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Clearly Now Joins Strong Field for Holy Bull Saturday
Up Hill Stable’s 3-year-old Clearly Now worked a sharp half-mile in 48 flat Saturday morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Brian Lynch and will test undefeated Eclipse champion Shanghai Bobby and other Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown hopefuls in Saturday’s $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park
A Kentucky-bred son of Horse Greeley, Clearly Now won his first two starts sprinting at Woodbine in September and November last year and finished third in the $150,000 Display Stakes going 1 1/16 miles last out on Dec. 1. Clearly Now was a $30,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase.
“He showed ability from the start with his first two wins,” said Lynch Sunday morning. “I might have had him a little too fresh for his first start going a distance in the Display, but I think I learned a little bit about him that will help this time. This is the time of year (for a 3-year-old) you want to see what you have.”
Shanghai Bobby Gets Final Drill for Holy Bull Sunday
Starlight Racing, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s undefeated Eclipse champion Shanghai Bobby worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 Sunday morning at Palm Meadows for trainer Todd Pletcher in his final tune-up for his role as the favorite in next Saturday’s $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
Also on the Palm Meadows Sunday morning tab working for a start in the Holy Bull was George and Lori Hall’s Bern Identity with a ‘bullet’ five furlongs in 59 1/5 move for trainer Kelly Breen as he prepares for his first start since finishing second as the favorite in the $1 million Delta Jackpot (G3) at Delta Downs on Nov. 17.
Also on the Palm Meadows tab from the Pletcher arsenal preparing for upcoming stakes engagements were Dreaming of Julia (51), El Padrino (49 1/5), Kauai Katie (49 3/5), Overanalyze (51 3/5), Violence (50 4/5), Fusaichiwonderful (49 3/5), Discreet Dancer (59 2/5), Graydar (59 2/5), Verrazano (1:00 4/5) and San Pedro (1:01 3/5).
The Gulfstream work tab Sunday also had several high-profile names, some postponed from Saturday when the track was ‘sloppy’ for morning workouts. Trainer Dale Romans accepted his well-deserved Eclipse Award Saturday night and was busy Sunday morning as Sienna Farms LLC’s 3-year-old Dewey Square worked 59 flat for a possible start in the Holy Bull.
Romans also sent out Carlo and Priscilla Vaccarezza’s 6-year-old gelding Little Mike who breezed an easy half-mile in 52 1/5 while kept on edge for his impending trip to Dubai. Winner of the Arlington Million (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), Little Mike was an Eclipse Award finalist as Turf champion and Older Male.
Majestic Hussar Possible Candidate for Fountain of Youth
Majestic Hussar stamped himself as a 3-year-old with a graded-stakes future with an impressive front-running allowance victory in Saturday’s first race at Gulfstream.
The son of Majestic Warrior, a homebred of Dr. Joseph Witek, posted a 2 ¼ -length triumph over favored Palace Malice under Jose Lezcano, running seven-furlongs in 1:22.53 on a sloppy track.
“He’ll run in a graded-stake somewhere. We’re not sure which one yet,” said Kenneally, whose owner expressed his hope that Majestic Hussar could make the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 26. “We’d like to stretch him out.”
Majestic Hussar. who broke his maiden by more than six lengths in his debut at Saratoga in August over a sloppy track, had previously finished second over a good track at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 15.
“I think he’s a nice horse,” Kenneally said. “I think he would have run well on a fast track.”
The Kentucky-bred colt finished seventh behind Shanghai Bobby in the Hopeful (G2) at Saratoga on Sept. 3.
“He was immature. We wanted to give him a break. He ran poorly in the Hopeful. I don’t think he was ready for that caliber of horse, and he was going through a growing stage,” Kenneally said. “Doc agreed that it was a good idea to back off and give him the fall off and have a fresh horse for the winter/spring campaign.”
Bradester, whom Kenneally saddled for his second victory in three starts on Jan. 1 at Gulfstream, won’t run in next Saturday’s $400,000 Holy Bull (G3).
"We’re just going to wait and see. We’re not sure what we’re doing with him yet,” Kenneally said.