Minority interest in Ive Struck a Nerve sold
A minority interest in Risen Star winner Ive Struck a Nerve was sold to Paul Braverman, trainer Keith Desormeaux confirmed Thursday.
“I don’t know too much about it, and I don’t know how the word got out so fast,” Desormeaux said. “I haven’t talked to Mr. (Paul) Braverman and I don’t know any of the details, only that a ‘minority’ interest in the horse has been sold by my owner Matt Bryan (of Big Chief Racing).
“The only thing I do know is that I’m still the horse’s trainer, and that’s nice. I’m very appreciative of the fact that the owner or owners have decided to keep me as the trainer. That’s the only way a little guy like me can make it to the big dance.
“The horse is doing fine. He’s getting very fit and we are looking forward to running him back in the Louisiana Derby (March 30).”
A change in plans for Rydilluc?
Trainer Gary Contessa hinted Thursday there could be a change in plans for Palm Beach Stakes winner Rydilluc, but nothing is confirmed at this point.
Contessa tweeted: “I am starting to lean toward the Blue Grass rather than the Spiral, but too soon to say for sure.”
Either race would mark Rydilluc’s first race on a synthetic surface. He has won three straight on turf.
Big field for Rebel
Robert Yates of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Oaklawn racing secretary Pat Pope said 12-16 horses are currently under consideration for the Rebel Stakes on March 16. The field is capped at 14 and will not be split this year, as it was last year.
Some of the Rebel probables include Super Ninety Nine, Always in a Tiz, Delhomme, Big Lute, Titletown Five and Treasury Bill, Oxbow, Will Take Charge, Texas Bling, Capo Bastone and Den’s Legacy.
Dice Flavor back to work
El Camino Real Derby winner Dice Flavor posted his first work since that race on Sunday at Santa Anita.
The son of Scat Daddy went four furlongs on the turf in :51.00. His next start has yet to be announced.
Violence officially retired
Violence, the Fountain of Youth runner-up who suffered a fracture in his right front leg, will not return to racing.
The son of Medaglia d’Oro will stand stud at Hill ‘n Dale Farm. He finishes his career 3 of 4 with earnings of $623,000.