Shedaresthedevil returns to the Work tab
Multiple Tier 1 millionaire winner Shedaresthedevil, among three finalists for an Eclipse Award as the 2021 Older Country Champion, returned to the work tab last Sunday at Fair Grounds, spanning 3 furlongs in: 36.20 for trainer Brad Cox and co-owner Staton Burst of hot springs.
Cox reiterated Tuesday afternoon that Shedaresthedevil’s first goal for 2022 remains the $350,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) at 1 1/16 miles on March 12 in Oaklawn. Shedaresthedevil opened his 2021 campaign with victory in Azerbaijan, fending off expected Eclipse Prize winner Letruksa by a header under regular driver Florent Geroux.
“It was a good call,” Cox said, referring to Sunday’s breeze. “Pointing for the Azeri. I think it will be a realistic goal to reach Azeri. Obviously, it’s a preparation for the Apple Blossom.
Shedaresthedevil hasn’t started since a sixth-place finish in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) on Nov. 6 at Del Mar. .9, but her newfound relationships decided to keep her in practice with Cox for a 2022 race campaign.
Flurry said Daredevil’s 5-year-old daughter was given a 30-day break from the Breeders’ Cup and was undergoing light training at new co-owner Mandy Pope’s farm in Florida before returning to Cox in early January. at Fairgrounds.
“They had her in Ocala, Mandy Pope’s team did it, and she came back and looked amazing,” Cox said. “She looked as beautiful as ever, so I’m thrilled to have her start this year and hope her presence will be felt in some first year students throughout the year.”
Azeri is the last major local prep for the $1 million Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) at 1 1/16 miles on April 23.
In addition to Azeri, Shedaresthedevil won the $300,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies in 2020 at Oaklawn before winning the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) later that year at Churchill Downs. She was a finalist for an Eclipse Award as National Champion 3-year-old fillies in 2020.
Shedaresthedevil has bankrolled $2,331,458 after earning 9 of 17 career starts. She is a three-time winner of the 1st year.
Ben Diesel will be considered for the $1 million Rebel Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds on Feb. 26 in Oaklawn after a rebounding performance in last Saturday’s Southwest Stakes, coach Dallas Stewart said Wednesday afternoon.
A homebred for Willis Horton of Marshall, Ark., Ben Diesel drew pole 14 for the $250,000 Smarty Jones Stakes on Jan. 1 and faded to seventh after dueling through the early fast splits of the 1 mile race contested on a sloppy track. Ben Diesel broke rail in the $750,000 Southwest (G3) at 1 1/16 miles and finished third, beaten 2 ¾ lengths by heavily favored Newgrange under regular rider Jon Court.
“It was a step forward,” Stewart said. “Of course we got the 1 hole this time. Last time we had 14. It didn’t turn out as hard as I thought. I thought Court did a good job (in the Southwest). Got it set up and made a good move in the stretch, so overall I’ll say it’s a step up. That’s what we’re looking for with these 3 year olds at this time of year.
The Smarty Jones and the Southwest were the first two Oaklawn Kentucky Derby points runs, each providing 17 points to the top four (10-4-2-1, respectively) in view of starting eligibility for the first Triple Crown stage.
Oaklawn’s Kentucky Derby points streak continues the Rebel at 1 1/16 miles and the $1.25 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at 1 1/8 miles on April 2. The Rebel is an 85-point (50-20-10-5) run in the Kentucky Derby qualifying series.
“We’re hoping to watch the Rebel,” Stewart said. “The end game is the Arkansas Derby.”
Ben Diesel, a full brother of multiple Oaklawn stakes winner Will’s Secret, has three points to rank 24and on the Kentucky Derby standings published Sunday by Churchill Downs. The Kentucky Derby is limited to 20 runners, with starting preference based on horses with the highest run totals achieved in qualifying races like Smarty Jones and Southwest.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who won the Southwest with unbeaten Newgrange, said he would “definitely have something for the Rebel”, a race he has won a record eight times. Smarty Jones and South West runner-up Barber Road will likely head to the Rebel, coach John Ortiz said. Smarty Jones winner Dash Attack, who finished fifth in the Southwest, will “definitely” be considered for the Rebel, coach Kenny McPeek said.
Ten shots with Schultz
Ten Strike Racing of co-founders Marshall Gramm and Arkansas-native Clay Sanders has already scored six wins, alone or in partnership, in the 2021-2022 meeting that began Dec. 3.
One is different for the nation’s leading ownership entity, which offers fractional horse shares to investors.
Capture the Glory The Jan. 8 victory marked the first for coach Lindsay Schultz, who went out on her own late last year after working under Hall of Fame coach Shug McGaughey. Ridden by Francisco Arrieta, Capture the Glory ($36.80) won the 1-mile race for former $10,000 contenders by 3 ¼ forward lengths. It was Schultz’s 10and career starter.
“I thought the race had gone well for him, but the horse had run his last two starts, so I didn’t have a lot of confidence,” said Schultz, who reached his career milestone at 33. . I was happy with the place.
Schultz’s win came about 21 months after another former McGaughey assistant, Reeve McGaughey, recorded his first career practice win at Oaklawn. Reeve McGaughey is the son of Shug McGaughey.
Schultz attended the University of Louisville Equine Industry Program with future trainers Jason Barkley, Will VanMeter and Bentley Combs. Schultz’s roommate and close friend, Liz Crow, is another EIP graduate. Crow is now a reputable blood agent and the race director of Ten Strike.
After graduating from Louisville in 2010, Schultz completed a two-year internship in Darley’s Flying Start management training program, was a longtime assistant under Breeders’ Cup-winning trainer Tom Proctor. , and ran the famous Glen Hill Farm in Florida before going to work for McGaughey in the fall of 2020.
After deciding to go out on her own, Schultz began to build her stable through claims. She won Capture the Glory for $10,000 in an October 17 win at Keeneland and the gelding’s November 12 appearance at Churchill Downs represented Schultz’s first starter after leaving McGaughey.
Schultz had a brief business relationship with Ten Strike in late 2017, but considers Capture the Glory his first real starter. Schultz had two quick-close near misses in December at Oaklawn, finishing third, beaten three-quarters in length, with Glamor Girl and second, beaten in the neck, with Ultimate. Schultz broke through with the aptly named Capture the Glory, a wire-to-wire winner.
“I said, ‘Take the lead’ and we talked about other things the rest of the time,” Schultz said, referring to his pre-race chat with Arrieta. “But look, he’s a good driver, he’s a good sportsman. This horse set up perfectly for him.
Ten Strike considers Oaklawn its home track. Ten Strike’s other victories in the competition came with Well Spent, trained by Combs, three with Warrior’s Battle and another with millionaire Warrior’s Charge, the latter two half-siblings trained by Brad Cox. Ten Strike owns Warrior’s Battle with Titletown Racing Stables (Paul Farr) and Warrior’s Charge with Madaket Stables (Sol Kumin).
Schultz started the Oaklawn meeting with seven horses, including six for Ten Strike. Five of Schultz’s 12 starters at the meeting have finished in the top four.
“I try to put them in their place, but it’s difficult,” Schultz said. “It’s hard to win a race.”
After the track was closed for practice on Thursday due to icy conditions, Oaklawn announced that weekend live races (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) had been canceled due to harsh winter conditions. These race dates will be moved back to March 17, March 24 and March 31 (every Thursday). Saturday’s $250,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) for fillies and older mares at 1 1/16 miles will be brought back as the 11th race on February 12. The $600,000 Razorback Handicap (G3) for older horses at 1 1/16 miles will also be raced February 12. … Former Brad Cox declared several 3rd year winners Shared meaning well physically checked after being stopped by the jockey Joel Rosario at turn two of a Jan. 28 premium allowance race at 1 1/16 miles. “Joel said he just didn’t show much interest in racing, so he just didn’t ask him to,” Cox said Tuesday afternoon. “So he sort of pulled out of the race. He seems to be fine, so we’ll continue. Shared Sense was making its first start since finishing fourth in the $100,000 Tenacious Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 26 at Fair Grounds. … Repeal retired after placing eighth in the $150,000 American Beauty Stakes for older female sprinters on Jan. 22, owner Alex Lieblong said in a text message Wednesday afternoon. Abrogate has won 4 of 9 career starts, including the $200,000 Purple Martin Stakes for 3-year-old sprinter fillies at the 2021 Oaklawn meet, and won $360,572. Lieblong, chairman of the Arkansas Racing Commission, said Abrogate was physically fine, but his form appeared to be declining. Lieblong said Abrogate will be elevated for Maclean’s Musicwho is also the father of favorite outlaw, the owner’s promising 3-year-old daughter and Jan. 29 Special Weights graduate. Hall of fame Steve Asmussen formed Repeal and Favorite Outlaw conditions.
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