JC / Railbird

Saturday Morning Notes

– In today at Gulfstream: Cool Coal Man, scratched from the Pasco Stakes at Tampa last week and from the Hutcheson before that, is entered in the sixth, an allowance race with a small but intriguing field that includes Wonder Mon (stirring the Derby dreams of owner-trainer Gary Capuano) and Ready Set, making his second start off a brief layoff for trainer Michael Matz. A couple of races later, Phantom Income makes her first start since a disastrous Breeders’ Cup appearance in the Sunshine Million Oaks. The Montbrook filly, out of a dam that’s half to Ghostzapper, reminds me of Corinthian — she’s a talented headcase who could be, if she ever gets her act together, a significant player in her division.
– Santa Anita’s Cushion Track problems are disrupting more than racing, reports Steve Andersen in the DRF. Horses, including some promising potential Derby and Oaks starters, are losing training time due to the recent closure of the synthetic surface after rain.