Dogwood Stable horses set for a busy season
A long list of engagements for a stable of outstanding horses bodes well for Dogwood Stable in the coming months.
It starts this weekend as All Tied Up, Dogwood Stable’s promising 3-year-old, is entered in a 7 1/2-furlong race on the turf at Gulfstream Park. The gray son of Even the Score won his last time out, a 1 1/16-mile race on the turf on Jan. 24 at Gulfstream Park.
All Tied Up is conditioned at the racetrack by six-time Eclipse Award winning trainer Todd Pletcher, jockey Luis Saez gets the return call, and the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company graduate will break from the rail in the field of 12 horses.
“We’re going 7 1/2-furlongs on the turf, which is not quite long enough,” said W. Cothran Campbell, Dogwood Stable president. “He’ll like being on the rail in a short turf race. But he’s doing great. He had a splendid work on the dirt (Feb. 16 at Palm Meadows Training Center, working a half-mile in 48 1/5 seconds). He’s better off on the turf. He’s ready to roll.”
All Tied Up may be pointed toward the 43rd running of the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 2. The 1 1/8-mile, $550,000, Grade 3 race will be contested over the Polytrack Classic surface at the Florence, Ky. racetrack.
“I think if he could run a winning race in this race, we’d have a better idea if he belonged in that company,” said Campbell.
The 2013 Aiken Trained Horse of the Year also worked on Sunday. Palace Malice breezed 5-furlongs in 1:00 3/5, preparing for the Gulfstream Park Handicap on March 8.
“He’s doing great,” said Campbell. “His work Sunday was good. He worked with a horse named Red Rifle, who’s getting ready to run in a stake. He galloped out 7/8ths in 1:26, and as usual, he had a spirited gallop out. He’ll have two more works before the race. He’s ready.”
Stakes placed Miss Frost has spent the winter in Aiken, and is doing well. The daughter of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin may be a part of the 2014 Aiken Trials, or may make her 3-year-old debut at Keeneland, said Campbell.
Stakes winner Big Screen is also doing well, gearing up for his 2014 debut. The 5-year-old son of Speightstown won the Who’s to Pay Stakes as a 4-year-old.
“We’ve had some work done on his ankles, but that’s why he’s in Aiken, to get him ready for this year,” said Campbell. “Our target is to have the best conceivable year we can with him, to conserve him as this would be his last year of racing. I think he’s established some stallion value. We hope after his 2014 campaign that he’ll have another couple of good races, and that will enhance his value. This will be his last year, and we’ll do everything to help him out to have a good one.”
Street Fight will be among the entries in the 48th renewal of the Aiken Spring Steeplechase, said Campbell. The son of Street Sense won his debut over hurdles last October at the Aiken Fall Steeplechase. Arch Kinglsley Jr. trains the bay gelding.
“He’s (Kingsley) very high on him,” said Campbell. “I’ve never seen a trainer be quite as enthusiastic. He’s doing well. His rider Willie McCarthy has come into school him a couple of times. He was delighted with him. Arch says he’s (Street Fight) focusing more on what he’s doing, and that he takes a hold of the bit with great gusto. I’m excited about running him here.”