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Last updated Feb. 20 at 8:18 pm ET

ADDED Maximum Security

NOTE Super Steed

ADDED Comedian

NOTE Laughing Fox

Workouts by Code of Honor, Mucho at PAY reported 24 hours later

SUPER STEED wins Southwest, promoted

GALILEAN triumphant in Cal Cup Derby

PROMOTED Bankit

ADDED maiden winner Intrepid Heart

UPDATED allowance winner Laughing Fox

PROMOTED Roadster

ADDED Get the Prize

NEXT RACE Bourbon War,Code of Honor,
Dream Maker, Extra Hope, Haikal, Hidden Scroll, Instagrand
King Ottokar, Laughing Fox, Long Range Toddy, Shang, Super Steed,
Well Defined, Wicked Indeed, Win Win Win and others


 
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A THREAD OF BLUE
ADMIRE
ALWAYSMINING
ANOTHERTWISTAFATE
AVIE'S FLATTER
AWARD WINNER
BANKIT - Moved from Just In Case Feb. 18
BIG SCOTT DADDY
BOLDOR
BOURBON WAR
CALL PAUL
CHASE THE GHOST
CHASING YESTERDAY
CODE OF HONOR
COMEDIAN-- Added Feb. 19
DESSMAN
DREAM MAKER
EAGLE SONG - Added Feb. 15
EASY SHOT
ENGLISH BEE
EPIC DREAMER
EVERFAST
EXTRA HOPE
FEDERAL CASE
FRANK'SGUNISLOADED
GALILEAN
GARTER AND TIE
GET THE PRIZE - Added Feb. 16
GLOBAL CAMPAIGN
GRAY ATTEMPT
GRAY MAGICIAN
GROWTH ENGINE
HAIKAL
HARVEY WALLBANGER
HENLEY'S JOY
HIDDEN SCROLL
HIGH CRIME
HOG CREEK HUSTLE
INSTAGRAND
INTREPID HEART - Added Feb. 18
KINGLY
KNICKS GO
LAUGHING FOX
LIMONITE
LONG RANGE TODDY
MAGNIFICENT MCCOOL
MANNY WAH
MAXIMUM SECURITY
MAXIMUS MISCHIEF
METROPOL
MIHOS
MORE ICE - Moved from Just In Case Feb. 16
MR. MONEY
MUCH BETTER
MUCHO
NITROUS
NOLO CONTESTO
NOT THAT BRADY
OMAHA BEACH
OUR BRAINTRUST
OUTSHINE
OVERDELIVER
OWENDALE
PROLIFERATE
ROADSTER - Moved from Just In Case Feb. 17
ROILAND - Moved from Just In Case Feb. 16
ROYAL MARINE
SEISMIC JOLT
SEISMIC WAVE - Moved from Just In Case Feb. 16
SHANG
SIR WINSTON
SIX SHOOTER
SKYWIRE
SO ALIVE
SOLDADO
SOMELIKEITHOTBROWN - Added Feb. 16
SPARKY VILLE
SPECTACULAR GEM
STANDARD DEVIATION
SUENO
SUPER STEED - Moved from Just In Case Feb. 18
SUPERIOR
TACITUS
TAX
TONE BROKE
TOPPER T
WALKING THUNDER
WELL DEFINED
WICKED INDEED
WIN WIN WIN
ZENDEN

 



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: Palm Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 2

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.”

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


 

 



ADMIRE (KY)
Trainer: Dale Romans
Owner: Albaugh Family Stables
Breeder: Brereton C. Jones
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Cairo Prince (Pioneerof the Nile, Holy Bubbette)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Visavis (Indian Charlie, Lady Cerise)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 1-2-1-0-0 (4) 7.00
Foal Date: April 7, 2016

$200,000 Keeneland November 2016
$360,000 Keeneland September 2017

His dam is a full-sister to graded stakes winner Wild At Heart and a half-sister to four-time stakes winner Pickapocket.


NEXT RACE:

After debuting in a six-furlong race with a fifth-place finish on Nov. 2, Admire broke his maiden at second asking going 1 1/8 mile over a sloppy main track at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24. With Robby Albarado aboard, he was timed in 1:53.02 after pressing early fractions of 24.00, 48.98 and 1:14.20 and prevailing by one-half length over Night Ops, who closed from seventh of 10 during the early running. The chart says Admire "tracked the pace early, angled off the rail into the lane, took over command in the stretch, inched clear and held off rival in the final stages..

Jan. 6 NOTE: Racing Manager Jason Loutsch talked about Admire ahead of the LeComte Stakes. “When we go to the sale we, look at individuals and pedigree that we think can get the distance. This horse was gorgeous at the sale, and it was Cairo Prince’s first time being represented at the sale. He was in book one so that gives you an idea of what he looked like. He was gorgeous, and we fell in love with him at the sale. He’s just a great big looking colt, and I like the Indian Charlie line. (This time is) a little different schedule we’ve done it the past. As two-year-olds, we always had Derby points. This time is different since we broke our maidens late and have more work to do, but were excited. We always talked about going to the Fair Grounds and running there, and this time the timing makes sense. When horses are ready to run, it’s to time to go. We’ll be almost hundred days out for the Derby, so it’s time to go now. You got around three races before the Derby, so we don’t want to race in an allowance race. We feel like he’s stakes caliber, but we have to see where we stand against the big boys. (W)e think Admire is ready to run now, had some good works, sitting on go looking for a race, and thought the long stretch at the Fair Grounds would fit his style well. I like the timing of it."

Jan. 19 NOTE: Admire, who drew post 14, is scratched from the LeComte Stakes today.

In the 1 1/8-mile Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on Feb. 2, Admire finished fifth after never challenging for the lead, beaten 5 1/2 lengths.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 6, Admire 1:01.56 Breezing 5/28 at GP
Jan. 12, Admire 1.01:36 Breezing 9/51 at GP
Jan. 19, Admire 1.01:62 Breezing 29/57 at GP
Jan. 28, Admire 52:44 Breezing muddy 7/7 at GP
Feb. 17, Admire 49:26 Breezing 20/48 at GP


 

 



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:

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."

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

 

 

 

ANOTHERTWISTAFATE (KY)
Trainer: Blaine Wright
Owner: Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd.
Breeder: Pursuit of Success LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Scat Daddy (Johannesburg, Love Style)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Imprecation (First Defence, Media Nox (GB))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-1-6-2-0 (16) 2.20
Foal Date: April 17, 2016

$360,000 OBS June 2018

NEXT RACE:

He debuted on dirt at Santa Anita and finished ninth of 12 going six furlongs, beaten 15 lengths. Count di Luna won that race, with Stretford End second. His trainer later said it was better than it looked. The chart says he "chased between horses then outside a rival, split foes on the turn, came three deep into the stretch and did not rally."

Anothertwistafate won his next two starts, both at Golden Gate on the synthetic. Both races were at two turns, and he was timed in 1:43.44 and 1:38.57, respectively. The first win was by four lengths, the second one by five, so he has received a lot of attention in northern California. He won both races on the lead at each call with early fractions in the maiden win of 23.96, 49.19 and 1:13.34 and in his allowance win at a shorter distance of 24.18, 49.05 and 1:13.74.

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.

Blaine Wright, winning trainer of Anothertwistafate (No. 4): "I'm just in awe of him right now. He's been doing fabulous the past three weeks. He's got a lot of stamina, so the distance is good for him. We didn't want to take him out of his style, but if somebody really wanted to go we would have let him. There's a lot of stuff in front of us. We'll sit down and talk about what races to consider.”

Juan Hernandez: “He was ready to rock and roll. We were thinking about playing the break. He broke clean, and they let me go. The horse was comfortable in front. At the quarter pole when he changed leads, he exploded. I felt it. I asked him, and he responded right away. He broke clear, and I held him a little, but I give him a lot of credit. He did everything alone. If the other horses went too crazy, the plan was to stay behind other horses and make him relax, but they let me go and the horse was comfortable in front.”

Owner Peter Redekop: “There are a lot of races out there, and we need to get the points (for the Kentucky Derby). One race in March and one in April, and then the big one.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 18,  Anothertwistafate 50.40 Handily 7/26 at GG
Jan. 27,  Anothertwistafate 59.40 Handily 1/79 at GG
Feb. 3,  Anothertwistafate 1:27.20 Handily 1/1 at GG
Feb. 10,  Anothertwistafate 1:02.80 Handily 32/70 at GG



 



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."

Jan. 14 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

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


 



AWARD WINNER (KY)
Trainer: Brian A. Lynch
Owner: Amerman Racing LLC
Breeder: Mrs. Jerry Amerman
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Ghostzapper (Awesome Again (CAN), Baby Zip)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Devine Actress (Theatrical (IRE), Devine Beauty)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-4-13-0-0 (24) 2.69
Foal Date: May 7, 2016


NEXT RACE:

An also-ran at Churchill Downs in late October, he was a winner second time out while at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 15. With Jose Ortiz up at 3-1, he led early and opened up to prevail by 4 1/2 lengths timed in 1:38.86. Nine ran. The 2-1 favorite, Rack Gin, finished last.

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Award Winner 49.40 Breezing 17/59 at PMM
Jan. 11, Award Winner 49:05 Breezing 7/37 at PMM
Feb. 4, Award Winner 51:00 Breezing 48/53 at PMM
Feb. 11, Award Winner 49:20 Breezing 4/22 at PMM
Feb. 18, Award Winner 49:70 Breezing 13/25 at PMM

 

 

 

BANKIT (NY)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC & Willis Horton Racing LLC
Breeder: Hidden Brook Farm, LLC & Blue Devil Racing
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Central Banker (Speightstown, Rhum)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Sister in Arms (Colonel John, Quiet Down)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-3-7-0-0 (12) 2.43
Foal Date: April 8, 2016

$85,000 Fasig-Tipton New York August 2017
$260,000 OBS March 2018


NEXT Race:

Bankit got an early start, debuting in June and racing six times as a juvenile.

He broke his maiden second time out, going 5 1/2 furlongs at Saratoga on July 27.

He was kept in New York to race in stakes against fellow Empire State-breds, finishing second in the Funny Cide at Saratoga and fourth in the Bertram Bongard at Belmont Park before winning the one-mile Sleepy Hollow Stakes, also at Belmont, by an impressive 5 3/4 lengths among a field of 12. In the Oct. 12 Sleepy Hollow, he surged from eighth under Irad Ortiz, Jr. and was timed in 1:37.89.

Just after he finished second in the Dec. 16 Springboard Mile, he galloped out past the winner Longe Range Toddy, who happens to be his stablemate. After crying out for running room in the turn of the Springboard Mile, Long Range Roddy got loose to win at 18-1 odds. Bankit, Dunph, and Tone Broke took second, third and fourth places. Richard Eramia was aboard Long Range Toddy for the upset win, the third straight for those two, covering the mile in 1:39.75 over a fast track, and beating stable mate Bankit by a head. The time was well off the stakes record of 1:37.14 from last year’s winner, Greyvitos. Long Range Toddy tracked the two early front-runners in the Springboard for the first half of the race, following Dobbins G and Marquee Prince. When those two wilted after moderate splits of 24.13 and 48.76, Long Range Toddy took over and held off Bankit, who was 11th, 3 3/4 lenghts off the lead, after six furlongs.

Remarkably, with one furlong left in this race, the first eight horses were separated by only one length.

Jan. 23 NOTE: Trainer Asmussen said, “He didn’t have a bad trip (in the Springboard Mile), he just didn’t get up. But, he was flying late. He waited a bit and flew home.”

In the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 25, Bankit didn't do well. He was sent off as the 3-2 favorite, but he was never in contention and finished sixth of eight, beaten 6 1/4 lengths by the front-running Gray Attempt and a time of 1:36.94.

In the 1 1/16- mile Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 18, Bankit and Jose Ortiz were at or near the back of the field of 11 for the first six furlongs and rallied to finish fifth, beaten 5 1/4 lengths.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5. Bankit  1.01:00 Breezing Muddy 1/28 at OP
Jan. 14, Bankit 1.01:20 Breezing 6/91 at OP
Jan. 21, Bankit 38:40 Breezing 13/18 at OP
Feb. 3, Bankit 52:00 Breezing 75/81 at OP
Feb. 10, Bankit 1.00:80 Breezing muddy 11/47 at OP

 


 



BIG SCOTT DADDY (KY)
Trainer: Mike Puype
Owner: Paymaster Racing LLC & Slugo Racing
Breeder: Southern Equine Stables, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Scat Daddy (Johannesburg, Love Style)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Last Song (Unbridled's Song, Queen of Spirit)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-4-5-1-0 (16) 3.57
Foal Date: Feb. 27, 2016

$140,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Turf Showcase 2017
$195,000 RNA OBS June 2018


NEXT RACE:

He was impressive winning his debut at Santa Anita on Dec. 26, going 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.65 under Mike Smith. He was a little wide while stalking the pace in fourth, then third, before opening a 1 1/2-length lead at the furlong marker. He won by 1/2 length over Ka'nah. Eleven ran. The chart says he "stalked outside then three deep into and on the turn and four wide into the stretch, bid outside foes to gain the lead nearing midstretch, inched away, drifted in some and held gamely under left handed urging."

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.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Big Scott Daddy 50.00 Handily 72/121 at SA
Jan. 11, Big Scott Daddy 1.02:20 Handily 31/78 at SA
Jan. 21, Big Scott Daddy 1.01:20 Handily 17/69 at SA
Jan. 28, Big Scott Daddy 1.05:00 Handily 97/98 at SA
Feb. 12, Big Scott Daddy 49:40 Handily 71/95 at SA
Feb. 18, Big Scott Daddy 1.00:60 Handily 13/53 at SA



 



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

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


NEXT RACE:

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

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

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

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

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

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



 



BOURBON WAR (KY)
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Owner: Bourbon Lane Stable & Lake Star Stable
Breeder: Conquest Stables, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): My Conquestadory (Artie Schiller, Golden Artemis)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-12-12-2-0 (32) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 23, 2016

$410,000 Keeneland November 2016
$525,000 RNA Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE: Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 2

Bourbon War debuted with an impressive 2 1/4-length win on Nov. 14 at Aqueduct in a one-mile race moved off the turf on a track rated fast. Bourbon War, who was stabled at Belmont Park, stumbled at the start and stayed off the pace before a strong finish earned him a trip to the winner's circle.

Trainer Hennig said later, “There was a good chance for it to come off the turf, but he had a lot of turf pedigree. It was that time of year when you enter those kind of races because you’re running out of chances to get started on the grass if you want to. We weren’t alarmed that it came off."

Nov. 28 NOTE: Trainer Hennig said, "He's doing well. We discussed it Tuesday morning and came to the conclusion that we'd fit with this group (in the Remsen Stakes). The timing is a little less than ideal, but he seems like he's been sharp and bright since his race, so we figured we'd take a chance. He's a horse who all along I thought would need to run and need more ground. I never anticipated that he's the horse who would run the race of his life in his first start. I think there's plenty of upside. The timing is a question mark, but he's acting like he's up to it. I think he'll be up to the challenge. I would think that he would relish more ground. I don't think distance is an issue. I don't anticipate him being on the lead. He seems like a horse who wants to settle a little bit."

In Aqueduct's Dec. 1 Remsen Stakes at 1 1/8 mile, 7-5 second choice Maximus Mischief won by 2 1/4 lengths under Frankie Pennington with Network Effect taking second with a late effort. After breaking sharply, Maximus Mischief dueled outside Gladiator King through a quarter-mile in 25.12, then gained an edge over that one while fending off Tax from his outside, posting a half-mile mark of 50.67. Tax was still there coming out of the final turn afterf six furlongs in 1:14.60, but Maximus Mischief responded to Pennington's left-handed encouragement and opened up his lead before hitting the furlong marker in 1:38.48 and the wire in a final time of 1:51.34. Network Effect was second by a half-length over Tax. The fourth-place finisher, another 6 1/4 lengths back, was Bourbon War, who was last but only four lengths off the pace after the first half-mile. More than 10 lengths further in arrears were Jungle Warrior, Gladiator King and Chinomado, in that order.

Jan. 17 NOTE: Trainer Hennig said, “He’s done very well since he got here. We ran him back in the Remsen. It wasn’t ideal probably, but he handled it well and he came out of it well. He’s shipped well to South Florida. I think the race was a learning experience for him for a less-than-ideal trip. I didn’t necessarily expect him to be a first-out winner. He had spotty works – kind of a typical Tapit. The interesting thing about him is that since he ran his first start, he’s been all business as a work horse, which he wasn’t before.”

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

Mark Hennig: “I was glad he kind of got through that little hole. I was like, ‘Is there a hole here turning for home, or not? Don’t get stopped.’ It worked out good. I think you’d have to (point to the Fountain of Youth). We’re going to see how it stacks up, but we’ll nominate him up to all these 3-year-old races. I think he’s ready to take the step back into graded stakes company. He got some schooling in the Remsen, and I think Irad made a point of schooling him a little bit (today). I asked him if he did anything wrong today, and he said, ‘Not a thing,’ so that’s good.”

Jan. 24 NOTE: Trainer Hennig said to DRF on Jan. 21, “All and all I thought it was a good workmanlike and professional effort. He also got a lot of valuable schooling out of the race as well. Now all you can ask for is that he continues to keep moving forward. (The Fountain of Youth) is here, it’s around two turns, the timing is good, and he seems to like this track, so right now it’s the most obvious of all the choices we’ve got."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 3, Bourbon War 1.00:86 Breezing 2/8 at GP
Jan. 10, Bourbon War 49:54 Breezing 4/13 at GP
Feb. 1, Bourbon War 48:44 Breezing 14/49 at GP
Feb. 8, Bourbon War 48:03 Breezing 5/42 at GP
Feb. 15, Bourbon War 1.02:38 Breezing 12/22 at GP

 


 


CALL PAUL (PA)
Trainer: Jason Servis
Owner: Dubb, Michael, Simon, David, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Irom, Bruce
Breeder: Beatrice Patterson & Vicky Schowe
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Friesan Fire (A.P. Indy, Bollinger (AUS))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Avani Force (Forestry, Avani)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-7-9-0-0 (20) 3.44
Foal Date: Jan. 26, 2016

$20,000 Fasig-Tipton Eastern Fall Mid-Atlantic 2017
$210,000 Fasig-Tipton Mid-Atlantic 2018

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

Call Paul broke his maiden sprinting at first asking at Delaware Park on July 5.

At 4-5 odds, Call Paul didn't disappoint in the Aug. 12 Saratoga Special going 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.55. His winning margin was one length, and his early fractions, which were pressured, were 22.48 and 45.68. Only four ran. Tight Ten, Spinoff and Meade completed the order of finish.

Irad Ortiz Jr.: "He responded very well when I asked him. When the 6 horse (Stage Left) scratched, we had to change our plans a little and be closer then we envisioned. Initially, we wanted to sit just off the speed, but with the scratch when we broke we got out there and got the lead. There wasn't too much bumping in the late stretch. I don't think it affected him. When I asked him, he took off."

Jason Servis: "He's a nice colt. I've been breezing him behind horses and covering him up, and we were thinking if he got stuck down inside and we were laying second or third, not bad. He's got a great mind. This horse acts like he'll run further. I did the same thing with Firenze Fire, broke his maiden shipped him the day before, and he won the Sanford. I'll probably leave him here and we're thinking maybe the Champagne."

The Champagne on Oct. 6 at Belmont Park was in fact next for Call Paul, and he finished third, beaten six lengths. Complexity won, with Code of Honor checking in second three lengths back. Jose Ortiz sent 5-2 favorite Complexity to the front, where he led the 10-horse field through the opening quarter-mile in 22.51 seconds and the half in 45.31. Ortiz continued to urge Complexity out of the turn, where he outkicked Code of Honor, completing one mile in a final time of 1:34.63. He finished three lengths better than Code of Honor in second after that one stumbled badly leaving the gate. Another three lengths back, Call Paul edged Aurelius Maximus by a nose for third after running in third position at each call of the race. In fifth an additional three lengths back was Trophy Chaser, followed by Endorsed, Casa Creed, Listing, Successful Zip, and Achilles Warrior. The chart says Call Paul "pursued the pacesetter three wide on the turn, was about as wide swinging into the stretch, proved no match for the top twosome."

Next up for Call Paul was the Nov. 4 Nashua Stakes going a mile at Aqueduct, and he again finished third, this time beaten 8 3/4 lengths by Vekoma, who defeated second finisher Network Effect by 1 3/4 length. Vekoma ran greenly and on the wrong lead in the stretch. Call Paul, who disputed the early pace of 22.53 and 45.29  set by Factor It and led leaving the turn, faded in the stretch. The remaining order of finish was U. S. Navy Cross, Factor It and Puttheglassdown.

To conclude his 2-year-old campaign, Call Paul shipped in and won the seven-furlong Pennsyvania Nursery Stakes at Parx Racing on Dec. 1. He faced local competition. He was timed in 1:25.73 and prevailed by five lengths at 1-5 odds with Trevor McCarthy aboard. Jump for Alex was second at 39-1, Splicethemainbrace third, Aspect fourth. Eight ran. Breaking from the outside gate, Call Paul was up with the front runners throughout after coming out of the long seven furlong chute. By the time they hit the half mile pole, the four way battle was down to three, with Call Paul’s main rival, second betting choice Splicethemainbrace, still right in the mix while running between horses. Around the far turn, after a half in 46.29, McCarthy stayed patient, and Call Paul was still in the clear on the outside running comfortably. McCarthy gave him a nudge to go approaching the head of the stretch, and  Call Paul quickly surged past Splicethemainbrace and took command.

JAN. 25 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

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

Irad Ortiz, Jr. "I didn’t panic when he broke a step slow. I have a lot of confidence riding (Jason Servis’) horses. I just helped him a little bit to get position. From there I just waited for the moment to go, and when I asked him, he responded really well. He’s done really good up to a mile. I don’t know what the owner and trainer want to do, but he’s nice horse at seven-eighths, a flat mile. Whatever they want to do, I’m going to be happy.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 6, Call Paul 38:95 Breezing 16/17 at PMM
Jan. 14, Call Paul 39:80 Breezing 10/10 at PMM



 



CHASE THE GHOST (KY)
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Owner: Holy Cow Stable, LLC
Breeder: Himanshu Shukla
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Ghostzapper (Awesome Again (CAN), Baby Zip)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Unbridled Wee (Holy Bull, Dixiechickadee)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-5-6-0-0 (14) 3.67
Foal Date: Feb. 13, 2016


NEXT RACE:

On Dec. 22 at Fair Grounds, Chase the Ghost broke his maiden in his fifth start, a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight. He was timed in 1:46.69 after tracking in fourth early. Ten ran. Corey Lanerie was up.  The chart call: Chase the Ghost "was reserved  just off the leaders early, race  three-wide through the second turn, responded  to steady urging and wore down Eskenforit in the closing yards."

In the mile and 70 yard LeComte Stakes at Fair Ground on Jan. 19, Chase the Ghost didn't have the best of trips. He finished sixth, beaten 6 3/4 lengths by War of Will and a time of 1:43.44. The chart calls says he "bumped with a rival at the start, went three wide on the first turn, was reserved off the pace, rounded the far turn in the two path, came under a drive in upper stretch and failed to rally."

Feb. 15 NOTE: Trainer Stewart said, “He’s trained well, he looks good and he’s healthy,” Stewart said. “He had a good competitive race last time. Looking for a move forward and that’s why they run them. Got to get in there and give him a chance.”

In the Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds on Feb. 16, Chase the Ghost finished ninth, beaten 10 1/2 lengths by War of Will. Under Mitchell Murrill, he ran mid-pack for six furlongs and advanced to within three lengths of the lead in the turn before retreating. The chart says he "was rated on the inside, came under urging on the far turn, moved to the two path late on that bend, bumped with Manny Wah in upper stretch and had nothing left."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Chase the Ghost 51.00 Breezing 128/158 at FG
Jan. 12, Chase the Ghost 1.01:00 Breezing 10/77 at FG
Feb. 2, Chase the Ghost 48:40 Breezing 14/169 at FG
Feb. 8, Chase the Ghost 48:20 Breezing 6/61 at FG

 

 



CHASING YESTERDAY (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Summer Wind Equine
Breeder: Summer Wind Equine
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Littleprincessemma (Yankee Gentleman, Exclusive Rosette)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-9-12-1-0 (26) 2.71
Foal Date: Feb. 13, 2016

A filly. Half-sister to American Pharoah

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

An outstanding juvenile, she won four of five starts, including the six-furlong Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita, the seven-furlong Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar, and the 1 1/16-mile Starlet at Los Alamitos capping off her juvenile campaign on Dec. 8.

Dec. 30 NOTE: Clocker Toby Turrell said Bob Baffert’s best 2-year-old could be this filly, and at the time the youngsters in Baffert's barn were considered loaded for bear. “She continues to get better by the day,” Turrell added.

Jan. 14 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

Feb. 13 NOTE: Was entered at Fair Grounds on Saturday but will not be shipped. Next-race plans are up in the air, per report from the Fair Grounds press office.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 2, Chasing Yesterday 49:00 Handily 6/16 at SA
Jan. 22, Chasing Yesterday 48:20 Handily 8/29 at SA
Jan. 29, Chasing Yesterday 1.01:60 Breezing 10/21 at SA
Feb. 8, Chasing Yesterday 1.13:40 Handily 4/19 at SA
Feb. 13, Chasing Yesterday 1.13:20 Handily 5/9 at SA
Feb. 20, Chasing Yesterday 1.25:20 Handily 1/1 at SA


 

 



CODE OF HONOR (KY)
Trainer: Shug McGaughey
Owner: W. S. Farish
Breeder: W. S. Farish
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Noble Mission (GB) (Galileo (IRE), Kind (IRE))
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Reunited (Dixie Union, Tivli)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-1-11-7-0 (22) 0.76
Foal Date: May 23, 2016

Bred to run all day


NEXT RACE: Foutain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 2

He debuted on August 18 going six furlongs at Saratoga and won by 1 1/2 length in a time of 1:11.42 after leading through splits of 23.07 and 47.01.

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

Shug McGaughey: "I thought for a young two-year-old, he ran a great race. He stumbled so bad at the start, so for him to be back where he was, eat dirt, and then to make that big run wide, so I'm pleased with the effort. They ran fast and he said he didn't want to get him stopped, and I think the horse that won is a pretty nice horse. I thought there'd be more speed in the race anyway, and my instructions to him was that I thought he'd break running, which he did, but he just did it on his head. I thought they'd go, and I told him to watch and see and maybe lay right off of them.

"With Honor Code, he finished second in the Champagne, and we decided not to (run in Breeders' Cup). This year, it's in Louisville, so that might make a difference. You've also got the Nashua at one turn right around Breeders' Cup time and the Remsen going around two turns. I wouldn't mind running straight into the Remsen. Going a mile and an eighth, if he gets away good, I think they might all be trying to catch him."

Eric Cancel: "At the break, as soon as he left the gate, he stumbled pretty bad coming out of there. I had to go to Plan B. I had to sit on the horse and just try to get him comfortable and make one move. The horse ran awesome to honest. He gave me his all, 150 percent. He kept on going and we just couldn't run down the winner, but he never stopped. He kept on trying and trying."

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer McGaughey said, "He came back fine. After the stumble, he had a couple of superficial things that didn't amount to anything. It'll either be the Breeders' Cup or the races here, the Nashua or the Remsen. We have plenty of options. We'll continue to see how he is and I'll decide whether to move him or not. Field size and other various factors."

Nov. 2 NOTE: Entered in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile but scratched this date, the morning of the race after the trainer said the night before he had spiked a fever.

Nov. 25 NOTE: Trainer McGaughey, a four-time Remsen Stakes winner, said, "So far, so good. We've just been training around the weather. It looks like we'll get some more good weather. So far, it looks like he's doing really well."

Nov. 27 NOTE: Suddenly, Code of Honor is reported to be out of the Remsen Stakes. Trainer McGaughey said he isn't satisfied with the colt's energy following a workout the day before.

LATER, McGaughey said,   (Before Breeders' Cup) we got to Louisville and he started coughing a little. We were hoping against hope. That morning he did have a temperature. Somehow, he got over it. I shipped him home Sunday and I gave him three or four days, and he never missed a beat. (Then, before he missed the Remsen) the main track was closed. We were training on the training track. I’m not really familiar with the training track that much because I basically train on the main track. He looked like he worked fine, but I could tell, myself, that he didn’t work as well as he had before. Johnny came back and told me, ‘Listen, he worked great, but he didn’t work as good as he did before the Breeders’ Cup.’ After the fact, he said, ‘If I never worked him before I’d tell you it was a really good work, but I had worked him before and he was better before.’ To take him over there and run him a mile and an eighth over a deep track would have been crazy.”

Jan. 2 NOTE: Ahead of the one-turn, one-mile Mucho Macho Man Stakes, trainer McGaughey said, “He’s got to get through this one, but it sure would be nice if we could get to the Florida Derby if he’s that kind. He ran a one-turn mile at a mile and a sixteenth in the Champagne. He did fine, so I thought it was all good." McGaughey said Code of Honor has breezed three times at Payson Park. "Physically, he needs to develop. He does well, but he’s a bit slight. I’d like to see him physically get bigger. He has a lot of talent.”

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

The chart says Code of Honor "bumped with Gladiator King at the start, exchanged brushes with Mihos up the backstretch, stayed in striking range four wide between horses into the turn, struggled to keep pace after six furlongs and gave way."

John Velazquez to DRF.com: “He was going easy but at the quarter pole, he took a deep breath and let the bridle go.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 16, Code of Honor 49:00 Breezing 1/2 at PAY
Jan. 22, Code of Honor 49:20 Breezing 3/8 at PAY
Jan. 29, Code of Honor 1.01:00 Breezing 1/12 at PAY
Feb. 5, Code of Honor 48:00 Breezing 1/22 at PAY
Feb 12, Code of Honor 1.01:40 Breezing 2/8 at PAY
Feb. 18, Code of Honor 1.01:40 Breezing 2/2 at PAY

 

 

 

COMEDIAN (KY)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Owner: Bloom Racing Stable LLC
Breeder: John Kerber
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday, Leslie's Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Voussoir (Arch, Blu Spur)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 0-1-4-1-0 (6) 1.00
Foal Date: Feb. 20, 2016

$75,000 Keeneland September 2017
$220,000 RNA Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic 2018


Comedian lost his debut by a nose to Cornacchia going six furlongs at Fair Grounds on Dec. 22.

Second time out, again at Fair Grounds, he finished second to Frank'sgunisloaded by 2 1/2 lengths on Jan. 19. The winner was timed in 1:44.87 going a mile and 70 yards. Comedian was always prominent but was outfinished by the closing Frank'sgunisloaded.

Comedian broke his maiden in his third start when he won going a mile at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 18, timed in 1:38.31. Sent off at 9-2 under Ricardo Santana, Jr., he defeated 17-1 Incorrigible by 3 1/2 lengths. The latter one nosed out 8-5 favorite Warrior's Charge. Comedian sat six lengths behind a too-fast early pace and was overtaken by Incorrigible, who led by 1 1/2 length at the furlong marker. Comedian came again and was much the best in the latest part of the race under what the chart called "mild urging."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 8, Comedian 1:01.40 Breezing 7/9 at FG
Jan. 15, Comedian 50.40 Breezing 19/23 at FG
Jan. 28, Comedian 52.00 Breezing 48/54 at FG
Feb. 4, Comedian 1:00.40 Breezing 2/17 at FG
Feb. 13, Comedian 50.80 Breezing 52/101 at OP



 

 

 

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.”

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

 

 

 

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

Full brother to grade I winner Dream Dancing


NEXT RACE: Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs on March 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 7, Dream Maker  1.01:20 Breezing 1/2 at CTC
Jan. 13, Dream Maker 48:80 Breezing 15/87 at FG
Jan. 19, Dream Maker 1.00:00 Breezing 3/42 at FG
Jan. 26, Dream Maker 1.01:40 Breezing 10/53 at FG
Feb. 2, Dream Maker 49:80 Breezing 93/169 at FG

 

 

 

 

EAGLE SONG (IRE)
Trainer: Mark Glatt
Owner: Red Baron's Barn LLC & Rancho Temescal LLC
Breeder: Lynch Bages & Rhinestone B/Stock
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): No Nay Never (Scat Daddy, Cat's Eye Witnesss)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Al Ihsas (IRE) (Danehill, Simaat)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-3-9-0-0 (18) 3.00
Foal Date: May 2, 2016

$283,000 Goffs Orby Yearling 2017
$215,500 Tattersalls Autumn 2018


NEXT RACE:

Between May 2 and October 19, 2018, Eagle Song raced eight times in Europe at six different tracks, opening and closing that series with three races at Dundalk. In between, he competed at Leopardstown, Naven, Cork, Curragh and Fairyhouse. He broke his maiden in his seventh start and won again in his eighth. He hit the board once in the other six starts. The first four starts were in maiden weight for age company, and the latter four were handicaps.

During his European campaign, he was owned by Mrs. Fitri Hay, Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith. He was put up for auction at Tattersall's and bought to race in the U. S.

On Jan. 11, he raced for the ninth time, finishing fourth, beaten three lengths in an allowance race at Santa Anita on the downhill turf course, ridden by Mike Smith and beaten by Seven Scents, Vantastic and Neptune's Storm.

On Feb. 1, he finished second in another allowance race at Santa Anita, this one going a mile on turf. Neptune's Storm defeated him by 1 1/4 length when his rally came up a bit short, but he did barely get by the pacesetter to get second money. Joel Rosario was aboard.

FEB. 15 NOTE: Scratched from today's El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Eagle Song 49.00 Handily 8/32 at SA
Jan. 25, Eagle Song 1:00.40 Handily 2/8 at SA
Feb. 12, Eagle Song 49.00 Handily 54/96 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.

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

 

 

 

ENGLISH BEE (KY)
Trainer: H. Graham Motion
Owner: Calumet Farm
Breeder: Calumet Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): English Channel (Smart Strike (CAN), Belva)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Evil Kitten (Kitten's Joy, Santo Mio)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-6-10-1-0 (24) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 12, 2016

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

On Sept. 24 at Presque Isle Downs, English Bee won at first asking in a one-mile maiden special weight on the synthetic, and he did it at 10-1 odds while ridden by Luis Garcia. Timed in 1:40.71, winning margin 4 1/2 lengths. After a slow start, he won going away.

On Oct. 27, he finished third to Faraway Kitten and Go Away in a Keeneland two-turn allowance on soft turf, and on Dec. 22, he finished second to A Thread of Blue on firm turf at two turns at Gulfstream Park in an allowance optional claimer. 

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 12, English Bee 50.00 Breezing 38/71 at PMM
Feb. 9, English Bee 50:75 Breezing firm turf 22/37 at PMM
Feb. 16, English Bee 50:00 Breezing firm turf 29/56 at PMM

 





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

$185,000 OBS April 2018


NEXT RACE:

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

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

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 4, Epic Dreamer 58:75 Breezing 1/13 at PMM
Jan. 11, Epic Dreamer 1.13:80 Breezing 1/1 at PMM
Jan. 18, Epic Dreamer 49:20 Breezing 8/38 at PMM

 

 

 

EVERFAST (KY)
Trainer: Dale Romans
Owner: Calumet Farm
Breeder: Extern Developments
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Take Charge Indy (A.P. Indy, Take Charge Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Awesome Surprise (Awesome Again (CAN), Native Roots (IRE))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-13-12-0-0 (28) 3.67
Foal Date: Feb. 20, 2016
 
$47,000 Keeneland January 2017
 
Everfast won his debut at Ellis Park last summer, then lost five consecutive races, hitting the board only once. He finished 14th in the Kentucky Jockey Club in November. 
 
In his last outing before the Holy Bull Stakes, he finished fourth in an allowance optional claimer at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 18, beaten 12 1/2 lengths by Bourbon War.
 
In the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 2, two horses that weren't supposed to perform made up the exacta. Harvey Wallbanger and Everfast were sent off at 29-1 and 128-1 odds, respectively. Somehow the $2 exacta only paid $2,203.40. Epic Dreamer, sent off at 12-1, set the pace all alone under Irad Ortiz, Jr. with fractions of 23.18, 46.76 and 1:10.89 while 4-5 favorite Maximus Mischief and Jose Ortiz tracked a couple of lengths back in second. The latter one edged closer in the far turn and got to even terms with about a furlong left in the race. Meanwhile, Harvey Wallbanger and Brian Hernandez, Jr. broke slowly and were in last place, about 10 lengths off the pace the first half-mile. They just kept coming to win by a length in 1:43.69 after cutting the corner into the stretch. Everfast, ridden by Chris Landeros, didn't have any obviojus trouble but was was fifth by five lengths at the first call, third by two lengths at the second call, fourth by four lengths at the third call, still fourth and three lengths back with a furlong remaining, and then snuck in to get second, a neck in front of Maximus Mischief. Epic Dreamer held on for fourth, beaten 2 1/4 lengths.
 
WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1
 
Jan. 6, Everfast 1:02.77 Breezing 20/28 at GP
Jan. 13, Everfast 1:03.53 Breezing 24/34 at GP


 


 


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: San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 9

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.”

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


 

 



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:

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.

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

 

 

 

FRANK'SGUNISLOADED (KY)
Trainer: Roger A. Brueggemann
Owner: Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc.
Breeder: Patterson Bloodstock, Patterson & Company & Bellepoint Management, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Orb (Malibu Moon, Lady Liberty)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Stick to Your Guns (Awesome Again, El Bank Robber)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-9-10-0-0 (24) 3.80
Foal Date: Feb. 25, 2016

$165,000 Keeneland September 2017
$50,000 OBS March 2017


He debuted on Dec. 22 at Fair Grounds in a six-furlong maiden race and finished fourth to Cornacchia, Comedian and Free Speech, beaten only 2 1/2 lengths.

On Jan. 19, he won his second outing, a mile and 70 yard maiden special weight, again at Fair Grounds. He finished a bit greenly, but it was a good effort. With a patient Florent Geroux aboard, he was  positioned ninth of 10 after the first half-mile timed in 49.00 and then turned the tables on Comedian to beat that one by 2 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:44.87 on a track rated good. This compared to War of Will's 1:43.44 on a track rated fast in the LeComte later on the card. The chart call says he "dropped back between horses nearing the first turn, settled near the back, was roused in the four path early on the far turn then moved to the six path, lugged in while gaining in upper stretch, closed well while continuing to lug in, took the lead outside the sixteenth-pole then moved clear under good handling while held together late."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Frank'sgunisloaded 1:01.60 Breezing 19/77 at FG
Jan. 11, Frank'sgunisloaded 1:00.60 Breezing 4/37 at FG
Feb. 16, Frank'sgunisloaded 49:00 Breezing 5/32 at GPW


 

 


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: California Cup Derby at Santa Anita on Feb. 18. Race 4, 5:00 ET.

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.'

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

 

 




GARTER AND TIE (FL)
Trainer: Ralph Nicks
Owner: Jacks or Better Farm, Inc.
Breeder: Jacks or Better Farm Inc.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Brooks 'n Down (Montbrook, Precious Feather)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Garter Belt (Anasheed, Sexy Stockings)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-6-11-0-1 (22) 2.38
Foal Date: March 17, 2016


NEXT RACE:

Garter and Tie finished fourth and third in his first two starts, which came at Gulfstream Park in May and June.

Garter and Tie finished second in the Dr. Fager, won the Affirmed on Sept. 1 as a maiden in his fourth start, and finished second in the In Reality during the Florida Sire Stakes series.

Garter and Tie, making his first start since the Florida Sire Stakes series, parlayed a perfect trip under Tyler Gaffalione into a narrow victory in the Smooth Air Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 8. He 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. 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 closed to finish third, another 2 3/4 lengths back. He ran the one-turn mile in 1:38.44.

Ralph Nicks: “He had to work today, he’s a grinder and a hard-trying horse. There were a little issues in the gate today. He made a few mistakes, as he’s kind of got that in him, but at the end of the day he tries every time. He’ll settle as we go along, but he’s fresh in between races and tough. He works well on the track, the main thing is that the track stays safe and consistent, and that’s all that matters to me. From here, we’ll see how long we need to rest in between and continue to move forward. When he’s ready, we’ll pick out a race for him.”

Jan. 4 NOTE: Trainer Nicks said, “He’s not very big, but he has a big heart. We’ll find out a lot about him tomorrow.”

On Jan. 5 in the one-mile, one-turn Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park, Mihos emerged triumphant as the 5-2 second choice, and Garter and Tied finished third after hitting the gate at the start. Mihos 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 second 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 Garter and Tie "broke out at the start hitting the right side of the gate and brushing  with  Well Defined, came off the rail to the three-path late on the turn, split  horses  through the furlong grounds and finished willingly while moving out late."

Jan 31 NOTE: Trainer Nicks said, “He tries. He tries hard every time. He lost his momentum (in the Mucho Macho Man). Tyler had to back up twice around the turn, and he lost his momentum. He’s a grinder. He’s not a quick-turn-of-foot kind of horse. It cost him from being closer. Jimmy’s horse (Mihos) is a beautiful horse. I think he has a chance to be a really good horse. We’ll get to chase him going a little further. The pace scenario is important to us, and trip scenario if important to us. I think it depends on the pace of the race."

In the 1 1/16-mile Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 2, Garter and Tie was eighth in the early going, moved up to seventh and then finished sixth under Tyler Gaffalione, beaten 4 3/4 lengths by 29-1 shot Harvey Wallbanger. The chart says he "was briefly fractious in the gate, unhurried in early stages racing near the back, hustled up along inside in final turn then switched out three wide upper stretch and failed to move on."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 20, Garter and Tie 49:49 Breezing muddy 10/32 at GP
Jan. 27, Garter and Tie 49:26 Breezing sloppy 2/4 at GP
Feb. 15, Garter and Tie 50:04 Breezing 39/48 at GP

 

 

 

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

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


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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

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

 

 




GLOBAL CAMPAIGN (KY)
Trainer: Stanley M. Hough
Owner: Sagamore Farm, LLC & WinStar Farm, LLC
Breeder: WinStar Farm, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Curlin (Smart Strike (CAN), Sherriff's Deputy)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Globe Trot (A.P. Indy, Trip)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-9-13-0-0 (28) 3.31
Foal Date: March 24, 2016

$250,000 Keeneland September 2017
A half-brother to Bolt d’Oro and Sonic Mule

NEXT RACE:

On Jan. 5 at Gulfstream Park, Global Campaign made his career debut going seven furlongs at Gulfstream Park, and he made a positive impression. Away from the gate well under Luis Saez, he attended the pace before easily drawing off in the stretch to win by 5 3/4 lengths. He faced five others. He was even money on the tote board, so word had gotten around. The chart call: "Global Campaign broke well and applied pace pressure to Laughing Bobby while racing under snug hold, let out notch and inched by rival three furlongs out, cleared on top still unasked through turn, rider looked over shoulder upper stretch, briefly came under mild urging while widening advantage then finished well clear, wrapped up and clearly best."

Jan. 9 NOTE: Trainer Hough told DRF.com, “He’s always shown a lot of talent, but it took a while to finally get him to the races. We’ve already had a lot of phone calls from people interested in this horse, and at the moment the plan is to try to get him to the Swale for his next start.”

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."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 19, Global Campaign 50:00 Breezing 42/95 at PMM
Feb. 3, Global Campaign 1.00:40 Breezing 1/9 at PBD
Feb. 17, Global Campaign 36:40 Breezing 1/15 at PMM


 

 



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

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


NEXT RACE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 9, Gray Attempt 1.01:60 Breezing 6/32 at OP
Jan. 18, Gray Attempt 1.00:20 Breezing 1/55 at OP
Feb. 10, Gray Attempt 1.00:20 Breezing muddy 4/47 at OP



 

 


GRAY MAGICIAN (KY)
Trainer: Peter Miller
Owner: Wachtel Stable, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners & Gary Barber
Breeder: Twin Creeks Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Graydar (Unbridled's Song, Sweetest Smile)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Berg Burg (Johannesburg, Snowberg)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-4-4-0-0 (12) 5.00
Foal Date: Feb. 16, 2016

$250,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:

He broke his maiden in his fourth start, a one-mile maiden special weight on Nov. 24 at Del Mar. His time was 1:38.55 after sitting four or five lengths off an early pace of 22.72 and 46.76. After that, he and Flavien Prat were on the move and drew off to win by 9 1/2 lengths. He was 1-2 on the tote board, but it was an impressive-looking win despite his favoritism.

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 and Flavien Prat, who were 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. Gray Magician's chart call says he "saved ground stalking the pace, split rivals into the stretch, drifted in late and was outfinished."

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.

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.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 2, Gray Magician 37.40 Handily 6/6 at SLR
Jan. 14, Gray Magician 49:40 Handily 5/8 at SLR
Jan. 22, Gray Magician 1.15:40 Handily 1/2 at SLR
Feb. 10, Gray Magician 50:80 Handily 6/6 at SLR

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

HAIKAL (KY)
Trainer: Kiaran P. McLaughlin
Owner: Shadwell Stable
Breeder: Shadwell Farm, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Daaher (CAN) (Awesome Again (CAN), Irish Cherry)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Sablah (Distorted Humor, Teeba)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-5-8-0-0 (16) 3.00
Foal Date: March 23, 2016

A half-brother to grade I winner Takaful


NEXT RACE: Gotham Stakes

In his second career start, Haikal finished strongly to win a six-furlong Aqueduct maiden special weight at six furlongs, timed in 1:12.20. He was five lengths behind at the furlong marker. Rajiv Maragh was aboard the 3-1 second choice.

Kiaran McLaughlin: “He ran very well. The mile would be perfect. We’re going to have to shop for a spot.”

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

Feb. 7 NOTE: Trainer McLaughlin said, "He's made some good progression since his last race. In each of his starts, he's closed well. He's a little more relaxed than Takaful, who was extremely talented and a bit difficult to train in the mornings, but we're still trying to figure out how far Haikal can go. Depending on how he performs on Saturday, we'll keep the Gotham in consideration going forward."

Making his stakes debut in Aqueduct's seven-furlong Jimmy Winkfield on Feb 9, Haikal got a confident ride from jockey Rajiv Maragh, found an opening along the rail in the final furlong, and overtook rivals Joevia and Tikhvin Flew to win. Sent off as the 2-1 second choice from post 3, Haikal was in fifth-position early as Gates of Dawn led the field of seven in 23.13, then Joevia, the longest shot on the board at 18-1, surged up the rail to lead in 46.67. Favored Tikhvin Flew traveled three wide and engaged Joevia at the top of the stretch. In the meantime, Haikal traveled along the rail in third. Set down in an all-out rail drive and finding room in the final sixteenth, Haikal rallied to surpass Joevia in the final jump to earn the victory by a neck. His final time was 1:25.24.

Assistant trainer joe Lee: "Rajiv knew that the track the last few days had been playing to speed and that the speed had been holding. So, he wanted to lay a little closer and in doing so, he just rode the rail. He didn't have much of a choice at that point. Being a little inexperienced, Haikal didn't exactly shoot through there, but Rajiv said once he got his nose in there, he dug in and took off and finished full of run. This horse, if the track plays fair, I think he can sit where he wants to sit and make his move. Rajiv said he finished full of run. The Gotham could be next. Hopefully, he comes out of this in good shape. We'll obviously leave it up to the boss and Sheikh Hamdan, it's their decision."

Rajiv Maragh: "He showed a lot of guts to get through on the inside. He fought hard. The way the track has been playing, I tried to use the rail to my advantage if I could. He won on the rail the last time, so I wasn't thinking it would hurt us if he sat on the inside and the race played out good for him. I think he's a horse that is learning. The first two races he didn't show speed, not because he broke bad, I think he just likes to settle early. Today, he broke well and I gave him a chance to settle at the beginning because we didn't want to change his style too much because the track was playing favored to speed. I gave him the first three-sixteenths of a mile to himself and then started picking it up and he responded every time I asked him. I was real happy coming into the last three-eighths I was only a few lengths off the lead. He was there for me. There's no telling how good this horse is. He always finishes so good, and I really don't feel like I'm at the bottom of him yet. Today, I only hit him one time with the whip and he responded. It's very exciting to be riding a horse like this."

Feb. 15 NOTE: Trainer McLaughlin, talking about going in the Gotham, "It's a great progression from seven furlongs to a mile, and the Gotham is good timing. We'll decide after the Gotham whether we go Bay Shore or Wood Memorial. He's done everything right. Last time, he squeezed through a tight spot down on the rail. It's an encouraging sign. The horse and rider worked together really well (in the Jimmy Winkfield). It's a big positive. He handled him very well. We're excited now to step up. It'll be a much tougher race, and we'll learn where we are, what direction we'll go."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 4, Haikal 50.50 Breezing 67/84 at BEL
Jan. 11, Haikal 51.82 Breezing 33/36 at BEL
Jan. 17, Haikal 48:05 Breezing training track 6/76 at BEL
Jan. 29, Haikal 49:95 Breezing training track 12/48 at BEL
Feb. 6, Haikal 37:47 Breezing training track 5/17 at BEL

 

 

 

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

$50,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July 2017


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

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

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

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

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer McPeek said, “He came back fine, no problems. He’s definitely matured and he showed a lot of killer instinct yesterday. He had a couple races as a 2-year-old where he didn’t put horses away when he had a chance to. I think the win he had in the fall got him some confidence, and hopefully this one takes him to the next step. I think good horses rise to the level of competition, no question. He acted last fall like he was that kind. He really didn’t fully understand what he was doing his first few starts, and then he kind of figured it out. He’s really got it down pat now. He’ll be nominated to the Fountain of Youth and Florida Derby. Whether we run in the Fountain of Youth is up to debate right now, but definitely Florida Derby is the prep for the Kentucky Derby we want to be in.”
 
Feb. 13 NOTE: Trainer McPeek told TDN, "I’m leaning towards just waiting for the Florida Derby. (W)ith Harvey, he fired such a big shot with a long layoff there, I think that waiting for the Florida Derby might be a smart move, because I think it gives him a chance to get a little bigger and stronger. He’ll have to punch his Derby point ticket that day, but I think that’s doable. I’m a little concerned about running him back in the Fountain of Youth and then coming back again in the Florida Derby, and I might have squeezed him a little dry by spring." Comparing the two horses, Harvey Wallbanger and Signalman, "Harvey’s a much smaller horse than Signalman. Signalman’s a big bull, hits the ground a little harder than Harvey. Harvey really floats over the ground but Signalman is just a powerful machine."
 
Feb. 16 NOTE: Trainer McPeek said, “It was an easy half. It was his first work since the race. He’s done everything right. I have to work (him and Signalman) this weekend, but right now I’m leaning towards Signalman here (in the Fountain of Youth) and waiting with Harvey Wallbanger for the Florida Derby."
 
WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Harvey Wallbanger 48.23 Breezing 8/84 at GP
Jan. 11, Harvey Wallbanger 1:01.49 Breezing 3/14 at GP
Jan. 17, Harvey Wallbanger 47.60 Breezing 1/32 at GP
Jan. 29, Harvey Wallbanger 49.15 Breezing 22/54 at GP
Feb. 16, Harvey Wallbanger 50:67 Breezing 98/124 at GP

 

 

 



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."

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

 

 

 

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: Foutain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 2

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.”

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


 

 



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


NEXT RACE:

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

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

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

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

 

 

 

HOG CREEK HUSTLE (KY)
Trainer: Vickie L. Foley
Owner: Something Special Racing, LLC
Breeder: Hargus Sexton, Sandra Sexton & Silver Fern Farm, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Overanalyze (Dixie Union, Unacloud)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Candy Fortune (Candy Ride (ARG), Ready for Fortune)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 1-0-1-0-0 (2) 3.00
Foal Date: April 20, 2016

$150,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:

He won a five-furlong maiden special weight at Ellis Park on Aug. 18 in his debut after coming from off the pace in seventh position early.

Sent straight into stakes company, he finished 10th in the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs on Sept. 15.

Pulled back into an entry-level allowance condition at Churchill on Nov. 10, he won again, this time at seven furlongs.

In his last 2018 outing, Hog Creek Hustle finished third in the six-furlong Sugar Bowl Stakes won by Gray Attempt. Manny Wah was second.

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, with Florent Geroux up, 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.

Vickie Foley: “I would have like to have won, of course, but he ran well.”

Florent Geroux: “I wish I had some more horses in front of me to follow. I was following some horses who stopped right behind War of Will, and by the time we got out, the winner was gone.”

Jan. 21 NOTE: Trainer Foley told DRF.com on Jan. 20: “It looks like he came out of the race good. We’re looking forward to moving on to the Risen Star. We just drew a line through (his poor effort in the Iroquois). We had a huge traffic problem in the first turn, got bounced around three different times, and this horse didn’t want any part of that. We always felt like he’d go two turns. He’s fit. He’ll do some long gallops and get some endurance under him. It’s very exciting. We’re looking forward to a good next few months.”

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

Florent Geroux: “Got a little bit squeezed in the first turn, but I took him back like he likes to run. I had to go a little wide by the three-eighths pole, so I went around. I thought he was going to finish third, and he got a little tired at the end.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 2, Hog Creek Hustle 1:02.60 Breezing 44/76 at FG
Jan. 12, Hog Creek Hustle 47:80 Breezing 2/145 at FG
Feb. 2, Hog Creek Hustle 48:60 Breezing 19/169 at FG
Feb. 9, Hog Creek Hustle 51:20 Breezing 111/135 at FG


 



INSTAGRAND (KY)
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
Owner: Larry Best
Breeder: Stoneway Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday, Leslie's Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Assets of War (Lawyer Ron, Added Asset)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 0-1-1-0-0 (2) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 23, 2016

$190,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July 2017
$1,200,000 Fasig-Tipton Florida March 2018


NEXT RACE: San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 9

He won his first two starts by large margins, including the Best Pal Stakes second time out on August 11.  Owner Best reportedly was the decider, stopping on him allegedly for no reason other than to have a fresh 3-year-old in 2019.

Dec. 9 NOTE: Back in training at Santa Anita after spending time off in Kentucky.

Dec 30 NOTE: Worked three furlongs today, his first appearance on the worktab since his hiatus.

Jan. 21 NOTE: The Feb. 10 San Vicente is doubtful, per trainer Hollendorfer.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Instagrand 37:20 Handily 10/18 at SA
Jan. 11, Instagrand  49:80 Handily 9/17 at SA
Jan. 20, Instagrand 47:60 Handily 5/86 at SA
Jan. 26, Instagrand 1.02:20 Handily 37/46 at SA
Feb. 1, Instagrand 59:00 Handily 2/35 at SA
Feb. 8, Instagrand 1.13:60 Handily 7/19 at SA
Feb. 17, Instagrand 1.13:40 Handily 4/18 at SA

 

 

 

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


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.

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



 

 


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

NEXT RACE:

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

 

 


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

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


NEXT RACE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

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

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

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 19, Knicks Go 47:00 Breezing 1/71 at TAM
Jan. 26, Knicks Go 58:40 Breezing 1/38 at TAM
Feb. 2, Knicks Go 48:00 Breezing 4/64 at TAM

 

 

 

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: Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 16

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.”

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

 

 

 



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

$115,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 17, Limonite 50:20 Breezing 31/44 at FG
Jan. 23, Limonite 50:40 Breezing 8/13 at FG
Jan. 29, Limonite 1.01:20 Breezing wet fast 1/5 at FG
Feb. 4, Limonite 1.00:40 Breezing 2/17 at FG
Feb. 10, Limonite 1.01:80 Breezing 7/47 at FG

 

 

 


LONG RANGE TODDY (KY)
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Owner: Willis Horton Racing LLC
Breeder: Willis Horton Racing LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Take Charge Indy (A.P. Indy, Take Charge Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Pleasant Song (Unbridled's Song, Pleasant Temper)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 4-11-9-0-0 (24) 4.33
Foal Date: April 12, 2016


NEXT RACE: Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 16

He broke his maiden at one mile on Sept. 28 at Remington Park in his second start and first trip around two turns and then turned back for the prep race for the Springboard Mile, the seven-furlong Clever Trevor, at Remington Park on Nov. 2. He won the Clever Trevor.

After crying out for running room in the turn of the Springboard Mile, Long Range Roddy got loose to win at 18-1 odds. Bankit, Dunph, and Tone Broke took second, third and fourth places. The Springboard was one of five wins for Asmussen on the evening. Richard Eramia was aboard Long Range Toddy for the upset win, the third straight for those two, covering the mile in 1:39.75 over a fast track, and beating stable mate Bankit by a head. The time was well off the stakes record of 1:37.14 from last year’s winner, Greyvitos. Long Range Toddy tracked the two early front-runners in the Springboard for the first half of the race, following Dobbins G and Marquee Prince. When those two wilted after moderate splits of 24.13 and 48.76, Long Range Toddy took over and held off Bankit, who was 11th, 3 3/4 lengths off the lead, after six furlongs.

Remarkably, with one furlong left in this race, the first eight horses were separated by only one length.

Steve Asmussen: “He’s a beautiful colt, a home-bred of Mr. Horton’s. It was a nice win, and I’m proud of him and Bankit, who ran second.” The trainer said Long Range Toddy would probably race next at Oaklawn Park.

Jan. 16 NOTE: Trainer Asmussen said yesterday, “He’s training great. Unbelievable how much that horse has improved.”

Jan. 23 NOTE: Trainer Asmussen said, “He’s just gotten better and better."

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

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

In the 1 1/16-mile Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 18, Super Steed won at 62-1, Sueno was second at 7-1, Long Range Toddy was third at 7-1 and Six Shooter with blinkers added was fourth at 28-1. The result: a one dollar superfecta payoff of $26,749.70 -- if anyone had it. The early pace was set alternately by Gray Attempt and Jersey Agenda in 23.43, 47.63 and 1:12.73. Super Steed and Terry Thompson were back in ninth of 11 after the first half-mile, rallied on the far turn, surged to the lead in upper stretch, had a three-length lead at the furlong marker, and defeated Sueno by 3/4 length in a time of 1:44.04. Sueno and Corey Lanerie stayed mid-pack the first half, was actually eighth after six furlongs but only two lengths back, and rallied down the stretch. Long Range Toddy and Richard Eramia broke from post 10 but got into contention early and stayed in contention to get third, beaten two lengths. Six Shooter and Stewart Elliott were last but only 4 1/2 lengths off the pace after the first half-mile and lost by 3 1/4 lengths.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Long Range Toddy 1.01:00 Breezing Muddy 1/28 at OP
Jan. 14, Long Range Toddy 1.01:00 Breezing 5/91 at OP
Feb. 3, Long Range Toddy 51:80 Breezing 71/81 at OP
Feb. 10, Long Range Toddy 1.00:20 Breezing muddy 4/47 at OP

 

 

 


MAGNIFICENT MCCOOL (KY)
Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill
Owner: Phoenix Thoroughbred III
Breeder: Cesa Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Giant's Causeway (Storm Cat, Mariah's Storm)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): My Special Secret (Mineshaft, In on the Secret)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-6-27-0-0 (38) 1.81
Foal Date: March 25, 2016

$625,000 OBS April 2018


NEXT RACE: Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 2

After finishing fourth once (one mile turf Del Mar), third once (one mile dirt Santa Anita) and second twice (one mile dirt Los Alamitos won by Seven Scents; 1 1/16 mile dirt Santa Anita won by Extra Hope) in a span of five races from July through October, Magnificent McCool finally broke his maiden in his sixth start, a 1 1/8-mile maiden special weight on turf at Santa Anita on Dec. 28. His time was a solid 1:48.03. At 5-2 odds, he won by 3 1/4 lengths under Flavien Prat over 1-1 favorite Shining Through, ridden by Drayden Van Dyke. The chart says he "stalked a bit off the rail then outside a rival, moved up three deep leaving the turn and into the stretch to gain the lead and drew clear under urging."

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.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 11, Magnificent McCool 49:00 Handily 29/106 at SA
Jan. 19, Magnificent McCool 59:60 Handily 2/45 at SA
Jan. 27, Magnificent McCool 1.14:80 Handily 13/19 at SA

 

 

 


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


NEXT RACE:

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

 

 

 

MAXIMUM SECURITY (KY)
Trainer: Jason Servis
Owner: Gary and Mary West
Breeder: Gary & Mary West Stables, Inc.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): New Year's Day (Street Cry (IRE), Justwhistledixie)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Lil Indy (Anasheed, Cresta Lil)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-2-7-0-0 (14) 3.00
Foal Date: May 14, 2016


Maximus Security won his first three starts: (1) 6 1/2 furlongs at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 20 in a $16,000 claiming race by 9 3/4 lengths at 5-2 odds; (2) six furlongs at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24 in a starter optional claiming race by 6 1/2 lengths at 3-10 odds; and (3) seven furlongs at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 20 in a starter optional claiming race by 18 1/4 lengths at 1-10 odds. His time in that seven-furlong race was 1:21.72.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 6, Maximum Security 50.25 Breezing 27/51 at PMM
Jan. 19, Maximum Security 50.90 Breezing 80/103 at PMM
Feb. 13, Maximum Security 49.80     Breezing 18/27 at PMM

 

 

 


MAXIMUS MISCHIEF (KY)
Trainer: Robert Reid, Jr.
Owner: Cash is King Stable & LC Racing
Breeder: Martha Jane Mulholland
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday, Leslie's Lady)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Reina Maria (Songandaprayer, Maria's Pride)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 1-1-0-0-0 (2) Infinite
Foal Date: Feb. 8, 2016

$165,000 Keeneland November 2016
$170,000 RNA Fasig-Tipton New York August 2017
$245,000 RNA Fasig-Tipton Florida March 2018
$340,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training


NEXT RACE: Fountain of Youth Stakes looks probable

Maximus Mischief impressed early. His debut on Sept. 29 at Parx resulted in an 8 3/4-length victory in a 5 1/2-furlong sprint. After earning a 94 Beyer for that effort, he recorded a 98 Beyer with a six-length allowance win at seven furlongs on Oct. 20 at the same track. Maxiumus Mischief led at each call of both races.

Nov. 28 NOTE: Trainer Reid said, "He hasn't missed a beat in training. We couldn't be any happier. He's got a real good head on his shoulders. Nothing bothers him. It's a big jump with an extra quarter of a mile, but all indications to me is that it shouldn't be a problem. We're asking a lot on this one. It's the first time shipping and the first time around two turns with the added distance, so he's going to have to step up. I think he'll come off the pace. He's never shown any problems in our early preparations going behind horses. He took dirt and he's shown no ill effects from that. It's all part of the learning process for a young horse. We're looking forward to getting some of those questions answered."

In Aqueduct's Dec. 1 Remsen Stakes at 1 1/8 mile, 7-5 second choice Maximus Mischief won by 2 1/4 lengths under Frankie Pennington with Network Effect taking second with a late effort. After breaking sharply, Maximus Mischief dueled outside Gladiator King through a quarter-mile in 25.12, then gained an edge over that one while fending off Tax from his outside, posting a half-mile mark of 50.67. Tax was still there coming out of the final turn afterf six furlongs in 1:14.60, but Maximus Mischief responded to Pennington's left-handed encouragement and opened up his lead before hitting the furlong marker in 1:38.48 and the wire in a final time of 1:51.34. Network Effect was second by a half-length over Tax. The fourth-place finisher, another 6 1/4 lengths back, was Bourbon War, who was last but only four lengths off the pace after the first half-mile. More than 10 lengths further in arrears were Jungle Warrior, Gladiator King and Chinomado, in that order.

Robert Reid, Jr.: "He came through with flying colors as far as I'm concerned. I was really concerned that it was a deep racetrack at Aqueduct. Parx is pretty deep, and maybe that's helped him a little bit. They've been running slow times down here. I watched the beginning of the card, and I was hoping it was a little faster than that, but to go from seven-eighths to a mile and an eighth, especially the way he did it, is a pretty good accomplishment. He runs the turns really well and he swaps leads really good so that's generally where he gets the drop on them. The first thing Frank said when he came off the horse was that when he went into the first turn, he pricked his ears and settled down -- and he hadn't had too many horses around him early in his career -- that he wasn't worried about the horses inside or outside of him, so that's a really good sign."
 
Frankie Pennington: "Running short, he was always so sharp and keen, but Butch Reid did an awesome job getting him ready for this race. He broke well. Going into the first turn he relaxed right back to me and put his ears up and I knew he was going to be good today.  He's the kind of horse that will do it easy by himself, but as soon as he feels the pressure, he becomes an even better horse. When he feels that fight coming, that's what he likes."

Dec. 28 NOTE: Said to be likely for Gulfstream Park next time out where it's thought his running style will be a good fit. First breeze at Gulfstream Park penciled in for weekend of Jan. 12.

Dec. 28 NOTE: Trainer Reid said, as reported by DRF.com, “We really wanted to go a little easier with him when we first got down here (shortly after the Remsen), but he just doesn’t want to hear about it. He gallops a strong mile and one-half to a mile and five-eighths every day. And when he turns into the stretch the second time around and switches leads, he likes to get a little blowout in because he knows where the money is at the finish line. He’s acclimated really well to both the weather and the racetrack. The surface here is a lot different than ours at Parx. It’s really deep up there. It was a little on the deep side when we first got here, but still nothing like it is back home, and it’s gotten progressively faster the past week or so. You can hear his feet rattling out there now.”

Jan. 14 NOTE: Trainer Reid said of the Jan. 12 breeze in an interview with DRF.com, “I had planned to work him Sunday, but I had to move it up a day because he’s been so keen. He was so sharp Friday that I needed to let him blow off some steam. I thought the work went very well. He got to fooling around a little through the stretch and jumping shadows.He also has a habit of leaning right in on the rail, so the rider just allowed him to switch his leads there. He did the same thing right before the wire in the Remsen. But he won’t do that kind of stuff with other horses around him.”

Jan. 16 NOTE: Jose Ortiz to replace Frankie Pennington in the Holy Bull.

Jan. 27 NOTE: Trainer Reid, after a morning when the track was sloppy at Gulfstream Park, said, “He had a nice gallop this morning, but he was not able to breeze. I wasn’t quite comfortable with the track this morning and especially with the track closed yesterday and he didn’t get to train. He’ll definitely train in some sort tomorrow, but I doubt he’ll be able to breeze. At any rate, he’s plenty fit. If we end up doing a little three-eighths or something like that on Tuesday, I’d be fine with that. I’m not worried about fitness at all. It’s just about where his mental state is. I don’t want to go two weeks without a work, but he trains forward every day. He has good, strong mile and three-quarter gallops every day and puts a little blowout for himself at the end. I’m not concerned at all about the fitness, just if we’ve got a nice settled horse when it comes to Saturday and we head over to the paddock.”

Jan. 28 NOTE: Trainer Reid told DRF after today's workout, "Jose did a masterful job. He got him to go the opening eighth in nearly 14, then came home in 36 and change, which was absolutely perfect."

Jan. 31 NOTE: Trainer Reid said, “He’s already been a mile and an eighth, which I think is a pretty good advantage. It puts us a little bit ahead of the curve with the other 3-year-olds around. We have an opportunity to run him a mile and a sixteenth, a distance we know he can handle, and the timing was just perfect for us. The owners, Chuck Zacney and Glenn Bennett, stepped up at the sales and gave me an opportunity like this, and I’m really appreciative of that. We’re looking forward to the Holy Bull. We’ll have to see what the competition looks like and go from there, but no excuses for him right now. He’s doing very well. He’s a handful of horse. He’s a big, strong colt, but he’s never about being nervous or unsure. He’s got a lot of confidence in himself so he doesn’t worry about all the extraneous stuff. We do that more than he does. It’s just a matter of making sure he gets enough exercise to keep him mentally where we want him. He’s been training very well here. He has a big, strong gallop every day, and his (first) two breezes here were maybe a little faster than we wanted him to go, but he’s really handled it well. He’s held his weight well, and he’s eating everything in sight, so we couldn’t be any happier with him.”

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

Jose Ortiz: “He broke good, clean. He sat second behind the speed, but I felt like they were coming on my outside, so I made my decision to go. When I asked him, he wasn’t going the way I wanted him to. I just had to start riding. I had a hard time catching the horse on the lead.”

THE NEXT DAY: Trainer Reid said, “He came out of the race very well. He was a little tired this morning, so maybe I didn’t have him quite as tight as I thought I did. He came out of it fine and ate up his dinner last night but walked a little quiet this morning. I’m going to say he gets a lot out of that race yesterday and it’s going to set him up perfectly for the next spot. I could see going down the backside he wasn’t real comfortable. Normally he’d be up on the bit and he’d be dragging the jockey toward the other horse, where Jose had to go to scrubbing on him a little bit to get him to go after that horse. I was feeling a little uneasy at the half-mile pole that he was either struggling with the racetrack or just struggling with the conditions yesterday. I thought he had the horse measured that was on the lead, but it took him over a quarter-mile to get by him to the eighth pole, and the other horse ran very well. I think he thought when he got by that horse the battle was over, and the other two came and got him.
 
“I was a little concerned coming over. His last start in the Remsen, he was a perfect gentleman coming up and in the paddock. We had schooled him on Wednesday, and he was absolutely very good, and got a good look on his surroundings. Then I saw him on his hind legs coming up on the racetrack and I could see he was a little bit out of sorts coming in the walking ring with all the people and the noise and the big television screens there. He was a little hot and had a little flank sweat going on and perspiration on his shoulders. It wasn’t horrible but you could see he wasn’t his normal self. I’m counting that race as a race that he needed. He got it under his belt. He hadn’t run in 2 1/2 months and he got a little tired. It was only his fourth lifetime start and, not the Remsen, but the other two were relatively easy. It’s just part of the learning process. I’d like to come back on a little shorter notice, maybe he wouldn’t be so ultra-sharp. The Fountain of Youth is still within our sights, but we’ll take it one step at a time, make sure he gets this behind him, learns from it and digests and we’ll move forward from there.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 12, Maxiumus Mischief  46:87 Breezing 3/104 at GP
Jan. 28, Maximus Mischief 50:06 Breezing muddy 3/7 at GP
Jan. 19, Maximus Mischief 58:02 Breezing 1/57 at GP

 


 

 


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

$320,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 16, Mihos 36:00 Breezing 2/5 at PMM
Jan. 23, Mihos 1.16:00 Breezing 1/2 at PMM
Jan. 29, Mihos 49:00 Breezing 19/98 at PMM
Feb. 19, Mihos 38:00 Breezing 2/3 at PMM

 

 

 

MORE ICE (FL)
Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer
Owner: Hollendorfer, LLC, Kenwood Racing Inc & Richard Robertson
Breeder: Hardacre Farm LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): More Than Ready (Southern Halo, Woodman's Girl)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Coal and Ice (Tapit, Unobstructed View)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-4-9-0-0 (18) 3.00
Foal Date: March 3, 2016

$240,000 OBS October 2017
$52,000 OBS April 2018


NEXT RACE: El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 16. Race 7, 6:45 ET

Broke his maiden at third asking at Del Mar on Sept. 2, finished eighth in the Zuma Beach next time out, won a Del Mar allowance going a mile on turf next out, then finished third in the Eddie Logan Stakes going a mile on turf at Santa Anita on Dec. 28.

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.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, More Ice 50.00 Handily 72/121 at SA
Jan. 11, More Ice 1.02:60 Handily 45/78 at SA
Jan. 20, More Ice 1.01:80 Handily 70/135 at SA
Jan. 26, More Ice 1.02:40 Handily 38/46 at SA
Feb. 5, More Ice 1.32:00 Handily synthetic 1/2 at GG
Feb. 10, More Ice 50:20 Handily synthetic 39/90 at GG

 

 


MR. MONEY (KY)
Trainer: Bret Calhoun
Owner: Allied Racing Stable
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.

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."

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

 

 



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.

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


 

 


MUCHO (KY)
Trainer: Bill Mott
Owner: Claiborne Farm & Adele B. Dilschneider
Breeder: Breeder: Claiborne Farm & Adele B. Dilschneider
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Blame (Arch, Liable)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Extent (Pulpit, Limit)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-7-16-2-0 (28) 1.80
Foal Date: Feb. 12, 2016


Mucho debuted on June 10 at Belmont Park. He was bumped at the start but recovered quickly to finish second to Whiskey Echo.

He returned almost two months later. Forwardly placed early, he ran clear to best a field of seven by 9 3/4 lengths going six furlongs at Saratoga. This win got him a ton of attention.

BEFORE THE HOPEFUL: Trainer Mott said, "Mucho is doing good. He was quite impressive. I think he was kind of the buzz horse for a few days around here after winning. People were commenting on how nice he looked. I mean, visually he looked impressive."

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 won. Mucho finished second. Mind Control showed his speed every step of the way to win 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.

Dec. 28 NOTE: It was disclosed last week by Walker Hancock to Thoroughbred Daily News that Mucho exited the Hopeful with an ankle injury, making his runner-up finish, as TDN observed, "look even better in hindsight."

Dec. 28 NOTE: No surgery was needed for the ankle injury, and Mucho is back in training at Payson Park. A race in February is being targeted.

Feb. 17 NOTE: Looking for a workout.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 6, Mucho 38:60 Breezing 8/12 at PAY
Jan. 13, Mucho 36:60 Breezing 1/2 at PAY
Jan. 21, Mucho 50:20 Breezing 6/23 at PAY
Jan. 29, Mucho 49:60 Breezing 5/27 at PAY
Feb. 4, Mucho 49:00 Breezing 1/16 at PAY
Feb. 18, Mucho 48:00 Breezing 1/22 at PAY

 

 



NITROUS (KY)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC & Stonestreet Stables LLC
Breeder: Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Speedinthruthecity (City Zip, License to Speed)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-11-11-1-0 (30) 3.62
Foal Date: Feb. 16, 2016


NEXT RACE:

At Saratoga in July, Nitrous broke his maiden in his second start, a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight, by 3 1/4 lengths. Puttheglassdown was second. Ten ran. Ricardo Santana, Jr. was up.

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 won. Mind Control showed his speed every step of the way to win 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.

The Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland was next. This is a 5 1/2 furlong turf race with black type. A dozen got in on it, and Nitrous, the 7-2 second choice, disappointed with a ninth-place finish. The chart says he "was bumped and bothered at the start with some gain in the stretch run." Actually, he gained before that. He was 9 3/4 lengths back of the pace after 3/8 mile and was beaten 4 3/4 lengths. Strike Silver and Chelsea Cloisters finished one-two, a neck apart.

In a seven-furlong allowance race at Churchill Downs on Nov. 10, Nitrous finished fourth, beaten seven lengths by Hog Creek Hustle and a time of 1:23.24 as the 6-5 favorite. He was two or three lengths back early and faded. The chart: "stalked the pace early, shifted into the three path in the turn, made a bid down the lane, but lugged out a bit and weakened late in the drive."

In the one-mile Riley Allison Derby at Sunland Park on Jan. 27, Nitrous was sent off at 3-5 odds, and somehow he won. He nearly lost the race at the break when he and Luis Contreras were squeezed back, soon finding themselves 10 lengths off the lead after the first half-mile on a track that can favor speed. Meanwhile up front McAwesome set honest fractions of 23.65, 47.23 and 1:11.78. Leaving the far turn, Nitrous had passed five horses but was still almost five lengths off the pace. He inhaled the rest of the field in short order, led by a length at the furlong marker and held on to defeat 10-1 Todd Pletcher trainee Sheriff Brown by a head. McAwesome, sent off at 59-1, finished third, beaten 5 3/4 lengths. The time was 1:36.98. Ten ran.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 7, Nitrous 1.01:20 Breezing 17/36 at FG
Jan. 14, Nitrous 1.00:20 Breezing 1/32 at FG
Jan. 22, Nitrous 49:00 Breezing 5/24 at FG
Feb. 10, Nitrous 50:20 Breezing 57/103 at FG
Feb. 17, Nitrous 50:80 Breezing 38/51 at FG

 




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.

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

 

 



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."

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

 

 



OMAHA BEACH (KY)
Trainer: Richard E. Mandella
Owner: Fox Hill Farms, Inc.
Breeder: Charming Syndicate
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): War Front (Danzig, Starry Dreamer)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Charming (Seeking the Gold, Take Charge Lady)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-5-13-0-0 (24) 2.69
Foal Date: April 24, 2016

$625,000 RNA Keeneland September 2017


Never off the board, but never a winner, either, in his first four starts ranging from Sept. 9 to Jan. 4 at Santa Anita and Del Mar.

Nolo Contesto and Omaha Beach were both impressive when the former won a maiden special weight his second time out at Santa Anita on Jan. 4. Nolo Contesto 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."

In a seven-furlong maiden special weight at Santa Anita on Feb. 2, Omaha Beach won by nine lengths at 3-5 odds in a blazing 1:21.02 under Flavien Prat on a track rated sloppy. In a bit of symmetry, almost, he was third by one length at the first call and first by three lengths at the second one, getting the first half-mile in an astounding 43.71. One Bad Boy was second. Seven ran. The chart says Omaha Beach "bobbled slightly at the break, stalked early then pressed the pace three deep, took command a half mile out, kicked clear nearing the turn, angled to the inside on the turn, was pushed along to widen leaving the turn and into the stretch and drew off under a left handed crack of the whip a furlong out and an energetic hand ride then steady handling late."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 14, Omaha Beach 49:00 Handily dirt training 3/12 at SA
Jan. 21, Omaha Beach 47:00 Handily 1/85 at SA
Jan. 27, Omaha Beach 59:60 Handily 2/94 at SA
Feb. 18, Omaha Beach 47:00 Handily 2/55 at SA

 

 

 


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

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


NEXT RACE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 22, Our Braintrust 49:00 Breezing 3/6 at CTC
Jan. 26, Our Braintrust 48:80 Breezing 5/13 at CTC

 

 

 

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


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."

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




 

 



OVERDELIVER (KY)
Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher
Owner: Repole Stable
Breeder: Pegasus Stud, LLC
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Overanalyze (Dixie Union, Unacloud)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Social Scene (Tabasco Cat, Jump with Joy)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-1-1-0-0 (4) 7.00
Foal Date: Feb.19, 2016

$22,000 RNA Keeneland November 2016
$100,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:

He debuted at Gulfstream Park West on Dec. 23 in a six-furlong maiden special weight and delivered the goods timed in 1:10.80 under John Velazquez. He won by two lengths over Bodexpress, ridden by Luis Saez. Only six ran. The chart says he "broke in at start and hustled up making some slight contact with Jamming Eddy in opening stages, forwardly placed racing just off Bodexpress in backstretch, edged up to vie for lead racing outside of rival in the turn, continued to battle into upper stretch then edged foe at furlong marker, drifted inside bit greenly, encouraged once left handed, straightened out and kept clear."

On Jan. 19, Win Win Win, the 8-5 second choice, took the seven-furlong Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs from eight lengths off the early pace under Julian Pimentel in a sizzling 1:20.89, a new track record. It was 7 1/4 lengths back to second finisher Overdeliver, who fought for the lead and who came again again on the turn and into the stretch under Feargal Lynch before faltering. Favored Cave Run, off at 7-5, was another three lengths back in third. War Bridle was fourth. Gladiator King, who broke through the gate prematurely, was reloaded and set a contested the pace of 22.10 and 44.52 before fading to fifth and last.

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 12, Overdeliver 48:54 Breezing 2/25 at PBD
Feb. 9, Overdeliver 50:20 Breezing 11/13 at PBD
Feb. 16, Overdeliver 48:97 Breezing 11/22 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."

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

 

 



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

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

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

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

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

 

 

 

ROADSTER (KY)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Owner: Speedway Stable LLC
Breeder: Stone Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Quality Road (Elusive Quality, Kobla)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Ghost Dancing (Silver Ghost, Ransom Dance)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-2-10-0-0 (18) 2.60
Foal Date: April 23, 2016

$525,000 Keeneland September 2017


In his career debut, Roadster broke his maiden by 4 1/4 lengths at 4-5 odds at Del Mar on July 29, gaining much attention.

The 3-5 favorite in the ensuing Del Mar Futurity, he finished third behind winner and stable mate Game Winner. He was said to have displaced his soft palate, and surgery was performed. He didn't race again in 2018.

Dec. 20 NOTE: Roadster put in workouts Nov. 28 and Dec. 4, 10 and 19.

Dec. 22 NOTE: Trainer Baffert told DRF Roadster should be ready in January.

Jan. 8 NOTE: No workouts since Dec. 19.

Jan. 21 NOTE: He has had quarter cracks in multiple hooves, per report.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 30, Roadster 49:80 Handily 44/77 at SA
Feb. 10, Roadster 1:02.00 Handily 26/35 at SA
Feb. 17, Roadster 1.10:60 Handily gate 1/18 at SA

 

 


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


NEXT RACE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Roiland 59.40 Breezing 1/77 at FG
Jan. 12, Roiland 1:00.60 Breezing 3/77 at FG
Jan. 28, Roiland 37:20 Breezing 5/5 at FG
Feb. 3, Roiland 1.00:20 Breezing 4/51 at FG
Feb. 9, Roiland 48:20 Breezing 10/135 at FG

 

 

 

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


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

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

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


 

 




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

$800,000 OBS April 2018


NEXT RACE:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 25, Seismic Jolt 1.02:58 Breezing good 25/34 at GP

 

 

 

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."

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

 


 


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

$90,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October 2017

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE: Crescent City Derby at Fair Grounds on March 23

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

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

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 28, Shang 1.01:80 Breezing 14/35 at FG
Feb. 4, Shang 51:00 Breezing 18/19 at FG

 

 

 

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.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 7, Sir Winston 49.40 Breezing 1/2 at CTC
Jan. 19, Sir Winston 1:02.80 Breezing 2/6 at CTC
Jan. 26, Sir Winston 49.70 Breezing 11/13 at CTC

 

 

 

SIX SHOOTER (KY)
Trainer: Paul E. Holthus
Owner: Dundalk 5 LLC, N P H Stable & Wes Herek
Breeder: Craig D. Upham
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Trappe Shot (Tapit, Shopping)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Academy Road (Lemon Drop Kid, Poetically (CAN))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-5-8-2-0 (18) 2.00
Foal Date: April 21, 2016

A gelding

NEXT RACE:

He broke his maiden in his third start, which was in a six-furlong maiden special weight at Indiana Grand on Oct. 17 when he beat 11 others, including the second finisher by 6 3/4 lengths, in a time of 1:10.38.

After finishing third to Hog Creek Hustle and Classy John on Nov. 10 at Churchill Downs in a seven-furlong allowance optional claimer, he won a one-mile allowance race at Churchill on Nov. 25 when Ricardo Santana, Jr. rode a stalking trip that resulted in a time of 1:36.89. Second finisher Pole Setter, who was DQ'd to third, was 2 3/4 lengths in arrears at the wire. Go Away was moved up to second.

He was a disappointing 11th in the Springboard Mile at Remington Park on Dec. 16.

Jan. 3 NOTE: Trainer Holthus told DRF, “He had a really rough trip in the race at Remington. Nothing went his way. He got away a little funky, was bothered in the first turn, was rushed up, then was sawed off at the eighth pole. It wasn’t his day. He’s trained really, really well since.”

He rebounded to win the 7 1/2 furlong Big Drama Stakes at Delta Downs on Jan. 5 in a not-real-fast 1:35.03.

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

Feb. 3 NOTE: Trainer Holthus said, “He ran a good race. Kind of got sucked back around the turn a little bit. Was in a little tight quarters and sucked back out of there and probably lost a couple of lengths when he first turned up the backside. Then he made a run down the lane and I thought he was at least finishing. Looking like more ground wouldn’t hurt him.”

Feb. 9 NOTE: Six Shooter will add blinkers in the Southwest. Trainer Holthus said, “The last time he ran, he was up in between horses and sucked back out of there when he turned up the backside. After talking to Stewart, we both thought that if he hadn’t done that, it might have made a difference in the race. If he would have been two lengths closer, it would have been two lengths less he would have had to make up. I don’t see any reason not to put them on him, really. He’s kind of a light made horse, that’s why I like to breeze him a little farther out. I just felt like a week was too close for him. I didn’t know if we’d get to train today, so I’m glad they finally opened it up and let us train for a half-hour yesterday.”

In the 1 1/16-mile Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 18, Super Steed won at 62-1, Sueno was second at 7-1, Long Range Toddy was third at 7-1 and Six Shooter with blinkers added was fourth at 28-1. The result: a one dollar superfecta payoff of $26,749.70 -- if anyone had it. The early pace was set alternately by Gray Attempt and Jersey Agenda in 23.43, 47.63 and 1:12.73. Super Steed and Terry Thompson were back in ninth of 11 after the first half-mile, rallied on the far turn, surged to the lead in upper stretch, had a three-length lead at the furlong marker, and defeated Sueno by 3/4 length in a time of 1:44.04. Sueno and Corey Lanerie stayed mid-pack the first half, was actually eighth after six furlongs but only two lengths back, and rallied down the stretch. Long Range Toddy and Richard Eramia broke from post 10 but got into contention early and stayed in contention to get third, beaten two lengths. Six Shooter and Stewart Elliott were last but only 4 1/2 lengths off the pace after the first half-mile and lost by 3 1/4 lengths.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 17, Six Shooter 1:01.80 Breezing 9/53 at OP
Feb. 8, Six Shooter 59:80 Breezing muddy 1/2 at OP

 

 

 

SKYWIRE (ON)
Trainer: Mark Casse
Owner: Gary Barber & Lucio Tucci
Breeder: William D. Graham
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Afleet Alex (Northern Afleet, Maggy Hawk)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Meandering Stream (CAN) (Gone West, Classic Slew (CAN))
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 7-5-13-0-1 (26) 2.47
Foal Date: Feb. 20, 2016

$47,000 Keeneland January 2017
$45,000 Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic 2018


On Dec. 9 at Woodbine, Skywire won at first asking sprinting on the synthetic. After  a bump at the start, he and Rafael Hernandez found themselves eighth at the first call, over six lengths off a pace of 22.24. Five wide on the turn, he closed into a half gone in 45.02 and got up on the inside to win by 3/4 length in a time of 1:10.42. Propensity was second, and it was another 3 3/4 lengths back to Keon.

Skywire's next race was on Feb. 13 at Gulfstream Park, his first time at two turns, and he won again. Ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. at 3-1 odds, after hitting the gate he was away fifth of six. At the end of the race, he cleared the second finisher, Art G Is Back, who was ridden by John Velazquez, by six lengths in a time of 1:45.79. The third finisher was beaten 11 1/2 lengths, and 8-5 favorite Sambacer was fourth.  The chart says "he hit the left side of the gate and came out slowly, recovered to striking range saving ground on the first turn, moved out three wide to go after the leaders approaching the midway point of the far turn, took over under a drive past the quarter-pole, shied out from left-hand pressure entering the finalfurlong  and continued  to  widen  under  pressure. "

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 6, Skywire 1:02.40 Breezing 3/9 at PMM
Jan. 14, Skywire 1:00.35 Breezing turf 6/19 at PMM
Jan. 20, Skywire 1:01.65 Breezing 1/7 at PMM
Jan. 29, Skywire 1:00.90 Breezing 5/34 at PMM
Feb. 5, Skywire 50.65 Breezing 44/53 at PMM

 




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.

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

 

 

 

SOLDADO (VA)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: A 1 A Racing
Breeder: Jim FitzGerald & Katie FitzGerald
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Verrazano (More Than Ready, Enchanted Rock)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Trishas Even (CAN) (Even the Score, Trisha Brown)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-1-8-0-0 (12) 2.00
Foal Date: May 7, 2016

$80,000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Turf Showcase 2017
$8,000 (not a typo) Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic 2018


Soldado debuted with a win in a maiden special weight on Feb. 2 at Gulfstream Park, going six furlongs in 1:10.13 with Luis Saez aboard. Nine others ran. He recovered from a bump at the start. After being five lengths off the pace after the first quarter-mile, he steadily advanced. Still a half-length off the lead with a furlong left and the five furlongs gone in 57.54, he won by 2 3/4 lengths.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 6, Soldado 49.71 Breezing gate 6/23 at PBD
Jan. 13, Soldado 1:01.52 Breezing 1/6 at PBD
Jan. 20, Soldado 48.33 Breezing gate 3/17 at PBD
Jan. 28, Soldado 1:01.40 Breezing 4/8 at PBD
Feb. 17, Soldado 49:42 Breezing 4/22 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: Jeff Ruby Steaks on March 9

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.”

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

 

 

 


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

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.”

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

 

 




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

$20,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:


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

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

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

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 2, Spectacular Gem 1:01.00 Breezing 1/12 at FG
Jan. 24, Spectacular Gem 48:80 Breezing 5/22 at FG
Feb. 14, Spectacular Gem 49:40 Breezing 23/62 at FG


 

 



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."

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



 



SUENO (KY)
Trainer: Keith Desormeaux
Owner: Silverton Hill LLC
Breeder: Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Atreides (Medaglia d'Oro, Dream Rush)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Class Above (Quiet American, Rainbow Promise)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 5-7-5-1-0 (18) 4.14
Foal Date: April 5, 2016

$1,500 Keeneland November 2016
$61,000 Keeneland September 2017

 

NEXT RACE:

Sueno broke his maiden in his second start in an $80,000 claiming race going 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt at Del Mar on Aug. 24. Ten ran. Diego Sanchez was up at 24-1 odds.

At 6-1 odds, he won the black type, one-mile Gold Rush Stakes on synthetic at Golden Gate Fields on Dec. 1, timed in 1:38.28 with a margin of 1 1/2 length over second finisher The Creep, who was a half-length in front of Mayor Cobb. Nine ran. Abel Cedillo was up. He was fourth, 2 1/2 lengths off a pace of 47.22 after the first half-mile. The chart says he "chased the leader to the half, pushed up to rally three wide on the second turn, took over in mid stretch and held driving."

Jan. 4 NOTE: Trainer Desormeaux said ahead of the Sham Stakes, “I don’t know if Exaggerator and Texas Red were up against the likes of Coliseum when they won, but he (Coliseum) only has one start, so maybe we can do some damage. Sueno (is doing great and) has come around like a real class horse should. He’s been developing and seems to accept the extra work we’ve put on him in order to participate in races like the Sham, so it’s just a matter of if he’s fast enough, and there’s only one way to find out."

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.

Sueno's chart call says he "came off the rail into the first turn, stalked three deep, came out into the stretch, bid between foes in deep stretch, drifted in some while putting a head in front late but could not hold off the winner."

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

Feb. 16 NOTE: Trainer Desormeaux said, “Honestly, just the way it worked out. It seemed like good timing for us. I didn’t want to run him back after the Sham in four weeks in the Bob Lewis, which is the next race at Santa Anita in their series. I’d love to set him up for the Santa Anita Derby, so as you can see we have big aspirations for him. If you’re thinking at that level with these horses, in my mind at least, shipping is good for them, running on a different surface is good for them, just to give them experience and tighten them up a bit. My goal off of this race is to come back in the Santa Anita Derby. Things can change, but that’s the plan. Obviously, my judge of talent was suspect in the fact that I ran this horse for (a $62,500 tag) first time out. Part of that is because he is by a kind of an under-the-radar first-year sire. Not a big price as a yearling. The horse is totally built and has that mentality for distance, so he was not showing his cards early in the summer. That’s why I got away running him like I did.”

In the 1 1/16-mile Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 18, Super Steed won at 62-1, Sueno was second at 7-1, Long Range Toddy was third at 7-1 and Six Shooter with blinkers added was fourth at 28-1. The result: a one dollar superfecta payoff of $26,749.70 -- if anyone had it. The early pace was set alternately by Gray Attempt and Jersey Agenda in 23.43, 47.63 and 1:12.73. Super Steed and Terry Thompson were back in ninth of 11 after the first half-mile, rallied on the far turn, surged to the lead in upper stretch, had a three-length lead at the furlong marker, and defeated Sueno by 3/4 length in a time of 1:44.04. Sueno and Corey Lanerie stayed mid-pack the first half, was actually eighth after six furlongs but only two lengths back, and rallied down the stretch. Long Range Toddy and Richard Eramia broke from post 10 but got into contention early and stayed in contention to get third, beaten two lengths. Six Shooter and Stewart Elliott were last but only 4 1/2 lengths off the pace after the first half-mile and lost by 3 1/4 lengths.

Keith Desormeaux: “Great race. It would have nice to get through earlier. This horse is as legit as they come. We are very thankful to have him in our stable.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 19, Sueno 48:60 Handily 31/47 at SA
Jan. 26, Sueno 59:60 Handily 5/46 at SA
Feb. 9, Sueno 1.15:00 Handily 2/2 at SA

 

 

 

SUPER STEED (KY)
Trainer: Larry Jones
Owner: Michael Pressley & Steed Jackson
Breeder: Mike Pressley
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Super Saver (Maria's Mon, Supercharger)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Totally Tucker (Elusive Quality, Champagne Royale)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-5-8-0-0 (16) 3.00
Foal Date: Feb. 29, 2016

A rare Feb. 29 foal date


NEXT RACE: Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 16


This colt was narrowly defeated at first asking at the Keeneland Fall Meeting, then as a maiden he was put in running 6 1/2 furlongs against winners in a November optional claiming allowance race at Churchill Downs. The result was a six-length win over Boldor, the colt who edged him on debut.

Dec. 21 NOTE: Trainer Jones said ahead of the Sugar Bowl, “I think he’s a nice horse. He acts like it, and I think that he’ll get better going longer. That was kind of our debate here, whether I’d run him in the Springboard Mile at Remington or here, but I needed the extra week resting up after all the shipping, so we decided to come here. He’s going well, and I think we have a good horse.”

On Dec. 22 in the six-furlong Sugar Bowl Stakes at Fair Grounds, Super Steed finished fourth behind Gray Attempt, Manny Wah and Hog Creek Hustle. He was eighth of eight and 5 3/4 lengths off the pace in the early going, and he was beaten seven lengths to a pretty good time of 1:10.45, so he lost ground after the first quarter-mile pace of 22.23. The charts says he "showed no early speed, raced three-wide through the turn, angled out further into the stretch and finished with some late run."

Jan. 16 NOTE: Trainer Jones said,  “It was a really good work (on Monday). And, Terry said he just had his ears up the whole way. He said at the eighth pole that he just kind of picked it up on his own. He said he finished up good. We were real happy.”

Jan. 23 NOTE: Trainer Jones said Super Steed was “puny” before the Sugar Bowl, but “He’s doing good."

In the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 25, Super Steed disappointed. He was seventh of eight most of the way and finished seventh, beaten 7 1/4 lengths by the front-running Gray Attempt and a time of 1:36.94.

Feb. 13 NOTE: Following today's workout, trainer Jones said Terry Thompson will have the mount in the Southweset. “Everything went well/ We’re going to try again and see if we can pick up off that first day.”

In the 1 1/16-mile Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 18, Super Steed won at 62-1, Sueno was second at 7-1, Long Range Toddy was third at 7-1 and Six Shooter with blinkers added was fourth at 28-1. The result: a one dollar superfecta payoff of $26,749.70 -- if anyone had it. The early pace was set alternately by Gray Attempt and Jersey Agenda in 23.43, 47.63 and 1:12.73. Super Steed and Terry Thompson were back in ninth of 11 after the first half-mile, rallied on the far turn, surged to the lead in upper stretch, had a three-length lead at the furlong marker, and defeated Sueno by 3/4 length in a time of 1:44.04. Sueno and Corey Lanerie stayed mid-pack the first half, was actually eighth after six furlongs but only two lengths back, and rallied down the stretch. Long Range Toddy and Richard Eramia broke from post 10 but got into contention early and stayed in contention to get third, beaten two lengths. Six Shooter and Stewart Elliott were last but only 4 1/2 lengths off the pace after the first half-mile and lost by 3 1/4 lengths.

Larry Jones: “He’s a nice horse. He got sick going into the Fair Grounds race (Sugar Bowl). It wasn’t serious, but you could tell he didn’t feel well. And, in the Smarty Jones they ran a Merry Go Round race. Terry did a good job. He had him in a good spot. This is very good. It’s been a while since Terry and I have been in this position. This is wonderful.”

Terry Thompson: “He ran just a beautiful race. He wasn’t as aggressive. The other day (in the Smarty Jones), he got shuffled back, but he was aggressive. Today everything was in flow. It worked out perfect. Larry said wherever we were, make sure he gets the lead heading into stretch. He has a big heart.”

Feb. 20 NOTE: Trainer Jones talked about Super Steed and tried to explain his last-race rise in performance, “Right now, everything is about normal. You always worry after he had two subpar performances. We knew that he wasn’t feeling well when we got to Louisiana, but he needed experience. He wasn’t sick, he just didn’t feel good. It didn’t look like afterward that it hurt him any, so I am glad we did go ahead and do it. Then over here on Smarty Jones Day, it was merry-go-round racing all day long. We were hoping that it was track bias. We didn’t get beat bad. I hadn’t lost any confidence in him, but it’s one of those deals where you couldn’t sell the idea that, boy, we’re going to be tough in the Southwest.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 14, Super Steed 1.00:80 Breezing 4/91 at OP
Feb. 13, Super Steed 1.01:80 Breezing 8/52 at OP


 

 

 

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

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


NEXT RACE:

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

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

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

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

 

 

 

TACITUS (KY)
Trainer: Bill Mott
Owner: Juddmonte Farms, Inc.
Breeder: Juddmonte Farms, Inc.
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Tapit (Pulpit, Tap Your Heels)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Close Hatches (First Defence, Rising Tornado)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-10-11-1-0 (28) 3.31
Foal Date: Feb. 21, 2016


His debut came at Belmont Park on Oct. 4, and he finished a good fourth to King for a Day, Felix the Fox and Kentucky Wildcat, beaten 2 1/2 lengths. There were mere heads separating the two-three-four finishers. With Jose Ortiz up, Tacitus stayed within 1 1/2 length of the lead into the stretch after going three wide on the turn, but he lost a length thereafter. Eight ran.

Tacitus broke his maiden in his second and final start of the year, a Nov. 10 one-mile maiden race at Aqueduct. The track was rated good. He got up to win by a neck over Erlich in 1:38.69 at 3/5 odds, once again ridden by Ortiz, after rating a couple of lengths behind splits of 23.45 and 46.91 set by Skyline Surprise. The third finisher, Motagally, was beaten 3 1/4 lengths. Seven ran.

Jan. 28 NOTE: On Jan. 27, trainer Mott told TDN: "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."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 6, Tacitus 38.60 Breezing 8/12 at PAY
Jan. 13, Tacitus 36.60 Breezing 1/2 at PAY
Jan. 21, Tacitus 50.20 Breezing 6/23 at PAY
Jan. 29, Tacitus 1.03:40 Breezing 6/12 at PAY
Feb. 9, Tacitus 49:40 Breezing 3/24 at PAY
Feb. 15, Tacitus 50:00 Breezing 10/26 at PAY



 



TAX (KY)
Trainer: Danny Gargan
Owner: Hugh Lynch, Corms Racing Stable (Lucas Stritsman), Dean Reeves & Raymond Hill III
Breeder: Claiborne Farm & Adele B. Dilschneider
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Arch (Kris S, Aurora)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Toll (Giant's Causeway, Yell)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 3-5-23-1-0 (32) 1.56
Foal Date: April 20, 2016

A gelding.


NEXT RACE:

On Oct. 21 at Keeneland, Tax broke his maiden in his second start, running for $50,000 in a claiming race, winning at 1 1/16 mile by 2-1 odds by two lengths under Brian Hernandez, Jr.  Seven ran. The time was 1:45. 25. In the early going, Tax attended the pace set by Clipboard Money, a couple of lengths behind 23.96, 48.16 and 1:12.57. That one stayed on to finish second. Tax was claimed by Hugh Lynch.

In Aqueduct's Dec. 1 Remsen Stakes at 1 1/8 mile, 7-5 second choice Maximus Mischief won by 2 1/4 lengths under Frankie Pennington with Network Effect taking second with a late effort. After breaking sharply, Maximus Mischief dueled outside Gladiator King through a quarter-mile in 25.12, then gained an edge over that one while fending off Tax from his outside, posting a half-mile mark of 50.67. Tax was still there coming out of the final turn afterf six furlongs in 1:14.60, but Maximus Mischief responded to Pennington's left-handed encouragement and opened up his lead before hitting the furlong marker in 1:38.48 and the wire in a final time of 1:51.34. Network Effect was second by a half-length over Tax. The fourth-place finisher, another 6 1/4 lengths back, was Bourbon War, who was last but only four lengths off the pace after the first half-mile. More than 10 lengths further in arrears were Jungle Warrior, Gladiator King and Chinomado, in that order.

Jan. 16 NOTE: Assistant trainer Rolando Quevedo reportedly told trainer Gargan, "This is the best work he has ever had. He’s getting better and better and stronger.” This was reported at DRF.com. Quevedo was aboard for the workout.

Jan. 24 NOTE: "He's a well-bred horse and bred to run long. He'd only run the one race going short (before we claimed him), and I didn't expect him to be a sprinter. He's a big, strong horse. On replays, he looked like a good mover, so we took a shot on him. When we claimed him, we thought he would be a real good grass horse, but when we started working him on the dirt, he worked really well. So, we decided to give him a shot in the Remsen (when he finished third to Maximus Mischief). The effort is a little better than it looks because we went after the winner. We tried to win the race, and if we would have tried to be second, we could have been second. On the turn, we went after the horse that was in front. That was our game plan, to see if we could eyeball him and beat him. Obviously, he's a really nice horse and a little more seasoned than our horse. We were aggressive, and I like being aggressive in a race. We might work him again on Friday, depending on the weather, if not, he'll go Saturday. I think he got a lot out of his last race, and he's doing really well right now."

Jan. 31 NOTE: Trainer Gargan said, "He's bred to run all day, he's a well-bred horse. Last time, we kind of chased the pace a little bit. This time, there should be enough pace in the race where we'll be able to sit off of it. Hopefully, we finish a little better. If we can get an effort like last time, we think we'll be all right."

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.

Danny Gargan: "He ran really good today. I think down the backside, he got a really good education. Junior said he was really impressed with him. He said he kind of got stuck down in there and clipped heels a couple of times. I'm happy with the fact that he learned and got in there and got an education. We're going to get into bigger fields as this goes down the road further. As far as our next spot, we'll look at the Tampa Bay Derby, also the Jeff Ruby at Turfway Park. Somewhere like that, a two-turn race. I don't want to back him up, the Gotham is a one-turn mile and I think that's a sprinter's race. So, we'll probably come out of this race and go somewhere like that and probably come back here for the Wood. He's definitely going to run between now and the last prep so I can get three races in if we get lucky enough to get to the Derby."

Junior Alvarado: "I was hoping the hole would open up, and I got lucky and got through. He responded right away when we got the space, it was just enough for him. When we got to the lead at the sixteenth pole he started waiting again for the horses. He's a big guy, but mentally he's not 100 percent in the game yet. He's still learning and today was a great learning experience for him. We had the inside post and he stumbled out of the gate a little bit. I had to help him get into a good position. It wasn't going as smooth as I wanted it to, but he's such a nice horse that he overcame all that. He wouldn't have any problem going a mile and a quarter. The company will definitely be tougher, he'll have to step up his game, but I think he still has more there."

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."

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 7, Tax 48:77 Breezing training track11/86 at BEL
Jan. 16, Tax 49:23 Breezing training track 11/35 at BEL
Jan. 25, Tax 50:00 Breezing training track 21/51 at BEL


 

 

 

TONE BROKE (ON)
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Owner: L and N Racing LLC
Breeder: Sean Fitzhenry
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Broken Vow (Unbridled, Wedding Vow)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Mendocino Beano (CAN) (Smart Strike (CAN), Trishyde Slew)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 13-10-17-2-2 (44) 2.52
Foal Date: April 1, 2016

$40,000 Keeneland September 2017


NEXT RACE:

He won twice from five starts as a juvenile.

Off the board in two starts at Indiana Grand and Remington Park, he broke his maiden in his third start, a one-mile maiden special weight at Remington on Sept. 26 -- by 15 1/4 lengths at 1-2 odds under David Cabrera. He pressed the early pace of 24.35 and 49.02, was on even terms with the leader after six furlongs in 1:14.96, and finished in 1:39.85. Ten ran.

He won next time out, too, again at Remington with Cabrera up, in a one-mile allowance optional claimer. At 4-1 odds, he defeated 2-5 favorite Kaziranga by 1 3/4 length in a time of 1:39.77 after sitting sixth of seven early, about three lengths off the pace. The chart says he "was unhurried early then rallied four wide on the far turn, was in a long drive and proved best in the end."

In his stakes debut, the Springboard Mile at Remington on Dec. 16, Tone Broke finished strongly. Away from the gate slowly, he found himself 10th of 11 with half the race remaining. Six-wide turning for home and losing ground, he closed willingly and ultimately checked in fourth by 31/4 lengths. Stable mate Long Range Toddy won the race, which was a cavalry charge at the furlong marker.

Jan. 15 NOTE: Tone Broke has arrived in Dubai and was in training on the track at Meydan this morning under exercise rider Carlos Rosas. Local report says Tone Broke carries a lot of size to him and appears to be growing into a substantial frame. Michael Levinson, Racing Manager and part-owner of L & N Racing, said, "He has really turned it on the last two months. He started out a little slow, but he is such a big, tall horse, he just needed a few races to get his feet under him. We think he will love the Dubai setup. Our plan is to run him in the UAE 2000 Guineas on Feb. 7 over a mile and see how he does before deciding what to do next. We’ve always wanted to run in a race in Dubai. From what we have heard, there is no better racing event in the world (than World Cup night). We would like to thank everyone at Meydan for giving us the chance to send a horse over to run in the Carnival. We’re looking forward to the race on the 7th and hopefully he’ll be in the UAE Derby in March, but we are just taking it one race at a time.”

In the 1 3/16-mile Al Bastakiya Trial at Meydan on Jan. 24, Tone Broke and his groom were recognized for the "best turned-out" horse before the race, but then Tone Broke, ridden by Jim Crowley, didn't run well at all and finished sixth of 14, beaten 20 3/4 lengths. Manguzi won in 1:59.59.

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 6, Tone Broke 1:01.80 Breezing 24/69 at FG

 

 

 

TOPPER T (IA)
Trainer: Bill Mott
Owner: Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable & Pantofel Stable
Breeder: Blackoak Farm
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Bellamy Road (Concerto, Hurry Home Hillary)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Des Moines (Evansville Slew, Sarouka)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 2-4-4-2-0 (12) 2.00
Foal Date: April 18, 2016

NOT EARLY-NOMINATED TO THE TRIPLE CROWN

NEXT RACE:

He began his career at Prairie Meadows, where he raced four times. He won third time out, and in his next start won the Iowa Cradle Stakes, a restricted sprint going six furlongs, on August 11. His time was a solid 1:10.31 with C. J. McMahon up. He opened up early and led throughout, prevailing by 3 1/2 lengths.

At Canterbury Park on Sept. 15, he ran second in the Shakopee Juvenile Stakes, beaten a nose by favored Mr. Banjoman and a time of 1:10.27. He was almost five lengths behind with a furlong left in the race and just missed. He was "forced to shift outside the winner nearing the wire."

He concluded his 2018 campaign by finishing well off the board in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the Kentucky Jockey Club, both going two turns at Churchill Downs. He finished eighth in both races, sent off at 52-1 in the Juvenile and 45-1 in the Jockey Club.

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 1, Topper T 48.00 Breezing 1/1 at PAY
Jan. 8, Topper T 1:01.00 Breezing 1/5 at PAY
Jan. 17, Topper T 48.80 Breezing 2/9 at PAY
Jan. 29, Topper T 35.40 Breezing 1/25 at PAY
Feb. 15, Topper T 49:60 Breezing 5/26 at PAY

 

 

 

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

$42,000 OBS April 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan. 29 NOTE: Nominated to the UAE Derby.

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

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

 

 

 


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: Tampa Bay Derby

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."

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

 

 



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: Mind That Bird Derby at Sunland Park on Feb. 24. Race 9, 6:18 ET

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.”

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 OP


 

 



WIN WIN WIN (FL)
Trainer: Mike Trombetta
Owner: Live Oak Plantation
Breeder: Live Oak Plantation
Sire (Sire’s Sire, Dam): Hat Trick (JPN) (Sunday Silence, Tricky Code)
Dam (Dam’s Sire, Dam): Miss Smarty Pants (Smarty Jones, Devotion Unbridled)
Dosage Profile (Points) Index: 6-8-8-0-0 (22) 4.50
Foal Date: March 20, 2016


NEXT RACE: STampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs on March 9

He broke his maiden at first asking sprinting at Laurel Park on Nov. 3. Always prominent at 5-1 odds, he wore down 24-1 pacesetter Gran City and edged Jabbar by a half-length, timed in 1:04.61. Another 4 3/4 lengths back in third was Outofthepark, the 6-5 favorite.

On Dec. 7 at Laurel Park, Win Win Win followed up that November maiden victory with another impressive performance, approaching a track record in an entry level optional claiming allowance race. Under Julian Pimentel at 2-5 odds, Win Win Win sat off pacesetter Lady’s Weekend for a quarter-mile before taking over the top spot on the far turn and opening up once straightened for home to win by 6 1/2 lengths in 1:02.30 for 5 1/2 furlongs. The final time was a tenth of a second off the Laurel course record of 1:02.20 set by 6-year-old Siralfredthegreat on Oct. 6.

The seven-furlong Heft Stakes at Laurel on Dec. 29 was next, and even-money favorite Win Win Win finished second to 5-2 third choice Alwaysmining by 1 1/2 length after breaking poorly and sitting over 10 lengths off the pace with a quarter-mile in the book. The race was timed in 1:22.60. 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."

Win Win Win, the 8-5 second choice, took the seven-furlong Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 19 from eight lengths off a fast early pace under Julian Pimentel in a sizzling 1:20.89, a new track record. It was 7 1/4 lengths back to second finisher Overdeliver, who fought for the lead and who came again again on the turn and into the stretch under Feargal Lynch before faltering. Favored Cave Run, off at 7-5, was another three lengths back in third. War Bridle was fourth. Gladiator King, who broke through the gate prematurely, was reloaded and set a contested the pace of 22.10 and 44.52 before fading to fifth and last.

Mike Trombetta:  “We’ve always liked this guy, and we’re very happy with him. They left the two inside horses in there while they were chasing the loose horse, and I think he might have fallen asleep in there. He broke flat-footed, but Julian knows him really well. He had a nice little pace to run at, and he showed what he can do.”

Julian Pimentel: “I didn’t panic, because he did the same thing last time. He’s very quick, so I just took my time and let him do his thing. I had so much horse and when I asked him to run, he took off.”

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 12, Win Win Win 50:00 Breezing synthetic 5/15 at FAI
Feb. 2, Win Win Win 51:80 Breezing 60/64 at TAM
Feb. 9, Win Win Win 1.02:60 Breezing 16/29 at TAM
Feb. 16, Win Win Win 1.13:40 Breezing 1/3 at TAM

 

 

 


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

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


NEXT RACE: 

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

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

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

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

WORKOUTS SINCE JANUARY 1

Jan. 5, Zenden 1.02:95 Breezing 32/44 at GP
Jan. 12, Zenden 1.01:59 Breezing 15/51 at GP
Jan. 25, Zenden 1.01:90 Breezing good 13/34 at GP

 

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