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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014

Triple Crown News & Notes

Hoppertunity, General a Rod work under Twin Spires

Hoppertunity (outside) turned in a work that pleased trainer Bob Baffert (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Kentucky Derby candidate Hoppertunity worked five furlongs in company in 1:00 1/5 after the renovation break Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs with Rosie Napravnik up.

Working in company with Drill, a five-year-old multiple graded stakes winner, Hoppertunity recorded fractions of :12 2/5, :24 2/5, :36 1/5 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13 1/5, seven-eighths in 1:26 3/5 and a mile in 1:41 3/5. The five-eighths move was the second fastest of 15 at the distance.

"I was happy with the work," trainer Bob Baffert said. "I thought it went well even though the workmate didn't put up much of a fight and lost interest."

Hoppertunity, who arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday, enters Derby 140 off a runner-up finish in the Santa Anita Derby behind probable Derby favorite California Chrome.

"I was happy with the way he ran (in the Santa Anita Derby) and he finished well," Baffert said. "I didn't think he was going to beat California Chrome, but he ran a good, solid race.

"He (Hoppertunity) is a laid-back horse and he is not going to wow you. He is just a steady horse and he moves well over the track. We know he can run."

Prior to the Santa Anita Derby, Hoppertunity finished fourth in the Risen Star at Fair Grounds and first in the Rebel at Oaklawn Park.

General a Rod recorded his first official work at Churchill Downs, covering five furlongs in 1:03 2/5 with splits of :13, :26 1/5, 39 and out six furlongs in 1:17 3/5 with exercise rider Joel Barrientos up for trainer Mike Maker.

General a Rod's work came after the morning renovation break and was followed by Louisiana Derby winner Vicar's In Trouble, who galloped.

"They're all in good shape," Maker said. "General a Rod had a routine, maintenance work, so we'll work him back in six days and go from there."

General a Rod, the Gulfstream Park Derby winner, subsequently finished second in the Fountain of Youth and third in the Florida Derby.

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Hoppertunity, General a Rod work under Twin Spires

Hoppertunity (outside) turned in a work that pleased trainer Bob Baffert (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

Kentucky Derby candidate Hoppertunity worked five furlongs in company in 1:00 1/5 after the renovation break Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs with Rosie Napravnik up.

Working in company with Drill, a five-year-old multiple graded stakes winner, Hoppertunity recorded fractions of :12 2/5, :24 2/5, :36 1/5 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13 1/5, seven-eighths in 1:26 3/5 and a mile in 1:41 3/5. The five-eighths move was the second fastest of 15 at the distance.

"I was happy with the work," trainer Bob Baffert said. "I thought it went well even though the workmate didn't put up much of a fight and lost interest."

Hoppertunity, who arrived at Churchill Downs on Monday, enters Derby 140 off a runner-up finish in the Santa Anita Derby behind probable Derby favorite California Chrome.

"I was happy with the way he ran (in the Santa Anita Derby) and he finished well," Baffert said. "I didn't think he was going to beat California Chrome, but he ran a good, solid race.

"He (Hoppertunity) is a laid-back horse and he is not going to wow you. He is just a steady horse and he moves well over the track. We know he can run."

Prior to the Santa Anita Derby, Hoppertunity finished fourth in the Risen Star at Fair Grounds and first in the Rebel at Oaklawn Park.

General a Rod recorded his first official work at Churchill Downs, covering five furlongs in 1:03 2/5 with splits of :13, :26 1/5, 39 and out six furlongs in 1:17 3/5 with exercise rider Joel Barrientos up for trainer Mike Maker.

General a Rod's work came after the morning renovation break and was followed by Louisiana Derby winner Vicar's In Trouble, who galloped.

"They're all in good shape," Maker said. "General a Rod had a routine, maintenance work, so we'll work him back in six days and go from there."

General a Rod, the Gulfstream Park Derby winner, subsequently finished second in the Fountain of Youth and third in the Florida Derby.

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Ria Antonia works five-eighths for Oaks

The Kentucky Oaks will mark Ria Antonia's second start for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert (Matt Wooley/EquiSport Photos)

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Ria Antonia worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 with Rosie Napravnik aboard before the Wednesday morning renovation break at Churchill Downs.

Working on her own, Ria Antonia posted fractions of :12 4/5, :24 3/5 and :48 1/5 with a six-furlong gallop out time 1:14 4/5. The move was the third fastest of 15 at the distance.

"I was happy with the work," trainer Bob Baffert said of Ria Antonia, who arrived in Louisville Monday from Southern California. "She went really nice and moved well over the track."

A distant fourth behind likely Oaks favorite Untapable in the February 22 Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds, Ria Antonia finished second to fellow Oaks contender Fashion Plate in the April 5 Santa Anita Oaks, her first outing since joining the Baffert barn.

Mike Smith, who rode Princess of Sylmar to victory in the 2013 Oaks, has the mount next Friday.

In other Oaks news, the DRF's David Grening tweeted out that trainer Leah Gyarmati has taken Grade 1 winner Sweet Reason out of Oaks consideration in favor of running in the Grade 1, $750,000 Acorn on June 7 at Belmont Park.

With Sweet Reason's defection, Thank You Marylou is now 14th on the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard.

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Ria Antonia works five-eighths for Oaks

The Kentucky Oaks will mark Ria Antonia's second start for Hall of Famer Bob Baffert (Matt Wooley/EquiSport Photos)

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Ria Antonia worked five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 with Rosie Napravnik aboard before the Wednesday morning renovation break at Churchill Downs.

Working on her own, Ria Antonia posted fractions of :12 4/5, :24 3/5 and :48 1/5 with a six-furlong gallop out time 1:14 4/5. The move was the third fastest of 15 at the distance.

"I was happy with the work," trainer Bob Baffert said of Ria Antonia, who arrived in Louisville Monday from Southern California. "She went really nice and moved well over the track."

A distant fourth behind likely Oaks favorite Untapable in the February 22 Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds, Ria Antonia finished second to fellow Oaks contender Fashion Plate in the April 5 Santa Anita Oaks, her first outing since joining the Baffert barn.

Mike Smith, who rode Princess of Sylmar to victory in the 2013 Oaks, has the mount next Friday.

In other Oaks news, the DRF's David Grening tweeted out that trainer Leah Gyarmati has taken Grade 1 winner Sweet Reason out of Oaks consideration in favor of running in the Grade 1, $750,000 Acorn on June 7 at Belmont Park.

With Sweet Reason's defection, Thank You Marylou is now 14th on the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard.

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Derby Trial highlights opening night at Churchill Downs

Chitu could scratch from the Derby Trial in favor of the Kentucky Derby (Coady Photography)

Churchill Downs kicks off its 38-day spring meet Saturday with a night racing program that features the 90th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Derby Trial. First post is 6 p.m. (EDT), with the Derby Trial scheduled for 10:01 p.m.

The centerpiece of the session comes the following weekend, with the 140th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 3 and the 140th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks the day before. Churchill Downs will offer a record six Grade 1 events among its schedule of 24 stakes races worth a total of $7.675 million during the April 26-June 29 spring meet.

Bob Baffert has a pair of Kentucky Derby prospects, Bayern and Chitu, among the 10 entrants in the Derby Trial.

Chitu is already in the main body of the Kentucky Derby field, ranking 12th by points following his victory in the Grade 3 Sunland Derby on March 23. A winner in three of four career starts, the lone setback coming via a runner-up in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis, the Henny Hughes colt drew post 2 with jockey Joel Rosario in the Derby Trial.

"I am going to enter him, but I am not sure if he will run," Baffert said of Chitu. "This gives me an option. He's a lazy work horse. He needs to get one good work and I want to see how he trains."

Bayern is ranked 23rd by points and Baffert will use the Derby Trial as a Preakness prep if it doesn't appear he can get into the main body of the Derby field (Benoit Photography)

Bayern received the innermost post position and Rosie Napravnik is named to ride. A debut maiden special weight scorer on January 4, the Offlee Wild colt recorded a 15-length allowance victory in his second career outing but missed a planned stakes debut in the March 8 San Felipe due to a foot issue. He came back from a two-month hiatus in the Arkansas Derby, weakening to third as the favorite after establishing the early pace, and is eligible to keep improving in his second stakes attempt.

Bayern remains under consideration for the Kentucky Derby but would need help making the field, currently ranking 23rd.

"Bayern likes this track, so I am going to enter him in the Trial and watch for defections (from the Derby field)," Baffert said. "I think the Trial would set him up for the Preakness well."

Spot is another top contender. A sharp 2 1/2-length winner in the Grade 2 Swale at seven furlongs, the Nick Zito-trained gelding was never a factor trying two turns in the Florida Derby, checking in seventh, but the son of Pulpit should appreciate the cutback to a one-turn mile. John Velazquez picks up the mount.

Laddie Boy makes his first start at Churchill Downs since finishing second in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club in late November. Conditioned by Chuck Peery, the gray colt showed little in his first two outings this year on Polytrack, recording a pair of fifths in the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway and the off-the-turf Transylvania at Keeneland, but he will receive an equipment change with blinkers off and picks up the services of the hot-riding Stewart Elliott.

Grade 2-placed Big Sugar Soda tries graded company again following a runner-up in the March 22 Gazebo at Oaklawn Park. Matador has raced exclusively in stakes in all six career starts, with a close fourth in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis being his best outcome this season, and Friendswith K Mill receives class relief after finishing seventh behind California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby.

Embellishing Bob will be tested for class following an encouraging maiden win at Fair Grounds, registering a 102 BRIS Speed rating for the four-length decision. Recent Keeneland allowance winner Myositis Dan and expected long shot Bitters 'n Bourbon round out the field.

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Derby Trial highlights opening night at Churchill Downs

Chitu could scratch from the Derby Trial in favor of the Kentucky Derby (Coady Photography)

Churchill Downs kicks off its 38-day spring meet Saturday with a night racing program that features the 90th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 Derby Trial. First post is 6 p.m. (EDT), with the Derby Trial scheduled for 10:01 p.m.

The centerpiece of the session comes the following weekend, with the 140th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 3 and the 140th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks the day before. Churchill Downs will offer a record six Grade 1 events among its schedule of 24 stakes races worth a total of $7.675 million during the April 26-June 29 spring meet.

Bob Baffert has a pair of Kentucky Derby prospects, Bayern and Chitu, among the 10 entrants in the Derby Trial.

Chitu is already in the main body of the Kentucky Derby field, ranking 12th by points following his victory in the Grade 3 Sunland Derby on March 23. A winner in three of four career starts, the lone setback coming via a runner-up in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis, the Henny Hughes colt drew post 2 with jockey Joel Rosario in the Derby Trial.

"I am going to enter him, but I am not sure if he will run," Baffert said of Chitu. "This gives me an option. He's a lazy work horse. He needs to get one good work and I want to see how he trains."

Bayern is ranked 23rd by points and Baffert will use the Derby Trial as a Preakness prep if it doesn't appear he can get into the main body of the Derby field (Benoit Photography)

Bayern received the innermost post position and Rosie Napravnik is named to ride. A debut maiden special weight scorer on January 4, the Offlee Wild colt recorded a 15-length allowance victory in his second career outing but missed a planned stakes debut in the March 8 San Felipe due to a foot issue. He came back from a two-month hiatus in the Arkansas Derby, weakening to third as the favorite after establishing the early pace, and is eligible to keep improving in his second stakes attempt.

Bayern remains under consideration for the Kentucky Derby but would need help making the field, currently ranking 23rd.

"Bayern likes this track, so I am going to enter him in the Trial and watch for defections (from the Derby field)," Baffert said. "I think the Trial would set him up for the Preakness well."

Spot is another top contender. A sharp 2 1/2-length winner in the Grade 2 Swale at seven furlongs, the Nick Zito-trained gelding was never a factor trying two turns in the Florida Derby, checking in seventh, but the son of Pulpit should appreciate the cutback to a one-turn mile. John Velazquez picks up the mount.

Laddie Boy makes his first start at Churchill Downs since finishing second in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club in late November. Conditioned by Chuck Peery, the gray colt showed little in his first two outings this year on Polytrack, recording a pair of fifths in the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway and the off-the-turf Transylvania at Keeneland, but he will receive an equipment change with blinkers off and picks up the services of the hot-riding Stewart Elliott.

Grade 2-placed Big Sugar Soda tries graded company again following a runner-up in the March 22 Gazebo at Oaklawn Park. Matador has raced exclusively in stakes in all six career starts, with a close fourth in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis being his best outcome this season, and Friendswith K Mill receives class relief after finishing seventh behind California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby.

Embellishing Bob will be tested for class following an encouraging maiden win at Fair Grounds, registering a 102 BRIS Speed rating for the four-length decision. Recent Keeneland allowance winner Myositis Dan and expected long shot Bitters 'n Bourbon round out the field.

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NYRA releases Saratoga stakes schedule

The 146th Saratoga meet will feature a record $17.45 million in stakes purses, topped by the $1.25 million Travers on August 23 and the $1.5 million Whitney on August 2.

Both the 1 1/4-mile Travers for three-year-olds and the 1 1/8-mile Whitney for three-year-olds and up received significant purse increases over their 2013 levels, having been previously worth $1 million and $750,000, respectively.

The 145th running of the Travers is one of four stakes scheduled for August 23 and shares the card with the $500,000 King's Bishop for three-year-old sprinters, the $500,000 Ballerina for filly and mare sprinters, and the $250,000 Ballston Spa for filly and mare turf horses.

Another blockbuster day of stakes action on the schedule is August 2, with the Whitney, one of North America's premier races for older males on the dirt, topping a card that includes five stakes. Joining the Whitney Day program this year will be the $500,000 Test for three-year-old fillies, the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap for older sprinters, and the $100,000 Lure. The $100,000 De La Rose will also once again be part of the Whitney Day festivities this year.

August 24 will be dedicated to the best New York-breds as Saratoga will host the inaugural Saratoga Showcase Day, featuring the Albany, West Point, Yaddo, Fleet Indian, Funny Cide, and Seeking the Ante.

In total, Saratoga will host 33 graded flat races, including 15 Grade 1 events. Opening weekend will feature the $500,000 Diana for fillies and mares on the turf on July 19 and the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks for three-year-old fillies on July 20.

Three-year-olds will have the spotlight on July 26 as they will compete in the $600,000 Jim Dandy at 1 1/8 miles and the $200,000 Amsterdam at 6 1/2 furlongs. In the past 10 years, seven horses have used the Jim Dandy as a springboard to a victory in the Travers.

The $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap, won the past two years by two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, is the featured race on August 9. The Fourstardave is a one-mile turf race for three-year-olds and up.

The 1 1/8-mile Coaching Club American Oaks precedes the $600,000 Alabama, New York's top race for three-year-old fillies. The 1 1/4-mile Alabama is scheduled for August 16. $300,000 Lake Placid, also for three-year-old fillies, will be contested on the turf as part of the Alabama undercard.

The final Saturday, August 30, will include four stakes, topped by the $600,000 Woodward for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles. Older males also will compete in the $500,000 Forego at seven furlongs on the main track and in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch on the turf. Sophomore fillies will sprint in the $300,000 Prioress.

Completing the list of Grade 1 races on the flat are the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational on August 17, the $350,000 Spinaway on August 31, and the $350,000 Hopeful on closing day, September 1.

"This exciting stakes menu will ensure that Saratoga Race Course again hosts the finest race meeting in North America, and our enhanced Whitney Day reflects our desire to make it one of the most significant days on the national racing calendar," said Chris Kay, CEO and President of The New York Racing Association. "Our new racing personnel, led by Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Martin Panza and Racing Secretary Frank Gabriel Jr., are working every day to improve the quality of racing -- as reflected in this powerful collection of outstanding races."

Saratoga will also host a pair of Grade 1 steeplechase races: the $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial on July 31, and the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup, run in memory of Thomas H. Voss, on August 21.

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NYRA releases Saratoga stakes schedule

The 146th Saratoga meet will feature a record $17.45 million in stakes purses, topped by the $1.25 million Travers on August 23 and the $1.5 million Whitney on August 2.

Both the 1 1/4-mile Travers for three-year-olds and the 1 1/8-mile Whitney for three-year-olds and up received significant purse increases over their 2013 levels, having been previously worth $1 million and $750,000, respectively.

The 145th running of the Travers is one of four stakes scheduled for August 23 and shares the card with the $500,000 King's Bishop for three-year-old sprinters, the $500,000 Ballerina for filly and mare sprinters, and the $250,000 Ballston Spa for filly and mare turf horses.

Another blockbuster day of stakes action on the schedule is August 2, with the Whitney, one of North America's premier races for older males on the dirt, topping a card that includes five stakes. Joining the Whitney Day program this year will be the $500,000 Test for three-year-old fillies, the $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap for older sprinters, and the $100,000 Lure. The $100,000 De La Rose will also once again be part of the Whitney Day festivities this year.

August 24 will be dedicated to the best New York-breds as Saratoga will host the inaugural Saratoga Showcase Day, featuring the Albany, West Point, Yaddo, Fleet Indian, Funny Cide, and Seeking the Ante.

In total, Saratoga will host 33 graded flat races, including 15 Grade 1 events. Opening weekend will feature the $500,000 Diana for fillies and mares on the turf on July 19 and the $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks for three-year-old fillies on July 20.

Three-year-olds will have the spotlight on July 26 as they will compete in the $600,000 Jim Dandy at 1 1/8 miles and the $200,000 Amsterdam at 6 1/2 furlongs. In the past 10 years, seven horses have used the Jim Dandy as a springboard to a victory in the Travers.

The $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap, won the past two years by two-time reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, is the featured race on August 9. The Fourstardave is a one-mile turf race for three-year-olds and up.

The 1 1/8-mile Coaching Club American Oaks precedes the $600,000 Alabama, New York's top race for three-year-old fillies. The 1 1/4-mile Alabama is scheduled for August 16. $300,000 Lake Placid, also for three-year-old fillies, will be contested on the turf as part of the Alabama undercard.

The final Saturday, August 30, will include four stakes, topped by the $600,000 Woodward for three-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles. Older males also will compete in the $500,000 Forego at seven furlongs on the main track and in the $250,000 Bernard Baruch on the turf. Sophomore fillies will sprint in the $300,000 Prioress.

Completing the list of Grade 1 races on the flat are the $500,000 Sword Dancer Invitational on August 17, the $350,000 Spinaway on August 31, and the $350,000 Hopeful on closing day, September 1.

"This exciting stakes menu will ensure that Saratoga Race Course again hosts the finest race meeting in North America, and our enhanced Whitney Day reflects our desire to make it one of the most significant days on the national racing calendar," said Chris Kay, CEO and President of The New York Racing Association. "Our new racing personnel, led by Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Martin Panza and Racing Secretary Frank Gabriel Jr., are working every day to improve the quality of racing -- as reflected in this powerful collection of outstanding races."

Saratoga will also host a pair of Grade 1 steeplechase races: the $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial on July 31, and the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup, run in memory of Thomas H. Voss, on August 21.

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International entries abound for Royal Ascot races

No fewer than 11 nations are represented among the entries for this year's seven Royal Ascot Group 1 races, which were released Wednesday.

The Hong Kong-trained winners of both Group 1 sprints on Dubai World Cup night, Sterling City and Amber Sky, are expected to head the early betting markets for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and King's Stand Stakes, respectively.

Sterling City is set to take in the KrisFlyer Sprint in Singapore before a final decision is made on Royal Ascot but if successful there, he would be racing for the $1 million bonus at Royal Ascot, having already won Dubai's leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.

The bonus is payable to the connections of any horse successful in three of ten legs of the Global Sprint Challenge. The next leg is the KrisFlyer Sprint in Singapore on May 18, followed by the two Royal Ascot sprints and the July Cup at Newmarket on July 12.

The United States is represented in the initial entries for the King's Stand by Ancil, who broke the five-furlong track record when winning at Tampa Bay Downs in March. Trainer Joan Scott is expected to be the first lady trainer from the United States to saddle a runner at Royal Ascot.

South Africa's Shea Shea was narrowly denied by fellow entry, Ireland's Sole Powerm, in last year's King's Stand and both are expected to line up again.

Australia, successful four times in the King's Stand, is represented by last year's champion three-year-old sprinter Zoustar, although he is more likely to take up his engagement in the Diamond Jubilee where, in addition to Sterling City, international representation could include North American sprinters Occasional View and Laugh Track.

Occasional View won the Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland on April 12 with Canadian-trained Laugh Track less than three lengths behind in third, the last named having been beaten just a neck in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita in November.

The Queen Anne Stakes has attracted its most cosmopolitan entries ever, with eight countries represented at the closing stage.

Australia's champion miler Sacred Falls heads the international cast having won the Doncaster Mile on April 12 at The Championships in Sydney. He went on to finish second to the retired It's a Dundeel in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, also at Randwick, the following week.

Hong Kong has three entries headed by Able Friend, second in the Hong Kong Derby over 10 furlongs in March and a winner back over a mile at local Group 2 level on his next start. He heads next to the Champions Mile at Sha Tin on May 4 where likely opponents could include fellow Queen Anne entries Gold Fun, second in the Hong Kong Mile in December, and Blazing Speed, who is a regular in the big Hong Kong races between a mile and 10 furlongs.

South Africa's entry is Soft Falling Rain, second in the recent Godolphin Mile in Dubai, whilst the United States could be represented by Golden Ticket, who dead-heated in the 2012 Travers and was second in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile last year.

The United States is also represented by proxy in the Queen Anne through Verrazano, who was fourth in that Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile when trained by Todd Pletcher.

Germany, France, Ireland, and the United Kingdom are also represented. Richard Hannon has entered Sussex Stakes winner Toronado, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Olympic Glory and One Thousand Guineas and Coronation Stakes winner Sky Lantern, although she is likely to start her year in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.

The Prince of Wales's Stakes will be many people's idea of the race of the week this year with French-trained Arc winner Treve an intended runner pending her reappearance at Longchamp this weekend.

Compatriot and Ascot regular Cirrus des Aigles and Ocovango make up a powerful French entry for the race which also includes a fascinating possible runner from Hong Kong in Akeed Mofeed.

Akeed Mofeed, winner of Hong Kong's premier race last year, the Hong Kong Cup, has been forced to miss this weekend's Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin through injury and also been ruled out of the Singapore Cup in May, but has nevertheless been entered for Royal Ascot.

Breeders' Cup Turf winner Magician and Epsom Derby winner Ruler of the World head Aidan O'Brien's entries while others of note include last year's Prince of Wales's runner-up Mukhadram, who was second in the Dubai World Cup in March; last year's Irish Derby winner Trading Leather, and Yorkshire Oaks winner The Fugue.

There is no doubt that the star name amongst the entries for the Gold Cup is The Queen's reigning champion, Estimate, although the favorite for the race is likely to be last year's St Leger winner Leading Light in what could be a fascinating clash between the last two winners of the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot.

The United States could be represented by Frac Daddy, a recent winner at Keeneland in the Ban Ali Stakes, while entries have also been received from France, Spain and Germany for Europe's long-distance championship.

"We are delighted to see so many continents represented and especially pleased with the depth of entries from Hong Kong after their sprinters stole the show on Dubai World Cup night," said Nick Smith, Head of Communications and International Racing at Ascot.

"The entries from North America look high quality this year too and, in addition to a large contingent from Kenny McPeek at this stage, and the very quick Ancil and Laugh Track, we are expecting No Nay Never to try to supplement his Norfolk Stakes win of last year in the Jersey Stakes. (Trainer) Wesley (Ward) reports that he is putting together his usual string of two year olds for the trip and Todd Pletcher has also shown interest in sending juveniles this year.

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International entries abound for Royal Ascot races

No fewer than 11 nations are represented among the entries for this year's seven Royal Ascot Group 1 races, which were released Wednesday.

The Hong Kong-trained winners of both Group 1 sprints on Dubai World Cup night, Sterling City and Amber Sky, are expected to head the early betting markets for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and King's Stand Stakes, respectively.

Sterling City is set to take in the KrisFlyer Sprint in Singapore before a final decision is made on Royal Ascot but if successful there, he would be racing for the $1 million bonus at Royal Ascot, having already won Dubai's leg of the Global Sprint Challenge.

The bonus is payable to the connections of any horse successful in three of ten legs of the Global Sprint Challenge. The next leg is the KrisFlyer Sprint in Singapore on May 18, followed by the two Royal Ascot sprints and the July Cup at Newmarket on July 12.

The United States is represented in the initial entries for the King's Stand by Ancil, who broke the five-furlong track record when winning at Tampa Bay Downs in March. Trainer Joan Scott is expected to be the first lady trainer from the United States to saddle a runner at Royal Ascot.

South Africa's Shea Shea was narrowly denied by fellow entry, Ireland's Sole Powerm, in last year's King's Stand and both are expected to line up again.

Australia, successful four times in the King's Stand, is represented by last year's champion three-year-old sprinter Zoustar, although he is more likely to take up his engagement in the Diamond Jubilee where, in addition to Sterling City, international representation could include North American sprinters Occasional View and Laugh Track.

Occasional View won the Commonwealth Stakes at Keeneland on April 12 with Canadian-trained Laugh Track less than three lengths behind in third, the last named having been beaten just a neck in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita in November.

The Queen Anne Stakes has attracted its most cosmopolitan entries ever, with eight countries represented at the closing stage.

Australia's champion miler Sacred Falls heads the international cast having won the Doncaster Mile on April 12 at The Championships in Sydney. He went on to finish second to the retired It's a Dundeel in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, also at Randwick, the following week.

Hong Kong has three entries headed by Able Friend, second in the Hong Kong Derby over 10 furlongs in March and a winner back over a mile at local Group 2 level on his next start. He heads next to the Champions Mile at Sha Tin on May 4 where likely opponents could include fellow Queen Anne entries Gold Fun, second in the Hong Kong Mile in December, and Blazing Speed, who is a regular in the big Hong Kong races between a mile and 10 furlongs.

South Africa's entry is Soft Falling Rain, second in the recent Godolphin Mile in Dubai, whilst the United States could be represented by Golden Ticket, who dead-heated in the 2012 Travers and was second in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile last year.

The United States is also represented by proxy in the Queen Anne through Verrazano, who was fourth in that Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile when trained by Todd Pletcher.

Germany, France, Ireland, and the United Kingdom are also represented. Richard Hannon has entered Sussex Stakes winner Toronado, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes winner Olympic Glory and One Thousand Guineas and Coronation Stakes winner Sky Lantern, although she is likely to start her year in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes.

The Prince of Wales's Stakes will be many people's idea of the race of the week this year with French-trained Arc winner Treve an intended runner pending her reappearance at Longchamp this weekend.

Compatriot and Ascot regular Cirrus des Aigles and Ocovango make up a powerful French entry for the race which also includes a fascinating possible runner from Hong Kong in Akeed Mofeed.

Akeed Mofeed, winner of Hong Kong's premier race last year, the Hong Kong Cup, has been forced to miss this weekend's Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin through injury and also been ruled out of the Singapore Cup in May, but has nevertheless been entered for Royal Ascot.

Breeders' Cup Turf winner Magician and Epsom Derby winner Ruler of the World head Aidan O'Brien's entries while others of note include last year's Prince of Wales's runner-up Mukhadram, who was second in the Dubai World Cup in March; last year's Irish Derby winner Trading Leather, and Yorkshire Oaks winner The Fugue.

There is no doubt that the star name amongst the entries for the Gold Cup is The Queen's reigning champion, Estimate, although the favorite for the race is likely to be last year's St Leger winner Leading Light in what could be a fascinating clash between the last two winners of the Queen's Vase at Royal Ascot.

The United States could be represented by Frac Daddy, a recent winner at Keeneland in the Ban Ali Stakes, while entries have also been received from France, Spain and Germany for Europe's long-distance championship.

"We are delighted to see so many continents represented and especially pleased with the depth of entries from Hong Kong after their sprinters stole the show on Dubai World Cup night," said Nick Smith, Head of Communications and International Racing at Ascot.

"The entries from North America look high quality this year too and, in addition to a large contingent from Kenny McPeek at this stage, and the very quick Ancil and Laugh Track, we are expecting No Nay Never to try to supplement his Norfolk Stakes win of last year in the Jersey Stakes. (Trainer) Wesley (Ward) reports that he is putting together his usual string of two year olds for the trip and Todd Pletcher has also shown interest in sending juveniles this year.

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De Kock high on QEII runners at Sha Tin

South African trainer Mike de Kock is no stranger to success in Sha Tin's Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup, having lifted Hong Kong's 2000-meter spring feature on two occasions with Irridescence (2006) and Archipenko (2008), and the conditioner is back with two chances for Sunday's renewal. De Kock is set to saddle Jebel Hatta winner Vercingetorix and the smart Sanshaawes, both of whom appeared on the Sha Tin all-weather for the first time Wednesday.

"Both horses traveled very well. They've arrived safe and sound and just needed a stretch of the legs this morning. It's all good at the moment. No issues. They're well used to traveling," said assistant trainer Trevor Brown, who is currently overseeing preparations.

De Kock noted that he has been pleased with Vercingetorix's progress since the four-year-old's last out second in the March 29 Dubai Duty Free.

"He came out of the race very well," the trainer remarked. "He didn't travel well to Dubai and it may have been a blessing in disguise because it just gave him that much more time and it probably enabled us then to be able to go on the road to Hong Kong and possibly to Singapore as well."

De Kock compared Vercingetorix to his two previous QEII winners.

"If one looks at the ratings, he's probably got to be in a similar league as Irridescence and Archipenko. He's rated 118 now but he'd be 118-plus. I think he's on the way up but he'd have to be on a plus rating to win -- there are horses rated 124 and thereabouts. He is on the up, it's hard to compare generations but I'd put him in that league."

Sanshaawes captured a pair of 2000-meter handicaps at the Dubai carnival and was seventh in the Dubai World Cup

"I think you can draw a line through (the Dubai World Cup) -- Sanshaawes is a very hot horse," de Kock added. "He got worked up on the day. He does get worked up, he sweats up, that's normal, but he reared up quite badly in the pens and got his leg over.

"Nothing went right for him and he was a little tight in running, so he's a lot better than that and we felt he would have been in the first four if things had gone his way. If he gets a clear run he should be thereabouts on Sunday."

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De Kock high on QEII runners at Sha Tin

South African trainer Mike de Kock is no stranger to success in Sha Tin's Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup, having lifted Hong Kong's 2000-meter spring feature on two occasions with Irridescence (2006) and Archipenko (2008), and the conditioner is back with two chances for Sunday's renewal. De Kock is set to saddle Jebel Hatta winner Vercingetorix and the smart Sanshaawes, both of whom appeared on the Sha Tin all-weather for the first time Wednesday.

"Both horses traveled very well. They've arrived safe and sound and just needed a stretch of the legs this morning. It's all good at the moment. No issues. They're well used to traveling," said assistant trainer Trevor Brown, who is currently overseeing preparations.

De Kock noted that he has been pleased with Vercingetorix's progress since the four-year-old's last out second in the March 29 Dubai Duty Free.

"He came out of the race very well," the trainer remarked. "He didn't travel well to Dubai and it may have been a blessing in disguise because it just gave him that much more time and it probably enabled us then to be able to go on the road to Hong Kong and possibly to Singapore as well."

De Kock compared Vercingetorix to his two previous QEII winners.

"If one looks at the ratings, he's probably got to be in a similar league as Irridescence and Archipenko. He's rated 118 now but he'd be 118-plus. I think he's on the way up but he'd have to be on a plus rating to win -- there are horses rated 124 and thereabouts. He is on the up, it's hard to compare generations but I'd put him in that league."

Sanshaawes captured a pair of 2000-meter handicaps at the Dubai carnival and was seventh in the Dubai World Cup

"I think you can draw a line through (the Dubai World Cup) -- Sanshaawes is a very hot horse," de Kock added. "He got worked up on the day. He does get worked up, he sweats up, that's normal, but he reared up quite badly in the pens and got his leg over.

"Nothing went right for him and he was a little tight in running, so he's a lot better than that and we felt he would have been in the first four if things had gone his way. If he gets a clear run he should be thereabouts on Sunday."

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Player to deliver keynote address at inaugural Owner Conference

Gary Player, a legend in the golfing world and a long-time Thoroughbred owner, breeder and advocate of Thoroughbred aftercare, will deliver the keynote address when OwnerView, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and The Jockey Club host the inaugural Thoroughbred Owner Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, October 13-16.

Player has owned the 20,000-acre Gary Player Stud in South Africa since 1974 and is consistently among the leading breeders in South Africa. He has frequently implored those involved in horse racing to come up with innovative ideas that would generate interest in the sport.

The Thoroughbred Owner Conference will take place at historic Keeneland Race Course and it will be co-presented by Del Mar, Keeneland, NYRA and The Stronach Group.

"Our goal in hosting this conference is to showcase a unique lifestyle, whether you are an experienced owner or a potential investor in the Thoroughbred industry," said Bill Thomason, the president and chief executive officer of the Keeneland Association. "Del Mar, NYRA, The Stronach Group and Keeneland all realize and appreciate that Thoroughbred owners play a critical role in our industry, and we all want to make the ownership experience immensely enjoyable at every juncture."

Attendees at the conference will enjoy a welcome reception at Adena Springs Farm, an evening dinner, a day of racing and numerous opportunities to network with panelists and industry personnel alike.

"The OwnerView initiative has really grown tremendously in a short period of time, and this conference is just a natural extension of our efforts to retain and attract owners," said Gary Falter, vice president of Operations for OwnerView. "We are grateful to Keeneland for making its facility available and to all four racing organizations for their sponsorship support."

Conference details, including the complete schedule of events, registration forms, host hotel information and other tourism tips for the Bluegrass Region, are available at ownerview.com.

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Player to deliver keynote address at inaugural Owner Conference

Gary Player, a legend in the golfing world and a long-time Thoroughbred owner, breeder and advocate of Thoroughbred aftercare, will deliver the keynote address when OwnerView, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association and The Jockey Club host the inaugural Thoroughbred Owner Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, October 13-16.

Player has owned the 20,000-acre Gary Player Stud in South Africa since 1974 and is consistently among the leading breeders in South Africa. He has frequently implored those involved in horse racing to come up with innovative ideas that would generate interest in the sport.

The Thoroughbred Owner Conference will take place at historic Keeneland Race Course and it will be co-presented by Del Mar, Keeneland, NYRA and The Stronach Group.

"Our goal in hosting this conference is to showcase a unique lifestyle, whether you are an experienced owner or a potential investor in the Thoroughbred industry," said Bill Thomason, the president and chief executive officer of the Keeneland Association. "Del Mar, NYRA, The Stronach Group and Keeneland all realize and appreciate that Thoroughbred owners play a critical role in our industry, and we all want to make the ownership experience immensely enjoyable at every juncture."

Attendees at the conference will enjoy a welcome reception at Adena Springs Farm, an evening dinner, a day of racing and numerous opportunities to network with panelists and industry personnel alike.

"The OwnerView initiative has really grown tremendously in a short period of time, and this conference is just a natural extension of our efforts to retain and attract owners," said Gary Falter, vice president of Operations for OwnerView. "We are grateful to Keeneland for making its facility available and to all four racing organizations for their sponsorship support."

Conference details, including the complete schedule of events, registration forms, host hotel information and other tourism tips for the Bluegrass Region, are available at ownerview.com.

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Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame announces 2014 Legend inductees

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (CHRHF) is pleased to announce its 2014 Legend inductees. Legends are people and horses whose accomplishments were achieved more than 50 years ago. They made unique contributions to horse racing in Canada and the CHRHF is pleased to recognize the special roles they played.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will celebrate the inductions of these deserving legends at the CHRHF President's Reception scheduled to take place May 23 at 5 p.m. (EDT) in the Hall of Fame at Woodbine. The reception will also feature the official unveiling of the display boards for the 2013 inductees, as well as the introduction of the 2014 inductees.

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is a dual hall representing both Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds. Inductees are added annually to build an ever-growing honor roll in the category of Builders, Drivers/Trainers, Jockeys/Trainers, Communicators, Veterans and Legends.

Standardbred Legend

  • E. King Dodds
  • In 1870, E. (Edmund) King Dodds founded The Canadian Sportsman, a horse racing magazine that would exist for the next 143 years. During his 40 years as editor ending in 1910, Thoroughbreds were the main focus of the publication with coverage of harness racing and steeplechase. Hunting, fishing, curling and other sports were featured, as well as racing on ice. The publication reveled in the gossip and yarns from the backstretch, gambling parlors and saloons.

    Dodds was the ultimate purveyor of the early years of horse racing in the province. His quaint and often acerbic style of recollections of horse racing from as early as the 1840s, was published in 1909 in a book -- "Canadian Turf Collections and Other Sketches."

    Dodds' founding of The Sportsman in 1870 provided the horse racing industry with a formidable partner. It would evolve into the premier Standardbred magazine, the Bible of the sulky world.

    Thoroughbred Legend

  • Archworth
  • The year was 1939 and for the first time in Plate history a ruling monarch was in attendance to witness the 80th running of this race when Archworth galloped to a 10-length victory at majestic Woodbine Park.

    "Royalty saluted royalty," wrote Ralph Allen, as he hailed this momentous occasion when King George VI bestowed fifty sovereigns and a gold-plated trophy to the publisher of the Globe and Mail newspaper, C. George McCullagh, owner of the mercury-footed colt he had bought for a mere $500 at a public auction of yearlings in 1937.

    Acclaimed as Canada's champion two-year-old with victories in the Mrs. Orpen's Cup and Saucer and Clarendon Stakes in 1938, Archworth dominated the racing scene in 1939 as he captured the Prince of Wales and Breeders' Stakes. It would be 1959 before this trio of races became an official event, the year of the next royal visit. The chestnut colt's King's Plate victory on a day he toyed with his 12 foes signaled an important rule change in rules -- it was now open only to three-year-olds.

    Additional details are available at canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com.

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    Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame announces 2014 Legend inductees

    The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (CHRHF) is pleased to announce its 2014 Legend inductees. Legends are people and horses whose accomplishments were achieved more than 50 years ago. They made unique contributions to horse racing in Canada and the CHRHF is pleased to recognize the special roles they played.

    The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame will celebrate the inductions of these deserving legends at the CHRHF President's Reception scheduled to take place May 23 at 5 p.m. (EDT) in the Hall of Fame at Woodbine. The reception will also feature the official unveiling of the display boards for the 2013 inductees, as well as the introduction of the 2014 inductees.

    The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame is a dual hall representing both Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds. Inductees are added annually to build an ever-growing honor roll in the category of Builders, Drivers/Trainers, Jockeys/Trainers, Communicators, Veterans and Legends.

    Standardbred Legend

  • E. King Dodds
  • In 1870, E. (Edmund) King Dodds founded The Canadian Sportsman, a horse racing magazine that would exist for the next 143 years. During his 40 years as editor ending in 1910, Thoroughbreds were the main focus of the publication with coverage of harness racing and steeplechase. Hunting, fishing, curling and other sports were featured, as well as racing on ice. The publication reveled in the gossip and yarns from the backstretch, gambling parlors and saloons.

    Dodds was the ultimate purveyor of the early years of horse racing in the province. His quaint and often acerbic style of recollections of horse racing from as early as the 1840s, was published in 1909 in a book -- "Canadian Turf Collections and Other Sketches."

    Dodds' founding of The Sportsman in 1870 provided the horse racing industry with a formidable partner. It would evolve into the premier Standardbred magazine, the Bible of the sulky world.

    Thoroughbred Legend

  • Archworth
  • The year was 1939 and for the first time in Plate history a ruling monarch was in attendance to witness the 80th running of this race when Archworth galloped to a 10-length victory at majestic Woodbine Park.

    "Royalty saluted royalty," wrote Ralph Allen, as he hailed this momentous occasion when King George VI bestowed fifty sovereigns and a gold-plated trophy to the publisher of the Globe and Mail newspaper, C. George McCullagh, owner of the mercury-footed colt he had bought for a mere $500 at a public auction of yearlings in 1937.

    Acclaimed as Canada's champion two-year-old with victories in the Mrs. Orpen's Cup and Saucer and Clarendon Stakes in 1938, Archworth dominated the racing scene in 1939 as he captured the Prince of Wales and Breeders' Stakes. It would be 1959 before this trio of races became an official event, the year of the next royal visit. The chestnut colt's King's Plate victory on a day he toyed with his 12 foes signaled an important rule change in rules -- it was now open only to three-year-olds.

    Additional details are available at canadianhorseracinghalloffame.com.

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    Bourbon Lane Stable establishes retirement pasture at Old Friends

    Bourbon Lane Stable, a national horse-racing partnership based in Lexington, Kentucky, has established a retirement pasture for its horses at Old Friends. The Bourbon Lane Stable retirement pasture will be dedicated at the 10th annual Old Friends Homecoming on May 4 at 3 p.m. (EDT).

    The pasture, approximately 15 acres in size, will be made available to any off-the-track Thoroughbred who has raced in the Bourbon Lane colors, regardless of whether the horse retired directly from the stable. The retirement pasture is for horses who can't be retrained for a second career or those not suitable for a second career.

    One Bourbon Lane horse, Johannesbourbon, has already taken up residency. A five-year-old by Johannesburg, Johannesbourbon ran 12 times. He won four times and ran second five times, winning more than $68,000 in purse money. Because of knee issues, Johannesbourbon is unable to train for a second career.

    "Bourbon Lane Stable's establishment of a retirement pasture for its horses is a tremendous example of enlightened owners taking the initiative to plan for their horses' retirements," said Michael Blowen, president of Old Friends. "A retirement pasture is like Social Security or a 401(k) plan for Thoroughbreds, and Bourbon Lane is making sure its horses are cared for once their racing days are over."

    The retirement pasture was secured with a $25,000 donation from Bourbon Lane Stable to Old Friends.

    Bourbon Lane made the decision to secure a retirement pasture for its horses, with the hope that other horse owners will consider after-care management as part of their organization.

    "At Bourbon Lane, we are careful to track where our horses go when they leave us. Having a retirement pasture at Old Friends helps us do our part," said Mike McMahon, a managing partner at Bourbon Lane Stable. "We applaud the work they do at Old Friends. They've put together an organization where retired Thoroughbreds are well cared for and celebrated, and we are pleased to be part of that mission."

    More information about Bourbon Lane Stable may be found at www.bourbonlanestable.com. For information about Old Friends, please visit oldfriendsequine.org.

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    Bourbon Lane Stable establishes retirement pasture at Old Friends

    Bourbon Lane Stable, a national horse-racing partnership based in Lexington, Kentucky, has established a retirement pasture for its horses at Old Friends. The Bourbon Lane Stable retirement pasture will be dedicated at the 10th annual Old Friends Homecoming on May 4 at 3 p.m. (EDT).

    The pasture, approximately 15 acres in size, will be made available to any off-the-track Thoroughbred who has raced in the Bourbon Lane colors, regardless of whether the horse retired directly from the stable. The retirement pasture is for horses who can't be retrained for a second career or those not suitable for a second career.

    One Bourbon Lane horse, Johannesbourbon, has already taken up residency. A five-year-old by Johannesburg, Johannesbourbon ran 12 times. He won four times and ran second five times, winning more than $68,000 in purse money. Because of knee issues, Johannesbourbon is unable to train for a second career.

    "Bourbon Lane Stable's establishment of a retirement pasture for its horses is a tremendous example of enlightened owners taking the initiative to plan for their horses' retirements," said Michael Blowen, president of Old Friends. "A retirement pasture is like Social Security or a 401(k) plan for Thoroughbreds, and Bourbon Lane is making sure its horses are cared for once their racing days are over."

    The retirement pasture was secured with a $25,000 donation from Bourbon Lane Stable to Old Friends.

    Bourbon Lane made the decision to secure a retirement pasture for its horses, with the hope that other horse owners will consider after-care management as part of their organization.

    "At Bourbon Lane, we are careful to track where our horses go when they leave us. Having a retirement pasture at Old Friends helps us do our part," said Mike McMahon, a managing partner at Bourbon Lane Stable. "We applaud the work they do at Old Friends. They've put together an organization where retired Thoroughbreds are well cared for and celebrated, and we are pleased to be part of that mission."

    More information about Bourbon Lane Stable may be found at www.bourbonlanestable.com. For information about Old Friends, please visit oldfriendsequine.org.

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    Radiohead retired to Old Friends in New York

    Old Friends announced that Group 2 victor Radiohead has joined its band of retired racehorses.

    In late 2009, IEAH purchased Radiohead as a Breeders' Cup Juvenile contender with Kentucky Derby prospects. Bred in Great Britain by Redmyre Bloodstock and S. Hillen, the Johannesburg colt was consigned by Ballyhimikin Stud at the Tattersalls October 2008 Yearling Sale and purchased by Hugo Merry Bloodstock for $143,038.

    Radiohead had won two of six starts in England, including the 2009 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, and was multiple Group 1-placed thanks to the Middle Park and Nunthorpe.

    Racing for IEAH Stables, Pegasus Holding Group, Carmen Burrell and Jonathan Harvey in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Radiohead had to be steadied by Edgar Prado and failed to recover ground over the Santa Anita Pro-Ride surface. Transferred to trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., the colt won his first 2010 start in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park, but his Kentucky Derby bid ended in a ninth-place finish in the Florida Derby. The next year he finished fourth in the 2011 Jaipur Stakes at Belmont.

    After being gelded, Radiohead won a $20,000 start in 2012 at the Ocala Training Center for owner-trainer James K. Chapman, was later raced by Drawing Away Stable and David Jacobson, and claimed in August 2013 by Antonacci Racing and Gerald Antonacci.

    Radiohead continued to hit the board at that level, though without further wins. Trainer Danny Gargan gave him time off during the fall and winter. When he breezed the seven-year-old gelding on April 14, Gargan felt it was time to retire the old campaigner.

    Chris Antonacci and Gargan contacted Lorita Lindemann because of her role in instituting Suffolk Downs' "Zero Tolerance" policy and her longtime involvement in Thoroughbred aftercare. On behalf of Antonacci and Gargan, Lindemann worked with Old Friends president Michael Blowen to retire Radiohead to Clermont Farm near Clermont, New York.

    "Owner Chris Antonacci and trainer Danny Gargan used their astute horsemanship to recognize that Radiohead's best days were behind him and that the classy gelding deserved a dignified retirement," Blowen said. "Lorita Lindemann is extremely efficient at working out the arrangements for so many Thoroughbreds whose racing careers are over. We're grateful to all of them and to Clermont Farm for taking him in."

    Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 125 retired racehorses. It's Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, Kentucky, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility in Greenfield Center, New York, Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at 502-863-1775 or see their website at oldfriendsequine.org.

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    Radiohead retired to Old Friends in New York

    Old Friends announced that Group 2 victor Radiohead has joined its band of retired racehorses.

    In late 2009, IEAH purchased Radiohead as a Breeders' Cup Juvenile contender with Kentucky Derby prospects. Bred in Great Britain by Redmyre Bloodstock and S. Hillen, the Johannesburg colt was consigned by Ballyhimikin Stud at the Tattersalls October 2008 Yearling Sale and purchased by Hugo Merry Bloodstock for $143,038.

    Radiohead had won two of six starts in England, including the 2009 Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot, and was multiple Group 1-placed thanks to the Middle Park and Nunthorpe.

    Racing for IEAH Stables, Pegasus Holding Group, Carmen Burrell and Jonathan Harvey in the 2009 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Radiohead had to be steadied by Edgar Prado and failed to recover ground over the Santa Anita Pro-Ride surface. Transferred to trainer Richard Dutrow Jr., the colt won his first 2010 start in an allowance race at Gulfstream Park, but his Kentucky Derby bid ended in a ninth-place finish in the Florida Derby. The next year he finished fourth in the 2011 Jaipur Stakes at Belmont.

    After being gelded, Radiohead won a $20,000 start in 2012 at the Ocala Training Center for owner-trainer James K. Chapman, was later raced by Drawing Away Stable and David Jacobson, and claimed in August 2013 by Antonacci Racing and Gerald Antonacci.

    Radiohead continued to hit the board at that level, though without further wins. Trainer Danny Gargan gave him time off during the fall and winter. When he breezed the seven-year-old gelding on April 14, Gargan felt it was time to retire the old campaigner.

    Chris Antonacci and Gargan contacted Lorita Lindemann because of her role in instituting Suffolk Downs' "Zero Tolerance" policy and her longtime involvement in Thoroughbred aftercare. On behalf of Antonacci and Gargan, Lindemann worked with Old Friends president Michael Blowen to retire Radiohead to Clermont Farm near Clermont, New York.

    "Owner Chris Antonacci and trainer Danny Gargan used their astute horsemanship to recognize that Radiohead's best days were behind him and that the classy gelding deserved a dignified retirement," Blowen said. "Lorita Lindemann is extremely efficient at working out the arrangements for so many Thoroughbreds whose racing careers are over. We're grateful to all of them and to Clermont Farm for taking him in."

    Old Friends is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that cares for more than 125 retired racehorses. It's Dream Chase Farm, located in Georgetown, Kentucky, is open to tourists daily by appointment. Old Friends also has a satellite facility in Greenfield Center, New York, Old Friends at Cabin Creek: The Bobby Frankel Division. For more information on tours or to make a donation, contact the main farm at 502-863-1775 or see their website at oldfriendsequine.org.

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    Triple Crown News & Notes

    Stewart waiting on a spot for Commanding Curve

    Tuesday morning was relatively calm at Churchill Downs, with no workouts from Kentucky Derby contenders. Among the runners visiting the track was Louisiana Derby third-placer Commanding Curve, who galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Emerson Chavez.

    Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Dallas Stewart, Commanding Curve stands 21st on the "Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard Presented by TwinSpires.com" with 20 points.

    "We're still just waiting," Stewart said, "that's all you can do. I think he's right on par with (2013 Kentucky Derby runner-up) Golden Soul last year. I think he's every bit as good and he's been handling this track really well."

    With 11 days remaining until the 140th running of the Run for the Roses, Stewart is in the same position as last year -- on the outside of the Derby bubble looking in. Golden Soul had only 14 points and didn't get into the main body of the field until Bob Baffert withdrew Code West and Govenor Charlie from consideration on April 30.

    Commanding Curve is receiving help from Baffert as well. The colt moved up one spot to 21st when the trainer removed Midnight Hawk from the race Monday and the status of the Baffert-trained Chitu, who possesses sufficient points but is expected to contest Saturday's Grade 3 Derby Trial, is up in the air.

    After a fourth-place effort in the Louisiana Derby, Golden Soul recorded a fast-closing second at 34-1 in the Kentucky Derby. Commanding Curve will also be a long shot if he starts, but his form is arguably better.

    A smart maiden winner at Churchill Downs in his juvenile finale, the Master Command ridgling improved upon a sixth in his stakes and 2014 debut, the Grade 2 Risen Star on February 22, with a troubled third in the Louisiana Derby. Commanding Curve overcame being slammed at the start to pass most of the field in the final furlongs.

    In other Kentucky Derby news:

    Louisiana Derby hero Vicar's in Trouble (right) is scheduled to work Saturday morning (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)

    Trainer Mike Maker vanned his trio of Kentucky Derby possibilities to the Churchill Downs backside late Tuesday morning.

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble galloped at the Trackside Training Center Tuesday morning and is scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs on Saturday along with Harry's Holiday, who is owned by Skychai Racing, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner. Harry's Holiday galloped Tuesday at Trackside. Joel Barrientos was aboard both colts. J. Armando Rodriguez's General a Rod also galloped at Trackside Tuesday and is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs on Wednesday with Barrientos up.

    Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Danza galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Nick Bush after the Tuesday morning renovation break at Churchill Downs. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Danza will be joined Tuesday afternoon by Starlight Racing's Intense Holiday and Ken and Sarah Ramsey's We Miss Artie. The two colts were booked on a flight out of South Florida with a 1 p.m. (EDT) arrival at Louisville International Airport.

    Pletcher's fourth Derby hopeful, WinStar Farm and Twin Creek Racing Stables' Vinceremos is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Wednesday from WinStar, where he has been since trailing in the April 12 Blue Grass.

    Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman's Hoppertunity got his first exercise over the track at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning, galloping 1 1/2 miles under Dana Barnes after the renovation break. The Rebel winner and Santa Anita Derby runner-up arrived at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon from Baffert's barn in Southern California.

    Baffert's other three-year-olds, Tanma Corporation's Chitu and Kaleem Shah's Bayern, walked the shedrow a day after turning in half-mile works at Churchill Downs.

    Honors Stable Corp.'s Wildcat Red was scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs early Tuesday afternoon after a flight from Florida. The two-time graded stakes winner and runner-up in the Florida Derby in his most recent start is trained by Jose Garoffalo. Wildcat Red will be housed in Barn 21.

    Daniel Dougherty's Ride On Curlin, runner-up in the Arkansas Derby in his most recent start, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Bryan Beccia. Trained by Bill Gowan, Ride On Curlin is scheduled to breeze Saturday or Sunday, depending on weather, with jockey Calvin Borel up.

    Trainer Steve Asmussen said Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC's Southwest winner Tapiture walked in the shedrow and was doing well on the morning after his first work since his return to Churchill Downs last week. The Tapit colt breezed five furlongs over a fast track in 1:02 4/5 on Monday. Ricardo Santana Jr. has the Kentucky Derby mount.

    West Point Thoroughbreds tweeted that Alan Garcia will ride Ring Weekend in Kentucky Derby 140. Currently stabled at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland, Ring Weekend finished second in the Calder Derby on April 5 with Garcia aboard. Trained by Graham Motion, Ring Weekend is scheduled to work Friday at Fair Hill.

    Spendthrift Farm's Medal Count, runner-up in the Blue Grass last out, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar for trainer Dale Romans.

    C R K Stable's Robert B. Lewis winner Candy Boy walked the shedrow at Barn 43 on his first full day at Churchill Downs for trainer John Sadler. Candy Boy arrived at Churchill Downs at 3:30 Monday afternoon from his base in Southern California. Cesar Aguilar, assistant to Sadler, said Candy Boy would go to the track Wednesday.

    Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor and Wesley Ward's Pablo Del Monte, third in the Blue Grass, is scheduled to work Saturday or Sunday at Keeneland, according to Ward, who is also the colt's trainer.

    Derby Dreamers Racing Stable's Big Bazinga galloped 1 1/2 miles under Loren Diego after the morning renovation break. Big Bazinga arrived at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon from Keeneland where he had remained since a fourth-place finish in the Blue Grass. Big Bazinga is trained by Katerina Vassilieva. According to Frank Bernis, agent for jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., the colt is scheduled to work Saturday with Hernandez up. Hernandez rode the colt in the Blue Grass.

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    Breeding & Sales News

    Tapit colt tops OBS session at $750,000

    Mike Repole paid $750,000 for a Tapit colt at Tuesday's second session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. Consigned by de Meric Sales, agent, as Hip No. 514, the Kentucky-bred worked one furlong in :10 1/5 at last week's under tack show.

    The May 6 bay was reared by the Grade 2-placed stakes winner Ready for Fortune (More Than Ready), who is herself a daughter of stakes winner Fortunate Card (Fortunate Prospect).

    This was the second trip through the sales ring for the session topper, who was led out unsold after a $130,000 bid at the Keeneland September sale.

    A Harlan's Holiday filly was gaveled down to Donato Lanni, agent, for $525,000. Hip 563 was consigned by Eisaman Equine, agent, and tied for the session's best one-furlong breeze of :9 4/5 at last week's under tack show.

    The March 26 Kentucky-bred was produced by Ruby Summer (Mr. Greeley), a half-sister to U.A.E. One Thousand Guineas winner Vague (Elusive Quality), who was also Group 3-placed in England. The juvenile's third dam was French Oaks winner Rescousse (Emerson), whose leading offspring was the multiple Group/Grade 1 winner Reloy (Liloy).

    This was the filly's second trip through the sales ring, having been led out unsold after a $40,000 bid at the Keeneland September sale.

    On Tuesday, 196 two-year-olds sold for $15,573,000, an increase of 17.3 percent over the corresponding session last year when 213 horses sold for $13,272,500. The session average was up 27.5 percent, from $62,312 to $79,454, while the session median rose 21.2 percent, from $40,000 to $48,500.

    After two days of trading, 369 juveniles have sold for $27,085,000, an increase of 8.8 percent over 2013 when 415 head sold for $24,904,500. The average has increased 22.3 percent, from $60,011 to $73,401.

    The sale continues through Thursday, with each session beginning at 10:30 a.m. (EDT). For the complete catalog, under tack videos, latest outs and live broadcast of the auction, log onto the OBS website.

    Triple Crown News & Notes

    Stewart waiting on a spot for Commanding Curve

    Tuesday morning was relatively calm at Churchill Downs, with no workouts from Kentucky Derby contenders. Among the runners visiting the track was Louisiana Derby third-placer Commanding Curve, who galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Emerson Chavez.

    Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Dallas Stewart, Commanding Curve stands 21st on the "Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard Presented by TwinSpires.com" with 20 points.

    "We're still just waiting," Stewart said, "that's all you can do. I think he's right on par with (2013 Kentucky Derby runner-up) Golden Soul last year. I think he's every bit as good and he's been handling this track really well."

    With 11 days remaining until the 140th running of the Run for the Roses, Stewart is in the same position as last year -- on the outside of the Derby bubble looking in. Golden Soul had only 14 points and didn't get into the main body of the field until Bob Baffert withdrew Code West and Govenor Charlie from consideration on April 30.

    Commanding Curve is receiving help from Baffert as well. The colt moved up one spot to 21st when the trainer removed Midnight Hawk from the race Monday and the status of the Baffert-trained Chitu, who possesses sufficient points but is expected to contest Saturday's Grade 3 Derby Trial, is up in the air.

    After a fourth-place effort in the Louisiana Derby, Golden Soul recorded a fast-closing second at 34-1 in the Kentucky Derby. Commanding Curve will also be a long shot if he starts, but his form is arguably better.

    A smart maiden winner at Churchill Downs in his juvenile finale, the Master Command ridgling improved upon a sixth in his stakes and 2014 debut, the Grade 2 Risen Star on February 22, with a troubled third in the Louisiana Derby. Commanding Curve overcame being slammed at the start to pass most of the field in the final furlongs.

    In other Kentucky Derby news:

    Louisiana Derby hero Vicar's in Trouble (right) is scheduled to work Saturday morning (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)

    Trainer Mike Maker vanned his trio of Kentucky Derby possibilities to the Churchill Downs backside late Tuesday morning.

    Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Vicar's in Trouble galloped at the Trackside Training Center Tuesday morning and is scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs on Saturday along with Harry's Holiday, who is owned by Skychai Racing, Terry Raymond and Jana Wagner. Harry's Holiday galloped Tuesday at Trackside. Joel Barrientos was aboard both colts. J. Armando Rodriguez's General a Rod also galloped at Trackside Tuesday and is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs on Wednesday with Barrientos up.

    Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Danza galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Nick Bush after the Tuesday morning renovation break at Churchill Downs. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Danza will be joined Tuesday afternoon by Starlight Racing's Intense Holiday and Ken and Sarah Ramsey's We Miss Artie. The two colts were booked on a flight out of South Florida with a 1 p.m. (EDT) arrival at Louisville International Airport.

    Pletcher's fourth Derby hopeful, WinStar Farm and Twin Creek Racing Stables' Vinceremos is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Wednesday from WinStar, where he has been since trailing in the April 12 Blue Grass.

    Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman's Hoppertunity got his first exercise over the track at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning, galloping 1 1/2 miles under Dana Barnes after the renovation break. The Rebel winner and Santa Anita Derby runner-up arrived at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon from Baffert's barn in Southern California.

    Baffert's other three-year-olds, Tanma Corporation's Chitu and Kaleem Shah's Bayern, walked the shedrow a day after turning in half-mile works at Churchill Downs.

    Honors Stable Corp.'s Wildcat Red was scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs early Tuesday afternoon after a flight from Florida. The two-time graded stakes winner and runner-up in the Florida Derby in his most recent start is trained by Jose Garoffalo. Wildcat Red will be housed in Barn 21.

    Daniel Dougherty's Ride On Curlin, runner-up in the Arkansas Derby in his most recent start, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Bryan Beccia. Trained by Bill Gowan, Ride On Curlin is scheduled to breeze Saturday or Sunday, depending on weather, with jockey Calvin Borel up.

    Trainer Steve Asmussen said Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC's Southwest winner Tapiture walked in the shedrow and was doing well on the morning after his first work since his return to Churchill Downs last week. The Tapit colt breezed five furlongs over a fast track in 1:02 4/5 on Monday. Ricardo Santana Jr. has the Kentucky Derby mount.

    West Point Thoroughbreds tweeted that Alan Garcia will ride Ring Weekend in Kentucky Derby 140. Currently stabled at the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland, Ring Weekend finished second in the Calder Derby on April 5 with Garcia aboard. Trained by Graham Motion, Ring Weekend is scheduled to work Friday at Fair Hill.

    Spendthrift Farm's Medal Count, runner-up in the Blue Grass last out, galloped after the renovation break under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar for trainer Dale Romans.

    C R K Stable's Robert B. Lewis winner Candy Boy walked the shedrow at Barn 43 on his first full day at Churchill Downs for trainer John Sadler. Candy Boy arrived at Churchill Downs at 3:30 Monday afternoon from his base in Southern California. Cesar Aguilar, assistant to Sadler, said Candy Boy would go to the track Wednesday.

    Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor and Wesley Ward's Pablo Del Monte, third in the Blue Grass, is scheduled to work Saturday or Sunday at Keeneland, according to Ward, who is also the colt's trainer.

    Derby Dreamers Racing Stable's Big Bazinga galloped 1 1/2 miles under Loren Diego after the morning renovation break. Big Bazinga arrived at Churchill Downs Monday afternoon from Keeneland where he had remained since a fourth-place finish in the Blue Grass. Big Bazinga is trained by Katerina Vassilieva. According to Frank Bernis, agent for jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., the colt is scheduled to work Saturday with Hernandez up. Hernandez rode the colt in the Blue Grass.

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    Euphrosyne out of Oaks, Sweet Reason now qualifies

    The Kentucky Oaks is now an option for Sweet Reason after Euphrosyne's defection (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)

    Trainer Steve Asmussen confirmed Tuesday that Euphrosyne would not be entered in the Kentucky Oaks. Asmussen said the daughter of Harlan's Holiday would be pointed to the Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 16.

    Euphrosyne was declared the winner of the Honeybee at Oaklawn Park on March 8 via the disqualification of Kentucky Oaks contender Sugar Shock. She finished third to that rival in her most recent start in the Fantasy at Oaklawn.

    With the withdrawal of Euphrosyne from Oaks consideration, Sweet Reason moved to No. 14 on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard and a spot in the May 2 starting gate.

    "I am going to discuss it with the owners," trainer Leah Gyarmati said of the filly who is at Belmont Park. "We will see how she's doing and what her options are."

    Sweet Reason finished third behind Oaks candidates My Miss Sophia and Got Lucky in the Gazelle at Aqueduct in her most recent start April 5. She has had one work since that race, a three-furlong breeze on April 18.

    "She may be better going one turn and there are races like the Acorn and Test coming up," Gyarmati said. "She has had excuses every time she has gone two turns.

    "There was no pace in the last race and in the Breeders' Cup (Juvenile Fillies), she was too far back early and moved too soon and flattened out. If you are finding too many excuses for races, maybe you are not running in the right spots.

    "I think (the Oaks) is a better setup and there should be no pace issues there."

    Trainer Wayne Catalano liked the looks Tuesday morning of his two Kentucky Oaks hopefuls, Room Service and Aurelia's Belle.

    "They both went around twice and two-minute licked the last mile," Catalano said.

    Exercise rider Calamity Compton was aboard both fillies.

    Aurelia's Belle won the Bourbonette Oaks in her most recent start. Room Service was a dead-heat winner in the Ashland at Keeneland.

    "They are going to work Thursday and then we will make a decision on Room Service," Catalano said of the filly who never has raced on dirt. "She seems to be handling this fine and she did well on the dirt at Gulfstream."

    In other Kentucky Oaks news:

    Fiftyshadesofgold galloped before the morning renovation break under exercise rider Sara Escudero.

    Trained by Bret Calhoun, Fiftyshadesofgold also has the $175,000 Eight Belles on May 2 as a possible target.

    "We haven't named a rider because we are waiting to see if she goes in the Oaks or the Eight Belles," said Tom Morgan, assistant to Calhoun.

    Fiftyshadesofgold is scheduled to work Friday.

    She's a Tiger, last year's champion juvenile filly, jogged on the main track at Churchill Tuesday morning after the renovation break under Antonio Gutierrez for trainer Jeff Bonde.

    The filly is being pointed to the Eight Belles.

    "That has been the plan all along to run in the Eight Belles and then the Acorn," Bonde said. "She has not run for five months and I have no interest in running a mile and an eighth first out."

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    Euphrosyne out of Oaks, Sweet Reason now qualifies

    The Kentucky Oaks is now an option for Sweet Reason after Euphrosyne's defection (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)

    Trainer Steve Asmussen confirmed Tuesday that Euphrosyne would not be entered in the Kentucky Oaks. Asmussen said the daughter of Harlan's Holiday would be pointed to the Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 16.

    Euphrosyne was declared the winner of the Honeybee at Oaklawn Park on March 8 via the disqualification of Kentucky Oaks contender Sugar Shock. She finished third to that rival in her most recent start in the Fantasy at Oaklawn.

    With the withdrawal of Euphrosyne from Oaks consideration, Sweet Reason moved to No. 14 on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard and a spot in the May 2 starting gate.

    "I am going to discuss it with the owners," trainer Leah Gyarmati said of the filly who is at Belmont Park. "We will see how she's doing and what her options are."

    Sweet Reason finished third behind Oaks candidates My Miss Sophia and Got Lucky in the Gazelle at Aqueduct in her most recent start April 5. She has had one work since that race, a three-furlong breeze on April 18.

    "She may be better going one turn and there are races like the Acorn and Test coming up," Gyarmati said. "She has had excuses every time she has gone two turns.

    "There was no pace in the last race and in the Breeders' Cup (Juvenile Fillies), she was too far back early and moved too soon and flattened out. If you are finding too many excuses for races, maybe you are not running in the right spots.

    "I think (the Oaks) is a better setup and there should be no pace issues there."

    Trainer Wayne Catalano liked the looks Tuesday morning of his two Kentucky Oaks hopefuls, Room Service and Aurelia's Belle.

    "They both went around twice and two-minute licked the last mile," Catalano said.

    Exercise rider Calamity Compton was aboard both fillies.

    Aurelia's Belle won the Bourbonette Oaks in her most recent start. Room Service was a dead-heat winner in the Ashland at Keeneland.

    "They are going to work Thursday and then we will make a decision on Room Service," Catalano said of the filly who never has raced on dirt. "She seems to be handling this fine and she did well on the dirt at Gulfstream."

    In other Kentucky Oaks news:

    Fiftyshadesofgold galloped before the morning renovation break under exercise rider Sara Escudero.

    Trained by Bret Calhoun, Fiftyshadesofgold also has the $175,000 Eight Belles on May 2 as a possible target.

    "We haven't named a rider because we are waiting to see if she goes in the Oaks or the Eight Belles," said Tom Morgan, assistant to Calhoun.

    Fiftyshadesofgold is scheduled to work Friday.

    She's a Tiger, last year's champion juvenile filly, jogged on the main track at Churchill Tuesday morning after the renovation break under Antonio Gutierrez for trainer Jeff Bonde.

    The filly is being pointed to the Eight Belles.

    "That has been the plan all along to run in the Eight Belles and then the Acorn," Bonde said. "She has not run for five months and I have no interest in running a mile and an eighth first out."

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    Canadian champ Forte Dei Marmi faces tough field in Elkhorn

    Canadian champ Forte Dei Marmi will break from post 13 in the Elkhorn (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)

    Forte Dei Marmi, who rebounded from a slow start to the 2013 season to become Canada's champion turf male, will hope for better luck in this year's renewal of the Grade 2, $250,000 Elkhorn, which brings down the curtain at the Keeneland spring meet Friday.

    The Roger Attfield-trained eight-year-old gelding, fifth in a nine-furlong Keeneland allowance prep on April 5, is entering the Elkhorn in the same fashion he did last year. However, his performance in the 2013 edition of the 1 1/2-mile grass feature is best forgotten as he was pulled up and vanned off after losing contact with the field. His next try was not much better, a ninth in the Dixie at Pimlico.

    "Scared the life out of me. Nothing happened," said Attfield of the 2013 Elkhorn. "It was upsetting but a relief, too, when we realized he was OK."

    Forte Dei Marmi's fortunes took a positive turn when he remained to race at his Woodbine home base. The son of Selkirk reeled off three straight graded wins in the Singspiel, Sky Classic, and Northern Dancer, and despite a poor try in the Canadian International, won a Sovereign Award as the Dominion's top turf male.

    The Elkhorn will be no easy task for Forte Dei Marmi, who faces a solid group of rivals and was saddled with post 13 in the 14-horse field.

    Optimizer is inconsistent but capable with his best race. A multiple Grade 3 winner at Fair Grounds last year, he later went on to place in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, Dixie, and Manhattan Handicap. However, the D. Wayne Lukas charge was an ineffective eighth in the March 8 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita in his season debut.

    Temeraine, most recently third in the San Luis Rey at Santa Anita, enjoyed solid form last season winning the Kentucky Turf Cup and finishing a close second in both the Arlington Handicap and Hollywood Turf Cup. Stakes veterans Eagle Poise, Tricky Hat, and Suntracer also figure in the Elkhorn having finished close together for minor awards in the $100,000 Sycamore over the Polytrack last October.

    Returning to the turf after a modest dirt effort at Gulfstream is War Dancer, the 2013 Virginia Derby winner who will have to work out a trip from post 14.

    "He's had some rough trips in his last few races, and I tried him on the dirt one last time, which didn't go all that well, but he's a nice horse, doing good," trainer Ken McPeek said. "A mile and a half won't be an issue. He'll love it."

    Another one of last year's capable sophomores, Amen Kitten, enters the Elkhorn off two solid placings in the Hollywood Derby and Mac Diarmida.

    Others who might factor are the New York-bred stakes winner Hangover Kid, runner-up in his last two including the Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct, and Old Time Hockey, winner most recently of the Florida Cup Turf Classic at Tampa Bay Downs.

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    Wise Dan works for Woodford Reserve Turf Classic

    Wise Dan is staying on the muscle for his next start on Kentucky Derby Day (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

    Reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who opened his 2014 campaign with a win in the Maker's 46 Mile on April 11, worked a half-mile in a bullet :47 3/5 at Keeneland Tuesday morning.

    Clockers caught Wise Dan, ridden by Damien Rock, in fractions of :11 4/5, :23 4/5, :47 3/5 with a gallop-out of 1:00 4/5 and 1:14 1/5.

    "I just wanted to get a decent work in him," trainer Charlie LoPresti said. "I was a little bit worried that I was short the last time I ran him (in the Maker's 46 Mile) because of the winter (which affected Wise Dan's training schedule). Now it's exactly what I wanted. I just wanted a good workout for him just to keep him kicking over."

    Wise Dan, a homebred racing for Mort Fink, won the Maker's 46 Mile by three-quarters of a length over Kaigun for his Keeneland record sixth graded stakes score, ninth Grade 1 win overall and 16th graded stakes victory. The gelding has 20 wins in 28 starts and earnings of $6,473,610.

    LoPresti said Wise Dan came out of the Maker's 46 Mile "very good. We're real happy with him. I think we're right where we were last year with him."

    Like last year, the plan is for Wise Dan to make his next start in the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 3. He won the race last year.

    In preparation for that race, LoPresti expects Wise Dan to turn in another move next week.

    "Last year I just went a quarter of a mile, out in three-eighths, something like that," he said. "I'll probably do something with him like I did last year."

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    Canadian champ Forte Dei Marmi faces tough field in Elkhorn

    Canadian champ Forte Dei Marmi will break from post 13 in the Elkhorn (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)

    Forte Dei Marmi, who rebounded from a slow start to the 2013 season to become Canada's champion turf male, will hope for better luck in this year's renewal of the Grade 2, $250,000 Elkhorn, which brings down the curtain at the Keeneland spring meet Friday.

    The Roger Attfield-trained eight-year-old gelding, fifth in a nine-furlong Keeneland allowance prep on April 5, is entering the Elkhorn in the same fashion he did last year. However, his performance in the 2013 edition of the 1 1/2-mile grass feature is best forgotten as he was pulled up and vanned off after losing contact with the field. His next try was not much better, a ninth in the Dixie at Pimlico.

    "Scared the life out of me. Nothing happened," said Attfield of the 2013 Elkhorn. "It was upsetting but a relief, too, when we realized he was OK."

    Forte Dei Marmi's fortunes took a positive turn when he remained to race at his Woodbine home base. The son of Selkirk reeled off three straight graded wins in the Singspiel, Sky Classic, and Northern Dancer, and despite a poor try in the Canadian International, won a Sovereign Award as the Dominion's top turf male.

    The Elkhorn will be no easy task for Forte Dei Marmi, who faces a solid group of rivals and was saddled with post 13 in the 14-horse field.

    Optimizer is inconsistent but capable with his best race. A multiple Grade 3 winner at Fair Grounds last year, he later went on to place in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, Dixie, and Manhattan Handicap. However, the D. Wayne Lukas charge was an ineffective eighth in the March 8 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita in his season debut.

    Temeraine, most recently third in the San Luis Rey at Santa Anita, enjoyed solid form last season winning the Kentucky Turf Cup and finishing a close second in both the Arlington Handicap and Hollywood Turf Cup. Stakes veterans Eagle Poise, Tricky Hat, and Suntracer also figure in the Elkhorn having finished close together for minor awards in the $100,000 Sycamore over the Polytrack last October.

    Returning to the turf after a modest dirt effort at Gulfstream is War Dancer, the 2013 Virginia Derby winner who will have to work out a trip from post 14.

    "He's had some rough trips in his last few races, and I tried him on the dirt one last time, which didn't go all that well, but he's a nice horse, doing good," trainer Ken McPeek said. "A mile and a half won't be an issue. He'll love it."

    Another one of last year's capable sophomores, Amen Kitten, enters the Elkhorn off two solid placings in the Hollywood Derby and Mac Diarmida.

    Others who might factor are the New York-bred stakes winner Hangover Kid, runner-up in his last two including the Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct, and Old Time Hockey, winner most recently of the Florida Cup Turf Classic at Tampa Bay Downs.

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    Wise Dan works for Woodford Reserve Turf Classic

    Wise Dan is staying on the muscle for his next start on Kentucky Derby Day (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

    Reigning two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who opened his 2014 campaign with a win in the Maker's 46 Mile on April 11, worked a half-mile in a bullet :47 3/5 at Keeneland Tuesday morning.

    Clockers caught Wise Dan, ridden by Damien Rock, in fractions of :11 4/5, :23 4/5, :47 3/5 with a gallop-out of 1:00 4/5 and 1:14 1/5.

    "I just wanted to get a decent work in him," trainer Charlie LoPresti said. "I was a little bit worried that I was short the last time I ran him (in the Maker's 46 Mile) because of the winter (which affected Wise Dan's training schedule). Now it's exactly what I wanted. I just wanted a good workout for him just to keep him kicking over."

    Wise Dan, a homebred racing for Mort Fink, won the Maker's 46 Mile by three-quarters of a length over Kaigun for his Keeneland record sixth graded stakes score, ninth Grade 1 win overall and 16th graded stakes victory. The gelding has 20 wins in 28 starts and earnings of $6,473,610.

    LoPresti said Wise Dan came out of the Maker's 46 Mile "very good. We're real happy with him. I think we're right where we were last year with him."

    Like last year, the plan is for Wise Dan to make his next start in the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 3. He won the race last year.

    In preparation for that race, LoPresti expects Wise Dan to turn in another move next week.

    "Last year I just went a quarter of a mile, out in three-eighths, something like that," he said. "I'll probably do something with him like I did last year."

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    Safely Kept, Hall of Fame sprinter, euthanized

    Safely Kept, a Hall of Fame filly who was voted champion sprinter in 1989 and captured a memorable renewal of the Breeders' Cup Sprint the following year, has died at the age of 28.

    The Blood-Horse reported Tuesday that the Horatius mare was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age at Burleson Farms near Midway, Kentucky.

    Compiling an impeccable record of 31-24-2-3, Safely Kept is generally considered one of the leading female sprinters of all time. Of her 23 career stakes wins, 11 were in graded company. She also tended to carry her track with her, notching added-money scores at Pimlico, Laurel, Garden State Park, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, Saratoga, Keeneland, Finger Lakes, Meadowlands, and Arlington Park.

    As a three-year-old, Safely Kept entered the 1989 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Gulfstream undefeated from eight starts on the year. Despite being caught near the wire by Dancing Spree, whose biggest previous win that year occurred in the 1 1/4-mile Suburban Handicap, her second-place finish against the rest of the division's elite was enough to garner Eclipse Award honors as champion sprinter.

    Safely Kept was back in the Breeders' Sprint at Belmont Park in 1990 having won seven of her nine starts that season. However, after a modest showing in her final prep, Belmont's Boojum Handicap, she was dismissed in the wagering at 12-1.

    In a stretch-long duel with European superstar Dayjur, Safely Kept appeared to be headed for another narrow defeat until her male rival jumped two shadows created by the mammoth Belmont Park grandstand. Dayjur's unexpected acrobatics allowed Safely Kept to regain the lead and win by a neck.

    The Breeders' Cup was the second stakes win Safely Kept achieved against males in six career attempts. She also defeated the boys in the 1990 Finger Lakes Breeders' Cup by 2 1/4 lengths.

    Retired with earnings of $2,194,206, Safely Kept went on to produced the Grade 3-placed stakes winner Contrast and the Grade 2-placed stakes winner Peace Chant. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

    Safely Kept was trained at two by Carlos Garcia and thereafter by Alan Goldberg. Initially owned by Dark Hollow Farm, she was later campaigned by Barry Weisbord and Richard Santulli's Jayeff B Stable.

    Bred in Maryland by Mr. and Mrs. David Hayden, Safely Kept was a daughter of the Winning Hit mare Safely Home, who also produced Grade 2 winner Partner's Hero.

    Safely Kept, Hall of Fame sprinter, euthanized

    Safely Kept, a Hall of Fame filly who was voted champion sprinter in 1989 and captured a memorable renewal of the Breeders' Cup Sprint the following year, has died at the age of 28.

    The Blood-Horse reported Tuesday that the Horatius mare was euthanized due to the infirmities of old age at Burleson Farms near Midway, Kentucky.

    Compiling an impeccable record of 31-24-2-3, Safely Kept is generally considered one of the leading female sprinters of all time. Of her 23 career stakes wins, 11 were in graded company. She also tended to carry her track with her, notching added-money scores at Pimlico, Laurel, Garden State Park, Belmont Park, Monmouth Park, Saratoga, Keeneland, Finger Lakes, Meadowlands, and Arlington Park.

    As a three-year-old, Safely Kept entered the 1989 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Gulfstream undefeated from eight starts on the year. Despite being caught near the wire by Dancing Spree, whose biggest previous win that year occurred in the 1 1/4-mile Suburban Handicap, her second-place finish against the rest of the division's elite was enough to garner Eclipse Award honors as champion sprinter.

    Safely Kept was back in the Breeders' Sprint at Belmont Park in 1990 having won seven of her nine starts that season. However, after a modest showing in her final prep, Belmont's Boojum Handicap, she was dismissed in the wagering at 12-1.

    In a stretch-long duel with European superstar Dayjur, Safely Kept appeared to be headed for another narrow defeat until her male rival jumped two shadows created by the mammoth Belmont Park grandstand. Dayjur's unexpected acrobatics allowed Safely Kept to regain the lead and win by a neck.

    The Breeders' Cup was the second stakes win Safely Kept achieved against males in six career attempts. She also defeated the boys in the 1990 Finger Lakes Breeders' Cup by 2 1/4 lengths.

    Retired with earnings of $2,194,206, Safely Kept went on to produced the Grade 3-placed stakes winner Contrast and the Grade 2-placed stakes winner Peace Chant. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.

    Safely Kept was trained at two by Carlos Garcia and thereafter by Alan Goldberg. Initially owned by Dark Hollow Farm, she was later campaigned by Barry Weisbord and Richard Santulli's Jayeff B Stable.

    Bred in Maryland by Mr. and Mrs. David Hayden, Safely Kept was a daughter of the Winning Hit mare Safely Home, who also produced Grade 2 winner Partner's Hero.

    Romantica debuts for Mott in Bewitch

    BC Filly & Mare Turf runner-up Romantica figures to be a heavy favorite on the penultimate day of the Keeneland spring meet (Cecilia Gustavvson/Horsephotos.com)

    Romantica, who made a highly favorable first impression on American audiences with a close second-place finish in last November's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, kicks off her 2014 campaign in Thursday's Grade 3, $150,000 Bewitch at Keeneland over 1 1/2 miles on turf.

    Formerly with Andre Fabre in France and now with Bill Mott, Romantica couldn't quite replicate the feat of her dam, Banks Hill, who captured the 2001 Filly & Mare Turf. However, the five-year-old Galileo mare turned in a solid effort in defeat at Santa Anita, missing by a half-length to Dank, who was later named champion turf mare in the U.S.

    The Juddmonte Farms homebred, who started at 9-2 in the Breeders' Cup, compiled a strong record in France, winning three group stakes including the Prix Jean Romanet, a Group 1 event at Deauville, last August. She will race with Lasix for the first time in the Bewitch.

    A number of Bewitch candidates faced each other in recent months down at Gulfstream Park. Inimitable Romanee stalked and pounced her way to a 10-1 upset of the February 15 The Very One over 1 3/8 miles, defeating returning rivals Aigue Marine, Viva Rafaela, and Left a Message. All save Left a Message returned in the March 29 Orchid going 1 1/2 miles, but none were able to win against Anjaz, who also left Bewitch entrants Caroline Thomas and Stick to Your Guns in her wake.

    The Jonathan Sheppard-trained Angel Terrace has fared well in two previous stakes attempts on the Keeneland turf, taking a division of the 2012 Valley View and finishing third in the Dowager last October after making a brief lead in the stretch.

    The Bewitch field is completed by Always Kitten, I Dazzle, Street of Gold, and Freedom Reigns.

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    In brief

    Trainer Larry Jones has been discharged from the hospital and is resting at home in Newark, Delaware. Conditioner of 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, the 57-year-old Jones sustained bleeding on the brain, two fractured ribs and a bruised lung when thrown by a horse Saturday morning at Delaware Park. Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm posted on their Facebook page that the doctor asked Jones not to return to work for four weeks. "I'm not sure if he will obey that one," the post said...

    The Hancock family's Claiborne Farm has become the signature sponsor of Keeneland's Breeders' Futurity (G1), to be held October 4. The purse for the Breeders' Futurity will increase from $400,000 to $500,000 in 2014. The stakes, for two-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, is a part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series in which the winner automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on November 1. Claiborne has recorded more wins in the Breeders' Futurity than any other owner -- with Round Table (1956), Duel (1963), Dike (1968), Swale (1983) and champion Forty Niner (1987). "The story of Keeneland and the Breeders' Futurity is intertwined with Claiborne," Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. "It is so fitting that they be associated with the Breeders' Futurity given the Claiborne champions who have graced its history."...

    A shadow box including a shoe worn by 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb will be offered on eBay from April 24 through May 4. Sale of the shadow box will benefit Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. The horseshoe is presented encircling one of the blossoms from the Kentucky Derby winner's blanket of roses. Hair strands cut from Orb's mane are tied with the winning colors of co-owner Stuart Janney's silks. Skip Dickstein's photo of the Derby finish is mounted on a raised mat and below the photo is a brass plate with "ORB Kentucky Derby 2013." All have been framed by Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky, with a linen fabric mat liner. The glass is protected with Tru Vue Conservation Grade 99 percent UV protection. The wooden shadow box is stained in dark brown with a lightly distressed look and trimmed in gold. The box measures 2 1/2 inches deep, 15 1/2 inches wide and 19 inches high. The Orb shoe is the first in a series to be offered by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. Similar presentations including shoes worn by 2013 Preakness winner Oxbow and 2013 Belmont winner Palace Malice will be auctioned in coming weeks. The auction will begin on April 24 at 9 p.m. (EDT) and will end on May 4 at 9 p.m. To bid please visit eBay and type in horse racing memorabilia under the search engine. If you do not have an eBay account, please follow their instructions to set up an account in order to bid. PayPal is the preferred method of payment...

    Santa Anita kicks off its Spring Meet with a Friday card highlighted by the $100,000 Last Tycoon (G3), the successor to the Inglewood H. that would have been run around this time at old Hollywood Park. Rookie Sensation (Unbridled's Song) looked like the next big thing when taking the November 1 Twilight Derby (G2) over this turf course and 1 1/8-mile distance. Winless since then, he tired to fifth after uncharacteristically setting the pace in the 1 1/4-mile Hollywood Derby (G1), trailed throughout in a dirt experiment in the January 18 Strub (G2), and was a near-miss, troubled second in an allowance here March 15. Trainer John Shirreffs has Rookie Sensation well spotted to regain the winning thread, and he gets a rider switch to Hall of Famer Mike Smith. Smart turf sprinter Lakerville (Unusual Heat) wheels back only 12 days after his fast-finishing second in the San Simeon (G3) on the downhill turf, and tests his stamina for the first time over 1 1/8 miles. In his only prior two-turn attempt, the Barry Abrams charge was sixth in the March 8 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1). Fire With Fire (Distorted Humor), on the other hand, takes a dramatic step down in trip after his front-running victory in the 1 1/2-mile San Luis Rey (G2) March 22. Joelito (Rock Hard Ten) comes off a runner-up effort to course record-tying Tom's Tribute (Lion Heart) in the April 6 Thunder Road, while Spring Up (Spring at Last) exits a rallying allowance score over the course. Rounding out the field is former Chilean Horse of the Year Quick Casablanca (Until Sundown), who placed twice from five starts for Christophe Clement last year and begins afresh for new trainer Ron McAnally.

    Romantica debuts for Mott in Bewitch

    BC Filly & Mare Turf runner-up Romantica figures to be a heavy favorite on the penultimate day of the Keeneland spring meet (Cecilia Gustavvson/Horsephotos.com)

    Romantica, who made a highly favorable first impression on American audiences with a close second-place finish in last November's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, kicks off her 2014 campaign in Thursday's Grade 3, $150,000 Bewitch at Keeneland over 1 1/2 miles on turf.

    Formerly with Andre Fabre in France and now with Bill Mott, Romantica couldn't quite replicate the feat of her dam, Banks Hill, who captured the 2001 Filly & Mare Turf. However, the five-year-old Galileo mare turned in a solid effort in defeat at Santa Anita, missing by a half-length to Dank, who was later named champion turf mare in the U.S.

    The Juddmonte Farms homebred, who started at 9-2 in the Breeders' Cup, compiled a strong record in France, winning three group stakes including the Prix Jean Romanet, a Group 1 event at Deauville, last August. She will race with Lasix for the first time in the Bewitch.

    A number of Bewitch candidates faced each other in recent months down at Gulfstream Park. Inimitable Romanee stalked and pounced her way to a 10-1 upset of the February 15 The Very One over 1 3/8 miles, defeating returning rivals Aigue Marine, Viva Rafaela, and Left a Message. All save Left a Message returned in the March 29 Orchid going 1 1/2 miles, but none were able to win against Anjaz, who also left Bewitch entrants Caroline Thomas and Stick to Your Guns in her wake.

    The Jonathan Sheppard-trained Angel Terrace has fared well in two previous stakes attempts on the Keeneland turf, taking a division of the 2012 Valley View and finishing third in the Dowager last October after making a brief lead in the stretch.

    The Bewitch field is completed by Always Kitten, I Dazzle, Street of Gold, and Freedom Reigns.

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    In brief

    Trainer Larry Jones has been discharged from the hospital and is resting at home in Newark, Delaware. Conditioner of 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, the 57-year-old Jones sustained bleeding on the brain, two fractured ribs and a bruised lung when thrown by a horse Saturday morning at Delaware Park. Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm posted on their Facebook page that the doctor asked Jones not to return to work for four weeks. "I'm not sure if he will obey that one," the post said...

    The Hancock family's Claiborne Farm has become the signature sponsor of Keeneland's Breeders' Futurity (G1), to be held October 4. The purse for the Breeders' Futurity will increase from $400,000 to $500,000 in 2014. The stakes, for two-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, is a part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series in which the winner automatically qualifies for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on November 1. Claiborne has recorded more wins in the Breeders' Futurity than any other owner -- with Round Table (1956), Duel (1963), Dike (1968), Swale (1983) and champion Forty Niner (1987). "The story of Keeneland and the Breeders' Futurity is intertwined with Claiborne," Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason said. "It is so fitting that they be associated with the Breeders' Futurity given the Claiborne champions who have graced its history."...

    A shadow box including a shoe worn by 2013 Kentucky Derby winner Orb will be offered on eBay from April 24 through May 4. Sale of the shadow box will benefit Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. The horseshoe is presented encircling one of the blossoms from the Kentucky Derby winner's blanket of roses. Hair strands cut from Orb's mane are tied with the winning colors of co-owner Stuart Janney's silks. Skip Dickstein's photo of the Derby finish is mounted on a raised mat and below the photo is a brass plate with "ORB Kentucky Derby 2013." All have been framed by Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington, Kentucky, with a linen fabric mat liner. The glass is protected with Tru Vue Conservation Grade 99 percent UV protection. The wooden shadow box is stained in dark brown with a lightly distressed look and trimmed in gold. The box measures 2 1/2 inches deep, 15 1/2 inches wide and 19 inches high. The Orb shoe is the first in a series to be offered by Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. Similar presentations including shoes worn by 2013 Preakness winner Oxbow and 2013 Belmont winner Palace Malice will be auctioned in coming weeks. The auction will begin on April 24 at 9 p.m. (EDT) and will end on May 4 at 9 p.m. To bid please visit eBay and type in horse racing memorabilia under the search engine. If you do not have an eBay account, please follow their instructions to set up an account in order to bid. PayPal is the preferred method of payment...

    Santa Anita kicks off its Spring Meet with a Friday card highlighted by the $100,000 Last Tycoon (G3), the successor to the Inglewood H. that would have been run around this time at old Hollywood Park. Rookie Sensation (Unbridled's Song) looked like the next big thing when taking the November 1 Twilight Derby (G2) over this turf course and 1 1/8-mile distance. Winless since then, he tired to fifth after uncharacteristically setting the pace in the 1 1/4-mile Hollywood Derby (G1), trailed throughout in a dirt experiment in the January 18 Strub (G2), and was a near-miss, troubled second in an allowance here March 15. Trainer John Shirreffs has Rookie Sensation well spotted to regain the winning thread, and he gets a rider switch to Hall of Famer Mike Smith. Smart turf sprinter Lakerville (Unusual Heat) wheels back only 12 days after his fast-finishing second in the San Simeon (G3) on the downhill turf, and tests his stamina for the first time over 1 1/8 miles. In his only prior two-turn attempt, the Barry Abrams charge was sixth in the March 8 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1). Fire With Fire (Distorted Humor), on the other hand, takes a dramatic step down in trip after his front-running victory in the 1 1/2-mile San Luis Rey (G2) March 22. Joelito (Rock Hard Ten) comes off a runner-up effort to course record-tying Tom's Tribute (Lion Heart) in the April 6 Thunder Road, while Spring Up (Spring at Last) exits a rallying allowance score over the course. Rounding out the field is former Chilean Horse of the Year Quick Casablanca (Until Sundown), who placed twice from five starts for Christophe Clement last year and begins afresh for new trainer Ron McAnally.

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    AQUEDUCT NOTEBOOK

    APRIL 24, 2014

    by John Mucciolo

    There was one graded race for fillies and mares during the week at Aqueduct.

    Distaff H. (G2): Lady Sheila Stable's LA VERDAD (Yes It's True) sprinted right to the front at the start and was never seriously challenged en route to a superb 3 3/4-length victory for trainer Linda Rice. The four-year-old clocked six panels in a fine 1:09 under the guidance of Jose Ortiz.

    Track Stats

    A total of 36 races were held at the Jamaica, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 42 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 64 percent of the wins during the week. From 29 races on the main oval, seven animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (24 percent). Three of the seven races on the lawn were taken all the way on the front end (43 percent).

    We didn't have a big feel for the racing this week, which leads us to believe that both ovals played mostly fairly over the last four days. The amount of winning favorites seems to back that theory.

    Six of the seven wire-to-wire winners on the dirt came in sprint races, while all three turf wire jobs occurred in route events.

    Meet Totals

    RACES:   164
    TURF:   13
    DIRT:   151
    FAVORITES:   70 (43 percent)
    2ND CHOICES:   37 (23 percent)
    TURF WIRE:   3 (23 percent)
    DIRT WIRE:   44 (39 percent)

    HORSES TO WATCH

    Wednesday (4/16)

    7TH -- CLASSIC SALSA (Two Step Salsa) pressed the pace, took command in early stretch and came home well under John Velazquez, posting a strong tally in his New York debut. The David Jacobson trainee hasn't done much wrong to date and will almost surely face better in his comeback.

    PIN AND WIN (Stevie Wonderboy) never cut into the lead much late but finished more than six lengths clear of one we like, so that has to mean something. Tab this one for another nice showing next time, though we might not get the 15-1 price he went off today.

    Thursday (4/17)

    5TH -- MY SAVANNAH BELLE (Afleet Alex) was passed in midstretch but showed a ton of heart in battling back in late stretch for this win under Rajiv Maragh. The sophomore filly had a tough trip in chasing lone speed, but we loved her finish and might tab her for a third straight score in her subsequent outing if placed properly.

    8TH -- HARRIS (A.P. Indy) was a big flop in this one for conditioner Todd Pletcher, but the four-year-old had shown a lot of ability prior to this run and we'll give him another chance in his comeback.

    Saturday (4/19)

    3RD -- HEARTY CONGRATS (Congrats) burned a ton of money when a closing third at very short odds and the gelded sophomore will go first off the claim next time after being nabbed by conditioner Chris Englehart. We thought the youngster received a poor ride from the rail and could have surely won this, and he would also benefit from being slotted off the inside next time out.

    6TH -- ELROI (Leroidesanimaux) was stuck behind a dawdling early pace in making his 2014 debut for Peter Pugh, but the four-year-old overcame it with a flying finish to graduate in style under Chris DeCarlo. The Empire State-bred earned a whopping 103 Late Pace figure for his work and could be even better with an honest pace to chase in his next turf test.

    7TH -- Conditioner Michelle Nevin had a big week and among it was a sharp claim of this race winner, QUICK MONEY (City Zip), who dominated a solid field late in coming home in a sharp :29 3/5 for his final 2 1/2 furlongs beneath Cornelio Velasquez.

    A Look Ahead

    There are no graded races this week at the Big A.

    Results

    NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

    PRX, 8TH, ALW, $49,100, 4YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 4-22.
    5—CONGA BELLA, m, 7, Congaree--Seeking the Silver, by Grindstone. O-Gumpster Stable LLC, B-Vince Scuderi (KY), T-Patricia Farro, J-Roberto Alvarado, Jr., $27,000.
    1—Primo Via, m, 5, Candy Ride (ARG)--Breezy Street, by Brushed On. O-LA Thoroughbreds, B-Cedar Meadow, Inc (PA), $12,600.
    6—Golden Rock, m, 5, Bernardini--Zehoorr, by Storm Cat. ($60,000 '10 KEESEP). O-Servis Racing Stable, Inc, B-Westbury Stables LLC & Alfonso Figliolia (FL), $4,950.
    Winning Time: 1:18 (ft)
     
    PRX, 9TH, ALW, $35,600, 4YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 4-22.
    9—RANGITOTO, g, 5, Siphon (BRZ)--Artistry on Ice, by Honour and Glory. O-Mario DeJesus Arriaga, B-Five of Us Farm (PA), T-Leslye G. Bouchard, J-Pierre Hernandez Ortega, $21,000.
    8—Strike Down, g, 6, Tenpins--Lady Fenwick, by Smoke Glacken. O-Neftali Cruz, B-Henry L Carroll (PA), $7,000.
    4—Senor Louie, g, 6, Louis Quatorze--Senorita Cielo, by Conquistador Cielo. O-Ronald B Abrams, B-Dun Roamin Farm & Rosemore Farms (PA), $3,850.
    Winning Time: 1:44 (ft)
     
    PRX, 5TH, ALW, $35,200, 3YO, 1M, 4-22.
    6—MR BRIONI, c, 3, Jump Start--First Class Donna, by Taylor's Special. ($8,000 '12 FTMOCT). O-Club Risque Stable, B-Mr & Mrs Rick Abbott (PA), T-Randy Allen, J-Kendrick Carmouche, $21,000.
    3—Grasshoppin, g, 3, Cat Thief--Sweetheart Sami, by Broad Brush. O-Michael W Jester, B-Michael W Jester (PA), $7,000.
    1—Shaka Sign, g, 3, Fairbanks--Precisely Sue, by Precise End. O-Two Hands LLC and Lynch Racing LLC, B-Glenn Brok (PA), $3,850.
    Winning Time: 1:39 (ft)
     
    WRD, 6TH, ALW, $27,500, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 4-22.
    3—FLAT BLACK, g, 6, Flatter--Trailena, by Trail Dancer. O-Jones, Tony Dale and Williams, Tim G, B-Tony Jones (KY), T-Tim G. Williams, J-Floyd Wethey, Jr., $14,952.
    2—Perfect to Please, g, 4, Pleasantly Perfect--Your Pleasure, by Forest Wildcat. ($15,000 '11 OKCAUG). O-Elada D Kirk, B-John E & Barbara R Smicklas Living Trusts (OK), $6,484.
    6—Runandyrun, g, 5, Wilko--Stonerun, by Skip Away. O-Walter M Jones, B-Walter Jones (OK), $3,741.
    Winning Time: 1:40 3/5 (my)
     
    FL, 5TH, ALW, $20,000, 3YO/UP, 4 1/2F, 4-22.
    7—NEWTON CRESCENT, g, 5, Flower Alley--Dancin Olivia, by Forestry. O-Mark Valentine, B-Eugene Melnyk (NY), T-Sal Iorio, Jr., J-Guillermo Rodriguez, $12,000.
    2—Felonious Fred, c, 4, Utopia (JPN)--Foist, by Pulpit. ($8,000 '11 OBSAUG). O-River Card Stable, B-John P Hicks & Marilyn Potenza (NY), $4,000.
    6—Patriots Way, g, 5, Patriot Act--Briar Dance, by Briartic. O-Louis J Sirianni, B-Lynne M Scace (NY), $2,000.
    Winning Time: :53 2/5 (ft)
     
    FL, 1ST, ALW, $18,500, 3YO/UP, 4 1/2F, 4-22.
    5—WHY ARGUE, h, 5, Closing Argument--Talamanca, by St. Jovite. ($47,000 2011 FTMMAY). O-Island Wind Racing, B-Thomas-Narlinger, LLC & A R Properties (NY), T-Chris J. Englehart, J-J. M. Rohena, $11,100.
    4—Sneaky Freud, g, 4, Freud--Aqualung, by Geiger Counter. ($1,500 '10 FTMDEC; $5,000 2012 OBSJUN). O-River Card Stable, B-Mrs James B Moseley (NY), $3,700.
    3—Western Grit, g, 4, Western Expression--Groovy's Fairest, by Groovy. ($22,000 '11 FTKZEE). O-Travis and Eddie Racing Stable, B-Flying Zee Stables (NY), $1,850.
    Winning Time: :53 1/5 (ft)

    Notebooks

    SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

    APRIL 23, 2014

    by John Mucciolo

    No graded stakes took place this week at Santa Anita.

    Track Stats

    From a total of 18 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past Holiday Weekend, favorites won at a 33 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 50 percent of the wins. From 10 frays contested on the dirt oval, two animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (20 percent), while three of the eight grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end (38 percent).

    The turf course, as we stated last week, is carrying speed quite well. Three of the four runs on the lawn on Saturday were taken all the way on the front end, two of those fairly big-priced winners.

    Both main track wire jobs came in sprint runs, and with just 10 races on the dirt, we couldn't make out any trends.

    Meet Totals

    RACES:   594
    DIRT:   392
    TURF:   204
    FAVORITES:   197 (33 percent)
    2ND CHOICES:   148 (25 percent)
    TURF WIRE:   49 (24 percent)
    DIRT WIRE:   104 (27 percent)

    HORSES TO WATCH

    Saturday (4/19)

    2ND -- BACK TO BAKO (Aragorn) dueled early, went clear, got a stern test from the odd-on favorite, and dispatched that one as well in earning a superb 1 1/2-length tally under Rafael Bejarano. The four-year-old gelding from the barn of Blake Heap should be tough right back with runs like this one.

    BOOZER (Unusual Heat) ran big in defeat and might have "bounced" a bit after such a fine tally two big. The Mark Glatt trainee has surely found his niche on this downhill course and is always a major factor in with this kind.

    6TH -- HEAT FLASH (Unusual Heat) returns to this list after another strong late run to be second on a turf oval that is carrying speed over the past few weeks. The four-year-old gelding is in a nice form cycle and he would be a major contender if he drops back in with state-bred foes for conditioner Barry Abrams.

    7TH -- We loved the way DOCTOR DEMPSEY (Harlan's Holiday) looked in a debut win for conditioner Bob Baffert, and will tab this one as a potential future stakes type. The four-year-old colt was always well placed, took command in the lane and then fought off the hard-charging favorite where it looked like he had a lot more in the tank.

    CRUX (Congrats) was in with a big shot turning for home but finished mostly evenly to finish fourth, while more than six lengths clear of his nearest foe. The Ron Ellis trainee exits a live heat and might graduate in his subsequent outing for a conditioner that rarely wins with first timers.

    Sunday (4/20)

    4TH -- In a superb debut run, the Doug O'Neill-trained SUZY MALIBU (Malibu Moon) showed little early foot in sitting last at the top of the lane, but the filly let it out a notch and buried this field en route to a 5 1/4-length romp. We have no idea what she beat, but the sophomore lass clearly has a fine turn of foot and could be any kind going forward. Note that the Kentucky-bred is cut out to excel at a longer trip and possibly on the lawn.

    8TH -- BEHOLDER (Henny Hughes) is pretty good.

    A Look Ahead

    Sunday will play host to the Grade 3, $100,000 Wilshire Handicap.

    North American Maiden Winners
    Artie Schiller--Showmesomelove by Montbrook; ARTEELICIOUS, f, 3, MNR, Msw, 4-21, 5 1/2f, 1:09 . B-Patton's Creek Farm, LLC (KY.). $13,000 '12 KEESEP; $3,000 2014 FTKFEB.
    Borrego--Our Good Fortune by Tale of the Cat; RAGTOWN ROAD, c, 3, BEU, Msw, 4-22, 5 1/2f, 1:07 4/5. B-Carpe Diem Stables (KY.).
    Dance Master--Apples Hoss by Supremo; APPLE DANCE, g, 3, WRD, Mcl 7500, 4-22, 5 1/2f, 1:06 1/5. B-Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. (OK.).
    Dance Master--Hadivana by Hadif; WEST PLACE, g, 3, WRD, Msw, 4-22, 6f, 1:12 . B-E. D. Calvert (TX.). $1,300 '12 HERDEC.
    El Mirage--Balboa Park by Black Tie Affair (IRE); RUPERT, g, 3, TUP, Moc 30000, 4-21, a1mT, 1:38 2/5. B-Dennis E. Weir (AZ.).
    Elijah's Song--Im Too Much by In Excessive Bull; ELIJAHS LYRIC, g, 3, SRP, Msw, 4-22, 4 1/2f, :51 4/5. B-JEH Stallion Station NM (NM.).
    Ministers Wild Cat--Curvy Girl by Distorted Humor; CURVY KITTEN, f, 3, SRP, Msw, 4-22, 4 1/2f, :51 2/5. B-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC (CA.). *Full to Curvy Cat(MSW$386,055).
    Offlee Wild--My Lovely Psycho by Silver Ghost; Z HITCHCOCK, g, 3, WRD, Mcl 15000, 4-22, 1m, 1:40 1/5. B-Robert H. Zoellner (OK.). $8,500 '12 TEXAUG.
    Sonny Dom's Day--Academy Girl by Joy's Report; ISAAC'S BOY, g, 3, WRD, Mcl 7500, 4-22, 5 1/2f, 1:07 4/5. B-Sunny Elaine Shepard (AR.).***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE
    Spring At Last--Rachel's Song by Tale of the Cat; SPRING SONG, c, 3, FL, Msw, 4-22, 4 1/2f, :53 4/5. B-Deborah Kopatz (OH.). $55,000 '12 FTKOCT; $25,000 2013 OBSAPR.
    Fantasticat--Forever Joy by Shuailaan; PARSNIPS, g, 4, PRX, Mcl 10000, 4-22, 1m 70y, 1:46 3/5. B-Elizabeth R. Houghton (PA.).
    Hook and Ladder--Tranquility Jane by Carson City; YOU JANE, f, 4, FL, Mcl 15000, 4-22, 4 1/2f, :53 1/5. B-Jeffrey Raine & Elisabeth Raine (NY.).
    Inamorato--Sparkling Nanny by Glitterman; NANA MARGARET, f, 4, MNR, Msw, 4-21, 5 1/2f, 1:09 1/5. B-James C. Bickett Jr. (KY.).
    Midnight Royalty--Two Courts by World Court; OINK, f, 4, TUP, Mcl 5000, 4-21, 4 1/2f, :52 2/5. B-C. L. Hogg (AZ.).
    A.P. Indy--Safari Queen (ARG) (champion in Argentina, $550,124), by Lode; TRANSATLANTIC, g, 5, MNR, Mcl 5000, 4-21, 6f, 1:14 4/5. B-Ocala Horses, LLC (KY.). $290,000 '10 FTSAUG; $10,000 2012 FTNOCT.
    Bellamy Road--Reason to Rhyme by Mighty Adversary; PRIAPUS, g, 5, BEU, Mcl 3500, 4-22, 5 1/2f, 1:07 4/5. B-Bone Doctors Stable (IN.).

    Notebooks

    AQUEDUCT NOTEBOOK

    APRIL 24, 2014

    by John Mucciolo

    There was one graded race for fillies and mares during the week at Aqueduct.

    Distaff H. (G2): Lady Sheila Stable's LA VERDAD (Yes It's True) sprinted right to the front at the start and was never seriously challenged en route to a superb 3 3/4-length victory for trainer Linda Rice. The four-year-old clocked six panels in a fine 1:09 under the guidance of Jose Ortiz.

    Track Stats

    A total of 36 races were held at the Jamaica, New York venue, with favorites winning at a 42 percent rate and the top two betting choices combining for 64 percent of the wins during the week. From 29 races on the main oval, seven animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (24 percent). Three of the seven races on the lawn were taken all the way on the front end (43 percent).

    We didn't have a big feel for the racing this week, which leads us to believe that both ovals played mostly fairly over the last four days. The amount of winning favorites seems to back that theory.

    Six of the seven wire-to-wire winners on the dirt came in sprint races, while all three turf wire jobs occurred in route events.

    Meet Totals

    RACES:   164
    TURF:   13
    DIRT:   151
    FAVORITES:   70 (43 percent)
    2ND CHOICES:   37 (23 percent)
    TURF WIRE:   3 (23 percent)
    DIRT WIRE:   44 (39 percent)

    HORSES TO WATCH

    Wednesday (4/16)

    7TH -- CLASSIC SALSA (Two Step Salsa) pressed the pace, took command in early stretch and came home well under John Velazquez, posting a strong tally in his New York debut. The David Jacobson trainee hasn't done much wrong to date and will almost surely face better in his comeback.

    PIN AND WIN (Stevie Wonderboy) never cut into the lead much late but finished more than six lengths clear of one we like, so that has to mean something. Tab this one for another nice showing next time, though we might not get the 15-1 price he went off today.

    Thursday (4/17)

    5TH -- MY SAVANNAH BELLE (Afleet Alex) was passed in midstretch but showed a ton of heart in battling back in late stretch for this win under Rajiv Maragh. The sophomore filly had a tough trip in chasing lone speed, but we loved her finish and might tab her for a third straight score in her subsequent outing if placed properly.

    8TH -- HARRIS (A.P. Indy) was a big flop in this one for conditioner Todd Pletcher, but the four-year-old had shown a lot of ability prior to this run and we'll give him another chance in his comeback.

    Saturday (4/19)

    3RD -- HEARTY CONGRATS (Congrats) burned a ton of money when a closing third at very short odds and the gelded sophomore will go first off the claim next time after being nabbed by conditioner Chris Englehart. We thought the youngster received a poor ride from the rail and could have surely won this, and he would also benefit from being slotted off the inside next time out.

    6TH -- ELROI (Leroidesanimaux) was stuck behind a dawdling early pace in making his 2014 debut for Peter Pugh, but the four-year-old overcame it with a flying finish to graduate in style under Chris DeCarlo. The Empire State-bred earned a whopping 103 Late Pace figure for his work and could be even better with an honest pace to chase in his next turf test.

    7TH -- Conditioner Michelle Nevin had a big week and among it was a sharp claim of this race winner, QUICK MONEY (City Zip), who dominated a solid field late in coming home in a sharp :29 3/5 for his final 2 1/2 furlongs beneath Cornelio Velasquez.

    A Look Ahead

    There are no graded races this week at the Big A.

    Features

    UPCOMING STAKES

    Click here for the monthly April Calendar

    Thursday, April 24
     
    BEWITCH S. (G3), Keeneland, $150,000, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/2mT.
     
    Friday, April 25
     
    ELKHORN S. (G2), Keeneland, $250,000, 4&up, 1 1/2mT.
    LAST TYCOON S. (G3), Santa Anita Park, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/8mT.
    Matron S., Evangeline Downs, $60,000, 3&up, f&m, 1mT.
     
    Saturday, April 26
     
    TEXAS MILE S. (G3), Lone Star Park, $200,000, 3&up, 1m.
    DERBY TRIAL S. (G3), Churchill Downs, $150,000, 3yo, 1m.
    SAN FRANCISCO MILE (G3), Golden Gate Fields, $100,000, 3&up, 1mT.
    Whimsical S. (Can-G3), Woodbine, $150,000, 4&up, f&m, 6f.
    Snow Chief S. (r), Santa Anita Park, $250,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT.
    Melair S. (r), Santa Anita Park, $250,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
    Tiznow S. (r), Santa Anita Park, $125,000, 4&up, 1m.
    Spring Fever S. (r), Santa Anita Park, $125,000, 4&up, f&m, 6f.
    Land of Lincoln S. (r), Hawthorne, $100,000, 3yo, 6f.
    Milwaukee Avenue H. (r), Hawthorne, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
    Peach of It H. (r), Hawthorne, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
    Pretty Jenny S. (r), Hawthorne, $100,000, 3yo, f, 6f.
    Fran's Valentine S. (r), Santa Anita Park, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 1mT.
    Bosselman/Gus Fonner S., Fonner Park, $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
    Best of the Rest S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
    Geisha S. (r), Pimlico, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
    Goldfinch S., Prairie Meadows, $75,000, 3yo, f, 6f.
    John Henry S., Evangeline Downs, $60,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
    Gene Fleming Breeders' Derby (r), Turf Paradise, $50,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
     
    Sunday, April 27
     
    WILSHIRE S. (G3), Santa Anita Park, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1mT.
    New York Stallion S. (Park Avenue Division) (r), Aqueduct, $100,000, 3yo, f, 6 1/2f.
    New York Stallion S. (Times Square Division) (r), Aqueduct, $100,000, 3yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
    Brighouse Belles S., Hastings Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 6 1/2f.
    George Royal S., Hastings Park, $50,000, 3&up, 6 1/2f.
     
    Wednesday, April 30
     
    Tony Gatto Dream Big S., Atlantic City, $50,000, 3&up, 5fT.

    RACING DATES

    Current Meetings
         
    AQUEDUCT:   Jan. 1 - April 27
    ATLANTIC CITY:   April 24 - 30
    BEULAH PARK:   Jan. 6 - May 3
    CALDER RACE COURSE:   Jan. 3 - June 28
    CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 31
    CHURCHILL DOWNS:   April 26 - June 29
    EMERALD DOWNS:   April 12 - Sept. 28
    EVANGELINE DOWNS:   April 9 - Aug. 30
    FINGER LAKES:   April 18 - Dec. 5
    GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Dec. 26 - June 15
    GULFSTREAM PARK:   Jan. 1 - June 29
    HASTINGS PARK:   April 27 - Oct. 26
    HAWTHORNE:   Feb. 21 - April 27
    KEENELAND:   April 4 - 25
    LONE STAR PARK:   April 10 - July 12
    MOUNTAINEER PARK:   March 1 - Dec. 20
    PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
    PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
    PIMLICO:   April 3 - June 7
    PRAIRIE MEADOWS:   April 18 - Aug. 9
    SANTA ANITA PARK:   April 25 - June 29
    TAMPA BAY DOWNS:   Dec. 4 - May 4
    THISTLEDOWN:   April 18 - Nov. 16
    TURF PARADISE:   Oct. 5 - May 6
    WOODBINE:   April 12 - Dec. 7
         
    Upcoming Meetings
         
    ARLINGTON:   May 2 - Sept. 28
    BELMONT PARK:   May 1 - July 13
    CANTERBURY PARK:   May 16 - Sept. 13
    DELAWARE PARK:   May 17 - Oct. 22
    FORT ERIE:   May 27 - Sept. 30
    INDIANA DOWNS:   May 6 - Nov. 1
    LOUISIANA DOWNS:   May 2 - Sept. 21
    MONMOUTH PARK:   May 10 - Sept. 28
    NORTHLANDS PARK:   May 2 - Oct. 25
    PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS:   May 11 - Sept. 25
    SUFFOLK DOWNS:   May 3 - Sept. 1

    Notebooks

    SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

    APRIL 23, 2014

    by John Mucciolo

    No graded stakes took place this week at Santa Anita.

    Track Stats

    From a total of 18 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past Holiday Weekend, favorites won at a 33 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 50 percent of the wins. From 10 frays contested on the dirt oval, two animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (20 percent), while three of the eight grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end (38 percent).

    The turf course, as we stated last week, is carrying speed quite well. Three of the four runs on the lawn on Saturday were taken all the way on the front end, two of those fairly big-priced winners.

    Both main track wire jobs came in sprint runs, and with just 10 races on the dirt, we couldn't make out any trends.

    Meet Totals

    RACES:   594
    DIRT:   392
    TURF:   204
    FAVORITES:   197 (33 percent)
    2ND CHOICES:   148 (25 percent)
    TURF WIRE:   49 (24 percent)
    DIRT WIRE:   104 (27 percent)

    HORSES TO WATCH

    Saturday (4/19)

    2ND -- BACK TO BAKO (Aragorn) dueled early, went clear, got a stern test from the odd-on favorite, and dispatched that one as well in earning a superb 1 1/2-length tally under Rafael Bejarano. The four-year-old gelding from the barn of Blake Heap should be tough right back with runs like this one.

    BOOZER (Unusual Heat) ran big in defeat and might have "bounced" a bit after such a fine tally two big. The Mark Glatt trainee has surely found his niche on this downhill course and is always a major factor in with this kind.

    6TH -- HEAT FLASH (Unusual Heat) returns to this list after another strong late run to be second on a turf oval that is carrying speed over the past few weeks. The four-year-old gelding is in a nice form cycle and he would be a major contender if he drops back in with state-bred foes for conditioner Barry Abrams.

    7TH -- We loved the way DOCTOR DEMPSEY (Harlan's Holiday) looked in a debut win for conditioner Bob Baffert, and will tab this one as a potential future stakes type. The four-year-old colt was always well placed, took command in the lane and then fought off the hard-charging favorite where it looked like he had a lot more in the tank.

    CRUX (Congrats) was in with a big shot turning for home but finished mostly evenly to finish fourth, while more than six lengths clear of his nearest foe. The Ron Ellis trainee exits a live heat and might graduate in his subsequent outing for a conditioner that rarely wins with first timers.

    Sunday (4/20)

    4TH -- In a superb debut run, the Doug O'Neill-trained SUZY MALIBU (Malibu Moon) showed little early foot in sitting last at the top of the lane, but the filly let it out a notch and buried this field en route to a 5 1/4-length romp. We have no idea what she beat, but the sophomore lass clearly has a fine turn of foot and could be any kind going forward. Note that the Kentucky-bred is cut out to excel at a longer trip and possibly on the lawn.

    8TH -- BEHOLDER (Henny Hughes) is pretty good.

    A Look Ahead

    Sunday will play host to the Grade 3, $100,000 Wilshire Handicap.

    Features

    UPCOMING STAKES

    Click here for the monthly April Calendar

    Thursday, April 24
     
    BEWITCH S. (G3), Keeneland, $150,000, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/2mT.
     
    Friday, April 25
     
    ELKHORN S. (G2), Keeneland, $250,000, 4&up, 1 1/2mT.
    LAST TYCOON S. (G3), Santa Anita Park, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/8mT.
    Matron S., Evangeline Downs, $60,000, 3&up, f&m, 1mT.
     
    Saturday, April 26
     
    TEXAS MILE S. (G3), Lone Star Park, $200,000, 3&up, 1m.
    DERBY TRIAL S. (G3), Churchill Downs, $150,000, 3yo, 1m.
    SAN FRANCISCO MILE (G3), Golden Gate Fields, $100,000, 3&up, 1mT.
    Whimsical S. (Can-G3), Woodbine, $150,000, 4&up, f&m, 6f.
    Snow Chief S. (r), Santa Anita Park, $250,000, 3yo, 1 1/8mT.
    Melair S. (r), Santa Anita Park, $250,000, 3yo, f, 1 1/16m.
    Tiznow S. (r), Santa Anita Park, $125,000, 4&up, 1m.
    Spring Fever S. (r), Santa Anita Park, $125,000, 4&up, f&m, 6f.
    Land of Lincoln S. (r), Hawthorne, $100,000, 3yo, 6f.
    Milwaukee Avenue H. (r), Hawthorne, $100,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
    Peach of It H. (r), Hawthorne, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
    Pretty Jenny S. (r), Hawthorne, $100,000, 3yo, f, 6f.
    Fran's Valentine S. (r), Santa Anita Park, $100,000, 4&up, f&m, 1mT.
    Bosselman/Gus Fonner S., Fonner Park, $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
    Best of the Rest S., Gulfstream Park, $75,000, 3&up, 1 1/16m.
    Geisha S. (r), Pimlico, $75,000, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16m.
    Goldfinch S., Prairie Meadows, $75,000, 3yo, f, 6f.
    John Henry S., Evangeline Downs, $60,000, 3&up, 1 1/16mT.
    Gene Fleming Breeders' Derby (r), Turf Paradise, $50,000, 3yo, 1 1/16m.
     
    Sunday, April 27
     
    WILSHIRE S. (G3), Santa Anita Park, $100,000, 3&up, f&m, 1mT.
    New York Stallion S. (Park Avenue Division) (r), Aqueduct, $100,000, 3yo, f, 6 1/2f.
    New York Stallion S. (Times Square Division) (r), Aqueduct, $100,000, 3yo, c&g, 6 1/2f.
    Brighouse Belles S., Hastings Park, $50,000, 3&up, f&m, 6 1/2f.
    George Royal S., Hastings Park, $50,000, 3&up, 6 1/2f.
     
    Wednesday, April 30
     
    Tony Gatto Dream Big S., Atlantic City, $50,000, 3&up, 5fT.

    Top Speed/Class ratings

    NATIONAL

    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/14-4/20) - 3&up Dirt Routes
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Flashy American 5M 1 1/8m (ft) HAW 4/19 Sixty Sails H. 108
    Imperative 4G 1 1/8m (ft) CT 4/19 Charles Town Classic S. 106
    Frac Daddy 4C 1 1/8m (ft) KEE 4/19 Ben Ali S. 105
    Grand Tito 4C 1m (gd) CRC 4/19 Miami Mile H. 101
    Sisterly Love 6M 1 1/16m (ft) KEE 4/18 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare S. 98
    Beholder 4F 1 1/16m (ft) SA 4/20 Santa Lucia S. 97
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/14-4/20) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    La Verdad 4F 6f (ft) AQU 4/19 Distaff H. 104
    Winning Image 7M 6f (ft) PIM 4/19 Primonetta S. 97
    River Bear 9G 6f (ft) HAW 4/19 Robert S. Molaro H. 96
    Warren's Knockout 6G 6 1/2f (ft) SRP 4/18 Inaugural H. 96
    Z Rockstar 5G 6f (ft) WRD 4/15 TRAO Classic Sprint S. 96
    Uncle Todd 5R 4 1/2f (ft) CT 4/19 Webb Snyder Charles Town Dash S. 94
    More Than Even 4F 6f (gd) WRD 4/14 Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs Classic Distaff 92
    C'mon Feet 4F 6f (ft) HAW 4/19 Third Chance H. 91
    Flattering Bea 4F 7f (ft) CT 4/19 Sugar Maple S. presented by CANTER Mid-Atlantic S. 90
    In the Fairway 4C 7f (ft) CT 4/19 Confucius Say S. 89
    Down Town Allen 7M 7f (ft) CT 4/19 Original Gold S. 86
    Lady Contender 5M 6f (ft) FON 4/19 Runza S. 84
    Tricky R. 7M 6 1/2f (ft) SRP 4/19 Russell and Hellen Foutz Distaff H. 75
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/14-4/20) - 3&up Turf
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Ageless 5M 5 1/2f (fm) KEE 4/19 Giant's Causeway S. 99
    Stormy Rush 6G 5f (gd) GP 4/19 Lincoln S. 97
    Hamp 4G 1m (fm) PIM 4/19 Henry S. Clark S. 88
    Coarsegold 4F 5f (fm) GP 4/20 Safari Queen S. 87
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/14-4/20) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Mr Speaker 3C 1 1/16m (ft) KEE 4/19 Coolmore Lexington S. 99
    Puntrooskie 3G 6f (ft) WO 4/20 Woodstock S. 97
    Daring Dancer 3F 1m (fm) KEE 4/17 Appalachian S. Presented by Japan Racing Associati 96
    Dynamic Impact 3C 1 1/8m (ft) HAW 4/19 Illinois Derby 95
    Rise Up 3C 7f (ft) CT 4/19 Robert Hilton Memorial S. presented by Budweiser S 95
    Zensational Bunny 3F 6f (ft) WO 4/19 Star Shoot S. 92
    Flamboyant (FR) 3C 1 1/8m (fm) SA 4/19 La Puente S. 90
    Kid Cruz 3C 1 1/16m (ft) PIM 4/19 Federico Tesio S. 90
    Knit One Purr Too 3F 5f (fm) PIM 4/19 Stormy Blues S. 90
    Conniption Fit 3G 6f (ft) BEU 4/19 Howard B. Noonan S. 84

    TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

    Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
    Grand Tito   CRC   1m (gd)   4/19   122.8
    La Verdad   AQU   6f (ft)   4/19   122.3
    Frac Daddy   KEE   1 1/8m (ft)   4/19   122.2
    Imperative   CT   1 1/8m (ft)   4/19   122.2
    Flashy American   HAW   1 1/8m (ft)   4/19   121.6
    Beholder   SA   1 1/16m (ft)   4/20   120.7
    Draw Two   KEE   1 1/2m (fm)   4/17   120.0
    Bet Seattle   HAW   6f (ft)   4/18   120.0
    Quick Money   AQU   6 1/2f (ft)   4/19   119.9
    Burnt Offering   CT   6 1/2f (ft)   4/18   119.8
    Valentino Beauty   KEE   1 1/16m (fm)   4/16   119.8
    Zealevo   PRX   6 1/2f (ft)   4/19   119.8
    Flattering Bea   CT   7f (ft)   4/19   119.7
    Sisterly Love   KEE   1 1/16m (ft)   4/18   119.5
    Bellarmine   KEE   1 1/8m (ft)   4/19   119.5

    Features

    RACING DATES

    Current Meetings
         
    AQUEDUCT:   Jan. 1 - April 27
    ATLANTIC CITY:   April 24 - 30
    BEULAH PARK:   Jan. 6 - May 3
    CALDER RACE COURSE:   Jan. 3 - June 28
    CHARLES TOWN:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 31
    CHURCHILL DOWNS:   April 26 - June 29
    EMERALD DOWNS:   April 12 - Sept. 28
    EVANGELINE DOWNS:   April 9 - Aug. 30
    FINGER LAKES:   April 18 - Dec. 5
    GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:   Dec. 26 - June 15
    GULFSTREAM PARK:   Jan. 1 - June 29
    HASTINGS PARK:   April 27 - Oct. 26
    HAWTHORNE:   Feb. 21 - April 27
    KEENELAND:   April 4 - 25
    LONE STAR PARK:   April 10 - July 12
    MOUNTAINEER PARK:   March 1 - Dec. 20
    PARX RACING:   Jan. 1 - Dec. 31
    PENN NATIONAL:   Jan. 2 - Dec. 27
    PIMLICO:   April 3 - June 7
    PRAIRIE MEADOWS:   April 18 - Aug. 9
    SANTA ANITA PARK:   April 25 - June 29
    TAMPA BAY DOWNS:   Dec. 4 - May 4
    THISTLEDOWN:   April 18 - Nov. 16
    TURF PARADISE:   Oct. 5 - May 6
    WOODBINE:   April 12 - Dec. 7
         
    Upcoming Meetings
         
    ARLINGTON:   May 2 - Sept. 28
    BELMONT PARK:   May 1 - July 13
    CANTERBURY PARK:   May 16 - Sept. 13
    DELAWARE PARK:   May 17 - Oct. 22
    FORT ERIE:   May 27 - Sept. 30
    INDIANA DOWNS:   May 6 - Nov. 1
    LOUISIANA DOWNS:   May 2 - Sept. 21
    MONMOUTH PARK:   May 10 - Sept. 28
    NORTHLANDS PARK:   May 2 - Oct. 25
    PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS:   May 11 - Sept. 25
    SUFFOLK DOWNS:   May 3 - Sept. 1

    RACING LEADERS

    (through April 21, 2014)

                         

    HORSES

                         
    Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

    Purses

    1. Imperative   5   1   2   1   $1,079,450
    2. California Chrome   3   3   0   0   920,000
    3. Vicar's in Trouble   3   2   0   1   760,000
    4. Game On Dude   3   1   1   0   701,000
    5. Constitution   3   3   0   0   649,350
    6. Samraat   3   2   1   0   640,000
    7. Hoppertunity   5   2   1   0   610,720
    8. Wildcat Red   4   2   2   0   610,000
    8. Will Take Charge   3   1   2   0   610,000
    10. Danza   2   1   0   1   604,428
                         

    TRAINERS

                         
    Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

    Purses

    1. Todd Pletcher   341   85   68   50   $7,566,724
    2. Bob Baffert   132   32   25   18   4,110,014
    3. Steve Asmussen   514   115   90   83   3,955,132
    4. Jerry Hollendorfer   339   83   63   47   3,743,818
    5. Mike Maker   290   75   44   43   2,899,212
    6. Bill Mott   230   29   37   33   2,633,565
    7. David Jacobson   231   57   38   47   2,306,123
    8. John Sadler   162   34   24   33   2,196,444
    9. Rudy Rodriguez   175   52   27   22   2,185,465
    10. Mark Casse   167   26   22   23   1,916,536
                         

    JOCKEYS

                         
    Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

    Purses

    1. Javier Castellano   409   119   73   56   $5,811,631
    2. Mike Smith   181   40   32   21   4,910,521
    3. Joel Rosario   414   70   81   58   4,707,067
    4. Rafael Bejarano   355   87   87   50   3,296,394
    5. Rosie Napravnik   417   92   70   51   4,169,134
    6. Irad Ortiz Jr.   387   84   68   63   3,992,634
    7. Jose Ortiz   333   71   69   51   3,960,143
    8. Luis Saez   385   63   63   36   3,280,577
    9. Victor Espinoza   220   42   37   27   3,110,398
    10. Corey Nakatani   231   32   40   32   2,977,101
                         

    Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

    RACING LEADERS

    (through April 21, 2014)

                         

    HORSES

                         
    Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

    Purses

    1. Imperative   5   1   2   1   $1,079,450
    2. California Chrome   3   3   0   0   920,000
    3. Vicar's in Trouble   3   2   0   1   760,000
    4. Game On Dude   3   1   1   0   701,000
    5. Constitution   3   3   0   0   649,350
    6. Samraat   3   2   1   0   640,000
    7. Hoppertunity   5   2   1   0   610,720
    8. Wildcat Red   4   2   2   0   610,000
    8. Will Take Charge   3   1   2   0   610,000
    10. Danza   2   1   0   1   604,428
                         

    TRAINERS

                         
    Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

    Purses

    1. Todd Pletcher   341   85   68   50   $7,566,724
    2. Bob Baffert   132   32   25   18   4,110,014
    3. Steve Asmussen   514   115   90   83   3,955,132
    4. Jerry Hollendorfer   339   83   63   47   3,743,818
    5. Mike Maker   290   75   44   43   2,899,212
    6. Bill Mott   230   29   37   33   2,633,565
    7. David Jacobson   231   57   38   47   2,306,123
    8. John Sadler   162   34   24   33   2,196,444
    9. Rudy Rodriguez   175   52   27   22   2,185,465
    10. Mark Casse   167   26   22   23   1,916,536
                         

    JOCKEYS

                         
    Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

    Purses

    1. Javier Castellano   409   119   73   56   $5,811,631
    2. Mike Smith   181   40   32   21   4,910,521
    3. Joel Rosario   414   70   81   58   4,707,067
    4. Rafael Bejarano   355   87   87   50   3,296,394
    5. Rosie Napravnik   417   92   70   51   4,169,134
    6. Irad Ortiz Jr.   387   84   68   63   3,992,634
    7. Jose Ortiz   333   71   69   51   3,960,143
    8. Luis Saez   385   63   63   36   3,280,577
    9. Victor Espinoza   220   42   37   27   3,110,398
    10. Corey Nakatani   231   32   40   32   2,977,101
                         

    Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

    At a Glance
    GULFSTREAM PARK AT A GLANCE
     
    Avg. Winning Odds: 5.18 - 1
    Favorite Win%: 35%, Favorite Itm%: 71%
     
    EXOTICS PAYOFF
    Exacta86.75
    Daily Double85.27
    Trifecta661.23
    Pick 3779.59
    Superfecta6,588.43
    Pick 44,739.81
    Pick 525,362.34
    Pick 6 Jackpot117,417.64
    Pick 8602,352.90
    Super High Five5,925.20
    Z-5 Super Hi-59,770.90
    TRACK BIAS MEET(06/25 - 04/20)
    Distance #
    Race
    %
    Wire
    Best
    Style
    Best
    Posts
    4.5fDirt 12 67% E Rail/Ins
    6.0fDirt 274 36% E Rail/Ins
    1 MileDirt 193 24% E Rail/Ins
    1 1/16mDirt 67 27% E/P Ins/Mid
    Turf Sprint 130 28% E Middle
    Turf Routes 364 19% E/P Rail
    TRACK BIAS WEEK(04/14 - 04/20)
    Distance #
    Race
    %
    Wire
    Best
    Style
    Best
    Posts
    4.5fDirt 1 100% E Middle
    6.0fDirt 4 0% E/P Rail/Ins
    1 MileDirt 7 14% E/P Inside
    1 1/16mDirt 1 0% S Middle
    Turf Sprint 4 25% E Mid/Out
    Turf Routes 6 33% E Outside
    Who's HOT, Who's NOT
     
    HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Winning
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
    Creque Rasharn 8 6 0 0 1.15 5 27%
    Servis Jason 8 5 0 1 4.70 1 24%
    Loza, Jr. Efren 7 4 0 1 2.59 1 34%
    Navarro Jorge 7 3 1 1 2.93 1 34%
    Servis John C. 2 2 0 0 2.65 1 18%
    Crichton Rohan 4 2 1 0 5.75 1 16%
    Arias Juan D. 5 2 1 0 12.98 2 13%
    Plesa, Jr. Edward 5 2 1 1 4.52 1 21%
    Fernandez Marcos 6 2 0 1 7.20 2 18%
    Maragh Collin 6 2 0 0 3.25 1 13%
    O'Connell Kathleen 6 2 1 0 4.40 1 16%
     
    HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Winning
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
    Saez Gabriel 12 5 2 0 5.69 2 14%
    Bravo Joe 9 3 1 1 4.58 2 15%
    Gonzalez Santiago 9 3 2 1 4.70 2 14%
     
    COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Beaten
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
    Cascallares Nestor 14 0 0 2 16.99 0 4%
     
    COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Beaten
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
    Delgado Juan N. 11 0 2 1 12.67 0 13%
    Gomez Diego Fernando 10 0 1 0 16.24 0 9%
                   

    Top Speed/Class ratings

    NATIONAL

    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/14-4/20) - 3&up Dirt Routes
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Flashy American 5M 1 1/8m (ft) HAW 4/19 Sixty Sails H. 108
    Imperative 4G 1 1/8m (ft) CT 4/19 Charles Town Classic S. 106
    Frac Daddy 4C 1 1/8m (ft) KEE 4/19 Ben Ali S. 105
    Grand Tito 4C 1m (gd) CRC 4/19 Miami Mile H. 101
    Sisterly Love 6M 1 1/16m (ft) KEE 4/18 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare S. 98
    Beholder 4F 1 1/16m (ft) SA 4/20 Santa Lucia S. 97
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/14-4/20) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    La Verdad 4F 6f (ft) AQU 4/19 Distaff H. 104
    Winning Image 7M 6f (ft) PIM 4/19 Primonetta S. 97
    River Bear 9G 6f (ft) HAW 4/19 Robert S. Molaro H. 96
    Warren's Knockout 6G 6 1/2f (ft) SRP 4/18 Inaugural H. 96
    Z Rockstar 5G 6f (ft) WRD 4/15 TRAO Classic Sprint S. 96
    Uncle Todd 5R 4 1/2f (ft) CT 4/19 Webb Snyder Charles Town Dash S. 94
    More Than Even 4F 6f (gd) WRD 4/14 Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs Classic Distaff 92
    C'mon Feet 4F 6f (ft) HAW 4/19 Third Chance H. 91
    Flattering Bea 4F 7f (ft) CT 4/19 Sugar Maple S. presented by CANTER Mid-Atlantic S. 90
    In the Fairway 4C 7f (ft) CT 4/19 Confucius Say S. 89
    Down Town Allen 7M 7f (ft) CT 4/19 Original Gold S. 86
    Lady Contender 5M 6f (ft) FON 4/19 Runza S. 84
    Tricky R. 7M 6 1/2f (ft) SRP 4/19 Russell and Hellen Foutz Distaff H. 75
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/14-4/20) - 3&up Turf
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Ageless 5M 5 1/2f (fm) KEE 4/19 Giant's Causeway S. 99
    Stormy Rush 6G 5f (gd) GP 4/19 Lincoln S. 97
    Hamp 4G 1m (fm) PIM 4/19 Henry S. Clark S. 88
    Coarsegold 4F 5f (fm) GP 4/20 Safari Queen S. 87
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/14-4/20) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Mr Speaker 3C 1 1/16m (ft) KEE 4/19 Coolmore Lexington S. 99
    Puntrooskie 3G 6f (ft) WO 4/20 Woodstock S. 97
    Daring Dancer 3F 1m (fm) KEE 4/17 Appalachian S. Presented by Japan Racing Associati 96
    Dynamic Impact 3C 1 1/8m (ft) HAW 4/19 Illinois Derby 95
    Rise Up 3C 7f (ft) CT 4/19 Robert Hilton Memorial S. presented by Budweiser S 95
    Zensational Bunny 3F 6f (ft) WO 4/19 Star Shoot S. 92
    Flamboyant (FR) 3C 1 1/8m (fm) SA 4/19 La Puente S. 90
    Kid Cruz 3C 1 1/16m (ft) PIM 4/19 Federico Tesio S. 90
    Knit One Purr Too 3F 5f (fm) PIM 4/19 Stormy Blues S. 90
    Conniption Fit 3G 6f (ft) BEU 4/19 Howard B. Noonan S. 84

    At a Glance
    PIMLICO AT A GLANCE
     
    Avg. Winning Odds: 5.15 - 1
    Favorite Win%: 39%, Favorite Itm%: 73%
     
    EXOTICS PAYOFF
    Exacta76.99
    Daily Double61.83
    Trifecta477.34
    Pick 3836.45
    Superfecta4,161.40
    Pick 41,399.74
    Pick 5 Jackpot12,534.44
    TRACK BIAS MEET(04/03 - 04/19)
    Distance #
    Race
    %
    Wire
    Best
    Style
    Best
    Posts
    4.5fDirt 2 50% E/P Inside
    6.0fDirt 45 29% S Outside
    1 1/16mDirt 24 8% E/P Middle
    Turf Sprint 13 15% E/P Inside
    Turf Routes 16 25% P Rail/Ins
    TRACK BIAS WEEK(04/13 - 04/19)
    Distance #
    Race
    %
    Wire
    Best
    Style
    Best
    Posts
    4.5fDirt 1 0% E/P Middle
    6.0fDirt 16 31% S Mid/Out
    1 1/16mDirt 7 0% E/P Middle
    Turf Sprint 5 20% E/P Rail/Ins
    Turf Routes 9 33% P Rail/Ins
    Who's HOT, Who's NOT
     
    HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Winning
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
    Magee Kieron 12 5 1 2 5.94 3 25%
    Keefe Timothy L. 11 4 0 2 8.55 2 14%
    Capuano Gary 7 3 1 1 5.03 1 15%
    Smith Hamilton A. 9 3 3 0 11.26 0 15%
    Dutrow Anthony W. 3 2 0 0 2.23 2 20%
    Pino Michael V. 3 2 0 0 2.57 1 27%
    Ward Wesley A. 3 2 0 0 0.87 2 21%
    Murray Lawrence E. 5 2 0 0 13.82 0 21%
    Sheppard Jonathan E. 5 2 1 1 17.28 0 16%
     
    HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Winning
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
    McCarthy Trevor 25 7 3 5 5.25 5 17%
     
    COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Beaten
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
     
    COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
    Odds
    Beaten
    Favorites
    '13-' 14
    Win%
    Boyce Forest 12 0 1 1 10.80 1 13%
    Keiser Chelsey 11 0 0 0 15.25 0 10%

    Top Speed/Class ratings

    TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

    Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
    Grand Tito   CRC   1m (gd)   4/19   122.8
    La Verdad   AQU   6f (ft)   4/19   122.3
    Frac Daddy   KEE   1 1/8m (ft)   4/19   122.2
    Imperative   CT   1 1/8m (ft)   4/19   122.2
    Flashy American   HAW   1 1/8m (ft)   4/19   121.6
    Beholder   SA   1 1/16m (ft)   4/20   120.7
    Draw Two   KEE   1 1/2m (fm)   4/17   120.0
    Bet Seattle   HAW   6f (ft)   4/18   120.0
    Quick Money   AQU   6 1/2f (ft)   4/19   119.9
    Burnt Offering   CT   6 1/2f (ft)   4/18   119.8
    Valentino Beauty   KEE   1 1/16m (fm)   4/16   119.8
    Zealevo   PRX   6 1/2f (ft)   4/19   119.8
    Flattering Bea   CT   7f (ft)   4/19   119.7
    Sisterly Love   KEE   1 1/16m (ft)   4/18   119.5
    Bellarmine   KEE   1 1/8m (ft)   4/19   119.5

    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

    Racing Highlights

    For Wednesday

    AQUEDUCT (1:20): $69,000 ocl, 3&up, 1 1/16mT (5TH).
    EVANGELINE DOWNS (6:40): $23,500 alw, 3&up, 5 1/2f (9TH).
    KEENELAND (1:05): $60,000 alw, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT (8TH).
    MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $22,200 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (8TH).
    PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $33,300 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m70yd (6TH).
    TAMPA BAY DOWNS (12:30): $25,000 ocl, 3yo, f, 6 1/2f (3RD).
    TURF PARADISE (4:00): $13,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 1mT (3RD).

    *all times Eastern

    HANDICAPPER'S EDGE is compiled by Bloodstock Research Information Services. This newsletter may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. Copyright 2011, Bloodstock Research Information Services. Information as to the races, race results and earnings was obtained from Equibase Company LLC and is utilized herein with the permission of the copyright owner, Equibase Company LLC.

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    Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

    SPOT PLAYS

    For Wednesday

    TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
    Aqueduct   (2nd) We'll Talk, 5-1
        (5th) Crushing, 4-1
    Evangeline Downs   (1st) Willist, 3-1
        (7th) Viking Warrior, 9-2
    Hawthorne   (1st) Totee, 7-2
        (4th) Noble Leader, 9-2
    Keeneland   (5th) El Zohan, 5-1
        (7th) Crissy Field, 7-2
    Mountaineer   (1st) Rocko's Gizmo, 4-1
        (2nd) Dehere on Tour, 7-2
    Penn National   (1st) Top Hot Rod, 4-1
        (7th) Crosseyed, 7-2
    Tampa Bay Downs   (1st) Nell's Luck, 9-2
        (5th) Close Mystery, 4-1
    Turf Paradise   (5th) Gambling Don, 7-2
        (7th) Bonnie's Bearcat, 7-2

    HIGHLIGHTS

    For Wednesday

    AQUEDUCT (1:20): $69,000 ocl, 3&up, 1 1/16mT (5TH).
    EVANGELINE DOWNS (6:40): $23,500 alw, 3&up, 5 1/2f (9TH).
    KEENELAND (1:05): $60,000 alw, 4&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT (8TH).
    MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $22,200 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 6f (8TH).
    PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $33,300 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1m70yd (6TH).
    TAMPA BAY DOWNS (12:30): $25,000 ocl, 3yo, f, 6 1/2f (3RD).
    TURF PARADISE (4:00): $13,000 ocl, 3&up, f&m, 1mT (3RD).

    *all times Eastern

    HANDICAPPER'S EDGE is compiled by Bloodstock Research Information Services. This newsletter may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without the prior written permission of the copyright owner. Copyright 2011, Bloodstock Research Information Services. Information as to the races, race results and earnings was obtained from Equibase Company LLC and is utilized herein with the permission of the copyright owner, Equibase Company LLC.

    Announcements

    Help Wanted

    A horse racing website is currently hiring for part-time positions as a Customer Service Representative in Lexington, Kentucky. Must be available nights and weekends. Some weekdays may also be available. Computer literacy required, horse racing knowledge and customer service experience a plus. To schedule an interview, email or send your résumé to the following: Nancy.Kanaval@brisnet.com, P.O. Box 4097, Lexington, KY 40544.