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Ins and outs of the Lane's End Stakes

Tuesday, March 16, 2004 12:00 AM
  • Spiral Stakes
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 16, 2004 . . . With only one Richard Migliore and two prep races on the same day, trainer Jennifer Pedersen apparently has decided to send Song of the Sword to the Illinois Derby (G2) April 3 instead of the Lane’s End Stakes (G2) this Saturday. That will free Migliore to ride Pedersen’s Redskin Warrior in the Gotham at Aqueduct this Saturday and still keep the ride on Song of the Sword.

California-based trainer Kathy Walsh has decided to send Hippocrates to Turfway for the Lane’s End. The colt is a month past his 1 1/16-mile maiden win at Santa Anita, his first win in four tries. His seven-furlong work in 1:25 flat on Sunday at Santa Anita helped convince the trainer to ship him east.

Trainer John Toscano confirmed that Sinister G will leave New York on Thursday but remains undecided whether the colt will run in the Lane’s End or the $100,000 Rushaway, 1 1/16-mile race for three-year-olds on Saturday’s undercard. “Birdstone and Song of the Sword are two very nice horses,” he said, “and we know we can run with Song of the Sword, only losing by a nose last time. But we’ll see what horses end up in what races before making our minds up.”

Tap Dancing Mauk had his final workout Saturday and “is doing great,” according to trainer Fletcher Mauk. “We’ll probably enter in both the Rushaway and the Lane’s End and see what happens,” he said. Mauk plans to be at Turfway’s Call to the Post luncheon on Thursday, where entries will be drawn, and the horse likely will ship in on Saturday morning from the Thoroughbred Center in Lexington.

Tricky Taboo had his last work for trainer Ed Frederick Tuesday, going five furlongs in a minute flat, but may head for the Rushaway. “It’s only his fourth or fifth start,” Frederick said, “so he is still maturing. We think he will be a very nice horse, but we’re not going to rush him into anything he’s not ready for. The Rushaway is also a shorter distance, which means he won’t have to stretch out as much. But we’ll make our final decision on Thursday.”

Jockey Tammy Fox took Silver Minister out for his five-furlong, 1:03.80 tune-up last Sunday at the Churchill Downs Training Center. “I had a lot of horse underneath me,” she said. “Everything went well and he finished up strong. I worked him before his last race and I told Greg [Foley] he wouldn’t be beat. He worked just like that today. He’s right on his game. He’ll be real tough to beat.”

Bob Baffert has decided not to send Bornwithit to Turfway, but is confident of his chances with Class Above in the undercard $150,000 Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup. “She’s doing very well and is on top of her game,” he said.

Frederick also sent Slewpy’s Storm, his Bourbonette probable, to work on Tuesday. With assistant trainer Mike Winkle supervising, the filly went five furlongs in 1:00.20. “I’m excited to see what happens when she hooks up with someone in the stretch,” Winkle said. “I think she’ll just dig right in and be up for the challenge.”


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