Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said Sunday that Zetterholm appeared to come out
of his fourth-place finish in Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in good
order. The New York-bred son of Silver Train was shipped back to Dutrow's barn
at Aqueduct Sunday morning.
Two days after trainer Carlos Laffon-Parias had to fly home unexpectedly upon
the death of his father, his globetrotting charge Chinchon lifted his spirits
with an impressive victory in Sunday's Group 1 Singapore Airlines International
Cup at Kranji.
Trainer Patrick Shaw watched his second-stringer Ato upset Sunday's Group 1
KrisFlyer International Sprint at Kranji. The Royal Academy colt was very much
an understudy for his world-class stablemate, Rocket Man, the reigning KrisFlyer
champion who was ruled out by injury this week.
The morning after Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another ran down
Bodemeister in the Pimlico stretch to capture the Preakness Stakes, trainer Mark
Casse said he is considering running John Oxley's Stealcase in the 1 1/2-mile
Belmont Stakes, the final jewel of the Triple Crown, on June 9 at Belmont Park.
After another agonizingly tough loss to I'll Have Another in Saturday's Preakness
Stakes at Pimlico,
Bodemeister was flown back to California Sunday morning. He will remain in
training, but will skip the Belmont Stakes.
I'll Have Another's connections loaded their Preakness Stakes winner onto a
van Sunday morning at Pimlico Race Course to begin their journey to Belmont Park
in their continuing quest to sweep racing's Triple Crown.
Two weeks ago, J. Paul Reddam's I'll Have Another ran down pacesetter
Bodemeister to take the Kentucky Derby under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs.
On Saturday, I'll Have Another took on that pacesetting rival in the 137th
running of the Preakness Stakes and gutted out a neck victory to take the second
jewel of the Triple Crown at Pimlico.
Overcoming a wide journey through the opening six furlongs, Silverton Hill's
homebred Havelock responded to the urgings of jockey Florent Geroux in the
stretch to wear down the favored Lonesome Street by a neck in Saturday's Grade
Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park. An 8-1 chance, Havelock paid $19.60,
$8 and $4.40.
Include Me Out continued her winning way in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000
L. Everett Handicap at Hollywood Park, notching her third consecutive graded stakes tally in
California. The Ron Ellis-trained filly overhauled pacesetter Ellafitz turning
for home and scored by about a length beneath regular rider Joe Talamo.
Roger J. Weiss's Hudson Steele, who captured Pimlico's Henry S. Clark Stakes
in his return from a year-long layoff, followed up with another convincing
display in Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000
Stakes over the same course. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier
Castellano, the lukewarm 3-1 favorite enjoyed a perfect rail-skimming trip just
behind the leader, angled out turning into the stretch, and put the race away by
2 1/2 lengths.
Best known for his 23-1 runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint
at Churchill Downs in 2010, Hamazing Destiny was still winless in stakes company
heading into the Grade 3, $100,000
Maryland Sprint Handicap at Pimlico on
Saturday. However, the D. Wayne Lukas trainee finally got off the duck before
one the largest crowds of the year on the Preakness undercard.
Despite exchanging a hard bump with Love and Pride in midstretch, Natalie J.
Baffert's Awesomemundo got her head in front of that rival on the wire to take
Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000
Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes at Pimlico. The Bob Baffert trainee ran to her
odds as the 7-5 favorite and paid $4.80, $3.20 and $2.60 for completing 1 1/16
miles on the fast dirt in 1:44 3/5.
Il Villano returned to the winner's circle Saturday afternoon with a nice 4
3/4-length win in the $100,000
Lang Stakes on the Preakness Stakes Day undercard at Pimlico. With Jose
Flores in the saddle, the gray sophomore took command turning for home and never
looked back as he stopped the clock in 1:10 2/5 for the six-furlong, fast-track
Steve Beneto's Via Villaggio accelerated into contention on the far turn and
out-dueled Sister Moon to the wire in Saturday's Grade 3, $98,000
Stakes at Hollywood Park, notching her first stakes victory with a
half-length tally in the seven-furlong test for sophomore fillies. Martin
Pedroza was up on the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained winner.
Neither a seven-month layoff nor a recent injury scare made the slightest
dent in Frankel's supremacy, as the undefeated superstar ran away with
Saturday's Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury. Now a perfect 10-for-10, the
world's top-ranked racehorse promises to improve off this stellar comeback ? a
truly frightening prospect for his rivals.
Zagora was returning to her sparkling early-season form, when she captured
the Grade 3 Endeavour and Grade 3 Hillsborough at Tampa Bay Downs. The Chad
Brown mare never had a chance to shine in the Jenny Wiley, considering that she
lagged too far behind a desperately slow pace, and wasn't disgraced in fifth.
In a head-bobbing finish to the Grade 3, $300,000
Pimlico Special on Friday, Pin Oak Stable's homebred Alternation just lasted
to take the 1 3/16-mile test for his fourth straight stakes score on the year.
Guided by Luis Quinonez, the four-year-old son of Distorted Humor overcame a
three-wide journey to overtake long-time leader Endorsement inside the final
sixteenth and won the nose bob over a determined Nehro. Final time over a fast
but slow-playing track was 1:57 3/5.
Unraced since a fifth in the Grade 1 Nearctic Stakes last October, Fiddlers
Patriot returned Friday with a comfortable 2 1/4-length tally in
Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes
at Pimlico. Jockey John Velazquez was up for trainer George Weaver on the
six-year-old gelding, who notched his first stakes victory when completing five
furlongs in :56 over the firm course, and the chestnut improved his overall
record to 13-6-3-1, $278,446.
Rosie Napravnik made a triumphant return to the state where she kicked off
her career seven years ago, winning the second edition of the $31,000 Female
Jockey Challenge on Friday at Pimlico Race Course.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber's In Lingerie ran down
even-money favorite Mamma Kimbo and held off the late run of Disposablepleasure
to capture Friday's Grade 2, $300,000
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico. With John Velazquez in the irons, the
Empire Maker filly ran nine-furlongs in a pedestrian 1:52 to score her second
straight graded victory.
Trained by Maryland-based Vernon Allinson, Class Rules ran the 4TH race, a
six-furlong allowance for three-year-olds and up, in 1:12 2/5 on a fast main
track. Bellagio, the 6-to-5 post-time favorite, finished second.
Hard Mystery could have the chance to prove her 27-1 upset in Belmont's
Inside Information overnight stakes on April 28 was no fluke as the
three-year-old is currently set to make her graded stakes debut in the Grade 1
Acorn on May 28, Memorial Day, at Belmont Park.
Trainer Tom Albertrani will have two opportunities to win a graded stakes for
three-year-old fillies on Memorial Day, May 28, as he will likely run Zo
Impressive in the Grade 1 Acorn and Better Lucky in the Grade 2 Sands Point.
Preakness Stakes candidate Creative Cause returned to the track at Pimlicoa
little after 8 a.m. (EDT) Friday morning, jogging a mile and galloping a mile
under exercise rider John Cisneros before making a visit to the starting gate.
On a clear, crisp Maryland Friday morning, Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have
Another made an early appearance on the main track at Pimlico, jogging a
half-mile and then galloping seven furlongs under exercise rider Jonny Garcia.
Unbeaten superstar Frankel will line up against no more than six opponents
when returning to action in Saturday's Group 1 Lockinge Stakes over a mile at
Newbury. Two of those are pacemakers -- his own, Bullet Train, and Aidan
O'Brien's Windsor Palace, who hopes to set the stage for stablemate
Excelebration, the presumptive second choice behind Frankel's odds-on
Albaugh Family Stable's Cozzetti went out after the renovation break and
galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Mary Doser Thursday morning at Pimlico
Race Course. The gray colt flew in from Louisville on Wednesday.
Team Valor International and Mark Ford's Went the Day Well galloped a mile,
stood in the starting gate and galloped another mile at Pimlico Race Course
Thursday morning. Fourth in the Kentucky Derby, he joins Derby also-rans
Creative Cause, Daddy Nose Best and Optimizer in the Preakness.
Jockey Mario Gutierrez proved again Thursday morning that he could handle
himself on stage. The Kentucky Derby-winning rider showed confidence and a good
sense of humor during a news conference for Saturday's Preakness outside the
stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course.
The Kentucky Derby journey for Take Charge Indy ended with the three-year-old
dark bay son of A.P. Indy finishing 19th of 20 in the Run for the Roses, but his
connections are hoping to get right back on the Derby trail with Positively, a
two-year-old son of Distorted Humor who is scheduled to make his career debut in
6TH race at Churchill Downs.
Owner Mike Repole was on hand Wednesday to witness the return of his Grade 1
Travers star Stay Thirsty in the $88,200
Vanlandingham Stakes at Belmont Park, but didn't get to visit the winner's
circle with his colt after Trickmeister wired the race by 1 3/4 lengths.
Leading rider titles at such diverse locations as Minnesota's Canterbury
Park, Washington's Emerald Downs and Arizona's Turf Paradise are in his past,
but at 32 years old, jockey Seth Martinez will be hanging his tack full-time at
Arlington for only the second time in his career.
Churchill Downs joins racing fans in celebrating the bid by I'll Have Another, winner of the 138th Kentucky Derby, to win the Preakness Stakes
with an action-packed weekend of excitement headed by Saturday's simulcast of
the second jewel of the Triple Crown and a giveaway of a commemorative print of
the Derby 138 winner.