Track Notes

December Seven targets Mineshaft

NEW ORLEANS – After toying with the idea of running their promising 4-year-old December Seven on Saturday in the Louisiana Stakes, owner Samantha Siegel and trainer Paul McGee decided not to enter the colt and will wait for the Grade 3 Mineshaft here Feb. 25.

Promising Sharp 3-year-olds find themselves stuck

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Fair Grounds: Promising Sharp 3-year-olds stuck

NEW ORLEANS – The good news is that trainer Joe Sharp and owner Brad Grady have two promising 3-year-olds this winter. The bad news is that the two horses, Cool Arrow and Girvin, are stabled at the Evangeline Downs Training Center in Lafayette, La., where Sharp keeps horses who don’t fit into his allotted Fair Grounds stalls.

Farrell a go for Silverbulletday

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Fair Grounds: Farrell a go for Silverbulletday

NEW ORLEANS – Trainer Wayne Catalano left the door open to taking Farrell out of the Silverbulletday Stakes even after entering the filly Friday, but after Farrell worked five furlongs in 1:01.60 on Sunday, Catalano said she would indeed start Saturday in the $150,000 Silverbulletday.

I'm a Chatterbox to try turf in Marie Krantz Memorial

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Fair Grounds: I'm a Chatterbox to try turf

NEW ORLEANS – While schooling I’m a Chatterbox in the Fair Grounds paddock Sunday, trainer Larry Jones confirmed that the multiple Grade 1-winning mare will make her turf debut Saturday in the $75,000 Marie Krantz Memorial Stakes here.

Modify, Zaphical stand out in Thursday feature

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Oaklawn will put the spotlight on fillies and mares Thursday in the eighth race, an optional $35,000 claimer over six furlongs. Modify and Zaphical both appear to be leading contenders after finishing second and third to Finley’sluckycharm in a second-level allowance in September at Churchill Downs.

Rockshaw will point to 3-year-old sprint stakes

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Rockshaw is a candidate for the 3-year-old sprint stakes at Oaklawn Park after his win in a Saturday allowance, trainer Ron Moquett said. The horse earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 82 for his first-level allowance score, a race in which he covered 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.31.

N.Y.-based Jose Ortiz has great weekend in Arkansas

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Trainer Ron Moquett brought Eclipse Award finalist Jose Ortiz to town to ride opening weekend at Oaklawn Park, and the two had a memorable run Saturday and Sunday. The New York-based Ortiz won his first local race Saturday with the promising 3-year-old Rockshaw, then locked up the late double Sunday with the impressive Whitmore and the 3-year-old maiden special weight winner Dupree.

Services on Wednesday for Glenn DiSanto

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – A service will be held Wednesday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., for longtime New York horseman Glenn DiSanto, who died Saturday after a lengthy bout with cancer. He was 62.

The service will be held at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave., from 4 to 8 p.m. There will also be a memorial service held in August at Saratoga for DiSanto, who hailed from upstate New York.

Busanda winner Lockdown eyes Busher

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Aqueduct: Lockdown eyes Busher

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Lockdown, now 2 for 2 over the inner track following her victory in Sunday’s Busanda Stakes, could stay in New York and point for the Busher Stakes on Feb. 25.

Wonder Gal may not be done

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Aqueduct: Wonder Gal may not be done

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Plans for Wonder Gal, the 13 1/2-length winner of the Ladies Handicap last Friday, were in flux Monday as her new connections decide whether to breed her or race her again.

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