Derby Future Pool 2
Blue Norther Stakes
New Years Stakes
Road to the Derby
For most of the year, the focus of the racing world is on distance events, with the Triple Crown and older handicap divisions competing at 9 furlongs or greater. However, the vast majority of races in North America are sprints. Calder Race Course in Miami gives the sprinters their day in the sun in the Summit of Speed. Due to the heavy rain and power outages associated with Hurricane Dennis, the Summit of Speed card was rescheduled, from Saturday to Sunday.
Woke Up Dreaming winner of the Smile Sprint Handicap.
Tonya Terranova, assistant to winning trainer Bob Baffert, said, "Bob sent him to me (at Belmont) five days before the True North and he was ready. Since then, we worked him one morning with Roman Ruler (Dwyer Stakes winner) and they finished on even terms. I think he's just getting better as he gets older. Bob talked to Mike (Smith) the other day on the phone and told him that he is kind, and if he doesn't have the lead, he can sit off of it a little bit like he did today. I don't know what's next other than he's coming back to New York. With the Breeders' Cup at Belmont this year, maybe he'll stay up there and run in something at Saratoga."
Winning rider Mike Smith said, "He's not like some of those horses that are really, really quick in the first quarter, but I was fortunate to almost out-break the gate, it's the best he's ever broke. I always 'use' him out of there for the first 50 or 100 yards and then let him do his thing and stay out of his way. They started to out-foot him down the backside but it was a little too early to start putting him into a drive at the four and a half. I took a quick peek back and saw that I could get to the outside with no trouble, so I went for it. It worked out. He moved real easy on the leaders and I just stayed busy on him."
Lost in the Fog winner of the Carry Back Stakes. He is now undefeated in eight career starts.
Winning trainer Greg Gilchrist said, "I was glad to see orange (owner Harry Aleo's colors) fall out of there in front. We didn't plan to go to the front, but there's no sense taking back if you're there. After they let him get away with a first quarter in 22 2/5, I felt pretty good. He had to run to beat some nice horses today, although the race at Belmont (Riva Ridge) was probably more demanding. We'll stick with the plan and run him back in the King's Bishop at Saratoga (Aug. 27), which gives him seven weeks, and then he'll only run once more this year. The Breeders' Cup (Sprint) is a good possibility, but not necessarily. He's not Breeders' Cup eligible, but I don't think that will be a problem if that's what we decide to do."
Winning jockey Russell Baze said, "That was just the way we planned it. I thought there would be a little more speed in there, that a couple of those horses would push us more early. He broke so sharp I just yelled at him a little leaving the gate. He went to the lead real nice and handy. I knew they were in big trouble at the 3/8 pole. For the first time, today when that horse moved up on the backside to where he could see him, he was actually watching him and he leaned into the bit and wanted to go. Usually he lets them come right up to him and doesn't care. Today he wanted to run-he was looking for some competition."
Madcap Escapade winner of the Princess Rooney Handicap.
Winning owner Bruce Lunsford said, "That last race (upset in Humana Distaff) just wasn't her day. I was concerned today that the track looked tiring, but she handled it fine. She broke well and settled well, which was the first time this year she did both. We'll take it step by step from here. I love Saratoga and the Honorable Miss (Aug. 5) might be her next start. The more she shows, the more options we'll consider. I love racing and want to give her every chance to be all she can be (after asked if she might run against colts). A possibility in the fall could be the Spinster. She loves Keeneland. We know she loves Florida. Frankie (Brothers) will make the final calls."
Winning jockey Jerry Bailey said, "She broke better than her last two races and she settled better and she punched. I know she got beat last time at Churchill, but it was seven eighths, and I told Frankie (trainer Brothers) she didn't particularly like the racetrack in the Oaks. She hurt herself and it was 1 1/8 (Kentucky Oaks) and they discounted it. I just didn't like the way she felt the first half-mile last time. It didn't completely shock me that she ran disappointing. She's easy to ride and she's breaking well now-she didn't used to break at all or was flat-footed. Now she's breaking well and not trying to run off. She's rating well-a certain degree is all you want. You don't want to turn her off and make her come from last. She finished up today."
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