03/30/2012 1:44PM

Oaklawn: Twelve Twenty Two headed to a stakes at Churchill Downs


Twelve Twenty Two’s victory by more than 12 lengths in the $100,000 Harry Henson Handicap on the Sunland Derby undercard last Sunday in New Mexico will serve as her springboard into graded competition in Kentucky. Her trainer, Henry Dominguez, said she is under consideration for one of two upcoming stakes at Churchill Downs.

“It might be the Humana Distaff, or that La Troienne the day before,” he said. “We’re still debating which one of those two.”

The Grade 1, $300,000 Humana Distaff for fillies and mares at seven furlongs is May 5. The Grade 2, $300,000 La Troienne for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles is May 4.

Twelve Twenty Two has won three stakes in her last three starts, all at Sunland since December. In the Harry Henson, she stalked the pace in the one-mile race for fillies and mares then drew out to earn a Beyer Speed Figure of 97.

Summer return for Cyber Secret

Cyber Secret, who contested two-thirds of Oaklawn’s series for 3-year-olds after winning an allowance with a Beyer Figure of 96, will not advance to the Arkansas Derby, said his trainer, Lynn Whiting. The horse ran fifth in both the first division of the Grade 3 Southwest on Feb. 20, and the Grade 2 Rebel on March 17.

“We’re going to five him a little bit of a breather, settle his mind back down,” said Whiting. “He’s been chasing that early speed, and we need to get that out of his head, then hopefully, we’ll have a horse for later in the summer.”

Cyber Secret will be based next at Churchill Downs.

Reckless Jerry, a multiple stakes-placed runner who was 10th in the Rebel, was found to have a lung infection after the race and will likely pass the Arkansas Derby, said his trainer, Kenny Smith.

Handsome Mike, fourth in the Grade 3 Spiral at Turfway, has shipped into Oaklawn for the Arkansas Derby. Trainer Doug O’Neill said he hopes to line up Mario Gutierrez ride the horse. Mike. Gutierrez won the Grade 2 Lewis aboard the O’Neill-trained I’ll Have Another. Both horses race for J. Paul Reddam.

Miss Missile has colt by Lookin’ At Lucky

Miss Missile, an 11-time stakes winner for owner Terry Propps and trainer Charlie Smith, had her first foal, a colt by champion Lookin At Lucky, late last month in Texas. She is to be bred back to Northern Afleet, said Props.

Miss Missile won 16 races overall, at distances of three and a half furlongs up to 1 1/16 miles Lookin At Lucky was a champion at 2 and 3.

“We went to Lookin At Lucky because he and Miss Missile are a lot alike,” said Propps. “They both had that grit to them. They were both gritty. He put it out there every time.”

Miss Missile’s colt is a Texas-bred and he will eventually be sold at auction, said Propps.

New stakes for Lone Star

William S. Farish, the owner of Lane’s End Farm, vice chairman of The Jockey Club, and past president of the Texas Thoroughbred Association, has pledged $150,000 to the Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund over the next three years. The TTA established the fund in 2005 to provide scholarship assistance to children of qualified members of the breeders’ organization. To draw attention to the program, a new stakes has been created and it will be run at Lone Star Park on June 16.

The funds for the $50,000 Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stakes will come from the purse account. The race is for Texas-bred fillies and mares at 7 1/2f furlongs on turf. The card June 16 will be Scholarship Day at the Races, and it will also feature two runnings of the TTA’s annual Sales Futurity. Lone Star opens April 12.

◗ The Fasig-Tipton Texas sale of 2-year-olds in training at Lone Star will be held Thursday, April 5, with the under-tack portion of the auction set for Monday, April 2. It will begin at 11 a.m. Central. The catalog features 150 lots by such stallions as Curlin, Ghostzapper, Medaglia d’Oro, Ide, and Valid Expectations.

◗ The annual 2-year-olds in training sale at Evangeline Downs achieved a 13-percent increase in average during the auction held March 25. During the sale, administered by Stemmans Inc., 124 horses sold for $1,125,700, or an average of $9,078. Last year, 113 lots sold for $901,500, for an average of $7,978. The topper was a colt by Irish Road, Boston Boy, who brought $41,000 from Rodney Verrett.

◗ Dreaminofthewin, a multiple graded stakes-placed runner who has been racing at Santa Anita, is back at Oaklawn and is being pointed for the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park on April 28, said his trainer, C.R. Trout.