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Constitution out of Derby

Constitution (white silks) could return to training in 60 days (Adam Coglianese Photography)

Constitution, a leading Triple Crown hopeful off his win in the $1 million Florida Derby, will be forced to miss the May 3 Kentucky Derby and the rest of the 2014 Triple Crown due to the discovery of a hairline fracture in his front right cannon bone on Monday.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, the undefeated son of leading sire Tapit breezed a half mile in :50 3/5 on Sunday at Palm Meadows and on Monday morning he was discovered to be a little off in his right front leg.

"This is one of the biggest disappointments of my career," Pletcher said. "I really feel Constitution was our biggest chance to win the Kentucky Derby since Super Saver. My routine with all my horses is to jog them down the road, and I noticed he was slightly off (Monday). Dr. Yarborough took x-rays that revealed a slight hairline in his shin.

"Thankfully, it's nothing very serious, and Constitution will be back to 100 percent after a little time. The timing is just a real shame for everyone involved, but the Derby doesn't define a horse's career."

Constitution will be shipped to WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky to rehabilitate, with the hopes of returning to training in 60 days and racing again in 2014. The talented bay colt is owned by WinStar Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables.

"While we are extremely disappointed to miss the Kentucky Derby, we're just as excited about the future of Constitution," said Randy Gullatt, Twin Creeks Racing's general manager. "We think he's just scratching the surface of his talent."

WinStar President & CEO Elliott Walden added: "Todd has done a tremendous job with Constitution and I can't wait to get him back for two reasons: firstly, he has so much to accomplish, and secondly, he is the most exciting stallion prospect of his generation."

Constitution holds a perfect record of three wins from three starts this winter at Gulfstream Park, capturing the March 29 Florida Derby in his stakes debut. Out of the Distorted Humor mare Baffled, he has earnings of $649,350 to date.

With the defection, Uncle Sigh now has enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby, moving from 21st to 20th on the leaderboard.

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Eleven line up for Lexington

Ami's Holiday is the only Lexington entrant with a shot at getting in the Derby (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)

Keeneland will play host to the final race in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" series when 11 sophomores line up in Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Lexington.

The 1 1/16-mile Polytrack contest will award points on a 10-4-2-1 basis, in line with the prep season races instead of the more lucrative championship series events that were worth 100-40-20-10. Nonetheless, the winner's share of 10 points could make the difference between obtaining a starting berth in the Kentucky Derby and being left in the barn.

Actually the only one in the field with even a shot at the Derby gate on the first Saturday in May is Ami's Holiday, who earned 10 points for capturing the Grey at Woodbine last October. The Josie Carroll-trained son of Harlan's Holiday has since finished fifth in the Coronation Futurity and third in the Display at the Canadian track. Those two races closed out Ami's Holiday juvenile season, and the bay colt will be making his three-year-old debut in the Lexington.

Robby Albarado has the call on Ami's Holiday, who will move up to 23rd on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with a win Saturday.

One of the main contenders in the Lexington is Solitary Ranger, who recorded back-to-back wins at Fair Grounds and Turfway Park, including a 4 3/4-length score in the John Battaglia Memorial, before fading to a subpar ninth in the Spiral last out in late March. Florent Geroux has been aboard Solitary Ranger ever since the U S Ranger colt took the Arlington-Washington Futurity last September 7 and retains the mount for trainer Wayne Catalano.

Mr Speaker is also in with a good chance following a half-length second in the grassy Palm Beach at Gulfstream Park last month. The bay son of Pulpit broke his maiden and captured the Dania Beach in his final two juvenile starts for trainer Shug McGaughey and keeps Jose Lezcano in the irons for this first foray over the synthetic Polytrack.

Poker Player captured the Bourbon over track and distance last October (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Poker Player will be getting the blinkers taken off for the Lexington following a dismal 10th-place effort in the Spiral. Prior to that, the Catalano charge was second in the John Battaglia and took the Bourbon over the track during Keeneland's fall meet. Hot-riding Stewart Elliott, who has been winning at a 24-percent clip at Keeneland, will be in the pilot's seat on the gray son of Harlan's Holiday.

Divine Oath is putting his unbeaten two-for-two mark on the line in his first all-weather try and at a distance of ground. Previously the Todd Pletcher trainee broke his maiden and took an optional claimer, both at 7 1/2 furlongs on Gulfstream Park's turf. The Broken Vow colt will have regular jockey Javier Castellano holding the reins for the Lexington.

Dynamic Impact could make some noise in his return to Keeneland's Polytrack Saturday. Last October the Mark Casse runner just missed by a neck against fellow maiden rivals, and recently earned his first victory by that same margin on Oaklawn Park's dirt. The late-blooming son of Tiznow earned a field-best 96 BRIS Speed rating for that initial winning effort and will be guided by Alan Garcia.

Supermonic just tried Keeneland for the first time in an allowance going the Lexington's 8 1/2-furlong distance and romped home a 7 1/2-length front-running winner. The Pletcher-trained son of Latent Heat stamped himself as one to watch on Saturday as he faces stakes rivals for the first time with Joel Rosario taking the mount.

The rest of the Lexington field is stakes, and synthetic, debuter Z Lucky; optional claiming scorer Ride Away; and maiden winners Morning Calm and Global Strike.

While the Lexington is the feature on Saturday at Keeneland, it shares the program with one other graded contest and a stakes event.

The Grade 3, $150,000 Ben Ali is sandwiched in between the $100,000 Giant's Causeway, which begins the stakes action, and the Lexington. The nine-furlong, main-track contest drew 10 older horses, including Newsdad and Frac Daddy. The former just captured the Pan American at Gulfstream on March 24 and boasts a 2-0-0 mark from three tries at Keeneland, including last year's Fayette.

Frac Daddy scored an allowance win at Keeneland, just the second victory of his career, last October and is exiting a second in the Maxxam Gold Cup. The Scat Daddy gray has yet to actually earn a stakes win but will be saddled by trainer Kenny McPeek, who has been winning at a 23-percent clip at the current meet.

Eleven distaffers have been entered for the grassy, 5 1/2-furlong Giant's Causeway.

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Midnight Hawk holds class edge in Illinois Derby

Midnight Hawk will be a strong favorite to take the Illinois Derby (Benoit Photo)

Midnight Hawk has earned enough points in the "Road to Kentucky Derby" series to compete in the May 3 classic at Churchill Downs, but any potential trip the colt makes to Louisville will involve a pit stop in Chicago on Saturday for the Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby.

The 1 1/8-mile Illinois Derby, the spring meet highlight at Hawthorne, does not offer any qualifying points for Kentucky Derby eligibility, and is now seen as more of a prep for the Preakness on May 17. That was the case last year when Claiborne Farm's gelding Departing used a romping win in the race as a springboard to Pimlico.

Midnight Hawk's presence at Hawthorne perhaps has something to do with the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby distance, specifically the colt's ability to get it. The son of champion sprinter Midnight Lute has racked up Derby eligibility points with second- and third-place finishes in the Robert B. Lewis, San Felipe and Sunland Derby, but noticeably lost ground late in those races, which were contested at either 1 1/16 miles or 1 1/8 miles.

Whether or not Midnight Hawk will appreciate the distance of the Illinois Derby, the gray will at least experience some welcome class relief. A winner of his first two starts, including the one-mile Sham at Santa Anita in January, Midnight Hawk has futilely chased the likes of probable Kentucky Derby favorite California Chrome, Candy Boy, and Chitu in recent outings.

Midnight Hawk's most serious rival on Saturday might be Class Leader. The late-blooming Smart Strike colt, from the barn of Neil Howard, makes his stakes debut after back-to-back wins at Fair Grounds, the latter a one-length allowance score on March 13.

Trainer Todd Pletcher, whose barn has racked up wins in the Florida Derby and Arkansas Derby in recent weeks, has entered King Cyrus and Global Strike. Second in a minor stakes at Calder two back, King Cyrus will add blinkers for the Illinois Derby after a nondescript seventh-place effort in the Louisiana Derby. Global Strike, who is also cross-entered in Saturday's Lexington at Keeneland, is probably better than his last-out sixth in the Sunland Derby would indicate.

Like Global Strike, the Mark Casse-trained Dynamic Impact was cross-entered in the Lexington. The Tiznow colt needed five starts to break his maiden, but did so over a mile at Oaklawn last time in an effort which garnered a solid 96 BRIS Speed rating.

The Illinois Derby field is completed by longshots A Step Ahead, Irish You Well, and Emmett Park.

Recently sixth against a tough field in the Azeri at Oaklawn, Flashy American might move forward in her second start of the season in the Grade 3, $150,000 Sixty Sails Handicap over nine furlongs. A three-time stakes winner last season, the five-year-old gray mare also placed in the Shuvee Handicap and Falls City Handicap for trainer Ken McPeek.

Also entered in this wide-open renewal are Gamay Noir, who upset the Rampart at Gulfstream at odds of 49-1 last time, and Imposing Grace, a recent allowance runner-up who will probably move on to defend her title in next month's Arlington Matron.

Likely to show speed here are Sonja's Angel, second against optional claiming foes at Gulfstream last out, and Dress the Part, who landed the $50,000 Wayward Lass at Tampa Bay Downs most recently. Todd Pletcher's Brazilian import Ana Luisa and 2012 Canadian classic winner Dixie Strike are also among the eight fillies and mares entered.

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Game On Dude towers over six rivals in Charles Town Classic

Game On Dude defeated Clubhouse Ride (outside) and Ron the Greek in last year's Charles Town Classic (Charles Town/Coady Photography)

After recording his third career win in the Santa Anita H., Game On Dude will invade West Virginia for a title defense in Saturday's Grade 2, $1.5 million Charles Town Classic. The seven-year-old gelding will receive significant class relief in the 1 1/8-mile event, defeating the likes of Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge while posting an outstanding 1 3/4-length victory last time out, and figures to be an overwhelming odds-on favorite in the seven-horse field.

Game On Dude registered a 106 BRIS Speed rating for his half-length score in last year's Charles Town Classic and received an imposing 108 for the March 8 Big 'Cap. Conditioned by Bob Baffert, the classy son of Awesome Again owns a total of 14 stakes victories and has earned more than $6.1 million during his illustrious career. Game On Dude shows a recent six-furlong bullet work (1:11) in preparation and regular rider Mike Smith will be in for the mount.

"He's doing really well," Baffert said. "He worked great the other day, and he's happy."

Multiple stakes victor Long River brings improving form into the race for Kiaran McLaughlin. A nice winner of the January 18 Evening Attire at Aqueduct, the four-year-old son of A.P. Indy exits a neck second to well-regarded stablemate Romansh in the Grade 3 Excelsior on March 22. Irad Ortiz Jr. retains the assignment.

"Maybe we can sit third, fourth or fifth and make a run," said McLaughlin, who is anticipating a hot early pace. "Game on Dude is obviously the horse to beat and a nice horse. He's coming off a big effort in California but has to fly (to West Virginia_. We're coming off a big effort at Aqueduct. There are a million and five reasons to come. He deserves a chance, and it's a Grade 2, and we're trying to win a graded stakes with our horse. There's no reason not to run."

Imperative finished ahead of Game On Dude when second at 26-1 odds in the Grade 2 San Antonio two back and will attempt to rebound from a seventh in the Big 'Cap. Kent Desormeaux sticks with the George Papaprodromou-trained gelding.

Clubhouse Ride finished second to Game On Dude three times last season, including the Charles Town Classic, and returns for another shot at the favorite. However, the Craig Lewis charge will need to turn things around, dropping seven starts in a row, including all three efforts this year. The six-year-old exits a non-threatening third in the March 30 Santana Mile at Santa Anita. The Candy Ride horse keeps Typer Baze in the irons.

"Chasing (Game On Dude) around the country is like trying to catch the wind," Lewis said. "He's coming up to this as well as I could hope. He's feeling good, acting good."

Moreno, a nose second in the Travers, will make his first appearance of the year. Scratched from last Saturday's Oaklawn H., the four-year-old gelding has not started since a 10th in the Breeders' Cup Classic. The Eric Guillot trainee captured the Grade 2 Dwyer last season and the speedster also placed in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby and Grade 2 Jim Dandy. Moreno picks up the services of Joel Rosario and figures to break running from post position 2.

"His pedigree indicates he should be better at four," Guillot said. "He's been working lights out at Santa Anita."

Multiple Grade 2 runner-up Ruler of Love, fourth when opening 2014 in the March 22 Challenger at Tampa Bay Downs; and local star Lucy's Bob Boy, an eight-time Charles Town stakes winner, round out the field.

"He kind of accelerates on the turns here while everyone else slows down a little bit," trainer Sandra Dono said of the West Virginia-bred Lucy's Bob Boy. "He might have a little bit of a hometown advantage, but just to run with this class of horses -- like Game on Dude -- is a privilege."

Two races prior to the Classic, Grade 3 winner Rise Up heads a a field of nine three-year-olds in the $100,000 Robert Hilton Memorial at seven furlongs. The Tom Amoss-trained colt entered the year on the Kentucky Derby trail but missed the start and never threatened in both outings this year, finishing seventh in the Grade 2 Risen Star and 10th in the Louisiana Derby. The Rockport Harbor colt picks up a new rider in Leandro Goncalves.

An overflow of 11 fillies and mares, including one also-eligible, were entered to the $200,000 Sugar Maple. Multiple stakes winner My Pal Chrisy, who is cross-entered to Saturday's Grade 2 Distaff H. at Aqueduct, will be the one to beat in the seven-furlong test following a runner-up in the Grade 2 Inside Information at Gulfstream Park.

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Kauai Katie returns in Distaff Handicap

Kauai Katie's last win came one year ago (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Kauai Katie, unraced since finishing sixth in the Prioress in July, will return to the races on Saturday when she faces an evenly matched field of filly and mare sprinters in Aqueduct's Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff Handicap at six furlongs.

As a two-year-old, Kauai Katie won her first three starts, including the Adirondack and Matron, both Grade 2s. She then tired to fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, the only time in her career she has competed around two turns.

At three, Kauai Katie easily won the Old Hat, Forward Gal and Road Princess before she stumbled at the start, pressed the pace, and retreated in the stretch when third, beaten seven lengths, as the 8-5 second choice in the Acorn in May at Belmont Park.

Despite the loss, Kauai Katie went off as the 2-5 favorite in the Prioress at Saratoga. Once again, she tracked the leaders and came up empty in the stretch, finishing last of six, 6 1/4 lengths behind the winner. Following that disappointing effort, the Malibu Moon filly was freshened by trainer Todd Pletcher with the intention of focusing on a four-year-old campaign.

"It was always planned to come back (in the Distaff); it worked out, timing wise," said Byron Hughes, assistant to Pletcher. "She has been feeling great in the mornings, never missed a step out there. We'll see what happens. This is a difficult spot, but she's a very high-quality filly, and we think she's capable of competing at any level."

Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez rill ride Kauai Katie, the 3-1 second choice on the morning-line, from post 5.

La Verdad, also a four-year-old, has won six-of-eight starts, including five-of-six at Aqueduct. In her most recent start, the bay daughter of Yes It's True made quick work of New York-bred competition in the Broadway over the inner track in March. She was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Distaff.

After finishing fourth in her debut, La Verdad won five straight races before she set the pace and yielded late when second in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap in February at Laurel Park. The front runner found the Broadway to her liking, quickly seizing the lead and never looking back en route to a 3 1/4-length triumph.

La Verdad cruised over the sloppy Aqueduct surface in the Broadway (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

"She's racing well, but this is a pretty big jump up in company," trainer Linda Rice admitted. "She ran very well (in the Barbara Fritchie), which made me think she deserves another chance in a graded stakes."

La Verdad, who will be ridden once again by Jose Ortiz, drew post 1 for the Distaff.

"Jose knows her well, so he'll make the best decision for her," Rice added of La Verdad's draw.

The lightly raced Bridgehampton will be making her second start of 2014 in the Distaff. Second in the Victory Ride in her sophomore finale, the Bernardini lass made her return in an entry-level allowance over the inner track on March 23, showing speed from the gate, opening a five-length lead in the stretch, and holding on while shortening stride late to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths.

"I thought it was just what she needed, just what we were looking for," trainer Michael Hushion stated. "We've been pointing for the Distaff for three months. This has been our long-term plan. We've done everything we can to get her a little stronger since (the allowance race). We'll find out at the sixteenth-pole."

Rajiv Maragh will ride Bridgehampton, drew post 6, for the first time in the Distaff.

Munnings Sister, who has won five stakes, including three at Belmont Park, returns to New York after competing twice in Florida and making one start in California for trainer Barclay Tagg. She was third in the Sugar Swirl in December and won the Awesome Feather in February before reporting home third in the Las Flores on March 9. The winner of the Las Flores, Judy the Beauty, returned to take Keeneland's Madison last Saturday.

Luis Saez will ride Munnings Sister, 4-1, from post 4.

The Distaff field is completed by Miss d'Oro, who was second in last year's Distaff and hasn't raced since finishing fourth in the Vagrancy Handicap in May; Lion D N A, who won a pair of inner track stakes before finishing fifth in a starter allowance February 17; and My Pal Chrisy, who has finished second in three straight races, including the March 22 Inside Information at Gulfstream Park, and is cross-entered to Saturday evening's $200,000 Sugar Maple at Charles Town.

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Garoffalo happy to have Bejarano aboard Wildcat Red

Wildcat Red will be Rafael Bejarano's ninth Kentucky Derby mount (Kenny Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Wildcat Red has been ridden by five different jockeys in his last five races at Gulfstream Park while establishing himself as a prominent Triple Crown contender. Rafael Bejarano is slated to become number six.

After watching how things unfolded in last weekend's major prep races and considering his options, trainer Jose Garoffalo decided to go with Southern California's most dominant jockey for a run in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3.

Wildcat Red had been ridden by Edgard Zayas, Paco Lopez, Javier Castellano and Luis Saez, in that order, before finishing second under John Velazquez in the $1 million Florida Derby on March 29.

Garoffalo had been waiting to find out if Saez would become available to return aboard the multiple stakes-winning colt that he had guided to victory in the Fountain of Youth on February 22. However, Saez had committed to ride Cairo Prince, who became eligible for the first leg of the Triple Crown on points last weekend when the dirt and Polytrack settled after the Arkansas Derby and the Blue Grass last weekend.

"The very next day after the Florida Derby, Bejarano called me and told me he wanted to ride the horse. I put him on standby until this week," said Garoffalo, who had a conversation with Gary Stevens' agent before the Hall of Fame jockey opted to ride Candy Boy. "When we found the other riders were busy, I called him and set the deal. He's a great rider."

Bejarano has ridden the winners of more than 3,200 races and $155 million in purses, but is winless in eight Derby mounts. The 32-year-old native of Peru has two on-the-board finishes in Triple Crown races, finishing second in the 2005 Belmont aboard Andromeda's Hero and third on Sunriver in the 2006 Belmont.

In seven starts, all at Gulfstream, Wildcat Red has won four races, including the Fountain of Youth and the Hutcheson, and lost the other three starts by a pair of heads and a disqualification to account for three second-place finishes.

"He's a fighter," Garoffalo said. "He has versatility. He can run anywhere."

Wildcat Red is scheduled to breeze at Gulfstream on Friday before shipping to Churchill Downs on April 22 and have his final prep the following Friday.

"We're trying to get together and see if he can stop by Churchill for a day or two and breeze the horse," Garoffalo said. "I would like it to work out that way, but, if not, it's not necessary. This horse is an easy ride."

Garoffalo expressed total satisfaction with Wildcat Red's development and training since the Florida Derby, in which he set the pace before being headed by Constitution.

"He's getting better with every race. He's getting more mature and stronger and more focused with every race," he said. "The more he's doing the better he feels."

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Social Inclusion turns in three-furlong breeze

Social Inclusion remains on the outside looking in on Kentucky Derby eligibility (Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Social Inclusion returned to the Gulfstream Park worktab Wednesday morning, breezing three furlongs in :35 in preparation for a Triple Crown campaign. The workout, the second fastest of nine recorded at the distance, was his first since finishing third in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 4.

"He went easy, but he worked very well," said Ron Sanchez of Rontos Racing Stable. "He galloped out in (:47 3/5) and came back really well. He's doing great. He's improving every day."

While Sanchez and trainer Manny Azpurua have been targeting the Preakness, they are prepared to send the son of Pioneerof the Nile to Churchill Downs should he make it into the 20-horse Kentucky Derby field. After Constitution, the undefeated winner of the Florida Derby, was declared from the first leg of the Triple Crown due to a shin injury Wednesday morning, Social Inclusion stood at No. 26 in the points standings.

"We're going to breeze him again Saturday and by that time, we might know if we're in the Derby or not," said Sanchez, noting that Social Inclusion would run on the first leg of the Triple Crown if eligible. "But we're trying to find a prep for the Preakness."

In any event, the first Saturday in May could still be on Social Inclusion's calendar. The $75,000 Sir Bear, a one-mile stakes for three-year-olds at Gulfstream on May 3, would be one option for a Preakness prep.

Social Inclusion debuted at Gulfstream on February 22, scoring a 7 1/2-length victory in 1:09 1/5 for six furlongs. He followed up with a 10-length triumph on March 12 while setting a track record for 1 1/16 miles (1:40.97). Favored at 9-5 in the Wood Memorial, the Kentucky-bred colt raced wide on the first turn before getting the lead and tiring in deep stretch to finish third, beaten by a nose for second and an automatic spot in the Derby field.

"The horse got a lot of experience. We had a lot of bad luck losing the Derby spot by a nose," Sanchez said. "He's improving. What I saw this morning was surprising. What we learned is the horse is improving every day with experience."

Sanchez said Luis Contreras would retain the mount aboard Social Inclusion.

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Zenyatta's yearling colt named Ziconic

A son of Tapit, Ziconic is the second foal from the mighty Zenyatta (Kyle Acebo)

Team Z is proud to announce that Zenyatta's chestnut yearling colt by Tapit has been named.

Inspired by the iconic Zenyatta herself, Jerry Moss has chosen the name Ziconic for her second colt.

Named Horse of the Year in 2010, Zenyatta received a total of four Eclipse Awards while capturing 19 of 20 career starts. Her lone setback came via a head second in her career finale, a title defense in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic. The daughter of Street Cry earned $7,304,580 racing in the silks of Mr. and Mrs. Moss.

Zenyatta won 17 stakes, including 13 Grade 1s, under the direction of John Shirreffs.

The 10-year-old broodmare produced her first foal in 2012, a dark bay colt by Bernardini named Cozmic One.

To celebrate Ziconic's new name, Team Z is releasing a new portrait of Ziconic in the Zenyatta Shop. Click here to order. Enter ZICONIC at checkout for free shipping to the United States on all prints. This promo code will remain valid as long as Team Z is at Lane's End awaiting the new addition to the Z family.

Zenyatta is due to deliver a War Front foal soon.

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All-Weather Championship Finals Day draws full fields

Final declarations have been made for All-Weather Championships Finals Day at Lingfield Park on Good Friday, April 18, and the £1 million on offer in prize money has certainly proved popular.

There are 96 horses declared across the card with maximum fields for five of the seven contests. In addition, the £150,000 Three-Year-Old Championships, the £150,000 Sprint and the £150,000 Mile each have two reserves which can be utilized if there are any withdrawals by 9 a.m. (BST) Thursday morning.

"We really could not have asked for a better inaugural All-Weather Championships Finals Day with maximum fields in five of the six main races," ARC Director of PR and Communications Kate Hills said. "The Fast-Track Qualifiers have provided a strong narrative in the build-up to Good Friday and it is very satisfying to see so many of them lining up.

"We are all set for a fabulous and historic day's racing with racing for the first time in England on Good Friday."

Horses qualified for the six championship contests by running in a minimum of three races at Britain's all-weather tracks -- three owned by ARC (Lingfield Park, Southwell and Wolverhampton) and The Jockey Club's Kempton Park -- between October 26 and April 11 or else by succeeding in one of the 16 Fast-Track Qualifiers.

A field of 13 goes to post in the day's richest race, the £200,000 Classic over 10 furlongs. Heading the declarations are course and distance winners Robin Hoods Bay and Grandeur. Robin Hoods Bay landed the March 22 Winter Derby for trainer Ed Vaughan while Grandeur was successful in the Winter Derby Trial a month earlier for conditioner Jeremy Noseda. Both of those races served as Fast-Track Qualifiers for the Classic.

The final field for Britain's richest-ever all-weather race also includes multiple Polytrack scorer Solar Deity plus listed scorers Aussie Reigns and Dick Doughtywylie.

In the £150,000 All-Weather Fillies' & Mares' Championships, a maximum field of 14 distaffers is set to face the starter, including the Michael Bell-trained Fashion Line, who won twice at Wolverhampton before finishing a close fourth in the valuable Ladbrokes Lincoln Trial on March 8 at the same track.

All three Fast-Track Qualifier winners in the Three-Year-Old category are set to take part in the £150,000 All-Weather Three-Year-Old Championships over seven furlongs, which has a maximum field of 14.

Ertijaal qualified by landing the listed Spring Cup at Lingfield Park on March 22 by a head from American Hope. The filly Alutiq could only finish seventh that day but had already qualified by landing a Fast-Track Qualifier at Kempton Park on January 15. The other Fast-Track Qualifier scorer to line up is Complicit, who scored at Lingfield Park in November before going on to win on the All-Weather surface at Deauville next time out.

Dean Ivory, based at Radlett in Hertfordshire, is represented in the All-Weather Three-Year-Old Championships by Golden Amber. The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor won on turf in Ireland last year and although winless in three six-furlong starts on Polytrack, the trainer believes the step up in trip will suit and she will sport a hood for the first time.

"I think Golden Amber will appreciate the step up to seven furlongs on the all-weather," Ivory said. "To get into these big races, you have to run three times to qualify so you end up running them in races that aren't ideal. I was running her over six furlongs when I knew she wanted seven.

"She had three quick runs to get her in, but she has had a break and galloped at Lingfield last week with Sirius Prospect just to sharpen her up. I think the hood will help. It will get her to relax."

Another race with a maximum field is the £150,000 All-Weather Marathon over nearly two miles. Again, three Fast-Track Qualifier scorers line up -- Arch Villain, who scored at Kempton Park on January 22; Castilo del Diablo, a winner at Kempton Park on March 31; and Litigant, who has won two of his three starts on Polytrack and landed his Fast-Track Qualifier at Lingfield Park on March 1.

Ivory is represented in the race by Duchess of Gazeley, who put up her best performance when third, beaten a half-length, behind Litigant at Lingfield Park.

"Duchess of Gazeley is in great form," Ivory stated. "The two miles at Kempton doesn't suit her -- she struggles to get the trip -- but it's a lot easier at Lingfield. She has good form at the track but we have got to ride her to get the trip.

"She would have a squeak on her run behind Litigant at Lingfield and I would like to think she will be in the first three or four."

The £150,000, six-furlong Sprint also features the three Fast-Track Qualifier scorers among the maximum field of 12. They include Tarooq, who scored by a head from Rivellino in the listed Cleves Stakes at Lingfield Park on February 22. The eight-year-old had previously led home Hawkeyethenoo, Lancelot Du Lac and Alben Star in a handicap over the same course and distance in December, when the first six horses home all broke the track record. Stepper Point, successful in the five-furlong listed Hever Sprint Stakes at Lingfield Park on March 22, and Valbchek, not seen out since taking the listed Golden Rose Stakes at Lingfield Park on November 16, are the other two Fast-Track Qualifier winners.

Lancelot Du Lac did not manage to win a Fast-Track Qualifier but, having finished third behind Tarooq and Valbchek, his trainer Ivory is confident of a good run. The four-year-old was last seen out when fifth behind Trinityelitedotcom in a March 29 Kempton Park handicap.

"I thought it was a good, solid run from Lancelot Du Lac at Kempton," Ivory commented. "Ideally, I wanted to sit him second or third that day, but they hit the gate and went like the clappers. He was a little bit further back than I would have like and there was a tail wind, so the leaders did not come back to us and broke the track record by a second.

"That run should put him spot on and, as long as we get luck in running, which is so important at Lingfield, I really do think he is going to take a lot of beating."

A maximum field of 12 goes in the £150,000 Mile. Again, all the of the three Fast-Track Qualifier winners are set to run -- Sirius Prospect, who has been rested since winning the listed Hyde Stakes at Kempton Park in November; Grey Mirage, successful in three of his four most recent Polytrack starts; and Chookie Royale, who makes the long journey down from Scotland.

"Sirius Prospect has had two gallops at Lingfield. I just wanted to show the horse around - he has never run there before - and get him used to the bends," Ivory spoke of his entrant. "He worked lovely again this morning. I know we have a bad draw (14) and you need the luck in running at Lingfield, but he is in great nick and I am expecting a big run.

"A mile at Lingfield is like seven and a bit on the grass. He held on well at Kempton and is bred for a mile, so I'm not worried about the trip."

All-Weather Championships Finals Day gets underway with the £50,000 All-Weather Championships Apprentice Handicap over 1 1/2 miles in which 11 horses go to post including The Lock Master, who is seeking a four-timer following victories at Southwell and Wolverhampton.

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Emollient seeks third Keeneland stakes win in Doubledogdare

Emollient impressively captured the Ashland and Spinster at Keeneland last season (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Claiborne Farm's dual champion filly Doubledogdare famously entered Keeneland lore in the years 1955 and 1956 when she captured the Lexington, Kentucky, course's biggest events for fillies: the Alcibiades, Ashland and Spinster. On Friday, Juddmonte Farms' homebred Emollient can add to her own growing Keeneland legend with a victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Doubledogdare, a 1 1/16-mile main track test for older fillies and mares.

Emollient did not compete in the 2012 Alcibiades, but had her name inscribed beside Doubledogdare's when taking both the Ashland and Spinster last season. The Bill Mott trainee cruised by nine lengths in the Ashland and, after a summertime score in the American Oaks on grass at Hollywood Park, returned to Keeneland in October to land the Spinster in a last-to-first rally by 1 1/4 lengths. The daughter of Empire Maker exits back-to-back fourth-place efforts in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and Santa Ana, both on grass at Santa Anita.

Sisterly Love wheels back on two weeks' rest following an allowance score over the Doubledogdare course and distance. The Mark Casse charge faded to fourth after setting a pressured pace in the Spinster last fall, but scored impressive Polytrack stakes wins at Woodbine last summer in the Trillium and Ontario Matron.

Another with notable synthetic credentials is Sisterhood, who narrowly missed in both the Doubledogdare and Arlington Matron last year. The Wesley Ward pupil has been idle since December, when she ended her campaign with a fifth consecutive unplaced finish against stakes foes.

Several quality grass performers are also in the Doubledogdare lineup, including 2013 Bewitch winner Strathnaver. The Graham Motion-trained daughter of Oasis Dream also captured the Lady Baltimore at Laurel in September and was last seen finishing a close third in the My Charmer Handicap at Calder in December.

Solid Appeal kicked off her 2013 campaign with an allowance win over the Keeneland main track and later won the Nassau and Dance Smartly, both Grade 2 events over the Woodbine turf. She will be making her first start since running third in the Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs in November.

Others of note are Canadian classic winner Dixie Strike, Remington Park Oaks and Zia Park Oaks runner-up Gold Medal Dancer, and the Grade 3-placed Ire, who has won three of four starts on the Keeneland Polytrack.

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Toormore returns to action in Craven

Toormore, Europe's champion two-year-old from last season, heads a strong six-runner field for Thursday's Group 3 Craven Stakes on Newmarket's Rowley Mile, a key trial for the Two Thousand Guineas.

Trained by Richard Hannon Jr., Toormore will be looking to maintain his three-race unbeaten record which climaxed when he won the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at the Curragh last September. He is third-favorite for the Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket on May 3, the opening race of the British Champions Series, behind hot favorite Kingman, trained by John Gosden, and the Aidan O'Brien-trained Australia.

There could be a further shake-up in the marketThursday afternoon if Toormore wins impressively under a three-pound penalty over the Guineas course and distance. He will have to beat some serious opposition, however, including the highly regarded Be Ready from Saeed bin Suroor's Godolphin yard.

The son of New Approach made his debut in a staks at Newbury when finishing a clear second behind the Mark Johnston-trained Somewhat. His second start was in another stakes at Doncaster when he ran out a very impressive winner, beating Barley Mow by an easy three lengths. Barley Mow was a close fifth in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc Day at Longchamp on his next start.

"Be Ready is doing well and working really nicely," bin Suroor said Tuesday morning. "This is a tough race to start his year but he will improve. He was always one of the nicest two-year-olds in my stable, that's why we started him off in a Listed race as we knew that he had the class.

"He looks stronger -- he was weak last year -- and is quiet, calm, relaxed and happy. He has done really well. He's starting to work really well but we will learn a lot more about him from this race.

"We missed the Dewhurst with him as we needed to give him a break -- he was not ready for a Group 1 race and needed time."

Asked about the ideal trip for the colt, bin Suroor said: "A mile and a quarter or a mile and a half might be fine for him. The way he does his work suggests a mile and a quarter but the longer trip is still a possibility."

Asked about Kingman's Greenham Stakes victory, bin Suroor added: "He was really impressive, he won so easily."

Toormore also has to take on his stable companion Anjaal, who won the July Stakes at the Newmarket July Festival last season and who finished just three lengths behind War Command in the Dewhurst on Future Champions Day last October. He also has a three-pound penalty to carry.

The other three contenders include Patentar from Marco Botti's yard. He ran away with a York maiden last season and is in serious consideration for the Guineas.

Luca Cumani runs Postponed, who was a fine second to Oklahoma City in the £500,000 Tattersalls Millions Two-Year-Old Trophy on Newmarket's Rowley Mile last October.

The field is completed by Kevin Ryan's The Great Gatsby, who was runner-up to Outstrip -- subsequent winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf -- in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last September.

Elsewhere on the card there is a very strong field for the £200,000 Tattersalls Millions Three-Year-Old Trophy, including the runner-up to Kingston Hill in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, Johann Strauss, trained by Aidan O'Brien

"Johann Strauss gained some valuable experience last year and finished off with a storming run in the Racing Post Trophy," O'Brien said. "He was unlucky on his first run back this season but still showed plenty of promise. He seems to have come out of it in good form so we're hoping he'll run well again in the valuable Tattersalls Millions race on Thursday."

Aljamaaheer tries his hand at sprinting in the Group 3 Abernant Stakes for trainer Roger Varian, while the Group 3 Earl of Sefton Stakes sees the One Thousand Guineas runner-up from last season, Just the Judge, who subsequently took the Irish One Thousand Guineas, make her seasonal debut over a mile and one furlong for trainer Charlie Hills.

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French import Lacarolina faces 11 in Appalachian

Jessamine winner Kitten Kaboodle might pose the strongest threat to French invader Lacarolina (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)

Lacarolina, who began her career in the French provinces but later established solid form lines on the tougher Parisian circuit, figures as a leading contender in her U.S. debut Thursday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Appalachian at Keeneland. The one-mile grass feature for three-year-old fillies has attracted a field of 12.

A winner in four of seven starts last season, Lacarolina did her best work for noted conditioner Jean-Claude Rouget, for whom she captured the Prix Six Perfections at Deauville and Prix Miesque at Maisons-Laffitte. The latter, a Grade 3 event contested on heavy ground in mid-November, saw the Charge d'Affaires filly beat Xcellence by a head. That rival made a winning sophomore debut over Group 1 winner Vorda in the Prix Imprudence, an important Guineas prep, back at Maisons-Laffitte on April 3.

Lacarolina now resides in the barn of Mark Casse, who was tied for first in the Keeneland standings after the first eight days of the spring meet. She'll be ridden by Stewart Elliott, the veteran journeyman who was a pleasantly surprising second in the Keeneland standings at the spring meet's halfway point.

Kitten Kaboodle, who broke her maiden last fall in the Jessamine over this turf, is hoping to rebound off two sub-par outings. Eleventh of 14 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in her two-year-old finale, the Chad Brown trainee ran another dull one in the March 8 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs, finishing seventh in a field of 12.

Brown will also saddle the field's other European import, Sweet Acclaim, who won on debut at Yarmouth at odds of 40-1 before finishing third in the Oh So Sharp, a Group 3 event at Newmarket.

Recepta, who makes her season debut for trainer Jimmy Toner, made an impressive turf debut last October in the $100,000 Chelsea Flower at Belmont Park. Saddled with an outside post and hung very wide for most of the one-mile trip, the Speightstown filly nonetheless turned in an impressive stretch rally to beat 11 rivals going away by 3 1/4 lengths.

"She is doing great and we are following the same program we did with Winter Memories," said Toner, referring to his 2011 Appalachian winner. "Recepta has a lot of quality and ability, but we don't know how deep that is. With Winter Memories we knew."

Resistivity, a solid allowance winner two back at Gulfstream in her turf debut, wheels back on 12 days' rest after fading to 10th in the Ashland on Polytrack. Retreating after a wide-trip pressing trip from post 13, the filly easily defeated Jessamine runner-up and returning rival Zinzay by 3 3/4 lengths in that March 15 allowance in Florida.

Other Appalachian notables include Daring Dancer, who captured her only outings at Laurel and Churchill Downs last fall for Graham Motion, and Maria Maria, who finished third behind the graded stakes-winning colts Bobby's Kitten and Global View in a Tampa Bay Downs allowance last month.

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Beholder returns in Santa Lucia

Beholder will use Sunday's Santa Lucia as her tightener in advance of the Ogden Phipps (Breeders' Cup Ltd.)
Two-time Eclipse Award champion filly Beholder towers over six older fillies and mares in next Sunday's $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, her first start since winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on November 1.

Trained by Richard Mandella and owned by B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm, Beholder is in search of her fourth consecutive win as she preps for the Grade 1, $1 million Ogden Phipps at 1 1/16 miles on June 7 at Belmont Park.

"We were looking for a race to get her started and we felt this would be a good prep for the million dollar race on Belmont Day," Mandella said. "Adding it up, we just didn't want to ship out of town for her first race back. I don't feel she's wound up as tight as she might be, but it should be good enough for now."

A supplemental entrant at a cost of $1,500, the four-year-old filly by Henny Hughes is in search of her ninth overall win from 13 career starts. A winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita in 2012, she was America's Eclipse Award winning two-year-old filly and she was voted Eclipse Champion three-year-old filly for 2013. She has career earnings of $3,075,000 and will be ridden for the fourth time in a row by Gary Stevens.

A filly blessed with tremendous speed, Beholder has eight works on her Santa Anita tab, dating back to February 26. Her last two moves have come at seven furlongs, more recently clocking 1:27 3/5 on Saturday.

Lightly-raced Eblouissante, the much-heralded half sister to legendary Zenyatta, has been idle since running second as the 3-5 favorite in a second condition allowance going 1 1/16 miles and will try stakes competition for the second time in her fifth overall start. A fve-year-old mare by Bernardini, she won her first two races -- a maiden special weight on November 16, 2012, at Hollywood Park and a first condition allowance at Santa Anita on January 17, 2013, both at 1 1/16 miles.

Like Zenyatta, she is trained by John Shirreffs and will be ridden for the second time in a row by Mike Smith. Owned by St. George Farm Racing, LLC, she is 4-2-1-0 with earnings of $77,800.

The complete field for the Santa Lucia Stakes, to be run as the 8TH race on a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Legacy, Drayden Van Dyke, 117; Moulin de Mougin, Martin Garcia, 117; Beholder, Gary Stevens, 123; Magic Union, Victor Espinoza, 117; Eblouissante, Mike Smith, 117; City At Dawn, Julien Couton, 117, and Irish Presence, Tyler Baze, 117.

First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. (PDT). Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.

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In brief

Held up initially struggling for cover out wide, Sandiva (Footstepsinthesand) was allowed to drift left toward the rail as she gradually worked her way to the front past Majeyda (Street Cry) with a furlong remaining in Wednesday's Nell Gwyn S. (Eng-G3) at Newmarket. That maneuver cost the unexposed Euro Charline (Myboycharlie) some ground, but not as much as the winning half-length margin and despite the runner-up's eye-catching late progress, Sandiva was on top where it mattered. Connections of the winner are looking at heading back for the May 4 One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1), while Team Valor's Barry Irwin said of Euro Charline, "She was finishing very fast and I am over the moon. Marco (Botti) wants me to supplement her for the Guineas. I will think about it but she is also in the Irish (One Thousand) Guineas (Ire-G1), so we will see." One of the more precocious juvenile fillies last term, Sandiva took the Listed Fillies' Sprint S. at Naas and was runner-up in Royal Ascot's Albany S. (Eng-G3) over six furlongs in June before being given a short break. Stepped up a panel in the Prix du Calvados (Fr-G3) at Deauville in August, the chestnut bested the smart Juddmonte runner Straight Thinking (Mizzen Mast) before being undone by soft ground and possibly the mile trip when seventh on her season finale in Longchamp's Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-G1) on Arc day...

With his connections eyeing a spot in the starting gate for the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 3, Blue Grass (G1) fourth-place finisher Big Bazinga (Bluegrass Cat) remains at Keeneland. Original plans called for the gelding to leave Monday night to return to trainer Katerina Vassilieva's Woodbine base. The horses that race in the Kentucky Derby must have earned points in selected graded stakes. The top 20 point earners that pass the entry box run in the Derby. Big Bazinga, who races for Derby Dreamers Racing Stable, ranks 27th on the list with 14 points. If the connections of horses with more points opt not to enter, Big Bazinga could find a place in the starting gate. Vassilieva's assistant, Amber Mayers, said Big Bazinga will continue to train at Keeneland at least through the weekend when a decision will be made regarding whether he ships to Churchill Downs or Woodbine. "We're going to stay and wait it out and hopefully get some good news," she said...

Ten sophomore fillies are set to sprint six furlongs on Saturday in Woodbine's C$125,000 Star Shoot. Madly Truly (Malibu Moon) closed out her juvenile season with a win in the Mazarine (Can-G3) over Woodbine's Polytrack before shipping to Kentucky for a subpar effort in the Golden Rod (G2) on November 30. The Mark Casse trainee returns in the Star Shoot off a more than four-month break and will get Eurico Da Silva aboard. Paladin Bay (Sligo Bay) is also making her sophomore debut in this spot Saturday, having last been seen taking the Ontario Lassie by a neck. The Harold Ladoucer pupil also won the Princess Elizabeth and placed in four other stakes at Woodbine. Regular rider Gerry Olguin has the call on Paladin Bay...

Dual stakes winner Enterprising (Elusive Quality) heads a field of eight sophomores entered Saturday in Santa Anita Park's $75,000 La Puente going nine furlongs on the turf. The Tom Proctor-trained bay has thus far captured the Pasadena and Eddie Logan over the course and has also placed in the El Camino Real Derby (G3) and California Derby. Jockey Gary Stevens will be back in the irons as Enterprising faces, among others, stakes scorer and recent Pasadena fourth Diamond Bachelor...

Centre Court (Smart Strike), fifth in last Saturday's Jenny Wiley (G1), returned to the track at Keeneland Wednesday morning for trainer Rusty Arnold. "I hate to run fifth and say a horse ran a good race, but she did," Arnold said of Centre Court, who had a wide trip after breaking from post position 10. "She ran hard and only got beat three-quarters of a length. It was a big effort and she did everything right." Next for Centre Court might be the $300,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2) on May 3 over a course on which she has not lost in three starts, two of them in graded stakes. "We are going to look at it," Arnold said. "It is a little quick. Today is her first day back. We'll see how her energy level is the next two weeks."...

Albany S. (Eng-G3) winner and dual Group 1-placed Kiyoshi (Dubawi) was amongst the One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) contenders who stretched their legs at Newmarket Wednesday ahead of the May 4 classic. The Qatar Racing colorbearer, who was last seen finishing third in the Cheveley Park S. (Eng-G1) September 28 after being demoted from second to third in the Moyglare Stud S. (Ire-G1), worked seven furlongs alongside Epsom Oaks (Eng-G1) contender Cambridge (Rail Link), and a lead horse, with the pair finishing alongside one another. "I was pleased with both fillies," trainer Charlie Hills told PA Sport. "With Cambridge, the plan is to go for the Musidora ([Eng-G3] May 15) at York. She hasn't much experience but she should stay well. "Kiyoshi will go for the Guineas," he added. "She is still holding on to her coat, but this experience should help and she's fit and well. She wouldn't want the ground too quick." The George Margarson-trained Lucky Kristale (Lucky Story), winner of last year's Duchess of Cambridge S. (Eng-G2) and Lowther S. (Eng-G2), put in a steadier piece of work with a couple of stablemates. "We did exactly what we wanted to do," jockey Tom Queally said. "The ground was lovely, and there was a beautiful covering of grass and she moved well on it. I'd be delighted with her overall demeanor and her attitude. She's very laid back and that will give her every chance of getting the trip, which I believe she will get. We went over seven furlongs done on feel. It would be the first time I would have ridden her in work at that speed."...

In a long saga that has seen Italian racing authorities fail to distribute some prize monies after being plagued by funding issues in recent years, the European Pattern Committee has announced that Italy will no longer be a member of the EPC, effective January 1 2015. The decision was reached by a unanimous vote of committee members in Newmarket on Wednesday, and the recommendation will also be made to the International Race Planning Advisory Committee of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities that all Italian black type races be demoted from Part I to Part II of the International Cataloguing Standards Book at its meeting in October. The EPC had previously advised Italian racing authorities to pay out all outstanding prize money by March 31, and while the committee noted that progress had been made, the conditions placed on the country's participation in the EPC had not been met. "It is extremely regrettable that the Committee has had to take this course of action," said Brian Kavanagh, Chairman of the EPC. "We have advised the Italian representatives that the only circumstances in which the Committee could reconsider this decision would be in the event of total compliance with all of the conditions previously set, including those in relation to arrears due to Italian based owners and the implementation of a new system of payment for current and future races. This is entirely a matter for the Italian authorities to address."...

The Lexington Bowl, a unique silver trophy that was awarded to the winner of the Blue Grass Stakes from 1937-52, is part of rare racing memorabilia that the Keeneland Library has provided for the "Equine Treasures of the Bluegrass" exhibit that opened Wednesday at the Kentucky Horse Park's International Museum of the Horse. Crafted in 1854, the Lexington Bowl was presented to Dr. Elisha Warfield by the citizens of Lexington in appreciation of the immortal Thoroughbred Lexington, whom he bred. The pedestal punch bowl remained in the Warfield family until 1937, when three anonymous sportsmen purchased the piece and presented it to Keeneland. The Keeneland Library is lending more than 20 artifacts from its vast collection. They include a hand-written ledger from Dr. Warfield on the foaling of Lexington and an engraving of the horse from an original issue of Turf, Field and Farm. Keeneland also provided a silk purse awarded to Poteen at the Kentucky Association race track; a gold Tiffany stopwatch owned by Man o' War's owner, Sam Riddle; a program and Lexington Herald article on Keeneland's opening day; and diaries, sales catalogs and produce ledgers from Woodburn Farm, where Lexington stood at stud. The exhibit runs through November 9...

Following the final race at Keeneland on Thursday, jockey Joel Rosario will receive the 2013 Hartack Memorial Award from the Bill Hartack Charitable Foundation in a presentation in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. The annual award honors the memory and lifetime achievements of Hartack, a five-time winner of the Kentucky Derby. Through its philanthropic arm, the Foundation annually contributes to Thoroughbred racing industry charities such as the Winners Foundation, Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund and Racing Employees Assistance Program...

Finger Lakes will kick off its 2014 live Thoroughbred racing season on Friday. The Western New York track's 52nd season will being with a nine-race opening day program, with a first post of 12:35 p.m. (EDT). A new wagering option has been added to the menu for the 2014 season -- the Pick 5 will be available beginning with the 3RD race on a typical nine-race card. The minimum play for the Pick 5 is 50 cents. Finger Lakes will begin the season with live racing four days a week with dark days of Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Thursdays will be added to the scheduled beginning May 15. Post times for most days will be 1:10 p.m...

A disappointing seventh as the 2-1 favorite in the February 9 Gulfstream Park Turf H. (G1), Summer Front (War Front) will look to rebound in Saturday's $100,000 Miami Mile H. (G3) at Calder. The five-year-old Christophe Clement trainee kicked off the season with a victory in the Ft. Lauderdale S. (G2) by three parts of a length, and figures to be a strong favorite to defend his title in the Miami Mile, which he won last year by 1 1/2 lengths. Also in the lineup is Hey Leroy (Any Given Saturday), who pulled off an 11-1 upset of the Appleton S. (G3) at Gulfstream last month in his stakes debut for trainer Manny Azpurua, and Travelin Man (Trippi), a Grade 2 winner on dirt who finished second in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint two back. Csaba (Kitten's Joy), a multiple Grade 3 winner on Calder's main track, is entered for the main track only...

Mike Ditka Restaurants is opening a Ditka's Restaurant at the Arlington Trackside Off-Track Betting (OTB) facility located on the grounds of Arlington at the northwest corner of Euclid Avenue and Wilke Road in Arlington Heights. "I'm very happy to be involved with Arlington. They do things in a first-class manner," Mike Ditka said. "I can't think of a better location than Trackside at Arlington. It is exciting to be opening a third Ditka's in Chicagoland." Arlington General Manager Tony Petrillo added, "We are excited to able to team with Coach Ditka to bring this kind of quality restaurant to our customers and to the people of the Northwest Suburbs. His restaurants are known to have the same high standards as Arlington." The plans call for a Ditka's Restaurant to operate in the dining room area on the first floor of the facility, which will include space for private dining and banquet options with off-track betting areas located on half of the main floor and the entire second floor. The conversion is already underway with the goal for Ditka's Restaurant to be open for business by July 2014. In the meantime, Arlington off-track wagering operations will continue during construction...

Click here to view Tuesday evening's Night School with the weekly Night School Rewind. Read all of Tuesday night's interaction as well as listen to the complete 90-minute audio streaming lesson for the session. The audio link is the first entry when you open the Night School chat box. Fans also can register in the archives to be eligible for weekly and seasonal prizes. Week 7 of Night School was entitled "Money Management." How do you know when to attack and when to back off? What to do during a cold streak? The pros give you their insights on these subjects and more in a fascinating audio lesson. The guests included professional gambler Duke Matties and Barry Meadow, author of "Money Secrets at the Racetrack."...

The catalog for the Barretts May Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age is now online and will be mailed soon. This auction of 129 horses will be held on May 12 in the Hinds Pavilion located on the grounds of Fairplex Park in Pomona, California, beginning at 2 p.m. (PDT). The catalog may be viewed now by clicking here. The May Sale catalog is also now available for the iPad. Click here for details. The official training preview is scheduled to be held on May 9 on the Fairplex Park racetrack adjacent to Barretts, beginning at 10 a.m. The preview will be streamed live. Video clips for each preview may be viewed online by the afternoon following the preview at Supplemental entries to this sale will be accepted until April 25. Contact the Barretts sales office for details. New customers can find the answers to many questions regarding the auction by clicking here.

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APRIL 17, 2014

by John Mucciolo

There was no graded racing during the week at Aqudeduct.

Track Stats

A total of 36 races were held at the Jamaica, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 53 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 78 percent of the wins during the week. From 30 races on the main oval, nine animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (30 percent). There were no turf wire jobs from six races on the lawn.

The bettors had a fine week with the big number of first and second choices coming in this week. While three very short priced runners failed, the week was formful throughout.

We'd have to say the main oval played fairly, as speed did well but closing types had every chance, also. There couldn't have been a bias with all the chalk that came through. Of the nine wire jobs on the dirt, seven came in sprints while the other pair occurred in route races.

Meet Totals

RACES:   128
TURF:   6
DIRT:   122
FAVORITES:   55 (43 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   29 (23 percent)
TURF WIRE:   0 (0 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   37 (30 percent)


Wednesday (4/9)

8TH -- CALL FOR THE CLOCK (Read the Footnotes) moved into prime position in early stretch and wore down the clear leader late en route to a 2 1/2-length score under Rajiv Maragh. The Mark Hennig trainee ran a decent time for the way the track was playing today and showed improvement in his second run off the long layoff.

Thursday (4/10)

5TH -- BEAU WHO (Strut the Stage) took a very short lead nearing midstretch and was all heart late in gutting out a narrow score for conditioner Bruce Brown. The four-year-old gelding, who was making his first outing since the summer, should have gotten a ton out of this race and will surely be strong coming back next time.

6TH -- Brown picked up a double when PRAIRIE STONE (Stonesider) took command turning for home and proved much the best in graduating in sharp fashion. This sophomore filly looked to have more in the tank after crossing the wire and should give winners a lot to handle in her subsequent outing with any type of forward move.

8TH -- ELENA STRIKES (Smart Strike) had no chance with the talented winner, who had an absolutely perfect trip, but the Todd Pletcher trainee did battle on to the wire in finishing a clear second against her elder foes and should be a tough customer in a similar spot coming back if she avoids an early pace duel.

9TH -- MULHEB (Bernardini) took full advantage of this race coming off the turf, as the Kiaran McLaughlin pupil was the easiest of winners under Irad Ortiz Jr. David Jacobson claimed the gelded five-year-old out of here and the Kentucky-bred could show instant dividends as this new barn likes to bring them back quickly off of similar performances.

Friday (4/11)

4TH -- JETER (Lawyer Ron) looked to be going the wrong way in early stretch, but he gained momentum and finished with a big rush, only to fall one jump short in a pretty nice showing for trainer John Terranova. The five-year-old gelding also went off the claim for Jacobson, and is another that will be a real player if he returns in a similar spot next time.

6TH -- TRULY MIZZED (Mizzen Mast) did nearly everything right but fell short to a horse that might be a good one, in a strong move back to the lawn for trainer David Donk. The sophomore filly surely appears to do her best work on the green and we hope she stays on the surface.

8TH -- LOST IN SUCCESS (Successful Appeal) made short work of a potentially nice field in leading from wire-to-wire and the Rudy Rodriguez pupil could evolve into a stakes runner with performances like this one. The four-year-old had plenty left under the wire and might even be capable of a bit more ground to work with. She has been ultra consistent to this point and has also improved her BRIS Speed number in each career run.

Saturday (4/12)

3RD -- BARRISTER JIM (Silver Train) would never let the favorite buy him in the lane in posting a gritty tally for Rodriguez. The gelding is especially sharp right now and always a very tough customer in these starter events.

5TH -- In one of the better runs of the week, the Richard Violette-trained CARRIED INTEREST (Henny Hughes) tracked in second early and took over in the lane, posting a fine allowance score. The four-year-old colt sizzled home in 1:15 4/5 for the 6 1/2-furlong test and might be coming back to the fine prospect he looked like as a juvenile.

6TH -- The Jimmy Jerkens-conditioned GRAND STRAND (Tiznow) never was getting to the sharp winner in this special weight heat, but the sophomore colt was tons better than his other foes under Angel Arroyo. Tab this one for a graduation date soon with more races of this nature.

A Look Ahead

Saturday will play host to the Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff Handicap at Aqueduct.



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Thursday, April 17
APPALACHIAN S. (G3), Keeneland, $100,000, 3yo, f, 1mT.
Friday, April 18
DOUBLEDOGDARE S. (G3), Keeneland, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
Saturday, April 19
CHARLES TOWN CLASSIC (G2), Charles Town, $1,500,000, 4&up, 1 1/8m.
ILLINOIS DERBY (G3), Hawthorne, $500,000, 3yo, 1 1/8m.
DISTAFF H. (G2), Aqueduct, $200,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
LEXINGTON S. (G3), Keeneland, $200,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
BEN ALI S. (G3), Keeneland, $150,000, 4&up, 1 1/8m.
SIXTY SAILS H. (G3), Hawthorne, $150,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/8m.
MIAMI MILE H. (G3), Calder, $100,000, 3&up, 1m.
Sugar Maple S., Charles Town, $200,000, 4&up, f&m, 7f.
Star Shoot S., Woodbine, $125,000, 3yo, f, 6f.
Robert Hilton Memorial, Charles Town, $100,000, 3yo, 7f.
Robert S. Molaro H. (r), Hawthorne, $100,000, 4&up, 6f.
Third Chance H. (r), Hawthorne, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 6f.
Giant's Causeway S., Keeneland, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 5 1/2fT.
Federico Tesio S., Pimlico, $100,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
Henry S. Clark S., Pimlico, $100,000, 3&up, 1mT.
Primonetta S., Pimlico, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 6f.
Stormy Blues S., Pimlico, $100,000, 3yo, f, 5fT.
Lincoln S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, 5fT.
La Puente S., Santa Anita Park, $75,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT.
Howard B. Noonan S. (r), Beulah Park, $50,000, 3yo, 6f.
Charles Town Dash, Charles Town, $50,000, 3&up, 4 1/2f.
Confucius Say S. (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 3&up, 7f.
Original Gold S. (r), Charles Town, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 7f.
Sunday, April 20
Woodstock S., Woodbine, $125,000, 3yo, 6f.
Safari Queen S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 5fT.
Santa Lucia S. (r), Santa Anita Park, $75,000, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.


Current Meetings
AQUEDUCT:   Jan. 1 - April 27
BEULAH PARK:   Jan. 6 - May 3
CALDER RACE COURSE:   Jan. 3 - June 28
CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 31
EMERALD DOWNS:   April 12 - Sept. 28
EVANGELINE DOWNS:   April 9 - Aug. 30
FINGER LAKES:   April 18 - Dec. 5
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Dec. 26 - June 15
GULFSTREAM PARK:   Jan. 1 - June 29
HAWTHORNE:   Feb. 21 - April 27
KEENELAND:   April 4 - 25
LONE STAR PARK:   April 10 - July 12
MOUNTAINEER PARK:   March 1 - Dec. 20
PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
PIMLICO:   April 3 - June 7
PRAIRIE MEADOWS:   April 18 - Aug. 9
SANTA ANITA:   Dec. 26 - June 29
TAMPA BAY DOWNS:   Dec. 4 - May 4
THISTLEDOWN:   April 18 - Nov. 16
TURF PARADISE:   Oct. 5 - May 6
WOODBINE:   April 12 - Dec. 7
Upcoming Meetings
ATLANTIC CITY:   April 24 - 30
CHURCHILL DOWNS:   April 26 - June 29
HASTINGS PARK:   April 27 - Oct. 26
SANTA ANITA PARK:   April 25 - June 29

At a Glance
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.20 - 1
Favorite Win%: 35%, Favorite Itm%: 71%
Daily Double85.84
Pick 3786.16
Pick 44,815.72
Pick 525,329.38
Pick 6 Jackpot118,685.59
Pick 8602,352.90
Super High Five6,018.46
Z-5 Super Hi-59,770.90
TRACK BIAS MEET(06/25 - 04/13)
Distance #
6.0fDirt 270 36% E Rail/Ins
6.5fDirt 68 25% E Rail/Ins
1 MileDirt 186 24% E Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 126 28% E Middle
Turf Routes 358 19% E/P Rail
TRACK BIAS WEEK(04/07 - 04/13)
Distance #
6.0fDirt 10 60% E Outside
6.5fDirt 1 100% E Rail/Ins
1 MileDirt 1 0% E/P Inside
Turf Sprint 5 40% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 8 13% P Outside
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Cibelli Jane 8 4 0 1 8.34 2 16%
Servis Jason 5 3 1 0 4.62 0 24%
Gatis Christos 8 3 0 0 4.09 0 19%
Fawkes David 9 3 2 1 12.49 1 14%
Attard Tino 4 2 0 1 5.90 0 10%
Levy Tamara L. 4 2 1 0 3.78 1 22%
Maragh Collin 4 2 0 0 2.68 1 13%
Servis John C. 4 2 0 0 4.83 1 18%
Arias Juan D. 5 2 2 0 2.68 2 13%
Creque Rasharn 5 2 0 0 3.04 2 15%
Sobarzo Pedro J. 5 2 0 0 5.38 2 14%
Ziadie Ralph 5 2 1 0 9.86 2 18%
Pinchin Jose 6 2 1 0 4.83 0 11%
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Saez Gabriel 19 7 1 4 6.50 2 13%
Nunez Eduardo O. 9 3 1 0 8.84 2 16%
Gomez Jocelyne C. 11 3 2 2 10.63 2 10%
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Cascallares Nestor 17 0 1 3 24.62 0 4%
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.20 - 1
Favorite Win%: 36%, Favorite Itm%: 77%
Daily Double72.24
Pick 31,011.42
Pick 41,195.60
Pick 5 Jackpot14,876.98
TRACK BIAS MEET(04/03 - 04/13)
Distance #
4.5fDirt 1 100% E Inside
6.0fDirt 34 32% E/P Outside
1 1/16mDirt 18 11% E/P Middle
Turf Sprint 10 10% E/P Inside
Turf Routes 8 13% P Rail/Ins
TRACK BIAS WEEK(04/07 - 04/13)
Distance #
4.5fDirt 1 100% E Inside
6.0fDirt 19 37% E Rail
1 1/16mDirt 5 0% E/P Middle
Turf Sprint 6 17% E/P Middle
Turf Routes 6 17% E/P Rail/Ins
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Magee Kieron 17 7 2 2 4.70 5 25%
Ness Jamie 14 5 0 4 1.84 3 25%
Keefe Timothy L. 10 4 0 1 8.03 1 13%
Worton Dorothy Elisabeth 9 3 0 2 10.39 0 15%
Egan Jason 3 2 1 0 2.47 1 12%
Pino Michael V. 3 2 0 0 2.57 1 28%
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Carrasco Victor R. 24 6 6 5 8.16 3 21%
Russell Sheldon 18 5 3 4 5.36 1 17%
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Corrales Jose 10 0 1 1 12.10 0 16%
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
'13-' 14
Santiago Javier 13 0 0 3 9.75 1 16%


MONDAY:   Golden Gate and Tampa Bay Downs
TUESDAY:   Hawthorne and Santa Anita
WEDNESDAY:   Calder and Woodbine
THURSDAY:   Gulfstream Park and Pimlico
FRIDAY:   Aqueduct and Keeneland

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather


For Thursday

Aqueduct   (5th) Lily Lynn, 7-2
    (6th) Cajun Wedding, 6-1
Charles Town   (2nd) Foxfield Drive, 5-1
    (6th) Greg's Irish Pride, 4-1
Evangeline Downs   (8th) Singing Sailor, 4-1
    (9th) Ship's Cabin, 7-2
Keeneland   (3rd) Luv From Abuv, 8-1
    (9th) Shy Rosa, 7-2
Lone Star Park   (3rd) Spendaridge, 10-1
    (4th) Soul Sacrifice, 9-2
Penn National   (3rd) Flannery, 3-1
    (5th) Dante's Victory, 3-1
Pimlico   (3rd) Galadriel Lady, 6-1
    (5th) Maybe Tonight, 8-1


For Thursday

AQUEDUCT (1:20): $67,000 alw, 3&up, 1m (8TH).
KEENELAND (1:05): $100,000 Appalachian S. (G3), 3yo, f, 1mT (8TH).
LONE STAR PARK (7:35): $21,000 alw, 3&4yos, 7f (7TH).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $29,500 alw, 3&up, 1m (2ND); $29,500 alw, 3&up, 1m (6TH).
PIMLICO (1:10): $45,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1mT (7TH); $45,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m (8TH).

*all times Eastern

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