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MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2015

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Belmont kicks off lucrative 59-day meet with Elusive Quality

New York-bred veteran King Kreesa (right) tops the $100,000 Elusive Quality on Belmont's opening day (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

Highlighted by the inaugural Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, encompassing three days of world-class stakes racing including the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1), Belmont Park opens on Wednesday for its 59-day spring/summer meet.

The oldest and longest leg of racing's elusive Triple Crown, the 1 1/2-mile Belmont this year will be supported by three days of outstanding racing, featuring 17 stakes races worth more than $10 million from June 4 through Belmont Stakes Day, June 6.

As New York's home for Triple Crown racing, Belmont Park will host a live simulcast of the Kentucky Derby (G1) on Saturday, complemented by a full day of live racing along with a Kentucky-themed barbecue festival, family fun activities, a Knob Creek bourbon tasting, and a special post-race concert by pop-rock artist Parachute in the backyard.

That day, Belmont will offer a trio of prestigious stakes races: the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay (G2) and the $150,000 Fort Marcy (G3), both on the turf, and the $150,000 Westchester (G3), the traditional prep for the $1.25 million Metropolitan H. (G1) on Belmont Stakes Day.

The Met Mile is one of five other Grade 1 races on a 13-race card supporting the Belmont: the $1 million Manhattan on the turf, the $1 million Ogden Phipps for fillies and mares, the $750,000 Acorn for three-year-old fillies and the $700,000 Just a Game for turf fillies and mares.

Also on track that day will be the $500,000 Woody Stephens , the $400,000 Brooklyn (G2), the $300,000 Jaipur (G3), and the $150,000 Easy Goer for three-year-olds.

With the Belmont Stakes Draw scheduled on June 3 at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will kick off on June 4 with the $150,000 Intercontinental for turf fillies and mares and the $250,000 Astoria for two-year-old fillies.

On June 5, the festival continues as Belmont Park will offer five stakes races worth $1.2 million, including the $300,000 New York (G2) for turf fillies and mares, the $250,000 True North (G2) for sprinters, the $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup for turf marathoners, the $150,000 Jersey Girl for three-year-old filly sprinters, and the Astoria's twin race, the 5 1/2-furlong Tremont for juveniles, also with a purse of $250,000.

On Memorial Day, May 25, New York-breds take center stage on Big Apple Showcase Day, with six stakes races worth $900,000 including a pair of one-mile dirt races: the Commentator and the Critical Eye for fillies and mares, both worth $200,000.

In July, the second "must-see" event of the meet is the second edition of the internationally themed Stars & Stripes Racing Festival, highlighted by the $1.25 Belmont Derby (G1) and the $1 million Belmont Oaks (G1) for three-year-old fillies, both at 1 1/4 miles on the turf. Also on the card are the $500,000 Suburban H. (G2), the $500,000 Dwyer (G3) for three-year-olds, the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (G3) and the $150,000 Victory Ride (G3) for three-year-old filly sprinters.

"Party at the Park" Twilight Fridays return with a special 3 p.m. (EDT) post time on June 19, June 26 and July 3, and the "Breakfast at Belmont" program is available every weekend and holiday during the meet, with the exception of Belmont Stakes weekend.

First race post time at Belmont Park generally is 1:20 p.m., with racing conducted Wednesday through Sunday.

Admission to Belmont Park is $5, excluding Belmont Stakes Day, when Grandstand admission is $15 and Clubhouse admission is $40. Information on special hospitality packages and seats for Belmont Stakes Day can be found at belmontstakes.com.

A contentious group of older turf runners have lined up for Wednesday's $100,000 Elusive Quality on opening day, led by New York-bred King Kreesa (King Cugat). In 2014, King Kreesa won his seasonal debut in the West Point on August 24 at Saratoga, and then finished second in the Ashley T. Cole at Belmont and third in the Mohawk to close out an abridged campaign for trainer David Donk.

Plainview (Street Cry) is set to make his 2015 debut in the seven-furlong dash on the Widener turf. Most recently a distant ninth in the Queens County racing on dirt, Plainview previously finished fourth in the Knickerbocker (G3) after setting the pace over a yielding course.

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott will saddle a potent uncoupled entry of Sinatra (Harlan's Holiday) and Mosler (War Front). Sinatra will be turning back off a third-place finish in a 1 1/16-mile allowance at Gulfstream Park, while Mosler will switch back to turf after finishing ninth in the one-mile Fred W. Hooper (G3) on Gulfstream's main track. One start prior to the Fred Hooper, Mosler was sixth, beaten 3 1/2 lengths, in the Ft. Lauderdale (G2) on turf -- his first start over the surface.

Hard-knocking turf sprinters Mr. Online (Silent Name), Tightend Touchdown (Pure Precision), Dimension (Medicean) and Spring to the Sky (Langfuhr) are also among those entered for the Elusive Quality.

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Belmont kicks off lucrative 59-day meet with Elusive Quality

New York-bred veteran King Kreesa (right) tops the $100,000 Elusive Quality on Belmont's opening day (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

Highlighted by the inaugural Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, encompassing three days of world-class stakes racing including the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1), Belmont Park opens on Wednesday for its 59-day spring/summer meet.

The oldest and longest leg of racing's elusive Triple Crown, the 1 1/2-mile Belmont this year will be supported by three days of outstanding racing, featuring 17 stakes races worth more than $10 million from June 4 through Belmont Stakes Day, June 6.

As New York's home for Triple Crown racing, Belmont Park will host a live simulcast of the Kentucky Derby (G1) on Saturday, complemented by a full day of live racing along with a Kentucky-themed barbecue festival, family fun activities, a Knob Creek bourbon tasting, and a special post-race concert by pop-rock artist Parachute in the backyard.

That day, Belmont will offer a trio of prestigious stakes races: the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay (G2) and the $150,000 Fort Marcy (G3), both on the turf, and the $150,000 Westchester (G3), the traditional prep for the $1.25 million Metropolitan H. (G1) on Belmont Stakes Day.

The Met Mile is one of five other Grade 1 races on a 13-race card supporting the Belmont: the $1 million Manhattan on the turf, the $1 million Ogden Phipps for fillies and mares, the $750,000 Acorn for three-year-old fillies and the $700,000 Just a Game for turf fillies and mares.

Also on track that day will be the $500,000 Woody Stephens , the $400,000 Brooklyn (G2), the $300,000 Jaipur (G3), and the $150,000 Easy Goer for three-year-olds.

With the Belmont Stakes Draw scheduled on June 3 at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will kick off on June 4 with the $150,000 Intercontinental for turf fillies and mares and the $250,000 Astoria for two-year-old fillies.

On June 5, the festival continues as Belmont Park will offer five stakes races worth $1.2 million, including the $300,000 New York (G2) for turf fillies and mares, the $250,000 True North (G2) for sprinters, the $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup for turf marathoners, the $150,000 Jersey Girl for three-year-old filly sprinters, and the Astoria's twin race, the 5 1/2-furlong Tremont for juveniles, also with a purse of $250,000.

On Memorial Day, May 25, New York-breds take center stage on Big Apple Showcase Day, with six stakes races worth $900,000 including a pair of one-mile dirt races: the Commentator and the Critical Eye for fillies and mares, both worth $200,000.

In July, the second "must-see" event of the meet is the second edition of the internationally themed Stars & Stripes Racing Festival, highlighted by the $1.25 Belmont Derby (G1) and the $1 million Belmont Oaks (G1) for three-year-old fillies, both at 1 1/4 miles on the turf. Also on the card are the $500,000 Suburban H. (G2), the $500,000 Dwyer (G3) for three-year-olds, the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (G3) and the $150,000 Victory Ride (G3) for three-year-old filly sprinters.

"Party at the Park" Twilight Fridays return with a special 3 p.m. (EDT) post time on June 19, June 26 and July 3, and the "Breakfast at Belmont" program is available every weekend and holiday during the meet, with the exception of Belmont Stakes weekend.

First race post time at Belmont Park generally is 1:20 p.m., with racing conducted Wednesday through Sunday.

Admission to Belmont Park is $5, excluding Belmont Stakes Day, when Grandstand admission is $15 and Clubhouse admission is $40. Information on special hospitality packages and seats for Belmont Stakes Day can be found at belmontstakes.com.

A contentious group of older turf runners have lined up for Wednesday's $100,000 Elusive Quality on opening day, led by New York-bred King Kreesa (King Cugat). In 2014, King Kreesa won his seasonal debut in the West Point on August 24 at Saratoga, and then finished second in the Ashley T. Cole at Belmont and third in the Mohawk to close out an abridged campaign for trainer David Donk.

Plainview (Street Cry) is set to make his 2015 debut in the seven-furlong dash on the Widener turf. Most recently a distant ninth in the Queens County racing on dirt, Plainview previously finished fourth in the Knickerbocker (G3) after setting the pace over a yielding course.

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott will saddle a potent uncoupled entry of Sinatra (Harlan's Holiday) and Mosler (War Front). Sinatra will be turning back off a third-place finish in a 1 1/16-mile allowance at Gulfstream Park, while Mosler will switch back to turf after finishing ninth in the one-mile Fred W. Hooper (G3) on Gulfstream's main track. One start prior to the Fred Hooper, Mosler was sixth, beaten 3 1/2 lengths, in the Ft. Lauderdale (G2) on turf -- his first start over the surface.

Hard-knocking turf sprinters Mr. Online (Silent Name), Tightend Touchdown (Pure Precision), Dimension (Medicean) and Spring to the Sky (Langfuhr) are also among those entered for the Elusive Quality.

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Triple Crown News & Notes

American Pharoah compared to Michael Jordan after sizzling work

American Pharoah easily sped five furlongs in a bullet :58 2/5 (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Zayat Stables' champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) provided some heat on a raw morning at Churchill Downs Sunday with a bullet workout -- the fastest of the day at the distance -- covering five furlongs in :58 2/5 under jockey Martin Garcia.

"I have been doing this for 35 years," said private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young, "and he might be the best horse I've ever seen. He's simply like Michael Jordan and stays in the air like he did in his rookie year. He stays in the air longer than any horse and you get the feeling that there's not one gear left, but he may have two, three or four gears."

Last year's champion two-year-old male, who is likely to be the betting favorite in the 141st Kentucky Derby, turned in split times of :11 2/5; :23, :34 3/5 and :46 2/5. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:11 2/5. It was American Pharoah's first work since he won the Arkansas Derby (G1)by eight lengths on April 11.

"He's where we want him to be," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said. "He hasn't regressed. He looks great. It was pretty exciting to come in here on a nice, cool day, so everything worked out From here on out we have to keep him happy."

Baffert's other Derby candidate, unbeaten Dortmund (Big Brown), had his final Derby work at Santa Anita and arrived at Churchill Downs early Sunday afternoon.

As he typically does, Baffert watched the workout from the grandstand side of the track so he could see the colt run down the stretch to the wire. With Baffert were the colt's owner Ahmed Zayat and his son, Justin, the stable's racing manager. Baffert was worried about the track conditions because of the rain overnight, but said the surface was in great shape.

Baffert liked what he saw on the track and did not give Garcia any instructions on the walkie talkie.

"He was just clipping along," Baffert said. "Usually, I talk to him, but I just left him alone. He was doing it in hand, but that's the way he works. Mr..Zayat was wondering if he was going too fast, but he hasn't seen him. That's how he works in California. He does things really effortlessly. He galloped out strong, came back and wasn't blowing. He handled it well."

Baffert said the toughest task in the week would be controlling the owner, an enthusiastic, outgoing man who has three Derby candidates with as many trainers. American Pharoah is the most accomplished of the trio and has won four straight by a total of 22 3/4 lengths since his disappointing debut at Del Mar last summer.

"He's such a nice horse," Baffert said. "I'm just fortunate that I would lucky enough that he sent him to me and I have him. I could have drawn the short stick and gotten another horse. I'm just happy that he's given me this horse and has gotten me in this position."

Baffert has won the Kentucky Derby three times -- Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002) -- and drew laughter with his response to a question about how he would react to a fourth victory.

"It's been so long I've forgotten," he said. "That's the past right there. It was so long ago it doesn't matter. This horse is totally different than those other horses. Every horse is different. They have a different personality, a different style.

Ahmed Zayat, flanked by his son Justin and by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, is understandably delighted (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
"He's made differently. He moves differently than those other horses. He's a very exciting horse. You've all just witnessed the way he trains. That's been him. When he runs, he shows a dimension.

"He surprises me every time that I run him. I'm looking forward and hope everything goes well. But he still needs racing luck. You have to get a decent post, you need to break well and get the trip. A lot can happen, so I really don't take anything for granted."

Baffert noted that Zayat's horses have been second in the Derby three times. He referenced the Seattle Seahawks' loss on a play in the final seconds of the Super Bowl and said you cannot get ahead of yourself in these types of situations.

"I saw the (Seattle coach) Pete Carroll deal and what he had to go through. I've been there," Baffert said. "Right now we just have to contain ourselves. It's exciting to be here with two good horses, him and Dortmund. It's going to be a long week and hopefully it will go quickly. He looks great today. Every day is a different day."

Zayat said he wanted to look ahead and not spend much time reflecting on the runner-up finishes.

"I want to focus on the positive, and there's a lot," he said. "I'm very proud of my horse, my horses -- I have two others in the Derby. I'm very proud of my trainer. This is one different horse. I don't how, other than the fact that we bred him.

"His daddy, Pioneerof the Nile ran in the Derby and almost got it done for us. His mommy, Littleprincessemma, named after my daughter, we raced her, we loved her. He is totally Zayat blood from A to Z. If you want to be in the Derby and you want to come with a horse that you feel would have a decent chance that would be the one. For that, it means a lot for us. It's a privilege just to be here. It's a humbling experience."

American Pharaoh will be ridden by two-time Derby winner Victor Espinoza.

Rival trainers also commented on the formidable impression made by American Pharoah.

"I saw him go by at the three-eighths pole and it looked like he was moving along pretty good," laughed Norman Casse, assistant trainer of Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon), who was on the track the same time that American Pharoah was working.

"There have been plenty of circumstances in the past when something or another happens to a standout and somehow they get beat. We were kind of laughing about coming back watching all the people around (Bob) Baffert this morning. I'd rather have all those people with us after the race."

Trainer Tom Amoss was happy with his charge, War Story (Northern Afleet), but not so much with the prospect of facing American Pharoah.

"The most disappointing thing this morning was watching how good American Pharoah looked," Amoss said.

In other Kentucky Derby news:

A few hours later on Sunday, stablemate Dortmund arrived from Southern California (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund, Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line (Line of David) and Golden Pegasus Racing and Earle Mack's Bolo (Temple City) all arrived safely at Churchill Downs Sunday shortly after noon (EDT). The trio flew in aboard a Tex Sutton charter flight out of Ontario in Southern California.

Zayat Stables' El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) was scheduled to leave New York Sunday afternoon.

"Everything is great here and he is getting ready to ship this afternoon," trainer John Terranova said. "He will get in early tomorrow morning, get the day off and go to the track Tuesday."

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Mubtaahij (Dubawi) is slated to ship out of Arlington after training hours on Monday morning and van down to Churchill, with a projected arrival around 6 p.m.

A day after posting a half-mile breeze of Arlington's Polytrack, the Mike de Kock trainee cantered a lap of the same surface under Lisa Moncrieff while assistant trainer Trevor Brown did the same aboard Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) chance Umgiyo (Danehill Dancer).

"They are absolutely bouncing at the moment, we can't wait to get down to Louisville and pick it up there," Brown said Sunday morning. "It's all gone according to plan, touch wood, and we are ready to crack on to Kentucky."

Mubtaahij is expected to van from Arlington to Churchill Monday (Four Footed Fotos)
De Kock boarded one of the longest non-stop flights in the world on Sunday from Johannesburg to Atlanta and will arrive in the U.S. on Monday morning.

While three of trainer Todd Pletcher's Derby runners are already at Churchill, the fourth -- WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables' Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) -- is expected to van over from Keeneland Monday.

Hall of Famers John Velazquez will be at the controls for Carpe Diem; Javier Castellano will handle Florida Derby (G1) winner Materiality (Afleet Alex), and Luis Saez has the call on Itsaknockout (Lemon Drop Kid). The assignment on Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Stanford (Malibu Moon) has yet to be resolved.

"Still working on it," Pletcher said.

The two Derby contenders based at Palm Meadows -- Godolphin Racing's Frosted (Tapit) and Ralph Evans' Upstart (Flatter) -- are scheduled to leave Tuesday.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus), based at trainer Mike Maker's Trackside barn, won't make the short trip to Churchill until late Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, DP Racing's Ocho Ocho Ocho (Street Sense) could turn in a final pre-Derby breeze.

"Bubble" horse Bold Conquest (Curlin), currently 22nd on the points list, is set to breeze Monday.

For the full Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (G1) tracknotes for April 26, please click here.

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American Pharoah compared to Michael Jordan after sizzling work

American Pharoah easily sped five furlongs in a bullet :58 2/5 (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Zayat Stables' champion American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) provided some heat on a raw morning at Churchill Downs Sunday with a bullet workout -- the fastest of the day at the distance -- covering five furlongs in :58 2/5 under jockey Martin Garcia.

"I have been doing this for 35 years," said private clocker and bloodstock agent Gary Young, "and he might be the best horse I've ever seen. He's simply like Michael Jordan and stays in the air like he did in his rookie year. He stays in the air longer than any horse and you get the feeling that there's not one gear left, but he may have two, three or four gears."

Last year's champion two-year-old male, who is likely to be the betting favorite in the 141st Kentucky Derby, turned in split times of :11 2/5; :23, :34 3/5 and :46 2/5. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:11 2/5. It was American Pharoah's first work since he won the Arkansas Derby (G1)by eight lengths on April 11.

"He's where we want him to be," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said. "He hasn't regressed. He looks great. It was pretty exciting to come in here on a nice, cool day, so everything worked out From here on out we have to keep him happy."

Baffert's other Derby candidate, unbeaten Dortmund (Big Brown), had his final Derby work at Santa Anita and arrived at Churchill Downs early Sunday afternoon.

As he typically does, Baffert watched the workout from the grandstand side of the track so he could see the colt run down the stretch to the wire. With Baffert were the colt's owner Ahmed Zayat and his son, Justin, the stable's racing manager. Baffert was worried about the track conditions because of the rain overnight, but said the surface was in great shape.

Baffert liked what he saw on the track and did not give Garcia any instructions on the walkie talkie.

"He was just clipping along," Baffert said. "Usually, I talk to him, but I just left him alone. He was doing it in hand, but that's the way he works. Mr..Zayat was wondering if he was going too fast, but he hasn't seen him. That's how he works in California. He does things really effortlessly. He galloped out strong, came back and wasn't blowing. He handled it well."

Baffert said the toughest task in the week would be controlling the owner, an enthusiastic, outgoing man who has three Derby candidates with as many trainers. American Pharoah is the most accomplished of the trio and has won four straight by a total of 22 3/4 lengths since his disappointing debut at Del Mar last summer.

"He's such a nice horse," Baffert said. "I'm just fortunate that I would lucky enough that he sent him to me and I have him. I could have drawn the short stick and gotten another horse. I'm just happy that he's given me this horse and has gotten me in this position."

Baffert has won the Kentucky Derby three times -- Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998) and War Emblem (2002) -- and drew laughter with his response to a question about how he would react to a fourth victory.

"It's been so long I've forgotten," he said. "That's the past right there. It was so long ago it doesn't matter. This horse is totally different than those other horses. Every horse is different. They have a different personality, a different style.

Ahmed Zayat, flanked by his son Justin and by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, is understandably delighted (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
"He's made differently. He moves differently than those other horses. He's a very exciting horse. You've all just witnessed the way he trains. That's been him. When he runs, he shows a dimension.

"He surprises me every time that I run him. I'm looking forward and hope everything goes well. But he still needs racing luck. You have to get a decent post, you need to break well and get the trip. A lot can happen, so I really don't take anything for granted."

Baffert noted that Zayat's horses have been second in the Derby three times. He referenced the Seattle Seahawks' loss on a play in the final seconds of the Super Bowl and said you cannot get ahead of yourself in these types of situations.

"I saw the (Seattle coach) Pete Carroll deal and what he had to go through. I've been there," Baffert said. "Right now we just have to contain ourselves. It's exciting to be here with two good horses, him and Dortmund. It's going to be a long week and hopefully it will go quickly. He looks great today. Every day is a different day."

Zayat said he wanted to look ahead and not spend much time reflecting on the runner-up finishes.

"I want to focus on the positive, and there's a lot," he said. "I'm very proud of my horse, my horses -- I have two others in the Derby. I'm very proud of my trainer. This is one different horse. I don't how, other than the fact that we bred him.

"His daddy, Pioneerof the Nile ran in the Derby and almost got it done for us. His mommy, Littleprincessemma, named after my daughter, we raced her, we loved her. He is totally Zayat blood from A to Z. If you want to be in the Derby and you want to come with a horse that you feel would have a decent chance that would be the one. For that, it means a lot for us. It's a privilege just to be here. It's a humbling experience."

American Pharaoh will be ridden by two-time Derby winner Victor Espinoza.

Rival trainers also commented on the formidable impression made by American Pharoah.

"I saw him go by at the three-eighths pole and it looked like he was moving along pretty good," laughed Norman Casse, assistant trainer of Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon), who was on the track the same time that American Pharoah was working.

"There have been plenty of circumstances in the past when something or another happens to a standout and somehow they get beat. We were kind of laughing about coming back watching all the people around (Bob) Baffert this morning. I'd rather have all those people with us after the race."

Trainer Tom Amoss was happy with his charge, War Story (Northern Afleet), but not so much with the prospect of facing American Pharoah.

"The most disappointing thing this morning was watching how good American Pharoah looked," Amoss said.

In other Kentucky Derby news:

A few hours later on Sunday, stablemate Dortmund arrived from Southern California (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Kaleem Shah's Dortmund, Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line (Line of David) and Golden Pegasus Racing and Earle Mack's Bolo (Temple City) all arrived safely at Churchill Downs Sunday shortly after noon (EDT). The trio flew in aboard a Tex Sutton charter flight out of Ontario in Southern California.

Zayat Stables' El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) was scheduled to leave New York Sunday afternoon.

"Everything is great here and he is getting ready to ship this afternoon," trainer John Terranova said. "He will get in early tomorrow morning, get the day off and go to the track Tuesday."

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Mubtaahij (Dubawi) is slated to ship out of Arlington after training hours on Monday morning and van down to Churchill, with a projected arrival around 6 p.m.

A day after posting a half-mile breeze of Arlington's Polytrack, the Mike de Kock trainee cantered a lap of the same surface under Lisa Moncrieff while assistant trainer Trevor Brown did the same aboard Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) chance Umgiyo (Danehill Dancer).

"They are absolutely bouncing at the moment, we can't wait to get down to Louisville and pick it up there," Brown said Sunday morning. "It's all gone according to plan, touch wood, and we are ready to crack on to Kentucky."

Mubtaahij is expected to van from Arlington to Churchill Monday (Four Footed Fotos)
De Kock boarded one of the longest non-stop flights in the world on Sunday from Johannesburg to Atlanta and will arrive in the U.S. on Monday morning.

While three of trainer Todd Pletcher's Derby runners are already at Churchill, the fourth -- WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables' Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) -- is expected to van over from Keeneland Monday.

Hall of Famers John Velazquez will be at the controls for Carpe Diem; Javier Castellano will handle Florida Derby (G1) winner Materiality (Afleet Alex), and Luis Saez has the call on Itsaknockout (Lemon Drop Kid). The assignment on Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Stanford (Malibu Moon) has yet to be resolved.

"Still working on it," Pletcher said.

The two Derby contenders based at Palm Meadows -- Godolphin Racing's Frosted (Tapit) and Ralph Evans' Upstart (Flatter) -- are scheduled to leave Tuesday.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus), based at trainer Mike Maker's Trackside barn, won't make the short trip to Churchill until late Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, DP Racing's Ocho Ocho Ocho (Street Sense) could turn in a final pre-Derby breeze.

"Bubble" horse Bold Conquest (Curlin), currently 22nd on the points list, is set to breeze Monday.

For the full Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (G1) tracknotes for April 26, please click here.

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I'm a Chatterbox, Lovely Maria breeze five furlongs for Oaks

I'm a Chatterbox skimmed over the Churchill main track on Sunday (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Four fillies put in their final major moves for Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) over Churchill Downs' fast main track on Sunday, including trainer Larry Jones' two hopefuls who just arrived at the track late Friday afternoon.

Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) heroine I'm a Chatterbox (Munnings) and Ashland S. (G1) victress Lovely Maria (Majesticperfection) each breezed five furlongs with their race riders up. I'm a Chatterbox went first in 1:01, followed seconds later by Lovely Maria in :59 3/5.

"They both did well," said Jones, already a two-time winner of the Kentucky Oaks. "Both jockeys came back grinning."

I'm a Chatterbox, ridden by regular jockey Florent Geroux, recorded splits of :11 4/5, :23 4/5 and :36, with a six-furlong gallop out in 1:14 2/5. The work was the fifth fastest of 32 at the distance.

"It was kind of the way she worked when she first came in (to the barn at Fair Grounds in December)," Jones said. "She got real brilliant in her works down in New Orleans. This was a little slower than she'd been working. I just don't know if she takes to Churchill as well but we'll see."

I'm a Chatterbox began her career with trainer Kenny McPeek in Kentucky, taking her maiden debut at Keeneland last October before finishing third against allowance/optional claiming rivals and fourth in the Golden Rod S. (G2), both under the Twin Spires. She was transferred to Jones and picked up the first of three straight wins when making her sophomore bow on January 17 in the Silverbulletday S. at Fair Grounds.

Right behind I'm a Chatterbox on Sunday was Lovely Maria, who broke off from the half-mile pole with regular rider Kerwin Clark aboard as her stablemate was finishing through the lane and posted fractions of :12, :23 4/5 and :35 4/5. Clockers caught her gallop-out time in 1:13 2/5. The work was the second fastest of 32 at the distance.

Larry Jones posing with Lovely Maria, whose Sunday work he termed "sparkling" (Keeneland Photo)
"Lovely Maria just worked sparkling," Jones praised. "Every eighth was just getting faster and we're real happy with her. She's just getting on her game right now."

Lovely Maria also captured her initial start, but did so for Jones at Delaware Park last September. She closed out her juvenile campaign three races later with a fourth-placing in her first try against stakes company at Remington Park in mid-December. The bay filly went on to take an allowance/optional claimer and run second to I'm a Chatterbox in the Rachel Alexandra S. (G3) at Fair Grounds before her Ashland score.

Jones said he wasn't looking for a specific time from his fillies and didn't even bother with suggestions for either of the jockeys, who have been working with these horses all winter.

"They both know what to do," Jones said of Geroux and Clark. "If I have to give instructions by now then I've got the wrong riders. That's what's great about bringing your team in. They know the game plan, they know what they've done, and obviously it's been working for them."

This year's Kentucky Oaks is comprised of a deep field of fillies, many of whom are coming off impressive wins.

"You could make a case for every horse in this race," Jones admitted. "They all have something on their resume that shows they're capable of winning."

Two of those are maiden winners Puca (Big Brown) and Shook Up (Tapit), who are exiting nice runner-up efforts against fellow Oaks contenders. The pair took a spin around Churchill in their last major works for the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks.

Puca, second in the Gazelle S. (G2) last out, worked a half-mile in company in :48 1/5 with exercise rider Jo Lawson up.  Working in company with Japan (Medaglia d'Oro), a three-year-old maiden, Puca produced fractions of :12 3/5, :24 4/5 and :36 2/5 while galloping out five furlongs in 1:01 1/5. The work was the fifth fastest of 55 at the distance.

Puca pleased trainer Bill Mott with her final major move for the Oaks (Rickelle Nelson/Horsephotos.com)
"It was very similar to the work a week ago," trainer Bill Mott said. "She went much the same. I was hoping that she'd work as well or better and she looked like she finished up her work nicely but she was all up on the bridle and willing to do it, moving well, galloped out well, came back good."

This was the second straight time Puca worked in company with Japan, who finished in :48 and is entered in Thursday's 8TH race.

"I put him in behind just because he needs a little education," Mott said. "He's a little green. They worked nicely together. I thought they were a good team last week and it worked out well so we just did the same thing again. Nothing fancy."

Puca hasn't won since breaking her maiden in October but went from that race straight into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and has only faced top company since.

"If you look at speed figures she maybe hasn't been as good as some of the others but visually, between the Breeders' Cup and her last race being pretty good...if she gets an honest pace that could help," Mott said.

Shook Up worked a half-mile in :49 3/5 under exercise rider Mike Callaham for trainer Steve Asmussen. The workout was the 27th fastest of 55 workouts Sunday at the distance. The fractions were :24 3/5 and out five furlongs in 1:03 2/5.

Asmussen expects Shook Up to improve in the Oaks (Rickelle Nelson/Horsephotos.com)
"She's doing well," Asmussen said. "Handled good, didn't lay in. So all's well."

In two of her races, including a Fair Grounds allowance/optional claimer race in which she finished second to Lovely Maria, Shook Up lugged in. In that race, she had the No. 1 post position and was jammed along the inside behind a slow pace.

"Her motor's running," Asmussen explained. "She gets a little anxious. And when she does, that seems to be what happens. I think it's when she gets to pulling. That day (in the allowance race), first time out (at Fair Grounds), it was sloppy and all that. She had drawn (No.) 1. They cleared her pretty easy, but then they backed it up right into her, and it was circumstances.

"I think you get these fillies together; they're going to move on. So I think the circumstances that day were they cleared her from the outside, slowed it down and just kind of backed it up in her face, and then she was on the bridle."

But in the Fair Grounds Oaks in her most recent start, Shook Up ran smoothly all the way en route to a second-place finish behind I'm a Chatterbox.

"She handled nice and everything,'' Asmussen said.

He said he expects Shook Up to improve in the Kentucky Oaks.

"I expect her to run the race of her life,'' he said. "And it's going to take that -- at least that."

In other Kentucky Oaks news:

Stellar Wind (Curlin) arrived at Churchill Downs early Sunday afternoon after an early flight from Southern California. The Santa Anita Oaks (G1) winner is trained by John Sadler and will be ridden Friday by Victor Espinoza.

Fantasy S. (G3) winner Include Betty (Include) walked the shedrow at trainer Tom Proctor's barn the morning after a five-furlong breeze in 1:02 1/5 under the Twin Spires. Regular rider Rosemary Homeister Jr. has been in town following the chestnut filly's preparations and is understandably excited about a Kentucky Oaks that could set up perfectly for a closer.

"Tom has been joking that he's going to take me to lunch at the track kitchen every day because that's exactly where he wants me to move in the Oaks," she said.

Include Betty is described as a "happy-go-lucky filly" (Keeneland/Coady Photography)
Churchill Downs' track kitchen is located on the backstretch directly across from the half-mile pole.

"She's a happy-go-lucky filly and she's really at the top of her game right now," Homeister continued. "She looks amazing. She came out of the Fantasy full of confidence. She's not a big filly but she's got a big heart and a huge stride."

Homeister, 42, has 2,750 career wins and won an Eclipse Award as the outstanding apprentice jockey of 1992. She has been working horses at Churchill over the weekend to get a feel for the track and has mounts Wednesday and Thursday in advance of the Oaks Day card.

"I'm excited because I really believe I have a big chance in this race," Homeister said of the Oaks. "Tom Proctor is one of the best trainers in the country, of all-time. I've ridden for him for 20 years and have so much confidence in him. And I have so much confidence in her, too. I believe we're going to have a really good race."

Fantasy runner-up Oceanwave (Harlan's Holiday) jogged one mile after the renovation break Sunday with regular exercise rider Santos Rivera aboard.

"Everything's beautiful," trainer Wayne Catalano reported later in the morning.

Sunday's jog was Oceanwave's first appearance back to the track since a 1:02 five-furlong maintenance breeze on Friday that received some less-than-glowing reviews from the racing media.

"As far as opinions, everyone's got one. We know how that goes," Catalano shrugged. "They don't know the horse. They don't know the situation. They were commenting on what they saw and that's fine. They're just doing their job, looking at the horse and giving their comments, but we were doing something different from what they saw. We weren't looking to get a fast time. We were just trying to get her inside of horses and educate her because she wants to get out a little bit. I'm happy with everything."

Oceanwave enters the Oaks off second-place finishes in the last two races of Oaklawn Park's series of graded stakes for three-year-old fillies, the Honeybee (G3) and Fantasy.

"She's not any different than her last two races and if anything she's better," Catalano said.

While Include Betty and Oceanwave are guaranteed spots in the Oaks starting gate, Forever Unbrilded (Unbridled's Song) is still on the outside looking in.

Trainer Dallas Stewart said he's aware of scenarios by which the bay miss can move up on spot to make the 14-field Oaks, but all he can do is prepare her as if she's going to run.

"You've just got to train your horses," Stewart said.

Early on Sunday, Forever Unbridled jogged a mile under exercise rider Emerson Chavez, who later in the morning escaped injury in a training incident on another horse.

Chavez, who worked Alazano (More Than Ready) in company with 2014 Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Commanding Curve (, was thrown to the track when Alazano collapsed near the half-mile pole after the workout. Chavez lay on the track for several minutes.

"After I fell, I was kind of in shock a little bit,'' he said. "But after that, I'm good. (Churchill Downs outrider) Greg (Blasi) came to me and asked me a couple questions, but I'm good.''

Forever Unbridled is out of Lemons Forever (Lemon Drop Kid), who won the Kentucky Oaks for Stewart in 2006, and is a full sister to now four-year-old miss Unbridled Forever. Last year, Unbridled Forever captured the Silverbulletday S. and ran third in the Fair Grounds Oaks en route to a third-place effort in the Kentucky Oaks. She is in training at Churchill Downs, and Chavez is her exercise rider, too.

"Both are great," he said. "The new one, Forever Unbridled, is bigger than her sister. But both are great, good fillies. Her sister last year was third in the Kentucky Oaks, so I'm hoping (Forever Unbridled) can make it in the race."

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I'm a Chatterbox, Lovely Maria breeze five furlongs for Oaks

I'm a Chatterbox skimmed over the Churchill main track on Sunday (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Four fillies put in their final major moves for Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1) over Churchill Downs' fast main track on Sunday, including trainer Larry Jones' two hopefuls who just arrived at the track late Friday afternoon.

Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) heroine I'm a Chatterbox (Munnings) and Ashland S. (G1) victress Lovely Maria (Majesticperfection) each breezed five furlongs with their race riders up. I'm a Chatterbox went first in 1:01, followed seconds later by Lovely Maria in :59 3/5.

"They both did well," said Jones, already a two-time winner of the Kentucky Oaks. "Both jockeys came back grinning."

I'm a Chatterbox, ridden by regular jockey Florent Geroux, recorded splits of :11 4/5, :23 4/5 and :36, with a six-furlong gallop out in 1:14 2/5. The work was the fifth fastest of 32 at the distance.

"It was kind of the way she worked when she first came in (to the barn at Fair Grounds in December)," Jones said. "She got real brilliant in her works down in New Orleans. This was a little slower than she'd been working. I just don't know if she takes to Churchill as well but we'll see."

I'm a Chatterbox began her career with trainer Kenny McPeek in Kentucky, taking her maiden debut at Keeneland last October before finishing third against allowance/optional claiming rivals and fourth in the Golden Rod S. (G2), both under the Twin Spires. She was transferred to Jones and picked up the first of three straight wins when making her sophomore bow on January 17 in the Silverbulletday S. at Fair Grounds.

Right behind I'm a Chatterbox on Sunday was Lovely Maria, who broke off from the half-mile pole with regular rider Kerwin Clark aboard as her stablemate was finishing through the lane and posted fractions of :12, :23 4/5 and :35 4/5. Clockers caught her gallop-out time in 1:13 2/5. The work was the second fastest of 32 at the distance.

Larry Jones posing with Lovely Maria, whose Sunday work he termed "sparkling" (Keeneland Photo)
"Lovely Maria just worked sparkling," Jones praised. "Every eighth was just getting faster and we're real happy with her. She's just getting on her game right now."

Lovely Maria also captured her initial start, but did so for Jones at Delaware Park last September. She closed out her juvenile campaign three races later with a fourth-placing in her first try against stakes company at Remington Park in mid-December. The bay filly went on to take an allowance/optional claimer and run second to I'm a Chatterbox in the Rachel Alexandra S. (G3) at Fair Grounds before her Ashland score.

Jones said he wasn't looking for a specific time from his fillies and didn't even bother with suggestions for either of the jockeys, who have been working with these horses all winter.

"They both know what to do," Jones said of Geroux and Clark. "If I have to give instructions by now then I've got the wrong riders. That's what's great about bringing your team in. They know the game plan, they know what they've done, and obviously it's been working for them."

This year's Kentucky Oaks is comprised of a deep field of fillies, many of whom are coming off impressive wins.

"You could make a case for every horse in this race," Jones admitted. "They all have something on their resume that shows they're capable of winning."

Two of those are maiden winners Puca (Big Brown) and Shook Up (Tapit), who are exiting nice runner-up efforts against fellow Oaks contenders. The pair took a spin around Churchill in their last major works for the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks.

Puca, second in the Gazelle S. (G2) last out, worked a half-mile in company in :48 1/5 with exercise rider Jo Lawson up.  Working in company with Japan (Medaglia d'Oro), a three-year-old maiden, Puca produced fractions of :12 3/5, :24 4/5 and :36 2/5 while galloping out five furlongs in 1:01 1/5. The work was the fifth fastest of 55 at the distance.

Puca pleased trainer Bill Mott with her final major move for the Oaks (Rickelle Nelson/Horsephotos.com)
"It was very similar to the work a week ago," trainer Bill Mott said. "She went much the same. I was hoping that she'd work as well or better and she looked like she finished up her work nicely but she was all up on the bridle and willing to do it, moving well, galloped out well, came back good."

This was the second straight time Puca worked in company with Japan, who finished in :48 and is entered in Thursday's 8TH race.

"I put him in behind just because he needs a little education," Mott said. "He's a little green. They worked nicely together. I thought they were a good team last week and it worked out well so we just did the same thing again. Nothing fancy."

Puca hasn't won since breaking her maiden in October but went from that race straight into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and has only faced top company since.

"If you look at speed figures she maybe hasn't been as good as some of the others but visually, between the Breeders' Cup and her last race being pretty good...if she gets an honest pace that could help," Mott said.

Shook Up worked a half-mile in :49 3/5 under exercise rider Mike Callaham for trainer Steve Asmussen. The workout was the 27th fastest of 55 workouts Sunday at the distance. The fractions were :24 3/5 and out five furlongs in 1:03 2/5.

Asmussen expects Shook Up to improve in the Oaks (Rickelle Nelson/Horsephotos.com)
"She's doing well," Asmussen said. "Handled good, didn't lay in. So all's well."

In two of her races, including a Fair Grounds allowance/optional claimer race in which she finished second to Lovely Maria, Shook Up lugged in. In that race, she had the No. 1 post position and was jammed along the inside behind a slow pace.

"Her motor's running," Asmussen explained. "She gets a little anxious. And when she does, that seems to be what happens. I think it's when she gets to pulling. That day (in the allowance race), first time out (at Fair Grounds), it was sloppy and all that. She had drawn (No.) 1. They cleared her pretty easy, but then they backed it up right into her, and it was circumstances.

"I think you get these fillies together; they're going to move on. So I think the circumstances that day were they cleared her from the outside, slowed it down and just kind of backed it up in her face, and then she was on the bridle."

But in the Fair Grounds Oaks in her most recent start, Shook Up ran smoothly all the way en route to a second-place finish behind I'm a Chatterbox.

"She handled nice and everything,'' Asmussen said.

He said he expects Shook Up to improve in the Kentucky Oaks.

"I expect her to run the race of her life,'' he said. "And it's going to take that -- at least that."

In other Kentucky Oaks news:

Stellar Wind (Curlin) arrived at Churchill Downs early Sunday afternoon after an early flight from Southern California. The Santa Anita Oaks (G1) winner is trained by John Sadler and will be ridden Friday by Victor Espinoza.

Fantasy S. (G3) winner Include Betty (Include) walked the shedrow at trainer Tom Proctor's barn the morning after a five-furlong breeze in 1:02 1/5 under the Twin Spires. Regular rider Rosemary Homeister Jr. has been in town following the chestnut filly's preparations and is understandably excited about a Kentucky Oaks that could set up perfectly for a closer.

"Tom has been joking that he's going to take me to lunch at the track kitchen every day because that's exactly where he wants me to move in the Oaks," she said.

Include Betty is described as a "happy-go-lucky filly" (Keeneland/Coady Photography)
Churchill Downs' track kitchen is located on the backstretch directly across from the half-mile pole.

"She's a happy-go-lucky filly and she's really at the top of her game right now," Homeister continued. "She looks amazing. She came out of the Fantasy full of confidence. She's not a big filly but she's got a big heart and a huge stride."

Homeister, 42, has 2,750 career wins and won an Eclipse Award as the outstanding apprentice jockey of 1992. She has been working horses at Churchill over the weekend to get a feel for the track and has mounts Wednesday and Thursday in advance of the Oaks Day card.

"I'm excited because I really believe I have a big chance in this race," Homeister said of the Oaks. "Tom Proctor is one of the best trainers in the country, of all-time. I've ridden for him for 20 years and have so much confidence in him. And I have so much confidence in her, too. I believe we're going to have a really good race."

Fantasy runner-up Oceanwave (Harlan's Holiday) jogged one mile after the renovation break Sunday with regular exercise rider Santos Rivera aboard.

"Everything's beautiful," trainer Wayne Catalano reported later in the morning.

Sunday's jog was Oceanwave's first appearance back to the track since a 1:02 five-furlong maintenance breeze on Friday that received some less-than-glowing reviews from the racing media.

"As far as opinions, everyone's got one. We know how that goes," Catalano shrugged. "They don't know the horse. They don't know the situation. They were commenting on what they saw and that's fine. They're just doing their job, looking at the horse and giving their comments, but we were doing something different from what they saw. We weren't looking to get a fast time. We were just trying to get her inside of horses and educate her because she wants to get out a little bit. I'm happy with everything."

Oceanwave enters the Oaks off second-place finishes in the last two races of Oaklawn Park's series of graded stakes for three-year-old fillies, the Honeybee (G3) and Fantasy.

"She's not any different than her last two races and if anything she's better," Catalano said.

While Include Betty and Oceanwave are guaranteed spots in the Oaks starting gate, Forever Unbrilded (Unbridled's Song) is still on the outside looking in.

Trainer Dallas Stewart said he's aware of scenarios by which the bay miss can move up on spot to make the 14-field Oaks, but all he can do is prepare her as if she's going to run.

"You've just got to train your horses," Stewart said.

Early on Sunday, Forever Unbridled jogged a mile under exercise rider Emerson Chavez, who later in the morning escaped injury in a training incident on another horse.

Chavez, who worked Alazano (More Than Ready) in company with 2014 Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Commanding Curve (, was thrown to the track when Alazano collapsed near the half-mile pole after the workout. Chavez lay on the track for several minutes.

"After I fell, I was kind of in shock a little bit,'' he said. "But after that, I'm good. (Churchill Downs outrider) Greg (Blasi) came to me and asked me a couple questions, but I'm good.''

Forever Unbridled is out of Lemons Forever (Lemon Drop Kid), who won the Kentucky Oaks for Stewart in 2006, and is a full sister to now four-year-old miss Unbridled Forever. Last year, Unbridled Forever captured the Silverbulletday S. and ran third in the Fair Grounds Oaks en route to a third-place effort in the Kentucky Oaks. She is in training at Churchill Downs, and Chavez is her exercise rider, too.

"Both are great," he said. "The new one, Forever Unbridled, is bigger than her sister. But both are great, good fillies. Her sister last year was third in the Kentucky Oaks, so I'm hoping (Forever Unbridled) can make it in the race."

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Irish Jasper upsets Belle Harbor on Aqueduct's closing day

Irish Jasper was the longest shot in the Belle Harbor but ran like a favorite to win (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
After wintering in Florida and making a pit stop in Maryland, Irish Jasper (First Defence) returned to New York to take the $98,000 Belle Harbor S. for three-year-old fillies on closing day at Aqueduct Sunday.

Sent off as a 13-1 outsider in the field of five, Irish Jasper put away her better regarded foes convincingly, cruising home to a one-length victory under Kendrick Carmouche, who was aboard for her maiden win.

"She broke good, but I just wanted to tuck her in and let her get a little bit of dirt at the beginning," Carmouche explained. "Once we got to the half-mile pole, I just let her have a clear trip because I saw Irad (Ortiz Jr. aboard Perchance [Distorted Humor]) was gearing up but getting trapped in a little. The best thing I could do was tip her out and see if I could outrun (Perchance) from the quarter-pole home."

Irish Jasper returned $28.40 for the 2 win, and completed 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16 4/5. Her improved her line to read 4-0-1 from seven career starts and has now banked $135,800 lifetime.

Perchance, the 7-5 favorite trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, survived a long inquiry to remain in second place. Lakeside Sunset (Bellamy Road) finished third, 4 1/4 lengths in front of Grade 2 heroine Paulassilverlining (Ghostzapper). Lindisfarne (City Zip) completed the order of finish.

Owned and trained by Derek Ryan, Irish Jasper began her career last fall at Parx Racing, where she won a $25,000 maiden claimer by 8 1/2 lengths. Protected in her next start -- a starter allowance race at the Big A -- the dark bay miss finished a fast-closing third on November 20. From there, she doubled back to Parx to win a starter allowance before spending the winter at Tampa Bay Downs, where she captured her stakes bow in the Gasparilla S. by a half-length before finishing eighth in her two-turn debut in the Suncoast S. on January 31.

On her way back to New York, Ryan elected to run his talented filly in the Stormy Blues S. going a grassy five furlongs at Pimlico, but she could only manage a distant fourth-place finish after a troubled beginning.

"I sort of stopped by Pimlico on the way back from Tampa and got a good five-eighths work on the turf in her," Ryan said. "She came out of the race really good; I was confident she'd run a good race (in the Belle Harbor)."

Also on Aqueduct's closing day card were two divisions of the New York Stallion S. (NYSS) series.

The $98,000 Times Square division for New York-bred colts and geldings kicked off the day's program, going to the Charlton Baker-trained Possessed (Posse). Also owned by Baker along with Daniel Hayden, Possessed bumped his career record to 7-2-3-1, $134,950, when prevailing by a length under jockey Jose Ortiz.

In the filly counterpart, the $100,000 Park Avenue division, Toby Sheets and ZBS Thoroughbreds' Take Issue (Sir Whimsey) launched a wide rally to register a 14-1 upset for trainer Steve Asmussen. It was 1 1/4 lengths behind the bay miss and jockey Junior Alvarado to even-money favorite The Lewis Dinner (Posse), who brought a three race win streak into the Park Avenue, including the NYSS Fifth Avenue division. Take Issue is now on her third straight victory after taking this, her stakes bow, and running her lifetime mark to 4-3-0-0, $114,850.

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Irish Jasper upsets Belle Harbor on Aqueduct's closing day

Irish Jasper was the longest shot in the Belle Harbor but ran like a favorite to win (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
After wintering in Florida and making a pit stop in Maryland, Irish Jasper (First Defence) returned to New York to take the $98,000 Belle Harbor S. for three-year-old fillies on closing day at Aqueduct Sunday.

Sent off as a 13-1 outsider in the field of five, Irish Jasper put away her better regarded foes convincingly, cruising home to a one-length victory under Kendrick Carmouche, who was aboard for her maiden win.

"She broke good, but I just wanted to tuck her in and let her get a little bit of dirt at the beginning," Carmouche explained. "Once we got to the half-mile pole, I just let her have a clear trip because I saw Irad (Ortiz Jr. aboard Perchance [Distorted Humor]) was gearing up but getting trapped in a little. The best thing I could do was tip her out and see if I could outrun (Perchance) from the quarter-pole home."

Irish Jasper returned $28.40 for the 2 win, and completed 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16 4/5. Her improved her line to read 4-0-1 from seven career starts and has now banked $135,800 lifetime.

Perchance, the 7-5 favorite trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, survived a long inquiry to remain in second place. Lakeside Sunset (Bellamy Road) finished third, 4 1/4 lengths in front of Grade 2 heroine Paulassilverlining (Ghostzapper). Lindisfarne (City Zip) completed the order of finish.

Owned and trained by Derek Ryan, Irish Jasper began her career last fall at Parx Racing, where she won a $25,000 maiden claimer by 8 1/2 lengths. Protected in her next start -- a starter allowance race at the Big A -- the dark bay miss finished a fast-closing third on November 20. From there, she doubled back to Parx to win a starter allowance before spending the winter at Tampa Bay Downs, where she captured her stakes bow in the Gasparilla S. by a half-length before finishing eighth in her two-turn debut in the Suncoast S. on January 31.

On her way back to New York, Ryan elected to run his talented filly in the Stormy Blues S. going a grassy five furlongs at Pimlico, but she could only manage a distant fourth-place finish after a troubled beginning.

"I sort of stopped by Pimlico on the way back from Tampa and got a good five-eighths work on the turf in her," Ryan said. "She came out of the race really good; I was confident she'd run a good race (in the Belle Harbor)."

Also on Aqueduct's closing day card were two divisions of the New York Stallion S. (NYSS) series.

The $98,000 Times Square division for New York-bred colts and geldings kicked off the day's program, going to the Charlton Baker-trained Possessed (Posse). Also owned by Baker along with Daniel Hayden, Possessed bumped his career record to 7-2-3-1, $134,950, when prevailing by a length under jockey Jose Ortiz.

In the filly counterpart, the $100,000 Park Avenue division, Toby Sheets and ZBS Thoroughbreds' Take Issue (Sir Whimsey) launched a wide rally to register a 14-1 upset for trainer Steve Asmussen. It was 1 1/4 lengths behind the bay miss and jockey Junior Alvarado to even-money favorite The Lewis Dinner (Posse), who brought a three race win streak into the Park Avenue, including the NYSS Fifth Avenue division. Take Issue is now on her third straight victory after taking this, her stakes bow, and running her lifetime mark to 4-3-0-0, $114,850.

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Blazing Speed soars to QEII Cup victory at Sha Tin

Blazing Speed gave Tony Cruz his first win as a trainer in the QEII Cup (Tomoya Moriuchi/Horsephotos.com)
Blazing Speed (Dylan Thomas) gave trainer Tony Cruz a rare first when causing a minor upset in the HK$20 million Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-G1) at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday.

Cruz, a two-time Hong Kong champion trainer, has won just about all there is to win at Sha Tin, so there are not too many "firsts" left to achieve. But the Hong Kong legend had never managed to lift the prestigious Cup in his current capacity, although he did win the race as a jockey.

"I've been trying very hard to win this race," Cruz said. "I managed to do it a few times as a jockey but to do it now as a trainer, I'm very happy about it. I told Neil (Callan) to ride a very patient race, get in midfield, find cover and wait for the straight. He rode a perfect race."

It was also a first win in the race for Callan. The Irishman, who is enjoying his best ever Hong Kong season, gave what is becoming his trademark victory salute to the crowd; standing high in the stirrups, the rider roared with delight and pumped his fist as he swept past the post two lengths clear of a blanket finish for the minors.

Japan's Staphanos (Deep Impact) edged second by a short-head from Australian raider Criterion (Sebring). It was a nose farther back to last year's winner, Designs On Rome (Holy Roman Emperor), and the same again to fifth-placed Packing Llaregyb (Dylan Thomas).

"He's been a champion for me," said Callan, who was fortunate to suffer no worse than a minor foot injury in a fall at Sha Tin earlier this month and returned to the saddle last Sunday after missing one race meeting.

"I'm just lucky to get on him and grateful that I'm able to come back from the fall and be fit enough to take the ride. It's been a sticky month for me with falls and a few glitches but it's a nice way to come back," he added.

Callan enjoyed a dream run in the 2,000-meter contest. Blazing Speed, winner of the Jockey Club Cup (HK-G2) over the course and distance in November, sprang from the gate and tucked in to race one off the fence just fore of midrank as the John Moore-trained Same World (Hawk Wing) set the tempo. The winner was an ominous presence on the outside entering the home turn and, as the field of 12 swung into the straight, Callan crouched down into the drive. The six-year-old responded with a decisive turn-of-foot that stopped the clock in 2:02.89.

"He was nice and relaxed in the preliminaries because it's a bit daunting, the 2,000 meter start in front of the crowd, it's quite busy," Callan explained. "I kept him calm and relaxed and from the gate he jumped great. I couldn't believe it, I landed in my position so early, so quickly, and the rest was just letting him relax, get a rhythm. Tony always says to me 'just wait for the straight, wait for the straight' so I counted to 10 and waited for the straight, but when I let him down I thought 'well he'll take a bit of getting now.'

Neil Callan celebrates after Blazing Speed takes QEII Cup at Sha Tin (Tomoya Moriuchi/Horsephotos.com)
"Over 2,000 meters, that's probably the most electric turn of foot he has," he added. "The race was a little bit stop-start but it got going and slowed down and got going again at the right time for me so it was perfect!"

Cruz will now point the British-bred gelding at the Champions & Chater Cup (HK-G1) going 2,400 meters at Sha Tin next month. Blazing Speed won that final leg of the Hong Kong Triple Crown series last season, having also won the first leg, the 1,600-meter Stewards' Cup, the previous January.

"He's a very straightforward horse -- as easy as he appears," Cruz stated. "We'll definitely go to the Champions & Chater Cup now, the race he won last year. We could program for elsewhere as well."

The runner-up, Staphanos, could be back at Sha Tin in December according to trainer Hideaki Fujiwara

"The Tenno Sho (Autumn) (Jpn-G1) will be the big target and then we would like to come back here in December for the Hong Kong Cup (HK-G1)," Fujiwara said.

"He was settled in the gate and he doesn't usually break quickly so I pushed him from the start," Jockey Yuichi Fukunaga described his ride aboard Staphanos. "Because of the good draw, he settled in a good position and was able to travel nicely until the final turn. I wanted to shift him out at the top of the straight but Blazing Speed was outside me, so I was not able to push him when I needed to. He ran on well and showed guts in a powerful run to the finish."

Military Attack (Oratorio), the 2013 QEII Cup winner, vied for the lead at the top of the stretch but faded to finish seventh. Britain's Red Cadeaux (Cadeaux Genereux) was 11th and the French raider Smoking Sun (Smart Strike) finished 10th of 12.

"This afternoon's APQEII Cup was a very exciting race featuring top-class international contenders and the result speaks for itself with Blazing Speed an impressive winner, the Japanese horse finishing second, the Australian horse third and Designs On Rome fourth," Hong Kong Jockey Club's CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said. "Looking at the ratings, it is a satisfactory result for a race that is one of the top 20 Group 1 races in the world.

"The APQEII Cup's elite position as an international race has been enhanced this afternoon. Today's occasion shows that our vision of bringing international racing to Hong Kong is firmly on track.

"This year's APQEII Cup was the 17th edition of the race under the Audemars Piguet banner. It has been a tremendous partnership and we are pleased that it will continue as we have extended our collaboration with Audemars Piguet through 2018."

The day's attendance was 31,943, an increase of 5 percent on 2014, while turnover was the same as last year at HK$1,345 million.

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Blazing Speed soars to QEII Cup victory at Sha Tin

Blazing Speed gave Tony Cruz his first win as a trainer in the QEII Cup (Tomoya Moriuchi/Horsephotos.com)
Blazing Speed (Dylan Thomas) gave trainer Tony Cruz a rare first when causing a minor upset in the HK$20 million Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-G1) at Sha Tin Racecourse on Sunday.

Cruz, a two-time Hong Kong champion trainer, has won just about all there is to win at Sha Tin, so there are not too many "firsts" left to achieve. But the Hong Kong legend had never managed to lift the prestigious Cup in his current capacity, although he did win the race as a jockey.

"I've been trying very hard to win this race," Cruz said. "I managed to do it a few times as a jockey but to do it now as a trainer, I'm very happy about it. I told Neil (Callan) to ride a very patient race, get in midfield, find cover and wait for the straight. He rode a perfect race."

It was also a first win in the race for Callan. The Irishman, who is enjoying his best ever Hong Kong season, gave what is becoming his trademark victory salute to the crowd; standing high in the stirrups, the rider roared with delight and pumped his fist as he swept past the post two lengths clear of a blanket finish for the minors.

Japan's Staphanos (Deep Impact) edged second by a short-head from Australian raider Criterion (Sebring). It was a nose farther back to last year's winner, Designs On Rome (Holy Roman Emperor), and the same again to fifth-placed Packing Llaregyb (Dylan Thomas).

"He's been a champion for me," said Callan, who was fortunate to suffer no worse than a minor foot injury in a fall at Sha Tin earlier this month and returned to the saddle last Sunday after missing one race meeting.

"I'm just lucky to get on him and grateful that I'm able to come back from the fall and be fit enough to take the ride. It's been a sticky month for me with falls and a few glitches but it's a nice way to come back," he added.

Callan enjoyed a dream run in the 2,000-meter contest. Blazing Speed, winner of the Jockey Club Cup (HK-G2) over the course and distance in November, sprang from the gate and tucked in to race one off the fence just fore of midrank as the John Moore-trained Same World (Hawk Wing) set the tempo. The winner was an ominous presence on the outside entering the home turn and, as the field of 12 swung into the straight, Callan crouched down into the drive. The six-year-old responded with a decisive turn-of-foot that stopped the clock in 2:02.89.

"He was nice and relaxed in the preliminaries because it's a bit daunting, the 2,000 meter start in front of the crowd, it's quite busy," Callan explained. "I kept him calm and relaxed and from the gate he jumped great. I couldn't believe it, I landed in my position so early, so quickly, and the rest was just letting him relax, get a rhythm. Tony always says to me 'just wait for the straight, wait for the straight' so I counted to 10 and waited for the straight, but when I let him down I thought 'well he'll take a bit of getting now.'

Neil Callan celebrates after Blazing Speed takes QEII Cup at Sha Tin (Tomoya Moriuchi/Horsephotos.com)
"Over 2,000 meters, that's probably the most electric turn of foot he has," he added. "The race was a little bit stop-start but it got going and slowed down and got going again at the right time for me so it was perfect!"

Cruz will now point the British-bred gelding at the Champions & Chater Cup (HK-G1) going 2,400 meters at Sha Tin next month. Blazing Speed won that final leg of the Hong Kong Triple Crown series last season, having also won the first leg, the 1,600-meter Stewards' Cup, the previous January.

"He's a very straightforward horse -- as easy as he appears," Cruz stated. "We'll definitely go to the Champions & Chater Cup now, the race he won last year. We could program for elsewhere as well."

The runner-up, Staphanos, could be back at Sha Tin in December according to trainer Hideaki Fujiwara

"The Tenno Sho (Autumn) (Jpn-G1) will be the big target and then we would like to come back here in December for the Hong Kong Cup (HK-G1)," Fujiwara said.

"He was settled in the gate and he doesn't usually break quickly so I pushed him from the start," Jockey Yuichi Fukunaga described his ride aboard Staphanos. "Because of the good draw, he settled in a good position and was able to travel nicely until the final turn. I wanted to shift him out at the top of the straight but Blazing Speed was outside me, so I was not able to push him when I needed to. He ran on well and showed guts in a powerful run to the finish."

Military Attack (Oratorio), the 2013 QEII Cup winner, vied for the lead at the top of the stretch but faded to finish seventh. Britain's Red Cadeaux (Cadeaux Genereux) was 11th and the French raider Smoking Sun (Smart Strike) finished 10th of 12.

"This afternoon's APQEII Cup was a very exciting race featuring top-class international contenders and the result speaks for itself with Blazing Speed an impressive winner, the Japanese horse finishing second, the Australian horse third and Designs On Rome fourth," Hong Kong Jockey Club's CEO Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges said. "Looking at the ratings, it is a satisfactory result for a race that is one of the top 20 Group 1 races in the world.

"The APQEII Cup's elite position as an international race has been enhanced this afternoon. Today's occasion shows that our vision of bringing international racing to Hong Kong is firmly on track.

"This year's APQEII Cup was the 17th edition of the race under the Audemars Piguet banner. It has been a tremendous partnership and we are pleased that it will continue as we have extended our collaboration with Audemars Piguet through 2018."

The day's attendance was 31,943, an increase of 5 percent on 2014, while turnover was the same as last year at HK$1,345 million.

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Hero Look, Sound of Freedom give Scuderia Effevi rare double

Italian champion owner Scuderia Effevi completed a rare double Sunday, winning the Premio Parioli (Ity-G3) and the Premio Regina Elena (Ity-G3) -- the country's Two Thousand and One Thousand Guineas.

The accomplishment is made more important by the fact that the colt, Hero Look (Lope De Vega), and the filly, Sound of Freedom (Duke of Marmalade), are both trained in Italy by Stefano Botti. The last owner to score a Guineas double with horses trained at home was Razza Spineta in 1971 (Adelaide Adams and Arnaldo Da Brescia).

The juvenile champion Hero Look lost his first race after three wins (including the Gran Criterium [Ity-G2]) when disqualified by the stewards in his comeback three weeks ago at Capannelle. He settled well tracking the soft pace set by Winklemann (Rip Van Winkle) Sunday and found a gap in the last 500 meters. He kicked for home strongly and crossed the line 1 1/2 lengths in front of Azari (Azamour), who finished fast from the back, and General Sherman (Teofilo), who was outsprinted in the last 200 meters.

"He did his job well and is a brilliant horse," said Botti. "He is entered in some good races abroad and we have to decide where and when he will run. He is a miler."

The unbeaten Sound of Freedom was more brilliant than her stablemate, Hero Look, in the Premio Regina Elena. The chestnut filly, who snatched her first stakes win three weeks ago in the Premio Seregno, pressed the pacesetter, Kocna (Aussie Rules), and ran on well. She strolled home four lengths clear of Anchise (Echo of Light), who ran very well, closing fast despite a terrible draw in 14. Kocna also stayed on bravely.

Sound of Freedom has an ambitious target.

"I know that owner Felice Villa dreams of winning the Italian Derby (Ity-G2) with a filly, and Sound of Freedom could be the right one," Botti said. "She is very relaxed, has a strong attitude and can stay the 2200 meters. We will sit around a table and think seriously about it.

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Hero Look, Sound of Freedom give Scuderia Effevi rare double

Italian champion owner Scuderia Effevi completed a rare double Sunday, winning the Premio Parioli (Ity-G3) and the Premio Regina Elena (Ity-G3) -- the country's Two Thousand and One Thousand Guineas.

The accomplishment is made more important by the fact that the colt, Hero Look (Lope De Vega), and the filly, Sound of Freedom (Duke of Marmalade), are both trained in Italy by Stefano Botti. The last owner to score a Guineas double with horses trained at home was Razza Spineta in 1971 (Adelaide Adams and Arnaldo Da Brescia).

The juvenile champion Hero Look lost his first race after three wins (including the Gran Criterium [Ity-G2]) when disqualified by the stewards in his comeback three weeks ago at Capannelle. He settled well tracking the soft pace set by Winklemann (Rip Van Winkle) Sunday and found a gap in the last 500 meters. He kicked for home strongly and crossed the line 1 1/2 lengths in front of Azari (Azamour), who finished fast from the back, and General Sherman (Teofilo), who was outsprinted in the last 200 meters.

"He did his job well and is a brilliant horse," said Botti. "He is entered in some good races abroad and we have to decide where and when he will run. He is a miler."

The unbeaten Sound of Freedom was more brilliant than her stablemate, Hero Look, in the Premio Regina Elena. The chestnut filly, who snatched her first stakes win three weeks ago in the Premio Seregno, pressed the pacesetter, Kocna (Aussie Rules), and ran on well. She strolled home four lengths clear of Anchise (Echo of Light), who ran very well, closing fast despite a terrible draw in 14. Kocna also stayed on bravely.

Sound of Freedom has an ambitious target.

"I know that owner Felice Villa dreams of winning the Italian Derby (Ity-G2) with a filly, and Sound of Freedom could be the right one," Botti said. "She is very relaxed, has a strong attitude and can stay the 2200 meters. We will sit around a table and think seriously about it.

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O'Brien considers Guineas plans

Trainer Aidan O'Brien will make the call "early in the week" as to whether One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) favorite Found (Galileo) lines up for the May 3 Newmarket classic, according to Racing Post.

O'Brien revealed over the weekend that a temperature earlier in the season had forced Found to progress slower than planned, but the Ballydoyle conditioner noted Found has been back in full work the last few weeks, and worked well Saturday.

"She went nicely," O'Brien told Racing Post. "Joseph (O'Brien) rode her and he was very happy with her; however, we'll wait and see how she is early in the week before deciding if she'll go to Newmarket."

Found, the winner of last year's Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-G1), is around 7-2 with bookmakers. Godolphin's Lucida (Shamardal) is now the 6-1 second choice, and Found's stablemate, Fillies' Mile (Eng-G1) winner Together Forever (Galileo), is 7-1.

"We'll decide about Together Forever when we're deciding about Found, while the plan is for (Group 3 winner) Qualify (Fastnet Rock) to run if the ground is no slower than good," O'Brien added.

The Mick Halford-trainer Raydara (Rock of Gibraltar) has been ruled out of the One Thousand Guineas, and will instead target the Irish equivalent May 24.

O'Brien noted Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) favorite Gleneagles (Galileo) is on track for that contest Saturday, and he could be joined by Highland Reel(Galileo) and Ol' Man River (Montjeu).

"All is good with Gleneagles," O'Brien said. "We haven't decided yet whether Highland Reel will join him. We're happy with him but we have the option of sending him for the French Guineas instead. Ol' Man River remains a possible for Newmarket."

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O'Brien considers Guineas plans

Trainer Aidan O'Brien will make the call "early in the week" as to whether One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) favorite Found (Galileo) lines up for the May 3 Newmarket classic, according to Racing Post.

O'Brien revealed over the weekend that a temperature earlier in the season had forced Found to progress slower than planned, but the Ballydoyle conditioner noted Found has been back in full work the last few weeks, and worked well Saturday.

"She went nicely," O'Brien told Racing Post. "Joseph (O'Brien) rode her and he was very happy with her; however, we'll wait and see how she is early in the week before deciding if she'll go to Newmarket."

Found, the winner of last year's Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-G1), is around 7-2 with bookmakers. Godolphin's Lucida (Shamardal) is now the 6-1 second choice, and Found's stablemate, Fillies' Mile (Eng-G1) winner Together Forever (Galileo), is 7-1.

"We'll decide about Together Forever when we're deciding about Found, while the plan is for (Group 3 winner) Qualify (Fastnet Rock) to run if the ground is no slower than good," O'Brien added.

The Mick Halford-trainer Raydara (Rock of Gibraltar) has been ruled out of the One Thousand Guineas, and will instead target the Irish equivalent May 24.

O'Brien noted Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) favorite Gleneagles (Galileo) is on track for that contest Saturday, and he could be joined by Highland Reel(Galileo) and Ol' Man River (Montjeu).

"All is good with Gleneagles," O'Brien said. "We haven't decided yet whether Highland Reel will join him. We're happy with him but we have the option of sending him for the French Guineas instead. Ol' Man River remains a possible for Newmarket."

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Racing is a family affair for Thorpe

Avon and Darius Thorpe (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Assistant trainer Avon Thorpe has described his 2 1/2 decades of working in several roles for recently elected Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury as a family affair.

Never was that more true than on January 15, when Thorpe's 19-year-old nephew, Darius, won his first professional race aboard the Leatherbury-owned and trained Rainbowappears (Mizzen Mast) at Laurel Park.

Being his uncle is a mere technicality. Thorpe has raised Darius from a young age since his father died. Their relationship is clearly seen and more accurately described as father and son. 

"I didn't adopt him, but I raised him. He's always called me 'Pops,'" Thorpe said. "He's my son now."

"He's been the biggest help that I could ever get," Darius Thorpe said. "He exposed my face to people that he knew to give me a better shot and just show what I can do, having seen me grow up and seeing my improvement. It makes me feel blessed." 

Avon Thorpe was 18 when he started working for the now 82-year-old Leatherbury as a hotwalker at Pimlico. Now 42, Thorpe steadily rose through the ranks of the barn, now based at Laurel Park, to become Leatherbury's trusted, hands-on assistant.

"I didn't even know him. It was a case of just hiring him and him lasting and doing a good job," Leatherbury said. "Avon kind of graduated and worked his way up into that position. He does a real good job. He's on top of everything and very knowledgeable. He keeps people straight."

Thorpe said he's never considered going out on his own, and is content to work with the Mid-Atlantic legend who ranks fourth all-time in wins and was announced April 20 as a member of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 -- his first year on the ballot.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it. King gave me an opportunity to learn a lot and he lets you pretty much use your own judgment on a lot of things where a lot of other trainers probably won't do that. He treats me like a son," Thorpe said. "I stayed because I saw an opportunity. It was my time, and I never looked back. I don't plan on leaving."

Thorpe is now passing that knowledge down to Darius, who has been an eager student from the time he was young.

"At eight-years old he said, 'I want to be a jockey.' He kept saying it and I told him, 'Boy, you're going to get too big,'" Thorpe said. "At eight-years old he was in the tack room, just riding a saddle on the sawhorse the saddle sits on. When he got in high school, I got him an Equicizer so he could practice. All day and all night he was on that horse. I had to tell him to go to bed.

"He paid attention a lot. He looked at every race everywhere. He watched the good riders. He stuck with it, and it means so much," Thorpe continued. "That's what he loves. That's what he wanted to be, and I'm going to stand behind him 100 percent. He's still going to college to have something to fall back on if he gets too heavy or whatever. I just like to let him live his life. I'm doing what I want to do and what I love, and I want him to do the same."

Darius Thorpe juggles studying architecture at Ann Arundel Community College with riding. He has two wins, three seconds and four thirds at Pimlico's spring meet which opened April 2 after going 61-2-6-8 during the winter session at Laurel Park that ran January 1 to March 29.

"Pretty much since I've been little I've been around the track. I always found a comfort zone being around horses, so I knew I wanted to do this for a long time," he said. "It's been better than I expected. It's picking up."

An apprentice currently riding with a 10-pound weight allowance, Thorpe's first win came as an amateur last year before launching his professional career in the fall at Laurel Park. Getting his first pro win for his father and Team Leatherbury made it extra special.

"It made me feel blessed to know that I had the chance to win for a Hall of Famer who gave me a shot on a good horse. Everything just played out right," he said. "I just want to stay humble, always listen and follow directions and be the best rider I can be for as long as I do this."

Thorpe won the first race of the current Preakness Meet at Pimlico by a nose aboard Gold Hill (State City), who paid $29, and piloted $28.20 winner Sizzling Lassie (In Excess) on the Federico Tesio undercard April 18 for owner-trainer Robert Gamber.

"I heard a good report on him when he won that race. Eric Camacho, who's a friend of mine and a good rider, said he switched sticks good and looked good on a horse," Leatherbury said. "That's what he's got to do, just get more experience. The more you do something, if you're good enough, you're going to benefit from it."

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Racing is a family affair for Thorpe

Avon and Darius Thorpe (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Assistant trainer Avon Thorpe has described his 2 1/2 decades of working in several roles for recently elected Hall of Fame horseman King Leatherbury as a family affair.

Never was that more true than on January 15, when Thorpe's 19-year-old nephew, Darius, won his first professional race aboard the Leatherbury-owned and trained Rainbowappears (Mizzen Mast) at Laurel Park.

Being his uncle is a mere technicality. Thorpe has raised Darius from a young age since his father died. Their relationship is clearly seen and more accurately described as father and son. 

"I didn't adopt him, but I raised him. He's always called me 'Pops,'" Thorpe said. "He's my son now."

"He's been the biggest help that I could ever get," Darius Thorpe said. "He exposed my face to people that he knew to give me a better shot and just show what I can do, having seen me grow up and seeing my improvement. It makes me feel blessed." 

Avon Thorpe was 18 when he started working for the now 82-year-old Leatherbury as a hotwalker at Pimlico. Now 42, Thorpe steadily rose through the ranks of the barn, now based at Laurel Park, to become Leatherbury's trusted, hands-on assistant.

"I didn't even know him. It was a case of just hiring him and him lasting and doing a good job," Leatherbury said. "Avon kind of graduated and worked his way up into that position. He does a real good job. He's on top of everything and very knowledgeable. He keeps people straight."

Thorpe said he's never considered going out on his own, and is content to work with the Mid-Atlantic legend who ranks fourth all-time in wins and was announced April 20 as a member of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 -- his first year on the ballot.

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it. King gave me an opportunity to learn a lot and he lets you pretty much use your own judgment on a lot of things where a lot of other trainers probably won't do that. He treats me like a son," Thorpe said. "I stayed because I saw an opportunity. It was my time, and I never looked back. I don't plan on leaving."

Thorpe is now passing that knowledge down to Darius, who has been an eager student from the time he was young.

"At eight-years old he said, 'I want to be a jockey.' He kept saying it and I told him, 'Boy, you're going to get too big,'" Thorpe said. "At eight-years old he was in the tack room, just riding a saddle on the sawhorse the saddle sits on. When he got in high school, I got him an Equicizer so he could practice. All day and all night he was on that horse. I had to tell him to go to bed.

"He paid attention a lot. He looked at every race everywhere. He watched the good riders. He stuck with it, and it means so much," Thorpe continued. "That's what he loves. That's what he wanted to be, and I'm going to stand behind him 100 percent. He's still going to college to have something to fall back on if he gets too heavy or whatever. I just like to let him live his life. I'm doing what I want to do and what I love, and I want him to do the same."

Darius Thorpe juggles studying architecture at Ann Arundel Community College with riding. He has two wins, three seconds and four thirds at Pimlico's spring meet which opened April 2 after going 61-2-6-8 during the winter session at Laurel Park that ran January 1 to March 29.

"Pretty much since I've been little I've been around the track. I always found a comfort zone being around horses, so I knew I wanted to do this for a long time," he said. "It's been better than I expected. It's picking up."

An apprentice currently riding with a 10-pound weight allowance, Thorpe's first win came as an amateur last year before launching his professional career in the fall at Laurel Park. Getting his first pro win for his father and Team Leatherbury made it extra special.

"It made me feel blessed to know that I had the chance to win for a Hall of Famer who gave me a shot on a good horse. Everything just played out right," he said. "I just want to stay humble, always listen and follow directions and be the best rider I can be for as long as I do this."

Thorpe won the first race of the current Preakness Meet at Pimlico by a nose aboard Gold Hill (State City), who paid $29, and piloted $28.20 winner Sizzling Lassie (In Excess) on the Federico Tesio undercard April 18 for owner-trainer Robert Gamber.

"I heard a good report on him when he won that race. Eric Camacho, who's a friend of mine and a good rider, said he switched sticks good and looked good on a horse," Leatherbury said. "That's what he's got to do, just get more experience. The more you do something, if you're good enough, you're going to benefit from it."

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In brief

Ron Hendrickson's Big Looie (Military) played the role of spoiler when upsetting 1-5 favorite Social Inclusion (Pioneerof the Nile) in his comeback from a tendon injury. The eight-year-old gelding, who was claimed out of his last start by trainer Jorge Navarro, was sent straight to a clear lead by jockey Jose Caraballo, and he never looked back, rolling home unchallenged to a 4 1/2-length victory. Jose Lezcano was aboard for Social Inclusion's comeback race, and he settled the colt in second in the early stages. The bay began to make up ground rounding the far turn and loomed large at the top of the stretch, but the bold move that appeared imminent never materialized. He finished a clear-cut second, 7 1/2 lengths ahead of Decisive Moment (With Distinction). "He felt good. The only thing I think was that the heat maybe got to him a little bit," Lezcano said. When it became clear that Social Inclusion would not catch the leader, Lezcano did not push him approaching the wire. "He just went the same pace. He never really accelerated," he said. "I just let him finish the race." Ron Sanchez of Rontos Racing Stable, on hand at Gulfstream for his horse's return, said although he was disappointed with the result, he was happy with how his horse looked and with how he has come back from his injury. "I was not expecting to lose, but it was his first race," he said. "He had a nine-month layoff. I'm just happy that he looks wonderful, and (new trainer) Chad Brown did a wonderful job. The most important thing is he's back and he's healthy."...

While next Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs is on every racing fan's radar screen, another intriguing match looms a week later on May 9 at Santa Anita Park -- the $300,000 Vanity S. (G1) which will feature a possible showdown between streaking stakes winner Warren's Veneda (Affirmative) and two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder (Henny Hughes). Warren's Veneda, trained by Craig Lewis for owner/breeder Benjamin Warren, has won three straight stakes, including a 7 1/4-length romp in the Santa Margarita S. (G1) on March 14. Beholder, trained by Richard Mandella for B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm LLC, was champion filly at two and three and won her first start of 2015, the restricted Santa Lucia S. on April 10 in what perhaps amounted to a paid workout. "If I had my preference, she's not who I'd choose to run against, a two-time Eclipse Award-winning champion, a great mare," Lewis admitted. "We're up against it." While Beholder's opposition in the Santa Lucia might be considered suspect on class, Lewis wasn't buying. "They might be," he said, "but Beholder's prior record and her bankroll indicate that she's a top-notch mare, no question. You don't win $3 million if you're not the goods, and she's nine out of 10 on this race track. That's pretty impressive. They don't come much better than her, so it's going to be a challenge."...

Bargain $50,000 claim Imperative (Bernardini) arrived at Santa Anita Park on Saturday after his runner-up effort to Moreno (Ghostzapper) in last Saturday's rich Charles Town Classic (G2). "He's earned close to $2 million since I claimed him," said trainer George Papaprodromou, who saddled the bay gelding to upset Game on Dude in the West Virginia race last year. "We're thinking of the ($500,000) Gold Cup (at Santa Anita S. [G1] on June 27) hopefully."...

Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Calgary Cat (Cowtown Cat) pounced on a freewheeling Parise (Tiznow) in the final strides to capture Sunday's $108,631 Jacques Cartier S. at Woodbine. Trained by Kevin Attard, Calgary Cat made his seasonal debut a winning one with a tremendous turn of foot under regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva. Parise set splits of :21 4/5 and :44 in the six-furlong Polytrack sprint, opening up a three-length lead at the half-mile mark. Calgary Cat, eighth in the early running in the field of 10, was urged into contention through the turn settling into third position behind Black Hornet (Pioneering). Parise maintained a three-length advantage as he led the field to the top of the stretch, but he could not stay off the charge of Calgary Cat as da Silva angled the chestnut off the rail for clear running en route to a half-length score. Calgary Cat, recently honored as Canada's champion sprinter of 2014, stopped the clock in 1:08 4/5. Da Silva admitted he was worried that jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson had stickhandled clear of the field with Parise. "I was really worried," he said. "He's such a big horse, he's not a horse to make a run in the turn but I had no choice. That horse was getting away and I did move a little earlier today than I usually do. But, he's a good horse and he made it up in the end." Da Silva believes the champion chestnut, claimed for just $25,000 on November 15, 2013, could be in line for a big 2015 campaign. "I think he's a better horse this year," da Silva asserted. "Once he got clear on the outside, I knew it was over. I knew he would catch that horse." Calgary Cat now boasts three stakes wins, including the Kennedy Road S. (Can-G3) and Bold Venture S. (Can-G3) from last year, and improved his career record to 16-8-3-1, $483,599...

Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt's Cinco Charlie (Indian Charlie) took the lead out of the gate and held off a mild bid from Senor Grits (Elusive Quality) to win the inaugural running of the $100,000 William Walker S. by 1 1/2 lengths on the opening night of the 2015 spring meet at Churchill Downs. Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., Cinco Charlie covered six furlongs on the good main track in 1:10 4/5 to add a sixth stakes score to his resume. In the process, the three-year-old bay ran his Churchill Downs record to a perfect three-for-three. He broke his maiden under the Twin Spires at first asking on May 9 last year and won the Bashford Manor S. (G3) in his next start. "He's a professional race horse. He's a pleasure," assistant trainer Scott Blasi praised. "He ran his race today, just like he always does. We'll look at the ($500,000) Woody Stephens ([G2] going seven furlongs) on Belmont Day (June 6) for him next." The William Walker win improved Cinco Charlie's career record to 7-1-2 from 11 starts and his banked $$419,182 lifetime. Blofeld (Quality Road), unraced since taking the Nashua S. (G2) last November 2, was sent off the 4-5 favorite and suffered his first career loss in this spot when finishing third. "I thought he ran well for his first race off a (nearly six-month) layoff," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He galloped out well. It was a tough spot to start back with the night racing and the muddy track. Hopefully this will lead to bigger things for him."...

Shaping with a deal of promise when successful by four lengths going seven panels at Berlin's Hoppegarten in his only prior go September 19, Karpino (Cape Cross) was hammered into long odds-on for his sophomore bow in Sunday's Dr Busch-Memorial (Ger-G3) and obliged in impressive style to punch his ticket to the July 5 Deutsches Derby (Ger-G1) at Hamburg. The crowd's choice was loaded with three vacant boxes between himself and the remainder of the field, and recovered from a slow break to race on a taut rein in fifth for the most part. Rowed along in early straight, he made smooth headway on the wide outside to deliver his bid approaching the final furlong and eased clear in the latter stages to register a career high with plenty to spare. Karpino's dam is a full sister to 2001 St Leger (Eng-G1) winner Milan (Sadler's Wells)...

Gulfstream Park will join a consortium of racing venues and organizations Saturday, May 2, by holding a silent auction of framed, autographed prints of some of Thoroughbred racing's biggest stars to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Gulfstream's silent auction will have framed, autographed photographs of Secretariat (signed by Penny Chenery), Zenyatta (signed by Mike Smith), California Chrome (signed by Victor Espinoza), and Wise Dan (signed by John Velazquez). Proceeds go to the PDJF to provide aid for permanently disabled jockeys' health care and living expenses. The PDJF fundraiser will be one of many events surrounding Derby Day at Gulfstream Park. Fans can buy a Mint Julep cocktail in a collectible Derby glass for only $5. There will be special drawings for Kentucky Derby merchandise, dinners at Ten Palms and betting vouchers. There will be hat contests for both adults and children with more than $2,500 in prizes and a special Derby Day Buffet in Ten Palms for $59.99. For reservations in Silks or grandstand seats, call 954-457-6201. For reservations in Ten Palms call 954-455-6760.

In brief

Ron Hendrickson's Big Looie (Military) played the role of spoiler when upsetting 1-5 favorite Social Inclusion (Pioneerof the Nile) in his comeback from a tendon injury. The eight-year-old gelding, who was claimed out of his last start by trainer Jorge Navarro, was sent straight to a clear lead by jockey Jose Caraballo, and he never looked back, rolling home unchallenged to a 4 1/2-length victory. Jose Lezcano was aboard for Social Inclusion's comeback race, and he settled the colt in second in the early stages. The bay began to make up ground rounding the far turn and loomed large at the top of the stretch, but the bold move that appeared imminent never materialized. He finished a clear-cut second, 7 1/2 lengths ahead of Decisive Moment (With Distinction). "He felt good. The only thing I think was that the heat maybe got to him a little bit," Lezcano said. When it became clear that Social Inclusion would not catch the leader, Lezcano did not push him approaching the wire. "He just went the same pace. He never really accelerated," he said. "I just let him finish the race." Ron Sanchez of Rontos Racing Stable, on hand at Gulfstream for his horse's return, said although he was disappointed with the result, he was happy with how his horse looked and with how he has come back from his injury. "I was not expecting to lose, but it was his first race," he said. "He had a nine-month layoff. I'm just happy that he looks wonderful, and (new trainer) Chad Brown did a wonderful job. The most important thing is he's back and he's healthy."...

While next Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs is on every racing fan's radar screen, another intriguing match looms a week later on May 9 at Santa Anita Park -- the $300,000 Vanity S. (G1) which will feature a possible showdown between streaking stakes winner Warren's Veneda (Affirmative) and two-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder (Henny Hughes). Warren's Veneda, trained by Craig Lewis for owner/breeder Benjamin Warren, has won three straight stakes, including a 7 1/4-length romp in the Santa Margarita S. (G1) on March 14. Beholder, trained by Richard Mandella for B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm LLC, was champion filly at two and three and won her first start of 2015, the restricted Santa Lucia S. on April 10 in what perhaps amounted to a paid workout. "If I had my preference, she's not who I'd choose to run against, a two-time Eclipse Award-winning champion, a great mare," Lewis admitted. "We're up against it." While Beholder's opposition in the Santa Lucia might be considered suspect on class, Lewis wasn't buying. "They might be," he said, "but Beholder's prior record and her bankroll indicate that she's a top-notch mare, no question. You don't win $3 million if you're not the goods, and she's nine out of 10 on this race track. That's pretty impressive. They don't come much better than her, so it's going to be a challenge."...

Bargain $50,000 claim Imperative (Bernardini) arrived at Santa Anita Park on Saturday after his runner-up effort to Moreno (Ghostzapper) in last Saturday's rich Charles Town Classic (G2). "He's earned close to $2 million since I claimed him," said trainer George Papaprodromou, who saddled the bay gelding to upset Game on Dude in the West Virginia race last year. "We're thinking of the ($500,000) Gold Cup (at Santa Anita S. [G1] on June 27) hopefully."...

Stephen Chesney and Cory Hoffman's Calgary Cat (Cowtown Cat) pounced on a freewheeling Parise (Tiznow) in the final strides to capture Sunday's $108,631 Jacques Cartier S. at Woodbine. Trained by Kevin Attard, Calgary Cat made his seasonal debut a winning one with a tremendous turn of foot under regular rider Eurico Rosa da Silva. Parise set splits of :21 4/5 and :44 in the six-furlong Polytrack sprint, opening up a three-length lead at the half-mile mark. Calgary Cat, eighth in the early running in the field of 10, was urged into contention through the turn settling into third position behind Black Hornet (Pioneering). Parise maintained a three-length advantage as he led the field to the top of the stretch, but he could not stay off the charge of Calgary Cat as da Silva angled the chestnut off the rail for clear running en route to a half-length score. Calgary Cat, recently honored as Canada's champion sprinter of 2014, stopped the clock in 1:08 4/5. Da Silva admitted he was worried that jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson had stickhandled clear of the field with Parise. "I was really worried," he said. "He's such a big horse, he's not a horse to make a run in the turn but I had no choice. That horse was getting away and I did move a little earlier today than I usually do. But, he's a good horse and he made it up in the end." Da Silva believes the champion chestnut, claimed for just $25,000 on November 15, 2013, could be in line for a big 2015 campaign. "I think he's a better horse this year," da Silva asserted. "Once he got clear on the outside, I knew it was over. I knew he would catch that horse." Calgary Cat now boasts three stakes wins, including the Kennedy Road S. (Can-G3) and Bold Venture S. (Can-G3) from last year, and improved his career record to 16-8-3-1, $483,599...

Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt's Cinco Charlie (Indian Charlie) took the lead out of the gate and held off a mild bid from Senor Grits (Elusive Quality) to win the inaugural running of the $100,000 William Walker S. by 1 1/2 lengths on the opening night of the 2015 spring meet at Churchill Downs. Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., Cinco Charlie covered six furlongs on the good main track in 1:10 4/5 to add a sixth stakes score to his resume. In the process, the three-year-old bay ran his Churchill Downs record to a perfect three-for-three. He broke his maiden under the Twin Spires at first asking on May 9 last year and won the Bashford Manor S. (G3) in his next start. "He's a professional race horse. He's a pleasure," assistant trainer Scott Blasi praised. "He ran his race today, just like he always does. We'll look at the ($500,000) Woody Stephens ([G2] going seven furlongs) on Belmont Day (June 6) for him next." The William Walker win improved Cinco Charlie's career record to 7-1-2 from 11 starts and his banked $$419,182 lifetime. Blofeld (Quality Road), unraced since taking the Nashua S. (G2) last November 2, was sent off the 4-5 favorite and suffered his first career loss in this spot when finishing third. "I thought he ran well for his first race off a (nearly six-month) layoff," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He galloped out well. It was a tough spot to start back with the night racing and the muddy track. Hopefully this will lead to bigger things for him."...

Shaping with a deal of promise when successful by four lengths going seven panels at Berlin's Hoppegarten in his only prior go September 19, Karpino (Cape Cross) was hammered into long odds-on for his sophomore bow in Sunday's Dr Busch-Memorial (Ger-G3) and obliged in impressive style to punch his ticket to the July 5 Deutsches Derby (Ger-G1) at Hamburg. The crowd's choice was loaded with three vacant boxes between himself and the remainder of the field, and recovered from a slow break to race on a taut rein in fifth for the most part. Rowed along in early straight, he made smooth headway on the wide outside to deliver his bid approaching the final furlong and eased clear in the latter stages to register a career high with plenty to spare. Karpino's dam is a full sister to 2001 St Leger (Eng-G1) winner Milan (Sadler's Wells)...

Gulfstream Park will join a consortium of racing venues and organizations Saturday, May 2, by holding a silent auction of framed, autographed prints of some of Thoroughbred racing's biggest stars to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF). Gulfstream's silent auction will have framed, autographed photographs of Secretariat (signed by Penny Chenery), Zenyatta (signed by Mike Smith), California Chrome (signed by Victor Espinoza), and Wise Dan (signed by John Velazquez). Proceeds go to the PDJF to provide aid for permanently disabled jockeys' health care and living expenses. The PDJF fundraiser will be one of many events surrounding Derby Day at Gulfstream Park. Fans can buy a Mint Julep cocktail in a collectible Derby glass for only $5. There will be special drawings for Kentucky Derby merchandise, dinners at Ten Palms and betting vouchers. There will be hat contests for both adults and children with more than $2,500 in prizes and a special Derby Day Buffet in Ten Palms for $59.99. For reservations in Silks or grandstand seats, call 954-457-6201. For reservations in Ten Palms call 954-455-6760.

Graded Recaps

Blingismything just gets the gold in Wilshire

Class Racing Stable's Blingismything (Arch) capitalized on an inside trip, courtesy of Tyler Baze, to prevail in a blanket finish in Sunday's $100,250 Wilshire (G3) at Santa Anita. The 5-2 second choice just edged the wide-rallying Smoove It (Square Eddie) by a nose, with 9-5 favorite Birdlover (Byron) another head away in third and Indecise (Pleasant Tap) a nose back in fourth.

Blingismything had been knocking on the proverbial door. Beaten a half-length when second in the January 17 Megahertz, the Eric Kruljac mare was subsequently third in both the February 16 Buena Vista (G2) and the April 11 Las Cienegas (G3) last time on the cutback to about 6 1/2 furlongs. The return to a mile suited her on Sunday.

The original field of eight was reduced by a pair of scratches -- Moulin de Mougin (Curlin) and Thegirlinthatsong (My Golden Song). Morning-line favorite Birdlover took up her usual perch on the front end through splits of :23 3/5, :48 3/5 and 1:13 2/5 on the firm turf. Indecise moved into a prompting second, while Sky Treasure (Sky Mesa) tried to contend rounding the far turn and into the stretch.

The game Birdlover repelled both, only to be confronted by closers from farther back inside the final furlong. Blingismything took the shortest way home in a final time of 1:37 and paid $7.40.

"I won pretty easy, I thought," Baze said. "I watched it again and knew I had the win. She's just a nice filly. I broke her maiden first time out a couple of years ago at Hollywood. This is my first opportunity to ride her back and so I made the most of it. She's a nice filly with a big heart.

"It is so nice to win one of these for Eric. I was riding for him all the time when I was at Turf Paradise. I'm pretty sure this is the first stakes I've ever won for Eric. And Jr. (Ian Kruljac, the trainer's son and assistant) is awesome; we've known each other forever. He works so hard; he's at the barn every day at 4 a.m."

Ian Kruljac was asked if he gave instructions to Baze.

"Never," the younger Kruljac said. "I thought we had our head down, definitely. I was a little nervous we were caught behind with nowhere to go, but Tyler's got a good head on him and takes the rail, the shortest way around there."

Smoove It and Birdlover, stablemates from the Doug O'Neill barn, had to settle for a near-miss second and third. Indecise went down by all of a head in fourth, and fifth-placer Sky Treasure was only three-quarters of a length off the winner. The only filly not in the hunt was Uzziel (Harlington), who retreated to last after being rank and steadied early. 

Blingismything advanced her record to 10-4-2-3, $246,330, compiled exclusively on turf. A debut winner at Hollywood as a sophomore, the bay placed in a couple of entry-level allowances, including a runner-up effort to eventual multiple Grade 2 heroine Pontchatrain, before being sidelined. Blingismything resurfaced from a 15-month layoff last fall and promptly cleared two allowance conditions. She turned in her only unplaced effort when stretching out to 1 1/8 miles in her stakes debut, the December 27 Robert J. Frankel (G3), but has been her consistent self ever since.

"We gave her a nice little breather (before the Las Cienegas), but she was on her toes so we decided to go in and keep firing," the assistant trainer added.

Bred by Jack Swain in Kentucky, Blingismything went to her current connections for $60,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. She is out of the stakes-winning Dancing General (General Meeting), making her a half-sister to the stakes-placed Wave the Flag (Empire Maker).

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN GRADED STAKES RESULTS

WILSHIRE S. (G3), SA, $100,250, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1MT, 4-26.
4—BLINGISMYTHING, m, 5, Arch--Dancing General, by General Meeting. ($60,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Class Racing Stable, B-Jack Swain (KY), T-J. Eric Kruljac, J-Tyler Baze, $60,000.
3—Smoove It, f, 4, Square Eddie--Smoove, by Distorted Humor. O-Reddam Racing LLC, B-J Paul Reddam (CA), $20,000.
8—Birdlover (GB), m, 5, Byron (GB)--Bird Over (GB), by Bold Edge (GB). O-Cseplo, Robert, Keh, Steven, Kramer, Daniel and W C Racing, B-Mrs Robert Langton (GB), $12,000.
Also Ran: Indecise, Sky Treasure, Uzziel.
Winning Time: 1:37 (fm)
Margins: NO, HD, NO.
Odds: 2.70, 6.10, 1.90.

Blingismything just gets the gold in Wilshire

Class Racing Stable's Blingismything (Arch) capitalized on an inside trip, courtesy of Tyler Baze, to prevail in a blanket finish in Sunday's $100,250 Wilshire (G3) at Santa Anita. The 5-2 second choice just edged the wide-rallying Smoove It (Square Eddie) by a nose, with 9-5 favorite Birdlover (Byron) another head away in third and Indecise (Pleasant Tap) a nose back in fourth.

Blingismything had been knocking on the proverbial door. Beaten a half-length when second in the January 17 Megahertz, the Eric Kruljac mare was subsequently third in both the February 16 Buena Vista (G2) and the April 11 Las Cienegas (G3) last time on the cutback to about 6 1/2 furlongs. The return to a mile suited her on Sunday.

The original field of eight was reduced by a pair of scratches -- Moulin de Mougin (Curlin) and Thegirlinthatsong (My Golden Song). Morning-line favorite Birdlover took up her usual perch on the front end through splits of :23 3/5, :48 3/5 and 1:13 2/5 on the firm turf. Indecise moved into a prompting second, while Sky Treasure (Sky Mesa) tried to contend rounding the far turn and into the stretch.

The game Birdlover repelled both, only to be confronted by closers from farther back inside the final furlong. Blingismything took the shortest way home in a final time of 1:37 and paid $7.40.

"I won pretty easy, I thought," Baze said. "I watched it again and knew I had the win. She's just a nice filly. I broke her maiden first time out a couple of years ago at Hollywood. This is my first opportunity to ride her back and so I made the most of it. She's a nice filly with a big heart.

"It is so nice to win one of these for Eric. I was riding for him all the time when I was at Turf Paradise. I'm pretty sure this is the first stakes I've ever won for Eric. And Jr. (Ian Kruljac, the trainer's son and assistant) is awesome; we've known each other forever. He works so hard; he's at the barn every day at 4 a.m."

Ian Kruljac was asked if he gave instructions to Baze.

"Never," the younger Kruljac said. "I thought we had our head down, definitely. I was a little nervous we were caught behind with nowhere to go, but Tyler's got a good head on him and takes the rail, the shortest way around there."

Smoove It and Birdlover, stablemates from the Doug O'Neill barn, had to settle for a near-miss second and third. Indecise went down by all of a head in fourth, and fifth-placer Sky Treasure was only three-quarters of a length off the winner. The only filly not in the hunt was Uzziel (Harlington), who retreated to last after being rank and steadied early. 

Blingismything advanced her record to 10-4-2-3, $246,330, compiled exclusively on turf. A debut winner at Hollywood as a sophomore, the bay placed in a couple of entry-level allowances, including a runner-up effort to eventual multiple Grade 2 heroine Pontchatrain, before being sidelined. Blingismything resurfaced from a 15-month layoff last fall and promptly cleared two allowance conditions. She turned in her only unplaced effort when stretching out to 1 1/8 miles in her stakes debut, the December 27 Robert J. Frankel (G3), but has been her consistent self ever since.

"We gave her a nice little breather (before the Las Cienegas), but she was on her toes so we decided to go in and keep firing," the assistant trainer added.

Bred by Jack Swain in Kentucky, Blingismything went to her current connections for $60,000 as a Keeneland September yearling. She is out of the stakes-winning Dancing General (General Meeting), making her a half-sister to the stakes-placed Wave the Flag (Empire Maker).

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NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

JACQUES CARTIER S., WO, $108,631, 4YO/UP, 6F, 4-26.
1—CALGARY CAT, g, 5, Cowtown Cat--Big Sink Star, by A.P. Indy. ($40,000 '11 FTKOCT). O-Chesney, Stephen and Hoffman, Cory S, B-WinStar Farm, LLC (ON), T-Kevin Attard, J-Eurico Rosa Da Silva, $61,583.
8—Parise, g, 5, Tiznow--Officer Cherrie, by Officer. ($60,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Mario Forgione, B-Blazing Colours Farm (ON), $24,633.
10—Puntrooskie, g, 4, In Summation--Siren Cove, by Montbrook. ($62,000 2013 OBSJUN). O-Tucci Stables, B-John David O'Farrell, J Michael O'Farrell, Jr & Our Sugar Bear St (FL), $10,264.
Also Ran: Black Hornet, Pablo Del Monte, Bear No Joke, Bye Bye Bernie, Jose Sea View, Choctaw Chuck, Stacked Deck.
Winning Time: 1:08 4/5 (ft)
Margins: HF, 4, HD.
Odds: 1.35, 6.20, 7.15.
 
CAMPANILE S., GG, $100,210, 3YO, F, 1MT, 4-26.
3—LA FIERA, f, 3, Comic Strip--Ms. Booty, by Roar. O-Gray, Jill and Dr William T, B-Dr & Mrs William T Gray (CA), T-Greg C. James, J-Juan J. Hernandez, $57,000.
2—Ashley's Sassy, f, 3, Decarchy--Ashley's Folly, by Urgent Request (IRE). O-Alesia, Sharon, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing LLC, B-Estate of Alesia, BranJamStables & Ciaglia Racing,LLC (CA), $19,000.
6—Niassa, f, 3, Papa Clem--Glamour Cat, by Tale of the Cat. O-Owens, Barbara and Jack, B-Barbara & Jack Owens (CA), $12,000.
Also Ran: Saint Mamie, Heat the Rocks, Princess Bertrando, Can Can Babe, Swiss Skimmer.
Winning Time: 1:38 4/5 (gd)
Margins: 2, HD, 1HF.
Odds: 5.90, 2.00, 6.50.
 
SILKY SULLIVAN S., GG, $100,000, 3YO, 1MT, 4-26.
1—GRAZEN SKY, c, 3, Grazen--Sky Marni, by Sky Mesa. O-Nicholas B Alexander, B-Nick Alexander (CA), T-Steven Miyadi, J-Ricardo Gonzalez, $57,000.
3—Pulmarack, c, 3, Lucky Pulpit--Tamarack Bay, by Dehere. O-Williams, Mr and Mrs Larry D, B-Mr & Mrs Larry D Williams (CA), $19,000.
2—Cardiac, g, 3, Papa Clem--Heatinaheartbeat, by Unusual Heat. O-Abrams, Barry, M Auerbach LLC, Naify, Marsha and Pecoraro, Onofrio, B-Madeline Auerbach, Marsha Naify, Barry Abrams & Onofrio Pecoraro (CA), $12,000.
Also Ran: Suances Dream, Bountiful Desert, Temple Keys.
Winning Time: 1:38 (gd)
Margins: 1 1/4, 3/4, NK.
Odds: 1.20, 2.10, 6.10.
 
NEW YORK STALLION S. (PARK AVENUE DIVISION), AQU, $100,000, 3YO, F, 6 1/2F, 4-26.
9—TAKE ISSUE, f, 3, Sir Whimsey--Control Issue, by Officer. O-Sheets, Toby and ZBS Thoroughbreds, B-Turtle Bird Stable & Toby Sheets (NY), T-Steven M. Asmussen, J-Junior Alvarado, $60,000.
10—The Lewis Dinner, f, 3, Posse--Nick's Honor, by Jump Start. ($50,000 '13 FTNAUG; $50,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Dubb, Michael, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Aisquith, Gary, B-James Lamonica, Lee Sacks, Soave Stables & Posse Syndicate (NY), $20,000.
1—Dreamboat Annie, f, 3, Freud--Extra Impact, by Honour and Glory. O-Crown Stable, Who Wudda Thunk Racing and Kinns, Debora, B-Michael Spielman (NY), $10,000.
Also Ran: Freudie Anne, Majestic Jessica, Fenwick Hall, Gethot Stayhot.
Winning Time: 1:18 (ft)
Margins: 1 1/4, HD, NK.
Odds: 14.80, 1.10, 5.70.
 
WILLIAM WALKER S., CD, $100,000, 3YO, 6F, 4-25.
4—CINCO CHARLIE, c, 3, Indian Charlie--Ten Halos, by Marquetry. ($75,000 '13 FTMSEP; $190,000 2014 OBSMAR). O-Heiligbrodt, L William and Corinne, B-Candyland Farm (KY), T-Steven M. Asmussen, J-Ricardo Santana, Jr., $61,380.
3—Senor Grits, g, 3, Elusive Quality--Butterfield, by Unbridled's Song. O-Six Column Stables, LLC, Bloch, Randall L and Milner, Phil, B-Randy Bloch, et al (KY), $19,800.
2—Blofeld, c, 3, Quality Road--Storm Minstrel, by Storm Cat. ($135,000 '12 KEENOV; $275,000 '13 FTSAUG; $225,000 2014 FTFMAR). O-Glencrest Farm LLC (Lessee) and JSM Equine, LLC, B-Keats Grove Farm (KY), $9,900.
Also Ran: Henry Jones, Weast Hill, Holiday Camp.
Winning Time: 1:10 4/5 (gd)
Margins: 1HF, HF, 2 1/4.
Odds: 2.70, 8.00, 0.80.
 
NEW YORK STALLION S. (TIMES SQUARE DIVISION), AQU, $98,000, 3YO, 6 1/2F, 4-26.
3—POSSESSED, c, 3, Posse--Ibetyouwishyouknew, by Mr. Greeley. O-Hayden, Daniel P and Baker, Charlton, B-Grapestock LLC (NY), T-Charlton Baker, J-Jose L. Ortiz, $60,000.
2—Organic Gemini, c, 3, Sir Whimsey--Speightful Affair, by Speightstown. O-Turtle Bird Stable, B-Turtle Bird Stable (NY), $20,000.
4—Disco Partner, c, 3, Disco Rico--Lulu's Number, by Numerous. O-Patricia A Generazio, B-Patricia Generazio (NY), $10,000.
Also Ran: B. B.'s Remington, Clockwork.
Winning Time: 1:17 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 1, 2, 5HF.
Odds: 1.35, 3.25, 1.60.
 
BELLE HARBOR S., AQU, $98,000, 3YO, F, 6 1/2F, 4-26.
6—IRISH JASPER, f, 3, First Defence--Irish Connection, by Mr. Greeley. ($12,000 '13 FTKOCT). O-Derek S Ryan, B-Mr & Mrs Robert E Courtney Sr (KY), T-Derek S. Ryan, J-Kendrick Carmouche, $60,000.
2—Perchance, f, 3, Distorted Humor--Dream Rush, by Wild Rush. O-Stonestreet Stables LLC, B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY), $20,000.
3—Lakeside Sunset, f, 3, Bellamy Road--Sadler's Sarah, by Wayne County (IRE). ($19,000 '12 FTMDEC; $52,000 '13 FTNAUG). O-McCarthy, Anthony P and Our Sugar Bear Stable LLC, B-Carol Kaye, James Boyce, Jeanne Baker (NY), $10,000.
Also Ran: Paulassilverlining, Lindisfarne.
Winning Time: 1:16 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 1, 3/4, 4 1/4.
Odds: 13.20, 1.40, 4.20.
 
MARYLAND HUNT CUP TIMBER S., GLN, $75,000, 5YO/UP, 32FT, 4-25.
*8—RAVEN'S CHOICE, g, 8, Dance With Ravens--Millashand, by Regal Intention. O-Mrs Cary W Jackson, B-Cary W Jackson (MD), T-Todd J. Wyatt, J-Mark Beecher, $45,000.
2—Guts for Garters (IRE), g, 12, Presenting (GB)--Asklynn (IRE), by Beau Sher (GB). (28,000GBP 2011 DONAGH). O-Stewart Strawbridge, B-Keith Douglas (IRE), $13,500.
7—Spencer Road, g, 9, Slew City Slew--Snars Good Fortune, by Snar. O-Brewster, Gerry L, Russell, Eleanor T and Tydings, Joseph, B-Wendy Mutnick (PA), $7,500.
Also Ran: Joshua G., Catch the Echo, Fort Henry (IRE), Twill Do, Almarmooq, Imperial Way, Sovereign Fund, Brands Hatch.
Winning Time: 9:25 (gd)
Margins: 6, 8, 7.
     ***Imperial Way finished first but was disqualified and placed ninth.
 
GOLDFINCH S., PRM, $75,000, 3YO, F, 6F, 4-25.
3—I'M WORKIN ON IT, f, 3, Quien--With a Passion, by Honour and Glory. ($2,500 '13 FTKOCT). O-William E Oswald, B-B A Man, Inc & Richard Maynard (IN), T-Lynn Chleborad, J-Alex Birzer, $45,000.
6—Royal Song Dancer, f, 3, Langfuhr--Carleton Grinnell, by Royal Academy. O-Michelle Y Brown, B-Dale Romans (KY), $15,000.
1—Easter Indy, f, 3, A. P. Million--Anniano, by Jamiano. O-Thiel, John F, Thiel, Libbie E and Martin Brothers, Inc, B-John & Libbie E Thiel (AR), $7,500.
Also Ran: Sibling War, Ten Kittens, Brokeanlovingit, Perfect Fit, Aggressive Beauty.
Winning Time: 1:10 4/5 (my)
Margins: 3, NK, 1HF.
Odds: 0.80, 14.60, 12.00.
 
JOHN HENRY S., EVD, $60,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 4-25.
5—STORMDRIVER, h, 5, Discreet Cat--Prom Date, by Take Me Out. ($40,000 '11 ARZOCT; $36,000 '11 OBSAUG). O-Fruition Racing LLC, B-Tigertail Ranch (LA), T-Patrick Devereux, Jr., J-Diego Saenz, $36,000.
2—String King, g, 7, Crowned King--String Dancer, by Fly a Kite (IRE). O-Charles Craig Smith, B-Charlie Smith (LA), $12,000.
1—Skipberry Wine, g, 6, Skip Away--My Strawberry Wine, by Excavate. O-James W Green, B-James W Green (LA), $6,000.
Also Ran: Galveston Harbor, Hopeful Notion, Heavy On Themister, Potomac River, McGehee's Mercy, Beauty's Pioneer, Benwill.
Winning Time: 1:43 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 5 3/4, NK, NK.
Odds: 7.40, 1.00, 29.10.
 
PEACH OF IT H., HAW, $59,325, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 4-25.
4—ROSIE MY ROSIE, m, 5, Purge--Rosie's Ransom, by Marquetry. O-William Stiritz, B-John Kerber & Iveta Kerber (IL), T-Scott Becker, J-Santo Sanjur, $35,595.
2—Our Domain, m, 6, Cherokee Rap--Domain, by Kris S.. O-William Stiritz, B-William P Stiritz (IL), $11,865.
9—Prairie Vista, f, 4, Pollard's Vision--Bluestem Meadow, by Meadowlake. O-Asiel Stable, B-Asiel Stable (IL), $6,526.
Also Ran: Brazyn Appeal, Sydneyrella, Julmae, Seattle Train, Countess Cashmere.
Winning Time: 1:44 3/5 (my)
Margins: 2 1/4, 8HF, 1HF.
Odds: 2.40, 2.40, 10.20.
 
MILWAUKEE AVENUE H., HAW, $56,975, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 4-25.
2—LUV BANDIT, g, 6, Yonaguska--Plus Beau, by Beau Genius. O-William Stiritz, B-Judy Dorris (IL), T-Scott Becker, J-Christopher A. Emigh, $34,185.
6—I Got It All, g, 4, Tiz Wonderful--Polish Silk, by Polish Pro. O-Tom Swearingen Racing Stable, Denk, Lo, Carlile, D and Bockel, R, B-David G Campbell, Jim Edgar & Kingswood Farm (IL), $11,395.
5—Lahshad, g, 5, Nobiz Like Shobiz--Running Clear, by Cryptoclearance. O-Law Dog Stables, Inc, B-Elizabeth Valando, Alexander J Lee & Steven A Maril (IL), $6,267.
Also Ran: Valiant City, Empirestrikesagain, My Borsalino.
Winning Time: 1:43 2/5 (my)
Margins: 2, 4 1/4, 5.
Odds: 2.20, 0.80, 16.90.

Trainer Stats

BRIS TRAINER STATS FROM PAST 60 DAYS

Trainer   Starts   Wins   Win %
Roger F. Engel   43   25   58
Mark Hubley   15   8   53
Wade Rarick   17   8   47
John F. Martin   46   20   43
Jack Steiner   17   7   41
Weston Martin   20   8   40
Brent Janssen   18   7   39
William Tharrenos   24   9   38
Jamen Davidovich   16   6   38
Angel O. Montano, Sr.   19   7   37
Anthony Farrior   30   11   37
Richard Zielinski   58   21   36
William C. Hedus   20   7   35
Mike Chambers   32   11   34
Arnaud Delacour   35   12   34
Kiaran P. McLaughlin   73   25   34
Marcos Zulueta   41   14   34
Joel Berndt   36   12   33
Robert Barbara   15   5   33
Douglas W. Danner   15   5   33
Chris A. Hartman   80   26   33
Michael V. Pino   56   18   32
Genaro Garcia   19   6   32
Alan E. Goldberg   19   6   32
Ramon Preciado   105   33   31

Trainer/Jockey Stats

BRIS TRAINER/JOCKEY STATS FROM PAST 60 DAYS

Trainer/Jockey Combo   Starts   Wins   Win %
Roger F. Engel/Bryan McNeil   36   21   58%
Joe Woodard/Deshawn L. Parker   25   12   48%
Michael J. Maker/Javier Castellano   17   8   47%
Karl Broberg/Colby J. Hernandez   72   32   44%
David Jacobson/Angel Cruz   25   11   44%
Jeff C. Runco/Jose Montano   16   7   44%
Chad C. Brown/Irad Ortiz, Jr.   21   9   43%
Jamie Ness/Antonio A. Gallardo   47   20   43%
Scott Becker/Vicente Gudiel   26   11   42%
Jason DaCosta/Fernando De La Cruz   24   10   42%
Todd A. Pletcher/John R. Velazquez   41   17   41%
Karl Broberg/C.J. McMahon   44   18   41%
Sandino R. Hernandez, Jr./Daniel Centeno   20   8   40%
Al Cates/Ramon A. Vazquez   15   6   40%
Timothy C. Kreiser/Matthew Rispoli   15   6   40%
John W. Sadler/Victor Espinoza   15   6   40%
Henry Dominguez/Enrique Portillo Gomez   43   17   40%
Michelle Nevin/Jose L. Ortiz   23   9   39%
Scott Becker/Santo Sanjur   16   6   38%
Jerry Hollendorfer/Rafael Bejarano   19   7   37%
Ed Moger, Jr./Juan J. Hernandez   19   7   37%
Richard Zielinski/Edgar Paucar   36   13   36%
Chad C. Brown/Javier Castellano   31   11   35%
Wesley A. Ward/Rafael Manuel Hernandez   31   11   35%
Ramon Preciado/Roberto Alvarado, Jr.   23   8   35%

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

AQU, 7TH, ALW, $70,560, 3YO/UP, 6F, 4-26.
2—WARRIOR'S CROWN, h, 5, Majestic Warrior--Ruby Crown, by Awesome Again. O-Kinsman Stable and Kurtin, Barbara, B-Kinsman Farm (KY), T-William I. Mott, J-Junior Alvarado, $43,200.
5—Energetico, h, 5, Mutakddim--Another Moochie, by Southern Halo. O-Eric A Delvalle, B-Stud El Aguila (PA), $14,400.
7—Madroos, c, 3, Indian Charlie--Malibu Legacy, by Malibu Moon. ($360,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Shadwell Stable, B-Edward A Cox Jr (KY), $7,200.
Winning Time: 1:10 3/5 (ft)
 
SA, 5TH, AOC, $69,940, 3YO/UP, F/M, A6 1/2FT, 4-26.
5—CHATI'S ON TOP, f, 4, Old Topper--Chati Valley, by Globalize. O-Little Red Feather Racing and Naify, Marsha, B-Bill Delia, H C Martin & Ray Pagain (CA), T-Mike Puype, J-Santiago Gonzalez, $45,240.
4—Artistic Charm (GB), f, 4, Dutch Art (GB)--Greenfly (GB), by Green Desert. (35,000gns '12 TATOCT; 38,000gns 2014 TATHIT). O-Callaghan, Simon, House, Michael and Strauss, William, B-Mr T R Watson & Miss D S Peasley (GB), $11,600.
8—Divina Comedia (FR), f, 4, Footstepsinthesand (GB)--Divine Promesse (FR), by Verglas (IRE). (130,000EUR 2014 ARQDEC). O-Marsha Naify, B-Haras Du Mezeray SA (FR), $6,960.
Winning Time: 1:13 2/5 (fm)
 
AQU, 5TH, AOC, $65,000, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 4-26.
3—LEROY JR., g, 6, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)--Booly, by Apalachee. ($22,000 '10 FTNAUG; $150,000 2011 OBSJUN). O-Justice Family Racing, B-Delehanty Stock Farm Inc (NY), T-Chad C. Brown, J-Javier Castellano, $39,000.
2—Frisky Warrior, g, 6, Desert Warrior--Let's Roll Lady, by Maria's Mon. O-Ralph D'Alessandro, B-Ted Taylor Thoroughbreds (NY), $13,000.
7—Mighty Zealous, g, 4, Here's Zealous--Winters Bell, by Winter Glitter. ($40,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Rice, Linda and Sacandaga Stable, B-Gerald Reid (NY), $6,500.
Winning Time: 1:17 (ft)
 
SA, 6TH, AOC, $58,750, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 4-26.
6—ROCKO'S WHEEL, c, 3, Grazen--Honored Gold, by Double Honor. O-Little Red Feather Racing and Ukegawa, Jimmy, B-Jimmy Ukegawa & Mike Mitchell (CA), T-Philip D'Amato, J-Joseph Talamo, $34,800.
3—Chief of Staff, c, 3, Majestic Warrior--Morning Jewel, by Awesome Again. ($50,000 '13 BESOCT). O-Mark DeDomenico LLC, B-Lou Neve (CA), $11,600.
8—Howdy, c, 3, Sundarban--Foxy Babe, by Momentum. O-Ciaglia Racing LLC and Crystal Valley, Inc, B-Crystal Valley Farms Inc (CA), $6,960.
Winning Time: 1:42 2/5 (ft)
 
WO, 9TH, AOC, $56,706, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 4-26.
3—BLACK BIRD ROCK, m, 6, Flower Alley--Black Rock Road, by Bertrando. O-Gary Barber, B-Eugene Melnyk (ON), T-Mark E. Casse, J-Patrick Husbands, $30,693.
4—Copper Kitten, f, 4, Kitten's Joy--Silver Nithi, by Numerous. O-Shaw, Richard F and Jo Ellen, B-Glen Isle Exploration Ltd (ON), $12,284.
5—Bear's Gem, m, 6, Peaks and Valleys--Simply Precious, by Ascot Knight. (C$50,000 '10 ONTSEP). O-Chesney Racing and Hoffman, Cory S, B-Kingview Farms (ON), $7,876.
Winning Time: 1:17 (ft)
 
CD, 8TH, AOC, $55,840, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 4-25.
9—MAJESTIC HARBOR, h, 7, Rockport Harbor--Champagne Royale, by French Deputy. ($20,000 '09 KEESEP). O-Gallant Stable, B-Liberation Farm & Brandywine Farm (KY), T-Paul J. McGee, J-Corey J. Lanerie, $34,800.
7—Knights Nation, g, 5, Indygo Shiner--Bronze Glow, by Devil's Bag. ($18,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Brad Ray, B-John R Penn (KY), $11,600.
3—Patrioticandproud, g, 6, Proud Citizen--Luvina, by Forest Wildcat. ($27,000 '10 KEESEP). O-Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Barber, Gary, B-Michael W Jester (PA), $4,800.
Winning Time: 1:45 3/5 (gd)
 
CD, 6TH, ALW, $51,784, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5F, 4-25.
8—CLASSY CORINTHIAN, f, 3, Corinthian--Can't Buy Class, by Elusive Quality. ($15,000 '13 FTKFEB). O-Miller, Chester J and Dupuy, Patrick J, B-Barry & Carol Conrad & Corinthian Syndicate (KY), T-Patrick J. Dupuy, J-Robby Albarado, $31,200.
2—Anusara, m, 5, Pure Prize--Betshe Hath a Way, by Gilded Time. O-Lloyd Madison Farms, IV LLC, B-Lloyd Madison Farms- IV LLC (KY), $10,400.
9—Rachel's Ready, f, 3, More Than Ready--My Rachel, by Horse Chestnut (SAF). ($210,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Carl F Pollard, B-Hinkle Farms (KY), $5,200.
Winning Time: :58 3/5 (gd)
 
WO, 2ND, ALW, $49,790, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 4-26.
4—BIG BAZINGA, g, 4, Bluegrass Cat--Darling Daughter, by Maria's Mon. ($25,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Bull and Bear Stable, B-Sheltowee Farm, Alfonso Mazzetti, Dr Robert J Hunt & Rodney Winkle (KY), T-Katerina Vassilieva, J-Alan Garcia, $28,870.
3—Downey Gap, g, 4, Bernardini--Pico Teneriffe, by Red Ransom. ($52,000 2014 FTKJU2). O-Melnyk Racing Stables, Inc, B-Eugene Melnyk (KY), $9,623.
1—Johnny Bear, g, 4, English Channel--In Return, by Horse Chestnut (SAF). (C$275,000 '12 ONTSEP). O-Colebrook Farms and Bear Stables, Ltd, B-Tall Oaks Farm (ON), $6,350.
Winning Time: 1:44 4/5 (ft)
 
PIM, 8TH, AOC, $47,000, 3YO/UP, 5FT, 4-26.
5—WISE MAC, g, 5, Wiseman's Ferry--Sharp Reef, by Another Reef. O-Sajor Stable and Dana Point, B-Louis Carrico (WV), T-Eduardo E. Rojas, J-David Cora, $26,790.
9—Cement Clement, g, 4, Limehouse--Gouge, by Repriced. ($30,000 '12 OBSAUG). O-Scorese, Pat and Ron, B-Mr & Mrs John A DeVault III (FL), $9,870.
3—Thunder Strike (GB), c, 4, Sakhee's Secret (GB)--Trump Street (GB), by First Trump (GB). (26,000gns '11 TATDEC; 40,000GBP '12 DONAUG; 105,000gns 2013 TATHIT). O-Braverman, Paul and Murray, Terrence, B-Southill Stud (GB), $5,170.
Winning Time: :57 1/5 (fm)
 
PIM, 5TH, AOC, $45,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16MT, 4-26.
1—SASSY LITTLE CAT, f, 4, Albert the Great--Spring Kitten, by Storm of Angels. O-Sassy Little Cat, LLC, B-Shannon & George Towner (PA), T-Fenneka T. Bentley, J-Edwin Gonzalez, $25,650.
8—Yuzuru, m, 5, Medaglia d'Oro--Macarena Macarena, by Gone West. O-Yoshihara, Tsunebumi and Sekie, B-Winchester Farm (KY), $9,450.
7—Munirah, f, 4, Kitten's Joy--Speed to Burn, by Red Ransom. ($160,000 '11 KEENOV). O-Zanim R Meahjohn, B-B P Walden Jr (KY), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:42 4/5 (fm)
 
GP, 3RD, AOC, $40,600, 4YO/UP, 1M, 4-26.
2—BIG LOOIE, g, 8, Military--Lil Pushlet, by Cryptoclearance. O-Ron Hendrickson, B-SD Brilie L P (IL), T-Jorge Navarro, J-Jose C. Caraballo, $24,000.
4—Social Inclusion, c, 4, Pioneerof the Nile--Saint Bernadette, by Saint Ballado. ($60,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Rontos Racing Stable Corp, B-Robert Tillyer, Martin Keogh & Dr C Blackey (KY), $8,800.
6—Decisive Moment, h, 7, With Distinction--Lady Samira, by Dehere. O-Just For Fun Stable LLC, B-Just For Fun Stables (FL), $5,000.
Winning Time: 1:35 4/5 (ft)
 
WO, 4TH, ALW, $40,313, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 4-26.
5—RIVER MAID, f, 3, Where's the Ring--Rivermaid Dancing, by Riverman. (C$57,000 '13 ONTSEP). O-The Very Dry Stable, B-Jay Cochlin (ON), T-Robert P. Tiller, J-Jesse M. Campbell, $23,401.
1—Internal Bourbon, f, 3, Not Bourbon--Internallyflawless, by Giant's Causeway. O-Charles E Fipke, B-Charles Fipke (ON), $7,800.
3—Our Nat's, f, 3, Sky Conqueror--Big Lips, by Grand Slam. (C$8,500 '13 ONTSEP). O-Passero, James L and JR Racing Stable Inc, B-Richard Moylan (ON), $4,290.
Winning Time: 1:17 (ft)
 
WO, 7TH, ALW, $40,313, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 4-26.
*3—RESERVE LOVE, f, 3, Philanthropist--Love Torch, by El Prado (IRE). (C$18,000 '13 ONTSEP). O-Linmac Farms, B-Paradox Farm, Inc & Hugh Sutherland (ON), T-David Cotey, J-Skye Chernetz, $23,401.
8—Letter Fly, f, 4, Alphabet Soup--Flying Tabriz, by Turkoman. (C$32,000 '12 ONTSEP; $25,000 2014 KEEJAN). O-Janet Jeanpierre, B-Janet Jeanpierre (ON), $7,800.
5—D Forty Four, f, 3, Rebellion (GB)--Promise Ring, by Broken Vow. (C$26,000 '13 ONTSEP). O-Di Giulio, Jr, Frank and Tiller, Robert P, B-Barry Irving & Helen Irving (ON), $4,290.
Winning Time: 1:17 3/5 (ft)
     ***Catch Some Zs finished first but was disqualified and placed seventh.
 
GP, 2ND, AOC, $39,200, 4YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/8MT, 4-26.
2—SEEKING HER GLORY, f, 4, Giant's Causeway--Seeking Atlantis, by Seeking the Gold. ($100,000 '11 KEENOV). O-Lawrence Goichman, B-Estate of Edward P Evans (VA), T-Chad C. Brown, J-Jose Lezcano, $22,800.
6—Indian Starlight, m, 6, Indian Ocean--Winter Melody, by Frosty the Snowman. ($3,750 '10 OBSAUG). O-Bonnie Klozow, B-Bridlewood Farm (FL), $9,180.
7—Stars Collide, m, 5, Strong Contender--Beauty Star, by Sky Mesa. ($10,000 2012 OBSAPR). O-John P McGreevy, B-John C Oxley (KY), $4,180.
Winning Time: 1:50 (gd)
 
PRM, 5TH, ALW, $37,824, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 4-25.
5—M B PRIZE, f, 3, Pure Prize--Steal the Sugar, by Coronado's Quest. O-William L Hobbs, B-William L Hobbs (IA), T-Jon G. Arnett, J-Ken S. Tohill, $22,650.
8—Colerful Bride, f, 3, Munnings--Appealing Bride, by Unbridled's Song. O-Black Oak Farm, B-Lloyd Debruycker (IA), $7,550.
2—My Bria, f, 4, Jump Start--Acajou, by Horse Chestnut (SAF). O-Poindexter Thoroughbreds LLC, B-H Allen Poindexter (IA), $4,530.
Winning Time: 1:11 (my)
 
GG, 3RD, ALW, $37,420, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16MT, 4-26.
3—INFOSEC, c, 4, Heatseeker (IRE)--Sistine, by Vindication. O-Remmah Racing, Inc, B-Kaleem Shah, Inc (CA), T-Frank Lucarelli, J-Ricardo Gonzalez, $22,200.
1—The Gray Hound, g, 4, Fusaichi Pegasus--Bold Roberta, by Bold Badgett. ($30,000 '12 BESOCT). O-Bachman, Thomas W and Brown, Linda J, B-Thomas Weyand Bachman (CA), $7,400.
5—Moogie Woogie, g, 4, Alymagic--Moogie, by Matty G. O-Daehling, Joe and Evans, Holly, B-Daehling Ranch LLC (CA), $4,440.
Winning Time: 1:42 4/5 (gd)
 
IND, 8TH, ALW, $36,000, 3YO/UP, 1M, 4-25.
6—KINKER, g, 5, Magna Graduate--Miss Daisy, by Dynaformer. ($1,200 '10 KEENOV). O-Spiess Stable LLC and Klopp, Randy, B-Denise Purvis (IN), T-Randy L. Klopp, J-Alejandro L. Contreras, $21,600.
5—Hadda Notion, g, 4, Notional--Longwood Lady, by Is It True. O-Lauer, Penny S and Merritt, Jerry, B-Michael E Lauer & Jerry Merritt (IN), $7,200.
2—Scatidash, g, 4, Scat Daddy--Ponita, by Even the Score. O-Murphy Equine Investments LLC, B-Carolyn Shawn Murphy (IN), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:39 (sy)
 
IND, 6TH, AOC, $36,000, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 4-25.
1A—ACT TORRID, g, 5, Act of War--Still Torrid, by Torrential. O-Patrick, Cindy and Zeehandelar, Steve, B-Lake Shore Farm LLC (IN), T-R. Gary Patrick, J-Fernando De La Cruz, $21,600.
6—Union Express, g, 4, Unbridled Express--Union Belle, by Dixie Union. O-Average Joe Racing Stables, Ltd, B-Naveed Chowhan (IN), $7,200.
1—Country Minister, g, 5, Evil Minister--Country Way, by Giant's Causeway. ($10,000 '11 INDOCT). O-Cindy Patrick, B-Swifty Farms Inc (IN), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:04 1/5 (sy)
 
PEN, 5TH, ALW, $33,300, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 4-25.
6—LAWLESS LILY, f, 4, Medallist--Lily O'Gold, by Slew O' Gold. O-Kasey K Racing Stable LLC, B-Thomas L Teal (PA), T-Keith Nations, J-John Bisono, $19,980.
4—Sandy Lane Sunset, f, 4, Great Notion--Splendid Sunrise, by Sky Classic. O-Gelman, Norris and McConnell, Dan W, B-Norris E Gelman (PA), $6,660.
5—Pink for Me, f, 4, Talent Search--Formal But Pink, by Formal Dinner. ($44,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Robert Tresente, B-Willa, LLC (PA), $3,663.
Winning Time: 1:13 (ft)
 
HAW, 4TH, ALW, $32,340, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 4-26.
2—GAELIC BREEZE, g, 6, Shore Breeze--Jodub Creek, by Royal Academy. O-James C Woodruff, B-John F Haran (IL), T-Chris Dorris, J-Vicente Gudiel, $19,404.
4—Prado U, c, 4, Fort Prado--Shotgun Persuasion, by Stephen Got Even. O-DLT Thoroughbreds LLC, B-DLT Thoroughbreds LLC (IL), $7,392.
5—Cheroben, g, 5, Ben Bulben--Cherokee Play, by Cherokee Saga. O-Clabor Mor Stable LLC and Haran Thoroughbreds, B-John F Haran & Mike Ryan (IL), $3,234.
Winning Time: 1:46 1/5 (ft)
 
PRM, 8TH, ALW, $31,959, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M 70Y, 4-26.
3—MAGNOLIA STEEL, f, 3, Include--Magnolia Springs, by Relaunch. O-Danny R Caldwell, B-McKnight Thoroughbreds LLC (KY), T-Federico Villafranco, J-Ramon A. Vazquez, $18,240.
6—Battle Tale, f, 4, Dunkirk--Casseopia, by Tale of the Cat. ($23,000 '12 KEEJAN; $35,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Stockseth, Norma Lee and Dunn, Todd, B-Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds (KY), $6,080.
4—Stelawithanatitude, m, 5, Pollard's Vision--Lonely Chant, by Tiznow. O-Chleborad, Lynn and Schrage, Donald E, B-Donald E Scharge & Lynn Chleborad (IA), $5,107.
Winning Time: 1:44 1/5 (ft)
 
PEN, 6TH, AOC, $31,068, 4YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 4-25.
7—TOM JOY, g, 6, Giacomo--Verne's Lady, by Silver Deputy. O-James Schlehr, B-George Bigliardi (ON), T-Richard M. Davis, J-Helen Marie Vanek, $18,240.
8—Germaniac, g, 4, Henny Hughes--Judy Soda, by Personal Flag. ($14,000 '12 KEEJAN; $75,000 '12 OBSAUG). O-Germania Farms, Inc, B-Hidden Springs Farm (KY), $6,080.
6—Long May You Run, g, 4, City Zip--Brown Eyed Miss, by End Sweep. ($40,000 2013 OBSMAR). O-Kenwood Racing LLC, B-Sienna Farms LLC (PA), $4,012.
Winning Time: 1:04 3/5 (ft)
 
EVD, 8TH, ALW, $29,500, 3YO, F, 6F, 4-25.
4—THISCATCANJAM, f, 3, Big Top Cat--Mammy Jammy, by Littlebitlively. O-Circle H Farms, B-Kevin Viator (LA), T-Alan Klanfer, J-Diego Saenz, $17,700.
8—Katie B's Wager, f, 3, Half Ours--Tonight's Wager, by Valid Wager. ($22,000 '13 OBSAUG; $4,000 '13 OBSJAN; $72,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Keith Plaisance, B-Jane H Harang (LA), $5,900.
9—My Pal Beanie, f, 3, My Pal Charlie--Little Evon, by Gold Case. O-Oak Tree Stables LLC (Powell and O'Brien), B-Oak Tree Stables, LLC (LA), $3,245.
Winning Time: 1:11 2/5 (ft)
 
CT, 7TH, ALW, $26,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7F, 4-25.
1—SUCCESS AT SUNUP, f, 3, Successful Appeal--Sunup, by Smart Strike. ($45,000 '13 FTMSEP). O-Wes Carter, B-Michael W Jester (PA), T-Wes Carter, J-Antonio Lopez, $15,540.
5—Waterside Dream, f, 3, Great Notion--Smart Crowd, by Crowd Pleaser. O-Linda L Zang, B-Linda L Zang (MD), $5,180.
7—Red Hot Revenge, f, 4, Stephen Got Even--Hedge Proxy, by Silver Deputy. O-Donna Tullner, B-Stephen Glessner & Donna Tullner (WV), $2,590.
Winning Time: 1:28 3/5 (ft)
 
EVD, 7TH, ALW, $24,950, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 4-25.
1—GREAT MAJESTIC, f, 3, Majestic Warrior--Great Humor, by Distorted Humor. ($30,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Farm D'Allie Racing Stables, B-Kinsman Farm (FL), T-Oscar Modica, J-Roberto Morales, $14,100.
9—Ideratherblucky, f, 3, Ide--Irish Reach, by Irish River (FR). ($18,000 '13 ESLSEP). O-Virginia Lazenby, B-Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson (LA), $5,700.
10—Goodwood Manor, f, 4, Mister Phone (ARG)--Ujane, by Theatrical (IRE). O-Thomas J Young, B-THOMAS J YOUNG (KY), $2,585.
Winning Time: 1:39 (ft)
 
HAW, 5TH, ALW, $23,100, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M 70Y, 4-25.
10—ARDEN NATALIE, f, 4, Henny Hughes--Trust Fund, by Conquistador Cielo. ($4,000 '12 KEEJAN). O-Racebrook Stables LLC, B-Fred W Hertrich III (KY), T-Mickey A. Goldfine, J-Julio E. Felix, $13,860.
6—Elaine Kowaleski, f, 4, Arch--Grand Gala, by Dixieland Band. ($225,000 2013 FTMMAY). O-Moroney, John, Keiper, Bill and Manley, Steve, B-Claiborne Farm & Adele B Dilschneider (KY), $4,620.
12—Reality Star, f, 4, Big Brown--High Definition, by Richter Scale. O-Dundalk 5 LLC and Schafer, Homer, B-Big Brown Syndicate and Mr & Mrs Richard S Kaster (KY), $2,310.
Winning Time: 1:44 2/5 (my)
 
ALB, 9TH, ALW, $23,100, 3YO/UP, 7F, 4-26.
5—HE'S A BLING, g, 4, Too Much Bling--Prado Lady, by El Prado (IRE). O-Henry Dominguez, B-Kathryn I East (TX), T-Henry Dominguez, J-Enrique Portillo Gomez, $13,860.
3—Real Heat, g, 5, Unusual Heat--Chi Chi Nette, by Ole'. ($100,000 '11 BESOCT). O-Class Racing Stable, B-Madeline Auerbach & Barry Abrams (CA), $4,620.
2—Tri Chocolate, g, 5, Swiss Yodeler--Cryptoscript, by Cryptoclearance. O-Peggy B Rust, B-Lisa Rehburg (OK), $2,541.
Winning Time: 1:23 4/5 (sy)
 
HAW, 8TH, ALW, $23,100, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 4-26.
4—CANETTE, f, 4, Road Ruler--Canyons Sister, by Marte. O-Larry Owens, B-Larry Owens (IL), T-Steve Manley, J-Christopher A. Emigh, $13,860.
8—My Italian Rule, f, 4, Road Ruler--My Italian Rose, by Solar City. O-J B Stables, Inc (Jake E Bryant), B-J B Stables Inc (IL), $4,620.
2—Deputy Wild Kate, m, 5, Deputy Wild Cat--Shes in Command, by Shakeel. O-Darren J Dworak, B-Darren Dworak (IL), $2,310.
Winning Time: 1:11 (ft)
 
LS, 6TH, ALW, $22,000, 3&4YO, 1M, 4-25.
2—SPRINGBOARD, c, 4, Spring At Last--Woodland Sprite, by Woodman. ($6,500 '12 KEEJAN; $20,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Royal Colors Racing, LLC and Carl R Moore Management, LLC, B-B P Walden Jr & H G King III (KY), T-W. Bret Calhoun, J-M. Clifton Berry, $13,140.
4—Witt's Tax Day, g, 3, Drums of Thunder--Bill Collector, by Broken Vow. O-Henry S Witt, Jr, B-Henry Witt Jr (TX), $4,380.
3—Dusty Ryder, g, 4, Lil's Lad--Dearly Two, by Slewacide. O-Gary D Frakes, B-Gary D Frakes (TX), $2,409.
Winning Time: 1:39 (ft)
 
LS, 2ND, ALW, $22,000, 3&4YO, F/M, 1M, 4-26.
3—TIAWE, f, 4, Tiago--In Love Again, by Awesome Again. ($1,600 '12 FTKOCT). O-Mazoch, Michael J and Mazoch, Linda, B-Respite Farm (KY), T-Tracy A. Norris, J-Larry Taylor, $13,080.
1—Cowgirl in Love, f, 4, Cowboy Cal--Rich in Love, by Seattle Slew. O-Paul J Rigali, Jr, B-Paul J Rigali, Jr (KY), $4,360.
5—Infectious, f, 3, Valid Expectations--Red Cell, by Geri. O-WS Farish, B-W S Farish (TX), $2,398.
Winning Time: 1:40 1/5 (ft)
 
EMD, 8TH, ALW, $21,700, 3YO, F, 5 1/2F, 4-25.
3—DOCTOR SUSAN, f, 3, Sky Mesa--Fantasy Song, by Unbridled's Song. ($100,000 '13 KEESEP; $18,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-REV Racing, B-Rose Hill Farm, Sean & Barbara Speck (KY), T-Frank Lucarelli, J-Joseph J. Steiner, $11,825.
6—Seeking the Light, f, 3, Heatseeker (IRE)--Brightest, by Beau Genius. ($29,000 '13 BESOCT; $1,500 '13 FTKFEB). O-Maryanski, John and Janene, B-Anthony J Haynes Stables LLC & The Seeker Syndicate (KY), $4,300.
4—Pippa Bou Peep, f, 3, Harbor the Gold--Annie's Bou Peep, by For Really. O-Essex, Charles D and Dave and The Little Lady Stable, B-C E "Rich" & Ann Richardson (WA), $3,225.
Winning Time: 1:03 2/5 (ft)
 
LS, 7TH, ALW, $21,000, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 4-26.
10—WITT'S ALLSTAR, g, 3, Chitoz--Silkyence, by Cryptoclearance. O-Henry S Witt, Jr, B-956 Ranch (LA), T-Amanda Barton, J-Ivan Arellano, $12,240.
3—Pilatus, g, 4, Shakespeare--Smart Sis, by Beau Genius. O-Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc, B-William C Schettine (FL), $4,080.
9—Ish Rules, c, 3, Ish Ar--Heavenly Rules, by Moses Tablet. O-P and D Racing Stables, B-P & D Racing Stable (OK), $2,244.
Winning Time: 1:40 1/5 (gd)
 
LS, 3RD, ALW, $21,000, 3&4YO, 1M, 4-25.
1—ROYAL MILE, c, 3, Quality Road--Indy Pendence, by A.P. Indy. ($42,000 '13 OBSAUG; $100,000 2014 OBSMAR). O-Calumet Farm, B-Carlos Silva (KY), T-Steven M. Asmussen, J-Gerardo Mora, $12,540.
2—Boudreaux, g, 4, Proud and True--Ms Lucille, by Orientate. O-Brad Grady, B-Mary Ellen Coenen (LA), $4,180.
4—Nym (MEX), c, 3, Drover--Marthas Gift (MEX), by Discover. O-Pozo de Luna, Inc, B-Rancho Pozo de Luna (MEX), $2,299.
Winning Time: 1:40 1/5 (ft)
 
LS, 7TH, ALW, $21,000, 3YO/UP, 5F, 4-25.
1—MARTYS WIMBLEDON, g, 5, Wimbledon--Martys Expectation, by Valid Expectations. O-George A Bryant, B-Jim T & Marty Evans (TX), T-George R. Bryant, J-Iram Vargas Diego, $12,420.
3—Sky Drama, c, 4, Sky Mesa--Luv a Drama, by Behrens. ($60,000 '11 KEENOV; $100,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Woolsey, Erv and Asmussen, Keith, B-Scott & Debbie Pierce & Chancey Mill Farm (KY), $4,140.
7—Valid Bull, g, 6, Hesabull--Valid Blarney, by Valid Expectations. O-End Zone Athletics, Inc, B-James H Shields & R H Udouj (AR), $2,277.
Winning Time: :59 (ft)
 
LS, 3RD, ALW, $21,000, 3&4YO, F/M, 1M, 4-26.
4—YOUAREMYCONNECTION, f, 3, Uncle Abbie--Atti Girl Fergie, by Atticus. O-Bryan Henderson, B-Galen Huddleston (TX), T-George R. Bryant, J-Iram Vargas Diego, $12,540.
1—Berry Be Gold, f, 3, Gold Alert--Be Berry Quiet, by Real Quiet. O-Gentry Farms, B-Gentry Farms (TX), $4,180.
6—Special Rockstar, f, 3, Special Rate--Buckstar, by Spend a Buck. O-Star Bright Thoroughbreds, B-Star Bright Thoroughbreds (TX), $2,299.
Winning Time: 1:41 4/5 (ft)
 
MNR, 7TH, ALW, $18,400, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5F, 4-25.
1—ACQUITTAL, m, 5, Closing Argument--Tropical Forest, by Forestry. ($3,000 '11 KEESEP; $1,200 2012 OBSJUN). O-Burton K Sipp, B-Mabory Farms (KY), T-Burton K. Sipp, J-Gabriel Lagunes, $11,408.
2—Huntress Helena, f, 4, Hear No Evil--Gotham City Girl, by Freud. O-William N Hackney, B-Red Oak Farm Inc (FL), $3,680.
3—Sawyer's Wonder, f, 3, Intimidator--Gal Wonder, by Three Wonders. ($8,000 2014 EVDMAR). O-Annette C McCoy, B-Carrol J Castille (LA), $1,840.
Winning Time: :59 2/5 (ft)

North American Maiden Winners
Afleet Alex--For Sally by Not for Love; GO BONNIE GO, f, 3, HAW, Mcl 25000, 4-26, 1m 70y, 1:44 . B-Sycamore Hall Farm LLC (MD.). $9,000 '13 FTMSEP; $16,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Blame--Tell Seattle by A.P. Indy; BATTLEOFBURLINGTON, c, 3, WO, Msw, 4-26, 5f, :58 1/5. B-Christine Hayden (ON.). $60,000 '12 KEENOV; $200,000 '13 FTSAUG. *1/2 to Paris Vegas (G2P $350,321).
Brave 'n Away--Leestown Road by Leestown; MIGHTYLEE, c, 3, HAW, Mcl 25000, 4-26, 1m 70y, 1:44 4/5. B-Dennis P & Judy Hughes (IL.).
C'mon Tiger--Bruanna (MSW$390,078), by Housebuster; JAMES AND COMPANY, g, 3, LS, Mcl 25000, 4-26, 5fT, :59 3/5. B-James E Helzer (OK.).
Discreetly Mine--Tarnished Halo by Wild Again; CLARA VICTORIA, f, 3, CT, Mcl 10000, 4-25, 7f, 1:31 4/5. B-Justice Farm & Greg Justice (KY.). $37,000 '12 KEENOV.
Early Flyer--Formal Legend by Gold Legend; WINGED MERCURY, c, 3, LS, Mcl 15000, 4-25, 6f, 1:12 3/5. B-John Silverthorne Ranch, Inc. (TX.).
Eskendereya--Descapate by Dehere; MEG GIRY, f, 3, HST, Msw, 4-26, 6f, 1:10 3/5. B-Sun Valley Farm (KY.).
Flashstorm--Double Major by Bertrando; TURNED BACK TWICE, f, 3, TAM, Mcl 16000, 4-26, 6 1/2f, 1:18 3/5. B-Northwest Stud (FL.). $9,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Grazen--Showtime Apollo by Decarchy; BARBARA BEATRICE, f, 3, SA, Msw, 4-26, 1mT, 1:38 1/5. B-Philip D'Amato (CA.).
Harlan's Holiday--Holiday Lights by A.P. Indy; DESIMIZAR, f, 3, GP, Mcl 12500, 4-26, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY.). $65,000 '12 KEENOV; $60,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Hold Me Back--Hooky by Skip Away; DIAMOND EARRING, f, 3, GP, Msw, 4-26, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-David E. Hager II (KY.). $100,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Indian Express--Mary's Joy by Woodman; CHICA FABULOSA, f, 3, PIM, Msw, 4-26, 1 1/16m, 1:50 3/5. B-Victor Dominguez (FL.). $23,000 2014 OBSJUN.
K One King--Always on Top by Always a Classic; ONE TOP QUEEN, f, 3, EVD, Mcl 7500, 4-25, 5 1/2f, 1:03 3/5. B-Carrol J. Castille (LA.).
Malibu Moon--Adorahy by Rahy; VIVA MALALA, f, 3, AQU, Msw, 4-26, 1 1/16mT, 1:48 4/5. B-Gallagher's Stud (NY.). *1/2 to Icabad Crane (G1P $585,980).
Malibu Moon--Caroni by Rubiano; DON'TFORGETABOUTME, f, 3, CD, Msw, 4-25, 1 1/16m, 1:47 3/5. B-Hargus & Sandra Sexton & Silver Fern Farm, LLC (KY.). $725,000 '13 KEESEP. *1/2 to Beautician (MG1P $636,175).
Malt Magic--Star Protocol by He's Tops; RED RIDGE, c, 3, EMD, Mcl 15000, 4-26, 5f, :57 1/5. B-Howard E. Belvoir (WA.).
Matt's Broken Vow--Topper Too by Peaks and Valleys; MATCHLOCK, g, 3, PRM, Mcl 7500, 4-26, 5 1/2f, 1:06 2/5. B-Emil Kark (IA.).
Matty G--Marylou's Girl by Demons Begone; BOSS TALK, g, 3, SUD, Msw, 4-26, 4f, :48 2/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. William T. Griffin (WA.).
Mineshaft--Codetta by Giant's Causeway; DREAM OF MINE, f, 3, GP, Mcl 75000, 4-26, 1mT, 1:36 . B-Kinsman Farm (KY.).
Nobiz Like Shobiz--Go Silver by Silver Ghost; SILVERTRON, c, 3, CD, Mcl 10000, 4-25, 6f, 1:12 4/5. B-Nancy M. Delony (KY.).
Pollard's Vision--Driven by Forestry; SECOND SIGHT, f, 3, FON, Msw, 4-26, 6f, 1:17 . B-R. L. Reineman Stable, Inc. (KY.). $6,000 2015 KEEJAN.
Portobello Road--Soar Above by Valid Expectations; FUN GUS AMONGUS, g, 3, PRM, Mcl 7500, 4-26, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-Dr. & Mrs. Michael Post & Burl M (AR.).
Pro Prado--Granny Clampett by Sanctuary; GRANNYS PRO, g, 3, FON, Msw, 4-26, 6f, 1:15 2/5. B-Mark Durio (NM.). $1,800 '13 RUIAUG.
Quality Road--A. P. Interest by A.P. Indy; QUALITY INTEREST, c, 3, PRX, Msw, 4-26, 1m, 1:43 1/5. B-R. S. Evans (KY.). *1/2 to Golden Spikes (G2 $390,750) *1/2 to Al Muhtasib (SW $251,412).
Sharp Humor--Sewickley Heights by Pleasant Colony; NAUGHTY HUMOR, f, 3, TAM, Mcl 16000, 4-26, 1mT, 1:39 . B-Equus Farm (KY.). $13,000 '13 KEEJAN.
Stephen Got Even--Marquee Delivery (MG1P$264,901), by Marquetry; DAVE GOT EVEN, g, 3, IND, Mcl 25000, 4-25, 1m 70y, 1:43 4/5. B-David Jacobs (KY.).
Stevie Wonderboy--Buy Out Time by Dehere; STAR STRUCK STEVE, c, 3, PRM, Msw, 4-25, 1m 70y, 1:44 . B-Fe Racing (KY.). $18,000 '12 KEENOV.
Street Boss--Causin a Storm by Giant's Causeway; MOJO STREET, g, 3, GG, Mcl 8000, 4-26, 6f, 1:11 1/5. B-Tom & Elizabeth Baxter (KY.). $70,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Tizdejavu--Bright Magic by Prized; L. A. MAGIC, f, 3, SA, Mcl 50000, 4-26, 6f, 1:10 3/5. B-Bo Hirsch, L.L.C. (KY.). *1/2 to Exfactor (G3 $158,999).
Uncle Abbie--Expectawinner by Valid Expectations; DUSTIN E, g, 3, LS, Mcl 25000, 4-26, 5fT, 1:00 1/5. B-Gary D. Frakes (TX.).
Bernardini--Move Clickly by Cherokee Run; TATICA FOR EVER, f, 4, GP, Msw, 4-26, 7 1/2fT, 1:31 2/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. James G. Bell (KY.). $130,000 '12 KEESEP.
Broken Vow--Leonor Fini (IRE) by Peintre Celebre; DREAMING AS ALWAYS, f, 4, AQU, Msw, 4-26, 1 1/16mT, 1:48 . B-Gallagher's Stud (NY.).
Cahill Road--Persiflage by Alphabet Soup; ILLUMINATION ROAD, g, 4, EMD, Mcl 20000, 4-25, 5 1/2f, 1:03 2/5. B-Ronald Allen Maus (WA.).
Concerto--Sweetcarolinagirl by Conquistador Cielo; THROWN YOUR WAY, c, 4, CT, Mcl 5000, 4-25, 6 1/2f, 1:23 1/5. B-Bruno Schickedanz (FL.).
Hard Spun--Oprah Winney (G2$593,989), by Royal Academy; HARD TO CLOCK, g, 4, PRM, Msw, 4-25, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-River Ridge Ranch (IA.).
Mr. Livingston--Eskimo Mom by Eskimo; LIVINGSTON'S LADY, f, 4, TAM, Mcl 8000, 4-26, 1m 40y, 1:42 2/5. B-Dr. & Mrs. Cornelius A. Link (FL.). *Full to Livingston Street (G3P $435,140).
National Anthem (GB)--Amazing Truth by Proud Truth; AMAZING ANTHEM, f, 4, PIM, Mcl 25000, 4-26, 1 1/16mT, 1:46 . B-Nina H. Gardner (PA.).
Orientate--Triumphant Potion by Victory Gallop; KERUGMA, c, 4, LS, Msw, 4-25, 1m, 1:40 4/5. B-South Point Farms LLC (KY.).
Rockport Harbor--Lorettine by Cherokee Run; POSTOR, g, 4, ALB, Msw, 4-26, 5 1/2f, 1:05 4/5. B-Totem Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY.). $7,000 '11 KEENOV; $30,000 '12 OBSAUG; $50,000 2013 OBSAPR.
Sir Loren--Fourteen Candles by Louis Quatorze; DAWNYDAWN, f, 4, HAW, Mcl 17500, 4-26, 6f, 1:13 2/5. B-Randy Ray Wientjes (IL.).
Tribal Rule--Empty Purse by Corwyn Bay (IRE); BACKSEAT BLONDE, f, 4, LA, Mcl 3500, 4-25, 4 1/2f, :53 4/5. B-Baseline Equine LLC (CA.).
Brother Derek--Rosetotheoccasion by Carson City; FANCY SHOES, g, 5, SA, Mcl 20000, 4-26, 1 1/16m, 1:44 . B-Brereton C. Jones (KY.). $50,000 '10 KEENOV; $105,000 2012 BESMAR.
Cherokee's Boy--Mullingar by Roy; KEYS GARBOY, m, 5, PIM, Mcl 8000, 4-26, 1 1/16m, 1:51 2/5. B-Elizabeth Schultz (MD.).
Kela--Charming View by Salt Lake; LET IT BE FAMOUS, g, 5, TAM, Mcl 12500, 4-26, 7f, 1:26 2/5. B-Nuckols Farm, Inc. (KY.). $1,200 '11 KEEJAN.
Sligo Bay (IRE)--Rice Pudding by Doneraile Court; PECAN PIE, m, 5, WO, Msw, 4-26, 6 1/2f, 1:18 2/5. B-Box Arrow Farm & Gordon C. Colbourne (ON.). C$12,000 '11 ONTSEP.
Storm Victory--Regal Holdings by Regal Remark; REGAL LEGACY, g, 5, HST, Mcl 8000, 4-26, 6f, 1:12 2/5. B-Allan & Marion MacHaffie (BC.).

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Monday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Mountaineer   (5th) Princess Millie, 4-1
    (8th) Flash Glory, 3-1
Parx Racing   (1st) Tiara Gold, 3-1
    (6th) Great Illusion, 8-1
Thistledown   (4th) Lucky Place, 6-1
    (8th) Southern Rogue, 4-1
Turf Paradise   (2nd) Papa's Flashy Girl, 3-1
    (5th) Roxie Hart, 7-2

Sire Lists
LEADING SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB CFls StrsWnrs/% SWs/%SPI 2015
Earnings
1 Dubawi (IRE) 2002 7 723 133 39/29 12/9 2.41 $9,825,222
2 Tapit 2001 8 862 186 67/36 10/5 3.00 $5,695,655
3 Candy Ride (ARG) 1999 8 906 164 54/32 4/2 2.07 $4,362,970
4 Medaglia d'Oro 1999 8 1011 165 60/36 14/8 2.43 $3,954,245
5 Azamour (IRE) 2001 8 427 80 17/21 1/1 1.80 $3,892,501
6 Singspiel (IRE) 1992 15 1022 38 8/21 2/5 2.23 $3,827,406
7 Giant's Causeway 1997 12 1914 186 61/32 12/6 2.65 $3,277,645
8 Speightstown 1998 8 709 126 50/39 6/4 2.31 $2,776,216
9 Distorted Humor 1993 14 1244 131 59/45 4/3 2.72 $2,632,826
10 Ghostzapper 2000 7 520 91 28/30 5/5 2.49 $2,599,483

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Sire Lists
LEADING BROODMARE SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB DmsSps/% StsWnrs SWsBSPI ABSPI Earnings
1 Prospect Bay 1992 12 3/25 19 5 1 0.92 0.75 $6,201,000
2 A.P. Indy 1989 219 66/30 311 99 16 2.02 0.80 $5,367,428
3 Unbridled's Song 1993 215 56/26 290 88 6 1.66 0.85 $4,481,587
4 Indian Ridge (IRE) 1985 102 22/21 135 27 4 1.56 0.96 $4,326,467
5 Storm Cat 1983 253 69/27 331 81 11 2.04 0.81 $4,114,884
6 Highest Honor (FR) 1983 64 19/29 78 15 2 1.13 0.92 $4,110,540
7 Dixieland Band 1980 159 42/26 216 70 6 1.68 1.04 $3,468,434
8 Sadler's Wells 1981 260 89/34 318 68 5 2.17 1.12 $3,166,076
9 Not for Love 1990 82 17/20 112 30 0 1.21 0.75 $3,110,602
10 Deputy Minister 1979 165 42/25 229 80 5 1.96 1.01 $2,990,619
LEADING SECOND-CROP SIRES BY LIFETIME EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB FlsSts %StsWnrs %WnrSWs %SWEarnings
1 Lookin At Lucky 2007 114 54 47 29 25 5 4 $2,490,789
2 Quality Road 2006 128 69 53 27 21 3 2 $2,324,260
3 Munnings 2006 114 65 57 41 35 4 3 $2,321,550
4 Super Saver 2007 137 68 49 29 21 4 2 $2,164,280
5 Majesticperfection 2006 86 48 55 28 32 3 3 $1,791,887
6 Lope De Vega (IRE) 2007 71 64 90 32 45 5 7 $1,639,188
7 Temple City 2005 108 47 43 16 14 4 3 $1,491,348
8 Midshipman 2006 80 44 55 27 33 3 3 $1,468,466
9 Warrior's Reward 2006 116 68 58 28 24 1 0 $1,418,254
10 Line of David 2007 57 31 54 14 24 2 3 $1,325,655
LEADING THIRD-CROP SIRES BY LIFETIME EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB FlsSts %StsWnrs %WnrSWs %SWEarnings
1 Mastercraftsman (IRE) 2006 193 182 94 83 43 14 7 $8,204,970
2 Pioneerof the Nile 2006 167 102 61 56 33 7 4 $6,526,963
3 Sea the Stars (IRE) 2006 164 123 75 70 42 11 6 $6,004,625
4 Le Havre (IRE) 2006 169 114 67 46 27 7 4 $4,114,568
5 Old Fashioned 2006 171 98 57 55 32 5 2 $3,774,716
6 Colonel John 2005 206 128 62 67 32 3 1 $3,689,309
7 Thewayyouare 2005 120 94 78 43 35 4 3 $3,542,422
8 Dunkirk 2006 188 112 59 61 32 7 3 $3,280,852
9 Zensational 2006 147 96 65 62 42 3 2 $2,975,920
10 Two Step Salsa 2005 88 54 61 33 37 2 2 $2,769,381
LEADING ALL-WEATHER SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB StrSts WnrSWnr WnsSWns %WSEarnings
1 Shamardal 2002 47 109 15 8 23 13 21 $606,163
2 Invincible Spirit (IRE) 1997 70 155 18 12 23 14 15 $569,062
3 Candy Ride (ARG) 1999 17 33 8 1 9 1 27 $476,359
4 Elusive City 2000 71 169 21 13 29 16 17 $411,732
5 Dark Angel (IRE) 2005 49 100 17 10 22 15 22 $380,138
6 Oasis Dream (GB) 2000 45 120 12 7 16 11 13 $352,915
7 Cape Cross (IRE) 1994 43 81 13 9 16 12 20 $352,682
8 Dubawi (IRE) 2002 36 62 10 4 14 7 23 $321,336
9 Tribal Rule 1996 33 88 15 0 19 0 22 $305,692
10 Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) 2004 62 149 18 13 22 14 15 $301,374

(North American statistics in above lists updated through April 26)

EXPLANATION OF ABBREVIATIONS USED IN BLOODSTOCK JOURNAL SIRE LISTS

YB-Year of birth   C-Number of foal crops of racing age
Fls-Number of foals   Sts-Number of starters
%Str-Percentage of starters from foals   Wnrs-Number of winners
%Wnr-Percentage of winners from foals   SWs-Number of stakes winners
2yo-Number of two-year-old named foals   Dms-Number of dams
SPs-Number of stakes producers   %SP-Percentage of stakes producers
CumEarnings-Lifetime earnings   SPI-Sire Production Index
BSPI-Broodmare Sire Production Index   ABSPI-Adjusted Broodmare Sire Production Index
%SW-Percentage of stakes winners from foals   C2yo-Lifetime (cumulative) number of two-year-olds
CWnr-Lifetime (cumulative) number of two-year-old winners   CSW-Lifetime (cumulative) number of two-year-old stakes winners

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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.