An equine flight from California on Tuesday brought B. Wayne Hughes' Don't Get Mad back to Churchill Downs, the track at which he launched his career last fall.
Champion Sweet Catomine as well as Don't Get Mad, Giacamo, and Buzzards Bay worked in Southern California over the last two days in preparation for the April 9 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
B. Wayne Hughes said Thursday morning that Don't Get Mad will run in the grade I Santa Anita Derby April 9 rather than the April 16 Arkansas Derby (gr. II), for which the son of Stephen Got Even was also being considered.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas says he'd prefer that San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) winner Consolidator run next in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland April 16.
Declan's Moon, champion 2-year-old and early favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), has been taken off the Derby trail after X-rays disclosed a small chip fracture in his left knee, trainer Ron Ellis said Friday morning.
Undefeated Declan's Moon, the early favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I), pulled away from challengers Going Wild and Spanish Chestnut in the final furlong to register an impressive victory in the $200,000 Santa Catalina (gr. II) Saturday at Santa Anita.
Last year's juvenile champion Declan's Moon makes his long-awaited 2005 debut in Saturday's $200,000 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park.
Declan's Moon, who was forced to miss a mile work last week due to the bad weather, still is nearly 100% fit for his scheduled 3-year-old debut in Saturday's Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita, trainer Ron Ellis said Tuesday.
Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male Declan's Moon was recently named 2004 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year in an annual poll conducted by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.
Champion Declan's Moon, getting ready to start in the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita March 5, worked seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5 Saturday at Hollywood Park. Trainer Ron Ellis also breezed Don't Get Mad, while across town, Spanish Chestnut and Scipion drilled for Patrick Biancone.
Jay Em Ess Stable's Declan's Moon, the leading candidate to collect an Eclipse Award as the country's top juvenile of 2004 on Monday, worked a half-mile in a bullet :48 1/5 over Hollywood Park's fast main track.
Undefeated Declan's Moon, the probable leader of the male 2-year-old division of 2004, is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in the $200,000 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) at 1 1/16 miles on March 5, said trainer Ron Ellis Thursday.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Wilko, who finished a nose behind Giacomo in third in Saturday's Hollywood Futurity (gr. I), will get some time off to allow a quarter crack to heal, according to trainer Craig Dollase.
Declan's Moon and Proud Accolade, two leading contenders for the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) on Saturday, completed drills for the 1 1/16-mile race with five-furlong works here Sunday.
Unbeaten Declan's Moon was much the best in winning Saturday's $100,000 Hollywood Prevue (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park.
Chasing a possible Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old, unbeaten Declan's Moon returns to action in Saturday's Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) where his competition in the seven-furlong event will include Seize the Day, a smashing 11-length winner of his only start.
Unbeaten Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) winner Declan's Moon breezed six furlongs in 1:15 Friday at Hollywood Park for his next start in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) on Nov. 20.
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Wilko could meet unbeaten Del Mar Futurity (gr. I) victor Declan's Moon in the $250,000 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 18, a race that would have major ramifications in determining the 2-year-old colt and gelding champion for 2004.
- By Tom LaMarra
Planning for The American Dream Derby, the first reality television program based on horse racing, is well under way in advance of a three-week shoot set to begin Oct. 31, officials with The Network For Games (GSN) said.
Declan's Moon edged favorite Roman Ruler by a neck Wednesday, winning the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity in stakes record time.
B. Wayne Hughes' and Biscuit Partners LLC's Atswhatimtalknbout was humanely euthanized Sept. 1 after suffering an internal rupture following intestinal surgery eight days ago, trainer Ron Ellis said.
Trainer Ron Ellis says Atswhatimtalknbout is improving from the foot problem with his left fore, but he'll miss the Santa Anita meet.
B. Wayne Hughes' No Armistice, a graded stakes-placed son of Unbridled, will enter stud for the 2004 breeding season at The Pons family's Country Life Farm near Bel Air, Md.
B. Wayne Hughes and Biscuit Partners' Atswhatimtalknbout will be out of training for at least 30 days, trainer Ron Ellis said, and won't likely make his next start until November at the very earliest.
Trainer Ron Ellis ruled out a Belmont Stakes bid for B. Wayne Hughes' and Biscuit Stable's Atswhatimtalknbout on Thursday morning, saying the fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby will return to California and be given some time off while a quarter crack on his right front foot heals.
B. Wayne Hughes' and Biscuit Stable's Atswhatimtalknbout worked a mile in 1:46 4/5 over a fast track at Churchill Downs Wednesday morning, which was five to six seconds slower than trainer Ron Ellis was looking for.
Atswhatimtalknbout, the fourth-place finisher to Visa Triple Crown contender Funny Cide in the Kentucky Derby (Gr. I), jogged two miles over a fast track on Sunday at Churchill Downs as the condition of his sore right front foot continued to improve.
Atswhatimtalknbout, who came out his last work with a minor foot bruise, jogged perfectly Saturday morning, and is scheduled to work again on Tuesday, trainer Ron Ellis said.
Singletary, the probable favorite in the $100,000-added Will Rogers Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds goint one mile on turf Sunday, is named after Mike Singletary, Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears.
B. Wayne Hughes and Biscuit Stable's Atswhatimtalknbout, a late-running fourth in Kentucky Derby (gr. I), returned to the track on Thursday for the first time since Saturday's race.
A day after the Kentucky Derby, trainer Ron Ellis lamented the fourth-place finish of Atswhatimtalknbout.
B. Wayne Hughes and Biscuit Stable's Atswhatimtalknbout breezed five furlongs in :59 2/5 in his final preparation for next Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Meanwhile, trainer D. Wayne Lukas named Cornelio Velazquez to ride Coolmore Lexington Stakes winner Scrimshaw in the Derby.
B. Wayne Hughes and Biscuit Stable's Atswhatimtalknbout breezed four furlongs in his first-ever workout in blinkers and Scrimshaw breezed a sharp half-mile for trainer D. Wayne Lukas shortly after Churchill Downs' track opened for training Wedneday.
Trainer Ron Ellis said he still plans to ship Atswhatimtalknbout, a disappointing fourth as the public choice in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), to Kentucky on Wednesday.
San Anita Derby morning line favorite Atswhatimtalknbout galloped about a nine furlongs early Thursday morning.
David Flores has never won a Kentucky Derby, or a Santa Anita Derby, for that matter. But that doesn't mean he doesn't know what it takes to win one.
Rapidly maturing Ministers Wild Cat, a colt who drifted in during the stretch run of his last two races, will wear blinkers for the first time in Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I), trainer Neil Drysdale said.
Atswhatimtalknbout lost the battle but could win the war. "Hopefully, that's the way it is," trainer Ron Ellis said Wednesday morning of the likely Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) favorite.
Most of the 10 candidates entered for Sunday's 1 1/16-mile San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) virtually are committed to run, despite a weather forecast that calls for a 70 percent chance of rain on Saturday and the likelihood of an off track.
There may be rain in the forecast, but Man Among Men will run in Sunday's $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita, weather or not.
The Hollywood crew that's responsible for the upcoming "Seabiscuit" film apparently got bit by the racing bug in the process and have negotiated a deal to buy part of a Kentucky Derby contender.
B. Wayne Hughes' Atswhatimtalknbout, winner of two of his three career starts, breezed 6 furlongs in 1:13 Sunday morning with former jockey Chris McCarron aboard, in preparation for the March 16 San Felipe Stakes.
San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) hopeful Atswhatimtalknbout, who won his non-winners "other than" condition at 1 1/16 miles in impressive fashion on Feb. 20, was put through his first workout since that victory on Monday, going a half-mile in a bullet :46 2/5, handily, at Santa Anita.
B. Wayne Hughes' Atswhatimtalknbout, a well-bred 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy who has shown rapid development in his brief career, earned a shot in stakes company for the first time with his convincing allowance win at Santa Anita Thursday, trainer Ron Ellis said.
Trainer Ron Ellis expects to run touted 3-year-old Atswhatimtalknabout in a Santa Anita allowance race at 1 1/16 miles on Feb. 20.
Donald Dizney's homebred Apalachian Thunder defeated a promising field of 3-year-olds that included Atswhatimtalknbout and Listen Indy in Friday's $56,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita.
B. Wayne Hughes' Atswhatimtalknbout, whose impressive debut Jan. 4 caused many to label him a legitimate early Triple Crown contender, worked six furlongs in 1:11 2/5, handily, over Santa Anita's fast main track Sunday morning.
In a pair of high-priced maiden special weight events at Santa Anita Saturday, Fog City Stable's C.J.'s Honour and B. Wayne Hughes' Atswhatimtalknbout posted impressive victories.
Jeffry Morris, long a top consignor and boarder of Thoroughbreds in Central Kentucky, is entering a new phase in his career, as he and his son, Stuart, will enter the stallion business in 2003. Their first prospect will be Malabar Gold, a son of Unbridled currently in training in Southern California.
B. Wayne Hughes' Dyna's Club nursed the lead for jockey David Flores and had more than enough to hold off 23-1 longshot Four Plus Four in the stretch to win the featured $75,000 Osunitas Handicap for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Del Mar Wednesday.
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