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ESKENDEREYA (Giant's Causeway), a smashing 8 1/2-length winner of Fountain of Youth S. (G2), will bypass Saturday's Florida Derby (G1) in favor of the April 3 Wood Memorial S. (G1) at Aqueduct.
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Trainer Tom Amoss on Monday spoke of Lecomte S. (G3) hero RON THE GREEK (Full Mandate), who had worked six furlongs in 1:13 2/5 Sunday morning at Fair Grounds in preparation for the March 27 Louisiana Derby (G2).
"It was a very good work for him," Amoss said. "He went in company and spotted the other horse eight or 10 lengths at the start, and when called upon he finished up down the lane very well and did it with authority."
Ron the Greek was compromised by the lack of pace in the Risen Star S. (G2) last out, but closed for sixth.
SOUTH / CHAMPION LOOKIN AT LUCKY HANDLES DIRT, NARROWLY WINS REBEL – Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman’s Lookin At Lucky, the champion 2-year-old of 2009, proved a couple of thing’s in his 2010 debut in Saturday’s $300,000 Rebel Stakes (Grade III) at Oaklawn Park.
SOUTH / NO SUCH WORD SURPRISES FOR CINDY JONES IN HONEYBEE – No Such Word, an improving 3-year-old filly owned and bred by former Kentucky Gov. Brereton Jones, launched a strong outside stretch rally under jockey Terry Thompson to upset Peter Callahan’s heavily favored Beautician by 2 ½ lengths in Saturday’s $125,000 Honeybee (GIII) at Oaklawn Park.