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Rosario slated to return Oct. 12

September 24th, 2013

By J.J. Hysell

Ron Anderson, agent for jockey Joel Rosario, reported via Twitter Tuesday afternoon that the rider is slated to return on Oct. 12.

Rosario was injured on Aug. 23 at Saratoga when he fell from his mount Casual Elegance after the finish of the seventh race. He was diagnosed with a fractured bone in his left foot. Casual Elegance reportedly was not injured in the incident.

Rosario will ride at Belmont and will take assignments at Keeneland as well.

Havana, Honor Code work at Belmont

September 23rd, 2013

By J.J. Hysell

Top 2-year-olds Havana and Honor Code worked Monday morning at Belmont Park.

Havana, an impressive maiden winner by Dunkirk trained by Todd Pletcher, worked five furlongs in 1:00.85. It was the top work of 17 at that distance. Havana is on track for the Champagne on Oct. 5 at Belmont.

Honor Code, a sharp debut winner by A.P. Indy for Shug McGaughey, went five furlongs in 1:01.54. Jockey John Velazquez was aboard. Honor Code is also being pointed to the Champagne.

 

 

Teardrop, Ride on Curlin return to work tab

September 23rd, 2013

By J.J. Hysell

Teardrop and Rosie Napravnik

Teardrop and Rosie Napravnik

Several prominent 2-year-olds recently returned to the work tab.

Teardrop posted her first work since finishing seventh in the Debutante Stakes on June 22. The Steve Asmussen trainee went four furlongs in :50.00 on the Churchill main track.

Ride on Curlin returned to the track Sunday for the first time since finishing fourth as the favorite in the Iroquois Stakes on Sept. 7. The Billy Gowan trainee went five furlongs in 1:01.00 at the Churchill Training Center.

Two additional juveniles from the Asmussen barn posted works on Monday. Untapable, the Pocahontas victor who is undefeated in two starts, went five furlongs in 1:01.80. The filly worked together with Tapiture, who was third in the Iroquois Stakes.

Untapable is headed to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies while Tapiture will drop back to a maiden race, according to the Churchill Downs press notes.

 

 

 

Rick Pitino-owned Avare wins the Pomona Derby

September 21st, 2013

By J.J. Hysell

Avare, owned by a partnership of University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino’s RAP Racing and Westside Rentals, won the $50,000 Pomona Derby on Saturday’s Barretts at Fairplex card.

Rick Pitino

Rick Pitino

Avare snatched the early lead and never relinquished it in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds. The Doug O’Neill-trained gelding, by Johannesburg, was piloted by Saul Arias and finished in 1:44.66.

Those playing the Cardinal hunch were rewarded handsomely as Avare paid $21.80, $7.80 and $3.80. Favorite Tree of Life was second and Curly Top was third.

Avare landed on the racing radar with his win in the Eddie Logan Stakes in December. After a couple of disappointing stakes performances, he returned to California and his form gradually improved.  Prior to his Pomona Derby victory, Avare won an allowance on turf at Golden Gate.

 

 

 

 

Uncaptured to make next start in Indiana Derby

September 21st, 2013

Uncaptured, third in the Smarty Jones in his last start, will race next in the Grade 2 Indiana Derby on Oct. 5, said assistant trainer Norman Casse.

Uncaptured has finished in the top three in three races since returning to dirt in June.

Uncaptured has finished in the top three in three races since returning to dirt in June.

The race for 3-year-olds is 1 1/16-miles at Indiana Downs.

Uncaptured returned to racing on dirt in June and was second in the Grade 3 Matt Winn at Churchill Downs. He followed up with a win in the Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie before finishing third after breaking from the farthest post in a field of 10 in the Smarty Jones at Parx.

 

Stewart: Golden Soul had tough trip over turf at Kentucky Downs

September 21st, 2013

Kentucky Derby runner-up Golden Soul didn’t appear to take to the turf course at Kentucky Downs in his first start on grass on Sept. 18.

Golden Soul

Golden Soul

The son of Perfect Soul finished ninth in the 1 1/2-mile allowance race won by Comes the Dream.

Trainer Dallas Stewart reports there’s more to the story. According to Churchill Downs notes, Stewart said Golden Soul had a more troubled trip than the replay showed.

“He actually (took) a bad step in the race in mid-turn on the final turn,” Stewart said. “He was pretty sore in his pastern and his foot. We iced him until about one o’clock in morning (after the race) and got him back the next morning and iced him. We’ve iced him two or three times today.

“I don’t think there’s anything major, but I think he might have stepped in a hole or something. Thank God it looks he’s okay right now.”

Golden Soul was dropping from graded stakes company to allowance after finishing eighth in the Grade 1 Travers. Prior to that, the chestnut colt, owned and bred by Charles Fipke, was seventh in the Grade 1 Haskell and ninth in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes.

 

Photo Album: 2-year-old maidens at Churchill Downs

September 21st, 2013

Friday, September 20 was a busy day for 2-year-old maidens at Churchill Downs with two key maiden special weight races.

Kowboy Boots, trained by Dale Romans, kicked up his heels in the paddock prior to race 8. He finished sixth in his second start.

Kowboy Boots, trained by Dale Romans, kicked up his heels in the paddock prior to race 8. He finished sixth in his second start.

 

The vocal Harlan's Special crossed the line first in race 6 but was disqualified to third after an inquiry.

The vocal Harlan’s Special crossed the line first in race 6 but was disqualified to third after an inquiry.

 

Trainer Larry Jones makes an adjustment on first-time starter Cassatt. Cassatt finished third but was moved up to second in race 6 after an inquiry.

Trainer Larry Jones and Cassatt, who finished third but was moved to second in race 6 after an inquiry.

 

 

 

Broadway Zen, trained by Dale Romans with Robby Albarado aboard, was also acting up before race 8. He finished ninth in his debut.

Broadway Zen, trained by Dale Romans with Robby Albarado aboard, was also acting up before race 8. He finished ninth in his debut.

 

A smiling jockey Viktor Schulepov aboard Russian Night, a first-time starter for Gennadi Dorochenko who finished seventh in race 6.

A smiling jockey Viktor Schulepov aboard Russian Night, a first-time starter for Gennadi Dorochenko, who finished seventh in race 6.

 

Clever Beauty and Corey Lanerie were placed first via disqualification of Harlan's Special in race 6.

Clever Beauty and Corey Lanerie were placed first via disqualification of Harlan’s Special in race 6.

 

Rosie Napravnik and the Bret Calhoun-trained Plug Catcher before their win over the sloppy track in race 8.

Rosie Napravnik and the Bret Calhoun-trained Plug Catcher before their win over the sloppy track in race 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 2-year-olds Clenor, Designer Legs set for next starts

September 20th, 2013

Irish-bred Clenor, the Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf Stakes winner who is 2 for 2 on turf since arriving in the U.S., will make her next start at Santa Anita, according to the track’s press notes.

Trainer Doug O’Neill said the daughter of Oratorio will race next in the $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes for 2-year-old fillies going a mile on turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 6.

Clenor worked four furlongs in :50.80 over the Santa Anita turf course with Joe Steiner aboard on Friday.

The Churchill Downs press office reported Adirondack winner Designer Legs, fifth in the Spinaway in her last start, will race next in the Grade 1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 4.

The Louisiana-bred, trained by Dallas Stewart, breezed four furlongs over the Churchill Downs track Thursday in :48.60.

 

Stevens on Mucho Macho Man for Awesome Again

September 20th, 2013

Jockey Gary Stevens will be aboard Mucho Macho Man for the Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 28, according to the Santa Anita press office.

The 5-year-old son of Macho Uno, runner-up to Fort Larned in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Classic, is coming off a third in the Whitney Handicap in his last start. Edgar Prado was aboard in his previous two starts.

Sire Tiz Wonderful’s juveniles making a statement

September 19th, 2013

By J.J. Hysell

Several 2-year-olds by Tiz Wonderful, a second-crop sire, impressed with stellar performances in recent days.

The victories started with Tizmyday, who was making her third start at Penn National on Sept. 12. The Louisiana-bred, trained by Stephanie Beattie, took the early lead and drew off to win by seven lengths in the six-furlong maiden race.

On the same night at Remington Park, Beau Ravelle delivered one of the most impressive performances of a 2-year-old filly of the meet so far. Starting from post 10 in a field of 12, she came from off the pace and took a commanding lead in the stretch to win her debut by 8 1/2-lengths. The Scott Young trainee finished the six furlongs in an impressive 1:09.54.

On Sept. 15, Tizouttasight, a California-bred trained by Craig Dollase, moved his record to two for three with a two-length win in a starter allowance at Barrett’s at Fairplex.

The most recent winner, Give No Quarter, was the most notable. The second-time starter for trainer Graham Motion romped by more than 22 lengths in a front-running, dazzling display at Presque Isle Downs on Sept. 17. The Maryland-bred is half-brother of Go For Wand Stakes winner Tell a Great Story.

Tiz Wonderful, a Kentucky-bred son of Tiznow out of the Hennessy mare Evil, stands at Spendthrift Farm for $12,500.