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MONDAY, MAY 25, 2015

Triple Crown News & Notes

American Pharoah skims over Churchill slop; Baffert to fly in Monday night

American Pharoah flaunted his typically smooth action on Memorial Day (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) continued his training for the June 6 Belmont S. (G1) by galloping 1 1/4 miles over a sloppy Churchill Downs main track on Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) with Jorge Alvarez up. Video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FktMyy55BmQ.

"He went great," Alvarez said. "He loves the slop."

Jimmy Barnes, chief assistant to trainer Bob Baffert, also was pleased with how the Zayat Stables homebred galloped over the sloppy going.

"He went very nice and looked good," Barnes said. "He likes an off track. Everything seems fine."

American Pharoah is two-for-two on an off track. His two wins in the slop came in the Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn Park and the May 16 Preakness.

Baffert is scheduled to fly into Louisville, Kentucky, from California on Monday night to oversee his string of 12 horses that are stabled at Churchill Downs. Aside from American Pharoah, he has last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Bayern (Offlee Wild) and 2014 Clark H. (G1) winner Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday) in training at Churchill Downs. Barnes said that Baffert would determine Tuesday morning when American Pharoah would resume breezing.

Baffert is expected to be at Barn 33 Tuesday morning and will return to California later that day.

Three other Belmont S. contenders are currently stabled at Churchill: Conquest Curlinate (Curlin), Barn 36; Keen Ice (Curlin), Barn 4; and War Story (Northern Afleet), Barn 29.

In other Belmont news from Churchill:

Churchill Downs' special 8:30-8:45 a.m. training period for the Belmont S.-bound horses continues through Tuesday, June 2.

Additionally, area horse 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 will open its Gate 17 entrance between 8-9 a.m. each morning through June 2 so the public can watch. Churchill 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, and 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.

Despite rainfall and short notice, more than 100 fans attended Monday's debut of the special training session.

Churchill Downs has a special box seat package for the Belmont S. 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.

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American Pharoah skims over Churchill slop; Baffert to fly in Monday night

American Pharoah flaunted his typically smooth action on Memorial Day (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) continued his training for the June 6 Belmont S. (G1) by galloping 1 1/4 miles over a sloppy Churchill Downs main track on Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. (EDT) with Jorge Alvarez up. Video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FktMyy55BmQ.

"He went great," Alvarez said. "He loves the slop."

Jimmy Barnes, chief assistant to trainer Bob Baffert, also was pleased with how the Zayat Stables homebred galloped over the sloppy going.

"He went very nice and looked good," Barnes said. "He likes an off track. Everything seems fine."

American Pharoah is two-for-two on an off track. His two wins in the slop came in the Rebel (G2) at Oaklawn Park and the May 16 Preakness.

Baffert is scheduled to fly into Louisville, Kentucky, from California on Monday night to oversee his string of 12 horses that are stabled at Churchill Downs. Aside from American Pharoah, he has last year's Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Bayern (Offlee Wild) and 2014 Clark H. (G1) winner Hoppertunity (Any Given Saturday) in training at Churchill Downs. Barnes said that Baffert would determine Tuesday morning when American Pharoah would resume breezing.

Baffert is expected to be at Barn 33 Tuesday morning and will return to California later that day.

Three other Belmont S. contenders are currently stabled at Churchill: Conquest Curlinate (Curlin), Barn 36; Keen Ice (Curlin), Barn 4; and War Story (Northern Afleet), Barn 29.

In other Belmont news from Churchill:

Churchill Downs' special 8:30-8:45 a.m. training period for the Belmont S.-bound horses continues through Tuesday, June 2.

Additionally, area horse 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 will open its Gate 17 entrance between 8-9 a.m. each morning through June 2 so the public can watch. Churchill 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, and 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.

Despite rainfall and short notice, more than 100 fans attended Monday's debut of the special training session.

Churchill Downs has a special box seat package for the Belmont S. 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.

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Churchill offers special training period for American Pharoah, fellow Belmont hopefuls

American Pharoah is picture perfect ahead of his Belmont bid (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness S. (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) galloped 1 3/16 miles on the fast Churchill Downs main track at approximately 8:30 a.m. (EDT) Sunday morning under partly cloudy skies with regular exercise rider Jorge Alvarez in the irons.

Jimmy Barnes, chief assistant to trainer Bob Baffert, said that the Zayat Stables' homebred continues to train well and he's happy with the way the horse looks going into the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) on June 6.

Also on target for the Belmont is Peter Pan S. (G2) second Conquest Curlinate (Curlin), who jogged and galloped one mile under exercise rider Marco Cano for trainer Mark Casse. Multiple Grade 2-placed War Story (Northern Afleet) jogged a mile and galloped 1 1/2 miles with exercise rider Marvin Orantes up for trainer Tom Amoss.

Fellow multiple Grade 2-placed Keen Ice (Curlin) galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Faustno Agular for trainer Dale Romans.

American Pharoah (Barn 33), Conquest Curlinate (Barn 36), Keen Ice (Barn 4) and War Story (Barn 29) are the locally-based Belmont Stakes contenders stabled at Churchill Downs.

With that group stabled on the grounds, Churchill will offer a special 8:30-8:45 a.m. training period for those horses starting on Monday. Additionally, area horse 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 will open its Gate 17 entrance between 8-9 a.m. each morning through Tuesday, June 2, so the public can watch American Pharoah and his rivals 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 kentuckyderby.com/workouts/live from 8:30-8:45 a.m. through Tuesday, June 2. 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.

Fans can see the Churchill-based Belmont contenders, including American Pharoah, during a special training period (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
"Our switchboard has received a number of calls from avid fans looking to get a glimpse of American Pharoah and this is a great way to showcase the stars of our sport to an audience yearning for more," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. "It's always exciting to have a Kentucky Derby winner back in training at Churchill Downs, but it's extra special to have American Pharaoh here preparing for a possible sweep of the elusive Triple Crown.

"A big 'Thank You' goes out to our local horsemen and staff for accommodating our request to host this special training period for the horses and fans."

As a result, training hours at Churchill Downs will be 5:45-10 a.m. daily through Tuesday, June 2, the date many of the Belmont Stakes contenders will ship to New York. The special training period over a freshly-harrowed and congestion-free track will follow the traditional 8-8:30 a.m. renovation break.

Churchill Downs has a special box seat package for the Belmont 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.

The possible 11-horse Belmont Stakes lineup (with jockey and trainer) currently stands at American Pharoah (Victor Espinoza, Baffert); Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) (TBA, Todd Pletcher); Conquest Curlinate (Shaun Bridgmohan, Casse); Frammento (Midshipman) (Mike Smith, Nick Zito); Frosted (Tapit) (Joel Rosario, Kiaran McLaughlin); Keen Ice (Kent Desormeaux, Romans); Madefromlucky (Lookin at Lucky) (TBA, Pletcher); Materiality (Afleet Alex) (TBA, Pletcher); Mubtaahij (Dubawi) (Irad Ortiz Jr., Mike de Kock); Tale of Verve (Tale of Ekati) (Gary Stevens, Dallas Stewart); War Story (Colby Hernandez, Amoss).

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Churchill offers special training period for American Pharoah, fellow Belmont hopefuls

American Pharoah is picture perfect ahead of his Belmont bid (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness S. (G1) winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) galloped 1 3/16 miles on the fast Churchill Downs main track at approximately 8:30 a.m. (EDT) Sunday morning under partly cloudy skies with regular exercise rider Jorge Alvarez in the irons.

Jimmy Barnes, chief assistant to trainer Bob Baffert, said that the Zayat Stables' homebred continues to train well and he's happy with the way the horse looks going into the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) on June 6.

Also on target for the Belmont is Peter Pan S. (G2) second Conquest Curlinate (Curlin), who jogged and galloped one mile under exercise rider Marco Cano for trainer Mark Casse. Multiple Grade 2-placed War Story (Northern Afleet) jogged a mile and galloped 1 1/2 miles with exercise rider Marvin Orantes up for trainer Tom Amoss.

Fellow multiple Grade 2-placed Keen Ice (Curlin) galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Faustno Agular for trainer Dale Romans.

American Pharoah (Barn 33), Conquest Curlinate (Barn 36), Keen Ice (Barn 4) and War Story (Barn 29) are the locally-based Belmont Stakes contenders stabled at Churchill Downs.

With that group stabled on the grounds, Churchill will offer a special 8:30-8:45 a.m. training period for those horses starting on Monday. Additionally, area horse 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 will open its Gate 17 entrance between 8-9 a.m. each morning through Tuesday, June 2, so the public can watch American Pharoah and his rivals 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 kentuckyderby.com/workouts/live from 8:30-8:45 a.m. through Tuesday, June 2. 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.

Fans can see the Churchill-based Belmont contenders, including American Pharoah, during a special training period (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
"Our switchboard has received a number of calls from avid fans looking to get a glimpse of American Pharoah and this is a great way to showcase the stars of our sport to an audience yearning for more," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. "It's always exciting to have a Kentucky Derby winner back in training at Churchill Downs, but it's extra special to have American Pharaoh here preparing for a possible sweep of the elusive Triple Crown.

"A big 'Thank You' goes out to our local horsemen and staff for accommodating our request to host this special training period for the horses and fans."

As a result, training hours at Churchill Downs will be 5:45-10 a.m. daily through Tuesday, June 2, the date many of the Belmont Stakes contenders will ship to New York. The special training period over a freshly-harrowed and congestion-free track will follow the traditional 8-8:30 a.m. renovation break.

Churchill Downs has a special box seat package for the Belmont 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.

The possible 11-horse Belmont Stakes lineup (with jockey and trainer) currently stands at American Pharoah (Victor Espinoza, Baffert); Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) (TBA, Todd Pletcher); Conquest Curlinate (Shaun Bridgmohan, Casse); Frammento (Midshipman) (Mike Smith, Nick Zito); Frosted (Tapit) (Joel Rosario, Kiaran McLaughlin); Keen Ice (Kent Desormeaux, Romans); Madefromlucky (Lookin at Lucky) (TBA, Pletcher); Materiality (Afleet Alex) (TBA, Pletcher); Mubtaahij (Dubawi) (Irad Ortiz Jr., Mike de Kock); Tale of Verve (Tale of Ekati) (Gary Stevens, Dallas Stewart); War Story (Colby Hernandez, Amoss).

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Baffert maintaining his cool ahead of fourth Triple Crown bid

The media crush around Bob Baffert began immediately after American Pharoah's Derby victory (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Bob Baffert's been through the Triple Crown drill enough times to know not to put the cart ahead of the horse, or the horse ahead of the cart, for that matter.

The 62-year-old Hall of Fame trainer is in the final phases of preparing for his fourth bid at winning racing's most elusive prize, which will culminate with the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) on June 6.

Baffert has already enjoyed the fruits of American Pharoah's (Pioneerof the Nile) labor in the first two jewels, the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness S. (G1), which the bay colt won by a length and seven lengths, respectively.

The sophomore, owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat, will try to end a drought that began in 1979, a year after Affirmed became the 11th Triple Crown winner. Baffert previously missed the brass ring with Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998 and War Emblem in 2002.

He has benefited from the experience, unfulfilling though it's been.

"I go day-to-day," Baffert said. "American Pharoah tells you what he can handle. I'm monitoring him very closely. His energy and weight are very important. There are certain things I like to see in a horse.

"I get into Kentucky Monday and I'll watch him train Tuesday, then come back. So far, (assistant) Jimmy (Barnes) is happy with him and we know what we expect. He sees him every day and sends me videos of him and it looks like he's holding his form."

Meanwhile, the clock ticks inevitably onward until the gates open for the 147th Belmont S. (G1). Baffert and his team will do their best by the horse until that defining moment. Thus far, waiting to pounce on American Pharoah will be some 10 equine rivals out to extend the Triple Crown losing streak to 37 years.

"I know everybody right now is sharpening their knives getting ready," Baffert stated after the Preakness win.

That said, he maintains a tried and true regimen and hopes for the best.

"You can get them ready but you really don't know until you run them," the horseman noted. "When they hit the backside, then you know if they're running well or not. After the first quarter, (jockey) Victor (Espinoza) will know if it's the same horse he's been riding."

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Baffert maintaining his cool ahead of fourth Triple Crown bid

The media crush around Bob Baffert began immediately after American Pharoah's Derby victory (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Bob Baffert's been through the Triple Crown drill enough times to know not to put the cart ahead of the horse, or the horse ahead of the cart, for that matter.

The 62-year-old Hall of Fame trainer is in the final phases of preparing for his fourth bid at winning racing's most elusive prize, which will culminate with the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1) on June 6.

Baffert has already enjoyed the fruits of American Pharoah's (Pioneerof the Nile) labor in the first two jewels, the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness S. (G1), which the bay colt won by a length and seven lengths, respectively.

The sophomore, owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat, will try to end a drought that began in 1979, a year after Affirmed became the 11th Triple Crown winner. Baffert previously missed the brass ring with Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998 and War Emblem in 2002.

He has benefited from the experience, unfulfilling though it's been.

"I go day-to-day," Baffert said. "American Pharoah tells you what he can handle. I'm monitoring him very closely. His energy and weight are very important. There are certain things I like to see in a horse.

"I get into Kentucky Monday and I'll watch him train Tuesday, then come back. So far, (assistant) Jimmy (Barnes) is happy with him and we know what we expect. He sees him every day and sends me videos of him and it looks like he's holding his form."

Meanwhile, the clock ticks inevitably onward until the gates open for the 147th Belmont S. (G1). Baffert and his team will do their best by the horse until that defining moment. Thus far, waiting to pounce on American Pharoah will be some 10 equine rivals out to extend the Triple Crown losing streak to 37 years.

"I know everybody right now is sharpening their knives getting ready," Baffert stated after the Preakness win.

That said, he maintains a tried and true regimen and hopes for the best.

"You can get them ready but you really don't know until you run them," the horseman noted. "When they hit the backside, then you know if they're running well or not. After the first quarter, (jockey) Victor (Espinoza) will know if it's the same horse he's been riding."

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Mubtaahij breezes five furlongs for Belmont; Stewart pleased with Tale of Verve

Mubtaahij will try to improve on his Derby finish in the longer Belmont Stakes (NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography))
U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) winner Mubtaahij (Dubawi) breezed an easy five furlongs on Sunday morning in preparation for the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1), recording his third official work since arriving in New York on May 15.

Breaking from the half-mile pole, the Irish-bred bay worked over Belmont Park's fast main track in company with regular workmate Umgiyo (Danehill Dancer). Mubtaahij finished several lengths ahead of his stablemate, earning an official time of 1:03, the 20th-fastest time of 26 at the distance.

Trained by South African-based conditioner Mike de Kock, Mubtaahij targeted the Belmont Stakes following an eighth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1).

Group 2-placed Umgiyo, most recently ninth in Churchill Downs' Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1), is nominated to the $1 million Manhattan (G1) and the $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational during the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. The bay gelding was clocked in 1:04 on Sunday.

Recently, de Kock announced via Twitter that New York-based jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. has been named to ride Mubtaahij in the Belmont Stakes.

In other Belmont Stakes news, Trainer Dallas Stewart could not have been more pleased with the appearance of Belmont Stakes contender Tale of Verve (Tale of Ekati) Sunday morning as he watched the Preakness S. (G1) runner-up grazing outside the barn following a 1 1/2-mile gallop around Belmont Park's main oval.

Tale of Verve is scheduled to have his final major move for the Belmont late next week (NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography))
"He had a good long gallop all the way around the track yesterday and today under (exercise rider and apprentice jockey) Cortez Walker, who's from Hattiesburg, Mississippi," said Stewart, who arrived in New York late Saturday evening to supervise the rest of Tale of Verve's Belmont preparations, which will include a final breeze either Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

"The horse looks great, his appetite is great -- he had five scoops last night. He's doing really well. I'm pleased with the way he's handling things up here."

Tale of Verve was an also-eligible for the Kentucky Derby but failed to draw into the body of the race. He entered the Preakness off a solitary maiden win at Keeneland on April 23 and then closed with an impressive late kick to finish second to Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) at 28-1 in the Preakness.

"When we had him down in New Orleans I felt the races were too short for him," Stewart remarked. "Finally he got one 1 1/16 miles and he ran second. He gave me the feeling he's got a chance to be a good horse, and that's the way I approached it. When he won at Keeneland (against older horses) going 1 3/16ths I thought 'Man, he's not even blowing at all. He can handle this.' He's got a lot of physical ability."

Tale of Verve may have only a maiden victory on his resume, but has finished off the board only once in seven career starts, a seventh-place finish after being checked in a mile-and-70-yard maiden at Fair Grounds. His one win, two seconds and two thirds have earned him $354,640, $300,000 of which came from his second-place finish at Pimlico.

"You think how many foals were born his year (approximately 21,725, according to the Jockey Club), and of those, there are only nine shots to be 1-2-3 in the classics, and he's one of them," Stewart said. "We want to get the win for him. With his breeding, the way he eats, the way he handles himself, I think he can do it."

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Mubtaahij breezes five furlongs for Belmont; Stewart pleased with Tale of Verve

Mubtaahij will try to improve on his Derby finish in the longer Belmont Stakes (NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography))
U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2) winner Mubtaahij (Dubawi) breezed an easy five furlongs on Sunday morning in preparation for the $1.5 million Belmont S. (G1), recording his third official work since arriving in New York on May 15.

Breaking from the half-mile pole, the Irish-bred bay worked over Belmont Park's fast main track in company with regular workmate Umgiyo (Danehill Dancer). Mubtaahij finished several lengths ahead of his stablemate, earning an official time of 1:03, the 20th-fastest time of 26 at the distance.

Trained by South African-based conditioner Mike de Kock, Mubtaahij targeted the Belmont Stakes following an eighth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1).

Group 2-placed Umgiyo, most recently ninth in Churchill Downs' Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1), is nominated to the $1 million Manhattan (G1) and the $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational during the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival. The bay gelding was clocked in 1:04 on Sunday.

Recently, de Kock announced via Twitter that New York-based jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. has been named to ride Mubtaahij in the Belmont Stakes.

In other Belmont Stakes news, Trainer Dallas Stewart could not have been more pleased with the appearance of Belmont Stakes contender Tale of Verve (Tale of Ekati) Sunday morning as he watched the Preakness S. (G1) runner-up grazing outside the barn following a 1 1/2-mile gallop around Belmont Park's main oval.

Tale of Verve is scheduled to have his final major move for the Belmont late next week (NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography))
"He had a good long gallop all the way around the track yesterday and today under (exercise rider and apprentice jockey) Cortez Walker, who's from Hattiesburg, Mississippi," said Stewart, who arrived in New York late Saturday evening to supervise the rest of Tale of Verve's Belmont preparations, which will include a final breeze either Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

"The horse looks great, his appetite is great -- he had five scoops last night. He's doing really well. I'm pleased with the way he's handling things up here."

Tale of Verve was an also-eligible for the Kentucky Derby but failed to draw into the body of the race. He entered the Preakness off a solitary maiden win at Keeneland on April 23 and then closed with an impressive late kick to finish second to Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) at 28-1 in the Preakness.

"When we had him down in New Orleans I felt the races were too short for him," Stewart remarked. "Finally he got one 1 1/16 miles and he ran second. He gave me the feeling he's got a chance to be a good horse, and that's the way I approached it. When he won at Keeneland (against older horses) going 1 3/16ths I thought 'Man, he's not even blowing at all. He can handle this.' He's got a lot of physical ability."

Tale of Verve may have only a maiden victory on his resume, but has finished off the board only once in seven career starts, a seventh-place finish after being checked in a mile-and-70-yard maiden at Fair Grounds. His one win, two seconds and two thirds have earned him $354,640, $300,000 of which came from his second-place finish at Pimlico.

"You think how many foals were born his year (approximately 21,725, according to the Jockey Club), and of those, there are only nine shots to be 1-2-3 in the classics, and he's one of them," Stewart said. "We want to get the win for him. With his breeding, the way he eats, the way he handles himself, I think he can do it."

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN GRADED STAKES RESULTS

CHARLES WHITTINGHAM S. (G2), SA, $200,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/2MT, 5-24.
5—ASHLEYLUVSSUGAR, g, 4, Game Plan--Ashley's Folly, by Urgent Request (IRE). O-Alesia, Sharon, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing LLC, B-Estate of Alesia,BranJamStables&Ciaglia Racing,LLC (CA), T-Peter Eurton, J-Gary L. Stevens, $120,000.
3—Ganesh (BRZ), h, 6, Sulamani (IRE)--Zoran (BRZ), by Special Nash (IRE). O-Red Rafa Stud, Inc, B-Stud Red Rafa (BRZ), $40,000.
4—Going Somewhere (BRZ), h, 6, Sulamani (IRE)--Angel Star (BRZ), by Special Nash (IRE). O-Haras Phillipson, Inc, B-Haras Phillipson (BRZ), $24,000.
Also Ran: Divine Oath, Crucero.
Winning Time: 2:30 (fm)
Margins: HF, HF, 3 3/4.
Odds: 0.50, 5.90, 8.90.

Ashleyluvssugar repels Brazilian imports in Whittingham

Ashleyluvssugar (left) nabbed Ganesh (center) and longtime leader Going Somewhere (right) to extend his winning streak to three (Benoit Photo)
Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing's homebred Ashleyluvssugar (Game Plan) overpowered a pair of Brazilian imports by Sulamani -- Ganesh and Going Somewhere -- to score his second straight graded victory in Sunday's $200,000 Charles Whittingham (G2) at Santa Anita. Freshened since his revelation when stepped up to this 1 1/2-mile trip in the March 21 San Luis Rey (G2), the 1-2 favorite had to overcome a much pokier pace this time to prevail.

Going Somewhere hustled to the front through an opening quarter in :24, reached the half in :48, but then slowed the tempo down substantially in his U.S. debut. After clocking leisurely splits of 1:14 1/5 and 1:40 3/5 on the firm turf, Going Somewhere began to pick up again at the 1 1/4-mile mark in 2:05 2/5, and tried to kick away in the stretch.

Meanwhile, his compatriot Ganesh had engineered a smart move from last rounding the far turn. As Ganesh zipped through to his inside, Ashleyluvssugar had to tap on the brakes briefly, and thereby found himself relegated to last turning for home. But the Peter Eurton charge soon regrouped and hit his best stride inside the final furlong. Under Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Ashleyluvssugar got up by a half-length and completed 1 1/2 miles in 2:30.

"I think that the track was much slower today," Eurton noted. "In his last race they went :45 for the half and today they went in :48 so I don't know if it's a combination of both the track being slower and a lack of pace in there. I didn't know what he was going to do so I just left it up to Gary today."

"It looked like it was going to be messy on paper and it was," Stevens said. "There was no real speed in the race and he was very fresh today.

"I wasn't afraid to put him on the lead if that's where he wanted to be but Mike (Smith on Going Somewhere) sent his horse away from there pretty hard and was intent on getting the lead. 'Ashley' got a little rank with me just before we crossed over the dirt but then he shut down for me and was push button.

"I knew Flavien (Prat on Ganesh) was behind me playing the waiting game and he chose to go inside of me so I forced him to go clear inside and I wasn't ready to move yet. We were too far out and I didn't want to swing four wide until we straightened out into the lane and a lot of horses you can't do that with.

"He's so intelligent and he listens to what I want him to do. I got to know him even better today, it's only the second time I've been on him. He's a real warrior and a lot of fun to ride."

Ganesh, who was making his third start off the layoff, capitalized on his recency edge to wear down the comebacker Going Somewhere by a half-length.

Smith expects Going Somewhere to move forward off this reappearance.

"He'll get a lot out of this," the Hall of Fame rider said. "The plan was to go to the lead and it worked well. We had a shot to win it and he just got a little tired at the end. Like I said, he'll get a lot out of this race."

There was a gap of 3 3/4 lengths back to the Todd Pletcher shipper Divine Oath (Broken Vow), and the 30-1 Crucero (Admiral's Cruise) reported home the same margin astern in last.

"Ashley" will now try to give Hall of Famer Gary Stevens and trainer Peter Eurton their first San Juan Capistrano score (Benoit Photo)
Ashleyluvssugar furnished $3 to his backers and now sports a mark of 11-6-0-2, $455,504. The California-bred broke his maiden via disqualification in his unveiling as a juvenile. Third next time out over Del Mar's Polytrack in the 2013 I'm Smokin, he was sidelined until the following summer. Ashleyluvssugar plied his trade in allowance/optional claimers until clearing his second-level condition here on February 5. That earned his ticket to graded company, and turned out to be the beginning of a three-race winning streak.

"This is just an amazing feeling," co-owner/breeder Joe Ciaglia said. "We knew he'd be a little fresh, with two months off, but Gary's super smart and he got him relaxed and had him well-spotted. He had to check there (on the far turn), but he got outside and from there, we knew we had a chance to win.

"After his last race (the San Luis Rey) we were hoping it wasn't a fluke…Now we know he's for real. We'd like to run in the Breeders' Cup, but we've got a decision to make. The deadline is June 10 and we'll have to put up $50,000."

The four-year-old bay gelding is a half-brother to the multiple stakes-placed Ashley's Sassy (Decarchy). Their dam, the Urgent Request mare Ashley's Folly, is inbred 3x3 to Caro. Although he has no significant relatives in his immediate family, under his fourth dam one finds Castle Royale (*Slady Castle), heroine of the 1982 Sheepshead Bay H. (G2) and second in the Hialeah Turf Cup (G1), as well as 2010 St Leger (Eng-G1) hero Arctic Cosmos (North Light).

"(Ashley's Folly) was a pretty darn good mare," Eurton said, "and everything she's foaled has won a maiden special weight and now this is her first graded stakes winner."

"Our goal, for me, and I hope it's the same for everyone is to go in the San Juan Capistrano ([G3] at about 1 3/4 miles on turf June 28), which has always been a fun race and I've always thought it would be pretty cool to win."

"I know Pete has never won the San Juan Capistrano," Stevens said, "and I've never won the San Juan, so hopefully you'll see us in there at the end of the meet."

SELENE S. (CAN-G3), WO, $126,053, 3YO, F, 1 1/16M, 5-24.
4—OL' FASHION GAL, f, 3, Sky Mesa--Little Hussy, by Horse Chestnut (SAF). ($60,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Bill and Vicki Poston Racing, B-John C Oxley (KY), T-Mark E. Casse, J-Alan Garcia, $73,287.
6—Don't Leave Me, f, 3, Lemon Drop Kid--See How She Runs, by Maria's Mon. O-Pin Oak Stable, B-Pin Oak Stud, LLC (KY), $24,429.
8—Leading Edge, f, 3, Tapit--Essential Edge, by Storm Cat. O-Chiefswood Stable, B-Chiefswood Stables Limited (ON), $16,123.
Also Ran: Season Ticket, Watch This Cat, Trigger Finger, Her Majesty's Flag.
Winning Time: 1:44 3/5 (ft)
Margins: HD, 1 3/4, HF.
Odds: 6.10, 1.20, 3.60.

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Ashleyluvssugar repels Brazilian imports in Whittingham

Ashleyluvssugar (left) nabbed Ganesh (center) and longtime leader Going Somewhere (right) to extend his winning streak to three (Benoit Photo)
Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing's homebred Ashleyluvssugar (Game Plan) overpowered a pair of Brazilian imports by Sulamani -- Ganesh and Going Somewhere -- to score his second straight graded victory in Sunday's $200,000 Charles Whittingham (G2) at Santa Anita. Freshened since his revelation when stepped up to this 1 1/2-mile trip in the March 21 San Luis Rey (G2), the 1-2 favorite had to overcome a much pokier pace this time to prevail.

Going Somewhere hustled to the front through an opening quarter in :24, reached the half in :48, but then slowed the tempo down substantially in his U.S. debut. After clocking leisurely splits of 1:14 1/5 and 1:40 3/5 on the firm turf, Going Somewhere began to pick up again at the 1 1/4-mile mark in 2:05 2/5, and tried to kick away in the stretch.

Meanwhile, his compatriot Ganesh had engineered a smart move from last rounding the far turn. As Ganesh zipped through to his inside, Ashleyluvssugar had to tap on the brakes briefly, and thereby found himself relegated to last turning for home. But the Peter Eurton charge soon regrouped and hit his best stride inside the final furlong. Under Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Ashleyluvssugar got up by a half-length and completed 1 1/2 miles in 2:30.

"I think that the track was much slower today," Eurton noted. "In his last race they went :45 for the half and today they went in :48 so I don't know if it's a combination of both the track being slower and a lack of pace in there. I didn't know what he was going to do so I just left it up to Gary today."

"It looked like it was going to be messy on paper and it was," Stevens said. "There was no real speed in the race and he was very fresh today.

"I wasn't afraid to put him on the lead if that's where he wanted to be but Mike (Smith on Going Somewhere) sent his horse away from there pretty hard and was intent on getting the lead. 'Ashley' got a little rank with me just before we crossed over the dirt but then he shut down for me and was push button.

"I knew Flavien (Prat on Ganesh) was behind me playing the waiting game and he chose to go inside of me so I forced him to go clear inside and I wasn't ready to move yet. We were too far out and I didn't want to swing four wide until we straightened out into the lane and a lot of horses you can't do that with.

"He's so intelligent and he listens to what I want him to do. I got to know him even better today, it's only the second time I've been on him. He's a real warrior and a lot of fun to ride."

Ganesh, who was making his third start off the layoff, capitalized on his recency edge to wear down the comebacker Going Somewhere by a half-length.

Smith expects Going Somewhere to move forward off this reappearance.

"He'll get a lot out of this," the Hall of Fame rider said. "The plan was to go to the lead and it worked well. We had a shot to win it and he just got a little tired at the end. Like I said, he'll get a lot out of this race."

There was a gap of 3 3/4 lengths back to the Todd Pletcher shipper Divine Oath (Broken Vow), and the 30-1 Crucero (Admiral's Cruise) reported home the same margin astern in last.

"Ashley" will now try to give Hall of Famer Gary Stevens and trainer Peter Eurton their first San Juan Capistrano score (Benoit Photo)
Ashleyluvssugar furnished $3 to his backers and now sports a mark of 11-6-0-2, $455,504. The California-bred broke his maiden via disqualification in his unveiling as a juvenile. Third next time out over Del Mar's Polytrack in the 2013 I'm Smokin, he was sidelined until the following summer. Ashleyluvssugar plied his trade in allowance/optional claimers until clearing his second-level condition here on February 5. That earned his ticket to graded company, and turned out to be the beginning of a three-race winning streak.

"This is just an amazing feeling," co-owner/breeder Joe Ciaglia said. "We knew he'd be a little fresh, with two months off, but Gary's super smart and he got him relaxed and had him well-spotted. He had to check there (on the far turn), but he got outside and from there, we knew we had a chance to win.

"After his last race (the San Luis Rey) we were hoping it wasn't a fluke…Now we know he's for real. We'd like to run in the Breeders' Cup, but we've got a decision to make. The deadline is June 10 and we'll have to put up $50,000."

The four-year-old bay gelding is a half-brother to the multiple stakes-placed Ashley's Sassy (Decarchy). Their dam, the Urgent Request mare Ashley's Folly, is inbred 3x3 to Caro. Although he has no significant relatives in his immediate family, under his fourth dam one finds Castle Royale (*Slady Castle), heroine of the 1982 Sheepshead Bay H. (G2) and second in the Hialeah Turf Cup (G1), as well as 2010 St Leger (Eng-G1) hero Arctic Cosmos (North Light).

"(Ashley's Folly) was a pretty darn good mare," Eurton said, "and everything she's foaled has won a maiden special weight and now this is her first graded stakes winner."

"Our goal, for me, and I hope it's the same for everyone is to go in the San Juan Capistrano ([G3] at about 1 3/4 miles on turf June 28), which has always been a fun race and I've always thought it would be pretty cool to win."

"I know Pete has never won the San Juan Capistrano," Stevens said, "and I've never won the San Juan, so hopefully you'll see us in there at the end of the meet."

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Honor Code breezes bullet five-eighths for Met Mile

Honor Code topped a busy Memorial Day weekend worktab for trainer Shug McGaughey (NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey had a cadre of workers out this morning for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, but it was $1.25 million Metropolitan H. (G1) hopeful Honor Code (A.P. Indy) who perhaps had the most eye-catching move, covering five furlongs in a bullet :59 4/5 under regular rider Javier Castellano.

The move was the fastest of 26 at the distance for Honor Code, who is looking to bounce back from a fifth-place finish in the Alysheba S. (G2) at Churchill Downs. The dark bay ridgling opened his 2015 campaign with a victory over multiple Grade 1 winner Private Zone (Macho Uno) in the Gulfstream Park H. (G2).

"He did it easily," McGaughey stated. "He left his company (Gold Shield) behind. I thought that would carry him along a little father, but Javier said everything was good. He galloped out good, finished good...all systems go so far.

"I just don't think he liked the track at Churchill, or at least that's what I'm banking on," the horseman added about Honor Code's first unplaced run. "He came out of the race good and has had a couple of good works here at Belmont."

Also out for McGaughey were dual Group 3 victress J Wonder (Footstepsinthesand), who went four furlongs in a bullet :49 over Belmont's firm inner turf in preparation for the $700,000 Just a Game S. (G1); multiple stakes-placed Reflecting (Elusive Quality), who covered the same distance in :49 4/5 for the $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational on Friday, June 5; and multiple Grade 1 winner Imagining (Giant's Causeway), who turned in a bullet five-furlong move in 1:00, also on the inner turf.

McGaughey said, however, he was not sure whether the seven-year-old Imagining, a disappointing fifth as the defending champion in the May 9 Man o' War S. (G1) last out, would run in the $1 million Manhattan S. (G1).

"He worked good, I just might give him a little more time," the trainer commented.

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Honor Code breezes bullet five-eighths for Met Mile

Honor Code topped a busy Memorial Day weekend worktab for trainer Shug McGaughey (NYRA/Susie Raisher/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey had a cadre of workers out this morning for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, but it was $1.25 million Metropolitan H. (G1) hopeful Honor Code (A.P. Indy) who perhaps had the most eye-catching move, covering five furlongs in a bullet :59 4/5 under regular rider Javier Castellano.

The move was the fastest of 26 at the distance for Honor Code, who is looking to bounce back from a fifth-place finish in the Alysheba S. (G2) at Churchill Downs. The dark bay ridgling opened his 2015 campaign with a victory over multiple Grade 1 winner Private Zone (Macho Uno) in the Gulfstream Park H. (G2).

"He did it easily," McGaughey stated. "He left his company (Gold Shield) behind. I thought that would carry him along a little father, but Javier said everything was good. He galloped out good, finished good...all systems go so far.

"I just don't think he liked the track at Churchill, or at least that's what I'm banking on," the horseman added about Honor Code's first unplaced run. "He came out of the race good and has had a couple of good works here at Belmont."

Also out for McGaughey were dual Group 3 victress J Wonder (Footstepsinthesand), who went four furlongs in a bullet :49 over Belmont's firm inner turf in preparation for the $700,000 Just a Game S. (G1); multiple stakes-placed Reflecting (Elusive Quality), who covered the same distance in :49 4/5 for the $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational on Friday, June 5; and multiple Grade 1 winner Imagining (Giant's Causeway), who turned in a bullet five-furlong move in 1:00, also on the inner turf.

McGaughey said, however, he was not sure whether the seven-year-old Imagining, a disappointing fifth as the defending champion in the May 9 Man o' War S. (G1) last out, would run in the $1 million Manhattan S. (G1).

"He worked good, I just might give him a little more time," the trainer commented.

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Lady Eli tops busy Memorial Day weekend worktab for Brown

Lady Eli romped by three lengths in her only start at Belmont, last year's Miss Grillo (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Brilliant turf filly Lady Eli (Divine Park) worked Sunday morning at Belmont Park toward a possible start in next weekend's $200,000 Wonder Again S. on May 31 at Big Sandy.

The dark bay sophomore, who is undefeated in four starts including a win in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), went five furlongs in 1:01 over Belmont's firm inner turf course.

"Lady Eli worked real well and is on target for the Wonder Again on Sunday," trainer Chad Brown said. "We were very impressed with her work today; she's ready to go."

The filly has yet to run beyond 1 1/16 miles in her career, but Brown does not foresee the added ground of the 1 1/8-mile Wonder Again as a problem, nor Lady Eli's ultimate objective, the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) going 1 1/4 miles on July 4.

"My feeling is she's talented enough, has a good enough mind, and relaxes enough to handle the stretch-out," Brown stated. "We'll first try her at 1 1/8 miles, which she's never done before, and see how she handles it. If she does, we'll point her to (the Belmont Oaks)."

Brown is also pointing a strong contingent of horses to possible Belmont Stakes Racing Festival assignments, led by multiple Grade 1 winners Big Blue Kitten (Kitten's Joy), who is targeting the $1 million Manhattan S. (G1) on June 6, and Stephanie's Kitten (Kitten's Joy), who is likely for the $300,000 New York S. (G2) on June 5.

Big Blue Kitten returned to the races with authority in 2015, taking the Fort Marcy S. (G3) by 2 1/4 lengths in his May 2 seasonal bow. Two years ago, the seven-year-old bay horse captured the Sword Dancer Invitational (G1) and United Nations S. (G1) at 1 1/2 miles and 1 3/8 miles, respectively. He worked four furlongs in :49 3/5 on Saturday over Saratoga's fast Oklahoma dirt training track.

Big Blue Kitten kicked off his seven-year-old campaign in style (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
"We're very proud of this horse," Brown said of Big Blue Kitten. "At his age, to come off that long a layoff and show such an explosive move in the Fort Marcy is very impressive. He's always been a horse we can rely on though, so we're not surprised by it."

Last year's Flower Bowl S. (G1) winner Stephanie's Kitten, like her stablemate a Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred, has not run since winning the Hillsborough S. (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs in March, but is on track to make her next appearance in the 1 1/4-mile New York. The six-year-old mare, who covered five furlongs in 1:02 1/5 on Belmont's firm inner turf Saturday, was entered to face males on the Kentucky Derby undercard in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) but was scratched the morning of the race.

"It was a timing issue when I had her entered in Kentucky; it wasn't really a suitable race for her," Brown explained. "The New York is always what we planned on running her in. She seems to be training very well; she breezed well here yesterday."

Jenny Wiley S. (G1) winner Ball Dancing (Exchange Rate) is likely headed to the $700,000 Just a Game S. (G1) going a mile on June 6, Belmont Stakes Day. The four-year-old miss finished second to Stephanie's Kitten in the Hillsborough to kick off the year before capturing the 1 1/16-mile Jenny Wiley by 2 1/2 lengths in her most recent start. She joined her stablemate on Belmont's inner turf Saturday to go five-eighths in 1:02 1/5.

Ball Dancing got her Grade 1 in the Jenny Wiley Keeneland/Coady Photography)
"She hasn't run since the Jenny Wiley, but she's training very well," Brown noted. "I don't think the cut back to a mile will bother her, we cut her back successfully to 1 1/16 miles in the Jenny Wiley, and she should be able to cut back a touch further."

Coming off a rousing win in a 1 1/2-mile allowance at Keeneland, Innovation Economy (Dynaformer) is possible for the second edition of the $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational. The dark bay four-year-old is two-for-three in his career at marathon distances on turf, winning both starts by a combined 10 lengths. Innovation Economy clocked a half-mile in :50 2/5 on Saratoga's Oklahoma dirt training track Saturday.

"He's never run in a stakes race before," Brown said. "It's kind of an odd race at two miles, so there are some unknowns there, but he seems to be a long-winded specialist."

Rounding out Brown's likely entrants for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival are Bay Shore S. (G3) scorer March (Blame), who is probable for the $500,000 Woody Stephens S. (G2), and Grade 1 vixen Rosalind (Broken Vow), who was last seen taking the May 2 Sheepshead Bay S. (G2) on turf and is possible for the $1 million Ogden Phipps S. (G1).

March turned five panels in 1:00 1/5 on Saturday on Belmont's fast main track while Rosalind traveled a half-mile in :49 3/5 on Saratoga's Oklahoma training track.

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Lady Eli tops busy Memorial Day weekend worktab for Brown

Lady Eli romped by three lengths in her only start at Belmont, last year's Miss Grillo (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
Brilliant turf filly Lady Eli (Divine Park) worked Sunday morning at Belmont Park toward a possible start in next weekend's $200,000 Wonder Again S. on May 31 at Big Sandy.

The dark bay sophomore, who is undefeated in four starts including a win in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1), went five furlongs in 1:01 over Belmont's firm inner turf course.

"Lady Eli worked real well and is on target for the Wonder Again on Sunday," trainer Chad Brown said. "We were very impressed with her work today; she's ready to go."

The filly has yet to run beyond 1 1/16 miles in her career, but Brown does not foresee the added ground of the 1 1/8-mile Wonder Again as a problem, nor Lady Eli's ultimate objective, the $1 million Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) going 1 1/4 miles on July 4.

"My feeling is she's talented enough, has a good enough mind, and relaxes enough to handle the stretch-out," Brown stated. "We'll first try her at 1 1/8 miles, which she's never done before, and see how she handles it. If she does, we'll point her to (the Belmont Oaks)."

Brown is also pointing a strong contingent of horses to possible Belmont Stakes Racing Festival assignments, led by multiple Grade 1 winners Big Blue Kitten (Kitten's Joy), who is targeting the $1 million Manhattan S. (G1) on June 6, and Stephanie's Kitten (Kitten's Joy), who is likely for the $300,000 New York S. (G2) on June 5.

Big Blue Kitten returned to the races with authority in 2015, taking the Fort Marcy S. (G3) by 2 1/4 lengths in his May 2 seasonal bow. Two years ago, the seven-year-old bay horse captured the Sword Dancer Invitational (G1) and United Nations S. (G1) at 1 1/2 miles and 1 3/8 miles, respectively. He worked four furlongs in :49 3/5 on Saturday over Saratoga's fast Oklahoma dirt training track.

Big Blue Kitten kicked off his seven-year-old campaign in style (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)
"We're very proud of this horse," Brown said of Big Blue Kitten. "At his age, to come off that long a layoff and show such an explosive move in the Fort Marcy is very impressive. He's always been a horse we can rely on though, so we're not surprised by it."

Last year's Flower Bowl S. (G1) winner Stephanie's Kitten, like her stablemate a Ken and Sarah Ramsey homebred, has not run since winning the Hillsborough S. (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs in March, but is on track to make her next appearance in the 1 1/4-mile New York. The six-year-old mare, who covered five furlongs in 1:02 1/5 on Belmont's firm inner turf Saturday, was entered to face males on the Kentucky Derby undercard in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) but was scratched the morning of the race.

"It was a timing issue when I had her entered in Kentucky; it wasn't really a suitable race for her," Brown explained. "The New York is always what we planned on running her in. She seems to be training very well; she breezed well here yesterday."

Jenny Wiley S. (G1) winner Ball Dancing (Exchange Rate) is likely headed to the $700,000 Just a Game S. (G1) going a mile on June 6, Belmont Stakes Day. The four-year-old miss finished second to Stephanie's Kitten in the Hillsborough to kick off the year before capturing the 1 1/16-mile Jenny Wiley by 2 1/2 lengths in her most recent start. She joined her stablemate on Belmont's inner turf Saturday to go five-eighths in 1:02 1/5.

Ball Dancing got her Grade 1 in the Jenny Wiley Keeneland/Coady Photography)
"She hasn't run since the Jenny Wiley, but she's training very well," Brown noted. "I don't think the cut back to a mile will bother her, we cut her back successfully to 1 1/16 miles in the Jenny Wiley, and she should be able to cut back a touch further."

Coming off a rousing win in a 1 1/2-mile allowance at Keeneland, Innovation Economy (Dynaformer) is possible for the second edition of the $250,000 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational. The dark bay four-year-old is two-for-three in his career at marathon distances on turf, winning both starts by a combined 10 lengths. Innovation Economy clocked a half-mile in :50 2/5 on Saratoga's Oklahoma dirt training track Saturday.

"He's never run in a stakes race before," Brown said. "It's kind of an odd race at two miles, so there are some unknowns there, but he seems to be a long-winded specialist."

Rounding out Brown's likely entrants for the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival are Bay Shore S. (G3) scorer March (Blame), who is probable for the $500,000 Woody Stephens S. (G2), and Grade 1 vixen Rosalind (Broken Vow), who was last seen taking the May 2 Sheepshead Bay S. (G2) on turf and is possible for the $1 million Ogden Phipps S. (G1).

March turned five panels in 1:00 1/5 on Saturday on Belmont's fast main track while Rosalind traveled a half-mile in :49 3/5 on Saratoga's Oklahoma training track.

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Main Sequence on course for UN title defense

Main Sequence kicked off his U.S. winning streak in last summer's United Nations (Carl Sari/Equi-Photo)
Dual Eclipse Award winner Main Sequence (Aldebaran) will return to Monmouth Park and defend his title in the United Nations S. (G1) in his next start on July 5 going 1 3/8 miles on the turf.

Last seen finishing seventh in the March 28 Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-G1), the Niarchos Family homebred turned in his first work back on Friday, touring a half-mile in :50 3/5 over a fast main track at Fair Hill.

"We've been very conservative with him since coming back from Dubai," trainer Graham Motion said. "He shipped well and handled it well. I could have breezed him three or four weeks ago, but we're taking our time and will try and plot the same path we did last year."

The 2014 Horse of the Year finalist started his path in the United States last year at Monmouth, where he scored a victory over Twilight Eclipse (Purim) by a neck in the UN, starting a four-race, all Grade 1s, win streak, capping it off with a win in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1).

Main Sequence started off 2015 with a win in the Mac Diarmida (G2) at Gulfstream Park in February. In the Sheema Classic at Meydan, he was three wide the entire race and uncharacteristically close to the pace, considering his come from behind style, and finished seventh.

"We thought about running him on Belmont S. (G1) Day, but we're just going to stick with what worked for us last year," Motion added.

The United Nations is one of two Grade 1 races run at Monmouth, along with the $1 million Haskell Invitational on August 2.

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Main Sequence on course for UN title defense

Main Sequence kicked off his U.S. winning streak in last summer's United Nations (Carl Sari/Equi-Photo)
Dual Eclipse Award winner Main Sequence (Aldebaran) will return to Monmouth Park and defend his title in the United Nations S. (G1) in his next start on July 5 going 1 3/8 miles on the turf.

Last seen finishing seventh in the March 28 Dubai Sheema Classic (UAE-G1), the Niarchos Family homebred turned in his first work back on Friday, touring a half-mile in :50 3/5 over a fast main track at Fair Hill.

"We've been very conservative with him since coming back from Dubai," trainer Graham Motion said. "He shipped well and handled it well. I could have breezed him three or four weeks ago, but we're taking our time and will try and plot the same path we did last year."

The 2014 Horse of the Year finalist started his path in the United States last year at Monmouth, where he scored a victory over Twilight Eclipse (Purim) by a neck in the UN, starting a four-race, all Grade 1s, win streak, capping it off with a win in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1).

Main Sequence started off 2015 with a win in the Mac Diarmida (G2) at Gulfstream Park in February. In the Sheema Classic at Meydan, he was three wide the entire race and uncharacteristically close to the pace, considering his come from behind style, and finished seventh.

"We thought about running him on Belmont S. (G1) Day, but we're just going to stick with what worked for us last year," Motion added.

The United Nations is one of two Grade 1 races run at Monmouth, along with the $1 million Haskell Invitational on August 2.

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Ol' Fashoin Gal denies Don't Leave Me in Selene

Ol' Fashion Gal (red cap) prevailed in the Selene in her synthetic track debut (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Bill and Vicki Poston's Ol' Fashion Gal (Sky Mesa) put in a determined drive to stay off rallying 6-5 favorite Don't Leave Me (Lemon Drop Kid) by a head in Sunday's $126,053 Selene S. (Can-G3) at Woodbine.

Trained by Mark Casse, the three-year-old chestnut took on six rivals in the Selene following the early scratch of Starless Night (Grand Slam) and the vet scratch of Green Doctor (The Green Monkey) at the gate.

Included in the field were two other Casse trainees in Watch This Cat (Eskendereya) and Season Ticket (Lemon Drop Kid), the former setting early splits of :24 1/5 and :48 2/5 while Ol' Fashion Gal stalked from second under jockey Alan Garcia. Watch This Cat maintained her lead through the final turn as Don't Leave Me, recent winner of the Bourbonette Oaks (G3) at Turfway Park, launched her run from the back of the seven-horse field.

Ol' Fashion Gal struck the front near the top of the lane and then dueled with, and put away, a surging Leading Edge (Tapit), leaving just enough in the tank to hold off Don't Leave Me for the win. The filly finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:44 3/5 while making her synthetic debut on the Polytrack.

It was the third stakes win of the meet for Garcia, who previously captured the April 18 Whimsical S. (Can-G3) with Unspurned (Lemon Drop Kid) and May 3 Fury S. with potential Woodbine Oaks favorite London Tower (Head Chopper).

"She broke well and I wanted to be close to the pace," said Garcia, who was pleased with his prominent trip in the Selene. "It worked out good, my filly was trying all the way.

"Mark gave me a lot of opportunities here (in the past), and I'm thankful for this opportunity (with Ol' Fashion Gal)," he added. "I'm enjoying Woodbine. It's a great place to be."

Ol' Fashion Gal entered the Selene off a trio of Grade 3 contests, including a win in the grassy Jimmy Durante S. on November 29 at Del Mar to complete her juvenile campaign. In her two opening starts this year, the Kentucky-bred miss was unable to hit the board in either Gulfstream Park's Sweetest Chant S. (G3) or Santa Anita Park's Providencia S. (G3).

Ol' Fashion Gal paid $14.20 at 6-1 for taking her second stakes victory, and improved her career record to 6-3-0-0, $198,387.

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Ol' Fashoin Gal denies Don't Leave Me in Selene

Ol' Fashion Gal (red cap) prevailed in the Selene in her synthetic track debut (WEG/Michael Burns Photography)
Bill and Vicki Poston's Ol' Fashion Gal (Sky Mesa) put in a determined drive to stay off rallying 6-5 favorite Don't Leave Me (Lemon Drop Kid) by a head in Sunday's $126,053 Selene S. (Can-G3) at Woodbine.

Trained by Mark Casse, the three-year-old chestnut took on six rivals in the Selene following the early scratch of Starless Night (Grand Slam) and the vet scratch of Green Doctor (The Green Monkey) at the gate.

Included in the field were two other Casse trainees in Watch This Cat (Eskendereya) and Season Ticket (Lemon Drop Kid), the former setting early splits of :24 1/5 and :48 2/5 while Ol' Fashion Gal stalked from second under jockey Alan Garcia. Watch This Cat maintained her lead through the final turn as Don't Leave Me, recent winner of the Bourbonette Oaks (G3) at Turfway Park, launched her run from the back of the seven-horse field.

Ol' Fashion Gal struck the front near the top of the lane and then dueled with, and put away, a surging Leading Edge (Tapit), leaving just enough in the tank to hold off Don't Leave Me for the win. The filly finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:44 3/5 while making her synthetic debut on the Polytrack.

It was the third stakes win of the meet for Garcia, who previously captured the April 18 Whimsical S. (Can-G3) with Unspurned (Lemon Drop Kid) and May 3 Fury S. with potential Woodbine Oaks favorite London Tower (Head Chopper).

"She broke well and I wanted to be close to the pace," said Garcia, who was pleased with his prominent trip in the Selene. "It worked out good, my filly was trying all the way.

"Mark gave me a lot of opportunities here (in the past), and I'm thankful for this opportunity (with Ol' Fashion Gal)," he added. "I'm enjoying Woodbine. It's a great place to be."

Ol' Fashion Gal entered the Selene off a trio of Grade 3 contests, including a win in the grassy Jimmy Durante S. on November 29 at Del Mar to complete her juvenile campaign. In her two opening starts this year, the Kentucky-bred miss was unable to hit the board in either Gulfstream Park's Sweetest Chant S. (G3) or Santa Anita Park's Providencia S. (G3).

Ol' Fashion Gal paid $14.20 at 6-1 for taking her second stakes victory, and improved her career record to 6-3-0-0, $198,387.

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Pleascach eyes Irish Derby after taking Curragh's 1000 Guineas

Sent to Sunday's Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) just 11 days after winning the Blue Wind S. (Ire-G3) over a quarter-mile further at Naas, Pleascach (Teofilo) justified the boldness of her breeder, owner and trainer Jim Bolger to provide Coolcullen with another Curragh classic.

With a perfect pace scenario tracking a pair of her stable's lesser lights, the 11-2 second favorite was in front from the quarter-pole and saw off the 5-4 crowd's choice, Found (Galileo), to prevail by a half-length. There was a brief period of anxiety for Bolger, as the winner had to survive an inquiry into possible interference to the runner-up in the finale.

"She spotted something and shifted left in the last 75 yards, but I wasn't worried as the runner-up was a long way away from me," rider Kevin Manning commented. "The pacemakers did a great job and I was able to do my own thing with no one bothering me. It was a fast-run race at Naas and she had them all stone- cold dead at the two pole there on ground she didn't like. I felt she would come on for that and doesn't lack pace, as she's a very versatile filly. She's won that well and I'd have no question about a mile and a half."

Fourth on a testing debut in the six-furlong Grangecon S. (Ire-G3) here last June, Pleascach built on the obvious promise of that effort four days later when readily besting the listed performer Simply a Star (Giant's Causeway) over an extra furlong at Leopardstown. Splitting Bocca Baciata (Big Bad Bob) and the subsequent Cheshire Oaks winner Diamondsandrubies (Fastnet Rock) when second in the 10-furlong Salsabil S. at Navan April 18, the homebred stayed at that trip for the Blue Wind and annihilated the smart Zannda (Azamour), who had previously been a close second in Newmarket's Pretty Polly S.

While most would have pointed at the middle-distance classics after that Oaks (Eng-G1) prep, Bolger has always thought outside the box and diverted her here with the Irish forecast mainly dry for once. Although the ground came right for Pleascach, the draw of 15 was unfavorable, and it a short took time for Manning to organize her from that wide posting. Soon perfectly positioned in third, she was provided with a genuine tempo set by the predetermined stable rabbit Mainicin (Teofilo) and even enjoyed the unexpected additional help of fellow barnmate Steip Amach (Vocalised) just ahead.

Left in front and there to be shot at from the quarter-pole, she saw off the smooth-traveling Bocca Baciata first before having to battle harder as Ryan Moore delivered Found inside the final furlong. Despite veering into that rival's space late on, there was every chance for the hot favorite to claw her back if she was able.

"It's very satisfying and a great day," Bolger said after the announcement came from the officials that the result would stand. "It's hard to win any big race in Ireland, but to win a classic with one of our own is the stuff that you dream about and it doesn't happen very often. The ground was a big factor here and the good ground was a requirement, even though she coped well when it was on the soft side at Naas. We had a half-length to spare at the line and even with drifting left, I don't think the runner-up had any chance of beating her."

Bolger is now eyeing an audacious tilt at the Irish Derby (Ire-G1) back at this venue June 27.

"She's very likely to go straight there and then to the Irish Oaks ([Ire-G1] July 18) after that," he said. "I've never run a filly in the Derby before, but it has been won by a few fillies and she's probably the best one over a mile and a half that I've had. She's better than most I've had.

"Entering her in the (Irish) Derby wasn't so much what I thought about her, it was really what I thought about the colts, with all due respect to our neighbors. We think she's very good -- she's right on that level with the colts. She's explosive, just like her name."

Aidan O'Brien said of Found, "She got beaten, but ran a good race and it was a big step up on the last day. It's now a case of whether she goes up to an Oaks trip, but the lads will decide on that over the next few days. Jim's filly is very good and she just got away from us and was gone."

Pleascach becomes the sixth Group 1 winner for the Bolger homebred Teofilo. Bolger purchased Pleascach's dam, Toirneach (Toirneach), for $110,000 at Keeneland September in 2006 through BBA Ireland and trained her to pair of wins. Toirneach's third dam produced the dam of Spain (Thunder Gulch), and Toirneach is therefore similarly bred to that dual Grade 1 winner. Pleascach is Toirneach's third foal, and she has a two-year-old colt by Bolger sire Vocalised named Brontide.

Also at the Curragh, O'Brien's hotpot Giovanni Canaletto (Galileo) was overturned by the filly Curvy (Galileo) in the Gallinule S. (Ire-G3), likely putting him out of the mix for Epsom.

Bred to be a classic contender, Curvy kept smart company at two but three maiden starts yielded no better than a debut fourth placing, and it was not until the fitting of cheekpieces on her sophomore bow that the half-sister to Power began to transform. Having won a brace of 10-furlong handicaps at Navan April 18 and May 17, the dark bay from the stable of the One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) heroine Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer) moved forward again to upstage the colts in this Derby (Eng-G1) trial.

Settled in second early tracking Prince Gagarin (Dubawi), she managed to battle ahead of that rival passing the furlong pole as Ballydoyle's Epsom hope Giovanni Canaletto was being wound up down the outer. As he bore down on her nearing the line, Curvy pulled out extra to ward off his challenge and lead home a Coolmore one-two that was not entirely expected beforehand.

"She was always a nice filly last year, but was big and weak and has been progressive this season," trainer David Wachman said. "I always thought she would be capable of this level and she is very straightforward, but pulls herself up in front. She could go for the Ribblesdale S. ([Eng-G2] at Royal Ascot June 18) and likes this ground."

O'Brien was not championing the Derby claims of Giovanni Canaletto afterwards.

"It looked like Epsom might come a bit quick for him and maybe the best thing might be to go to Royal Ascot or come back here for the Irish Derby, but there is a lot to be decided."

In addition to her half-brother, Curvy has another Guineas winner in her immediate family. Her dam is a half-sister to the dam of Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) scorer Footstepsinthesand and Phoenix S. (Ire-G1) winner Pedro the Great.

Two years on from his defeat of Camelot in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-G1), Al Kazeem (Dubawi) came full circle Sunday with a typically tenacious fourth top-level success and first since returning from a failed spell at stud.

Runner-up to Cirrus des Aigles (Even Top) in the 10-furlong Prix Ganay (Fr-G1) at Longchamp last time May 3, the seven-year-old started just minutes after his Ganay conqueror had flopped uncharacteristically in the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-G1), but he proved that consistency is its own reward by upstaging a trio of much younger rivals.

Settled in third by James Doyle early as Postponed (Dubawi) led, the bay was asked to join the action as the ultimately disappointing The Grey Gatsby (Mastercraftsman) tackled the longtime leader inside the last quarter-mile. As that 11-10 favorite began to lose momentum, Al Kazeem muscled his way between the pair with a furlong remaining and battled gamely as the closer, Fascinating Rock (Fastnet Rock), launched his challenge out wide.

For Doyle, the win had a rare emotional depth coming on the horse that provided his first in this category in 2013, and on whom he had captured the Prince of Wales's S. (Eng-G1) and Eclipse (Eng-G1) in the same year before upstaging him aboard Noble Mission in the Champion S. (Eng-G1) in October.

"He's done everything for me and standing here two years ago, it was a new thing for me so I can't speak highly enough of the horse," he commented. "The ground today was perfect. He doesn't need any jar in it and I just felt it was a bit holding in France the other day and he got a bit stuck. He showed his class and traveled so well and when I got a gap I knew he'd take a bit of beating. He has even perhaps quickened up a bit these days -- at the three (pole) I was cantering all over them."

Trainer Roger Charlton added, "He's amazing, looks amazing, is brave and all you need in a good racehorse. I'm lucky to have one as good as that and to have him back from stud. I'd say it's my proudest moment. As long as he's enjoying himself, he'll keep going and one day I'm sure he'll go back to stud. It's a great credit to his constitution that he never runs a bad race. He's never looked at another filly and just gets on with his work.

"He'll probably go next for either the Hardwicke S. ([Eng-G2] June 20) or the Prince of Wales's S. ([Eng-G1] June 17)  and as he's won a Group 1 here, he'll probably go for the Prince of Wales's. A horse like him is good for racing. Jumpers are around for a long time and having him has to be good for racing."

Fascinating Rock's conditioner Dermot Weld said, "He ran the race of his life and I'm very proud of him. If we'd got a drop of rain last night, I think he'd have won as he just changed his legs once or twice in the last furlong and it's cost him the race. He's a Group 1 horse and has always been so consistent."

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Pleascach eyes Irish Derby after taking Curragh's 1000 Guineas

Sent to Sunday's Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) just 11 days after winning the Blue Wind S. (Ire-G3) over a quarter-mile further at Naas, Pleascach (Teofilo) justified the boldness of her breeder, owner and trainer Jim Bolger to provide Coolcullen with another Curragh classic.

With a perfect pace scenario tracking a pair of her stable's lesser lights, the 11-2 second favorite was in front from the quarter-pole and saw off the 5-4 crowd's choice, Found (Galileo), to prevail by a half-length. There was a brief period of anxiety for Bolger, as the winner had to survive an inquiry into possible interference to the runner-up in the finale.

"She spotted something and shifted left in the last 75 yards, but I wasn't worried as the runner-up was a long way away from me," rider Kevin Manning commented. "The pacemakers did a great job and I was able to do my own thing with no one bothering me. It was a fast-run race at Naas and she had them all stone- cold dead at the two pole there on ground she didn't like. I felt she would come on for that and doesn't lack pace, as she's a very versatile filly. She's won that well and I'd have no question about a mile and a half."

Fourth on a testing debut in the six-furlong Grangecon S. (Ire-G3) here last June, Pleascach built on the obvious promise of that effort four days later when readily besting the listed performer Simply a Star (Giant's Causeway) over an extra furlong at Leopardstown. Splitting Bocca Baciata (Big Bad Bob) and the subsequent Cheshire Oaks winner Diamondsandrubies (Fastnet Rock) when second in the 10-furlong Salsabil S. at Navan April 18, the homebred stayed at that trip for the Blue Wind and annihilated the smart Zannda (Azamour), who had previously been a close second in Newmarket's Pretty Polly S.

While most would have pointed at the middle-distance classics after that Oaks (Eng-G1) prep, Bolger has always thought outside the box and diverted her here with the Irish forecast mainly dry for once. Although the ground came right for Pleascach, the draw of 15 was unfavorable, and it a short took time for Manning to organize her from that wide posting. Soon perfectly positioned in third, she was provided with a genuine tempo set by the predetermined stable rabbit Mainicin (Teofilo) and even enjoyed the unexpected additional help of fellow barnmate Steip Amach (Vocalised) just ahead.

Left in front and there to be shot at from the quarter-pole, she saw off the smooth-traveling Bocca Baciata first before having to battle harder as Ryan Moore delivered Found inside the final furlong. Despite veering into that rival's space late on, there was every chance for the hot favorite to claw her back if she was able.

"It's very satisfying and a great day," Bolger said after the announcement came from the officials that the result would stand. "It's hard to win any big race in Ireland, but to win a classic with one of our own is the stuff that you dream about and it doesn't happen very often. The ground was a big factor here and the good ground was a requirement, even though she coped well when it was on the soft side at Naas. We had a half-length to spare at the line and even with drifting left, I don't think the runner-up had any chance of beating her."

Bolger is now eyeing an audacious tilt at the Irish Derby (Ire-G1) back at this venue June 27.

"She's very likely to go straight there and then to the Irish Oaks ([Ire-G1] July 18) after that," he said. "I've never run a filly in the Derby before, but it has been won by a few fillies and she's probably the best one over a mile and a half that I've had. She's better than most I've had.

"Entering her in the (Irish) Derby wasn't so much what I thought about her, it was really what I thought about the colts, with all due respect to our neighbors. We think she's very good -- she's right on that level with the colts. She's explosive, just like her name."

Aidan O'Brien said of Found, "She got beaten, but ran a good race and it was a big step up on the last day. It's now a case of whether she goes up to an Oaks trip, but the lads will decide on that over the next few days. Jim's filly is very good and she just got away from us and was gone."

Pleascach becomes the sixth Group 1 winner for the Bolger homebred Teofilo. Bolger purchased Pleascach's dam, Toirneach (Toirneach), for $110,000 at Keeneland September in 2006 through BBA Ireland and trained her to pair of wins. Toirneach's third dam produced the dam of Spain (Thunder Gulch), and Toirneach is therefore similarly bred to that dual Grade 1 winner. Pleascach is Toirneach's third foal, and she has a two-year-old colt by Bolger sire Vocalised named Brontide.

Also at the Curragh, O'Brien's hotpot Giovanni Canaletto (Galileo) was overturned by the filly Curvy (Galileo) in the Gallinule S. (Ire-G3), likely putting him out of the mix for Epsom.

Bred to be a classic contender, Curvy kept smart company at two but three maiden starts yielded no better than a debut fourth placing, and it was not until the fitting of cheekpieces on her sophomore bow that the half-sister to Power began to transform. Having won a brace of 10-furlong handicaps at Navan April 18 and May 17, the dark bay from the stable of the One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) heroine Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer) moved forward again to upstage the colts in this Derby (Eng-G1) trial.

Settled in second early tracking Prince Gagarin (Dubawi), she managed to battle ahead of that rival passing the furlong pole as Ballydoyle's Epsom hope Giovanni Canaletto was being wound up down the outer. As he bore down on her nearing the line, Curvy pulled out extra to ward off his challenge and lead home a Coolmore one-two that was not entirely expected beforehand.

"She was always a nice filly last year, but was big and weak and has been progressive this season," trainer David Wachman said. "I always thought she would be capable of this level and she is very straightforward, but pulls herself up in front. She could go for the Ribblesdale S. ([Eng-G2] at Royal Ascot June 18) and likes this ground."

O'Brien was not championing the Derby claims of Giovanni Canaletto afterwards.

"It looked like Epsom might come a bit quick for him and maybe the best thing might be to go to Royal Ascot or come back here for the Irish Derby, but there is a lot to be decided."

In addition to her half-brother, Curvy has another Guineas winner in her immediate family. Her dam is a half-sister to the dam of Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) scorer Footstepsinthesand and Phoenix S. (Ire-G1) winner Pedro the Great.

Two years on from his defeat of Camelot in the Tattersalls Gold Cup (Ire-G1), Al Kazeem (Dubawi) came full circle Sunday with a typically tenacious fourth top-level success and first since returning from a failed spell at stud.

Runner-up to Cirrus des Aigles (Even Top) in the 10-furlong Prix Ganay (Fr-G1) at Longchamp last time May 3, the seven-year-old started just minutes after his Ganay conqueror had flopped uncharacteristically in the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-G1), but he proved that consistency is its own reward by upstaging a trio of much younger rivals.

Settled in third by James Doyle early as Postponed (Dubawi) led, the bay was asked to join the action as the ultimately disappointing The Grey Gatsby (Mastercraftsman) tackled the longtime leader inside the last quarter-mile. As that 11-10 favorite began to lose momentum, Al Kazeem muscled his way between the pair with a furlong remaining and battled gamely as the closer, Fascinating Rock (Fastnet Rock), launched his challenge out wide.

For Doyle, the win had a rare emotional depth coming on the horse that provided his first in this category in 2013, and on whom he had captured the Prince of Wales's S. (Eng-G1) and Eclipse (Eng-G1) in the same year before upstaging him aboard Noble Mission in the Champion S. (Eng-G1) in October.

"He's done everything for me and standing here two years ago, it was a new thing for me so I can't speak highly enough of the horse," he commented. "The ground today was perfect. He doesn't need any jar in it and I just felt it was a bit holding in France the other day and he got a bit stuck. He showed his class and traveled so well and when I got a gap I knew he'd take a bit of beating. He has even perhaps quickened up a bit these days -- at the three (pole) I was cantering all over them."

Trainer Roger Charlton added, "He's amazing, looks amazing, is brave and all you need in a good racehorse. I'm lucky to have one as good as that and to have him back from stud. I'd say it's my proudest moment. As long as he's enjoying himself, he'll keep going and one day I'm sure he'll go back to stud. It's a great credit to his constitution that he never runs a bad race. He's never looked at another filly and just gets on with his work.

"He'll probably go next for either the Hardwicke S. ([Eng-G2] June 20) or the Prince of Wales's S. ([Eng-G1] June 17)  and as he's won a Group 1 here, he'll probably go for the Prince of Wales's. A horse like him is good for racing. Jumpers are around for a long time and having him has to be good for racing."

Fascinating Rock's conditioner Dermot Weld said, "He ran the race of his life and I'm very proud of him. If we'd got a drop of rain last night, I think he'd have won as he just changed his legs once or twice in the last furlong and it's cost him the race. He's a Group 1 horse and has always been so consistent."

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Solow, Queen's Jewel turn Group 1 double for Head, Wertheimers

With defeat in last term's Prix Vicomtesse Vigier (Fr-G2) interrupting a streak of eight consecutive wins, Solow (Singspiel) added luster to Alain and Gerard Wertheimer's Super Sunday with an authoritative score in Longchamp's Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-G1).

The homebred gray, who is rated as Europe's top performer on the Longines World Rankings, was so impressive when annexing the Dubai Turf (UAE-G1) at Meydan in March and turned this return to home soil into another victory parade. Old stager Cirrus des Aigles (Even Top) failed to shine on the ever-drying turf, and it was later revealed he had broken a shoe in the running of the race.

Steadied in third spotting Gailo Chop (Deportivo) five lengths on the front end, the 3-5 favorite quickened to the fore passing the eighth-pole and needed minimal encouragement from there to easily account for the longtime leader by 1 1/2 lengths. George Strawbridge's consistent yardstick Sparkling Beam (Nayef) at last got her Group 1 placing and was two lengths adrift at the line, while Cirrus des Aigles faded from an initial second when push came to shove and finished the same margin further back last of the four.

"This horse is a champion and is such a fluent mover with a fantastic action," beamed trainer Freddy Head. "When he moved on and quickened, it was so easy for him and the race was over."

Solow attempted to stretch out to almost two miles for the first and final time when sixth in the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier on this very card last year, and has not looked back since. He subsequently rattled off victories in the August 31 Prix Quincey (Fr-G3) at Deauville and the October 4 Prix Daniel Wildenstein (Fr-G2) to close a four-year-old season with six victories under his belt. Reintroduced with a warm-up win on the Chantilly Polytrack March 3, he trounced the opposition by daylight and more in the March 28 Dubai Turf at Meydan and was peerless in this European comeback.

"Even though he has won his last two races at nine furlongs, I shall go with my original plan and take him to the Queen Anne S. ([Eng-G1] at Royal Ascot June 16)," Head said. "Ascot's mile on the straight course is a stiff mile and you need to be able to stay to get it."

Trainer Antoine de Watrigant was delighted with the performance of runner-up Gailo Chop and said, "Hats off to my horse. He has run a fantastic race after being off for eight months and, with a previous run, may have given Solow more to do. I am very tempted to take him to Royal Ascot for the Prince of Wales's S. (Eng-G1] on June 17)."

Another Wertheimer homebred trained by Head, Queen's Jewel (Pivotal), captured the Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-G1) on the same card. Adding to the banner day for connections, she posted a course-record time of 2:00.87 for the about 10 furlongs.

Queen's Jewel, who was kept under wraps and untested as a juvenile, entered this stepping stone to the Prix de Diane (Fr-G1) unbeaten after scores in a March 10 firsters' heat at Saint-Cloud and the Prix Penelope (Fr-G3) back there last time April 14, and overcame a slow departure to lower the track record in emphatic style.

The chestnut was caught dozing at the start and played catch-up behind strong fractions from the outset. Improving two spots into fourth at the top of the straight, she was urged to the front at the quarter-mile marker and exploded three lengths clear of Wekeela (Hurricane Run) from there to punch her ticket to the June 14 Chantilly showpiece.

"I was worried during the race because it looked like she was incapable of keeping up with the pace, but they were going quick up front so it was no surprise they lowered the track record," Head commented. "She showed plenty of quality in her first two races, but still had to prove she belongs with the best. I think she did that today. She quickened beautifully and left them standing, and I think there is more improvement to come as she gets more experience.

"Of course, she now goes to the Diane, but also showed she could possibly stay further so that will open more opportunities later in the season."

Sunday's renewal of the Vicomtesse Vigier also served up a course record, as Bathyrhon (Monsun) covered about 15 1/2 furlongs in 3:20.74.

Bathyrhon, who earned a first pattern-race success in the September 14 Prix Gladiateur (Fr-G3) over this course and distance, ended last year with a second in the marathon Prix du Cadran (Fr-G1) here again October 5, but was under the weather when only seventh to Brown Panther (Shirocco) in the March 28 Dubai Gold Cup (UAE-G2) at Meydan on seasonal return last time.

Maintaining control once sent to the front passing the judge first time, he was threatened off the home turn and uncoiled in style, staying on relentlessly in the closing stages to comfortably register a career-high win.

"He was not well in Dubai, but was giving us every sign at home that he was coming back to his best and looked great today so we were hopeful he would reproduce his best form," explained trainer Pia Brandt. "It was not necessarily the plan to go from the front, but he traveled well with a lovely action and quickened nicely.

"The Ascot Gold Cup ([Eng-G1] June 18) is a very prestigious race and we have always wanted to take part one day. We now have the horse so we will definitely try."

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Solow, Queen's Jewel turn Group 1 double for Head, Wertheimers

With defeat in last term's Prix Vicomtesse Vigier (Fr-G2) interrupting a streak of eight consecutive wins, Solow (Singspiel) added luster to Alain and Gerard Wertheimer's Super Sunday with an authoritative score in Longchamp's Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-G1).

The homebred gray, who is rated as Europe's top performer on the Longines World Rankings, was so impressive when annexing the Dubai Turf (UAE-G1) at Meydan in March and turned this return to home soil into another victory parade. Old stager Cirrus des Aigles (Even Top) failed to shine on the ever-drying turf, and it was later revealed he had broken a shoe in the running of the race.

Steadied in third spotting Gailo Chop (Deportivo) five lengths on the front end, the 3-5 favorite quickened to the fore passing the eighth-pole and needed minimal encouragement from there to easily account for the longtime leader by 1 1/2 lengths. George Strawbridge's consistent yardstick Sparkling Beam (Nayef) at last got her Group 1 placing and was two lengths adrift at the line, while Cirrus des Aigles faded from an initial second when push came to shove and finished the same margin further back last of the four.

"This horse is a champion and is such a fluent mover with a fantastic action," beamed trainer Freddy Head. "When he moved on and quickened, it was so easy for him and the race was over."

Solow attempted to stretch out to almost two miles for the first and final time when sixth in the Prix Vicomtesse Vigier on this very card last year, and has not looked back since. He subsequently rattled off victories in the August 31 Prix Quincey (Fr-G3) at Deauville and the October 4 Prix Daniel Wildenstein (Fr-G2) to close a four-year-old season with six victories under his belt. Reintroduced with a warm-up win on the Chantilly Polytrack March 3, he trounced the opposition by daylight and more in the March 28 Dubai Turf at Meydan and was peerless in this European comeback.

"Even though he has won his last two races at nine furlongs, I shall go with my original plan and take him to the Queen Anne S. ([Eng-G1] at Royal Ascot June 16)," Head said. "Ascot's mile on the straight course is a stiff mile and you need to be able to stay to get it."

Trainer Antoine de Watrigant was delighted with the performance of runner-up Gailo Chop and said, "Hats off to my horse. He has run a fantastic race after being off for eight months and, with a previous run, may have given Solow more to do. I am very tempted to take him to Royal Ascot for the Prince of Wales's S. (Eng-G1] on June 17)."

Another Wertheimer homebred trained by Head, Queen's Jewel (Pivotal), captured the Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-G1) on the same card. Adding to the banner day for connections, she posted a course-record time of 2:00.87 for the about 10 furlongs.

Queen's Jewel, who was kept under wraps and untested as a juvenile, entered this stepping stone to the Prix de Diane (Fr-G1) unbeaten after scores in a March 10 firsters' heat at Saint-Cloud and the Prix Penelope (Fr-G3) back there last time April 14, and overcame a slow departure to lower the track record in emphatic style.

The chestnut was caught dozing at the start and played catch-up behind strong fractions from the outset. Improving two spots into fourth at the top of the straight, she was urged to the front at the quarter-mile marker and exploded three lengths clear of Wekeela (Hurricane Run) from there to punch her ticket to the June 14 Chantilly showpiece.

"I was worried during the race because it looked like she was incapable of keeping up with the pace, but they were going quick up front so it was no surprise they lowered the track record," Head commented. "She showed plenty of quality in her first two races, but still had to prove she belongs with the best. I think she did that today. She quickened beautifully and left them standing, and I think there is more improvement to come as she gets more experience.

"Of course, she now goes to the Diane, but also showed she could possibly stay further so that will open more opportunities later in the season."

Sunday's renewal of the Vicomtesse Vigier also served up a course record, as Bathyrhon (Monsun) covered about 15 1/2 furlongs in 3:20.74.

Bathyrhon, who earned a first pattern-race success in the September 14 Prix Gladiateur (Fr-G3) over this course and distance, ended last year with a second in the marathon Prix du Cadran (Fr-G1) here again October 5, but was under the weather when only seventh to Brown Panther (Shirocco) in the March 28 Dubai Gold Cup (UAE-G2) at Meydan on seasonal return last time.

Maintaining control once sent to the front passing the judge first time, he was threatened off the home turn and uncoiled in style, staying on relentlessly in the closing stages to comfortably register a career-high win.

"He was not well in Dubai, but was giving us every sign at home that he was coming back to his best and looked great today so we were hopeful he would reproduce his best form," explained trainer Pia Brandt. "It was not necessarily the plan to go from the front, but he traveled well with a lovely action and quickened nicely.

"The Ascot Gold Cup ([Eng-G1] June 18) is a very prestigious race and we have always wanted to take part one day. We now have the horse so we will definitely try."

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Ordak Dan hopes to regain crown in GP 25 de Mayo, secure spot in BC Turf

Ordak Dan (Hidden Truth), victor of the 2013 Gran Premio 25 de Mayo (Arg-G2), will bid to earn a second trip to the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) as the headliner among 15 horses entered for this year's edition of the race on Monday at San Isidro.

The six-year-old, who was sidelined after defeating two eventual Carlos Pellegrini (Arg-G1) winners in Soy Carambolo (Val Royal) and Going Somewhere (Sulamani) when scoring an upset win in the 2013 edition of the race, is rounding back into top form, as evidenced by his runner-up effort in the 2000-meter Gran Premio Miguel Alfredo Martinez de Hoz (Arg-G1) over the course earlier this season.

South America's winningest jockey, Brazilian Jorge Ricardo, has the assignment for new trainer Juan Carlos Etchechoury Jr.

Ordak Dan's biggest challenge may come from recent Gran Premio Republica Argentina (Arg-G1) winner Rio Vettel (True Cause), who is unbeaten in two starts on dirt this season and will try to transfer his good form on the lawn.

Other contenders include this season's Miguel Alfredo Martinez de Hoz winner Alma de Acero (Versallesco), who will be seeking his sixth straight win; Group 1 winner Ecologo (Easing Along), conditioned by four-time 25 de Mayo-winning trainer Alfredo Gaitan Dassie; and Forever Sale (Not For Sale), hero of the Gran Premio de Honor (Arg-G1) in April at Palermo.

"This is a very historic race and is wide open with no dominant figure," said John Fulton, South American representative for the Breeders' Cup.

The Gran Premio 25 de Mayo, one of the most important races on the national calendar, will anchor two other Group 1 races scheduled for the patriotic holiday card.

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Ordak Dan hopes to regain crown in GP 25 de Mayo, secure spot in BC Turf

Ordak Dan (Hidden Truth), victor of the 2013 Gran Premio 25 de Mayo (Arg-G2), will bid to earn a second trip to the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) as the headliner among 15 horses entered for this year's edition of the race on Monday at San Isidro.

The six-year-old, who was sidelined after defeating two eventual Carlos Pellegrini (Arg-G1) winners in Soy Carambolo (Val Royal) and Going Somewhere (Sulamani) when scoring an upset win in the 2013 edition of the race, is rounding back into top form, as evidenced by his runner-up effort in the 2000-meter Gran Premio Miguel Alfredo Martinez de Hoz (Arg-G1) over the course earlier this season.

South America's winningest jockey, Brazilian Jorge Ricardo, has the assignment for new trainer Juan Carlos Etchechoury Jr.

Ordak Dan's biggest challenge may come from recent Gran Premio Republica Argentina (Arg-G1) winner Rio Vettel (True Cause), who is unbeaten in two starts on dirt this season and will try to transfer his good form on the lawn.

Other contenders include this season's Miguel Alfredo Martinez de Hoz winner Alma de Acero (Versallesco), who will be seeking his sixth straight win; Group 1 winner Ecologo (Easing Along), conditioned by four-time 25 de Mayo-winning trainer Alfredo Gaitan Dassie; and Forever Sale (Not For Sale), hero of the Gran Premio de Honor (Arg-G1) in April at Palermo.

"This is a very historic race and is wide open with no dominant figure," said John Fulton, South American representative for the Breeders' Cup.

The Gran Premio 25 de Mayo, one of the most important races on the national calendar, will anchor two other Group 1 races scheduled for the patriotic holiday card.

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Big Apple Showcase on tap at Belmont Park for Memorial Day

Full fields abound on Memorial Day at Belmont Park for Big Apple Showcase Day, which features six stakes races worth a total of $900,000 highlighted by hard-knocking New York-breds Saratoga Snacks (Tale of the Cat) and Lubash (Freud). The 10-race program, with a scheduled first post of 1:20 p.m. (EDT), is comprised entirely of New York-bred races.

In the $200,000 Commentator S. for older horses at a mile, Saratoga Snacks is listed as the 2-1 favorite for owner/trainer Gary Sciacca against six rivals. Originally trained by Sciacca before being transferred to Hall of Famer Bill Mott for the majority of his 2014 campaign, the six-year-old ridgling was bought back by Sciacca at the end of last year.

Since rejoining Sciacca, Saratoga Snacks has a win and a third-place finish to his credit in two starts this year. In his career, the bay has won eight of 19 career starts, including the 2013 edition of the Empire Classic S. -- the most prestigious race restricted to New York-breds.

Saratoga Snacks will face a talented entry from trainer Chad Brown in Readtheprospectus (Read the Footnotes), hero of the 2013 Commentator, and stakes scorer Bond Vigilante (Salute the Sarge).

In the $125,000 Kingston S. at a mile on turf for older horses, trainer Christophe Clement's Grade 3-winning Lubash will meet familiar foes King Kreesa (King Cugat) and Kharafa (Kitalpha) as well as six other rivals.

Lubash showed no signs of slowing down in his eight-year-old debut on April 19 at Aqueduct. The bay finished strongly to place third in the Danger's Hour S. after sitting off a slow pace, and has placed in the Kingston for the past four years. He's banked more than $1 million in his career while racking up a 12-9-5 mark from 40 starts.

Lubash, King Kreesa and Kharafa all traded wins in New York-bred grass races last year. King Kreesa won the Kingston in 2013, while Kharafa is the reigning champ of the contest.

Ostrolenka (Musket Man), who dabbled on the Triple Crown trail with starts in the Remsen S. (G2) and Jerome S. (G3) this winter at Aqueduct, will make his return to stakes company in a field of nine for the $125,000 Mike Lee S. sending three-year-old New York-breds seven furlongs.

Three-for-three at Belmont Park, the Todd Pletcher trainee is coming out of a solid front-running allowance/optional claiming victory, winning by 4 1/2 lengths at 1 1/16 miles on May 2. Hall of Famer John Velazquez has the mount, and the pair will leave from post 2 as the morning-line favorite at 5-2.

Trainer Rudy Rodriguez will send out Good Luck Gus (Lookin at Lucky) to the Mike Lee for his 2015 debut. The bay colt notched state-bred stakes victories in the New York Breeders' Futurity and Damon Runyon S., and placed second to Ostrolenka in the Sleepy Hollow S., during his freshman year before taking the winter off.  With Luis Saez aboard, Good Luck Gus will break from the outside post 9 at odds of 5-1.

Quezon (Tiz Wonderful) will face nine rivals while making her sophomore debut in the $125,000 Bouwerie S. for sophomore fillies at seven furlongs for conditioner Robert Ribaudo.

The chestnut lass scored two victories against state-breds, including the Maid of the Mist S., before finishing fourth against open company in the Demoiselle S. (G2) on November 29 at Aqueduct. Unbeaten in her two starts at Belmont, Quezon will look to pick up where she left off last fall as the 5-2 morning-line favorite under jockey Manny Franco.

Trainer Bruce Brown will send out Lakeside Sunset (Bellamy Road) as the 7-2 second-choice on the morning line. The dark bay filly finished third last out in the Belle Harbor S., 1 3/4 lengths behind recent Miss Preakness S. (G3) heroine Irish Jasper (First Defence). Javier Castellano has the call.

In the one-mile, $125,000 Mount Vernon S. for fillies and mares on turf, Invading Humor (Invasor) will make her first start of the year following a troubled trip in the Long Island H. (G3), in which she finished ninth. Now in the care of trainer Bruce Brown, the dark bay five-year-old will cut back to a distance of a mile, at which she is a perfect two-for-two.

Invading Humor will depart from post 7 as the 5-2 morning-line favorite against seven rivals, including one main-track only entrant, with Rajiv Maragh in the irons. That rider was aboard the last time she reached the winner's circle, when she took the John Hettinger S. on September 14 at Belmont.

Leading the contenders Invading Humor will face is Grade 3 victress Unbelievable Dream (Kitalpha) for trainer Barclay Tagg. The chestnut mare returns to state-bred company after saving ground to finish fourth in a May 8 allowance/optional claiming event at Belmont 8. The second choice on the morning line at 7-2, Unbelievable Dream will be ridden by Angel Cruz.

Miss Da Point (Strong Contender) and Carameaway (Lawyer Ron) headline a field of 10 for the $200,000 Critical Eye S. for fillies and mares, three-years-old and up, at the distance of one mile.

Trained by John Toscano Jr., Miss Da Point is looking for her third consecutive win following back-to-back allowance victories at Belmont on April 29 going six furlongs and April 8 at a mile. The morning-line favorite at 7-2, the five-year-old chestnut will leave from post-position 7 with Cruz in the irons.

Carameaway, who finished second to Miss Da Point in her first start of the year, will look to turn the tables from post 10 with Maragh aboard. The 3-1 morning-line second choice, she has two wins with two second-place finishes from nine starts at the distance.

Fourth in that same April 29 race was last season's Bed o' Roses H. (G3) winner Hot Stones (Bustin Stones), who closed out her 2014 campaign with a third in the Shuvee H. (G3) and a last-of-eight finish in the Ballerina S. (G1), both at Saratoga. She exit gate 9 with Velazquez holding the reins for Bruce Levine.

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Big Apple Showcase on tap at Belmont Park for Memorial Day

Full fields abound on Memorial Day at Belmont Park for Big Apple Showcase Day, which features six stakes races worth a total of $900,000 highlighted by hard-knocking New York-breds Saratoga Snacks (Tale of the Cat) and Lubash (Freud). The 10-race program, with a scheduled first post of 1:20 p.m. (EDT), is comprised entirely of New York-bred races.

In the $200,000 Commentator S. for older horses at a mile, Saratoga Snacks is listed as the 2-1 favorite for owner/trainer Gary Sciacca against six rivals. Originally trained by Sciacca before being transferred to Hall of Famer Bill Mott for the majority of his 2014 campaign, the six-year-old ridgling was bought back by Sciacca at the end of last year.

Since rejoining Sciacca, Saratoga Snacks has a win and a third-place finish to his credit in two starts this year. In his career, the bay has won eight of 19 career starts, including the 2013 edition of the Empire Classic S. -- the most prestigious race restricted to New York-breds.

Saratoga Snacks will face a talented entry from trainer Chad Brown in Readtheprospectus (Read the Footnotes), hero of the 2013 Commentator, and stakes scorer Bond Vigilante (Salute the Sarge).

In the $125,000 Kingston S. at a mile on turf for older horses, trainer Christophe Clement's Grade 3-winning Lubash will meet familiar foes King Kreesa (King Cugat) and Kharafa (Kitalpha) as well as six other rivals.

Lubash showed no signs of slowing down in his eight-year-old debut on April 19 at Aqueduct. The bay finished strongly to place third in the Danger's Hour S. after sitting off a slow pace, and has placed in the Kingston for the past four years. He's banked more than $1 million in his career while racking up a 12-9-5 mark from 40 starts.

Lubash, King Kreesa and Kharafa all traded wins in New York-bred grass races last year. King Kreesa won the Kingston in 2013, while Kharafa is the reigning champ of the contest.

Ostrolenka (Musket Man), who dabbled on the Triple Crown trail with starts in the Remsen S. (G2) and Jerome S. (G3) this winter at Aqueduct, will make his return to stakes company in a field of nine for the $125,000 Mike Lee S. sending three-year-old New York-breds seven furlongs.

Three-for-three at Belmont Park, the Todd Pletcher trainee is coming out of a solid front-running allowance/optional claiming victory, winning by 4 1/2 lengths at 1 1/16 miles on May 2. Hall of Famer John Velazquez has the mount, and the pair will leave from post 2 as the morning-line favorite at 5-2.

Trainer Rudy Rodriguez will send out Good Luck Gus (Lookin at Lucky) to the Mike Lee for his 2015 debut. The bay colt notched state-bred stakes victories in the New York Breeders' Futurity and Damon Runyon S., and placed second to Ostrolenka in the Sleepy Hollow S., during his freshman year before taking the winter off.  With Luis Saez aboard, Good Luck Gus will break from the outside post 9 at odds of 5-1.

Quezon (Tiz Wonderful) will face nine rivals while making her sophomore debut in the $125,000 Bouwerie S. for sophomore fillies at seven furlongs for conditioner Robert Ribaudo.

The chestnut lass scored two victories against state-breds, including the Maid of the Mist S., before finishing fourth against open company in the Demoiselle S. (G2) on November 29 at Aqueduct. Unbeaten in her two starts at Belmont, Quezon will look to pick up where she left off last fall as the 5-2 morning-line favorite under jockey Manny Franco.

Trainer Bruce Brown will send out Lakeside Sunset (Bellamy Road) as the 7-2 second-choice on the morning line. The dark bay filly finished third last out in the Belle Harbor S., 1 3/4 lengths behind recent Miss Preakness S. (G3) heroine Irish Jasper (First Defence). Javier Castellano has the call.

In the one-mile, $125,000 Mount Vernon S. for fillies and mares on turf, Invading Humor (Invasor) will make her first start of the year following a troubled trip in the Long Island H. (G3), in which she finished ninth. Now in the care of trainer Bruce Brown, the dark bay five-year-old will cut back to a distance of a mile, at which she is a perfect two-for-two.

Invading Humor will depart from post 7 as the 5-2 morning-line favorite against seven rivals, including one main-track only entrant, with Rajiv Maragh in the irons. That rider was aboard the last time she reached the winner's circle, when she took the John Hettinger S. on September 14 at Belmont.

Leading the contenders Invading Humor will face is Grade 3 victress Unbelievable Dream (Kitalpha) for trainer Barclay Tagg. The chestnut mare returns to state-bred company after saving ground to finish fourth in a May 8 allowance/optional claiming event at Belmont 8. The second choice on the morning line at 7-2, Unbelievable Dream will be ridden by Angel Cruz.

Miss Da Point (Strong Contender) and Carameaway (Lawyer Ron) headline a field of 10 for the $200,000 Critical Eye S. for fillies and mares, three-years-old and up, at the distance of one mile.

Trained by John Toscano Jr., Miss Da Point is looking for her third consecutive win following back-to-back allowance victories at Belmont on April 29 going six furlongs and April 8 at a mile. The morning-line favorite at 7-2, the five-year-old chestnut will leave from post-position 7 with Cruz in the irons.

Carameaway, who finished second to Miss Da Point in her first start of the year, will look to turn the tables from post 10 with Maragh aboard. The 3-1 morning-line second choice, she has two wins with two second-place finishes from nine starts at the distance.

Fourth in that same April 29 race was last season's Bed o' Roses H. (G3) winner Hot Stones (Bustin Stones), who closed out her 2014 campaign with a third in the Shuvee H. (G3) and a last-of-eight finish in the Ballerina S. (G1), both at Saratoga. She exit gate 9 with Velazquez holding the reins for Bruce Levine.

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Fanticola the one to catch in Gamely

Little separated Gamely contenders Queen of the Sand (outside) and Fanticola (inside) in the Santa Barbara (Benoit Photos)
Queen of the Sand (Footstepsinthesand) nipped long-time leader Fanticola (Silent Name) by a nose in last month's Santa Barbara H. (G3) over 1 1/4 miles, but might have a more difficult time doing it again over a furlong shorter in Monday's $300,000 Gamely (G1) at Santa Anita.

The Santa Barbara was the first graded stakes win for Queen of the Sand, who notably finished second in the Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar in November. Out of action until mid-March, she looked a bit short when finishing eighth of nine in the Santa Ana (G2) in her season debut.

Fanticola just missed giving her connections an emotional victory in the Santa Barbara, which occurred the same week as the death of her former trainer, Mike Mitchell. The stakes-winning five-year-old has won or placed in her last five outings, and on paper looks poised to try and lead wire-to-wire.

Hard Not to Like (Hard Spun) invades from New York for trainer Christophe Clement. Upset winner of the Jenny Wiley (G1) at Keeneland in April 2014, she was most recently third in her title defense of that race April 11. She began the year at Tampa Bay Downs on the last day of January, when she was demoted from first to second in the Endeavour (G3).

Also racing for the first time on this circuit are Danza Cavallo (Sunday Break), runner-up in the Long Island H. (G3) and first in a Keeneland allowance last month in two U.S. outings for Chad Brown, and Generosidade (Nedawi), a Group 1 winner in Brazil, who placed in one of three outings in France last year.

Also expected to garner support are Blingismything (Arch) and Smoove It (Square Eddie), who were separated by a nose at the finish of the one-mile Wilshire (G3) on April 26, and Three Hearts (Hat Trick), the Red Carpet H. (G3) heroine who subsequently placed in the Robert J. Frankel (G3), Santa Ana, and Santa Barbara.

Moulin de Mougin (Curlin), who captured the John C. Mabee (G2) at Del Mar last summer, fell when near the back of the field in the Rodeo Drive (G1) in September, and then was no factor against males in the $82,000 Thunder Road over a mile April 4. Also lining up is Elektrum (High Chaparral), who prevailed by a half-length against second-level allowance company April 5 after narrow defeats against similar in her first two U.S. appearances.

The supporting feature on the Memorial Day program is the $100,000 Los Angeles, a six-furlong dash for older horses. Leading contenders include San Carlos (G2) winner Wild Dude (Wildcat Heir), Kona Gold (G2) runner-up San Onofre (Surf Cat), Midnight Lute (G3) and Joe Hernandez victor Distinctiv Passion (With Distinction), and the Bob Baffert-trained Five Palms (Unbridled's Song), who has won three of four starts.

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Fanticola the one to catch in Gamely

Little separated Gamely contenders Queen of the Sand (outside) and Fanticola (inside) in the Santa Barbara (Benoit Photos)
Queen of the Sand (Footstepsinthesand) nipped long-time leader Fanticola (Silent Name) by a nose in last month's Santa Barbara H. (G3) over 1 1/4 miles, but might have a more difficult time doing it again over a furlong shorter in Monday's $300,000 Gamely (G1) at Santa Anita.

The Santa Barbara was the first graded stakes win for Queen of the Sand, who notably finished second in the Matriarch (G1) at Del Mar in November. Out of action until mid-March, she looked a bit short when finishing eighth of nine in the Santa Ana (G2) in her season debut.

Fanticola just missed giving her connections an emotional victory in the Santa Barbara, which occurred the same week as the death of her former trainer, Mike Mitchell. The stakes-winning five-year-old has won or placed in her last five outings, and on paper looks poised to try and lead wire-to-wire.

Hard Not to Like (Hard Spun) invades from New York for trainer Christophe Clement. Upset winner of the Jenny Wiley (G1) at Keeneland in April 2014, she was most recently third in her title defense of that race April 11. She began the year at Tampa Bay Downs on the last day of January, when she was demoted from first to second in the Endeavour (G3).

Also racing for the first time on this circuit are Danza Cavallo (Sunday Break), runner-up in the Long Island H. (G3) and first in a Keeneland allowance last month in two U.S. outings for Chad Brown, and Generosidade (Nedawi), a Group 1 winner in Brazil, who placed in one of three outings in France last year.

Also expected to garner support are Blingismything (Arch) and Smoove It (Square Eddie), who were separated by a nose at the finish of the one-mile Wilshire (G3) on April 26, and Three Hearts (Hat Trick), the Red Carpet H. (G3) heroine who subsequently placed in the Robert J. Frankel (G3), Santa Ana, and Santa Barbara.

Moulin de Mougin (Curlin), who captured the John C. Mabee (G2) at Del Mar last summer, fell when near the back of the field in the Rodeo Drive (G1) in September, and then was no factor against males in the $82,000 Thunder Road over a mile April 4. Also lining up is Elektrum (High Chaparral), who prevailed by a half-length against second-level allowance company April 5 after narrow defeats against similar in her first two U.S. appearances.

The supporting feature on the Memorial Day program is the $100,000 Los Angeles, a six-furlong dash for older horses. Leading contenders include San Carlos (G2) winner Wild Dude (Wildcat Heir), Kona Gold (G2) runner-up San Onofre (Surf Cat), Midnight Lute (G3) and Joe Hernandez victor Distinctiv Passion (With Distinction), and the Bob Baffert-trained Five Palms (Unbridled's Song), who has won three of four starts.

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Tapiture, Carve head Lone Star Park Handicap field

Tapiture goes for his fifth graded stakes win in the Lone Star Park Handicap on Memorial Day (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Tapiture (Tapit) and Carve (First Samurai), familiar foes during the Oaklawn meet, will square off for a third time this season on Monday in the $200,000 Lone Star Park H. (G3), a 1 1/16-mile event that highlights the Texas track's Memorial Day program.

A prominent three-year-old last season when winning three graded stakes and placing in the Pennsylvania Derby (G2) and Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1), Tapiture was well beaten while securing minor awards in two starts during the Oaklawn meet. Ron Winchell's homebred was fifth, beaten 10 1/4 lengths, in the Razorback H. (G3), and then third by 7 3/4 lengths in the Oaklawn H. (G2). Both races were won by the promising Race Day (Tapit).

Carve, whose signature victory to date was last year's Prairie Meadows Cornhusker H. (G3), also ran in both Oaklawn features, finishing fourth in the Razorback and second in the Oaklawn H. The five-year-old gelding finished well behind Tapiture in their first meeting last November, finishing sixth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, although he captured the $100,000 Fifth Season at Oaklawn by more than three lengths in his season debut.

Texas Air (Texas City), a seven-year-old gelding, will attempt a sweep of Lone Star Park's two graded stakes after posting a 24-1 upset of the May 1 Texas Mile (G3). Unplaced in both events last season, Texas Air enters Monday's race on a two-race win streak.

Majestic City (City Zip), formerly based in California with Ron Ellis, makes his debut for trainer Richard Baltas here. Unplaced in two starts this term, the six-year-old was a Grade 3 winner at two and has placed in five other graded stakes during his career.

The field is completed by Endurance (Indy Wind), a distant second in the Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston in his last dirt attempt, and Cy Seven (Tiznow), a recent first-level allowance winner on the turf.

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Tapiture, Carve head Lone Star Park Handicap field

Tapiture goes for his fifth graded stakes win in the Lone Star Park Handicap on Memorial Day (Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography)
Tapiture (Tapit) and Carve (First Samurai), familiar foes during the Oaklawn meet, will square off for a third time this season on Monday in the $200,000 Lone Star Park H. (G3), a 1 1/16-mile event that highlights the Texas track's Memorial Day program.

A prominent three-year-old last season when winning three graded stakes and placing in the Pennsylvania Derby (G2) and Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1), Tapiture was well beaten while securing minor awards in two starts during the Oaklawn meet. Ron Winchell's homebred was fifth, beaten 10 1/4 lengths, in the Razorback H. (G3), and then third by 7 3/4 lengths in the Oaklawn H. (G2). Both races were won by the promising Race Day (Tapit).

Carve, whose signature victory to date was last year's Prairie Meadows Cornhusker H. (G3), also ran in both Oaklawn features, finishing fourth in the Razorback and second in the Oaklawn H. The five-year-old gelding finished well behind Tapiture in their first meeting last November, finishing sixth in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, although he captured the $100,000 Fifth Season at Oaklawn by more than three lengths in his season debut.

Texas Air (Texas City), a seven-year-old gelding, will attempt a sweep of Lone Star Park's two graded stakes after posting a 24-1 upset of the May 1 Texas Mile (G3). Unplaced in both events last season, Texas Air enters Monday's race on a two-race win streak.

Majestic City (City Zip), formerly based in California with Ron Ellis, makes his debut for trainer Richard Baltas here. Unplaced in two starts this term, the six-year-old was a Grade 3 winner at two and has placed in five other graded stakes during his career.

The field is completed by Endurance (Indy Wind), a distant second in the Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston in his last dirt attempt, and Cy Seven (Tiznow), a recent first-level allowance winner on the turf.

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In brief

A Wesley Ward-trained quartet of hopefuls for the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting worked on Sunday morning at Arlington, each negotiating half-mile moves over the world-renowned turf course. Ward, who has been an American pioneer in recent years with his success shipping overseas -- especially to Royal Ascot -- was very grateful to Arlington International and its Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Chris Polzin for accommodating his horses. The Chicagoland oval's iconic turf course has been integral to Ward's international success, including works the last two years by Group I winner No Nay Never in 2013 and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) victor Hootenanny (Quality Road) -- both winners at Royal Ascot -- prior to shipping overseas. The foursome of fillies worked in two teams of two at just past 9:30 a.m. (CDT) with the dogs up. Michael Dubb's Back at the Ranch (Artie Schiller), Santo Sanjur up, and Gainesway Stable's Storied Tale (Tale of the Cat), Jose Valdivia Jr. up, worked in tandem, with the former going in :49 4/5 and latter in :50 1/5 over the firm going. Hat Creek Racing's duo of Bruised Orange (City Zip), with Sanjur, and Laxfield Road (Quality Road), with Valdivia, went in :49 and :48 3/5, respectively...

The late-maturing Mikki Queen (Deep Impact) lacked the earnings to make the lineup for the Oka Sho (Japanese One Thousand Guineas) (Jpn-G1) April 12, but instead contested and won the Wasurenagusa Sho on that Classic's undercard, and proved her worthiness of competing at the top level when taking Sunday's Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (Jpn-G1). Dropping back to travel slightly worse than midpack as the field passed the stands for the first time, Mikki Queen traveled three-wide down the backstretch and swung wider yet coming off the turn for running room. She used the length of the stretch to find the lead under a drive, and crossed the wire a narrow winner after changing leads in the shadow of the post. Unlike many of her competitors in these classics, Mikki Queen was slower out of the blocks as a juvenile, and did not get going until December 7, when she finished second over 6 1/2 furlongs on debut at Hanshin. She graduated by two lengths two weeks later over the same course when given an extra furlong, and was shelved until the February 14 Daily Hai Queen Cup (Jpn-G3), where she was beaten a neck in second and therefore missed the opportunity to make the Oka Sho lineup. "I'm so happy she was able to demonstrate her ability," said jockey Suguru Hamanaka, who has ridden Mikki Queen in each start. "I especially concentrated on her break, since she's been struggling at it so far. I thought I would relax her (early) to get her turn of foot in the stretch. She responded well and quickened being driven, so I just prayed for the best. It was my fault that she wasn't able to start in the Oka Sho, so my hopes to do well today were definitely higher than ever."...

The Peter Schiergen-trained Nightflower (Dylan Thomas) drove to a 2 1/2-length decision in Sunday's Diana-Trial (Ger-G2) at Hoppegarten. Second to the subsequent Prix Cleopatre (Fr-G3) scorer Little Nightingale (Muhtathir) in a 10-furlong maiden at Maisons-Laffitte April 2, Nightflower filled the same spot behind Desiree Clary (Sholokhov) in a 10 1/2-furlong conditions race at Chantilly last time April 27, but stepped out of her bridesmaid dress in plenty of time ahead of the August 2 Preis der Diana (Ger-G1) at Dusseldorf. Stalking Arles (Monsun) throughout racing freely at first, the chestnut was switched off the rail to challenge in the stretch and, after overhauling the longtime leader approaching the furlong pole, drew away to register a resounding first success...

Jerry Hollendorfer reports that multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire and champion Shared Belief (Candy Ride) is "doing great, coming right along," as he recovers from a right hip injury at the Pegasus Training and Equine Rehabilitation Center in Redmond, Washington. The four-year-old gelding was pulled up as the heavy favorite in the Charles Town Classic (G2) on April 18 following a pair of easy wins to open his 2015 campaign, including the Santa Anita H. (G1)...

Cliff and Michele Love's Xtra Luck (Exchange Rate), 1 1/2-length victor of Saturday's Louisville H. (G3) at Churchill Downs, exited the 1 1/2-mile turf marathon well, according to trainer Neil Howard, who collected his first graded stakes win since Machen won the 2011 Derby Trial (G3). "He seemed pretty good and didn't look too knocked out," said Howard, who added there's a good chance the four-year-old could make a trip to Arlington for the $100,000 Stars & Stripes S. (G3) going 12 grassy furlongs July 11. "Obviously with a horse like him that would be a good spot for him but I'll talk to the Loves about it. I think that with a horse like him those marathon type races are where they can really excel. He's good at a mile-and-an-eighth, but I think he likes to go longer." Louisville 'Cap runner-up For Greater Glory (Afleet Alex), who was making only his second start on turf, also exited the race in good order for trainer Steve Hobby. His other start on grass came in an allowance/optional claimer last year where he ran third behind Golden Soul (Perfect Soul), the third-place finisher in Saturday's race. Hobby said For Greater Glory had high energy after the race and was jumping and playing coming back to the barn. "He ran awesome," the horseman said. "I don't know where we'll run him next yet. Yesterday was kind of a trial thing, so I don't know where we'll go. I don't know if it was the distance or the turf that he liked." Majestic Harbor (Rockport Harbor) was a disappointing ninth and last, beaten 11 1/2 lengths, in the Louisville 'Cap. It was the seven-year-old's third time trying the turf. "He came out fine, but I don't think he'll ever see the grass again," trainer Paul McGee said. Majestic Harbor was also under consideration for the June 6 Brooklyn H. (G2) on the June 6 Belmont S. (G1) undercard, which McGee said has now been "pretty much ruled out." He added, "We may nominate to the Stephen Foster and see how that plays out."...

Despite the usual strong overseas challenge, there are real prospects of Cologne's Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (Ger-G2), or German Two Thousand Guineas, staying at home on Monday with Pearl Bloodstock's unbeaten Karpino (Cape Cross) in attendance. Following a four-length win on debut at Hoppegarten in September, the bay rubber-stamped his prominent placing among his country's sophomores when taking Krefeld's Dr Busch-Memorial (Ger-G3) in authoritative fashion over 8 1/2 furlongs April 26. Unproven at a mile but boasting smart form at two, Qatar Racing's Round Tower S. (Ire-G3) winner and Phoenix S. (Ire-G1) third Cappella Sansevero (Showcasing) appears a dubious stayer shipping in from Ireland, while the Brits are represented by Scuderia Blueberry's Fanciful Angel (Dark Angel). The Marco Botti-trained gray is another with doubts surrounding his stamina despite the fact that he won the International Trial S. over this trip on Lingfield's Polytrack last time April 11. Litex Commerce's Preis des Winterfavoriten (Ger-G3) scorer Brisanto (Dansili) is another of the home brigade with obvious chances along with Jaber Abdullah's April 12 Preis der Dreijahrigen winner Making Trouble (Paco Boy)...

Evergreen sprinter Gordon Lord Byron (Byron) returned a dirty scope after an eighth-place finish in Saturday's Greenlands S. (Ire-G2) at the Curragh, according to trainer Tom Hogan.  "He blew abnormally during the race, which he shouldn't have done as he was pretty fit, so we scoped him immediately afterwards and his scope was dirty," Hogan explained. "It was nice to find something and we'll just have to sort ourselves out now and see how things are in a couple of weeks." The seven-year-old's Royal Ascot participation could be in jeopardy. "We'll know a bit more about whether he'll make the Diamond Jubilee ([Eng-G1] June 20)," Hogan said...

Trainer Roger Varian was upbeat Sunday about the effort put in by Godolphin and Prince A.A. Faisal's Belardo (Lope de Vega) to finish fourth in Saturday's Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1), and the conditioner noted last year's Dewhurst S. (Eng-G1) scorer would be pointed toward the summer's top mile events, including the St. James's Palace S. (Eng-G1) June 16 at Royal Ascot. "We were really pleased with his performance, although it was a little bit frustrating that he was slowly into stride for whatever reason," Varian said. "Because of that he missed out on getting a midfield position and if he had, I think he would have been right in the mix with the first three." Belardo had disappointed when eighth of nine on seasonal debut in the Greenham S. (Eng-G3) April 18, an effort connections put down to the firm going. Varian said the Prix Jean Prat (Fr-G1) at Chantilly July 12 is an option should the going at Royal Ascot not suit. "It's difficult to make plans because of the weather, but we've all been to Royal Ascot with our umbrellas before, so who knows?" Varian said. "He can race on good ground, but we just have to be disciplined enough not to run when the ground gets firm."...

Monday's $100,000 All American (G3) at Golden Gate Fields features a rematch between G. G. Ryder (Chhaya Dance) and Summer Hit (Bertrando), the one-two finishers in last month's San Francisco Mile (G3) on turf. G. G. Ryder edged his fellow Jerry Hollendorfer stablemate by a half-length, but Summer Hit is the defending titlest in the one-mile All American, which is run over Golden Gate's Tapeta main track. Hollendorfer will saddle a third contender in Outside Nashville, an impressive winner of the Oakland S. and an allowance, both over six furlongs on this track, last winter. Other contenders include Pepper Crown (Peppered Cat), upset winner of the San Francisco Mile and Berkeley H. (G3) last year; Grade 2-winning mare Living the Life (Footstepsinthesand); and local allowance winners Eagle Screams (Redattore) and Hypnatique (Scat Daddy)...

Unraced since a sixth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1), Southern Honey (Colonel John) will make a title defense when she returns from 205-day layoff in Monday's $100,000 Winning Colors (G3) at Churchill Downs. The four-year-old filly registered a career-best 101 BRIS Speed rating when scoring by 1 1/2 lengths in last year's edition and the Rusty Arnold trainee went on to record a runner-up in the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) and a third in the Prioress (G2). She's face nine foes in the six-furlong test with regular rider Julien Leparoux. Spring Included (Include) will enter in good form for Steve Hobby, winning the Carousel and Spring Fever at Oaklawn Park in her last two outings, and You Bought Her (Graeme Hall) posted a neck second in the Inside Information (G2) at Gulfstream Park two starts back. The stakes-winning and thrice Grade 3-placed Milam (Street Sense) also merits respect in her second start off the layoff...

More than 275 professional and amateurs riders walked, trotted and cantered their horses and ponies across historic Pimlico Race Course Sunday morning during Canter For the Cause, a popular event that raises money for Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and Susan G. Komen Maryland. Beginning at 6 a.m. (EDT) Sunday, riders rode their horses and ponies across the same track that has hosted Secretariat, Seabiscuit, Cigar, Affirmed, Rachel Alexandra, Seattle Slew, California Chrome and American Pharoah. Riders casually trotted and cantered, walked through a pink starting gate, and posed for photo opportunities in the winner's circle. Canter For the Cause was just one of several events held supporting Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and Susan G. Komen Maryland before, during and after the 140th running of the Preakness S. (G1) on May 16. Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company handed out complimentary coffee and the Mounted Unit of the Baltimore Police Department attended. "For the second consecutive year, Canter For the Cause was a great opportunity for horse owners and horse lovers to enjoy Pimlico Race Course while raising awareness and giving back to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and Susan G. Komen Maryland," Maryland Jockey Club Vice President and General Manager Sal Sinatra said. "For those of us with the Maryland Jockey Club, it was a pleasure and honor to meet so many people who share our love and respect for the horse and are committed to the growth of Thoroughbred racing throughout Maryland."...

Fredric Prat, 46-year-old father of 22-year-old riding sensation Flavien Prat, is visiting America for the first time from his native France to watch his 22-year-old son ride. The younger Prat single-handedly was responsible for Sunday's Santa Anita Park Pick 6 carryover of $127,454 by piloting Neveradoubt (Decarchy) to an $85.40 upset in Saturday's Snow Chief S. Through 18 racing days, Prat had 15 wins from 64 mounts, 23 percent, good for third in the standings. "Fredric is here on a 12-day vacation to see his son because he hasn't seen him for almost six months," said Prat's agent, Derek Lawson, interpreting for the elder Prat, who is a Standardbred driver in France. "Fantastic," was Fredric's reaction to his son's achievements at Santa Anita...

General admission for all active and retired members of the United States Armed Forces is free on Memorial Day Monday at Churchill Downs, and there's a special $28 Memorial Day dining package in Millionaires Row 4 available for military as well. Track bugler Steve Buttleman will entertain Memorial Day attendees with patriotic songs following the "Call to the Post" for each race on Monday. He's also sure to decorate the Kentucky Derby Winner's Circle with an abundance of U.S. flags. Fans attending Churchill Downs on Monday are advised to avoid Southern Parkway and Third Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (EDT) due to road closures for the Subway Fresh Hike, Bike and Paddle...

Santa Anita will race through Monday's Memorial Day holiday, then be dark for live racing Tuesday through Thursday and return with live racing Friday at 4 p.m. (PDT). There will be simulcast racing Thursday, June 4, with free parking and free general admission. Monday is Dollar Day at Santa Anita, with beer, soda and hot dogs on sale for a buck apiece...

Pimlico's 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover of $167,535.07 when racing resumes Monday on a special Memorial Day program with a 1:10 p.m. (EDT) post time. There was no single winning ticket on Sunday's Rainbow 6. Multiple tickets with six winners returned $411.20. Monday's six-race sequence will include three turf races with fields of 11, 12 and 14 horses.

In brief

A Wesley Ward-trained quartet of hopefuls for the prestigious Royal Ascot meeting worked on Sunday morning at Arlington, each negotiating half-mile moves over the world-renowned turf course. Ward, who has been an American pioneer in recent years with his success shipping overseas -- especially to Royal Ascot -- was very grateful to Arlington International and its Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Chris Polzin for accommodating his horses. The Chicagoland oval's iconic turf course has been integral to Ward's international success, including works the last two years by Group I winner No Nay Never in 2013 and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) victor Hootenanny (Quality Road) -- both winners at Royal Ascot -- prior to shipping overseas. The foursome of fillies worked in two teams of two at just past 9:30 a.m. (CDT) with the dogs up. Michael Dubb's Back at the Ranch (Artie Schiller), Santo Sanjur up, and Gainesway Stable's Storied Tale (Tale of the Cat), Jose Valdivia Jr. up, worked in tandem, with the former going in :49 4/5 and latter in :50 1/5 over the firm going. Hat Creek Racing's duo of Bruised Orange (City Zip), with Sanjur, and Laxfield Road (Quality Road), with Valdivia, went in :49 and :48 3/5, respectively...

The late-maturing Mikki Queen (Deep Impact) lacked the earnings to make the lineup for the Oka Sho (Japanese One Thousand Guineas) (Jpn-G1) April 12, but instead contested and won the Wasurenagusa Sho on that Classic's undercard, and proved her worthiness of competing at the top level when taking Sunday's Yushun Himba (Japanese Oaks) (Jpn-G1). Dropping back to travel slightly worse than midpack as the field passed the stands for the first time, Mikki Queen traveled three-wide down the backstretch and swung wider yet coming off the turn for running room. She used the length of the stretch to find the lead under a drive, and crossed the wire a narrow winner after changing leads in the shadow of the post. Unlike many of her competitors in these classics, Mikki Queen was slower out of the blocks as a juvenile, and did not get going until December 7, when she finished second over 6 1/2 furlongs on debut at Hanshin. She graduated by two lengths two weeks later over the same course when given an extra furlong, and was shelved until the February 14 Daily Hai Queen Cup (Jpn-G3), where she was beaten a neck in second and therefore missed the opportunity to make the Oka Sho lineup. "I'm so happy she was able to demonstrate her ability," said jockey Suguru Hamanaka, who has ridden Mikki Queen in each start. "I especially concentrated on her break, since she's been struggling at it so far. I thought I would relax her (early) to get her turn of foot in the stretch. She responded well and quickened being driven, so I just prayed for the best. It was my fault that she wasn't able to start in the Oka Sho, so my hopes to do well today were definitely higher than ever."...

The Peter Schiergen-trained Nightflower (Dylan Thomas) drove to a 2 1/2-length decision in Sunday's Diana-Trial (Ger-G2) at Hoppegarten. Second to the subsequent Prix Cleopatre (Fr-G3) scorer Little Nightingale (Muhtathir) in a 10-furlong maiden at Maisons-Laffitte April 2, Nightflower filled the same spot behind Desiree Clary (Sholokhov) in a 10 1/2-furlong conditions race at Chantilly last time April 27, but stepped out of her bridesmaid dress in plenty of time ahead of the August 2 Preis der Diana (Ger-G1) at Dusseldorf. Stalking Arles (Monsun) throughout racing freely at first, the chestnut was switched off the rail to challenge in the stretch and, after overhauling the longtime leader approaching the furlong pole, drew away to register a resounding first success...

Jerry Hollendorfer reports that multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire and champion Shared Belief (Candy Ride) is "doing great, coming right along," as he recovers from a right hip injury at the Pegasus Training and Equine Rehabilitation Center in Redmond, Washington. The four-year-old gelding was pulled up as the heavy favorite in the Charles Town Classic (G2) on April 18 following a pair of easy wins to open his 2015 campaign, including the Santa Anita H. (G1)...

Cliff and Michele Love's Xtra Luck (Exchange Rate), 1 1/2-length victor of Saturday's Louisville H. (G3) at Churchill Downs, exited the 1 1/2-mile turf marathon well, according to trainer Neil Howard, who collected his first graded stakes win since Machen won the 2011 Derby Trial (G3). "He seemed pretty good and didn't look too knocked out," said Howard, who added there's a good chance the four-year-old could make a trip to Arlington for the $100,000 Stars & Stripes S. (G3) going 12 grassy furlongs July 11. "Obviously with a horse like him that would be a good spot for him but I'll talk to the Loves about it. I think that with a horse like him those marathon type races are where they can really excel. He's good at a mile-and-an-eighth, but I think he likes to go longer." Louisville 'Cap runner-up For Greater Glory (Afleet Alex), who was making only his second start on turf, also exited the race in good order for trainer Steve Hobby. His other start on grass came in an allowance/optional claimer last year where he ran third behind Golden Soul (Perfect Soul), the third-place finisher in Saturday's race. Hobby said For Greater Glory had high energy after the race and was jumping and playing coming back to the barn. "He ran awesome," the horseman said. "I don't know where we'll run him next yet. Yesterday was kind of a trial thing, so I don't know where we'll go. I don't know if it was the distance or the turf that he liked." Majestic Harbor (Rockport Harbor) was a disappointing ninth and last, beaten 11 1/2 lengths, in the Louisville 'Cap. It was the seven-year-old's third time trying the turf. "He came out fine, but I don't think he'll ever see the grass again," trainer Paul McGee said. Majestic Harbor was also under consideration for the June 6 Brooklyn H. (G2) on the June 6 Belmont S. (G1) undercard, which McGee said has now been "pretty much ruled out." He added, "We may nominate to the Stephen Foster and see how that plays out."...

Despite the usual strong overseas challenge, there are real prospects of Cologne's Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (Ger-G2), or German Two Thousand Guineas, staying at home on Monday with Pearl Bloodstock's unbeaten Karpino (Cape Cross) in attendance. Following a four-length win on debut at Hoppegarten in September, the bay rubber-stamped his prominent placing among his country's sophomores when taking Krefeld's Dr Busch-Memorial (Ger-G3) in authoritative fashion over 8 1/2 furlongs April 26. Unproven at a mile but boasting smart form at two, Qatar Racing's Round Tower S. (Ire-G3) winner and Phoenix S. (Ire-G1) third Cappella Sansevero (Showcasing) appears a dubious stayer shipping in from Ireland, while the Brits are represented by Scuderia Blueberry's Fanciful Angel (Dark Angel). The Marco Botti-trained gray is another with doubts surrounding his stamina despite the fact that he won the International Trial S. over this trip on Lingfield's Polytrack last time April 11. Litex Commerce's Preis des Winterfavoriten (Ger-G3) scorer Brisanto (Dansili) is another of the home brigade with obvious chances along with Jaber Abdullah's April 12 Preis der Dreijahrigen winner Making Trouble (Paco Boy)...

Evergreen sprinter Gordon Lord Byron (Byron) returned a dirty scope after an eighth-place finish in Saturday's Greenlands S. (Ire-G2) at the Curragh, according to trainer Tom Hogan.  "He blew abnormally during the race, which he shouldn't have done as he was pretty fit, so we scoped him immediately afterwards and his scope was dirty," Hogan explained. "It was nice to find something and we'll just have to sort ourselves out now and see how things are in a couple of weeks." The seven-year-old's Royal Ascot participation could be in jeopardy. "We'll know a bit more about whether he'll make the Diamond Jubilee ([Eng-G1] June 20)," Hogan said...

Trainer Roger Varian was upbeat Sunday about the effort put in by Godolphin and Prince A.A. Faisal's Belardo (Lope de Vega) to finish fourth in Saturday's Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1), and the conditioner noted last year's Dewhurst S. (Eng-G1) scorer would be pointed toward the summer's top mile events, including the St. James's Palace S. (Eng-G1) June 16 at Royal Ascot. "We were really pleased with his performance, although it was a little bit frustrating that he was slowly into stride for whatever reason," Varian said. "Because of that he missed out on getting a midfield position and if he had, I think he would have been right in the mix with the first three." Belardo had disappointed when eighth of nine on seasonal debut in the Greenham S. (Eng-G3) April 18, an effort connections put down to the firm going. Varian said the Prix Jean Prat (Fr-G1) at Chantilly July 12 is an option should the going at Royal Ascot not suit. "It's difficult to make plans because of the weather, but we've all been to Royal Ascot with our umbrellas before, so who knows?" Varian said. "He can race on good ground, but we just have to be disciplined enough not to run when the ground gets firm."...

Monday's $100,000 All American (G3) at Golden Gate Fields features a rematch between G. G. Ryder (Chhaya Dance) and Summer Hit (Bertrando), the one-two finishers in last month's San Francisco Mile (G3) on turf. G. G. Ryder edged his fellow Jerry Hollendorfer stablemate by a half-length, but Summer Hit is the defending titlest in the one-mile All American, which is run over Golden Gate's Tapeta main track. Hollendorfer will saddle a third contender in Outside Nashville, an impressive winner of the Oakland S. and an allowance, both over six furlongs on this track, last winter. Other contenders include Pepper Crown (Peppered Cat), upset winner of the San Francisco Mile and Berkeley H. (G3) last year; Grade 2-winning mare Living the Life (Footstepsinthesand); and local allowance winners Eagle Screams (Redattore) and Hypnatique (Scat Daddy)...

Unraced since a sixth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1), Southern Honey (Colonel John) will make a title defense when she returns from 205-day layoff in Monday's $100,000 Winning Colors (G3) at Churchill Downs. The four-year-old filly registered a career-best 101 BRIS Speed rating when scoring by 1 1/2 lengths in last year's edition and the Rusty Arnold trainee went on to record a runner-up in the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) and a third in the Prioress (G2). She's face nine foes in the six-furlong test with regular rider Julien Leparoux. Spring Included (Include) will enter in good form for Steve Hobby, winning the Carousel and Spring Fever at Oaklawn Park in her last two outings, and You Bought Her (Graeme Hall) posted a neck second in the Inside Information (G2) at Gulfstream Park two starts back. The stakes-winning and thrice Grade 3-placed Milam (Street Sense) also merits respect in her second start off the layoff...

More than 275 professional and amateurs riders walked, trotted and cantered their horses and ponies across historic Pimlico Race Course Sunday morning during Canter For the Cause, a popular event that raises money for Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and Susan G. Komen Maryland. Beginning at 6 a.m. (EDT) Sunday, riders rode their horses and ponies across the same track that has hosted Secretariat, Seabiscuit, Cigar, Affirmed, Rachel Alexandra, Seattle Slew, California Chrome and American Pharoah. Riders casually trotted and cantered, walked through a pink starting gate, and posed for photo opportunities in the winner's circle. Canter For the Cause was just one of several events held supporting Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and Susan G. Komen Maryland before, during and after the 140th running of the Preakness S. (G1) on May 16. Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company handed out complimentary coffee and the Mounted Unit of the Baltimore Police Department attended. "For the second consecutive year, Canter For the Cause was a great opportunity for horse owners and horse lovers to enjoy Pimlico Race Course while raising awareness and giving back to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and Susan G. Komen Maryland," Maryland Jockey Club Vice President and General Manager Sal Sinatra said. "For those of us with the Maryland Jockey Club, it was a pleasure and honor to meet so many people who share our love and respect for the horse and are committed to the growth of Thoroughbred racing throughout Maryland."...

Fredric Prat, 46-year-old father of 22-year-old riding sensation Flavien Prat, is visiting America for the first time from his native France to watch his 22-year-old son ride. The younger Prat single-handedly was responsible for Sunday's Santa Anita Park Pick 6 carryover of $127,454 by piloting Neveradoubt (Decarchy) to an $85.40 upset in Saturday's Snow Chief S. Through 18 racing days, Prat had 15 wins from 64 mounts, 23 percent, good for third in the standings. "Fredric is here on a 12-day vacation to see his son because he hasn't seen him for almost six months," said Prat's agent, Derek Lawson, interpreting for the elder Prat, who is a Standardbred driver in France. "Fantastic," was Fredric's reaction to his son's achievements at Santa Anita...

General admission for all active and retired members of the United States Armed Forces is free on Memorial Day Monday at Churchill Downs, and there's a special $28 Memorial Day dining package in Millionaires Row 4 available for military as well. Track bugler Steve Buttleman will entertain Memorial Day attendees with patriotic songs following the "Call to the Post" for each race on Monday. He's also sure to decorate the Kentucky Derby Winner's Circle with an abundance of U.S. flags. Fans attending Churchill Downs on Monday are advised to avoid Southern Parkway and Third Street from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (EDT) due to road closures for the Subway Fresh Hike, Bike and Paddle...

Santa Anita will race through Monday's Memorial Day holiday, then be dark for live racing Tuesday through Thursday and return with live racing Friday at 4 p.m. (PDT). There will be simulcast racing Thursday, June 4, with free parking and free general admission. Monday is Dollar Day at Santa Anita, with beer, soda and hot dogs on sale for a buck apiece...

Pimlico's 10-cent Rainbow 6 will have a carryover of $167,535.07 when racing resumes Monday on a special Memorial Day program with a 1:10 p.m. (EDT) post time. There was no single winning ticket on Sunday's Rainbow 6. Multiple tickets with six winners returned $411.20. Monday's six-race sequence will include three turf races with fields of 11, 12 and 14 horses.

Trainer Stats

BRIS TRAINER STATS FROM PAST 60 DAYS

Trainer   Starts   Wins   Win %
Jonas Gibson   36   17   47
Kirk Ziadie   41   19   46
Roger F. Engel   56   25   45
Jamen Davidovich   16   7   44
Nabu Morales   36   15   42
Brandon L. Kulp   24   10   42
John F. Martin   51   21   41
Karl Broberg   232   93   40
Mike Chambers   23   9   39
Jack Steiner   18   7   39
Marcos Zulueta   44   17   39
Michael Puhich   21   8   38
Kiaran P. McLaughlin   71   27   38
David Walters   24   9   38
Danny Gargan   16   6   38
Robert L. Lawrence   16   6   38
Kevin Fletcher   27   10   37
Eddie M. Essenpreis   17   6   35
Sandino R. Hernandez, Jr.   20   7   35
Ramon Preciado   107   37   35
Jason Servis   55   19   35
Philip D'Amato   61   21   34
Kieron Magee   68   23   34
Eddie Truman   21   7   33
Rene Amescua   15   5   33
Clifford DeLima   15   5   33
John Rigattieri   15   5   33

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

MONMOUTH BEACH S., MTH, $97,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M 70Y, 5-24.
8—STIFFED, f, 4, Stephen Got Even--High Noon Nellie, by Silver Deputy. O-Holly Crest Farm, B-Holly Crest Farm (NJ), T-John F. Mazza, J-Gabriel Saez, $60,000.
6—Got Lucky, f, 4, A.P. Indy--Malka, by Deputy Minister. O-Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc (J G Sikura) and Steinberg, Philip J, B-Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc & Philip J Steinberg (KY), $15,000.
4—Amblin Easy, m, 5, Private Interview--Cowboy Chili, by Evening Kris. O-LC Racing, B-Ramona M Barney (NJ), $10,500.
Also Ran: Natalie Victoria, Catch My Drift, Tapit's World, Mary n' Eileen, Montana Native.
Winning Time: 1:41 1/5 (ft)
Margins: HF, 6 3/4, 1.
Odds: 34.80, 1.90, 17.10.
 
ED SKINNER MEMORIAL S., PRM, $73,500, 3YO/UP, 6F, 5-23.
1—BOBCAT JIM, g, 5, Sharp Humor--Glimmer, by Deputy Minister. ($165,000 '11 KEESEP; $150,000 2012 FTMMAY). O-Dream Walkin Farms, Inc, B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY), T-Kenny P. Smith, J-Shane Laviolette, $45,000.
2—Delaunay, g, 8, Smoke Glacken--Perilous Night, by Coronado's Quest. O-Maggi Moss, B-Fitzhugh, LLC (MD), $15,000.
5—Broadway Empire, g, 5, Empire Maker--Broadway Hoofer, by Belong to Me. O-Howg, Randy, Butz, Bob, El Kardy, Fouad and Running Rabbit, Rick, B-Mercedes Stables, LLC (KY), $7,500.
Also Ran: Luv Bandit, Helooksthepart.
Winning Time: 1:09 (ft)
Margins: NK, 4 3/4, 1HF.
Odds: 12.60, 0.90, 1.50.
 
FANCY BUCKLES S., CT, $51,150, 3YO/UP, F/M, 4 1/2F, 5-23.
5—GET THE SENSATION, f, 3, Not for Love--Happy Numbers, by Polish Numbers. O-Jill Daniel, B-Francis W Daniel III (WV), T-Crystal G. Pickett, J-Stevica Djuric, $30,690.
7—Miss Mountineer, f, 4, Lion Hearted--Even Aim, by Stephen Got Even. O-Reggetts Racing Stable, B-Stephen Reggetts (WV), $10,230.
6—Pagan Jewel, m, 6, Peak Dancer--Pagan Love, by Pentelicus. O-Jean L Rofe, B-Nancy Camp (WV), $5,627.
Also Ran: Henny's Princess, Kluvyabye, Practical Ideas, The Bop Express.
Winning Time: :51 3/5 (ft)
Margins: 6 3/4, NK, 3/4.
Odds: 0.50, 10.10, 40.00.
 
PRAIRIE ROSE S., PRM, $50,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 5-23.
4—YUCCA, f, 4, Cactus Ridge--Brittney Brat, by Pikepass. O-Al J Horton, B-Al J Horton (KY), T-Kenny P. Smith, J-Glenn W. Corbett, $30,000.
8—Beau Ravelle, f, 4, Tiz Wonderful--Dixiana Delight, by Gone West. ($3,500 '12 FTKOCT). O-Mike Walker, B-Dixiana Farm LLC (KY), $10,000.
6—Electric Temptress, f, 4, First Samurai--Electric Shock, by Cure the Blues. O-Maggi Moss, B-Clifford J Grum (KY), $5,000.
Also Ran: Table Three Ten, Royal Posh, St. Louis City.
Winning Time: 1:10 2/5 (ft)
Margins: 1 1/4, 1 1/4, 1 3/4.
Odds: 5.90, 17.20, 1.10.

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

BEL, 3RD, AOC, $88,200, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 5-24.
1—ROOM FOR ME, m, 5, Harlington--Graziella, by Honour and Glory. ($1,200 '10 KEENOV). O-David Jacobson, B-Stone Briar Stables (KY), T-David Jacobson, J-Cornelio H. Velasquez, $54,000.
5—Frivolity, m, 5, Corinthian--Sonoma Song, by Unbridled's Song. ($60,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Drawing Away Stable, Jacobson, David and Costabile, James, B-Hargus & Sandra Sexton (KY), $18,000.
3—La Madrina, f, 4, Tapit--Enchanted Rock, by Giant's Causeway. O-Emory A Hamilton, B-Emory A Hamilton (KY), $9,000.
Winning Time: 1:10 (ft)
 
WO, 4TH, ALW, $72,445, 3YO/UP, 6F, 5-24.
10—MARTEN LAKE, g, 4, Trajectory--Kain's Deed, by Alydeed. O-David R Bell, B-Alexis F Ward & Katie A Ward (ON), T-David R. Bell, J-Gerry Olguin, $45,780.
11—Platinum Glory, c, 4, Dunkirk--Tell No One, by El Prado (IRE). ($16,000 '11 KEENOV; $65,000 '12 KEESEP). O-John Di Scola, B-Spring Farm (ON), $11,449.
12—Goodnight Hawk, g, 6, Tomahawk--Goodnight Pete, by Peteski. O-DePetrillo, Denny, Grant, Donald and Lickrish, Gordon, B-Springburn Farm & Partners (ON), $8,393.
Winning Time: 1:09 3/5 (ft)
 
BEL, 8TH, ALW, $62,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6FT, 5-24.
1—DREAMBOAT ANNIE, f, 3, Freud--Extra Impact, by Honour and Glory. O-Crown Stable, Who Wudda Thunk Racing and Kinns, Debora, B-Michael Spielman (NY), T-Leah Gyarmati, J-John R. Velazquez, $37,200.
3—Kicken Livi, f, 4, Grand Slam--Kicken High, by High Yield. O-Justin Haers, B-Anstu Farm LLC (NY), $12,400.
4—Annie Walker, f, 4, War Chant--Iron Goddess, by More Than Ready. O-David Jacobson, B-Stonewall Farm (NY), $6,200.
Winning Time: 1:09 1/5 (fm)
 
SA, 1ST, AOC, $58,000, 3YO, F, 1 1/16M, 5-24.
5—ALL STAR BUB, f, 3, Midshipman--High Style, by Giant's Causeway. ($35,000 '13 ARZOCT; $10,000 '13 KEEJAN; $45,000 '13 OBSAUG; $65,000 2014 BESMAY). O-Campbell, Gillian S, Clark, Dan, Hollendorfer, Jerry and Skoda, Greg, B-Sun Valley Farm (KY), T-Jerry Hollendorfer, J-Rafael Bejarano, $34,800.
4—Guild, f, 3, Medaglia d'Oro--Angel Craft, by A.P. Indy. O-Godolphin Racing LLC, B-Darley (KY), $11,600.
2—Miss Mandate, f, 3, Pioneerof the Nile--Baba's Mandate, by Full Mandate. O-Gary Barber, B-Jack T Hammer (FL), $6,960.
Winning Time: 1:43 4/5 (ft)
 
WO, 5TH, AOC, $54,050, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1MT, 5-24.
8—UCHENNA (IRE), f, 4, Fastnet Rock (AUS)--Uriah (GER), by Acatenango (GER). (42,000gns '12 TATOCT; 28,000gns 2014 TATHIT). O-Triton Racing LLC, B-Knockaney Stud (IRE), T-Roger L. Attfield, J-Alan Garcia, $30,439.
7—Finn's Jewel, f, 4, Giant's Causeway--Catch the Ring, by Seeking the Gold. O-Sam-Son Farm, B-Sam-Son Farm (ON), $12,182.
1—Two to Tango, m, 5, Tapit--Lady Fu Peg, by Fusaichi Pegasus. ($125,000 2012 OBSAPR). O-Hill, Jim and Susan, B-Peter E Blum Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY), $5,580.
Winning Time: 1:33 3/5 (fm)
 
CD, 8TH, AOC, $53,460, 3YO/UP, 1 1/8M, 5-24.
7—HAZARDS OF LOVE, g, 8, Saint Liam--Spring Rush, by Wild Rush. ($50,000 '08 KEESEP). O-Maggi Moss, B-Hinkle Farms (KY), T-Thomas M. Amoss, J-James Graham, $32,400.
5—C J's Awesome, c, 4, Awesome Again--C J's Leelee, by Mizzen Mast. O-Gessler, Jr, Carl and Dan Wiginton, LLC, B-Sarah Lyn Stables (KY), $10,800.
4—Irish You Well, c, 4, Broken Vow--Pun, by Pulpit. ($170,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Donegal Racing, B-Dell Hancock & Bernie Sams (KY), $5,400.
Winning Time: 1:50 4/5 (ft)
 
CD, 10TH, AOC, $51,076, 3YO, F, 6 1/2F, 5-24.
11—KATHBALLU, f, 3, Bluegrass Cat--Abba Gold, by Devil's Bag. O-Five D Thoroughbreds, B-Five-D Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY), T-Kenneth G. McPeek, J-Julien R. Leparoux, $31,200.
5—Conquest Eclipse, f, 3, Malibu Moon--Grand Traverse Bay, by Repriced. ($105,000 '13 KEEJAN; $170,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Conquest Stables, LLC, B-Tapestry Stud LLC & Spendthrift Farm (KY), $10,400.
2—Perfect Fit, f, 3, Majesticperfection--Choose the Right, by Real Quiet. ($34,000 '13 FTKOCT). O-Majestic Racing Partners, LLC, B-Christine Hosier & Kelly McDaniel (FL), $4,320.
Winning Time: 1:16 4/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 8TH, ALW, $47,980, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 5-24.
5—PRESTONS PRINCESS, f, 4, Too Much Bling--Sharp Thunder, by Thunder Gulch. ($3,000 '12 TEXAUG). O-Floyd W Snyder, B-W S Farish (TX), T-Floyd W. Snyder, J-Eric Vera Rodriguez, $27,000.
4—Jammin With Jamie, f, 3, Colonel John--Delta Holiday, by Harlan's Holiday. ($15,000 '12 KEENOV; $85,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Bran Jam Stable and Clark, David W, B-Spruce Lane Farm & Lynn Farm (KY), $9,000.
6—Persuasive Girl, f, 4, Oratory--Bay Citi Girl, by Citidancer. O-Richard L Horwitz, B-Richard L Horwitz (PA), $6,930.
Winning Time: 1:44 1/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 7TH, ALW, $46,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 5-24.
2—HERE'S A JETPACK, g, 4, Here's Zealous--Reasontofly, by Sky Classic. O-John F Moran, B-Kaz Hill Farm (NY), T-Jaclyn DeSanctis, J-Hector Caballero, $27,000.
1—Queequeg, g, 4, Smart Strike--Green Door, by Danzig. ($150,000 '12 FTKOCT). O-Peachtree Stable, B-Austin Paul (ON), $9,000.
5—Triple Play, g, 4, Dixie Union--Ruby Crown, by Awesome Again. ($47,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Repole Stable, B-Kinsman Farm (KY), $4,950.
Winning Time: 1:12 4/5 (ft)
 
PIM, 8TH, AOC, $45,000, 3YO/UP, 5FT, 5-24.
11—STORMY ROCIT, g, 5, Stormy Atlantic--Carocita, by Anees. ($100,000 '10 KEENOV). O-Hill, Jim and Susan, B-Dixiana Farm LLC (KY), T-George Weaver, J-Nik Juarez, $25,650.
3—High Bar, g, 7, Macho Uno--Bailarina, by Lord Avie. O-Smith, Jr, James C and Elamri, Hassan, B-World Thoroughbreds, Chad & Laurie Stewart (FL), $9,450.
2—Irunalatte, g, 6, Medaglia d'Oro--Ionlyhaveeyesforu, by Tunerup. ($20,000 '10 KEESEP; $35,000 2011 FTMMAY). O-Valora A Testerman, B-Liberation Farm & Stonewall Farm (KY), $4,950.
Winning Time: :56 (fm)
 
PRM, 8TH, ALW, $43,463, 4YO/UP, 6F, 5-24.
2—SCHERER MAGIC, g, 5, Doneraile Court--She's a Nasty One, by Touch Gold. O-Lester Wright, B-Joe Robson (IA), T-H. Ray Ashford, Jr., J-Ken S. Tohill, $26,175.
1—Zeki, g, 5, Mutakddim--Zadie Creek, by Repriced. O-James R Leech, B-James R Leech (IA), $8,725.
6—Patty's Key, g, 5, Sir Shackleton--L L 's Key, by Silver Deputy. O-Lieber, Todd and Ketcher, Rick, B-Todd M Lieber (IA), $5,235.
Winning Time: 1:10 1/5 (sy)
 
GP, 3RD, AOC, $40,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1M, 5-24.
3—ELUSIVE HARMONY, m, 5, Peace Rules--Delicate Rose, by Trick Me. O-Matties Racing Stable LLC and Averill Racing LLC, B-Darsan Inc (FL), T-Kirk Ziadie, J-Tyler Gaffalione, $24,400.
2—Sylviasgivenangel, f, 4, Point Given--Spring Angel, by Wekiva Springs. O-Chris Rohrbach Racing Stable Inc, B-Tanourin Stables (FL), $8,360.
1—Cambiata, f, 4, Concerto--Striking T, by Smart Strike. O-Hinkle Farms, B-Shade Tree Thoroughbreds Inc & C.L. & R.G. Delaplane Trust UA 6 (FL), $4,000.
Winning Time: 1:38 (ft)
 
GP, 8TH, ALW, $39,200, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5FT, 5-24.
4—I WILL BE FREE, f, 4, Kodiak Kowboy--Mrs. M, by Mecke. ($65,000 '12 KEESEP; $115,000 2013 OBSMAR). O-Champion Equine LLC, B-Moreau Bloodstock International Inc. (FL), T-J. David Braddy, J-Eddie Castro, $24,400.
8—Knox County Zip, f, 3, City Zip--Menifeeque, by Menifee. O-Frederick Hertrich, III, B-Kenneth L & Sarah K Ramsey (KY), $7,200.
6—Our Liberty Bay, f, 4, Montbrook--Our Plum, by Our Liberty. O-RG Lundock, B-R G Lundock DVM (FL), $4,000.
Winning Time: :56 3/5 (fm)
 
IND, 5TH, ALW, $36,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 5-23.
8—ZERO VISABLITY, f, 4, Arromanches--Don't Even, by Golden Legend. O-Zero Visablity Partnership, B-Janice H Strain (IN), T-Cindy Huber, J-Malcolm Franklin, $21,600.
7—Cabby Joshtin, f, 3, Zavata--Prissy Proxy, by Cat in Town. O-William D Miller, Jr, B-Bill Miller Jr (IN), $7,200.
10—Camara Ann, f, 4, Zavata--Camara Cat, by Just a Cat. O-Robert Hyden, B-Roxanne Hyden (IN), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:10 2/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 6TH, ALW, $35,600, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 5-24.
7—NICE SURPRISE, g, 5, Pleasantly Perfect--Tanwi Spring, by Mt. Livermore. O-Al Lupcho, Jr, B-Jonathan Sheppard (PA), T-Marcos Zulueta, J-Jorge A. Vargas, Jr., $21,000.
1A—Cosmic Destiny, c, 3, Fairbanks--Paris Gem, by Rubiano. O-Peter A Double Deuce Stables LLC, B-Epona Equine, LLC (PA), $7,000.
6—Street Invader, g, 5, Invasor (ARG)--Street Singer, by Street Cry (IRE). O-Robert Tresente, B-Dr James Randall McGlinn (PA), $3,850.
Winning Time: 1:48 2/5 (ft)
 
IND, 7TH, AOC, $34,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 5-23.
2—FRANKS OFFICER GAL, m, 5, Officer--Franks Rocket Girl, by Irish Open. O-N P H Stable and B Square Stable, B-Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc (KY), T-Paul E. Holthus, J-Albin Jimenez, $20,400.
5—Polite Pearl, f, 3, Congrats--String of Pearls, by Storm Cat. ($12,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Marshall K Gramm, B-John C Oxley (KY), $6,800.
4—Spooled, f, 3, Dr Large--High Draw, by Quiet American. ($4,000 '13 INDOCT). O-Amy Elliott, B-Carmalley Valley Farm, LLC (IN), $3,400.
Winning Time: 1:10 2/5 (ft)
 
EVD, 8TH, ALW, $25,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 7F, 5-23.
6—CAP, f, 3, Arch--Enth, by Seeking the Gold. O-Claiborne Farm and Dilschneider, Adele B, B-Claiborne Farm & Adele B Dilschneid (KY), T-Albert M. Stall, Jr., J-Colby J. Hernandez, $14,100.
2—Baby Ella, m, 5, Storm Day--Pirate's Alley, by Kimberlite Pipe. O-Harold Joseph, B-Dr Sharon Buras (LA), $5,700.
8—Dingiada, f, 3, Bandini--Colegiada (ARG), by Southern Halo. ($1,200 '13 ESLOCT; $25,000 2014 TEXAPR). O-J-Lu Ltd Co, B-Dr Jan Phillip Gossage (LA), $3,135.
Winning Time: 1:26 1/5 (ft)
 
WRD, 6TH, ALW, $22,800, 3YO/UP, 1M, 5-23.
3—JOHNMACK DADDY, g, 4, Omega Code--Gigi's Skyflyer, by Skywalker. O-Sayretoga Stables, B-Robert H Zoellner (OK), T-Jody Pruitt, J-Bryan McNeil, $13,252.
2—Erlenmeyer, g, 3, Save Big Money--Sunny and Gold, by Strike the Gold. O-Red Hill Stable LLC, B-Ralph C Bruner (OK), $4,924.
5—Makin Mischief, c, 3, Into Mischief--Star Citizen, by Proud Citizen. ($27,000 '13 FTKFEB; $37,000 '13 FTKOCT; $30,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-Dusty Rose Ranch LLC, B-Scott Pierce & Tim Foreman (OK), $2,841.
Winning Time: 1:38 3/5 (sy)
 
ALB, 7TH, ALW, $22,700, 3YO/UP, 1M, 5-24.
1—FULL CONSENT, g, 5, Southern Image--Call for Fun, by Phone Trick. ($2,700 '11 KEESEP). O-Wayne Jenness, B-Fulmer Farms (TN), T-Edward J. Kereluk, J-Miguel A. Perez, $13,620.
5—Awesome Time, g, 4, Awesome Gambler--Lake Lolly, by Lake George. ($10,000 '12 BESOCT). O-Archie Gang LLC, B-Terry C Lovingier (CA), $4,540.
4—Tri Chocolate, g, 5, Swiss Yodeler--Cryptoscript, by Cryptoclearance. O-Peggy B Rust, B-Lisa Rehburg (OK), $2,270.
Winning Time: 1:37 (ft)
 
BTP, 6TH, ALW, $21,200, 3YO/UP, 1M, 5-24.
3—ROOKIE GLADDEN, h, 5, Spring At Last--Whitewater Wave, by Skip Away. ($7,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Gladden, Jim and Reed, Kay, B-Meadow Springs Farm, LLC (OH), T-Eric R. Reed, J-Edgar Paucar, $12,720.
5—Farmer Steve, c, 4, Stephen Got Even--Laura Lynn, by Captain Bodgit. O-Born To Run Farm, B-Laurie Hickman LLC (OH), $4,240.
6—Honey Let's Sho, g, 5, Nobiz Like Shobiz--Honey Bee Mine, by Saratoga Six. O-Catherine B Jacob, B-John J Jacob (OH), $2,120.
Winning Time: 1:38 3/5 (ft)
 
LS, 8TH, ALW, $21,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 5-24.
10—SANTACAFE, f, 3, Early Flyer--Cafe Pacific, by Gold Legend. O-Douglas Scharbauer, B-Clarence Scharbauer Jr (TX), T-W. Bret Calhoun, J-Lindey Wade, $12,300.
2—Loop Twenty, f, 3, Heckle--Timber Jones, by Seneca Jones. O-Woolsey, Erv and Asmussen, Keith, B-Keith I Asmussen (TX), $4,100.
4—Tea for Two, f, 3, Valid Expectations--Bridal Tea, by Gulch. ($25,000 '13 TEXAUG). O-Whitelaw, Michael and Veal, Gerald and Brody, B-W S Farish, BCWT, LTD & Inwood St (TX), $2,255.
Winning Time: 1:05 1/5 (gd)
 
LS, 6TH, ALW, $21,000, 3YO/UP, 5F, 5-24.
5—NEVER LATE FLYER, g, 5, Early Flyer--Never Late Date, by Rare Brick. O-Clifford Dodson, B-Mr & Mrs Karl Singer (OK), T-Clifford Dodson, J-Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez, $12,240.
2—Cajun Cascade, g, 5, High Cascade--Randabella, by Seeking a Home. O-End Zone Athletics, Inc, B-Don Martin (LA), $4,080.
1—Mula Run, g, 5, Mula Gula--Choctaw Lady, by Cherokee Run. O-Sonny Ellen, III, B-Sonny & Lynn Ellen (TX), $2,244.
Winning Time: :58 (my)
 
LS, 2ND, ALW, $21,000, 3YO/UP, 1M, 5-24.
1—SCONNIE NATION, g, 4, Street Sense--Bluegrass Sara, by Tabasco Cat. ($180,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Henry S Witt, Jr, B-Hubert Vester (KY), T-Amanda Barton, J-Ivan Arellano, $12,540.
6—Dirty Swagg, g, 5, Street Hero--Diversa, by Tabasco Cat. O-Jerry Caroom, B-Myung Kwon Cho (KY), $4,180.
2—Boston Humor, g, 4, Got the Last Laugh--Heathers Promise, by Silver Buck. ($14,500 '12 TEXAUG). O-Karen E Jacks, B-O V Moss (LA), $2,299.
Winning Time: 1:39 1/5 (my)
 
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, 3RD, ALW, $19,544, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 5-24.
6—LAUNDER'D MONY, g, 5, Italian Lover--Halee, by Halo. O-L D' Rado Thoroughbreds, B-L D'Rado Thoroughbreds (BC), T-Sylvea Gregory, J-Ryan Pacheco, $11,197.
1—Finally Diamonds, g, 4, Finality--Diamond Berries, by Defensive Play. O-Len Fielding, B-Len Fielding (BC), $4,072.
4—Wonder World, g, 4, Cause to Believe--Amy Came Back, by Archers Bay. (C$12,000 '12 BRCSEP). O-Lytle, Linda and Clive, B-Gil & Wil's Stud Farm (BC), $2,036.
Winning Time: 1:17 4/5 (ft)
 
HST, 6TH, ALW, $19,544, 3YO, F, 6 1/2F, 5-23.
5—MEG GIRY, f, 3, Eskendereya--Descapate, by Dehere. O-Felicella, Nick and Pauline, B-Sun Valley Farm (KY), T-Anita Bolton, J-Pedro V. Alvarado, $11,197.
3—Ambleside Park, f, 3, Fusaichi Pegasus--Capilano, by Demons Begone. O-Exclusive Stable and Hanson, Raymond, B-Exclusive Stable & Ray Hanson (KY), $4,072.
4—Susan's Day, f, 3, Colonel John--Joie de Vie, by Cloud Cover. ($25,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Cameron Hill, B-Tapestry Stud LLC (KY), $2,036.
Winning Time: 1:17 2/5 (ft)

Trainer/Jockey Stats

BRIS TRAINER/JOCKEY STATS FROM PAST 60 DAYS

Trainer/Jockey Combo   Starts   Wins   Win %
Michael J. Maker/Julien R. Leparoux   16   10   63%
John F. Martin/David Charles Lopez   17   9   53%
Karl Broberg/Colby J. Hernandez   74   39   53%
Scott Becker/Vicente Gudiel   24   12   50%
Miguel A. Feliciano/Ricardo Feliciano   16   8   50%
Jerry Gourneau/Efren Prado   16   8   50%
Chris J. Englehart/John R. Davila, Jr.   27   13   48%
Michael J. Maker/Javier Castellano   19   9   47%
Brent Angelle/Deshawn L. Parker   17   8   47%
Nabu Morales/Isais Nunez   17   8   47%
Jonas Gibson/Luis A. Batista   20   9   45%
Greg Tracy/Rico W. Walcott   20   9   45%
Scott Becker/Victor Santiago   43   19   44%
Roger F. Engel/Bryan McNeil   47   20   43%
Veronica Griggs/Curtis Kimes   19   8   42%
Timothy C. Kreiser/Matthew Rispoli   24   10   42%
Eduardo Caramori/Vanessa Ryall   17   7   41%
Philip D'Amato/Tiago Josue Pereira   17   7   41%
William I. Mott/Jose Lezcano   17   7   41%
Todd A. Pletcher/John R. Velazquez   50   20   40%
Jamie Ness/Antonio A. Gallardo   38   15   39%
Karl Broberg/C.J. McMahon   85   33   39%
Nabu Morales/Walter De La Cruz   16   6   38%
Marcos Zulueta/Jorge A. Vargas, Jr.   16   6   38%
Ardell Sayler/Larren Delorme   46   17   37%

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Monday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Arlington Park   (1st) Oo de Lally, 5-1
    (4th) Sterlingten, 8-1
Belmont Park   (1st) Hundred Percent, 5-1
    (10th) Dot Product, 4-1
Belterra Park   (2nd) April One, 5-1
    (7th) Naturday, 4-1
Canterbury Park   (5th) Gentle as a Breeze, 7-2
    (8th) No Rain, 8-1
Churchill Downs   (5th) Waldo, 3-1
    (11th) Anusara, 7-2
Delaware Park   (5th) Stormy Mouse, 8-1
    (7th) Jean's Beauty, 3-1
Emerald Downs   (6th) Miners Night, 5-1
    (8th) Foolish Miss, 6-1
Finger Lakes   (2nd) Destinys Mystery, 7-2
    (8th) Maybry's Girl, 6-1
Golden Gate Fields   (7th) Skip Tony, 4-1
    (8th) Outside Nashville, 9-2
Gulfstream Park   (2nd) Song Memory, 6-1
    (8th) French Channel, 3-1
Lone Star Park   (2nd) Tonto M., 7-2
    (6th) Hyde and Go, 3-1
Louisiana Downs   (3rd) Connor's Ace, 3-1
    (7th) Joe Goshen, 9-2
Monmouth Park   (2nd) Calvello, 4-1
    (4th) Taty's Gold, 4-1
Mountaineer   (3rd) Catch the Luck, 5-1
    (4th) Dutchie Baby, 3-1
Parx Racing   (3rd) Tender May, 3-1
    (4th) Distinctive Lady, 7-2
Pimlico   (6th) Trade Rumor, 6-1
    (8th) Cloudy River, 5-1
Prairie Meadows   (1st) Gaelic Passion, 4-1
    (6th) Ghost Locket, 7-2
Presque Isle Downs   (1st) Gdansk, 4-1
    (6th) Dancin' Lil, 4-1
Santa Anita   (2nd) Jaycee's Humor, 3-1
    (7th) Flat Gone, 9-2
Thistledown   (2nd) Pyrite Ice, 7-2
    (5th) Dynafox, 6-1

North American Maiden Winners
Divine Park--Royal Brett by Chapel Royal; ROYALLY DIVINE, g, 2, PRM, Msw, 5-24, 4 1/2f, :53 . B-Papandrea & Barry, LLC (KY.). $9,500 '14 KEESEP.
Where's the Ring--Minstrel Show by Tale of the Cat; BELIVEAU, g, 2, WO, Msw, 5-24, 4 1/2f, :52 3/5. B-Windways Farm Limited (ON.).
Afleet Alex--You Asked by Yes It's True; SO WHAT, f, 3, LS, Mcl 15000, 5-24, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-Colts Neck Stables LLC (KY.). $9,000 2015 FTKFEB.
After Market--No Llores Catita (CHI) by Crary; BOLD N GREY, g, 3, AP, Mcl 10000, 5-24, 6 1/2f, 1:18 1/5. B-Thomas E. Tabb (KY.). $14,000 2014 FTKFEB.
Colonel John--Cinderellaslipper by Touch Gold; EXPOSURE, f, 3, SA, Mcl 40000, 5-24, 6f, 1:10 . B-Dermot Carty (KY.). $22,000 '13 KEESEP; $310,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Discreetly Mine--Literary Legend by Bertrando; LEGEND IN TIME, f, 3, CBY, Mcl 12500, 5-24, 6f, 1:13 2/5. B-Alan Booge Racing Inc. (KY.).
During--Hanalei Bay by Exploit; MISSKITTYHAS SASS, f, 3, CT, Msw, 5-23, 7f, 1:30 . B-Dianne Lears Stern (MD.).
Finality--Deltateer by Pirateer; DELTA BEAUTY, f, 3, HST, Mcl 4000, 5-24, 1 1/16m, 1:50 1/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. E. M. Dittloff & K. D (BC.). C$4,500 '13 BRCSEP.
Giant's Causeway--The Lamp Is Lit by Miswaki; THE GIANT IS LIT, f, 3, BEL, Mcl 40000, 5-24, 7fT, 1:23 . B-Albert Fried Jr. (NY.).
Good Journey--Agua de Mayo by Mr. Greeley; TAKU, g, 3, EMD, Mcl 7500, 5-24, 5 1/2f, 1:04 3/5. B-Pacific Ridge Stables (CA.).
Good Journey--Last Freeze by Chestnut Freeze; WAR LEGACY, f, 3, GP, Mcl 10000, 5-24, 6f, 1:12 4/5. B-Mary Reynolds (CA.).
Holy Bull--Nasty Fever by Stormin Fever; HOLY MCNASTY, g, 3, WO, Mcl 25000, 5-24, 6f, 1:10 4/5. B-Tall Oaks Farm (ON.). C$50,000 '13 ONTSEP.
Line of David--Montserat by Thorn Dance; TACTICAL WARRIOR, g, 3, ASD, Msw, 5-23, 5 1/2f, 1:07 2/5. B-K 5 Stables, Inc. (MB.).
Marino Marini--Bewitch Bewild by Once Wild; COME AGAIN PLEASE, f, 3, ALB, Msw, 5-24, 1m, 1:41 1/5. B-Rancho San Miguel (CA.). $1,200 '13 BESJAN; $5,000 2015 BESJAN.
Munnings--Riding Time by Silver Deputy; PERFUME IN THE AIR, f, 3, IND, Mcl 10000, 5-23, 6f, 1:11 3/5. B-Avalon Farms, Inc (KY.). $50,000 '13 KEESEP.
Offlee Wild--Montaraz by Numerous; LOCA'S HERMANO, g, 3, PRM, Mcl 7500, 5-24, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-J. D. Squires (KY.). $21,000 '13 KEESEP.
Pacific Waves--Millys Sister by Piker; JOHNNY LONGSHOT, c, 3, BTP, Msw, 5-24, 5 1/2f, 1:06 2/5. B-South River Ranch Inc. (OH.). *Full to Plain Ol' Willard (MSW $253,769).
Proud Citizen--No Constraints by Katowice; CITIZEN KITTY, f, 3, EMD, Msw, 5-24, 6f, 1:10 4/5. B-Dunn Bar Ranch LLC (WA.). $41,000 '13 WASAUG.
Salute the Sarge--Smooth Striker by Smart Strike; SALUTE TO DIXIE, f, 3, EVD, Mcl 7500, 5-23, 5 1/2f, 1:06 3/5. B-Riceland Racing Stables LLC (LA.).
Sky Mesa--My Elusive Dream by El Prado (IRE); TIGHT LINES, f, 3, GG, Mcl 20000, 5-24, 1 1/16mT, 1:48 1/5. B-Dapple Bloodstock, Gryphon Investments LLC & Sangreal Investments LLC (KY.). $15,000 '13 KEEJAN; $15,000 '13 KEESEP.
Stephanotis--Good Thinking by Beau Genius; SMART FOCUS, g, 3, HST, Mcl 25000, 5-24, 6 1/2f, 1:17 2/5. B-R. J. T. Thoroughbreds (BC.).
Stonesider--All About Allison by City Zip; ROCKIN ALLI, f, 3, MTH, Mcl 25000, 5-24, 1 1/16mT, 1:42 3/5. B-Duncan Lloyd (NY.). $17,500 '13 FTMSEP.
Storm Victory--Yodeling Ann by Swiss Yodeler; STORM STALKER, f, 3, HST, Mcl 25000, 5-24, 6 1/2f, 1:19 1/5. B-Helen Klimes & Sharon Marie Pring (BC.). C$14,000 '13 BRCSEP.
Straight Line--Beret (G1P$251,251), by Royal Academy; TAM, f, 3, AP, Msw, 5-24, 5fT, :57 4/5. B-Nancy Vanier & Williamson (IL.). *1/2 to Kepi (MSW $383,822).
Street Boss--Se Bella by Forestry; FACE OF WINNER, c, 3, GP, Msw, 5-24, 1m, 1:37 4/5. B-Fred W. Hertrich III & John D. Field (KY.). $75,000 '12 KEENOV; $75,000 '13 KEESEP; $150,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Super Saver--Gins Majesty (G3), by Go for Gin; SUPER MAJESTY, f, 3, SA, Msw, 5-24, 6f, 1:08 2/5. B-WinStar Farm, LLC (KY.). $100,000 '13 KEESEP; $400,000 2014 FTFMAR.
Tapit--Rehear by Coronado's Quest; CLOSING BELL, c, 3, BEL, Msw, 5-24, 1 1/16m, 1:43 3/5. B-W. S. Farish & Lazy F Ranch (KY.). $400,000 '13 KEESEP. *1/2 to Mani Bhavan (G1 $267,000) *1/2 to Hear the Ghost (G2 $354,300).
Tiz Wonderful--Major's Girl by Purge; TOTAL JOINT, g, 3, MTH, Mcl 20000, 5-24, 6f, 1:10 2/5. B-Kinsman Farm (FL.). $50,000 2014 OBSMAR.
Unbridled's Song--Zehoorr by Storm Cat; DREAMING OF GOLD, c, 3, CD, Msw, 5-24, 1 1/8mT, 1:49 3/5. B-Rustlewood Farm, Inc. (FL.). $220,000 '13 OBSAUG.
Unbridled's Song--Delicatessa (MSW$268,142), by Dare and Go; LOVENSEEK, g, 3, SA, Mcl 75000, 5-24, a6 1/2fT, 1:14 4/5. B-Barr Inman & Taylor Made Stallions, Inc. (KY.). $40,000 '13 KEESEP; $50,000 2014 FTMMAY.
Will He Shine--Betterthannothing by Our Emblem; BETTER SHINE, g, 3, FP, Msw, 5-23, 5 1/2f, 1:07 3/5. B-Jim Cristel & Millennium Stallions, LLC (IL.).
Bob and John--Hot Pants by Dixieland Heat; LONG JOHNS, g, 4, WO, Msw, 5-24, 6 1/2fT, 1:15 2/5. B-Doug Anderson & Rita Eskudt (ON.).
C'Mon Tiger--Key Cents (MSW$343,957), by Corridor Key; VENTURES GALORE, g, 4, LS, Mcl 20000, 5-23, 5f, :58 2/5. B-James E & Marilyn Helzer (OK.).
Delineator--Country Whirl by Country Light; TIM TIM TIM, g, 4, EMD, Mcl 25000, 5-24, 6f, 1:10 1/5. B-Tim & Sue Spooner (WA.).
Dunkirk--Launch the Rocket by Forest Wildcat; CRUZ WEST, g, 4, WO, Mcl 10000, 5-24, 5f, :59 2/5. B-Roger Tanel (ON.).
Equality--Marco Groom by Marco Bay; MR. WISEGUY, g, 4, BTP, Msw, 5-24, 6f, 1:10 1/5. B-Lisa Jo & Larry Edward Nowicki (MI.).
Etesaal--Sweet Memory by Deputy Minister; SECRET SOCIETY, f, 4, PRM, Mcl 7500, 5-24, 1m, 1:42 3/5. B-Joe K. Davis (TX.).
Galopin Charger--Katie First by Predecessor; KATIE REAFFIRMED, f, 4, HP, Msw, 5-23, 4f, :49 1/5. B-Thomas L. Zimmer (MI.). ***FIRST WINNER FOR SIRE.
High Cotton--Serai ($311,898), by Faltaat; TAIL GUNNER CARL, g, 4, AP, Mcl 15000, 5-24, 6f, 1:11 1/5. B-Donald James McNeil (IL.).
Medallist--Better N Pearls by Better n Bear; JULIA'S MEDAL, f, 4, CT, Mcl 10000, 5-23, 6 1/2f, 1:23 2/5. B-Larry D. Miller (WV.).
Modigliani--Stormy Kristine by Storm Creek; UNCAGED, g, 4, PID, Mcl 7500, 5-24, 5f, :58 2/5. B-Richard J Forbush (KY.). *1/2 to Bold Thunder (MSW $311,280).
My Favorite Grub--Shezyou Brewing by Storm Brewing; MY FAVORITE STONE, g, 4, LS, Mcl 7500, 5-23, 5f, :58 4/5. B-Rolling Oaks Farm (TX.).
Orientate--Holy Holiday by Holy Bull; THE GREAT PROVIDER, g, 4, PIM, Mcl 25000, 5-24, 5fT, :56 4/5. B-Donna M. Miller (MD.).
Reversal--Crown Connection by Beautiful Crown; GINWILLMAKEUSIN, g, 4, BOI, Msw, 5-23, 5f, 1:01 . B-Paul, Debbi & Just Treasure (ID.).
Save Big Money--Senorita Chi Chi by Meadowlake; SENOR BIG MONEY, g, 4, FP, Mcl 5000, 5-23, 1m 70y, 1:49 3/5. B-Joe D. Casey (OK.).
Sea the Stars (IRE)--Casual Look (G1$604,422), by Red Ransom; CASUAL SMILE (GB), f, 4, MTH, Msw, 5-24, 1mT, 1:34 4/5. B-W. S. Farish (GB.).
Sky Mesa--Causeway Lady by Giant's Causeway; MESA WAY, g, 4, GP, Mcl 12500, 5-24, 1 1/16mT, 1:44 1/5. B-John C. Oxley (KY.).
Sky Mesa--American Dynasty (MSW$328,935), by Quiet American; ALL MY TRAILS, g, 4, PRX, Mcl 25000, 5-24, a1m 70yT, 1:42 2/5. B-Keene Ridge Racing, LLC (KY.). $140,000 '12 FTMOCT.
Southern Image--Future Thought by Smokester; HAYLEY'S GRAY, f, 4, LA, Mcl 3500, 5-23, 4 1/2f, :52 3/5. B-Tom Clark & Nancy Clark (CA.). $15,000 '12 BESOCT.
Sun King--Wing Woman by Golden Missile; SUNSHINE KING, g, 4, PIM, Mcl 8000, 5-24, 1 1/16m, 1:50 . B-Hurricane Boys, LLC (KY.).
Whatsthescript (IRE)--Polar Kid by Lemon Drop Kid; SCRIPTONITE, g, 4, ARP, Msw, 5-24, 5 1/2f, 1:07 2/5. B-Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC (CA.).
Autonomy (IRE)--Nicholas Street by Jules; MOURNING HOPE, m, 5, PRM, Msw, 5-24, 6f, 1:13 1/5. B-Jacob W. Tincher (IA.).
Kipling--Jewels Royal by Royal Academy; BIJOULINN, g, 5, LS, Mcl 7500, 5-24, 6f, 1:13 . B-Kimberly Kritzer, Deann Baer & Center Hills Farm (IN.). $5,000 2012 TEXMAR.
Magic Cat--Geri Kelly by Kipper Kelly; AMOROUS INTENT, g, 5, LS, Mcl 20000, 5-23, 5f, :59 2/5. B-Bruce A Melaas (TX.).
Salt Lake--Diversified by Broken Vow; ALSACE, g, 5, PRX, Mcl 10000, 5-24, 5 1/2f, 1:09 4/5. B-John C. Bell & Robert W. Theisen Jr. (CA.).
Collector--Musical Copy by Souvenir Copy; CRACKER JACK KID, g, 6, ARP, Mcl 5000, 5-24, 5 1/2f, 1:07 2/5. B-Jim & Jackie Weimer (CO.).
Supremo--Miss Victory by Victory Speech; DOCS MISS VICTORY, m, 6, CBY, Mcl 10000, 5-24, 5 1/2f, 1:08 4/5. B-Robert & Lisa Dainty & Dr. Les Martens (MN.).

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Sire Lists
LEADING SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB CFls StrsWnrs/% SWs/%SPI 2015
Earnings
1 Dubawi (IRE) 2002 7 736 166 56/33 21/12 2.49 $11,163,504
2 Tapit 2001 8 863 211 81/38 12/5 2.98 $7,017,498
3 Candy Ride (ARG) 1999 8 906 185 65/35 5/2 2.04 $5,040,353
4 Medaglia d'Oro 1999 8 1025 184 71/38 15/8 2.45 $4,769,550
5 Pioneerof the Nile 2006 3 212 71 26/36 2/2 3.38 $4,432,932
6 Azamour (IRE) 2001 8 428 97 30/30 1/1 1.84 $4,314,700
7 Giant's Causeway 1997 12 1916 208 78/37 14/6 2.63 $4,201,873
8 Singspiel (IRE) 1992 15 1022 44 9/20 2/4 2.23 $3,854,231
9 Ghostzapper 2000 7 520 102 38/37 7/6 2.54 $3,313,798
10 Speightstown 1998 8 710 145 57/39 6/4 2.30 $3,262,597
LEADING BROODMARE SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB DmsSps/% StsWnrs SWsBSPI ABSPI Earnings
1 A.P. Indy 1989 239 69/28 351 114 18 2.01 0.80 $6,695,025
2 Prospect Bay 1992 12 3/25 19 6 1 0.93 0.76 $6,241,413
3 Unbridled's Song 1993 238 59/24 333 113 9 1.63 0.84 $5,619,970
4 Storm Cat 1983 281 72/25 383 97 14 2.04 0.81 $5,460,545
5 Indian Ridge (IRE) 1985 117 23/19 162 36 5 1.56 1.27 $4,552,179
6 Highest Honor (FR) 1983 74 19/25 98 22 3 1.14 0.93 $4,350,483
7 Thunder Gulch 1992 159 42/26 232 89 10 1.34 0.83 $4,347,778
8 Sadler's Wells 1981 304 94/30 389 105 10 2.17 1.12 $4,206,244
9 Dixieland Band 1980 176 43/24 247 91 7 1.67 1.03 $4,146,698
10 Deputy Minister 1979 181 42/23 263 95 6 1.95 1.00 $3,772,277
LEADING SECOND-CROP SIRES BY LIFETIME EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB FlsSts %StsWnrs %WnrSWs %SWEarnings
1 Lookin At Lucky 2007 127 59 46 33 25 6 4 $2,775,400
2 Munnings 2006 125 69 55 45 36 5 4 $2,699,490
3 Quality Road 2006 136 72 52 31 22 3 2 $2,538,814
4 Majesticperfection 2006 93 48 51 31 33 3 3 $2,530,444
5 Super Saver 2007 152 73 48 31 20 4 2 $2,406,485
6 Line of David 2007 62 34 54 18 29 3 4 $1,866,719
7 Lope De Vega (IRE) 2007 77 72 93 37 48 6 7 $1,856,364
8 Temple City 2005 114 51 44 19 16 5 4 $1,692,076
9 Siyouni (FR) 2007 82 60 73 28 34 4 4 $1,668,092
10 Midshipman 2006 91 47 51 30 32 3 3 $1,626,641
LEADING THIRD-CROP SIRES BY LIFETIME EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB FlsSts %StsWnrs %WnrSWs %SWEarnings
1 Pioneerof the Nile 2006 172 102 59 60 34 7 4 $9,183,773
2 Mastercraftsman (IRE) 2006 204 192 94 87 42 15 7 $8,542,702
3 Sea the Stars (IRE) 2006 171 128 74 76 44 14 8 $6,360,820
4 Le Havre (IRE) 2006 170 118 69 49 28 8 4 $4,237,200
5 Colonel John 2005 218 135 61 69 31 3 1 $3,993,284
6 Old Fashioned 2006 180 101 56 60 33 5 2 $3,927,788
7 Thewayyouare 2005 125 99 79 44 35 4 3 $3,629,461
8 Dunkirk 2006 193 115 59 65 33 8 4 $3,565,660
9 Zensational 2006 149 100 67 65 43 4 2 $3,121,995
10 Two Step Salsa 2005 91 55 60 36 39 2 2 $2,922,679
LEADING ALL-WEATHER SIRES BY CURRENT YEAR EARNINGS
RNK SIREYB StrSts WnrSWnr WnsSWns %WSEarnings
1 Shamardal 2002 52 118 16 9 25 14 21 $618,094
2 Invincible Spirit (IRE) 1997 73 170 21 13 26 15 15 $597,447
3 Candy Ride (ARG) 1999 23 47 9 1 12 1 26 $548,459
4 Elusive City 2000 75 194 24 14 32 17 16 $448,933
5 Dark Angel (IRE) 2005 57 114 18 10 23 15 20 $392,838
6 Cape Cross (IRE) 1994 49 92 15 10 18 13 20 $372,721
7 Oasis Dream (GB) 2000 51 133 12 7 16 11 12 $362,500
8 Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) 2004 64 169 19 15 25 17 15 $352,393
9 Where's the Ring 1999 40 67 10 0 10 0 15 $348,715
10 Tribal Rule 1996 37 102 19 0 23 0 23 $347,951

(North American statistics in above lists updated through May 24)

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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