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Monday, February 14, 2005

Second Stringer

- Well, Baffert scratched Roman Ruler but won the San Vicente anyway with Fusaichi Rock Star, who is not a son of Fusaichi Pegasus, but rather of Wild Wonder, a son of Wild Again standing for $5000 in Kentucky. Fusaichi Rock Star, who was attractive enough to attract $825,000 as a 2 yo after selling for 30K as a yearling, is Wild Wonder’s first stakes winner (his third crop will be 2 yo’s this year). Don’t Get Mad (Stephen Got Even) will earn some supporters after a nice closing second into a fast last eighth of :12 1/5, while Wayne Lukas’ Consolidator was washy before the race and finished a disappointing 4th.

Meanwhile, Baffert ‘sorting out’ next step for Roman Ruler. [Thoroughbred Times]

- GALLOPING GROCER is OK after sustaining a gash on his left hind leg during his defeat in the Whirlaway.

"He'll miss a couple of days," said Schettino, indicating Galloping Grocer would not need stitches. "He's fine. He came out sound, his leg is good and he ate up. Physically, he came out good." [NYRA]

- SWEET CATOMINE TRAINER CITED FOR MILKSHAKES? - According to the LA Times, Julio Canani is the one of the two trainers besides Jeff Mullins whose horses have tested positive for milkshakes at Santa Anita.
Asked about his situation, Canani said: "I'm getting a lawyer. They can come and look at my barn all they want." [LA Times]
Vladimir Cerin is the other trainer according to the article.
"In the next week, I'm going to be running tests on my horses to see if there's a reasonable explanation for this," Cerin said. "I'm embarrassed about this, because I've been a strong voice in the movement to set up detention barns. I hope we find an explanation, and I completely support the testing program."
Everyone’s innocent, so it seems.

- ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Sportman’s Park goes the way of shopping malls and hotels. Sigh…

- SHORT SOUTHWEST STAKES – Only four starters set to go in Oaklawn’s Derby prep on Saturday. Afleet Alex gets ready to workout there later this week.