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Monday Notes: McPeek Pondering Another FG Invasion
Trainer Kenny McPeek pulled off another successful New Orleans invasion during last Saturday’s Louisiana Derby Preview Day, winning the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes with Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables’ Kathmanblu, the $60,000 Pan Zareta Stakes with Peter Callahan’s Beautician, and finishing third in the Grade II Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford with Catesby Clay’s Rogue Romance.
“It was a good weekend,” said McPeek, speaking over the phone from Gulfstream Park Monday morning during training hours. “All my horses came out of their races well and should be arriving back at Gulfstream any minute now.”
Of course, inquiring minds wanted to know if Rogue Romance will be coming back to Fair Grounds for the Grade II Louisiana Derby March 26, and if Kathmanblu will be coming with him to contest the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks on that same afternoon.
“We are looking real seriously at bringing them both back,” said McPeek, “but nothing has been set in stone just yet.”
In 2002, McPeek saddled Select Stable’s Repent to win the Louisiana Derby and that same ownership’s Take Charge Lady to win the Fair Grounds Oaks one day earlier.
JOSIE CARROLL HAPPY WITH RUNNER-UP ‘RACHEL’ RUN BY INGLORIOUS – Trainer Josie Carroll saddled Donver Stable’s Inglorious to finish second in Saturday’s Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes despite that Hennessy filly’s layoff since Dec. 4, and was quick to express her satisfactionHenenHen with the runner-up run on Monday morning during training hours at Fair Grounds.
“We were very happy with the way she ran,” said Carroll. “I thought she did very well. She obviously hasn’t been back to the track yet, but we’re going to see how she does over the next few days, and if all that goes well, we’re going to seriously think about running her back in the (Grade II) Fair Grounds Oaks (March 26).”
LOUISIANA DERBY PREVIEW DAY WRAP-UP SHOW THURSDAY – Thoroughbred racing fans and followers of Fair Grounds Race Course are advised that this week a “Richey on Sports Louisiana Derby Preview Day Special” will be taped featuring Rick Mocklin as analyst, with a special behind-the-scenes segment to include Bobby Asaro with an owner’s perspective during a race. The show airs Thursday at 6 p.m. CST and Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. CST.
Interviews and highlights from several of last Saturday’s big races, including the Grade II Risen Star Stakes as the designed preview for the upcoming $1 million Louisiana Derby March 26, will also be part of the special.
RISEN STAR RUNNERS STILL BIG PRICES AFTER ROUND 1 OF KY. DERBY FUTURE WAGER CLOSES – Mucho Macho Man, owned by the partnership of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing, returned a $9.20 win mutuel when capturing last weekend’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds but will return $62.40 to those who backed him in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager should he go on to victory in the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs on May 7.
Other Pool 1 Kentucky Derby Future Wager win prices for Risen Star runners in order of their finish last Saturday – should they go on to win the Kentucky Derby – include Tom Walters’ Santiva, $77.20; Catesby Clay’s Rogue Romance, $70.20; Courtlandt Farms’ Machen, $100.80; and Just for Fun Stable’s Decisive Moment, $375.40.
ASMUSSEN, NAPRAVNIK SOLID LEADERS AT SEASON’S THREE-QUARTER MARK – Fair Grounds defending trainer champion Steve Asmussen and jockey Rosie Napravnik, hanging her tack at the Crescent City oval for the first time this winter, both enjoyed comfortable advantages in their respective standings entering Monday’s 63rd racing day, the official three-quarter mark of the Fair Grounds’ 2010-2011 84-day meeting.
Napravnik had visited the winner’s circle 71 times, 14 more than runner-up rider Richard Eramia, and Asmussen trainees had won 32 times, six more than New Orleans-born conditioner Tom Amoss.