Ramona Bass’s undefeated Applauding
worked a half-mile in 59.80 at Fair Grounds Saturday morning in preparation for her projected upcoming engagement in the
$125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 21.
She worked in company with Stewart Madison, Justin Querbes III and Al Stall Jr.’s
Seven Lively Sins, who accomplished the distance in 1:00.40 in preparation for the
Grade III Lecomte Stakes on that same
Road to the Derby Kickoff Day program that afternoon.
“They both were very relaxed and worked very comfortably,” said trainer
Al Stall Jr. of the pair on Sunday morning. “They both remain on target for those two races two weeks from yesterday (Saturday).”
SOPHOMORE FILLY URBANINI UNCOVERED AS YET
Jay Em Ess Stable’s Urbanini
is a 3-year-old filly trained by Paul McGee who finished fourth in
the only start of her career Dec. 17, but the daughter of Bernadini
breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:05 Saturday morning after being
scratched earlier in the week.
had to scratch her the other day because she cut herself slightly just
above the eye but it’s a minor cut and she should be able to make
her next start shortly,” said McGee. “I have high hopes for her. She’s
out of Urbane, so she’s a half-sister to
Suave and Worldly (both by A. P. Indy), but Bernadini has been an awfully hot sire lately.”
second by a nose in the Grade III Ohio Derby two years ago, won the
$100,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap last summer and was most recently
fourth in Fair Grounds’ $75,000 Buddy Diliberto Memorial ’Cap on Dec.
26, and he worked Sunday morning in 1:00.80 at the local oval.
Suave won the Grade II Saratoga Breeders’ Cup Handicap in 2005 and
Arlington’s Grade II Washington Park Handicap the following summer.