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BARN NOTES: February 12, 2016

  • ·        Finley’sluckycharm on Fence for Rachel Alexandra
  • ·        Cced Adds Another Copy to Deep Asmussen Filly File
  • ·        Albano Back on Work Tab, Untapable Drills



Carl Moore Management’s Finley’sluckycharm, a promising sophomore filly for the Bret Calhoun barn, has been entered in the Grade II $400,000 Twinspires.com Rachel Alexandra Stakes, but is currently on the fence, according to her conditioner.

“She’s a talented horse and doing fantastic,” Calhoun said. “That being said, there aren’t too many options for her right now and we’d like to stretch her out to two turns. We may wait for a race next week at Oaklawn. I’m not sure we’re going to run (in the Rachel Alexandra). It’s going to be a tough race.”

Finley’sluckycharm, from the first crop of popular stallion Twirling Candy, was a smart winner on debut on Dec. 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, besting nine rivals over a muddy and sealed surface in maiden special weight company.  She returned 23 days later at Oaklawn Park to win in allowance company over six furlongs.



There is no lack of talented sophomore fillies in the Steve Asmussen barn this season and such depth was on display once again Thursday afternoon at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as the conditioner let loose another carbon copy of brilliance in LNJ Foxwoods’ Cced in the Thursday card’s seventh race.

Ridden by leading jockey Florent Geroux, the daughter of Curlin out of the Holy Bull mare Chantel D wasted little time in establishing an early lead from her rail post in the mile and 70-yard maiden special weight event and set swift fractions while in hand before easing up a smart five-length winner in a sharp time of 1:43.23.

LNJ Foxwoods is a new racing partnership of Larry, Nanci and daughter Jamie Roth that is managed by bloodstock agent Alex Solis, II. The family team also owns Asmussen-trained Nickname, who won the Grade I Frizette Stakes last fall and finished a good fourth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

“She’s a yearling we purchased and liked since the beginning and Steve (Asmussen) has done a great job with her. She was training at Churchill Downs, but got a little time off at WinStar and then came back and is apparently training great and has improved. That made us very happy and we’re looking forward to her future. We’ll leave it in Steve’s hands and keep hoping for the best.”

Solis and bloodstock partner Jason Litt purchased the flashy chestnut for $190,000 at Keeneland’s September 2014 sale. She is a half-sister to two stakes-placd fillies, N J Esq and Lovely Liana and hails from the family of Group I winners Crimplene and Phone Time.



Champion Untapable worked a half-mile in 50.60 for trainer Steve Asmussen and owner Winchell Thoroughbreds. The move was the five-time Grade I winner’s third since returning from a three-month layoff.

Brereton C. Jones’ graded stakes winner Albano – winner of four of 15 and three stakes in his career for trainer Larry Jones – returned to the work tab for the first time since August to kick off his 5-year-old season.

C.R. Trout’s Shotgun Kowboy, a Grade III winner of six of nine races, worked a half-mile in 50.20 for his owner-trainer.

Stakes winner One Mean Man, a gritty victor in the $60,000 Keith Gee Memorial on Jan. 31, worked a half-mile in 51.80 for trainer and co-owner Bernie Flint.

Frank Mancari’s two-time meet winner Candy My Boy, who will run in next weekend’s Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes, worked a half-mile in 48.60 for trainer Roger Brueggemann.


-Michael Adolphson | Media Specialist, Senior Writer