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SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015


Triple Crown News & Notes
Pletcher trio work at Palm Beach Downs
Materiality (Afleet Alex), who captured the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on March 28, tuned up for a scheduled start in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 2 with a sharp five-furlong breeze at Palm Beach Downs Saturday. more...

Carpe Diem breezes half-mile in :48
With regular rider John Velazquez aboard, Blue Grass (G1) winner Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) worked a half-mile on his own in :48 over a fast track Saturday morning at Keeneland. more...

International Star, Danzig Moon, Keen Ice work at Churchill
International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus), whose victory in the Louisiana Derby (G2) completed a sweep of Fair Grounds' trio of Kentucky Derby (G1) prep races, took a brief van ride to Churchill Downs Saturday for a five-furlong work over the one-mile dirt course that will host the Kentucky Derby (G2) in two weeks. more...

Graded Recaps
La Verdad repeats in Distaff romp
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad (Yes It's True) returned to her winning ways in stellar fashion on Saturday at Aqueduct, wiring the $190,000 Distaff H. (G2) to defend her title in the race by 5 1/4 lengths. more...

Racing Headlines
Puca, Luminance, Birdatthewire and Include Betty breeze ahead of Kentucky Oaks
Donegal Racing's Kentucky Oaks (G1) hopeful Puca (Big Brown), runner-up in Aqueduct's Gazelle S. (G2) on April 4, tuned-up for her Oaks bid with a four-furlong work in :48 1/5 over the fast track at Churchill Downs on Saturday. more...

Muhaarar, Redstart take Newbury Guineas trials
Muhaarar (Oasis Dream), Redstart (Blame) and Arab Spring (Monsun) look set to be horses to follow over the coming months following impressive victories in the feature races on day two of the Spring Trials Meeting at Newbury on Saturday. more...

Triple Crown News & Notes
Upstart pleases Violette with return to worktab
Kentucky Derby contender Upstart (Flatter) returned to the work tab Friday morning at Palm Meadows, recording a sharp four-furlong breeze in 47 2/5 over the fast track more...

Bolo bound for Kentucky Derby; Metaboss expected in American Turf
Bolo (Temple City), whose Kentucky Derby (G1) status was questionable following a disappointing third in the Santa Anita Derby (G1), is on course for a tilt at the May 2 Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs. more...

Churchill Downs to provide live streaming of Derby, Oaks workouts
Churchill Downs Racetrack, in conjunction with TwinSpires.com, will provide live online streaming of Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1) workouts when the exclusive 8:30-8:45 a.m. (EDT) training window begins Saturday in earnest. more...

Graded Recaps
Deceptive Vision narrowly best in Doubledogdare
Sam-Son Farm's homebred Deceptive Vision (A.P. Indy) narrowly prevailed over an unlucky Lunar Surge (Malibu Moon) in the $100,000 Doubledogdare (G3) at Keeneland on Friday. more...

Racing Headlines
Dozen TwinSpires.com Players to make Derby Show Bet for $1-million
Twelve TwinSpires.com players have a chance to win $1-million by making a $20 show bet on the May 2 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs more...

Cozmic One trails in last as Tried and True breaks maiden
Friday's 2ND race at Santa Anita Park was supposed to be the start of big things for Cozmic One (Bernardini), the highly touted first foal of supermare Zenyatta, but it wasn't to be as Tried and True (Medaglia d'Oro) got up for the half-length win. more...

Ben's Cat celebrates ninth birthday with runner-up finish at Pimlico
Making his fourth start of the year and first since returning from South Florida, Bold Thunder (Bold n' Flashy) spoiled the 2015 debut of nine-year-old multiple Grade 3-winning millionaire Ben's Cat (Parker's Storm Cat) with a front-running, three-length victory in Friday's 2ND race at Pimlico. more...

Full brother to Eight Belles makes stakes bow in Federico Tesio
Godolphin Racing's late-starting colt All Hands (Unbridled's Song) looks to continue the family tradition when he makes his stakes debut at Pimlico on Saturday in the $100,000 Federico Tesio S. for three-year-olds.  more...

Lovely Maria, Include Betty give owner two shots at third Oaks victory
Former Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones was at Keeneland early Friday morning, and part of his mission was to check on Ashland S. (G1) heroine Lovely Maria (Majesticperfection) and Fantasy S. (G3) victress Include Betty (Include). more...

Triple Crown News & Notes
Stevens: 2015 Kentucky Derby class is 'best group' in memory
Gary Stevens knows his way around Churchill Downs as well as anybody, having won the Kentucky Derby(G1) three times, with the filly Winning Colors in 1988, Thunder Gulch in 1995 and Silver Charm in 1997. more...

Frammento tours half-mile, hopes to get into Kentucky Derby field
Mossarosa's Frammento (Midshipman), currently on the bubble for the Kentucky Derby (G1), breezed an easy half-mile on his own after the morning renovation break at Keeneland Thursday more...

American Pharoah arrives at Churchill
Two days after dominating the Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park, likely Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) flew to Louisville, Kentucky, Monday afternoon and made his eagerly awaited arrival at Churchill Downs. more...

Racing Headlines
Seven seek to prove Preakness worth in Federico Tesio
Noteworthy Peach (Read the Footnotes), a winner in two of three starts this year, will try stakes company for the first time in Saturday's $100,000 Federico Tesio S. at Pimlico. more...

Winchell Thoroughbreds big winner at KTOB KY-bred Champions Award Luncheon
Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC took home four awards at Thursday's annual KTOB KY-bred Champions Awards Luncheon hosted at Keeneland. more...

Hong Kong legend Ambitious Dragon retired
The Hong Kong Jockey Club announced Thursday that Ambitious Dragon (Pins), one of the greatest champions in the history of Hong Kong horse racing, has retired. more...

Shared Belief faces eight in Charles Town Classic
Despite the presence of champion Shared Belief (Candy Ride), a field of nine has been entered in Saturday's $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (G2). more...

Whiskey Ticket, Cross the Line top Illinois Derby field
Bob Baffert famously trained the most accomplished Illinois Derby (G3) winner in history, but has not yet won the race himself. That could change Saturday when he sends out debut winner Whiskey Ticket (Ghostzapper) in the $400,000, 1 1/8-mile feature of the Hawthorne spring meet. more...

Unitarian goes for title defense in Elkhorn
A contentious field of 11 grass runners has been entered to go 1 1/2 miles over Keeneland's turf on Saturday in the $250,000 Elkhorn S. (G2). Among that group is last year's victor, Unitarian (Pulpit), who is seeking to become the fourth consecutive winner of that contest. more...

Divining Rod targeting Preakness
Divining Rod (Precious Kitten), a three-length winner of the Lexington S. (G3) at Keeneland on April 11, is being pointed to the $1.5 million Preakness S. (G1), the second jewel of the Triple Crown on May 16 at Pimlico. more...

Carpe Diem scheduled for weekend work
Trainer Todd Pletcher has spent the past couple of days at Keeneland checking out the barn that has produced a meet-leading seven victories with three stakes wins. more...

Del Mar summer stakes schedule worth $7.95 million
Del Mar's summertime 40-day meeting will feature 43 stakes events, topped by the $1,000,000 Pacific Classic (G1) and worth a total of $7,950,000 in black-type purses. The historic track will present its bountiful slate during its 76th season of seaside sport starting on July 16 and running through Labor Day, September 7. more...

Trainer Mike Mitchell dead at 66
Trainer Mike Mitchell, an iconic and dominant figure on the Southern California racing landscape for nearly 40 years, passed away Tuesday, at his home in Monrovia, California, following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66. more...

Shared Belief blows out half-mile before trip to Charles Town
Shared Belief (Candy Ride) worked four furlongs in :51 4/5 at Golden Gate Fields on Tuesday morning in preparation for his run in Saturday's $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (G2) at 1 1/8 miles. more...

Belardo, Tiggy Wiggy could return in Newbury trials
Flat racing returns to Newbury this Friday and Saturday with the Spring Trials Meeting. more...

American Pharoah earns superlatives
The top three finishers from Saturday's $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn, including runaway winner American Pharoah, emerged from the 1 1/8-mile race in good order, their connections said Sunday morning. more...

Divining Rod, other Lexington Day runners doing well
Trainer Arnaud Delacour was all smiles Sunday morning after the performances Saturday of Lael Stables' Divining Rod (Tapit) and Ageless (Successful Appeal) at Keeneland. more...

Graded Recaps
Night Prowler gets up late in Transylvania
Paul Pompa Jr.'s homebred Night Prowler (Giant's Causeway) utilized every yard of the Keeneland stretch to post a neck victory in Wednesday's $100,000 Transylvania (G3) more...

Lady Eli stays perfect in Appalachian
Last seen demolishing an international cast in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), Sheep Pond Partners' Lady Eli (Divine Park) returned to action with a facile victory in Sunday's $125,000 Appalachian S. (G3) at Keeneland. more...

Miss Ella goes two-for-two in Beaumont
Jack Swain III's homebred Miss Ella (Exchange Rate) just broke her maiden debut by three lengths on March 11 at Gulfstream Park and returned on Sunday for trainer Graham Motion to take the $250,000 Beaumont S. (G2) at Keeneland by 2 1/2 lengths. more...

American Pharoah's a class apart in Arkansas Derby
Zayat Stables' champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) likely wrapped up favoritism for the Kentucky Derby (G1) with a seemingly effortless tour de force in Saturday's $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). more...

Divining Rod draws off in Lexington
Lael Stables' homebred Divining Rod (Tapit) swung wide leaving the far turn and ran past Donworth (Tiznow) and Fame and Power (First Defence) to post a convincing three-length victory in Saturday's $250,000 Lexington S. (G3) at Keeneland more...

Ball Dancing calls tune in Jenny Wiley
W.S. Farish and F. Steve Mooney's Ball Dancing (Exchange Rate) commenced a bold move on the far turn and drew clear in Saturday's $300,000 Jenny Wiley (G1) at Keeneland. more...

Race Day makes a statement in Oaklawn Handicap
Race Day (Tapit) continued to suggest he might be one of the leading older horses in the country when proving much the best in Saturday's $600,000 Oaklawn H. (G2). more...

Protonico outclasses foes in Ben Ali
When he gets knocked down, Protonico (Giant's Causeway) doesn't stay down for long. Two months after being eased in the Donn H. (G1), the four-year-old colt rebounded with a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $150,000 Ben Ali (G3) at Keeneland. more...

Masochistic registers first stakes victory in Kona Gold
Masochistic (Sought After) made his first start for new connections a winning one in Saturday's $200,250 Kona Gold (G2) at Santa Anita more...

House Rules ekes out Top Flight score
House Rules (Distorted Humor) just got up in time to be a half-length in front on the wire of Saturday's $200,000 Top Flight H. (G3) at Aqueduct with jockey Junior Alvarado aboard. more...

Home Journey wires Las Cienegas
GGG Stables and Russell J. Samo's Home Journey (Good Journey) shot to the lead as soon as the gates opened on Saturday's $100,750 Las Cienegas S. (G3) at Santa Anita Park and never looked back en route to a one-length victory under jockey Rafael Bejarano. more...

Features
Handicapping Insights
If any Kentucky Derby (G1) contender wanted a perfect prep race to get ready, this was it more...

Kentucky Derby Report
American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) established himself as the probable Kentucky Derby favorite with a masterful performance in Saturday's Arkansas Derby (G1), romping by eight lengths more...

Notebooks
Aqueduct Notebook
A single graded stakes race headlined the week of racing at Aqueduct more...

Santa Anita Notebook
A pair of graded stakes races topped the weekend at Santa Anita more...

 

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