Oaklawn Report by Robert Yates
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Far Right Waiting for Oaklawn
Far Right is passing Saturday’s $400,000 Super Derby (G2) at Louisiana Downs and will be pointed for the 2016 Oaklawn meeting, trainer Ron Moquett said.
Far Right, the top locally based 3-year-old this year at Oaklawn, had been under consideration for several late-summer races, including the $1.6 million Travers Stakes (G1) Aug. 29 at Saratoga and the Super Derby. The ridgling is at Churchill Downs, Moquett said, after previously being based at Saratoga.
Far Right hasn’t started since finishing sixth in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G2) July 18 at Indiana Grand.
“He’s had a tough campaign, and my owners have always let me do what I want to do,” Moquett said. “It was one of those deals where I want to be fresh and ready for Oaklawn. That doesn’t mean we won’t run before then, it just means I want to point him for Oaklawn.”
Far Right has a 2-1-0 record from six starts this year.
He won Oaklawn’s $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes and $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) before running second behind American Pharoah in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). He then finished 15th in the Kentucky Derby.
Treasure Box Update
Trainer Gary “Red Dog” Hartlage said Treasure Box, an unbeaten 3-year-old half-sister to On Fire Baby, could resume racing this fall after emerging from her only lifetime start with an injury.
Treasure Box, in her March 13 debut at Oaklawn, broke slowly and fell far behind before rallying along the rail to win a 1 1/16-mile maiden-allowance event by a half-length under Joe Johnson. She was subsequently diagnosed with a tibia fracture and didn’t resume training until approximately two months ago, Hartlage said.
Hartlage said no surgery was required, and he’s shooting for a comeback race, “probably in November” at Churchill Downs for Treasure Box, a daughter of Lemon Drop Kid.
“Everything’s good,” Hartlage said. “We’re not in any hurry. We’re taking our time with her.”
Treasure Box races for owner/breeder Anita Cauley, who also campaigned On Fire Baby.
Hartlage saddled On Fire Baby to a pair of stakes victories at Oaklawn, including the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) in 2013.
Ornate, the dam of On Fire Baby and Treasure Box, also produced Oaklawn stakes winners High Heels (2007 Fantasy) and French Kiss (2009 Pippin).
March 1 Oaklawn allowance winner The Big Beast will receive the remainder of the year off following a runner-up finish in the $700,000 Forego Stakes (G1) Aug. 29 at Saratoga, owner Alex Lieblong said. The plan, at this time, is to race The Big Beast at 5, Lieblong said. … For Greater Glory, a March 12 allowance/optional claiming winner at Oaklawn, finished third in Monday’s $200,000 Greenwood Cup Stakes (G3) at Parx. … Brad Cox, Oaklawn’s co-third-leading trainer this year, topped the standings at the Ellis Park meeting that concluded Monday with 11 victories. … Archarcharch was represented by his eighth winner when Theory of Change won her career debut Monday at Saratoga, a 1 1/16-mile maiden-allowance event on the turf. The 2011 Arkansas Derby (G1) winner, who stands at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky, entered Tuesday tied for second in winners (eight) and ranked sixth in purse earnings ($335,276) among the country’s first-crop sires, according to The Blood-Horse, a weekly industry magazine. … Grade 3 winner Everyday Heroes, who won his first three career starts at the 2009 Oaklawn meeting for trainer Tim Ritchey, was represented by his first winner at stud when Renamed broke her maiden Aug. 29 at Canterbury Park. The 2-year-old filly is campaigned by trainer Mike Biehler and owners Al and Bill Ulwelling, all Oaklawn regulars. Everyday Heroes’ March 29, 2009, victory at Oaklawn, was noteworthy because it was one of five winners on the card for then-56-year-old jockey Perry Compton. Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day and Larry Snyder, a longtime steward at Oaklawn, share the single-day Oaklawn record for victories (six).
Oaklawn Report by Robert Yates