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Estidhkaar needs to justify our
time-handicap ratings in the 2000
Guineas over the Newmarket Row-
ley Mile today if Hamdan Al Mak-
toum has been influenced by his
racing managers; we simply can t
believe Muhaarah has been sacri-
Muhaarah, running in the Ham-
dan s third colours, carried by Frankie
Dettori, beat Estidhkaar a shade
comfortably over seven furlongs at
Newbury last month but doesn t
appear among the eighteen decla-
rations for the first classic of 2015;
apparently the managers (un-
named!) were unanimous about
Muhaarah contesting the French
2000 Guineas but I ll NEVER under-
Amazingly Hamdan has forked out
the required sum to supplement
recent Newbury maiden Intilaaq;
he s at least 20lbs inferior to
Charlie Hills, trainer of Muhaarah,
runs Dutch Connection and is con-
fident but the TH suggests he has
a mountain to climb; indeed that s
the case for them all because if
Estidhkaar replicates that recent
mark there can only be one winner.
The assembled managers are on
the line because one simply refuses
to believe they don t have influence
and input for such important deci-
sions; why would they be employed
Anyway it s no longer my concern,
done and dusted , as they say but
an hour or so earlier Watchable
should prove just that in the group
three Palace House Stakes over five
furlongs; this David O Meara-trained
five-year-old is improving rapidly
and could become a real champion.
On the TH Watchable is clear
best-in and justifies support; his
good recent form is key, especially
this year when so many are strug-
gling to thrive due to cold weather.
One of SEVEN meetings is Thirsk
where Foreign Diplomat is strong-
ly-fancied to land the Maiden Stakes
over seven furlongs; his juvenile form
bears close inspection and a lot is
expected of William Haggas charge.
LOUISVILLE---Lured by the promise
of carrots, American Pharoah was led
out of the barn to face a throng of
Reluctant at first, the Kentucky Derby
winner perked up when trainer Bob
Baffert offered the colt s favorite snack.
American Pharoah pricked his ears upon
hearing the click of cameras and struck
a regal pose.
"The good ones," Baffert said yes-
terday, "they love the clicks."
And the white-haired trainer has got
himself a good one.
"He s just so good and so special,"
a clearly biased Baffert said. "He was
born with that talent."
Now he and his fourth Derby winner
are likely headed to Baltimore for the
Preakness in two weeks, the next stop
on the Triple Crown trail. Baffert has
won that race five times, most recently
Third-place finisher Dortmund, who
led much of the way, is probable to run
in the 1 3/16-mile race on May 16, too.
"The way he was travelling down the
backside, I thought maybe he was going
to win it," Baffert said.
He will decide Dortmund s next race
for sure after talking with owner Kaleem
"I m sure he s going to want a little
revenge," Baffert said. "His horse ran a
really good race."
The trainer has no mixed emotions
about possibly running American
Pharoah, owned by Ahmed Zayat, and
Dortmund against each other a second
"My job is to get my people there if
the horse is doing well," Baffert said.
"They understand that sometimes I ll
beat them with another horse. If Dort-
mund turns the table on him, so be it."
He plans to keep American Pharoah
and third-place finisher Dortmund at
Churchill Downs before sending them
to Baltimore, likely on May 13.
A record crowd of 170,513 packed
Churchill Downs under sunny skies and
temperatures in the mid-70s Saturday
to watch a favorite win for the third
straight year. American Pharoah rallied
to overtake 10-1 shot Firing Line in the
stretch and win by a length.
On- and off-track wagering on the
13-race card totaled a record $194.3
million, up 4 percent from the mark of
$187 million set in 2012. Total wagering
on the Derby was a record $137.9 mil-
lion, a 4 percent increase from the $133.1
million also set three years ago.
American Pharoah came into the
Derby having run just five races, which
could make him fresher than some of
his rivals if he ends up running in all
three Triple Crown races over five weeks.
"With more racing, he s getting
smarter," Baffert said. "He has that long
stride, he s quick, he s got a really good
mind and he just floats over the ground."
Dortmund is a dedicated front-run-
ner. American Pharoah, however, can
stalk the leaders and pounce or set the
"He s quick, he s handy, you can move
on him at any time," Baffert said. "He s
not one-dimensional, which is so nice
Besides the possibility of Dortmund,
American Pharoah can expect to see
Firing Line in the Preakness.
"Hopefully, we can get our revenge
in Baltimore," trainer Simon Callaghan
Baffert welcomes all comers, believing
it helps the sport when Derby horses
stay on the Triple Crown trail.
"We re prepared for another tough
race," he said.
Baffert said this Derby victory --- his
fourth and first since War Emblem in
2002 --- was different from the others.
"It s a huge sigh of relief to get it
done," he said. "I may never have anoth-
er chance like this. It was my Derby to
lose and we got lucky."
NEWMARKET---Jockey Ryan Moore completed a
double of British classic wins this weekend by
riding Legatissimo to victory in the 1,000 Guineas
A day after winning the 2,000 Guineas --- a race
for colts --- over the same course at Newmarket,
Moore bided his time on Legatissimo before she
came from the back of the field at halfway to overhaul
favourite Lucinda. Moore won both races for trainer
David Wachman and for his Coolmore owners by
three quarters of a length.
Legatissimo went off at odds of 13-2. Tiggy Wiggy
Estidhkaar needs to justify
our time-handicap ratings
3.45 Estidhkaar (e.w)
3.20 Foreign Diplomat (nap).
Jockey Ryan Moore
double on Legatissimo
Derby winner American Pharoah a likely go on Triple Crown trail
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert walks Kentucky Derby winner American
Pharoah out of the barn to show him off at Churchill Downs in Louisville,
Kentucky, yesterday. American Pharoah is Baffert's fourth Kentucky Derby
champion. AP PHOTO
reinsman Rocco Bowen
rides to claim two wins
on Saturday s nine-race
card at Emerald Downs.
Bowen captured race
eight with rank 26-1 out-
sider Mister Breeze with
a stalking ride and
returned in race nine to
win with 8-1 chance
Nearlycocktailtime, in a
He has three wins in 28
rides in the season which
started April 18 and wraps
up September 27.
Bowen, who finished
second last season with
70 wins, got his first suc-
cess when he took the
Mister Breeze to a solid 3-
1/4 length over the three-
year-olds and upward.
Going six furlongs,
Charlie s Gold and Carl
through the half-mile in
45.52 seconds with Bowen
and Mister Breeze stalking
Bowen moved the geld-
ing up to take command
entering the stretch and
drew off nicely.
In the following race
over 5-1/2 furlongs, Bowen
won a late stretch duel
with Luck Out, to beat the
three-year-old maiden fil-
lies by a neck.
The pair survived a
bump at the start to set a
steady pace along the
inside and had opened up
a nearly two-length lead
in the stretch.
Bowen was forced to
stave off a strong challenge
from Luck Out, however,
before getting home.
21-31 --- 10.30 am
14-35 --- 6.30 pm
TODAY'S PICK TWO
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
01 CENTIPEDE 6
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 6
05 PARSON MAN 2
15 SICK WOMAN 2
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 1
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN 4
30 HOUSE CAT 2
31 PARSON WIFE 3
34 BLIND MAN 1
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: SATURDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to May 2
21 (Mouth) 6.30 pm
28 (Red Fish)---10.30 am
4 (Dead Man)---1 pm
1 (Centipede)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
5 (Parson Man)
27 (Little Snake)
9 (Cattle) 1 pm
20 (Dog) 10.30 am
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