Lemon Drop Dream, tracking a blistering pace into the stretch, charged home to register a well-timed victory in the $294,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap in his graded stakes debut April 10 at Oaklawn Park.
It's relatively early on the Derby trail but it's unlikely there will be another two-way duel as good as the one in the $415,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth, won by Wildcat Red over General a Rod Feb. 22 at Gulfstream Park.
Samantha Nicole, a full sister to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, had an adventurous career debut, but managed to run on for second in a maiden special weight test for 3-year-old fillies Feb. 16 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Candy Boy stamped himself as the top contender for the Santa Anita Derby when he overpowered a pair of well-regarded Bob Baffert trainees in winning the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 8 at Santa Anita Park.
Sham Stakes winner Midnight Hawk takes his next step on the Triple Crown trail for trainer Bob Baffert when he faces six other 3-year-olds in the $200,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes Feb. 8 at Santa Anita Park.
Malibu Stakes winner Shakin It Up answered doubts about his ability around two turns when he overpowered stablemate Govenor Charlie to give trainer Bob Baffert the exacta in the $200,000 Strub Stakes Jan. 18 at Santa Anita Park.
Even-money favorite Shared Belief, ridden patiently by Corey Nakatani, swept past outsider Candy Boy in the stretch and easily rolled to his third consecutive victory in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity Dec. 14 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Streaming went from maiden winner to Grade 1 status when she put away Taste Like Candy in the stretch en route to an impressive victory in the $500,000 Starlet Stakes. The race was held for the final time Dec. 7 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Broken Sword, taking full advantage of big trouble for even-money favorite Fiftyshadesofhay on the first turn, led at every call to upset the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap Dec. 7 on the Cushion Track at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Untapable, under a patient ride from Rosie Napravnik, collared favored Stonetastic past in deep stretch and edged away to a half-length victory in the $168,150 Pocahontas Stakes Sept. 7 at Churchill Downs.
A pair of heavy longshots trained by Dale Romans for Donegal Racing swept the exacta in the $171,750 Iroquois Stakes Sept. 7 at Churchill Downs when Cleburne edged a fast-closing Smart Cover by a neck in the key juvenile test.