Friday, September 02, 2016
Ivan Fallunovalot Returns Tonight at Remington Park
Multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Ivan Fallunovalot is the even-money program favorite for his comeback race Thursday night at Remington Park. The 6-furlong allowance event will mark his first start since winning the $100,000 King Cotton Stakes for a second consecutive year Jan. 30 at Oaklawn.
Trained by Tom Howard of Hot Springs, Ivan Fallunovalot hasn’t run since the King Cotton because of a quarter-crack, a setback that cost the gelding expected starts in Oaklawn’s $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 5 and $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 10.
After being turned out for a few weeks at owner Lewis Mathews’ farm south of Hot Springs, Ivan Fallunovalot resumed breezing July 15 at Lone Star Park. A half-dozen workouts include a 3-furlong gate move in :34.98 Friday at Remington.
Ivan Fallunovalot, who has been pointing for Thursday’s race for several weeks, is scheduled to break from post 5 under Lindey Wade and carry 120 pounds. Wade replaces the recently unretired Calvin Borel, who has been the gelding’s regular rider.
Howard is using Thursday’s race, which has a $40,000 purse, as a prep for the $150,000 David M. Vance Sprint Stakes Sept. 25 at Remington, a race Ivan Fallunovalot won the last two years.
On behalf of Mathews, Howard claimed Ivan Fallunovalot for $25,000 out of a March 6, 2014, victory at Oaklawn.
Ivan Fallunovalot developed into one of the country’s top sprinters last year, winning the King Cotton, David M. Vance and $150,000 Remington Park Sprint Cup Stakes before finishing ninth in the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1).
A 6-year-old Texas-bred son of multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Valid Expectations, Ivan Fallunovalot has a 12-3-1 record from 21 career starts and earnings of $536,910.
The Texas Thoroughbred Association named Ivan Fallunovalot its 2015 Horse of the Year and champion older horse in February.
Also entered in Thursday are Oaklawn stakes veterans Bayerd, A M Milky Way and Apprehender, who won the King Cotton in 2013 and 2014.
Probable post time Thursday’s eighth race is 10:16 p.m. (Central).
Several successful Oaklawn runners are entered in stakes races on Saturday’s opening-day program at Kentucky Downs, the all-turf meet.
Regally Ready, Hogy, Wilbo and Black Bear (also-eligible) are entered in the $350,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint at 6 ½ furlongs.
Millionaire Regally Ready, the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G2) champion in 2011, won two allowance/optional claiming races this year at Oaklawn. Wilbo was an allowance/optional claiming winner this year at Oaklawn. Black Bear won his first two career starts at the 2013 Oaklawn meeting. Hogy finished third in a 2015 allowance/optional claimer at Oaklawn.
Cash Control is entered in the $350,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf at a mile. She ran fourth in the $100,000 Pippin Stakes Jan. 17 at Oaklawn for Brad Cox, fourth in the trainer standings at Oaklawn last year. Cash Control also captured the $100,000 Mint Julep (G3) June 11 at Churchill Downs.
Brad Cox recorded his 91st winner this year in Wednesday’s second race at Indiana Grand with Chief Know It All. Cox set a career high for winners last year with 98. … Seven-time Oaklawn training champion Steve Asmussen begins the final week of racing at Ellis Park with a 14-11 lead over Ian Wilkes at the top of the standings. Cox is tied for third with seven victories. … Jon Court, Oaklawn’s leading rider in 2000, has 3,992 career victories, according to Equibase, racing’s official data gathering organization. Court is named on four horses Thursday at Ellis Park. He was Oaklawn’s sixth-leading rider this year with 29 victories.