Winless in seven career starts, Robador saved his best for the stretch run, nabbing Lucky J.H. in the closing strides to win the $250,000 Cal National Snow Chief for 3-year-olds by a half-length at Hollywood Park Sunday. The 1/8-mile affair was the showcase event of the $1.3 million Gold Rush for California-breds.
Heavily favored Melhor Ainda rallied to a decisive victory in the $112,800 Appalachian Stakes for 3-year-old fillies Sunday at Keeneland, giving jockey John Velazquez his eighth straight victory over a three-day period.
A colt by Stormin Fever consigned by agent Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds worked a quarter mile in :21 4/5, fastest work at the distance in the final portion of the fourth session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's 2005 Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training.
Cash is King Stable's Afleet Alex, the winner of the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) April 16, tops the graded stakes earnings list for the Kentucky Derby May 7. Saturday's Lexington Stakes (gr. II) winner Coin Silver lands in the 15th spot.
A Stormin Fever colt worked a quarter mile in :21 4/5 Sunday in preparation for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Cape Town Lass, already a winner at the Keeneland spring meeting, will face seven fillies and mares in the $100,000-added Bewitch (gr. III), to be run at 12 furlongs on the grass on Wednesday.
Arc winner Bago became a group I winner for the third consecutive year when he burst through a hole near the rail with a furlong left to win the Prix Ganay (Fr-I) at Longchamp on Sunday.
New Zealand-bred Vengeance of Rain, winner of the Hong Kong Derby earlier this year, unleashed a powerful drive down the straight for jockey Anthony Delpech to win the Queen Elizabeth II Cup (HK-I) at Sha Tin Racecourse Sunday.
The first winners sired by graded stakes winners Broken Vow and El Corredor won maiden special weight races April 22 at 4 1/2 furlongs in their debuts.
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