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BARN NOTES: December 27, 2015

  • ·        Thegoodwitch Ready for Stakes Debut
  • ·        Long-Winded Bullards Alley Pointing toward Marathons
  • ·        Fila Primera Exits Pago Hop Win Well
  • ·        Thirteen Arrows to Point for Graded Stakes
  • ·        Smart Debut for Finley’sluckycharm
  • ·        Work Tab



Trainer Al Stall, Jr., is looking forward to giving his talented pupil Thegoodwitch an attempt at claiming a stakes the day before she turns three on New Year’s Eve in the filly division of the $96,950 Louisiana Futurity. The daughter of My Pal Charlie was a smart two-length winner on debut going 5½ furlongs at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Nov. 20.

“She’s a barn favorite and everything is on schedule,” Stall said. “She came out of her first race nicely and I was very happy with how she ran. She won like an old pro and got a number that caught our eye.

“She’s not a big filly, but is clearly moving in the right direction and we like the draw,” he continued. “We’re ready and excited. The owner is excited and is coming in for the race. I trained the horse’s mother and she was cut out to be a nice filly, she just had some issues.”

Out of allowance-winning Kris S. mare Jurist, Thegoodwitch earned a race-high 71 Beyer Speed Figure for her victory and has drawn post eight of nine in the Futurity. Colby Hernandez retains the mount.



Wayne Spalding and Faron McCubbins’ Bullards Alley has exited his win in Saturday’s $75,000 Woodchopper in fine form for trainer Tim Glyshaw and will now look to stretching back out to the longer distances at which he has excelled prior to his victory at the Woodchopper’s rained-off one-mile distance.

“He’s fine and ate everything and seems to be well today,” Glyshaw said. “We’d always planned on going to the (Grade III $200,000) Connally (Turf Cup) over at Sam Houston (on Jan. 30) because it’s a mile and a half and he’s equally as good on the dirt or turf. That was a surprise to win at a mile because we know he’s much better at longer distances. Now we have to take a chance with him. He’s a small stakes horse right now, so hopefully he can improve upon that.

“He’s a bit of a slow learner,” Glyshaw continued. “I’m lucky the owners gave us time to work with him. (Jockey) Marcelino (Pedroza) also fits the horse really well. He’s a horse who responds to being aggressively ridden and some jockeys could not have got him to win the way Marcelino did. We’re really happy with him.”

Glyshaw confirmed that he hopes to run Bullards Alley at Fair Grounds after the Connally in either a three-turn turf allowance or graded stakes on the Feb. 20 card.



Cobra Farm and Gary Vandeweghe’s Mike Stidham-trained Fila Primera is no worse for wear following her impressive victory in Saturday’s off-the-turf $75,000 Pago Hop Stakes over one mile on the muddy main track. Racing over the main course for the first time in her career, the daughter of War Front won her first stakes and second race of the meet following a sharp turf allowance win.

“She came out really well and looked good today,” Stidham said. “We’re going to nominate to the ($60,000 Marie G.) Krantz (Memorial on Jan. 16), but I’m not sure I’d come back that quickly. But we’ll definitely keep it in mind.

“Winning on the dirt definitely opens up some more doors for her,” Stidham continued. “To win a stakes was the whole plan with her. She was graded stakes-placed, but the reason we brought her here was to get a stakes win, so mission accomplished in that regard.”



Fox Hill Farms’ Thirteen Arrows exited her victory in Saturday’s $60,000 Pan Zareta Stakes in good form for trainer Larry Jones and will now point toward a third consecutive stakes win – but this time in graded company, according to her conditioner.

“Everything seems good with her today,” Jones said. “Like I said right after the race, those Indian Charlies love the mud and we were glad it came up a little off because she handled it so well. Finding graded stakes this time of year can be hard, but the (Grade II $300,000) Barbara Fritchie (Stakes on Feb. 13) is the plan right now and seems like a good spot.”

A $350,000 Keeneland September 2012 purchase, the daughter of two Grade I winners – Indian Charlie and Stop Traffic – would greatly increase her value is a broodmare with a graded tally. She is also a half-sister to Grade I winner Cross Traffic, stakes winner Exodus and the stakes-placed duo of Bianco Tartufo and Into My Soul.




In a day that produced impressive performances in rained-off stakes races, a maiden special weight originally planned for the grass begat a smart performance for Bret Calhoun trainee Finley’sluckycharm. The daughter of Twirling Candy overcame the outside post 10 en route to a 2¾-length victory under Robby Albarado in her bow.

Owned by Carl R. Moore Management, the dark bay filly was a $77,000 Keeneland September 2014 purchase and is out of multiple stakes-placed Victory Gallop mare Day of Victory. She hails from the immediate families of multiple Grade I winner and multi-surface specialist Pure Clan and Grade I-winning Breeders’ Cup-placed Sky Diva.



Wentworth Brochu’s multiple graded stakes-winning gelding Chocolate Ride worked a sharp half-mile in 49 flat for trainer Brad Cox.

Stakes-winning turf sprinter El Seventyseven worked a half-mile in 52 flat for trainer Hugh Robertson in what was the 7-year-old gelding’s first move since Sept. 25 for Novogratz Racing Stables.

Dare To Dream Stable’s Jockamo’s Song, who jumped up from a maiden special weight victory to win the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint on Dec. 12, worked a half-mile in 48.80 for trainer Mike Stidham.

Stacey Moak’s sharp debut winner Half Cajun, who figures as one of the main players in Friday’s colt and gelding division of the Louisiana Futurity, blew out a bullet three furlongs in 35 flat for trainer Sweet Hodges.

Panic Stable’s stakes-placed maiden juvenile filly Conquest Tiz One, who raced greenly last out when second in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie on Dec. 12, had her first work back when going a half-mile in 49.80 for trainer Mike Stidham.