Racing & Wagering

Barn Notes: Sunday, Sept. 11

| Churchill Downs Communications | 09/23/2011 #

In Today's Notes: Shared Property Possible for Keeneland's Breeders' Futurity; Lassie Heroine Rocket Twentyone Kentucky-Bound; Futurity Runner-Up Take Charge Indy Poised for Rematch; Rivelli Learns From Essence of Bubbles' Lassie Second; DiVito's Duo Victimized by Troubled Trips

Trainer Tom Amoss, who saddled Jerry Namy's Shared Property to win Saturday's Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity, was understandably upbeat when reached at the airport shortly before his return trip to Kentucky Sunday morning.

"That was a lot of fun, yesterday," said Amoss. "I stopped by the barn to take a look at (Shared Property) this morning before we left for the airport and he looked great. He ate up everything last night and we're hoping he has a big future in front of him. Nothing has been decided for sure just yet, but there's a big chance we'll run him next in the (Grade I) Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland (Oct. 8).

"I've liked this horse from the first time he came into the barn," Amoss said. "I think he's going to be a real good racehorse. I'm not sure why he ducked out the way he did yesterday but he's still a little inexperienced. He'll improve off of that race yesterday.

"As for the filly (Pop-A-Top LLC's Arlington-Washington Lassie contestant Always Here Too), she looked fine this morning, too," Amoss added. "I'm a little disappointed with her race (fifth), but she seems fine."

Incidentally, moments after the local Futurity, the Amoss-trained Populist Politics, owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, finished a fast-closing third in the Grade II Super Derby at Louisiana Downs, beaten less than three lengths for the win.

Trainer Tom Howard reported that Frank Fletcher's Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie heroine Rocket Twentyone was in fine fettle Sunday morning and likely to go on to Kentucky after Arlington closes the doors on its 2011 season Sept. 25.

"Yesterday was a very good day for us," said Howard when reached by phone during training hours Sunday morning.

"In fact, it was a very good week for us," added the conditioner who saddled a training double earlier in the week. "Everything is coming together real nice for us, lately. Also, we're not done yet. We're still in business. We have a few other horses we have high hopes for before the (Arlington) season ends.

"(Rocket Twentyone) seems fine this morning," Howard added. "We have nothing rock solid in mind for her just yet but we're planning on going down to Churchill Downs and camping out after Arlington. Maybe there will be a deal for us at Keeneland (possibly the Grade I Alcibiades Oct. 7), and if that works out for us, maybe they'll have another deal for us at Churchill Downs."

Chuck and Maribeth Sandford and Secure Investments' Take Charge Indy, beaten a length for the win when runner-up in Saturday's Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity but easily second best, was doing well Sunday morning, according to trainer Patrick Byrne.

"(Take Charge Indy) came out of the race yesterday in super shape," Byrne said, speaking over the phone during training hours Sunday morning. "He ran a little green, but he ate up good last night and he's doing super good today. We're going to point him to the (Grade I Breeders') Futurity at Keeneland for his next start.

"I can't wait to see how he runs when we put the blinkers on him next time," concluded Byrne. "He's got a lot of talent."

Richard Ravin's Essence of Bubbles made the pace in Saturday's Grade III Arlington-
Washington Lassie, could not withstand Frank Fletcher's Rocket Twentyone in the late stages but gamely held the place.

"We should have won," trainer Larry Rivelli said Sunday. "She got too wound up before the race and left some of her race in the paddock. I haven't had her long enough to realize she was going to do that. If I'd had her a little longer, we could have addressed that issue."

"We didn't have very good trips in either race," said trainer Jimmy DiVito Sunday morning when asked about the third-place finish of William Cox's Ann of the Dance in Saturday's Grade III Arlington-Washington Lassie as well as the eighth-place run of B Jock Racing's Twelve Hundred in the Grade III Arlington-Washington Futurity.

"We'll probably take Ann of the Dance to Keeneland but keep Twelve Hundred here in Chicago for something at Hawthorne," DiVito added. "He's an Illinois-bred."