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TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015

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141ST KENTUCKY OAKS

PP   HORSE   TRAINER   JOCKEY   ODDS
1   Forever Unbridled   Dallas Stewart   Mike Smith   15-1
2   Shook Up   Steve Asmussen   Robby Albarado   30-1
3   Include Betty   Doug Anderson   Rosemary Homeister Jr.   20-1
4   Eskenformoney   Todd Pletcher   Javier Castellano   20-1
5   Condo Commando   Rudy Rodriguez   Joel Rosario   4-1
6   Angela Renee   Todd Pletcher   John Velazquez   15-1
7   Lovely Maria   Larry Jones   Kerwin Clark   5-1
8   I'm a Chatterbox   Larry Jones   Florent Geroux   4-1
9   Money'soncharlotte   Kelly Breen   Paco Lopez   50-1
10   Oceanwave   Wayne Catalano   Rafael Bejarano   30-1
11   Sarah Sis   Ingrid Mason   Gary Stevens   30-1
12   Stellar Wind   John Sadler   Victor Espinoza   7-2
13   Birdatthewire   Dale Romans   Irad Ortiz Jr.   6-1
14   Puca   Bill Mott   Junior Alvarado   15-1
    Also eligible:            
15   Peace and War   Olly Stevens   Julien Leparoux   50-1

Stellar Wind early favorite in Kentucky Oaks

It Happened Again returned from a more than five-month (Benoit Photos)

Stellar Wind (Curlin), comfortable winner in three of four starts including the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), was made the 7-2 morning line favorite for Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1). The 1 1/8-mile race for three-year-old fillies, which will be run for the 141st time at Churchill Downs, attracted a full field of 14 with one also-eligible.

Trained by John Sadler, Stellar Wind captured the April 14 Santa Anita Oaks by 5 1/4 lengths. That effort was preceded by a 2 3/4-length score in the Santa Ysabel (G3), also at 1 1/16 miles.

The co-second choices in the Oaks field are Condo Commando (Tiz Wonderful) and I'm a Chatterbox (Munnings), who were both pegged at 4-1. Condo Commando has captured both starts at Aqueduct this season, the Gazelle (G2) and Busher, and enjoyed a prominent freshman campaign that included blowout wins in the Frizette (G1) and Demoiselle (G2).

I'm a Chatterbox is also undefeated this year, having swept Fair Grounds' trio of preps for the Kentucky Oaks. An eight-length score in the Silverbulletday were followed by 2 1/2-length wins in the Rachel Alexandra (G3) and Fair Grounds Oaks (G2).

Other major prep winners in the Oaks lineup are Ashland (G1) scorer Lovely Maria (Majesticperfection), Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) vixen Birdatthewire (Summer Bird), and Fantasy (G3) upsetter Include Betty (Include).

The lone also-eligible is Peace and War (War Front), upset winner of the Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland in her juvenile finale but the trailer in the field of seven in the April 4 Ashland in her season debut.

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141ST KENTUCKY OAKS

PP   HORSE   TRAINER   JOCKEY   ODDS
1   Forever Unbridled   Dallas Stewart   Mike Smith   15-1
2   Shook Up   Steve Asmussen   Robby Albarado   30-1
3   Include Betty   Doug Anderson   Rosemary Homeister Jr.   20-1
4   Eskenformoney   Todd Pletcher   Javier Castellano   20-1
5   Condo Commando   Rudy Rodriguez   Joel Rosario   4-1
6   Angela Renee   Todd Pletcher   John Velazquez   15-1
7   Lovely Maria   Larry Jones   Kerwin Clark   5-1
8   I'm a Chatterbox   Larry Jones   Florent Geroux   4-1
9   Money'soncharlotte   Kelly Breen   Paco Lopez   50-1
10   Oceanwave   Wayne Catalano   Rafael Bejarano   30-1
11   Sarah Sis   Ingrid Mason   Gary Stevens   30-1
12   Stellar Wind   John Sadler   Victor Espinoza   7-2
13   Birdatthewire   Dale Romans   Irad Ortiz Jr.   6-1
14   Puca   Bill Mott   Junior Alvarado   15-1
    Also eligible:            
15   Peace and War   Olly Stevens   Julien Leparoux   50-1

Stellar Wind early favorite in Kentucky Oaks

It Happened Again returned from a more than five-month (Benoit Photos)

Stellar Wind (Curlin), comfortable winner in three of four starts including the Santa Anita Oaks (G1), was made the 7-2 morning line favorite for Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1). The 1 1/8-mile race for three-year-old fillies, which will be run for the 141st time at Churchill Downs, attracted a full field of 14 with one also-eligible.

Trained by John Sadler, Stellar Wind captured the April 14 Santa Anita Oaks by 5 1/4 lengths. That effort was preceded by a 2 3/4-length score in the Santa Ysabel (G3), also at 1 1/16 miles.

The co-second choices in the Oaks field are Condo Commando (Tiz Wonderful) and I'm a Chatterbox (Munnings), who were both pegged at 4-1. Condo Commando has captured both starts at Aqueduct this season, the Gazelle (G2) and Busher, and enjoyed a prominent freshman campaign that included blowout wins in the Frizette (G1) and Demoiselle (G2).

I'm a Chatterbox is also undefeated this year, having swept Fair Grounds' trio of preps for the Kentucky Oaks. An eight-length score in the Silverbulletday were followed by 2 1/2-length wins in the Rachel Alexandra (G3) and Fair Grounds Oaks (G2).

Other major prep winners in the Oaks lineup are Ashland (G1) scorer Lovely Maria (Majesticperfection), Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) vixen Birdatthewire (Summer Bird), and Fantasy (G3) upsetter Include Betty (Include).

The lone also-eligible is Peace and War (War Front), upset winner of the Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland in her juvenile finale but the trailer in the field of seven in the April 4 Ashland in her season debut.

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NYRA announces enhanced security for Belmont Stakes attendees

The New York Racing Association on Tuesday outlined enhanced security protocols for fans attending the 2015 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival on June 5-6.

This year's festival will feature new regulations designed to further enhance the safety and security of guests on Friday and Saturday. Changes for these two days include prohibitions against the use of "selfie sticks," drones and all radio-controlled aircraft. Tailgating will also be prohibited in parking lots, with all items brought into Belmont's Grandstand, Clubhouse or Backyard included in a clear plastic bag for enhanced screening.

"With tens of thousands of horseplayers and racing fans from around the world joining us for this exciting, festival of championship racing, premium entertainment and world-class hospitality, we are taking additional steps to further ensure the safety and security of our guests throughout this mega event," said George C. Venizelos, Vice President of Security for the New York Racing Association.

"The safety of our guests, our equine athletes, our horsemen and horsewomen and all of our employees is our top priority; to that end, we are working collaboratively with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners as we further enhance our security operations in preparation for this special celebration of New York racing."

Changes made to the Belmont S. security policy are designed to enhance the safety of guests, in addition to further expedite entry and exit from the property. They mirror protocols enacted at many venues around the country, including Thoroughbred racing. A full list of prohibited and permitted items accompanies this release and can be reviewed at BelmontStakes.com.

All guests are subject to magnetic screening upon entering the grounds. Guests attempting to enter the Clubhouse, Grandstand or the Backyard with prohibited items will be asked to return them to their vehicles, or dispose of them. No storage will be provided for guests arriving with, or attempting to enter with prohibited items.

"Keeping our guests safe and secure is a team effort. We want all of our guests to enjoy themselves and have a great time at Belmont Park," continued Venizelos. "Guests traveling to and from Belmont Park should plan ahead and allow themselves extra time to arrive and depart the property. They should familiarize themselves with our revised policies in advance of this three day mega event by visiting BelmontStakes.com. Most importantly, they should always remember that if they see something, they should say something; immediately notify an officer, or dial 911."

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NYRA announces enhanced security for Belmont Stakes attendees

The New York Racing Association on Tuesday outlined enhanced security protocols for fans attending the 2015 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival on June 5-6.

This year's festival will feature new regulations designed to further enhance the safety and security of guests on Friday and Saturday. Changes for these two days include prohibitions against the use of "selfie sticks," drones and all radio-controlled aircraft. Tailgating will also be prohibited in parking lots, with all items brought into Belmont's Grandstand, Clubhouse or Backyard included in a clear plastic bag for enhanced screening.

"With tens of thousands of horseplayers and racing fans from around the world joining us for this exciting, festival of championship racing, premium entertainment and world-class hospitality, we are taking additional steps to further ensure the safety and security of our guests throughout this mega event," said George C. Venizelos, Vice President of Security for the New York Racing Association.

"The safety of our guests, our equine athletes, our horsemen and horsewomen and all of our employees is our top priority; to that end, we are working collaboratively with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners as we further enhance our security operations in preparation for this special celebration of New York racing."

Changes made to the Belmont S. security policy are designed to enhance the safety of guests, in addition to further expedite entry and exit from the property. They mirror protocols enacted at many venues around the country, including Thoroughbred racing. A full list of prohibited and permitted items accompanies this release and can be reviewed at BelmontStakes.com.

All guests are subject to magnetic screening upon entering the grounds. Guests attempting to enter the Clubhouse, Grandstand or the Backyard with prohibited items will be asked to return them to their vehicles, or dispose of them. No storage will be provided for guests arriving with, or attempting to enter with prohibited items.

"Keeping our guests safe and secure is a team effort. We want all of our guests to enjoy themselves and have a great time at Belmont Park," continued Venizelos. "Guests traveling to and from Belmont Park should plan ahead and allow themselves extra time to arrive and depart the property. They should familiarize themselves with our revised policies in advance of this three day mega event by visiting BelmontStakes.com. Most importantly, they should always remember that if they see something, they should say something; immediately notify an officer, or dial 911."

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Triple Crown News & Notes

Derby horses continue to arrive at Downs; Bold Conquest works

Bold Conquest worked Monday, but still needs two more defections to make the Kentucky Derby field (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) and Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) arrived at Churchill Downs early Monday morning for Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1). El Kabeir arrived a little after 4 a.m. (EDT) following a 13-hour van ride from New York.

"He looks like he shipped really well," said trainer John Terranova, whose Kentucky Derby hopeful walked Monday morning. "Everybody's happy. The horse is happy. We look forward to a good week and enjoying it."

Shipping to Kentucky from New York was not a new experience for El Kabeir, who ventured to Churchill Downs last fall. The gray left with a victory in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) on his resume.

"He was here in the fall. We shipped him in Thanksgiving week and everything worked out well," Terranova said. "He's gotten over the track, shipped in, been here, so there are no concerns there."

The Todd Pletcher barn at Churchill Downs was back to its full complement of Derby horses Monday with the 5:20 a.m. arrival of Carpe Diem from Keeneland by van. The colt, a multiple-stakes winner of four of five starts, simply had a morning of walking around Barn 40 after having put in his final Kentucky Derby prep (:48.60) Saturday morning in Lexington, then jogging there Sunday.

Arriving shortly after 10 a.m. (EDT) from the nearby Trackside training center was Louisiana Derby (G2) winner International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus), who took up residence in Barn 27.

Scheduled to arrive later Monday from Arlington in Chicago is Mubtaahij (Dubawi). Trained by Michael de Kock, Mubtaahij won the U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) in his most recent start.

The lone horse under Kentucky Derby consideration to work Monday was Bold Conquest, who covered five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 under exercise rider Abel Flores for trainer Steve Asmussen. The workout was the ninth fastest of 32 workouts at the distance.

Bold Conquest's fractions were :13 1/5, :25 2/5, :37 3/5, :49 3/5 and out six furlongs in 1:16. The colt worked in company with Gold Hawk (Empire Maker) after the renovation break.

"He went nice," Asmussen said. "He goes over the track good. Nice and smooth. Handled nice."

Bold Conquest would need two defections from horses under consideration for the race to gain a spot in the starting gate.

Stanford (Malibu Moon), the Louisiana Derby runner-up, went to the track with the stable's first set shortly after 6 a.m. with exercise rider Isabelle Bourez as his pilot. He galloped a mile and one half strongly, making the Frenchwoman earn all of her keep.

"Oh, boy," Bourez said afterward. "He made me work hard today. I didn't want him to go fast and he was pulling hard."

Trainer Todd Pletcher noted that the issue of a rider for Stanford still had not been resolved, but that there was to be "a pow wow this afternoon with all the owners on the phone and we'll see if we can't get it sorted out there."

For the full Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (G1) tracknotes for April 27, please click here.

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Derby horses continue to arrive at Downs; Bold Conquest works

Bold Conquest worked Monday, but still needs two more defections to make the Kentucky Derby field (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)

El Kabeir (Scat Daddy) and Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) arrived at Churchill Downs early Monday morning for Saturday's $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1). El Kabeir arrived a little after 4 a.m. (EDT) following a 13-hour van ride from New York.

"He looks like he shipped really well," said trainer John Terranova, whose Kentucky Derby hopeful walked Monday morning. "Everybody's happy. The horse is happy. We look forward to a good week and enjoying it."

Shipping to Kentucky from New York was not a new experience for El Kabeir, who ventured to Churchill Downs last fall. The gray left with a victory in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) on his resume.

"He was here in the fall. We shipped him in Thanksgiving week and everything worked out well," Terranova said. "He's gotten over the track, shipped in, been here, so there are no concerns there."

The Todd Pletcher barn at Churchill Downs was back to its full complement of Derby horses Monday with the 5:20 a.m. arrival of Carpe Diem from Keeneland by van. The colt, a multiple-stakes winner of four of five starts, simply had a morning of walking around Barn 40 after having put in his final Kentucky Derby prep (:48.60) Saturday morning in Lexington, then jogging there Sunday.

Arriving shortly after 10 a.m. (EDT) from the nearby Trackside training center was Louisiana Derby (G2) winner International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus), who took up residence in Barn 27.

Scheduled to arrive later Monday from Arlington in Chicago is Mubtaahij (Dubawi). Trained by Michael de Kock, Mubtaahij won the U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) in his most recent start.

The lone horse under Kentucky Derby consideration to work Monday was Bold Conquest, who covered five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 under exercise rider Abel Flores for trainer Steve Asmussen. The workout was the ninth fastest of 32 workouts at the distance.

Bold Conquest's fractions were :13 1/5, :25 2/5, :37 3/5, :49 3/5 and out six furlongs in 1:16. The colt worked in company with Gold Hawk (Empire Maker) after the renovation break.

"He went nice," Asmussen said. "He goes over the track good. Nice and smooth. Handled nice."

Bold Conquest would need two defections from horses under consideration for the race to gain a spot in the starting gate.

Stanford (Malibu Moon), the Louisiana Derby runner-up, went to the track with the stable's first set shortly after 6 a.m. with exercise rider Isabelle Bourez as his pilot. He galloped a mile and one half strongly, making the Frenchwoman earn all of her keep.

"Oh, boy," Bourez said afterward. "He made me work hard today. I didn't want him to go fast and he was pulling hard."

Trainer Todd Pletcher noted that the issue of a rider for Stanford still had not been resolved, but that there was to be "a pow wow this afternoon with all the owners on the phone and we'll see if we can't get it sorted out there."

For the full Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks (G1) tracknotes for April 27, please click here.

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Luminance, Maybellene likely to swerve 'really strong' Kentucky Oaks

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will find "other spots" for Luminance and stablemate Maybellene (Rickelle Nelson/Horsephotos.com)
After his two prospects worked Monday morning, trainer Bob Baffert said he was not likely to enter Kaleem Shah's Luminance (Tale of the Cat) or Jill Baffert's Maybellene (Lookin at Lucky) in Friday's Kentucky Oaks (G1).

"I might not run a horse in the Oaks," he said. "I worked them today. I wasn't really sure; I wanted to see how they worked. It's a tough Oaks and I might not enter a horse in the Oaks."

Luminance covered five furlongs in 1:02 4/5, which was the 22nd fastest time of the 32 at the distance, and Maybellene, working in company with Pat Day Mile (G3) probable Lord Nelson (Pulpit), covered a half-mile in :48 4/5, ninth of 35 at the distance. Lord Nelson clocked :48 2/5.

"The works were OK, but I don't know if they are ready for that yet," Baffert said. "There are a lot of races coming up. I wanted to get them here and watch them train. They are doing well, but I want to be in a more competitive (situation). It's a really strong Oaks field. I'll pick some other spots for them."

Luminance has made three career starts and in her most recent outing was second by 5 1/4 lengths in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1). Maybellene has won three of 10 starts. She finished second in the Sunland Park Oaks but was moved to first by the disqualification of stablemate Callback (Street Sense).

Should the Baffert duo skip the Oaks, then Charles Fipke's Forever Unbridled (Unbridled's Song) and George and Lori Hall's Money'soncharlotte (Mizzen Mast) would get in.

Forever Unbridled, currently 15th on the Oaks point list, placed in all three preps at Fair Grounds. She finished second in the Silverbulletday and third in both the Rachel Alexandra (G3) and Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). I'm a Chatterbox (Munnings) won all three of those races.

"They're solid, the ones she's been running against,'' Stewart said. "That form has held up just great. She's got to be a couple of lengths better for sure to win.''

Stewart said that Unbridled Forever is showing signs that she's maturing.

"She's progressed,'' Stewart said. "You look at her worktab, she's right there. She was three of 30 the other day, nice and easy. (He was referring to a five-furlong workout Friday in 1:01, the third fastest of 30 workouts that day at the distance.) She's doing well. She's eating well. She's carrying herself well -- everything that we like to see. She's sound.''

Also on Monday, Hronis Racing's dominant Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind got her first taste of the Churchill Downs surface right after the track opened in the morning, jogging an easy one mile from the five-eighths pole under Ricardo Peniche, longtime exercise rider for trainer John Sadler.

"She jogged really nice, relaxed," Peniche said. "No problems. She's been relaxed and is very good. She handled the track good. She's sharp but she handled it really nice. We are very excited about her. She's been training great and she's got our hopes up."

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Luminance, Maybellene likely to swerve 'really strong' Kentucky Oaks

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will find "other spots" for Luminance and stablemate Maybellene (Rickelle Nelson/Horsephotos.com)
After his two prospects worked Monday morning, trainer Bob Baffert said he was not likely to enter Kaleem Shah's Luminance (Tale of the Cat) or Jill Baffert's Maybellene (Lookin at Lucky) in Friday's Kentucky Oaks (G1).

"I might not run a horse in the Oaks," he said. "I worked them today. I wasn't really sure; I wanted to see how they worked. It's a tough Oaks and I might not enter a horse in the Oaks."

Luminance covered five furlongs in 1:02 4/5, which was the 22nd fastest time of the 32 at the distance, and Maybellene, working in company with Pat Day Mile (G3) probable Lord Nelson (Pulpit), covered a half-mile in :48 4/5, ninth of 35 at the distance. Lord Nelson clocked :48 2/5.

"The works were OK, but I don't know if they are ready for that yet," Baffert said. "There are a lot of races coming up. I wanted to get them here and watch them train. They are doing well, but I want to be in a more competitive (situation). It's a really strong Oaks field. I'll pick some other spots for them."

Luminance has made three career starts and in her most recent outing was second by 5 1/4 lengths in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1). Maybellene has won three of 10 starts. She finished second in the Sunland Park Oaks but was moved to first by the disqualification of stablemate Callback (Street Sense).

Should the Baffert duo skip the Oaks, then Charles Fipke's Forever Unbridled (Unbridled's Song) and George and Lori Hall's Money'soncharlotte (Mizzen Mast) would get in.

Forever Unbridled, currently 15th on the Oaks point list, placed in all three preps at Fair Grounds. She finished second in the Silverbulletday and third in both the Rachel Alexandra (G3) and Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). I'm a Chatterbox (Munnings) won all three of those races.

"They're solid, the ones she's been running against,'' Stewart said. "That form has held up just great. She's got to be a couple of lengths better for sure to win.''

Stewart said that Unbridled Forever is showing signs that she's maturing.

"She's progressed,'' Stewart said. "You look at her worktab, she's right there. She was three of 30 the other day, nice and easy. (He was referring to a five-furlong workout Friday in 1:01, the third fastest of 30 workouts that day at the distance.) She's doing well. She's eating well. She's carrying herself well -- everything that we like to see. She's sound.''

Also on Monday, Hronis Racing's dominant Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind got her first taste of the Churchill Downs surface right after the track opened in the morning, jogging an easy one mile from the five-eighths pole under Ricardo Peniche, longtime exercise rider for trainer John Sadler.

"She jogged really nice, relaxed," Peniche said. "No problems. She's been relaxed and is very good. She handled the track good. She's sharp but she handled it really nice. We are very excited about her. She's been training great and she's got our hopes up."

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Belmont kicks off lucrative 59-day meet with Elusive Quality

New York-bred veteran King Kreesa (right) tops the $100,000 Elusive Quality on Belmont's opening day (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

Highlighted by the inaugural Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, encompassing three days of world-class stakes racing including the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1), Belmont Park opens on Wednesday for its 59-day spring/summer meet.

The oldest and longest leg of racing's elusive Triple Crown, the 1 1/2-mile Belmont this year will be supported by three days of outstanding racing, featuring 17 stakes races worth more than $10 million from June 4 through Belmont Stakes Day, June 6.

As New York's home for Triple Crown racing, Belmont Park will host a live simulcast of the Kentucky Derby (G1) on Saturday, complemented by a full day of live racing along with a Kentucky-themed barbecue festival, family fun activities, a Knob Creek bourbon tasting, and a special post-race concert by pop-rock artist Parachute in the backyard.

That day, Belmont will offer a trio of prestigious stakes races: the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay (G2) and the $150,000 Fort Marcy (G3), both on the turf, and the $150,000 Westchester (G3), the traditional prep for the $1.25 million Metropolitan H. (G1) on Belmont Stakes Day.

The Met Mile is one of five other Grade 1 races on a 13-race card supporting the Belmont: the $1 million Manhattan on the turf, the $1 million Ogden Phipps for fillies and mares, the $750,000 Acorn for three-year-old fillies and the $700,000 Just a Game for turf fillies and mares.

Also on track that day will be the $500,000 Woody Stephens , the $400,000 Brooklyn (G2), the $300,000 Jaipur (G3), and the $150,000 Easy Goer for three-year-olds.

With the Belmont Stakes Draw scheduled on June 3 at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will kick off on June 4 with the $150,000 Intercontinental for turf fillies and mares and the $250,000 Astoria for two-year-old fillies.

On June 5, the festival continues as Belmont Park will offer five stakes races worth $1.2 million, including the $300,000 New York (G2) for turf fillies and mares, the $250,000 True North (G2) for sprinters, the $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup for turf marathoners, the $150,000 Jersey Girl for three-year-old filly sprinters, and the Astoria's twin race, the 5 1/2-furlong Tremont for juveniles, also with a purse of $250,000.

On Memorial Day, May 25, New York-breds take center stage on Big Apple Showcase Day, with six stakes races worth $900,000 including a pair of one-mile dirt races: the Commentator and the Critical Eye for fillies and mares, both worth $200,000.

In July, the second "must-see" event of the meet is the second edition of the internationally themed Stars & Stripes Racing Festival, highlighted by the $1.25 Belmont Derby (G1) and the $1 million Belmont Oaks (G1) for three-year-old fillies, both at 1 1/4 miles on the turf. Also on the card are the $500,000 Suburban H. (G2), the $500,000 Dwyer (G3) for three-year-olds, the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (G3) and the $150,000 Victory Ride (G3) for three-year-old filly sprinters.

"Party at the Park" Twilight Fridays return with a special 3 p.m. (EDT) post time on June 19, June 26 and July 3, and the "Breakfast at Belmont" program is available every weekend and holiday during the meet, with the exception of Belmont Stakes weekend.

First race post time at Belmont Park generally is 1:20 p.m., with racing conducted Wednesday through Sunday.

Admission to Belmont Park is $5, excluding Belmont Stakes Day, when Grandstand admission is $15 and Clubhouse admission is $40. Information on special hospitality packages and seats for Belmont Stakes Day can be found at belmontstakes.com.

A contentious group of older turf runners have lined up for Wednesday's $100,000 Elusive Quality on opening day, led by New York-bred King Kreesa (King Cugat). In 2014, King Kreesa won his seasonal debut in the West Point on August 24 at Saratoga, and then finished second in the Ashley T. Cole at Belmont and third in the Mohawk to close out an abridged campaign for trainer David Donk.

Plainview (Street Cry) is set to make his 2015 debut in the seven-furlong dash on the Widener turf. Most recently a distant ninth in the Queens County racing on dirt, Plainview previously finished fourth in the Knickerbocker (G3) after setting the pace over a yielding course.

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott will saddle a potent uncoupled entry of Sinatra (Harlan's Holiday) and Mosler (War Front). Sinatra will be turning back off a third-place finish in a 1 1/16-mile allowance at Gulfstream Park, while Mosler will switch back to turf after finishing ninth in the one-mile Fred W. Hooper (G3) on Gulfstream's main track. One start prior to the Fred Hooper, Mosler was sixth, beaten 3 1/2 lengths, in the Ft. Lauderdale (G2) on turf -- his first start over the surface.

Hard-knocking turf sprinters Mr. Online (Silent Name), Tightend Touchdown (Pure Precision), Dimension (Medicean) and Spring to the Sky (Langfuhr) are also among those entered for the Elusive Quality.

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Belmont kicks off lucrative 59-day meet with Elusive Quality

New York-bred veteran King Kreesa (right) tops the $100,000 Elusive Quality on Belmont's opening day (NYRA/Adam Coglianese)

Highlighted by the inaugural Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, encompassing three days of world-class stakes racing including the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1), Belmont Park opens on Wednesday for its 59-day spring/summer meet.

The oldest and longest leg of racing's elusive Triple Crown, the 1 1/2-mile Belmont this year will be supported by three days of outstanding racing, featuring 17 stakes races worth more than $10 million from June 4 through Belmont Stakes Day, June 6.

As New York's home for Triple Crown racing, Belmont Park will host a live simulcast of the Kentucky Derby (G1) on Saturday, complemented by a full day of live racing along with a Kentucky-themed barbecue festival, family fun activities, a Knob Creek bourbon tasting, and a special post-race concert by pop-rock artist Parachute in the backyard.

That day, Belmont will offer a trio of prestigious stakes races: the $200,000 Sheepshead Bay (G2) and the $150,000 Fort Marcy (G3), both on the turf, and the $150,000 Westchester (G3), the traditional prep for the $1.25 million Metropolitan H. (G1) on Belmont Stakes Day.

The Met Mile is one of five other Grade 1 races on a 13-race card supporting the Belmont: the $1 million Manhattan on the turf, the $1 million Ogden Phipps for fillies and mares, the $750,000 Acorn for three-year-old fillies and the $700,000 Just a Game for turf fillies and mares.

Also on track that day will be the $500,000 Woody Stephens , the $400,000 Brooklyn (G2), the $300,000 Jaipur (G3), and the $150,000 Easy Goer for three-year-olds.

With the Belmont Stakes Draw scheduled on June 3 at Rockefeller Center in Manhattan, the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival will kick off on June 4 with the $150,000 Intercontinental for turf fillies and mares and the $250,000 Astoria for two-year-old fillies.

On June 5, the festival continues as Belmont Park will offer five stakes races worth $1.2 million, including the $300,000 New York (G2) for turf fillies and mares, the $250,000 True North (G2) for sprinters, the $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup for turf marathoners, the $150,000 Jersey Girl for three-year-old filly sprinters, and the Astoria's twin race, the 5 1/2-furlong Tremont for juveniles, also with a purse of $250,000.

On Memorial Day, May 25, New York-breds take center stage on Big Apple Showcase Day, with six stakes races worth $900,000 including a pair of one-mile dirt races: the Commentator and the Critical Eye for fillies and mares, both worth $200,000.

In July, the second "must-see" event of the meet is the second edition of the internationally themed Stars & Stripes Racing Festival, highlighted by the $1.25 Belmont Derby (G1) and the $1 million Belmont Oaks (G1) for three-year-old fillies, both at 1 1/4 miles on the turf. Also on the card are the $500,000 Suburban H. (G2), the $500,000 Dwyer (G3) for three-year-olds, the $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship (G3) and the $150,000 Victory Ride (G3) for three-year-old filly sprinters.

"Party at the Park" Twilight Fridays return with a special 3 p.m. (EDT) post time on June 19, June 26 and July 3, and the "Breakfast at Belmont" program is available every weekend and holiday during the meet, with the exception of Belmont Stakes weekend.

First race post time at Belmont Park generally is 1:20 p.m., with racing conducted Wednesday through Sunday.

Admission to Belmont Park is $5, excluding Belmont Stakes Day, when Grandstand admission is $15 and Clubhouse admission is $40. Information on special hospitality packages and seats for Belmont Stakes Day can be found at belmontstakes.com.

A contentious group of older turf runners have lined up for Wednesday's $100,000 Elusive Quality on opening day, led by New York-bred King Kreesa (King Cugat). In 2014, King Kreesa won his seasonal debut in the West Point on August 24 at Saratoga, and then finished second in the Ashley T. Cole at Belmont and third in the Mohawk to close out an abridged campaign for trainer David Donk.

Plainview (Street Cry) is set to make his 2015 debut in the seven-furlong dash on the Widener turf. Most recently a distant ninth in the Queens County racing on dirt, Plainview previously finished fourth in the Knickerbocker (G3) after setting the pace over a yielding course.

Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott will saddle a potent uncoupled entry of Sinatra (Harlan's Holiday) and Mosler (War Front). Sinatra will be turning back off a third-place finish in a 1 1/16-mile allowance at Gulfstream Park, while Mosler will switch back to turf after finishing ninth in the one-mile Fred W. Hooper (G3) on Gulfstream's main track. One start prior to the Fred Hooper, Mosler was sixth, beaten 3 1/2 lengths, in the Ft. Lauderdale (G2) on turf -- his first start over the surface.

Hard-knocking turf sprinters Mr. Online (Silent Name), Tightend Touchdown (Pure Precision), Dimension (Medicean) and Spring to the Sky (Langfuhr) are also among those entered for the Elusive Quality.

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Lyons duo still on course to contest Guineas

Conditioner Ger Lyons is planning on saddling two for the Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) at Newmarket's Rowley Mile Saturday in Cappella Sansevero (Showcasing) and Endless Drama (Lope De Vega).

"Both are likely to run, although Endless Drama might not make the trip if the ground ended up being on the firm side," Lyons said. "Endless Drama is a big gross horse, weighing over 600 kilos, and he had a good blow after his comeback race. He is a very straightforward and uncomplicated horse with a very high-cruising speed. I first thought of him as a possible Guineas horse a long, long time ago as every single piece of work that he has ever done has been very smart.

"Cappella Sansevero had a busy two-year-old campaign with a lot of traveling, so it was always the intention to start him back in the Guineas," Lyons continued. "He has had a couple of racecourse gallops and won first time out last season. I am happy with him, he has done well physically, and his work has been good."

Moheet (High Chapparal) and The Wow Signal (Starspangledbanner) both remain on track for the Two Thousand Guineas. Frankie Dettori will maintain his mount on Moheet, while Gregory Benoist will ride The Wow Signal.

"At this stage the intention is to run both of them," said Harry Herbert, Al Shaqab's racing manager. "I think Frankie rides Moheet with Gregory Benoist coming over to ride The Wow Signal, but that could change, obviously."

Meanwhile, Beautiful Romance (New Approach) will not run in Sunday's One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) at Newmarket, trainer Saeed bin Suroor confirmed. The Godolphin colorbearer took a Doncaster maiden in October and was third in the Nell Gwyn S. (Eng-G3) April 15. Beautiful Romance will now target the Epsom Oaks (Eng-G1).

"It is nothing major, but it has held her up enough to rule her out of racing this weekend," bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com. "But I am hopeful that she will be back on target for the Oaks and other big races this summer."

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Lyons duo still on course to contest Guineas

Conditioner Ger Lyons is planning on saddling two for the Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) at Newmarket's Rowley Mile Saturday in Cappella Sansevero (Showcasing) and Endless Drama (Lope De Vega).

"Both are likely to run, although Endless Drama might not make the trip if the ground ended up being on the firm side," Lyons said. "Endless Drama is a big gross horse, weighing over 600 kilos, and he had a good blow after his comeback race. He is a very straightforward and uncomplicated horse with a very high-cruising speed. I first thought of him as a possible Guineas horse a long, long time ago as every single piece of work that he has ever done has been very smart.

"Cappella Sansevero had a busy two-year-old campaign with a lot of traveling, so it was always the intention to start him back in the Guineas," Lyons continued. "He has had a couple of racecourse gallops and won first time out last season. I am happy with him, he has done well physically, and his work has been good."

Moheet (High Chapparal) and The Wow Signal (Starspangledbanner) both remain on track for the Two Thousand Guineas. Frankie Dettori will maintain his mount on Moheet, while Gregory Benoist will ride The Wow Signal.

"At this stage the intention is to run both of them," said Harry Herbert, Al Shaqab's racing manager. "I think Frankie rides Moheet with Gregory Benoist coming over to ride The Wow Signal, but that could change, obviously."

Meanwhile, Beautiful Romance (New Approach) will not run in Sunday's One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) at Newmarket, trainer Saeed bin Suroor confirmed. The Godolphin colorbearer took a Doncaster maiden in October and was third in the Nell Gwyn S. (Eng-G3) April 15. Beautiful Romance will now target the Epsom Oaks (Eng-G1).

"It is nothing major, but it has held her up enough to rule her out of racing this weekend," bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com. "But I am hopeful that she will be back on target for the Oaks and other big races this summer."

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In brief

Sr. Quisqueyano (Exclusive Quality), who has turned in two quality showings at Gulfstream this season winning the Sunshine Millions Classic and running second by a neck in the Skip Away (G3), will shorten up in distance for Friday's $200,000 Texas Mile (G3) at Lone Star Park. Originally scheduled to be run April 24, the Texas Mile was postponed after inclement weather forced the cancellation of racing that evening after one race. The 7-5 morning line favorite will need to use his early speed to overcome post 9 in the 11-horse lineup. His most serious challenger might be Grade 3 veteran Rise Up (Rockport Harbor), a three-length winner against third-level allowance company at Fair Grounds last time for Tom Amoss. Also in the mix are Louisiana-bred stakes winner One King's Man (K One King), sixth in the New Orleans H. (G2) last time, and recentr Oaklawn allowance winners Evan's Calling (Aragorn) and Texas Air (Texas City).

In brief

Sr. Quisqueyano (Exclusive Quality), who has turned in two quality showings at Gulfstream this season winning the Sunshine Millions Classic and running second by a neck in the Skip Away (G3), will shorten up in distance for Friday's $200,000 Texas Mile (G3) at Lone Star Park. Originally scheduled to be run April 24, the Texas Mile was postponed after inclement weather forced the cancellation of racing that evening after one race. The 7-5 morning line favorite will need to use his early speed to overcome post 9 in the 11-horse lineup. His most serious challenger might be Grade 3 veteran Rise Up (Rockport Harbor), a three-length winner against third-level allowance company at Fair Grounds last time for Tom Amoss. Also in the mix are Louisiana-bred stakes winner One King's Man (K One King), sixth in the New Orleans H. (G2) last time, and recentr Oaklawn allowance winners Evan's Calling (Aragorn) and Texas Air (Texas City).

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

CHEROKEE CASINO WILL ROGERS DOWNS CLASSIC DISTAFF SPRINT S., WRD, $55,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 4-27.
3—HEYKITTYKITTYKITTY, f, 4, Tactical Cat--Eternal Joy, by New Way. O-Westrock Stables LLC, B-Diamond G Ranch, Inc (OK), T-Ron Moquett, J-Didiel A. Osorio, $33,000.
5—More Than Even, m, 5, Stephen Got Even--Sallybrooke, by Dehere. O-Doyle Williams, B-Doyle Williams (OK), $11,000.
4—Wayne'sluckynative, m, 5, Lucky Lionel--Inahaleofahurry, by Laffer. O-Lone Pine Ranch, B-Lone Pine Ranch (OK), $6,050.
Also Ran: Maggies Halo, Jealous Ellis, Shut the Gate.
Winning Time: 1:10 1/5 (my)
Margins: NK, 7 1/4, HF.
Odds: 1.70, 0.50, 11.90.
 
BRIGHOUSE BELLES S., HST, $41,055, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 4-26.
3—RATHER BEAUTIFUL, f, 4, Malibu Moon--Virden, by Tactical Cat. ($145,000 2013 OBSMAR). O-Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc, B-Hargus Sexton & Sandra Sexton & Silver Fern Farm, LLC (KY), T-Dino K. Condilenios, J-Rico W. Walcott, $23,401.
6—Hollywood Miss, m, 5, Second in Command--Mascaretta, by Regal Remark. (C$33,000 '11 BRCSEP). O-North American Horse Coand Tom and Morrison and Hopper, B-Whitehouse Stables (BC), $8,211.
7—Arabella's Muse, f, 4, Finality--Excited Miss, by Mass Market. O-Nordahl, Karen and Gallagher, Bernard and Terry, B-L S Nordahl & K Nordahl (BC), $4,106.
Also Ran: Ole's Miss, Locket, Touching Promise, Dawselina.
Winning Time: 1:15 3/5 (ft)
Margins: 2, HD, 6.
Odds: 4.90, 2.45, 3.30.
 
GEORGE ROYAL S., HST, $41,055, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 4-26.
4—MODERN, g, 5, Tiznow--Interior Design, by A.P. Indy. O-Swift Thoroughbreds, Inc, B-Darley (KY), T-Dino K. Condilenios, J-Richard Harvey Hamel, $23,401.
2—Title Contender, g, 5, Pulpit--Winter Garden, by Roy. ($310,000 '10 KEENOV). O-Peter Redekop B C, Ltd, B-Town & Country Farm, Corp (KY), $8,211.
6—Devil in Disguise, h, 6, Smarty Jones--Bay Harbor, by Forty Niner. ($17,000 '09 KEENOV). O-North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, B-Overbrook Farm (KY), $4,106.
Also Ran: Mr. Bowling, Classic Sense, Slice of Red, Herbie D, Twistgrips, Commander.
Winning Time: 1:16 (ft)
Margins: NK, HF, HF.
Odds: 7.10, 2.35, 16.65.

Notebooks

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

APRIL 29, 2015

by John Mucciolo

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

Last Tycoon S. (G3): Red Baron's Barn et al's SI SAGE (Sageburg) tracked in second, swept to the front in early stretch and stayed clear in the lane en route to a 3 1/4-length romp under Elvis Trujillo. The five-year-old endured 1 1/4 miles on the firm turf in 2:02 for conditioner Darrell Vienna.

Wilshire H. (G3): Class Racing Stable's BLINGISMYTHING (Arch) put in a big run in early stretch and held a few good ones at bay late in securing a nose score, recording her first stakes tally. The Eric Kruljac trainee, who was guided by Tyler Baze, finished off one mile on the firm lawn in 1:37.

Track Stats

From a total of 25 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 20 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 56 percent of the wins. From 16 frays contested on the dirt oval, six animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (38 percent), while one of the nine grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end (11 percent).

We thought the Sunday card featured a possible bias, playing much better for horses coming from off the pace. All five dirt winners rallied in the lane outside and each of those broke from posts 4-through-6. Friday, on the other hand, yielded four wire-to-wire winners from five dirt events.

Meet Totals

RACES:   612
DIRT:   419
TURF:   193
FAVORITES:   226 (37 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   118 (19 percent)
TURF WIRE:   29 (15 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   92 (22 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Friday (4/24)

1ST -- BENTLEY'S GONE (Warrior's Reward) left little doubt in the Friday opener, leading throughout for conditioner Marty Jones. The sophomore colt didn't run especially fast but did do it with infinite ease and should be tough for starter foes next time, assuming he lands with the sort.

Saturday (4/25)

1ST -- JONNY'S CHOICE (Unusual Heat) dueled through fast early splits and still had horse left in the lane in a pretty solid victory for trainer Mark Glatt. The sic-year-old gelding fits well at this level and will be a player right back if in with similar following the big class drop.

2ND -- The talented WAR ACADEMY (Giant's Causeway) showed little rust in this dash off the long break in posting a swift allowance win under Victor Espinoza. The five-year-old gelding could turn out to be a decent claim for Emily Mode, even though we were pretty surprised to see him entered for a tag.

CAMINETTO (Stormy Atlantic) also impressed us with a big second behind a sharp winner in his first appearance in some time. The lightly raced six-year-old likes this main oval and could be even tougher next time having one under his belt.

6TH -- PAULINA'S LOVE (Mizzen Mast) certainly responded to the combination of the barn change and addition of blinkers, dominating this field in a very nice maiden tally. The Richard Baltas trainee increased her margin at every call in posting a lifetime-best 92 BRIS Speed number.

8TH -- SI SAGE ran the most impressive race we have seen since he imported to the U.S. and we have to think the addition of the blinkers had a lot to do with that. We wouldn't take this one's easy win lightly as he may simply be a different animal with the headgear.

Sunday (4/26)

2ND -- BELLA BREEZE (Concord Point) sped to the front early on and nearly pulled off a nice debut win in just missing under the line. The Doug O'Neill pupil overcame a tricky rail post first out, and though this was not a stocked field, we expect her to graduate in the near future.

6TH -- We expected that ROCKO'S WHEEL (Grazen) might appreciate the two-turn attempt for the first time and he did just that in what we thought was a strong allowance tally beneath Joe Talamo. The sophomore colt upended a nice one and the top duo was well clear of their nearest foes.

A Look Ahead

Two graded races will take place over the weekend at "The Great Race Place." Saturday has the $100,000 Precisionist Stakes (G3), while Sunday will play host to the $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes (G2).

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

PRX, 7TH, AOC, $46,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 4-27.
4—AMBLIN EASY, m, 5, Private Interview--Cowboy Chili, by Evening Kris. O-LC Racing, B-Ramona M Barney (NJ), T-Robert E. Reid, Jr., J-Edwin Rivera, $27,600.
3—Donita's Ruler, f, 4, Roman Ruler--Kat Nan Do, by Formal Gold. ($17,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Robert Smedley, B-Kildare Stud & L Schmidt (KY), $9,200.
2—Royal Suspicion, m, 6, Raffie's Majesty--Shady Lane, by Peaks and Valleys. O-WellSpring Stables, B-Majesty Stud LLC (NY), $5,060.
Winning Time: 1:42 4/5 (ft)
 
GG, 9TH, ALW, $37,525, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16MT, 4-26.
1—SHE'S FLUSH, f, 4, Awesome Gambler--Saratoga Friends, by Valley Crossing. O-Leonard, Robert and Wilbur, Bill, B-Terry C Lovingier (CA), T-Ed Moger, Jr., J-Juan J. Hernandez, $22,200.
3—Onedewoman, f, 4, Decarchy--Old Chinese Copy, by Souvenir Copy. O-Gary and Nora Stines Family Trust, B-Stines Racing Corp (CA), $7,400.
2—Wild Bella, m, 6, Decarchy--Wild Routine, by Wild Event. O-Moger Inc, Barker, E, Bush, J, Estrada, A, Miller, A, Mustach, M et al, B-Landeros Racing LLC (CA), $4,440.
Winning Time: 1:43 4/5 (gd)
 
PRX, 6TH, ALW, $35,400, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 4-27.
6—AIR ALASKA, m, 5, Fairbanks--I Love to Fly, by Not for Love. ($45,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Richard Ciavardone, B-Sycamore Hall Farm LLC (PA), T-Steven Krebs, J-Josue Arce, $21,000.
2—Great Illusion, m, 5, Great Notion--Effervescent, by Citidancer. O-Leslie F Young, B-Jonathan Sheppard (PA), $7,000.
7—War Favorite, f, 4, War Chant--Favorite Pic, by Favorite Trick. ($12,000 '11 KEENOV; $2,500 '12 FTMOCT). O-Susan McBride, B-South Branch Equine LLC (PA), $3,850.
Winning Time: 1:44 4/5 (ft)
 
TDN, 7TH, OCL, $34,800, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 4-27.
8—QUASI FOLLE, g, 5, Red Giant--Gaspar Lady, by Smart Strike. O-Tiffany Raimonde, B-Paul A Raimonde & Brian A Raimonde (OH), T-Mike L. Rone, J-Scott Spieth, $20,880.
1—Pyrite Green, g, 5, Seattle Fitz (ARG)--Pyrite Grand Slam, by Grand Slam. O-Pyrite Stables, B-D W Frazier, MD (OH), $6,960.
2—License to Bling, g, 6, Too Much Bling--Awesome Eve, by Awesome Again. O-Blazing Meadows Farm LLC and Capeheart Stables, B-Blazing Meadows Farm, Capehart Equine & L Lehmann (OH), $3,480.
Winning Time: 1:05 (ft)
 
TDN, 6TH, ALW, $34,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 4-27.
1—DREAM BLING, f, 4, Too Much Bling--Dream a Bit, by Slew City Slew. O-Blazing Meadows Farm LLC and Top Notch Racing Partnership, B-Blazing Meadows Farm (OH), T-Timothy E. Hamm, J-Luis H. Colon, $23,200.
4—My Devilish Diva, m, 5, Silic (FR)--Diamond Oak Diva, by Houston. O-Maribel Izarraraz, B-Dinesh Maniar (CA), $5,400.
8—Lady Panther, m, 5, Catienus--Lady Day, by Coronado's Quest. O-Shane M Spiess, B-Black Oak Farm (IA), $2,700.
Winning Time: 1:12 1/5 (ft)
 
WRD, 6TH, ALW, $24,000, 3YO/UP, 1M, 4-27.
4—LINGERLONGER, g, 4, Mr. Nightlinger--Jen n Jules, by Here We Come. O-Browning, Hal and Faulkner, David, B-Hal Browning & Dave Faulkner (OK), T-Kari Craddock, J-Erik McNeil, $13,904.
2—Cheyenne Blues, f, 4, Foreign Policy--Miz Moody Blues, by Alamocitos. O-John A Kester, B-Bob Pogue & Paulette Pogue (OK), $5,168.
3—He Knows Better, g, 3, Mr. Trieste--Snicker Slew, by Devious Course. ($3,500 '13 TEXAUG). O-Young Stables LLC, B-James E Helzer (OK), $2,983.
Winning Time: 1:38 1/5 (my)
 
WRD, 3RD, ALW, $22,800, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 4-27.
4—SIS BOOM BAH, m, 6, Ra Ra Superstar--Foxy Femme, by Tricky Fun. O-Robert A Fisher, B-Dr T G Hodge & Kathleen Hodge (OK), T-Robert A. Fisher, J-Benny C. Landeros, $13,300.
1—Abigail Lane, f, 4, Liquor Cabinet (IRE)--Oklahoma Wind, by Parade Ground. O-Stork, Gary and Heald, David S, B-Gary Stork & Jennifer Beall (OK), $4,940.
7—Easter Bird Creek, f, 4, Muldoon--Easter Lady, by Here We Come. O-Cary Carpenter, B-Joyce Tackett (OK), $2,850.
Winning Time: 1:40 (my)
 
WRD, 4TH, ALW, $20,900, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 4-27.
3—POWDER KEG, c, 3, Grand Slam--Metro Girl, by Dixie Union. O-Rick Rogers, B-Gary & Mary West Stables, Inc (KY), T-Tim Dixon, J-Rico Flores, $11,400.
2 (DH) —From Out There, c, 3, Affirmatif--Runnin Aarons, by Solar Launch. O-Ernest Delbert Derby, B-Ernest Delbert Derby (OK), $3,895.
5 (DH) —Little Frank, g, 5, Davids Expectation--Dazzling Dottie, by Here We Come. O-Everett W Terry, B-Patricia Boone (OK), $3,895.
Winning Time: 1:05 (my)
 
MNR, 6TH, ALW, $16,200, 3YO/UP, 1M, 4-26.
3—PONTUAL, g, 5, Point Given--Jericoacoara, by Richter Scale. O-Equinox, Inc, B-Equinox Inc (KY), T-Eduardo Caramori, J-Vanessa Ryall, $9,882.
1—Majestic Indeed, g, 5, Majestic Warrior--Golden Indeed, by Allen's Prospect. O-Worcester Investments LLC, B-Francis W Daniel (WV), $3,240.
4—Majestic Spring, g, 3, Spring At Last--Powder Bowl, by Pleasant Colony. ($10,000 '13 KEESEP). O-J Michael Baird, B-Scott Kendall & Elise Kendall (KY), $1,620.
Winning Time: 1:42 1/5 (ft)
 
MNR, 7TH, ALW, $16,200, 3YO/UP, 5F, 4-26.
2—ABBAA, g, 4, Songandaprayer--Uninhibited (IRE), by Lahib. O-Sucher, Michael and Rinaudo, Tom, B-Marablue Farm, LLC (FL), T-Kellyn Gorder, J-Deshawn L. Parker, $10,206.
1—Sumdivo, g, 3, In Summation--Capdiva, by Capote. ($57,000 '13 OBSAUG; $15,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-Burton K Sipp, B-John B Penn (FL), $3,240.
5—Williamthewarrior, g, 4, Majestic Warrior--Glory Now, by Tiznow. ($25,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Dennis L Waite, B-Manuel Felipe Rosales (KY), $1,620.
Winning Time: :59 2/5 (ft)

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/20-4/26) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Effinex 4C 1 1/4m (ft) AQU 4/25 Excelsior S. 105
Stormdriver 5H 1 1/16m (ft) EVD 4/25 John Henry S. 102
Luv Bandit 6G 1 1/16m (my) HAW 4/25 Milwaukee Avenue H. 101
Joy Boy 7G 1 1/16m (my) FON 4/25 Bosselman Pump and Pantry/Gus Fonner S. 97
Rosie My Rosie 5M 1 1/16m (my) HAW 4/25 Peach of It H. 95
Tensas Harbor 5M 1m (sy) EVD 4/24 Matron S. 88
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/20-4/26) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Calgary Cat 5G 6f (ft) WO 4/26 Jacques Cartier S. 102
City of Weston 5H 7f (ft) GP 4/23 Blue Heron H. 96
Rather Beautiful 4F 6 1/2f (ft) HST 4/26 Brighouse Belles S. 96
Modern 5G 6 1/2f (ft) HST 4/26 George Royal S. 94
Tribal Gal 5M 6f (ft) TUP 4/25 Ann Owens Distaff H. 94
Jamaican Memories 7G 6f (ft) TUP 4/25 Lyman and Bradley Rollins H. 90
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/20-4/26) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Rerun 6G 1m (fm) GP 4/25 Miami Mile S. 97
Kitten's Point 5M 1 1/2m (fm) KEE 4/24 Bewitch S. 95
Baffle Me 6M 1m (fm) GP 4/25 Powder Break S. 94
Blingismything 5M 1m (fm) SA 4/26 Wilshire S. 93
Si Sage (FR) 5H 1 1/4m (fm) SA 4/25 Last Tycoon S. 92
G. G. Ryder 4C 1m (gd) GG 4/25 San Francisco Mile S. 90
Red Zeus 5G 1 1/16m (fm) TUP 4/25 Dwight D. Patterson H. 83
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/20-4/26) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Cinco Charlie 3C 6f (gd) CD 4/25 William Walker S. 98
Irish Jasper 3F 6 1/2f (ft) AQU 4/26 Belle Harbor S. 94
Royal Squeeze 3C 1m (ft) GP 4/25 Tarpon S. 91
Consumer Credit 3F 1 1/16m (yl) AQU 4/23 Memories of Silver S. 90
Possessed 3C 6 1/2f (ft) AQU 4/26 New York Stallion S. 90
I'm Workin On It 3F 6f (my) PRM 4/25 Goldfinch S. 87
Take Issue 3F 6 1/2f (ft) AQU 4/26 New York Stallion S. 86
Untraveled 3F 5 1/2f (ft) ALB 4/25 Petticoat S. 82
Grazen Sky 3C 1m (gd) GG 4/26 Silky Sullivan S. 81
La Fiera 3F 1m (gd) GG 4/26 Campanile S. 77
Worthy Grapes 3F 6 1/2f (ft) TUP 4/25 Joanne Dye S. 72
Prospector's Blues 3G 1 1/16m (ft) TUP 4/25 Gene Fleming Breeders' Derby 71
Tranarchy 3G 6f (my) FON 4/25 Fonner Park Special S. 68

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Feodor   MVR   2m (ft)   4/25   124.7
Effinex   AQU   1 1/4m (ft)   4/25   123.2
Coach Inge   AQU   1 1/8m (my)   4/22   122.4
Eastwood   KEE   6 1/2f (ft)   4/24   120.8
Stormdriver   EVD   1 1/16m (ft)   4/25   120.6
Si Sage (FR)   SA   1 1/4m (fm)   4/25   120.5
Flattermejim   CD   1m (ft)   4/25   120.4
Graybignbadlikedad   PRX   1m (my)   4/20   120.3
Big Looie   GP   1m (ft)   4/26   120.2
Rerun   GP   1m (fm)   4/25   120.2
Luv Bandit   HAW   1 1/16m (my)   4/25   120.1
Calgary Cat   WO   6f (ft)   4/26   120.0
Bar of Gold   AQU   7f (gd)   4/23   120.0
At Large   GP   6f (ft)   4/24   119.9
Winter Games   PRX   1m (ft)   4/26   119.7

North American Maiden Winners
Burbank--Timely Reflection by Yankee Victor; STERLING EFFORT, f, 3, WRD, Mcl 7500, 4-27, 6f, 1:14 3/5. B-Wilson Brown (OK.).
Hold Me Back--Sashimi by Mt. Livermore; SIR DREAM A LOT, c, 3, PRX, Msw, 4-27, 5 1/2f, 1:07 2/5. B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY.). $45,000 2014 KEENOV.
Liquor Cabinet (IRE)--Nanny's Lil Lassie by Presto Lad; SMOOTH AS BOURBON, f, 3, WRD, Msw, 4-27, 5 1/2f, 1:06 . B-Terri Carter (OK.).
Posse--Over Forli (CHI) by Milt's Overture; BIRDSIVIEW, f, 3, MNR, Mcl 15000, 4-26, 5 1/2f, 1:09 2/5. B-Stonewall Farm (NY.).
The Way Home--Crafty Meme by Crafty Prospector; THE WAY TO WHO, g, 3, ALB, Mcl 8000, 4-26, 5f, :59 1/5. B-Sam E. Stevens & Sammy L Stevens (NM.). $7,000 '13 RUIAUG.
Nationhood--America's Girl by American Chance; MY MOM'S CAROL, f, 4, TUP, Mcl 5000, 4-27, 4 1/2f, :51 4/5. B-Rick Jewett (WA.).
Old Fashioned--Cintarosa by Grand Slam; GRANNY'S DRINK, f, 4, TDN, Msw, 4-27, 5 1/2f, 1:06 3/5. B-Jack Grunwald (KY.). $360,000 '12 FTSAUG; $40,000 2014 KEENOV.
Second in Command--Aces Over Queens by Silver Charm; CHARMING SILVER, f, 4, HST, Mcl 12500, 4-26, 6f, 1:12 4/5. B-White House Stables (BC.).
Stormin Fever--Crystal Marina by Charismatic; BEACH FEVER, g, 4, TUP, Mcl 5000, 4-27, 6f, 1:10 3/5. B-Richard Rosenberg (CA.). $18,000 '12 BESOCT.
Seeking the Dia--Buxton Spice by Bold Ruckus; BARNACLE, h, 5, MNR, Msw, 4-26, 1m, 1:42 4/5. B-Edward Seltzer & Beverly Anderson (PA.). $1,500 '10 KEENOV. *1/2 to Utmost Respect ($263,506).

Notebooks

SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

APRIL 29, 2015

by John Mucciolo

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

Last Tycoon S. (G3): Red Baron's Barn et al's SI SAGE (Sageburg) tracked in second, swept to the front in early stretch and stayed clear in the lane en route to a 3 1/4-length romp under Elvis Trujillo. The five-year-old endured 1 1/4 miles on the firm turf in 2:02 for conditioner Darrell Vienna.

Wilshire H. (G3): Class Racing Stable's BLINGISMYTHING (Arch) put in a big run in early stretch and held a few good ones at bay late in securing a nose score, recording her first stakes tally. The Eric Kruljac trainee, who was guided by Tyler Baze, finished off one mile on the firm lawn in 1:37.

Track Stats

From a total of 25 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 20 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 56 percent of the wins. From 16 frays contested on the dirt oval, six animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (38 percent), while one of the nine grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end (11 percent).

We thought the Sunday card featured a possible bias, playing much better for horses coming from off the pace. All five dirt winners rallied in the lane outside and each of those broke from posts 4-through-6. Friday, on the other hand, yielded four wire-to-wire winners from five dirt events.

Meet Totals

RACES:   612
DIRT:   419
TURF:   193
FAVORITES:   226 (37 percent)
2ND CHOICES:   118 (19 percent)
TURF WIRE:   29 (15 percent)
DIRT WIRE:   92 (22 percent)

HORSES TO WATCH

Friday (4/24)

1ST -- BENTLEY'S GONE (Warrior's Reward) left little doubt in the Friday opener, leading throughout for conditioner Marty Jones. The sophomore colt didn't run especially fast but did do it with infinite ease and should be tough for starter foes next time, assuming he lands with the sort.

Saturday (4/25)

1ST -- JONNY'S CHOICE (Unusual Heat) dueled through fast early splits and still had horse left in the lane in a pretty solid victory for trainer Mark Glatt. The sic-year-old gelding fits well at this level and will be a player right back if in with similar following the big class drop.

2ND -- The talented WAR ACADEMY (Giant's Causeway) showed little rust in this dash off the long break in posting a swift allowance win under Victor Espinoza. The five-year-old gelding could turn out to be a decent claim for Emily Mode, even though we were pretty surprised to see him entered for a tag.

CAMINETTO (Stormy Atlantic) also impressed us with a big second behind a sharp winner in his first appearance in some time. The lightly raced six-year-old likes this main oval and could be even tougher next time having one under his belt.

6TH -- PAULINA'S LOVE (Mizzen Mast) certainly responded to the combination of the barn change and addition of blinkers, dominating this field in a very nice maiden tally. The Richard Baltas trainee increased her margin at every call in posting a lifetime-best 92 BRIS Speed number.

8TH -- SI SAGE ran the most impressive race we have seen since he imported to the U.S. and we have to think the addition of the blinkers had a lot to do with that. We wouldn't take this one's easy win lightly as he may simply be a different animal with the headgear.

Sunday (4/26)

2ND -- BELLA BREEZE (Concord Point) sped to the front early on and nearly pulled off a nice debut win in just missing under the line. The Doug O'Neill pupil overcame a tricky rail post first out, and though this was not a stocked field, we expect her to graduate in the near future.

6TH -- We expected that ROCKO'S WHEEL (Grazen) might appreciate the two-turn attempt for the first time and he did just that in what we thought was a strong allowance tally beneath Joe Talamo. The sophomore colt upended a nice one and the top duo was well clear of their nearest foes.

A Look Ahead

Two graded races will take place over the weekend at "The Great Race Place." Saturday has the $100,000 Precisionist Stakes (G3), while Sunday will play host to the $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes (G2).

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Tuesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Churchill Downs   (2nd) One Minute, 6-1
    (7th) Miss Goodthing, 6-1
Indiana Grand   (2nd) Spend and Spree, 5-1
    (5th) Prince Grand, 6-1
Mountaineer   (3rd) I Hit the Bank, 6-1
    (8th) Qualify, 7-2
Parx Racing   (2nd) South Beach Hottie, 4-1
    (6th) Rangitoto, 9-2
Turf Paradise   (4th) Sidewalk Star, 7-2
    (6th) Kiss Sin Goodbye, 5-1

Top Speed/Class ratings

NATIONAL

Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/20-4/26) - 3&up Dirt Routes
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Effinex 4C 1 1/4m (ft) AQU 4/25 Excelsior S. 105
Stormdriver 5H 1 1/16m (ft) EVD 4/25 John Henry S. 102
Luv Bandit 6G 1 1/16m (my) HAW 4/25 Milwaukee Avenue H. 101
Joy Boy 7G 1 1/16m (my) FON 4/25 Bosselman Pump and Pantry/Gus Fonner S. 97
Rosie My Rosie 5M 1 1/16m (my) HAW 4/25 Peach of It H. 95
Tensas Harbor 5M 1m (sy) EVD 4/24 Matron S. 88
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/20-4/26) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Calgary Cat 5G 6f (ft) WO 4/26 Jacques Cartier S. 102
City of Weston 5H 7f (ft) GP 4/23 Blue Heron H. 96
Rather Beautiful 4F 6 1/2f (ft) HST 4/26 Brighouse Belles S. 96
Modern 5G 6 1/2f (ft) HST 4/26 George Royal S. 94
Tribal Gal 5M 6f (ft) TUP 4/25 Ann Owens Distaff H. 94
Jamaican Memories 7G 6f (ft) TUP 4/25 Lyman and Bradley Rollins H. 90
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/20-4/26) - 3&up Turf
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Rerun 6G 1m (fm) GP 4/25 Miami Mile S. 97
Kitten's Point 5M 1 1/2m (fm) KEE 4/24 Bewitch S. 95
Baffle Me 6M 1m (fm) GP 4/25 Powder Break S. 94
Blingismything 5M 1m (fm) SA 4/26 Wilshire S. 93
Si Sage (FR) 5H 1 1/4m (fm) SA 4/25 Last Tycoon S. 92
G. G. Ryder 4C 1m (gd) GG 4/25 San Francisco Mile S. 90
Red Zeus 5G 1 1/16m (fm) TUP 4/25 Dwight D. Patterson H. 83
Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (4/20-4/26) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
Cinco Charlie 3C 6f (gd) CD 4/25 William Walker S. 98
Irish Jasper 3F 6 1/2f (ft) AQU 4/26 Belle Harbor S. 94
Royal Squeeze 3C 1m (ft) GP 4/25 Tarpon S. 91
Consumer Credit 3F 1 1/16m (yl) AQU 4/23 Memories of Silver S. 90
Possessed 3C 6 1/2f (ft) AQU 4/26 New York Stallion S. 90
I'm Workin On It 3F 6f (my) PRM 4/25 Goldfinch S. 87
Take Issue 3F 6 1/2f (ft) AQU 4/26 New York Stallion S. 86
Untraveled 3F 5 1/2f (ft) ALB 4/25 Petticoat S. 82
Grazen Sky 3C 1m (gd) GG 4/26 Silky Sullivan S. 81
La Fiera 3F 1m (gd) GG 4/26 Campanile S. 77
Worthy Grapes 3F 6 1/2f (ft) TUP 4/25 Joanne Dye S. 72
Prospector's Blues 3G 1 1/16m (ft) TUP 4/25 Gene Fleming Breeders' Derby 71
Tranarchy 3G 6f (my) FON 4/25 Fonner Park Special S. 68

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

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Top Speed/Class ratings

TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
Feodor   MVR   2m (ft)   4/25   124.7
Effinex   AQU   1 1/4m (ft)   4/25   123.2
Coach Inge   AQU   1 1/8m (my)   4/22   122.4
Eastwood   KEE   6 1/2f (ft)   4/24   120.8
Stormdriver   EVD   1 1/16m (ft)   4/25   120.6
Si Sage (FR)   SA   1 1/4m (fm)   4/25   120.5
Flattermejim   CD   1m (ft)   4/25   120.4
Graybignbadlikedad   PRX   1m (my)   4/20   120.3
Big Looie   GP   1m (ft)   4/26   120.2
Rerun   GP   1m (fm)   4/25   120.2
Luv Bandit   HAW   1 1/16m (my)   4/25   120.1
Calgary Cat   WO   6f (ft)   4/26   120.0
Bar of Gold   AQU   7f (gd)   4/23   120.0
At Large   GP   6f (ft)   4/24   119.9
Winter Games   PRX   1m (ft)   4/26   119.7

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

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Help Wanted

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