|Sportsman's Park Daily Notebook
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Monday, February 25, 2002
ROBERTSON STABLE ARRIVES
It’s a good thing that the entire Robertson family can train horses because as of Monday morning they are a three-track operation. The first of their horses arrived at Sportsman’s Park during training hours Monday and conditioner Hugh Robertson was on hand as two van loads of horses were unloaded outside Barn 2B.
“Fifteen are coming today,” he said. “I’ve got a couple coming from Florida on Wednesday and then there’s three or four more that I need to pick up from farms around here.
“I’ll stay up here 10 days or two weeks,” he continued. “Once I get everything set up here, run a few horses and make sure everything is all squared away with the help, I’ll head back to the Fair Grounds and my wife (Teri) will come up here.”
While Hugh and Teri divvy up the Sportsman’s and Fair Grounds runners, son Mac is overseeing the operation at Oaklawn Park.
“They’re all running good for him there,” Hugh Robertson said of Mac’s success thus far in Arkansas. “I’ve run nothing but seconds down at the Fair Grounds. I’ve won one race there with 10 seconds. I ran two yesterday. One got beat a nose (Sixteen Colony) and the other (My Girl Lisa) lost by a half a length.”
One horse who was not in the initial shipment of horses is Sarah Jade, who won a first-level allowance race by seven lengths Sunday at Oaklawn Park under jockey Chris Emigh.
“She’s a good filly,” Robertson said of the 3-year-old daughter of Jade Hunter. “We’ve turned down a lot of money for her.”
Sarah Jade raced twice last fall at Hawthorne, finishing second in maiden special weight races on both occasions.
“She was sick the (second) time and caught a sloppy track,” he said. “She really looks like she’s turned around since we stretched her out (to a mile). We’ll probably run her in a stakes (race) somewhere the next time out I would imagine but I don’t know where.”
When asked specifically about the $100,000 National Jockey Club Oaks for 3-year-old fillies, which will be run here on April 27, Robertson indicated that was a possibility but that there would likely be something elsewhere for her in the interim.
“All my good 3-year-olds are fillies,” the Nebraskan-born conditioner added. “(Multiple stakes winner) Vicki Vallencourt ran second in the Thelma at the Fair Grounds (in January). I freshened her up a bit and she’s back in training now. I have another one, My Antonia, that I think is as good as the other two. I turned her out and just brought her back.”
Agent Penny Fitch-Heyes, who handles engagements for defending riding champion Randall Meier, has picked up the book of Zoe Cadman. Last year, Cadman set a single-season apprentice riding record with 23 victories.
Jockey Jeremy Beasley, who rode here last year with some success before shifting his tack to Florida last summer, is slated to return Thursday in advance of Friday’s season opening card. Beasley, whose book will be handled by Pete Ducca, rode 17 winners here last season and finished just outside the top 10 in the standings.
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