- Luxembourg got the big money at 3-5, but Bernardini (5.70) got the win in the G3 Withers at the Big A. Looks like a nice horse for Darley, but seems like a pretty easy way to pick up a graded stakes win in just his third start. It was a four horse field with nothing resembling a stakes winner.
Nonetheless, there are no asterisks assigned to black type, and it’s another stakes winner for AP Indy, his 5th thus far in 2006. He’s out of a Quiet American mare, and that’s the same cross as the Derby contender AP Warrior. Bernardini’s dam is Cara Rafaela, a Grade 1 winner (Hollywood Starlet), and 2nd or 3rd in six others. Tom Albertrani said he’s a possibility for the Preakness.
Nice rating job on the lead by Cornelio Velasquez aboard winning Pommes Frites in the G3 Beaugay on the grass. Their ¾ split of 1:13 4/5 was a fifth slower than a maiden state-bred affair two races prior, and that allowed the daughter of Dynaformer to hold off the overlaid Naissance Royale in a driving final sixteenth of 6.07 seconds. This four-year old filly has shown excellent improvement in 2006 for Bill Mott. She’s the sixth stakes winner this year for her sire, a total which includes, of course, Barbaro.
- Pletcher’s Coach Kent (Forestry) was beaten at 7-10 in his last two starts, so the fans sent him off at 3-5 today. To me, that’s good money after bad, and I say that even though he graduated by seven lengths.
Mister Trieste rallied for third after a bad start in the Derby Trial. I figured that would be good enough for B. Wayne Hughes to send him to the Derby, but he indicated otherwise after the race, saying the chances were "very slight." If he comes out, Flashy Bull could be in and Sunriver would be #21. Flashy Bull has no shot in the Derby, and his West Point Thoroughbred owners likely know that; but what better publicity for the outfit to have a horse run in the Kentucky Derby?
Flashy Bull was just edged by his stablemate Jazil in Saturday’s workout; both were timed in 1:00.40 for five furlongs. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was impressed enough with Jazil that he spoke on the telephone with owner Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum in England to persuade him to come for the race.
McLaughlin said Sheikh Hamdan corrected him on the pronunciation of the Seeking the Gold colt's name. Sheikh Hamdan pronounces it "Jazz-ul," as opposed to "Jazz-eel." [Thoroughbred Times]Got that?