There was sunshine on a cloudy day for trainer Christopher Paasch at Hollywood Park, where a rainstorm forced closure of the track for works.
The Paasch stable is on the upswing again this fall after his barn was decimated by injuries during the summer.
"Forest Native is probable for the Moccasin next week, and I might run Ionia in there too," said Paasc. The fillies were the two-three finishers in the Anoakia Stakes at Santa Anita Oct. 20. The $100,000 Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs is scheduled Nov. 16 and serves as a prep for the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) Dec. 14.
In addition, Paasch is pointing Silky Summer to the $200,000 Miesque Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on turf during opening day of the three-day Turf Festival Nov. 29.
Although stakes-winning filly Collect Call has been retired for breeding in Kentucky, Paasch has three stakes colts – Roman Dancer, Kamsack and Crowned Dancer – back in training coming back from injuries suffered earlier this year.
"Crowned Dancer got hurt at the beginning of the Del Mar meet," said Paasch of the Hollywood Juvenile Championship winner in July. "His right front kind of blew up. Three weeks ago, we scanned him again, and he was okay, so he has been back jogging the last two weeks. He should start galloping soon and should be ready to run again at the beginning of February."
Roman Dancer underwent surgery for removal of a bone chip from his knee following a victory in the Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct in April. "Kamsack cracked a shin chasing Came Home here this summer," said Paasch.
Company B, Forest Native, Silky Summer, Crowned Dancer, Roman Dancer and Kamsack all trace their roots to Florida, either through private sale or public auction.