Phipps Stables' homebred Mr Speaker took to the Polytrack like a fish to water April 19, skipping home by four lengths to win the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes in his first try on the synthetic stuff.
Midnight Hawk has earned enough points in the "Road to Kentucky Derby" series to compete in the May 3 classic at Churchill Downs, but any potential trip the colt makes to Louisville will involve a pit stop in Chicago on Saturday for the Grade 3, $500,000
An audible called by owner Robert Trussell this week not only resulted in a win for Occasional View in Saturday's Grade 3, $175,000 Commonwealth at Keeneland, but in profitability for Trussell as well.
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.
A brief player on the Triple Crown trail in Florida earlier this year, Fox Hill Farm's Coup de Grace got back to sprinting and scored a game nose win in the $300,000 Bay Shore Stakes April 5 at Aqueduct Racetrack.
Trainer Dale Romans has liked Medal Count from the start, and Spendthrift Farm's Dynaformer colt rewarded his faith April 4 with a brave victory in the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes on opening day of the spring meet at Keeneland.
Repole Stable's Micromanage seemed to have forgotten the way to the winner's circle, but he found it again March 29 in South Florida when galloping clear in the $100,000 Skip Away Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Devil's Cave did all her running from the start as the 1-2 favorite in the $150,000 Rampart Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park on March 29, so stablemate Gamay Noir picked up the pieces in deep stretch to win at odds of 49-1.