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BARN NOTES: March 17, 2016

  • ·        Land Over Sea Confirmed for Fair Grounds Oaks
  • ·        Zipessa Sharp in Return
  • ·        Gun Runner Tops Work Tab Round-Up



Reddam Racing will look to continue its momentum that began when Nyquist kicked off a series of Grade I wins in the summer and fall of 2015 that concluded with a juvenile championship and early Kentucky Derby favoritism when the stable starts arguably its top filly, Land Over Sea, in next weekend’s Grade II $400,000 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks.

Trainer Doug O’Neill confirmed Thursday morning that the daughter of Bellamy Road and half-sister to one of last Fair Grounds season’s top sophomores War Story will fly in from his California base on Monday and run on three weeks’ rest after finishing a game, but ultimately in-vain runner-up to champion and divisional leader Songbird in the Grade III $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita on Mar. 5.

The chestnut Kentucky-bred has finished behind Songbird in five consecutive races dating back to last year’s Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Debutante, while finishing in the money in four of those – including three seconds. Her only off-the-board effort came in the Grade I $2,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in which she suffered from a wide trip and finished seventh three starts back.

O’Neill also confirmed that Hall of Fame jockey Johnny Velazquez will ride. Upon arrival, Land Over Sea will take up residence in the barn of Al Stall, Jr.



Empyrean Stables’ multiple allowance winner Zipessa is low on racing experience but high on talent. Such was on display Monday in the featured allowance going a mile on the Stall-Wilson turf course in which she easily wired eight others at 2-1 second-choice odds under Mitchell Murrill for trainer Mike Stidham.

Long highly regarded, the daughter of City Zip out of a mare by South African superhorse Horse Chestnut, she debuted last May at Arlington and was an eye-opening winner by nearly seven lengths going six furlongs on the Polytrack. Two months later she returned in her turf debut at Del Mar, stalking and out-sprinting allowance foes. She then finished off the board in the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 15 before receiving a considerable break and returning to training at Fair Grounds. The Kentucky-bred signaled her readiness with a bullet five-furlong move on Feb. 27 in 1:00 flat.

In four career starts, the chestnut filly has three victories and has earned $83,650. A $67,000 Fasig-Tipton October yearling of 2013, Zipessa earned a career-high Equibase Speed Figure of 106 for her Monday victory.



Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimney’s Farm’s Gun Runner signaled his readiness for a repeat of his Risen Star victory with a five-furlong move in 1:00.60 – a bullet of 34 Monday works at the distance – in advance of the Grade II $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Cottonwood Stables’ Midnight On Oconee, who is expected to run next in the Grade II $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks, worked five furlong sin 1:02.40 for trainer Larry Jones.

Dream Dance, who has not raced since finishing third but being disqualified to ninth in the Grade II $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes for Stoneway Farm and trainer Neil Howard, worked six furlongs in 1:14 flat in advance of her seasonal debut in the Grade II $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks.

Wentworth Brochu’s house horse Chocolate Ride worked five furlongs in 1:02.60 for trainer Brad Cox in advance of a defense of next Saturday’s Grade II $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap.

Stoneway Farm’s Neil Howard-trained graded stakes winner Ahh Chocolate worked a half-mile in 49.40 in advance of her run Friday in the $50,000 Esplanade Stakes.

Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s homebred multiple graded stakes winner Departing worked five furlongs in 1:03.20 for trainer Al Stall, Jr.

Trainer Charles C. Smith’s homebred 18-time winner String King worked a half-mile in 49.20 in advance of his run in next Saturday’s Grade II $300,000 Muniz Memorial Handicap on Louisiana Derby Day.

Brereton C. Jones’ homebred graded stakes winner Albano continued working toward his 5-year-old bow with a smart five-furlong move in 1:00 flat for trainer Larry Jones.

Louisiana Horse of the Year and 13-time winner of 12 stakes Sunbean worked five furlongs in a strong 1:00 flat for trainer Ron Faucheux and owner Brittlyn Stable.

Mike G. Rutherford’s multiple stakes-winning 3-year-old filly Stageplay worked five furlongs in 1:01.40 for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Multiple stakes winner Eden Prairie worked a half-mile in 49 flat for trainer Neil Pessin and owner Lothenbach Stables.

Full-siblings Mizz Money and One Mean Man worked for owner L T B Inc. and co-owning trainer Bernie Flint on Thursday morning. Four-year-old filly Mizz Money worked a half-mile in 48.60, while sophomore colt One Mean Man negotiated five furlongs in 1:01.60.

William J. Deckwa, Jr.’s Louisiana-bred stakes-level sprinter Too Dim worked five furlongs in 1:01.60 in his first work since finishing fourth in the $60,000 Duncan F. Kenner Stakes on Feb. 20 for trainer Eddie Johnston.


Michael Adolphson | @AdolphsonRacing
Media Specialist, Senior Writer