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Undefeated champion UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie) recorded his first official breeze since his 4 1/4-length conquest of the November 6 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), strolling three furlongs in a leisurely :39 4/5 over a fast track at Palm Meadows on Sunday. The Todd Pletcher colt is expected to begin his road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) in the March 12 Tampa Bay Derby (G2).
“I think people are making a bigger deal out of the time than they need to,” Pletcher told Daily Racing Form.
Robert V LaPenta's DIALED IN (Mineshaft) unleashed a monster move from the tail of the field to capture his stakes debut in Sunday's $400,000 Holy Bull S. (G3), prevailing in a dramatic come-from-behind fashion not typically seen at speed-friendly Gulfstream Park. Highly regarded by Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, the Kentucky Derby (G1) hopeful is now a perfect two-for-two.
In a potentially informative entry-level allowance for three-year-olds, Darley Stable's CROSSBOW (Bernardini) outdueled a stubborn Sovereign Default (Northern Afleet) in Saturday's 5TH race at Gulfstream Park. The two impressive maiden winners dominated in the wagering as well, with Crossbow the slight even-money favorite over the 6-5 Sovereign Default, and the margin of victory on the track wasn't that much larger.
Courtlandt Farms' homebred MACHEN (Distorted Humor) confirmed his potential as a Louisiana Derby (G2) prospect by dominating Sunday's 5TH race at Fair Grounds, but the unbeaten colt had anything but clear sailing as prohibitive 1-20 favorite.
Hardacre Farm LLC's homebred POMEROYS PISTOL (Pomeroy) used her front-running position in Sunday's $200,000 Forward Gal S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park to draw off in the stretch, giving her enough of an advantage to hold the fast-closing Dancinginherdreams (Tapit) by a three parts of a length on the wire. With jockey Pascacio Lopez providing a smart ride, the Amy Tarrant trainee finished up the seven-furlong test in 1:22 4/5 to add a first stakes win to her resume.
With champion Awesome Feather (Awesome of Course) sidelined by a tendon issue, DANCINGINHERDREAMS (Tapit) and R HEAT LIGHTNING (Trippi) are the leading three-year-old fillies in training in South Florida, and the two runners will open 2011 against each other in Sunday's $200,000 Forward Gal S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park. A total of seven fillies are entered in the seven-furlong test.
KATHMANBLU (Bluegrass Cat) burst onto the radar last year with a four-length romp in the grassy Jessamine S. at Keeneland, then found herself in the Kentucky Oaks (G1) spotlight when dominating the Golden Rod S. (G2) under the Twin Spires by 8 1/2 lengths. On Saturday, the Kenny McPeek trainee gave notice she's carried her two-year-old form into the New Year when recording a 1 1/4-length victory in the $100,000 Sweetest Chant S. at Gulfstream Park.
The 2010 Experimental Free Handicap, released Thursday by The Jockey Club, showed the filly division headed by last year's champion two-year-old filly and undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) heroine AWESOME FEATHER (Awesome of Course) at 123 pounds.
In a virtual reprise of her victoriy in a December 26 stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, Cairoli Racing Stable's DEVILISH LADY (Sweetsouthernsaint) romped in Saturday's $73,250 Gasparilla S. The three-year-old filly extended her winning streak to four, and punched her tickets into graded company.
Suarez Racing Inc.'s CALIFORNIA NECTAR (Stormy Atlantic) held off the late run of Zazu (Tapit) to score a neck victory on Saturday in the $150,000 Santa Ynez S. (G2) at Santa Anita Park. With jockey Pat Valenzuela in the saddle, the bay lass set all the pace in the seven-furlong test, drawing off to a 1 1/2-length advantage in the lane before just holding on the line to stop the clock in 1:21 1/5 over the fast dirt.