Edited press release
Winchell Thoroughbreds graded stakes winner Zanjero worked five furlongs at Keeneland in 1:00.60 for trainer Steve Asmussen, Monday, April 7. “The work was excellent,” said Scott Blasi, assistant to Asmussen. Blasi said there were plenty of options under consideration for Zanjero’s next start that could come at Churchill Downs or Lone Star Park.
Cindy Jones, wife of trainer Larry Jones, said that Fox Hill Farms’ Fantasy (gr. II) winner Eight Belles was supposed to ship to Keeneland on Tuesday and continue training for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with stablemate Proud Spell, who was third in Saturday’s Ashland (gr. I).
Trainer Todd Pletcher said Glencrest Farm’s Panty Raid, who won the Juddmonte Spinster (gr. I) during Keeneland’s 2007 fall meet, would make her 2008 debut in either the Jenny Wiley (gr. IIT) on turf April 12 or the Doubledogdare (gr. III) on Polytrack April 18. Both races are at 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares. Panty Raid also is a grade I winner on turf, that victory coming when she captured the American Oaks Invitational at Santa Anita last year.
Other works of note April 7 morning included 2007 NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Kip Deville. Owned by IEAH Stable, John and Andrew Cohen, Steve Cobb, and Doug Robertson, the Rick Dutrow trainee worked five furlongs in 1:01 in preparation for his 2008 debut in Friday’s $300,000 Maker’s Mark Mile (gr. IT).
Martin Schwartz’s Lady of Venice worked a half-mile in :49.40 in advance of Saturday’s $200,000 Jenny Wiley (gr. II), and Double Eagle Farm’s V.I.P. Princess worked a bullet three-eighths in :34.60 in preparation for Wednesday’s $200,000 Vinery Madison (gr. II).
Also on the work tab was Will Farish, E.J. Hudson, and James Elkins’ Grasshopper, who worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 for trainer Neil Howard. Runner-up in last year’s Travers (gr. I) , Grasshopper is being pointed to the April 30 Westchester Handicap (gr. III) at Belmont Park.