Saturday, April 04, 2009


Keeneland Barn Notes—Saturday, April 4, 2009


TERRAIN WORKS TOWARD TOYOTA BLUE GRASS

Adele Dilschneider’s Terrain put in his final major move for next Saturday’s $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) by working five furlongs in 1:01 at Keeneland Saturday morning with exercise rider Keith Harris up.

Working in company with Grade 2 stakes winner Sky Mom, who had jockey Jamie Theriot up, Terrain broke off about two lengths behind his workmate. Terrain drew even at the head of the stretch and finished on even terms with Sky Mom.


“I got him in 1:00.87,” trainer Al Stall Jr. said. “I thought it was visually impressive. It looked like he hit all of his marks.”

The Toyota Blue Grass will mark just the second start of 2009 for Terrain, who ran second in last fall’s Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (G1) in his lone Keeneland racing appearance. Terrain followed that with a fourth-place finish in the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) before closing 2008 with a fifth-place finish in the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot.

“I have no regrets about running in the Delta Jackpot after the Breeders’ Cup,” Stall said. “My only regret is we didn’t win the thing. Shoot, we were 5-2 in a $750,000 race.”

Terrain ran third in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby in his 2009 debut on March 14.

“He got a little sick on me before the Risen Star and we had to miss that race,” Stall said in explaining Terrain’s late start as a 3-year-old. “It might turn out to be a blessing in disguise.”


TOYOTA BLUE GRASS WORK SCHEDULES TAKING SHAPE

Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.’s Charitable Man is scheduled to work a half-mile or five furlongs Sunday around 7:30 a.m. according to Neal McLaughlin, brother of and assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Undefeated in two starts, Charitable Man visited the starting gate Saturday morning and galloped a mile and a quarter with exercise rider Pat Correa up.

Silverton Hill LLC’s Cliffy’s Future galloped a mile and a half Saturday morning under trainer Darrin Miller. Miller is looking to work Cliffy’s Future on Monday or Tuesday “but it depends on the weather. If it is poor, I can do something Wednesday.”

IEAH Stables, John Sikura, et al, Joseph Bulger and James Covello’s Patena galloped a mile and a half early Saturday morning. Trainer Rick Dutrow had indicated the colt would work Sunday or Monday, but said Saturday, “I am leaning toward Monday. The weather is not a factor at all. With this track, it doesn’t matter. If this was regular dirt, I’d be glued to the tube.”

Trainer Bill Mott said WinStar Farm’s Hold Me Back, winner of the Lane’s End (G2) at Turfway on March 21 in his most recent race, would make his next start in the Toyota Blue Grass and would work at Keeneland on Sunday or Monday. Kent Desormeaux, who rode Hold Me Back in the Lane’s End, will be back aboard in the Toyota Blue Grass. On Saturday, the Giant’s Causeway colt walked through the paddock before galloping on the track.

Robin Smullen, assistant to trainer Barclay Tagg, said Hello Broadway would work on Monday in preparation for his next start, either an allowance race on April 10 or the Toyota Blue Grass the following day. A homebred racing for Elizabeth J. Valando, Hello Broadway is coming off a seventh-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) on March 14.

Two Toyota Blue Grass possibles worked Saturday morning at Churchill Downs.

Thomas McCarthy’s General Quarters, winner of the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis this winter at Tampa Bay Downs, breezed five furlongs over a fast track in :58.20, the fastest of 17 moves at the distance. General Quarters galloped out six furlongs in 1:13 with exercise rider Julie Sheets up.

Dogwood Stable’s Ziegfeld, under consideration for the Toyota Blue Grass or Arkansas Derby (G2), worked the same distance in 1:01.40, seventh fastest of the morning. Ziegfeld ran second to Cliffy’s Future in the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park on March 21 in his most recent start.

Also, Hamdan al Maktoum’s Mafaaz (GB), winner of the Kentucky Derby Challenge Stakes on March 18 at Kempton Park in England, was scheduled to arrive at Keeneland’s quarantine barn at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) Saturday. Once the John Gosden trainee clears quarantine, he will be stabled in Barn 1.


TWO-TIME GRADED STAKES WINNER EVITA ARGENTINA TOPS BEAUMONT FIELD OF SEVEN

Halo Farms and Three Sisters Thoroughbreds’ Evita Argentina, who defeated males in her most recent start in the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita, headlines a field of seven drawn Saturday for the 24th running of the $150,000 Beaumont (G2) for 3-year-old fillies to be run on Wednesday.

Trained by John Sadler, Evita Argentina will break from the rail in the Beard Course contest at seven furlongs, 184 feet. She will carry 121 pounds and spot 4 pounds to all of her rivals. Garrett Gomez, who won last year’s Beaumont on Ariege, has the riding assignment.

In addition to her San Vicente score, Evita Argentina also won the Grade 3 Sorrento at Del Mar last August and the Moccasin at Hollywood Park in November.

The only other stakes winners in the field is Helen Alexander and Helen Groves’ Selva. Trained by David Carroll, Selva has won stakes on three surfaces: the Sorority at Monmouth on dirt, the Glorious Song on Polytrack at Woodbine and the Mardi Gras on turf at Fair Grounds.

Robby Albarado, who rode Selva to victory in the Mardi Gras, has the mount Wednesday and will break from post position 3. Albarado has won the Beaumont twice, in 1999 with Swingin On Ice and in 1997 on Screamer, who dead-heated with Make Haste for the victory.

The field for the Beaumont, from the rail out, is as follows: Evita Argentina (G. Gomez, 121 pounds), Consequence (J. Velazquez, 117), Selva (R. Albarado, 117), No Speed Limit (R. Douglas, 117), War Kill (J. Leparoux, 117), Loveyou Everybody (M. Mena, 117) and Dave’s Revenge (K. Desormeaux, 117).


STORMALORY EARNS MOTT 30TH KEENELAND STAKES WIN

Trainer Bill Mott reported that all was well with Darley Stable’s Stormalory the morning after the 3-year-old Storm Cat colt won the Central Bank Transylvania (G3) on opening day of Keeneland’s spring meeting. With the victory, Mott earned 30th stakes win at Keeneland. He is second behind D. Wayne Lukas on the list of Keeneland’s all-time leading trainers by wins and by stakes wins.

With Julien Leparoux aboard, Stormalory rallied to win the Central Bank Transylvania by a neck from Smart Bid, with Darley’s Florentino (JPN) a length behind in third. The victory marked the first stakes win for Stormalory, who won his turf debut at Gulfstream in February then ran second in the Palm Beach (G3) also on the Gulfstream turf in March.

After the race, Mott said the Storm Cat colt could make his next start in the Crown Royal American Turf (G3) on May 1 at Churchill Downs.

Stormalory, who was bred by Stonerside Stable, is out of the Mr. Prospector mare Miss Halory, a half-sister to 1998 Toyota Blue Grass (G2) winner Halory Hunter, to Group 2 winner Van Nistelrooy and to multiple Grade 3 winners Prory, Brushed Halory and Key Lory.


JEALOUS AGAIN DAZZLES IN DEBUT

Trainer Wesley Ward was at it again at Keeneland on opening day.

In what seems like is becoming a spring tradition, Ward unveiled a blazing 2-year-old that ran off the screen in a dominating performance.

In the second race on Friday, it was Jealous Again, a filly who crushed nine males in winning by 11 ¼ lengths and covering the 4 ½ furlongs in :50.73.

“It didn’t surprise me at all,” Ward said of the dynamic style of victory by Jealous Again. Ward co-owns Jealous Again with Robert Abrams and Mitch Dutko.

A daughter of Trippi, Jealous Again “had the body type that I like,” Ward said. “I break them myself and train them in sets of two and bring the fastest ones here.”

Two years ago, Ward struck on opening day with another filly, Yogi’ssplashofgold, who defeated eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Nownownow in that debut effort. Six days later, he sent out One Hot Wish, who set a world record for 4 ½ furlongs in :48.87. Ward was part owner in both fillies.

Next up for Jealous Again may be the Grade 3 Kentucky Juvenile at five furlongs on April 30 at Churchill Downs.

“That’s the same stake I ran second in with Yogi’ssplashofgold,” Ward said of the now 4-year-old filly, who set a track record in her most recent start for five furlongs at Gulfstream Park. “Maybe I can change my luck in there this time.”


TAGG, SMULLEN VISIT FUNNY CIDE AT KENTUCKY HORSE PARK

On Friday, trainer Barclay Tagg and assistant Robin Smullen made their first trip to the Kentucky Horse Park to visit one of their former charges, champion Funny Cide, at the Hall of Champions. Smullen joked that the 9-year-old gelding might have been more interested in the treats she brought for him than in seeing her.

“He got cinnamon raisin Danish—loved it; apple Danish—he wasn’t so keen on that,” said Smullen before continuing, “powdered donuts, Dunkin’ Sticks. Of course, mints. He got a little irritated when I ran out of candy.”

For Sackatoga Stable, the popular New York-bred Funny Cide won 11 races from 38 starts and earned $3,529,412. His nine stakes victories include the 2003 Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1), and the 2004 Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1). After he was retired from racing in 2007, the Distorted Humor gelding served as Tagg’s stable pony. He arrived at the Horse Park last December.

Yesterday marked Tagg and Smullen’s first trip to the Horse Park. Funny Cide apparently played hard to get at first.

“He had his head out the window, and I was calling him and he was like, ‘The heck with you. Get away from me,’ ” Smullen said. “Then I opened the stall door, and he must have thought, ‘Oh, somebody’s in my stall.’ He did recognize me then. He looks great.”

Smullen will saddle Tagg’s two runners at Keeneland today, while Tagg is at Aqueduct to send out Tale of Ekati in the Carter (G1). Smullen will return to New York on Monday, and Tagg will be back at Keeneland.

“One of the reasons I came here was to saddle these horses because Barclay has the Carter,” Smullen said. “I wanted to come saddle them so I could see Funny.”


GALLOPING OUT


Jockeys John Velazquez and Julien Leparoux, who accounted for half the wins on Friday’s opening-day card, had out-of-town engagements Saturday. Velazquez was riding at Aqueduct and Leparoux at Oaklawn Park for the day, with both coming back to ride Sunday’s card at Keeneland.

Velazquez rode three winners: Jealous Again ($5) in the second, Vacation ($8.20) in the fifth and Heart of a King ($28.40) in the eighth. Leparoux took the seventh on Tiz to Dream ($6.40) and the featured Central Bank Transylvania (G3) on Stormalory ($5.40) for his 12th career Keeneland stakes victory.

Marylou Whitney Stable’s Tweeter ($12) won Friday’s closing race to break her maiden in her third career outing. Stretching out to a mile and a sixteenth after two sprints at Oaklawn Park this winter, Tweeter gave trainer D. Wayne Lukas his 273rd career victory at Keeneland. Tweeter is a half-sister to 2003 Eclipse Award winner Bird Town and 2004 Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Birdstone.

Ventura, winner of the 2008 Vinery Madison (G1), tuned up for a repeat bid in the seven-furlong stake by working a half-mile in :47.60.


SPRING MEET SPECIAL EVENTS

Sunday, April 5 - Keeneland will salute police and firefighters, who receive free general admission and access to reserved Grandstand section with their badges or ID.

Sunday, April 5 - Saturday, April 11- Best of the Bluegrass Festival - A festival of events saluting the Bluegrass region’s unique culture,
from the arts to music to Thoroughbred racing. For more information, visit bestofthebluegrass.org.


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