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Barn Notes: Wednesday, February 4

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IN TODAY'S NOTES:
*TEXAS RED 'ALL GOOD,' RISEN STAR NEXT
*COUP DE GRACE RETURNS WITH BULLET
*STREET SPICE TO LSU FOR BONE SCAN
*EXODUS LIKELY TO STAY SHORT FOR NOW

                                                    

TEXAS RED ‘ALL GOOD’, RISEN STAR NEXT

Grade I $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner and Eclipse Award runner-up for champion 2-year-old Texas Red has exited his sophomore debut in fine order and will resume preparation for the first leg of the Triple Crown, according to trainer and part-owner Keith Desormeaux. 

On Sunday, the son of Afleet Alex made a gallant run under Kent Desormeaux in his first start since Nov. 1 when slicing through horses in mid-stretch in the Grade II $200,000 San Vicente at Santa Anita and finishing a neck short of victory when second behind Peachtree Stable’s Bob Baffert-trained Lord Nelson.  The effort was especially strong considering it was at a trip well below what is believed to be the sizable colt’s optimum.  He earned a 90 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort.

Texas Red’s preparation is now expected to include a wheel-back to the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds at 1 1/16 miles on Feb 21 – 20 days after his 3-year-old debut.  The conditioner, who also has a Fair Grounds-based string, said things were ‘all good’ on Wednesday afternoon, three days after the San Vicente.

                                                          

COUP DE GRACE RETURNS WITH A BULLET

Multiple graded stakes winner Coup de Grace has returned to serious training for owner Fox Hill Farm and trainer Larry Jones and signaled his fitness when firing a bullet in his second work back on Tuesday morning at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, working three furlongs in :36.20.  The son of Tapit has not been seen in the afternoons since finishing a disappointing fifth in the Grade I $400,000 Vosburgh Invitational at Belmont Park in September. 

“When he tells us he’s ready, we’ll give him a refresher race,” said Fox Hill principal Rick Porter.  “We’ll try to find something, but we won’t get too aggressive with him.  He’ll be ready to run in five or six weeks and hopefully we can find a small stakes or an allowance at the Fair Grounds.”

As a sophomore, the chestnut Kentucky-bred won three sprint stakes including the Grade II $200,000 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga.  Only tested once around two turns, such resulted in a poor showing in the Grade II $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes in his third start after checking on the final turn.  Thus far in his career, Coup de Grace has a record of 5-0-1 and $470,100 in earnings from nine starts. 

“Both Larry and I think he might go longer,” Porter continued.  “If he gallops out right in his first race back – which will be a sprint – we’ll try him longer.  Obviously I have a lot of interest in him as a stallion, but he needs to win a Grade I – that’s the goal with him.  First we will decide if he’s better short or long and then try to win the Grade I.  I can’t think of anything I’d rather win with him than the (Grade I $1,250,000) Met Mile.”


STREET SPICE TO LSU FOR BONE SCAN

The late Jim Tafel’s Street Spice, who was vanned off after winning Sunday’s featured allowance at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots at odds of 7-1, is headed to Louisiana State University’s veterinary hospital for a bone scan, according to trainer Greg Geier. 

A 5-year-old son of Tafel’s champion and Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, the bay gelding was pulled up by jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. at approximately the 6½-furlong pole during the gallop out.  The game multiple stakes-placed Kentucky-bred had just won his fourth career race and first since October of 2013 for his connections.

“He’s walking fine now, so we’re going to take him to LSU to get a bone scan and make sure nothing is broken up on the leg – everything else on him is fine,” Geier reported.  “He took a funny step, so (Hernandez) wanted to make sure and play it safe.  We’ll have to wait and see if he can return after this.  If everything is fine, we’ll bring him back.”

Geier also took the time to update us on his other 5-year-old stakes horse, Fordubai.  Last seen finishing a game second in the Listed $75,000 Louisiana Stakes, the nine-time stakes-placed son of E Dubai is preparing for a return in the Grade III $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap – a race in which he finished third last year.  On Sunday, the dark bay Kentucky-bred worked a strong half-mile in :48.60 – good for third-best of 90 moves at the distance. 

“He worked great the other day and will be in the Mineshaft,” Geier said. “We’re on the right track with him.” 

                                                               

EXODUS LIKELY TO STAY SHORT FOR NOW

Fox Hill Farm’s Exodus has exited his victory in the $50,000 Allen’s Landing Stakes at Sam Houston on Jan. 24 in good order, according to trainer Larry Jones.  In what was his fourth race and second consecutive win after two losses to kick off his career, the $600,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling purchase showed flashes of his lofty pedigree when defeating well regarded Al Stall, Jr. trainee Waging War handily over the seven panels in a time of 1:24.32.

“He came out just fine,” Jones said.  “With him I think we may keep him short for the time being and let (his stablemate) Bluff do the longer running.  We may point for a race like the (Grade III $300,000) Bay Shore Stakes (on Apr. 4 at Aqueduct).”

A half-brother to Grade I Whitney Handicap winner Cross Traffic, Exodus has been working well since arriving at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots this past fall.  After finishing third in maiden events at Keeneland and Fair Grounds on wet surfaces, the son of Medaglia d’Oro graduated with style on fast going at Fair Grounds – earning a 91 Beyer Speed Figure – on Jan. 4.

“I don't know how far Exodus will go,” echoed Fox Hill principal Rick Porter.  “He has a lot of talent, but I think that maybe a mile or seven-eighths may be his best trip.  I have a 2-, 3- and 4-year-old out of (dam Stop Traffic) and she’s a great mare.  The 4-year-old filly Thirteen Arrows is very special; she’ll be coming back to race soon.”