Race of the Week 2017

Blue White Fire Invades for Generous

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Trainer Dermot Weld, who had Turf Festival success in 2002 when Dress to Thrill won the Matriarch, will be represented by Blue White Fire in the Generous.

An Irish bred son of Montjeu and the Green Desert mare Desert Ease, Blue White Fire has one win in four starts for owner-breeder Moyglare Stud Farm Ltd. He’s hit the board in three of four while earning $21,724.

Senor Rain will make his turf debut and try to give trainer Peter Miller and owner Gary Barber their second consecutive win in the Generous. Miller and Barber were successful a year ago with eventual Horse of the Meet Comma to the Top.

An El Nino ridgling out of the Marquetry mare Make My Marq, Senor Rain will be making his second start of the meet, having finished third in the Real Quiet Stakes Nov. 12. The Indian bred is 2-for-5 with earnings of $73,416 for Barber, who owns in partnership with his brother Cecil.

Miller will also be represented by Got Even, a 4 ¼ starter allowance winner Nov. 13 over Cushion Track. The Stephen Got Even gelding and the Blare of Trumpets mare Kathryns Birthday is 2-for-6 with earnings of $45,800. Got Even is owned by a partnership that includes Altamira Racing, Bruce Chandler, Jeff Fink and Marc Limeda.

Motown Men and Stoney Fleece step into open company after finishing 2-3 behind Rousing Sermon in the California Cup Juvenile Oct. 29 at Santa Anita.

Trained by co-breeder Doug O’Neill for Mark Gorman, Neil Haymes and Sterling Stables LLC, Motown Men is 1-for-2 with earnings of $57,800. His victory came versus maidens in his debut Sept. 5 at Del Mar. O’Neill bred the Decarchy colt out of the Gilded Time mare Ringading with Gorman.

The Barbers are also represented by Stoney Fleece, who is trained by John Sadler. The son of Decarchy and the Deputed Testamony Gold Fleece has won three of five and banked $96,680. He’s 2-for-4 since being claimed for $40,000 by Sadler for the Barbers out of a debut victory July 28 at Del Mar. One of those wins came at the Generous distance in his initial try on turf Oct. 15 at Santa Anita.

Another colt who is 1-for-1 on grass is Handsome Mike. The son of Scat Daddy and the Smart Strike mare Classic Strike defeated maidens by one length as the 2-1 favorite at about 6 ½ furlongs Oct. 16 at Santa Anita.

Trained by Melody Conlon for owner-breeder John Liviakis, Handsome Mike is 1-for-2. He’s earned $30,780.

A recent private purchase by David Heerensperger and John Xitco, Major Magic is undefeated in two starts, winning on conventional dirt versus maidens at Charles Town, then winning the $50,000 Chenery over the turf at Colonial Downs.

Away since July 16, the Kitten’s Joy colt out of the Forestry mare Celestial Woods has earned $45,000. He is now in the stabled of Neil Drysdale, who won the 1999 Generous for the Heerenspergers (David and Jill) with Jokerman.

Recent maiden winner Battle Force will make his first start at Hollywood Park for Woodford Racing LLC and trainer John Shirreffs. The Giant’s Causeway colt out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Leo’s Pegasus is 1-for-2 with earnings of $36,000.

Devil in Disguise ships from Illinois after winning the Royal Glint Oct. 29 at Hawthorne. A son of Smarty Jones and the Forty Niner mare Bay Harbor, Devil in Disguise has one win in three starts and a bankroll of $26,58. He’s now in the barn of Troy Taylor after a private purchase by North American Thoroughbred Racing Co. Inc.

From inside out, the field for the 29th running of the Generous Stakes: Handsome Mike, Rafael Bejarano rides, 116 pounds; Blue White Fire, Garrett Gomez, 116; Motown Men, Brice Blanc, 116; Senor Rain, Martin Garcia, 118; Got Even, Daniel Vergara, 116; Major Magic, Joe Talamo, 116; Battle Force, Mike Smith, 118; Stoney Fleece, Joel Rosario, 118 and Devil in Disguise, Mario Gutierrez, 118.




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