Hudson River Stable's Arcadius spearheaded a sweep of Saturday's Grade 1,
$150,000 Iroquois Steeplechase for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, but
the elation soon turned to devastation at Percy Warner Park as the winner
Mamma Kimbo, In Lingerie and Oaks Lilly were all originally scheduled to
contest the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks last Friday, but for various reasons none of
the trio made it to the starting gate. Instead, they are part of a nine-strong
field entered for the Grade 2, $300,000
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes scheduled for this Friday, one day prior to the
Preakness Stakes, at Pimlico.
Edward R. Brown's Dhaamer looked like the horse to beat going into Sunday's
Table Stakes at Hollywood Park, and the even-money favorite more than
fulfilled expectations with a smashing 4 1/2-length victory. Under patient
handling by new rider Joel Rosario, the Mike Mitchell trainee was anchored near
the back of the pack before making rapid headway on the final turn, and blowing
the race open down the stretch. The five-year-old gelding, who was making just
his third American start, looms as an exciting new addition to the Southern
California turf ranks.
Already an internationally experienced rider that has practiced his trade in
the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai, jockey Luis Jurado announced Sunday
that he will leave the Calder riding colony by month's end to embark on a
three-month riding tour through Macau on the Chinese coast.
In the week since Reddam Racing's I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby,
trainer Doug O'Neill has been a gracious celebrity, taking part in many
interviews, making appearances and posing for photos. Before his colt went to
the track Sunday morning, O'Neill changed roles to a fan, happy to be able to
chat with Ron Turcotte, Secretariat's jockey.
Sagamore Farm's Tiger Walk was shipped from Kevin Plank's nearby
farm in Glyndon, Maryland, to Pimlico Race Course Sunday morning for a half-mile
workout in preparation for Saturday's Preakness Stakes.
With more than an inch of rain in the Louisville, Kentucky, area and more
coming down Sunday morning, trainer Dale Romans opted to postpone a work for
Preakness Stakes contender Cozzetti and instead sent the colt out for a 1
1/2-mile gallop after the renovation break under exercise rider Romero Cordache.
Heart of Destiny, second in last October's Grade 1 Alcibiades and most
recently fourth in the Grade 1 Ashland, both over Keeneland's Polytrack, heads a
field of 14 fillies entered in Thursday's
8TH race at Churchill Downs and trainer Jimmy Baker is hopeful the race will
set her up for the Grade 3 Regret Stakes on June 16 under the Twin Spires.