Evan Hammonds examines the top five performances of 3-year-old prep races as well as the Jerome Stakes and Lexington Stakes. watch video
Evan Hammonds examines the top five performances of 3-year-old prep races as well as the Jerome Stakes and Lexington Stakes.
Santa Anita Park capped its 75th winter/spring season April 22 reporting gains in on-track attendance and overall pari-mutuel handle.
David and Jill Heerensperger's Bourbon Bay bided his time in the rear of Sunday's closing day feature at Santa Anita Park, the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap, but put in a game rally down the center of the track to score in the Grade 2 contest by the slimmest of margins over fellow late runner Eagle Poise. Jockey Joel Rosario was aboard the Neil Drysdale six-year-old, who completed the marathon about 1 3/4 miles on the firm turf in 2:45 3/5.
The longest race at Santa Anita Park, the closing day San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IIT), was settled by about an inch when Bourbon Bay came from far out of it at the quarter pole to tag Eagle Poise at the wire.
Mike Walker and Lou Sutterfield's Amie's Dini continued her preparations for the Grade 1, $1 million Kentucky Oaks with a four-furlong breeze in :50 2/5 after the renovation break on the fast Churchill Downs track Sunday morning.
The return of Acclamation, the champion older male of 2011, highlights the first Friday night program of the Betfair Hollywood Park spring/summer season April 27.
This year, Prime Equestrian's Flash Mash has required a lot of patience from trainer Mike Stidham and his team. Before Saturday's Giant's Causeway Stakes at Keeneland, the four-year-old Smarty Jones filly, with Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard, was walking through the tunnel to the track for the post parade, then she stopped and wouldn't move. Stidham, wearing a suit, went to the filly and jogged beside her and Hernandez to the first turn -- probably an eighth of a mile -- where he handed her off to the outrider. Flash Mash continued to near the starting gate, where she stood while her rivals continued to warm up.
Isn't He Clever, winner of the Borderland Derby and eighth in the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby in his most recent start, has been transferred to trainer Steve Amussen, according to owner J. Kirk Robison, and a start in the $2 million Kentucky Derby is still under consideration.
"It was fantastic. I'm very happy," trainer Wesley Ward said Sunday morning about winning Saturday's Grade 3 Lexington with 70-1 longshot All Squared Away. Ridden by Julio Garcia, the Bellamy Road gelding won the 1 1/16-mile race by 1 1/2 lengths over favored Summer Front in his first start for Ward.
Eugene Melnyk's homebred Roxy Gap was making just her second start following an eight-month layoff in Sunday's Grade 3, $183,200 Whimsical Stakes at Woodbine and dug in to gut out a neck win over Honey Chile on the wire.
Wide throughout, Roxy Gap wore down a determined Honey Chile in deep stretch to earn her first graded stakes win by a neck in the $183,200 Whimsical (Can-III) at Woodbine April 22.
Morton Fink's homebred Wise Dan was expected to be a prime player in the handicap division in 2012, but he turned his comeback in Sunday's Grade 3, $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland into an overwhelming statement of intent. Dragging jockey John Velazquez to the lead entering the backstretch, the Charles Lopresti trainee went on to spread-eagle the field by 10 1/2 lengths while breaking the track record.
Irish champion Henrythenavigator sired his first winner when his daughter Infanta Branca won April 22 at the Curragh.
Wise Dan, a grade I winner in his final start of 2011, picked up right where he left off in his first race of the year, romping by 10 1/2 lengths while setting a Keeneland Polytrack record in the $150,000 Ben Ali Stakes.
Havre de Grace, pointing for the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes (gr. II), worked five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 over a fast track early on the morning of April 22 with exercise rider Jen Brasser aboard.
Grade I winner Street Hero came through with his first winner when his juvenile daughter Street Magic won April 22 at Calder Race Casino & Race Course in her initial outing.
Here's a round-up of activity at Churchill Downs April 22 surrounding the contenders for the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Sunland Derby (gr. III) runner-up Isn't He Clever, most recently eighth in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I), has been transferred to trainer Steve Amussen, according to owner J. Kirk Robison.
The Bob Baffert-trained Eden's Moon worked five furlongs in 1:00 flat over a fast track at Santa Anita Park April 22 in preparation for the May 4 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Senada and Upperline, the respective winner and runner-up in the Rood & Riddle Dowager last fall over the Keeneland turf course, will meet again in the $150,000 Grey Goose Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 26.
Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) hopeful Amie's Dini worked for the first time over the Churchill Downs track April 22. Trained by Ron Moquette, the daughter of Bandini covered four furlongs in :50 2/5.
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