•'Chrome' Works 'Like a Beast' in Dubai, 2/1•
California Chrome recorded his first timed workout in Dubai Jan. 30, when he covered four furlongs in :48 2/5 and galloped out to six furlongs in 1:13, according to a post on the 2014 Horse of the Year's official Facebook page.
The post cited assistant trainer Alan Sherman and said the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit owned by Perry Martin and Taylor Made Farm "worked like a beast this morning."
California Chrome, who departed from his home base at Los Alamitos Race Course Jan. 21, is scheduled to run in a 2,000-meter (about 1 1/4 miles) handicap Feb. 25 at Meydan Racecourse to prep for the March 26 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
•Bob and John, Musket Man to South Korea, 2/1•
New York-based sires Bob and John and Musket Man have been sold to stand in 2016 in South Korea.
A 12-year-old by Seeking the Gold—Minister's Melody, by Deputy Minister, Bob and John stood in 2015 at Saratoga Stud near Saratoga Springs. From 203 foals age 3 and older in five crops to race, the former Central Kentucky sire is the sire of nine stakes winners and the earners of $ $7,860,115. Among his top offspring are Pain and Misery, who bankrolled $316,030, won two stakes, and finished second in the 2015 Pat Day Mile (gr. III) and third in the Sunland Derby (gr. III); and stakes winner Brothersofthetime, third in the 2014 Swale Stakes (gr. II).
The winner of three graded stakes, including the 2006 Wood Memorial (gr. I), and the earner of $996,330, Bob and John began his stallion career at Pin Oak Stud in Central Kentucky before being relocated to New York to stand in 2013.
Dual classic-placed Musket Man, a multiple graded stakes winner, heads overseas after standing in 2015 at Waldorf Farm near North Chatham. A 10-year-old son of Yonaguska out of the Fortunate Prospect mare Fortuesque, Musket Man stood his first season at Vinery Florida, and then relocated for 2012 to Elite Thoroughbreds near Folsom, La., where he stood for three seasons before shifting to New York
From 38 foals age 3 and up from two crops racing, Musket Man's runners have amassed purses earnings of $1,091,286. He is the sire two stakes winners: Ostrolenka, an earner of $342,853, and Aunt Nellie.
Musket Man won the 2009 Illinois Derby (gr. II) and the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) and finished third in both the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and the Preakness Stakes (gr. I). He earned $1,236,820 in three seasons of racing.
•Noble Bird Pointing to Oaklawn Handicap, 2/1•
Following a five-furlong workout earlier this week at Oaklawn Park, trainer Mark Casse said John Oxley's Noble Bird continues to progress toward his first major objective this year, the $750,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) April 16.
Noble Bird emerged as one of the country's top older horses following the 2015 Oaklawn meeting. The son of Birdstone finished second in the May 1 Alysheba Stakes (gr. II) and took the June 13 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), both at Churchill Downs. He is on the comeback trail after he exited a ninth-place finish in the Whitney Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course with a hip injury.
Noble Bird's five-furlong breeze Jan. 28—his second published move this year—stopped the clock in 1:00 3/5. The 5-year-old worked a half-mile in :48 1/5 Jan. 19 at Winding Oaks Farm in Ocala, Fla.
"We thought we would bring him back to Hot Springs, because that's where he got on his roll last year," said Casse, who has divisions in Arkansas and Florida during the winter. "He seems to like the track."
Casse said next-race plans are pending for Noble Bird, but Oaklawn's two remaining major preps for the Oaklawn Handicap are the $100,000 Essex Handicap Feb. 13 and $300,000 Razorback Handicap (gr. III) March 19. Noble Bird won an allowance/optional claimer last March at Oaklawn, then another allowance/optional claimer at Keeneland before his Churchill stint.
Casse also said Siding Spring, 10th in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) Oct. 31 at Keeneland, is under consideration for the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 15 at Oaklawn. Siding Spring has had two five-furlong workouts this month at Oaklawn.