|Cape Time Looks to Steal Alysheba
Stakes Saturday at LSP
(June 26, 2008) - Saturday's
12th running of the $75,000 Alysheba Stakes for 3-year-olds, to
be run at one mile, has attracted a competitive-looking field of
seven. The Black Hawk Stable-owned and Chris Hartman-trained Cape
Time, who may be the controlling early speed, will attempt to use
that to make it two straight Lone Star Park stakes victories on
A winner of two of 10 career starts for earnings of $105,602, Cape
Time appears to be heading in the right direction coming into the
"He's doing awesome right now," said Hartman. "He
ran really well after the 13-hour haul to Sunray Park (Farmington,
New Mexico) and he's stronger both mentally and physically coming
into Saturday's race"
Two main opponents who will be out to spoil Cape Time's bid at
consecutives stakes wins are the Thomas Amoss-trained Real Appeal
and the Steve Asmussen-conditioned Poni Colada. Real Appeal's most
recent victory came in a stakes race at Sam Houston Race Park off
of a layoff, and he enters the Alysheba off of a brief freshening.
After a 12th place finish in the Lone Star Derby on May 10, Poni
Colada will be looking to regain the form that led him to stakes
victories at Zia Park and Sunland Park.
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds
listed in parenthesis, consists of: Poni Colada (Eddie Martin Jr.,
2-1); Crook's Bodgit (Bobby Walker Jr., 8-1); King Darius (Alfredo
Contreras, 12-1); Numismatist (Quincy Hamilton, 20-1); Real Appeal
(Cliff Berry, 8-5); Cape Time (Ken Tohill, 4-1); and Turnleftatthelight
(Eguard Tejera, 15-1).
Scheduled as race nine on the 10-race program, the Alysheba Stakes
has an approximate post time of 5:19 P.M. CDT.