Wolfson ships starter for Red Smith H.
OZONE PARK, N.Y. -- Marty Wolfson doesn't do it often, but it usually pays to take note when the trainer does ship a horse from his south Florida headquarters to New York for a stakes race.
Since 2001, Wolfson has shipped in five horses to New York and won two stakes, with a second and a third. On Wednesday, Wolfson put Golden Strategy on a plane bound for New York and Saturday's Grade 2, $150,00 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct. In 2001, Wolfson won the 1 3/8-mile Red Smith with Mr. Pleasentfar. In 2006, Wolfson won the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga with Pomeroy.
Golden Strategy, a son of Strategic Mission, won 9 of 10 starts racing in Panama before being acquired by Gainesway Farm and Joseph Cornacchia and turned over to Wolfson last November.
In Panama, Golden Strategy raced exclusively on dirt, winning races from six furlongs to 1 1/8 miles. Wolfson said it took Golden Strategy a long time to acclimate to his new surroundings, and Wolfson wasn't sure what to expect the first time he ran him in June at Calder. Golden Strategy finished fourth in a six-furlong stakes race won by the talented Mach Ride.
Wolfson tried to run Golden Strategy on the turf twice in July at Calder but both races were moved to dirt. One of those races was the Turf Marathon, a two-mile race Golden Strategy won by 10 1/4 lengths.
Wolfson finally got Golden Strategy on the turf in September in the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Turf at Kentucky Downs. He finished third, 3 1/2 lengths behind General Jumbo.
"I thought that might have been his best race,'' Wolfson said. "This horse really likes to be on the lead and I intentionally took him back. His races in Panama at a mile and a half he would be unstoppable; he'd go right to the front.''
Wolfson decided to ship for the Red Smith after Golden Strategy won the off-the-turf Jackie Wackie Stakes by 11 3/4 lengths on Oct. 20.
Eddie Castro, who won the 2001 Red Smith for Wolfson, will ride Golden Strategy. Others expected to run in the Red Smith are Barastraight, Bee Charmer, Dave, Dreadnaught, Encinas, Idle No More, Musketier, Prince Rahy, Ra Der Dean, Sunshine Kid, and True Cause. Operation Red Dawn and Presious Passion are possible.
Nobiz Like Shobiz likely for Hollywood Derby
If things continue to progress as they have, Nobiz Like Shobiz will make his next start in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby at Hollywood Park on Nov. 25, trainer Barclay Tagg said Wednesday.
While Tagg had previously mentioned the Hollywood Derby as an objective for Nobiz Like Shobiz, he wanted to monitor how the colt came out of his fourth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile before committing to the race.
"He was full of energy the day after the race; he's been full of energy ever since,'' said Tagg, who won last year's Hollywood Derby with Showing Up. "It's not carved in stone, but if everything goes right the next two weeks I'm going to run him.''
Nobiz Like Shobiz, who won the Grade 1 Wood Memorial on dirt in April, has won 3 of 4 turf starts. Tagg said there is a good chance Nobiz Like Shobiz will remain in training as a 4-year-old.
"As long as he's healthy and doing well I think we'll run him next year,'' said Tagg, who trains Nobiz Like Shobiz for Elizabeth Valando.
Meanwhile, Tagg said Showing Up is training well in his bid to come back from a strained ligament that has sidelined him since the spring. While Tagg said Showing Up has had a couple of easy breezes, he has not officially returned to the work tab.
Tagg has tentatively targeted Showing Up's return for Gulfstream Park, perhaps in a race such as the $150,000 Appleton Handicap on Jan. 27.
Big Truck points to Remsen
Tagg said he is pointing Big Truck, his talented New York-bred 2-year-old, to the $200,000 Remsen Stakes here on Nov. 24. Tagg won last year's Remsen with Nobiz Like Shobiz.
After winning his first two starts, Big Truck finished third as the 1-5 favorite in the Sleepy Hollow Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 20. He was beaten a neck by Giant Moon.
Tagg said he did not have an excuse for the horse that day, but did intimate there could be a change in tactics for the Remsen.
"He probably just wants to be taken back a little bit,'' Tagg said.
Big Truck has worked twice since the Sleepy Hollow, including a five-furlong move in 1:01.28 Monday over Belmont Park's main track.
Bohannan still wants to train
Trainer Tom Bohannan on Wednesday contradicted owner John Ed Anthony's version of why the two split up and said that he still hopes to continue training horses.
Anthony, who last month moved his 12-horse string to D. Wayne Lukas, said Monday that Bohannan quit training for "personal reasons'' and that he was likely headed back to work in construction, something Bohannan did when he stopped training in 1998.
Bohannan, who could not be reached for comment on Monday, said Wednesday that Anthony moved his horses to Lukas because "he wasn't happy with the results and he made that perfectly clear to me all through the summer.''
Bohannan went 4 for 35 this year for Anthony.
Meanwhile, Bohannan, who won the Preakness in 1992 and 1993, said he hopes to obtain other clients.
"I would like to continue to train horses and see if I can build up a stable from scratch,'' Bohannan said. "I know that's not easy to do, but my interests are in the horse business.''
* Sleeping Indian ($4.70) made it 3 for 3 on turf with a gritty 1 3/4-length victory in Wednesday's $78,250 Volponi Stakes for 3-year-olds. Under Cornelio Velasquez, Sleeping Indian easily made the lead, then shrugged off challenges from Adagio and Starvinsky to earn the victory. Sleeping Indian, owned by Peachtree Stable and trained by Allen Jerkens, covered one mile in 1:36.63.
* There were 33 winning tickets sold on Wednesday's pick six, each returning $14,814. There was a two-card carryover of $154,615 entering the day and an additional $598,558 was wagered into the pool. The winning sequence of 10-9-6-3-1-5 consisted of Saint Barr ($5.40), Love Cove ($24.40), Bailero ($5.90), Sleeping Indian ($4.70), Sherine ($4.10), and Queen of Protocol ($7.20). There were 1,538 consolation tickets (5 of 6), each returning $72.50.
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