Mark Casse says Coastline deserves another chance to prove himself in the Southwest Stakes after running third as the favorite in the Smarty Jones Stakes.
“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed that he got a little tired, but I wasn’t surprised,” said Casse. “I may have rushed him back a little too quickly (from the Delta Jackpot). But I’m happy with where we are, and we got a race over the track so that should be to our advantage.”
The Delta Jackpot was Coastline’s only out of the money finish in five starts -- Coastline broke poorly and didn't recover -- and it was also his only effort traveling farther than one-mile. The Southwest was changed from last year's mile distance to 1 1/16 mile. Can Coastline get the distance?
“It’s hard to say,” said Casse. “He’s a horse we shipped out (from Florida), and he only had one little breeze over the track before he ran (in the Smarty Jones). He definitely got tired. We’re hoping it was just a matter of him needing a race and not a matter of him not wanting to go that far.”
Coastline was sired by a sprinter, but his dam is Culinary, who won two stakes at the Southwest distance during her career. He has a dosage index of 3.44 and a profile of 6-5-9-0-0. Casse says Coastline, a $190,000 purchase from the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale, doesn’t have a sprinter’s conformation.
“This horse is not the typical Speightstown, he’s a little longer,” the trainer said. “If you’re going to look at a Speightstown that could get a route of ground, he’s one that would. “He’s very efficient in the way he moves, and he’s built a lot longer and rangier. A lot of Speightstowns are a little shorter. He’s not that way. Maybe he takes after his mom.”
“He worked really good the other day,” continued Casse. “The way he won the Street Sense at Churchill, it looked that day like he won’t have a problem running a route of ground. We know he likes Churchill and that’s a plus. I hope he likes Hot Springs as well.”
Kendall’s Boy: In From Fair Grounds
Kendall’s Boy arrived at Oaklawn Park on Thursday from Tom Amoss’ base in New Orleans. The Sky Mesa colt will be looking to win his second straight race since making a successful 3-year-old debut Jan. 11 in a $46,000 allowance/optional claiming race at the Fair Grounds.
“He’s a nice colt, but the question on him is whether he can successfully negotiate two turns,” said Amoss. “We’ve worked on that. At first glance, he tried it once at Keeneland and it didn’t go well.”
Amoss was referring to the day Kendall’s Boy was 11th of 12 in the Dixiana Breeders Futurity last October. “There were a lot of moving parts which made that race what it was, a disappointment,” Amoss said.
Amoss said that Kendall’s Boy came out of the effort with a small chip in his hind ankle, which was removed, and he ran an impressive race to reach the winner’s circle in his first time back.
“When you look at his form, you see he was second to Havana in his first start, so you walk away saying this is a very nice horse,” said Amoss. “But the question still remains will he successfully negotiate two turns. Like I said, we’ve worked on that, and we’ll see.”
Amoss picked out Kendall’s Boy at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale for $100,000. He's by Sky Mesa out of Golden Damsel and has a dosage index of 2.60 and a profile of 7-2-8-1-0.
The colt’s name holds a great deal of significance for his owner.
The colt is named for Kendall Hill, Jerry Namy’s close friend and partner in the horse business, who was killed when the two men, along with two others, were involved in a 2009 twin-engine plane crash while they were returning home to Dallas, Texas after watching one of their horses run at Remington Park.
Dr. Namy, the former CEO and president of Texland Petroleum LLC, was a miraculous survivor of the crash. He suffered nine broken ribs, displaced vertebrae, a dislocated hip which broke into his pelvis, and a broken fibula. He spent a month in ICU after the crash. Bob Schumacher, Namy’s partner in Texland, also died as a result of complications from his injuries. The pilot survived.
Amoss said that even though there are Kentucky Derby points at stake in the Southwest, it’s premature to look that far down the road.
“First things first,” he said. “No matter where he runs in this race, you won’t see a better looking horse in the paddock. He’s a very athletic, good looking horse.”
Edited Oaklawn :Park release with additional content by Dick Downey