05/07/2013 12:55PM

Churchill Downs: Delaunay to get freshening

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John Bambury
Delaunay, who won the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes on Saturday, will get some rest ahead of a push toward the Breeders' Cup Sprint later in the year.

Delaunay, a four-length winner of the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes on the Derby undercard for owner Maggi Moss, will get a brief respite before undertaking a campaign designed to get him to the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Sprint in peak form, trainer Tom Amoss said.

“I wish the Breeders’ Cup was in four weeks,” Amoss said. “It’s not, so we’ll work backward from it and try to figure the best way to get there.”

Delaunay earned a 109 Beyer Speed Figure on Saturday, his sixth straight triple-digit mark.

Amoss and Moss also won the Grade 3 Eight Belles on the Oaks undercard with So Many Ways.

“There’s not a lot to her, size-wise,” Amoss said. “She’s also going to get a little time before we figure out what we do next.”

One other Amoss notable, The Pizza Man, emerged from a very rough trip in a Saturday allowance in fine shape.

“We were fortunate in that respect,” Amoss said.

Dave More than 1 year ago
This is the problem with horse racing. Every honestly good training job is under suspicion now because no one believes that all of the Dutrows and the like have been rooted out, not even close. It's a shame.
Dave Wielhouwer More than 1 year ago
Jay, maybe its because Dane Kobieske cant train? ever think about that? Lava Man was a claim too. ALL horses hit their peak anywhere from age 4 thur 6. Trainers (W Ward) who run horses at 2, before their knees are developed can guarantee those horses wont run a lick the next year. Look over in Europe, many of their champion horses are older than 4. Tom Amoss is a very smart guy who made a great claim, made some adjustments to Delaunay and now has a great horse. Its funny, he had Ron The Greek who didn't do much with him, now in the Mott Barn RTG has won some huge races, I don't hear anyone chirping about Mott.
J.L. Boey More than 1 year ago
A very risky move. There's a good chance he might not come back the same after freshening, however brief. People used to run them more when they're in top form, as long as they're sound, unless the winter is coming up.
John More than 1 year ago
Jay........., I was wondering the same thing ! Im from the West Coast, and handicapping that race, and remembering the dominance Trinniberg had in the Breeders Cup Sprint, I thought I was stealing money against a former claiming horse ! I knew I was dead into the far turn, dont know what type oats or cherrios this horse is eating, but the Breeders Cup should get interesing ! Im hearing from friends who clock here on the West Coast, Bafferts FAST BULLET is literally blistering the track in his comeback works , and he is a good one !
Kevin Mitchell More than 1 year ago
Anybody that bet Trinniberg off a Dubai race should just give money away. Few horses win in the months after those races.
Greg Hopper More than 1 year ago
Agree completely with Kevin. PLUS, if you look at Sheets then DELAUNAY was the kind of standout that you only find a few times a year in big races regardless of his, and Trinni's, distant backgrounds.
Dave More than 1 year ago
He really impressed me. I questioned whether he could get the 7f against a very good field. He proved me wrong!
jay More than 1 year ago
Can anyone explain to me how a 6 year old former claiming horse, who's run nearly 40 races, has suddenly become one of the top sprinters in the country?
Tom More than 1 year ago
Anyone could explain it that did not start following this game last week. You have got to be kidding to ask a question like that. Open some books, learn the game, this is nothing that has not happened 100's of times before.
jay More than 1 year ago
Get off your high horse. I didn't say it happened in one day. Please give a few of your hundreds of examples of 6 year old sprinters who have improved dramatically after more than 30 races.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Good question. I took a shot against him on the new track / stretchout angle and needed the 6-horse to get home and I crush the pic 4 several times. So much chalk at the end of that card! Anyway, he was much the best, so whaddayagonnado? To Tom's point, it's not like it's unprecidented, although his response to you was arrogant and insulting.
Tom More than 1 year ago
It was meant to be arrogant and insulting, because I am sick of these dumb naive statements on here.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Someone woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
Greg Hopper More than 1 year ago
Why not just answer his question or ignore and move on?
Merwyn Sher More than 1 year ago
Yes, he has Tom Amoss for a trainer!
Kevin Mitchell More than 1 year ago
He made 250k before Tom Amoss got him in Allowance company in Midatlantic, and has consistently improved. Horses peak at age 5 which is when he claimed him. Dickie Small ran him in G2 General George which shows he had talent.
Eugene Fletcher More than 1 year ago
no real explanation...John Henry was a $25 K claimer and won 6 grade ones at nine...sometimes it takes awhile to figure them out...
zkid9914 More than 1 year ago
He probably had something that was restricting him from his best races. Trainer found the problem and took corrective action and here we are.
Ceil Rock More than 1 year ago
Tom Amoss said Delaunay had been very popular at the claim box and was always being moved to a new barn. He thinks that finally being in a stable situation (where he doesn't go to a strange barn after every race) has made a big difference - which makes a lot of sense. The horse is happy now. It doesn't hurt that Tom Amoss is a very good trainer - he's finally getting some really nice horses to train.