‘Very Consistent’ Sole Volante Will Point To Wood Memorial

Owner Dean Reeves, who operates Reeves Thoroughbred Racing alongside his wife Patti, said it’s important to prepare a horse for the Kentucky Derby over a surface similar to Churchill Downs. That is one reason why graded stakes-winner Sole Volante will point towards the Grade 2, $750,000 Wood Memorial presented by Resorts World Casino on April 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack.

Trained by Patrick Biancone and owned by Reeves in partnership with Andie Biancone and Limelight Stables Corp., the 3-year-old Karakontie gelding is ninth on the leaderboard having collected 30 points on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby.”

Sole Volante took the 10-point Grade 3 Sam F. Davis on February 1 at Tampa Bay Downs, garnering a career best 95 Beyer Speed Figure, en route to a runner-up finish in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby one month later at the Oldsmar oval, where he earned another 20 points.

Sole Volante, who has never finished off the board in five starts, will look to add to his tally in the Wood Memorial, which offers 100-40-20-10 points to the top-four finishers.

“He’s a pretty neat horse and he’s been very consistent,” Reeves said. “He’s had three races where the Beyers were in the 90s, so that’s pretty consistent. I like the fact that he’s shown a good closing kick, and I think that bodes well for a race like the Wood or the Derby when you’ve got that long finish. One of the reasons we’re looking there [Aqueduct] is because we think the surface is similar to Churchill and we have a good distance from the final turn to the wire.”

Sole Volante was acquired for $20,000 from the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale in April 2019.

“It just shows that good horses can come from any price range, any place, any stallion, any broodmare,” Reeves said. “That’s what makes this business so much fun and as good as it is. It’s all about the chase to find a good horse whether it’s $20,000 or $2 million.”

Reeves also is a part-owner of multiple graded stakes winner Tax, who was second in last year’s Wood Memorial to Tacitus. The Danny Gargan-trained son of Arch has not raced since running ninth in the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational on January 25 at Gulfstream Park and has options for his next start..

“He’s probably going to run at Keeneland [Grade 2, $200,000 Ben Ali on April 11] or Oaklawn [Grade 2, $1 million Oaklawn Handicap on April 18] or maybe Charles Town [Grade 2, $ 1 million Charles Town Classic on April 18],” Reeves said. “He had a good work the other day and we’ll probably decide where we’ll go in the next couple of weeks.”

Tax, owned by Reeves in partnership with R.A. Hill Stable, Corms Racing Stable and Hugh Lynch, last found the winner’s circle in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy presented by NYRA Bets last July at Saratoga Race Course.

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