Oaklawn News

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Bird of TreySynchrony and Bird of Trey Work toward Southwest Stakes

Synchrony completed major preparations for the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Feb. 15 at Oaklawn by working 5 furlongs in company on a sunny Saturday morning for trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel. The colt, who breezed following the break to renovate the surface, covered the distance over a fast track in 1:00.80. Stablemate Poseidon’s Way, a 4-year-old stakes-placed colt, was credited with the same time.

Saturday’s work was the third, and most ambitious, for Synchrony since his third-place finish in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 at Oaklawn.

“I wanted him to do something and he did,” Von Hemel said. “I was pleased.”

Von Hemel said Suddenbreakingnews will probably have his final major move for the Southwest Monday morning.

Also working for the Southwest Saturday morning was Bird of Trey, who went 5 furlongs after the break in 1:00.80 for trainer John Servis, won the Southwest in 2004 with champion Smarty Jones.

The Southwest is the second major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16.

All in the Family

Sunday’s seventh race at Oaklawn – a maiden-allowance for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles – has drawn a field of 12, including full siblings to major Oaklawn stakes winners and millionaires Alternation and Tiz Miz Sue.

Moving Away has drawn post 3 for trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel, who also trained her full brother, 2012 Oaklawn Handicap winner Alternation. Sassy Miss Sue will be making her second career start for Steve Hobby of Hot Springs, who also trained two-time Azeri winner (2012, 2013) Tiz Miz Sue.

Moving Away (8-1 on the morning line), who is scheduled to break from post 3 under Luis Quinonez, will be making her career debut Sunday. Alternation, much more robust physically than Moving Away, finished third in his career debut sprinting.

“I think she wanted to be a little too speedy early, so I didn’t really want to sprint her and get her too jazzed up, I guess,” Von Hemel said. “I thought we would try her two turns for the first time, where it’s not as fast.”

Sassy Miss Sue stretches out from 6 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles after finishing a well-beaten eighth in her Jan. 17 career debut.

“Just got away bad and got a lot of dirt in her face,” Hobby said. “Just jumped up and down. Couldn’t run with her nose any higher in the air. She’ll be fine.”

Sassy Miss Sue is scheduled to break from post 9 under Joe Rocco Jr. and is 12-1 on the morning line.

The 7-2 program favorite is Fuhriously Kissed, a daughter of French Kiss, winner of the $50,000 Pippin Stakes in 2009 at Oaklawn.

Subtle Message 

Subtle Indian, a sharp winner of his comeback race last month, worked a half-mile in :48.60 Saturday morning. Trainer Robertino Diodoro said he hopes to use a Feb. 15 allowance/optional claiming race at Oaklawn as a prep for the $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 5. The Hot Springs is the final major local prep for the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 10.

In his 4-year-old debut, and first start since being eased in a June 13 allowance race at Canterbury, Subtle Indian was a front-running allowance winner Jan. 15 at Oaklawn. Under Chris Landeros, Subtle Indian covered 5 ½ furlongs over a fast track in 1:03.85.

“He really ran well,” Diodoro said.

Subtle Indian was one of the top 3-year-old sprinters at last year’s Oaklawn meeting, winning the $100,000 Gazebo Stakes.

Stablemate Indian Brava, a 4-year-old Bernardini filly who won her first two career starts at last year’s Oaklawn meeting, has recorded three published workouts this season in Hot Springs. The filly, third in last year’s $100,000 Instant Racing Stakes at Oaklawn, hasn’t raced since late June after becoming sick, Diodoro said.

“She’s a nice enough filly just to start from scratch,” Diodoro said. “We’re just going to take our time and make sure she’s not 90 percent, but make sure she’s 110 percent.”

Subtle Indian and Indian Brava are both homebreds for Mercedes Stable.

Finish Lines

Pearl Turn, scheduled to make her final career start in the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) Feb. 14 at Oaklawn before being bred to American Pharoah, worked a half-mile in :48.60 Saturday morning for trainer Will VanMeter. … Cabana, also prepping for the Bayakoa, worked 5 furlongs in 1:02.20 Saturday morning for trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel. … Raagheb, third in the $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes Jan. 16 at Oaklawn, worked a bullet half-mile in :47.40 Saturday morning for trainer Dan Peitz. Raagheb is entered in a second-level allowance/optional claimer Thursday at Oaklawn. … Archarcharch, winner of the 2011 Arkansas Derby, had his first Oaklawn winner as a sire in Friday’s seventh race, a maiden-allowance sprint for 3-year-old fillies, in Arch Arch Baby. Jon Court rode the winner for father-in-law, trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs. They teamed to win the Arkansas Derby with Archarcharch. … Churchill Downs debut winner Unexplained, a 3-year-old Ghostzapper gelding, is pointing for another allowance race after finishing a disappointing fourth in his 2016 debut, a Jan. 21 entry-level allowance/optional claimer at Oaklawn, trainer Chris Richard said. … Corey Nakatani will ride multiple stakes winner Cougar Ridge in next Saturday’s $100,000 Essex Handicap at Oaklawn, according to the jockey’s agent, Gene Short of Hot Springs. ... Julio Felix will ride multiple stakes winner Sarah Sis in the Bayakoa, trainer Ingrid Mason said. … Three-time Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. ($566,173) is the first jockey at the meeting to reach $500,000 in purse earnings. … Probable post time for Sunday’s ninth and final race at Oaklawn is 4:52 p.m. (Central). Racing begins at 1:05 p.m.