04/25/2008 11:00PM

Sporting Art completes Clement's double


With the strong hand he brought to the table, trainer Christophe Clement figured to enjoy a big day in Calder's inaugural Turf Million. And sure enough he did, winning two of the four rich stakes on the card, including the afternoon's main event, the $400,000 Calder Derby, with Sporting Art.

Sporting Art, a 3-year-old son of Doneraile Court, finished full of run down the center of the course to overtake the lightly raced and still green Tour Ireland to register a 1 3/4-length triumph in the Grade 3 Calder Derby. Tour Ireland, who came into the race undefeated in two previous starts, survived several early challenges but could not resist the winner while ducking in sharply in late stretch. El Sultry Sun finished third.

The victory was the second in three United States appearances for Sporting Art, who also captured the Grade 3 Palm Beach Stakes, defeating stablemate Flying Dismount, in his previous start. Flying Dismount finished a non-threatening but troubled sixth in the field of 11 3-year-olds who contested the Calder Derby.

Sporting Art ($5), ridden by Javier Castellano for owners Jon and Sarah Kelly, ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.93 over a firm course.

"They both had rough trips," said Clement of his two derby horses. "Sporting Art got clear in time to win. Flying Dismount had a dreadful trip and never had a chance. That will happen in races like this when you have big fields on turf."

Mauralakana ($3.80) got the day off to a good start for Clement when she rallied to catch J'ray in late stretch en route to a three-quarter-length decision in the $300,000 Mairzy Doates Handicap. Leap in the Sun finished a distant third.

Mauralakana, a 5-year-old daughter of Muhtathir, was content to rate well off the early pace of Eclisse, had to steady along briefly while awaiting clearance from along the inside around the final turn before easing out and eventually running down J'ray in the final sixteenth of the 1 3/8-mile marathon. J'ray also rated well off the pace, saved ground while advancing on the final bend, overtook the tiring leader in early stretch but was unable to contain the winner.

Maurlakana covered the distance in 2:13.83 under Rene Douglas.

"She's improved over the winter and can handle any distance between a mile and one-eighth to a mile and three-eighths," said Clement. "Rene knows her well and rode a very good race."

Oaks: Ginger Brew gives Castellano a double

Ginger Brew made a successful stakes debut when she held off the late-striding Life Is Sweet to post a 1 1/4-length victory in the $200,000 Calder Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. It was the second stakes win of the day for Castellano.

Ginger Brew, a homebred daughter of Milwaukee Brew owned by Frank Stronach, easily ran by the tiring pacesetter Encanto Park to open a comfortable advantage near midstretch of the 1 1/16-mile Oaks. Life Is Sweet put in a determined closing surge from near the rear of the pack but was unable to catch the winner while finishing 2 1/2 lengths clear of the 52-1 Encanto Park for second.

Shes All Eltish, winner of the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss Stakes on dirt in her previous start, slipped through along the hedge to loom boldly in early stretch but could not sustain the bid and finished a tiring fourth.

Trained by Bryan Lynch, Ginger Brew ($6.20) completed the distance in 1:47.24.

"Her last race made me a big believer that she could be a good filly," said Lynch.

Umphrey Sprint: Lookinforthesecret rebounds

Tampa Bay Downs invader Lookinforthesecret ($14.60) led throughout under jockey Daniel Centeno to upset the $250,000 Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint Handicap.

Lookinforthesecret, whose five-race win streak was snapped in his previous start, finished 1 1/2 lengths in front of runner-up Not Acclaim. Hero's Reward was another three-quarters of a length farther back in third. Clement's horse, In Summation, was never a factor, finishing sixth as the 6-5 favorite.

Lookinforthesecret, a 6-year-old son of Cimarron Secret, is trained by Jamie Ness for owner Sikharan Balkrisna. He zipped five furlongs over the grass in 55.17 seconds.