Articles posted April 18, 2009

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Magical Fantasy Wins 'Barbara Nail-Biter

Magical Fantasy Wins 'Barbara Nail-Biter

In spite of being blocked on the final turn, Magical Fantasy scored an incredibly close victory in the $200,000 Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) over hard-luck Black Mamba, who lost this race by the barest of margins for the second straight year at Santa Anita April 18.

Pure Precision Filly Among Standouts

A Pure Precision -- B. J. Telicus filly and a Dixie Union -- Duet gelding named General Staff were the fastest workers at a quarter mile April 18 during the fourth and final session of the under tack show for the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida. They each covered the distance in :20 3/5.

Advice Pulls 15-1 Shocker in Lexington

Advice Pulls 15-1 Shocker in Lexington

Six weeks ago, WinStar Farm looked as though it would be without a starter in the upcoming Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Now, the powerful outfit could have three, the final potential starter coming thanks to a eye-catching, last-to-first victory by Advice in the $300,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) April 18 on the Keeneland Polytrack.

Riders Up! Charity Event a Success

Riders Up! Charity Event a Success

Some of the most accomplished jockeys in Thoroughbred racing participated in Riders Up!, a karaoke competition at Keeneland April 17 that raised more than $50,000 for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The event attracted a capacity crowd of some 500 people.

Western Pride Sires First Winner

Multiple graded stakes-winning millionaire Western Pride sired the first winner from his debut crop when his 2-year-old filly Straight Western went gate-to-wire in a trial race April 17 at Turf Paradise.

Dubai Pair Turn in Quick Derby Works

Dubai Pair Turn in Quick Derby Works

Godolphin's pair of contenders for the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) Desert Party and Regal Ransom turned in sharp works April 18 in their first serious training at Churchill Downs, while Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Musket Man worked a strong six furlongs under Derby jockey Eibar Coa.

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