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SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015


Graded Recaps
International Star completes sweep in Louisiana Derby
After rallying boldly into contention on the far turn, International Star ran down pacesetter Stanford (Malibu Moon) in deep stretch to capture Saturday's $750,000 Louisiana Derby (G2) more...

I'm a Chatterbox scores third straight in Fair Grounds Oaks
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox (Munnings) was looking for her third straight victory on Saturday and got the job done despite pressure from Shook Up (Tapit) in the stretch of the $396,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). more...

Call Me George upsets New Orleans, gives Graham milestone win
Fair Grounds' leading rider James Graham registered his 2,000th career victory on Saturday when he booted home 22-1 outsider Call Me George (Point Given) in the $400,000 New Orleans H. (G2). more...

Chocolate Ride keeps rolling on Fair Grounds turf in Muniz
John Wentworth's Chocolate Ride (Candy Ride) continued his winning ways in Saturday's $291,000 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial (G2) more...

Lady Lara fashionably on time in Honey Fox
Swettenham Stud's Lady Lara (Excellent Art) burst from the pack to collar Sandiva (Footstepsinthesand) in deep stretch of Saturday's $300,000 Honey Fox S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park more...

Commissioner prevails in Skip Away stretch duel
Commissioner (A.P. Indy), who just missed winning last year's Belmont S. (G1), earned his first career stakes win on Saturday at Gulfstream Park when holding off a game Sr. Quisqueyano (Exclusive Quality) by a neck in the $150,000 Skip Away (G3). more...

War Correspondent registers first stakes tally in Appleton
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' War Correspondent (War Front) rallied to catch pacesetter Aripenka (Bernstein) in deep stretch and posted his first stakes victory in Saturday's $150,000 Appleton (G3) at Gulfstream Park more...

Imagining takes off late in Pan American
Phipps Stable's homebred Imagining (Giant's Causeway) challenged even-money favorite Twilight Eclipse (Purim) on the far turn and subdued him after a stretch tussle in Saturday's $150,000 Pan American (G3) at Gulfstream Park. more...

Beauty Parlor dons the Orchid
Trainer Christophe Clement might have lost his top staying mare, Irish Mission, to retirement, but he looks to have a fine replacement in Joseph Allen's homebred Beauty Parlor (Elusive Quality) more...

Racing Headlines
Prince Bishop rules Dubai World Cup; California Chrome second
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum's Prince Bishop (Dubawi) sprang a 17-1 upset over 4-5 favorite California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) in Saturday's $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1). more...

Solow vaults to international stardom in Dubai Turf
Although Saturday's $6 million Dubai Turf (UAE-G1) lost two of its marquee names with career-ending injuries to Vercingetorix and Hunter's Light, the about nine-furlong turf test produced a rising star in Wertheimer & Frere's homebred Solow (Singspiel). more...

Dolniya upends favorites in Sheema Classic
The Aga Khan's homebred Dolniya (Azamour) turned out to be best suited of all by Saturday's tactical renewal of the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-G1) at Meydan more...

Kentucky Derby contender Mubtaahij dominates U.A.E. Derby
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Mubtaahij (Dubawi) confirmed his spot in the Kentucky Derby (G1) with an eight-length conquest of Saturday's $2 million U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) at Meydan more...

Secret Circle all heart to take Golden Shaheen
Michael Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman's Secret Circle (Eddington) ensured that there was one American winner on Meydan's new dirt, but the classy sprinter had to call on all of his reserves of courage to hold on in the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-G1). more...

Dortmund, Prospect Park post final major moves for Santa Anita Derby
Grade 1 hero Dortmund (Big Brown) and Prospect Park (Tapit), the respective favorite and likely second choice for next Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1), each had their final major drills Saturday for the West Coast's signature steppingstone to the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 2. more...

Probables for Wood Memorial Day stakes announced
A field of promising three-year-olds is taking shape for the $1 million Twinspires.com Wood Memorial (G1) on April 4 at Aqueduct, led by sensational juvenile Daredevil (More Than Ready). more...

Gold Medal Dancer works sharply for Apple Blossom
On the brink of retirement a month ago, Gold Medal Dancer (Medaglia d'Oro) is in the best form of her career as she nears the biggest race of her career. In her first workout since a breakthrough victory, she traveled five furlongs in a brisk :59 1/5 Saturday at Oaklawn Park in preparation for the $600,000 Apple Blossom H. (G1) on April 10. more...

Competitive Edge wins comeback at Gulfstream
In his first start since capturing last September's Hopeful (G1) at Saratoga, the Todd Pletcher trained Competitive Edge (Super Saver) rolled home to an 8 1/4-length victory in Friday's $60,000 Tamarac at Gulfstream Park. more...

One Lucky Dane headed to Santa Anita Derby
One Lucky Dane (Lookin at Lucky), winner of his two starts at Santa Anita by a combined margin of nearly 20 lengths, including a 9 3/4-length score at one mile last Thursday, will join unbeaten stablemate Dortmund (Big Brown) in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 4, Bob Baffert said Friday morning. more...

Keeneland reveals opening weekend stakes probables
Keeneland has released probable fields for their opening weekend stakes, April 3-4. more...

NYRA reports on-track handle rise in 2014
Total on-track handle at the New York Racing Association's three tracks rose 2 percent to $374,387,425 in 2014, the second-highest such total over the past six years. more...

Shared Belief to Charles Town Classic
Shared Belief (Candy Ride), a convincing winner of Santa Anita H. (G1) and San Antonio (G2) this season, will make his next start in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (G2) on April 18 more...

Sise pleased with Prospect Park; Smith regains Santa Anita Derby mount on Bolo
Prospect Park (Tapit) arrived on Santa Anita's grounds Tuesday from his San Luis Rey Downs headquarters for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 4 more...

La Tia retired, will visit Candy Ride
After five seasons and 24 starts, Salvador Hernandez's Grade 1-winning homebred turf mare La Tia (City Place) is retiring to become a broodmare. more...

Smart Strike euthanized due to laminitis
Leading sire Smart Strike (Mr. Prospector) was euthanized on Wednesday due to a case of laminitis. The 23-year-old stallion had been doing well for his age but recently took a turn for the worse. more...

Chrome exits work in good shape, draws post 9 in Cup
According to trainer Art Sherman, Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) contender California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) came out of Tuesday's half-mile breeze at Meydan in good order. more...

Upstart breaks outside as favorite in Florida Derby
Upstart (Flatter), the 8-5 morning line favorite for the $1 million Florida Derby (G1), has drawn post 9 in the 1 1/8-mile feature that anchors a blockbuster program at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. more...

Work All Week returns to worktab at Oaklawn
Reigning male sprint champion Work All Week (City Zip) had his first published workout since winning last fall's Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) Wednesday morning at Oaklawn. more...

Keeneland announces Blue Grass security protocols
Keeneland has announced security measures for horses participating in the $1 million Blue Grass (G1), a nationally prominent prep for the Kentucky Derby (G1), to be held April 4. more...

American Pharoah early favorite in final KDFW
The powerful hand held by Hall of Fame Thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert heading into this year's 141st running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) is evident in the fact the two young stars from his stable -- reigning 2014 two-year-old champion American Pharoah (#1) and unbeaten Dortmund (#7) -- are the expected to be the top betting choices heading into this weekend's fourth and final pool of Churchill Downs' 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). more...

Dubai Sky among nine late Triple Crown nominees
Dubai Sky (Candy Ride), who ran an ongoing winning streak to four races with an impressive triumph in the $535,750 Spiral (G3) at Turfway Park, and I Spent It (Super Saver), winner of the Saratoga Special (G2) and runner-up in the Hopeful (G1), head a roster of nine horses made eligible to compete in the races of the 2105 Triple Crown prior to conclusion of its late nomination phase on Monday (pending late mail). more...

Jerkens remembered at Gulfstream
A standing-room-only crowd gathered at Gulfstream Park Tuesday morning for a memorial service to honor Hall of Fame horseman Allen Jerkens, who passed away on March 18 at the age of 85. more...

California Chrome works half-mile at Meydan
With exercise rider Dana Barnes in tow, Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) contender California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) breezed a half-mile early Tuesday morning in :50 over a fast track at Meydan. more...

Enhanced security protocols for major New York stakes
The New York State Gaming Commission and the New York Racing Association (NYRA) have announced established, standing security protocols for horses racing in Grade 1 races with purses of $1 million or more. more...

California Chrome, Lea gallop over Meydan strip
Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) continued his preparation for Saturday's $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) by galloping 2400 meters over the Meydan dirt oval on Monday morning. more...

Secret Circle turns in half-mile work for Golden Shaheen
The 2013 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner (G1) Secret Circle (Eddington) breezed about 800 meters over the Meydan dirt track on Monday morning under Dana Barnes in preparation for Saturday's $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-G1). more...

Graded Recaps
Firing Line sets track record in Sunland Derby romp
Arnold Zetcher LLC's Firing Line (Line of David) lived up to his 1-5 favoritism on Sunday when, despite rearing up in the gate right before the doors opened, he romped home the easiest of winners in the $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3). more...

Racing Headlines
Maybellene gets Sunland Park Oaks win via disqualification
Trainer Bob Baffert was going for his fifth straight win, and seventh in the last nine years, on Sunday when sending both Callback (Street Sense) and Maybellene (Lookin at Lucky) to an eventful running of the $200,240 Sunland Park Oaks. more...

Stanford expected in Louisiana Derby; blinkers off Mr. Z
According to racing officials, Stanford (Malibu Moon) is likely to represent the powerful stable of three-time Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Todd Pletcher in the 102nd running of Fair Grounds' marquee event on Saturday. more...

Danette bound for FG Oaks; Mystery Train back for New Orleans 'Cap
Trainer Keith Desormeaux may not have been able to make it to the Louisiana Derby with his stable star Texas Red (Afleet Alex), but that may not stop him from taking a big race on Fair Grounds' premier day more...

Upstart breezes sharp five-eighths for Florida Derby; Eh Cumpari possible for ra
Holy Bull S. (G2) winner Upstart (Flatter) breezed a sharp five furlongs in :59 2/5 Saturday morning over the fast dirt at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County. The workout was the three-year-old ridgling's final serious tune-up for next Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby (G1). more...

Itsaknockout, Materiality post :48 3/5 half-mile in company for Florida Derby
With the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) penciled in as their next starts, Itsaknockout (Lemon Drop Kid) and Materiality (Afleet Alex) worked in company Saturday morning at Palm Beach Downs. more...

Baffert: Pharoah, Dortmund are 'really two different types of horses'
Bob Baffert had the right answer when someone asked him which three-year-old was better, American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) or Dortmund (Big Brown). more...

By the Moon gets her 'Wish; Bridget's Big Luvy upsets Private Terms
Jay Em Ess Stable's homebred By the Moon (Indian Charlie) got back to her winning ways on Saturday at Laurel Park with a four-length victory in the $100,000 Caesar's Wish S. more...

Moreno confirmed, Majestic Harbor unlikely for New Orleans
Southern Equine Stable's homebred Grade 1 winner Moreno (Ghostzapper) will head to Fair Grounds for Saturday's $400,000 New Orleans H. (G2) more...

American Pharoah confirmed for Arkansas Derby
Champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) will be returning to Oaklawn Park for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11, owner Ahmed Zayat said Friday afternoon. more...

My Point Exactly to make three-year-old debut in Florida Derby
My Point Exactly (Concord Point) is scheduled to run in the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on March 28 off an impressive stakes debut victory last out. The three-year-old gelding is also set to start in Gulfstream Park's signature race following a layoff of almost seven months. more...

St. Joe Bay's future includes return trip to Fair Grounds
St. Joe Bay (Saint Anddan) is likely to return to Fair Grounds from his California base for the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (G2) on March 28, according to conditioner Peter Miller. more...

Treasure Box continuing Oaklawn family tradition for Cauley, Hartlage
When Treasure Box (Lemon Drop Kid) crawled up the Oaklawn Park rail to break her maiden last Friday, she became the fourth daughter of Ornate to win a race in Hot Springs, Arkansas. more...

Aqueduct, Penn National cancel due to snow storm
The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has canceled live racing at Aqueduct for Friday, March 20, while Penn National officials have also called off that track's live program on the first day of spring. more...

TOBA teams with Fasig-Tipton to offer owners concierge service
The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) announced a partnership with Fasig-Tipton to serve Thoroughbred owners through a new concierge service. more...

Jerkens memorial service to be held at Gulfstream
There will be a memorial service for Hall of Fame trainer H. Allen Jerkens at the Sport of Kings Theatre at Gulfstream Park at 11 a.m. (EDT) Tuesday, March 24. more...

Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens dies at 85
H. Allen Jerkens, a 1975 Hall of Fame inductee and beloved trainer for more than six decades on the backstretches of New York and Florida, died late Wednesday afternoon in South Florida while under hospice care at the age of 85. more...

One Lucky Dane dominates Santa Anita allowance
Idle since running sixth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita November 1, Bob Baffert's heavily favored One Lucky Dane (Lookin at Lucky) came off the bench swinging on Thursday, as he demolished four rival sophomores in Santa Anita's $58,000 allowance feature, winning by 9 3/4 lengths under Rafael Bejarano while covering one mile in 1:35 2/5. more...

Far Right continues Arkansas Derby preparations with five-furlong move
Southwest S. (G3) hero Far Right (Notional) continued preparations for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) on April 11 by working five furlongs after the renovation break Thursday morning at Oaklawn under Greta Kuntzweiler. more...

Bolo to tackle dirt yet again in Santa Anita Derby
After making his first three career starts on turf, two of them victories, Bolo (Temple City) gave a promising account of himself in his dirt debut when he finished third behind undefeated Dortmund (Big Brown) in the March 7 San Felipe S. (G2) at Santa Anita Park, beaten less than two lengths despite steadying in deep stretch. more...

War Story sizzles bullet for Louisiana Derby
War Story (Northern Afleet) put the finishing touches on his preparation for the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (G2) on March 28 with a bullet work in :58 4/5 over Fair Grounds' fast main track Wednesday morning for trainer Tom Amoss. more...

Violette: Upstart's in a 'very, very good spot'
Holy Bull (G2) winner and Florida Derby (G1) contender Upstart (Flatter) will have his final pre-race breeze for Gulfstream's signature event this weekend, according to trainer Rick Violette Jr. more...

Peace and War set for another raid on Keeneland
Alcibiades (G1) winner Peace and War (War Front) is scheduled for a return trip to Keeneland for the April 4 Ashland S. (G1), English-based trainer Olly Stevens posted Thursday on his Robins Farm Racing Facebook page. more...

Versatile Eden Prairie headed for Jenny Wiley
Grade 2-placed multiple stakes queen Eden Prairie (Mizzen Mast) looks to be headed to the $300,000 Jenny Wiley S. (G1) at Keeneland on April 11, according to trainer Neil Pessin. more...

Pimlico slashes Pick 5 takeout, to offer Rainbow 6
The Maryland Jockey Club announced Wednesday it will offer a Pick 5 with an industry low 12-percent takeout when Pimlico opens April 2 for its spring meet. more...

Texas Red officially out of Kentucky Derby contention
Texas Red (Afleet Alex), dominating winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) in November and runner-up in Eclipse Award balloting as the nation's leading two-year-old colt, has been officially withdrawn from Kentucky Derby (G1) consideration. more...

Laurel to get $7 million in upgrades
The Maryland Jockey Club announced Tuesday that approximately $7 million in improvements at Laurel -- including new barns for 300 horses and a new washroom -- could be completed within the next month. more...

Arlington releases 2015 stakes schedule
Arlington has announced a 2015 stakes schedule comprised of 18 stakes worth more than $3.5 million focused on the Summer Stakes Spectacular in July and August when the track will play host to stakes events on nine consecutive Saturdays from July 4 through August 29, including six stakes races for Illinois-breds with purses up to $75,000. more...

Graded Recaps
Skies the limit for Dubai
Besilu Stables and Three Chimneys Farm's Dubai Sky (Candy Ride) parlayed a stalk-and-pounce trip into a comfortable 2 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $535,750 Spiral S. (G3) at Turfway Park more...

Don't Leave Me leaves Bourbonette Oaks rivals behind
Pin Oak Stable LLC's homebred Don't Leave Me (Lemon Drop Kid) was the one leaving as she took command of Saturday's $147,675 Bourbonette Oaks (G3) at Turfway Park in midstretch before drawing off to a three-quarter length victory under jockey Jose Lezcano. more...

Jerkens legacy Classic Point wins Inside Information
A highly emotional Jimmy Jerkens witnessed Classic Point (Flatter) fend off a late charge from longshot You Bought Her (Graeme Hall) to take Saturday's $200,000 Inside Information (G2) at Gulfstream Park. more...

Sheer Drama runs away in Royal Delta
Sheer Drama (Burning Roma) ran the race of her life Saturday in the $200,000 Royal Delta (G2) to end a streak of seconditis at Gulfstream Park. more...

Ashleyluvssugar rebuffs Finnegans Wake in San Luis Rey
Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing's homebred Ashleyluvssugar (Game Plan) made his graded stakes debut, and first try beyond nine furlongs, in Saturday's $200,750 San Luis Rey (G2), and the Peter Eurton trainee passed both class and distance tests to upset 3-5 favorite Finnegans Wake (Powerscourt) more...

Features
Handicapping Insights
The $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) will be run for the 20th time at Meydan in the United Arab Emirates and for the first time since Meydan opened up six years ago, it will be run on dirt more...

Kentucky Derby Report
Firing Line (Line of David) did not disappoint in Sunday's Sunland Derby (G3) and Dubai Sky (Candy Ride) carried his improving turf form to Polytrack in Saturday's Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park more...

American-based horses looking to make a serious impact in Dubai
A very strong contingent of U.S.-based horses will take aim at various races during the 20th edition of the Dubai World Cup on Saturday at Meydan more...

Notebooks
Aqueduct Notebook
There was no graded action during the week on the inner oval at Aqueduct more...

Santa Anita Notebook
A single graded tilt headlined the week of racing at Santa Anita more...

 

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