Wednesday, March 23, 2011 12:00 AM
Fields set for undercard stakes
FLORENCE, Ky., Mar. 23, 2011 – With the draw for the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes scheduled for this evening, the field continues to hold steady at a dozen for the Grade 3 Kentucky Derby prep at Turfway Park this Saturday.
Purse too tempting for Brown to pass up
By his own admission, trainer Chad Brown has not always been certain of the best path for his Lemon Drop Kid three-year-old Beachcombing. Allowance races didn't fill. Stakes races wound up with unsatisfactory course conditions. But Brown likes the potential offered by the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes and its generous $500,000 purse.
"I'm going to take a shot here," said Brown. "The horse is training really well. I'm not sure about the synthetic with him, but the purse is very tempting. I think the horse has a shot."
Beachcombing has run only three times, the most recent effort a neck loss to Data Link in an entry-level grass allowance at Gulfstream on January 23. But Data Link came right back to win his next start against tougher allowance company.
"Data Link is a nice horse," said Brown. "Beachcombing was very game against him, and Data Link's next performance made our race against him legitimate for sure."
Beachcombing has had at least seven weeks between each of his starts, but Brown says the breaks have been coincidental.
"That's due to circumstances not having to do with the horse," said Brown. "I just haven’t always been able to decide what we want to do with him. I had wanted to run him in the Palm Beach Stakes (March 12 at Gulfstream Park), but the turf that day was too firm for my liking so I scratched him. That's when we started taking a serious look at the Spiral."
Beachcombing will ship via plane from Florida to Turfway Park on Thursday. On Saturday, Brown will be present to saddle Beachcombing and to give a leg up to Leandro Gonçalves . Now one of the top riders at Tampa Bay Downs, Gonçalves was the leading rider at Turfway in the 2009 Fall Meet
Connections taking a shot with Rescind the Trade
Rescind the Trade's fifth-place finish in Aqueduct's February 5 Whirlaway Stakes was not what the colt's trainer Rick Violette had in mind. However, the New York-based trainer still holds out hope that his son of Put it Back can redeem himself following that less than stellar effort over a muddy, sealed racing surface.
"We're kind of still trying to find a home for this horse," said Violette. "We were very disappointed in the Whirlaway, which was run over an awful race track. But he breezed very well at the OBS (Ocala Breeders' Sales) April sale over the synthetic surface there. So he has shown some affinity for synthetics, and the purse at Turfway is certainly not chump change. The horse is doing good, and we expect an improved effort."
Jose Valdivia, Jr. will be in the irons Saturday aboard Rescind the Trade, who breezed four furlongs in :49.26 Sunday at Belmont Park. Rescind the Trade traveled the same distance in :48.08 in a March 15 workout, also at Belmont.
"This past Sunday's work was more of a maintenance move, where we just put him through his ABCs," said Violette. "He was very impressive in the work before that when we set him down."
Thirtyfirststreet will represent SoCal
Handicappers analyzing the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes field would be ill-advised to overlook a horse exiting a Grade 2 stakes event at Santa Anita. Such is the case with Thirtyfirststreet, who finished a plenty-respectable fourth behind Anthony's Cross in the February 12 Robert B. Lewis Stakes. The California-bred son of Good Journey opened his career with a second and a first against Cal-bred competition last year over Hollywood Park's Cushion Track surface. Then he went on to win the California Breeders Championships on December 26 at Santa Anita.
When asked why he is bringing his horse cross-country to the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes, trainer and co-breeders Doug O'Neill said, "He ran well on synthetics and has a good style for those surfaces. I just thought a Polytrack stakes might come up a little lighter than a comparable dirt race."
Thirtyfirststreet will fly to Kentucky on Tuesday for his Saturday engagement. At Turfway, Thirtyfirststreet will be under the supervision of O'Neill assistant Sabas Rivera. The Parx Racing-based Kendrick Carmouche, who has ridden several horses for O'Neill at that suburban Philadelphia racetrack, will have the Spiral mount.
Undercard stakes fields set
Entries for the four stakes supporting the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes were drawn this morning. Entries for the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (G3) for three-year-old fillies going one mile are:
Post, Horse, Trainer, Jockey
1, Proud House, Mark Hubley, Thomas Pompell
2, Suave Voir Faire, D.M. Smithwick Jr., Junior Alvarado
3, Marion Ravenwood, H. Graham Motion, Alan Garcia
4, Lilacs and Lace, John Terranova, Javier Castellano
5, Summer Soiree, J. Larry Jones, Gabriel Saez
6, Kitten's Dancer, Michael Maker, Victor Lebron
7, Readybdancing, Terrell Gore, Leandro Goncalves
8, Angelica Zapata, Ron Pellegrini, Irwin Rosendo
9, Jelly Cable , Eric Reed, Ben Creed
10, Harlan's Ruby, Kenneth McPeek, Perry Ouzts
11, Touch Screen, Ryan Walsh, John McKee
Entries for the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes (listed) for three-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles are:
Post, Horse, Trainer, Jockey
1, Grandpa Gibby, Coty Rosin, James Lopez
2, Crimson China, H. Graham Motion, Alan Garcia
3, St. Ivan, Michael Maker, Victor Lebron
4, Disfraz, Eddie Kenneall, Kendrick Carmouche
5, Ocasta, Darrin Miller, Freddie Lenclud
6, Swift Warrior ,John Terranova, Javier Castellano
7, The Old Gen, J. Larry Jones, Gabriel Saez
8, Sorgho, W. Don Bennett, Eddie Martin Jr.
9, Swagger Jack, Darrin Miller, Leandro Goncalves
Also on the undercard are the Hansel Stakes for three-year-olds and the Queen Stakes for older fillies and mares, both sprints with $50,000 purses.
Entered for the Hansel are Murjan, Banjammer, Gonna Tell Mama, Big Albert, Getaway Guy, Devil Train, Ghost is Clear, Philippe, Chasing Moonlight, Cuvee's Image, Inhisglory, and Birdie Beats Par.
Entered for the Queen are Happy Week, Sweet Temptress, Midst, Winsockie, Sweet Gladys, Snowscape, and Hyperlink.