Go Pamplemousse – With Your Claw Money Bag!
The Pamplemousse (no, not a french grapefruit) is one race away from possibly going to the Kentucky Derby and can not travel anywhere without his lucky (Claw Money) laptop case. Apparently now the look of the bag is the “theme” of the horse…… Don’t worry, we sent jockey Alex Solis this jacket, for more good luck – go team!!!!!!!
The article is after the jump……..
Look at the trainer clutching the lucky case! Here we come Kentucky!!
The Pamplemousse is no sham in Sham at Santa Anita
By Art Wilson, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/01/2009 12:10:41 AM PST
ARCADIA – If The Pamplemousse didn’t make his presence felt by winning the San Rafael Stakes on Jan. 17, the huge son of Kafwain certainly signaled his Kentucky Derby candidacy with a big effort in Saturday’s $200,000 Grade III Sham Stakes at Santa Anita.
Ridden by veteran Alex Solis, whose son, Alex II, is part owner of the colt, The Pamplemousse went gate to wire as the 1-2 favorite to win the 1 1/8-mile race on Pro-Ride by six lengths in 1:47.86 – the fastest running of the Sham in its nine-year existence.
“Listen, time only counts to get out of jail,” colorful winning trainer Julio Canani said. “So whatever happens, slow track or fast track, it’s life.”
The Pamplemousse, who lost his first two starts last year before breaking his maiden in his first try around two turns at Hollywood Park on Dec. 14, has won three of five lifetime.
When he went gate to wire to win the one-mile San Rafael, he carved out splits of 23.0, 45.4 and 1:10. On Saturday, he went 23.08, 46.51 and 1:10.28.
He’s fast. Really, really fast.
Asked if the colt can rate off the pace, Canani was candid.
“Who cares?” he cracked.
Solis, who has never won a Kentucky Derby, had high praise for The Pamplemousse, which means “the grapefruit” in French.
“I’ve never ridden anything like him,” Solis said. “The way he’s been training, I expected something like this. He has such a high cruising speed and he’s getting more and more
amazing. He has such a good mind and he was real relaxed the whole way.
“If you want to get an idea of how he’ll do going a mile-and-a-quarter, I switched to my left stick and hit him one time at the eighth pole and he just took off.”
Canani, admittedly superstitious, wore the same shirt and pants Saturday he wore when The Pamplemousse won the San Rafael.
The 72-year-old Peruvian also carried around a laptop computer bag that belongs to Jackie Licht, thoroughbred owner Roger Licht’s 15-year-old daughter.
Seems Jackie was at Santa Anita last Sunday when Canani saddled two winners, including Spring House in the $150,000 San Luis Obispo Handicap.
Canani also doesn’t like to refer to the Kentucky Derby by name. He calls it “Kentucky Fried Chicken.”
He has never started a horse in the Derby and he doesn’t want to jinx himself or his colt.
Asked if he’ll bring Jackie Licht and her computer with him to Louisville on May 2 if The Pamplemousse makes it to the Derby, Canani didn’t hesitate.
“Yes, and I’d like some french fries, too,” he joked.