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Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith's CONNEMARA (Giant's Causeway) suffered the first loss of his career when making his stakes bow in the January 16 California Derby, but bounced right back to capture the $150,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields by 1 1/4 lengths on Saturday. With veteran reinsman Russell Baze in the irons, the Todd Pletcher trainee rallied wide into the stretch before pulling away to complete 1 1/8 miles on the Tapeta in 1:51 1/5.
TIME TO ‘THINK PINK’ AS KENTUCKY OAKS, SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE® RENEW PARTNERSHIP -- Churchill Downs and Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the world's largest breast cancer organization, officially renewed their partnership on Wednesday, Feb. 17, to raise funds to aid in breast cancer awareness and research during Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday, April 30.
FLORIDA / BUDDY’S SAINT MAKES 2010 BOW IN FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH – An important weekend of preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) offers opportunities to view intriguing contenders in several locations, but few of those 3-year-olds will attract more scrutiny than Buddy’s Saint.
The impressive winner of last fall’s Remsen (GII) at Aqueduct makes his 2010 debut against nine rivals in Saturday’s $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (GII) over 1 1/8 miles at Florida’s Gulfstream Park.
Oaklawn Park may have been forced to reschedule Monday's $250,000 Southwest S. (G3) to Saturday, but there were no defections from the one-mile test.
"We have the same 10 back for Saturday," stakes coordinator Craig Lytel said of three-year-olds scheduled to line up for the two-turn event.
A field of 10 three-year-olds will line up for Saturday's $250,000 Fountain of Youth S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park, the top local prep for the March 20 Florida Derby (G1), but only half have generated enough enthusiasm so far to be considered candidates for the win in the nine-furlong fixture. The two likely to attract the most wagering support are BUDDY'S SAINT (Saint Liam) and JACKSON BEND (Hear No Evil), among the leading juveniles of 2009 who competed exclusively on dirt.
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Jockey Joe Talamo talks about his riding techniques
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The horses that ran one-two-three in the California Derby on January 16 will meet again Saturday in the $150,000 El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields. Ten three-year-olds are signed up for the 29th running of Northern California's premier steppingstone to the Triple Crown events.
The Craig Family Trust's homebred SIDNEY'S CANDY (Candy Ride [Arg]) moved to the front soon after the gates opened on Monday's $150,000 San Vicente S. (G2) at Santa Anita and was never headed en route to a 4 1/4-length victory under jockey Joe Talamo.
"I was confident he'd bounce back with a good effort today," Talamo said. "(Trainer) John (Sadler) told me to just get a good start and go from there. At the three-eighths I just kind of clucked to him and he got right into the bridle.