Sunday, March 22 2009

Barn Notes 3/21

Dunkirk & Quality Road Drill at Palm Meadows

Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Dunkirk and Edward P. Evans’ Quality Road, the two likely favorites for next Saturday’s $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park, posted impressive workouts on a fast track Saturday morning at Palm Meadows.

Dunkirk, working in company with highly-regarded stablemate Affirmatif, was timed a ‘bullet’ five furlongs in 1:00:15 for trainer Todd Pletcher while Quality Road was timed in 1:25 for seven furlongs for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, the only horse working that distance on the tab.

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ARCADIA, Calif. (March 21, 2009) – With front-running You Got Me Rocking a late scratch due to a minor injury, Midships assumed the pace-setting role Saturday and ran away with Santa Anita’s 58th running of the Grade II, $150,000 San Luis Rey Handicap at 1 ½ miles on turf.

Victor Espinoza sent the Juddmonte Farms’ British import to the lead at the outset, guided the 4-year-old roan through moderate fractions, and the 5-2 third choice came home strongly to score by 1 3/4 lengths over Medici Code while covering the marathon distance in 2:25.63.

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El Camino Real Derby winner Chocolate Candy was scheduled to arrive at Santa Anita this afternoon from the Bay Area to begin final preparations for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 4.

Expected to be the third choice behind Pioneerof the Nile and The Pamplemousse, Chocolate Candy has not raced since winning the Grade III El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 14. The Santa Anita Derby would be his first race in more than six weeks.

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Hold Me Back Makes 2009 Debut a Winning One in Lane’s End Stakes

FLORENCE, KY . . . March 21, 2009 . . . Unraced since last November, Hold Me Back made his 3-year-old debut a memorable and lucrative one, closing from next to last under Kent Desormeaux to win the Grade II, $500,000 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday in convincing fashion over the D. Wayne Lukas-trained long shot Flying Private. The margin of victory was 1 3/4 lengths.

Long shot Orthodox set the early pace, laying down early fractions of :23.71 for the quarter, :47.84 for the half, 1:12.43 for three quarters. Turning for home, Orthodox was quickly passed by Proceed Bee, Flying Private and Parade Clown. But none of those three could hold off the oncoming rush of Hold Me Back. After a slow start that landed him in 11th position early, Hold Me Back commenced a sustained rally approaching the far turn and swung six wide straightening out for the stretch. He caught Flying Private at the sixteenth pole and drew clear at the finish. Proceed Bee was four lengths farther back in third. Final time for the nine furlongs was 1:49.63.

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Hot Cha Cha Takes the Overland Route to Capture the Bourbonette

FLORENCE, KY . . . March 21, 2009 . . . The locally based Hot Cha Cha became a stakes winner in her first such attempt with an impressive 6-length tally in the Grade III, $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks for 3-year-old fillies.

Ridden by Orlando Mojica, the Cactus Ridge filly endured a wide trip due to the far outside post position in the field of 10. But Hot Cha Cha was able to circle the field from the eighth position and carve into the early lead of pacesetters Fitz Just Right and Instrumentalist. She wore those two down in the stretch and drew off to an easy win. Fitz Just Right, the 7-5 favorite, held on for second, a head in front of Instrumentalist at the wire.

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Cliffy’s Future Gives Silverton Hill, Miller a Second Rushaway Win

FLORENCE, KY . . . March 21, 2009 . . . Cliffy’s Future came from dead last to win the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes by 2 1/2 widening lengths over Ziegfeld. Toccet Rocket was a head farther back in third. Cliffy’s Future is owned by Silverton Hill LLC and trained by Darrin Miller, the same connections who sent out Dominican to win the 2007 Rushaway.

It was the first stakes win for Cliffy’s Future, who ran a sluggish eighth last time out in the Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on February 14. That was his first start for Silverton Hill after a private purchase. Prior to that Tampa effort, he had been risked for a $75,000 claiming tag twice in races at Aqueduct over the winter.

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Turfiste Runs Them Off Their Feet in the Hansel

FLORENCE, KY . . . March 21, 2009 . . . Watts-David Stable LLC’s Turfiste garnered his second straight stakes victory, leading from start to finish in the $50,000 Hansel Stakes to score by a length over the fast closing King Puma, who was the 3-2 race favorite.

The winning rider was Julien Leparoux, who earned his second straight stakes riding victory after also guiding Just for Keeps to win the Queen Stakes. Leparoux was a late replacement for Victor Lebron, who took off his mounts after a spill in the day’s third race.


Just for Keeps Goes Wire-to-Wire in Queen

FLORENCE, KY . . . March 21, 2009 . . . Just for Keeps, the 2-1 favorite, went wire-to-wire to take the $50,000 Queen Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Proud Heiress. Mrs Petoski was two lengths back in third.

Ridden by Julian Leparoux, Just for Keeps went straight to the lead and never looked back. The 5-year-old daughter of Broken Vow came into the Queen off a similar wire-to-wire score in a Feb. 1 classified allowance race at Gulfstream for Turfway Park’s leading trainer Michael Maker and owners Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey. Today’s win was the second career stakes victory for Just for Keeps, who captured the Mamzelle Stakes last May over the Churchill Downs turf course.

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Secret Gypsy made the long trip up from the Fair Grounds in Louisiana to Aqueduct Racetrack last week get some black type and New York recognition.

Saturday afternoon, she attained both goals as she easily defeated four rivals to win the 55th running of the Grade 2, $157,300 Distaff Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

Although the margin of victory was a length and a quarter, Secret Gypsy was in hand for jockey Robby Albarado, who never turned his stick.

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OLDSMAR, Fla. (March 21, 2009) Conditioners Jane Cibelli and Tom Proctor saddled two winners each on the afternoon’s card, while leading rider Daniel Centeno booted home three winners to round out the eleven race program.

Cibelli got her first trip to the Winner’s Circle of the day with A Curious Lady. The five-year-old Montbrook mare was bred in Florida by owner Laurence Foggle and was ridden by Tampa Bay Downs’s second leading rider Rosemary Homeister, Jr. Cibelli struck again with High on Candy; the High Yield gelding carries the colors of owner Sullimar Stables and had the services of jockey Jose Velez, Jr.

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LAUREL, MD. 03-21-09---Lee Christian’s St John’s Gospel, the longest price on the board, took on the overwhelming favorite and beat him to the finish line in the $50,000 Private Terms Stakes for 3-year-olds at Laurel Park.

St John’s Gospel had won a restricted stakes at Philadelphia Park last year but his effort this afternoon unveiled a turn of speed and a finishing kick that produced a front running, $35.40 victory over the 1-2 favorite, Not for Silver.

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ALBANY -- The 8-year-old gelding Siren Lure displayed his class Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he rallied from last for a convincing victory in the $75,000 Golden Gate Fields Sprint.

Trained by Steve Sherman and ridden by Frank Alvarado, Siren Lure won the six-furlong feature for older horses by one length over Big Bad Leroybrown in 1:09.76 on the synthetic Tapeta surface. Mutak Gold finished third.

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