Articles posted May 28, 2012

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Ruthenia along in time to take Violet

Virginia Krafty Payson's homebred filly Ruthenia is finally beginning to live up to her blue-blooded roots after registering a 10-1 upset of Monday's Grade 3, $103,000 Violet Stakes at Monmouth Park. Saving ground until the stretch, Ruthenia was shifted out for running room by jockey Kendrick Carmouche, split rivals and finished fast to overtake Unbridled Humor in the final yards. She returned $22.60, $9 and $4.60 after completing 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:40 3/5.

Belle Royale swoops late to conquer Gamely

Just as she had done in her U.S. debut in the April 7 American Beauty Stakes at Santa Anita, Michael Tabor's Belle Royale rolled home late to win Monday's Grade 1, $250,000 Gamely Stakes going away by a half-length at Hollywood Park. The 2-1 second choice blew past the pair of Quiet Oasis and Capital Plan in deep stretch, earning her first graded score while extending her winning streak to five.

Camelot among a dozen left in Derby

Camelot heads the 12 remaining colts engaged in Saturday's Group 1 Derby at Epsom. Trainer Aidan O'Brien issued the bulletin that all wanted to hear during the Irish Guineas meeting at The Curragh, declaring that it was a case of "so far, so good" with the Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas winner as he nears his tilt at immortality.

Roman Threat wires Los Angeles for first stakes win

A half-brother to multiple champion Indian Blessing, Roman Threat continued to make a name for himself when dominating Monday's Grade 3, $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park. The promising Bob Baffert-trained gelding registered his first stakes victory in only his third career outing, completing six furlongs in 1:08 2/5 with Rafael Bejarano.

Awesome Gem elevated to first in Berkeley

Awesome Gem was not in much position to benefit from a disqualification in the May 5 Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at Hollywood Park, moving from eighth to seventh. The situation was much different in Monday's Grade 3, $100,000 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields, where the nine-year-old veteran was elevated to the winner's circle following the disqualification of Positive Response.

Shackleford noses out Caleb's Posse in Met Mile

Shackleford sought revenge against arch rival Caleb's Posse on Memorial Day and succeeded when keeping his nose in front of that one on the wire of Monday's Grade 1, $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park. The chestnut son of Forestry led all the way around Big Sandy and had just enough left to withstand the furious late rush of Caleb's Posse, stopping the clock in 1:33 1/5 over the fast track.

Filly un-Contested in wiring Acorn

Jill Baffert's Contested found no real opposition during Monday's Grade 1, $300,000 Acorn Stakes at Belmont Park, posting fractions of :22 3/5, :45 and 1:09 1/5 before easily pulling off in the lane to be five lengths clear on the wire. Trained by the owner's Hall of Fame husband, Bob Baffert, the even-money favorite completed a mile on the fast dirt in 1:34 3/5 to run her mark to 4-1-0 from five career starts.

It's Tricky grinds out Ogden Phipps score

As she's done in her two prior races this season, It's Tricky had to dig deep to take Monday's Grade 1, $392,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap by three parts of a length over pacesetter Cash for Clunkers. The Mineshaft miss is now three-for-three on the year following victories in the Top Flight and Distaff Handicaps, both Grade 2 contests at Aqueduct, and returned $6.20, $3.80 and $2.10 to her backers on Monday as the 2-1 second choice.

Better Lucky gets the nod in Sands Point photo

Better Lucky, the 8-1 fourth choice, lived up to her name with a fortuitous trip. The daughter of Ghostzapper sat behind Preach Tome Daddy through slow fractions of :25 3/5, :49 3/5 and 1:13 1/5 on the firm inner turf. Zultanite, a 23-1 longshot, was well placed in second, while Firehouse Red raced outside of the tracking Better Lucky. Regalo Mia advanced into the picture wider out on the far turn, but Somali Lemonade was making little impression from farther back.

Power looks electric in Irish 2000 Guineas

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Mrs. John Magnier's Power was sapped in the boggy ground in his seasonal reappearance in Newmarket's Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas on May 5, but rebounded in slashing style in Saturday's Group 1 Irish equivalent at the Curragh. Able to produce his electric turn of foot in the quicker conditions, the Aidan O'Brien trainee flashed home late to give the master of Ballydoyle his eighth victory in this classic.

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