Buddy Gil and jockey Gary Stevens took advantage of a red-hot pace to win Sunday's $114,550 Baldwin Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the Santa Anita downhill turf course.
Dennis Drazin's Tempest Fugit stole an easy lead, dictated his own pace and then had enough to out-finish his closest pursuer, Quiet Gratitude, to win the $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at Laurel Park.
Mountain General found racing room along the inside just in time to win the $100,000 Taylor's Special Handicap Sunday at Fair Grounds.
The top of the 2-year-olds in training market will get its first major test when Fasig-Tipton conducts its select sale at Calder on Tuesday.
With rain forecast for Sunday night and continuing all day Monday, the Santa Anita work tab was full Sunday morning. In all, 275 workouts were recorded.
Patrick Biancone and Fabian Ouaki's Whywhywhy, fifth in the Fountain of Youth (gr. I) in his last start, has remained in Florida with trainer Biancone since last weekend's race and will likely start next in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (gr. III) on the Florida Derby (gr. I) undercard Mar. 15, assistant trainer Yan Durepaire said.
Omega Code faces his most serious test Saturday, trying two turns for the first time in the one-mile San Rafael Stakes (Gr. III) at Santa Anita.
A Deputy Minister colt named Dean of Students skimmed over the slop at Calder Sunday to post the fastest eighth-mile work during the final under tack show for the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Bobby Frankel confirmed Sunday morning that Strub Stakes winner Medaglia d'Oro will run in Saturday's $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I).
My Boston Gal and Ivanavinalot were the fancied runners in Sunday's $150,000 Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) that drew a field of five 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park, but it was Yell and jockey John Velazquez who did all the hollering.
Mother Nature continued to show no mercy to Turfway Park on Sunday, dumping another three inches on snow in the Greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky area and forcing the track to cancel for the ninth straight day and 11th overall.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- The ice storm that socked Central Kentucky could not have come at a worse time for horse farms.
By Dr. David Kronfeld -- The ethics of horse owners and breeders are ultimately responsible for veterinary decisions.
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