I Want Revenge Sharpens For The Donn

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I Want Revenge continues to work forwardly for his 2011 debut, which is expected to come in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on Feb. 5.

Working immediately after the first renovation break and into a very strong headwind down the backstretch, I Want Revenge posted splits of 24.66 seconds, 36.98, and 49.47 before completing the distance in 1:13.80 with a final quarter in 24.23.

'I was very happy with the work,' trainer Dick Dutrow said. 'And if he keeps working like he did this morning he'll run in the Donn.'

I Want Revenge, scratched as the likely favorite the morning of the 2009 Kentucky Derby, was transferred to Dutrow's barn last season and made two starts at 4, finishing third after bobbling at the start of the Grade 2 Suburban on July 3 and third in Monmouth Park's Grade 3 Iselin seven weeks later.

'I was really happy with his first race back in the Suburban,' said Dutrow. 'He ran big that day but he couldn't handle Haynesfield at Belmont Park. Not many can. The race at Monmouth seemed like a good spot to bring him back, he had plenty of time off after the first start, but for whatever reason he just didn't show up. We checked everything out after that race and everything checked out good so we just decided to regroup and he's been training well for a while.'

Big Drama heads six-horse Mr. Prospector

Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Big Drama drew the outside post in a field of six entered for Saturday's Grade 3 Mr. Prospector. Big Drama will carry high weight of 124 pounds, conceding two pounds to defending champion Custom for Carlos and Taqarub. Our Edge, Peace at Dawn, and Catalan, who was supplemented into the race, complete the lineup.

There are no standouts in Saturday's Grade 3 Sugar Swirl, the filly-and-mare counterpart to the Mr. Prospector. As a result, the race lured a competitive group of 10, including co-highweights Hilda's Passion, Jessica Is Back, and Tar Heel Mom. The remainder of the field consists of D'wild Ride, Landing My Way, Moontune Missy, Noisy Feet, Ms Vanenzza, J Z Warrior, and Bronx City Girl.


Trainer Barry Rose is pointing Joanie's Catch for the Sunshine Millions Distaff at Santa Anita on Jan. 29. She will prep for that assignment Friday at Gulfstream Park as a key contender in a talent-rich field of eight fillies and mares entered in the ninth race, a fourth-level optional $100,000 claimer at one mile.

Joanie's Catch ran 17 times at 3, winning twice while hitting the board 10 times, including four consecutive occasions in graded stakes races here last winter. She ran in two Grade 1 races last season ,including the Kentucky Oaks, and registered her most important victory when she upset Elmer Heubeck Distaff Handicap at Calder.

Joanie's Catch has already started once in 2011, finishing second and posting a career-best 92 Beyer Speed Figure in the Grade 3 Stage Door Betty Handicap at Calder on New Year's Day.

'With all the stuff going on at Calder with the racetrack, I didn't want to work her there or ship her back and forth from Gulfstream to work so this race will serve that purpose,' said Rose. 'She's in there to win and I expect she'll run well. If she looks like she needs a little rest after this race, we'll skip California. There are a couple of nice horses in the field and being an open race, might actually be as tough as the Sunshine Millions.'

Perhaps the most noteworthy name among the eight prospective starters is Sassy Image, who was a multiple graded stakes winner at 2 and a stakes winner here last winter to kick off her 3-year-old campaign. She has not started since finishing far back in the Grade 2 Davona Dale 11 months ago.

Happy Week captured three of her last four starts at 3 for trainer Todd Pletcher, including a slightly lower priced optional claimer going a mile out of the chute at Churchill Downs over a wet track on Nov. 24.

Catch a Thief has won 4 of 7 career starts, capping off her 3-year-old campaign by winning Laurel's restricted one-mile Twixt Stakes.

Trainer Marty Wolfson has entered the uncoupled entry of Omega Cat and Jehan. Omega Cat takes a class drop off a steady diet of stakes competition on the grass. Jehan also last raced on turf, finishing a tiring fourth after prompting the early pace in the five-furlong Lightning City at Tampa Bay Downs .

by Mike Welsch
from drf.com


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