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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2015

Racing Headlines

Dubai World Cup day nominations announced

U.A.E. Derby winner Toast of New York is nominated to the World Cup this year (Andrew Watkins/Dubai Racing Club)

For several months this winter, trainer Kenny McPeek had what was thought to be a formidable 1-2 punch in Repent (Louis Quatorze) and Harlan's Holiday (Harlan). Until the latter failed as the lukewarm favorite in the Kentucky Derby (G1), McPeek held a huge trump card, even though Repent missed the classics with an injury. What a difference a day, or days, or weeks, makes. Take your pick.

Flash forward five weeks, and the Lexington, Kentucky, native finally earned a classic, this coming in the $1 million Belmont S. (G1) with the overlooked SARAVA (Wild Again), who was guided to a sterling half-length upset score beneath Edgar Prado.

All of this occurred just days after Harlan's Holiday was switched to trainer Todd Pletcher in New York.

War Emblem (Our Emblem), bidding to become the 12th Triple Crown winner, stumbled badly at the break, nearly unseating jockey Victor Espinoza, and had to be rushed toward the leaders. Though the Bob Baffert trainee was eventually able to grab the lead in the far turn after being under stout restraint early, the misfortune at the break had to have taken some toll. By the time the 11 horses reached the stretch, it was clear a Triple Crown would have to wait.

A star studded cast of the world's best racehorses of 2014 highlight the nominations for the 2015 Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1), the 20th running of the world's richest race.

Of the current 20 highest-rated Thoroughbreds in the world that remain in training 13 feature among the 2,142 nominations from 19 countries for the meeting on March 28, including the highest rated horses from Japan, Hong Kong, Great Britain and the United States.

The $10 million Dubai World Cup attracted 296 nominations made notable by the presence of the first seven over the line in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) which includes Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit), U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) winner Toast of New York (Thewayyouare) and Belmont S. (G1) winner Tonalist (Tapit).

Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Bayern (Offlee Wild) attempts to give trainer Bob Baffert a third Dubai World Cup success following Silver Charm in 1998 and Captain Steve in 2001.

Also among the list is dual champion Main Sequence (Aldebaran) trained by Graham Motion, who prepared Animal Kingdom to win the Dubai World Cup in 2013.

Japanese stars also dominate, with many holding multiple nominations for the three richest races on the big day, the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-G1) at 2400 meters, the newly-named $6 million Dubai Turf (UAE-G1) over 1900 meters and the 2000-meter Dubai World Cup.

The Katsuhiko Sumii-trained Epiphaneia (Symboli Kris S), the highest-rated horse in training, holds a Dubai World Cup nomination for owners U Carrot Farm. It was Sumii who was responsible for the 2011 Dubai World Cup victory of Victoire Pisa and he is preparing his Japan Cup (Jpn-G1) winner for another tilt at the race, although the horse also holds nominations for the Dubai Sheema Classic and the Dubai Turf.

Gold Ship (Stay Gold), the Takarazuka Kinen (Jpn-G1) star trained by Naosuke Sugai, is also on the list from Japan, as is Japanese Derby (Jpn-G1) winner One and Only (Heart's Cry) and Japanese One Thousand Guineas (Jpn-G1) winner Harp Star (Deep Impact), who represent Japan's 2014 classic generation.

Hong Kong was responsible for the two sprint winners on Dubai World Cup day last season and trainer John Moore, who won the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-G1) with Sterling City, looks to hold a strong hand with the world's best miler, 2014 Hong Kong Mile (HK-G1) victor Able Friend (Shamardal), on the list for the Dubai Turf, as well as Hong Kong Cup (HK-G1) winner Designs on Rome. (Holy Roman Emperor). Second in that race, Military Attack (Oratorio), has also been nominated.

Peniaphobia (Dandy Man), the Tony Cruz-trained sprinter who won the 2014 Jockey Club Sprint (HK-G2) as well as the recent Centenary Sprint, has also been nominated for the Dubai Golden Shaheen. Hong Kong Sprint (HK-G1) winner Aerovelocity (Pins), trained by Paul O'Sullivan, has also been nominated for both the Dubai Golden Shaheen and the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint (UAE-G1).

Godolphin is well represented across the board by both Charlie Appleby and the 2014 Dubai World Cup winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor, as is Dubai World Cup Carnival regular Mike de Kock. Sir Fever (Texas Fever) represents an interesting new recruit for Appleby. The multiple Uruguayan Group 1 winner has been nominated for the Dubai World Cup as well as the Dubai Sheema Classic, Dubai Turf and the U.A.E. Derby. Meanwhile, bin Suroor has nominated his 2014 winner, African Story (Pivotal), for a defense of his title.

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Dubai World Cup day nominations announced

U.A.E. Derby winner Toast of New York is nominated to the World Cup this year (Andrew Watkins/Dubai Racing Club)

For several months this winter, trainer Kenny McPeek had what was thought to be a formidable 1-2 punch in Repent (Louis Quatorze) and Harlan's Holiday (Harlan). Until the latter failed as the lukewarm favorite in the Kentucky Derby (G1), McPeek held a huge trump card, even though Repent missed the classics with an injury. What a difference a day, or days, or weeks, makes. Take your pick.

Flash forward five weeks, and the Lexington, Kentucky, native finally earned a classic, this coming in the $1 million Belmont S. (G1) with the overlooked SARAVA (Wild Again), who was guided to a sterling half-length upset score beneath Edgar Prado.

All of this occurred just days after Harlan's Holiday was switched to trainer Todd Pletcher in New York.

War Emblem (Our Emblem), bidding to become the 12th Triple Crown winner, stumbled badly at the break, nearly unseating jockey Victor Espinoza, and had to be rushed toward the leaders. Though the Bob Baffert trainee was eventually able to grab the lead in the far turn after being under stout restraint early, the misfortune at the break had to have taken some toll. By the time the 11 horses reached the stretch, it was clear a Triple Crown would have to wait.

A star studded cast of the world's best racehorses of 2014 highlight the nominations for the 2015 Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1), the 20th running of the world's richest race.

Of the current 20 highest-rated Thoroughbreds in the world that remain in training 13 feature among the 2,142 nominations from 19 countries for the meeting on March 28, including the highest rated horses from Japan, Hong Kong, Great Britain and the United States.

The $10 million Dubai World Cup attracted 296 nominations made notable by the presence of the first seven over the line in last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) which includes Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit), U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) winner Toast of New York (Thewayyouare) and Belmont S. (G1) winner Tonalist (Tapit).

Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Bayern (Offlee Wild) attempts to give trainer Bob Baffert a third Dubai World Cup success following Silver Charm in 1998 and Captain Steve in 2001.

Also among the list is dual champion Main Sequence (Aldebaran) trained by Graham Motion, who prepared Animal Kingdom to win the Dubai World Cup in 2013.

Japanese stars also dominate, with many holding multiple nominations for the three richest races on the big day, the $6 million Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-G1) at 2400 meters, the newly-named $6 million Dubai Turf (UAE-G1) over 1900 meters and the 2000-meter Dubai World Cup.

The Katsuhiko Sumii-trained Epiphaneia (Symboli Kris S), the highest-rated horse in training, holds a Dubai World Cup nomination for owners U Carrot Farm. It was Sumii who was responsible for the 2011 Dubai World Cup victory of Victoire Pisa and he is preparing his Japan Cup (Jpn-G1) winner for another tilt at the race, although the horse also holds nominations for the Dubai Sheema Classic and the Dubai Turf.

Gold Ship (Stay Gold), the Takarazuka Kinen (Jpn-G1) star trained by Naosuke Sugai, is also on the list from Japan, as is Japanese Derby (Jpn-G1) winner One and Only (Heart's Cry) and Japanese One Thousand Guineas (Jpn-G1) winner Harp Star (Deep Impact), who represent Japan's 2014 classic generation.

Hong Kong was responsible for the two sprint winners on Dubai World Cup day last season and trainer John Moore, who won the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-G1) with Sterling City, looks to hold a strong hand with the world's best miler, 2014 Hong Kong Mile (HK-G1) victor Able Friend (Shamardal), on the list for the Dubai Turf, as well as Hong Kong Cup (HK-G1) winner Designs on Rome. (Holy Roman Emperor). Second in that race, Military Attack (Oratorio), has also been nominated.

Peniaphobia (Dandy Man), the Tony Cruz-trained sprinter who won the 2014 Jockey Club Sprint (HK-G2) as well as the recent Centenary Sprint, has also been nominated for the Dubai Golden Shaheen. Hong Kong Sprint (HK-G1) winner Aerovelocity (Pins), trained by Paul O'Sullivan, has also been nominated for both the Dubai Golden Shaheen and the $1 million Al Quoz Sprint (UAE-G1).

Godolphin is well represented across the board by both Charlie Appleby and the 2014 Dubai World Cup winning trainer Saeed bin Suroor, as is Dubai World Cup Carnival regular Mike de Kock. Sir Fever (Texas Fever) represents an interesting new recruit for Appleby. The multiple Uruguayan Group 1 winner has been nominated for the Dubai World Cup as well as the Dubai Sheema Classic, Dubai Turf and the U.A.E. Derby. Meanwhile, bin Suroor has nominated his 2014 winner, African Story (Pivotal), for a defense of his title.

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Lady Shipman breaks track record at Ocala

The large crowd that turned out in sunny weather was treated to a track-record performance as the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company held it's 26th annual Day of Champions.

Lady Shipman (Midshipman) took charge of the $50,000 OBS Sprint for three-year-old fillies on the turn, opened a big lead in the lane and scored by eighth lengths in a track record 1:08 4/5 for six furlongs. The time surpassed the previous mark of 1:09 3/5 by Megalith in 2011 and equaled by Cor Cor in 2013.

Happy to Go (Saint Anddan) came running late to be second, a nose in front of Cool Comfort (Big Brown).

Owned by Ranlo Investments and trained by Kathleen O'Connell, Lady Shipman now has a record of 4-3-0-1 and has earned $80,400 to date.

It's Not Me (D'wildcat) went to the lead early in the $50,000 OBS Sprint for three-year-old colts and geldings and gave nothing else a chance, cruising to the wire an 8 3/4-length winner over Charlie's Brother (With Distinction). Social Request (Lookin at Lucky) was a head back in third.

Trained by Jorge Navarro for owners White Wabbit Wacing and Marco Thoroughbred Corp., and ridden by Edgard Zayas, It's Not Me ran the six furlongs in 1:09 3/5. His first stakes win leaves him 8-4-0-1 with $123,335 in earnings.

Arctic Ocean (Concord Point) scored her first stakes win in the $100,000 OBS Championship for three-year-old fillies, rallying on the outside down the stretch and scoring by a neck over Save Rock and Roll (Super Saver). Back Flip (Super Saver) was third and the time for the 1 1/16 miles was 1:46 4/5.

Ridden by Rafael Hernandez and trained by Gary Contessa for the partnership of John Moirano, Nehoc Stables, and Alan Sokol, the filly is now 7-2-3-0 and has earned $125,340.

Firespike (Flower Alley) was last in the early going of the $100,000 OBS Championship for colts and geldings, but circled horses on the turn, ran by the leaders in deep stretch and drew off to a 2 1/4-length victory. Big Yum (Kantharos) put in a good late run to be second, a neck in front of Prince Vincenzo (Exclusive Quality).

Trained by Mike Maker for the partnership of Skychai Racing, Charles Warner, and Sand Dollar Stable, and ridden by Joel Rosario, the three-year-old Florida-bred ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:46 2/5.

It was the second stakes win for Firespike and leaves him with a 7-3-1-1 record and earnings of $183,259.

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Lady Shipman breaks track record at Ocala

The large crowd that turned out in sunny weather was treated to a track-record performance as the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company held it's 26th annual Day of Champions.

Lady Shipman (Midshipman) took charge of the $50,000 OBS Sprint for three-year-old fillies on the turn, opened a big lead in the lane and scored by eighth lengths in a track record 1:08 4/5 for six furlongs. The time surpassed the previous mark of 1:09 3/5 by Megalith in 2011 and equaled by Cor Cor in 2013.

Happy to Go (Saint Anddan) came running late to be second, a nose in front of Cool Comfort (Big Brown).

Owned by Ranlo Investments and trained by Kathleen O'Connell, Lady Shipman now has a record of 4-3-0-1 and has earned $80,400 to date.

It's Not Me (D'wildcat) went to the lead early in the $50,000 OBS Sprint for three-year-old colts and geldings and gave nothing else a chance, cruising to the wire an 8 3/4-length winner over Charlie's Brother (With Distinction). Social Request (Lookin at Lucky) was a head back in third.

Trained by Jorge Navarro for owners White Wabbit Wacing and Marco Thoroughbred Corp., and ridden by Edgard Zayas, It's Not Me ran the six furlongs in 1:09 3/5. His first stakes win leaves him 8-4-0-1 with $123,335 in earnings.

Arctic Ocean (Concord Point) scored her first stakes win in the $100,000 OBS Championship for three-year-old fillies, rallying on the outside down the stretch and scoring by a neck over Save Rock and Roll (Super Saver). Back Flip (Super Saver) was third and the time for the 1 1/16 miles was 1:46 4/5.

Ridden by Rafael Hernandez and trained by Gary Contessa for the partnership of John Moirano, Nehoc Stables, and Alan Sokol, the filly is now 7-2-3-0 and has earned $125,340.

Firespike (Flower Alley) was last in the early going of the $100,000 OBS Championship for colts and geldings, but circled horses on the turn, ran by the leaders in deep stretch and drew off to a 2 1/4-length victory. Big Yum (Kantharos) put in a good late run to be second, a neck in front of Prince Vincenzo (Exclusive Quality).

Trained by Mike Maker for the partnership of Skychai Racing, Charles Warner, and Sand Dollar Stable, and ridden by Joel Rosario, the three-year-old Florida-bred ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:46 2/5.

It was the second stakes win for Firespike and leaves him with a 7-3-1-1 record and earnings of $183,259.

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Breeding & Sales News

Three top Barretts January Mixed leaderboard

STORMY GIGI (Storm Boot), a nine-year-old mare in foal to champion sprinter Kodiak Kowboy on an April 1 cover, was one of three offerings to bring $50,000 at Monday's Barretts January Mixed Sale.

Ron Stolich purchased Stormy Gigi, who has already produced stakes winner G. G. Ryder (Chhaya Dance). Hip No. 121 was consigned by Havens Bloodstock Agency.

Also bringing $50,000 was Hip 301, a juvenile colt by War Chant, and Hip 328, a juvenile filly by Gone Astray.

Brundo De Berdt, agent, obtained the War Chant colt from the consignment of Mary Knight, agent. He is out of Primp (Bernardini), a daughter of multiple Grade 2 winner Runway Model (Petionville).

The Gone Astray filly was gaveled down to Rozamud Barclay and was offered by H & E Ranch. The daughter of Striking T (Smart Strike) is a half-sister to the stakes-placed Cambiata (Concerto).

At the conclusion of trading, 248 horses had sold for $2,104,800, a rise of 8.2 percent from last year when 224 horses grossed $1,944,900. The average dipped 2.3 percent, from $8,683 to $8,487, while the median dropped 6.5 percent, from $5,350 to $5,000.

Full results can be viewed at barretts.com.

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The Great War debuts for Ward in 96Rock

The Great War (center) was a solid fourth in the BC Juvenile (Breeders' Cup Ltd. Photo)
Last seen finishing a creditable fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) for Aidan O'Brien, The Great War (War Front) will make his first start for Wesley Ward in Saturday's $75,000 96Rock S. at Turfway Park. The 6 1/2-furlong dash is a stepping stone to the track's marquee Kentucky Derby (G1) prep, the March 21 Spiral S. (G3), with the March 1 John Battaglia Memorial serving as the in-between prep.

The Great War is making a homecoming of sorts, having been bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farm. The close relative of multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire Departing (War Front) was sold for $1 million as a yearling at Keeneland September.

Racing for Coolmore principals Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier in partnership with Joseph Allen, The Great War got off to a quick start as a juvenile at Ballydoyle. The precocious colt won his first two starts at Tipperary and the Curragh, respectively, before a disappointing fifth as the odds-on favorite in the Norfolk (Eng-G2) at Royal Ascot. He was subsequently a subpar sixth in the July S. (Eng-G2), an encouraging second in the Curragh S., and a better-than-appears 11th under 128 pounds in a lucrative event at Doncaster.

The Great War turned the corner with a 3 1/2-length coup in the September 28 Blenheim S. back at the Curragh, earning a crack at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. In his first attempt on dirt, and beyond 6 1/2 furlongs, he chased the wickedly fast pace and held on determinedly for fourth.

Considering how well Juvenile third Upstart (Flatter) performed in last Saturday's Holy Bull (G2), and that Juvenile fifth went on to miss narrowly in both the Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) and Los Alamitos Futurity (G1), The Great War is entitled to run up to his reputation here. He has been training forwardly over the Turfway Polytrack, and has drawn in the middle of the field in post 6. Albin Jimenez has the call.

Trainer Mike Maker is double-handed with Gulfstream Park shippers Serious Talk (Forestry) and Two Step Temper (Two Step Salsa). Unbeaten Serious Talk debuts for the barn off a $35,000 claim, while Two Step Temper seeks better luck after a pair of tough trips on turf.

Candy Charger (Candy Ride), 10th behind Dortmund (Big Brown) in a Churchill Downs allowance two back, exits a front-running allowance score at Turfway. Milwaukee Mist (Milwaukee Brew) bested the well-bred Musical Score (Unbridled's Song) in a local maiden January 3, while Worth the Gamble (Van Nistelrooy) just rolled to a 2 1/4-length decision here January 16. Worth the Gamble was previously second to Runhappy (Super Saver) in his eventful maiden romp.

Also worth a look is Draw Nigh (Elite Squadron), who has won or placed in his three career tries on Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs. A three-length maiden winner there in June, he was third in the September 25 Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile S. The Jim Rankin runner has not raced since capturing a second-level allowance at Mountaineer November 22.

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In brief

Due to severe winter weather conditions, the New York Racing Association has canceled live racing at Aqueduct on Wednesday. Aqueduct will be open for simulcasting on Wednesday, but Belmont Park will be closed.. Live racing is scheduled to resume at Aqueduct on Thursday...

Fort Erie has received approval from the Ontario Racing Commission to extend its racing season by two weeks resulting in a 40-day meet for 2015. Opening day will take place on June 2 with a 4:15 p.m. (EDT) post time, kicking off the popular Twilight Tuesday race cards for June, July and August. Post Time for Sundays will be 1:50 p.m. and beginning September 1, Tuesday post time will shift to 1:50 p.m. as well. Closing day is scheduled for October 20. The racetrack's 118th season of live Thoroughbred racing with the highlight being the 80th edition of the Prince of Wales S. to be run on July 28. The Prince of Wales is the second jewel in Canada's Triple Crown as well as Canada's richest race on dirt with a purse offered of C$500,000...

Beginning with the $1,500,000 Charles Town Classic (G2) at Charles Town on April 19, Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) will once again serve as the exclusive radio home for the remaining five events in the 2015 Penn Gaming Racing Challenge. In addition to Charles Town Classic day, the HRRN team will provide coverage of Penn National's Penn Mile card on May 30, the Race for the Ribbon program at Charles Town on September 19 as well as Zia Park's Land of Enchantment day and Penn's Thanksgiving Eve Racing Festival, both of which take place on November 25 and round out the series. Much as it has the previous two years, HRRN's live Charles Town Classic coverage will originate on site and can be heard nationwide on SiriusXM and will be available worldwide via live streaming on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net. Additional information along with specific broadcast times and channels will be announced prior to April 18. HRRN's Eclipse Award-winning broadcast team will be anchored by HRRN President Mike Penna...

Laurel hosts a pair of $100,000 stakes events for three-year-olds on Thursday, which were postponed after racing was canceled January 24 due to track conditions. The seven-furlong Frank Whiteley Jr. S. features nine colts and geldings while the six-furlong Marshua S. boasts eight fillies. In the Whiteley, Majestic Affair (Majesticperfection) is the likely favorite after a dominating 5 3/4-length score in the $98,000 Fred "Cappy" Capossela S. at Aqueduct on January 2. Golden Years (Not for Love) will attempt to add another stakes win to his resume after taking the Maryland Million Nursery and Marylander S. last season. The Whiteley also features the return of Governmentshutdown (Exchange Rate) following a seven-month layoff. The gray gelding notably defeated eventual Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner Hootenanny (Quality Road) in the Rollicking S. at Pimlico last May. Lake Sebago (Munnings), who captured the Smart Halo S. and Gin Talking S. during her juvenile campaign, headlines the Marshua. Eloquent Tribute (Tapit) invades from Aqueduct after posting a 5 3/4-length maiden win for trainer Rudy Rodriguez.

The Great War debuts for Ward in 96Rock

The Great War (center) was a solid fourth in the BC Juvenile (Breeders' Cup Ltd. Photo)
Last seen finishing a creditable fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) for Aidan O'Brien, The Great War (War Front) will make his first start for Wesley Ward in Saturday's $75,000 96Rock S. at Turfway Park. The 6 1/2-furlong dash is a stepping stone to the track's marquee Kentucky Derby (G1) prep, the March 21 Spiral S. (G3), with the March 1 John Battaglia Memorial serving as the in-between prep.

The Great War is making a homecoming of sorts, having been bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farm. The close relative of multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire Departing (War Front) was sold for $1 million as a yearling at Keeneland September.

Racing for Coolmore principals Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier in partnership with Joseph Allen, The Great War got off to a quick start as a juvenile at Ballydoyle. The precocious colt won his first two starts at Tipperary and the Curragh, respectively, before a disappointing fifth as the odds-on favorite in the Norfolk (Eng-G2) at Royal Ascot. He was subsequently a subpar sixth in the July S. (Eng-G2), an encouraging second in the Curragh S., and a better-than-appears 11th under 128 pounds in a lucrative event at Doncaster.

The Great War turned the corner with a 3 1/2-length coup in the September 28 Blenheim S. back at the Curragh, earning a crack at the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. In his first attempt on dirt, and beyond 6 1/2 furlongs, he chased the wickedly fast pace and held on determinedly for fourth.

Considering how well Juvenile third Upstart (Flatter) performed in last Saturday's Holy Bull (G2), and that Juvenile fifth went on to miss narrowly in both the Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) and Los Alamitos Futurity (G1), The Great War is entitled to run up to his reputation here. He has been training forwardly over the Turfway Polytrack, and has drawn in the middle of the field in post 6. Albin Jimenez has the call.

Trainer Mike Maker is double-handed with Gulfstream Park shippers Serious Talk (Forestry) and Two Step Temper (Two Step Salsa). Unbeaten Serious Talk debuts for the barn off a $35,000 claim, while Two Step Temper seeks better luck after a pair of tough trips on turf.

Candy Charger (Candy Ride), 10th behind Dortmund (Big Brown) in a Churchill Downs allowance two back, exits a front-running allowance score at Turfway. Milwaukee Mist (Milwaukee Brew) bested the well-bred Musical Score (Unbridled's Song) in a local maiden January 3, while Worth the Gamble (Van Nistelrooy) just rolled to a 2 1/4-length decision here January 16. Worth the Gamble was previously second to Runhappy (Super Saver) in his eventful maiden romp.

Also worth a look is Draw Nigh (Elite Squadron), who has won or placed in his three career tries on Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs. A three-length maiden winner there in June, he was third in the September 25 Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile S. The Jim Rankin runner has not raced since capturing a second-level allowance at Mountaineer November 22.

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Features

KENTUCKY DERBY REPORT

JANUARY 28, 2015

by James Scully

Upstart (Flatter) was sensational in Saturday's Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park, romping to a 5 1/2-length victory. His eye-catching 105 BRIS Speed rating is even more impressive given how wide he traveled throughout the 1 1/16-mile race (more than 30 feet farther than both the runner-up and third-placer).

The New York-bred colt has clearly improved at age three for trainer Richard Violette Jr., a key attribute for any Kentucky Derby hopeful with two-year-old form.

Upstart was easy to identify as a possible Kentucky Derby contender entering his sophomore season but lacked fanfare -- his 53-1 odds in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (November 28-30) were more indicative of a second-tier prospect.

The dark bay captured his first two starts over state-bred rivals in a pair of sprints at Saratoga, including the 6 1/2-furlong Funny Cide. In his first attempt against open rivals, he offered a solid middle move to record a non-threatening second in Champagne Stakes (G1) last October and followed with a respectable third in his 2014 finale, finishing 6 1/2 lengths behind the winning Texas Red (Afleet Alex) in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1).

By virtue of his Holy Bull tour-de-force, Upstart will be among the favorites in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (February 6-8). He's by the A.P. Indy stallion Flatter, whose runners tend to improve with age, and is out of a mare by Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold. The presence of champion sprinter Housebuster, sire of the second maternal dam, adds a nice mix of speed to Upstart's stamina-infused bloodlines.

Violette was also on last year's Kentucky Derby trail with another New York-bred, Samraat, who opened 2014 with smart wins in the Withers (G3) and Gotham (G3) before a second in the TwinSpires Wood Memorial (G1). But Samraat lacked a favorable pedigree for classic distances (out of an Indian Charlie mare) and wound up fifth in the 140th Kentucky Derby.

Upstart continued to display good tactical speed in the Holy Bull, racing within a couple of lengths of the early pace, and netted a 107 BRIS Late Pace rating while winning convincingly. He's got a lot going for him.

Frosted (Tapit) remains highly promising. After concluding last year with a commendable second in the Remsen (G2), the Kiaran McLaughlin trainee was bet down to 3-2 favoritism in the Holy Bull but had to settle for runner-up honors once again.

The well-bred gray colt saved ground from his innermost post position, stalking the pace in fourth during the early stages, and finished up nicely to be clear of third-placer Bluegrass Singer (Bluegrass Cat). Frosted equaled his 98 BRIS Speed rating from the Remsen and earned a 101 Late Pace. It will be no surprise to see him keep moving forward off the encouraging performance.

Bluegrass Singer saved third in his two-turn bow, but the stakes-winning gelding probably doesn't want any part of longer distances.

Late runners Keen Ice (Curlin), Frammento (Midshipman) and First Down (Street Sense) all failed to make a significant impact; their connections will be hoping for much more next time.

Debut winner

Khozan (Distorted Humor) is behind the proverbial eight-ball, making such a late career debut on January 24, but the Todd Pletcher-trained colt is one to watch following his impressive maiden tally on the Holy Bull undercard.

A half-brother to three-time champion and $4.8-million earner Royal Delta, the $1 million yearling drew off sharply to a 3 3/4-length decision and earned a 103 BRIS Speed rating after completing seven furlongs in 1:23.63. His performance was flattered by Barbados (Speightstown), who stopped the teletimer in 1:24.39 winning the Hutcheson (G3) one race later as the 3-5 favorite.

Upcoming

There are no scoring races this weekend, but Texas Red will make his three-year-old bow in Sunday's seven-furlong San Vicente (G2) at seven furlongs.

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In brief

Due to severe winter weather conditions, the New York Racing Association has canceled live racing at Aqueduct on Wednesday. Aqueduct will be open for simulcasting on Wednesday, but Belmont Park will be closed.. Live racing is scheduled to resume at Aqueduct on Thursday...

Fort Erie has received approval from the Ontario Racing Commission to extend its racing season by two weeks resulting in a 40-day meet for 2015. Opening day will take place on June 2 with a 4:15 p.m. (EDT) post time, kicking off the popular Twilight Tuesday race cards for June, July and August. Post Time for Sundays will be 1:50 p.m. and beginning September 1, Tuesday post time will shift to 1:50 p.m. as well. Closing day is scheduled for October 20. The racetrack's 118th season of live Thoroughbred racing with the highlight being the 80th edition of the Prince of Wales S. to be run on July 28. The Prince of Wales is the second jewel in Canada's Triple Crown as well as Canada's richest race on dirt with a purse offered of C$500,000...

Beginning with the $1,500,000 Charles Town Classic (G2) at Charles Town on April 19, Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) will once again serve as the exclusive radio home for the remaining five events in the 2015 Penn Gaming Racing Challenge. In addition to Charles Town Classic day, the HRRN team will provide coverage of Penn National's Penn Mile card on May 30, the Race for the Ribbon program at Charles Town on September 19 as well as Zia Park's Land of Enchantment day and Penn's Thanksgiving Eve Racing Festival, both of which take place on November 25 and round out the series. Much as it has the previous two years, HRRN's live Charles Town Classic coverage will originate on site and can be heard nationwide on SiriusXM and will be available worldwide via live streaming on the HRRN website, www.horseracingradio.net. Additional information along with specific broadcast times and channels will be announced prior to April 18. HRRN's Eclipse Award-winning broadcast team will be anchored by HRRN President Mike Penna...

Laurel hosts a pair of $100,000 stakes events for three-year-olds on Thursday, which were postponed after racing was canceled January 24 due to track conditions. The seven-furlong Frank Whiteley Jr. S. features nine colts and geldings while the six-furlong Marshua S. boasts eight fillies. In the Whiteley, Majestic Affair (Majesticperfection) is the likely favorite after a dominating 5 3/4-length score in the $98,000 Fred "Cappy" Capossela S. at Aqueduct on January 2. Golden Years (Not for Love) will attempt to add another stakes win to his resume after taking the Maryland Million Nursery and Marylander S. last season. The Whiteley also features the return of Governmentshutdown (Exchange Rate) following a seven-month layoff. The gray gelding notably defeated eventual Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner Hootenanny (Quality Road) in the Rollicking S. at Pimlico last May. Lake Sebago (Munnings), who captured the Smart Halo S. and Gin Talking S. during her juvenile campaign, headlines the Marshua. Eloquent Tribute (Tapit) invades from Aqueduct after posting a 5 3/4-length maiden win for trainer Rudy Rodriguez.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

TUP, 4TH, ALW, $16,000, 4YO/UP, A7 1/2FT, 1-27.
2—TAELYNS PRINCE, g, 4, English Channel--Chaposa Springs, by Baldski. O-Todd Fitch, B-Bluegrass Hall, LLC (KY), T-Manuel Ortiz, Sr., J-Juan M. Gutierrez, $9,523.
8—Odeon, g, 6, After Market--Ing Ing (FR), by Bering (GB). ($125,000 '10 KEESEP). O-Michael Terry, B-James Gottwald (KY), $3,072.
6—Magic Cash, c, 4, Tapit--Magic Kitty, by Storm Cat. O-Mercedes Stables LLC, B-Mercedes Stables LLC (KY), $1,536.
Winning Time: 1:29 (fm)

Notebooks

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

JANUARY 28, 2015

by John Mucciolo

There were no graded tilts during the fifth week of racing at Santa Anita.

Track Stats

From a total of 27 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 37 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 63 percent of the wins. From 17 frays contested on the dirt oval, two animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (12 percent), while none of the 10 grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end.

Speed was not dominant by any means on the main oval, but laying close early was still a good ingredient over the dirt strip.

After a week with big results for early runners on the lawn, things got back to normal as late runners had the majority of the success on the green.

Meet Totals

RACES:   174
DIRT:   121
TURF:   53
FAVORITES:   68 (39 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   36 (21 percent)
TURF WIRE:   5 (9 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   28 (23 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Friday (1/23)

2ND -- CONQUEST SUPERSTEP (Super Saver) did have a perfect trip tracking a slow pace, but we loved the way the Mark Casse trainee leveled off late and increased her edge inside the final furlong. The sophomore filly has a lot of potential and could likely handle any surface thrown her way.

8TH -- FABULOUS FIT (Marino Marini) broke slowest but soon got to the front and rolled home a fine winner in this dash for conditioner James Cassidy. The six-year-old mare showed little-to-no rust after being unraced in more than two years, and she could be any kind going forward if properly placed.

Saturday (1/24)

2ND -- PROHIBITION REPEAL (Benchmark) wad done in by a poor start from the rail which cost her all chance at the win, yet the Eric Kruljac charge put in a nice run in the lane and just missed second while well clear of third. We will tab the gelding to get the job done next time if in a similar of lesser spot.

3RD -- FOREST CHATTER (Dixie Chatter) followed up a huge maiden tally with a fine score in this run for Richard Mandella, winning with authority under Mike Smith. The four-year-old gelding will likely be stakes bound with further development.

7TH -- We tabbed GO WEST MARIE (Western Fame) in this dash following her superb route turf win most recently and she delivered with a huge late run en route to a fine stakes tally for conditioner Eddie Truman. The peaking four-year-old loves this venue and has surely never been better.

10TH -- POWERFUL GIRL (Marino Marini) made a sweeping move to take a nice edge in the lane and just missed to a class dropper in a fine effort for trainer Hector Palma. The sophomore filly was more than two lengths clear of her nearest foe and should be graduating before long with improvement.

Sunday (1/25)

4TH -- We liked WHY TWO (Bob and John) in this heat following a tardy beginning and late run in his debut, and the Mike Machowsky trainee delivered with a big run to graduate over a field we thought was solid. The sophomore colt could improve going longer and is one to watch going forward this spring.

6TH -- Euro import PRIZE EXHIBIT (GB) (Showcasing [GB]) made a fine start to her sophomore season and could be a major player in the turf stakes for three-year-old fillies this season. The James Cassidy charge has run a pair of nice ones on U.S. soil and we wouldn't take her lightly.

9TH -- Bob Baffert's SUM MIDNIGHT STAR (Midnight Lute) surely appreciated the drop down in with claiming foes in this spot with a superb score to close out the weekend. The four-year-old came home fast and should be very tough with starter foes in his likely next outing.

A Look Ahead

Four graded races will take place at Santa Anita this weekend. Saturday plays host to a trio -- $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (G1), $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) and $200,000 Arcadia Stakes (G2). Sunday's headliner is the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (G2) for three-year-olds and Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red (Afleet Alex) is expected to make his 2015 bow in the seven-furlong test.

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (1/19-1/25) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Micromanage 5H 1m 70y (my) AQU 1/19 Jazil S. 103
Cassatt 4F 1 1/16m (ft) HOU 1/24 Houston Ladies Classic S. 96
Sportive 7G 1m (ft) PM 1/25 Portland Mile H. 89
Seventyprcentcocoa 7M 1m (ft) PM 1/25 Portland Distaff S. 79
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (1/19-1/25) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Spirit Rules 6G 6f (ft) SA 1/24 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint S. 100
Star Harbour 7H 6f (ft) TAM 1/24 Pelican S. 99
Sam's Sister 4F 7f (ft) SA 1/19 Santa Monica S. 96
Sugar Shock 4F 6f (ft) OP 1/24 American Beauty S. 93
Castletown 7G 5 1/2f (ft) TUP 1/24 Swift S. 91
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (1/19-1/25) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Lochte 5G 1 1/16m (gd) TAM 1/24 Tampa Bay S. 101
Pure Tactics 6H a6 1/2f (fm) SA 1/25 Clocker's Corner S. 97
Coalport 6H 1 1/8m (fm) HOU 1/24 John B. Connally Turf Cup S. 96
Double Secret 4F 5f (gd) TAM 1/24 Lightning City S. 95
Go West Marie 4F a6 1/2f (fm) SA 1/24 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint S. 95
Heitai 5G 5f (fm) HOU 1/24 Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint S. 95
Alert Bay 4G 1 1/8m (fm) SA 1/24 California Cup Turf Classic S. 94
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (1/19-1/25) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Upstart 3R 1 1/16m (ft) GP 1/24 Lambholm South Holy Bull S. 105
Barbados 3C 7f (ft) GP 1/24 Hutcheson S. 98
Exodus 3C 7f (ft) HOU 1/24 Allen's Landing S. 95
Mischief Clem 3C 1 1/16m (ft) SA 1/24 California Cup Derby 95
Birdatthewire 3F 7f (ft) GP 1/24 Forward Gal S. 94
Far Right 3C 1m (ft) OP 1/19 Smarty Jones S. 92
Singing Kitty 3F 1m (fm) SA 1/24 Xpressbet California Cup Oaks 89
Cinco Charlie 3C 1m (ft) SUN 1/24 Riley Allison S. 88
Dubai Sky 3C 1m (fm) GP 1/24 Kitten's Joy S. 87
Consumer Credit 3F 1m (fm) GP 1/24 Sweetest Chant S. 86
Perfect Style 3F 6 1/2f (ft) SUN 1/25 El Paso Times H. 81
Thats No Bull 3G 1m (ft) PM 1/25 Columbia River S. 79

North American Maiden Winners
Ish Ar--Heavenly Rules by Moses Tablet; ISH RULES, c, 3, HOU, Msw, 1-27, 1mT, 1:38 . B-P & D Racing Stable (OK.).
Mondavi--Men Are Perfect by Menifee; THAT IS SO RIGHT, g, 3, HOU, Mcl 10000, 1-27, 5 1/2f, 1:07 . B-Marilyn E. Zerhusen (IN.). $5,000 '13 INDOCT.
Super Saver--Dianehill (IRE) (MG1P$426,551), by Danehill; REALITY, c, 3, HOU, Msw, 1-27, 1mT, 1:37 4/5. B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY.). $80,000 '12 KEENOV; $40,000 2014 KEENOV; $150,000 2014 OBSMAR. *1/2 to Splash Point (G3).
Warrior's Reward--Diana My Love by Siberian Express; SENOR BIG, c, 3, HOU, Mcl 15000, 1-27, 1m 70y, 1:46 4/5. B-Brookdale (KY.). $2,500 '12 KEENOV; $4,500 2014 OBSJUN.
D'wildcat--Darian Skye by Dance Master; WILD SKYE, g, 4, MVR, Msw, 1-27, 5 1/2f, 1:08 2/5. B-David Wylie Perkins (FL.). $7,500 '11 OBSOCT.

Features

KENTUCKY DERBY REPORT

JANUARY 28, 2015

by James Scully

Upstart (Flatter) was sensational in Saturday's Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park, romping to a 5 1/2-length victory. His eye-catching 105 BRIS Speed rating is even more impressive given how wide he traveled throughout the 1 1/16-mile race (more than 30 feet farther than both the runner-up and third-placer).

The New York-bred colt has clearly improved at age three for trainer Richard Violette Jr., a key attribute for any Kentucky Derby hopeful with two-year-old form.

Upstart was easy to identify as a possible Kentucky Derby contender entering his sophomore season but lacked fanfare -- his 53-1 odds in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (November 28-30) were more indicative of a second-tier prospect.

The dark bay captured his first two starts over state-bred rivals in a pair of sprints at Saratoga, including the 6 1/2-furlong Funny Cide. In his first attempt against open rivals, he offered a solid middle move to record a non-threatening second in Champagne Stakes (G1) last October and followed with a respectable third in his 2014 finale, finishing 6 1/2 lengths behind the winning Texas Red (Afleet Alex) in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1).

By virtue of his Holy Bull tour-de-force, Upstart will be among the favorites in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (February 6-8). He's by the A.P. Indy stallion Flatter, whose runners tend to improve with age, and is out of a mare by Belmont Stakes winner Touch Gold. The presence of champion sprinter Housebuster, sire of the second maternal dam, adds a nice mix of speed to Upstart's stamina-infused bloodlines.

Violette was also on last year's Kentucky Derby trail with another New York-bred, Samraat, who opened 2014 with smart wins in the Withers (G3) and Gotham (G3) before a second in the TwinSpires Wood Memorial (G1). But Samraat lacked a favorable pedigree for classic distances (out of an Indian Charlie mare) and wound up fifth in the 140th Kentucky Derby.

Upstart continued to display good tactical speed in the Holy Bull, racing within a couple of lengths of the early pace, and netted a 107 BRIS Late Pace rating while winning convincingly. He's got a lot going for him.

Frosted (Tapit) remains highly promising. After concluding last year with a commendable second in the Remsen (G2), the Kiaran McLaughlin trainee was bet down to 3-2 favoritism in the Holy Bull but had to settle for runner-up honors once again.

The well-bred gray colt saved ground from his innermost post position, stalking the pace in fourth during the early stages, and finished up nicely to be clear of third-placer Bluegrass Singer (Bluegrass Cat). Frosted equaled his 98 BRIS Speed rating from the Remsen and earned a 101 Late Pace. It will be no surprise to see him keep moving forward off the encouraging performance.

Bluegrass Singer saved third in his two-turn bow, but the stakes-winning gelding probably doesn't want any part of longer distances.

Late runners Keen Ice (Curlin), Frammento (Midshipman) and First Down (Street Sense) all failed to make a significant impact; their connections will be hoping for much more next time.

Debut winner

Khozan (Distorted Humor) is behind the proverbial eight-ball, making such a late career debut on January 24, but the Todd Pletcher-trained colt is one to watch following his impressive maiden tally on the Holy Bull undercard.

A half-brother to three-time champion and $4.8-million earner Royal Delta, the $1 million yearling drew off sharply to a 3 3/4-length decision and earned a 103 BRIS Speed rating after completing seven furlongs in 1:23.63. His performance was flattered by Barbados (Speightstown), who stopped the teletimer in 1:24.39 winning the Hutcheson (G3) one race later as the 3-5 favorite.

Upcoming

There are no scoring races this weekend, but Texas Red will make his three-year-old bow in Sunday's seven-furlong San Vicente (G2) at seven furlongs.

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Ivan Fallunovalot   OP   6f (wf)   1/22   121.9
Upstart   GP   1 1/16m (ft)   1/24   121.8
Sam's Sister   SA   7f (ft)   1/19   121.1
Birdatthewire   GP   7f (ft)   1/24   120.8
Star Harbour   TAM   6f (ft)   1/24   120.5
Sugar Shock   OP   6f (ft)   1/24   120.2
Mischief Clem   SA   1 1/16m (ft)   1/24   120.1
Joy Boy   OP   1m (ft)   1/25   120.0
Cassatt   HOU   1 1/16m (ft)   1/24   120.0
Micromanage   AQU   1m 70y (my)   1/19   120.0
Go West Marie   SA   a6 1/2f (fm)   1/24   119.9
Lochte   TAM   1 1/16m (gd)   1/24   119.9
Khozan   GP   7f (ft)   1/24   119.7
Coalport   HOU   1 1/8m (fm)   1/24   119.7
Pure Tactics   SA   a6 1/2f (fm)   1/25   119.6

Features

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

JANUARY 27, 2015

Dubai: A Cautious Approach to Safety Check

by Kellie Reilly

Godolphin's Safety Check (Dubawi) slammed the door on his rivals in last Thursday's feature at the Dubai Carnival, the 1,400-meter Al Fahidi Fort (UAE-G2), in a career-best performance. Displaying a sparkling turn of foot to sprint four lengths clear, the Charlie Appleby trainee lowered the turf course record to 1:23.09.

Safety Check is in the form of his life at the moment. In his four-year-old debut on January 8, he zipped to a similarly commanding victory over the same course and distance in 1:23.13. That came in a handicap, where he appeared to benefit from a break in the weights. He carried 122 pounds, thanks in part to the four-pound allowance claimed by apprentice rider Cam Hardie. Indeed, Safety Check was essentially a handicapper in England. Until Thursday, he had a smattering of unsuccessful attempts in listed and Group company on his resume.

Although Safety Check is clearly on the upgrade, the Al Fahidi Fort might also have been the ideal opportunity for a breakthrough. In addition to competing at his pet distance, he had the advantage of race fitness over his principal rivals from the Mike de Kock yard, Anaerobio (Catcher in the Rye) and Red Ray (Western Winter). As it turned out, they were also compromised, in different ways, by their trips.

Safety Check thus has the profile of a horse who can make hay at the Carnival, but could be tough to place on World Cup night. Appleby has sensibly mentioned the February 26 Zabeel Mile (UAE-G2) as his next target. With his subsequent turf options likely too long or too short, it will be intriguing to see whether he takes a stab on dirt for the Godolphin Mile (UAE-G2) on the big night. At least the distance would be right.

Draw a line through it: Anaerobio, the defending champion in the Al Fahidi Fort, never had a fair shot at the repeat. Unraced since his fifth in last March's Dubai Duty Free (UAE-G1), the de Kock veteran was buried in traffic in the stretch, then had to check when eventual runner-up Eastern Rules (Golden Snake) drifted into his path. Jockey Christophe Soumillon ended up having to steer Anaerobio clear around everyone to the outside, and the former Argentinean champ took off. Unfortunately, it was much too late, and he had to settle for fourth. Stablemate Zahee (Dylan Thomas) didn't have a smooth passage either in third, but Anaerobio looked the unluckier of the pair.

Soumillon had a rather colorful exchange with Eastern Rules' rider, Shane Foley. According to the stewards' report, Soumillon vented at Foley "in an abusive and aggressive manner on pulling up," and the Belgian was slapped with an AED 2,000 fine for misconduct.

Red Ray has a lot more upside than the eight-year-old Anaerobio, and de Kock was "hoping for a big run" from his new South African recruit. The lack of a race since his second in the May 24 Golden Horse Sprint (SAf-G1) at Scottsville, however, showed -- not only physically but mentally. Red Ray was too aggressive early with regular rider Anton Marcus, who tried to cajole him, but the talented colt was too into the bit for his own good. After chasing in second, and never looking relaxed, he weakened to seventh. That marked only his second unplaced effort in 11 career starts.

Formerly based with Joey Ramsden, Red Ray scored his signature win in the 2013 Cape Classic (SAf-G3) at Kenilworth, at the expense of eventual South African Horse of the Year Legislate (Dynasty). He has placed in a quartet of Group 1 events, and his lone poor effort at home was a ninth in last January's Queen's Plate (SAf-G1), where he was reportedly "fatigued" afterward. Red Ray hails from a prolific South African family, and with this international debut behind him, he's sure to do himself justice in future engagements.

Two to follow: Umgiyo (Danehill Dancer) and Tamarkuz (Speightstown) stole the spotlight on the undercard. Each has had his issues in the past, but on this evidence, they've put it all behind them and are ready for prime time.

Umgiyo, long well regarded by de Kock, was something of an underachiever in South Africa. Partly that was the result of a physical problem (a twisted testicle that was ultimately resolved by a gelding operation), but de Kock believes that the well-bred bay needed time to mature as well.

Returning from a nearly 10-month layoff, Umgiyo made his Dubai debut in an about nine-furlong turf handicap. Soumillon followed de Kock's instructions to anchor Umgiyo at the rear of the field early, and he was still dead last in midstretch. Once wheeled around into the clear, he inhaled them to win going away. It was a useful enough bunch too -- e.g., runner-up Ocean Tempest (Act One) captured two listed races in England last year, along with the Lincoln, and placed in a Group 3. Granted, Umgiyo was receiving a seven-pound weight concession from Ocean Tempest. Yet in light of his protracted trek from South Africa, he was bound to need the race, making his blistering rally all the more commendable.

Umgiyo is likely on the path to the Dubai Turf (formerly known as the Duty Free) over this same trip. With only nine starts under his belt, the Australian-bred has ample scope for development. His pedigree sports the Danehill/Sadler's Wells cross, and his dam is a full sister to Group 1 victor Alberto Giacometti (Sadler's Wells). The harmonious matches continue through his maternal side, for his second dam is by Shirley Heights, his third dam is by Habitat and his fourth dam is stamina-laden English champion Attica Meli (Primera).

Sheikh Hamdan's Tamarkuz has been bedeviled by gate problems, which weren't helped by his sustaining head trauma when batting his skull at the start here last March. Not seen again until January 8, the Musabah al Muhairi trainee was slow to break, but rallied well and almost prevailed under the top weight of 132 pounds, only to be outfinished by the late-blooming Faulkner (Pivotal).

In Thursday's dirt handicap over a metric mile, Tamarkuz broke "1,242 percent better," to use racecaller Terry Spargo's phrase. Showing good early speed to be part of the pace scrum on rail, he opened up cornering into the stretch and widened his margin to 4 1/2 lengths. Tamarkuz stacks up as potentially more than a match for Surfer (Distorted Humor). He hacked up in 1:37.47, eclipsing Surfer's mark of 1:38.21 set in the January 8 Maktoum Challenge Round 1 (UAE-G2). The formline likewise dovetails neatly: Round 1 third-placer Haatheq (Seeking the Gold) was best of the rest behind Tamarkuz.

A five-year-old who was making only his 10th start, Tamarkuz is now beginning to fulfill his early promise. He had set a juvenile course record at Kempton in 2012, during his days with Godolphin. The $325,000 Keeneland September yearling has plenty of pedigree, with his dam being a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 hero Stay Thirsty (Bernardini) and classic-placed Andromeda's Hero (Fusaichi Pegasus).

A sneaky result: Godolphin's Excellent Result (Shamardal) was a notable improver last Carnival, and he could follow a similar trajectory after a fifth in his return in the about 12-furlong turf handicap. Hung out wide from post 11 when forcing the pace into the first turn, the Saeed bin Suroor runner was going well to strike the front in the stretch. But his 132-pound impost told, and he was outkicked to the line. Still, Excellent Result was beaten less than a length in a blanket finish. That was actually a better result than his fourth to start the 2014 Carnival, when he progressed to take an about 1 3/4-mile handicap and the Dubai City of Gold (UAE-G2). Look for him to move forward, especially if he steps up in trip again.

Ron the Greek update: Ron the Greek's (Full Mandate) Saudi form was upheld at Meydan Thursday, courtesy of Toolain (Diktat), who upset a handicap in a track-record 2:05.86 for about 1 1/4 miles on the dirt. Third to Ron the Greek in the Students' Cup last November, Toolain was overlooked at a big price here off a disappointment at Jebel Ali. Ron the Greek, currently on a three-race winning streak, looms as a major Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) contender. A victory would be especially poignant for the Saudi royals: he was co-owned by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who just passed away Friday, and his sons. With the King's passing, the race staged in his honor -- the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup -- has been postponed to the "weekend of February 14," as reported by Pat Cummings (@Dubairacenight). That is expected to serve as Ron the Greek's springboard to the World Cup.

On tap: Thursday's renewal of the Al Rashidiya (UAE-G2) promises to be a vintage one. Last year's Duty Free runner-up Vercingetorix (Silvano) spearheads de Kock's possibles, a few of which are cross-entered to a turf handicap on the undercard. Bin Suroor has two engaged for Godolphin, Hunter's Light (Dubawi) (who also has the handicap option) and True Story (Manduro), who aims to follow up on his Singspiel romp. A small but intriguing field of turf distaffers is in line for the Cape Verdi (UAE-G2), and the turf sprint handicap ought to have Al Quoz Sprint (UAE-G1) implications. As ever, check Tuesday's declarations for the final fields.

Notebooks

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

JANUARY 28, 2015

by John Mucciolo

There were no graded tilts during the fifth week of racing at Santa Anita.

Track Stats

From a total of 27 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 37 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 63 percent of the wins. From 17 frays contested on the dirt oval, two animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (12 percent), while none of the 10 grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end.

Speed was not dominant by any means on the main oval, but laying close early was still a good ingredient over the dirt strip.

After a week with big results for early runners on the lawn, things got back to normal as late runners had the majority of the success on the green.

Meet Totals

RACES:   174
DIRT:   121
TURF:   53
FAVORITES:   68 (39 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   36 (21 percent)
TURF WIRE:   5 (9 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   28 (23 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Friday (1/23)

2ND -- CONQUEST SUPERSTEP (Super Saver) did have a perfect trip tracking a slow pace, but we loved the way the Mark Casse trainee leveled off late and increased her edge inside the final furlong. The sophomore filly has a lot of potential and could likely handle any surface thrown her way.

8TH -- FABULOUS FIT (Marino Marini) broke slowest but soon got to the front and rolled home a fine winner in this dash for conditioner James Cassidy. The six-year-old mare showed little-to-no rust after being unraced in more than two years, and she could be any kind going forward if properly placed.

Saturday (1/24)

2ND -- PROHIBITION REPEAL (Benchmark) wad done in by a poor start from the rail which cost her all chance at the win, yet the Eric Kruljac charge put in a nice run in the lane and just missed second while well clear of third. We will tab the gelding to get the job done next time if in a similar of lesser spot.

3RD -- FOREST CHATTER (Dixie Chatter) followed up a huge maiden tally with a fine score in this run for Richard Mandella, winning with authority under Mike Smith. The four-year-old gelding will likely be stakes bound with further development.

7TH -- We tabbed GO WEST MARIE (Western Fame) in this dash following her superb route turf win most recently and she delivered with a huge late run en route to a fine stakes tally for conditioner Eddie Truman. The peaking four-year-old loves this venue and has surely never been better.

10TH -- POWERFUL GIRL (Marino Marini) made a sweeping move to take a nice edge in the lane and just missed to a class dropper in a fine effort for trainer Hector Palma. The sophomore filly was more than two lengths clear of her nearest foe and should be graduating before long with improvement.

Sunday (1/25)

4TH -- We liked WHY TWO (Bob and John) in this heat following a tardy beginning and late run in his debut, and the Mike Machowsky trainee delivered with a big run to graduate over a field we thought was solid. The sophomore colt could improve going longer and is one to watch going forward this spring.

6TH -- Euro import PRIZE EXHIBIT (GB) (Showcasing [GB]) made a fine start to her sophomore season and could be a major player in the turf stakes for three-year-old fillies this season. The James Cassidy charge has run a pair of nice ones on U.S. soil and we wouldn't take her lightly.

9TH -- Bob Baffert's SUM MIDNIGHT STAR (Midnight Lute) surely appreciated the drop down in with claiming foes in this spot with a superb score to close out the weekend. The four-year-old came home fast and should be very tough with starter foes in his likely next outing.

A Look Ahead

Four graded races will take place at Santa Anita this weekend. Saturday plays host to a trio -- $300,000 Las Virgenes Stakes (G1), $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes (G2) and $200,000 Arcadia Stakes (G2). Sunday's headliner is the $200,000 San Vicente Stakes (G2) for three-year-olds and Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red (Afleet Alex) is expected to make his 2015 bow in the seven-furlong test.

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Wednesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Charles Town   (2nd) Sir Warbo, 3-1
    (4th) Prisca, 5-1
Delta Downs   (4th) Train to Destiny, 7-2
    (8th) Wildcat Friendship, 7-2
Gulfstream Park   (6th) Zamarata, 4-1
    (7th) River of Dreams, 6-1
Mahoning Valley   (1st) Koncrete Kowgirl, 7-2
    (5th) Candy Chant, 3-1
Penn National   (2nd) Outhaul, 4-1
    (6th) Simple Tricks, 3-1
Tampa Bay Downs   (2nd) Always Dear, 5-1
    (5th) Desert Bliss, 4-1

Features

INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

JANUARY 27, 2015

Dubai: A Cautious Approach to Safety Check

by Kellie Reilly

Godolphin's Safety Check (Dubawi) slammed the door on his rivals in last Thursday's feature at the Dubai Carnival, the 1,400-meter Al Fahidi Fort (UAE-G2), in a career-best performance. Displaying a sparkling turn of foot to sprint four lengths clear, the Charlie Appleby trainee lowered the turf course record to 1:23.09.

Safety Check is in the form of his life at the moment. In his four-year-old debut on January 8, he zipped to a similarly commanding victory over the same course and distance in 1:23.13. That came in a handicap, where he appeared to benefit from a break in the weights. He carried 122 pounds, thanks in part to the four-pound allowance claimed by apprentice rider Cam Hardie. Indeed, Safety Check was essentially a handicapper in England. Until Thursday, he had a smattering of unsuccessful attempts in listed and Group company on his resume.

Although Safety Check is clearly on the upgrade, the Al Fahidi Fort might also have been the ideal opportunity for a breakthrough. In addition to competing at his pet distance, he had the advantage of race fitness over his principal rivals from the Mike de Kock yard, Anaerobio (Catcher in the Rye) and Red Ray (Western Winter). As it turned out, they were also compromised, in different ways, by their trips.

Safety Check thus has the profile of a horse who can make hay at the Carnival, but could be tough to place on World Cup night. Appleby has sensibly mentioned the February 26 Zabeel Mile (UAE-G2) as his next target. With his subsequent turf options likely too long or too short, it will be intriguing to see whether he takes a stab on dirt for the Godolphin Mile (UAE-G2) on the big night. At least the distance would be right.

Draw a line through it: Anaerobio, the defending champion in the Al Fahidi Fort, never had a fair shot at the repeat. Unraced since his fifth in last March's Dubai Duty Free (UAE-G1), the de Kock veteran was buried in traffic in the stretch, then had to check when eventual runner-up Eastern Rules (Golden Snake) drifted into his path. Jockey Christophe Soumillon ended up having to steer Anaerobio clear around everyone to the outside, and the former Argentinean champ took off. Unfortunately, it was much too late, and he had to settle for fourth. Stablemate Zahee (Dylan Thomas) didn't have a smooth passage either in third, but Anaerobio looked the unluckier of the pair.

Soumillon had a rather colorful exchange with Eastern Rules' rider, Shane Foley. According to the stewards' report, Soumillon vented at Foley "in an abusive and aggressive manner on pulling up," and the Belgian was slapped with an AED 2,000 fine for misconduct.

Red Ray has a lot more upside than the eight-year-old Anaerobio, and de Kock was "hoping for a big run" from his new South African recruit. The lack of a race since his second in the May 24 Golden Horse Sprint (SAf-G1) at Scottsville, however, showed -- not only physically but mentally. Red Ray was too aggressive early with regular rider Anton Marcus, who tried to cajole him, but the talented colt was too into the bit for his own good. After chasing in second, and never looking relaxed, he weakened to seventh. That marked only his second unplaced effort in 11 career starts.

Formerly based with Joey Ramsden, Red Ray scored his signature win in the 2013 Cape Classic (SAf-G3) at Kenilworth, at the expense of eventual South African Horse of the Year Legislate (Dynasty). He has placed in a quartet of Group 1 events, and his lone poor effort at home was a ninth in last January's Queen's Plate (SAf-G1), where he was reportedly "fatigued" afterward. Red Ray hails from a prolific South African family, and with this international debut behind him, he's sure to do himself justice in future engagements.

Two to follow: Umgiyo (Danehill Dancer) and Tamarkuz (Speightstown) stole the spotlight on the undercard. Each has had his issues in the past, but on this evidence, they've put it all behind them and are ready for prime time.

Umgiyo, long well regarded by de Kock, was something of an underachiever in South Africa. Partly that was the result of a physical problem (a twisted testicle that was ultimately resolved by a gelding operation), but de Kock believes that the well-bred bay needed time to mature as well.

Returning from a nearly 10-month layoff, Umgiyo made his Dubai debut in an about nine-furlong turf handicap. Soumillon followed de Kock's instructions to anchor Umgiyo at the rear of the field early, and he was still dead last in midstretch. Once wheeled around into the clear, he inhaled them to win going away. It was a useful enough bunch too -- e.g., runner-up Ocean Tempest (Act One) captured two listed races in England last year, along with the Lincoln, and placed in a Group 3. Granted, Umgiyo was receiving a seven-pound weight concession from Ocean Tempest. Yet in light of his protracted trek from South Africa, he was bound to need the race, making his blistering rally all the more commendable.

Umgiyo is likely on the path to the Dubai Turf (formerly known as the Duty Free) over this same trip. With only nine starts under his belt, the Australian-bred has ample scope for development. His pedigree sports the Danehill/Sadler's Wells cross, and his dam is a full sister to Group 1 victor Alberto Giacometti (Sadler's Wells). The harmonious matches continue through his maternal side, for his second dam is by Shirley Heights, his third dam is by Habitat and his fourth dam is stamina-laden English champion Attica Meli (Primera).

Sheikh Hamdan's Tamarkuz has been bedeviled by gate problems, which weren't helped by his sustaining head trauma when batting his skull at the start here last March. Not seen again until January 8, the Musabah al Muhairi trainee was slow to break, but rallied well and almost prevailed under the top weight of 132 pounds, only to be outfinished by the late-blooming Faulkner (Pivotal).

In Thursday's dirt handicap over a metric mile, Tamarkuz broke "1,242 percent better," to use racecaller Terry Spargo's phrase. Showing good early speed to be part of the pace scrum on rail, he opened up cornering into the stretch and widened his margin to 4 1/2 lengths. Tamarkuz stacks up as potentially more than a match for Surfer (Distorted Humor). He hacked up in 1:37.47, eclipsing Surfer's mark of 1:38.21 set in the January 8 Maktoum Challenge Round 1 (UAE-G2). The formline likewise dovetails neatly: Round 1 third-placer Haatheq (Seeking the Gold) was best of the rest behind Tamarkuz.

A five-year-old who was making only his 10th start, Tamarkuz is now beginning to fulfill his early promise. He had set a juvenile course record at Kempton in 2012, during his days with Godolphin. The $325,000 Keeneland September yearling has plenty of pedigree, with his dam being a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 hero Stay Thirsty (Bernardini) and classic-placed Andromeda's Hero (Fusaichi Pegasus).

A sneaky result: Godolphin's Excellent Result (Shamardal) was a notable improver last Carnival, and he could follow a similar trajectory after a fifth in his return in the about 12-furlong turf handicap. Hung out wide from post 11 when forcing the pace into the first turn, the Saeed bin Suroor runner was going well to strike the front in the stretch. But his 132-pound impost told, and he was outkicked to the line. Still, Excellent Result was beaten less than a length in a blanket finish. That was actually a better result than his fourth to start the 2014 Carnival, when he progressed to take an about 1 3/4-mile handicap and the Dubai City of Gold (UAE-G2). Look for him to move forward, especially if he steps up in trip again.

Ron the Greek update: Ron the Greek's (Full Mandate) Saudi form was upheld at Meydan Thursday, courtesy of Toolain (Diktat), who upset a handicap in a track-record 2:05.86 for about 1 1/4 miles on the dirt. Third to Ron the Greek in the Students' Cup last November, Toolain was overlooked at a big price here off a disappointment at Jebel Ali. Ron the Greek, currently on a three-race winning streak, looms as a major Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) contender. A victory would be especially poignant for the Saudi royals: he was co-owned by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who just passed away Friday, and his sons. With the King's passing, the race staged in his honor -- the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup -- has been postponed to the "weekend of February 14," as reported by Pat Cummings (@Dubairacenight). That is expected to serve as Ron the Greek's springboard to the World Cup.

On tap: Thursday's renewal of the Al Rashidiya (UAE-G2) promises to be a vintage one. Last year's Duty Free runner-up Vercingetorix (Silvano) spearheads de Kock's possibles, a few of which are cross-entered to a turf handicap on the undercard. Bin Suroor has two engaged for Godolphin, Hunter's Light (Dubawi) (who also has the handicap option) and True Story (Manduro), who aims to follow up on his Singspiel romp. A small but intriguing field of turf distaffers is in line for the Cape Verdi (UAE-G2), and the turf sprint handicap ought to have Al Quoz Sprint (UAE-G1) implications. As ever, check Tuesday's declarations for the final fields.

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (1/19-1/25) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Micromanage 5H 1m 70y (my) AQU 1/19 Jazil S. 103
Cassatt 4F 1 1/16m (ft) HOU 1/24 Houston Ladies Classic S. 96
Sportive 7G 1m (ft) PM 1/25 Portland Mile H. 89
Seventyprcentcocoa 7M 1m (ft) PM 1/25 Portland Distaff S. 79
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (1/19-1/25) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Spirit Rules 6G 6f (ft) SA 1/24 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint S. 100
Star Harbour 7H 6f (ft) TAM 1/24 Pelican S. 99
Sam's Sister 4F 7f (ft) SA 1/19 Santa Monica S. 96
Sugar Shock 4F 6f (ft) OP 1/24 American Beauty S. 93
Castletown 7G 5 1/2f (ft) TUP 1/24 Swift S. 91
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (1/19-1/25) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Lochte 5G 1 1/16m (gd) TAM 1/24 Tampa Bay S. 101
Pure Tactics 6H a6 1/2f (fm) SA 1/25 Clocker's Corner S. 97
Coalport 6H 1 1/8m (fm) HOU 1/24 John B. Connally Turf Cup S. 96
Double Secret 4F 5f (gd) TAM 1/24 Lightning City S. 95
Go West Marie 4F a6 1/2f (fm) SA 1/24 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Sprint S. 95
Heitai 5G 5f (fm) HOU 1/24 Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint S. 95
Alert Bay 4G 1 1/8m (fm) SA 1/24 California Cup Turf Classic S. 94
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (1/19-1/25) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Upstart 3R 1 1/16m (ft) GP 1/24 Lambholm South Holy Bull S. 105
Barbados 3C 7f (ft) GP 1/24 Hutcheson S. 98
Exodus 3C 7f (ft) HOU 1/24 Allen's Landing S. 95
Mischief Clem 3C 1 1/16m (ft) SA 1/24 California Cup Derby 95
Birdatthewire 3F 7f (ft) GP 1/24 Forward Gal S. 94
Far Right 3C 1m (ft) OP 1/19 Smarty Jones S. 92
Singing Kitty 3F 1m (fm) SA 1/24 Xpressbet California Cup Oaks 89
Cinco Charlie 3C 1m (ft) SUN 1/24 Riley Allison S. 88
Dubai Sky 3C 1m (fm) GP 1/24 Kitten's Joy S. 87
Consumer Credit 3F 1m (fm) GP 1/24 Sweetest Chant S. 86
Perfect Style 3F 6 1/2f (ft) SUN 1/25 El Paso Times H. 81
Thats No Bull 3G 1m (ft) PM 1/25 Columbia River S. 79

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

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Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Ivan Fallunovalot   OP   6f (wf)   1/22   121.9
Upstart   GP   1 1/16m (ft)   1/24   121.8
Sam's Sister   SA   7f (ft)   1/19   121.1
Birdatthewire   GP   7f (ft)   1/24   120.8
Star Harbour   TAM   6f (ft)   1/24   120.5
Sugar Shock   OP   6f (ft)   1/24   120.2
Mischief Clem   SA   1 1/16m (ft)   1/24   120.1
Joy Boy   OP   1m (ft)   1/25   120.0
Cassatt   HOU   1 1/16m (ft)   1/24   120.0
Micromanage   AQU   1m 70y (my)   1/19   120.0
Go West Marie   SA   a6 1/2f (fm)   1/24   119.9
Lochte   TAM   1 1/16m (gd)   1/24   119.9
Khozan   GP   7f (ft)   1/24   119.7
Coalport   HOU   1 1/8m (fm)   1/24   119.7
Pure Tactics   SA   a6 1/2f (fm)   1/25   119.6

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

OBS CHAMPIONSHIP S., OTC, $100,000, 3YO, F, 1 1/16M, 1-27.
12—ARCTIC OCEAN, f, 3, Concord Point--Silk Sails, by Ocean Crest. ($32,000 '13 KEESEP; $33,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-Moirano, John L, Nehoc Stables and Sokol, Alan, B-Lantern Hill Farm (KY), T-Gary C. Contessa, J-Rafael Manuel Hernandez, $60,000.
7—Save Rock and Roll, f, 3, Super Saver--Miss Mary Pat, by Service Stripe. ($60,000 '13 KEESEP; $50,000 2014 OBSMAR). O-Leonard C Green and Crush Racing Stable, B-MMP Partnership (KY), $20,000.
2—Back Flip, f, 3, Super Saver--For Royalty, by Not for Love. ($200,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Bortolazzo Stable LLC, B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY), $10,000.
Also Ran: Titanium Jo, Rue Royale, B Rockett, Magnificent Margo, Jersey Jules, Danube River, More Than Rainbows, Our Sister Ania.
Winning Time: 1:46 4/5 (ft)
Margins: NK, 2, HF.
 
OBS CHAMPIONSHIP S., OTC, $100,000, 3YO, C/G, 1 1/16M, 1-27.
2—FIRESPIKE, c, 3, Flower Alley--Fairy Valley, by Dixieland Band. ($70,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Skychai Racing LLC, Warner, Charles Kevin, and Sand Dollar Stable LLC, B-Carlos Rafael, Michael Bossio &Cherie Abner (FL), T-Michael J. Maker, J-Joel Rosario, $60,000.
1—Big Yum, c, 3, Kantharos--Hi Avie, by Lord Avie. O-Murray Stroud, B-Melissa Lynn Anthony, Mr & Mrs David Nowicki & The Boys (FL), $20,000.
4—Prince Vincenzo, c, 3, Exclusive Quality--Christmas Lights, by Citidancer. ($32,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-DiBello Racing LLC, B-Brent Fernung & Crystal Fernung (FL), $10,000.
Also Ran: Toasting Master, Bordini, Royal Squeeze, Andy Po Po.
Winning Time: 1:46 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 2 1/4, NK, HF.
 
OBS SPRINT S., OTC, $50,000, 3YO, F, 6F, 1-27.
8—LADY SHIPMAN, f, 3, Midshipman--Sumthingtotalkabt, by Mutakddim. O-Ranlo Investments LLC, B-Randall E Lowe (KY), T-Kathleen O'Connell, J-Eduardo O. Nunez, $30,000.
2—Happy to Go, f, 3, Saint Anddan--Arctic Dove, by Dove Hunt. ($8,000 '12 OBSOCT; $8,000 '13 OBSAUG). O-Raul Bahena, B-Lynne Boutte (PA), $10,000.
9—Cool Comfort, f, 3, Big Brown--Singing Sensation, by Coronado's Quest. ($60,000 '13 KEEJAN; $115,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Ten Broeck Farm, Inc, B-Big Brown Syndicate, Burden Creek Farm LLC & Bill Nichols (KY), $5,000.
Also Ran: Polly My Love, Gold Value.
Winning Time: 1:08 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 8, NO, 5HF.
 
OBS SPRINT S., OTC, $50,000, 3YO, C/G, 6F, 1-27.
2—IT'S NOT ME, g, 3, D'wildcat--Jovetta, by Elusive Quality. ($30,000 '13 OBSAUG; $50,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-White Wabbit Wacing LLC and Marco Thoroughbred Corp, B-Karen Silva (FL), T-Jorge Navarro, J-Edgard J. Zayas, $30,000.
7—Charlie's Brother, c, 3, With Distinction--Rockandrollqueen, by Deputy Commander. ($25,000 '13 OBSAUG). O-Moles, Stanley S and Starr Stables LLC, B-Dr Tiffany A Atteberry & Scott Brown (FL), $10,000.
8—Social Request, r, 3, Lookin At Lucky--Silver Lilly, by Silver Deputy. ($75,000 '13 KEESEP; $100,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Rontos Racing Stable Corp, B-Machmer Hall (KY), $5,000.
Also Ran: Copper Hill, Tiger of Wales, Never Give In, Really Blue Moon.
Winning Time: 1:09 3/5 (ft)
Margins: 8 3/4, HD, 1HF.