Monday, March 21, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 21, 2005 . . . The list of probable starters for the Lane’s End Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday grew by one over the weekend when trainer Ken McPeek opted to send both Diamond Isle and Wild Desert. The number of probables now stands at 10.
McPeek has tapped Robby Albarado for the ride on Wild Desert and Dean Sarvis for the ride on Diamond Isle. Joe Bravo is set to ride Mayan King for trainer Gary Contessa.
Working in company with stablemate Ball Four, Spanish Chestnut covered seven furlongs in 1:24.80 at Santa Anita Sunday. Said trainer Biancone, “The work was perfect. He went very nice. Everything looks good. He loves to run; he’s a definite runner.”
Commenting on his plans to move Spanish Chestnut forward on the Derby trail, Biancone said, “We need to keep his progression with his race. I mean, I prefer to win anytime I run a horse, but this will be part of his training [towards the Derby]. [Jockey] Gary [Stevens] likes him a lot and he fits him very well. If everything goes right we’ll go on to the Blue Grass.”
Spanish Chestnut is scheduled to arrive at Keeneland on Friday and will van up to Turfway on Saturday morning.
Texcess will be shipping from California very early Tuesday morning and will arrive at Turfway later that day. Rene Douglas will ride for trainer Paul Aguirre.
Jose Valdivia Jr. will ride Silent Bid for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Said Lukas, “The timing of this race is right. We’re two out [two more preps before the Derby] and it works out well to pick out one more after this, either the Lexington or the Blue Grass. He does have to step up. We have to find out if he even should be considered or back up. He’ll need a good performance to move on, similar to Charismatic when he earned his way in [the 1999 Derby] when he won the Lexington. I think [Silent Bid] merits a chance, but he has to do more.”
Andromeda’s Hero had his final workout Saturday for the Lane’s End Stakes, breezing five furlongs in :59.60 at Gulfstream Park. The work was the fastest of 23 horses who worked the distance. Rafael Bejarano will ride Andromeda’s Hero for trainer Nick Zito.
Todd Pletcher sent both Flower Alley and Monarch Lane to work at Payson Park on Sunday. Both went five furlongs, with Flower Alley the quicker of the two at 1:01 flat and the more likely to be among the Lane’s End starters. Flower Alley is expected at Turfway on Thursday. Jorge Chavez is scheduled to ride.
Magna Graduate covered five furlongs in 1:01 flat on the Churchill Downs track on Sunday. Commenting on the colt’s score in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway earlier this month, trainer Patrick Byrne said, “He’s doing very well. He came out of the Battaglia great. It certainly gives you a lot more confidence knowing how much he likes the Turfway Park course.” The additional half furlong of the Lane’s End does not concern Byrne at all. “This horse is bred to run all day. I don’t think he will run into any kind of distance limitations.”
Jockey Jerry Bailey will ride Magna Graduate in the Lane’s End Stakes. The colt is expected to arrive at Turfway on Saturday morning.
Trainer Jennifer Pederson, owner Ernie Paragallo of Paraneck Stables, and jockey Norberto Arroyo teamed up to win the 2003 Lane’s End Stakes with New York Hero, and all three return this year with Mr Sword. Pedersen added blinkers for Mr Sword’s last outing, an allowance race at Aqueduct, and he responded with an easy win. Mr Sword breezed six furlongs in 1:16.23 Monday, the fastest of three at the distance, and will ship down to Turfway on Wednesday afternoon.
Pedersen will send Daddy Joe to the Rushaway Stakes, one of four stakes races on the Lane’s End undercard. “I have always had high hopes for him,” she said, “and he has shown a lot of potential, but hasn’t been able to get a stakes win yet. In his last breeze, though, I had Arroyo just drop his head and let him run, and he responded throughout the breeze.”
Proud Accolade, aimed at the Rushaway by trainer Todd Pletcher, worked five furlongs in 1:00 flat at Payson Park, the fifth fastest of 30 at the distance. He will arrive at Turfway Park on Thursday. Jerry Bailey will have the mount.
Patrick Byrne will send Catch Me to the Rushaway. Said Byrne, “He is an improving colt who was slow to come around. He beat older horses at Turfway in his last start so this looked like a good spot for him. I know Proud Accolade will likely be the 1-5 favorite, but we’re going to take a chance to beat him.” Like Magna Graduate, Catch Me will arrive at Turfway on Saturday morning.
Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup
Pedersen and company will send the accomplished Amazing Buy to the Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup. “She can be any kind of horse,” said Pedersen. We have been very patient with her and it has paid off, [as she has won] four races in a row, three of which were stakes.” Like Daddy Joe and Mr Sword, Amazing Buy will ship down to Turfway on Wednesday.