High Level Jeff, unbeaten in two starts at Calder Race Course in Florida, is scheduled to make his California debut in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes for 2-year-olds Saturday at Hollywood Park.
“I got him five days ago,” said trainer Doug O’Neill Sunday. “My brother (Dennis) and Paul Reddam learned about him and did their homework.” Joel Rosario has the Prevue call.
Reddam bought a 75 per cent interest in the colt, with previous trainer Steve Dwoskin retaining a 25 per cent share. A Kentucky-bred by Vindication out of the Storm Cat mare Stormy Reply, High Level Jeff broke his maiden at first asking by eight lengths at 5 ½ furlongs October 10 and returned to win an allowance race at six furlongs October 28 on a sloppy track by a neck.
High Level Jeff is expected to have his work cut out in a lineup that will include Premier Pegasus and Industry Leader.
Premier Pegasus, winner of the Jack Goodman Stakes in his last outing here October 23 for trainer Myung Kwon Cho, is unbeaten in two starts and will again be ridden by Alonso Quinonez. Industry Leader comes off an impressive maiden score in his October 31 debut for trainer Kristin Mulhall and jockey Rafael Bejarano.
The Grade III Prevue at seven furlongs on Cushion Track serves as a prep for the $750,000 CashCall Futurity at 1 1/16 miles on December 18.
Awesome Patriot, who heads a list of possibles for four-time winner Bob Baffert, worked six furlongs in 1:12.80 Sunday.
MOSSES, SMITH UNLEASH ANOTHER ‘Z’ GIRL IN MOCCASIN
It may be a stretch to hope any horse can approach the record of Zenyatta, but owners Jerry and Ann Moss and jockey Mike Smith hope the first letter ‘Z’ proves lucky for them again with Zazu.
Although the rangy Zenyatta did not begin racing until the end of her 3-year-old year, the more precocious Zazu seeks her first stakes victory in the $100,000 Moccasin for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on Cushion Track next Sunday.
Zazu, a gray/roan filly by Tapit out of the Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line, comes off a 2 ¾-length maiden victory in her second start at 6 ½ furlongs on October 15.
“She won second time out, kind of impressively, and I think she will like seven furlongs,” said trainer John Sadler, seeking his second Moccasin win in three years. He won with Evita Argentina in 2008.
Kentucky-bred Zazu cost $285,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale. Smith seeks a third Moccasin win after scores with Ayanna in 2001 and Puxa Saco in 2002.
Other probable starters include Sugarinthemorning (Patrick Valenzuela), Turbulent Descent (David Flores) and Tales In Excess (Joel Rosario), who worked five furlongs on turf in 1:02.20.
The Moccasin serves as a prep for the $250,000 Grade I Hollywood Starlet at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track December 11.
PROUDINSKY READIES FOR FOURTH CITATION START
Proudinsky, unraced since December, will return in the $250,000 Citation Handicap, a Grade I test at 1 1/16 miles on turf November 27, trainer Humberto Ascanio said Sunday.
“He just got a little sore and needed some time off,” said Ascanio after the 7-year-old gelding worked five furlongs in 1:00 on Cushion Track under exercise rider Jose Dominguez. “There was no surgery. He just got crabby.”
Proudinsky, a German-bred with $1,225,953 in earnings, won the Grade II San Gabriel Handicap on the Santa Anita turf for the second straight year in his last start on December 27.
Proudinsky will be making his fourth start in the Citation after finishing third in 2007 and fourth in both 2008 and 2009.
Ascanio also said that Fluke, winner of the Citation last year, would not return to defend his crown. “He needs another work or two,” said Ascanio of the Brazilian-bred 5-year-old horse who has been out of action since a runner-up finish in the Arcadia Handicap on the Santa Anita turf in April.
“He had a chipped right ankle and had surgery,” said Ascanio, looking forward to the return of his 1-2 grass punch.
ERIC LONGDEN DIES AT 67
Eric Longden, son of riding legend Johnny Longden, died at his home in Carlsbad Monday, according to his widow Sue. He was 67.
Longden died of ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which he was diagnosed with in September, 2009.
Longden had been around horses for about 30 years as a trainer, owner and breeder. He trained until 1991 when he shifted his business to the ownership of restaurants and bars in the Carlsbad area.
Longden trained in Southern California, Northern California and Washington. He was leading trainer several times in the Bay area and trained two Washington horses of the year, Boy Tike and Tilt the Balance. One of the leading horses he owned and trained was Midnight Ice.
Longden was born in Jamaica, N.Y., on May 7, 1943, six days after his father had ridden Count Fleet to victory in the Kentucky Derby en route to a sweep of the Triple Crown.
In addition to his wife of 26 years, Longden is survived by a sister, Andrea. There will be no funeral services.
KID EDWARD, SEBASTIAN FLYTE IN HOLLYWOOD DERBY DRILLS
Kid Edward and Sebastian Flyte, three-four finishers respectively in the Oak Tree Derby here on October 16, worked on the turf Sunday for the $250,000 Grade I Hollywood Derby on November 28.
Kid Edward worked five furlongs in 1:02.80 under jockey David Flores for trainer Jim Cassidy while Sebastian Flyte worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:14 under jockey Joel Rosario for conditioner Ben Cecil.
The pair are expected to be joined in the Derby at 1 ¼ miles on turf by Oak Tree Derby winner Fantastic Pick (Corey Nakatani), runner-up Blue Panis (Joe Talamo) and New York shipper Citrus Kid, runner-up in the Jamaica Handicap at Belmont on October 9.
KAPO DI TUTTI, BRUCE’S DREAM WORK FOR CITATION
Brazilian import Kapo Di Tutti and California Cup Mile winner Bruce’s Dream worked on the grass Sunday for the $250,000 Grade I Citation Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf November 27.
Kapo Di Tutti worked one mile in 1:42.80 for Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella. “He won his last race up north and I want to see if he is this good,” said Mandella of the Citation challenge.
Kapo Di Tutti, a Group I winner in Brazil at one mile on turf, won his United States debut in allowance company at Golden Gate Fields on September 24. Alonso Quinonez has the Citation call.
Bruce’s Dream, a 4-year-old gelding, worked five furlongs in 1:02.40 for trainer Mike Puype. He scored his sixth win in eight starts in the Cal Cup Mile October 30.
Other probable starters include multiple Grade I stakes winner Court Vision (Joel Rosario), Shoemaker Mile winner Victor’s Cry and Proudinsky.
FINISH LINES—Juddmonte Farms’ Special Duty, a Group I winner in France and England, is scheduled to be flown to California from France next weekend for the $250,000 Grade I Matriarch Stakes for fillies and mares on November 26. Gypsy’s Warning, third in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes, is also scheduled to be flown back from Maryland for the Matriarch…Trainer Jim Cassidy said that a pair of English imports are on target for stateside bows in $100,000 stakes for 2-year-olds during the Turf Festival: Surrey Star for the Generous November 27, and Wave of Applause for the Miesque for fillies November 28…Zenyatta jogged on the training track Saturday, her first time out of the barn since returning from Churchill Downs last weekend…Trainers Bob Baffert and Vladimir Cerin are closing in on milestones. Hall of Famer Baffert is six away from 2,000 wins; Cerin is three away from 1,000… Jockey agent Jim Pegram said that Martin Garcia is enjoying a second week of vacation visiting his family in Mexico. “He said he’d let me know when he’s coming back,” said Pegram…Trainer and co-owner Barry Abrams said he is still considering Australia in the 2011 plans for Unusual Suspect, who became a Grade I winner and millionaire with an upset victory in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup Saturday. “His strength is distance racing,” explained Abrams. “My goal is to find him a good home as a stallion.”… Joe Talamo and Patrick Valenzuela will be at Delta Downs in Louisiana Saturday. Talamo will ride Classic Legacy for Bob Baffert and Valenzuela will be aboard Clubhouse Ride for Craig Lewis in the $1-million Jackpot Stakes for 2-year-olds. Valenzuela will also ride Las Palmas Handicap winner Briecat for Vladmir Cerin in the $125,000 Treasure Chest…Winning ticket? Bar Rock Omama and Clinton each worked five furlongs this morning.
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