Sunday, January 4, 2015

Barn Notes: Sunday, January 4


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Barn Notes:  Sunday, January 4, 2015                                                                                            

·        Regally Bred Shook Up Breaks Maiden with a Shudder

·        I’m A Chatterbox Doing Well in Jones Barn

·        Delaunay Exits Bonapaw Win in Good Form





            The storm that came through New Orleans yesterday was little compared to the earthquake Regis Racing’s Shook Up caused when she hit the racetrack in the sixth race at Fair Ground Race Course.  An athletic type with a classy demeanor and the same gray color as her sire, 2014 champion stallion Tapit, Shook Up is a daughter of Grade I-winning Awesome Again mare Sugar Shake and she ran to her pedigree and then some.


            Sent off at 2-5 odds in the six-filly field, Shook Up sat comfortably in second place before launching her bid on the turn and decimating her competition by 13½ comfortable lengths while never being asked.  Trained by Steve Asmussen, the Kentucky-bred filly was making her second start after a seven-furlong debut on Nov. 23 in which she lugged in and steadied before finishing a game second by three-quarters of a length. 


            “She’s special – she really is,” Asmussen said.  “To have a nice daughter of Tapit is always exciting.  We’ve been very lucky in that area.”


            Finishing in second was another Asmussen trainee worth following, Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Echo Warrior.  Making her debut, the daughter of Tiznow is out of the Tapit mare War Echo, who won the Grade III Silverbulletday in 2009 over the local course.  The first foal from that royal marriage raced gamely to hold off Spendthrift Farm’s debuting Dating Lady Luck in third by 1½ lengths.





            Grayson Farm’s I’m a Chatterbox has adapted well to her new surroundings in the Larry Jones barn and has exited her game fourth-place finish in the Grade II $200,000 Golden Rod Stakes on Nov. 29 in good order.  Previously under the tutelage of trainer Kenny McPeek, the daughter of Munnings joined the Jones barn after the Golden Rod in what was an expected transition. 


“I’ve trained for the owners for a good while and I was supposed to have the filly pretty much all along,” Jones said.  “They wanted to run at Churchill Downs and I wasn’t there, so they had her with Kenny.”


            I’m a Chatterbox debuted at Keeneland on Oct. 15 in a seven-furlong maiden special weight in which she out-gamed next-out winner and well regarded Carl Nafzger trainee Makin’ Sense by a head.  Next out, in her two-turn debut, the chestnut filly made all the running and faded to third in an allowance at Churchill Downs on Nov. 9.  A mere 20 days later, she ran in the Golden Rod. 


“We’re really happy with her,” Jones said.  “She’ll point to the (Listed $125,000) Silverbulletday (Stakes on Jan. 17) if she can’t get into an allowance beforehand.”


I’m a Chatterbox adds to the already deep sophomore filly division at the Fair Grounds and is one of three Jones is considering for the Silverbulletday.  The veteran conditioner also has Divine Dawn and Lovely Maria as possibles for the 23rd running of said event. 





            Maggi Moss’ Delaunay exited his victory in the 9th running of the $60,000 Bonapaw Stakes on Saturday in good shape, according to trainer Tom Amoss.  The son of Smoke Glacken won the 5½-furlong off-the-turf event by a neck over Rowell Enterprises’ seven-time stakes winner Heitai after a stirring stretch run over the sealed muddy surface. 


            The Maryland-bred now has six wins in seven main track Fair Grounds Race Course starts and has won 11 stakes races in his 49-race career.  Next up for the locally based 8-year-old could be the 62nd running of the $60,000 Duncan F. Kenner Stakes on Feb. 21 at six furlongs over the main course, though no commitments have been made by his connections.




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