10/04/2011 1:56PM

Shotgun Gulch ships to Keeneland for Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes

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Tom Keyser
Shotgun Gulch has shipped to Keeneland for Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes.

Shotgun Gulch moved geographically closer to a start in the Breeder’s Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Tuesday, when she was shipped from her Oklahoma base to Kentucky for the Grade 2, $200,000 Thoroughbred Club of America. Saturday’s stakes at Keeneland is a Win and You’re In challenge race for the Grade 1, $1 million Filly and Mare Sprint that will be held at neighboring Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

C.R. Trout, who bred, owns, and trains Shotgun Gulch, said he would like to see the filly, who is 4, advance to the Breeders’ Cup. Back in April, she won the Grade 1 Madison at Keeneland at the same seven-furlong distance as the Filly and Mare Sprint. Garrett Gomez was aboard for the Madison and has the mount Saturday, Trout said.

Shotgun Gulch will come into the TCA off a close third-place finish in the Grade 2, $400,000 Masters at Presque Isle on Sept. 10. Following the race, Trout gave Shotgun Gulch a brief freshening at his farm in Oklahoma. He said she shipped early Tuesday to Keeneland and by midday was nearing the Lexington, Ky., track. Uno Ducksy, an Aaron Box-trained candidate for the Grade 3, $150,000 Woodford at Keeneland on Saturday, made the trip with Shotgun Gulch.

Keeneland debut for Uno Ducksy

Uno Ducksy, a $3,500 claim turned multiple allowance winner when moved to turf, is based at Remington. Box said Tuesday he was not certain the horse would make the body of the Woodford, but he elected to ship in advance of entries in order to be prepared to start Saturday. The Woodford, at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf, would be the stakes debut for Uno Ducksy.

“We want to find out if the horse can compete at that level,” Box said. “I know it’s a huge jump in class, but at the same time, sometimes you don’t ever know until you try.”

Uno Ducksy won back-to-back allowances at five furlongs on turf this summer at Lone Star Park, both in 55.20 seconds. His first score came over Yankee Gone South, who two starts later accounted for a $40,000 optional claimer at Del Mar, Box noted. In his most recent Lone Star win, Uno Ducksy defeated Antioch Diamond, another Box-trained runner who returned to win his next two starts, including the $50,000 Remington Park Turf Sprint on Sept. 24.

Sword Trick heading to Remington

The Beyer Speed Figure of 95 that Sword Trick earned for his 13-length win in last month’s $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Retama Park was one of the year’s highest for a 2-year-old. The horse’s next stop will likely be Remington.

“I think the race in November, the Clever Trevor, we’ll point him toward that,” said Bret Calhoun, who trains Sword Trick for Clarence Scharbauer.

The $100,000 Clever Trevor will be run at seven furlongs Nov. 11. It serves as a stepping-stone to the $300,000 Springboard Mile on Remington’s closing card Dec. 10.

Sword Trick picked up his second stakes win in the Retama race, when he covered six furlongs in 1:10.40. He is one of several horses Calhoun has pointing to upcoming stakes at Remington. Worthington and Indisputable will represent the trainer in Friday night’s $75,000 Kip Deville. Fast Tip, the Panthers winner at Prairie Meadows in June, is probable for the $200,000 Remington Park Oaks on Oct. 16, Calhoun said. On the same card, the Scharbauer-owned Coyote Legend is possible for the $100,000 Remington Green.

Tricky Suspect eyes Jean Lafitte

Tricky Suspect, who remained undefeated in two starts when he romped by more than nine lengths in last month’s $50,000 Razorback Futurity at Louisiana Downs, is being pointed to the $200,000 Jean Lafitte at Delta Downs, trainer Al Cates said. The one-mile race on Oct. 22 is the local prep for the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot.

Tricky Suspect, who was a seven-length debut winner Aug. 26, won the Razorback a month later with a Beyer of 89. He covered the six furlongs for Arkansas-breds in a quick 1:10.60.

“He came out of the race perfect,” Cates said. “He’s a really nice, nice colt. He just does everything so easy.”

Cates is coming off a strong Louisiana Downs meet in which he went 12 for 48. He said most of the stable will be freshened for the Oaklawn meet that opens in January, while Tricky Suspect will soon leave Louisiana Downs and head to Delta to complete preparations for the Jean Lafitte.

Round Table, Oxleys to Okla. Hall

The Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame at Remington will enshrine a slew of new members during a banquet Oct. 11. The event is part of the track’s festivities leading up to the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby on Oct. 16.

Round Table, the 1958 Horse of the Year who raced for Oklahoman Travis Kerr, is one of three equine inductees. He will be joined by 1986 Horse of the Year Lady’s Secret, and millionaire Mr Ross.

John and Debbie Oxley of Tulsa, Okla., who won the 2001 Kentucky Derby with Monarchos, are among three sets of owners to enter the Hall. They will be joined by fellow Tulsa residents William and Suzanne Warren, who raced 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam, and John and Barbara Smicklas of Norman, Okla. The latter couple has won more Remington stakes than any other owner, on account of such horses as Brush with Pride and Belle of Cozzene.

The four jockeys to be enshrined are the late John Sellers, who won the 1961 Kentucky Derby and Preakness on Carry Back; Bobby Ussery, who won the 1967 Kentucky Derby aboard Proud Clarion; John Lively, who captured the 1976 Preakness with Elocutionist; and Tim Doocy, winner of more than 5,000 races.

The late trainer Chuck Taliaferro also will enter the Hall.

To purchase banquet tickets call (405) 425-4081.

Super Derby date similar for 2012

Louisiana Downs moved the date of the Super Derby up two weeks this year to Sept. 10, and the race will occupy a similar spot on the calendar next season, track official Trent McIntosh said.

Louisiana Downs handled $4.5 million on the Super Derby Day card that included five other stakes, an increase of 21 percent over the same program in 2010. McIntosh also noted that handle on the Super Derby itself was up 49 percent over last year, to $1,155,325.

◗ There are 128 horses cataloged to a mixed auction to be held at Louisiana Downs on Oct. 22. The sale features broodmares, weanlings, yearlings, and horses of racing age. It is sponsored by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association.