06/04/2009 11:00PM

Jake Wil Gallop hits road for Jefferson Cup


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Jake Wil Gallop, who just missed setting a course record at Lone Star Park in last month's $100,000 USA Stakes, was due to arrive at Churchill Downs on Sunday for a date with graded competition. His trainer, Leroy Hellman, said Jake Wil Gallop is being pointed to the Grade 2, $200,000 Jefferson Cup for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf on the Stephen Foster undercard June 13.

It will be the first graded start for Jake Wil Gallop, who punched his ticket to the race following a one-length win in the USA. He covered the 1 1/16 miles on turf in a razor-sharp 1:40.09, just .09 of a second off the course record.

"Each race he's improved here lately," said Hellman, who trains Jake Wil Gallop for Pete Reiman. "And I think he's going to improve a little more off that last race.

"His Beyers increased as he hit the grass, so we're keeping him on the grass. The race is also straight 3-year-olds."

Jake Wil Gallop earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 85 for his effort in the USA. It was his third career start on grass, with his other stakes start coming in the $50,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge at Lone Star in April. Jake Wil Gallop, who won the USA on the front end, closed from ninth to finish third by a neck in the Grand Prairie. He won his maiden on dirt this past winter at Retama Park.

Jake Wil Gallop is a son of Victory Gallop, and a half-brother to the stakes-placed Bucharest, who has earned $214,548. Hellman planned to van Jake Wil Gallop from Lone Star to Hot Springs, Ark., on Saturday, layover for the night, then head to Churchill. Tuffy Collier, who has ridden the horse in his last two starts, has the mount in the Jefferson Cup.

Denoun N Deverb bred to Giacomo

Hellman is in his first season at Lone Star. He said one of his most recent stakes horses, Denoun N Deverb, has been retired. She last raced at Retama, finishing fourth in a $25,000 optional claimer at six furlongs on Feb. 20.

Denoun N Deverb won three stakes during her career, between Hawthorne Race Course and Fairmount Park. Hellman said she has been bred to Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo. Denoun N Deverb, who raced for Hellman and Kenneth Fischer, won 11 of 38 starts and $311,468.

She is a 7-year-old mare by the Tsunami Slew stallion Denouncer.

Hot team in allowance feature

Tom Durant, who is the leading owner at Lone Star, and trainer Jack Bruner, who is winning races at a 35-percent rate, will be represented by Undeclared Tone in the best race on the card Sunday, a first-level allowance for statebred fillies and mares. The one-mile race drew a competitive group of seven horses and it will go as the fourth.

Undeclared Tone is returning to the overnight ranks after finishing fourth in the $125,000 fillies division of the Texas Stallion Stakes that was won by her entrymate, City Tone. That race was run over 1 1/16 miles and on Sunday the consistent Undeclared Tone is returning to the distance of her maiden win. She rolled to a five-length score in a one-mile maiden special weight for statebreds two starts ago, on April 24.

Chris Landeros, who has been a constant presence on Durant runners this meet, has the mount. Durant had won 19 races this meet through Thursday night, 12 more than second-leading owners Frontier Stables and Heiligbrodt Racing Stables. Bruner is fourth in the trainer standings at Lone Star.