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San Rafael Report: Home Alone

Came Home pressed Werblin through moderate fractions then drew away in the stretch to win the $200,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) by three lengths on Saturday at Santa Anita. Under Chris McCarron, Came Home completed the mile in 1:36.24 on a fast track to notch the victory in his first career attempt at a race run around two turns.

Stevens to Ride Governor Hickel in Swale Stakes

Marylou Whitney Stable's Governor Hickel worked five furlongs at Gulfstream Park Saturday in preparation for the $150,000 Swale Stakes (gr. III) on the Florida Derby (gr. I) undercard. Gary Stevens will pilot the Nick Zito trainee in the Swale, as well as the Zito-trained High Star in the Florida Derby.

Competitive Field Taking Shape For March 17 Gotham

The $200,000 Gotham Stakes, to be run Sunday March 17, could draw a talented group of 3-year-olds from different parts of the country, including two big-name colts from last year who will be making their 3-year-old debut. Coming up from Florida will be Remsen winner Saarland, who was unable to get a 7-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream to fill on three occasions.

Came Home Heads San Rafael; Looks to Remain on Derby Trail

Although Saturday's San Rafael Stakes at Santa Anita has drawn several classy colts, there is a major question whether or not the race will produce any Kentucky Derby contenders. Of the top choices in the one-mile race, only Pelirrojo looks like he wants any part of 1 1/4 miles. The other big names, Came Home, Fonz's, and Werblin, all have either pedigree issues or logistics going against them.

Sunday Break Back on Track

Sunday Break worked three furlongs at Hollywood Park Thursday morning, less than a week after a winning performance in a Santa Anita allowance race.

Stevens Gets Mount on High Star; McPeek Pair Work

First there was John Velazquez, who is the regular rider of Kentucky Derby contenders Saarland and Nokoma. Then it was Jerry Bailey, who already was in great shape with Siphonic and Blue Burner, adding Repent to his roster of live Derby mounts. Now you can add Gary Stevens to the list of top riders doubling up (and even tripling up) on hot Derby mounts.

Bailey Named New Rider For Repent

Jerry Bailey has been named as the new rider for Repent, trainer Kenny McPeek said Monday. Bailey replaces the colt's regular rider Tony D'Amico, who just a few days ago lost the mount on McPeek's other Derby contender Harlan's Holiday

Steve Haskin's Derby Report (2/25): Deja Vu-saichi

Yes, we have been here before. Two years ago, Japanese-owned Fusaichi Pegasus, trained by Neil Drysdale, broke his maiden sprinting in January, then won a 1 1/16-mile allowance race in February as a springboard to victories in the San Felipe, Wood Memorial, and the Kentucky Derby. Now, we have Japanese- owned Sunday Break, trained by Neil Drysdale, breaking his maiden sprinting in January, then winning a 1 1/16-mile allowance race in February.

Split Southwest Stakes Possible

With a large number of trainers expressing interest in running their 3-year-olds in the $75,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park March 2, the track's racing secretary, Pat Pope, is considering spilling the race into two divisions. Among those possible for the one-mile fixture is the promising Frank Brothers trainee Clergy.

Saarland Gets Shut Out Again; May Head to Big A

The seven-furlong allowance race at Gulfstream that had been intended as Saarland's first start of the year has now failed to fill on two occasions. With Sunday's field again drawing only three horses, trainer Shug McGaughey could head up to Aqueduct for an allowance race next Friday.

Horse Racing's Holy Grail

Saddle up and ride along as award-winning sports author Steve Haskin takes you behind the scenes and into the trenches of the world's most famous and prestigious horse race in Horse Racing's Holy Grail -- The Epic Quest for the Kentucky Derby.

New Shooters to Challenge Top Pair in Florida Derby

Although the Florida Derby still is a little over three weeks away, it appears as if at least seven 3-year-olds are pointing for the $1 million, grade I event at Gulfstream Park on March 16. Booklet and Harlan's Holiday, who finished one-two in the Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth Stakes, are expected to renew their budding rivalry, with a few new faces ready to join the fray.

Repent Will Stay Home; Dubai Trip Off

Trainer Kenny McPeek said Wednesday that Repent will not be going to Dubai for the UAE Derby on Mar. 23. McPeek had been giving the race serious consideration, but now has decided to point for either the Louisiana Derby, Spiral Stakes, or Illinois Derby.

Frankel Buys 3-Year-Old Colt for Gann

Since the injury to Edmund Gann's Labamta Babe, Bobby Frankel has been searching for another 3-year-old colt to possibly bring him and Gann back on the Kentucky Derby trail. Once again it was former trainer Mark Reid who came through for him with his recommendation he buy Medaglia D'Oro, a 4 1/4-length winner of a six-furlong maiden race at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 9.

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