Through Thursday
Evin Roman / 44
Flavien Prat / 40
Tyler Baze / 33
Drayden Van Dyke / 32
Kent Desormeaux / 31
Bob Baffert / 29
Peter Miller / 28
Richard Baltas / 23
Philip D’Amato / 19
Jerry Hollendorfer / 19
• $75,000 Santana Mile, 4-year-olds and up, 1 mile
• $40,000 March Madness Starter Handicap, fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/8 miles (turf)
• Trainer Dallas Stewart, who will saddle champion mare Forever Unbridled in Saturday’s $10 million Dubai World Cup, doesn’t believe American trainers are too conservative when it comes to running fillies and mares against males despite the fact it’s commonplace overseas. “There are a lot of filly races (here), and you just don’t have to do it,” he said. “There are divisions for every kind of races that you want to run in — long, short, grass, dirt. So you don’t have to, but this (World Cup) is a situation where it’s a $10 million race and we just thought we will give it a shot.”
• A field of nine was entered for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, including Promises Fulfilled, Audible, Strike Power and Catholic Boy. The 1 1/8-mile race offers 170 Kentucky Derby qualifying points — 100 for first, 40 for second, 20 for third and 10 for fourth. Strike Power’s trainer, Mark Hennig, needs to see a strong effort by his colt to go on to Churchill Downs on May 5. “I think we would have to win or run a very competitive second to consider going forward,” he said. Four of the past 10 Florida Derby winners — Big Brown, Orb, Nyquist and Always Dreaming — won the Kentucky Derby.
• Del Mar will have an identical stakes schedule to last year, the track announced Thursday. The seaside track will offer 41 stakes races worth $7.3 million, the same two figures as last summer, when Del Mar begins its 36-day meeting July 18. Del Mar will again run Wednesday through Sunday throughout the meet that will end Sept. 3, with the exception of closing day on Labor Day Monday. The stakes schedule includes the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 18, one of six Grade I events. The others are the Grade I Bing Crosby Stakes (July 28), the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (July 29), Del Mar Oaks (Aug. 18), Del Mar Debutante (Sept. 1) and Del Mar Futurity (Sept. 3).
–Art Wilson


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