Cape Wolfe, Midnight Storm represent D'Amato in Shoemaker
June 03, 2016 11:49am

Obviously, a two-time winner of Saturday’s Grade I Shoemaker Mile on turf, will stay in his stall this year, but leading trainer Phil D’Amato has entered two of his runners in the $400,000, “Win and You’re In” race that gives the winner a fees-paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile to be run at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.


D’Amato, leading runner-up Jerry Hollendorfer, 14-8, through 17 racing days, has entered Cape Wolfe and Midnight Storm in the Shoemaker.


Cape Wolfe, a four-year-old English-bred gelding, is coming off a fourth-place finish in an overnight race at about 6 ½ furlongs on the hillside turf course May 12, but was fourth in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes at a mile on grass Feb. 13.


“I think he’s ready for a mile this time around, so we’ll see,” D’Amato said of Cape Wolfe, winless but never worse than fourth in his four U.S. starts.


As for Obviously, an eight-year-old Irish-bred gelding that won the Shoemaker in 2013 and 2014, D’Amato opted not to thrust the old war horse into a potential pace battle with East Coast invader and 9-5 morning line favorite Heart to Heart, a committed front runner trained by Brian Lynch.


Obviously is doing well,” D’Amato said. “We’re just looking for a softer spot where it looks like he won’t get in a speed duel. We want a race where he can control the pace and do his thing.


“I might run him at Belmont (Jaipur Invitational June 11 or the Poker Stakes on June 18) or Churchill (Wise Dan on June 18).”


The Shoemaker, which goes as race six: Heart to Heart, Julien Leparoux, 9-5; Twentytwentyvision, Flavien Prat, 7-2; Tourist, Jose Lezcano, 5-2; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 5-1; Cape Wolfe, Mike Smith, 12-1; and Midnight Storm, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1.




John Keith Desormeaux, trainer and part owner of Santa Anita Derby and Preakness winner Exaggerator, leaves Sunday for New York to personally finalize 11th-hour arrangements for the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes on June 11.


“It’s all good,” Desormeaux said Friday morning at Santa Anita. “I leave Sunday to join (assistant and girlfriend) Julie (Clark). She’s doing all the work there. I just write the checks and keep my mouth shut (laughing).


“I haven’t really looked at the race on paper, but it doesn’t matter if there’s pace or no pace. He can be close or 15 off. That’s Kent’s department, not mine. Exaggerator will work five furlongsTuesday, and at this point, Kent’s supposed to be there (to work the colt).”


Meanwhile, Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist, trained by Doug O’Neill for Reddam Racing, LLC, is doing well following a fever that caused him to miss the Belmont.


“He jogged this morning (at Pimlico) and he’ll be here in two more days (Sunday),” said O’Neill assistant Leandro Mora at Santa Anita Friday morning.


FINISH LINESSanta Anita’s first post time will change to 1:30 p.m. starting Thursday, June 9 and continue through the conclusion of the Spring Meet, Sunday, July 10, with the exception of Belmont Stakes Day, June 11, when it will be 12 noon . . . Agent Craig Stephen, dismissed by Santiago Gonzalez May 21, is back in action, representing Fernando Perez effective today. Tommy Ball had been Perez’s agent . . . Donworth, third behind Hoppertunity and Imperative in the Grade II San Antonio Stakes last February, worked six furlongs from the gate Friday in a bullet 1:11.40 for Doug O’Neill . . . Four wins separate leader Rafael Bejarano (19) from Edwin Maldonado (15), with Flavien Prat (18) second and Tyler Baze (17) third . . . Cyrus Alexander, winner of Monday’s Lone Star Park Handicap under Martin Garcia, is a candidate for the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 25 for Jerry Hollendorfer, as is stablemate Lieutenant Colonel . . . Trainer Bill Morey Jr. and Xpressbet TV’s Jeff Siegel will be Tom Quigley’s guests, Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 12:50 p.m. in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Crack handicapper Bob Ike points out that both Secretariat and Beholder won 16 of 21 starts (each with three seconds), Big Red doing it over 16 months, while Beholder is now in her fifth season of racing.

Source: Santa Anita Park


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