Friday, March 04, 2016

Ivan Fallunovalot to Get a Couple Days Off

Trainer Tom Howard of Hot Springs said Friday morning that multiple stakes winner Ivan Fallunovalot won’t return to the track for several days because of a quarter-crack on the inside of his left front foot, an injury that forced the gelding to pass Saturday’s $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn.

Ivan Fallunovalot was installed as the 7-5 program favorite for the Hot Springs, but Howard opted not to run after watching the gelding train Thursday morning.

“He looked good galloping,” Howard said. “But when he changed leads, he favored it. That was good enough for me.”

Howard said Ivan Fallunovalot will be pointed for the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 10 at Oaklawn, a race he finished second in last year. He developed a quarter-crack last week, Howard said, and the injury was stabilized with a patch Saturday.

“Just not enough time,” Howard said of making the Hot Springs. “We pushed it. We wanted to, but it wouldn’t be right by him. Don’t want to take any chances. He’s been good to us; we’re going to be good to him.”

Howard said Ivan Fallunovalot will be “real quiet” for the next few days before returning to the track to begin preparing for the Count Fleet.

“That’s going to be the hard part,” Howard said. “He likes to get out.”

On behalf of owner Lewis Mathews of Bismarck, Ark., Howard claimed Ivan Fallunovalot for $25,000 March 6, 2014, at Oaklawn. He won the $100,000 King Cotton Stakes the last two years at Oaklawn and was unplaced in the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) Oct. 31 at Keeneland.  

Ivan Fallunovalot has a 12-3-1 record from 21 career starts and bankrolled $536,910.

Back to Work

Multiple stakes winner Discreetness will work between the third and fourth races Friday at Oaklawn, trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs said. The colt is pointing for the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 19 at Oaklawn, Fires said.

Fires said his son-in-law, Jon Court, also the regular rider of Discreetness, will breeze the colt 5 furlongs in company with a stablemate.

“He’s a pretty laid back horse, so I want to work him with another horse,” Fires said before training hours Friday morning.

Fires had planned to breeze Discreetness Wednesday, but postponed the work because of track conditions.

Friday’s scheduled work will be the first for Discreetness since he finished seventh in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn. Prior to that race, he won the $250,000 Springboard Mile Dec. 13 at Remington Park, and, in his 3-year-old debut, the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 at Oaklawn.

Projected Rebel starter Cutacorner recorded a bullet 5-furlong work (:59.80) over a fast track Friday morning at Oaklawn for Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg. Cutacorner, a troubled ninth in the Southwest, breezed after the break under Alex Birzer.

Sudden Breaking News

Suddenbreakingnews will probably work this weekend at Oaklawn in preparation for the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 19 at Oaklawn, trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said Friday morning. He was a last-to-first winner of the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn in his last start.

Suddenbreakingnews breezed an easy half-mile in :51.20 Saturday at Oaklawn.

“Just let him stretch his legs a little bit,” Von Hemel said. “We’ll have to be a little more serious this week, I’m sure.”

Trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs said Southwest runner-up Whitmore will probably breeze this weekend at Oaklawn in preparation for the Rebel.

Another projected Rebel starter, Mo for the Money, is scheduled to work Sunday at Oaklawn, trainer Tony Dutrow said Friday morning.

Mo for the Money was a powerful entry-level allowance winner sprinting Feb. 7 at Oaklawn. The Rebel will be his two-turn debut.

Cinnamon and Spice

Lightly raced Cinnamon Spice is scheduled to make her 5-year-old debut in Friday’s eighth race at Oaklawn, a third-level allowance/optional claimer at 6 furlongs.  The 8-5 program favorite will be making her first start since April 9, 2015, because of bone bruising, trainer Larry Jones said Friday morning.

“We thought it was a little two-month deal,” Jones said. “She just never got back to us until a few months ago. She’s done well for us.”

Cinnamon Spice made her first two career starts for trainer Chad Brown before being transferred to Jones before the 2015 Fair Grounds meeting. The mare is unbeaten in three starts for Jones, breaking her maiden by 6 ¼ lengths, winning an entry-level allowance/optional claimer by 7 ½ lengths and a second-level allowance/optional claimer by 1 ¾ lengths.

Cinnamon Spice, who is unbeaten on dirt, has been based this winter at Fair Grounds, but Jones shipped the daughter of Candy Ride to Oaklawn because he was able to find a race in Hot Springs.

“She acts like a pretty decent kind of horse,” Jones said. “We’ve got to get started somewhere.”

Cinnamon Spice races for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farm.

Probable post time for Friday's eighth race is 4:42 p.m. (Central).

Finish Lines

Multiple graded stakes winner Sarah Sis worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.60 before the renovation break Friday morning at Oaklawn for trainer Ingrid Mason. Sarah Sis is a candidate for the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 19 at Oaklawn, Mason said. … Streamline, winner of the $100,000 Pippin Stakes Jan. 17 at Oaklawn, worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 before the break Friday morning at Oaklawn for trainer Brian Williamson. … Bird of Trey, 11th in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn, breezed 5 furlongs after the break Friday morning at Oaklawn for trainer John Servis. Bird of Trey went in 1:01.20. ... Trainer Larry Jones said Friday morning that Thirteen Arrows remains on target for the $300,000 Madison Stakes (G1) April 9 at Keeneland. Thirteen Arrows finished second in the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes Feb. 20 at Oaklawn. Jones also said Grade 1 winner I’m a Chatterbox has fallen too far behind in her training to make the $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 15 at Oaklawn, while multiple stakes winner Cassatt is an outside possibility for the race.

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