Brother Derek, winner of the 2006 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and fourth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), returned from a 14 1/2-month layoff April 20 to run second in as the 9-10 favorite in a one-mile classified allowance race at Santa Anita.
Garrett Gomez may be best known internationally for his association with Discreet Cat but was in the winner's enclosure after the $1 million Godolphin Mile (UAE-II) which he won impressively on the Doug O'Neill trained Spring At Last.
- By Dan Liebman
The 2006 Texas-bred champions were honored Saturday night as guest speaker Jack Knowlton of Sackatoga Stable told the crowd there will always be room for the little guy in racing.
Dixie Meister, a grade II stakes winner who earned $287,210 last year, will be honored as the 2006 Texas Horse of the Year and champion older horse by the Texas Thoroughbred Association.
Gary Tanaka's Dixie Meister dug deep to hold off the surging Armenian Summer by a nose to win Saturday's $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II) for older horses at Santa Anita.
Declan's Moon, racing's 2004 juvenile champion, faces six other older horses Saturday in Santa Anita's $150,000 San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II).
Godolphin Stable's undefeated Discreet Cat equaled the one-mile track record at Aqueduct Saturday while turning away a stubborn Silver Train leaving the eighth pole to win the $294,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile.
Three weeks after the Breeders' Cup World Championships, a horse that many people feel may be the best to step foot on a racetrack this year faces his most difficult assignment yet in Saturday's $300,000 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I).
Dixie Meister, who had never won a race outside of Texas, established himself as a contender for the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) with a one-length victory over Super Frolic in the $250,000 Californian (gr. II) on Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Preachinatthebar, a disappointing eighth on a muddy track in the Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) in Texas most recently, will try to regain his winning ways in Saturday's $250,000 Californian (gr. II) at Hollywood Park.
Sent off at odds of 1-5, Surf Cat might have given his supporters reason for concern as he trailed the small field in Hollywood Park's $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) into the far turn. But by the time they reached the stretch, the Bruce Headley-trained 4-year-old colt had overtaken his four rivals and was firmly in control en route to his third successive grade II victory.
Surf Cat, winner of the Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park last summer, figures to be a prohibitive favorite when he returns to the Inglewood track for the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) Saturday.
Giacomo, the 2005 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner, makes his first start in seven months when he faces a full field in Saturday's $300,000 Strub Stakes (gr. I) for 4-year-olds at Santa Anita Park.
Brass Hat, making only his third start after a 13-month layoff, took a commanding 2 1/2-length victory in the $435,600 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) Saturday at the Fair Grounds meet at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.
A balanced field of eight, half of them graded stakes winners, was entered for Saturday's 81st running of the $400,000-added grade II New Orleans Handicap, the marquee race of the Fair Grounds meet at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.
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