Italian Guineas May Shed Light on Castle Gandolfo's Form

One sign that this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is a wide-open affair is that an Italian group II race may have some impact on how handicappers decipher the race.

Dupont, third to Kentucky Derby hopeful Castle Gandolfo in the Fosters-International Trial Stakes, will make his next start in Wednesday's Premio Parioli--Italian Two Thousand Guineas (Ity-II).

The son of Zafonic was making his first start on Lingfield's Polytrack surface in the Fosters-International, in which he finished 3 1/2 lengths behind Castle Gandolfo. The Willie Haggas trainee has won two of six starts, but has yet to win a stakes race. The full brother of German group II winner Pacino is one of two foreign raiders in the 18-horse Guineas field, with Salselon and Fisich the prime local hopes, according to a Sporting Life report.

The second- and fourth-place finishers from the Fosters-International have already raced again. Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum's Aramram, beaten by 2 1/2 lengths in the Fosters-International, returned two weeks after the April 6 race to win the Stanley Racing Thirsk Classic Trial by a length over Sohaib, completing the mile in 1:37.10 on firm turf. Fourth-place Tumbleweed Charm came back 12 days after the race to finish third in a seven-furlong race at Newmarket.