The victory by Olympic came on the main track at 1 ¼ miles after the race was forced off turf, originally scheduled for 1 3/8 miles, and was particularly important for his future as a potential stud prospect as a son of Danzig out of 1991 Eclipse champion mare Queena. Olympic has won three races here since joining the Wolfson barn last summer, but this was his first in a race with ‘Black-Type’ status.
You Luckie Mann is a son of Exchange Rate purchased for $105,000 at the OBS March 2-year-old sales and will now be pointed for the $100,000 Dr. Fager Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at six furlongs here on Sat., Aug. 16.
“I’ve thought all along that he was a nice colt, but we had some frustrating time getting him to the races,” said Wolfson. “We thought he’d be ready to run before this, but he came up with a foot abscess and had to stop on him. You can see the gap between his works (May 27 to June 23). Fortunately, the timing is still good to make the first Stallion Stakes race (Dr. Fager), which was the goal all along.”
Olympic and You Luckie Mann were Wolfson’s only two starters on Saturday and brought his win total for the meet to 19 from just 44 starters to rank fourth in the standings, although the stable is the clear leader in the all-important purse earnings statistics with the horses winning $666,000 and more from stakes horses that ship out of town for the summer.
The stable’s most recent shipper was Denholtz Stable’s 3-year-old filly She’s All Eltish, who finished third behind Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Proud Spell in the $500,000 Delaware Oaks (G2) at Delaware Park on July 12, the same afternoon the Wolfson team sent out contenders in three of the ‘Big Four’ Graded stakes on the ‘Summit of Speed’ day program at Calder.
Four Wolfson stable stakes stars are bound for Monmouth Park later this week. “Eclisse and Dancing Band will run in the Matchmaker, Rockerfeller in the Teddy Drone and Dixie Dreamer in the Regret. They’re all going on a FedEx (cargo) flight Thursday,” said Wolfson.
The three stakes will be run Sunday on the supporting card of the $1 million Haskell Invitational (G1) with Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Big Brown set to make his first start since being eased to last in the Belmont Stakes (G1).
Edmund Gann’s 4-year-old filly Eclisse and Howard Roberts Farm’s 5-year-old mare Dancing Band run in the $150,000 Taylor Made Matchmaker Stakes (G3) at 1 1/8 miles on turf after the two finished second and fourth, respectively, last out in the $150,000 All Along Stakes (G3) at Colonial Downs on June 21.
Live Oak Plantation’s 4-year-old gelding Rockerfeller will contest the $100,000 Teddy Drone Stakes Sunday going six furlongs after finishing a game third last out behind national sprint division leader Benny the Bull in the $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap (G2) here on ‘Summit’ day. A son of Maria’s Mon, Rockerfeller made a bold bid in the upper stretch of the Smile and was beaten three lengths for it all at the finish.
Milkin Stable’s 5-year-old mare Dixie Dreamer finished an even fourth in the $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap (G1) on ‘Summit’ day, beaten only 1 ¼ lengths for second, and will run Sunday in the $100,000 Regret Stakes at six furlongs. The daughter of Mutakddim has won three of her four previous starts.
The star of the Wolfson team on ‘Summit’ day was M375 Thoroughbreds and Suarez Racing’s 3-year-old Golden Spikes, winner of the $250,000 Carry Back Stakes (G2). The trainer reports the son of Seeking the Gold remains on target to make his next start in the $250,000 Kings Bishop Stakes (G1) going seven furlongs on Travers Day at Saratoga, Aug. 23.
Wolfson’s record of shipping stakes runners throughout the northeast and mid-west for more than a decade has yielded well-documented results. The stable came into national focus in 2006 when Live Oak Plantation’s Miesque’s Approval was shipped for stakes engagements most of the season, including a victory in the Red Bank Stakes (G3) at Monmouth Park before sealing an Eclipse Award campaign winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Churchill Downs.