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TODAY'S PICK TWO
6-11 • 14-17
Times played this year
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30 pm Total
02 OLD LADY
04 DEAD MAN 6
05 PARSON MAN 4
15 SICK WOMAN 2
18 WATER BOAT 2
10.30 am 1 pm 6.30pm Total
27 LITTLE SNAKE 2
28 RED FISH
29 OPIUM MAN 4
30 HOUSE CAT 3
31 PARSON WIFE 5
34 BLIND MAN 1
35 BIG SNAKE
LAST DRAW: MONDAY
WHEN DE MARK BUSS
Play Whe results to June 1
21 (Mouth) 6.30 pm
22 (Rat)---10.30 am
35 (Big Snake)---1 pm
27 (Red Fish)---6.30 pm
TODAY'S STAR BETS
15 (Sick Woman)
28 (Blind Man)
35 (Big Snake) 1 pm
27 (Little Snake) 10.30am
Anthem Alexander overcame the lack of a
recent outing to begin her season in the best
possible fashion with a cosy win in the Racing
Post Lacken Stakes at Naas.
Sent off second-favourite behind Toscanini,
last year s Queen Mary winner was settled in
last by Pat Smullen and on ground softer than
ideal proved easy to back at 5-2.
James Doyle never looked entirely happy on
Toscanini and he was hanging from an early
stage before staying on when it was all too late,
but Joseph O Brien had nicked a few lengths
on The Happy Prince and set a fair target.
Despite a strong headwind, the filly quickened
up well and without Smullen having to get too
serious with her, Anthem Alexander just had
to be kept up to her work to register the win
and tee herself up for a trip back to Royal Ascot.
Her success gave trainer Eddie Lynam a dou-
ble on the day following the earlier win of Orti-
ga.Sky Bet make Anthem Alexander 8-1 from
12-1 for the inaugural running of the Com-
Hannon opens on Great Page
Richard Hannon s Great Page got her big-
race aspirations back on track with an impres-
sive win in the Coolmore Stud EBF Fillies
Sprint Stakes at Naas.
Having taken the eye with a debut success
at Windsor she was comfortably beaten by
stable companion Illuminate just 13 days later
at Salisbury over five furlongs.
Stepping up in trip for a Listed race which
has a good record of producing a smart winner
or two, the winner looked in a different league
to her seven rivals.
Sean Levey moved through stylishly before
kicking three lengths clear of Jim Bolger s appar-
ent second-string Special Focus with Promised
Great Page was sent off at 4-1 and the Albany
Stakes at Royal Ascot is among her options.
"I thought she won her maiden well at Wind-
sor. She came up against a very decent filly
next time and the trip probably didn t suit us,"
"There was a bit of a worry about the ground
but I think she is a very good filly, and her sire
handled all sorts of ground. I d say she will get
seven furlongs in time. She travelled like a
dream and I got there a bit sooner than I would
Seven left in Coronation Cup
French contenders Dolniya and Flintshire
dominate the seven remaining contenders for
Saturday s Investec Coronation Cup.
Despite the absence of Cirrus Des Aigles,
who sustained an injury when winning the
race 12 months ago, the cross-channel raiders
look set to have the edge in the Group One for
the second year running, with Sky Bet making
Dolniya the even-money favourite ahead of
last year s runner-up Flintshire at 7/4.
Dual Group One-winning Flintshire finished
second in the race 12 months ago and will
attempt to give trainer Andre Fabre a record-
equalling seventh success in the mile-and-a-
The five-year-old has also run some impres-
sive races in defeat, including runner-up in
last season s Prix de l Arc de Triomphe and
Breeders Cup Turf.
Trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre, Dolniya
was fifth in last year s Arc, but has looked an
improved performer this year, twice having the
beating of Flintshire, most recently in the
Sheema Classic in Dubai.
The Aidan O Brien-trained Yorkshire Oaks
winner Tapestry is next in the betting at 9/2.
Synodic ticks enough boxes for a seri-
ous each-way bet in the 3-y-o Maiden
Stakes over a mile of good to firm Ripon
today when Brighton runs in tandem with
an extremely difficult, nigh impossible,
card that will be staged on a good to soft
There are aged thoroughbreds running
at the south coast venue I ve never heard
of, testimony to the dross being entered
and a reason why punters have absolutely
no chance given SEVEN of eight races are
Guessing games are costly better off
targeting set-weight races and twice-raced
Synodic, from the in-form yard of David
Lanigan, appeals judged on his latest effort
three weeks ago when third to Keystroke
at Doncaster in a similar race under Ted
Durcan. That was an encouraging seasonal
by this Henrythenavigator colt and there
is a plus, Durcan rides again.
Jockeyship is so important.
Obviously Alnashama has to be respect-
ed and William Haggas introduces a well-
bred newcomer, Talyani, but he s been
gelded and is probably set for the New-
market July sales; there has to be a reason
why he s un-raced.
Providing all run Synodic will be the
first leg of our professional special each-
way double into Sir Michael Stoute-trained
Hakka, one of eleven decs in the Maiden
Stakes over an extended mile on Wolver-
hampton Tapeta tonight and mount of,
Stoute has been patient but he s been
sending out some real beauts recently
and this is a yard which needs to be mon-
Two interesting maidens without doubt.
There is also a summer-jumping fixture
on good ground at Southwell where Ban-
tam looks a penalty kick in the Novices
Hurdle over two miles.
LOUISVILLE---As American Pharoah glid-
ed across the Churchill Downs track in
the rain yesterday morning, Neil Howard
kept clicking his stopwatch at every fur-
And kept exclaiming. "Damn!" the train-
Understand, Howard has been around
the racetrack for 46 years and operated
his own stable since 1979. He won the
Preakness Stakes with Summer Squall in
1990 and had the American Horse of the
Year in 2003 with Mineshaft.
If Neil Howard is impressed by what a
horse is doing in the morning, you should
"So effortless," he said after American
Pharoah had flown through five furlongs
in one minute and galloped out strongly
after that, in the colt s final major workout
before being shipped to New York today
for the Belmont Stakes and a shot at the
excruciatingly elusive Triple Crown. "He
is something else."
A number of veteran Churchill horsemen
appeared in the clocker s stand Monday
morning at 8:30---not to watch their own
animals, but to witness a horse that could
be unlike any they ve seen since the 1970s.
They re jaded enough to know better,
but the dreamer within wants to see it
happen again in their lifetime.
In the clocker s stand, you could almost
feel optimism swell as American Pharoah
showed his extraordinary stride in full
This could be The One.
But how many times have we seen this
and said that before? Thirteen times in
the last 37 years, to be precise. That s how
many horses have won the first two legs
of the Triple Crown but failed to complete
the quest since Affirmed last did it, in
Here---on the cusp---is where unbridled
hope crashes into the unforgiving wall of
For a few more days, these are the best
of times for the American Pharoah band-
wagon. With the final workout out of the
way, this is the moment to enjoy the view
from the summit. The horse looks great,
the hosannas are flowing, a normally indif-
ferent world is paying attention, the Big
Apple is offering its outsized embrace.
Enjoy it now. Because the Saturday expe-
rience could be very different.
Bob Baffert, trainer of American
Pharoah, has been here---on the cusp---
more than anyone.
He has the Triple Crown scar tissue to
show for his three previous Belmont heart-
breaks, with immortality there for the tak-
In 1997, Silver Charm was passed in the
deep stretch by Touch Gold. A year later,
Real Quiet was beaten by a nose at the
wire by Victory Gallop---a fateful head bob
at precisely the wrong moment.
And in 2002, front-running War
Emblem was doomed from the start when
he stumbled out of the starting gate.
Given that history, Baffert understands
like no other human how hard this is to
"I know what I m walking into," Baffert
He s walking into an ambush, pure and
simple. The Triple Crown has become an
unfair competition, one rigged against the
Having witnessed one Belmont bust
after another, I can recite the reasons as
easily as the pledge of allegiance.
Three times before Bob Baffert has won
the Kentucky Derby and Preakness only
to lose the Belmont.
American Pharoah will be the only horse
in the field Saturday to be making his third
start in five weeks at three different tracks
over three distances.
On May 2, he ran farther than he ever
had before---1 1/4 miles in the Kentucky
Derby. Two weeks later, he came back to
win the 1 3/16-mile Preakness in Baltimore.
Now it s on to New York, and the 1 1/2-
mile Belmont---the so-called "Test of a
12.55 SYNODIC (e.w.)
Synodic ticks all boxes
Pharoah's workout inflates Triple Crown hopes
Anthem back in tune at Naas
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