Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tim Hills Looking to Go Long with Catch a Thief

Trainer Tim Hills had nominated Catch a Thief for Saturday’s $100,000 Sugar Swirl, but the 4-year-old filly will start in Friday’s ninth race, a mile allowance, instead of the six-furlong stakes.

“It’s a prep for the longer races further on down,” said Hills, who will used Friday’s race as a prep for the $100,000 Sabin (G3), a mile stakes at Gulfstream on Feb. 19.

Catch a Thief captured the one-mile Twixt Stakes by 3-1/4 lengths with a gate-to-wire score over Maryland-bred fillies in her last start in November.

“She’s not quite quick enough. She gets in a little traffic trouble going short. With more distance, it kind of spreads the field and she has the tactical speed to get better positioning,” Hills said. “So we’re looking toward longer races.”

Catch a Thief, who registered a bullet five-furlong work in 59 4/5 seconds last week, broke her maiden at Gulfstream in her debut last April. She went on to win two of her next four races, all at six furlongs, before finishing a late-closing second in the 6-1/2-furlong Catinca Stakes at Belmont. The half-length loss set her up for her stakes score at Laurel, which encouraged her trainer that she may prefer longer distances.

“She’s big and strong and has a nice stride. She’s by Flatter, who’s by A.P. Indy, out of a Red Ransom mare, so there’s no reason why we can’t go long and maybe grass too.”

Dancinginherdreams Sizzles in Palm Meadows Workout

Undefeated Dancinginherdreams turned in a bullet five-furlong workout at Palm Meadows Wednesday morning in preparation for an expected start in the $200,000 Forward Gal (G3) at Gulfstream Jan. 30.

The 3-year-old daughter of Tapit, ridden by jockey Julien Leparoux was timed in 59 seconds, the fastest of 10 workouts at the distance by 1-3/5 seconds.

“She was energized. She went pretty even throughout. She was ready to work and just worked within her normal realm,” trainer John Ward said. “Hopefully, that’s the last we see of anything fast like that…until she runs.”

Dancinginherdreams ran only twice last year, but she dominated in both her debut at Keeneland on Oct. 10 and her stakes debut in the Pocahontas (G2).

Gulfstream Park Provides Shuttle for Horsemen

Gulfstream Park management will provide morning shuttles for horsemen stabled at Calder Race Course to assist in the training of their horses. Gulfstream-bound vans will leave Calder at 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Sunday and Tuesday while the North Miami track’s racing surface undergoes maintenance.

“We’re trying to accommodate the horsemen because they’re redoing the surface at Calder,” said Tim Ritvo, VP of Racing, MI Developments Inc. “We’re glad to help out.”

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