Eddie Kenneally continued to cast a long shadow that stretched all the way from Florida to New York last week. The Waterford man stayed hot, winning three races down south and one in Gotham.
As if he isn’t well stocked with stakes runners and potential black-type sorts, he brought Joseph Sutton’s Maan back to the races on Thursday at Gulfstream Park off a 7-month layoff to win the eighth race, a first-level allowance sprint on the main track. Maan was along in time under Julien Leparoux and is now 2-for-2 in his brief career. A Triple Crown nominee, Maan paid $12.60 to win in turning back Stat, one of the few Todd Pletcher runners not to fire at this meeting. Last year, Stat was a runner-up to Union Rags at Saratoga.
Saturday’s seventh race at Gulfstream, a third-level allowance on the turf, was the occasion for a victory by the Henry Pabst Trust’s Joinem. Kenneally just got this 5-year-old gelding from David Carroll and struck first time with him. He rallied under Jose Lezcano to score by one-half length and return $11.40 to win.
Kenneally’s third Florida winner came in the ninth race on Sunday at Gulfstream Park when Lally Stable’s Dame Marie responded to Javier Castellano’s urging to get up by a neck in her racing debut. This was a maiden special weight race at one and one-sixteenths miles on the grass. Dame Marie paid $16.00 to win. Finally, Kenneally had one for film fans when Roy Fischer’s Quiet Man ran off to a 3-length score under Ramon Dominguez in the fourth race at Aqueduct on Wednesday. This 3-year-old colt hadn’t shown much running in maiden special weight company, but a drop to the claiming ranks brought out the John Wayne in him. Quiet Man paid $5.30 to win as the chalk.
Eoin Harty has horses stabled everywhere, it seems, and he, too, found a winning spot at Gulfstream for Susan Bunning’s Lindyhop. This 3-year-old filly hadn’t shown much in three previous starts over a variety of surfaces, but she took to the sloppy track like her namesake took to the cockpit. Rajiv Maragh got her to the wire two lengths in front. She paid $10.00 to win.
JACKSON’S ‘PINT’ PREVAILS
The last time that A Pint for Mary ran, the 6-year-old homebred gelding, owned by trainer Declan Jackson and the Schow Family Trust, ran out of ground
at Golden Gate Fields and finished a closely beaten fourth. Wheeled back in Sunday’s fourth race there, he stayed closer to the early pace and gutted out a stretch duel to prevail by a neck in a claiming sprint for non-winners of three lifetime races. Catalino Martinez had the riding honors. A Pint for Mary paid $12.60 to win. Jackson is a native of Stepaside, Co. Dublin.
John Haran got his first win of the Oaklawn Park meet when his 4-year-old homebred gelding Bowmans Castle won Thursday’s eighth race in Hot Springs, Ark. The gelding had middle moved and faded last time out, but jockey Roberto Morales timed his rally to perfection and got up to win by a neck in a first-level allowance race at one and one-sixteenths miles. Bowmans Castle paid $28.60 to win.
Derek Ryan added a couple wins to his ledger at Tampa Bay Downs last week. His Reign of Kings, which he claimed off leading trainer Jamie Ness, stepped up off the claim to take a first-level allowance sprint on the main track by three-quarters of a length. Angel Serpa was at the controls. Reign of Kings, a 5-year-old gelding, paid $4.80 as the chalk.
Friday’s fifth race at Tampa saw another recent Ryan claim ushered into the winner’s enclosure after Back Away reached the wire just in time to score in a 7-furlong sprint for maidens at the $12,500 claiming tier. Luis Gonzalez had the seat on Back Away, which paid $7.80 to win.