Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Allied Air Raid Contributes to Big Day for trainer Brad Cox

Favored Allied Air Raid ran third in Saturday’s $400,000 Super Derby (G2) at Louisiana Downs to boost his career earnings to $208,150. Allied Air Raid made his first three career starts at Oaklawn, breaking his maiden March 14 and winning a first-level allowance optional/claimer April 8.

The Midshipman gelding was coming off a runner-up finish in the $100,000 Super Derby Prelude Stakes Aug. 8, the final major local prep for the Super Derby.

Prelude winner The Pickett Factor, who won his Feb. 14 career debut at Oaklawn, finished fourth in the Super Derby.

Allied Air Raid, the 9-5 favorite, was beaten 3 ¼ lengths by Mobile Bay in the 1 1/8-mile Super Derby. He is trained by Brad Cox, Oaklawn’s co-third-leading trainer this year with 18 victories.

Although Allied Air Raid didn’t win, Saturday was still a huge day for Cox. Earlier on the Louisiana Downs card he won the $75,000 Sunday Silence Stakes, a mile grass race, with Uncle Brennie. Uncle Brennie, a 2-year-old Uncle Mo colt, is owned by Staton Flurry of Hot Springs. At Churchill Downs, he won the $100,000 Open Mind Stakes with Spelling Again.

Secret Circle Retired

Two-time Breeders’ Cup winner Secret Circle, one of the top 3-year-olds at the 2012 Oaklawn meeting, has been retired to begin a stallion career next year.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Secret Circle won a division of Oaklawn’s $250,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) and the $500,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) before running a distant second behind stablemate Bodemeister in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).

Secret Circle didn’t start again until October 2013, winning an allowance/optional claiming race at Santa Anita, then the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) the following month. In his final career start, Secret Circle won the $2 million Golden Shaheen March 28 in Dubai.

A 6-year-old son of Eddington, Secret Circle retires with an 8-6-1 record from 16 lifetime starts and earnings of $3,670,790. He also won the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint in 2011 at Churchill Downs. Stud plans are pending.

Castaway, who won the other division of the Southwest in 2012 for Baffert, continues to toil in the allowance/optional claiming ranks on the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic region.

Bodemeister, also trained by Baffert, stands at WinStar Farm in Kentucky and his first foals are yearlings in 2015.
 
Finish Lines

Spring Fever runner-up Heykittykittykitty finished second in Saturday’s $100,000 Open Mind Stakes at Churchill Downs under three-time Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr.. … Haunted Heroine won Saturday’s $75,000 River City Stakes at Louisiana Downs for trainer Bret Calhoun. Haunted Heroine ran second in Oaklawn’s $100,000 Pippin Stakes Jan. 17 and eighth in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) Feb. 15. … Synchrony, a 2-year-old Tapit colt trained by Donnie K. Von Hemel, finished second in his career debut Saturday at Churchill Downs. Synchrony is out of Brownie Points, who won the $50,000 Martha Washington Stakes in 2006 at Oaklawn and was second to Zenyatta in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) in 2008 at Oaklawn. Von Hemel also trained Brownie Points. Dublinyourmoney, owned by Oaklawn President Charles Cella, finished fifth in the same Churchill Downs race. … Trainer Tom Howard said he’s still debating whether to run Ivan Fallunovalot in the $150,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup Sept. 27 at Remington Park or the $250,000 Phoenix Stakes (G3) Oct. 2 at Keeneland. Ivan Fallunovalot, who won the $100,000 King Cotton Stakes Feb. 7 at Oaklawn, worked a half-mile in :49.94 Saturday at Remington. Gentlemen’s Bet, who is pointing for the Phoenix, worked a half-mile in :49.40 Sunday at Churchill Downs for trainer Ron Moquett. Gentlemen’s Bet won the $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 7 at Oaklawn.
 
 
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