Thursday, October 08, 2015

Moquett Making Big Plans for Stable Stars
 
Trainer Ron Moquett said he’s already outlining future plans for his two runners who competed in stakes last weekend at Keeneland. Gentlemen’s Bet finished fifth in Friday’s $250,000 Phoenix (G3), a major prep for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint Oct. 31 at Keeneland, while Heykittykittykitty finished second in Saturday’s $250,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) for filly and mare sprinters.

“They ran really good,” Moquett said. “Very excited.”

Moquett said “if we get lucky enough to get in,” Gentlemen’s Bet will make his next start in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Gentlemen’s Bet finished third in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, but didn’t run in 2014 because of a foot problem. The 6-year-old son of Half Ours finished third in his Feb. 14 comeback race at Oaklawn, an allowance/optional claimer, before winning the track’s $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 7. He was beaten 5 lengths in the Phoenix, the horse’s first start since May 30.

Heykittykittykitty, a two-time allowance/optional claimer winner at this year’s Oaklawn meeting, will “probably” make her next start in the $130,000 (estimated) Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint Oct. 16 at Remington Park, Moquett said. The 6-furlong race is restricted to Oklahoma-bred fillies and mares.

Moquett said Heykittykittykitty isn’t a candidate for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) Oct. 31 at Keeneland “due to the overwhelming price to pay for a nomination fee.” The 4-year-old daughter of Tactical Cat ran fourth in last year’s Oklahoma Classics Distaff Sprint and finished second in the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes Feb. 21 at Oaklawn.

Moquett said he’s hopeful that Gentlemen’s Bet and Heykittykittykitty will remain in his barn in 2016, rather than be retired.

“Of course, the owners get to make the decision,” Moquett said. “I would vote yes.”

The trainer reiterated that multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Far Right (Smarty Jones and Southwest) is being freshened for a comeback at the 2016 Oaklawn meeting.

“He’s getting a deserved rest, and I want to point him to Oaklawn,” Moquett said.
 
Eyes of Texas on Oklahoma

Texas Bling and Texas Air are entered in a conditioned allowance race Thursday night at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.

Texas Bling was the only horse to go through Oaklawn’s four-race Kentucky Derby prep series in 2013, finishing second to eventual 3-year-old champion male Will Take Charge in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes. He was unplaced in two allowance/optional claiming events this year at Oaklawn before winning the $50,000 Assault Stakes July 11 at Lone Star Park in his last start.

Texas Air won a March 26 allowance/optional claimer at Oaklawn before recording his biggest career victory to date in the $200,000 Texas Mile (G3) May 1 at Lone Star Park. He finished second, beaten a half-length by Texas Bling, in the Assault Stakes.

Finish Lines

Jesus Castanon, the regular rider of multiple stakes winner Carve, won Sunday’s first race at Keeneland, the jockey’s first victory since suffering a fractured fibula and broken tailbone in a June spill at Churchill Downs. Castanon was Oaklawn’s 12th-leading rider this year with 16 victories, including the $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes aboard Carve, from 132 mounts. …  Sassy Miss Sue, an unstarted 2-year-old full sister to two-time Oaklawn Azeri winner and millionaire Tiz Miz Sue, has had two 3-furlong works this month at Churchill Downs for trainer Steve Hobby of Hot Springs. Sassy Miss Sue was up to half-mile workouts this summer at Churchill Downs before having a tiny ankle chip removed, Hobby said. Hobby, who also trained Tiz Miz Sue, said he hopes to get a race into Sassy Miss Sue, a daughter of Tiznow, this fall in preparation for the 2016 Oaklawn meeting. … Set the Trappe has recently joined Hobby at Churchill Downs after being based this summer at Saratoga with trainer Tony Dutrow. Set the Trappe, a 2-year-old son of Trappe Shot, finished second in his Aug. 8 career debut before running sixth in the $350,000 Hopeful Stakes (G1) Sept. 7. He had begun his career with Hobby, owner Alex Lieblong said. … Lieblong said the Hobby-trained High Dollar Woman will be pointed for Oaklawn’s 2016 series of two-turn stakes races for older fillies and mares, although there is an outside chance she could be entered in the Fasig-Tipton November Sale. High Dollar Woman began her 3-year-old campaign with a fifth-place finish in the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Jan. 31 at Oaklawn and scored her biggest career victory to date in the $200,000 Indiana Oaks (G2) July 18 at Indiana Grand. … Lieblong said Grade 1 winner The Big Beast, who captured a March 1 allowance race at Oaklawn in his 2015 debut, could resurface late in the 2016 Oaklawn meeting, if he isn’t retired to stud. … Lieblong said he plans right now to race multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Spring Included (this year’s $100,000 Spring Fever and $100,000 Carousel winner) as a 5-year-old. … Raagheb, a March 7 maiden special weights winner at Oaklawn, cleared his first allowance condition at 1 1/8 miles Friday at Keeneland. … Spezia, a 2-year-old Speightstown colt owned by Oaklawn President Charles Cella, is entered in a maiden-allowance sprint Friday at Keeneland. … Feathered, seventh as the favorite in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 4 at Oaklawn, is entered in Saturday’s $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at Keeneland. … Millionaire and Grade 1 winner Golden Ticket, who began 2015 with a third-place finish in the $250,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) March 14 at Oaklawn, has been retired and will stand the 2016 breeding season at Questroyal North’s stallion station in New York. His fee will be $7,500.


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