12/27/2010 10:14AM

At least two reasons for Will Phipps to come to Tampa barn

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Will Phipps with Fancy Point at Saratoga.

OLDSMAR, Fla. – Trainer Will Phipps has seen his stable grow and prosper over the last few years, and he has at least two 3-year-olds of 2011 who he thinks could make impacts in their divisions.

The current star of the outfit is Fancy Point, a 2-year-old filly who won her maiden in the P.G. Johnson Stakes on turf at Saratoga, then led into the stretch of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf before finishing 10th. Phipps recently took over the training of Mas Trueno, an Afleet Alex colt who recently left the winless ranks at Philadelphia Park. Kinsman Stable, which owns both horses, thinks Mas Trueno could have Triple Crown potential, Phipps said.

“John Servis had the colt up north and has done a fine job with him,” Phipps said. “The Kinsman people wanted to send him south to continue to develop and and asked me to take him.”

Phipps said there’s a race at Tampa on Friday that he hopes to run Mas Trueno in.

Phipps now has 21 horses in training with 16 yearlings that were recently broke on the farm and will be starting their training soon. Phipps sent out a winner at Tampa earlier in the week when Manchurian Candidate romped over a field of maiden turf juveniles.

A former amateur rider who spent five years working as an assistant for Hall of Fame conditioner Bill Mott, Phipps struck out on his own in 2008. When asked what lessons he learned from Mott, Phipps, 39, said: “There were really too many to count but two of the biggest were to have patience and humility. He taught me to give the horses time to let me know what they needed, what changes had to be made for them to improve, and I also learned from him not to get get too high on myself or my horses, that this game will knock you down a lot more often than it will pick you up.”

Philosopher Queen a star in making?

There were a number of noteworthy performances on Sunday’s Cotillion Day card, which was made up exclusively of 2-year-old races, starting with Miss Fifty’s romp over high-priced claiming sprinter in the opener. But the best performance on the card may well have been Philosopher Queen’s win in the sixth, an optional claiming route on the turf at 1 1/16 miles.

Philosopher Queen, from the H. Graham Motion barn, blew by the leaders in the drive and drew off like a good horse to post a six-length win over Catch That Kitten, who hesitated at the break and turned in a fine effort in defeat. By Empire Maker, Philospher Queen was scoring her second straight win and looks like a filly with a future.

Danny Centeno, who seems to rise to the occasion on big race days, was the riding star on Sunday, winning four races including the co-featured Sandpiper Stakes aboard Devilish Lady. The four-bagger gave Centeno 16 wins for the meeting, seven more than runner-up Leandro Goncalves.

Jamie Ness has six wins for the meet to lead the trainer standings over Gerald Bennett and Bill Mott, who have four each.