04/10/2007 11:00PM

US Ranger captures Guineas prep


It was "Made in America Day" at Maisons-Laffitte on Wednesday, as Kentucky-breds US Ranger and Magic America stormed to victory in their Guineas preps.

US Ranger, who had aired in three juvenile outings at Bordeaux and Toulouse, was the more impressive of the two. A Danzig colt part-owned by Michael Tabor, US Ranger was sent off at 1-2 and ran his record to 4ofor 4 with an overpowering four-length victory in the listed Prix Djebel. Trained by Jean-Claude Rouget and ridden by Christophe Lemaire, he eased clear of listed winner Prior Warning, clocking 1:23.70 for the straight seven furlongs on good ground.

US Ranger could be headed to Newmarket for the 2000 Guineas on May 5 against European juvenile champ Teofilo, although Tabor and associates must supplement him for the classic mile.

Magic America booked passage to Newmarket for the 1000 Guineas on May 6 with her two-length victory over Winter Fashion in the listed Prix Imprudence. A High Yield filly trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, Magic America (sent off at 3-1 in a field of 17) covered the seven furlongs in 1:24.50 under Johnny Murtagh, who flew in from Ireland expressly for the ride.