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YESTERDAY April 19, 2014
Professional discretion paid off Saturday for Shug McGaughey when the Hall of Fame trainer sent out Mr Speaker to win the 33rd running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.
Saturday at Aqueduct, La Verdad flashed her speed leaving the gate under Jose Ortiz and carried it all the way to the wire to win the Grade 2, $200,000 Distaff Handicap by 3 1/2 lengths.
Antonio Sano’s decision to keep his turf specialist in the race paid dividends after Grand Tito rallied from just off the pace to a three-quarter length victory over fellow longshot Midnight Cello in the Miami Mile Handicap at Calder.
The Mark Casse-trained Zensational Bunny notched her second stakes victory Saturday at Woodbine in the $144,000 Star Shoot, giving Patrick Husbands his third winner on the card.
There may not have been a clear-cut public choice in Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Ben Ali at Keeneland, with Norumbega and Newsdad tepid co-favorites at 7-2 and two other horses at 5-1 odds. But the race ultimately had a clear-cut winner, with Frac ...
Ageless rallied from well back under leading jockey Julien Leparoux to post her first stakes victory Saturday in the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway Stakes on the Keeneland turf.
Trainer Jose Garofallo announced Saturday that Luis Saez will be aboard Wildcat Red in the Kentucky Derby, not Rafael Bejarano, who’d been named to ride the colt earlier this week.
Bond Holder, the winner of the Grade 1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita last September, has been euthanized after a battle with laminitis, trainer Doug O’Neill said on Saturday.
DRF Plus closer looks for Santa Anita on Sunday, April 20.