Eastern invader Rebellion got a hot pace to run at and emerged with a late-closing victory in the $111,700 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) on Hollywood Park's Cushion Track June 7.
Hickory Tree Stables' Rebellion, idle since running eighth in the Oct. 27 NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), stormed down the lane April 12 to catch longshot Elite Squadron by a head in the final strides in the $400,000 Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II) on the Keeneland Polytrack.
Irish-bred Stratham rallied along the inside under jockey David Cohen to win Sunday's $100,000 Will Rogers (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds on the Hollywood Park turf by three-quarters of a length over New Joysey Jeff, registering his third win in four North American starts.
Irish-bred Stratham's mild upset in Santa Anita's La Puente Stakes on Saturday contributed to the track's first three-day carryover in more than two years. A total of $1,126,445 is carrying into the pool for Easter Sunday's 1:30 p.m. program.
The first winner sired by English and Irish champion Mozart won May 26 at Ayr in England.
Champion sprinter Mozart died Sunday of non-responsive acute colitis. The 4-year-old son of Danehill was retired to Coolmore Stud in Ireland where he was standing his first season as a stallion.
Breeders' Cup Turf winner Fantastic Light was honored Wednesday night with the Cartier "Horse of the Year" award during a ceremony at London's Four Seasons Hotel. Fantastic Light was also honored with the Older Horse Award, beating out his Godolphin stablemate Sakhee, runner-up in the Breeders Cup Classic.
Coolmore Stud will stand Spinning World at its Irish headquarters rather than at its North American satellite, Ashford Stud, near Versailles, Ky., for the 2002 breeding season.
The toughest race on the card? Usually the Sprint (gr. I). And this year is no different.
Dual classic winner Galileo, who is set to arrive Oct. 23 in New York for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), will enter stud next year at John Magnier and partners' Coolmore Stud in Ireland.
If the over and under on the number of Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) runners who had their final prep in England or France was 25, you would probably take the under, wouldn't you? This writer would have. But, counting them up shows 27 Sprint starters have shipped in from France or England. And, not surprisingly, more have finished last -- six -- than first -- one.
Johannesburg wins the Prix Morny in France as short favorites and a long-distance longshot highlight York's "Ebor" meeting.
Michael Tabor and Mrs. Susan Magnier's Mozart came from just off the pace to score a two-length victory in the five-furlong Victor Chandler Nunthorpe Stakes (Eng-I) on Thursday at the York meeting in Britain.
Lailani wins the Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks; Mozart scores in the Darley July Cup
Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier's Mozart beat older horses when he rolled to a 3 1/2-length triumph in Newmarket's Darley July Cup (Eng-I) on Thursday.
Led by 20-1 longshot Black Minnaloushe, a trio of Aidan O'Brien trainees filled the top three finishing positions in the Entenmann's Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-I) on Saturday at the Curragh. Mozart finished second, with 2-1 favorite Minardi third. Tamburlaine, second to Golan in the English equivalent, finished fifth in the 12-horse field.
Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien, who almost pulled off the Breeders' Cup Classic last year with Giant's Causeway, is considering running Michael Tabor's Mozart in the Kentucky Derby. O'Brien said in The Racing Post if any of his 3-year-olds will be sent to Churchill Downs it will be the son of Danehill.
A total of 149 horses remain in the 2001 Vodafone Derby, run at Epsom on Saturday, June 9, after the first forfeit stage. They include 32 trained in Ireland, 19 currently stabled in Dubai and six from France. The number of entries at this stage has been bettered only once in the last four years.
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