Both Sparkling Review, winner of Saturday’s $237,800 Mrs. Revere (Grade II) and Heart to Heart, who took the $115,300 Commonwealth Turf (GIII) reportedly exited their respective stakes victories in good order according to their conditioners.
Edward Seltzer and Beverly Anderson’s Sparkling Review, trained by Ben Colebrook, was nominated to both the Nov. 29 Hollywood Turf Cup (GI) and Nov. 30 Matriarch (GI) at Del Mar, but the trainer said Sunday morning that both races were “longshots” for the filly at this point.
“She came out of it great,” Colebrook said. “She ate up this morning and was clean-legged so everything is good.
“I think it would be a longshot to go out to California at this point. I’ll still talk about it with the owners, but most likely we will call it a year with her and hope to have her back next year. With her pedigree, I would think she definitely should continue to improve in 2015.”
Terry Hamilton’s Heart to Heart is expected to make another start in 2014, pointing to the Dec. 26 Mathis Brothers Mile (GII) at Santa Anita, a one-mile turf event for 3-year-olds formally known as the Sir Beaufort Stakes.
“He came out great,” Lynch said. “He seemed like a very happy horse this morning. The stakes race on Santa Anita’s opening day is where we’re looking at going with him next. It’s the last of the 3-year-old stakes and is basically an ideal distance for him – a two-turn mile on the turf – and I think he will really like that turf course out there.”
Lynch hinted on two possible goals for Heart to Heart as a 4-year-old in 2014: one possibly being the Maker’s 46 Mile (GI) at Keeneland and the other being the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI) run on Kentucky Derby Day beneath the Twin Spires.
“We’ll give him a little break after that,” Lynch said. “If he continues to improve, we’ll look to run him again as a 4-year-old at Keeneland and then we hope to have him back there at Churchill on Kentucky Derby Day.”
The Commonwealth Turf marked the fifth win in 12 starts for Heart to Heart, who has banked $329,807. Sparkling Review carries a record of four wins from five starts and $303,642 in earnings after Saturday’s Mrs. Revere victory.