04/24/2017 10:46AM

Saez serving suspensions for riding infractions

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Luis Saez is serving two three-day suspensions.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Luis Saez, the leading jockey at the four-month championship meet at Gulfstream Park this winter, is serving a pair of three-day suspensions stemming from recent riding infractions at Keeneland.

Saez took off his Sunday mounts at Keeneland and will be off Wednesday and Thursday. After riding the opening-day card Friday at Belmont Park, he then will be off April 29, May 2, and May 3. He then will resume riding May 4 in time for the big Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill.

The penalties are from the ninth race last Thursday, when Ladies’ Privilege was disqualified from second to fifth, and the first race last Saturday, when Milady Rocks was taken down from first to third.

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Victory for Victory to Victory

Last seen winning the Grade 1 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine as a maiden last September, Victory to Victory outclassed the opposition in a never-won-two turf allowance Sunday at Keeneland. The 3-year-old filly earned an 80 Beyer Speed Figure after going gate to wire for a two-length triumph.

“We kind of took advantage of a loophole in the conditions,” said Norman Casse, son and assistant of trainer Mark Casse. “She’ll go next in a stakes. I’m sure there are a lot of opportunities out there.”

Meantime to Belmont Stakes?

Meantime was an easy winner of a Saturday allowance when stretching out to 1 1/8 miles for trainer Brian Lynch, who hinted the following morning that the Shackleford colt might have run himself into consideration for the June 10 Belmont Stakes.

A half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Sweet Reason, Meantime earned an 86 Beyer with his 7 1/2-length victory.

“He could be anything,” said Lynch. “We’ll keep him here a little longer, then send him to Belmont and look for an allowance.”

Big weekend for Walsh

Trainer Brendan Walsh sent Multiplier north from his Kentucky base Saturday to win the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. He stayed behind to run a handful of horses at Keeneland – and that was a successful endeavor, too.

From five starters, Walsh won a $77,000 turf allowance with Shelbysmile and had two seconds. He then won the Sunday opener with Royal Blessing shortly before crossing the street to Blue Grass Airport to board a plane for central Florida, where this week he was to scout 2-year-old prospects at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. sale.

◗ Limousine Liberal, scratched from an allowance race Saturday at Keeneland, could go next in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs on the May 6 Derby undercard or the ungraded Diablo Stakes the following day, said trainer Ben Colebrook. Owned by K.K. Ball, Limousine Liberal holds the Keeneland track record for 6 1/2 furlongs (1:15.05), set last April.

◗ Churchill racing officials are hoping a sufficient number of 3-year-old sprinters will enter against Syndergaard in the opening-night feature Saturday, the $100,000 William Walker. Trainer Todd Pletcher has targeted the six-furlong Walker as the return spot for Syndergaard, away since finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last fall. Entries will be drawn Wednesday.