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Shippers Create Interesting Battaglia

3/3/2011

Positive Response, shipping in from California, Blue Laser, coming from Florida, and WEBN Stakes winner Twinspired are among nine entered in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday.  The 1 1/16-mile competition is the final local prep for the Grade III Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes on March 26.

Positive Response comes into the Battaglia after finishing third, beaten just two lengths, in the Grade III El Camino Real Derby on the all-weather track at Golden Gate three weeks ago.  Immediately before that, he collected three straight wins, including the Gold Rush and California Derby, also at Golden Gate.  In seven starts on all-weather surfaces he has four wins and two seconds, showing versatility in running style. He is training very well at Golden Gate, posting a best-of-66 five furlongs in early February and going four furlongs in :48 flat last Sunday, fifth-fastest of 104 at that distance.  Trainer William Morey ships him in for the Battaglia, with Julien Couton in to ride.

Blue Laser won the Grade III Grey Stakes on Polytrack at Woodbine in October but has not raced since he failed to finish the Grade III Delta Jackpot in November.  He was taken out of that race when Aces N Kings blew the far turn and bolted into Blue Laser’s path.  Before that misfortune, Blue Laser had two wins and a third in three starts, all at Woodbine.  He's been training at Palm Meadows in Florida for his return, and last week traveled to Ocala Training Center for a work over an all-weather surface, breezing five furlongs in one minute flat, best of six at the distance that day.  He can set the pace but is equally at home off the pace.  Mark Casse trains.  John McKee has the mount.

Twinspired won the second local prep for the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes, turning a wide trip into a 4 1/4-length win in the one-mile WEBN.  He is two-for-five in his career, with both wins over all-weather surfaces.  Mike Maker trains.  Corey Lanerie comes in to ride Twinspired for the first time.

R Fast Cat, also trained by Maker, closed mightily to be second in the WEBN, while  Taptowne, trained by Wayne Mogge, closed to finish third. Both are back for the Battaglia.

--Edited Turfway release

Saturday, Race 9
John Battaglia Memorial Stakes
Turfway Park
Purse: $100,000
Distance: 1 1/16 Mile
Surface: Dirt
Post Time: 9:22 ET

Post
Horse
  ML Jockey
Wt
S
M
Trainer
1
Admiral Perry (KY)
  5-1 B. Creed
116
C
L
C. McGaughey III
2
Blue Laser (KY)
  7-2 J. McKee
122
C
LA
M. Casse
3
Adulare (KY)
  8-1 I. J. Rosendo
116
C
LA
G. Arnold II
4
Night Party (KY)
  15-1 F. Arguello Jr.
116
C
L
P. Huffman
5
R Fast Cat (KY)
  8-1 V. Lebron
116
C
LA
M. Maker
6
Positive Response (FL)
  5-2 J. Couton
122
G
LA
W. Morey
7
Son of Posse (KY)
  50-1 R. Mojica, Jr.
116
G
LA
R. Vitiello
8
Taptowne (KY)
  12-1 R. Prescott
116
C
LA
W. Mogge
9
Twinspired (KY)
  3-1 C. Lanerie
122
C
LA
M. Maker

Owners:  1 - Stuart S. Janney, III; 2 - WinStar Farm, LLC (Kenny Troutt); 3 - Wind River Stables (Evan Trommer); 4 - Camelia J. Casby; 5 - Scarlet Stable (Rose A. Barney); 6 - Saul Gevertz, William E. Morey, Roger Newman and Ray Pagano; 7 - Karma Stables (Meghan Scott); 8 - Clovertowne Farm (Quinton Spivey); 9 - Alpha Stables, Skychai Racing LLC and Sand Dollar Stable LLC

 
Breeders:    1 - Stuart S. Janney, III LLC; 2 - WinStar Farm, LLC; 3 - B. D. Gibbs Farm, LLC & FleetwoodBloodstock; 4 - Camelia Casby; 5 - WinStar Farm, LLC; 6 - Rosebrook Farms LLC & Moreau BloodstockInt'l., Inc; 7 - Robert W. Sanford; 8 - Clover Towne Farm; 9 - John Jain, Lawrence Opas & Frank Sinatra

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