07/14/2010 6:32PM

Santa Rosa next for stakes winners


Santa Rosa is the destination for last weekend’s Alameda County Fair stakes winners.

Trainer Steve Specht plans to run Saturday’s Everett Nevin winner Luckarack in the Cavonnier Juvenile Aug. 14 at Santa Rosa, while Roger Hansen will point Sunday’s Sam Whiting winner Restless Youth to the Joseph Grace Aug. 8 there.

Meanwhile Del Mar stakes are next on the agenda for Lucky Mr. K, the odds-on runner-up to Luckarack in the Nevin, and Goggles McCoy, who was impressive in an allowance victory against older on Sunday.

Specht, who lives in Santa Rosa, will also bring back multiple stakes winner Lady Railrider to his hometown meet in the July 31 Luther Burbank.

Luckarack is owned and was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams, also the owner-breeders of Lady Railrider and American Oaks runner-up Antares World. Luckarack defeated the 4-5 Lucky Mr. K in the 5½-furlong Nevin, which was for 2-year-old California-breds, to run his record to 2 for 2.

His first start was June 10 at Golden Gate Fields in a $32,000 maiden claimer.

Specht didn’t know what to think of Luckarack early on, saying the Lucky Pulpit colt was “lazy” and didn’t show much.

Specht was in Southern California when the colt was entered for his debut, and, after entries were taken, Luckarack worked a half-mile in 47.60.

Specht was concerned someone might claim the colt, who is the first winner for Lucky Pulpit, but decided to run him because “they’re not doing much claiming around here, at least at $32,000.”

Since the victory, Luckarack has worked much better.

“He’s settled in and acting like he wants to be a racehorse,” said Specht, who says the colt should enjoy longer distances.

Lucky Mr. K’s trainer, Jeff Bonde, is eyeing the Aug. 4 Graduation Stakes for 2-year-old Cal-breds at Del Mar.

Lucky Mr. K broke a bit slowly in the Nevin, quickly moved into contention, but had nothing left in the lane.

“He ran a good race,” said Bonde.

Lady Railrider, sidelined earlier this year with quarter cracks in both front hooves, has been training nicely. She’ll be running on the turf in the Luther Burbank. Her only win on grass came last October in the Pacific Heights at Golden Gate Fields.

She has won 7 of 18 starts, including four stakes, and earned $396,700. She won the Cal Cup Matron and the Pacific Heights in her final two starts last year.

Specht said Antares World is being pointed to the Del Mar Oaks.

Hansen won last year’s Whiting with Tribesman, and he entered Restless Youth in this year’s race because Tribesman is sidelined.

Restless Youth returned from from nearly 15 months on the sidelines with a victory at six furlongs Jan. 21. Although his last three starts before Sunday’s had been in turf routes, Restless Youth was the speed of the six-furlong Whiting, which drew only four horses.

Chad Schvaneveldt broke Restless Youth on top, and they opened up down the backstretch through fractions of 44.57 and 56.43. Restless Youth had plenty left when put to the test by Jiggly in the lane.

??????? racing secretary Tom Doutrich and Alameda County Fair CEO Rick Pickering let the Whiting go despite a field of four because the field seemed evenly matched. The odds ranged from 6-5 on Jiggly to 3-1 on third-place finisher Paul’s Hope.

“We don’t mind running fours if the four are competitive,” Doutrich said. “We could have cancelled the race, but we believe you have to let your better horses run.”

An easy one for Goggles McCoy

Trainer Steve Sherman said he had no regrets after opting to pass the Whiting and run Goggles McCoy in an optional claimer.

The chart of the race commented that the talented 3-year-old won in “workout fashion” under Russell Baze.

“There’s no second guessing,” said Sherman. “The stake was always a second choice, only if this race didn’t go.”

Goggles McCoy is now 3 for 3 in his career and headed for the Aug. 11 Real Good Deal for Cal-breds at Del Mar.

Sunday’s race marked Goggles McCoy’s first road trip from Golden Gate Fields and his first try against older.

“He was a little rough in the paddock,” said Sherman, who adjusted the saddle three times while saddling Goggles McCoy on the fly.

The gelding was fine once he got on the track for the post parade and was perfect again in the race.

“Russell educated him because he usually opens three or four right away, but he didn’t let him here,” said Sherman. “We did what we wanted to do.”