Friday, January 31, 2014

Stable Mail: A-Z (Part II)

TDN’s Racing Editor Steve Sherack takes a closer look at his stable mail account in this second installment of a continuing series. Follow Steve on Twitter @SteveSherackTDN.

FAMOUS ALICE (f, 3, Kitten’s Joy): Punched home nicely to post a visually impressive debut win going six furlongs over the Hollywood grass Nov. 23, then reported home second-best as the chalk after mixing it up through hot fractions going down the hill in an optional claimer Jan. 19 (video). From the Tom Proctor barn.

FASCINATING (f, 3, Smart Strike): Hard to find a maiden with a better resume than her. Off since a rallying third while making her two-turn debut in the GI Chandelier S. at Santa Anita Sept. 28, Bodemeister’s little sister is yet to post a breeze for Baffert since Oct. 21.

FOOTSTEPSINBRONZE (IRE) (c, 3, Footstepsinthesand {GB}): Raced with a hot pace going down the hill in his Jan. 11 unveiling (video), and kept on battling in the stretch to come up only a half-length short. Promising runner for Simon Callaghan.

GAREN (c, 3, Street Cry {Ire}): Half-brother to Horse of the Year Invasor (Arg) took a major step forward in his second career attempt with blinkers added, doing all of the heavy lifting dueling on the front end through hot fractions and staying on nicely in the stretch to finish a respectable fourth in a salty maiden at Santa Anita Jan. 18 (video). In great hands with Peter Miller.

INDIANAPOLIS (c, 3, Medaglia d’Oro): Baffert trainee took the overland route to get it right with a good-looking come-from-behind win at first asking at Hollywood Nov. 24, then beat up on three rivals with a sharp performance in the six-furlong San Pedro S. Jan. 20 (video), good for a 97 Beyer. Finishes like he’ll handle more distance. Next stop: GII San Vicente S. Feb. 16.

INTERRUPTED (f, 3, Broken Vow): Half-sister to millionaire Alternation hasn’t exactly set the world on fire with her speed figures, but this Pin Oak homebred was certainly visually impressive in a pair of explosive come-from-behind tallies over the Laurel sod Sept. 27 & Oct. 25 (video) last term. In steady training at Palm Meadows with Graham Motion.

IRISH WHISPER (f, 4, Langfuhr): Promising NY-bred returned to the races in style with a razor sharp wire-to-wire allowance win at the Big A Jan. 26, her first start since a dismal grass attempt at Saratoga last summer. Awfully nice filly from the Jeremiah Englehart barn when she brings her best.

KID LIGHTNING (c, 4, Lemon Drop Kid): Half-brother to champion Stevie Wonderboy had some trips when under the care of Kiaran McLaughlin last term. Transferred to Chad Brown, the chestnut rallied smartly from far back into slow fractions to finish a close third at 11-1 in a grassy optional claimer at Gulfstream Jan. 11 (video), good for a career high 80 Beyer. Plenty of potential for this lightly raced 4-year-old.

LA MADRINA (f, 3, Tapit): Anxiously awaiting this well-bred half-sister to Verrazano (More Than Ready)’s career debut. Emory Hamilton homebred is in steady training with Shug at Payson.

LENT (c, 4, Pulpit): Fort Larned’s little bro stepped up with a smart maiden win at second asking with Lasix added when stretched to a mile in an 11-horse field at Churchill Downs last June (video). Trained by Ian Wilkes, the lightly raced 4-year-old is back in training at Palm Meadows.

MEAN SEASON (c, 4, Henny Hughes): Picked up by Jake Ballis for $150k at the KEENOV sale and transferred to Hall of Famer Bill Mott following a debut win at Laurel in September, the chestnut looked like an absolute steal, rolling to a jaw-dropping eight-length win in an optional claimer at the Big A Dec. 22 (video), good for a gaudy 105 Beyer. Forced to miss a Jan. 18 start with a fever.

OUR AMAZING ROSE (f, 3, Yes It’s True): Hard-pressed to find a more impressive debut winner at Saratoga last summer than her (video). The Repole/Pletcher runner ran five furlongs in :57.68, good for a 91 Beyer; her stablemate, subsequent GII Saratoga Special S. hero Corfu (Malibu Moon), covered the same trip in :58.27 two races earlier that day. Starting to gear up at Palm Meadows for her sophomore debut.

Click here for Part I of this series.

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