Trainer Art Sherman has sentimental reasons rooting for Haimish Hy in the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby at Hollywood Park Saturday.
“He’s named for my deceased brother-in-law, Hyman Pearl,” said Sherman from trackside Thursday. “My niece (Pearl’s daughter) named him. ‘Haimish’ is a Jewish word for a good person.”
“He’s been a good little horse,” said Sherman. “I think he’ll run on any surface. This is a tough test, but he’s training well. I’ve loved his races on the turf.”
Haimish Hy is unbeaten in two turf starts, both at Golden Gate Fields last year, as he aims for his first graded stakes victory in the Grade II event for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on grass.
Haimish Hy, victorious in four of eight starts, has earned $134,980 for co-owners Richard Franco of Modesto and Sy Goldstein and Zvika Akin of San Diego--the latter the owner of D Z Akin delicatessen.
Sherman bought Haimish Hy, a Kentucky-bred by Ecton Park out of the Equalize mare Tifonica, for $10,000 at the 2008 Fasig Tipton October sale in Kentucky.
“I bought the mare in foal and a half-brother,” added Sherman. “Haimish Hy has identical markings to the mare.”
Haimish Hy drew the rail in a field of eight under Alonso Quinonez.
Make Music for Me, who breaks from the outside, worked three furlongs on turf in 39.40 breezing.
ANTARES WORLD ARRIVES FOR RAMSER
Antares World, who has run well against top company on this circuit in three previous from Northern California, arrived Wednesday from Golden Gate Fields for the $100,000 Harold C. Ramser Handicap for 3-year-old fillies Sunday.
“I was originally going to run her in the California Cup (Matron on October 30),” explained trainer Steve Specht. “But rather than run two in there--I already have Lady Railrider, who won the race last year--I thought I would run Antares World here.
“The timing is right, and I figure the toughies are heading to the Breeders’ Cup,” said Specht of his decision to run in the Ramser, where Antares World is co-high weight at 118 pounds with Berg Bahn and Go Forth North in the Grade III grass test at one mile.
Antares World, winner of the Golden Poppy Stakes on the turf at Golden Gate, sandwiched a pair of fourths in the Hollywood Oaks and Del Mar Oaks around a second in the American Oaks in her earlier visits to Southern California this summer.
Trainer Kathy Walsh plans to give All Due Respect her first start on grass under 116. “We’ll see if she handles it,” said Walsh. “This is a good place to try it because it’s very firm.”
All Due Respect, who finished second in a three-way photo in the Santa Anita Oaks, will make her first start since a third-place finish in the Iowa Oaks on June 26. “It was very hot at Prairie Meadows that night and we gave her a freshening,” said Walsh. “She’s been training well.”
ZENYATTA WORKS FIVE FURLONGS FOR BC CLASSIC
Superstar Zenyatta, followed by a small group that promises to grow larger the next three weeks, worked five furlongs in 1:02.60 breezing in her first drill since winning the Lady’s Secret Stakes here on October 2.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith was up on the unbeaten 6-year-old mare, who worked in company with El Vino, under exercise rider Steve Willard. Zenyatta galloped out six furlongs in 1:16.40.
Trainer John Shirreffs said he was satisfied with the work and said Zenyatta is scheduled to work here two more times (October 22 and 30) before being shipped to Louisville November 2 to defend her honors in the $5-million Breeders’ Cup Classic on November 6.
Zenyatta, unbeaten in 19 starts, won the Classic last year at Santa Anita. Fractions of the drill were 25.80, 38.40, 51.20 and 1:02.60.
Owners Jerry and Ann Moss and Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs, wife of the trainer and racing manager for the Mosses, were on hand for the work. Also present was Jimmy Duggan, responsible for a special saddle from England designed for Zenyatta’s towering frame since her third race.
“Perfect,” said Smith after the work. “It was just a maintenance work. She really did it well. She’s still dancing.”
The Mosses brought a copy of W Magazine with a feature on the sport’s glamour queen. “She’s from beyond the beyond,” said Ann Moss. “Every day is a celebration. The fun is to see all the joy she makes for others.”
KINSALE KING TO DRILL AT FRESNO FOR BREEDERS’ CUP
Kinsale King, stabled here with trainer Carl O’Callaghan in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, rolled in a sandpit outside his stable Thursday after jogging three miles on the main track.
“I’m taking him to Fresno Saturday to work between races on the dirt,” said O’Callaghan of his preparation for the six-furlong race on dirt at Churchill Downs on November 6.
“I want him to see the crowd and get pumped up,” said O’Callaghan of the 5-year-old gelding. “He only needs one work on dirt. I took him to Golden Gate for two works on Tapeta before he went to Dubai.”
That program proved fruitful for Kinsale King, who won the Golden Shaheen Stakes at Dubai in March to stamp him as one of the leading sprinters in the world. He had earlier won the Vernon Underwood Stakes here and the Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita.
After returning here from Dubai, Kinsale King was shipped to England for his first starts on turf. He finished a game third in the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Ascot in June before fading to 12th in his last start at Newmarket in July.
O’Callaghan blamed the poor performance on running him back too soon with only three weeks between races and an unusually hard Newmarket course because of a drought that stung the horse’s feet.
O’Callaghan decided to train Kinsale King up to the Sprint, confident that he will run well fresh. He said he will probably ship to Kentucky on October 31.
FINISH LINES--Trainer Doug O’Neill said that Quick Enough came back in good shape from victory in the Morvich Handicap, a Win and You’re In race for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, and was optimistic that owners Michael Bello, Russ Sarno and Pablo Suarez would supplement him to the race. O’Neill also said that Alcibiades Stakes winner Wickedly Perfect underwent successful surgery by Dr. Larry Bramlage for a chipped knee Monday and would recuperate at Alamo Pintado in Los Olivos for a 2011 return…Agent Tom Knust has lined up four mounts for Patrick Valenzuela in the Breeders’ Cup: Quick Enough in the Turf Sprint, Dakota Phone in the Dirt Mile, Courageous Cat in the Mile and J P’s Gusto in the Juvenile…Jaycito, who defeated J P’s Gusto in the Norfolk Stakes, worked four furlongs in 50.60 for trainer Mike Mitchell, also for the Juvenile…Nicole Shinton, a 21-year-old apprentice from Fontana, will make her Hollywood Park debut and fourth career start aboard Surprisefor Toulla in the ninth race Sunday…Trainer Steve Specht said that stakes winner Luckarack will run in the Cal Cup Juvenile here October 30...Trainer Tim Yakteen said that stakes winner Bench Points “is on the bench.” Yakteen said the 2-year-old colt, winner of the Graduation and I’m Smokin stakes for Cal-breds at Del Mar, underwent surgery to remove chips from a knee and is recuperating at Winner’s Circle Farm in Bradbury. “We’re looking forward to his 3-year-old campaign,” said Yakteen…Trainer John Shirreffs may have a rising star in the making in Makoma, a 3-year-old filly who won at first asking on turf in a maiden race Monday. The last horse to win first time out for Shirreffs was Zenyatta nearly three years ago. “She’s the last foal out of Rhapsodic, who won the (1993) Landaluce here for Brian Mayberry,” said Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs of the Jerry and Ann Moss homebred. “And it was Brian’s wife, Jeannie, who discovered Zenyatta.”