Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) contender Got Koko worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 Thursday at Santa Anita.
Travers Stakes (gr. I) and Super Derby (gr. II) winner Ten Most Wanted continued to advance toward a probable start in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) on Monday with a half-mile work in :47 4/5 over a fast main track at Hollywood Park.
Iron County Farms Sharbayan rallied in the final furlong under a hand ride by Pat Day for a 1 3/4-length victory in the $138,200 Sycamore Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland on Saturday. The victory was the fourth in a row for the gelding trained by Wally Dollase.
Augustin Stable's Rochester, who returned to form in the Kentucky Cup Turf Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Kentucky Downs, securing the victory after the disqualification of Art Variety, will try to repeat last year's win in the $150,000 Sycamore Breeders' Cup (gr. IIIT) Saturday at Keeneland.
Super Derby (gr. II) victor Ten Most Wanted arrived home at his Hollywood Park base from Louisiana Monday afternoon and was in "great" shape on Tuesday, assistant trainer Aimee Dollase said.
Favored Ten Most Wanted, ridden by Pat Day, turned in another outstanding performance Saturday, disposing of a game Soto to post a half-length victory in the $500,000 Super Derby (gr. II) at Louisiana Downs.
Six horses are entered for Saturday's $500,000 Super Derby (gr. II), but it could end up being a two-horse race. The 4-5 favorite, Ten Most Wanted, and the 8-5 second choice, Soto, are the only two graded stakes winners in the field.
Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Ten Most Wanted was put through his final pre-Super Derby (gr. II) drill on Friday at Hollywood Park, logging five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 handily over a fast main track. The move was easily the fastest of the 17 clocked at five-eighths on the day.
Kentucky bred Irish Warrior, fighting for his first graded stakes in all-out deep stretch battle with Continental Red, prevailed by a head with jockey Alex Solis in $250,000 Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 3/8 mile on the turf.
Travers winner Ten Most Wanted didn't look like he had run a mile and a quarter in 2:02 as he posed for pictures Sunday morning on the backstretch at Saratoga Race Course. His dappled coat was glowing in the bright sunshine.
A well-focused Ten Most Wanted and jockey Pat Day took advantage of a torrid pace duel to register an easy victory in the 2003 Travers Stakes (gr. I) before a Travers Day record 66,122 at Saratoga Race Course Saturday.
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When Sarava rocked the Thoroughbred world by winning the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) last June, trainer Ken McPeek may have been the least surprised by the unexpected upset.
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With Ten Most Wanted, Wally Dollase, who sent out Deputy Commander to win the 1997 Travers (gr. I) is attempting to become the first trainer in more than a half-century to win the Midsummer Derby with both father and son.
Jockey Rene Douglas unleashed Iron County Farms' homebred Bare Necessities at the head of the stretch and the multiple stakes-winning filly rolled to a convincing 5 1/4-length win in the $200,000 Gardenia Stakes (gr. III) at Ellis Park Saturday.
Grade II winner Ten Most Wanted worked for the first time since his runner-up finish in the July 13 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, logging a bullet half-mile in :47 4/5 over a fast Santa Anita main track Sunday morning . Trainer Wally Dollase caught the son of Deputy Commander in :11 for the final eighth.
Ten Most Wanted, the probable favorite for the $400,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at nine furlongs for 3-year-olds on Sunday, completed his preparation by working four furlongs in :48 3/5 here Wednesday under exercise rider Bruno Delgadillo.
Ten Most Wanted, runner-up in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.80 Thursday for trainer Wally Dollase to signal his readiness for a return in the $400,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. Ii) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on July 13.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Ten Most Wanted continued toward his scheduled start in the July 13 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park with a five-furlong work in :59 1/5 over the Inglewood, Calif., oval's fast main track on Thursday morning.
Azeri, the magnificent 5-year old mare who ruled racing last year, will attempt to extend her victory string to ten on Saturday when carrying an imposing 127 pounds in Hollywood Park's $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I).
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Ten Most Wanted returned to the work tab Thursday for the first time since his Belmont Stakes (gr. I) place effort on June 7, going a half-mile in :48 3/5 over Hollywood Park's fast main track.
Trainer Wally Dollase watched rival Azeri gallop on the main track at Hollywood Park Wednesday and conceded the enormity of his mission Saturday. He plans to enter two of his distaffers against the reigning Horse of the Year in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.
Azeri, reigning Horse of the Year, seeks her 10th straight victory in defense of honors in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Irish Warrior charged from seventh at the head of the stretch under jockey Alex Solis to beat favorite Decarchy by a nose in Friday night's $65,348 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.
Trainer Wally Dollase said that Iron County Farms' multiple grade III winner Bare Necessities will probably make her next start in the June 21 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park where she will face Horse of the Year Azeri, among others.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Ten Most Wanted will likely make his next start in the $400,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. I) on July 13 at Hollywood Park or the $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) on Aug. 3 at Monmouth Park, trainer Wally Dollase said Wednesday.
Ten Most Wanted, ninth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, was schooled in the paddock and at the starting gate Friday morning before galloping a mile and a quarter on the main track.
Al Eisman and Bill Currin's Belmont Stakes (gr. I) possibility Outta Here worked one mile in 1:43 4/5 handily around the dogs over Hollywood Park's firm turf Sunday morning. Currin, who trains the colt wasn't prepared to commit to running in Saturday's Triple Crown finale, however.
Ten Most Wanted, who finished a disappointing ninth in the Kentucky Derby at odds of 6-1, turned in a sharp 6-furlong breeze in 1:13 2/5 at Hollywood Park Wednesday in preparation for the Belmont Stakes.
Chisholm, Jarvis and Reddam's Ten Most Wanted posted his first work Thursday since finishing ninth in the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), going a half-mile in :48 3/5 handily over Hollywood Park's fast main track.
Chisholm, Jarvis and Reddam's Ten Most Wanted, the ninth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as the third choice in the field of 16, may turn up next in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), according to Aimee Dollase, trainer Wally Dollase's daughter and assistant.
A back problem may have been responsible for Ten Most Wanted's disappointing performance in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), according to trainer Wally Dollase.
Iron County Farms' heavily favored homebred Bare Necessities notched her third consecutive stakes victory in Saturday's $250,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) for fillies and mares at Hawthorne.
There was frost on the ground when Churchill Downs opened for training Wednesday morning, but a bright sun was shining by the time three Kentucky Derby contenders completed their workouts much to the satisfaction of two California-based trainers.
J. Paul Reddam, who had been hoping to get to the Kentucky Derby this year with Logician, has purchased an interest in Illinois Derby winner Ten Most Wanted from Wally Dollase's Horizon Stable.
Trainer Bob Baffert, speaking from his Santa Anita headquarters, indicated that Gary Garber's Domestic Dispute will start in Saturday's $325,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes. Meanwhile, Illinois Derby winner Ten Most Wanted worked at Keeneland on Wednesday.
Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Ten Most Wanted came out of his four-length triumph on Saturday in good order and the son of Deputy Commander remains on target for the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), trainer Wally Dollase said.
Favored Ten Most Wanted and jockey Pat Day overcame traffic trouble at the top of the stretch and got to the lead inside the eighth pole, putting away Fund Of Funds to win Saturday's $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) at Hawthorne Park.
Bare Necessities swept to the lead entering the stretch and held off a bid by defending champion Alexine in a 1 1/2-length victory Sunday in the $82,875 Santa Lucia Handicap for fillies and mares.
Millionaire Good Journey has been retired and will be headed to Australia to stand at stud
Trainer Wally Dollase reports Ten Most Wanted came out of his third-place finish in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) at Golden Gate Fields in good shape and is being pointed to the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) at 1 1/8 miles on April 5.
Ten Most Wanted, third in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) on Saturday, will likely be on the road for his next start, according to Aimee Dollase, assistant to her father, Wally.
Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, third all-time in career victories, will be at Golden Gate Fields Saturday to ride Ten Most Wanted in the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III).
The decision by Kent Desormeaux to move his tack to Keeneland for the 15-day meet that runs April 4-25 was not made in haste.
Flaxman Holdings' grade 1 winner Good Journey, unraced since winning the Nov. 30 Citation Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park, is expected to make his next start in the March 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile.
Bare Necessities is scheduled to make her first start since Nov. 9 in Sunday's $150,000 El Encino Stakes (gr. II) for 4-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 mile on the Santa Anita dirt. According to her rider, that's been the plan all along.
Good Journey, whose four-race victory began with last year's Citation Handicap and ended last month when narrowly beaten in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will be a solid favorite Saturday to repeat in Hollywood Park's $500,000 Citation (gr. IIT) at 1 1/16 miles on turf.
Good Journey, one of the leading turf milers in the nation, will defend honors in the $500,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park Nov. 30, trainer Wally Dollase said. A key component of the $2.1-million Turf Festival, the Citation will be run at 1 1/16 miles on grass.
Trainer Wally Dollase said that Good Journey returned in top shape from a third-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) and is considering two options for his next start.
Wally Dollase was on top of the world in 1996 and '97, when he saddled eight Breeders' Cup starters. He won the Distaff with Jewel Princess in '96 and finished second in the Classic with Deputy Commander. In 1997 Career Collection finished second in the Juvenile Fillies. The following year, he had a big chance in the Distaff with Sharp Cat, but the filly tied up badly during Breeders' Cup week and nearly died. Now, he is back with Good Journey.
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