Saturday, March 05, 2016

Suddenbreakingnews and American Dubai Work Towards Rebel

Video of works here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/b4nlxz26c1po6v6/AACMg88Wu0vvBiYzVfQ7CpzJa?dl=0

Two projected starters for the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn worked over a fast-rated surface Saturday morning in advance of the March 19 race. Suddenbreakingnews and American Dubai, the first and third finishers, respectively, in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) March 15 at Oaklawn, breezed 5 furlongs within minutes of each other immediately following the renovation break.

Both horses were credited with 1:00.60.

Suddenbreakingnews, under regular rider Luis Quinonez, galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:13 and 7 furlongs in 1:29.

“We asked him to do a little bit more and he was willing,” trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said. “Louie said he stretched out nicely down the lane and still had some in the tank.”

Saturday’s work was the second for Suddenbreakingnews since his last-to-first victory in the Southwest, the second major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16. Von Hemel said he will “most likely” work Suddenbreakingnews again before the 1 1/16-mile Rebel, which is expected to attract a large field.

“We’re still a couple of weeks out, so we’d be looking to do something else,” Von Hemel said. 

Chris Landeros breezed American Dubai, who galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:13.20.

“The work was great,” trainer Rodney Richards said. “Really pleased.”

Richards said Landeros will “most likely” ride American Dubai for the first time in the Rebel.

Another projected Rebel starter, multiple stakes winner Discreetness, worked between the third and fourth races Friday at Oaklawn. Under regular rider Jon Court, he covered 5 furlongs in :59.80. The Smarty Jones winner emerged from his work in good shape, trainer Jinks Fires of Hot Springs said Saturday morning.

Touching Down

Kendrick Carmouche will ride Vorticity in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 19 at Oaklawn, trainer Chuck Lawrence said Friday afternoon. The trainer Vorticity will arrive in Hot Springs March 15 or March 16 for the Rebel, the final major local prep for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 16.

Carmouche entered Saturday the third-leading rider at the Aqueduct winter/spring meet with 39 victories. The leading rider, Irad Ortiz Jr., is scheduled to ride Whitmore in the Rebel.

Vorticity has finished second in both starts this year – the $200,000 Jerome Stakes (G3) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct and the $250,000 Withers Stakes (G3) Jan. 30 at Aqueduct. The son of Distorted Humor won the $100,000 Marylander Stakes Dec. 5 at Laurel.

The colt is owned by Matt Schera, who won last year’s $250,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) and $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) at Oaklawn with Race Day, trained by Todd Pletcher. He spent six years working as a meteorologist for two companies (AccuWeather and Constellation Energy) before moving into commodities trading. Vorticity is the measure of the amount of spin in the atmosphere at a specified level.

Prepping for the Azeri

Three horses pointing for the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares March 19 worked before the renovation break Saturday morning at Oaklawn.

Call Pat worked 5 furlongs in 1:01.20 for trainer Brad Cox. Call Pat won the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) Feb. 14 at Oaklawn in her last start.

Theogony worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.40 for trainer Mark Casse. Theogony ran second in the $100,000 Pippin Stakes Jan. 17 at Oaklawn.

High Dollar Woman, exiting an unplaced finish in the $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes Feb. 20 at Oaklawn, recorded a half-mile bullet (:47) for trainer Steve Hobby of Hot Springs.

Also pointing for the Azeri is champion Untapable, who worked 5 furlongs in 1:00.80 Tuesday morning at Oaklawn for trainer Steve Asmussen. The defending Apple Blossom Handicap winner finished second in last year’s Azeri, the final major local prep for the $600,000 Grade 1 race April 15.

Asmussen said Untapable will breeze Monday at Oaklawn, weather permitting.

Milestone for Santana

Three-time defending Oaklawn riding champion Ricardo Santana Jr. rode three winners Friday to reach 250 in his career in Hot Springs. His 250th Oaklawn victory came aboard favored Cinnamon Spice in the eighth race, a third-level allowance/optional claiming sprint for older fillies and mares.

Santana, 23, has ridden regularly at Oaklawn since 2011. He was Oaklawn’s leading rider in 2013 (70 victories), 2014 (59) and 2015 (53). He is the runaway leader this year, with 40 victories through the first 30 days of racing.

According to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization, Santana has 250 victories from 1,363 career mounts at Oaklawn and purse earnings of $8,819,449.

Santana is represented by Ruben Munoz.

Finish Lines

Grade 1 winner Nickname is pointing for the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies next Saturday at Oaklawn, trainer Steve Asmussen said. … Marquee Miss, another scheduled Honeybee starter, worked 3 furlongs in :36 Saturday morning at Oaklawn for trainer Ingrid Mason. Marquee Miss edged Nickname to win the $100,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 6 at Oaklawn. … Grade 2 winner Dothraki Queen, a candidate for the $400,000 Fantasy Stakes (G3) April 9 at Oaklawn, worked a half-mile in :47.80 Saturday morning at Oaklawn for trainer Kenny McPeek. … Multiple stakes winner Haveyougoneaway recorded a 5-furlong bullet work (:59.80) Saturday morning at Oaklawn for trainer Allen Milligan.Malibu Max, the first recorded worker of the 2016 Oaklawn season – 3 furlongs in :38.40 Dec. 9 – is scheduled to make his career debut in Saturday’s ninth race at Oaklawn for trainer Mac Robertson. … Girl Power, a 3-year-old full sister to multiple stakes winner Now I Know, is scheduled to make her career debut in Sunday’s seventh race at Oaklawn for co-owner/trainer Don Von Hemel of Hot Springs. Von Hemel also campaigned Now I Know, who won 6 of 7 career starts, including the $50,000 Dixie Belle Stakes in 2012 at Oaklawn. … Cinnamon Spices victory in Friday’s eighth race was the first for trainer Larry Jones at Oaklawn since April 15, 2011, when Havre de Grace won the $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for older fillies and mares. Havre de Grace went on to become 2011 Horse of the Year. … La Macchina worked a half-mile in :49 Friday morning at Oaklawn for owner/trainer Otabek Umarov. La Macchina is pointing for the $350,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) March 19 at Oaklawn. The gelding won the $100,000 Essex Handicap Feb. 13 at Oaklawn in his last start. … Oaklawn surpassed $4 million in claims at the meet Friday, the 30th day of racing. The 278 claims at the meet have totaled $4,102,000.

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