Ticker
  • Lady Shipman breezes home much the best in Belmont's License Fee.Posted 2 days ago
  • Ben's Cat sprints home late to win his 10yo seasonal debut in thrilling fashion.Posted 2 days ago
  • Minding shows her class, easily winning the 1000 Guineas.Posted 2 days ago
  • Uncle Lino digs in to win the inaugural California Chrome Stakes.Posted 3 days ago
  • A Lot holds off favored Green Mask by a whisker to win the Elusive Quality.Posted 3 days ago
  • Galileo Gold, under Frankie Dettori, rolls in the 2000 Guineas.Posted 3 days ago
  • Olorda takes them all the way in the Bewitch Stakes on closing day at Keeneland.Posted 4 days ago
  • Nyquist will get in his final Kentucky Derby workout Friday afternoon at Keeneland.Posted 7 days ago
  • Time and Motion wins the Memories of Silver for Jimmy Toner.Posted 9 days ago
  • Finest City sets new track record in Great Lady M.Posted 10 days ago

McPeek Seeks Another Fair Grounds Double

31 January 2009: Trainer Ken McPeek at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.

Nine years ago trainer Ken McPeek invaded Fair Grounds twice with double-barreled threats and hit his targets four times for a perfect score unprecedented at the time and unmatched since in Fair Grounds history.

 

Select Stable’s Repent (trained by McPeek) invaded once to win the 2002 Risen Star as the final prep for the Louisiana Derby and then came back to win that year’s Louisiana Derby. Accompanying that colt both times was Select Stable’s Take Charge Lady, a sophomore filly who took down winning honors in the designed tune-up for the 2002 Fair Grounds Oaks and then returned to win that year’s Fair Grounds Oaks.

 

“That was nice,” said McPeek earlier this week when asked to recall his unprecedented 2002 double-double. “Now I hope we can do it again.”

 

A McPeek-trained duo of the colt Rogue Romance, owned by Catesby Clay, as well as the filly Kathmanblu, owned by Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables, arrived Wednesday at Fair Grounds as the respective favorites for Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes and Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes

 

Prior to their local arrival, McPeek breezed the Risen Star’s 3-1 morning line favorite Rogue Romance in 1:02 flat at Gulfstream Park Feb. 12, while Kathmanblu, 6-5 early choice in the Rachel Alexandra, accomplished the same distance on the same day at Gulfstream in 1:02.20.

 

“Those were maintenance moves – nothing complicated, very simple,” McPeek said, speaking over the phone from South Florida earlier this week. “I’m every bit as confident in these two horses coming in as I was in Repent and Take Charge Lady nine years ago. We’ll see what happens. I’m looking forward to it.”

 

Rogue Romance has not started since a third-place finish in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs Nov. 6 after being forced five-wide on the first turn in that test. Kathmanblu has made one start this year, winning the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes over the Gulfstream grass on Jan. 22.

 

Rogue Romance and Kathmanblu, along with McPeek’s Pan Zareta Stakes contender Beautician, arrived at Fair Grounds without incident Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. All three are stabled in Barn 15. McPeek will arrive in New Orleans Thursday.

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories