Racing & Wagering

Barn Notes: Friday, September 7, 2018

| Churchill Downs Communications | 09/07/2018 #
  • Big Drink of Water (Mike Burns)

  • Rivelli Well Represented in Saturday Stakes Pair
  • Thunderous Gem Looks to Mimic Career Debut in Lassie
  • Craft Show Aims to Follow Big Brother Giant Oak’s Footsteps


Those that follow the meet at Arlington International Racecourse are well aware of how successful trainer Larry Rivelli is with his 2-year-olds, having won at a 46% rate with his juveniles this season. On Saturday Rivelli will take a shot in Arlington’s pair of stakes events for freshman runners when sending out Big Drink of Water and Get None in their respective starts in the Arlington-Washington Futurity and Arlington Washington Lassie. Both events are run over the all-weather surface at a seven-furlong distance and carry a purse of $75,000.

Big Drink of Water was privately purchased by Patricia’s Hope following a 2¾ length victory in the Victoria Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack on July 14. The gelding was formerly owned by Endeavor Bloodstock and trained by Teresa Connelly. When taking the 5½-furlong event in Ontario, he gave second-crop sire Soldat his first stakes winner as a stallion. In his prior two efforts, he finished second over the main track at Gulfstream Park on May 4 and then broke his maiden second time out over the Polytrack at Presque Isle Downs by two lengths.

Since joining Rivelli’s local contingent, Big Drink of Water has trained forwardly according to Arlington’s current leading trainer. His last two serious works have been bullets when drilling six furlongs in 1:13.00 on August 24 and most recently, a half-mile in 45.80 on September 1.

“He’s been everything that we’ve expected,” Rivelli said. “He has been working very well and obviously he’s won on the Poly so we’ll see if we can stretch his speed to seven-eighths [of a mile]. He’s a young horse that is moving forward and going in the right direction. He was able to be bought and it’s exciting to have one like this because they can be hard to find.”

Rivelli scored a victory in the Futurity with Wellabled in 2016. Arlington’s leading rider Jose Valdivia, Jr. will guide Big Drink of Water who breaks from the outside of six other horses as the 8-5 morning line favorite.

Big Drink of Water was bred in Florida by Woodford Thoroughbreds and is out of the Vindication broodmare Vindi Princess.

Meanwhile in the Lassie, the Patricia’s Hope-Rivelli duo will be represented by Get None. The Illinois-bred daughter of Biondetti romped by eight lengths in her career debut over the local going against fellow state-breds when taking the field gate-to-wire in the 4½-furlong sprint. Next out at Presque Isle Downs, she showed the same speed early but tired to fourth beaten 7½ lengths.

“I thought she was better than how she ran at Presque Isle,” Rivelli said. “She’s been working really well. We’re taking a shot.”

Gen None has been given the morning line selection of 20-1. She will break from the eight hole under Harry Hernandez.

Get None was bred by Rivelli in partnership with James Pedi. She is out of the Royal Academy broodmare Lose None and is a full sister to five-time winner My Darling Sofia. Lose None has produced two other foals, both of which are winners.

Rivelli will be eyeing his first victory in the Lassie.


Krystle Holsapple’s Thunderous Gem showed promise in her first start when breaking her maiden in runaway fashion by 7¾ lengths at Arlington International Racecourse. On Saturday the 2-year-old daughter of Gemologist will look to add a stakes win to her resume in the $75,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie.

Thunderous Gem is trained by Justin Johns, who is the former trainer of Winning Envelope – the 2-1 morning line favorite for the Lassie. Winning Envelope was also a dominant debut maiden winner at Arlington the same day as her former stablemate. Following said win, Winning Envelope was purchased privately by trainer Chris Block and Lothenbach Stables.

“In the morning they both had been training very well,” Johns said. “I was expecting them to show speed and kind of run the way they did. They were training very forwardly.”

Johns admits that the Lassie drew a very competitive field, even though he has one of the fillies to beat.

“It came up a little tougher than we thought it would have,” Johns said. “That’s what you have to expect whenever a horse steps up for a stakes. [Her chances] depends on what Winning Envelope does. They kind of both seem like they have the same type of speed.”

Thunderous Gem breaks from post three as the 5-2 morning line second choice for the seven-furlong event over the all-weather surface. She will be ridden by jockey Edgar Perez.

Thunderous Gem is out of the Wild Again broodmare Thunderously and is a half-sibling to turf stakes winner Thunderestimate.


Trainer Jimmy Gulick conditions the most well-bred filly in the competitive field that has been assembled for Saturday’s $75,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie with Craft Show – a three-quarters sibling to three-time Illinois Horse of the Year and multiple Grade I-winner Giant Oak.

Owned by Virginia H. Tarra Trust, the 2-year-old daughter of Creative Cause was stylish in her career debut on July 27 when taking a field of maidens gate to wire in a 5½ furlong sprint over the main track. One of the runners Craft Show defeated was another nicely-bred filly in Carnival Colors (GB), who turned around to win her next start by 11½ lengths.

Since her first out maiden win, Craft Show has put together a trio of breezes, the most recent of which was a five-furlong move in 1:00.00 on September 1.

“She’s doing very well,” Gulick said. “She’s worked nice a couple times since she raced. I couldn’t be happier with her. She’ll relish the added distance. I’m hopeful that she’s up for the challenge. There are some really fast fillies in there. Her pedigree indicates she’ll run around two turns one day so seven-eighths shouldn’t bother her. She can be pretty speedy herself, but if they get smoking up front I’m sure she can sit off and be patient.”

Craft Show is out of Crafty Oak who, in addition to producing Giant Oak, was the dam of stakes winners Apple Martini and Oak Brook. She will be guided by jockey Sophie Doyle, who is currently the third leading rider at the meet and eyes her first stakes victory this season at Arlington.