Updated on 09/15/2011 2:29PM

Mott adapts to handle baby boom in his barn


JAMAICA, N.Y. - Of the 40 winners trainer Bill Mott has saddled in New York since July 28, 19 have come with 2-year-olds.

Yes, that's Bill Mott as in William I. Mott, best known for training Cigar and turf champions Theatrical and Paradise Creek. Those 19 2-year-old winners have come with 15 different horses.

What's going on here?

Since the death of longtime client Allen Paulson, Mott has gotten more horses from outfits such as Centennial Farm, The Thoroughbred Corp., and Live Oak Plantation. Those three, and others, have been aggressive at the yearling sales and have sent Mott a fair share of juveniles.

"The difference has been we've been taking on some different types of horses," Mott said. "With Live Oak, we went out and purchased some and Centennial bought a group of horses that had a chance to run at 2. Not everyone has needed the turf either. We haven't had that in quite a few years."

On Saturday, Mott will send out three of his better juveniles in a trio of $200,000 stakes around the country. At Aqueduct, Listen Here will be the likely favorite in the Grade 2 Remsen for colts and Saintly Action will be among the top three choices in the Grade 2 Demoiselle for fillies. In California, Mott will send out Miesque's Approval, the likely favorite for the Grade 3 Generous Stakes on turf at Hollywood Park.

Listen Here, a son of Gulch owned by a group headed by Lewis Lakin, is unbeaten in three starts, including a victory in the Grade 3 Nashua Stakes on Oct. 26. Mott will find out Saturday if he should point the colt down the Kentucky Derby trail.

"He shows a lot of quality and a lot of class in his training," Mott said. "I'm not convinced at this point that he will go a mile and a quarter. The Remsen is a very good opportunity to find something out. If a 2-year-old can go a mile and an eighth at this time of year that gives you the possibility of getting him to go another eighth of a mile by next May. It's a very important race for him."

In recent years, the Remsen has produced Kentucky Derby winners Go for Gin and Thunder Gulch.

Listen Here, who will be ridden by Edgar Prado in the Remsen, will face a field that is expected to include Jule Bandit, Monthir, Nokoma, Right Too Refuse, Robins Beauty, Saarland, Seat Open, and Silent Fred. On Wednesday, Jule Bandit worked four furlongs in 47.45 seconds out of the gate over the Belmont Park training track. It was the fastest of 29 works at the distance.

Live Oak Plantation spent $350,000 on Saintly Action, a daughter of Saint Ballado out of the Mr. Prospector mare Act. In her third career start, Saintly Action romped to an eight-length maiden win before finishing second, 6 1/2 lengths behind Smok'n Frolic in the Grade 3 Tempted. Mott said jockey Jerry Bailey had to move too soon in order to keep from being shuffled back and Saintly Action was empty in the stretch.

"I think it was too soon for her," Mott said. "He knew it and I knew it, but you couldn't blame for him doing it. They were crowding up in front of her and he needed to get his running room."

Saintly Action will once again have to deal with Smok'n Frolic in the Demoiselle. Others expected to run include Blissful Kiss, Lady Shari, Proxy Statement, Water Rights, and Wopping. Possible runners include Hangingbyamoment, Madame X Ski, and Treasure Coast Gem.

Peeping Tom blows out for Cigar

Peeping Tom, the runner-up in last year's Cigar Mile, blew out three furlongs in 35.35 seconds, handily, Wednesday over Belmont Park's main track in preparation for Saturday's $350,000 Cigar Mile, the final Grade 1 of the year to be run in New York.

Peeping Tom worked in company with Montelena, a maiden filly, who was clocked in the same time. They were the fastest of 14 works at the distance.

"That's a good move," trainer Pat Reynolds said. "He's ready to fire a good effort."

Reynolds believes the stretch out from six furlongs to a mile should benefit Peeping Tom, who is coming out of a ninth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Prior to that, he finished fourth to Delaware Township in the Forest Hills Handicap, also at six furlongs.

"In those six-furlong races he could hardly even get wound up," Reynolds said. "I'm thinking there should be a good pace and we should be sitting in mid-pack."

Reynolds said Jose Santos will ride Peeping Tom, replacing Shaun Bridgmohan, who chose to ride Volponi.

The Cigar Mile picked up another starter Wednesday in Capsized, who comes out of a second-place finish in the Nassau Handicap on turf. That brings the expected field to 10: Left Bank, Affirmed Success, Graeme Hall, Red Bullet, Peeping Tom, Illusioned, Franbulo, Volponi, Capsized, and Ticket to Freedom. Cat's at Home is a possible starter.

* Dat You Miz Blue, winner of the Ready Jet Go Stakes at The Meadowlands last time out, worked a half-mile in 48.42 seconds Wednesday over Belmont's training track. She is expected to make her next start in the $75,000 Garland of Roses Handicap on Dec. 8, trainer Jimmy Jerkens said.