Oaklawn News

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Achiever’s Legacy Eyes Fantasy Stakes

Stakes winner Achiever’s Legacy will be leaving her Southern California base to run in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies April 4 at Oaklawn, co-owner Richard Robertson said Saturday morning.

Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, Achiever’s Legacy has a 2-0-2 record from eight lifetime starts and earnings of $138,060. The daughter of City Zip scored her biggest career victory in the $100,000 Desi Arnaz Stakes Nov. 16 at Del Mar. She is coming off a fourth-place finish in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3) Feb. 28 at Santa Anita.

Achiever’s Legacy was nominated to the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) March 7 at Oaklawn, but her connections decided to keep the filly on the West Coast for the Santa Ysabel.

Robertson, a Camden, Ark., businessman, also co-owns multiple stakes winner Delta Flower, winner of the 2014 Rainbow Miss Stakes at Oaklawn. The 4-year-old Arkansas-bred filly is also trained by Hollendorfer.

Sugar Shock OK

Multiple stakes winner Sugar Shock emerged from her fourth-place finish in a Friday allowance/optional claimer in good order, co-owner/trainer Doug Anderson said Saturday morning.
Anderson had considered scratching Sugar Shock from the mile race because of the possibility of an off track. Although the track was rated good, Sugar Shock was beaten 17 lengths as the 2-5 favorite under regular rider Channing Hill. Hill had pulled up Sugar Shock in last year’s $200,000 Iowa Oaks (G3) because she wasn’t handling the muddy surface, Anderson said. Friday marked first time in six Oaklawn starts that Sugar Shock failed to cross the wire first.

“She just threw her head up and said, ‘I didn’t like that stuff,’ ” Anderson said. “We had to do something.”

Sugar Shock was scratched from the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 14 because Anderson feared the track would be off following torrential rain the previous two days. The track was rated good for the Azeri, which was the final major local prep for the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 10. Anderson had hoped to use Friday’s race as a steppingstone to the Apple Blossom. Despite the setback, Anderson said the 4-year-old filly remains possible for the 1 1/16-mile race.

“Our plans have been the Apple Blossom all the time,” Anderson said. “We’ll see how it shakes out.”

Sugar Shock hadn’t started since winning the $100,000 American Beauty Stakes at 6 furlongs Jan. 24. She
scored her biggest career victory in last year’s $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn.
Off The Bench

Trainer Mac Robertson said he’s pointing multiple stakes winner Picko’s Pride for the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 9. Picko’s Pride ran second in the 2013 Count Fleet and finished fourth in last year’s race, but hasn’t started since winning an allowance/optional claiming Sept. 27 at Delaware Park.

Picko’s Pride has recorded four workouts the last month at Oaklawn, including a half-mile bullet (:47.60) Wednesday.

“He worked good the other day,” Robertson said. “I was lucky we had a good track to work on. He runs good fresh.”

Robertson said Picko’s Pride, a 7-year-old son of Cactus Ridge, had a chip removed from a knee following his last start.  “It was in the upper joint,” Robertson said. “He’s seems to have come back good from it.”

Picko’s Pride has an 8-6-1 record from 26 lifetime starts and earnings of $348,907.

Also pointing for the Count Fleet are Gentlemen’s Bet and Ivan Fallunovalot, the 1-2 finishers, respectively, in the $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 7.

Gentlemen’s Bet worked a half-mile in :52.20 after the renovation break Saturday morning. Ivan Fallunovalot is scheduled to work just after the track opens for training Sunday morning.  

Jockey Emmanuel Esquivel begins a three-day suspension Sunday for riding incident in the third race March 15.
Stewards cited Esquivel for allowing his mount, Hidden Candy, “to drift to the outside in the stretch” and interfere with Karlyrae’swarrior, who won the $50,000 maiden-claiming sprint by three-quarters of a length.

There was no disqualification in the race since Hidden Candy finished second to Karlyrae’swarrior. Esquivel, who is riding at Oaklawn for the first time this year, has a 6-8-12 record from 83 mounts and purse earnings of $369,525. Two of Esquivel’s victories were aboard the recently retired Mufajaah in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) and the $100,000 Pippin Stakes.

Oaklawn leading rider Ricardo Santana Jr. returned from his one-day riding suspension Saturday.
Finish Lines

Multiple stakes winner Cinco Charlie, the 9-5 program favorite, was scratched from Saturday’s $100,000 Gazebo Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters. Trainer Steve Asmussen also entered Bayerd in the 6-furlong race. Asmussen’s Oaklawn assistant, Darren Fleming, said he believed Cinco Charlie was scratched for another spot. … Trainer Brad Cox said he’s leaning toward running Carve in the $200,000 Texas Mile (G3) April 24 at Lone Star Park. Cox said the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 11 remains under consideration for the multiple stakes winner. … Zee Bros worked five furlongs Saturday morning in 1:00.60 for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who said the 5-year-old will “probably” make his next start in the $125,000 Shakertown Stakes (G3), a 5 ½-furlong turf race, April 4 at Keeneland. … Multiple stakes winner Alsvid worked a bullet half-mile (:48.60) Saturday morning for leading trainer Chris Hartman. … Trainer Jinks Fires is back on his pony during morning training hours following surgery last month on his left ear for skin cancer. Fires had been observing training from the grandstand.