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A small field of six fillies will take to the track in Saturday's $200,000 Bonnie Miss S. (G2), and the 1 1/8-mile affair will be the stakes bow for the Patrick Biancone-trained CHRISTINE DAAE (Giant's Causeway). However, she'll not have an easy time in her black-type bow, as AMEN HALLELUJAH (Montbrook), DEVIL MAY CARE (Malibu Moon), SWITCH (Quiet American) and JOANIE'S CATCH (First Tour) are all also entered.
D' FUNNYBONE (D'wildcat), who was under consideration for the Florida Derby (G1), will stay sprinting for now when he heads a field of nine in Saturday's $150,000 Swale S. (G2) over seven furlongs at Gulfstream Park. The Richard Dutrow charge is already a three-time graded stakes winner, having taken the Saratoga Special S. (G2) and Futurity S. (G2) last year and the course-and-distance Hutcheson S. (G2) in his seasonal debut on Fountain of Youth (G2) day.
Despite losing Fountain of Youth S. (G2) winner Eskendereya (Giant's Causeway) to the April 3 Wood Memorial S. (G1) at Aqueduct, Saturday's $750,000 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park perhaps benefited in the long run with a bigger field producing a more competitive betting event.
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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.