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SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015

Triple Crown News & Notes

Dortmund fires bullet, One Lucky Dane out of Derby with injury

Dortmund zipped over the Santa Anita strip Saturday morning but stablemate One Lucky Dane saw his Derby hopes end (Benoit Photos)

It was a bittersweet morning for Bob Baffert. After unbeaten Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Dortmund (Big Brown) worked five furlongs on Santa Anita's main track in a bullet :58 4/5 under regular rider Martin Garcia for the May 2 Kentucky Derby (G1), Santa Anita Derby runner-up One Lucky Dane (Lookin at Lucky), who also had been ticketed for the Run for the Roses, went five furlongs with Rafael Bejarano up in :59 1/5.

But One Lucky Dane lost his left front shoe soon after the work, whereupon Bejarano pulled him up. The horse ambulance brought One Lucky Dane back to Baffert's barn.

Baffert later advised the media that X-rays had revealed the beginning of a condylar fracture in his left front foot, and that two screws would be inserted during subsequent surgery. One Lucky Dane is expected to be out four months.

It was immeasurably better news on Dortmund, who worked in company with Game On at Midnite (Midnight Lute), who was clocked in 1:00 4/5. Dortmund's time was the fastest of 59 at the distance, the average time of which was 1:00 3/5.

"It was a nice move," Baffert said of Dortmund. "He was really happy out there. The track was in great shape today. He's happy. There's no regression (since the Santa Anita Derby on April 4)."

Baffert said he plans to leave Tuesday for Kentucky to see Arkansas Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), the possible Kentucky Derby favorite.

"He'll breeze once there (at Churchill Downs), but it won't be on Tuesday," Baffert said. "He looks good so far. He hasn't regressed, either."

Sunland Derby winner Firing Line (Line of David) worked five furlongs in company for Simon Callaghan in 1:00 2/5 under Gary Stevens with owner Arnold Zetcher on hand.

"I got him in a tick faster than that, but it's just what we were looking for," Callaghan said. "He sat off the lead horse, joined it, and galloped out really strong.

"Gary was really, really happy. He'll probably have one more breeze here next Saturday, and leave for Kentucky April 26."

Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho (Street Sense), third in the Blue Grass (G1) on April 4, will run in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Jim Cassidy said by phone from Illinois. He said the mount on Ocho Ocho Ocho was still open.

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Dortmund fires bullet, One Lucky Dane out of Derby with injury

Dortmund zipped over the Santa Anita strip Saturday morning but stablemate One Lucky Dane saw his Derby hopes end (Benoit Photos)

It was a bittersweet morning for Bob Baffert. After unbeaten Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Dortmund (Big Brown) worked five furlongs on Santa Anita's main track in a bullet :58 4/5 under regular rider Martin Garcia for the May 2 Kentucky Derby (G1), Santa Anita Derby runner-up One Lucky Dane (Lookin at Lucky), who also had been ticketed for the Run for the Roses, went five furlongs with Rafael Bejarano up in :59 1/5.

But One Lucky Dane lost his left front shoe soon after the work, whereupon Bejarano pulled him up. The horse ambulance brought One Lucky Dane back to Baffert's barn.

Baffert later advised the media that X-rays had revealed the beginning of a condylar fracture in his left front foot, and that two screws would be inserted during subsequent surgery. One Lucky Dane is expected to be out four months.

It was immeasurably better news on Dortmund, who worked in company with Game On at Midnite (Midnight Lute), who was clocked in 1:00 4/5. Dortmund's time was the fastest of 59 at the distance, the average time of which was 1:00 3/5.

"It was a nice move," Baffert said of Dortmund. "He was really happy out there. The track was in great shape today. He's happy. There's no regression (since the Santa Anita Derby on April 4)."

Baffert said he plans to leave Tuesday for Kentucky to see Arkansas Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), the possible Kentucky Derby favorite.

"He'll breeze once there (at Churchill Downs), but it won't be on Tuesday," Baffert said. "He looks good so far. He hasn't regressed, either."

Sunland Derby winner Firing Line (Line of David) worked five furlongs in company for Simon Callaghan in 1:00 2/5 under Gary Stevens with owner Arnold Zetcher on hand.

"I got him in a tick faster than that, but it's just what we were looking for," Callaghan said. "He sat off the lead horse, joined it, and galloped out really strong.

"Gary was really, really happy. He'll probably have one more breeze here next Saturday, and leave for Kentucky April 26."

Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho (Street Sense), third in the Blue Grass (G1) on April 4, will run in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Jim Cassidy said by phone from Illinois. He said the mount on Ocho Ocho Ocho was still open.

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Pletcher trio work at Palm Beach Downs

Florida Derby winner Materiality is off to Kentucky after Saturday's work (Adam Coglianese Photography)

Materiality (Afleet Alex), who captured the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on March 28, tuned up for a scheduled start in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 2 with a sharp five-furlong breeze at Palm Beach Downs Saturday.

The undefeated Todd Pletcher-trained colt worked in company with Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Stanford (Malibu Moon). The stablemates were both timed in 1:00 2/5 for their final Triple Crown tune-ups at Palm Beach Downs before shipping to Kentucky Tuesday.

"It was a super work," Pletcher said. "I'm very happy with him."

Daily Racing Form's Mike Welsch, who clocked the important workout, reported that Materiality galloped out six furlongs impressively in 1:13 4/5.

Materiality has run all three of his races at Gulfstream, where he launched his career with a 4 1/4-length score in his six-furlong debut on January 11. The colt stretched out around two turns in spectacular fashion on March 6, winning the 1 1/8-mile Islamorada H. by 5 3/4 lengths. Making his graded-stakes debut in the Florida Derby, Materiality prevailed over favored Upstart by 1 1/2 lengths at 1 1/8 miles.

Pletcher-trained Itsaknockout (Lemon Drop Kid), the Fountain of Youth (G2) winner through the disqualification of Upstart (Flatter) and the fourth-place finisher in the Florida Derby, breezed a half-mile in :48 while working in company with Competitive Edge (Super Saver), his undefeated stablemate.

Following his busy early morning at Palm Beach Downs, Pletcher jetted to Kentucky to observe Blue Grass (G1) winner Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) breeze at Keeneland later in the morning.

Materiality, Stanford and Itsaknockout are scheduled for final tune-ups at Churchill Downs next Saturday. Competitive Edge, who returned from a layoff of nearly seven months to capture the Tamarac S. at Gulfstream by 8 1/4 lengths on March 27, is slated to run next in the Pat Day Mile (G3) on the Kentucky Derby undercard.

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Pletcher trio work at Palm Beach Downs

Florida Derby winner Materiality is off to Kentucky after Saturday's work (Adam Coglianese Photography)

Materiality (Afleet Alex), who captured the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on March 28, tuned up for a scheduled start in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 2 with a sharp five-furlong breeze at Palm Beach Downs Saturday.

The undefeated Todd Pletcher-trained colt worked in company with Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Stanford (Malibu Moon). The stablemates were both timed in 1:00 2/5 for their final Triple Crown tune-ups at Palm Beach Downs before shipping to Kentucky Tuesday.

"It was a super work," Pletcher said. "I'm very happy with him."

Daily Racing Form's Mike Welsch, who clocked the important workout, reported that Materiality galloped out six furlongs impressively in 1:13 4/5.

Materiality has run all three of his races at Gulfstream, where he launched his career with a 4 1/4-length score in his six-furlong debut on January 11. The colt stretched out around two turns in spectacular fashion on March 6, winning the 1 1/8-mile Islamorada H. by 5 3/4 lengths. Making his graded-stakes debut in the Florida Derby, Materiality prevailed over favored Upstart by 1 1/2 lengths at 1 1/8 miles.

Pletcher-trained Itsaknockout (Lemon Drop Kid), the Fountain of Youth (G2) winner through the disqualification of Upstart (Flatter) and the fourth-place finisher in the Florida Derby, breezed a half-mile in :48 while working in company with Competitive Edge (Super Saver), his undefeated stablemate.

Following his busy early morning at Palm Beach Downs, Pletcher jetted to Kentucky to observe Blue Grass (G1) winner Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) breeze at Keeneland later in the morning.

Materiality, Stanford and Itsaknockout are scheduled for final tune-ups at Churchill Downs next Saturday. Competitive Edge, who returned from a layoff of nearly seven months to capture the Tamarac S. at Gulfstream by 8 1/4 lengths on March 27, is slated to run next in the Pat Day Mile (G3) on the Kentucky Derby undercard.

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Carpe Diem breezes half-mile in :48

Carpe Diem was piloted by Hall of Famer John Velazquez, who must decide between him and Materiality in the Kentucky Derby (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
With regular rider John Velazquez aboard, Blue Grass (G1) winner Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) worked a half-mile on his own in :48 over a fast track Saturday morning at Keeneland.

Owned by WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables and trained by Todd Pletcher, Carpe Diem came on the track at 10:15a.m. (EDT) after the track had been closed to all horses. He was accompanied by a lead pony before easing away en route to producing fractions of :12, :24, :36, :48, out five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 and six furlongs in 1:13 4/5.

"I got him in :48 flat," Pletcher said. "He galloped out almost to the half-mile pole and Johnny had a hard time pulling him up, which is a good sign. He is a fit horse."

Carpe Diem's work capped a busy morning for Pletcher, who began the day in Florida where three of his other Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls worked at Palm Beach Downs training center.

Asked if he had had a morning like this before with works in two states that he personally viewed, Pletcher grinned broadly and said, "No.

"Logistically, everything fell into place," he said. "You prefer to work on a fast track and with the good chance of rain coming in here tomorrow, Keeneland went out of their way to accommodate us and we appreciate that a lot.

"We needed the sun to come up at Palm Beach Downs, and my first horses worked at 6:25. I was able to fly on (Stonestreet owner) Barbara Banke's plane and Keeneland let us work later so that I could get here and Johnny would have time to work the horse before catching a plane to Charles Town (in West Virginia)."

Pletcher, who arrived at Barn 6 at 10:07, said he was happy with all the works of his Derby hopefuls, but comparing them "would be like apples and oranges. Materiality (Afleet Alex) worked very well with Stanford (Malibu Moon). It was his second work since the Florida Derby (G1) and he got a solid five-eighths. He bounced out of the Florida Derby really well."

Daily Racing Form clockers got the pair in 1:00.52 with a final quarter in :23.57.

In addition to Materiality and Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Stanford, Itsaknockout (Lemon Drop Kid) worked a half-mile in company with the undefeated Competitive Edge in :48.17. Itsaknockout finished fourth in the Florida Derby.

Pletcher said the three Florida workers would ship to Churchill Downs on Tuesday after training at Palm Beach Downs that morning and have their final works for the Kentucky Derby next weekend at Churchill Downs.

Travel plans for Carpe Diem have not been finalized.

"Most likely he will have his final (pre-Derby) work here, but we haven't decided," Pletcher said.

Nor has a decision been made on riders for the Kentucky Derby, especially for Carpe Diem and Materiality.

"I will talk with Johnny on Monday," Pletcher said of the regular rider for both horses. "Ultimately, it is Johnny's decision. Those are two very good horses, and he is four-for-five on one (Carpe Diem) and three-for-three on the other."

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Carpe Diem breezes half-mile in :48

Carpe Diem was piloted by Hall of Famer John Velazquez, who must decide between him and Materiality in the Kentucky Derby (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
With regular rider John Velazquez aboard, Blue Grass (G1) winner Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) worked a half-mile on his own in :48 over a fast track Saturday morning at Keeneland.

Owned by WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables and trained by Todd Pletcher, Carpe Diem came on the track at 10:15a.m. (EDT) after the track had been closed to all horses. He was accompanied by a lead pony before easing away en route to producing fractions of :12, :24, :36, :48, out five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 and six furlongs in 1:13 4/5.

"I got him in :48 flat," Pletcher said. "He galloped out almost to the half-mile pole and Johnny had a hard time pulling him up, which is a good sign. He is a fit horse."

Carpe Diem's work capped a busy morning for Pletcher, who began the day in Florida where three of his other Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls worked at Palm Beach Downs training center.

Asked if he had had a morning like this before with works in two states that he personally viewed, Pletcher grinned broadly and said, "No.

"Logistically, everything fell into place," he said. "You prefer to work on a fast track and with the good chance of rain coming in here tomorrow, Keeneland went out of their way to accommodate us and we appreciate that a lot.

"We needed the sun to come up at Palm Beach Downs, and my first horses worked at 6:25. I was able to fly on (Stonestreet owner) Barbara Banke's plane and Keeneland let us work later so that I could get here and Johnny would have time to work the horse before catching a plane to Charles Town (in West Virginia)."

Pletcher, who arrived at Barn 6 at 10:07, said he was happy with all the works of his Derby hopefuls, but comparing them "would be like apples and oranges. Materiality (Afleet Alex) worked very well with Stanford (Malibu Moon). It was his second work since the Florida Derby (G1) and he got a solid five-eighths. He bounced out of the Florida Derby really well."

Daily Racing Form clockers got the pair in 1:00.52 with a final quarter in :23.57.

In addition to Materiality and Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Stanford, Itsaknockout (Lemon Drop Kid) worked a half-mile in company with the undefeated Competitive Edge in :48.17. Itsaknockout finished fourth in the Florida Derby.

Pletcher said the three Florida workers would ship to Churchill Downs on Tuesday after training at Palm Beach Downs that morning and have their final works for the Kentucky Derby next weekend at Churchill Downs.

Travel plans for Carpe Diem have not been finalized.

"Most likely he will have his final (pre-Derby) work here, but we haven't decided," Pletcher said.

Nor has a decision been made on riders for the Kentucky Derby, especially for Carpe Diem and Materiality.

"I will talk with Johnny on Monday," Pletcher said of the regular rider for both horses. "Ultimately, it is Johnny's decision. Those are two very good horses, and he is four-for-five on one (Carpe Diem) and three-for-three on the other."

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International Star, Danzig Moon, Keen Ice work at Churchill

International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus), whose victory in the Louisiana Derby (G2) completed a sweep of Fair Grounds' trio of Kentucky Derby (G1) prep races, took a brief van ride to Churchill Downs Saturday for a five-furlong work over the one-mile dirt course that will host the Kentucky Derby (G2) in two weeks.

Jockey Miguel Mena was in the saddle as the New York-bred worked in company with stablemate Dreams Cut Short (Belong to Me) and covered five furlongs over fast footing in 1:01 4/5. International Star's final time for the distance ranked 34th among 58 works at the distance. His workmate was timed in 1:02 3/5.

Internal fractions for International Star were timed in :12 2/5, :25 and :37 1/5 and he galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.

"It was a pretty routine work for him," trainer Mike Maker said. "We were looking for a strong gallop-out and he gave it to us."

After the work, International Star shipped back to Maker's regular training base at Trackside training center, which is located four miles from Churchill Downs. The colt is scheduled to return on Monday or Tuesday to take up residence in Barn 27 and train at Churchill Downs through the Derby.

Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon), runner-up to Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) in the recent Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland, turned in a sizzling five-furlong breeze in :58 over a fast track in his first serious training move since the April 4 race.

The Derby contender had jockey Julien Leparoux in the saddle when Churchill Downs clockers timed him in internal fractions of :11 2/5, :22 2/5, :34 and :45 3/5. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:12 1/5. Danzig Moon's gallop-out time for three-quarters of a mile was faster than the work turned in by fellow Derby hopeful Keen Ice (Curlin), who was timed in 1:13 1/5 in the only official six-furlong work of the Saturday training session.

Danzig Moon worked in company with stablemate and Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (G2) candidate Tepin (Bernstein), who had an identical five-furlong clocking and their moves tied as the fastest of 58 works at the distance. The swift move by Danzig Moon left assistant trainer Norman Casse, the son of trainer Mark Casse who oversees his father's stable at Churchill Downs, concerned that the colt could have done too much just 14 days out from the Derby.

"We usually reserve our two-weeks-out works to be our big works and, unfortunately, I think he got a little overzealous leaving the pony," Casse said. "He's a fast horse and he worked fast, and Julien recognized that and really didn't ask him to do too much afterwards.

"We know he likes the racetrack and the horse he worked with is a very, very talented horse. The horse that worked is running on Derby Day as well. We purposely worked them together because they basically have the same target: different races, but on the same day. Had he not gotten away and ran-off the first bit, the overall time wouldn't have been nearly as fast. But it's OK."

Casse took a close look at Danzig Moon immediately after the work and will do so again Sunday morning.

"I've already gone over him and already jogged him by hand, and we did a post-breeze scope and all those things are perfect," Casse said. "That's the important thing."

Keen Ice, a closing fourth in the Louisiana Derby. broke off from the five-furlong pole. Exercise rider Tammy Fox positioned Keen Ice on the outside of the companion and guided him through fractions of :23 1/5, :35 1/5, :47 1/5 and :59 4/5. After the conclusion of the work to the seven-eighths pole, Keen Ice galloped out an addition furlong in 1:27 3/5.

Keen Ice, who broke his maiden at Churchill Downs in September, has accrued 22 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Series from third place finishes in the Remsen (G2) and Risen Star, and his Louisiana Derby fourth. That put him No. 21 on the preference list, which meant he needed one horse to withdraw in order to compete in the May 2 classic.

"We've been taking our time with this horse," trainer Dale Romans said. "I've never really squeezed the lemon and made him work fast because he's not a naturally fast workhorse. But coming into this race, he's done everything we've asked him to do. We've been hoping to squeeze the lemon the last three weeks before the Derby and have him peak to run an all-time best race on the first Saturday in May. So far it's working out well. He had a fast five-eighths work last week (1:00 1/5 on April 11) and this week he comes back three-quarters in 1:13 and change.

"This is a prototype Derby horse. He's built like one -- big and strong and should be able to handle himself if he gets bumped around -- and the further they run, the better. Every race he's run, he's been closing fast. This is the first time these horses will be going a mile-and-a-quarter. He does not control his own destiny like a horse that has tactical pace and they forwardly place themselves. We're going to need a fast pace and a clean trip but if we get it then he's the type of horse that can win the Derby."

American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), the reigning two-year-old champion and the possible favorite for the Derby, had an easy 1 1/2-mile gallop Saturday morning.

Exercise rider Jorge Alvarez was in the saddle for the first gallop for the Bob Baffert trainee since his Monday arrival. American Pharoah rolled to his fourth consecutive win and stakes victory a week ago in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park.

American Pharoah galloped during the first of the 15-minute training sessions devoted exclusively to horses being pointed toward the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (G1). Assistant trainer Jim Barnes said American Pharoah had done well during his brief time at Churchill Downs and would continue to train during that Derby-Oaks training window that begins at approximately 8:30 a.m. (EDT) following the mid-session break for track maintenance.

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International Star, Danzig Moon, Keen Ice work at Churchill

International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus), whose victory in the Louisiana Derby (G2) completed a sweep of Fair Grounds' trio of Kentucky Derby (G1) prep races, took a brief van ride to Churchill Downs Saturday for a five-furlong work over the one-mile dirt course that will host the Kentucky Derby (G2) in two weeks.

Jockey Miguel Mena was in the saddle as the New York-bred worked in company with stablemate Dreams Cut Short (Belong to Me) and covered five furlongs over fast footing in 1:01 4/5. International Star's final time for the distance ranked 34th among 58 works at the distance. His workmate was timed in 1:02 3/5.

Internal fractions for International Star were timed in :12 2/5, :25 and :37 1/5 and he galloped out six furlongs in 1:15.

"It was a pretty routine work for him," trainer Mike Maker said. "We were looking for a strong gallop-out and he gave it to us."

After the work, International Star shipped back to Maker's regular training base at Trackside training center, which is located four miles from Churchill Downs. The colt is scheduled to return on Monday or Tuesday to take up residence in Barn 27 and train at Churchill Downs through the Derby.

Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon), runner-up to Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) in the recent Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland, turned in a sizzling five-furlong breeze in :58 over a fast track in his first serious training move since the April 4 race.

The Derby contender had jockey Julien Leparoux in the saddle when Churchill Downs clockers timed him in internal fractions of :11 2/5, :22 2/5, :34 and :45 3/5. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:12 1/5. Danzig Moon's gallop-out time for three-quarters of a mile was faster than the work turned in by fellow Derby hopeful Keen Ice (Curlin), who was timed in 1:13 1/5 in the only official six-furlong work of the Saturday training session.

Danzig Moon worked in company with stablemate and Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (G2) candidate Tepin (Bernstein), who had an identical five-furlong clocking and their moves tied as the fastest of 58 works at the distance. The swift move by Danzig Moon left assistant trainer Norman Casse, the son of trainer Mark Casse who oversees his father's stable at Churchill Downs, concerned that the colt could have done too much just 14 days out from the Derby.

"We usually reserve our two-weeks-out works to be our big works and, unfortunately, I think he got a little overzealous leaving the pony," Casse said. "He's a fast horse and he worked fast, and Julien recognized that and really didn't ask him to do too much afterwards.

"We know he likes the racetrack and the horse he worked with is a very, very talented horse. The horse that worked is running on Derby Day as well. We purposely worked them together because they basically have the same target: different races, but on the same day. Had he not gotten away and ran-off the first bit, the overall time wouldn't have been nearly as fast. But it's OK."

Casse took a close look at Danzig Moon immediately after the work and will do so again Sunday morning.

"I've already gone over him and already jogged him by hand, and we did a post-breeze scope and all those things are perfect," Casse said. "That's the important thing."

Keen Ice, a closing fourth in the Louisiana Derby. broke off from the five-furlong pole. Exercise rider Tammy Fox positioned Keen Ice on the outside of the companion and guided him through fractions of :23 1/5, :35 1/5, :47 1/5 and :59 4/5. After the conclusion of the work to the seven-eighths pole, Keen Ice galloped out an addition furlong in 1:27 3/5.

Keen Ice, who broke his maiden at Churchill Downs in September, has accrued 22 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Series from third place finishes in the Remsen (G2) and Risen Star, and his Louisiana Derby fourth. That put him No. 21 on the preference list, which meant he needed one horse to withdraw in order to compete in the May 2 classic.

"We've been taking our time with this horse," trainer Dale Romans said. "I've never really squeezed the lemon and made him work fast because he's not a naturally fast workhorse. But coming into this race, he's done everything we've asked him to do. We've been hoping to squeeze the lemon the last three weeks before the Derby and have him peak to run an all-time best race on the first Saturday in May. So far it's working out well. He had a fast five-eighths work last week (1:00 1/5 on April 11) and this week he comes back three-quarters in 1:13 and change.

"This is a prototype Derby horse. He's built like one -- big and strong and should be able to handle himself if he gets bumped around -- and the further they run, the better. Every race he's run, he's been closing fast. This is the first time these horses will be going a mile-and-a-quarter. He does not control his own destiny like a horse that has tactical pace and they forwardly place themselves. We're going to need a fast pace and a clean trip but if we get it then he's the type of horse that can win the Derby."

American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), the reigning two-year-old champion and the possible favorite for the Derby, had an easy 1 1/2-mile gallop Saturday morning.

Exercise rider Jorge Alvarez was in the saddle for the first gallop for the Bob Baffert trainee since his Monday arrival. American Pharoah rolled to his fourth consecutive win and stakes victory a week ago in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park.

American Pharoah galloped during the first of the 15-minute training sessions devoted exclusively to horses being pointed toward the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (G1). Assistant trainer Jim Barnes said American Pharoah had done well during his brief time at Churchill Downs and would continue to train during that Derby-Oaks training window that begins at approximately 8:30 a.m. (EDT) following the mid-session break for track maintenance.

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Graded Recaps

Elkhorn turns into Dramedy with 30-1 winner

Dramedy prevailed in the Elkhorn at Keeneland (Keeneland/Coady Photography)
Dramedy (Distorted Humor) has taken years to live up to his pedigree, but the 30-1 longest shot on the board delivered in Saturday's $250,000 Elkhorn (G2) at Keeneland. All he needed was a dramatic step up in trip to 1 1/2 miles, and a pokey pace scenario, to upstage such logical players as Dynamic Sky (Sky Mesa), defending champion Unitarian (Pulpit) and Biz the Nurse (Oratorio).

A half-brother to Grade 1-winning millionaire Bluegrass Cat (Storm Cat) from the immediate family of 2010 Kentucky Derby (G1) star Super Saver (Maria's Mon), Dramedy was a debut maiden winner at Aqueduct for breeder WinStar Farm. Shortly thereafter, he was sold for $185,000 at Keeneland in November 2012. The bay finished third in a Santa Anita allowance for his new connections, CTR Stables and Moore Racing, only to head to the sidelines for 15 months.

Dramedy, who resurfaced on the East Coast last spring, changed hands again, this time for $70,000 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky in July. Making his first start for the John James Revocable Trust and trainer Michael Pino, he captured a Delaware Park allowance.

Later in the fall, Dramedy switched to the barn of Gerald Aschinger, who had actually signed the ticket for him at Fasig-Tipton. The six-year-old hinted that he was on the upswing when a rallying fourth in the one-mile Appleton (G3) at Gulfstream Park on March 28, as well as a bullet work on Keeneland's main track last Saturday.

Under Joe Bravo, Dramedy ranged up to match strides with early leader My Afleet (Afleet Alex) through a half-mile in :52 2/5. The pair turned the Elkhorn into their own private match race, opening up a double-digit lead on the field through splits of 1:16 1/5, 1:40 3/5 and 2:05 1/5.

Despite drifting out down the lane, Dramedy pulled clear of the weakening My Afleet. The closers furiously bore down late, but not in time, as the longshot held on by a diminishing neck from Dynamic Sky. Unitarian, the 2-1 favorite, was another head away in third in his title defense. Biz the Nurse was along for fourth, while My Afleet retreated to sixth in the eight-horse field.

Dramedy completed 1 ½ miles on the good turf in 2:31 and sparked a $63.60 win mutuel. His first stakes credit advanced his record to 15-4-2-1, $260,037.

The Kentucky-bred is out of the unraced She's a Winner (A.P. Indy), who is responsible for Grade 2 scorer Lord of the Game (Saint Ballado) and stakes winner Sonoma Cat (Storm Cat) in addition to the aforementioned Bluegrass Cat. She's a Winner is herself a full sister to Grade 1 hero Girolamo, Grade 2 vixen Daydreaming (herself the dam of current Grade 1 winner Imagining [Giant's Causeway]) and Supercharger, dam of Super Saver.

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Elkhorn turns into Dramedy with 30-1 winner

Dramedy prevailed in the Elkhorn at Keeneland (Keeneland/Coady Photography)
Dramedy (Distorted Humor) has taken years to live up to his pedigree, but the 30-1 longest shot on the board delivered in Saturday's $250,000 Elkhorn (G2) at Keeneland. All he needed was a dramatic step up in trip to 1 1/2 miles, and a pokey pace scenario, to upstage such logical players as Dynamic Sky (Sky Mesa), defending champion Unitarian (Pulpit) and Biz the Nurse (Oratorio).

A half-brother to Grade 1-winning millionaire Bluegrass Cat (Storm Cat) from the immediate family of 2010 Kentucky Derby (G1) star Super Saver (Maria's Mon), Dramedy was a debut maiden winner at Aqueduct for breeder WinStar Farm. Shortly thereafter, he was sold for $185,000 at Keeneland in November 2012. The bay finished third in a Santa Anita allowance for his new connections, CTR Stables and Moore Racing, only to head to the sidelines for 15 months.

Dramedy, who resurfaced on the East Coast last spring, changed hands again, this time for $70,000 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky in July. Making his first start for the John James Revocable Trust and trainer Michael Pino, he captured a Delaware Park allowance.

Later in the fall, Dramedy switched to the barn of Gerald Aschinger, who had actually signed the ticket for him at Fasig-Tipton. The six-year-old hinted that he was on the upswing when a rallying fourth in the one-mile Appleton (G3) at Gulfstream Park on March 28, as well as a bullet work on Keeneland's main track last Saturday.

Under Joe Bravo, Dramedy ranged up to match strides with early leader My Afleet (Afleet Alex) through a half-mile in :52 2/5. The pair turned the Elkhorn into their own private match race, opening up a double-digit lead on the field through splits of 1:16 1/5, 1:40 3/5 and 2:05 1/5.

Despite drifting out down the lane, Dramedy pulled clear of the weakening My Afleet. The closers furiously bore down late, but not in time, as the longshot held on by a diminishing neck from Dynamic Sky. Unitarian, the 2-1 favorite, was another head away in third in his title defense. Biz the Nurse was along for fourth, while My Afleet retreated to sixth in the eight-horse field.

Dramedy completed 1 ½ miles on the good turf in 2:31 and sparked a $63.60 win mutuel. His first stakes credit advanced his record to 15-4-2-1, $260,037.

The Kentucky-bred is out of the unraced She's a Winner (A.P. Indy), who is responsible for Grade 2 scorer Lord of the Game (Saint Ballado) and stakes winner Sonoma Cat (Storm Cat) in addition to the aforementioned Bluegrass Cat. She's a Winner is herself a full sister to Grade 1 hero Girolamo, Grade 2 vixen Daydreaming (herself the dam of current Grade 1 winner Imagining [Giant's Causeway]) and Supercharger, dam of Super Saver.

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La Verdad repeats in Distaff romp

La Verdad left her three rivals scattered behind, and around, her in the Distaff (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad (Yes It's True) returned to her winning ways in stellar fashion on Saturday at Aqueduct, wiring the $190,000 Distaff H. (G2) to defend her title in the race by 5 1/4 lengths. Jockey Jose Ortiz has been exclusively aboard the Linda Rice trainee since she began her career in March 2013, and guided her in the Distaff to finish six furlongs in 1:10 over the fast main track.

The race really came down to second as La Verdad established splits of :22 1/5, :44 4/5 and :56 4/5 while loping along on the lead in front of her three rivals. Frivolity (Corinthian) and Mamdooha (Daaher) duked it out behind her for the runner-up spot, with the former taking second-place honors by a neck on the wire. Aireofdistinction (Songandaprayer) blew the turn badly and found herself running near the grandstand rail before finishing fourth and last, 10 1/4 lengths behind Mamdooha.

La Verdad paid $2.60 as the prohibitive 1-4 favorite after show wagering was canceled. The bay mare was making her five-year-old bow in this spot, having closed out 2014 with an uncharacteristic seventh in the Fall Highweight H. (G3) against the boys. Prior to that she captured the Iroquois S. and just missed by a head when second in the Gallant Bloom H. (G2), both at Belmont Park.

La Verdad was fifth in the Ballerina S. (G1) and Honorable Miss H. (G2) last summer at Saratoga, which snapped a four-race win streak comprised of the Distaff 'Cap, Broadway S., Critical Eye S. and Dancin Renee S. She had a five-race winning skein broken when second while making her stakes bow in the Barbara Fritchie H. (G2) in February 2014, and now boasts a 17-11-2-0 career mark to go along with $900,700 in lifetime earnings.

Bred in New York by Eklektikos Stable LLC, La Verdad is out of the stakes-placed Noble Fire (Hook and Ladder) and counts as a younger half-sister multiple stakes-placed Hot City Girl.

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La Verdad repeats in Distaff romp

La Verdad left her three rivals scattered behind, and around, her in the Distaff (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Lady Sheila Stable's La Verdad (Yes It's True) returned to her winning ways in stellar fashion on Saturday at Aqueduct, wiring the $190,000 Distaff H. (G2) to defend her title in the race by 5 1/4 lengths. Jockey Jose Ortiz has been exclusively aboard the Linda Rice trainee since she began her career in March 2013, and guided her in the Distaff to finish six furlongs in 1:10 over the fast main track.

The race really came down to second as La Verdad established splits of :22 1/5, :44 4/5 and :56 4/5 while loping along on the lead in front of her three rivals. Frivolity (Corinthian) and Mamdooha (Daaher) duked it out behind her for the runner-up spot, with the former taking second-place honors by a neck on the wire. Aireofdistinction (Songandaprayer) blew the turn badly and found herself running near the grandstand rail before finishing fourth and last, 10 1/4 lengths behind Mamdooha.

La Verdad paid $2.60 as the prohibitive 1-4 favorite after show wagering was canceled. The bay mare was making her five-year-old bow in this spot, having closed out 2014 with an uncharacteristic seventh in the Fall Highweight H. (G3) against the boys. Prior to that she captured the Iroquois S. and just missed by a head when second in the Gallant Bloom H. (G2), both at Belmont Park.

La Verdad was fifth in the Ballerina S. (G1) and Honorable Miss H. (G2) last summer at Saratoga, which snapped a four-race win streak comprised of the Distaff 'Cap, Broadway S., Critical Eye S. and Dancin Renee S. She had a five-race winning skein broken when second while making her stakes bow in the Barbara Fritchie H. (G2) in February 2014, and now boasts a 17-11-2-0 career mark to go along with $900,700 in lifetime earnings.

Bred in New York by Eklektikos Stable LLC, La Verdad is out of the stakes-placed Noble Fire (Hook and Ladder) and counts as a younger half-sister multiple stakes-placed Hot City Girl.

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Yahilwa proves best in Sixty Sails

Yahilwa (Medaglia d'Oro) wore down the pacesetting Parc Monceau (Giant's Causeway) in the stretch and drew off to a 2 1/2-length win in the $150,000 Sixty Sails H. (G3) at Hawthorne on Saturday.

Under Elvis Trujillo, the five-year-old stumbled at the start, advanced from fourth to second around the first turn, and patiently vied while Parc Monceau led through splits of :24 3/5, :49, and 1:13 3/5. Called upon at the top of the stretch, the mare responded and posted a comfortable win in a time of 1:51 for 1 1/8 miles on a fast track.

Owned by D. P. Racing and trained by Jim Cassidy, Yahilwa paid $6.40 as the 2-1 second choice in a field of five.

Awesome Flower (Flower Alley), the 3-5 favorite, edged Ketel Twist (Dixie Union) by a nose for second. Parc Monceau and Sea Shadow (Jump Start) rounded out the order of finish.

Yahilwa captured the $200,000 Treasure Chest at Delta Downs last November, six months after finishing a narrow second in the Adoration (G3) at Santa Anita. However, she entered the Sixty Sails off back-to-back unplaced finishes in the Bayakoa (G2) at Los Alamitos and Santa Maria (G2) at Santa Anita. Her record now stands at 26-6-3-4, $369,895.

Bred in Kentucky by Avalon Farm, Yahilwa was reared by Verbanella (Smart Strike). Her third dam was Smart Angle (Quadrangle), the champion two-year-old filly of 1979, and her fourth dam was Broodmare of the Year Smartaire (*Quibu).

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Yahilwa proves best in Sixty Sails

Yahilwa (Medaglia d'Oro) wore down the pacesetting Parc Monceau (Giant's Causeway) in the stretch and drew off to a 2 1/2-length win in the $150,000 Sixty Sails H. (G3) at Hawthorne on Saturday.

Under Elvis Trujillo, the five-year-old stumbled at the start, advanced from fourth to second around the first turn, and patiently vied while Parc Monceau led through splits of :24 3/5, :49, and 1:13 3/5. Called upon at the top of the stretch, the mare responded and posted a comfortable win in a time of 1:51 for 1 1/8 miles on a fast track.

Owned by D. P. Racing and trained by Jim Cassidy, Yahilwa paid $6.40 as the 2-1 second choice in a field of five.

Awesome Flower (Flower Alley), the 3-5 favorite, edged Ketel Twist (Dixie Union) by a nose for second. Parc Monceau and Sea Shadow (Jump Start) rounded out the order of finish.

Yahilwa captured the $200,000 Treasure Chest at Delta Downs last November, six months after finishing a narrow second in the Adoration (G3) at Santa Anita. However, she entered the Sixty Sails off back-to-back unplaced finishes in the Bayakoa (G2) at Los Alamitos and Santa Maria (G2) at Santa Anita. Her record now stands at 26-6-3-4, $369,895.

Bred in Kentucky by Avalon Farm, Yahilwa was reared by Verbanella (Smart Strike). Her third dam was Smart Angle (Quadrangle), the champion two-year-old filly of 1979, and her fourth dam was Broodmare of the Year Smartaire (*Quibu).

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Puca, Luminance, Birdatthewire and Include Betty breeze ahead of Kentucky Oaks

Puca will enter the Oaks boasting just one career victory (Breeders' Cup Ltd.)
Donegal Racing's Kentucky Oaks (G1) hopeful Puca (Big Brown), runner-up in Aqueduct's Gazelle S. (G2) on April 4, tuned-up for her May 1 Oaks bid with a four-furlong work in :48 1/5 over the fast track at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

The three-year-old filly had Jo Lawson in the saddle as she worked in company with stablemate Japan (Medaglia d'Oro). Puca's internal fractions were timed by Churchill Downs clockers in :12 2/5 and :24 2/5 and she galloped out five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 and six furlongs in 1:14 2/5.

The work by Puca ranked 10th among 57 training moves at the half-mile distance. She started off 1 1/2 lengths in front of her three-year-old stablemate Japan, who was timed in :48, the eighth-fastest move of the day, for his work.

"I thought it was a good, nice steady work," said Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, who was at Churchill for his filly's first work over the track. "There was plenty of horse the whole way. She finished up good and galloped out very good."

The work was the first serious training move for the Donegal filly, who shipped to Churchill Downs shortly after her runner-up finish to Kentucky Oaks contender Condo Commando (Tiz Wonderful) in the Gazelle. She finished 2 1/2 lengths behind Condo Commando in that race at the Oaks distance of 1 1/8 miles.

Puca's lone victory in six career races was a 16-length romp in a Belmont Park maiden race last October 1. That win was followed by a troubled sixth-place run while making her stakes debut in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita. Her only other race during her three-year-old season was a fourth-place run in Gulfstream Park's Davona Dale S. (G2) on February 21.

"She broke her maiden very impressively and then she ran well coming back in the Breeders' Cup where she had a rough trip and got stopped," said Mott, who has not saddled a winner in the Kentucky Oaks. "She's indicated that she belongs. She ran second in the Gazelle so she's coming off of a good race and the horse that won the Gazelle was alone on the lead with nobody to challenge. So we felt that if she gets a little pace (in the Oaks), she gets the mile-and-an-eighth well enough. So we're going to give her a chance."

Trainer Bob Baffert sent out Kaleem Shah Inc.'s Luminance (Tale of the Cat) on Saturday under the Twin Spires to breeze for a possible tilt at the Kentucky Oaks. The bay lass zipped through a sizzling, bullet half-mile in :46 to have the fastest time of 57 at the distance on the day.

Runner-up while making her stakes bow in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) lat out, Luminance covered the first quarter in :23 and galloped out five furlongs in :58 4/5.

Include Betty took a spin around Keeneland early Saturday morning (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Forum Racing's Oaks contender Birddatthewire (Summer Bird) breezed a half-mile at Churchill Saturday in :47 1/5 with splits of :11 4/5, :23 3/5 and :35 1/5 for trainer Dale Romans. Winner of the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) and Forward Gal S. (G2), the bay filly galloped out five furlongs in :59 3/5, three-quarters in 1:12 3/5 and seven-eighths in 1:27.

"Birdatthewire is just a push-button horse," Romans said. "Everything she does is easy. There are no issues and no problems. If she's the best horse she'll win."

At Keeneland on Saturday morning, Fantasy S. (G3) winner and Oaks candidate Include Betty (Include) worked a half-mile in :53 2/5 immediately after the fast track opened. With regular exercise rider Leo Garcia aboard for trainer Tom Proctor, the chestnut filly posted fractions of :14 2/5 and :28 4/5 before galloping out five furlongs in 1:07 4/5.

Include Betty, owned by Brereton Jones and Tim Thornton, is scheduled to ship to Churchill on Monday.

Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's I'm a Chatterbox (Munnings) -- unbeaten this season thanks to victories in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), Rachel Alexandra S. (G3) and Silverbulletday S. -- is scheduled to work Sunday morning at Keeneland after the break for the Kentucky Oaks. Trained by Larry Jones, I'm a Chatterbox will be ridden in the work by jockey Florent Geroux.

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Puca, Luminance, Birdatthewire and Include Betty breeze ahead of Kentucky Oaks

Puca will enter the Oaks boasting just one career victory (Breeders' Cup Ltd.)
Donegal Racing's Kentucky Oaks (G1) hopeful Puca (Big Brown), runner-up in Aqueduct's Gazelle S. (G2) on April 4, tuned-up for her May 1 Oaks bid with a four-furlong work in :48 1/5 over the fast track at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

The three-year-old filly had Jo Lawson in the saddle as she worked in company with stablemate Japan (Medaglia d'Oro). Puca's internal fractions were timed by Churchill Downs clockers in :12 2/5 and :24 2/5 and she galloped out five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 and six furlongs in 1:14 2/5.

The work by Puca ranked 10th among 57 training moves at the half-mile distance. She started off 1 1/2 lengths in front of her three-year-old stablemate Japan, who was timed in :48, the eighth-fastest move of the day, for his work.

"I thought it was a good, nice steady work," said Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, who was at Churchill for his filly's first work over the track. "There was plenty of horse the whole way. She finished up good and galloped out very good."

The work was the first serious training move for the Donegal filly, who shipped to Churchill Downs shortly after her runner-up finish to Kentucky Oaks contender Condo Commando (Tiz Wonderful) in the Gazelle. She finished 2 1/2 lengths behind Condo Commando in that race at the Oaks distance of 1 1/8 miles.

Puca's lone victory in six career races was a 16-length romp in a Belmont Park maiden race last October 1. That win was followed by a troubled sixth-place run while making her stakes debut in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita. Her only other race during her three-year-old season was a fourth-place run in Gulfstream Park's Davona Dale S. (G2) on February 21.

"She broke her maiden very impressively and then she ran well coming back in the Breeders' Cup where she had a rough trip and got stopped," said Mott, who has not saddled a winner in the Kentucky Oaks. "She's indicated that she belongs. She ran second in the Gazelle so she's coming off of a good race and the horse that won the Gazelle was alone on the lead with nobody to challenge. So we felt that if she gets a little pace (in the Oaks), she gets the mile-and-an-eighth well enough. So we're going to give her a chance."

Trainer Bob Baffert sent out Kaleem Shah Inc.'s Luminance (Tale of the Cat) on Saturday under the Twin Spires to breeze for a possible tilt at the Kentucky Oaks. The bay lass zipped through a sizzling, bullet half-mile in :46 to have the fastest time of 57 at the distance on the day.

Runner-up while making her stakes bow in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) lat out, Luminance covered the first quarter in :23 and galloped out five furlongs in :58 4/5.

Include Betty took a spin around Keeneland early Saturday morning (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Forum Racing's Oaks contender Birddatthewire (Summer Bird) breezed a half-mile at Churchill Saturday in :47 1/5 with splits of :11 4/5, :23 3/5 and :35 1/5 for trainer Dale Romans. Winner of the Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) and Forward Gal S. (G2), the bay filly galloped out five furlongs in :59 3/5, three-quarters in 1:12 3/5 and seven-eighths in 1:27.

"Birdatthewire is just a push-button horse," Romans said. "Everything she does is easy. There are no issues and no problems. If she's the best horse she'll win."

At Keeneland on Saturday morning, Fantasy S. (G3) winner and Oaks candidate Include Betty (Include) worked a half-mile in :53 2/5 immediately after the fast track opened. With regular exercise rider Leo Garcia aboard for trainer Tom Proctor, the chestnut filly posted fractions of :14 2/5 and :28 4/5 before galloping out five furlongs in 1:07 4/5.

Include Betty, owned by Brereton Jones and Tim Thornton, is scheduled to ship to Churchill on Monday.

Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's I'm a Chatterbox (Munnings) -- unbeaten this season thanks to victories in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), Rachel Alexandra S. (G3) and Silverbulletday S. -- is scheduled to work Sunday morning at Keeneland after the break for the Kentucky Oaks. Trained by Larry Jones, I'm a Chatterbox will be ridden in the work by jockey Florent Geroux.

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Bodhisattva turns back Noteworthy Peach to take Federico Tesio

Bodhisattva fought back to take the Federico Tesio (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Bodhisattva's (Student Council) efforts to wire Saturday's $100,000 Federico Tesio S. at Pimlico were derailed a bit when Noteworthy Peach (Read the Footnotes) headed him in the stretch, but the chestnut colt battled back on the inside of that rival to take command once again and this time draw off for the 1 1/2-length win.

Trained by owner Jose Corrales and ridden in the 1 1/16-mile contest by Trevor McCarthy, Bodhisattva set splits of :24 4/5, :49 and 1:13 3/5 as Noteworthy Peach kept in close contact just to his outside. All Hands (Unbridled's Song), the full brother to Eight Belles, was sent off the 6-5 favorite in this spot after breaking his maiden by seven lengths on March 15 at Aqueduct and saved ground on the inside just behind those two on the backstretch.

All Hands couldn't keep up as Noteworthy Peach began his move, ranging up to run in tandem Bodhisattva in the lane. Those two battled it out to the wire, with the latter stopping the clock in 1:45 on the fast main track.

"It was pretty clear with the soft fractions that we got away with one," McCarthy said. "I thought (All Hands) would go with me and I actually yelled to (jockey) Fernando (Jara), 'Go on with it,' but he didn't; he took back. I said, 'Ok, this is our race. Let's go for it.' (Bodhisattva) went out there with the easy fractions and we actually re-broke at the quarter-pole.

"I was surprised. I mean, I was going slow and thought this was a dream come true. Then, he gave me a new gear at the eighth-pole," McCarthy added. "He really dug in and fought, and I hadn't seen that side of him before today."

Bodhisattva paid $10.80 as the 4-1 third choice in the six-horse field. The Tesio has long been considered a local prep for the Preakness S. (G1) on May 16, and the chestnut is nominated to the Triple Crown, but Corrales was non-committal on his three-year-old's participation in the second jewel of the Triple Crown.

"Everybody wishes for that, but I want to see how everything goes from here," the horseman explained. "The horse tells me when he's going to run next. I don't pick a race in advance until I find out how a horse is coming out of the race and how he is getting ready for the next one. He ran well today."

Bodhisattva earned his first stakes win in the Tesio following a runner-up effort in the Private Terms S. at Laurel Park on March 21. He just missed by a half-length when fourth in the Miracle Wood S. prior to that one, and now boasts an 11-3-1-4 career line to go along with $165,095 in lifetime earnings.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he was not disappointed in the effort of All Hands, who finished third while making his stakes debut in just his third lifetime start.

"I thought we might be on the lead. The eventual winner took that spot from us coming out of the first turn. They weren't going that fast," McLaughlin said. "I think he would have been better off on the lead with a clean face, but that happens. He ran on gamely to hang on for third. We'll regroup and probably go back to an allowance race next time."

Nellie Cashman just got her nose in front on the Dahlia wire to score (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Prior to the Tesio, Sycamore Racing LLC's Nellie Cashman (Mineshaft) prevailed by a nose in the $100,000 Dahlia S. with Forest Boyce holding the reins. The duo tracked in second as near 2-1 favorite Istanford (Istan) set the early pace, moved up to take command as that one faded in the lane and just held as Run of the River (Tapit) rallied late. The five-year-old mare, trained by Francis Abbott III, finished in 1:35 4/5 for a mile on the firm turf.

Nellie Cashman earned her first stakes win since taking the 2013 Virginia Oaks (G3) in this spot, and ran her career line to 19-4-4-4, $329,839.

One race after the Tesio, Talk Show Man (Great Notion) wrapped up the card with a nose victory in the $100,000 Henry S. Clark S. for trainer Hamilton Smith. The Michael J. Harrison homebred was the 7-5 favorite under Xavier Perez as he stopped the clock in 1:36 for a mile on the firm turf.

Talk Show Man has now captured three of his last four, including the Maryland Million Turf last October at Laurel Park. Smith indicated the $300,000 Dixie S. (G2) on the Preakness Day undercard would be next for the five-year-old gelding, who will bring a 19-6-2-5, $297,631, mark into that 1 1/16-mile grass contest.

Triple R Stable's Galiana (Stonesider) stalked early as near 5-2 favorite She's Ordained (Ministers Wild Cat) set the pace in the $100,000 Primonetta S., was three wide on the turn before angling out into the four path in the lane to run down the public's choice, and pulled off for the 2 3/4-length score. Jockey Abel Lezcano was aboard as the five-year-old mare completed six furlongs on the fast dirt in 1:11 1/5.

Trained by Rodolfo Romero, Galiana added fifth stakes win to her resume, which stands at 24-12-2-3, and has accumulated $459,121 in lifetime earnings.

Lady Shipman romped in the Stormy Blues (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Ranlo Investements LLC's Lady Shipman (Midshipman) led all the way home in the $100,000 Stormy Blues S. under Eduardo Nunez, finishing five lengths the best as the 1-2 favorite for trainer Kathleen O'Connell. The chestnut sophomore ran five furlongs on the firm turf in :56 3/5 to earn her fourth straight victory and move her career mark to 5-4-0-1.

Lady Shipman is now a stakes winner on both turf and synthetic tracks, taking the OBS Sprint S. (filly division) on an all-weather surface last out, and has banked $140,400 lifetime.

Pimlico kicked off the day's stakes action with the $74,250 Geisha S., which was restricted to Maryland-bred runners. Brenda's Way (Weigelia) had no trouble wiring the 1 1/16-mile contest, finishing 10 1/4 lengths in front of her nearest rival while being pulled up long before the wire by jockey Jevian Toledo. The Damon Dilodovioc-trained mare entered the race off another dominating performance, schooling an allowance/optional claiming field by 5 3/4 lengths when making her five-year-old bow on March 13.

Campaigned by Big Bertha Stable, Brenda's Way earned her first stakes victory in the Geisha, after running second in this same race last year, and improved her career record to 30-8-4-6, $292,174.

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Bodhisattva turns back Noteworthy Peach to take Federico Tesio

Bodhisattva fought back to take the Federico Tesio (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Bodhisattva's (Student Council) efforts to wire Saturday's $100,000 Federico Tesio S. at Pimlico were derailed a bit when Noteworthy Peach (Read the Footnotes) headed him in the stretch, but the chestnut colt battled back on the inside of that rival to take command once again and this time draw off for the 1 1/2-length win.

Trained by owner Jose Corrales and ridden in the 1 1/16-mile contest by Trevor McCarthy, Bodhisattva set splits of :24 4/5, :49 and 1:13 3/5 as Noteworthy Peach kept in close contact just to his outside. All Hands (Unbridled's Song), the full brother to Eight Belles, was sent off the 6-5 favorite in this spot after breaking his maiden by seven lengths on March 15 at Aqueduct and saved ground on the inside just behind those two on the backstretch.

All Hands couldn't keep up as Noteworthy Peach began his move, ranging up to run in tandem Bodhisattva in the lane. Those two battled it out to the wire, with the latter stopping the clock in 1:45 on the fast main track.

"It was pretty clear with the soft fractions that we got away with one," McCarthy said. "I thought (All Hands) would go with me and I actually yelled to (jockey) Fernando (Jara), 'Go on with it,' but he didn't; he took back. I said, 'Ok, this is our race. Let's go for it.' (Bodhisattva) went out there with the easy fractions and we actually re-broke at the quarter-pole.

"I was surprised. I mean, I was going slow and thought this was a dream come true. Then, he gave me a new gear at the eighth-pole," McCarthy added. "He really dug in and fought, and I hadn't seen that side of him before today."

Bodhisattva paid $10.80 as the 4-1 third choice in the six-horse field. The Tesio has long been considered a local prep for the Preakness S. (G1) on May 16, and the chestnut is nominated to the Triple Crown, but Corrales was non-committal on his three-year-old's participation in the second jewel of the Triple Crown.

"Everybody wishes for that, but I want to see how everything goes from here," the horseman explained. "The horse tells me when he's going to run next. I don't pick a race in advance until I find out how a horse is coming out of the race and how he is getting ready for the next one. He ran well today."

Bodhisattva earned his first stakes win in the Tesio following a runner-up effort in the Private Terms S. at Laurel Park on March 21. He just missed by a half-length when fourth in the Miracle Wood S. prior to that one, and now boasts an 11-3-1-4 career line to go along with $165,095 in lifetime earnings.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he was not disappointed in the effort of All Hands, who finished third while making his stakes debut in just his third lifetime start.

"I thought we might be on the lead. The eventual winner took that spot from us coming out of the first turn. They weren't going that fast," McLaughlin said. "I think he would have been better off on the lead with a clean face, but that happens. He ran on gamely to hang on for third. We'll regroup and probably go back to an allowance race next time."

Nellie Cashman just got her nose in front on the Dahlia wire to score (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Prior to the Tesio, Sycamore Racing LLC's Nellie Cashman (Mineshaft) prevailed by a nose in the $100,000 Dahlia S. with Forest Boyce holding the reins. The duo tracked in second as near 2-1 favorite Istanford (Istan) set the early pace, moved up to take command as that one faded in the lane and just held as Run of the River (Tapit) rallied late. The five-year-old mare, trained by Francis Abbott III, finished in 1:35 4/5 for a mile on the firm turf.

Nellie Cashman earned her first stakes win since taking the 2013 Virginia Oaks (G3) in this spot, and ran her career line to 19-4-4-4, $329,839.

One race after the Tesio, Talk Show Man (Great Notion) wrapped up the card with a nose victory in the $100,000 Henry S. Clark S. for trainer Hamilton Smith. The Michael J. Harrison homebred was the 7-5 favorite under Xavier Perez as he stopped the clock in 1:36 for a mile on the firm turf.

Talk Show Man has now captured three of his last four, including the Maryland Million Turf last October at Laurel Park. Smith indicated the $300,000 Dixie S. (G2) on the Preakness Day undercard would be next for the five-year-old gelding, who will bring a 19-6-2-5, $297,631, mark into that 1 1/16-mile grass contest.

Triple R Stable's Galiana (Stonesider) stalked early as near 5-2 favorite She's Ordained (Ministers Wild Cat) set the pace in the $100,000 Primonetta S., was three wide on the turn before angling out into the four path in the lane to run down the public's choice, and pulled off for the 2 3/4-length score. Jockey Abel Lezcano was aboard as the five-year-old mare completed six furlongs on the fast dirt in 1:11 1/5.

Trained by Rodolfo Romero, Galiana added fifth stakes win to her resume, which stands at 24-12-2-3, and has accumulated $459,121 in lifetime earnings.

Lady Shipman romped in the Stormy Blues (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Ranlo Investements LLC's Lady Shipman (Midshipman) led all the way home in the $100,000 Stormy Blues S. under Eduardo Nunez, finishing five lengths the best as the 1-2 favorite for trainer Kathleen O'Connell. The chestnut sophomore ran five furlongs on the firm turf in :56 3/5 to earn her fourth straight victory and move her career mark to 5-4-0-1.

Lady Shipman is now a stakes winner on both turf and synthetic tracks, taking the OBS Sprint S. (filly division) on an all-weather surface last out, and has banked $140,400 lifetime.

Pimlico kicked off the day's stakes action with the $74,250 Geisha S., which was restricted to Maryland-bred runners. Brenda's Way (Weigelia) had no trouble wiring the 1 1/16-mile contest, finishing 10 1/4 lengths in front of her nearest rival while being pulled up long before the wire by jockey Jevian Toledo. The Damon Dilodovioc-trained mare entered the race off another dominating performance, schooling an allowance/optional claiming field by 5 3/4 lengths when making her five-year-old bow on March 13.

Campaigned by Big Bertha Stable, Brenda's Way earned her first stakes victory in the Geisha, after running second in this same race last year, and improved her career record to 30-8-4-6, $292,174.

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Muhaarar, Redstart take Newbury Guineas trials

Muhaarar (Oasis Dream), Redstart (Blame) and Arab Spring (Monsun) look set to be horses to follow over the coming months following impressive victories in the feature races on day two of the Spring Trials Meeting at Newbury on Saturday.

The Charlie Hills-trained Muhaarar broke the seven-furlong course record with a neck victory over Estidhkaar (Dark Angel) as the Hamdan Al Maktoum pair fought out the finish to a particularly strong renewal of the £60,000 Greenham Stakes (Eng-G3).

Held up in the middle of the field by Frankie Dettori, 16-1 chance Muhaarar produced a strong run to take the lead inside the final furlong and had to be kept up to his work to see off the late challenge of Estidhkaar.

Ivawood (Zebedee), the 13-8 favorite was third, 4 1/2 lengths behind the front two, while last year's champion juvenile Belardo (Lope De Vega) failed to cope with the good to firm ground and trailed home eighth of the nine runners.

"We always knew that Muhaarar was a good horse -- he won a Gimcrack S. (Eng-G2) last year," Hills said. "There was a question mark over whether he would get the trip and, looking at the line-up, it was a very competitive race.

"They went a good, solid pace and he traveled through the race perfectly well. If anything, he might have got to the front a bit too soon but, luckily, he saw the trip out well.

"I think we will have to decide where to go over the next couple of weeks. Frankie said that the French Guineas (Fr-G1) could suit him well but it's obviously Sheikh Hamdan's decision. The Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) has also got to be well up there on the agenda. It's a decision that we have to make and we will see how he comes out of the race."

Richard Hannon Jr., responsible for the second and third, said: "Estidhkaar ran a super race and will go to the Two Thousand Guineas with every chance -- he has got the ideal profile for a Guineas horse. Ivawood is a horse that carries a lot of weight and will improve a lot for the run."

Ralph Beckett claimed the £60,000 Fred Darling S. (Eng-G3) for a fourth time in 10 years as Kempton Park maiden winner Redstart made virtually all for Pat Dobbs to win by three-quarters of a length from Jellicle Bell (Invincible Spirit).

"Redstart didn't work well last week and I told (owner) David Oldrey that we may have to think again but he was keen to run," Beckett said. "I think it was a good performance.

"The previous three winners we have had of this race won it every different way. Penkenna Princess held on, Moonstone Magic won fairly easily on soft ground and I think Puff only just held on as well, so it's difficult to compare them with each other and this filly.

"I had the German Guineas (Ger-G2) in mind for her but David said that I should put her in the One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1), so she will have to run in that now.

"She will get a mile, for sure. Her mother, Ecstasy, was the third winner that I ever trained and one of the five horses I inherited from Peter Walwyn when he retired. She stayed a mile and a quarter so I would be surprised if Redstart didn't get a mile well."

A return to Newmarket may also still be on the cards for last year's Cheveley Park S. (Eng-G1) heroine Tiggy Wiggy (Kodiac). The 11-10 favorite could only finish third under Richard Hughes on her first appearance over seven furlongs.

"I think Tiggy Wiggy settled well and finished her race off OK," Hannon said. "We will still think about the One Thousand Guineas -- obviously it is disappointing that she didn't win but it is only a trial and there is a good chance that she might have needed it.

"We will go home, sleep on it and see how she comes out of the race. Hughsie said that he wouldn't have won today over five, six or seven furlongs, which is interesting. She settled very well, so there were no excuses there, and got home OK.

"On the evidence, it looks like she probably does get the trip. She has run a little lackluster and a little below expectations. We will go home and see what the problem is but, if she never wins another race, she has been a pleasure and a delight to have anything to do with."

Sir Michael Stoute enhanced his superb record in the £60,000 John Porter S. (Eng-G3) as Arab Spring gave the Newmarket trainer a unparalleled sixth success in the 12-furlong contest.

Sent off an 11-4 chance on his first appearance since July, Arab Spring stayed on strongly under Ryan Moore to prevail by a length over Pether's Moon (Dylan Thomas), with 13-8 favorite Romsdal (Halling) back in third.

"I was delighted with Arab Spring," Stoute said. "He hasn't run since the Princess of Wales's S. (Eng-G2) in July and he traveled so well throughout today's race.

"Today was important but he is a lightly-raced horse. This was only his seventh start, so hopefully we can progress him a little bit more. He can go 10 (furlongs) or 12, so there are lots of options. We will stop and think, get him back, and there are plenty of races for him."

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Muhaarar, Redstart take Newbury Guineas trials

Muhaarar (Oasis Dream), Redstart (Blame) and Arab Spring (Monsun) look set to be horses to follow over the coming months following impressive victories in the feature races on day two of the Spring Trials Meeting at Newbury on Saturday.

The Charlie Hills-trained Muhaarar broke the seven-furlong course record with a neck victory over Estidhkaar (Dark Angel) as the Hamdan Al Maktoum pair fought out the finish to a particularly strong renewal of the £60,000 Greenham Stakes (Eng-G3).

Held up in the middle of the field by Frankie Dettori, 16-1 chance Muhaarar produced a strong run to take the lead inside the final furlong and had to be kept up to his work to see off the late challenge of Estidhkaar.

Ivawood (Zebedee), the 13-8 favorite was third, 4 1/2 lengths behind the front two, while last year's champion juvenile Belardo (Lope De Vega) failed to cope with the good to firm ground and trailed home eighth of the nine runners.

"We always knew that Muhaarar was a good horse -- he won a Gimcrack S. (Eng-G2) last year," Hills said. "There was a question mark over whether he would get the trip and, looking at the line-up, it was a very competitive race.

"They went a good, solid pace and he traveled through the race perfectly well. If anything, he might have got to the front a bit too soon but, luckily, he saw the trip out well.

"I think we will have to decide where to go over the next couple of weeks. Frankie said that the French Guineas (Fr-G1) could suit him well but it's obviously Sheikh Hamdan's decision. The Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) has also got to be well up there on the agenda. It's a decision that we have to make and we will see how he comes out of the race."

Richard Hannon Jr., responsible for the second and third, said: "Estidhkaar ran a super race and will go to the Two Thousand Guineas with every chance -- he has got the ideal profile for a Guineas horse. Ivawood is a horse that carries a lot of weight and will improve a lot for the run."

Ralph Beckett claimed the £60,000 Fred Darling S. (Eng-G3) for a fourth time in 10 years as Kempton Park maiden winner Redstart made virtually all for Pat Dobbs to win by three-quarters of a length from Jellicle Bell (Invincible Spirit).

"Redstart didn't work well last week and I told (owner) David Oldrey that we may have to think again but he was keen to run," Beckett said. "I think it was a good performance.

"The previous three winners we have had of this race won it every different way. Penkenna Princess held on, Moonstone Magic won fairly easily on soft ground and I think Puff only just held on as well, so it's difficult to compare them with each other and this filly.

"I had the German Guineas (Ger-G2) in mind for her but David said that I should put her in the One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1), so she will have to run in that now.

"She will get a mile, for sure. Her mother, Ecstasy, was the third winner that I ever trained and one of the five horses I inherited from Peter Walwyn when he retired. She stayed a mile and a quarter so I would be surprised if Redstart didn't get a mile well."

A return to Newmarket may also still be on the cards for last year's Cheveley Park S. (Eng-G1) heroine Tiggy Wiggy (Kodiac). The 11-10 favorite could only finish third under Richard Hughes on her first appearance over seven furlongs.

"I think Tiggy Wiggy settled well and finished her race off OK," Hannon said. "We will still think about the One Thousand Guineas -- obviously it is disappointing that she didn't win but it is only a trial and there is a good chance that she might have needed it.

"We will go home, sleep on it and see how she comes out of the race. Hughsie said that he wouldn't have won today over five, six or seven furlongs, which is interesting. She settled very well, so there were no excuses there, and got home OK.

"On the evidence, it looks like she probably does get the trip. She has run a little lackluster and a little below expectations. We will go home and see what the problem is but, if she never wins another race, she has been a pleasure and a delight to have anything to do with."

Sir Michael Stoute enhanced his superb record in the £60,000 John Porter S. (Eng-G3) as Arab Spring gave the Newmarket trainer a unparalleled sixth success in the 12-furlong contest.

Sent off an 11-4 chance on his first appearance since July, Arab Spring stayed on strongly under Ryan Moore to prevail by a length over Pether's Moon (Dylan Thomas), with 13-8 favorite Romsdal (Halling) back in third.

"I was delighted with Arab Spring," Stoute said. "He hasn't run since the Princess of Wales's S. (Eng-G2) in July and he traveled so well throughout today's race.

"Today was important but he is a lightly-raced horse. This was only his seventh start, so hopefully we can progress him a little bit more. He can go 10 (furlongs) or 12, so there are lots of options. We will stop and think, get him back, and there are plenty of races for him."

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Dozen TwinSpires.com Players to make Derby Show Bet for $1-million

Twelve TwinSpires.com players have a chance to win $1-million by making a $20 show bet on the May 2 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

The 12 players arrived at this point after making 19 successful show wagers on Kentucky Derby prep races February 7-April 11 culminating with American Pharoah's victory in the Arkansas Derby.

If more than one person hits his/her Kentucky Derby show bet then they will split the $1-million prize, which is available either as a 40-year annuity or with a 50 percent cash option. In addition to the $1-million prize, all players who have participated in the SHOWdown game on TwinSpires.com are eligible for a $10,000 Kentucky Derby prize pool as well as other prizes such as event tickets and swag.

The 12 surviving players are: Matthew Ball of California, Charles Cornish of Kentucky, Jeremy Enke of California, Justin Johnson of California, David Jones of Pennsylvania, James Levine of Kentucky, Burnett Polk of Kentucky, Kristin Stuedle of Kentucky, Bill Weber of Oklahoma, Robert Weir of Virginia, Kevin West of New York, and David Wielga of Massachusetts.

"My strategy has changed as I progress through the contest," Johnson said. "I started the game picking horses that I thought would win the race but eventually made picks based on who would have the best chance of hitting the board."

Wagering on this year's Kentucky Derby will begin on Kentucky Oaks day, Friday, May 1.

"We encourage all our players -- not just the 12 playing for a $1-million pool -- to fund their accounts early," TwinSpires.com Director of Communications Ed DeRosa said.

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN GRADED STAKES RESULTS

DOUBLEDOGDARE S. (G3), KEE, $100,000, 4YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 4-17.
3—DECEPTIVE VISION, m, 5, A.P. Indy--Eye of the Sphynx, by Smart Strike. O-Sam-Son Farm, B-Sam-Son Farm (ON), T-Malcolm Pierce, J-John R. Velazquez, $60,000.
1—Lunar Surge, m, 5, Malibu Moon--Zoey Power, by Wolf Power (SAF). ($115,000 '10 KEENOV; $155,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Hill, Jim and Susan, B-Dixiana Stables Inc (KY), $20,000.
5—Blue Violet, m, 5, Curlin--Gasia, by Silver Deputy. O-Susan Knoll, B-Susan Knoll (KY), $10,000.
Also Ran: Pretty Fancy, Tiz Windy, Twenty in One, Liberated.
Winning Time: 1:44 1/5 (ft)
Margins: HD, HF, NO.
Odds: 1.30, 4.70, 3.60.

Deceptive Vision narrowly best in Doubledogdare

Deceptive Vision is now a graded stakes winner on dirt as well as turf (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Sam-Son Farm's homebred Deceptive Vision (A.P. Indy) narrowly prevailed over an unlucky Lunar Surge (Malibu Moon) in the $100,000 Doubledogdare (G3) at Keeneland on Friday.

The 6-5 favorite under John Velazquez, Deceptive Vision made the most out of a relatively clean trip. Fourth as Twenty in One (Invasor) led through splits of :24 1/5 and :48, she maintained that position when Blue Violet (Curlin) inherited the lead around the far turn and passed six furlongs in 1:12 4/5.

Bottled up behind runners most of the way, Deceptive Vision moved outside rivals around the far turn for clear running room, advanced during the short stretch and prevailed by a head in a time of 1:44 1/5 for 1 1/16 miles on a fast track. Trained by Malcolm Pierce, Deceptive Vision paid $4.60.

"She was traveling so well the whole way around," Velazquez said. "About the sixteenth pole, it looked like she was going to win easily. As soon as she opened up a half-length with the other horses inside her, she started waiting. Her ears went up and she saw the tire tracks (from the starting gate). She didn't really pay attention at all. So (I was) trying to keep her momentum going and keep her mind on running. She never saw the horse on the inside. I just wanted her to stay focused. She held on."

Lunar Surge, near the back for a large share of the race, attempted to squeeze through a non-existent opening at the rail in the stretch. When a gap finally appeared she darted up the rail under Corey Lanerie, but her bid came a couple of strides too late. She finished a half-length ahead of Blue Violet, who won a photo for third over Pretty Fancy (Lemon Drop Kid).

Completing the order of finish were Tiz Windy (Tiznow), Twenty in One, and Liberated (Curlin). Scratched from the field were Handmade (Candy Ride) and My Miss Sophia (Unbridled's Song).

A debut second to future Grade 1 scorer Coffee Clique (Medaglia d'Oro) at Woodbine in December 2012, Deceptive Vision won her next two starts over dirt at Fair Grounds before she was sidelined for a year. Returning to action in February 2014, the bay mare beat allowance foes on the Fair Grounds turf and then finished third in the Nassau (Can-G2), second in the Dance Smartly (Can-G2), first in the Canadian (Can-G2) and third in the E.P. Taylor (Can-G1), all on the Woodbine grass.

With this initial stakes win on dirt, and her first outing since October, Deceptive Vision has now won $462,355 from a line of 9-5-2-2.

Bred in Ontario, Deceptive Vision was produced by Grade 2 winner Eye of the Sphynx (Smart Strike), making her a full sister to Canadian champion Eye of the Leopard and multiple Grade 2-placed stakes winner Hotep. Also hailing from this family is Canadian Horse of the Year Quiet Resolve (Affirmed).

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Satono Crown favored in Satsuki Sho

Fifteen sophomores will face the starter Sunday in Japan's first colts' classic of the season, the Satsuki Sho (Japanese Two Thousand Guineas) (Jpn-G1), and Satono Crown (Marju) is the 2-1 morning line favorite as he looks to extend his unbeaten record to four.

Wrapping up a two-race juvenile campaign with a Grade 3 score under Ryan Moore at Tokyo in November, the dark bay resumed March 8 with a victory over Bright Emblem (Neo Universe) in the Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho (Japanese Two Thousand Guineas Trial) (Jpn-G2). That rival was also a Group 3 winner as a two-year-old, but could manage only seventh behind Danon Platina (Deep Impact) when trying Grade 1 company for the first time in the Asahi Hai Futurity. Bright Emblem's most recent performance suggests he has progressed, however.

Danon Platina won three straight last year after finishing a debut second, culminating in the Asahi Hai and juvenile championships honors, but he could manage only third on seasonal debut behind Kitasan Black (Black Tide) and Real Steel (Deep Impact) in the Spring S. (Jpn-G2) over 1800 meters of this Nakayama strip March 22.

Like the favorite, Kitasan Black goes into this classic an unbeaten three-for-three. He has made all his starts since January 31, and won over this 2000-meter distance at Toyko February 22. Real Steel got going shortly before Kitasan Black, breaking his maiden on debut December 27, and followed up in the Tokinominoru Kinen (Jpn-G3) February 15 prior to suffering his first defeat.

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. (Eng-G1) winner Harbinger is represented here by his first-crop son Beruf. Among the more seasoned competitors in the lineup, Beruf has started five times for three wins, all over this 2000-meter distance. Beruf was fourth when dropping back to 1800 meters in the Spring S., and should relish the step back up in trip.

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Dozen TwinSpires.com Players to make Derby Show Bet for $1-million

Twelve TwinSpires.com players have a chance to win $1-million by making a $20 show bet on the May 2 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

The 12 players arrived at this point after making 19 successful show wagers on Kentucky Derby prep races February 7-April 11 culminating with American Pharoah's victory in the Arkansas Derby.

If more than one person hits his/her Kentucky Derby show bet then they will split the $1-million prize, which is available either as a 40-year annuity or with a 50 percent cash option. In addition to the $1-million prize, all players who have participated in the SHOWdown game on TwinSpires.com are eligible for a $10,000 Kentucky Derby prize pool as well as other prizes such as event tickets and swag.

The 12 surviving players are: Matthew Ball of California, Charles Cornish of Kentucky, Jeremy Enke of California, Justin Johnson of California, David Jones of Pennsylvania, James Levine of Kentucky, Burnett Polk of Kentucky, Kristin Stuedle of Kentucky, Bill Weber of Oklahoma, Robert Weir of Virginia, Kevin West of New York, and David Wielga of Massachusetts.

"My strategy has changed as I progress through the contest," Johnson said. "I started the game picking horses that I thought would win the race but eventually made picks based on who would have the best chance of hitting the board."

Wagering on this year's Kentucky Derby will begin on Kentucky Oaks day, Friday, May 1.

"We encourage all our players -- not just the 12 playing for a $1-million pool -- to fund their accounts early," TwinSpires.com Director of Communications Ed DeRosa said.

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Satono Crown favored in Satsuki Sho

Fifteen sophomores will face the starter Sunday in Japan's first colts' classic of the season, the Satsuki Sho (Japanese Two Thousand Guineas) (Jpn-G1), and Satono Crown (Marju) is the 2-1 morning line favorite as he looks to extend his unbeaten record to four.

Wrapping up a two-race juvenile campaign with a Grade 3 score under Ryan Moore at Tokyo in November, the dark bay resumed March 8 with a victory over Bright Emblem (Neo Universe) in the Hochi Hai Yayoi Sho (Japanese Two Thousand Guineas Trial) (Jpn-G2). That rival was also a Group 3 winner as a two-year-old, but could manage only seventh behind Danon Platina (Deep Impact) when trying Grade 1 company for the first time in the Asahi Hai Futurity. Bright Emblem's most recent performance suggests he has progressed, however.

Danon Platina won three straight last year after finishing a debut second, culminating in the Asahi Hai and juvenile championships honors, but he could manage only third on seasonal debut behind Kitasan Black (Black Tide) and Real Steel (Deep Impact) in the Spring S. (Jpn-G2) over 1800 meters of this Nakayama strip March 22.

Like the favorite, Kitasan Black goes into this classic an unbeaten three-for-three. He has made all his starts since January 31, and won over this 2000-meter distance at Toyko February 22. Real Steel got going shortly before Kitasan Black, breaking his maiden on debut December 27, and followed up in the Tokinominoru Kinen (Jpn-G3) February 15 prior to suffering his first defeat.

The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth S. (Eng-G1) winner Harbinger is represented here by his first-crop son Beruf. Among the more seasoned competitors in the lineup, Beruf has started five times for three wins, all over this 2000-meter distance. Beruf was fourth when dropping back to 1800 meters in the Spring S., and should relish the step back up in trip.

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In brief

Multiple Grade 3-placed and Bewitch S. (G3) hopeful Tabreed (Sakhee) worked five furlongs over the fast main track at Keeneland on Friday in 1:01 for trainer Christophe Clement. The bay mare recorded fractions of :24 3/5 and :48 2/5 in advance of the $150,000 Bewitch on April 24. Last-out Shakertown S. (G3) winner Something Extra (Indian Charlie) logged three-eighths in :37 1/5 at Keeneland for trainer/co-owner Gail Cox in preparation for a possible start in the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G3) at Churchill Downs on May 1. Multiple Grade 3 hero Clearly Now (Horse Greeley), trained by Brian Lynch and nominated to the $500,000 Churchill Downs S. (G2) on May 2, logged five furlongs in 1:01...

Corey Nakatani has been given the green light by Dr. James Tibone and will resume riding at Santa Anita next Friday, according to his agent, Tony Matos. Nakatani, 44, nominated to the Hall of Fame this year, suffered a fractured left collar bone when his mount clipped heels in a race on March 15...

NBC Triple Crown announcer Larry Collmus, a Baltimore native who got his start calling races at Bowie at the age of 18, and John Scheinman, recipient of the 2014 Eclipse Award for writing in a feature/commentary category for his moving story on the late horseman Richard Small, will be the recipients of the Old Hilltop Award for covering Thoroughbred racing with excellence and distinction at the Alibi Breakfast May 14 at Pimlico. "I am truly honored to receive the Old Hilltop Award. It means a lot to me having grown up in Maryland and starting my announcing career here, nearly 30 years ago," Collmus said. "Being a part of the incredible team at NBC Sports and getting the opportunity to call the Triple Crown has been a mind-blowing experience for me. Calling the Preakness (G1), in particular, for a national audience has been a dream come true." Scheinman said, "What a tremendous honor, to be included among some of the finest sportswriters and broadcasters ever. Red Smith, the first recipient of the Old Hilltop Award, was an enormous influence on my life and approach to writing, so this is extra special. I have attended and written about the Alibi Breakfast for years. It is a unique event in racing, and I cherish the way it connects the present to the past. Anyone who knows me knows Pimlico is my favorite track, and the Old Hilltop Award is such a wonderful prize. I wish Joe Kelly and Clem Florio were here to see this." Seats at the Alibi Breakfast are limited. For more information, contact Jessica.Schisler@marylandracing.com...

Last year's Melbourne Cup (Aus-G1) winner Protectionist (Monsun), a well-beaten seventh before pulling up sore in last Saturday's Sydney Cup (Aus-G1) at Royal Randwick, will be spelled six to eight weeks before connections reassess him with the hopes of embarking on a spring campaign, according to Racing and Sports. Tests performed this week revealed the five-year-old had a badly bruised left knee, but no chips or breaks. "It's good considering what we thought it was going to be this time yesterday," trainer Kris Lees told Racing and Sports. "He got down on his bumpers really badly (in the Sydney Cup) so he could have hyperextended (his knee), which caused some bruising and he did have some localized swelling behind his knee." If Protectionist is deemed healthy enough for an Australian spring campaign, a title defense of the Melbourne Cup will be his main goal...

A new national body, Racing Australia, has formed Down Under. Racing Australia merges three key national functions -- the Australian Racing Board, Racing Information Services Australia and the Australian Stud Book -- into one entity. The delivery of the organizations' services will remain the same, while the movement will consolidate the databases of the industry. The shareholders of Racing Australia are the eight principal racing authorities representing each state and territory, and Racing NSW Chairman John Messara was elected chairman of Racing Australia by his fellow directors at the inaugural board meeting Monday. "The integration of the databases will significantly enhance integrity and transparency and a number of initiatives in this regard will be announced in coming months," Messara said. "Racing Australia represents a long-held desire by the Australian racing industry for greater unity and cohesion between jurisdictions."...

Reigning Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) hero Hootenanny (Quality Road) is entered in Saturday's 4TH race at Keeneland, an allowance for three-year-olds going 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf course. The race will mark the 2015 debut for the Coolmore-owned colt who last year won the Windsor Castle S. at Royal Ascot and was second in the Prix Morny (Fr-G1) at Deauville. "I really wanted to run at Keeneland," trainer Wesley Ward said about his decision to start Hootenanny in the race. "This was one of the spots to go unless we went over to Churchill and run him against horses that have already been running. I think it's a good starting point. We'll have to see where he's at this year, if his speed comes back from where we stretched him out or if he wants to go long. I think we'll answer those questions on Saturday." Ward also entered Mrs. John Magnier's Lookin At Lucky filly, Asia, in the same race. A half-sister to Grade 1-placed winner Pablo Del Monte (Giant's Causeway), Asia has won both her career races and is a "very talented filly," Ward said. "More likely only one will start because they're an entry," he said. "We'll decide on the day, but at this point, we're going to lean towards Hootenanny."...

Grade 3 winner Home Run Kitten (Kitten's Joy) has placed in his last three against graded rivals and on Saturday will attempt to return to the winner's circle in the $100,000 San Simeon S. (G3) at Santa Anita Park against seven rivals. The David Hofmans-trained four-year-old closed out 2014 with a close neck second in the Mathis Brothers Mile S. (G2) and has been third in his two starts this season, the Frank E. Kilroe Mile S. (G1) and Arcadia S. (G2), both at a mile. Home Run Kitten cuts back to 6 1/2 furlongs on Santa Anita's downhill turf for the first time since an 11th-placing in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) and a nose victory in the Eddie D S. (G3) last fall. Gary Stevens took the mount for the Kilroe last out and retains the call in this spot. Joe Talamo had been Home Run Kitten's regular rider but will stick with downhill specialist Sweet Swap (Candy Ride) as he goes for a title defense in the San Simeon. Also entered is Pure Tactics (Pure Prize), hero of the Clocker's Corner S. and third in the Thunder Road S. thus far this year...

Executive Allure (Bold Executive) will look to add a graded stakes win to her resume in Saturday's C$150,000 Whimsical S. (Can-G3) at Woodbine. Trained by Darwin Banach, the four-year-old enjoyed a remarkable sophomore season in 2014, winning four of seven starts including scores in the Passing Mood S. and Jammed Lovely S. The dark bay miss finished second in Sovereign Award voting to Hillaby (Distorted Humor), who earned top honors as the nation's champion female sprinter. "I thought Executive Allure had a fantastic season," Banach said. "I expected Mark (Casse)'s filly (Lexie Lou) to win all the female categories, but I thought our filly would be tough in the sprint division. She won the most races, the most money, the most stakes, but they gave it to Hillaby." Executive Allure took two shots at a graded win last season finishing second in the grassy Ontario Colleen S. (Can-G3) and fifth in the Charles Town Oaks (G3). She makes her seasonal debut on Saturday in a tough field, but the placing has nothing do with winning awards. "The goal is to win races, that's all," Banach stated. "The awards are just the added bonus if you do very well. It's never our goal at the start of the year to win a Sovereign, we just want to be ready to win each and every race." Executive Allure wintered at Nelson Jones Training Center in Ocala, Florida. "She was in Florida all winter enjoying the sunshine. We got a few works registered for her," Banach noted. "She's a four-year-old now and the way the stakes schedule is set up, you have to be ready to go in the spring." The eight-horse field for Saturday's six-furlong Polytrack sprint includes a number of speedy stakes-winning fillies including Wild Catomine (Milwaukee Brew), Unspurned (Lemon Drop Kid) and Goldstryke Glory (Second in Command)...

Last-out Tropical Turf H. (G3) hero Lubash (Freud) faces seven rivals on Sunday while making his eight-year-old debut in the $100,000 Danger's Hour S. at Aqueduct. The one-mile turf contest will be the Christophe Clement pupils first start since taking the Tropical Turf in late November more than four months ago. Regular rider Junior Alvarado wasn't aboard that day but takes back the mount in the Danger's Hour as Lubash takes on Grade 2-placed dual stakes scorer Chamois (Smart Strike) and multiple stakes victor Awesome Vision (Awesome Again)...

Iowa-bred Net Gain (Include) has traveled north of the border for trainer Bill Mott in an attempt to earn his first stakes victory in Saturday's C$100,000 Wando S. at Woodbine. The bay sophomore took five tries to break his maiden, finally getting the job done going a mile on Aqueduct's inner track February 22, before shipping to Laurel Park for a rallying third in the Private Terms S. at 1 1/8 miles over a muddy, sealed track. Net Gain will be trying Polytrack for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile Wando, which also features last year's Coronation Futurity hero Decision Day (Macho Uno) and Grade 2-placed U S Marshal (Badge of Silver)...

Only four were entered in Saturday's $200,000 Distaff H. (G2) at Aqueduct, and defending champion La Verdad (Yes It's True) is the likely favorite as she squares off against multiple stakes winners Aireofdistinction (Songandaprayer) and Madooha (Daaher) as well as graded debuter Frivolity (Corinthian). La Verdad will break from the 4 post under jockey Jose Ortiz, who piloted the Linda Rice trainee during a four-race win skein that included the Distaff last year. The New York-bred bay was unable to factor when fifth in both the Honorable Miss H. (G2) and Ballerina S. (G1) at Saratoga, but bounced back to just miss by a head in the Gallant Bloom H. (G2) at Belmont Park. She captured her penultimate start of the year against state-bred rivals and returns to competition off a near five-month break. Mamdooha could challenge La Verdad as she is currently riding a five-race win streak that began with a maiden score at Aqueduct. The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained four-year-old has gone on to take the Gin Talking S., Ruthless S., Cicada S. and Correction S., and brings jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. along for the journey. Later on Saturday, six sophomores will line up in the $100,000 Woodhaven S. at 1 1/16 miles on the turf including last-out Palm Beach S. (G3) victor Eh Cumpari (Elusive Quality)...

Three Hearts (Hat Trick), caught late in the March 15 Santa Ana (G2) after taking a one-length lead in mid-stretch, will seek to make amends Saturday when she faces eight rivals in the $150,000 Santa Barbara H. (G3) at Santa Anita over 1 1/4 miles on the turf. Heroine of the Red Carpet H. (G3) at Del Mar in November, Three Hearts has narrowly missed in the Robert J. Frankel (G3) and Santa Ana in her two subsequent outings for owner Team Valor and trainer Neil Drysdale. Diversy Harbor (Curlin) will also attract significant support despite running sixth in the Santa Ana as the 5-2 favorite. The four-year-old previously missed by a nose in the Frankel and then captured the one-mile Buena Vista (G2). Also exiting the Santa Ana is Queen of the Sand (Footstepsinthesand), a disappointing eighth after finishing second in the Matriarch (G1) in her previous start. Others of note are the New Zealand Group 2 winner Habibi (Ekraar), third in a March 22 allowance in her first race since last June, and stakes winner Fanticola (Silent Name), who stretches out for trainer Phil D'Amato and was previously trained by the late Mike Mitchell. Earlier Saturday, eight three-year-olds will line up for the $75,000 La Puente over nine furlongs on the turf. Papacoolpapacool (Temple City) and Anytime Anyplace (Any Given Saturday), one-two in the $80,000 Pasadena on March 21, are the probable favorites...

Santa Anita will offer mandatory payouts for the Pick 5 and the Pick 6 on Sunday, closing day of the winter meet.

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Saturday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Aqueduct   (4th) King Kongrats, 6-1
    (9th) Private Relations, 7-2
Charles Town   (2nd) Awesome Maddi C, 9-2
    (3rd) Gold for Cash, 3-1
Emerald Downs   (6th) Silly Streak, 9-2
    (10th) Bid for Pride, 7-2
Evangeline Downs   (3rd) Stinnett's Love, 7-2
    (5th) Ben's Juliette, 4-1
Golden Gate Fields   (3rd) Mambo Rock, 3-1
    (5th) Lucky Oracle, 9-2
Gulfstream Park   (2nd) Phil's Comprise, 7-2
    (7th) Dangerous Trick, 7-2
Hawthorne   (7th) Bold Annie, 4-1
    (8th) Call Me West, 5-1
Keeneland   (5th) Whiskey Shiner, 5-1
    (7th) Animal Kracker, 4-1
Lone Star Park   (7th) Valid Message, 4-1
    (8th) Nex Hal Comin, 3-1
Mahoning Valley   (2nd) Glorioso, 7-2
    (7th) Pure Gold Liner, 6-1
Mountaineer   (1st) Zephyrous, 3-1
    (9th) Destind to Pay, 5-1
Parx Racing   (2nd) Sense of Peace, 7-2
    (9th) Minnekin, 9-2
Penn National   (4th) Sharon Gunther, 9-2
    (5th) As Noted, 7-2
Pimlico   (1st) Emelina, 4-1
    (10th) Talk Show Man, 4-1
Santa Anita   (5th) Domingo Cat, 9-2
    (9th) Miltee, 6-1
Tampa Bay Downs   (2nd) Chrishi, 3-1
    (5th) Moonlite Matinee, 3-1
Woodbine   (7th) Escape Shaft, 6-1
    (9th) San Nicola Thunder, 7-2

Racing Headlines

In brief

Multiple Grade 3-placed and Bewitch S. (G3) hopeful Tabreed (Sakhee) worked five furlongs over the fast main track at Keeneland on Friday in 1:01 for trainer Christophe Clement. The bay mare recorded fractions of :24 3/5 and :48 2/5 in advance of the $150,000 Bewitch on April 24. Last-out Shakertown S. (G3) winner Something Extra (Indian Charlie) logged three-eighths in :37 1/5 at Keeneland for trainer/co-owner Gail Cox in preparation for a possible start in the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G3) at Churchill Downs on May 1. Multiple Grade 3 hero Clearly Now (Horse Greeley), trained by Brian Lynch and nominated to the $500,000 Churchill Downs S. (G2) on May 2, logged five furlongs in 1:01...

Corey Nakatani has been given the green light by Dr. James Tibone and will resume riding at Santa Anita next Friday, according to his agent, Tony Matos. Nakatani, 44, nominated to the Hall of Fame this year, suffered a fractured left collar bone when his mount clipped heels in a race on March 15...

NBC Triple Crown announcer Larry Collmus, a Baltimore native who got his start calling races at Bowie at the age of 18, and John Scheinman, recipient of the 2014 Eclipse Award for writing in a feature/commentary category for his moving story on the late horseman Richard Small, will be the recipients of the Old Hilltop Award for covering Thoroughbred racing with excellence and distinction at the Alibi Breakfast May 14 at Pimlico. "I am truly honored to receive the Old Hilltop Award. It means a lot to me having grown up in Maryland and starting my announcing career here, nearly 30 years ago," Collmus said. "Being a part of the incredible team at NBC Sports and getting the opportunity to call the Triple Crown has been a mind-blowing experience for me. Calling the Preakness (G1), in particular, for a national audience has been a dream come true." Scheinman said, "What a tremendous honor, to be included among some of the finest sportswriters and broadcasters ever. Red Smith, the first recipient of the Old Hilltop Award, was an enormous influence on my life and approach to writing, so this is extra special. I have attended and written about the Alibi Breakfast for years. It is a unique event in racing, and I cherish the way it connects the present to the past. Anyone who knows me knows Pimlico is my favorite track, and the Old Hilltop Award is such a wonderful prize. I wish Joe Kelly and Clem Florio were here to see this." Seats at the Alibi Breakfast are limited. For more information, contact Jessica.Schisler@marylandracing.com...

Last year's Melbourne Cup (Aus-G1) winner Protectionist (Monsun), a well-beaten seventh before pulling up sore in last Saturday's Sydney Cup (Aus-G1) at Royal Randwick, will be spelled six to eight weeks before connections reassess him with the hopes of embarking on a spring campaign, according to Racing and Sports. Tests performed this week revealed the five-year-old had a badly bruised left knee, but no chips or breaks. "It's good considering what we thought it was going to be this time yesterday," trainer Kris Lees told Racing and Sports. "He got down on his bumpers really badly (in the Sydney Cup) so he could have hyperextended (his knee), which caused some bruising and he did have some localized swelling behind his knee." If Protectionist is deemed healthy enough for an Australian spring campaign, a title defense of the Melbourne Cup will be his main goal...

A new national body, Racing Australia, has formed Down Under. Racing Australia merges three key national functions -- the Australian Racing Board, Racing Information Services Australia and the Australian Stud Book -- into one entity. The delivery of the organizations' services will remain the same, while the movement will consolidate the databases of the industry. The shareholders of Racing Australia are the eight principal racing authorities representing each state and territory, and Racing NSW Chairman John Messara was elected chairman of Racing Australia by his fellow directors at the inaugural board meeting Monday. "The integration of the databases will significantly enhance integrity and transparency and a number of initiatives in this regard will be announced in coming months," Messara said. "Racing Australia represents a long-held desire by the Australian racing industry for greater unity and cohesion between jurisdictions."...

Reigning Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) hero Hootenanny (Quality Road) is entered in Saturday's 4TH race at Keeneland, an allowance for three-year-olds going 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf course. The race will mark the 2015 debut for the Coolmore-owned colt who last year won the Windsor Castle S. at Royal Ascot and was second in the Prix Morny (Fr-G1) at Deauville. "I really wanted to run at Keeneland," trainer Wesley Ward said about his decision to start Hootenanny in the race. "This was one of the spots to go unless we went over to Churchill and run him against horses that have already been running. I think it's a good starting point. We'll have to see where he's at this year, if his speed comes back from where we stretched him out or if he wants to go long. I think we'll answer those questions on Saturday." Ward also entered Mrs. John Magnier's Lookin At Lucky filly, Asia, in the same race. A half-sister to Grade 1-placed winner Pablo Del Monte (Giant's Causeway), Asia has won both her career races and is a "very talented filly," Ward said. "More likely only one will start because they're an entry," he said. "We'll decide on the day, but at this point, we're going to lean towards Hootenanny."...

Grade 3 winner Home Run Kitten (Kitten's Joy) has placed in his last three against graded rivals and on Saturday will attempt to return to the winner's circle in the $100,000 San Simeon S. (G3) at Santa Anita Park against seven rivals. The David Hofmans-trained four-year-old closed out 2014 with a close neck second in the Mathis Brothers Mile S. (G2) and has been third in his two starts this season, the Frank E. Kilroe Mile S. (G1) and Arcadia S. (G2), both at a mile. Home Run Kitten cuts back to 6 1/2 furlongs on Santa Anita's downhill turf for the first time since an 11th-placing in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) and a nose victory in the Eddie D S. (G3) last fall. Gary Stevens took the mount for the Kilroe last out and retains the call in this spot. Joe Talamo had been Home Run Kitten's regular rider but will stick with downhill specialist Sweet Swap (Candy Ride) as he goes for a title defense in the San Simeon. Also entered is Pure Tactics (Pure Prize), hero of the Clocker's Corner S. and third in the Thunder Road S. thus far this year...

Executive Allure (Bold Executive) will look to add a graded stakes win to her resume in Saturday's C$150,000 Whimsical S. (Can-G3) at Woodbine. Trained by Darwin Banach, the four-year-old enjoyed a remarkable sophomore season in 2014, winning four of seven starts including scores in the Passing Mood S. and Jammed Lovely S. The dark bay miss finished second in Sovereign Award voting to Hillaby (Distorted Humor), who earned top honors as the nation's champion female sprinter. "I thought Executive Allure had a fantastic season," Banach said. "I expected Mark (Casse)'s filly (Lexie Lou) to win all the female categories, but I thought our filly would be tough in the sprint division. She won the most races, the most money, the most stakes, but they gave it to Hillaby." Executive Allure took two shots at a graded win last season finishing second in the grassy Ontario Colleen S. (Can-G3) and fifth in the Charles Town Oaks (G3). She makes her seasonal debut on Saturday in a tough field, but the placing has nothing do with winning awards. "The goal is to win races, that's all," Banach stated. "The awards are just the added bonus if you do very well. It's never our goal at the start of the year to win a Sovereign, we just want to be ready to win each and every race." Executive Allure wintered at Nelson Jones Training Center in Ocala, Florida. "She was in Florida all winter enjoying the sunshine. We got a few works registered for her," Banach noted. "She's a four-year-old now and the way the stakes schedule is set up, you have to be ready to go in the spring." The eight-horse field for Saturday's six-furlong Polytrack sprint includes a number of speedy stakes-winning fillies including Wild Catomine (Milwaukee Brew), Unspurned (Lemon Drop Kid) and Goldstryke Glory (Second in Command)...

Last-out Tropical Turf H. (G3) hero Lubash (Freud) faces seven rivals on Sunday while making his eight-year-old debut in the $100,000 Danger's Hour S. at Aqueduct. The one-mile turf contest will be the Christophe Clement pupils first start since taking the Tropical Turf in late November more than four months ago. Regular rider Junior Alvarado wasn't aboard that day but takes back the mount in the Danger's Hour as Lubash takes on Grade 2-placed dual stakes scorer Chamois (Smart Strike) and multiple stakes victor Awesome Vision (Awesome Again)...

Iowa-bred Net Gain (Include) has traveled north of the border for trainer Bill Mott in an attempt to earn his first stakes victory in Saturday's C$100,000 Wando S. at Woodbine. The bay sophomore took five tries to break his maiden, finally getting the job done going a mile on Aqueduct's inner track February 22, before shipping to Laurel Park for a rallying third in the Private Terms S. at 1 1/8 miles over a muddy, sealed track. Net Gain will be trying Polytrack for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile Wando, which also features last year's Coronation Futurity hero Decision Day (Macho Uno) and Grade 2-placed U S Marshal (Badge of Silver)...

Only four were entered in Saturday's $200,000 Distaff H. (G2) at Aqueduct, and defending champion La Verdad (Yes It's True) is the likely favorite as she squares off against multiple stakes winners Aireofdistinction (Songandaprayer) and Madooha (Daaher) as well as graded debuter Frivolity (Corinthian). La Verdad will break from the 4 post under jockey Jose Ortiz, who piloted the Linda Rice trainee during a four-race win skein that included the Distaff last year. The New York-bred bay was unable to factor when fifth in both the Honorable Miss H. (G2) and Ballerina S. (G1) at Saratoga, but bounced back to just miss by a head in the Gallant Bloom H. (G2) at Belmont Park. She captured her penultimate start of the year against state-bred rivals and returns to competition off a near five-month break. Mamdooha could challenge La Verdad as she is currently riding a five-race win streak that began with a maiden score at Aqueduct. The Kiaran McLaughlin-trained four-year-old has gone on to take the Gin Talking S., Ruthless S., Cicada S. and Correction S., and brings jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. along for the journey. Later on Saturday, six sophomores will line up in the $100,000 Woodhaven S. at 1 1/16 miles on the turf including last-out Palm Beach S. (G3) victor Eh Cumpari (Elusive Quality)...

Three Hearts (Hat Trick), caught late in the March 15 Santa Ana (G2) after taking a one-length lead in mid-stretch, will seek to make amends Saturday when she faces eight rivals in the $150,000 Santa Barbara H. (G3) at Santa Anita over 1 1/4 miles on the turf. Heroine of the Red Carpet H. (G3) at Del Mar in November, Three Hearts has narrowly missed in the Robert J. Frankel (G3) and Santa Ana in her two subsequent outings for owner Team Valor and trainer Neil Drysdale. Diversy Harbor (Curlin) will also attract significant support despite running sixth in the Santa Ana as the 5-2 favorite. The four-year-old previously missed by a nose in the Frankel and then captured the one-mile Buena Vista (G2). Also exiting the Santa Ana is Queen of the Sand (Footstepsinthesand), a disappointing eighth after finishing second in the Matriarch (G1) in her previous start. Others of note are the New Zealand Group 2 winner Habibi (Ekraar), third in a March 22 allowance in her first race since last June, and stakes winner Fanticola (Silent Name), who stretches out for trainer Phil D'Amato and was previously trained by the late Mike Mitchell. Earlier Saturday, eight three-year-olds will line up for the $75,000 La Puente over nine furlongs on the turf. Papacoolpapacool (Temple City) and Anytime Anyplace (Any Given Saturday), one-two in the $80,000 Pasadena on March 21, are the probable favorites...

Santa Anita will offer mandatory payouts for the Pick 5 and the Pick 6 on Sunday, closing day of the winter meet.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

PLENTY OF GRACE S., AQU, $95,000, 4YO/UP, F/M, 1MT, 4-17.
2—STELLAR PATH (FR), f, 4, Astronomer Royal--America Nova (FR), by Verglas (IRE). (140,000EUR '12 ARQAUG; 380,000EUR 2014 ARQDEC). O-Trevor C Stewart, B-SF Bloodstock LLC (FR), T-Christophe Clement, J-Luis Saez, $60,000.
3—Cushion (GB), m, 5, Galileo (IRE)--Attraction (GB), by Efisio (GB). O-Roxburghe, Guy and Magnier, Mrs John, B-Floors Farming (GB), $20,000.
6—Principessa Ava (IRE), f, 4, Ad Valorem--Creme De La Creme (IRE), by Montjeu (IRE). (500EUR '12 GOFOCT). O-Kevin Galbraith, B-Grangemore Stud (IRE), $10,000.
Also Ran: Tokyo Time.
Winning Time: 1:38 3/5 (gd)
Margins: HF, 3 3/4, 1.
Odds: 1.05, 3.45, 4.50.

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

AQU, 7TH, AOC, $75,000, 3YO/UP, 7F, 4-17.
1—STALLWALKIN' DUDE, g, 5, City Place--Chelle Spendabuck, by Dare and Go. O-David Jacobson, B-Maria M Haire (FL), T-David Jacobson, J-Angel Cruz, $45,000.
5—Noble Moon, c, 4, Malibu Moon--Mambo Bell, by Kingmambo. ($200,000 '11 KEENOV; $200,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Treadway Racing Stable, B-Estate of Edward P Evans (VA), $15,000.
3—Anchor Down, c, 4, Tapit--Successful Outlook, by Orientate. ($250,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Alto Racing, LLC, B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd (KY), $7,500.
Winning Time: 1:22 1/5 (ft)
 
SA, 6TH, AOC, $65,134, 4YO/UP, 1MT, 4-16.
8—MIDNIGHT STORM, c, 4, Pioneerof the Nile--My Tina, by Bertrando. O-Dye, Marjorie Post, A Venneri Racing, Inc and Little Red Feather Racing, B-Alex Venneri & Marjorie Post Dye (KY), T-Philip D'Amato, J-Tyler Baze, $37,800.
7—Gabriel Charles, h, 5, Street Hero--Star of Atticus, by Atticus. ($19,000 '11 KEESEP; $160,000 2012 OBSAPR). O-Britt, Sam and House, Michael, B-Doris E Tummillo (KY), $12,600.
2—Global View, c, 4, Galileo (IRE)--Egyptian Queen, by Storm Cat. ($500,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Glen Hill Farm, B-Reiko & Michael Baum (KY), $7,560.
Winning Time: 1:33 1/5 (fm)
 
KEE, 5TH, ALW, $61,442, 4YO/UP, 5 1/2FT, 4-17.
5—FOREST ELF, g, 6, Kitten's Joy--Cherokee Probe, by Cherokee Run. ($5,000 '10 KEESEP). O-Fast N Easy LLC, B-Kenneth L & Sarah K Ramsey (KY), T-Angel O. Montano, Sr., J-Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr., $37,200.
7—Great Minds, g, 4, Stroll--Staff Nurse, by Arch. O-Vince Wilfork, B-Claiborne Farm (KY), $12,400.
1—Stormy Rocit, g, 5, Stormy Atlantic--Carocita, by Anees. ($100,000 '10 KEENOV). O-Hill, Jim and Susan, B-Dixiana Farm LLC (KY), $6,200.
Winning Time: 1:03 1/5 (yl)
 
KEE, 7TH, ALW, $60,000, 3YO, 6F, 4-17.
11—CHIEF ISTAN, c, 3, Istan--My Indian, by Indian Charlie. O-Sagamore Farm and Jones, Brereton C, B-Brereton C Jones (KY), T-J. Larry Jones, J-Kerwin D. Clark, $36,000.
10—Harvey, c, 3, Curlin--Upcoming Story, by Tale of the Cat. ($285,000 2014 BESMAR). O-Stonestreet Stables LLC, B-Lakland Farm (KY), $12,000.
1—Wake Up Joe, c, 3, Zensational--Heart of Honor, by Honour and Glory. ($52,000 '13 KEESEP). O-O'Brien, Joseph W, Mallon, Edward and Matthews, Doug, B-Fergus Galvin & JoAnn N Whiteley (KY), $6,000.
Winning Time: 1:09 2/5 (ft)
 
PIM, 2ND, ALW, $59,180, 3YO/UP, 5FT, 4-17.
4—BOLD THUNDER, h, 5, Bold N' Flashy--Stormy Kristine, by Storm Creek. O-Andrew Sulley, B-Ameer Group (KY), T-Patricia Farro, J-Pierre Hernandez Ortega, $31,350.
5—Ben's Cat, g, 9, Parker's Storm Cat--Twofox, by Thirty Eight Paces. O-The Jim Stable, B-K T Leatherbury Assoc Inc (MD), $15,015.
1A—Grateful Nation, g, 5, Great Notion--Trueytoo, by Concern. O-Rebecca B Davis, B-Dr & Mrs Thomas Bowman & Rebecca Davis (MD), $7,865.
Winning Time: :57 3/5 (fm)
 
SA, 4TH, AOC, $58,250, 3YO, F, 1M, 4-17.
1—ROKSANA, f, 3, Eskendereya--Board Battle, by Seeking the Gold. ($52,000 '13 KEESEP; $160,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Michael R Ellis, B-William B Harrigan (KY), T-Martin F. Jones, J-Felipe Valdez, $34,800.
6—Majestic Presence, f, 3, Majestic Warrior--Shining Victory, by Victory Gallop. ($100,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Mark DeDomenico, LLC and North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, B-Judy B Hicks (KY), $11,600.
4—All Star Bub, f, 3, Midshipman--High Style, by Giant's Causeway. ($35,000 '13 ARZOCT; $10,000 '13 KEEJAN; $45,000 '13 OBSAUG; $65,000 2014 BESMAY). O-Campbell, Gillian S, Clark, Dan, Hollendorfer, Jerry and Skoda, Greg, B-Sun Valley Farm (KY), $6,960.
Winning Time: 1:37 (ft)
 
KEE, 8TH, ALW, $56,238, 4YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16MT, 4-17.
5—DANZA CAVALLO (FR), f, 4, Sunday Break (JPN)--Tropical Mark (GB), by Mark of Esteem (IRE). (16,000EUR '12 ARQOCT). O-Dubb, Michael and Sheep Pond Partners, B-Sylviane Jeffroy (FR), T-Chad C. Brown, J-Irad Ortiz, Jr., $32,640.
11—Llanarmon, f, 4, Sky Mesa--Gold Strike, by Smart Strike. O-Harlequin Ranches, B-Cavendish Investing Ltd (ON), $10,880.
7—Samiam, m, 5, Dynaformer--Talented, by Fusaichi Pegasus. ($125,000 '10 KEENOV; $250,000 '11 KEESEP; $155,000 2014 KEEJAN). O-Van Meter II, T, Lowenbaum, M, Hendrickson, D and Stivers, R, B-Clearsky Farms, LLC (KY), $6,400.
Winning Time: 1:43 1/5 (yl)
 
PIM, 6TH, AOC, $45,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 4-17.
5—ISTHMUS, h, 7, Flower Alley--Dancing Water, by Silver Deputy. O-R Larry Johnson, B-Liberation Farm (KY), T-Michael J. Trombetta, J-Julian Pimentel, $25,650.
8—Cho Time, g, 5, Burning Roma--Cho Chang, by Unaccounted For. O-MCA Racing Stable LLC, B-Harold Queen (FL), $9,450.
2—Escrow Kid, g, 8, City Place--Free Strike, by Smart Strike. O-Sadoo Racing Stable LLC, B-Bathen Thoroughbreds, LLC (FL), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:11 2/5 (gd)
 
PIM, 8TH, AOC, $43,386, 3YO, 1 1/16M, 4-17.
5—JACK O LIAM, c, 3, Lookin At Lucky--Fapindy, by A.P. Indy. ($40,000 '12 KEENOV; $130,000 '13 KEESEP; $30,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-Gumpster Stable LLC, B-Mt Joy Stables, Inc (KY), T-Kieron Magee, J-Pierre Hernandez Ortega, $23,940.
1—Now We Are Free, c, 3, First Samurai--Ice Cool Kitty, by Tomorrows Cat. O-Robbins, III, Lansdon and Callahan, Kevin, B-Lansdon B Robbins & Kevin Callahan (KY), $8,820.
4—I'm Mr. Blue, g, 3, Not for Love--Blue Lagoon, by Saint Ballado. O-Neal Berch, B-Summer Wind Bloodstock & Larry Horning (MD), $6,006.
Winning Time: 1:45 1/5 (gd)
 
GP, 2ND, AOC, $38,600, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 4-17.
3—AIR SQUADRON, h, 5, Curlin--Air France, by French Deputy. O-White Wabbit Wacing LLC, B-Mount Joy Stables, Inc (KY), T-Jorge Navarro, J-Jose C. Caraballo, $22,800.
1—Katillac Charm, g, 5, Tactical Cat--Daleo's Angel, by Silver Charm. O-John Falcone, B-Horseplayers Racing Club LLC (OK), $8,360.
5—Aces for John, g, 3, Spensive--A Rose for You, by Orientate. ($4,500 2014 OBSJUN). O-Rajkamal Maragh, B-Y-Lo Racing Stables, LLC (FL), $4,780.
Winning Time: 1:45 (ft)
 
EVD, 7TH, ALW, $25,200, 3YO, F, 7F, 4-16.
1—FLOR DE LA LUNA, f, 3, Malibu Moon--Instrumentalist, by Bernstein. ($140,000 '13 FTKJUL). O-Club House Racing LLC, B-Castleton Lyons & Kilboy Estate (KY), T-Arthur L. Pike, III, J-Colby J. Hernandez, $14,100.
2—Composed, f, 3, D'wildcat--Princess Composer, by Composer. ($30,000 '13 LTBSEP). O-P Dale Ladner, B-Jose M Camejo (LA), $5,700.
9—Saturdaynightbling, f, 3, Any Given Saturday--Madam Bling, by War Chant. O-Frederick, Gill, Lastrapes, Kyle and Cormier, Ken, B-Gill Frederick, Kyle Lastrapes & Ken Cormier (LA), $3,135.
Winning Time: 1:25 (sy)

North American Maiden Winners
Big Top Cat--Sparky's Halo by Secret Claim; SPARKY TOP, g, 3, EVD, Mcl 15000, 4-16, 6f, 1:12 4/5. B-Donald Dale Clark (LA.).
Blame--Kalosca (FR) by Kaldoun (FR); HOLLYWOOD CRITIC, c, 3, KEE, Msw, 4-17, a7f, 1:28 2/5. B-W. Bruce Lunsford (KY.). *1/2 to Arravale (Canadian Horse of the Year, $1,129,697).
Cactus Ridge--Mislead by Deb by Broken Vow; BALDRIDGE, g, 3, ALB, Mcl 6500, 4-17, 7f, 1:26 4/5. B-Dream Wallkin Farms, Inc. (OK.).
Circular Quay--Amazing Beauty by Distorted Humor; LOOKS GOOD, c, 3, GP, Mcl 35000, 4-17, 6f, 1:11 1/5. B-Brent & Crystal Fernung (FL.). $25,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Circular Quay--Leedle Dee by Distinctive Pro; SQUARED AWAY, c, 3, HAW, Mcl 25000, 4-17, 1m 70y, 1:44 2/5. B-Rustlewood Farm, Inc. (FL.). $40,000 '13 OBSAUG.
Colonel John--Mini Lamp by Van Nistelrooy; MAGIC JOHN, c, 3, MVR, Msw, 4-17, 1m, 1:44 . B-Fair Weather Farm, Inc. (OH.).
Cool Coal Man--Silver Spook by Silver Deputy; SHE'S COAL HEARTED, f, 3, HAW, Mcl 50000, 4-17, 5f, :58 3/5. B-Tim James Mawhinney &Karen Faye Mawhinney (FL.). $35,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Cowboy Cal--Miss Marni by Broad Brush; PINOT NOIR, f, 3, EVD, Msw, 4-16, 1m, 1:41 4/5. B-Chrislin LLC (LA.). $30,000 '13 LTBSEP.
Deputy Storm--Mass Romantic by Not for Love; JROCK, c, 3, KEE, Mcl 100000, 4-17, 6f, 1:11 1/5. B-Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman & Rebecca Davis (MD.). $70,000 2014 FTMMAY. *1/2 to Romancing the Gold (SP $264,150).
Diabolical--Showtime Gal by Wavering Monarch; SHOWTIME MAGIC, f, 3, ALB, Msw, 4-17, 5 1/2f, 1:03 2/5. B-Cleber J Massey (NM.).
Hear No Evil--Star in My Crown by Monsieur Cat; JULIE D, f, 3, TAM, Mcl 25000, 4-17, 5 1/2f, 1:03 4/5. B-Jacks or Better Farm Inc. (FL.). $13,000 '12 OBSOCT; $12,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Medaglia d'Oro--Dearly (GB) (G3), by Rahy; TRIED AND TRUE, c, 3, SA, Msw, 4-17, 1m, 1:37 . B-Darley (KY.).
Montbrook--Act Out by Storm Cat; TIME OUT OF MIND, g, 3, GP, Mcl 25000, 4-17, 5fT, :56 2/5. B-Valerie B Dailey (FL.). $65,000 '13 FTKJUL.
Speightstown--Dance Swiftly by Danzig; SPEIGHTSTER, c, 3, KEE, Msw, 4-17, a7f, 1:26 3/5. B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY.).
Stormy Atlantic--Raffie's Dream by Raffie's Majesty; CAMILLE'S STORM, f, 3, AQU, Msw, 4-17, 6f, 1:10 3/5. B-Well Spring Stables, LLC (NY.). *Full to Stormy's Majesty (G3 $336,649).
Student Council--Jeddah Harbor by Boston Harbor; HOUSE OF CARDS, c, 3, EVD, Mcl 15000, 4-16, 1m, 1:41 2/5. B-Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc (IN.).
Super Saver--Lunargal by Yes It's True; WEALTH CREATION, f, 3, AQU, Mcl 75000, 4-17, 1 1/16mT, 1:48 . B-Reata Thoroughbred Farm, LLC (KY.). $165,000 '13 FTKJUL; $250,000 2014 OBSMAR.
Super Saver--Nonsuch Bay (G1$747,078), by Mr. Greeley; DR. TOOLE, c, 3, PIM, Msw, 4-17, 1 1/16m, 1:47 4/5. B-SF Bloodstock LLC (NY.). $60,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Talent Search--The Great Tyler by Doneraile Court; CHIEF OF COMMAND, c, 3, PIM, Msw, 4-17, 6f, 1:12 2/5. B-Willa, LLC (PA.). $2,800 '12 FTMDEC.
Badge of Silver--Sharp Apple by Diesis (GB); SILVERVILLE, f, 4, PIM, Msw, 4-17, 1 1/16mT, 1:45 4/5. B-Dr. John A. Chandler (KY.). $15,000 '12 FTKOCT; $115,000 2015 KEEJAN. *1/2 to Pomology (G2 $258,728).
Benny the Bull--Ashley and I by You and I; BENNY IS A JET, g, 4, TAM, Msw, 4-17, 5fT, :57 1/5. B-Mary Jean Bonfili (FL.).
Bop--Cute Devil by Fly So Free; ALVETERZANE, f, 4, CT, Mcl 5000, 4-16, 4 1/2f, :53 4/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. Todd D Bennett (WV.). *1/2 to Lakeville Rush (SP $441,588).
Freud--Madison's Angel by Silver Ghost; PATROLIKEACHAMPION, g, 4, AQU, Mcl 16000, 4-17, 7 1/2f, 1:33 . B-Joseph Lostritto (NY.).
Good Journey--Cahill Royalty by Cahill Road; FREDDIES DREAM, g, 4, SA, Msw, 4-16, 1 1/8mT, 1:49 3/5. B-Fred A. and Carolyn I. Krinkie (CA.).
Rock Slide--Pastel by American Chance; MY SON ERNIE, g, 4, PIM, Mcl 8000, 4-17, 1 1/16m, 1:48 . B-Steven Hinds (MD.).
Time to Get Even--Caillech by Phonetics; EXPONENTIALLY, g, 4, GG, Mcl 25000, 4-17, 5 1/2f, 1:04 2/5. B-Laura Armstrong (CA.).
Unbridledsensation--Wicked Rita by Sea of Secrets; VILAIN TAUREAU, g, 4, EVD, Mcl 7500, 4-16, 7f, 1:26 2/5. B-Linda Guidry (LA.).
Wildcat Heir--Southerland Road by Elusive Quality; D' KENNESAW CAT, f, 4, PEN, Mcl 20000, 4-16, 6f, 1:13 3/5. B-Bridle Oaks Farm, Inc. (FL.). $77,000 2013 OBSAPR.
Broken Vow--Global Finance by End Sweep; WICKED FINANCE, g, 5, SA, Msw, 4-17, 1mT, 1:37 3/5. B-Dr. Charles Giles (KY.). $50,000 '10 KEENOV; $130,000 '11 KEESEP.
Defrere--Ferniture by Fernridge; VILLAGE PRINCESS, m, 5, GP, Mcl 20000, 4-17, 5fT, :57 4/5. B-Juan J Torres & Dr. Mary L Jacko (NJ.).
Purim--Bye Love by Hennessy; POT ROAST, g, 5, TAM, Mcl 8000, 4-17, 1 1/16m, 1:46 4/5. B-Tom Proctor (KY.).
Mr. Shoplifter--Western Holiday by West by West; HOLIDAY SHOPPER, m, 6, CT, Mcl 5000, 4-16, 4 1/2f, :54 1/5. B-Susan B Schramm & Randall Conrad (WV.).
Silent Bluff--Outrageous Angel by Silver Survivor; LEXIE D, m, 6, FON, Msw, 4-17, 6f, 1:17 2/5. B-Danny Dettwiller (NE.).
Chicago Six--Afleet Cat by Z Z Cat; EIGHT GAUGE, g, 7, HAW, Mcl 15000, 4-17, 6f, 1:12 3/5. B-J. W. Carper (IL.).

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