From the NYRA Media Group:
West Coast-based Freedom Fighter and Wipe the Slate, high contenders for Saturday’s G3, $300,000 Gotham at Aqueduct Racetrack, arrived in New York from their southern California base at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday and visited the Belmont Park dust coaching observe Thursday morning.
A loaded Saturday card at Aqueduct options the Gotham, a one-turn mile that gives 50-20-10-5 Kentucky Derby qualifying factors to the highest 4 finishers; the Grade 3, $200,000 Tom Idiot Handicap, a six-furlong dash for older horses; the $250,000 Busher Invitational for 3-year-old fillies providing 50-20-10-5 Kentucky Oaks qualifying factors; and the $125,000 Heavenly Prize Invitational, a one-turn mile for fillies and mares 4-years-old and up.
Skilled by Corridor of Famer Bob Baffert, Freedom Fighter, stabled with coach John Terranova, went out to the coaching observe at 9:30 a.m. with train rider Simon Harris aboard whereas underneath the watchful eye of Terranova’s spouse and assistant, Tonja.
Terranova stated fellow Baffert trainee Pace Move, entered within the Tom Idiot on the Gotham undercard, was out for train at 7:30 a.m.
“They simply cruised across the observe,” Tonja Terranova stated. “They each appeared nice. Simon was proud of how they went and each of them ate up actual properly final night time.”
A son of Violence, Freedom Fighter will see some added distance within the one-turn mile Gotham off an in depth second to stablemate Live performance Tour within the Grade 2 San Vicente at seven furlongs at Santa Anita. The runner-up effort, which garnered a 94 Beyer Pace Determine, was his first begin off a six-month layoff after a profitable debut going gate-to-wire on August 1 at Del Mar.
Freedom Fighter is owned by SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Golconda Stables, Siena Farm and Robert Masterson and was purchased for $120,000 from the 2019 Keeneland September Sale.
Manny Franco will pilot Freedom Fighter from submit 7 in a subject of eight.
Pace Move, owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, arrives on the Tom Idiot – a six-furlong dash for older horses – off an in depth third because the lukewarm favourite in an allowance non-compulsory claiming race on January 31 at Santa Anita, which was his first begin in almost a full calendar 12 months.
A two-time winner at three-quarters of a mile, the son of Bodemeister was third within the Grade 2 Palos Verdes final January at Santa Anita and seeks his first journey to the winner’s circle since defeating winners at Los Alamitos by seven lengths over an excellent and sealed observe.
Coach Doug O’Neill, who was nominated to the Corridor of Fame this 12 months, shipped Wipe the Slate for the Gotham. The chestnut son of second-crop sire Nyquist went to the coaching observe at 10:00 a.m. for O’Neill’s assistant Daniel Robles.
“Good, actually good,” Robles stated of the morning train. “I believe now we have a fairly good likelihood.”
Wipe the Slate was final out a distant sixth to Medina Spirit within the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis on February 6 at Santa Anita going 1 1/16 miles and cuts again to 1 flip for the Gotham.
“That was a foul day for him, however he’s come alongside properly,” Robles stated. “Going again to 1 flip must be good for him. That day, he was actual nervous, however this time he appears way more calm and relaxed.”
Second to extremely regarded Life Is Good on debut, Wipe the Slate broke his maiden in his following effort on December 26 at Santa Anita. He’ll take blinkers off for Saturday’s race and can be ridden from submit 4 by Aqueduct main rider Kendrick Carmouche.
Weyburn returns in G3 Gotham
Chiefswood Stables homebred Weyburn, a 20-1 morning-line evaluation for Saturday’s Grade 3 Gotham, breezed three-eighths in 35.42 seconds Thursday on the Belmont dust coaching observe.
Rob Landry, a Canadian Corridor of Fame jockey and normal supervisor for Chiefswood, stated the Jimmy Jerkens trainee can be prepared to fireside contemporary off a third-out maiden win in December when sprinting seven furlongs over a sloppy and sealed Massive A fundamental observe that garnered a 69 Beyer.
“Jimmy stated he’s been coaching properly. He went in 35 and alter this morning,” stated Landry. “We had him entered a number of weeks’ again in a stakes at Aqueduct [Jimmy Winkfield on January 31] however he had a foot abscess and needed to scratch, so we’re trying to get him began again.”
Voted Canada’s Excellent Jockey in each 1993 and 1994, Landry was aboard Chiefswood Stables’ Niigon to win an exhilarating renewal of the 2004 Queen’s Plate, forward of a 3rd at Saratoga within the Grade 2 Jim Dandy gained by Purge.
Landry loved his finest second in New York when piloting Careless Jewel to victory within the 2009 version of the Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga.
“I had some luck at Saratoga and ended up profitable one race there, nevertheless it was a Grade 1,” stated Landry. “I beloved driving at Saratoga due to the historical past.”
The Ontario-bred Weyburn, a son of Pioneerof the Nile, is out of the A.P. Indy mare Sunday Affair, making him a half-brother to the versatile a number of graded stakes winner Yorkton, who now stands at Pope McLean’s Crestwood Farm in Kentucky.
Whereas Yorkton displayed dash velocity via stakes wins on turf and artificial, Landry stated the sizable Weyburn will recognize a distance of floor.
“I see him having a variety of stamina,” stated Landry. “Yorkton is a son of Speightstown and lot of them are superb at a mile. Yorkton was a really fast horse. I believe Weyburn is somewhat totally different as he has a excessive cruising velocity however he doesn’t have the velocity Yorkton had. I see Weyburn flourishing when he goes two turns. He’s constructed like that and he’s an enormous horse. He’s frivolously raced and I believe he’ll get higher with age.”
Landry acknowledged the Gotham, a 50-20-10-5 Kentucky Derby qualifying race, is a tough spot to begin Weyburn again in motion.
“We didn’t nominate him for the American Triple Crown due to the place we have been at with him,” stated Landry. “Our plan was an allowance race and to undergo his circumstances however that didn’t pan out and this race is right here. We didn’t need to lower him again and I don’t need to hold him sitting within the barn. We’ll see the place we’re at, it’s a really tough race.”
Chiefswood Stables have expanded their U.S. presence in recent times and along with a trio of horses with Jerkens [Edge of Fire, Hard Edge], the Ontario-based outfit even have horses in coaching with Graham Movement and Corridor of Famer Shug McGaughey.
Landry stated he’s hopeful Weyburn can progress in direction of a begin within the second and third leg of the U.S. Triple Crown, though the 162nd operating of the $1 million Queen’s Plate, first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown on August 22 at Woodbine Racetrack stays in play.
“It is perhaps somewhat late now for the Derby, but when he was ever ok for the Preakness or the Belmont that is once you’re going to inform,” stated Landry. “We’ve despatched a variety of horses right down to the states and we’re attempting to deal with the U.S. races. We’d by no means take the Plate out of the query, however we’re attempting to play the sport on the highest stage. With Weyburn being a half-brother to Yorkton, an excellent outcome on this race would actually assist Yorkton’s profile as properly.”
Wants Supervision again on the Massive A for Heavenly Prize
Jeremiah O’Dwyer will ship out Howling Pigeon Farms, Gary Barber, Wachtel Secure and Madaket Stables’ Wants Supervision in Saturday’s sixth operating of the $125,000 Heavenly Prize Invitational, a one-turn mile for older fillies and mares.
The 5-year-old Paynter mare completed an excellent second two begins again within the seven-furlong Interborough at Aqueduct and final out completed fourth for the second 12 months in a row within the Grade 3 Barbara Fritchie at Laurel Park.
“Fourth appears to be a little bit of a magic quantity for her. It looks like each Grade 3 we’ve run her in she’s ran fourth,” stated O’Dwyer of the filly, who additionally accomplished the superfecta within the 2019 Grade 3 Go for Wand at Aqueduct. “We haven’t had the graded-stakes inserting simply but that we’d like together with her. She’s had a number of little points right here and there however she’s going properly proper now.
“Final out, she went very large and was hanging on that left rein,” added O’Dwyer. “I believe she’s higher when she’s obtained a horse to her inside and her outdoors. She’s somewhat quirky.”
A a number of stakes winner, Wants Supervision gained the Silverbulletday at Honest Grounds and Imagining Safely Stored at Laurel Park in 2019. Trevor McCarthy has the decision Saturday aboard Wants Supervision from submit 6 in a subject of eight.
“We’re drawn in direction of the surface so hopefully Trevor can get her in behind a pair horses and sit third or fourth and make a run,” stated O’Dwyer. “The seven furlongs to a one-turn mile is good for her. She’s not an out and out sprinter however she has sufficient gears that the mile suits her very properly.”
O’Dwyer stated the addition of blinkers three begins again was to help Wants Supervision with specializing in the duty at hand.
“As a result of she’s somewhat bit quirky, we’re attempting to get her to deal with what’s in entrance of her reasonably than what’s round her,” stated O’Dwyer. “She’s somewhat eager at instances however the blinkers have helped her preserve her vitality a bit higher.”
O’Dwyer stated Shotski, winner of the 2019 Grade 2 Remsen on the Massive A, is rounding again into kind following a pace-setting third final out in a 1 1/16-mile optional-claiming tilt on February 25 at Laurel Park.
“There was enchancment in that run,” stated O’Dwyer. “He loves somewhat extra distance. If we have been to run it once more, I’d wish to be somewhat extra aggressive on him and never let horses come as much as him. He’s that sort of horse that it’s higher making the horses round you stretch somewhat bit extra. He didn’t run a foul race in any respect and he was nonetheless operating on the line.
“I used to be happy with the hassle,” added O’Dwyer. “He’s a 12 months older and a hefty horse. I’m certain he’ll come available over first from that final run.”
The Blame colt made simply two begins final 12 months in his sophomore marketing campaign ending second within the Grade 3 Withers at Aqueduct and fourth within the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park. O’Dwyer stated Shotski is more likely to goal an allowance occasion at Laurel on the finish of the month.
O’Dwyer will ship out Haymarket Farm’s Gracetown in Friday’s seventh race on the Massive A, a one-mile optional-claiming tilt for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.
The skilled 5-year-old Into Mischief mare owns a document of 18-3-5-3 with purse earnings of $175,000. She gained an allowance occasion in November at Laurel in her third begin for O’Dwyer and enters Friday’s check from a runner-up effort in a 1 1/16-mile optional-claimer on the identical observe.
“She ran good the final outing and he or she’s doing rather well,” stated O’Dwyer. “The race has come up very robust however we’ll let her take her likelihood up there and perhaps someplace down the road let her try to get some black sort.”
Racing with out a tag, Gracetown will exit submit 3 underneath meet-leading rider Kendrick Carmouche.
“She’s a filly that in case you take a maintain of her she’ll lug in somewhat bit,” stated O’Dwyer. “However in case you let her soar out of there and revel in herself and do her personal factor, she’s very simple. There’s velocity in that race in direction of the within so I don’t know if we’ll be on the entrance finish or not, however we gained’t be distant.”