Oaklawn News

Far Right still has a case of “Derby Fever”

After running 15th in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, Far Right could run in the Ohio Derby, Iowa Derby or the Indiana Derby this summer, trainer Ron Moquett said Thursday morning. Moquett said Far Right, the top locally based 3-year-old at Oaklawn, returned to the track Wednesday at Churchill Downs, where the trainer is based.

“Everything’s perfect,” Moquett said. “That was the easiest race on him he’s ever had. There was no pace, so he never got out of a gallop.”

The late-running Far Right was last of 18 for about the first mile before finishing 15th, beaten 15 ¾ lengths by American Pharoah.

After winning the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 19 and the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 22, Far Right finished second to American Pharoah in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), beaten eight lengths.

Moquett said he will consult with co-owners Harry Rosenblum and Robert LaPenta concerning Far Right’s next start, but is “leaning” toward “something along the lines” of the Ohio Derby, Iowa Derby or the Indiana Derby.

“But we’re open to all options,” Moquett said.

The $500,000 Ohio Derby is June 20 at ThistleDown, the $250,000 Iowa Derby (G3) is June 27 at Prairie Meadows and the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2) is July 18 at Indiana Grand. All three races are 1 1/16 miles.

Far Right and American Pharoah were among three Oaklawn-raced horses to compete in the Kentucky Derby.

American Pharoah is headed to the Preakness May 16 at Pimlico, while Mr. Z, 13th in the Kentucky Derby, is under consideration for the second leg of the Triple Crown. Mr. Z ran third in the Smarty Jones, Southwest and Arkansas Derby.
Oaklawn Strong

Three of the five horses entered in the $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds Saturday at Belmont Park raced at Oaklawn. Wolf Man Rocket, who broke his maiden in the $100,000 Northern Spur Stakes April 11, drew the rail for the 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan.

Madefromlucky, second to American Pharoah in the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14, drew post 2. Madefromlucky, who is removing blinkers, is coming off a fourth-place finish behind American Pharoah in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11. Supplementary nominee Conquest Curlinate, scheduled to break from post 3, broke his maiden Jan. 31 before running third in a Feb. 19 entry-level allowance race. Conquest Curlinate was then beaten a nose in the $400,000 Illinois Derby (G3) April 18 at Hawthorne.

The Peter Pan closed April 25 with 34 nominations.

Also nominated were Bridget’s Big Luvy, eighth in the Arkansas Derby; Phenomenal Phoenix, ninth in the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 22; Sakima, a Jan. 17 maiden winner; and The Truth Or Else, seventh in the Arkansas Derby.

Alternation ran fifth in the 2011 Arkansas Derby before winning the Peter Pan. Purge, one of only two horses ever favored over Smarty Jones, ran fifth in the 2004 Arkansas Derby before winning the Peter Pan.
Oaklawn-raced Lost Mountain won the 1991 Peter Pan.

Probable post time for the Peter Pan, which could produce a starter for the June 6 Belmont Stakes, is 1:22 p.m. (Central).
Finish Lines

Gentlemen’s Bet, winner of the $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 7 at Oaklawn, is pointing for the $125,000 Iowa Sprint June 26 at Prairie Meadows, trainer Ron Moquett said. Gentlemen’s Bet, who won the 2013 Iowa Sprint, finished fourth in Saturday’s $500,000 Churchill Downs Handicap (G2). … Moquett said next-race plans are pending for recent addition Phenomenal Phoenix, exiting a third-place finish in the $400,000 Illinois Derby (G3) April 18 at Hawthorne. Phenomenal Phoenix, who wintered at Oaklawn with trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel, was privately purchased following the Illinois Derby by a new Texas client, Moquett said. ... Diva’s Diamond, runner-up to champion Untapable, in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 10 at Oaklawn, is the 3-5 program favorite for a conditioned/optional claimer Thursday at Prairie Meadows (9:37 p.m. Central). Diva’s Diamond was the only horse to go through Oaklawn’s four-race series of two-turn stakes races for older fillies and mares this year. She also finished seventh in the $100,000 Pippin Stakes Jan. 17, fifth in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) Feb. 15 and fourth in the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 14. … Alsvid recorded a bullet 3-furlong work (:35.40) Friday at Churchill Downs, the gelding’s first breeze since winning the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 9 at Oaklawn. … Count Fleet runner-up Ivan Fallunovalot worked a bullet half-mile (:47.60) Friday at Lone Star. … Pressing Luck, a 3-year-old Lookin At Lucky colt who finished third in his April 3 career debut at Oaklawn, worked 5 furlongs in 1:02 Friday at Churchill Downs. Trainer Steve Hobby is shopping for a one-turn mile race for Pressing Luck, who galloped out strongly in last month’s sprint race. … Apprentice jockey Geena Kelly, 0 for 22 at this year’s Oaklawn meeting, rode her first career winner April 28 at Indiana Grand. Kelly, 1 for 49 in her career, is also a fitness model. … Since moving his tack to Oaklawn Feb. 14, Alex Canchari has won 34 races – 21 at Oaklawn to finish tied for eighth in the standings and 13 at Prairie Meadows, where he tops the standings. Canchari had been 0 for 29 at the Santa Anita winter/spring meet before returning to the Midwest.