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SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015

Triple Crown News & Notes

Preakness rematch likely for American Pharoah, Dortmund

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Preakness rematch likely for American Pharoah, Dortmund

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Frosted, Pletcher trio to ship to New York; Bolo back to turf

Frosted was the only closer to get involved, rolling late to miss third by a neck (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Godolphin Racing's Frosted (Tapit) exited his late-closing fourth-place finish in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1) in good order, reported trainer Kiaran McLaughlin Sunday morning.

"He came out of the race in good shape, better than me. I'm tired," he said.

The Wood Memorial (G1) winner was 15th in the 18-horse field after six furlongs had been run in the 1 1/4-mile Derby before making a sweeping five-wide move on the turn and closing to fourth, a neck behind third-place finisher Dortmund (Big Brown).

"He ran the best race of his life I think," the trainer said. "He ran a winning race. Congratulations to the winner and their connections. It was one-two-three for California. We were the only ones closing ground."

McLaughlin said the Frosted is unlikely to be pointed to the May 16 Preakness (G1) at Pimlico.

Frosted is scheduled to ship back to New York Monday.

Trainer Todd Pletcher's trio of Materiality (Afleet Alex), Itsaknockout (Lemon Drop Kid) and Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) -- sixth, ninth and 10th respectively -- were reported to be well and happy Sunday morning following their efforts in Kentucky Derby 141 Saturday.

Pletcher had headed back to his New York home Saturday night to be on hand for a confirmation service for one of his sons on Sunday, but assistant trainer Dermot Magnier was at the controls and said the threesome had eaten up Saturday night and bright-eyed Sunday morning.

"We took them out and jogged them alongside the barn and they were moving fine," the Irishman said. "We would have liked better results with them yesterday, of course, but they came out of it well and now will ship up to Belmont Monday."

The inexperienced Materiality recovered from a hesitant start to finish a solid sixth (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Though no official word was heard on next starts for the colts, Pletcher has a history of not running Derby starters back in the Preakness if a Triple Crown is not to be had.

Also shipping to New York with the barn's colts would be their two Kentucky Oaks (G1) competitors, Angela Renee (Bernardini) and Eskenformoney (Eskendereya). Those fillies could next be seen in the Acorn S. (G1) on Belmont Stakes Day, June 6.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum's Mubtaahij (Dubawi), eighth in the Derby, already is officially on a schedule leading to the world's richest race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1), in March 2016. The runaway winner of March's U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2), held annually at Meydan Racecourse on Dubai World Cup Day, will get the next few months off to recover from his Kentucky Derby experience and, more important to the connections, mature quietly into a full-grown Thoroughbred.

"He'll go back to Newmarket and just take it easy for about three months," said Trevor Brown, assistant to trainer Mike de Kock. "We'll let him develop; he's still a young horse. Then we'll ship him back to Dubai and get him ready for the Dubai season with the World Cup in mind."

The Irish-bred will relax stateside for at least a few more weeks because of FDA regulations for international livestock shipping that include Thoroughbreds.

Mubtaahij will enjoy some rest and recreation in Newmarket (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
"You're not allowed to ship out until 15 or 30 days after vaccinations so more than likely it'll be a month until he ships out," Brown said.

Upon arrival at Newmarket, Mubtaahij will be turned out to paddock "for the next few months," he said.

Brown was pleased with the way Mubtaahij came out of his Derby effort and continues to be impressed by the way he has handled the demands of shipping from Dubai and racing against 17 others in a notoriously hectic event.

"Doesn't look worse for wear or tired," Brown said. "He came out of the race well."

Trainer Carla Gaines reported that all was well with her Kentucky Derby runner Bolo (Temple City), who ate up Saturday night and looked in fine fettle at Barn 45 on the Churchill Downs backstretch Sunday morning.

"He's doing fine," the conditioner said of her sophomore who had finished 12th in the 18-horse field of Derby 141. "I'm proud of him. He handled this whole experience well and that made it special for me. He's never shipped before and, of course, he's never had to handle a crowd like he did yesterday. He passed both tests with flying colors.

"My owners loved the experience, too. They would have liked a better outcome, but they all enjoyed themselves completely. As for me, I'm feeling like I got hit with a Mack truck. An amazing week: so many things to do, the media attention surprised me. I was just another horse in this race, but we were treated like stars. Bolo really got to like it; he liked all the people coming to see him and he liked the cameras clicking. All in all, I'm glad we came and got to do it. I wouldn't mind if we got to do it again. And I'm hoping it will make Bolo a better horse.

"What we know now for sure is that he's a grass horse. (Jockey) Rafael (Bejarano) got off him yesterday and said, no doubt, he's better on grass. He said he really didn't have any problems out there, but he just wasn't getting over the track like he does on a turf course.

Bolo could point for the Belmont Derby (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
"The plan now is to look for turf stakes for him. I sort of had a turf campaign mapped out before we got on this Derby run, so now I'll have to go back and see what will still work.

"I'm not sure if we'd be eligible for it, but the Belmont Derby ([G1] on July 4) was on the agenda. And Del Mar has a grass series for three-year-olds (culminating with the Del Mar Derby [G2] September 6) that we'll look at."

Gaines was off to California by private jet Sunday, while Bolo will fly there Tuesday with several other West Coast horses.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas was brief Sunday morning when describing the run by Zayat Stable's Mr. Z (Malibu Moon) to a 13th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

"We were compromised in the first turn," Lukas said. "He never really had a chance to run. I have always said that race is won or lost there more than anywhere else."

Jockey Ramon Vazquez checked Mr. Z several times in tight traffic as he approached the finish line for the first time and moved into the turn.

Concerning what's next for Mr. Z, Lukas said, "There's no decision on what we'll do."

Lukas said he's happy for Ahmed Zayat, whose stable also owns winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile).

"Oh yeah," Lukas said. "Wonderful for him."

All was well at the barn of DP Racing LLC's Ocho Ocho Ocho (Street Sense) the morning after his longshot Derby try. The son of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense managed an excuse-free trip from the rail under Elvis Trujillo and advanced to fifth at the quarter pole, but didn't have the stamina to hold on, tiring to 14th in the stretch.

"I'll probably send him back on the flight to California on Tuesday," trainer Jim Cassidy said. "I'll let him take a break and probably bring him back either at the end of Santa Anita or the beginning of Del Mar."

Cassidy departed Louisville on a 6 a.m. (EDT) flight and should be back in Southern California with plenty of time to saddle DP Racing's quality three-year-old turf filly Prize Exhibit (Showcasing) in Santa Anita's featured Honeymoon S. (G2) Sunday.

Upstart scoped fine after his subpar last-place finish (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Trainer Ron Moquett said that Harry Rosenblum and Robert LaPenta's Far Right (Notional) came out of his 15th in the Derby in good shape.

"He came back fine and cooled out after the race quicker than he ever has," Moquett said. "Right now I have no plans for him."

Loooch Racing Stables, Glenn Ellis and Christopher Dunn's War Story exited his 17th-place effort in good order.

"He looks good this morning," trainer Tom Amoss said. "We were disappointed that we got stopped down the backside and we feel that cost us a respectable showing in the race. Our plans are for a freshening and I think it is safe to say that with Loooch Racing being from Ohio, the Ohio Derby (for $500,000 on June 20) is on our radar."

Phil Birsh's homebred colt Tencendur (Warrior's Reward) was none the worse for wear after finishing 17th.

"The horse came out of it well," trainer George Weaver said. "No issues. He just didn't fire his race. I'm sure he will come back and be fine."

Weaver said that jockey Manny Franco had the colt in a good position coming out of the first turn.

"When we turned up the backside, he was laying in mid-pack and in position to make his run if he had it and he just didn't have it yesterday."

Tencendur will ship back to Weaver's barn in New York on Monday.

Ralph M. Evans and WinStar Farm's Upstart's (Flatter) last-place performance in Saturday's Derby continued to baffle trainer Richard Violette Jr. Sunday morning.

"He's doing quite well this morning," Violette said.

The Holy Bull (G2) winner passed a postrace endoscopic exam Saturday evening and showed no other physical issues. Upstart is scheduled to be shipped to New York Monday.

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Frosted, Pletcher trio to ship to New York; Bolo back to turf

Frosted was the only closer to get involved, rolling late to miss third by a neck (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Godolphin Racing's Frosted (Tapit) exited his late-closing fourth-place finish in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1) in good order, reported trainer Kiaran McLaughlin Sunday morning.

"He came out of the race in good shape, better than me. I'm tired," he said.

The Wood Memorial (G1) winner was 15th in the 18-horse field after six furlongs had been run in the 1 1/4-mile Derby before making a sweeping five-wide move on the turn and closing to fourth, a neck behind third-place finisher Dortmund (Big Brown).

"He ran the best race of his life I think," the trainer said. "He ran a winning race. Congratulations to the winner and their connections. It was one-two-three for California. We were the only ones closing ground."

McLaughlin said the Frosted is unlikely to be pointed to the May 16 Preakness (G1) at Pimlico.

Frosted is scheduled to ship back to New York Monday.

Trainer Todd Pletcher's trio of Materiality (Afleet Alex), Itsaknockout (Lemon Drop Kid) and Carpe Diem (Giant's Causeway) -- sixth, ninth and 10th respectively -- were reported to be well and happy Sunday morning following their efforts in Kentucky Derby 141 Saturday.

Pletcher had headed back to his New York home Saturday night to be on hand for a confirmation service for one of his sons on Sunday, but assistant trainer Dermot Magnier was at the controls and said the threesome had eaten up Saturday night and bright-eyed Sunday morning.

"We took them out and jogged them alongside the barn and they were moving fine," the Irishman said. "We would have liked better results with them yesterday, of course, but they came out of it well and now will ship up to Belmont Monday."

The inexperienced Materiality recovered from a hesitant start to finish a solid sixth (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Though no official word was heard on next starts for the colts, Pletcher has a history of not running Derby starters back in the Preakness if a Triple Crown is not to be had.

Also shipping to New York with the barn's colts would be their two Kentucky Oaks (G1) competitors, Angela Renee (Bernardini) and Eskenformoney (Eskendereya). Those fillies could next be seen in the Acorn S. (G1) on Belmont Stakes Day, June 6.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum's Mubtaahij (Dubawi), eighth in the Derby, already is officially on a schedule leading to the world's richest race, the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1), in March 2016. The runaway winner of March's U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2), held annually at Meydan Racecourse on Dubai World Cup Day, will get the next few months off to recover from his Kentucky Derby experience and, more important to the connections, mature quietly into a full-grown Thoroughbred.

"He'll go back to Newmarket and just take it easy for about three months," said Trevor Brown, assistant to trainer Mike de Kock. "We'll let him develop; he's still a young horse. Then we'll ship him back to Dubai and get him ready for the Dubai season with the World Cup in mind."

The Irish-bred will relax stateside for at least a few more weeks because of FDA regulations for international livestock shipping that include Thoroughbreds.

Mubtaahij will enjoy some rest and recreation in Newmarket (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
"You're not allowed to ship out until 15 or 30 days after vaccinations so more than likely it'll be a month until he ships out," Brown said.

Upon arrival at Newmarket, Mubtaahij will be turned out to paddock "for the next few months," he said.

Brown was pleased with the way Mubtaahij came out of his Derby effort and continues to be impressed by the way he has handled the demands of shipping from Dubai and racing against 17 others in a notoriously hectic event.

"Doesn't look worse for wear or tired," Brown said. "He came out of the race well."

Trainer Carla Gaines reported that all was well with her Kentucky Derby runner Bolo (Temple City), who ate up Saturday night and looked in fine fettle at Barn 45 on the Churchill Downs backstretch Sunday morning.

"He's doing fine," the conditioner said of her sophomore who had finished 12th in the 18-horse field of Derby 141. "I'm proud of him. He handled this whole experience well and that made it special for me. He's never shipped before and, of course, he's never had to handle a crowd like he did yesterday. He passed both tests with flying colors.

"My owners loved the experience, too. They would have liked a better outcome, but they all enjoyed themselves completely. As for me, I'm feeling like I got hit with a Mack truck. An amazing week: so many things to do, the media attention surprised me. I was just another horse in this race, but we were treated like stars. Bolo really got to like it; he liked all the people coming to see him and he liked the cameras clicking. All in all, I'm glad we came and got to do it. I wouldn't mind if we got to do it again. And I'm hoping it will make Bolo a better horse.

"What we know now for sure is that he's a grass horse. (Jockey) Rafael (Bejarano) got off him yesterday and said, no doubt, he's better on grass. He said he really didn't have any problems out there, but he just wasn't getting over the track like he does on a turf course.

Bolo could point for the Belmont Derby (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
"The plan now is to look for turf stakes for him. I sort of had a turf campaign mapped out before we got on this Derby run, so now I'll have to go back and see what will still work.

"I'm not sure if we'd be eligible for it, but the Belmont Derby ([G1] on July 4) was on the agenda. And Del Mar has a grass series for three-year-olds (culminating with the Del Mar Derby [G2] September 6) that we'll look at."

Gaines was off to California by private jet Sunday, while Bolo will fly there Tuesday with several other West Coast horses.

Trainer D. Wayne Lukas was brief Sunday morning when describing the run by Zayat Stable's Mr. Z (Malibu Moon) to a 13th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.

"We were compromised in the first turn," Lukas said. "He never really had a chance to run. I have always said that race is won or lost there more than anywhere else."

Jockey Ramon Vazquez checked Mr. Z several times in tight traffic as he approached the finish line for the first time and moved into the turn.

Concerning what's next for Mr. Z, Lukas said, "There's no decision on what we'll do."

Lukas said he's happy for Ahmed Zayat, whose stable also owns winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile).

"Oh yeah," Lukas said. "Wonderful for him."

All was well at the barn of DP Racing LLC's Ocho Ocho Ocho (Street Sense) the morning after his longshot Derby try. The son of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense managed an excuse-free trip from the rail under Elvis Trujillo and advanced to fifth at the quarter pole, but didn't have the stamina to hold on, tiring to 14th in the stretch.

"I'll probably send him back on the flight to California on Tuesday," trainer Jim Cassidy said. "I'll let him take a break and probably bring him back either at the end of Santa Anita or the beginning of Del Mar."

Cassidy departed Louisville on a 6 a.m. (EDT) flight and should be back in Southern California with plenty of time to saddle DP Racing's quality three-year-old turf filly Prize Exhibit (Showcasing) in Santa Anita's featured Honeymoon S. (G2) Sunday.

Upstart scoped fine after his subpar last-place finish (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
Trainer Ron Moquett said that Harry Rosenblum and Robert LaPenta's Far Right (Notional) came out of his 15th in the Derby in good shape.

"He came back fine and cooled out after the race quicker than he ever has," Moquett said. "Right now I have no plans for him."

Loooch Racing Stables, Glenn Ellis and Christopher Dunn's War Story exited his 17th-place effort in good order.

"He looks good this morning," trainer Tom Amoss said. "We were disappointed that we got stopped down the backside and we feel that cost us a respectable showing in the race. Our plans are for a freshening and I think it is safe to say that with Loooch Racing being from Ohio, the Ohio Derby (for $500,000 on June 20) is on our radar."

Phil Birsh's homebred colt Tencendur (Warrior's Reward) was none the worse for wear after finishing 17th.

"The horse came out of it well," trainer George Weaver said. "No issues. He just didn't fire his race. I'm sure he will come back and be fine."

Weaver said that jockey Manny Franco had the colt in a good position coming out of the first turn.

"When we turned up the backside, he was laying in mid-pack and in position to make his run if he had it and he just didn't have it yesterday."

Tencendur will ship back to Weaver's barn in New York on Monday.

Ralph M. Evans and WinStar Farm's Upstart's (Flatter) last-place performance in Saturday's Derby continued to baffle trainer Richard Violette Jr. Sunday morning.

"He's doing quite well this morning," Violette said.

The Holy Bull (G2) winner passed a postrace endoscopic exam Saturday evening and showed no other physical issues. Upstart is scheduled to be shipped to New York Monday.

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Churchill sees attendance, handle records set on Derby Day 2015

It was ideal weather for Saturday's 141st running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) as a record 170,513 fans, the highest attendance in Derby history, watched American Pharoah take home the garland of roses in the final stretch at Churchill Downs. Prior attendance record of 165,307 was set in 2012 when I'll Have Another won the 138th Kentucky Derby.

Wagering from all-sources was the highest all-time on both the Kentucky Derby Day program and on the Kentucky Derby race.

Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $194.3 million, an increase of 4 percent for both the 2014 total of $186.6 million and the previous record set in 2012 of $187 million. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby race jumped 7 percent to $137.9 million from 2014's $129.2 million and saw 4 percent rise over the previous record set in 2012 of $133.1 million.

On-track wagering on the Kentucky Derby program of $23 million declined 2 percent from $23.4 million in 2014. On-track wagering on the Kentucky Derby race totaled $12 million, an increase of 1 percent over 2014's $11.9 million.

Churchill Downs returned $154.3 million to bettors on the Kentucky Derby Day race program. Additionally, purses earned from the Kentucky Derby Day race program approximated $10.7 million that will be paid out to horsemen during the remainder of the 2015 race meets.

"We congratulate the connections of American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) on his victory in this year's 141st running of the Kentucky Derby," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. "It was truly a team effort here at Churchill Downs and I want to thank the horses, jockeys, trainers, owners and employees who created an extraordinary opening week and an unforgettable Derby day. We look forward to an impressive 2015 spring meet."

"The Kentucky Derby is an awe-inspiring spectacle and all of us who work here feel privileged to be a part of this experience," said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs Inc. "We saw continued improvement again this year and we preliminarily expect record Adjusted EBITDA with growth over last year's Kentucky Oaks and Derby week of $5-to-$6.5 million."

Bettors took full advantage of TwinSpires.com and the new TwinSpires app for iOS devices to handicap, place wagers, and watch live races. For Derby Day, TwinSpires, the country's leading online betting platform, handle on all Churchill Downs races for the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $20.8 million, up 17 percent over $17.8 million in 2014.

For the Kentucky Derby race itself, handle totaled a record $13.2 million on TwinSpires, up 17 percent from $11.3 million in 2014.

All-sources handle for opening night, Saturday, April 25, through Derby Day, Saturday, May 2, rose to a record $263.3 million, up 4 percent from 2014's $253.8 million, and 2 percent over the record set in 2013.

Attendance for those five days was a record, up 5 percent to 365,006 from 348,530 in 2014 and up 1.5 percent over the previous record set in 2011.

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Churchill sees attendance, handle records set on Derby Day 2015

It was ideal weather for Saturday's 141st running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) as a record 170,513 fans, the highest attendance in Derby history, watched American Pharoah take home the garland of roses in the final stretch at Churchill Downs. Prior attendance record of 165,307 was set in 2012 when I'll Have Another won the 138th Kentucky Derby.

Wagering from all-sources was the highest all-time on both the Kentucky Derby Day program and on the Kentucky Derby race.

Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $194.3 million, an increase of 4 percent for both the 2014 total of $186.6 million and the previous record set in 2012 of $187 million. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby race jumped 7 percent to $137.9 million from 2014's $129.2 million and saw 4 percent rise over the previous record set in 2012 of $133.1 million.

On-track wagering on the Kentucky Derby program of $23 million declined 2 percent from $23.4 million in 2014. On-track wagering on the Kentucky Derby race totaled $12 million, an increase of 1 percent over 2014's $11.9 million.

Churchill Downs returned $154.3 million to bettors on the Kentucky Derby Day race program. Additionally, purses earned from the Kentucky Derby Day race program approximated $10.7 million that will be paid out to horsemen during the remainder of the 2015 race meets.

"We congratulate the connections of American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) on his victory in this year's 141st running of the Kentucky Derby," said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. "It was truly a team effort here at Churchill Downs and I want to thank the horses, jockeys, trainers, owners and employees who created an extraordinary opening week and an unforgettable Derby day. We look forward to an impressive 2015 spring meet."

"The Kentucky Derby is an awe-inspiring spectacle and all of us who work here feel privileged to be a part of this experience," said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs Inc. "We saw continued improvement again this year and we preliminarily expect record Adjusted EBITDA with growth over last year's Kentucky Oaks and Derby week of $5-to-$6.5 million."

Bettors took full advantage of TwinSpires.com and the new TwinSpires app for iOS devices to handicap, place wagers, and watch live races. For Derby Day, TwinSpires, the country's leading online betting platform, handle on all Churchill Downs races for the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $20.8 million, up 17 percent over $17.8 million in 2014.

For the Kentucky Derby race itself, handle totaled a record $13.2 million on TwinSpires, up 17 percent from $11.3 million in 2014.

All-sources handle for opening night, Saturday, April 25, through Derby Day, Saturday, May 2, rose to a record $263.3 million, up 4 percent from 2014's $253.8 million, and 2 percent over the record set in 2013.

Attendance for those five days was a record, up 5 percent to 365,006 from 348,530 in 2014 and up 1.5 percent over the previous record set in 2011.

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Spanish Queen enjoys her Honeymoon trip

Spanish Queen is improving fast for trainer Richard Baltas (Benoit Photo)
Bederian, Kamberian and Nakkashian's homebred Spanish Queen (Tribal Rule), who missed by a neck in her second career start in the Providencia (G3), rallied to a convincing score in Sunday's $201,000 Honeymoon (G2) at Santa Anita. With regular rider Brice Blanc masterminding a perfect ground-saving, stalk-and-pounce trip, the Richard Baltas trainee skipped 1 1/2 lengths clear and paid $8 as the 3-1 second choice.

Spirit of Xian (Kodiac), the front-running Providencia winner, again sped to the lead in hopes of repeating the feat here. After setting fractions of :23, :46 4/5 and 1:10 4/5 on the firm turf, she put away her early company Screaming Skylar (Smart Strike).

But Spanish Queen, well placed on the rail just behind the leader, tipped out to deliver her challenge at the head of the lane. Quickly asserting in midstretch, Spanish Queen gained revenge for her narrow loss in the Providencia and completed 1 1/8 miles in 1:47 1/5.

"She keeps improving," Blanc said. "Richard has done a great job. He takes his time and he's been trying to get her to settle down and take everything in. She's getting more and more professional. She has so many gears, she has a good turn of foot and she puts me in good spots as well. She's done everything well and she even seemed like she was a step better than her last race. She just needs to keep improving, she's special.

"She handled herself really well today, she's a fireball though.

"She helped me today. Ninety percent of horses wouldn't have gone through that hole but she didn't chicken out on me; she's got a big heart and I was able to maneuver her.

"I was loaded the whole way, she was galloping. I was just like 'I hope something opens up because I could see (Richard) pulling out the rest of the hair that he does have!'

"She's just got it from the start. She's professional, she loves racing, even when she started working. She's getting better and better."

"She has a helluva turn of foot," Baltas said. "Brice made a good move there at the top of the lane. I thought he was going to go around, which probably wouldn't have mattered but he did make a helluva move there splitting horses.

"She's always breezed like a good horse. She just lowers herself and she gets it.

"Brice has been on her every time to breeze her and I think she's the kind of horse that needs the same person to get used to because she can be a little difficult.

"I think maybe she's just had more experience going farther. I thought last time out, that horse (Spirit of Xian) walked on the lead and she got pressured today which helped us out. She got an easy lead last out and we were tracking her that day."

Sharla Rae (Afleet Alex) made good late progress for second, besting Spirit of Xian by 2 3/4 lengths. Prize Exhibit (Showcasing) reported home fourth, while 2-1 favorite Entrechat (Giant's Causeway) wound up sixth of nine. The latter two were also coming off the Providencia, where Entrechat was third and Prize Exhibit a troubled fourth.

Spanish Queen, a 5 3/4-length debut winner here March 5, now sports a mark of 3-2-1-0, $183,600. The California-bred is the first registered foal from the winning Unusual Heat mare Spanish Bunny, and she hails from the further family of champion Bates Motel (Sir Ivor).

"We'll just have to play it by ear," Baltas said of plans. "I wasn't even planning on this race but I let the horse tell me what to do and she was begging me to go out there. If she comes out of the race good and she really wants to go, then maybe we go in the American Oaks ([G1] on May 30) because it looks like we're the horse to beat."

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Legatissimo completes Guineas double for Tabor, Moore

Not even in the picture for the One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) before last Sunday, Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer) proved that a week can be a long time in racing as she capped a stellar weekend for Michael Tabor and Ryan Moore at Newmarket.

Earning the right to be here only after winning last Sunday's Victor McCalmont Memorial S. at Gowran Park, the 13-2 shot proved up to the quick turnaround to complete an Irish domination of both Guineas and a classic double for her main owner and jockey. Delivered from rear to overhaul the 9-2 favorite and compatriot Lucida (Shamardal) in the last 100 yards, the bay asserted for a three-quarters-of-a-length success under Coolmore's new number one.

There were shades of Kieren Fallon in the achievement, as that rider had also pulled off the Guineas double on Footstepsinthesand and Virginia Waters in his first year in the job in 2005.

"They went a good gallop and I was always confident," Moore said. "She stayed really well in the last furlong and she'll get further. She's a very handy filly and she loved the quick ground."

Introduced over seven furlongs at Leopardstown in July, Legatissimo offered no clear signal that she was a Guineas winner in the making when beating only one rival in sixth on that occasion. Sent off at 12-1 for an often-informative fillies' maiden over that trip at the Galway festival at the end of the month, the David Wachman trainee took a significant stride in the right direction to win from the likes of the subsequent Fillies' Mile (Eng-G1) heroine Together Forever (Galileo). Second to the Silver Flash S. (Ire-G3) winner and eventual Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-G1) third Jack Naylor (Champs Elysees) in the Curragh's Flame of Tara S. over this trip at the end of August, she again had Together Forever behind in third and entered winter quarters a genuine classic hopeful.

That tag seemed to disappear when she could manage only fourth in the Leopardstown One Thousand Guineas Trial (Ire-G3) over seven furlongs on testing ground April 12, but Legatissimo bounced back a fortnight later to register an authoritative score over an extended nine-furlong trip in Gowran Park's Victor McCalmont Memorial.

With the proven mare Euphrasia (Windsor Knot) and the talented four-year-old Carla Bianca (Dansili) well adrift there, trainer David Wachman's confidence was restored and she was sent to Newmarket to attempt to fill the void left by the absence of Ballydoyle's longtime antepost favorite Found (Galileo). Not rushed early, she was shuffled towards the rear racing against the stand's rail with Lucida initially next to her as Tiggy Wiggy (Kodiac) displayed a fair measure of her potent speed up front.

As Kevin Manning took Lucida toward the middle of the track in an attempt to find a clear passage, Moore weaved Legatissimo between rivals who were starting to pay for laying closer to Tiggy Wiggy. Helped by the cutaway as the false rail ended, she pursued Lucida, who had gained the lead from the Hannon filly approaching the furlong marker, and ground her into submission as her stamina kicked in during the last 100 yards.

For Wachman, who was saddling a first British classic winner, the result was vindication for an unconventional ploy.

"Gowran was like a bit of work, so although we were taking a chance coming here so soon after, it worked," he said. "I knew that if it didn't come too quick, we definitely had a shout and she's a lovely, big, scopey filly. She was very good last year, but a bit weak and we always held her in high regard. We went to Leopardstown and she was beaten in very soft ground and didn't perform, so we were left scratching our heads a bit but she won very well last week.

"I was not worried about coming down in trip; we were just taking a chance running her a week after her stakes race. She'll go further, so we'll have plenty of options. She got home well and we'll see how she is, as she's had three runs in three weeks and the owners have a lot of fillies for Epsom. She's in everything, so we'll take it one step at a time. Her dam is a full sister to Fame and Glory, so she should get a trip."

Her jockey was backing up that impression, although he appeared lukewarm on the topic of the 1 1/2-mile trip of the Oaks (Eng-G1).

"They went a proper gallop; she's got plenty of speed, but she really got up the hill well," he said. "I wouldn't be sure she'd necessarily want a mile and a half, but I think she'll go further."

Moore also paid tribute to Legatissimo's regular partner Wayne Lordan and added, "I was speaking to Wayne and he said she can be little bit keen in stages, but that when you get her into a rhythm she settles good and she did today."

Lucida's trainer Jim Bolger was taking defeat on the chin afterwards.

"There are no excuses. I'd have to be very happy with Lucida," he commented. "Her next run is more than likely to be the Coronation S. ([Eng-G1] at Royal Ascot June 19], but there is a possibility of the Irish One Thousand Guineas ([Ire-G1] May 24) at the Curragh in the meantime.

"Kevin said she ran her heart out -- he was very happy with her. He thought he had it put to bed at 7 1/2 furlongs, but the other one came and got by her near the line. Nine years out of 10, that run would have been good enough to win."

Manning added, "She stumbled out of the stalls and jumped a little bit to the right, but she traveled into the race quite well and there are no real excuses."

Tiggy Wiggy's rider Richard Hughes told PA Sport, "We've had a go and I'm only third because she's so good. You can argue that she stays, but she's not as effective over a mile. We used her speed over six and it would be unfair to her to keep trying over a mile."

As previously mentioned, Legatissimo's dam is a full sister to Fame and Glory, who counted the Irish Derby (Ire-G1) and Ascot Gold Cup (Eng-G1) among his five Group 1 wins.

Also Sunday, Moore guided the progressive Bragging (Exchange Rate) to a breakthrough win in the Dahlia (Eng-G2).

Kept to handicaps after her maiden win over an extended mile at Windsor last May, Bragging followed a second over that trip at Nottingham the following month with smooth wins over seven furlongs at Newmarket in July and at York's Ebor meeting in August. Second to Kiyoshi (Dubawi) when sent into black-type company for the first time in the Sceptre S. (Eng-G3) again at seven at Doncaster's St Leger festival in September, the homebred looked in need of a step up in trip there and arrived fresh off a winter break to test that theory in the nine-furlong Dahlia.

Tracking the early leaders tucked away in midpack early, the bay responded to Moore's drive to wear down yet another major Luca Cumani improver in Kleo (Kavafi) in the last 100 yards and provide Sir Michael Stoute with a sixth renewal.

"She got a bit messed around at some stages and got a little bit outpaced at the top of the hill, but I was always in the position I wanted to be in," Moore said. "For her first run of the year, she found plenty and she looked beforehand as if she would come forward for it."

Stoute added, "She proved that she wants at least 10 furlongs and we didn't think she was quite right today, so we are delighted with that performance. We'll stop and think and see how she comes out of it and what's available.

"I don't think she'll go for the Duke of Cambridge S. ([Eng-G2] at Royal Ascot June 17), which was our winter thought and so the Pretty Polly S. ([Ire-G1] at the Curragh June 28) could be on her agenda.

"She is improving physically and has a lot of scope. She is very athletic and has a great mind -- she always has done -- and we really do like this filly."

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Cirrus des Aigles strong as ever in Ganay

Producing yet another top-class effort on this seasonal return in Sunday's Prix Ganay (Fr-G1), the undimmed nine-year-old Cirrus des Aigles (Even Top) outpointed his two-years younger rival Al Kazeem (Dubawi) in a finish of the golden oldies to notch up a seventh Group 1 win and third in this race.

Not sent to Dubai this year as he had been when scoring by eight lengths in 2012 and when upsetting Treve (Motivator) 12 months ago, the evergreen showed no signs of any cobwebs as he was sent to the front by Christophe Soumillon -- who had returned to France less than 16 hours after piloting Mubtaahij (Dubawi) to finish eighth in the Kentucky Derby (G1) -- after a furlong. Sauntering throughout with Al Kazeem in closest attendance, he was still well within himself as the British raider began to be ridden in the "false straight" leading to the final turn. As the filly We Are (Dansili) cracked in behind, Al Kazeem managed to fight his way to the flanks of Cirrus des Aigles but that was all the veteran needed to spur him on.

Hardly touched with Soumillon's whip, he hit the line a comfortable winner to defy the press and his trainer to produce some original praise.

"He's just amazing and to sum up, he's the best," trainer Corine Barande-Barbe said. "You always worry when he is running for the first time this year, but he enjoys bowling along in front and dictating the pace. He was just having fun toying with them."

Cirrus des Aigles had used victory in this last year as a springboard to glory in the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-G1) here and in Epsom's Coronation Cup (Eng-G1), where he finished lame despite brushing aside Flintshire (Dansili). He could be returning to those contests now, although his conditioner has one special target in mind for him later in the summer.

"We are obviously delighted and now have to see what to do with him next," she added. "He is in all the top Group 1 races like the Prix d'Ispahan (May 24), the Prince of Wales's S. ([Eng-G1] at Royal Ascot June 170, the Coronation Cup (June 6) and the Eclipse S. ([Eng-G1] at Sandown July 4), but I'd love to win the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud ([Fr-G1] June 28) with him.

"I will ask the horse where he wants to run and that's where we'll go."

Al Kazeem's trainer Roger Charlton was magnanimous in defeat and full of pride for the runner-up, who is still looking for his fourth top-flight success and first since re-entering training after a failed spell at stud.

"He ran a good race, but the winner is amazing and was too good on the day," he commented.

In the Prix Vanteaux (Fr-G3), Olorda (Lord of England) justified a supplementary entry to deny a pair of de Royer-Dupre and Fabre representatives.

Unconsidered as the outsider of the quintet for this Prix de Diane (Fr-G1) trial, Olorda had won by nine lengths at Munich last time April 19. Second initially under Cristian Demuro, the blinkered bay looked set for a place at best as she was outpaced in the final quarter-mile but found extra to split the long-time leader Via Manzoni (Monsun) and the favorite Vedouma (Dalakhani) in the last strides.

"She won well at Munich and is a big, galloping filly who I thought would have a chance on a track like Longchamp," trainer Michael Figge commented. "I think she'll go on any ground and she has several engagements.

"She could go for the Prix de Diane (at Chantilly June 14) or to Royal Ascot for the Ribblesdale S. ([Eng-G2] June 18), but her ultimate target is the Preis der Diana ([Ger-G1] at Dusseldorf August 2)."

The Andreas Wohler-trained Alex My Boy (Dalakhani) gained revenge on Fly With Me (Beat Hollow) in the Prix de Barbeville (Fr-G3) at about 15 1/2 furlongs.

Trained by Mark Johnston last term, Alex My Boy at times showed a reluctance that undermined his natural ability, such as when he lost interest before staying on strongly to be eighth in Royal Ascot's King George V H. over 12 furlongs. Ridden more forwardly when the impressive winner of his next two starts in 14-furlong handicaps at Haydock in July and Musselburgh in early August, the bay followed the latter effort with a second in Goodwood's March S. again at that trip.

Sluggish initially on that occasion also, he was eighth in the St Leger (Eng-G1) at Doncaster before being switched to Wohler and started out for his new stable with a runner-up placing behind Fly With Me in the Prix Right Royal over this trip at Saint-Cloud April 5.

In rear from the break, he was steered into third with Olivier Peslier keen to get him engaged and, after gaining the lead passing the quarter-pole, stayed on in determined fashion as Fly With Me arrived with a stern challenge.

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Legatissimo completes Guineas double for Tabor, Moore

Not even in the picture for the One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) before last Sunday, Legatissimo (Danehill Dancer) proved that a week can be a long time in racing as she capped a stellar weekend for Michael Tabor and Ryan Moore at Newmarket.

Earning the right to be here only after winning last Sunday's Victor McCalmont Memorial S. at Gowran Park, the 13-2 shot proved up to the quick turnaround to complete an Irish domination of both Guineas and a classic double for her main owner and jockey. Delivered from rear to overhaul the 9-2 favorite and compatriot Lucida (Shamardal) in the last 100 yards, the bay asserted for a three-quarters-of-a-length success under Coolmore's new number one.

There were shades of Kieren Fallon in the achievement, as that rider had also pulled off the Guineas double on Footstepsinthesand and Virginia Waters in his first year in the job in 2005.

"They went a good gallop and I was always confident," Moore said. "She stayed really well in the last furlong and she'll get further. She's a very handy filly and she loved the quick ground."

Introduced over seven furlongs at Leopardstown in July, Legatissimo offered no clear signal that she was a Guineas winner in the making when beating only one rival in sixth on that occasion. Sent off at 12-1 for an often-informative fillies' maiden over that trip at the Galway festival at the end of the month, the David Wachman trainee took a significant stride in the right direction to win from the likes of the subsequent Fillies' Mile (Eng-G1) heroine Together Forever (Galileo). Second to the Silver Flash S. (Ire-G3) winner and eventual Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-G1) third Jack Naylor (Champs Elysees) in the Curragh's Flame of Tara S. over this trip at the end of August, she again had Together Forever behind in third and entered winter quarters a genuine classic hopeful.

That tag seemed to disappear when she could manage only fourth in the Leopardstown One Thousand Guineas Trial (Ire-G3) over seven furlongs on testing ground April 12, but Legatissimo bounced back a fortnight later to register an authoritative score over an extended nine-furlong trip in Gowran Park's Victor McCalmont Memorial.

With the proven mare Euphrasia (Windsor Knot) and the talented four-year-old Carla Bianca (Dansili) well adrift there, trainer David Wachman's confidence was restored and she was sent to Newmarket to attempt to fill the void left by the absence of Ballydoyle's longtime antepost favorite Found (Galileo). Not rushed early, she was shuffled towards the rear racing against the stand's rail with Lucida initially next to her as Tiggy Wiggy (Kodiac) displayed a fair measure of her potent speed up front.

As Kevin Manning took Lucida toward the middle of the track in an attempt to find a clear passage, Moore weaved Legatissimo between rivals who were starting to pay for laying closer to Tiggy Wiggy. Helped by the cutaway as the false rail ended, she pursued Lucida, who had gained the lead from the Hannon filly approaching the furlong marker, and ground her into submission as her stamina kicked in during the last 100 yards.

For Wachman, who was saddling a first British classic winner, the result was vindication for an unconventional ploy.

"Gowran was like a bit of work, so although we were taking a chance coming here so soon after, it worked," he said. "I knew that if it didn't come too quick, we definitely had a shout and she's a lovely, big, scopey filly. She was very good last year, but a bit weak and we always held her in high regard. We went to Leopardstown and she was beaten in very soft ground and didn't perform, so we were left scratching our heads a bit but she won very well last week.

"I was not worried about coming down in trip; we were just taking a chance running her a week after her stakes race. She'll go further, so we'll have plenty of options. She got home well and we'll see how she is, as she's had three runs in three weeks and the owners have a lot of fillies for Epsom. She's in everything, so we'll take it one step at a time. Her dam is a full sister to Fame and Glory, so she should get a trip."

Her jockey was backing up that impression, although he appeared lukewarm on the topic of the 1 1/2-mile trip of the Oaks (Eng-G1).

"They went a proper gallop; she's got plenty of speed, but she really got up the hill well," he said. "I wouldn't be sure she'd necessarily want a mile and a half, but I think she'll go further."

Moore also paid tribute to Legatissimo's regular partner Wayne Lordan and added, "I was speaking to Wayne and he said she can be little bit keen in stages, but that when you get her into a rhythm she settles good and she did today."

Lucida's trainer Jim Bolger was taking defeat on the chin afterwards.

"There are no excuses. I'd have to be very happy with Lucida," he commented. "Her next run is more than likely to be the Coronation S. ([Eng-G1] at Royal Ascot June 19], but there is a possibility of the Irish One Thousand Guineas ([Ire-G1] May 24) at the Curragh in the meantime.

"Kevin said she ran her heart out -- he was very happy with her. He thought he had it put to bed at 7 1/2 furlongs, but the other one came and got by her near the line. Nine years out of 10, that run would have been good enough to win."

Manning added, "She stumbled out of the stalls and jumped a little bit to the right, but she traveled into the race quite well and there are no real excuses."

Tiggy Wiggy's rider Richard Hughes told PA Sport, "We've had a go and I'm only third because she's so good. You can argue that she stays, but she's not as effective over a mile. We used her speed over six and it would be unfair to her to keep trying over a mile."

As previously mentioned, Legatissimo's dam is a full sister to Fame and Glory, who counted the Irish Derby (Ire-G1) and Ascot Gold Cup (Eng-G1) among his five Group 1 wins.

Also Sunday, Moore guided the progressive Bragging (Exchange Rate) to a breakthrough win in the Dahlia (Eng-G2).

Kept to handicaps after her maiden win over an extended mile at Windsor last May, Bragging followed a second over that trip at Nottingham the following month with smooth wins over seven furlongs at Newmarket in July and at York's Ebor meeting in August. Second to Kiyoshi (Dubawi) when sent into black-type company for the first time in the Sceptre S. (Eng-G3) again at seven at Doncaster's St Leger festival in September, the homebred looked in need of a step up in trip there and arrived fresh off a winter break to test that theory in the nine-furlong Dahlia.

Tracking the early leaders tucked away in midpack early, the bay responded to Moore's drive to wear down yet another major Luca Cumani improver in Kleo (Kavafi) in the last 100 yards and provide Sir Michael Stoute with a sixth renewal.

"She got a bit messed around at some stages and got a little bit outpaced at the top of the hill, but I was always in the position I wanted to be in," Moore said. "For her first run of the year, she found plenty and she looked beforehand as if she would come forward for it."

Stoute added, "She proved that she wants at least 10 furlongs and we didn't think she was quite right today, so we are delighted with that performance. We'll stop and think and see how she comes out of it and what's available.

"I don't think she'll go for the Duke of Cambridge S. ([Eng-G2] at Royal Ascot June 17), which was our winter thought and so the Pretty Polly S. ([Ire-G1] at the Curragh June 28) could be on her agenda.

"She is improving physically and has a lot of scope. She is very athletic and has a great mind -- she always has done -- and we really do like this filly."

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Able Friend takes sixth straight in Champions Mile

Able Friend's status for Royal Ascot is still pending (Hong Kong Jockey Club)
Able Friend's (Shamardal) domination of Hong Kong's mile division continued unabated at Sha Tin on Sunday. The world's equal top-rated horse trounced his five rivals in the Champions Mile (HK-G1) with what appeared to be minimum effort.

"Heaps!" was jockey Joao Moreira's enthusiastic response when asked how much Able Friend had left in the tank.

The John Moore-trained five-year-old settled fifth of six, five lengths off the pace, as stablemate Dan Excel (Shamardal) took the field along at a moderate tempo. Able Friend cruised up on the outside of runners exiting the final turn and, with every one of his rivals hard at it down the straight, Moreira remained motionless in the run home. Able Friend eased to the lead 200 meters out and rolled past the post 1 1/4 lengths clear of another Moore runner, the admirable Rewarding Hero (Exceed and Excel). Dan Excel was a further neck back in third.

It is some measure of Able Friend's talent that the strapping chestnut clocked :21.35 for the final 400 meters without ever coming off the bridle. Rewarding Hero, hard at it to keep tabs, was next quickest with a final sectional of :21.39.

"He's just outstanding," Moreira said. "He just does everything properly. He's a dream horse. I feel like my dream came true; I found one of the best horses in the world and I'm very pleased at the opportunity I was given by the trainer and the owner. I really appreciate it."

As to whether or not Able Friend will have one final start in the Queen Anne S. (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot in June before calling time on this season, Moore and owner Dr. Cornel Li were in agreement.

"I'm getting on a plane tonight so I'm going to get four or five days to cool down and then when I get back from that trip I'll sit down with Cornel for lunch and we'll have a chat," Moore said. "But first let's see how he pulls up and if everything is in order, we will see if he goes to Ascot."

Dr. Li has now watched his Shamardal gelding win six consecutive races at Sha Tin this term, with four Group 1 triumphs included in that haul.

"This is not my horse -- this is Hong Kong's horse," he said. "As John said, we will see how he pulls out of this race and then we will decide about Ascot."

The impressive nature of Able Friend's success had the near 27,000 crowd, including the attendant international media, buzzing about the prospect of overseas success. But with Able Friend rated nine pounds and more clear of Sunday's opponents on official international ratings, Moore was circumspect in his post-race statements.

"Everything went his way today, but at Ascot he would have to run against horses like Solow (Singspiel), and they're going to stretch him. They're going to make sure he really is the champion," he said.

"There's  been talk about the Sussex S. (Eng-G1), but if he did go to England it would be just one race -- the Queen Anne would be enough and then he'd come back here. There would probably be a 30-day turnaround so we would put him in a paddock for a week in Newmarket where he could eat a bit of grass in that British sunshine."

Much had been made in the pre-Champions Mile build-up about the prospect of a thrilling clash between Able Friend and this year's brilliant Hong Kong Derby (HK-G1) winner Luger (Choisir). The latter, however, failed to fire and finished last of the sextet. A post-race examination revealed that John Size's charge had suffered an irregular heartbeat.

Able Friend stopped the clock at 1:35.39 as he comfortably held the game Rewarding Hero. The latter had finished third behind the winner in both the Stewards' Cup (HK-G1) and Chairman's Trophy earlier this year.

"He's run a massive race," said jockey Neil Callan, who ended the afternoon with three wins. "Everybody knew the task taking on Able Friend. I think my horse has run right up to his best, it's just unfortunate for him that there's a horse like Able Friend around. My horse has a bit of class, he seems to be improving still and if Able Friend doesn't turn up someday he might win a Group 1 himself."

Moreira increased his season's tally to 108 as he rode a five-timer. The Brazilian is rapidly closing in on Douglas Whyte's all-time record of 114 wins in a Hong Kong season, with 20 race meetings remaining.

In the contest immediately after the Champions Mile, Able Friend's potential Royal Ascot travel companion, Not Listenin'tome, ran a race of merit to finish three quarters of a length third in a Class 2 1,000-meter handicap. The Moore trainee, who holds an engagement in the Diamond Jubilee (Eng-G1) shouldered top weight of 133 pounds on what was his second Hong Kong start. The four-year-old twice placed at Group 1 level in Australia.

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Cirrus des Aigles strong as ever in Ganay

Producing yet another top-class effort on this seasonal return in Sunday's Prix Ganay (Fr-G1), the undimmed nine-year-old Cirrus des Aigles (Even Top) outpointed his two-years younger rival Al Kazeem (Dubawi) in a finish of the golden oldies to notch up a seventh Group 1 win and third in this race.

Not sent to Dubai this year as he had been when scoring by eight lengths in 2012 and when upsetting Treve (Motivator) 12 months ago, the evergreen showed no signs of any cobwebs as he was sent to the front by Christophe Soumillon -- who had returned to France less than 16 hours after piloting Mubtaahij (Dubawi) to finish eighth in the Kentucky Derby (G1) -- after a furlong. Sauntering throughout with Al Kazeem in closest attendance, he was still well within himself as the British raider began to be ridden in the "false straight" leading to the final turn. As the filly We Are (Dansili) cracked in behind, Al Kazeem managed to fight his way to the flanks of Cirrus des Aigles but that was all the veteran needed to spur him on.

Hardly touched with Soumillon's whip, he hit the line a comfortable winner to defy the press and his trainer to produce some original praise.

"He's just amazing and to sum up, he's the best," trainer Corine Barande-Barbe said. "You always worry when he is running for the first time this year, but he enjoys bowling along in front and dictating the pace. He was just having fun toying with them."

Cirrus des Aigles had used victory in this last year as a springboard to glory in the Prix d'Ispahan (Fr-G1) here and in Epsom's Coronation Cup (Eng-G1), where he finished lame despite brushing aside Flintshire (Dansili). He could be returning to those contests now, although his conditioner has one special target in mind for him later in the summer.

"We are obviously delighted and now have to see what to do with him next," she added. "He is in all the top Group 1 races like the Prix d'Ispahan (May 24), the Prince of Wales's S. ([Eng-G1] at Royal Ascot June 170, the Coronation Cup (June 6) and the Eclipse S. ([Eng-G1] at Sandown July 4), but I'd love to win the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud ([Fr-G1] June 28) with him.

"I will ask the horse where he wants to run and that's where we'll go."

Al Kazeem's trainer Roger Charlton was magnanimous in defeat and full of pride for the runner-up, who is still looking for his fourth top-flight success and first since re-entering training after a failed spell at stud.

"He ran a good race, but the winner is amazing and was too good on the day," he commented.

In the Prix Vanteaux (Fr-G3), Olorda (Lord of England) justified a supplementary entry to deny a pair of de Royer-Dupre and Fabre representatives.

Unconsidered as the outsider of the quintet for this Prix de Diane (Fr-G1) trial, Olorda had won by nine lengths at Munich last time April 19. Second initially under Cristian Demuro, the blinkered bay looked set for a place at best as she was outpaced in the final quarter-mile but found extra to split the long-time leader Via Manzoni (Monsun) and the favorite Vedouma (Dalakhani) in the last strides.

"She won well at Munich and is a big, galloping filly who I thought would have a chance on a track like Longchamp," trainer Michael Figge commented. "I think she'll go on any ground and she has several engagements.

"She could go for the Prix de Diane (at Chantilly June 14) or to Royal Ascot for the Ribblesdale S. ([Eng-G2] June 18), but her ultimate target is the Preis der Diana ([Ger-G1] at Dusseldorf August 2)."

The Andreas Wohler-trained Alex My Boy (Dalakhani) gained revenge on Fly With Me (Beat Hollow) in the Prix de Barbeville (Fr-G3) at about 15 1/2 furlongs.

Trained by Mark Johnston last term, Alex My Boy at times showed a reluctance that undermined his natural ability, such as when he lost interest before staying on strongly to be eighth in Royal Ascot's King George V H. over 12 furlongs. Ridden more forwardly when the impressive winner of his next two starts in 14-furlong handicaps at Haydock in July and Musselburgh in early August, the bay followed the latter effort with a second in Goodwood's March S. again at that trip.

Sluggish initially on that occasion also, he was eighth in the St Leger (Eng-G1) at Doncaster before being switched to Wohler and started out for his new stable with a runner-up placing behind Fly With Me in the Prix Right Royal over this trip at Saint-Cloud April 5.

In rear from the break, he was steered into third with Olivier Peslier keen to get him engaged and, after gaining the lead passing the quarter-pole, stayed on in determined fashion as Fly With Me arrived with a stern challenge.

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Able Friend takes sixth straight in Champions Mile

Able Friend's status for Royal Ascot is still pending (Hong Kong Jockey Club)
Able Friend's (Shamardal) domination of Hong Kong's mile division continued unabated at Sha Tin on Sunday. The world's equal top-rated horse trounced his five rivals in the Champions Mile (HK-G1) with what appeared to be minimum effort.

"Heaps!" was jockey Joao Moreira's enthusiastic response when asked how much Able Friend had left in the tank.

The John Moore-trained five-year-old settled fifth of six, five lengths off the pace, as stablemate Dan Excel (Shamardal) took the field along at a moderate tempo. Able Friend cruised up on the outside of runners exiting the final turn and, with every one of his rivals hard at it down the straight, Moreira remained motionless in the run home. Able Friend eased to the lead 200 meters out and rolled past the post 1 1/4 lengths clear of another Moore runner, the admirable Rewarding Hero (Exceed and Excel). Dan Excel was a further neck back in third.

It is some measure of Able Friend's talent that the strapping chestnut clocked :21.35 for the final 400 meters without ever coming off the bridle. Rewarding Hero, hard at it to keep tabs, was next quickest with a final sectional of :21.39.

"He's just outstanding," Moreira said. "He just does everything properly. He's a dream horse. I feel like my dream came true; I found one of the best horses in the world and I'm very pleased at the opportunity I was given by the trainer and the owner. I really appreciate it."

As to whether or not Able Friend will have one final start in the Queen Anne S. (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot in June before calling time on this season, Moore and owner Dr. Cornel Li were in agreement.

"I'm getting on a plane tonight so I'm going to get four or five days to cool down and then when I get back from that trip I'll sit down with Cornel for lunch and we'll have a chat," Moore said. "But first let's see how he pulls up and if everything is in order, we will see if he goes to Ascot."

Dr. Li has now watched his Shamardal gelding win six consecutive races at Sha Tin this term, with four Group 1 triumphs included in that haul.

"This is not my horse -- this is Hong Kong's horse," he said. "As John said, we will see how he pulls out of this race and then we will decide about Ascot."

The impressive nature of Able Friend's success had the near 27,000 crowd, including the attendant international media, buzzing about the prospect of overseas success. But with Able Friend rated nine pounds and more clear of Sunday's opponents on official international ratings, Moore was circumspect in his post-race statements.

"Everything went his way today, but at Ascot he would have to run against horses like Solow (Singspiel), and they're going to stretch him. They're going to make sure he really is the champion," he said.

"There's  been talk about the Sussex S. (Eng-G1), but if he did go to England it would be just one race -- the Queen Anne would be enough and then he'd come back here. There would probably be a 30-day turnaround so we would put him in a paddock for a week in Newmarket where he could eat a bit of grass in that British sunshine."

Much had been made in the pre-Champions Mile build-up about the prospect of a thrilling clash between Able Friend and this year's brilliant Hong Kong Derby (HK-G1) winner Luger (Choisir). The latter, however, failed to fire and finished last of the sextet. A post-race examination revealed that John Size's charge had suffered an irregular heartbeat.

Able Friend stopped the clock at 1:35.39 as he comfortably held the game Rewarding Hero. The latter had finished third behind the winner in both the Stewards' Cup (HK-G1) and Chairman's Trophy earlier this year.

"He's run a massive race," said jockey Neil Callan, who ended the afternoon with three wins. "Everybody knew the task taking on Able Friend. I think my horse has run right up to his best, it's just unfortunate for him that there's a horse like Able Friend around. My horse has a bit of class, he seems to be improving still and if Able Friend doesn't turn up someday he might win a Group 1 himself."

Moreira increased his season's tally to 108 as he rode a five-timer. The Brazilian is rapidly closing in on Douglas Whyte's all-time record of 114 wins in a Hong Kong season, with 20 race meetings remaining.

In the contest immediately after the Champions Mile, Able Friend's potential Royal Ascot travel companion, Not Listenin'tome, ran a race of merit to finish three quarters of a length third in a Class 2 1,000-meter handicap. The Moore trainee, who holds an engagement in the Diamond Jubilee (Eng-G1) shouldered top weight of 133 pounds on what was his second Hong Kong start. The four-year-old twice placed at Group 1 level in Australia.

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Gold Ship succeeds at third attempt in Tenno Sho Spring

While punters favored the come-backing 2013 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (Jpn-G1) hero Kizuna (Deep Impact) in the famed Tenno Sho Spring (Jpn-G1) Sunday, in the end it was the ever-reliable Gold Ship (Stay Gold) who would pull through at Kyoto to record his sixth Grade 1 win.

Winner of the Satsuki Sho (Japanese Two Thousand Guineas) (Jpn-G1), Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) (Jpn-G1) and Arima Kinen (Jpn-G1) three years ago, Gold Ship had contested this event the last two years but hadn't managed to finish better than fifth. Both his previous efforts have been bookended by victories in the Hanshin Daishoten (Jpn-G2) and Takarazuka Kinen (Jpn-G1), however, and having won the former again March 22, the classy gray will likely aim for a monumental triple in June.

Dropping back to last early despite being hustled by jockey Norihiro Yokoyama leaving the inside gate, Gold Ship angled to the outside the first time past the stands and made up a few positions, leaving Kizuna to trail the field. Sensing a moderate pace up front, Gold Ship and Yokoyama made a sweeping move down the backstretch to sit about three lengths off the lead and three wide into the final turn.

Wound up by Yokoyama at the top of the lane, the gray needed the length of the stretch to run down Curren Mirotic (Heart's Cry), and found the wire in the nick of time as Fame Game (Heart's Cry) came with a late charge.

"I was thinking of going to the front if he started well, which obviously was not the case," Yokoyama explained. "From there on I just concentrated on following the pace and was careful not to turn him off. In the straight, he really showed his stamina and perseverance.

"He's often said to be unsuited to Kyoto Racecourse, but I think it's just that he's not a handy type of horse and needs a skilled rider to guide him."

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Results

141ST KENTUCKY DERBY

KENTUCKY DERBY (G1), CD, $2,178,800, 3YO, 1 1/4M, 5-2.
18—AMERICAN PHAROAH, c, 3, Pioneerof the Nile--Littleprincessemma, by Yankee Gentleman. ($300,000 '13 FTSAUG). O-Zayat Stables, LLC, B-Zayat Stables (KY), T-Bob Baffert, J-Victor Espinoza, $1,418,800.
10—Firing Line, c, 3, Line of David--Sister Girl Blues, by Hold for Gold. ($65,000 '12 KEENOV; $150,000 '13 FTKJUL; $240,000 2014 KEEAPR). O-Arnold Zetcher LLC, B-Clearsky Farms (KY), $400,000.
8—Dortmund, c, 3, Big Brown--Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat. ($90,000 '13 FTKJUL; $140,000 2014 FTMMAY). O-Kaleem Shah, Inc, B-Emilie Gerlinde Fojan (KY), $200,000.
Also Ran: Frosted, Danzig Moon, Materiality, Keen Ice, Mubtaahij (IRE), Itsaknockout, Carpe Diem, Frammento, Bolo, Mr. Z, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Far Right, War Story, Tencendur, Upstart.
Winning Time: 2:03 (ft)
Margins: 1, 2, NK.
Odds: 2.90, 9.50, 4.30.

American Pharoah rules Kentucky Derby 141

American Pharoah was crowned under the Twin Spires in Derby 141 (Jim Tyrrell/Horsephotos.com)
Zayat Stables LLC's homebred American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) lived up to his 5-2 favoritism on Saturday when outdueling Firing Line (Line of David) and stablemate Dortmund (Big Brown) to take the $1,418,800 Kentucky Derby (G1) by a length on a picture-perfect day under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs.

"We were ready to rumble," trainer Bob Baffert proudly said of his two runners. "Since their last works I was hearing how good they were and I was hoping it would come true. I felt very confident going in."

Dortmund headed straight for the lead when the gates opened on Derby 141, but soon found company in the form of Firing Line to his outside. American Pharoah took up a stalking spot a fit farther out, and the trio maintained those positions all along the backstretch through splits of :23 1/5, :47 1/5, 1:11 1/5 and 1:36 2/5.

Nearing the final turn, Firing Line moved up to run in tandem with Dortmund while American Pharoah fanned five wide. He quickly made up the ground he lost and an epic duel was on as the three battled it out in the stretch.

American Pharoah slowly, but surely, inched away from his rivals to be clear on the wire under jockey Victor Espinoza, who recorded his second straight Derby victory after guiding Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) to win in 2014.

American Pharoah (outside), Firing Line (center) and Dortmund (inside) outclassed their fellow Kentucky Derby rivals (Bob Newell/Horsephotos.com)
American Pharaoh stopped the clock in 2:03 for 1 1/4 miles on the fast main track Saturday in front of a 170,513-record crowd at Churchill Downs. He returned $7.80 as the 5-2 favorite and finished off the $56.60 Oaks/Derby double.

"I feel like the luckiest Mexican on Earth," Espinoza said. "He has been a special horse since the first time I rode him. He has a lot of talent and is an unbelievable horse. Turning for home I started riding a little harder. At the eighth-pole, I just couldn't put that other horse (Firing Line) away, but he got it done.

Espinoza is now 7-3-0-1 in the Kentucky Derby, having captured his first win with War Emblem in 2002 and finishing third in the 2001 edition with Congaree.

His War Emblem score came for Baffert as well, who now boasts a 25-4-3-2 mark having saddled Silver Charm (1997) and Real Quite (1998) to win in back-to-back years. Baffert also sent out American Pharoah's sire, Pioneerof the Nile, to be second in the 2009 running.

"It was just awesome to win the Kentucky Derby again for this guy," Espinoza said of teaming with Baffert. "It never gets old."

Baffert, Zayat and their family and friends enjoyed a champagne bath courtesy of Victor Espinoza in the Derby winner's circle (Jamie Newell/Horsephotos.com)
"I had some anxious moments when (American Pharoah) was coming up there," Baffert admitted. "Everybody was walking and screaming. He got a little hot. We finally got him in there (saddling enclosure). We got him wet down. Finally, he shut it down. After that, he cooled off."

It was the first Derby win for Ahmed Zayat, who also bred and campaigned Pioneerof the Nile.

"No more seconds," Zayata beamed. "American Pharoah is very different from all the horses I had. Day one we felt that he had brilliance to him -- his demeanor, his aura, his conformation, the way he moved.

"All this week I was very calm, enjoying it, relaxed. My wife told me, 'You are unusually relaxed.' I'm kind of a hyper guy. She told me, 'How are you that relaxed?' I said, 'The horse is giving me that confidence.' I felt today I came with a star."

Of course the big question now is can American Pharoah continue on in the May 16 Preakness S. (G1) at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland.

"We're looking forward to it," Baffert nodded. "The next one -- I call it the fun one. You know, you're coming off a Derby high, going in there to Baltimore. And the Preakness is one of my favorite races. We're just going to enjoy it.

American Pharoah gave jockey Victor Espinoza his second straight, and third overall, Derby victory (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
"I'm sure it's going to be tough," he added. "There will be some good horses in there. But I just love what I saw today from both of my boys. I'm looking forward to the next race."

Baffert said that American Pharoah would stay at Churchill and "ship in a few days before the Preakness."

Firing Line came in second in Derby 141, two lengths up on Dortmund in third. Frosted (Tapit) just missed the top three when a neck farther back in fourth under the wire.

"It is disappointing, for sure. But on the other hand I'm very proud of how well my horse ran," admitted Firing Line's trainer, Simon Callaghan. "Gary (Stevens) rode a great race, he had him in the right spot. We just got beat. I didn't expect him to be as close as he was, but I knew Gary had him right. We tried all the way. Tough beat."

"Going into that first turn, he was pulling hard," Stevens explained. "I looked over and saw that Martin's horse (Martin Garcia on Dortmund) was pulling just as hard as mine. I eased back off him a little bit and gave both horses some breathing room.

"(Firing Line) was aggressive today. He was on it. Coming for home I thought I might get there, but it wasn't to be. My horse showed his braveness today. He just got beat. I'm very proud of him."

Mubtaahij (Dubawi) shipped in from Dubai for his shot at Derby glory, but wound up eighth.

"It's one of those runs that's not good and it's not bad," trainer Mike de Kock remarked, before adding, "Those were some bloody good horses ahead of him."

American Pharaoh became the first juvenile champion to win the Kentucky Derby since Street Sense broke the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) curse in the 2007 Run for the Roses. Saturday's winner was an early scratch from last year's Breeders' Cup due to a deep foot bruise in his left front, but he did well enough to take home an Eclipse Award as the top two-year-old male.

The bay colt competed just twice over the spring to prepare for the Kentucky Derby, romping on each occasion in the Rebel S. (G2) and Arkansas Derby (G1). Last year, he started his career off with a fifth-placing at Del Mar before breaking his maiden in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and taking the FrontRunner S. (G1) at Santa Anita Park.

Ahmed Zayat joyfully holds aloft the coveted Kentucky Derby trophy (Jamie Newell/Horsephotos.com)
Baffert chose to ship American Pharaoh out of California to avoid running against his other Derby hopeful in Dortmund, who entered Saturday's contest unbeaten after taking the Santa Anita Derby (G1), San Felipe S. (G2) and Robert B. Lewis S. (G3) during the prep season.

American Pharoah headed to Oaklawn Park for his Derby groundwork, and now boasts a 6-5-0-0 mark while doubling his lifetime bankroll to $2,830,300.

American Pharaoh is truly a family affair for Zayat, who purchased the colt's dam as a yearling and named her Littleprincessemma (Yankee Gentleman) after his daughter. The mare, who is a half-sibling to Grade 2 winner Storm Wolf (Stormin Fever) and Grade 3 victress Misty Rosette (Stormin Fever), sold last November in foal to American Pharoah's full brother for $2.1 million.

American Pharaoh passed through the sales ring himself, but was a buyback at $300,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected yearling.

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Gold Ship succeeds at third attempt in Tenno Sho Spring

While punters favored the come-backing 2013 Tokyo Yushun (Japanese Derby) (Jpn-G1) hero Kizuna (Deep Impact) in the famed Tenno Sho Spring (Jpn-G1) Sunday, in the end it was the ever-reliable Gold Ship (Stay Gold) who would pull through at Kyoto to record his sixth Grade 1 win.

Winner of the Satsuki Sho (Japanese Two Thousand Guineas) (Jpn-G1), Kikuka Sho (Japanese St Leger) (Jpn-G1) and Arima Kinen (Jpn-G1) three years ago, Gold Ship had contested this event the last two years but hadn't managed to finish better than fifth. Both his previous efforts have been bookended by victories in the Hanshin Daishoten (Jpn-G2) and Takarazuka Kinen (Jpn-G1), however, and having won the former again March 22, the classy gray will likely aim for a monumental triple in June.

Dropping back to last early despite being hustled by jockey Norihiro Yokoyama leaving the inside gate, Gold Ship angled to the outside the first time past the stands and made up a few positions, leaving Kizuna to trail the field. Sensing a moderate pace up front, Gold Ship and Yokoyama made a sweeping move down the backstretch to sit about three lengths off the lead and three wide into the final turn.

Wound up by Yokoyama at the top of the lane, the gray needed the length of the stretch to run down Curren Mirotic (Heart's Cry), and found the wire in the nick of time as Fame Game (Heart's Cry) came with a late charge.

"I was thinking of going to the front if he started well, which obviously was not the case," Yokoyama explained. "From there on I just concentrated on following the pace and was careful not to turn him off. In the straight, he really showed his stamina and perseverance.

"He's often said to be unsuited to Kyoto Racecourse, but I think it's just that he's not a handy type of horse and needs a skilled rider to guide him."

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In brief

Blue Bison Stable's Loki's Vengeance (Frost Giant), appropriately named with the opening of "Avenger's: Age of Ultron" this weekend, rallied to secure a 1 3/4-length victory in Sunday's $100,000 Affirmed Success S. at Belmont Park with Angel Cruz holding the reins. The Michael Hushion trainee was sent off at 11-1 and returned $25.20 for finishing up six furlongs on the fast main track in 1:09 4/5. Loki's Vengeance captured last year's Times Square division of the New York Stallion S. series and placed in the Fred Cappy Capossela S., both at Aqueduct. The dark bay four-year-old's career mark now stands at 12-4-4-0 and he's banked $253,709 lifetime...

Mike Raymaley, Denise Bujold and Five Keys Stables' Celebrity Star (Dehere) made her stakes debut a winning one on Sunday when taking the $60,000 Sunrise S. by 3 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park. With Tyler Gaffalione aboard, the dark bay mare took over at the top of the lane after challenging early pacesetter Joann's Wildcat (Wildcat Heir) on the backstretch and stopped the clock for 6 1/2 furlongs on the fast main track in 1:16. She returned $36.80 after being sent off at 17-1. Trained by David Kassen, Celebrity Star improved her record to 10-3-3-0 and has now banked $120,948 in her three-season career...

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

Saturday's Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) victor Gleneagles (Galileo) will likely resurface in the May 23 Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) at the Curragh, trainer Aidan O'Brien re-confirmed Sunday on At the Races. Gleneagles, who has crossed the wire first in all but one of his seven starts, earned his second Group 1 when besting Godolphin's French shipper Territories (Invincible Spirit) by 2 1/4 lengths Saturday. "He traveled well and he has the ability to quicken -- that's what he showed us last year," O'Brien said of the Michael Tabor colorbearer. O'Brien compared Gleneagles to the six-time Group 1 winner Giant's Causeway, a full brother to Gleneagles's dam, You'resothrilling. "He's very much like Giant's Causeway, so he could get a mile and a quarter, but he looks to be a miler, really," the conditioner noted. "What you want in a good miler is the ability to travel and then quicken, and that is what he can do. I think the Irish Guineas will be next but we'll have to see what the ground is like and the boys will talk about that. It looks the obvious race, though."...

Having sidestepped Sunday's One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1), European co-highweight Found (Galileo) takes a more sedate route to the remaining fillies' classics as she is unveiled in the Curragh's Athasi S. (Ire-G3) on Monday. The form of her last-out success in Longchamp's Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-G1) has already received a boost as the runner-up, Ervedya (Siyouni), registered an easy win in the Prix Imprudence (Fr-G3), and while she is clear-best on ratings here, she is unlikely to be asked a demanding question. "She had a little setback and we were afraid to force her too much, so it definitely wasn't the wrong thing not to run her in the Guineas," Aidan O'Brien explained. "We took the easier option to start her at the Curragh, but the only thing is they had a lot of rain and the ground is heavy. Hopefully she'll be able to go on it -- if the ground is not too bad, hopefully it will be a nice introduction for her." Highly regarded by Jim Bolger although still a maiden after three starts, Patricia Burns' Stellar Glow (Sea the Stars) holds strong claims on the basis of the second of her trio of performances when third in the C.L. & M.F. Weld Park S. (Ire-G3) over this course and seven-furlong distance in September. Another three-year-old who is one to watch is the Aga Khan's April 4 Cork maiden scorer Shahzeena (Rock of Gibraltar) in a potentially significant pointer to the May 24 Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1)...

With the favorite Rogue Runner (King's Best) failing to make a serious impact in Sunday's Albert von Metzler-Rennen (Ger-G3), and other potentially exciting Deutsches Derby (Ger-G1) hopefuls also firing blanks, the way was left to the maiden Shadow Sadness (Soldier Hollow) to cause a major upset. Switched off in last early, the bay -- who was last seen finishing fifth to the subsequent Saint-Cloud conditions scorer Isidor (Adlerflug) at Cologne April 6 -- was delivered wide in the stretch and his surge up the center of the track was too much for Areo (Medicean) in the last 150 meters.

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American Pharoah rules Kentucky Derby 141

American Pharoah was crowned under the Twin Spires in Derby 141 (Jim Tyrrell/Horsephotos.com)
Zayat Stables LLC's homebred American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile) lived up to his 5-2 favoritism on Saturday when outdueling Firing Line (Line of David) and stablemate Dortmund (Big Brown) to take the $1,418,800 Kentucky Derby (G1) by a length on a picture-perfect day under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs.

"We were ready to rumble," trainer Bob Baffert proudly said of his two runners. "Since their last works I was hearing how good they were and I was hoping it would come true. I felt very confident going in."

Dortmund headed straight for the lead when the gates opened on Derby 141, but soon found company in the form of Firing Line to his outside. American Pharoah took up a stalking spot a fit farther out, and the trio maintained those positions all along the backstretch through splits of :23 1/5, :47 1/5, 1:11 1/5 and 1:36 2/5.

Nearing the final turn, Firing Line moved up to run in tandem with Dortmund while American Pharoah fanned five wide. He quickly made up the ground he lost and an epic duel was on as the three battled it out in the stretch.

American Pharoah slowly, but surely, inched away from his rivals to be clear on the wire under jockey Victor Espinoza, who recorded his second straight Derby victory after guiding Horse of the Year California Chrome (Lucky Pulpit) to win in 2014.

American Pharoah (outside), Firing Line (center) and Dortmund (inside) outclassed their fellow Kentucky Derby rivals (Bob Newell/Horsephotos.com)
American Pharaoh stopped the clock in 2:03 for 1 1/4 miles on the fast main track Saturday in front of a 170,513-record crowd at Churchill Downs. He returned $7.80 as the 5-2 favorite and finished off the $56.60 Oaks/Derby double.

"I feel like the luckiest Mexican on Earth," Espinoza said. "He has been a special horse since the first time I rode him. He has a lot of talent and is an unbelievable horse. Turning for home I started riding a little harder. At the eighth-pole, I just couldn't put that other horse (Firing Line) away, but he got it done.

Espinoza is now 7-3-0-1 in the Kentucky Derby, having captured his first win with War Emblem in 2002 and finishing third in the 2001 edition with Congaree.

His War Emblem score came for Baffert as well, who now boasts a 25-4-3-2 mark having saddled Silver Charm (1997) and Real Quite (1998) to win in back-to-back years. Baffert also sent out American Pharoah's sire, Pioneerof the Nile, to be second in the 2009 running.

"It was just awesome to win the Kentucky Derby again for this guy," Espinoza said of teaming with Baffert. "It never gets old."

Baffert, Zayat and their family and friends enjoyed a champagne bath courtesy of Victor Espinoza in the Derby winner's circle (Jamie Newell/Horsephotos.com)
"I had some anxious moments when (American Pharoah) was coming up there," Baffert admitted. "Everybody was walking and screaming. He got a little hot. We finally got him in there (saddling enclosure). We got him wet down. Finally, he shut it down. After that, he cooled off."

It was the first Derby win for Ahmed Zayat, who also bred and campaigned Pioneerof the Nile.

"No more seconds," Zayata beamed. "American Pharoah is very different from all the horses I had. Day one we felt that he had brilliance to him -- his demeanor, his aura, his conformation, the way he moved.

"All this week I was very calm, enjoying it, relaxed. My wife told me, 'You are unusually relaxed.' I'm kind of a hyper guy. She told me, 'How are you that relaxed?' I said, 'The horse is giving me that confidence.' I felt today I came with a star."

Of course the big question now is can American Pharoah continue on in the May 16 Preakness S. (G1) at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland.

"We're looking forward to it," Baffert nodded. "The next one -- I call it the fun one. You know, you're coming off a Derby high, going in there to Baltimore. And the Preakness is one of my favorite races. We're just going to enjoy it.

American Pharoah gave jockey Victor Espinoza his second straight, and third overall, Derby victory (Jessie Holmes/EquiSport Photos)
"I'm sure it's going to be tough," he added. "There will be some good horses in there. But I just love what I saw today from both of my boys. I'm looking forward to the next race."

Baffert said that American Pharoah would stay at Churchill and "ship in a few days before the Preakness."

Firing Line came in second in Derby 141, two lengths up on Dortmund in third. Frosted (Tapit) just missed the top three when a neck farther back in fourth under the wire.

"It is disappointing, for sure. But on the other hand I'm very proud of how well my horse ran," admitted Firing Line's trainer, Simon Callaghan. "Gary (Stevens) rode a great race, he had him in the right spot. We just got beat. I didn't expect him to be as close as he was, but I knew Gary had him right. We tried all the way. Tough beat."

"Going into that first turn, he was pulling hard," Stevens explained. "I looked over and saw that Martin's horse (Martin Garcia on Dortmund) was pulling just as hard as mine. I eased back off him a little bit and gave both horses some breathing room.

"(Firing Line) was aggressive today. He was on it. Coming for home I thought I might get there, but it wasn't to be. My horse showed his braveness today. He just got beat. I'm very proud of him."

Mubtaahij (Dubawi) shipped in from Dubai for his shot at Derby glory, but wound up eighth.

"It's one of those runs that's not good and it's not bad," trainer Mike de Kock remarked, before adding, "Those were some bloody good horses ahead of him."

American Pharaoh became the first juvenile champion to win the Kentucky Derby since Street Sense broke the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) curse in the 2007 Run for the Roses. Saturday's winner was an early scratch from last year's Breeders' Cup due to a deep foot bruise in his left front, but he did well enough to take home an Eclipse Award as the top two-year-old male.

The bay colt competed just twice over the spring to prepare for the Kentucky Derby, romping on each occasion in the Rebel S. (G2) and Arkansas Derby (G1). Last year, he started his career off with a fifth-placing at Del Mar before breaking his maiden in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and taking the FrontRunner S. (G1) at Santa Anita Park.

Ahmed Zayat joyfully holds aloft the coveted Kentucky Derby trophy (Jamie Newell/Horsephotos.com)
Baffert chose to ship American Pharaoh out of California to avoid running against his other Derby hopeful in Dortmund, who entered Saturday's contest unbeaten after taking the Santa Anita Derby (G1), San Felipe S. (G2) and Robert B. Lewis S. (G3) during the prep season.

American Pharoah headed to Oaklawn Park for his Derby groundwork, and now boasts a 6-5-0-0 mark while doubling his lifetime bankroll to $2,830,300.

American Pharaoh is truly a family affair for Zayat, who purchased the colt's dam as a yearling and named her Littleprincessemma (Yankee Gentleman) after his daughter. The mare, who is a half-sibling to Grade 2 winner Storm Wolf (Stormin Fever) and Grade 3 victress Misty Rosette (Stormin Fever), sold last November in foal to American Pharoah's full brother for $2.1 million.

American Pharaoh passed through the sales ring himself, but was a buyback at $300,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected yearling.

Click the following links for full jockey and trainer quotes, and the complete transcript.

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Results

NORTH AMERICAN GRADED STAKES RESULTS

HONEYMOON S. (G2), SA, $201,000, 3YO, F, 1 1/8MT, 5-3.
2—SPANISH QUEEN, f, 3, Tribal Rule--Spanish Bunny, by Unusual Heat. O-Bederian, Harry, Kamberian, Harout and Nakkashian, Hagop, B-Jack Nakkashian, Harry Bederian &Harout Kamberian (CA), T-Richard Baltas, J-Brice Blanc, $120,000.
5—Sharla Rae, f, 3, Afleet Alex--Jinny's Gold, by Gold Fever. ($22,000 '13 KEESEP). O-W C Racing, B-Mr & Mrs Richard S Kaster & Frederick C Wieting (KY), $40,000.
9—Spirit of Xian (IRE), f, 3, Kodiac (GB)--Gold Again, by Touch Gold. (23,000gns '12 TATDEC; 115,000EUR '13 GOFORB). O-Ben Keswick, B-B Kennedy (IRE), $24,000.
Also Ran: Prize Exhibit (GB), Lutine Belle, Entrechat, Singing Kitty, Screaming Skylar, Star Via Strada.
Winning Time: 1:47 1/5 (fm)
Margins: 1HF, 2 3/4, 3.
Odds: 3.00, 48.10, 3.80.

Spanish Queen enjoys her Honeymoon trip

Spanish Queen is improving fast for trainer Richard Baltas (Benoit Photo)
Bederian, Kamberian and Nakkashian's homebred Spanish Queen (Tribal Rule), who missed by a neck in her second career start in the Providencia (G3), rallied to a convincing score in Sunday's $201,000 Honeymoon (G2) at Santa Anita. With regular rider Brice Blanc masterminding a perfect ground-saving, stalk-and-pounce trip, the Richard Baltas trainee skipped 1 1/2 lengths clear and paid $8 as the 3-1 second choice.

Spirit of Xian (Kodiac), the front-running Providencia winner, again sped to the lead in hopes of repeating the feat here. After setting fractions of :23, :46 4/5 and 1:10 4/5 on the firm turf, she put away her early company Screaming Skylar (Smart Strike).

But Spanish Queen, well placed on the rail just behind the leader, tipped out to deliver her challenge at the head of the lane. Quickly asserting in midstretch, Spanish Queen gained revenge for her narrow loss in the Providencia and completed 1 1/8 miles in 1:47 1/5.

"She keeps improving," Blanc said. "Richard has done a great job. He takes his time and he's been trying to get her to settle down and take everything in. She's getting more and more professional. She has so many gears, she has a good turn of foot and she puts me in good spots as well. She's done everything well and she even seemed like she was a step better than her last race. She just needs to keep improving, she's special.

"She handled herself really well today, she's a fireball though.

"She helped me today. Ninety percent of horses wouldn't have gone through that hole but she didn't chicken out on me; she's got a big heart and I was able to maneuver her.

"I was loaded the whole way, she was galloping. I was just like 'I hope something opens up because I could see (Richard) pulling out the rest of the hair that he does have!'

"She's just got it from the start. She's professional, she loves racing, even when she started working. She's getting better and better."

"She has a helluva turn of foot," Baltas said. "Brice made a good move there at the top of the lane. I thought he was going to go around, which probably wouldn't have mattered but he did make a helluva move there splitting horses.

"She's always breezed like a good horse. She just lowers herself and she gets it.

"Brice has been on her every time to breeze her and I think she's the kind of horse that needs the same person to get used to because she can be a little difficult.

"I think maybe she's just had more experience going farther. I thought last time out, that horse (Spirit of Xian) walked on the lead and she got pressured today which helped us out. She got an easy lead last out and we were tracking her that day."

Sharla Rae (Afleet Alex) made good late progress for second, besting Spirit of Xian by 2 3/4 lengths. Prize Exhibit (Showcasing) reported home fourth, while 2-1 favorite Entrechat (Giant's Causeway) wound up sixth of nine. The latter two were also coming off the Providencia, where Entrechat was third and Prize Exhibit a troubled fourth.

Spanish Queen, a 5 3/4-length debut winner here March 5, now sports a mark of 3-2-1-0, $183,600. The California-bred is the first registered foal from the winning Unusual Heat mare Spanish Bunny, and she hails from the further family of champion Bates Motel (Sir Ivor).

"We'll just have to play it by ear," Baltas said of plans. "I wasn't even planning on this race but I let the horse tell me what to do and she was begging me to go out there. If she comes out of the race good and she really wants to go, then maybe we go in the American Oaks ([G1] on May 30) because it looks like we're the horse to beat."

DAVID SEMMES MEMORIAL S. (NSA-G2), GRM, $75,000, 4YO/UP, 2 1/8MT, 5-2.
1—PARKER'S PROJECT, g, 9, Parker's Storm Cat--Let's Canoodle, by Oh Say. O-Hudson River Farms, B-Jonathan Sheppard (PA), T-Jonathan E. Sheppard, J-William McCarthy, $45,000.
5—Dr. Skip, g, 7, Eddington--Mz. Ann, by Citidancer. O-Clorevia Farm, B-Michael P Cataneo (MD), $13,500.
4—All Together, g, 10, Danzig--Unify, by Farma Way. O-Williams, Sheila J and Brewster, Andre W, B-Jayeff B Stables (KY), $7,500.
Also Ran: Sporty, Diplomat, Spy in the Sky.
Winning Time: 4:32 (gd)
Margins: NK, 1 3/4, 3/4.
Odds: 3.30, 4.30, 3.40.

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In brief

Blue Bison Stable's Loki's Vengeance (Frost Giant), appropriately named with the opening of "Avenger's: Age of Ultron" this weekend, rallied to secure a 1 3/4-length victory in Sunday's $100,000 Affirmed Success S. at Belmont Park with Angel Cruz holding the reins. The Michael Hushion trainee was sent off at 11-1 and returned $25.20 for finishing up six furlongs on the fast main track in 1:09 4/5. Loki's Vengeance captured last year's Times Square division of the New York Stallion S. series and placed in the Fred Cappy Capossela S., both at Aqueduct. The dark bay four-year-old's career mark now stands at 12-4-4-0 and he's banked $253,709 lifetime...

Mike Raymaley, Denise Bujold and Five Keys Stables' Celebrity Star (Dehere) made her stakes debut a winning one on Sunday when taking the $60,000 Sunrise S. by 3 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park. With Tyler Gaffalione aboard, the dark bay mare took over at the top of the lane after challenging early pacesetter Joann's Wildcat (Wildcat Heir) on the backstretch and stopped the clock for 6 1/2 furlongs on the fast main track in 1:16. She returned $36.80 after being sent off at 17-1. Trained by David Kassen, Celebrity Star improved her record to 10-3-3-0 and has now banked $120,948 in her three-season career...

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

Saturday's Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1) victor Gleneagles (Galileo) will likely resurface in the May 23 Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) at the Curragh, trainer Aidan O'Brien re-confirmed Sunday on At the Races. Gleneagles, who has crossed the wire first in all but one of his seven starts, earned his second Group 1 when besting Godolphin's French shipper Territories (Invincible Spirit) by 2 1/4 lengths Saturday. "He traveled well and he has the ability to quicken -- that's what he showed us last year," O'Brien said of the Michael Tabor colorbearer. O'Brien compared Gleneagles to the six-time Group 1 winner Giant's Causeway, a full brother to Gleneagles's dam, You'resothrilling. "He's very much like Giant's Causeway, so he could get a mile and a quarter, but he looks to be a miler, really," the conditioner noted. "What you want in a good miler is the ability to travel and then quicken, and that is what he can do. I think the Irish Guineas will be next but we'll have to see what the ground is like and the boys will talk about that. It looks the obvious race, though."...

Having sidestepped Sunday's One Thousand Guineas (Eng-G1), European co-highweight Found (Galileo) takes a more sedate route to the remaining fillies' classics as she is unveiled in the Curragh's Athasi S. (Ire-G3) on Monday. The form of her last-out success in Longchamp's Prix Marcel Boussac (Fr-G1) has already received a boost as the runner-up, Ervedya (Siyouni), registered an easy win in the Prix Imprudence (Fr-G3), and while she is clear-best on ratings here, she is unlikely to be asked a demanding question. "She had a little setback and we were afraid to force her too much, so it definitely wasn't the wrong thing not to run her in the Guineas," Aidan O'Brien explained. "We took the easier option to start her at the Curragh, but the only thing is they had a lot of rain and the ground is heavy. Hopefully she'll be able to go on it -- if the ground is not too bad, hopefully it will be a nice introduction for her." Highly regarded by Jim Bolger although still a maiden after three starts, Patricia Burns' Stellar Glow (Sea the Stars) holds strong claims on the basis of the second of her trio of performances when third in the C.L. & M.F. Weld Park S. (Ire-G3) over this course and seven-furlong distance in September. Another three-year-old who is one to watch is the Aga Khan's April 4 Cork maiden scorer Shahzeena (Rock of Gibraltar) in a potentially significant pointer to the May 24 Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1)...

With the favorite Rogue Runner (King's Best) failing to make a serious impact in Sunday's Albert von Metzler-Rennen (Ger-G3), and other potentially exciting Deutsches Derby (Ger-G1) hopefuls also firing blanks, the way was left to the maiden Shadow Sadness (Soldier Hollow) to cause a major upset. Switched off in last early, the bay -- who was last seen finishing fifth to the subsequent Saint-Cloud conditions scorer Isidor (Adlerflug) at Cologne April 6 -- was delivered wide in the stretch and his surge up the center of the track was too much for Areo (Medicean) in the last 150 meters.

Results

NORTH AMERICAN NON-GRADED STAKES RESULTS

FURY S., WO, $123,377, 3YO, F, 7F, 5-3.
2—LONDON TOWER, f, 3, Head Chopper--Mrs. Donaghy, by Military. O-Steven Owens, B-Steve Owens (ON), T-Steve Owens, J-Alan Garcia, $74,025.
8—Starless Night, f, 3, Grand Slam--Victory Romance, by Slew City Slew. ($40,000 2014 OBSAPR). O-Tucci Stables, B-Donver Stable (ON), $24,675.
5—Galina Point, f, 3, Saffir--Celtic Craft, by Danehill. (C$7,000 '13 ONTSEP). O-Gary Barber, B-Spring Farm (ON), $12,338.
Also Ran: Brooklynsway, Zia, Green Doctor, Shez a Masterpiece, Bears Reflection.
Winning Time: 1:22 2/5 (ft)
Margins: HF, HD, 4.
Odds: 2.35, 41.20, 20.10.
 
AFFIRMED SUCCESS S., BEL, $100,000, 4YO/UP, 6F, 5-3.
3—LOKI'S VENGEANCE, c, 4, Frost Giant--Subtle Sweetness, by During. ($35,000 '12 FTNAUG). O-Blue Bison Stable, B-Andrew Cohen (NY), T-Michael E. Hushion, J-Angel Cruz, $60,000.
5—Empire Dreams, c, 4, Patriot Act--Ascended Dreams, by Thunder Gulch. ($35,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-West Point Thoroughbreds, B-Pegasus Dream Stable (NY), $20,000.
2—John's Island, g, 4, Posse--Morning Gallop, by Victory Gallop. ($60,000 '12 FTNAUG). O-Confort, John and Weis, Albert, B-Edition Farm (NY), $10,000.
Also Ran: Captain Serious, Curious Cal, I'm Stoked, Weekend Hideaway.
Winning Time: 1:09 4/5 (ft)
Margins: 1 3/4, 3/4, NK.
Odds: 11.60, 25.50, 4.80.
 
VIRGINIA GOLD CUP TIMBER S., GRM, $87,300, 5YO/UP, 32FT, 5-2.
1—GRINDING SPEED, g, 9, Grindstone--Cozelia, by Cozzene. ($3,200 '07 FTMOCT; $11,000 2008 FTMMAY). O-Michael Wharton, B-Alan S Kline, Mark T Kline,Mitchell A Kline & Madeline R Kline (MD), T-Alicia Murphy, J-Mark Beecher, $54,000.
3—Dakota Slew, g, 8, Slew City Slew--Klearlee Kiera, by Allen's Prospect. O-Magalen O Bryant, B-Larry Curtis (KY), $16,200.
4—Straight to It, g, 9, Giant's Causeway--Helsinka (FR), by Pennekamp. ($500,000 '07 KEESEP). O-Williams, Sheila J and Brewster, Andre W, B-Thierry Grandsir (KY), $9,000.
Also Ran: Ballylifen (IRE), Hot Rize.
Winning Time: 8:00 (gd)
Margins: 1, 6HF, 2 1/4.
Odds: 1.80, 2.80, 3.80.
 
NEED FOR SPEED S., EVD, $60,000, 3YO/UP, 5FT, 5-2.
3—REFLECTOR, c, 4, Ready's Image--Passionate Dancer, by Cat Thief. ($20,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Preston Stables LLC, B-John T L Jones Jr (TX), T-Patrick Devereux, Jr., J-Diego Saenz, $36,000.
(DH) 1—Quick Dagger, g, 4, Northern Afleet--Dagger, by Tactical Cat. O-End Zone Athletics, Inc, B-Dream Walkin' Farm, Inc (KY), $9,000.
(DH) 4—Ty's Bandit, g, 5, Time Bandit--Ghaza Run, by Ghazi. O-Mark Norman, B-George D Oechsner, III (LA), $9,000.
Also Ran: D'cajun Cat, Gantry, Whiskey Bravo, Brilliant Interest, School Spirit, Win Lion Win.
Winning Time: :57 1/5 (fm)
Margins: 3/4, HD, HD.
Odds: 3.90, 1.20, 23.90.
 
SUNRISE S., GP, $60,000, 4YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 5-3.
6—CELEBRITY STAR, m, 5, Dehere--Texas Romance, by Carson City. O-Raymaley, Mike, Bujold, Denise and Five Keys Stables, B-Christina Latimer (KY), T-David C. Kassen, J-Tyler Gaffalione, $36,456.
1—Best Behavior, m, 5, Into Mischief--Queenship, by Line in the Sand. ($10,000 '11 KEESEP). O-Miller Racing LLC, B-James A & Janeane A Everatt & J Arika Everatt-Meeuse (ON), $11,760.
4—Joann's Wildcat, f, 4, Wildcat Heir--B L's One Like Mom, by B L's Appeal. O-Monarch Stables, Inc, B-Frank Bertolino (FL), $5,880.
Also Ran: Little Alexis, Little Tami, Horsin' Around, Silk n' Sequins.
Winning Time: 1:16 (ft)
Margins: 3HF, 1 3/4, 3 1/4.
Odds: 17.40, 2.30, 2.50.

Spot Plays/Highlights/Weather

SPOT PLAYS

For Monday

TRACK   (RACE) HORSE, MORNING LINE
Finger Lakes   (3rd) Kitty Ride, 3-1
    (8th) Schifty's Stardust, 5-1
Mountaineer   (1st) Red Dwarf, 6-1
    (3rd) Pommette, 5-1
Parx Racing   (2nd) Gindini, 9-2
    (5th) Lucky Liberty, 8-1
Thistledown   (5th) Paint the Moon, 7-2
    (6th) Bellamy Jones, 10-1

Results

NORTH AMERICAN ALLOWANCE RESULTS

BEL, 7TH, AOC, $80,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16MT, 5-3.
5—GRANNY MC'S KITTEN, f, 4, Kitten's Joy--Granny Franny, by Grand Slam. O-Ramsey, Kenneth L and Sarah K, B-Kenneth L & Sarah K Ramsey (KY), T-Chad C. Brown, J-John R. Velazquez, $48,000.
6—Sea Coast (IRE), f, 4, Rock of Gibraltar (IRE)--Varna (GB), by Efisio (GB). (15,000EUR '12 GOFFEB). O-Jump Sucker Stable, B-Azienda Agricola Rosati Colarieti (IRE), $16,000.
7—Fade to Black, f, 4, Street Cry (IRE)--Desert Song, by Unbridled's Song. ($200,000 '12 FTSAUG). O-MeB Racing Stables LLC and Brooklyn Boyz Stables, B-Rabbah Bloodstock LLC (KY), $8,000.
Winning Time: 1:42 2/5 (fm)
 
BEL, 3RD, AOC, $75,460, 3YO, F, 6F, 5-3.
1—SPARK, f, 3, Speightstown--Mon Belle, by Maria's Mon. O-Peter E Blum Thoroughbreds LLC, B-Peter E Blum Thoroughbreds, LLC (KY), T-James A. Jerkens, J-Eric Cancel, $46,200.
5—Clothes Fall Off, f, 3, Daaher--Tequilas Dayjur, by Dayjur. ($70,000 '13 KEESEP; $150,000 2014 OBSMAR). O-Cheyenne Stables LLC, Southern Equine Stable LLC and Hat Creek Racing, B-Dean Hayes & Shadwell Farm LLC (KY), $15,400.
3—Momameamaria, f, 3, Quality Road--Special Dream, by Officer. ($60,000 2014 OBSJUN). O-Two Tone Farms, B-White Fox Farm (KY), $7,700.
Winning Time: 1:10 3/5 (ft)
 
SA, 7TH, AOC, $72,130, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1 1/16M, 5-3.
4—MY MONET, f, 4, Decarchy--Madam, by Lord Avie. O-KM Racing Enterprise, Inc, B-Ridgeley Farm LLC (CA), T-Ricky Agarie, J-Gonzalo Nicolas, $46,800.
2—Grandiose Tactics, m, 6, Quiet American--Beggers Dream, by Distorted Humor. ($17,000 '10 KEESEP). O-Hronis Racing LLC, B-Spruce Lane Farm, John Becker & Jim Egger (KY), $12,000.
5—Honey Ride, f, 4, Candy Ride (ARG)--Tarlow, by Stormin Fever. O-Moss, Mr and Mrs Jerome S, B-Mr & Mrs Jerome S Moss (KY), $7,200.
Winning Time: 1:43 (ft)
 
SA, 4TH, AOC, $59,250, 3YO/UP, 1 1/8MT, 5-3.
6—LUCKY VIEWS, g, 4, Lucky Pulpit--Deja Views, by Forest Camp. ($10,000 '12 BESOCT). O-Barton, Richard and Kate, B-David & Marion Christensen (CA), T-Michael Machowsky, J-Edwin A. Maldonado, $34,800.
1—Tiz Futurity, g, 5, Tizbud--Flor De Forestal, by Makaleha. O-Kovacs, Debra, Medina, David and Pender Racing LLC, B-Joe Duffel (CA), $11,600.
4—Durango Flier, g, 4, Good Journey--Cantina's Rose, by Decarchy. ($40,000 '12 BESOCT). O-Gunpowder Farms LLC, B-B&B Zietz Stables, Inc (CA), $6,960.
Winning Time: 1:52 (fm)
 
PRX, 8TH, ALW, $46,500, 3YO/UP, 6F, 5-3.
3—LUNARWARFARE, c, 4, War Pass--Lunar Star, by Silver Ghost. O-Robert V LaPenta, B-Shadybrook Farm, Inc (FL), T-H. Graham Motion, J-Alex Cintron, $27,000.
9—Manhattan Mischief, g, 4, Into Mischief--Western Melody, by West by West. ($20,000 '12 KEEJAN). O-Treblanna Stable, B-Patrick Costello & Ledgelands LLC (KY), $9,000.
4—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: 1:11 3/5 (ft)
 
PIM, 8TH, AOC, $46,485, 3YO/UP, 6F, 5-3.
2—CLASSIC SALSA, c, 4, Two Step Salsa--Wildcat Affair, by Wildcat Heir. O-David Jacobson, B-McFarland Farm, Inc (FL), T-David Jacobson, J-Larry Mejias, $25,650.
6—Grain, g, 6, Hard Spun--Moonshine Run, by Go for Gin. O-Manfuso, Robert T and Voss, Katharine M, B-Robert T Manfuso & Katharine M Voss (KY), $9,450.
5—He's Achance, g, 4, Cactus Ridge--She's Achance, by American Chance. O-Joan P Everett, B-Joan Everett & W Dale Everett (MD), $6,435.
Winning Time: 1:10 4/5 (ft)
 
GRM, 8TH, ALW, $45,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/8MT, 5-2.
12—ICONIC ARTIST, c, 4, Arch--Seeking Silence, by Seeking the Gold. ($375,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Willow Oaks Stables LLC, B-Pin Oak Stud, LLC (KY), T-Elizabeth Voss, J-Jack Doyle, $27,000.
5—No Wunder (GB), g, 4, Rock of Gibraltar (IRE)--Iwunder (IRE), by King's Best. (29,000gns '11 TATDEC; 120,000gns '12 TATOCT; 40,000gns 2014 TATHIT). O-Robert A Kinsley, B-Exors of the Late J Ellis (GB), $8,100.
2—Slews Best Quality, g, 5, Elusive Quality--Slews Final Answer, by Seattle Slew. O-Magalen O Bryant, B-Live Oak Stud (FL), $4,500.
Winning Time: 1:53 4/5 (gd)
 
PIM, 7TH, ALW, $42,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5FT, 5-3.
1—VELVET TIE, f, 3, Speightstown--Glenarcy, by Forestry. ($90,000 '13 KEESEP). O-Taylor, Kenneth and Salzman, Sr John E, B-Aaron & Marie Jones (KY), T-John E. Salzman, Sr., J-Jevian Toledo, $23,940.
10—Carolina Shag, f, 4, Bop--Carolina Cousin, by Clever Trick. O-Susan S Cooney, B-Susan S Cooney (WV), $8,820.
6—Pop of Color, f, 4, Old Fashioned--Splendid Honor, by Double Honor. ($48,000 '12 OBSAUG). O-Robert Masiello, B-Machmer Hall, Carrie & Craig Brogden (KY), $4,620.
Winning Time: :57 3/5 (fm)
 
GRM, 2ND, ALW, $38,800, 5YO/UP, 3MT, 5-2.
3—SCHOOLHOUSE WOODS, g, 8, Sky Classic--Mabelino, by Trempolino. O-Kinross Corporation, B-Kinross Corp (KY), T-Neil R. Morris, J-Darren Nagle, $24,000.
4—Saluda Sam, g, 10, Adcat--Super Skirt, by Proud Truth. O-Irvin S Naylor, B-F R Bobby Nelson (SC), $7,200.
1—Ez Mac, g, 11, Bianconi--Easy Weekend, by Red Ransom. ($5,000 '05 FTMOCT). O-Move-Up Stables, B-Elizabeth Heger (KY), $4,000.
Winning Time: 5:58 2/5 (gd)
 
PRM, 7TH, AOC, $38,352, 3YO/UP, 6F, 5-3.
7—CRABBY FRANK, g, 5, Drinkwiththedevil--Clamato Rose, by Sportin' Life. O-Shady Bend Thoroughbreds, B-Shady Bend Thoroughbreds (IA), T-Doug L. Anderson, J-Terry J. Thompson, $25,368.
4—Kipling's King, g, 5, Kipling--Cosmo Queen, by Sword Dance (IRE). O-Carol Griffieon, B-Center Hills Farm (IL), $6,040.
8—Somthin Country, g, 6, Belong to Me--Sara's Shadow, by Slew the Slewor. O-Larry Dunbar, B-Rusty Roberts (OK), $3,624.
Winning Time: 1:11 2/5 (ft)
 
PRM, 7TH, ALW, $37,753, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 5-2.
7—KID BROCK, c, 3, Summer Bird--Brenda's Slew, by Straight Man. O-Maggi Moss, B-B-Fine Equine (IA), T-Chris Richard, J-Alex Canchari, $22,725.
6—Royal Edge, g, 5, Added Edge--Lady Syndahl, by Sail Me Again. O-Dale L Kurtz, B-Dale L Kurtz DVM (IA), $7,575.
3—Greenback Dollar, g, 3, Holy Bull--Velva, by Gold Legend. O-William L Hobbs, B-William L Hobbs (IA), $4,450.
Winning Time: 1:06 (ft)
 
IND, 7TH, AOC, $36,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5 1/2F, 5-2.
3—TIZZY BE HOT, f, 4, Tiz Wonderful--Desert Heat, by Mr. Prospector. ($20,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Sherri L Greenhill, B-Malibu Farm (KY), T-Jeffrey L. Greenhill, J-Malcolm Franklin, $21,600.
6—Bahnah, f, 4, Elusive Quality--Flying Glitter, by Glitterman. ($62,000 '12 KEESEP). O-Sanders, Wayne and Hirsch, Larry, B-Aaron U & Marie D Jones (KY), $7,200.
2—Gettem Up Girl, m, 6, Belong to Me--Crystal Woods, by Woodman. O-Paul H Adkins LLC, B-William A Kelly (KY), $3,600.
Winning Time: 1:04 1/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 7TH, ALW, $35,400, 3YO/UP, 6 1/2F, 5-3.
1—INSTRUCTOR KUNU, c, 3, E Dubai--Perverse, by Distorted Humor. ($6,000 '13 FTMSEP). O-Ken Geren, B-Barlar, LLC (PA), T-John P. Terranova, II, J-Charles C. Lopez, $21,000.
2—Berger Lane, h, 5, Cat Thief--Fountain, by Petionville. O-R and L Racing, B-Rick Molineaux (PA), $7,000.
8—Devil's Purge, g, 5, Purge--Devil Dancing, by Devil His Due. ($5,000 '10 KEENOV). O-Armand A Delaperriere, B-DDS Stables LLC & By Jove Stables LLC (PA), $3,850.
Winning Time: 1:19 1/5 (ft)
 
GRM, 9TH, ALW, $35,000, 3YO/UP, 1 1/4MT, 5-2.
10—WAHOO, g, 7, Prized--Nes, by Waquoit. O-Sara E Collette, B-Sara Collette (VA), T-Neil R. Morris, J-Darren Nagle, $21,000.
11—Gumper, g, 4, Even the Score--Miss Boot Scoot, by Fred Astaire. O-Quest Realty, B-Quest Realty (VA), $6,300.
9—Complete St., m, 5, St Averil--Complete Number, by Polish Numbers. O-Harlan Crossman, B-Mede Cahaba Stable & Stud, LLC (VA), $3,500.
Winning Time: 2:17 4/5 (gd)
 
PRM, 8TH, AOC, $33,950, 4YO/UP, 6F, 5-3.
6—BOBCAT JIM, h, 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, $21,000.
5—Bruvver Max, h, 5, Posse--Brittney Brat, by Pikepass. O-Rodney L Morgan, B-Al J Horton (KY), $7,000.
4—Smack Smack, g, 4, Closing Argument--Smack Madam, by Victory Gallop. O-Dream Walkin Farms, Inc, B-Dream Walkin Farms, Inc (KY), $4,200.
Winning Time: 1:10 1/5 (ft)
 
PEN, 5TH, ALW, $33,300, 3YO/UP, 1 1/16M, 5-2.
2—NOW WE'RE TALKIN, g, 6, Real Quiet--Walk Your Talk, by Talkin Man. O-Gumpster Stable LLC, B-Darlene S Townsend & Joseph F Engers (PA), T-Patricia Farro, J-Pierre Hernandez Ortega, $19,980.
4—Supermon, g, 4, Monba--Morna's Girl (FR), by Zieten. O-James C Smith, Jr, B-Dr Jeffrey M Edelson & J Patrick Morell (PA), $6,660.
1—Fort Collins, h, 5, Not for Love--Fostoria, by Tiznow. O-KMSN Stable, B-Spirit Lake Enterprises (PA), $3,663.
Winning Time: 1:45 3/5 (ft)
 
PRX, 5TH, ALW, $31,850, 3YO/UP, 1M 70Y, 5-3.
2—GIROUX, g, 4, Stephen Got Even--Exotic West, by Gone West. O-Five C's Stable, B-Malone Racing LLC (PA), T-Patricia Farro, J-Hector Caballero, $21,000.
4—Midnight Tryst, g, 6, Real Quiet--King's Thrill, by King's Grant. O-Dantecarlo Hospitality, B-Dr Klobia S Carroll (PA), $7,000.
1—Mr. Dithers, g, 4, Orientate--All American Blond, by Quiet American. O-Hillson, Theresa, Hillson, Randall and Houghton, Roy D, B-R H Breeding LLC (PA), $3,850.
Winning Time: 1:46 (ft)
 
PRM, 8TH, AOC, $30,500, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6F, 5-2.
3—FAITH RISING, m, 7, Wildcat Shoes--Beautiful Bay, by Arch. O-Rodney M Miller, B-Greg Sheets & Jeff Sheets (AR), T-David D. McShane, J-Alex Canchari, $18,240.
1—Successful Sweep, f, 4, Successful Appeal--No Reason, by Precise End. ($62,000 2013 OBSAPR). O-William D McCarty, B-Peter Van Andel (KY), $6,080.
2—Pistol's Shoes, f, 4, Commander's Shoes--Ain't She a Pistol, by Big Pistol. O-Jeffrey Sheets, B-Jeff Sheets & Greg Sheets (AR), $3,648.
Winning Time: 1:11 2/5 (ft)
 
CT, 4TH, ALW, $26,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 6 1/2F, 5-2.
3—ANYLADYSINTHEHOUSE, f, 3, Windsor Castle--Cynthia's Angle, by Kokand. O-Shuler Stables LLC, B-Shuler Stables, LLC (WV), T-Donald W. Shuler, J-Antonio Lopez, $15,480.
2—Candy Castle, f, 3, Windsor Castle--Early Signal, by Signal. O-Sweet Magnolia Farms LLC, B-Donald J Baker (WV), $5,160.
6—Bridget T, f, 4, E Dubai--Seven of Nine, by Meadowlake. ($20,000 2013 FTMMAY). O-Moschonas, Gerasimos and Khalaf, Farhat W, B-Norah B Stable LLC (WV), $2,580.
Winning Time: 1:20 3/5 (ft)
 
CT, 5TH, ALW, $26,000, 3YO/UP, F/M, 4 1/2F, 5-2.
9—STEVE'S MANDOLIN, f, 3, Majestic Warrior--Dance With Class, by The Cliff's Edge. O-Equinox, Inc, B-Equinox Inc (KY), T-Eduardo Caramori, J-Vanessa Ryall, $15,360.
11—Practical Ideas, f, 4, Prospect Bay--Nine Carats, by Langfuhr. O-C Allen Johnson, B-Rene K Moore & Naylee Farm (WV), $5,120.
4—Donnameade, m, 5, Luftikus--Katelyn Rose Deane, by Ormsby. O-Kenneth L Brown, B-James W Casey (WV), $2,560.
Winning Time: :52 1/5 (ft)
 
ALB, 9TH, ALW, $25,600, 3YO/UP, F/M, 5F, 5-3.
7—DESERT CAT, f, 3, Dome--Delia, by Bold Ego. O-Donald J Elkins, B-John M Abbott (NM), T-Camille Telford, J-Nancy Nichols Summers, $15,360.
5—La Mesilla, f, 3, Diabolical--Natural Candy, by Sky Mesa. O-Diana Bringhurst, B-Judy & J Kirk Robison (NM), $5,120.
4—Broadway Runaway, f, 3, Diabolical--Belle of Broadway, by Boston Harbor. O-Samuel F Henderson, B-S F Henderson (NM), $2,560.
Winning Time: :58 3/5 (ft)
 
AP, 2ND, ALW, $24,500, 3YO/UP, 6F, 5-3.
3—EPIC PHELPS, g, 7, Monashee Mountain--Sweet Claire Bear, by Mari's Book. O-Catalano Thoroughbreds, Inc, B-Asiel Stable, LC (IL), T-Wayne M. Catalano, J-Rosemary B. Homeister, Jr., $14,700.
7—Armando's Star, g, 3, Road Ruler--Flashdance Star, by Joyeux Danseur. O-Robert Fattore, B-Robert Fattore, Leo Matteucci & Lido Boni (IL), $4,900.
2—Prince Who, g, 5, Shore Breeze--Princess Who, by Zuppardo's Prince. O-Haran Thoroughbreds, B-John F Haran (IL), $2,695.
Winning Time: 1:10 2/5 (ft)
 
WRD, 8TH, ALW, $22,800, 3YO/UP, 1M, 5-2.
1—ROCKET BOSS, g, 3, Air Commander--Vermont Connection, by Alysheba. ($8,200 '13 OKCAUG). O-B E Howerter, B-Center Hills Farm & Danny Hammock (OK), T-Kari Craddock, J-Erik McNeil, $13,204.
3—Johnmack Daddy, g, 4, Omega Code--Gigi's Skyflyer, by Skywalker. O-Sayretoga Stables, B-Robert H Zoellner (OK), $4,908.
5—James T., g, 4, Dunkirk--Sephora, by Newfoundland. O-Harmony Stable LLC, B-Harmony Stable LLC (OK), $2,833.
Winning Time: 1:38 1/5 (ft)
 
TAM, 9TH, ALW, $20,600, 3YO/UP, F/M, 1MT, 5-3.
1—WEEKEND APPEAL, m, 5, Weekend Cruise--Waiting Appeal, by Successful Appeal. ($20,000 2012 OBSJUN). O-Celeste Stevens, B-John & Celeste Stevens (FL), T-Zollie Durr, J-Brandon Chance Boulanger, $11,800.
6—Biddabudda, m, 6, Agnes Gold (JPN)--Aristar's Prospect, by Langfuhr. O-Peter David Knoll, B-Peter David Knoll (FL), $4,600.
8—Daisy a Day, m, 5, Smart Strike--Western Ransom, by Red Ransom. ($50,000 2013 KEEJAN). O-Barry R Ostrager, B-Dr John A Chandler (KY), $2,000.
Winning Time: 1:36 1/5 (fm)
 
MNR, 7TH, ALW, $16,200, 3YO/UP, 5 1/2F, 5-2.
6—LITTLE BENNY, g, 4, Benny the Bull--Soul Purpose, by Fappie's Notebook. O-Louise Poole, B-Jack Poole (PA), T-Jami C. Poole, J-Alfredo Clemente, $9,882.
1—Famous Fighter, g, 6, Pride of Burkaan--Wheezer, by Signal Tap. O-Sandra J Witherow, B-Sandra Witherow (WV), $3,240.
7—Shady Creek, h, 5, Shady Grove--Cinnamonstella, by Cinnamon Creek. O-Superior Racing Stables LLC, B-Ernie Witt (AR), $1,620.
Winning Time: 1:07 3/5 (ft)
 
TUP, 4TH, ALW, $16,000, 3YO/UP, 6F, 5-3.
7—YE CALL ME CHIEF, g, 5, Officer--Silly Little Mama, by Old Topper. ($60,000 '11 ARZOCT). O-John J Campo, III, B-Stacy L Campo (KY), T-Stacy Campo, J-Jorge Martin Bourdieu, $9,920.
1—Bourbon Sense, g, 4, Street Sense--Letter of the Law, by Stormy Atlantic. ($85,000 '12 KEESEP; $100,000 2013 OBSMAR). O-Dale Arnold, B-J S McDonald (KY), $3,200.
6—Marv, g, 6, Ministers Wild Cat--Florik's Baby, by Kris S.. O-Paige Schvaneveldt, B-Eagle Oak Ranch, LLC (CA), $1,600.
Winning Time: 1:09 2/5 (ft)
 
GRM, 3RD, ALW, $0, 4YO/UP, 2 1/2MT, 5-2.
3—SHARP NUMBERS, g, 7, Johar--Flight Numbers, by Polish Numbers. O-Woodslane Farm, B-Richard C Granville (MD), T-Jack O. Fisher, J-Sean McDermott, $0.
1A—Plated, g, 6, Tiznow--Imaginary Gold, by Mr. Prospector. ($65,000 '09 KEENOV; $75,000 '10 KEESEP; $500,000 2011 FTFMAR). O-Magalen O Bryant, B-Overbrook Farm (KY), $0.
6—Wantan (ARG), g, 10, Pure Prize--Water Proof, by Turkoman. O-Rosbrian Farm, B-Carampangue (ARG), $0.
Winning Time: 5:08 1/5 (gd)

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North American Maiden Winners
Bernardini--Serena's Cat by Storm Cat; LADY SERENA, f, 3, BEL, Msw, 5-3, 1 1/16m, 1:43 . B-Dell Ridge Farm, LLC (KY.). *1/2 to Noble Tune (G2$492,222) *1/2 to Honor Code (MG2$638,260).
Brother Derek--Wildandfabulous by Forest Wildcat; ROUGE ET BLANC, f, 3, WO, Mcl 16000, 5-3, 7f, 1:26 . B-Bret C. Jones (KY.). $26,000 '12 KEENOV; $20,000 '13 KEESEP.
Candy Ride (ARG)--Liberty Flag by Kingmambo; LIBERTY RIDE, c, 3, WO, Msw, 5-3, 6 1/2f, 1:16 4/5. B-Caldara Farm (KY.). $45,000 '13 FTKOCT; $125,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Catienus--Excellent Choice by Outflanker; NYE, g, 3, PIM, Mcl 16000, 5-3, 6f, 1:12 2/5. B-McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds LLC, John McMahon & Kate McMahon (NY.). $5,000 '12 FTMDEC.
Closing Argument--Miss Brooklyn B by Mazel Trick; BOMBMARITO, g, 3, PRM, Msw, 5-3, 1m 70y, 1:47 2/5. B-Allen Poindexter (IA.).
Devil His Due--Logjam Broken by Doneraile Court; THE DEVIL WE KNOW, g, 3, MNR, Msw, 5-2, 6f, 1:14 . B-Joan Schilke (KY.).
Discreetly Mine--Hannah Sue by Stormy Atlantic; BIRDIE NUM NUMS, f, 3, WO, Mcl 10000, 5-3, 5f, :58 3/5. B-Bay Ridge Orchards Ltd. (ON.). $2,000 2014 OBSAPR; $15,000 2014 OBSJUN.
Einstein (BRZ)--Passiona by Orientate; RELATIVELY FAST, r, 3, EMD, Mcl 7500, 5-3, 5 1/2f, 1:05 1/5. B-Mr. & Mrs. David A. Thorner (WA.). $4,000 '13 WASAUG.
Exclusive Quality--Golden Trumpet by Formal Gold; TRUMPET'S EMINENCE, f, 3, GP, Mcl 12500, 5-3, 5 1/2f, 1:06 . B-Cheryl Janine McGuire & James P. McGuire (FL.).
Forestry--La Belle by Dixie Union; ANALOG MAN, g, 3, LS, Mcl 7500, 5-3, 5 1/2f, 1:06 . B-Dr. Jacqueline Smith (KY.). $75,000 2014 TEXAPR.
Forty Grams--Redskin Rhumba by Songandaprayer; CHLOE'S WHITE SOXS, f, 3, PEN, Mcl 12500, 5-2, 6f, 1:13 . B-Alan J. Pesch (FL.). $25,000 2014 OBSAPR.
Henrythenavigator--Bubbling Heights (FR) by Darshaan (GB); CARIBBEAN PRINCESS, f, 3, GP, Mcl 20000, 5-3, 1mT, 1:38 2/5. B-Lawrence Goichman (NY.). $20,000 2014 OBSAPR. *1/2 to J'ray (G2$969,843).
Hold Me Back--Lil' Hottie by Monarchos; HOLD THE CROWN, f, 3, PRM, Mcl 7500, 5-3, 6f, 1:12 2/5. B-James H. Glover (KY.). $6,000 '12 KEENOV; $9,500 2014 OBSJUN.
Jafmil--Pulpinit by Pulpit; APPROXIMATOR, g, 3, PRM, Msw, 5-3, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Joseph Robson Thoroughbreds (IA.).
Jazil--Ela Enta (GB) by Royal Applause (GB); JOHNNY UTAH, c, 3, BTP, Msw, 5-3, 6 1/2f, 1:19 2/5. B-Peter J. Sheppell (OH.).
Lookin At Lucky--Intensify by Unbridled's Song; MONEY MULTIPLIER, c, 3, BEL, Msw, 5-3, 1 1/16m, 1:43 2/5. B-Machmer Hall & Haymarket Farm (KY.). $100,000 '12 KEENOV; $260,000 '13 KEESEP. *1/2 to Intense Holiday (G2$551,900).
Maimonides--Prayfromthewordgo by Songandaprayer; POCKETFULLOFGREEN, f, 3, SA, Mcl 30000, 5-3, 6f, 1:11 . B-McKathan Bros. (FL.).
Majesticperfection--With Lemon by Lemon Drop Kid; RAINING DIAMONDS, f, 3, AP, Msw, 5-3, 5fT, :58 . B-Hargus & Sandra Sexton and Silver Fern Farm (KY.). $25,000 '13 KEEJAN; $60,000 '13 OBSAUG.
Midshipman--Home Run Kiss by Bertrando; OO DE LALLY, g, 3, AP, Mcl 15000, 5-3, 6f, 1:11 . B-Joe Treffiletti (KY.). $32,000 '13 FTKOCT.
Ocean Indy--Tapper Time by Pine Bluff; THE PREDICTOR, g, 3, IND, Msw, 5-2, 5 1/2f, 1:05 2/5. B-Barbara J. Conner (IN.).
Patriot Act--Laura's Jewel by Jules; LAURA'S PATRIOT, f, 3, BEL, Mcl 40000, 5-3, 7fT, 1:23 . B-C. Robert Valeri (NY.).
Pollard's Vision--Tizalittlelater by Tiznow; NEW YORK CHROME, c, 3, BEL, Msw, 5-3, 7f, 1:23 3/5. B-Sunny Crest Farm, Beals Racing Stable, LLC & Wintergreen Stallions Station (NY.). $12,000 '12 FTNOCT; $35,000 2014 FTMMAY.
Primal Storm--Royal Colonial by Intimidator; ROYAL JONES, g, 3, LS, Msw, 5-3, 6 1/2f, 1:19 2/5. B-Keith I. Asmussen (TX.).
Run Away and Hide--Blushing Royal by Brahms; AVENUE MONTAIGNE, f, 3, LS, Mcl 15000, 5-3, 1m, 1:40 4/5. B-Thomas J. Young (KY.).
Sharp Humor--Smart Caller by Caller I. D.; ITS UP IN THE AIR, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 12500, 5-3, 6f, 1:14 . B-Barbara Reid (PA.). $3,000 '13 FTMSEP; $22,000 2014 FTMMAY.
Singing Saint--Step Aside Please by Foxtrail; VOCAL VICAR, g, 3, WO, Mcl 32000, 5-3, 5f, :58 . B-Richard Moylan (ON.). C$1,000 '13 ONTSEP.
Speightstown--Symbolic by Silver Deputy; BAJAN BEACH, f, 3, BEL, Mcl 40000, 5-3, 7fT, 1:23 2/5. B-WinStar Farm, LLC & M R Capital, LLC (NY.). $60,000 '13 FTKOCT.
Street Sense--Magger Bags by Indian Charlie; INDIAN STREET, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 10000, 5-3, 1m 70y, 1:49 1/5. B-Legacy Farm (VA.). $100,000 '13 KEESEP.
Sweet Return (GB)--Double Diva by Railway Cat; ROCK N' ROLL DIVA, f, 3, PRX, Mcl 10000, 5-3, 6 1/2f, 1:22 2/5. B-Red Oak Stable (FL.).
Tapit--Two Trail Sioux (G2$664,960), by Indian Charlie; TWO TAPS, f, 3, SA, Msw, 5-3, 6 1/2f, 1:16 . B-W. S. Farish and Mooney Stables, LLC (KY.). *1/2 to Ghostwalking ($254,474).
The Pamplemousse--Bussell Up (GB) by Danehill Dancer (IRE); MOUSSED UP, g, 3, SA, Msw, 5-2, a6 1/2fT, 1:14 3/5. B-J Ravich, Strauss Brothers Racing, LLC, T Lenner, D Naftzger, A Grossbard (CA.).
Tiz Wonderful--A. P. Petal by A.P. Indy; WONDERFULADVENTURE, f, 3, TAM, Mcl 8000, 5-3, 7f, 1:27 2/5. B-Spendthrift Farm, LLC (NY.).
Valid Trefaire--Prairie Robyn by Robyn Dancer; VALID OFFER, f, 3, HP, Msw, 5-2, 4f, :48 3/5. B-Felicia Campbell (MI.).
Bold Executive--Jovial Blast by Lite the Fuse; JOVIAL ARTIC, f, 4, HP, Mcl 8000, 5-2, 4f, :49 1/5. B-Peter de Wit (ON.). C$6,000 '12 ONTSEP. *Full to Jovial Jill ($250,555).
C'mon Tiger--Chestnut Way by Horse Chestnut (SAF); GO GET'M TIGER, f, 4, LS, Mcl 25000, 5-3, 5fT, :57 3/5. B-James E Helzer (OK.).
Exchange Rate--Rebotco by Dynaformer; PENN SQUARE, g, 4, GRM, Msw, 5-2, 7fT, 1:33 . B-Beverly R. Steinman (KY.).
Exclusive Quality--Amazing Royalist by Langfuhr; HEISAGENTLEMAN, c, 4, TAM, Mcl 8000, 5-3, 6f, 1:11 2/5. B-Eduardo Azpurua (FL.).
Langfuhr--Investagain by Salt Lake; COLD CASH, f, 4, LS, Mcl 25000, 5-3, 5fT, :57 3/5. B-Dream Walkin' Farm, Inc (KY.).
Macho Uno--Dancing Flame by Seeking the Gold; JAMAICA BAY, f, 4, TAM, Mcl 16000, 5-3, 1mT, 1:37 4/5. B-William S. Roebling (KY.). $24,000 '12 FTKOCT; $80,000 2013 OBSAPR.
Majestic Warrior--Mystic Mirage by Chester House; CORRUPTION, c, 4, PRM, Msw, 5-3, 6f, 1:12 1/5. B-Whisper Hill Farm (KY.). $8,000 '12 KEEJAN; $85,000 '12 KEESEP.
Sardegna--Valentine Reality by Proper Reality; ANOTHER STORY, g, 4, WO, Mcl 10000, 5-3, 5f, :57 3/5. B-Bruno Schickedanz (FL.).
Second in Command--Dixie Treasure by Dixieland Brass; TULIPIA, f, 4, HST, Mcl 4000, 5-3, 6f, 1:13 2/5. B-Eighteen Acres Ltd (BC.).
Terrell--Three Times a Lady (NZ) by Volksraad (GB); DR. BUFFUM, g, 4, GG, Mcl 5000, 5-3, 1m, 1:40 . B-Roger Stein (CA.).
Visionaire--Honey Gold by Touch Gold; MISTY JOURNEY, f, 4, PRM, Msw, 5-2, 6f, 1:12 . B-Jeanne Bruce (KY.). $5,500 '12 TEXAUG.
Champali--Hall's Lake Fire by Cure the Blues; CHAMPALI LAKE, g, 5, EVD, Mcl 7500, 5-2, 1 1/16m, 1:47 1/5. B-Christine D. Early & Carol A. Jannik (LA.). $8,000 2012 EVDMAR.
Elusive Quality--Evening Primrose by Dayjur; ELUSIVE EVENING, h, 5, GRM, Msw, 5-2, 7fT, 1:31 3/5. B-Keene Ridge Racing, LLC & Darley (KY.). $67,000 '11 KEESEP.
Shakespeare--Lady Nadine (GB) by Alzao; TUBAL, g, 5, GRM, Msw, 5-2, 2 1/2mT, 5:03 3/5. B-Lady Olivia at North Cliff LLC (VA.).
Chop Chop--Roses for Leslie by Returnee; TULSA RED, m, 6, EVD, Mcl 7500, 5-2, 1m, 1:42 1/5. B-Oakwood Stables, LLC (LA.).
Cozzene--Widow's Mite (IRE) by Sadler's Wells; LUNE DE CARO, g, 6, BTP, Mcl 5000, 5-3, 1m, 1:41 1/5. B-La Bahia Stud, Inc. (TX.).
Imperialism--Zend to Aiken (G3P$437,726), by Zen; ZEN IMPERIALISM, g, 6, TAM, Mcl 16000, 5-3, 1 1/16mT, 1:44 3/5. B-Nancy Harris & John Allen (FL.).

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