Dogwood Stable president Cot Campbell has announced 2004 plans for seven of the stable's current stakes winners, which includes the millionaire filly Smok'n Frolic, turf specialists Hypnotist and Finality, handicap horse Windsor Castle, 2-year-olds Limehouse and Heckle, and the returning Boston Bull.
Smok'n Frolic, a 4-year-old filly who has bankrolled $1,225,545 in her career, runs on November 15 in the Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap at Calder Race Course in Miami. This mile and a sixteenth race will be her last of the year, and she will have a brief rest before her 2004 campaign which begins with a defense of her Sunshine Millions Distaff title at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24. The Dogwood filly has won seven stakes. She is trained by Todd Pletcher.
Windsor Castle, winner of Pimlico's William Donald Shaefer Handicap (gr. III) on Preakness Day, has resumed training after a tendon injury and is on target for a February return to the races. He will be based in Florida this winter with Frank Alexander. The 5-year-old's earnings are $591,255. He also won the Remsen (gr. II) and Hal's Hope (gr. III) Stakes.
Limehouse, with earnings of $260,475 and victories in the Three Chimneys and Bashford Manor (gr. III)--is being freshened after his third-place finish in the Oct. 4 Breeders' Futurity Stakes at Keeneland. This son of Grand Slam returns to training at Dogwood's Aiken barn Dec. 4, with his target race the seven-furlong Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) on Feb. 14 at Gulfstream Park. He will be returned to Todd Pletcher on Jan. 1.
Heckle is back in training in Aiken after ankle surgery. This son of Hennessy broke his maiden at Keeneland by 12 lengths in April, equaling a longstanding track record (4 1/2 furlongs in :51.04). He then finished fourth in the Three Chimneys, but rebounded by winning the grade III Tremont at Belmont on June 28 in wire-to-wire fashion. This Pletcher-trainee will make his first start in 2004 in the $100,000 Spectacular Bid Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 10. Heckle has earned $103,045.
Three-year-old turf specialist Hypnotist won the Dave Feldman Stakes at Gulfstream Park last January and was competitive in graded stakes throughout 2003. In winter quarters now, Hypnotist will be based at the Fair Grounds this winter--campaigning throughout the Midwest next year. This colt is just shy of $100,000 in purses.
Another 3-year-old is Boston Bull, who won the grade III Cowdin in what was just his second start in 2002 at Belmont. This Boston Harbor colt ran in allowance company twice this summer, was given time off, and will resume training in December. He will run out of the Pletcher barn in Florida this winter. This colt is a winner of $115,837.
Finality, a 4-year-old son of Dehere who won the grade II Jamaica Handicap in 2002 and the West Point Handicap at Saratoga in 2003 and placed in four other turf stakes, is now retired from racing and will be sold at Keeneland's Horses of All Ages Sale in January as a stallion prospect. Named New York's Champion Turf Male for 2002, Finality earned $375,075 in his career.
Dogwood Stable is closing in on a record year in purses won with current earnings at $2,123,172.