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Is Macho Macho A 3yo Comer In Asmussen Barn?; Skyring Is Example Of Poly To Dirt Turn Around

By Warren Eves

Story lines galore.

That was the end result after doing several days of reviewing the May 5th Kentucky Derby card at Churchill Downs.

Will Macho Macho become the budding sophomore in Steve Asmussen’s barn?

Where will D. Wayne Lukas’ Skyring surface next on three-year-old tour?

Did the sandy surface compromise the third place run of Dullahan?

How big was the late run of Went the Day Well in the Derby after trouble?

How good is Shug’s newly turned 4-year-old filly Hungry Island?

Can Shrill deliver next time out after his bumper car 2nd on Derby undercard.

Trainer Asmussen was in a foul food after Daddy Nose Best finished 10th in Derby 2012.  Earlier on the card Macho Macho made his first start for the famed trainer a winning one.  He overcame a bumping session early on and had only two foes beaten early.  Corey Nakatani made a big run four-wide with the Macho Uno colt and he drew out late under some taps of the whip.  Macho Macho is ready to try two turns coming off the Derby Day score at seven eighths.

In the third race of the day at Churchill Downs a colt named Skyring showed he liked moving from Keeneland’s poly track to the dirt at Churchill Downs.  We loved his stride and he accomplished it while racing along the inside which may not have been the place to be on Derby day.  He galloped out well after the wire under Corey Nakatani.

Dullahan, like a number of colts, did not seem to relish the sandier going in the Derby.  Kent Desormeaux had to steady him while 10th  between horses entering the first turn and he lost ground moving off the top of the lane.  It’s true the fast early fractions probably should have found him finishing even better.   Trainer Dale Romans claimed the Churchill Downs strip would not be an issue going in.  We have to wonder if Romans is saying the same things after the Derby?

The wise guy colt off his nice finish for fourth in the Derby will be Went the Day Well.  He made significant late progress and finished gaining inside Dullahan.  It was his first start in blinkers.  This colt appears to have an up side.  Went the Day Well did have trouble early.

Another outstanding performance followed Shackleford”s  win in the 78th renewal of the Churchill Downs.  Shug McGhaughey sent out Hungry Island in the Churchill Distaff at one mile on the lawn.  She ran big.  Fifth over she rallied to win large with John Velasquez.  She dusted Marketing Mix who had beaten her in the last two trips to the post.

Last but certainly not least was the huge better than looked run of Shrill.  She was given a bull-dozing ride by Garrett Gomez.  Outrun early on Shrill was sent up to bull her way between the leaders.  We had to wonder if jockey Corey Lanerie might have had something to say to Gomez affter the race.  Lanerie was aboard Heavenly Landing from the rail.  When Shrill was sent up to bull her way between the leaders she hit Heavenly Landing more than once.

Notes scribbled across my official program–Run For Love is playable next time out off the mile effort on turf on Ap;ril 14 at Keeneland.  Veered out at the break bo bump a foe, skirted wide to get the lead, then got pressured moving to the half…………..Prior to the legalization of Bute and furosemide in Pennsylvania, April 22, 1975, Carl Hanford(who once trained Kelso) observed: “If they legalize Bute, they better get the ambulance ready.  I think the horse will be the big loser.”…………………Clocker Don Harris twittered on the net Thursday, April 19, that the talented colt Paynter had worked great at Hollypark.  Harris says he made a huge late gain on Liason with ease, 1:11.60 and galloped out in 1:24.60.  I’ll have a few sheckles on him when they bring him back……………..I must have looked at the head-on shot of the eighth race at Keeneland on Friday, April 20 more than 50 times.  We concluded the maiden Hilarium should benefit from the outing.  I liked the way he was moving down the backstretch and while unable to stay with the runaway winner Into The Fray he should be usable next time they lead him over……………..Minnesota handicapper Don Kieger couldn’t have said it any better this past week.  ”Leparoux is riding as good as a rider can,” said Kieger.  His ride aboard Blue Maiden in the fifth on April 25 at Keeneland is an example of this.  After finishing second twice in 2011 at Santa Anita she beat only one in her final start at Hollywood Park in the Wilshire Handicap.  She was sent to Christophe Clement and the end result was a huge winning run from last………………After watching the closing day marathon feature on the Keeneland lawn I was left with an impression Shug’s Point of Entry is going to be one tough 4-year-old colt to beat in his current form if he carries only 119 pounds.   He was back roughly 6 lengths early on and in the slot to the far third in third.  When asked to pick up the leaders he did so and finished trying and reaching.  Point of Entry was posting a FF(final fraction) of 24.18) in the 1-1/2 mile test with John Velasquez aboard……………We don’t do our normal thing when it comes to racing under the lights.  The horses simply do not run the same as they do in daylight hours…………L.C. Cinderella figures to make a lot of money if her first lifetime start on the Belmont lawn is any indicator.  The three-year-old filly literally breezed to the wire when trying a mile and turf for the first turn.  She was bred and owned by William Lanyl and trained by Christophe Clement. You can bet Ramon Dominguez agent will keep track of this filly because she’s a New York-bred……………………Don’t know where the three-year-old filly Fixin The Books fits but she sure got the job done when facing males at Pimlico on Saturday, April 28.  She put away the bigger bodied 4-year-old gelding Public Secret and posted a final fraction of 12.47……………………We were surprised when they went ahead and ran Paynter in the Derby Trial on Friday night, April 28 after Churchill Downs got pelted by a severe hail storm.  We had two playbacks in the field and they wound up one-two as Hierro rallied to prove best late.  Hierro was coming out of a “toss this race” effort and at 5-to-1 certainly was value.  We just don’t play too many off track races anymore………………….Listening to “Raceday Las Vegas” radio show Saturday, April 29  over the internet.  Jerry J. just doesn’t get it.  It’s called respecting others when you are on the air.  Jon Lindo, who does everything with class, would never do what Jerry did.  Lindo Adam Suances in the Hollypark 7th before Jerry J came on the air.  So what does Jerry J do, already knowing Lindo used the seventh race?  He gives out a horse in the same race.  Everyone else I know would not give out a horse in the same seventh race–they’d call an audible.  But not Jerry J.  Well, Jerry J got exactly what he deserved.  Lindo’s horse Adam Suances won for fun and paid $21.  Jerry J’s top horse failed to hit the board.  I’m sure he’ll claim his star horse won, so all will be just fine in Jerry J’s eyes.  And this is nothing new with the guy.  He just doesn’t know what the classy thing to do is–use another race………Michael Maker made what looks like a timely claim for Ken and Sarah Ramsey on Thursday, May 3 at Churchill Downs.  They reached in and took the 4-year-old filly Pelago for $25,000.  She was coming off a respite having won her last start at Turfway Park.  She rallied strongly and she could step up unless they claimed her for the breeding shed……………………Seldom do you see a horse that is good early and good late.  But that was the case when Film Shot won the ninth at Churchill Downs May 3rd.  He vied for the lead on a live early pace.  He cleared down the backstraight.  Then when he got to the stretch he widened to the 1/8th pole.  He’s a lightly raced son of Distorted Humor………..……We did not cash in the Kentucky Derby.  Our top key horse was Dullahan and our longshot play was Rousing Sermon.  The latter made a bit of a run off the top and was steered all the way to the rail and failed to finish up like we thought he might.  We did make an observation most are not talking about.  After watching all the races closely via tape I do not think the inside rail was the fastest on Derby Day.  That’s right, I believe if Mike Smith had been off the rail at the top of the lane he might have led all the way.  I base this on the head-on observations I made on the races earlier in the day.  They did a great job with the racing surface.  I did not think Bodemesiter would be on the board.  And if Bob Baffert runs him back in the Preakness I definitely think it will be a mistake.

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About The Author

Warren Eves
Warren Eves is a senior turf writer from the state of California who calls Pearl River, Louisiana his home. The one time editor of the Pasadena Independent Star News moved on to handle publicity for racetracks coast to coast. Eves gained his first exposure to the racetrack through a school buddy the late Art Lerille, Jr., who eventually became a trainer in California. Warren worked as farm manager for crack two-year-old trainer Ray Priddy, before holding on track jobs at the racetrack. He worked for Hall of Fame trainer M.E. "Buster" Millerick, Allen Drumheller, Jr., and Dick Moon. Eves has a well rounded background in all breeds. He developed Quarter Horse Report in 1979 with Ed Burgart, track announcer, at Los Alamitos Race Course. It was an innovative publication which revolutionized the industry with actual descriptions of the workouts. While handling publicity at Saratoga Raceway in upstate New York Eves was named employee of the year in 1970. He also handled publicity for Sunland Park, Centennial Park, Ascot Park, Thistledown, and two harness meetings in California. Eves then went into the 900-line business with his best plays and has compiled his own Kentucky Derby ratings for many years. In 1997 he began going back and forth to Las Vegas teaming up with Ralph Siraco to create the long runining radio show Raceday Las Vegas. Eves has produced and directed many horse racing shows on both radio and television. In 2010 he got a call from Mark Geiger. That's when he began writing Eves, with a reputation of a trip handicapper, is known for his video tape scrutiny. He currently monitors horse racing in for a major horseplayer. While writing for Ridder Publication at the Pasadena Star News his investigative reporting was highly regarded by his peers. Often on the cutting edge, Eves has been given the green light to write about what issues he sees fit to cover. Have a question. His book "Hold All Tickets" is soon to be made available for those who come to this site. It's a factual account of actual events and happenings that took place in the 70s, 80s and 90s. If Warren doesn't know the answer to a question you may have, he'll tell you up front. Eves won't drop it there, however, he'll find someone who knows the answer and get back to you.


One Response to “Is Macho Macho A 3yo Comer In Asmussen Barn?; Skyring Is Example Of Poly To Dirt Turn Around”

  1. Charles Fay says:

    Warren,do you know where I can get Jerry J’s picks?

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