Muny, who posted his third straight victory with a front-running effort in the Oak Tree Derby on the Breeders‘ Cup undercard at Santa Anita, is slated to make his next start in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 30, trainer Mike Puype said Friday at Hollywood Park. The Grade I race is at 1 ¼ miles on turf.
“He’s three-for-four,” said Puype of the 3-year-old gelding. “I bet not many horses have won the Oak Tree Derby in only their fourth start. It’s not easy to take on those seasoned horses and carry them wire-to-wire.
Muny, bred and co-owned by Rick Trontz in Kentucky, is by Najran out of the Farma Way mare Because I Can. “Rick runs Hopewell Farm and stands Najran,” said Puype. “He was a fast precocious horse.”
A main concern for Puype is the ten-furlong distance, a furlong longer than Muny has run. “I’m not going to brag about a mile and a quarter,” said Puype. “That’s uncharted territory. He’s always pulled on the bit. He will have to relax a little more at a mile and a quarter.”
Puype said that Muny is scheduled to work Saturday at Santa Anita before being shipped here and working on the turf November 16 and 23.
Regular rider David Flores retains the Derby call.
Trontz owns half the horse in partnership with Bob Bone, Jim Robinson, Don Johnson and Brewer Racing.
Other leading Derby threats include Del Mar Derby winner Madeo, Virginia Derby winner Gio Ponti, Jamaica Handicap winner Court Vision and Secretariat Stakes winner Winchester.
EL GATO MALO, MONTEREY JAZZ NEAR RETURNS
El Gato Malo and Monterey Jazz, both sidelined since stakes victories in Texas this spring, are on the comeback trail for trainer Craig Dollase.
“They both needed a couple months, are on the same path in workouts and are a couple of weeks away from running,” Dollase said here Friday.
“El Gato Malo had a minor leg injury after winning the Lone Star Derby (May 10) and got some time off at Winner‘s Circle Ranch in Bradbury,” said Dollase. “I got him back in September.”
El Gato Malo worked four furlongs here Thursday. The 3-year-old gelding broke his maiden at first asking here last November and came back to win the Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields and the San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita. “He’s being aimed for the Strub series but he may get started before that at this meet,” said Dollase.
“Monterey Jazz is ready to work five furlongs,” said Dollase of the 4-year-old colt who also made his mark here last November with an allowance victory on turf before capturing the Sir Beaufort and Strub Stakes on the lead at Santa Anita.
“He won the Texas Mile (by eight lengths April 26) and got a hind-end injury,” explained Dollase of the layoff. “We were pointing him to the Met Mile and had to miss it.”
Monterey Jazz is nominated to the $400,000-added Citation Handicap on Nov. 28 but Dollase has not yet decided on a return spot.
IRISH SHIPPER ARRIVES FOR MOCCASIN
Pasar Silbano, a nominee to the $100,000-added Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies Nov. 16, arrived in Barn 51 South Friday after clearing quarantine following a flight from Ireland Wednesday.
The Irish-bred daughter of Elnadim has won four of six starts in Ireland. She won her first two starts on a synthetic surface this spring for trainer G.M. Lyons. She added the Curragh Coolmore Stakes in July and an allowance race in her most recent start Sept. 28.
The filly was recently purchased by Three Chimneys Racing, a Kentucky-based syndicate which won the CashCall Mile here in July with Diamond Diva.
Pasar Silbano is one of 16 fillies nominated to the seven-furlong Moccasin, a prep for the Hollywood Starlet on Dec. 13. The list is headed by Mi Chiamano Mimi and Alpha Kitten, one-two finishers in the Anoakia Stakes.
CHOCOLATE CANDY READY FOR REAL QUIET
Chocolate Candy, a steadily improving colt, seeks his first stakes victory Saturday in the $100,000-added Real Quiet for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track.
“He’s coming up to a good race; the more distance, the better,” said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Chocolate Candy broke his maiden at fourth asking at one mile Oct. 4 at Santa Anita. By Candy Ride out of the Seattle Slew mare Crownette, Chocolate Candy is owned by the Craig Family Trust.
The Kentucky-bred leaves from post four in a field of seven under Garrett Gomez.
FINISH LINES — Although the Real Quiet goes as the ninth-race feature, a 2-year-old maiden race will attract plenty of attention. The 6 ½-furlong race, which goes as the seventh, includes several pricey colts, including Keep Thinking, a $2.4-million Keeneland September yearling purchase; Moneagle, a $700,000 purchase at the same sale, and Position A, a $675,000 buy at the Keeneland April sale…“Keep Thinking seems like a nice horse but with a 2-year-old you never know until you run them,” said Brian Ange, assistant to trainer Eoin Harty, of the Darley Stable colt. The son of A.P. Indy rallied to finish second in his debut at Belmont Park Sept. 13...Also stabled here with Ange is an unnamed 2-year-old sister to multiple stakes winner Dreaming of Anna. “She’s huge, maybe the biggest 2-year-old I’ve ever seen,” he said Ange…Trainer Jim Cassidy said Passified, a two-time stakes winner on the Hollywood turf and fourth in the CashCall Mile, would make her next start Nov. 30 in the $500,000 Matriarch.