No, the turf races in the condition book scheduled for this weekend will not be run. But, the weather in the Mid-Atlantic region can only get better going forward, right? We can only hope at this point.
Luckily, Bestkindatrouble is a dirt horse. He goes in Friday’s sixth race, a 5 1/2-furlong allowance. The Shackleford gelding was last seen February 24 when second at the same distance. He was set as the 5/2 morning line favorite and will take on a few familiar foes.
“It’s the right distance for him. He’s a stone-cold sprinter. He runs well, he runs hard,” Tim said.
The barn will also send out Le Weekend to close out the weekend Sunday. The daughter of Great Notion goes in the female equivalent to Bestkindatrouble’s race, a first-level allowance at 5 1/2 furlongs. The Maryland-bred won twice last year and earned $77,445 in ten starts. Given the winter off, she races for the first time in nearly five months.
“She’s doing fantastic,” Tim said of the homebred filly for Ken Holt and Palumbo Racing Stable. “I’m glad we gave her a little bit of time off. She’s grown up, matured a little bit and filled out. She’s got gas, she’s fast. I look for a really good year from her. She’s a lovely mare to be around and loves to train.”
Speaking of turf, that’s where Flight Crew might be headed next. Also proficient on dirt, he turned in a solid performance to finish third last Friday.
“I was happy with the way he ran. Just third best,” Tim said. “I’m anxious to try him on the grass when the weather warms up. That’s probably the next move.”
Still Having Fun is doing well after a fourth-place finish last month in the Private Terms Stakes and will put in a workout this weekend.
“We’re tentatively looking at the Federico Tesio (Stakes April 21 at Laurel) or perhaps the Pat Day Mile (Stakes May 5 at Churchill Downs),” Tim said. “He’s scheduled to work (Friday) morning. I just want him to do something easy by himself.”
Almost a month after an impressive allowance score, Tattooed worked an impressive 5 furlongs last Thursday. Unfortunately, jockey Angel Cruz felt something was amiss while galloping out and pulled up the 3-year-old right away.
“He had a really good work last week,” Tim said. “He pulled up and had a condylar fracture in his left front. We put two screws in it. We had him down to Dr. Spurlock’s (Equine Hospital in Lovettsville, Va.) less than an hour after it happened. Dr. Spurlock did a marvelous job of putting him back together and he came out of surgery well.”
If all goes well, the tough gelding will be back in action this fall.
Irish Access is nearing her 3-year-old debut. The Maryland-bred is a daughter Access Fee, a multiple stakes-winning mare for the late Howard Bender. She was last seen breaking her maiden by 5 3/4 lengths in December.
“Irish Access is getting ready to run next week. Her final work will be (Friday) morning. I’m excited to finally get her back to the races, I really like her. I bought her as a yearling at Keeneland. I think she’s going to be a really good 3-year-old. She’s a big, beautiful, strong filly. I have high hopes for her. I hope I’m not wrong.”
Two Maryland-bred 3-year-old fillies owned by Helen Polinger are starting to gear up for their career debuts.
“One Two Three Go and Eye Of The Wildcat pop out of the gate (Friday). Hopefully they’ll be running in April,” Tim said.