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BARN NOTES: February 14, 2016

  • ·        Schettino Looking to Test Its All Relevant
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While trainer Dominick Schettino already has a major Triple Crown trail contender in Greenpointcrusader as a high point in the barn, he will look to add another when he runs MeB Racing Stables and Brooklyn Boyz Stables’ Its All Relevant in the 43rd running of the Grade II $400,000 Veterans Ford Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Feb. 20. The son of Hard Spun finished his preparation with a five-furlong move in 1:01.95 on Saturday morning at Palm Meadows Training Center in South Florida.

“He ran a big number when he broke his maiden last time and we want to see what he has,” Schettino said. “We’d like to see if he’s good enough to be on the Derby Trail or not. There was the Sam Davis at Tampa, but the points at the Risen Star made the difference. It’s a big step, but he has ability.  I’d like for him to run a good 1-2-3.

“He’ll sit off the pace if he has to,” Schettino continued. “He wants to be close, but he doesn’t have to be on the lead. He always breaks good and lays close. That’s his running style.”

Last out, the son of graded stakes-level A. P. Indy mare Ender’s Sister broke his maiden going a flat mile in a sloppy off-the-turf maiden by 8½ lengths at Gulfstream Park. One race prior, he was second to well-regarded Chad Brown trainee Shagaf in a maiden at the same distance at Aqueduct on Nov. 22.

Schettino also reported that Greenpointcrusader may make an appearance at the New Orleans oval before its season is up.

“He came out of the Holy Bull in good shape,” Schettino said. “I have the Louisiana Derby or the Wood Memorial in mind for him, but I’ll also nominate to the Arkansas (Derby).”




G M B Racing’s Tom’s Ready, expected to be one of the favorites in the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 20, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 for trainer Dallas Stewart.

Treadway Racing Stable’s In Equality had his first work over the Fair Grounds surface, working five furlongs in 1:01.20 in advance of the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes for trainer Leah Gyarmati.

Lloyd Madison Farms’ Zapperini, who was an impressive winner of a mile and 70-yard maiden special weight event on Jan. 21, worked a half-mile in 49 flat in advance of his considerable step up in class in the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes for trainer Greg Foley.

Mark Stansell’s Shaken, a smart winner at first asking for trainer Mike Stidham on Jan. 30, worked toward a big step up in class in the Grade II $200,000 TwinSpires.com Rachel Alexandra with a five-furlong move in 1:01 flat.

Lemon Drop Belle, second last out in a photo-finish with Royal Obsession, worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 for trainer Dallas Stewart and owner-breeder Charles Fipke. The daughter of Lemon Drop Kid will run next in the Grade II $200,000 TwinSpires.com Rachel Alexandra Stakes, where she will get a rematch with her aforementioned foe.

Wentworth Brochu’s Chocolate Ride put the finishing touches on his preparation for the Grade III $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap with a half-mile drill in 48.80 for trainer Brad Cox. The son of Candy Ride will look to defend his title on Feb. 20.

Charles C. Smith’s String King worked three furlongs in a bullet 35.60 for his owner-trainer in advance of his rematch with Chocolate Ride in the Grade III $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap.

Roman Approval, second last out in the Grade III $125,000 Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap, worked five furlongs in advance of the Grade III $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap in 1:01.40 for Three Diamonds Farm and trainer Mike Maker.

Cash Control, a stakes winner over Fair Grounds’ main track two back, will try to acquire one over its Stall-Wilson turf course next weekend in the $60,000 Daisy Devine Stakes on Feb. 20. The Brad Cox trainee worked a half-mile in 48.20 for owners Richard and Bertram Klein on Saturday morning.

Maribel Ruelas’ Jeff Engler-trained Potomac River worked five furlongs in 1:02.80 in advance of the Grade III $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap, a race he won two years ago.

Jeff Drown’s Magnificent Margo, fourth last out in the $70,000 Eldorado Stakes at Delta Downs on Jan. 15, worked a half-mile in advance of the $60,000 Daisy Divine Stakes in 48.40 for trainer Joe Sharp.

Robert Persons and Earl Conrad Sanderson’s graded stakes-placed Blarp concluded his preparation for the Grade III $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap with a five-furlong move in 1:02.60 for trainer Joe Sharp.

-Michael Adolphson |