Sunday, April 10, 2011

Ready for the Big Show...

--Steve Sherack

   A pair of sophomore colts stamped themselves as horses with bright futures after impressively earning their diplomas at Aqueduct and Santa Anita, respectively, Saturday.

   It was hard to imagine it going into the stacked GI Wood Memorial card with the looming presence of likely Kentucky Derby favorite and previously unbeaten champion Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) in the $1-million feature, but arguably the most impressive performance of the day belonged to Glickman (c, 3, Trippi--Heaven's Notebook, by Notebook), who graduated in style at first asking in the day's second race (TDN Video). Listed at 10-1 on the morning-line, the $160k OBS April graduate wasn't much of a secret, backed as the 9-5 favorite after zipping through a half mile in a :47 4/5 bullet over Belmont's deep training track Apr. 5 .

   Loaded for bear while pressing the early pace from second, the race appeared to be somewhat open at the top of the stretch until jockey Eddie Castro shook the reins and gave Glickman a couple of taps on the shoulder. The Aliyu Ben J Stable colorbearer--trained by James Ryerson--quickly responded, opening daylight in the stretch, and was geared down late to cross the line an eye-catching 3 3/4-length victor.

   Bred in Florida by Ocala Stud, Glickman was part of a loaded OBS April consignment for the O'Farrell family's operation, which has also already produced Grade I winners Turbulent Descent (Congrats) and Rigoletta (Concerto) as well as Delta Jackpot hero Gourmet Dinner (Trippi). All four sophomores were either bred or co-bred by Ocala Stud.

   Approximately two hours later on the Left Coast, Flightofalifetime (c, 3, Werblin--Dreamflight, by Fly So Free) also looked like the real deal in his maiden victory at the Great Race Place (TDN Video). A distant second behind the freakishly fast Macleans Music (Distorted Humor) Mar. 19, the George Bolton, Majestic Racing Stable LLC & Summit Racing LLC representative was bet down to 2-5 to get off the mark at second asking. Trained by Bob Baffert, the chestnut broke like a shot from post six, was hard held through fractions of :22.26 and :44.76, and kept finding beneath Martin Garcia when asked for his run in the stretch, reporting home a flashy 2 1/2-length winner, stopping the clock for six furlongs in a 1:08.84. Possibly most impressive of the effort was how the colt galloped out following his remarkable display of early speed. Bred in Florida by Southern Chase Farm & Karen and Greg Dodd, Flightofalifetime was acquired as a $140k OBS June two-year-old.

   Looking forward to receiving some new DRF Watch E-Mails with these two promising runners name's in the subject line in the near future.

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