Friday, April 29, 2016

Photo Attached: Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel with Suddenbreakingnews prior to work. Credit: Jennifer Hoyt, Oaklawn Media Department

Suddenbreakingnews and Whitmore Work toward Kentucky Derby

Samuel F. Henderson's Suddenbreakingnews, runner-up in the Arkansas Derby April 16, completed his Kentucky Derby preparations by working a strong five furlongs under jockey Chris Landeros during the special 8:30 training time. The Mineshaft gelding competed the work in :59 3/5 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.

“I was happy with it and Chris was happy with it,” said trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel. “Chris said when he asked him, he stretched out. I was probably looking for something a bit slower, but not significantly. We just have to keep him healthy and happy now. And, make sure he stays in this frame of mind.”

Suddenbreakingnews is one of the most experienced horses in the field with eight starts under his belt and only two of his races have been against fields with less than 10 starters. He won the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) while facing 13 other horses and there were 12 horses in the Arkansas Derby.

“He's had a good education,” said Von Hemel. “He even had to weave himself through tight quarters as a 2-year-old. Hopefully it will serve him well.”

Regular rider Luis Quinonez will be in town Wednesday and has the mount next Saturday.

Under former jockey turned assistant trainer Greta Kuntzweiler, Whitmore completed his last major Kentucky Derby preparation by working five furlongs in company with Meanbone as soon as the track opened at 5:40 a.m. Clockers caught the Pleasantly Perfect in splits of :12 2/5, 24, :35 3/5, 48 and 1:00 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14.

“It was perfect,” said trainer Ron Moquett. “We were just looking for the best possible surface this morning. He did it nice and easy. He looked like he was just galloping.”

Whitmore is coming into the Kentucky Derby off a troubled third-place finish in the Arkansas Derby (G1) where he bobbled soon after the break when two horses cut him off. One start earlier, he had been forced to go wide the entire trip when finishing second to Cupid in the Rebel Stakes (G2).

“I'm just hoping for a good, safe trip,” said Moquett. “He's not getting the credit he deserves for just how tough those last two races were for him.”

Marquee Miss Still Hoping to Make Oaks Field

It may be a longshot that Rags Racing Stable's Marquee Miss, who is currently 18th on the list, makes the Kentucky Oaks field, but both trainer Ingrid Mason and regular rider Channing Hill are both moving forward as if the Dixie Belle and Martha Washington Stakes winner will. This morning they sent out the multiple stakes winning filly to work a half mile in :49 during the special 8:30 am training time.

“It was a good work,” said Mason. “She's not normally a good work horse unless she goes in company. Once you give her her head, she just settles right now. But, I love that about her. She's not too hard on herself in the morning, which makes my job easier.”

“This was her best work,” said Hill. “She's doing really well. I hope she gets in, she deserves to be there. It was a bad deal at Turfway (when third in the Bourbonette Stakes (G3). The wind was blowing like crazy and she just missed getting second.”

Mason said that if Marquee Miss doesn't make the Oaks field, she will run in the $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes (G2) May 6.

Oaklawn Horses Lead Churchill’s Opening Night Feature

Oaklawn-raced horses will have a heavy presence in the $100,000 William Walker Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Multiple stakes winner Toews On Ice, who heads the projected five-horse field, hasn’t started since finishing sixth in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 at Oaklawn. He was beaten 8 ½ lengths in the 1-mile Smarty Jones, which was won by Discreetness.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Toews On Ice is scheduled to break from post 4 under David Lopez and carry top weight of 120 pounds. He is a son of 2011 Arkansas Derby winner Archarcharch.

Patton Proud, a winner of 2 of 3 career starts, is scheduled to make his stakes debut for seven-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen. He was a 1 ½-length winner of his 3-year-old debut, an April 10 entry-level allowance/optional claiming sprint at Oaklawn. Patton Proud is scheduled to break from post 3 under four-time Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. and carry 118 pounds.

Asmussen and Santana teamed to win last year’s inaugural running of the William Walker with Cinco Charlie, who finished third in the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 10 at Oaklawn.

Another William Walker entrant, Entertainer, ran five times at Oaklawn, breaking his maiden Feb. 13 before running second in the $100,000 Gazebo Stakes March 26. Entertainer was also third behind Proud Patton April 10.

Ron Moquett of Hot Springs trains Entertainer, who is scheduled to break from post 5 under Corey Lanerie and carry 118 pounds. Moquett finished third in the Oaklawn standings this year.

Probable post time for the 6-furlong William Walker is 8:05 p.m. (Central). It goes as race 7 on Churchill’s 11-race spring/summer meet opening-day card.

Cosmic Sighting

Cosmic Evolution will be cutting back to 6 furlongs for trainer Lon Wiggins in the $65,000 Goldfinch Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Prairie Meadows.

Cosmic Evolution made three starts at Oaklawn, winning an entry-level allowance sprint Feb. 6 before finishing third in the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) March 12 and fourth in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 9.

The Honeybee and Fantasy were 1 1/16 miles.

Cosmic Evolution is scheduled to break from post 4 under Alex Birzer, Oaklawn’s fifth-leading rider this year, and carry equal top weight of 122 pounds. She broke her maiden sprinting in the $100,000 Debutante Stakes last summer at Churchill Downs.

Also entered in the Goldfinch are My Master Plan and D R C’s Pretty Sky. My Master Plan, who is trained by Donnie K. Von Hemel, suffered her first career loss in a sixth-place finish in the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 6 at Oaklawn. After finishing third in a March 25 allowance race at Oaklawn, My Master Plan won the $50,000 Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes April 10 at Lone Star.

D R C’s Pretty Sky was an allowance/optional claiming winner March 17 at Oaklawn for owner trainer Federico Villafranco and owner Danny Caldwell. Caldwell has been Oaklawn’s leading owner the last three years.

Probable post time for Goldfinch is 4:12 p.m. (Central).

Finish Lines

Alex Canchari is named on nine horses Saturday at Prairie Meadows, which will mark the jockey’s first action since April 16 at Oaklawn, where he won 36 races to finish third in the standings. Canchari, who is now represented by Scott Hare, is scheduled to ride 5-2 program favorite Lovable Lyss in the $65,000 Goldfinch Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Lovable Lyss was scratched from the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 6 at Oaklawn. Canchari will ride at Prairie Meadows before moving to his home track, Canterbury Park in suburban Minneapolis, which opens May 20. … Brad Cox, Oaklawn’s fourth-leading trainer this year, recorded his 475th career victory in Saturday’s 10th race at Keeneland (Brilliant Belle), according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Brilliant Belle failed to break her maiden in three starts this year at Oaklawn.

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Photo Attached: Trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel with Suddenbreakingnews prior to work. Credit: Jennifer Hoyt, Oaklawn Media Department

 

Suddenbreakingnews and Whitmore Work toward Kentucky Derby

 

Samuel F. Henderson's Suddenbreakingnews, runner-up in the Arkansas Derby April 16, completed his Kentucky Derby preparations by working a strong five furlongs under jockey Chris Landeros during the special 8:30 training time. The Mineshaft gelding competed the work in :59 3/5 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.

 

“I was happy with it and Chris was happy with it,” said trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel. “Chris said when he asked him, he stretched out. I was probably looking for something a bit slower, but not significantly. We just have to keep him healthy and happy now. And, make sure he stays in this frame of mind.”

 

Suddenbreakingnews is one of the most experienced horses in the field with eight starts under his belt and only two of his races have been against fields with less than 10 starters. He won the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) while facing 13 other horses and there were 12 horses in the Arkansas Derby.

 

“He's had a good education,” said Von Hemel. “He even had to weave himself through tight quarters as a 2-year-old. Hopefully it will serve him well.”

 

Regular rider Luis Quinonez will be in town Wednesday and has the mount next Saturday.

 

Under former jockey turned assistant trainer Greta Kuntzweiler, Whitmore completed his last major Kentucky Derby preparation by working five furlongs in company with Meanbone as soon as the track opened at 5:40 a.m. Clockers caught the Pleasantly Perfect in splits of :12 2/5, 24, :35 3/5, 48 and 1:00 before galloping out six furlongs in 1:14.

 

“It was perfect,” said trainer Ron Moquett. “We were just looking for the best possible surface this morning. He did it nice and easy. He looked like he was just galloping.”

 

Whitmore is coming into the Kentucky Derby off a troubled third-place finish in the Arkansas Derby (G1) where he bobbled soon after the break when two horses cut him off. One start earlier, he had been forced to go wide the entire trip when finishing second to Cupid in the Rebel Stakes (G2).

 

“I'm just hoping for a good, safe trip,” said Moquett. “He's not getting the credit he deserves for just how tough those last two races were for him.”

 

Marquee Miss Still Hoping to Make Oaks Field

 

It may be a longshot that Rags Racing Stable's Marquee Miss, who is currently 18th on the list, makes the Kentucky Oaks field, but both trainer Ingrid Mason and regular rider Channing Hill are both moving forward as if the Dixie Belle and Martha Washington Stakes winner will. This morning they sent out the multiple stakes winning filly to work a half mile in :49 during the special 8:30 am training time.

 

“It was a good work,” said Mason. “She's not normally a good work horse unless she goes in company. Once you give her her head, she just settles right now. But, I love that about her. She's not too hard on herself in the morning, which makes my job easier.”

 

“This was her best work,” said Hill. “She's doing really well. I hope she gets in, she deserves to be there. It was a bad deal at Turfway (when third in the Bourbonette Stakes (G3). The wind was blowing like crazy and she just missed getting second.”

 

Mason said that if Marquee Miss doesn't make the Oaks field, she will run in the $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes (G2) May 6

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Oaklawn Horses Lead Churchill’s Opening Night Feature

 

Oaklawn-raced horses will have a heavy presence in the $100,000 William Walker Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Multiple stakes winner Toews On Ice, who heads the projected five-horse field, hasn’t started since finishing sixth in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 at Oaklawn. He was beaten 8 ½ lengths in the 1-mile Smarty Jones, which was won by Discreetness.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, Toews On Ice is scheduled to break from post 4 under David Lopez and carry top weight of 120 pounds. He is a son of 2011 Arkansas Derby winner Archarcharch.

Patton Proud, a winner of 2 of 3 career starts, is scheduled to make his stakes debut for seven-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen. He was a 1 ½-length winner of his 3-year-old debut, an April 10 entry-level allowance/optional claiming sprint at Oaklawn. Patton Proud is scheduled to break from post 3 under four-time Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. and carry 118 pounds.

Asmussen and Santana teamed to win last year’s inaugural running of the William Walker with Cinco Charlie, who finished third in the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 10 at Oaklawn.

Another William Walker entrant, Entertainer, ran five times at Oaklawn, breaking his maiden Feb. 13 before running second in the $100,000 Gazebo Stakes March 26. Entertainer was also third behind Proud Patton April 10.

Ron Moquett of Hot Springs trains Entertainer, who is scheduled to break from post 5 under Corey Lanerie and carry 118 pounds. Moquett finished third in the Oaklawn standings this year.

Probable post time for the 6-furlong William Walker is 8:05 p.m. (Central). It goes as race 7 on Churchill’s 11-race spring/summer meet opening-day card.

 

Cosmic Sighting

 

Cosmic Evolution will be cutting back to 6 furlongs for trainer Lon Wiggins in the $65,000 Goldfinch Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Prairie Meadows.

Cosmic Evolution made three starts at Oaklawn, winning an entry-level allowance sprint Feb. 6 before finishing third in the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) March 12 and fourth in the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 9.

The Honeybee and Fantasy were 1 1/16 miles.

Cosmic Evolution is scheduled to break from post 4 under Alex Birzer, Oaklawn’s fifth-leading rider this year, and carry equal top weight of 122 pounds. She broke her maiden sprinting in the $100,000 Debutante Stakes last summer at Churchill Downs.

Also entered in the Goldfinch are My Master Plan and D R C’s Pretty Sky. My Master Plan, who is trained by Donnie K. Von Hemel, suffered her first career loss in a sixth-place finish in the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 6 at Oaklawn. After finishing third in a March 25 allowance race at Oaklawn, My Master Plan won the $50,000 Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes April 10 at Lone Star.

D R C’s Pretty Sky was an allowance/optional claiming winner March 17 at Oaklawn for owner trainer Federico Villafranco and owner Danny Caldwell. Caldwell has been Oaklawn’s leading owner the last three years.

 

Probable post time for Goldfinch is 4:12 p.m. (Central).

 

Finish Lines

 

Alex Canchari is named on nine horses Saturday at Prairie Meadows, which will mark the jockey’s first action since April 16 at Oaklawn, where he won 36 races to finish third in the standings. Canchari, who is now represented by Scott Hare, is scheduled to ride 5-2 program favorite Lovable Lyss in the $65,000 Goldfinch Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. Lovable Lyss was scratched from the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 6 at Oaklawn. Canchari will ride at Prairie Meadows before moving to his home track, Canterbury Park in suburban Minneapolis, which opens May 20. … Brad Cox, Oaklawn’s fourth-leading trainer this year, recorded his 475th career victory in Saturday’s 10th race at Keeneland (Brilliant Belle), according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Brilliant Belle failed to break her maiden in three starts this year at Oaklawn.

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