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Author Topic: Juvenile notes - 10/31  (Read 1248 times)
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« on: October 31, 2006, 05:00:52 PM »

C P West -  C P West returned to the Churchill Downs racetrack Tuesday morning since working 5f in 1:00 1/5 on Sunday. The son of Came Home galloped 11/2m under Carlos Correa in preparation for the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

            "He has a lack of experience," trainer Nick Zito said, "but he is a talented horse."

            C P West will be making only his third start in the Juvenile after breaking his maiden at first asking at Saratoga and finishing a close second behind King of the Roxy in the Futurity at Belmont Park.

            Zito said he preferred to race the 2yo colt only three times this year, opting for the Juvenile instead of running C P West in both the Champagne and Remsen Stakes.

            "Sun King, as a 2yo had more races - the race in Texas was his fourth start," Zito said. "I just wanted one more race for this colt."

            Zito, who is looking to next year's Kentucky Derby with C P West, has had several debut 2yo winners this year.

            "We changed the program a bit, but you have to have the horses," he said. "It's a little of both."

            Rafael Bejarano, who was aboard for C P West's maiden score, will return to the saddle for the Juvenile.

            Zito, who will also saddle Sun King for the Classic, had planned to start three horses in the Breeders' Cup until Commentator was pulled out of the Sprint Monday when he reinjured a chronic condition in his left front shin.

            "It's very frustrating, because we were going for the gold, and he was ready," said Zito, who reported that the injury wasn't serious and that Commentator is walking sound.


Circular Quay/King of the Roxy/ Scat Daddy -  All three of trainer Todd Pletcher's Breeders' Cup Juvenile starters, Circular Quay, King of the Roxy and Scat Daddy, galloped at Belmont Park Tuesday morning.  All three are scheduled to fly to Kentucky Wednesday.


Got the Last Laugh -  Following his breeze on Monday, the Distorted Humor colt walked at trainer Bill Mott's barn at Churchill Downs.

            Got the Last Laugh broke his maiden at Saratoga and finished in a dead-heat for the win in the Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity at Arlington Park on Sept. 10. In his last start, he was fifth in a field of 10 in the Champagne at Belmont Park.

Jockey Rene Douglas, who rode Got the Last Laugh to his stakes victory, has the mount on the colt owned by Zayat Stables  in the Juvenile.


Great Hunter -  The conqueror of previously unbeaten Circular Quay in Keeneland's Breeders' Futurity schooled in the Churchill Downs paddock Tuesday prior to galloping 1 ½m as he continued to prepare for Saturday's Juvenile. His regular exercise partner, Antonio Romero, was aboard.

The trip to the paddock, assistant trainer Leandro Mora said, was a way to help the youngster get more acquainted with his surroundings. "He hasn't had trouble in the past, but he is just a kid," the veteran horseman said.

Malt Magic -  Tuesday was a traveling day for the son of 1994 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Cherokee Run. He was on a Tex Sutton flight to Kentucky from Southern California with eight other Breeders' Cup horses.

Bob Baffert trains the colt for Ahmed Zayat's racing operation, Zayat Stables, which has about 115 horses in training. Zayat has another colt entered in the Juvenile, Got the Last Laugh, trained by Bill Mott.   


Pegasus Wind -  Robert Baker and William Mack's Pegasus Wind was on the main track at Churchill Downs before 6:30 Tuesday morning with regular exercise rider Stacy Prior up.

            Prior took the D. Wayne Lukas trainee first to the mile chute for about five minutes before hooking up with Lukas at the six-furlong gap. Pegasus Wind completed his morning training by breezing through the stretch.

            "The move through the lane was very good," Lukas said. "It was an excellent morning for him."

            The loosening up in the chute is something Lukas does with many of his horses.

            "If they are aggressive, we go up there because it kind of relaxes them," Lukas said. "He is a pretty tough horse for Stacy to gallop."

            Pegasus Wind wears blinkers every morning, something Lukas says he has done with the son of Fusaichi Pegasus since he was broken.

            Pegasus Wind represents Lukas' only Breeders' Cup entrant this year, and if history is any indicator, don't discount the colt's chances.

            Twice Lukas has had entries in only one Breeders' Cup race and both times Lukas had a winner. In 2005 at Belmont Park, Lukas saddled Folklore and Ex Caelis to finish first and fourth in the Juvenile Fillies, and in 2002 at Arlington Park, he ran only in the Sprint with Orientate winning and Day Trader finishing 11th.

            Mike Luzzi has the mount Saturday.


Principle Secret -  The near-black colt by the Storm Cat stallion Sea of Secrets went trackside Tuesday at approximately 8:45 for a 1 1/2m gallop around the main oval at Churchill. Exercise rider Jose Valcso was at the controls and kept the racy Kentucky-bred about three lanes out from the rail.

            Trainer Christopher Paasch, who had flown in from his California headquarters Monday, was trackside with his wife Bonnie to watch their pride and joy perform.

            "He'll just gallop again tomorrow, then we'll ask him for something stronger in his gallop Thursday," Paasch said. "I'm just hoping for a fair and safe race Saturday. So far so good for me."

            Victor Espinoza, currently the third-leading rider in the country with more than $14.5-million in purses, will be aboard Principle Secret Saturday.


Skip Code -  Charles Laloggia's Skip Code galloped 1 ½ m after the renovation break at Churchill Downs with exercise rider Jose Castanon up.

            It was Skip Code's first day back at the track since working 5f in 1:03 1/5 on Sunday.

            "I understand a lot of people didn't like our work," trainer Mark Casse said with a laugh. "I knew he was going to do that. If I had wanted to work him fast, I would have put him with another horse."

            Tim Kegel picked Skip Code out of the February Ocala sale for $60,000.

            "He was a nice individual and moved real good," Kegel said. "Plus he fit our price range."

            Casse has had Skip Code since April.

            "You probably couldn't tell it from his work, but he has a tremendous stride with great length. He can run all day," Casse said. "I wish this race were a mile and quarter because I think the mile and a sixteenth might be too short."

            Patrick Husbands has the mount.

Stormello -  The winner of Santa Anita's Norfolk Breeders' Cup Stakes galloped 1 1/2m at Churchill Downs Tuesday with his regular exercise rider, Sandra Murphy, in the irons.

Two-time winner Stormello was bred and owned by Al Eisman and William Currin and trained by Currin. The trainer's assistant, Ignacio Correas, has been handling the 2yo's training in Louisville, but the trainer will be arriving late Tuesday.


Street Sense -  Street Sense galloped about 1 1/8m under exercise rider Tracey Wilkes Tuesday morning, pleasing trainer Carl Nafzger with the way he got into the training.

"He was sharp today, real sharp," Nafzger said.

Nafzger said he still plans to work Jim Tafel's homebred this week but declined to say when in case he changes his mind.

Street Sense comes into the race off just a maiden victory in four starts, two of them stakes, but Nafzger said the Street Cry colt earned his trip to the Breeders' Cup.

 "He's taken us to each race he's been in," Nafzger said. "We haven't pushed him. Every horse who has beaten him has had one or two more starts under him."

The final decision to enter the Juvenile was made "after he came out of the Breeders' Futurity good." That race, he was third behind Great Hunter and Circular Quay, beaten just 1 ¾ lengths.


Teuflesberg - The pony rider was a little late getting to Teuflesberg after his gallop Tuesday morning so trainer Jamie Sanders, in the saddle for the exercise, ended up going a "little over a mile and a half. I couldn't get him pulled up for about a mile and three quarters."

Sanders said the $9,000 yearling purchase had an excuse for every one of the seven races he lost before he broke his maiden in his last start.

"His first start he didn't break," she said. "He kind of walked out of the gate and he was only going 4 1/2 (furlongs) and he ran fourth to Datrick. And the second start he had a bruised foot .The third start, the jockey lost his irons and he went 21 flat and then he got his irons back and got him slowed down a little bit and he got beat 3 1/2 lengths by Circular Quay. That was in the Bashford Manor.

"His next start [the Sanford] he was stung by bees in the holding barn, about eight yellow jackets and kicked both of his back shoes off. He had to be scoped, had to be shod behind and he had a sting on his mouth that was huge and we didn't think we were going to be able to get a bit on him. We put ice packs on his face for hours. And then the swelling went down enough to get a bit on him and he just got beat [a neck] by Scat Daddy.

"In the Lane's End [Breeders' Futurity] it was really congested in the paddock and he got real upset, reared up and fell. And we ran him anyway and he still ran a credible race."

Sanders schooled the colt several straight days before his last race, and he responded by finally breaking his maiden.

The trainer, former exercise rider for Nick Zito, said she'll be in the saddle for the colt's 3f breeze Wednesday morning.


U D Ghetto - Lucky Seven Stable's U D Ghetto galloped 1 5/8 m before the renovation break at Churchill Downs under exercise rider Celia Corcoran.

            On hand to watch the morning activity was Mike Mackin of Lucky Seven Stable, which has four horses with trainer Tony Reinstedler.

"The horse is happy, Tony is happy, Celia is happy, so there is no reason for me to be unhappy," said Mackin, whose stable ownership also comprises his  mother, five children and 14 grandchildren. "I am thrilled to death to have a horse in the Breeders' Cup and am enjoying the week tremendously."

U D Ghetto is named as a tribute to Mackin's college days at the University of Dayton.

"There are a row of houses next to the campus where a lot of upperclassmen live," Mackin said. "The university doesn't like the name; it prefers to call it the Triangle, but everybody knows it as the ghetto. I have heard from a lot of people in the past week from the ghetto."

Zanjero - The Cherokee Run colt, who sits first on the preferred list, walked the shedrow on Tuesday and has been entered in an allowance race on Thursday because of the likelihood he won't make the final Juvenile field.

            Regular jockey Shaun Bridgmohan said that regardless of which race the colt runs in, he's going make an impression.

            "He's a pretty nice horse," said Bridgmohan. "He was much the best in the Keeneland race when he broke his maiden (on Oct. 12). He just got up, but that was because we just couldn't get out until the last minute. There are high expectations for him."
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