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Red's Round Table Returns In Willa On The Move Stakes
LAUREL, MD. 12-13-12---Multiple stakes winner Red’s Round Table makes her first start since February in Saturday’s $100,000 Willa On The Move Stakes at Laurel Park. The race goes at six furlongs on the main track and is limited to fillies and mares.
The Tim Keefe trainee, who is owned by former NBA referee Arnold Heft, last saw action in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2), where she stumbled badly at the start and ended up trailing the field.
“She pulled a muscle in her left-hind in that race and we gave her some time, then she stepped on a nail the day before a stakes race at Pimlico on Preakness weekend,” said Keefe. “She has been back since the latter part of the summer and seems to be back to her old self. She is still every bit as competitive as before.”
A 4-year-old daughter of Cuvee, who is second choice on the morning line at 5-2, has won five career stakes, including two at her home base at Laurel, a pair at Aqueduct and another at Delaware Park. Abel Castellano picks up the mount.
“She had a very good year as a 2-year-old and I always worried that the horses who were less mature at that age would catch up to her,” added Keefe. “This filly has gas and coming out of the two hole she will be on or near the lead even though there is a lot of speed in the race. She won the Tate Stakes at Aqueduct with Ramon (Dominguez) when she didn’t set the fractions so I am if hoping Abel can get her to relax and settle Saturday we will be in good shape. She anticipates the break and is very fast out of the break. Unfortunately in the Fritchie, I think she over anticipated it and stumbled badly.”
The speedy frontrunner Winning Image (8-5) won the Langhorne Stakes in March and the My Juliet Stakes in May, both at Parx Racing. The Michael Aro runner also placed in the Interborough Handicap at Aqueduct, the Endine at Delaware and the Daylily at Penn during her productive year. Jose Caraballo is her regular rider.
Made to Love Her (3-1), the winner of the 2011 Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park, also comes into Saturday’s feature off an extended layoff. The Charles Simon trainee raced in two stakes at Santa Anita last winter but has been on the shelf since March. Made to Love Her, who will carry Josean Ramirez, is now training at Penn National and arrives off a string of impressive workouts.
Island Bound (6-1) entered Katy Voss’ barn this fall after campaigning in seven straight stakes for trainer Ian Wilkes. She won the Winning Colors at Churchill Downs and placed in four other stakes this year. Oliver Castillo gets his first chance on the Speightstown mare.
Pretty Miss Trippi, (12-1) finished second in an optional allowance test in her only start at Laurel. Yomar Ortiz will ride the daughter of Trippi for trainer Steven Brown.
Stakes winner Withgreatpleasure (15-1) carries the hopes of trainer David Nunn. She captured the Unbridled Belle Stakes at Delaware Park in August and finished second in both the Pink Ribbon at Charles Town and the Cornucopia at Parx Racing. J.D. Acosta has the riding assignment.
About Laurel Park
Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.