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PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
March 2014
Page 5
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a trouble-free winter last season
with Orb, likely will point to the
Grade-2 $600,000 Rebel Stakes
at Oaklawn Park on March 15.
“I think the Gotham Stakes
at Aqueduct on March 1 in
New York would be too soon,”
McGaughey related. “Two weeks
after that is the Rebel. I think that
would be one I could probably
make.”
Mexikoma
Team Valor International
could have a Derby contender
in Mexikoma. The colt was
purchased after a sparkling 14
¾ lengths maiden victory at one
mile at Delaware Park last Sep-
tember. He earned an 84 Beyer,
which made him the fastest ju-
venile colt in North American on
dirt around two turns this season.
Trainer Rick Mettee, based at
Fair Hill, has a resume that fea-
tures years of training Goldphin
horses in Europe and Dubai.
“It wasn’t even the margin or
the speed figures that impressed
me most; it was the way he found
that extra gear through that un-
precedented final quarter mile,”
said Team Valor president Barry
Irwin. “Even if he ran against the
biggest bums in captivity or was
working alone in the morning for
any horse, let alone a two-year-
old, to generate a 24-second final
quarter going a mile around two
turns is mindboggling.”
A son of Birdstone out of the
Toccet mare Toccet Over, Mexiko-
ma’s next appearance was in the $2
million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at
Santa Anita Park in November. A
troubled start left the colt dead last.
He swung out off the rail but got
boxed in and had his momentum
stopped at a crucial point. Once
Mexikoma found daylight he hit
another gear, closing powerfully
and kept rolling to the wire. He
came in sixth, but his finish was
much better than it looked on pa-
per. If Mexikoma can build on that
he should be in good shape when
he’s entered into a top stakes race
at Oaklawn Park or the Fairgrounds
in New Orleans in March.
Extrasexyhippzster
Back in 2006, Mike Trom-
betta became a major player in
the Triple Crown scene with
Sweetnorthernsaint. The speedy
colt was the betting favorite in
the Kentucky Derby and runner-
up in the Preakness Stakes. Eight
years later, Trombetta is eying the
Derby Trail again.
In the $100,000 Miracle
Wood at Laurel Racetrack on
January 25, Extrasexyhippzster
waited behind traffic, then burst
through an opening at the top of
the stretch and pulled away to an
impressive score over five other
3-year-olds, completing the mile
in 1:36.75.
Strong Prospect Top Billing Hits Derby Trail
Foaled and raised at Shir-
ley Lojeski’s Lojeski Farms in
Emmaus, Pa., Extrasexyhippz-
ster is co-owned by Yardley, Pa.
resident Michael Kirwan and Ed
Hipps. He was co-bred by Toni
Kirwan and Hipps. The colt is by
Stroll and the first foal from the
Freud mare Extra Sexy Psychic,
who was also co-bred and raced
by the same connections. The
Derby hopeful now has a 3-0-1
record from five starts with earn-
ings of $171,724.
“It was so impressive the way
he rated behind all that speed,”
Trombetta noted. “He was kind to
Julian (jockey Pimentel) the whole
way. When he found that spot
at the top of the lane I was very
impressed with the way he went
forward. This time of the year you
start trying them a little further
to see if they’re going to be able
to get the longer distances and
for me today he passed the test.
I don’t know where I’ll run him
back but the obvious is to continue
to add distance and two turns.”
Coup de Grace
Owner Rick Porter has
decided to remove Coup de
Grace from consideration for the
Kentucky Derby following his
10th place effort in the Holy Bull
Stakes on January 25. It was his
stakes and two-turn debut. Previ-
ously two-for-two, the son of
Tapit was a $300,000 Keeneland
September purchase.
“He breezed well afterwards,
but we’re not sure what we’re
going to do with him yet,” trainer
Chad Brown said. “The Holy
Bull wasn’t a good gauge for us
with how the horse will handle
two turns. He didn’t break well
and then he rushed up there and
got a little rank, and was going a
little fast on the front. The whole
race unfolded exactly the way we
didn’t want, so we’re just going
to draw a line through that and go
from there. We’re not sure where
we’ll run him and at what level.
We’re going to give him a nice
rhythm of breezing and then pick
a spot.”
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