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.

 

Mr. Jagermeister seeks graded stakes win in Saturday’s Ack Ack at Churchill Downs

Minnesota-bred Mr. Jagermeister will attempt to add a graded stakes win to his impressive resume on Saturday at Churchill Downs in the $150,000 Ack Ack Stakes, a grade three one-turn mile where he drew post six in a nine-horse field. Leandro Goncalves will ride in the Ack Ack for trainer Valorie Lund.

The 4-year-old has won seven stakes, all but one restricted to state breds.  He defeated open company in the $100,000 Chesapeake, a sprint stake at Colonial Downs on Aug. 17, before returning to Canterbury to win the $100,000 Crocrock Sprint Championship Sept. 1, his most recent race, a dash restricted to Minnesota breds. In all, the son of Atta Boy Roy has won 10 of 17 starts and $493,537 in purses.

Canterbury Park’s 2018 Horse of the Year was shipped to Churchill shortly after the Crocrock and has been training well there, including a bullet five furlong work last Sunday.

“He really likes the track,” Lund said. “I mean he really likes it. He goes so easy.” This comes as no surprise to his trainer as Mr. Jagermeister’s sire, also trained by Lund, did his best running at Churchill including a win in the grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes.

Mr. Jagermeister once before was entered in a graded stakes, the grade 2 San Vicente at Santa Anita in February of 2018, coming off a nearly five-month layoff. After dueling through blistering fractions he tired.

Saturday could be a different story as the colt is as sharp as he has ever been.

“I think he is the right horse for this race,” Lund said. “If he brings his ‘A-game’ he will be tough to beat.”

Top trainers from across the country have entered experienced runners in the Ack Ack including Steve Asmussen, Dale Romans, Al Stall, Jr., and Phil D’Amato. Many of the horses have been tested in graded events and have won.

Timeline is a two-time grade three winner, but those came in 2017 for trainer Chad Brown when he won the Peter Pan at Belmont and the Pegasus at Monmouth before going favored in the grade 1 Haskell and running up the track.  He is now under the care of Asmussen, has not raced since Dec. 1, 2018, and has eight works at Churchill leading into Saturday.

Mr Freeze, trained by Romans, won the 2018 West Virginia Derby, a grade 3, but has not won since in just three tries. Air Strike is the highweight in the field carrying 125 pounds. He won the grade 2 Triple Bend at Santa Anita on May 25 at 12 to 1 odds and has since finished fourth in both the grade 1 Bing Crosby at Del Mar and the grade 1 Forego at Saratoga. Trainer D’Amato has been prepping Air Strike at Santa Anita showing three published workouts.

With few confirmed front runners, Mr. Jagermeister may control the early pace.

“I never tell my rider to go for the lead,” Lund said but she has a feeling Goncalves may end up there.

Mr Freeze showed his traditional speed recently in one mile Ellis allowance but was reeled in by Mr Darcy who is also entered in the Ack Ack. Mr Darcy has proven to be tactical and enters Saturday’s stake off a second-place finish Sept. 13 racing six furlongs at Churchill, a surface on which he has competed eight times, winning twice, finishing second four times and third once.

The Ack Ack will be the seventh race on Churchill’s 11-race twilight card that begins at 5 p.m. central. Post time for the race is set for 8:05 p.m.

“This is a very good field of horses,” Lund said. “That’s what you get at Churchill. [Mr. Jagermeister] is really good right now. I’m excited.”

Canterbury Race Book will offer Win bet insurance on the race. Guests making a $20 Win bet on Mr. Jagermeister will receive a refund on the bet if he fails to win but runs second. The offer applies to the first $20 win wager on Mr. Jagermeister only and the wager must be made using the MVP Rewards player card. Should he run second, those refunds will be made in MVP Rewards points mid-week and can be converted to cash.

Mr. Jagermeister Impressive in Chesapeake Stakes Victory

Mr. Jagermeister won the $100,000 Chesapeake Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths Saturday evening at Colonial Downs in New Kent, Virginia. The 4-year-old Minnesota-bred colt was ridden by Leandro Goncalves and is trained by Valorie Lund. As the wagering favorite he paid $4.20.

Goncalves rode Mr. Jagermeister confidently on the inside, battling with Old Time Revival before pulling away in the stretch and holding off a late charge by Lewisfield. “He’s an awesome horse,” Goncalves said following the win.

Lund was hauling Mr. Jagermeister back to Canterbury Sunday, expecting to arrive in Shakopee in the wee hours of the morning.

“I’m very pleased,” Lund said. “[Mr. Jagermeister] was feisty this morning. He is feeling pretty happy with himself.”

Lund intends to run the 2018 Canterbury Horse of the Meet on Sept. 1 in the Minnesota Festival of Champions. “He will run in one of the two races, but I have not decided yet” she said, referring to the $100,000 Minnesota Sprint Championship or the $100,000 Minnesota Classic Championship, which the colt won last year.

Mr. Jagermeister had not raced since an allowance win at Oaklawn Park April 25. He had a setback that sidelined him this summer but when he returned to the track, he was training so well that Lund knew he needed a race before Festival. “I would have stayed home and run for less money,” she said, but the trainer could not find a race that filled.

Lund’s inclination now is to run in the sprint on Sept. 1 because of the training missed during the lay-off but has time to make that call. Possible foes that day include Hot Shot Kid, who last year won the sprint, or Mister Banjoman winner of the Minnesota Derby. Both are trained by Mac Robertson.

Mr. Jagermeister Ships East To Race Saturday

Bon voyage to 2018 Canterbury Park Horse of the Meet Mr. Jagermeister who ships Wednesday morning from Shakopee to Colonial Downs in New Kent County, Virginia for the  $100,000 Chesapeake Stakes at six furlongs on the main track. Accompanying the 4-year-old Minnesota-bred colt on the 1,250 journey will be trainer Valorie Lund and two other horses entered elsewhere on the card: Ship It Red and Fiftyshadedofgrayce.

Mr. Jagermeister has not run since late April when he won an allowance race at Oaklawn Park. He was entered in the 10,000 Lakes Stakes but scratched due to a wet track and had a minor physical setback that laid him up. He has had five timed workouts since July 13, three of them bullets.

“This is the last chance to run him before Minnesota Festival of Champions,” Lund said over the weekend as she was considering this option and communicating with the Colonial racing secretary to make sure the stake would fill. “He needs a race. He is kicking  the stall down.”  The Festival, which offers both a state-bred sprint and a route, each with a $100,000 purse, to choose from is Sunday,  Sept. 1. In 2018, Mr. Jagermeister won the 1 and  1 /16 mile  Wally’s Choice Minnesota Classic Championship on Festival Day.

The Chesapeake attracted a field of six and will be the fifth race on a 10-race program.  Regular rider Leandro Goncalves has been named on Mr. Jagermeister. Post time is 5:52 p.m. central. Colonial Downs races are simulcast in the Canterbury Park Race Book.

Ship It Red runs in race eight. He won at Oaklawn in April and has since run four consecutive thirds at Canterbury this summer. Fiftyshadesofgrayce has a win here this summer and most recently raced at Arlington Park. She is entered in race six, an allowance optional claiming turf sprint with a $70,000 purse. Goncalves has those mounts as well.

Canterbury Invaders Primary Reason To Watch Iowa Tonight

Prairie Meadows in suburban Des Moines, Iowa hosts a pair of $65,000 sprint stakes for 2-year-olds tonight and Canterbury winners will have a strong presence.

Race 7 at Prairie, the Prairie Gold Juvenile, includes Richard Ronald , who will be ridden by Leandro Goncalves. He was aboard the colt June 19 when he crushed a field of four others by 5 ¼ as the odds-on favorite. The son of Misremembered is trained and co-owned by Gary Scherer along with Robert Bernacki. Scherer will not make the trip to Iowa as he has multiple horses running tonight at Canterbury, but that is not an indication Scherer lacks confidence. Richard Ronald sports the highest Beyer Speed Figure in the six-horse field. “I expect the Asmussen horse [Bubba Bling], the one that won at Churchill, is the horse to beat,” Scherer said. Bubba Bling is the 2 to 1 favorite while the Scherer charge is second choice at 7 to 2.

In the filly division, the Prairie Gold Lassie, is Rumpleminx, a California-bred full sister to MN-bred super star Mr. Jagermeister.  Rumpleminx won at first asking July 5 over a muddy track while racing wide. Goncalves rode that night and will again tonight for trainer Valorie Lund.

Lund transported both Rumpleminx and Richard Ronald to Iowa this morning. “They shipped really well and are all put away now,” she said earlier today.

“I feel really, really good about [Rumpleminx],” Lund said. In the Canterbury win Lund insists that the filly did not show everything. “We didn’t use her.”  Rumpleminx was wide around the turn while pressing the pace and then eased away to win by three lengths with Goncalves sitting tight. Her subsequent workout, under cover of darkness July 17, was also better than appears on paper.

“I’m very excited,” Lund said. “This is a wide open race.” The field has scratched down to six with both Asmussen fillies, including the favorite, out. The 8 to 1 morning line assigned to Rumpleminx likely will not prove true once the betting begins.

Post time for the Juvenile is 8:48 p.m with the Lassie 25 minutes later.

Mr. Jagermeister Favored To Repeat in 10,000 Lakes Stakes

A pair of $50,000 Minnesota-bred stakes sprints will be run Saturday at Canterbury Park: the 10,000 Lakes and the Lady Slipper. While the number of horses entered is small, five in the 10,000 Lakes and six in the Lady Slipper, the quality runs high with several of the best state-breds competing.

The buzz is all about Mr. Jagermeister, the 2018 Canterbury horse of the meet, who last season became the first 3-year-old to win the 10,000 Lakes.  He went on to three more wins, leading the way in the Vic Myers, the Minnesota Derby, and the Minnesota Classic Championship. He is odds-on to win the six-furlong 10,000 Lakes once again.

Trainer Valorie Lund, who owns Mr. Jagermeister with Kristin Boice and Leslie Cummings, is confident her colt is ready for a top effort. He worked over the track Sunday and has settled in well after shipping from Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he won impressively at Oaklawn Park on April 25. Mr. Jagermeister defeated three of Saturday’s four opponents last year.

“I’m happy to be outside,” Lund said of post five. “With that short of a field it’s going to be a riders’ race.”

Leandro Goncalves has the mount on Mr. Jagermeister.

To his inside from the rail out are Mines Made Up; Hot Shot Kid, who has seven wins locally; A P Is Loose, the all-time leading money earner at Canterbury, and Speeding Kid.

The 10,000 Lakes is the fourth race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.

The fifth race of the day is the Lady Slipper Stakes. Pinup Girl, who won this race last year en route to a four-win summer, is 9 to 2 on the morning line. She came up short on May 3 in a 5 ½ furlong sprint finishing behind Honey’s Sox Appeal and Double Bee Sting.  Both are entered in the Lady Slipper. The added half furlong on Saturday may play to Pinup Girl’s closing style. She is also two for two on a wet track, with rain in the forecast. Ry Eikleberry has the call for trainer Sandra Sweere.

Honey’s Sox Appeal, under the care of top trainer Mac Robertson, seeks her tenth win in Shakopee. The versatile mare is ridden by Constantino Roman. Robertson also entered Rock That Jewel.  The remainder of the field includes Ari Gia and stakes winner Firstmate.

Significant Win at Oaklawn for Mr. Jagermeister

Mr. Jagermeister regained the luster of his 2018 season where he won four races at Canterbury Park and was named Horse of the Meet, by drawing off to win by 2 ¾ lengths Thursday at Oaklawn Park in a $92,000 allowance sprint. The Minnesota bred stopped the clock in 1:09.56 for six furlongs. And the faithful got paid with an $11.00 mutuel.

“I’m very happy that he ran his race,” trainer Valorie Lund said. “He was impressive. I could not be any happier. I’m relieved after being so disappointed in his last race until we found out what went wrong.”

That last race took place at Turf Paradise on March 19 where the colt was the prohibitive favorite, showed speed, but faded in the stretch. Lund later reported that after scoping Mr. Jagermeister an excuse was found, mucus, which prevented his best effort.

His bullet workout over the Hot Springs surface last week was an indication that he was back on track. Lund was not shy about declaring that her horse was ready for a big effort.

Mr. Jagermeister rewarded that confidence. Leandro Goncalves, who likewise remained a true believer, made the trip from Will Rogers Downs over the hill to Oaklawn to ride. “Leandro had to get him to settle a bit,” Lund said.  “He rode a very good race.”

So what is next for Mr. Jagermeister?

“I really don’t know,” Lund said. “I have to sit down and look at what I do next. He might run in the 10,000 Lakes. It’s home.” That $50,000 race, at six furlongs and restricted to Minnesota breds, is May 18 at Canterbury Park and also allows Lund time to “figure out a summer plan.”

She has a horse or two to saddle yet at Oaklawn and then will head north with Mr. Jagermeister to join the rest of her stable which has been arriving this week from Phoenix, and settle into the routine in Shakopee. And make plans for this very talented colt.