My Jen Set For Sunday's Hurricane Bertie

My Jen Set For Sunday's Hurricane Bertie

02/12/2011

 Trainer Eddie Kenneally attributes My Jen’s poor performance in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint to drawing the rail and enduring “a terrible

Trainer Eddie Kenneally attributes My Jen’s poor performance in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint to drawing the rail and enduring “a terrible trip.”
In Sunday’s Hurricane Bertie (G3), Windmill Manor Farm’s My Jen – and trainer Kenneally – will have the comfort of breaking from the outside post in the field of seven.
“She’s drawn much better for this race and we’re very happy with her right now,” Kenneally said.  “She’s been training very well at Palm Meadows leading up to this race.”
My Jen exits a 2010 campaign in which she won the Gallant Bloom (G2) at Belmont Park in September.  The 4-year-old daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus has only raced seven times in her career but is a four-time winner and has already earned just shy of $200,000.
“She’s already shown that on her best day she’s capable of running some very good races,” Kenneally said.  “If we can get her back to the level of some of those races she should be okay.” 
Sunday will mark My Jen’s first start since finishing last of 13 in the Breeders’ Cup.  She shows a trio of works at Palm Meadows capped by a five-furlong breeze in 1:01 on Feb. 5 that was second fastest of 33 at the distance.
My Jen will be reunited with jockey Julien Leparoux in the Hurricane Bertie.

  
 Hyperlink & Sassy Image Drill for Sabin Stakes Saturday

Sharing the spotlight on next Saturday’s card with the $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2) at 1 3/8 miles on turf at Gulfstream Park will be the $100,000 Sabin Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares at one mile on the main track and a pair of contenders for the Sabin worked over the Gulfstream track Saturday morning.
Trainer Ken McPeek sent out Joseph Engelhart’s 4-year-old filly Hyperlink to go five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 as she gets ready to bid for a third consecutive victory in the Sabin. The daughter of Toccet won a six-furlong allowance by 3 ¾ lengths here on Jan. 13 and the seven-furlong Manatee Stakes last out at Tampa Bay Downs by 2 ¾ lengths on Jan. 29.
Trainer Dale Romans had his brother Jerry Romans’ 4-year-old-filly Sassy Image going five-eighths in 1:02 as she prepares to make her second start following a 10 ½ months layoff in the Sabin. The daughter of Broken Vow finished a good second in a one-mile allowance here on Jan. 14 in her first start since finishing fifth in the Davona Dale Stakes (G2) over the Gulfstream track in late February last year.
Sassy Image had won three straight stakes races before the Davona Dale, capturing the Pocahontas Stakes (G3) and Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs in the fall of 2009 and the Sweetest Chant Stakes here last January after that race was forced off turf and run on the main track.
McPeek had two other stable stars on the Gulfstream work tab Saturday morning getting ready for a trip to New Orleans where they will run in stakes next Saturday at Fair Grounds – Catesby Clay’s 3-year-old colt Rogue Romance five furlongs in 1:02 and Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stable’s 3-year-old filly Kathmanblu five-eighths in 1:02 1/5.
A son of Smarty Jones, Rogue Romance finished third last out in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6 behind Eclipse champion Uncle Mo and is set to make his season debut in the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2).
Kathmanblu is a daughter of Bluegrass Cat and won the $100,000 Sweetest Chant here on Jan. 22 as the 1-to-2 favorite in the one-mile turf test, her first start since romping home an 8 ½ lengths winner of the Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill on Nov. 27. Kathmanblu gets her campaign started in the $150,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G3) Saturday.

 Lopez Post Triple; Canani Doubles on Friday at Gulfstream

Jockey Paco Lopez had another big day at Gulfstream Park Friday as he rode three winners to extend his lead in the standings to 12 over closest rival Julien Leparoux at 34-22 and trainer Nick Canani saddled two winners on the program to draw into a tie with Todd Pletcher at 12 victories apiece.
Lopez is the defending Gulfstream riding champion but his performance after nearly six weeks of the meet is remarkable in view of the depth of the competition in the jockeys’ room here this season. After Lopez and Leparoux on the leader board are John R. Velazquez, Rajiv Maragh and Javier Castellano tied for third with 19 apiece, followed by three more with 18 each –Elvis Trujillo, Alex Solis and Jose Lezcano.
Pletcher is bidding for an eighth consecutive Gulfstream meet title. He and Canani are followed in the standings by David Fawkes third with 10 wins, Wesley Ward fourth with nine and Nick Zito and Ken McPeek next at seven going into Saturday’s card.

 
 ALVAREZ BACK AT WORK, JOCKS ALL FINE

Jockey Jose Alvarez, who was unseated from his mount in Friday’s first race and taken to Hollywood Memorial Hospital, was back at Gulfstream Saturday, working horses in the morning and riding in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, jockeys Eduardo Nunez, Pedro Monterrey Jr. and Allen Maragh were all well after being unseated from their mounts in the fifth race.

 

 

In Sunday’s Hurricane Bertie (G3), Windmill Manor Farm’s My Jen – and trainer Kenneally – will have the comfort of breaking from the outside post in the fie 
My Jen will be reunited with jockey Julien Leparoux in the Hurricane Bertie. 

  
 Hyperlink & Sassy Image Drill for Sabin Stakes Saturday

Sharing the spotlight on next Saturday’s card with the $150,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2) at 1 3/8 miles on turf at Gulfstream Park will be the $100,000 Sabin Stakes (G3) for fillies and mares at one mile on the main track and a pair of contenders for the Sabin worked over the Gulfstream track Saturday morning.

Trainer Ken McPeek sent out Joseph Engelhart’s 4-year-old filly Hyperlink to go five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 as she gets ready to bid for a third consecutive victory in the Sabin. The daughter of Toccet won a six-furlong allowance by 3 ¾ lengths here on Jan. 13 and the seven-furlong Manatee Stakes last out at Tampa Bay Downs by 2 ¾ lengths on Jan. 29.

Trainer Dale Romans had his brother Jerry Romans’ 4-year-old-filly Sassy Image going five-eighths in 1:02 as she prepares to make her second start following a 10 ½ months layoff in the Sabin. The daughter of Broken Vow finished a good second in a one-mile allowance here on Jan. 14 in her first start since finishing fifth in the Davona Dale Stakes (G2) over the Gulfstream track in late February last year.

Sassy Image had won three straight stakes races before the Davona Dale, capturing the Pocahontas Stakes (G3) and Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs in the fall of 2009 and the Sweetest Chant Stakes here last January after that race was forced off turf and run on the main track.

McPeek had two other stable stars on the Gulfstream work tab Saturday morning getting ready for a trip to New Orleans where they will run in stakes next Saturday at Fair Grounds – Catesby Clay’s 3-year-old colt Rogue Romance five furlongs in 1:02 and Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stable’s 3-year-old filly Kathmanblu five-eighths in 1:02 1/5.

A son of Smarty Jones, Rogue Romance finished third last out in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6 behind Eclipse champion Uncle Mo and is set to make his season debut in the $300,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2). 

Kathmanblu is a daughter of Bluegrass Cat and won the $100,000 Sweetest Chant here on Jan. 22 as the 1-to-2 favorite in the one-mile turf test, her first start since romping home an 8 ½ lengths winner of the Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill on Nov. 27. Kathmanblu gets her campaign started in the $150,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G3) Saturday. 

 Lopez Post Triple; Canani Doubles on Friday at Gulfstream

Jockey Paco Lopez had another big day at Gulfstream Park Friday as he rode three winners to extend his lead in the standings to 12 over closest rival Julien Leparoux at 34-22 and trainer Nick Canani saddled two winners on the program to draw into a tie with Todd Pletcher at 12 victories apiece.

Lopez is the defending Gulfstream riding champion but his performance after nearly six weeks of the meet is remarkable in view of the depth of the competition in the jockeys’ room here this season. After Lopez and Leparoux on the leader board are John R. Velazquez, Rajiv Maragh and Javier Castellano tied for third with 19 apiece, followed by three more with 18 each –Elvis Trujillo, Alex Solis and Jose Lezcano.

Pletcher is bidding for an eighth consecutive Gulfstream meet title. He and Canani are followed in the standings by David Fawkes third with 10 wins, Wesley Ward fourth with nine and Nick Zito and Ken McPeek next at seven going into Saturday’s card.

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 ALVAREZ BACK AT WORK, JOCKS ALL FINE 

Jockey Jose Alvarez, who was unseated from his mount in Friday’s first race and taken to Hollywood Memorial Hospital, was back at Gulfstream Saturday, working horses in the morning and riding in the afternoon. 

Meanwhile, jockeys Eduardo Nunez, Pedro Monterrey Jr. and Allen Maragh were all well after being unseated from their mounts in the fifth race.