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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.

Take Charge Indy set for X-rays

Grade 1 Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy, who finished a tailed-off 19th in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, will be sent for X-rays after showing signs of a problem during his cooling-out period.

Student Council gets first winner

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 takes Mervyn LeRoy in debut for Shirreffs

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.

Pretension upsets Canonero II; My Adonis third

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.

Little Mike leads throughout to upset Woodford Reserve

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.

Bobina breaks down following Senorita win

Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Senorita 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.

Camelot raises hopes for legendary season with Guineas victory

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.

Hungry Island devours Distaff Turf Mile

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, $223,400 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.

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