Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott was on hand Jan. 17 to oversee workouts by many of his top Gulfstream Park-based horses including Dapple Stables' Stockholder, who is being pointing toward the $1-million Ocala Breeders' Sales Classic, the highlight of the Jan. 29 Sunshine Millions program. Stockholder worked seven furlongs in 1:26 2/5, handily, as the 5-year-old horse progresses toward his first stakes race since a knee injury sidelined him early last year. "He had a tiny little chip that had to be taken out of his knee," said Mott. "It never required any more patience than you normally have around horses, but it's behind him now." The chip was discovered soon after his third-place performance in the Hal's Hope Handicap on the Gulfstream Park opening card. The surgery knocked him out for 10 months and Stockbroker began working out again in October. On Nov. 25, he finished second behind then-undefeated Commentator in an optional-allowance race at Churchill Downs. The knee injury and other ailments have limited Stockholder to nine starts, and he has made the best of the opportunities with four wins and only two out-of-the-money efforts. The lack of stakes credentials could keep him out of a crowded Sunshine Millions field. "He's kind of on the bubble from what I understand," said Mott. "He's close to getting in. The owners have been keeping a close eye on it. They're hoping very much that he gets a chance to run." Mott also reported that highly-regarded 3-year-old Pennant Contender came out of his third-place finish in a maiden race Saturday fine, but that he still has work to do before they look at bigger prizes.
"We've still got to get him to break his maiden," said Mott of the son of Unbridled out of the Lyphard mare Parapache. "He's got the pedigree to be a really good horse. That family also tends to start to come around a little later than most."