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BARN NOTES: March 18, 2016

  • ·        Candy My Boy Swift in Final Louisiana Derby Breeze
  • ·        Limitless Appears Just That After Big Debut
  • ·        Forever Unbridled Tops Work Tab



Frank Mancari’s Candy My Boy stretched his legs in company and turned in a swift final breeze for the Grade II $1,000,000 Louisiana Derby on Friday morning. The Roger Brueggemann trainee worked in company with Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Doggerwinii, who is riding a winning streak and is likely stakes-bound.

Candy My Boy was time for a half-mile in 47.80, while Doggerwinii went in 48 flat. Each had a gallop out in a minute flat for five furlongs. 

"He went great," Brueggemann said. "He worked in company and I was happy with it."

Candy My Boy had won two consecutive races at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots leading into a game pace-setting fourth last out in the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 20. Since finishing second in a $15,000 claiming race in October at Indiana Downs, the son of Candy Ride has improved with each of his last four races. When breaking his maiden on Dec. 31, he defeated WinStar Farm’s highly regarded Creator and followed that up with a defeat of subsequent Risen Star runner-up Forevamo in allowance company.



The buzz about her was already flying before she walked into the paddock and Limitless did not let the Fair Grounds faifthful down when the daughter of Discreet Cat put on a display Thursday afternoon on career debut. Going gate-to-wire and winning by an easy 4¼ lengths under leading jockey Florent Geroux, the Larry Jones-trained bay charge finished up under wraps in 1:11.04 after setting fractions of 22.10 and 46.16 and never allowing her eight foes within 3½ lengths once she opened up in the first furlong from her rail post.

“I was very pleased with it and have rewatched the race a few times,” Jones said. “She tipped her hand a little bit with her works. How she did it was very pleasing and impressive. The final time was good considering how she did it.”

Sent off at even money, she left another highly regarded filly in her wake in Gainesway’s Steve Asmussen-trained Forecast, who rallied from behind to finish second in what was her career bow.

An Ontario-bred, Limitless was bred by Adena Springs and is the second foal out of Grade II winner Position Limit, who took the Grade II Adirondack Stakes and was retired with an injury after going undefeated from two starts for Starlight Racing and trainer Todd Pletcher. She hails from the family of Belmont Stakes winner Summing, as well as Florida Derby winner High Fly.

“We haven’t been in a huge hurry with her so far, so we’re not about to change that,” Jones said. “We’ll look at an allowance at Keeneland and let her handle the horses from Florida and everywhere. If she handles those in a similar way, which I’m not sure she will, we’ll worry about what to do then.

“There are a lot of opportunities for fillies out there,” Jones continued. “She’s an Ontario-bred, so that gives us options, too. When I get her to Keeneland I’ll see how she feels on the Polytrack (training track). That’ll tell me more about how she would handle the synthetic.

A $37,000 Keeneland September yearling of 2014, Limitless was sold to Airdrie Stud’s Bret Jones, who co-owns her with Kent Spellman and Wes Welker.



Charles Fipke’s top filly Forever Unbridled worked a sharp five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.60 for trainer Dallas Stewart. The bay filly – a winner of consecutive graded stakes – is being pointed to the Grade I $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap on Apr. 15 at Oaklawn Park. Last out, she was an impressive winner of the Grade III $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic at Sam Houston on Jan. 30. Exercise rider Emerson Chavez was up for the move.

Midwest Thoroughbreds’ promising sophomore filly Doggerwinii, who will likely soon be stakes-bound according to trainer Roger Brueggemann, worked a half-mile in a swift 48 flat in company with Frank Mancari’s Brueggemann-trained Louisiana Derby hopeful Candy My Boy, who was timed in 47.80. Each galloped out well in a minute flat for five furlongs.

Brittlyn Stable’s multiple graded stakes winner Clearly Now worked a half-mile in 50.40 out of the gate for trainer Ron Faucheux. The good-looking 6-year-old son of Horse Greeley is possible for the Grade III $250,000 Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland on Apr. 9.

Three-time stakes winnerHoly Boss continues to impress as he prepares for his 4-year-old bow. Owned by Jerry Durant, the Steve Asmussen trainee was fourth last out after dueling for the lead with eventual runner-up Private Zone in the Grade I $1,500,000 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Michael Adolphson | @AdolphsonRacing
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