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WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015

Triple Crown News & Notes

Keen Ice breezes six furlongs, American Pharoah walks

Keen Ice will be looking to give trainer Dale Romans a second classic win (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Keen Ice (Curlin), who finished a troubled seventh in the Kentucky Derby (G1), breezed six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 over a fast track Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for a showdown with Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) on June 6.

Keen Ice was the only horse on track during the special 8:30-8:45 a.m. (EDT) training period for Churchill Downs-based Belmont contenders. Tammy Fox was aboard and guided the colt through eighth-mile fractions of :12 2/5, :24 2/5, :36 1/5, :48 3/5 and 1:00 3/5 before galloping out seven furlongs in 1:27 4/5.

"He's doing well," trainer Dale Romans said. "He's picking it up every pole and had a lot of energy galloping out. He has just been so good even before the Derby and he just keeps on improving. I think the further the better. A mile and a half shouldn't be a problem. I really like my chances.

"American Pharoah is definitely head and shoulders above the rest of them in class, but I know we do want to go a mile and a half. I know he's feeling good; he's sitting on all cylinders. It's just a matter of if he's good enough to beat him."

Fox also spoke highly of Keen Ice, giving Romans two thumbs up as he came off the track.

"When I give two thumbs up that means that they're really ready to go," Fox said. "He is as ready as he can be. Dale's done a great job with him."

Kentucky Derby and Preakness (G1) winner American Pharoah got a day of rest and relaxation after breezing a half-mile in :48 on Tuesday. He did not go to the main track for exercise Wednesday. Instead, he walked around the shed row in Barn 33 where trainer Bob Baffert keeps his string of horses at Churchill Downs.

"Everything looked very good this morning," said Jimmy Barnes, Baffert's chief assistant.

Barnes also said American Pharoah would return to the track Thursday at 8:30 a.m. for a clockwise jog around the one-mile oval.

In other Belmont news, Conquest Curlinate (Curlin) jogged and galloped one mile around the main track Wednesday. Norman Casse, assistant to father Mark, said that the sophomore would likely breeze Friday or Saturday morning depending on the weather.

In other Belmont news:

With Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah and three other Belmont contenders stabled on the grounds, Churchill Downs is offering a special 8:30-8:45 a.m. training period for those horses through Tuesday. Additionally, racing fans are invited to watch those colts train from the first floor of the facility, including the new Courtyard area, free of charge.

Churchill Downs will open its Gate 17 entrance between 8-9 a.m. each morning through Tuesday so the public can watch American Pharoah along with rivals Conquest Curlinate and Keen Ice prepare for the 1 1/2-mile third jewel of the Triple Crown.

Churchill Downs' concessionaire Levy Restaurants will have coffee, juice, soda, water and doughnuts available for purchase near the Aristides Garden. Also, video of the exercises will be shown on the Big Board and infield video screens.

Those unable to attend can watch an online live stream of the daily exercises at http://www.kentuckyderby.com/workouts/live from 8:30-8:45 a.m. through Tuesday. Also, clips of the activity will be uploaded on the Kentucky Derby YouTube channel. A graphic with each horse's name will appear on the screen with the corresponding horse, although a majority of the focus will be on American Pharaoh.

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Keen Ice breezes six furlongs, American Pharoah walks

Keen Ice will be looking to give trainer Dale Romans a second classic win (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Keen Ice (Curlin), who finished a troubled seventh in the Kentucky Derby (G1), breezed six furlongs in 1:13 3/5 over a fast track Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for a showdown with Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) on June 6.

Keen Ice was the only horse on track during the special 8:30-8:45 a.m. (EDT) training period for Churchill Downs-based Belmont contenders. Tammy Fox was aboard and guided the colt through eighth-mile fractions of :12 2/5, :24 2/5, :36 1/5, :48 3/5 and 1:00 3/5 before galloping out seven furlongs in 1:27 4/5.

"He's doing well," trainer Dale Romans said. "He's picking it up every pole and had a lot of energy galloping out. He has just been so good even before the Derby and he just keeps on improving. I think the further the better. A mile and a half shouldn't be a problem. I really like my chances.

"American Pharoah is definitely head and shoulders above the rest of them in class, but I know we do want to go a mile and a half. I know he's feeling good; he's sitting on all cylinders. It's just a matter of if he's good enough to beat him."

Fox also spoke highly of Keen Ice, giving Romans two thumbs up as he came off the track.

"When I give two thumbs up that means that they're really ready to go," Fox said. "He is as ready as he can be. Dale's done a great job with him."

Kentucky Derby and Preakness (G1) winner American Pharoah got a day of rest and relaxation after breezing a half-mile in :48 on Tuesday. He did not go to the main track for exercise Wednesday. Instead, he walked around the shed row in Barn 33 where trainer Bob Baffert keeps his string of horses at Churchill Downs.

"Everything looked very good this morning," said Jimmy Barnes, Baffert's chief assistant.

Barnes also said American Pharoah would return to the track Thursday at 8:30 a.m. for a clockwise jog around the one-mile oval.

In other Belmont news, Conquest Curlinate (Curlin) jogged and galloped one mile around the main track Wednesday. Norman Casse, assistant to father Mark, said that the sophomore would likely breeze Friday or Saturday morning depending on the weather.

In other Belmont news:

With Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah and three other Belmont contenders stabled on the grounds, Churchill Downs is offering a special 8:30-8:45 a.m. training period for those horses through Tuesday. Additionally, racing fans are invited to watch those colts train from the first floor of the facility, including the new Courtyard area, free of charge.

Churchill Downs will open its Gate 17 entrance between 8-9 a.m. each morning through Tuesday so the public can watch American Pharoah along with rivals Conquest Curlinate and Keen Ice prepare for the 1 1/2-mile third jewel of the Triple Crown.

Churchill Downs' concessionaire Levy Restaurants will have coffee, juice, soda, water and doughnuts available for purchase near the Aristides Garden. Also, video of the exercises will be shown on the Big Board and infield video screens.

Those unable to attend can watch an online live stream of the daily exercises at http://www.kentuckyderby.com/workouts/live from 8:30-8:45 a.m. through Tuesday. Also, clips of the activity will be uploaded on the Kentucky Derby YouTube channel. A graphic with each horse's name will appear on the screen with the corresponding horse, although a majority of the focus will be on American Pharaoh.

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NYRA details travel changes, security protocols for fans attending Belmont Stakes

The New York Racing Association (NYRA) outlined a series of changes designed to further expedite access to and from Belmont Park for the 2015 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival on Friday, June 5, and Saturday, June 6.

The festival will be highlighted by Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness S. (G1) winner American Pharoah's (Pioneerof the Nile) bid for immortality in the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) on June 6, the oldest and longest leg of Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.

Fans are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and build significant time into their travels to and from Belmont Park, particularly on Belmont Stakes Day. Significant delays should be anticipated accessing and exiting the property, with fans encouraged to arrive early and stay late.

This year, and for the first time, paid attendance for Belmont Stakes Day will be capped at 90,000. NYRA officials anticipate that all available tickets will be sold out prior to June 6. With this in mind, all fans are strongly encouraged to purchase admission in advance by visiting ticketmaster.com, or calling 1-800-745-3000. As of Tuesday, nearly 75 percent of all available tickets for Belmont Stakes Day have already been sold.

Fans utilizing public transportation to and from Belmont Park are urged to purchase round-trip tickets in order to further expedite their travels. Long Island Railroad (LIRR) customers can easily access schedule and fare information by visiting www.mta.info/LIRR or obtain real-time information by following @LIRR on Twitter. Updated event and transportation information will be posted on BelmontStakes.com, with fans also able to access real-time updates on Twitter by following @BelmontStakes.

Included among the many changes implemented for guests attending the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival are:

  • New LIRR improvements: Public transportation access to Belmont Park will be enhanced through $5 million in combined investment by NYRA and LIRR. This will result in a fully refurbished transit rotunda on the west end of the Grandstand, as well as new rail station platforms, which will increase Belmont Station train capacity from eight to 10 cars. The LIRR has also designed a new travel plan that will enable it to move trains in and out of Belmont Station faster than ever before. Still, customers are advised that they may have to wait up to 90 minutes to board trains at the end of the day when tens of thousands converge on the station all at once.
     
  • New parking configurations: All Belmont parking lots have been reconfigured to allow vehicles to more readily access designated exits.
     
  • New shuttle bus routes: Utilizing newly designed routes, guests parking in outlying Belmont parking lots (Pink, Yellow, Blue, and Green) will be shuttled by bus to three specific drop-off points: the main Clubhouse entrance, the main Paddock gate and the west Paddock gate. Shuttles will pick up guests from and drop guests off at clearly identified points in each lot.
     
  • New pedestrian walkways: New, controlled-access pedestrian walkways will be delineated to further improve the flow of pedestrians between the Clubhouse and the Yellow parking lots on the south side of Hempstead Turnpike, as well as between the Clubhouse and the Green and Blue parking lots, located north of the main track.
     
  • New property maps: All guests arriving in Belmont lots will be provided with a new facility map clearly identifying all exit points, and further outlining important information for traversing the Belmont property. This map can also be accessed by visiting BelmontStakes.com.
     
  • New entrance procedures: To further improve the flow of guests entering and exiting the Belmont property, all turnstiles have been removed from access points to the Grandstand and Backyard, including for the stadium's western entrance directly leading to the newly constructed Long Island Railroad station. All tickets will be checked and digitally scanned to allow for smoother pedestrian flow.
     
  • New post-race concerts: For the first time, NYRA will host post-race concerts which are expected to further stagger the exit from the Belmont property. Included with admission for June 5 is a post-race concert led by platinum-selling recording artists O.A.R. The following day, a special post-race concert will be led by multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated recording artists Goo Goo Dolls.
  • On Belmont Stakes Day and in an effort to remove cars from local roadways, while further serving fans residing in the neighboring communities of Elmont and Floral Park, NYRA has arranged for courtesy bus shuttles to operate between the Belmont Park Clubhouse entrance and these two communities on Belmont Stakes Day. These neighborhood bus shuttles will operate approximately every 20 minutes between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. (EDT) on the following schedules:

  • The Floral Park Shuttle will travel from Belmont Park north on Plainfield Avenue, west on Woodbine Court, with a scheduled stop at Atlantic Avenue Extension and Tulip Avenue, adjacent to Lion's Park. It will then travel north on Tulip Avenue to Jericho Turnpike and head east, making a second stop at the Nassau County bus stop in front of 90 Jericho Turnpike. The bus will continue east on Jericho Turnpike and make its third and final stop at the Nassau County bus stop at Floral Park Place and Floral Terrace. The bus will then return to Belmont Park.
     
  • The Elmont Shuttle will travel from Belmont Park south on Plainfield Avenue across Hempstead Turnpike and on to Elmont Road. It will then turn east at Dutch Broadway, north on Meacham Avenue and across Hempstead Turnpike to continue on Covert Avenue. At Tulip Avenue, the bus will turn west and return to Belmont Park. The courtesy shuttles will stop at each of the Nassau County bus stops along the route.
  • New security protocols have also been implemented for this year, with all fans subject to enhanced screening prior to entering the Belmont property. Guests attempting to enter the Clubhouse, Grandstand or the Backyard with prohibited items will be asked to return those items to their vehicles or dispose of them.

    No storage will be provided for guests arriving with, or attempting to enter with prohibited items. A full list of prohibited and permitted items is available at BelmontStakes.com.

    "The safety of our guests, our equine athletes, our horsemen and horsewomen and all of our employees is the top priority of the New York Racing Association," stated George Venizelos, vice president of security. "To that end, we continue working closely and collaboratively with our partners at the local, state and federal level to keep our guests safe and on the move throughout this mega event."

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    NYRA details travel changes, security protocols for fans attending Belmont Stakes

    The New York Racing Association (NYRA) outlined a series of changes designed to further expedite access to and from Belmont Park for the 2015 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival on Friday, June 5, and Saturday, June 6.

    The festival will be highlighted by Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness S. (G1) winner American Pharoah's (Pioneerof the Nile) bid for immortality in the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) on June 6, the oldest and longest leg of Thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown.

    Fans are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and build significant time into their travels to and from Belmont Park, particularly on Belmont Stakes Day. Significant delays should be anticipated accessing and exiting the property, with fans encouraged to arrive early and stay late.

    This year, and for the first time, paid attendance for Belmont Stakes Day will be capped at 90,000. NYRA officials anticipate that all available tickets will be sold out prior to June 6. With this in mind, all fans are strongly encouraged to purchase admission in advance by visiting ticketmaster.com, or calling 1-800-745-3000. As of Tuesday, nearly 75 percent of all available tickets for Belmont Stakes Day have already been sold.

    Fans utilizing public transportation to and from Belmont Park are urged to purchase round-trip tickets in order to further expedite their travels. Long Island Railroad (LIRR) customers can easily access schedule and fare information by visiting www.mta.info/LIRR or obtain real-time information by following @LIRR on Twitter. Updated event and transportation information will be posted on BelmontStakes.com, with fans also able to access real-time updates on Twitter by following @BelmontStakes.

    Included among the many changes implemented for guests attending the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival are:

  • New LIRR improvements: Public transportation access to Belmont Park will be enhanced through $5 million in combined investment by NYRA and LIRR. This will result in a fully refurbished transit rotunda on the west end of the Grandstand, as well as new rail station platforms, which will increase Belmont Station train capacity from eight to 10 cars. The LIRR has also designed a new travel plan that will enable it to move trains in and out of Belmont Station faster than ever before. Still, customers are advised that they may have to wait up to 90 minutes to board trains at the end of the day when tens of thousands converge on the station all at once.
     
  • New parking configurations: All Belmont parking lots have been reconfigured to allow vehicles to more readily access designated exits.
     
  • New shuttle bus routes: Utilizing newly designed routes, guests parking in outlying Belmont parking lots (Pink, Yellow, Blue, and Green) will be shuttled by bus to three specific drop-off points: the main Clubhouse entrance, the main Paddock gate and the west Paddock gate. Shuttles will pick up guests from and drop guests off at clearly identified points in each lot.
     
  • New pedestrian walkways: New, controlled-access pedestrian walkways will be delineated to further improve the flow of pedestrians between the Clubhouse and the Yellow parking lots on the south side of Hempstead Turnpike, as well as between the Clubhouse and the Green and Blue parking lots, located north of the main track.
     
  • New property maps: All guests arriving in Belmont lots will be provided with a new facility map clearly identifying all exit points, and further outlining important information for traversing the Belmont property. This map can also be accessed by visiting BelmontStakes.com.
     
  • New entrance procedures: To further improve the flow of guests entering and exiting the Belmont property, all turnstiles have been removed from access points to the Grandstand and Backyard, including for the stadium's western entrance directly leading to the newly constructed Long Island Railroad station. All tickets will be checked and digitally scanned to allow for smoother pedestrian flow.
     
  • New post-race concerts: For the first time, NYRA will host post-race concerts which are expected to further stagger the exit from the Belmont property. Included with admission for June 5 is a post-race concert led by platinum-selling recording artists O.A.R. The following day, a special post-race concert will be led by multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated recording artists Goo Goo Dolls.
  • On Belmont Stakes Day and in an effort to remove cars from local roadways, while further serving fans residing in the neighboring communities of Elmont and Floral Park, NYRA has arranged for courtesy bus shuttles to operate between the Belmont Park Clubhouse entrance and these two communities on Belmont Stakes Day. These neighborhood bus shuttles will operate approximately every 20 minutes between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. (EDT) on the following schedules:

  • The Floral Park Shuttle will travel from Belmont Park north on Plainfield Avenue, west on Woodbine Court, with a scheduled stop at Atlantic Avenue Extension and Tulip Avenue, adjacent to Lion's Park. It will then travel north on Tulip Avenue to Jericho Turnpike and head east, making a second stop at the Nassau County bus stop in front of 90 Jericho Turnpike. The bus will continue east on Jericho Turnpike and make its third and final stop at the Nassau County bus stop at Floral Park Place and Floral Terrace. The bus will then return to Belmont Park.
     
  • The Elmont Shuttle will travel from Belmont Park south on Plainfield Avenue across Hempstead Turnpike and on to Elmont Road. It will then turn east at Dutch Broadway, north on Meacham Avenue and across Hempstead Turnpike to continue on Covert Avenue. At Tulip Avenue, the bus will turn west and return to Belmont Park. The courtesy shuttles will stop at each of the Nassau County bus stops along the route.
  • New security protocols have also been implemented for this year, with all fans subject to enhanced screening prior to entering the Belmont property. Guests attempting to enter the Clubhouse, Grandstand or the Backyard with prohibited items will be asked to return those items to their vehicles or dispose of them.

    No storage will be provided for guests arriving with, or attempting to enter with prohibited items. A full list of prohibited and permitted items is available at BelmontStakes.com.

    "The safety of our guests, our equine athletes, our horsemen and horsewomen and all of our employees is the top priority of the New York Racing Association," stated George Venizelos, vice president of security. "To that end, we continue working closely and collaboratively with our partners at the local, state and federal level to keep our guests safe and on the move throughout this mega event."

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    Racing Headlines

    Work All Week back in the Aristides

    A six-time stakes winner, Work All Week owns an 11-9-2-0 record at six furlongs (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

    Unraced since a half-length tally in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), champion sprinter Work All Week (City Zip) will launch his six-year-old campaign in Saturday's $100,000 Aristides (G3) at Churchill Downs. The Roger Brueggemann-trained gelding will face six rivals in the six-furlong test from his outside post and Florent Geroux retains the mount.

    A winner in nine of his last 10 starts, the Illinois-bred Work All Week recorded his first Grade 1 triumph in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, scoring by a half-length as a 19-1 longshot, and netted a 104 BRIS Speed rating. His Speed figures ran as high as 106 last season and the chestnut will be making his first appearance at Churchill Downs in the Aristides, which is named in honor of the first Kentucky Derby winner.

    Alsvid (Officer) looms as a dangerous challenger following his win in the Count Fleet Sprint H. (G3) at Oaklawn Park. Trained by Chris Hartman, the six-year-old gelding registered a career-best 106 Speed rating scoring by nearly a length last time and Chris Landeros will be back aboard the early presser. A nine-time winner at the distance, the Kentucky-bred Alsvid will also be making his start under the Twin Spires.

    Grade 2 winner Nates Mineshaft (Mineshaft) enters on the upswing for Anne Smith, posting a runner-up finish against a deep field in the Churchill Downs S. (G2), and the eight-year-old will be piloted by Rafael Mojica Jr. Multiple stakes hero Gentlemen's Bet (Half Ours), third in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Sprint, also merits respect following a fourth in the Churchill Downs. Ricardo Santana Jr. has the mount for Ron Moquett.

    The Pizza Man, who likes to race on or close to the early lead, recorded three stakes wins last season (Four Footed Fotos)

    Good Lord (Greatness), Googleado (Southern Halo) and Viva Majorca (Tiago) complete the field.

    One race after the Aristides, 10 older horses will contest the $65,000 Opening Verse at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire Departing (War Front), unraced since a seventh in the Clark H. (G1) last November, is scheduled to make his turf debut for trainer Al Stall Jr. with regular rider Robby Albarado.

    The five-year-old gelding will meet a nice group of challengers that includes The Pizza Man (English Channel), winner of the American St. Leger and Stars and Stripes (G3) last season. Conditioned by Brueggemann, the Illinois-bred gelding will make his first start since a close third in the Hollywood Turf Cup (G2) last November. Geroux has the call aboard the six-year-old.

    Grade 2 scorer Frac Daddy (Scat Daddy), last seen finishing fourth in the San Diego (G2) in late July, returns for Kenny McPeek and just missed when making his lone appearance on Churchill's grass course in the 2013 Commonwealth Turf (G3), finishing a half-length second. Multiple stakes victor Hip Four Sixtynine (Southern Image) tries turf again following an encouraging runner-up in the May 1 Texas Mile (G3) and Guys Reward (Grand Reward) is a five-time winner over the local turf, including the 2012 editions of the Firecracker (G2) and Opening Verse.

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    Work All Week back in the Aristides

    A six-time stakes winner, Work All Week owns an 11-9-2-0 record at six furlongs (Keeneland/Coady Photography)

    Unraced since a half-length tally in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), champion sprinter Work All Week (City Zip) will launch his six-year-old campaign in Saturday's $100,000 Aristides (G3) at Churchill Downs. The Roger Brueggemann-trained gelding will face six rivals in the six-furlong test from his outside post and Florent Geroux retains the mount.

    A winner in nine of his last 10 starts, the Illinois-bred Work All Week recorded his first Grade 1 triumph in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita, scoring by a half-length as a 19-1 longshot, and netted a 104 BRIS Speed rating. His Speed figures ran as high as 106 last season and the chestnut will be making his first appearance at Churchill Downs in the Aristides, which is named in honor of the first Kentucky Derby winner.

    Alsvid (Officer) looms as a dangerous challenger following his win in the Count Fleet Sprint H. (G3) at Oaklawn Park. Trained by Chris Hartman, the six-year-old gelding registered a career-best 106 Speed rating scoring by nearly a length last time and Chris Landeros will be back aboard the early presser. A nine-time winner at the distance, the Kentucky-bred Alsvid will also be making his start under the Twin Spires.

    Grade 2 winner Nates Mineshaft (Mineshaft) enters on the upswing for Anne Smith, posting a runner-up finish against a deep field in the Churchill Downs S. (G2), and the eight-year-old will be piloted by Rafael Mojica Jr. Multiple stakes hero Gentlemen's Bet (Half Ours), third in the 2013 Breeders' Cup Sprint, also merits respect following a fourth in the Churchill Downs. Ricardo Santana Jr. has the mount for Ron Moquett.

    The Pizza Man, who likes to race on or close to the early lead, recorded three stakes wins last season (Four Footed Fotos)

    Good Lord (Greatness), Googleado (Southern Halo) and Viva Majorca (Tiago) complete the field.

    One race after the Aristides, 10 older horses will contest the $65,000 Opening Verse at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Multiple Grade 2-winning millionaire Departing (War Front), unraced since a seventh in the Clark H. (G1) last November, is scheduled to make his turf debut for trainer Al Stall Jr. with regular rider Robby Albarado.

    The five-year-old gelding will meet a nice group of challengers that includes The Pizza Man (English Channel), winner of the American St. Leger and Stars and Stripes (G3) last season. Conditioned by Brueggemann, the Illinois-bred gelding will make his first start since a close third in the Hollywood Turf Cup (G2) last November. Geroux has the call aboard the six-year-old.

    Grade 2 scorer Frac Daddy (Scat Daddy), last seen finishing fourth in the San Diego (G2) in late July, returns for Kenny McPeek and just missed when making his lone appearance on Churchill's grass course in the 2013 Commonwealth Turf (G3), finishing a half-length second. Multiple stakes victor Hip Four Sixtynine (Southern Image) tries turf again following an encouraging runner-up in the May 1 Texas Mile (G3) and Guys Reward (Grand Reward) is a five-time winner over the local turf, including the 2012 editions of the Firecracker (G2) and Opening Verse.

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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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    Breeders' Cup launches 'Million Dollar Finish' fantasy game

    On the heels of strong growth in 2014, Breeders' Cup has launched its 2015 "Million Dollar Finish" fantasy game with more prizes and opportunities to win than ever before throughout the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: "Win & You're In."

    During each of the 10 national broadcasts of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series on NBC and NBC SN, the fantasy player with the highest score for each designated race will win a once-in-a-lifetime VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. Along with the 10 chances to win during the Challenge Series, fans can enter for a shot at the ultimate prize of $1 million during the Breeders' Cup World Championships by predicting the correct order for the top 10 finishers in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), which will air on Saturday, October 31, on NBC.

    Million Dollar Finish offers fans the opportunity to enter their top picks in the most prominent races taking place at some of the best tracks across the country and nationally broadcast on NBC and NBCSN. The game is free to enter and play, and fans can register and submit their picks for each race online at http://www.milliondollarfinish.com/.

    The first chance for fans to participate during the 2015 season will be on June 6 in the Belmont S. (G1), where American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) will vie for his place in history by becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

    "Million Dollar Finish has served as a great new digital platform for fan engagement throughout our Challenge Series and we're excited to up the ante this year by offering a true "Win and You're In" opportunity for our fans to the sold-out 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland," said Justin McDonald, Breeders' Cup vice president of marketing & digital media.

    "The number of fantasy players more than doubled year-over-year in 2014 and we're positioned for similar growth again this year with even more incentive for fans to follow along throughout the season-long Win & You're In Series."

    The promotion registration period begins on or about April 28 at 12:01 a.m. (EDT) and ends on October 31 at 5:40 p.m., and is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C., who are 18 years of age or older. Please see the official rules at www.MillionDollarFinish.com/rules for exact registration times for each race, additional eligibility restrictions, prize descriptions/restrictions/ARVs and complete details.

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    Breeders' Cup launches 'Million Dollar Finish' fantasy game

    On the heels of strong growth in 2014, Breeders' Cup has launched its 2015 "Million Dollar Finish" fantasy game with more prizes and opportunities to win than ever before throughout the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: "Win & You're In."

    During each of the 10 national broadcasts of the Breeders' Cup Challenge Series on NBC and NBC SN, the fantasy player with the highest score for each designated race will win a once-in-a-lifetime VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. Along with the 10 chances to win during the Challenge Series, fans can enter for a shot at the ultimate prize of $1 million during the Breeders' Cup World Championships by predicting the correct order for the top 10 finishers in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), which will air on Saturday, October 31, on NBC.

    Million Dollar Finish offers fans the opportunity to enter their top picks in the most prominent races taking place at some of the best tracks across the country and nationally broadcast on NBC and NBCSN. The game is free to enter and play, and fans can register and submit their picks for each race online at http://www.milliondollarfinish.com/.

    The first chance for fans to participate during the 2015 season will be on June 6 in the Belmont S. (G1), where American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) will vie for his place in history by becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

    "Million Dollar Finish has served as a great new digital platform for fan engagement throughout our Challenge Series and we're excited to up the ante this year by offering a true "Win and You're In" opportunity for our fans to the sold-out 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland," said Justin McDonald, Breeders' Cup vice president of marketing & digital media.

    "The number of fantasy players more than doubled year-over-year in 2014 and we're positioned for similar growth again this year with even more incentive for fans to follow along throughout the season-long Win & You're In Series."

    The promotion registration period begins on or about April 28 at 12:01 a.m. (EDT) and ends on October 31 at 5:40 p.m., and is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C., who are 18 years of age or older. Please see the official rules at www.MillionDollarFinish.com/rules for exact registration times for each race, additional eligibility restrictions, prize descriptions/restrictions/ARVs and complete details.

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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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    Heitai tops Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint

    Heitai (Fusaichi Pegasus) was only eighth of 10 in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G3), but merits serious consideration when he defends his title Saturday in the $300,000 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint.

    The field for the five-furlong dash will be reduced to at least seven with the scratch of early favorite Power Alert (Alert) due to the likelihood of soft turf. The Australian import, who captured the Twin Spires Turf Sprint in course-record time, will instead point for the Jaipur S. (G3) at Belmont Park June 6.

    Prior to his flub at Churchill Downs, Heitai had finished first or second in his previous 11 starts. Heitai is two-for-two over the Evangeline turf, and took the inaugural edition of this sprint by 3 3/4 lengths.

    The established sprinter Gantry (Pulpit) was only fifth in the local prep, the $60,000 Need for Speed on May 2, but it was his first start in nearly five months and figures to be much sharper for this. However, he failed to fire here last year when a dull fifth.

    Also exiting the Need for Speed is the winner, Reflector (Ready's Image), and the Quick Dagger (Northern Afleet) and Ty's Bandit (Time Bandit), who finished in a dead heat for second three-quarters of a length behind Reflector. A threat to improve is Great Minds (Stroll), who has finished first or second in three outings since joining the Al Stall barn.

    Evangeline's richest card of the season also features two other open stakes. A wide-open renewal of the $100,000 Evangeline Mile for older horses on the main track features Argentinean import Mystery Train (Not for Sale), the Mineshaft H. (G3) runner-up looking to rebound off tiring seventh-place performance in the Precisionist (G3) at Santa Anita.

    Stormdriver (Discreet Cat) enters off a freakish performance in the off-the-turf, $60,000 John Henry April 25. Preceding the win with a score over $30,000 claimers, the five-year-old took a  huge step forward to deliver the knockout by 5 3/4 lengths.

    Others of interest are last-out allowance winners Only in America (Tiznow), Ide Be Cool (Ide), and Galveston Harbor (Belgravia), and the stakes-winning Holiday Mischief (Into Mischief), who was overmatched in the Texas Mile (G3) last time.

    The $100,000 Opelousas, a 1 1/16-mile grass stakes for fillies and mares, features the top three finishers from the $60,000 Matron on April 24 -- Tensas Harbor (Private Vow), Hot Tempo (Heatseeker), and Synapse (Fairbanks). However, that prep was rained off the turf and contested on a sloppy track, which might have aided Tensas Harbor more. Hot Tempo won the 2014 Matron on turf, while Synapse was only a half-length away from victory in last year's Opelousas.

    Other likely contenders are Satin Gold (English Channel), a close fourth in the 2014 Opelousas prior to winning a stakes on the Remington turf, and Treaty Oak (War Chant), a two-time allowance winner on grass at Fair Grounds last winter.

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    Heitai tops Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint

    Heitai (Fusaichi Pegasus) was only eighth of 10 in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G3), but merits serious consideration when he defends his title Saturday in the $300,000 Evangeline Downs Turf Sprint.

    The field for the five-furlong dash will be reduced to at least seven with the scratch of early favorite Power Alert (Alert) due to the likelihood of soft turf. The Australian import, who captured the Twin Spires Turf Sprint in course-record time, will instead point for the Jaipur S. (G3) at Belmont Park June 6.

    Prior to his flub at Churchill Downs, Heitai had finished first or second in his previous 11 starts. Heitai is two-for-two over the Evangeline turf, and took the inaugural edition of this sprint by 3 3/4 lengths.

    The established sprinter Gantry (Pulpit) was only fifth in the local prep, the $60,000 Need for Speed on May 2, but it was his first start in nearly five months and figures to be much sharper for this. However, he failed to fire here last year when a dull fifth.

    Also exiting the Need for Speed is the winner, Reflector (Ready's Image), and the Quick Dagger (Northern Afleet) and Ty's Bandit (Time Bandit), who finished in a dead heat for second three-quarters of a length behind Reflector. A threat to improve is Great Minds (Stroll), who has finished first or second in three outings since joining the Al Stall barn.

    Evangeline's richest card of the season also features two other open stakes. A wide-open renewal of the $100,000 Evangeline Mile for older horses on the main track features Argentinean import Mystery Train (Not for Sale), the Mineshaft H. (G3) runner-up looking to rebound off tiring seventh-place performance in the Precisionist (G3) at Santa Anita.

    Stormdriver (Discreet Cat) enters off a freakish performance in the off-the-turf, $60,000 John Henry April 25. Preceding the win with a score over $30,000 claimers, the five-year-old took a  huge step forward to deliver the knockout by 5 3/4 lengths.

    Others of interest are last-out allowance winners Only in America (Tiznow), Ide Be Cool (Ide), and Galveston Harbor (Belgravia), and the stakes-winning Holiday Mischief (Into Mischief), who was overmatched in the Texas Mile (G3) last time.

    The $100,000 Opelousas, a 1 1/16-mile grass stakes for fillies and mares, features the top three finishers from the $60,000 Matron on April 24 -- Tensas Harbor (Private Vow), Hot Tempo (Heatseeker), and Synapse (Fairbanks). However, that prep was rained off the turf and contested on a sloppy track, which might have aided Tensas Harbor more. Hot Tempo won the 2014 Matron on turf, while Synapse was only a half-length away from victory in last year's Opelousas.

    Other likely contenders are Satin Gold (English Channel), a close fourth in the 2014 Opelousas prior to winning a stakes on the Remington turf, and Treaty Oak (War Chant), a two-time allowance winner on grass at Fair Grounds last winter.

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    Proposal to modernize taxing of pari-mutuel winnings deadline approaching

    The Thoroughbred racing industry is rallying around a proposal to modernize regulations relating to the taxing of pari-mutuel winnings, one week prior to the U.S. Treasury's June 2 deadline for public comment.

    The proposed changes would modernize withholding and reporting rules by redefining the "amount wagered" to include all of a bettor's investment into a single pari-mutuel pool, and not simply the base amount of the winning combination. The proposed update would not only eliminate burdensome and unnecessary paperwork but also generate millions of dollars in additional handle which will benefit owners, trainers, jockeys, tracks, horseplayers and even federal and state governments.

    Because of the wide scope of the economic benefits, support for the proposed modification has poured in from all segments of the horse racing and breeding industry. But more support is needed. Individuals and organizations are urged to submit comments to Treasury via a two-step form at www.NTRA.com/IRScomment.

    "Time is running short for individuals to convey a message to the Treasury that these proposed changes matter," NTRA president and CEO Alex Waldrop said. "The industry has made a strong case to the Treasury that the time for tax modernization is now, but they need to hear from as many individuals and organizations as possible."

    To learn more about the effort to clarify pari-mutuel withholding and reporting, visit the comprehensive Background page on the NTRA website at http://www.ntra.com/en/legislative/background-on-effort-to-clarify-pari-mutuel-withholding-and-reporting.

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    Proposal to modernize taxing of pari-mutuel winnings deadline approaching

    The Thoroughbred racing industry is rallying around a proposal to modernize regulations relating to the taxing of pari-mutuel winnings, one week prior to the U.S. Treasury's June 2 deadline for public comment.

    The proposed changes would modernize withholding and reporting rules by redefining the "amount wagered" to include all of a bettor's investment into a single pari-mutuel pool, and not simply the base amount of the winning combination. The proposed update would not only eliminate burdensome and unnecessary paperwork but also generate millions of dollars in additional handle which will benefit owners, trainers, jockeys, tracks, horseplayers and even federal and state governments.

    Because of the wide scope of the economic benefits, support for the proposed modification has poured in from all segments of the horse racing and breeding industry. But more support is needed. Individuals and organizations are urged to submit comments to Treasury via a two-step form at www.NTRA.com/IRScomment.

    "Time is running short for individuals to convey a message to the Treasury that these proposed changes matter," NTRA president and CEO Alex Waldrop said. "The industry has made a strong case to the Treasury that the time for tax modernization is now, but they need to hear from as many individuals and organizations as possible."

    To learn more about the effort to clarify pari-mutuel withholding and reporting, visit the comprehensive Background page on the NTRA website at http://www.ntra.com/en/legislative/background-on-effort-to-clarify-pari-mutuel-withholding-and-reporting.

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    Derby, Oaks contenders work at Epsom

    Trainer John Gosden sent out two of his Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) contenders, favorite Golden Horn (Cape Cross) and Jack Hobbs (Halling), for a spin around the Derby course at Epsom's "Breakfast With The Stars" Tuesday, and Gosden said he was "happy" with the Dante S. (Eng-G2) one-two after watching each of them train with a lead horse.

    "I was very happy with them," the conditioner said. "They relaxed well and moved well down the hill. It was just a breezy piece of work. They are young horses and it was a good experience for them to feel their way around the track. It is a peculiar track and it is something that you can't rehearse at home. They will do a piece of work at the weekend and then we will be where we want to be with them."

    Both Gosden runners have stamina questions to answer, but the trainer expressed confidence.

    "I am pretty sure that Jack Hobbs will get the trip and Golden Horn will probably get it on account that he is very laid-back," he said. "That will help him as, if it is a true test, he will need to see out the mile and a half. I think it is an interesting race, even though people have made it a bit one-dimensional."

    Gosden described Golden Horn as "asleep" during his gallop, noting that relaxation will help him get the trip, and jockey Frankie Dettori added, "Golden Horn handled the track OK. He is a very laid-back character and he needs a crowd to rev him up. He will be a better horse on the race day."

    William Buick, aboard Jack Hobbs, said, "Jack Hobbs felt very comfortable coming down the hill. We didn't press any buttons but he is still learning about the game. Every step he takes is going forward. The ground was perfect for him out there."

    Last year's Racing Post Trophy (Eng-G1) winner Elm Park (Phoenix Reach), third on seasonal debut in the Dante and among the leading fancies for the June 6 Derby, pleased his connections his racecourse gallop. Elm Park sat behind a lead horse under jockey Andrea Atzeni rounding Tattenham Corner before quickening in the lane to finish on top.

    "I was pleased, and thought it was a nice bit of work," Atzeni said. "He traveled well behind his lead horse, who went a nice, even gallop. I let him stretch his legs coming down the hill and he cruised to the front and quickened up well. He had a good look in front and wandered around a bit, but he was entitled to, as he's never been here before."

    Trainer Andrew Balding added of the Qatar Racing colorbearer, "The main thing was to let him have a feel for the track. It was not a fact-finding mission. He had a hard race in the Dante but, to my surprise, by the Monday morning he was fresh and well. You always worry the first run back after a long layoff may drag them back but he seems fine."

    Elm Park leads an international team of Derby contenders for Sheikh Fahad, which also includes Monday's German Two Thousand Guineas (Ger-G2) scorer Karpino (Cape Cross) and Prix Greffulhe (Fr-G2) winner Sumbal (Danehill Dancer), who would both have to be supplemented.

    "Karpino has come out of the race in great form," said David Redvers, Qatar Racing's racing manager. "The big shame is that the German Guineas comes about 10 days too late and doesn't really give a big enough window, but we will see how he goes in the next few days. (Trainer) Andreas (Wohler) has talked about him being a King George (Eng-G1) or Arc (Fr-G1) horse.

    "It was the fastest time in the last 20 years of the German Guineas and he was never off the bridle at any stage. To do that over a mile is quite staggering, as he is bred to be a mile-and-a-half horse."

    Redvers added Sumbal is unlikely for the English Derby.

    "A decision will be made later this week and I would say that the French Derby (Fr-G1) is the favorite at the moment," he noted.

    Trainer David Wachman was on hand Tuesday, and he offered an upbeat bulletin on his One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) scorer and Epsom Oaks (Eng-G1) favorite Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer).

    "She seems very well and we are happy with her as she has done nothing wrong," the conditioner noted. Wachman said the 1 1/2-mile trip of the Oaks should suit Legatissimo.

    "A mile is as short as she would ever go, as a true-run mile sees her stamina come into it. We have always liked her a lot. Last year she was quite big and tall and we hoped she would maybe turn into a nice filly. She has definitely got stronger since her win at Newmarket."

    Ryan Moore will once again partner Legatissimo at Epsom, meaning second choice Crystal Zvezda (Dubawi), who won the May 16 Fillies' Trial at Newbury under Moore, will need a new rider.

    "We have always liked her and she is a wonderful specimen," trainer Sir Michael Stoute said of Crystal Zvezda. "We are now going to work on getting her a rider and hopefully have that organized in the next day or two."

    John Gosden was pleased with the performances of two of his Oaks contenders, Musidora S. (Eng-G3) scorer Star of Seville (Duke of Marmalade) and Pretty Polly S. winner Jazzi Top (Danehill Dancer), after they stretched their legs.

    Of Star of Seville, Gosden said, "Although there is nothing in her pedigree that says she will stay a mile and a half she is a big, strapping filly and we were very happy with her today. She does not have to lead; she can sit second, third or fourth, just as long as there is a good gallop she will be fine -- she just doesn't want it to turn into a sprint.

    "Jazzi Top is the same on pedigree and that last furlong here they go up hill, but she is a real street fighter. Both fillies looked good together this morning and they are two lovely fillies to bring here."

    Al Naamah (Galileo), the record-breaking five million-guineas purchase by Sheikh Joaan al Thani at Tattersalls October two years ago, also made an appearance at Epsom Tuesday. The Andre Fabre charge, a winner and Group 3-placed, has it in her pedigree to win this classic; she is a full-sister to Was, who won this in 2012.

    "She is a fantastic-looking filly with a great pedigree and is exactly what we expected her to be," Fabre said. "She is still big and backwards, but I think she is ready for the Oaks. Bringing the horses over here for this is a great addition to their training as these horses don't see the bend downhill at home and it also makes a big difference for the jockey as well."

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    Derby, Oaks contenders work at Epsom

    Trainer John Gosden sent out two of his Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) contenders, favorite Golden Horn (Cape Cross) and Jack Hobbs (Halling), for a spin around the Derby course at Epsom's "Breakfast With The Stars" Tuesday, and Gosden said he was "happy" with the Dante S. (Eng-G2) one-two after watching each of them train with a lead horse.

    "I was very happy with them," the conditioner said. "They relaxed well and moved well down the hill. It was just a breezy piece of work. They are young horses and it was a good experience for them to feel their way around the track. It is a peculiar track and it is something that you can't rehearse at home. They will do a piece of work at the weekend and then we will be where we want to be with them."

    Both Gosden runners have stamina questions to answer, but the trainer expressed confidence.

    "I am pretty sure that Jack Hobbs will get the trip and Golden Horn will probably get it on account that he is very laid-back," he said. "That will help him as, if it is a true test, he will need to see out the mile and a half. I think it is an interesting race, even though people have made it a bit one-dimensional."

    Gosden described Golden Horn as "asleep" during his gallop, noting that relaxation will help him get the trip, and jockey Frankie Dettori added, "Golden Horn handled the track OK. He is a very laid-back character and he needs a crowd to rev him up. He will be a better horse on the race day."

    William Buick, aboard Jack Hobbs, said, "Jack Hobbs felt very comfortable coming down the hill. We didn't press any buttons but he is still learning about the game. Every step he takes is going forward. The ground was perfect for him out there."

    Last year's Racing Post Trophy (Eng-G1) winner Elm Park (Phoenix Reach), third on seasonal debut in the Dante and among the leading fancies for the June 6 Derby, pleased his connections his racecourse gallop. Elm Park sat behind a lead horse under jockey Andrea Atzeni rounding Tattenham Corner before quickening in the lane to finish on top.

    "I was pleased, and thought it was a nice bit of work," Atzeni said. "He traveled well behind his lead horse, who went a nice, even gallop. I let him stretch his legs coming down the hill and he cruised to the front and quickened up well. He had a good look in front and wandered around a bit, but he was entitled to, as he's never been here before."

    Trainer Andrew Balding added of the Qatar Racing colorbearer, "The main thing was to let him have a feel for the track. It was not a fact-finding mission. He had a hard race in the Dante but, to my surprise, by the Monday morning he was fresh and well. You always worry the first run back after a long layoff may drag them back but he seems fine."

    Elm Park leads an international team of Derby contenders for Sheikh Fahad, which also includes Monday's German Two Thousand Guineas (Ger-G2) scorer Karpino (Cape Cross) and Prix Greffulhe (Fr-G2) winner Sumbal (Danehill Dancer), who would both have to be supplemented.

    "Karpino has come out of the race in great form," said David Redvers, Qatar Racing's racing manager. "The big shame is that the German Guineas comes about 10 days too late and doesn't really give a big enough window, but we will see how he goes in the next few days. (Trainer) Andreas (Wohler) has talked about him being a King George (Eng-G1) or Arc (Fr-G1) horse.

    "It was the fastest time in the last 20 years of the German Guineas and he was never off the bridle at any stage. To do that over a mile is quite staggering, as he is bred to be a mile-and-a-half horse."

    Redvers added Sumbal is unlikely for the English Derby.

    "A decision will be made later this week and I would say that the French Derby (Fr-G1) is the favorite at the moment," he noted.

    Trainer David Wachman was on hand Tuesday, and he offered an upbeat bulletin on his One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) scorer and Epsom Oaks (Eng-G1) favorite Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer).

    "She seems very well and we are happy with her as she has done nothing wrong," the conditioner noted. Wachman said the 1 1/2-mile trip of the Oaks should suit Legatissimo.

    "A mile is as short as she would ever go, as a true-run mile sees her stamina come into it. We have always liked her a lot. Last year she was quite big and tall and we hoped she would maybe turn into a nice filly. She has definitely got stronger since her win at Newmarket."

    Ryan Moore will once again partner Legatissimo at Epsom, meaning second choice Crystal Zvezda (Dubawi), who won the May 16 Fillies' Trial at Newbury under Moore, will need a new rider.

    "We have always liked her and she is a wonderful specimen," trainer Sir Michael Stoute said of Crystal Zvezda. "We are now going to work on getting her a rider and hopefully have that organized in the next day or two."

    John Gosden was pleased with the performances of two of his Oaks contenders, Musidora S. (Eng-G3) scorer Star of Seville (Duke of Marmalade) and Pretty Polly S. winner Jazzi Top (Danehill Dancer), after they stretched their legs.

    Of Star of Seville, Gosden said, "Although there is nothing in her pedigree that says she will stay a mile and a half she is a big, strapping filly and we were very happy with her today. She does not have to lead; she can sit second, third or fourth, just as long as there is a good gallop she will be fine -- she just doesn't want it to turn into a sprint.

    "Jazzi Top is the same on pedigree and that last furlong here they go up hill, but she is a real street fighter. Both fillies looked good together this morning and they are two lovely fillies to bring here."

    Al Naamah (Galileo), the record-breaking five million-guineas purchase by Sheikh Joaan al Thani at Tattersalls October two years ago, also made an appearance at Epsom Tuesday. The Andre Fabre charge, a winner and Group 3-placed, has it in her pedigree to win this classic; she is a full-sister to Was, who won this in 2012.

    "She is a fantastic-looking filly with a great pedigree and is exactly what we expected her to be," Fabre said. "She is still big and backwards, but I think she is ready for the Oaks. Bringing the horses over here for this is a great addition to their training as these horses don't see the bend downhill at home and it also makes a big difference for the jockey as well."

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    In brief

    The Aga Khan's Karaktar (High Chaparral), the winner of his two outings this year including the Prix Noailles (Fr-G3) April 20, is one of 18 remaining in the May 31 Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-G1) after Tuesday's scratching stage. Karaktar is likely to be trainer Alain de Royer Dupre's lone representative as he looks to win the French Derby for a seventh time. "He worked (Tuesday) and so far all the lights are green, so hopefully he can run at Chantilly," said Georges Rimaud, the Aga Khan's stud manager. "The draw is an always an issue, but that is in the hands of the gods. There is nothing we can do about it, so you wait until after the draw and make a plan to deal with it at the last minute. It will be interesting to see how he goes against better competition and in a bigger field." Aidan O'Brien has never won the Prix du Jockey Club and he has four contenders remaining: Cape Clear Island (Fastnet Rock), Highland Reel (Galileo), War Envoy (War Front) and Sir Isaac Newton (Galileo), the 3.6 million guineas Tattersalls October yearling who is entered in a Gowran Park maiden Wednesday. Andre Fabre has two engaged: Harlem (Champs Elysees) and French Two Thousand Guineas (Fr-G1) second New Bay (Dubawi)...

    Epicuris (Rail Link) will bypass the May 31 Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-G1) in favor of the June 6 Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) after France Galop officials refused permission for stalls handler Nicolas Blondeau to load the colt at Chantilly, Equidia reports. Epicuris, winner of last year's Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-G1), was scratched behind the gates of the May 5 Prix Greffulhe (Fr-G2) after refusing to load. He subsequently passed a stalls test under Blondeau's guidance last week. Blondeau, who also helped Goldikova before many of her races, will be allowed to accompany Epicuris under British Horseracing Authority rules...

    The Aga Khan's four-year-old filly Dolniya (Azamour), winner of the Dubai Sheema Classic when last seen March 28, will make her British debut in the Coronation Cup (Eng-G1) June 6. Dolniya is lightly raced, having made just eight starts to date, but she has made the most of those opportunities, having also won the Prix de Malleret (Fr-G2) and finished third in the Prix Vermeille (Fr-G1) and fifth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1) last year. She opened her season with a win over multiple Group 1 winner Flintshire (Dansili) in a Chantilly conditions race March 3. "She worked (Tuesday) and worked well," said Georges Rimaud, stud manager for the Aga Khan. "She's in good form and I think the Coronation Cup will be a good test for her. I think it will be a tough race, but this is one of her big objectives for the end of spring and we are looking forward to seeing her run. We can make a plan for the summer after we see how she performs at Epsom."...

    Godolphin has bought unbeaten two-year-old colt Birchwood (Dark Angel) from David Armstrong. The bay, who broke his maiden on debut at Doncaster May 2 before taking a Newbury conditions race two weeks later, will remain in training with Richard Fahey and will have summer stakes targets. John Ferguson, Bloodstock Advisor to Sheikh Mohammed, said, "Birchwood is an unbeaten winner of two races, including a valuable conditions race at Newbury. He could run in a listed race in Ireland next week and (is) possible (for a) tilt at the Superlative S. (Eng-G2) at the July Meeting in Newmarket."...

    Richard Mulhall, a former trainer and racing manager for The Thoroughbred Corp. of the late Prince Ahmed Salman, reportedly died Monday after a lengthy illness at the age of 76. Among Mulhall's survivors is his daughter, California trainer Kristin Mulhall...

    Churchill Downs has a special box seat package for the June 6 Belmont Stakes simulcast. For $24, fans can get an undercover box seat, official program, a domestic beer or souvenir soda and a custom, limited-edition Kentucky Derby 141 T-Shirt that features a victorious American Pharaoh. Fans can purchase the package by visiting the online box office at www.ChurchillDowns.com/Tickets.

    In brief

    The Aga Khan's Karaktar (High Chaparral), the winner of his two outings this year including the Prix Noailles (Fr-G3) April 20, is one of 18 remaining in the May 31 Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-G1) after Tuesday's scratching stage. Karaktar is likely to be trainer Alain de Royer Dupre's lone representative as he looks to win the French Derby for a seventh time. "He worked (Tuesday) and so far all the lights are green, so hopefully he can run at Chantilly," said Georges Rimaud, the Aga Khan's stud manager. "The draw is an always an issue, but that is in the hands of the gods. There is nothing we can do about it, so you wait until after the draw and make a plan to deal with it at the last minute. It will be interesting to see how he goes against better competition and in a bigger field." Aidan O'Brien has never won the Prix du Jockey Club and he has four contenders remaining: Cape Clear Island (Fastnet Rock), Highland Reel (Galileo), War Envoy (War Front) and Sir Isaac Newton (Galileo), the 3.6 million guineas Tattersalls October yearling who is entered in a Gowran Park maiden Wednesday. Andre Fabre has two engaged: Harlem (Champs Elysees) and French Two Thousand Guineas (Fr-G1) second New Bay (Dubawi)...

    Epicuris (Rail Link) will bypass the May 31 Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-G1) in favor of the June 6 Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) after France Galop officials refused permission for stalls handler Nicolas Blondeau to load the colt at Chantilly, Equidia reports. Epicuris, winner of last year's Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-G1), was scratched behind the gates of the May 5 Prix Greffulhe (Fr-G2) after refusing to load. He subsequently passed a stalls test under Blondeau's guidance last week. Blondeau, who also helped Goldikova before many of her races, will be allowed to accompany Epicuris under British Horseracing Authority rules...

    The Aga Khan's four-year-old filly Dolniya (Azamour), winner of the Dubai Sheema Classic when last seen March 28, will make her British debut in the Coronation Cup (Eng-G1) June 6. Dolniya is lightly raced, having made just eight starts to date, but she has made the most of those opportunities, having also won the Prix de Malleret (Fr-G2) and finished third in the Prix Vermeille (Fr-G1) and fifth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1) last year. She opened her season with a win over multiple Group 1 winner Flintshire (Dansili) in a Chantilly conditions race March 3. "She worked (Tuesday) and worked well," said Georges Rimaud, stud manager for the Aga Khan. "She's in good form and I think the Coronation Cup will be a good test for her. I think it will be a tough race, but this is one of her big objectives for the end of spring and we are looking forward to seeing her run. We can make a plan for the summer after we see how she performs at Epsom."...

    Godolphin has bought unbeaten two-year-old colt Birchwood (Dark Angel) from David Armstrong. The bay, who broke his maiden on debut at Doncaster May 2 before taking a Newbury conditions race two weeks later, will remain in training with Richard Fahey and will have summer stakes targets. John Ferguson, Bloodstock Advisor to Sheikh Mohammed, said, "Birchwood is an unbeaten winner of two races, including a valuable conditions race at Newbury. He could run in a listed race in Ireland next week and (is) possible (for a) tilt at the Superlative S. (Eng-G2) at the July Meeting in Newmarket."...

    Richard Mulhall, a former trainer and racing manager for The Thoroughbred Corp. of the late Prince Ahmed Salman, reportedly died Monday after a lengthy illness at the age of 76. Among Mulhall's survivors is his daughter, California trainer Kristin Mulhall...

    Churchill Downs has a special box seat package for the June 6 Belmont Stakes simulcast. For $24, fans can get an undercover box seat, official program, a domestic beer or souvenir soda and a custom, limited-edition Kentucky Derby 141 T-Shirt that features a victorious American Pharaoh. Fans can purchase the package by visiting the online box office at www.ChurchillDowns.com/Tickets.

    Notebooks

    SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

    MAY 28, 2015

    by John Mucciolo

    Santa Anita offered a trio of graded races last week.

    Gamely S. (G1): Speedway Stable LLC's HARD NOT TO LIKE (Hard Spun) got through on the rail in deep stretch to post a neck decision. Now a two-time Grade 1 winner, the Christophe Clement trainee finished off nine furlongs on the firm lawn in 1:49 4/5 with Victor Espinoza.

    Charles Whittingham S. (G2): After being last at the top of the lane, Alesia et al's ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR (Game Plan) delivered a fine run through the final furlong to score by a half-length under Gary Stevens. The Peter Eurton trainee ran to a third straight victory, clocking 1 1/2 miles on the firm turf in 2:30.

    Los Angeles S. (G3): Brown, Klein and Lebherz's DISTINCTIV PASSION (With Distinction) sped to the front soon after the break and held off a stern test late to record a neck victory for trainer Jeff Bonde. The five-year-old finished off six furlongs on the fast main surface in a sharp 1:08 under Edwin Maldonado.

    Track Stats

    From a total of 44 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 48 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 66 percent of the wins. From 29 frays contested on the dirt oval, 10 animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (34 percent), while two of the 15 grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end (13 percent).

    Speed was solid on the dirt this past week, but we wouldn't call the oval biased with the amount of winning favorites coming home. Of the 10 wire jobs on the main strip, nine came in sprint races.

    On the turf, one wire-to-wire winner came in a downhill sprint, while the other one occurred going two turns.

    Meet Totals

    RACES:   762
    DIRT:   524
    TURF:   238
    FAVORITES:   288 (38 percent)
    2ND CHOICES:   149 (19 percent)
    TURF WIRE:   38 (16 percent)
    DIRT WIRE:   120 (23 percent)

    HORSES TO WATCH

    Thursday (5/21)

    1ST -- ALIEN GIANT (Giant's Causeway) sped from the gate and never looked back en route to a fine first-out tally for conditioner Robertino Diodoro. The juvenile filly finished up in a nice final time for a barn having a lot of success with its babies.

    Friday (5/22)

    2ND -- SWIPE (Birdstone) broke slowest and had a bit of an eventful trip in this debut offering, but the Keith Desormeaux trainee still finished well to be second and likely won't be a maiden for long.

    7TH -- BIRDLOVER (Byron) continues her fine form run and affinity for this turf course with a game score over a very nice field for trainer Doug O'Neill. The five-year-old mare is super sharp right now and will continue to be a player on this course.

    Saturday (5/23)

    1ST -- OIL (Tribal Rule) was very fast early and never slowed in posting a superb first score under the guidance of Victor Espinoza. The Peter Miller trainee was never in danger in this dash and we were a bit surprised that no claims came in on the gelding.

    3RD -- SUNDAY RULES (Tribal Rule) has still yet to be headed in her lifetime and she looks ready for a go with graded runners after rolling over state-bred foes.

    7TH -- SHEER PLEASURE (Birdonthewire) left little doubt in this stakes run and we liked how the sophomore miss came home in a sharp :31 1/5 under Tyler Baze. The Phil d'Amato pupil could evolve into a graded type with steady improvement.

    Sunday (5/24)

    5TH -- SUPER MAJESTY (Super Saver) was bet down to 3-5 odds in this debut offering and the Jerry Hollendorfer trainee did not disappoint, rolling home a 6 1/2-length winner while completing six panels in a swift 1:08 2/5. Tab this sophomore filly as a potential star in the making.

    Monday (5/25)

    5TH -- IRON FIST (Tapit) battled back gamely after being headed in midstretch to break his maiden for conditioner Jerry Hollendorfer. The $1.5 million purchase made good in his first two-turn test and beat a horse who will likely be graduating next time out. The three-year-old colt came home in a stout :24 beneath Mike Smith.

    ROSICKY (Flatter) ran a winning race in defeat and will be graduating soon after a few fine tries for trainer Carla Gaines.

    6TH -- CURLIN'S FOX (Curlin) made pretty short work of a field we thought was full of talent and filly figures to be back in with stakes foes next time, in a sprint or route try for Gaines.

    A Look Ahead

    A pair of graded races Saturday highlight the weekend at Santa Anita, with the $300,000 American Oaks (G1) and $200,000 Californian Stakes (G2) as headliners.

    Results

    NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

    BEL, 4TH, ALW, $72,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 5-25.
    5—PERFECT FREUD, f, 3, Freud--Platinum Perfect, by Jules. O-Dan Henning, B-C Robert Valeri (NY), T-Gary Sciacca, J-Javier Castellano, $43,200.
    7—Shades of Indygo, f, 4, Indygo Shiner--Stellar Maiden, by Raffie's Majesty. O-WellSpring Stables, B-Wellspring Stables, LLC (NY), $14,400.
    4—Geraldine, f, 4, Pollard's Vision--Whispered Call, by Phone Trick. ($16,000 '12 OBSJAN). O-Harlan Malter, B-Robert Spiegel & John and Kate McMahon (NY), $7,200.
    Winning Time: 1:37 (ft)
     
    BEL, 6TH, ALW, $72,000, 3YO/UP, 7FT, 5-25.
    12—FOREVER UTOPIA, c, 4, Utopia (JPN)--Dancin On Broadway, by Menifee. ($30,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-That's Amore Stable, McMahon, M, Ragosta, G, Rabl, W and Gardella, J, B-McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, LLC & Ted Taylor Thoroughbreds (NY), T-John P. Terranova, II, J-Eric Cancel, $43,200.
    4—Latigo Trail, g, 4, Freud--Trippi's Dream, by Trippi. ($85,000 '12 FTMOCT). O-Chalk Racing, B-Anthony Grey & Wagon Hill Farm LLC (NY), $14,400.
    3—Charity Reins, g, 5, War Pass--Jaramar Miss, by Risen Star. ($15,000 '10 FTKNOV; $72,000 '11 FTMOCT; $100,000 2012 FTMMAY). O-Thomas Moran, B-Saratoga Select Broodmares LLC (NY), $7,200.
    Winning Time: 1:22 2/5 (fm)
     
    SA, 6TH, AOC, $60,044, 3YO/UP, F/M, A6 1/2FT, 5-25.
    1—CURLIN'S FOX, f, 3, Curlin--Foxysox (GB), by Foxhound. O-Warren B Williamson, B-Williamson Racing, LLC (KY), T-Carla Gaines, J-Mike E. Smith, $34,800.
    4—Divina Comedia (FR), f, 4, Footstepsinthesand (GB)--Divine Promesse (FR), by Verglas (IRE). (130,000EUR 2014 ARQDEC). O-Marsha Naify, B-Haras Du Mezeray SA (FR), $11,600.
    11—Sea Mona, f, 3, Tiz Wonderful--Justaspell, by Johannesburg. ($82,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Triple B Farms (Boghossian), B-Brandywine Farm (KY), $6,960.
    Winning Time: 1:13 3/5 (fm)
     
    CD, 4TH, AOC, $52,920, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 5-25.
    6—BOURBON WARFARE, f, 4, Colonel John--Las Malvinas, by Lord at War (ARG). ($120,000 '11 KEENOV). O-Bourbon Lane Stable, B-Royal Oak Farm, LLC (KY), T-Eddie Kenneally, J-Corey J. Lanerie, $32,400.
    5—Awesome Jill, f, 4, Pioneerof the Nile--Guculka Ksenya, by Lion Heart. ($20,000 '11 KEENOV; $16,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Agave Racing Stable, B-Champions Home Farm Inc (KY), $10,800.
    2—Comfort Level, f, 4, Mizzen Mast--Yes Beth, by Deputy Commander. O-Klein, Richard and Bertram, B-Reklein Stables (KY), $5,400.
    Winning Time: 1:37 1/5 (sy)
     
    PRX, 8TH, AOC, $52,720, 3YO/UP, A1MT, 5-25.
    9—CAN'THELPBELIEVING (IRE), c, 4, Duke of Marmalade (IRE)--Embark (GB), by Soviet Star. (60,000EUR '11 GOFNOV). O-Albert Frassetto, B-G Kelly, Milltownmore & Pinnacle B/S (IRE), T-H. Graham Motion, J-Frankie Pennington, $27,600.
    6—Waynesborough, g, 5, Curlin--Bloomy, by Polish Numbers. O-Kasey K Racing Stable LLC, B-Brushwood Stable (PA), $12,880.
    7—Siete de Oros, g, 5, A. P. Warrior--Crafty Sarah, by Crafty Friend. ($2,000 '11 FTMOCT). O-Ramon Preciado, B-Glenn E Brok (PA), $7,100.
    Winning Time: 1:37 3/5 (fm)
     
    PRX, 4TH, ALW, $51,580, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 5-25.
    4—DISTINCTIVE LADY, f, 4, With Distinction--Cool Cara, by Housebuster. O-John W Loyle, B-Robert D Gibson (FL), T-J. Guadalupe Guerrero, J-Tammi Piermarini, $27,000.
    5—Shaunna Alexandra, m, 6, Go for Gin--Carolina Girl, by Lion Hearted. O-Patricia Farro, B-Martin Carmichael (PA), $12,600.
    6—Rockin Jojo, f, 3, Street Magician--Chiqueada, by Palmister. ($23,000 '13 FTMSEP). O-Michael R Cox, B-David P Miller & Skymarc Farm (PA), $6,930.
    Winning Time: 1:12 4/5 (ft)
     
    CD, 11TH, ALW, $51,568, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5F, 5-25.
    8—ANUSARA, m, 5, Pure Prize--Betshe Hath a Way, by Gilded Time. O-Lloyd Madison Farms, IV LLC, B-Lloyd Madison Farms- IV LLC (KY), T-Gregory D. Foley, J-Francisco C. Torres, $31,200.
    9—Swept Up, f, 4, Broken Vow--Swept Away, by Mystery Storm. O-Klein, Richard and Bertram, B-Bert Klein, Elaine Klein & Richard K (KY), $10,400.
    7—Scadadle, f, 3, Scat Daddy--Cape Cod Girl, by Cherokee Run. ($62,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc, B-Mike Freeny & Pat Freeny (KY), $5,200.
    Winning Time: :58 1/5 (sy)
     
    CD, 9TH, AOC, $51,568, 3YO, 6 1/2F, 5-25.
    9—ALL STAR RED, c, 3, Five Star Day--My Sweet Caroline, by Salt Lake. O-Bernard G Schaeffer, B-Steve C Snowden & Dan Considine (KY), T-William R. Connelly, J-Robby Albarado, $31,200.
    3—Allidoisdreamofyou, c, 3, Street Sense--Truly Blushed, by Yes It's True. ($250,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Jay Em Ess Stable, B-Glencrest Farm (KY), $10,400.
    2—Yockey's Warrior, c, 3, Warrior's Reward--Silla, by Gone West. ($140,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Madison, S, Landry, S, Benard, M, Broussard, J and Spendthrift Farm LLC, B-Glen Oak Farm & Gerry Brodsky (KY), $5,200.
    Winning Time: 1:18 2/5 (sy)
     
    MTH, 9TH, ALW, $50,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 5-25.
    5—LIGHT'S GONE WILD, g, 3, Wildcat Heir--Slow Green Light, by Mr. Greeley. O-Gayle Ioia, B-Joseph Ioia & Gayle Ioia (NJ), T-Chuck Spina, J-Jose C. Ferrer, $28,500.
    3—Little Hitman, r, 3, Wildcat Heir--Wish It Were, by Is It True. O-Headless Horsemen Racing Stable LLC, B-Headless Horsemen Racing Stable (NJ), $9,500.
    6—Candy Mine, g, 7, Candy Ride (ARG)--Chessie, by Miner's Mark. ($10,000 '09 FTMOCT). O-Tammaro, III, John J and Ryan, Tom, B-Juan Torres & Dr Mary Jacko (NJ), $5,500.
    Winning Time: 1:11 1/5 (ft)
     
    PRX, 5TH, ALW, $46,000, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 5-25.
    1—WINTER GAMES, g, 5, A.P. Indy--Folk, by Quiet American. ($35,000 2013 FTNOCT). O-Neal M Allread, B-Darley (KY), T-Jeremiah C. Englehart, J-Jose Delgadillo, $27,000.
    2—Master Yank, g, 5, Master Command--Yankee Penny, by Quiet American. O-Fast Forward Racing Stable LLC, B-Agnes M Peace (KY), $9,000.
    5—Quality Interest, c, 3, Quality Road--A. P. Interest, by A.P. Indy. O-Robert S Evans, B-R S Evans (KY), $4,950.
    Winning Time: 1:45 3/5 (ft)
     
    MTH, 8TH, AOC, $40,720, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 5-25.
    10—HOTHERSAL, h, 7, Smart Strike--Steel Shed, by Theatrical (IRE). O-Mr Amore Stable, B-Eugene Melnyk (ON), T-Jason Servis, J-Gabriel Saez, $23,370.
    5—Canzoni, c, 4, Unbridled's Song--Return to Paradise, by El Prado (IRE). ($110,000 2013 OBSMAR). O-Alto Racing, LLC, B-Pollock Farms &Unbridled's Song Syndicate (KY), $8,200.
    3—Tune Me In, g, 8, Concorde's Tune--Pleasant Courtney, by Court Trial. O-Patricia A Generazio, B-Joseph Barbazon & Helen Barbazon (FL), $4,100.
    Winning Time: 1:34 2/5 (fm)
     
    DEL, 8TH, ALW, $40,250, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 5-25.
    5—JAMBLES, c, 3, Quality Road--Chalonnaise, by French Deputy. ($250,000 '13 FTMSEP). O-Bortolazzo Stable LLC and Candy Stable (Moelis), B-Classic Thoroughbred XII (KY), T-Todd A. Pletcher, J-Carol Cedeno, $26,250.
    6—Bluff, c, 3, Tapit--Ermine Slippers, by El Prado (IRE). ($250,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Fox Hill Farms, Inc, B-Double K, LLC (KY), $7,000.
    2—Undeniable Temper, c, 4, Imperialism--Sue's Temper, by Temperence Hill. ($7,500 '12 OBSAUG). O-Arboritanza Racing LLC and Lotts Creek Farms LLC, B-Garth Bodkin & Kerry Reynells (FL), $3,850.
    Winning Time: 1:44 (ft)
     
    GP, 10TH, AOC, $40,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 5-25.
    2—SUNSET SILHOUETTE, f, 4, Wildcat Heir--Premier Peak, by Mt. Livermore. O-Debra Posgai, B-Debra Posgai (FL), T-Larry Pilotti, J-Eddie Castro, $24,400.
    4—Distinct Diva, f, 4, With Distinction--Capdiva, by Capote. O-John B Penn, B-John Penn (FL), $8,000.
    5—Jamie's Dancer, f, 3, Hal's Image--Good Dancing, by Robyn Dancer. O-Rose Family Stable, B-Rose Family Stables Ltd (FL), $4,000.
    Winning Time: 1:12 (ft)
     
    DEL, 6TH, ALW, $36,125, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M 70Y, 5-25.
    6—PLEASE EXPLAIN, f, 4, Curlin--Lizzy's Bluff, by Pine Bluff. O-Niall Racing, B-DH Niall & ML Niall (KY), T-Thomas F. Proctor, J-Keiber J. Coa, $21,600.
    3—Lil Honey Badger, f, 4, Flatter--Legendary Lady, by Virginia Rapids. ($30,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc, B-E H Beau Lane III (KY), $7,200.
    5—Lelanda, f, 4, Bernardini--Motivated Sreva, by Lear Fan. ($390,000 2013 KEEAPR). O-Augustin Stable, B-Jayde, Inc (KY), $3,960.
    Winning Time: 1:41 3/5 (ft)
     
    PID, 6TH, ALW, $33,270, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 5-25.
    6—DOUBLE SECRET, f, 4, Double Honor--Smart Secretary, by Bertrando. ($5,000 '12 OBSAUG). O-Adolfo J Exposito, B-Southern Cross Farm (FL), T-Adolfo J. Exposito, J-Willie Martinez, $19,800.
    8—Disco Barbie, m, 5, Pure Prize--Cimmaron Lady, by Grand Slam. ($80,000 '11 FTKJUL; $15,000 '11 KEEJAN). O-Diane Manning, B-Iron County Farms Inc (KY), $6,600.
    1—Cactus Kris, f, 4, Cactus Ridge--Highest Ground, by Lemon Drop Kid. ($2,000 '11 KEENOV; $30,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Anne L Walsh, B-James Paliafito & Tom Keegan (KY), $3,300.
    Winning Time: 1:03 1/5 (ft)
     
    CBY, 9TH, AOC, $32,000, 3YO/UP, 1M 70YT, 5-25.
    5—GALTON, g, 4, Offlee Wild--Nibbana, by Giant's Causeway. O-Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc, B-Flaxman Holdings Limited (KY), T-Thomas M. Amoss, J-Leandro R. Goncalves, $19,200.
    1—Control Tower, h, 6, Van Nistelrooy--Burren, by Rahy. O-Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc, B-Gary & Mary West Stables, Inc (KY), $6,400.
    10—Stoney Fleece, g, 6, Decarchy--Gold Fleece, by Deputed Testamony. ($1,200 2011 BESJAN). O-Michael Terry, B-Joseph T Alvarez III (CA), $3,520.
    Winning Time: 1:41 1/5 (gd)
     
    PRM, 7TH, AOC, $30,500, 3YO/UP, 6F, 5-25.
    2—LAUGH AT LIFE, g, 5, Got the Last Laugh--Naturally Clever, by Clever Trick. ($20,000 2012 OBSAPR). O-Meyers, Jeffrey and Chris, B-Marie Montgomery-Riggs (FL), T-Alex T. Hartman, J-Floyd Wethey, Jr., $18,240.
    3—Credit Report, g, 8, Songandaprayer--Cash No Credit, by West by West. ($350,000 '07 KEENOV). O-Cloud Nine Racing LLC, B-Taylor Brothers Properties, LLC, Devil Eleven Stable, Inc, et al (KY), $6,080.
    5—Tiree, g, 6, Smoke Glacken--Diva Dyna, by Grand Slam. ($30,000 '09 KEENOV; $95,000 '10 KEESEP). O-Martin Brothers, Inc and The Unstable, LLC, B-Stroud's Lane Farm (FL), $3,648.
    Winning Time: 1:10 1/5 (ft)
     
    ALB, 8TH, ALW, $29,300, 3YO/UP, 1M, 5-25.
    2—OL WINEDRINKER WHO, g, 6, Sligo Bay (IRE)--Silverup, by Prenup. O-Stevens, Sam E and Sammy L, B-Sam E Stevens & Sammy L Stevens (TX), T-Joel H. Marr, J-Isaias D. Enriquez, $17,580.
    4—Rebranded, c, 4, Tiznow--Bayou Breeze, by A.P. Indy. ($350,000 2013 FTFMAR). O-Tony Pennington, B-Mount Brilliant Farm & Ranch, LLC (KY), $5,860.
    6—Smack Ridge, g, 7, Cactus Ridge--Smack Madam, by Victory Gallop. O-Judge Lanier Racing, B-Dream Walkin Farms, Inc (KY), $2,930.
    Winning Time: 1:36 2/5 (ft)
     
    PID, 3RD, ALW, $28,910, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 5-25.
    6—LETS GO DONNA, m, 6, Suave--My Girl Sami, by Carson City. ($4,000 2011 OBSAPR). O-Sabal Racing Stable, B-John Castro (KY), T-Darien Rodriguez, J-Pablo Morales, $17,400.
    4—Race Hunter, f, 4, Dixie Union--Shriek, by Street Cry (IRE). ($160,000 '12 KEESEP). O-James E Hunt, B-Bruce Berenson & Laurie Berenson (KY), $5,800.
    1—Indy Breeze, m, 5, Indy Wind--Make Note of Me, by Forest Camp. ($13,000 2012 OBSJUN). O-Burkholder Stables LLC, B-University of Florida Foundation (FL), $2,900.
    Winning Time: 1:10 1/5 (ft)
     
    PID, 7TH, ALW, $28,710, 3YO/UP, 6F, 5-24.
    1—STARLING'S LAW, g, 3, E Dubai--Our Cozzette, by Cozzene. O-The Elkstone Group LLC, B-The Elkstone Group LLC (PA), T-Ron G. Potts, J-Willie Martinez, $17,400.
    5—Pyro City, g, 6, City Zip--Proven Form, by Partner's Hero. O-Danielle Agnello, B-Robert A Kinsley (PA), $5,800.
    2—Spiritsinthewind, g, 6, Rani's Diablo--Myshareoflaughter, by Bianconi. O-Adam Rice, B-Leah Jo Therasse & Robert Nagy (PA), $2,900.
    Winning Time: 1:09 1/5 (ft)
     
    LAD, 3RD, ALW, $24,000, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 5-25.
    2—CONNOR'S ACE, g, 4, Valid Expectations--Devil's Fling, by Devil's Bag. ($14,000 '11 OBSOCT; $19,500 '12 TEXAUG). O-Roe, Steve D and Patricia L, B-McDowell Farm (LA), T-Alfonso Balderas, J-Donald Edward Simington, $14,400.
    3—Finishlikeapro, g, 3, Salute the Sarge--Slews Return, by Came Home. O-Morris Hewitt, B-James McIngvale (LA), $4,800.
    5—Sugar Creek Pal, g, 3, My Pal Charlie--Sugar Creek Girl, by Parade Ground. O-Susan K Love, B-Love Stables (LA), $2,640.
    Winning Time: 1:44 3/5 (ft)
     
    WRD, 7TH, ALW, $23,200, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 5-25.
    2—MAGGIES HALO, m, 5, Scottish Halo--Harrimans Magnolia, by Harriman. O-Virginia L Golden, B-Virginia L Golden (OK), T-Carlos Padilla, J-Belen Quinonez, $13,904.
    1—Dancing Diva, f, 3, Affirmatif--Midsummer Magic, by Pure Prize. ($5,800 '13 OKCAUG). O-Harmony Stable LLC, B-Hidden Springs Ranch LLC (OK), $5,168.
    4—C P Walnut Ridge, f, 3, So Long Birdie--D E Cash Value, by Favorite Trick. ($1,000 '13 OKCAUG). O-Dale Pollard, B-Joe Merrick (OK), $2,183.
    Winning Time: 1:03 3/5 (ft)
     
    WRD, 8TH, ALW, $22,800, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 5-25.
    3—FRIEDA ZAMBA, f, 3, Surf Cat--Serene Serena, by Beau Genius. ($2,500 '12 HERDEC). O-Swan, Pat and Lewis, Robert E, B-J Garvan Kelly (OK), T-Patrick E. Swan, J-Bryan McNeil, $13,204.
    2—Frances Is Smokin, f, 4, Still Be Smokin'--Fast Frances, by Fast Play. O-Larry Lambert, B-Philip Burford (OK), $4,908.
    1—Smooth as Bourbon, f, 3, Liquor Cabinet (IRE)--Nanny's Lil Lassie, by Presto Lad. O-Powderhorn Racing, B-Terri Carter (OK), $2,833.
    Winning Time: 1:04 (ft)
     
    LS, 8TH, ALW, $22,000, 3YO/UP, 1M, 5-25.
    4—POINT PIPER, h, 5, Giant's Causeway--Imagine (IRE), by Sadler's Wells. ($80,000 2013 FTKJU2). O-Jose Luis Espinoza, B-Barronstown Stud (KY), T-Jerenesto Torrez, J-David Cabrera, $12,960.
    1—Hidden Danger, g, 3, Tiznow--North Cork, by Doneraile Court. O-Texas Bucket List Racing LLC, B-Gary & Mary West Stables, Inc (KY), $4,320.
    2—Witt's Tax Day, g, 3, Drums of Thunder--Bill Collector, by Broken Vow. O-Henry S Witt, Jr, B-HENRY WITT Jr (TX), $2,376.
    Winning Time: 1:37 2/5 (sy)
     
    LAD, 2ND, ALW, $21,200, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M 70Y, 5-25.
    1—MY LOVE VENEZUELA, f, 3, Scat Daddy--Gold Point Gal, by Deputy Commander. O-Orlyana Farm, B-Orlyana Farm (FL), T-Bruno Tessore, J-Richard E. Eramia, $12,000.
    6—Gunnite Gracie, m, 5, Private Vow--Wakki Spoof, by Waquoit. O-Hope Haven Racing, B-John Coats (LA), $4,600.
    4—Halo Miss Kitty, f, 4, Grand Appointment--Halo Kitty Kat, by Cat Thief. ($1,300 '12 ESLSEP). O-Jeffery A Reeves, Jr, B-Neal McFadden & Mary McFadden (LA), $2,530.
    Winning Time: 1:44 (ft)
     
    EMD, 4TH, ALW, $20,962, 3YO/UP, 6F, 5-24.
    5—SPIT AND SHINE, c, 4, Nacheezmo--Only Mine, by Barbaric Spirit. O-Munger, Mr and Mrs Don L, B-Mr & Mrs Don L Munger (WA), T-Don L. Munger, J-Jose Luis Zunino, $11,825.
    3—Westley, g, 4, Houseofroyalhearts--Mira's Magic, by Katowice. O-Bryan W Smith, B-Bryan W Smith (WA), $4,300.
    2—My Chief, g, 4, Harbor the Gold--Ms Melange, by Slewdledo. ($5,000 '12 WASSEP). O-Preston Boyd, B-Bar C Racing Stables Inc (WA), $3,225.
    Winning Time: 1:10 2/5 (ft)
     
    HST, 8TH, ALW, $19,951, 3YO, 6 1/2F, 5-24.
    6—ADITYA, g, 3, Mass Market--Remarkable Miss, by Finality. O-James Redekop, B-L S Nordahl & K Nordahl (BC), T-Anita Bolton, J-Pedro V. Alvarado, $11,197.
    1—Catz On Fire, g, 3, Sungold--Fancy Catz, by Finality. O-Bennett, Russell J and Lois, B-Mr & Mrs R J Bennett (BC), $4,072.
    4—Sedin, g, 3, Rosberg--Smokin Danielle, by Smokester. O-Jacobson, Roy and Dixie, B-Jacobson (BC), $2,036.
    Winning Time: 1:17 2/5 (ft)
     
    FL, 1ST, ALW, $18,200, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 5-25.
    2—JEALOUS, m, 6, Here's Zealous--Colebrookadvantage, by Tactical Advantage. O-Gumpster Stable LLC, B-Marie Bueti & Rocco Bueti (NY), T-Ralph D'Alessandro, J-J. M. Rohena, $10,920.
    5—Lemme Rock, f, 4, Bustin Stones--Menu Varnish, by Mr. Greeley. O-Mark Valentine, B-Roddy Valente & Thomas Lemme (NY), $3,640.
    1—Approval, f, 4, Double Honor--Bank Approval, by With Approval. O-Gladys E Falcon, B-Southern Cross Farm (FL), $2,002.
    Winning Time: 1:06 3/5 (ft)
     
    MNR, 3RD, ALW, $16,200, 3YO/UP, 1MT, 5-24.
    8—APLOMB, c, 3, Any Given Saturday--Raw Nerve, by Nureyev. O-Monticule LLC, B-Monticule (KY), T-Eric R. Reed, J-Deshawn L. Parker, $9,396.
    1—Ocean City, g, 5, Giant's Causeway--Yarico's Pond (IRE), by Seattle Slew. O-Theodora Martinez, B-Eugene Melnyk (ON), $3,240.
    5—Covert Affair, g, 6, Black Tie Affair (IRE)--Christy T., by Chenin Blanc. O-Collins, Timothy M and Mills, Jr, Richard L, B-William H Poland (WV), $1,620.
    Winning Time: 1:34 2/5 (fm)
     
    FL, 7TH, ALW, $15,449, 3YO/UP, 1M, 5-25.
    1A—SNAKE PIT, h, 5, Arch--Lenatareese, by Broad Brush. ($180,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Island Wind Racing, B-Daniel J Burke & Kathleen Schweizer (KY), T-Chris J. Englehart, J-J. M. Rohena, $9,060.
    1—Signature Seven, g, 4, Zensational--Disrupt, by Deputy Minister. ($57,000 '12 FTKJUL). O-William B Fuccillo, B-Bridlewood Farm (FL), $3,020.
    6—Strueves Star, g, 4, Henrythenavigator--Etoufee, by Tabasco Cat. ($90,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Muller Sr, Thomas J and Linda, B-Marablue Farm, LLC (KY), $1,510.
    Winning Time: 1:40 3/5 (ft)

    Top Speed/Class ratings

    NATIONAL

    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (5/18-5/24) - 3&up Dirt Routes
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Red Vine 5H 1m 70y (ft) MTH 5/23 Majestic Light S. 107
    Stiffed 4F 1m 70y (ft) MTH 5/24 Monmouth Beach S. 101
    Sea Shadow 4F 1 1/16m (ft) DEL 5/20 Winter Melody S. 95
    Motown Men 6G 1m (ft) SA 5/23 Tiznow S. 94
    African Rose 6M 1m (ft) ALB 5/23 Albuquerque Distaff H. 91
    Sweet Basil 4F 1 1/16m (ft) GP 5/23 Alachua H. 91
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (5/18-5/24) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Bobcat Jim 5G 6f (ft) PRM 5/23 Ed Skinner Memorial S. 102
    Donita's Ruler 4F 6f (ft) PRX 5/23 My Juliet S. 101
    Killin Me Smalls 5G 6f (ft) NP 5/18 Journal H. 97
    I'm a Kittyhawk 5M 6f (ft) WO 5/18 Ballade S. 95
    Mr. Bowling 6H 6 1/2f (ft) HST 5/18 John Longden 6000 S. 95
    Sunday Rules 4F 6f (ft) SA 5/23 Spring Fever S. 94
    He's Very Rare 7G 6 1/2f (ft) BOI 5/23 Inagural S. 91
    Get the Sensation 3F 4 1/2f (ft) CT 5/23 Fancy Buckles S. 90
    Yucca 4F 6f (ft) PRM 5/23 Prairie Rose S. 90
    Wally Van 7G 6f (my) ARP 5/24 Arapahoe Park Sprint S. 89
    Hollywood Miss 5M 6 1/2f (ft) HST 5/18 Strawberry Morn S. 88
    Aware 4F 5f (ft) ASD 5/22 Golden Stripe S. 84
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (5/18-5/24) - 3&up Turf
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Birdlover (GB) 5M a6 1/2f (fm) SA 5/22 Mizdirection S. 99
    Sky Treasure 5M 1m (fm) WO 5/23 Nassau S. 99
    Xtra Luck 4G 1 1/2m (fm) CD 5/23 Louisville H. 95
    Go West Marie 4F 1m (fm) SA 5/23 Fran's Valentine S. 88
    Ashleyluvssugar 4G 1 1/2m (fm) SA 5/24 Charles Whittingham S. 86
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (5/18-5/24) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Sheer Pleasure 3F 1 1/16m (ft) SA 5/23 Melair S. 95
    Eustacia 3F 6f (ft) NP 5/22 Chariot Chaser H. 94
    A Lot 3C 7f (fm) BEL 5/23 Paradise Creek S. 91
    Z Smoking Gun 3G 6f (my) ARP 5/23 Inaugural S. 90
    Fooled Again 3C 6 1/2f (ft) EMD 5/24 Auburn H. 88
    Blue Dancer 3G 6f (ft) NP 5/23 Western Canada H. 87
    Cyclogenisis 3C 6f (ft) PID 5/18 Tom Ridge S. 86
    Neveradoubt 3C 1 1/8m (fm) SA 5/23 Snow Chief S. 86
    Ol' Fashion Gal 3F 1 1/16m (ft) WO 5/24 Selene S. 82

    North American Maiden Winners
    Devon Lane--Shatrick by Favorite Trick; DEVONS TRICK, g, 2, RUI, Msw, 5-25, 4 1/2f, :53 1/5. B-KADO Ent. (NM.). $10,500 '14 RUIAUG.
    Twirling Candy--Silent Moccasins by A.P. Indy; QUEEN OF SILENCE, f, 2, GP, Msw, 5-25, 5fT, :58 1/5. B-Calumet Farm (KY.). $11,000 '14 KEESEP.   ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE
    Added Edge--Champange High by Slewacide; HOPE HE CAN RUN, g, 3, PRM, Mcl 12500, 5-25, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-Dave McShane (IA.).
    Aragorn (IRE)--Venus Victoriana by Rock Hard Ten; TOP OF THE STRETCH, f, 3, PID, Msw, 5-25, 5 1/2f, 1:05 3/5. B-John O'Meara (KY.). $5,000 2014 OBSJUN.
    Awesome Again--Noneofyourbeeswax by Honour and Glory; BEESWACKER, f, 3, TDN, Msw, 5-25, 6f, 1:15 . B-Wire To Wire Racing LLC (OH.).
    Blazonry--Carbon Copy (GB) by Pivotal (GB); STYLISH COPY, f, 3, GG, Mcl 8000, 5-25, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-Fred Davis & Charlene Davis & Running Horse Equine Training Center (CA.).
    Candy Ride (ARG)--Tasty Temptation (MSW$542,343), by Medaglia d'Oro; I'MYOURSUGARDADDY, g, 3, PIM, Mcl 8000, 5-25, 6f, 1:12 4/5. B-W. S. Farish (KY.). $21,000 '13 KEESEP.
    Curlin--Valkyries' Ride by Dixieland Band; ROSA MISTICA, f, 3, GP, Mcl 35000, 5-25, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-Sheltowee Farm, J Ruzicho, L Ruzicho & Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY.). $8,000 '13 KEESEP.
    Dynaformer--Thissongsforyou by Unbridled's Song; DYNAFORMERSREQUEST, c, 3, PIM, Msw, 5-25, 1 1/16mT, 1:43 2/5. B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY.). $600,000 '13 KEESEP.
    Elusive Warning--Batucada's Spirit by Fly So Free; SOUL POWER, f, 3, RUI, Mcl 6500, 5-25, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-Madera Thoroughbreds (CA.).
    Exchange Rate--Lizzierna by Luhuk; CARSONSNEWYORKGAL, f, 3, LAD, Mcl 12500, 5-25, 1m 70y, 1:47 1/5. B-R & W Srygley Partnership (NY.).
    Gold Case--Derby Cat by Distinctive Cat; RESPLENDANT REIGN, f, 3, ARP, Mcl 5000, 5-25, 5f, 1:01 4/5. B-Shawn Davis & Ralph Maynard (NM.).
    Graeme Hall--Piano Tunner (SP$377,797), by Sefapiano; METTLER, g, 3, PRX, Mcl 25000, 5-25, a5fT, :58 1/5. B-Kimberlite Race Farm LLC (PA.).
    Graeme Hall--Bamboo Ridge by Strong Hope; THE RIDGE, f, 3, TDN, Mcl 10000, 5-25, 5 1/2f, 1:07 1/5. B-Eugene Melnyk (ON.). $1,000 2014 FTKJU2.
    Imperialism--Joalshecon by Housebuster; KHOLBERG, g, 3, DEL, Mcl 16000, 5-25, 1m, 1:41 . B-Kathy M. Hall & Gary T. Hall Sr. (FL.). $2,500 2014 OBSJAN.
    Laabity--Sugarred by Gift of Gib; RED PISTOL, g, 3, LAD, Mcl 5000, 5-25, 6 1/2f, 1:19 4/5. B-Chad White (LA.).
    Langfuhr--Aunt Dot Dot by Gulch; DOT PRODUCT, f, 3, BEL, Mcl 40000, 5-25, 6fT, 1:10 2/5. B-Truxton Stables (NY.).
    Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)--Unbridled Temper by Unbridled; UNBRIDLED COURAGE, f, 3, PID, Msw, 5-25, 5 1/2f, 1:05 . B-Family BroodmaresIII, LLC (FL.). $14,000 '13 FTKOCT.
    Medaglia d'Oro--Innuendo (IRE) (G2$444,144), by Caerleon; OUT OF CONTEXT, g, 3, CD, Msw, 5-25, 1 1/4m, 2:07 2/5. B-Darley (KY.). *1/2 to Criticism (GB) (MG2$815,411).
    Medaglia d'Oro--Magic Mission (GB) (G3$397,856), by Machiavellian; HARRIET TUBMAN, f, 3, SA, Msw, 5-25, 1 1/8mT, 1:52 2/5. B-Darley (KY.).
    More Than Ready--Look Out Lorie by Orientate; ROYAL AND READY, c, 3, PRM, Msw, 5-25, 1m, 1:40 1/5. B-Look Out Lorie Partnership (KY.).
    Mutadda--La Rockette by Acceptable; TROCKETTE, g, 3, MTH, Mcl 40000, 5-25, 5 1/2f, 1:06 1/5. B-Tim Richardson & Renee Richardson (KY.).
    Nationhood--Greenmountain Girl by Green Dancer; NATIONAL WONDER, f, 3, EMD, Mcl 7500, 5-25, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. Frederick L. Pabst (WA.). $5,000 '13 WASAUG.
    Parker's Storm Cat--Sundown Delight by Wild Rush; PARKERS DELIGHT, f, 3, EMD, Mcl 15000, 5-24, 5 1/2f, 1:05 4/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. Elwin F. Gibson (WA.).
    Prom Shoes--Sheza Texas Code by Super Code; LITTLE SHOES, f, 3, LAD, Msw, 5-25, 5f, :59 4/5. B-Richard P. Hogue Jr. (AR.).
    Quality Road--Madame Red (G1P$323,001), by Forest Wildcat; ONE SIDED, c, 3, BEL, Msw, 5-25, 6 1/2f, 1:17 1/5. B-Lambholm & Constance Wickes (NY.). $80,000 '13 OBSAUG; $180,000 2014 OBSMAR. *1/2 to Crimson Comic(MSW$368,615).
    Quality Road--Silk Road by Giant's Causeway; SEVE'S ROAD, g, 3, SA, Msw, 5-24, 1mT, 1:38 2/5. B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY.). $70,000 '13 KEESEP; $94,000 2014 OBSMAR.
    Songandaprayer--Jeannie's Benji by El Corredor; TABOR'S HARMONY, f, 3, GG, Msw, 5-24, 5 1/2f, 1:03 3/5. B-Nimas Capital SA (KY.).
    Square Eddie--Dinner At Lido's by Sword Dance (IRE); WHO IS LIDO, f, 3, CBY, Mcl 6250, 5-25, 5 1/2f, 1:08 4/5. B-Reddam Racing LLC (CA.).
    Summer Bird--Erica's Smile by Williamstown; SUMMER TIGER, c, 3, CBY, Msw, 5-25, 1m, 1:41 3/5. B-Wayne Lyster, Gray Lyster & Bryan Lyster (KY.). $32,000 '13 KEESEP.
    Tale of the Cat--Mambo Bell by Kingmambo; MAMBO TALE, f, 3, GG, Msw, 5-25, 1mT, 1:39 2/5. B-Dixiana Farm LLC (KY.). $36,000 '12 KEENOV. *1/2 to Noble Moon (G2$313,900).
    Tapit--Successful Outlook (G3), by Orientate; IRON FIST, c, 3, SA, Msw, 5-25, 1m, 1:35 1/5. B-Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. (KY.). $1,550,000 '13 KEESEP. *1/2 to Sweet Lulu (G1$693,600).
    Warrior's Reward--Astonishment by Golden Missile; ASTON, g, 3, PRM, Mcl 7500, 5-25, 6f, 1:12 4/5. B-Allen Poindexter (IA.).
    With Distinction--Sophia's Reward by Petionville; SWAGGER, c, 3, GP, Mcl 12500, 5-25, 5fT, :57 3/5. B-Just For Fun Stable (FL.).
    Angliana--Purse Snatcher by Allen's Prospect; ANGLIANO, g, 4, LS, Mcl 7500, 5-25, 7f, 1:27 2/5. B-Eureka Thoroughbred Farm (TX.).
    Bob and John--Windinthevalley by Peaks and Valleys; LA KIMBY, f, 4, BTP, Mcl 7500, 5-25, 6 1/2f, 1:21 1/5. B-Robert V. Dobson (KY.).
    Borrego--Kit 'n Kaboodle by Posse; AWESOME SEAN, g, 4, EMD, Mcl 5000, 5-25, 5 1/2f, 1:04 3/5. B-Small Batch Thoroughbreds, Linda Roach & Wintergreen Stallion Station (KY.). $1,000 '11 KEENOV.
    Candy Ride (ARG)--Princess Consort by Dixieland Band; HIDDEN CANDY, g, 4, CD, Mcl 30000, 5-25, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-Mike Abraham (KY.). $140,000 '12 KEEJAN. *1/2 to Waterway Run (MG3).
    Chapel Royal--Colormein by Mr. Greeley; COLORMEROYALE, f, 4, FL, Msw, 5-25, 5f, :59 3/5. B-Wanda Polisseni (FL.).
    Fleet Foot--Call Me Madonna by Allen's Prospect; MADONNA'S CONQUEST, f, 4, DEL, Mcl 5000, 5-25, 6f, 1:12 3/5. B-Cynthia K. Rickman (MD.).
    Forestry--Goldmart Girl by Broken Vow; LOVE THAT, f, 4, PRX, Msw, 5-25, 6f, 1:14 1/5. B-Whispering Oaks Farm LLC, Aaron U. Jones & Marie D. Jones (KY.). $2,500 '11 KEENOV; $67,000 2013 OBSAPR.
    Hard Spun--Mostaqeleh by Rahy; TASHREEH, g, 4, MTH, Msw, 5-25, 6f, 1:10 1/5. B-Shadwell Farm, LLC (KY.).
    Indy Snow (GB)--Lakeside Breeze by Meadowlake; LAKE SNOW, f, 4, AP, Mcl 25000, 5-25, 5fT, :59 3/5. B-Sharon Kirby (IL.).
    Malibu Moon--Panacea by Lion Hearted; RICHIESREDHOTHONEY, f, 4, GP, Mcl 12500, 5-25, 5fT, :57 1/5. B-William Harrigan & Mike Pietrangelo (KY.). $100,000 '12 KEESEP; $125,000 2013 KEENOV.
    Menhal--Nex Onecomin by Hadif; NEX HAL COMIN, g, 4, LS, Msw, 5-25, 5 1/2f, 1:05 3/5. B-Terry K. Wood (TX.).
    Not for Love--I Ain't P T by A.P. Indy; MR. SPACEMAN, g, 4, MTH, Msw, 5-25, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Rock Talk Farm LLC (NJ.). *Full to Together Indy (G2).
    Old Topper--Sweet Bonnie by Mutakddim; TOP SUITE, g, 4, BTP, Mcl 5000, 5-25, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-Granton Bloodstock Inc (CA.).
    Say Florida Sandy--Citadelle by Dixie Brass; SEA ISLE SANDY, f, 4, MNR, Msw, 5-24, 1m, 1:46 3/5. B-Amy Boll (NY.).
    Thewayyouare--Finlandia (G1P$326,015), by Royal Anthem; RIGHTEOUS INTENT, f, 4, PIM, Mcl 25000, 5-25, 1 1/16mT, 1:47 . B-Nyala Farm LLC (NY.). $1,000 '12 FTMOCT.
    Tiznow--Tis Me by Notebook; TIS DUET, f, 4, GP, Msw, 5-25, 1 1/16mT, 1:41 2/5. B-Runnymede Farm Inc.,Johnson Camden Clay & James E. Clay (KY.).
    Visionaire--Riesling by Wolf Power (SAF); TRUE VISIONARY, g, 4, GG, Mcl 32000, 5-25, 1m, 1:38 2/5. B-Tony Bowling Inc & Denise Purvis (KY.). $13,000 '12 FTKOCT; $77,000 2013 FTMMAY.
    Avenue of Flags--So Still by Petionville; DIVA FLAG, m, 5, ALB, Msw, 5-25, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-Reflecting Colors Inc. (NM.).
    Northern Afleet--Our Special Angel by Dignitas; PETTICOAT, m, 5, AP, Mcl 15000, 5-25, 1m, 1:41 4/5. B-Flying I Ranch LLC & Millard R. Seldin Revocable Trust (KY.).
    Even the Score--On the Wild Side by Mountain Cat; PRASLIN, m, 6, BTP, Msw, 5-25, 1m 70y, 1:48 . B-Robby Rankin (KY.).
    Leroidesanimaux (BRZ)--Ms. Reehtorg by Mr. Redoy; LEROY HERMAN, h, 6, WRD, Mcl 7500, 5-25, 5f, :58 3/5. B-Martin H. Grotheer M.D. (KY.).

    Top Speed/Class ratings

    TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

    Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
    Red Vine   MTH   1m 70y (ft)   5/23   123.1
    Stiffed   MTH   1m 70y (ft)   5/24   121.4
    Ledokol   GP   7f (ft)   5/21   121.2
    Donita's Ruler   PRX   6f (ft)   5/23   120.5
    Sea Shadow   DEL   1 1/16m (ft)   5/20   120.3
    Bobcat Jim   PRM   6f (ft)   5/23   120.2
    Reload   BEL   1m (fm)   5/22   120.0
    Room for Me   BEL   6f (ft)   5/24   120.0
    Birdlover (GB)   SA   a6 1/2f (fm)   5/22   120.0
    Sheer Pleasure   SA   1 1/16m (ft)   5/23   120.0
    Hazards of Love   CD   1 1/8m (ft)   5/24   119.9
    Candy Waltz   IND   1m 70y (ft)   5/23   119.8
    Sunday Rules   SA   6f (ft)   5/23   119.8
    Motown Men   SA   1m (ft)   5/23   119.7
    Killin Me Smalls   NP   6f (ft)   5/18   119.6

    Notebooks

    SANTA ANITA NOTEBOOK

    MAY 28, 2015

    by John Mucciolo

    Santa Anita offered a trio of graded races last week.

    Gamely S. (G1): Speedway Stable LLC's HARD NOT TO LIKE (Hard Spun) got through on the rail in deep stretch to post a neck decision. Now a two-time Grade 1 winner, the Christophe Clement trainee finished off nine furlongs on the firm lawn in 1:49 4/5 with Victor Espinoza.

    Charles Whittingham S. (G2): After being last at the top of the lane, Alesia et al's ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR (Game Plan) delivered a fine run through the final furlong to score by a half-length under Gary Stevens. The Peter Eurton trainee ran to a third straight victory, clocking 1 1/2 miles on the firm turf in 2:30.

    Los Angeles S. (G3): Brown, Klein and Lebherz's DISTINCTIV PASSION (With Distinction) sped to the front soon after the break and held off a stern test late to record a neck victory for trainer Jeff Bonde. The five-year-old finished off six furlongs on the fast main surface in a sharp 1:08 under Edwin Maldonado.

    Track Stats

    From a total of 44 races held at the Arcadia, California racetrack during the past week, favorites won at a 48 percent clip and the top two betting choices combined for 66 percent of the wins. From 29 frays contested on the dirt oval, 10 animals won in wire-to-wire fashion (34 percent), while two of the 15 grassy tilts were taken all the way on the front end (13 percent).

    Speed was solid on the dirt this past week, but we wouldn't call the oval biased with the amount of winning favorites coming home. Of the 10 wire jobs on the main strip, nine came in sprint races.

    On the turf, one wire-to-wire winner came in a downhill sprint, while the other one occurred going two turns.

    Meet Totals

    RACES:   762
    DIRT:   524
    TURF:   238
    FAVORITES:   288 (38 percent)
    2ND CHOICES:   149 (19 percent)
    TURF WIRE:   38 (16 percent)
    DIRT WIRE:   120 (23 percent)

    HORSES TO WATCH

    Thursday (5/21)

    1ST -- ALIEN GIANT (Giant's Causeway) sped from the gate and never looked back en route to a fine first-out tally for conditioner Robertino Diodoro. The juvenile filly finished up in a nice final time for a barn having a lot of success with its babies.

    Friday (5/22)

    2ND -- SWIPE (Birdstone) broke slowest and had a bit of an eventful trip in this debut offering, but the Keith Desormeaux trainee still finished well to be second and likely won't be a maiden for long.

    7TH -- BIRDLOVER (Byron) continues her fine form run and affinity for this turf course with a game score over a very nice field for trainer Doug O'Neill. The five-year-old mare is super sharp right now and will continue to be a player on this course.

    Saturday (5/23)

    1ST -- OIL (Tribal Rule) was very fast early and never slowed in posting a superb first score under the guidance of Victor Espinoza. The Peter Miller trainee was never in danger in this dash and we were a bit surprised that no claims came in on the gelding.

    3RD -- SUNDAY RULES (Tribal Rule) has still yet to be headed in her lifetime and she looks ready for a go with graded runners after rolling over state-bred foes.

    7TH -- SHEER PLEASURE (Birdonthewire) left little doubt in this stakes run and we liked how the sophomore miss came home in a sharp :31 1/5 under Tyler Baze. The Phil d'Amato pupil could evolve into a graded type with steady improvement.

    Sunday (5/24)

    5TH -- SUPER MAJESTY (Super Saver) was bet down to 3-5 odds in this debut offering and the Jerry Hollendorfer trainee did not disappoint, rolling home a 6 1/2-length winner while completing six panels in a swift 1:08 2/5. Tab this sophomore filly as a potential star in the making.

    Monday (5/25)

    5TH -- IRON FIST (Tapit) battled back gamely after being headed in midstretch to break his maiden for conditioner Jerry Hollendorfer. The $1.5 million purchase made good in his first two-turn test and beat a horse who will likely be graduating next time out. The three-year-old colt came home in a stout :24 beneath Mike Smith.

    ROSICKY (Flatter) ran a winning race in defeat and will be graduating soon after a few fine tries for trainer Carla Gaines.

    6TH -- CURLIN'S FOX (Curlin) made pretty short work of a field we thought was full of talent and filly figures to be back in with stakes foes next time, in a sprint or route try for Gaines.

    A Look Ahead

    A pair of graded races Saturday highlight the weekend at Santa Anita, with the $300,000 American Oaks (G1) and $200,000 Californian Stakes (G2) as headliners.

    Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

    SPOT PLAYS

    For Wednesday

    TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
    Charles Town   (1st) Pelesh Castle, 5-1
        (5th) Missilewhileuwork, 8-1
    Delaware Park   (2nd) Fashionable Frolic, 9-2
        (6th) Alpha Red, 5-1
    Evangeline Downs   (2nd) Cajun Freud, 8-1
        (7th) Rooster Bullet, 6-1
    Indiana Grand   (5th) Forearm Shiver, 4-1
        (7th) Victoriana Rose, 3-1
    Louisiana Downs   (4th) Cheyenne Pass, 7-2
        (6th) K T's Golden Year, 6-1
    Mountaineer   (1st) Venture Capital, 9-2
        (7th) John's War, 7-2
    Presque Isle Downs   (2nd) Builtforthegirls, 5-1
        (7th) Gentle One, 4-1
    Thistledown   (2nd) Discreet Place, 5-1
        (8th) Crimson Comic, 8-1
    Woodbine   (3rd) Zia, 8-1
        (7th) Rockhaven, 8-1

    Top Speed/Class ratings

    NATIONAL

    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (5/18-5/24) - 3&up Dirt Routes
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Red Vine 5H 1m 70y (ft) MTH 5/23 Majestic Light S. 107
    Stiffed 4F 1m 70y (ft) MTH 5/24 Monmouth Beach S. 101
    Sea Shadow 4F 1 1/16m (ft) DEL 5/20 Winter Melody S. 95
    Motown Men 6G 1m (ft) SA 5/23 Tiznow S. 94
    African Rose 6M 1m (ft) ALB 5/23 Albuquerque Distaff H. 91
    Sweet Basil 4F 1 1/16m (ft) GP 5/23 Alachua H. 91
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (5/18-5/24) - 3&up Dirt Sprints
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Bobcat Jim 5G 6f (ft) PRM 5/23 Ed Skinner Memorial S. 102
    Donita's Ruler 4F 6f (ft) PRX 5/23 My Juliet S. 101
    Killin Me Smalls 5G 6f (ft) NP 5/18 Journal H. 97
    I'm a Kittyhawk 5M 6f (ft) WO 5/18 Ballade S. 95
    Mr. Bowling 6H 6 1/2f (ft) HST 5/18 John Longden 6000 S. 95
    Sunday Rules 4F 6f (ft) SA 5/23 Spring Fever S. 94
    He's Very Rare 7G 6 1/2f (ft) BOI 5/23 Inagural S. 91
    Get the Sensation 3F 4 1/2f (ft) CT 5/23 Fancy Buckles S. 90
    Yucca 4F 6f (ft) PRM 5/23 Prairie Rose S. 90
    Wally Van 7G 6f (my) ARP 5/24 Arapahoe Park Sprint S. 89
    Hollywood Miss 5M 6 1/2f (ft) HST 5/18 Strawberry Morn S. 88
    Aware 4F 5f (ft) ASD 5/22 Golden Stripe S. 84
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (5/18-5/24) - 3&up Turf
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Birdlover (GB) 5M a6 1/2f (fm) SA 5/22 Mizdirection S. 99
    Sky Treasure 5M 1m (fm) WO 5/23 Nassau S. 99
    Xtra Luck 4G 1 1/2m (fm) CD 5/23 Louisville H. 95
    Go West Marie 4F 1m (fm) SA 5/23 Fran's Valentine S. 88
    Ashleyluvssugar 4G 1 1/2m (fm) SA 5/24 Charles Whittingham S. 86
    Top Winning Stakes Speed Ratings (5/18-5/24) - 3 year olds (Dirt & Turf)
    Horse A/S Dist Trk Date Race Bris Speed
    Sheer Pleasure 3F 1 1/16m (ft) SA 5/23 Melair S. 95
    Eustacia 3F 6f (ft) NP 5/22 Chariot Chaser H. 94
    A Lot 3C 7f (fm) BEL 5/23 Paradise Creek S. 91
    Z Smoking Gun 3G 6f (my) ARP 5/23 Inaugural S. 90
    Fooled Again 3C 6 1/2f (ft) EMD 5/24 Auburn H. 88
    Blue Dancer 3G 6f (ft) NP 5/23 Western Canada H. 87
    Cyclogenisis 3C 6f (ft) PID 5/18 Tom Ridge S. 86
    Neveradoubt 3C 1 1/8m (fm) SA 5/23 Snow Chief S. 86
    Ol' Fashion Gal 3F 1 1/16m (ft) WO 5/24 Selene S. 82

    TOP BRIS CLASS RATINGS

    Horse   Track   Dist(Cond)   Date   BRIS Class
    Red Vine   MTH   1m 70y (ft)   5/23   123.1
    Stiffed   MTH   1m 70y (ft)   5/24   121.4
    Ledokol   GP   7f (ft)   5/21   121.2
    Donita's Ruler   PRX   6f (ft)   5/23   120.5
    Sea Shadow   DEL   1 1/16m (ft)   5/20   120.3
    Bobcat Jim   PRM   6f (ft)   5/23   120.2
    Reload   BEL   1m (fm)   5/22   120.0
    Room for Me   BEL   6f (ft)   5/24   120.0
    Birdlover (GB)   SA   a6 1/2f (fm)   5/22   120.0
    Sheer Pleasure   SA   1 1/16m (ft)   5/23   120.0
    Hazards of Love   CD   1 1/8m (ft)   5/24   119.9
    Candy Waltz   IND   1m 70y (ft)   5/23   119.8
    Sunday Rules   SA   6f (ft)   5/23   119.8
    Motown Men   SA   1m (ft)   5/23   119.7
    Killin Me Smalls   NP   6f (ft)   5/18   119.6

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