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PROMOTED Demarchelier

NEXT RACE Alwaysmining, Federal Case


 
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A THREAD OF BLUE
ALWAYSMINING
AVIE'S FLATTER
BULLETIN
CURRENT
DEMARCHELIER - Moved from Just In Case April 12
DESSMAN
EASY SHOT
EXTRA HOPE
FEDERAL CASE
GALILEAN
GROWTH ENGINE
HENLEY'S JOY
HIDDEN SCROLL
HONEST MISCHIEF
INTREPID HEART
KINGLY
LAST JUDGMENT
LAUGHING FOX
MANNY WAH
METROPOL
MIND CONTROL
MR. MONEY
MUCH BETTER
MUCHO
MUCHO GUSTO
NOLO CONTESTO
NOT THAT BRADY
OWENDALE - Moved from Just In Case April 13
OUTSHINE
PREAMBLE
SEISMIC WAVE
SIR WINSTON
SO ALIVE
WARRIOR'S CHARGE
SOMELIKEITHOTBROWN - Moved from Looking Good April 11
SPARKY VILLE
STANDARD DEVIATION
STUBBINS
THE RIGHT PATH
TONE BROKE
UNION'S DESTINY
WELL DEFINED
WICKED INDEED

 



A THREAD OF BLUE (KY)
Trainer: Kiaran P. McLaughlin
Owner: Leonard C. Green
Breeder: Flaxman Holdings Limited
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Hard Spun (Danzig, Turkish Tryst)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Enthused (Seeking the Gold, Magic of Life)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 9-4-17-0-0 (30) 2.53
Foal Date: March 19, 2016

$150,000 Keeneland September 2017
$430,000 OBS March 2018

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

In his third start, which came at Belmont Park on Oct. 7, he won by two lengths at seven furlongs on dirt in a time of 1:23.27. He was 2-1 and beat Greyes Creek. Five ran.

After finishing third to Empire of War and Life Mission by a little over a length in the Nov. 4 Awad Stakes, he moved up in the world -- shipped to Florida.

In his first start at Gulfstream Park, a Dec. 22 turf allowance optional claimer going 1 1/16 mile, he won by 2 3/4 lengths at 9-5 odds under Luis Saez. English Bee was second. The chart says he "quick footed to take lead out of gate, secured inside position in first turn then set the pace through backstretch, remained comfortable on top, roused for more upper stretch, responded sharply and widened advantage under mild drive."

Jan. 31 NOTE: Trainer McLaughlin said, “He jumped and made the lead last time pretty impressively, so he will be forwardly placed. He doesn’t have to be on the lead but he won’t be far away. He’s doing very well. He’s trained great since the last race, and we’re looking forward to running him back. Hopefully it stays on the turf, but he could dirt, also. We like him a lot, so we will run either way. He keeps working really well, so we can’t wait to get him going."

In the one-mile Dania Beach Stakes on turf at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 3, A Thread of Blue won by 3 1/2 lengths as the 2-1 favorite, followed across the finish line by Louder Than Bombs, Current and Stirling Drive. With Luis Saez riding, A Thread of Blue set the pace in unpressured splits of 23.36, 47.66 and 1:11.41 before coming home in an impressive 1:34.96 while being ridden out in hand.

Kiaran McLaughlin:“The last time he was sharp and he broke. Today, it didn’t look like there was anyone to bother him, but maybe (Ole Mole). It worked out for us. When you talk about route races and turf, a lot of them are lacking pace, and we are the pace. He’s a really nice horse who trains great. I was worried about (Ole Mole) having speed, but we broke well and they left us alone. It was just very impressive. We’ve always liked him. He’s obviously liking Gulfstream, so we’ll probably stay on this turf and run back in a month.”

Luis Saez: “He’s very fast. He put me in that position. I was there pretty easy and, man, when he came to the stretch he just took off. He did everything right.”

A Thread of Blue, accustomed to winning on the lead, came from off the pace to win the Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 2. A Thread of Blue covered the firm 1 1/16-mile turf course in 1:41.93 while winning by three-quarters of a length over the contentious Casa Creed, who was a length in front of Louder Than Bombs in third. A Thread of Blue rated in third position behind fractions of :23.78 and :47.99 set by King Ottokar and 99-1 longshot Hard Belle. Casa Creed wasn't far behind in fourth under John Velazquez. Approaching the final turn, Saez moved A Thread of Blue alongside King Ottokar and took the lead leaving the bend. The winner turned back a pursuing Casa Creed as the pair approached the finish line.

Kiaran McLaughlin; “It was great to be able to lay third, second, third and then move when he wanted to move. He’s a really nice horse and does everything right. He obviously loves it in Florida, winning three in a row here and we’ll probably give him a little more time in between races this next time, and we’ll look at Derby day. I was only nervous at the eighth pole when Johnny came up next to us, but Luis said he had a lot of horse the whole way and he ran great. Like I said we’ll freshen him a little bit and try to give him sixty days till his next start. I definitely think he can stretch out to a mile and a quarter, should be no problem. The mile and half might be a little far for him, but certainly we’ll try a mile and a quarter.”

March 7 NOTE: Trainer McLaughlin said, "He's doing really well, and we're very happy with him. Absolutely, we're looking at (the Turf Trinity) for sure, and it's an exciting opportunity."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 12, A Thread of Blue 49:65 Breezing 20/65 at PMM
Jan. 19, A Thread of Blue 48:00 Breezing 2/95 at PMM
Jan. 25, A Thread of Blue 48:25 Breezing 2/43 at PMM
Feb. 16, A Thread of Blue 48:75 Breezing 15/72 at PMM
Feb. 22, A Thread of Blue 50:50 Breezing 27/36 at PMM
March 23, A Thread of Blue 50:40 Breezing 56/91 at PMM
March 30, A Thread of Blue 48:45 Breezing 4/61 at PMM
April 13, A Thread of Blue 49:60 Breezing 9/50 at PMM


 

 



ALWAYSMINING (MD)
Trainer: Kelly Rubley
Owner: Runnymede Racing
Breeder: Avla Pitts
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Stay Thirsty (Bernardini, Marozia)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): What Will Be (Anees, Che Sara Sara)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-7-9-0-0 (20) 3.44
Foal Date: March 10, 2016

$130,000 Keeneland September 2017
A gelding


NEXT RACE: Frederico Tesio Stakes at Laurel Park on April 20. Race 10, 5:42 ET.

He finished fourth twice and third once in his first three starts, which came at Keeneland (one start) and Churchill Downs (two starts).

In his fourth career start, Alwaysmining broke his maiden by 5 1/2 lengths in June at Laurel Park for his original trainer, Laura Wohlers, then was fifth in one start for trainer Eddie Graham before being sent to trainer Rubley.

After struggling to finish seventh over a soft turf course in the Laurel Futurity, he won by 10 lengths in the slop on Oct. 27 at Laurel. He led throughout in that one, his second start for Rubley.

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

Kelley Rubley: “I’ve been very happy with how he’s been training coming into this race. The last race was obviously quite impressive. I think the fun part about this horse is that he’s versatile. He’s won at a mile, he won at 5 1/2 and now seven, so the possibilities are endless. We’ll see how he comes back from this. We’re going to enjoy today.”

Daniel Centeno: “He won really good last time, and I really liked him. They asked me if I wanted to come and I said yes. I was watching the races and looking at the track, and it seemed a little fast, so we tried to get a good position. He took the lead and made it easy all the way to the wire.”

Alwaysmining won his next start, too, the Heft Stakes at Laurel Park on Dec. 29. With Centeno aboard, they again raced to the early lead and remained in front through seven furlongs on 1:22.60. Initial fractions were 22.72 and 46.10. Win Win Win finished second, 1 1/2 length back after ceding the winner about 10 lengths in the early running. It was six more lengths to the next finisher. The chart for those two says, "Alwaysmining set the pace near the inner rail, drifted wide leaving the turn, angled to the two path in upper stretch and dug in under pressure. Win Win Win broke a bit awkwardly in behind, moved up two wide on the turn, was taken to the inner rail entering the stretch, reached a striking position inside the winner in mid stretch and continued gamely."

Daniel Centeno to DRF: "We had the one hole, so I wanted to come out running. They let me go to the lead, and he held it the whole way."

Jan. 26 NOTE: Going to the Miracle Wood next. If all goes well, two turns would be next in the picture.

Feb. 12 NOTE: Alwaysmining is Triple Crown nominated. Apologies for stating otherwise earlier, and thanks to The Commish for the heads-up.

In the one-turn, one-mile Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park on Feb. 16, the 3-5 favorite Alwaysmining opened up in the stretch to win by 4 1/4 lengths in 1:35.2 7 . There was a nice ride by Daniel Centeno, who glanced back at the competition in the backstretch and who shook up his willing runner at the top of the lane. Gray Magician, who was 1-5 in the early betting and sent off at 2-1, finished second after closely pursuing the winner early with Flavien Prat in the saddle. Tybalt closed from last but flattened out in the stretch and was nosed out at the wire to finish third. Six ran. Alwaysmining's early fractions were 24.23, 47.51 and 1:11.29.

Kelly Rubley: “I thought it was brilliant. We got to go :24 for the first quarter, which was ideal. I thought we’d get some pressure today, so that was perfect. They let him get away with it and Danny felt he had a lot of horse at the end."

Daniel Centeno: "We got the inside hole again today and just wanted to break sharp and get the lead. He broke sharp and ran strong.We went to the lead and made an easy lead all the way to the wire."

March 8 NOTE: Nominated to the Private Terms Stakes set for March 16.

March 9 NOTE: Trainer Rubley said after a workout and ahead of Alwaysmining's debut at two turns, “I was very happy with the work. He went nice in 48 and one and galloped out strong, so fingers crossed. He’s definitely continuing to move forward. I think he’s starting to fill out a little bit and he’s maturing. He’s doing very well. “We’ve nominated him to a few races (including Sunland Derby). I think we’re probably likely to run in the Private Terms. This looks like the most logical spot to try it. We don’t have to ship and we get to see how he handles it in a nice, safe environment that he loves.”

Alwaysmining made it look easy while extending his win streak to five races in the Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park on March 16, his first race around two turns. It was a front-running effort and resulted in 6 3/4-length win margin. Breaking from post 3 as the 1-2 favorite in a field of seven, Alwaysmining found himself on the lead with stakes-placed Joevia settling into second and Miracle Wood third-place finisher Tybalt in third through a quarter-mile in 24.38, and opening up by four lengths after a half in 48.44. Joevia closed the gap to two lengths after six furlongs went in 1:12.66, but he was unable to keep up as Alwaysmining gained separation once straightened for home. He steadily pulled clear of his rivals and completed the distance of about 1 1/16 mile in 1:42.65.

Kelly Rubley: “That’s what we were hoping we’d see. He looks like he’s galloping, just relaxed. He’s a very classy horse. My biggest concern was, it’s really a short jump to the first turn here when we go a mile and a sixteenth, and if we didn’t clear it, I wasn’t sure how our trip would play out. Obviously, he had no problem jumping out on top. I was extremely impressed with this race. Danny said he never even had to use the stick on him, which I think is phenomenal. He’s just doing it for fun. We’ll see (what's next). Every time we win we get more excited, of course.”

Daniel Centeno: The plan was like always, to try to break sharp and go to the lead. I know (Joevia) was the other speed in the race, so I was looking to see what he’d do. When we went to the first turn, I looked and he took back a little bit, and my horse was going easy on the lead all the way.”

THE NEXT DAY: Jockey Centeno said, “He’s doing better and better every race and gaining more confidence. We’re going to find out more about him when he runs against better horses, but this horse can run. He’s smart, he’s professional and he does everything right. You can pretty much do whatever you want with him, and Kelly is doing a great job keeping him sound and fit and sharp. I know the owners and Kelly are going to talk about what’s next, but no matter where he goes, I’m going to ride him and we’ll see what happens."

April 3 NOTE: Per a report at Horse Racing Nation, Alwaysmining's next target is the Frederico Tesio, and connections hope the Preakness is next. “The big thing with him being a gelding is longevity,” said racing manager Joe Cassidy.

April 7 NOTE: Trainer Rubley said after yesterday's workout, “I was impressed with him. He did it very easily. It was a very, very solid work. You’re somewhat surprised when you look at the clock, because it doesn’t look like he’s going that fast, that’s for sure. We nominated to everything to cover our bases, but I’m very happy with the path we’ve chosen for this horse. I think we’re doing the right thing by the horse. He just continues to move forward. I have no complaints. Right now, we’re looking forward to the 20th. We’ll work next weekend, and then we’re planning to enter for the Tesio if everything goes well."

April 13 NOTE: Runnymede racing manager Joe Cassidy said, “He’s such a nice horse; he just keeps on trying,” said. “We’re very excited about going to the Tesio. It’s a great race with a great history, and we’re looking forward to being there.” Rival trainer Graham Motion said, “That horse is very good. Kelly has done a great job with him. She’s been very conservative, picked her spots with him very well. It’s going to take a really good horse to step up and beat him. I think you’re probably going to see him in the Preakness, I would imagine.”

April 17 NOTE: Racing manager Joe Cassidy said, “Kelly’s very happy with the horse. The great thing about this horse is, after it’s over he switches right back off. He’s just a sweet horse to be around. He’s a lovely horse, so the Bentleys quite enjoy being able to go to the barn and pet him and give him cookies and that kind of thing. All the way around, it’s been a great experience for them. They couldn’t be happier. My gosh, I wish it was tomorrow. This is another question for him. He has to get the mile and an eighth. We don’t want to put too much in front of him. He has to get the distance. It’s always a question for these young horses. We know he’ll show up, and hopefully we’re not asking him to do more than he’s up for.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 19, Alwaysmining 48:00 Breezing synthetic 1/16 at FAI
Jan. 26, Alwaysmining 1.01:20 Breezing synthetic 1/16 at FAI
Feb. 4, Alwaysmining 1.02:00 Breezing synthetic 3/8 at FAI
Feb. 10, Alwaysmining 48:00 Breezing 1/9 at FAI
March 2, Alwaysmining 49:20 Breezing synthetic 13/26 at FAI
March 9, Alwaysmining 48:20 Breezing 1/31 at FAI
March 30, Alwaysmining 49:60 Breezing synthetic 6/13 at FAI
April 6, Alwaysmining 1.00:00 Breezing 1/17 at FAI
April 13, Alwaysmining 49:00 Breezing synthetic 3/19 at FAI


 

 

 



AVIE'S FLATTER (ON)
Trainer: Josie Carroll
Owner: Ivan Dalos
Breeder: Tall Oaks Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Flatter (A.P. Indy, Praise)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Avie's Empire (Empire Maker)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 9-8-11-0-0 (28) 4.09
Foal Date: April 3, 2016


NEXT RACE:

Won on the grass in Canada in his debut. On Sept. 16 he was fourth in the one-mile Summer Stakes, a grade I race on the turf. Afterward, he easily won against Canadian-breds on both turf (1 1/16-mile Cup and Saucer Stakes on Oct. 16) and synthetic (1 1/8-mile Coronation Stakes on Nov. 18) at Woodbine to earn black type.

Dec. 28 NOTE: Being pointed to Tampa Bay Downs, with owner Dalos reflecting to TDN earlier in the month, “I’ll try to go the same route that I did (in 2015) with Ami’s Flatter, who came down to Florida and ended up running second in the Tampa Bay Derby and third in the Florida Derby."

In the Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland on April 5, Avie's Flatter came from midpack and off a five-plus month layoff to get up for the win under Javier Castellano. In his first race on grass and his first start since Nov. 18, he was timed in 1:42.86 for the 1 1/16 mile. Henley's Joy, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, missed the break from the outside post, trailed the field of eight at three calls, and got up outside of horses in the lane to finish second, beaten a half-length. The Black Album and Jose Ortiz were always in contention, hugged the rail through the far turn, and angled out to be part of the finishing mix, beaten a length in third. War Film, seventh in the early going, was fourth.

Javier Castellano: “I really liked the way he did it today. I’ve been studying the horse since last year. Rode against. I like the way he does everything. He can be on the lead. He can cover up. Today he broke a little slow. I didn’t rush it. The layoff and the way he performed today, very amazing.”

Josie Carroll: “We had some pretty solid works at Palm Meadows. I thought he was in good order, but I did say to Javier, ‘Keep him covered up a little bit and make sure you have some horse to finish because it has been a while since he ran.’ Mr. Dalos breeds a really good horse, and we thought this horse was special from the very beginning.” Next start?  We’re going to think about (the American Turf on Kentucky Derby day).”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 18, Avie's Flatter 38:45 Breezing 5/8 at PMM
Jan. 24, Avie's Flatter 50:05 Breezing 4/19 at PMMM
Jan. 31, Avie's Flatter 49:55 Breezing 20/46 at PMM
Feb. 6, Avie's Flatter 1.02:25 Breezing 3/4 at PMM
Feb. 12, Avie's Flatter 1.01:60 Breezing 2/18 at PMM
Feb. 18, Avie's Flatter 1.12:80 Breezing 1/1 at PMM
Feb. 25, Avie's Flatter 1.00:80 Breezing 2/8 at PMM
March 4, Avie's Flatter 49:25 Breezing 11/20 at PMM
March 11, Avie's Flatter 1.09:70 Breezing firm turf 1/3 at PMM
March 23, Avie's Flatter 48:65 Breezing firm turf 19/53 at PMM
March 30, Avie's Flatter 1.01:50 Breezing firm turf 8/16 at PMM

 

 

 

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

NEXT RACE:

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.

In the Palisades Turf Sprint at Keeneland on April 4, Bulletin scored a front-running victory in 1:02.92 going 5 1/2 furlongs on firm turf. He broke sharply and zipped through early splits of 22.10 and 45.65.

Assistant trainer Ginny DePasquale: “He always breaks very sharp from the gate, and we were hoping he would get a good position, which he did. He was in the perfect spot, and we are really pleased with his effort and Javier’s ride. Everything just came together. He has been training exceptionally well in Florida so we would have been disappointed if he didn't win because he has been doing so well."

Javier Castellano: “This horse did it the right way. He was pretty sharp out of the gate. He’s a special horse. You don’t see too many horses like that. He’s got so much talent. I just enjoyed the ride. The way he did it in the first part of the race – :22, :45 – I felt like he did it the right way. When I asked him, he responded so well. You have to encourage him a little bit because he’s the kind of horse who looks around a little bit. But this time he put it together. I like the way he did it today.”

Elliott Walden (President, CEO and Racing Manager of WinStar Farm: “Any time you have a horse at two and they turn three, they don’t always hold their form. His run in the Breeders’ Cup was special, so we were hoping that he would come back good. We’re just real excited to see him come back to the form that he showed in the Breeders’ Cup. We’ll huddle up with Todd, let him do his job. He did a great job getting him ready for today. The horse was three in front at the eighth pole, and I knew he wasn’t going to get beat then. He’s a very talented horse. We’d be honored to go to Royal Ascot.”

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
Feb. 26, Bulletin 50:19 Breezing 3/5 at PBD
March 6, Bulletin 1.02:07 Breezing 1/1 at PBD
March 14, Bulletin 1.01:54 Breezing 3/3 at PBD
March 21, Bulletin 1.01:60 Breezing heavy 1/2 at PBD
March 27, Bulletin 1.01:90 Breezing 3/3 at PBD

 

 

 

 

CURRENT (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Robert V. LaPenta & Dixiana Farms LLC
Breeder: Hinkle Farms
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Curlin (Smart Strike (CAN), Sherriffs Deputy)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Crosswinds (Storm Cat, Flute)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-5-11-0-0 (24) 3.36
Foal Date: March 22, 2016

$725,000 Keeneland September 2016


NEXT RACE:

Current debuted in a turf sprint, broke his maiden in his second start going a mile on turf, then won the 1 1/16-mile Dixiana Bourbon Stakes on the grass at Keeneland on Oct. 7, his best performance of the year.

After that win, Current finished seventh, beaten 6 1/4 lengths by Line of Duty, in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

That was followed with another seventh-place finish, his first race on dirt, in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. He was beaten 12 lengths by Signalman.

Current made his 2019 debut in the Feb. 3 Dania Beach Stakes on turf at Gulfstream Park and finished third to A Thread of Blue and Louder Than Bombs, beaten four lengths. He was the 5-2 second choice at the windows; A Thread of Blue was favored at 2-1. Current was off slow and didn't show the needed turn of foot in the stretch.

March 6 NOTE: Not entered in the Tampa Bay Derby. Eclipse Thoroughbred said via Twitter there is "no specific reason" for this decision, says all future turf and dirt races are on the table.

In the Florida Derby on March 30, Current finished fifth, beaten 11 1/4 lengths by Maximum Security, after trailing the 11-horse field through the first four furlongs, when he was behind by 7 2/4 lengths.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Current 48.78 Breezing 2/12 at PBD
Jan. 12, Current 50.53 Breezing 17/25 at PBD
Jan. 19, Current 50.68 Breezing 16/21 at PBD
Jan. 28, Current 48.80 Breezing 3/9 at PBD
Feb. 16, Current 48.85 Breezing 6/22 at PBD
Feb. 23, Current 48.42 Breezing 1/13 at PBD
March 2, Current 49:47 Breezing 12/24 at PBD
March 9, Current 48:09 Breezing 3/23 at PBD
March 16, Current 48:89 Breezing 6/19 at PBD
March 22, Current 48:88 Breezing 1/16 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

NEXT RACE: 

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.

In a turf entry-level allowance at Keeneland on April 12, Demarchelier won by 3/4 length, timed for the 1 1/16 mile in 1:44.63. He was the 8-5 favorite and was ridden by Javier Castellano. The chart says he "was allowed to settle in midpack three wide, shifted out wider getting in gear near the quarter-pole, and rallied steadily to wear down Award Winner from the outside."

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
Feb. 23, Demarchelier 49:00 Breezing firm turf 18/45 at SA
March 2, Demarchelier 50:50 Breezing firm turf 49/52 at PMM
March 10, Demarchelier 1.01:60 Breezing firm turf 14/33 at PMM
March 24, Demarchelier 49:90 Breezing 28/52 at PMM
March 30, Demarchelier 49:30 Breezing firm turf 17/43 at PMM
April 6, Demarchelier 49:40 Breezing 59/106 at KEE

 


 

 

DESSMAN (FL)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum
Breeder: Wind Hill Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Union Rags (Dixie Union, Tempo)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Frolic's Appeal (Trippi, Cherokyfrolicflash)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-2-6-2-0 (12) 1.40
Foal Date: Feb. 29, 2016

$120,000 Keeneland September 2017
$750,000 OBS April 2018
The rare foal born on Feb. 29


NEXT RACE:

On Jan. 19 at Santa Anita, Dessman was unveiled and impressed with a maiden special weight win timed in 1:11.37 on a track rated good. Under Flavien Prat, the 4-5 favorite broke a step slow and was third early but right there after a :22.24 quarter-mile. He and stable mate Scalper were in front heading out of the turn with the half-mile gone in 45.85, but Dessman soon separated himself and won by 7 1/2 lengths. Norski overtook Scalper to finish third.

In the seven-furlong San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 10, Coliseum was the 3-5 favorite, but he again came up short as Sparky Ville, a chestnut gelding trained by Jeff Bonde not early-nominated to the Triple Crown, eased past Dessman nearing the wire to win by a nose. Coliseum finished third, beaten 6 1/2 lengths, followed by Synthesis and Savagery. The winning time on a sloppy track was 1:21.93. Coliseum again broke slowly, and the race unfolded as Savagery (with Heriberto Figueroa on board), Coliseum (moved to the fore by Mike Smith) and Dessman (Flavien Prat) competed for the lead, with the opening quarter-mile going in 22.07 and the half in a speedy 44.32. Savagery gave it up on the turn, and Dessman, to the outside of Coliseum, advanced beyond him turning for home. Guided by Joel Rosario, Sparky Ville and Joel Rosario sat behind all this, a length or two off the pace and in behind heels leaving the turn, and made a late run to get by Dessman.

Flavien Prat: “I moved too soon. He fought back when he saw that horse. He ran great.”

March 1 NOTE: Scratched from today's one mile allowance optional claiming race at Santa Anita, leaving Roadster as the only entry from the Baffert barn. Trainer Baffert told DRF Live, "I think he kicked a wall or something. He did something, but nothing serious. We don't want to take any chances. He'll be all right."

In a 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claiming race at Oaklawn Park on March 16, Last Judgment and John Velazquez outkicked Dessman (Joel Rosario) and Comedian (Ricardo Santana, Jr.) in the lane to score. Dessman finished second by 1 1/2 length, and it was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Comedian. The winning time was 1:43.73. This compares to 1:42.42 and 1:42.49 in the two divisions of the Rebel Stakes later in the day. The chart for these three says, "Last Judgment stalked the pace in the four path, vied through the stretch, bore out past the three-sixteenths pole and again late and was kept to steady urging. Dessman was off awkwardly, stalked the pace in the five path, bid at the three-eighths pole, vied in the stretch, then was carried out slightly twice in the stretch and couldn't close late. Comedian pressed the pace in the three path and was no match late."

April 3 NOTE: Will not be sent forward on the Derby Trail.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 8, Dessman 49.20 Handily 4/11 at SA
Jan. 13, Dessman 59.20 Handily 2/17 at SA
Jan. 29, Dessman 48:60 Handily 7/41 at SA
Feb. 4, Dessman 50:40 Handily sloppy 5/6 at SA
Feb. 19, Dessman 1.00:60 Handily 14/57 at SA
Feb. 25, Dessman 48:80 Handily 19/49 at SA
March 5, Dessman 1.13:80 Handily 1/7 at SA
March 10, Dessman 1.11:40 Handily 3/11 at LA
March 27, Dessman 37:00 Handily 2/10 at SA
April 1, Dessman 1.14:80 Handily 6/11 at SA

 


 



EASY SHOT (KY)
Trainer: Keith Desormeaux
Owner: Calumet Farm
Breeder: Hinkle Farms
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Trappe Shot (Tapit, Shopping)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Daddy's Dream Girl (Scat Daddy, Danzig's Dreamer)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-7-7-0-0 (16) 3.57
Foal Date: April 22, 2016

$80,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:

Easy Shot finished fourth in two maiden special weight races at Del Mar in August, then finished second to Manhattan Up running for a $100,000 claiming tag at the same track on Nov. 9. He was beaten five lengths by a time of 1:10.76 running six furlongs.

Easy Shot broke his maiden in his fourth start, which came on Nov. 30 at Del Mar in  a 6 1/2-furlong maiden claimer. His tag was $80,000. Sent off at even money, he was soon on the lead and won by 3 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:17.28.

Jan. 4 NOTE: Trainer Dessormeaux said before the Sham Stakes, “We’re kind of taking a shot with Easy Shot, pun intended. Calumet loves to compete at the highest levels. Mr. Kelley does not need to be the favorite in every race he runs. He knows the only way to accumulate Derby points is to run for them. He loves to take a shot and we’ll do that with Easy Shot. I know we’re seemingly up against it, but this is the time of the year to swing for the fences. Mr. Kelley is all in, and it’s an absolute honor for me to be able to work for such a storied operation. I know he hasn’t owned it since its inception, but he sure is carrying on the tradition with valor.”

On Jan. 5 in the one-mile Sham Stakes at Santa Anita, Easy Shot finished fifth, but it was 7-2 second choice Gunmetal Gray who rallied from last of seven to win by one length under Mike Smith in 1:38.96. The resulting Beyer speed figure was less impressive than this win looked. Taken in hand by Smith up the backside and around the far turn, Gunmetal Gray was 6 3/4 lengths off the pace after a half-mile and was caught six-deep turning for home. He continued to advance and near the wire overtook Much Better, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, and Sueno, ridden by Kent Desormeaux. Much Better pressed the early pace of 23.46 and 46.95 set by Savagery and took the lead a quarter-mile out in 1:11.64, and was up by 2 1/2 lengths at the furlong marker, but he faltered. Sueno, who was never worse than third or fourth a couple of lengths back, slipped by Much Better inside the furlong marker, clearing that one by 3/4 length at the wire.  It was another 1 1/4 length back to Gray Magician, who was third or fourth at each call. Easy Shot, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, ran evenly three or four lengths back to come in fifth, beaten 3 1/4 lengths, after having a bit of trouble late in the race. The 3-5 favorite, Coliseum, finished sixth by another length after breaking a bit slowly and pulling Joe Talamo. Savagery weakened to finish a poor last.

Easy Shot's chart call says he "chased between horses then a bit off the rail, went outside a rival into the stretch, moved up just off the inside then steadied off heels in deep stretch and was outfinished."

Feb. 1 NOTE: Trainer Desormeaux said, “He steadied a couple times (in the Sham). We’re hoping better luck makes a difference tomorrow. It’s about the same field except for the addition of Mucho Gusto. If we can get a clean trip and finish strong, we’ll see if we have a Derby horse.”

In the 1 1/6-mile Robert B. Lewis Stakes on a sloppy track at Santa Anita on Feb. 2, only five ran. Mucho Gusto came through at 3-5 odds to win by 4 3/4 lengths under Joe Talamo. He tracked Magnificent McCool and Kid Cantina through an opening quarter-mile of 23.67, when Kid Cantina was suddenly pulled up. That left Magnificent McCool and Flavien Prat alone through the half in 46.55. At six furlongs in 1:10.51, that one was joined by Mucho Gusto, and the race was all but over. Gunmetal Gray, ridden by Mike Smith, slipped past Easy Shot and Rafael Bejarano to take second, a half-length better. Magnificent McCool faded to fourth and last, beaten 7 1/2 lengths. Kid Cantina was vanned off. The race was timed in 1:41.81.

In Division One of the Rebel Stakes on March 16, Easy Shot finished fifth of seven, beaten 8 3/4 lengths to Long Range Toddy and a time of 1:42.49. He was sent off at 58-1 odds.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 19, Easy Shot 48:00 Handily 22/47 at SA
Jan. 26, Easy Shot 1.01:60 Handily 24/46 at SA
Feb. 16, Easy Shot 48:80 Handily good 11/13 at SA
Feb. 23, Easy Shot 1.03:00 Handily 36/37 at SA
March 3, Easy Shot 49:00 Handily training track good 1/11 at SA
March 9, Easy Shot 1.12:60 Handily 1/7 at SLR
March 30, Easy Shot 47:20 Breezing 2/11 at CD

 


 


EXTRA HOPE (KY)
Trainer: Richard E. Mandella
Owner: Jay Em Ess Stable
Breeder: Samantha Siegel
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Shanghai Bobby (Harlan's Holiday, Steelin')
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Lotsandlotsofhope (Tiznow, Hope Rises)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 1-2-1-0-0 (4) 7.00
Foal Date: Feb. 6, 2018


NEXT RACE:

Extra Hope finished second, third and then fourth in consecutive maiden special weights, two at Del Mar (both sprinting) and one at Santa Anita (one mile on dirt), in August and September. Those races were won, in order, by Sigalert, Magic On Tap and Dueling. Extra Hope ran essentially the same Equibase speed figure each time.

On Oct. 21 at Santa Anita, Extra Hope woke up going 1 1/16 mile, winning by 8 3/4 lengths under Drayden Van Dyke. He stalked the early pace of 23.50, 47.45 and 1:12.36 and then made a devastating move to gain a large lead in the stretch. The pacesetter, Magnificent McCool, held on for second, a neck in front of Street Class. Five ran. The winning time was 1:44.84.

On Dec. 8 in the 1 1/16-mile Los Alamitos Futurity, trainer Baffert recorded his fifth straight and 11th overall victory of the fixture with Improbable, sent off at 1-5 odds in his two-turn debut. Mucho Gusto finished second, and Extra Hope was third. Improbable broke well from post 1 under Drayden Van Dyke in the field of six. They saved ground in mid-pack while Mucho Gusto and Savagery contested the very early going. Savagery blew the first turn, carrying Extra Hope out a few paths and Dueling even wider, leaving Mucho Gusto to lead in fractions of 23.25 and 47.25 with Savagery, who recovered, pressing him. At that point, Improbable was two wide in a joint third under a hold, but Van Dyke soon let him go, and Improbable caught the other two quickly. They were three abreast turning for home. Savagery dropped back in early stretch. Mucho Gusto kept trying but couldn't stay with Improbable, who won by five lengths. Mucho Gusto held second, finishing three lengths clear of Extra Hope. Savagery finished  fourth but was disqualifed to fifth for interfering with Dueling. The time was a solid 1:41.18.

Jan. 28 NOTE: Not expecting him to be entered in the Lewis. The Jan. 31 allowance race is an audtion to see where he fits.

In a one-mile allowance race on a sloppy track at Santa Anita on Jan. 31, Extra Hope won, followed 3 1/4 lengths back by Kingly and another 1 1/2 length to Big Scott Daddy in third. Extra Hope and Gray Magician dueled for the lead through torrid splits of 22.86, 45.14 and 1:08.97. Extra Hope, with Flavien Prat up, stayed on to prevail in 1:34.74. After Kingly broke a step slow, he stalked the two leaders about a length back up the backstretch, lost ground on the turn and fell back to almost a three-length deficit, then came again under urging by Drayden Van Dyke to get second. Big Scott Daddy and Mike Smith, who were about four lengths back in the early going, wound up competing with Kingly down the stretch to settle for third. Another 2 3/4 lengths back in fourth was Manhattan Up, ridden by Tiago Pereira. Gray Magician, ridden by Joel Rosario, faded to fifth, beaten eight lengths. Palladium and Swamp Souffle rounded out the order of finish.

Owner-breeder Samantha Siegel: “He’s a nice 3-year-old colt, and we all have the same dreams. I’m really excited.  His dam could really run, but she got hurt and only ran once. This is her first baby.  We’ll get up tomorrow and hope he’s good, and then maybe we’ll start thinking big.”

With Jon Court riding Long Range Toddy for the first time, they ran past heavily-favored Improbable in the final yards of the March 16 Rebel Stakes, division one, to win by a neck. Galilean finished third, beaten 2 1/2 lengths, followed by Extra Hope another length back. Classy John, then Extra Hope, led through fractions of 23.77, 47.58 and 1:11.97. At first, Long Range Toddy was right there with Classy John, but he and Court eased back to fifth at the next two calls, but never more than two lengths off the pace. Meanwhile, Improbable stalked the pace in the five path, and that wide trip could have cost him once he finally had a one-length lead with a furlong left in the race. Galilean pressed the pace at each call, was second to Improbable at the furlong marker, and didn't have enough left in the stretch. Extra Hope, who was three or four wide during his trip, was a head behind Galilean at the furlong marker and yielded. The winning time was 1:42.49.

March 27 NOTE: Trainer Mandella said, "Extra Hope is being pointed to the Santa Anita Derby. Drayden Van Dyke will ride him."

April 1 NOTE: Drayden Van Dyke will have the mount in the Santa Anita Derby.

April 3 NOTE: Extra Hope is out of the Santa Anita Derby, and we hope all is well for him soon. Reportedly will undergo thorough examination.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 8, Extra Hope 1.00:20 Handily 2/12 at SA
Jan. 14, Extra Hope 48:60 Handily 8/42 at SA
Jan. 21, Extra Hope 1.13:60 Handily 1/3 at SA
Jan. 27, Extra Hope 36:20 Handily 7/32 at SA
Feb. 12, Extra Hope 51:20 Handily 94/95 at SA
Feb. 19, Extra Hope 59:80 Handily 4/57 at SA
Feb. 25, Extra Hope 1.01:20 Handily 15/48 at SA
March 5, Extra Hope 37:00 Handily 8/29 at SA
March 9, Extra Hope 1.12:00 Handily 4/10 at LA
March 31, Extra Hope 49:80 Handily 34/49 at SA


 

 



FEDERAL CASE (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Lawana Low & Robert E. Low
Breeder: Kings Way FarmSire
(Sire’s Sire, Dam): Gemologist (Tiznow, Crystal Shard)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Delilahjane (Elusive Quality, My Chickadee)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-4-6-0-0 (16) 4.33
Foal Date: March 29, 2016

$180,000 Keeneland September 2017
$650,000 Keeneland November 2018
From the family of Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Very Subtle and grade I winner Pool Land


NEXT RACE: Robert Hilton Stakes going seven furlongs at Charles Town on April 20. Race 8, 3:55 ET.

He won his career debut by a half-length on Oct. 19 going seven furlongs at Keeneland for then-owners WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing and trainer Rodolphe Brisset. He was then sold to West Bloodstock, agent for the owners. WinStar Racing, acting as agent, consigned Federal Case to the Keeneland November Sale.

WinStar Farm's Elliott Walden: “It was hard to part with him because he won so well first time out, but all the smart guys were on him. We put him in this sale in August. We hate scratching horses, so we felt like we should bring him. (The win at Keeneland) is what made him sell the way he did today. People buy 2-year-olds running an eighth of a mile and spend twice as much, and this horse won at seven eighths. This is a real horse.”

On Dec. 23, Federal Case took a step toward validating his November purchase by finishing on top in his first try against winners, at Gulfstream Park. He faced only three others, was sent off the 2-5 favorite under John Velazaquez and only won by a neck over Frosted Grace. Notably, he was timed in 1:36.42 for the one-turn mile, and the third finisher was 13 lengths back at the finish. Frosted Grace set the pace while pressured by Federal Case, and they were never more than a length apart. Fractions were solid at every call, 24.50, 47.48 and 1:11.17.

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

Jan. 31 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said, “I thought he closed well (last time out) and ran down a nice horse late, and he’s trained well since then. We’re looking forward to stretching him out further. We were pleased that he was able to win first time we started him stretching him out to a mile. He gives us the impression, watching him train, that he’s looking to go around two turns, and we felt like in light of how well he’s been training we’re going to give the Holy Bull a shot.”

In the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 2, Federal Case was sixth early, advanced to third into the far turn, but then he backed up badly to finish seventh, beaten 6 1/2 lengths by 29-1 shot Harvey Wallbanger.

March 20 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said, “He didn’t get away well (in the Holy Bull).. I thought after watching him train a little bit, we decided to back him up to six and regroup. I’m not saying we won’t try longer down the road, but right now we’ll back up to this and see how he goes. We’re going to put some blinkers on and give that a try."

In the Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 23, Gladiator King was sent to post as the 12-1 outsider in a field of four, and of course he won. Under Leonel Reyes, he was timed in 1:10.88 after posting fractions of 22.17 and 45.11. Favored Federal Case closed to finish second, three-quarters of a length ahead of Topper T, the second choice who pressed the pace before weakening on the turn into the homestretch. In the Loop was last. Lutsky was scratched.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 12, Federal Case 48:54 Breezing 2/25 at PBD
Jan. 19, Federal Case 1.00:45 Breezing 1/8 at PBD
Jan. 28, Federal Case 48:39 Breezing good 1/9 at PBD
Feb. 16, Federal Case 48:97 Breezing 11/22 at PBD
Feb. 23, Federal Case 1.01:38 Breezing 2/6 at PBD
March 2, Federal Case 59:48 Breezing 1/8 at PBD
March 9, Federal Case 1.00:89 Breezing 5/11 at PBD
March 16, Federal Case 48:04 Breezing 1/19 at PBD
April 5, Federal Case 48:35 Breezing 1/21 at PBD
April 12, Federal Case 47:90 Breezing 1/15 at PBD

 

 

 

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

$110,000 Keeneland November 2016


NEXT START:

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.

In a one-mile allowance race at Gulfstream Park on March 3, Final Jeopardy (2-1) came from off the pace in traffic to win, timed in 1:35.97, under  Irad Ortiz, Jr. Borracho (35-1) was second by 2 2/3 lengths, and Soldado (4-5) was third, beaten five lengths, after getting bumped around at the break by Borracho and Mr. Ankeny and going wide in the turn. Initial pacesetters were Award Winner and Mr. Ankeny, who both faded to finish well off the board after setting initial fractions of 23.77 and 46.27. The win was not without its moments for Final Jeopardy.  The chart says he "stalked the pace three wide, took over turning for home and went clear, shied out from left-hand pressure in midstretch, widened andshifted back inward as the rider switched right-handed, and was kept busy."

March 22 NOTE: Trainer Servis said, “We’re looking at the Wood Memorial. It’s not a definite but we’re kind of looking at that. He galloped out really good. That race is a mile and an eighth, so I’m feeling a little better about the work. But it’s not definite yet.”

March 29 NOTE: The Wood Memorial is next. Trainer Servis said, "He's really got us excited. He's come along real nicely over the winter and steadily improved with each start. Being a son of Street Sense, he's certainly bred to handle the two turns just fine, so we're looking forward to giving him a shot to get to the Derby off the Wood."

In the Wood Memorial on April 6, Final Jeopardy finished sixth, beaten 11 1/2 lengths by Tacitus. He was last of 11 after the first half-mile.

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
Feb. 22, Final Jeopardy 39:80 Breezing 7/10 at PMM
March 22, Final Jeopardy 52:80 Breezing 59/63 at PMM
April 1, Final Jeopardy 52:45 Breezing 9/10 at PMM


 

 


GALILEAN (CA)
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds, Denise Barker & William Sandbrook
Breeder: Bar C Racing Stables, Inc.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie, Playa Maya)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Fresia (CAN) (El Prado (IRE), Fleet of Foot (CAN))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-7-8-2-0 (24) 3.00
Foal Date: May 2, 2016

$60,000 Barrett's Select 2017
$600,000 Barrett's April 2018


NEXT RACE:

He won the Barretts Juvenile Stakes on debut at Los Alamitos on Sept. 22 and finished second in the Golden State Juvenile Stakes at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.

Those two outings were followed by a big nine-length win in the one-mile King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos on Dec. 16. Timed in a nice 1:35.06 under Flavien Prat, Galilean paid $2.40 after being sent off at 1-5 odds in a field of six. He led at each call in 23.92, 47.35 and 1:11.12. The chart says he "sprinted to lead into the first turn, set the pace down the backstretch and on the second turn, turned back a bid nearing the top of the stretch and drew away through the lane."

Jerry Hollendorfer as reported by DRF.com: “We’ll take a good look at a lot of different things. The fact he can route makes a big difference.”

Feb. 14 NOTE: Flavien Prat will ride Galilean in the Cal Cup Derby on Feb. 18.

In the 1 1/16-mile California Cup Derby on Feb. 18, Galilean was sent off at 1-20 odds in a field of five. Under a confident ride by Flavien Prat, he attended the pace, was three wide on the first turn, pounced to the lead on the second turn while still three wide, and drew off in the stretch to win in 1:43.43. Galilean finished 4 1/2 lengths ahead of the second runner. Loud Mouth and Irish Heatwave were one-two through fractions of 23.95 and 47.85, with Galilean taking command right at six furlongs in 1:11.60. The two pacesetters fell back, and Feeling Strong, last in the early going, came on to finish second. He was followed across the finish line another 10 lengths to Whooping Jay, and Irish Heatwave and Loud Mouth completed the order of finish.

Jerry Hollendorfer: “You’re always a little anxious coming off a little bit of a layoff, but he did everything perfect, rated perfectly, and you couldn’t for much more than that. We have a whole bunch of options. There are a lot of races everywhere for him, and we’re nominated everywhere, so we’ll try to make a good decision as to where to run next. I don’t think (distance) is an issue. We wanted to take advantage of him being a Cal-bred, take advantage of giving him another race and running here. That’s what we wanted to do, and that’s what we did.”

Flavien Prat: “It was easy; he was traveling well the whole way. Jerry’s other horse in the race, Loud Mouth, was coming from a sprint, so it was either him going to the lead, or me. It was going to be one of us. He broke better than me, so I sat off the two leaders and when I went to make a move, he responded well. It’s quite exciting because he’s done everything right so far. Like everyone else though, he needs to improve of course, but it’s exciting to win this time of year. He’s a good 3-year-old. He relaxed well. In his last race he went to the lead, but today, he had speed to his inside and sat off them and stayed relaxed, was breathing well and made a good move.”

Jeff Lifson, West Point Thoroughbreds: “We pointed for this after he ran so big winning the Los Al race. I don’t think we necessarily were thinking what California Chrome did; we just wanted to give him one easy enough for his three-year-old start and then see what happened. What was most important to me was that he had clean air in front of him and wasn’t boxed in. That was my biggest fear. In a small field everybody gets to ride our horse to some degree, and that’s always a worry. When he had a clean trip down the backstretch I really was more relieved.

“Understandably, we have a Hall of Famer who is calling the shots here, and he’s got a great staff as well. My sense is we don’t come back for the San Felipe but that’s just a guess and Jerry’s gonna make the real call there. I think we’ll look for one of those 50-point races in March and then maybe come back here in for the Santa Anita Derby or one of those early April races where they have 100 points on the line.'

March 5 NOTE: DRF Live reports Flavien Prat has chosen to ride Galilean instead of Omaha Beach in the Rebel, citing two-turn experience in a public comment by his agent.

With Jon Court riding Long Range Toddy for the first time, they ran past heavily-favored Improbable in the final yards of the March 16 Rebel Stakes, division one, to win by a neck. Galilean finished third, beaten 2 1/2 lengths, followed by Extra Hope another length back. Classy John, then Extra Hope, led through fractions of 23.77, 47.58 and 1:11.97. At first, Long Range Toddy was right there with Classy John, but he and Court eased back to fifth at the next two calls, but never more than two lengths off the pace. Meanwhile, Improbable stalked the pace in the five path, and that wide trip could have cost him once he finally had a one-length lead with a furlong left in the race. Galilean pressed the pace at each call, was second to Improbable at the furlong marker, and didn't have enough left in the stretch. Extra Hope, who was three or four wide during his trip, was a head behind Galilean at the furlong marker and yielded. The winning time was 1:42.49.

Jerry Hollendorfer:  "We thought it was a good race. I think we got away a little bit slow. I don't know what happened there in the middle of the race. Trying to figure that out."

March 28 NOTE: Confirmed that Galilean will return to Arkansas for the Arkansas Derby.

In the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 13, Galilean and Flavien Prat finished fifth, beaten 12 lengths by Omaha Beach on a sloppy track. The chart says he "raced in the two path and improved position late."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 4, Galilean 1:00.40 Handily 2/16 at LA
Jan. 11, Galilean 1.00:00 Handily 3/15 at LA
Jan. 21, Galilean 1.13:00 Handily 1/5 at LA
Jan. 27, Galilean 1.14:40 Handily 12/19 at SA
Feb. 7, Galilean 1.12:80 Handily good 3/6 at SA
Feb. 12, Galilean 47:00 Handily 3/95 at SA
Feb. 25, Galilean 47:40 Handily 3/49 at SA
March 5, Galilean 1.01:20 Handily 18/66 at SA
March 11, Galilean 48:40 Handily 9/22 at LA
March 24, Galilean 47:80 Handily 2/12 at LA
March 30, Galiliean 59:60 Handily 1/9 at LA
April 7, Galilean 1.14:60 Handily 3/3 at LA



 

 

 

GROWTH ENGINE (KY)
Trainer: Chad Brown
Owner: Klaravich Stables, Inc.
Breeder: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Wild Vision (Wild Again, Carol's Wonder)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-11-12-1-0 (30) 3.29
Foal Date: March 6, 2016

$300,000 Keeneland September 2017
Three-quarter brother to Pyro


In his debut, which came on Jan. 5 at Gulfstream Park, Growth Engine was sent off at 4-1 and finished second, beaten 5 3/4 lengths by even-money favorite Global Campaign. The seven furlongs was timed in 1:24.49. No excuses, he just wasn't fast enough that day.

Second time out was Feb. 10 at Gulfstream when he broke his maiden under Javier Castellano and with a better performance. The 1 1/16 mile race went in 1:45.23, and the winning margin was 2 1/2 lenths. Thetrashmanscoming, at 9-2, finished second. Growth Engine hit the gate and was fifth of seven early, three lengths off the pace. The chart says he "bounced off the left side of the gate and was off slow, moved forward four wide through the early going, took over with a quick move inthe four-path midway on the far turn, shifted in drawing clear into the lane, and was kept to pressure on the rail."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Feb. 2, Growth Engine 1:02.60 Breezing 1/7 at PAY
Jan. 19, Growth Engine 50.00 Breezing 20/51 at PAY
Feb. 24, Growth Engine 50:00 Breezing 13/25 at PAY
March 2, Growth Engine 1.02:40 Breezing 1/10 at PAY
March 9, Growth Engine 49:80 Breezing 12/29 at PAY
March 16, Growth Engine 1.02:40 Breezing 4/6 at PAY
April 1, Growth Engine 50:60 Breezing 3/8 at PAY
April 8, Growth Engine 49:80 Breezing 2/22 at PAY
April 14, Growth Engine 49:60 Breezing 1/8 at PAY

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
HENLEY'S JOY (KY)
Trainer: Michael J. Maker
Owner: Bloom Racing Stable LLC
Breeder: Kenneth L. Ramsey & Sarah K. Ramsey
Sire, Dam): Kitten's Joy (El Prado (IRE), Kitten's First)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Blue Grass Music (Bluegrass Cat, Killoe)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-8-9-2-0 (24) 2.69
Foal Date: March 17, 2016

$20,000 Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic 2017
$50,000 OBS April 2018


NEXT RACE:

Henley's Joy won at first asking.

Second time out, he took the one-mile Kentucky Downs Juvenile Stakes from off the pace as the 9-5 favorite in a field of 11.

After finishing second in the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland, he was entered in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, but he finished 13th, beaten 17 1/2 lengths, after coming up very empty.

Henley's Joy rebounded in a big way, winning the Dec. 8 Pulpit Stakes going a mile on turf at Gulfstream Park. Never more than two lengths or five places off the lead, he won by 4 1/2 lengths in a nifty time of 1:34.34 under Tyler Gaffalione.

At 12-1 odds, Casa Creed, racing for the first time on turf in the 7 1/2-furlong Kitten's Joy Stakes on Jan. 5, ground out a short lead from stubborn pacesetter Royal Urn in deep stretch and held off the fast-closing favorite Henley’s Joy. He was timed in 1:30.64 over a firm course under John Velazquez. Royal Urn was intent on the lead and held it through a quarter-mile in 24.58 and a half in 49.03, pressed by Casa Creed while Henley’s Joy rated between horses in fifth. Casa Creed challenged the leader turning for home, but 17-1 longshot Royal Urn was resolute and dug in while Henley’s Joy was steered outside for a clear run down the lane. Casa Creed edged past Royal Urn nearing the wire as Henley’s Joy came flying but fell short of the the win, albeit a neck ahead of Royal Urn, with 1 1/4 length back to Louder Than Bombs in fourth. Moon Colony, Stirling Drive, Bourbon in May, Shazier and Dakota’s Dude completed the order of finish.

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

Feb. 12 NOTE: Owner Jeff Bloom said on Feb. 11, “He shows up every time, and he’s a horse that really enjoys his job. He’s given us every indication that he’ll run well on dirt based on how he’s trained on it. If you look at a couple of his races where things didn’t go his way, he manages to overcome some bad circumstances. Last time at Gulfstream Park, he broke to the extreme outside, was compromised substantially and only had a near miss. Anytime you have a talented three year old this time of year, you get excited about the idea of being a part of the Triple Crown. It goes without saying that you don’t think of Kitten’s Joy when you think of dirt, but my take on that is that good horses typically run on any surface. When Mike and I talked about it, we came to the conclusion that this was the time to take the shot. It’s not like we’re passing up any significant turf race in lieu of this. He trains well over the dirt, I see him train over multiple dirt surfaces and he trains beautifully. If he takes to it, it opens up a lot of doors. If not, he’s still one of the best turf 3-year-olds in the country. The Risen Star is a great race to try something new. I don’t think it’s so rare anymore to see young good turf horses make that jump to the dirt. It’s always nice to have those options. There’s nothing wrong with having a really good turf horse. It comes down to the plenty of opportunity that exist if he does perform well in the Risen Star.”

In the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 16, Henley's Joy finished 10th, beaten 11 lengths by War of Will. Manny Franco was aboard. Well back early, he advanced to sixth position, only 2 1/2 lengths off the lead in the turn, but soon fell back. The chart says he "went three wide on the firstturn, settled off the pace, was urged along passing the half-mile pole, raced three wide while between horses on the far turn, was carried out some outside the furlong marker and came up empty."

Feb. 27 NOTE: Looking for a workout. Not entered in the Palm Beach.

In the Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland on April 5, Avie's Flatter came from midpack and off a five-plus month layoff to get up for the win under Javier Castellano. In his first race on grass and his first start since Nov. 18, he was timed in 1:42.86 for the 1 1/16 mile. Henley's Joy, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, missed the break from the outside post, trailed the field of eight at three calls, and got up outside of horses in the lane to finish second, beaten a half-length. The Black Album and Jose Ortiz were always in contention, hugged the rail through the far turn, and angled out to be part of the finishing mix, beaten a length in third. War Film, seventh in the early going, was fourth.

Tyler Gaffalione: “The post position hurt our chances, and he didn’t break the sharpest. He kind of got pushed out going into the first turn. Down the backside I decided to go back inside. I didn’t want to be five wide. I saved ground around the turn. He got open at the top of the lane and went right through and finished strong.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 19, Henley's Joy 48:23 Breezing 15/103 at GP
Jan. 29, Henley's Joy 1.00:47 Breezing 4/31 at GP
Feb. 5, Henley's Joy 1.00:86 Breezing 4/12 at GP
Feb. 11, Henley's Joy 50:00 Breezing 17/22 at FG
March 2, Henley's Joy 50:83 Breezing 51/65 at GP
March 9, Henley's Joy 1.01:05 Breezing 9/50 at GP
March 16, Henley's Joy 1.01:92 Breezing 23/54 at GP
March 23, Henley's Joy 49:57 Breezing 49/99 at GP
March 29, Henley's Joy 1.00:20 Breezing 1/3 at CD


 

 

 

HIDDEN SCROLL (KY)
Trainer: Bill Mott
Owner: Juddmonte Farms, Inc.
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Inc.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Hard Spun (Danzig, Turkish Tryst)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Sheba Queen (Empire Maker, Etoile Montante)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-7-14-0-0 (26) 2.71
Foal Date: April 5, 2016


NEXT RACE: Regrouping

Jan. 21 NOTE: Showing a steady string of workouts at Payson Park since early December.

On Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park, Hidden Scroll debuted in a maiden special weight in the fourth race, winning by what seemed to be a pole. This looked like more than a track favoring early speed. Going a mile on a sloppy track in 1:34.82, Hidden Scroll broke from post 1 under Joel Rosario and prevailed hands down by 14 lengths. He was sent off at 8-1 odds from a morning line of 12-1 in a field of 13. Unfortunately, Tripwire fell during the race from apparent heart failure and didn't survive. This didn't affect how the race turned out. High Amplitude finished second, and it was another 3 3/4 lengths back to Ranger Up, ridden by John Velazquez at 3-1, in third. Initial fractions were 22.53 (Hidden Scroll led by a head), 44.75 (led by a length) and 1:09.43 (led by 6 1/2 lengths). The chart says Hidden Scroll "emerged from the chute well off the rail and vying for command inside Robintakin Charge, edged away from that one after a sharp half-mile, remained well out in the track widening with every stride under his own power around the turn, was mildly hand-urged past the eighth-pole along with a tap on the shoulder, and finished in hand."

Jan. 27 NOTE: After that big win yesterday, Riley Mott tweeted, "Hidden Scroll...we knew."

Jan. 28 NOTE: On Jan. 27, trainer Mott told TDN: “We liked him and I’m not surprised that he won. But you never know when you’re going to see a performance like that. Winning by 14 and being eased up, and it looked like that there were a couple of horses in behind him that were okay. It didn’t look like a bad race by any means. I have no doubt that Hidden Scroll is a really nice horse. But I am also fortunate enough to have another really nice colt for Juddmonte, a Tapit colt named Tacitus. He’s coming back and will be ready to run pretty soon. Last November, he was our Derby hope. We made the nomination for the Triple Crown before (Hidden Scroll) ran, so its not something we just came up with after the race. Even if we don’t make the Derby, you want to be eligible for the Preakness and Belmont and, for a horse like this, it may turn out that he’s better suited for the Preakness than the Derby. We’ve looked at the schedule and know when all the stakes races are. New Orleans, Hot Springs, Tampa, Gulfstream, we know when they are available. We’ll see when the horse is ready and go from there." As for the prospect of another Triple Crown winner unraced at age two? “I hate to be naysayer, but the likelihood of that happening two years in a row is probably pretty remote."

Jan. 28 NOTE: Dick Jerardi, who is described by DRF.com as a member of the Beyer Speed Figure team: “I can’t recall any other 3-year-old posting a number that high going a mile or further in their first start. But to put it in perspective, it’s the same number Justify received winning his first start, going seven furlongs, last year.”

Feb. 27 NOTE: Trainer Mott said, “It was a surprise he won as easily as he did, but I think we were excited and high on him going into the race. I don’t think it was any surprise to us that he won, but the way he won in the fashion that he won was a bit of a surprise and awesome, to put it mildly.”

In the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 2, Code of Honor and John Velazquez bided their time in fifth place early on, some eight lengths off the pace, but blew by pacesetter Hidden Scroll at the top of the stretch and took it on home to win in 1:43.85, prevailing by 3/4 length. Hidden Scroll, ridden by Joel Rosario, led through fast fractions of 22.80, 45.69 and 1:10.42, and it turned out to be too much for him, although he did hang on to finish fourth. Bourbon War, who was seventh, 10 lengths off the pace after the first half-mile, finished second with a monster late run while guided outside by Irad Oritz, Jr. Vekoma, with Manny Franco up, finished third by 2 3/4 lengths after being in fourth position early, challenging Hidden Scroll leaving the far turn and then narrowly outrunning that one to the wire. Hidden Scroll, fourth, was beaten three lengths. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to fifth finisher Global Campaign.

Bill Mott, trainer of Hidden Scroll: “At the end of the day, he wound up going pretty quick. I was kind of hoping we might be able to lay in behind the 3 horse (Gladiator King), and as it was we were up heads apart the first part. I was kind of hoping to be tucked in behind him but it didn’t work out that way. He ran good. It makes you wonder, well, should we have chosen an easier spot but I guess we felt we wanted to find some things about him today, and we found out we weren’t ready for this. I would have loved to have gone (the first half-mile) in 46 and three and maybe we would have had a little more to finish up with. He got wrapped up in basically kind of a speed duel in a sense with a horse he shouldn’t have been. Anyway, that’s history. We’ll turn the page.”

Joel Rosario, jockey of Hidden Scroll: "The trip was fine, but in the beginning he showed too much speed. He did that last time and he stayed on, but going two turns today for the first time he got a little tired in the end."

March 4 NOTE: Hidden Scroll is still on the Derby Trail and will most likely race next in the Florida Derby. However, the Wood Memorial and Blue Grass Stakes are also on the table for his next start. Trainer Mott told DRF Live today, “Those are all our options.He came out of it well. He doesn’t seem to be knocked out. Acts pretty darn good. It hasn’t affected his appetite. He seems bright, looking over the stall door.”

March 12 NOTE: Trainer Mott disclosed to DRF Live that Javier Castellano will ride Hidden Scroll in the Florida Derby.

March 22 NOTE: Trainer Mott said, “It was a very nice work. He worked with a stablemate. The time of 1:02, the way the racetrack was today, I think it was a very useful work. He sat off his company, and he finished up and went by inside the eighth-pole with a reasonably good gallop-out. He seemed very good in the work. He was very manageable. We sat him in behind a horse, and he was real calm. They went off slow enough and he wasn’t anxious. He was content to follow another horse. He approached the quarter-pole and got into the bridle and finished up well. I think it was a matter of learning for us. We thought from the beginning we could do anything with him,” Mott said. “The last work we sat him right in behind and ate a lot of dirt. He was fine doing that. Today we sat him in behind, but we sat him off to the side, so he wasn’t getting dirt. He saw daylight but he saw another horse in front of him and he seemed kind about that as well.”

March 27 NOTE: Trainer Mott said, “I think this horse is fine behind horses; he’s fine on the lead if the pace is such that he needs to be on the lead. That’s the rider’s decision. They have to make that choice when they leave the starting gate."

March 28 NOTE: Trainer Mott reflected on the Fountain of Youth: “It’s not the education that you’d like to give one. I would probably have preferred to have him behind the other speed horse that was in the race, but it was the way it turned out. We’re going to play the hand that’s dealt out. We hope in the next race, whatever the pace scenario may be, he’s in a spot that gives him the best chance. He hasn’t lost his appetite. He’s really a great eater, and that’s what you like to see. He seems like he feels good all the time. He’s continued to work well. Some horses kind of fall apart on you after a real hard race. He seems like he’s done well. He’s one of those horses that gets better with the work. He’s got a really good hind quarter on him. He’s not a big heavy horse in front, which is to his advantage. I think it’s good not to have a big muscular (front) where they’re bulky. He’s really a streamlined horse. He’s got a good hip, a lot of power, yet not so heavy that it’s going to work against him.”

In the Florida Derby on March 30, Hidden Scroll finished sixth, beaten 11 1/2 lengths by Maximum Security, after rating in third behind moderate early fractions.

Bill Mott: “I know the pace wasn’t that fast; we were close enough to the pace.  If he had beat us a head or neck, you say, ‘Well, maybe it would have been nice to take him on earlier.’  He was having a good trip, he was right in behind them. Javier said he rated beautifully, said he’s push-button, but when he really needed him they kind of opened up on him on the turn, and he came up empty. We probably bit off a little more than we could chew at this point.  We’ll back off and kind of start over with him.”

 

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 4, Hidden Scroll 1:01.20 Breezing 1/4 at PAY
Jan. 12, 49.00 Hidden Scroll Breezing 2/31 at PAY
Jan. 21, 49.00 Hidden Scroll Breezing 2/23 at PAY
Feb. 8, Hidden Scroll 49:80 Breezing 4/12 at PAY
Feb. 15, Hidden Scroll 50:00 Breezing 10/26 at PAY
Feb. 22, Hidden Scroll 1:00.40 Breezing 1/3 at PAY
March 15, Hidden Scroll 50:20 Breezing 12/26 at PAY
March 22, Hidden Scroll 1.02:40 Breezing 1/7 at PAY
April 12, Hidden Scroll 49:60 Breezing 6/12 at PAY


 

 

 

HONEST MISCHIEF (KY)
Trainer: Chad Brown
Owner: Juddmonte Farms, Inc.
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms, Inc.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday, Leslie's Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Honest Lady (Seattle Slew, Toussaud)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-0-6-0-0 (12) 3.00
Foal Date: March 20. 2016


Honest Mischief debuted on Feb. 26 with a second-place effort behind Soldado going six furlongs at Gulfstream Park, beaten 2 3/4 length by a time of 1:10.13. He tracked the early pace, then was in front with a half-mile timed in 45.39, only to be passed. He was the 6-5 favorite in a field of 10. Jose Ortiz was aboard.

On April 6 at Keeneland, he was sent off at 3-5 odds in a field of 12. From post 11, he tracked the early pace and was totally in charge in the stretch, drawing off to win by eight lengths with Javier Castellano riding. The time was 1:22.43 for seven furlongs.

WORKOUTS

Feb. 16, Honest Mischief 50.00 Breezing 14/34 at PAY
Feb 23, Honest Mischief 49.80 Breezing 12/19 at PAY
March 2, Honest Mischief .40 Breezing 9/30 at PAY
March 9, Honest Mischief 49.80 Breezing 10/29 at PAY
March 16, Honest Mischief 49.00 Breezing 1/30 at PAY
March 23, Honest Mischief 50.00 Breezing 2/33 at PAY
March 30, Honest Mischief 50.00 Breezing 12/37 at PAY





INTREPID HEART (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Robert and Lawana Low
Breeder: WinStar Farm LLC & Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Flaming Heart (Touch Gold, Hot Lear)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-9-14-1-0 (28) 2.50
Foal Date: May 10, 2016

$750,000 OBS April 2018
From his dam also came Commissioner and Laugh Track


NEXT RACE:

Intrepid Heart debuted on Feb. 18 after being shipped in from south Florida to Oaklawn Park and was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in a one-mile maiden special weight. That worked out, and he won impressively. After sparring for the lead with Better Charge It through splits of 23.11, 47.28 and 1:12.63, with the other seven runners strung out three and more lengths back, he shook off his only early foe and drew off in the stretch to win by 7 3/4 lengths under a confident John Velazquez in 1:38.08. Speed App was second after being 10 lengths off the pace early.

Feb. 21 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher is non-commital about Intrepid Heart's next race and said early this week, “I think it’s a wait and see. I’m not sure that we’ll jump into a stake just yet, but at the same time we won’t rule anything out. Very, very pleased (with his win). It’s not something we usually do, shipping an unstarted maiden somewhere, but just felt like he was getting ready to go and the Gulfstream options were going to be six furlongs, which I felt like were a little too short. It’s either that or you wait a couple of weeks until a mile and a sixteenth. With the one-mile race there, we felt like he was ready to go. Since we had some other horses ship in, decided to go forward with that. (He) put himself in a good position early on. He’s a horse that’s very well bred. Lot of stamina on the bottom side, so we felt like a mile was a good starting point for him and hopefully that propels him on to some bigger and better things down the road.”

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 7, Intrepid Heart 49.74     Breezing 1/5 at PBD
Jan. 13, Intrepid Heart 1:03.16 Breezing 5/6 at PBD
Jan. 21, Intrepid Heart 1:01.70 Breezing 1/2 at PBD
Jan. 28, Intrepid Heart 1:00.80 Breezing 2/8 at PBD
Feb. 3, Intrepid Heart 50.22 Breezing gate 33/37 at PBD
Feb. 10, Intrepid Heart 1:00.87 Breezing 1/3 at PBD
March 17, Intrepid Heart 49:51 Breezing 8/15 at PBD
March 23, Intrepid Heart 1.02:35 Breezing 7/14 at PBD
March 29, Intrepid Heart 1.01:35 Breezing 3/6 at PBD



KINGLY (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Clearview Stables LLC
Breeder: Clearsky Farms
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Justwhistledixie (Dixie Union, General Jeanne)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-9-11-1-0 (26) 3.00
Foal Date: March 28, 2016

A full brother to Mohaymen and a half to New Year's Day

On Dec. 1 at Del Mar, Kingly debuted with a win at six furlongs timed in 1:10.19 under Drayden Van Dyke at 4-1 odds facing nine others. He beat 3-5 favorite Stretford End by 3/4 length.  The chart says of those two, "Kingly dueled inside, fought back under urging in the stretch to regain the lead past midstretch and gamely prevailed. Stretford End pressed the pace four wide then three deep on the turn and in the stretch and was outgamed late."

In a one-mile allowance race on a sloppy track at Santa Anita on Jan. 31, Extra Hope won, followed 3 1/4 lengths back by Kingly and another 1 1/2 length to Big Scott Daddy in third. Extra Hope and Gray Magician dueled for the lead through torrid splits of 22.86, 45.14 and 1:08.97. Extra Hope, with Flavien Prat up, stayed on to prevail in 1:34.74. After Kingly broke a step slow, he stalked the two leaders about a length back up the backstretch, lost ground on the turn and fell back to almost a three-length deficit, then came again under urging by Drayden Van Dyke to get second. Big Scott Daddy and Mike Smith, who were about four lengths back in the early going, wound up competing with Kingly down the stretch to settle for third. Another 2 3/4 lengths back in fourth was Manhattan Up, ridden by Tiago Pereira. Gray Magician, ridden by Joel Rosario, faded to fifth, beaten eight lengths. Palladium and Swamp Souffle rounded out the order of finish.

Feb. 11 NOTE: Kingly will be scratched from the Risen Star. Trainer Baffert cited a wide post, but Kingly's most recent workout wasn't the prettiest thing to watch either.

Feb. 13 NOTE: Stepping down a notch, will be entered in the El Camino Real Derby.

The El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 16 seemed like it was won by a pole, but it was actually a seven-length margin for 6-5 favorite Anothertwistafate, ridden by Juan Hernandez. Time for the 1 1/8 mile race on the Tapeta surface was 1:50.38. Anothertwistafate led after a quarter-mile in 23.38, a half in 49.09 and six furlongs in 1:13.78. Kingly, the 9-5 second choice, finished second under Evin Roman after pursuing the ultimate winner in second position at each call of the race. More Ice, who was sixth in the early going but never more than 2 1/4 lengths behind, finished third, beaten 9 1/2 lengths. Angelo's Pride, fourth at 48-1 odds, tracked More Ice throughout the race.

Evin Roman: “He was in a perfect position, but he was a little green. He wanted to push on the inside. When I made the move, he was good, but the other horse a great horse.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 8, Kingly 49.20 Handily 4/11 at SA
Jan. 14, Kingly 1.01:00 Handily 14/19 at SA
Jan. 21, Kingly 1.01:40 Handily 24/69 at SA
Jan. 26, Kingly 1.15:00 Handily 16/21 at SA
Feb. 10, Kingly 1.01:20 Handily 19/35 at SA
March 19, Kingly 49:20 Handily 11/36 at SA
April 1, Kingly 1.00:00 Handily 1/36 at SA
April 8, Kingly 1.01:60 Handily 3/25 at SA
April 14, Kingly 1.00:60 Handily 5/51 at SA

 

 

 

LAST JUDGMENT (FL)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Mathis Stable LLC
Breeder: Woodford Thoroughbreds
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Congrats (-)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Fantasy Forest (Forestry, --)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index:
Foal Date: March 30, 2016

$90,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October 2017
$300,000 OBS April 2018


NEXT RACE:

He debuted on Dec. 29 sprinting at Gulfstream Park and finished fourth.

He won his second start, a six-furlong maiden race at Gulfstream on Feb. 9. Under John Velazqez he was timed in 1:10.13 and won by a length. Nine ran. The chart says he "was difficult to load but came away in good order to be well placed behind the leaders in the two-path, moved out three wide given hiscue turning for home, caught Lemniscate from the outside a sixteenth out and edged clear."

In a 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claiming race at Oaklawn Park on March 16, Last Judgment and John Velazquez outkicked Dessman (Joel Rosario) and Comedian (Ricardo Santana, Jr.) in the lane to score. Dessman finished second by 1 1/2 length, and it was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Comedian. The winning time was 1:43.73. This compares to 1:42.42 and 1:42.49 in the two divisions of the Rebel Stakes later in the day. The chart for these three says, "Last Judgment stalked the pace in the four path, vied through the stretch, bore out past the three-sixteenths pole and again late and was kept to steady urging. Dessman was off awkwardly, stalked the pace in the five path, bid at the three-eighths pole, vied in the stretch, then was carried out slightly twice in the stretch and couldn't close late. Comedian pressed the pace in the three path and was no match late."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 19, Last Judgment 48.85 Breezing 6/21 at PBD
Jan. 28, Last Judgment 1:02.17 Breezing 8/8 at PBD
Feb. 3, Last Judgment 48.77 Breezing 9/37 at PBD
Feb. 23, Last Judgment 49.69 Breezing 7/13 at PBD
March 2, Last Judgment 1:00.27 Breezing 5/8 at PBD
March 9, Last Judgment 59.69 Breezing 1/11 at PBD

 

 

 

LAUGHING FOX (KY)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Owner: Alex and JoAnn Lieblong
Breeder: Chester & Anne Prince
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Union Rags (Dixie Union, Tempo)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Saskawea (CAN) (Stormy Atlantic, Saintly Angel (CAN))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-4-6-1-0 (14) 2.50
Foal Date: May 16, 2016

$120,000 Keeneland September 2017
$375,000 OBS March 2018


NEXT RACE:

Laughing Fox finished off the board in his first two starts, both at seven furlongs, at Saratoga on Aug. 11 and at Churchill Downs on Nov. 17.

He came to life in his third start, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 25 with a field of 12. Under Ricardo Santana, Jr., he tracked a moderate pace of 24.03, 48.68 and 1:14.59 in fourth or fifth for six furlongs, about three lengths back, before pouncing in the stretch and getting up to win by 3/4 length. His time was 1:45.80. The chart says he "angled to the rail in early stages tracking just off the pacesetter under light reserve, saved ground through the far turn, shifted out while being roused to advance in upper stretch, then wrested a narrow advantage in time under strong handling.

In a 1 1/16-mile allowance optional claiming race at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 18, Laughing Fox won at 7-1 odds. Ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr., Laughing Fox was second from last of nine early in the backstretch, some 10 lengths off the pace, started moving on the turn, and split horses entering the stretch. At the furlong marker, he led by 2 1/2 lengths, and he won by 1 1/4 length in a time of 1:44.08. Laughing Fox was probably aided a bit by hot early fractions of 22.69 and 46.29 set by Jack Van Berg, but still it was a visually impressive effort. Pole Setter, who was second at the second call, somehow hung on to finish third, but he was beaten 12 lengths.

Feb. 19 NOTE: Trainer Asmussen told DRF Live, “Laughing Fox ran three one-hundredths of a second slower than the Southwest – a very positive race from him. I would expect him to run back in the Rebel.”

In Division Two of the Rebel Stakes on March 16, Laughing Fox finished seventh of 10, beaten 12 1/4 lengths by Omaha Beach and a time of 1:42.42. He was sent off at 9-1 odds. Market King broke inward on him from the gate, pinching him back and leaving him next to last in the early going. He passed a few horses toward the end of the race.

In the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 13, Omaha Beach won by a length, followed by Improbable, Country House and Laughing Fox. Omaha Beach, ridden by Mike Smith, wouldn't let Improbable and Jose Ortiz by during the stretch run and won the 1 1/8-mile race in 1:49.91 on a sloppy track. Improbable was restless in the gate at post 1 and was backed out twice, but the delay was minimal. After the bell rang, One Flew South and Jersey Agenda led the field through the first turn, but Omaha Beach was soon right behind One Flew South and passed him to take the lead on the backstretch. Heading into the far turn,  Improbable was a length behind Omaha Beach with Long Range Toddy tracking them in third. Coming out of the turn, the same two led. Country House, with Joel Rosario in the irons, and Laughing Fox, ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. had come on around the turn to get in third and fourth place. Those four stayed in that order across the finish line, but it was a two-horse race to the wire. The third and fourth finishers were beaten by 6 3/4 and 7 3/4 lengths, respectively.

Ricardo Santana Jr.: “We had a great trip. We didn’t win, but I feel like we did because he improved so much off his last race. He’s a good horse.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Laughing Fox 1:01.00 Breezing 1/30 at OP
Jan. 14, Laughing Fox 1:01.40 Breezing 8/93 at OP
Jan. 21, Laughing Fox 37.80 Breezing 7/18 at OP
Feb. 3, Laughing Fox 51.80 Breezing 72/82 at OP
Feb. 10, Laughing Fox 1:00.80 Breezing 13/54 at OP
March 2, Laughing Fox 1.00:80 Breezing 5/40 at OP
March 10, Laughing Fox 51:00 Breezing 69/93 at OP
March 25, Laughing Fox 52:00 Breezing 15/19 at OP
April 1, Laughing Fox 1.00:60 Breezing 4/18 at OP
April 8, Laughing Fox 48:20 Breezing muddy 1/22 at OP

 

 

 


MANNY WAH (KY)
Trainer: Wayne Catalano
Owner: Susan Moulton
Breeder: Martha Jane Mulholland & Modo Tesio Equine, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Will Take Charge (Unbridled's Song, Take Charge Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Battlefield Angel (Proud Citizen, Langara Lass)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-7-6-0-0 (16) 4.33
Foal Date: Feb. 28, 2016

$175,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July 2017


Manny Wah won at second asking, sprinting on the synthetic at Arlington Park in July.

Next time out, he was narrowly beaten by Tobacco Road in the seven-furlong Ellis Park Juvenile on August 19.

Sent to the two-turn Iroquois Stakes on Sept. 15 at Churchill Downs, he finished seventh.

That effort was followed by a win going a mile at Keeneland on Oct. 11. He and Channing Hill led with fractions of 23.84, 48.52 and 1:13.03 before a final time of 1:38.39. Ten ran. Sixth Sense was second, Pole Setter third.

On Nov. 2, he finished fourth, 8 1/2 lengths behind eventual Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity winner Improbable, in the one-mile, one-turn Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs. He was five wide in the turn.

Dec. 21 NOTE: Manny Wah is to be cut back in distance with blinkers added for the Sugar Bowl Stakes. Trainer Catalano said, “He’s training very well. We’re happy with the way he’s coming into this race. He’s learning, he’s putting everything together, and I think the blinkers are going to be a big help for him.”

On Dec. 22, Manny Wah almost redeemed his trainer's confidence when he finished second under Channing Hill in the six-furlong Sugar Bowl, beaten a length at 7-1 odds by 5-1 Gray Attempt. Hog Creek Hustle was another 2 1/2 lengths back in third. Even money favorite Super Speed was fourth, beaten seven lengths. Eight ran. The chart says Manny Wah "was reserved just off the leaders early, raced three-wide through the turn, could not reach the winner in the drive but finished with a steady bid."

Jan. 15 NOTE: Ahead of the LeComte, trainer Catalano told DRF.com, “He got a race over the track is the way I look at it. We’ve been waiting to run two turns.”

Ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, 8-5 favorite War of Will stalked, pounced and drew off to win the LeComte Stakes on Jan. 19 going a mile and 70 yards at Fair Grounds in a field of 12. He got home in a time of 1:43.44, which is 1.9 second faster than Needs Supervision won the Silverbulletday one race prior. Hog Creek Hustle closed from eighth, four or five lengths off the early pace, to finish second. Third was Manny Wah, who was hustled from the far outside post by Channing Hill to grab the lead while dueling with Maplpais going up the backstretch, the half-mile going in 49.22. Manny Wah easily shook off Malpais in the far turn but was immediately engaged by the three-wide War of Will, who was never more than 1 1/2 length off the pace. War of Will hit the six-furlong mark barely in front in 1:14.63. In the stretch, War of Will got away from Manny Wah, and Hog Creek Hustle came by too. War of Will beat that one by four lengths going away, with Manny Wah another two lengths back in third. Wicked Indeed finished fourth, beaten 6 1/2 lengths, and a head in front of Plus Que Parfait, who was a neck in  front of Chase the Ghost.

Channing Hill: “Beautiful trip, and a great little horse. Every time he runs, he runs his heart out, and today he made it look easy to get into position from a tough post. He punched hard – the winner ran a monster race.”

Jan. 21 NOTE: Trainer Catalano said on Jan. 20 to DRF.com: “The jury’s still out on how far he wants to go. He had to be used a little from that post, got caught a little wide. He ran a good race. We haven’t decided anything yet (for his next race).”

Feb. 11 NOTE: Manny Wah may not run in the Risen Star.

In the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 16, Manny Wah finished sixth, beaten eight lengths by War of Will. Ridden by Channing Hill, Manny Wah ran evenly in fourth or fifth position at each call until the finish. His trip was not without trouble. The chart says he "settled on the inside, drafted along the rail on the far turn, lacked room turning into the stretch, came out at thethree-sixteenths, bumped with Chase the Ghost shortly thereafter and steadied then weakened."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Manny Wah 49:80 Breezing 78/157 at FG
Jan. 12, Manny Wah  1.00:60 Breezing 3/77 at FG
Feb. 2, Manny Wah 49:20 Breezing 53/169 at FG
Feb. 9, Manny Wah 48:00 Breezing 6/135 at FG
March 3, Manny Wah 49:40 Breezing 60/143 at FG
March 12, Manny Wah 49:60 Breezing 5/8 at FG
March 22, Manny Wah 48:60 Breezing 8/19 at FG
April 2, Manny Wah 59:80 Breezing 1/5 at CD
April 10, Manny Wah 1.02:40 Breezing 10/13 at CD

 

 



MIND CONTROL (KY)
Trainer: Gregory Sacco
Owner: Red Oak Stable & Madaket Stable
Breeder: Red Oak Stable
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Stay Thirsty (Bernardini, Marozia)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Feel That Fire (Lightnin N Thunder, Ubetwereven)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-2-6-0-0 (10) 2.33
Foal Date: April 11, 2016


NEXT START: Woody Stephens Stakes on Belmont Stakes day

Mind Control finished second behind Call Paul in his debut at Delaware Park. He returned to break his maiden by three lengths on Aug. 12 at Monmouth Park.

In the Sept. 3 Hopeful Stakes, Mind Control was 5-1 on the morning line and sent off at 10-1, but he didn't know the difference and paid $22.20 to win. Mind Control showed his speed every step of the way to win under John Velazquez in 1:22.99 for the seven furlongs. Mind Control was sent under a rapid pace from the gate and was kept in close company by Nitrous to his outside down the backside while Sombeyay sat in range from the rail. Derby Date, who recovered from stumbling at the break, rated along in fourth to his outside. Mind Control and Nitrous battled head-to-head through an opening quarter in 22.96 seconds, and a half-mile in 45.68 as Mucho was called on for run by Jose Ortiz. Turning for home, Mucho made a sweeping move to the outside of Mind Control and Nitrous, and with three-quarters run in 1:10.17, the trio led five others through the stretch. Mucho tried to advance to the outside of Nitrous as Mind Control kept his path along the inside, and refusing to be denied kept his advantage to the wire by 3/4 length while Mucho took the runner-up spot 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Nitrous, who was a half-length in front of Sombeyay in fourth. Rounding out the order of finish was Dream Maker, Thatwouldbegrand, Backtohisroots and Derby Date.

Gregory Sacco: "Our intent was to let Nitrous go because the way he rated last time, we thought if we got him in position, Johnny could make a move on him when he thought it was the right time. He has gears. He ran a great race against Call Paul [in his debut on July 5 at Delaware Park] and then at Monmouth, but then you have to do it on the big show. We had a lot of horse at the quarter pole. Johnny said he was actually waiting a little bit. He's still a little green and learning.

"It's my first Grade I so it's real special. I'm the son of a trainer. My dad never had the opportunity to train these types of horses. It's very meaningful. It's a great feeling. I have my whole family here and I can't be any happier."

On the possibility of running the Breeders' Cup Juvenile: "I'll have to discuss it with the (owners), but I would think so. I don't think the distance will give him limitations. The way he's trained and galloped out last race, he's just a genuine horse. He has a ton of ability the main thing is that he's so smart. He acts like an older horse and does everything right. For a young horse, it's a big plus. He'll go back tomorrow morning to Monmouth. We'll savor this win and go from there."

John Velazquez: "I told Gregory earlier I was going to try to come out running and get position early in the race. The horse didn't want to be on the lead and fortunately it worked out that way. He settled pretty easy along the backstretch and got settled to the turn. Once we reached the three-eights pole and I asked him, he was full of run. I was real proud of the way he finished he came on and never relinquished."

After shipping to Lexington, he came down with a fever that caused him to miss the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland.

On Nov. 2, Mind Control finished well after a poor start, but he came in seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs after a two-month layoff. He reportedly also had a fever after shipping to Lousville.

Dec. 29 NOTE: Trainer Sacco found himself very talkative about Mind Control.  "It was a combination of things. He'd flown in (to Kentucky) for the second time and unfortunately he didn't take the trip the way we would have liked. Unlike the time we flew him in for the Futurity, he just wasn't himself for a day or two, but then he settled in nicely at Churchill and was back to himself. It was very rainy there, and we really didn't do a lot with him. It was a combination of him not being himself and then getting a terrible start and losing position in the race. We were happy to see him pass half the field in the stretch, but the main thing is he came out of the race very good. After the Breeders' Cup, we weren't down on him. We really knew that wasn't him....

"(From there), the original plan was to go the Springboard Mile, but it really made sense to stay (in New York) and run in our backyard. He's really trained well at Belmont the past six weeks and we couldn't be happier to be in the Jerome on Tuesday. He hasn't missed a beat. The training track at Belmont is on the deep side, but it's in great shape and he's gotten a lot out of every work. His fitness and energy level is right where we want it to be going into Tuesday's race.  ....He's really trained well. You don't know until you line them up in the gate again, but his weight is great, and his coat is great, and the works have been exactly what we wanted. We're looking forward to a big effort on Tuesday."

Mind Control made his 2019 debut on New Year's Day in the one-mile, one-turn Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct, and he was a non-threatened winner sent off as the 3-2 favorite under John Velazquez. Mind Control set the early pace in company with 2-1 second choice Souper Jackpot through splits of 24.16 and 48.40, shook that one off, maintained his edge in the stretch, and outkicked a charging Our Braintrust to prevail by 1 1/2 length in 1:39.06 on a track rated good. Our Braintrust, who was stretching out to a mile for the first time, showed the form that led to a second-place finish in the Maryland Juvenile Futurity. He finished four lengths clear of Family Biz for second.

Greg Sacco: "He sat off the horse when he broke his maiden, but in this race, by the way he's been training, I knew how sharp he is and was going to come out of there bouncing. I didn't want Johnny to take a hold of him. Johnny is so smart, once the gate opens, he knows what to do. I anticipated him breaking fast today and putting his head in the game and the rest would be up to Johnny and Mind Control. He took the heat from the Casse horse (Souper Jackpot) down the backside. He was at his throatlatch the whole way, and then (Our Braintrust) came to him at the eighth pole, and he spurted away. He's still green and learning. We're overwhelmed with this performance today. Of course, when you run like that...it's hard to fault the way he ran today."

"(The Withers) is in our backyard here at Belmont now where we're comfortable. He ran the way he has been training, and we'll look forward to the next step. With him being a grade I winner, the Wood goes up to a million (dollars). We would take every race, race by race, but it certainly is appetizing and enticing."

John Velazquez: "I wanted to put him in the race and make sure that I was in a good position where if someone was going crazy, I could just sit off the speed. I broke well and got the position I wanted in the first part of the race. I saw the other horse on the outside (Souper Jackpot), he didn't want to go, so I got close to him, and by the turn we both came in and kind of sat there. Down the lane, I remember from Saratoga he opens up and he waits, so I waited until they came after him to get after him really hard and he responded really well. It seems like he galloped out okay. He put his ears up...it seems like he might handle the two turns pretty good."

Jan. 2 NOTE: Trainer Sacco told DRF, “He’s always galloped out really well, is strong in his gallops. He’s never acted like a sprinter to me. He has a lot of wind, a lot of stamina. Everything is a test, like a building block. My gut tells me he will handle it. You never know until you try, but even him getting a terrible break and not being himself in the Breeders’ Cup, he passed half the field in the stretch."

Jan. 16 NOTE: Johnny V will stay on Mind Control in the Withers, not Moretti.

Jan. 18 NOTE: Trainer Sacco said, "He waits on horses a little bit. Our Braintrust ran a really nice race to be second (in the Jerome), and when he came to him in mid-stretch, Johnny tapped him a few times and he took off. I thought he galloped out nicely that day.  He came out of the race in great shape. He had a nice maintenance work in 48 and change and galloped out in 1:01 and he's doing really well. It's a beautiful facility and a great track to train on. Mind Control, and a couple others, have settled in nicely. We're really satisfied with the accommodations at Belmont, and the training track there is in great shape, which is a great plus for any trainer." Are you excited? It's pretty high. He's a neat horse to be around. The Hopeful was really exciting, and after the little mishap at the Breeders' Cup, where he just wasn't himself, he rebounded great in the Jerome. We're excited to see how far he will take us. When he broke his maiden at Monmouth, he laid off a horse comfortably and then drew off. So, I don't think he has to be on the lead. Just the way it set up in the Jerome, the outside horse (Souper Jackpot) wasn't gunning for the lead so Johnny just sat there. It was our intention if someone was gunning for the lead, to sit off and rate. He is rateable, it just depends how it sets up. We'll leave those decisions up to Johnny. The mile and an eighth (of the Withers Stakes) is a test. You don't know if they can do it until they're in it, but the way he's trained, and the way he's galloped out in the mornings, doesn't give us the indication he won't be able to handle it. With the Wood jumping up to a million-dollar purse with him being a grade I winner, if he were to pass the test in the Withers, the Wood would be the right spot prior to the Derby."

Feb. 15 NOTE: Trainer Sacco said, "Knock on wood, he's right on schedule and we can't be doing any better. It always helps the horse to have time between races, it's just the way it worked out. We skipped the Withers to run in the Gotham. We're happy where he is with his training and where he's at physically. The two months is beneficial and we're coming in with a fresh, strong horse for the Gotham. He's adapted to New York really well. He's settled in nicely, and it's been a real pleasure training here at Belmont. We can get a lot out of the works training on the deep track. He's matured and filled out. We're very happy we chose this New York path."

In the one-turn, one-mile Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 9, Haikal, who was 14 lengths off a hot pace after the first half-mile, roared down the stretch to win going away with a heady ride by Rajiv Maragh. Much Better and Knicks Go contended for the early lead with the first split timed in 22.36. In the blink of an eye, Much Better and Mike Smith sped ahead of that foe and got the half in a crazy-fast 44.42. Meanwhile, Haikal was seventh of the eight runners. Mind Control, ridden by John Velazquez, was six lengths back in sixth, and Instagrand was 4 1/2 lengths back in third under Javier Castellano. Much Better still led after six furlongs in 1:09.23. Into the stretch, Mind Control came up the rail and Instagrand came on the outside, converging around Much Better. Those three were heads apart at the furlong marker and traded punches all the way to the wire, but it was Haikal who finished first, timed in 1:35.63. The winning margin was one length. Mind Control was second and edged Instagrand by a half-length, and in turn Instagrand edged a stubborn Much Better by a nose.

John Velazquez: "He ran a huge race, but he got caught right at the wire. They went fast enough, and I was just trying to stay back and give my horse a chance. He ran like a good horse today, but the other horse got up to beat him at the wire."

March 10 NOTE: Assuming Mind Control runs in the Wood Memorial, the purse will be raised from $750,000 to $1,000,000 because he's a grade I winner, having taken the Hopeful Stakes last year.

March 10 NOTE: Trainer Sacco said, "Moving forward, going two turns in the Wood is the next logical spot. He has the tactical speed to be forwardly placed, and we know he doesn't need the lead. I think he'll be able to settle, and if it's a paceless race he can make it. What we learned yesterday is a real big plus for Mind Control. We were really proud of him. He ran a dynamite race and Kiaran's horse ran an exceptional race. It was a fun race to watch and we're really happy with how he ran. The horse showed a new dimension yesterday. We had trained him in the morning behind horses, let him take dirt, and then finish up. Yesterday, he really passed a test doing that. It was a hot pace. We took a lot of dirt. Johnny said he came up to the Baffert horse and Instagrand and he forged ahead of them, but this horse just does what he has to do. He doesn't really draw off. He had those two horses, but Mike Smith (aboard Much Better) was out in the middle of the track because it was the best part of the track the second half of the day. Castellano (aboard Instagrand) knows this track as good as anyone, and they were both out in the middle of the track, so we had to take the rail. It was the deepest part of the track the second half of the day."

March 23 NOTE: Next race will be either the Bay Shore or the Wood Memorial on April 6 at Aqueduct.

March 29 NOTE: The Bay Shore Stakes is next, and Mind Control will then be pointed to the Woody Stephens on Belmont Stakes day. He is off the Derby Trail. Trainer Sacco said of the owners, "They are comfortable where he's at in his development and looking forward to the rest of the year."

April 3 NOTE: Trainer Sacco said, "We really gave the Wood some considerable thought. After speaking with our owners, we ultimately opted to enter the Bay Shore because we're confident with his ability going one turn and having the opportunity to not only run in a graded stakes at seven furlongs here, but also using this as prep to have the chance to get another grade 1 with him in the Woody Stephens. Johnny knows this colt so well. I expect he'll be somewhere on the front end as he has a good amount of speed, but we'll ultimately leave it up to Johnny. He is coming into this race in great condition out of his last work, so we're excited and looking forward to Saturday."

In the four-horse Bay Shore Stakes, Mind Control was first, Much Better second, Call Paul third and Mucho fourth. With John Velazquez in the irons, 2-1 second choice Mind Control stalked comfortably in third as 6-5 favorite Much Better led through fractions of 22.33 and 45.14. At the quarter-pole, Mind Control began his winning move. He hooked up with Much Better at the top the stretch and fought for the lead, with Mind Control taking command in the final furlong to win by 1 1/4 length. Following them was Call Paul, who was 5 3/4 lengths back in third, and Mucho.  Mind Control completed the seven-furlong distance in a final time of 1:23.45 on a fast main track.

Gregory Sacco: "My brother, Rick Sacco, is our racing manager and he thought that, in his development, that this race would be the right choice for him. My brother was right for once. Usually, I'm right!

"With all that being said, my brother realized how talented he is up to a mile, and they just didn't want to churn him up in the Derby fever. There was serious consideration for the Wood (Memorial) and to try and make it to the Derby, but he's just so talented at this distance. We pinpointed this race first, with the Woody Stephens in mind, so if he comes out of this race well and trains well, that will be our next target.

"He kind of just stays there when he puts a head in front, and that's him, but he had it measured from mid-stretch on. Johnny knows him. He tapped him a little bit, but he knew he had it measured. He's a tough horse and the one word to describe him is 'genuine.'"

John Velazquez, winning jockey: "We know that (Much Better) is very fast. I was surprised Jose (Ortiz on Mucho) tried to go with him the first eighth of a mile, and then he took back. So, I thought, let me be the one to put a little pressure on the horse in front and it worked out perfect. Once I got to him at the three-sixteenths pole, he put his head in front of him. For whatever reason, he was even more focused on what he needed to do today than he was the last time. He ran a good race last time, don't get me wrong. He came from way back and got through the inside. Today, he was more secure about himself. Everything he did today was first class."

Stephen Brunetti of Red Oak Stable, winning co-owner: "Greg was telling me how well he was doing coming into the race. I thought we should have been the favorite coming in. When you have a horse training as well as him and John Velazquez in your corner, you couldn't ask for anything more. I came up here with my family expecting a win, and we got it today. I think my father's looking over us. He's been guiding us for the last several months since he passed away, and I couldn't be more thrilled."

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer Sacco said, "He was really powerful yesterday and ran a nice race. Going back to the Gotham, he was able to rate, so that's in our favor with these races. Moving forward, I think it'll be to his advantage where he can stalk horses. He's a pro. You can't train heart in a horse, and he has that and a tremendous amount of ability."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 15, Mind Control 48:77 Breezing training track 5/26 at BEL
Jan. 23, Mind Control 49:23 Breezing training track 10/48 at BEL
Feb. 3, Mind Control 48:68 Breezing training track 7/41 at BEL
Feb. 11, Mind Control 49:25 Breezing training track 29/88 at BEL
Feb. 17, Mind Control 1.01:55 Breezing training track 1/23 at BEL
Feb. 23, Mind Control 1.00:60 Breezing training track 2/13 at BEL
March 1, Mind Control 49:89 Breezing training track 41/84 at BEL
March 23, Mind Control 47:60 Breezing training track 2/30 at BEL
March 29, Mind Control 1.02:01 Breezing training track 8/10 at BEL


 

 


MR. MONEY (KY)
Trainer: Bret Calhoun
Owner: Allied Racing Stable (Chester Thomas)
Breeder: Spruce Lane Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Goldencents (Into Mischief, Golden Works (CAN))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Plenty O'Toole (Tiznow, O'Toole)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 0-1-1-0-0 (2) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 17, 2016

$130,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:

He broke his maiden at third asking going 1 1/16 mile at Churchill Downs on Sept. 28.

Next time out was the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Mr. Money sat fifth between horses under a tight hold from Gabriel Saez before inching his way closer to the front around the far turn. Just past the quarter pole, Saez swung him wide but was unable to catch winner Game Winner and second finisher Knicks Go. He was overtaken by Signalman, and settled for fourth place, beaten 9 1/2 lengths and 6 1/4 lengths behind Signalman.

LATER: Owner Thomas said, "We drew the two hole that day, and all the speed was on the outside. We had to get position and use him a bit. He got pretty keen on the bit in the turn and we were excited. I think he used a lot of energy prior to the stretch, we were please to finish fourth. It was a very exciting and good day.”

Dec 14 NOTE: Trainer Calhoun said, “He got me pretty excited at the three-eighths pole. He was in great position, and I was excited for a minute. Obviously there was still a lot of ground to make up between the winner and where he ended up that day but we think that he’s an improving horse, and that’s all you can hope for this time of year, is just a good transition from two to three. We freshened him a couple of weeks ago when we brought him down here. He’s doing well and getting cranked back up for the Lecomte.”

Jan. 17 NOTE: Trainer Calhoun said ahead of a rainy forecast in New Orleans: “He’s worked very well over an off track so hopefully that won’t be an issue. He’s had a very good time since he arrived here, done everything we wanted him to do. Everything has gone right for us so far, it’s a wide open race. We’re just hoping for a good trip and that he’s good enough. Every surface is different when they get wet so it’s hard to say...."

Jan. 19 NOTE: Scratched from the LeComte after an elevated white blood cell count was found.

Jan. 24 NOTE: Trainer Calhoun said, “He’s much better. He missed three days of training. His temperature went back to normal quickly.”

Feb. 13 NOTE: Trainer Calhoun said, “It was unfortunate timing (before the LeComte). I thought we had a great plan and timing-wise the race was good, but he came up with a temperature and was sick the day before. It passed pretty quickly though. I think he only missed a few days of training. Obviously, we got off course and we may be at somewhat of a disadvantage coming into this race with a long time in between races now. I thought the plan was to go forward from the LeComte into here, but we don’t have a lot of great options moving forward, and we got to get started. The horse is doing very, very well and I couldn’t be happier with where he is in his training. Things are going well; they’re going in the right direction for him. He’s had a good winter all except for a couple days down here. Everything before and after that point have been great. I think this time of year there are a lot of horses that are developing. There are a lot of them in there with some questions. (War of Will) answered a lot of questions in the LeComte, and he was very impressive. I think everyone was questioning his abilities on a fast track, and he showed up and proved that he was the deserving favorite. The rest of them are very similar, yet to be proven, and are developing this time of year. Everyone’s hoping them to move forward.”

In the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 16, Mr. Money finished seventh, beaten 8 1/4 lengths by War of Will. On the turn, he and Gabriel Saez advanced to third, just a length off the pace, but retreated thereafter. The chart explains that he had to be taken up in upper stretch and says he "went three wide on the first turn, settled towards the front, ranged up while four wide on the far turn, chased the winner into upper stretch, was taken up when Country House lugged inward infront of him outside the furlong marker and tired."

LATER: Owner Thomas said, “Mr. Money ran a winning race. Gabe did a nice job with him that day. We had to check a little bit, and that may have cost us a place or two. He didn’t have the energy to get rolling again, but he came out of that well and we’re very cautiously optimistic as I’m sure the other owners in the race are. Everything is hitting on all cylinders with Mr. Money.”

March 19 NOTE: Owner Thomas said of Gabe Saez taking the Louisiana Derby mount on stable mate By My Standards, “Adam is on fire right now. He got to work Mr. Money this past weekend and we like our post position, and we’re ready to let him run.

In the Louisiana Derby on March 23, Mr. Money was fifth at every call and finished fifth, beaten eight lengths by By My Standards. According to Equibase, the timer malfunctioned and the race was hand-timed. Reported early fractions set by Lemniscate, who finished last, were 23.63, 47.68 and 1:11.54. The final time was reported as 1:49.53.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 3, Mr. Money 1.00:20 Breezing Sloppy 1/19 at FG
Jan. 12, Mr. Money 48:00 Breezing 3/145 at FG
Jan. 30, Mr. Money 49:00 Breezing 8/45 at FG
Feb. 8, Mr. Money 1.00:20 Breezing 1/20 at FG
March 2, Mr. Money 47:80 Breezing good 2/87 at FG
March 9, Mr. Money 1.00:00 Breezing 4/48 at FG
March 16, Mr. Money 49:20 Breezing sloppy 7/32 at FG
April 6, Mr. Money 47:80 Breezing 2/46 at CD
April 13, Mr. Money 48:40 Breezing 14/62 at CD

 

 



MUCH BETTER (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Three Chimneys Farm, LLC
Breeder: Three Chimneys Farm, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker, Star of Goshen)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Dust and Diamonds (Vindication, Majestically)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-5-8-0-0 (18) 3.50
Foal Date: March 3, 2016

$600,000 Keeneland November 2016
A ridgling


NEXT RACE: 

He debuted at Del Mar on Sept. 1 and was bet down to 4-5 in a field of seven. Not to disappoint, he won by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:18.80 after staying close to the early pace of 22.30 and 45.87. Asario and Gum Tree was second and third, separated by a nose.

In the Oct. 8 Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita, King of Speed won by 1 1/4 length over favored Much Better. King of Speed got a mile on turf in 1:34.35. Next to last in a field of eight -- and about 10 lengths off the lead going into the clubhouse turn -- King of Speed gathered steam heading up the backside. Still, he only had two horses beat while pulling his way into contention three furlongs from home after swift early fractions of 22.55 and 45.35. Forced to idle around the far turn while on the rail, and after six furlongs gone in 1:09.90, King of Speed split horses approaching the eighth pole, cut back to the rail and finished well. He was sent off at 5-1 and paid $13.40 to win. Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, 6-5 favorite Much Better  had no apparent excuses as he was unable to hold off the winner in the final furlong while finishing 2 1/4 lengths in front of longshot Rijeka.

To close out his 2-year-old campaign, Much Better finished last of 14 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at 17-1 odds with Van Dyke on board again. The chart call: "Much Better, in tight at the break, was a bit keen early then taken wide, was bumped in upper stretch and weakened."

On Jan. 5 in the one-mile Sham Stakes at Santa Anita, 7-2 second choice Gunmetal Gray rallied from last of seven to win by one length under Mike Smith in 1:38.96. The resulting speed figure was less impressive than this win looked. Taken in hand by Smith up the backside and around the far turn, Gunmetal Gray was 6 3/4 lengths off the pace after a half-mile and was caught six-deep turning for home. He continued to advance and near the wire overtook Much Better, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, and Sueno, ridden by Kent Desormeaux. Much Better pressed the early pace of 23.46 and 46.95 set by Savagery and took the lead a quarter-mile out in 1:11.64, and was up by 2 1/2 lengths at the furlong marker, but he faltered. Sueno, who was never worse than third or fourth a couple of lengths back, slipped by Much Better inside the furlong marker, clearing that one by 3/4 length at the wire.  It was another 1 1/4 length back to Gray Magician, who was third or fourth at each call. Easy Shot ran evenly three or four lengths back to come in fifth, beaten 3 1/4 lengths. The 3-5 favorite, Coliseum, finished sixth by another length after breaking a bit slowly and pulling Joe Talamo. Savagery weakened to finish a poor last.

Much Better's chart call says he "angled in and stalked outside a rival then a bit off the rail, bid outside the pacesetter to take the lead on the second turn, inched away leaving that turn, kicked clear, drifted inward in the stretch, fought back while drifting out a bit in deep stretch and held third."

At 2-5 odds, Much Better won by 3 1/2 lengths on Feb. 9 at Santa Anita in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance optional claiming race. Seven ran. With Mike Smith riding, Much Better led in 21.97 at the first call while pressured by Principe Carlo, slipped away from that one to get the half in 44.62 and six furlongs in 1:09.27, then won in a nifty 1:15.79. Principe Carlo stayed on to finish second. My Paytiene closed to finish third, beaten 4 3/4 lengths.

March 1 NOTE: Will be scratched from the Pasadena Stakes in favor of Gotham on March 9.

March 1 NOTE: Trainer Baffert said of the Gotham: "We were thinking this might be a good race to stretch him back out and see his ability. I thought he ran solid in his last start and we'd really like to see what he can do at two turns. He's a Pioneerof the Nile and he has a lot of speed. Previously in the Sham when he went two turns, he seemed to be moving well and just came up a bit short towards the finish. He won his debut sprinting and then we tried him out on the turf, but he's shown us enough on the dirt where we want to give him another shot to stretch out, and at a mile this could be a good spot to do it."

In the one-turn, one-mile Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct on March 9, Haikal, who was 14 lengths off a hot pace after the first half-mile, roared down the stretch to win going away with a heady ride by Rajiv Maragh. Much Better and Knicks Go contended for the early lead with the first split timed in 22.36. In the blink of an eye, Much Better and Mike Smith sped ahead of that foe and got the half in a crazy-fast 44.42. Meanwhile, Haikal was seventh of the eight runners. Mind Control, ridden by John Velazquez, was six lengths back in sixth, and Instagrand was 4 1/2 lengths back in third under Javier Castellano. Much Better still led after six furlongs in 1:09.23. Into the stretch, Mind Control came up the rail and Instagrand came on the outside, converging around Much Better. Those three were heads apart at the furlong marker and traded punches all the way to the wire, but it was Haikal who finished first, timed in 1:35.63. The winning margin was one length. Mind Control was second and edged Instagrand by a half-length, and in turn Instagrand edged a stubborn Much Better by a nose.

March 16 NOTE: Much Better stayed in New York after the Gotham and will target either the Bay Shore or the Wood Memorial.

April 3 NOTE: Not expected to stay on Derby Trail. Follow-up: Entered in the Bay Shore Stakes.

April 3 NOTE: Trainer Baffert said, "Initially, we took our shot in the Gotham to see if we could pick up any Derby points, and I thought he gave a gutsy effort. We kept him in New York where he's put in three really good works. We think the cutback should benefit him, and he's already won twice sprinting, so he should be right there in the mix."

In the four-horse Bay Shore Stakes, Mind Control was first, Much Better second, Call Paul third and Mucho fourth. With John Velazquez in the irons, 2-1 second choice Mind Control stalked comfortably in third as 6-5 favorite Much Better led through fractions of 22.33 and 45.14. At the quarter-pole, Mind Control began his winning move. He hooked up with Much Better at the top the stretch and fought for the lead, with Mind Control taking command in the final furlong to win by 1 1/4 length. Following them was Call Paul, who was 5 3/4 lengths back in third, and Mucho.  Mind Control completed the seven-furlong distance in a final time of 1:23.45 on a fast main track.

Victor Espinoza, jockey of runner-up Much Better: "We broke out of there running and I took the lead nice and comfortable. It was just in the last minute that the other horse went by me. Nevertheless, I think he ran a good race."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 20, Much Better 1.00:00 Handily 5/135 at SA
Jan. 26, Much Better 58:20 Handily 1/46 at SA
Feb. 1, Much Better 59:20 Handily 3/35 at SA
Feb. 19, Much Better 59:40 Handily 2/57 at SA
Feb. 25, Much Better 1.00:40 Handily 7/48 at SA
March 1, Much Better 1.12:60 Handily 1/22 at SA
March 19, Much Better 47:55 Breezing 1/31 at BEL
March 25, Much Better 1.00:45 Breezing training track 1/9 at BEL
March 31, Much Better 1.13:60 Breezing training track 1/1 at BEL


 

 

 


MUCHO GUSTO (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Michael Lund Petersen
Breeder: Teneri Farm Inc. & Bernardo Alvarez Calderon
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Mucho Macho Man (Macho Uno, Ponche de Leona)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Itsagiantscauseway (Giant's Causeway, Countervail)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-0-10-0-0 (12) 1.40
Foal Date: April 26, 2016

$14,000 Keeneland January 2017
$95,000 Keeneland September 2017
$55,000 RNA OBS March 2018
$625,000 Fasig-Tipton May 2018 (not a typo)


NEXT RACE:

Mucho Gusto won at first asking sprinting at Los Alamitos on Sept. 20. Timed in 1:10.14 for six furlongs, his winning margin was four lengths at even money odds under Joe Talamo.

His next victims were found in the seven-furlong Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 17, which he took by 1 1/2 length at 4-5 odds with Talamo once again aboard. Five ran. He led through fractions of 22.36, 45.36 and 1:10.32 en route to a final time of 1:23.51.

On Dec. 8 in the 1 1/16-mile Los Alamitos Futurity, trainer Baffert recorded his fifth straight and 11th overall victory of the fixture with Improbable, sent off at 1-5 odds in his two-turn debut. Mucho Gusto finished second with Joe Talamo aboard. Improbable broke well from post 1 under Drayden Van Dyke in the field of six. They saved ground in mid-pack while Mucho Gusto and Savagery contested the very early going. Savagery blew the first turn, carrying Extra Hope out a few paths and Dueling even wider, leaving Mucho Gusto to lead in fractions of 23.25 and 47.25 with Savagery, who recovered, pressing him. At that point, Improbable was two wide in a joint third under a hold, but Van Dyke soon let him go, and Improbable caught the other two quickly. They were three abreast turning for home. Savagery dropped back in early stretch. Mucho Gusto kept trying but couldn't stay with Improbable, who won by five lengths. Mucho Gusto held second, finishing three lengths clear of Extra Hope. Savagery finished  fourth but was disqualifed to fifth for interfering with Dueling. The time was a solid 1:41.18.

Dec. 22 NOTE: Likely to ship out of Santa Anita for his next stakes start, or so said trainer Baffert to DRF.

Jan. 26 NOTE: Now likely to stay at home for the Robert B. Lewis.

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

In the 1 1/6-mile Robert B. Lewis Stakes on a sloppy track at Santa Anita on Feb. 2, only five ran. Mucho Gusto came through at 3-5 odds to win by 4 3/4 lengths under Joe Talamo. He tracked Magnificent McCool and Kid Cantina through an opening quarter-mile of 23.67, when Kid Cantina was suddenly pulled up. That left Magnificent McCool and Flavien Prat alone through the half in 46.55. At six furlongs in 1:10.51, that one was joined by Mucho Gusto, and the race was all but over. Gunmetal Gray, ridden by Mike Smith, slipped past Easy Shot and Rafael Bejarano to take second, a half-length better. Magnificent McCool faded to fourth and last, beaten 7 1/2 lengths. Kid Cantina was vanned off. The race was timed in 1:41.81.

Bob Baffert: “He got to sit off the pace, which was good. They have to learn to do that, and I was really happy with Joe.  He rode him with a lot of confidence today, like he was a good horse and he was on his own.  I didn’t give him any instructions…He’s a good horse.  He’s a fighter, too.  If they’d have hooked him, he likes to fight. This is the time of the year when you want to start getting excited about something. I want to run him in spots where he’s going to be very competitive, and we have those other horses, so it depends on what the other horses are doing.  Right now, I’m going to nominate my horses everywhere and whoever’s doing great that week runs in that race. Let the games begin.”

Joe Talamo: “Every race, he’s getting better and better. He settled today like he’s been doing this a hundred times. He galloped out real strong.  I don’t think distance is going to be any problem.  At the three eighths, I was pretty confident.  He’s a 3-year-old, but he feels like an older horse.”

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer Baffert said, “The horse got to sit off the pace, and they have to learn to do that. I was happy with Joe. He rode him with a lot of confidence and was on his own. I didn’t give him any instructions. When he asked me what he should do, I told him, ‘You need to WIN THIS RACE.’ This is the time of year when you start getting excited about the big three-year-old races. We’re still dreaming in Technicolor, but the horses have to start performing and moving forward from this point, and it’s fun to be in this position.”

March 7 NOTE: Will be shipped to Los Alamitos and will work there over the weekend.

March 10 NOTE: Originally slated for the Rebel Stakes, Mucho Gusto is being re-routed to the Sunland Derby eight days later. This morning he worked five furlongs on 57.80 (2/25) at Los Alamitos.

In the Sunland Derby on March 24, Cuttinng Humor won, Anothertwistafate was second, Mucho Gusto was third and Wicked Indeed was fourth. Ridden by John Velazquez, Cutting Humor stalked the early pace in fifth through the first turn. Going up the backstretch he sat fourth behind 4-5 favorite Mucho Gusto and Joe Talamo, Hustle Up and Anothertwistafate, ridden by Juan Hernandez, with a half-mile timed in a blazing 45.63. Heading into the second turn, Cutting Humor laid third with six furlongs in the books in 1:09.63, with Mucho Gusto leading a closely pursuing Hustle Up in second and Anothertwistafate only 1 1/2 length back in fourth. Leaving the far turn, Mucho Gusto was in a narrowing command, and Cutting Humor was soon on even terms with him as Hustle Up backed away. Cutting Humor led Mucho Gusto by a half-length with one furlong remaining, and Anothertwistafate had moved to third, albeit still a length-and-a-half back. Anothertwistafate made a belated charge only to come up a neck short. Mucho Gusto faded to finish third, beaten six lengths, and Wicked Indeed rounded out the superfecta, another 1 1/2 length back. Cutting Humor covered the 1 1/8-mile Sunland Derby in an eye-catching 1:46.94, eclipsing the former track record of 1:47.21 set by Oh So Regal on April 15, 2018.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 10, Mucho Gusto 1.02:00 Handily 3/15 at SA
Jan. 21, Mucho Gusto 1.26:40 Handily 2/3 at SA
Jan. 27, Mucho Gusto 1.12:60 Handily 2/19 at SA
Feb. 12, Mucho Gusto 48:00 Handily 13/95 at SA
Feb. 20, Mucho Gusto 47:60 Handily 4/57 at SA
Feb. 28, Mucho Gusto 47:60 Handily 1/20 at SA
March 5, Mucho Gusto 1.00:20 Handily 5/66 at SA
March 10, Mucho Gusto, 57.80 Handily 2/25 at LRC
March 18, Mucho Gusto 1.13:60 Handily 2/11 at SA
April 8, Mucho Gusto 1.01:40 Handily 2/25 at SA

 

 



NOLO CONTESTO (KY)
Trainer: John W. Sadler
Owner: Hronis Racing LLC
Breeder: Ramona S. Bass, LLC.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Pioneerof the Nile (Empire Maker, Star of Goshen)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Applauding (Congrats, Andrias Forest)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-5-5-0-0 (14) 4.60
Foal Date: Feb. 5, 2016

$385,000 Keeneland September 2017

NEXT RACE: 

He debuted in December at Del Mar, finishing fifth.

He and the second finisher were both impressive when he won a maiden special weight second time out. It took place at Santa Anita on Jan. 4 when he fought back at 8-5 to prevail by one-half length over even-money favorite Omaha Beach in a time of 1:37.49 going a mile on dirt. The chart for those two says, "Nolo Contesto four wide on the first turn, stalked outside, bid alongside the runner-up leaving the second turn, took a short lead in midstretch, fought back when headed in deep stretch and gamely prevailed under some left handed urging and strong handling. Omaha Beach stumbled at the start but quickly recovered, bid three deep leaving the first turn then dueled outside a rival, inched away and angled in on the second turn, fought back along the rail leaving that turn and in the stretch, put a head in front in deep stretch and continued gamely to the wire."

Feb. 2 NOTE: A late scratch from the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. Connections didn't like the track condition, which was sloppy-sealed.

In a one-mile allowance optional claiming race at Santa Anita on March 1, Roadster and Mike Smith were three wide around the first turn, stalked in second behind 70-1 Diamond Blitz and fractions of 23.75 and 47.85 while challenging the leader at the second call, was virtually head to head with the leader after six furlongs in 1:13.16, took command into the stretch and won by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:37.53. Nolo Contesto and Joel Rosario, after breaking from post 1, were never more than 1 1/2 length back into the stretch after a rail trip, lost a bit of ground at that point, were 2 1/2 lengths back with a furlong to go and finished second by that margin.  Manhattan Up was third, just a half-length behind Nolo Contesto, Diamond Blitz fourth, beaten 10 1/2 lengths. Five ran.

March 21 NOTE: Nolo Contesto is likely for the Santa Anita Derby, with the Wood Memorial or Toyota Blue Grass being options. A new jockey would be needed since Joel Rosario will ride Game Winner in the Santa Anita Derby.

In the Santa Anita Derby on April 6, Nolo Contesto finished fourth after pressing the pace, ending hopes that he would make the Kentucky Derby.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 19, Nolo Contesto 47:20 Handily 3/47at SA
Jan. 26, Nolo Contesto 1.00:80 Handily 13/46 at SA
Feb. 8, Nolo Contesto 47:40 Handily 6/92 at SA
Feb. 16, Nolo Contesto 59:60 Handily good 1/12 at SA
Feb. 23, Nolo Contesto 1.12:60 Handily 1/7 at SA
March 16, Nolo Contesto 1.01:40 Handily 12/43 at SA
March 23, Nolo Contesto 1.14:00 Handily 6/23 at SA
March 30, Nolo Contesto 1.13:60 Handily 5/24 at SA

 

 

 

 

NOT THAT BRADY (NY)
Trainer: Rudy Rodriguez
Owner: Michael Imperio, Lianna Stables & Rudy Rodriguez
Breeder: KatieRich Farms
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Big Brown (Boundary, Mien)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Lisa's Booby Trap (Drewman, Ennuhway)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: (4-6-11-0-1 (22) 2.38)
Foal Date: Feb. 16, 2016

$135,000 Fasig-Tipon New York August 2017
A gelding.


NEXT RACE:

Not That Brady was claimed for $50,000 by his current connections out of a respectable fourth in his debut on Aug. 23 at Saratoga. He finished 10th in an off-the-turf sprint next time out, then set the pace to finish second when caught at the wire by Beachside after going a mile over an off track on Nov. 23 at Aqueduct. He broke his maiden, again running a mile, in his fourth start on Dec. 8 at the Big A when wiring the field and earning decent speed figs with the 11 1/4-length victory.

Dec. 28 NOTE: Trainer Rodriguez said, "He's doing good, but I think we're taking a chance here. We may be shooting for the moon, but he's training well. He looks like he's gotten himself together at the distance, so hopefully it works out. We'll take our shot."

Rodriguez may have known more than he was saying, as Not That Brady won the Damon Runyon Stakes on Dec. 31 at Aqueduct. He set the pace at every call under jockey Reylu Gutierrez, who picked up his first stakes win on the NYRA circuit. Invaluable Will broke in front but was soon overtaken by Not That Brady, who marked the opening quarter in 23.78 on the sealed main track. Not That Brady edged away from the field down the backstretch opening up a 3 1/2-length advantage after a half-mile in 47.48. Pipes, with David Cohen up, began to improve along the rail, and Invaluable Will faded. Beachside and La Fuerza launched their wide bids wide through the turn with Southern King also getting into gear, but Not That Brady, who had a 1 1/2-length lead at the top of the lane, went ahead with it and won by three lengths in a time of 1:40.68. Pipes nosed out La Fuerza for place in a blanket finish with Southern King a half-length behind La Fuerza in fourth, a head in front of Beachside. Invaluable Will completed the order of finish.

Rudy Rodriguez: "Today, he broke slow again, but I told Reylu to chase him out of there and put him in the race early. I was a little concerned when he went 47 early, but thankfully, we held on. He's a very good, athletic horse. He's just running right now. Once he learns to break, I think he'll be more solid. Right now, I'm teaching him to take dirt behind, and he takes it good in the morning, but sometimes in the afternoon, it's different. We need to do something to break better. You don't want to give up the break, that's for sure. When he gets himself in a good rhythm, it's smooth. With the track sealed, I was a little concerned. We got lucky today and that's what counts."

Reylu Gutierrez: "He's not the best coming out of the gate. You have to get into him, but he's a horse who has a lot of heart. All credit to him. The more they keep coming, the more he keeps running. He's a heavy horse. Once he gets his stride under him, he gets going. Once I got there, it was fairly easy to rate him. I tried to be as professional as I could after the wire and keep my emotions in check. But to win here, especially on December 31 and close out the year like this, I had to yell out because I'm so excited right now. I had to contain myself. But when I get into my car after the races, I'll probably blast some music."

Dec. 29 NOTE: Trainer Rodriquez said to DRF, “Distance, I think, is the key for him. He can get comfortable, he doesn’t have to be rushed. Sometimes when you’re going three-quarters and you get to rushing them, some of the horses don’t like it.”

Dec. 31 NOTE: Connections were very happy after the Damon Runyon win and said they will nominate Not That Brady to the Triple Crown.

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

Reylu Gutierrez: "I think my horse ran a fantastic race. As his rider, I kind of take the blame for his loss. I think I could have closed the rail more. The Rudy Rodriguez team, the exercise riders, and grooms did a fantastic job. This one is on the rider, this is not on the horse and the team."

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

Feb. 15 NOTE: Trainer and co-owner Rodriguez said, "We were very disappointed with the effort at Belmont (Not That Brady's first race after the claim) when he was eased. I still don't know why he ran so bad. So, we put him back on the grass and it came off the turf, but he ran a big race to be second. So, we just kept going that direction. In the Withers, he ran a very good race. He lost a lot of ground into the first turn. We broke to the outside, and maybe if he had a horse outside of him, he would have broke better, but I was very encouraged to see him finish off the way he did. You don't expect to run that good first time going a mile and an eighth. We might breeze on Monday or Tuesday. He's training good, feeling good and the Withers was a hard race for him, so I don't mind giving him a couple of weeks off. I'm not sure of (whether he's a Kentucky Derby horse), but I know he's improving, and we have to keep our fingers crossed that he keeps improving. He's going very good right now. (Looking at the one-turn Gotham), he has two wins and a second going a mile. Hopefully we break a little better and put ourselves in the race early. He's got plenty of speed to put himself in a good position and if they leave him alone a little bit, he can carry his speed."

Feb. 28 NOTE: DRF reports Not That Brady has a quarter-crack but still may still be entered in the Gotham.The quarter-crack appeared after his last workout, which came 11 days ago. A patch was about to be installed as of this date.

March 4 NOTE: Following his workout yesterday, Not That Brady was still on track for the Gotham.

March 7 NOTE: Trainer and part-owner Rodriguez said, "He had a little bit of a quarter crack, but it was not that bad. We took our time with him. We missed three days of training, but not really as I was able to tack walk the horse. We had a chance to breeze him, and he looks good. I'm not sure if the turnback is going to help him. He's going to have to step up a little bit more. The competition is getting steeper now. He's won two races going a mile and a good second. I'm hoping he'll show up the way he's been training and put in a good performance."

In the March 9 Gotham Stakes, Not That Brady ran a horrible last of eight, beaten 74 3/4 lengths. The chart says he was "acting fractious stepping onto the track, came away to anapparent clean get-away, raced from off the inside throughout, went about the turn from path four, failed to pick it up when asked past the midway point,swung into the lane under a protective hold and would remain under it, was then pulled up quickly once over the finish line."

In the Wood Memorial on April 6, Not That Brady finished fifth, beaten 6 1/2 lengths by Tacitus. He was part of a big early lead and then was swallowed up when he entered the far turn.

April 12 NOTE: Trainer Rodriguez said, "He came back good. He ran a good race, but those races are tough. We're happy with how he ran considering how he ran in the Gotham. He came back and ran a good race. We have the Albany at Saratoga, and we maybe will try to see what kind of horses turn up for the Belmont Stakes. He would be nice and fresh. We have a New York Stallion Series in Saratoga at one-mile, so he has a lot of options. He's still a baby and right now, the sky is the limit."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 11, Not That Brady 51:94 Breezing 4/9 at AQ
Jan. 18, Not That Brady 1.03:12 Breezing 1/2 at AQ
Jan. 25, Not That Brady 1.15:73 Breezing 1/2 at AQ
Feb. 17, Not That Brady 49:10 Breezing 1/20 at AQ
March 3, Not That Brady 1.02:98 Breezing 2/7 at AQ
April 1, Not That Brady 48:42 Breezing 2/4 at AQ

 

 

 

 

OUTSHINE (KY)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Let's Go Stable & Richard D. Schibell
Breeder: T. F. VanMeter & Ricky Stivers
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Malibu Moon (A.P. Indy, Macoumba)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Life Lesson (Unbridled's Song, Wander Mom)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 8-9-11-0-0 (28) 4.09
Foal Date: March 2, 2016

$260,000 Keeneland November 2016
$625,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:

Outshine won at first asking sprinting at Belmont Park on May 17 before finishing fifth in the Tremont Stakes on June 8 and going to the sidelines.

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.

Todd Pletcher: Said they will look for a two-turn stakes race next. “It looked like a pretty high-quality allowance race, like something you’d expect this time of year at Gulfstream. We’ve had high hopes for him all along. We had to stop on him, and he’s come back and trained really well. We were optimistic heading into today. I’m glad he delivered a big performance. We’ll see how he comes out of it. There’s pretty much an option every weekend. It’s just a matter, timing-wise, where he’ll run."

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

March 10 NOTE: Exited the Tampa Bay Derby in good shape; Wood Memorial next.

March 23 NOTE: John Velazquez will ride Outshine in the Wood.

April 3 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said, "He came out of (the Tampa Bay Derby) super and has been training very forwardly. We're excited about stretching him out to a mile and an eighth. We've been pointing to the Wood since the Tampa Bay Derby, and we're optimistic from what we're seeing."

In the Wood Memorial on April 6, Outshine finished 10th, beaten 38 3/4 lengths by Tacitus, with no apparent excuse. He was allowed to fade in the stretch.

April 7 NOTE: Trainer Pletcher said,  "Everybody seemed to come back fine. Outshine and Overdeliver picked up some minor scrapes from the contact going into the first turn, but they are essentially good."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Outshine 1:02.05 Breezing 7/8 at PBD
Jan. 12, Outshine 1:00.87 Breezing 3/14 at PBD
Jan. 19, Outshine 1:00.45 Breezing 1/8 at PBD
Jan. 28, Outshine 1:01.45 Breezing 6/8 at PBD
Feb. 3, Outshine 48.46 Breezing 1/37 at PBD
Feb. 23, Outshine 49:69 Breezing 7/13 at PBD
March 2, Outshine 59:48 Breezing 1/8 at PBD
March 23, Outshine 48:39 Breezing 1/17 at PBD
March 30, Outshine 1.00:58 Breezing 5/10 at PBD

 

 



OWENDALE (KY)
Trainer: Brad H. Cox
Owner: Rupp Racing
Breeder: Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday, Leslie's Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Aspen Light (Bernardini, Zenith)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 1-3-4-0-0 (8) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 23, 2016

$200,000 Keeneland September 2017

NEXT RACE:

Owendale was victorious in his third start, which came at at mile at Indiana Grand on Sept. 22. He was favored at 6-5 in a field of eight and prevailed over Kentucky Allstar by 1 3/4 length after getting the distance in 1:40.03. Owendale, away slowly, was last at the first call.

At Churchill Downs on Oct. 28, Owendale ran in a 1 1/16 mile allowance optional claimer while facing winnners for the first time. He finished fourth behind Roiland, :Limonite and Everfast, beaten 3 3/4 lengths.

In a first level allowance going a mile and 70 yards at Fair Grounds on Dec. 22, Tackett won in 1:44.11, and Owendale was second by a neck. It was an eventful outing, but in simple terms Tackett and Owendale both stalked the pace and were set down at the top of the stretch. Those two battled to the wire with Tackett prevailing by a gritty head. Wicked Indeed, facing winners for the first time, was 5 1/2 lengths back of Owendale in third. 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. Owendale went three wide on the first turn, tracked the pace on the outside, made a bid in the two path on the far turn, spun three wide into the stretch, dueled on the inside of the winner under strong urging in the drive and just missed while well clear for the place."

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, 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 Owendale "went  around  the  first  turn  in  the  two  path, was well placed just  off the pace, chased in the three path on the far turn, made a bid at the five-sixteenths, took the lead in the five path into the stretch, edged clear under a drive around the three-sixteenths and held under steady urging."

Feb. 14 NOTE: Trainer Cox said, “It was a very hyped field last time out (Frolic More second, Gun It third), and we’ll see how good they are. He really ran two fantastic races here. He’s training well.  He’s a little different because we had Golden Mischief and some others that have been decent. We’ve had other Into Mischiefs that have been similar. He’s kind of a big, plain brown horse. Sometime they can have some flash and chrome to them, but he’s just a strong and plain horse. To look at him, you could think that he’s a mile and a sixteenth, mile and an eighth type of horse.”

In the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 16, Owendale finished eighth, beaten 10 lengths by War of Will. He was eighth early, fell back, and then recovered to be eighth again under Shaun Bridgmohan. The chart says of his trip, "Owendale was hustled early, went four wide on the first turn, was urged along while off the pace, raced four wide on the far turn, came six wide into the stretch and failed to threaten."

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

Assistant trainer Ricky Giannini: “I wish I could tell you (what happened in the Risen Star). Last race, we felt like he ate too much dirt, and he kind of backed out down the backside and then had too much to do. Today, he ate the same amount of dirt. I think he’s just maturing and turning into a good horse.  He’s always trained like it, and today he put it all together and got the job done.”

Florent Geroux: Did you lose ground? "A little, but gained momentum. The horse was running really quick, and it was time to go. I just tipped him out, tapped him twice. (The plan) changed a lot when the gates opened. He didn’t break so well, (Knicks Go) went out and (Zenden) looked at me. Things change a lot – sometimes you need to go to Plan B very quick. He ran a very good race.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 3, Owendale 47.80 Breezing Sloppy 3/50 at FG
Jan. 10, Owendale 47.80 Breezing 3/50 at FG
Feb. 2, Owendale 48:80 Breezing 35/169 at FG
Feb. 9, Owendale 1.01:00 Breezing 9/61 at FG
March 3, Owendale 49:00 Breezing 31/143 at FG
March 17, Owendale 49:00 Breezing 38/121 at FG
March 23, Owendale 59:60 Breezing 1/21 at FG
March 29, Owendale 48:40 Breezing 8/27 at CD
April 6, Owendale 59:80 Breezing 1/31 at CD

 

 

 

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

NEXT RACE:

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.

Preamble was ready to go in the first at Keeneland on April 6. At 3-5 odds, he stalked outside of Topper T through fractions of 22.58  and 45.66, took command  and pullled away in the stretch to win by 2 3/4 lengths in a time of 1:24.78 for seven furlongs. Topper T was second, and the next finisher 13 lengths behind him. It was Preamble's first race since Oct. 19, and he appears to have a bright future.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Feb. 12, Preamble 38:00 Breezing 6/8 at PAY
Feb. 19, Preamble 38:40 Breezing 8/9 at PAY
Feb. 25, Preamble 37:00 Breezing 2/7 at PAY
March 4, Preamble 48:40 Breezing 1/18 at PAY
March 10, Preamble 50:80 Breezing 14/14 at PAY
March 17, Preamble 1.02:00 Breezing 5/7 at PAY
Preamble 1.02:40 Breezing 5/9 at PAY
March 31, Preamble 1.03:80 Breezing 5/7 at PAY

 

 

 

SEISMIC WAVE (KY)
Trainer: William I. Mott
Owner: Juddmonte Farms, Inc.
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms Inc
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Conference Call (GB) (Anabaa, Phone West)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-13-16-1-0 (36) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 19, 2016


NEXT RACE:

He was third in his debut at Belmont Park on Sept. 22.

He finished second on Nov. 21 at Aqueduct in a very good effort when he, Demarchelier and Sea of Hope were only a head apart at the finish line. The race went 1 1/16 mile on turf, timed in 1:44.29.

In a nine-furlong turf maiden special weight on Feb. 16 at Gulfstream Park, Seismic Wave was made the 9-5 second choice behind 4-5 Exult, but it was Seismic Wave who defeated that one by a half-length. Javier Castellano was on the winner, with Jose Ortiz on the runner-up. Another two lengths back was 23-1 Third Edition. Seven ran, and the final time was 1:49.24. The chart says Seismic Wave was "off to good start, then steadied slightly when rival switched in a path, raced two wide in the first turn then positioned a sharp factor racing off the top pair, let out three near the quarter pole and edged up to challenge for the lead late turn, came out turning for home then ridden up to take command,cleared on top then came under strong pressure from Exult, dug in determinedly and held firm."

In the one-mile Cutler Bay Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 30, Seismic Wave overcame traffic issues to register a last-to-first effort as the 2-1 second choice. Great ride by Irad Ortiz, Jr., too. The winning time was a swift 1:34.49, and the winning margin over Forever Mo was a neck. Seven ran. Even money favorite Marquee Prince finished fifth. The chart call: "Seismic Wave  unhurried out of the gate, raced two to three wide in first turn, settled nicely racing in the back of pack, remained patiently ridden through final turn then given green light upper stretch, came under left handed drive, out briefly three wide then shifted in two path, kicked in gamely and powered forward."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 14, Seismic Wave 38.80 Breezing 2/3 at PAY
Jan. 21, Seismic Wave 38.20 Breezing 5/8 at PAY
Jan. 29, Seismic Wave 49.20 Breezing 1/27 at PAY
Feb. 5, Seismic Wave 50.00 Breezing 11/22 at PAY
Feb. 12, Seismic Wave 49:20 Breezing 4/13 at PAY
March 3, Seismic Wave 49:20 Breezing 6/32 at PAY
March 11, Seismic Wave 49:80 Breezing 8/17 at PAY
March 18, Seismic Wave 51:20 Breezing 23/27 at PAY
March 25, Seismic Wave 50:00 Breezing 5/12 at PAY
April 12, Seismic Wave 49:40 Breezing 3/12 at PAY

 

 

 

 

SIR WINSTON (KY)
Trainer: Mark Casse
Owner: Tracy Farmer
Breeder: Tracy Farmer
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Awesome Again (CAN) (Deputy Minister (CAN), Primal Force)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): La Gran Bailadora (Afleet Alex, Affirmed Dancer)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-8-14-0-0 (26) 2.71
Foal Date: April 8, 2016

$50,000 RNA Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:

To begin his career, Sir Winston finished well off the board in a June race at Churchill Downs and a July race at Saratoga.

It was a dead heat, but a win is a win, and he did it at third asking on Sept. 12 at Woodbine going a mile and 70 yards on the Tapeta track. Inclusive arrived at the wire simultaneously with Sir Winston. The race was timed in 1:44.29. Jerome Lemyte was aboard Sir Winston. Sir Winston overcame being steadied in tight quarters on the far turn.

Next time out, which was on Oct. 21, with Lemyte again aboard, Sir Winston finished third in the 1 1/16-mile Grey Stakes on the Woodbine synthetic, beaten four lengths by Solidify and 3 1/2 lengths by the ill-fated Tripwire. He was mid-pack of eight early, dropped back some, was wide on the far turn and swung out wide for a game stretch run -- however, he lost about 1 1/2 length on the leader in the final 5/16 mile. The race was timed in 1:43.90

In his final outing of the year, Sir Winston got a one-length score in the 1 1/16-mile Display Stakes on the Woodbine synthetic, again ridden by Lemyte. His time was 1:45.02. This time, he was put into the race early and was never worse than second and always within 1 1/2 length of the lead. He got the lead running into the stretch, led by two at the furlong marked and prevailed by one length over Inclusive. Global Access was two more lengths back in third. Nine ran.

Dec. 31 NOTE: Sent to Florida, he's put in two workouts at the Casse Training Center in Ocala.
 
Jan. 25 NOTE: Trainer Casse said, "He didn't show a lot early on, but with his pedigree you wouldn't expect it. He's gotten better as he's gotten older. We've had some time with him now, and he's had four solid works over the dirt at our training center, and he's a bit of a mystery horse. I don't think the mile and an eighth will be a problem. Tracy Farmer is a new client of ours, and it was exciting for us to win a stakes with him at Woodbine, especially with a homebred. Tracy and his wife Carol are longtime Thoroughbred owners, but they slowed down for a while. They're getting back into the game now and getting back in a big way. We're excited to have them as owners."

Jan. 31 NOTE: Trainer Casse said, "Sir Winston is a mystery horse for us. He's performed well on the synthetic. He's been training over the dirt in Ocala and training well. We're not really sure how we'll run on the dirt. We just want to see if he can handle the dirt and if he can't, we know he'll probably like the grass, he's run there before. It's all part of the puzzle and trying to figure out what pieces fit where."

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

March 8 NOTE: Trainer Casse said, “I think Sir Winston is a bit of a sleeper. He has gotten better as a 3-year-old, and his last race was probably a little better than it looked. It was his first start on dirt since (his debut), and the jockey said he kind of jumped up and down early before he leveled off and made a run. One thing about him: distance is not a problem."

In the 1 1/16-mile Tampa Bay Derby on March 9, Sir Winston finished fifth, beaten four lengths by Tacitus after he was 11th of 11, 15 lengths off the pace, after six furlongs, so he finished well.

March 22 NOTE: Trainer Casse told VSIN Sir Winston could go next in the Toyota Blue Grass, saying, "Sir Winston's just crying and crying for more ground. Julien came back after the Tampa Bay Derby, and I've never seen Julien so excited. Julien's not an excitable guy, and he said if he'd known the horse a little better, he said he would've been right there. He said he figured him out about the top of the lane, and if you'll see he closes almost 10 lengths down the lane and was running over top of horses at the wire, which suggests that the further distance is going to be better for him. That's the good news. The bad news is that type of running style you need a little luck, you need everything to go your way, you need some pace."

March 30 NOTE: Assistant trainer David Carroll said from Keeneland, “I had him here last fall. He just got here two days ago and looks well.”

April 3 NOTE: Assistant trainer Carroll said, “Sir Winston is a horse who comes from off the pace, so he’ll break and be able to drop on over and get to the outside and make his run."

In the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on April 6, Sir Winston finished seventh, beaten 19 1/4 lengths by Vekoma. He was ninth through the first six furlongs and lost ground from there.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 7, Sir Winston 49.40 Breezing 1/2 at CAA
Jan. 19, Sir Winston 1:02.80 Breezing 2/6 at CAA
Jan. 26, Sir Winston 49.70 Breezing 11/13 at CAA
Feb. 23, Sir Winston 1.02:00 Breezing 1/5 at CAA
March 2, Sir Winston 49:00 Breezing 2/6 at CAA
March 23, Sir Winston 49:70 Breezing 5/12 at CAA
March 30, Sir Winston 49:00 Breezing 22/48 at KEE

 

 

 



SO ALIVE (KY)
Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
Owner: Robert V. LaPenta
Breeder: John D. Gunther
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Super Saver (Maria's Mon, Supercharger)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Mythical Bride (Street Cry (IRE), Flaming Heart)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-3-6-0-0 (12) 3.00
Foal Date: April 8, 2016

$160,000 Keeneland September 2016


NEXT RACE:

In his debut, he broke his maiden at Keeneland on Oct. 27 going six furlongs against seven others with Tyler Gaffalione aboard.

Second time out, So Alive finished sixth, beaten 7 1/2 lengths, as the 7-5 favorite in a one-mile entry-level allowance at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24. Twelve ran. He broke ninth and was seventh or eighth at each call while gradually losing ground on the leader. The winner of that race was Forloveofcountry, and he was followed across the finish line by Synthesis, Borracho, Classic Czar and Thousand Percent..

On Jan. 6 at Tampa Bay Downs in another first-level allowance, he was sent off at even money and won by 1 1/2 length in a field of seven. Ridden by Samy Camacho, his time for the mile and 40 yards was 1:41.84. Bumped at the start, he was a couple of lengths off the pace of 47.68 after a half-mile. Counter Offer was second. The chart call: "So Alive was bumped at the start, raced three wide early, then settled close up three wide, bid three wide on the far turn, dueled with Counter Offer into the stretch, responded at the furlong marker and drew clear, driving."

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

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

April 3 NOTE: Exercise rider Nik Bush said, “I think that (post 11) is good for him. We don’t have to worry about being down on the inside. He’s probably going to be in the back starting off. Hopefully he’ll have a clear run and come home.”

In the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on April 6, So Alive finished sixth, beaten 15 lengths by Vekoma. He was 12th through the first six furlongs and lost ground from there.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 19, So Alive 48:85 Breezing 6/21 at PBD
Jan. 28, So Alive 1.01:45 Breezing good 6/8 at PBD
Feb. 3, So Alive 48:46 Breezing 1/37 at PBD
March 2, So Alive 48:50 Breezing 1/24 at PBD
March 8, So Alive 1.00:65 Breezing 1/3 at PBD
March 15, So Alive 1:01.59 Breezing 1/6 at PBD
March 22, So Alive 1.00:80 Breezing 1/2 at PBD
March 29, So Alive 48:91 Breezing 5/18 at PBD

 

 

 

SOMELIKEITHOTBROWN (NY)
Trainer: Mike Maker
Owner: Skychai Racing LLC (Harvey Diamond) & Sand Dollar Stables (David Koenig, et al)
Breeder: Hot Pink Stables & Sand Dollar Stables
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Big Brown (Boundary, Mien)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Marily Monroan (Tapit, Summer Scene)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-8-13-0-0 (24) 2.69
Foal Date: Feb. 25, 2016


NEXT RACE:

Somelikeithotbrown debuted sprinting on dirt and finished seventh of nine at Saratoga on July 23. From then on he raced on turf as a 2-year-old.

Second time out, he broke his maiden going 1 1/16 mile on turf at Saratoga under Jose Ortiz. The timer malfunctioned, and no time has been assigned to the race. After settling eight lengths back in sixth of nine, he won authoritatively by eight lengths.

In a series of stakes races that followed, Somelikeithotbrown finished second to Opry in the With Anticipation Stakes at Saratoga, second to Forty Under in the Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park, and third at 15-1 odds behind Line of Duty and Uncle Benny in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

In the Feb. 15 John Battaglia Memorial, Rafael Hernandez and Somelikeithotbrown landed in the winner’s circle.
It was the colt’s first stakes victory. He finished 3 1/2 lengths ahead of 29-1 longshot Dynamic Racer. Dabo was another length back in third. Final time for the 1 1/16-mile test on the synthetic track was 1:45.86. Dynamic Racer and Maya Solomea went at it early fighting for the lead in 24.08 and 48.24. Maya Solomea gave way as Dynamic Racer hit the three-quarter mark in 1:13.30.  Meanwhile, Somelikeithotbrown was settled toward the inside a length or two behind the battling leaders. Dynamic Racer still had the lead as he hit the top of the stretch, but his head margin quickly disappeared after Hernandez sent the winner through a hole to the rail. The outcome wasn't in doubt after that.

Rafael Hernandez: “I wanted to get him to relax. He’d had three months off, so I knew he would try to show me some speed. The only way I could get him to relax was to get him behind horses. He just exploded down the stretch. Mike did a great job training him and keeping him in shape, and he came back today to show what he can do.”

Somelikeithotbrown took it to 'em in the Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park on March 9, leading at almost every call and winning by 3 1/4 lengths as the 3-5 favorite. After Five Star General fought for the early advantage with a quarter-mile run in 23.61, Somelikeithotbrown and Tyler Gaffalione would have none of it and went on lead in fractions of 47.03, 1:10.78 and 1:37.84 en route to a final time of 1:52.05. Dynamic Racer, never worse than third, finished second at 45-1. Another 1 1/4 length back at the finish was the closing 59-1 longshot Moonster, who was 10th of 11 runners, 13 lengths in arrears, after six furlongs. It was two more lenths back to Five Star General in fourth.

April 3 NOTE: Owner Diamond said, “I think it is good that we drew inside. He has natural speed. We are going to give him a (chance) on dirt and see how he runs. If he runs good, the Kentucky Derby is a definite consideration.”

In the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 6, Vekoma won, Win Win Win was second, Signalman was third and Somelikeithotbrown finished fourth. Somelikeithotbrown led through fractions of 23.26, 47.03, 1:11.55 under Tyler Gaffalione, with Vekoma and Javier Castellano hounding him every step of the way in the clear from the outside. Coming out of the second turn, Vekoma passed a tiring Somelikeithotbrown and led by 3 1/2 lengths with an eighth of a mile left in the race. He kept on running to win by that margin in a time of 1:50.93.  Signalman and Brian Hernandez, Jr, who were close by in fourth or fifth while saving ground throughout the early stages of the race, advanced to third entering the far turn and got by Somelikeithotbrown inside the furlong marker to be second between calls. Win Win Win, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., was in 11th place, 7 1/4 lengths off the pace after the first half-mile, and he was back in fifth at the furlong marker. He advanced on the tiring Signalman and nosed him out for second. Somelikeithotbrown finished fourth, beaten 4 1/4 lengths.

Mike Maker: “That’s his running style. He was fourth best today. It’s that simple. He handled the dirt well."

Tyler Gaffalione: “If you take into consideration the way the track’s been playing all day, I thought it (the pace) was pretty fair. In the filly race going a mile and a sixteenth (the Central Bank Ashland Stakes), they went :46 for the half. Speed held there. Speed’s been holding all day, so we tried to be a little aggressive. Just wasn’t our day.”

April 11 NOTE: We are a little late reporting this, but Somelikeithotbrown chipped a sesamoid and is off the Derby Trail.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Somelikeithotbrown 36.16 Breezing 3/11 at GP
Jan. 12, Somelikeithotbrown 1:01.06 Breezing 7/52 at GP
Jan. 19, Somelikeithotbrown 1:05.30 Breezing 56/57 at GP
Jan. 29, Somelikeithotbrown 1:14.16 Breezing 1/1 at GP
Feb. 9, Somelikeithotbrown 1:01.40 Breezing synthetic 7/28 at TP
March 2, Somelikeithotbrown 1.01:40 Breezing synthetic 6/40 at TP
March 23, Somelikeithotbrown 1.00:20 Breezing synthetic 6/39 at TP
March 30, Somelikeithotbrown 1.00:40 Breezing synthetic 5/55 at TP

 

 

 


SPARKY VILLE (KY)
Trainer: Jeff Bonde
Owner: Del Secco DCS Racing
Breeder: Aaron & Marie Jones LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Candy Ride (ARG) (Ride the Rails, Candy Girl (ARG))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Lorelei K (Storm Cat, Win Crafty Lady)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-2-6-1-0 (12) 2.00
Foal Date: Feb. 14, 2016

$170,000 RNA Keeneland September 2017

A gelding


NOT EARLY NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

Going into the San Vicente Stakes, Sparky Ville had seven races under his belt.

He broke his maiden second time out sprinting back in June at Santa Anita. From there he finished second in the Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar and sixth in the Del Mar Futurity.

Back at Santa Anita, he won the 6 1/2-furlong Sunny Slope Stakes while facing three others, followed by a third-place finish in the Bob Hope Stakes.

In his final start before the San Vicente, he was put on turf and came in sixth in the Eddie Logan Stakes.

In the seven-furlong San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 10, Coliseum was the 3-5 favorite, but he again came up short as Sparky Ville eased past Dessman nearing the wire to win by a nose. Coliseum finished third, beaten 6 1/2 lengths, followed by Synthesis and Savagery. The winning time on a sloppy track was 1:21.93. Coliseum again broke slowly, and the race unfolded as Savagery (with Heriberto Figueroa on board), Coliseum (moved to the fore by Mike Smith) and Dessman (Flavien Prat) competed for the lead, with the opening quarter-mile going in 22.07 and the half in a speedy 44.32. Savagery gave it up on the turn, and Dessman, to the outside of Coliseum, advanced beyond him turning for home. Guided by Joel Rosario, Sparky Ville and Joel Rosario sat behind all this, a length or two off the pace and in behind heels leaving the turn, and made a late run to get by Dessman.

Jeff Bonde: “I was absolutely dancing into the Winner’s Circle. It was so exciting, and Joel has been like one of my kids ever since he came from Bay Meadows. We tease each other a lot. We greet each other by grunting and everybody looks at us like, ‘what’s that all about’ but we’ve been doing it for years. So it’s wonderful to win with him. The owners are great people that really deserve something like this. This horse seems like he’s more adept at seven furlongs to a mile so I’m not sure he wants a mile and a quarter. I could tell my horse had won, but I was so excited in the stretch I thought I was gonna pass out. We are very happy with the way our horse had trained for this race, but it’s always scary when you get a look at those Baffert 'Maseratis', it pretty much unfolded the way we had hoped. The people that own this horse, they’ve got this colt a seven furlong-miler type maybe time will tell differently, but the other colt, they are focusing on him going the two turns.”

Joel Rosario, who rode Sparky Ville for the first time today: “Going into the far turn, I was in tight, but I had to wait because I thought those horses were moving a little early. When we left the quarter pole, I asked him and he really picked it up.  I thought those horses would come back to me and we would win easy, but (Dessman) kept fighting and it was close. I knew he had run well with Gary (Stevens), and I’m happy with the way he ran today.  He was comfortable sitting in behind those horses, and I like the way he picked it up when I asked him to go.”

March 30 NOTE: Connections switch gears and change next-race plans from the Bay Shore to the Santa Anita Derby.

April 3 NOTE: Decison is made to bypass the Santa Anita Derby.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1, 2019

Jan. 9, Sparky Ville 49.00 Handily 17/51 at SA
Jan. 19, Sparky Ville 1:02.80 Handily 40/45 at SA
Jan. 26, Sparky Ville 1:01.20 Handily 20/48 at SA
Feb. 22, Sparky Ville 47:60 Handily 3/30 at SA
March 1, Sparky Ville 1.04:20 Handily 86/92 at SA
March 9, Sparky Ville 1.04:80 Handily 19/19at LRC
March 16, Sparky Ville 1.00:60 Handily 1/43 at SA
March 23, Sparky Ville 1.14:80 Handily 10/23 at SA
March 30, Sparky Ville 49:80 Handily 21/42 at SA
April 6, Sparky Ville 1.02:00 Handily 15/45 at SA
April 13, Sparky Ville 1.03:00 Handily 28/39 at SA


 

 



STANDARD DEVIATION (KY)
Trainer: Chad C. Brown
Owner: Klaravich Stables, Inc.
Breeder: KatieRich Farms
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Curlin (Smart Strike (CAN), Sherriff's Deputy)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): False Impression (A.P. Indy, Classic Elegance)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 10-11-15-0-0 (36) 3.80
Foal Date: March 14, 2016

$450,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:

At Saratoga on August 8, Standard Deviation won at first asking in a seven furlong maiden special weight on a track rated good under Javier Castellano at 2-5 odds. Six ran. Second was Vineyard Sound, and another 6 1/4 lengths back in third was Malthael. It wasn't a simple front-running effort. He was "five paths off the inside in pursuit from mid pack down the backstretch, tucked to the three path half a mile from home beginning to steadily advance, came under coaxing at the three-eighths, got floated five wide into upper stretch as My America went four wide for home just to the inside, rallied to collar the leader just inside the eighth pole, then edged away through to the finish kept to task."

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. Standard Deviation's chart call: "back early four path, seven path far turn, rallied, bid stretch, flattened."

Javier Castellano: "We were a little short in the first turn. I had to break in and step up inside as best as I could. I tried to let him develop himself. I am very happy with the way he ran today. He ran really well in the second turn. Once he develops a little, he’s going to be a nice horse.”

THE NEXT DAY: Assistant trainer Beckman said, “It was a very workmanlike effort out of the (13) hole. He will stay here because you’ve got good weather and it’s a good place to prepare a horse.”

Standard Deviation made the field of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, but at 8-1 odds he finished 13th of 13, beaten 23 lengths by Game Winner. The chart simply says he "came in and was bothered shortly after the start." Further, he broke 11th and never progressed any further than ninth best.

Going 1 1/16 mile in a seven-horse Gulfstream Park allowance optional claiming race on Feb. 9, Global Campaign was easily the best after being sent off at 3-5 odds. After pressing Blue Steel through opening splits of 23.27 and 47.57, he and Luis Saez took over from there and led by four lengths at the furlong marker. They won by 2 1/4 lengths under wraps. Meanwhile, Standard Deviation and Irad Ortiz, Jr., who were never worse than third and werewithin a length of the lead after the first half-mile, finished second.  The chart says of those two, "Global Campaign broke well and held lead heading into first turn then conceded position to Blue Steel, edged off rival in opening quarter then moved back up to race near equal terms with aforementioned foe mid-way through the backstretch, vied for the lead then cleared on top still unasked past threeeights pole, widened margin under mild hand rousing in upper stretch then wrapped up to easy victory. Standard Deviation brushed at the start then raced in stalking position through early going, advanced closer contention racing in aim mid-backstretch, hustled up for response going by half mile marker,continued three wide bid through final turn, kept on with response under strong left handed drive upper stretch, came out wider and continued solid effort for second best."

In a one-mile allowance race at Aqueduct on April 14, Standard Deviation finished third, beaten 5 1/2 lengths, in a field of six. Pulsate won, The Right Path second by neck. The chart says Standard Deviation "broke open the gate, was prevented from running off due to a snug hold being utilized by the rider, proceeded to break forwardly placed and stayed so, at least during the setting of the opening split, dropped back as the tempo picked up quite a bit, failed to get motivated to assume its former prominent position, even with some light stick work in the area of the right shoulder, was switched over to a vigorous hand ride as three-quarters was being reached, angled five wide, the widest of all, into the stretch, straightened away and chugged along to secure the show."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 6, Standard Deviation 49:00 Breezing 3/51 at PMM
Jan. 13, Standard Deviation 1.01:95 Breezing 3/12 at PMM
Jan. 19, Standard Deviation 49:50 Breezing 19/95 at PMM
Jan. 29, Standard Deviation 49:30 Breezing 27/98 at PMM
Feb. 4, Standard Deviation 49:65 Breezing 21/53 at PMM
Feb. 23, Standard Deviation 50:40 Breezing 42/79 at PMM
March 2, Standard Deviation 49:30 Breezing 33/65 at PMM
March 10, Standard Deviation 49:40 Breezing 19/80 at PMM
March 16, Standard Deviation 50:10 Breezing 51/101 at PMM
March 27, Standard Deviation 50:55 Breezing training track 21/29 at BEL
April 2, Standard Deviation 49:28 Breezing training track 6/24 at BEL

 

 

 

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.

In the off-the-turf Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita on March 2, Stubbins sped to an eight-length victory under Tyler Baze while getting a flat mile over a sloppy main track in 1:36.15. Initial fractions were 23.14, 46.02 and 1:10.29. Tyler Baze filled in for Rafael Bejarano, sidelined after to a tonsillectomy.

Assistant trainer Leandro Mora: “When we ran him at Del Mar (finishing first and third in a pair of main track sprints on Aug. 4 and Aug. 26), we knew he was legit, but he had some issues with his shins, so we gave him the time off. He’s going up the ladder now, getting better and better with each race.  This was huge today.”

Tyler Baze: “I’ve never ridden him before, but from watching tape of all four of his races, he seemed very ‘push button'. It sure looked like he’s a horse that wants to go, and I’m glad they didn’t change the game plan in the paddock.”

March 26 NOTE: Leandro Mora, Doug O’Neill’s assistant, said: “I’m very happy with him. Even though we are in a foreign country, we do the American thing, so he only walked this morning, which is what we would do at home after a horse works.”

March 28 NOTE: Leandro Mora, Doug O’Neill’s assistant, said, “We are very happy with what we saw today. So we are looking forward to tomorrow and then the race. Actually, we are kind of happy if it rains more because he won by nearly 10 lengths when it was raining in California, so we are smiling.”

On March 30 in the UAE Derby at Meydan, Stubbins broke well and sat second behind longshot filly Swift Rose from the gate to the home stretch, but he weakened considerably after that and finished sixth, beaten 9 1/4 lengths.

Flavien Prat: “He was up on the pace, but the distance is too far for him, and he got tired.”

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
Feb. 26, Stubbins 49:60 Handily 14/22 at SLR
March 15, Stubbins 1.00:80 Handily 4/19 at SLR

 

 

 

 

THE RIGHT PATH (KY)
Trainer: Jorge Duarte, Jr.
Owner: Colts Neck Stables LLC
Breeder: Colts Neck Stables, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Quality Road (Elusive Quality, Kobla)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Always Trouble (Bernardini, Spunoutacontrol)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-4-10-0-0 (18) 2.60
Foal Date: Feb. 16, 2016


NEXT RACE:

The Right Path raced once as a juvenile, winning a six furlong maiden special weight at Aqueduct by 3 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:12.12 after always being prominent under Jose Lezcano. U R Not So Bad was second, and favored Performer was third, beaten five lengths after hitting the gate at the start. The next finisher was another seven lengths back. Eight ran. The chart say he was "coaxed from the gate, prompted the pace three then two wide coming under coaxing nearing the quarter pole, swung four wide for home, rallied to take command a furlong out, edged clear under a drive kept to task."

In his second outing, at 5-2 odds The Right Path finished third and was placed second via DQ. Under Javier Castellano, he was beaten by the 5-2 favorite Outshine, who came in off a long layoff, in a seven-furlong Gulfstream Park allowance optional claimer on Feb. 10. Admiral Lynch, off at 39-1, led unchallenged through initial splits of 22.81 and 45.95, was confronted in the stretch by Outshine and clung to the lead after six furlongs in 1:10.34 while drifting out and interfering with The Right Path, and stayed on to get the place, beaten two lengths to a time of 1:23.18 and edging The Right Path by a neck. After an inquiry, stewards swapped their finish positions.

In the Tampa Bay Derby, The Right Path finished well off the board.

In a one-mile allowance race at Aqueduct on April 14, The Right Path ran a good race under Jose Lezcano at 6-5 odds in a field of six, but he was beaten a neck by Pulsate, who was timed in 1:37.54. The colorful chart call says The Right Path "forced out at the start by its errant next door neighbor, recovered and powered up into a forward position, firmly held by the pilot, disputed the pace three wide, matched up with Back to Back, got cued up as their fight spilled over into the lane, saw the winner poke a head in front by the completion of the run leading up to and then through the furlong grounds, went at it eye to eye with that opponent from that juncture onward, got denied."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, The Right Path 38.00 Breezing 10/19 at PMM
Jan. 12, The Right Path 49.95 Breezing 30/71 at PMM
Jan. 19, The Right Path 49.45 Breezing 17/103 at PMM
Jan. 29, The Right Path 1:00.30 Breezing 1/34 at PMM
Feb. 4, The Right Path 50.25 Breezing 43/55 at PMM
Feb. 23, The Right Path 48.80 Breezing 5/79 at PMM
March 2, The Right Path 59:60 Breezing 1/21 at PMM
April 3, The Right Path 49:10 Breezing 5/17 at CNS


 

 

 

UNION'S DESTINY (KY)
Trainer: Juan Carlos Avila
Owner: Los Samanes LLC
Breeder: CESA Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Union Rags (Dixie Union, Tempo)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Ms Anna Destiny (Anabaa, Limes 'N Lemons)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-4-8-1-0 (16) 2.20
Foal Date: April 9, 2016


NEXT RACE:

Union's Destiny debuted on July 8 sprinting at Gulfstream Park and finished second. He broke his maiden second time out, a maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park on August 11 going seven furlongs.

In the Smooth Air Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 8, Union's Destiny finished third under Carlos Olivero to Garter and Tie, who was making his first start since the Florida Sire Stakes series and parlayed a perfect trip under Tyler Gaffalione into a narrow victory. Garter and Tie rated off the pace set by Souper Jackpot and Maddy’s Last Dance, who dueled into the stretch after fractions of 23.73 and 46.58. Garter and Tie, the 4-5 favorite, made a sweeping move entering the stretch and wore down a very game Souper Jackpot by a neck. Union’s Destiny, who was rank and close to the lead early, closed to finish third, another 2 3/4 lengths back. Garter and Tie ran the one-turn mile in 1:38.44. The chart call for Union's Destiny says he "was bit keen in  opening stages and reined back to rate running through backstretch, roused along  outside throug  turn, continued driving racing wide in stretch and finished up well."

In the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 2, Union's Destiny finished sixth at 94-1 odds, beaten 6 1/2 lengths by Code of Honor. He was eighth of 11, almost 12 lengths off a fast early pace set by Hidden Scroll, after the first half-mile.

In the Florida Derby on March 30, Union's Destiny finished seventh, beaten 12 3/4 lengths by Maximum Security, after chasing the pace in third or fourth during the first six furlongs.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Union's Destiny 48.40 Breezing 2/25 at GPW
Jan. 12, Union's Destiny 51.40 Breezing 24/25 at GPW
Jan. 19, Union's Destiny 1:17.00 Breezing 2/2 at GPW
Jan. 28, Union's Destiny 50.40 Breezing 1/2 at GPW
Feb. 9, Union's Destiny 48.60 Breezing 9/33 at GPW
Feb. 17, Union's Destiny 1:14.20 Breezing 1/3 at GPW
Feb. 23, Union's Destiny 1:00.80 Breezing 1/11 at GPW
March 16, Union's Destiny 48:80 Breezing 1/9 at GPW
March 23, Union's Destiny 1.02:00 Breezing 1/13 at GPW

 

 

 

 

WARRIOR'S CHARGE (FL)
Trainer: Brad Cox
Owner: Ten Strike Racing & Madaket Stables LLC
Breeder: Al Shaquab Racing
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Munnings (Speightstown, Le Comete)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Battling Brook (Broken Vow, Crazy Woman Creek)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-5-5-1-0 (14) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 22, 2016


After finishing third in each of his first three races, Warrior's Charge won in his fourth start.

First time out, he was third to Gray Attempt and Oncewewerebrothers going 6 1/2 furlongs at Churchill Downs on Nov. 25.

At Oaklawn Park on Jan. 25 going six furlongs, he was third to Oncewewerebrothers and Breaking News.

And at Oaklawn on Feb. 18 stretched out to a mile, he was the 8-5 favorite but was beaten by Comedian and Incorrigible.

Fourth time worked out for Warrior's Charge when, on March 16 at Oaklawn he run much better to win at 1 1/16-mile by six lengths at 7-5 odds. With Jose Ortiz up, he was timed in 1:43.17. Eight ran. Rotation and Incorrigible were second and third.

In an entry-level allowance race on April 12 at Oaklawn, Warrior's Charge was sent off as the 3-2 favorite, and he won big again. Under Florent Geroux, he took charge right away and led through fractions of 23.62, 47.44 and 1:11.47 before winning by 6 1/2 lenghts in 1:42.58. Second choice Soldado finished fourth, beaten 10 lengths.

April 17 NOTE: He could go next in the Sir Barton on Preakness day at Pimlico or the Peter Pan a week earlier at Belmont Park.

WORKOUTS

Feb. 12, Warrior's Charge 51.60 Breezing 10/15 at OP
March 3, Warrior's Charge 49.60 Breezing 21/43 at OP
March 10, Warrior's Charge 49.20 Breezing 27/93 at OP
March 30, Warrior's Charge 49.00Breezing 15/54 at OP
April 5, Warrior's Charge 49.80 Breezing 12/19 at OP

 

 

 


WELL DEFINED (FL)
Trainer: Kathleen O’Connell
Owner: Stonehedge LLC (Gil Campbell)
Breeder: Stonehedge, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): With Distinction (Storm Cat, Extravagant Woman)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Fru Fru (Medaglia d'Oro, Lolabell)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-3-9-1-0 (18) 2.27
Foal Date: March31, 2016

A gelding


NEXT RACE:

Well Defined broke his maiden at first asking at 4 1/2 furlongs on June 2 before finishing third in an optional claiming allowance and second by a half-length to Garter and Tie in the seven-furlong Affirmed division of the Florida Sire Stakes on Sept. 1.

Well Defined got an easy early lead that was followed by an easy victory in the $400,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Sire Stakes series on Sept. 29 at Gulfstream Park. Well Defined went right to the lead under Carlos Montalvo and set comfortable fractions of 24.57 and 48.33 seconds. Garter and Tie, who caught Well Defined by a half-length in the seven-furlong FSS Susan’s Girl last time out, progressed along the backstretch to enter contention heading into the far turn. Emisael Jaramillo sent Garter and Tie after the pacesetter on the turn and into the homestretch but couldn't stay with the leader. Well Defined drew off to a 7 1/2-length score in 1:44.47 for 1 1/16 mile. Garter and Tie, the 7-5 favorite, finished second, 14 1/2 lengths ahead Gump.

Kathleen O'Connell:  “He’s always shown he has a lot of talent. He was like a mischievous Dennis the Menace. It’s just getting it all together at the right time. I actually liked him better going farther. To me, it’s so much easier on a horse rather than all the hoopla going short. (As for future plans), I’m am going to enjoy today, as I’m sure he (Campbell) will, and go from there. We’ll see how he comes out of the race and come up with a plan that makes sense.”

Carlos Montalvo: “Unbelievable horse. For the distance, he relaxed even more. Miss O’Connell did an amazing job with him in the morning teaching him to relax with the pony. When we got to the backside, he let me set to cruise control and catch our breath, so when we got to the front side it was over. I didn’t have to ask him, it was an amazing ride.”

Ridden by Mike Smith in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 2, Well Defined came out at the start, was in contention for a half mile and was steadied at the five-sixteenths pole before fading to finish 13th of 14. He returned to the worktab about a month later.

Dec. 14: Trainer O'Connell said, “If you watch the break, his whole ass end went out. He didn’t get bothered, but it was like he broke so hard, his ass end went out from underneath him, so now he was actually a jump behind. It wasn’t terrible, but it really compromised him because now he’s in the pocket on the inside, not where he really wants to be. Mike didn’t beat him up. He took care of him. He’s doing super. We’re looking at maybe bringing him back in the (Mucho Macho Man Stakes) here on the first of January, the one-turn mile.”

On Jan. 5 in the one-mile, one-turn Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Well Defined didn't do as well as hoped by his connections, finishing fifth. It was Mihos that emerged triumphant as the 5-2 second choice. He broke well from the outside post six but was five lengths off the 23.00 pace set by Gladiator King. After that one burned through the half in 45.53, Mihos was only 1 1/4 length back in second. Mihos remained in that position in the turn, 2 1/2 lengths back of the new leader, Trophy Chaser, who was part of that lively pace after a half-mile. Those two hit the furlong marker one-two, with 2 1/2 lengths still separating them, but Mihos finally wore down Trophy Chaser to win by a half-length in a time of 1:37.56. Garter and Tie, who was just behind the eventual winner headed toward and through the turn, rallied to finish third, beaten 2 1/2 lengths. Code of Honor and Well Defined were a very close fourth and third up the backstretch but started losing ground at that point. Code of Honor finished fourth, beaten 7 3/4 lengths. Well Defined was fifth, beaten 12. Gladiator King faded to last, beaten 20 1/2 lengths. The chart says Well Defined "brushed with Garter and Tie at the start, chased outside Gladiator early, lodged a mild bid in the two-path between horses on the turn, and had nothing left by upper stretch."

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

Kathleen O’Connell: “That’s very, very special to do it at Tampa Bay. He’s had little things that have happened, and he’s grown up mentally and physically, and today he showed up with his game face on. I like this horse a lot, and the decision will be up to the owners, but we just want him healthy (going forward). He is kind of a free-running horse. His rear end slipped out from underneath him in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and he was compromised on early position when he ran in the Mucho Macho Man and got bottled up inside, but he’s a young horse who is improving, mind-wise and everything-wise.”

Pablo Morales: “This horse has a ton of natural talent, and I was going to take advantage of that. I wasn’t too worried about where I was going to be because we were really lucky with the draw position on the outside, so I figured I was going to ride a cool race. The horse is naturally fast and has a super-long stride. I was going to come out running, but if somebody wanted to take the lead, I was OK with that. All I wanted to do was ride a cool and collected race and keep my horse running. I didn’t feel like I was going that fast at all. My horse was going as comfortable as he possible could. I knew he was doing it relaxed and very much on his own. I had a lot of horse going into the second turn, so I figured I was going to ask him a little more and not wait for them to get me. If they were going to catch me, they were really going to have to come running.”

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer O'Connell said, "He’s a little on the immature side, and I had even thought about blinkers before he ran his first race just to try to get him focused. I figured it was time, and I think the blinkers and Pablo getting him out of the gate and in good position were big factors. I told Pablo before the race it wasn’t like he had to be in front, but he did have to be forwardly placed. It brought back visions of the Florida Sire In Reality Stakes he won at Gulfstream. It’s a tremendous testament to Mr. Campbell’s influence and his program, and I couldn’t be happier for them. He has put a lot into the business over the years, and he’s a very patient owner. If a horse needs time, they get time. It’s good to have a rapport with your owners where you can discuss what races would fit them best."

March 8 NOTE: Jockey Morales said, “I’m hoping for a good, clean trip on the front. If it changes, it changes, but I know he has natural speed and I’m confident in his running style. They’ve got to be going fast if they want to take the front from me. I’m not going to give it up early, but if it does happen for some reason, I just want to be clear and keep my horse running. I think he’s a free-running style of horse, so I want to keep him doing that even if for some weird reason he’s not in front.”

In the 1 1/16-mile Tampa Bay Derby on March 9, Well Defined finished eighth, beaten 6 1/4 lengths by Tacitus after he chased a hot early pace set by Zenden. Zenden hung on to finish fourth, beaten three lengths.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 23, Well Defined 1.02:40 Breezing 1/1 at GPW
Feb. 2, Well Defined 1.16:20 Breezing 1/1 at GPW
Feb. 22, Well Defined 1.02:00 Breezing 1/1 at GPW

 

 



WICKED INDEED (KY)
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
Breeder: Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Wicked Deed (Harlan's Holiday, Marfa's Squall)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-10-11-1-0 (26) 3.00
Foal Date: May 12, 2016


NEXT RACE:

At 4-5 odds, he won by a nose on debut at Fair Grounds on Nov. 30 getting the six furlongs in 1:12.66 under Ricardo Santana, Jr. Chase the Ghost at 8-5 was the unlucky second finisher.

In his second start, which came on Dec. 22 at the same track, Wicked Indeed was 7-2 and finished third by 5 3/4 lengths to 3-5 favorite Tackett, who defeated 4-1 Owendale by a neck. The race was at a mile and 70 yards, and the winner was clocked in 1:44.11.

Jan. 14 NOTE: Racing Manager David Fiske said, “We’re getting everyone sorted out. This race a little ambitious for Wicked Indeed, and I thought he ran a little dull last time. He didn’t run the way we wanted him to, and I think he’s better than that. He and Tight Ten have worked together in the morning on occasions. It’s hard to separate them sometimes. I don’t know what his deal was last time he ran, but we thought we would give him another chance, and if he runs the way we except him too, hooray and if not we’ll find another course him.”

Ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, 8-5 favorite War of Will stalked, pounced and drew off to win the LeComte Stakes on Jan. 19 going a mile and 70 yards at Fair Grounds in a field of 12. He got home in a time of 1:43.44, which is 1.9 second faster than Needs Supervision won the Silverbulletday one race prior. Hog Creek Hustle closed from eighth, four or five lengths off the early pace, to finish second. Third was Manny Wah, who was hustled from the far outside post by Channing Hill to grab the lead while dueling with Maplpais going up the backstretch, the half-mile going in 49.22. Manny Wah easily shook off Malpais in the far turn but was immediately engaged by the three-wide War of Will, who was never more than 1 1/2 length off the pace. War of Will hit the six-furlong mark barely in front in 1:14.63. In the stretch, War of Will got away from Manny Wah, and Hog Creek Hustle came by too. War of Will beat that one by four lengths going away, with Manny Wah another two lengths back in third. Wicked Indeed finished fourth, beaten 6 1/2 lengths, and a head in front of Plus Que Parfait, who was a neck in  front of Chase the Ghost.

Brian Hernandez, Jr.: “The trip was good from the one-hole. We got into the pocket, and we were going slow, and when they picked up, the good thing is that he was always there for me.”

In the 1 1/16-mile Mine That Bird Derby on Feb. 24 at Sunland Park, Wicked Indeed disappointed in a second place finish to New Mexico-bred Hustle Up, beaten one length. Wicked Indeed didn't break as well as probably hoped and was seventh, then six in the early going. Meanwhile, Hustle Up was initially rank in front but settled to set fractions of 23.64, 47.34 and 1:11.09 under Shane Laviolette. Meanwhile, Wicked Indeed and Luis Contreras were three to four wide on the first turn and four to five wide on the second turn. Initially about six lengths off the pace, in the final furlong he reduced his deficit from three lengths to one length as Hustle Up won in 1:42.31. Walker Stalker was another three lengths back in third.

In the Sunland Derby on March 2r4, Cuttinng Humor won, Anothertwistafate was second, Mucho Gusto was third and Wicked Indeed was fourth. Ridden by John Velazquez, Cutting Humor stalked the early pace in fifth through the first turn. Going up the backstretch he sat fourth behind 4-5 favorite Mucho Gusto and Joe Talamo, Hustle Up and Anothertwistafate, ridden by Juan Hernandez, with a half-mile timed in a blazing 45.63. Heading into the second turn, Cutting Humor laid third with six furlongs in the books in 1:09.63, with Mucho Gusto leading a closely pursuing Hustle Up in second and Anothertwistafate only 1 1/2 length back in fourth. Leaving the far turn, Mucho Gusto was in a narrowing command, and Cutting Humor was soon on even terms with him as Hustle Up backed away. Cutting Humor led Mucho Gusto by a half-length with one furlong remaining, and Anothertwistafate had moved to third, albeit still a length-and-a-half back. Anothertwistafate made a belated charge only to come up a neck short. Mucho Gusto faded to finish third, beaten six lengths, and Wicked Indeed rounded out the superfecta, another 1 1/2 length back. Cutting Humor covered the 1 1/8-mile Sunland Derby in an eye-catching 1:46.94, eclipsing the former track record of 1:47.21 set by Oh So Regal on April 15, 2018.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 7, Wicked Indeed 1:00.80 Breezing 4/36 at FG
Jan. 14, Wicked Indeed 51:00 Breezing 39/43 at FG
Jan. 28, Wicked Indeed 52:40 Breezing 53/54 at FG
Feb. 4, Wicked Indeed 1.01:60 Breezing 9/17 at FG
Feb. 12, Wicked Indeed 1.01:80 Breezing 5/11 at FG
Feb. 18, Wicked Indeed 50:00 Breezing 16/28 at FG
March 6, Wicked Indeed 53:90 Breezing 35/36 at HOU
March 13, Wicked Indeed 1.01:32 Breezing 4/12 at HOU
March 20, Wicked Indeed 38:43 Breezing 5/9 at HOU
April 8, Wicked Indeed 1.01:80 Breezing muddy 6/10 at OP
April 16, Wicked Indeed 1.00:60 Breezing 3/24 at OP

 

 

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