Arrest Me Red to return in Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship
by NYRA Press Office
- Arrest Me Red to return in Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship
- Chateau and Vegas Weekend on point for Big A stakes
- Aqueduct fall meet Week 3 stakes probables
Trainer Wesley Ward said Lael Stables' Arrest Me Red will make his next start in the $150,000 Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship at six furlongs for 3-year-olds and up on November 27 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Arrest Me Red was scratched out of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on November 6 at Del Mar, which was won by the Ward-trained Golden Pal. Arrest Me Red breezed a half-mile in 48 flat Wednesday over the Keeneland main track.
"He had a little foot abscess issue we were dealing with out in California, so we erred on the side of caution and scratched him," Ward said. "We brought him back and he's had a great work here at Keenland, so he should be ready to go."
The Pioneerof the Nile sophomore joined Ward's stable for his 3-year-old campaign, winning the Mahony in August at 5 1/2-furlongs over firm footing at Saratoga Race Course. The talented bay followed with a gate-to-wire score in the six-furlong Grade 3 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational over firm going on October 2 at Belmont Park.
Ward said Arrest Me Red had initially been under consideration for the Grade 2 Woodford at Keeneland before setting course for Belmont.
"He came back [from the Mahony] and had some nice works and we were going to go in the Woodford with him, but there was no sense in going against my other horse, Golden Pal, so we looked for another option and he ran and won nice," Ward said.
Arrest Me Red made four starts in a juvenile campaign for his former conditioner Arnaud Delacour, posting a first-out maiden win at Laurel Park in August 2020 and a two-length score in the six-furlong Atlantic Beach last November over the Big A turf.
CJ Thoroughbreds' Miss Alacrity, a chestnut daughter of Munnings, will return to the main track in Sunday's $100,000 Key Cents, a six-furlong sprint for juvenile fillies at Aqueduct.
Out of the multiple graded-stakes winning Menifee mare Just Jenda, Miss Alacrity launched her career with a 10-length maiden win sprinting five furlongs over Big Sandy in May. She followed with an impressive score in the Colleen, a five-furlong turf test in August at Monmouth Park.
Last out, Miss Alacrity stumbled at the start of the Speakeasy, a five-furlong turf test on October 1 at Santa Anita, and settled for fourth.
“I think she was soundly beaten. We went out there with her winning that race at Monmouth and we wanted to see where she was at. There were no excuses, she just got beat," Ward said. "It was a credible race. She ran well but she just got beat by better horses on the day.”
Miss Alacrity will remove blinkers while retaining the services of Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez from the inside post in a loaded field that includes the well-regarded Classy Edition for Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher and the speedy Makin My Move for conditioner John Kimmel.
"This time of year, I generally take the blinkers off of everything with 2-year-olds. It keeps them focused at the beginning of the year and now that they're older and more seasoned, I like to take the blinkers off to go a little further," Ward said. "She should be more aware of her surroundings and a little more relaxed in the race with the blinkers off."
Lyrical Poet, a 4-year-old Kitten's Joy gelding owned, bred and trained by Ward, posted a claiming score traveling 5 1/2-furlongs over the Saratoga turf in July.
He is out of the speedy Bring the Heat mare One Hot Wish, who won a pair of sprints for Ward led by an 8 ½-length allowance romp at Gulfstream Park in 2008 that garnered a 91 Beyer.
Lyrical Poet was last seen finishing second in September in a Kentucky Downs turf allowance sprint won by Rustler, who exited that effort to win the Carle Place in October at Belmont.
Lyrical Poet breezed five-furlongs in 1:00.80 on November 16 over the Keeneland main track in preparation for Race 2 on Saturday at the Big A, a six-furlong starter allowance on the turf for 3-year-olds and up.
"He's training good. I've taken my time with him. Kitten's Joys take a little time to get going and he was a late foal," Ward said. "I own him so I can afford the time I think they need and he's rewarding that patience now. His dam was very fast."
Listed at 3-1 on the morning line, Lyrical Poet will exit post 7 under Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Chateau and Vegas Weekend on point for Big A stakes
Trainer Rob Atras said Sanford J. Goldfarb, Alan Kahn and Koshanostra Stables' Vegas Weekend will likely target the Grade 3 Comely, a nine-furlong test for sophomore fillies on November 26.
"That's the plan right now. She'll work again either tomorrow or Sunday and we’ll let her tell us how she’s doing," Atras said.
The dark bay daughter of Mineshaft is in the midst of a four-race win streak, dating back to a 1 1/16-mile optional-claiming win on June 5 at Pimlico for her former conditioner Fausto Gutierrez. She followed with a 4 1/4-length score traveling one-mile at Indiana Grand in July but was haltered by Atras for $50,000 next out in a nine-furlong claiming test contested over a sloppy and sealed main track at Saratoga.
Vegas Weekend returned off a nearly three-month layoff to win a seven-furlong optional-claiming event on November 12 over a muddy main track at the Big A.
"We had a hard time spotting her right away, but we didn't mind waiting and being patient with her and luckily it paid off," Atras said.
Atras credited co-owner Sandy Goldfarb for the successful claim.
"Sandy picked her out. He liked her breeding and that she liked to win and thought she would be a good fit for the winter meet at Aqueduct," Atras said. "She came from a very good trainer and when I claimed her she was in excellent condition. I liked her right away."
Michael Dubb's Chateau, who finished seventh last out in an allowance sprint under Kendrick Carmouche on September 14 at Parx, is targeting the Grade 3, $200,000 Fall Highweight Handicap, a six-furlong test for 3-year-olds and up on November 28.
"I'm hoping we can just cross that last race out. We were hoping we wouldn't have to ship, but he's another horse we were having trouble spotting after having such a good winter campaign," Atras said. "Kendrick said he struggled over the track and he was pressed pretty hard on the outside the whole way. It just wasn't ideal."
Chateau boasts a tremendous record over the Big A main track with a ledger of 10-5-2-2 for purse earnings of $318,443.
The 6-year-old Flat Out gelding has enjoyed a productive 2021 campaign, posting a record of 6-2-1-1 led by a score in the six-furlong Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap here in March. He followed that effort with a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap in April at Aqueduct and a runner-up effort in the Grade 3 Runhappy in May at Belmont.
Chateau breezed a sharp half-mile in 47.88 on November 14 over the Belmont dirt training track in his third breeze back off the freshening.
Dennis Narlinger's New York-bred Sadie Lady, a 5-year-old Freud mare, is back in training towards a winter campaign at Aqueduct where she boasts a record of five wins from eight starts.
The speedy mare won the six-furlong Correction in March at the Big A and followed with a strong second in the Grade 3 Vagrancy Handicap in May at Belmont. She added to her credentials with a front-running score in the six-furlong Dancin Renee against fellow state-breds in June over Big Sandy and was last seen finishing fourth in the Union Avenue, contested over a sloppy and sealed main track in August at the Spa.
"We gave her 30 days in Florida," Atras said. "She started galloping down there and has had a couple breezes since she came back up and seems to be her old self again."
Atras said Sadie Lady will point to the open-company $100,000 Garland of Roses, a six-furlong sprint on December 11 at the Big A
Beach Haven Thoroughbreds, Medallion Racing, Parkland Thoroughbreds and Barry Fowler's Maracuja is enjoying a turnout at Margaux Farm in Kentucky.
The Honor Code sophomore provided Atras with his first Grade 1 win by besting Malathaat in the Coaching Club American Oaks in July at the Spa.
“We’ve been getting regular updates and she’s doing well,” Atras said. “She'll start back training at the farm pretty soon and we'll get her back here in the first week of January. It's too early to make a plan yet, but we'll know more in mid-December.”
Aqueduct fall meet Week 3 stakes probables
Friday, November 26
$150,000 Forever Together
Probable: Classic Lady (Christophe Clement), Lady Fatima (Jamie Begg), Platinum Paynter (Juan Vazquez), Speaktomeofsummer (Clement)
Possible: Giacosa (Jimmy Bond), Tightly Twisted (Juanita Bennett)
$150,000 Gio Ponti
Probable: Monition (Cherie DeVaux), Never Explain (Shug McGaughey), Original (John Terranova), Safe Conduct (Phil Serpe)
Possible: Tango Tango Tango (Jack Sisterson)
Grade 3, $200,000 Comely
Probable: Bees And Honey (Reeve McGaughey), Crazy Beautiful (Kenny McPeek), Hybrid Eclipse (Linda Rice), Played Hard (Phil Bauer), Vegas Weekend (Rob Atras)
Possible: Army Wife (Mike Maker), Ninetypercentbrynn (Butch Reid, Jr.), Shalimar Gardens (Horacio DePaz)
Saturday, November 27
Grade 3, $150,000 Discovery
Probable: Manor House (Michelle Hemingway), Miles D (Chad Brown), Ridin With Biden (Butch Reid, Jr.), Speaker’s Corner (Bill Mott)
Grade 3, $400,000 Long Island
Probable: Harajuku (Graham Motion), La Dragontea (Christophe Clement), Luck Money (Arnaud Delacour), Mutamakina (Clement), Summer In Saratoga (Joe Sharp), Treasure Tails (Cara Holtzinger)
Possible: Orglandes (Chad Brown)
$100,000 Central Park
Probable: General Ken (Chad Brown), Geno (David Donk), Ohtwoohthreefive (George Weaver), Rocket One (Bill Mott), Sy Dog (Graham Motion)
$150,000 Aqueduct Turf Sprint Championship
Probable: Arrest Me Red (Wesley Ward), Backtohisroots (John Terranova), Big Package (David Donk), Chewing Gum (Bill Mott), Maxwell Esquire (Clement), Omaha City (Amzadali Jehaludi), Pulsate (Robert Ribaudo), Turned Aside (Mark Casse)
Sunday, November 28
$150,000 Autumn Days
Probable: Introduced (Jorge Duarte, Jr.), Jakarta (Mike Maker), Lead Guitar (George Weaver), Love and Thunder (Chad Brown), Raven’s Cry (Brad Cox), Show Me the Honey (Michelle Nevin), Too Sexy (Christophe Clement)
Probable: Anador (Christophe Clement), Caironi (Michael Miceli), Mischeivous Kiss (Bill Mott)
Grade 3, $200,000 Fall Highweight Handicap
Probable: Chateau (Rob Atras), Smooth B (Butch Reid, Jr.), War Tocsin (Uriah St. Lewis)
Possible: Hopeful Treasure (Michael Catalano, Jr.), Sir Alfred James (Norman Cash), Wind of Change (Saffie Joseph, Jr.)