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Lion Heart on Southern Cal Route to Derby

Undefeated Lion Heart, a future book favorite for the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will take the Southern California route to the Run for the Roses on May 1, trainer Patrick Biancone said.

Rings and Things Confirmed for Starlet

Maiden winner Rings and Things was confirmed a starter for the Dec. 21 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) by trainer Patrick Biancone Thursday after the chestnut daughter of Thunder Gulch and the Far North mare Andriana B. worked seven furlongs in 1:27 4/5 over Santa Anita's fast main track.

Mambo Slew Beats Turf Fillies in Miesque

Frank Manganero's Mambo Slew gained a clear advantage in the stretch and held off a late charge from Ticker Tape for a 1 1/2-length victory in the $100,000 Miesque (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-old fillies battling on the Hollywood Park turf Friday.

Lion Heart's Romp 'Prevue' of Things to Come

Lion Heart, a $1.4-million purchase, toyed with four rivals en route to a six-length victory in stakes record time under jockey Mike Smith in Saturday's $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds.

Lion Heart Tests Stakes Rivals in Hollywood Prevue

Lion Heart, the $1.4-million sales topper at February's Fasig-Tipton auction, will attempt to parlay an impressive debut victory into a graded stakes triumph on Saturday when heading a field of seven in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds.

Turf Start Considered for Joey Franco

Grade I winner Joey Franco worked six furlongs over Santa Anita's firm turf course Wednesday in preparation for a start over the Oct. 4-5 weekend. It was part of a very busy morning at the Arcadia, Calif. oval as it prepares for the Oak Tree meeting that begins Sunday.

Zavata's Speed to be Tested in King's Bishop

The $200,000 King's Bishop, a seven-furlong stake for three-year-olds, has been a chalk player's delight the last four years. But if the likely favorites Saturday, Zavata and Posse, a pair of multiple graded stakes winners, want to keep that trend going, they better have their "A" game.

Dimitrova May Return for Matriarch, Weld Says

Dimitrova, winner of the second running of the $750,000 American Oaks Saturday, is scheduled to be flown back to Ireland this week but could return this autumn for the Matriarch (gr. IT), trainer Dermot Weld said. Weld won the Matriarch last year with Dress To Thrill.

Zavata Expected for Summit of Speed

Michael Tabor's Zavata will be among the high profile invaders flying in for Calder Race Course's $1.75 million Summit of Speed program on July 12 and may well be the favorite in the $300,000 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds.

Zavata Shows Some Stick in Allowance Win

Michael Tabor's Zavata, a graded stakes winner last year who finished last in his first try as a 3-year-old, was all business Thursday at Monmouth Park as he outgamed Rockin on Ready to win the $41,000 allowance feature by a length.

Swale Stakes Next for Whywhywhy

Patrick Biancone and Fabian Ouaki's Whywhywhy, fifth in the Fountain of Youth (gr. I) in his last start, has remained in Florida with trainer Biancone since last weekend's race and will likely start next in the seven-furlong Swale Stakes (gr. III) on the Florida Derby (gr. I) undercard Mar. 15, assistant trainer Yan Durepaire said.

Mayakovsky in Smart Win, Sunshine Classic Up

Mayakovsky, a strapping dark bay or brown son of Matty G, raced to a front-running one-length victory in a one-mile turf race at Santa Anita Thursday. After the race, trainer Patrick Biancone proclaimed the Florida-bred 4-year-old on course for the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.

Sunshine Millions: Mayakovsky Classic Bound

Not the least disheartened by Mayakovsky's ninth-place finish in the seven-furlong Malibu Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita on opening day, trainer Patrick Biancone says the 4-year-old Florida-bred is ready to go as he prepares for the $1 million Ocala Breeders' Sales Classic at 1 1/8 miles in the Sunshine Millions at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25.

Biancone's Juvenile Hopes Drill at Arlington

Fabien Ouaki & Patrick Biancone's Whywhywhy and Michael Tabor's Zavata, a pair of 2-year-old colts being pointed for the $1 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) by the French-born but internationally renowned trainer Biancone, both breezed five furlongs Thursday morning at Arlington Park.

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