Don Alberto Stable's Unique Bella finally got a challenge March 4 in the $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes (G3), but shrugged it off in the final furlong to reestablish her standing as the current favorite for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).
Apprentice jockey Carlos Carrasco began his professional riding career in spectacular fashion, winning with each of his first two mounts March 4 at Laurel Park.
Gunnevera proved a most visually impressive specimen in the 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth Stakes, motoring from last in the 10-horse field to win over grade 1 winner Practical Joke while even-money favorite Irish War Cry finished off the board.
Terry Hamilton's Canadian champion Heart to Heart broke sharply and never looked back in the $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3T) at Gulfstream Park March 4, taking the race in front-running fashion for a second year in a row.
Arlene London's homebred Miss Sky Warrior dispelled any notion of rust on her form when she came with a three-wide move on the final turn to score a victory in the $200,000 Davona Dale Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park in her seasonal bow March 4.
- By Claire Novak
Wake Forest (GER) was given plenty of time to recover from his 2016 campaign by trainer Chad Brown, and the 7-year-old runner rewarded that patience March 4 with a narrow victory in the $200,000 Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2T) at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Dale Romans has been persistent in his pursuit of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and his chance at this year's edition just snapped into focus thanks to Albaugh Family Stable's J Boys Echo.
Woodford Racing's Ticonderoga ran off the bench and into the winner's circle March 4 at Gulfstream Park, taking the $100,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3T) with a powerful rally.
The Tulip Sho is considered a trial for the grade 1 Oka Sho (the Japanese One Thousand Guineas) April 9 at Hanshin.
The Kentucky-bred son of A.P. Indy, out of the multiple grade 1-winning Awesome Again mare Round Pond, surged to a 1 3/4-length triumph in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (G1).
The match race on paper in the $100,000 Sand Springs Stakes came to life over the Gulfstream Park turf March 4, with Celestine gunning to the front and having more than enough to turn back fellow grade 1 winner Catch a Glimpse.
Marylou Whitney's Bird Song took the lead after a half-mile and kept Realm and Tale of S'avall at bay in the stretch to earn his first graded stakes victory in the $100,000 Fred W. Hooper Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park March 4.
John C. Oxley's homebred Dream Dancing put a neck in front of favorite Coasted at the wire to win the $100,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes (G3T) at Gulfstream Park March 4.
After turning in his first workout since capturing the Feb. 20 Razorback Handicap (G3) in his seasonal bow, Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner let his connections know he is willing to be Dubai bound.
The $500,000 Longines Gran Premio Latino Americano (G1), South America's richest race, has drawn of a field of 16. The 1 1/2-mile turf race will be run for the first time at the Valparaiso Sporting Club in Vina del Mar, Chile.
- By BloodHorse Staff
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