The world's top-ranked horse, Frankel, makes his eagerly-anticipated
reappearance in Saturday's Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury and is likely to
be joined in the field by stablemate Bullet Train. He will act as pacemaker for
Sir Henry Cecil's brilliant and unbeaten colt who confirmed his well being with
a good piece of work at Newmarket on Saturday.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien on Monday paraded Group 1 Derby favorite Camelot at a
media morning organized by Epsom Downs Racecourse and Investec at his Ballydoyle
Stable in County Tipperary and is counting down the days until the premier
classic on June 2. O'Brien is chasing a third Derby victory following success
with Galileo (2001) and High Chaparral (2002).
Peter Fuller, who waged an unsuccessful four-year legal battle to get his
homebred colt Dancer's Image re-instated as winner of the 1968 Kentucky Derby,
has died. Bloodhorse.com reported that Fuller died Monday at age 89 after a
Friday's Black-Eyed Susan undercard at Pimlico features a stellar edition of
the Grade 3, $300,000
Pimlico Special Stakes as well as three sprint stakes in the lead-up to
Saturday's 137th running of the Preakness Stakes.
Hudson River Stable's Arcadius spearheaded a sweep of Saturday's Grade 1,
$150,000 Iroquois Steeplechase for Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard, but
the elation soon turned to devastation at Percy Warner Park as the winner
Mamma Kimbo, In Lingerie and Oaks Lilly were all originally scheduled to
contest the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks last Friday, but for various reasons none of
the trio made it to the starting gate. Instead, they are part of a nine-strong
field entered for the Grade 2, $300,000
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes scheduled for this Friday, one day prior to the
Preakness Stakes, at Pimlico.
Edward R. Brown's Dhaamer looked like the horse to beat going into Sunday's
Table Stakes at Hollywood Park, and the even-money favorite more than
fulfilled expectations with a smashing 4 1/2-length victory. Under patient
handling by new rider Joel Rosario, the Mike Mitchell trainee was anchored near
the back of the pack before making rapid headway on the final turn, and blowing
the race open down the stretch. The five-year-old gelding, who was making just
his third American start, looms as an exciting new addition to the Southern
California turf ranks.
Already an internationally experienced rider that has practiced his trade in
the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Dubai, jockey Luis Jurado announced Sunday
that he will leave the Calder riding colony by month's end to embark on a
three-month riding tour through Macau on the Chinese coast.
In the week since Reddam Racing's I'll Have Another won the Kentucky Derby,
trainer Doug O'Neill has been a gracious celebrity, taking part in many
interviews, making appearances and posing for photos. Before his colt went to
the track Sunday morning, O'Neill changed roles to a fan, happy to be able to
chat with Ron Turcotte, Secretariat's jockey.
Sagamore Farm's Tiger Walk was shipped from Kevin Plank's nearby
farm in Glyndon, Maryland, to Pimlico Race Course Sunday morning for a half-mile
workout in preparation for Saturday's Preakness Stakes.
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, 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, 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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
On a sunny Saturday morning at Pimlico, trainer Doug O'Neill was very
enthusiastic about Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another's chances of winning
the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, next Saturday's $1 million Preakness
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.
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.
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.
Jerry Crawford, managing partner of Donegal Racing, announced Friday that
Dullahan, the two-time Grade 1 winner and third place finisher in this year's
Kentucky Derby, will race next in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.
"I'm looking for energy and for him to maintain his stride. He has such a
long stride. He continues to keep that," O'Neill said. "He's got great energy
and a great appetite. Those are the basic things I'm looking to maintain."
The longest Grade 1 steeplechase in the country, the $150,000
Calvin Houghland Iroquois over three miles, will be renewed Saturday at Percy Warner
Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Seeking an unprecedented third straight win in the
Iroquois is Tax Ruling, a nine-year-old son of the recently deceased Dynaformer.
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).
Next year, Saratoga will go back 150 years to celebrate the birth of
Thoroughbred racing at the Spa, with technology and activities that could never
have been imagined when Saratoga racing was founded in 1863.
Trainer Buff Bradley admits to not remembering the early days of every horse
foaled on his Indian Ridge Farm near Frankfort, Kentucky; however, Bradley
certainly remembers the birthday of Grade 1 Humana Distaff winner Groupie Doll.
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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.