Sunday, September 16, 2012

Monmouth Park Barn Notes for Saturday, September 15, 2012

My Place Anytime. That’s the name of the 4-year-old chestnut filly, but it could be the gauntlet she’s throwing down at Monmouth Park.

In Sunday’s $32,000 allowance/optional claiming race, My Place Anytime shoots for her fifth consecutive win on the main track, and should she be victorious, she’ll tie another 4-year-old filly, Winiliscious, for the most wins at the current meet although Winiliscious has won just three straight. Raging Daoust, a 4-year-old gelding, has also won four races in a row during the meet.

My Place Anytime was claimed by Yvon Belsoeur for owner Bruno Schickedanz for $5,000 when winning her second start here by nine lengths back on June 2. While moving up the ladder and racing at her ideal distance of six furlongs, she’s now won her last four races by a combined total of 22 ¼ lengths.

“I think she trains herself,” said Belsouer, who conditioned Yummy With Butter when he won a pair of Grade 3 races, the Cliffhanger Stakes and the Oceanport Stakes, here in 2011. “You don’t have to be a genius to train this kind of horse.”

Belsoeur, who emigrated from LaGacilly, France to Canada and worked for American and Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Roger Attfield, among others, before striking out on his own, has a dozen horses in the barn. It’s no secret who is the favorite.

“I love her,” he said of My Place Anytime. “I love her frame, I love her attitude, and I love her heart. I just hope that I get to keep her.”

My Place Anytime was bred in Florida by Monmouth Park leading owner Patricia Generazio. In 15 starts, she has five wins, four seconds and three thirds for career earnings of $90,877. Leading rider Elvis Trujillo, who has been in the irons for all of My Place Anytime’s victories this year, gets the call again on Sunday.

Chuck Spina, the trainer of Winiliscious, might give her the opportunity to win six races here this season. He said that he may try the filly going a route of ground against non-winners of two other than company before the meet ends on October 7.


There’s nothing better than having a good 2-year-old in the barn. That is, unless there are two of them.

Chuck Spina, who has owned and trained horses at Monmouth for 42 years, is high on a pair of juveniles and with good reason. Captain Derek, whom he named after New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter, broke his maiden at second asking recently and Briteliteinthecity, a Kentucky-bred son of City Zip, shows promise of getting to the winner’s circle when he runs here on Sunday.

“I’m a big Yankees fan and I always name my horses after them,” said Spina. “I’ve got Mo’s Rivera named for (All-Star reliever) Mariano Rivera and Mo’s Cutter, named for his signature pitch. Captain Derek is by Brother Derek, so that was an obvious choice for his name.”

When Captain Derek crossed under the wire first in the maiden special ranks at 5 ½ furlongs on September 2, he became the first winner for Kentucky freshman sire and 2006 Triple Crown campaigner Brother Derek.

“I can’t wait to send him long,” said Spina, who purchased the colt with Gayle and Joseph Ioia for $32,000 at the Ocala Breeders Sale this past April. “His daddy won the Santa Anita Derby and all his money going long, and the longer this colt goes the better he’ll be. Just like his namesake, Captain Derek is very handsome and very athletic. Right now he couldn’t be doing any better. He’s awesome.”

The chestnut gelding, who is out of the Thunder Gulch mare Thunder Serenade, underwent his early lessons and initial training at New Castle Farm in Ocala, Florida, which is owned by former longtime Monmouth trainer J.J. Crupi. Briteliteinthecity, who is also owned by Spina and the Ioias, shares the same upbringing.

Briteliteinthecity is still a maiden after three starts at Monmouth in July and August but his trainer thinks that can change in Sunday’s second race.

“He’s a really nice two-year-old, too,” said Spina, who got both of the geldings from Crupi’s consignment at the OBS sale. “His first time out, he got into a lot of trouble and had to be steadied, then he got into more trouble in his next two starts.”

On Sunday, Joe Bravo will ride Briteliteinthecity for the first time.

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