12/16/2009 12:00AM

Sam P. uninjured, bound for Florida


Sam P. was pulled up by jockey Calvin Borel shortly after finishing seventh in the Prairie Bayou Stakes on Saturday at Turfway Park and was vanned off. The 5-year-old horse, however, suffered no injuries whatsoever, according to Buff Bradley, the trainer of Sam P.

"He's back training like a million dollars," Bradley said early Wednesday. "Calvin was just being cautious."

Borel did something virtually identical after a Polytrack race at the Keeneland fall meet with Warrior's Reward, dismounting shortly after the finish before the horse was vanned off. Nothing was found amiss with Warrior's Reward, either.

"I think what happens is sometimes the Polytrack balls up and their action gets a little funny," said Bradley.

Bradley, meanwhile, is headed soon to Gulfstream Park, where he will have 20 horses, including Sam P.

Two riders headed for Tampa Bay

Leandro Goncalves and Israel Ocampo are taking their tack to Tampa Bay Downs this winter after making an impact on the Kentucky circuit this fall.

Steve Elzey, the agent for both jockeys, said Goncalves recently returned from Brazil and was scheduled to ride one mount Thursday at Tampa. Goncalves won two graded races this fall, including the $300,000 Raven Run at Keeneland.

Ocampo currently is visiting family in Mexico and plans to return to riding on Jan. 2 at Tampa. Ocampo rode with moderate success at the Churchill Downs meet that ended Nov. 28.

Lucky number 101

No one can say Justin Bishop didn't pay his dues. With the 101st mount of a riding career that began in March at Delta Downs in his home state of Louisiana, Bishop finally notched his first victory, booting home Elliday, a 39-1 shot, in the seventh race Saturday at Turfway.

"It's been a long time coming, and it sure feels good," said Bishop, 19.

Bishop, the son of a breeder, grew up with Thoroughbreds on the family farm. He is being represented by John Fahey, who quit training earlier this month to become an agent.

Lenclud's big day puts him on top

Freddie Lenclud, the 22-year-old apprentice who is headed for Oaklawn Park shortly after the holiday meet ends Dec. 31, has taken the lead atop the jockey standings after winning four straight races on the Sunday card.

Lenclud won the second through fifth races Sunday and ended the day with 13 wins at the holiday meet, which began Nov. 29. Ben Creed, a fellow apprentice, was second with nine wins, followed by three jockeys tied with eight wins each.

* An overflow cast of 2-year-old fillies has been entered for the $50,000 Gowell Stakes, a six-furlong race to be run here Saturday. Top names in the field include Oceans of Honey, For Royalty, Henry's Posse, and Rapid Racer. As many as 12 can start.