Archive for April 2018

Caribou Club surges in Henry S. Clark Stakes

Caribou Club 001Caribou Club returned to the scene of his only previous stakes win, the Laurel Park turf course, and won the $100,000 Henry S. Clark Stakes under a textbook ride from Paco Lopez on Saturday. Click here to read article from DRF. Sixth while clamped to the fence around the first turn, down the backstretch, and past the three-furlong pole, Caribou Club, always traveling nicely, was tipped off the rail before the quarter pole, Lopez waiting for fading pacesetters to drop away before moving inside Phlash Phelps and on to a three-quarters-length victory. Doctor Mounty, who broke from post 12, rallied late and outside to get second, a length in front of third-place Phlash Phelps. Ring Weekend, the 8-5 favorite, lost a lot of ground on the far turn, but even accounting for that ran below form to finish seventh. Caribou Club won the Laurel Futurity over 5 1/2 furlongs on grass while still a 2-year-old maiden in September 2016. Last year, at 3, he had a good autumn run in Southern California but failed to produce that form in his season finale, finishing seventh in the Woodchopper Stakes at Fair Grounds. But Tom Proctor, who trains Caribou Club for his breeder, Glen Hill Farm, had his horse very sharp for his first start at age 4. Off splits of 24.10, 46.81, and 1:22.63, Caribou Club ran one mile on firm turf in 1:34.10, paying $15.20 to win. Now 4-2-3 from 11 starts, Caribou Club is a gelding by City Zip out of the Broken Vow mare Broken Dreams.

Chalon sharp in Primonetta score

Chalon 001Chalon started her 4-year-old season for new connections the same way she ended her 3-year-old season for her old camp – with a very sharp dirt-sprint performance. Click here to read article from DRF. While Chalon finished second against high-class fillies in two Keeneland graded stakes shortly before being taken to auction last fall, she proved best Saturday at Laurel in the $100,000 Primonetta Stakes, beating Cairenn, who ran well in defeat, by about one length. As longshot Your Pace or Mine went to the front, Chalon and jockey Paco Lopez took up a pressing position just outside the pacesetter through an opening quarter-mile in 21.91 seconds. Approaching the quarter pole, passed by the leaders in 45.26, Chalon had drawn abreast the leader, with Lopez looking under his left arm for the competition. It came in the form of Cairenn, who tried to make a run at Chalon as five furlongs went in 57.13, but Chalon just had too much class, finishing solidly while stopping the timer in a fine 1:09.44 for six furlongs on a fast track. It was about six lengths back to third-place Short Kakes. The winner returned $3.60. “She’s been breezing very well all winter,” said trainer Arnaud Delacour. “We were very impressed with her. She might have been a breeze or two short today, but she ran very well anyway. That’s what good horses do.” Arnaud began training Chalon after Roy and Gretchen Jackson, who race as Lael Stable, purchased her at auction last November for $550,000. Chalon, by Dialed In out of Fall Fantasy, by Menifee, ran her record to 4-2-1 from nine starts, and though she’s yet to win a graded stakes, she has shown graded-stakes-level talent for the better part of a year now. Chalon seems likely to return to graded-stakes competition next out, but Delacour demurred when asked about specific plans. “One race at a time,” he said. “I will look at her options.” The way Chalon looked Saturday, the options ought to be appealing.

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