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Barn Notes: Sunday, January 26
IN TODAY'S NOTES: Risen Star-Bound Ria Antonia Gets Sunday Breeze; Amoss-Napravnik Tandem Team Up Again Saturday Night in Houston; Early Look at Saturday's $60,000 Battle of New Orleans; Early Look at Saturday's $60,000 Happy Ticket Stakes
Loooch Racing et al.’s Ria Antonia, the 3-year-old filly being pointed for a face-off against male sophomores in the Grade II Risen Star Stakes on Louisiana Derby Preview Day Feb. 22 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, breezed a half-mile in company Sunday morning in 48.40.
The move, originally scheduled for Saturday, was postponed due to the projected more favorable track conditions Sunday morning.
“The track was sloppy when I got here yesterday morning,” said Elizabeth Dobles, assistant to trainer Jeremiah Englehart and in charge of Ria Antonia’s preparations until the trainer arrives in early February. “Even after the break it was still a little off yesterday.
“She worked in company with (Jeremiah Englehart owned and trained) Hebert Hall this morning in 48 and two. I thought it was a very good work for her.”
Hebert Hall is a 6-year-old Officer gelding who Englehart claimed for $12,500 off of New York leading trainer David Jacobson on Nov. 30 at Aqueduct.
AMOSS-NAPRAVNIK TANDEM TEAM UP AGAIN SATURDAY NIGHT IN HOUSTON—Trainer Tom Amoss and jockey Rosie Napravnik, who combined their talents to win Saturday’s $60,000 Gaudin Memorial at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots with Maggi Moss’s 2012-2013 Horse of the Meeting Delaunay Saturday afternoon, continued their success across the Texas border at Sam Houston Park Saturday night.
The defending local trainer champion, born and raised in New Orleans, and the defending jockey champion, who now resides here, won Sam Houston’s $75,000 Champion Energy Services Stakes with Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Sum of the Parts, who won Fair Grounds’ $75,000 Bonapaw Stakes in his previous start Dec. 21 on Santa Super Saturday.
Dennis Narlinger’s Artest, conditioned by native New Orleanian Al Stall Jr. finished second, beaten three-quarters of a length by Sum of the Parts in Saturday night’s Texas grass dash.
Stall also confirmed Sunday morning during training hours that JMJ Racing Stables’ highly-regarded 3-year-old Unknown Road, considered to be one of the most promising 3-year-olds on the grounds after breaking his maiden by 11 ¾-lengths in his final start as a 2-year-old Dec. 19, suffered no apparent injury following his disappointing fourth-place finish in his first start around two turns Friday at Fair Grounds.
“He seems fine to me,” said an obviously disappointed Stall, “but that’s the game.”
EARLY LOOK AT SATURDAY’S $60,000 BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS —Sophomore fillies currently under consideration for Saturday’s $60,000 Battle of New Orleans sprint over the Stall-Wilson turf course at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots include Thomas Galvin’s Adrianne, a winner of her last two; Hidden Brook Farm’s Canaryinacoalmine, who disappointed in Churchill’s Grade II Golden Rod after breaking her maiden impressively; Rising Graph Stable’ Dramatize, who broke her maiden here by five lengths on Dec. 13 going over the local lawn; Al and Bill Ulwelling’s Jenny Vignette, who broke her maiden over the grass here Dec 5 when claimed by her present connections; Maggi Moss’s Kiss to Remember, who broke her maiden by 4 ¾-lengths when claimed by her present connections; and Castleton Lyons’ Toni’s Hollyday, who broke her maiden here on the main track Nov. 23.
EARLY LOOK AT SATURDAY’S $60,000 HAPPY TICKET STAKES—Older fillies and mares currently under consideration for Saturday’s $60,000 Happy Ticket Stakes at six furlongs on the main track include Brereton Jones’s Same Cross, a winner of her last start here Nov. 29; L. T. B. Inc. LLC’s Honey Hues, a winner of her last here Jan. 3; Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Ire, third beaten a length in last season’s $75,000 Mardi Gras here Feb. 12; Marc Ferrell Racing Stable’s Los Ojitos, third beaten four in Aqueduct’s Grade II Distaff Handicap in her most recent start last April; and Ten Broeck Farm’s Warm Breeze, a winner by 6 ¼-lengths in her last start here Dec. 28.