Pin Oak Stable's homebred See How She Runs held off even-money favorite Lake Lady to win Friday's $200,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park. With the win, See How She Runs remains unbeaten from four career starts, all at Oaklawn Park.
Mr. Elusive, one of 77 foals in the first crop by Elusive Quality, became the first winner for that sire when he won Friday at Santa Anita.
After getting off to a relatively slow start, trainer Ronny Werner swept both maiden races for 2-year-olds run at Keeneland Thursday and Friday. The two wins improve Werner's record with first-time starters at the Lexington track the last two years to seven wins from 10 starts.
Benefiting from a gutsy move by jockey Kent Desormeaux, Touch of the Blues charged through a wall of horse to post an upset victory in Friday's $200,000, grade II Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland.
A Fayette (County, Ky.) circuit judge late Thursday issued a summary judgment in a four-year-old libel suit filed by Cecil Seaman against newsletter publisher Edward Musselman.
Tampa Bay Downs announced that a 5% across the board increase in overnight purses will go into effect Monday, April 15.
Eight three-year-old fillies are set to contest Sunday's $100,000 added Comely (gr. III) over a mile at Aqueduct. Michael Tabor's Bella Bellucci is the standout in the field, and a solid effort will send her straight to the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 3.
Bobby Frankel, who took the Jenny Wiley (gr. III) Thursday with Tates Creek, sends out Aldebaran in Sunday's $250,000 added Commonwealth Breeders' Cup (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Randall Meier, Sportsman's Park's all-time leading rider, will be out of action for at least a couple of weeks following a spill in Thursday's fifth race according to his agent, Penny Fitch-Heyes.
Bob Baffert has indicated that Thoroughbred Corp.'s outstanding 3-year-old Officer will be entered in the $325,000-added Coolmore Lexington Stakes to be run Saturday April 20.
Shug McGaughey last ran a horse in the Kentucky Derby 13 years ago, when his favored entry of Easy Goer and Awe Inspiring finished second and third behind Sunday Silence. In this year's Wood Memorial Stakes, Saarland, his Derby hopeful, is one of the favorites.
This weekend in New York, Kentucky, and Arkansas, everyone will be picking up rocks, hoping to find the one that reveals the winner of the Kentucky Derby, or at least the winners of a couple of Saturday's big stakes.
Lusty Latin earned a trip to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) with his third-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) last week. Saturday his stablemate, Captain Squire, will attempt to join him on the Derby trail when he competes in the $150,000 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.
Carl Icahn's Meadow Star, the champion 2-year-old filly of 1990, died on Thursday, April 11, from complications from foaling a Fusaichi Pegasus colt.
A colt from the first crop of Desert Prince brought the top price of 52,000 guineas Thursday during the first session of Doncaster's breeze-up sale in England. Produced from the winning Sadler's Wells mare Lady Margot, the juvenile colt was consigned by Malcom Bastard, who purchased him for a price equivalent to just under 10,000 guineas at Goffs last October.
Equine Spectrum (www.equinespectrum.com) has catalogued 26 horses and three no-guarantee stallion seasons for its online mixed auction on Wednesday, April 17.
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