Sunday, October 24, 2010

Dixie's Hope Runs 2nd In Huge Effort at Keeneland

Making her first start since breaking her maiden in stellar fashion at Presque Isle nearly 70 days ago Pocket Aces Racing's Dixie's Hope turned in another impressive run, finishing 2nd, at Keeneland Friday.

Breaking from the 4 hole, at odds of 13 to 1, jockey Shane Sellers expertly guided her into great position going into the first turn. Down the backstretch Sellers got the big, gray filly to relax as she settled in nicely behind the pacesetters. Sellers first asked her for some run in the far turn and by the time the field began to straighten up for home she had struck the lead. In deep stretch it appeared as though she would be the winner, however, within the last 100 yards, the 7 horse, Kitty Love, made a late charge near the middle of the track and was able to just get by Dixie at the wire.

Dixie's Hope earned a lifetime best 78 Beyer for the race while increasing her bankroll to $54,390. Her lifetime race record now stands at 6-1-3-1. She has only failed to hit the board once in her career.

Trainer Joe Deegan reports that Dixie' Hope has exited the race in great shape and that he will point her towards another allowance race at Churchill Downs if she continues to do well.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Dixie's Hope Entered to Run at Keeneland

Pocket Aces Racing color bearer Dixie's Hope, who was last seen at Presque Isle in August dominating a Maiden Special Weight field by almost 10 lengths, will return to action at Keeneland in an allowance level race on Friday, October 22nd.

In her most recent starts Dixie's Hope has been running over the synthetic surface at Presque Isle and while she has been able to "handle" that surface her pedigree suggests that she should relish Friday's race at Keenland which will be contested over a mile on the turf.

Dixie's Hope enters the race on Friday off a 60+ day layoff as she was given a mini vacation after her last race in an effort to freshen her up for the fall campaign. Despite the time away she has been training better recently than at any point in her career. Note the 10/16 bullet work on her form line.

Pocket Aces Racing is expecting a big performance out of Dixie and would like to wish all of it's Partners the best of luck on Friday.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Pocket Aces Racing Acquires First Samurai Filly at Keeneland September

Pocket Aces Racing is pleased to announce the newest addition to our stable is a yearling filly by First Samurai out of a stakes winner mare that earned more than $380,000. First Samurai is a son of reigning North American champion sire Giant's Causeway and multiple Grade I winner of nearly $1 million. He has already established himself as one of 2010's most exciting first crop sires. His progeny have already won a Graded Stakes race and Maiden Special Weight Races at top level tracks such as Churchill Downs, Saratoga, and Belmont. The filly's dam, Bartok's Blithe, was an exceptional and very sound race mare that ran in 22 stakes races while sprinting and routing on both dirt and turf. She placed in seven stakes races, winning two, and earned $389, 656.

She is a good sized, leggy filly that looks like she still has quite a bit of growing to do. She stands over plenty of ground and has great strength and balance. All of the hip, shoulder and hind leg angles are just the way we like. She is as correct a filly through the knees and ankles as you can find and tracks perfectly. We lover her walk as she has a great stride behind and a very athletic, fluid way of moving. In addition, her vet work is completely clean and her throat scope was graded an "A".

The filly has been "broke" and is now in light training in Lexington with Derrick Faulkner. Derrick says that she is a lovely filly that is very smart and kind. He's had no problems with her, according to him she's been a "push button" horse so far. She will stay with Derrick for the next 2-3 weeks then she will go to our trainer, Joe Deegan, at High Point Training Center. She will stay there for the remainder of 2010, acclimating to life as a racehorse while we establish a good foundation with her, then she will go back to Derrick to wait out the worst of the winter at the farm. Sometime in early/mid spring (depending in large part on how much she grows) she will return to Joe and we will begin to prep her for racing.

Shares are currently available for $3,400 each. The initinal buy-in cover expenses through December 2010. Expenses will be billed at $300 per quarter per share beginning January 1, 2011.