SERIES 1 UPDATE - SHEZAPISTOL
SHEZAPISTOL has been back in training since arriving at Oaklawn Park around December 1st. She has filled out tremendously - those of you that have seen her in person won't believe how much she's grown - and is still training very well. This past week she had her first three furlong work back, nice and easy. The rider said she wanted to do much more, but the instructions were for a nice and easy work, so that's what she got.
Presuming all stays on schedule with weather, she will go another three furlongs on either Wed, Thurs or Friday of this coming week. There hasn't been many updates lately as she is just going through the paces, and now she is ramping up. Target date from this point is most likely early March.
SERIES 2 UPDATE - 2020 APPEALING CAT COLT
Our Series Two Offering, the Two Year Old Colt by Goldencents out of Appealing Cat, is also going through the paces for the last month or so at Red Earth Training Center. Bernie has positive reports on the colt, saying he is intelligent and picking up things well. She has mentioned that he will get the "ultimate equipment change" when the signs are right, as he's a bit of a handful, so he will be gelded soon. He will continue the breaking process for about another month, then will get about a two month break and go back to training to head to the track.
On the track, his three year old full brother Tatanka, made his first start at Sam Houston on the 13th. Finishing 5th, he set the contested early pace before fading to get beat by about two lengths. You handicappers out there know the "speed and fade in first start" is one of the sharpest angles that produces good performances in the next start. Chart HERE
One breeding update from this week's Keeneland January Sale, is that Appealing Cat, the dam of our colt, sold for $80,000 in foal to Mitole.
SERIES 3 UPDATE - 2021 STEPHANIE JAYNE COLT
Our 2021 Colt by Catalina Cruiser out of Stephanie Jayne is progressing well out at CR Trout's farm in Guthrie. The colt is continuing to fill out well and even improving his balance, which I loved to begin with. The schedule for the colt is about four more months of "hanging out" before he begins the prep process for the yearling sales. He will most likely be pointed for the Keeneland September Sale.
CRES RAN AND RML UPDATES
TREATY - pictured above in his first start at Churchill, ran today at Oaklawn finishing 8th in a Maiden Claiming $50,000 race. He was claimed out of the race by Roberto Diordino. In his last two starts, Treaty eased into contention, and the rider was full of confidence, and he just didn't go on. Not sure if he just needs more time to mature or just doesn't want to quite run on. Turf is a possibility obviously, but still he's been disappointing because I know there is more talent in there. We will be watching and hope he's on the improve. Chart HERE
SURFER DUDE - the 2019 Colt out of Tiz Miz Sue by Curlin - is entered in the Lecomte at Fair Grounds (New Orleans) on Saturday the 22nd. Drawing the rail, which given his preference to be up front is not the greatest draw, he faces a loaded field in the Kentucky Derby prep race. Others entered include Epicenter, who won the Gun Runner that Surfer Dude finished third in; Pappacap, who finished second in the Breeders Cup Juvenile; and Cyberknife, an impressive maiden winner for Brad Cox. The race goes off about 6:20 CST on Saturday. Very cool to have a horse on the Derby trail, though I predict the distance is a little out of his scope.
TIZ LIFE is also entered to run on Saturday, in the last race of the day at Sam Houston, a maiden special weight going a mile on the turf. Pictured above in the paddock for his start at Remington, he was entered for a race earlier in the meet going a mile on the dirt, but the race did not go. We feel he will run just as well on the turf, and excited to see if the big improvement shown in his last start carries forward.
Quick updates on other Cres Ran horses:
MESTA PARK - He has gone back to the track following about 120 days off, then 30 days at Red Earth. He has had two easy works back, going 4f this weekend. He will improve if he learns to rate, so we are focused on that with him. Targeting Will Rogers Downs for the Oklahoma Bred.
NEWSCASTER - We entered Newscaster for a race this weekend, but the race overfilled and Newscaster was excluded, just by blind luck. We will look for the next spot, and he now has essentially a golden ticket, where as long as the race goes he is in the field.
STRONG LIGHT - Strong Light ran poorly after his great first start. The colt owned with West Point and Albaugh Stables was found to have bled in the race, and he has worked out of the race and will go back in the next one, racing on Lasix for first time.
RISING EMPIRE - Now trained by Brendan Walsh, Rising Empire is working steadily in New Orleans at Fair Grounds, and he is being aimed for a race going a mile the week of the 24th. Excited to see the colt we own with Russel Welch back on the track. Tons of ability, just need to actually get him doing what he is best at.
SINNIN N GRINNIN AND SWEET TEA RED - Both of our Oklahoma Bred fillies, now three, resumed training at Red Earth this week.
Sinnin N Grinnin - with her blazing fast first race finishing second, has more of a base than Sweet Tea Red, so will probably start sooner. Both being targeted for the Oklahoma Bred Program at Will Rogers Downs, though Sinnin N Grinnin may run at Houston or Lone Star Park.
Now that we are back in training and rolling along, there will be more updates to come! Talk to you all soon and we are close to running!!