- GRAEME SIX WORKS TOWARD WINNING COLORS
- PURE CLAN TURNS IN FIRST WORK SINCE KENTUCKY OAKS
- FORMER DERBY CONTENDER SAM P. TO RUN ON SATURDAY
GRAEME SIX SHARP IN CHURCHILL WORK, LOOKS TO REBOUND IN WINNING COLORS – With a disappointing debut in Grade I competition behind her, trainer Tom Amoss is looking for a strong rebound effort by Johns Martin, Tom O’Grady and Team West Side Stables’ Graeme Six in the $100,000-added Winning Colors Stakes (Grade I) on Monday’s Memorial Day holiday racing program at Churchill Downs.
Graeme Six breezed four furlongs on Wednesday in :48.20 in preparation for the six-furlong Winning Colors, a race for fillies and mares ages 3 & up that will be run for the fifth time. The move by Graeme Six ranked as the sixth-fastest of 33 at the distance over a “fast” track.
The 4-year-old daughter of Graeme Hall stamped herself as a filly with a future with a runner-up finish behind Dream Rush in the Prioress (GI) at three and a pair of sharp victories in sprint stakes over the winter at Fair Grounds and Oaklawn Park. But Graeme Six struggled home last of eight behind Intangaroo in the $300,000-added Humana Distaff (GI) on Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs after she became involved in a sizzling duel for the lead in that seven-furlong race.
Amoss’s filly broke from an inside post that day and became entangled in a battle for the lead that generated blistering fractions of :22.27 for the first quarter and :44.31 for the half-mile. But Amoss said jockey Julien Leparoux had to commit to place Graeme Six near the front or risk being shuffled back and losing all chance in the early going.
“That race was a deviation from what had been a pretty consistent form for her,” said Amoss. “We were committed (to fight for the lead). That, combined with the extra distance, probably wasn’t a good thing for us. It just was a race that we feel fortunate that our filly came out of it okay and we’re able to race back to so quickly.
“She’s in good form, and I think she’ll run her race. Hopefully everybody will be a little more sensible in regard to what happens up front. We’ll see what happens.”
Graeme Six won the $100,000 Pan Zareta at Fair Grounds and the $50,000 Carousel at Oaklawn over the winter and will bring a record of 4-6-0 in 13 races with earnings of $245,809 into Monday’s races.
Her Winning Color rivals will likely included one of her Humana Distaff rivals Roll Reroll Stable’s Miss Macy Sue, the winner of last year’s Winning Colors who finished third to Maryfield in the first running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (GI) at Monmouth Park. The 5-year-old daughter of Trippi was among those battling for the lead along with Graeme Six and paid the price with a sixth-place finish.
Others expected to run Monday include Adhrythm, Change Up, Gem Sleuth, Officer in Pursuit and V.I.P. Princess.
Monday’s renewal marks the first time that the Winning Colors will be run as a graded stakes event.
PURE CLAN HAS FIRST POST-KENTUCKY OAKS WORK, SET FOR TURF RUN IN THE REGRET – Lewis Lakin, IEAH Stables and Pegasus Holding Group’s Pure Clan returned to serious training after her third-place run in the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) with a five-furlong work Wednesday at Churchill Downs.
The Robert Holthus-trained daughter of Pure Prize covered the distance in 1:02, which ranked as the fifth-fastest of 15 moves at the distance.
“She went nice,” Holthus said. “It was just a nice, easy little work. She came back good.”
Holthus said Pure Clan would return to the surface over which she launched her racing career when she runs next in the $200,000-added Regret (GIII) at 1 1/8 miles on turf, which will be run as part of the “Stephen Foster Super Saturday” program on Saturday, June 14.
She scored a maiden win on turf in her career debut at Ellis Park and followed that with an allowance win on the Keeneland grass. Pure Clan then shifted to the dirt, where she won both the Iroquois (GIII) and Golden Rod (GII) at Churchill Downs. She opened this season with a pair of losses to the ill-fated Eight Belles in a runner-up finish in the Honeybee (GIII) and a third-place run in the Fantasy (GII), and then finished a rallying third to Proud Spell in the Kentucky Oaks.
Depending on her effort in the Regret, Pure Clan would run next either in the Coaching Club American Oaks (GI) on dirt at Belmont Park or in the American Oaks (GI) on turf at Hollywood Park.
With her run in the Kentucky Oaks, Pure Clan’s career record stands at 4-1-2 in seven races with earnings of $417,876.
BARN TALK – Starlight Stable LLC and Donald Lucarelli’s Sam P., ninth to Street Sense in last year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), is scheduled to run Saturday at Churchill Downs. The 4-year-old son of Cat Thief is a member of a field of 10 three-year-olds and up in the ninth race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance race. Julien Leparoux will ride the Todd Pletcher trainee, who will look to snap an eight-race losing streak that dates to an allowance win under the Twin Spires on Nov. 25, 2006. Sam P. defeated Chelokee that day, then finished third to the same rival last year in Churchill Downs’ Northern Dancer (GIII). His only start this year resulted in a seventh-place finish behind Dubious Miss in an allowance race on Polytrack at Keeneland. … Sarah Lynn Stables LLC’s C J’s Leelee, runner-up to Pure Clan in the Golden Rod, returns to competition for the first time since that outing in an optional claiming allowance race on turf on Friday at Churchill Downs. Robby Albarado, who entered Wednesday’s action needing three victories to reach the 700-win plateau at Churchill Downs, will ride the Ken McPeek-trained daughter of Mizzen Mast, who faces seven other 3-year-old fillies as she makes her 2008 debut in the 1 1/16-mile eighth race on the Matt Winn Turf Course. … Stonerside Stable’s Sutra, winner of the Frizette (GI) in 2006, heads a field of six in a Friday allowance race for older fillies and mares. The Mike Stidham-trained daughter of Meadowlake will be running for the first time since a disappointing fifth-place fun in the Bed O’Roses (GII) at Aqueduct on April 19. Sutra defeated Winning Colors hopeful Graeme Six in her season’s debut in a Fair Grounds allowance race, then chased that rival in runner-up finishes in both the Pan Zareta at Fair Grounds and Carousel at Oaklawn. Albarado will ride Sutra in Friday’s ninth race. ... Kim and John Glenney’s Transduction Gold, winner of the 2007 Sycamore (GIII) at Keeneland, breezed four furlongs over the Matt Winn Turf Course on Tuesday in preparation for Satuday’s 71st running of the $150,000-added Louisville Handicap (GIII). The 5-year-old Formal Gold gelding covered the distance over “firm” turf in :51.40. Transduction Gold ran eight to English Channel in the John Deere Breeders’ Cup Turf (GI) and opened his season with a 10th place finish behind Dancing Forever in the Elkhorn (GII) at Keeneland.
2008 SPRING MEET LEADERS
Through Sunday, May 18
Jockeys Starts 1-2-3
Julien Leparoux 114 21-23-18
Miguel Mena 107 19-13-18
Robby Albarado 77 17-7-10
Shaun Bridgmohan 75 16-14-9
Calvin Borel 125 15-17-21
Jesus Castanon 84 14-9-6
Jamie Theriot 70 8-5-5
Kent Desormeaux 31 5-8-6
Larry Sterling, Jr. 36 5-5-5
Brian Hernandez, Jr. 58 4-9-6
John McKee 52 4-8-9
Fernando De La Cruz 49 4-2-5
Ken McPeek 26 11-2-3
Steve Asmussen 44 10-8-7
Tom Amoss 25 9-5-4
Greg Foley 30 6-6-1
Mike Maker 18 6-2-1
Dale Romans 44 5-8-5
Eddie Kenneally 27 5-6-6
Ian Wilkes 17 5-5-3
Steve Margolis 17 4-3-3
Nick Zito 14 4-3-1
Ken and Sarah Ramsey 20 7-2-2
Zayat Stables, LLC 23 5-5-3
Maggi Moss 9 5-1-2
Padua Stables 6 4-1-0
Five owners tied with three (3) wins