Red-hot trainer John Sadler captured the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I) with front-running upsetter Line of David at Oaklawn Park April 10, just a week after Sadler took the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) with Sidney's Candy.
Stately Victor, the longest shot on the board at 40-1, roared past Paddy O'Prado in the stretch to record a shocking 4 1/4-length win in the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) (VIDEO) April 10 at Keeneland.
Zenyatta tied Thoroughbred racing legends Citation and Cigar with her 16th consecutive win April 9 in the $500,000 Apple Blossom Invitational Handicap (gr. I), blowing past her four rivals under Mike Smith as an adoring crowd at Oaklawn Park cheered the sensational mare to another easy victory.
Green Lantern Stables’ homebred Karelian held off favored Court Vision in the stretch to win the $300,000 Maker’s Mark Mile (gr. IT) under Julien Leparoux April 9 in Keeneland’s feature. It was the first grade I win for the 8-year-old gelding.
Bart Evans’ homebred Wasted Tears (right) scored her fifth consecutive win—this one by far her biggest—as she went wire-to-wire under Rajiv Maragh holding off champion Forever Together by a half-length in the $200,000 Jenny Wiley (gr. IIT) April 10 at Keeneland.
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Together Indy rallied under Kent Desormeaux to win the $245,000 Commonwealth Stakes (gr. II) by one length at Keeneland April 10, capturing his first graded race in his synthetic track debut for trainer George Weaver.
Unzip Me dictated the pace en route to an easy win in the $100,000 Las Cienegas Handicap (gr. IIIT) (VIDEO) on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita April 11, earning her fourth consecutive win for trainer Marty Jones.