Four Roses Thoroughbreds’ Diamond Stripes scored the biggest victory of his career March 29 at Nad al Sheba in Dubai, bravely battling back on the rail in the final sixteenth to take the $1-million Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) by 1 1/4 lengths under Edgar Prado.
Benny the Bull chased down Idiot Proof in the final yards to score by 1 3/4 lengths in the $2-million Dubai Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) March 29 at Nad al Sheba, giving trainer Rick Dutrow and jockey Edgar Prado their second victory on Dubai World Cup day.
IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s highly-touted Big Brown proved that all the hype was justified, as he led from start to finish in the $1-million Florida Derby (gr. I), crushing 11 rivals to win by five lengths March 29 at Gulfstream Park while making just his third career start.
The eye-popping victory, which is sure to make the Boundary colt one of the betting favorites in the May 3 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), was most impressive considering the Kentucky-bred broke from the compromising post 12 and was making his first start in stakes company.
She’s All Eltish came into the Bonnie Miss off a runner-up effort going 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Gulfstream March 9. Bred in Florida by Live Oak Stud out of the Hesabull mare Shesabullwinkle, she now owns a career record of 3-3-1 from seven starts, with earnings of $156,280.
Odds-on choice Sugar Swirl completed an unprecedented sweep of Gulfstream Park's sprint series for fillies and mares with yet another dazzling win for trainer Brian Lynch in the $170,000 Shirley Jones Handicap (gr. II) on March 29.
Niagara Causeway (inside) has found a home on synthetic racing surfaces after tallying a game score over Church Service by a nose for his first graded stakes win in the $108,200 Tokyo City Cup Handicap (gr. III) at Santa Anita March 29.
Undefeated Lethal Heat won her third straight race in the space of a month and became a grade III winner when she burned past the pacesetters mid-stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $108,500 Santa Paula Stakes on the Santa Anita synthetic track March 30.