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TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

Triple Crown News & Notes

International Star sidelined with bone chip

The Louisiana Derby will be International Star's last race for a while after an ankle chip was discovered Tuesday (Alexander Barkoff/Hodges Photography)

Louisiana Derby (G2) winner International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus) will miss the remainder of the Triple Crown series after a bone chip in his left front ankle was discovered Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs.

According to a posting on the Ramsey Farm Facebook page, International Star "will be off for 60 to 90 days to recover from surgery." He was shipped to the farm Tuesday.

International Star was scratched from the Kentucky Derby (G1) field Saturday morning due to soreness in the same foot where the ankle chip was later discovered.

Trainer by Mike Maker, International Star preceded his Louisiana Derby score with wins in the Risen Star (G2) and Lecomte (G3) over the same track.

Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line is scheduled to return to the track at Churchill Downs for a jog Wednesday, according to Carlos Santamaria, assistant to trainer Simon Callaghan.

The two horses he split in the Run for the Roses, American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and Dortmund (Big Brown), are scheduled for another walk day Wednesday with a return to the track Thursday.

"Everything is good here," Santamaria said of Firing Line (Line of David), who walked the shedrow for 30 minutes on a warm Kentucky morning. "He is feeling good and he is a happy horse."

Jim Barnes, assistant to trainer Bob Baffert, offered a similar report for American Pharoah and Dortmund.

Also scheduled to return to the track Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs is Mr. Z (Malibu Moon), who finished 13th in the Derby.

"We have talked, but so far no decision has been made," said trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a six-time Preakness winner whose most recent victory in the race came with Oxbow in 2013.

Mr. Z was ridden in the Derby by Ramon Vazquez, who also finished third on the colt in the Arkansas Derby (G1), also behind American Pharoah.

"We haven't gotten that far," Lukas said about whether Vazquez would retain the mount.

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International Star sidelined with bone chip

The Louisiana Derby will be International Star's last race for a while after an ankle chip was discovered Tuesday (Alexander Barkoff/Hodges Photography)

Louisiana Derby (G2) winner International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus) will miss the remainder of the Triple Crown series after a bone chip in his left front ankle was discovered Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs.

According to a posting on the Ramsey Farm Facebook page, International Star "will be off for 60 to 90 days to recover from surgery." He was shipped to the farm Tuesday.

International Star was scratched from the Kentucky Derby (G1) field Saturday morning due to soreness in the same foot where the ankle chip was later discovered.

Trainer by Mike Maker, International Star preceded his Louisiana Derby score with wins in the Risen Star (G2) and Lecomte (G3) over the same track.

Kentucky Derby runner-up Firing Line is scheduled to return to the track at Churchill Downs for a jog Wednesday, according to Carlos Santamaria, assistant to trainer Simon Callaghan.

The two horses he split in the Run for the Roses, American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and Dortmund (Big Brown), are scheduled for another walk day Wednesday with a return to the track Thursday.

"Everything is good here," Santamaria said of Firing Line (Line of David), who walked the shedrow for 30 minutes on a warm Kentucky morning. "He is feeling good and he is a happy horse."

Jim Barnes, assistant to trainer Bob Baffert, offered a similar report for American Pharoah and Dortmund.

Also scheduled to return to the track Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs is Mr. Z (Malibu Moon), who finished 13th in the Derby.

"We have talked, but so far no decision has been made," said trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a six-time Preakness winner whose most recent victory in the race came with Oxbow in 2013.

Mr. Z was ridden in the Derby by Ramon Vazquez, who also finished third on the colt in the Arkansas Derby (G1), also behind American Pharoah.

"We haven't gotten that far," Lukas said about whether Vazquez would retain the mount.

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Trainer Vitali has two for Preakness undercard

Lochte (orange cap) will be going for his second graded stakes win of the year in the Dixie (SV Photography)

Grade 1 winner Lochte (Medaglia d'Oro) and multiple stakes-winning three-year-old Bluegrass Singer (Bluegrass Cat) are poised to make their next starts May 16 at Pimlico on the undercard of the $1.5 million Preakness (G1).

Trainer Marcus Vitali said Tuesday morning he is pointing the five-year-old Lochte to the $300,000 Dixie (G2) and Bluegrass Singer to the $100,000 James W. Murphy for sophomores, both run on the Pimlico turf.

Pimlico will be the ninth different track in 25 lifetime starts for Lochte, who won two of five starts in the first three months of 2015 before getting a short break. Most recently he was seventh in the Appleton (G3) at Gulfstream Park on March 28.

"He's doing excellent. He just worked a good half-mile and he's coming into the race good," Vitali said. "I thought I'd give them all a little breather. They had a hard campaign. We're getting ready for the summer and we actually backed off everything for a while."

Lochte won the Gulfstream Park Turf H. (G1) and was second in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1) at Santa Anita in 2014. After returning to South Florida, he captured The Vid S. in September and the Tampa Bay (G3) in January.

"I'm expecting a great race out of him. I think it's suited for him," Vitali said. "We actually waited for this race and kind of pointed in that direction. So far, so good. If he stays healthy from now until then, we'll be there."

Bluegrass Singer has also made five starts this year, returning from nearly two months off to take the $75,000 Parx Derby May 2. It was the second career stakes win for the gelding following the Mucho Macho Man, formerly the Gulfstream Park Derby, January 3.

"It was a confidence booster for him. That was the plan," Vitali said. "We were going to go over for the Parx Derby. It was a little more distance than he likes, but I thought the company might have been a little easier. We let him go a mile and 70 yards in preparation for the Murphy."

The one-mile Murphy will be the second time on turf for Bluegrass Singer, who was second by 2 1/2 lengths in an allowance October 22 at Gulfstream Park West in his only other try on grass.

Bluegrass Singer was third in the Holy Bull (G2), sixth in the Fountain of Youth (G2) and fourth in the Swale (G2), all at Gulfstream, before his short vacation.

"I gave him a little bit of time off, too, but I wanted to get one race into him because he's a younger horse," Vitali said. "I ran him on the turf back at (Gulfstream Park West) and I think he had a lot of potential. He's just a good horse. Good horses, if they're right and happy, they run. I feel the Murphy will be a great spot for him."

Based at Monmouth Park for the summer, Vitali said his horses should arrive at Pimlico by next Wednesday. Last year Vitali sent out Allstar (Flower Alley) to a fourth-place finish in the Murphy.

"They should get there three or four days ahead of time so they can train up there and get a look at the track," Vitali said. "(Bluegrass Singer) is a much better horse (than Allstar), I believe. I think we're going to see a lot more from him this year, as long as he stays healthy."

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Trainer Vitali has two for Preakness undercard

Lochte (orange cap) will be going for his second graded stakes win of the year in the Dixie (SV Photography)

Grade 1 winner Lochte (Medaglia d'Oro) and multiple stakes-winning three-year-old Bluegrass Singer (Bluegrass Cat) are poised to make their next starts May 16 at Pimlico on the undercard of the $1.5 million Preakness (G1).

Trainer Marcus Vitali said Tuesday morning he is pointing the five-year-old Lochte to the $300,000 Dixie (G2) and Bluegrass Singer to the $100,000 James W. Murphy for sophomores, both run on the Pimlico turf.

Pimlico will be the ninth different track in 25 lifetime starts for Lochte, who won two of five starts in the first three months of 2015 before getting a short break. Most recently he was seventh in the Appleton (G3) at Gulfstream Park on March 28.

"He's doing excellent. He just worked a good half-mile and he's coming into the race good," Vitali said. "I thought I'd give them all a little breather. They had a hard campaign. We're getting ready for the summer and we actually backed off everything for a while."

Lochte won the Gulfstream Park Turf H. (G1) and was second in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1) at Santa Anita in 2014. After returning to South Florida, he captured The Vid S. in September and the Tampa Bay (G3) in January.

"I'm expecting a great race out of him. I think it's suited for him," Vitali said. "We actually waited for this race and kind of pointed in that direction. So far, so good. If he stays healthy from now until then, we'll be there."

Bluegrass Singer has also made five starts this year, returning from nearly two months off to take the $75,000 Parx Derby May 2. It was the second career stakes win for the gelding following the Mucho Macho Man, formerly the Gulfstream Park Derby, January 3.

"It was a confidence booster for him. That was the plan," Vitali said. "We were going to go over for the Parx Derby. It was a little more distance than he likes, but I thought the company might have been a little easier. We let him go a mile and 70 yards in preparation for the Murphy."

The one-mile Murphy will be the second time on turf for Bluegrass Singer, who was second by 2 1/2 lengths in an allowance October 22 at Gulfstream Park West in his only other try on grass.

Bluegrass Singer was third in the Holy Bull (G2), sixth in the Fountain of Youth (G2) and fourth in the Swale (G2), all at Gulfstream, before his short vacation.

"I gave him a little bit of time off, too, but I wanted to get one race into him because he's a younger horse," Vitali said. "I ran him on the turf back at (Gulfstream Park West) and I think he had a lot of potential. He's just a good horse. Good horses, if they're right and happy, they run. I feel the Murphy will be a great spot for him."

Based at Monmouth Park for the summer, Vitali said his horses should arrive at Pimlico by next Wednesday. Last year Vitali sent out Allstar (Flower Alley) to a fourth-place finish in the Murphy.

"They should get there three or four days ahead of time so they can train up there and get a look at the track," Vitali said. "(Bluegrass Singer) is a much better horse (than Allstar), I believe. I think we're going to see a lot more from him this year, as long as he stays healthy."

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Kid Cruz aiming for Pimlico Special

Kid Cruz earned his signature win in the 2014 Dwyer (Adam Coglianese Photography)

Kid Cruz (Lemon Drop Kid) is set for a return to Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 15, a year after competing in the 2014 Preakness (G1).

The Linda Rice-trained four-year-old is scheduled for an attempt to make amends for a sub-par performance in the Preakness last year in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3), the historic 1 3/16-mile event for three-year-olds and up.

Kid Cruz, who finished eighth in the Preakness after winning the Federico Tesio over the Pimlico main track, subsequently held his own against the top three-year-olds of 2014 while winning the Easy Goer and the Dwyer (G3) at Belmont, before finishing third in the Jim Dandy (G2) and fourth in the Travers (G1) at Saratoga.

"He didn't come into the Preakness as well as we would have liked. The way he did perform, it kind of made sense because things didn't go smoothly into that race," said Rice, noting Kid Cruz had some minor foot issues. "We were disappointed of course. We were hoping things would go the right way, but things were not going smoothly into that race, so we just threw it out."

Kid Cruz came out of the Travers with a bone chip in the upper knee joint in his left front leg and underwent surgery to remove it before going to the sidelines until February. Kid Cruz finished sixth off the bench in the Evening Attire over the Aqueduct inner track on February 22 before showing vast improvement with a late-closing second in a mile allowance over the Aqueduct main track on April 1.

"We were very happy with his last race. It was a little short for him, but he really was running real well late and he galloped out real strong," Rice said Tuesday morning from her Belmont Park headquarters. "I'm hoping we have him back on track and we're excited to try him in the Pimlico Special."

Rice and Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds claimed Kid Cruz for $50,000 out of a six-length maiden victory at Aqueduct on November 22, 2013. Former owner Black Swan Stable subsequently reached a deal with the new owner to buy back a minority interest in the Kentucky-bred colt.

"He ran a nice race the day we took him, so we were pretty happy with the claim right away," Rice said. "Then during the next 30 to 60 days I could see a continual improvement in the horse. We claimed him in November and I went ahead and nominated him to the Triple Crown in January, so by then I was pretty excited about how he was progressing."

Rice is hopeful that Kid Cruz will come back stronger and better for his four-year-old campaign.

"I think the Pimlico Special will be a real telling point for us," she said.

Nominations for the Pimlico Special, the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2), the $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff (G3), the $150,000 Miss Preakness (G3), and three other stakes on the May 15 card are scheduled to close at the end of the day on Tuesday.

Kid Cruz is likely to clash in the Pimlico Special with Page McKenney (Eavesdropper), a multiple-stakes winner who finished third in the Charles Town Classic (G2) in his most recent start; and Transparent (Bernardini), the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained veteran stakes performer who captured an allowance last time out. Other candidates include Tapiture (Tapit), Albano (Istan) and Turco Bravo (Caesarion).

The Bob Baffert-trained Luminance (Tale of the Cat) is scheduled to run in the Black-Eyed Susan, a 1 1/8-mile stakes for three-year-old fillies. Luminance finished second in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) last time out after winning the first two starts of her career for Kaleem Shah, owner of Kentucky Derby (G1) third-place finisher and strong Preakness candidate Dortmund (Big Brown). Lightly-raced Ahh Chocolate (Candy Ride) is being pointed to the Black-Eyed Susan by trainer Neil Howard after she won the first two starts of her career, including a first-level allowance at Keeneland while stretching out around two turns last time out.

Divine Dawn (Divine Park), a recent second in the Beaumont (G2) at Keeneland, is a prominent candidate for the Miss Preakness, a six-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies. Trained by Larry Jones, who saddled Lovely Maria (Majesticperfection) to victory in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) last Friday, Divine Dawn was also nominated to the Black-Eyed Susan.

The Jones-trained Blue Violet is a prime candidate for the Allaire DuPont Distaff, a 1 1/8-mile event for fillies and mares. Stakes-winning Blue Violet (Curlin) finished third in the Doubledogdare (G3) at Keeneland last time out. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin nominated four horses, including undefeated Via Strata (Street Cry), graded stakes winner Wedding Toast (Street Sense), recent allowance winner Easy Living (Big Brown) and Samantha Nicole (Medaglia d'Oro), the full sister to 2009 Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra.

The four graded stakes on May 15 will be supported on the card by the $100,000 Skipat at six furlongs for fillies and mares; the $100,000 Hilltop at 1 1/16 miles on turf for three-year-old fillies; and the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint at five furlongs.

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Kid Cruz aiming for Pimlico Special

Kid Cruz earned his signature win in the 2014 Dwyer (Adam Coglianese Photography)

Kid Cruz (Lemon Drop Kid) is set for a return to Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan Day, May 15, a year after competing in the 2014 Preakness (G1).

The Linda Rice-trained four-year-old is scheduled for an attempt to make amends for a sub-par performance in the Preakness last year in the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3), the historic 1 3/16-mile event for three-year-olds and up.

Kid Cruz, who finished eighth in the Preakness after winning the Federico Tesio over the Pimlico main track, subsequently held his own against the top three-year-olds of 2014 while winning the Easy Goer and the Dwyer (G3) at Belmont, before finishing third in the Jim Dandy (G2) and fourth in the Travers (G1) at Saratoga.

"He didn't come into the Preakness as well as we would have liked. The way he did perform, it kind of made sense because things didn't go smoothly into that race," said Rice, noting Kid Cruz had some minor foot issues. "We were disappointed of course. We were hoping things would go the right way, but things were not going smoothly into that race, so we just threw it out."

Kid Cruz came out of the Travers with a bone chip in the upper knee joint in his left front leg and underwent surgery to remove it before going to the sidelines until February. Kid Cruz finished sixth off the bench in the Evening Attire over the Aqueduct inner track on February 22 before showing vast improvement with a late-closing second in a mile allowance over the Aqueduct main track on April 1.

"We were very happy with his last race. It was a little short for him, but he really was running real well late and he galloped out real strong," Rice said Tuesday morning from her Belmont Park headquarters. "I'm hoping we have him back on track and we're excited to try him in the Pimlico Special."

Rice and Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds claimed Kid Cruz for $50,000 out of a six-length maiden victory at Aqueduct on November 22, 2013. Former owner Black Swan Stable subsequently reached a deal with the new owner to buy back a minority interest in the Kentucky-bred colt.

"He ran a nice race the day we took him, so we were pretty happy with the claim right away," Rice said. "Then during the next 30 to 60 days I could see a continual improvement in the horse. We claimed him in November and I went ahead and nominated him to the Triple Crown in January, so by then I was pretty excited about how he was progressing."

Rice is hopeful that Kid Cruz will come back stronger and better for his four-year-old campaign.

"I think the Pimlico Special will be a real telling point for us," she said.

Nominations for the Pimlico Special, the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2), the $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff (G3), the $150,000 Miss Preakness (G3), and three other stakes on the May 15 card are scheduled to close at the end of the day on Tuesday.

Kid Cruz is likely to clash in the Pimlico Special with Page McKenney (Eavesdropper), a multiple-stakes winner who finished third in the Charles Town Classic (G2) in his most recent start; and Transparent (Bernardini), the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained veteran stakes performer who captured an allowance last time out. Other candidates include Tapiture (Tapit), Albano (Istan) and Turco Bravo (Caesarion).

The Bob Baffert-trained Luminance (Tale of the Cat) is scheduled to run in the Black-Eyed Susan, a 1 1/8-mile stakes for three-year-old fillies. Luminance finished second in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) last time out after winning the first two starts of her career for Kaleem Shah, owner of Kentucky Derby (G1) third-place finisher and strong Preakness candidate Dortmund (Big Brown). Lightly-raced Ahh Chocolate (Candy Ride) is being pointed to the Black-Eyed Susan by trainer Neil Howard after she won the first two starts of her career, including a first-level allowance at Keeneland while stretching out around two turns last time out.

Divine Dawn (Divine Park), a recent second in the Beaumont (G2) at Keeneland, is a prominent candidate for the Miss Preakness, a six-furlong sprint for three-year-old fillies. Trained by Larry Jones, who saddled Lovely Maria (Majesticperfection) to victory in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) last Friday, Divine Dawn was also nominated to the Black-Eyed Susan.

The Jones-trained Blue Violet is a prime candidate for the Allaire DuPont Distaff, a 1 1/8-mile event for fillies and mares. Stakes-winning Blue Violet (Curlin) finished third in the Doubledogdare (G3) at Keeneland last time out. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin nominated four horses, including undefeated Via Strata (Street Cry), graded stakes winner Wedding Toast (Street Sense), recent allowance winner Easy Living (Big Brown) and Samantha Nicole (Medaglia d'Oro), the full sister to 2009 Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra.

The four graded stakes on May 15 will be supported on the card by the $100,000 Skipat at six furlongs for fillies and mares; the $100,000 Hilltop at 1 1/16 miles on turf for three-year-old fillies; and the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint at five furlongs.

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Triple Crown News & Notes

Stanford confirmed for Preakness

Stanford (right) and International Star, last seen fighting out the finish of the Louisiana Derby, were both scratched from the Kentucky Derby (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)
The owners of Stanford (Malibu Moon) notified Maryland Jockey Club officials Monday that the Todd Pletcher-trained colt is a 'go' for the $1.5 million Preakness (G1) at Pimlico May 16.

Runner-up in the Louisiana Derby (G2), Stanford was entered in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1) but was scratched last Thursday.

Also under consideration for the 140th Preakness are Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon), a troubled fifth in the Derby; Divining Rod (Tapit), who captured the Lexington S. (G3) at Keeneland on April 11; Mr. Z (Malibu Moon), who ran into traffic during a 13th-place Derby finish; Louisiana Derby victor International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus), who was scratched from the Derby with a minor foot injury; and Bodhisattva (Student Council), the winner of the Federico Tesio S. at Pimlico on April 18.

Lael Stables' Divining Rod is based at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland, and trainer Arnaud Delacour said Monday that he is expected to challenge Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

"The horse is doing very well. He breezed on Saturday and right now I am leaning toward the Preakness," Delacour said. "I think he's great. I don't want to jinx myself, but at the moment he's doing very well. He has matured quite a bit and he understands more now what's going on."

Second by a neck in the Sam F. Davis (G3) and third in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) this winter, Divining Rod rated off the pace before drawing away to a three-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile Lexington, his first stakes win.

"The race in the Lexington was a very good confidence booster for him," Delacour said. "I think he put it all together, that he needed to relax and finish, and I think that really helped him.

Divining Rod has had two works at Fair Hill since the Lexington, both five furlongs, including a breeze over the dirt track in 1:00 4/5 on Derby day, second-fastest of 18 horses.

"He started nice and easy, he was relaxed and he really kicked on at the end," Delacour said. "That's the kind of work that you like to see when you go to a race that's going longer. I was very pleased with it."

Delacour said Divining Rod will work once more this weekend at Fair Hill for the 1 3/16-mile Preakness, which could draw as many as six horses from the Derby including second and third-place finishers Firing Line (Line of David) and Dortmund (Big Brown).

Divining Rod, another possible new shooter, exits a career best in the Lexington (Coady Photography)
Julien Leparoux rode Divining Rod in the Lexington. In the Derby, Leparoux was aboard John Oxley's Danzig Moon, one of the horses under Preakness consideration.

"The first three horses I would say are going to be very tough to take on, but the thing is they all had a pretty hard race," Delacour said. "They all had to fight for it. I didn't see any of them having to do it easy, so I hope that they're going to maybe be a little bit tired coming back in two weeks."

Laurel Park based owner-trainer Jose Corrales has not ruled out a possible start in the Preakness for Federico Tesio winner Bodhisattva.

Bred in California, Bodhisattva is a sophomore son of multiple graded stakes winner Student Council, whose Grade 1 wins include the 2008 Pimlico Special, also run at the Preakness distance.

"If the possibility comes, I think I will probably run," Corrales said Monday. "I will not run a horse just to run the horse. If I don't feel a horse can run in the first three, why run? That's the way I think."

Corrales entered and scratched Bodhisattva from the $75,000 Parx Derby on May 2 and instead breezed the horse seven furlongs in 1:29 at Laurel, his first work since winning the 1 1/16-mile Tesio by 1 1/2 lengths over Noteworthy Peach (Read the Footnotes).

"I think this horse improved from that race. He just keeps improving every time. I think now I've got him where I want him," Corrales said. "The reason why I scratched him at Parx was because it was too early to run him back and I wanted to work him before I decide what's going to happen.

"He worked the way I wanted to," he said. "I put another horse at the half-mile pole and he was coming from behind to catch up with the other horse, a fresh horse, from the half-mile pole and he beat the other horse easy. I think he's 90 percent of where I want him. If he had run in the stakes the other day he would have been 80 percent. I think he's still going to get better."

Bred by Andy Stronach, son of The Stronach Group founder and chairman Frank Stronach, Bodhisattva was among the early nominations to the Triple Crown. He ran second in the Private Terms in March at Laurel and fifth in the Remsen (G2) for two-year-olds last fall at Aqueduct.

"You start nominating a horse for the Triple Crown, sometimes just to see what could happen, like winning the lottery. Pretty soon you hit a number and then you hit another number and maybe you win the lottery," Corrales said. "You dream, and people just wish to be in those kinds of races once. They pay a lot of money to get the chance to be in one of those races one day. I have a chance. You never know. Even if he loses, you still go on with life."

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Stanford confirmed for Preakness

Stanford (right) and International Star, last seen fighting out the finish of the Louisiana Derby, were both scratched from the Kentucky Derby (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)
The owners of Stanford (Malibu Moon) notified Maryland Jockey Club officials Monday that the Todd Pletcher-trained colt is a 'go' for the $1.5 million Preakness (G1) at Pimlico May 16.

Runner-up in the Louisiana Derby (G2), Stanford was entered in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1) but was scratched last Thursday.

Also under consideration for the 140th Preakness are Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon), a troubled fifth in the Derby; Divining Rod (Tapit), who captured the Lexington S. (G3) at Keeneland on April 11; Mr. Z (Malibu Moon), who ran into traffic during a 13th-place Derby finish; Louisiana Derby victor International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus), who was scratched from the Derby with a minor foot injury; and Bodhisattva (Student Council), the winner of the Federico Tesio S. at Pimlico on April 18.

Lael Stables' Divining Rod is based at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland, and trainer Arnaud Delacour said Monday that he is expected to challenge Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

"The horse is doing very well. He breezed on Saturday and right now I am leaning toward the Preakness," Delacour said. "I think he's great. I don't want to jinx myself, but at the moment he's doing very well. He has matured quite a bit and he understands more now what's going on."

Second by a neck in the Sam F. Davis (G3) and third in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) this winter, Divining Rod rated off the pace before drawing away to a three-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile Lexington, his first stakes win.

"The race in the Lexington was a very good confidence booster for him," Delacour said. "I think he put it all together, that he needed to relax and finish, and I think that really helped him.

Divining Rod has had two works at Fair Hill since the Lexington, both five furlongs, including a breeze over the dirt track in 1:00 4/5 on Derby day, second-fastest of 18 horses.

"He started nice and easy, he was relaxed and he really kicked on at the end," Delacour said. "That's the kind of work that you like to see when you go to a race that's going longer. I was very pleased with it."

Delacour said Divining Rod will work once more this weekend at Fair Hill for the 1 3/16-mile Preakness, which could draw as many as six horses from the Derby including second and third-place finishers Firing Line (Line of David) and Dortmund (Big Brown).

Divining Rod, another possible new shooter, exits a career best in the Lexington (Coady Photography)
Julien Leparoux rode Divining Rod in the Lexington. In the Derby, Leparoux was aboard John Oxley's Danzig Moon, one of the horses under Preakness consideration.

"The first three horses I would say are going to be very tough to take on, but the thing is they all had a pretty hard race," Delacour said. "They all had to fight for it. I didn't see any of them having to do it easy, so I hope that they're going to maybe be a little bit tired coming back in two weeks."

Laurel Park based owner-trainer Jose Corrales has not ruled out a possible start in the Preakness for Federico Tesio winner Bodhisattva.

Bred in California, Bodhisattva is a sophomore son of multiple graded stakes winner Student Council, whose Grade 1 wins include the 2008 Pimlico Special, also run at the Preakness distance.

"If the possibility comes, I think I will probably run," Corrales said Monday. "I will not run a horse just to run the horse. If I don't feel a horse can run in the first three, why run? That's the way I think."

Corrales entered and scratched Bodhisattva from the $75,000 Parx Derby on May 2 and instead breezed the horse seven furlongs in 1:29 at Laurel, his first work since winning the 1 1/16-mile Tesio by 1 1/2 lengths over Noteworthy Peach (Read the Footnotes).

"I think this horse improved from that race. He just keeps improving every time. I think now I've got him where I want him," Corrales said. "The reason why I scratched him at Parx was because it was too early to run him back and I wanted to work him before I decide what's going to happen.

"He worked the way I wanted to," he said. "I put another horse at the half-mile pole and he was coming from behind to catch up with the other horse, a fresh horse, from the half-mile pole and he beat the other horse easy. I think he's 90 percent of where I want him. If he had run in the stakes the other day he would have been 80 percent. I think he's still going to get better."

Bred by Andy Stronach, son of The Stronach Group founder and chairman Frank Stronach, Bodhisattva was among the early nominations to the Triple Crown. He ran second in the Private Terms in March at Laurel and fifth in the Remsen (G2) for two-year-olds last fall at Aqueduct.

"You start nominating a horse for the Triple Crown, sometimes just to see what could happen, like winning the lottery. Pretty soon you hit a number and then you hit another number and maybe you win the lottery," Corrales said. "You dream, and people just wish to be in those kinds of races once. They pay a lot of money to get the chance to be in one of those races one day. I have a chance. You never know. Even if he loses, you still go on with life."

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Firing Line takes tough Derby loss in stride

Derby runner-up Firing Line (right, in pink silks) bounced back quickly from his exertions (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line (Line of David) seemed to enjoy the peace and quiet surrounding Barn 42 on the Churchill Downs backstretch Monday morning as assistant trainer Carlos Santamaria walked the Preakness Stakes (G1) hopeful under the shedrow for approximately 30 minutes.

The sophomore, who put up a courageous fight in the homestretch before finishing just a length behind American Pharoah in second place in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), looked like the picture of health with not the slightest nick visible on the legs that had pushed the Bob Baffert-trained favorite to the limit in a memorable stretch run.

"He's doing really well. Even the first day after the race, he was in his stall always looking for something to eat. He never lost his appetite," said Santamaria, assistant to trainer Simon Callaghan, who returned to southern California to check on his stable at Santa Anita.

"For most horses to run that kind of race, it takes them a couple days to recover. With him, it was just another horse race."

The 141st Kentucky Derby was anything but "just another horse race" for the connections of Zayat Stables' American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and Firing Line, as well as the 170,000 people who witnessed the memorable stretch battle on track.

Firing Line, who had finished second behind Dortmund (Big Brown) in both the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) and the Robert Lewis (G2) before romping to a 14 1/4-length victory in the Sunland Park Derby (G3), loomed as a win threat in the Derby right up until the closing yards of the 1 1/4-mile first leg of the Triple Crown.

"Disappointed? Not for me. Not for us. It's just for the horse. He didn't deserve to lose. Maybe even if the horse, American Pharoah, that won the race were to lose, he wouldn't have deserved to lose because both horses ran a huge race," Santamaria said.

"Too bad we couldn't have two winners in the same race, unless it's a dead-heat, but 99 percent of the time there is just one winner. We know we have a chance in the next race. We'll see."

Firing Line is housed in Stall 1 of Barn 42, which has not been the home to any recent Kentucky Derby winners, but in the early 1990s, it was the place to be for the Preakness. Hansel had the stall in 1991 and Pine Bluff was there a year later for the Derby. Both lost in the Derby but won two weeks later in Baltimore.

American Pharoah, Firing Line and Kaleem Shah's Dortmund are being pointed to the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico on May 16. All are scheduled to remain at Churchill Downs until flying to Baltimore on Wednesday, May 13.

The Baffert-trained duo of American Pharoah and Dortmund walked the shedrow at Barn 33 at Churchill Downs. While American Pharoah and Dortmund enjoyed a leisurely morning, there was still plenty of activity for the Baffert crew.

After the morning renovation break, Kaleem Shah's Luminance worked six furlongs in 1:13 under Chris Landeros. Runner-up in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) in her most recent start, Luminance is considered as a probable starter in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) on May 15 at Pimlico.

Meanwhile, trainer D. Wayne Lukas hoped that a Preakness run is in the cards for Mr. Z (Malibu Moon), the 13th-place finisher in the Derby, who is also owned by the Zayat Stables.

"I haven't talked to Mr. (Ahmed) Zayat, but we will get together," Lukas said. "My vote would be to go. He never got a chance to run. We were the whipping boy, but you get that in an 18-horse field."

Lukas plans to be in Baltimore for Preakness weekend with runners expected in several undercard stakes both days.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin notified Maryland Jockey Club officials Monday morning that Transparent (Bernardini) is being pointed to the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) on May 15. The five-year-old is coming off an optional claiming allowance victory at Keeneland.

The Ackerley Brothers Farm's Bold Conquest (Curlin), considered as a possible starter in the $100,000 Sir Barton at 1 1/16 miles on the Preakness undercard, worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 early Monday morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Steve Asmussen.

That was the same time turned in by his champion stablemate Untapable (Tapit), who was a 2 1/2-length winner of the Apple Blossom H. (G1) in her latest.

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Firing Line takes tough Derby loss in stride

Derby runner-up Firing Line (right, in pink silks) bounced back quickly from his exertions (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line (Line of David) seemed to enjoy the peace and quiet surrounding Barn 42 on the Churchill Downs backstretch Monday morning as assistant trainer Carlos Santamaria walked the Preakness Stakes (G1) hopeful under the shedrow for approximately 30 minutes.

The sophomore, who put up a courageous fight in the homestretch before finishing just a length behind American Pharoah in second place in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), looked like the picture of health with not the slightest nick visible on the legs that had pushed the Bob Baffert-trained favorite to the limit in a memorable stretch run.

"He's doing really well. Even the first day after the race, he was in his stall always looking for something to eat. He never lost his appetite," said Santamaria, assistant to trainer Simon Callaghan, who returned to southern California to check on his stable at Santa Anita.

"For most horses to run that kind of race, it takes them a couple days to recover. With him, it was just another horse race."

The 141st Kentucky Derby was anything but "just another horse race" for the connections of Zayat Stables' American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and Firing Line, as well as the 170,000 people who witnessed the memorable stretch battle on track.

Firing Line, who had finished second behind Dortmund (Big Brown) in both the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) and the Robert Lewis (G2) before romping to a 14 1/4-length victory in the Sunland Park Derby (G3), loomed as a win threat in the Derby right up until the closing yards of the 1 1/4-mile first leg of the Triple Crown.

"Disappointed? Not for me. Not for us. It's just for the horse. He didn't deserve to lose. Maybe even if the horse, American Pharoah, that won the race were to lose, he wouldn't have deserved to lose because both horses ran a huge race," Santamaria said.

"Too bad we couldn't have two winners in the same race, unless it's a dead-heat, but 99 percent of the time there is just one winner. We know we have a chance in the next race. We'll see."

Firing Line is housed in Stall 1 of Barn 42, which has not been the home to any recent Kentucky Derby winners, but in the early 1990s, it was the place to be for the Preakness. Hansel had the stall in 1991 and Pine Bluff was there a year later for the Derby. Both lost in the Derby but won two weeks later in Baltimore.

American Pharoah, Firing Line and Kaleem Shah's Dortmund are being pointed to the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico on May 16. All are scheduled to remain at Churchill Downs until flying to Baltimore on Wednesday, May 13.

The Baffert-trained duo of American Pharoah and Dortmund walked the shedrow at Barn 33 at Churchill Downs. While American Pharoah and Dortmund enjoyed a leisurely morning, there was still plenty of activity for the Baffert crew.

After the morning renovation break, Kaleem Shah's Luminance worked six furlongs in 1:13 under Chris Landeros. Runner-up in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) in her most recent start, Luminance is considered as a probable starter in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) on May 15 at Pimlico.

Meanwhile, trainer D. Wayne Lukas hoped that a Preakness run is in the cards for Mr. Z (Malibu Moon), the 13th-place finisher in the Derby, who is also owned by the Zayat Stables.

"I haven't talked to Mr. (Ahmed) Zayat, but we will get together," Lukas said. "My vote would be to go. He never got a chance to run. We were the whipping boy, but you get that in an 18-horse field."

Lukas plans to be in Baltimore for Preakness weekend with runners expected in several undercard stakes both days.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin notified Maryland Jockey Club officials Monday morning that Transparent (Bernardini) is being pointed to the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) on May 15. The five-year-old is coming off an optional claiming allowance victory at Keeneland.

The Ackerley Brothers Farm's Bold Conquest (Curlin), considered as a possible starter in the $100,000 Sir Barton at 1 1/16 miles on the Preakness undercard, worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 early Monday morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Steve Asmussen.

That was the same time turned in by his champion stablemate Untapable (Tapit), who was a 2 1/2-length winner of the Apple Blossom H. (G1) in her latest.

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In brief

U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) romper Mubtaahij (Dubawi), who was supposed to head back to Newmarket following his eighth in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), will instead advance to the Belmont S. (G1), Daily Racing Form's Marcus Hersh reports. The Mike de Kock trainee is expected to ship from Churchill Downs to New York in about a week or so...

Brazilian Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year Bal a Bali (Put It Back) is scheduled to make his U.S. debut in Saturday's American S. (G3) over a grassy mile at Santa Anita. "He's terrific," Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said. "Training like a billion dollars -- a million wouldn't be enough." The once-beaten star has made a remarkable recovery from laminitis that developed shortly after his arrival in the United States last summer...

Sent off the outsider of the field following her latest uninspiring performance when eighth in the March 29 Park Express S. (Ire-G3) over a mile, Iveagh Gardens (Mastercraftsman) at least had a love of testing conditions in her favor in Monday's Athasi (Ire-G3) at The Currgah, and that proved decisive as she took a leap forward to upset the returning Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-G1) heroine Found (Galileo). Second in the Grosser Preis der Deutschen Bank over seven furlonngs at Hanover in October, the bay had run 11th in the Prix Ceres, also over seven, at Fontainebleau the following month prior to her comeback effort in the Park Express, but connections ploughed on in the belief that there was something in the tank. Settled in fourth early shielded against the wind on the fence, she was angled out inside the last quarter-mile, but was last with 150 yards to race as Ryan Moore made a seemingly winning attack on Found up ahead. Finding a surge there, she readily inhaled that favorite 100 yards later en route to a decisive success. "She's a filly I always liked and I always thought there was a good day in her," jockey Niall McCullagh said. "I got a good tow and when I got out, she was electric." Found's trainer, Aidan O'Brien, said, "She ran a lovely race on heavy winter ground. We were close to not running her, but we had our eye on the (May 24) Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) and so we felt we had to run. She traveled up lovely and just got a little bit tired, so you'd have to be happy. A lot could come, as we have been minding her and taking it gently and we very much have our eye on the autumn with her."...

Successful in the Ballysax S. (Ire-G3) staged at Navan last April and promoted to first when initially runner-up in Leopardstown's Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (Ire-G3) in May, Fascinating Rock (Fastnet Rock) had run eighth in the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) and went on the shelf after finishing last of five in the Irish equivalent at The Curragh in June. Returning to annex the Heritage S. over a mile back at Leopardstown April 15, the bay took advantage of a poorly-contested renewal of the Mooresbridge S. (Ire-G3) at The Curragh on Monday to add another black-type success to his tally. Settled in second early, the 2-5 crowd's choice rolled to the front with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and saw off his only serious rival, Parish Hall (Teofilo), to score with authority. "He is mature mentally now and I thought he did it very well on deep ground," rider Pat Smullen commented. "Parish Hall is a fair yardstick and he made me work, but I think on better conditions he'd be even better again."...

Having surrendered his unbeaten record to Silverwave (Silver Frost) in the Prix la Force (Fr-G3) April 6, Epicuris (Rail Link) bids to restore his air of supremacy in Tuesday's Prix Greffulhe (Fr-G2) at Saint-Cloud. Taken on for the lead last time and tending to over-race as a result, last year's Prix de Conde (Fr-G3) and Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-G1) winner has just three rivals to contend with including a member of the Andre Fabre brigade in Untold Secret (Shamardal). Successful on a record 11 occasions in this race, the undisputed champion of Chantilly has singled out Godolphin's son of the 2006 Prix de Diane (Fr-G1) heroine Confidential Lady as his representative this time. Still a maiden after two starts, he has obviously shown Fabre some sparkle at home to warrant this outing, having been nosed out in a maiden by the Freddie Head-trained Andalou (Dubawi) over 10 furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte April 17. Sumbal (Danehill Dancer) is two-for-two entering this test and deserves the chance to advertise his Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-G1) claims after his latest five-length score at this distance at Compiegne April 4...

Christophermarlowe (Tapit), the unbeaten winner of the Derby Trial at Epsom April 22, is among the 14 entries for Saturday's Derby Trial at Lingfield. "Christophermarlowe goes to Lingfield on Saturday for the Derby Trial," trainer John Gosden said. "We've put him in the Chester Vase ([Eng-G3) on Thursday) as well, but he'd only run there if it was a monsoon at Lingfield." Christophermarlowe, who is a general 16-1 for the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1), could face up to five from Ballydoyle, including the stakes-placed winner Order of St George (Galileo), and the entries also include Future Empire (New Approach), twice group-placed and second to Christophermarlowe at Epsom; and recent 10-furlong maiden winner Storm the Stars (Sea The Stars). Aidan O'Brien's Fillies' Mile (Eng-G1) winner Together Forever (Galileo) headlines the Oaks Trial on the same card, and the Ballydoyle master has also entered Wedding Vow (Galileo), second to Saturday's One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) scorer Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer) in the Victor McCalmont S. April 26...

The Dermot Weld-trained Zawraq (Shamardal), a general 10-1 for the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) on the back of an eye-catching score in the Two Thousand Guineas Trial at Leopardstown April 12, could skip Sunday's Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (Ire-G3) if the ground is too soft, Weld told At the Races. Zawraq's regular rider, Pat Smullen, will also be serving a suspension this weekend, and that could also affect the decision. "We will make a decision during the week about Zawraq," Weld said. "We will see what the weather does and what the ground is like. He could run in the Irish (Two Thousand) Guineas ([Ire-G1] May 23). There's been no decision yet." Weld added, "The fact Pat can't ride him affects our thinking slightly, but the main thing is the weather. We'll see how soft the ground is and see how he works this week. He's been satisfying me at home, but he's very laid back."...

Giovanni Canaletto (Galileo), a 14-1 shot for the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) for trainer Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore partners, has been ruled out of Thursday's Chester Vase (Eng-G3) by his conditioner after returning a dirty scope Monday. "Unfortunately, Giovanni Canaletto didn't scope clean this morning and won't be traveling to Chester," O'Brien told Racing Post. "It's a bad time to have such a hold-up, so we'll have to wait and see. We have other entries in the Vase and will probably run one or two." Giovanni Canaletto has started twice, and was last seen breaking his maiden by 6 1/2 lengths at Leopardstown in October...

Last year's Cartier champion two-year-old filly Tiggy Wiggy (Kodiac), a brave third in the One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) Sunday after carving out the pace, is set for a return to sprinting. "I was very proud of Tiggy Wiggy," trainer Richard Hannon said. "We were dipping our toes into unknown territory and she came home with her head held high. You can't say that she didn't stay the mile, but it was only her class that kept her going. We need to make full use of her electric early speed, so it's back to sprinting." Hannon pointed to Royal Ascot, and then some of Europe's top sprints against older males, as targets for the three-year-old. "The Commonwealth Cup (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot is the obvious target, and there are far more opportunities available in the second half of the season, races like the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-G1) at Deauville, the Nunthorpe (Eng-G1), Haydock Sprint Cup (Eng-G1) and Prix de l'Abbaye (Fr-G1). It could be an exciting summer," Hannon said...

Churchill Downs will host a unique live concert experience this fall. See O.A.R. live on stage with guests Allen Stone & Brynn Elliott under the Twin Spires on Wednesday, September 9, at the start of September racing at the track. "Music has had a presence at the home of the Kentucky Derby since our track's earliest days, and we're excited to partner with Live Nation to renew that tradition with this exciting appearance by O.A.R.," said Ryan Jordan, General Manager of Churchill Downs. "Our Plaza stage offers an intimate and comfortable setting that's perfect for both a special evening for O.A.R. and its fans and a wonderful return of live music to Churchill Downs." On their eighth studio album, The Rockville LP, the shape-shifting rock band found that returning home triggered a journey of creative renewal and inspiration. "This isn't about us going back to our musical roots per se," says lead singer Marc Roberge, who founded O.A.R. in 1996 with his Rockville, Maryland, high school classmates, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, and bassist Benj Gershman (saxophonist Jerry DePizzo joined while the group was at Ohio State University). "It's about us getting inspired by the place we came from. We'd drive the same roads, visit the old haunts, spend time with our people.  Rockville was the catalyst then, and it's the catalyst now." General admission tickets go on sale noon Friday at www.LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster outlets, Louisville Palace Box Office, 1-800-745-3000.

In brief

U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) romper Mubtaahij (Dubawi), who was supposed to head back to Newmarket following his eighth in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), will instead advance to the Belmont S. (G1), Daily Racing Form's Marcus Hersh reports. The Mike de Kock trainee is expected to ship from Churchill Downs to New York in about a week or so...

Brazilian Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year Bal a Bali (Put It Back) is scheduled to make his U.S. debut in Saturday's American S. (G3) over a grassy mile at Santa Anita. "He's terrific," Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said. "Training like a billion dollars -- a million wouldn't be enough." The once-beaten star has made a remarkable recovery from laminitis that developed shortly after his arrival in the United States last summer...

Sent off the outsider of the field following her latest uninspiring performance when eighth in the March 29 Park Express S. (Ire-G3) over a mile, Iveagh Gardens (Mastercraftsman) at least had a love of testing conditions in her favor in Monday's Athasi (Ire-G3) at The Currgah, and that proved decisive as she took a leap forward to upset the returning Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-G1) heroine Found (Galileo). Second in the Grosser Preis der Deutschen Bank over seven furlonngs at Hanover in October, the bay had run 11th in the Prix Ceres, also over seven, at Fontainebleau the following month prior to her comeback effort in the Park Express, but connections ploughed on in the belief that there was something in the tank. Settled in fourth early shielded against the wind on the fence, she was angled out inside the last quarter-mile, but was last with 150 yards to race as Ryan Moore made a seemingly winning attack on Found up ahead. Finding a surge there, she readily inhaled that favorite 100 yards later en route to a decisive success. "She's a filly I always liked and I always thought there was a good day in her," jockey Niall McCullagh said. "I got a good tow and when I got out, she was electric." Found's trainer, Aidan O'Brien, said, "She ran a lovely race on heavy winter ground. We were close to not running her, but we had our eye on the (May 24) Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) and so we felt we had to run. She traveled up lovely and just got a little bit tired, so you'd have to be happy. A lot could come, as we have been minding her and taking it gently and we very much have our eye on the autumn with her."...

Successful in the Ballysax S. (Ire-G3) staged at Navan last April and promoted to first when initially runner-up in Leopardstown's Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (Ire-G3) in May, Fascinating Rock (Fastnet Rock) had run eighth in the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) and went on the shelf after finishing last of five in the Irish equivalent at The Curragh in June. Returning to annex the Heritage S. over a mile back at Leopardstown April 15, the bay took advantage of a poorly-contested renewal of the Mooresbridge S. (Ire-G3) at The Curragh on Monday to add another black-type success to his tally. Settled in second early, the 2-5 crowd's choice rolled to the front with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and saw off his only serious rival, Parish Hall (Teofilo), to score with authority. "He is mature mentally now and I thought he did it very well on deep ground," rider Pat Smullen commented. "Parish Hall is a fair yardstick and he made me work, but I think on better conditions he'd be even better again."...

Having surrendered his unbeaten record to Silverwave (Silver Frost) in the Prix la Force (Fr-G3) April 6, Epicuris (Rail Link) bids to restore his air of supremacy in Tuesday's Prix Greffulhe (Fr-G2) at Saint-Cloud. Taken on for the lead last time and tending to over-race as a result, last year's Prix de Conde (Fr-G3) and Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-G1) winner has just three rivals to contend with including a member of the Andre Fabre brigade in Untold Secret (Shamardal). Successful on a record 11 occasions in this race, the undisputed champion of Chantilly has singled out Godolphin's son of the 2006 Prix de Diane (Fr-G1) heroine Confidential Lady as his representative this time. Still a maiden after two starts, he has obviously shown Fabre some sparkle at home to warrant this outing, having been nosed out in a maiden by the Freddie Head-trained Andalou (Dubawi) over 10 furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte April 17. Sumbal (Danehill Dancer) is two-for-two entering this test and deserves the chance to advertise his Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-G1) claims after his latest five-length score at this distance at Compiegne April 4...

Christophermarlowe (Tapit), the unbeaten winner of the Derby Trial at Epsom April 22, is among the 14 entries for Saturday's Derby Trial at Lingfield. "Christophermarlowe goes to Lingfield on Saturday for the Derby Trial," trainer John Gosden said. "We've put him in the Chester Vase ([Eng-G3) on Thursday) as well, but he'd only run there if it was a monsoon at Lingfield." Christophermarlowe, who is a general 16-1 for the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1), could face up to five from Ballydoyle, including the stakes-placed winner Order of St George (Galileo), and the entries also include Future Empire (New Approach), twice group-placed and second to Christophermarlowe at Epsom; and recent 10-furlong maiden winner Storm the Stars (Sea The Stars). Aidan O'Brien's Fillies' Mile (Eng-G1) winner Together Forever (Galileo) headlines the Oaks Trial on the same card, and the Ballydoyle master has also entered Wedding Vow (Galileo), second to Saturday's One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) scorer Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer) in the Victor McCalmont S. April 26...

The Dermot Weld-trained Zawraq (Shamardal), a general 10-1 for the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) on the back of an eye-catching score in the Two Thousand Guineas Trial at Leopardstown April 12, could skip Sunday's Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (Ire-G3) if the ground is too soft, Weld told At the Races. Zawraq's regular rider, Pat Smullen, will also be serving a suspension this weekend, and that could also affect the decision. "We will make a decision during the week about Zawraq," Weld said. "We will see what the weather does and what the ground is like. He could run in the Irish (Two Thousand) Guineas ([Ire-G1] May 23). There's been no decision yet." Weld added, "The fact Pat can't ride him affects our thinking slightly, but the main thing is the weather. We'll see how soft the ground is and see how he works this week. He's been satisfying me at home, but he's very laid back."...

Giovanni Canaletto (Galileo), a 14-1 shot for the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) for trainer Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore partners, has been ruled out of Thursday's Chester Vase (Eng-G3) by his conditioner after returning a dirty scope Monday. "Unfortunately, Giovanni Canaletto didn't scope clean this morning and won't be traveling to Chester," O'Brien told Racing Post. "It's a bad time to have such a hold-up, so we'll have to wait and see. We have other entries in the Vase and will probably run one or two." Giovanni Canaletto has started twice, and was last seen breaking his maiden by 6 1/2 lengths at Leopardstown in October...

Last year's Cartier champion two-year-old filly Tiggy Wiggy (Kodiac), a brave third in the One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) Sunday after carving out the pace, is set for a return to sprinting. "I was very proud of Tiggy Wiggy," trainer Richard Hannon said. "We were dipping our toes into unknown territory and she came home with her head held high. You can't say that she didn't stay the mile, but it was only her class that kept her going. We need to make full use of her electric early speed, so it's back to sprinting." Hannon pointed to Royal Ascot, and then some of Europe's top sprints against older males, as targets for the three-year-old. "The Commonwealth Cup (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot is the obvious target, and there are far more opportunities available in the second half of the season, races like the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-G1) at Deauville, the Nunthorpe (Eng-G1), Haydock Sprint Cup (Eng-G1) and Prix de l'Abbaye (Fr-G1). It could be an exciting summer," Hannon said...

Churchill Downs will host a unique live concert experience this fall. See O.A.R. live on stage with guests Allen Stone & Brynn Elliott under the Twin Spires on Wednesday, September 9, at the start of September racing at the track. "Music has had a presence at the home of the Kentucky Derby since our track's earliest days, and we're excited to partner with Live Nation to renew that tradition with this exciting appearance by O.A.R.," said Ryan Jordan, General Manager of Churchill Downs. "Our Plaza stage offers an intimate and comfortable setting that's perfect for both a special evening for O.A.R. and its fans and a wonderful return of live music to Churchill Downs." On their eighth studio album, The Rockville LP, the shape-shifting rock band found that returning home triggered a journey of creative renewal and inspiration. "This isn't about us going back to our musical roots per se," says lead singer Marc Roberge, who founded O.A.R. in 1996 with his Rockville, Maryland, high school classmates, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, and bassist Benj Gershman (saxophonist Jerry DePizzo joined while the group was at Ohio State University). "It's about us getting inspired by the place we came from. We'd drive the same roads, visit the old haunts, spend time with our people.  Rockville was the catalyst then, and it's the catalyst now." General admission tickets go on sale noon Friday at www.LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster outlets, Louisville Palace Box Office, 1-800-745-3000.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

JIM COLEMAN PROVINCE S., HST, $41,127, 3YO, 6 1/2F, 5-3.
3—CEDERBERG, g, 3, Rosberg--In from the Cold, by American Chance. O-North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Tom, Peter and Taylor, Troy, B-John D Gunther (BC), T-Troy Taylor, J-David G. Lopez, $22,619.
4—Bluegrass Angus, g, 3, Bluegrass Cat--Lady Dynasty, by Richter Scale. ($5,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Copper Water Thoroughbred Company, B-Mr & Mrs Richard S Kaster (KY), $8,225.
9—Catz On Fire, g, 3, Sungold--Fancy Catz, by Finality. O-Bennett, Russell J and Lois, B-Mr & Mrs R J Bennett (BC), $4,113.
Also Ran: Aditya, Oh Derek, Merlot, Sedin, Banderillero, Dealership.
Winning Time: 1:16 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 1 3/4, HF, 3/4.
Odds: 5.40, 3.10, 10.40.

Notebooks

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

MAY 6, 2015

by John Mucciolo

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

Honeymoon S. (G3): Bederian et al's homebred SPANISH QUEEN (Tribal Rule) tracked in third, moved to the fore in early stretch and finished 1 1/2 lengths clear under the line for trainer Richard Baltas. The three-year-old filly, who was ridden by Brice Blanc, finished off nine panels on the firm lawn in 1:47 1/5.

Precisionist S. (G3): Haras Santa Maria de Araras' CATCH A FLIGHT (Giant's Causeway) swept to the front in early stretch and held sway in the lane to register a three-parts of a length tally, providing trainer Richard Mandella with his 2,000 career win. The capable five-year-old, who was third in the Santa Anita H. (G1) last time, went 1 1/16 miles on the fast dirt in 1:42 1/5 with Flavien Prat in the silks.

Track Stats

From a total of 36 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 31 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 50 percent of the wins. From 23 frays contested on the dirt oval, four animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (17 percent), while three of the 13 grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end (23 percent).

We thought both ovals played pretty fairly this week, with a possible slight edge on the dirt to horses from off the pace even a little. All four of the wire jobs on the main strip occurred in sprint events and all three wire-to-wire winners on the dirt came on the downhill race course.

Meet Totals

RACES:   648
DIRT:   442
TURF:   206
FAVORITES:   237 (37 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   125 (19 percent)
TURF WIRE:   32 (15 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   96 (22 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Thursday (4/30)

2ND -- SUNDAY RULES (Tribal Rule) has had trouble putting races together with injuries, though when this one makes it to the starting gate, he is most impressive. The four-year-old filly shot to the front and left little doubt in staying perfect, and is yet to be headed overall. Let's hope she stays on the track as a very exciting prospect to look forward to.

4TH -- We tabbed SMART TRANSITION (Smart Strike) after his big debut, and while he regressed some in start number two, the John Shirreffs pupil put it all together in graduating in style beneath Alex Solis. The sophomore colt rated and then ran big in the lane, hinting he will like a route of ground going forward.

6TH -- ROY H (More Than Ready) took a lot of money in this turf debut and ran a big one, taking the lead into midstretch, only be to run down late in a sharp debut offering. The Peter Miller trainee won't be a maiden for long.

Friday (5/1)

2ND -- AVENGE (War Front) continued her ascension through the downhill sprint ranks with a game tally over a nice field to post a third straight score on this course. The Richard Mandella trainee has certainly found a home on this lawn and we might see her stretch out in the near future.

Saturday (5/2)

5TH -- PERFECTLY MAJESTIC (Majesticperfection) had no pace to run into in this stakes spot, but the Bob Hess trainee still made it close late in a very good performance. Tab the gelding as a major player in his return with even slight improvement.

8TH -- STILL STANDING (Candy Ride) shot to the lead soon after the break and was never in serious danger en route to a fine debut score under Drayden Van Dyke. The sophomore colt, who is bred to run all day through his dam, finished up in a swift final time and could be a nice prospect going forward.

IRON FIRST (Tapit) ran huge to be a closing second, more than five lengths clear of third, off the long break for Jerry Hollendorfer. The expensive three-year-old could evolve into a nice one once he stretches out and races at longer trips.

Sunday (5/3)

3RD -- MOYO HONEY (Mizzen Mast) couldn't reel in the winner late but ran well at first asking for Paddy Gallagher, who rarely has his youngsters tuned up in their first race. The three-year-old filly was more than four lengths clear of third and surely is one to watch going forward.

4TH -- Mike Machowsky's LUCKY VIEWS (Lucky Pulpit) led from the inner post and never looked back in posting a second straight tally on this turf course. The four-year-old gelding has superb form in running first or second in four straight off the layoff, and he continues to be one to watch in this cycle.

A Look Ahead

The $300,000 Vanity Handicap (G1) and $100,000 American Stakes (G3) will top the Saturday action at Santa Anita.

Sunday will play host to sophomores going seven furlongs on the dirt in the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (G3).

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/27-5/3) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Protonico 4C 1 1/16m (ft) CD 5/1 Alysheba S. 107
Tonalist 4C 1m (ft) BEL 5/2 Westchester S. 106
Molly Morgan 6M 1 1/16m (ft) CD 5/1 La Troienne S. 102
Catch a Flight (ARG) 5H 1 1/16m (ft) SA 5/2 Precisionist S. 97
Texas Air 7G 1m (ft) LS 5/1 Texas Mile S. 97
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/27-5/3) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
A Fleet Attitude 5G 7f (ft) PRX 5/2 Lyman H. 99
Private Zone 6G 7f (ft) CD 5/2 Churchill Downs S. 98
Celebrity Star 5M 6 1/2f (ft) GP 5/3 Sunrise S. 97
Power of Snunner 5M 7f (ft) PRX 5/2 Foxy J. G. S. 97
Dame Dorothy 4F 7f (ft) CD 5/2 Humana Distaff S. 96
Heykittykittykitty 4F 6f (my) WRD 4/27 Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs Classic Distaff 96
Loki's Vengeance 4C 6f (ft) BEL 5/3 Affirmed Success S. 96
Rivers Run Deep 4C 6f (ft) BTP 5/2 Edward Babst/Albert Palacios Memorial H. 96
Z Rockstar 6G 6f (gd) WRD 4/28 TRAO Classic Sprint S. 84
Derby Day Storm 8M 6f (ft) TDN 5/2 Dr. T.F. Classen Memorial S. 72
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/27-5/3) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Power Alert (AUS) 5G 5f (fm) CD 5/1 Twin Spires Turf Sprint S. 101
Tepin 4F 1m (fm) CD 5/2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S. 101
Mosler 4C 7f (fm) BEL 4/29 Elusive Quality S. 100
Finnegans Wake 6H 1 1/8m (fm) CD 5/2 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic S. 98
Rosalind 4F 1 3/8m (fm) BEL 5/2 Sheepshead Bay S. 96
Big Blue Kitten 7H 1 1/8m (fm) BEL 5/2 Fort Marcy S. 94
Reflector 4C 5f (fm) EVD 5/2 Need For Speed S. 90
Wire Me Bessie 6M 5f (gd) EVD 5/1 Tellike S. 89
Zindaya 4F 6f (fm) BEL 5/1 License Fee S. 88
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/27-5/3) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Competitive Edge 3C 1m (ft) CD 5/2 Pat Day Mile S. 102
Lovely Maria 3F 1 1/8m (ft) CD 5/1 Longines Kentucky Oaks 101
American Pharoah 3C 1 1/4m (ft) CD 5/2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands 100
Spanish Queen 3F 1 1/8m (fm) SA 5/3 Honeymoon S. 99
Danzatrice 3F 1m 70y (ft) PRX 5/2 Parx Oaks 98
El Deal 3C 6f (ft) BEL 5/1 Gold Fever S. 98
Promise Me Silver 3F 7f (ft) CD 5/1 Eight Belles S. 98
Bluegrass Singer 3G 1m 70y (ft) PRX 5/2 Parx Derby 96
R U Watchingbud 3C 7f (ft) WO 5/2 Queenston S. 96
A M Milky Way 3G 6f (ft) PRM 5/1 Golden Circle S. 95
Rizwan 3C 1 1/16m (fm) GP 5/2 English Channel S. 94
Divisidero 3C 1 1/16m (fm) CD 5/2 American Turf S. 92
Cederberg 3G 6 1/2f (ft) HST 5/3 Jim Coleman Province S. 91
London Tower 3F 7f (ft) WO 5/3 Fury S. 90
Quatre Cat 3F 6 1/2f (ft) HST 5/3 Ross McLeod S. 89

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

PRX, 8TH, ALW, $59,900, 3YO, F, 6F, 5-4.
6—MISS HOLICONG, f, 3, First Samurai--Golddigger Beware, by Prenup. O-William J Hartwell, B-Frances M Hartwell (PA), T-Ramon Preciado, J-Roberto Alvarado, Jr., $37,800.
5—Rockin Jojo, f, 3, Street Magician--Chiqueada, by Palmister. ($23,000 '13 FTMSEP). O-Michael R Cox, B-David P Miller & Skymarc Farm (PA), $12,600.
7—Rosa Carina, f, 3, Mass Media--Shocking Pink, by Jump Start. ($7,000 '13 OBSAUG; $42,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-Marshall K Gramm, B-Brian Eklund, Katherine Barber & Theisen Family Trust (FL), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:12 4/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 6TH, ALW, $56,800, 3YO, F, 6F, 5-4.
7—DISCREET SENORITA, f, 3, Discreet Cat--Senorita Louisa, by Louis Quatorze. O-Rosemore Farms, Inc and Dun Roamin Farms, Inc, B-Dun Roamin Farm & Rosemore Farms (PA), T-Edward Lehman, J-Frankie Pennington, $37,800.
1—Alexita, f, 3, Elusive Quality--O So Appealing, by Forestry. O-Martha Reyes, B-Sun Valley Farm & Darley (KY), $9,000.
5—Love Came to Town, f, 3, Medallist--Talkin About Love, by Not for Love. O-Gerald F Sleeter, B-Kevin Sleeter (NJ), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:12 1/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 9TH, ALW, $46,000, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 5-4.
1—ADAPTOR, c, 4, Grand Slam--Rapid City Kitty, by Tale of the Cat. O-Silver Trail Stables LLC, B-William Werner (ON), T-Ramon Preciado, J-Kyle Frey, $27,000.
7—Spearhead, c, 4, Speightstown--Incredulous (FR), by Indian Ridge (IRE). O-Catherine M Wills, B-Dr Catherine Wills (KY), $9,000.
6—Finn's Quest, h, 5, Giant's Causeway--Questress, by Seeking the Gold. ($350,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Davina Morley, B-Shell Bloodstock (KY), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:44 2/5 (ft)
 
WRD, 6TH, ALW, $21,660, 3YO/UP, 1M, 5-4.
5—KIPS HOG WILD, g, 6, Kipling--Khalifa of Kushog, by Air Forbes Won. ($11,000 2011 OKCJUN). O-Center Hills Farm (Thomas W Center), B-Center Hills Farm (OK), T-Scott E. Young, J-Belen Quinonez, $13,252.
4—Pontiff, h, 5, Giant's Causeway--Preach, by Mr. Prospector. ($310,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Edward L McAlvain, B-Claiborne Farm (KY), $3,784.
1—Kipper Key, g, 5, Kipling--Ethel, by Cryptoclearance. O-Charles J Abernathy, B-Center Hills Farm (OK), $2,841.
Winning Time: 1:38 3/5 (ft)
 
MNR, 8TH, ALW, $20,700, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 5-3.
4—SHIMMY, m, 5, Indygo Shiner--With Flair, by Broad Brush. O-Rodney D Moyers, B-Summerwind Farm (KY), T-Rodney D. Moyers, J-Brian L. Hollingsworth, $13,041.
5—The Bop Express, m, 5, Bop--Free Expresso, by Ide. O-Circle ABC Farm LLC and Heckrotte, Sr, Edward, B-Sally Ann Yeckley (WV), $4,140.
1—Hobnob Hill, f, 3, Montbrook--Lavender Hill, by Langfuhr. ($14,000 '13 OBSAUG). O-Baird, John W and Harbison, Rex, B-Rustlewood Farm, Inc (FL), $2,070.
Winning Time: 1:08 3/5 (ft)
 
FL, 3RD, ALW, $16,900, 3YO/UP, F/M, 4 1/2F, 5-4.
4—SO LET IT BE SO, f, 3, Sky Mesa--So N So, by Freud. O-Island Wind Racing, B-Donald Newman (NY), T-Chris J. Englehart, J-J. M. Rohena, $10,140.
2—Kitty Ride, f, 4, Relato Del Gato--Sunday Ride, by Sunday Break (JPN). O-Madeline Cohn, B-Edward Cohn (NY), $3,380.
1—Tupungato, f, 3, Catienus--Lulie, by Dixie Brass. O-William L Sinkler, B-William L E Sinkler (NY), $1,859.
Winning Time: :53 1/5 (ft)
 
FL, 8TH, ALW, $16,900, 3YO/UP, 4 1/2F, 5-4.
3—CHASE THE GIANT, c, 4, Frost Giant--Take Me In, by Take Me Out. O-Sunrise Stables, B-Andrew Cohen (NY), T-Ralph D'Alessandro, J-Jaime Rodriguez, $10,140.
2—Stalagmite, g, 4, Frost Giant--Lucky Sucre, by Lord Carson. ($75,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Robert Kuzmins, B-Andrew I Cohen (NY), $3,380.
1—Mickey McFly, g, 5, Badge--Flora Mac Flimsey, by Big Mukora. O-Stephen P Ubbink, B-Aline V Ubbink (NY), $1,690.
Winning Time: :53 3/5 (ft)

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
American Pharoah   CD   1 1/4m (ft)   5/2   123.5
Agent Di Nozzo   CD   1m (ft)   5/2   123.3
Private Zone   CD   7f (ft)   5/2   122.9
Protonico   CD   1 1/16m (ft)   5/1   122.4
Mezzano   PRX   7f (ft)   5/2   122.4
Molly Morgan   CD   1 1/16m (ft)   5/1   122.2
Tonalist   BEL   1m (ft)   5/2   122.1
Lovely Maria   CD   1 1/8m (ft)   5/1   121.9
Power of Snunner   PRX   7f (ft)   5/2   121.3
Sunday Rules   SA   6 1/2f (ft)   4/30   121.3
Competitive Edge   CD   1m (ft)   5/2   121.0
Bay of Plenty   BEL   1m (ft)   4/29   121.0
Tepin   CD   1m (fm)   5/2   120.9
Paganol   CD   1 1/16m (ft)   5/2   120.8
Dame Dorothy   CD   7f (ft)   5/2   120.7

North American Maiden Winners
Any Given Saturday--Encanto Park by Exchange Rate; TANZEN, c, 3, LS, Msw, 5-3, 1mT, 1:36 3/5. B-Carliwood Farms LLC (KY.). $95,000 '13 FTKOCT.
Henrythenavigator--Jig (IRE) by Catrail; HANKYPANK GIRL, f, 3, GG, Mcl 20000, 5-3, 1mT, 1:39 4/5. B-BAN Partners & Ashford Stud (KY.). $23,000 '12 KEENOV.
Lucky Pulpit--Wind Calls by Rio Verde; NEON BLUE, g, 3, GG, Mcl 5000, 5-3, 5f, :59 . B-Will Jacobs & DeeAnne Jacobs (CA.). $10,000 '13 CTNAUG.
Munnings--Missannalouise by Storm Creek; OH NEWMAN, g, 3, TUP, Moc 30000, 5-3, 7 1/2fT, 1:30 3/5. B-Columbiana Farm (KY.). $28,000 '13 KEESEP.
Portobello Road--Cinnamon Ring by Cinnamon Creek; BIG CREEK ROAD, g, 3, WRD, Msw, 5-4, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Charles N. Strain & Annie J. Strain & Anderson Farms (AR.).
Read the Footnotes--Picaflor by Broad Brush; NOTE THIS, f, 3, WRD, Msw, 5-4, 1m, 1:41 . B-Eureka Thoroughbred Farm (OK.). $3,700 '13 TEXAUG.
Buck Strider--It'slonelyatthetop by Snowbound; ARE YOU THE ONE, g, 4, TUP, Mcl 5000, 5-3, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-Arnulfo Araiza (AZ.).
First Samurai--Hangingbyamoment by Thunder Gulch; HANGINGWITHSONNY, f, 4, FL, Msw, 5-4, 6f, 1:15 . B-Nustar Breeding LLC (NY.). *1/2 to Hangingbyathread (MSW$307,630).
Liginsky--Captive Number by Polish Numbers; SCANDIA, f, 4, WRD, Mcl 7500, 5-4, 1m, 1:42 2/5. B-Lance R. Gabriel & Valerie Gabriel (OK.).
Nacheezmo--Country Sign by Southern Sign; PAKOKOHE, c, 4, EMD, Moc 30000, 5-3, 6f, 1:10 1/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. Don L. Munger (WA.).
Siberian Summer--All Night Long (IRE) by Night Shift; BITTER HEAT, g, 4, LA, Mcl 3500, 5-3, 4 1/2f, :54 . B-Goda & Huttinger (CA.).
Singing Saint--Arguing Aggie by Numerous; MIGHTY AGGIE, f, 4, TDN, Mcl 5000, 5-4, 6f, 1:16 1/5. B-Xanthus Farms, Inc. (PA.).
Star Programmer--Aquivana by Vanlandingham; BELLA TEMPESTA, f, 4, WRD, Mcl 15000, 5-4, 5f, :58 4/5. B-Joe Merrick (OK.).
Discreet Cat--American Tradition by Quiet American; BEN CATTIN' AROUND, g, 5, MNR, Msw, 5-3, 5fT, :57 2/5. B-David Allen (KY.). $40,000 '11 KEESEP.
Touch Gold--Upside by Unaccounted For; TEE G, g, 5, MNR, Mcl 5000, 5-3, 6f, 1:16 4/5. B-James M. Herbener Jr., Dr. Patrick Ford& Heather Herbener Ford (KY.). $28,000 '11 TEXAUG. *1/2 to Red Lead (G1P$887,718).

Notebooks

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

MAY 6, 2015

by John Mucciolo

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

Honeymoon S. (G3): Bederian et al's homebred SPANISH QUEEN (Tribal Rule) tracked in third, moved to the fore in early stretch and finished 1 1/2 lengths clear under the line for trainer Richard Baltas. The three-year-old filly, who was ridden by Brice Blanc, finished off nine panels on the firm lawn in 1:47 1/5.

Precisionist S. (G3): Haras Santa Maria de Araras' CATCH A FLIGHT (Giant's Causeway) swept to the front in early stretch and held sway in the lane to register a three-parts of a length tally, providing trainer Richard Mandella with his 2,000 career win. The capable five-year-old, who was third in the Santa Anita H. (G1) last time, went 1 1/16 miles on the fast dirt in 1:42 1/5 with Flavien Prat in the silks.

Track Stats

From a total of 36 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 31 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 50 percent of the wins. From 23 frays contested on the dirt oval, four animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (17 percent), while three of the 13 grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end (23 percent).

We thought both ovals played pretty fairly this week, with a possible slight edge on the dirt to horses from off the pace even a little. All four of the wire jobs on the main strip occurred in sprint events and all three wire-to-wire winners on the dirt came on the downhill race course.

Meet Totals

RACES:   648
DIRT:   442
TURF:   206
FAVORITES:   237 (37 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   125 (19 percent)
TURF WIRE:   32 (15 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   96 (22 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Thursday (4/30)

2ND -- SUNDAY RULES (Tribal Rule) has had trouble putting races together with injuries, though when this one makes it to the starting gate, he is most impressive. The four-year-old filly shot to the front and left little doubt in staying perfect, and is yet to be headed overall. Let's hope she stays on the track as a very exciting prospect to look forward to.

4TH -- We tabbed SMART TRANSITION (Smart Strike) after his big debut, and while he regressed some in start number two, the John Shirreffs pupil put it all together in graduating in style beneath Alex Solis. The sophomore colt rated and then ran big in the lane, hinting he will like a route of ground going forward.

6TH -- ROY H (More Than Ready) took a lot of money in this turf debut and ran a big one, taking the lead into midstretch, only be to run down late in a sharp debut offering. The Peter Miller trainee won't be a maiden for long.

Friday (5/1)

2ND -- AVENGE (War Front) continued her ascension through the downhill sprint ranks with a game tally over a nice field to post a third straight score on this course. The Richard Mandella trainee has certainly found a home on this lawn and we might see her stretch out in the near future.

Saturday (5/2)

5TH -- PERFECTLY MAJESTIC (Majesticperfection) had no pace to run into in this stakes spot, but the Bob Hess trainee still made it close late in a very good performance. Tab the gelding as a major player in his return with even slight improvement.

8TH -- STILL STANDING (Candy Ride) shot to the lead soon after the break and was never in serious danger en route to a fine debut score under Drayden Van Dyke. The sophomore colt, who is bred to run all day through his dam, finished up in a swift final time and could be a nice prospect going forward.

IRON FIRST (Tapit) ran huge to be a closing second, more than five lengths clear of third, off the long break for Jerry Hollendorfer. The expensive three-year-old could evolve into a nice one once he stretches out and races at longer trips.

Sunday (5/3)

3RD -- MOYO HONEY (Mizzen Mast) couldn't reel in the winner late but ran well at first asking for Paddy Gallagher, who rarely has his youngsters tuned up in their first race. The three-year-old filly was more than four lengths clear of third and surely is one to watch going forward.

4TH -- Mike Machowsky's LUCKY VIEWS (Lucky Pulpit) led from the inner post and never looked back in posting a second straight tally on this turf course. The four-year-old gelding has superb form in running first or second in four straight off the layoff, and he continues to be one to watch in this cycle.

A Look Ahead

The $300,000 Vanity Handicap (G1) and $100,000 American Stakes (G3) will top the Saturday action at Santa Anita.

Sunday will play host to sophomores going seven furlongs on the dirt in the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (G3).

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Tuesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Indiana Grand   (4th) Elegant Beni, 3-1
    (6th) Cozy Critter, 4-1
Mountaineer   (3rd) Judge Carr, 9-2
    (5th) Via Delorosa, 8-1
Parx Racing   (4th) Baby Cat, 5-1
    (5th) Just Like a Rock, 10-1
Turf Paradise   (2nd) Cleverly Beverly, 7-2
    (7th) You Done Good, 7-2

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/27-5/3) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Protonico 4C 1 1/16m (ft) CD 5/1 Alysheba S. 107
Tonalist 4C 1m (ft) BEL 5/2 Westchester S. 106
Molly Morgan 6M 1 1/16m (ft) CD 5/1 La Troienne S. 102
Catch a Flight (ARG) 5H 1 1/16m (ft) SA 5/2 Precisionist S. 97
Texas Air 7G 1m (ft) LS 5/1 Texas Mile S. 97
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/27-5/3) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
A Fleet Attitude 5G 7f (ft) PRX 5/2 Lyman H. 99
Private Zone 6G 7f (ft) CD 5/2 Churchill Downs S. 98
Celebrity Star 5M 6 1/2f (ft) GP 5/3 Sunrise S. 97
Power of Snunner 5M 7f (ft) PRX 5/2 Foxy J. G. S. 97
Dame Dorothy 4F 7f (ft) CD 5/2 Humana Distaff S. 96
Heykittykittykitty 4F 6f (my) WRD 4/27 Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs Classic Distaff 96
Loki's Vengeance 4C 6f (ft) BEL 5/3 Affirmed Success S. 96
Rivers Run Deep 4C 6f (ft) BTP 5/2 Edward Babst/Albert Palacios Memorial H. 96
Z Rockstar 6G 6f (gd) WRD 4/28 TRAO Classic Sprint S. 84
Derby Day Storm 8M 6f (ft) TDN 5/2 Dr. T.F. Classen Memorial S. 72
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/27-5/3) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Power Alert (AUS) 5G 5f (fm) CD 5/1 Twin Spires Turf Sprint S. 101
Tepin 4F 1m (fm) CD 5/2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile S. 101
Mosler 4C 7f (fm) BEL 4/29 Elusive Quality S. 100
Finnegans Wake 6H 1 1/8m (fm) CD 5/2 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic S. 98
Rosalind 4F 1 3/8m (fm) BEL 5/2 Sheepshead Bay S. 96
Big Blue Kitten 7H 1 1/8m (fm) BEL 5/2 Fort Marcy S. 94
Reflector 4C 5f (fm) EVD 5/2 Need For Speed S. 90
Wire Me Bessie 6M 5f (gd) EVD 5/1 Tellike S. 89
Zindaya 4F 6f (fm) BEL 5/1 License Fee S. 88
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/27-5/3) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Competitive Edge 3C 1m (ft) CD 5/2 Pat Day Mile S. 102
Lovely Maria 3F 1 1/8m (ft) CD 5/1 Longines Kentucky Oaks 101
American Pharoah 3C 1 1/4m (ft) CD 5/2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands 100
Spanish Queen 3F 1 1/8m (fm) SA 5/3 Honeymoon S. 99
Danzatrice 3F 1m 70y (ft) PRX 5/2 Parx Oaks 98
El Deal 3C 6f (ft) BEL 5/1 Gold Fever S. 98
Promise Me Silver 3F 7f (ft) CD 5/1 Eight Belles S. 98
Bluegrass Singer 3G 1m 70y (ft) PRX 5/2 Parx Derby 96
R U Watchingbud 3C 7f (ft) WO 5/2 Queenston S. 96
A M Milky Way 3G 6f (ft) PRM 5/1 Golden Circle S. 95
Rizwan 3C 1 1/16m (fm) GP 5/2 English Channel S. 94
Divisidero 3C 1 1/16m (fm) CD 5/2 American Turf S. 92
Cederberg 3G 6 1/2f (ft) HST 5/3 Jim Coleman Province S. 91
London Tower 3F 7f (ft) WO 5/3 Fury S. 90
Quatre Cat 3F 6 1/2f (ft) HST 5/3 Ross McLeod S. 89

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Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
American Pharoah   CD   1 1/4m (ft)   5/2   123.5
Agent Di Nozzo   CD   1m (ft)   5/2   123.3
Private Zone   CD   7f (ft)   5/2   122.9
Protonico   CD   1 1/16m (ft)   5/1   122.4
Mezzano   PRX   7f (ft)   5/2   122.4
Molly Morgan   CD   1 1/16m (ft)   5/1   122.2
Tonalist   BEL   1m (ft)   5/2   122.1
Lovely Maria   CD   1 1/8m (ft)   5/1   121.9
Power of Snunner   PRX   7f (ft)   5/2   121.3
Sunday Rules   SA   6 1/2f (ft)   4/30   121.3
Competitive Edge   CD   1m (ft)   5/2   121.0
Bay of Plenty   BEL   1m (ft)   4/29   121.0
Tepin   CD   1m (fm)   5/2   120.9
Paganol   CD   1 1/16m (ft)   5/2   120.8
Dame Dorothy   CD   7f (ft)   5/2   120.7

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