My Boy Jack shows he can get Ju­ve­nile Turf

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Jay Priv­man – ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Steve An­der­sen and Matt He­garty

ARCADIA, Calif. – It was the dis­tance, not the sur­face, that sealed the fate of My Boy Jack this sum­mer and fall, and that has put him in po­si­tion to com­pete Nov. 3 in the Breeders’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Turf at Del Mar fol­low­ing a vic­tory Mon­day in the Zuma Beach Stakes at Santa Anita.

Keith De­sormeaux, his trainer, wanted to run My Boy Jack around two turns as soon as he could.

“I’m ready to go long in June,” he said of his 2-year-olds, only half-jok­ing.

The first two-turn ju­ve­nile race at Santa Anita dur­ing its spring-sum­mer meet was on grass July 1, so My Boy Jack moved to that sur­face for his sec­ond start.

“That was the first race avail­able at that dis­tance,” De­sormeaux said.

My Boy Jack, a colt by Creative Cause, fin­ished sec­ond that day, was sec­ond twice more at Del Mar in one-mile turf races, and then won the Zuma Beach for his first vic­tory. He’ll make his fifth straight start in a one-mile grass race in the Breeders’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Turf.

“I was look­ing for dis­tance,” De­sormeaux said. “For­tu­nately, he took to the turf.”

My Boy Jack got a Beyer Speed Fig­ure of 80 for his win in the Zuma Beach.

Dirt for Mrs McDou­gal?

Mrs McDou­gal was a mul­ti­ple graded stakes win­ner on turf be­fore head­ing to Cal­i­for­nia, but she has yet to re­pro­duce that form in three starts here, so trainer Richard Man­della is think­ing of try­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent. Man­della says Mrs McDou­gal has trained like she’s still ea­ger to com­pete.

“She trains like she wants to run on dirt,” Man­della said ear­lier this week, a cou­ple of days af­ter Mrs McDou­gal fin­ished fourth as the 8-5 fa­vorite on Satur­day in the Swing­time Stakes. “I may try her one turn on dirt. If I go long on the dirt and she doesn’t like it, it’s a long way.”

Mrs McDou­gal, now age 5, won the Grade 2 Lake Ge­orge at Saratoga in 2015 and Grade 3 Noble Dam­sel at Belmont Park in 2016, both on turf, while trained by Chad Brown. She made her first start for Man­della in July af­ter a lay­off of nearly 10 months, fin­ish­ing third in the Osuni­tas at Del Mar. She then fin­ished sev­enth in the Grade 2 Mabee at Del Mar prior to the Swing­time.

Los Alami­tos stakes slate

Los Alami­tos will run five stakes, in­clud­ing four for ju­ve­niles, at its 12-day win­ter meet­ing, which runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 17.

The stakes sched­ule is led by two Grade 1, $300,000 races for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 9 – the Los Alami­tos CashCall Fu­tu­rity for 2-year-olds and the Star­let Stakes for fil­lies. For the first time since 2014, Los Alami­tos will run the Grade 2 Bayakoa Stakes, a $200,000 race for fil­lies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 3.

The race was not held in 2015 and was run at Del Mar in 2016. Last month, track of­fi­cials said the Bayakoa would be in­cluded on the win­ter stakes sched­ule, but at a cost of lower overnight purses in some cat­e­gories.

The meet­ing be­gins and ends with $100,000 stakes for Cal­i­for­nia-bred 2-year-olds at a mile – the Soviet Prob­lem Stakes for fil­lies Dec. 2 and the King Glo­ri­ous Stakes for 2-year-olds on Dec. 16.

Trainer gets 18 months

Trainer Mike Mu­daris has been fined $17,500 and sus­pended 18 months af­ter two of his horses that ran at the 2016 Del Mar sum­mer meet­ing tested pos­i­tive for the pro­hib­ited med­i­ca­tion silde­nafil, which is more com­monly known by the trade name Vi­a­gra.

Silde­nafil, a Class 1 drug, is thought by some to have the po­ten­tial to de­crease bleed­ing in the lungs, but stud­ies of the class of drugs that in­cludes silde­nafil have shown that the drug is un­likely to have any ef­fect on a race­horse.

The penal­ties were pro­posed by stew­ards Grant Baker, Scott Chaney, and Kim Sawyer and were re­cently adopted by the Cal­i­for­nia Horse Rac­ing Board, ac­cord­ing to a stew­ards rul­ing is­sued Mon­day.

Roger Di­a­mond, an at­tor­ney rep­re­sent­ing Mu­daris, said in a tele­phone in­ter­view Mon­day that Mu­daris has ap­pealed the penal­ties.

Di­a­mond said Mu­daris did not ad­min­is­ter silde­nafil to the horses and is be­ing pe­nal­ized un­der the ab­so­lute in­surer’s rule, which states a trainer is re­spon­si­ble for the con­di­tion of the horse, in­clud­ing med­i­ca­tion vi­o­la­tions.

“He wants to cor­rect the record,” Di­a­mond said.

“The board of stew­ards did not find Mu­daris put any Vi­a­gra in the horses’ food or drink. It was al­legedly done by his em­ploy­ees. He was not there at Del Mar that day.

“It was a mit­i­gat­ing fac­tor. He didn’t de­lib­er­ately do it.”

The penal­ties are among the most se­vere for a Thor­ough­bred trainer in Cal­i­for­nia this cen­tury.

The Mu­daris-trained run­ners Ian­col and Shakeitup­betty fin­ished fifth in con­sec­u­tive races on Aug. 12, 2016, at Del Mar and tested pos­i­tive for silde­nafil. Ian­col also tested in ex­cess of the per­mit­ted level of the an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory dex­am­etha­sone.

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