NOTEBOOK : Sadler Has Speed to Spare for Triple Bend
John Sadler likes his position for Saturday’s Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park, saying: “I’d have to say I have a strong hand in there.”
As if Olympic Prospect wasn’t enough in the seven-furlong race, Sadler will also be represented by Frost Free, a quality sprinter in his own right.
This will be the first time the trainer has run the two against each other and it’s not likely to happen again soon. “They both need to run, but after this, there are a lot of races for them,” he said.
There had been some thought of sending Olympic Prospect to New York for the Cater Handicap at Aqueduct Saturday, but Sadler didn’t care for the travel plans. “We couldn’t make good connections,” he said. “He would have had to fly to Kentucky, then van 16 hours to New York.”
Idle since his breathtaking seven-length victory in the Potero Grande Handicap at Santa Anita on April 4, Olympic Prospect worked six furlongs in 1:13 1/5 last Saturday, and he has already demonstrated a fondness for this track. David Flores will ride the gelding, who will carry 123 pounds.
Frost Free was supposed to have started in the Commonwealth Breeders’ Cup race at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., a few weeks ago but became ill. “He came down with a little colic four or five days before he was supposed to go,” Sadler said. “Both of them are doing real well right now.” Frost Free will also have a new rider, Eddie Delahoussaye.
Raise a Stanza and Prospectors Gamble are also scheduled to be entered today in the Triple Bend, and other possibilities include Joe Nasr, Hot Operator, Timeless Answer and Twombly.
Also on the Kentucky Derby day card is the $100,000 Spotlight Breeders’ Cup Handicap at a mile on the turf. Warcraft, the 3-year-old that Charlie Whittingham decided not to take to Kentucky, and Somethingdifferent, who was impressive in his California debut for Richard Mandella, will head that field.
A rash of longshots last Saturday and Sunday left a $320,494.40 Pick Six carryover Wednesday at Hollywood, and the players responded.
More than $1.3 million was added Wednesday, creating a total pool of $1,453.054.40.
Although the track would have relished another carryover, eight tickets were perfect and each was worth $96,633.
Horse Racing Notes
Jockey Danny Sorenson, who was winless with 122 mounts at Santa Anita and had lost with his first 13 at Hollywood Park, ended his drought when Up to Her Tricks pulled a $24.20 upset in the ninth race Wednesday. . . . Derek Lawson, who had been jockey Fernando Toro’s agent, will take over Ray Sibille’s book, effective May 9. Vince DeGregory had been Sibille’s agent, but he is now employed by Kenny Black.
Continuing preparations for his 1990 debut, Sunday Silence worked five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 Tuesday morning. “So far so good, that’s all we can tell you,” trainer Charlie Whittingham said. . . . Lager, the favorite in the fifth race, broke both sesamoids in her left foreleg. Trained by Sandy Shulman, the 6-year-old Bold L.B. mare was claimed out of the race by Pete Eurton.