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SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2015

Graded Recaps

Alsvid spoils Work All Week's return in Aristides

Alsvid has developed into a top sprinter this season (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer)
Black Hawk Stable's Alsvid (Officer) overhauled champion sprinter Work All Week (City Zip) in midstretch and drew away to a two-length decision in Saturday's $100,000 Aristides (G3) at Churchill Downs. Winner of the Count Fleet Sprint H. (G3) in his previous start, the six-year-old gelding has now captured three straight races for trainer Chris Hartman. Chris Landeros was up.

"This was my first graded stakes win at Churchill Downs and it feels pretty good," Hartman said. "We did beat the champ so I guess we are right there with the best sprinters in the country."

Work All Week, who was making his first appearance since winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita, sustained his first dirt loss in 11 attempts. His overall record now reads 16-12-3-0, with the three previous setbacks coming on turf and synthetic tracks.

Alsvid left the starting gate as the 5-2 second choice among seven runners. He showed speed from the start from his innermost post position, three lengths back of an opening quarter-mile in :21 2/5, and was guided to the outside rounding the far turn.

Work All Week, the 3-5 favorite, bobbled at the start but quickly recovered to prompt the swift pace, advancing to the lead on the turn. He reached the top of the stretch with a half-length advantage, passing the four-furlong mark in :44 2/5, but Alsvid was charging to his outside and carried his momentum to a one-length edge with a furlong remaining.

"He's proving himself, he really is," Landeros said. "Today was probably his best improvement. Coming out of the one-hole he had some things against him and I was proud of him today, I really was."

The winner completed six furlongs in 1:09 1/5.

Work All Week easily held second, 4 1/2 lengths better than third-placer Nates Mineshaft (Mineshaft).

Alsvid, who earned his first graded victory and registered a career-best 105 BRIS Speed rating in the April 9 Count Fleet, recorded his ninth overall stakes tally and increased his bankroll to $993,735 from a 30-13-7-3 line.

Bred in Kentucky by Yanagawa Stud Ltd, he sold for $55,000 at the 2011 OBS April two-year-old sale. Alsvid is the only stakes winner out of the Afternoon Deelites mare Reagle Mary, who is a half-sister to 2003 Santa Anita Derby (G1) victor Buddy Gil (Eastern Echo).

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Alsvid spoils Work All Week's return in Aristides

Alsvid has developed into a top sprinter this season (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer)
Black Hawk Stable's Alsvid (Officer) overhauled champion sprinter Work All Week (City Zip) in midstretch and drew away to a two-length decision in Saturday's $100,000 Aristides (G3) at Churchill Downs. Winner of the Count Fleet Sprint H. (G3) in his previous start, the six-year-old gelding has now captured three straight races for trainer Chris Hartman. Chris Landeros was up.

"This was my first graded stakes win at Churchill Downs and it feels pretty good," Hartman said. "We did beat the champ so I guess we are right there with the best sprinters in the country."

Work All Week, who was making his first appearance since winning the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita, sustained his first dirt loss in 11 attempts. His overall record now reads 16-12-3-0, with the three previous setbacks coming on turf and synthetic tracks.

Alsvid left the starting gate as the 5-2 second choice among seven runners. He showed speed from the start from his innermost post position, three lengths back of an opening quarter-mile in :21 2/5, and was guided to the outside rounding the far turn.

Work All Week, the 3-5 favorite, bobbled at the start but quickly recovered to prompt the swift pace, advancing to the lead on the turn. He reached the top of the stretch with a half-length advantage, passing the four-furlong mark in :44 2/5, but Alsvid was charging to his outside and carried his momentum to a one-length edge with a furlong remaining.

"He's proving himself, he really is," Landeros said. "Today was probably his best improvement. Coming out of the one-hole he had some things against him and I was proud of him today, I really was."

The winner completed six furlongs in 1:09 1/5.

Work All Week easily held second, 4 1/2 lengths better than third-placer Nates Mineshaft (Mineshaft).

Alsvid, who earned his first graded victory and registered a career-best 105 BRIS Speed rating in the April 9 Count Fleet, recorded his ninth overall stakes tally and increased his bankroll to $993,735 from a 30-13-7-3 line.

Bred in Kentucky by Yanagawa Stud Ltd, he sold for $55,000 at the 2011 OBS April two-year-old sale. Alsvid is the only stakes winner out of the Afternoon Deelites mare Reagle Mary, who is a half-sister to 2003 Santa Anita Derby (G1) victor Buddy Gil (Eastern Echo).

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Triple Crown News & Notes

Tale of Verve, Mubtaahij and Frammento post final major Belmont moves

Tale of Verve posted a bullet move in his final major work for the Belmont Stakes (NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Belmont S. (G1) hopeful Tale of Verve (Tale of Ekati) took to the Belmont Park main track early Saturday morning to log his final breeze in advance of the $1.5 million "Test of the Champion" on June 6.

With exercise rider and jockey Kortez Walker up for the work, the bay colt clocked a bullet five furlongs in :59, the fastest of 23 recorded works at the distance.

"He galloped out good and came back blowing, which is good because it means he got something out of it," said Dallas Stewart, who trains Tale of Verve for owner/breeder Charles Fipke. "He came back great and looked awesome."

Coming off solitary maiden win on April 23 at Keeneland, Tale of Verve was entered as an also-eligible for the May 2 Kentucky Derby (G1) but failed to make the race. He was then sent to Pimlico for the Preakness S. (G1) two weeks later and finished second -- seven lengths behind Derby victor American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) -- at odds of 28-1.

"I hope he has another step forward in him; that's what we're here for," said Stewart, who finished second in a Triple Crown race for the third year in a row.

The Fipke homebred will have a long way to travel if he is to vanquish Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah, who galloped 1 1/2 miles over the Churchill Downs main track on Saturday morning. The 1 1/2 miles of the Belmont is considerably farther than Tale of Verve has ever raced, but Stewart sees that as a positive.

"It's in his breeding," the Kentucky-based horseman stated. "He's a big horse and has a great stride, so hopefully it will add up. It's going to be a matter of stamina, and hopefully the best horse will win."

Mubtaahij took to the main track at Belmont Saturday morning to ready for the third jewel of the Triple Crown (NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Widely traveled Belmont Stakes entrant Mubtaahij (Dubawi) continued his preparations for next Saturday's race, turning working five-eighths in 1:01 on the Belmont main track Saturday morning to record the seventh-fastest time at the distance.

The Irish-bred colt was scheduled to work on the turf, but the move to the main track was made because the turf was too firm, according to Trevor Brown, assistant to trainer Mike de Kock. Brown said he was very pleased with Mubtaahij's effort over the main track and is positive the bay colt has taken more kindly to the surface when compared with Churchill Downs, where he finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby in his first start in America.

With de Kock's arrival to New York expected for Monday, Brown said the U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) winner would have an easy week.

"We'll freshen him up now this week," Brown explained. "We've been pretty hard on him; that's our normal routine. Two weeks out we work him hard and the last week freshen him up, but he's going good and we're very happy with him."

At Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, Mossarossa's Grade 2-placed Frammento (Midshipman) put in his final timed work for the final jewel of the Triple Crown.

Working in company with maiden three-year-old Hard Scuffle (Hard Spun), Frammento was clocked in :48 for a half-mile over the fast Oklahoma training track. Going out at 7:45 a.m. (EDT) in the first set after the maintenance break, he galloped out five furlongs in 1:02 1/5.

"He looked great," Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito said. "They got him in :12, :24, :48 -- you can't beat that. I even got him a little quicker, but that was OK. I'm happy. It was good."

Frammento, seen here readying for the Derby at Keeneland, will go for his first stakes win in the Belmont (Keeneland/Coady Photography)
Regular exercise rider and Zito assistant trainer Maxine Correa was aboard for the work, Frammento's third since an 11th-place finish in the May 2 Kentucky Derby and all coming on the Oklahoma training track.

"He felt great. He started off real cool and relaxed and he picked it up at the quarter-pole and flew home. He galloped out beautiful and finished up strong," Correa said. "He started off just behind a horse and stayed a little wide. He was happy to stay behind the horse until the quarter-pole and as soon as I asked him to go, he kicked on. It was really good."

Frammento was given a half-mile in :49 1/5 on May 23 and blew out three furlongs about two weeks after the Derby in :36 4/5.

"Last Saturday when he worked, he just kept going. Max does a good job on him. He went pretty darn good last weekend, and this is what we wanted him to do today, just sharpen him up a little bit. He's over-ready," Zito said.

"Everything is good. He's developed nice, he's held his flesh and he's held himself. He's doing everything right."

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will ride Frammento in the Belmont for Zito, who won the race with Birdstone in 2004 and Da' Tara in 2008, both times spoiling a Triple Crown bid.

Prior to the Derby, Frammento was sixth in the Holy Bull S. (G2) and third in the Fountain of Youth S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park, and fourth in the Blue Grass S. (G1) at Keeneland. He will be racing for the first time at Belmont Park.

"In the times I've breezed him, sometimes with company and sometimes without, he seems to have matured a lot over the winter and sort of got his head together, realizing what he's supposed to do," Correa said. "He's coming around nicely."

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Tale of Verve, Mubtaahij and Frammento post final major Belmont moves

Tale of Verve posted a bullet move in his final major work for the Belmont Stakes (NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Belmont S. (G1) hopeful Tale of Verve (Tale of Ekati) took to the Belmont Park main track early Saturday morning to log his final breeze in advance of the $1.5 million "Test of the Champion" on June 6.

With exercise rider and jockey Kortez Walker up for the work, the bay colt clocked a bullet five furlongs in :59, the fastest of 23 recorded works at the distance.

"He galloped out good and came back blowing, which is good because it means he got something out of it," said Dallas Stewart, who trains Tale of Verve for owner/breeder Charles Fipke. "He came back great and looked awesome."

Coming off solitary maiden win on April 23 at Keeneland, Tale of Verve was entered as an also-eligible for the May 2 Kentucky Derby (G1) but failed to make the race. He was then sent to Pimlico for the Preakness S. (G1) two weeks later and finished second -- seven lengths behind Derby victor American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) -- at odds of 28-1.

"I hope he has another step forward in him; that's what we're here for," said Stewart, who finished second in a Triple Crown race for the third year in a row.

The Fipke homebred will have a long way to travel if he is to vanquish Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah, who galloped 1 1/2 miles over the Churchill Downs main track on Saturday morning. The 1 1/2 miles of the Belmont is considerably farther than Tale of Verve has ever raced, but Stewart sees that as a positive.

"It's in his breeding," the Kentucky-based horseman stated. "He's a big horse and has a great stride, so hopefully it will add up. It's going to be a matter of stamina, and hopefully the best horse will win."

Mubtaahij took to the main track at Belmont Saturday morning to ready for the third jewel of the Triple Crown (NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Widely traveled Belmont Stakes entrant Mubtaahij (Dubawi) continued his preparations for next Saturday's race, turning working five-eighths in 1:01 on the Belmont main track Saturday morning to record the seventh-fastest time at the distance.

The Irish-bred colt was scheduled to work on the turf, but the move to the main track was made because the turf was too firm, according to Trevor Brown, assistant to trainer Mike de Kock. Brown said he was very pleased with Mubtaahij's effort over the main track and is positive the bay colt has taken more kindly to the surface when compared with Churchill Downs, where he finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby in his first start in America.

With de Kock's arrival to New York expected for Monday, Brown said the U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) winner would have an easy week.

"We'll freshen him up now this week," Brown explained. "We've been pretty hard on him; that's our normal routine. Two weeks out we work him hard and the last week freshen him up, but he's going good and we're very happy with him."

At Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, Mossarossa's Grade 2-placed Frammento (Midshipman) put in his final timed work for the final jewel of the Triple Crown.

Working in company with maiden three-year-old Hard Scuffle (Hard Spun), Frammento was clocked in :48 for a half-mile over the fast Oklahoma training track. Going out at 7:45 a.m. (EDT) in the first set after the maintenance break, he galloped out five furlongs in 1:02 1/5.

"He looked great," Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito said. "They got him in :12, :24, :48 -- you can't beat that. I even got him a little quicker, but that was OK. I'm happy. It was good."

Frammento, seen here readying for the Derby at Keeneland, will go for his first stakes win in the Belmont (Keeneland/Coady Photography)
Regular exercise rider and Zito assistant trainer Maxine Correa was aboard for the work, Frammento's third since an 11th-place finish in the May 2 Kentucky Derby and all coming on the Oklahoma training track.

"He felt great. He started off real cool and relaxed and he picked it up at the quarter-pole and flew home. He galloped out beautiful and finished up strong," Correa said. "He started off just behind a horse and stayed a little wide. He was happy to stay behind the horse until the quarter-pole and as soon as I asked him to go, he kicked on. It was really good."

Frammento was given a half-mile in :49 1/5 on May 23 and blew out three furlongs about two weeks after the Derby in :36 4/5.

"Last Saturday when he worked, he just kept going. Max does a good job on him. He went pretty darn good last weekend, and this is what we wanted him to do today, just sharpen him up a little bit. He's over-ready," Zito said.

"Everything is good. He's developed nice, he's held his flesh and he's held himself. He's doing everything right."

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will ride Frammento in the Belmont for Zito, who won the race with Birdstone in 2004 and Da' Tara in 2008, both times spoiling a Triple Crown bid.

Prior to the Derby, Frammento was sixth in the Holy Bull S. (G2) and third in the Fountain of Youth S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park, and fourth in the Blue Grass S. (G1) at Keeneland. He will be racing for the first time at Belmont Park.

"In the times I've breezed him, sometimes with company and sometimes without, he seems to have matured a lot over the winter and sort of got his head together, realizing what he's supposed to do," Correa said. "He's coming around nicely."

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American Pharoah turns in routine gallop at Churchill

American Pharoah galloped 12 furlongs on a sunny Louisville morning (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
With only one week until the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1), Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) stepped up his training on Saturday morning with a 1 1/2-mile gallop on the Churchill Downs main track at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

"It was another good day," said Jorge Alvarez, American Pharoah's regular exercise rider. "He was a little more aggressive this morning and wanted to do more, but I just kept doing my thing. I'm feeling more excited than nervous. We just feel that we have the right horse and he's doing well. We're all staying positive."

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's assistant Jimmy Barnes also liked what he saw and maintains a relaxed and positive attitude.

"We're back to our normal training routine and he looked good again," Barnes said. "We feel no nerves; we're just doing our job. We get more anxious the closer to the race, but there's a difference between anxious and nervous."

Bob Baffert is scheduled to fly into Louisville Saturday night from his Southern California base to oversee his string of 12 horses stabled at Churchill the following morning. Baffert confirmed via text Saturday morning that American Pharoah would gallop Sunday and breeze at Churchill Downs on Monday.

In other Belmont news, Keen Ice (Curlin), seventh in the Kentucky Derby, galloped two miles with exercise rider Faustino Aguilar up for trainer Dale Romans.

"We're going into the race with no physical excuses," Romans said. "If he's good enough then he'll win. He's fit and he's ready to go the distance."

Keen Ice will likely breeze a half-mile on Tuesday morning before leaving for Belmont.

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American Pharoah turns in routine gallop at Churchill

American Pharoah galloped 12 furlongs on a sunny Louisville morning (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
With only one week until the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1), Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) stepped up his training on Saturday morning with a 1 1/2-mile gallop on the Churchill Downs main track at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).

"It was another good day," said Jorge Alvarez, American Pharoah's regular exercise rider. "He was a little more aggressive this morning and wanted to do more, but I just kept doing my thing. I'm feeling more excited than nervous. We just feel that we have the right horse and he's doing well. We're all staying positive."

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's assistant Jimmy Barnes also liked what he saw and maintains a relaxed and positive attitude.

"We're back to our normal training routine and he looked good again," Barnes said. "We feel no nerves; we're just doing our job. We get more anxious the closer to the race, but there's a difference between anxious and nervous."

Bob Baffert is scheduled to fly into Louisville Saturday night from his Southern California base to oversee his string of 12 horses stabled at Churchill the following morning. Baffert confirmed via text Saturday morning that American Pharoah would gallop Sunday and breeze at Churchill Downs on Monday.

In other Belmont news, Keen Ice (Curlin), seventh in the Kentucky Derby, galloped two miles with exercise rider Faustino Aguilar up for trainer Dale Romans.

"We're going into the race with no physical excuses," Romans said. "If he's good enough then he'll win. He's fit and he's ready to go the distance."

Keen Ice will likely breeze a half-mile on Tuesday morning before leaving for Belmont.

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Pletcher trio exit Belmont works in good order

Todd Pletcher will saddle nearly a third of the 2015 Belmont Stakes field (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Todd Pletcher reported Saturday morning that each of his three Belmont S. (G1) contenders -- Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway), Madefromlucky (Lookin at Lucky) and Materiality (Afleet Alex) -- exited their Friday works in good order.

"They all jogged this morning and stood in the starting gate," Pletcher said.

There were no further updates on the status of riders for the trainer's trio. The services of John Velazquez and Javier Castellano have been procured, but it has yet to be decided who they will be paired with. Pletcher has yet to name a third rider.

Among this year's trainers with Belmont starters, Pletcher only takes a backseat to Nick Zito in terms of the number of past runners he has saddled in the third jewel of the Triple Crown. Zito holds the record (34) with fellow Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas.

Pletcher, 47, saddled his first Belmont starter in 2000, and has sent out 17 more in the ensuing years. On multiple occasions, he has saddled two or more horses in a single year. He won his second Belmont -- his first victory came with the filly Rags to Riches in 2007 -- with Palace Malice in 2013. That year the future Hall of Famer sent five horses postward.

As a Belmont Stakes veteran, Pletcher said his training approach hasn't changed too much over the years. One of the constants has been resisting the urge of "overdoing it" in his preparation of his horses for the 1 1/2-mile race.

"I think you're constantly evaluating your results and (seeing) if there is anything you would do differently," Pletcher explained. "But you're coming back with different horses every year, so each one of them is going to need a little something different.

"But I think you try not to overdo it," he added. "I think there is the temptation (because) it's a mile and a half that you really have to train them harder, which I haven't found necessarily to be the case. Most of them are coming off a prep race of some sort, whether it's the (Kentucky) Derby (G1) or the Peter Pan (G2). So most of their conditioning is going to come from the races they had. We generally have gone with two or three breezes -- if say they ran five weeks before the (Belmont). But I think you try not to overthink it or overtrain them."

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Pletcher trio exit Belmont works in good order

Todd Pletcher will saddle nearly a third of the 2015 Belmont Stakes field (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Todd Pletcher reported Saturday morning that each of his three Belmont S. (G1) contenders -- Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway), Madefromlucky (Lookin at Lucky) and Materiality (Afleet Alex) -- exited their Friday works in good order.

"They all jogged this morning and stood in the starting gate," Pletcher said.

There were no further updates on the status of riders for the trainer's trio. The services of John Velazquez and Javier Castellano have been procured, but it has yet to be decided who they will be paired with. Pletcher has yet to name a third rider.

Among this year's trainers with Belmont starters, Pletcher only takes a backseat to Nick Zito in terms of the number of past runners he has saddled in the third jewel of the Triple Crown. Zito holds the record (34) with fellow Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas.

Pletcher, 47, saddled his first Belmont starter in 2000, and has sent out 17 more in the ensuing years. On multiple occasions, he has saddled two or more horses in a single year. He won his second Belmont -- his first victory came with the filly Rags to Riches in 2007 -- with Palace Malice in 2013. That year the future Hall of Famer sent five horses postward.

As a Belmont Stakes veteran, Pletcher said his training approach hasn't changed too much over the years. One of the constants has been resisting the urge of "overdoing it" in his preparation of his horses for the 1 1/2-mile race.

"I think you're constantly evaluating your results and (seeing) if there is anything you would do differently," Pletcher explained. "But you're coming back with different horses every year, so each one of them is going to need a little something different.

"But I think you try not to overdo it," he added. "I think there is the temptation (because) it's a mile and a half that you really have to train them harder, which I haven't found necessarily to be the case. Most of them are coming off a prep race of some sort, whether it's the (Kentucky) Derby (G1) or the Peter Pan (G2). So most of their conditioning is going to come from the races they had. We generally have gone with two or three breezes -- if say they ran five weeks before the (Belmont). But I think you try not to overthink it or overtrain them."

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Racing Headlines

Divisidero adapts running style in Pennine Ridge

Gunpowder Farms' Divisidero (Kitten's Joy) has been adept as a deep closer in his debut victory at Gulfstream Park and more notably in the May 2 American Turf (G2) in his latest, but the promising turf sophomore expanded his tactical portfolio in Saturday's $200,000 Pennine Ridge S. at Belmont Park. No hostage to a pokey pace scenario here, the Buff Bradley pupil instead took closer order, launched an early move, and then outkicked Takeover Target (Harlan's Holiday) in this local prep for the July 4 Belmont Derby Invitational (G1).

Divisidero lagged six lengths behind pacesetter Made in Detroit (Arch) through an opening quarter in :25 on the firm inner turf. His regular rider Rafael Hernandez sensed the pedestrian tempo, however, and the 2-1 chance cut the deficit to three lengths through splits of :49 2/5 and 1:13. Rounding the far turn, Divisidero closed that gap out wide and drew near the rallying Takeover Target into the stretch.

Takeover Target, part of the Chad Brown entry favored at 4-5, forged ahead briefly. But despite his wide trip, and altered running style, Divisidero had still more up his sleeve. The Churchill Downs shipper found yet another gear to force his neck in front in a final time of 1:48 for 1 1/8 miles.

Another 1 1/4 lengths back in third came the other half of the Brown entry, Startup Nation (Temple City), who had not raced since his 11th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). Made in Detroit tired to fifth in the seven-horse field.

Divisidero paid $6.30 while increasing his own bankroll to $301,000 from his 4-3-0-1 line. His only loss was a troubled third in his stakes debut in the March 7 Palm Beach (G3), one month to the day after his eye-catching premiere. The May 7 foal has no shortage of upside.

Bred by Hinkle Farms in Kentucky, Divisidero sold for $250,000 as a yearling at Keeneland September. He is a full brother to Grade 3-placed Kitten's Kid. Their dam, Madame du Lac (Lemon Drop Kid), is an unraced half-sister to Chilean Group 2 winner Genial Boy (Songandaprayer). This is the family of multiple Group 2 hero Zindabad (Shirley Heights), with supersire Northern Dancer and Halo at a further remove.

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Divisidero adapts running style in Pennine Ridge

Gunpowder Farms' Divisidero (Kitten's Joy) has been adept as a deep closer in his debut victory at Gulfstream Park and more notably in the May 2 American Turf (G2) in his latest, but the promising turf sophomore expanded his tactical portfolio in Saturday's $200,000 Pennine Ridge S. at Belmont Park. No hostage to a pokey pace scenario here, the Buff Bradley pupil instead took closer order, launched an early move, and then outkicked Takeover Target (Harlan's Holiday) in this local prep for the July 4 Belmont Derby Invitational (G1).

Divisidero lagged six lengths behind pacesetter Made in Detroit (Arch) through an opening quarter in :25 on the firm inner turf. His regular rider Rafael Hernandez sensed the pedestrian tempo, however, and the 2-1 chance cut the deficit to three lengths through splits of :49 2/5 and 1:13. Rounding the far turn, Divisidero closed that gap out wide and drew near the rallying Takeover Target into the stretch.

Takeover Target, part of the Chad Brown entry favored at 4-5, forged ahead briefly. But despite his wide trip, and altered running style, Divisidero had still more up his sleeve. The Churchill Downs shipper found yet another gear to force his neck in front in a final time of 1:48 for 1 1/8 miles.

Another 1 1/4 lengths back in third came the other half of the Brown entry, Startup Nation (Temple City), who had not raced since his 11th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). Made in Detroit tired to fifth in the seven-horse field.

Divisidero paid $6.30 while increasing his own bankroll to $301,000 from his 4-3-0-1 line. His only loss was a troubled third in his stakes debut in the March 7 Palm Beach (G3), one month to the day after his eye-catching premiere. The May 7 foal has no shortage of upside.

Bred by Hinkle Farms in Kentucky, Divisidero sold for $250,000 as a yearling at Keeneland September. He is a full brother to Grade 3-placed Kitten's Kid. Their dam, Madame du Lac (Lemon Drop Kid), is an unraced half-sister to Chilean Group 2 winner Genial Boy (Songandaprayer). This is the family of multiple Group 2 hero Zindabad (Shirley Heights), with supersire Northern Dancer and Halo at a further remove.

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Tonalist, Untapable headline probables for Belmont Stakes undercard

With the lineup for the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) virtually set, fields are starting to take shape for the five Grade 1 races that buttress the Belmont Stakes Day undercard.

Undefeated in four lifetime starts at Belmont Park, 2014 Belmont Stakes hero Tonalist (Tapit) returns to headline the 122nd running of the $1.25 million Metropolitan H. The one-mile race for three-year-olds and up is a Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) on October 30 at Keeneland.

The Christophe Clement-trained Tonalist won the Peter Pan S. (G2) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) in addition to his Belmont triumph last year, and opened his four-year-old campaign with a victory in the May 2 Westchester S. (G3) at Belmont Park.

Expected to join him in the Met Mile are fellow Grade 1 winners Bayern (Offlee Wild), who captured the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1); Wicked Strong (Hard Spun), scoreless in two starts this year; 2014 Cigar Mile H. (G1) hero winner Private Zone (Macho Uno), who took back-to-back editions of the Vosburgh S. (G1) (2013-14) at Belmont; and 2013 Met Mile winner Sahara Sky (Pleasant Tap).

Most recently, Private Zone won the Churchill Downs S. (G2) on May 2, beating Met Mile candidates Pants On Fire (Jump Start) (third) and Bayern (sixth).

Also probable for the race are the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Bay of Plenty (Medaglia d'Oro), Grade 3-placed and three-for-three at Belmont Park, and Tamarkuz (Speightstown), a Group 2 victor who will be making his North American debut; Grade 2 winners Honor Code (A.P. Indy), Kobe's Back (Flatter) and Pants On Fire; and Noble Bird (Birdstone), second by a head in the May 1 Alysheba S. (G2).

The field for the $1 million Manhattan is likely to feature Big Blue Kitten (Kitten's Joy), who made a successful return to the races in 2015 with a win in the Fort Marcy S. (G3) at Belmont.

The seven-year-old bay, trained by Chad Brown for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, has won two Grade 1 races in his career - the United Nations and Sword Dancer Invitational - both in 2013.

Last year, Big Blue Kitten captured the Lure S. at Saratoga to kick off his abridged campaign, but was winless in four subsequent outings, including a runner-up finish in the Canadian International (Can-G1) at Woodbine.

"We're very proud of this horse," Brown said. "At his age, to come off that long a layoff and show such an explosive move in the Fort Marcy is very impressive. He's always been a horse we can rely on though, so we're not surprised by it."

A strong group of older turf runners are probable to take on Big Blue Kitten, including Grade 1 winners Finnegans Wake (Powerscourt), Jack Milton (War Front) and Twilight Eclipse (Purim). Biz the Nurse (Oratorio), General a Rod (Roman Ruler), Legendary (Exceed and Excel), Magic Artist (Iffraaj), Sky Captain (Sky Mesa) and War Dancer (War Front) are also likely to participate, while Il Campione (Scat Daddy), Imagining (Giant's Causeway) and Umgiyo (Danehill Dancer) are possible.

A terrific line-up of older fillies and mares, headed by last year's champion three-year-old filly Untapable (Tapit), is taking aim at the $1 million Ogden Phipps on the Belmont Stakes undercard. The Phipps is a designated "Win & You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Distaff on October 30.

In addition to Untapable, who is owned by Ron Winchell and trained by Steve Asmussen, the probables for the 1 1/16-mile Ogden Phipps include Grade 1 winners Princess Violet (Officer), Rosalind (Broken Vow) and Stopchargingmaria (Tale of the Cat).

The Todd Pletcher-trained Stopchargingmaria was to be joined in the Phipps by stablemate Dame Dorothy (Bernardini) but now will fly solo for the stable.

"Unfortunately, Dame Dorothy spiked a temperature earlier in the week," Pletcher explained. "Her blood work is still not right, so she is not going to make it."

Town and Country Farms' Stopchargingmaria, victorious in the Allaire DuPont Distaff (G3) at Pimlico 15 days ago, was on the worktab at Belmont Park Saturday morning. The dark bay four-year-old covered a half-mile in :47 4/5 over the fast dirt training track.

"When she's on her 'A' game, she really touts herself in the morning," Pletcher said. "She went 47 and 4 this morning, literary pulling the rider's arms out. That is what we looked for to indicate to us that she is ready to go."

With John Velazquez, who has ridden the filly in her last four starts, partnered with Untapable, Stopchargingmaria will be reunited with Javier Castellano, who rode her to victory in last year's Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) and Black Eyed-Susan S. (G2).

Also probable for the Ogden Phipps -- which is named for the late owner and breeder who campaigned champions Buckpasser, Easy Goer, and Personal Ensign -- is Wedding Toast (Street Sense), a winner of three of four starts at Belmont Park, including a victory in her last start, the Ruffian S. (G2). Another probable is stakes vixen Shayjolie (Indian Charlie), who is scheduled to make her Grade 1 debut in the race.

House Rules (Distorted Humor), third in the Ruffian, is listed as possible to start in the Ogden Phipps.

The field for the $700,000 Just a Game for fillies and mares, four-years-old and up, is beginning to take shape, with the likely entrants led by last year's winner, Coffee Clique (Medaglia d'Oro), for Amerman Racing LLC and trainer Brian Lynch.

In her most recent start, Coffee Clique finished second in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2) on May 2 to four-year-old Tepin (Bernstein), who is also likely for the race for owner Robert Masterson and trainer Mark Casse.

Moyglare Stud Farm's Discreet Marq (Discreet Cat) is probable for Clement and looking to make her second start of the year following a win in the Beaugay S. (G3) on May 9.

Hall of Fame trainers Bill Mott and Shug McGaughey are each pointing toward the Just a Game with Flimbi (Mizzen Mast) for Mott and J Wonder (Footstepsinthesand) for McGaughey. Others likely for the race include Photo Call (Galileo) for Graham Motion, Ball Dancing (Exchange Rate) for Brown and Baffle Me (First Samurai) from the barn of Mark Hennig.

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Tonalist, Untapable headline probables for Belmont Stakes undercard

With the lineup for the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) virtually set, fields are starting to take shape for the five Grade 1 races that buttress the Belmont Stakes Day undercard.

Undefeated in four lifetime starts at Belmont Park, 2014 Belmont Stakes hero Tonalist (Tapit) returns to headline the 122nd running of the $1.25 million Metropolitan H. The one-mile race for three-year-olds and up is a Breeders' Cup "Win & You're In" qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) on October 30 at Keeneland.

The Christophe Clement-trained Tonalist won the Peter Pan S. (G2) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) in addition to his Belmont triumph last year, and opened his four-year-old campaign with a victory in the May 2 Westchester S. (G3) at Belmont Park.

Expected to join him in the Met Mile are fellow Grade 1 winners Bayern (Offlee Wild), who captured the 2014 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1); Wicked Strong (Hard Spun), scoreless in two starts this year; 2014 Cigar Mile H. (G1) hero winner Private Zone (Macho Uno), who took back-to-back editions of the Vosburgh S. (G1) (2013-14) at Belmont; and 2013 Met Mile winner Sahara Sky (Pleasant Tap).

Most recently, Private Zone won the Churchill Downs S. (G2) on May 2, beating Met Mile candidates Pants On Fire (Jump Start) (third) and Bayern (sixth).

Also probable for the race are the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Bay of Plenty (Medaglia d'Oro), Grade 3-placed and three-for-three at Belmont Park, and Tamarkuz (Speightstown), a Group 2 victor who will be making his North American debut; Grade 2 winners Honor Code (A.P. Indy), Kobe's Back (Flatter) and Pants On Fire; and Noble Bird (Birdstone), second by a head in the May 1 Alysheba S. (G2).

The field for the $1 million Manhattan is likely to feature Big Blue Kitten (Kitten's Joy), who made a successful return to the races in 2015 with a win in the Fort Marcy S. (G3) at Belmont.

The seven-year-old bay, trained by Chad Brown for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, has won two Grade 1 races in his career - the United Nations and Sword Dancer Invitational - both in 2013.

Last year, Big Blue Kitten captured the Lure S. at Saratoga to kick off his abridged campaign, but was winless in four subsequent outings, including a runner-up finish in the Canadian International (Can-G1) at Woodbine.

"We're very proud of this horse," Brown said. "At his age, to come off that long a layoff and show such an explosive move in the Fort Marcy is very impressive. He's always been a horse we can rely on though, so we're not surprised by it."

A strong group of older turf runners are probable to take on Big Blue Kitten, including Grade 1 winners Finnegans Wake (Powerscourt), Jack Milton (War Front) and Twilight Eclipse (Purim). Biz the Nurse (Oratorio), General a Rod (Roman Ruler), Legendary (Exceed and Excel), Magic Artist (Iffraaj), Sky Captain (Sky Mesa) and War Dancer (War Front) are also likely to participate, while Il Campione (Scat Daddy), Imagining (Giant's Causeway) and Umgiyo (Danehill Dancer) are possible.

A terrific line-up of older fillies and mares, headed by last year's champion three-year-old filly Untapable (Tapit), is taking aim at the $1 million Ogden Phipps on the Belmont Stakes undercard. The Phipps is a designated "Win & You're In" race for the Breeders' Cup Distaff on October 30.

In addition to Untapable, who is owned by Ron Winchell and trained by Steve Asmussen, the probables for the 1 1/16-mile Ogden Phipps include Grade 1 winners Princess Violet (Officer), Rosalind (Broken Vow) and Stopchargingmaria (Tale of the Cat).

The Todd Pletcher-trained Stopchargingmaria was to be joined in the Phipps by stablemate Dame Dorothy (Bernardini) but now will fly solo for the stable.

"Unfortunately, Dame Dorothy spiked a temperature earlier in the week," Pletcher explained. "Her blood work is still not right, so she is not going to make it."

Town and Country Farms' Stopchargingmaria, victorious in the Allaire DuPont Distaff (G3) at Pimlico 15 days ago, was on the worktab at Belmont Park Saturday morning. The dark bay four-year-old covered a half-mile in :47 4/5 over the fast dirt training track.

"When she's on her 'A' game, she really touts herself in the morning," Pletcher said. "She went 47 and 4 this morning, literary pulling the rider's arms out. That is what we looked for to indicate to us that she is ready to go."

With John Velazquez, who has ridden the filly in her last four starts, partnered with Untapable, Stopchargingmaria will be reunited with Javier Castellano, who rode her to victory in last year's Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) and Black Eyed-Susan S. (G2).

Also probable for the Ogden Phipps -- which is named for the late owner and breeder who campaigned champions Buckpasser, Easy Goer, and Personal Ensign -- is Wedding Toast (Street Sense), a winner of three of four starts at Belmont Park, including a victory in her last start, the Ruffian S. (G2). Another probable is stakes vixen Shayjolie (Indian Charlie), who is scheduled to make her Grade 1 debut in the race.

House Rules (Distorted Humor), third in the Ruffian, is listed as possible to start in the Ogden Phipps.

The field for the $700,000 Just a Game for fillies and mares, four-years-old and up, is beginning to take shape, with the likely entrants led by last year's winner, Coffee Clique (Medaglia d'Oro), for Amerman Racing LLC and trainer Brian Lynch.

In her most recent start, Coffee Clique finished second in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2) on May 2 to four-year-old Tepin (Bernstein), who is also likely for the race for owner Robert Masterson and trainer Mark Casse.

Moyglare Stud Farm's Discreet Marq (Discreet Cat) is probable for Clement and looking to make her second start of the year following a win in the Beaugay S. (G3) on May 9.

Hall of Fame trainers Bill Mott and Shug McGaughey are each pointing toward the Just a Game with Flimbi (Mizzen Mast) for Mott and J Wonder (Footstepsinthesand) for McGaughey. Others likely for the race include Photo Call (Galileo) for Graham Motion, Ball Dancing (Exchange Rate) for Brown and Baffle Me (First Samurai) from the barn of Mark Hennig.

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Karaktar could become the Aga Khan's seventh French Derby hero

Chantilly's Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-G1) has been the property of the Aga Khan on six occasions since 1979, and it could be a case of seven up in Sunday's edition with the likely favorite Karaktar (High Chaparral) charged with sporting the emerald green.

Mastering testing conditions when annexing the March 28 Prix Francois Mathet over this 10 1/2-furlong trip at Saint-Cloud, the homebred was equally at home on a fast surface when following up in the Prix Noailles (Fr-G3) --also at this unique distance -- at Longchamp last time April 20.

"He's climbed up the ladder, his form is good and he's improved since last year," commented Georges Rimaud, the French stud and racing manager to his owner-breeder. "He seems to be pretty efficient at the distance, so it will be interesting to see how he goes against better competition and in a bigger field. He's in good form and has done everything he's been asked to do up until now."

One of the least-known quantities in opposition is Hspirit's Silverwave (Silver Frost), who put the previously unbeaten Epicuris (Rail Link) to the sword in the Prix la Force (Fr-G3) at Longchamp April 6 and he has classic pedigree, being by the 2009 Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Fr-G1) winner and a half-brother to Stormy River (Verglas), who was placed in that contest.

Joseph Allen's War Dispatch (War Front) is on a roll, with his last five outings resulting in successes and culminating in the Prix de Guiche (Fr-G3) over nine furlongs here May 8.

"He has been doing very well, no problem at all," said trainer Jean-Claude Rouget. "We have no form lines with the favorites, but I think he can be competitive and run a good race. He always does the minimum and is never impressive. He has been winning every time, but in lesser company. This is the target and I think he is arriving in good shape for it."

Intriguingly, Joseph O'Brien is back on the May 10 Poule d'Essai des Poulains sixth Highland Reel (Galileo), with Ryan Moore partnering Cape Clear Island (Fastnet Rock) as Aidan O'Brien looks for a first renewal. The latter was second to Ampere (Galileo) in Longchamp's Prix Hocquart (Fr-G2) over 11 furlongs May 10 and is fitted with blinkers for the first time.

One of the lesser-exposed types is Muteb bin Abdullah's Mostaneer (Dutch Art), who booked his ticket with a game win in the Prix de Suresnes over nine furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte April 17.

Agent Murphy (Cape Cross) proved more than worthy of a tilt at Sunday's Grand Prix de Chantilly (Fr-G2) with an authoritative success when trying black-type company for the first time in Ascot's Buckhounds S. Having only his fifth start in that May 9 12-furlong contest, he was professional and straightforward as well as stylish and will put it up to the home defense here.

That defense is led by last year's winner Spiritjim (Galileo), who reverts to middle distances after a failed attempt at a marathon trip in Longchamp's Prix de Barbeville (Fr-G3) last time May 3. Never a factor when sixth on that seasonal bow, the five-year-old has questions to answer along with Godolphin's Manatee (Monsun), who was disappointing when fourth on his comeback in the Prix d'Hedouville (Fr-G3) over 12 furlongs at Longchamp last time May 6.

Last year's Prix du Conseil de Paris (Fr-G2) winner is worth keeping the faith with, especially as he is Andre Fabre's sole representative in a race in which he holds the record of eight winners.

"Manatee has come on well since his first run of the season, which was a respectable performance considering he was carrying a penalty and the ground was very soft," Godolphin's Lisa-Jane Graffard commented. "We are expecting him to show some improvement and good ground should be fine."

Often a quick consolation prize for those who just missed out on victory in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-G1), Chantilly's Prix de Sandringham (Fr-G2) looks poised for one of that classic's latest placegetters in Mexican Gold (Medaglia d'Oro) on Sunday.

Third in the May 10 Longchamp highlight, having won the Prix de la Grotte (Fr-G3) over that track and trip four weeks earlier, Khalid Abdullah's homebred will have something to aim at with the classy but one-dimensional La Berma (Lawman) in the line-up. Annihilating her opponents by six lengths when allowed to dominate from the front in Longchamp's Prix du Pont-Neuf over seven furlongs last time May 6, she has stamina to prove tackling a mile for the first time.

The Niarchos Family's "TDN Rising Star' Night of Light (Sea the Stars) has to step up on her latest narrow win in the course-and-distance Prix Volterra May 8, but remains open to progression back on a sound surface.

One of the Aga Khan and Alain de Royer-Dupre's quietly-quietly projects, Kataniya (Raven's Pass), takes the next step up the ladder in Sunday's Prix de Royaumont (Fr-G3) at Chantilly.

Although not impressive when getting the better of the re-opposing Wildenstein runner Lady of Kyushu (Smart Strike) in the 11-furlong Prix de la Seine at Longchamp May 10, the homebred looked a true stayer in the making and would benefit from a stronger pace if it is available.

In a blanket to that contest, Scuderia Vittadini's Moi Meme (Teofilo) was third and just behind in fourth was Ballymore Thoroughbred Ltd's Ame Bleue (Dubawi). As a daughter of the high-class Aquarelliste (Danehill) and a member of the Fabre stable -- successful on a record 11 occasions -- she is worthy of respect, as is the British raider Toujours l'Amour (Authorized). Christopher Wright and Lordship Stud's representative has been kept away from Epsom despite winning the Lingfield Oaks Trial last time May 9, and will find life slightly easier here.

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Karaktar could become the Aga Khan's seventh French Derby hero

Chantilly's Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-G1) has been the property of the Aga Khan on six occasions since 1979, and it could be a case of seven up in Sunday's edition with the likely favorite Karaktar (High Chaparral) charged with sporting the emerald green.

Mastering testing conditions when annexing the March 28 Prix Francois Mathet over this 10 1/2-furlong trip at Saint-Cloud, the homebred was equally at home on a fast surface when following up in the Prix Noailles (Fr-G3) --also at this unique distance -- at Longchamp last time April 20.

"He's climbed up the ladder, his form is good and he's improved since last year," commented Georges Rimaud, the French stud and racing manager to his owner-breeder. "He seems to be pretty efficient at the distance, so it will be interesting to see how he goes against better competition and in a bigger field. He's in good form and has done everything he's been asked to do up until now."

One of the least-known quantities in opposition is Hspirit's Silverwave (Silver Frost), who put the previously unbeaten Epicuris (Rail Link) to the sword in the Prix la Force (Fr-G3) at Longchamp April 6 and he has classic pedigree, being by the 2009 Poule d'Essai des Poulains (Fr-G1) winner and a half-brother to Stormy River (Verglas), who was placed in that contest.

Joseph Allen's War Dispatch (War Front) is on a roll, with his last five outings resulting in successes and culminating in the Prix de Guiche (Fr-G3) over nine furlongs here May 8.

"He has been doing very well, no problem at all," said trainer Jean-Claude Rouget. "We have no form lines with the favorites, but I think he can be competitive and run a good race. He always does the minimum and is never impressive. He has been winning every time, but in lesser company. This is the target and I think he is arriving in good shape for it."

Intriguingly, Joseph O'Brien is back on the May 10 Poule d'Essai des Poulains sixth Highland Reel (Galileo), with Ryan Moore partnering Cape Clear Island (Fastnet Rock) as Aidan O'Brien looks for a first renewal. The latter was second to Ampere (Galileo) in Longchamp's Prix Hocquart (Fr-G2) over 11 furlongs May 10 and is fitted with blinkers for the first time.

One of the lesser-exposed types is Muteb bin Abdullah's Mostaneer (Dutch Art), who booked his ticket with a game win in the Prix de Suresnes over nine furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte April 17.

Agent Murphy (Cape Cross) proved more than worthy of a tilt at Sunday's Grand Prix de Chantilly (Fr-G2) with an authoritative success when trying black-type company for the first time in Ascot's Buckhounds S. Having only his fifth start in that May 9 12-furlong contest, he was professional and straightforward as well as stylish and will put it up to the home defense here.

That defense is led by last year's winner Spiritjim (Galileo), who reverts to middle distances after a failed attempt at a marathon trip in Longchamp's Prix de Barbeville (Fr-G3) last time May 3. Never a factor when sixth on that seasonal bow, the five-year-old has questions to answer along with Godolphin's Manatee (Monsun), who was disappointing when fourth on his comeback in the Prix d'Hedouville (Fr-G3) over 12 furlongs at Longchamp last time May 6.

Last year's Prix du Conseil de Paris (Fr-G2) winner is worth keeping the faith with, especially as he is Andre Fabre's sole representative in a race in which he holds the record of eight winners.

"Manatee has come on well since his first run of the season, which was a respectable performance considering he was carrying a penalty and the ground was very soft," Godolphin's Lisa-Jane Graffard commented. "We are expecting him to show some improvement and good ground should be fine."

Often a quick consolation prize for those who just missed out on victory in the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (Fr-G1), Chantilly's Prix de Sandringham (Fr-G2) looks poised for one of that classic's latest placegetters in Mexican Gold (Medaglia d'Oro) on Sunday.

Third in the May 10 Longchamp highlight, having won the Prix de la Grotte (Fr-G3) over that track and trip four weeks earlier, Khalid Abdullah's homebred will have something to aim at with the classy but one-dimensional La Berma (Lawman) in the line-up. Annihilating her opponents by six lengths when allowed to dominate from the front in Longchamp's Prix du Pont-Neuf over seven furlongs last time May 6, she has stamina to prove tackling a mile for the first time.

The Niarchos Family's "TDN Rising Star' Night of Light (Sea the Stars) has to step up on her latest narrow win in the course-and-distance Prix Volterra May 8, but remains open to progression back on a sound surface.

One of the Aga Khan and Alain de Royer-Dupre's quietly-quietly projects, Kataniya (Raven's Pass), takes the next step up the ladder in Sunday's Prix de Royaumont (Fr-G3) at Chantilly.

Although not impressive when getting the better of the re-opposing Wildenstein runner Lady of Kyushu (Smart Strike) in the 11-furlong Prix de la Seine at Longchamp May 10, the homebred looked a true stayer in the making and would benefit from a stronger pace if it is available.

In a blanket to that contest, Scuderia Vittadini's Moi Meme (Teofilo) was third and just behind in fourth was Ballymore Thoroughbred Ltd's Ame Bleue (Dubawi). As a daughter of the high-class Aquarelliste (Danehill) and a member of the Fabre stable -- successful on a record 11 occasions -- she is worthy of respect, as is the British raider Toujours l'Amour (Authorized). Christopher Wright and Lordship Stud's representative has been kept away from Epsom despite winning the Lingfield Oaks Trial last time May 9, and will find life slightly easier here.

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Fourteen confirmed for Oaks at Epsom

Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer) headlines 14 six-day confirmations for the Oaks (Eng-G1) at Epsom Downs on June 5. The David Wachman-trained filly is the 3-1 favorite with Coral to follow up her victory in the mile One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) at Newmarket on May 3.

There are seven Irish-trained acceptors for the classic, worth £450,000, and Aidan O'Brien's contingent is headed by close Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) runner-up Found (Galileo) and last season's Fillies' Mile winner (Eng-G1) Together Forever (Galileo). O'Brien has also confirmed impressive Cheshire Oaks scorer Diamondsandrubies (Fastnet Rock), Lingfield Oaks Trial third Wedding Vow (Galileo) and Qualify (Fastnet Rock) as he bids for a fifth Oaks victory.

Jessica Harrington is planning to run Jack Naylor (Champs Elysses), who put up an eye-catching performance when fourth on her comeback in the Irish One Thousand Guineas on May 24.

Newmarket trainer John Gosden landed the spoils with Taghrooda 12 months ago and looks to have good chances again, courtesy of progressive trial winners Jazzi Top (Danehill Dancer) and Star of Seville (Duke of Marmalade).

Jazzi Top captured the Pretty Polly S. in early May at Newmarket, the race which has produced the last two Oaks winners, while Star Of Seville got the better of Together Forever in the Musidora S. (Eng-G3) at York on May 13.

Crystal Zvezda (Dubawi) laid down her marker for classic glory when taking a Listed event impressively by 3 1/2 lengths earlier this month at Newbury, while Lady of Dubai (Dubawi) captured the Height of Fashion S. in similar fashion at Goodwood on May 21.

Ralph Beckett sent out Look Here (2008) and Talent (2014) to win the Oaks and is set to be represented by Bellajeu (Montjeu) this time around. She was beaten a head in a Newbury maiden on her first outing for Beckett in October after being trained by Olly Stevens for her first two starts. She finished second on her reappearance in the Oaks Trial at Lingfield on May 9.

"Bellajeu has been training well since Lingfield and I am happy with her condition and how she is looking," Beckett said. "I wouldn't say we are tilting at windmills but she is still a maiden and we are coming off only a placed effort in the Lingfield trial. Having said that, I think she is still coming forward and it's worth a shot."

There is one remaining entry from France, Al Naamah (Galileo), who was sold for a record five million guineas as a yearling. Owned by Al Shaqab Racing, she's a full-sister to 2012 Oaks scorer Was and went down narrowly on her seasonal reappearance when the short-neck runner-up in the Prix Cleopatre (Fr-G3) at Saint-Cloud on May 13.

Like Jazzi Top and Star of Seville, Al Naamah worked at Epsom Downs during the "Breakfast With The Stars" on Tuesday morning, gaining experience around the undulating course for herself and jockey Gregory Benoist, who was also having his first experience of the Surrey track.

The confirmations are completed by the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Local Time (Invincible Time), who has already enjoyed a pair of classic wins for Godolphin on dirt in Dubai this year -- the UAE One Thousand Guineas and UAE Oaks (UAE-G3).

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Fourteen confirmed for Oaks at Epsom

Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer) headlines 14 six-day confirmations for the Oaks (Eng-G1) at Epsom Downs on June 5. The David Wachman-trained filly is the 3-1 favorite with Coral to follow up her victory in the mile One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) at Newmarket on May 3.

There are seven Irish-trained acceptors for the classic, worth £450,000, and Aidan O'Brien's contingent is headed by close Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) runner-up Found (Galileo) and last season's Fillies' Mile winner (Eng-G1) Together Forever (Galileo). O'Brien has also confirmed impressive Cheshire Oaks scorer Diamondsandrubies (Fastnet Rock), Lingfield Oaks Trial third Wedding Vow (Galileo) and Qualify (Fastnet Rock) as he bids for a fifth Oaks victory.

Jessica Harrington is planning to run Jack Naylor (Champs Elysses), who put up an eye-catching performance when fourth on her comeback in the Irish One Thousand Guineas on May 24.

Newmarket trainer John Gosden landed the spoils with Taghrooda 12 months ago and looks to have good chances again, courtesy of progressive trial winners Jazzi Top (Danehill Dancer) and Star of Seville (Duke of Marmalade).

Jazzi Top captured the Pretty Polly S. in early May at Newmarket, the race which has produced the last two Oaks winners, while Star Of Seville got the better of Together Forever in the Musidora S. (Eng-G3) at York on May 13.

Crystal Zvezda (Dubawi) laid down her marker for classic glory when taking a Listed event impressively by 3 1/2 lengths earlier this month at Newbury, while Lady of Dubai (Dubawi) captured the Height of Fashion S. in similar fashion at Goodwood on May 21.

Ralph Beckett sent out Look Here (2008) and Talent (2014) to win the Oaks and is set to be represented by Bellajeu (Montjeu) this time around. She was beaten a head in a Newbury maiden on her first outing for Beckett in October after being trained by Olly Stevens for her first two starts. She finished second on her reappearance in the Oaks Trial at Lingfield on May 9.

"Bellajeu has been training well since Lingfield and I am happy with her condition and how she is looking," Beckett said. "I wouldn't say we are tilting at windmills but she is still a maiden and we are coming off only a placed effort in the Lingfield trial. Having said that, I think she is still coming forward and it's worth a shot."

There is one remaining entry from France, Al Naamah (Galileo), who was sold for a record five million guineas as a yearling. Owned by Al Shaqab Racing, she's a full-sister to 2012 Oaks scorer Was and went down narrowly on her seasonal reappearance when the short-neck runner-up in the Prix Cleopatre (Fr-G3) at Saint-Cloud on May 13.

Like Jazzi Top and Star of Seville, Al Naamah worked at Epsom Downs during the "Breakfast With The Stars" on Tuesday morning, gaining experience around the undulating course for herself and jockey Gregory Benoist, who was also having his first experience of the Surrey track.

The confirmations are completed by the Saeed bin Suroor-trained Local Time (Invincible Time), who has already enjoyed a pair of classic wins for Godolphin on dirt in Dubai this year -- the UAE One Thousand Guineas and UAE Oaks (UAE-G3).

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Scuderia Effevi seeks Italian classic sweep in Oaks d'Italia

Italian champion owner Scuderia Effevi could hit a grand slam Sunday at San Siro in the Italian Oaks (Ity-G2). The last owner to win all four Italian Classics was Razza Del Soldo in 1936 with the filly Archidamia, and four years earlier Federico Tesio snatched the four races with another super filly, Jacopa Del Sellaio.

This season, the gold and blue silks of Scuderia Effevi collected the Premio Parioli (Ity-G3) with Hero Look (Lope De Vega); the Premio Regina Elena (Ity-G3) with Sound Of Freedom (Duke of Marmalade); and the Italian Derby (Ity-G2) with Goldstream (Martino Alonso).

Sunday, Effevi will be represented by the unbeaten Wordless (Rock of Gibraltar) and Reset in Blue (Fastnet Rock). Retained jockey Fabio Branca decided to stay loyal with Reset in Blue, the filly he rode in the Regina Elena, leaving the winner, Sound of Freedom, to Cristian Demuro.

Reset in Blue, who won her first three races -- including the Premio Cesare Degli Occhi, a well reputed trial -- ran flat to finish fourth and was reported to be in season.

Wordless could put her dam, Holy Moon (Hernando), in the record books as the only broodmare to foal four consecutive classic winners. Wordless's half-sisters Cherry Collect (Oratorio), Charity Line (Manduro) and Final Score (Dylan Thomas) have won each Oaks since 2012 and have all since moved to Japan following the purchase by Katsumi and Teruya Yoshida.

Wordless snatched her third win in the Premio Zanoletti April 25 at San Siro.

The Effevi pair will face a very talented filly in Joyful Hope (Shamardal), the full sister to the Italian Derby winner Crackerjack King. Joyful Hope, an easy winner in her juvenile debut, was very impressive when doubling up in the Premio Mario Incisa over 2000 meters May 10 at San Siro.

German fillies have won the Oaks seven times since 1999. This year, three fillies will challenge the home team including Lovelyn (Tiger Hill), who scored gamely in a maiden at Koln April 19, defeating the subsequent Group 2-placed Amona (Aussie Rules).

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Scuderia Effevi seeks Italian classic sweep in Oaks d'Italia

Italian champion owner Scuderia Effevi could hit a grand slam Sunday at San Siro in the Italian Oaks (Ity-G2). The last owner to win all four Italian Classics was Razza Del Soldo in 1936 with the filly Archidamia, and four years earlier Federico Tesio snatched the four races with another super filly, Jacopa Del Sellaio.

This season, the gold and blue silks of Scuderia Effevi collected the Premio Parioli (Ity-G3) with Hero Look (Lope De Vega); the Premio Regina Elena (Ity-G3) with Sound Of Freedom (Duke of Marmalade); and the Italian Derby (Ity-G2) with Goldstream (Martino Alonso).

Sunday, Effevi will be represented by the unbeaten Wordless (Rock of Gibraltar) and Reset in Blue (Fastnet Rock). Retained jockey Fabio Branca decided to stay loyal with Reset in Blue, the filly he rode in the Regina Elena, leaving the winner, Sound of Freedom, to Cristian Demuro.

Reset in Blue, who won her first three races -- including the Premio Cesare Degli Occhi, a well reputed trial -- ran flat to finish fourth and was reported to be in season.

Wordless could put her dam, Holy Moon (Hernando), in the record books as the only broodmare to foal four consecutive classic winners. Wordless's half-sisters Cherry Collect (Oratorio), Charity Line (Manduro) and Final Score (Dylan Thomas) have won each Oaks since 2012 and have all since moved to Japan following the purchase by Katsumi and Teruya Yoshida.

Wordless snatched her third win in the Premio Zanoletti April 25 at San Siro.

The Effevi pair will face a very talented filly in Joyful Hope (Shamardal), the full sister to the Italian Derby winner Crackerjack King. Joyful Hope, an easy winner in her juvenile debut, was very impressive when doubling up in the Premio Mario Incisa over 2000 meters May 10 at San Siro.

German fillies have won the Oaks seven times since 1999. This year, three fillies will challenge the home team including Lovelyn (Tiger Hill), who scored gamely in a maiden at Koln April 19, defeating the subsequent Group 2-placed Amona (Aussie Rules).

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Adaay blots Limato's record in Sandy Lane

Third behind Limato (Tagula) in the Pavilion S. (Eng-G3) at Ascot April 29 before winning the Carnarvon S. over this six-furlong trip at Newbury May 16, Adaay (Kodiac) progressed again to reverse Ascot form and upset the previously unbeaten Henry Candy trainee on slower ground in Saturday's Sandy Lane S. (Eng-G2) at Haydock.

Highly regarded at two, the bay beat the eventual Dewhurst S. (Eng-G1) runner-up Kodi Bear (Kodiac) on debut at Newbury and went to the Royal meeting with another win under his belt at Yarmouth but was only eighth in the Coventry S. (Eng-G2) before finishing third to Limato in the  Rose Bowl S. back at Newbury in July. Returning for the first time subsequently in the Pavilion, Adaay ran a fair comeback race before showing the benefit of that when winning the Carnarvon and setting up this rematch.

In rear early as the pace proved hot with Mattmu (Indesatchel) applying the pressure, he gradually worked his way into contention under an unhurried Paul Hanagan. As Limato struggled to get past the longtime leader on the far side, it was clear that the Shadwell first-string was emerging as the bigger threat and, once in the lead approaching the furlong pole, was always holding Limato and the gutsy filly New Providence (Bahamian Bounty).

"I got a very good feel from him and that's the way to ride him -- I felt that the ride Ryan Moore gave him last time was superb and I just wanted to give him the same ride today," his jockey said. "He missed it a half-beat and it was perfect and worked out beautifully. He didn't mind that ground and Limato is a very good horse, so I'm extra pleased."

The winner is being aimed at the Commonwealth Cup (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot June 19 and he looks set for a rematch with Limato, whose trainer Henry Candy cited the prevailing ground as a factor in his first defeat.

"He ran a great race. He's just not the same on that ground," Candy said. We know he wants top-of-the-ground. He picked up all right, but he just isn't quite the same horse. We had to find out whether he could do the same on that ground and we know now. We just have to hope it warms up before Ascot."

Cable Bay (Invincible Spirit), prone to throwing up an unexpected big effort in top company now and then, was finally able to take advantage of a class drop in the John of Gaunt (Eng-G3) and open his black-type account on the rain-softened surface his record suggests is his favorite.

Runner-up at 20-1 in Newmarket's Dewhurst S. in 2013, the bay had hit the board only twice in five subsequent starts before re-emerging from the mire with a latest eye-catching fifth at 66-1 in Newbury's Lockinge S. (Eng-G1) May 16.

Pushed along from the break to sit behind the early pacesetters on the rail, he was angled out approaching the quarter-pole and, when striking the front soon after, proved game to assert as Ascription (Dansili) closed in.

"He missed the beat at the start and gave away his draw advantage, but was brave and got in there," jockey Jamie Spencer said. "He's been dining at the top table all along and has never really had an easy race. He handles all surfaces and is adaptable from six furlongs to a mile, so he should have a good season."

Cable Bay is being aimed at the June 16 Queen Anne S. (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot.

Miss Marjurie (Marju) continued her progression with a last-stride decision in the about 12-furlong Pinnacle S. (Eng-G3).

Not quite the finished article in 2014, Miss Marjurie was seventh on her first try at black-type in Goodwood's March S. over 14 furlongs in August and ninth in Newmarket's Princess Royal S. dropped back to this trip the following month. Bettering those efforts when put on the Polytrack to be second in the 13-furlong River Eden Fillies' S. at Lingfield in October, the bay came back a different proposition to take the Daisy Warwick S. returning to Goodwood last time May 2.

Shuffled back after being hampered early, she took time to recover her poise but gradually entered contention down the outer in the straight. Hooking up with Wonderstruck (Sea the Stars) inside the final furlong, Miss Marjurie had something extra to give in the last yards and dug in for a career-best.

"She got a bump on the first bend and got out of her rhythm, so I had to sit and suffer and she came good when I turned in," Hanagan said. "They went a good pace and that probably contributed to her being outpaced early on, but she's really genuine and doesn't want to be in front too soon."

Connections are looking at a return to the same track and trip for the July 4 Lancashire Oaks (Eng-G2).

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Adaay blots Limato's record in Sandy Lane

Third behind Limato (Tagula) in the Pavilion S. (Eng-G3) at Ascot April 29 before winning the Carnarvon S. over this six-furlong trip at Newbury May 16, Adaay (Kodiac) progressed again to reverse Ascot form and upset the previously unbeaten Henry Candy trainee on slower ground in Saturday's Sandy Lane S. (Eng-G2) at Haydock.

Highly regarded at two, the bay beat the eventual Dewhurst S. (Eng-G1) runner-up Kodi Bear (Kodiac) on debut at Newbury and went to the Royal meeting with another win under his belt at Yarmouth but was only eighth in the Coventry S. (Eng-G2) before finishing third to Limato in the  Rose Bowl S. back at Newbury in July. Returning for the first time subsequently in the Pavilion, Adaay ran a fair comeback race before showing the benefit of that when winning the Carnarvon and setting up this rematch.

In rear early as the pace proved hot with Mattmu (Indesatchel) applying the pressure, he gradually worked his way into contention under an unhurried Paul Hanagan. As Limato struggled to get past the longtime leader on the far side, it was clear that the Shadwell first-string was emerging as the bigger threat and, once in the lead approaching the furlong pole, was always holding Limato and the gutsy filly New Providence (Bahamian Bounty).

"I got a very good feel from him and that's the way to ride him -- I felt that the ride Ryan Moore gave him last time was superb and I just wanted to give him the same ride today," his jockey said. "He missed it a half-beat and it was perfect and worked out beautifully. He didn't mind that ground and Limato is a very good horse, so I'm extra pleased."

The winner is being aimed at the Commonwealth Cup (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot June 19 and he looks set for a rematch with Limato, whose trainer Henry Candy cited the prevailing ground as a factor in his first defeat.

"He ran a great race. He's just not the same on that ground," Candy said. We know he wants top-of-the-ground. He picked up all right, but he just isn't quite the same horse. We had to find out whether he could do the same on that ground and we know now. We just have to hope it warms up before Ascot."

Cable Bay (Invincible Spirit), prone to throwing up an unexpected big effort in top company now and then, was finally able to take advantage of a class drop in the John of Gaunt (Eng-G3) and open his black-type account on the rain-softened surface his record suggests is his favorite.

Runner-up at 20-1 in Newmarket's Dewhurst S. in 2013, the bay had hit the board only twice in five subsequent starts before re-emerging from the mire with a latest eye-catching fifth at 66-1 in Newbury's Lockinge S. (Eng-G1) May 16.

Pushed along from the break to sit behind the early pacesetters on the rail, he was angled out approaching the quarter-pole and, when striking the front soon after, proved game to assert as Ascription (Dansili) closed in.

"He missed the beat at the start and gave away his draw advantage, but was brave and got in there," jockey Jamie Spencer said. "He's been dining at the top table all along and has never really had an easy race. He handles all surfaces and is adaptable from six furlongs to a mile, so he should have a good season."

Cable Bay is being aimed at the June 16 Queen Anne S. (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot.

Miss Marjurie (Marju) continued her progression with a last-stride decision in the about 12-furlong Pinnacle S. (Eng-G3).

Not quite the finished article in 2014, Miss Marjurie was seventh on her first try at black-type in Goodwood's March S. over 14 furlongs in August and ninth in Newmarket's Princess Royal S. dropped back to this trip the following month. Bettering those efforts when put on the Polytrack to be second in the 13-furlong River Eden Fillies' S. at Lingfield in October, the bay came back a different proposition to take the Daisy Warwick S. returning to Goodwood last time May 2.

Shuffled back after being hampered early, she took time to recover her poise but gradually entered contention down the outer in the straight. Hooking up with Wonderstruck (Sea the Stars) inside the final furlong, Miss Marjurie had something extra to give in the last yards and dug in for a career-best.

"She got a bump on the first bend and got out of her rhythm, so I had to sit and suffer and she came good when I turned in," Hanagan said. "They went a good pace and that probably contributed to her being outpaced early on, but she's really genuine and doesn't want to be in front too soon."

Connections are looking at a return to the same track and trip for the July 4 Lancashire Oaks (Eng-G2).

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Duramente hopes for classic double in Japanese Derby

The 82nd running of the 2400-meter Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (Jpn-G1) sees a full field of 18 colts go to the post Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan.

The stakes record of 2:23.3 is held jointly by King Kamehameha -- who landed the 2004 edition -- and Japanese Triple Crown hero Deep Impact, who equaled that time a year later. Both Derby victors have multiple colts looking to pad their future stallion credentials in this second jewel of the 2015 Japanese Triple Crown.

The King Kamehameha-sired Satsuki Sho (Japanese Two Thousand Guineas) winner Duramente appears to have all the momentum as he aims to add another classic as the morning line even-money crowd's pick Sunday. First or second in all five racetrack appearances to date--including the Saintpaulia Sho at Tokyo February 1 and a runner-up effort to the reopposing Satsuki Sho second-place finisher Real Steel (Deep Impact) in the Tokinominoru Kinen (Jpn-G3) February 15-- the bay has talent to spare.

However, his biggest hurdle may be himself, with his quirky behavior in his latest run in the Japanese Two Thousand Guineas forcing the stewards to hand pilot Mirco Demuro a short suspension, after he swerved markedly away from the rail in the short Nakayama straight April 19.

"Going around the last two turns in the Satsuki Sho, he was so far inside that I thought there was no way we could win, especially with the time over the first 1,000 meters," said Atsunori Hashimoto, assistant to trainer Norimuki Hori. "But he showed great acceleration down the stretch and because he was so fast, I was worried about him. We took our time making sure he was OK and there wasn't a thing wrong with him."

If Duramente should falter, there are several other colts looking to make a name for themselves in the Tokyo feature. The aforementioned Real Steel is back for more, as is the Satsuki Sho third Kitasan Black (Black Tide), who leaves from stall 17. The recent Kyoto Shimbun Hai (Jpn-G2) one-two of Satono Rasen (Deep Impact), and Cyclomen Sho winner Porte d'Auteuil (Deep Impact) will both be making their initial forays at the highest level when stretched out an additional 200 meters Sunday.

The course and distance May 2 TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho (Jpn-G2) hero Reve Mistral (King Kamehameha) could also have a say in the outcome and exits stall 7.

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Duramente hopes for classic double in Japanese Derby

The 82nd running of the 2400-meter Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (Jpn-G1) sees a full field of 18 colts go to the post Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan.

The stakes record of 2:23.3 is held jointly by King Kamehameha -- who landed the 2004 edition -- and Japanese Triple Crown hero Deep Impact, who equaled that time a year later. Both Derby victors have multiple colts looking to pad their future stallion credentials in this second jewel of the 2015 Japanese Triple Crown.

The King Kamehameha-sired Satsuki Sho (Japanese Two Thousand Guineas) winner Duramente appears to have all the momentum as he aims to add another classic as the morning line even-money crowd's pick Sunday. First or second in all five racetrack appearances to date--including the Saintpaulia Sho at Tokyo February 1 and a runner-up effort to the reopposing Satsuki Sho second-place finisher Real Steel (Deep Impact) in the Tokinominoru Kinen (Jpn-G3) February 15-- the bay has talent to spare.

However, his biggest hurdle may be himself, with his quirky behavior in his latest run in the Japanese Two Thousand Guineas forcing the stewards to hand pilot Mirco Demuro a short suspension, after he swerved markedly away from the rail in the short Nakayama straight April 19.

"Going around the last two turns in the Satsuki Sho, he was so far inside that I thought there was no way we could win, especially with the time over the first 1,000 meters," said Atsunori Hashimoto, assistant to trainer Norimuki Hori. "But he showed great acceleration down the stretch and because he was so fast, I was worried about him. We took our time making sure he was OK and there wasn't a thing wrong with him."

If Duramente should falter, there are several other colts looking to make a name for themselves in the Tokyo feature. The aforementioned Real Steel is back for more, as is the Satsuki Sho third Kitasan Black (Black Tide), who leaves from stall 17. The recent Kyoto Shimbun Hai (Jpn-G2) one-two of Satono Rasen (Deep Impact), and Cyclomen Sho winner Porte d'Auteuil (Deep Impact) will both be making their initial forays at the highest level when stretched out an additional 200 meters Sunday.

The course and distance May 2 TV Tokyo Hai Aoba Sho (Jpn-G2) hero Reve Mistral (King Kamehameha) could also have a say in the outcome and exits stall 7.

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Lady Eli aims to stay perfect in Wonder Again

Lady Eli is prepping for the July 4 Belmont Oaks (Coady Photography)
Undefeated Grade 1 star Lady Eli (Divine Park) towers over the field in Sunday's $200,000 Wonder Again S. at Belmont Park, the designed prep for the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) on July 4. While her opponents include such promising turf fillies as Miss Chatelaine (Pulpit), Pine Needles (Giant's Causeway), Heath (Pulpit) and Itsonlyactingdad (Giant's Causeway), as well as alumnae from the Kentucky Oaks (G1) trail in Puca (Big Brown) and Pangburn (Congrats), they all need to step up their game considerably to trouble the undisputed head of the class.

Lady Eli's only close scrape came in her debut, when she overcame a world of trouble to get up by a nose. Since then, the Chad Brown filly has dispatched her foes with consummate ease. After rallying to a three-length decision in last September's Miss Grillo (G3) here, Lady Eli dismantled an international cast in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Santa Anita. She picked up right where she left off with another convincing display in the April 12 Appalachian (G3) at Keeneland, and seeks to run up her score to 5-0 on Sunday. Regular rider Irad Ortiz Jr. should carve out another stalk-and-pounce trip from post 7.

Her rivals hope that Lady Eli's finishing burst won't be quite so potent over 1 1/8 miles. Four are already proven at this distance (or beyond) on turf -- Heath, Pine Needles, Itsonlyactingdad and My Sweet Girl (Bernardini) -- while Puca has experience at this trip on dirt.

Heath, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and Gulfstream track record-setter Lea (First Samurai), has won two straight for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. The Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider homebred booked her ticket to stakes company by storming 3 1/4 lengths clear in a 1 3/16-mile Keeneland turf allowance. The improving chestnut keeps Jose Lezcano aboard.

Mott also sends out Puca, the runner-up in the April 4 Gazelle (G2) who was a disappointing 12th in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks. As a half-sister to current Grade 1-winning millionaire Finnegans Wake (Powerscourt), however, Puca could enjoy a surface switch. The Donegal Racing runner has tried turf only once, finishing third as a juvenile -- in the same Saratoga maiden won by Lady Eli.

Trainer Christophe Clement likewise has two chances in Miss Chatelaine and Pine Needles. Miss Chatelaine brings a perfect two-for-two record, but has not raced since capturing the Chelsea Flower here last October. She adds Lasix for this sophomore bow, and her first start beyond a mile.

Pine Needles is a neck away from being unbeaten herself. Successful in her first two outings at Gulfstream this winter, Pine Needles was a troubled second, beaten a scant neck by Consumer Credit (More Than Ready), in the April 23 Memories of Silver at Aqueduct. Out of Italian classic queen Meridiana (Lomitas), she is a full sister to Grade 1-placed turf performer Center Divider and a half-sister to Chamois (Smart Strike).

The Todd Pletcher-trained Itsonlyactingdad steps up in class off a Gulfstream maiden score and a game decision in a Keeneland allowance. My Sweet Girl (Bernardini), a close third to Pine Needles at Gulfstream two back, was a fast-finishing third in a 1 3/16-mile turf allowance at Keeneland. The half-sister to Grade 2 heroine Caroline Thomas (Giant's Causeway) out of Grade 1 vixen Bit of Whimsy (Distorted Humor), should have more to offer for Barclay Tagg.

Pangburn reverts to turf for the first time since her debut victory at Ellis Park last summer. The Ken McPeek trainee subsequently paid her way on the dirt. Second in the Pocahontas (G2) at Churchill, Pangburn went on to have a useful Oaklawn meet, with an allowance score, a third in the March 7 Honeybee (G3) and a fourth in the April 4 Fantasy (G3). She picks up Jose Ortiz for this assignment, but note that she's cross-entered to Saturday's $150,000 Penn Oaks.

Rounding out the field is the main-track-only Doinwhatshelikes (Include).

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Lady Eli aims to stay perfect in Wonder Again

Lady Eli is prepping for the July 4 Belmont Oaks (Coady Photography)
Undefeated Grade 1 star Lady Eli (Divine Park) towers over the field in Sunday's $200,000 Wonder Again S. at Belmont Park, the designed prep for the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) on July 4. While her opponents include such promising turf fillies as Miss Chatelaine (Pulpit), Pine Needles (Giant's Causeway), Heath (Pulpit) and Itsonlyactingdad (Giant's Causeway), as well as alumnae from the Kentucky Oaks (G1) trail in Puca (Big Brown) and Pangburn (Congrats), they all need to step up their game considerably to trouble the undisputed head of the class.

Lady Eli's only close scrape came in her debut, when she overcame a world of trouble to get up by a nose. Since then, the Chad Brown filly has dispatched her foes with consummate ease. After rallying to a three-length decision in last September's Miss Grillo (G3) here, Lady Eli dismantled an international cast in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Santa Anita. She picked up right where she left off with another convincing display in the April 12 Appalachian (G3) at Keeneland, and seeks to run up her score to 5-0 on Sunday. Regular rider Irad Ortiz Jr. should carve out another stalk-and-pounce trip from post 7.

Her rivals hope that Lady Eli's finishing burst won't be quite so potent over 1 1/8 miles. Four are already proven at this distance (or beyond) on turf -- Heath, Pine Needles, Itsonlyactingdad and My Sweet Girl (Bernardini) -- while Puca has experience at this trip on dirt.

Heath, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and Gulfstream track record-setter Lea (First Samurai), has won two straight for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. The Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider homebred booked her ticket to stakes company by storming 3 1/4 lengths clear in a 1 3/16-mile Keeneland turf allowance. The improving chestnut keeps Jose Lezcano aboard.

Mott also sends out Puca, the runner-up in the April 4 Gazelle (G2) who was a disappointing 12th in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks. As a half-sister to current Grade 1-winning millionaire Finnegans Wake (Powerscourt), however, Puca could enjoy a surface switch. The Donegal Racing runner has tried turf only once, finishing third as a juvenile -- in the same Saratoga maiden won by Lady Eli.

Trainer Christophe Clement likewise has two chances in Miss Chatelaine and Pine Needles. Miss Chatelaine brings a perfect two-for-two record, but has not raced since capturing the Chelsea Flower here last October. She adds Lasix for this sophomore bow, and her first start beyond a mile.

Pine Needles is a neck away from being unbeaten herself. Successful in her first two outings at Gulfstream this winter, Pine Needles was a troubled second, beaten a scant neck by Consumer Credit (More Than Ready), in the April 23 Memories of Silver at Aqueduct. Out of Italian classic queen Meridiana (Lomitas), she is a full sister to Grade 1-placed turf performer Center Divider and a half-sister to Chamois (Smart Strike).

The Todd Pletcher-trained Itsonlyactingdad steps up in class off a Gulfstream maiden score and a game decision in a Keeneland allowance. My Sweet Girl (Bernardini), a close third to Pine Needles at Gulfstream two back, was a fast-finishing third in a 1 3/16-mile turf allowance at Keeneland. The half-sister to Grade 2 heroine Caroline Thomas (Giant's Causeway) out of Grade 1 vixen Bit of Whimsy (Distorted Humor), should have more to offer for Barclay Tagg.

Pangburn reverts to turf for the first time since her debut victory at Ellis Park last summer. The Ken McPeek trainee subsequently paid her way on the dirt. Second in the Pocahontas (G2) at Churchill, Pangburn went on to have a useful Oaklawn meet, with an allowance score, a third in the March 7 Honeybee (G3) and a fourth in the April 4 Fantasy (G3). She picks up Jose Ortiz for this assignment, but note that she's cross-entered to Saturday's $150,000 Penn Oaks.

Rounding out the field is the main-track-only Doinwhatshelikes (Include).

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Eleven to compete in wide-open Penn Mile

Night Prowler enters the Penn Mile with a pair of Grade 3 wins, including the Transylvania (Keeneland/Coady Photography)
Saturday's $500,000 Penn Mile (G3) at Penn National, elevated this year to Grade 3 status, figures to be a fascinating handicapping and betting exercise. Eleven three-year-olds have entered the grass test, and a majority are worthy win candidates.

The most familiar name in the lineup is Ocho Ocho Ocho (Street Sense), who captured the Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) in November but faltered as a classic candidate this spring. Third in the Blue Grass (G1) two back, he finished 14th in the Kentucky Derby (G1) last time. However, the dark bay has never run on turf, although he has the potential to handle it descending from Street Cry and Horse Chestnut.

"I think he'll like the grass. The distance he'll like. I don't have any doubts. He's pretty keen to go. I don't see any negativity," trainer Jim Cassidy said.

Also invading from the West Coast is Papacoolpapacool (Temple City), a comfortable winner of the $80,000 Pasadena and $79,000 La Puente at Santa Anita, the latter at odds of 1-2. He is undefeated in three outings since joining the Phil D'Amato barn.

"He handles his foes pretty easily in his races, and he's just been training lights out," D'Amato said. "It made my decision to ship out there easy to test the waters."

Night Prowler (Giant's Causeway), the morning line favorite at 3-1, will be looking to add to his graded stakes trophy collection after wins in the Transylvania (G3) and Dania Beach (G3) earlier this season. In between those wins, the Chad Brown trainee was a rough-trip fifth in the Palm Beach (G3).

Woodwin W (More Than Ready) has started his career with four straight wins, the most recent being a three-quarters of a length score in the $100,000 James W. Murphy at Pimlico on the Preakness undercard two weeks ago. The runner-up, stakes winner Force the Pass (Speightstown), is back to oppose.

Others who might move forward are Granny's Kitten (Kitten's Joy), who has won both starts including a Churchill Downs allowance May 10; Commanche's Storm (Pollard's Vision), runner-up in the $75,000 English Channel at Gulfstream last time; and High Noon Rider (Distorted Humor), runner-up to Force the Pass in the $60,000 Cutler Bay at Gulfstream prior to a recent allowance win.

Ben's Cat slipped inside Bold Thunder to take the Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico two weeks ago (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Grass stakes winners My Point Exactly (Concord Point) and Tuba (Magna Graduate) have also been entered.

The venerable Ben's Cat (Parkers's Storm Cat), who earned his 24th career stakes win May 15 when taking the Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico, headlines the $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup, a five-furlong turf dash.

This will be Ben's Cat's fourth appearance in the Governor's Cup. The nine-year-old, King Leatherbury charge won in 2011, was fourth in 2012, and third in 2013.

His main rivals figure to be the pair he just defeated at Old Hilltop -- Jim McKay runner-up Bold Thunder (Bold n' Flashy) and third-placer Amelia's Wild Ride (D'wildcat). Trying turf for a second time is Fabulous Kid (Congrats), a sharp second-level allowance winner over the main track at Parx last time.

The $200,000 Mountainview H., a nine-furlong, main-track test for older horses, has attracted a number of graded stakes winners. Early favorites on the morning line are Grade 3 scorers Albano (Istan), who won the Maxxam Gold Cup two back and was second in the New Orleans H. (G2) last time, and Golden Lad (Medaglia d'Oro), who captured the Essex H. in February prior to a fourth in the Oaklawn H. (G2).

Other notables include Dwyer (G3) winner Kid Cruz (Lemon Drop Kid); Indiana Derby (G2) hero East Hall (Graeme Hall); Mineshaft H. (G3) victor Street Babe (Street Sense); and the competitive-looking trio of Farhaan (Jazil), Cousin Stephen (Proud Citizen), and Nowalking (Hard Spun).

Strict Compliance (Into Mischief), who was entered in Saturday's American Oaks (G1) at Santa Anita, will reportedly skip that race in favor of the $150,000 Penn Oaks over a mile on the turf. The Chad Brown pupil missed by a neck in her debut before reeling off back-to-back wins at Gulfstream and Keeneland.

Quality Rocks (Rock Hard Ten), winner of the Florida Oaks (G3) and runner-up in the Sweetest Chant (G3) and Edgewood (G3) this term, looks like the one to beat. Also among the field of eight are multiple stakes winner Red Sashay (Big Brown) and the Grade/Group 3-placed Prize Exhibit (Showcasing) and Pangburn (Congrats).

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Eleven to compete in wide-open Penn Mile

Night Prowler enters the Penn Mile with a pair of Grade 3 wins, including the Transylvania (Keeneland/Coady Photography)
Saturday's $500,000 Penn Mile (G3) at Penn National, elevated this year to Grade 3 status, figures to be a fascinating handicapping and betting exercise. Eleven three-year-olds have entered the grass test, and a majority are worthy win candidates.

The most familiar name in the lineup is Ocho Ocho Ocho (Street Sense), who captured the Delta Downs Jackpot (G3) in November but faltered as a classic candidate this spring. Third in the Blue Grass (G1) two back, he finished 14th in the Kentucky Derby (G1) last time. However, the dark bay has never run on turf, although he has the potential to handle it descending from Street Cry and Horse Chestnut.

"I think he'll like the grass. The distance he'll like. I don't have any doubts. He's pretty keen to go. I don't see any negativity," trainer Jim Cassidy said.

Also invading from the West Coast is Papacoolpapacool (Temple City), a comfortable winner of the $80,000 Pasadena and $79,000 La Puente at Santa Anita, the latter at odds of 1-2. He is undefeated in three outings since joining the Phil D'Amato barn.

"He handles his foes pretty easily in his races, and he's just been training lights out," D'Amato said. "It made my decision to ship out there easy to test the waters."

Night Prowler (Giant's Causeway), the morning line favorite at 3-1, will be looking to add to his graded stakes trophy collection after wins in the Transylvania (G3) and Dania Beach (G3) earlier this season. In between those wins, the Chad Brown trainee was a rough-trip fifth in the Palm Beach (G3).

Woodwin W (More Than Ready) has started his career with four straight wins, the most recent being a three-quarters of a length score in the $100,000 James W. Murphy at Pimlico on the Preakness undercard two weeks ago. The runner-up, stakes winner Force the Pass (Speightstown), is back to oppose.

Others who might move forward are Granny's Kitten (Kitten's Joy), who has won both starts including a Churchill Downs allowance May 10; Commanche's Storm (Pollard's Vision), runner-up in the $75,000 English Channel at Gulfstream last time; and High Noon Rider (Distorted Humor), runner-up to Force the Pass in the $60,000 Cutler Bay at Gulfstream prior to a recent allowance win.

Ben's Cat slipped inside Bold Thunder to take the Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico two weeks ago (Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club)
Grass stakes winners My Point Exactly (Concord Point) and Tuba (Magna Graduate) have also been entered.

The venerable Ben's Cat (Parkers's Storm Cat), who earned his 24th career stakes win May 15 when taking the Jim McKay Turf Sprint at Pimlico, headlines the $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup, a five-furlong turf dash.

This will be Ben's Cat's fourth appearance in the Governor's Cup. The nine-year-old, King Leatherbury charge won in 2011, was fourth in 2012, and third in 2013.

His main rivals figure to be the pair he just defeated at Old Hilltop -- Jim McKay runner-up Bold Thunder (Bold n' Flashy) and third-placer Amelia's Wild Ride (D'wildcat). Trying turf for a second time is Fabulous Kid (Congrats), a sharp second-level allowance winner over the main track at Parx last time.

The $200,000 Mountainview H., a nine-furlong, main-track test for older horses, has attracted a number of graded stakes winners. Early favorites on the morning line are Grade 3 scorers Albano (Istan), who won the Maxxam Gold Cup two back and was second in the New Orleans H. (G2) last time, and Golden Lad (Medaglia d'Oro), who captured the Essex H. in February prior to a fourth in the Oaklawn H. (G2).

Other notables include Dwyer (G3) winner Kid Cruz (Lemon Drop Kid); Indiana Derby (G2) hero East Hall (Graeme Hall); Mineshaft H. (G3) victor Street Babe (Street Sense); and the competitive-looking trio of Farhaan (Jazil), Cousin Stephen (Proud Citizen), and Nowalking (Hard Spun).

Strict Compliance (Into Mischief), who was entered in Saturday's American Oaks (G1) at Santa Anita, will reportedly skip that race in favor of the $150,000 Penn Oaks over a mile on the turf. The Chad Brown pupil missed by a neck in her debut before reeling off back-to-back wins at Gulfstream and Keeneland.

Quality Rocks (Rock Hard Ten), winner of the Florida Oaks (G3) and runner-up in the Sweetest Chant (G3) and Edgewood (G3) this term, looks like the one to beat. Also among the field of eight are multiple stakes winner Red Sashay (Big Brown) and the Grade/Group 3-placed Prize Exhibit (Showcasing) and Pangburn (Congrats).

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Brown sends two to California for American Oaks

American Oaks candidate Consumer Credit has won three of her four stakes appearances (Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Not only does trainer Chad Brown have the nation's leading three-year-old turf filly in Lady Eli (Divine Park), but the young conditioner has his eye set on plundering other divisional races Lady Eli is not targeting. A case in point is Saturday's $400,000 American Oaks (G1) at Santa Anita, where Brown will saddle two of the six entrants in the 1 1/4-mile test.

The most accomplished of the trio is Consumer Credit (More Than Ready), who has already won three of her four stakes appearances. Opening her black type account with a 3 3/4-length score in the $75,000 Wait a While at Gulfstream Park West in November, she next captured the Sweetest Chant (G3) at Gulfstream by a length two months later.

Second by three-quarters of a length in the March 7 Florida Oaks (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs, Consumer Credit rebounded to take the $98,000 Memories of Silver at Aqueduct April 23, but only by a neck on yielding ground.

Brown's will also be represented by Mrs McDougal (Medaglia d'Oro), who is two-for-three after romping by more than seven lengths over good ground at Aqueduct. Brown also entered Strict Compliance (Into Mischief), but will instead run that filly in Saturday's $150,000 Penn Oaks at Penn National.

The home defense is led by Spanish Queen (Tribal Rule) and Sharla Rae (Afleet Alex), one-two in the May 3 Honeymoon (G2) over nine furlongs. The 1 1/2-length score by Spanish Queen was her second in three starts, the only setback being a neck loss in the Providencia (G3) two back.

Sharla Rae, 48-1 in the Honeymoon, had previously captured the California Oaks and Pike Place Dancer on Golden Gate Fields' Tapeta, and the Barretts Debutante on the dirt at Los Alamitos.

Moreno looks to end his Santa Anita losing streak in the Californian (Coady Photography)
Invading the West Coast for a third time is the Todd Pletcher-trained Feathered (Indian Charlie), exiting a two-length win in the Edgewood (G3) at Churchill Downs in her turf debut. Last fall, she finished fourth by a length in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita and second by a half-length in the Starlet (G1) at Los Alamitos.

The field is completed by Dating Lady Luck (Arch), a last-out maiden winner at Keeneland for Al Stall.

The speedy older male star Moreno (Ghostzapper) seeks to snap his eight-race losing skid at Santa Anita when he takes on eight rivals in the $200,000 Californian (G2) at 1 1/8 miles.

Hero of last year's Whitney (G1), Moreno has had a positive campaign thus far. Runner-up to Shared Belief (Candy Ride) in the Santa Anita H. (G1) off a four-month layoff, Moreno next finished a close third in the New Orleans H. (G2) and then won the Charles Town Classic (G2) by two lengths after Shared Belief was pulled up midway through the race.

Moreno has finished second four times in eight starts at Santa Anita, but has never won over the main track. One who has, Catch a Flight (Giant's Causeway), figures to be his most serious rival. The Brazilian import finished third in the Big 'Cap in his third U.S. appearance, and most recently captured the Precisionist (G3) over returning rivals Sammy Mandeville (Rock Hard Ten) and Blue Tone (Birdstone).

Also lining up for the Californian are Big Cazanova (Giant's Causeway), who captured the Native Diver (G3) at Del Mar two back but was only fifth in the January 10 San Pasqual (G2) in his only outing so far this year, and Louisiana H. winner Hard Aces (Hard Spun), who adds blinkers after a fourth in the Big 'Cap and a sixth in the Oaklawn H. (G2).

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Brown sends two to California for American Oaks

American Oaks candidate Consumer Credit has won three of her four stakes appearances (Leslie Martin/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Not only does trainer Chad Brown have the nation's leading three-year-old turf filly in Lady Eli (Divine Park), but the young conditioner has his eye set on plundering other divisional races Lady Eli is not targeting. A case in point is Saturday's $400,000 American Oaks (G1) at Santa Anita, where Brown will saddle two of the six entrants in the 1 1/4-mile test.

The most accomplished of the trio is Consumer Credit (More Than Ready), who has already won three of her four stakes appearances. Opening her black type account with a 3 3/4-length score in the $75,000 Wait a While at Gulfstream Park West in November, she next captured the Sweetest Chant (G3) at Gulfstream by a length two months later.

Second by three-quarters of a length in the March 7 Florida Oaks (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs, Consumer Credit rebounded to take the $98,000 Memories of Silver at Aqueduct April 23, but only by a neck on yielding ground.

Brown's will also be represented by Mrs McDougal (Medaglia d'Oro), who is two-for-three after romping by more than seven lengths over good ground at Aqueduct. Brown also entered Strict Compliance (Into Mischief), but will instead run that filly in Saturday's $150,000 Penn Oaks at Penn National.

The home defense is led by Spanish Queen (Tribal Rule) and Sharla Rae (Afleet Alex), one-two in the May 3 Honeymoon (G2) over nine furlongs. The 1 1/2-length score by Spanish Queen was her second in three starts, the only setback being a neck loss in the Providencia (G3) two back.

Sharla Rae, 48-1 in the Honeymoon, had previously captured the California Oaks and Pike Place Dancer on Golden Gate Fields' Tapeta, and the Barretts Debutante on the dirt at Los Alamitos.

Moreno looks to end his Santa Anita losing streak in the Californian (Coady Photography)
Invading the West Coast for a third time is the Todd Pletcher-trained Feathered (Indian Charlie), exiting a two-length win in the Edgewood (G3) at Churchill Downs in her turf debut. Last fall, she finished fourth by a length in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Santa Anita and second by a half-length in the Starlet (G1) at Los Alamitos.

The field is completed by Dating Lady Luck (Arch), a last-out maiden winner at Keeneland for Al Stall.

The speedy older male star Moreno (Ghostzapper) seeks to snap his eight-race losing skid at Santa Anita when he takes on eight rivals in the $200,000 Californian (G2) at 1 1/8 miles.

Hero of last year's Whitney (G1), Moreno has had a positive campaign thus far. Runner-up to Shared Belief (Candy Ride) in the Santa Anita H. (G1) off a four-month layoff, Moreno next finished a close third in the New Orleans H. (G2) and then won the Charles Town Classic (G2) by two lengths after Shared Belief was pulled up midway through the race.

Moreno has finished second four times in eight starts at Santa Anita, but has never won over the main track. One who has, Catch a Flight (Giant's Causeway), figures to be his most serious rival. The Brazilian import finished third in the Big 'Cap in his third U.S. appearance, and most recently captured the Precisionist (G3) over returning rivals Sammy Mandeville (Rock Hard Ten) and Blue Tone (Birdstone).

Also lining up for the Californian are Big Cazanova (Giant's Causeway), who captured the Native Diver (G3) at Del Mar two back but was only fifth in the January 10 San Pasqual (G2) in his only outing so far this year, and Louisiana H. winner Hard Aces (Hard Spun), who adds blinkers after a fourth in the Big 'Cap and a sixth in the Oaklawn H. (G2).

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In brief

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), who serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Horse Caucus, on Friday announced plans to introduce the Thoroughbred Horse Racing Anti-Doping Act of 2015 to establish uniform standards for drugs and medication in the American Thoroughbred industry. "The racing industry has taken significant steps toward medication reform in the past several years, and this legislation will build on that progress by providing a uniform, national solution that sets the highest standards of independence, fairness and integrity -- ensuring the future health of the sport and protecting thousands of jobs across the country," Tonko said. Medication in the Thoroughbred industry is currently regulated on state-by-state basis. The planned legislation would grant independent authority over rule-making, testing and enforcement oversight regarding drugs and medication to an entity created by the non-profit, non-governmental U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). This legislation will not create an ongoing role for the federal government in horse racing or use taxpayer dollars to fund the program. The funds necessary for the establishment and administration of the horse racing anti-doping program would be paid entirely by the industry, at zero cost to the taxpayer. "A single, national approach to medication and drug testing with strong independent oversight and enforcement is long overdue and will help ensure the industry's long-term viability, including enhancing the care and welfare of horses," Tonko said. "There is much at stake, with the Thoroughbred industry contributing $25 billion to the U.S. economy annually and nearly 400,000 jobs, including many in the Saratoga Springs area that I represent."...

Making his first start for trainer Todd Pletcher, Grade 2 runner-up Mylute (Midnight Lute) opened his five-year-old season a winner at Belmont Park on Friday, closing from off the pace to capture a one-mile allowance/optional claiming event by 2 1/4 lengths. Jockey John Velazquez was up on the 4-5 favorite, who was making his first appearance since a third in the West Virginia Governor's at Mountaineer in early August, and the gray horse snapped a four-race losing streak when stopping the teletimer in 1:35. Fifth in the 2013 Kentucky Derby (G1), Mylute has placed in six stakes races while earning $738,020 from a 18-4-3-4 record...

Jacks or Better Farm Inc.'s homebred Brighton Lane (Hear No Evil), a juvenile full brother to multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Jackson Bend, broke his maiden in his career debut on Friday in the 4TH race at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Stanley Gold, the bay colt set his sights on clear leader and 4-5 favorite Wild Pussycat (Wildcat Heir) early on in the five-furlong contest before ending up dueling with Graphite Strike (With Distinction) after overtaking the front runner. Brighton Lane inched away from his rival in deep stretch under jockey Jesus Rios to record a three-quarter length victory while stopping the clock in 1:00 1/5 over the fast main track. The Florida-bred is out of Sexy Stockings (Tabasco Cat), who is best known for producing Jackson Bend and is herself a half-sister to multiple Grade 3 hero Fort Loudon (Awesome of Course). Jackson Bend, who was transferred between Gold and trainer Nick Zito depending on what part of the country he was competing in, went 5-1-0 from six starts in his juvenile season after breaking his maiden in his second try. The talented chestnut would go on to win both the Carter H. (G1) and Forego S. (G1), as well as placed in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), while racking up more than $1.8 million in lifetime earnings...

Startup Nation (Temple City) is set to make his 2015 debut facing seven rivals in the $200,000 Pennine Ridge for three-year-olds over 1 1/8 miles on the inner turf Saturday at Belmont Park. One of three entrants from the barn of Chad Brown, Startup Nation broke his maiden at first asking last summer and went on to win the With Anticipation (G2) at Saratoga. The New York-bred will be making his first start since finishing a troubled 11th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) last fall at Santa Anita. Brown will also saddle coupled entrymate Takeover Target (Harlan's Holiday), as well as Chief Kitten (Kitten's Joy). Undefeated in his two starts, both of Takeover Target's wins have come over the Belmont turf, most recently in an allowance on May 7. Chief Kitten, whose two career wins have come at a mile on the grass, captured the Pulpity S. at Gulfstream Park West last November. Divisidero (Kitten's Joy) is among those set to challenge the Brown trio. He's coming off of a win in the American Turf (G2) on May 2 at Churchill Downs. Also in the lineup are Palm Beach (G3) winner Eh Cumpari (Elusive Quality), stakes winner and American Turf third World Approval (Northern Afleet), and recent Woodhaven runner-up Made in Detroit (Arch)...

Something Extra (Indian Charlie) could make his fourth appearance in the Connaught Cup (Can-G2) at Woodbine on Saturday, although he has also been invited to the June 6 Japiur S. (G3) at Belmont park over six furlongs. Something Extra won the Connaught Cup, a seven-furlong turf sprint, in 2012 and 2013, but could not hold off Excaper (Exchange Rate) in last year's renewal after a thrilling stretch run. He has two starts under his belt in 2015, a half-length win in the Shakertown (G3) at Keeneland and a third-place run in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G3) at Churchill Downs. Excaper arrives at Saturday's test off a series of strong works including a bullet four panel breeze in :46 4/5 over the Woodbine training turf on May 24. He's raced twice this year, both at Gulfstream Park, finishing fifth in the Canadian Turf (G3) and sixth in the Appleton (G3). Multiple Grade 3 winner River Seven (Johannesburg) will be making his first start since winning the Labeeb S. at Woodbine on October 26. Grade 3 veteran Dimension (Medicean) scored his lone win last season in the Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, where he prevailing by a neck over Something Extra.

Pure Tactics (Pure Prize) mounts a title defense in Sunday's $75,000 Siren Lure S., an about 6 1/2-furlong scramble on Santa Anita's downhill turf. Up at the wire here one year ago, the Doug O'Neill charge later carried his speed for a mile in the October 26 Lure and also added the January 25 Clocker's Corner back at this trip. Pure Tactics was most recently sixth in the April 19 San Simeon (G3), but he rebounded off a similar effort in the same race last year. He faces only four challengers, but all have credentials -- Holy Lute (Midnight Lute) exits a closing second in the San Simeon; County Lineman (Silent Name), third in the 2014 Siren Lure, tuned up with a last-stride optional claiming score; Oliver's Tale (E Dubai) just wired a course-and-distance optional claimer by 3 1/2 lengths; and course specialist Bobby Z Man (Unusual Heat) hails from the Barry Abrams barn...

Inglis, which is approaching its 150-year anniversary, will relocate its head office and auction facilities from Newmarket in Randwick to Warwick Farm, the sales company announced Friday. The new 26-acre plot was acquired in 2009 from the Australian Turf Club and is adjacent to Warwick Farm Racecourse. The target move date is during the spring of 2018 and the facility will be operational in time for the major yearling sales of 2019. The location was selected after an intense review period that determined that the new placement of Inglis' facilities will benefit from the close proximity to Warwick Farm, the Sydney International Airport and the forthcoming second Sydney Airport at Badgery's Creek, which will also be capable of handling international traffic. The West Connex project, to improve the ring road network around Sydney, was also a factor in the selection process. "Our goal is to create the best Thoroughbred horse sales facility in the world that honors our heritage and services the Australasian Throughbred industry for the next 100 years, full stop," Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said. For more information, go to www.inglis.com.au.

In brief

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), who serves as co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Horse Caucus, on Friday announced plans to introduce the Thoroughbred Horse Racing Anti-Doping Act of 2015 to establish uniform standards for drugs and medication in the American Thoroughbred industry. "The racing industry has taken significant steps toward medication reform in the past several years, and this legislation will build on that progress by providing a uniform, national solution that sets the highest standards of independence, fairness and integrity -- ensuring the future health of the sport and protecting thousands of jobs across the country," Tonko said. Medication in the Thoroughbred industry is currently regulated on state-by-state basis. The planned legislation would grant independent authority over rule-making, testing and enforcement oversight regarding drugs and medication to an entity created by the non-profit, non-governmental U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). This legislation will not create an ongoing role for the federal government in horse racing or use taxpayer dollars to fund the program. The funds necessary for the establishment and administration of the horse racing anti-doping program would be paid entirely by the industry, at zero cost to the taxpayer. "A single, national approach to medication and drug testing with strong independent oversight and enforcement is long overdue and will help ensure the industry's long-term viability, including enhancing the care and welfare of horses," Tonko said. "There is much at stake, with the Thoroughbred industry contributing $25 billion to the U.S. economy annually and nearly 400,000 jobs, including many in the Saratoga Springs area that I represent."...

Making his first start for trainer Todd Pletcher, Grade 2 runner-up Mylute (Midnight Lute) opened his five-year-old season a winner at Belmont Park on Friday, closing from off the pace to capture a one-mile allowance/optional claiming event by 2 1/4 lengths. Jockey John Velazquez was up on the 4-5 favorite, who was making his first appearance since a third in the West Virginia Governor's at Mountaineer in early August, and the gray horse snapped a four-race losing streak when stopping the teletimer in 1:35. Fifth in the 2013 Kentucky Derby (G1), Mylute has placed in six stakes races while earning $738,020 from a 18-4-3-4 record...

Jacks or Better Farm Inc.'s homebred Brighton Lane (Hear No Evil), a juvenile full brother to multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Jackson Bend, broke his maiden in his career debut on Friday in the 4TH race at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Stanley Gold, the bay colt set his sights on clear leader and 4-5 favorite Wild Pussycat (Wildcat Heir) early on in the five-furlong contest before ending up dueling with Graphite Strike (With Distinction) after overtaking the front runner. Brighton Lane inched away from his rival in deep stretch under jockey Jesus Rios to record a three-quarter length victory while stopping the clock in 1:00 1/5 over the fast main track. The Florida-bred is out of Sexy Stockings (Tabasco Cat), who is best known for producing Jackson Bend and is herself a half-sister to multiple Grade 3 hero Fort Loudon (Awesome of Course). Jackson Bend, who was transferred between Gold and trainer Nick Zito depending on what part of the country he was competing in, went 5-1-0 from six starts in his juvenile season after breaking his maiden in his second try. The talented chestnut would go on to win both the Carter H. (G1) and Forego S. (G1), as well as placed in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), while racking up more than $1.8 million in lifetime earnings...

Startup Nation (Temple City) is set to make his 2015 debut facing seven rivals in the $200,000 Pennine Ridge for three-year-olds over 1 1/8 miles on the inner turf Saturday at Belmont Park. One of three entrants from the barn of Chad Brown, Startup Nation broke his maiden at first asking last summer and went on to win the With Anticipation (G2) at Saratoga. The New York-bred will be making his first start since finishing a troubled 11th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) last fall at Santa Anita. Brown will also saddle coupled entrymate Takeover Target (Harlan's Holiday), as well as Chief Kitten (Kitten's Joy). Undefeated in his two starts, both of Takeover Target's wins have come over the Belmont turf, most recently in an allowance on May 7. Chief Kitten, whose two career wins have come at a mile on the grass, captured the Pulpity S. at Gulfstream Park West last November. Divisidero (Kitten's Joy) is among those set to challenge the Brown trio. He's coming off of a win in the American Turf (G2) on May 2 at Churchill Downs. Also in the lineup are Palm Beach (G3) winner Eh Cumpari (Elusive Quality), stakes winner and American Turf third World Approval (Northern Afleet), and recent Woodhaven runner-up Made in Detroit (Arch)...

Something Extra (Indian Charlie) could make his fourth appearance in the Connaught Cup (Can-G2) at Woodbine on Saturday, although he has also been invited to the June 6 Japiur S. (G3) at Belmont park over six furlongs. Something Extra won the Connaught Cup, a seven-furlong turf sprint, in 2012 and 2013, but could not hold off Excaper (Exchange Rate) in last year's renewal after a thrilling stretch run. He has two starts under his belt in 2015, a half-length win in the Shakertown (G3) at Keeneland and a third-place run in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G3) at Churchill Downs. Excaper arrives at Saturday's test off a series of strong works including a bullet four panel breeze in :46 4/5 over the Woodbine training turf on May 24. He's raced twice this year, both at Gulfstream Park, finishing fifth in the Canadian Turf (G3) and sixth in the Appleton (G3). Multiple Grade 3 winner River Seven (Johannesburg) will be making his first start since winning the Labeeb S. at Woodbine on October 26. Grade 3 veteran Dimension (Medicean) scored his lone win last season in the Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, where he prevailing by a neck over Something Extra.

Pure Tactics (Pure Prize) mounts a title defense in Sunday's $75,000 Siren Lure S., an about 6 1/2-furlong scramble on Santa Anita's downhill turf. Up at the wire here one year ago, the Doug O'Neill charge later carried his speed for a mile in the October 26 Lure and also added the January 25 Clocker's Corner back at this trip. Pure Tactics was most recently sixth in the April 19 San Simeon (G3), but he rebounded off a similar effort in the same race last year. He faces only four challengers, but all have credentials -- Holy Lute (Midnight Lute) exits a closing second in the San Simeon; County Lineman (Silent Name), third in the 2014 Siren Lure, tuned up with a last-stride optional claiming score; Oliver's Tale (E Dubai) just wired a course-and-distance optional claimer by 3 1/2 lengths; and course specialist Bobby Z Man (Unusual Heat) hails from the Barry Abrams barn...

Inglis, which is approaching its 150-year anniversary, will relocate its head office and auction facilities from Newmarket in Randwick to Warwick Farm, the sales company announced Friday. The new 26-acre plot was acquired in 2009 from the Australian Turf Club and is adjacent to Warwick Farm Racecourse. The target move date is during the spring of 2018 and the facility will be operational in time for the major yearling sales of 2019. The location was selected after an intense review period that determined that the new placement of Inglis' facilities will benefit from the close proximity to Warwick Farm, the Sydney International Airport and the forthcoming second Sydney Airport at Badgery's Creek, which will also be capable of handling international traffic. The West Connex project, to improve the ring road network around Sydney, was also a factor in the selection process. "Our goal is to create the best Thoroughbred horse sales facility in the world that honors our heritage and services the Australasian Throughbred industry for the next 100 years, full stop," Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said. For more information, go to www.inglis.com.au.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

AMELIA ISLAND H., GP, $60,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16MT, 5-29.
3—STREET OF GOLD, m, 5, Street Sense--Harriett Lane, by Giant's Causeway. ($70,000 2012 KEEAPR). O-Elm Racing LLC, B-Alpha Delta Stables, LLC (KY), T-Eric R. Reed, J-Edgar S. Prado, $36,084.
10—E B Ryder, m, 5, Bluegrass Cat--Back to Earth, by Theatrical (IRE). O-Miller Racing LLC, B-Farnsworth Stables LLC (FL), $11,640.
6—Weekend Appeal, m, 5, Weekend Cruise--Waiting Appeal, by Successful Appeal. ($20,000 2012 OBSJUN). O-Celeste Stevens, B-John & Celeste Stevens (FL), $5,820.
Also Ran: Will to Shine, She Drives Me Wild, Devious Maddy, Miss Margaret, Creative License.
Winning Time: 1:39 4/5 (fm)
Margins: 3 1/4, 7 1/4, 3/4.
Odds: 2.80, 1.20, 26.30.

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Saturday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Arlington   (3rd) Wildwood Dancer, 9-2
    (8th) Sweep E Prado, 6-1
Belmont Park   (1st) Galroyale, 3-1
    (5th) Longfor the City, 7-2
Belterra Park   (7th) Schoolmistress, 7-2
    (8th) Our Bailiwick, 5-1
Delaware Park   (5th) Oxford Street, 7-2
    (6th) Arangol, 3-1
Emerald Downs   (4th) In Private, 9-2
    (7th) Epic Electorate, 5-1
Evangeline Downs   (1st) Black N Gold, 7-2
    (3rd) Ide Be Silly, 6-1
Finger Lakes   (4th) French Cruller, 5-1
    (6th) Sky Fortune, 3-1
Golden Gate Fields   (1st) Sister Hubert, 9-2
    (5th) Deputy Copycat, 3-1
Gulfstream Park   (2nd) Huehuetoca, 4-1
    (5th) Valid Wildfire, 3-1
Hastings Park   (4th) Roy's Dream, 4-1
    (5th) Makawao, 7-2
Indiana Grand   (2nd) Heavenly Zing, 9-2
    (5th) Serious Talk, 4-1
Lone Star Park   (1st) Pa Loli, 3-1
    (8th) Witt's Demon, 3-1
Louisiana Downs   (3rd) Udoknowjack, 3-1
    (7th) Eddie's Deal, 4-1
Monmouth Park   (2nd) Tricky Game, 3-1
    (5th) Freestyler, 7-2
Mountaineer   (2nd) Vickie's Joy, 5-1
    (8th) Turkish Lies, 9-2
Parx Racing   (2nd) Kensington Kid, 7-2
    (5th) Indian Defence, 3-1
Penn National   (1st) Prize Exhibit, 7-2
    (6th) Silver and Onions, 3-1
Pimlico   (8th) I.E. Flash, 6-1
    (9th) Cusabo, 6-1
Prairie Meadows   (3rd) Crazy Jacito, 3-1
    (6th) Take What You Can, 9-2
Santa Anita   (4th) Go Jeremiah, 7-2
    (9th) Pay the Fine, 4-1
Thistledown   (2nd) Big Roques, 7-2
    (5th) Red River Heidi, 7-2
Woodbine   (2nd) Harveys in Court, 3-1
    (4th) Hutchy, 6-1

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

BEL, 3RD, AOC, $85,000, 3YO/UP, 1M, 5-29.
2—MYLUTE, h, 5, Midnight Lute--Stage Stop, by Valid Expectations. ($150,000 '11 FTKJUL). O-GoldMark Farm, LLC and Whisper Hill Farm, B-Mike G Rutherford (KY), T-Todd A. Pletcher, J-John R. Velazquez, $51,000.
6—Lucky Lotto, g, 7, Pure Prize--Kirsche, by Defrere. O-Danny J Chen, B-Martin Cherry (KY), $17,000.
3—Mail, h, 5, Medaglia d'Oro--Tap Dance, by Pleasant Tap. ($470,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Warren, Jr, Mr and Mrs William K, B-Edward P Evans (VA), $8,500.
Winning Time: 1:35 (ft)
 
BEL, 8TH, ALW, $77,000, 3YO, 1MT, 5-29.
7—FACE THE MUSIC, c, 3, Stormy Atlantic--Voyage, by Rahy. O-Phipps Stable, B-Phipps Stable (KY), T-Claude R. McGaughey III, J-Joel Rosario, $46,200.
9—Johnson City Kid, c, 3, Lemon Drop Kid--Shadow of Mine, by Belong to Me. O-Sagamore Farm, B-Sagamore Farm (MD), $15,400.
8—Canadian Flyer, c, 3, Canadian Frontier--Executricker, by El Prado (IRE). ($42,000 '12 KEENOV; $140,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Shanley, Michael P, Shanley, Lyn and Leveen, Leonard, B-Mr & Mrs Theodore Kuster (KY), $7,700.
Winning Time: 1:35 1/5 (fm)
 
BEL, 7TH, AOC, $68,000, 3YO/UP, A6FT, 5-29.
4—SANCTIFY, c, 4, Pulpit--Averymerrymoment, by Distorted Humor. O-Parting Glass Racing (Thomas J Gallo), B-Mia Gallo & Mary Kopley (NY), T-William I. Mott, J-Manuel Franco, $40,800.
2—Asset Inflation, g, 5, Greeley's Galaxy--Avie's Jill, by Lord Avie. ($5,000 '11 FTMOCT; $100,000 2012 OBSAPR). O-Three Diamonds Farm, B-Better Days Farm & Pat Costello (NY), $13,600.
6—Wake Up in Malibu, g, 4, Malibu Moon--Wake Up Kiss, by Cure the Blues. ($100,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Hill, Jim and Susan, B-Edition Farm (NY), $6,800.
Winning Time: 1:08 (fm)
 
WO, 8TH, ALW, $65,343, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 5-29.
3—BEST COUNTRY, g, 4, Best of the Bests (IRE)--Concert Country, by Concerto. O-Roger Laurin, B-Laurin Stable Inc (ON), T-Roger Laurin, J-Steven Ronald Bahen, $45,207.
6—Dupes, g, 6, Shakespeare--Comfort a Belle, by Red Ransom. O-Al Lupcho, Jr, B-William C Schettine (KY), $9,424.
4—Flashaway, c, 3, Eskendereya--Call Me Fleet, by Afleet. ($100,000 '13 KEESEP; $500,000 2014 FTFMAR). O-John C Oxley, B-Dell Ridge Farm, LLC (KY), $5,183.
Winning Time: 1:34 1/5 (fm)
 
CD, 3RD, ALW, $53,328, 3YO, F, 5FT, 5-29.
5—SUPER SAKS, f, 3, Sky Mesa--Broadway Debut, by Unbridled's Song. ($80,000 '12 KEENOV; $250,000 '13 FTSAUG). O-Baker, Robert C and Mack, William L, B-Kennelot Stables Ltd (KY), T-D. Wayne Lukas, J-James Graham, $32,400.
2—Paige, f, 3, Sky Mesa--Perfect Story, by Tale of the Cat. ($125,000 '13 FTKJUL; $75,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Wells, Jim and Cheyenne Stables, B-John C Oxley (KY), $10,800.
6—Pretty Perfection, f, 3, Majesticperfection--Suchaprettygirl, by Mazel Trick. ($155,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Stoneway Farm, B-Brereton C Jones (KY), $5,400.
Winning Time: :56 4/5 (fm)
 
CD, 8TH, AOC, $51,784, 3YO, 1M, 5-29.
2—BENT ON BOURBON, c, 3, Arch--Little Luxury, by Seeking the Gold. ($90,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Bourbon Lane Stable, B-Northwest Farms LLC (KY), T-Eddie Kenneally, J-Corey J. Lanerie, $31,200.
6—Roll Tide Roll, c, 3, Elusive Quality--Lightfoot Lane, by Phone Trick. ($92,000 '12 KEENOV; $250,000 '13 KEESEP). O-West, Gary and Mary, B-Hidden Brook Farm, Jonathan Mills &Darley (KY), $10,400.
3—Quality Bird, c, 3, Quality Road--Caged Glory, by Honour and Glory. O-Marylou Whitney Stables LLC, B-Marylou Whitney Stables LLC (KY), $5,200.
Winning Time: 1:36 (ft)
 
CD, 7TH, AOC, $51,128, 3YO, F, 1M, 5-28.
8—PLEASANT TALES, f, 3, Tale of Ekati--S' Avall, by Awesome Again. O-Charles E Fipke, B-Charles Fipke (KY), T-Dallas Stewart, J-Jamie Theriot, $31,200.
1—Hone In, f, 3, Smart Strike--Direct Line, by Tiznow. O-Humphrey, Jr, G Watts and St George Farm Racing LLC, B-G Watts Humphrey Jr & St George Farm Racing, LLC (KY), $10,400.
7—You Should Be Here, f, 3, Niagara Causeway--Splendid Bloom, by A.P. Indy. ($8,000 '13 TEXAUG; $15,500 2014 TEXAPR). O-Morrison, Bill and Denise, B-La Bahia Stud, Inc (KY), $5,200.
Winning Time: 1:36 1/5 (ft)
 
PIM, 8TH, AOC, $46,485, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 5-29.
*1—FOURSOUTHERNBELLES, m, 6, Stephen Got Even--Toni DeNitto, by Quiet American. ($1,000 '10 FTKOCT). O-Franklin G Smith, Sr, B-Runnymede Farm Inc & Catesby W Clay (KY), T-Hamilton A. Smith, J-Victor R. Carrasco, $25,650.
5—Miss Moonshine, m, 5, Malibu Moon--Shiny Sheet, by Press Card. ($70,000 '10 KEENOV; $56,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Country Life Farm, B-Haymarket Farm LLC (KY), $9,450.
6—Scip's Sonata, m, 5, Scipion--Sonata (GB), by Polish Precedent. O-C J Racing, B-Mr & Mrs E Allen Murray Jr (MD), $6,435.
Winning Time: 1:47 2/5 (ft)
     ***Scip's Sonata finished first but was disqualified and placed third.
 
IND, 7TH, AOC, $44,880, 3YO/UP, 5FT, 5-29.
2—DANCE PROUDLY, g, 5, Quick Action--Lady Newton, by Conscience Clear. O-Riddle, James E and Vicki J, B-Vicki J & James E Riddle (IN), T-James E. Riddle, J-Juan P. Vargas, $28,560.
9—Runaway Raj, g, 5, Run Away and Hide--Rajadiddle, by Raja's Revenge. ($32,000 '11 FTKOCT). O-Johnson, Marvin A, Gibler, Lou and McCloud, Gene, B-Joe Dodgen (IN), $9,520.
6—Bottle Rocket, c, 3, Intense Focus--Shoes to Match, by Songandaprayer. ($5,500 '12 KEENOV). O-Racebrook Stables LLC, B-Cerca Trova (KY), $3,400.
Winning Time: :56 1/5 (fm)
 
IND, 5TH, AOC, $38,880, 3YO/UP, 6F, 5-29.
4—MOVING STYLE, g, 6, Meadow Prayer--Stylish Factor, by Native Factor. O-Merril L Spiess, B-Marcia Arnold & James Arnold (MI), T-Tracey J. Wisner, J-Alejandro L. Contreras, $21,600.
6—Sucess Is Racing, g, 5, Major Success--Lady Benchmark, by Benchmark. O-Watt, Charles and Willowbrook Stables, Ltd (Neiman), B-Everett Hammond (IN), $10,080.
2—El Grande Rojo, g, 7, Bowman's Band--Theheartofdixie, by Crafty Prospector. ($2,500 '09 KEESEP). O-Nebraska Racing Partners, B-Nicole Zitani & Ramon Rangel (KY), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:09 (ft)
 
WO, 2ND, ALW, $38,517, 3YO, F, 6F, 5-29.
5—SHE'S EXPLOSIVE, f, 3, Old Forester--Grenade, by Lite the Fuse. O-Norseman Racing Stable, B-Norseman Racing Stables Inc (ON), T-Sid C. Attard, J-Luis Contreras, $22,917.
6—Juicycrest, f, 3, Trajectory--Juicey, by Notebook. (C$620 '12 ONTDEC). O-Langcrest Farm, B-Paradox Farm, Inc (ON), $7,639.
2—D Forty Four, f, 3, Rebellion (GB)--Promise Ring, by Broken Vow. (C$26,000 '13 ONTSEP). O-Di Giulio, Jr, Frank and Tiller, Robert P, B-Barry & Helen Irving (ON), $4,201.
Winning Time: 1:11 1/5 (ft)
 
IND, 6TH, AOC, $38,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 5-29.
8—COMFORTER, f, 3, Nobiz Like Shobiz--Shepherd's Girl, by Rod and Staff. ($16,000 2014 FTMMAY). O-Romar LLC, B-Jim Plemmons (IN), T-Paul E. Holthus, J-Rodney A. Prescott, $22,800.
6—Smart Kit, m, 5, Kitalpha--Repeating Star, by Manastash Ridge. O-Royal Ten Racing (Means), B-Royal Ten Racing (IN), $7,600.
4—Joyella, f, 4, Sharp Humor--Glory High, by Honour and Glory. O-Elliott, Amy and James R, B-James R & Amy Elliott (IN), $3,800.
Winning Time: 1:04 1/5 (ft)
 
PRM, 4TH, AOC, $37,848, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 5-28.
6—EXCESSIVE, g, 4, Zanjero--Be Good Or Be Gone, by Gulch. O-Poindexter Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Allen Poindexter T'Breds (IA), T-Lynn Chleborad, J-Alex Birzer, $22,725.
4—Lively's Last Ride, g, 6, Winter Glitter--Lively Spirit, by Storm Boot. O-Bogash Racing Stables LLC, B-Gene Bogash (IA), $7,575.
5—Peggy's Star, g, 4, Star Dabbler--Slew Peggy Slew, by Evansville Slew. O-Donald E Schrage, B-Donald Schrage (IA), $4,545.
Winning Time: 1:46 3/5 (ft)
 
IND, 2ND, ALW, $36,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 5-29.
8—THURMAN, g, 4, Run Away and Hide--Tee's Pleasure, by Lil E. Tee. ($10,000 '12 INDOCT). O-Elliott, Amy and James R, B-Jonathan W Meredith (IN), T-Barbara I. McBride, J-Malcolm Franklin, $21,600.
4—Read the Cards, g, 4, Run Away and Hide--Foolish Tee, by Lil E. Tee. ($35,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Preston Stables LLC, B-Jonathan W Meredith (IN), $7,200.
1—Weeper Ofthe House, g, 4, Sold to Wallstreet--Flashy I. D., by Caller I. D.. O-Wright, Don R and Wright, Pepper, B-Don Wright (IN), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:10 1/5 (ft)
 
PRM, 8TH, AOC, $32,570, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 5-28.
4—HARD CIDER, m, 5, Liquor Cabinet (IRE)--Alley's Account, by Alamocitos. O-7 Cedars Farm LLC, B-7 Cedars Farm (OK), T-Clinton C. Stuart, J-Ken S. Tohill, $18,240.
3—Bylia, f, 4, Bandini--Defuhr, by Langfuhr. O-Sharon R Morgan, B-Terry L Morgan DVM (IL), $6,080.
7—I Tour, m, 5, Colorful Tour--Close to Glory, by I Enclose. O-Gene Jacquot, B-Lynn Chleborad (IA), $5,118.
Winning Time: 1:46 1/5 (ft)
 
EVD, 7TH, ALW, $29,500, 3YO/UP, 1M, 5-28.
3—BEN'S MAGIC STONE, g, 4, Sorcerer's Stone--Kiss the Lips, by Kissin Kris. O-Richard Tate, B-Richard Tate (LA), T-Thomas W. Sam, J-Joseph Walter Patin, Jr., $17,700.
7—Shyloh's Friend, g, 4, Scrimshaw--Howdy Do, by Rubiano. O-Wolf Creek Farm, B-Alamae Schultz (LA), $5,900.
5—Chocopologie, c, 3, Candy Ride (ARG)--Highest Class, by Mineshaft. O-Preston Stables LLC, B-Coteau Grove Farms, LLC (LA), $3,245.
Winning Time: 1:39 4/5 (ft)
 
TDN, 7TH, ALW, $28,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 5-29.
5—TILT THE BALANCE, f, 4, Purge--Woodside, by Forestry. ($2,700 '12 FTKOCT). O-Bryan Porter, B-Jayeff B Stables (KY), T-Bryan Porter, J-Dean A. Sarvis, $16,200.
9—Read It and Weep, f, 4, Read the Footnotes--Bauhaus Bourbon, by Behrens. ($55,000 '12 FTKJUL; $120,000 2013 OBSJUN). O-Tom Schafer, B-Delahanty Stock Farm (NY), $5,400.
10—Gypsy Be Wild, f, 4, Offlee Wild--My Stray Cat, by Chimes Band. O-Hannah J Tak, B-Eric Heyman (OH), $3,700.
Winning Time: 1:06 (ft)
 
CT, 7TH, ALW, $27,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 5-28.
2—MOMMY DID IT, f, 4, Luftikus--Farsi Strada, by Awesome Again. O-Kristy Petty, B-Kristy Petty (WV), T-John A. Casey, J-Luis Raul Rivera, $16,080.
1—Candy Man's Girl, f, 3, Charitable Man--Candy One, by Yankee Victor. O-Taylor Mountain Farm LLC, B-James W Casey (WV), $5,360.
8—Scattin' Girl, f, 4, Scat Daddy--Miswaki Girl, by Miswaki. O-Michael Furr, B-Michael S Furr & Linda Sours (WV), $2,680.
Winning Time: 1:19 3/5 (ft)
 
BTP, 4TH, ALW, $19,500, 3YO/UP, 6F, 5-29.
5—BLUE BULL, g, 4, Holy Bull--Conjuress, by Indian Charlie. ($80,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Antonio M Otero, B-Langsem Farm, Inc (OH), T-John R. Dyer, J-Geovany Garcia, $12,090.
2—Rockstar Day, c, 4, Five Star Day--Timely Choice, by Gilded Time. ($5,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Dotson Stable LLC and Anderson, Susan L, B-William R & Peter J Sheppell (OH), $3,900.
1—Dave Baby, g, 5, It's No Joke--Chubbs Last Call, by Dixieland Heat. O-Robert C Bennett, B-Mr & Mrs Robert C Bennett III (OH), $1,950.
Winning Time: 1:12 (ft)

North American Maiden Winners
Benny the Bull--Richiesgirlgotgame by Five Star Day; RICHIE THE BULL, c, 2, AP, Msw, 5-29, 4 1/2f, :52 . B-Richard Ravin & Larry Rivelli (IL.).
Freud--French Link by Orientate; DR. SHANE, c, 2, BEL, Msw, 5-29, 5f, :59 2/5. B-Dutchess Views Farm, Inc. (NY.).
Hear No Evil--Sexy Stockings by Tabasco Cat; BRIGHTON LANE, c, 2, GP, Msw, 5-29, 5f, 1:00 1/5. B-Jacks or Better Farm Inc. (FL.). *Full to Jackson Bend (MG1 $1,806,750) *1/2 to Grande Shores (G3P $395,241).
Notional--So Beautiful by Arch; IWANTAPRONOTION, f, 2, PIM, Mcl 40000, 5-29, 4 1/2f, :54 . B-University of Kentucky (KY.). $2,200 '14 FTKOCT.
A. P. Warrior--Word O' Ransom by Red Ransom; ANSWER THE CALL, g, 3, CT, Mcl 10000, 5-28, 4 1/2f, :52 3/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. Samuel H. Rogers Jr. (FL.). *1/2 to Polonius (G3 $173,231).
A. P. Warrior--Keep Me Straight by Straight Man; MIGHTY WARRIOR, g, 3, GP, Mcl 10000, 5-29, 5 1/2f, 1:06 4/5. B-Cheryl A. Curtin (FL.).
Bellamy Road--Officer Angel by Officer; TITANIUM, f, 3, CD, Mcl 30000, 5-29, 1m, 1:36 . B-Paradise Productions, LLC, & Winstar Farm LLC (KY.). $4,200 '12 KEENOV.
Bluegrass Cat--Burren by Rahy; SAND PIT ROAD, g, 3, EVD, Mcl 15000, 5-28, 1m, 1:41 1/5. B-Circle H Farms & Carrol J. Castille (LA.).
Candy Ride (ARG)--Westling by Gone West; DECEPTIVE ATTITUDE, f, 3, PEN, Mcl 20000, 5-28, 5 1/2f, 1:05 4/5. B-Pin Oak Stud, LLC (KY.). $40,000 '13 KEESEP.
Colonel John--In Seconds by Giant's Causeway; CHAMPIONOFJUSTICE, c, 3, IND, Msw, 5-29, 6f, 1:10 4/5. B-D. J. Stable, LLC & WinStar Farm, LLC (KY.). $55,000 '13 KEESEP; $75,000 2014 KEEAPR.
Cowboy Cal--This Is Dixie by Dixieland Band; PAPER DOLLIE, f, 3, PIM, Mcl 25000, 5-29, 5fT, :57 3/5. B-H. Steve Conboy (KY.). $5,000 '13 FTKOCT.
Gouldings Green--Angelica Facci by Itaka; GO ON GREEN, f, 3, PEN, Mcl 15000, 5-28, 6f, 1:12 4/5. B-Robert M Bouse & Flint W Stites (PA.).
Harlan's Holiday--Diva's Seastar by Broken Vow; GNARLY HARLY, g, 3, PRM, Msw, 5-28, 6f, 1:10 1/5. B-Branch Family Trust, Allen & Susan (KY.).
Ile St. Louis (CHI)--Spunky Star by Five Star Day; CHILEAN QUEEN, f, 3, PRM, Msw, 5-28, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-James H. Glover (AR.).
Ish Ar--Count on Lynn by Count the Time; FRENCH COUNTESS, f, 3, LAD, Mcl 12500, 5-29, 5 1/2f, 1:07 3/5. B-P & D Racing Stables (LA.).
Lampedusa--A Little Respect by In All Respects; LA REINA ISABEL, f, 3, EVD, Mcl 20000, 5-28, 5 1/2f, 1:06 2/5. B-Holly Lamarche (LA.).
Mass Media--I'm So Blessed by Repent; BLESSED AT MASS, c, 3, CT, Msw, 5-28, 6 1/2f, 1:20 2/5. B-Dr. Myron Wilson (FL.). $2,700 '13 OBSAUG; $7,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Mass Media--Silversider by Wekiva Springs; NOCTURNAL Q, f, 3, GP, Mcl 16000, 5-29, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-Louis Quercia (FL.).
Porto Foricos--Foxy Leggs by Bayou Hebert; DRESS WESTERN, g, 3, LAD, Msw, 5-28, 5f, :58 . B-Jerold Murrell (LA.).
Rebellion (GB)--Otra Vez by Rahy; BLURRICANE, f, 3, WO, Msw, 5-29, 6f, 1:11 . B-Bernard & Karen McCormack (ON.). C$15,000 '13 ONTSEP. *1/2 to Sugar Bay (MSW $715,193).
Red Giant--Go Mercedes by Gold Fever; CAUSERIE, f, 3, BTP, Mcl 5000, 5-29, 6f, 1:11 4/5. B-Valerie & David Blethen (KY.).
Sky Mesa--Pretty Valentine by Macho Uno; STAR OF SKY, c, 3, CD, Mcl 10000, 5-29, 6f, 1:10 3/5. B-John C. Oxley (KY.). $80,000 '13 FTKJUL.
Speightstown--Hishikatsu Ballado by Saint Ballado; BEANTOWN SAINT, c, 3, PIM, Msw, 5-29, 5fT, :56 3/5. B-Masaichiro Abe (KY.).
Spring At Last--Sago by Valid Expectations; SPRING LIGHTNING, f, 3, WO, Mcl 32000, 5-29, 5 1/2f, 1:04 1/5. B-James A. & Janeane A. Everatt & J. Arika Everatt - Meeuse (ON.). $62,000 '13 FTKOCT.
Tale of Ekati--Lady at Peace (MG2$350,590), by Lord at War (ARG); LADY EKATI, f, 3, WO, Msw, 5-29, 6f, 1:11 1/5. B-Charles Fipke (KY.).
Warrior's Reward--Inside Passage by Tiznow; GOLD TREASURE, c, 3, TDN, Mcl 10000, 5-29, 5 1/2f, 1:06 4/5. B-Eurowest Bloodstock Services (KY.). $100,000 '13 KEESEP.
Birdstone--Clifton Bay by Gone West; ROCK THAT BIRD, c, 4, GP, Msw, 5-29, 1 1/16mT, 1:42 2/5. B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. (KY.). $150,000 '12 KEESEP.
Dixie Union--Friendly Michelle (G1$404,544), by Artax; DIXIE VICTORY, f, 4, PIM, Mcl 25000, 5-29, 5fT, :57 4/5. B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY.). $110,000 '12 KEESEP.
Evansville Slew--Kikika by Prince Forli; OWN THE NIGHT, f, 4, CD, Mcl 30000, 5-28, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-Gedda Quinonez (OK.).
Hap--Scarlet Crown by Crown Ambassador; HAP E VIXEN, g, 4, IND, Mcl 5000, 5-29, 5 1/2f, 1:06 3/5. B-Polish Rose Stables, Inc. (IN.).
Major Success--Cat Back by Put It Back; MY NANA ANNA, f, 4, IND, Mcl 10000, 5-29, 6f, 1:12 4/5. B-Martin and the Irish Stables LLC (IN.).
Mauk Four--Salti by Twining; FAST SALT, g, 4, LAD, Mcl 12500, 5-29, 5 1/2f, 1:06 3/5. B-Jerry D. Cart (LA.).
My Friend Max--Mystic Journey by Finest Hour; MYSTIC MADELINE, f, 4, LAD, Mcl 5000, 5-29, 5 1/2f, 1:07 2/5. B-Margie K Averett (LA.).
Roaring Fever--Leary Lass by Lear Fan; TOTTIE ROYER, c, 4, BEL, Mcl 25000, 5-29, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Harry Grant (NY.).
Sound the Alarm--Pardon My French by Finest Hour; FIRST LADY LAURI, f, 4, EVD, Mcl 7500, 5-28, 6f, 1:14 2/5. B-Randy D Benedetto (LA.).
Street Sense--Lenawee by Albert the Great; THATCHER STREET, g, 4, CD, Msw, 5-29, 1 1/16mT, 1:44 1/5. B-Randy Bloch, et al (KY.).
Toca Araken--Icanseeclearly by Beau Genius; AIKEN'S DREAM, f, 4, CT, Mcl 5000, 5-28, 1 1/16m, 1:49 2/5. B-Risen Star Farm (SC.).
Bertrando--Sidestepping by Moscow Ballet; SIR PERSERVERE, g, 5, GG, Mcl 8000, 5-29, 6f, 1:12 2/5. B-Donald Valpredo (CA.).
Saintly Look--Maxy's Gold by Max's Pal; MAXAINTASAINT, g, 5, BTP, Mcl 7500, 5-29, 1 1/16m, 1:47 2/5. B-Alan & Lisa DeBruhl (IN.).
Suave--Girlsgonewild by Wild Again; SIR MAURICE, g, 5, BEL, Mcl 40000, 5-29, 1 1/16mT, 1:45 2/5. B-Irish Hill Century Farm (NY.).

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