Feath­ered seeks first Grade 1 win

Daily Racing Form Saturday Stakes Preview - - FRONT PAGE - – Steve An­der­sen

The graded stakes win­ners Con­sumer Credit, Feath­ered, and Span­ish Queen can win the first Grade 1 race of their ca­reers in Satur­day’s $400,000 Amer­i­can Oaks for 3-year-old fil­lies on turf at Santa Anita.

The Amer­i­can Oaks is run at 1 1/4 miles and is the top race at Santa Anita on Satur­day. The $200,000 Cal­i­for­nian Stakes for older horses is part of the pro­gram and serves as a prep for the $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27.

Feath­ered, trained by Todd Pletcher, ran in three Grade 1 races for 2-year-old fil­lies last fall, a span that in­cludes a fourth in the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies here and a sec­ond in the Star­let Stakes at Los Alami­tos. Feath­ered made her turf de­but in the Grade 3 Edge­wood Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 1, win­ning the race at 1 1/16 miles by two lengths af­ter lead­ing through­out.

Con­sumer Credit is one of two fil­lies in the Amer­i­can Oaks trained by Chad Brown, who also starts Mrs Mcdou­gal. Brown en­tered three fil­lies but said on Wed­nes­day that Strict Com­pli­ance will start in Satur­day’s Penn Oaks at Penn Na­tional.

Con­sumer Credit won the Grade 3 Sweet­est Chant Stakes at Gulf­stream Park last Jan­uary and the mi­nor Mem­o­ries of Sil­ver Stakes at Aqueduct on April 23.

Span­ish Queen is one of two lo­cally based fil­lies in the field of six ex­pected run­ners. Trained by Richard Bal­tas, Span­ish Queen won the Grade 2 Hon­ey­moon Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on May 3, beat­ing Sharla Rae by 1 1/2 lengths. Sharla Rae, trained by Doug O’neill, is part of the Amer­i­can Oaks field.

The long­shot will be Dat­ing Lady Luck. Trained in Ken­tucky by Al Stall Jr., Dat­ing Lady Luck beat maid­ens in her third start April 23 and will have her stakes de­but in the Amer­i­can Oaks.

Penn Na­tional: 11 in Penn Mile

On Wed­nes­day, a field of 11 was en­tered for the third run­ning of the $500,000 Penn Mile at Penn Na­tional. The Satur­day card will have a first post of 6 p.m. and is front-loaded with an all-stakes pick four to begin the pro­gram.

The fa­vorites in the Penn Mile, which will be race 4, fig­ure to be Pa­pa­cool­pa­pa­cool (post 3) and Ocho Ocho Ocho (post 4), who have shipped in from Cal­i­for­nia, and Night Prowler (post 6), the win­ner of the Tran­syl­va­nia Stakes at Keeneland and the Da­nia Beach Stakes at Gulf­stream Park. Night Prowler’s trainer, Chad Brown, won this race a year ago

with Bobby’s Kit­ten.

Pa­pa­cool­pa­pa­cool will be rid­den by Elvis Tru­jillo, Ocho Ocho Ocho has Mike Smith, and Javier Castel­lano is named on Night Prowler.

Fur­ther down the Penn Mile peck­ing or­der is the un­de­feated, bar­gain-base­ment spe­cial Wood­win W, who drew post 2 for trainer Jamie Ness. Wood­win W notched his fourth straight win in the $100,000 James Mur­phy Stakes on the turf at Pim­lico on Preak­ness Day.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had a horse start out 4 for 4 and win a stakes like this guy,” Ness said.

Wood­win W is owner Woody Weeks’s first horse. Weeks owns Weeks Auc­tion Co. in Ocala, Fla., which sells heavy equip­ment and trucks. He pur­chased Wood­win W last Oc­to­ber at the Ocala Breed­ers’ Sales Co.’s mixed sale for $12,500 and turned him over to Ness, who led the train­ers’ stand­ings at Tampa Bay Downs this win­ter.

“This horse just kind of slipped through the cracks,” Ness said. “He was orig­i­nally named Prod, but Mr. Weeks re­named him af­ter his fa­ther, Wood­win Weeks.”

Prior to the James Mur­phy Stakes, Wood­win W had won a Tampa Bay maiden race, a Gulf­stream Park op­tional-starter race, and a Pim­lico al­lowance. He has earned $114,000.

In the one-mile Mur­phy, Wood­win W re­laxed off the early pace, took the lead four wide in up­per stretch, then held off a trou­bled Force the Pass, who also will run in the Penn Mile. Wood­win W was timed in 1:34.32.

“He’s im­proved ev­ery race for us,” Ness said. “I’m ex­cited.”

The Penn Mile field, in post-po­si­tion or­der, is: Granny’s Kit­ten, Wood­win W, Pa­pa­cool­pa­pa­cool, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Co­manche’s Storm, Night Prowler, High Noon Rider, Force the Pass, My Point Ex­actly, Tuba, and Gallery.

In other Satur­day Na­tional:

Moun­tain­view Hand­i­cap, 1 1/8 miles, race 3: The field of 11 in­cludes Al­bano, Kid Cruz, Cousin Stephen, Golden Lad, Street Babe, and East Hall.

Penn­syl­va­nia Gover­nor’s Cup, five fur­longs on turf, race 2: Ben’s Cat, Bold Thun­der, Amelia’s Wild Ride, and Grate­ful Na­tion will be re­matched in a field of seven.

Penn Oaks, one mile on turf, race 1: Edge­wood Stakes run­ner-up Qual­ity Rocks, West Coast ship­per Prize Ex­hibit, Honey Ry­der Stakes win­ner Red Sashay, and Strict Com­pli­ance top a field of eight.

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Churchill: Work All Week in Aris­tides

Work All Week will start from the out­side post in a field of seven older horses Satur­day when mak­ing his first start since he won the Breed­ers’ Cup Sprint last fall.

Bred and owned in Illi­nois by Mid­west Thor­ough­breds, the 6-year-old geld­ing will have Florent Ger­oux back aboard as a heavy fa­vorite in the Grade 3, $100,000 Aris­tides.

From the rail, the lineup for the six­fur­long Aris­tides is Alsvid, Viva Ma­jorca, Googleado, Gen­tle­men’s Bet, Nates Mi­ne­shaft, Good Lord, and Work All Week.

The Aris­tides goes as race 8 and will be di­rectly fol­lowed by the $65,000 Open­ing Verse, a 1 1/16-mile turf race in which Mid­west Thor­ough­breds also has The Pizza Man mak­ing his 6-year-old de­but. De­part­ing and Re­gally Ready are among the op­po­si­tion in a field of 10.

Evan­ge­line Downs: Heitai de­fends ti­tle

Heitai might find him­self on a lonely lead Satur­day in the $300,000 Evan­ge­line Downs Turf Sprint. The com­plex­ion of the race in Opelousas, La., changed Wed­nes­day when Brian Lynch, the trainer of top con­tender Power Alert, said the horse will not run due to a wet fore­cast.

There is a 60 per­cent chance of rain Thurs­day through Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to The Weather Chan­nel. The fore­cast will not in­ter­fere with plans for Heitai, who will be de­fend­ing his ti­tle in the rich­est race of the meet at Evan­ge­line.

“We’re com­mit­ted to run­ning,” said Tom Amoss, who trains Heitai for Row­ell En­ter­prises Inc. “I would be dis­ap­pointed if the course was com­pro­mised by the weather.”

If the race has to be moved to the main track, Heitai would be well served, as 10 of his 14 wins have come on dirt, in­clud­ing stakes at Evan­ge­line Downs. “We wouldn’t mind that,” said Amoss. The Evan­ge­line Downs Turf Sprint is one of five stakes on the card Satur­day, with the races worth a to­tal of $640,000. There will be a spe­cial early post of 3:05 p.m. Cen­tral for the 12-race card. Evan­ge­line will of­fer an all-stakes pick four with a guar­an­teed pool of $100,000. The se­quence will run on races 5-8, end­ing with the Evan­ge­line Downs Turf Sprint.

The Evan­ge­line Downs Turf Sprint will go with a field of seven with the de­fec­tion of Power Alert, who drew the rail. Trainer Karl Broberg, who sends out Quick Dag­ger and Snappy Girl, said both horses will run if the race were to come off the turf Satur­day.

“Snappy Girl is ob­vi­ously bet­ter on the grass, but she’s also a stakes win­ner on the dirt at Evan­ge­line,” Broberg said. “Quick Dag­ger did win an al­lowance on an off track, a race rained off the grass at Lone Star. Both are bet­ter on the grass but would re­main in the race even if it comes off the turf.”

Oth­ers adding depth to the field in­clude Gantry, a Grade 2 win­ner who will add blinkers, and Re­flec­tor, the win­ner of the lo­cal prep, the $60,000 Need For Speed, which last year was won by Heitai in ad­vance of his 3 3/4-length win in the Evan­ge­line Downs Turf Sprint.

CHURCHILL DOWNS/REED PALMER PHOTOGRAPHY

Feath­ered, un­der Javier Castel­lano, wins the Edge­wood Stakes.

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