‘TDN Rising Star‘ Dennis’ Moment (Tiznow) blazed five furlongs in bullet :58:80 (1/42) as he prepares for next month’s GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
“It gave me goose bumps watching him work today,” said trainer Dale Romans (click for video, courtesy KY HPBA). “He just went so easy… When [rider] Tammy [Fox] started off, I thought she was going too slow. I was starting to get a little aggravated, and Big John (Nichols, clocker) started clicking off the times. It just looked like he was galloping.”
The Albaugh Family Stables colobearer was last seen taking the GIII Iroquois S. under the Twin Spires Sept. 14. He galloped out Friday in 1:11 3/5 for six panels and went internal splits of :22 2/5 and :46 3/5.
“His rhythm, how smooth he is, it’s different than watching most horses,” Romans said. “You can tell how fast most horses are going. It just looks like he’s skipping over the ground, he’s so efficient. And you could tell, turning for home, he just picked it up again when he switched to the right lead. The last 100 yards, he just looked like he accelerated and didn’t want to slow down.”
Dennis’ Moment is scheduled to fly to California Oct. 20 and will have his final pre-race breeze at Santa Anita Oct. 25. He is expected to vie for favoritism with fellow ‘Rising Star’ and GI American Pharoah S. winner Eight Rings (Empire Maker), and last week’s impressive GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity hero Maxfield (Street Sense).
“I think we’ve got a great shot,” said Albaugh Family Stable racing manager Jason Loutsch. “Our horse is training tremendously, and we’re going with a tremendous amount of confidence. Obviously Mr. Baffert has a very talented one out in California [in Eight Rings], but we’re not backing away. The way he’s been training and his numbers from the races he’s been in, they all fit really well.”