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Monday, July 17, 2006

News and Notes - July 17

- Don't expect to see Tom Fool winner Silver Train anywhere outside of the immediate New York City metropolitan area. Trainer Richard Dutrow told the NY Daily News:

"Forget Saratoga. Forget any other track but this one," Dutrow said. "And if it's left all up to me, he's got two more races - the Vosburgh and the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct (where the colt trains.) That's it. He just doesn't perform on other tracks."
- When Really Fleet Indian took the Delaware Handicap, it completed an unprecedented double for Todd Pletcher. Adieu won the Delaware Oaks the day before, and no trainer had swept both of those races in the same year. (Not to mention Honey Ryder's win in the Dick for the all-world trainer.) Pletcher had 17 horses running at six tracks on Saturday, and he'll probably become the first trainer to actually saddle that many horses in six different states on a single day before he wins a Kentucky Derby. Or so it seems.

Adieu was actually the second choice to Jerry Hollendorfer's Hystericalady. Pat Valenzuela came east for the ride, and he sounded the familiar lament for unsuccessful West Coast invaders. "It was cuppy and not like the tracks she is used to running on in California." [Delaware Online] The win by Adieu has Todd Pletcher rethinking his plans for her. "I was thinking of the Test [at Saratoga], but now we might string her out longer [distance race]."

Adieu is the 4th stakes winner of the year for her second year sire El Corredor. Wanna Runner is still his top money earner for the year, and he currently ranks third on the second year sire list, behind Aptitude, and Point Given, the resurgent champ who was propelled to that top spot by Go Between's win in the Virginia Derby. Bill Mott said of that one:
"He's been green, green, green all the time....Some people say he'd run in snatches. He'd give you little spurts of run, but not one good solid run, and that seems to be what he's learned over time. It's all a question of maturity and development." [Richmond Times-Dispatch]
And you can probably say that about the Point Givens in general.

1 Comment:

Walter said...

...the Pletcher filly who won @ Delaware is named Fleet Indian...Really Indian is the Drysdale colt who beat Point of Impact in a maiden race and later shipped to Belmont for the Peter Pan...

some interesting workout stuff today:

...Bernardini, whose 3 works since the Preakness have been very slow, suddenly sprung to life @ Belmont this morning with a clocking of 58.90...looks like they're starting to turn the screws on him...

...Discreet Cat returned to the worktab today (thank goodness) with a leisurely three panels in 37.45...

...i did workout search on Afrashad, and found that his last recorded workout was May 31st...no workouts listed for the entire month of June, and this horse ran a 106 Beyer on the 4th of July?...yeah, i know he ran on June 10, but that's still 24 days between races with no recorded workouts...not unheard of, but i still think it's a little strange they didn't blow him out before his last race...i wonder if the Godolphin boys have a farm or something where these horses can get some work in under-the-radar...just a thought...

...on the West Coast, Midnight Lute turned in another good drill with a half-mile in 47.20...this horse has been training like clockwork all the way back to late April, and the 47.20 looks like a blowout to me because his prior two drills were each @ 6 furlongs (111.40 both times)...i'm guessing he'll be entered @ Del Mar this weekend...look for a big effort from this comebacking Baffert 3yo, who was an impressive winner of his only career start, a 6-furlong maiden race @ Del Mar almost a year ago...