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FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015

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Khozan sidelined from Derby trail

Khozan has a right hind ankle issue that will be evaluated by Dr. Larry Bramlage (Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Al Shaqab Racing's undefeated Khozan (Distorted Humor) is off the Triple Crown trail with a right hind ankle problem, according to reports in Thoroughbred Daily News and Daily Racing Form. The bad news broke hours after another blow to Al Shaqab, whose Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) contender Toast of New York (Thewayyyouare) was ruled out of the $10 million race due to injury.

A half-brother to three-time champion Royal Delta who sold for $1 million at last year's Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale, Khozan had generated plenty of buzz after dominating both of his starts at Gulfstream Park. The Todd Pletcher pupil shrugged off an unfavorable post 14 to capture his January 24 unveiling by 3 3/4 lengths, notching a gaudy 103 BRIS Speed rating. He came back to trounce entry-level allowance foes by 12 3/4 lengths February 22, good enough for a 101 Speed figure.

Plans called for Khozan to try stakes company in the March 28 Florida Derby (G1), where he could have banked points to secure a spot in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Had he made it to Churchill Downs, the highly-regarded colt would have tried to become the first unraced juvenile to go on and win the Derby since Apollo in 1882. But now he won't have the chance to buck the "Apollo curse."

Khozan turned in a regular gallop at Palm Beach Downs Friday, only to exit his morning training with a right hind ankle issue. He reportedly is heading to Rood and Riddle near Lexington, Kentucky, for an evaluation by Dr. Larry Bramlage.

Bradley Weisbord, Al Shaqab's U.S. racing advisor, took to Twitter to express the disappointment.

"Absolutely gutted about Khozan, but hope to see him back on track soon and honored to watch him develop this winter," Weisbord said.

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Khozan sidelined from Derby trail

Khozan has a right hind ankle issue that will be evaluated by Dr. Larry Bramlage (Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Al Shaqab Racing's undefeated Khozan (Distorted Humor) is off the Triple Crown trail with a right hind ankle problem, according to reports in Thoroughbred Daily News and Daily Racing Form. The bad news broke hours after another blow to Al Shaqab, whose Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) contender Toast of New York (Thewayyyouare) was ruled out of the $10 million race due to injury.

A half-brother to three-time champion Royal Delta who sold for $1 million at last year's Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale, Khozan had generated plenty of buzz after dominating both of his starts at Gulfstream Park. The Todd Pletcher pupil shrugged off an unfavorable post 14 to capture his January 24 unveiling by 3 3/4 lengths, notching a gaudy 103 BRIS Speed rating. He came back to trounce entry-level allowance foes by 12 3/4 lengths February 22, good enough for a 101 Speed figure.

Plans called for Khozan to try stakes company in the March 28 Florida Derby (G1), where he could have banked points to secure a spot in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Had he made it to Churchill Downs, the highly-regarded colt would have tried to become the first unraced juvenile to go on and win the Derby since Apollo in 1882. But now he won't have the chance to buck the "Apollo curse."

Khozan turned in a regular gallop at Palm Beach Downs Friday, only to exit his morning training with a right hind ankle issue. He reportedly is heading to Rood and Riddle near Lexington, Kentucky, for an evaluation by Dr. Larry Bramlage.

Bradley Weisbord, Al Shaqab's U.S. racing advisor, took to Twitter to express the disappointment.

"Absolutely gutted about Khozan, but hope to see him back on track soon and honored to watch him develop this winter," Weisbord said.

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American Pharoah sizzles in pre-Rebel work

American Pharoah's season debut is on tap next week after a sparling work at Santa Anita (Benoit Photos)

American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) completed major preparations for his scheduled three-year-old debut in the $750,000 Rebel (G2) March 14 at Oaklawn with a dazzling workout Friday morning at Santa Anita. In company, he breezed six furlongs from the gate in 1:10 2/5 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:22 4/5 under Martin Garcia.

"He is ready," owner Ahmed Zayat said moments after the work. "We know he is fast, but the way he did it today was so impressive. Very happy horse."

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be attempting to win his fifth Rebel in the last six years with American Pharoah, who was named champion two-year-old male after victories in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and FrontRunner (G1). The 1 1/16-mile Rebel will be his first start outside Southern California.

American Pharoah will be flown to Hot Springs, Arkansas, on Wednesday.

Also working in Southern California on Friday were Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) and dual champion Beholder (Henny Hughes).

Under exercise rider Anna Wells at Los Alamitos, California Chrome worked six furlongs in 1:11 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:24 3/5.

"Chrome leaves on March 17 and I leave on the 22nd," said trainer Art Sherman said, referring to the colt's trip to the Middle East for the March 28 Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1). "He'll have one breeze over the track there before the race.

"All the details are completed now, and there was quite a bit of paper work. But I'm looking forward to the trip. I'm going to have a good time. Everything looks like it's going well."

Beholder, with designs on the Madison (G1) at Keeneland April 4, worked five furlongs in company for Richard Mandella in :59 at Santa Anita.

"She couldn't look better," Mandella said.

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American Pharoah sizzles in pre-Rebel work

American Pharoah's season debut is on tap next week after a sparling work at Santa Anita (Benoit Photos)

American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) completed major preparations for his scheduled three-year-old debut in the $750,000 Rebel (G2) March 14 at Oaklawn with a dazzling workout Friday morning at Santa Anita. In company, he breezed six furlongs from the gate in 1:10 2/5 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:22 4/5 under Martin Garcia.

"He is ready," owner Ahmed Zayat said moments after the work. "We know he is fast, but the way he did it today was so impressive. Very happy horse."

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be attempting to win his fifth Rebel in the last six years with American Pharoah, who was named champion two-year-old male after victories in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and FrontRunner (G1). The 1 1/16-mile Rebel will be his first start outside Southern California.

American Pharoah will be flown to Hot Springs, Arkansas, on Wednesday.

Also working in Southern California on Friday were Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) and dual champion Beholder (Henny Hughes).

Under exercise rider Anna Wells at Los Alamitos, California Chrome worked six furlongs in 1:11 and galloped out seven furlongs in 1:24 3/5.

"Chrome leaves on March 17 and I leave on the 22nd," said trainer Art Sherman said, referring to the colt's trip to the Middle East for the March 28 Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1). "He'll have one breeze over the track there before the race.

"All the details are completed now, and there was quite a bit of paper work. But I'm looking forward to the trip. I'm going to have a good time. Everything looks like it's going well."

Beholder, with designs on the Madison (G1) at Keeneland April 4, worked five furlongs in company for Richard Mandella in :59 at Santa Anita.

"She couldn't look better," Mandella said.

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Materiality scores a palpable hit at Gulfstream

Materiality has booked his ticket to the Triple Crown trail (Kenny Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Alto Racing's Materiality (Afleet Alex) had no problem stretching out from a six-furlong debut to 1 1/8 miles in Friday's $60,000 Islamorada H. at Gulfstream Park. Under Hall of Famer John Velazquez, the Todd Pletcher sophomore rolled to a 5 3/4-length victory to jump onto the Triple Crown trail.

The 2-1 second choice stalked 6-5 favorite Stanford (Malibu Moon), his stablemate, through fractions of :23 3/5, :47 4/5 and 1:11 3/5. Stanford then ducked out, forcing Materiality wide, and a domino effect ensued with Tradesman (Street Sense) and the ever-trailing Lucky Delfino (Flatter) also carried out.

Javier Castellano took immediate corrective action aboard Stanford, and Materiality regrouped in pursuit. The Pletcher duo opened up on the rest of the field rounding the far turn. Materiality readily overtook the favorite in upper stretch and drew off in a final time of 1:49 1/5 on the fast main track.

Although Stanford crossed the wire 5 1/2 lengths clear of third-placer Tradesman, he did not keep the runner-up spot. The stewards conducted an inquiry and disqualified Stanford for interference at the three-quarter pole, demoting him all the way to last.

Materiality captured his debut here on a sloppy track by 4 1/4 lengths January 11. Now two-for-two, the bay has bankrolled $60,828.

Bred by John D. Gunther in Kentucky, Materiality sold for $260,000 as a Keeneland September yearling, but commanded $400,000 as a two-year-old in training at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic last May.

Materiality is a half-brother to My Miss Sophia (Unbridled's Song), winner of the 2014 Gazelle (G2) and second to champion Untapable (Tapit) in the Kentucky Oaks (G1). Their dam, Grade 2-placed stakes heroine Wildwood Flower (Langfuhr), is herself a half-sister to Grade 2 scorer Eye of the Tiger (American Chance) and the stakes-placed Expanse (Distant View), who produced 2010 Travers (G1) hero Afleet Express -- by Afleet Alex, like Materiality.

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Materiality scores a palpable hit at Gulfstream

Materiality has booked his ticket to the Triple Crown trail (Kenny Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Alto Racing's Materiality (Afleet Alex) had no problem stretching out from a six-furlong debut to 1 1/8 miles in Friday's $60,000 Islamorada H. at Gulfstream Park. Under Hall of Famer John Velazquez, the Todd Pletcher sophomore rolled to a 5 3/4-length victory to jump onto the Triple Crown trail.

The 2-1 second choice stalked 6-5 favorite Stanford (Malibu Moon), his stablemate, through fractions of :23 3/5, :47 4/5 and 1:11 3/5. Stanford then ducked out, forcing Materiality wide, and a domino effect ensued with Tradesman (Street Sense) and the ever-trailing Lucky Delfino (Flatter) also carried out.

Javier Castellano took immediate corrective action aboard Stanford, and Materiality regrouped in pursuit. The Pletcher duo opened up on the rest of the field rounding the far turn. Materiality readily overtook the favorite in upper stretch and drew off in a final time of 1:49 1/5 on the fast main track.

Although Stanford crossed the wire 5 1/2 lengths clear of third-placer Tradesman, he did not keep the runner-up spot. The stewards conducted an inquiry and disqualified Stanford for interference at the three-quarter pole, demoting him all the way to last.

Materiality captured his debut here on a sloppy track by 4 1/4 lengths January 11. Now two-for-two, the bay has bankrolled $60,828.

Bred by John D. Gunther in Kentucky, Materiality sold for $260,000 as a Keeneland September yearling, but commanded $400,000 as a two-year-old in training at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic last May.

Materiality is a half-brother to My Miss Sophia (Unbridled's Song), winner of the 2014 Gazelle (G2) and second to champion Untapable (Tapit) in the Kentucky Oaks (G1). Their dam, Grade 2-placed stakes heroine Wildwood Flower (Langfuhr), is herself a half-sister to Grade 2 scorer Eye of the Tiger (American Chance) and the stakes-placed Expanse (Distant View), who produced 2010 Travers (G1) hero Afleet Express -- by Afleet Alex, like Materiality.

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Toast of New York injured, out of Dubai World Cup

Trainer Jamie Osborne has reported that his charge Toast of New York (Thewayyouare) has suffered a soft tissue injury and is ruled out of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1). The colt was among the market favorites for the world's richest race on the back of his nose second to Bayern (Offlee Wild) in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).

Toast of New York burst onto the international scene as a three-year-old when landing the U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) by 2 1/2 lengths. He was subsequently campaigned exclusively in America, running sixth in the Belmont Derby Invitational S. (G1) before a runner-up effort behind Shared Belief (Candy Ride) in the Pacific Classic S. (G1) one start prior to his Breeders' Cup run.

Earlier this year, Sheikh Joaan al Thani's Al Shaqab Racing revealed that they had bought Toast of New York from Michael Buckley, with the colt set to remain in Osborne's care.

"He's had a setback and, sadly, he's going to miss the World Cup," Osborne said. "I have to speak to the Al Shaqab team and I'm sure we'll be formulating another plan. It's very disappointing for Sheikh Joaan and his team, and obviously for everybody here. He'll be back."

Added Harry Herbert, racing advisor to Al Shaqab Racing, "We are disappointed that he can't run with the soft tissue injury. We look forward to him coming back later in the year."

Al Shaqab's Gulfstream Park Turf H. (G1) hero Mshawish (Medaglia d'Oro) is still pointing for either the Godolphin Mile (UAE-G2) or the Dubai Turf (UAEG1) --formerly the Dubai Duty Free -- and will not be rerouted for the Dubai World Cup.

"No, I don't think he'd go that trip," Herbert commented. "He would go either to the Godolphin Mile or the Duty Free. I think we will want to see when he gets over to Dubai how he handles dirt. We would leave it up to (trainer Todd) Mr. Pletcher, who's the man in charge, and will run him in the race he feels he will most likely be successful in."

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Toast of New York injured, out of Dubai World Cup

Trainer Jamie Osborne has reported that his charge Toast of New York (Thewayyouare) has suffered a soft tissue injury and is ruled out of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1). The colt was among the market favorites for the world's richest race on the back of his nose second to Bayern (Offlee Wild) in the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).

Toast of New York burst onto the international scene as a three-year-old when landing the U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) by 2 1/2 lengths. He was subsequently campaigned exclusively in America, running sixth in the Belmont Derby Invitational S. (G1) before a runner-up effort behind Shared Belief (Candy Ride) in the Pacific Classic S. (G1) one start prior to his Breeders' Cup run.

Earlier this year, Sheikh Joaan al Thani's Al Shaqab Racing revealed that they had bought Toast of New York from Michael Buckley, with the colt set to remain in Osborne's care.

"He's had a setback and, sadly, he's going to miss the World Cup," Osborne said. "I have to speak to the Al Shaqab team and I'm sure we'll be formulating another plan. It's very disappointing for Sheikh Joaan and his team, and obviously for everybody here. He'll be back."

Added Harry Herbert, racing advisor to Al Shaqab Racing, "We are disappointed that he can't run with the soft tissue injury. We look forward to him coming back later in the year."

Al Shaqab's Gulfstream Park Turf H. (G1) hero Mshawish (Medaglia d'Oro) is still pointing for either the Godolphin Mile (UAE-G2) or the Dubai Turf (UAEG1) --formerly the Dubai Duty Free -- and will not be rerouted for the Dubai World Cup.

"No, I don't think he'd go that trip," Herbert commented. "He would go either to the Godolphin Mile or the Duty Free. I think we will want to see when he gets over to Dubai how he handles dirt. We would leave it up to (trainer Todd) Mr. Pletcher, who's the man in charge, and will run him in the race he feels he will most likely be successful in."

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Lady Eli targeting Appalachian; Leave the Light On recovering well

Chad Brown plans to keep Lady Eli on turf this season (Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Trainer Chad Brown is in the process of readying Lady Eli (Divine Park) for a return to the races. Unbeaten in three starts, the three-year-old filly has not started since capturing the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

"She's breezing terrific," Brown said. "Right now, the plan is to run her in the Appalachian (G3) at Keeneland on April 12."

Despite running exclusively on turf, Lady Eli was runner-up for the Eclipse Award as the nation's top two-year-old filly of 2014. The filly turned in a bullet work on February 24, breezing four furlongs in 48 3/5 seconds. The move was the fastest of 42 workers that morning. 

"She did it as easy as can be," Brown said. "Mechanically, she's moving beautifully. I'm just hoping to see more of the same from her as we get closer to her three-year-old debut."

The Appalachian will be contested at a grassy mile and Brown identified a pair of important turf tests, the $1 million Belmont Oaks (G1) and the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1), as major goals for Lady Eli during her sophomore season.

Leave the Light could be back in time for Saratoga (Adam Coglianese Photo.)

"Those are two really big targets that we have for her," Brown said. "Hopefully if she stays healthy, she can show up in both of those races."

Brown also noted that Remsen (G2) winner Leave the Light On (Horse Greeley), a candidate for the February 21 Fountain of Youth (G2) before injuring his right hind ankle during a January workout, is recovering well from surgery.

"Right now he's at Dell Ridge Farm in Kentucky," Brown said. "We'll pick him up when we go back to Keeneland. Dr. (Larry) Bramlage performed the surgery on him, and according to his report, everything went as planned, and the prognosis is excellent. Fingers crossed, we'll pick him up at Keeneland, and hopefully he'll be a nice horse for us during the summer."

Brown added that the timetable for the colt to return to the track was about two months after surgery.

"After surgery, they indicated that in 60 days he'd be fine to return to light training," he added. "We'll start him up there at Keeneland and kind of let the horse tell us when he's ready to start breezing, but I'm optimistic that this horse can be back to the races by Saratoga."

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Lady Eli targeting Appalachian; Leave the Light On recovering well

Chad Brown plans to keep Lady Eli on turf this season (Breeders' Cup Ltd.)

Trainer Chad Brown is in the process of readying Lady Eli (Divine Park) for a return to the races. Unbeaten in three starts, the three-year-old filly has not started since capturing the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

"She's breezing terrific," Brown said. "Right now, the plan is to run her in the Appalachian (G3) at Keeneland on April 12."

Despite running exclusively on turf, Lady Eli was runner-up for the Eclipse Award as the nation's top two-year-old filly of 2014. The filly turned in a bullet work on February 24, breezing four furlongs in 48 3/5 seconds. The move was the fastest of 42 workers that morning. 

"She did it as easy as can be," Brown said. "Mechanically, she's moving beautifully. I'm just hoping to see more of the same from her as we get closer to her three-year-old debut."

The Appalachian will be contested at a grassy mile and Brown identified a pair of important turf tests, the $1 million Belmont Oaks (G1) and the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1), as major goals for Lady Eli during her sophomore season.

Leave the Light could be back in time for Saratoga (Adam Coglianese Photo.)

"Those are two really big targets that we have for her," Brown said. "Hopefully if she stays healthy, she can show up in both of those races."

Brown also noted that Remsen (G2) winner Leave the Light On (Horse Greeley), a candidate for the February 21 Fountain of Youth (G2) before injuring his right hind ankle during a January workout, is recovering well from surgery.

"Right now he's at Dell Ridge Farm in Kentucky," Brown said. "We'll pick him up when we go back to Keeneland. Dr. (Larry) Bramlage performed the surgery on him, and according to his report, everything went as planned, and the prognosis is excellent. Fingers crossed, we'll pick him up at Keeneland, and hopefully he'll be a nice horse for us during the summer."

Brown added that the timetable for the colt to return to the track was about two months after surgery.

"After surgery, they indicated that in 60 days he'd be fine to return to light training," he added. "We'll start him up there at Keeneland and kind of let the horse tell us when he's ready to start breezing, but I'm optimistic that this horse can be back to the races by Saratoga."

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Castellano looking forward to stakes mounts

Javier Castellano is enjoying another banner meet at Gulfstream (Adam Coglianese Photo)

Already a winner of 14 stakes during Gulfstream Park's Championship meet -- nine of them graded, including the first two of three Grade 1 events on the stakes calendar -- two-time reigning Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano is poised to add to his totals this weekend.

On Saturday, the 37-year-old Castellano will be aboard program favorites Daredevil (More Than Ready) in the $200,000 Swale (G2) and Night Prowler (Giant's Causeway) in the $150,000 Palm Beach (G3), as well as Grade 2 winner Honor Code (A.P. Indy), the 3-1 third choice in a field of six for the $300,000 Gulfstream Park H. (G2).

Daredevil will be making his highly-anticipated season debut in the seven-furlong Swale. Castellano rode the Todd Pletcher-trained colt to a victory in the Champagne (G1) and was up for a troubled last-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) last fall.

"I'm very confident in him," Castellano said. "I saw a couple of his bullet works and the way he did it showed me he will be ready for the race."

Daredevil drew post 1 in the eight-horse Swale, postponed from last Saturday when rain washed out the final seven races at Gulfstream, including the Palm Beach. Daredevil drew is the same post he had in the original seven-horse lineup.

"I wish I would be in the outside post, but it's something you can't control. You just have to work it out and try to find the best position for him in the race," Castellano said. "If you ask me, three-quarters, the rail is OK. But, seven-eighths, it's kind of tough because you have to go out of the chute.

"We'll see how the race develops. Maybe I break on the lead and he goes wire-to-wire. If something happens at the gate, maybe I fall into position and go from there."

Honor Code is also making his first start of 2015 and just the second following a Gulfstream allowance last March. The Shug McGaughey trainee was one of the leading Triple Crown candidates last year before being knocked to the sidelines with a tendon injury, returning with a dramatic come-from-behind victory in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance/optional claiming race on November 22 at Aqueduct.

"It was a very impressive race because I thought I couldn't make it in time going just 6 1/2 furlongs," Castellano said, "but the way he did it was very impressive, because it's not his distance. He still showed up and he proved he belongs."

Castellano has been aboard for each of Honor Code's last four starts, and will have to navigate another trip from the rail in the one-mile Gulfstream Park H. for older horses.

"The rail doesn't bother me. The horse is going to come from behind, no matter what," he said. "There's going to be plenty of speed with Private Zone (Macho Uno) and Wicked Strong (Hard Spun). All those kind of horses are going to be involved with the early pace in the race. I think it's going to set up for horse coming from behind. I'm looking forward to riding Honor Code, big time."

Night Prowler has had the services of Castellano for three of his four starts, including a maiden win in October at Belmont Park and a half-length victory in the Dania Beach (G3) on January 3 at Gulfstream in his three-year-old debut. The Chad Brown runner will break from Post 5 of nine in the 1 1/16-mile Palm Beach.

"I had a perfect trip last time," Castellano said. "We'll see how it develops and try to tuck him into position. It's very important with this horse to save ground around the first turn and that's exactly what I did last time. I'm looking for that same kind of trip this time."

Entering Friday's 11-race card, Castellano led all jockeys at the Championship meet with 90 wins, 31 more than Luis Saez, and $3,521,676 in purse earnings. He needs 10 victories to hit 100 for the fourth consecutive year and would be the first rider in track history to capture four straight winter meet titles.

"I'm very fortunate to be in the spot and very blessed at the same time," Castellano said. "I have support from all different levels of trainers and owners, and they give me confidence to ride their horses. My agent, Matt Muzikar, has done a great job the last four years building relationships and trying to find the best horses to ride. This game is all about maintaining your level and try to keep going and be humble and try to ride the best race."

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Castellano looking forward to stakes mounts

Javier Castellano is enjoying another banner meet at Gulfstream (Adam Coglianese Photo)

Already a winner of 14 stakes during Gulfstream Park's Championship meet -- nine of them graded, including the first two of three Grade 1 events on the stakes calendar -- two-time reigning Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano is poised to add to his totals this weekend.

On Saturday, the 37-year-old Castellano will be aboard program favorites Daredevil (More Than Ready) in the $200,000 Swale (G2) and Night Prowler (Giant's Causeway) in the $150,000 Palm Beach (G3), as well as Grade 2 winner Honor Code (A.P. Indy), the 3-1 third choice in a field of six for the $300,000 Gulfstream Park H. (G2).

Daredevil will be making his highly-anticipated season debut in the seven-furlong Swale. Castellano rode the Todd Pletcher-trained colt to a victory in the Champagne (G1) and was up for a troubled last-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) last fall.

"I'm very confident in him," Castellano said. "I saw a couple of his bullet works and the way he did it showed me he will be ready for the race."

Daredevil drew post 1 in the eight-horse Swale, postponed from last Saturday when rain washed out the final seven races at Gulfstream, including the Palm Beach. Daredevil drew is the same post he had in the original seven-horse lineup.

"I wish I would be in the outside post, but it's something you can't control. You just have to work it out and try to find the best position for him in the race," Castellano said. "If you ask me, three-quarters, the rail is OK. But, seven-eighths, it's kind of tough because you have to go out of the chute.

"We'll see how the race develops. Maybe I break on the lead and he goes wire-to-wire. If something happens at the gate, maybe I fall into position and go from there."

Honor Code is also making his first start of 2015 and just the second following a Gulfstream allowance last March. The Shug McGaughey trainee was one of the leading Triple Crown candidates last year before being knocked to the sidelines with a tendon injury, returning with a dramatic come-from-behind victory in a 6 1/2-furlong allowance/optional claiming race on November 22 at Aqueduct.

"It was a very impressive race because I thought I couldn't make it in time going just 6 1/2 furlongs," Castellano said, "but the way he did it was very impressive, because it's not his distance. He still showed up and he proved he belongs."

Castellano has been aboard for each of Honor Code's last four starts, and will have to navigate another trip from the rail in the one-mile Gulfstream Park H. for older horses.

"The rail doesn't bother me. The horse is going to come from behind, no matter what," he said. "There's going to be plenty of speed with Private Zone (Macho Uno) and Wicked Strong (Hard Spun). All those kind of horses are going to be involved with the early pace in the race. I think it's going to set up for horse coming from behind. I'm looking forward to riding Honor Code, big time."

Night Prowler has had the services of Castellano for three of his four starts, including a maiden win in October at Belmont Park and a half-length victory in the Dania Beach (G3) on January 3 at Gulfstream in his three-year-old debut. The Chad Brown runner will break from Post 5 of nine in the 1 1/16-mile Palm Beach.

"I had a perfect trip last time," Castellano said. "We'll see how it develops and try to tuck him into position. It's very important with this horse to save ground around the first turn and that's exactly what I did last time. I'm looking for that same kind of trip this time."

Entering Friday's 11-race card, Castellano led all jockeys at the Championship meet with 90 wins, 31 more than Luis Saez, and $3,521,676 in purse earnings. He needs 10 victories to hit 100 for the fourth consecutive year and would be the first rider in track history to capture four straight winter meet titles.

"I'm very fortunate to be in the spot and very blessed at the same time," Castellano said. "I have support from all different levels of trainers and owners, and they give me confidence to ride their horses. My agent, Matt Muzikar, has done a great job the last four years building relationships and trying to find the best horses to ride. This game is all about maintaining your level and try to keep going and be humble and try to ride the best race."

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Maktoum Challenge, Jebel Hatta highlight Super Saturday

Super Saturday, the official dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1), takes place at Meydan on Saturday and spectators will be treated to two Group 1 contests on the card.

The official feature is the third and final round of the Al Maktoum Challenge (UAE-G1) over the same 2000-meter course and distance as the world's richest horse race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup staged in three weeks time.

Godolphin handler Saeed bin Suroor has a phenomenal record in this race, first contested in 1994, and is seeking to it for an 11th time.

Godolphin are actually seeking a 14th success in the contest, which before the Dubai World Cup was inaugurated in 1996, was the biggest race on the U.A.E. racing calendar.

Bin Suroor saddles two this year with last year's Dubai World Cup winner African Story (Pivotal) looking to bounce back from a disappointing debut in the middle round of the Al Maktoum Challenge (UAE-G2) over 1900 meters.

He was only seventh on that occasion whereas stable companion Prince Bishop (Dubawi), who won the first and second rounds last year, was a close second. Stable jockey James Doyle rides African Story with William Buick aboard Prince Bishop, the same jockey bookings as for the second round.

"I was disappointed with African Story last time," bin Suroor said. "He just did not seem to like the kickback early in the race. Hopefully he can get a good position early on this time and then we expect him to run a huge race.

"His preparation has gone very well and he is in great form."

African Story won the 1600-meter Burj Nahaar on this card in both 2012 and 2013, but was only eighth in Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 last year when Prince Bishop won well.

"Prince Bishop ran well last time and we were very pleased with him," bin Suroor said. "He was finishing strongly on that occasion and the extra 100 meters will suit him. He has always run well in Dubai and is also going very well at home."

As well as winning this race last year, he was fifth in the same contest in 2011 and third in both 2012 and 2013.

Second round winner, Frankyfourfingers (Sunday Break), will try and emulate Prince Bishop who won both races last year and Hunter's Light (Dubawi) who won both in 2013. Mickael Barzalona again rides.

Doug Watson has enjoyed a fantastic Dubai World Cup Carnival and two of his stars, Henry Clay (Dubawi) and Storm Belt (More Than Ready) are among the nine declared with stable jockey Pat Dobbs riding Storm Belt and Sam Hitchcott on Henry Clay

"Both remain fit and well and we are pleased with them," Watson said. "They deserve a chance in this illustrious company and we know conditions suit them both. We are really looking forward to it."

South African Mike de Kock is seeking a fifth win in the Jebel Hatta (UAE-G1), over the same 1800-meter turf course and distance as the $6 million Dubai Turf (UAE-G1) and is mob handed with no less than six of the 12 declared runners.

They are headed by last year's winner Vercingetorix (Silvano), who went on to be second in the, then, Dubai Duty Free, suffering his first career defeat in the process. He has already won the Al Rashidiya (UAE-G2), over the same course and distance, this year and looks the one the other 11 have to beat under Christophe Soumillon.

"Vercingetorix is in top order and must have a big chance of repeating last year's win," de Kock said. "These are his optimum conditions and we expect another very big run from him."

He is joined in the field by last year's third Anaerobio (Catcher in the Rye), ridden by Richard Mullen, who tried to make all last season only to tire close home. Flying the Flag (Galileo) won a 2000-meter turf handicap last time under Johnny Geroudis who keeps the ride.

The sextet are completed by Darwin (Big Brown), ridden by Paul Hanagan, Johann Strauss (High Chaparral), who is the mount of Dane O'Neill, and 2014 two-time Dubai World Cup Carnival winner Sanshaawes (Ashaawes), who will be ridden by Gavin Lerena.

"Flying the Flag won a nice race last week but is stepping up markedly in class in what is his last chance to earn an invitation for Dubai World Cup night," de Kock said.

"We hope Darwin will stay 1800 meters but there has to be a bit of a question mark, whereas Johann Strauss should relish the trip.

"He is a really exciting horse but we have just had to rush him a little bit to get here which is not ideal.

"This will probably be Anaerobio's last race and Sanshaawes could also be approaching the end of his career but we hope he can grab a place here."

Godolphin and bin Suroor, who have also won the race four times previously, rely on multiple Group 1 winner Hunter's Light.

He has reverted to turf his year and rewarded connections by winning both his Meydan starts, including the 2000-meter Dubai Millennium Stakes on his most recent outing. James Doyle is seeking to maintain his 100 percent strike rate on the horse having partnered him to both victories this year.

He looks the main danger to the de Kock battalion.

"He has won both his starts well this year and this race has been the target since his second win," bin Suroor said. "Obviously this is a much stronger contest but we would really like to win another Group 1 with him.

"His work has been very good and he should produce another good effort."

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Maktoum Challenge, Jebel Hatta highlight Super Saturday

Super Saturday, the official dress rehearsal for the Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1), takes place at Meydan on Saturday and spectators will be treated to two Group 1 contests on the card.

The official feature is the third and final round of the Al Maktoum Challenge (UAE-G1) over the same 2000-meter course and distance as the world's richest horse race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup staged in three weeks time.

Godolphin handler Saeed bin Suroor has a phenomenal record in this race, first contested in 1994, and is seeking to it for an 11th time.

Godolphin are actually seeking a 14th success in the contest, which before the Dubai World Cup was inaugurated in 1996, was the biggest race on the U.A.E. racing calendar.

Bin Suroor saddles two this year with last year's Dubai World Cup winner African Story (Pivotal) looking to bounce back from a disappointing debut in the middle round of the Al Maktoum Challenge (UAE-G2) over 1900 meters.

He was only seventh on that occasion whereas stable companion Prince Bishop (Dubawi), who won the first and second rounds last year, was a close second. Stable jockey James Doyle rides African Story with William Buick aboard Prince Bishop, the same jockey bookings as for the second round.

"I was disappointed with African Story last time," bin Suroor said. "He just did not seem to like the kickback early in the race. Hopefully he can get a good position early on this time and then we expect him to run a huge race.

"His preparation has gone very well and he is in great form."

African Story won the 1600-meter Burj Nahaar on this card in both 2012 and 2013, but was only eighth in Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 last year when Prince Bishop won well.

"Prince Bishop ran well last time and we were very pleased with him," bin Suroor said. "He was finishing strongly on that occasion and the extra 100 meters will suit him. He has always run well in Dubai and is also going very well at home."

As well as winning this race last year, he was fifth in the same contest in 2011 and third in both 2012 and 2013.

Second round winner, Frankyfourfingers (Sunday Break), will try and emulate Prince Bishop who won both races last year and Hunter's Light (Dubawi) who won both in 2013. Mickael Barzalona again rides.

Doug Watson has enjoyed a fantastic Dubai World Cup Carnival and two of his stars, Henry Clay (Dubawi) and Storm Belt (More Than Ready) are among the nine declared with stable jockey Pat Dobbs riding Storm Belt and Sam Hitchcott on Henry Clay

"Both remain fit and well and we are pleased with them," Watson said. "They deserve a chance in this illustrious company and we know conditions suit them both. We are really looking forward to it."

South African Mike de Kock is seeking a fifth win in the Jebel Hatta (UAE-G1), over the same 1800-meter turf course and distance as the $6 million Dubai Turf (UAE-G1) and is mob handed with no less than six of the 12 declared runners.

They are headed by last year's winner Vercingetorix (Silvano), who went on to be second in the, then, Dubai Duty Free, suffering his first career defeat in the process. He has already won the Al Rashidiya (UAE-G2), over the same course and distance, this year and looks the one the other 11 have to beat under Christophe Soumillon.

"Vercingetorix is in top order and must have a big chance of repeating last year's win," de Kock said. "These are his optimum conditions and we expect another very big run from him."

He is joined in the field by last year's third Anaerobio (Catcher in the Rye), ridden by Richard Mullen, who tried to make all last season only to tire close home. Flying the Flag (Galileo) won a 2000-meter turf handicap last time under Johnny Geroudis who keeps the ride.

The sextet are completed by Darwin (Big Brown), ridden by Paul Hanagan, Johann Strauss (High Chaparral), who is the mount of Dane O'Neill, and 2014 two-time Dubai World Cup Carnival winner Sanshaawes (Ashaawes), who will be ridden by Gavin Lerena.

"Flying the Flag won a nice race last week but is stepping up markedly in class in what is his last chance to earn an invitation for Dubai World Cup night," de Kock said.

"We hope Darwin will stay 1800 meters but there has to be a bit of a question mark, whereas Johann Strauss should relish the trip.

"He is a really exciting horse but we have just had to rush him a little bit to get here which is not ideal.

"This will probably be Anaerobio's last race and Sanshaawes could also be approaching the end of his career but we hope he can grab a place here."

Godolphin and bin Suroor, who have also won the race four times previously, rely on multiple Group 1 winner Hunter's Light.

He has reverted to turf his year and rewarded connections by winning both his Meydan starts, including the 2000-meter Dubai Millennium Stakes on his most recent outing. James Doyle is seeking to maintain his 100 percent strike rate on the horse having partnered him to both victories this year.

He looks the main danger to the de Kock battalion.

"He has won both his starts well this year and this race has been the target since his second win," bin Suroor said. "Obviously this is a much stronger contest but we would really like to win another Group 1 with him.

"His work has been very good and he should produce another good effort."

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Aqueduct, Laurel among cancellations

Aqueduct and Laurel Park canceled their live racing programs on Friday due to adverse conditions. Laurel also announced the cancellation of their Saturday program.

NYRA cited rain, snow and ice creating problems for the inner track and said canceling will allow maintenance crews to remove moisture in advance of Saturday's program, which includes the $400,000 Gotham (G3) for Kentucky Derby hopefuls.

A winter snowstorm passed through Laurel Park on Thursday, sending temperatures to record lows and dropping six inches of snow in the area.

"It's been a tough winter," Maryland Jockey Club General Manager Sal Sinatra said of Laurel's seventh cancellation since February 19. "We've seen everything this winter. There's been freeze, thaw, ice, unsafe conditions. Today we're trying to clear the track from snow. We haven't had the water truck on the track since the middle of November.

"I asked the driver if he's checked to see if it still runs."

Temperatures are expected to start rising Friday afternoon as both locations.

Charles Town also canceled on Friday.

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Aqueduct, Laurel among cancellations

Aqueduct and Laurel Park canceled their live racing programs on Friday due to adverse conditions. Laurel also announced the cancellation of their Saturday program.

NYRA cited rain, snow and ice creating problems for the inner track and said canceling will allow maintenance crews to remove moisture in advance of Saturday's program, which includes the $400,000 Gotham (G3) for Kentucky Derby hopefuls.

A winter snowstorm passed through Laurel Park on Thursday, sending temperatures to record lows and dropping six inches of snow in the area.

"It's been a tough winter," Maryland Jockey Club General Manager Sal Sinatra said of Laurel's seventh cancellation since February 19. "We've seen everything this winter. There's been freeze, thaw, ice, unsafe conditions. Today we're trying to clear the track from snow. We haven't had the water truck on the track since the middle of November.

"I asked the driver if he's checked to see if it still runs."

Temperatures are expected to start rising Friday afternoon as both locations.

Charles Town also canceled on Friday.

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Shared Belief faces dozen in Santa Anita Handicap

Shared Belief faces more quantity than quality in the $1 million Big 'Cap (Benoit Photos)

Despite beating Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) convincingly in the February 7 San Antonio (G2), the once-beaten champion Shared Belief (Candy Ride) did not scare away many rivals for Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita H. (G1). The 125-pound highweight will break from post 5 in the "Big 'Cap" field of 13 over 1 1/4 miles.

While many of the nation's other leading older horses head off to Dubai later this month for the World Cup (UAE-G1), the connections of Shared Belief have preferred sticking close to home with the four-year-old gelding. He figures to be an overwhelming favorite to give jockey Mike Smith an unprecedented third straight win in the race, but the lone setback of his career came in last fall's Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) over the same track and distance when he was bumped leaving the gate in a similarly congested field.

Smith was aboard the now-retired Game On Dude in the last two editions of the Big 'Cap, including last year's stakes-record performance in a time of 1:58.17.

The most notable opponent of Shared Belief's is Moreno (Ghostzapper), who also suffered a bad break in the Breeders' Cup Classic and wound up last of 14. Some observers felt that if not for being interfered with at the startt he would have challenged eventual winner Bayern (Offlee Wild), who led wire-to-wire, in the early going and perhaps changed the outcome of the race.

Moreno has had an uneven career, but earned a signature victory last August in the Whitney (G1) at Saratoga. That performance was book-ended by second-place efforts in the Suburban H. (G2) and Woodward (G2). However, the five-year-old has never won in seven tries at Santa Anita nor has he won in six attempts over 10 furlongs.

Imperative (Bernardini), seventh in last year's Big 'Cap, shocked Game On Dude and Moreno in the Charles Town Classic (G2) last April, but has placed in only two of seven subsequent starts. He has been well beaten by Shared Belief in their past four meetings.

Hard Aces (Hard Spun) was privately purchased following a four-length romp in the $72,000 Louisiana at Fair Grounds in mid-January, but is taking a big step up in class on Saturday. Also with form to find is Sr. Quisqueyano (Exclusive Quality), an upset 20-1 winner of the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream last time.

It's been close but no cigar for Kilroe Mile contender Summer Front in past trips to California (Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography)

The Big 'Cap has attracted an unusual amount of interest from several horses better known for their turf form. Dynamic Sky (Sky Mesa) captured the 1 3/8-mile Red Smith H. (G3) at Aqueduct in November, but has been unplaced in two grass outings at Santa Anita this winter. Also in this category are Patrioticandproud (Proud Citizen), runner-up in the Hollywood Turf Cup (G2) and San Gabriel (G2), and Diamond Bachelor (War Front), demoted from second in the 1 1/4-mile San Marcos (G2) two back.

The field is rounded out by multiple graded stakes-placed You Know I Know (Simon Pure); South American imports Bronzo (Fusaichi Pegasus), who ran fourth in the San Antonio, and Catch a Flight (Giant's Causeway), a recent first-level allowance winner; and longshots Cool Samurai (First Samurai) and Crimson Giant (Formal Gold).

The other top-level event of Saturday's 11-race program is the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1) for older grass horses. Winning Prize (Pure Prize) was victorious by a half-length in the 2014 edition, but fared poorly in an abbreviated campaign afterwards, finishing sixth in the Shoemaker Mile (G1) and Play the King (Can-G2).

The likely favorite is Summer Front (War Front), the multiple Grade 3-winning six-year-old who was runner-up in the Shoemaker Mile and Eddie Read (G1), and then fourth in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1), in his last three trips west.

Silentio (Silent Name), second by a nose in the 2013 Kilroe and fifth last year, was a sub-par last of 14 in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) last time after being squeezed at the start. A mile is more his game as he's won or placed in many of the circuit's leading races at mile or thereabouts.

Looking to make amends for a disappointing sixth in the Twilight Derby (G2) in October is Ring Weekend (Tapit), who previously scored in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on dirt and the Saranac (G3) and Hill Prince (G3) on grass.

Another intriguing prospect is multiple Grade 3 scorer Za Approval (Ghostzapper), whose several Grade 1-placings include a second to Wise Dan (Wiseman's Ferry) in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Mile over the course and distance. He was most recently second in the Arcadia (G2), finishing ahead of returning rival Home Run Kitten (Kitten's Joy). The latter captured the Eddie D (G3) in September and is four-for-nine on the Santa Anita lawn.

Others of note are the turf sprint specialist in the Dimension (Medicean) and the veteran Mr. Commons (Artie Schiller), the runner-up in the 2012 Kilroe Mile.

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Shared Belief faces dozen in Santa Anita Handicap

Shared Belief faces more quantity than quality in the $1 million Big 'Cap (Benoit Photos)

Despite beating Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) convincingly in the February 7 San Antonio (G2), the once-beaten champion Shared Belief (Candy Ride) did not scare away many rivals for Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita H. (G1). The 125-pound highweight will break from post 5 in the "Big 'Cap" field of 13 over 1 1/4 miles.

While many of the nation's other leading older horses head off to Dubai later this month for the World Cup (UAE-G1), the connections of Shared Belief have preferred sticking close to home with the four-year-old gelding. He figures to be an overwhelming favorite to give jockey Mike Smith an unprecedented third straight win in the race, but the lone setback of his career came in last fall's Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) over the same track and distance when he was bumped leaving the gate in a similarly congested field.

Smith was aboard the now-retired Game On Dude in the last two editions of the Big 'Cap, including last year's stakes-record performance in a time of 1:58.17.

The most notable opponent of Shared Belief's is Moreno (Ghostzapper), who also suffered a bad break in the Breeders' Cup Classic and wound up last of 14. Some observers felt that if not for being interfered with at the startt he would have challenged eventual winner Bayern (Offlee Wild), who led wire-to-wire, in the early going and perhaps changed the outcome of the race.

Moreno has had an uneven career, but earned a signature victory last August in the Whitney (G1) at Saratoga. That performance was book-ended by second-place efforts in the Suburban H. (G2) and Woodward (G2). However, the five-year-old has never won in seven tries at Santa Anita nor has he won in six attempts over 10 furlongs.

Imperative (Bernardini), seventh in last year's Big 'Cap, shocked Game On Dude and Moreno in the Charles Town Classic (G2) last April, but has placed in only two of seven subsequent starts. He has been well beaten by Shared Belief in their past four meetings.

Hard Aces (Hard Spun) was privately purchased following a four-length romp in the $72,000 Louisiana at Fair Grounds in mid-January, but is taking a big step up in class on Saturday. Also with form to find is Sr. Quisqueyano (Exclusive Quality), an upset 20-1 winner of the Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream last time.

It's been close but no cigar for Kilroe Mile contender Summer Front in past trips to California (Lauren King/Adam Coglianese Photography)

The Big 'Cap has attracted an unusual amount of interest from several horses better known for their turf form. Dynamic Sky (Sky Mesa) captured the 1 3/8-mile Red Smith H. (G3) at Aqueduct in November, but has been unplaced in two grass outings at Santa Anita this winter. Also in this category are Patrioticandproud (Proud Citizen), runner-up in the Hollywood Turf Cup (G2) and San Gabriel (G2), and Diamond Bachelor (War Front), demoted from second in the 1 1/4-mile San Marcos (G2) two back.

The field is rounded out by multiple graded stakes-placed You Know I Know (Simon Pure); South American imports Bronzo (Fusaichi Pegasus), who ran fourth in the San Antonio, and Catch a Flight (Giant's Causeway), a recent first-level allowance winner; and longshots Cool Samurai (First Samurai) and Crimson Giant (Formal Gold).

The other top-level event of Saturday's 11-race program is the $400,000 Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1) for older grass horses. Winning Prize (Pure Prize) was victorious by a half-length in the 2014 edition, but fared poorly in an abbreviated campaign afterwards, finishing sixth in the Shoemaker Mile (G1) and Play the King (Can-G2).

The likely favorite is Summer Front (War Front), the multiple Grade 3-winning six-year-old who was runner-up in the Shoemaker Mile and Eddie Read (G1), and then fourth in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1), in his last three trips west.

Silentio (Silent Name), second by a nose in the 2013 Kilroe and fifth last year, was a sub-par last of 14 in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) last time after being squeezed at the start. A mile is more his game as he's won or placed in many of the circuit's leading races at mile or thereabouts.

Looking to make amends for a disappointing sixth in the Twilight Derby (G2) in October is Ring Weekend (Tapit), who previously scored in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) on dirt and the Saranac (G3) and Hill Prince (G3) on grass.

Another intriguing prospect is multiple Grade 3 scorer Za Approval (Ghostzapper), whose several Grade 1-placings include a second to Wise Dan (Wiseman's Ferry) in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Mile over the course and distance. He was most recently second in the Arcadia (G2), finishing ahead of returning rival Home Run Kitten (Kitten's Joy). The latter captured the Eddie D (G3) in September and is four-for-nine on the Santa Anita lawn.

Others of note are the turf sprint specialist in the Dimension (Medicean) and the veteran Mr. Commons (Artie Schiller), the runner-up in the 2012 Kilroe Mile.

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San Felipe attracts unbeaten Dortmund, Ocho Ocho Ocho

Dortmund (right) has been put to the test in his last two outings (Benoit Photos)

Dortmund (Big Brown), who many consider among the leading Kentucky Derby (G1) contenders, will take his next step toward the Louisville classic on Saturday when he faces a field of nine in the $400,000 San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita over 1 1/16 miles.

The Bob Baffert trainee has won all four starts, including hard-fought victories in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) and Robert B. Lewis (G3). In the latter, the physically massive chestnut set a pressured pace, fell a length behind Firing Line (Line of David) in mid-stretch, but re-rallied to win by a head in a tremendous show of fortitude.

There are no shortage of promising rivals in the San Felipe lineup. Ocho Ocho Ocho (Street Sense), who is also undefeated, also had to work hard to take his last start in the the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (G3), his juvenile finale on November 22. The Jim Cassidy charge successfully stretched out to 1 1/16 miles that day, winning by a nose against a field that included subsequent Southwest (G3) hero Far Right (Notional).

Prospect Park (Tapit), who dropped his first three outings at two, has come on this winter with back-to-back scores against maiden and allowance company, the latter by more than five lengths going a mile on January 30. The San Felipe marks his stakes debut.

Also likely to attract support are Lord Nelson (Pulpit), most recently a neck winner over Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red (Afleet Alex) in the seven-furlong San Vicente (G2), and Bolo (Temple City), who makes his dirt debut after an easy win in the December 27 Eddie Logan on turf.

Among the others, the most notable are San Vicente third Sir Samson (Smart Strike), the multiple stakes-placed California-bred Pulmarack (Lucky Pulpit), and stakes winner Pain and Misery (Bob and John).

Conquest Two Step (Two Step Salsa), who ran Shared Belief (Candy Ride) to a neck in the Malibu (G1) before scoring in the Palos Verdes (G2) last time, will attempt to make it two in a row in the $250,000 San Carlos (G2) over seven furlongs.

Back to challenge is Wild Dude (Wildcat Heir), the 2014 Palos Verdes hero who ran third in this year's edition in his first start start in more than nine months. Grade 3 winner Chitu (Henny Hughes), winner of the $101,000 Damascus on Breeders' Cup weekend, makes his first start of the year after closing out 2014 with a narrow third in the Malibu.

Other notables in the San Carlos lineup are Grade 3 winners Kobe's Back (Flatter) and Midnight Hawk (Midnight Lute), and the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Outside Nashville (Broken Vow), a non-factor when shipped east last month for the General George H. (G3) at Laurel.

The $75,000 China Doll, a one-mile turf race for three-year-old fillies, is populated by a number who contested the $79,000 Sweet Life on February 15. The top four finishers from that race -- She's a Big Winner (Bellamy Road), Bobbi Grace (Big Bad Bob), Spirit of Xian (Kodiac), and Mio Me (Eskendereya) -- all return.

Blue Norther heroine Lutine Belle (Bellamy Road) returns to turf after finishing fifth in the Las Virgenes (G1) on dirt, while Maybellene (Lookin at Lucky) tries the surface for the first time after finishing eighth of nine as the Las Virgenes favorite.

Another intriguing entry is the Carla Gaines-trained Curlin's Fox (Curlin), a debut winner down the hill in early February.

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San Felipe attracts unbeaten Dortmund, Ocho Ocho Ocho

Dortmund (right) has been put to the test in his last two outings (Benoit Photos)

Dortmund (Big Brown), who many consider among the leading Kentucky Derby (G1) contenders, will take his next step toward the Louisville classic on Saturday when he faces a field of nine in the $400,000 San Felipe (G2) at Santa Anita over 1 1/16 miles.

The Bob Baffert trainee has won all four starts, including hard-fought victories in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) and Robert B. Lewis (G3). In the latter, the physically massive chestnut set a pressured pace, fell a length behind Firing Line (Line of David) in mid-stretch, but re-rallied to win by a head in a tremendous show of fortitude.

There are no shortage of promising rivals in the San Felipe lineup. Ocho Ocho Ocho (Street Sense), who is also undefeated, also had to work hard to take his last start in the the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (G3), his juvenile finale on November 22. The Jim Cassidy charge successfully stretched out to 1 1/16 miles that day, winning by a nose against a field that included subsequent Southwest (G3) hero Far Right (Notional).

Prospect Park (Tapit), who dropped his first three outings at two, has come on this winter with back-to-back scores against maiden and allowance company, the latter by more than five lengths going a mile on January 30. The San Felipe marks his stakes debut.

Also likely to attract support are Lord Nelson (Pulpit), most recently a neck winner over Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Texas Red (Afleet Alex) in the seven-furlong San Vicente (G2), and Bolo (Temple City), who makes his dirt debut after an easy win in the December 27 Eddie Logan on turf.

Among the others, the most notable are San Vicente third Sir Samson (Smart Strike), the multiple stakes-placed California-bred Pulmarack (Lucky Pulpit), and stakes winner Pain and Misery (Bob and John).

Conquest Two Step (Two Step Salsa), who ran Shared Belief (Candy Ride) to a neck in the Malibu (G1) before scoring in the Palos Verdes (G2) last time, will attempt to make it two in a row in the $250,000 San Carlos (G2) over seven furlongs.

Back to challenge is Wild Dude (Wildcat Heir), the 2014 Palos Verdes hero who ran third in this year's edition in his first start start in more than nine months. Grade 3 winner Chitu (Henny Hughes), winner of the $101,000 Damascus on Breeders' Cup weekend, makes his first start of the year after closing out 2014 with a narrow third in the Malibu.

Other notables in the San Carlos lineup are Grade 3 winners Kobe's Back (Flatter) and Midnight Hawk (Midnight Lute), and the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Outside Nashville (Broken Vow), a non-factor when shipped east last month for the General George H. (G3) at Laurel.

The $75,000 China Doll, a one-mile turf race for three-year-old fillies, is populated by a number who contested the $79,000 Sweet Life on February 15. The top four finishers from that race -- She's a Big Winner (Bellamy Road), Bobbi Grace (Big Bad Bob), Spirit of Xian (Kodiac), and Mio Me (Eskendereya) -- all return.

Blue Norther heroine Lutine Belle (Bellamy Road) returns to turf after finishing fifth in the Las Virgenes (G1) on dirt, while Maybellene (Lookin at Lucky) tries the surface for the first time after finishing eighth of nine as the Las Virgenes favorite.

Another intriguing entry is the Carla Gaines-trained Curlin's Fox (Curlin), a debut winner down the hill in early February.

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Carpe Diem returns in salty nine-horse Tampa Bay Derby

Carpe Diem was a runaway winner of the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland last fall  (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) figures to face a stiff challenge as he makes his highly-anticipated 2015 bow in Saturday's $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2). A 6 1/4-length winner of the Breeders' Futurity (G1) in his second start, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt established himself as one of the winter-book Kentucky Derby favorites when concluding his juvenile season with a runner-up finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1).

A $1.6 million purchase for Stonestreet Stables and WinStar Farm, Carpe Diem registered a field-best 100 BRIS Speed rating when annexing the Breeders' Futurity. He shows three bullet works for his return and John Velazquez will be back aboard.

The Tampa Bay Derby serves as a Kentucky Derby qualifier, offering points on a 50-20-10-5 scale to the top four finishers, and Ocean Knight (Curlin) will be looking to earn his first points toward a berth at Churchill Downs on May 2.

The bay colt made his career debut in mid-December on Aqueduct's inner track, easily capturing a six-furlong maiden special weight, and followed with a commendable victory in the January 31 Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs, overcoming a wide trip to score by a neck. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin immediately committed Ocean Knight to the Tampa Bay Derby afterward, but was forced to consider Saturday's Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct when Pletcher announced Carpe Diem's participation due to common ownership.

The close proximity to his South Florida base at Palm Meadows, coupled with the weather uncertainty in New York, led McLaughlin to recommit the Stonestreet Stables colorbearer to the Tampa Bay Derby earlier this week and Ocean Knight drew much better in post 2 Saturday after breaking from gate 12 last time. Irad Ortiz Jr. will stick with the promising Kentucky Derby hopeful.

Three-time stakes winner Souper Colossal (War Front) has been re-directed to the Tampa Bay Derby following last weekend's washout of the Swale (G2) at Gulfstream Park. After sustaining his first setback with a seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the Eddie Plesa Jr. trainee opened his sophomore campaign on turf, winning the five-furlong Texas Glitters going away on February 7. Joel Rosario, who picked up the mount last time, retains the assignment.

Divining Rod (Tapit) just missed on the front end when making his stakes debut in the Sam Davis, finishing five lengths clear of third, and the speedy colt figures to show the way again from his rail post with Luis Garcia. Sam Davis third-placer My Johnny Be Good (Colonel John) is also back along with fourth-placer Ami's Flatter (Flatter), who adds first-time Lasix and blinkers for conditioner Josie Carroll.

Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon) will make his first stakes attempt for Mark Casse following a visually-impressive maiden win at Gulfstream Park on February 7. Julien Leparoux will accompany the well-bred colt from the far outside post position.

The $200,000 Florida Oaks (G3) is one of three supporting stakes on the Tampa Bay Derby undercard and a full field of 14 sophomore fillies, highlighted by the Chad Brown-trained Consumer Credit (More Than Ready), is set for the 1 1/16-mile turf affair.

Consumer Credit has won three straight, including the January 24 Sweetest Chant (G3) at Gulfstream, and tops the field in BRIS Prime Power (148.9). Edgard Zayas has the call. Her main rivals include Sweetest Chant runner-up Quality Rocks (Rock Hard Ten); recent Gulfstream allowance winner Lismore (Tiznow), who finished second to Consumer Credit two starts back in the Wait a While; and Don't Leave Me (Lemon Drop Kid), who makes her first appearance since recording a troubled sixth at short odds in the Natalma (G2) last fall.

Multiple Grade 1 queen Stephanie's Kitten (Kitten's Joy) is the one to beat in the $150,000 Hillsborough (G3), a 1 1/8-mile turf event that has drawn 12 fillies and mares. Last seen finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1), the Ken and Sarah Ramsey-owned mare will make her first appearance at Tampa and keeps Velazquez in the saddle.

Filimbi (Mizzen Mast) will make her first appearance since capturing the November 2 Goldikova (G2) at Santa Anita and Sparkling Review (Lemon Drop Kid) has a three-race win streak in tow, easily capturing the Mrs. Revere (G2) and Valley View (G3) last fall.

The stakes action kicks off with a 13-horse field, including an also-eligible, in the $60,000 Challenger at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Old Time Hockey (Smarty Jones) goes turf to dirt for Tom Proctor following a head second in the January 24 Tampa Bay (G3) and Grade 1-placed General a Rod (Roman Ruler), a Triple Crown veteran last year, will make his first start for Pletcher.

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Carpe Diem returns in salty nine-horse Tampa Bay Derby

Carpe Diem was a runaway winner of the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland last fall  (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) figures to face a stiff challenge as he makes his highly-anticipated 2015 bow in Saturday's $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2). A 6 1/4-length winner of the Breeders' Futurity (G1) in his second start, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt established himself as one of the winter-book Kentucky Derby favorites when concluding his juvenile season with a runner-up finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1).

A $1.6 million purchase for Stonestreet Stables and WinStar Farm, Carpe Diem registered a field-best 100 BRIS Speed rating when annexing the Breeders' Futurity. He shows three bullet works for his return and John Velazquez will be back aboard.

The Tampa Bay Derby serves as a Kentucky Derby qualifier, offering points on a 50-20-10-5 scale to the top four finishers, and Ocean Knight (Curlin) will be looking to earn his first points toward a berth at Churchill Downs on May 2.

The bay colt made his career debut in mid-December on Aqueduct's inner track, easily capturing a six-furlong maiden special weight, and followed with a commendable victory in the January 31 Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs, overcoming a wide trip to score by a neck. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin immediately committed Ocean Knight to the Tampa Bay Derby afterward, but was forced to consider Saturday's Gotham (G3) at Aqueduct when Pletcher announced Carpe Diem's participation due to common ownership.

The close proximity to his South Florida base at Palm Meadows, coupled with the weather uncertainty in New York, led McLaughlin to recommit the Stonestreet Stables colorbearer to the Tampa Bay Derby earlier this week and Ocean Knight drew much better in post 2 Saturday after breaking from gate 12 last time. Irad Ortiz Jr. will stick with the promising Kentucky Derby hopeful.

Three-time stakes winner Souper Colossal (War Front) has been re-directed to the Tampa Bay Derby following last weekend's washout of the Swale (G2) at Gulfstream Park. After sustaining his first setback with a seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the Eddie Plesa Jr. trainee opened his sophomore campaign on turf, winning the five-furlong Texas Glitters going away on February 7. Joel Rosario, who picked up the mount last time, retains the assignment.

Divining Rod (Tapit) just missed on the front end when making his stakes debut in the Sam Davis, finishing five lengths clear of third, and the speedy colt figures to show the way again from his rail post with Luis Garcia. Sam Davis third-placer My Johnny Be Good (Colonel John) is also back along with fourth-placer Ami's Flatter (Flatter), who adds first-time Lasix and blinkers for conditioner Josie Carroll.

Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon) will make his first stakes attempt for Mark Casse following a visually-impressive maiden win at Gulfstream Park on February 7. Julien Leparoux will accompany the well-bred colt from the far outside post position.

The $200,000 Florida Oaks (G3) is one of three supporting stakes on the Tampa Bay Derby undercard and a full field of 14 sophomore fillies, highlighted by the Chad Brown-trained Consumer Credit (More Than Ready), is set for the 1 1/16-mile turf affair.

Consumer Credit has won three straight, including the January 24 Sweetest Chant (G3) at Gulfstream, and tops the field in BRIS Prime Power (148.9). Edgard Zayas has the call. Her main rivals include Sweetest Chant runner-up Quality Rocks (Rock Hard Ten); recent Gulfstream allowance winner Lismore (Tiznow), who finished second to Consumer Credit two starts back in the Wait a While; and Don't Leave Me (Lemon Drop Kid), who makes her first appearance since recording a troubled sixth at short odds in the Natalma (G2) last fall.

Multiple Grade 1 queen Stephanie's Kitten (Kitten's Joy) is the one to beat in the $150,000 Hillsborough (G3), a 1 1/8-mile turf event that has drawn 12 fillies and mares. Last seen finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1), the Ken and Sarah Ramsey-owned mare will make her first appearance at Tampa and keeps Velazquez in the saddle.

Filimbi (Mizzen Mast) will make her first appearance since capturing the November 2 Goldikova (G2) at Santa Anita and Sparkling Review (Lemon Drop Kid) has a three-race win streak in tow, easily capturing the Mrs. Revere (G2) and Valley View (G3) last fall.

The stakes action kicks off with a 13-horse field, including an also-eligible, in the $60,000 Challenger at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Old Time Hockey (Smarty Jones) goes turf to dirt for Tom Proctor following a head second in the January 24 Tampa Bay (G3) and Grade 1-placed General a Rod (Roman Ruler), a Triple Crown veteran last year, will make his first start for Pletcher.

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El Kabeir tops Gotham; Salutos Amigos rematches with Dads Caps in Tom Fool

El Kabeir took the Jerome in a driving rain storm (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Aqueduct has carded three stakes for its Saturday program, but taking center stage on the day will be the $400,000 Gotham S. (G3) as 10 sophomores try to earn points toward a starting berth in the May 2 Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs.

The Gotham is part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series of races and awards points on a 50-20-10-5 basis to the top four. All but one entered in the 1 1/16-mile affair is Triple Crown nominated and would like to ensure a starting berth in the Run for the Roses.

Trainer John Terranova II is utilizing the Aqueduct path to the Derby for El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) as the gray colt makes his third straight start at the track this season.

Closing out his juvenile season with a runner-up effort in the Nashua S. (G2) on Aqueduct's main track and a head triumph in the Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2) at Churchill Downs last fall, El Kabeir kicked off 2015 with a romping 4 3/4-length score in the January 3 Jerome S. (G3) over the inner dirt at Aqueduct. Last month the Florida-bred dueled throughout the Withers S. (G3) over the inner to finish second behind Far From Over (Blame).

A good enough run in the Gotham will likely see El Kabeir and Far From Over rematch in the $1 million Wood Memorial S. (G1) on April 4, as the Withers winner is training up to that nine-furlong contest. In the meantime, El Kabeir won't have to contend with him in the Gotham while taking on some new rivals.

Two familiar faces he will see on Saturday are Classy Class (Discreetly Mine) and Tencendur (Warrior's Reward). The former was fourth in the Remsen S. (G2) in his 2014 finale prior to running third in the Withers last out. The Kiaran McLaughlin charge could improve in this spot while making his second start after the layoff and gets a jockey switch to Junior Alvarado. The George Weaver-trained Tencendur tried stakes rivals for the first time in the Withers and was a one-paced fourth on the line. He'll need to move forward with Cornelio Velazquez returning to the irons.

Only two other runners in Saturday's Gotham have prior stakes experience. Combat Diver (Line of David) enters the race off a nose second in Laurel Park's Miracle Wood S. in his sophomore bow on February 16 while Toasting Master (Congrats) was well beaten when sixth in the Spectacular Bid S. and fourth in the OBS Champion S.

That leaves four maiden winners and one who has yet to score a victory to line up in the Gotham. Dontbetwithbruno (Tiz Wonderful) eked out a close score over track and distance in his third try for trainer Todd Pletcher while stablemate Blame Jim (Sharp Humor) finished second in an allowance/optional claimer on February 8 after taking his maiden debut last July at Saratoga by three lengths.

Salutos Amigos is seeking his fourth straight stakes victory in the Tom Fool (NYRA/Chelsea Durand/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Lieutenant Colonel also recorded a close one, albeit in his initial try, for Chad Brown on February 7 at Gulfstream Park, and Tiz Shea D (Tiznow), the one not nominated to the Triple Crown, will be saddled by Bill Mott in the Gotham after capturing his maiden bow by four lengths under the tutelage of Jason Servis at Parx Racing on the same day.

Uninfluended is the only non-winner in the field, finishing fourth in his debut and second by a neck on February 22 for Pletcher.

The stakes action kicks off Saturday at Aqueduct in the $100,000 Cat Cay S. sending six distaffers 1 1/16 miles on the inner dirt, and is followed one race later by the $200,000 Tom Fool H. (G3) at six furlongs. That latter event will feature a rematch between Salutos Amigos (Salute the Sarge) and Dads Caps (Discreet Cat), the respective one-two in the February 7 Toboggan S. (G3).

Salutos Amigos ran down his pacesetting rival to be 1 3/4 lengths clear on the wire as the 3-5 choice and is likely to go off favored again in the Tom Fool with Velasquez taking the reins from Irad Ortiz.

Unlike his brother, who travels south to ride unbeaten Ocean Knight (Curlin) in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), Jose Ortiz is sticking with Dads Caps, who is seeking his first victory since a 1 1/2-length triumph in the Carter H. (G1) last April. The bay has been second or third in all but two of his starts since then, including last September's Vosburgh S. (G1), and is looking to go one better than his runner-up effort in the Tom Fool 12 months ago.

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El Kabeir tops Gotham; Salutos Amigos rematches with Dads Caps in Tom Fool

El Kabeir took the Jerome in a driving rain storm (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Aqueduct has carded three stakes for its Saturday program, but taking center stage on the day will be the $400,000 Gotham S. (G3) as 10 sophomores try to earn points toward a starting berth in the May 2 Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs.

The Gotham is part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series of races and awards points on a 50-20-10-5 basis to the top four. All but one entered in the 1 1/16-mile affair is Triple Crown nominated and would like to ensure a starting berth in the Run for the Roses.

Trainer John Terranova II is utilizing the Aqueduct path to the Derby for El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) as the gray colt makes his third straight start at the track this season.

Closing out his juvenile season with a runner-up effort in the Nashua S. (G2) on Aqueduct's main track and a head triumph in the Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2) at Churchill Downs last fall, El Kabeir kicked off 2015 with a romping 4 3/4-length score in the January 3 Jerome S. (G3) over the inner dirt at Aqueduct. Last month the Florida-bred dueled throughout the Withers S. (G3) over the inner to finish second behind Far From Over (Blame).

A good enough run in the Gotham will likely see El Kabeir and Far From Over rematch in the $1 million Wood Memorial S. (G1) on April 4, as the Withers winner is training up to that nine-furlong contest. In the meantime, El Kabeir won't have to contend with him in the Gotham while taking on some new rivals.

Two familiar faces he will see on Saturday are Classy Class (Discreetly Mine) and Tencendur (Warrior's Reward). The former was fourth in the Remsen S. (G2) in his 2014 finale prior to running third in the Withers last out. The Kiaran McLaughlin charge could improve in this spot while making his second start after the layoff and gets a jockey switch to Junior Alvarado. The George Weaver-trained Tencendur tried stakes rivals for the first time in the Withers and was a one-paced fourth on the line. He'll need to move forward with Cornelio Velazquez returning to the irons.

Only two other runners in Saturday's Gotham have prior stakes experience. Combat Diver (Line of David) enters the race off a nose second in Laurel Park's Miracle Wood S. in his sophomore bow on February 16 while Toasting Master (Congrats) was well beaten when sixth in the Spectacular Bid S. and fourth in the OBS Champion S.

That leaves four maiden winners and one who has yet to score a victory to line up in the Gotham. Dontbetwithbruno (Tiz Wonderful) eked out a close score over track and distance in his third try for trainer Todd Pletcher while stablemate Blame Jim (Sharp Humor) finished second in an allowance/optional claimer on February 8 after taking his maiden debut last July at Saratoga by three lengths.

Salutos Amigos is seeking his fourth straight stakes victory in the Tom Fool (NYRA/Chelsea Durand/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Lieutenant Colonel also recorded a close one, albeit in his initial try, for Chad Brown on February 7 at Gulfstream Park, and Tiz Shea D (Tiznow), the one not nominated to the Triple Crown, will be saddled by Bill Mott in the Gotham after capturing his maiden bow by four lengths under the tutelage of Jason Servis at Parx Racing on the same day.

Uninfluended is the only non-winner in the field, finishing fourth in his debut and second by a neck on February 22 for Pletcher.

The stakes action kicks off Saturday at Aqueduct in the $100,000 Cat Cay S. sending six distaffers 1 1/16 miles on the inner dirt, and is followed one race later by the $200,000 Tom Fool H. (G3) at six furlongs. That latter event will feature a rematch between Salutos Amigos (Salute the Sarge) and Dads Caps (Discreet Cat), the respective one-two in the February 7 Toboggan S. (G3).

Salutos Amigos ran down his pacesetting rival to be 1 3/4 lengths clear on the wire as the 3-5 choice and is likely to go off favored again in the Tom Fool with Velasquez taking the reins from Irad Ortiz.

Unlike his brother, who travels south to ride unbeaten Ocean Knight (Curlin) in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), Jose Ortiz is sticking with Dads Caps, who is seeking his first victory since a 1 1/2-length triumph in the Carter H. (G1) last April. The bay has been second or third in all but two of his starts since then, including last September's Vosburgh S. (G1), and is looking to go one better than his runner-up effort in the Tom Fool 12 months ago.

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Daredevil stars in rescheduled Swale; tough trio return in GP 'Cap

Daredevil makes his belated three-year-old bow in the Swale (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Saturday's $200,000 Swale S. (G2) lost one and attracted two new entrants when the seven-furlong contest was redrawn by Gulfstream Park officials. The Swale and the $150,000 Palm Beach S. (G3) were both postponed from last Saturday, February 28, when the race program was called off after the 5TH race due to torrential rainstorms and thunderstorms.

Now joining the $300,000 Gulfstream Park H. (G2) on Saturday, the races were redrawn, leaving the Swale with eight and the Palm Beach attracting all but two of its original runners.

Despite the date change the Swale will still see its top draw compete on Saturday as Daredevil (More Than Ready) lines up for trainer Todd Pletcher for his three-year-old bow. The chestnut broke his maiden and took the Champagne S. (G1) at Belmont Park before closing out 2014 with a well-beaten last of 11 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita on November 1.

"It rarely happens here but we deal with similar situations in New York, particularly this winter a lot," Pletcher said. "It's not ideal, but everyone's in the same boat. He's a very cool customer and nothing fazes him so far.

"I'm not really sure what happened," he added in regards to the Breeders' Cup, where Daredevil raced wide and never found himself in contention. "He got a wide trip on a track that probably wasn't playing that way, and he had had three races in a short period of time. He's a very talented horse. He showed that in his first two starts last year and he's come back and trained very well. He's a very efficient mover and just has a terrific action to him."

Regular rider Javier Castellano will be aboard Daredevil as the 123-pound highweight breaks from the rail.

X Y Jet (Kantharos) owns a track advantage over his rivals having run a close second in the Hutcheson S. (G2) over track and distance on January 24. The gray gelding was also a neck second in the Pasco S. at Tampa Bay Downs in his juvenile finale and in his first start for trainer Jorge Navarro after being conditioned by Antonio Sano.

"He's doing amazing," Navarro said. "The way he trained (last Sunday), I was like, 'Wow.' Even the exercise rider jumped off and said 'He would have won the race.' He was great and happy so we'll be set for Saturday."

Ready for Rye (City Zip) was a seven-length maiden winner in his final two-year-old start in October, and returned January 3 to add a runner-up effort to his resume while making his stakes debut in the Spectacular Bid S. for trainer Tom Albertrani. The Swale being rescheduled gave the bay gelding time to get in one more work as he clocked a half-mile in :49 on Monday at Palm Meadows.

"Our schedule didn't really get all that interrupted," Albertrani shrugged. "At least we had some time to come back and breeze him and he should be on pretty much the same kind of schedule, just a week later. The way he broke his maiden I was hoping for a little rain, just not so much."

Souper Colossal is cross-entered in the Swale and the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), also on Saturday. The Ed Plesa Jr. trainee is 4-0-0 from five starts, with his only loss coming in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He made his three-year-old, and turf bow, a 1 1/2-length score in the Texas Glitter last out on February 7 and gets Paco Lopez back in the irons.

Stakes winner Twotwentyfive A (Awescome of Course) and Senor Grits (Elusive Quality) return from last week's field while Holy Bull S. (G2) third Bluegrass Singer (Bluegrass Cat) and Social Request (Lookin at Lucky) are new shooters.

Wicked Strong and Rajiv Maragh reunite for the Gulfsream Park Handicap (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

While the Swale features up-and-coming sophomores, two three-year-old runners of 2014 are making their four-year-old bows later on the program in the Gulfstream Park 'Cap. The one-mile races features just six runners, but among that group are Grade 1 scorer Wicked Strong (Hard Spun) and Grade 2 victor Honor Code (A.P. Indy).

Wicked Strong is set to make his first start since clipping heels and falling in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont on September 27. The Jimmy Jerkens trainee, who captured last year's Wood Memorial (G1) and Jim Dandy S. (G2) with fourths in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Belmont S. (G1) sandwiched between, will be reunited with jockey Rajiv Maragh, who sustained a broken arm that put him on the shelf for four months in the Jockey Club Gold Cup spill.

"I'm so excited to get back on him, because since the comeback to Palm Meadows, he looks like a much more mature horse," Maragh said. "He gained a lot of weight; he's filled out, looks stronger. He's developing and it seems like he's moving forward off the great form he had last year. I think the best is yet to come.

"Going down the backstretch of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, I felt like he was going to run the best race of his life. He was really in-tuned and moving with a lot of power," Maragh added. "Unfortunately, he didn't get to show his best that day. He deserves a shot to get to show what he's really made of and for everyone to see him run and get to see the best of Wicked Strong, because he's a special horse. I hope everyone gets to see the best of him."

Honor Code had an abbreviated sophomore season, boasting just two starts, after making his juvenile finale a nose score in the Remsen S. (G2). Sustaining an injury in his right hind leg after finishing a well-beaten second last March, the Shug McGaughey runner wasn't seen again until taking a six-furlong allowance/optional claimer at Aqueduct on November 22 with a brilliant stretch run.

"It's gone excellent," McGaughey said. "I couldn't have asked for it to go better. He got a little freshening-up time after he ran in November. We've trained him pretty hard since then and he's taken it well. He's ready to go.

"I think as we go along, I think he'll be better around two turns," McGaughey added. "He'll probably be in the race a little more around two turns."

Private Zone (Macho Uno) will be toting the top weight of 122 pounds in the Gulfstream Park Handicap, two more than Wicked Strong and eight more than Honor Code, after closing out 2014 with a five-length romp in the Cigar Mile H. (G1) on November 29.

"It's a chance of a lifetime," said Navarro, who will be saddling the six-year-old gelding for the first time. "He came to my barn tough to train, but all of that has gone away. He's training really good. He's a beautiful horse. The way he trains, he does everything so easily. The times he's putting up are serious, and we're not asking him for anything.

"I appreciate the chance the owners have given me."

Fred Hooper S. (G3) hero Valid (Medaglia d'Oro), Grade 2 winner East Hall (Graeme Hall) and stakes scorer Loverbil (Not for Love) complete the Gulfstream Park Handicap.

The Swale begins the stakes action and is followed three races later by Dania Beach S. (G3) scorer Night Prowler (Giant's Causeway) trying to make it two graded wins in a row in the Palm Beach against eight rivals.

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Daredevil stars in rescheduled Swale; tough trio return in GP 'Cap

Daredevil makes his belated three-year-old bow in the Swale (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Saturday's $200,000 Swale S. (G2) lost one and attracted two new entrants when the seven-furlong contest was redrawn by Gulfstream Park officials. The Swale and the $150,000 Palm Beach S. (G3) were both postponed from last Saturday, February 28, when the race program was called off after the 5TH race due to torrential rainstorms and thunderstorms.

Now joining the $300,000 Gulfstream Park H. (G2) on Saturday, the races were redrawn, leaving the Swale with eight and the Palm Beach attracting all but two of its original runners.

Despite the date change the Swale will still see its top draw compete on Saturday as Daredevil (More Than Ready) lines up for trainer Todd Pletcher for his three-year-old bow. The chestnut broke his maiden and took the Champagne S. (G1) at Belmont Park before closing out 2014 with a well-beaten last of 11 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita on November 1.

"It rarely happens here but we deal with similar situations in New York, particularly this winter a lot," Pletcher said. "It's not ideal, but everyone's in the same boat. He's a very cool customer and nothing fazes him so far.

"I'm not really sure what happened," he added in regards to the Breeders' Cup, where Daredevil raced wide and never found himself in contention. "He got a wide trip on a track that probably wasn't playing that way, and he had had three races in a short period of time. He's a very talented horse. He showed that in his first two starts last year and he's come back and trained very well. He's a very efficient mover and just has a terrific action to him."

Regular rider Javier Castellano will be aboard Daredevil as the 123-pound highweight breaks from the rail.

X Y Jet (Kantharos) owns a track advantage over his rivals having run a close second in the Hutcheson S. (G2) over track and distance on January 24. The gray gelding was also a neck second in the Pasco S. at Tampa Bay Downs in his juvenile finale and in his first start for trainer Jorge Navarro after being conditioned by Antonio Sano.

"He's doing amazing," Navarro said. "The way he trained (last Sunday), I was like, 'Wow.' Even the exercise rider jumped off and said 'He would have won the race.' He was great and happy so we'll be set for Saturday."

Ready for Rye (City Zip) was a seven-length maiden winner in his final two-year-old start in October, and returned January 3 to add a runner-up effort to his resume while making his stakes debut in the Spectacular Bid S. for trainer Tom Albertrani. The Swale being rescheduled gave the bay gelding time to get in one more work as he clocked a half-mile in :49 on Monday at Palm Meadows.

"Our schedule didn't really get all that interrupted," Albertrani shrugged. "At least we had some time to come back and breeze him and he should be on pretty much the same kind of schedule, just a week later. The way he broke his maiden I was hoping for a little rain, just not so much."

Souper Colossal is cross-entered in the Swale and the Tampa Bay Derby (G2), also on Saturday. The Ed Plesa Jr. trainee is 4-0-0 from five starts, with his only loss coming in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. He made his three-year-old, and turf bow, a 1 1/2-length score in the Texas Glitter last out on February 7 and gets Paco Lopez back in the irons.

Stakes winner Twotwentyfive A (Awescome of Course) and Senor Grits (Elusive Quality) return from last week's field while Holy Bull S. (G2) third Bluegrass Singer (Bluegrass Cat) and Social Request (Lookin at Lucky) are new shooters.

Wicked Strong and Rajiv Maragh reunite for the Gulfsream Park Handicap (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

While the Swale features up-and-coming sophomores, two three-year-old runners of 2014 are making their four-year-old bows later on the program in the Gulfstream Park 'Cap. The one-mile races features just six runners, but among that group are Grade 1 scorer Wicked Strong (Hard Spun) and Grade 2 victor Honor Code (A.P. Indy).

Wicked Strong is set to make his first start since clipping heels and falling in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) at Belmont on September 27. The Jimmy Jerkens trainee, who captured last year's Wood Memorial (G1) and Jim Dandy S. (G2) with fourths in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Belmont S. (G1) sandwiched between, will be reunited with jockey Rajiv Maragh, who sustained a broken arm that put him on the shelf for four months in the Jockey Club Gold Cup spill.

"I'm so excited to get back on him, because since the comeback to Palm Meadows, he looks like a much more mature horse," Maragh said. "He gained a lot of weight; he's filled out, looks stronger. He's developing and it seems like he's moving forward off the great form he had last year. I think the best is yet to come.

"Going down the backstretch of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, I felt like he was going to run the best race of his life. He was really in-tuned and moving with a lot of power," Maragh added. "Unfortunately, he didn't get to show his best that day. He deserves a shot to get to show what he's really made of and for everyone to see him run and get to see the best of Wicked Strong, because he's a special horse. I hope everyone gets to see the best of him."

Honor Code had an abbreviated sophomore season, boasting just two starts, after making his juvenile finale a nose score in the Remsen S. (G2). Sustaining an injury in his right hind leg after finishing a well-beaten second last March, the Shug McGaughey runner wasn't seen again until taking a six-furlong allowance/optional claimer at Aqueduct on November 22 with a brilliant stretch run.

"It's gone excellent," McGaughey said. "I couldn't have asked for it to go better. He got a little freshening-up time after he ran in November. We've trained him pretty hard since then and he's taken it well. He's ready to go.

"I think as we go along, I think he'll be better around two turns," McGaughey added. "He'll probably be in the race a little more around two turns."

Private Zone (Macho Uno) will be toting the top weight of 122 pounds in the Gulfstream Park Handicap, two more than Wicked Strong and eight more than Honor Code, after closing out 2014 with a five-length romp in the Cigar Mile H. (G1) on November 29.

"It's a chance of a lifetime," said Navarro, who will be saddling the six-year-old gelding for the first time. "He came to my barn tough to train, but all of that has gone away. He's training really good. He's a beautiful horse. The way he trains, he does everything so easily. The times he's putting up are serious, and we're not asking him for anything.

"I appreciate the chance the owners have given me."

Fred Hooper S. (G3) hero Valid (Medaglia d'Oro), Grade 2 winner East Hall (Graeme Hall) and stakes scorer Loverbil (Not for Love) complete the Gulfstream Park Handicap.

The Swale begins the stakes action and is followed three races later by Dania Beach S. (G3) scorer Night Prowler (Giant's Causeway) trying to make it two graded wins in a row in the Palm Beach against eight rivals.

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Sarah Sis, Promise Me Silver face off in Honeybee

Promise Me Silver just got the best of Sarah Sis in the Dixie Belle (Oaklawn Park/Coady Photography)

With champion Take Charge Brandi's (Giant's Causeway) connections opting for the $750,000 Rebel S. (G2) on March 14, the big draws in Saturday's $150,000 Honeybee S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park are Sarah Sis (Sharp Humor) and Promise Me Silver (Silver City).

A field of nine has been entered to go 1 1/16 miles in the Honeybee, which is part of the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series of races that award points toward a starting berth in the Run for the Lillies on May 1 at Churchill Downs. The Honeybee will give the winner 50 points, second-place receives 20, third earns 10 and fourth-place gets five.

Sarah Sis and Promise Me Silver have already met up once, with the latter taking the six-furlong Dixie Belle S. on January 15 by just a neck over her rival. That occurred at Oaklawn, Promise Me Silver's fifth different track in as many starts. The unbeaten Bret Calhoun pupil then shipped to Sam Houston for a 9 3/4-length victory in the February 14 Two Altazano S. last out.

Promise Me Silver will put her perfect six-for-six mark on the line in the Honeybee while breaking from the far outside 9 post. Jockey Cliff Berry has been aboard the gray miss in four of her races and takes the mount on Saturday.

Sarah Sis boasts two wins and three seconds from five lifetime starts for trainer Ingrid Mason. The dark bay lass took her maiden and an allowance but has yet to break through against stakes rivals. However, she was close in her past two against Promise Me Silver in the Dixie Belle and Take Charge Brandi in the Martha Washington S. In that latter contest the Kentucky-bred miss rallied to just miss by a head on the wire in the one-mile race, and keeps Julio Felix aboard here.

Four of the remaining seven entrants on Saturday have never competed against stakes company, with the other three placing.

Pangburn (Congrats) finished second in last fall's Pocahontas S. (G2) under the Twin Spires, and just returned off that September 6 event to take an allowance over track and distance on February 20 for trainer Kenny McPeek. Jesus Castanon has the call.

Super Saks (Sky Mesa) dropped two of her initial three starts by double-digit lengths and failed to finish in the other last year. The D. Wayne Lukas trainee obviously turned a corner over the winter because she made her sophomore bow a nice third in the Dixie Belle before breaking her maiden 15 days later by 11 lengths. Terry Thompson rides as the gray filly returns to stakes company in this spot.

Indian Annie (Indian Charlie) was making just her second start for new trainer Steve Asmussen when finishing third in the Martha Washington, and gets Ricardo Santana Jr. back in the irons for this one.

Desert Valley (Desert Party), Bootsy's Girl (Summer Bird) and Purr (Bluegrass Cat) all enter the Honeybee as maiden winners, while Oceanwave (Harlan's Holiday) did one better than those when taking an allowance/optional claimer on January 22.

Two races before the Honeybee a field of seven will sprint six furlongs in the $100,000 Hot Springs S., including Gentlemen's Bet (Half Ours) and Ivan Fallunovalot (Valid Expectations). The former just returned to be third off a 15-month break that last saw him run third in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) while the latter posted a 2 3/4-length score in the King Cotton S., both over track and distance.

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Sarah Sis, Promise Me Silver face off in Honeybee

Promise Me Silver just got the best of Sarah Sis in the Dixie Belle (Oaklawn Park/Coady Photography)

With champion Take Charge Brandi's (Giant's Causeway) connections opting for the $750,000 Rebel S. (G2) on March 14, the big draws in Saturday's $150,000 Honeybee S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park are Sarah Sis (Sharp Humor) and Promise Me Silver (Silver City).

A field of nine has been entered to go 1 1/16 miles in the Honeybee, which is part of the Road to the Kentucky Oaks series of races that award points toward a starting berth in the Run for the Lillies on May 1 at Churchill Downs. The Honeybee will give the winner 50 points, second-place receives 20, third earns 10 and fourth-place gets five.

Sarah Sis and Promise Me Silver have already met up once, with the latter taking the six-furlong Dixie Belle S. on January 15 by just a neck over her rival. That occurred at Oaklawn, Promise Me Silver's fifth different track in as many starts. The unbeaten Bret Calhoun pupil then shipped to Sam Houston for a 9 3/4-length victory in the February 14 Two Altazano S. last out.

Promise Me Silver will put her perfect six-for-six mark on the line in the Honeybee while breaking from the far outside 9 post. Jockey Cliff Berry has been aboard the gray miss in four of her races and takes the mount on Saturday.

Sarah Sis boasts two wins and three seconds from five lifetime starts for trainer Ingrid Mason. The dark bay lass took her maiden and an allowance but has yet to break through against stakes rivals. However, she was close in her past two against Promise Me Silver in the Dixie Belle and Take Charge Brandi in the Martha Washington S. In that latter contest the Kentucky-bred miss rallied to just miss by a head on the wire in the one-mile race, and keeps Julio Felix aboard here.

Four of the remaining seven entrants on Saturday have never competed against stakes company, with the other three placing.

Pangburn (Congrats) finished second in last fall's Pocahontas S. (G2) under the Twin Spires, and just returned off that September 6 event to take an allowance over track and distance on February 20 for trainer Kenny McPeek. Jesus Castanon has the call.

Super Saks (Sky Mesa) dropped two of her initial three starts by double-digit lengths and failed to finish in the other last year. The D. Wayne Lukas trainee obviously turned a corner over the winter because she made her sophomore bow a nice third in the Dixie Belle before breaking her maiden 15 days later by 11 lengths. Terry Thompson rides as the gray filly returns to stakes company in this spot.

Indian Annie (Indian Charlie) was making just her second start for new trainer Steve Asmussen when finishing third in the Martha Washington, and gets Ricardo Santana Jr. back in the irons for this one.

Desert Valley (Desert Party), Bootsy's Girl (Summer Bird) and Purr (Bluegrass Cat) all enter the Honeybee as maiden winners, while Oceanwave (Harlan's Holiday) did one better than those when taking an allowance/optional claimer on January 22.

Two races before the Honeybee a field of seven will sprint six furlongs in the $100,000 Hot Springs S., including Gentlemen's Bet (Half Ours) and Ivan Fallunovalot (Valid Expectations). The former just returned to be third off a 15-month break that last saw him run third in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) while the latter posted a 2 3/4-length score in the King Cotton S., both over track and distance.

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In brief

Muarrab (Oasis Dream) earned a crack at Dubai World Cup night after taking Friday's Jebel Ali Sprint. A winner of five of his last six starts including a conditions race here December 26, he was runner-up in Meydan's Dubawi S. to Reynaldothewizard (Speightstown) January 15. Back in the winner's circle in another conditions event over track and trip February 20, the six-year-old stalked Morawij (Exceed and Excel) in the early stages, but soon took over with 600 meters remaining. The gelding denied the late challenge of Spin Cycle (Exceed and Excel) down the lane and strode clear for the spoils. "He just loves it here," said winning jockey Paul Hanagan. "He even pricked his ears halfway up the hill -- he knows where he is and really enjoys both the surface and the stiff uphill finish. We will have to sit down and talk about Dubai World Cup night now, whether to go there and, if we do, which race -- the Golden Shaheen ([UAE-G1] on dirt) or the Al Quoz Sprint ([UAE-G1] on turf)."...

Grade 2-placed stakes winner Harlington's Rose (Harlington) is among seven well-matched fillies and mares in Sunday's $100,000 Las Flores (G3) at Santa Anita. The Steve Knapp-trained filly will break from the rail post with Joe Talamo. Sagebrush Queen (Unbridled Energy), who makes her first appearance since a third in the Great Lady M (G2) last July, is drawn to her immediate outside with Edwin Maldonado and other contenders in six-furlong event include Global Hottie (Dixie Chatter) and Tribal Gal (Tribal Rule)...

Majestic Affair (Majesticperfection), a convincing winner of the January 29 Frank Whitely Jr. at Laurel Park most recently, will put his two-race win skein on the line against five rivals in Sunday's $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield at Aqueduct. The Chad Brown-trained colt has experience over the inner track, romping by a 5 3/4-length margin in the January 2 Fred Cappy Capossela at Aqueduct, and is listed as a 4-5 favorite on the morning line in the six-furlong test. Lord Commander (Giant's Causeway), who captured his career debut by a length on February 7 at Aqueduct, will jump straight to stakes company for Todd Pletcher. New York-bred stakes winner Joe Franklin (Bernstein) and Jerome (G3) fourth-placer Ackeret (Mach Ride) are also entered...

Santa Anita has announced that four minutes of recently acquired color footage of Seabiscuit's legendary win in the 1940 Santa Anita H. will be shown between races six and seven Saturday. Originally shot on 35 millimeter film, the video was discovered and edited by longtime Hollywood Park Television Department producer, Kip Hannan, who is now working as a video archivist at UCLA. "The footage is for the most part, absolutely pristine," said Santa Anita Vice President, Marketing, Nate Newby. "I think very few people alive today have seen the 1940 'Big Cap in color, and when they do, they are going to be amazed. We've edited this down to four minutes and I think people are going to be blown away by what they see. This is a perfect time to show it, on the 75th anniversary of one of the greatest moments in Santa Anita history." Saturday's 1940 Santa Anita Handicap Seabiscuit video will be broadcast on the track's simulcast system and will be aired live as well at calracing.com...

While many of her expected rivals in Saturday's $60,000 Allen Lacombe Memorial may have resolved themselves as specialists over the grass surface upon which the about 7 1/2-furlong race will be contested, Divine Dawn (Divine Park) has a bigger race on her radar over a different surface -- if all goes well. Trained by Larry Jones, the gray miss is being prepared for a possible run in the $500,000 Ashland S. (G1) at Keeneland on April 4 if she exits her effort this weekend in good shape. According to Jones, a return to the Keeneland dirt surface is something to which the filly's connections look forward -- especially considering the Kentucky-bred broke her maiden at first asking on October 17 over that very surface. Divine Dawn has since won and finished second in Fair Grounds allowance/optional claimers over the Lacombe's course and distance and was a disappointing fifth, beaten 11 lengths by her runaway stablemate I'm a Chatterbox (Munnings), in the Silverbulletday Stakes, her only other dirt attempt in four career starts...

Cay Dancer (Danehill Dancer),  scratched from the Suwannee River (G3) on February 7, is slated to return to Gulfstream in Sunday's 11th race, a 1 1/16-mile turf allowance for older fillies and mares. The 4-year-old filly spiked a fever before the Suwannee River, leading to her defection from the stake. "She's since recovered," trainer Chad Brown said. "She's been training very well. It seems like a logical spot to get her back started. The distance might be a tad short for her, but she's training quite well. We'll see how she runs here and then build off of it. That's the plan." Sunday's race will be Cay Dancer's second start in North America after debuting in the La Prevoyante (G3) on December 27, when she endured a rough trip in the 1 1/2-mile contest. After breaking slowly, she was fanned seven-wide wide entering the stretch and had to angle out again to make a bid in the center of the racetrack. She would up ninth, beaten 4 1/2 lengths. "The trip was very frustrating," Brown said. "She did get a very wide trip. I thought she ran well despite all that, and now she's had a bit of a break in between starts."...

Texas Racing Commission Executive Director Chuck Trout has used his authority to increase Roman Chapa's fine to $100,000. The Texas Racing Commission determined that the jockey used an illegal electrical device during a January 17 race at Sam Houston and initially fined Chapa $25,000 and handed him a five-year suspension, the maximum penalties allowed to them. Trout cited the 43-year-old rider's two previous suspensions for possessing an illegal object and denied a request for a stay of the suspension.

In brief

Muarrab (Oasis Dream) earned a crack at Dubai World Cup night after taking Friday's Jebel Ali Sprint. A winner of five of his last six starts including a conditions race here December 26, he was runner-up in Meydan's Dubawi S. to Reynaldothewizard (Speightstown) January 15. Back in the winner's circle in another conditions event over track and trip February 20, the six-year-old stalked Morawij (Exceed and Excel) in the early stages, but soon took over with 600 meters remaining. The gelding denied the late challenge of Spin Cycle (Exceed and Excel) down the lane and strode clear for the spoils. "He just loves it here," said winning jockey Paul Hanagan. "He even pricked his ears halfway up the hill -- he knows where he is and really enjoys both the surface and the stiff uphill finish. We will have to sit down and talk about Dubai World Cup night now, whether to go there and, if we do, which race -- the Golden Shaheen ([UAE-G1] on dirt) or the Al Quoz Sprint ([UAE-G1] on turf)."...

Grade 2-placed stakes winner Harlington's Rose (Harlington) is among seven well-matched fillies and mares in Sunday's $100,000 Las Flores (G3) at Santa Anita. The Steve Knapp-trained filly will break from the rail post with Joe Talamo. Sagebrush Queen (Unbridled Energy), who makes her first appearance since a third in the Great Lady M (G2) last July, is drawn to her immediate outside with Edwin Maldonado and other contenders in six-furlong event include Global Hottie (Dixie Chatter) and Tribal Gal (Tribal Rule)...

Majestic Affair (Majesticperfection), a convincing winner of the January 29 Frank Whitely Jr. at Laurel Park most recently, will put his two-race win skein on the line against five rivals in Sunday's $100,000 Jimmy Winkfield at Aqueduct. The Chad Brown-trained colt has experience over the inner track, romping by a 5 3/4-length margin in the January 2 Fred Cappy Capossela at Aqueduct, and is listed as a 4-5 favorite on the morning line in the six-furlong test. Lord Commander (Giant's Causeway), who captured his career debut by a length on February 7 at Aqueduct, will jump straight to stakes company for Todd Pletcher. New York-bred stakes winner Joe Franklin (Bernstein) and Jerome (G3) fourth-placer Ackeret (Mach Ride) are also entered...

Santa Anita has announced that four minutes of recently acquired color footage of Seabiscuit's legendary win in the 1940 Santa Anita H. will be shown between races six and seven Saturday. Originally shot on 35 millimeter film, the video was discovered and edited by longtime Hollywood Park Television Department producer, Kip Hannan, who is now working as a video archivist at UCLA. "The footage is for the most part, absolutely pristine," said Santa Anita Vice President, Marketing, Nate Newby. "I think very few people alive today have seen the 1940 'Big Cap in color, and when they do, they are going to be amazed. We've edited this down to four minutes and I think people are going to be blown away by what they see. This is a perfect time to show it, on the 75th anniversary of one of the greatest moments in Santa Anita history." Saturday's 1940 Santa Anita Handicap Seabiscuit video will be broadcast on the track's simulcast system and will be aired live as well at calracing.com...

While many of her expected rivals in Saturday's $60,000 Allen Lacombe Memorial may have resolved themselves as specialists over the grass surface upon which the about 7 1/2-furlong race will be contested, Divine Dawn (Divine Park) has a bigger race on her radar over a different surface -- if all goes well. Trained by Larry Jones, the gray miss is being prepared for a possible run in the $500,000 Ashland S. (G1) at Keeneland on April 4 if she exits her effort this weekend in good shape. According to Jones, a return to the Keeneland dirt surface is something to which the filly's connections look forward -- especially considering the Kentucky-bred broke her maiden at first asking on October 17 over that very surface. Divine Dawn has since won and finished second in Fair Grounds allowance/optional claimers over the Lacombe's course and distance and was a disappointing fifth, beaten 11 lengths by her runaway stablemate I'm a Chatterbox (Munnings), in the Silverbulletday Stakes, her only other dirt attempt in four career starts...

Cay Dancer (Danehill Dancer),  scratched from the Suwannee River (G3) on February 7, is slated to return to Gulfstream in Sunday's 11th race, a 1 1/16-mile turf allowance for older fillies and mares. The 4-year-old filly spiked a fever before the Suwannee River, leading to her defection from the stake. "She's since recovered," trainer Chad Brown said. "She's been training very well. It seems like a logical spot to get her back started. The distance might be a tad short for her, but she's training quite well. We'll see how she runs here and then build off of it. That's the plan." Sunday's race will be Cay Dancer's second start in North America after debuting in the La Prevoyante (G3) on December 27, when she endured a rough trip in the 1 1/2-mile contest. After breaking slowly, she was fanned seven-wide wide entering the stretch and had to angle out again to make a bid in the center of the racetrack. She would up ninth, beaten 4 1/2 lengths. "The trip was very frustrating," Brown said. "She did get a very wide trip. I thought she ran well despite all that, and now she's had a bit of a break in between starts."...

Texas Racing Commission Executive Director Chuck Trout has used his authority to increase Roman Chapa's fine to $100,000. The Texas Racing Commission determined that the jockey used an illegal electrical device during a January 17 race at Sam Houston and initially fined Chapa $25,000 and handed him a five-year suspension, the maximum penalties allowed to them. Trout cited the 43-year-old rider's two previous suspensions for possessing an illegal object and denied a request for a stay of the suspension.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

DOWNTHEDUSTYROAD BREEDERS S., OP, $75,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 3-6.
10—PISTOLPACKINPENNY, m, 5, Portobello Road--Good Feeling, by Cape Town. O-Penny Fires, B-Anderson Farms (AR), T-William H. Fires, J-Jon Kenton Court, $45,000.
2—Miss Beautiful, m, 5, Portobello Road--Codes Preshisone, by American Chance. O-Richard P Hogue, Jr, B-Richard P Hogue Jr (AR), $15,000.
1X—Easter Shoes, m, 5, Commander's Shoes--Mini Minou, by Bold Anthony. O-Martin Brothers, Inc, B-Greg Sheets & Jeff Sheets (AR), $7,500.
Also Ran: Pistol's Shoes, Easter Indy, Jan's Perfect Star, Pink Flash, Sweet Ruby Kate, Little Miss Flurry.
Winning Time: 1:11 3/5 (gd)
Margins: 6 3/4, NO, HF.
Odds: 2.20, 7.00, 2.50.
 
ISLAMORADA H., GP, $60,000, 3YO, 1 1/8M, 3-6.
6—MATERIALITY, c, 3, Afleet Alex--Wildwood Flower, by Langfuhr. ($260,000 '13 KEESEP; $400,000 2014 FTMMAY). O-Alto Racing, LLC, B-John D Gunther (KY), T-Todd A. Pletcher, J-John R. Velazquez, $36,828.
*1—Tradesman, c, 3, Street Sense--Mari's Thunder, by Thunder Gulch. O-Godolphin Racing LLC, B-Darley (KY), $11,880.
3—Quimet, g, 3, Birdstone--Comanche Star, by Saint Ballado. O-Lucky Shamrock Stable, B-Lucky Shamrock Escrow (KY), $5,940.
Also Ran: High Noon Rider, Lucky Delfino, Stanford.
Winning Time: 1:49 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 5 3/4, 5HF, 3 1/4.
Odds: 2.10, 5.50, 7.60.
*Stanford finished second but was disqualified and placed sixth.

Features

HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS

MARCH 6, 2015

by Dick Powell

Three Kentucky Derby (G1) prep races will be held this Saturday as the clock ticks towards the first Saturday of May. At 4:50 p.m. (ET), the $400,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) will be run on the inner dirt track at Aqueduct. Then, at 5:23 p.m., the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) will be run at Tampa Bay Downs and at 6 p.m., the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2) will be run at Santa Anita.

All three races will be run at 1 1/16 miles around two turns and all three will award 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, 20 points to the second-place finisher, 10 points to the third-place finisher and 5 points to the fourth-place finisher.

In the Gotham, a field of 10 has been assembled and three of them will run coupled as a Todd Pletcher-trained entry. El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) is the 8-to-5 favorite and rightfully so. He won the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill last November then came back here and won the Jerome Stakes (G3) by more than four lengths.

Last out, El Kabeir battled for the lead in the Withers and weakened late when Far From Over (Blame) blew by the field. He picks up one pound here and as the only stakes winner in the field, he has to concede seven pounds to his nine rivals. I was surprised that he gave up the lead as easily as he did in the Withers and am concerned that he could be on the downside while representing little pari-mutuel value.

The horse that I think can pull off the upset here is Tencendur (Warrior's Reward). He showed in the Withers that he can compete with these but when the running got serious, he refused to change leads. Since then, blinkers have been added and the results have been spectacular; a fastest of 99 half-mile breeze on February 21 and a fastest of 35 five-furlong breeze on March 1. Cornelio Velasquez worked him in both starts and is back aboard on Saturday.

Tencendur is by a hot sire and his female family has been heating up. He is a half-brother to Mother Russia (Mayakovsky), who won six stakes races and more than $528K. She has produced Golden Barrows (Tapit), a Japan stakes winner and one of their leading three-year-olds, and her two-year-old by Kitten's Joy was an RNA for $390,000 at the Fasig-Tipton sale on Wednesday.

What I like about Tencendur is his cruising speed and if the blinkers are working as well as it looks like they are in the morning, he will run much better in the stretch. He's 8-to-1 in the morning line and worth the price.

The Tampa Bay Derby came up especially strong with nine three-year-olds entered. Last year, Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) won the Breeders' Futurity (G1) in his second career start and went to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) as the favorite. He experienced a nightmare trip that day finishing second and returns for his three-year-old debut off a series of strong workouts for Todd Pletcher at Palm Beach Downs.

Ocean Knight (Curlin) broke his maiden first time out going six furlongs on the inner dirt track at Aqueduct then shipped down to Tampa Bay and won the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) going two turns. He was originally going to go back to New York for the Gotham but his connections called an audible and will go in the Tampa Bay Derby. A race over the track should be a big advantage on a surface that can prove quirky.

The rest of the field seems evenly matched. Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon) broke his maiden last out going a one-turn mile and should have no trouble getting two turns for Mark Casse. He will have to overcome the wide draw with Julien Leparoux. Divining Rod (Tapit) could be the dangerous speed from the rail after almost wiring the Sam F. Davis, especially with Thursday's news that the speedy Super Colossal (War Front) will be scratched due to a fever.

Great Stuff (Quality Road) is still a maiden, but he's improved as the races have gotten longer and posseses a devastating late kick. This is his two-turn debut and his young sire was brilliant in these spots.

The headliner on Santa Anita's Saturday card is the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) but the San Felipe should not be overlooked. This is the deepest of the Kentucky Derby prep races of the weekend as it has attracted Dortmund (Big Brown), winner of the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) and Robert Lewis Stakes (G2); LORD NELSON (Pulpit), winner of the February 1 San Vicente Stakes (G2) going seven furlongs; and OCHO OCHO OCHO (Street Sense), the unbeaten winner of the $1 million Delta Jackpot (G3).

Taking on the trio of graded stakes winners will be the exciting Prospect Park (Tapit), a big colt that took a while to get his act together but broke his maiden two starts back then came right back to beat allowance foes by more than five lengths in a good time.

Sir Samson (Smart Strike) broke his maiden going six furlongs second time out and came back with a game third in the San Vicente. Brian Koriner removes blinkers and stretches him out with the right pedigree being by Smart Strike, sire of Curlin, and out of a dam by Malibu Moon, sire of Kentucky Derby winner Orb.

With the weeks dwindling to a precious few, some of these horses have to step up their games if they are going to earn enough points for entry in the Derby. The puzzling thing is the presence of Dortmund, who does not need this race. A strong effort could set him back and a poor effort ruins his undefeated record. He has shown tremendous courage in his races but that could backfire in here if he gets challenged, which appears likely to happen.

Ocho Ocho Ocho makes his seasonal debut off a 105-day layoff. He won both starts here last year going short in fast time then stretched out to two turns to win the Delta Jackpot. I love his pedigree being by Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and his third dam is the immortal Personal Ensign. There is plenty of distance genes on the dirt and Mike Smith seems to be doing everything right in the saddle. Take him for the mild upset.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

SA, 7TH, AOC, $75,040, 4YO/UP, F/M, A6 1/2FT, 3-5.
4—HEAVENS STAIRWAY, m, 5, Decarchy--Kind Friends, by River Flyer. O-AJM Racing, LLC and J B K Stable, B-Joshua Litt & AJM Racing (CA), T-Martin F. Jones, J-Tyler Baze, $46,800.
3—Kool Kat, f, 4, Scat Daddy--Kona Kat, by Mountain Cat. ($70,000 '12 FTKJUL; $47,500 2013 BESMAY). O-DP Racing, LLC, B-Jody Guida & Anthony Guida (KY), $12,000.
2—Grazenette, f, 4, Grazen--Malley Girl, by Malek (CHI). O-Nicholas B Alexander, B-Nick Alexander (CA), $9,360.
Winning Time: 1:11 4/5 (fm)
 
OP, 9TH, AOC, $66,500, 4YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 3-6.
8—RHODIUM, m, 5, Flashy Bull--Rockin On, by Swiss Yodeler. ($65,000 2012 OBSAPR). O-Steve Manley, B-Ponder Hill, Inc (KY), T-Steve Manley, J-Quincy Hamilton, $39,900.
1—Cocoa Cowgirl, f, 4, Cowboy Cal--Hot Cocoa, by Smoke Glacken. ($30,000 '11 KEENOV). O-Dream Walkin Farms, Inc, B-Wayne Morris & Juanita Morris (KY), $13,300.
5—Smarty Party, m, 6, Smarty Jones--Equity Event, by High Yield. ($4,000 '10 FTKOCT). O-Danny R Caldwell, B-Indian Creek (KY), $6,650.
Winning Time: 1:12 1/5 (gd)
 
SA, 5TH, AOC, $59,794, 4YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 3-6.
6—SAMMY MANDEVILLE, c, 4, Rock Hard Ten--Nadadora, by Carson City. ($55,000 '12 FTKJUL). O-W C Racing, B-Elizabeth H Alexander (KY), T-Doug F. O'Neill, J-Kent J. Desormeaux, $34,800.
1—Logan's Moon, g, 5, Malibu Moon--Press Camp, by Comic Strip. ($65,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Ferrell, Mr and Mrs Marc C, B-Spendthrift Farm LLC (KY), $11,600.
4—Twentytwentyvision, g, 4, Pollard's Vision--Miss Alphie, by Candi's Gold. O-Johnson, Ellen and Peter O, B-Peter O Johnson (KY), $6,960.
Winning Time: 1:42 2/5 (ft)
 
SA, 6TH, AOC, $58,750, 3YO, 6F, 3-5.
6—GRAZEN SKY, c, 3, Grazen--Sky Marni, by Sky Mesa. O-Nicholas B Alexander, B-Nick Alexander (CA), T-Steven Miyadi, J-Rafael Bejarano, $34,800.
2—Guy Code, g, 3, Blazonry--Stayingalive, by Gone West. ($63,000 2014 BESMAY). O-Heart Racing Stable, B-Running Horse Equine Training &Wellness Center LLC (CA), $11,600.
1—Run Like a Million, c, 3, Kafwain--Million Dollar Run, by Tejano Run. O-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC (CA), $6,960.
Winning Time: 1:10 (ft)
 
GP, 10TH, AOC, $46,200, 3YO, F, 7F, 3-6.
1—FOND OF SARAH, f, 3, With Distinction--Fondant, by Candy Ride (ARG). O-Charles Assimakopoulos, B-Charles Assimakopoulos (FL), T-Charles Assimakopoulos, J-Tyler Gaffalione, $29,400.
3—Huasca, f, 3, Tiz Wonderful--Babyurthebest, by Holy Bull. O-St George Stable LLC, B-St George Stables (KY), $8,820.
2—Zia, f, 3, Munnings--Faux Pas (IRE), by Sadler's Wells. ($50,000 '13 FTKJUL; $75,000 2014 FTFMAR). O-Tucci Stables, B-William D Graham & William Werner (ON), $4,200.
Winning Time: 1:23 1/5 (ft)
 
GP, 6TH, AOC, $46,000, 4YO/UP, 1MT, 3-6.
1—PLEUVEN (FR), g, 4, Turtle Bowl (IRE)--Under Estimated (FR), by Singspiel (IRE). O-LaPenta, Robert V, Finder, Gary and Bradley Thoroughbreds, B-Jean De Cheffontaines (FR), T-Chad C. Brown, J-John R. Velazquez, $27,600.
4—Unbridled Ocean, h, 7, Unbridled's Song--Ocean Drive, by Belong to Me. ($875,000 '09 KEESEP; $135,000 2014 FTKJU2). O-Rockingham Ranch, B-SyBon Racing Stable LLC & Racehorse Management, LLC (KY), $9,660.
5—Sky Captain, h, 5, Sky Mesa--Anchors Away, by Smarty Jones. ($210,000 '11 KEESEP). O-John C Oxley, B-Three Chimneys Farm, LLC & Serengeti Stable (KY), $4,600.
Winning Time: 1:32 2/5 (fm)
 
GP, 9TH, AOC, $45,200, 4YO/UP, F/M, 7 1/2FT, 3-6.
4—RESISTIVITY, f, 4, Student Council--Lake Travis, by Seattle Slew. O-Mike G Rutherford, B-Mike G Rutherford (KY), T-Mark E. Casse, J-Julien R. Leparoux, $26,400.
2—She's Spooky, m, 5, With Distinction--Silver Spook, by Silver Deputy. O-Mawhinney, Tim and Karen, B-Tim James Mawhinney & Karen Faye Mawhinney (FL), $10,000.
8—Black Elegance (IRE), f, 4, Footstepsinthesand (GB)--All Elegance (IRE), by Key of Luck. (4,200EUR '12 TATIRE). O-Team Valor International, B-Oxford Racing (IRE), $3,960.
Winning Time: 1:27 1/5 (fm)
 
DED, 7TH, ALW, $44,500, 4YO/UP, 7 1/2F, 3-5.
4—SOUTHERN MISTER, g, 5, Yonaguska--Vicki's Valentine, by Mi Selecto. O-Mark Necaise, B-Mark W Necaise (LA), T-Samuel Breaux, J-Diego Saenz, $26,700.
8—My Shout, g, 4, Behindatthebar--Dues Up Front, by Devil His Due. ($38,000 '12 OBSAUG; $65,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Norman Stables, LLC, B-Cloyce C Clark Jr (LA), $8,900.
5—Aaron's Bluff, g, 5, Eugene's Third Son--Total Tease, by Pine Bluff. O-Richard Tate, B-Richard Tate (LA), $4,895.
Winning Time: 1:34 (my)
 
FG, 8TH, AOC, $41,000, 4YO/UP, 6F, 3-5.
5—KENDALL'S BOY, c, 4, Sky Mesa--Golden Damsel, by Gold Token. ($100,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Jerry Namy, B-Avalon Farms, Inc (KY), T-Thomas M. Amoss, J-James Graham, $24,600.
7—Embellishing Bob, c, 4, Northern Afleet--Kirsche, by Defrere. O-Martin L Cherry, B-Martin Cherry (KY), $8,200.
6—Night Maneuver, g, 6, Orientate--Smoke n Shadows, by Smoke Glacken. O-Ramsey, Kenneth L and Sarah K, B-Nustar Breeding LLC (NY), $4,510.
Winning Time: 1:10 4/5 (ft)
 
FG, 5TH, AOC, $39,000, 4YO/UP, A5 1/2FT, 3-6.
2—REFLECTOR, c, 4, Ready's Image--Passionate Dancer, by Cat Thief. ($20,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Preston Stables LLC, B-John T L Jones Jr (TX), T-Patrick Devereux, Jr., J-James Graham, $23,400.
5—Quick Dagger, g, 4, Northern Afleet--Dagger, by Tactical Cat. O-Dan Kjorsvik, B-Dream Walkin' Farm, Inc (KY), $7,800.
1—Basmati, g, 6, Borrego--Abruzzi Ridge, by Mountain Cat. ($8,000 '09 KEENOV; $35,000 2011 OBSAPR). O-Clark O Brewster, B-John J Greely IV, Phil Houchens & Wilson Sisk (KY), $4,290.
Winning Time: 1:03 3/5 (fm)
 
FG, 7TH, AOC, $39,000, 4YO/UP, F/M, A5 1/2FT, 3-5.
6—TIPTHETROLLEYGIRL, m, 5, Put It Back--Keepondealing, by Friendly Lover. ($4,500 '11 OBSAUG; $16,000 2012 OBSAPR). O-Double Dip Stables, B-Stonecliff Farm (FL), T-Brad H. Cox, J-Florent Geroux, $23,400.
4—Mia Bee A, m, 5, Suances (GB)--Good and Hot, by Good and Tough. ($30,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Jer-Mar Stable LLC, B-Castlepark Farm, LLC & John Karakourtis (KY), $7,800.
7—Enchanted River, m, 5, War Chant--Island Fire, by Island Whirl. ($30,000 '11 OBSAUG). O-Wolfe Racing LLC and Robertson, Hugh H, B-Peter Vegso Racing Stable (FL), $4,290.
Winning Time: 1:04 (fm)
 
FG, 3RD, AOC, $39,000, 4YO/UP, F/M, A1MT, 3-6.
1—CAJUN MAID, m, 5, Rahy's Secret--Mudder Mary, by Mr. Greeley. O-Keith Plaisance, B-Keith Plaisance (LA), T-Edward J. Johnston, J-Miguel Mena, $23,400.
6—Heatseeker Sharon, f, 4, Heatseeker (IRE)--Carson City Sham, by Carson City. O-Duvieilh, John and Hernandez, Keith J and Earl J, B-Keith Hernandez, Earl Hernandez & John Duvieilh (LA), $7,800.
5—Flower Lady, m, 5, Flower Alley--Weepnomoremylady, by Summer Squall. O-Jackie Barberito, B-Allen Guillotte, Jr (LA), $4,290.
Winning Time: 1:40 2/5 (fm)
 
FG, 5TH, ALW, $38,000, 4YO/UP, A5 1/2FT, 3-5.
1—GREAT MINDS, g, 4, Stroll--Staff Nurse, by Arch. O-Vince Wilfork, B-Claiborne Farm (KY), T-Albert M. Stall, Jr., J-Richard E. Eramia, $22,800.
2—Liberal Spin, g, 5, Kitten's Joy--Exceedexpectations, by Tale of the Cat. O-Joseph E Besecker, B-Kenneth L Ramsey & Sarah K Ramsey (KY), $7,600.
5—Simple Interest, g, 5, Mizzen Mast--Interest Only, by Crafty Prospector. O-Klein, Richard and Bertram, B-Reklein Stables (KY), $4,180.
Winning Time: 1:04 3/5 (fm)
 
FG, 7TH, ALW, $38,000, 4YO/UP, F/M, A5 1/2FT, 3-6.
2—SUGAR SWEET, f, 4, Mr. Greeley--Scoop of Gold, by Giant's Causeway. ($122,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Louie J Roussel III, B-Cornerstone Thoroughbreds LLC (PA), T-Louie J. Roussel, III, J-Florent Geroux, $22,800.
9—Moonlit Stroll, f, 4, Stroll--Stay Awhile, by Unbridled's Song. ($15,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Team Forster 151 LLC, B-Claiborne Farm (KY), $7,600.
6—Sweet Basil, f, 4, Pulpit--Lifeinthefastlane, by Unbridled's Song. ($150,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Keith Plaisance, B-Lakland Farm (KY), $4,180.
Winning Time: 1:03 3/5 (fm)
 
DED, 9TH, ALW, $37,300, 3YO, 6 1/2F, 3-5.
8—LUCKY STRANGER, c, 3, Lookin At Lucky--Beautiful Stranger, by Foxhound. ($72,000 '13 KEEJAN; $85,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Jerry Namy, B-Hart Farm (VA), T-Thomas M. Amoss, J-Gerard Melancon, $21,300.
1—Zarb's Gift, g, 3, Zarbyev--Very Gifted, by Gift of Gib. O-Chad White, B-Chad White (LA), $8,900.
2—Barbwirebilly, c, 3, Rock Hard Ten--Noble Gesture, by Thunder Gulch. O-Thomas L Holyfield, B-Joe B Murphy (KY), $3,905.
Winning Time: 1:20 (my)
 
HAW, 8TH, ALW, $28,644, 3YO/UP, 6F, 3-6.
1—GEORGIE MY BOY, g, 6, Noble Causeway--Seattle Lake, by Salt Lake. O-Nick E Angelou, B-Nick Angelou (IL), T-Frank C. Randazzo, Jr., J-Timothy Thornton, $19,404.
4—Crewman, g, 4, Candy Ride (ARG)--Lake Naivasha, by Empire Maker. ($410,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Dundalk 5 LLC, B-Emory A Hamilton (KY), $4,620.
3—Rodriguez, g, 4, It's No Joke--Way West Dolly, by Way West (FR). O-Northwind Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Kevin O'Gorman (FL), $2,310.
Winning Time: 1:10 1/5 (ft)
 
SUN, 9TH, ALW, $26,600, 3YO, 6F, 3-6.
1—MALIBU MOGUL, c, 3, Malibu Moon--Perfectly Pretty, by Bertrando. ($20,000 '13 KEEJAN; $50,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Robison, J Kirk and Judy, B-Pam and Martin Wygod (KY), T-Henry Dominguez, J-Enrique Portillo Gomez, $15,960.
7—Franklyenergized, g, 3, St. Dehere--Seldom Silent, by Speak. O-Peter A Hladky, B-Peter Hladky (OK), $5,852.
3—Record Heat, g, 3, Southwestern Heat--Balcovy, by Saint Ballado. O-Robison, J Kirk and Judy, B-J Kirk Robison & Judy Robison (NM), $2,660.
Winning Time: 1:09 1/5 (ft)
 
TAM, 9TH, ALW, $22,100, 4YO/UP, 1MT, 3-6.
11—I'M THE LUCKY ONE, c, 4, Value Plus--Beautiful Caroline, by With Approval. O-Roman Hill Farm LLC, B-Thomas L Croley (FL), T-Anthony Pecoraro, J-Erick D. Rodriguez, $13,700.
3—Mr. America, g, 5, Broken Vow--Prime Advantage, by Tactical Advantage. ($115,000 2012 KEEAPR). O-Maccabee Farm LLC, B-Redmon Farm, LLC (KY), $4,000.
7—Tiger D, c, 4, Grand Slam--Dynamism, by Dynaformer. ($24,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Krenz Stables, B-MDS Farms, LLC (NY), $2,000.
Winning Time: 1:38 (gd)

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Saturday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Aqueduct   (2nd) Kodiak Kody, 5-1
    (8th) Understanding, 3-1
Charles Town   (2nd) Oportuno, 4-1
    (8th) Indy's Illusion, 9-2
Delta Downs   (5th) Tru Forty Won, 3-1
    (9th) Wildcat Angie, 6-1
Fair Grounds   (7th) Trifecta, 3-1
    (10th) Rosetta's Charm, 3-1
Golden Gate Fields   (3rd) Holiday Maker, 6-1
    (4th) Kingsbury, 7-2
Gulfstream Park   (1st) Princessbellaoncal, 3-1
    (11th) Gryvon, 3-1
Hawthorne   (2nd) Griffin the Great, 9-2
    (4th) W W Distinction, 3-1
Mahoning Valley   (2nd) Prize Patrol, 9-2
    (7th) Lil Tiffy, 7-2
Mountaineer Park   (1st) Super Cobra, 6-1
    (8th) Belief System, 6-1
Oaklawn Park   (2nd) Steamnstone, 6-1
    (9th) Saturdaynitelites, 5-1
Parx Racing   (3rd) Tampa Bay Blue, 3-1
    (7th) Kid Rollins, 7-2
Penn National   (3rd) Reason to Drink, 9-2
    (5th) Wine Sob, 5-1
Sam Houston   (2nd) Unbridled Retreat, 3-1
    (6th) Tetrad, 4-1
Santa Anita   (1st) Sheer Talent, 3-1
    (2nd) Momma Tried, 6-1
Tampa Bay Downs   (5th) Excellent Chance, 9-2
    (7th) Backwater Blues, 5-1
Turfway Park   (8th) Salty Rim, 5-1
    (9th) Path to Power, 4-1

North American Maiden Winners
Bellamy Road--Meetmeinthemiddle by Fusaichi Pegasus; PROFESSOR JAK, c, 3, GP, Mcl 12500, 3-6, 6 1/2f, 1:17 3/5. B-Steve Mongerson (KY.). $9,000 '13 KEESEP.
Bernardini--True Style by Forestry; AFFECT, f, 3, TAM, Msw, 3-6, 1 1/16m, 1:45 4/5. B-Darley (KY.).
Big Top Cat--Contessa De Gold by Artax; B C S CAT, f, 3, DED, Mcl 10000, 3-5, 6 1/2f, 1:23 4/5. B-Brody Trahan, Chris Hebert & Shannon Luquette (LA.).
Blame--Eden's Storm by Stormy Atlantic; SEEKING PARADISE, f, 3, FG, Msw, 3-5, a5 1/2fT, 1:05 3/5. B-Helen T. Andrews & Twin Hopes Farm (KY.). $95,000 '12 FTKNOV; $77,000 '13 FTKJUL.
Blumin Affair--Soap Sudz by Wheaton; MABLOOM, f, 3, FON, Msw, 3-6, 4f, :49 1/5. B-Cathy Fickler & Alan Mann (NE.).
Corinthian--Dancingonice (G2P$257,400), by Robyn Dancer; TAX FREEZE, g, 3, OP, Mcl 25000, 3-6, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. Al Mazzetti & Corinthian Syndicate (KY.). $17,000 '13 FTKOCT.
Line of David--Nothinglikegold by More Than Ready; ACQUAROSSA, f, 3, DED, Mcl 10000, 3-5, 6 1/2f, 1:22 2/5. B-Hedberg Hall, Inc (KY.). $15,000 '13 KEESEP.
Mizzen Mast--Little Egypt by Dixie Union; MIZZ WIZZ, g, 3, TAM, Mcl 50000, 3-6, 1m 40y, 1:43 . B-Fairlawn Farm (KY.).
Ole Rebel--Doc Knows Best by El Mandingo; OLE DOC, g, 3, DED, Mcl 20000, 3-5, 6 1/2f, 1:21 4/5. B-Delmar R. Caldwell (LA.).
Pioneerof the Nile--Winning Punch by Two Punch; PREMIERE DAME, f, 3, TAM, Mcl 25000, 3-6, 7f, 1:24 1/5. B-Sequel Thoroughbreds / JMJ Racing Stables (NY.). $10,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Puck--Quest Mount by Conveyor; I WANNA PLAY, f, 3, FG, Mcl 12500, 3-6, 1m, 1:43 1/5. B-Jerry Glynn (LA.).
Sarava--Bodyguard by Private Terms; MR MONEYPANTS, c, 3, GP, Mcl 25000, 3-5, 1 1/16mT, 1:42 1/5. B-New Phoenix Racing LLC & Susan Roy (FL.).
Sharon's Beau--Dancing Promise by Capote's Promise; MANOR MAN, g, 3, SUN, Msw, 3-6, 6 1/2f, 1:16 2/5. B-Battershell Inc. (NM.).
Sightseeing--Heroic Flight by Salt Lake; FAST DUKE, c, 3, FG, Mcl 12500, 3-6, 1m, 1:41 1/5. B-Divine Equine, LLC (LA.).
Silver Train--La Vedette by Indian Charlie; MEANBONE, g, 3, OP, Mcl 40000, 3-6, 6f, 1:13 2/5. B-Southern Springs Stable (AR.).
Successful Appeal--Patriot Miss by Quiet American; RAPID RHYTHM, f, 3, FG, Msw, 3-5, a5 1/2fT, 1:05 3/5. B-Lazy Lane Farms, LLC. (VA.).
Summer Bird--Image of Honor by Honour and Glory; KATHY'S REWARD, f, 3, FG, Mcl 40000, 3-6, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Scott E. Ricker & Carol M. Ricker (KY.).
Summer Bird--Screen by Mr. Prospector; SUMMER VEIL, f, 3, SA, Mcl 30000, 3-6, 1m, 1:40 . B-Machmer Hall (KY.). $40,000 2014 OBSJUN.
The Pamplemousse--Thermal Ablasion (MSW$454,247), by Unusual Heat; THERMODYNAMICS, f, 3, SA, Msw, 3-5, 1mT, 1:35 4/5. B-Rancho San Miguel (CA.). $57,000 '13 BESOCT.
Tribal Rule--Spanish Bunny by Unusual Heat; SPANISH QUEEN, f, 3, SA, Msw, 3-5, 1mT, 1:35 4/5. B-Jack Nakkashian, Harry Bederian & Harout Kamberian (CA.).
Warrior's Reward--Candy Ma'am by Lemon Drop Kid; STROKE PLAY, f, 3, GP, Mcl 25000, 3-6, 1 1/16mT, 1:42 2/5. B-A. Stevens Miles Jr. (KY.).
Wildcat Heir--Les Cocos by Honour and Glory; COCOS CAT, f, 3, GP, Mcl 16000, 3-6, 5 1/2f, 1:06 4/5. B-Angela Mellerick, 12 Gates Racing Stable& Quarter Pole Enterprises (FL.). $8,000 '12 OBSOCT.
Yankee Gentleman--On Broadway by Rubiano; YANKEE COWBOY, g, 3, FG, Mcl 10000, 3-5, 1m, 1:42 . B-Thomas A. Curtis & Wayne Simpson (LA.). $28,000 '13 ESLSEP.
Aragorn (IRE)--Heeremandi (IRE) by Royal Academy; TAXALI GATE, g, 4, SUN, Mcl 10000, 3-6, 1m, 1:37 . B-Patrick Barbe (KY.). $9,000 '11 KEENOV.
Behindatthebar--Reconcile by Arch; BAR WEDDING, g, 4, MVR, Mcl 7500, 3-6, 6f, 1:13 3/5. B-Forrest H. Lanning, Kelly Turner & Tresa Snow (LA.).
City Zip--Spring Mambo by Kingmambo; IT'S MACARONI, f, 4, GP, Mcl 20000, 3-5, 5fT, :55 4/5. B-Hardacre Farm LLC (FL.). $60,000 '12 OBSAUG; $100,000 2013 OBSMAR.
Exclusive Quality--Lip Gloss by Lit de Justice; JUST GLOSSY, f, 4, DED, Msw, 3-5, 5f, 1:00 2/5. B-Anna Paul (LA.).
Ghostzapper--Chamrousse (G2$359,585), by Peaks and Valleys; SAINT DERMOT, g, 4, SA, Mcl 40000, 3-5, 1m, 1:37 1/5. B-Stone Farm (KY.). $260,000 '12 KEESEP.
Malibu Moon--Beautiful Stranger by Foxhound; MOONLIGHT MEETING, g, 4, SA, Mcl 20000, 3-5, 6 1/2f, 1:16 4/5. B-Hart Farm (VA.). $67,000 '11 KEENOV; $60,000 '12 KEESEP.
Mine for Gold--Match the Magic by Match the Hatch; GOLDEN BROWN SUGAR, f, 4, FON, Msw, 3-6, 6f, 1:16 2/5. B-La Verne Ballhagen (NE.).
Old Fashioned--Dearest Queen by Proudest Romeo; OLD FASHIONED KING, c, 4, OP, Msw, 3-6, 1m, 1:41 . B-Dr. K. K. Jayaraman & Dr. V. Devi Jayaraman (FL.).
One Nice Cat--Minstrel Blues by Cure the Blues; ROSIE'S FAITH, f, 4, GP, Mcl 12500, 3-6, 1m, 1:38 3/5. B-IWIN Farms LLC (FL.).
Spring At Last--Mehek by Woodman; RED WARRIOR, g, 4, HAW, Msw, 3-6, 1m 70y, 1:44 . B-Surinder Bhangoo (KY.). $5,500 '11 KEENOV; $20,000 2013 KEEJAN.
Tenpins--Ceasars Pleaser by Golden Omen; LIL SIPP, f, 4, MVR, Mcl 5000, 3-6, 1m 70y, 1:48 2/5. B-J. Patrick Lee Racing (LA.).
Dazzling Falls--Viza Verzy by Verzy; DAZZLE YOU, m, 5, FON, Msw, 3-6, 6f, 1:16 . B-Lloyd Abbott & Bonnie Abbott (NE.).
Friendly Island--Winter Vacation by A. P Jet; LADY GAMELTON, m, 5, FG, Mcl 10000, 3-6, 1m 70y, 1:46 2/5. B-Millicent Investments (NY.). $1,200 '11 KEEJAN.
Ministers Wild Cat--Excessive Angi by In Excess (IRE); QUETTA'S TOY, g, 5, GG, Msw, 3-5, 5 1/2f, 1:03 2/5. B-Jim Robinson & Robert Bone (CA.).
Southland Blues--Raising Annie by The Deputy (IRE); ALY'S BLUFFING, g, 5, HAW, Mcl 15000, 3-6, 6f, 1:12 4/5. B-Jackie Iavarone (IL.).
Comic Strip--Alapfullofpretties by Chillon; GUNYON, g, 6, GG, Mcl 8000, 3-5, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-Greg James & Robyn James (CA.).
Evansville Slew--Nemisia by Rubiano; T J'S SLEW P, g, 6, FON, Mcl 10000, 3-6, 4f, :47 . B-Diamond G Ranch, Inc. (OK.). $1,800 '10 OKCAUG. *1/2 to Royal Nemesis(MSW$285,392) *1/2 to Lesley Be Judged(MSW$262,869).
Awesome Arnold--Awareness by Affirmed; KISSES FROM OCALA, m, 10, HAW, Mcl 7500, 3-6, 1m 70y, 1:48 2/5. B-Shamrock Farm LLC (FL.).

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Features

HANDICAPPING INSIGHTS

MARCH 6, 2015

by Dick Powell

Three Kentucky Derby (G1) prep races will be held this Saturday as the clock ticks towards the first Saturday of May. At 4:50 p.m. (ET), the $400,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) will be run on the inner dirt track at Aqueduct. Then, at 5:23 p.m., the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) will be run at Tampa Bay Downs and at 6 p.m., the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2) will be run at Santa Anita.

All three races will be run at 1 1/16 miles around two turns and all three will award 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, 20 points to the second-place finisher, 10 points to the third-place finisher and 5 points to the fourth-place finisher.

In the Gotham, a field of 10 has been assembled and three of them will run coupled as a Todd Pletcher-trained entry. El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) is the 8-to-5 favorite and rightfully so. He won the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill last November then came back here and won the Jerome Stakes (G3) by more than four lengths.

Last out, El Kabeir battled for the lead in the Withers and weakened late when Far From Over (Blame) blew by the field. He picks up one pound here and as the only stakes winner in the field, he has to concede seven pounds to his nine rivals. I was surprised that he gave up the lead as easily as he did in the Withers and am concerned that he could be on the downside while representing little pari-mutuel value.

The horse that I think can pull off the upset here is Tencendur (Warrior's Reward). He showed in the Withers that he can compete with these but when the running got serious, he refused to change leads. Since then, blinkers have been added and the results have been spectacular; a fastest of 99 half-mile breeze on February 21 and a fastest of 35 five-furlong breeze on March 1. Cornelio Velasquez worked him in both starts and is back aboard on Saturday.

Tencendur is by a hot sire and his female family has been heating up. He is a half-brother to Mother Russia (Mayakovsky), who won six stakes races and more than $528K. She has produced Golden Barrows (Tapit), a Japan stakes winner and one of their leading three-year-olds, and her two-year-old by Kitten's Joy was an RNA for $390,000 at the Fasig-Tipton sale on Wednesday.

What I like about Tencendur is his cruising speed and if the blinkers are working as well as it looks like they are in the morning, he will run much better in the stretch. He's 8-to-1 in the morning line and worth the price.

The Tampa Bay Derby came up especially strong with nine three-year-olds entered. Last year, Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) won the Breeders' Futurity (G1) in his second career start and went to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) as the favorite. He experienced a nightmare trip that day finishing second and returns for his three-year-old debut off a series of strong workouts for Todd Pletcher at Palm Beach Downs.

Ocean Knight (Curlin) broke his maiden first time out going six furlongs on the inner dirt track at Aqueduct then shipped down to Tampa Bay and won the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) going two turns. He was originally going to go back to New York for the Gotham but his connections called an audible and will go in the Tampa Bay Derby. A race over the track should be a big advantage on a surface that can prove quirky.

The rest of the field seems evenly matched. Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon) broke his maiden last out going a one-turn mile and should have no trouble getting two turns for Mark Casse. He will have to overcome the wide draw with Julien Leparoux. Divining Rod (Tapit) could be the dangerous speed from the rail after almost wiring the Sam F. Davis, especially with Thursday's news that the speedy Super Colossal (War Front) will be scratched due to a fever.

Great Stuff (Quality Road) is still a maiden, but he's improved as the races have gotten longer and posseses a devastating late kick. This is his two-turn debut and his young sire was brilliant in these spots.

The headliner on Santa Anita's Saturday card is the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) but the San Felipe should not be overlooked. This is the deepest of the Kentucky Derby prep races of the weekend as it has attracted Dortmund (Big Brown), winner of the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) and Robert Lewis Stakes (G2); LORD NELSON (Pulpit), winner of the February 1 San Vicente Stakes (G2) going seven furlongs; and OCHO OCHO OCHO (Street Sense), the unbeaten winner of the $1 million Delta Jackpot (G3).

Taking on the trio of graded stakes winners will be the exciting Prospect Park (Tapit), a big colt that took a while to get his act together but broke his maiden two starts back then came right back to beat allowance foes by more than five lengths in a good time.

Sir Samson (Smart Strike) broke his maiden going six furlongs second time out and came back with a game third in the San Vicente. Brian Koriner removes blinkers and stretches him out with the right pedigree being by Smart Strike, sire of Curlin, and out of a dam by Malibu Moon, sire of Kentucky Derby winner Orb.

With the weeks dwindling to a precious few, some of these horses have to step up their games if they are going to earn enough points for entry in the Derby. The puzzling thing is the presence of Dortmund, who does not need this race. A strong effort could set him back and a poor effort ruins his undefeated record. He has shown tremendous courage in his races but that could backfire in here if he gets challenged, which appears likely to happen.

Ocho Ocho Ocho makes his seasonal debut off a 105-day layoff. He won both starts here last year going short in fast time then stretched out to two turns to win the Delta Jackpot. I love his pedigree being by Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and his third dam is the immortal Personal Ensign. There is plenty of distance genes on the dirt and Mike Smith seems to be doing everything right in the saddle. Take him for the mild upset.

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