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Monday, May 01, 2006

Sunday Night Notes - April 30

- Da Stoops (Distorted Humor) stretched his speed out to nine furlongs against Cal-breds in the Cal National Snow Chief at Hollywood on Sunday, and for Bob Baffert, it capped a month that saw him win nine stakes races, four five of them graded. He’d like to win another one next Saturday, and Bob and John and Point Determined each put in their final works on Sunday.

The Melair Stakes was for Cal-bred sophomore fillies, and She’s An Eleven was a hot number on the board, getting bet down on the nose to 8-5 favoritism over morning line favorite Chosen Royalty; both fillies are by In Excess. She ran away by nine. She’s An Eleven is out of a She’s a Sensation, a Flying Sensation mare who is a half-sister to last year’s Test winner Leave Me Alone. She’s A Sensation has a very unusual pedigree in that she’s inbred 3x3 to Secretariat’s half-brother Somethingfabulous; she also has Northern Dancer 4x4x4.

Lava Man won on the grass in the TVG Khaled Stakes in course record time "Wow, what a performance!" jockey Corey Nakatani said. [Bloodhorse]

- Keeneland to Churchill? No problem for Steve Asmussen when it comes to two-year olds. His $900,000 Napa Cat (Storm Cat) won in his debut at 4-5. He’s out of G3 winner (Miss Grillo) Compassionate (Housebuster), and is a half to $270,000 winner Coronado’s Pride. His second and third dams are G1 winners; Adored won the Santa Margarita Invitational, and Desiree took the Santa Barbara Handicap. The show horse as the 9-5 second choice, Southwestern Heat, is by Gone West out of filly champ Xtra Heat.

First-time starter Adams Theater was 12-1 morning line for the 5th at Churchill, but 5-1 at post time on a track turned sloppy; he romped by 4 ½. He’s by Honour and Glory out of stakes winner Gail’s Brush (Broad Brush), and a half to stakes winning filly Aud.