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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014

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Constitution out of Derby

Constitution (white silks) could return to training in 60 days (Adam Coglianese Photography)

Constitution, a leading Triple Crown hopeful off his win in the $1 million Florida Derby, will be forced to miss the May 3 Kentucky Derby and the rest of the 2014 Triple Crown due to the discovery of a hairline fracture in his front right cannon bone on Monday.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, the undefeated son of leading sire Tapit breezed a half mile in :50 3/5 on Sunday at Palm Meadows and on Monday morning he was discovered to be a little off in his right front leg.

"This is one of the biggest disappointments of my career," Pletcher said. "I really feel Constitution was our biggest chance to win the Kentucky Derby since Super Saver. My routine with all my horses is to jog them down the road, and I noticed he was slightly off (Monday). Dr. Yarborough took x-rays that revealed a slight hairline in his shin.

"Thankfully, it's nothing very serious, and Constitution will be back to 100 percent after a little time. The timing is just a real shame for everyone involved, but the Derby doesn't define a horse's career."

Constitution will be shipped to WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky to rehabilitate, with the hopes of returning to training in 60 days and racing again in 2014. The talented bay colt is owned by WinStar Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables.

"While we are extremely disappointed to miss the Kentucky Derby, we're just as excited about the future of Constitution," said Randy Gullatt, Twin Creeks Racing's general manager. "We think he's just scratching the surface of his talent."

WinStar President & CEO Elliott Walden added: "Todd has done a tremendous job with Constitution and I can't wait to get him back for two reasons: firstly, he has so much to accomplish, and secondly, he is the most exciting stallion prospect of his generation."

Constitution holds a perfect record of three wins from three starts this winter at Gulfstream Park, capturing the March 29 Florida Derby in his stakes debut. Out of the Distorted Humor mare Baffled, he has earnings of $649,350 to date.

With the defection, Uncle Sigh now has enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby, moving from 21st to 20th on the leaderboard.

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Constitution out of Derby

Constitution (white silks) could return to training in 60 days (Adam Coglianese Photography)

Constitution, a leading Triple Crown hopeful off his win in the $1 million Florida Derby, will be forced to miss the May 3 Kentucky Derby and the rest of the 2014 Triple Crown due to the discovery of a hairline fracture in his front right cannon bone on Monday.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, the undefeated son of leading sire Tapit breezed a half mile in :50 3/5 on Sunday at Palm Meadows and on Monday morning he was discovered to be a little off in his right front leg.

"This is one of the biggest disappointments of my career," Pletcher said. "I really feel Constitution was our biggest chance to win the Kentucky Derby since Super Saver. My routine with all my horses is to jog them down the road, and I noticed he was slightly off (Monday). Dr. Yarborough took x-rays that revealed a slight hairline in his shin.

"Thankfully, it's nothing very serious, and Constitution will be back to 100 percent after a little time. The timing is just a real shame for everyone involved, but the Derby doesn't define a horse's career."

Constitution will be shipped to WinStar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky to rehabilitate, with the hopes of returning to training in 60 days and racing again in 2014. The talented bay colt is owned by WinStar Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables.

"While we are extremely disappointed to miss the Kentucky Derby, we're just as excited about the future of Constitution," said Randy Gullatt, Twin Creeks Racing's general manager. "We think he's just scratching the surface of his talent."

WinStar President & CEO Elliott Walden added: "Todd has done a tremendous job with Constitution and I can't wait to get him back for two reasons: firstly, he has so much to accomplish, and secondly, he is the most exciting stallion prospect of his generation."

Constitution holds a perfect record of three wins from three starts this winter at Gulfstream Park, capturing the March 29 Florida Derby in his stakes debut. Out of the Distorted Humor mare Baffled, he has earnings of $649,350 to date.

With the defection, Uncle Sigh now has enough points to qualify for the Kentucky Derby, moving from 21st to 20th on the leaderboard.

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Breeding & Sales News

Temple City colt posts fastest quarter at OBS under tack

Hip No. 207, a colt by Temple City consigned by Off the Hook LLC, worked a quarter-mile in :20 4/5 on Tuesday to post the fastest work at the distance at the opening session of the Under Tack Show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2014 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training. The colt is out of Juneau (Mr. Greeley) and is a half brother to stakes placed Alaska Miss.

The weather deteriorated during the morning until a heavy thunderstorm forced nearly an hour delay after the second break. Although the rain abated in the afternoon, horses fought gusting headwinds in the stretch for the rest of the session.

Four youngsters shared honors for the session's fastest eighth, each stopping the timer in :9 4/5. Hip 20, consigned by Silver Star, is a filly by Cowtown Cat out of Five Star Annie (Five Star Day), a half-sister to stakes winner Funny Annie (Distorted Humor); Hip 67, a filly by Warrior's Reward consigned by King's Equine, agent for Spendthrift Farm, is out of stakes winner G G's Dolly (Comic Strip); Hip 161, consigned by Eisaman Equine, agent, is by Flatter out of Hurricane Hannah (Southern Halo), a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Lovely Lil (Tiznow); and Hip 168, a Cool Coal Man filly consigned by Halcyon Hammock Farm, agent, out of Inaspecial Way (Seattle Sleet), and is a half-sister to stakes-placed Forbidden Bear (Forbidden Apple).

Under Tack results and videos are posted in the OBS website at obssales.com.

The Under Tack Show continues Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. (EDT) with Hip No.'s 303-604 scheduled to breeze.

The Spring Sale begins April 21 at 10:30 a.m.

Racing Headlines

Shared Belief returns to worktab

Shared Belief could be back for Del Mar (Benoit Photo)

Champion two-year-old male Shared Belief recorded his first official workout Tuesday morning since early January, covering three furlongs in :38 2/5 over the Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields.

After recording a seven-length debut win at Golden Gate October 19, Shared Belief was sold and transferred to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. He captured his first start for new connections at Hollywood Park, taking Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue by 7 3/4 lengths on November 10, and concluded his juvenile season with an outstanding 5 3/4-length score in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity over the same track on December 14.

The Candy Ride gelding posted a pair of five-furlong workouts at Santa Anita in late December/early January and was supposed to begin his three-year-old season in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis on February 8, but missed a scheduled workout on January 12 due to an abscess in his right front hoof. Hollendorfer reported in February that Shared Belief was recovering from a quarter-crack in the same hoof.

Out of the Storm Cat mare Common Hope and a half-brother to Grade 3 vixen Little Miss Holly, the unbeaten Shared Belief has earned $451,200.

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Shared Belief returns to worktab

Shared Belief could be back for Del Mar (Benoit Photo)

Champion two-year-old male Shared Belief recorded his first official workout Tuesday morning since early January, covering three furlongs in :38 2/5 over the Tapeta at Golden Gate Fields.

After recording a seven-length debut win at Golden Gate October 19, Shared Belief was sold and transferred to Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. He captured his first start for new connections at Hollywood Park, taking Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue by 7 3/4 lengths on November 10, and concluded his juvenile season with an outstanding 5 3/4-length score in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity over the same track on December 14.

The Candy Ride gelding posted a pair of five-furlong workouts at Santa Anita in late December/early January and was supposed to begin his three-year-old season in the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis on February 8, but missed a scheduled workout on January 12 due to an abscess in his right front hoof. Hollendorfer reported in February that Shared Belief was recovering from a quarter-crack in the same hoof.

Out of the Storm Cat mare Common Hope and a half-brother to Grade 3 vixen Little Miss Holly, the unbeaten Shared Belief has earned $451,200.

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Emollient seeks third Keeneland stakes win in Doubledogdare

Emollient impressively captured the Ashland and Spinster at Keeneland last season (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Claiborne Farm's dual champion filly Doubledogdare famously entered Keeneland lore in the years 1955 and 1956 when she captured the Lexington, Kentucky, course's biggest events for fillies: the Alcibiades, Ashland and Spinster. On Friday, Juddmonte Farms' homebred Emollient can add to her own growing Keeneland legend with a victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Doubledogdare, a 1 1/16-mile main track test for older fillies and mares.

Emollient did not compete in the 2012 Alcibiades, but had her name inscribed beside Doubledogdare's when taking both the Ashland and Spinster last season. The Bill Mott trainee cruised by nine lengths in the Ashland and, after a summertime score in the American Oaks on grass at Hollywood Park, returned to Keeneland in October to land the Spinster in a last-to-first rally by 1 1/4 lengths. The daughter of Empire Maker exits back-to-back fourth-place efforts in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and Santa Ana, both on grass at Santa Anita.

Sisterly Love wheels back on two weeks' rest following an allowance score over the Doubledogdare course and distance. The Mark Casse charge faded to fourth after setting a pressured pace in the Spinster last fall, but scored impressive Polytrack stakes wins at Woodbine last summer in the Trillium and Ontario Matron.

Another with notable synthetic credentials is Sisterhood, who narrowly missed in both the Doubledogdare and Arlington Matron last year. The Wesley Ward pupil has been idle since December, when she ended her campaign with a fifth consecutive unplaced finish against stakes foes.

Several quality grass performers are also in the Doubledogdare lineup, including 2013 Bewitch winner Strathnaver. The Graham Motion-trained daughter of Oasis Dream also captured the Lady Baltimore at Laurel in September and was last seen finishing a close third in the My Charmer Handicap at Calder in December.

Solid Appeal kicked off her 2013 campaign with an allowance win over the Keeneland main track and later won the Nassau and Dance Smartly, both Grade 2 events over the Woodbine turf. She will be making her first start since running third in the Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs in November.

Others of note are Canadian classic winner Dixie Strike, Remington Park Oaks and Zia Park Oaks runner-up Gold Medal Dancer, and the Grade 3-placed Ire, who has won three of four starts on the Keeneland Polytrack.

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Toormore returns to action in Craven

Toormore, Europe's champion two-year-old from last season, heads a strong six-runner field for Thursday's Group 3 Craven Stakes on Newmarket's Rowley Mile, a key trial for the Two Thousand Guineas.

Trained by Richard Hannon Jr., Toormore will be looking to maintain his three-race unbeaten record which climaxed when he won the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at the Curragh last September. He is third-favorite for the Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket on May 3, the opening race of the British Champions Series, behind hot favorite Kingman, trained by John Gosden, and the Aidan O'Brien-trained Australia.

There could be a further shake-up in the marketThursday afternoon if Toormore wins impressively under a three-pound penalty over the Guineas course and distance. He will have to beat some serious opposition, however, including the highly regarded Be Ready from Saeed bin Suroor's Godolphin yard.

The son of New Approach made his debut in a staks at Newbury when finishing a clear second behind the Mark Johnston-trained Somewhat. His second start was in another stakes at Doncaster when he ran out a very impressive winner, beating Barley Mow by an easy three lengths. Barley Mow was a close fifth in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc Day at Longchamp on his next start.

"Be Ready is doing well and working really nicely," bin Suroor said Tuesday morning. "This is a tough race to start his year but he will improve. He was always one of the nicest two-year-olds in my stable, that's why we started him off in a Listed race as we knew that he had the class.

"He looks stronger -- he was weak last year -- and is quiet, calm, relaxed and happy. He has done really well. He's starting to work really well but we will learn a lot more about him from this race.

"We missed the Dewhurst with him as we needed to give him a break -- he was not ready for a Group 1 race and needed time."

Asked about the ideal trip for the colt, bin Suroor said: "A mile and a quarter or a mile and a half might be fine for him. The way he does his work suggests a mile and a quarter but the longer trip is still a possibility."

Asked about Kingman's Greenham Stakes victory, bin Suroor added: "He was really impressive, he won so easily."

Toormore also has to take on his stable companion Anjaal, who won the July Stakes at the Newmarket July Festival last season and who finished just three lengths behind War Command in the Dewhurst on Future Champions Day last October. He also has a three-pound penalty to carry.

The other three contenders include Patentar from Marco Botti's yard. He ran away with a York maiden last season and is in serious consideration for the Guineas.

Luca Cumani runs Postponed, who was a fine second to Oklahoma City in the £500,000 Tattersalls Millions Two-Year-Old Trophy on Newmarket's Rowley Mile last October.

The field is completed by Kevin Ryan's The Great Gatsby, who was runner-up to Outstrip -- subsequent winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf -- in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last September.

Elsewhere on the card there is a very strong field for the £200,000 Tattersalls Millions Three-Year-Old Trophy, including the runner-up to Kingston Hill in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, Johann Strauss, trained by Aidan O'Brien

"Johann Strauss gained some valuable experience last year and finished off with a storming run in the Racing Post Trophy," O'Brien said. "He was unlucky on his first run back this season but still showed plenty of promise. He seems to have come out of it in good form so we're hoping he'll run well again in the valuable Tattersalls Millions race on Thursday."

Aljamaaheer tries his hand at sprinting in the Group 3 Abernant Stakes for trainer Roger Varian, while the Group 3 Earl of Sefton Stakes sees the One Thousand Guineas runner-up from last season, Just the Judge, who subsequently took the Irish One Thousand Guineas, make her seasonal debut over a mile and one furlong for trainer Charlie Hills.

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Emollient seeks third Keeneland stakes win in Doubledogdare

Emollient impressively captured the Ashland and Spinster at Keeneland last season (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Claiborne Farm's dual champion filly Doubledogdare famously entered Keeneland lore in the years 1955 and 1956 when she captured the Lexington, Kentucky, course's biggest events for fillies: the Alcibiades, Ashland and Spinster. On Friday, Juddmonte Farms' homebred Emollient can add to her own growing Keeneland legend with a victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Doubledogdare, a 1 1/16-mile main track test for older fillies and mares.

Emollient did not compete in the 2012 Alcibiades, but had her name inscribed beside Doubledogdare's when taking both the Ashland and Spinster last season. The Bill Mott trainee cruised by nine lengths in the Ashland and, after a summertime score in the American Oaks on grass at Hollywood Park, returned to Keeneland in October to land the Spinster in a last-to-first rally by 1 1/4 lengths. The daughter of Empire Maker exits back-to-back fourth-place efforts in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and Santa Ana, both on grass at Santa Anita.

Sisterly Love wheels back on two weeks' rest following an allowance score over the Doubledogdare course and distance. The Mark Casse charge faded to fourth after setting a pressured pace in the Spinster last fall, but scored impressive Polytrack stakes wins at Woodbine last summer in the Trillium and Ontario Matron.

Another with notable synthetic credentials is Sisterhood, who narrowly missed in both the Doubledogdare and Arlington Matron last year. The Wesley Ward pupil has been idle since December, when she ended her campaign with a fifth consecutive unplaced finish against stakes foes.

Several quality grass performers are also in the Doubledogdare lineup, including 2013 Bewitch winner Strathnaver. The Graham Motion-trained daughter of Oasis Dream also captured the Lady Baltimore at Laurel in September and was last seen finishing a close third in the My Charmer Handicap at Calder in December.

Solid Appeal kicked off her 2013 campaign with an allowance win over the Keeneland main track and later won the Nassau and Dance Smartly, both Grade 2 events over the Woodbine turf. She will be making her first start since running third in the Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs in November.

Others of note are Canadian classic winner Dixie Strike, Remington Park Oaks and Zia Park Oaks runner-up Gold Medal Dancer, and the Grade 3-placed Ire, who has won three of four starts on the Keeneland Polytrack.

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Toormore returns to action in Craven

Toormore, Europe's champion two-year-old from last season, heads a strong six-runner field for Thursday's Group 3 Craven Stakes on Newmarket's Rowley Mile, a key trial for the Two Thousand Guineas.

Trained by Richard Hannon Jr., Toormore will be looking to maintain his three-race unbeaten record which climaxed when he won the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at the Curragh last September. He is third-favorite for the Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket on May 3, the opening race of the British Champions Series, behind hot favorite Kingman, trained by John Gosden, and the Aidan O'Brien-trained Australia.

There could be a further shake-up in the marketThursday afternoon if Toormore wins impressively under a three-pound penalty over the Guineas course and distance. He will have to beat some serious opposition, however, including the highly regarded Be Ready from Saeed bin Suroor's Godolphin yard.

The son of New Approach made his debut in a staks at Newbury when finishing a clear second behind the Mark Johnston-trained Somewhat. His second start was in another stakes at Doncaster when he ran out a very impressive winner, beating Barley Mow by an easy three lengths. Barley Mow was a close fifth in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere on Arc Day at Longchamp on his next start.

"Be Ready is doing well and working really nicely," bin Suroor said Tuesday morning. "This is a tough race to start his year but he will improve. He was always one of the nicest two-year-olds in my stable, that's why we started him off in a Listed race as we knew that he had the class.

"He looks stronger -- he was weak last year -- and is quiet, calm, relaxed and happy. He has done really well. He's starting to work really well but we will learn a lot more about him from this race.

"We missed the Dewhurst with him as we needed to give him a break -- he was not ready for a Group 1 race and needed time."

Asked about the ideal trip for the colt, bin Suroor said: "A mile and a quarter or a mile and a half might be fine for him. The way he does his work suggests a mile and a quarter but the longer trip is still a possibility."

Asked about Kingman's Greenham Stakes victory, bin Suroor added: "He was really impressive, he won so easily."

Toormore also has to take on his stable companion Anjaal, who won the July Stakes at the Newmarket July Festival last season and who finished just three lengths behind War Command in the Dewhurst on Future Champions Day last October. He also has a three-pound penalty to carry.

The other three contenders include Patentar from Marco Botti's yard. He ran away with a York maiden last season and is in serious consideration for the Guineas.

Luca Cumani runs Postponed, who was a fine second to Oklahoma City in the £500,000 Tattersalls Millions Two-Year-Old Trophy on Newmarket's Rowley Mile last October.

The field is completed by Kevin Ryan's The Great Gatsby, who was runner-up to Outstrip -- subsequent winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf -- in the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster last September.

Elsewhere on the card there is a very strong field for the £200,000 Tattersalls Millions Three-Year-Old Trophy, including the runner-up to Kingston Hill in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, Johann Strauss, trained by Aidan O'Brien

"Johann Strauss gained some valuable experience last year and finished off with a storming run in the Racing Post Trophy," O'Brien said. "He was unlucky on his first run back this season but still showed plenty of promise. He seems to have come out of it in good form so we're hoping he'll run well again in the valuable Tattersalls Millions race on Thursday."

Aljamaaheer tries his hand at sprinting in the Group 3 Abernant Stakes for trainer Roger Varian, while the Group 3 Earl of Sefton Stakes sees the One Thousand Guineas runner-up from last season, Just the Judge, who subsequently took the Irish One Thousand Guineas, make her seasonal debut over a mile and one furlong for trainer Charlie Hills.

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Breeders' Cup winner My Flag dies after foaling

Four-time Grade 1 winner My Flag died at Claiborne Farm April 12 after foaling a healthy bay colt by Bernardini.

Bred and raced by Ogden Phipps, the 21-year-old broodmare was a product of two Phipps champions -- 1988 champion two-year-old colt and 1989 Belmont Stakes winner Easy Goer, and the undefeated Hall of Fame mare Personal Ensign, who was named champion older female in 1988.

One of the leading fillies of her generation, My Flag won six races and placed seven times from 20 starts, earning over $1.5 million. Among her victories were the 1995 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Belmont Park, and the 1996 runnings of the Ashland at Keeneland, Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont, and Gazelle Handicap at Belmont. My Flag placed in five other stakes, including the 1996 Belmont Stakes.

As a broodmare, My Flag produced 2002 champion two-year-old filly Storm Flag Flying, also winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Additionally, she is the dam of Grade 3-placed On Parade as well as stakes winner With Flying Colors and stakes-placed Leading the Parade. My Flag is the second dam of Grade 2 winner Parading.

My Flag has been buried at Claiborne Farm.

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Breeders' Cup winner My Flag dies after foaling

Four-time Grade 1 winner My Flag died at Claiborne Farm April 12 after foaling a healthy bay colt by Bernardini.

Bred and raced by Ogden Phipps, the 21-year-old broodmare was a product of two Phipps champions -- 1988 champion two-year-old colt and 1989 Belmont Stakes winner Easy Goer, and the undefeated Hall of Fame mare Personal Ensign, who was named champion older female in 1988.

One of the leading fillies of her generation, My Flag won six races and placed seven times from 20 starts, earning over $1.5 million. Among her victories were the 1995 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Belmont Park, and the 1996 runnings of the Ashland at Keeneland, Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont, and Gazelle Handicap at Belmont. My Flag placed in five other stakes, including the 1996 Belmont Stakes.

As a broodmare, My Flag produced 2002 champion two-year-old filly Storm Flag Flying, also winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. Additionally, she is the dam of Grade 3-placed On Parade as well as stakes winner With Flying Colors and stakes-placed Leading the Parade. My Flag is the second dam of Grade 2 winner Parading.

My Flag has been buried at Claiborne Farm.

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French import Lacarolina faces 11 in Appalachian

Jessamine winner Kitten Kaboodle might pose the strongest threat to French invader Lacarolina (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)

Lacarolina, who began her career in the French provinces but later established solid form lines on the tougher Parisian circuit, figures as a leading contender in her U.S. debut Thursday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Appalachian at Keeneland. The one-mile grass feature for three-year-old fillies has attracted a field of 12.

A winner in four of seven starts last season, Lacarolina did her best work for noted conditioner Jean-Claude Rouget, for whom she captured the Prix Six Perfections at Deauville and Prix Miesque at Maisons-Laffitte. The latter, a Grade 3 event contested on heavy ground in mid-November, saw the Charge d'Affaires filly beat Xcellence by a head. That rival made a winning sophomore debut over Group 1 winner Vorda in the Prix Imprudence, an important Guineas prep, back at Maisons-Laffitte on April 3.

Lacarolina now resides in the barn of Mark Casse, who was tied for first in the Keeneland standings after the first eight days of the spring meet. She'll be ridden by Stewart Elliott, the veteran journeyman who was a pleasantly surprising second in the Keeneland standings at the spring meet's halfway point.

Kitten Kaboodle, who broke her maiden last fall in the Jessamine over this turf, is hoping to rebound off two sub-par outings. Eleventh of 14 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in her two-year-old finale, the Chad Brown trainee ran another dull one in the March 8 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs, finishing seventh in a field of 12.

Brown will also saddle the field's other European import, Sweet Acclaim, who won on debut at Yarmouth at odds of 40-1 before finishing third in the Oh So Sharp, a Group 3 event at Newmarket.

Recepta, who makes her season debut for trainer Jimmy Toner, made an impressive turf debut last October in the $100,000 Chelsea Flower at Belmont Park. Saddled with an outside post and hung very wide for most of the one-mile trip, the Speightstown filly nonetheless turned in an impressive stretch rally to beat 11 rivals going away by 3 1/4 lengths.

Resistivity, a solid allowance winner two back at Gulfstream in her turf debut, wheels back on 12 days' rest after fading to 10th in the Ashland on Polytrack. Retreating after a wide-trip pressing trip from post 13, the filly easily defeated Jessamine runner-up and returning rival Zinzay by 3 3/4 lengths in that March 15 allowance in Florida.

Other Appalachian notables include Daring Dancer, who captured her only outings at Laurel and Churchill Downs last fall for Graham Motion, and Maria Maria, who finished third behind the graded stakes-winning colts Bobby's Kitten and Global View in a Tampa Bay Downs allowance last month.

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Queen Catrine seeks breakthrough in Nell Gwyn

Queen Catrine (bay in upper right) exits a third to Indonesienne and Lesstalk in Paris (Frank Sorge/Horsephotos.com)
Trainer Charlie Hills faces another big day on Wednesday -- just 72 hours after helping raise thousands of pounds for Racing Welfare by running the London Marathon -- as one of his crack three-year-old fillies, Queen Catrine, will be in action at Newmarket. The One Thousand Guineas entrant will be part of a huge 15-strong field for the Group 3, £65,000 Nell Gwyn Stakes.

"We are very pleased with Queen Catrine and she is very forward in her coat although she may find seven furlongs a bit on the sharp side," Hills said.

The daughter of Acclamation was wonderfully consistent last season when she placed in the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Margaret and Lowther before finishing third in the Marcel Boussac despite coming into season on race day.

"We obviously want to win a Group race with her and she does try very hard," Hills said. "We always thought that she would make up into a better three-year-old. She is entered in all three versions of the Guineas -- in England, Ireland and France -- and we will just have to see how she gets on in the Nell Gwyn before we decide where she goes next.

"Her jockeys have always felt that she would be better with some juice in the ground but I am sure that the ground on Wednesday will be beautiful. I would imagine that there will be a lovely covering of grass."

The Nell Gwyn is a proven trial for May 4's One Thousand Guineas. Last year's runner-up, Sky Lantern, went on to land the classic while the race has provided a placed horse in the One Thousand Guineas in each of the previous three years.

Wednesday is the first of 39 racedays at Newmarket in 2014, and this top quality eight-race card promises to get the season off to a flying start with no less than 23 horses running who still hold engagements in either the One Thousand or the Two Thousand Guineas.

In the six-runner European Free Handicap, the unbeaten duo of Shifting Power and Mushir will put their Two Thousand Guineas credentials on the line against the likes of Miracle of Medinah and Parbold, while seven of the 10 combatants in the Feilden Stakes hold Two Thousand Guineas entries including the Irish raider, Obliterator.

Ger Lyons will find out if he has a classic contender on his hands in Obliterator. The Qatar Racing-owned colt was an impressive winner of a Curragh maiden on his only start as a juvenile in September and is a half-brother to the reigning Irish One Thousand Guineas heroine Just the Judge.

Mark Johnston's Somewhat brings the highest official rating to the contest by virtue of finishing second in two Group 2 races last season, although he finished down the field in the Racing Post Trophy. Saeed bin Suroor's True Story was second to subsequent Breeders' Cup winner Outstrip on debut before easily winning his second start back at Newmarket and rates a nice prospect.

The afternoon's most valuable event, the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Three-Year-Old Sprint, has attracted a high class field of 13 featuring the Two Thousand Guineas hope, Naadirr. Trained by Marco Botti, Naadirr looked to be a smart improver after a win at Kempton last time out in November.

Also among those declared is Godolphin's Wedding Ring, winner of the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies' Median Auction Stakes in September and the £300,000 Tattersalls Millions Two-Year-Old Fillies' Trophy in October.

"Wedding Ring has been training well on her return from Dubai," trainer Charlie Appleby commented. "We are pleased with her progress and confident that dropping back to six furlongs will suit. She should run a competitive race."

Another prominent runner is Toofi, winner of the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Median Auction Trophy in September last year.

"He is training very well, and looking at the ratings he must have a chance on Wednesday," trainer Roger Varian offered. "He is in good condition and we will be expecting a bold run. He is a sharp horse and with the prize money involved it looked like an obvious race to start the season with having qualified for it last year."

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French import Lacarolina faces 11 in Appalachian

Jessamine winner Kitten Kaboodle might pose the strongest threat to French invader Lacarolina (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)

Lacarolina, who began her career in the French provinces but later established solid form lines on the tougher Parisian circuit, figures as a leading contender in her U.S. debut Thursday in the Grade 3, $100,000 Appalachian at Keeneland. The one-mile grass feature for three-year-old fillies has attracted a field of 12.

A winner in four of seven starts last season, Lacarolina did her best work for noted conditioner Jean-Claude Rouget, for whom she captured the Prix Six Perfections at Deauville and Prix Miesque at Maisons-Laffitte. The latter, a Grade 3 event contested on heavy ground in mid-November, saw the Charge d'Affaires filly beat Xcellence by a head. That rival made a winning sophomore debut over Group 1 winner Vorda in the Prix Imprudence, an important Guineas prep, back at Maisons-Laffitte on April 3.

Lacarolina now resides in the barn of Mark Casse, who was tied for first in the Keeneland standings after the first eight days of the spring meet. She'll be ridden by Stewart Elliott, the veteran journeyman who was a pleasantly surprising second in the Keeneland standings at the spring meet's halfway point.

Kitten Kaboodle, who broke her maiden last fall in the Jessamine over this turf, is hoping to rebound off two sub-par outings. Eleventh of 14 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in her two-year-old finale, the Chad Brown trainee ran another dull one in the March 8 Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs, finishing seventh in a field of 12.

Brown will also saddle the field's other European import, Sweet Acclaim, who won on debut at Yarmouth at odds of 40-1 before finishing third in the Oh So Sharp, a Group 3 event at Newmarket.

Recepta, who makes her season debut for trainer Jimmy Toner, made an impressive turf debut last October in the $100,000 Chelsea Flower at Belmont Park. Saddled with an outside post and hung very wide for most of the one-mile trip, the Speightstown filly nonetheless turned in an impressive stretch rally to beat 11 rivals going away by 3 1/4 lengths.

Resistivity, a solid allowance winner two back at Gulfstream in her turf debut, wheels back on 12 days' rest after fading to 10th in the Ashland on Polytrack. Retreating after a wide-trip pressing trip from post 13, the filly easily defeated Jessamine runner-up and returning rival Zinzay by 3 3/4 lengths in that March 15 allowance in Florida.

Other Appalachian notables include Daring Dancer, who captured her only outings at Laurel and Churchill Downs last fall for Graham Motion, and Maria Maria, who finished third behind the graded stakes-winning colts Bobby's Kitten and Global View in a Tampa Bay Downs allowance last month.

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Beholder returns in Santa Lucia

Beholder will use Sunday's Santa Lucia as her tightener in advance of the Ogden Phipps (Breeders' Cup Ltd.)
Two-time Eclipse Award champion filly Beholder towers over six older fillies and mares in next Sunday's $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, her first start since winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on November 1.

Trained by Richard Mandella and owned by B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm, Beholder is in search of her fourth consecutive win as she preps for the Grade 1, $1 million Ogden Phipps at 1 1/16 miles on June 7 at Belmont Park.

"We were looking for a race to get her started and we felt this would be a good prep for the million dollar race on Belmont Day," Mandella said. "Adding it up, we just didn't want to ship out of town for her first race back. I don't feel she's wound up as tight as she might be, but it should be good enough for now."

A supplemental entrant at a cost of $1,500, the four-year-old filly by Henny Hughes is in search of her ninth overall win from 13 career starts. A winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita in 2012, she was America's Eclipse Award winning two-year-old filly and she was voted Eclipse Champion three-year-old filly for 2013. She has career earnings of $3,075,000 and will be ridden for the fourth time in a row by Gary Stevens.

A filly blessed with tremendous speed, Beholder has eight works on her Santa Anita tab, dating back to February 26. Her last two moves have come at seven furlongs, more recently clocking 1:27 3/5 on Saturday.

Lightly-raced Eblouissante, the much-heralded half sister to legendary Zenyatta, has been idle since running second as the 3-5 favorite in a second condition allowance going 1 1/16 miles and will try stakes competition for the second time in her fifth overall start. A fve-year-old mare by Bernardini, she won her first two races -- a maiden special weight on November 16, 2012, at Hollywood Park and a first condition allowance at Santa Anita on January 17, 2013, both at 1 1/16 miles.

Like Zenyatta, she is trained by John Shirreffs and will be ridden for the second time in a row by Mike Smith. Owned by St. George Farm Racing, LLC, she is 4-2-1-0 with earnings of $77,800.

The complete field for the Santa Lucia Stakes, to be run as the 8TH race on a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Legacy, Drayden Van Dyke, 117; Moulin de Mougin, Martin Garcia, 117; Beholder, Gary Stevens, 123; Magic Union, Victor Espinoza, 117; Eblouissante, Mike Smith, 117; City At Dawn, Julien Couton, 117, and Irish Presence, Tyler Baze, 117.

First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. (PDT). Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.

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Queen Catrine seeks breakthrough in Nell Gwyn

Queen Catrine (bay in upper right) exits a third to Indonesienne and Lesstalk in Paris (Frank Sorge/Horsephotos.com)
Trainer Charlie Hills faces another big day on Wednesday -- just 72 hours after helping raise thousands of pounds for Racing Welfare by running the London Marathon -- as one of his crack three-year-old fillies, Queen Catrine, will be in action at Newmarket. The One Thousand Guineas entrant will be part of a huge 15-strong field for the Group 3, £65,000 Nell Gwyn Stakes.

"We are very pleased with Queen Catrine and she is very forward in her coat although she may find seven furlongs a bit on the sharp side," Hills said.

The daughter of Acclamation was wonderfully consistent last season when she placed in the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Margaret and Lowther before finishing third in the Marcel Boussac despite coming into season on race day.

"We obviously want to win a Group race with her and she does try very hard," Hills said. "We always thought that she would make up into a better three-year-old. She is entered in all three versions of the Guineas -- in England, Ireland and France -- and we will just have to see how she gets on in the Nell Gwyn before we decide where she goes next.

"Her jockeys have always felt that she would be better with some juice in the ground but I am sure that the ground on Wednesday will be beautiful. I would imagine that there will be a lovely covering of grass."

The Nell Gwyn is a proven trial for May 4's One Thousand Guineas. Last year's runner-up, Sky Lantern, went on to land the classic while the race has provided a placed horse in the One Thousand Guineas in each of the previous three years.

Wednesday is the first of 39 racedays at Newmarket in 2014, and this top quality eight-race card promises to get the season off to a flying start with no less than 23 horses running who still hold engagements in either the One Thousand or the Two Thousand Guineas.

In the six-runner European Free Handicap, the unbeaten duo of Shifting Power and Mushir will put their Two Thousand Guineas credentials on the line against the likes of Miracle of Medinah and Parbold, while seven of the 10 combatants in the Feilden Stakes hold Two Thousand Guineas entries including the Irish raider, Obliterator.

Ger Lyons will find out if he has a classic contender on his hands in Obliterator. The Qatar Racing-owned colt was an impressive winner of a Curragh maiden on his only start as a juvenile in September and is a half-brother to the reigning Irish One Thousand Guineas heroine Just the Judge.

Mark Johnston's Somewhat brings the highest official rating to the contest by virtue of finishing second in two Group 2 races last season, although he finished down the field in the Racing Post Trophy. Saeed bin Suroor's True Story was second to subsequent Breeders' Cup winner Outstrip on debut before easily winning his second start back at Newmarket and rates a nice prospect.

The afternoon's most valuable event, the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Three-Year-Old Sprint, has attracted a high class field of 13 featuring the Two Thousand Guineas hope, Naadirr. Trained by Marco Botti, Naadirr looked to be a smart improver after a win at Kempton last time out in November.

Also among those declared is Godolphin's Wedding Ring, winner of the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Fillies' Median Auction Stakes in September and the £300,000 Tattersalls Millions Two-Year-Old Fillies' Trophy in October.

"Wedding Ring has been training well on her return from Dubai," trainer Charlie Appleby commented. "We are pleased with her progress and confident that dropping back to six furlongs will suit. She should run a competitive race."

Another prominent runner is Toofi, winner of the £100,000 Tattersalls Millions Median Auction Trophy in September last year.

"He is training very well, and looking at the ratings he must have a chance on Wednesday," trainer Roger Varian offered. "He is in good condition and we will be expecting a bold run. He is a sharp horse and with the prize money involved it looked like an obvious race to start the season with having qualified for it last year."

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In brief

Calvin Borel, who was inducted to Thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame in 2013 after posting three Kentucky Derby victories in a four-year span (2007, 2009-10), will pilot Ride on Curlin (Curlin) in the May 3 Run for the Roses, The Courier-Journal reports. Borel was up for both previous wins on the "Bronco" Gowan-trained colt, including an allowance triumph earlier this year at Oaklawn Park, but departed for the last two outings, a third in the Rebel (G2) and a runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (G1). In other Kentucky Derby jockey developments, DRF reports that Rafael Bejarano will ride Fountain of Youth (G2) winner and Florida Derby (G1) runner-up Wildcat Red (D'wildcat), replacing John Velazquez, who will take the call on Risen Star (G2) hero and Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Intense Holiday (Harlan's Holiday). Agent Ron Anderson confirmed that Joel Rosario, winner of last year's Kentucky Derby on Orb, will have the mount in this year's renewal on General a Rod (Roman Ruler) for trainer Mike Maker. Rosario rode General a Rod to win the Gulfstream Park Derby and finished third on him in the Florida Derby (G1) in his most recent start...

Grade 2 winner Moreno (Ghostzapper) worked a half-mile in :49 3/5 through the snow early Tuesday morning at Keeneland with jockey Joel Rosario up for trainer Eric Guillot in preparation for Saturday's $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (G2) at 1 1/8 miles. Working on his own, Moreno went the first quarter-mile in :25 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02 2/5. "That is what Eric wanted," said John Daley, who oversaw the work of Moreno, who was scheduled to make his 2014 debut in last Saturday's Oaklawn H. (G2). "He got to Oaklawn on Wednesday and was off his feed Thursday, so we scratched out of there," Daley said. "He flew in here Sunday, galloped Monday and we are leaving at 11:30 (a.m. EDT Tuesday morning) for West Virginia." Rosario will have the mount on Moreno on Saturday, according to his agent, Ron Anderson.

Up With the Birds (Stormy Atlantic) became a two-time Sovereign Award winner over the weekend as Canada's 2013 Horse of the Year and champion three-year-old. Trainer Malcolm Pierce has Up With the Birds at Keeneland, where he made his 2014 debut April 5 and finished sixth in a turf allowance test. "Maybe I did not have him tight enough, but he is the kind of horse that has to race himself into shape," Pierce said. "The other day when he ran, the turf was not that firm." Pierce said his horses would begin shipping to their home base at Woodbine the middle of next week. Plans for Up With the Birds might include a trip to Baltimore. "I have been thinking about the ($400,000) Dixie (G2) at Pimlico (on May 17)," Pierce said. "Timing-wise that would be perfect."...

A disappointing seventh as the 2-1 favorite in the February 9 Gulfstream Park Turf H. (G1), Summer Front (War Front) will look to rebound in Saturday's $100,000 Miami Mile H. (G3) at Calder. The five-year-old Christophe Clement trainee kicked off the season with a victory in the Ft. Lauderdale S. (G2) by three parts of a length, and figures to be a strong favorite to defend his title in the Miami Mile, which he won last year by 1 1/2 lengths. Also in the lineup is Hey Leroy (Any Given Saturday), who pulled off an 11-1 upset of the Appleton S. (G3) at Gulfstream last month in his stakes debut for trainer Manny Azpurua, and Travelin Man (Trippi), a Grade 2 winner on dirt who finished second in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint two back. Csaba (Kitten's Joy), a multiple Grade 3 winner on Calder's main track, is entered for the main track only...

Goldy Espony (Vespone) tried black-type company in the Prix Policeman over 10 furlongs on Cagnes-sur-Mer's Polytrack February 22 before stepping up to win the Prix Rose de Mai over that trip at Saint-Cloud March 15 and followed up in Tuesday's Prix Penelope (Fr-G3) with a determined effort to stay on the road to the Prix de Diane (Fr-G1). Settled in second early, the gray took over before the quarter pole and dug in to beat Hug and a Kiss (Thewayyouare) in the drive to the line...

Free Eagle (High Chaparral), third choice at 16-1 for the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) with some bookmakers, will miss the June 7 classic after suffering a setback in training, conditioner Dermot Weld told Racing Post. "Unfortunately Free Eagle has had a training setback and there won't be enough time to have him ready to run at Epsom or in the Irish Derby (Ire-G1)," the trainer told the trade daily. "He should be back in full training in early July to be prepared for an autumn campaign." A 5 1/2-length first-out maiden winner at Leopardstown last August, the Moyglare Stud homebred was second to Australia (Galileo) in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Trial (Ire-G3) when last seen September 7...

The fields were drawn Tuesday for the second day of The Championships, Saturday at Royal Randwick, with the Queen Elizabeth S. (Aus-G1) set to be the centerpiece. The Queen Elizabeth was given a major boost when the program for The Championships was unveiled last year, with the purse rising from A$500,000 in 2013 to A$4 million this year. It thus becomes the world's richest race over 2000 meters on the turf, and Australia's richest weight-for-age contest, surpassing the A$3 million Cox Plate (Aus-G1) run in Melbourne in the spring. Trainer Chris Waller stole the show during the opening card of The Championships last weekend when saddling the first four home from five saddled in the Doncaster Mile (Aus-G1). Waller once again saddles five here, with four from the Doncaster returning including the victorious Sacred Falls (O'Reilly) and dual Group 1-winning miler Boban (Bernardini) being added to the mix in an attempt to give Sydney's champion trainer his second straight renewal of the race. All of those runners bar Hawkspur (Purrealist) in gate four have drawn the four widest barriers, with Sacred Falls widest of all in 12. Carlton House (Street Cry), well fancied after a strong second in the Ranvet S. (Aus-G1) March 22, has landed in barrier five in his attempt to provide his owner, The Queen, with what would be a popular victory in the race named for her. The horse that finished ahead of Carlton House in the Ranvet, Silent Achiever (O'Reilly), will exit from barrier seven as she looks to make it four consecutive Group 1 victories...

Sacred Falls (O'Reilly), winner of his second consecutive Doncaster Mile (Aus-G1) Saturday, will stand alongside his sire at Waikato Stud in New Zealand for the 2014 Southern Hemisphere breeding season, ANZ Bloodstock News reports. Speaking to that trade daily, Waikato Stud's general manager Mark Chittick said: "Sacred Falls will be at stud this year and we're getting pretty close to setting our service fees. We did speak about it last week and obviously he was going to be 'fee to be advised'. There's probably been a little bit of change after Saturday, so it's a good position to be in. I went down to watch him gallop at the beginning of his three-year-old spring campaign and I said straight away he was the closest thing I'd seen to (dual Group 1 winner) O'Reilly galloping since O'Reilly." The five-year-old Sacred Falls led home a 1-2-3-4 finish for trainer Chris Waller in the Doncaster, and is entered for Saturday's A$4 million Queen Elizabeth S. (Aus-G1) at Royal Randwick in what could be his final start...

The 35th Asian Racing Conference, set for May 5-8 at the Hong Kong Conference and Exhibition Centre, will kick off with a key session under the heading "Racing's lifeblood the future landscape for wagering." Included amongst the speakers on this topic are Betfair Chief Executive Officer Breon Corcoran; Philippe Germond, Chief Executive Officer of France's totalisator operator Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU), and British Horseracing Authority Chief Executive Paul Bittar. The session will be opened and chaired by Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. During the session, expert market analyst Jennifer Owens, who spent 16 years as a top-ranked analyst for Citi and Macquarie Banks, will unveil a landmark report on the sector and on future funding that will be available to racing globally. The report will examine current trends in wagering, analyze factors influencing performance, and provide a view of what the future holds for betting on and funding of racing. The Asian Racing Conference is set to welcome a number of delegates and 700 confirmed guests from 40 countries.

Beholder returns in Santa Lucia

Beholder will use Sunday's Santa Lucia as her tightener in advance of the Ogden Phipps (Breeders' Cup Ltd.)
Two-time Eclipse Award champion filly Beholder towers over six older fillies and mares in next Sunday's $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes at 1 1/16 miles, her first start since winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on November 1.

Trained by Richard Mandella and owned by B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm, Beholder is in search of her fourth consecutive win as she preps for the Grade 1, $1 million Ogden Phipps at 1 1/16 miles on June 7 at Belmont Park.

"We were looking for a race to get her started and we felt this would be a good prep for the million dollar race on Belmont Day," Mandella said. "Adding it up, we just didn't want to ship out of town for her first race back. I don't feel she's wound up as tight as she might be, but it should be good enough for now."

A supplemental entrant at a cost of $1,500, the four-year-old filly by Henny Hughes is in search of her ninth overall win from 13 career starts. A winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita in 2012, she was America's Eclipse Award winning two-year-old filly and she was voted Eclipse Champion three-year-old filly for 2013. She has career earnings of $3,075,000 and will be ridden for the fourth time in a row by Gary Stevens.

A filly blessed with tremendous speed, Beholder has eight works on her Santa Anita tab, dating back to February 26. Her last two moves have come at seven furlongs, more recently clocking 1:27 3/5 on Saturday.

Lightly-raced Eblouissante, the much-heralded half sister to legendary Zenyatta, has been idle since running second as the 3-5 favorite in a second condition allowance going 1 1/16 miles and will try stakes competition for the second time in her fifth overall start. A fve-year-old mare by Bernardini, she won her first two races -- a maiden special weight on November 16, 2012, at Hollywood Park and a first condition allowance at Santa Anita on January 17, 2013, both at 1 1/16 miles.

Like Zenyatta, she is trained by John Shirreffs and will be ridden for the second time in a row by Mike Smith. Owned by St. George Farm Racing, LLC, she is 4-2-1-0 with earnings of $77,800.

The complete field for the Santa Lucia Stakes, to be run as the 8TH race on a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Legacy, Drayden Van Dyke, 117; Moulin de Mougin, Martin Garcia, 117; Beholder, Gary Stevens, 123; Magic Union, Victor Espinoza, 117; Eblouissante, Mike Smith, 117; City At Dawn, Julien Couton, 117, and Irish Presence, Tyler Baze, 117.

First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. (PDT). Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.

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Racing Headlines

In brief

Calvin Borel, who was inducted to Thoroughbred racing's Hall of Fame in 2013 after posting three Kentucky Derby victories in a four-year span (2007, 2009-10), will pilot Ride on Curlin (Curlin) in the May 3 Run for the Roses, The Courier-Journal reports. Borel was up for both previous wins on the "Bronco" Gowan-trained colt, including an allowance triumph earlier this year at Oaklawn Park, but departed for the last two outings, a third in the Rebel (G2) and a runner-up in the Arkansas Derby (G1). In other Kentucky Derby jockey developments, DRF reports that Rafael Bejarano will ride Fountain of Youth (G2) winner and Florida Derby (G1) runner-up Wildcat Red (D'wildcat), replacing John Velazquez, who will take the call on Risen Star (G2) hero and Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Intense Holiday (Harlan's Holiday). Agent Ron Anderson confirmed that Joel Rosario, winner of last year's Kentucky Derby on Orb, will have the mount in this year's renewal on General a Rod (Roman Ruler) for trainer Mike Maker. Rosario rode General a Rod to win the Gulfstream Park Derby and finished third on him in the Florida Derby (G1) in his most recent start...

Grade 2 winner Moreno (Ghostzapper) worked a half-mile in :49 3/5 through the snow early Tuesday morning at Keeneland with jockey Joel Rosario up for trainer Eric Guillot in preparation for Saturday's $1.5 million Charles Town Classic (G2) at 1 1/8 miles. Working on his own, Moreno went the first quarter-mile in :25 and galloped out five furlongs in 1:02 2/5. "That is what Eric wanted," said John Daley, who oversaw the work of Moreno, who was scheduled to make his 2014 debut in last Saturday's Oaklawn H. (G2). "He got to Oaklawn on Wednesday and was off his feed Thursday, so we scratched out of there," Daley said. "He flew in here Sunday, galloped Monday and we are leaving at 11:30 (a.m. EDT Tuesday morning) for West Virginia." Rosario will have the mount on Moreno on Saturday, according to his agent, Ron Anderson.

Up With the Birds (Stormy Atlantic) became a two-time Sovereign Award winner over the weekend as Canada's 2013 Horse of the Year and champion three-year-old. Trainer Malcolm Pierce has Up With the Birds at Keeneland, where he made his 2014 debut April 5 and finished sixth in a turf allowance test. "Maybe I did not have him tight enough, but he is the kind of horse that has to race himself into shape," Pierce said. "The other day when he ran, the turf was not that firm." Pierce said his horses would begin shipping to their home base at Woodbine the middle of next week. Plans for Up With the Birds might include a trip to Baltimore. "I have been thinking about the ($400,000) Dixie (G2) at Pimlico (on May 17)," Pierce said. "Timing-wise that would be perfect."...

A disappointing seventh as the 2-1 favorite in the February 9 Gulfstream Park Turf H. (G1), Summer Front (War Front) will look to rebound in Saturday's $100,000 Miami Mile H. (G3) at Calder. The five-year-old Christophe Clement trainee kicked off the season with a victory in the Ft. Lauderdale S. (G2) by three parts of a length, and figures to be a strong favorite to defend his title in the Miami Mile, which he won last year by 1 1/2 lengths. Also in the lineup is Hey Leroy (Any Given Saturday), who pulled off an 11-1 upset of the Appleton S. (G3) at Gulfstream last month in his stakes debut for trainer Manny Azpurua, and Travelin Man (Trippi), a Grade 2 winner on dirt who finished second in the Gulfstream Park Turf Sprint two back. Csaba (Kitten's Joy), a multiple Grade 3 winner on Calder's main track, is entered for the main track only...

Goldy Espony (Vespone) tried black-type company in the Prix Policeman over 10 furlongs on Cagnes-sur-Mer's Polytrack February 22 before stepping up to win the Prix Rose de Mai over that trip at Saint-Cloud March 15 and followed up in Tuesday's Prix Penelope (Fr-G3) with a determined effort to stay on the road to the Prix de Diane (Fr-G1). Settled in second early, the gray took over before the quarter pole and dug in to beat Hug and a Kiss (Thewayyouare) in the drive to the line...

Free Eagle (High Chaparral), third choice at 16-1 for the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) with some bookmakers, will miss the June 7 classic after suffering a setback in training, conditioner Dermot Weld told Racing Post. "Unfortunately Free Eagle has had a training setback and there won't be enough time to have him ready to run at Epsom or in the Irish Derby (Ire-G1)," the trainer told the trade daily. "He should be back in full training in early July to be prepared for an autumn campaign." A 5 1/2-length first-out maiden winner at Leopardstown last August, the Moyglare Stud homebred was second to Australia (Galileo) in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Trial (Ire-G3) when last seen September 7...

The fields were drawn Tuesday for the second day of The Championships, Saturday at Royal Randwick, with the Queen Elizabeth S. (Aus-G1) set to be the centerpiece. The Queen Elizabeth was given a major boost when the program for The Championships was unveiled last year, with the purse rising from A$500,000 in 2013 to A$4 million this year. It thus becomes the world's richest race over 2000 meters on the turf, and Australia's richest weight-for-age contest, surpassing the A$3 million Cox Plate (Aus-G1) run in Melbourne in the spring. Trainer Chris Waller stole the show during the opening card of The Championships last weekend when saddling the first four home from five saddled in the Doncaster Mile (Aus-G1). Waller once again saddles five here, with four from the Doncaster returning including the victorious Sacred Falls (O'Reilly) and dual Group 1-winning miler Boban (Bernardini) being added to the mix in an attempt to give Sydney's champion trainer his second straight renewal of the race. All of those runners bar Hawkspur (Purrealist) in gate four have drawn the four widest barriers, with Sacred Falls widest of all in 12. Carlton House (Street Cry), well fancied after a strong second in the Ranvet S. (Aus-G1) March 22, has landed in barrier five in his attempt to provide his owner, The Queen, with what would be a popular victory in the race named for her. The horse that finished ahead of Carlton House in the Ranvet, Silent Achiever (O'Reilly), will exit from barrier seven as she looks to make it four consecutive Group 1 victories...

Sacred Falls (O'Reilly), winner of his second consecutive Doncaster Mile (Aus-G1) Saturday, will stand alongside his sire at Waikato Stud in New Zealand for the 2014 Southern Hemisphere breeding season, ANZ Bloodstock News reports. Speaking to that trade daily, Waikato Stud's general manager Mark Chittick said: "Sacred Falls will be at stud this year and we're getting pretty close to setting our service fees. We did speak about it last week and obviously he was going to be 'fee to be advised'. There's probably been a little bit of change after Saturday, so it's a good position to be in. I went down to watch him gallop at the beginning of his three-year-old spring campaign and I said straight away he was the closest thing I'd seen to (dual Group 1 winner) O'Reilly galloping since O'Reilly." The five-year-old Sacred Falls led home a 1-2-3-4 finish for trainer Chris Waller in the Doncaster, and is entered for Saturday's A$4 million Queen Elizabeth S. (Aus-G1) at Royal Randwick in what could be his final start...

The 35th Asian Racing Conference, set for May 5-8 at the Hong Kong Conference and Exhibition Centre, will kick off with a key session under the heading "Racing's lifeblood the future landscape for wagering." Included amongst the speakers on this topic are Betfair Chief Executive Officer Breon Corcoran; Philippe Germond, Chief Executive Officer of France's totalisator operator Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU), and British Horseracing Authority Chief Executive Paul Bittar. The session will be opened and chaired by Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. During the session, expert market analyst Jennifer Owens, who spent 16 years as a top-ranked analyst for Citi and Macquarie Banks, will unveil a landmark report on the sector and on future funding that will be available to racing globally. The report will examine current trends in wagering, analyze factors influencing performance, and provide a view of what the future holds for betting on and funding of racing. The Asian Racing Conference is set to welcome a number of delegates and 700 confirmed guests from 40 countries.

Notebooks

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

APRIL 16, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A trio of graded races topped the week at Santa Anita.

Potrero Grande S. (G2): Tom Mansor et al's BIG MAHCER (Beau Genius) moved to the fore in late stretch and held off a late rally to win by a nose and pick up his first graded trophy. With Tyler Baze, the Richard Baltas trainee finished off 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14 4/5 on the fast main oval.

Santa Barbara H. (G2): Steve Moger's STORMY LUCY (Stormy Atlantic) commenced her run approaching the turn for home and caught a real nice one in late stretch to win for conditioner Ed Moger. The five-year-old mare, who has bagged two straight graded wins, went nine panels on the firm lawn in 1:58 3/5 under the guidance of Rafael Bejarano.

San Simeon S. (G3): Hronis Racing's SWEET SWAP (Candy Ride) led soon after the break, fended off a foe at the top of the lane and spurted home a half-length winner for trainer John Sadler. The five-year-old clocked the about 6 1/2 furlongs in a swift 1:11 2/5 beneath Joe Talamo.

Track Stats

From a total of 34 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 41 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 68 percent of the wins. From 21 frays contested on the dirt oval, nine animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (43 percent), while six of the 13 grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end (46 percent).

From 11 main-track races from Wednesday and Thursday, eight of the winners led from start to finish. The surface seemed biased to us at that point, but all types were coming in over the weekend, with early speed not holding such an advantage. Oddly, not a single horse broke from the rail and won on the dirt this week.

The turf course was also very kind to front-runners, with six leading all the way. Three came in route runs, while the other trio came in downhill dashes. We've seen where some locals have claimed how hard and speed favoring the turf is playing lately, so we'll get on the bandwagon and agree.

Meet Totals

RACES:   576
DIRT:   382
TURF:   194
FAVORITES:   191 (33 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   145 (25 percent)
TURF WIRE:   46 (24 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   102 (27 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Thursday (4/10)

1ST -- NEWFOUND GOLD (Newfoundland) got the jump out of the gate and never let his main foe by while looking to have some in reserve in the end under Tyler Baze. The in-form seven-year-old will likely be a nice claim for Ted West, after running a fast final time for this level.

Saturday (4/12)

4TH -- TANCRED (Majestic Warrior) looked to be going up and down for a lot of the stretch in his comeback race since being off since the summer, though the four-year-old kicked into another gear inside the final furlong and won this dash going away. The Jose Jimenez trainee beat a useful field for the level and should be a player in his return.

6TH -- CHELIOS (Distorted Humor) gave a nice impression in facing elder winners off the layoff in grinding away from off the pace to be second, behind a very sharp winner that could be a stakes type. Tab this Proctor for future success as he might run longer and possibly on any kind of oval.

Sunday (4/13)

5TH -- The consistent CAT BURGLAR (Unbridled's Song) made a sharp move in early stretch to get the lead and held the second choice at bay through the stretch in posting a strong allowance tally for conditioner Bob Baffert. The four-year-old colt has run first or second in each run since his debut and we expect the colt to be stakes bound next time.

6TH -- OLIVER'S TALE (E Dubai) broke slow but sped to the front shortly there after and never looked back in a dominating performance in his first turf outing. The Mark Tsagalakis trainee finished the about 6 1/2 furlongs in a wicked 1:11 4/5 and we'd say he found his niche.

HAWKEDON (Macho Uno), unraced since May, put in a solid late run to be a clear second on this occasion, and he should be a major player in his return after running into a buzz saw in this dash.

A Look Ahead

Santa Anita will host only two days of racing this week (Saturday and Sunday) and there are no graded races on tap. However, Beholder will return to action Sunday in the Santa Lucia, a 1 1/16-mile event on the main track. The two-time champion is prepping for her first major engagement of the season, a scheduled match-up against Princess of Sylmar and Close Hatches in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Ogden Phipps on the June 14 Belmont Stakes undercard.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

TRAO CLASSIC SPRINT S., WRD, $55,000, 3YO/UP, C/G, 6F, 4-15.
9—Z ROCKSTAR, g, 5, Rockport Harbor--Nasty Little Star, by Nasty and Bold. O-Robert H Zoellner, B-Robert H Zoellner (OK), T-Donnie K. Von Hemel, J-Luis S. Quinonez, $32,500.
1 (DH) —Chifforobe, g, 4, Nobiz Like Shobiz--Aletha, by Conquistador Cielo. O-Paul L Sinclair, B-Chris Duncan & Elizabeth Valando (OK), $9,000.
2 (DH) —Johnny Whip, g, 5, Stephen Got Even--Paradisa, by Seeking the Gold. O-George W Straw, Jr, B-Robert H Zoellner (OK), $9,000.
Also Ran: Right Squall, Du Da Dandy, Big Sugarush, Chuck, Yukonrun, Crusin' Main.
Winning Time: 1:09 3/5 (ft)
Margins: NK, 2HF, 2HF.
Odds: 1.90, 1.60, 2.90.

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

PRX, 7TH, ALW, $49,230, 4YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 4-15.
7—VALENTINOS GOLD, h, 7, Full Mandate--Spinning Gold, by Fortunate Prospect. O-Jack J Armstrong, B-Winter Retreat Thoroughbreds, Inc (FL), T-Philip T. Aristone, J-Angel Castillo, $27,000.
4—A Fleet Attitude, g, 4, Afleet Alex--Lucky Lefty, by Boundary. ($20,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Briardale Stable, B-Charles Zacney & Tim Ritchey (PA), $12,600.
5—P. A. Thunder, g, 4, Don Six--Darn That Thunder, by Thunder Gulch. O-Felissa Dunn, B-Patricia A Generazio (PA), $6,930.
Winning Time: 1:18 2/5 (my)
 
PRX, 4TH, ALW, $35,600, 3YO, F, 5 1/2F, 4-15.
8—FAT KAT, f, 3, Weigelia--Katarica Disco, by Disco Rico. ($1,500 '12 FTMOCT; $50,000 2013 FTMMAY). O-L and C Racing LLC, Squire Thoroughbreds LLC and Wake The Dame, B-Wynoaks Farm, LLC & St Omers Farm (PA), T-Robert E. Reid, Jr., J-John Bisono, $21,000.
2—Flower Stall, f, 3, Petionville--Bellflower, by Cherokee Run. O-Tom Coulter, B-Arrowwood Farm, Inc (PA), $7,000.
4—Je Suis Enchantee, f, 3, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)--Stormy Rosa, by Stormy Atlantic. O-Ascoli Piceno Stables LLC, B-Ascoli Piceno Stables, LLC & Stonewall Farm Stallions, LLC (PA), $3,850.
Winning Time: 1:05 2/5 (my)
 
WRD, 6TH, ALW, $22,800, 3YO/UP, 6F, 4-15.
2—DAYBREAK DREAMER, g, 4, Woke Up Dreamin--Balalaika Dolly, by Stop the Music. O-Gary W Dean, B-Sassy S Stables, Inc (OK), T-Kari Craddock, J-Justin Shepherd, $13,300.
3—Rage Riot, g, 3, For Glory--Sneaky Quick, by Hennessy. O-Dupy, Steve and Blair, Kent, B-Mike Castor (OK), $4,940.
4—Awesome Rock Star, g, 4, Awesome Cat--A Star Named Slew, by Vanlandingham. O-Ernest Delbert Derby, B-J & D Stables (OK), $2,850.
Winning Time: 1:10 2/5 (ft)

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/7-4/13) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Isn't He Clever 5G 1 1/8m (ft) SUN 4/13 Sunland Park H. 106
Will Take Charge 4C 1 1/8m (ft) OP 4/12 Oaklawn H. 105
Close Hatches 4F 1 1/16m (ft) OP 4/11 Apple Blossom H. 97
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/7-4/13) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Lemon Drop Dream 4C 6f (ft) OP 4/10 Count Fleet Sprint H. 104
Mico Margarita 4C 6f (ft) EVD 4/12 Oak Hall S. 104
Big Macher 4G 6 1/2f (ft) SA 4/12 Potrero Grande S. 100
Judy the Beauty 5M 7f (ft) KEE 4/12 Madison S. 100
Occasional View 6G 7f (ft) KEE 4/12 Commonwealth S. 100
R Free Roll 4F 6f (ft) GP 4/12 Hollywood Beach S. 99
Dan the Tin Man 4G 6f (ft) WO 4/13 Jacques Cartier S. 98
Sittin at the Bar 4F 6f (ft) EVD 4/11 Hallowed Dreams S. 94
Lasting Bubbles 6M 6 1/2f (ft) LS 4/12 Wayne Hanks Memorial S. 93
Solar Charge 7G 6 1/2f (ft) LS 4/10 Premiere S. 92
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/7-4/13) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Marchman 4C 5 1/2f (fm) KEE 4/12 Shakertown S. 103
Sweet Swap 5H a6 1/2f (fm) SA 4/13 San Simeon S. 99
Wise Dan 7G 1m (fm) KEE 4/11 Maker's 46 Mile S. 99
Stormy Lucy 5M 1 1/4m (fm) SA 4/13 Santa Barbara H. 94
Tribal Spy 4F a6 1/2f (fm) SA 4/12 Las Cienegas S. 94
Hard Not to Like 5M 1 1/16m (fm) KEE 4/12 Jenny Wiley S. 90
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/7-4/13) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Miss B R H 2F 4 1/2f (ft) SUN 4/12 Copper Top Futurity 80
Raider Red 2G 4 1/2f (ft) SUN 4/12 Copper Top Futurity 65
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/7-4/13) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Danza 3C 1 1/8m (ft) OP 4/12 Arkansas Derby 104
Dance With Fate 3C 1 1/8m (ft) KEE 4/12 Toyota Blue Grass S. 99
Ready to Act 3F a7f (ft) KEE 4/13 Beaumont S. Presented by Keeneland Select 95
Street Story 3F 6f (ft) OP 4/12 Instant Racing S. 92
Brewing 3C 6f (ft) OP 4/11 Bachelor S. 91
Bourbonize 3G 1m (ft) OP 4/12 Northern Spur S. 90
Uzziel 3F 6 1/2f (ft) SA 4/11 Santa Paula S. 90
Joint Return 3F 1 1/16m (ft) CRC 4/12 Calder Oaks 83
Super Charlie 3G 6f (ft) FON 4/12 Fonner Park Special S. 71
Red Hot N Wild 3F 6f (ft) FON 4/12 Fonner Park Special S. 62

North American Maiden Winners
Cactus Ridge--Willa Beauty by Jeblar; SCARLETRIDGERUNNER, f, 3, HAW, Msw, 4-13, 6f, 1:12 . B-Scarlet Stable (IL.).
Dance Master--Catch Catch Can by Wayne's Crane; CALVERT, g, 3, SUN, Mcl 17500, 4-13, 6 1/2f, 1:18 3/5. B-E. D. Calvert (TX.).
Kipling--Ann's Classic by Sky Classic; BENDEANO, g, 3, WRD, Msw, 4-14, 1m, 1:43 . B-Center Hills Farm (OK.). $28,500 '12 OKCAUG. *Full to Taylor Madison(MSW$340,138) *1/2 to Miranda Diane(MSW$416,258).
Officer--Maryneill by Belong to Me; OFFICER MARY, f, 3, TUP, Mcl 25000, 4-14, 6f, 1:10 4/5. B-Schow Family Trust & Declan Jackson (KY.).
Tactical Cat--Grand Cayman by Grand Slam; HIDDEN KITTEN, f, 3, WRD, Mcl 7500, 4-14, 5 1/2f, 1:07 4/5. B-Scott Pierce & Lanae Pierce (OK.). $7,500 2013 HERDEC.
Weigelia--Gentlemen's Locket by Gentlemen (ARG); LOCKET N MY POCKET, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 10000, 4-14, 5f, 1:01 3/5. B-Wynoaks Farm, LLC & St. Omers Farm (PA.). $6,000 '12 FTMOCT.
Activist--Danees by Anees; INIESTA, g, 4, PRX, Mcl 10000, 4-14, 6f, 1:13 4/5. B-Judith M. Barrett (PA.).
Full Mandate--Mudalloverme by Open Forum; KID ROLLINS, f, 4, SA, Mcl 20000, 4-13, 1 1/16m, 1:47 2/5. B-Charles Russel Patton (FL.).
Hero's Tribute--Sonnet by Composer; MEMOS LOLITA, f, 4, MNR, Mcl 5000, 4-13, 5f, 1:01 1/5. B-Lowell T. Stevens (KY.).
Holy Roman Emperor (IRE)--Le Montrachet (GB) by Nashwan; PULIGNY (IRE), f, 4, GG, Mcl 20000, 4-13, 1mT, 1:39 4/5. B-Pat Tobin (IRE.). 20,000gns '11 TATOCT; 15,000gns 2013 TATHIT.
Put It Back--Haviland by Tale of the Cat; GRANT, g, 4, TUP, Mcl 5000, 4-13, 6 1/2f, 1:17 1/5. B-Pia M. Kirkham (FL.). $22,000 '11 BESOCT; $20,000 '11 OBSAUG.
Yes It's True--Lemon Tart by Deputy Minister; NO ITS NOT, g, 4, PRX, Msw, 4-14, 6 1/2f, 1:18 1/5. B-Stonebridge Farm (NY.). $65,000 '11 KEESEP.
Formal Gold--Crowning Act by Outflanker; SISTER VOE, m, 5, LA, Mcl 3500, 4-13, 4 1/2f, :53 2/5. B-Jeff Braemer & Harold Harrison (CA.).
Presenting (GB)--Phargara (IRE) by Phardante (FR); CITY PRESS (IRE), g, 8, MON, Msw, 4-12, 3mT, 6:23 4/5. B-Mrs M. Doran (IRE.). 65,000EUR 2010 TATJUN.
Highest Honor (FR)--Willamina (IRE) by Sadler's Wells; ORGANISATEUR (IRE), g, 9, MON, Msw, 4-12, 3mT, 6:21 4/5. B-Wertheimer et Frere (IRE.). 40,000EUR 2009 ARQJUL.

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Judy the Beauty   KEE   7f (ft)   4/12   122.5
Sweet Swap   SA   a6 1/2f (fm)   4/13   122.4
Moonshine Mullin   OP   1 1/16m (ft)   4/11   122.3
Will Take Charge   OP   1 1/8m (ft)   4/12   122.0
Danza   OP   1 1/8m (ft)   4/12   121.6
Isn't He Clever   SUN   1 1/8m (ft)   4/13   121.6
Dance With Fate   KEE   1 1/8m (ft)   4/12   121.4
Mico Margarita   EVD   6f (ft)   4/12   121.4
Occasional View   KEE   7f (ft)   4/12   121.2
Wise Dan   KEE   1m (fm)   4/11   121.1
Close Hatches   OP   1 1/16m (ft)   4/11   121.0
Cat Burglar   SA   1m (ft)   4/13   121.0
Excaper   KEE   1m (fm)   4/13   121.0
Six Queens   AQU   7f (ft)   4/10   120.7
R Free Roll   GP   6f (ft)   4/12   120.6

Features

RACING LEADERS

(through April 14, 2014)

                     

HORSES

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. California Chrome   3   3   0   0   $920,000
2. Vicar's in Trouble   3   2   0   1   760,000
3. Constitution   3   3   0   0   649,350
4. Samraat   3   2   1   0   640,000
5. Hoppertunity   5   2   1   0   610,720
6. Wildcat Red   4   2   2   0   610,000
6. Will Take Charge   3   1   2   0   610,000
8. Danza   2   1   0   1   604,428
9. Wicked Strong   3   1   0   0   591,610
10. Dance With Fate   3   2   1   0   524,800
                     

TRAINERS

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Todd Pletcher   325   83   66   47   $7,384,484
2. Steve Asmussen   498   113   87   82   3,917,126
3. Bob Baffert   127   30   23   17   3,691,094
4. Jerry Hollendorfer   322   80   57   44   3,659,808
5. Mike Maker   279   73   44   40   2,852,957
6. Bill Mott   220   28   34   30   2,529,072
7. David Jacobson   226   54   38   46   2,234,283
8. Rudy Rodriguez   169   52   26   22   2,163,808
9. John Sadler   156   31   23   33   2,095,844
10. Chad Brown   125   28   23   19   1,659,579
                     

JOCKEYS

                     
Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Javier Castellano   404   119   72   55   $5,765,931
2. Mike Smith   176   38   31   20   4,600,671
3. Joel Rosario   393   68   78   51   4,393,216
4. Rafael Bejarano   339   81   85   49   4,131,164
5. Rosie Napravnik   395   89   66   48   4,006,676
6. Irad Ortiz Jr.   364   81   63   58   3,794,705
7. Jose Ortiz   312   68   65   47   3,752,721
8. Luis Saez   373   61   61   34   3,182,292
9. Victor Espinoza   211   39   35   27   2,992,198
10. Corey Nakatani   220   31   37   31   2,891,391
                     

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

Notebooks

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

APRIL 16, 2014

by John Mucciolo

A trio of graded races topped the week at Santa Anita.

Potrero Grande S. (G2): Tom Mansor et al's BIG MAHCER (Beau Genius) moved to the fore in late stretch and held off a late rally to win by a nose and pick up his first graded trophy. With Tyler Baze, the Richard Baltas trainee finished off 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14 4/5 on the fast main oval.

Santa Barbara H. (G2): Steve Moger's STORMY LUCY (Stormy Atlantic) commenced her run approaching the turn for home and caught a real nice one in late stretch to win for conditioner Ed Moger. The five-year-old mare, who has bagged two straight graded wins, went nine panels on the firm lawn in 1:58 3/5 under the guidance of Rafael Bejarano.

San Simeon S. (G3): Hronis Racing's SWEET SWAP (Candy Ride) led soon after the break, fended off a foe at the top of the lane and spurted home a half-length winner for trainer John Sadler. The five-year-old clocked the about 6 1/2 furlongs in a swift 1:11 2/5 beneath Joe Talamo.

Track Stats

From a total of 34 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 41 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 68 percent of the wins. From 21 frays contested on the dirt oval, nine animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (43 percent), while six of the 13 grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end (46 percent).

From 11 main-track races from Wednesday and Thursday, eight of the winners led from start to finish. The surface seemed biased to us at that point, but all types were coming in over the weekend, with early speed not holding such an advantage. Oddly, not a single horse broke from the rail and won on the dirt this week.

The turf course was also very kind to front-runners, with six leading all the way. Three came in route runs, while the other trio came in downhill dashes. We've seen where some locals have claimed how hard and speed favoring the turf is playing lately, so we'll get on the bandwagon and agree.

Meet Totals

RACES:   576
DIRT:   382
TURF:   194
FAVORITES:   191 (33 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   145 (25 percent)
TURF WIRE:   46 (24 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   102 (27 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Thursday (4/10)

1ST -- NEWFOUND GOLD (Newfoundland) got the jump out of the gate and never let his main foe by while looking to have some in reserve in the end under Tyler Baze. The in-form seven-year-old will likely be a nice claim for Ted West, after running a fast final time for this level.

Saturday (4/12)

4TH -- TANCRED (Majestic Warrior) looked to be going up and down for a lot of the stretch in his comeback race since being off since the summer, though the four-year-old kicked into another gear inside the final furlong and won this dash going away. The Jose Jimenez trainee beat a useful field for the level and should be a player in his return.

6TH -- CHELIOS (Distorted Humor) gave a nice impression in facing elder winners off the layoff in grinding away from off the pace to be second, behind a very sharp winner that could be a stakes type. Tab this Proctor for future success as he might run longer and possibly on any kind of oval.

Sunday (4/13)

5TH -- The consistent CAT BURGLAR (Unbridled's Song) made a sharp move in early stretch to get the lead and held the second choice at bay through the stretch in posting a strong allowance tally for conditioner Bob Baffert. The four-year-old colt has run first or second in each run since his debut and we expect the colt to be stakes bound next time.

6TH -- OLIVER'S TALE (E Dubai) broke slow but sped to the front shortly there after and never looked back in a dominating performance in his first turf outing. The Mark Tsagalakis trainee finished the about 6 1/2 furlongs in a wicked 1:11 4/5 and we'd say he found his niche.

HAWKEDON (Macho Uno), unraced since May, put in a solid late run to be a clear second on this occasion, and he should be a major player in his return after running into a buzz saw in this dash.

A Look Ahead

Santa Anita will host only two days of racing this week (Saturday and Sunday) and there are no graded races on tap. However, Beholder will return to action Sunday in the Santa Lucia, a 1 1/16-mile event on the main track. The two-time champion is prepping for her first major engagement of the season, a scheduled match-up against Princess of Sylmar and Close Hatches in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Ogden Phipps on the June 14 Belmont Stakes undercard.

At a Glance
CALDER RACE COURSE AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.33 - 1
Favorite Win%: 41%, Favorite Itm%: 77%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exacta60.88
Daily Double69.58
Trifecta315.35
Pick 3368.04
Superfecta2,037.39
Pick 42,466.75
Pick 56,980.33
Pick 6 Jackpot38,822.79
Z-5 Super Hi-52,075.80
TRACK BIAS MEET(04/06 - 04/13)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 192 48% E Middle
6.5fDirt 125 41% E Outside
1 MileDirt 262 23% E/P Outside
1m 70yDirt 125 34% E Rail/Ins
Turf Sprint 37 35% E Outside
Turf Routes 145 13% E/P Rail/Ins
TRACK BIAS WEEK(04/07 - 04/13)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.5fDirt 4 25% S Inside
6.5fDirt 4 75% E Outside
1 MileDirt 4 25% E/P Inside
1m 70yDirt 3 100% E Inside
Turf Sprint 0 0% - na
Turf Routes 0 0% - na
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Cibelli Jane 8 4 0 1 8.34 2 16%
Servis Jason 5 3 1 0 4.62 0 24%
Gatis Christos 8 3 0 0 4.09 0 19%
Fawkes David 9 3 2 1 12.49 1 14%
Attard Tino 4 2 0 1 5.90 0 10%
Levy Tamara L. 4 2 1 0 3.78 1 22%
Maragh Collin 4 2 0 0 2.68 1 13%
Servis John C. 4 2 0 0 4.83 1 18%
Arias Juan D. 5 2 2 0 2.68 2 13%
Creque Rasharn 5 2 0 0 3.04 2 15%
Sobarzo Pedro J. 5 2 0 0 5.38 2 14%
Ziadie Ralph 5 2 1 0 9.86 2 18%
Pinchin Jose 6 2 1 0 4.83 0 11%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Saez Gabriel 19 7 1 4 6.50 2 13%
Nunez Eduardo O. 9 3 1 0 8.84 2 16%
Gomez Jocelyne C. 11 3 2 2 10.63 2 10%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Cascallares Nestor 17 0 1 3 24.62 0 4%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
             

Features

RACING LEADERS

(through April 14, 2014)

                     

HORSES

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. California Chrome   3   3   0   0   $920,000
2. Vicar's in Trouble   3   2   0   1   760,000
3. Constitution   3   3   0   0   649,350
4. Samraat   3   2   1   0   640,000
5. Hoppertunity   5   2   1   0   610,720
6. Wildcat Red   4   2   2   0   610,000
6. Will Take Charge   3   1   2   0   610,000
8. Danza   2   1   0   1   604,428
9. Wicked Strong   3   1   0   0   591,610
10. Dance With Fate   3   2   1   0   524,800
                     

TRAINERS

                     
Name   Starts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Todd Pletcher   325   83   66   47   $7,384,484
2. Steve Asmussen   498   113   87   82   3,917,126
3. Bob Baffert   127   30   23   17   3,691,094
4. Jerry Hollendorfer   322   80   57   44   3,659,808
5. Mike Maker   279   73   44   40   2,852,957
6. Bill Mott   220   28   34   30   2,529,072
7. David Jacobson   226   54   38   46   2,234,283
8. Rudy Rodriguez   169   52   26   22   2,163,808
9. John Sadler   156   31   23   33   2,095,844
10. Chad Brown   125   28   23   19   1,659,579
                     

JOCKEYS

                     
Name   Mounts   1st   2nd   3rd  

Purses

1. Javier Castellano   404   119   72   55   $5,765,931
2. Mike Smith   176   38   31   20   4,600,671
3. Joel Rosario   393   68   78   51   4,393,216
4. Rafael Bejarano   339   81   85   49   4,131,164
5. Rosie Napravnik   395   89   66   48   4,006,676
6. Irad Ortiz Jr.   364   81   63   58   3,794,705
7. Jose Ortiz   312   68   65   47   3,752,721
8. Luis Saez   373   61   61   34   3,182,292
9. Victor Espinoza   211   39   35   27   2,992,198
10. Corey Nakatani   220   31   37   31   2,891,391
                     

Note: Figures are for North American-based racing

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/7-4/13) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Isn't He Clever 5G 1 1/8m (ft) SUN 4/13 Sunland Park H. 106
Will Take Charge 4C 1 1/8m (ft) OP 4/12 Oaklawn H. 105
Close Hatches 4F 1 1/16m (ft) OP 4/11 Apple Blossom H. 97
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/7-4/13) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Lemon Drop Dream 4C 6f (ft) OP 4/10 Count Fleet Sprint H. 104
Mico Margarita 4C 6f (ft) EVD 4/12 Oak Hall S. 104
Big Macher 4G 6 1/2f (ft) SA 4/12 Potrero Grande S. 100
Judy the Beauty 5M 7f (ft) KEE 4/12 Madison S. 100
Occasional View 6G 7f (ft) KEE 4/12 Commonwealth S. 100
R Free Roll 4F 6f (ft) GP 4/12 Hollywood Beach S. 99
Dan the Tin Man 4G 6f (ft) WO 4/13 Jacques Cartier S. 98
Sittin at the Bar 4F 6f (ft) EVD 4/11 Hallowed Dreams S. 94
Lasting Bubbles 6M 6 1/2f (ft) LS 4/12 Wayne Hanks Memorial S. 93
Solar Charge 7G 6 1/2f (ft) LS 4/10 Premiere S. 92
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/7-4/13) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Marchman 4C 5 1/2f (fm) KEE 4/12 Shakertown S. 103
Sweet Swap 5H a6 1/2f (fm) SA 4/13 San Simeon S. 99
Wise Dan 7G 1m (fm) KEE 4/11 Maker's 46 Mile S. 99
Stormy Lucy 5M 1 1/4m (fm) SA 4/13 Santa Barbara H. 94
Tribal Spy 4F a6 1/2f (fm) SA 4/12 Las Cienegas S. 94
Hard Not to Like 5M 1 1/16m (fm) KEE 4/12 Jenny Wiley S. 90
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/7-4/13) - 2 year olds (Dirt)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Miss B R H 2F 4 1/2f (ft) SUN 4/12 Copper Top Futurity 80
Raider Red 2G 4 1/2f (ft) SUN 4/12 Copper Top Futurity 65
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/7-4/13) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Danza 3C 1 1/8m (ft) OP 4/12 Arkansas Derby 104
Dance With Fate 3C 1 1/8m (ft) KEE 4/12 Toyota Blue Grass S. 99
Ready to Act 3F a7f (ft) KEE 4/13 Beaumont S. Presented by Keeneland Select 95
Street Story 3F 6f (ft) OP 4/12 Instant Racing S. 92
Brewing 3C 6f (ft) OP 4/11 Bachelor S. 91
Bourbonize 3G 1m (ft) OP 4/12 Northern Spur S. 90
Uzziel 3F 6 1/2f (ft) SA 4/11 Santa Paula S. 90
Joint Return 3F 1 1/16m (ft) CRC 4/12 Calder Oaks 83
Super Charlie 3G 6f (ft) FON 4/12 Fonner Park Special S. 71
Red Hot N Wild 3F 6f (ft) FON 4/12 Fonner Park Special S. 62

At a Glance
WOODBINE AT A GLANCE
 
Avg. Winning Odds: 4.73 - 1
Favorite Win%: 25%, Favorite Itm%: 55%
 
EXOTICS PAYOFF
Exactor70.75
Daily Double43.58
Triactor448.72
Pick 31,132.91
Superfecta4,862.14
Pick 47,324.85
Super High Five Jackpot6,757.00
TRACK BIAS MEET(04/20 - 12/15)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.0fDirt 99 36% E Rail/Ins
5.5fDirt 27 26% E/P Outside
Turf Sprint 71 24% E Rail/Ins
Turf Routes 100 17% P Rail/Ins
TRACK BIAS WEEK(04/12 - 04/13)
Distance #
Race
%
Wire
Best
Style
Best
Posts
5.0fDirt 15 33% E/P Middle
5.5fDirt 3 33% E/P Rail
Turf Sprint 0 0% - na
Turf Routes 0 0% - na
Who's HOT, Who's NOT
 
HOT TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
De Paulo Michael P. 6 3 0 0 4.37 0 18%
 
HOT JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Winning
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Campbell Jesse M. 10 4 2 3 5.80 0 14%
Stein Justin 10 4 0 1 5.69 1 15%
 
COLD TRAINERS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
 
COLD JOCKEYS Starts WinsPlace ShowAvg.
Odds
Beaten
Favorites
'13-' 14
Win%
Da Silva Eurico Rosa 12 0 1 2 6.43 2 21%
               

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Judy the Beauty   KEE   7f (ft)   4/12   122.5
Sweet Swap   SA   a6 1/2f (fm)   4/13   122.4
Moonshine Mullin   OP   1 1/16m (ft)   4/11   122.3
Will Take Charge   OP   1 1/8m (ft)   4/12   122.0
Danza   OP   1 1/8m (ft)   4/12   121.6
Isn't He Clever   SUN   1 1/8m (ft)   4/13   121.6
Dance With Fate   KEE   1 1/8m (ft)   4/12   121.4
Mico Margarita   EVD   6f (ft)   4/12   121.4
Occasional View   KEE   7f (ft)   4/12   121.2
Wise Dan   KEE   1m (fm)   4/11   121.1
Close Hatches   OP   1 1/16m (ft)   4/11   121.0
Cat Burglar   SA   1m (ft)   4/13   121.0
Excaper   KEE   1m (fm)   4/13   121.0
Six Queens   AQU   7f (ft)   4/10   120.7
R Free Roll   GP   6f (ft)   4/12   120.6

At a Glance

AT A GLANCE SCHEDULE

MONDAY:   Golden Gate and Tampa Bay Downs
TUESDAY:   Hawthorne and Santa Anita
WEDNESDAY:   Calder and Woodbine
THURSDAY:   Gulfstream Park and Pimlico
FRIDAY:   Aqueduct and Keeneland

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Wednesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Aqueduct   (7th) Shot to Win, 5-1
    (9th) Purling, 7-2
Charles Town   (4th) Sharon's Edge, 9-2
    (9th) Keep Momma Happy, 3-1
Evangeline Downs   (2nd) Keegan Coy, 3-1
    (9th) Caddo Native, 3-1
Hawthorne   (5th) Rain Ray, 7-2
    (6th) Bajan Rhythm, 9-2
Keeneland   (1st) Succesful Brothers, 3-1
    (5th) Adios Nardo, 5-1
Mountaineer   (5th) Scipion's Gold, 4-1
    (9th) Spyglass, 4-1
Penn National   (5th) Joint Decision, 3-1
    (7th) Perfect Wind, 7-2
Tampa Bay Downs   (8th) Venus de Milo, 5-1
    (9th) Heart Doctor, 4-1
Turf Paradise   (6th) Bruno's Wager, 3-1
    (9th) Afleet Cowboy, 9-2

Racing Highlights

For Wednesday

AQUEDUCT (1:20): $67,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1mT (5TH).
CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $27,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6 1/2f (8TH).
EVANGELINE DOWNS (6:40): $23,500 ocl, 3&up, 6f (7TH).
HAWTHORNE (2:50): $29,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT (7TH).
KEENELAND (1:05): $64,000 alw, 4&up, 1 1/16mT (7TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $25,300 alw, 3&up, 5 1/2f (8TH).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $33,300 alw, 3yo, 6f (5TH).
TAMPA BAY DOWNS (12:42): $25,000 alw, 4&up, 5fT (9TH).

*all times Eastern

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

Announcements

Help Wanted

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Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

HIGHLIGHTS

For Wednesday

AQUEDUCT (1:20): $67,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1mT (5TH).
CHARLES TOWN (7:00): $27,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 6 1/2f (8TH).
EVANGELINE DOWNS (6:40): $23,500 ocl, 3&up, 6f (7TH).
HAWTHORNE (2:50): $29,000 alw, 3&up, f&m, 1 1/16mT (7TH).
KEENELAND (1:05): $64,000 alw, 4&up, 1 1/16mT (7TH).
MOUNTAINEER (7:00): $25,300 alw, 3&up, 5 1/2f (8TH).
PENN NATIONAL (6:00): $33,300 alw, 3yo, 6f (5TH).
TAMPA BAY DOWNS (12:42): $25,000 alw, 4&up, 5fT (9TH).

*all times Eastern

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

Announcements

Help Wanted

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