- BC Distaff winner Round Pond worked on the turf, albeit slowly....five furlongs in 1:05.60 according to the Form.
"She wasn't sure what to do. She just didn't know what it was like working on the inside like that with all those other horses around her. She's usually fairly aggressive breaking off, but this morning she must have gone the first eighth in 15 [seconds], although she finished well and galloped out good."Matz mentioned the main track Rampart Handicap on March 11 at Gulfstream as a possible 2007 debut. She actually does have some interesting pedigree for the grass, at least on paper and on her distaff side. Round Pond is by Awesome Again (Deputy Minister), certainly not known as a turf sire, but she's out of a mare by the Arc winner Trempolino who is a half sister to the Irish 2000 Guineas winner and current stallion Black Minnaloushe, as well as the Grade 1 grass winner Nasr El Arab and Pennekamp, a champ in France at two. She's also inbred 3x4 to the full brothers Vice Regent and Viceregal.
The same Form piece also plugs William Kaplan, the trainer of Drums of Thunder, whose fine second place finish to Nobiz Like Shobiz I've mentioned here before. He also trains Sunshine Millions Sprint winner Storm in May, and will send another bright looking three-year old in Imawildandcrazyguy in Saturday's Risen Star. Kaplan said: "I thought [Drums of Thunder] ran extremely well and that he proved he belongs in the Derby picture." It seems you just can't have a nice three-year old this time of year and not talk Derby. I think he looks like a really nice colt, and I did mention him here as a longshot possibility for the Holy Bull exotics, but I'm don't know that I'm quite ready to put money down on him in the futures pool. Though I guess a couple of bucks at his 30-1 morning line can't hurt.
- Haskin also wonders what Scat Daddy (30-1) was doing dueling with Nobiz Like Shobiz (8-1) in the Holy Bull. Odd tactics for a closer.
- ESPN.com's Jay Cronley took a date to the races, and what was he thinking?
Not enough.The website's editor may be thinking of love and romance as well. The headline of the piece, at this writing, reads Date Nght.
The evening went something like this.
Q: She found it sad that so many senior males were here all alone.
A: I said that it was more likely that they were among the happiest people in the world.
Q: Did that mean that I wished I had come alone instead of bring her?
A: (Pause) No.