Thursday, November 05, 2015
Gold Medal Dancer Returns Saturday
Major Oaklawn stakes winner Gold Medal Dancer is scheduled to return to action in Saturday’s $200,000 Chilukki (G2) Stakes for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs. Trained by Donnie K. Von Hemel, Gold
Medal Dancer is winless in three starts since beating champion Untapable in the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 14 at Oaklawn.
After winning the Azeri, Gold Medal Dancer ran third in the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 10 at Oaklawn. She hasn't started since finishing sixth in the $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (G2) June 13 at Churchill Downs.
The Pin Oak Stable homebred is scheduled to break from post 6 under 2007 Oaklawn riding champion Luis Quinonez and carry top weight of 123 pounds. Probable post time for the 1-mile Chilukki is 4:15 p.m. (Central).
On 2-year-old Watch
Spezia, owned by Oaklawn President Charles Cella, is the 3-1 program favorite for a maiden special weights sprint Friday at Churchill Downs.
Spezia, who has run second or third in all three career starts, is scheduled to break from the rail under Marcelino Pedroza. He is by 2004 male sprint champion Speightstown.
Tiz Funny, a son of 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow, is the early 7-2 second choice for trainer Dan Peitz and longtime clients Robert and Lawana Low of Springfield, Mo. Tiz Funny is out of the fast Ha Ha Tonka, who broke her maiden by 8 ¼ lengths for Peitz and the Lows at the 2011 Oaklawn meeting before winning the $60,000 Prairie Rose Stakes two months later at Prairie Meadows. The colt has run second and third in both career starts.
Langdom (Northern Afleet) will be making his second career start for six-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen. Three-time Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. has the call.
Whitmore (Pleasantly Perfect) will be making his career debut for Ron Moquett, among Oaklawn’s leading trainers in 2015.
Dr. Ben (Corinthian) is also scheduled to make his career debut for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and owner/breeder Willis Horton. Lukas, a two-time Oaklawn training champion, and Horton campaigned champions and Oaklawn stakes winners Will Take Charge and Take Charge Brandi.
Probable post time for the 6-furlong race, which goes as race 10, is 4:15 p.m.
Champion Take Charge Brandi, who recorded her final career victory in the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Jan. 31 at Oaklawn, was purchased for $6 million by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms Tuesday at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Willis Horton of Marshall, Ark., who campaigned Take Charge Brandi, then purchased a weanling daughter of War Front for $2 million later Tuesday at the sale. Both Take Charge Brandi and the weanling filly were consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale (John Sikura). … Six-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen tied for the Keeneland fall meet title with nine victories. He tied for the title with Kenny McPeek and Mark Casse, who also have considerable stables at Oaklawn. … Grade II winner I Spent It is joining former stablemate The Big Beast at Ocala Stud in Florida, where both will begin their breeding careers next year. Stud fees for I Spent It and The Big Beast, a March 1 allowance winner at Oaklawn, are pending. … The Big Beast and I Spent It were both campaigned by Alex and JoAnn Lieblong of Conway, Ark., who have an unstarted 2-year-old to watch in The Big Mo, who worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.20 Wednesday at Fair Hill. The son of white-hot freshman sire Uncle Mo could debut this month at Aqueduct for trainer Tony Dutrow. … Oaklawn maiden winner Raagheb is entered in a second-level allowance race Friday at Churchill Downs. … Marking, out of Seventh Street, winner of the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) in 2009 at Oaklawn, won an entry-level allowance race Wednesday at Aqueduct to remain unbeaten in two career starts. Marking is a 3-year-old son of Bernardini.
Thursday, November 05, 2015