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Brereton C. Jones' homebred NO SUCH WORD (Canadian Frontier) was making her stakes bow on Saturday in the $125,000 Honeybee S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park, and wound up stinging her rivals with a 2 1/2-length win under jockey Terry Thompson. Sent off the 6-1 third pick in the nine-filly field, the bay lass rewarded her supporters with payouts of $15, 5.80 and $4.20.
Like the mythological hero for whom he is named, Padua Stables' ODYSSEUS (Malibu Moon) didn't get home in the most straightforward fashion in Saturday's $300,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G3), but the Tom Albertrani pupil did eventually arrive at his destination in the nick of time.
Barbara Vivian and Dominic Vittese's DIVA DELITE (Repent) added a fifth straight victory to her line on Saturday when taking the $170,000 Florida Oaks (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs by two lengths under Rosemary Homeister Jr. The dark bay miss, who scored in her first two stakes attempts in the Gasparilla S. and Suncoast S. prior to this one, finished up 1 1/16 miles on the fast dirt in 1:46.
Robert LaPenta's ICE BOX (Pulpit) drilled a co-bullet half-mile in :47 1/5 Saturday morning over the fast dirt at Palm Meadows for trainer Nick Zito as he tunes up for his engagement in next Saturday's $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park. The chestnut colt will bid to improve on his fifth-place finish last out in the February 20 Fountain of Youth S. (G2) over the same track and 1 1/8-mile distance of the Florida Derby.
Trainer Alexis Barba has declared her plans for ALPHIE'S BET (Tribal Rule) and MAKE MUSIC FOR ME (Bernstein), who each won stakes at Santa Anita last Saturday.
Alphie's Bet, a 2 1/4-length winner of the Sham S. (G3), will point to the April 3 Santa Anita Derby (G1). Multiple Grade 1-placed Make Music for Me, who finally broke his maiden in the grassy Pasadena S., will ship to Keeneland for the Blue Grass S. (G1) on April 10.
Sports fans and entertainment seekers with thoughts of attending this year’s Kentucky Derby could get a chance to purchase general admission tickets for a discounted price if promising colt Super Saver wins his next start on Saturday.
SOUTH / CHAMPION LOOKIN AT LUCKY RETURNS, TRIES DIRT IN REBEL – Lookin At Lucky, the champion 2-year-old of 2009, will kick of what trainer Bob Baffert hopes will be a campaign that leads to a victory on May 1 in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) in Saturday’s $300,000 Rebel Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park.
FLORIDA / CHAMPION SHE BE WILD LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK IN FLORIDA OAKS – When she was last seen in the Forward Gal (Grade II) at Gulfstream Park, reigning 2-year-old filly champion and Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I) winner She Be Wild finished a disappointing fifth in her first career start over traditional dirt.
LOOKIN AT LUCKY (Smart Strike) and NOBLE'S PROMISE (Cuvee) will make their sophomore debuts on Saturday in Oaklawn Park's $300,000 Rebel S. (G2), the final prep before the April 10 Arkansas Derby (G1). This will be the third straight match-up between the two rivals, with Lookin at Lucky finishing in front each time.