· I’m a Chatterbox, Yockey’s Warrior, Honorable Duty Among Stakes Scratches
· Valadorna Tops Work Tab, Entered for Friday
I’M A CHATTERBOX, YOCKEY’S WARRIOR, HONORABLE DUTY AMONG STAKES SCRATCHES
Carolyn and Fletcher Gray’s I’m a Chatterbox has scratched from what would have been her turf debut in the $75,000 Marie G. Krantz Memorial. The daughter of Munnings was the 8-5 morning-line favorite and was expected to vie for the post-time version of that role with multiple graded stakes winner Cash Control.
The multiple Grade I-winning chestnut 5-year-old mare will now revert to ‘Plan A’ and aim toward the Grade III $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic next Sunday, Jan. 29.
“That’s the plan and it’s a pretty good plan to have,” Jones said.
The other Grade I winner in the field, Include Betty, is one of six other scratches in the Krantz, including Freudie Anne, Steel Cut, Gianna’s Dream, Whiskey Eyes and Factory of Faith.
Yockey’s Warrior, who was expected to go to post vying for favoritism in the $75,000 Duncan F. Kenner Stakes on Saturday, was scratched with trainer and part-owner Al Stall, Jr., citing the chance of an off-track with afternoon showers as the main reason. The Fair Grounds main track was listed as muddy at the start of racing Saturday.
“He’s been beaten twice in the mud and had the rail and picked up some weight, but the horse is fine and all is well,” Stall said. “He will move on to the next race and it’s only January, after all.”
Longshot Guess Who Charlie was also scratched from the Kenner.
Other scratches from the six Saturday stakes include: in the day’s seventh race, the $75,000 Louisiana Stakes, DARRS Inc.’s Honorable Duty is out for trainer Brendan Walsh.
“He just had a little bit of a setback during the week and I just couldn’t run him,” Walsh said. “It was just bad timing. Nothing major, so we’ll have him back for the Mineshaft and New Orleans Handicap.”
In the Grade III $125,000 Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap, Rocket Time, Greengrassofyoming and Glorious Empire (IRE) are all scratched, making the turf event a six-horse field. Rocket Time, who was cross-entered into the Louisiana Stakes, will run there instead.
In the Listed $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes, the first of three local preps for the Kentucky Oaks, Harkness is scratched.
Lastly, as expected, Dallas Stewart’s Saint’s Fan was scratched in the Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes.
VALADORNA TOPS WORK TAB, ENTERED FOR FRIDAY
Stonestreet Stables’ Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up Valadorna worked on Saturday morning, negotiating a half-mile in an easy 49.40 for trainer Mark Casse. The daughter of Curlin has been managed locally by assistant trainer David Carroll and was entered to make her sophomore debut next Friday in the fifth race, which goes at 3:13 p.m. central time. She drew the rail in a six-filly field and was given 4-5 morning-line favoritism. Julien Leparoux, her regular rider, is expected to be in for the ride.
“It was a nice maintenance work and we didn’t want her to do too much,” Carroll said. “We were very lucky with the weather (and morning shower) because she breezed early around 5:00 a.m. when the track just opened and was perfect. She was well within herself and didn’t do too much, but was on the bridle the whole way waiting. It was what you want to see.”
Others of note on Saturday’s work tab include Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Queen’s Plate winner Sir Dudley Digges, who worked five panels in 1:01.60 for trainer Mike Maker.
Abdullah Saeed Almaddah’s Green Mask worked a sharp half-mile in 47.80 for trainer Brad Cox. A multiple stakes winner, he is still considered possible for a run on the Dubai World Cup undercard at Meydan in late March in the Group I $1,000,000 Al Quoz Sprint.
Mark Stansell’s talented filly Shaken worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 for trainer Morris Nicks. The graded stakes-placed daughter of Uncle Mo returned from a 10-month layoff to impressively wire an allowance event on New Year’s Eve.