Pants On Fire Could Be Risen Star Bound
Pants On Fire could be Risen Star bound
George and Lori Hall's PANTS ON FIRE (Jump Start), who finished second by a head in Fair Grounds' Lecomte S. (G3) on January 22 behind Wilkinson (Lemon Drop Kid) after having a one-length lead at the eighth-pole, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 at South Florida's Palm Meadows Training Center Saturday morning and may be making a return trip to New Orleans for the Risen Star S. (G2) on February 19.
'The work was good,' trainer Kelly Breen remarked later in the day while speaking over the phone from South Florida. 'It went well. I might possibly give him one more work next week before I decide for sure what we're going to do, but I liked his race over that (Fair Grounds) track last time. He really tried.'
In his previous trip to the post, Pants On Fire ran third in Aqueduct's Count Fleet S. on New Year's Day, and then breezed a half-mile over the Belmont training track in :49 before coming to the Crescent City.
Breen also trains the Halls' SWEET DUCKY (Pulpit), who finished second to Dialed In (Mineshaft) in Gulfstream's Holy Bull S. (G3) on January 30, as well as RULER ON ICE (Roman Ruler), who ran second in the 3RD race at Aqueduct Friday in his first start since last October. Ruler On Ice, also owned by the Halls, was beaten less than a length in that first-level allowance.
'I was in New York for that race but I'm back at Palm Meadows now,' Breen said. 'I will be getting together with the owners in the next few days and make more definite plans for all three horses. Right now, we're keeping our options open.'
On the Louisiana worktab
On Sunday, Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G2) king CHAMBERLAIN BRIDGE (War Chant) continued preparations for a title defense in the February 19 Colonel Power S. by turning three-quarters in 1:15 over Fair Grounds' fast main track.
American Derby (G2) and Arlington Classic S. hero WORKIN FOR HOPS (City Zip) traveled six furlongs in 1:14 3/5 in advance of his four-year-old bow. Third when trying to complete the Mid-America Triple in the Secretariat S. (G1) two starts back, the Mike Stidham pupil has not raced since his runner-up effort in the September 25 Kent S. (G3).
Grade 1-placed WILLCOX INN (Harlan's Holiday), third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G2) last out, traveled three-eighths in :39. Stidham has not yet picked a spot for the dark bay to make his sophomore bow, but has mentioned the March 8 Mardi Gras S. as a possibility if he goes the grass route.
Lecomte S. (G3) third ACTION READY (More Than Ready) logged a half-mile in :50 1/5.
Group 1 hero GRAN ESTRENO (Arg) (Lucky Roberto), winner of the Colonel E.R. Bradley H. (G3) to start the year, covered a half-mile in :50 4/5.
Grade 2 conqueror FRIESAN FIRE (A.P. Indy), well beaten when last seen in the July 23 James Marvin S., sped a bullet five-eighths in 1:00 4/5.
Multiple Grade 3 veteran LE GRAND CRU (Dynaformer), third in the F.W. Gaudin Memorial S., breezed five-eighths in 1:01.
Grade 3 vixen SEEKING THE TITLE (Seeking the Gold), last seen finishing third in the November 27 Gazelle S. (G1), clocked five furlongs in 1:02.
Grade 3 scorer GLEAM OF HOPE (City Zip), placed third via disqualification when last seen in the July 17 American Derby, posted three panels in :38 3/5.
Grade 3 star EL CABALLO (El Corredor), unraced since last March, worked five furlongs in 1:02 2/5.
Grade 2-placed stakes winner A. U. MINER (Mineshaft), placed third via disqualification in the Breeders' Cup Marathon (G3), breezed three furlongs in :38 2/5.
Grade 2-placed stakes victress CHANTILLY NAYLA (Five Star Day), second by a neck in the Dr. A.B. Leggio Memorial S., breezed four furlongs in :50 3/5.
GRAN LIONESS (Lion Heart), a 3 1/4-length heroine of the My Trusty Cat S., logged five furlongs in 1:01 4/5.
Grade 3-placed GRANDACIOUS (Grand Slam), runner-up in the My Trusty Cat, posted five panels in 1:02.
Dual stakes-placed SILVER LA BELLE (Langfuhr), who opened her four-year-old season with a 13 1/4-length allowance romp, went five panels in 1:01 3/5.