Plans in flux for Ria Antonia

 

The Sports Network

New Orleans, LA (SportsNetwork.com) - The connections for Ria Antonia, winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, had things mapped out for the 3-year-old filly to face the boys in Fair Grounds' Risen Star Stakes on Feb. 22.

However, unseasonably cold weather in New Orleans has forced the track to be closed to training and Ria Antonia has been set back in her preparations.

"The weather down there is really putting a damper on our plans," said Ron Paolucci, owner of Loooch Racing and manager of Ria Antonia's career. "We were on a tight schedule anyway, and when they closed the track for training again this morning (Thursday) for a third day we're even on a tighter schedule now."

Trained by Jeremiah Englehart, Ria Antonia may make her first 2014 start in Fair Grounds' Rachel Alexandra Stakes for 3-year-old fillies also on Feb. 22.

"I realize we can't help what Mother Nature does, but we originally had her scheduled for six breezes before her next race on a Saturday-to-Saturday schedule, then it was five and now we might be down to four," Paolucci said. "It would cost me a lot of money to ship my filly somewhere else, but I can't hurt my filly if she's not ready in time. Our plans for her now have become more uncertain. We'll just have to see how she does on a day-to-day basis - at least for the next few days."

The filly was placed first in the Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita after finishing second at 32-1 to 5-1 third pick She's a Tiger. The two fillies brushed down the stretch which caused the disqualification. Her only other win came in her second start.

Ria Antonia, co-owned by Christopher Dunn and Loooch Racing Stable, has earned $1,156,140 with her two wins in five starts.

Read more Horse Racing stories from the Miami Herald

Get your Miami Heat Fan Gear!

Join the
Discussion

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category