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Big plans for Break Water Edison
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - The Grade 3 Nashua Stakes for juvenile colts is usually a stepping-stone to the Grade 2 Remsen run at Aqueduct the last weekend of November. Trainer John Kimmel, who won Sunday's Nashua with Break Water Edison, is looking more long-term with his colt.
Kimmel confirmed Monday that Break Water Edison would skip the Remsen on Nov. 29 to get a freshening for his 3-year-old season, which Kimmel and owner Eli Gindi hope includes a start in the Kentucky Derby next May. Kimmel plans to ship Break Water Edison to south Florida next week and the colt will likely begin his 3-year-old campaign at Gulfstream Park in either the Hutcheson on Jan. 30 or the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 20.
"The 3-year-old campaign is kind of a grueling campaign," Kimmel said Monday morning at Belmont Park. "The 60 days he'd get right now would serve him better than running him and giving him only a short break."
In the $118,500 Nashua, Break Water Edison, a son of 1999 Belmont Stakes winner Lemon Drop Kid, rallied four wide at the five-sixteenths pole, roared past Royal Vindication in upper stretch and scored a 1 3/4-length victory over Hello Broadway, who got up for second by a neck over Royal Vindication. Break Water Edison ran the mile in 1:35.86 under Alan Garcia and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 98.
"With breeding like he has - by Lemon Drop Kid - and one thing Alan said was going longer will not be a problem; he rates kind, he galloped out fantastic," Kimmel said. "Those are the kind of horses that you've got to look for next year."
Break Water Edison won his debut by 4 3/4 lengths at Belmont in July, and ran a creditable second to Run Away and Hide in the Saratoga Special in August. Kimmel believes the rail post in both the Hopeful - which was 17 days after the Special - and the Champagne, compromised Break Water Edison's chances in those races. On Sunday, he broke from post 6 and settled next to last before making his move.
"I was a little nervous, I thought he'd be a little closer," Kimmel said. "He settled so well behind the pack of horses. When he made his move he had no place to tuck in. He had to go a solid six wide. There were four or five horses to his inside but they were off the rail themselves so it ended up being pretty far on the outside. [Garcia] said it was no problem for him. He ran by those horses giving up lengths."
Kimmel said that Gindi has received significant offers to sell Break Water Edison, but has turned them down.
Livin Lovin or Sky Diva for Demoiselle
Talk about an embarrassment of riches. Trainer Steve Klesaris and owner Jeff Puglisi certainly have that in the juvenile filly division this year. Livin Lovin became the third graded-stakes-winning juvenile filly campaigned by them this year when she rolled to a 4 1/4-length victory in Sunday's Grade 3, $107,500 Tempted Stakes.
Under Ramon Dominguez, Livin Lovin sat behind the speed, tipped off the rail in upper stretch, and rolled past pace-setting Gemswick Park for the win. Livin Lovin ran the mile in 1:36.89 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 87.
Livin Lovin is a stablemate of Mani Bhavan, who won the Grade 1 Spinaway, and Ski Diva, who won the Grade 1 Frizette and finished third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Puglisi bought half-interest in Livin Lovin from owner David Soblick after her debut.
Klesaris, who watched the Tempted from Kentucky where he was attending a Fasig-Tipton auction, was impressed with what he saw.
"Her last eighth of a mile was explosive," Klesaris said. "It was fun to watch."
Klesaris said Livin Lovin or Sky Diva may return in the $200,000 Demoiselle here Nov. 29. Whichever one doesn't run in that race is a candidate for either the Hollywood Starlet at Hollywood Park on Dec. 13 or the Delta Princess at Delta Downs on Dec. 5.
La Prevoyante next for Criticism?
Aside from a brief case heat exhaustion suffered right after the race, Criticism seemed to come out of her victory in Saturday's Grade 3 Long Island Handicap in good order, trainer Tom Albertrani said.
Criticism needed to be hosed down for several minutes by her handlers following her one-length victory the Long Island. It was Criticism's first graded stakes victory and she may likely go for another in the Grade 3, $150,000 La Prevoyante at Calder on Dec. 13.
Albertrani said Criticism would ship to the Palm Meadows training center in Florida next week "and if it looks like she's training well we'll take a look at the La Prevoyante."
Criticism, owned by Darley Stable, earned a 102 Beyer for her victory.
A day after Criticism's victory, Albertrani-trained runners Gemswick Park and Morning Chatter finished second and third in the Grade 3 Tempted. Albertrani said Gemswick Park would probably be kept at distances shorter than one mile, while Morning Chatter, who is still a maiden, will likely drop back to a maiden race for her next start, but does have a future going a route of ground.
Reynolds wants stardom for Backseat Rhythm
Backseat Rhythm, who failed to meet her reserve in Sunday's Fasig-Tipton Kentucky mixed sale - the bidding stopped at $2.5 million - was expected to rejoin trainer Pat Reynolds at Belmont Park on Tuesday and, barring some sort of private deal, will race next year at 4.
Backseat Rhythm, who finished third to Indian Blessing in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2006, blossomed as a turf horse in 2007, winning the Grade 1 Garden City and finishing second in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth. Backseat Rhythm is owned by Paul Pompa Jr.
"I'm going to make a star out of her next year," Reynolds said. "Now that she's established herself as a Grade 1 kind of horse, we'll keep her in the better races. If she stays sound, we'll have a million-dollar earner in the barn next year."
Reynolds knows he wants to keep Backseat Rhythm in races at a 1 1/4 miles or longer whenever possible. Knowing that the majority of those races are later in the year, Reynolds said there is a chance Backseat Rhythm could run in the La Prevoyante, run at 1 1/2 miles at Calder on Dec. 13, before getting a break.
* Jockey Ramon Dominguez, who won three races on Sunday, including the Grade 3 Tempted, will not win any races this week as he serves a seven-day careless riding suspension dating back to the Saratoga meet.