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Barn Notes: Monday, December 23
IN TODAY'S NOTES: Rise Up: A New Inspiration for Andrena Van Doren; Jockey Marcelino Pedroza Has Riding Double During Starlight Racing; Apprentice Ashley Broussard Wins at Fair Grounds for First Time; Tapiture Breezes Half-Mile Sunday in :51.20
When Paul and Andrena Van Doren’s Rise Up won the $1 million Grade III Delta Jackpot last month, the celebration in the winner’s circle was “somewhat subdued,” trainer Tom Amoss conceded Monday morning during training hours at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
“It turned out that that was the same day Andrena was diagnosed with cancer,” Amoss said. “In fact, this morning (Dec. 23) is the day she goes for her first chemotherapy treatment. But winning the Delta Jackpot was just the ideal immediate therapy she needed to see that day. With her positive attitude it was the kind of good news she will be able to build on.”
The Van Dorens are the kind of wonderful owners I like to have,” Amoss said, “They’ve been in this business a long time and they deserve to have a horse like Rise Up.
“The horse is being freshened in Ocala right now,” said Amoss of the bay 2-year-old by Rockport Harbor out of the Johnannsesburg mare Appenzell. “There’s nothing wrong with him, we just thought he deserved a little breather. I expect him to come back to me here around the first week of January.
“I’d like to give him one or possibly two starts here at Fair Grounds, and then we’ll decide where to go off of those,” Amoss said of the suddenly aptly-named Rise Up, who earlier won the $100,000 Mountaineer Juvenile last August 3.
Last weekend on Santa Super Saturday at Fair Grounds, the Amoss-trained Sum of the Parts, owned by Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, scored a front-running 2 ¾-length victory in the $75,000 Bonapaw Stakes, a sprint at about 5 ½-furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf course.
“He came out of that race well,” said Amoss. “He’s a very versatile horse. He’s now won on grass (Bonapaw), dirt (the $400,000 Red Legend at Charlestown June 20) and on Polytrack (Keeneland’s Grade III Phoenix on Oct. 4.)
“One thing (Sum of the Parts) won’t do is run against (Maggi Moss’s) Delaunay,” Amoss concluded, referring to last season’s Horse of the Meeting at Fair Grounds. “We intend to keep them apart always.”
JOCKEY MARCELINO PEDROZA HAS RIDING DOUBLE DURING STARLIGHT RACING —Jockey Marcelino Pedroza, riding at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the first time this season, tallied his first two wins of the meeting during Friday’s Starlight Racing program in the Crescent City.
What made his feat even more noteworthy was that he got two different trainers “off the duck” with his riding double.
Pedroza won the fourth race aboard Raul Delvalle and Clotide Salazar’s Turbalo for trainer Marco Salazar and returned to the winner’s circle after the ninth on Bertram and Richard Klein’s At Bat for veteran Fair Grounds conditioner Steve Margolis, who arrived late to Fair Grounds after completing the fall meeting at Churchill Downs.
Fair Grounds’ stall superintendent and former jockey Mario Torres is familiar with the Salazar and Pedroza families from their younger days in Panama.
“I’ve known Marco since we were kids together in Panama,” Torres said. “I rode for him and his father before him down there.
“Marcelino Pedroza is a pretty decent rider,” Torres said. “His father was a jockey in Panama and his uncle is Martin Pedroza, who is now one of the veteran riders on the Southern California circuit.”
APPRENTICE ASHLEY BROUSSARD WINS AT FAIR GROUNDS FOR FIRST TIME—Before coming to Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the first time this season, apprentice jockey Ashley Broussard had reached the winner’s circle three times and broke her maiden at Ellis Park last summer.
However, the 21-year-old native of Lafayette, Louisiana, won her first race at Fair Grounds during last Friday’s Starlight Racing program, scoring astride J. Patrick Lee Racing’s Rolfs Rossini for trainer Howard Alonzo.
“I’ve been working horses for him (Alonzo) since I came back from Kentucky,” said the daughter of former jockey Clarence Broussard. “To win my first race here at Fair Grounds felt pretty amazing.”
TAPITURE BREEZES HALF-MILE SUNDAY IN 51.20—Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club winner Tapiture, owned by Ron Winchell and trained by Steve Asmussen, breezed four furlongs in 51.20 Sunday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. It was the Tapit colt’s first move locally since arriving from Kentucky.