Smile Sprint (gr. III) winner Champali and Canadian Frontier, who has back-to-back stakes wins at Monmouth Park to his credit, are the 122-pound co-highweights for Friday's Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) that is part of the opening-day card at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
Medallist, a bust trying two turns in the Jim Dandy (gr. II) at Saratoga earlier this month, returns to what he does best in Saturday's $250,000 King's Bishop (gr. I) for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.
Del Mar Futurity champion Siphonizer, a breathing problem corrected by surgery, continues his comeback Saturday in Hollywood Park's $150,000 Lazaro S. Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.
By Dick Downey -- The $500,000 WinStar Derby sees the sponsor's own VICTORY LIGHT shipping in from Payson Park in Florida, and Pat Day comes along for the ride.
Trainer Doug O'Neill has two shots at repeating last year's victory in the inaugural $500,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland Park Sunday with speedster Hosco and Perfect Moon.
Ten additional 3-year-olds were nominated to the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) before late nominations for the April 3 race at Hawthorne closed Friday, March 19.
Surging Imperialism shocked even-money favorite Lion Heart in the $200,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita, coming from last after a half mile to get up in the final jumps and score a neck victory Saturday.
Saturday's $200,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) drew an overflow field of 12, including the undefeated Lion Heart, who will be making his 3-year-old debut. With only 10 horses allowed to start, the two outside horses, Spellbinder and Lipan, were placed on the also-eligible list.
A full field of 10 sophomores will go to the post in Saturday's $200,000 San Rafael Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita, including grade I winner Lion Heart, the likely favorite making his first start of the year.
Calder shipper Imperialism caught 11-10 favorite Hosco inside the final eighth of a mile to register a 1 1/4-length victory in the $150,000 San Vicente (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita Saturday.
A change in the weather proved fortuitous for trainer Paco Gonzalez and Buckland Manor, who enters Saturday's $300,000 Strub Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita off a two-length victory in the Sir Beaufort, which was switched from the turf to the main track Dec. 26 due to rain.
Making his stakes debut, Lorraine and Rod Rodriguez's undefeated Hosco pulled his way to the front soon after the start and stayed there, winning the $108,100 San Miguel Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds going six furlongs at Santa Anita Sunday.
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