05/25/2010 11:00PM

Jesters Jazz could stretch out, try turf


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Trainer Gail Cox continued her early-season surge when sending out Jesters Jazz to upset the $126,200 Lady Angela under regular rider Tyler Pizarro on Monday.

The seven-furlong Lady Angela, for Ontario-sired 3-year-old fillies, was the second start of the season and the third in the career of Jesters Jazz.

"I was a little surprised - I thought there were some pretty nice horses in there," said Cox.

"Tyler was extremely confident going into the race. I was a little more reserved."

Jesters Jazz, a $10,000 yearling at the local select sale, debuted here on Sept. 26 and was a rallying winner at 51-1 over six furlongs.

"She's a pretty filly and a pretty mover," Cox said. "But I wasn't thinking for her to win her first start - I hadn't pressed her too much. I was really impressed with how she handled herself."

After wintering with Cox at Payson Park, Jesters Jazz returned to Woodbine with her trainer during the third week of April.

In her seasonal bow, on April 28, Jesters Jazz raced evenly to finish fourth in a first-level Ontario-sired allowance at 5 1/2 furlongs.

"The race wasn't far enough for her, but it was the only choice," Cox said.

Jesters Jazz obviously benefited from the outing, however, as she rallied through the stretch to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths at 13-1 in the Lady Angela.

Although now a stakes winner, Jesters Jazz still has plenty of allowance options, and Cox can see her charge broadening her horizons.

"I think she might stretch out a little bit," Cox said. "And turf is a possibility."

Jesters Jazz was the first stakes winner for his sire, Mr. Jester, who stands at Colebrook Farm for his owner John Brnjas.

From the first crop of Mr. Jester, Jesters Jazz was the stallion's first winner overall.

Lets Kickit gave Mr. Jester his second winner here last November, and Knave of Hearts followed suit here this spring, with both capturing Ontario-sired maiden races.

Jesters Jazz was also the first stakes winner for owner Craig Cameron, who is the son of the late owner and breeder Doug Cameron.

The senior Cameron campaigned such stars as Rainbow Connection and New Connection and the multiple stakes winner Candid Cameron.

Craig Cameron, 52, followed his father into the racing game some six years ago.

"I have two broodmares and I'm running horses I bred, mostly," Cameron said. "I have another half-dozen horses at the track, down at Fort Erie right now."

Cox, while hoping to find stalls here to accommodate the other Cameron runners, will be looking forward to upcoming appearances by Simply Splendid and Tierra del Tigre.

Simply Splendid, a Kentucky-bred 5-year-old mare who was an impressive winner of the allowance prep for the Nassau Stakes here May 16, is slated to swing back in the Grade 2, $300,000 Nassau on June 5.

The Nassau will be run over one mile on turf, the same distance and surface over which Simply Splendid made her seasonal bow in the prep.

"She came out of the race very well," said Cox, who owns Simply Splendid in partnership with John Menary.

Tierra del Tigre, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old colt, was a winner while competing under second-level allowance terms in his local seasonal bow over 1 1/16 miles on the main track May 8.

Owned by Susan Foreman, Tierra del Tigre is nominated to the Grade 3, $150,000 Eclipse, a 1 1/16-mile race for 4-year-olds and up here June 5.

Redekop acquires Chief Counsel

Chief Counsel was scratched from a first-level allowance race here last Saturday after being purchased by Peter Redekop.

Terry Jordan, who trains for the British Columbia-based Redekop, is Chief Counsel's new conditioner.

"He bought him to race in the derbies out west," said Jordan, who has about a dozen horses here for Redekop, including the crack sprinter Hollywood Hit.

The 1 1/8-mile Manitoba Derby, on Aug. 2, will be Chief Counsel's first major target.

Chief Counsel, a Kentucky-bred 3-year-old, had been a $230,000 2-year-old in training purchase by WinStar Farm LLC.

In seven starts to date for trainer Bill Mott, Chief Counsel has recorded a win, two seconds, and two thirds while earning $117,875.

The colt competed in Grade 2 stakes in his last two starts, finishing fourth in both the 1 1/8-mile Lane's End at Turfway Park and the 1 1/16-mile Lexington at Keeneland.

El Brujo sold to Zetcher

El Brujo, a homebred 4-year-old gelding who has been racing for the Windways Farm of Jeff and Annabel Begg, has been purchased by California-based owner Arnold Zetcher.

Last Sunday morning, El Brujo left for New York and the barn of trainer John Terranova. He is expected to head west from there to trainer Bob Baffert.

"From Malcolm [Pierce] and my perspectives, some of the best sprinters in North America are here at Woodbine," Begg said.

"We were going to have to go on the road, to look for some softer spots, and we didn't really want to do that."

El Brujo won a pair of Grade 3 sprints in Kentucky last fall, capturing the six-furlong Kentucky Cup Sprint at Turfway Park and the seven-furlong Perryville at Keeneland en route to being a finalist in the Sovereign Award balloting in both the 3-year-old male and sprinter categories

At the beginning of his sophomore campaign, El Brujo won Woodbine's six-furlong Achievement and seven-furlong Queenston.

Despite El Brujo's departure, the Beggs still have ties to his family.

"We bought his half-sister, Galadriel, at Keeneland last fall," said Begg, who purchased the mare for $70,000 after selling her at the yearling sales here in 1999.

The Beggs also have a weanling full sister to El Brujo.