CASH IS QUEEN OK AFTER ENCOUNTER WITH RAIL IN BEAUMONT
Trainer Stephen Lyster said that Cash Is Queen came out of her adventuresome run in Sunday’s Beaumont Stakes Presented by Keeneland Select (G2) “a little banged up” after hitting the rail on the backstretch and nearly unseating jockey Robby Albarado.
“She whomped herself pretty good,” Lyster said of Cash Is Queen, who tried to duck into the gap on the main track after leaving the chute for the Beard Course of seven furlongs, 184 feet. “She was pretty tough to try to run through the race.”
The Beaumont was only the third start for Cash Is Queen, who is owned by Richard Santulli. She wound up 10th in the field of 11 after winning her first two starts at Turfway Park.
“It is a shame, because we thought she had a big chance in there,” Lyster said. “We will give her time to recover and then get with Mr. Santulli about where to go next.”
Beaumont winner Ciao Bella Luna left Keeneland early Monday morning to return to her Southern California base at Betfair Hollywood Park. Ciao Bella Luna won by 2 ½ lengths over Magical Moon, who set the pace before yielding in mid-stretch.
“She’s a nice filly that needs to win a stake,” trainer Al Stall Jr. said of Magical Moon, who finishing third in last year’s Darley Alcibiades (G1). “For now, I’d probably look for a non-winners of two (lifetime) allowance and I may try her on the dirt one more time.”
Morton Fink’s Successful Dan, the older half-brother to 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan, worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 under jockey Julien Leparoux in preparation for a possible start in Sunday’s $150,000 Ben Ali (G3). Working on his own before the renovation break, Successful Dan recorded fractions of :113.20, :25.60, :37.20 and :49.60 with gallop-out times of 1:14.80 for six furlongs, 1:28 for seven-eighths and 1:43.60 for a mile according to Keeneland clockers. …
Phipps Stable’s four-time Grade 1 winner Point of Entry, prepping for the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs on May 4, worked five furlongs in company in 1:00.60 with exercise rider Jennifer Patterson up. Working with recent maiden winner State Flag, Point of Entry started three lengths behind and finished on even terms in posting fractions of :12.40, :24.40, :36.40 and out six furlongs in 1:13.80. …
Team Valor International’s Cerro (IRE), a candidate for Saturday’s $200,000 Coolmore Lexington (G3), worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 after the renovation break. Working on his own, Cerro posted fractions of :13.20, :25.40, :37.40, :49.40 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.20.
Jockey Arienne Cox and trainer Wayne Rice teamed up for their first Keeneland victory when Gentle One won the first race on Sunday. Rice owns the seven-year-old Sonic Blue mare, who won the six-furlong claiming race by three-quarters of a length in 1:12.08.
Trainer Bobby Radcliffe scored his first Keeneland victory when John M. Berry and Steve Turner’s Niederzel won the fifth race on Sunday. Ridden by Joe Johnson, the five-year-old Rock Hard Ten gelding won the 1 1/16-mile race by three-quarters of a length in 1:45.79.