Racing & Wagering

Barn Notes: Saturday, August 31, 2013

| Churchill Downs Communications | 08/31/2013 #

In Today’s Notes: Mountaineer Juvenile Winner Rise Up Heads Futurity Noms; Divergent View and Tamazula Lead Lassie Noms

Paul and Andrena Van Doren’s Rise Up, winner of the Listed $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile on Aug. 3, leads 29 nominations for Arlington International Racecourse’s marquee juvenile event, the Grade III $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity on Sept. 7.  A speedy son of Rockport Harbor, Rise Up blazed through an opening quarter in :21 4/5 and never looked back en route to a 4¾-length win in the six-furlong stakes. 

From the barn of Tom Amoss, Rise Up led a 1-2-3 sweep in the Mountaineer Juvenile for the conditioner.  Also nominated to the Futurity are Maggi Moss’ runner-up Bisque and Jerry Namy’s third-place Joedini for Amoss.  Bisque is an Indiana-bred who flashed immense speed in a 7¼-length debut victory on turf at Indiana Downs before being outgunned by his stablemate at Mountaineer.  Joedini is a son of decorated stallion Bernardini who was also dazzling on debut at Indiana before breaking poorly and finishing a well beaten third behind his two stablemates in West Virginia. 

Dale Romans has nominated four to the race, including three from owner Donegal Racing.  The most interesting is Cleburne, who closed well from nine lengths back to win a one-mile maiden special weight on the grass at Ellis Park on Aug. 16.  Donegal Racing has only raced two horses at Arlington this meet, but has earned significant purse money with a third in the Grade III Arlington Handicap with Dullahan and a fourth in the Grade I Arlington Million with Finnegans Wake.

Two international powerhouse stables, Team Valor International and Qatar Racing, each have formidable nominees under consideration.  The former is shipping in Captain’s Affair from Ireland.  A maiden winner in a seven-furlong race in May, Captain’s Affair recent was third in the El Gran Senor Stakes at Tipperary to one of the best juveniles in Europe, Coolmore’s Indian Maharaja, at the same distance on Aug. 9. 

Qatar Racing nominated the Graham Motion-trained Divorce Party who made a bold move to go from 11 lengths behind to three lengths ahead in a maiden over a mile and 70 yards at Delaware Park and easily overpower six rivals.  By good Polytrack sire Broken Vow, Divorce Party is also out of the Awesome Again mare Pink Champagne, who won the Grade III Natalma Stakes at Woodbine in a one-turn grassy mile. 

Wesley Ward, who recently crossed the Atlantic for Group I 2-year-old glory in the Prix Morny at Deauville with No Nay Never, has nominated that colt’s stablemate Pablo Del Monte to the Futurity.  A blazing winner of a 4½-furlong maiden on April 7 at Keeneland, earning a 91 Equibase Speed Figure, the son of Giant’s Causeway recently worked over the Arlington turf course in preparation for what would be his first race in exactly five months.  Pablo Del Monte is owned by Ward and Paul Shanahan and is out of the Ward-trained track record-setting speedball mare One Hot Wish. 

The Futurity has been won in the past by such greats as Kentucky Derby winner Spend a Buck, Preakness and Belmont winner Hansel, Horse of the Year five-time champion Buckpasser and Gilded Time, who used the race as his final prep for a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.  In recent years, also-rans included Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Caleb’s Posse and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and Champion 2-Year-Old Street Sense, who both finished third, respectively.

Dynamite local maiden winner Tamazula leads the local contingent of nominees against Tom Amoss’ stakes-placed Divergent View in a group of 19 under consideration for the Listed $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie on Sept. 7.  Tamazula, a Florida-bred daughter of phenomenal miler Two Step Salsa impressed many when taking a 5½-furlong maiden special weight on Aug 24 for owner Hernandez Racing Club. 

Trained by Armando De La Cerda, Tamazula was making her second career start after a troubled start in her Aug. 1 debut resulted in a distant but eager third-place finish.  From the same connections as local turf filly favorite La Tia, the March foal will be wheeling back on only 14 days’ rest if entered and would also be taking a considerable leap forward in real estate in the one-mile affair. 

Under serious consideration is the Amoss-trained Divergent View, who would be making her fifth career start if entered.  A winner of both a maiden and an allowance, the daughter of Congrats was a good second in the $75,000 Prairie Gold Lassie on July 20 to subsequent Grade II Adirondack Stakes winner Designer Legs two starts back for owners Klaravich Stable and William Lawrence. 

Two local trainers well respected for their prowess with young horses, Jimmy DiVito and Wayne Catalano, have nominated capable prospects with stamina-laden pedigrees.  Maria Maria, from the DiVito barn, was a big winner of a maiden over seven Polytrack furlongs on July 19 – defeating Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ next-out winner and fellow nominee Battlefield Angel.  Curtis Green’s Maria Maria is by Curlin out of a With Approval mare and should relish the extra furlong.

Wayne Catalano’s Lien On Kitten, a daughter of Kitten’s Joy owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, was flashy when winning a two-turn one-mile turf maiden on July 28.  The leggy gray filly sprinted away from her opposition, despite a lack of pace, and won going away by 2¾ lengths.

One nominee who has been burning up the morning worktab is Ben Barnow’s Look Who’s Here.  An Illinois-bred daughter of Shaniko, Look Who’s Here won a five-furlong maiden on June 16 and recently worked two consecutive four-furlong bullets – the latter in :46 (the best of 58).  Look Who’s Here is trained by Terrel Gore.

The Lassie has been won by such great fillies as subsequent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ winners Eliza and She Be Wild, as well as Mariah’s Storm – the dam of great sire Giant’s Causeway.  Runner-ups have done well subsequently as well, including Breeders’ Cup Distaff victors Sacahuista and Life’s Magic.