Saturday, February 25, 2017
Recount Eying Hot Springs Stakes for Next Start
Multiple stakes winner Recount will make his next start in the $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes for older sprinters March 11 at Oaklawn, trainer Jimmy DiVito said Saturday morning. The horse is coming off a runner-up finish, beaten 2 ¾ lengths by Storm Advisory, in the $125,000 King Cotton Stakes Feb. 4.
Recount was making his first start since winning the $80,000 Bet on Sunshine Stakes Nov. 19 at Churchill Downs. DiVito said he needed the race “maybe a little bit,” but didn’t break as sharply as normal in the 6-furlong King Cotton.
“I kind of think that he didn’t get out of the gate really good,” DiVito said. “He kind of broke flat-footed and he lost position the first quarter-mile. He’s closer to the pace than that. He got up there quick, but I think that hurt him a little bit.”
DiVito said Chris Landeros will ride Recount in the 6-furlong Hot Springs. Landeros also rode Recount, a 5-year-old Illinois-bred Limehouse gelding, in the Bet on Sunshine and King Cotton.
Recount, who has earned $462,397 in his 24-race career that includes nine victories, recorded a 5-furlong bullet workout (1:00.60) Thursday morning.
Other locally based horses scheduled to run in the Hot Springs include Storm Advisory, King Cotton fourth Ivan Fallunovalot and Whitmore, who won a third-level allowance/optional claimer Jan. 15 in 1:08.81 for 6 furlongs. Whitmore’s time was the fastest ever run at Oaklawn during January for that distance.
The Hot Springs is the final major local prep for the $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 15. Recount ran sixth in last year’s Count Fleet.
Eyes of Texas
Multiple graded stakes winner Texas Chrome is nearing a regular breeze schedule in preparation for his 4-year-old debut, which could come in the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (G2) April 15, trainer J.R. Caldwell said Friday afternoon.
Caldwell said Texas Chrome returned to his barn around Feb. 7 after being freshened at owner Danny Keene’s nearby training center. The horse hasn’t started since a ninth-place finish in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Nov. 4 at Santa Anita.
“The little time off, he grew up,” Caldwell said. “He’s physically stronger. He’s come back perfect.”
Caldwell said the Oaklawn Handicap “is on the back of our agenda,” adding the Texas-bred son of Grasshopper would go straight into the 1 1/8-mile race off works. Caldwell said Texas Chrome is scheduled to begin breezing in March.
Texas Chrome was named 2016 Texas Horse of the Year by the Texas Thoroughbred Association after winning 4 of 8 starts, including the $400,000 Super Derby (G3) Sept. 10 at Louisiana Downs and $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) Sept. 25 at Remington Park. His campaign began with a third-place finish in last April in Oaklawn’s $150,000 Bachelor Stakes.
In addition to the Super Derby and Oklahoma Derby, Texas Chrome won the $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes May 15 at Lone Star Park and the $100,000 Super Derby Prelude Stakes Aug. 6 at Louisiana Downs.
Keene purchased Texas Chrome for $10,000 as a yearling. He has since bankrolled $842,462, with eight victories from 14 lifetime starts.
The track was rated fast for workouts Saturday morning. … Multiple stakes winner Marquee Miss worked a half-mile in :49 after the renovation break Saturday morning for trainer Ingrid Mason in preparation for next Saturday’s $125,000 Spring Fever Stakes for older female sprinters. A multiple Oaklawn stakes winner ($100,000 Dixie Belle and $100,000 Martha Washington last year), Marquee Miss is training in a different type of bit, Mason said, after the filly was disqualified from second and placed last for lugging in repeatedly in the stretch of the $125,000 American Beauty Stakes Jan. 28. … Her Love for Pappy, a front-running eight-length maiden winner Jan. 28, is under consideration for the 5 ½-furlong Spring Fever, trainer Johnny Ortiz said Saturday morning. … Rockshaw recorded a half-mile bullet (:47.20) Saturday morning for trainer Ron Moquett of Hot Springs in preparation for next Saturday’s $125,000 Gazebo Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters. … Far Right worked a half-mile in :48.80 after the renovation break Saturday morning for trainer Wayne Catalano, who said the multiple Oaklawn stakes winner could make his 2017 debut before the meeting ends April 15. …
Three-time Oaklawn training champion Kenny Smith had his first winner of the meeting in Friday’s second race with favored Goods Gone West ($4). … Maziette ($15.20) was a first-off-the-claim winner of Friday’s fourth race, a second-level allowance/optional claimer, for trainer Kellyn Gorder. Maziette, a 5-year-old daughter of Candy Ride, is a half-sister to Petrov, the Moquett-trained Triple Crown nominee who finished second in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 16 and Monday’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3). Maziette’s co-owner, John Mulholland, said earlier this month that the mare will “probably” be bred this spring to Flatter, the sire of Petrov. … The Strip, sixth in Friday’s fourth race, represented the first Oaklawn starter for trainer Mick Ruis, whose War Envoy ran 11th in the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park. … Tommy Pompell, riding regularly at Oaklawn for the first time this year, recorded his first double in Hot Springs Friday, winning on Goods Gone West and the ninth race on Rhodium ($14.40). … Joe Rocco Jr. and Alex Canchari also rode two winners Friday. Rocco won the first race on Jack Tripp ($13.60) and seventh race on St. Louie Guy ($7.60). Canchari won the third race on Drip Brew ($9.20) and fifth race on Desert Thief ($13). … Drip Brew represented Moquett’s 192nd career Oaklawn winner.