Ivan Fal­luno­valot seeks re­peat

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Mary Ram­pellini

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Ivan Fal­luno­valot might be dif­fi­cult to con­tain Satur­day in the $100,000 King Cot­ton at Oak­lawn Park if he runs back to his fi­nal work for the race. He will be mak­ing his first start since a Breed­ers’ Cup Sprint run-in with Run­happy, and is part of an eight-horse field.

The King Cot­ton, at six fur­longs, also drew Gen­tle­men’s Bet, who was el­e­vated to first in the $350,000 Frank J. De Fran­cis Me­mo­rial Dash last out at Lau­rel, and Alsvid, a mul­ti­ple Grade 3 win­ner seek­ing ca­reer stakes vic­tory No. 10. The race is Oak­lawn’s first step to its Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Hand­i­cap, which will be worth a record $400,000 when it is re­newed April 10.

Ivan Fal­luno­valot prepped for the King Cot­ton by work­ing be­tween races Jan. 23, cruis­ing a half-mile in 45.80 sec­onds. He worked un­der reg­u­lar rider Calvin Borel. Oak­lawn clock­ing crew mem­ber Tay­lor Radimer had the horse’s fi­nal quar­ter in 22 sec­onds and his fi­nal eighth of a mile in 11 sec­onds. Radimer had Ivan Fal­luno­valot gal­lop­ing out five fur­longs in 58.20.

“He went a lit­tle faster than what we were want­ing to, but that’s Ivan for you,” said trainer Tom Howard. “He must like it here, be­cause he goes over this old track good.”


Ivan Fal­luno­valot, by Valid Ex­pec­ta­tions (Last 3 Bey­ers: 94-101-97)

◗ He fin­ished ninth in the Breed­ers’ Cup in his last start Oct. 31 at Keeneland.

“We didn’t get away good,” Howard said. “We got away late, a lit­tle tardy, and didn’t have any rac­ing luck that day. That’s for sure.”

◗ Howard said fol­low­ing the race, Ivan Fal­luno­valot was found to have caught him­self be­hind his left knee, “hol­low­ing out a chunk.”

“Past the quar­ter pole and straight­en­ing out, I could see Calvin try­ing to get him to change leads,” Howard said. “Some­thing wasn’t right. I guess it was sting­ing him. You can’t give those horses an inch. They’re the best in the world.”

◗ Ivan Fal­luno­valot, who is a four-time stakes win­ner, cap­tured last year’s King Cot­ton with a Beyer Speed Fig­ure of 104. He races for Arkansas res­i­dent Lewis Mathews Jr.

Gen­tle­men’s Bet, by Half Ours (Last 3 Bey­ers: 96-93-72)

◗ He fin­ished se­cond by three-quar­ters of a length in the De Fran­cis Dash, then was el­e­vated to first fol­low­ing the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion, for in­ter­fer­ence, of Trou­ble Kid.

“Al­though he didn’t cross the fin­ish line [first], I think he was the best horse in the race,” said Ron Mo­quett, who trains Gen­tle­men’s Bet for Harry Rosenblum. “If ev­ery­thing would have went smooth, he would have won any­ways.”

◗ Rosenblum and Mo­quett said the year-end ob­jec­tive for Gen­tle­men’s Bet is the Breed­ers’ Cup Sprint, a race in which he fin­ished third in 2013.

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