Stables and Cheyenne Stables’ Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner
Caleb’s Posse powerfully returned to the Oaklawn workout sheet Saturday
in his first drill since
a close runner-up finish in this 4-year-old debut in the Tom Fool
Handicap (G3) March 3 in New York.
runner-up in the Rebel Stakes (G2) on this weekend last year was
credited with a half-mile in 47 1/5 and a strong unofficial gallop-out
according to trainer Donnie
K. Von Hemel. Caleb’s Posse is targeting the Carter Handicap (G1) April
7 at seven furlongs back at Aqueduct while stair-stepping in distance
toward the Met Mile (G1) at Belmont Memorial Day weekend.
caught the gallop out in about a minute and change,” said Von Hemel.
“He was moving pretty good down the lane. Horses like him just naturally
pick it up when they get
in the stretch. It becomes a part of the way they do things.”
Hemel said Caleb’s Posse would likely spend another couple weeks in Hot
Springs before shipping back East to try and avenge his defeat behind
Calibrachoa, an Inner
Dirt horse-for-the-course, in the Tom Fool.
several stars in the barn, every weekend is a busy time for Von Hemel
and his team, with the latest keyed by the bounce-back win by Z Rockstar
in a classy allowance
race Friday. Robert Zoellner’s 3-year-old was coming off a sixth-place
finish in the second division of the Southwest Stakes (G3) last month.
He emerged from the 2 ¼-length score in good order and is now heading
toward the $100,000 Northern Spur at a mile
on April 14.
a little bit early, but I think he’s a two-turn horse,” said Von Hemel.
“I thought it was a powerful race and I think it shows he’s a Northern
Spur kind of horse.
That race is two turns and a mile to a mile-sixteenth is about what you
need to be able to do mostly here in the middle part of the country.”