01/08/2011 3:24PM

Stall not pointing J.B.'s Thunder for Triple Crown

Barbara D. Livingston
Grade 1 winner J.B.'s Thunder apparently dislikes dirt, so trainer Al Stall will allow the 3-year-old to focus on races contested on Polytrack or turf.

Trainer Al Stall is about to swing into stakes action at Fair Grounds and Louisiana points beyond, but Grade 1 winner J.B.’s Thunder will not be among the stable’s participants, Stall said Friday.

J.B.’s Thunder won the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland last October after capturing his career debut in a Saratoga turf route, but he finished a distant ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and Stall, after watching J.B.’s Thunder post one slow three-furlong Fair Grounds drill, is pulling the plug on any Triple Crown possibilities.

“He’s not a Derby horse,” Stall said. “I don’t think he trains as well over dirt as he does over Poly or turf. He’s just not doing as good as I thought he was doing in Kentucky.”

Stall said J.B.’s Thunder would remain in light training for the time being, and didn’t rule out the possibility of the colt making a race such as the Blue Grass Stakes in April at Keeneland.

Stall will send another 3-year-old, Trubs, to Delta Downs for a start in the Jean Laffitte on Friday night. Trubs most recently finished a close fourth of 12 in the Springboard Mile at Remington Park.

Saturday morning, Stall sent out two Fair Grounds-stakes bound horses, Aide and Apart, for an in-company work, with the pair going five furlongs in the same time, 1:00.60, the second-fastest time at the distance. Aide and Apart both are coming off disappointing performances at Churchill Downs. Aide won an Oct. 31 allowance race there by more than 19 lengths, but finished fourth, beaten more than 12 lengths, in the Golden Rod on Nov. 27. She races Jan. 22 in the Silverbulletday Stakes, formerly called the Tiffany Lass.

Apart won the Prelude and the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs and the Ack Ack at Churchill during a three-race winning streak, but could do no better than eighth in the Grade 1 Clark on Nov. 26. Apart will try to get back on track in the Louisiana Handicap, also on Jan. 22.

Working on Friday morning at Fair Grounds was 7-year-old Chamberlain Bridge, who had his second breeze since winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Chamberlain Bridge, who went an easy half in 50.80 seconds, is being pointed for the Feb. 19 Colonel Power Stakes, which could serve as a springboard for trip to Dubai in March.