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Ria Antonia meets Streaming in Rachel Alexandra

  • Streaming wrapped up an undefeated juvenile campaign winning the Hollywood Starlet (Benoit Photos)

Ria Antonia, elevated to first in last fall's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, will make her three-year-old debut at Fair Grounds Saturday in the Grade 3, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra, a 1 1/16-mile prep for next month's Fair Grounds Oaks.

Making her first start with blinkers in the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita, Ria Antonia outran expectations when dueling with She's a Tiger for the win in the final sixteenth. Though she wound up missing by a nose in a photo, a majority of the stewards felt there was sufficient illegal contact from She's a Tiger in the final yards to warrant her disqualification.

Ria Antonia got the glory of victory, her first in a stakes after unplaced finishes in the Frizette at Belmont Park and the Swynford at Woodbine, though She's a Tiger's campaign was more accomplished and resulted in her receiving the Eclipse Award as champion two-year-old filly.

Likely to be favored over the Breeders' Cup winner is Streaming, who is looking to make amends for an upset defeat in the February 1 Las Virgenes at Santa Anita. The Bob Baffert trainee, who was the even-money favorite, failed by a half-length to catch the front-running Fashion Plate in that one-mile test.

Streaming earned her Las Virgenes fanbase as a result of her 1 1/2-length score in the Hollywood Starlet in December, which occurred three weeks after her debut victory over the same track going six furlongs.

Untapable, third to Streaming in the Hollywood Starlet, was far more effective on dirt when taking the Pocahontas at Churchill Downs in September. From there she contested the Breeders' Cup, but was virtually eliminated around the far turn when checked out of the race to avoid a fallen rival.

Got Lucky, second in the Demoiselle at Aqueduct as a maiden in November, graduated last time in the slop at Gulfstream over a one-turn mile, and figures to progress more for trainer Todd Pletcher.

The locally-based talent with experience over the track includes Express Model and Army, third and fourth, respectively, in the $120,000 Silverbulletday last time, and Shanon Nicole, who beat allowance foes by more than four lengths last time in her first ever race on dirt.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge

Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.