Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom launched his 3-year-old campaign on the grass, and there is a good chance trainer Graham Motion may use the same strategy to get Animal Kingdom legged up for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 31.
Nominations are out for the four stakes races to be decided here on the weekend of Feb. 26, and the two most important names on those lists are not even in the most important race of that weekend, the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth.
Careless Jewel, among the dominant members of last year's crop of 3-year-old fillies despite a disappointing performance in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic in her season finale, is getting closer to her return.
Presious Passion rebounded from one of the most disappointing performances of his career and is now off to Dubai after leading throughout to post a 1 1/4-length victory in Sunday's Grade 2, $150,000 Mac Diarmida at Gulfstream Park.
Todd Pletcher pretty much summed up the thoughts of each of his fellow trainers in Saturday's $350,000 Princess Rooney Handicap after hearing the news early Thursday that Indian Blessing would be scratched.
Albertus Maximus proved he is more than just a synthetic surface horse and at the same time punched his ticket to the $6 million Dubai World Cup with a hard-fought half-length victory over a determined Finallymadeit in Saturday's Donn Handicap.
Trainer John Kimmel spent his Easter Sunday at Gulfstream Park. A week earlier, Kimmel was halfway around the world, sending out Premium Tap to a game second-place finish behind Horse of the Year Invasor in the Dubai World Cup.