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The Scene Shifts to Fargo
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Monday, July 08, 2013

Scene Shifts to Fargo

Chippewa Downs meet wraps up; next stop NDHP

It was fitting that the feature race at Chippewa Downs on Sunday, June 30th was won by Pt Special Feature.  The 5-1 favorite from the barn on Junior Dolphus won the richest race of the meet , the $4,278 AQHA Challenge Stakes by a half-length over Ja Gols Fancy Man.  Nick Haar piloted the sorrel filly home first stopping the clock in 17.86 for the 350 yard race.   The winner was bred in Oklahoma and collected her first stakes win of her career.
The thoroughbred set crowned a debut stakes winner as well as Ralph Buchholz’ Dakota Girl won her second straight race at Chippewa Downs, this time by daylight, in the $3,550 NDTOBA Derby.   The three year old filly out of the stakes winning mare Patty Kim covered the five panels in 1:03 1/5 as the 9-1 third choice. The dark bay filly broke her maiden on Father’s Day in Belcourt and now finds herself at the head of the three year old crop heading to Fargo for the North Dakota Derby on July 20th.  Tattle Tale Cat, another Derby nominee, ran second for Butch Herman while his other charge, the multiple stakes winning filly Hello Scarlet finished fifth as the 5-1 people’s choice. 
A small but contentious field is lining up for the upcoming Derby.   Besides Dakota Girl and the Herman duo, Go Socks Go is another Chippewa veteran who is eying Fargo.  ‘Socks was second in a Maiden race in Belcourt on June 29th.  Asfarashonorgoes, a maiden from Curt Rohweder stable is also Derby nominated.  The filly by Eddie B. Ready runs in a $7,500 Maiden Claimer at Canterbury Park on July 11th.
The need for speed was evident in the $3500 Open Speed Stakes also at Chippewa on the last day of June.  Tony’s a Genius bounded home a four length winner as the 4-1 favorite.  Maddie Cat was second while Run Johny Run was third.  Rapid Jack, a winner of two straight in Belcourt was up the track in sixth.

 On the meet's final weekend, quarter horses had the loudest say with the renewal of the Grass Roots Series.  In the Derby, Jennas Easy Cash, the 6-5 favorite, won by 1 1/4 lengths under veteran jockey Herman Fennel. It was the third straight win for the sorrel filly who should relish the extra distance in the NDQHRA Derby in Fargo as she got better as the race went on.  John Bubel and Terry Davis appear to have a hot one heading into the Horse Park Meet, hard to believe considering she was 0/8 lifetime heading into the Belcourt meet.

In the Futurity, Dontthrotlemystyle proved to be the best for Jim Fleming and Zach Bacon when he rolled home by 1 1/4 lengths in the $8,600 race.  Blurred Cash ran second while the race favorite Major Dasher finished third at 7-5.  Kevin Gefoh's winner will likely head next to the NDQHRA Futurity on July 21st where his charge will likely face more ND breds who were not eligible for the Grass Roots race.  Fresh faces or not, the son of Donttouchthethrotle is an impressive 2/2 lifetime and will now take his act on the road to a new track.  

In the meet's longest stakes race, Spring Blues proved to be a refreshing alternative in the Chippewa Downs Thoroughbred Stakes.  The smart money was on this 9-10 favorite who did not disappoint with a 6 1/2 length score.  The gray gelding, who last raced at Assiniboia Downs four weeks ago, defeated Express Air, Heaven's Hope, and other meet luminaries.


In an Open Derby valued at $4,200 First Down Marie, a Canterbury Park ship-in won the 350 yard test by a nose over Ja Gols Fancy Man for trainer Rusty Wilson.  'Fancy Man, the 4-5 chalk lost a head bob decision and will look to pick up the pieces in the next start for Owner/Trainer Junior Dolphus.

Jumpin' Jack, Class, and Dash
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Jumpin' Jack, Class, and Dash

A trio of horses has their eye on Fargo

Maybe now they will start to believe in Rapid Jack.  Dismissed as a nearly 6-1 outsider, The 10 year-old gelding won his fifth consecutive race on North Dakota soil when he scored a front-running, three length victory in a $3,800 featured Allowance at Chippewa Downs last Sunday.  Tuffernhell, the 6-5 people’s choice finished second with Raspberry Jam, a veteran of the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale Meet, ran third.

Piloted smartly by Nathan Haar, the son of Get Me Out won the 5 ½ furlong contest wire to wire, stopping the clock in 1:11.  With two more weeks of racing at the Belcourt oval, Rapid Jack could be a key horse to watch in June and a hot charge to focus on when the circuit shifts to Fargo for a weekend of racing in mid-July.  The North Dakota-bred is owned by Valarie Kilian and trained by Wayne Slater.

In stakes competition, Butch Herman’s Classi Coyote out-dueled the odds-on favorite Joe Kid by three parts of a length to win the $3,500 N.D. TOBA Stallion Stakes for Juveniles on Saturday.  Herman’s Hello Scarlet, a half sister to Classi Coyote, triumphed in this contest last year over the same strip.  The Dean Martin trainee, Two Eyed Kid, finished third in the race.  The top three finishers are nominees for the North Dakota Futurity, contested at the North Dakota Horse Park on July 20th.

The track was a sea of slop for the Trials of the Grass Roots Futurity for the quarter horse breed.  Major Dasher posted the fastest qualifying time at 16.95 for 300 yards, recording his second straight win on the Chippewa straightaway.  The Herman family was again in the spotlight as Jeremy Herman saddled the race winner. Dontthrotlemystyle won the second Trial in 17.44 for trainer Jim Fleming.

The Grass Roots Futurity Finals will be held on Sunday July 7th at Chippewa Downs.


Countdown to Racing Weekend
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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Countdown to Racing Weekend

Weekend Results Paint Picture as NDHP Meet Approaches

Tuffernhell, the ND-bred star who scored two stakes victories at the 2012 Horse Park meet returned to his native state this past weekend in an Allowance test at Chippewa Downs.  Karen Glasser's 3-2 favored charge finished first but was subsequently placed third for interference in the race.  Rapid Jack, a ten year-old veteran who won three races at the Horse Park last year, was moved up to first.  Kentucky Thumbs Up was placed second.

Also in Belcourt, a pair of sophomores earned their diplomas as Butch Herman's Tattle Tale Cat and Ralph Buchholz' Dakota Girl won their respective maiden races.  For Tattle Tale Cat, he picked up an impressive 4 1/2 length win in his 2013 debut.  The NoDak bred by Category Five covered the five and a half panels in 1:12 2/5.  Dakota Girl, a filly by Travers winner Corporate Report, held on to win her contest by a neck over J. Max. Go Socks Go, owned by Gordie Wilkie finished third.  Buchholz' filly, riden by Efren Prado, hung up a time of 1:11 1/5 for 5 1/2 furlongs.

Tattle Tale Cat, Dakota Girl, and Go Socks Go are all nominated for the North Dakota Derby on July 20th in Fargo.

At Canterbury Park in Shakopee, one juvenile quarter horse made some noise as Readi To Be Famous qualified for the Finals of the $133,525 Mystic Lake Northlands Futurity.  'Famous is owned by Brenda Reiswig of Bismarck and will now wait for his day in the spotlight on July 5th when the richest QH race in the history of Canterbury Park will be run.  Reiswig and trainer Vic Hanson won the Futurity last year with Midnight Sunlight and the duo will now look to go back-to-back in this lucrative event.

Speaking of riches, Tom Maher, a long-time leading owner at the Horse Park, watched his juveline Hes Relentless finish a close second in the $910,260 Gr. I Heritage Futurity at Remington Park earlier this month.  The Oklahoma-bred has won two of his three career starts and has earned in excess of $174,000 in his short career.

Both Readi To Be Famous and Hes Relentless are by One Famous Eagle and while it's looking highly doubtful that either will be seen in Fargo this summer, their exploits will be a treat to watch the remainder of the summer.


Kentucky Derby Preview
News - Misc
Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Go the Distance, Ease His Pain


Key to great Derby success may be found in those who have run multiple route races


by  Ryan Roshau 


On the First Saturday in May most handicappers are looking for a way to cash that ticket – the horse player’s lottery, also known as the Kentucky Derby Trifecta and Superfecta. So it is a baseball euphemism, and not one from the Sport of Kings that best sums up the pursuit of a Derby score.  In the movie Field of Dreams, the character Ray Kinsella was told by voice from beyond the cornfield to “go the distance” and “easy his pain”.


So is the magic formula to easing your Derby pain in those who have gone the distance?


Indeed, there may be a key to unlocking the mystery behind this Pandora’s Box.  If recent history is any indicator, it could lie in horses that have run multiple races at 1 1/8 miles.  In fact, horses that have raced 1 1/8 miles in two of their last three preps, more specifically, have seen very good results.  The nine furlong distance is the closest thing these sophomores will face in the run up to the ten furlong Derby. Here’s a snapshot view of the phenomenon:


2012  Dullahan (3rd)


2011  Animal Kingdom (Won)

          Nehro (2nd)

          Mucho Macho Man (3rd) two of last four Derby preps were 1 1/8 miles


2010  Ice Box (2nd)

          Paddy o’ Prado (3rd)


2006  Barbaro (Won)

          Jazil (4th)


2005  Giacomo (Won at 50-1)

          Closing Argument (2nd at 71-1)



So what does this mean for 2013?  Is a Derby winner guaranteed?  Well, we all know better than that but this year there are six starters who have run 1 1/8 miles in two of their last three starts. 



Palace Malice


Charming Kitten

Frac Daddy

Normandy Invasion


One of the six listed above may not be your final Derby selection, but they could hold the key to unlocking that Trifecta or Superfecta.  You could, like Ray Kinsella, chose to ignore the voices from beyond the Twin Spires, but you may live to regret it!


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