Saturday, January 15, 2011

Top 3-year-old fillies ready for Sweetest Chant; Mucho Macho Man woks bullet

Nominations for the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes to be run next Saturday at Gulfstream Park at 1 1/16 miles on turf includes several of the most accomplished fillies of the 2011 3-year-old crop, including Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stable’s Kathmanblu, Virginia Kraft Payson’s Ruthenia, Augustin Stable’s Dynamic Holiday and E Paul Robsham Stables’ R Heat Lightning.

The 16th edition of the Sweetest Chant is the top race on the calendar next week with the $60,000 Gulfstream Turf Sprint to be run Sunday for 4-year-olds and up at five furlongs. Gulfstream Jan. 29-30 weekend will include the $1.8 million Sunshine Millions on Saturday and the $400,000 Holy Bull (G3) on Sunday, the first race that’s part of the Preakness 5.5 bonus.

Kathmanblu ranks among the leading Kentucky Oaks (G1) prospects and a possible candidate for MID Developments $2.2 million bonus to the owners and trainers of winners of a series of races at Gulfstream later in the meet and the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) to be run Preakness weekend at Pimlico.

Kathmanblu is a daughter of freshman sire Blue Grass Cat trained by Ken McPeek and romped home an 8 ½ lengths winner of the Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 27. She made her four previous starts on turf, including a victory in the Jessamine Stakes at Keeneland in October and strong third-place try in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) on Nov. 5 at Churchill.

Ruthenia is a Kentucky homebred daughter of Pulpit that has won both of her starts on turf at Belmont Park for trainer Christophe Clement in October. She is a full sister to Payson’s Grade 1-winning turf stakes filly Rutherienne, a winner of nearly $1.3 million for Clement.

Mucho Macho Man Drills ‘Bullet’ for Holy Bull

Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and partners’ 3-year-old Mucho Macho Man worked a ‘bullet’ five furlongs in 59 1/5 Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park for trainer Kathy Ritvo as he prepares for his 2011 debut in the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) to be run at one mile on Sun., Jan. 30.

A son of Macho Uno, Mucho Macho Man was runner-up behind To Honor and Serve in both the Nashua Stakes (G2) and Remsen Stakes (G2) in November at Aqueduct to complete his juvenile campaign and his time Saturday was tied for fastest of 32 at the distance.

Mucho Macho Man was prominent on a list of high-profile stakes runners to hit the work Tab Saturday morning along Donald Dizney’s 4-year-old First Dude and Carol Nyren’s 7-year-old gelding Dry Martini, both possible candidates for the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic to be run here on Sat., Jan. 29.

First Dude was timed seven furlongs flat in 1:25 as he prepares for his first start since finishing eighth last out behind Blame and Zenyatta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Nov. 6. Trained by Dale Romans, the Florida homebred by Stephen Got Even finished second in the Preakness (G1) and third in the Belmont Stakes (G1) last spring in a very productive, but somewhat frustrating season for his connections.

Dry Martini worked six furlongs in 1:14 2/5 for trainer Barclay Tagg. The son of Slew Gin Fizz finished a close-up third last out in the Mad Hatter Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 20 and has posted career earnings of more than $1.3 million. Dry Martini’s last victory came in the 2009 Suburban Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park.

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