Lane’s End stallion Candy Ride had a very good day at Santa Anita yesterday when the John Sadler trained colts Sidney’s Candy won the G2 Sir Beaufort Stakes and Twirling Candy set a new track record winning the G1 Malibu Stakes over the track’s new dirt surface. The wins were notable for another reason: Both 3-year-old colts became “Won on all 3” Omnisurface Stars. Sidney’s Candy, with a win in the G1 Santa Anita Derby over the Santa Anita Pro-Ride and the G2 La Jolla Handicap over the Del Mar turf earlier this year, is the newest ALL GRADED omnisurface winner; Twirling Candy won a maiden special and an optional claiming race over the Hollywood Cushion Track before winning the Oceanside and G2 Del Mar Derby over the Del Mar turf.
New York-bred Franny Freud, an Omnisurface Star heading into the Prioress Stakes at Belmont Park with restricted stakes wins over dirt and turf and a graded stakes win over Polytrack in the G2 Beaumont at Keeneland in April, scored her first career G1 victory on July 4 when she won the six-furlong Prioress as the 3-4 favorite by 1 3/4 lengths in a final time of 1:10.11. Congratulations to the “Won on all 3” filly and her connections!
2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird makes the first start of his 4-year-old campaign today in the Grade 2 Firecracker Handicap at Churchill Downs. This will be his first attempt at turf.
You may remember that Mine That Bird spent his 2-year-old campaign at Woodbine running on synthetics and won several stakes races including the Grade 3 Grey. His only win on dirt came over the slop, but can he also get a graded win on turf? We’ll see!
Update: Mine That Bird was off the board but Prioress winner Franny Freud is an Omnisurface Star! We’ll add her in a bit.
Evening Jewel, the 3-year old filly who gave champion Blind Luck a run for her money in the Kentucky Oaks, is set to try turf for the first time on Monday in the Grade 2 Hollywood Honeymoon at Hollywood Park.
She’s won the Grade 1 Ashland on synthetic and, as mentioned earlier, placed to Blind Luck on dirt. Best of luck to her in her first attempt on turf!
Update: She did it! Evening Jewel is our latest Omnisurface Star!
Tizaqueena joins the “Won on all three” category with her win in the G3 Arlington Matron. Rider ET Baird controlled the pace with incredibly slow fractions and opened up in the stretch.
This was Tizaqueena’s first race on synthetics. Trainer Michael Stidham said he wasn’t sure what her was next move was right after the race, but if she gets a graded win on dirt she’ll join the ranks of the “all graded” wins.
Congrats to Tizaqueena and her connections!
General Quarters fighting off a game Court Vision in the Woodford Reserve (wendyu)
What with all the hubbub of the Triple Crown and launching of Hello Race Fans, General Quarters rolled right under the radar! Not only his a newly minted Omnisurface Star with this thrilling win the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve on the Kentucky Derby card, he’s an ALL GRADED Omnisurface Star on the verge of joining Lava Man as an all Grade 1 winner if he pulls off a win in the upcoming Stephen Foster on dirt!
We’ll be rooting for him, and in the meantime we’ll get a page up for him. Be sure to check out the Won on all 3 tab as well.
Added to “Won on all 3″: Zardana, the John Shirreffs-trained mare who beat Rachel Alexandra in the March 13 New Orleans Ladies Stakes at the Fair Grounds. The race was actually the 6-year-old’s fourth win on dirt (the prior three all earned in Brazil, in 2007), but her first in the U.S., where she has raced primarily on the synthetic and turf surfaces of Southern California, winning the 2009 G2 Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park (Cushion Track), and the ungraded 2009 Swingtime Stakes at Santa Anita (turf).
Added to “Won on 2 + ITM”: Noble’s Promise and Interactif. Saturday’s Kentucky Derby preps turned up two almost-Omnisurface Stars, with Noble’s Promise finishing a strong second to Lookin at Lucky in the G2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park (dirt) and Interactif placing behind front-running Sidney’s Candy in the G2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita (Pro-Ride). The Rebel was the first dirt start for the winner of the 2009 G1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood; Noble’s Promise also have a maiden win over turf at Ellis Park. In the San Felipe, Interactif, winner of the 2009 G3 Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland (Polytrack) and a maiden winner over dirt at Monmouth Park, was making his first start on synthetics.
Einstein and trainer Helen Pitts-Blasi training for the 2009 Breeders’ Cup (Sarah K. Andrew)
It was reported yesterday that Einstein sustained a soft tissue injury while training for the Gulfstream Park Handicap and was retired. He’ll stand at Adena Springs in Paris, Kentucky where he’ll hopefully create many more Omnisurface Stars!
Also reported yesterday was that Zenyatta will race again in 2010. While we can’t imagine that it would happen, we’d love to see her try turf given that she’s already a G1 winner on dirt and synthetic!
Einstein and trainer Helen Pitts-Blasi training for the 2009 Breeders’ Cup (Marcie Heacox)
Mike Welsch has a piece at DRF today about Einstein remaining in training.
…the finalist for an Eclipse Award in the older male category for 2009 was standing in his stall in Barn 9 at Gulfstream, where he remains in training for a potential start in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf on Feb. 6.
“He got here on Dec. 16 and has been in training ever since,” said Helen Pitts, who has done a masterful job orchestrating Einstein’s career. “Right now the goal is the Gulfstream Turf, although nothing is etched in stone. A lot will depend on how he trains over the next month or so.”
And there’s more good news for fans of Einstein, it looks as though if things go well in the Gulfstream Turf he may continue racing in 2010.
Jack Brothers, who handles the season sales for Adena Springs, said on Saturday that the farm is still uncommitted as to whether Einstein will stand at stud or continue to race in 2010.
“At the moment we are keeping our options open while trying not to discourage people from booking to him this season,” said Brothers. “Right now the plan is for him to run in the Gulfstream Park Turf, and then we’ll make a decision after that whether he’ll continue to race or go to stud this year. There will still be plenty of time for clients to book mares and for him to stand at stud for the breeding season if he’s retired after that race.”
Fingers crossed for an excellent return for Einstein, we’d love to see him get another shot at G1 on dirt!
Welcome to the new Omnisurface Stars site! From the previous version of the site:
Some plans for this site include creating individual pages for the horses who have won on all three surfaces in graded stakes and adding a blog or at least a twitter feed for updates and additions to the lists.
Check that off the list! We’ve added a page for each graded Omnisurface Star and now have a way to easily post about upcoming races and/or additions and changes to the list.
As always, if you find an Omnisurface Star as you’re handicapping or can provide more up to date information on our current listings, please send it to us!