With Azeri and Astra, De Seroux--one of "Charlie's Angels"--is truly taking wing.
It wasn't exactly Seabiscuit's quest to attain the Santa Anita Handicap, but Ladies Din finally did it, pulling down the $408,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile Stakes (gr. IT) on May 27. Were it not for one of the best grass milers in recent memory, namely his former barnmate, Silic, it's possible that 7-year-old Ladies Din could have a Shoemaker hat-trick by now. When he was four, Silic edged him a wafer-thin nose. A year later, the difference was a half-length. This time around, the Din's Dancer gelding would not be denied. Owned by Terrence Lanni and Bernard Schiappa and trained by Julio Canani, Ladies Din broke casually under jockey Pat Valenzuela and settled in along the fence. Far up ahead, Orientate and Special Ring dueled through a :46.22 half, and their battle put them well clear of the others. Turning into the stretch following six furlongs in 1:09.42, though, Ladies Din and Redattore were on the attack. Ladies Din, it turned out, had the best punch. Leaving Redattore to deal with the pacesetters, he vaulted clear to score by three lengths. Spinelessjellyfish beat out Orientate and Thady Quill for third, a length behind Redattore. The mile went in 1:33.39.At the Wire
The Milady was not without catastrophe. Cashmina, a promising Cherokee Run filly trained by John Shirreffs, broke down halfway through the race, suffering a complete displaced lateral condylar fracture of her right front leg. She was later euthanized ... Like a Hero ran a nice one in the nine-furlong Alydar Stakes on May 23 and earned a crack at War Emblem in the process. Bred and owned by Andrea Pollack, the 3-year-old Pleasant Colony colt will take a three-race win streak into the June 8 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). "The more distance he goes, the better he seems to get," mentioned trainer Beau Greely...Captain Squire fought off Fonz's to take the $150,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II) by a neck on May 27. Under Chance Rollins, the 3-year-old son of Flying Chevron got the seven furlongs in 1:21.95. Jeff Mullins trains the colt for owners Robert Bone and Jeff Diener...The Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes for 2-year-olds went to the maiden Crowned Dancer, a Tactical Advantage colt from the Christopher Paasch stable. (Chart, Equibase)