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BARN NOTES: January 18, 2016

  • ·        Mo Tom Pointing To Risen Star
  • ·        No Immediate Plans for Chocolate Ride and Street of Gold
  • ·        Work Tab




G M B Racing’s Mo Tom has exited his popular victory in the Grade III $200,000 Twinspires.com Lecomte Stakes in good order, according to conditioner Tom Amoss. The son of champion Uncle Mo was a sharp victor early Saturday evening, when besting his Benson Family-owned counterpart and Dallas Stewart trainee Tom’s Ready by 2¼ lengths under Corey Lanerie, who flew in from south Florida for the mount.

According to Amoss, Mo Tom will now be pointed to the second local prep for the Kentucky Derby, the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 20. The half-brother to Breeders’ Cup-placed Beautician will remain local as he prepares for the Risen Star and the subsequent Grade II $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby on Mar. 26. With his two points from finishing third in the Grade II $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club in late November and yesterday’s 10-point Lecomte triumph, the dark bay colt now has 12 Road to the Kentucky Derby points.

According to Stewart, Tom’s Ready will also be pointing to the Risen Star.



The Brad Cox-trained duo of Chocolate Ride and Street of Gold have exited their stakes wins on Saturday in good shape. Wentworth Brochu’s Chocolate Ride, who became the first horse since 1998’s Joyeaux Danseur to win all three of Fair Grounds Race Course’s graded turf races for older horses when taking the Grade III $125,000 Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap, is possible to defend his title in the Grade III $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap on Feb. 20, but a decision has not been made.

Street of Gold won what was her second start for Cox when the Elm Racing-owned daughter of Street Sense took Saturday’s $60,000 Marie G. Krantz Memorial. The victory came after the bay 6-year-old mare was a solid second to Grade I winner Kitten’s Dumplings on Dec. 19 in the $60,000 Blushing K. D. Stakes. Previously, she was trained by Eric Reed. Her next start has not yet been decided, though the $60,000 Daisy Devine Stakes at the identical conditions of the Krantz has not been ruled out.



Al and Bill Ulwelling’s stakes winner Pumpkin Rumble worked five furlongs Sunday morning in 1:02.20 for trainer Gary Scherer. The son of English Channel was scratched from Saturday’s Grade III $125,000 Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap.

Tiznoble worked a swift five panels for trainer Joe Sharp. Scratched from Saturday’s Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes, the Dell Ridge homebred earned a bullet with his 1:00.60 move.

Graded stakes winner Forever Unbridled worked six furlongs in 1:14.80 for breeder-owner Charles Fipke and trainer Dallas Stewart.

Brittlyn Stable’s multiple graded stakes winner Clearly Now worked an easy half-mile in 52.20 for trainer Ron Faucheux on Saturday morning.

Multiple graded stakes-winning turf sprinter Marchman worked a half-mile in a sharp 48.40 for trainer Bret Calhoun and Martin Racing Stable. The son of Sharp Humor was scratched from the rained-off $60,000 Bonapaw Stakes and is still looking for a place to launch his 6-year-old campaign.

-Michael Adolphson | Media Specialist, Senior Writer