Articles posted May 7, 2006

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Lots to Dream About in Golden Gate Finale

Gary Tanaka's Hallowed Dream, a winner of her last three starts on the Santa Anita lawn for trainer Ben Cecil, shipped to Northern California to take the closing day $125,625 Yerba Buena Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) with a superb effort at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.

Versatile Purim Pounces in Inaugural Wexler

E. J. Sukley's Purim, a multiple graded stakes winner on turf and dirt, pouncedd on the leader in the stretch en route to a 3 ΒΌ-length victory in the inaugural $100,000 Avers Wexler Illinois Owners Stakes on Sunday at Arlington Park.

Grey Swallow Works Mile for Murray Handicap

Grey Swallow, winner of the 2004 Irish Derby (Ire-I), worked one mile on the Hollywood Park turf course Sunday in 1:39 1/5 in preparation for the $250,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) on Saturday.

Star Parade Marches Again in Hawthorne 'Cap

After a disappointing effort in the Apple Blossom Handicap (gr. I) one month ago, Gary Tanaka's veteran mare Star Parade returned to the familiar surroundings of Hollywood Park to capture the $100,000 Hawthorne Handicap (gr. III) in determined front-running fashion Sunday.

Shirocco Earns Raves After Smashing Return

Shirocco made many believers in the States last fall with his impressive win in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) at Belmont Park. But after the 5-year-old Andre Fabre trainee's easy win in his first race of the 2006 season, the Jockey Club Stakes (Eng-II) at Newmarket Sunday, it is possible that he could be the next big thing in European racing.

Matz Savors Win as Others Plan Ahead

As trainer Michael Matz savored Saturday's impressive victory by Lael Stables' Barbaro in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainers of the horses that finished behind the son of Dynaformer reflected Sunday morning on what went wrong and what lies ahead.

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