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Louder Than Bombs Seeks to be Heard in Saturday’s Pulpit

Dec 6, 2018
Six Juvenile Stakes on Clasico Internacional del Caribe Card
Orseno has Winning ‘Combination’ for Buffalo Man
Garter and Tie Solid Choice in Smooth Air

           
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Sandra New’s Louder Than Bombs will seek to be heard in Saturday’s $75,000 Pulpit Stakes over Gulfstream Park’s turf course after getting dirt kicked in his face at Churchill Downs last time out.
            
The Pulpit, a mile turf stakes, will be one of six stakes for 2-year-olds on an all-stakes program (11:50 a.m. first-race post.) that will be headlined by the $600,000 Clasico Internacional del Caribe, featuring five stakes for horses based in Latin American and the Caribbean.
            
Louder Than Bombs, who impressively captured the Armed Forces Stakes on turf at Gulfstream Sept. 29, was shipped to Churchill Downs in the hopes of participating in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) Nov. 2. Unfortunately, the son of Violence didn’t draw into the field from the alternates list. Trainer David Fawkes opted to try Louder Than Bombs on dirt for the first time in the $100,000 Street Sense on the Breeders’ Cup undercard. The Kentucky-bred colt didn’t show the explosiveness he had shown on turf, finishing sixth of nine in the one-mile stakes under Tyler Gaffalione.
            
“Tyler said he just didn’t like the dirt that much and kind of just spun his wheels. I was disappointed that we didn’t get to run in the Breeders’ Cup, but it is what it is,” Fawkes said. “I thought he was doing great. Unfortunately we just didn’t get selected.”
            
Louder Than Bombs debuted on turf at Gulfstream Park with a last-closing victory July 13. Two months later, he raced wide and finished fourth with a belated bid in the Proud Man Stakes. He returned to winning form in a big way in the Armed Forces, galloping away to a two-length victory.
            
Hall of Famer Javier Castellano, who will make his first Championship Meet appearance Saturday, has the mount.

“He had a great work last week and he’s doing real good. We got Castellano to ride,” Fawkes said. “I think he’s doing great. If he gets a good, clean trip around there, he’ll be tough.”

Bloom Racing Stable’s Henley’s Joy was selected into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf field and will try to rebound in the Pulpit after finishing 13th. Trained by Michael Maker, who is also slated to saddle Faraway Kitten in the Pulpit, Henley’s Joy had previously lost a win photo by a nose in the Bourbon (G3) at Keeneland after winning his debut at Ellis Park and capturing the $300,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile. Gaffalione has the return mount.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Faraway Kitten has two wins in three starts, his only loss coming in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile, in which he was forced to jump over a fallen rival. Jose Ortiz has the mount.

Marc Detempel and Galvin Fergus’ Life Mission is still a maiden but has demonstrated  immense potential while finishing second behind Henley’s Joy in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile and second in the Awad Stakes at Aqueduct. Luis Saez has the mount aboard the Ben Colebrook-trained son of Noble Mission.
Nashtrick, Shazier, Mr. Wrench It, Stirling Drive and Tangible round out the field.

Orseno has Winning ‘Combination’ for Buffalo Man
           
An impressive debut winner last time out, Jonathan Green’s Combination is set for a return to action in Saturday’s 75,000 Buffalo Man.
            
The 2-year-old son of Alternation shook off early pressure and drew off to a 5 ¾-length front-running victory at Gulfstream Park West Oct. 13.      
            
“Off that race, I freshened him up a bit, knowing that I didn’t want to run him for a couple months to give him a chance to grow up a little bit. He’s really matured,” trainer Joe Orseno said. “He had a fantastic work last week. He was the fastest worker of 70 horses by a second and a half [for a half-mile in 47.34 seconds]. He’s bounced out of it really well.”
            
Combination was purchased privately upon the recommendation of a friend.
            
“I watched him breeze in Ocala and he looked pretty nice. I talked to my client Jon Green, who’s been a good supporter of mine, about him,” Orseno said. It was kind of a casual conversation. Jon said, ‘If you like him so much, let’s vet him.”
            
“I wasn’t pushing him because I didn’t know the stallion, Alternation. During our conversation, John knew him. His family actually has some shares in him,” he added. “It worked out perfectly. We bought him and it took two and a half months to get him ready and he lived up to our expectations when he ran.”
            
Paco Lopez has the return mount for the six-furlong Buffalo Man.
            
Combination will be conceding considerable stakes experience to Tracy Pinchin’s Jackson, who will be making his fourth stakes appearance since winning his debut July 15 at Gulfstream. The son of Kantharos finished fourth in the first leg of the Florida Sire Stakes’ Dr. Fager, before finishing second on turf in the Hollywood Beach and winning the Juvenile Sprint for Florida-breds at Gulfstream Park West last time out.
            
Luis Saez is slated to ride the Jose Pinchin-trained colt for the first time.
            
Peacock Stable’s Dazzling Truths, coming off back-to-back wins at Arlington Park and Churchill Downs, respectively; and Pichi Investments LLC’s Zenden, an impressive off-the pace debut winner at Gulfstream Sept. 29; are among the most prominent Buffalo Man entrants.
            
Rayo My King, Saint Michael and Steady Earner round out the field. 
               
Garter and Tie Solid Choice in Smooth Air
            
A force in Florida Sire Stakes action, Jacks or Better Farm’s Garter and Tie returns to action against open company in Saturday’s $75,000 Smooth Air, a mile stakes run around one turn.
            
The Ralph Nicks-trained colt finished a fast-closing third in the six-furlong FSS Dr. Fager in his third career starter before breaking his maiden in the seven-furlong FSS Affirmed. The homebred son of Brooks ‘n Down finished second behind runaway winner Well Defined, whom he edged in the Affirmed, in the two-turn 1 1/16-mile FSS In Reality last time out.
            
Tyler Gaffalione has the mount for the Smooth Air.
            
Maddy’s Last Dance is set to stretch-out from 6 ½ furlongs to a mile for the Smooth Air. Dennis Federico’s homebred colt has shown a strong late kick at six furlongs while breaking his maiden at Gulfstream in his second career start and winning an optional claiming allowance at Gulfstream Park West. The Marcus Vitali-trained son of Two Step Salsa most recently closed from 10th to finish second in the 6 ½-furlong Juvenile Sprint, a neck behind Jackson.
            
We’re stretching him out a little bit,” Vitali said. “He’s been closing so strong, I think he wants to go longer.” 
            
Luis Saez has the call.
            
Live Oak Plantation’s Souper Jackpot enters the Smooth Air off a sharp six-furlong maiden special weight triumph at Churchill Downs Nov. 7. The Mark Casse-trained son of Ghostzapper, who finished off the board in a troubled debut, was pressed throughout his maiden-breaking performance and fought back to win by a half-length after being headed at the eighth-pole.
            
Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount.
            
Kentucky Allstar, Union’s Destiny, Homeboy and Arrivederia round out the field.
 



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