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Friday, February 27, 2009


THREE-YEAR-OLDS FACE OFF IN MIRACLE WOOD STAKES


LAUREL. MD. 02-26-09---In The Juice heads a cast of eight 3-year-olds scheduled to meet on Saturday in the $50,000 Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park. The race is seven furlongs on the main track.

Jerry Robb trains In The Juice, the 5-2 morning line favorite, who last saw action in the Maryland Juvenile Championship, where he rallied to finish second, beaten only a half-length by promising Peace Town. The son of Rock Slide brings a lifetime mark of two wins in six starts and will carry Jeremy Rose. The Maryland-bred is one of two in the Miracle Wood nominated to the Triple Crown.


“I’ve been trying to find a race for him to go long. I’ve entered him in three or four races on the east coast and none have filled. I just need to get a race into him,” Robb said. “If you look at his last race, he was bothered and intimidated. He’s still a little green and I think he has room to get better.”

Rock On Justin (3-1) has won three of five starts including his last two. He romped by nine lengths at Laurel against optional/claimers and followed that with a smart score against allowance runners at Charles Town. Gary Capuano put a bullet work into his charge on February 21. Tony Maragh, who won the Laurel race, regains the mount.

The only stakes winner among this cast is St John’s Gospel (9-2), who captured the Pennsylvania Nursery in December to break his maiden. He won a tough allowance test at Philly Park to finish 2008 and was a solid third in Laurel’s Dancing Count Stakes in his most recent try. Hector Ramos will ride the son of Activist for trainer Andrea Gonzalez.

Triple Crown nominee Classic Wildcat (9-2) has a promising resume which includes a strong maiden win and a good second in two starts. Larry Murray trains the son of Forest Wildcat, who will continue to carry Luis Garcia.

Lucky Real Lucky (5-1) started his career beating $12,500 maiden claimers and was then claimed by owner Michael Gill for $25,000. In two allowance races since then, he’s finished fourth at Philadelphia Park and first by 4-1/2 lengths at Penn National. Sylvester Carmouche will be his fifth rider in five races.

Adduce and Shipwreckstreasure (8-1) will race as an entry for trainer Russell Cash. Both have won races at Philadelphia Park. Adduce broke his maiden while Shipwreckstreasure beat allowance runners, including his stablemate, in a mile race on February 7. Harry Vega is named to ride both.

Lobo Del Norte (15-1) has a commendable two wins and a second in three starts. He was claimed from a $12,500 maiden race and then beat allowance runners. Julian Pimentel has the mount for trainer Ramon Preciado.

Four of the previous 13 winners of the race, Talk Is Money (2001), Water Cannon (2004), Malibu Moonshine (2005) and Sweetnorthernsaint (2006), competed in a Triple Crown race later in his three-year-old campaign.


JENNA JOUBERT INJURES COLLARBONE DURING TRAINING HOURS

Apprentice rider Jenna Joubert bruised her right collarbone after being tossed from a horse during training hours Wednesday morning at Laurel Park. The 24-year-old is expected to miss two weeks, according to her agent Frank Douglas.

“We got lucky because she thought it was broken,” Douglas said.

Joubert has 24 victories at Laurel since arriving last September, including the John Campbell Handicap aboard Richard’s Kid on February 14. The Minnesota native is scheduled to lose the weight allowance on March 10.


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