Just 14 days after saddling Eight Belles to a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Larry Jones will give a leg up to jockey Gabriel Saez and the two will take Hinkle Farms' Buy the Barrel postward in the $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (gr. II) May 17 at Pimlico Race Course.
Grade I winner Linkage died of natural causes in early September at Joe Dand's Horizon Farms near High River, Alberta. The 27-year-old son of Hoist the Flag stood at Horizon Farms from 2005-2006 for a private fee.
Pool Land, the 3-2 favorite, pulled away from Josh's Madelyn in the lane at Pimilco to win the Allaire DuPont Breeders' Cup Distaff Handicap (gr. III). Grade I winner In the Gold was a distant third.
John W. Rooney, a former Delaware Park executive and enthusiastic supporter of racing in Delaware, has died. He was 78.
Texas Glitter, winner of the Hollywood Turf Express (gr. IIIT) on Nov. 29, arrived in Hong Kong on Dec.4 to run in the five-furlong Hong Kong Sprint (HK-I) Dec. 15 at Sha Tin.
With Dupont's desperate nose-length win in Wednesday's Premio Parioli--Italian Two Thousand Guineas at the Campanelle, both the second- and third-place finishers from the Fosters-International Trial Stakes have returned to post a victory in their next start. The Fosters-International winner Castle Gandolfo will make his next start in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
One sign that this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is a wide-open affair is that an Italian group II race may have some impact on how handicappers decipher the race. Dupont, third to Kentucky Derby hopeful Castle Gandolfo, will make his next start in Wednesday's Premio Parioli--Italian Two Thousand Guineas (Ity-II).
Bohemia Stable's Shine Again, ridden by Jean-Luc Samyn, caught Dream Supreme in the final strides to win by a head in the $150,000 First Flight Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares.
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