Mr. Jagermeister Prepares For Return

Mr. Jagermeister is “starting to get fit” trainer Valorie Lund said Friday following the six-year-old Minnesota bred’s fourth workout since returning to training. All the works have come at Turfway Park in Florence, KY with the latest a very sharp 1:00.40 for five furlongs.

The goal for Jag is the Feb. 6 $150,000, six furlong, King Cotton at Oaklawn Park. Lund will have eight stalls at the Hot Springs, Arkansas racetrack, which opens Friday, and intends to ship horses early this week.

Lund is currently headquartered at a training center in Lexington but sends horses into Turfway, an hour and 10 minute trip from load to unload, on a regular basis to both breeze and race.

“We toyed with an allowance [for Mr. Jagermeister] at Turfway,” Lund said. But the plans did not come together so “he will have to gut it out” in the King Cotton.

Lund also trains Bodenheimer, who last year as a 2-year-old broke his maiden at Canterbury,

Bodeheimer at Canterbury Park

won the Prairie Gold Juvenile at Prairie Meadows and the Indian Summer at Keeneland before finishing eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. He will return to training soon with the target being a 5 ½ furlong turf sprint in early April at Keeneland.

Bodenheimer Earns Rest After 8th-Place Finish In Breeders’ Cup

Although disappointed in 2-year-old colt Bodenheimer‘s eighth-place finish in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint on Nov. 6 at Keeneland, trainer Valorie Lund still believes this three-time winner who debuted with a sparkling victory at Canterbury Park has great ability. The race simply did not go his way.

Bodenheimer ‘bobbled at the start’ per the Equibase race chart.

“The jockey told me the ground broke away under him,” Lund said. That poor break cost him “two bad strides” she said. “This was not the kind of race where you can make up ground.”

The Washington-bred son of Atta Boy Roy managed to get within a length of impressive front-running winner Golden Pal but faded soon after. Lund would have loved to see her horse hook up with Golden Pal but that was not meant to be.

The bad break was “just one of the things that went wrong,” according to Lund. Bodenheimer sustained “a couple of scraps on him” but otherwise he “came out fine,” she said.

Next for the colt is a rest. “I’ll turn him out and let him grow up,” Lund said. “We did not have any plans beyond Breeders’ Cup.”

That means 60 to 90 days before he will return to training.

Another well-known son of Atta Boy Roy, Mr. Jagermeister, may return to training this week after receiving a brief respite.

Lund plans to have six stalls at Oaklawn Park when they begin after the first of the year. She will maintain a home base at a training center outside of Lexington, Kentucky and shuttle horses back and forth as needed while also looking at racing possibilities at nearby tracks such as Turfway Park.

Bodenheimer, “just like a tiger”, readies for BC Juvenile Turf Sprint

“I’m so excited,” trainer Valorie Lund said yesterday about the upcoming Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland where her colt Bodenheimer will race in the $1 million BC Juvenile Turf Sprint at five and one-half furlongs. There are hundreds and hundreds of racehorse trainers in the country but few that make it to North America’s biggest thoroughbred event. That is not lost on Lund who will make her second Breeders’ Cup start, having run Bodenheimer’s sire Atta Boy Roy, a graded stakes winner, in the 2010 BC Sprint.

“It’ll be tough,” she said, looking at the competition pre-entered. Twenty-four 2-year-olds were pre-entered, the most in any of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races. A field of 14 will be allowed. Bodenheimer is guaranteed a stall in the starting gate through a Win and You’re in victory at Keeneland in the Oct. 4 Indian Summer.

Lund expects Golden Pal, one of 10 pre-entered in this race by trainer Wesley Ward, to be the favorite based on his impressive Aug. 21 stakes win at Saratoga. That start was his most recent. Lund has watched the progress of Golden Pal, noting the slow works at Keeneland in September followed by quick works in October over the Keeneland turf signaling the foe will be ready. She also acknowledges that 2-year-olds can improve dramatically in a short time and that the speedy Bodenheimer is “as good as he can be” and fully expects him to take “a step forward” next Friday. The Juvenile Turf Sprint is the sixth race on the program and the first Breeders’ Cup race, with a 1:30 central post time.

“Oh my goodness. [Bodenheimer] wasn’t galloping like this into the Indian Summer,” Lund said. “It’s amazing to me the way he is training.”

She says he is training so well and aggressively that she waits to take him to the track until later in the morning when there is “less traffic” on the Ashwood Training Center oval, just north of Keeneland, home to Lund’s stable. “He is so powerful right now. He’s just a tiger,” Lund said.
Bodenheimer, whose career began at Canterbury Park, has won three of four starts. The lone loss, a fifth-place finish at Kentucky Downs over a boggy course, can be forgiven according to Lund. The wet and deep turf was just not for him.

“He was body sore after racing at Kentucky Downs,” she said. “It took a week to 10 days to get him back to normal after trying so hard over that course.”

The Indian Summer win makes Bodenheimer just one of two expected to start Friday with a race over the Keeneland turf. “That should be to my advantage,” Lund said.
Lund trains the Washington-bred Bodenheimer, a $27,000 yearling purchase, for her mother, Marylou Holden, and sister Kristin Boice. The colt has earned $141,225.

Bodenheimer was supposed to work Thursday at Keeneland on the grass but persistent rain caused a change in plans. “If the main track is okay I’ll work him on main track Friday or Saturday,” she said, expecting that turf workouts might not be allowed.
Breeders’ Cup rules require all entrants to arrive at Keeneland no later than Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. Until then Bodenheimer will remain at Ashwood. “He is comfortable at home,” Lund said.

Entries for the Nov. 6 and 7 Breeders’ Cup close Monday with post positions announced that afternoon. Lund is hoping for an inside post draw allowing Bodenheimer to take advantage of his early speed.

Advance wagering at Canterbury Park begins Thursday, Nov. 5 at noon. The BC Advance past performances from Daily Racing Form are on sale now at Canterbury.

Lund made the decision this summer to move her operation to Kentucky, leaving her former base of Turf Paradise in Phoenix where there was uncertainty. The track recently announced a race meet beginning in January but that has come too late for several that called Turf Paradise home for years. Lund has put her Phoenix home up for sale and has shifted everything to Kentucky. She intends to race in Shakopee this summer and currently has run at Keeneland and Churchill as well as Indiana Downs.

Lund also revealed that she reached an agreement to purchase, along with Boice, Atta Boy Roy and will move the stallion to Kentucky where he will stand stud at War Horse Place. She has had success with the sire who produced Minnesota-bred Mr. Jagermeister, stakes winner of $590, 194.

Bodenheimer Wins Indian Summer; On To Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint

Trainer Valorie Lund spoke highly of the 2-year-old colt Bodenheimer before his smashing 11 ¼ length win at Canterbury Park on July 29. She dared mention Breeders’ Cup. On Sunday at Keeneland, Bodenheimer proved her accurate with a gate-to-wire victory in the win-and-you’re-in Indian Summer Stakes, earning a place in the starting gate at Keeneland Nov. 6 for the $1 million G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at 5 ½ furlongs.

“We’re so thrilled because this means an opportunity to take him to the Breeders’ Cup which I’ve never had a 2-year-old that I thought early in the year was good enough,” Lund said in a post-race interview Sunday. She knew she had something special when she began to breeze the horse towards his first race.

Bodenheimer was a $27,000 purchase in the Washington September sale last year for owners

Bodeheimer at Canterbury Park

Kristin Boice and Marylou Holden. He a Washington bred by Atta Boy Roy and will be the seventh from The Evergreen State to run in the Breeders’ Cup. None of the previous six were winners.

“I’ve gone to the sale quite often,” Lund said.  The yearling’s caretaker sent Lund a photo and she “liked the balance of the colt.” She made plans to fly to Washington. At the time Lund thought “if he looks like this in person, we want him.”

Lund, who has for several years kept a summer stable at Canterbury, campaigned the sire Atta Boy Roy to 14 wins from 36 starts from 2008 to 2013 with a graded stakes win and Breeders’ Cup Sprint appearance along the way. Atta Boy Roy is also the sire of another Lund runner, the multiple stakes winner of $590,000, Mr. Jagermeister.

Brian Hernandez, Jr. was aboard Sunday and will be again five Fridays from now. The veteran jockey has 13 Breeders’ Cup mounts with a win in the Classic in 2012 on Fort Larned for trainer Ian Wilkes. Hernandez in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup had two seconds and a third. His mounts have earned $3.82 million on North American racing’s biggest day.

Lund shipped her stable to Ashwood Training Center in September, located in Lexington, KY just 20 minutes from Keeneland.   Before entering Bodenheimer at Kentucky Downs for the Turf Sprint Sept. 12, she contacted Churchill Downs racing secretary Ben Huffman regarding a jockey. It was determined a Kentucky-based rider would be best just in case something  goes amiss with jockey protocol before November. Given a list of riders and agent phone numbers she got in touch with Hernandez’ agent and that was that.

It has been 10 years since Lund was fortunate to have a Breeders’ Cup quality horse in Atta Boy Roy. It’s not something she plans for.  Not all trainers have the luxury of shedrows full of multi-million dollar 2-year-olds.  Those that don’t work hard with what they have, always on the lookout for that next ‘big horse’ and able to recognize one should it materialize. Lund has been on this stage before. “I’ll sleep just fine,” she said. With five weeks to go, Lund will approach the Breeders’ Cup the same way she did the Indian Summer.

“I took him over last week [to Keeneland] and breezed him.   I’ll train him exactly the same.  Ship him over to breeze for his works.   He’s a real good shipper and calm in the stall.” Once protocols for final ship-in dates are set she will send Bodenheimer to Keeneland with a groom and await the race but until then Ashwood Training Center is the perfect home.

The Keeneland Fall meet continues with a Wednesday through Sunday schedule until Oct. 24 and then racing returns for Breeders’ Cup. Canterbury’s Racebook is open daily. Reservations for the Friday of Breeders’ Cup are free and can be made HERE. Tickets for Nov. 7 are on sale now.

Bodenheimer Pointed To Kentucky Downs; Mr. Jagermeister Out Of Festival

The undefeated 2-year-old colt from the Valorie Lund barn Bodenheimer will be headed to Kentucky Downs to race Sept. 12 in the $250,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint at 6 1/2 furlongs. The race drew 48 nominations with Bodenheimer one of the 12 top earners which would secure a spot in the starting gate. The colt began his career July 7 at Canterbury winning a 5 furlong turf maiden by 11 1/4 lengths. Next stop was the $50,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile Stakes on the dirt at Prairie Meadows where he won by a neck.

Mr. Jagermeister Done For The Year

Entries for the Minnesota Festival of Champions will be taken tomorrow but a familiar name will not be found on the overnight. Mr. Jagermeister, also trained by Lund, sprained his hock and will miss the event.  A three-time Festival winner of the ’17 Northern Lights Juvenile, ’18 Classic Championship and ’19 Classic Sprint, the Jag will be missed on the day that highlights the best of the state. “He was due for his next turnout,” Lund said, so the setback made the decision easy. Mr. Jagermeister is already in Kentucky. “I’ll give him 60 to 90 days off.” Race fans will see him next year.

Mr. Jagermeister is in Kentucky because that is where Lund and her stable will spend the fall and winter. Turf Paradise would be the normal location but with the track closed, perhaps forever, many including Lund were left scrambling. Lund made arrangements for space at Ashwood Training Center in Lexington. The facility has 300 stalls, training track, official timed workouts, and turnouts. As horses run their final race at Canterbury Lund will haul them to Kentucky. She already has her first load of six there and when another six are ready she will make another trip.  The location will allow her to ship horses to Kentucky tracks to race but also to others close by like the Ohio tracks. Lund plans for a small string at Oaklawn as well.

Satellite Storm, a Lund turf sprinter, most recently ran at Monmouth after a colossal win at Colonial Downs. When Colonial canceled the meet, Lund and owner Peter Seals looked for options, specifically five furlong turf races. Monmouth was chosen but the effort was lackluster, leaving Lund thinking she may have asked too much of the horse in that period of time. Satellite Storm is now at Ashwood and likely to run at Churchill in the fall.

Sale Topper Hip #43

Lund was also involved in Sunday’s MTA Yearling Auction, consulting with owners Barry and Joni Butzow who purchased the$42,000 sale topper, a Midshipman filly out of Sahm Sweetheart. “We shortlisted five yearlings,” she said. “This one  met all the specs.”

Here are the auction results.