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Cozzetti work postponed by rain

With more than an inch of rain in the Louisville, Kentucky, area and more coming down Sunday morning, trainer Dale Romans opted to postpone a work for Preakness Stakes contender Cozzetti and instead sent the colt out for a 1 1/2-mile gallop after the renovation break under exercise rider Romero Cordache.

Heart of Destiny works at Churchill, to prep for Regret in allowance

Heart of Destiny, second in last October's Grade 1 Alcibiades and most recently fourth in the Grade 1 Ashland, both over Keeneland's Polytrack, heads a field of 14 fillies entered in Thursday's 8TH race at Churchill Downs and trainer Jimmy Baker is hopeful the race will set her up for the Grade 3 Regret Stakes on June 16 under the Twin Spires.

Stay Thirsty return in Belmont overnight stakes

Stay Thirsty, who marked himself one of the leading three-year-olds of 2011 in winning the Grade 2 Jim Dandy and Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga Race Course, will make his four-year-old debut Thursday at Belmont Park in the $90,000 Vanlandingham, a 1 1/16-mile overnight stakes scheduled as the day's third race with an approximate post of 1:54 p.m. (EDT).

Currency Swap, Going to Kukaro capitalize on Peter Pan undercard

Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Currency Swap captured the $83,300 You and I Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday in wire-to-wire fashion. Sent off as the nearly 3-2 favorite, the Teresa Pompay trainee completed the seven-furlong contest in 1:22 2/5, winning by three-quarters of a length over the fast dirt. Jockey Rajiv Maragh was aboard to guide the High Cotton three-year-old to his second stakes victory and first win of 2012.

Mark Valeski captures Peter Pan

Brereton Jones and trainer Larry Jones opted to bypass the Kentucky Derby with dual Grade 2-placed Mark Valeski and the move paid off as the Proud Citizen colt scored his first stakes win in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park. Jockey Rosie Napravnik, who piloted the Jones duo's Believe You Can to victory in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, was aboard as Mark Valeski finished nine furlongs on the fast track in 1:48 1/5.

Drill nabs American Act again in Laz Barrera

In a reprise of the Grade 2 San Vicente earlier this year at Santa Anita, Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman's Drill rallied to deny American Act in Saturday's Grade 3, $98,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park. The Bob Baffert trainee thus reaffirmed his status as a seven-furlong specialist, moving his record to three-for-three at that distance.

Romans experienced 'mixed emotions' over Derby weekend

Dale Romans has been training horses for more than 25 years. He has saddled more than 1,500 winners, his runners have earned nearly $70 million and his long list of graded wins include such prestigious races as the Group 1 Dubai World Cup and Preakness Stakes.

Mamma Kimbo fires bullet for Black-Eyed Susan

Peachtree Stable's Mamma Kimbo, undefeated in two starts and winner of the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes in her most recent outing, worked a bullet five furlongs at Churchill Downs in :59 3/5 in preparation for an anticipated start in Friday's Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico.

Team O'Neill, Lava Man participate in Preakness 5K

Preakness week unofficially started Saturday morning at Pimlico Race Course with the running of the "Down the Stretch for SGK" Preakness 5K. All 643 runners began the race by breaking off through the starting gate. The entire 3.1 mile race took place on Pimlico property, which included one trip around the dirt course, finishing in the famed Infield.

Black Caviar makes 21

Australian phenom Black Caviar extended her unbeaten sequence to 21 with another risibly easy victory Saturday, cantering home by a measured 1 1/4 lengths in the Group 1 Goodwood at Morphettville. Now the planet's top-ranked sprinter will indeed take on the world in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot June 23.

Believe You Can targets Mother Goose

Trainer Larry Jones revealed Friday that he will likely point Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can to Belmont Park's Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes, run at 1 1/16 miles on June 23.

Pluck retired to stud at Vinery Australia

Pluck, a sensational last-to-first winner of the 2010 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, will enter stud at Vinery Australia for the upcoming Southern Hemisphere breeding season. Standing alongside his sire, More Than Ready, he will serve for a fee of A$11,000, including GST (goods and services tax).

O'Neill: I'll Have Another looks 'fantastic'

Trainer Doug O'Neill took a red-eye flight from California to watch I'll Have Another on the track at Pimlico Race Course Thursday morning and, in a matter of minutes, his Preakness-bound colt made the overnight trip worthwhile.

Mark Valeski one of a dozen entered in Peter Pan

A little more than a week removed from an historic victory in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks aboard Believe You Can, jockey Rosie Napravnik will guide potential favorite Mark Valeski in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan for three-year-olds at Belmont Park. The 1 1/8-mile test is often used as a springboard to the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes, the third jewel in the Triple Crown, which is scheduled for June 9.

Monmouth opens meet under direction of horsemen

Monmouth Park, a storied name in American Thoroughbred racing, will open for the 2012 season on Saturday under the auspices of Darby Development LLC, the management company representing the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. 

I'll Have Another gets in a jog at Old Hilltop

Members of trainer Doug O'Neill's staff liked what the saw Wednesday morning when Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another made his first trip to the track at Pimlico, the site of his next start, the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes on May 19.

Kelly named Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior

Kathleen Kelly has been named Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior for the 137th Preakness Stakes. Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior will serve as the official Preakness ambassador at all events leading up to and including the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown.

I'll Have Another arrives at Pimlico

Reddam Racing's I'll Have Another boarded a van at Churchill Downs at 1:19 p.m. (EDT) Monday for the first leg of a journey to Pimlico Race Course, where his quest for a sweep of the Triple Crown will resume in the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes on May 19. Following a flight from Louisville International Airport to Baltimore-Washington International Airport scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. arrival, the 2012 Kentucky Derby champion will be provided an escort to Barn D on the Pimlico backstretch by the Baltimore City Police Department.

On the Maryland worktab

Grade 1 winner Toby's Corner (Bellamy Road), third in both the Grade 2 New Orleans and Grade 2 General George this year, breezed five furlongs in 1:03 over the fast track at Fair Hills on Saturday.

Elliston named Breeders' Cup COO

The Breeders' Cup announced Monday that Robert N. Elliston, President and CEO of Turfway Park since 1999, has been named Chief Operating Officer of Breeders' Cup Ltd.

Xtension repeats in Champions Mile as Cityscape fails to fire

And this latest victory also marked a notable hat-trick for the handler, with Able One, his 2007 hero, having taken the spoils in 2010 ahead of Xtension's back-to-back wins. Moore, the winning-most trainer in the Champions Mile's 11-year history, is now considering overseas targets with the game five-year-old.

Homecoming's the Guineas Queen

Trainer Aidan O'Brien completed a Guineas double at Newmarket Sunday, not with hot favorite Maybe, but with unheralded 25-1 shot Homecoming Queen. Unlike stablemate Camelot, who had to fight from off the pace for Saturday's Group 1 Two Thousand Guineas, Homecoming Queen ran her rivals ragged on the front end in Sunday's Group 1 One Thousand Guineas and romped by nine lengths.

Boisterous headed to Manhattan; Winter Memories targets Just a Game

Both of Saturday's Grade 3 turf winners at Belmont Park were said to be doing well at their respective barns Sunday morning, with Phipps Stable's Boisterous resting comfortably after taking the $150,000 Fort Marcy, and Phillips Racing Partnership's Winter Memories basking in the glow of her $150,000 Beaugay victory.

Record attendance, wagering highlight 138th Kentucky Derby Day

It was a record-breaking 138th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby as a crowd of 165,307, the largest in history, gathered on a beautiful day at Churchill Downs to watch Reddam Racing LLC's California-based I'll Have Another rally to defeat favored Bodemeister and win the roses that go to the winner of America's greatest race.

Take Charge Indy scheduled for surgery

Take Charge Indy will undergo surgery this week to remove a bone chip in his left front ankle, an injury he sustained during the running of Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Trainer Pat Byrne said that the injury is not career threatening and that the colt could be back under tack in about 60 days.

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