Hard Mystery could
have the chance to prove her 27-1 upset in Belmont’s Inside Information overnight
stakes on April 28 was no fluke as the 3-year-old is currently set to make her
graded stakes debut in the Grade 1 Acorn.
Owned by R.A. Hill Racing Stable and trainer George Weaver, Hard
Mystery has won three of her last four starts, having taken a starter stakes on
January 19 and a starter allowance/optional claiming event on February 24 prior
to her last-of-six finish in the Limit overnight stakes on March 14, all at
“People have bad days, and so do horses,” said
Weaver’s assistant, Blair Golen, of Hard Mystery’s performance in
the Limit. “That’s pretty much all it was.”
The disappointing effort appears to have been an aberration as she
prevailed by a widening 5 ¾ lengths in the Inside Information, which was
contested at the Acorn’s one-mile distance.
“She likes a pattern, and last time everything came into place
with her works and she had a better set up to do well,” said Golen.
“She’s on the right track, and if we feel like she can compete then
we’ll enter her. She did it easily [in the Inside Information] –
she had to put in a little effort, but it’s not like [jockey] Eddie
[Castro] had to really get after her. She’s hopefully going to work one
more time, and if we feel like it’s a safe spot we’ll try to make
The Weaver barn also plans to have Dr. Gerardus Jameson’s Frivolous Buck, a 7-year-old mare, in the
May 27 Mount Vernon,
a one-mile race for New York-bred fillies and mares. The veteran, who has
placed in four stakes, prepped for the Mount Vernon with a sixth, beaten 2 ¼
lengths, in a Belmont optional claimer on May 13.
“She’s training great, she’s sound, and we just used
that race as a prep race,” said Golen. “She ran great. Yeah, she
was sixth, but she missed it by what? Two lengths? We’re just going on
with it. She’s eating good and looks good, and she loves her job.”
Gitchee Goomie, Hessonite, Lisa Jean, and Rogue’s
Jewel are also probable for the Mount Vernon. In Te Domine and Lady’s
Lunar Luck are questionable.
New York-bred males have their own turf feature next Sunday at Belmont Park in the $125,000, one-mile Kingston
Stakes. Expected to head that field is Compliance
Officer, who dominated the state-bred turf ranks in the latter half
of 2011. The La Marca Stable representative has won six of his last seven start
since being claimed by trainer Bruce Brown for $25,000 last May with his only
defeat coming in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile last November at
Churchill Downs. The 6-year-old gelded son of Officer will make his 2012 debut
in the Kingston,
having closed out his 2011 campaign with a win in the Claiming Crown Emerald at
Also expected for the Kingston is last year’s Grade 3 Hill Prince
winner Street Game, along with Abilio, Fizzano,
Lubash, Minnie Punt, Mr. Vegas,
Pocket Cowboys, and Writingonthewall. East of Danzig was listed as possible.