LARC NEWS Posted: 6/13/2024 5:02:56 PM

GATE WORK FOR SUNDAY, JUNE 16

RACE 2  –ALLOWANCE - 3-YEAR-OLDS – 300 YARDS

#2 Verbosity  – June 1  :12.4 at 220 yards (SET #4)

Solo Work:  Two-time winner will make his first start since last November’s Two Million Futurity trials and returns after posting this solo work in :12.4 on June 1. He was moving around before the start and had just swung his head up when the gate opened. He still left cleanly, was in good stride right away, was asked intermittently by his rider and he cruised nicely through the wire. Was already slowing down before the wire and continued under little pressure through the wire and in his gallop out. This was the 3rd fastest of 14 works.  

#5 Heza Good Reason  – May 22  :12.1 at 220 yards (SET #)

Solo Work:  Half-brother to World Champion Heza Dasha Fire also returns to action since his trial to the Two Million Futurity on November 19. He posted this excellent 220 yard solo work when going in :12.1 to record the 2nd fastest of 12 drills on May 22. Heza Good Reason stood alertly in the gate and came out strong out of the gate. He bobbled just slightly, and his first few strides were at a bit of an angle, but he leveled out quickly and took off from there. He was under a good hand-ride throughout, but he looked every bit of the part of a horse who qualified to the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity last year. He completed the work with a very good gallop out.

RACE 4  –ALLOWANCE – 3 & UP FILLIES AND MARES – 300 YARDS

#1 Woman In Gold  – May 11  :12.2 at 220 yards (SET #8)

Solo Work:  Mr Jess Perry mare posted the fastest of 16 works here when going solo in :12.2 on May 11. She was a little edgy in the gate, took a step back before leaving hard out of the gate while breaking sharply to the inside. Her rider helped settle her into a good stride after the gap and she picked up speed from there while still racing with her head turned sideways for a few strides before the midway point. She was really strong the rest of the way and finished beautifully while under a hand-ride. Solid gallop out after the wire before being slowed as she started going around the turn.

#3 Moonin Shyann  – June 5  :12.4 at 220 yards (SET #2)

Solo Work:  Moonin The Eagle mare posted this :12.4 work on June 5, the 2nd fastest of six drills. She broke in but leveled out while under a steady early hand-ride. She drifted in again after the gap, settled right away and continued under a hold for the final 90 yards. She continued under a grasp in her gallop out and could have certainly finished stronger if she had been let loose after the 1/16th pole.   

#4 Wise Lady Dawn  – May 25  :18.2 at 220 yards (SET #1)

Solo Work:  Talented mare returns to action for the first time in nearly a year. She has not raced since competing in a trial to the Golden State Derby last July. She posted this solo work in :18.2 on May 25 when rubbing the right side of the gate as she left, racing awkwardly early on and then veering in to the inside. Her rider made an adjustment from there, straightening her out and she settled nicely from there on the way while under an easy-going ride. Solid finish before going under a big hold right after the wire.  

RACE 5  –MAIDENS – 2-YEAR-OLD FILLIES  – 300 YARDS

#4 Fifty First Dates  – June 1  :13.5 at 220 yards (SET #5)

Solo Work:  Filly by Mr Ease Cartel will make her racing debut after posting this :13.5 solo gate drill after first posting a :12.8 gate drill on May 8. With no blinkers in tow, she broke okay while going slightly inside. She lacked some spice to her game early on and didn’t accelerate after the gap. She started rolling as she approached the midway point and then picked up speed from there looking tons better during the second half of the drill. She showed solid energy in her gallop out and will now look to improve on her early speed.   

#6 Dash The Sparkling  – May 22  :12.9 at 220 yards (SET #5)

Inside Horse:  Royal Cash Cartel filly will make her career debut after winning this drill from the inside post vs. The Girl Rb in :12.9 vs. :13.1. Dash The Sparkling broke hard and an angle and needed a few strides to find a balanced stride. She accelerated nicely from there, opening up quickly on her rival, while drifting farther inside at around the midway point. Strong finish from there and an easy gallop out after crossing the wire 1 ½ lengths ahead of This Girl Rb.

RACE 6  – BE A BONO STAKES – 3-YEAR-OLDS & UP – 400 YARDS

#2 London Toby  – April 17  :17.8 at 350 yards (SET #1)

Solo Work:  Star runner is back after winning the Grade 1 Brad McKinzie Winter Championship on February 18. His most recent gate work came on April 17 when going solo in :17.8. The son of Favorite Cartel broke head high while scampering for the early part of the drill. He settled nicely from there and found a higher gear as he began to move past the gap. He had drifted around half a path toward the inside by then, but he was moving at a nice rhythm while going comfortably on his own. He cruised through the wire while still posting an excellent time and then finishing with a strong looking gallop out. He then posted a 350-yard turn and work in :18.3 on May 21.    

#4 Dont Sass KVN  – June 1  :18.2 at 350 yards (SET #2)

Outside Horse: Graded stakes placed runner was scratched from an allowance race on May 25 when looking to make his season debut. After that scratch he posted this 350-yard gate work when leaving from the outside post in :18.2 and finishing well ahead of Bossy Girl’s :19.1. Dont Sass KVN used a flipping halter in that work, left sharply and slightly towards the inside and was under early encouragement from his rider. He accelerated nicely, pulled away from his companion and just continued drawing away past the gap. He ran on a very straight path the entire distance and finished far ahead of Bossy Girl in this work.   

#7 Normandy  – May 25  :12.0 at 220 yards (SET #5)

Solo Work:  The third-place finisher in last year’s Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winte rDerby, Normandy will be making his first start as a gelding here. He’ll come into this race after posting this excellent 12 flat solo drill on May 25 as we catch this move at the halfway mark. He was moving slightly towards the inside but he covering the ground under an easy going ride and he was still striding out nicely after the finish line. He looked to be full of power even in the later stages of his gallop out and he did not want to slow down even while under a big hold from his rider.  


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