spring eternal for 10 budding three-year olds in Saturday’s seven
furlong, $125,000 Frank Whiteley, Jr. Stakes at Laurel Park.
Motion trains Heat Press (3-1), who broke his maiden by 14 widening
lengths in his most recent start at Laurel on December 8 to earn an 83
Beyer speed figure. The Malibu Moon colt has worked three times at the
Fair Hill Training Center since that score and regains the services of
Jeremy Rose, who was aboard for his maiden debut.
Pass (4-1) carries the hopes of Harry and Tom Meyerhoff for trainer
Mike Trombetta. The War Pass colt was an impressive debut winner at
Laurel on November 24, then disappointed at Parx Racing as the 3-5
favorite in an allowance test earlier this month. Julian Pimentel
retains the mount.
really don’t know what happened last time,” Pimentel said. “It was
disappointing because we think he is a nice horse. When he won first
time out, he did it so easy. He was pretty impressive that day. He broke
out front and kept running (winning by 10-3/4 lengths). I don’t think
he has to be on the lead to be successful Saturday, we’ll just see how
the race develops. It looks like a wide-open race but if he runs the way
he did first time out, he is going to be tough.”
Patrick S (5-1) left the maiden ranks in his most recent try, carrying
Steward Elliott to a 4-1/2 length victory at Parx. Frankie Pennington
will ride the son of Put It Back, who has been first or second three
times in four career starts, for trainer Guadalupe Preciado.
Mike Foxtrot (6-1) had to check four times but still got up to win the
Maryland Juvenile Championship under Forest Boyce for trainer Richard
Small on December 29. The Two Punch gelding also posted a second in the
Maryland Million Nursery and a third in the James Lewis. Boyce retains
Rock (8-1) has finished in the money eight times in nine career starts,
including third place finishes in the Maryland Million Nursery and the
Laurel Futurity although he finished last year with a sixth place effort
in the Maryland Juvenile Championship. Dale Capuano will give Sheldon
Russell a leg up on the Cherokee’s Boy gelding.
The Canoli (8-1) has stakes experience but has sat on the shelf since
late November. He finished fourth in the Dover Stakes in October but was
no factor in his next start, the Remsen Stakes (G2) at Aqueduct. Greg
Sacco will employ Chris DeCarlo for the first time.
The Fairway (10-1) is four-for-five at Charles Town, with victories in
two restricted stakes and as the overwhelming favorite in the Tri State
Futurity. Erick Rodriguez will handle the son of Posse for trainer Jeff
Arbor (12-1) won an allowance race by 20-½ lengths at Mountaineer Park
in late November before a sixth place finish in the Turfway Park Prevue.
T.D. Houghton accompanies the Louis Ruberto trainee to Maryland.
Doodle (15-1) finished second in his last three starts, including the
Maryland Juvenile Championship and Tri State Futurity. The Gary Capuano
trainee broke his maiden at Laurel on September 12 before his string of
Stone (20-1) left the maiden ranks in his last race here on December 27
with a driving victory for trainer Ben Perkins. Abel Castellano will
ride the son of Macho Uno.
RUSSELL RIDES THREE WINNERS, MOVES INTO TOP SPOT IN JOCKEY STANDINGS
Russell rode three winners on Thursday afternoon to move into first
place in the Laurel Park jockey standings. The 25-year-old visited the
winners’ circle with Warrior James ($3,80-1st), Never Stop Looking ($5.60-6th) and Keg ($4.80-7th). Russell now has 11 victories, two more than apprentice Trevor McCarthy.