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Horse Racing Results; March 7 an Exciting Day of Racing

Horse Racing Results; March 7 an Exciting Day of Racing
Tom Fool Handicap – Grade III – Six Furlongs – Four-Year-Olds and Up – Aqueduct

Salutos Amigos Horse

Despite missing several days of training due to inclement weather, Salutos Amigos put to rest any notions of vulnerability with a dazzling performance to capture Saturday’s 40th running of the $200,000 Grade 3 Tom Fool Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, his fourth straight stakes win. Photo: Coglianese Photos, NYRA

Salutos Amigos (Salute the Sarge – Sarasota [ARG], by Luhuk) claimed his fourth consecutive victory over the Aqueduct oval with a four-length victory in the muddy Tom Fool Handicap (GIII) for sprinting specialists. Carrying the highweight of 125 pounds, Salutos Amigos took advantage of a good break to sit in third in a prime striking position before running three-wide in pursuit of leader Dads Caps. The 3/5 favorite ran down that leader, giving Dads Caps his second consecutive runner-up finish to Salutos Amigos. The five-year-old bay gelding chalked up his third graded stakes victory since winning the Toboggan Stakes (GIII) and last year’s Fall Highweight Handicap (GIII) after finishing a dismal seventh in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. According to David Grening of the Daily Racing Forum, Salutos Amigos endured a cut on his right hind hoof during the race, an injury that certainly did not deter his winning intentions. Green Gratto, Maleeh, West Hills Giant, Sonny Inspired, and Elevated completed the field behind Salutos Amigos and Dads Caps.
Tom Fool Handicap 2015 Results & Payouts

Swale Stakes – Grade II – Seven Furlongs – Three-Year-Olds – Gulfstream

Ready For Rye Horse

In a highly anticipated race in which Daredevil was favored, Ready for Rye (City Zip – Embroidery, by More than Ready) proved to be ready for a win in the Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Photo: Kenny Martin, Coglianese Photos

In a highly anticipated race in which Daredevil was favored, Ready for Rye (City Zip – Embroidery, by More than Ready) proved to be ready for a win. The gelding was an impressive seven-length winner in a six-furlong maiden, and he ran well enough to finish second to Barbados in his last start in the Spectacular Bid Stakes. Breaking well enough to jump into the second running spot behind leader X Y Jet, Ready for Rye took on the lead at the turn to finish a strong 2-3/4 lengths over Daredevil who out-finished the rest of the field by an expanding 10 lengths. The gelding claimed a third Championship Meet victory for trainer Thomas Albertrani who recognizes Ready for Rye’s sprinting affinity. “My only question today was if he would go seven-eighths – that was the only doubt in my mind. I know he’s got a lot of speed,” Albertrani noted after the race. Ready for Rye could certainly earn a spot as one to watch in shorter dirt races. Behind Ready for Rye and Daredevil, Senor Grits, Bluegrass Singer, Social Request, and X Y Jet rounded out the order of finish.
Swale Stakes 2015 Results & Payouts

Florida Oaks – Grade III Turf – 1-1/16 Miles – Three-Year-Old Fillies – Tampa Bay Downs

The brown filly Quality Rocks (Rock Hard Ten – Elusive Virgin, by Elusive Quality) took down the field of fillies in the Florida Oaks. Quality Rocks boasts a lifetime record of 6-3-2-0 with her one off-the-board finish coming in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in which she finished a non-threatening tenth. In a field that included 6/5 favorite Consumer Credit, a filly to whom Quality Rocks had finished second in this year’s Sweetest Chant Stakes (GIII), the daughter of Rock Hard Ten broke from the third post position and ran comfortably in third tucked behind the leaders. Quality Rocks took the lead at the top of the homestretch and held off a late-charging Consumer Credit to win by half a length in the solid time of 1:43.39. Completing the field of turf-running fillies was Lismore, Tiger Ride, Include Betty, Bugle, Distorted Type, Nicky’s Brown Miss, Get Down Kitten, Season Ticket, and Aliquippa.
Florida Oaks 2015 Results & Payouts

Gotham Stakes – Grade III – 1-1/16 Miles – Three-Year-Olds – Aqueduct

El Kabeir Horse

Beneath a patient C.C. Lopez, Zayat Stables’ El Kabeir rebounded off a runner-up finish in the Grade 3 Withers to take the 63rd running of the Grade 3, $400,000 Gotham for 3-year-olds in runaway fashion on Saturday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Photo: Coglianese Photos, NYRA

It likely came as little surprise that El Kabeir (Scat Daddy – Great Venue, by Unbridled’s Song) dominated the field of the Gotham Stakes (GIII). A multiple graded stakes winner, the dark gray colt made up for his most recent loss in the Withers Stakes on February 7 in taking the Gotham by three lengths. El Kabeir was happy to run in the back of the pack until being urged to pursue the leaders on the rail. The colt then swung off the rail to run after the leaders four-wide, passing them to finish the muddy race in a time of 1:45.56. Following the race, John Terranova commented on El Kabeir’s continuing improvement, saying, “I think he thrives off the races and training. The more you throw at him, the stronger he gets. I took him out the morning of this race and trained him a little bit. He seems to get sharper mentally, and physically he feels good. He thrives on the adrenaline.” Finishing second and third were Tiz Shea D and Classy Class, respectively, with Toasting Master, Tencendur, Dontbetwithbruno, Uninfluenced, Blame Jim, Combat Diver, and Lieutenant Colonel rounding out the field.

Hillsborough Stakes – Grade III Turf – 1-1/16 Miles – Four-Year-Olds and Up Fillies and Mares – Tampa Bay Downs

Making her six-year-old debut this year, Stephanie’s Kitten (Kitten’s Joy – Unfold the Rose, by Catienus) made an impressive run to claim victory in the Hillsborough Stakes. A lifetime multiple graded stakes winner of races including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (GII), the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes (GII), the Just a Game Stakes (GI), and the Flower Bowl Stakes (GI), the bay mare proved her enduring racing ability in taking the Hillsborough by 1-1/2 lengths. She sat comfortably on the rail within the pack for most of the race before being asked to pick it up in pursuit of the leaders, skillfully skimming the rail to claim victory over runner-up Ball Dancing with Speed Seeker, Maria Maria, Filimbi, Principessa Ava, Lots o’ Lex, Night Song, Sparkling Review, and St. Borealis completing the order of finish.
Hillsborough Stakes 2015 Results & Payouts

Gulfstream Park Handicap – Grade II – 1 Mile – Four-Year-Olds and Up – Gulfstream

Honor Code Horse

Even for a late-running horse, Honor Code gave himself a lot of work to do in his 4-year-old debut Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Much to Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey’s delight, he was more than up to the task.
Photo: Natalie Fawkes, Coglianese Photos, NYRA

In a race that could have ended in several different ways, Honor Code (A.P. Indy – Serena’s Cat, by Storm Cat) proved to be the best in today’s Gulfstream Park Handicap. The winner of the 2013 Remsen Stakes as a juvenile, Honor Code indicated that his best days were not behind him with a prolonged stretch run to take over front-runners Valid and Private Zone, claiming the Gulfstream Park Handicap (GII) honors as his own with a half-length victory in a time of 1:36.37. That win leaves Honor Code with an excellent record of five wins and two seconds in a total of seven starts. Private Zone held on to finish second in front of Valid, Wicked Strong, East Hall, and Loverbil.
Gulfstream Park Handicap 2015 Results & Payouts

Tampa Bay Derby – Grade II – Three-Year-Olds – 1-1/16 Miles – Tampa Bay Downs

Ocean Knight’s unblemished record was shattered by Carpe Diem’s (Giant’s Causeway – Rebridled Dreams, by Unbridled’s Song) five-length victory in the Tampa Bay Derby (GII). The chestnut Carpe Diem was making his three-year-old debut in this race after running second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI), and he did not disappoint. The colt remained tucked in in third for most of the race before moving outside to make a move for the lead on the far turn, and the colt easily moved away from there without much encouragement. The promising son of champion Giant’s Causeway is trained by Todd Pletcher and runs for a partnership between WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables. Ami’s Flatter held on for second over third-place finisher Divining Rod while Danzig Moon, Great Stuff, Moonlight Bandit, Ocean Knight, and My Johnny Be Good completed the order of finish.
Tampa Bay Derby 2015 Results & Payouts

Honeybee Stakes – Grade III – Three-Year-Old Fillies – 1-1/16 Miles – Oaklawn Park

Last seen finishing a close second to Champion Juvenile Filly Take Charge Brandi in the Martha Washington Stakes, Sarah Sis (Sharp Humor – Emerald Gal, by Gilded Time) made sure she was the focus of the Honeybee Stakes (GIII). Stalking the pacesetters throughout the race, the dark bay filly pounced on the leaders at the turn to draw away by five lengths. Sarah Sis was eased towards the end of the race, allowing Oceanwave to cut down her winning margin to 1-1/2 lengths. Rounding out the field of sophomore fillies behind runner-up Oceanwave were Pangburn, Purr, Bootsy’s Girl, Desert Valley, Indian Annie, and Super Saks.
Honeybee Stakes 2015 Results & Payouts

San Felipe Stakes – Grade II – Three-Year-Old Colts – 1-1/16 Miles – Santa Anita

Dortmund Horse

Kaleem Shah’s Dortmund and jockey Martin Garcia win the Grade II $400,000 San Felipe Stakes Saturday, March 7, 2015 Santa Anita in Arcadia, CA. Photo: Benoit

Dortmund (Big Brown – Our Josephina, by Tale of the Cat) remains perfect after claiming his fifth victory out of five starts in today’s San Felipe Stakes (GII). The big chestnut colt’s trainer Bob Baffert considered keeping Dortmund out of competition until the Santa Anita Derby in April, but instead he opted to run him today as the colt proved he was ready for another race. Carrying the highweight of 123 pounds, Dortmund broke well and proceeded to claim a comfortable lead, getting into his long-striding rhythm along the backstretch. Jockey Martin Garcia only urged the colt when challenged by Bolo and then Prospect Park, and Dortmund responded by bounding home 1-1/4 lengths in front in the solid time of 1:41.65. The order of finish was completed by Prospect Park, Bolo, Lord Nelson, The Gomper, Pulmarack, Pain and Misery, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Sir Samson, and Kenjisstorm.
San Felipe Stakes 2015 Results & Payouts

San Carlos Stakes – Grade II – Four-Year-Olds and Up – 7 Furlongs – Santa Anita

With the absence of the anticipated favorite Chitu, Wild Dude (Wildcat Heir – Courtly Choice, by Doneraile Court) at odds of 9/5 took control of the San Carlos Stakes (GII). The five-year-old bay horse claimed his first graded stakes win since February of 2014 in the Palos Verdes Stakes (GII). In the meantime, Wild Dude ran well enough to finish in the top four in three Grade II races, but victory eluded him until today. The horse broke well and ran in second between two other leaders before taking the lead inside the last turn. Wild Dude was chased by runner-up Kobe’s Back and third-place finisher Conquest Two Step, but he held them off to win by a length in 1:21.91. The horses Outside Nashville, Majestic City, Blues Blaster, and El Nino Terrible finished out the field.
San Carlos Stakes 2015 Results & Payouts

Frank E. Kilroe Mile – Grade I Turf – Four-Year-Olds and Up – 1 Mile – Santa Anita

Summer Front looked to have a clear victory until Ring Weekend (Tapit – Free the Magic, by Cryptoclearance) blasted by on the outside to snag the win. The chestnut gelding is also the 2014 winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (GII), Hill Prince Stakes (GIII), and Saranac Stakes (GIII), making him a graded stakes winner on both dirt and turf. Guided by rising young jockey Drayden Van Dyke, Ring Weekend claimed his first Grade I in closing style with a late rush down the center of the track to win by a length over Summer Front. The order of finish was completed by Home Run Kitten, Za Approval, Winning Prize, Mega Heat, Holy Lute, Hay Dude, Silentio, Dimension, and Mr. Commons.
Frank E. Kilroe Mile 2015 Results & Payouts

Santa Anita Handicap – Grade I – Four-Year-Olds and Up – 1-1/4 Miles – Santa Anita

Shared Belief Horse

Shared Belief and jockey Mike Smith make easy work of the $1,000,000 Grade I Santa Anita Handicap Saturday, March 7, 2015 Santa Anita in Arcadia, CA. Photo: Benoit

In perhaps the most well-predicted race this year, Shared Belief (Candy Ride [ARG] – Common Hope, by Storm Cat) lived up to his continuing hype with a victory in the classic Santa Anita Handicap (GI). The overwhelming favorite at odds of 1/5 entered this significant race with a win over 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome in the San Antonio Stakes (GII) last month and was prepared to run well again here. The dark bay gelding laid waste to the field from an outside stalking position without Mike Smith ever lifting the whip, finishing the race in a quick time of 2:00.67 several lengths in front of second-place finisher Moreno and giving Smith his third consecutive Santa Anita Handicap victory. Following Shared Belief’s easy win, Mike Smith simply yet eloquently said, “He’s going to be great for the game.” A full field including Catch a Flight, Hard Aces, Bronzo, Dynamic Sky, You Know I Know, Imperative, Sr. Quisqueyano, Cool Samurai, Patrioticandproud, Diamond Bachelor, and Crimson Giant rounded out the order of finish.
Santa Anita Handicap 2015 Results & Payouts