Thursday, September 10, 2015

Oaklawn Winners Top Super Derby Field

The top two wagering choices in the program for Saturday’s $400,000 Super Derby (G2) at Louisiana Downs are both Oaklawn maiden special weights graduates. The Pickett Factor (8-5) and Allied Air Raid (9-5) are among seven horses entered in the 1 1/8-mile Super Derby, the centerpiece of the Louisiana Downs meet.

The Pickett Factor and Allied Air Raid ran 1-2 in the $100,000 Super Derby Prelude Stakes Aug. 8, the final major local prep for the Super Derby.

The Pickett Factor won his Feb. 14 career debut at Oaklawn for trainer Ralph Irwin and his longtime client, owner Melissa Cantacuzene. Allied Air Raid broke his maiden March 14 at Oaklawn for Brad Cox, Oaklawn’s co-third-leading trainer this year. Neither The Pickett Factor or Allied Air Raid tackled stakes company at Oaklawn.

The Pickett Factor is scheduled to break from post 3 under Donnie Meche. Allied Air Raid, who will be ridden by Chris Landeros, drew post 5.

Also entered from the rail out are: Prime Engine, Four Leaf Chief, Fusaichi Flame, Chocopologie and Mobile Bay. All starters carry scale weight of 124 pounds. Probable post time for the Super Derby is 5:12 p.m. (Central).
 
Phoenix Bound?

Trainer Tom Howard said he’s leaning toward running Ivan Fallunovalot, one of the top sprinters this year at Oaklawn, in the $250,000 Phoenix Stakes (G3) Oct. 2 at Keeneland.

The Phoenix is a “Win and You’re In” event for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) Oct. 31 at Keeneland.

Howard said Ivan Fallunovalot also remains under consideration for the $150,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup Sept. 27 at Remington Park, where the gelding is based.

Ivan Fallunovalot breezed a half-mile in :50.12 last Thursday, his first work since winning the $75,000 David M. Vance Sprint Stakes Aug. 15 at Remington.

“He’s doing great,” Howard said.

Howard said a decision on the gelding’s next start will be made in the next few days. The trainer said if Ivan Fallunovalot runs in the Phoenix, he’ll work this weekend and Sept. 25, then ship to Kentucky Sept. 26.

The Vance Sprint Stakes was the first start for Ivan Fallunovalot since he finished second to Alsvid in the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 9 at Oaklawn.

Ivan Fallunovalot won Oaklawn’s $100,000 King Cotton Stakes Feb. 7 and finished second to Gentlemen’s Bet the $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 7. Alsvid and Gentlemen’s Bet are also pointing for the Phoenix.

Alsvid worked a bullet 5 furlongs (:59.20) Wednesday at Churchill Downs for Chris Hartman, Oaklawn’s leading trainer this year. Gentlemen’s Bet worked a half-mile in :48.80 Sunday at Churchill Downs for trainer Ron Moquett.
 
Finish Lines

Spring Included, winner of the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes and $100,000 Carousel Stakes this year at Oaklawn, drew post 10 for Saturday’s $300,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint at Kentucky Downs … Spring Fever runner-up Heykittykittykitty, drew post 3 for Saturday’s $100,000 Open Mind Stakes at Churchill Downs. Three-time Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. is named to ride. … Pangburn, third in the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) March 7 at Oaklawn, is entered in Saturday’s $500,000 Sands Point Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park. The race is scheduled for 1 1/8 miles on the grass, but Pangburn is entered for the main track only. Pangburn won an allowance/optional claimer Aug. 29 at Saratoga in her last start. … Uncle Brennie and Tuff Red Stick, who could be players in the 3-year-old division next year at Oaklawn, drew posts 5 and 12, respectively, for Saturday’s $75,000 Sunday Silence Stakes at Louisiana Downs. The Sunday Silence is a mile on the grass. Uncle Brennie is owned by Staton Flurry of Hot Springs and trained by Brad Cox, who won 18 races to tie for third in the 2015 Oaklawn standings. Tuff Red Stick is owned by Camden, Ark.-based Tri-Star Racing and trained by Tim Glyshaw … Twirling Cinnamon, Cox’s first Saratoga stakes starter, drew post 11 for Saturday’s $150,000 Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/16-mile Iroquois is a “Win and You’re In” event for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) Oct. 31 at Keeneland and the first points race to qualify for the 2016 Kentucky Derby. Twirling Cinnamon hasn’t started since finishing eighth in the $150,000 Sanford Stakes (G3) July 25 at Saratoga. Twirling Cinnamon, owned by prominent Arkansas automobile dealer Steve Landers, won his June 19 career debut at Churchill. Also entered in the Iroquois is Condominium (post 4), a son of Tiznow who is winless in two starts for two-time Oaklawn training champion D. Wayne Lukas.
 
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