Cleburne, Wry, Richies Party Girl: The Distorted Humor influence

By J.J. Hysell

When scanning through the pedigrees of winners of the juvenile races Saturday night at Churchill Downs, it’s evident the Distorted Humor influence played a key role.

Richies Party Girl, winner by a nose of an allowance race going a mile on turf, is by Any Given Saturday, who is

Richies Party Girl won an allowance on turf

Richies Party Girl won an allowance on turf

by  Distorted Humor. The Wesley Ward runner was tested by runner-up Runway Giant and just held on for the wire-to-wire victory. This is a talented filly who might be at her best sprinting on turf.

Cleburne, longshot winner of the Iroquois Stakes for Dale Romans and Donegal Racing, is a $310,000 Keeneland purchase by the late Dixie Union. The colt is out of Joyful, by Distorted Humor, a mare who collected three wins in her career – one on each surface. As predicted in my In the Money preview, Cleburne looks like a multi-surface talent.

Romans and Donegal had the exacta with Smart Cover, a son of Any Given Saturday – more Distorted Humor influence – and both could be headed to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

“We’ll at least go with the winner, and we might go with both,” Romans said Saturday night.

Jerry Crawford and Cleburne

Jerry Crawford and Cleburne

Wry, a colt by Distorted Humor out of High Heels – a half-sister to On Fire Baby – rebounded from a fourth place debut at Ellis to win at seven furlongs for Gary Hartlage and Anita Cauley.

“He was no cinch or anything like that, but he acts like he’s a good horse,” Hartlage said on Sunday morning in Churchill’s press notes. “He’s going to be okay. We’re thinking pretty big about him.”

It was also a banner night for steady sires Tapit and Harlan’s Holiday.

Untapable, by Tapit and a half-sister to Paddy O’Prado, dueled Stonetastic to win the Pocahontas for Steve Asmussen and Winchell Thoroughbreds.

Harlan’s Holiday boasted two winners on the card: Quip Trip, a 3-year-old who won a maiden claiming race, and Harry’s Holiday, a 2-year-old colt who won his debut in the claiming ranks. Harry’s Holiday was claimed from Steve Asmussen by Mike Maker for Terry Raymond.



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