Saturday, January 31, 2015

Smarty Jones winner Far Right Works Himself into Southwest Picture

Far Right will make his next start in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 16 at Oaklawn, trainer Ron Moquett said Saturday morning. The trainer also added that Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will again ride the 3-year-old son of Notional, who scored a 1 ¾-length victory in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 19.

Far Right, in his first work since the one-mile Smarty Jones, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.20 just after the track opened for training Saturday morning. The Southwest is 1 1/16 miles.

“Right now, we’re headed to the Southwest,” co-owner Harry Rosenblum said. “Ron was elated with his work.”

Rosenblum, a Little Rock, Ark., businessman owns Far Right in partnership with Robert LaPenta, who enjoyed a long, successful association with Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito. Rosenblum and LaPenta were also partners in Truman’s Commander, who ran in the 2011 Arkansas Derby.  

Rosenblum said LaPenta bought a one-third interest in Far Right following the colt’s troubled third-place finish in the $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes (G3) Nov. 22 at Delta Downs.

“Someone else had tried to buy two-thirds of the horse,” Rosenblum said. “I told them, ‘No.’ He’s a friend of mine, Bob. Bob’s a great guy. We’ve had a business relationship outside of horse racing.”

Rosenblum said Far Right will continue to alternate silks during his racing schedule (the colt wore LaPenta’s familiar burgundy and gold colors in the Smarty Jones). The exception, Rosenblum said, is Far Right would carry the Arkansas owner's silks in the Arkansas Derby, if the colt runs in the April 11 race.

“If we go to the Kentucky Derby, we’ll flip a coin,” Rosenblum said. “We’ll have to have a ceremony.”

LaPenta, a Connecticut resident, has campaigned, among others, War Pass, the country’s champion 2-year-old male of 2007, and The Cliff’s Edge, program favorite for the 2004 Kentucky Derby.
 
Ride On Curlin Works

Ride On Curlin worked seven furlongs in 1:29.60 Saturday morning in preparation for the $100,000 Essex Handicap Feb. 14. The Curlin colt breezed after the renovation break under regular exercise rider Bryan Beccia. Working from the six-furlong pole to the seventh-eighths pole, Ride On Curlin recorded splits of :24.60, :36.60, :49.40 and 1:15.40 for three-quarters.

Trainer Billy Gowan said Jon Court will have the mount on Ride On Curlin for the 1 1/16-mile Essex. Court guided Ride On Curlin, runner-up in last year’s Arkansas Derby and Preakness, to a head victory in his 4-year-old debut Jan. 15.
 Bonus Baby

A.P. Brannigan became the first horse to earn Oaklawn’s new Lasix incentive bonus in Friday’s second race, a sprint for Arkansas-bred $12,500 maiden-claimers.

Oaklawn announced last September that horses who win without the bleeder medication during the 2015 meeting would receive a 10-percent bonus to the winner’s share. Lasix-free incentives range from $1,080 for the track’s minimum purse of $18,000 up to $60,000 for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).

Trained by Kelly Von Hemel, A.P. Brannigan earned an additional $1,080 from the original $18,000 purse, on top of the $10,800 to the winner, for his two-length victory. A.P. Brannigan, a 4-year-old People’s Choice gelding owned by Tony and Helen Williams of Branson, Mo., ran eighth in his Jan. 19 career debut at Oaklawn.

“We hadn’t had any (bleeding) problems,” Von Hemel said. “I’m sure sometime he’ll be on Lasix, but yesterday it paid off.”

There were five Lasix-free winners at the 2014 meet: Mufajaah (twice) for trainer Dan Peitz, All Call and Discipline for trainer Chris Richard and Almighty Storm for trainer Otto Draper.

Bonus money paid for Lasix-free winners at the meeting comes from Oaklawn and is separate from the horsemen’s purse account. The total potential bonus supplement entering the scheduled 57-day season was $1.4 million.
 
I Spent It Update

Trainer Tony Dutrow said he believes I Spent It, among the country’s top 2-year-olds last year, is about two weeks away from his first breeze of the year.

“I think that’s being conservative,” Dutrow said Saturday morning.

I Spent It hasn’t started since finishing last of six in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (G1) Oct. 4 at Belmont Park. The colt, the first winner sired by 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, came out of the Champagne with a small bone chip in a knee, which Dutrow said was surgically removed.

Dutrow and co-owner Alex Lieblong said I Spent It could make his 3-year-old debut in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14 or the $100,000 Gazebo Stakes March 21. The Rebel, the final major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11, is 1 1/16 miles. The Gazebo is six furlongs.

I Spent It won 2 of 4 starts last year, including the $200,000 Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) in August at Saratoga.

Lieblong, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission, and his wife JoAnn own I Spent It in partnership with Three Chimneys Farm.
 
Finish Lines

Trainer Tony Dutrow said Grade I winner The Big Beast is scheduled to make his 4-year-old debut around March 1, a comeback race that will serve as a prep for the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 9. The $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes is March 7. The Big Beast hasn’t started since winning the $500,000 King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) in August at Saratoga after having a tiny bone chip removed from an ankle. … Arkansas Derby candidate The Truth Or Else breezed a half-mile in :49.20 Saturday morning in preparation for his 3-year-old debut. Trainer Kenny McPeek said the $750,000 Rebel (G2) March 14 is the first major target. … Pippin winner Mufajaah worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.20 Saturday morning in preparation for the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) Feb. 15.

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

 

Smarty Jones winner Far Right Works Himself into Southwest Picture

 

Far Right will make his next start in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 16 at Oaklawn, trainer Ron Moquett said Saturday morning. The trainer also added that Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will again ride the 3-year-old son of Notional, who scored a 1 ¾-length victory in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 19.

 

Far Right, in his first work since the one-mile Smarty Jones, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.20 just after the track opened for training Saturday morning. The Southwest is 1 1/16 miles.

 

“Right now, we’re headed to the Southwest,” co-owner Harry Rosenblum said. “Ron was elated with his work.”

 

Rosenblum, a Little Rock, Ark., businessman owns Far Right in partnership with Robert LaPenta, who enjoyed a long, successful association with Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito. Rosenblum and LaPenta were also partners in Truman’s Commander, who ran in the 2011 Arkansas Derby. 

 

Rosenblum said LaPenta bought a one-third interest in Far Right following the colt’s troubled third-place finish in the $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes (G3) Nov. 22 at Delta Downs.

 

“Someone else had tried to buy two-thirds of the horse,” Rosenblum said. “I told them, ‘No.’ He’s a friend of mine, Bob. Bob’s a great guy. We’ve had a business relationship outside of horse racing.”

 

Rosenblum said Far Right will continue to alternate silks during his racing schedule (the colt wore LaPenta’s familiar burgundy and gold colors in the Smarty Jones). The exception, Rosenblum said, is Far Right would carry the Arkansas owner's silks in the Arkansas Derby, if the colt runs in the April 11 race.

 

“If we go to the Kentucky Derby, we’ll flip a coin,” Rosenblum said. “We’ll have to have a ceremony.”

 

LaPenta, a Connecticut resident, has campaigned, among others, War Pass, the country’s champion 2-year-old male of 2007, and The Cliff’s Edge, program favorite for the 2004 Kentucky Derby.

 

Ride On Curlin Works

 

Ride On Curlin worked seven furlongs in 1:29.60 Saturday morning in preparation for the $100,000 Essex Handicap Feb. 14. The Curlin colt breezed after the renovation break under regular exercise rider Bryan Beccia. Working from the six-furlong pole to the seventh-eighths pole, Ride On Curlin recorded splits of :24.60, :36.60, :49.40 and 1:15.40 for three-quarters.

 

Trainer Billy Gowan said Jon Court will have the mount on Ride On Curlin for the 1 1/16-mile Essex. Court guided Ride On Curlin, runner-up in last year’s Arkansas Derby and Preakness, to a head victory in his 4-year-old debut Jan. 15.

 Bonus Baby

 

A.P. Brannigan became the first horse to earn Oaklawn’s new Lasix incentive bonus in Friday’s second race, a sprint for Arkansas-bred $12,500 maiden-claimers.

 

Oaklawn announced last September that horses who win without the bleeder medication during the 2015 meeting would receive a 10-percent bonus to the winner’s share. Lasix-free incentives range from $1,080 for the track’s minimum purse of $18,000 up to $60,000 for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). 

 

Trained by Kelly Von Hemel, A.P. Brannigan earned an additional $1,080 from the original $18,000 purse, on top of the $10,800 to the winner, for his two-length victory. A.P. Brannigan, a 4-year-old People’s Choice gelding owned by Tony and Helen Williams of Branson, Mo., ran eighth in his Jan. 19 career debut at Oaklawn.

 

“We hadn’t had any (bleeding) problems,” Von Hemel said. “I’m sure sometime he’ll be on Lasix, but yesterday it paid off.”

 

There were five Lasix-free winners at the 2014 meet: Mufajaah (twice) for trainer Dan Peitz, All Call and Discipline for trainer Chris Richard and Almighty Storm for trainer Otto Draper.

 

Bonus money paid for Lasix-free winners at the meeting comes from Oaklawn and is separate from the horsemen’s purse account. The total potential bonus supplement entering the scheduled 57-day season was $1.4 million.

 

I Spent It Update

 

Trainer Tony Dutrow said he believes I Spent It, among the country’s top 2-year-olds last year, is about two weeks away from his first breeze of the year.

 

“I think that’s being conservative,” Dutrow said Saturday morning.

 

I Spent It hasn’t started since finishing last of six in the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (G1) Oct. 4 at Belmont Park. The colt, the first winner sired by 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, came out of the Champagne with a small bone chip in a knee, which Dutrow said was surgically removed.

 

Dutrow and co-owner Alex Lieblong said I Spent It could make his 3-year-old debut in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14 or the $100,000 Gazebo Stakes March 21. The Rebel, the final major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11, is 1 1/16 miles. The Gazebo is six furlongs.

 

I Spent It won 2 of 4 starts last year, including the $200,000 Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) in August at Saratoga.

 

Lieblong, a member of the Arkansas Racing Commission, and his wife JoAnn own I Spent It in partnership with Three Chimneys Farm.

 

Finish Lines

 

Trainer Tony Dutrow said Grade I winner The Big Beast is scheduled to make his 4-year-old debut around March 1, a comeback race that will serve as a prep for the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 9. The $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes is March 7. The Big Beast hasn’t started since winning the $500,000 King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) in August at Saratoga after having a tiny bone chip removed from an ankle. … Arkansas Derby candidate The Truth Or Else breezed a half-mile in :49.20 Saturday morning in preparation for his 3-year-old debut. Trainer Kenny McPeek said the $750,000 Rebel (G2) March 14 is the first major target. … Pippin winner Mufajaah worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.20 Saturday morning in preparation for the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) Feb. 15.

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