Articles posted May 13, 2006

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More Than Pretty Wins Open Mind in Initial Turf Try

More Than Pretty, with Calvin Borel aboard, took to the turf in her first try and rallied in the final stages for a one-length victory over the late charging Handlewoman in Saturday's $117,700 Open Mind for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.

Ah Day May Chase a Piece of Preakness Pie

King Leatherbury worked Tesio Stakes winner Ah Day five furlongs in 59 seconds at rainy Laurel Park Saturday morning, and the legendary trainer is considering supplementing the Malibu Moon gelding to next Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

Wanna Runner Runaway Winner at Lone Star

Mike Pegram's odds-on favorite Wanna Runner ran his five rivals in the $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III) into the ground on the far turn and cakewalked through the stretch under Victor Espinoza for an easy win Saturday in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Surf Cat Pounds Four Rivals in Mervyn LeRoy

Sent off at odds of 1-5, Surf Cat might have given his supporters reason for concern as he trailed the small field in Hollywood Park's $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) into the far turn. But by the time they reached the stretch, the Bruce Headley-trained 4-year-old colt had overtaken his four rivals and was firmly in control en route to his third successive grade II victory.

Tiger Claws Out First Stakes Win in Bold Ruler

Bishop Court Hill was intent on taking them all the way but favored Tiger, ridden by Eibar Coa, would have none it, overtaking the grade I winner nearing the eighth pole and rolling to victory in the $104,700 Bold Ruler Handicap (gr. III) Saturday at Belmont Park.

Jockey Chapa Out With Broken Collarbone

Jockey Roman Chapa suffered a broken collarbone and will be off his mounts for at least six weeks after falling in a racing accident at Lone Star Park on Friday.

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