Archive for April 2010

Arson Squad Scores in Alysheba

Click Here to read full article. LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Out of necessity more than anything else, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. paired jockey Paco Lopez with Arson Squad. So far, it's been a match made in heaven. For the second time in four weeks, Lopez guided Arson Squad to victory in a graded stakes, this time to a 2 1/4-length score in Friday's Grade 3, $169,650 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs. Flying Private finished second by 1 1/2 lengths over Enriched. He was followed in the order of finish by Prom Shoes, Chocolate Candy, Cool Coal Man, Macho Again, Friesan Fire, and Bullsbay. On April 3, with many higher-profile jocks in Southern California or New York, Dutrow needed someone to ride Arson Squad in the Grade 3 Skip Away at Gulfstream. He chose Lopez, who kept Arson Squad close to the pace en route to a 3 3/4-length victory, the gelding's first win since the Meadowlands Cup in October 2008. On Friday, Lopez kept Arson Squad within 1 1/2 lengths of the early lead before making a three-wide bid for the lead turning for home. Arson Squad struck the front at the three-sixteenths pole and drew clear under Lopez's encouragement. Arson Squad, a 7-year-old son of Brahms owned by Samantha Siegel's Jay Em Ess Stable, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.28 and returned $9.40 as the second choice. "This jock just gets along great with this horse," Dutrow said. "Arson Squad usually comes from way off of it, and with this rider he's just run so big his last two times when he's been close the pace." Dutrow said Arson Squad would remain in Kentucky and point to the Grade 1 Stephen Foster on June 12. He was beaten 1 1/4 lengths in last year's Stephen Foster, in which he dead-heated for fourth with Bullsbay behind Macho Again.

Arson Squad Defeats Solid Alysheba Field

Jay Em Ess Stable's Arson Squad took over at the top of the lane and bounded home for his second straight graded stakes score in the $169,650 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) April 30 at Churchill Downs. The millionaire gelded son of Brahms seems to be getting better with age, as he has hit the board in all four starts during his 7-year-old campaign. He defeated a solid group of older horses in the 1 1/16-mile Alysheba for the sixth stakes win of his 27-start career. Former Kentucky Derby (gr. I) starters Chocolate Candy, Friesan Fire, and Flying Private, as well as grade I winners Bullsbay and Macho Again went to post in the Alysheba, which carried a field of nine. Friesan Fire set the early pace under Shaun Bridgmohan, taking them through reasonable splits of :24.86, :48.95 and 1:12.54 with Enriched pressing the pace. Cool Coal Man was never far back in third, while Arson Squad took a perfect stalking position in fourth under Paco Lopez. Click Here to view the full story.

Arson Squad Pulls Away to Win Alysheba on Oaks Day

Arson Squad, ridden by Paco Lopez, took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off Flying Private for the 2 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 Alysheba. Owned by Jay Em Ess Stable and trained by 2008 Kentucky Derby winning trainer Richard Dutrow, the 7-year-old gelded son of Brahms covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.28 and paid $9.80, $5.40 and $4.20. The win was his second straight and eighth in 27 career tries. Click Here to read full story.

Arson Squad Rolls In Alysheba

Paco Lopez For the second time in four weeks, jockey Paco Lopez guided Arson Squad to victory in a graded stakes, this time to a 2 1/4 length score in Friday's Grade 3, $169,650 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs, Flying Private finished second by 1 1/2 lenghts over Enriched. He was followed by in the order of finish by Prom Shoes, Chocolate Candy, Cool Coal Man, Macho Again,Friesan Fire and Bullsbay. Arson Squad, a 7 year-old son of Brahms owned by Samantha Siegel's Jay Em Ess Stable & trained by Richard Dutrow Jr, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.28 and returned $9.40 as the second choice.

Arson Squad Becomes a Millionaire in Skip Away

Jay Em Ess Stable's Arson Squad became a millionaire when he disposed of Wingedlie by 3 3/4 lengths to win the $125,000 Skip Away Stakes (gr. III) April 3 at Gulfstream Park. Click Here to view the full story. It was the fourth graded stakes win for the 7-year-old gelded son of Brahms, who is trained Rick Dutrow Jr. Arson Squad has also triumphed in the 2006 Swaps Stakes, 2007 Strub Stakes, and 2008 Meadowlands Cup Handicap (all gr. II). He was bred in Pennsylvania by E&D Enterprises and is out of the Green Dancer mare majestic Fire. Arson Squad jockey Paco Lopez stalked the pace of longshots Wingedlie, Eldaafer, and Cristiano before pouncing to the lead at the top of the stretch and drawing away for the convincing win. The dark bay scored for the first time since the October 2008 Meadowlands Cup and secured the seventh victory of his career.

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