Monday, October 22, 2007
Baroness Thatcher – Zayat Stables’ Baroness Thatcher jogged Monday morning at Keeneland, a day after working 4f in 46 3/5, the fastest of 34 moves over the Polytrack.
Trainer Francois Parisel said the 3yo daughter of Johannesburg is scheduled to ship to Monmouth Park on Tuesday, where she will be ridden in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint by Julien Leparoux.
Leparoux has been aboard Baroness Thatcher three times, most recently a third-place finish in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 6.
Dream Rush – Two-time Grade 1 winner Dream Rush, pointing to Friday’s Filly & Mare Sprint, walked the shedrow at Aqueduct Monday morning. On Sunday, Dream Rush breezed 4f at Aqueduct in 47 4/5. Dream Rush is shipping to Monmouth Park Wednesday morning and will team up with jockey Eibar Coa for the Filly & Mare Sprint. “She’s doing great,” trainer Rick Violette Jr. said.
Dream Rush has not raced since winning Saratoga’s Test Stakes on Aug. 4. She was supposed to run in Belmont Park’s Gallant Bloom on Sept. 22, but withdrew from the race because of a minor illness.
“That won’t hurt her at all,” Violette said. “She’s training as good as she ever has. Hopefully we get a good post.”
Hystericalady – see Distaff
Jazzy – Trainer Mark Hennig said that Jazzy will ship over from Belmont Park on Wednesday morning and just gallop up to the race.
“She worked last Friday and did real good,” he said. “She went in 48-and-a-couple but did the last quarter in 23-and-one-or two.”
Jazzy, who raced for Team Valor International in South Africa until Hennig got her last summer, made her first American start at Monmouth in July and finished second in a sprint on the turf.
“She’s coming into familiar territory and she’ll like the main track at Monmouth if she liked the track at Belmont,” Hennig said, referring to her win last out in the Gallant Bloom Handicap in New York. “Monmouth will be a little easier for her than ‘Big Sandy’ here at Belmont.”
David Flores picks up the mount and will ride Jazzy for the first time.
La Traviata – see Sprint
Maryfield – Mark Gorman and partners’ 6-year-old mare Maryfield galloped
1 1/2m at Monmouth Park on Monday morning with exercise rider Umberto Gomez. The Ballerina Handicap winner put in her final major workout on Friday at Hollywood Park, breezing 4f from the gate in 46. She arrived at Monmouth Park on Saturday.
Jockey Elvis Trujillo will make his Breeders’ Cup debut aboard Maryfield in the new Filly & Mare Sprint.
After being claimed for $50,000 in January 2006, Maryfield has become a multiple Graded stakes winner for trainer Doug O’Neill. After the Breeders’ Cup, plans call for Maryfield to go to the breeding shed.
O’Neill is traveling from California to New Jersey on Thursday.
Miraculous Miss – Trainer Steve Klesaris lost his chance to compete in the Sprint when his Diabolical was sold to Darley shortly after his Vanderbilt win, so his hope for Breeders’ Cup glory now rests with the filly Miraculous Miss, who will represent his first Breeders’ Cup starter in Friday’s Filly and Mare Sprint.
“It’s disappointing that he (Diabolical) won’t be walking in the paddock with our colors on Saturday, but you can never lose sight that this is a business,” Klesaris said. “It was a blessing to have a horse of his quality, and I’ll always treasure the great memories he gave us. Hopefully the filly will pick up where he left off.”
In her final major move leading into Friday’s race, Miraculous Miss worked 4f in 47 2/5 on Thursday at Fair Hill.
“She gets a lot out of her everyday training and couldn’t be doing any better,” Klesaris said. “We wanted to tune her up well in front of the race.”
A deep closing type, Miraculous Miss is winless from four starts this year.
“She’s a quality filly and definitely deserves a shot,” Klesaris said. “Monmouth Park is notorious for being a speed track that’s tough on closers, but there are a lot of fast fillies in there (Filly and Mare Sprint), and there should be pace at every fraction. Hopefully we’ll get the right set-up, because I know we’ll be coming (at the end).”
Jeremy Rose will ride on Friday.
“He won the Forward Gal on her last year, and would have retained the mount had he not hurt his foot,” Klesaris said. “He’s a very accomplished young rider who has won on the big stage, and he gets along real well with the filly.”
Miss Macy Sue – Miss Macy Sue completed her final major preparations for Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint by working 4f in 48 after the renovation break at Monmouth Park. Eusebio Razo, who will ride Miss Macy Sue on Friday, was aboard for the work.
“There were other horses working out there and Eusebio kept her three or four wide, because he didn’t want her to go too fast,” trainer Kelly Von Hemel said. “It was a good work. She will walk tomorrow, jog Wednesday and gallop up to the race.”
Razo is a perfect four-for-four aboard the 4yo daughter of Trippi.
“He gets along with her better than anybody we have had on her,” Von Hemel said. “She is not terribly difficult, but she is kind of quirky. When he is on her, they get along perfect together. She works slower, and he can talk her out of a lot of stuff. It has definitely made a difference.”
Von Hemel is the second member of his family to saddle a Breeders’ Cup starter. His brother, Donnie, has had four Breeders’ Cup starters and got the week off to a good start for the family when Going Ballistic won Sunday’s Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park.
Oprah Winney – Oprah Winney, bound for Friday’s Filly & Mare Sprint, “just rode around the shedrow today,” according to trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. “I’m in the middle of putting new shoes on her and then she’s leaving for Monmouth later this morning.”
Oprah Winney, who has romped to easy stakes wins in her last pair of starts, is named after Oprah Winfrey, the multiple Emmy Award-winning host of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” the highest rated talk show in television history. In fact, a feature story on Oprah Winney will air on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Tuesday, Oct. 23. “You gotta watch it,” said Dutrow, grinning ear-to-ear. “If they quote me, man, I said something so funny. The whole barn is excited about it; everybody knows. There’s friends of mine calling me from Maryland saying they heard I’m gonna be on the show. We’re all pumped up.”
Jockey Garrett Gomez has the call aboard Oprah Winney Friday.
Rahiyah – International Racing Bureau Managing Director Alastair Donald said owner Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed decided not to send the Rahy filly to the United States for the Breeders’ Cup.
Jeremy Noseda trains the 3yo, whose best performance in group company this year was a fast-closing third behind Darjina and Finsceal Beo in the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches on May 13.
Shaggy Mane – The 4yo California-bred daughter of Bertrando was due to arrive at Monmouth Park in late afternoon Monday for her date in Friday’s Filly & Mare Sprint, the first of the three new Breeders’ Cup races to be run on that day.
“She’s doing really well,” said trainer Don Chatlos, who saddled 2004 Mile champion Singletary. “She’s coming to the race just right.”
The trainer said the filly would jog on Tuesday “because she likes to look around and gawk on her first day at a new track.”
Cornelio Velasquez will ride.
Wild Gams – The cleverly named 4yo – her dam is Diamonds and Legs and her sire Forest Wildcat – remains at Fair Hill training center in Maryland, where she galloped 11/2 m and jogged 1m Monday.
Trainer Ben Perkins said she’d work with regular exercise rider Peter Lacey Tuesday, “probably three-eighths” and then load into a van for a two-hour ride to Monmouth.
Assistant Chris Gardiner, who has been overseeing Perkins’ Monmouth string while his boss watches over Wild Gams, said she is very fond of synthetic surfaces like the Tapeta at Fair Hill. She also ran on Tapeta at Presque Isles Downs two races ago and finished second and competed on Polytrack in her last out, a win in the Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland. She went straight from Keeneland to Fair Hill to train up to the Breeders’ Cup.
“She runs good on dirt too,” Gardiner said, “but Polytrack helps keep her sound.”