Sunday, January 09, 2011

Mucho Macho Works; Tapitsfly Returns, Big Drama Works

Mucho Macho Man Breezes Five Furlongs

Trainer Kathy Ritvo sent Mucho Macho Man to the track Saturday morning for a five-furlong breeze in preparation for an expected start in the $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 30.

Guided onto the track by jockey Eibar Coa shortly after 9 a.m., the 3-year-old son of Macho Uno worked in company while being clocked in 59 seconds.
“I was very happy with the way he worked. I believe he’s improving every week,” Coa said. “I was way happier than I was last week, so that’s a good thing,”

Mucho Macho Man, who is coming off a pair of solid second-place finishes behind To Honor and Serve in the Nashua (G2) and Remsen (G2) at Aqueduct, had worked a half-mile in 50 2/5 seconds on Dec. 31.

“I’m very happy with his breeze,” Ritvo said. “He was by himself last time. It was his first official breeze back. He was in company today. He had a horse two lengths in front of him, just something for him to focus on.”

Ritvo said Mucho Macho Man would have two more breezes leading up to the Holy Bull.

The Florida-bred colt is owned by Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing Stable.

Breeders’ Cup Winner Tapitsfly Set to Return in Wednesday Feature

When last seen under colors, Frank Jones, Jr.’s 4-year-old Kentucky homebred filly Tapitsfly was scoring a hard-fought half-length victory in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 6, 2009 for trainer Dale Romans, and is entered to make her long-awaited return in Wednesday’s $57,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.

Jockey Julien Leparoux is named to ride Tapitsfly in the one-mile turf feature. The roan/gray daughter of Tapit won three of seven starts as a 2-year-old with two seconds and a third racing in Kentucky and New York before the Breeders’ Cup when she went off 9-to-1 under jockey Robby Albarado. Tapitsfly had a chip removed from an ankle early last year and had additional setbacks that required more time, according to Romans.

Tapitsfly drew post six in the field of 12 drawn for Wednesday’s ‘three-other-than’ optional/allowance with Waratah Thoroughbreds’ Grade 1 winner Miss World the most accomplished of her rivals with jockey Rajiv Martagh named to ride for trainer Christophe Clement.

A 5-year-old daughter of Bernstein, Miss World scored her biggest career victory in the Garden City Stakes (G1) as a 3-year-old in 2009 with Shared Account second and Keertana third, the latter two finishing first and third, respectively, in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.

Miss World hasn’t won in six starts since the Garden City, but ran well in each of her last two outings when second in the Glowing Honor Stakes on ‘yielding’ turf at Aqueduct on Nov. 7 following a nearly five-month layoff, and a good fourth last out in the My Charmer Handicap (G3) at Calder on Dec. 4, beaten only three lengths for it all in a strong field.

Big Drama & Custom for Carlos Post ‘Bullet’ Workouts for Mr. Prospector

Harold Queen’s 4-year-old Florida homebred colt Big Drama and Homewrecker Racing and Avalon Farm’s 5-year-old Custom for Carlos appear set to clash as the favorites in the $100,000 Mr. Prospector Handicap (G3) next Saturday at Gulfstream Park, and both posted ‘bullet’ workouts Saturday morning.

Big Drama was timed in 47 3/5 for trainer David Fawkes, fastest of 70 timed for the distance Saturday morning at Calder Race Course. The son of Montbrook is among the three finalists for Eclipse Award champion sprinter of 2010 as he prepares for his first start since his stunning wire-to-wire score in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.

Custom for Carlos drilled five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 Saturday morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Eddie Kenneally, fastest of 38 clocked for five-eighths, as he prepares for his first start since capturing the Count Fleet Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn Park on Apr. 9. The son of More Than Ready won the Mr. Prospector last year.

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