• It's all Favorite Tale in the Fabulous Strike.Posted 14 hours ago
  • Lavender Chrissie romps past Calamity Kate in the Zia Park Oaks.Posted 16 hours ago
  • Mobile Bay wins the Zia Park Derby, while International Star fades to fourth.Posted 16 hours ago
  • It's all Lewys Vaporizer in the $200,000 Steel Valley Sprint at Mahoning Valley.Posted 2 days ago
  • Solid Wager rolls late in the Cary Grant; Big Macher last at 2-5.Posted 3 days ago
  • Dolphus (Lookin at Lucky), 1/2 brother to Rachel Alexandra, wins his career debut at Fair Grounds.Posted 3 days ago
  • Rusty Slipper proves best in the 11-furlong Red Carpet.Posted 4 days ago
  • Exaggerator holds off Sunny Ridge to win the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot.Posted 4 days ago
  • Button Down soars to victory in the Cardinal.Posted 4 days ago
  • Jet Black Magic pulls the upset in the Delta Downs Princess.Posted 4 days ago

Csaba on course for Harlan's Holiday

Gulfstream Park
Photo: MEC

Bruce Hollander and Cary Shapoff’s 3-year-old Csaba breezed an easy half-mile in 53 3/5 Wednesday morning at Calder for trainer Phil Gleaves as he is kept on edge for his next start in the $100,000 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Sun., Dec. 16.

“He had a nice easy half and he’ll have another more serious work here on Monday,” said Gleaves of the son of Kitten’s Joy, who has won his last two starts at Calder by big margins – the ‘off the turf’ Tropical Park Derby by 14 lengths on Oct. 13 and the Fred Hooper Handicap (G3) by 7 ¼ lengths on Nov. 24.

“After he won the El Kaiser so impressively last summer (July 21) we had high hopes for him and took him to Saratoga where he confirmed that feeling running a very good race in the Hall of Fame Stakes (G2) finishing second, beaten only a neck by the winner (off the turf race).” In his next start at Saratoga, Csaba finished a disappointing ninth on turf in the Equalize Stakes on Aug. 30, a race Gleaves won with stablemate Miami Cat. “Then he finished seventh in the Pennsylvania Derby (G2), which was not his best, but he did have some trouble in that race. In his last two he showed what we hoped he could be.

“With his pedigree I would have bet that he had to be a turf horse. His full-sister Kitten’s Queen, made her first start at Churchill on turf not long ago (Nov. 18) for (trainer Wayne) Catalano and she won big. From now on, the only time he’ll (Csaba) see grass is when he’s turned out in a paddock."



comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories