Einstein, with a pair of grade I wins on the turf and a gallant second to reigning Horse of the Year Curlin under his belt so far this year, will be a short price Friday in the one-mile Firecracker Handicap (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.
A. P. Xcellent
- Bay Horse
- Born 2003
- KY -Bred
|Trainer||Niall M. O'Callaghan|
|Owner||Johnston, Jr., Mrs. S. K., Bommarito, Marco and Molly Malone Racing Club|
|Breeder||Jayeff B Stables & Denali Stud & Partners|
|A. P. Xcellent View Five-Cross Pedigree||A.P. Indy||Seattle Slew|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Fleetwood/NW Management||Denali Stud, agent||$750,000|
|Racing prospect||Mrs. S.K. Johnston||Greenfield Farm, agent||$110,000|
Favored Lava Man joined the legendary Native Diver as the only horse to win the prestigious Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) in three consecutive years when he prevailed by a nose over the gritty A. P. Xcellent in a heart-pounding stretch duel Saturday at Hollywood Park.
An even dozen, including seven graded winners, are entered Saturday for the $250,0000 Californian (gr. II) at Hollywood Park, led by 8-year-old Perfect Drift, a winner of $4.6 million in his lengthy career.