Tuesday, March 10 2015


Take Charge Brandi out of Rebel


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Take Charge Brandi will miss her planned showdown with Champion 2-Year-Old Male American Pharaoh in Saturday’s G2 $750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, her Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas announced Tuesday morning, because of a non-displaced chip in her right knee.



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Sunday, March 08 2015


FRANK E. KILROE MILE STAKES QUOTES


JOCKEY QUOTES

DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, RING WEEKEND, WINNER: “It feels amazing to win my first Grade I for a trainer like Graham Motion. I’m very blessed.

“I was following Mike Smith on Za Approval and I thought he would be a good guy to follow, I expected him to show more speed then he did today. I tried to be as patient as I could, I swung out and when I saw the eight horse, Summer Front I was far out so I tried to cut back in to let my horse see him and my horse just kicked on from there.





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SANTA ANITA HANDICAP QUOTES


JOCKEY QUOTES

MIKE SMITH, SHARED BELIEF, WINNER: “He surprises me every time. I have to pinch myself that I get to be his pilot. It’s Zenyatta, Holy Bull and then Shared Belief for me. I’m so blessed to have been able to ride all those great horses and to be the age I am and still be able to do this is a blessing.





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Saturday, March 07 2015


Oaklawn Barn Notes - Friday, March 6


Champion American Pharoah Readies for Rebel

American Pharoah completed major preparations for his scheduled 3-year-old debut in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14 at Oaklawn with a dazzling workout Friday morning at Santa Anita. In company, he breezed six furlongs from the gate in 1:10.40 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:22.80 under Martin Garcia.





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Gulfstream Park News & Notes - Fri 3/6


Castellano Previews Stakes Mounts on Saturday's Gulfstream Card
Defending 3-Time Titlist High on Daredevil, Honor Code, Night Prowler
Cay Dancer Set for Second U.S. Start in Sunday Allowance
Brown Updates Statuses of Lady Eli, Leave the Light On

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- Already a winner of 14 stakes during Gulfstream Park’s Championship Meet -- nine of them graded, including the first two of three Grade 1 events on the stakes calendar -- two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano is poised to add to his totals this weekend.





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Wednesday, March 04 2015


Daredevil Ready to Go Again in Saturday’s G2 Fasig-Tipton Swale


Grade 1 Winner Makes 2015 Debut in Rescheduled $200,000 Stakes

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – With a string of horses in the frozen Northeast, as well as his primary winter base of South Florida, trainer Todd Pletcher is used to the weather disrupting training and racing schedules alike.





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Multiple Grade 1 Winner Private Zone Tops Gulfstream Park Handicap Field


Wicked Strong, Honor Code Set for 2015 Debuts in Saturday’s Grade 2 Handicap

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Multiple Grade 1 stakes winner Private Zone tops a six-horse field entered Wednesday in Saturday’s $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap.

Owned by Good Friends Stable, LLC, Private Zone dazzled his rivals with a front-running five-length victory in the Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct in his last start on Nov. 29. The son of Macho Uno was timed in 1:34.39 for the mile, the distance of the Gulfstream Park Handicap.





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Oaklawn Barn Notes - Wednesday, March 4


“Brandi” Ready to “Take Charge” of Rebel Stakes

Take Charge Brandi wasn’t entered Wednesday morning for Saturday’s $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn, paving the way for the champion 2-year-old filly to meet males in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14.

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas had said last week that Take Charge Brandi would be entered in the Honeybee, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies. But, it became apparent Monday morning that Take Charge Brandi wouldn’t be entered in the Honeybee and instead point for the 1 1/16-mile Rebel, a major Kentucky Derby prep.

About four hours after Take Charge Brandi worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 Monday morning, Horton said it had been “pretty much” decided that the filly would run in the Rebel and Lukas was shopping for a rider. Horton’s preference throughout the process was to run in the Rebel. Jon Court rode the filly in the Martha Washington.

“I really want to find out how good she is,” Horton said. “If she can beat the boys, I think her better chance of doing that is early than later in the year, because the boys will start really gaining. I’m just wanting to take a chance on beating the boys. I’m just trying to build her resume up.”

Lukas called Monday’s work, the third for Take Charge Brandi since winning the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Jan. 31, a “maintenance” move.

Lukas has maintained since December that Take Charge Brandi is being pointed for the Kentucky Oaks, not the Kentucky Derby. Take Charge Brandi, who has never faced males, has won 5 of 9 career starts and earned $1,680,126. She has won four consecutive races.

The presence of Take Charge Brandi further enhances a blockbuster March 14 program. Also scheduled to run in the Rebel is 2-year-old champion male American Pharoah.

The $300,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares is expected to attract 2014 champion 3-year-old filly Untapable. Multiple stakes winner Tapiture is also expected to make his 4-year-old debut in the $250,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) for older horses. Tapiture hasn’t started since finishing second in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Oct. 31 at Santa Anita.

Lucky again?

Champion Lookin At Lucky won his 3-year-old debut in the 2010 Rebel Stakes. Now, a son from his first crop, will try to win the same race in 2015.

The plan is for Madefromlucky to make his stakes debut in the $750,000 G2 race March 14, a representative of the colt’s co-owner, Cheyenne Stables (Everett Dobson), said Wednesday morning.

Madefromlucky, based in south Florida with trainer Todd Pletcher, has won his last two starts, including an entry-level allowance/optional claiming score at 1 1/8 miles Feb. 4 at Gulfstream Park.

Madefromlucky worked five furlongs in :59.14 – second-fastest of eight recorded at the distance – Monday at Palm Beach Downs.

Hall of Famer John Velazquez is scheduled to ride Madefromlucky, a winner of 2 of 5 career starts, in the Rebel.

Beast Mode

The Big Beast earned a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 97 for his 1 ¼-length comeback victory in a conditioned allowance sprint Sunday under leading rider Ricardo Santana Jr. Trainer Tony Dutrow said Monday morning that The Big Beast appeared fine physically and is scheduled to make his next start in the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 9.

Dutrow said before the meeting began that The Big Beast would race twice at Oaklawn, with the ultimate goal being the Count Fleet. The 4-year-old colt’s comeback race, Dutrow said in late January, would come around March 1.

“It’s all just turned out very, very good for us,” Dutrow said.

In Sunday’s race, The Big Beast tracked multiple stakes winner Alsvid through a :22.82 opening quarter and a :46.35 half-mile. Without feeling the whip, The Big Beast wore down Alsvid on the outside in the final furlong en route to his fourth consecutive victory – and first outside New York. The Big Beast ran six furlongs over a good-rated surface in 1:10.68.

“Those horses made him run,” Dutrow said. “I’ve got nothing but respect for those horses that tried him.”

It marked the first start for The Big Beast since winning the $500,000 King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) Aug. 23 at Saratoga. The Big Beast came out of the race with a tiny ankle chip and didn’t resume training until the fall.

Dutrow had targeted Saturday’s $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes for The Big Beast’s comeback, but preferred a March 1 fourth-level allowance race in the condition book. That race didn’t go, but racing secretary Pat Pope tweaked the conditions and brought it back as an extra. Dutrow said he always “hoped” to run in the allowance race, rather than the Hot Springs.

“If we had no choice but to run in the stake, we would have,” Dutrow said. “But we really didn’t want to ask the ‘Beast’ to run a superior race first time out in over six months.”

The Big Beast finished a troubled second in his March 29, 2014, career debut at Oaklawn for trainer Steve Hobby. The horse was transferred to Dutrow following that race and reeled off three consecutive victories last summer in New York, including the King’s Bishop in his stakes debut.

Owners Alex and JoAnn Lieblong of Conway, Ark., employ both Hobby and Dutrow.

Don’t blink(s)

Mr. Z worked five furlongs in 1:03.80 Monday morning without blinkers, equipment he has worn in his last five races, including third-place finishes in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 19 and the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 22.

Lukas said he is considering running Mr. Z without blinkers in his next scheduled start, the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (G2) March 28 at Fair Grounds.

“We’ll see how he handles that,” Lukas said following Monday’s work. “I’m not saying that I’m going to leave them off him. I’m just saying I’m going to experiment without them.”

Lukas said removing blinkers will let Mr. Z “see a little bit more,” but added the 3-year-old colt “didn’t have much blinker, anyhow.”

“It was a cut-back cup,” Lukas said.

Corey Nakatani, who rode Mr. Z for the first time in the Southwest, is scheduled to ride the colt in the Louisiana Derby.

Mr. Z is being pointed to the Louisiana Derby because champion American Pharoah, also owned by Zayat Stables, is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14. American Pharoah is based in Southern California with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

Finish Lines

Unbeaten Promise Me Silver and sparkling Feb. 20 entry-level allowance winner Pangburn are among nine 3-year-old fillies entered in Saturday's $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) at 1 1/16 miles. ... Ivan Fallunovalot and Gentlemen's Bet are among seven older sprinters entered in Saturday's $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes at six furlongs. ... Trainer Tony Dutrow said he will confer with co-owner Alex Lieblong before a decision is reached on the 3-year-old debut of Grade 2 winner I Spent It. Dutrow said the son of Super Saver should be ready to run late this month. I Spent It, who worked five furlongs in :59.80 between races Sunday, hasn’t started since the fall after having a small bone chip removed from a knee. … Multiple stakes winner Alsvid had run second in all six career starts at Oaklawn before finishing third in Sunday’s eighth race, a third-level allowance sprint for older horses. … Oaklawn racing department members Glenn Reeder and Lenny Rera will be on the road soliciting nominations for the upcoming Racing Festival of the South. Reeder will be in Southern California March 12-16; Rera will be in south Florida March 15-19.




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Tuesday, March 03 2015


Oaklawn Barn Notes - Sunday, March 1


Take Charge Brandi to Work Monday; Next Race Still Uncertain

Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas said he hopes to breeze champion Take Charge Brandi Monday morning at Oaklawn in preparation for her next start, possibly against males in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14.





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Thursday, February 26 2015


Consumer Credit a Standout in Herecomesthebride (G3)


HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence’s Consumer Credit will put a three-race win streak on the line when she goes to the post in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.





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Sunday, February 22 2015


$150,000 Canadian Turf (G3) Quotes


Trainer Bill Mott (Long on Value): “We wanted him to drop the bridle and relax the first part. We were hoping to save some ground. We had a horrible post in the 11 hole. He was able to drop in. He was maybe two or three-wide around the first turn. It didn’t turn out as bad as it could have from that post.”





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$200,000 Mac Diarmida (G2) Quotes


Trainer Graham Motion (Main Sequence): “He was awesome. It’s a huge relief. Rajiv said he was still a little antsy in the gate, but I didn’t realize that. He broke well and for one minute I thought he might be a little close. I think every time this horse has run he has improved, his behavior has improved. He was good as gold today in the paddock, which really impressed me. I think he kind of won for fun, to be honest.”





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