Lael Stables' Ageless ran down front-runner Leigh Court in the stretch and won the Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) in course-record time July 26 at Woodbine.
Nine 3-year-olds were entered for the 1 1/16-mile test, with Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner Wiskey Ticket favored at 3-1 on the morning line and Preakness (gr. I) third-place finisher Divining Rod second choice at 7-2.
Lael Stables' Divining Rod worked an easy half-mile in :51 3/5 at Fair Hill Training Center the morning of May 9 in preparation for a scheduled start in the May 16 Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Lael Stables' Divining Rod, winner of the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) April 11 at Keeneland, remains on target to make his next start in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 16, trainer Arnaud Delacour said.
Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) winner Divining Rod is being pointed to the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the second jewel of the Triple Crown May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.
Divining Rod came into the $250,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland with the best credentials in the seven-horse field, and did not disappoint April 11.
Divining Rod, third-place finisher in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) last time out, tops a field for the April 11 Coolmore Lexington (gr. III) that includes recent Baffert-trained maiden winner Fame and Power.
Trainer Arnaud Delacour will get his opportunity to see if the mare Ageless has an affinity for the Santa Anita Park downhill turf course in the Turf Sprint (gr. IT).
Margano scored a determined victory over Holiday Star in the the $200,000 PTHA President's Cup Stakes Sept. 13 at Parx Racing, earning his first victory of 2014 by a nose.
Lael Stables' Ageless showed her sprinting prowess on turf for the third straight time this season when taking the $142,111 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) in a course-record equaling time on the turf July 27 at Woodbine.
With half the field likely to be gunning for the lead, the set-up seems ideal for the confirmed closing mare Ageless in the $150,000 Royal North Stakes (Can-IIIT) on the Woodbine turf July 27.
As her name implies, Ageless, winner of the $100,000 The Very One Stakes Presented by HRTV May 17 at Pimlico Race Course, continues to improve with age.
Saint Stephen became the latest to make a successful switch from the turf to Hollywood Park's Cushion Track, taking advantage of a quick pace to register a late-running score in the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) Sunday.
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