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Scrutinise is ready to win and recoup
considerable recent losses in the 3-y-o
Maiden Auction Stakes over ten furlongs
of Chelmsford polytrack tonight; Ed Dun-
lop s charge is no cert by any means
but ticks enough boxes for a punt if odds
of 2/1 or better are available.
That shouldn t be a problem because
there are rivals from fashionable yards
which are known to fancy a tilt at the bet-
ting ring; can t imagine Dunlop is a bet-
tor!Last month Scrutinise raced for the
fourth time and, significantly, achieved a
career-best time-handicap mark when
beaten only a length by Dawn Missile
over this course and distance; the ability
to cope with poly is a major factor and
others were more than four lengths and
upwards in arrears which speaks volumes
and indicates a fast-run race and reliable
Due to entry conditions Scrutinise is
top weight as he cost most money as a
Both Persiflage and Grey Angel, run-
ner-up five times in succession, are sure
to be supported but Scrutinise needs to
win this and I ll bet he does.
Earlier Acaster Malbis is dropped back
to six furlongs for the Maiden Stakes and
it seems Richard Hannon is trying every-
thing and anything to get winning brack-
ets for a three-year-old which looked so
Realistically it s a default situation and
Acaster Malbis shouldn t be out of first
gear but punters eventually get fed up
with such types and there might just be
value to be had; watch those pre-race
market moves, should be fascinating and,
Good to firm is forecast for Newcastle
where Denton Dawn, another exasperating
three-year-old, is strongly fancied (again!)
for the Maiden 3-y-o Stakes over five fur-
longs; he, too, needs to win and opposition
looks thin on the fast ground!
We re certainly giving chances to some
weird types but there s method in my
madness; keep the faith.
www.dailyearner.co.uk and there is a
jumping fixture at Newton Abbot!
BALTIMORE---American Pharoah wins
on dry tracks, wet tracks, any tracks.
He s won from the rail and he s won from
an outside post, and now, the Kentucky
Derby and Preakness winner will attempt
to become the 12th Triple Crown winner
and first since Affirmed in 1978.
So, Bob Baffert, what kind of track surface
would you prefer for the Belmont Stakes
on June 6?
"I want the same track Secretariat had,
he joked on a humid Sunday morning just
outside the Pimlico stakes barn. "Give me
a Secretariat track. I ll take that.
Of course, Baffert was referring to the
1973 Triple Crown champion who won the
Belmont by a mind-boggling 31 lengths.
The 62-year-old trainer will try for an
unprecedented fourth time to sweep the
Derby, Preakness and Belmont, while jockey
Victor Espinoza will be the first rider with
a third chance to pull off the feat.
Baffert stood next to American Pharoah
as the colt had the white wraps around his
legs hosed off. All seemed well with the
Triple Crown hopeful. The ear plugs? Still
"He looks fine. He s a little quiet. He s
a little tired, like he s supposed to be after
a race, Baffert said after he and Espinoza
appeared on the "Today Show. "That s
usually him. Health-wise he looks good.
No changes. No surprises.
Baffert said American Pharoah would be
sent to Churchill Downs on Monday for a
week of rest and relaxation and resume
training at the Louisville, Kentucky, track
before traveling to New York. His arrival
date is scheduled for Wednesday, June 3.
"It s hard for me to imagine I m going
through this again, said Baffert, back in
the Triple chase for the first time in 13
years, when War Emblem lost his chance
when he stumbled at the start of the Bel-
mont and finished eighth. "I can t believe
this is the fourth time I m doing this, and
how lucky I ve been.
American Pharoah won the Preakness
by seven lengths over a sloppy track in a
driving rainstorm. Baffert s take? "He s by
Pioneerof the Nile, and it was like he was
running in the Nile.
The track was drenched. Baffert said
jockey Gary Stevens, who was aboard sev-
enth-place finisher Firing Line, told him
with all the water in his boots and soaked
into his saddle pad, he weighed 135 pounds
after the race. With equipment and rider,
horses carry 126 pounds for the Preakness.
While American Pharoah is scheduled
for the Belmont, Baffert said the colt has
to be perfectly sound before making the
trip to New York.
"Everything has gone really smooth, other
than that hiccup in the Breeders Cup,
Baffert said, referring to a leg injury that
kept American Pharoah out of the BC Juve-
nile. "So we just got to keep our fingers
crossed, keep him healthy and keep him
happy. I don t want to go up there with a
tired horse. Right now, he s tired. He went
through a lot with that rain and all that
and still doing what he did carrying a lot
of weight. He just showed what a special
horse he is. Dortmund, American Pharoah s
stablemate, is headed for a break after fin-
ishing fourth. So will third-place finisher
The Belmont field will likely include a
group of Derby also-rans who skipped the
Among them are Frosted (fourth), Mate-
riality (sixth), Keen Ice (seventh), Mubtaahij
(eighth), Carpe Diem (10th) and Frammento
(11th). Also probable is Peter Pan Stakes
"I understand, Baffert said of the poten-
tial spoilers. "It just shows the respect they
have for American Pharoah. It s something
you can t control. You have to earn it, just
like he earned it in the weather yesterday.
I ve seen a lot of great horses leave here
and (lose) in the Belmont - Smarty Jones,
Big Brown, Real Quiet, Silver Charm, Funny
Cide. I ll Have Another (in 2012). You just
don t know.
Preakness runner-up Tale of Verve will
take another shot, too. Trainer Dallas Stew-
art said Sunday his horse is headed to Bel-
mont Park on Monday.
This will be the third Triple Crown try
in the past four years. I ll Have Another
was scratched the day before the 2012 Bel-
mont with an injury and California Chrome
finished in a dead heat for fourth last year.
Scrutinise to recoup losses
TODAY'S PICK TWO
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 6
05 PARSON MAN 3
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 4
34 BLIND MAN 1
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to May 18
25 (Morocoy) 6.30 pm
8 (Tiger)---10.30 am
35 (Big Snake)---1 pm
23 (Big House)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
4 (Dead Man)
27 (Little Snake)
5 (Parson Man) 1 pm
35 (Big Snake) 10.30 am
10.20 Denton Dawn
2.20 Acaster Malbis
American Pharoah healthy, but tired
Richard Hannon will launch a twin assault
on Saturday s Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas
with both Ivawood and Estidhkaar set to line
up at the Curragh.
Ivawood put a rather dull reappearance in
the Greenham behind him when finishing third
to Gleneagles at Newmarket.
In contrast Estidhkaar ran much better in
the Greenham but not for the first time dis-
appointed at Newmarket and Hannon is hoping
the Curragh will suit him better.
"Ivawood showed us at Newmarket when
finishing third to Gleneagles that he was a lot
better than he looked in the Greenham at New-
bury," the champion trainer told www.richard-
"He is a big colt and maybe he was not as
fit as we thought he was in the trial, but you
saw the real Ivawood in the Guineas and, while
we aren t claiming we would have beaten Gle-
neagles, we might have been a length or two
closer had we not been drawn out in the mid-
"Estidhkaar, in contrast, never ran a race in
the Guineas. He did not enjoy the dips and
ridges of the Rowley Mile when he injured him-
self in last year s Dewhurst, so we think the
Curragh will suit him better.
"He worked really well when Dane O Neill
came to sit on him on Saturday and he can also
expect easier ground in Ireland which will suit
Power tops Temple field
Sole Power is 5/1 favourite with Sky Bet for
Saturday s betfred.com Temple Stakes after 16
horses stood their ground at the six-day dec-
Edward Lynam s remarkable sprinter won
the race back in 2011 and finished second to
Bated Breath a year later. He landed the Al
Quoz Sprint at Meydan on Dubai World Cup
night on his latest start.
Palace House Stakes winner Goldream is next
in the market at 7/1 alongside rising Godolphin
star and prolific all-weather winner Pretend.
Haydock Sprint Cup hero G Force (8/1) is
due to make his reappearance in Saturday s fea-
ture, as is Kevin Ryan s Hot Streak. His owners,
Qatar Racing, could also be represented by Pearl
Secret---second in this race 12 months ago---
who is a 9/1 chance with the Leeds-based firm.
Danzeno, Justice Day, Take Cover, Maarek,
Kingsgate Native, Robot Boy, Great Minds, Jack
Dexter, Steps and Wind Fire complete the field.
Lion to swerve Derby
Andre Fabre has ruled the unbeaten Grey
Lion out of next month s Investec Derby.
As low as 14/1 in places for the premier
Classic at Epsom, France s champion trainer
has no specific plan in mind for the son of
He was due to run in the Sandown Classic
Trial last month but missed the race after devel-
oping a sickness and will only return to full
"Grey Lion will not be going to Epsom," said
"He is only going to start back in full work
tomorrow after he was sick.
"At this moment I don t have any plan in
mind for him."
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