Racing & Wagering

Barn Notes: Saturday, July 07, 2012

| Churchill Downs Communications | 07/07/2012 #

In Today's Notes: Triple Crown-Tested 'Daddy' Named Late American Derby Nominee; Jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. Has Winning Pair Friday; Jockey Constantino Roman Rides Two Winners Friday


Cathy and Bob Zollars' Daddy Nose Best, beaten more than 10 lengths in the Kentucky Derby after being forced to steady, was made a late nomination to the Arlington's Grade III American Derby earlier this week.

The American Derby, for grass-favoring sophomores, is the middle jewel of Arlington's Mid-America Triple and will be one of four graded stakes making up Arlington's upcoming Million Preview Day on July 14. The historic race will be observing its 97th renewal and is easily the oldest stakes race currently run at Arlington.

In his last trip to the post in the Preakness Stakes May 19, Daddy Nose Best got away slowly after bobbling at the start and lost all chance, but would be returning to the grass in the American Derby, a surface over which he broke his maiden last summer at Saratoga. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Daddy Nose Best's grass career also includes a sixth-place finish in last fall's Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

Another late nominee to the American Derby is Michael Bruder's Quick Wit, a Dale Romans trainee whose main track campaign ended at least temporarily after a seventh-place finish in Churchill's Grade III Derby Trial April 28. Since then, the son of Sharp Humor out of a Royal Academy mare has made two starts on turf. In the first he finished third beaten two lengths but was subsequently moved up to second after being forced to steady repeatedly. In his second grass start and most recent trip to the post June 21 at Churchill he closed well in the stretch run to tally by two lengths when going nine furlongs.

Midwest Thoroughbreds' The Pizza Man is also a late nomination to the American Derby. Trained by Roger Brueggemann, the son of 2006 Secretariat Stakes runner-up English Channel broke his maiden on the grass at Hawthorne April 13 and has won twice over Arlington's world-famous turf course May 18 and June 22 while advancing through allowance conditions.

Another son of English Channel, Bluegrass Hall's Skyring, is expected for the American Derby. Conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, Skyring has made only one start on grass, winning Pimlico's $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes on Preakness Day.

Manganaro LLC and Woodford Racing LLC's Sachem Spirit, who broke his maiden over Fair Grounds' Stall-Wilson turf course on Louisiana Derby Day April 1, won again over Keeneland's Lexington lawn April 22 and then finished second in his last start in the Arlington Classic May 26, is also expected to run in the American Derby, as is Ashbrook Farm's Southern Parkway, a two-time winner on grass during his career.

Possible starters in the American Derby are La Bahia Stud's lightly-raced Dover Heights, trained by retired former riding great Cash Asmussen, and James Covello and Carmine Inserra's Coach Royal, who broke his maiden in his last start June 27 over Belmont Park's lawn.

One day after her 40th birthday, veteran jockey Rosemary Homeister Jr. won two races Friday, taking the opener on Lonnie Arterburn and Ron Stolich's Just Jebicah for trainer Arterburn and coming back to the winner's circle after the seventh aboard Diamond Racing's Darkest Hour for conditioner Leo Gabriel Jr.

Homeister, second in the standings among racing's all-time leading female jockeys, is riding at Arlington for the first time this season and was in third place in the local standings entering Saturday's races.

Jockey Constantino Roman, Arlington's leading apprentice jockey last season, rode two winners Friday during his first local season as a journeyman jockey.

Roman won the second half of Friday's Daily Double aboard Nancy Vanier and Oak Knoll Farm's Limestone for trainer Brian Williamson and an $18.40 win price and came back to the winner's circle after the sixth on Ruman Stable's Daddyspentdamoney for conditioner Mike Dini and a $24.80 straight payoff.