our fingers that he maintains his good form heading into the race."

In the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 9, Tikhvin Flew finished sixth, beaten 10 3/4 lengths by Haikal after fourth or fifth at each call and gradually losing ground.

In the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 13, Tikhvin Flew finished eighth, beaten 23 1/2 lengths by Omaha Beach on a sloppy track.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 13, Tikhvin Flew 51.58     Breezing 69/77 training track at BEL
Jan. 27, Tikhvin Flew 1:01.05 Breezing 1/11 training track at BEL
Feb. 3, Tikhvin Flew 49.25 Breezing 36/106 training track at BEL
Feb. 18, Tikhvin Flew 52.80 Breezing 23/24 training track at BEL

 

 

 

TROPHY CHASER (KY)
Trainer: Juan Carlos Avila
Owner: Juan Carlos Avila
Breeder: Overbrook Farm & Kildare Stud
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Twirling Candy (Candy Ride, Houes of Danzing)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): European Union (Successful Appeal, Circle of Gold)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-1-4-0-0 (8) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 24, 2016

$35,000 Keeneland November 2016
$55,000 RNA Keeneland September 2017
$42,000 OBS March 2018


NEXT RACE:

In his second start, Trophy Chaser broke his maiden by over 15 lengths on August 25 at Gulfstream Park. He got a very high speed figure after being timed in 1:09.50 for six furlongs.

Next time out, Trophy Chaser regressed and finished an evenly-run, non-threatening fifth in the Champagne Stakes.

He bounced back to come in second behind Improbable, who won the Los Alamitos Futurity next time out, in the one-mile, one-turn Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2.

On Jan. 5 in the one-mile, one-turn Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Mihos emerged triumphant as the 5-2 second choice. He broke well from the outside post six but was five lengths off the 23.00 pace set by Gladiator King and attended by Well Defined and Trophy Chaser. After those three burned through the half in 45.53, Mihos was only 1 1/4 length back in fifth. Mihos remained in that position in the turn, 2 1/2 lengths back of the new leader, Trophy Chaser. Those two hit the furlong marker one-two, with 2 1/2 lengths still separating them, but Mihos finally wore down Trophy Chaser to win by a half-length in a time of 1:37.56. Garter and Tie, who was just behind the eventual winner headed toward and through the turn, rallied to finish third, beaten 2 1/2 lengths. Code of Honor and Well Defined were a very close fourth and third up the backstretch but started losing ground at that point. Code of Honor finished fourth, beaten 7 3/4 lengths. Well Defined was fifth, beaten 12. Gladiator King faded to last, beaten 20 1/2 lengths. The chart says Trophy Chaser "pressed the pace outside Gladiator King and Well Defined, wrested command past the five-sixteenths, drew well clear through upper stretch, stayed on gamely but could not contain the winner in the last strides.

Feb. 17 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 19, Trophy Chaser 48:00 Breezing 1/21 at GPW

 

 

 

UNCLE BENNY (KY)
Trainer: Jason Servis
Owner: Beach Haven Thoroughbreds LLC
Breeder: Peter Magnier
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Declaration of War (War Front, --)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Celebrity Cat (Storm Cat, --)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index:
Foal Date: Jan. 11, 2016

$185,000 Fasig-Tipton New York August 2018

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

He broke his maiden at first asking sprinting at Monmouth Park on Aug. 24.

On Oct. 7, was switched to turf and won the six furlong Futurity at Belmont Park.

In his final outing of 2018, Uncle Benny finished a very close second to Line of Duty in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf after coming from 10th of 14 behind a first half-mile run in a moderate 48.46. He finished a neck ahead of Somelikeithotbrown. The chart says he "bobbled at the break, settled off the pace, edged up between foes nearing the far turn, angled in towards the hedge while gaining mid turn, steadied hard nearing the quarter pole, came back out while making a run past the three sixteenths, drifted in a bit then was carried out by the  leader inside the sixteenth pole, drifted briefly exchanging contact with the winner in deep stretch and just missed between rivals.

Feb. 7 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 19, Uncle Benny 39.85 Breezing 25/28 at PMM

 

 

 

VAN BEETHOVEN (ON)
Trainer: Aidan P. O'Brien
Owner: Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier & Michael Tabor
Breeder: Ballycroy Training Centre
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Scat Daddy (Johannesburg, Love Style)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): My Sister Sandy, (Montbrook, Melegant)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-3-8-1-0 (18) 2.60
Foal Date: Feb. 19, 2016


NEXT RACE:

He raced eigth times as a 2-year-old winning twice. The first win came in his second start, which came at Naas on May 7 when he prevailed by 3 1/2 lenths on a good-to-yielding turf course at six furlongs. Only five ran. The winning time was 1:14.50.

The other win was in the Group 2 Railway Stakes at Curragh on June 30. Following that, he was seventh in the Group 2 Arqana Stakes at at Newmarket on July 12; fifth in the Group 2 Qatar Vintage Stakes at Goodwood on July 31; and fourth in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on September 15. The latter race concluded his juvenile campaign.

After the Railway Stakes win, trainer O'Brien said, "In an ideal world he might have preferred a stronger pace. Ryan (Moore) said he was a little keen, but he galloped home. A stronger pace would have suited him better."

In the March 6 Patton Stakes at Dundalk, Van Beethoven made his first start of the year and finished fourth, beaten 2 1/4 lengths going a one-turn mile on synthetic track. Van Beethoven's regular rider Ryan Moore was aboard the favorite, Western Australia, for the first time, while Donnacha O'Brien was up on Van Beethoven. Playa del Puente won by a half-length over Western Australia (IRE). Numerian (IRE) finished third, another 1 3/4 length back, nosing out Van Beethoven. Another head back was Cofler Me (IRE), folowed by Manjeer (IRE), Barys (GB) and Albequerque (IRE). The race was timed in 1:37.37. After sitting off the pace in third or fourth in the initial stages, Playa del Puente surged in the stretch to take the lead. Colfer Me led into the stretch by three lengths and for a few moments maintained that advantage while looking like a winner, only to drift out, perhaps bothering Western Australia a bit. No objections were filed and no inquiry was made.

The chart call: "Held up in touch, raced keenly early, disputed fifth at halfway, going well in fifth three furlongs out, pushed along in fourthth over two furlongs out, soon ridden and no impression on leaders in fifth well inside final furlong, kept on into fourth final strides, just failed for third."

March 26 NOTE: Trainer O'Brien said, “Van Beethoven will come on from his run in the Patton Stakes at Dundalk earlier in the month. Up in distance, we think this race will suit him.”

On March 30 in the UAE Derby at Meydan, Van Beethoven found himself near the back and wide during the early going, and he never overcame it, finishing ninth, beaten 17 lengths.

Ryan Moore: “Missed the break.”

 

 



VANTASTIC (FL)
Trainer: Peter Eurton
Owner: Ciaglia Racing LLC, Sharon Alesia & Paul Van Doren
Breeder: David Berman
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Dialed In (Mineshaft, Miss Doolittle)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Lemon Secretary (CAN) (Lemon Drop Kid, Sadler's Secretary (IRE))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-3-12-4-0 (24) 1.40
Foal Date: Feb. 5, 2016

$45,000 RNA Keeneland September 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

He was a winner in his second start, a maiden special weight down the hill at Santa Anita on Oct. 20 in 1:12.89. Bob and Jackie was second, beaten 1 1/4 length. He hit the board in the other three of his first four starts, including this one:

On Jan. 11 in an allowance optional claimer at Santa Anita, Seven Scents blitzed down the hill, getting the 6 1/2 furlongs on turf in 1:12.60 at 4-1 odds under Giovanni Franco. Vantastic, at 3-5, finished second under Flavien Prat, beaten 1 1/4 length, and the third finisher another half-length back was Neptune's Storm with Kent Desormeaux up. Initial fractions were 21.64, 43.60 and 1:06.37. Six ran. The chart for these three says: "Seven Scents dueled three deep, took the lead alongside a rival into the stretch, inched away while drifting out then in from the whip in the final furlong and  held  gamely.  Vantastic  stalked  outside  a  rival,  came  three  deep  into  the  stretch,  angled  in  some  in  midstretch  and  edged  a  rival  for  the  place. Neptune's Storm had good early speed and dueled between horses then inside into the stretch, could not match the winner in the drive and was edged
for second."

On Feb. 10 going down the hill in a Santa Anita allowance optional claimer, Stubbins (4-1, Rafael Bejarano), Onthewaytonevrland (6-5, Flavien Prat) and Vantastic (9-5, Joel Rosario) ran one-two-three in a field of six. The winning time was 1:13.16. After those three chased Diamond Blitz through a first half-mile timed in 44.66, Onthewaytonevrland built a two-length lead at the furlong marker, but Stubbins got up late to win by a neck. Vantastic was beaten two lengths.

At Santa Anita Park on April 4, Rijeka won a one-mile turf sprint in 1:35.68, besting second finisher Shining Through by a held-him-off nose at 3-1 odds. Vantastic, the 2-1 favorite, was steadied early in the race and didn't recover, beaten three lengths in seventh place.

In the seven-furlong Laz Barrera Stakes at Santa Anita on May 18, Mucho Macho Man got seven furlongs in 1:22.96 after fractions of 22.41, 45.58 and 1:10.40 to win by 3 1/4 lengths under Joe Talamo as the 1-2 favorite. Last after the first quarter mile, Manhattan Up finished well, besting Vantastic by a head for second money. Vantastic, who sat a close third early, tried to pounce on the winner turning for home, but couldn’t match strides with him an eighth of a mile out. Ridden by Flavien Prat, Vantastic finished 3 1/2 lengths in front of second choice Sparky Ville.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 4, Vantastic 1:01.60 Handily 1/8 at SA
Feb. 24, Vantastic 49:60 Handily 4/12 at SA
March 14, Vantastic 1.01:20 Handily training track 1/15 at SA
March 21, Vantastic 1.01:80 Handily training track 1/7 at SA
March 31, Vantastic 39:80 Handily training track 8/8 at SA
April 18, Vantastic 48:60 Handily 8/35 at SA
April 25, Vantastic 59:20 Handily 1/26 at SA
May 4, Vantastic 1.00:60 Handily 1/48 at SA
May 11, Vantasic 48:40 Handily training track 3/17 at SA

 

 

 

 

WALKING THUNDER (FL)
Trainer: Ahmad bin Harmash
Owner: Phoenix Ladies Syndicate
Breeder: Golden Legacy Stable
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Violence (Medaglia d'Oro, Violent Beauty)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Street Show (Street Boss, Reality Show)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-4-4-1-0 (12) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 26, 2016

$42,000 OBS April 2018


NEXT RACE:

A debut winner on Nov. 1 by 5 1/4 lengths and a winner again on Dec. 12 by 4 1/2 lengths in Dubai, first at seven furlongs and then at a mile.

The one-mile UAE 2000 Guineas Trial on Jan. 10 yielded this dominant winner, Walking Thunder, now undefeated in three starts at Meydan Racecourse on dirt. Ridden by Connor Beasley for the third time, Walking Thunder broke from the far outside stall 13 to stalk early leader Power Link before sweeping past early in the stretch and powering clear by nine lengths while being geared down. Manguzi finished a hard-trying second on short rest for trainer Ali Rashid Al Rayhi, while Doug Watson's Al Seel Legacy’s got by favorite Royal Marine for third in the final strides. The Factor’s three-quarter brother Power Link, who set the pace, retreated to fifth. Red Cactus, Burj, Giant Hero, Rayig, Faith and Fortune, Dark Thunder, Galaxy Road and Nitro completed the order of finish.

Ahmad bin Harmash: “He’s a very good horse. We are trying to get to the UAE Derby with him. He’s doing very well and has trained very well. He ran a great race. Congratulations to this new group of owners. We weren’t worried about the (draw). He’s a horse who runs fast from the gate, and it didn’t scare us that much. It looks like he can travel the Derby distance. We changed plans with him because, after a month off, he was almost too well at home. The UAE 2,000 Guineas is next and perhaps then the UAE Derby.”

Connor Beasley: "From a wide draw, I just thought I would let him jump and, instead of fighting, let him breathe and find his feet. He did that really well today, and he traveled very easily. He is a real professional in his mannerisms; the way he goes to start, just everything. To me, he feels like a good horse. When the draw came out, I was a bit disappointed, but in hindsight, it worked out really well. I’ve let him get into stride and I had no kickback in his face; not that he minds kickback. He had a smooth passage throughout, and I think that was probably key.”

Jan. 15 NOTE: Walking Thunder is being prepared for the UAE 2000 Guineas on Feb. 7. Trainer bin Harmash said, “He came out very well. He trained today, and he looks so fresh. That’s one of the reasons we decided to run him back in the Trial instead of going straight to the Guineas. From now, he’ll go on to the Guineas and then the UAE Derby. We will keep Walking Thunder and Superior separated until the UAE Derby. We don’t need to run them together. They’re two good horses. We will run them until they both qualify for the UAE Derby, and then they can face each other.”

Jan. 24 NOTE: On this date, Walking Thunder's last win was flattered when Manguzi, who was second by nine lengths to Walking Thunder last time out, held off Estihdaaf by a half-length to win the 1 3/16-mile Al Bastakiya Trial at Meydan. It was another 12 1/2 lengths back to the third finisher, Victory Command, with Grecko, Superior and Tone Broke next across the finish line. Manguzi was timed in 1:59.59.

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

In the one-mile UAE 2000 Guineas on Feb. 7 at Meydan, Estihdaaf (by Arch out of Enrichment, by Ghostzapper), a horse not early-nominated to the Triple Crown, defeated Walking Thunder by 5 1/2 lengths. The winning time was 1:39:87 for the Saeed bin Suroor trainee ridden by Christophe Soumillon. Aboard Walking Thunder was Connor Beasley.  Race comments for the two say Estihdaaf was "slowly into stride but ridden to lead, kicked clear 400 meters out, ran on well, easily. Walking Thunder mid-division, smooth progress 800 meters out, ran on final 500 meters but no chance with winner." Walking Thunder was a bit wide, but he was also no match for the winner.

Connor Beasley: “He travelled very good there. He quickened up the straight, but just kept on one pace.”

March 26 NOTE: Frankie Dettori has been booked to ride Walking Thunder. Connor Beasley will ride Superior.

On March 30 in the UAE Derby at Meydan, Walking Thunder tracked the early pace, staying in touch going into the far turn, but he finished seventh, beaten 9 3/4 lengths.

Frankie Dettori: “I had a good position, but my horse didn’t stay, just faded on me.”
 

 



WHISKEY ECHO (KY)
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC & Willis Horton Racing LLC
Breeder: Don Alberto Corporation
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tiznow (Cee's Tizzy, Cee's Song)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Atala (Stormy Atlantic, Aishah)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-1-9-0-0 (16) 2.56
Foal Date: April 19, 2016

$225,000 Keeneland September 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

Whiskey Echo won his first start sprinting at Belmont Park and then was third in Saratoga’s Sanford Stakes.

On Aug. 19, Corey Lanerie rode Tobacco Road from eighth place in the early running to a three-quarters of a length triumph over Whiskey Echo in the $75,000 Ellis Park Juvenile, with Steve Asmussen training both horses. Manny Wah finished another head back in third in the field of 10 two-year-old colts and geldings. Overanalyzer finished fourth, followed by Mine Inspector, S S Trooper, Shanghaied Roo, Pradar, Lady’s Weekend and Veritas. Mitch Dennison, Asmussen’s assistant trainer at Ellis Park, has had Tobacco Road in his care all summer and said the winner was showing a lot in his timed workouts in company. Though the early pace (22.47, 45.66) was similar to what Serengeti Empress set in the Debutante, the boys finished much slower, with Tobacco Road wrapping up the seven furlongs in 1:23.99. after the six furlongs slowed down to 1:11.02. But there also was more competition for the lead, with Manny Wah and Whiskey Echo right up on the pace battling long shot S S. Trooper.

Shaun Bridgmohan: “The horse tried really hard. He gave me what he had. The winner came on the outside and got us all. But me and Channing (Hill, on Manny Wah) were running right along. The winner just outgamed us today.”

Steve Asmussen: “They’re both really nice colts, obviously. We felt good about our chances going in. Whiskey Echo off the third in the Sanford, I thought this was the perfect spot for him. And then when Tobacco Road ran so well there a couple of weeks ago, it was obvious to run him back at Ellis. But both colts ran well and handled more ground, and that’s kind of what it’s all about right now.”

Jan. 8 NOTE: He hasn't raced since the Ellis Park Juvenile. His worktab is empty.

Whiskey Echo won a six -furlong allowance race at Churchill Downs on May 27, timed in 1:10.04 while prevailing by two lengths under Julien Leparoux at 4-1 odds. Nine ran. A very nice race off a long layoff.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

March 2, Whiskey Echo  37:40 Breezing slow 13/23 at HOU
March 9, Whiskey Echo 50:59 Breezing 16/52 at HOU
March 16, Whiskey Echo 49:84 Breezing 16/51 at HOU
March 23, Whiskey Echo 1.01:02 Breezing 4/27 at HOU
March 30, Whiskey Echo 1.01:79 Breezing 8/29 at HOU
April 17, Whiskey Echo 1.01:40 Breezing 1/16 at LS
April 24, Whiskey Echo 1.00:80 Breezing 6/19 at OP
April 30 Whiskey Echo 1.00:20 Breezing 1/3 at OP
May 19, Whiskey Echo 1.01:80 Breezing 8/21 at CD

 

 

 


ZENDEN (KY)
Trainer: Victor Barboza Jr.
Owner: Pichi Investments
Breeder: Brent Harris & Beth Harris
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Fed Biz (Giant's Causeway, Spunoutacontrol)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): You Laughin (Sharp Humor, Livermore Leslie)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-0-11-0-0 (14) 1.55
Foal Date: March 23, 2016

$7,500 Keeneland September 2017
$47,000 OBS June 2018


NEXT RACE:

He debuted with a 1 3/4-length victory sprinting at Gulfstream Park West.

Zenden won the second race of his career with a hard-fought triumph in the six-furlong Buffalo Man at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 8. The 7-5 favorite pressed the pace set by Jackson in fractions of 22.41 and 45.78 before running his way to a two-length triumph. Jackson, the 5-2 third choice ridden by Luis Saez, held second, 1 3/4 lengths ahead of 2-1 second choice Combination. The final time was 1:12.32 under Emisael Jaramillo.

Jan. 19 NOTE: Scratched from today's Pasco Stakes.

In the seven-furlong Swale Stakes on Feb. 2, Call Paul, the 3-2 favorite, showed that time away from the races and a lack of recent published workouts weren't about to slow him down. After lagging over five, then three lengths behind a fast early pace of 21.76 and 44.27 set by Country Singer, Irad Ortiz, Jr. and Call Paul took the lead in mid-stretch to prevail by 1 1/4 length. Zenden finished second after he and Emisael Jaramillo were never worse than third and never further back than two lengths. Topper T and Javier Castellano rallied from an early seventh-place position to snag third, another two lengths back. High Crime, who was barely off the lead after that fast first half-mile, backed up a bit to finish fourth, beaten 3 1/2 lengths. The winning time was 1:23.43.

March 1 NOTE: Trainer Barboza said: "The work (today) went very well, but we're going to point to the Tampa Bay Derby," said trainer Victor Barboza, Jr. "He's been running very well for us. I thought his last race was very good. He possesses a lot of speed, but I think he'll be able to stretch out."

In the 1 1/16-mile Tampa Bay Derby, Tacitus ran up the rail to win in 1:41.90, a stakes record and just .15 second off the track record. The race unfolded with Zenden and Samy Camacho zipping from the outside post 11 and setting fractions of 22.79 and 45.85, with Sam F. Davis Stakes winner Well Defined and Pablo Morales in closest pursuit, just a length back. Outshine, ridden by Joel Rosario, was in third, 4 1/2 lengths off the pace after a half-mile. After six furlongs in 1:09.57, the same two still led the field, but Outshine was bearing down on them. Meanwhile, Tacitus and Jose Ortiz were in seventh place, eight lengths back. In the lane, Zenden still led by 1 1/2 length after Well Defined retreated. Outshine looked like a winner as he was grinding down Zenden, but Tacitus, ridden by Jose Ortiz, had mounted a rally throughout the stretch and ran past on the inside to prevail over Outshine by 1 1/4 length. The 7-5 favorite Win Win Win, who was threatening in upper stretch under Irad Ortiz, Jr., settled for third, beaten 2 1/2 lengths. Zenden held on for fourth, another half-length back, at 19-1 odds.

In the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 13, Zenden failed to go to the lead from the gate, chased in fourth, and finished eighth, beaten 14 1/4 lengths by Owendale.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Zenden 1.02:95 Breezing 32/44 at GP
Jan. 12, Zenden 1.01:59 Breezing 15/51 at GP
Jan. 25, Zenden 1.01:90 Breezing good 13/34 at GP
Feb. 22, Zenden 1.00:14 Breezing 1/16 at GP
March 1, Zenden 1.01:31 Breezing 5/17 at GP
March 29, Zenden 1.02:28 Breezing 10/13 at GP
April 5, Zenden 1.00:48 Breezing good 1/16 at GP
May 7, Zenden 49:49 Breezing training track 34/100 at BEL



 

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