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WEDNESDAY, MAY 6, 2015

Triple Crown News & Notes

International Star sidelined with bone chip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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International Star sidelined with bone chip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Racing Headlines

Trainer Vitali has two for Preakness undercard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trainer Vitali has two for Preakness undercard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kid Cruz aiming for Pimlico Special

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kid Cruz aiming for Pimlico Special

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In brief

Wagering on U.S. races in April increased 5.86 percent from last year. Wagering totaled $860,083,041 compared to $812,496,623 in April 2014. Purses rose 4.92 percent for the corresponding month, from $80,376,651 to $84,327,338. And there was a slight drop in the number of races (3,003) and starts (22,616) in April from last year (3,024 and 23,080). For the year to date, wagering on U.S. races is down 2.52 percent, totaling $3,283,728,369 in 2015 compared to $3,368,444,848. Purses have declined by 3 percent for the year, from $295,820,920 in 2014 to $286,957,141...

With Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-G1) winner Epicuris (Rail Link) for Tuesday's Prix Greffulhe (Fr-G2) at Saint-Cloud, the way was open for Sumbal (Danehill Dancer) to record a bloodless victory and extend his unbeaten record. Having had his only serious rival Untold Secret (Shamardal) 5 1/2 lengths back in third when off the mark over 10 furlongs at Saint-Cloud March 10, the gray had followed up with a five-length score over 1 1/4 miles at Compiegne April 4. Second early tracking Kouros Jelois (Hannouma), he took over traveling easily with a quarter-mile remaining and drew away under a hand ride to register a relatively impressive score. "He's a proper horse who has improved with every race and we supplemented him for this as we didn't have much choice and wanted to test him," trainer Francis-Henri Graffard commented. "We have to think of the Prix du Jockey Club ([Fr-G1] at Chantilly May 31) now. He is a horse who needs time between his races, so we'll see how he comes out of this and discuss it with the owners. He has to face the best at some point." Criquette Head-Maarek will put Epicuris through a stalls test now, with Sunday's Prix Hocquart (Fr-G2) at Longchamp a possible target...

As with so many of France's pattern races, it is Andre Fabre who holds the record of most wins in Longchamp's Prix d'Hedouville (Fr-G3), in this case a perfect 10, and he looks to Manatee (Monsun) to extend the tally on Wednesday. Last seen taking the Prix du Conseil de Paris (Fr-G2) over this track and 12-furlong trip on his black-type debut in October, the four-year-old carries a penalty as a result of those exploits but his potential outweighs that disadvantage. Also from Fabre's barn is Meadow Creek (Dansili), who followed a neck second to Affaire Solitaire (Dunhill Dancer) in Saint-Cloud's Prix Exbury (Fr-G3) March 15 with a sixth in the Prix d'Harcourt (Fr-G2) over 10 furlongs April 6. Cocktail Queen (Motivator) warrants respect on last year's form when she won the Prix Gontaut-Biron (Fr-G3) over 10 furlongs in August and the Grand Prix de Deauville (Fr-G2) over 12 1/2 furlongs at the August festival and she was just a neck and a head behind Meadow Creek when fourth on her comeback in the Exbury. Also in the reckoning in a decent renewal is Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-G1) third and Prix Niel (Fr-G2) runner-up Teletext (Empire Maker), who reappears after a lackluster seventh in a handicap over this trip on Meydan's turf circuit February 12...

Gulfstream Park's total handle and field size not only increased during its Championship Meet but total handle during the first month of its summer meet has increased 85 percent over the previous year. Gulfstream's total handle for its Championship Meet was $704 million, up 2 percent from last year when total handle was $691 million. The Championship Meet also had an increase in field size from 8.4 during its 2013-14 meet to 9.5 this winter. Since the conclusion of the Championship Meet, Gulfstream's total handle and field size continue to grow over the previous year.For the month of April, Gulfstream's total handle was $101.632 million, up $54.819 million or 85.39 percent from last year. Meanwhile, field size in April went up from 7.5 to 8.4. "Gulfstream's Championship Meet was a huge success," said P.J. Campo, Vice President of Racing for The Stronach Group and General Manager of Gulfstream Park. Campo said he's pleased with the increase in total handle and field size during the first month of the summer, and is looking forward to what will be Gulfstream's most successful summer meet with a $4.7 million stakes schedule. "There's so much more happening at Gulfstream this summer than ever before," Campo said. "We are looking forward to reestablishing the $1 million Summit of Speed with two Breeders' Cup Challenge Win & You're In races in the Princess Rooney (G2) and Smile Sprint (G2). We've also established a $900,000 Sire Stakes series for three-year-olds to go along with the $2 million Sire Stakes for juveniles."...

The Blood-Horse reports that 2006 Arlington Million (G1) winner The Tin Man (Affirmed) died April 29 in Santa Ynez, California, at the age of 17. After his retirement from racing, the popular gelding resided at a ranch owned by Roger and Stacey Nance. A homebred campaigned by Ralph and Aury Todd, The Tin Man was trained by Richard Mandella and posted other top-level scores in the 2002 and 2006 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship (G1) and 2007 Shoemaker Mile (G1). The Tin Man won or placed in 12 other graded/group stakes, including a second-place finish in the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-G1). He ended his career with a mark of 31-13-8-2, $3,663,780...

David J. Stern, widely credited for building the model for professional sports in league operations, public service, global marketing and digital technology over the course of a three-decade tenure as commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA), will discuss the global growth and success of the league during his tenure and its potential relevance to Thoroughbred racing in a special question-and-answer session at the Pan American Conference during the first week of June at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The Jockey Club, the breed registry for Thoroughbreds in North America, and the Latin American Racing Channel (LARC) are co-hosting the conference. It begins Wednesday, June 3, and concludes Saturday, June 6, with the running of the 147th Belmont Stakes (G1). All business presentations are scheduled for June 4 and June 5. A partial list of topics and speakers, registration information, and further details are available at www.panamnyc2015.com. Ben Vonwiller, a partner at McKinsey & Company, will moderate the question-and-answer period with Stern. Previously announced speakers include David Howman, director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency; Jorge Luis Batlle Ibañez, the former president of Uruguay; Louis Romanet, the chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities; and Frank Stronach, the founder and honorary chairman of The Stronach Group. The organization and agenda for the Pan Am Conference are being developed by Horacio Esposito, the president of LARC; Pablo Kavulakian, director of LARC; and James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. Early registration for the conference has been extended through May 13. The cost is $1,150 for delegates and $800 for accompanying guests.

In brief

Wagering on U.S. races in April increased 5.86 percent from last year. Wagering totaled $860,083,041 compared to $812,496,623 in April 2014. Purses rose 4.92 percent for the corresponding month, from $80,376,651 to $84,327,338. And there was a slight drop in the number of races (3,003) and starts (22,616) in April from last year (3,024 and 23,080). For the year to date, wagering on U.S. races is down 2.52 percent, totaling $3,283,728,369 in 2015 compared to $3,368,444,848. Purses have declined by 3 percent for the year, from $295,820,920 in 2014 to $286,957,141...

With Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-G1) winner Epicuris (Rail Link) for Tuesday's Prix Greffulhe (Fr-G2) at Saint-Cloud, the way was open for Sumbal (Danehill Dancer) to record a bloodless victory and extend his unbeaten record. Having had his only serious rival Untold Secret (Shamardal) 5 1/2 lengths back in third when off the mark over 10 furlongs at Saint-Cloud March 10, the gray had followed up with a five-length score over 1 1/4 miles at Compiegne April 4. Second early tracking Kouros Jelois (Hannouma), he took over traveling easily with a quarter-mile remaining and drew away under a hand ride to register a relatively impressive score. "He's a proper horse who has improved with every race and we supplemented him for this as we didn't have much choice and wanted to test him," trainer Francis-Henri Graffard commented. "We have to think of the Prix du Jockey Club ([Fr-G1] at Chantilly May 31) now. He is a horse who needs time between his races, so we'll see how he comes out of this and discuss it with the owners. He has to face the best at some point." Criquette Head-Maarek will put Epicuris through a stalls test now, with Sunday's Prix Hocquart (Fr-G2) at Longchamp a possible target...

As with so many of France's pattern races, it is Andre Fabre who holds the record of most wins in Longchamp's Prix d'Hedouville (Fr-G3), in this case a perfect 10, and he looks to Manatee (Monsun) to extend the tally on Wednesday. Last seen taking the Prix du Conseil de Paris (Fr-G2) over this track and 12-furlong trip on his black-type debut in October, the four-year-old carries a penalty as a result of those exploits but his potential outweighs that disadvantage. Also from Fabre's barn is Meadow Creek (Dansili), who followed a neck second to Affaire Solitaire (Dunhill Dancer) in Saint-Cloud's Prix Exbury (Fr-G3) March 15 with a sixth in the Prix d'Harcourt (Fr-G2) over 10 furlongs April 6. Cocktail Queen (Motivator) warrants respect on last year's form when she won the Prix Gontaut-Biron (Fr-G3) over 10 furlongs in August and the Grand Prix de Deauville (Fr-G2) over 12 1/2 furlongs at the August festival and she was just a neck and a head behind Meadow Creek when fourth on her comeback in the Exbury. Also in the reckoning in a decent renewal is Grand Prix de Paris (Fr-G1) third and Prix Niel (Fr-G2) runner-up Teletext (Empire Maker), who reappears after a lackluster seventh in a handicap over this trip on Meydan's turf circuit February 12...

Gulfstream Park's total handle and field size not only increased during its Championship Meet but total handle during the first month of its summer meet has increased 85 percent over the previous year. Gulfstream's total handle for its Championship Meet was $704 million, up 2 percent from last year when total handle was $691 million. The Championship Meet also had an increase in field size from 8.4 during its 2013-14 meet to 9.5 this winter. Since the conclusion of the Championship Meet, Gulfstream's total handle and field size continue to grow over the previous year.For the month of April, Gulfstream's total handle was $101.632 million, up $54.819 million or 85.39 percent from last year. Meanwhile, field size in April went up from 7.5 to 8.4. "Gulfstream's Championship Meet was a huge success," said P.J. Campo, Vice President of Racing for The Stronach Group and General Manager of Gulfstream Park. Campo said he's pleased with the increase in total handle and field size during the first month of the summer, and is looking forward to what will be Gulfstream's most successful summer meet with a $4.7 million stakes schedule. "There's so much more happening at Gulfstream this summer than ever before," Campo said. "We are looking forward to reestablishing the $1 million Summit of Speed with two Breeders' Cup Challenge Win & You're In races in the Princess Rooney (G2) and Smile Sprint (G2). We've also established a $900,000 Sire Stakes series for three-year-olds to go along with the $2 million Sire Stakes for juveniles."...

The Blood-Horse reports that 2006 Arlington Million (G1) winner The Tin Man (Affirmed) died April 29 in Santa Ynez, California, at the age of 17. After his retirement from racing, the popular gelding resided at a ranch owned by Roger and Stacey Nance. A homebred campaigned by Ralph and Aury Todd, The Tin Man was trained by Richard Mandella and posted other top-level scores in the 2002 and 2006 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship (G1) and 2007 Shoemaker Mile (G1). The Tin Man won or placed in 12 other graded/group stakes, including a second-place finish in the Dubai Duty Free (UAE-G1). He ended his career with a mark of 31-13-8-2, $3,663,780...

David J. Stern, widely credited for building the model for professional sports in league operations, public service, global marketing and digital technology over the course of a three-decade tenure as commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA), will discuss the global growth and success of the league during his tenure and its potential relevance to Thoroughbred racing in a special question-and-answer session at the Pan American Conference during the first week of June at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City. The Jockey Club, the breed registry for Thoroughbreds in North America, and the Latin American Racing Channel (LARC) are co-hosting the conference. It begins Wednesday, June 3, and concludes Saturday, June 6, with the running of the 147th Belmont Stakes (G1). All business presentations are scheduled for June 4 and June 5. A partial list of topics and speakers, registration information, and further details are available at www.panamnyc2015.com. Ben Vonwiller, a partner at McKinsey & Company, will moderate the question-and-answer period with Stern. Previously announced speakers include David Howman, director general of the World Anti-Doping Agency; Jorge Luis Batlle Ibañez, the former president of Uruguay; Louis Romanet, the chairman of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities; and Frank Stronach, the founder and honorary chairman of The Stronach Group. The organization and agenda for the Pan Am Conference are being developed by Horacio Esposito, the president of LARC; Pablo Kavulakian, director of LARC; and James L. Gagliano, president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club. Early registration for the conference has been extended through May 13. The cost is $1,150 for delegates and $800 for accompanying guests.

Notebooks

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

MAY 6, 2015

by John Mucciolo

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

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

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

Track Stats

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

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

Meet Totals

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

HORSES TO WATCH

Thursday (4/30)

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

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

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

Friday (5/1)

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

Saturday (5/2)

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

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

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

Sunday (5/3)

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

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

A Look Ahead

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

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

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

PRX, 8TH, ALW, $59,900, 3YO, 6F, 5-5.
5—FLAGNDINI, g, 3, Bandini--Flagnlinda, by Shimatoree. O-William J Hartwell, B-Frances M Hartwell (PA), T-Ramon Preciado, J-Roberto Alvarado, Jr., $37,800.
4—Love Rules, c, 3, Not for Love--Rules R Rules, by Peace Rules. O-Old Coach Farm, B-Michael Gorham (PA), $12,600.
3—Sizzling Quatorze, c, 3, Concord Point--Hope's Diamond, by Louis Quatorze. ($32,000 '13 KEESEP; $10,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-King Star and Deese Stables, B-Ernest C Frohboese (KY), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:12 (ft)
 
MNR, 8TH, ALW, $20,700, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 5-4.
3—ALEXANDER THEGREAT, g, 6, Cat Thief--Daddy's Petunia, by Run Softly. O-David Downard, B-Robert C Cartwright (KY), T-Jeffrey A. Radosevich, J-Carlos Lozada, $13,041.
5—Barnyard Fiddler, g, 6, Orientate--Erinyes, by Seeking the Gold. ($1,500 '10 KEESEP). O-Don Mills, B-Adena Springs (KY), $4,140.
4—Lincoln Flyer, g, 6, Awesome Again--Shaggy Mane, by Bertrando. O-Jose L Lopez, B-Andrew Cohen, Gary Tolchin, Pegasus Holding Group Stables LLC & IEAH (KY), $2,070.
Winning Time: 1:07 1/5 (ft)
 
WRD, 8TH, ALW, $19,760, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 5-4.
5—C P WALNUT RIDGE, f, 3, So Long Birdie--D E Cash Value, by Favorite Trick. ($1,000 '13 OKCAUG). O-Dale Pollard, B-Joe Merrick (OK), T-Orrin Cogburn, J-Carlos A. Diaz, $11,304.
1—Nancy Lee, f, 4, Wee Thunder--Raresean, by Wild Bill. O-Nancy L George, B-Wayne George (OK), $3,768.
6—Sassy Songbird, m, 6, Crafty Song--Here 'n' Sassy, by Dehere. O-Dena Thomas, B-Joyce Tackett & John D Wartchow (OK), $2,833.
Winning Time: 1:04 1/5 (ft)

North American Maiden Winners
Pass Rush--Singing Dixie by Dixieland Band; STORM THE STRIP, g, 3, IND, Msw, 5-5, 1m, 1:41 4/5. B-Swifty Farms Inc. (IN.). $13,500 '13 INDOCT.
Ra Ra Superstar--Sephora by Newfoundland; RA RA LAND, g, 3, WRD, Msw, 5-5, 1m, 1:42 . B-Harmony Stable LLC (OK.).
Affirmative--Lake Sunshine by Meadowlake; WARREN'S SUNNY BOY, g, 4, PRX, Mcl 10000, 5-5, 6f, 1:14 4/5. B-Benjamin C Warren (CA.).
Bluegrass Cat--Where Is the Bling by Tiznow; THIS CAT HAS BLING, g, 4, PRX, Mcl 25000, 5-5, 1m 70y, 1:46 . B-Dr. John Cummins, Blazing Meadows Farm & Taylor Brothers Property L (KY.). $23,000 '12 KEESEP; $28,000 2013 OBSMAR.
Don Six--Lost Furlough by Lost Soldier; SIXY SOLDIER, f, 4, MNR, Mcl 5000, 5-4, 5f, 1:04 1/5. B-Greenfields Farm (NJ.).
Max's Pal--Spotted Pearl by Afternoon Deelites; CLEOPATRA'S STORM, g, 4, FP, Mcl 5000, 5-5, 6f, 1:15 1/5. B-Allen Meadows (IL.).
Pass Rush--Hollywood Beauty by Century City (IRE); BEAU RUSH, g, 4, IND, Msw, 5-5, 5 1/2f, 1:06 2/5. B-Steve Terry Phillips & Paula Schenck (IN.).
Red Giant--Thunderous Ovation by Thunder Gulch; THUNDER GIRL, f, 4, WRD, Msw, 5-5, 1m, 1:39 4/5. B-Stephen Wigmore (KY.). $2,000 '12 FTKOCT.
Stark Ridge--Proud Brush by Proudest Romeo; IMPROVISED BRUSH, g, 4, PRX, Mcl 15000, 5-5, 1m 70y, 1:48 3/5. B-Dr. K. K. Jayaraman &Dr. V. Devi Jayaraman (AR.).
Pass Rush--Groomeroma by Groomstick; GROOMERUSH, m, 5, IND, Mcl 5000, 5-5, 6f, 1:13 . B-Skipper Cheesman (IN.).
Perfect Soul (IRE)--Moon Gem by Kris S.; SOUL OF THE MOON, g, 6, TRY, Mcl 20000, 5-2, 2 1/8mT, 3:56 3/5. B-Charles Fipke (KY.). $3,000 2014 FTKFEB.
Stormin Fever--Twilight Aurora by Twilight Agenda; CHIEF CHICAGO, g, 8, TRY, Mcl 15000, 5-2, 2 3/8mT, 4:38 4/5. B-Richard Perkins (IL.).

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

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

Notebooks

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

MAY 6, 2015

by John Mucciolo

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

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

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

Track Stats

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

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

Meet Totals

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

HORSES TO WATCH

Thursday (4/30)

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

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

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

Friday (5/1)

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

Saturday (5/2)

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

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

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

Sunday (5/3)

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

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

A Look Ahead

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

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

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

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

NATIONAL

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

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Wednesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Belmont Park   (4th) Greg's Fourwheeler, 5-1
    (5th) Dariel, 3-1
Charles Town   (3rd) Boston Banshee, 6-1
    (8th) Southern Proper, 9-2
Evangeline Downs   (2nd) Slew of Halos, 9-2
    (6th) Classy Yankee, 4-1
Gulfstream Park   (1st) Golden Emperor, 7-2
    (5th) Zipi Zape, 6-1
Indiana Grand   (2nd) Wings Locked Up, 5-1
    (8th) Philitastic, 5-1
Louisiana Downs   (2nd) Where's Cain, 4-1
    (7th) Metobyandmearle, 3-1
Mountaineer   (2nd) Little B Rosson, 7-2
    (5th) Casperzapper, 3-1
Thistledown   (1st) Mar Bravo, 5-1
    (7th) Reign of Kings, 4-1

Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

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

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