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BARN NOTES: December 12, 2015

  • ·        Lovable Lyss Takes on Giant Cruiser, Twirl Girl in Return
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Hugh Robertson’s Lovable Lyss turned a few heads last out when running away from two well-regarded foes on Nov. 21 and returns for her first two-turn test on Thursday against six others for her owner-trainer. The daughter of Big Brown, a bargain $7,000 Keeneland September 2014 purchase, is bred to enjoy two turns on her damside, being out of a Stephen Got Even mare – despite the speed she showed when earning a 74 Beyer Speed Figure going six furlongs four weeks ago.

Lovable Lyss will be ridden once again by Francisco Torres and will break from the rail. She takes on a group that includes last-out stakes winner Giant Cruiser, who closed from last in the $150,000 Louisiana Jewel at Delta Downs on Nov. 21 to win by a length for trainer Steve Flint and owner Whispering Oaks Farm. She breaks just outside Lovable Lyss in post two in the mile and 70-yard event.

An entry worthy of note is the well-regarded Joe Sharp trainee Twirl Girl (above), who hails from the fruitful first crop of Twirling Candy for owners Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch. Out of precocious stakes-placed Harlan’s Holiday mare Holiday Girl, Twirl Girl graduated on Oct. 18 at Keeneland and then was second in the $100,000 Smart Halo at Laurel Park to the talented Lost Raven. Robby Albarado, who rode her to a runner-up finish at Churchill Downs on debut (Sept. 13) regains the mount from post four.

One more to watch here is recent graduate and 65 Beyer Speed Figure earner Northwest Tale (Brian Hernandez, Jr., post three) from the barn of Dallas Stewart for breeder-owner Charles Fipke. The daughter of Fipke’s pride and joy Tale of Ekati won with aplomb at Churchill Downs on Nov. 14 going six panels.



Fox Hill Farm’s Grade II-winning Coup de Grace had his third work back since getting a refresher, going a half-mile in 50.40 for trainer Larry Jones.

A pair of $60,000 Blushing K D possibles in Lothenbach Stables’ Eden Prairie and Christine and Phil Hatfield’s Zubi Zubi Zu worked on Saturday. Neil Pessin-trained Eden Prairie – who won the Blushing K D last year – worked five furlongs in an easy 1:03.80, while Mike Stidham-trained Zubi Zubi Zu worked a half-mile in a sharp 48.80. The pair met last out in a local allowance, with Zubi Zubi Zu nipping Eden Prairie at the wire.

Brittlyn Stables’ multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Clearly Now (above) worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 for trainer Ron Faucheux. The move was his first since finishing third at 4-5 odds in the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap on Nov. 26.

Multiple graded stakes-winning warhorse Nates Mineshaft worked a half-mile in 48.80 for trainer Anne Smith and owner Windy Hill Farm.

Promising 2-year-old filly Lovable Lyss, a sharp graduate on Nov. 21 for owner-trainer Hugh Robertson, worked a half-mile in 49.60.

Rigney Racing’s stakes-placed Another Lemon Drop, one of the more highly regarded locally based 3-year-olds of 2015, returned to the tab for the first time since May when working three furlongs in 37 flat for trainer Phil Bauer.

Daniel Dougherty’s Classic-placed Ride On Curlin worked a mile in 1:41.80 as the lone horse at the distance for trainer Billy Gowan.

-Michael Adolphson | Media Specialist, Senior Writer