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TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

Triple Crown News & Notes

Stanford confirmed for Preakness

Stanford (right) and International Star, last seen fighting out the finish of the Louisiana Derby, were both scratched from the Kentucky Derby (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)
The owners of Stanford (Malibu Moon) notified Maryland Jockey Club officials Monday that the Todd Pletcher-trained colt is a 'go' for the $1.5 million Preakness (G1) at Pimlico May 16.

Runner-up in the Louisiana Derby (G2), Stanford was entered in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1) but was scratched last Thursday.

Also under consideration for the 140th Preakness are Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon), a troubled fifth in the Derby; Divining Rod (Tapit), who captured the Lexington S. (G3) at Keeneland on April 11; Mr. Z (Malibu Moon), who ran into traffic during a 13th-place Derby finish; Louisiana Derby victor International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus), who was scratched from the Derby with a minor foot injury; and Bodhisattva (Student Council), the winner of the Federico Tesio S. at Pimlico on April 18.

Lael Stables' Divining Rod is based at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland, and trainer Arnaud Delacour said Monday that he is expected to challenge Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

"The horse is doing very well. He breezed on Saturday and right now I am leaning toward the Preakness," Delacour said. "I think he's great. I don't want to jinx myself, but at the moment he's doing very well. He has matured quite a bit and he understands more now what's going on."

Second by a neck in the Sam F. Davis (G3) and third in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) this winter, Divining Rod rated off the pace before drawing away to a three-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile Lexington, his first stakes win.

"The race in the Lexington was a very good confidence booster for him," Delacour said. "I think he put it all together, that he needed to relax and finish, and I think that really helped him.

Divining Rod has had two works at Fair Hill since the Lexington, both five furlongs, including a breeze over the dirt track in 1:00 4/5 on Derby day, second-fastest of 18 horses.

"He started nice and easy, he was relaxed and he really kicked on at the end," Delacour said. "That's the kind of work that you like to see when you go to a race that's going longer. I was very pleased with it."

Delacour said Divining Rod will work once more this weekend at Fair Hill for the 1 3/16-mile Preakness, which could draw as many as six horses from the Derby including second and third-place finishers Firing Line (Line of David) and Dortmund (Big Brown).

Divining Rod, another possible new shooter, exits a career best in the Lexington (Coady Photography)
Julien Leparoux rode Divining Rod in the Lexington. In the Derby, Leparoux was aboard John Oxley's Danzig Moon, one of the horses under Preakness consideration.

"The first three horses I would say are going to be very tough to take on, but the thing is they all had a pretty hard race," Delacour said. "They all had to fight for it. I didn't see any of them having to do it easy, so I hope that they're going to maybe be a little bit tired coming back in two weeks."

Laurel Park based owner-trainer Jose Corrales has not ruled out a possible start in the Preakness for Federico Tesio winner Bodhisattva.

Bred in California, Bodhisattva is a sophomore son of multiple graded stakes winner Student Council, whose Grade 1 wins include the 2008 Pimlico Special, also run at the Preakness distance.

"If the possibility comes, I think I will probably run," Corrales said Monday. "I will not run a horse just to run the horse. If I don't feel a horse can run in the first three, why run? That's the way I think."

Corrales entered and scratched Bodhisattva from the $75,000 Parx Derby on May 2 and instead breezed the horse seven furlongs in 1:29 at Laurel, his first work since winning the 1 1/16-mile Tesio by 1 1/2 lengths over Noteworthy Peach (Read the Footnotes).

"I think this horse improved from that race. He just keeps improving every time. I think now I've got him where I want him," Corrales said. "The reason why I scratched him at Parx was because it was too early to run him back and I wanted to work him before I decide what's going to happen.

"He worked the way I wanted to," he said. "I put another horse at the half-mile pole and he was coming from behind to catch up with the other horse, a fresh horse, from the half-mile pole and he beat the other horse easy. I think he's 90 percent of where I want him. If he had run in the stakes the other day he would have been 80 percent. I think he's still going to get better."

Bred by Andy Stronach, son of The Stronach Group founder and chairman Frank Stronach, Bodhisattva was among the early nominations to the Triple Crown. He ran second in the Private Terms in March at Laurel and fifth in the Remsen (G2) for two-year-olds last fall at Aqueduct.

"You start nominating a horse for the Triple Crown, sometimes just to see what could happen, like winning the lottery. Pretty soon you hit a number and then you hit another number and maybe you win the lottery," Corrales said. "You dream, and people just wish to be in those kinds of races once. They pay a lot of money to get the chance to be in one of those races one day. I have a chance. You never know. Even if he loses, you still go on with life."

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Stanford confirmed for Preakness

Stanford (right) and International Star, last seen fighting out the finish of the Louisiana Derby, were both scratched from the Kentucky Derby (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)
The owners of Stanford (Malibu Moon) notified Maryland Jockey Club officials Monday that the Todd Pletcher-trained colt is a 'go' for the $1.5 million Preakness (G1) at Pimlico May 16.

Runner-up in the Louisiana Derby (G2), Stanford was entered in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1) but was scratched last Thursday.

Also under consideration for the 140th Preakness are Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon), a troubled fifth in the Derby; Divining Rod (Tapit), who captured the Lexington S. (G3) at Keeneland on April 11; Mr. Z (Malibu Moon), who ran into traffic during a 13th-place Derby finish; Louisiana Derby victor International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus), who was scratched from the Derby with a minor foot injury; and Bodhisattva (Student Council), the winner of the Federico Tesio S. at Pimlico on April 18.

Lael Stables' Divining Rod is based at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland, and trainer Arnaud Delacour said Monday that he is expected to challenge Kentucky Derby (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.

"The horse is doing very well. He breezed on Saturday and right now I am leaning toward the Preakness," Delacour said. "I think he's great. I don't want to jinx myself, but at the moment he's doing very well. He has matured quite a bit and he understands more now what's going on."

Second by a neck in the Sam F. Davis (G3) and third in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) this winter, Divining Rod rated off the pace before drawing away to a three-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile Lexington, his first stakes win.

"The race in the Lexington was a very good confidence booster for him," Delacour said. "I think he put it all together, that he needed to relax and finish, and I think that really helped him.

Divining Rod has had two works at Fair Hill since the Lexington, both five furlongs, including a breeze over the dirt track in 1:00 4/5 on Derby day, second-fastest of 18 horses.

"He started nice and easy, he was relaxed and he really kicked on at the end," Delacour said. "That's the kind of work that you like to see when you go to a race that's going longer. I was very pleased with it."

Delacour said Divining Rod will work once more this weekend at Fair Hill for the 1 3/16-mile Preakness, which could draw as many as six horses from the Derby including second and third-place finishers Firing Line (Line of David) and Dortmund (Big Brown).

Divining Rod, another possible new shooter, exits a career best in the Lexington (Coady Photography)
Julien Leparoux rode Divining Rod in the Lexington. In the Derby, Leparoux was aboard John Oxley's Danzig Moon, one of the horses under Preakness consideration.

"The first three horses I would say are going to be very tough to take on, but the thing is they all had a pretty hard race," Delacour said. "They all had to fight for it. I didn't see any of them having to do it easy, so I hope that they're going to maybe be a little bit tired coming back in two weeks."

Laurel Park based owner-trainer Jose Corrales has not ruled out a possible start in the Preakness for Federico Tesio winner Bodhisattva.

Bred in California, Bodhisattva is a sophomore son of multiple graded stakes winner Student Council, whose Grade 1 wins include the 2008 Pimlico Special, also run at the Preakness distance.

"If the possibility comes, I think I will probably run," Corrales said Monday. "I will not run a horse just to run the horse. If I don't feel a horse can run in the first three, why run? That's the way I think."

Corrales entered and scratched Bodhisattva from the $75,000 Parx Derby on May 2 and instead breezed the horse seven furlongs in 1:29 at Laurel, his first work since winning the 1 1/16-mile Tesio by 1 1/2 lengths over Noteworthy Peach (Read the Footnotes).

"I think this horse improved from that race. He just keeps improving every time. I think now I've got him where I want him," Corrales said. "The reason why I scratched him at Parx was because it was too early to run him back and I wanted to work him before I decide what's going to happen.

"He worked the way I wanted to," he said. "I put another horse at the half-mile pole and he was coming from behind to catch up with the other horse, a fresh horse, from the half-mile pole and he beat the other horse easy. I think he's 90 percent of where I want him. If he had run in the stakes the other day he would have been 80 percent. I think he's still going to get better."

Bred by Andy Stronach, son of The Stronach Group founder and chairman Frank Stronach, Bodhisattva was among the early nominations to the Triple Crown. He ran second in the Private Terms in March at Laurel and fifth in the Remsen (G2) for two-year-olds last fall at Aqueduct.

"You start nominating a horse for the Triple Crown, sometimes just to see what could happen, like winning the lottery. Pretty soon you hit a number and then you hit another number and maybe you win the lottery," Corrales said. "You dream, and people just wish to be in those kinds of races once. They pay a lot of money to get the chance to be in one of those races one day. I have a chance. You never know. Even if he loses, you still go on with life."

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Firing Line takes tough Derby loss in stride

Derby runner-up Firing Line (right, in pink silks) bounced back quickly from his exertions (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line (Line of David) seemed to enjoy the peace and quiet surrounding Barn 42 on the Churchill Downs backstretch Monday morning as assistant trainer Carlos Santamaria walked the Preakness Stakes (G1) hopeful under the shedrow for approximately 30 minutes.

The sophomore, who put up a courageous fight in the homestretch before finishing just a length behind American Pharoah in second place in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), looked like the picture of health with not the slightest nick visible on the legs that had pushed the Bob Baffert-trained favorite to the limit in a memorable stretch run.

"He's doing really well. Even the first day after the race, he was in his stall always looking for something to eat. He never lost his appetite," said Santamaria, assistant to trainer Simon Callaghan, who returned to southern California to check on his stable at Santa Anita.

"For most horses to run that kind of race, it takes them a couple days to recover. With him, it was just another horse race."

The 141st Kentucky Derby was anything but "just another horse race" for the connections of Zayat Stables' American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and Firing Line, as well as the 170,000 people who witnessed the memorable stretch battle on track.

Firing Line, who had finished second behind Dortmund (Big Brown) in both the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) and the Robert Lewis (G2) before romping to a 14 1/4-length victory in the Sunland Park Derby (G3), loomed as a win threat in the Derby right up until the closing yards of the 1 1/4-mile first leg of the Triple Crown.

"Disappointed? Not for me. Not for us. It's just for the horse. He didn't deserve to lose. Maybe even if the horse, American Pharoah, that won the race were to lose, he wouldn't have deserved to lose because both horses ran a huge race," Santamaria said.

"Too bad we couldn't have two winners in the same race, unless it's a dead-heat, but 99 percent of the time there is just one winner. We know we have a chance in the next race. We'll see."

Firing Line is housed in Stall 1 of Barn 42, which has not been the home to any recent Kentucky Derby winners, but in the early 1990s, it was the place to be for the Preakness. Hansel had the stall in 1991 and Pine Bluff was there a year later for the Derby. Both lost in the Derby but won two weeks later in Baltimore.

American Pharoah, Firing Line and Kaleem Shah's Dortmund are being pointed to the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico on May 16. All are scheduled to remain at Churchill Downs until flying to Baltimore on Wednesday, May 13.

The Baffert-trained duo of American Pharoah and Dortmund walked the shedrow at Barn 33 at Churchill Downs. While American Pharoah and Dortmund enjoyed a leisurely morning, there was still plenty of activity for the Baffert crew.

After the morning renovation break, Kaleem Shah's Luminance worked six furlongs in 1:13 under Chris Landeros. Runner-up in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) in her most recent start, Luminance is considered as a probable starter in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) on May 15 at Pimlico.

Meanwhile, trainer D. Wayne Lukas hoped that a Preakness run is in the cards for Mr. Z (Malibu Moon), the 13th-place finisher in the Derby, who is also owned by the Zayat Stables.

"I haven't talked to Mr. (Ahmed) Zayat, but we will get together," Lukas said. "My vote would be to go. He never got a chance to run. We were the whipping boy, but you get that in an 18-horse field."

Lukas plans to be in Baltimore for Preakness weekend with runners expected in several undercard stakes both days.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin notified Maryland Jockey Club officials Monday morning that Transparent (Bernardini) is being pointed to the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) on May 15. The five-year-old is coming off an optional claiming allowance victory at Keeneland.

The Ackerley Brothers Farm's Bold Conquest (Curlin), considered as a possible starter in the $100,000 Sir Barton at 1 1/16 miles on the Preakness undercard, worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 early Monday morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Steve Asmussen.

That was the same time turned in by his champion stablemate Untapable (Tapit), who was a 2 1/2-length winner of the Apple Blossom H. (G1) in her latest.

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Firing Line takes tough Derby loss in stride

Derby runner-up Firing Line (right, in pink silks) bounced back quickly from his exertions (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
Arnold Zetcher's Firing Line (Line of David) seemed to enjoy the peace and quiet surrounding Barn 42 on the Churchill Downs backstretch Monday morning as assistant trainer Carlos Santamaria walked the Preakness Stakes (G1) hopeful under the shedrow for approximately 30 minutes.

The sophomore, who put up a courageous fight in the homestretch before finishing just a length behind American Pharoah in second place in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), looked like the picture of health with not the slightest nick visible on the legs that had pushed the Bob Baffert-trained favorite to the limit in a memorable stretch run.

"He's doing really well. Even the first day after the race, he was in his stall always looking for something to eat. He never lost his appetite," said Santamaria, assistant to trainer Simon Callaghan, who returned to southern California to check on his stable at Santa Anita.

"For most horses to run that kind of race, it takes them a couple days to recover. With him, it was just another horse race."

The 141st Kentucky Derby was anything but "just another horse race" for the connections of Zayat Stables' American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) and Firing Line, as well as the 170,000 people who witnessed the memorable stretch battle on track.

Firing Line, who had finished second behind Dortmund (Big Brown) in both the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) and the Robert Lewis (G2) before romping to a 14 1/4-length victory in the Sunland Park Derby (G3), loomed as a win threat in the Derby right up until the closing yards of the 1 1/4-mile first leg of the Triple Crown.

"Disappointed? Not for me. Not for us. It's just for the horse. He didn't deserve to lose. Maybe even if the horse, American Pharoah, that won the race were to lose, he wouldn't have deserved to lose because both horses ran a huge race," Santamaria said.

"Too bad we couldn't have two winners in the same race, unless it's a dead-heat, but 99 percent of the time there is just one winner. We know we have a chance in the next race. We'll see."

Firing Line is housed in Stall 1 of Barn 42, which has not been the home to any recent Kentucky Derby winners, but in the early 1990s, it was the place to be for the Preakness. Hansel had the stall in 1991 and Pine Bluff was there a year later for the Derby. Both lost in the Derby but won two weeks later in Baltimore.

American Pharoah, Firing Line and Kaleem Shah's Dortmund are being pointed to the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico on May 16. All are scheduled to remain at Churchill Downs until flying to Baltimore on Wednesday, May 13.

The Baffert-trained duo of American Pharoah and Dortmund walked the shedrow at Barn 33 at Churchill Downs. While American Pharoah and Dortmund enjoyed a leisurely morning, there was still plenty of activity for the Baffert crew.

After the morning renovation break, Kaleem Shah's Luminance worked six furlongs in 1:13 under Chris Landeros. Runner-up in the Santa Anita Oaks (G1) in her most recent start, Luminance is considered as a probable starter in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) on May 15 at Pimlico.

Meanwhile, trainer D. Wayne Lukas hoped that a Preakness run is in the cards for Mr. Z (Malibu Moon), the 13th-place finisher in the Derby, who is also owned by the Zayat Stables.

"I haven't talked to Mr. (Ahmed) Zayat, but we will get together," Lukas said. "My vote would be to go. He never got a chance to run. We were the whipping boy, but you get that in an 18-horse field."

Lukas plans to be in Baltimore for Preakness weekend with runners expected in several undercard stakes both days.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin notified Maryland Jockey Club officials Monday morning that Transparent (Bernardini) is being pointed to the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) on May 15. The five-year-old is coming off an optional claiming allowance victory at Keeneland.

The Ackerley Brothers Farm's Bold Conquest (Curlin), considered as a possible starter in the $100,000 Sir Barton at 1 1/16 miles on the Preakness undercard, worked five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 early Monday morning at Churchill Downs for trainer Steve Asmussen.

That was the same time turned in by his champion stablemate Untapable (Tapit), who was a 2 1/2-length winner of the Apple Blossom H. (G1) in her latest.

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Preakness rematch likely for American Pharoah, Dortmund

Bob Baffert brought Kentucky Derby 141 winner American Pharoah out for show and tell Sunday morning (Cecilia Gustavsson/Horsephotos.com)
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert set the stage for his press conference Sunday morning to reflect on his fourth Derby victory by bringing the star of Saturday's 141st Kentucky Derby (G1) -- American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) -- out of the barn to pose for the cameras.

Bribing him with carrots, Baffert led the Zayat Stables colt to different parts of the circle of media and fans for photos and admiration. Several people reached out and petted the colt's nose. After about 10 minutes of show, Baffert sent American Pharoah back to his stall and moved into the tell part of the program.

Baffert said the one-length victory was about the horse, not him. American Pharoah and third-place finisher Dortmund (Big Brown) may both go on to the Preakness S. (G1) at Pimlico on May 16.

Baffert, 62, won the Derby with Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998 and War Emblem in 2002 and has waited a dozen years for No. 4. He got it done with the 5-2 favorite, who ran down Dortmund and runner-up Firing Line (Line of David) in the stretch.

"It's fun to come here, but I think this win was different than my other ones," Baffert said. "I needed to get it done. I needed to win it. Something was building that something good was going to happen. And it did. It was a big sigh of relief. I was like 'mission accomplished.' That's the feeling I have at this time."

Baffert said his sons were very excited about the victory and that he was surprised that Justin Zayat, the stable's racing manager, had gotten sick to this stomach at the end of the race.

"It just goes to show you how much it meant to them," Baffert said. "It was for them. It wasn't for Bob Baffert. Getting the fourth Derby means nothing to me. It means that they gave me a really good horse and I didn't screw it up. I had the talent. Anybody could have trained this horse and won it. I don't feel like I did anything special."

American Pharoah sat third, not far off the pace, under jockey Victor Espinoza for the first half of the race. Espinoza urged him to accelerate near the half-mile pole and he moved up to engage Firing Line and Dortmund through a mile in 1:36 2/5. Racing wide down the stretch he reached the front inside the sixteenth-pole and finished the 10 furlongs in 2:03.

Baffert acknowledged that American Pharoah accomplished a lot, winning the sternest test of his career. At the annual question about whether the winner has what it takes to win the Triple Crown, Baffert provided a clue but not a direct answer.

"If you look back at all the Triple Crown runners, they ran a lot," he said. "I think a lot has to deal with who you are running against and how tough it is. This was such a tough Derby. This was the toughest Derby I've been in."

Dortmund is likely to rematch with his stablemate in the Preakness (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
American Pharoah and Dortmund will stay at Baffert's stable at Churchill Downs this week. The decision on whether Dortmund will go on to the Preakness will be made when Baffert returns from California next weekend.

Baffert said that as of Sunday that he could see of no reason why Dortmund -- who set the pace for a mile and continued on bravely to hold the show position -- would not go on to Balitmore. Baffert revealed that Dortmund's Derby start was in jeopardy for several hours on April 25 when he had a slight bout with colic after a workout at Santa Anita Park.

Baffert explained that owners who send horses to his barn understand that they might be running against stablemates in big races such as the Triple Crown, which is why Dortmund is a candidate for the Preakness.

"My job is to get my people there," he noted. "If the horse is doing well do we run him there or wait for the Belmont (S. [G1] on June 6)? I don't know. Let's say if 'Pharoah' didn't win the Preakness, I don't think I would run him in the Belmont.

"It's one of those things where I will sit down and discuss it with (Dortmund's owner) Kaleem Shah. I'm sure he's going to want a little revenge. His horse ran a really good race. If 'Pharoah' is that good he's going to have to run hard. Right now I would say if all's well (he would run); and Dortmund looked good."

Baffert described his Derby celebration as being fairly quiet -- dinner with his family and the Zayats, then watching the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on television.

"We just talked about how relieved and lucky we are that the horses ran so well and that we won another Derby," he said. "We were pretty tired, pretty worn out. It's been a really hectic week. When you have that kind of pressure on you that everybody puts you in the winners' circle (in advance), it's added pressure. It was a different feeling. It was a lot of relief."

As for carrot-loving American Pharoah, his performances, five wins in six starts, do the talking, though Baffert was quick to explain his brilliance.

"He was just born with that talent," the horseman stated. "He has that long stride. He's quick. He's got a really good mind. He just floats over the ground. He's different, just the way he's made. What we saw yesterday is that he's not one-dimensional, which is so nice to have.

"(2012 Derby runner-up ) Bodemeister had to just be out there. (American Pharoah is) quick. He's handy. You can move on him at any time. I think with more racing he's getting smarter. He wasn't rank with Victor at all. So he can sit there and pounce, run by you and go a mile and a quarter. He is competitive. He wants to win. He knows he's special."

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Preakness rematch likely for American Pharoah, Dortmund

Bob Baffert brought Kentucky Derby 141 winner American Pharoah out for show and tell Sunday morning (Cecilia Gustavsson/Horsephotos.com)
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert set the stage for his press conference Sunday morning to reflect on his fourth Derby victory by bringing the star of Saturday's 141st Kentucky Derby (G1) -- American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) -- out of the barn to pose for the cameras.

Bribing him with carrots, Baffert led the Zayat Stables colt to different parts of the circle of media and fans for photos and admiration. Several people reached out and petted the colt's nose. After about 10 minutes of show, Baffert sent American Pharoah back to his stall and moved into the tell part of the program.

Baffert said the one-length victory was about the horse, not him. American Pharoah and third-place finisher Dortmund (Big Brown) may both go on to the Preakness S. (G1) at Pimlico on May 16.

Baffert, 62, won the Derby with Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998 and War Emblem in 2002 and has waited a dozen years for No. 4. He got it done with the 5-2 favorite, who ran down Dortmund and runner-up Firing Line (Line of David) in the stretch.

"It's fun to come here, but I think this win was different than my other ones," Baffert said. "I needed to get it done. I needed to win it. Something was building that something good was going to happen. And it did. It was a big sigh of relief. I was like 'mission accomplished.' That's the feeling I have at this time."

Baffert said his sons were very excited about the victory and that he was surprised that Justin Zayat, the stable's racing manager, had gotten sick to this stomach at the end of the race.

"It just goes to show you how much it meant to them," Baffert said. "It was for them. It wasn't for Bob Baffert. Getting the fourth Derby means nothing to me. It means that they gave me a really good horse and I didn't screw it up. I had the talent. Anybody could have trained this horse and won it. I don't feel like I did anything special."

American Pharoah sat third, not far off the pace, under jockey Victor Espinoza for the first half of the race. Espinoza urged him to accelerate near the half-mile pole and he moved up to engage Firing Line and Dortmund through a mile in 1:36 2/5. Racing wide down the stretch he reached the front inside the sixteenth-pole and finished the 10 furlongs in 2:03.

Baffert acknowledged that American Pharoah accomplished a lot, winning the sternest test of his career. At the annual question about whether the winner has what it takes to win the Triple Crown, Baffert provided a clue but not a direct answer.

"If you look back at all the Triple Crown runners, they ran a lot," he said. "I think a lot has to deal with who you are running against and how tough it is. This was such a tough Derby. This was the toughest Derby I've been in."

Dortmund is likely to rematch with his stablemate in the Preakness (Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
American Pharoah and Dortmund will stay at Baffert's stable at Churchill Downs this week. The decision on whether Dortmund will go on to the Preakness will be made when Baffert returns from California next weekend.

Baffert said that as of Sunday that he could see of no reason why Dortmund -- who set the pace for a mile and continued on bravely to hold the show position -- would not go on to Balitmore. Baffert revealed that Dortmund's Derby start was in jeopardy for several hours on April 25 when he had a slight bout with colic after a workout at Santa Anita Park.

Baffert explained that owners who send horses to his barn understand that they might be running against stablemates in big races such as the Triple Crown, which is why Dortmund is a candidate for the Preakness.

"My job is to get my people there," he noted. "If the horse is doing well do we run him there or wait for the Belmont (S. [G1] on June 6)? I don't know. Let's say if 'Pharoah' didn't win the Preakness, I don't think I would run him in the Belmont.

"It's one of those things where I will sit down and discuss it with (Dortmund's owner) Kaleem Shah. I'm sure he's going to want a little revenge. His horse ran a really good race. If 'Pharoah' is that good he's going to have to run hard. Right now I would say if all's well (he would run); and Dortmund looked good."

Baffert described his Derby celebration as being fairly quiet -- dinner with his family and the Zayats, then watching the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on television.

"We just talked about how relieved and lucky we are that the horses ran so well and that we won another Derby," he said. "We were pretty tired, pretty worn out. It's been a really hectic week. When you have that kind of pressure on you that everybody puts you in the winners' circle (in advance), it's added pressure. It was a different feeling. It was a lot of relief."

As for carrot-loving American Pharoah, his performances, five wins in six starts, do the talking, though Baffert was quick to explain his brilliance.

"He was just born with that talent," the horseman stated. "He has that long stride. He's quick. He's got a really good mind. He just floats over the ground. He's different, just the way he's made. What we saw yesterday is that he's not one-dimensional, which is so nice to have.

"(2012 Derby runner-up ) Bodemeister had to just be out there. (American Pharoah is) quick. He's handy. You can move on him at any time. I think with more racing he's getting smarter. He wasn't rank with Victor at all. So he can sit there and pounce, run by you and go a mile and a quarter. He is competitive. He wants to win. He knows he's special."

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Derby runner-up Firing Line headed for Preakness showdown with Baffert pair

Firing Line will get another shot at American Pharoah and Dortmund in the Preakness (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Trainer Simon Callaghan had nothing but good things to say about his charge Firing Line (Line of David) Sunday morning at Barn 42 on the Churchill Downs backstretch. The talented colt turned in an excellent performance Saturday to finish a game second by a length to American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in Kentucky Derby 141 under the Twin Spires.

"I'm proud of the race he ran. Our team had him spot on to run," Callaghan stated. "We got a very good ride from Gary (Stevens) and in the end there were no excuses. We got beat by a very good horse."

The conditioner reported that his colt had come out of his two-fronted battle with trainer Bob Baffert's pair of American Pharoah and Dortmund (Big Brown), who finished two lengths behind Firing Line in third, in good order. Callaghan said Firing Line ate up Saturday night and was showing no ill effects from his hard effort in the 1 1/4-mile contest.

Owner Arnold Zetcher was also at the barn and spoke glowingly of his latest top runner.

"We're all exhausted and he's not," the 74-year-old native of St. Louis said.

Zetcher, who now calls Los Angeles home, has had a fair share of luck with stakes horses since he came into the game in 2000, notably multiple Grade 1-winning multi-millionaire Richard's Kid as well as Kentucky Derby runners Midnight Interlude (16th in 2011) and Liaison (sixth in 2012). However, Zetcher noted that Firing Line has worked his way up near the top of his list of favorites off his recent exploits.

Both owner and trainer were leaning heavily toward a next start in the second Triple Crown race, the Preakness S. (G1) on May 16 at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland.

"You'd have to think if all is well that he's earned that right," Callaghan said. "We were glad we finally got to best Dortmund after he'd beaten us twice (in photo finishes in the Los Alamitos Futurity [G1] and Robert B. Lewis S. [G3]). And we believe we can be right there with American Pharoah.

"We'll walk him here for the next three or four days and monitor him. We'll then train him with the Preakness in mind. Maybe we'll breeze him, or maybe we'll just gallop him. We'll let the horse tell us. If we go, we'll probably ship up there at some point next week."

Callaghan and Zetcher had a plane back to California scheduled for Monday. The horse will stay on with assistant trainer Carlos Santamaria and exercise rider Humberto Gomez.

Trainer Mark Casse reported Sunday that John Oxley's Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon) came out of his fifth-place Derby run in good shape and indicated that, although the C$1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine is the prime target for the Canadian-bred colt, the Preakness is still on the table.

"We'll take a look at the Preakness. The Queen's Plate is not until July 5. We probably won't talk about it for a day or two," Casse explained.

Danzig Moon was caught up in traffic in the run to the first turn and got jostled around.

"He broke sharper than we thought he would," said Casse's son, assistant trainer Norman Casse. "He got caught in the rush to the first turn. He just happened to be caught in the middle of it. A lot of horses would have spit the bit there, but once he got clear, he got comfortable."

Danzig Moon was only a little more than three lengths behind the leading trio at the head of the stretch.

Frammento, 11th after just making the Derby field, could continue on to the Belmont (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
"I am proud of him," Norman Casse said. "I had a little flutter at the top of the stretch to think we might have a chance to win this thing. He only got beat 6 1/2 lengths. It was a good weekend for us. We got nosed out out of a Grade 2 and a Grade 1 and won a Grade 2."

There could be a new shooter in the Preakness in the form of Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Stanford (Malibu Moon).

The Todd Pletcher trainee has multiple owners in Stonestreet Stables, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor, and was originally scheduled to run in the Derby. The bay colt was an early scratch on Thursday, but might now be Maryland bound.

Pletcher worked Stanford five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Derby morning at Churchill in anticipation of his next start, which he had indicated might be the Preakness or the Peter Pan S. (G2) at Belmont Park on May 9.

While Firing Line, and Danzig Moon are under consideration for the second jewel of the Triple Crown, two other of Saturday's runners are eyeing the last race in the series -- the Belmont S. (G1) on June 6.

Donegal Racing President Jerry Crawford said Sunday that Keen Ice (Curlin), who exited his Derby seventh in good shape, would be pointed to the Belmont. The bay colt rallied from far back to finish 8 3/4 lengths behind American Pharoah. Inside the quarter-pole, Keen Ice was blocked behind horses, and jockey Kent Desormeaux had to wait for running room to open.

"There's no doubt he ran the best race of his lifetime and could be a horse to contend with in the Belmont," Crawford said before congratulating Ahmed Zayat, owner of American Pharoah. "Mr. Zayat, it was really his turn. I was tickled for him."

Mossarosa's Frammento (Midshipman), 11th in the Kentucky Derby, returned to Keeneland Sunday morning and will head to trainer Nick Zito's home base at Belmont Park midweek.

"He came out of the race fine," Zito said. "We will go back home and get ready for the Belmont (Stakes) and see what happens."

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Derby runner-up Firing Line headed for Preakness showdown with Baffert pair

Firing Line will get another shot at American Pharoah and Dortmund in the Preakness (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Trainer Simon Callaghan had nothing but good things to say about his charge Firing Line (Line of David) Sunday morning at Barn 42 on the Churchill Downs backstretch. The talented colt turned in an excellent performance Saturday to finish a game second by a length to American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) in Kentucky Derby 141 under the Twin Spires.

"I'm proud of the race he ran. Our team had him spot on to run," Callaghan stated. "We got a very good ride from Gary (Stevens) and in the end there were no excuses. We got beat by a very good horse."

The conditioner reported that his colt had come out of his two-fronted battle with trainer Bob Baffert's pair of American Pharoah and Dortmund (Big Brown), who finished two lengths behind Firing Line in third, in good order. Callaghan said Firing Line ate up Saturday night and was showing no ill effects from his hard effort in the 1 1/4-mile contest.

Owner Arnold Zetcher was also at the barn and spoke glowingly of his latest top runner.

"We're all exhausted and he's not," the 74-year-old native of St. Louis said.

Zetcher, who now calls Los Angeles home, has had a fair share of luck with stakes horses since he came into the game in 2000, notably multiple Grade 1-winning multi-millionaire Richard's Kid as well as Kentucky Derby runners Midnight Interlude (16th in 2011) and Liaison (sixth in 2012). However, Zetcher noted that Firing Line has worked his way up near the top of his list of favorites off his recent exploits.

Both owner and trainer were leaning heavily toward a next start in the second Triple Crown race, the Preakness S. (G1) on May 16 at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland.

"You'd have to think if all is well that he's earned that right," Callaghan said. "We were glad we finally got to best Dortmund after he'd beaten us twice (in photo finishes in the Los Alamitos Futurity [G1] and Robert B. Lewis S. [G3]). And we believe we can be right there with American Pharoah.

"We'll walk him here for the next three or four days and monitor him. We'll then train him with the Preakness in mind. Maybe we'll breeze him, or maybe we'll just gallop him. We'll let the horse tell us. If we go, we'll probably ship up there at some point next week."

Callaghan and Zetcher had a plane back to California scheduled for Monday. The horse will stay on with assistant trainer Carlos Santamaria and exercise rider Humberto Gomez.

Trainer Mark Casse reported Sunday that John Oxley's Danzig Moon (Malibu Moon) came out of his fifth-place Derby run in good shape and indicated that, although the C$1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine is the prime target for the Canadian-bred colt, the Preakness is still on the table.

"We'll take a look at the Preakness. The Queen's Plate is not until July 5. We probably won't talk about it for a day or two," Casse explained.

Danzig Moon was caught up in traffic in the run to the first turn and got jostled around.

"He broke sharper than we thought he would," said Casse's son, assistant trainer Norman Casse. "He got caught in the rush to the first turn. He just happened to be caught in the middle of it. A lot of horses would have spit the bit there, but once he got clear, he got comfortable."

Danzig Moon was only a little more than three lengths behind the leading trio at the head of the stretch.

Frammento, 11th after just making the Derby field, could continue on to the Belmont (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
"I am proud of him," Norman Casse said. "I had a little flutter at the top of the stretch to think we might have a chance to win this thing. He only got beat 6 1/2 lengths. It was a good weekend for us. We got nosed out out of a Grade 2 and a Grade 1 and won a Grade 2."

There could be a new shooter in the Preakness in the form of Louisiana Derby (G2) runner-up Stanford (Malibu Moon).

The Todd Pletcher trainee has multiple owners in Stonestreet Stables, Mrs. John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor, and was originally scheduled to run in the Derby. The bay colt was an early scratch on Thursday, but might now be Maryland bound.

Pletcher worked Stanford five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 Derby morning at Churchill in anticipation of his next start, which he had indicated might be the Preakness or the Peter Pan S. (G2) at Belmont Park on May 9.

While Firing Line, and Danzig Moon are under consideration for the second jewel of the Triple Crown, two other of Saturday's runners are eyeing the last race in the series -- the Belmont S. (G1) on June 6.

Donegal Racing President Jerry Crawford said Sunday that Keen Ice (Curlin), who exited his Derby seventh in good shape, would be pointed to the Belmont. The bay colt rallied from far back to finish 8 3/4 lengths behind American Pharoah. Inside the quarter-pole, Keen Ice was blocked behind horses, and jockey Kent Desormeaux had to wait for running room to open.

"There's no doubt he ran the best race of his lifetime and could be a horse to contend with in the Belmont," Crawford said before congratulating Ahmed Zayat, owner of American Pharoah. "Mr. Zayat, it was really his turn. I was tickled for him."

Mossarosa's Frammento (Midshipman), 11th in the Kentucky Derby, returned to Keeneland Sunday morning and will head to trainer Nick Zito's home base at Belmont Park midweek.

"He came out of the race fine," Zito said. "We will go back home and get ready for the Belmont (Stakes) and see what happens."

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In brief

U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) romper Mubtaahij (Dubawi), who was supposed to head back to Newmarket following his eighth in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), will instead advance to the Belmont S. (G1), Daily Racing Form's Marcus Hersh reports. The Mike de Kock trainee is expected to ship from Churchill Downs to New York in about a week or so...

Brazilian Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year Bal a Bali (Put It Back) is scheduled to make his U.S. debut in Saturday's American S. (G3) over a grassy mile at Santa Anita. "He's terrific," Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said. "Training like a billion dollars -- a million wouldn't be enough." The once-beaten star has made a remarkable recovery from laminitis that developed shortly after his arrival in the United States last summer...

Sent off the outsider of the field following her latest uninspiring performance when eighth in the March 29 Park Express S. (Ire-G3) over a mile, Iveagh Gardens (Mastercraftsman) at least had a love of testing conditions in her favor in Monday's Athasi (Ire-G3) at The Currgah, and that proved decisive as she took a leap forward to upset the returning Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-G1) heroine Found (Galileo). Second in the Grosser Preis der Deutschen Bank over seven furlonngs at Hanover in October, the bay had run 11th in the Prix Ceres, also over seven, at Fontainebleau the following month prior to her comeback effort in the Park Express, but connections ploughed on in the belief that there was something in the tank. Settled in fourth early shielded against the wind on the fence, she was angled out inside the last quarter-mile, but was last with 150 yards to race as Ryan Moore made a seemingly winning attack on Found up ahead. Finding a surge there, she readily inhaled that favorite 100 yards later en route to a decisive success. "She's a filly I always liked and I always thought there was a good day in her," jockey Niall McCullagh said. "I got a good tow and when I got out, she was electric." Found's trainer, Aidan O'Brien, said, "She ran a lovely race on heavy winter ground. We were close to not running her, but we had our eye on the (May 24) Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) and so we felt we had to run. She traveled up lovely and just got a little bit tired, so you'd have to be happy. A lot could come, as we have been minding her and taking it gently and we very much have our eye on the autumn with her."...

Successful in the Ballysax S. (Ire-G3) staged at Navan last April and promoted to first when initially runner-up in Leopardstown's Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (Ire-G3) in May, Fascinating Rock (Fastnet Rock) had run eighth in the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) and went on the shelf after finishing last of five in the Irish equivalent at The Curragh in June. Returning to annex the Heritage S. over a mile back at Leopardstown April 15, the bay took advantage of a poorly-contested renewal of the Mooresbridge S. (Ire-G3) at The Curragh on Monday to add another black-type success to his tally. Settled in second early, the 2-5 crowd's choice rolled to the front with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and saw off his only serious rival, Parish Hall (Teofilo), to score with authority. "He is mature mentally now and I thought he did it very well on deep ground," rider Pat Smullen commented. "Parish Hall is a fair yardstick and he made me work, but I think on better conditions he'd be even better again."...

Having surrendered his unbeaten record to Silverwave (Silver Frost) in the Prix la Force (Fr-G3) April 6, Epicuris (Rail Link) bids to restore his air of supremacy in Tuesday's Prix Greffulhe (Fr-G2) at Saint-Cloud. Taken on for the lead last time and tending to over-race as a result, last year's Prix de Conde (Fr-G3) and Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-G1) winner has just three rivals to contend with including a member of the Andre Fabre brigade in Untold Secret (Shamardal). Successful on a record 11 occasions in this race, the undisputed champion of Chantilly has singled out Godolphin's son of the 2006 Prix de Diane (Fr-G1) heroine Confidential Lady as his representative this time. Still a maiden after two starts, he has obviously shown Fabre some sparkle at home to warrant this outing, having been nosed out in a maiden by the Freddie Head-trained Andalou (Dubawi) over 10 furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte April 17. Sumbal (Danehill Dancer) is two-for-two entering this test and deserves the chance to advertise his Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-G1) claims after his latest five-length score at this distance at Compiegne April 4...

Christophermarlowe (Tapit), the unbeaten winner of the Derby Trial at Epsom April 22, is among the 14 entries for Saturday's Derby Trial at Lingfield. "Christophermarlowe goes to Lingfield on Saturday for the Derby Trial," trainer John Gosden said. "We've put him in the Chester Vase ([Eng-G3) on Thursday) as well, but he'd only run there if it was a monsoon at Lingfield." Christophermarlowe, who is a general 16-1 for the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1), could face up to five from Ballydoyle, including the stakes-placed winner Order of St George (Galileo), and the entries also include Future Empire (New Approach), twice group-placed and second to Christophermarlowe at Epsom; and recent 10-furlong maiden winner Storm the Stars (Sea The Stars). Aidan O'Brien's Fillies' Mile (Eng-G1) winner Together Forever (Galileo) headlines the Oaks Trial on the same card, and the Ballydoyle master has also entered Wedding Vow (Galileo), second to Saturday's One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) scorer Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer) in the Victor McCalmont S. April 26...

The Dermot Weld-trained Zawraq (Shamardal), a general 10-1 for the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) on the back of an eye-catching score in the Two Thousand Guineas Trial at Leopardstown April 12, could skip Sunday's Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (Ire-G3) if the ground is too soft, Weld told At the Races. Zawraq's regular rider, Pat Smullen, will also be serving a suspension this weekend, and that could also affect the decision. "We will make a decision during the week about Zawraq," Weld said. "We will see what the weather does and what the ground is like. He could run in the Irish (Two Thousand) Guineas ([Ire-G1] May 23). There's been no decision yet." Weld added, "The fact Pat can't ride him affects our thinking slightly, but the main thing is the weather. We'll see how soft the ground is and see how he works this week. He's been satisfying me at home, but he's very laid back."...

Giovanni Canaletto (Galileo), a 14-1 shot for the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) for trainer Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore partners, has been ruled out of Thursday's Chester Vase (Eng-G3) by his conditioner after returning a dirty scope Monday. "Unfortunately, Giovanni Canaletto didn't scope clean this morning and won't be traveling to Chester," O'Brien told Racing Post. "It's a bad time to have such a hold-up, so we'll have to wait and see. We have other entries in the Vase and will probably run one or two." Giovanni Canaletto has started twice, and was last seen breaking his maiden by 6 1/2 lengths at Leopardstown in October...

Last year's Cartier champion two-year-old filly Tiggy Wiggy (Kodiac), a brave third in the One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) Sunday after carving out the pace, is set for a return to sprinting. "I was very proud of Tiggy Wiggy," trainer Richard Hannon said. "We were dipping our toes into unknown territory and she came home with her head held high. You can't say that she didn't stay the mile, but it was only her class that kept her going. We need to make full use of her electric early speed, so it's back to sprinting." Hannon pointed to Royal Ascot, and then some of Europe's top sprints against older males, as targets for the three-year-old. "The Commonwealth Cup (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot is the obvious target, and there are far more opportunities available in the second half of the season, races like the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-G1) at Deauville, the Nunthorpe (Eng-G1), Haydock Sprint Cup (Eng-G1) and Prix de l'Abbaye (Fr-G1). It could be an exciting summer," Hannon said...

Churchill Downs will host a unique live concert experience this fall. See O.A.R. live on stage with guests Allen Stone & Brynn Elliott under the Twin Spires on Wednesday, September 9, at the start of September racing at the track. "Music has had a presence at the home of the Kentucky Derby since our track's earliest days, and we're excited to partner with Live Nation to renew that tradition with this exciting appearance by O.A.R.," said Ryan Jordan, General Manager of Churchill Downs. "Our Plaza stage offers an intimate and comfortable setting that's perfect for both a special evening for O.A.R. and its fans and a wonderful return of live music to Churchill Downs." On their eighth studio album, The Rockville LP, the shape-shifting rock band found that returning home triggered a journey of creative renewal and inspiration. "This isn't about us going back to our musical roots per se," says lead singer Marc Roberge, who founded O.A.R. in 1996 with his Rockville, Maryland, high school classmates, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, and bassist Benj Gershman (saxophonist Jerry DePizzo joined while the group was at Ohio State University). "It's about us getting inspired by the place we came from. We'd drive the same roads, visit the old haunts, spend time with our people.  Rockville was the catalyst then, and it's the catalyst now." General admission tickets go on sale noon Friday at www.LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster outlets, Louisville Palace Box Office, 1-800-745-3000.

In brief

U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) romper Mubtaahij (Dubawi), who was supposed to head back to Newmarket following his eighth in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), will instead advance to the Belmont S. (G1), Daily Racing Form's Marcus Hersh reports. The Mike de Kock trainee is expected to ship from Churchill Downs to New York in about a week or so...

Brazilian Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year Bal a Bali (Put It Back) is scheduled to make his U.S. debut in Saturday's American S. (G3) over a grassy mile at Santa Anita. "He's terrific," Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said. "Training like a billion dollars -- a million wouldn't be enough." The once-beaten star has made a remarkable recovery from laminitis that developed shortly after his arrival in the United States last summer...

Sent off the outsider of the field following her latest uninspiring performance when eighth in the March 29 Park Express S. (Ire-G3) over a mile, Iveagh Gardens (Mastercraftsman) at least had a love of testing conditions in her favor in Monday's Athasi (Ire-G3) at The Currgah, and that proved decisive as she took a leap forward to upset the returning Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-G1) heroine Found (Galileo). Second in the Grosser Preis der Deutschen Bank over seven furlonngs at Hanover in October, the bay had run 11th in the Prix Ceres, also over seven, at Fontainebleau the following month prior to her comeback effort in the Park Express, but connections ploughed on in the belief that there was something in the tank. Settled in fourth early shielded against the wind on the fence, she was angled out inside the last quarter-mile, but was last with 150 yards to race as Ryan Moore made a seemingly winning attack on Found up ahead. Finding a surge there, she readily inhaled that favorite 100 yards later en route to a decisive success. "She's a filly I always liked and I always thought there was a good day in her," jockey Niall McCullagh said. "I got a good tow and when I got out, she was electric." Found's trainer, Aidan O'Brien, said, "She ran a lovely race on heavy winter ground. We were close to not running her, but we had our eye on the (May 24) Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) and so we felt we had to run. She traveled up lovely and just got a little bit tired, so you'd have to be happy. A lot could come, as we have been minding her and taking it gently and we very much have our eye on the autumn with her."...

Successful in the Ballysax S. (Ire-G3) staged at Navan last April and promoted to first when initially runner-up in Leopardstown's Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (Ire-G3) in May, Fascinating Rock (Fastnet Rock) had run eighth in the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) and went on the shelf after finishing last of five in the Irish equivalent at The Curragh in June. Returning to annex the Heritage S. over a mile back at Leopardstown April 15, the bay took advantage of a poorly-contested renewal of the Mooresbridge S. (Ire-G3) at The Curragh on Monday to add another black-type success to his tally. Settled in second early, the 2-5 crowd's choice rolled to the front with 1 1/2 furlongs remaining and saw off his only serious rival, Parish Hall (Teofilo), to score with authority. "He is mature mentally now and I thought he did it very well on deep ground," rider Pat Smullen commented. "Parish Hall is a fair yardstick and he made me work, but I think on better conditions he'd be even better again."...

Having surrendered his unbeaten record to Silverwave (Silver Frost) in the Prix la Force (Fr-G3) April 6, Epicuris (Rail Link) bids to restore his air of supremacy in Tuesday's Prix Greffulhe (Fr-G2) at Saint-Cloud. Taken on for the lead last time and tending to over-race as a result, last year's Prix de Conde (Fr-G3) and Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-G1) winner has just three rivals to contend with including a member of the Andre Fabre brigade in Untold Secret (Shamardal). Successful on a record 11 occasions in this race, the undisputed champion of Chantilly has singled out Godolphin's son of the 2006 Prix de Diane (Fr-G1) heroine Confidential Lady as his representative this time. Still a maiden after two starts, he has obviously shown Fabre some sparkle at home to warrant this outing, having been nosed out in a maiden by the Freddie Head-trained Andalou (Dubawi) over 10 furlongs at Maisons-Laffitte April 17. Sumbal (Danehill Dancer) is two-for-two entering this test and deserves the chance to advertise his Prix du Jockey Club (Fr-G1) claims after his latest five-length score at this distance at Compiegne April 4...

Christophermarlowe (Tapit), the unbeaten winner of the Derby Trial at Epsom April 22, is among the 14 entries for Saturday's Derby Trial at Lingfield. "Christophermarlowe goes to Lingfield on Saturday for the Derby Trial," trainer John Gosden said. "We've put him in the Chester Vase ([Eng-G3) on Thursday) as well, but he'd only run there if it was a monsoon at Lingfield." Christophermarlowe, who is a general 16-1 for the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1), could face up to five from Ballydoyle, including the stakes-placed winner Order of St George (Galileo), and the entries also include Future Empire (New Approach), twice group-placed and second to Christophermarlowe at Epsom; and recent 10-furlong maiden winner Storm the Stars (Sea The Stars). Aidan O'Brien's Fillies' Mile (Eng-G1) winner Together Forever (Galileo) headlines the Oaks Trial on the same card, and the Ballydoyle master has also entered Wedding Vow (Galileo), second to Saturday's One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) scorer Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer) in the Victor McCalmont S. April 26...

The Dermot Weld-trained Zawraq (Shamardal), a general 10-1 for the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) on the back of an eye-catching score in the Two Thousand Guineas Trial at Leopardstown April 12, could skip Sunday's Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (Ire-G3) if the ground is too soft, Weld told At the Races. Zawraq's regular rider, Pat Smullen, will also be serving a suspension this weekend, and that could also affect the decision. "We will make a decision during the week about Zawraq," Weld said. "We will see what the weather does and what the ground is like. He could run in the Irish (Two Thousand) Guineas ([Ire-G1] May 23). There's been no decision yet." Weld added, "The fact Pat can't ride him affects our thinking slightly, but the main thing is the weather. We'll see how soft the ground is and see how he works this week. He's been satisfying me at home, but he's very laid back."...

Giovanni Canaletto (Galileo), a 14-1 shot for the Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) for trainer Aidan O'Brien and the Coolmore partners, has been ruled out of Thursday's Chester Vase (Eng-G3) by his conditioner after returning a dirty scope Monday. "Unfortunately, Giovanni Canaletto didn't scope clean this morning and won't be traveling to Chester," O'Brien told Racing Post. "It's a bad time to have such a hold-up, so we'll have to wait and see. We have other entries in the Vase and will probably run one or two." Giovanni Canaletto has started twice, and was last seen breaking his maiden by 6 1/2 lengths at Leopardstown in October...

Last year's Cartier champion two-year-old filly Tiggy Wiggy (Kodiac), a brave third in the One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) Sunday after carving out the pace, is set for a return to sprinting. "I was very proud of Tiggy Wiggy," trainer Richard Hannon said. "We were dipping our toes into unknown territory and she came home with her head held high. You can't say that she didn't stay the mile, but it was only her class that kept her going. We need to make full use of her electric early speed, so it's back to sprinting." Hannon pointed to Royal Ascot, and then some of Europe's top sprints against older males, as targets for the three-year-old. "The Commonwealth Cup (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot is the obvious target, and there are far more opportunities available in the second half of the season, races like the Prix Maurice de Gheest (Fr-G1) at Deauville, the Nunthorpe (Eng-G1), Haydock Sprint Cup (Eng-G1) and Prix de l'Abbaye (Fr-G1). It could be an exciting summer," Hannon said...

Churchill Downs will host a unique live concert experience this fall. See O.A.R. live on stage with guests Allen Stone & Brynn Elliott under the Twin Spires on Wednesday, September 9, at the start of September racing at the track. "Music has had a presence at the home of the Kentucky Derby since our track's earliest days, and we're excited to partner with Live Nation to renew that tradition with this exciting appearance by O.A.R.," said Ryan Jordan, General Manager of Churchill Downs. "Our Plaza stage offers an intimate and comfortable setting that's perfect for both a special evening for O.A.R. and its fans and a wonderful return of live music to Churchill Downs." On their eighth studio album, The Rockville LP, the shape-shifting rock band found that returning home triggered a journey of creative renewal and inspiration. "This isn't about us going back to our musical roots per se," says lead singer Marc Roberge, who founded O.A.R. in 1996 with his Rockville, Maryland, high school classmates, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, and bassist Benj Gershman (saxophonist Jerry DePizzo joined while the group was at Ohio State University). "It's about us getting inspired by the place we came from. We'd drive the same roads, visit the old haunts, spend time with our people.  Rockville was the catalyst then, and it's the catalyst now." General admission tickets go on sale noon Friday at www.LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster outlets, Louisville Palace Box Office, 1-800-745-3000.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

JIM COLEMAN PROVINCE S., HST, $41,127, 3YO, 6 1/2F, 5-3.
3—CEDERBERG, g, 3, Rosberg--In from the Cold, by American Chance. O-North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Tom, Peter and Taylor, Troy, B-John D Gunther (BC), T-Troy Taylor, J-David G. Lopez, $22,619.
4—Bluegrass Angus, g, 3, Bluegrass Cat--Lady Dynasty, by Richter Scale. ($5,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Copper Water Thoroughbred Company, B-Mr & Mrs Richard S Kaster (KY), $8,225.
9—Catz On Fire, g, 3, Sungold--Fancy Catz, by Finality. O-Bennett, Russell J and Lois, B-Mr & Mrs R J Bennett (BC), $4,113.
Also Ran: Aditya, Oh Derek, Merlot, Sedin, Banderillero, Dealership.
Winning Time: 1:16 1/5 (ft)
Margins: 1 3/4, HF, 3/4.
Odds: 5.40, 3.10, 10.40.

Trainer Stats

BRIS TRAINER STATS FROM PAST 60 DAYS

Trainer   Starts   Wins   Win %
Roger F. Engel   49   26   53
Wade Rarick   16   8   50
Norman McKnight   15   7   47
John F. Martin   44   20   45
Weston Martin   19   8   42
Richard Zielinski   51   20   39
Brent Janssen   18   7   39
Mike Chambers   31   12   39
Angel O. Montano, Sr.   21   8   38
Sandino R. Hernandez, Jr.   29   11   38
Jamen Davidovich   16   6   38
Jeffrey Faulkner   16   6   38
William C. Hedus   19   7   37
Marcos Zulueta   41   15   37
Alan E. Goldberg   25   9   36
Jack Steiner   17   6   35
Kiaran P. McLaughlin   74   26   35
William Tharrenos   26   9   35
Anthony Farrior   32   11   34
Peter R. Walder   30   10   33
Dino K. Condilenios   15   5   33
Douglas W. Danner   15   5   33
Brent Delahoussaye   15   5   33
John A. Shirreffs   15   5   33
Don Von Hemel   15   5   33

Trainer/Jockey Stats

BRIS TRAINER/JOCKEY STATS FROM PAST 60 DAYS

Trainer/Jockey Combo   Starts   Wins   Win %
Roger F. Engel/Bryan McNeil   40   22   55%
Angel O. Montano, Sr./Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.   15   8   53%
Arnaud Delacour/Daniel Centeno   16   8   50%
David Jacobson/Angel Cruz   27   13   48%
Jerry Gourneau/Efren Prado   17   8   47%
Sandino R. Hernandez, Jr./Daniel Centeno   20   9   45%
Karl Broberg/Colby J. Hernandez   76   34   45%
Joe Woodard/Deshawn L. Parker   27   12   44%
Jason DaCosta/Fernando De La Cruz   18   8   44%
Michael J. Maker/Javier Castellano   21   9   43%
Scott Becker/Vicente Gudiel   24   10   42%
Jeff C. Runco/Jose Montano   17   7   41%
Henry Dominguez/Enrique Portillo Gomez   49   20   41%
Todd A. Pletcher/John R. Velazquez   47   19   40%
Chris A. Hartman/Ricardo Santana, Jr.   15   6   40%
Jamie Ness/Antonio A. Gallardo   48   19   40%
Richard Zielinski/Edgar Paucar   33   13   39%
Chad C. Brown/Irad Ortiz, Jr.   23   9   39%
Jon G. Arnett/Ken S. Tohill   26   10   38%
Karl Broberg/C.J. McMahon   55   21   38%
Ed Moger, Jr./Juan J. Hernandez   24   9   38%
Michelle Nevin/Jose L. Ortiz   24   9   38%
Brent Angelle/Deshawn L. Parker   16   6   38%
Timothy C. Kreiser/Matthew Rispoli   16   6   38%
Chad C. Brown/Javier Castellano   30   11   37%

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

PRX, 8TH, ALW, $59,900, 3YO, F, 6F, 5-4.
6—MISS HOLICONG, f, 3, First Samurai--Golddigger Beware, by Prenup. O-William J Hartwell, B-Frances M Hartwell (PA), T-Ramon Preciado, J-Roberto Alvarado, Jr., $37,800.
5—Rockin Jojo, f, 3, Street Magician--Chiqueada, by Palmister. ($23,000 '13 FTMSEP). O-Michael R Cox, B-David P Miller & Skymarc Farm (PA), $12,600.
7—Rosa Carina, f, 3, Mass Media--Shocking Pink, by Jump Start. ($7,000 '13 OBSAUG; $42,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-Marshall K Gramm, B-Brian Eklund, Katherine Barber & Theisen Family Trust (FL), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:12 4/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 6TH, ALW, $56,800, 3YO, F, 6F, 5-4.
7—DISCREET SENORITA, f, 3, Discreet Cat--Senorita Louisa, by Louis Quatorze. O-Rosemore Farms, Inc and Dun Roamin Farms, Inc, B-Dun Roamin Farm & Rosemore Farms (PA), T-Edward Lehman, J-Frankie Pennington, $37,800.
1—Alexita, f, 3, Elusive Quality--O So Appealing, by Forestry. O-Martha Reyes, B-Sun Valley Farm & Darley (KY), $9,000.
5—Love Came to Town, f, 3, Medallist--Talkin About Love, by Not for Love. O-Gerald F Sleeter, B-Kevin Sleeter (NJ), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:12 1/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 9TH, ALW, $46,000, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 5-4.
1—ADAPTOR, c, 4, Grand Slam--Rapid City Kitty, by Tale of the Cat. O-Silver Trail Stables LLC, B-William Werner (ON), T-Ramon Preciado, J-Kyle Frey, $27,000.
7—Spearhead, c, 4, Speightstown--Incredulous (FR), by Indian Ridge (IRE). O-Catherine M Wills, B-Dr Catherine Wills (KY), $9,000.
6—Finn's Quest, h, 5, Giant's Causeway--Questress, by Seeking the Gold. ($350,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Davina Morley, B-Shell Bloodstock (KY), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:44 2/5 (ft)
 
WRD, 6TH, ALW, $21,660, 3YO/UP, 1M, 5-4.
5—KIPS HOG WILD, g, 6, Kipling--Khalifa of Kushog, by Air Forbes Won. ($11,000 2011 OKCJUN). O-Center Hills Farm (Thomas W Center), B-Center Hills Farm (OK), T-Scott E. Young, J-Belen Quinonez, $13,252.
4—Pontiff, h, 5, Giant's Causeway--Preach, by Mr. Prospector. ($310,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Edward L McAlvain, B-Claiborne Farm (KY), $3,784.
1—Kipper Key, g, 5, Kipling--Ethel, by Cryptoclearance. O-Charles J Abernathy, B-Center Hills Farm (OK), $2,841.
Winning Time: 1:38 3/5 (ft)
 
MNR, 8TH, ALW, $20,700, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 5-3.
4—SHIMMY, m, 5, Indygo Shiner--With Flair, by Broad Brush. O-Rodney D Moyers, B-Summerwind Farm (KY), T-Rodney D. Moyers, J-Brian L. Hollingsworth, $13,041.
5—The Bop Express, m, 5, Bop--Free Expresso, by Ide. O-Circle ABC Farm LLC and Heckrotte, Sr, Edward, B-Sally Ann Yeckley (WV), $4,140.
1—Hobnob Hill, f, 3, Montbrook--Lavender Hill, by Langfuhr. ($14,000 '13 OBSAUG). O-Baird, John W and Harbison, Rex, B-Rustlewood Farm, Inc (FL), $2,070.
Winning Time: 1:08 3/5 (ft)
 
FL, 3RD, ALW, $16,900, 3YO/UP, F/M, 4 1/2F, 5-4.
4—SO LET IT BE SO, f, 3, Sky Mesa--So N So, by Freud. O-Island Wind Racing, B-Donald Newman (NY), T-Chris J. Englehart, J-J. M. Rohena, $10,140.
2—Kitty Ride, f, 4, Relato Del Gato--Sunday Ride, by Sunday Break (JPN). O-Madeline Cohn, B-Edward Cohn (NY), $3,380.
1—Tupungato, f, 3, Catienus--Lulie, by Dixie Brass. O-William L Sinkler, B-William L E Sinkler (NY), $1,859.
Winning Time: :53 1/5 (ft)
 
FL, 8TH, ALW, $16,900, 3YO/UP, 4 1/2F, 5-4.
3—CHASE THE GIANT, c, 4, Frost Giant--Take Me In, by Take Me Out. O-Sunrise Stables, B-Andrew Cohen (NY), T-Ralph D'Alessandro, J-Jaime Rodriguez, $10,140.
2—Stalagmite, g, 4, Frost Giant--Lucky Sucre, by Lord Carson. ($75,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-Robert Kuzmins, B-Andrew I Cohen (NY), $3,380.
1—Mickey McFly, g, 5, Badge--Flora Mac Flimsey, by Big Mukora. O-Stephen P Ubbink, B-Aline V Ubbink (NY), $1,690.
Winning Time: :53 3/5 (ft)

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Tuesday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Indiana Grand   (4th) Elegant Beni, 3-1
    (6th) Cozy Critter, 4-1
Mountaineer   (3rd) Judge Carr, 9-2
    (5th) Via Delorosa, 8-1
Parx Racing   (4th) Baby Cat, 5-1
    (5th) Just Like a Rock, 10-1
Turf Paradise   (2nd) Cleverly Beverly, 7-2
    (7th) You Done Good, 7-2

North American Maiden Winners
Any Given Saturday--Encanto Park by Exchange Rate; TANZEN, c, 3, LS, Msw, 5-3, 1mT, 1:36 3/5. B-Carliwood Farms LLC (KY.). $95,000 '13 FTKOCT.
Henrythenavigator--Jig (IRE) by Catrail; HANKYPANK GIRL, f, 3, GG, Mcl 20000, 5-3, 1mT, 1:39 4/5. B-BAN Partners & Ashford Stud (KY.). $23,000 '12 KEENOV.
Lucky Pulpit--Wind Calls by Rio Verde; NEON BLUE, g, 3, GG, Mcl 5000, 5-3, 5f, :59 . B-Will Jacobs & DeeAnne Jacobs (CA.). $10,000 '13 CTNAUG.
Munnings--Missannalouise by Storm Creek; OH NEWMAN, g, 3, TUP, Moc 30000, 5-3, 7 1/2fT, 1:30 3/5. B-Columbiana Farm (KY.). $28,000 '13 KEESEP.
Portobello Road--Cinnamon Ring by Cinnamon Creek; BIG CREEK ROAD, g, 3, WRD, Msw, 5-4, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Charles N. Strain & Annie J. Strain & Anderson Farms (AR.).
Read the Footnotes--Picaflor by Broad Brush; NOTE THIS, f, 3, WRD, Msw, 5-4, 1m, 1:41 . B-Eureka Thoroughbred Farm (OK.). $3,700 '13 TEXAUG.
Buck Strider--It'slonelyatthetop by Snowbound; ARE YOU THE ONE, g, 4, TUP, Mcl 5000, 5-3, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-Arnulfo Araiza (AZ.).
First Samurai--Hangingbyamoment by Thunder Gulch; HANGINGWITHSONNY, f, 4, FL, Msw, 5-4, 6f, 1:15 . B-Nustar Breeding LLC (NY.). *1/2 to Hangingbyathread (MSW$307,630).
Liginsky--Captive Number by Polish Numbers; SCANDIA, f, 4, WRD, Mcl 7500, 5-4, 1m, 1:42 2/5. B-Lance R. Gabriel & Valerie Gabriel (OK.).
Nacheezmo--Country Sign by Southern Sign; PAKOKOHE, c, 4, EMD, Moc 30000, 5-3, 6f, 1:10 1/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. Don L. Munger (WA.).
Siberian Summer--All Night Long (IRE) by Night Shift; BITTER HEAT, g, 4, LA, Mcl 3500, 5-3, 4 1/2f, :54 . B-Goda & Huttinger (CA.).
Singing Saint--Arguing Aggie by Numerous; MIGHTY AGGIE, f, 4, TDN, Mcl 5000, 5-4, 6f, 1:16 1/5. B-Xanthus Farms, Inc. (PA.).
Star Programmer--Aquivana by Vanlandingham; BELLA TEMPESTA, f, 4, WRD, Mcl 15000, 5-4, 5f, :58 4/5. B-Joe Merrick (OK.).
Discreet Cat--American Tradition by Quiet American; BEN CATTIN' AROUND, g, 5, MNR, Msw, 5-3, 5fT, :57 2/5. B-David Allen (KY.). $40,000 '11 KEESEP.
Touch Gold--Upside by Unaccounted For; TEE G, g, 5, MNR, Mcl 5000, 5-3, 6f, 1:16 4/5. B-James M. Herbener Jr., Dr. Patrick Ford& Heather Herbener Ford (KY.). $28,000 '11 TEXAUG. *1/2 to Red Lead (G1P$887,718).

Sire Lists
LEADING SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB CFls StrsWnrs/% SWs/%SPI 2015
Earnings
1 Dubawi (IRE) 2002 7 728 144 43/29 14/9 2.41 $10,053,004
2 Tapit 2001 8 862 192 69/35 11/5 3.01 $6,258,214
3 Candy Ride (ARG) 1999 8 906 172 59/34 4/2 2.06 $4,612,480
4 Medaglia d'Oro 1999 8 1013 173 65/37 15/8 2.43 $4,271,991
5 Azamour (IRE) 2001 8 427 85 20/23 1/1 1.83 $3,965,751
6 Singspiel (IRE) 1992 15 1022 39 8/20 2/5 2.23 $3,830,034
7 Giant's Causeway 1997 12 1915 193 63/32 13/6 2.64 $3,632,605
8 Pioneerof the Nile 2006 3 212 64 22/34 2/3 3.39 $3,316,287
9 Speightstown 1998 8 709 131 53/40 6/4 2.32 $3,012,630
10 Ghostzapper 2000 7 520 95 31/32 6/6 2.50 $2,917,655

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Sire Lists
LEADING BROODMARE SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB DmsSps/% StsWnrs SWsBSPI ABSPI Earnings
1 Prospect Bay 1992 12 3/25 19 5 1 0.93 0.75 $6,217,440
2 A.P. Indy 1989 226 66/29 322 105 16 2.02 0.80 $5,876,196
3 Unbridled's Song 1993 222 57/25 301 93 6 1.65 0.85 $4,782,485
4 Storm Cat 1983 258 69/26 339 83 11 2.04 0.81 $4,686,539
5 Indian Ridge (IRE) 1985 106 22/20 141 31 4 1.57 0.97 $4,410,446
6 Highest Honor (FR) 1983 67 19/28 84 17 2 1.13 0.92 $4,175,252
7 Thunder Gulch 1992 146 42/28 209 72 9 1.32 0.82 $3,624,269
8 Sadler's Wells 1981 279 91/32 346 84 7 2.18 1.12 $3,610,653
9 Dixieland Band 1980 162 42/25 223 74 6 1.68 1.03 $3,601,940
10 Deputy Minister 1979 171 42/24 243 83 5 1.95 1.01 $3,208,943
LEADING SECOND-CROP SIRES BY LIFETIME EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB FlsSts %StsWnrs %WnrSWs %SWEarnings
1 Lookin At Lucky 2007 118 54 45 30 25 5 4 $2,560,829
2 Munnings 2006 115 65 56 42 36 5 4 $2,505,303
3 Majesticperfection 2006 88 48 54 29 32 3 3 $2,406,917
4 Quality Road 2006 129 72 55 27 20 3 2 $2,381,012
5 Super Saver 2007 142 68 47 29 20 4 2 $2,310,725
6 Line of David 2007 59 31 52 15 25 2 3 $1,749,554
7 Lope De Vega (IRE) 2007 72 65 90 33 45 6 8 $1,661,761
8 Midshipman 2006 83 45 54 29 34 3 3 $1,528,712
9 Temple City 2005 110 48 43 16 14 4 3 $1,513,127
10 Warrior's Reward 2006 116 69 59 28 24 1 0 $1,455,896
LEADING THIRD-CROP SIRES BY LIFETIME EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB FlsSts %StsWnrs %WnrSWs %SWEarnings
1 Mastercraftsman (IRE) 2006 195 184 94 84 43 14 7 $8,295,839
2 Pioneerof the Nile 2006 167 102 61 58 34 7 4 $8,067,128
3 Sea the Stars (IRE) 2006 164 123 75 71 43 11 6 $6,070,962
4 Le Havre (IRE) 2006 170 115 67 48 28 7 4 $4,164,382
5 Old Fashioned 2006 172 98 56 58 33 5 2 $3,845,163
6 Colonel John 2005 209 132 63 68 32 3 1 $3,794,256
7 Thewayyouare 2005 121 95 78 43 35 4 3 $3,581,762
8 Dunkirk 2006 190 112 58 62 32 8 4 $3,393,068
9 Zensational 2006 147 97 65 63 42 3 2 $3,005,153
10 Two Step Salsa 2005 90 54 60 35 38 2 2 $2,851,835
LEADING ALL-WEATHER SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB StrSts WnrSWnr WnsSWns %WSEarnings
1 Shamardal 2002 49 115 16 9 25 14 22 $616,052
2 Invincible Spirit (IRE) 1997 71 161 21 13 26 15 16 $584,306
3 Candy Ride (ARG) 1999 17 35 9 1 10 1 29 $505,746
4 Elusive City 2000 73 183 23 13 31 16 17 $441,027
5 Dark Angel (IRE) 2005 52 106 17 10 22 15 21 $381,793
6 Cape Cross (IRE) 1994 47 89 15 10 18 13 20 $371,428
7 Oasis Dream (GB) 2000 47 126 12 7 16 11 13 $357,270
8 Dubawi (IRE) 2002 39 65 10 4 14 7 22 $323,632
9 Verglas (IRE) 1994 59 137 18 12 25 17 18 $315,322
10 Tribal Rule 1996 35 91 17 0 21 0 23 $314,597

(North American statistics in above lists updated through May 3)

EXPLANATION OF ABBREVIATIONS USED IN BLOODSTOCK JOURNAL SIRE LISTS

YB-Year of birth   C-Number of foal crops of racing age
Fls-Number of foals   Sts-Number of starters
%Str-Percentage of starters from foals   Wnrs-Number of winners
%Wnr-Percentage of winners from foals   SWs-Number of stakes winners
2yo-Number of two-year-old named foals   Dms-Number of dams
SPs-Number of stakes producers   %SP-Percentage of stakes producers
CumEarnings-Lifetime earnings   SPI-Sire Production Index
BSPI-Broodmare Sire Production Index   ABSPI-Adjusted Broodmare Sire Production Index
%SW-Percentage of stakes winners from foals   C2yo-Lifetime (cumulative) number of two-year-olds
CWnr-Lifetime (cumulative) number of two-year-old winners   CSW-Lifetime (cumulative) number of two-year-old stakes winners

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