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SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014

Triple Crown News & Notes

Wildcat Red, Intense Holiday, We Miss Artie put in final Florida works

Wildcat Red led a Derby worktab in Florida (Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Grade 2 hero Wildcat Red completed the Florida portion of his preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 3 by working a half-mile in :48 3/5 over Gulfstream Park's fast main track on Sunday.

"He went very nicely, very easy," trainer Jose Garrofalo said. "Luis Saez was up and I got him in :48 and change."

Wildcat Red was reunited with Saez for the first time since they teamed for a front-running victory in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream on February 22. Under a motionless Saez, Wildcat Red breezed the half-mile before galloping out five furlongs in 1:02 1/5.

"He was flying. The good thing was: he got his last eighth in 11-flat," Garoffalo said following the Florida-bred colt's first workout since finishing a close second in the March 29 Florida Derby. "That's all we needed. We don't need anything more than that."

Saez became available to ride Wildcat Red in the first leg of the Triple Crown Saturday, when Cairo Prince was withdrawn with an ankle injury. The 21-year-old rising riding star, who expressed his sadness for Cairo Prince's owners and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, was pleased with Wildcat Red's workout Sunday.

"He's a nice horse. He worked really good," said Saez, who had already been scheduled to ride on Sunday's Easter Day card when Garoffalo gave him a call Saturday. "He seems better now than when I rode him."

Saez, who had ridden Cairo Prince to a dominating triumph in the Holy Bull at Gulfstream on January 18 before his disappointing fifth in the Florida Derby, was always Garoffalo's first choice to ride Wildcat Red. When Cairo Prince qualified on points for the Derby field last week, Garoffalo and Wildcat Red's owner, Honors Stable Corp., turned to Rafael Bejarano earlier in the week, only to make a switch and give the mount to Saez Saturday.

"He's a great rider. He's a smart guy. Remember, he's still such a young guy. He's so mature for his age. All the time, he was my first choice since the Fountain of Youth. But we couldn't get together because he had a commitment to the other horse, Cairo Prince, in the Florida Derby," Garoffalo explained. "Now, he's open, so why not put him on the horse?"

Wildcat Red, who has been no worse than second in seven starts since breaking his maiden by eight lengths at Gulfstream last September 14, has been ridden by five different riders in his last five races.

"This is what I've been trying to do all along -- get a steady rider," Garoffalo noted. "I've been trying to get a rider who'd stay on the horse, but we never did...until now. Now, we have Luis and hopefully everything will work out all right."

Garoffalo said Wildcat Red will walk Monday and ship to Kentucky after walking Tuesday morning. Saez is scheduled to be aboard the bay son of D'wildcat for his final workout before the 140th edition of the Run for the Roses next Saturday or Sunday at Churchill.

"I will be there after the sale in Ocala on Thursday or Friday," Garrofalo remarked. "I will work him there Saturday or Sunday, depending on the weather.

"It's very exciting, but at the same time it's a lot of work. You have to take care of every detail," he added. "At this level of competition, you have to be very focused and concentrate on everything, all the small details."

Garoffalo, who is preparing to saddle his first horse for the Derby, will be making his second trip to Churchill Downs, where he saddled Yara for a troubled off-the-board finish in the 2012 Kentucky Oaks.

"That experience is helping me a lot. I think it was a gift of God to give me that experience," he said. "Even though it may not be the same situation, it gave me the experience to handle the situation the next time, which is now, because you know where you're going, you know the track, and you know the environment."

Trainer Todd Pletcher also sent two of his Derby hopefuls out to work in Florida on Sunday. Intense Holiday and We Miss Artie both took to the Palm Meadows' fast dirt in their final Sunshine State moves before the first Saturday in May.

Intense Holiday is but one of three possible Derby runners for Todd Pletcher (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)

Risen Star victor Intense Holiday was caught in :48 3/5 working a half-mile in company with Micromanage, while Spiral star We Miss Artie clocked five furlongs in 1:01 in company with Capo Bastone.

John Velazquez has the Derby mount on Intense Holiday while Javier Castellano has picked up the call on We Miss Artie.

The duo are expected to join stablemate and Arkansas Derby hero Danza at Churchill Downs on Tuesday. That chestnut son of Street Boss galloped a little more than 1 1/4 miles after the morning renovation break at Churchill on Sunday with exercise rider Nick Bush aboard.

Trainer Mike Maker reported Sunday morning that things were "all well" at the nearby Trackside Training Center for his trio of Kentucky Derby possibilities.

Vicar's in Trouble worked five furlongs on Trackside's fast dirt in 1:00 2/5 Saturday and is scheduled to breeze under the Twin Spires on April 26 along with stablemate Harry's Holiday.

Vicar's in Trouble is exiting an easy 3 1/2-length score in the Louisiana Derby on March 29 at Fair Grounds, while Harry's Holiday missed by just a nose in Turfway Park's Spiral before returning three weeks later to be a well-beaten 13th in the April 12 Blue Grass at Keeneland.

Fellow Maker pupil General a Rod, who has been trading decisions with Wildcat Red down in Florida, is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs on Tuesday or Wednesday. The Roman Ruler colt was third in the Florida Derby in his most recent effort.

In other Derby news:

Ride On Curlin, runner-up to Danza in the Arkansas Derby, galloped after the renovation break at Churchill Downs under exercise rider Bryan Beccia for trainer Billy Gowan on Sunday.

The bay son of Curlin, who arrived at Churchill last Monday, is scheduled to work next Saturday or Sunday depending on weather according to Gowan. Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider Calvin Borel has the mount for Derby 140.

Chitu, a 2 1/4-length winner of the Sunland Derby, galloped after the morning renovation break with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez up for trainer Bob Baffert. Following Chitu out was Bayern, who also galloped.

A 15-length allowance scorer prior to finishing third while making his stakes bow in the Arkansas Derby, Bayern stands 24th on the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" leaderboard and would need several defections to gain a spot in the Derby starting gate should his connections opt to enter.

Scheduled to arrive Monday from California for Baffert is Hoppertunity, winner of the Rebel and runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby.

Tapiture galloped Sunday morning and is scheduled to work Monday morning shortly after 6 a.m. (EDT) for trainer Steve Asmussen. The Tapit chestnut put together back-to-back wins in the Kentucky Jockey Club and Southwest before finishing a half-length second in the Rebel and fourth in the Arkansas Derby.

Transylvania hero Medal Count, who returned a week later to be runner-up in the Blue Grass at Keeneland, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar for trainer Dale Romans.

Commanding Curve, third in the Louisiana Derby in his most recent start, jogged before the renovation break under exercise rider Pedro Velez for trainer Dallas Stewart. The Master Command ridgling stands 22nd on the Derby leaderboard.

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Wildcat Red, Intense Holiday, We Miss Artie put in final Florida works

Wildcat Red led a Derby worktab in Florida (Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Grade 2 hero Wildcat Red completed the Florida portion of his preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 3 by working a half-mile in :48 3/5 over Gulfstream Park's fast main track on Sunday.

"He went very nicely, very easy," trainer Jose Garrofalo said. "Luis Saez was up and I got him in :48 and change."

Wildcat Red was reunited with Saez for the first time since they teamed for a front-running victory in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream on February 22. Under a motionless Saez, Wildcat Red breezed the half-mile before galloping out five furlongs in 1:02 1/5.

"He was flying. The good thing was: he got his last eighth in 11-flat," Garoffalo said following the Florida-bred colt's first workout since finishing a close second in the March 29 Florida Derby. "That's all we needed. We don't need anything more than that."

Saez became available to ride Wildcat Red in the first leg of the Triple Crown Saturday, when Cairo Prince was withdrawn with an ankle injury. The 21-year-old rising riding star, who expressed his sadness for Cairo Prince's owners and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, was pleased with Wildcat Red's workout Sunday.

"He's a nice horse. He worked really good," said Saez, who had already been scheduled to ride on Sunday's Easter Day card when Garoffalo gave him a call Saturday. "He seems better now than when I rode him."

Saez, who had ridden Cairo Prince to a dominating triumph in the Holy Bull at Gulfstream on January 18 before his disappointing fifth in the Florida Derby, was always Garoffalo's first choice to ride Wildcat Red. When Cairo Prince qualified on points for the Derby field last week, Garoffalo and Wildcat Red's owner, Honors Stable Corp., turned to Rafael Bejarano earlier in the week, only to make a switch and give the mount to Saez Saturday.

"He's a great rider. He's a smart guy. Remember, he's still such a young guy. He's so mature for his age. All the time, he was my first choice since the Fountain of Youth. But we couldn't get together because he had a commitment to the other horse, Cairo Prince, in the Florida Derby," Garoffalo explained. "Now, he's open, so why not put him on the horse?"

Wildcat Red, who has been no worse than second in seven starts since breaking his maiden by eight lengths at Gulfstream last September 14, has been ridden by five different riders in his last five races.

"This is what I've been trying to do all along -- get a steady rider," Garoffalo noted. "I've been trying to get a rider who'd stay on the horse, but we never did...until now. Now, we have Luis and hopefully everything will work out all right."

Garoffalo said Wildcat Red will walk Monday and ship to Kentucky after walking Tuesday morning. Saez is scheduled to be aboard the bay son of D'wildcat for his final workout before the 140th edition of the Run for the Roses next Saturday or Sunday at Churchill.

"I will be there after the sale in Ocala on Thursday or Friday," Garrofalo remarked. "I will work him there Saturday or Sunday, depending on the weather.

"It's very exciting, but at the same time it's a lot of work. You have to take care of every detail," he added. "At this level of competition, you have to be very focused and concentrate on everything, all the small details."

Garoffalo, who is preparing to saddle his first horse for the Derby, will be making his second trip to Churchill Downs, where he saddled Yara for a troubled off-the-board finish in the 2012 Kentucky Oaks.

"That experience is helping me a lot. I think it was a gift of God to give me that experience," he said. "Even though it may not be the same situation, it gave me the experience to handle the situation the next time, which is now, because you know where you're going, you know the track, and you know the environment."

Trainer Todd Pletcher also sent two of his Derby hopefuls out to work in Florida on Sunday. Intense Holiday and We Miss Artie both took to the Palm Meadows' fast dirt in their final Sunshine State moves before the first Saturday in May.

Intense Holiday is but one of three possible Derby runners for Todd Pletcher (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)

Risen Star victor Intense Holiday was caught in :48 3/5 working a half-mile in company with Micromanage, while Spiral star We Miss Artie clocked five furlongs in 1:01 in company with Capo Bastone.

John Velazquez has the Derby mount on Intense Holiday while Javier Castellano has picked up the call on We Miss Artie.

The duo are expected to join stablemate and Arkansas Derby hero Danza at Churchill Downs on Tuesday. That chestnut son of Street Boss galloped a little more than 1 1/4 miles after the morning renovation break at Churchill on Sunday with exercise rider Nick Bush aboard.

Trainer Mike Maker reported Sunday morning that things were "all well" at the nearby Trackside Training Center for his trio of Kentucky Derby possibilities.

Vicar's in Trouble worked five furlongs on Trackside's fast dirt in 1:00 2/5 Saturday and is scheduled to breeze under the Twin Spires on April 26 along with stablemate Harry's Holiday.

Vicar's in Trouble is exiting an easy 3 1/2-length score in the Louisiana Derby on March 29 at Fair Grounds, while Harry's Holiday missed by just a nose in Turfway Park's Spiral before returning three weeks later to be a well-beaten 13th in the April 12 Blue Grass at Keeneland.

Fellow Maker pupil General a Rod, who has been trading decisions with Wildcat Red down in Florida, is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs on Tuesday or Wednesday. The Roman Ruler colt was third in the Florida Derby in his most recent effort.

In other Derby news:

Ride On Curlin, runner-up to Danza in the Arkansas Derby, galloped after the renovation break at Churchill Downs under exercise rider Bryan Beccia for trainer Billy Gowan on Sunday.

The bay son of Curlin, who arrived at Churchill last Monday, is scheduled to work next Saturday or Sunday depending on weather according to Gowan. Three-time Kentucky Derby-winning rider Calvin Borel has the mount for Derby 140.

Chitu, a 2 1/4-length winner of the Sunland Derby, galloped after the morning renovation break with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez up for trainer Bob Baffert. Following Chitu out was Bayern, who also galloped.

A 15-length allowance scorer prior to finishing third while making his stakes bow in the Arkansas Derby, Bayern stands 24th on the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" leaderboard and would need several defections to gain a spot in the Derby starting gate should his connections opt to enter.

Scheduled to arrive Monday from California for Baffert is Hoppertunity, winner of the Rebel and runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby.

Tapiture galloped Sunday morning and is scheduled to work Monday morning shortly after 6 a.m. (EDT) for trainer Steve Asmussen. The Tapit chestnut put together back-to-back wins in the Kentucky Jockey Club and Southwest before finishing a half-length second in the Rebel and fourth in the Arkansas Derby.

Transylvania hero Medal Count, who returned a week later to be runner-up in the Blue Grass at Keeneland, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar for trainer Dale Romans.

Commanding Curve, third in the Louisiana Derby in his most recent start, jogged before the renovation break under exercise rider Pedro Velez for trainer Dallas Stewart. The Master Command ridgling stands 22nd on the Derby leaderboard.

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'Fate' could give Nakatani first Derby win; White announces his Derby odds

Nakatani is hoping Dance With Fate will be his first Derby winner (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Corey Nakatani will seek his first Kentucky Derby victory in his 17th attempt when he rides Blue Grass winner Dance With Fate in the Run for the Roses on May 3 at Churchill Downs.

Although he's 43, the native of Covina, California, is riding with the vim and vigor of someone half his age. Anyone who doubts his crafty competitiveness need only look at his courageously cunning victory aboard Flamboyant at 6-1 in Saturday's La Puente at Santa Anita Park.

Going into Sunday's finale of Santa Anita's winter meet, Nakatani ranked seventh in the standings with 34 wins and was second in stakes wins with eight. Nationally, he was 10th in purse earnings through April 19 with $2,951,201

He hopes to start a new run when he rides Halo Dolly for Jerry Hollendorfer in the $100,000 Fran's Valentine Stakes for California-bred or sired fillies and mares next Saturday, the second day of Santa Anita Anita's inaugural spring meet that begins Friday with twilight racing at 3 p.m. (PDT).

Halo Dolly, a veritable win machine with 18 victories from 37 lifetime starts, won the Dream of Summer Stakes at one mile on the main track March 23 with Nakatani aboard. The Fran's Valentine will be decided at the same distance, but on turf, where Halo Dolly has won 11 times from 22 starts.

"She's a real classy filly," said Nakatani, who rode the six-year-old California-bred daughter of Popular to a 1 1/2-length victory in the Dream of Summer.

"She does whatever they ask her to do. She can run on any surface, I believe. When I got beat on her (fourth in the Gamely last May) behind Marketing Mix, Tiz Flirtatious and Lady Shamrock, they're pretty good fillies, so I think she'll put her best foot forward on Saturday and hopefully win another race."

As one of Hollendorfer's go-to riders, droughts in the winner's circle are rare occurrences for Nakatani. The 67-year-old Hollendorfer, one of only five trainers with more than 6,000 career victories, is a staunch believer in Vince Lombardi's credo that "Winning is the only thing."

"Anytime you get a chance to ride for a Hall of Famer, and someone who's got as much passion as Jerry does, at his age, it's a definite plus," Nakatani said. "He's out there every morning, he works hard and he has a passion for winning just like the riders. He's competitive and it's a pleasure to ride for him."

All that's well and good, but Nakatani is still focused on every rider's dream -- winning the Kentucky Derby, which he hopes to do with trainer Pete Eurton's Dance With Fate.

"The horse earned his way to the Derby," Nakatani asserted. "It's not like they gave him a spot in the race. He won a Grade 1 prep that has as much tradition as there is. After I looked at his past performances again, and the way he ran in the Blue Grass, he deserves a shot. He earned his way into the Derby. That was my feeling. He's got the right style.

"As long as he gets over the (Churchill Downs) surface well and I can give myself a position to track a few that are busy from Point A to Point B, I think he'll give a good account of himself."

If nothing else, Nakatani has history on his side. His agent, Tony Matos, has represented riders who have won the Kentucky Derby six times" Angel Cordero Jr. (Cannonade, 1974, and Bold Forbes, 1976); Laffit Pincay Jr. (Swale, 1984); Kent Desormeaux (Real Quiet, 1998 and Fusaichi Pegasus, 2000); and Victor Espinoza (War Emblem, 2002).

Despite Nakatani riding in the race, Santa Anita's morning-line oddsmaker Jon White has listed California Chrome as his personal 5-2 favorite with regard to his current odds for the Kentucky Derby.

"There is absolutely no question California Chrome, who was so impressive when he won the Santa Anita Derby, is going to be the Kentucky Derby favorite," said White, who again will be making the official morning-lines for this year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita November 1-2.

"California Chrome heads into the Kentucky Derby having run not one, not two, not three, but four big races in a row. I started him off as a 7-2 favorite Kentucky Derby favorite, then lowered him to 3-1 after Constitution dropped out. And then, after Cairo Prince also dropped out, I lowered California Chrome again, this time to 5-2.

"What's really up in the air is who will be second favorite. Both Constitution and Cairo Prince would have been in the running for second favoritism. I'm thinking the second favorite might be Hoppertunity or Wicked Strong.

"I have those two at the same price, 8-1. Or, then again, it might turn out to be somebody else. That would not surprise me."

Here are White's current Kentucky Derby odds: California Chrome (5-2), Hoppertunity (8-1), Wicked Strong (8-1), Danza (12-1), Vicar's in Trouble (12-1), Dance With Fate (15-1), General a Rod (15-1), Samraat (15-1), Tapiture (15-1), Wildcat Red (15-1), Candy Boy (20-1), Intense Holiday (20-1), Medal Count (20-1), Ride On Curlin (20-1), Uncle Sigh (20-1), Chitu (30-1), Harry's Holiday (30-1), Ring Weekend (30-1), Vinceramos (30-1), We Miss Artie (30-1).

Churchill Downs' Mike Battaglia will announce the official morning-line for the Derby after post positions are drawn on April 30 for the 1 1/4-mile classic.

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'Fate' could give Nakatani first Derby win; White announces his Derby odds

Nakatani is hoping Dance With Fate will be his first Derby winner (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Corey Nakatani will seek his first Kentucky Derby victory in his 17th attempt when he rides Blue Grass winner Dance With Fate in the Run for the Roses on May 3 at Churchill Downs.

Although he's 43, the native of Covina, California, is riding with the vim and vigor of someone half his age. Anyone who doubts his crafty competitiveness need only look at his courageously cunning victory aboard Flamboyant at 6-1 in Saturday's La Puente at Santa Anita Park.

Going into Sunday's finale of Santa Anita's winter meet, Nakatani ranked seventh in the standings with 34 wins and was second in stakes wins with eight. Nationally, he was 10th in purse earnings through April 19 with $2,951,201

He hopes to start a new run when he rides Halo Dolly for Jerry Hollendorfer in the $100,000 Fran's Valentine Stakes for California-bred or sired fillies and mares next Saturday, the second day of Santa Anita Anita's inaugural spring meet that begins Friday with twilight racing at 3 p.m. (PDT).

Halo Dolly, a veritable win machine with 18 victories from 37 lifetime starts, won the Dream of Summer Stakes at one mile on the main track March 23 with Nakatani aboard. The Fran's Valentine will be decided at the same distance, but on turf, where Halo Dolly has won 11 times from 22 starts.

"She's a real classy filly," said Nakatani, who rode the six-year-old California-bred daughter of Popular to a 1 1/2-length victory in the Dream of Summer.

"She does whatever they ask her to do. She can run on any surface, I believe. When I got beat on her (fourth in the Gamely last May) behind Marketing Mix, Tiz Flirtatious and Lady Shamrock, they're pretty good fillies, so I think she'll put her best foot forward on Saturday and hopefully win another race."

As one of Hollendorfer's go-to riders, droughts in the winner's circle are rare occurrences for Nakatani. The 67-year-old Hollendorfer, one of only five trainers with more than 6,000 career victories, is a staunch believer in Vince Lombardi's credo that "Winning is the only thing."

"Anytime you get a chance to ride for a Hall of Famer, and someone who's got as much passion as Jerry does, at his age, it's a definite plus," Nakatani said. "He's out there every morning, he works hard and he has a passion for winning just like the riders. He's competitive and it's a pleasure to ride for him."

All that's well and good, but Nakatani is still focused on every rider's dream -- winning the Kentucky Derby, which he hopes to do with trainer Pete Eurton's Dance With Fate.

"The horse earned his way to the Derby," Nakatani asserted. "It's not like they gave him a spot in the race. He won a Grade 1 prep that has as much tradition as there is. After I looked at his past performances again, and the way he ran in the Blue Grass, he deserves a shot. He earned his way into the Derby. That was my feeling. He's got the right style.

"As long as he gets over the (Churchill Downs) surface well and I can give myself a position to track a few that are busy from Point A to Point B, I think he'll give a good account of himself."

If nothing else, Nakatani has history on his side. His agent, Tony Matos, has represented riders who have won the Kentucky Derby six times" Angel Cordero Jr. (Cannonade, 1974, and Bold Forbes, 1976); Laffit Pincay Jr. (Swale, 1984); Kent Desormeaux (Real Quiet, 1998 and Fusaichi Pegasus, 2000); and Victor Espinoza (War Emblem, 2002).

Despite Nakatani riding in the race, Santa Anita's morning-line oddsmaker Jon White has listed California Chrome as his personal 5-2 favorite with regard to his current odds for the Kentucky Derby.

"There is absolutely no question California Chrome, who was so impressive when he won the Santa Anita Derby, is going to be the Kentucky Derby favorite," said White, who again will be making the official morning-lines for this year's Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita November 1-2.

"California Chrome heads into the Kentucky Derby having run not one, not two, not three, but four big races in a row. I started him off as a 7-2 favorite Kentucky Derby favorite, then lowered him to 3-1 after Constitution dropped out. And then, after Cairo Prince also dropped out, I lowered California Chrome again, this time to 5-2.

"What's really up in the air is who will be second favorite. Both Constitution and Cairo Prince would have been in the running for second favoritism. I'm thinking the second favorite might be Hoppertunity or Wicked Strong.

"I have those two at the same price, 8-1. Or, then again, it might turn out to be somebody else. That would not surprise me."

Here are White's current Kentucky Derby odds: California Chrome (5-2), Hoppertunity (8-1), Wicked Strong (8-1), Danza (12-1), Vicar's in Trouble (12-1), Dance With Fate (15-1), General a Rod (15-1), Samraat (15-1), Tapiture (15-1), Wildcat Red (15-1), Candy Boy (20-1), Intense Holiday (20-1), Medal Count (20-1), Ride On Curlin (20-1), Uncle Sigh (20-1), Chitu (30-1), Harry's Holiday (30-1), Ring Weekend (30-1), Vinceramos (30-1), We Miss Artie (30-1).

Churchill Downs' Mike Battaglia will announce the official morning-line for the Derby after post positions are drawn on April 30 for the 1 1/4-mile classic.

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Beholder cruises in Santa Lucia return victory

Beholder captured her seasonal debut with ears pricked (Benoit Photos)

Beholder threw her hat in the ring for top distaffer honors on Sunday when cantering home the most effortless of winners in Santa Anita Park's $80,500 Santa Lucia following a more than five-month break. The bay miss turned the 1 1/16-mile contest into a paid workout, sailing home under a motionless Gary Stevens in 1:42 3/5 on the fast dirt.

Beholder gave notice of what was to come last November at Santa Anita when denying multiple Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta a third straight Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic triumph. The Henny Hughes filly romped by 4 1/4 lengths in the Distaff, subsequently earning a second Eclipse Award as champion three-year-old filly to go with her champion two-year-old filly trophy, and was given a couple of months off before returning to the worktab in late February.

Trainer Richard Mandella took his time with Beholder, and her much anticipated return to action went off flawlessly.

Beholder broke with the rest of the five-horse field, depleted by the scratches of Eblouissante and Magic Union, before her natural speed kicked in and she gained a slight lead. Legacy came running up her inside, though, and proceeded to take command of the race rounding the first turn. Beholder was content to bide her time in second as Legacy set splits of :23 2/5 and :47, then began whittling away at that rival's advantage under her own power.

A beaming Gary Stevens was full of praise for Beholder following the Santa Lucia (Benoit Photos)

Heading into the final turn Beholder had pulled herself even with Legacy and quickly drew off while still under what appeared to be a gallop. The four-year-old bay was never asked and finished 5 1/4 lengths in front of Legacy, who had 4 3/4 lengths to spare on third-placer Irish Presence. Moulin de Mougin came next and City at Dawn trailed home in last.

Beholder is now 9-3-0 from 13 lifetime starts, with her only non-top two finish coming as a fourth in her career debut in June 2012. Since then the Spendthrift Farm colorbearer has reeled off wins in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Distaff, Grade 1 victories in the Las Virgenes, Santa Anita Oaks and Zenyatta, and a tough-beat half-length second in last year's Kentucky Oaks to Princess of Sylmar, whom she gained a measure of revenge against by defeating in the Distaff.

With $3,123,300 in earnings to her credit, Beholder is expected to face Princess of Sylmar and fellow four-year-old Close Hatches, who ran second in the 2013 Distaff, on June 7 in Belmont Park's Grade 1, $1 million Ogden Phipps going 8 1/2 furlongs.

Bred by Clarkland Farm, Beholder came to B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm as an $180,000 Keeneland September yearling. The Kentucky-bred miss is out of the stakes-winning Tricky Creek mare Leslie's Lady, making her a half-sister to Grade 1-scoring sire Into Mischief as well as the dam of this year's Kentucky Derby hopeful and Spiral runner-up Harry's Holiday.

This is the same female family as yet another Grade 1-winning stallion in Roanoke.

Beholder's fifth dam is Patelin, from whom is descended the likes of champion Pleasant Stage as well as Grade 1 scorers A Phenomenon, Seattle Meteor, Marsh Side, Pillaster and Classy Play.

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Beholder cruises in Santa Lucia return victory

Beholder captured her seasonal debut with ears pricked (Benoit Photos)

Beholder threw her hat in the ring for top distaffer honors on Sunday when cantering home the most effortless of winners in Santa Anita Park's $80,500 Santa Lucia following a more than five-month break. The bay miss turned the 1 1/16-mile contest into a paid workout, sailing home under a motionless Gary Stevens in 1:42 3/5 on the fast dirt.

Beholder gave notice of what was to come last November at Santa Anita when denying multiple Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta a third straight Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic triumph. The Henny Hughes filly romped by 4 1/4 lengths in the Distaff, subsequently earning a second Eclipse Award as champion three-year-old filly to go with her champion two-year-old filly trophy, and was given a couple of months off before returning to the worktab in late February.

Trainer Richard Mandella took his time with Beholder, and her much anticipated return to action went off flawlessly.

Beholder broke with the rest of the five-horse field, depleted by the scratches of Eblouissante and Magic Union, before her natural speed kicked in and she gained a slight lead. Legacy came running up her inside, though, and proceeded to take command of the race rounding the first turn. Beholder was content to bide her time in second as Legacy set splits of :23 2/5 and :47, then began whittling away at that rival's advantage under her own power.

A beaming Gary Stevens was full of praise for Beholder following the Santa Lucia (Benoit Photos)

Heading into the final turn Beholder had pulled herself even with Legacy and quickly drew off while still under what appeared to be a gallop. The four-year-old bay was never asked and finished 5 1/4 lengths in front of Legacy, who had 4 3/4 lengths to spare on third-placer Irish Presence. Moulin de Mougin came next and City at Dawn trailed home in last.

Beholder is now 9-3-0 from 13 lifetime starts, with her only non-top two finish coming as a fourth in her career debut in June 2012. Since then the Spendthrift Farm colorbearer has reeled off wins in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Distaff, Grade 1 victories in the Las Virgenes, Santa Anita Oaks and Zenyatta, and a tough-beat half-length second in last year's Kentucky Oaks to Princess of Sylmar, whom she gained a measure of revenge against by defeating in the Distaff.

With $3,123,300 in earnings to her credit, Beholder is expected to face Princess of Sylmar and fellow four-year-old Close Hatches, who ran second in the 2013 Distaff, on June 7 in Belmont Park's Grade 1, $1 million Ogden Phipps going 8 1/2 furlongs.

Bred by Clarkland Farm, Beholder came to B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm as an $180,000 Keeneland September yearling. The Kentucky-bred miss is out of the stakes-winning Tricky Creek mare Leslie's Lady, making her a half-sister to Grade 1-scoring sire Into Mischief as well as the dam of this year's Kentucky Derby hopeful and Spiral runner-up Harry's Holiday.

This is the same female family as yet another Grade 1-winning stallion in Roanoke.

Beholder's fifth dam is Patelin, from whom is descended the likes of champion Pleasant Stage as well as Grade 1 scorers A Phenomenon, Seattle Meteor, Marsh Side, Pillaster and Classy Play.

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Untapable breezes under the Twin Spires for Oaks

Untapable and Rosie Napravnik took a spin around Churchill on Sunday (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Multiple Grade 2 heroine Untapable tuned up for her scheduled run in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks with a sharp five-furlong work at Churchill Downs on Sunday under jockey Rosie Napravnik.

Untapable was accompanied by a workmate when she entered the track at approximately 6 a.m. (EDT) with trainer Steve Asmussen's second set of horses. The bay daughter of Tapit covered the distance in 1:00 over the fast track and her move ranked as third fastest of 51 at the distance.

Untapable covered the distance in fractional times of :12 2/5, :24 2/5 and :36 2/5 and hit the finish line approximately nine lengths in front of her workmate. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:13 3/5.

"It is a remedy that we've been using all winter is to let Rosie work her a couple of weeks out (from a race)," Asmussen explained. "With how it's been working, we wanted her to stay on the same path and it's because of how talented (Untapable) is. You've got to let her do something sometime.

"She's a tremendously talented filly that's traveling extremely well. There's no denying her ability and this is more of the same. This is what we've seen all winter. She's just exceptional."

Untapable carries an unbeaten record at Churchill Downs heading into the Kentucky Oaks. She won her career debut at the track last June 20 and returned on September 7 to take the Pocahontas in her next outing.

The Kentucky-bred lass turned in the only poor effort of her career when eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita last fall. She rebounded with a solid third-place run in the Hollywood Starlet and enters the Oaks unbeaten in her two stakes starts at Fair Grounds this season -- a 9 1/2-length romp in the Rachel Alexandra and a 7 3/4-length triumph in the Fair Grounds Oaks.

Asmussen said Untapable's final Kentucky Oaks work is scheduled for April 27.

Got Lucky and My Miss Sophia walked the shedrow at trainer Todd Pletcher's barn Sunday, one day after posting :48 half-mile works under the Twin Spires. Ginny DePasquale, assistant to Pletcher, reported both fillies came out of the works in good order.

A third Pletcher Oaks hopeful, unbeaten Gulfstream Park Oaks heroine In Tune, is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

Thank You Marylou exited her Saturday :49 4/5 half-mile breeze at the Trackside Training Center in good order, according to trainer Mike Maker. The Birdstone filly was third most recently in the Ashland at Keeneland.

In other Oaks news:

Fantasy winner Sugar Shock galloped under exercise rider Seth VanDyke on Sunday. The Candy Ride filly did a two-minute lick for the final three-eighths of a mile.

Trainer Doug Anderson is scheduled to arrive in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday afternoon. Calvin Borel will have the mount in the Oaks.

Fantasy runner-up Kiss Moon is scheduled to work five furlongs at Churchill Monday morning at 8:30 p.m. with Julien Leparoux aboard for trainer David Vance. The filly galloped Sunday after the renovation break with Otto Thorwarth aboard.

Trainer Wayne Catalano's two Kentucky Oaks hopefuls -- Aurelia's Belle and Room Service -- galloped after the morning renovation break with Calamity Compton aboard both fillies. They each worked half-miles at Churchill last Wednesday, with Bourbonette Oaks queen Aurelia's Belle getting a time of :48 4/5 and Room Service credited with :49 1/5.

"I didn't want to do too much with them being it was the first work on the dirt here," said Catalano, whose son-in-law Channing Hill will ride Aurelia's Belle in the Oaks.

Catalano said Shaun Bridgmohan, who was aboard Room Service for her seven-length, dead-heat victory in the Ashland at Keeneland in her most recent start, would have the mount should the More Than Ready filly make her dirt debut in the Oaks.

Fiftyshadesofgold jogged under exercise rider Sara Escudero early Sunday morning. Bret Calhoun trains the My Golden Song filly, who has had two works at Churchill since finishing second in the March 29 Fair Grounds Oaks. According to assistant Tom Morgan, the filly is scheduled to work again Friday.

Fair Grounds Oaks third-placer Unbridled Forever galloped after the renovation break under Pedro Velez for trainer Dallas Stewart.

Sunland Park Oaks winner Awesome Baby and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies vixen Ria Antonia are scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Monday from their Southern California base for trainer Bob Baffert, according to exercise rider Jorge Alvarez.

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Untapable breezes under the Twin Spires for Oaks

Untapable and Rosie Napravnik took a spin around Churchill on Sunday (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Multiple Grade 2 heroine Untapable tuned up for her scheduled run in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks with a sharp five-furlong work at Churchill Downs on Sunday under jockey Rosie Napravnik.

Untapable was accompanied by a workmate when she entered the track at approximately 6 a.m. (EDT) with trainer Steve Asmussen's second set of horses. The bay daughter of Tapit covered the distance in 1:00 over the fast track and her move ranked as third fastest of 51 at the distance.

Untapable covered the distance in fractional times of :12 2/5, :24 2/5 and :36 2/5 and hit the finish line approximately nine lengths in front of her workmate. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:13 3/5.

"It is a remedy that we've been using all winter is to let Rosie work her a couple of weeks out (from a race)," Asmussen explained. "With how it's been working, we wanted her to stay on the same path and it's because of how talented (Untapable) is. You've got to let her do something sometime.

"She's a tremendously talented filly that's traveling extremely well. There's no denying her ability and this is more of the same. This is what we've seen all winter. She's just exceptional."

Untapable carries an unbeaten record at Churchill Downs heading into the Kentucky Oaks. She won her career debut at the track last June 20 and returned on September 7 to take the Pocahontas in her next outing.

The Kentucky-bred lass turned in the only poor effort of her career when eighth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita last fall. She rebounded with a solid third-place run in the Hollywood Starlet and enters the Oaks unbeaten in her two stakes starts at Fair Grounds this season -- a 9 1/2-length romp in the Rachel Alexandra and a 7 3/4-length triumph in the Fair Grounds Oaks.

Asmussen said Untapable's final Kentucky Oaks work is scheduled for April 27.

Got Lucky and My Miss Sophia walked the shedrow at trainer Todd Pletcher's barn Sunday, one day after posting :48 half-mile works under the Twin Spires. Ginny DePasquale, assistant to Pletcher, reported both fillies came out of the works in good order.

A third Pletcher Oaks hopeful, unbeaten Gulfstream Park Oaks heroine In Tune, is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

Thank You Marylou exited her Saturday :49 4/5 half-mile breeze at the Trackside Training Center in good order, according to trainer Mike Maker. The Birdstone filly was third most recently in the Ashland at Keeneland.

In other Oaks news:

Fantasy winner Sugar Shock galloped under exercise rider Seth VanDyke on Sunday. The Candy Ride filly did a two-minute lick for the final three-eighths of a mile.

Trainer Doug Anderson is scheduled to arrive in Louisville, Kentucky, on Sunday afternoon. Calvin Borel will have the mount in the Oaks.

Fantasy runner-up Kiss Moon is scheduled to work five furlongs at Churchill Monday morning at 8:30 p.m. with Julien Leparoux aboard for trainer David Vance. The filly galloped Sunday after the renovation break with Otto Thorwarth aboard.

Trainer Wayne Catalano's two Kentucky Oaks hopefuls -- Aurelia's Belle and Room Service -- galloped after the morning renovation break with Calamity Compton aboard both fillies. They each worked half-miles at Churchill last Wednesday, with Bourbonette Oaks queen Aurelia's Belle getting a time of :48 4/5 and Room Service credited with :49 1/5.

"I didn't want to do too much with them being it was the first work on the dirt here," said Catalano, whose son-in-law Channing Hill will ride Aurelia's Belle in the Oaks.

Catalano said Shaun Bridgmohan, who was aboard Room Service for her seven-length, dead-heat victory in the Ashland at Keeneland in her most recent start, would have the mount should the More Than Ready filly make her dirt debut in the Oaks.

Fiftyshadesofgold jogged under exercise rider Sara Escudero early Sunday morning. Bret Calhoun trains the My Golden Song filly, who has had two works at Churchill since finishing second in the March 29 Fair Grounds Oaks. According to assistant Tom Morgan, the filly is scheduled to work again Friday.

Fair Grounds Oaks third-placer Unbridled Forever galloped after the renovation break under Pedro Velez for trainer Dallas Stewart.

Sunland Park Oaks winner Awesome Baby and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies vixen Ria Antonia are scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Monday from their Southern California base for trainer Bob Baffert, according to exercise rider Jorge Alvarez.

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Zenyatta gives birth to filly on Easter

Zenyatta's daughter by War Front arrived just after midnight (Courtesy of Kyle Acebo/Zenyatta.com)
The legendary racemare Zenyatta produced her third foal, a filly by War Front, just after midnight on Easter Sunday. The new arrival is her first daughter, following a pair of colts -- a juvenile by Bernardini named Cozmic One and a yearling by Tapit who was just named Ziconic.

Team Zenyatta announced the happy news via Twitter:

"The Queen has a princess! Zenyatta delivered a filly by War Front at 12:03 am. #EasterBaby #Zenyatta."

The eagerly-awaited foal is by one of the world's hottest stallions. A 12-year-old son of Danzig, War Front has sired European standout Declaration of War, a massive third in last fall's Breeders' Cup Classic; Grade 1 stars The Factor, Data Link and Summer Soiree; millionaires Departing and Lines of Battle; and such current European classic hopefuls as Dewhurst hero War Command and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf runner-up Giovanni Boldini.

War Command and Giovanni Boldini are trained by top Irish horseman Aidan O'Brien, who was also the trainer of Declaration of War (now retired to stud at Coolmore in Ireland) and Lines of Battle (now racing for new connections in Hong Kong under the name of Helene Super Star).

Given the success that O'Brien has had with the progeny of War Front, it's no surprise that his Coolmore patrons have opened the checkbook to purchase more of them at public auction. Coolmore's M.V. Magnier went to $2.5 million for the overall top seller at Keeneland last September, a War Front colt out of Blading Gold Ring, who has been named Treaty of Rome. Just last Thursday at Tattersalls in England, Coolmore interests snapped up a War Front colt for 1.15 million guineas -- a European record price for a two-year-old in training sale.

War Front stands at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky, for a fee of $150,000, stands and nurses. Zenyatta resides at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky.

Now 10 years old, Zenyatta amassed a huge fan following during her Hall of Fame-worthy career. Trained by John Shirreffs for Jerry and Ann Moss, the charismatic mare won her first 19 races in a row, with her trademark come-from-behind flair. Among her 13 Grade 1 triumphs were two Breeders' Cup wins, in the 2008 Ladies' Classic and the 2009 Classic over males. Zenyatta suffered her only loss in her 20th and final start, her title defense in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic, where she roared from an apparently hopeless last to miss by an agonizing head to Blame.

Voted the 2010 Horse of the Year, Zenyatta also earned her third consecutive Eclipse Award as champion older mare that season. The daughter of Street Cry remains North America's richest racemare with earnings of $7,304,580.

Zenyatta began her broodmare career by visiting Bernardini in 2011. The resulting colt, Cozmic One, was born on March 8, 2012. A dark bay like his dam,  he is currently in his early training at Mayberry Farm in Florida, and fans can follow his progress at Zenyatta.com.

Bred back to Tapit, Zenyatta delivered a chestnut colt on April 1, 2013, which also happened to be her ninth birthday. Jerry Moss has given the yearling the evocative name of Ziconic, as it was announced last Wednesday.

Zenyatta's newborn filly has an intriguing pedigree pattern. Aside from the inbreeding to Mr. Prospector, which Cozmic One and Ziconic likewise have, the daughter of War Front is also inbred to the great Argentinean import *Forli.

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Zenyatta gives birth to filly on Easter

Zenyatta's daughter by War Front arrived just after midnight (Courtesy of Kyle Acebo/Zenyatta.com)
The legendary racemare Zenyatta produced her third foal, a filly by War Front, just after midnight on Easter Sunday. The new arrival is her first daughter, following a pair of colts -- a juvenile by Bernardini named Cozmic One and a yearling by Tapit who was just named Ziconic.

Team Zenyatta announced the happy news via Twitter:

"The Queen has a princess! Zenyatta delivered a filly by War Front at 12:03 am. #EasterBaby #Zenyatta."

The eagerly-awaited foal is by one of the world's hottest stallions. A 12-year-old son of Danzig, War Front has sired European standout Declaration of War, a massive third in last fall's Breeders' Cup Classic; Grade 1 stars The Factor, Data Link and Summer Soiree; millionaires Departing and Lines of Battle; and such current European classic hopefuls as Dewhurst hero War Command and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf runner-up Giovanni Boldini.

War Command and Giovanni Boldini are trained by top Irish horseman Aidan O'Brien, who was also the trainer of Declaration of War (now retired to stud at Coolmore in Ireland) and Lines of Battle (now racing for new connections in Hong Kong under the name of Helene Super Star).

Given the success that O'Brien has had with the progeny of War Front, it's no surprise that his Coolmore patrons have opened the checkbook to purchase more of them at public auction. Coolmore's M.V. Magnier went to $2.5 million for the overall top seller at Keeneland last September, a War Front colt out of Blading Gold Ring, who has been named Treaty of Rome. Just last Thursday at Tattersalls in England, Coolmore interests snapped up a War Front colt for 1.15 million guineas -- a European record price for a two-year-old in training sale.

War Front stands at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Kentucky, for a fee of $150,000, stands and nurses. Zenyatta resides at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Kentucky.

Now 10 years old, Zenyatta amassed a huge fan following during her Hall of Fame-worthy career. Trained by John Shirreffs for Jerry and Ann Moss, the charismatic mare won her first 19 races in a row, with her trademark come-from-behind flair. Among her 13 Grade 1 triumphs were two Breeders' Cup wins, in the 2008 Ladies' Classic and the 2009 Classic over males. Zenyatta suffered her only loss in her 20th and final start, her title defense in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic, where she roared from an apparently hopeless last to miss by an agonizing head to Blame.

Voted the 2010 Horse of the Year, Zenyatta also earned her third consecutive Eclipse Award as champion older mare that season. The daughter of Street Cry remains North America's richest racemare with earnings of $7,304,580.

Zenyatta began her broodmare career by visiting Bernardini in 2011. The resulting colt, Cozmic One, was born on March 8, 2012. A dark bay like his dam,  he is currently in his early training at Mayberry Farm in Florida, and fans can follow his progress at Zenyatta.com.

Bred back to Tapit, Zenyatta delivered a chestnut colt on April 1, 2013, which also happened to be her ninth birthday. Jerry Moss has given the yearling the evocative name of Ziconic, as it was announced last Wednesday.

Zenyatta's newborn filly has an intriguing pedigree pattern. Aside from the inbreeding to Mr. Prospector, which Cozmic One and Ziconic likewise have, the daughter of War Front is also inbred to the great Argentinean import *Forli.

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Isla Bonita strongest late in Satsuki Sho

Isla Bonita's only career loss came at the hands of highly-regarded filly Harp Star (Tomoya Moriuchi/Horsephotos.com)
Shadai Race Horse Co.'s homebred Isla Bonita, part of a four-way battle in midstretch of Sunday's Grade 1 Satsuki Sho, established his superiority inside the final furlong to claim the first jewel of the Japanese Triple Crown. In the process, he paid a handsome compliment to the filly Harp Star, who handed him his only career defeat so far.

Isla Bonita was dispatched as the 4-1 second choice in this classic at Nakayama, described as the Japanese Two Thousand Guineas. Favoritism went to another once-beaten colt, To the World. A son of champion mare To the Victory, To the World was the 5-2 choice despite breaking from post 17.

Win Full Bloom, drawn widest of all in post 18, sped to the early lead. Asia Express, last year's undefeated champion two-year-old colt, stalked in second after getting over from post 16. To the World settled in fourth, while Isla Bonita raced at the midpack point in the big field.

Turning for home, Asia Express challenged Win Full Bloom, and To the World likewise threatened down the lane. But Isla Bonita began to make headway for Masayoshi Ebina, and the blaze-faced dark bay soon joined the fray. The further they went, and met the rising ground, the stronger Isla Bonita looked. The son of Fuji Kiseki drew 1 1/4 lengths clear and completed about 1 1/4 miles on firm turf in 1:59.6.

"I tried to race him with his own pace until the first corner and took him to the outside to avoid the crowd," Ebina recapped. "He was responding well, and as I was able to race him toward the front, I urged him to go earlier. Although he seemed a bit distracted, he was able rally strongly with the other horses. He is able to run a smooth race and I think the Tokyo racecourse, where the Japanese Derby is held, will suit him well."

To the World edged a stubborn Win Full Bloom by a half-length for second. One and Only rattled home from last to grab fourth, posting the fastest final three-eighths in :34.3, and Staphanos also finished with interest for fifth.

Asia Express, a Florida-bred son of Henny Hughes who was trying to become the first foreign-bred to take the Satsuki Sho, was in the thick of contention for a long way. But his stamina limitations were likely exposed in the final yards, and he was relegated to sixth at the wire.

Isla Bonita now boasts a record of 6-5-1-0, ¥232,921,000. The Satsuki Sho marked his first attempt over a right-handed course. After capturing a newcomers' event at a metric mile at Tokyo last June, he made his stakes debut in the Grade 3 Niigata Nisai and beat all bar the highly-touted Harp Star. That piece of form looks even better now, considering that Harp Star just won the April 13 Oka Sho (Japanese One Thousand Guineas) and has her sights set on the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October.

Rebounding in the October 19 Icho Stakes back at Tokyo, Isla Bonita concluded his juvenile season with a neck decision in the Grade 3 Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai. The Hironori Kurita trainee kicked off 2014 on a winning note in the February 24 Kyodo News Service Hai, another Grade 3 at Tokyo, and extended his winning streak to four on Sunday.

The next leg of the Japanese Triple Crown, the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), is scheduled for June 1, and the series finale is the October 26 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) at Kyoto.

Isla Bonita is the first registered foal produced by Grade 2-placed stakes winner Isla Cozzene since her export to Japan. The Cozzene mare has two American-bred offspring, and both are stakes performers -- Montejo was black-type placed in Trinidad, Jealous Girl was a stakes victress at Penn National. Before they hit the track, Isla Cozzene was purchased by Nobuo Tsunoda for $77,000 as a broodmare at the 2009 Keeneland January Sale, as part of the reduction of Everest Stables.

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Isla Bonita strongest late in Satsuki Sho

Isla Bonita's only career loss came at the hands of highly-regarded filly Harp Star (Tomoya Moriuchi/Horsephotos.com)
Shadai Race Horse Co.'s homebred Isla Bonita, part of a four-way battle in midstretch of Sunday's Grade 1 Satsuki Sho, established his superiority inside the final furlong to claim the first jewel of the Japanese Triple Crown. In the process, he paid a handsome compliment to the filly Harp Star, who handed him his only career defeat so far.

Isla Bonita was dispatched as the 4-1 second choice in this classic at Nakayama, described as the Japanese Two Thousand Guineas. Favoritism went to another once-beaten colt, To the World. A son of champion mare To the Victory, To the World was the 5-2 choice despite breaking from post 17.

Win Full Bloom, drawn widest of all in post 18, sped to the early lead. Asia Express, last year's undefeated champion two-year-old colt, stalked in second after getting over from post 16. To the World settled in fourth, while Isla Bonita raced at the midpack point in the big field.

Turning for home, Asia Express challenged Win Full Bloom, and To the World likewise threatened down the lane. But Isla Bonita began to make headway for Masayoshi Ebina, and the blaze-faced dark bay soon joined the fray. The further they went, and met the rising ground, the stronger Isla Bonita looked. The son of Fuji Kiseki drew 1 1/4 lengths clear and completed about 1 1/4 miles on firm turf in 1:59.6.

"I tried to race him with his own pace until the first corner and took him to the outside to avoid the crowd," Ebina recapped. "He was responding well, and as I was able to race him toward the front, I urged him to go earlier. Although he seemed a bit distracted, he was able rally strongly with the other horses. He is able to run a smooth race and I think the Tokyo racecourse, where the Japanese Derby is held, will suit him well."

To the World edged a stubborn Win Full Bloom by a half-length for second. One and Only rattled home from last to grab fourth, posting the fastest final three-eighths in :34.3, and Staphanos also finished with interest for fifth.

Asia Express, a Florida-bred son of Henny Hughes who was trying to become the first foreign-bred to take the Satsuki Sho, was in the thick of contention for a long way. But his stamina limitations were likely exposed in the final yards, and he was relegated to sixth at the wire.

Isla Bonita now boasts a record of 6-5-1-0, ¥232,921,000. The Satsuki Sho marked his first attempt over a right-handed course. After capturing a newcomers' event at a metric mile at Tokyo last June, he made his stakes debut in the Grade 3 Niigata Nisai and beat all bar the highly-touted Harp Star. That piece of form looks even better now, considering that Harp Star just won the April 13 Oka Sho (Japanese One Thousand Guineas) and has her sights set on the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in October.

Rebounding in the October 19 Icho Stakes back at Tokyo, Isla Bonita concluded his juvenile season with a neck decision in the Grade 3 Tokyo Sports Hai Nisai. The Hironori Kurita trainee kicked off 2014 on a winning note in the February 24 Kyodo News Service Hai, another Grade 3 at Tokyo, and extended his winning streak to four on Sunday.

The next leg of the Japanese Triple Crown, the Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby), is scheduled for June 1, and the series finale is the October 26 Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) at Kyoto.

Isla Bonita is the first registered foal produced by Grade 2-placed stakes winner Isla Cozzene since her export to Japan. The Cozzene mare has two American-bred offspring, and both are stakes performers -- Montejo was black-type placed in Trinidad, Jealous Girl was a stakes victress at Penn National. Before they hit the track, Isla Cozzene was purchased by Nobuo Tsunoda for $77,000 as a broodmare at the 2009 Keeneland January Sale, as part of the reduction of Everest Stables.

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Cairo Prince to miss Derby with ankle injury

Cairo Prince is headed to Rood and Riddle, while his jockey Luis Saez switches to Wildcat Red (Natalie Fawkes/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Cairo Prince has sustained an ankle injury that will rule him out of the May 3 Kentucky Derby, Daily Racing Form's David Grening reported via Twitter.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin told Grening that Cairo Prince injured his left front ankle, and the colt is bound for Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, Kentucky, for "further evaluation."

Cairo Prince was listed 19th on the Derby list with 24 points to his credit. His defection now allows another Pioneerof the Nile colt, Vinceremos, to move up into the Derby field at number 20.

In another significant ramification, Cairo Prince's rider, Luis Saez, will now jump back on Wildcat Red. That colt's trainer, Jose Garoffalo, had been hoping to get Saez, since he had guided Wildcat Red to a hard-fought decision in the Fountain of Youth. When Saez was committed to Cairo Prince, Garoffalo lined up Rafael Bejarano for the Derby mount. But the Southern California-based rider has been replaced, now that Saez has become available.

Victorious in last fall's Nashua in his stakes debut, Cairo Prince missed by a nostril to Honor Code, who has likewise been sidelined by injury, in the November 30 Remsen. He kicked off his three-year-old campaign with a 5 3/4-length romp in the January 25 Holy Bull, prompting McLaughlin to describe him as his best-ever hope for the Kentucky Derby.

Darley subsequently purchased a majority share in the exciting prospect from his ownership group of Namcook Stables, Paul Braverman, Harvey A. Clarke and W. Craig Robertson III.

Opting to skip the February 22 Fountain of Youth, Cairo Prince trained up to the March 29 Florida Derby. He made his debut in the Godolphin colors in that Gulfstream Park feature, only to wind up a flat fourth as the 6-5 favorite. His subpar effort briefly jeopardized his chances of making the Kentucky Derby field, but thanks to a few defections, his 24-point total turned out to be sufficient.

Cairo Prince worked once since the Florida Derby, breezing a half-mile at Palm Meadows in :48 3/5 last Sunday.

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Cairo Prince to miss Derby with ankle injury

Cairo Prince is headed to Rood and Riddle, while his jockey Luis Saez switches to Wildcat Red (Natalie Fawkes/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Cairo Prince has sustained an ankle injury that will rule him out of the May 3 Kentucky Derby, Daily Racing Form's David Grening reported via Twitter.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin told Grening that Cairo Prince injured his left front ankle, and the colt is bound for Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, Kentucky, for "further evaluation."

Cairo Prince was listed 19th on the Derby list with 24 points to his credit. His defection now allows another Pioneerof the Nile colt, Vinceremos, to move up into the Derby field at number 20.

In another significant ramification, Cairo Prince's rider, Luis Saez, will now jump back on Wildcat Red. That colt's trainer, Jose Garoffalo, had been hoping to get Saez, since he had guided Wildcat Red to a hard-fought decision in the Fountain of Youth. When Saez was committed to Cairo Prince, Garoffalo lined up Rafael Bejarano for the Derby mount. But the Southern California-based rider has been replaced, now that Saez has become available.

Victorious in last fall's Nashua in his stakes debut, Cairo Prince missed by a nostril to Honor Code, who has likewise been sidelined by injury, in the November 30 Remsen. He kicked off his three-year-old campaign with a 5 3/4-length romp in the January 25 Holy Bull, prompting McLaughlin to describe him as his best-ever hope for the Kentucky Derby.

Darley subsequently purchased a majority share in the exciting prospect from his ownership group of Namcook Stables, Paul Braverman, Harvey A. Clarke and W. Craig Robertson III.

Opting to skip the February 22 Fountain of Youth, Cairo Prince trained up to the March 29 Florida Derby. He made his debut in the Godolphin colors in that Gulfstream Park feature, only to wind up a flat fourth as the 6-5 favorite. His subpar effort briefly jeopardized his chances of making the Kentucky Derby field, but thanks to a few defections, his 24-point total turned out to be sufficient.

Cairo Prince worked once since the Florida Derby, breezing a half-mile at Palm Meadows in :48 3/5 last Sunday.

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Breeding & Sales News

Dance With Fate's half-sister selling on Day 1 of OBS Spring

As last year's OBS Spring Sale graduate Dance With Fate heads to the Kentucky Derby, the 2014 OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training begins a four-day run on Monday.

Hip No.'s 1-302 will sell on Monday, Hips 303-604 are scheduled to enter the ring Tuesday, Hips 605-906 will get their turn Wednesday and Hips 907-1209 complete the sale on Thursday. All four sessions begin at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).

Dance With Fate is looking to follow in the footsteps of 2011 Spring graduate I'll Have Another, who went on to win the 2012 Derby and Preakness Stakes. Dance With Fate punched his ticket the Derby with victory in the recent Blue Grass at Keeneland. The Florida-bred colt by Two Step Salsa was purchased by Joseph Ciaglia Jr. for $120,000 out of the Best a Luck Farm consignment.

Of note is that Dance With Fate's half-sister PURSUING FATE (In Summation) is entered for Day 1 of the sale as Hip 25. The dark bay miss comes from the same consignment as her big brother and worked an eighth in :10 on the first day of the under tack show.

Other Spring Sale graduates in the headlines recently include catalog cover girl Fashion Plate, who added the Santa Anita Oaks to her earlier victory in Santa Anita's Las Virgenes in February. Racing for Arnold Zetcher LLC & Michael Tabor, the daughter of Old Fashioned was purchased by trainer Simon Callaghan for $340,000 out of the de Meric Sales consignment in 2013.

In all, Spring Sale graduates have long been a major force at North American racetracks, with 21 horses topping the million dollar mark in earnings and eight graduates earning Eclipse Awards.

At the under tack show, Hip 1207, a son of Wildcat Heir consigned by Wavertree Stables Inc (Ciaran Dunne), agent, recorded the Sale's fastest eighth, stopping the timer in :9 3/5. The bay colt is out of Exquisite Beauty (Bertrando) and from the family of Grade 1 winner Idiot Proof (Benchmark).

Two horses shared honors for the sale's fastest quarter, each working in :20 3/5. They were Hip 798, a son of Harlan's Holiday consigned by Northwest Stud who is out of Triumphantly (Mr. Greeley), herself a half-sister to stakes placed Touch of Splendor; and Hip 1187, a son of Speightstown consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent for Stonestreet Stables, who is out of Emptythetill (Holy Bull) and a half-brother to dual Grade 3 hero Conveyance (Indian Charlie).

Hip 511, a daughter of Tale of Ekati consigned by All Dreams Equine, agent, worked the sale's fastest three-eighths, breezing the distance in :33. The bay filly is out of Rainbow Girl (Conquistador Cielo), who is a half-sister to stakes victress Mighty Martha (Chester House).

The under tack show was recorded and is available on the OBS website, by entire session or by individual hip number. They are also available for viewing in the video room adjacent to the Horsemen's Lounge in the sales pavilion as well as several kiosks in the lobby and the covered walking ring.

In-room viewing is available at The Courtyard by Marriott, Homewood Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, Residence Inn and the Ocala Hilton, plus lounge viewing is available at the Hilton. Under tack show results are posted on the OBS website in PDF and Excel format as well as via a sortable master index. The sale will be streamed live via the OBS website.

For more information regarding the Spring Sale, please call 352-237-2154.

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In brief

Undefeated champion Shared Belief (Candy Ride) recorded just his third workout of the year when going three furlongs at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday. The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained gelding, who was honored with an Eclipse Award as the 2013 champion two-year-old male after romping in all three of his juvenile starts including the CashCall Futurity (G1), clocked three-eighths in :35 4/5 over the Tapeta. It was the second quickest move from 27 at the distance on the day. Shared Belief posted a pair of five-furlong workouts at Santa Anita in late December/early January and was supposed to begin his three-year-old season in the Robert B. Lewis (G2) on February 8, but missed a scheduled workout on January 12 due to an abscess in his right front hoof. Hollendorfer reported in February that his dark bay charge was recovering from a quarter-crack in the same hoof. The Kentucky-bred returned to the worktab on April 15, posting three panels in an easy :38 2/5...

Tucci Stables' Puntrooskie (In Summation) stepped up off his maiden win against state-breds at Gulfstream Park last month to score in Sunday's $115,883 Woodstock S. at Woodbine. The Nicholas Gonzalez trainee came from last to win going away by five lengths as the 9-2 third choice on the board and paid $11.50 to his supporters. "We were very closely bunched and I was going to throw him to the fence, but as soon as I got there I didn't want to be there," jockey Jesse Campbell said. "He was coming up underneath me too easy. He wasn't climbing over the top of them, but I was sitting on a lot of horse and I didn't want to take a chance down in there. I knew Emma (-Jayne Wilson aboard 6-5 favorite Jose Sea View) was going to make a move on the turn and I just followed her. I didn't expect to swoop them that easy, but he was very impressive." The three-year-old dark bay gelding went six furlongs in 1:09 1/5 over the Polytrack. Puntrooskie now has a career mark of 7-2-1-1, $104,553...

Walter D. Burris' homebred Coarsegold (Giant's Causeway) came flying down the stretch to win a three-horse photo finish by a head in Sunday's $75,000 Safari Queen S. at Gulfstream Park. The Mark Hennig pupil rated off the pace, angled to the outside for her rally and got up just in time over What a Party (Congrats), who beat out 7-5 favorite Madame Giry (Castledale) by a neck. Coarsegold covered five furlongs over the firm turf in :56 with Joe Bravo up. She went off as the 8-1 fourth choice and returned $18.00 for the victory. The four-year-old filly was a well-beaten third in an allowance race at this venue that was taken off the turf on March 6. With Sunday's score, the bay claimed $45,000 for her second stakes to boost her bankroll to $195,580 from a career line of 16-3-3-7...

James Arrison's homebred Flattering Bea (Flatter), held on by a neck over 3-5 favorite Quiet Success (Successful Appeal) to capture Saturday's $200,000 Sugar Maple S. at Charles Town, giving her four wins from five starts over the track. "We know she loves this track and the distance," trainer Crystal Pickett said. The four-year-old filly claimed the lead entering the far turn and and dug in late to win her second stakes with Garry Cruise in the irons. "We did that on purpose," Pickett said when asked why she showed early speed. "We worked her out of the gate two weeks ago at Pimlico in :48. We knew we needed to fix that problem of slow starts." The chestnut stopped the teletimer in 1:26 for the seven-furlong test over the fast main track as the 5-1 third choice. "Tonight, I wasn't going to get outrun," Cruise stated. "Once she had the Mountaineer race in her, when I worked her I felt we had something awfully nice. I said to Crystal, 'She's going to be tough to beat tonight,' and she showed up." Flattering Bea was coming off a runner-up finish in an allowance race at Mountaineer Park on March 15. She banked $118,800 to increase her career earnings to $297,951 from a 14-5-4-0 line...

Also on the Charles Town card, Paul and Andrena Van Doren's Rise Up (Rockport Harbor) put away the eight-horse field by 10 3/4 lengths in the $100,000 Robert Hilton Memorial S. The Tom Amoss charge was sent off as the 3-2 favorite and took over the lead shortly after the start to wire the field for his fourth stakes score. The three-year-old colt covered seven furlongs over the fast track in 1:25 with Leandro Goncalves aboard. Rise Up was exiting a last-place finish in the Louisiana Derby last month. The bay has a career line which reads 9-5-1-0 and $873,433 in lifetime earnings...

Lakerville will be running in less than two weeks in Friday's Spring Meet opening day test, the $100,000 Last Tycoon S. (G3) for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf at Santa Anita. The six-year-old Unusual Heat horse trained by Barry Abrams, who owns the late-running turf sprinter along with Madeline Auerbach, was second by a half-length in the San Simeon (G3) at about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf April 13. "There are no more (turf) sprints in California until the Breeders' Cup (sixth months hence)," Abrams said in explaining his reason for running Friday. "If he can't go two turns, I might as well send him back east or stop on him. This race is not tough on paper. It's a mile and an eighth, but there's no reason he can't go a mile and an eighth. If he can't be one-two in here, I'm just wasting my time, because there are no more sprints. If he's just going to be a sprinter, I have to take him out or take him somewhere else and get ready for the Breeders' Cup (Turf Sprint on November 1)."

Si Sage (Sageburg), runner-up to Vagabond Shoes (Beat Hollow) in the San Marcos (G2) on February 8, will run in the Singapore Airlines International Cup on Sunday, May 18, for owner Jed Cohen's Red Baron's Barn and trainer Darrell Vienna. The 1 1/2-mile turf race offers approximately $2.4 million U.S. in purse money...

As things stand, Gailo Chop (Deportivo) is an unlikely holder of one of the pole positions among the elite brigade of French middle-distance sophomores and he is out to kill more giants in Monday's Prix Noailles (Fr-G3) at Longchamp. As he is already gelded, Alain Chopard's homebred will not be going the whole way to the classics but he can continue to pick up these preps if he holds his ebullient spring form. Following his success in Saint-Cloud's listed Prix Maurice Caillault on March 15, the chestnut upset some more big stables with a comfortable score in the Prix la Force (Fr-G3) over a half-furlong shorter at Longchamp on April 6. In a bid to derail the de Watrigant juggernaut, Andre Fabre saddles a pair of his current works in progress for the two major operations in A Soldier's Life (Authorized) and Gallante (Montjeu). The former, who carries the Godolphin silks, was beaten 2 1/2 lengths by Nolohay in a conditions event over Monday's 10 1/2-furlong trip at Saint-Cloud in his April 2 three-year-old bow and is certain to improve markedly off that effort. The mile maiden scorer Gallante represents the Smith/Magnier/Tabor triumvirate and could be anything...

Germany's classics are around the corner and the domestic German One Thousand Guineas (Ger-G2) hopefuls square off on Monday in Cologne's Karin Baronin Von Ullmann Schwarzgold-Rennen (Ger-G3). They are headed by Rennstall Wohler's unbeaten Meerjungfrau (Manduro), who had Gestut Fahrhof's Goiania (Oasis Dream) and Dr. Alexandra Renz's Papagena Star (Amadeus Wolf) a half-length and a head back in second and third, respectively, in the listed Grosser Preis der Mehl-Mulhens over seven furlongs at Hanover in October. The third was giving away five pounds on that occasion, so theoretically comes out ahead of that pair as she re-opposes on level terms here. One of the unexposed members of the cast is Stall Lucky Owner's Ajaxana (Rock of Gibraltar), who recorded her sole win in impressive fashion by 10 lengths at the French provincial track of Amiens at the end of October...

It's not just politics that makes strange bedfellows. Horse racing runs a close second. For instance: Agent Danny Thomas and Kent Desormeaux recently parted company, but it was Thomas who booked the Hall of Fame rider on former claiming horse Imperative in the San Antonio (G2) on February 8. In the San Antonio, Desormeaux rode the hair off the son of Bernardini, who was beaten a desperate half-length at 26-1 by 15-1 shot Blingo (Artie Schiller), with odds-on favorite Game On Dude (Awesome Again) nearly seven lengths back in fifth. With Desormeaux aboard in the March 8 Santa Anita H. (G1), Imperative would finish a well-beaten seventh behind Game On Dude, almost 18 lengths back at odds of 35-1. Fast forward to Saturday night at Charles Town, West Virginia. Trainer George Papaprodromou gives Desormeaux a leg up on 26-1 outsider Imperative against Game On Dude and five other rivals in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (G2). Desormeaux scores what he calls "his biggest victory" with a 1 1/2-length triumph. Thomas, meanwhile, is on the outside looking in, since Mike Ciani now is Desormeaux's new agent. But Thomas is in line for the agent's share of Desormeaux's cut of the $1 million that goes to winning owner KM Racing Enterprise Inc. "I saw Imperative was nominated to the San Antonio, I saw the probable lineup for the race and I saw his past performances," Thomas recalled Sunday morning. "I thought he could run some. George said the horse had been working well and it looked like Game On Dude and Blueskiesnrainbows could soften each other up on the lead, and felt Imperative had a shot in the San Antonio, especially with a rider like Kent, who can get horses to run for him. I'm grateful to George for keeping Kent on for the Charles Town Classic. It's not always easy for the connections of a longshot to run in a big race like that against a heavy favorite. I feel vindicated after last night's race. All the hard work really paid off."...

Santa Anita ended its winter meet on Sunday. There will be no live racing at Santa Anita Monday through Thursday, April 21 through 24, but will be open April 24 for simulcast wagering in Sironas and the Paddock Room. Gates open at 10:15 a.m. Live racing resumes on Friday, April 25, with twilight racing starting at 3 p.m. (PDT). First post time April 26-27 will be 1 p.m., with gates opening at 11 a.m.

In brief

Undefeated champion Shared Belief (Candy Ride) recorded just his third workout of the year when going three furlongs at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday. The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained gelding, who was honored with an Eclipse Award as the 2013 champion two-year-old male after romping in all three of his juvenile starts including the CashCall Futurity (G1), clocked three-eighths in :35 4/5 over the Tapeta. It was the second quickest move from 27 at the distance on the day. Shared Belief posted a pair of five-furlong workouts at Santa Anita in late December/early January and was supposed to begin his three-year-old season in the Robert B. Lewis (G2) on February 8, but missed a scheduled workout on January 12 due to an abscess in his right front hoof. Hollendorfer reported in February that his dark bay charge was recovering from a quarter-crack in the same hoof. The Kentucky-bred returned to the worktab on April 15, posting three panels in an easy :38 2/5...

Tucci Stables' Puntrooskie (In Summation) stepped up off his maiden win against state-breds at Gulfstream Park last month to score in Sunday's $115,883 Woodstock S. at Woodbine. The Nicholas Gonzalez trainee came from last to win going away by five lengths as the 9-2 third choice on the board and paid $11.50 to his supporters. "We were very closely bunched and I was going to throw him to the fence, but as soon as I got there I didn't want to be there," jockey Jesse Campbell said. "He was coming up underneath me too easy. He wasn't climbing over the top of them, but I was sitting on a lot of horse and I didn't want to take a chance down in there. I knew Emma (-Jayne Wilson aboard 6-5 favorite Jose Sea View) was going to make a move on the turn and I just followed her. I didn't expect to swoop them that easy, but he was very impressive." The three-year-old dark bay gelding went six furlongs in 1:09 1/5 over the Polytrack. Puntrooskie now has a career mark of 7-2-1-1, $104,553...

Walter D. Burris' homebred Coarsegold (Giant's Causeway) came flying down the stretch to win a three-horse photo finish by a head in Sunday's $75,000 Safari Queen S. at Gulfstream Park. The Mark Hennig pupil rated off the pace, angled to the outside for her rally and got up just in time over What a Party (Congrats), who beat out 7-5 favorite Madame Giry (Castledale) by a neck. Coarsegold covered five furlongs over the firm turf in :56 with Joe Bravo up. She went off as the 8-1 fourth choice and returned $18.00 for the victory. The four-year-old filly was a well-beaten third in an allowance race at this venue that was taken off the turf on March 6. With Sunday's score, the bay claimed $45,000 for her second stakes to boost her bankroll to $195,580 from a career line of 16-3-3-7...

James Arrison's homebred Flattering Bea (Flatter), held on by a neck over 3-5 favorite Quiet Success (Successful Appeal) to capture Saturday's $200,000 Sugar Maple S. at Charles Town, giving her four wins from five starts over the track. "We know she loves this track and the distance," trainer Crystal Pickett said. The four-year-old filly claimed the lead entering the far turn and and dug in late to win her second stakes with Garry Cruise in the irons. "We did that on purpose," Pickett said when asked why she showed early speed. "We worked her out of the gate two weeks ago at Pimlico in :48. We knew we needed to fix that problem of slow starts." The chestnut stopped the teletimer in 1:26 for the seven-furlong test over the fast main track as the 5-1 third choice. "Tonight, I wasn't going to get outrun," Cruise stated. "Once she had the Mountaineer race in her, when I worked her I felt we had something awfully nice. I said to Crystal, 'She's going to be tough to beat tonight,' and she showed up." Flattering Bea was coming off a runner-up finish in an allowance race at Mountaineer Park on March 15. She banked $118,800 to increase her career earnings to $297,951 from a 14-5-4-0 line...

Also on the Charles Town card, Paul and Andrena Van Doren's Rise Up (Rockport Harbor) put away the eight-horse field by 10 3/4 lengths in the $100,000 Robert Hilton Memorial S. The Tom Amoss charge was sent off as the 3-2 favorite and took over the lead shortly after the start to wire the field for his fourth stakes score. The three-year-old colt covered seven furlongs over the fast track in 1:25 with Leandro Goncalves aboard. Rise Up was exiting a last-place finish in the Louisiana Derby last month. The bay has a career line which reads 9-5-1-0 and $873,433 in lifetime earnings...

Lakerville will be running in less than two weeks in Friday's Spring Meet opening day test, the $100,000 Last Tycoon S. (G3) for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf at Santa Anita. The six-year-old Unusual Heat horse trained by Barry Abrams, who owns the late-running turf sprinter along with Madeline Auerbach, was second by a half-length in the San Simeon (G3) at about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf April 13. "There are no more (turf) sprints in California until the Breeders' Cup (sixth months hence)," Abrams said in explaining his reason for running Friday. "If he can't go two turns, I might as well send him back east or stop on him. This race is not tough on paper. It's a mile and an eighth, but there's no reason he can't go a mile and an eighth. If he can't be one-two in here, I'm just wasting my time, because there are no more sprints. If he's just going to be a sprinter, I have to take him out or take him somewhere else and get ready for the Breeders' Cup (Turf Sprint on November 1)."

Si Sage (Sageburg), runner-up to Vagabond Shoes (Beat Hollow) in the San Marcos (G2) on February 8, will run in the Singapore Airlines International Cup on Sunday, May 18, for owner Jed Cohen's Red Baron's Barn and trainer Darrell Vienna. The 1 1/2-mile turf race offers approximately $2.4 million U.S. in purse money...

As things stand, Gailo Chop (Deportivo) is an unlikely holder of one of the pole positions among the elite brigade of French middle-distance sophomores and he is out to kill more giants in Monday's Prix Noailles (Fr-G3) at Longchamp. As he is already gelded, Alain Chopard's homebred will not be going the whole way to the classics but he can continue to pick up these preps if he holds his ebullient spring form. Following his success in Saint-Cloud's listed Prix Maurice Caillault on March 15, the chestnut upset some more big stables with a comfortable score in the Prix la Force (Fr-G3) over a half-furlong shorter at Longchamp on April 6. In a bid to derail the de Watrigant juggernaut, Andre Fabre saddles a pair of his current works in progress for the two major operations in A Soldier's Life (Authorized) and Gallante (Montjeu). The former, who carries the Godolphin silks, was beaten 2 1/2 lengths by Nolohay in a conditions event over Monday's 10 1/2-furlong trip at Saint-Cloud in his April 2 three-year-old bow and is certain to improve markedly off that effort. The mile maiden scorer Gallante represents the Smith/Magnier/Tabor triumvirate and could be anything...

Germany's classics are around the corner and the domestic German One Thousand Guineas (Ger-G2) hopefuls square off on Monday in Cologne's Karin Baronin Von Ullmann Schwarzgold-Rennen (Ger-G3). They are headed by Rennstall Wohler's unbeaten Meerjungfrau (Manduro), who had Gestut Fahrhof's Goiania (Oasis Dream) and Dr. Alexandra Renz's Papagena Star (Amadeus Wolf) a half-length and a head back in second and third, respectively, in the listed Grosser Preis der Mehl-Mulhens over seven furlongs at Hanover in October. The third was giving away five pounds on that occasion, so theoretically comes out ahead of that pair as she re-opposes on level terms here. One of the unexposed members of the cast is Stall Lucky Owner's Ajaxana (Rock of Gibraltar), who recorded her sole win in impressive fashion by 10 lengths at the French provincial track of Amiens at the end of October...

It's not just politics that makes strange bedfellows. Horse racing runs a close second. For instance: Agent Danny Thomas and Kent Desormeaux recently parted company, but it was Thomas who booked the Hall of Fame rider on former claiming horse Imperative in the San Antonio (G2) on February 8. In the San Antonio, Desormeaux rode the hair off the son of Bernardini, who was beaten a desperate half-length at 26-1 by 15-1 shot Blingo (Artie Schiller), with odds-on favorite Game On Dude (Awesome Again) nearly seven lengths back in fifth. With Desormeaux aboard in the March 8 Santa Anita H. (G1), Imperative would finish a well-beaten seventh behind Game On Dude, almost 18 lengths back at odds of 35-1. Fast forward to Saturday night at Charles Town, West Virginia. Trainer George Papaprodromou gives Desormeaux a leg up on 26-1 outsider Imperative against Game On Dude and five other rivals in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (G2). Desormeaux scores what he calls "his biggest victory" with a 1 1/2-length triumph. Thomas, meanwhile, is on the outside looking in, since Mike Ciani now is Desormeaux's new agent. But Thomas is in line for the agent's share of Desormeaux's cut of the $1 million that goes to winning owner KM Racing Enterprise Inc. "I saw Imperative was nominated to the San Antonio, I saw the probable lineup for the race and I saw his past performances," Thomas recalled Sunday morning. "I thought he could run some. George said the horse had been working well and it looked like Game On Dude and Blueskiesnrainbows could soften each other up on the lead, and felt Imperative had a shot in the San Antonio, especially with a rider like Kent, who can get horses to run for him. I'm grateful to George for keeping Kent on for the Charles Town Classic. It's not always easy for the connections of a longshot to run in a big race like that against a heavy favorite. I feel vindicated after last night's race. All the hard work really paid off."...

Santa Anita ended its winter meet on Sunday. There will be no live racing at Santa Anita Monday through Thursday, April 21 through 24, but will be open April 24 for simulcast wagering in Sironas and the Paddock Room. Gates open at 10:15 a.m. Live racing resumes on Friday, April 25, with twilight racing starting at 3 p.m. (PDT). First post time April 26-27 will be 1 p.m., with gates opening at 11 a.m.

Graded Recaps

Imperative upsets Dude in Charles Town Classic

Imperative rolled past a softened-up Game On Dude to notch his first stakes win (Coady Photography)
KM Racing Enterprise's Imperative profited from a contentious pace scenario to upset 3-5 favorite and defending champion Game On Dude in Saturday night's Grade 2, $1.5 million Charles Town Classic. Ignored at 26-1 after finishing a distant seventh behind Game On Dude in the March 8 Santa Anita Handicap, the former claimer pounced under a heady ride by Kent Desormeaux, and handed trainer George Papaprodromou his biggest career victory.

Imperative, an astute $50,000 claim at Hollywood Park in December, was also scoring his first win for his new connections. But the well-bred son of Bernardini had turned in a few useful efforts earlier this year, most significantly when a near-miss runner-up in the February 8 San Antonio, in which Game On Dude tired to fifth. That formline proved a vital clue to how the Charles Town Classic unfolded.

"I was wowed in the San Antonio," Desormeaux said. "I was saying the same thing, 'Who is this horse?' He didn't do much running last time (in the Santa Anita Handicap), but I was very confident this is the kind of horse he is. He can do this."

Game On Dude was hustled early to join front-running Moreno, who clocked :23 2/5 for the opening quarter-mile on the fast track. Putting his head in front at the half-mile mark in :46 4/5, the odds-on favorite edged clear on the clubhouse turn. But no sooner had Game On Dude put away Moreno, than he was accosted by 2-1 second choice Long River.

As Game On Dude was pressed down the backstretch through six furlongs in 1:11 3/5, Imperative moved up smartly into third, securing a good striking position approaching the third and final turn. Long River ranged alongside Game On Dude and briefly headed the defending champion on that far turn, and Imperative smoothly advanced to make it a line of three abreast.

Imperative was clearly traveling the best of the trio. Long River beat a quick retreat, and Imperative headed Game On Dude leaving the far turn. Pulling away to a 1 1/2-length decision, Imperative negotiated 1 1/8 miles in 1:50 2/5 and sparked a $55 win payout.

"I saw them leave like banshee Indians," Desormeaux said, "but they do it all the time. That's how Mike (Smith) rides that horse (Game On Dude). He likes going faster. The faster he goes, he runs the rest of us into the ground. But Imperative just dragged me up to them. The second turn, I was running over the top of them, pitched him out and went even faster.

"I got to them, maybe his nose on their rump, and I slowed him down and he got big breather from the three-eighths (pole) to inside the quarter (pole), and by the time we got to the eighth-pole I hadn't even asked him yet. He was already passing them, and when I cued him, he just exploded. I restrained him the first three-quarters (of a mile). I actually had to slow him down. I took a deep pull in the second turn and then once the horse that was laying third got outrun, I pitched him into that spot and turned him loose."

The $1 million winner's prize was almost tenfold what Imperative had earned in his prior 14 starts. His scorecard now stands at 15-3-4-1, $1,134,620.

Game On Dude, who was conceding five pounds all around as the 123-pound highweight, boxed on for second. The seven-year-old veteran was attempting to surpass John Henry as North America's all-time richest gelding, but needed a successful title defense to do so on Saturday. With the runner-up's check of $245,000, Game On Dude remains in third on the list with career earnings of $6,408,893. But he did creep closer to the second-richest gelding, reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan ($6,473,610). Both continue their march toward John Henry's record of $6,591,860.

Moreno, who appeared done after backing up on the backstretch, found another gear to close for third in his reappearance. Clubhouse Ride, a close second to Game On Dude in the 2013 running, settled for fourth. Long River, Ruler of Love and the eased Lucy's Bob Boy rounded out the order under the wire.

Bred in partnership by Glencrest Farm and Darley in Kentucky, Imperative was sold for $325,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. Sheikh Mohammed's adviser John Ferguson signed the ticket, and the bay began his career in the Darley silks with trainer Eoin Harty. Victorious in a Golden Gate Fields maiden in his second start as a juvenile, he was pitched into the 2012 FrontRunner and wound up a remote 10th behind Power Broker.

Imperative's sights were lowered thereafter. Although he won an entry-level allowance back over the Golden Gate Tapeta in early 2013, he was subsequently entered in similar events for a tag, and descended into the claiming ranks last summer. Papaprodromou haltered him out of a head loss in a one-mile turf affair on December 13 at Hollywood.

"I liked his pedigree," Papaprodromou said. "He's by Bernardini. It's hard to buy them at the sales. They're too expensive, so we saw him being in for a tag for $50,000, so we just jumped on it, gave it a shot. We saw the horse was running on the turf, the synthetic. So he never ran on the dirt besides the two-year-old thing that he did. We just got him because of that, to run him on the dirt at Santa Anita. That's where I train. We got lucky with it, I guess. We put blinkers and a figure eight on him and it worked out perfect."

Never again risked for a tag, Imperative placed in a pair of turf optional claimers before switching to dirt and taking a class hike in the San Antonio. He nearly sprang an upset at 26-1 that day, only to be outdueled by Blingo. Imperative was beaten 17 3/4 lengths by Game On Dude in the 1 1/4-mile Big 'Cap, but a cutback to 1 1/8 miles produced a massive form reversal at Charles Town.

Papaprodromou also believes that Imperative regressed last time, and was sitting on a rebound here.

"Game On Dude is a great horse, don't get me wrong," Papaprodromou said. "I just loved the way my horse was improving and coming along. So I just took a shot and came out here. I beat Game On Dude last time in the San Antonio. My horse kind of bounced in the Santa Anita Handicap because he'd run a huge race in the San Antonio. I did exactly the same training."

Imperative is a half-brother to Grade 2-winning sprinter Battle Won, stakes victress Nadeshiko and stakes-placed Smart Strike. They are all out of the stakes-winning Caller I. D. mare Call Her, who hails from the family of Grade 1-winning sprinter Greg's Gold.

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN GRADED STAKES RESULTS

CHARLES TOWN CLASSIC S. (G2), CT, $1,500,000, 4YO/UP, 1 1/8M, 4-19.
7—IMPERATIVE, g, 4, Bernardini--Call Her, by Caller I. D.. ($325,000 '11 KEESEP). O-KM Racing Enterprise, Inc, B-Glencrest Farm LLC & Darley (KY), T-George Papaprodromou, J-Kent J. Desormeaux, $1,000,000.
3—Game on Dude, g, 7, Awesome Again--Worldly Pleasure, by Devil His Due. O-Diamond Pride LLC, Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable LLC and Schiappa, B, B-Adena Springs (KY), $245,000.
2—Moreno, g, 4, Ghostzapper--Danceinthesunlight, by A.P. Indy. O-Southern Equine Stable LLC, B-Southern Equine Stables, LLC (KY), $122,500.
Also Ran: Clubhouse Ride, Long River, Ruler of Love, Lucy's Bob Boy.
Winning Time: 1:50 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 1HF, 1HF, 2.
Odds: 26.50, 0.60, 9.10.

Imperative upsets Dude in Charles Town Classic

Imperative rolled past a softened-up Game On Dude to notch his first stakes win (Coady Photography)
KM Racing Enterprise's Imperative profited from a contentious pace scenario to upset 3-5 favorite and defending champion Game On Dude in Saturday night's Grade 2, $1.5 million Charles Town Classic. Ignored at 26-1 after finishing a distant seventh behind Game On Dude in the March 8 Santa Anita Handicap, the former claimer pounced under a heady ride by Kent Desormeaux, and handed trainer George Papaprodromou his biggest career victory.

Imperative, an astute $50,000 claim at Hollywood Park in December, was also scoring his first win for his new connections. But the well-bred son of Bernardini had turned in a few useful efforts earlier this year, most significantly when a near-miss runner-up in the February 8 San Antonio, in which Game On Dude tired to fifth. That formline proved a vital clue to how the Charles Town Classic unfolded.

"I was wowed in the San Antonio," Desormeaux said. "I was saying the same thing, 'Who is this horse?' He didn't do much running last time (in the Santa Anita Handicap), but I was very confident this is the kind of horse he is. He can do this."

Game On Dude was hustled early to join front-running Moreno, who clocked :23 2/5 for the opening quarter-mile on the fast track. Putting his head in front at the half-mile mark in :46 4/5, the odds-on favorite edged clear on the clubhouse turn. But no sooner had Game On Dude put away Moreno, than he was accosted by 2-1 second choice Long River.

As Game On Dude was pressed down the backstretch through six furlongs in 1:11 3/5, Imperative moved up smartly into third, securing a good striking position approaching the third and final turn. Long River ranged alongside Game On Dude and briefly headed the defending champion on that far turn, and Imperative smoothly advanced to make it a line of three abreast.

Imperative was clearly traveling the best of the trio. Long River beat a quick retreat, and Imperative headed Game On Dude leaving the far turn. Pulling away to a 1 1/2-length decision, Imperative negotiated 1 1/8 miles in 1:50 2/5 and sparked a $55 win payout.

"I saw them leave like banshee Indians," Desormeaux said, "but they do it all the time. That's how Mike (Smith) rides that horse (Game On Dude). He likes going faster. The faster he goes, he runs the rest of us into the ground. But Imperative just dragged me up to them. The second turn, I was running over the top of them, pitched him out and went even faster.

"I got to them, maybe his nose on their rump, and I slowed him down and he got big breather from the three-eighths (pole) to inside the quarter (pole), and by the time we got to the eighth-pole I hadn't even asked him yet. He was already passing them, and when I cued him, he just exploded. I restrained him the first three-quarters (of a mile). I actually had to slow him down. I took a deep pull in the second turn and then once the horse that was laying third got outrun, I pitched him into that spot and turned him loose."

The $1 million winner's prize was almost tenfold what Imperative had earned in his prior 14 starts. His scorecard now stands at 15-3-4-1, $1,134,620.

Game On Dude, who was conceding five pounds all around as the 123-pound highweight, boxed on for second. The seven-year-old veteran was attempting to surpass John Henry as North America's all-time richest gelding, but needed a successful title defense to do so on Saturday. With the runner-up's check of $245,000, Game On Dude remains in third on the list with career earnings of $6,408,893. But he did creep closer to the second-richest gelding, reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan ($6,473,610). Both continue their march toward John Henry's record of $6,591,860.

Moreno, who appeared done after backing up on the backstretch, found another gear to close for third in his reappearance. Clubhouse Ride, a close second to Game On Dude in the 2013 running, settled for fourth. Long River, Ruler of Love and the eased Lucy's Bob Boy rounded out the order under the wire.

Bred in partnership by Glencrest Farm and Darley in Kentucky, Imperative was sold for $325,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. Sheikh Mohammed's adviser John Ferguson signed the ticket, and the bay began his career in the Darley silks with trainer Eoin Harty. Victorious in a Golden Gate Fields maiden in his second start as a juvenile, he was pitched into the 2012 FrontRunner and wound up a remote 10th behind Power Broker.

Imperative's sights were lowered thereafter. Although he won an entry-level allowance back over the Golden Gate Tapeta in early 2013, he was subsequently entered in similar events for a tag, and descended into the claiming ranks last summer. Papaprodromou haltered him out of a head loss in a one-mile turf affair on December 13 at Hollywood.

"I liked his pedigree," Papaprodromou said. "He's by Bernardini. It's hard to buy them at the sales. They're too expensive, so we saw him being in for a tag for $50,000, so we just jumped on it, gave it a shot. We saw the horse was running on the turf, the synthetic. So he never ran on the dirt besides the two-year-old thing that he did. We just got him because of that, to run him on the dirt at Santa Anita. That's where I train. We got lucky with it, I guess. We put blinkers and a figure eight on him and it worked out perfect."

Never again risked for a tag, Imperative placed in a pair of turf optional claimers before switching to dirt and taking a class hike in the San Antonio. He nearly sprang an upset at 26-1 that day, only to be outdueled by Blingo. Imperative was beaten 17 3/4 lengths by Game On Dude in the 1 1/4-mile Big 'Cap, but a cutback to 1 1/8 miles produced a massive form reversal at Charles Town.

Papaprodromou also believes that Imperative regressed last time, and was sitting on a rebound here.

"Game On Dude is a great horse, don't get me wrong," Papaprodromou said. "I just loved the way my horse was improving and coming along. So I just took a shot and came out here. I beat Game On Dude last time in the San Antonio. My horse kind of bounced in the Santa Anita Handicap because he'd run a huge race in the San Antonio. I did exactly the same training."

Imperative is a half-brother to Grade 2-winning sprinter Battle Won, stakes victress Nadeshiko and stakes-placed Smart Strike. They are all out of the stakes-winning Caller I. D. mare Call Her, who hails from the family of Grade 1-winning sprinter Greg's Gold.

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

SUGAR MAPLE S., CT, $200,000, 4YO/UP, F/M, 7F, 4-19.
8—FLATTERING BEA, f, 4, Flatter--Wild Bea, by Wild Rush. O-James W Arrison, B-James Arrison (KY), T-Crystal G. Pickett, J-Garry Cruise, $118,800.
3—Quiet Success, f, 4, Successful Appeal--Silenzia, by Quiet American. ($12,500 '11 FTKOCT). O-Auerbach, Rob and Uptown Racing Stable LLC, B-M LaDona Hudson (KY), $39,600.
5—More Than a Cruise, m, 5, More Than Ready--River Cruise, by Not for Love. O-Howard M Bender, B-Sondra D & Howard M Bender (MD), $19,800.
Also Ran: Prize Winner, Wardelle, Saturday Suprise, Rusticana.
Winning Time: 1:26 (ft)
Margins: NK, HF, 7HF.
Odds: 5.40, 0.60, 4.10.
 
WOODSTOCK S., WO, $115,883, 3YO, 6F, 4-20.
3—PUNTROOSKIE, g, 3, In Summation--Siren Cove, by Montbrook. ($62,000 2013 OBSJUN). O-Tucci Stables, B-John David O'Farrell, J Michael O'Farrell, Jr & Our Sugar Bear St (FL), T-Nicholas Gonzalez, J-Jesse M. Campbell, $68,033.
5—Jose Sea View, g, 3, Badge of Silver--Stirling Bridge, by Prized. O-Brereton C Jones, B-Brereton C Jones (KY), $22,678.
1—Go Greeley, c, 3, Horse Greeley--Orchids Halo, by Smoke Glacken. (C$40,000 '12 ONTSEP). O-JR Racing Stable Inc, B-Shannon Farms (ON), $14,967.
Also Ran: Callmeoldfashion, Tuscan Getaway, Only I Know.
Winning Time: 1:09 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 5, 4 3/4, 3/4.
Odds: 4.75, 1.30, 1.70.
 
ROBERT HILTON MEMORIAL S., CT, $100,000, 3YO, 7F, 4-19.
3—RISE UP, c, 3, Rockport Harbor--Appenzell, by Johannesburg. O-Van Doren, Paul and Andrena, B-Cottonwood Stables, LLC (KY), T-Thomas M. Amoss, J-Leandro R. Goncalves, $58,800.
2—Elevated, c, 3, Jump Start--We Wak Harbor, by Waquoit. ($30,000 '12 FTMOCT). O-D Hatman Thoroughbreds and Kingdom Bloodstock, Inc, B-Nina H Gardner (PA), $19,600.
9—Interchange, c, 3, Fairbanks--Princess Lynn, by Devil His Due. ($7,500 '12 FTKOCT; $32,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Carlson Family LP, Reynolds, Brett and Chang, Jason, B-Dr & Mrs Joseph Fowler & Mr & Mrs James Mead (KY), $9,800.
Also Ran: Germaniac, Open the Bank, Cutty Shark, Black Fighter (AZE), Pure Habit.
Winning Time: 1:25 (ft)
Margins: 10 3/4, 4 1/4, 3/4.
Odds: 0.50, 10.50, 15.00.
 
SANTA LUCIA S., SA, $80,500, 4YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 4-20.
3—BEHOLDER, f, 4, Henny Hughes--Leslie's Lady, by Tricky Creek. ($180,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Spendthrift Farm LLC, B-Clarkland Farm (KY), T-Richard E. Mandella, J-Gary L. Stevens, $48,300.
1—Legacy, f, 4, Sightseeing--Royal Flush, by Smart Strike. ($17,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Jain, John, Opas, Lawrence and Sinatra, Frank R, B-Dr Lawrence Opas, Dr John Jain &Dr Frank Sinatra (KY), $16,100.
7—Irish Presence, f, 4, Midnight Lute--Proper Form, by Deputy Minister. ($50,000 2012 FTFMAR). O-Zankich, Anthony and Lofino, Sr, Michael D, B-Dash Goff (KY), $9,660.
Also Ran: Moulin De Mougin, City At Dawn.
Winning Time: 1:42 3/5 (ft)
Margins: 5 1/4, 4 3/4, 3HF.
Odds: 0.10, 11.40, 17.20.
 
SAFARI QUEEN S., GP, $75,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5FT, 4-20.
4—COARSEGOLD, f, 4, Giant's Causeway--Cool Spell, by Grand Slam. O-Walter D Burris, B-W D Burris Inc (KY), T-Mark A. Hennig, J-Joe Bravo, $45,000.
8—What a Party, m, 5, Congrats--Christmas Lights, by Citidancer. ($25,000 2011 OBSAPR). O-Bridle Path Racing Stable, Inc, B-Brent Fernung & Crystal Fernung (FL), $15,000.
3—Madame Giry, m, 5, Castledale (IRE)--Ballet Partner (GB), by First Trump (GB). O-Nutmeg Stable, B-Raintree Thoroughbred Farm, Inc (MD), $7,500.
Also Ran: Satan's Mistress, Angel's South, Peggy Joyce, Claiming Victory, Kombat Cat.
Winning Time: :56 (fm)
Margins: HD, NK, HF.
Odds: 8.00, 3.30, 1.40.
 
CONFUCIUS SAY S., CT, $51,450, 3YO/UP, 7F, 4-19.
4—IN THE FAIRWAY, c, 4, Posse--Royal Sweep, by End Sweep. O-Coleswood Farm, Inc, B-Coleswood Farm, Inc (WV), T-Jeff C. Runco, J-Jose Montano, $30,870.
8—Wise Mac, g, 4, Wiseman's Ferry--Sharp Reef, by Another Reef. O-Sajor Stable and Dana Point, B-Louis Carrico (WV), $10,290.
9—Allegheny Jack, g, 6, Reparations--Allegheny Red, by Roanoke. O-E Clinton Lowry, B-Dr & Mrs E C Lowry (WV), $5,660.
Also Ran: Perfect Cross, Paco Smart, Rock Buster, Figpenn, Mister Brass.
Winning Time: 1:26 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 4HF, NK, 4HF.
Odds: 1.10, 3.10, 4.20.
 
ORIGINAL GOLD S., CT, $51,400, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7F, 4-19.
5—DOWN TOWN ALLEN, m, 7, Windsor Castle--Like Down Town, by Roy. O-John A Casey, B-John Allen Casey (WV), T-John A. Casey, J-Mathew Carroll McGowan, $30,840.
4—Margaret High, f, 4, Yarrow Brae--Cross Creek Rosie, by Castine. O-Edward R Krishack, B-Edward Krishack (WV), $10,280.
9—Queen'o'daball, f, 4, Windsor Castle--Return Trick, by Put It Back. O-Taylor Mountain Farm LLC, B-James W Casey (WV), $5,654.
Also Ran: Flirting Song, Autumn Affair, Raining Royalty, Ok Listen Up, Drink Responsibly, Stuck Like Glue, Penguin Heart.
Winning Time: 1:26 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 3 1/4, 1 1/4, NO.
Odds: 0.70, 2.90, 7.50.
 
WEBB SNYDER CHARLES TOWN DASH S., CT, $50,000, 3YO/UP, 4 1/2F, 4-19.
1—UNCLE TODD, r, 5, Jump Start--Shorlove Kayleigh, by Not for Love. ($6,000 '10 FTMOCT). O-Robert L Cole, Jr, B-Barbara C Graham (KY), T-Kevin S. Patterson, J-Gerald Almodovar, $31,000.
4—Immortal Eyes, g, 9, Greatness--Private Eyes, by Private Terms. ($80,000 '06 OBSAUG; $18,000 '06 OBSJAN; $220,000 2007 OBSFEB). O-Robert Abbo Racing Stable LLC, B-Adena Springs (FL), $10,000.
2—Star Harbour, h, 6, Indian Charlie--Snug Harbour, by Boston Harbor. O-Hays, Billy, Donna and Justin, B-Peter & Anne Vegso (FL), $5,000.
Also Ran: Wizwit, Poison Apple.
Winning Time: :51 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 5, HD, 3/4.
Odds: 4.80, 0.40, 2.40.

At a Glance
GOLDEN GATE FIELDS AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.51 - 1
Favorite Win%: 37%, Favorite Itm%: 74%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta64.82
Daily Double75.96
Trifecta398.30
Pick 3537.45
Superfecta2,308.48
Pick 65,592.58
Pick 43,038.34
Pick 514,413.78
Place Pick All1,782.75
Super High Five6,210.14
TRACK BIAS MEET(10/17 - 04/19)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 184 32% P Rail/Ins
6.0fDirt 257 30% P Outside
1 MileDirt 201 17% S Middle
1 1/16mDirt 56 30% E Outside
Turf Routes 113 22% P Inside
TRACK BIAS WEEK(04/13 - 04/19)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 5 20% E/P Rail/Ins
6.0fDirt 5 0% E/P Mid/Out
1 MileDirt 5 20% P Rail
1 1/16mDirt 2 0% P Ins/Mid
Turf Routes 7 14% P Rail/Ins
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Martin John F. 9 4 1 1 1.76 3 28%
Trujillo Victor M. 10 4 2 0 8.93 1 17%
Delia William 7 3 1 0 10.64 1 11%
Mathis Andy 4 2 0 1 5.23 1 18%
Bellasis Tim 5 2 0 0 13.64 0 14%
Jauregui O. J. 6 2 0 1 12.67 0 15%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Baze Russell A. 17 7 3 3 1.82 7 29%
 

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

WO, 5TH, AOC, $73,929, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 4-20.
5—AUNT ELS, f, 4, Consolidator--Frivolous Flo, by Flame Thrower. O-RMC Stable, B-RMC Stable (ON), T-Nicholas Gonzalez, J-Jesse M. Campbell, $40,711.
8—Cryptic Message, f, 4, Cryptograph--Abby O, by Deputy Commander. (C$5,000 '11 ONTSEP). O-C E C Farms, B-Barry & Helen Irving (ON), $18,088.
1—Sweet and Lowdown, m, 5, Street Sense--Mombasa, by Dynaformer. ($1,000 2011 KEEAPR). O-Wesley A Ward, B-Fares Farm Inc (KY), $6,216.
Winning Time: 1:04 2/5 (ft)
 
SA, 3RD, AOC, $71,660, 4YO/UP, 1 1/4MT, 4-20.
1—STONEY FLEECE, g, 5, Decarchy--Gold Fleece, by Deputed Testamony. ($1,200 2011 BESJAN). O-Barber, Gary and Cecil, B-Joseph T Alvarez III (CA), T-John W. Sadler, J-Victor Espinoza, $46,800.
5—Hear the Ghost, g, 4, Ghostzapper--Rehear, by Coronado's Quest. ($40,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Halo Farms and Hollendorfer, Jerry, B-W S Farish and Lazy F Ranch (KY), $12,000.
2—American Act, g, 5, Quiet American--Revolutionary Act, by Boston Harbor. ($45,000 '10 KEESEP). O-Howard and Janet Siegel Racing LLC, B-Camelia Casby (KY), $7,200.
Winning Time: 2:00 2/5 (fm)
 
SA, 7TH, AOC, $62,330, 4YO/UP, A6 1/2FT, 4-20.
5—SAFETY BELT (ARG), h, 5, Easing Along--Santiaga (FR), by Deputy Commander. O-Pozo de Luna, Inc, B-Haras Futuro Srl (ARG), T-Ronald L. McAnally, J-Joseph Talamo, $36,000.
8—Rangi (GB), g, 4, New Approach (IRE)--Miss Queen, by Miswaki. (125,000gns '11 TATOCT; $75,000 2013 BESJUL; 32,000gns 2013 TATFEB). O-Panic Stable, B-Sheikh Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa (GB), $12,000.
7—Stormberg, r, 6, Storm Cat--Serena's Song, by Rahy. ($450,000 '09 KEESEP). O-William J Sims, B-The Robert and Beverly Lewis Trust (KY), $7,200.
Winning Time: 1:12 (fm)
 
WO, 4TH, AOC, $62,009, 3YO, 5F, 4-20.
3—THE IMPOSTER, g, 3, Wilko--Our Girl Harmony, by Concorde's Tune. O-Robert P Tiller, B-Andrew Stronach (ON), T-Robert P. Tiller, J-Patrick Husbands, $38,261.
1—Wild N Clever, f, 3, Offlee Wild--Sweet and Clever, by Mr. Greeley. ($3,000 '11 KEENOV; $25,000 2013 OBSJUN). O-Tucci Stables, B-Denny Andrew (ON), $12,754.
2—Calgary Caper, c, 3, El Corredor--Cowgirl Lucky, by Stephen Got Even. ($105,000 2013 OBSJUN). O-Cecil N Peacock, B-Robert J & Mary Harris (KY), $5,847.
Winning Time: :57 2/5 (ft)
 
WO, 3RD, ALW, $55,067, 3YO/UP, 7F, 4-20.
5—SKY CAPTAIN, c, 4, Sky Mesa--Anchors Away, by Smarty Jones. ($210,000 '11 KEESEP). O-John C Oxley, B-Three Chimneys Farm, LLC & Serengeti Stable (KY), T-Mark E. Casse, J-Patrick Husbands, $31,894.
4—Air Blade, g, 5, Ghostzapper--Fluid Move, by Nureyev. ($20,000 '10 KEESEP). O-James Redekop, B-Liberty Road Stables (KY), $10,631.
2—Walkers Terrace, g, 4, Hook and Ladder--Embassey Gardens, by Silver Deputy. O-Melnyk Racing Stables, Inc, B-Eugene Melnyk (KY), $5,847.
Winning Time: 1:23 2/5 (ft)
 
PRM, 7TH, ALW, $51,529, 3YO/UP, 6F, 4-19.
5—WOLF PACK JACK, g, 4, Hat Trick (JPN)--Dream Win, by Winthrop. O-Black Oak Farm, B-Black Oak Farm (IA), T-Ray E. Tracy, Jr., J-David Mello, $30,907.
3—Patty's Key, g, 4, Sir Shackleton--L L 's Key, by Silver Deputy. O-Lieber, Todd and Ketcher, Rick, B-Todd M Lieber (IA), $10,302.
6—Ice Hockey, g, 7, Cactus Ridge--Sheso, by Blumin Affair. O-Maggi Moss, B-William L Hobbs (IA), $6,181.
Winning Time: 1:10 3/5 (ft)
 
GP, 3RD, AOC, $49,050, 3YO/UP, 1M, 4-20.
3—KINGS OVER, g, 5, Trippi--Mop Squeezer, by Roanoke. O-Voloshin, Bart and Aventura Stable, B-Gary Aiken (FL), T-Peter R. Walder, J-Luis Saez, $31,950.
5—Russian Greek, h, 5, Giant's Causeway--Sand Dollar, by Grindstone. ($100,000 '09 KEENOV). O-Olympia Star, Inc, B-Overbrook Farm (KY), $9,405.
2—Narvaez, g, 4, Holy Bull--Miss Lulu, by Unbridled. ($40,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Stipa Racing Stable, Inc, B-Hargus & Sandra Sexton & Silver Fern Farm, LLC (KY), $4,703.
Winning Time: 1:37 1/5 (ft)
 
WO, 6TH, ALW, $43,450, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7F, 4-20.
1—BE MIND PHIL, f, 4, Philanthropist--Note to Self, by Notebook. O-Frank D Di Giulio, Jr, B-Frank Di Giulio Jr (ON), T-Robert P. Tiller, J-Eurico Rosa Da Silva, $25,852.
2—Golden Gilda, m, 6, Old Forester--Bebopper, by Prosperous. O-Jessie L Ladouceur, B-Brian Wallace (ON), $8,617.
5—Mauna Kea, m, 5, Peaks and Valleys--Ocean Classic, by Sky Classic. O-Discovery Racing and Freeman, Edward R, B-Edward Freeman & Frank Mermenstein (ON), $4,740.
Winning Time: 1:24 2/5 (ft)
 
GG, 3RD, ALW, $33,525, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 4-20.
6—TIME AND TIDES, f, 3, Colonel John--Not Enough Time, by Freud. O-Eggert, Paul and Eggert, Karen, B-Paul & Karen Eggert (KY), T-William E. Morey, J-Russell A. Baze, $18,000.
2—Power of Ten, f, 4, Marino Marini--Position of Power, by Lord Carson. O-Jones, Robert and Mason, Lloyd, B-Lloyd Mason/Robert Jones (CA), $7,800.
3—Silver Mojave, f, 4, McCann's Mojave--Themis Valentine, by Lit De Justice. O-Cadman, John, Minott, Geri and Policzer, Milt, B-Milt A Policzer & Geri Minott (CA), $4,680.
Winning Time: 1:11 (ft)
 
GG, 8TH, AOC, $30,855, 3YO, F, 1MT, 4-20.
3—AFSANA, f, 3, Tiznow--Angel Craft, by A.P. Indy. O-Darley Stable, B-Darley (KY), T-Eoin G. Harty, J-Frank T. Alvarado, $18,000.
1—Lady of the Nile, f, 3, Pioneerof the Nile--A. P. Cindy, by A.P. Indy. ($19,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Live Your Dreams Racing Stable, B-Lynn B Schiff (KY), $6,000.
2—Stop Smiling, f, 3, It's No Joke--Starinthemeadow, by Meadowlake. ($42,000 '11 FTKNOV; $50,000 '12 KEESEP; $130,000 2013 OBSMAR). O-Mark DeDomenico LLC and Hollendorfer, Jerry, B-Hidden Point Farm Inc (FL), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:39 1/5 (fm)
 
PRM, 8TH, ALW, $30,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 4-19.
4—ISLET, m, 5, Speightstown--Captiva, by Capote. O-Maggi Moss, B-Stone Farm, Joseph W Sutton &Dr Steve Kramer (KY), T-Chris Richard, J-David Mello, $18,120.
1A—Glitteronthehiway, f, 4, Tale of the Cat--Atlanta Highway, by Chief Seattle. O-Delores A Werner, B-Dede McGehee DVM (KY), $6,040.
2—Hollywood Knockout, f, 4, Successful Appeal--All Hollywood, by War Chant. O-7 Cedars Farm, B-Dream Walkin' Farms, Inc & Tom Gando (KY), $3,624.
Winning Time: 1:11 (ft)
 
PRM, 8TH, ALW, $30,500, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 4-20.
3—KID SIDNEY, g, 5, Lemon Drop Kid--Sidneys Angel Face, by Skip Away. ($20,000 '10 KEESEP). O-Craig Drago, B-Robert F & Diane Jones (KY), T-Hillary Hartman, J-Ken S. Tohill, $18,255.
1—Bruvver Max, c, 4, Posse--Brittney Brat, by Pikepass. O-Al J Horton, B-Al J Horton (KY), $6,085.
4—Tap the Admiral, g, 4, Mizzen Mast--Eliza's Time (IRE), by Barathea (IRE). O-Maggi Moss, B-Epona Equine, LLC (KY), $3,651.
Winning Time: 1:42 4/5 (ft)
 
CT, 14TH, ALW, $28,300, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7F, 4-19.
9—CRY TO KAT'S ME, f, 3, Street Cry (IRE)--Unkatzable, by A.P. Indy. O-KatieRich Stables, B-KatieRich Stable (KY), T-Mark Hubley, J-Christian P. Pilares, $16,800.
7—My True Lady, f, 4, Yes It's True--Wage a Penny, by Valid Wager. ($12,000 '10 KEENOV; $26,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Ella Mae Chisum, B-Dixiana Stables Inc (KY), $5,600.
10—Wishcraft, f, 4, Lion Heart--Mary's Dream, by Skywalker. ($60,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Stronach Stables, B-Ron Stolich (KY), $2,800.
Winning Time: 1:27 3/5 (ft)
 
CT, 13TH, ALW, $26,400, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7F, 4-19.
6—FINAL BOW, f, 3, Mutakddim--Captain's Daughter, by Captain Bodgit. O-Atkins Construction Group LLC, B-Atkins Homes, Inc (WV), T-Susan S. Cooney, J-Gustavo Larrosa, $15,600.
9—Pepper Bay, f, 3, Bop--Officer Pepper, by Officer. O-Daybreak Stables, Inc, B-Daybreak Stables, Inc (WV), $5,200.
2—Sydneys Astral Hat, f, 4, Garnered--Ava Hathor, by Avery. O-Hasty Rebel Stables, B-Jane Anderson Harper & Eleanor Adams (WV), $2,600.
Winning Time: 1:28 3/5 (ft)
 
CT, 5TH, ALW, $26,400, 3YO/UP, 7F, 4-19.
10—FEELIN GREAT, c, 4, Albert the Great--Loving Feeling, by End Sweep. O-Michael J Hund, B-J Michael Baird (WV), T-J. Michael Baird, J-Travis L. Dunkelberger, $15,600.
9—Little Big Sime, g, 3, Admiralty Arch--Simon Slew, by Native Slew. O-Betty J Stehr, B-Betty Stehr (WV), $5,200.
2—Bop Dylan, g, 4, Bop--Ani's Ani, by Feel the Power. O-O'Sullivan Farms LLC, B-O'Sullivan Farms, LLC (WV), $2,600.
Winning Time: 1:27 1/5 (ft)
 
EVD, 8TH, ALW, $23,650, 3YO/UP, 1M, 4-19.
1—LORD OF THE ROSES, g, 5, Roman Ruler--Baby Jinx, by Crafty Prospector. ($55,000 '09 KEENOV; $75,000 '10 KEESEP). O-Raymond S Nealy, B-David J Lavoie & Roman Ruler Syndicate (FL), T-Keith G. Bourgeois, J-Emanuel Nieves, $14,100.
5—Keystone Cop, g, 4, Badge of Silver--Meet Hunca Munca, by Northern Prospect. O-Lael Stables, B-Mr & Mrs M Roy Jackson (KY), $4,700.
4—Kiptastic, g, 4, Kipling--Sight O' Gold, by Slew O' Gold. ($21,000 2012 TEXMAR). O-Oliver, Jr, Nanci and G W, B-Fair Acres Farm (KY), $2,585.
Winning Time: 1:39 3/5 (ft)
 
LS, 3RD, ALW, $21,000, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 4-19.
3—VALDINA SAINT, g, 4, Tiz Wonderful--Witchful Saint, by Saint Ballado. ($6,500 '10 OBSOCT; $43,000 '11 OBSAUG; $50,000 2012 KEEAPR). O-Carl R Moore Management LLC, B-Hickstead Farm (FL), T-W. Bret Calhoun, J-M. Clifton Berry, $12,420.
5—At Bat, c, 4, Mutakddim--Exotic Wager, by Saint Ballado. O-H and H Ranch, B-ReKlein Stable (KY), $4,140.
4—Trend Setter, h, 5, Tapit--Mississippi Madam, by Smoke Glacken. ($155,000 '10 KEEJAN; $300,000 '10 KEESEP). O-Mongo Racing, B-Highlands of Lexington, R Beck, M Hernon, C Aker, K Patsey & RADS I (KY), $2,277.
Winning Time: 1:04 (ft)
 
MID, 3RD, ALW, $20,000, 5YO/UP, 26FT, 4-19.
3—CORNHUSKER (GB), g, 7, Dynaformer--Nebraska Tornado, by Storm Cat. (30,000gns 2010 TATHIT). O-Armata Stable, B-Juddmonte Farms Ltd (GB), T-Alicia Murphy, J-Kieran Norris, $12,000.
2—Moonsox, g, 8, Mojave Moon--Sister Sox, by Deputed Testamony. O-Nelson & Traveller Stable, B-Richard C Granville (MD), $3,600.
5—Chess Board (GB), g, 11, Vettori (IRE)--Cruinn a Bhord (GB), by Inchinor (GB). (30,000gns 2006 TATJUL). O-Irvin S Naylor, B-Stanley Estate and Stud Co (GB), $2,000.
Winning Time: 7:07 1/5 (gd)
 
SRP, 7TH, ALW, $18,800, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7F, 4-20.
9—SPRING MELODY, m, 5, Elijah's Song--Miss Classic, by Desert Classic. O-Val Tohill, B-Val Tohill (NM), T-Kathy Tohill, J-Elvin Gonzalez, $11,280.
2—Renewed Vows, f, 3, Attila's Storm--Vows Kept, by Broken Vow. O-R D Hubbard, B-R D Hubbard (NM), $3,760.
6—Loumylove, f, 3, Pro Prado--New Cindi Lou, by General Meeting. O-C P Hourigan, B-C P Hourigan (NM), $1,880.
Winning Time: 1:25 2/5 (ft)
 
SRP, 5TH, ALW, $16,900, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 4-20.
2—CONTEND, f, 3, Big Brown--Juncture, by El Prado (IRE). O-Tap Racing, B-Paul Pompa Jr (KY), T-Justin R. Evans, J-Elvin Gonzalez, $10,309.
5—Whatsallthedrama, f, 3, Whatsthescript (IRE)--Drama Cat, by Tale of the Cat. O-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC (CA), $3,718.
4—Midnight Flute, f, 4, Midnight Lute--Battle Search, by Regal Search. ($65,000 '11 FTKJUL). O-Donna Eaton, B-Danzel Judith Brendemuehl (KY), $2,028.
Winning Time: 1:38 1/5 (ft)
 
MID, 7TH, ALW, $13,950, 5YO/UP, 2 5/8MT, 4-19.
1—SCHOOLHOUSE WOODS, g, 7, Sky Classic--Mabelino, by Trempolino. O-Kinross Corporation, B-Kinross Corp (KY), T-Neil R. Morris, J-Jacob Roberts, $9,000.
2—Saluda Sam, g, 9, Adcat--Super Skirt, by Proud Truth. O-Irvin S Naylor, B-F R Bobby Nelson (SC), $2,700.
3—On the Corner, g, 8, Smart Strike--Miss Otis, by One for All. O-Ivy Hill Stable, B-Henry T Rathbun (MD), $1,500.
Winning Time: 5:32 3/5 (gd)

At a Glance
TAMPA BAY DOWNS AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 5.13 - 1
Favorite Win%: 35%, Favorite Itm%: 70%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta81.96
Daily Double88.83
Trifecta547.34
Pick 3664.53
Superfecta3,690.29
Pick 45,911.44
Pick 529,314.52
Super High Five7,619.21
X-5 Super High Five7,579.58
TRACK BIAS MEET(12/04 - 04/19)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 68 46% E Rail/Ins
6.0fDirt 147 29% E Outside
1m 40yDirt 121 14% E/P Rail/Ins
1 1/16mDirt 63 19% E/P Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 13 23% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 189 10% P Middle
TRACK BIAS WEEK(04/13 - 04/19)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 3 0% E/P Rail
6.0fDirt 11 27% E Rail
1m 40yDirt 8 25% E Outside
1 1/16mDirt 6 50% E Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 0 0% - na
Turf Routes 4 0% P Rail
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Ness Jamie 20 8 1 5 1.74 7 25%
Proctor Thomas F. 11 5 4 1 1.98 4 19%
DaCosta Jason 8 4 1 0 3.95 1 24%
Rarick Randy 2 2 0 0 2.00 0 16%
Rendon Alex 2 2 0 0 3.65 0 25%
Ubide Max 3 2 0 0 8.23 1 6%
Aschinger Gerald Russel 4 2 1 0 13.40 0 14%
Wilensky Herman 4 2 1 0 3.50 0 27%
Ciardullo, Jr. Richard J. 5 2 0 0 12.42 0 23%
Galvan Baltazar 5 2 1 1 22.88 0 12%
Granitz Anthony J. 5 2 0 0 7.06 0 13%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Gallardo Antonio A. 30 10 3 6 3.68 6 21%
Lebron Victor 12 3 2 0 6.77 0 12%
Martinez Willie 8 2 2 1 7.39 0 13%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Griffith Dennis 17 0 1 2 12.59 1 5%
McCarthy Brenda 12 0 1 0 34.87 1 11%
Negrete Javier 11 0 2 1 36.96 1 8%
Ward Dennis 11 0 1 2 6.65 0 15%
Criollo Manuel 10 0 0 1 24.63 0 7%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Cedeno Carol 13 0 0 2 26.89 0 11%
Jurado Eddie 13 0 2 1 20.61 1 6%
Garcia Jose Angel 10 0 1 2 19.28 1 10%

North American Maiden Winners
Abajo--Runawayslew by Survivor Slew; RUNAWAYRICK, g, 3, SRP, Mcl 8000, 4-20, 6 1/2f, 1:21 . B-Lobo Farm (NM.).
Alphabet Soup--Highland Mood by Highland Ruckus; ALPHA HIGH, c, 3, WO, Msw, 4-20, 7f, 1:24 3/5. B-Paradox Farm, Inc. (ON.). C$75,000 '12 ONTSEP. *1/2 to Maritimer(champion in Canada, $362,835).
Any Given Saturday--Glimmer by Deputy Minister; SATURDAY SENSATION, c, 3, PRM, Msw, 4-19, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY.). $25,000 '12 FTKOCT.
Flatter--Raise the Kitty by Kitten's Joy; QUEEN TO BE, f, 3, PEN, Msw, 4-19, 6f, 1:10 4/5. B-Ed Stanco (PA.).
Flight West--Inca Jewel by Tiger Talk; JEWELS GALORE, f, 3, PRM, Mcl 30000, 4-20, 5 1/2f, 1:06 4/5. B-Marlene M. Bryant & Robert M. Bryant (IA.).
Fusaichi Pegasus--Anatolian Queen by Woodman; BODRUM, g, 3, GG, Mcl 20000, 4-19, 1mT, 1:38 3/5. B-ANATOLIA INC. (CA.).
Giant Gizmo--Queen of Queens by King of Kings (IRE); ROBS GIANT GIZMO, g, 3, WO, Msw, 4-20, 6f, 1:12 . B-Windhaven Farm Limited (ON.). C$8,000 '12 ONTSEP.
Gigawatt--Sheza Waltz'n by Chief Seattle; DON'T PLAY TRICKS, c, 3, EVD, Mcl 7500, 4-19, 6f, 1:12 3/5. B-Doris Hebert (LA.).
Half Ours--Dawn's Angel by General Meeting; GREET THE DAY, g, 3, EVD, Mcl 7500, 4-19, 1m, 1:43 3/5. B-Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson (LA.). $7,000 '12 ESLSEP.
Hello Broadway--Cannon Whirl by Island Whirl; TROUBLE WITH GIRLS, g, 3, GP, Mcl 20000, 4-20, 5fT, :56 3/5. B-Ups and Downs Farm (FL.). *1/2 to Gladding(G2$290,300).
Henny Hughes--Guaranteed Victory by Smart Strike; HUGH KNEW, f, 3, SA, Mcl 75000, 4-20, a6 1/2fT, 1:13 2/5. B-Alex Venneri & Marjorie Dye (KY.). $22,000 '12 KEESEP; $60,000 2013 OBSMAR.
Kodiak Kowboy--Sally Ellis by Mr. Greeley; KOWBOY DOC, g, 3, EMD, Mcl 5000, 4-19, 5 1/2f, 1:05 4/5. B-Dale Billings & Linda Billings (KY.). $3,500 '12 BESOCT.
Maimonides--Smoken Theresa by Smoke Glacken; WHITE FRONT FREDDY, g, 3, GG, Mcl 8000, 4-20, 6f, 1:11 4/5. B-Louie Rogers Thoroughbreds LLC (FL.).
Malibu Moon--Danzig Withwolves by Danzig; SUZY MALIBU, f, 3, SA, Msw, 4-20, 5 1/2f, 1:03 4/5. B-Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate (KY.).
Northern Afleet--Precocious by Exploit; CRISTALINO, f, 3, WO, Mcl 40000, 4-20, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-Richard Wira & Yvette Wira (KY.). $22,000 '12 FTKOCT.
Pure Prize--Tolltally Hot by Woodman; BAHAMA RUM PUNCH, g, 3, PRM, Mcl 7500, 4-20, 1m, 1:42 1/5. B-Petros C. Palmas (KY.).
Run Away and Hide--Pulpinit by Pulpit; SAY A HAIL MARY, f, 3, PRM, Msw, 4-19, 5 1/2f, 1:05 4/5. B-Joseph Robson Thoroughbreds (IA.).
Strong Hope--Valiant Fighter by Valiant Nature; NEW NATURE, f, 3, SA, Mcl 20000, 4-20, 7f, 1:24 3/5. B-Mike Bossio & Cheri M. Abner (FL.). $6,000 '12 OBSJAN.
Student Council--Gray Sapphire by Forestry; KING COUNCIL, c, 3, LS, Msw, 4-19, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-Mike Pietrangelo (KY.). $11,000 '12 KEESEP.
Suave--Rose Condor by Touch Gold; C C MIDNIGHT RIDER, g, 3, LS, Mcl 7500, 4-19, 1m, 1:42 . B-Babcock Farm & Suave Syndicate (LA.). $4,000 '12 LTBSEP.
Tapit--Dance Alexa by Southern Halo; TAPPINTOTHEMUSIC, g, 3, CRC, Mcl 12500, 4-20, 6 1/2f, 1:20 . B-SF Bloodstock LLC (KY.). $85,000 '11 KEENOV; $40,000 '12 FTKOCT. *1/2 to Dance Daily(G2).
Thunder Gulch--Goodgollymisspolly by Lil E. Tee; MORNING LILY, f, 3, PRM, Mcl 7500, 4-19, 6f, 1:12 4/5. B-CresRan LLC (OK.).
Chattahoochee War--Merlin's Gift by Kanatiyr (IRE); JOHN'S WAR, f, 4, MNR, Mcl 5000, 4-19, 6f, 1:15 3/5. B-Amerman Racing LLC (CA.). $5,000 2014 BESJAN.
Fullbridled--Golden Sliver by Silver Deputy; GLITTER OF SILVER, g, 4, SA, Mcl 50000, 4-19, 5 1/2f, 1:04 . B-Barbara Kelly (CA.).
Invasor (ARG)--Sweetdownthelane by Quiet American; SPANISH INVADER, g, 4, MNR, Mcl 5000, 4-19, 1m, 1:46 3/5. B-Adena Springs (ON.). $2,200 2013 KEENOV.
Mr. Scotty--Defend to the End by Outflanker; KOSCHECK, g, 4, WO, Msw, 4-20, 5f, :58 2/5. B-Bruno Schickedanz (ON.).
Northern Afleet--Valory by Valiant Nature; JUPITER MAXIMUS, g, 4, PRM, Mcl 20000, 4-20, 5f, :59 2/5. B-Chief One LLC (LA.). $38,000 '11 KEESEP; $50,000 2012 OBSAPR.
Notional--Lily La Belle by Java Gold; I LIKE A KATHY, f, 4, GG, Mcl 25000, 4-20, 5 1/2f, 1:03 1/5. B-William R Peeples (CA.). *1/2 to Final Fling(G3).
Our New Recruit--Galloping Angel by Victory Gallop; FULL FARE, g, 4, LA, Mcl 3500, 4-19, 4 1/2f, :52 4/5. B-Legacy Ranch Inc (CA.).
Johar--Kschessinka by Nureyev; COCODIMAMA, g, 5, MID, Msw, 4-19, 2 1/8mT, 4:21 2/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. M. Roy Jackson (KY.).
One Cool Cat--Personal Design (IRE) by Traditionally; CASUAL CREEPER (IRE), g, 5, MID, Mcl 20000, 4-19, 2 1/8mT, 4:23 . B-Padraig Connolly (IRE.). 9,500EUR 2011 TATIHT.

At a Glance

AT A GLANCE SCHEDULE

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

SPOT PLAYS

For Monday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Mountaineer   (5th) Matty's Enforcer, 3-1
    (7th) Solicitude, 3-1
Parx Racing   (1st) Bren's Friend, 3-1
    (2nd) X Country Girl, 4-1
Turf Paradise   (5th) Crystalline Indy, 3-1
    (7th) Memo From Pat, 3-1

Racing Highlights

For Monday

PARX RACING (12:25): $35,000 alw, 4&up, f&m, 6f (8TH).
TURF PARADISE (4:00): $13,000 alw, 3&up, 1mT (4TH).

*all times Eastern

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

HIGHLIGHTS

For Monday

PARX RACING (12:25): $35,000 alw, 4&up, f&m, 6f (8TH).
TURF PARADISE (4:00): $13,000 alw, 3&up, 1mT (4TH).

*all times Eastern

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