05/16/2007 11:00PM

Authorized wins by four in Dante


Authorized gave warning on Thursday that he will be the horse to beat in the Epsom Derby when he cruised to victory in York's Group 2, $296,000 Dante Stakes.

The six runners in the key Derby prep spread out across the track at the quarter pole, but when Frankie Dettori asked Authorized for his bid the response was immediate. A son of Montjeu trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, Authorized was soon clear, beating Raincoat across the line by four lengths. The 10-11 favorite, Authorized ran the 1 1/4 miles, 88 yards in 2:11.54 on good to soft ground.

Having broken his maiden in only his second start on Oct. 21, taking the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy, Authorized has been the Epsom Derby favorite since Teofilo was knocked out of action earlier this month and is now as low as 3-2 for the 1 1/2-mile classic.

Peeress faces test in Lockinge defense

Peeress will do well if she can successfully defend her Lockinge Stakes title at Newbury on Saturday, as the Group 1, $395,000 mile has drawn a deep and talented field of eight.

A 6-year-old mare trained by Michael Stoute, Peeress has not run since Sept. 9, when she dropped the Group 1 Matron Stakes by a short head to Red Evie, who challenges her again in her own seasonal debut Saturday.

They will be joined by Speciosa, last year's 1000 Guineas winner, who prepped with a nice second vs. males in the Group 3 Earl of Sefton Stakes.

But the selection is Stoute's other runner, Jeremy. A Danehill Dancer 4-year-old, he returned to action with a victory in the Group 2 Sandown Mile three weeks ago, and while he will be tested by the females as well as by Ramonti, the Group 1 Premio Vittorio di Capua winner, Jeremy has the talent to trump his Group 1-winning rivals.