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.
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
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.
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
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.
Dullahan, who just failed to reach Bodemeister when finishing a neck behind
in third in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, is on the fence to run in the second
jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on May 12.
Team Valor International and Mark Ford's Went the Day Well sported a cut on
his right front ankle suffered during his fourth-place Kentucky Derby finish
that "didn't seem like a big deal" to trainer Graham Motion, who reported that
his colt otherwise "seemed fine."
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.
Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Student Council got off the mark as a
freshman sire Saturday, as Private Tutor was awarded the
6TH race at Pimlico. Following objections lodged by Private Tutor's rider
Wesley Ho, and by Horacio Karamanos aboard Hamp, the stewards ruled that the
first-past-the-post Video Storm caused interference entering the turn. Video
Storm was demoted to fourth, and Private Tutor thus became the official winner.
Morning Line successfully opened the new Southern California phase of his
career in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000
Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at Hollywood Park, rolling to a front-running victory
for new trainer John Shirreffs. Formerly a smart performer for Hall of Famer
Nick Zito, the son of Tiznow had been sidelined since undergoing knee surgery
last August, but had been trained to the minute for his comeback.
Jockey Eddie Castro gained 2,000th North American win as Phillips Racing
Partnership's Winter Memories captured an easy victory in Saturday's
Grade 3, $150,000
Beaugay Stakes at Belmont Park. The odds-on favorite charged to
the lead with ease passing the sixteenth pole, then was geared down for the final
70 yards, taking the victory by 2 1/4 lengths.
Ridden by Javier Santiago for trainer Chris Grove, Pretension broke alertly
in the 1 1/16-mile test but relinquished the lead to My Adonis as the field
entered the first turn. Santiago kept after the favorite, pressing him closely
to the top of the lane, where his mount edged to a narrow lead. The son of
Bluegrass Cat battled My Adonis into defeat, while Brimstone Island rallied past
the favorite to take second.
The Romans-trained Silver Max had likewise dominated Friday's Grade 2
American Turf, and earlier Saturday, Shackleford landed the Grade 2 Churchill
Downs Stakes. Little Mike made it a hat trick, one race before Dullahan would
represent the barn in Derby 138.
Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000
Stakes at Hollywood Park took a tragic turn when Bobnia crossed under the
wire a nose winner only to break down seconds later. The Malibu Moon sophomore
miss suffered injuries to her right fore fetlock and had to be euthanized on the
track, according to the Daily Racing Form.
Trainer Buff Bradley had his Bowman's Band filly Groupie Doll cranked to run
a huge race Saturday in the Grade 1, $334,500
Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs.
Not only did Groupie Doll emphatically beat some of the nation's best older
filly and mare sprinters, she set a new track record doing so.
Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor's unbeaten Camelot lived
up to his reputation with a battling victory in Saturday's Group 1 Two Thousand
Guineas at Newmarket, fueling already heady hopes that he could be European
racing's next superstar. Bred more for the Group 1 Epsom Derby than this
straight mile of the season's first British classic, the Aidan O'Brien pupil
relished the fact that it turned into a test of stamina, as he stayed on
strongly to outduel Gallic invader French Fifteen.
Emory A. Hamilton's homebred Hungry Island had been no match for Marketing
Mix in their past two meetings, but gained sweet revenge in Saturday's Grade 2,
Churchill Distaff Turf Mile on Derby Day. Perhaps enjoying the overnight
rain that left the turf officially rated good, the Shug McGaughey trainee picked
up well down the stretch to run down Tapitsfly, leaving favored Marketing Mix
back in a lackluster fourth.
Michael Lauffer and Bill Cubbedge's homebred Shackleford has made eight
starts since taking the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico last May, but hadn't been
able to score in that time until Saturday when gutting out a length victory in
the Grade 2, $441,600
Churchill Downs Stakes on the Kentucky Derby undercard.