Road to the Roses

By United Press International  |  March 5, 2002 at 8:53 AM
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Major prep races leading up the May 4 Kentucky Derby:

Jan. 1

--Tropical Park Derby, Calder, 1 1/8 mile (off turf): "Nice to know he can run on the dirt," said trainer John Hennig after POLITICAL ATTACK survived the surface switch to win by 4 ½ lengths.

Jan 3

--Spectacular Bid Stakes (Gr. III), Gulfstream Park, 6 furlongs: MAYBRY'S BOY rallied from last to win by 1 ¼ lengths in 1:12. Trainer Shug McGaughey said Mabry's Boy "is still a little green."

Jan. 12

--Golden Gate Derby (Gr. III), Golden Gate Fields, 1 1/16 mile: DANTHEBLUEGRASSMAN edged CAPPUCHINO at the wire. The winner is by Pioneering. Owner Mike Pegram and trainer Bob Baffert handled Real Quiet.

Jan. 13

San Miguel Stakes (Gr. III), Santa Anita, 6 furlongs: Baffert sent out another winner -- POPULAR. The Saint Ballado colt dueled with ROMAN DANCER through most of the race, then put a nose in front under the wire.

Jan. 19

--Santa Catalina Stakes (Gr. II), Santa Anita, 1 1/16 mile: LABAMTA BABE rallied from off the pace to win by 5 ½ lengths in 1:42 2/5. But the winner benefited from a horrible, stumbling start by SIPHONIC, who challenged on the turn but came up short. COTTONWOOD COWBOY was third.

--Holy Bull Stakes (Gr. III), Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 mile: BOOKLET broke in front and held on to beat favorite HARLAN'S HOLIDAY by ¾ length. THISCANNONSLOADED was a distant third.

Feb. 2

Hutcheson Stakes (Gr. II), Gulfstream Park, 7 furlongs: SHOWMEITALL got a clear lead in the stretch, then just did hold off MONTHIR, winning by a nose. ROYAL LAD was third. The time, over a "good" track, was a slow 1:26.07. MAYBRY'S BOY, winner of the Spectacular Bid on Jan. 3, finished fourth.

Feb. 2

San Vicente Stakes (Gr. II), Santa Anita, 7 furlongs: CAME HOME, making his first start since finishing seventh in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, drew off in the stretch to win by 4 lengths over JACK'S SILVER. WERBLIN was third. The 7 furlongs took 1:21.92.

Feb. 8

Sham Stakes (restricted), Santa Anita, 1 1/8 mile: U S S TINOSA drew off in the stretch to win by 4 ½ lengths. The Ohio-bred son of Foxhound finished in 1:49.11.

Feb. 9

Whirlaway Stakes, Aqueduct, 1 1/16 mile: SARATOGA BLUES stayed close to the leader, took command in the stretch and won by 2 lengths over D' COACH, who was set down to third behind SMOKED EM for interference. The winner, by Twining, was timed in 1:44.93.

Feb. 10

Golden State Mile, Golden Gate Fields, 1 mile: CAPPUCHINO took the lead nearing the far turn without being asked for much, won by 2 ½ lengths under a hand ride over stablemate YOUGOTTAWANNA. ARSEN was third. The time was 1:36.57.

Feb. 16

Fountain of Youth Stakes (Gr. I), Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 mile: BOOKLET led from the early going and doggedly held off HARLAN'S HOLIDAY in the stretch to win by a nose. BLUE BURNER was 3 lengths back in third. Time was 1:44.49.

Feb. 17

Risen Star Stakes (Gr. III), Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 mile: Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up REPENT, making his season debut, came from near last to win by 2 ¼ lengths over BOB'S IMAGE after going eight-wide on the turn. EASYFROMTHEGITGO was third. The 1 1/16 mile was timed in 1:43.

Feb. 23

Best Turn Stakes, Aqueduct, 6 furlongs: SMOOTH JAZZ was bumped at the start and had to rally three-wide but still won by 2 ¾ lengths over TANK'S EXPECTATION, in 1:10.76. Trainer Tony Dutrow said the Storm Boot colt might stretch out to a mile in the Gotham on 3/17.

March 2

--San Rafael Stakes (Gr. II), Santa Anita, 1 mile: CAME HOME, in his first try around two turns, finished well to win by 3 lengths over EASY GRADES, with WERBLIN third. The time was 1:36.24, with the final furlong in just over 13 seconds.

--Southwest Stakes, Oaklawn Park, 1 mile: Split into two divisions, with PRIVATE EMBLEM, by Our Emblem taking the first by ¾ length over DUSTY SPIKE with a good stretch move, finishing in 1:40.29 on a muddy track. In the second division, PALOMA PARILLA dueled down the stretch with COPE WITH AN IMAGE before winning by a neck. Paloma Parilla, by Dove Hunt, with second-time Lasix, was clocked in 1:41.70.

--John Battaglia Memorial, Turfway Park, 1 1/16 mile: REQUEST FOR PAROLE edged PERFECT DRIFT for the second straight race, holding off the challenger by a nose under the wire. Time was 1:43 on a muddy track. Request For Parole is by Judge T C, who twice ran second in the Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway.

March 9

El Camino Real Derby (Gr. III), Golden Gate Fields, 1 1/16 mile

March 10

Louisiana Derby (Gr. II), Fair Grounds, 1 1/16 mile

March 16

--Florida Derby (Gr. I), Gulfstream Park, 1 1/8 mile

--Swale Stakes (Gr. III), Gulfstream Park, 7 furlongs

March 17

--Gotham Stakes (Gr. III), Aqueduct, 1 mile

--San Felipe Stakes (Gr. II), 1 1/16 mile

--Tampa Bay Derby (Gr. III), Tampa Bay Downs, 1 1/16 mile

March 23

--Lane's End Spiral Stakes (Gr. II), Turfway Park, 1 1/8 mile

--Rebel Stakes (Gr. III), Oaklawn Park, 1 1/16 mile

--UAE Derby (Group II), Nad Al Sheeba, Dubai, 1 ¼ mile

April 6

--Santa Anita Derby (Gr. 1), Santa Anita, 1 1/8 mile

--Illinois Derby (Gr. II), Sportsman's Park, 1 1/8 mile

April 7

Lafayette Stakes (Gr. III), Keeneland, 7 furlongs

April 13

--Wood Memorial Stakes (Gr. I), Aqueduct, 1 1/8 mile

--Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (Gr. I), Keeneland, 1 1/8 mile

--Arkansas Derby (Gr. II), Oaklawn Park, 1 1/8 mile

--California Derby, Bay Meadows, 1 1/8 mile

--Bay Shore Stakes (Gr. III), Aqueduct, 7 furlongs

April 20

--Coolmore Lexington Stakes (Gr. II), Keeneland, 1 1/16 mile

--Federico Tessio Stakes, Pimlico Race Course, 1 1/8 mile

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