Updated on 09/15/2011 1:23PM

Chorwon to run next year


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Chorwon, sixth at 58-1 in the Breeders' Cup Turf, is through for the year after having bled in the Turf, said trainer Hal Wiggins. The 8-year-old likely will run again next year, with his campaign starting sometime at the Fair Grounds meet that runs through late March.

So many Nicks in the racing game

The surname Nicks often has been linked with success at Churchill Downs, primarily because Ralph Nicks long has served as the top Kentucky-based assistant to Bill Mott.

So when Morris Nicks, Ralph's father, came out firing with four winners during the first four days of this 24-day fall meet, the natural order at Churchill was turned on its proverbial head.

The elder Nicks, 54, is known by colleagues as a quiet, hard-working trainer whose talents not only have been seen with such solid stakes horses as Groovy Jett and Run Johnny, but through his son's many exploits as Mott's right-hand man. But with only 10 horses in his stable, Morris Nicks seldom makes the trainer standings.

"It's hard when you don't have the numbers," said Nicks, who as a teen rode match races in his native Texas. "So when you're the leading trainer, even for a day or two, it's fun."

Kaye Nicks, Morris's wife and Ralph's mother, is a clocker at Churchill. Ralph's wife, Judy, also has worked for Mott for many years. The result is a close family that basically lives and breathes horse racing.

"Ralph worked for me until 13 years ago, when he went out with Bill, who obviously has done a lot for him," said Morris Nicks. Smiling broadly, he added: "Used to be that I'd tell Ralph what to do, but now, after all the good horses he's had his hands on, he tries to tell me what to do."

Stage Call, Max's Pal headed west

Trainer Elliott Walden said Stage Call, an 11-length winner of the Hopemont Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 26, may run next in the $200,000 Generous Stakes, a Grade 3 turf race Nov. 24 at Hollywood Park.

"I've already sent him down to Payson Park," said Walden, referring to his main winter base. "Right now we're only thinking about running him out in California."

Stage Call, a 2-year-old Irish-bred by Sadler's Wells, was getting first-time Lasix and was making his U.S. debut in the Hopemont after winning once from three starts for trainer James Bolger in Ireland.

Pat Byrne also is pointing an impressive Keeneland winner to a Hollywood stakes. Max's Friend, an easy winner of an entry-level grass allowance, likely will run next in the Grade 1, $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 25.

"He might be over his head, but I don't know," said Byrne. "We like him a lot. A race like that could tell us where we are with him."

Katy Kat shows she's back

Katy Kat, the slight favorite in a field of eight, took over from front-running Red N'Gold to win Friday's ninth-race feature, a $46,800 allowance for fillies and mares.

Katy Kat stalked the pace under Larry Melancon before drawing off to win by four lengths. Red N'Gold was second, two lengths ahead of Lookaway Dixieland.

Kat Kat, a 3-year-old filly by Forest Wildcat, is trained by Niall O'Callaghan. Two starts back, O'Callaghan tried Katy Kat in the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks, in which she finished a distant fourth. "She's a nice filly," said O'Callaghan. "We were just taking a shot, sending her to California for that race. This race should put her back on her game."

Katy Kat returned $6.40 after finishing 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.74 over a good track. She is owned by the partnership of Donna Moore, Paul Saylor, and Gene Voss.

One race earlier, Djebel Amour ($6) beat favored Southern Lass to the lead, then edged clear to win a $44,200 allowance route under Craig Perret. The winner is a 3-year-old Mt. Livermore filly trained by Steve Penrod.

* Executive director Marty Maline has called a general meeting of members of the Kentucky division of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association for Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the recreation hall on the Churchill backside.

* Two Grade 3 stakes, both for older horses at 1 1/8 miles on turf, will be run next weekend. Saturday will feature the $150,000 Cardinal Handicap, while the $150,000 River City Handicap is the Sunday headliner. Fillies and mares likely for the Cardinal include Alybgood, Binalegend, Gino's Spirits, Tabianka, and Watch. The River City is the Cardinal's male counterpart. Weights for both races were to be released this weekend.

* University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino will be here Saturday for a free autograph session. Pitino then will present the winner's trophy following the Cardinal.