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Last updated Feb. 20 at 2:10 pm ET

DEMOTED Cornacchia, Final Jeopardy, Gum Tree Lane,
King Ottokar, Metropol, Sharp Prospect, Still Dreaming

DEMOTED Cutting Humor, Jersey Agenda, Olympic Runner

DELETED Beachside, Irish Heatwave
 



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ACE DESTROYER
ADMIRAL LYNCH
AWESOME D J
BOB AND JACKIE
BOLD PROPOSITION
BOURBON IN MAY
BULLETIN
CLASSY JOHN
COMBINATION
COMPLEXITY
CORNACCHIA - Moved from Worth Watching Feb. 20
COUNT DI LUNA
CRUEL INTENTION
CUTTING HUMOR - Moved from Worth Watching Feb. 18
DEMARCHELIER
DERBY DATE
FINAL JEOPARDY - Moved from Worth Watching Feb. 20
FOLLOW THE DOG
FORLOVEOFCOUNTRY
FORTIN HILL
FRONT RUN THE FED
FROSTED ICE
GUM TREE LANE - Moved from Worth Watching Feb. 20
HAYDENS HAVOC
IAN GLASS
JERSEY AGENDA - Moved from Worth Watching Feb. 18
JOHNY'S BOBBY
KING FOR A DAY
KING OTTOKAR - Moved from Worth Watching Feb. 20
LANDOFTHEPHARAOHS
LE GENERAL
LISTING
LUCKY LEE
MAGIC ON TAP
MORETTI
NIGHT OPS
NINTH STREET - Added Feb. 16
OLYMPIC RUNNER - Moved from Worth Watching Feb. 18
ONTHEWAYTONEVRLAND
OPRY
PHILOSOPHY
PREAMBLE
RIJEKA
RIONERO
SEA OF HOPE - Moved from Worth Watching Feb. 17
SEVEN SCENTS
SHARP PROSPECT - Moved from Worth Watching Feb. 20
SIR TRUEBADOR
SOMBEYAY
SOUPER JACKPOT
STILL DREAMING - Moved from Worth Watching Feb. 20
STUBBINS
TACKETT
TALE OF THE UNION
TOBACCO ROAD
TOM MANAGEMENT
TROPHY CHASER - Moved from Worth Watching Feb. 17
UNCLE BENNY
VANTASTIC
WHISKEY ECHO

 



ACE DESTROYER (KY)
Trainer: Bernard S. Flint
Owner: L. T. B., Inc. & Hillerich Racing, Inc.
Breeder: LTB Inc & Hillerich Racing LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam):
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam):
Dosage Profile (Points) Index:
Foal Date: May 29, 2016

A gelding

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

At Fair Grounds on Jan. 4, he won his debut, a six-furlong maiden special weight. He was closely pursued at each call and stayed on to win by a length timed in 1:12.47 with James Graham up at 4-1 odds. The chart says he "set the pace under pressure, vied along the rail on the turn, was roused near the three-sixteenths, shook clear into the final furlong and held under strong urging."

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. 28, Ace Destroyer 1.01:60 Breezing 9/35 at FG
 

 



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: Seven-furlong allowance optional claimer at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 10. Race 11, 5:13 ET.

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.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 18, Admiral Lynch 48:15 Breezing 2/38
Jan. 31, Admiral Lynch 48:20 Breezing 4/46 at PMM


 

 


AWESOME D J (KY)
Trainer: Dale Capuano
Owner: Stronach Stables
Breeder: Adena Springs & Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kaster
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Awesome Again (CAN) (Deputy Minister (CAN), Primal Force)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): High Definition (Richter Scale, T V Countess)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-10-12-0-0 (28) 3.67
Foal Date: May 25, 2016

$35,000 Keeneland November 2016

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

On Dec. 7, Awesome D J overcame some prerace jitters at Laurel Park to win his debut. In fact, he took a commanding lead into the stretch and galloped by 4 3/4 length. He got a mile in 1:36.60 in the maiden special weight. Awesome D J threw apprentice Weston Hamilton in the post parade and briefly got loose before being caught and reunited with his rider. Racing inside 16-1 long shot Celtic Pride through the opening quarter-mile in 24.50, Awesome D J assumed command through a half in 47.86 and began to separate himself from his rivals, opening up by five lengths straightening for home with six furlongs gone in 1:12.48. The 3-5 favorite, Candy Store, made a late run for second, finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of Itgot Grandma. Celtic Pride finished fourth followed by Awesome Rally, Holly Sun and Air Lift.

Dale Capuano: “The horse ran fabulous. Luckily, it paid off. You put a lot into them and sometimes they don’t run well. This one did. That was impressive. He didn’t train like that in the morning. He was fit and ready to run. When you get them ready, sometimes they fool you and do a little bit more than they show in the morning. He had his mind on business today.”

Going 1 1/16 mile in a seven-horse Gulfstream Park allowance optional claiming race on Feb. 9, Awesome D J finished fourth beaten six lengths, at 9-1 odds. He couldn't keep up with under-wraps winner Global Campaign.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 3, Awesome D J 37:05 Breezing 1/4 at PMM
Jan. 9 Awesome D J 49:30 Breezing 2/10 at PMM
Jan. 16, Awesome D J 1.02:65 Breezing 3/5 at PMM
Jan. 23, Awesome D J 1.16:65 Breezing 2/2 at PMM
Feb. 4, Awesome D J 1.01:40 Breezing 9/16 at PMM
Feb. 20, Awesome D J 37:00 Breezing 1/6 at PMM

 

 

 

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 CTC
Jan. 10, Bold Proposition 48:20 Breezing 2/6 at CTC

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

BULLETIN (KY)
Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
Owner: WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club and SF Racing LLC
Breeder: CresRan LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): City Zip (Carson City, Baby Zip)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Sue's Good News (Woodman, Montera)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 15-4-11-0-0 (30) 4.45
Foal Date: April 8, 2016

$250,000 Keeneland September 2016
A half-brother to grade I winner Tiz Miz Sue

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

He raced twice as a juvenile, winning the five-furlong Hollywood Beach Stakes on grass at Gulfstream Park on Sept. 29 and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2

Jan. 15 NOTE: No workouts showing.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 31, Bulletin 38:78 Breezing 1/1 at PBD
Feb. 11, Bulletin 37:80 Breezing 3/7 at PBD
Feb. 19, Bulletin 52:52 Breezing 3/3 at PBD


 



CLASSY JOHN (LA)
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Owner: Valene Farms
Breeder:  Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Songandaprayer (Unbridled's Song, Alizea)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Kitty's Got Class (Old Forester, Dancing Courtesan)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-4-5-0-0 (12) 3.80
Foal Date: April 21, 2016

$12,000 Equine Sales of Louisiana Two-Year-Old Sale


NEXT RACE:

Classy John broke his maiden against open company first time out sprinting at Saratoga on Aug. 24 and was second against winners next out over the main track at Churchill Downs on Nov. 10.

In the six-furlong Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes at Fair Grounds on Dec. 8, Classy John was the 1-10 favorite and won by 4 1/4 lengths under Brian Hernandez, Jr. over a sloppy main track. He was prominment from the break, stayed off the early pace and glided home under a hand ride in 1:11.55. Jimi’s a Star, at odds of 8-5, was second and 3-5 Calimambo took the show spot.

Dallas Stewart: “I’m just so happy to train for Murray. We’ve been working for him for about 10 years. He’s a great guy and always gives you nice horses to train. Both colts (Classy John and Givemeaminit) are super, and they performed great today.”

Brian Hernandez, Jr.: “We just let our horse be fast, stayed out of his way and he did what he thought he would do. He showed that he’s a good horse and showed his class. Dallas and Mr. Murray will talk things over and figure out the game plan with him.”
 
Murray Valene: “Classy John was special because he was named after my Dad who just passed away, but my father’s favorite horse was (Givemeaminit), so we’re glad that it was a win. It was an exciting one because he came off of the pace this time.”

On Dec. 29 in the six-furlong Louisiana Futurity at Fair Grounds, Classy John held off a late run by Jimi’s a Star to win by a diminishing three-quarters of a length on a sloppy track. Guided by Corey Lanerie, Classy John was sent off at 1-9 and broke sharply. He pressed pacesetter Why Not Charlie through an opening quarter in 22.05, put that rival away nearing the turn, and was asked by Lanerie at the three-sixteenths pole as Jimi’s a Star loomed a challenge on the far outside. Classy John held at bay Jimi’s a Star, posting a final six furlong time of 1:11.67. Café Du Monde finished a non-threatening third.

Dallas Stewart: “He ran great. I’m very proud of him. He’s such a nice horse. He’s been to Saratoga and ran big at Churchill. He’s just a very quality colt. A big thank you goes out to Murray and Jerry Valene for giving me the opportunity to train this horse.”

Corey Lanerie: “He had me a worried for a little bit. He went kind of quick early, but he’s a fast horse and I didn’t want to take anything away from him.”

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

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.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 12, Classy John  50:20 Breezing 90/145 at FG
Jan. 19, Classy John 49:00 Breezing 14/89 at FG
Jan. 26, Classy John 48:00 Breezing 1/79 at FG

 

 



COMBINATION (GB)
Trainer: Joe Orseno
Owner: Jonathan Green
Breeder: Jean N. Cravens
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Alternation (Distorted Humor, Alternate)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Mama's Pro (Proper Reality, Mama Cielo)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-3-9-0-1 (20) 2.64
Foal Date: April 26, 2016

$25,000 Keeneland September 2017
A gelding

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

Combination debuted with a front-running 5 3/4-length triumph sprinting at Gulfstream Park West on Oct. 13.

Eight weeks later, he broke from the rail but ran evenly throughout the six-furlong Buffalo Man at Gulfstream Park to finish third.

Jan. 3 NOTE: Trainer Orseno said, "Combination ran on opening weekend, and the track was a little too deep and cupping out from him. The superintendent has done a super job, and with the change in track, which is tighter now, I think we’re going to be in better shape. He’s a good horse. He’s training great and coming into the race fine. It’s his third start. It’s a non-winners of a sweepstakes, so we’re all kind of in the same boat. We all broke our maidens and all pressing forward.”

In the Jan. 5 Limehouse Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Seismic Jolt was much the best and won by 3 1/2 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 and Paco Lopez were fourth, beaten 8 1/2 lengths. Combination's chart call says he "argued  the  pace  in  the  two-path  between  horses,  and  weakened through the drive."

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.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Feb. 2, Combination 46:50 Breezing 1/73 at GP

 

 

 

COMPLEXITY (KY)
Trainer: Chad Brown
Owner: Klaravich Stables
Breeder: Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Maclean's Music (Distorted Humor, Forest Music)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Goldfield (Yes It's True, Folly Dollar)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-3-4-0-0 (10) 4.00
Foal Date: April 9, 2016

$375,000 Keeneland September 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

He debuted with a 4 1/2-length win going six furlongs on Sept. 3 at Saratoga.

On Oct. 6 in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park, Jose Ortiz sent 5-2 favorite Complexity to the front, where he led the 10-horse field through the opening quarter-mile in 22.51 seconds and the half in 45.31 on the fast main track. Ortiz continued to urge Complexity out of the turn, where he outkicked Code of Honor, completing one mile in a final time of 1:34.63. He finished three lengths better than Code of Honor in second after that one stumbled badly leaving the gate. Another three lengths back, Call Paul edged Aurelius Maximus by a nose for third. In fifth an additional three lengths back was Trophy Chaser, followed by Endorsed, Casa Creed, Listing, Successful Zip, and Achilles Warrior.

Chad Brown: "He's just so strong. An outstanding talent. He's just a rare horse. The horse ran outstanding, just a remarkable talent. To carry those fractions all the way through the mile was impressive. Jose came back and with his report and said, 'Boss, I thought I was going 47 and change, that's how easy he was moving.' He had enough to kick on. Obviously, we're going to the Breeders' Cup if he comes back sound and healthy. We'll try and run two turns, which will be another question mark. It's another sixteenth of a mile, but he's a class horse. Jose gets along with him well, and hopefully he'll get a good trip in this race."

Jose Ortiz: "He's a very nice horse. We broke on top and went right to the lead, and he went fast and easy. I thought I was going, 23, 46 and 4, 47. I felt like I was going very easy. When I came back, I couldn't believe he went 22 and 45. 1:34 is a very respectable time for these babies. We have to talk about him now. He won a grade I with the best two-year-olds we have in New York, and now we have to go compete in the Breeders' Cup with the ones in California and Kentucky and everywhere else. The way he did it was very easy, and we're happy with his performance. When I passed the three-eighths pole, I was looking for competition. He was so relaxed. He just galloped today. I've been working him all summer in Saratoga, It's very special when you've been working with them and they come out and do this. We always knew he was nice, The only question was whether he could stretch out to a mile, and he proved that he could. Now, we have to stretch him out to a mile and a sixteenth."

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer Brown said, "He's a really talented horse. It's a question mark, but we're going to try and stretch him out further and see how he does. He's talented enough to probably do it. We're just focused on the two turns; it's the first time around two turns and it'll be a challenge for him."

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 was a non-threatening 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. Complexity crossed the finish line 10th.

Jose Ortiz: “He broke well, sprinted for the first turn and relaxed once he made the lead. I didn’t have anyone breathing down my neck. On the final turn, I completely ran out of horse. We were afraid he didn’t want to go this far, and it just didn’t work out.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Feb. 8, Complexity 38:81 Breezing 4/5 at ST
Feb. 15, Complexity 39:11 Breezing 1/4 at ST

 

 



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. 19 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

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


 

 



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.

 

 

 

CUTTING HUMOR (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Starlight Racing
Breeder: Dell Hancock & Bernie Sams
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): First Samurai (Giant's Causeway, Freddie Frisson)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Pun (Pulpit, Joke)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-7-18-0-0 (28) 2.11
Foal Date: April 7, 2016

$135,000 Keeneland January 2017
$400,000 Fasig-Tipton New York August 2017


NEXT RACE:

Cutting Humor debuted at Belmont Park on Sept. 9 in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden test, when he chased front-running favorite Looking At Bikinis and finished second.

He came back to finish third after a rocky start in a 1 1/16-mile maiden race at Keeneland on Oct. 7

Cutting Humor ran to a two-length maiden victory at Gulfstream Park West on Nov. 17 with an off-the-pace effort going one mile at two turns at Gulfstream Park West while racing with blinkers the first time. He was timed in 1:39.08 and was sixth of seven but only 2 1/2 lengths back at the first call. Identifier finished second.

In a 1 1/16-mile, entry-level allowance on Jan. 18 at Gulfstream Park, 3-2 favorite Bourbon War and Irad Ortiz, Jr. registered a dominant 2 1/4-length victory over 2-1 second choice Cutting Humor, ridden by John Velazquez. Both those two came from off the pace to overtake pacesetter and 6-1 third choice Award Winner, who did a lot of early heavy lifting under Jose Ortiz with fractions of 23.93, 47.45 and 1:11.97 while taking heavy pressure from Everfast and Whitecap Bay. The race was timed in 1:43.54. Leaving the far turn, Bourbon War found a seam between Award Winner and a hard-charging Cutting Humor and split those horses before drawing off to win by 2 1/4 lengths. It was another four lengths back to Award Winner, and 6 1/2 more to Everfast. Archidust, Borracho, Art G Is Back, Whitecap Bay and He's a Macho Man rounded out the order of finish.

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

In the 1 1/16- mile Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 18, Cutting Humor and John Velazquez were sent off as the 2-1 favorite, were a close sixth after a half-mile, surged into contention on the turn, then faded to finish seventh, beaten 8 3/4 lengths.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 11, Cutting Humor 1:02.29 Breezing 1/3 at PBD
Feb. 4, Cutting Humor 48:55 Breezing 1/6 at PBD
Feb. 11, Cutting Humor 48:81 Breezing 1/5 at PBD

 


 

 


DEMARCHELIER (GB)
Trainer: Chad C. Brown
Owner: Peter M. Brant
Breeder: Newsells Park Stud
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Dubawi (IRE) (Dubai Millennium (GB), Zomaradah (GB))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Loveisallyouneed (IRE) (Sadler's Wells, Jude (GB))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-0-9-4-2 (18) 0.71
Foal Date: March 19, 2016

$592,486 Tattersall's October 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

On Nov. 21 at Aqueduct, with Javier Castellano aboard, Demarchelier made his career debut and broke his maiden facing nine others running 1 1/16 mile on the turf. Fifth, sixth and then seventh by two or three lengths at the first three calls, he "came under coaxing past the five-sixteenths, angled three to four wide set down for the drive, offered up a good finish to rally outside a trio inside the final sixteenth and just got up in the final strides to the wire" timed in 1:44.29.

Jan. 13 NOTE: No workouts since his debut race.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 29, Demarchelier 49:60 Breezing 40/98 at PMM
Feb. 4, Demarchelier 49:65 Breezing 21/53 at PMM
Feb. 10, Demarchelier 51:45 Breezing 41/49 at PMM
Feb. 16, Demarchelier 48:20 Breezing firm turf 4/56 at PMM

 

 


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."

 

 



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


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."

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

Feb. 17 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 19, Final Jeopardy 39:85 Breezing 23/26 at PMM
Jan. 30, Final Jeopardy 51:45 Breezing 54/63 at PMM





 


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.

 

 

 


FORLOVEOFCOUNTRY (VA)
Trainer: James P. DiVito
Owner: Doubledown Stables, Inc.
Breeder: Lazy Lane Farms, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Sky Mesa (Pulpit, Caress)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Patriot Miss (Quiet American, Falling Leaves)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-11-12-0-0 (26) 3.33
Foal Date: Feb. 23, 2016

$87,000 OBS October 2017
$300,000 OBS March 2018


NEXT RACE:

Forloveofcountry debuted at Churchill Downs on June 21, finishing third in a sprint.

His second and third outings he found himself at Del Mar. In that second start, he broke his maiden after coming from behind running a mile on turf in 1:36.73 after a tough trip in a field of 12. In his third start, which came in the one-mile Del Mar Juvenile Turf, he came in fourth behind King of Speed, favored Hartel and Takeo; once again, he started slowly and gained on much of the field, which was 10 in this case.

Shipped back east, he finished ninth in the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland. Bothered at the start, he was once again away slowly, but this time he didn't close.

He was put back on dirt in a one-mile allowance optional claimer at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24, and he won in a time of 1:37.30 in a field of 11. With Tyler Gafflalione riding, he was put into the race early and was never worse than third and always within a length of the lead until taking command in the stretch. He won by 1 1/4 length.

In the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 25, Forloveofcountry tried to run off before the race started. Once the race started, he was, of course, eager to go and contended for about a half-mile before retreating to finish last of eigth, beaten 12 3/4 lengths by Gray Attempt and a time of 1:36.94.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 3, Forloveofcountry 1:00.00 Breezing 1/6 at HAW
Jan. 11, Forloveofcountry 1:00.60 Breezing 3/24 at OP
Jan. 18, Forloveofcountry 1.03:80 Breezing 43/55 at OP
Feb. 14, Forloveofcountry 1.14:40 Handily 3/5 at OP


 



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

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.


 

 


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

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.

Jan. 25: Looking for a workout.

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


 

 



FROSTED ICE (NY)
Trainer: Ron Moquett
Owner: Rialto Racing Stables, LLC (Catherine Adams-Hutt)
Breeder: Catherine Adams-Hutt
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Bellamy Road (Concerto, Hurry Home Hillary)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Super Slash (Smoke Glacken, Ridinghood)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-3-5-2-0 (12) 1.67
Foal Date: Feb. 9, 2016


Frosted Ice broke his maiden in his second start, which came on Aug. 17 at Saratoga going six furlongs against fellow New York-breds.

He won the seven-furlong Bertam F. Bongard Stakes at Belmont Park on Sept. 21 against fellow New York-breds, timed in 1:23.12. He came from fifth of six to prevail by 6 1/4 lengths at 9-5 odds under Joel Rosario. Early fractions were 22.14 and 45.13.

Ron Moquett: "He's got a big stride and it seems like when all the sprinters are getting tired, he starts to kick on home. I just told the rider to ride with confidence and know that he's a nice horse and it all worked. We're very proud and happy that we won a stake at Belmont and we're just tickled to death with this horse. We're going to get him back to Churchill and talk with Catherine and see what we do. I think he's going to want to stretch out and I think he deserves to be considered for some of the other races coming up and we'll keep our eyes on the New York-bred stakes as well."

Joel Rosario: "He's a big horse with a nice stride. By the quarter pole, I just let him stretch his legs out. I was just the passenger. He did the rest. At the beginning, everyone wanted to get their spots. I was fine with that because it looked like there was some speed and we'd let him break where he was comfortable and have a strong finish. He takes a little bit of time but he was fine after. He's fine. He's a baby, so he was kind of looking around a lot. When they opened the gate, he kind of looked a little bit and lost the momentum, but he's a big horse who can cover a lot of ground."

Jan. 14 NOTE: After he won the Bongard, Frosted Ice didn't race again in 2018, and there are no workouts showing.

Jan. 25: Looking for a workout.

Feb. 13 NOTE: Trainer Moquett said, “Trying to get to the Rebel, but just trying to get him back. Gave him a break. He’s a big horse. He writes his own story.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Feb. 13, Frosted Ice 49:80 Breezing 27/100 at OP
 

 

 



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

 

 

 

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


 

 



IAN GLASS (KY)
Trainer: Thomas Morley
Owner: Donegal Racing
Breeder: Sangreal Investments, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Hard Spun (Danzig, Turkish Tryst)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Bola de Cristal (IRE) (Galileo (IRE), Crystal Melody (GB))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index:  4-4-22-6-0 (36) 1.12
Foal Date: May 2, 2016

$137,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Turf Showcase 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

Ian Glass won for the first time in his third start, a maiden special weight at Fair Grounds on Nov. 17. The "about 1 1/16 mile" race on turf was timed in 1:48.33. Ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, he and Federal Dominance, with Joe Bravo up, were a head apart at the finish line. The latter one had a tough trip. The chart for those two: "Ian Glass contested the pace on the inside, was asked at the quarter-pole, dueled gamely with the runner-up in the stretch and narrowly prevailed under strong urging. Federal Dominance was hustled from the start, went four to five wide on the first turn, bumped with Fever Temple midway through that bend then had that foe clip his heels, was forwardly placed on the outside, came under urging in the three path on the far turn, made a bid in the five path at the quarter-pole, dueled gamely with the winner in the stretch and was denied while clear for the place."

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 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.

In a wild turf allowance going about a mile at Fair Grounds on Feb. 10, there was a cavalry charge to the finish line where the top four finishers were separated by three noses -- Most Mischief (four wide first turn, five wide second turn under Miguel Mena), Tom Management (inside under Declan Carroll), Ian Glass (two wide and three wide under Shaun Bridgmohan) and Handsome Honey (two to three wide both turns under Corey Lanerie). The winning time was 1:42.86.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Ian Glass 1:01.80 Breezing 25/76 at FG
Jan. 31, Ian Glass 1.00:00 Breezing 1/25 at FG

 

 

 

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.

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


 

 



JOHNY'S BOBBY (KY)
Trainer: Philip A. Bauer
Owner: Rigney Racing, LLC
Breeder: Dreamkeepers LLC & Rigney Racing LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Hard Spun (Danzig, Turkish Tryst)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Dream Empress (Bernstein, Chinese Empress)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-4-13-2-0 (22) 1.59
Foal Date: March 31, 2016

$15,000 Keeneland September 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

It took him seven starts to break his maiden. That happened at Fair Grounds on Dec. 13 going 1 1/8 mile in a field of 12 in 1:49.05. He was ridden by Gabriel Saez and sent off at 3-1 odds. He "brushed with a foe at the start, went three wide on the first turn, settled towards the back, advanced three then four wide on the far turn, was roused while six wide into the stretch, rallied to the lead at the three-sixteenths, edged clear inside the furlong marker and held under strong urging."

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 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.

On Feb. 9 in a 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claiming race at Fair Grounds, Johny's Bobby finished third, beaten 11 1/4 lengths by Dream Maker and a time of 1:44.10. Dream Maker was just much the best.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 4, Johny's Bobby1:03.40 Breezing 7/11 at FG

 

 


KING FOR A DAY (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Red Oak Stable (Brunetti)
Breeder: Red Oak Stable
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie, Playa Maya)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Ubetwereven (French Deputy, Raysor Lake)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 0-2-2-0-0 (4) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 9, 2016


King for a Day broke his maiden in his second start, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight at Belmont Park on Oct. 4. With John Velazquez aboard, he was favored at 6-5 among eight starters. He basically ran the others off their feet, setting fractions of 22.85, 45.66 and 1:09.87 before finishing in 1:41.66.

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 was third, King for a Day fourth. In the Kentucky Jockey Club, 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. But it was Signalman who zipped past Topper T while between horses as Plus Que Parfait was engaging in his late challenge. Limonite, sent off at 20-1, narrowly edged King for a Day for third -- they were another 1 3/4 lengths back of the winner. 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.

Jan. 14 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

Feb. 7 NOTE: Still looking for a workout.

 

 

 

KING OTTOKAR (KY)
Trainer: Mark E. Casse
Owner: BG Stables
Breeder: Nathan John McCauley
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Temple City (Dynaformer, Curriculum)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Birdie Birdie (El Prado (IRE), Dominque's Show)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-7-19-2-0 (36) 2.13
Foal Date: Feb. 14, 2016

$55,000 RNA Keeneland November 2016
$115,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Turf Showcase 2017
$140,000 RNA OBS March 2018

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

On Jan. 9 at Gulfstream Park in his second start, King Ottokar broke his maiden running a mile on turf in 1:36.44 under Julien Leparoux. It was a field of 12. The chart says he " took the lead inside soon after the start, rated along clear to the stretch, and remained in control under left-hand urging."

Feb. 13 NOTE: Scratched from today's 1 1/16-mile turf allowance optional claimer at Gulfstream Park.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 29, King Ottokar 48:90 Breezing 17/98 at PMM
Feb. 5, King Ottokar 50:05 Breezing 40/52 at PMM
Feb. 17, King Ottokar 1.02:60 Breezing firm turf 10/14 at PMM

 

 

 

LANDOFTHEPHARAOHS (KY)
Trainer: Tom Amoss
Owner: Nine Thirty Racing LLC
Breeder: Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Elam
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Cairo Prince (Pioneerof the Nile, Holy Bubette)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Flirtatious (Hard Spun, Christina's World)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-4-3-0-0 (10) 5.67
Foal Date: May 10, 2016

$10,500 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

He raced eight times in 2018, winning once. That came in his third start, which came on Aug. 22 at Presque Isle Downs in a six-furlong maiden special weight on the synthetic track. He finished second on four occasions in those eight races.

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 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 lengths 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.

Feb. 10 NOTE: Landofthepharaohs was scratched on Feb. 9 from an allowance optional claimer going 1 1/16 mile at Fair Grounds.

In a turf allowance going about a mile at Fair Grounds on Feb. 10, there was a cavalry charge to the finish line where the first six finishers were separated by a length and a neck, and the top four finishers were separated by three noses. Landofthepharaohs was sent away from the gate as the 9-5 favorite among seven total runners. He had a pretty bad trip and finished sixth. He was moved to fifth place on the DQ of fifth finisher Tom's Last General. He "went three wide on the first turn, settled towards the rear, went four wide early on the far turn then moved to six wide, came nine wide into the stretch, bumped with Tom's Last General near the three-sixteenths and gained some but was out-kicked."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 6, Landofthepharaohs 48.60 Breezing Good 10/110 at FG
Jan. 22, Landofthepharaohs 50:40 Breezing 14/24 at FG
Jan. 30, Landofthepharaohs 50:40 Breezing 37/45 at FG

 

 

 

LE GENERAL (NY)
Trainer: Michelle Nevin
Owner: Wallenberg Farms, Madaket Stables LLC and James Covello
Breeder: MDS Farms LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Lemon Drop Kid (Kingmambo, Charming Lassie)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Regal's Encore (Speightstown, Regal Engagement)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-2-15-4-0 (28) 1.43
Foal Date: March 18, 2016

$57,000 Keeneland November 2016
$75,000 RNA Keeneland September 2017
$125,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida March 2018

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

Le General won two straight races after losing his debut.

In his second start, at 2-5 odds Le General won a six-furlong maiden race for New York-breds by 3 1/4 lengths over Blindwillie McTell, who has since won two restricted stakes. He was timed in 1:11.84 with Manny Franco up.

In his third outing, which came on Dec. 9, he won a one-mile allowance optional claiming race against fellow New York-breds by 6 3/4 lengths. He and Dylan Davis led through splits of 23.77, 47.13 and 1:11.79 and finished in 1:38.42.

Jan. 17 NOTE: Trainer Nevin said, "So far, he's on course for the Withers. I'm really hoping he takes the next step. He's just been very straightforward, and hopefully he continues on that way."

Jan. 28 NOTE: Out of consideration for the Withers with what is described as a sore suspensory ligament in his right foreleg.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 7, Le General 1:03.45 Breezing 1/5 at AQ
Jan. 16, Le General 1.03:92 Breezing 1/4 at AQ

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

LUCKY LEE (KY)
Trainer: John C. Servis
Owner: Cash is King LLC
Breeder: Shim Racing, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Flatter (A.P. Indy, Praise)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Miss Shegaas (Medaglia d'Oro, Ronique)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 13-8-12-1-0 (34) 3.86
Foal Date: April 29, 2016

$40,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October 2017
$110,000 Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic 2018


NEXT RACE:

Lucky Lee finished sixth sprinting in his debut at Parx.

On Oct. 14 at Parx in his second start, Lucky Lee stalked in second before taking over leaving the turn and winnning by 5 1/2 lengths going a mile in 1:41.49.

On Nov. 17, again at Parx, he went gate to wire in a first-level allowance, prevailing by six lengths, this time again at one mile but timed in a much faster 1:38.85. He led at each call with fractions of 23.82, 47.29 and 1:12.67. Jeremy Rose was aboard.

Jan. 9 NOTE: Trainer Servis said to DRF.com, “He’s relished going two turns, I want to keep it that way. Just timing-wise, I thought (the Withers) would hit him right in the head.”

Jan. 25 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

Jan. 28 NOTE: Despite the gap in his worktab, Lucky Lee said to be shipping tomorrow from Florida to New York for the Withers.

In the 1 1/8-mile Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on Feb. 2, Lucky Lee finished last of seven, beaten 12 3/4 lengths after never contending at any time.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 6, Lucky Lee 1:14.15 Breezing 1/2 at PMM
Jan. 13, Lucky Lee 50.20 Breezing 24/48 at PMM




 


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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

MORETTI (KY)
Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
Owner: Repole Stable and Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners
Breeder: Thor-Bred Stables, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Medaglia d'Oro (El Prado (IRE), Cappucino Bay)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Rigoletta (Concerto, Almost Aprom Queen)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-10-7-4-0 (28) 2.73
Foal Date: March 3, 2016

$900,000 Fasig-Tipton New York August 2017
A half-brother to Battle of Midway


NEXT RACE:

As the 5-2 second choice, he finished second, beaten 2 1/4 lengths, in his debut at Aqueduct on Nov. 14, a one-mile maiden special weight won by 17-1 Bourbon War. John Velazquez was up. The race was timed in 1:40.60. Moretti and Bourbon War vied for third and fourth position before Bourbon War outran Moretti to the wire. Neither of them broke all that well. Nine ran.

Under John Velazquez at 4-5 odds in a field of eight, Moretti broke his maiden going 1 1/8 mile at Aqueduct on Dec. 2. He defeated Motagally by 3 1/2 lengths after pressing the pace and pouncing. The time wasn't flashy: 1:54.86. He ran a bit greenly. The chart says, "Moretti obtained a prominent position after brushing with Stilts right after the field had been released, was in path three attending the pacesetter, that being Erlich, until the end of the second bend, increased his presence to issue a challenge approaching the quarter pole, wrested away the advantage soon afterwards, swerved out a couple of paths after a solitary left side shot during the run leading up to and then through the furlong grounds, got worked back into path two leaving the eighth pole then dug in well enough to hold sway."

Jan. 16 NOTE: Manny Franco will ride Moretti in the Withers.

Jan. 18 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said, "Medaglia d'Oro is a world-class stallion, and being a half-brother to Battle of Midway, he has a real stallion's pedigree and that's what we're always looking for, hoping to develop horses to a stud career. He certainly has all the tools if he can continue his racing career in the right direction. The key (last race) was the mile and an eighth. We feel he's a horse that wants a route of ground and two turns. He's very well bred, and we thought it was a good effort. He still seems like he's learning. When he made the lead, he waited a little bit but that's a sign, hopefully, that there's more in the tank. He's come back well, and we're looking forward to stepping up to stakes company in the Withers and continuing his development."

Jan. 28 NOTE: He worked with blinkers added yesterday, and Pletcher assistant Byron Hughes told DRF.com he liked what he saw.

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

Jan. 31 NOTE: Adds blinkers for the Withers.

In the 1 1/8-mile Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on Feb. 2, Moretti challenged for the lead heading into the far turn, but he faded badly and finished sixth, beaten 7 3/4 lengths.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 10, Moretti 50.28 Breezing 41/54 at PMM
Jan. 19, Moretti 50:14 Breezing training track 46/89 at BEL
Jan. 27, Moretti 49:92 Breezing training track 23/79 at BEL

 

 

 

 

NIGHT OPS (KY)
Trainer: J. Keith Desormeaux
Owner: Big Chief Racing, LLC, Madaket Stables LLC, Rocker O Ranch, LLC & J. Keith Desormeaux
Breeder: Aschinger Bloodstock Holdings, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Warrior's Reward (Medaglia d'Oro, For All You Do)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Bear All (Kitalpha, Mama Bear)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-2-7-1-0 (18) 3.00
Foal Date: March 13, 2016

$5,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

A maiden after five starts at age two at Del Mar, Keeneland and Churchill Downs, he finished second twice, including this nine-furlong race in his fifth start: Night Ops was a close second to Admire, going 1 1/8 mile over a sloppy main track at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24. The winner was timed in 1:53.02 after pressing early fractions of 24.00, 48.98 and 1:14.20 and prevailing by one-half length over Night Ops, who closed from seventh of 10 during the early running. The chart says Night Ops, with Edgar Morales up, "was back early on, fanned into the five path in the far turn, rallied down the lane but did not have enough in the late stages."

Jan. 14 NOTE: Trainer Desormeaux said, “I don’t want to be influenced by a horse’s page. It’s the horse first, and if it looks like pedigree that we can afford, then I’m all in. I’ve applied myself over the years in trying to figure out the ingredients and the necessary qualifications for a horse to reach a high level while at the same time, not have to spend so much money. I’m not the first one to do all this. Families on the bottom side that might be stagnant, but we focus on the athlete, not on the page. We don’t buy pedigree, we make pedigree. I don’t mean to sound overconfident or cocky, but it’s just what we try to do. Sonneteer got us to the Derby, and now he’s at a half-million in earnings so it wasn’t like we did something crazy. We’re all engrossed with Derby fever, it’s what my owners and I play this game for. This is a time of the year to find out what you have. He’s shown some talent. Sometimes you got push them a little bit, and that’s what we’re doing here. We’re going to see what he’s got. Obviously you can see that he has talent on form, but if you handicap his opponents, he’s been up against some nice ones. We ran a very strong closing second to Admire, so that makes us legit. On the physical aspect, he should get stronger and better as the distances increase. He seems confident in his abilities and very sound so we’re taking a chance with him.”

In the mile and 70 yard LeComte Stakes at Fair Ground on Jan. 19, Night Ops finished eighth, beaten 10 lengths by War of Will and a time of 1:43.44. The chart calls says he "saved ground on the first turn, settled towards the rear, was roused in the two path on the far turn and was no factor."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 6, Night Ops 1:16.60 Handily 19/20 at SA
Jan. 12, Night Ops 48:00 Handily training track 1/5 at SA

 

 

 

NINTH STREET (KY)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Owner: H. V. Farms, Ltd.
Breeder: H. V. Farms, Ltd.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Street Boss (Street Cry (IRE), Blushing Ogygian)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Plan Nine (Mizzen Mast, Real Crafty Belle)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-2-6-1-0 (12) 2.00
Foal Date: Feb. 13, 2016


NEXT RACE:

Ninth Street broke his maiden in his fifth start, and that came going a mile on dirt in 1:39.22 at Remington Park on Sept. 7. That win followed two starts at Churchill Downs and two at Ellis Park.

In his sixth start, Ninth Street won the seven-furlong Jean Lafitte Stakes at Delta Downs on Oct. 20. He was away from the races the remainder of the year.

On Jan. 5 at Delta, at 9-2 odds Ninth Street finished second by 1 1/4 length to 6-5 favorite Six Shooter in the 7 1/2-furlong Big Drama Stakes. The winner was timed in 1:35.03.

In the 1 1/16- mile Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 18, Ninth Streeet was sixth or seventh at the first three calls and finished, oddly enough, ninth. He was beaten 13 1/4 lengths with David Cabrera aboard.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 29, Ninth Street 1:00.80 Breezing 7/11 at LAD
Feb. 5, Ninth Street 1:00.40 Handily 1/11 at LAD
Feb. 13, Ninth Street 50.80 Breezing 52/101 at OP

 

 

 

OLYMPIC RUNNER (KY)
Trainer: Mark Casse
Owner: Gary Barber
Breeder: Eutrophia Farm LTD
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Gio Ponti (Tale of the Cat, Chipeta Springs)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Nadadora (Carson City, Queen Evelyn)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 12-4-10-0-0 (26) 4.20
Foal Date: April 24, 2016

$27,000 Keeneland November 2016
$180,000 Keeneland September 2017
A gelding


NEXT RACE:

Olympic Runner debuted sprinting at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 22 and finished fourth, beaten 1 1/2 length. He encountered traffic and was steadied in the stretch by Jose Ortiz.

On Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park, Olympic Runner was a front-running, 5 3/4-length, off-the-turf maiden winner at 6-5 odds in a field of seven. With Paco Lopez aboard on a sloppy track, he set fractions of 23.63, 47.15 and 1:12.05 before finishing the 1 1/16 mile in 1:43.65. The chart call: "Olympic Runner moved up to take lead after start, held slim margin racing off inside in first turn, set pressured pace with pair of rivals racing alongoutside,  edged  away  to  clearer  command  mid-backstretch  then  repelled  bid  from  Thetrashmaniscoming in turn, sent clear into upper  stretch and pulled away to easy victory."

In the 1 1/16- mile Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 18, Olympic Runner and David Cohen were in contention for the first six furlongs but faded sharply to finish 10th, beaten 14 lengths.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 13, Olympic Runner 47.75 Breezing 1/31 at PMM
Jan. 19, Olympic Runner 50.00 Breezing 47/103 at PMM
Feb. 9, Olympic Runner 50.00 Breezing 26/39 at PMM


 

 


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.

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

 

 



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.

 

 



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


 

 




PREAMBLE (KY)
Trainer: Rodolphe Brisset
Owner: WinStar Farm LLC, China Horse Club and SF Racing LLC
Breeder: Peter J. Callahan
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Speightstown (Gone West, Silken Cat (CAN))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Beautician (Dehere, Caroni)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-8-10-0-0 (22) 3.40
Foal Date: April 14, 2016

$225,000 Keeneland September 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

Preamble won his debut in a field of 10 going six furlongs in 1:11.50 at Churchill Downs on Sept. 15. He stalked the early leader in second during the early running.

He won his first allowance outing at Keeneland on Oct. 19. He was timed in 1:09.62 but won by only 1/2 length over Bingwa; however, the third finisher was another 14 1/4 lengths back. Preamble won at 2-5 odds under Florent Geroux. He stalked the early leader in second during the early running.

Jan. 14 NOTE: Preamble was included in Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1, but he hasn't put in a recorded workout since he won at Keeneland.

Jan. 25: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Feb. 12, Preamble 38:00 Breezing 6/8 at PAY
 

 



RIJEKA (IRE)
Trainer: Richard Baltas
Owner: Slam Dunk Racing & Michael Nentwig
Breeder: Ms A. Sammon
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Roderic O'Conn0r (IRE) (Galileo (IRE), Secret Garden (IRE))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Pelican Waters (IRE) (Key of Luck, Orlena)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-6-12-8-0 (28) 1.00
Foal Date: May 24, 2016

$2,714 RNA Goff's November 2016
$10,111 Tattersall's September 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

In his second start, he won for fun in a large field at Del Mar on Aug. 12 in a one-mile turf maiden special weight, clearing second finisher King of Speed by 2 3/4 lengths in a time of 1:36.85.

He finished ninth of 10 in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf next time out, with no apparent excuse.

He performed much better in the Oct. 8 one-mile turf Zuma Beach at Santa Anita, getting third place behind King of Speed and Much Better, beaten 3 1/2 lengths after encountering adversity. He "saved ground stalking the pace, bumped the inner rail and steadied into the second turn, came out into the stretch and held third," per the Equibase chart.

Then, on Nov. 25 back at Del Mar, he was second to even-money favorite Flying Scotsman in the one-mile turf Cecil B. DeMille Stakes, but he was beaten 4 1/4 lengths. He got by pacesetter Vantastic by a half-length late by making up two lengths on that one inside the furlong marker.

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 Bob and Jackie 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 23.5
8, 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.

On Feb. 1 at Santa Anita, Rijeka was the 3-5 favorite in a one-mile allowance optional claimer, but with Flavien Prat aboard he disappointed with a fourth-place finish, beaten 3 3/4 lengths by 3-1 gelding Neptune's Storm and Kent Desormeaux. The winner is trained by Bill Morey. Winning time 1:36.78. The chart succinctly says Rejika "stalked inside, then between horses leaving the backstretch and on the second turn and into the stretch and lacked a rally."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 11, Rijeka 50:00 Handily training track 19/28 at SA
Jan. 20, Rijeka 1.00:60 Handily dirt training 5/31 at SA
Jan. 26, Rijeka 51:00 Handily dirt training 11/12 at SA
Feb. 17, Rijeka 50:00 Handily training track 13/18 at SA

 

 

 

>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

 

 

 

SEA OF HOPE (KY)
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Owner: Sumaya U.S. Stable
Breeder: Glencrest Farm, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Quality Road (Elusive Quality, Kobla)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Part the Seas (CAN) (Stormy Atlantic, Go Marching Thru (CAN))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-4-9-0-0 (16) 2.56
Foal Date: April 12, 2016

$165,000 Keeneland January 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

Finished third in his Nov. 21 debut at Aqueduct in a very good effort when he, Demarchelier and Seismic Wave were only a head apart at the finish line. The race went 1 1/16 mile on turf, timed in 1:44.29.

While Proliferate at 18-1 won at first asking at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 30 in a one-mile turf maiden special weight, it was a neck back to 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."

Feb. 17 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Feb. 2, Sea of Hope 1.02:00 Breezing firm turf 2/17 at PAY

 

 



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."

 

 

 

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


 

 



SIR TRUEBADOUR (KY)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Owner: Whispering Oaks Farm LLC
Breeder: Two Stamp Stables
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): More Than Ready (Southern Halo, Woodman's Girl)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Kivi (King of Kings (IRE), Vilikaia)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index:
Foal Date: Feb. 22, 2016

$300,000 Fasig-Tipson New York 2017

A half-brother to Regally Ready

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

He impressively won by four lengths at first asking on May 17 sprinting at Churchill Downs and then finished fourth in the Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 8, two lengths behind winner Our Braintrust.

On June 30 at Churchill Downs, Sir Truebadour led every step to win the Bashford Manor Stakes at six furlongs. Ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., Sir Truebadour, who was sent to post as the hot 3-2 favorite, ran six furlongs in 1:12.77 – the slowest time of 19 Bashford Manor renewals at the six-furlong distance. Sir Truebadour was leg weary late in the stretch but had a jump on his 11 rivals after breaking alertly from post 4. He ran the first quarter mile in a swift :21.35. The Song of John got within a half-length of Sir Truebadour at the top of the stretch but the winner spurted clear after a half mile in :45.63, drew clear midway down the lane, and had enough to hold on comfortably. Mr Chocolate Chip, a Belterra Park winner, rallied for second under Euclyn Prentice Jr. at odds of 103-1. He finished 1 1/4 length in front of Indiana Grand maiden winner Overanalyzer under Andreas Ulloa at 99-1. Cat Addiction, Kentucky Juvenile winner Weiland, The Song of John, Dalliance, 2-1 second betting choice Shanghaied Roo, Baytown Glory, California invader and 5-2 third choice Toothless Wonder, Eye Cloud and Mr. Granite completed the order of finish.

Steve Asmussen: “We aimed to this race since he broke his maiden. It’s great to win a graded stakes race. He got a little tired late but it was a great win.”

Ricardo Santana, Jr.: “Steve and his team did a great job with this horse. It was a great win today. He is very fast early and got the lead nicely out of the gate. He got a little tired late but held on nicely to win.”

On Aug. 8, Sir Truebador finished sixth in the Skidmore Stakes as the 5-2 favorite.

Jan. 8 NOTE: Nothing showing on his worktab.


 

 



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

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."
 

 



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

 

 

 

STILL DREAMING (KY)
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds & Chris Larsen
Breeder: Hinkle Farms
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Flatter (A.P. Indy, Praise)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Seeking Gabrielle (Forestry, Seeking Regina)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-7-11-0-0 (26) 3.73
Foal Date: March 25, 2016

$460,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:

Still Dreaming debuted sprinting at Laurel Park on Nov. 22. Sent off at 2-1 odds, he finished fourth beaten 5 1/4 lengths by 2-1 favorite Sky Magician, with V. I. P. Ticket and Scoreswhenhewants second and third. It was a surge-and-fade trip under Jorge Vargas, Jr. "Disputed the pace outside Nobiz Like Jetbiz, drew on near even terms approaching the stretch, fought on to mid stretch and faded late."

He won his second start, which was stretching out to a mile at Laurel on Jan. 1. With Trevor McCarthy aboard, Still Dreaming stayed close to an early pace of 24.72 and 48.87, drew up on even terms with six furlongs timed in 1:14.41, and " drew off under a brisk hand ride" to win by three lengths in 1:38.04. He was sent off at 4-5 odds in a field of only six.

Jan. 26 NOTE: Moved to Florida after that win, Still Dreaming worked at Tampa Bay Downs today.

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

In the Feb. 9 Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, Still Dreaming was fifth of nine after the first half-mile, five lengths off the pace. He didn't rally at all and finished seventh, beaten 16 lengths by Well Defined and a time of 1:42.70.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 26, Still Dreaming 1:02.00 Breezing 7/39 at TAM
Feb. 1, Still Dreaming 1:13.40 Breezing 1/1 at TAM

 

 

 



STUBBINS (KY)
Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill
Owner: McShane Racing, LLC
Breeder: Patrick Durtschi & Brittney Durtschi
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam):
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam):
Dosage Profile (Points) Index:
Foal Date: Feb. 11, 2016

$20,000 RNA Keeneland November 2016
$22,000 RNA Keeneland September 2017
$130,000 OBS March 2018

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

A maiden special weight winner in his third start, that race taking place on Jan. 5 at Santa Anita when Flavien Prat got him up by a nose over My Mandate in a field of 12 on the downhill turf course. The time was 1:13.64.

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.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 22, Stubbins 49:20 Handily 7/26 at SLR
Jan. 29, Stubbins 1.01:80 Handily 13/28 at SLR

 

 

 

TACKETT (WV)
Trainer: Michael Stidham
Owner: DAARS Inc.
Breeder: David Ross
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Limehouse (Grand Slam, Dixieland Blues)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Unostrike (Macho Uno, Gold Strike (CAN))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-4-9-0-0 (18) 3.00
Foal Date: April 13, 2016

A gelding
His dam, Unostrike, is a half-sister to two-time graded stakes winner Llanarmon

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

He was victorious at second asking going a mile and 70 yards in 1:43.66 at Fair Grounds on Nov. 24.

Next out, at 3-5 odds under Joe Bravo, he won a first level allowance at the same track and distance on Dec. 22, this time clocked in 1:44.11. It was an eventful outing, but in simple terms he stalked the pace third of seven and was set down with Owendale at the top of the stretch. Those two battled to the wire with Tackett prevailing by a gritty head. The chart says "Tackett hit the inside of the gate at the start, saved ground on the first turn, was well placed in third position, moved out midway down the backstretch, made a bid while asked in the three path on the far turn, came four to five wide into the stretch, dueled on the outside of the runner-up under strong urging in the drive and narrowly prevailed.

Dec. 31 NOTE: Trainer Stidham said: “He’s probably our top two year old turning three. We’re planning on running in the LeComte if all is well. He’s a big horse with a long stride, and he’s a West Virginia-bred which is kind of a rare situation, but he doesn’t know where he’s bred. He’s doing well. He’s got a good attitude, a big stride and tactical speed going long, so were real excited about him.”

In the mile and 70 yard LeComte Stakes at Fair Ground on Jan. 19, Tackett finished ninth, beaten by 10 1/4 lengths by War of Will and a time of 1:43.44. The chart calls says he "was hustled from the start, went three wide on the first turn, was rated just  off the pace, went two then three wide on the far turn, was driven past the  five-sixteenths, came five wide into the stretch and capitulated."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Tackett 48:20 Breezing 8/157 at FG
Jan. 12, Tackett 48:60 Breezing 18/145 at FG

 

 



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.

 

 


TOBACCO ROAD (KY)
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Owner: L and N Racing LLC
Breeder: Flaxman Holdings Limited & Airlie Stud
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Quality Road (Elusive Quality, Kobla)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Isobel Baillie (GB) (Lomitas (GB), Dubai Soprano (GB))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 1-3-10-2-2 (18) 1.00
Foal Date: May 4, 2016

$35,000 Keeneland September 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

After three races, Tobacco Road had followed a path identical to Lookin At Lee, the 2017 Kentucky Derby runner-up ridden by Corey Lanerie. Both horses are trained by Asmussen and owned by Lee Levinson’s L and N Racing. Both horses finished fifth at Churchill Downs in their first start, won at Ellis in their second and took the Ellis Park Juvenile in their third.

On Aug. 19, Corey Lanerie rode Tobacco Road from eighth 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.

Corey Lanerie: "He broke really good, and then the speed just kind of ran away from him. I had to kind of keep him busy the first quarter of a mile. Once he found his stride around the turn, from the three-eighths to the quarter pole, I could tell I had a lot of horse. It was just trying to time it right and get him to the front at the right time. Actually at the quarter pole, I thought I had the two in front of me with ease. I hadn’t really asked my horse. I didn’t think the two in front, that they had that much. When I got to his (Whiskey Echo’s) hip, he proved me wrong. I got a little worried at the eighth pole. And then by the sixteenth pole I was kind of taking control and getting away from them.”

Assistant trainer Mitch Dennison; “He’s very competitive and he always just has his ears up, is very happy and has kept very good weight."

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.”

Tobacco Road's form began to decline afterward. He finished fourth in the Sept. 6 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs and ninth in the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland -- both of those 1 1/16-mile races.

He was sent to Remington Park and finished third in the seven-furlong Clever Trevor Stakes on Nov. 2, but then he dropped to a 10th-place finish in the Springboard Mile on Dec. 16. He lost 8 3/4 lengths on the leader in the final eighth-mile.

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. 27, Tobacco Road 1.03:00 Breezing 26/38 at FG
Feb. 3, Tobacco Road 49:80 Breezing 55/102 at FG

 

 

 

TOM MANAGEMENT (KY)
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Owner: G M B Racing
Breeder: Old Tavern Farm, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Lemon Drop Kid (Kingmambo, Charming Lassie)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Comme Chez Soi (Empire Maker, Downthedustyroad)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-3-13-4-0 (28) 1.67
Foal Date: Feb. 12, 2016

$100,000 Keeneland September 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

Tom Management debuted on Dec. 26 at Fair Grounds, and he came away with a narrow win going nine furlongs on firm turf in a slow 1:53.80 at odds of 9-1 under Declan Carroll. Cowboys Dream finished second by a head at 52-1, Rionero third a neck back of Cowboys Dream. The chart says he "set the pace on the inside, was asked coming to the quarter-pole, responded well when set down in upper stretch and held gamely under strong urging."

In a wild turf allowance going about a mile at Fair Grounds on Feb. 10, there was a cavalry charge to the finish line where the top four finishers were separated by three noses -- Most Mischief (four wide first turn, five wide second turn under Miguel Mena), Tom Management (inside under Declan Carroll), Ian Glass (two wide and three wide under Shaun Bridgmohan) and Handsome Honey (two to three wide both turns under Corey Lanerie). The winning time was 1:42.86.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 12, Tom Management 49.40 Breezing 44/145 at FG
Feb. 2, Tom Management 49:80 Breezing 93/169 at FG

 

 

 

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

 


 



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.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 4, Vantastic 1:01.60 Handily 1/8 at SA


 

 



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

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.


 

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