03/22/2010 11:00PM

Live Sundays impresses in quick allowance


Although trainers Chuck Jenda and Roger Hansen will be checking condition books for races, the Sam Whiting early this summer at Pleasanton - the next sprint stakes in Northern California - is definitely on their radar.

The Jenda-trained Live Sundays ran a smasher in an allowance race Sunday, catching Hansen's comebacking Tribesman in the lane and winning a six-furlong race in 1:09.06, the fastest time of the meet.

Live Sundays held off Paul's Hop by a nose, with Tribesman - who set blistering fractions of 21.51 seconds, 43.71, and 55.98 - another three-quarters of a length back in third and a nose in front of Jiggly.

The stakes-placed Live Sundays, a $5,000 purchase at the 2007 Pleasanton sale by Hajji Farms, won his sixth race in 12 starts. He is 4 for 6 with a second in six-furlong races.

Jenda says the 4-year-old son of High Brite can get at least a mile and is comfortable on the turf, despite bobbling badly and losing his action in the Crystal Water in his previous start at Santa Anita in what was his first try around two turns. He has won at 7 1/2 furlongs around one turn at Hollywood Park.

"These days, you don't have a lot of options because races in the open category don't always fill," he said. "Sometimes you have to run short when you want to run long or run long when you want to run short.

"We'll have to look at the fairs for sprint stakes."

Hansen offered no excuses for Tribesman, who tired late.

"He broke just a teeny bit slow, and Chad [Schvaneveldt] couldn't get him to slow down," said Hansen, who expects Tribesman to defend his 2009 title in the Whiting.

"I thought he was tight enough to win, but we did have to wait on one work the previous week."

Baze to Turfway with Connemara

Leading rider Russell Baze will accompany his new best friend, Connemara, to Turfway Park on Saturday to run in the Grade 2, $500,000 Lane's End at 1 1/8 miles.

Baze had one of the biggest days of his career at Turfway in 1998 when he won the race - then called the Jim Beam - with Event of the Year. He won two other stakes there that day as well.

Baze flew to Southern California last Friday to work Connemara, who he rode to victory in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby. He flew home immediately after the Saturday work and rode at Golden Gate Fields in the afternoon.

"It was important for me to see how he's progressed since his last race," said Baze, who also worked the colt at Santa Anita on Sunshine Millions Day on Jan. 30.

Baze said he was pleased with the colt, who clocked 47.80 for a half-mile.

"Last time I went down and worked him, he wasn't nearly as on the muscle," Baze said. "He got right into the bit. He seems to enjoy his job now. Before, I had to get after him. This time, I had to pull on him."

When Baze got back to Golden Gate Fields, he did what he does best, winning the Work the Crowd aboard You Lift Me Up.

Gonzalez drops to five-pound bug

Although apprentice jockey Alex Gonzalez added two pounds in the middle of Sunday's card, the extra weight didn't seem to slow him down.

The 18-year-old rider scored his 40th career victory in Sunday's third race aboard Tops Image. That meant he lost two pounds off his apprentice allowance and would receive only a five-pound weight break instead of seven pounds.

Those two pounds made no difference as he won two more races aboard Katieinthefastlane in the seventh and Stormy Anna in the ninth.