By Warren Eves
Second crop sire With Distinction has another top prospect.
When Sweetmarys Success wired ‘em in the $100,000 J J’s Dream at Calder we doubt many paid attention to the second place finisher.
In Luv With Willie, by Florida’s 2nd ranking sire, ran better than appears if you check out the head-on shot away from the gate. She was not quick to begin and bumped with Maura’s Purse in the opening 50 yards. She had but one beat into the turn and was being steadied. Sixth to the top, once In Luv With Willie got outside she made notable late progress. Kathleen O’Connell trains the juvenile daughter owned and bred by Gilbert G. Campbell. Who knows what this filly may do once she gets more distance?
We note With Distinction sired Stakes winner Decisive Moment and saw his runners win 103 times in 2012 in 169 starts. Not bad, not bad at all.
In case you were counting. Mike Smith was on hand to ride Yes I’m Lucky to win the Frank Gomez Memorial for Eddie Plesa. The colt put away Breitling Flyer and Vinny’s Wildcat early on and won by a handy 4 lengths. Smith was also aboard Sweetmarys Success the wire to wire winner of the J J’s Dream.
Notes scribbled across my official program–Sure did enjoy Sid Gustfson’s take in The Rail which appeared in the New York Times on Tuesday, June 11. Gustafson pulled no punches in regard to the feature titled: Essay: Medication Continues to Stifle America’s Triple Crown Hopes. ”An understanding and apopreciation of the veterinary science of equine behavior are necessary to elucidate how raceday Lasix impoverishes the medical welfare of racehorses, and why permissive raceday and day-before medication should be banned in American horseracing to protect the health and welfare of the racehorses and the sport,” he wrote. As some of you know my research has me claiming the “get” of the thoroughbred may have been altered due to raceday meds. There are factions smart that I who also believe this to be true. Gustafson hit the industry even harder with the following: “Orb appeared to be short-stepping behind in the Preakness post parade,” he began, “reflective of the cramping Lasix can cause when re-administered after two weeks rest. Orb had every chance in the Belmont, but it seems the potent and lasting diuretic toll of three pre-race Lasix treatments in a five-week period was just too much for any horse to prevail at a mile and a half.” There may be a lot of truth in that assumption, because Orb was brilliant in the Derby and he certainly did not act anything close to that going down the backside in the Preakness…………….Those at Belmont on June 12th watched as a new name to these parts sent out Peace and Justice to wire the a field of straight maidens. John Shireffs, who used to call Hollywood Park his home training base, was scoring his first winner and there will be more. The War Front colt, who was bought for $425,000 at the 2011 Keeneland Sales won for Justice Family Racing. SoCal racing fans most likely would have shown far more respect for Peace and Justice at the windows. Sheriffs-trained first timers did right well in the west for many years……………..When Greed and Feed won the opener on Friday, June 14, she did it a bit ugly. She was floated in while vying for the lead down the backside. She led off the top and then began drifting out. It will be interesting to see how long much time new trainer Michael Maker takes to bring her back. She was claimed for $25,000 off Rudy Rodriguez so who knows?…………….Juddmonte Farms appears to have another top prospect in the filly Assured. She was stretched out by Bill Mott in a one-turn mile and overcame a poor start to win clear. She broke slow under Junior Alvarado and was second outside the leader into the turn. When spanked right-handed Assured pulled clear and was geared down the final 20 yards on June 14……………..Liked the effort of the one-two finishers in a maiden special weight race on June 22nd at Calder Race Course. Antonio Sano fitted Grand Tito with blinkers and the $225K Keeneland purchase responded with promise. He broke from post one and got jostled from the right in the opening yards and wound up pinned to the fence early on. Juan Leyva moved Grand Tito away from the rail midway on the backstretch. They brushed three-wide between horses to engage pacemaker Fantasmagorico. Off the top it looked as if the leader was going to keep going but Grand Tito dug in and got up. I liked the gallop out into and around the turn. Fantasmagorico should not be a maiden for long off the effort for Wesley Ward……………….Any of you following my daily posts on Twitter are well aware of how upset some of us are with the non action of the California Horse Racing Board. It’s a body which has failed to enforce the rules for many years. Bob Baffert, who has had things pretty much his own way, has elected to remain silent about seven horses he had in his barn which died during a 17-month period of time. There has been nearly zero transparency on the part of the CHRB as they protect their golden boy and that’s simply not acceptable. Their chief vet Rick Arthur has done nothing more than to cover the tracks of some of his prized members of the training ranks.