Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Next stop, Kentucky

Trainer Tom Howard said Ivan Fallunovalot emerged in good order from his 2 ½-length victory in Sunday’s $150,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup and will make his next start in the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) Oct. 31 at Keeneland. Under Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel, Ivan Fallunovalot covered 6 furlongs over a fast track in 1:08.42 to earn a preliminary Beyer Speed Figure of 101.

“Congratulations to old Ivan,” Howard said Monday morning. “He’s the man.”

Sunday’s victory was the most lucrative of the 5-year-old gelding’s 19-race career. An 11-time winner of $476,910, Ivan Fallunovalot was claimed by Howard on behalf of owner Lewis Mathews of Bismarck, Ark., for $25,000 at the 2014 Oaklawn meeting.

Howard said “you couldn’t have asked for it to go any better” in the Remington Park Sprint Cup. Borel, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 1995 and 2001, kept the gelding just behind two dueling front-runners before taking command, three-wide, turning for home.

“Had a good trip,” Howard said. “No bangs and bruises. He came out of it real good.”

Barring bad weather, Howard said he plans to keep Ivan Fallunovalot at Remington for as long as possible before shipping to Kentucky. The gelding has been based in Oklahoma since late summer.

Howard normally doesn’t do a lot with Ivan Fallunovalot between races, but said he will “probably” work the gelding twice leading up to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

“It depends on him,” Howard said. “Just play it by ear.”

Ivan Fallunovalot was coming off a 3 ¾-length victory in the $75,000 David M. Vance Sprint Stakes Aug. 15 at Remington. The Vance Sprint Stakes marked the first start for him since he finished second in the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 9 at Oaklawn. The gelding won his 5-year-old debut Jan. 22 at Oaklawn, then the track’s $100,000 King Cotton Stakes Feb. 7 before finishing second in the $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 7.

Betty Does it Again

Include Betty became a stakes winner in a fourth state this year, taking Sunday’s $200,000 Remington Park Oaks by a half-length under Drayden Van Dyke.

The well-traveled Include Betty also won the $100,000 Suncoast Stakes Jan. 31 at Tampa Bay Downs in Florida, $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 4 at Oaklawn and the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes (G1) June 27 at Belmont Park in New York.
Van Dyke, who grew up in Hot Springs and graduated from Lake Hamilton High School in 2012, won an Eclipse Award as the country’s top apprentice jockey last year.

Include Betty is trained by Tom Proctor.

Finishing second in the Remington Park Oaks was Sweet Opportunity, who won a March 13 entry-level allowance/optional claimer at Oaklawn before finishing ninth in the Fantasy for trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel.
 
Tap, Tap, Tap

Six-time Oaklawn leading trainer Steve Asmussen said in March that he believed Tapiture could develop into a Breeders’ Cup Classic horse this year.

Tapiture is headed to the Breeders’ Cup, but he won’t be running in the 1 ¼-mile Classic. Instead, Tapiture punched his ticket to the $1 million Dirt Mile (G1) Oct. 30 at Keeneland with a half-length victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs.

Tapiture, who was ridden by three-time Oaklawn jockey champion Ricardo Santana Jr., snapped a six-racing losing that began in September 2014.

Tapiture began 2015 with a fifth-place finish in the $250,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) March 14 at Oaklawn and a third-place finish in the $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 11. He won the $300,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) in 2014 at Oaklawn and finished second in last year’s Dirt Mile.

The 4-year-old son of Tapit will begin a stallion career in 2016 at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington, Ky. His stud fee has yet to be announced.
 
Sister Act

Trainer Ingrid Mason said Sarah Sis is under consideration for the $250,000 Raven Run Stakes (G2) Oct. 17 at Keeneland. Mason said Sarah Sis, who wintered at Oaklawn and won the $150,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) March 7, will be based the next few weeks at Keeneland.

The trainer said Sarah Sis is “fine” physically after finishing last of six in the $350,000 Charles Town Oaks (G3) Sept. 19 at Charles Town. She attributed the filly’s poor performance on an “allergic reaction” to lime in her stall, adding it was a “big mistake” to run the 3-year-old daughter of Sharp Humor.

“That just knocked out her out,” Mason said. “She wasn’t herself. She probably had an electrolyte imbalance. We treated her, but it probably wasn’t enough.”

Sarah Sis scored her biggest career victory in the $200,000 Iowa Oaks (G3) June 27 at Prairie Meadows.
 
Finish Lines

Champion Take Charge Brandi, as expected, was retired Monday after failing to regain her form following surgery for a non-displaced bone chip in her right knee in March. Owner Willis Horton of Marshall, Ark., said last week that his initial thoughts were to breed Take Charge Brandi to Tapit or War Front next year. Take Charge Brandi won her 3-year-old debut in the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Jan. 31 at Oaklawn. … Six-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen won six races to tie for the title at the 11-day Churchill Downs September meeting that ended Sunday. Three-time Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. tied for seventh in jockey standings with six victories. … Bayern, third in Oaklawn’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) in 2014, was retired following a third-place finish in Saturday’s $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita. Bayern was winless in five starts this year after closing 2014 with a victory in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Bayern will stand next year at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms near Lexington, Ky. His stud fee has yet to be announced. … Hoppertunity, winner of the $600,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) in 2014 at Oaklawn, finished second in the Awesome Again. … Cliff Berry, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 2011 and 2012, won Sunday’s $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park aboard Shotgun Kowboy. Berry, 53, plans to retire after the Remington meet ends Dec. 13 … Little Miss Flurry, retired after a ninth-place finish in the $75,000 Downthedustyroad Breeders Stakes March 6 at Oaklawn, was sold to Spendthrift Farm and bred to its Grade I winner Cross Traffic, according to Staton Flurry of Hot Springs, who campaigned the 4-year-old Arkansas-bred filly. The daughter of Awesome Again won 2 of 7 career starts, including the $50,000 Lady Razorback Futurity in 2013 at Louisiana Downs. She made her final five career starts at Oaklawn, finishing second in the $75,000 Rainbow Miss Stakes in 2014. … Flurry said his Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf candidate Uncle Brennie will run in Sunday’s $250,000 Bourbon Stakes (G3) at Keeneland. The son of Uncle Mo is trained by Brad Cox, who won 18 races at this year’s Oaklawn meet to tie for third in the standings. … Oaklawn maiden special weights graduate Rose to Glory, fourth in Sunday’s $200,000 Remington Park Oaks, is being turned out 45 days in advance of the 2016 Oaklawn meeting, owner Jeremy Stone of Hot Springs said. … Achiever’s Legacy, unraced since finishing third in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 4 (colic surgery), worked a bullet 5 furlongs from the gate (:58.80) Friday at Los Alamitos.
 

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