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District Attorney earns second career win

Four-year-old bay filly District Attorney continues to show some improvement after romping home to her second career win in a Restricted Allowance event over 7 furlongs (1,400m).

The Spencer Chung trainee came with a strong run against the inside rails to beat rivals by 2 lengths going away in a decent time of 1:27.1 bettering the time of 1:27.2 she did when releasing the maiden tag two races back on February 23.

Cherokee Way (Kiaman McGregory) shot to the front after a couple of strides, as Quantum Dancer (Oneil Mullings) and Eye Candy (Anthony Thomas) took over proceedings with District Attorney settled in mid pack.

Running towards the half-mile (800m) turn, A Seh Soup (Hakeem Pottinger) joined the mix up front along with Hot Ice (Shane Richardson) just behind with District Attorney starting to move on the leaders.

District Attorney turned for home against the inside rails just behind the leaders and when jockey Aaron Chatrie began to urge his mount and she responded well and powered past horses inside the final half-furlong (100m) to win comfortably.

A Seh Soup, who took over at the top of the lane and looked strong in deep stretch, to hold on to second place with Eye Candy third.

“It was a really good performance for a four-year-old for this class. She definitely likes a distance of ground better but you have to start sprinting them at first to get them going and then stretch them out and District Attorney is getting better. We are going to take it one step at a time as she ( District Attorney) is an average horse and so I don't know how far she will go but I think she will be ok,” Chung offered.

Randolph Scott off the mark, helped by equipment change

Veteran trainer Randolph Scott, who has been struggling in recent times to locate the winning post, finally found the way for the first time this season after his chestnut mare, Let It Snow romped home in the first race.

Let It Snow's victory was boosted by a change in racing equipment as the figure 8 was removed and the five-year-old made no mistake.

Going over 5 furlongs (1,100m), Let It Snow (Christopher Mamdeen) slammed rivals by 8 lengths to win a Restricted Allowance event in a time of 1:09.3.

After a couple of strides leaving the starting gates, Let It Snow cruised down from the outside draw and assumed the lead over Born To Live (Reyan Lewis) and Instagram (Andre Martin) running the inside rails.

Let It Snow then increased her lead over rivals navigating the half-mile (800m) turn and as soon as the field turned for home, she was long gone as she scampered off for a comfortable win.

Instagram ran on for second place with Lion of Judah (Romario Spencer) getting third.

Steven Todd continues to enjoy good form

Since being voted as the most improved trainer for the 2016 racing season at Caymanas Park, conditioner Steven Todd has never been out of the top 10 in the trainer's standing. Todd continues to enjoy that good form as he notched his 14th winner for this season with Prince Kamali.

Prince Kamali was the trainer's 14th winner for the season with just under US$8 million in earnings. Todd remains in fourth position in the trainer's standing, both in the win and stakes earning columns.

Prince Kamali, ridden by hot-apprentice Christopher Mamdeen, won an Optional Claiming ($350,000-$300,000) event over 5 furlongs in a time of 1:09.3.

Fortuneonehundred (Romario Smith) was ridden to go to the lead over Prince Kamali and Formal Justice (Raddesh Roman) at the off.

Approaching the half-mile, Prince Kamali was taken off the fractions as Mamdeen allowed Formal Justice and Rambunctious Links (Anthony Thomas) to go in chase of the leader.

Turning for home with three horses across the racetrack, Fortuneonehundred on the inside rails, Formal Justice in the middle and Rambunctious Links three wide, Mamdeen produced his mount behind on the inside rails and with the leaders not quickening, Prince Kamali surged to the lead and held it to the wire over Formal Justice and Rambunctious Links.

Dee Danger comes good down the five-straight

After finishing in second place on his two previous outings this season on the round course, the Dwight Chen-owned and trained Dee Danger made no mistake this time as the bay colt made one move to win going 5 furlongs (1,000m) straight.

Dee Danger (Reyan Lewis) showed early speed along with Sir Jhunjhun Wala (Tevin Foster), Go Go Girl (Javaniel Patterson) and Polly B (Christopher Mamdeen).

As the runners sorted themselves out and made their way by the dummy rails, Dee Danger began to draw away from the rest of the field chased by Polly B and Sir Jhunjhun Wala.

However, Dee Danger continued powerfully to the wire to win by 2 lengths ahead of Sir Jhunjhun Wala, Polly B and JamalJames (Raddesh Roman) in that order. The final time was 1:00.1.

Three in a row for Concur

Concur, an eight-year-old chestnut gelding completed a hat-trick of wins in an Optional Claiming ($250,000-$200,000) event over 6 furlongs (1,300m).

Ridden by apprentice Tevin Foster, Concur went into fourth spot at the start behind Fiery Path (Dane Nelson), Court Call (Phillip Parchment) and The Nextbigting (Trevor Simpson).

Making their way towards the half-mile, Fiery Path tried to steal the show with The Nextbigting slipping down into second spot and Concur third as Court Call faded into fourth.

Court Call then made another brave bid and joined the leaders turning for home on the inside rails with Fiery Path in the middle and Concur out wide.

As the three battled, Concur found extra and began to draw off with a furlong (200m) to run and came home by 5 lengths ahead of Clearly Ours (Anthony Thomas) with Kunama (Reyan Lewis) third. The final time was 1:23.2.

Seven horses claimed

Seven horses were claimed on the 11-race programme at Caymanas Park on 1000 Guineas race day.

In the second race, Steven Todd claimed Differentgeneration from Ray Phillips for owner Marc Castro for $350,000 and Ryan Darby claimed Rambunctious Links from Michael Francis for owner Marlon Biggs also for $350,000.

Mr Pantheon was the lone claim in the third race as the dark brown gelding was taken from Anthony Nunes by Marvin Campbell for owner Arthur Foreman for $700,000.

In the fourth race, Clearly Ours was claimed from Wilfred Chin by Donovan Plummer for owner Deleta Brewster; Concur was claimed from Joseph Thomas by Gordon Lewis for owner Peter McFarlane; Court Call was claimed from Nicholas Smith by Gregory Forsyth for himself and Chief Prospect was claimed from Alford Brown by Patrick Chang for owner Ajax Bjorn. All claims were made at $250,000.

Omaha Beach wins Arkansas Derby; Owendale takes Lexington

A year after riding Justify to the Triple Crown, Mike Smith has a tough choice about which horse to ride in the Kentucky Derby.

Under Smith, Omaha Beach held off favoured Improbable to win the US$1 million Arkansas Derby by a length Saturday at Oaklawn Park, earning 100 points and vaulting himself into second place on the Kentucky Derby leader-board.

After entering the day 19th in the standings with 37.5 points, the dark bay colt became one of the key contenders by winning the Grade 1 final Derby qualifier. Omaha Beach is second behind leader Tacitus in the standings that determine the 20-horse field for the Derby on May 4.

This race was pretty impressive.

Omaha Beach was up front by the halfway point on a sloppy track and dueled Bob Baffert-trained Improbable the rest of the way. The horse trained by Richard Mandella earned his second consecutive graded stakes victory and third in a row in four starts in 2019.

“He looked like he was well within himself and Mike (Smith) just let him enjoy his job,” Mandella said, “just stride out and go where he went. My first thought was, 'Jeez, don't move too quick.' And then I thought, 'Don't be second-guessing Mike Smith.' — one of the greatest of all times.”

Smith added, “Picked a nice little spot and stayed right there. His cruising speed just takes him up there. I just basically tried to stay out of way. He's doing it too easy, I'm better off letting him than fighting him.”

Smith has the option to go with either Omaha Beach or Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster in the Derby.

“It's a lovely decision to have,” he said. “My agent will make the decision. That's why I pay him.”

Baffert has three Derby entries: Improbable, Game Winner and Roadster.

Omaha Beach ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.91.

Improbable was second and Country House third.

At Keeneland in the day's other Derby prep, Owendale rallied to take charge entering the stretch and went on to win the US$200,000 Lexington Stakes by 1 3/4 lengths over Anothertwistafate to earn 20 points.

Though the bay colt won't make the Derby field on points, he earned his second win in three starts this year and first stakes triumph. Owendale struggled at first but made his way through the 10-horse field into the lead at the stretch and eventually drew clear in the Grade 3 race.

It marked a big turnaround for the Brad Cox-trained horse after an eighth-place finish in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes on February 16.

“Last race, we felt like he ate too much dirt, and he kind of backed out down the backside and then had too much to do,” said Cox's assistant, Ricky Giannini. “Today, he ate the same amount of dirt. I think he's just maturing and turning into a good horse. He's always trained like it and today he put it all together and got the job done.”

Ridden by Florent Geroux, Owendale covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.14.

“Things change a lot — sometimes you need to go to Plan B very quick,” Geroux said. “He ran a very good race.”

Anothertwistafate was second and Sueno third.

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