Teuflesberg Going Short in Carry Back Stakes

Teuflesberg Going Short in Carry Back Stakes
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Woody Stephens' winner Teuflesberg will try for two in a row in the Carry Back.
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Teuflesberg aims to win his second consecutive grade II race when he heads to post for the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs at Calder Race Course July 7.

Teuflesberg enters the Carry Back off a two-length win in the Woody Stephens Breeders’ Cup Stakes (gr. II) on Belmont Stakes (gr. I) day at Belmont Park June 9. The seven-furlong Woody Stephens marked Teuflesberg’s return to sprint races as the colt had been racing at distances from one mile to 1¼ miles.

Teuflesberg rebounded well in his last start as the colt had finished 17th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs in his last start prior to the Woody Stephens. Teuflesberg has raced 17 times in his career and has five wins and $535,431 in earnings. He has won stakes at distances from six furlongs to a mile and has faced the best of his generation.

Prior to the Woody Stephens, Teuflesberg’s biggest win came in the $250,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park in which he upset Hard Spun, who finished fourth in the race. Hard Spun returned to win the Lane’s End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park and finished second in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.

Teuflesberg had been contesting the pace in his route races but was forced to come from off the pace in the Woody Stephens when entered against sprinters. Teuflesberg won the Sugar Bowl Stakes at Fair Grounds in December the last time he raced six furlongs.

Trainer Jamie Sanders owns Teuflesberg in partnership with Gary Logsdon and Donnie Kelly. Teuflesberg was bred in Kentucky by Richard Giopelli and is by Johannesburg out of the Devil’s Bag mare St. Michele.

Black Seventeen ships east from trainer Brian Koriner’s Southern California base for the Carry Back. The lightly raced colt has three wins and a third-place finish from five starts. The only time he finished off the board was in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), in which he finished a distant eighth to Tiago, who later ran third in the Belmont Stakes.

Black Seventeen dominated in his last two races, both gate-to-wire scores at six furlongs on Hollywood Park’s Cushion Track. Black Seventeen won his last start, a second-level allowance/optional claiming event, May 28 by 4¼ lengths. Two starts back, the Florida-bred son of Is It True took a first level allowance race by 6½ lengths.

Finallymadeit defeated fellow Carry Back entrant Yesbyjimminy in their last start, the Valid Video Stakes at Calder June 17. Earlier in 2007, Finallymadeit finished a very respectable third against elders in the Ponche Stakes, which was won by Weigelia, who is entered in the Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. II) later on the Summit of Speed card.

Yesbyjimminy is a two-time stakes winner with both wins on Calder’s main track. Last September, Yesbyjimminy won an off-the-turf edition of the Fasig-Tipton Turf Dash Stakes at five furlongs. Two starts later, Yesbyjimminy won the Criterium Stakes at six furlongs.

Yesbyjimminy has placed in other four stakes in his career, including a second in the 2006 Aventura Stakes at Gulfstream Park in which he finished a half-length behind eventual graded-stakes winner Street Magician.

Here’s the field, with post positions, weights, and jockeys. Post time is scheduled for 5:10 Eastern time.

1 Indian Ashton   115 Frank Alvarado
2 Fate Takes a Hand  115 Cornelio Velasquez
3 Jerominos Storm  115 Abdiel Toribio
4 Black Seventeen  117 Clinton Potts
5 Pop Goes the Tiger  115 Sebastian Madrid
6 Finallymadeit,    115 Eduardo Nunez
7 Rather Clever   115 Jose Lezcano

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