The Big Beast, I Spent It Prepare for 2015 Debuts
February 22, 2015 09:44am

Trainer Tony Dutrow said Sunday morning that he’s targeting the $100,000 Hot Springs Stakes March 7 at Oaklawn for The Big Beast’s 4-year-old debut. The Grade 1 winner moved closer to his 2015 debut by breezing a bullet five furlongs (1:00) after the renovation break Sunday morning under Ricardo Santana Jr. Clockers caught the massive chestnut son of Yes It’s True galloping out 6 furlongs in 1:13. The fastest of seven recorded works at six furlongs Sunday morning was 1:15.80.
Dutrow said The Big Beast “will be ready” for the six-furlong Hot Springs, the final major local prep for the $300,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) April 9, the colt’s primary objective.
“I feel the horse, for the most part, is ready to run,” Dutrow said. “The timing is good.”
The Big Beast hasn’t started since winning the $500,000 King’s Bishop Stakes (G1) Aug. 23 at Saratoga. He had a tiny ankle chip removed shortly after the 7-furlong race and didn’t resume training until the fall.
Santana, Oaklawn’s two-time defending riding champion, worked The Big Beast because Shaun Bridgmohan had travel problems after riding Saturday at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Dutrow said. Bridgmohan worked The Big Beast Feb. 12 and will have the mount for his comeback race, owner Alex Lieblong said.
The Big Beast ran a troubled second in his March 29, 2014, career debut at Oaklawn. His other four career starts were made last spring and summer in New York. He has won his last three starts.
I Spent It Update
Trainer Tony Dutrow said he’s ruled out the $750,000 Rebel Stakes (G2) March 14 for I Spent It’s 3-year-old debut, adding everything will have to go perfectly for the Super Saver colt to run in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11.
A Grade 2 winner at 2, I Spent It had his third workout since knee surgery last fall, covering a half-mile in a sharp :48.40 Sunday morning under Ricardo Santana Jr. The breeze was the fastest of 183 recorded works at the distance.
Dutrow said I Spent It is “about four weeks from running,” meaning the $100,000 Gazebo Stakes at 6 furlongs March 21 is a possibility. But, Dutrow stressed that he won’t push I Spent It to make the Arkansas Derby, unless it’s the desire of co-owners Alex and JoAnn Lieblong. The Lieblongs live in Conway, Ark.
“You’re talking about a mile and an eighth race, and the horse has never been anywhere near that distance,” Dutrow said. “We’re running out of time to get there, anyway. It’s got to be a perfect world and something that Alex Lieblong and his wife want to do.”

I Spent It won 2 of 4 starts last year, including the $200,000 Saratoga Special Stakes (G2) Aug. 10 at Saratoga. He had a small bone chip removed from a knee after finishing last of six in his final start at 2, the $500,000 Champagne Stakes (G1) Oct. 4 at Belmont Park.

Source: Oaklawn Park Barn Notes


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