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Gran Lioness roars to victory in My Trusty Cat

| Brisnet Editorial | 01/28/2011 #

At Delta Downs Friday night, Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch's GRAN LIONESS (Lion Heart) roared home a 3 1/4-length winner of the $200,000 My Trusty Cat S. in front-running fashion.

he dark bay lass was never challenged, not even by her own Grade 3-placed stablemate Grandacious (Grand Slam), who was easily best of the rest by 5 1/2 lengths. The Bret Calhoun-trained duo combined for a nice $50.80 exacta payoff after Gran Lioness and jockey Jamie Theriot stopped the clock for the seven-furlong fast-track test in 1:25 3/5.

Previously undefeated Flash Mash (Smarty Jones), favored at 4-5, tired to sixth after contesting the early pace. Adding a first stakes win to her resume, Gran Lioness boosted her bankroll to $179,822 and improved her career line to 6-3-0-1 with this score.

The filly closed out her juvenile season with a pair of unplaced efforts against Grade 2 company at Churchill Downs and also ran third in the Donnie Wilhite Memorial S. earlier in the fall.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge

Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.