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Spotlight Performances

Last updated: 3/30/05 8:48 PM


MARCH 31, 2005

by James Scully

DANIELTOWN (Pioneering) improved to two-for-two this year with another
dominating performance at Turfway Park last Friday, easily defeating graded
winners Private Horde (Brunswick) and Day Trader (Phone Trick) in a six-furlong
handicap. Favored at even-money off a scintillating performance in late February
that earned a 108 BRIS Speed rating, the Bernie Flint-trained four-year-old
received a 110 for this two-length victory. The former claimer looks headed to
graded sprint events.

SEEKING THE ANTE (Seeking the Gold), the third foal to race from three-time
Grade 1 queen Antespend (Spend a Buck) and a half-sister to last year’s Florida
Derby (G1) winner Friends Lake, recorded her second straight victory with a 3
1/2-length tally over allowance rivals at Aqueduct on Friday. Conditioned by
John Kimmel, the three-year-old finished a close second as a maiden in
December’s East View S. at Aqueduct and then broke her maiden by 4 1/2 lengths
in a 1 1/16-mile event in February. She comfortably moved to the fore on the far
turn of Friday’s one-mile race and drew off nicely to win.

On Saturday at the Big A, SHMOOO (Real Quiet) looked sharp his career bow for
trainer Anthony Dutrow, sitting just off the early pace in the seven-furlong
maiden special weight test before rolling past his competition in the stretch to
win by 2 1/4 lengths. The second foal to race from multiple stakes winner and
Grade 1-placed Flying in the Lane (Flying Victor), whose first is multiple
stakes winner Feisty Bull (Holy Bull), Shmooo received an excellent 98 Speed
rating while being dismissed at nearly 19-1.

WAR PLAN (Fusaichi Pegasus), who had the misfortune of running into
impressive maiden winners Flower Alley (Distorted Humor) and Yes Yes Yes (Yes
It’s True) in his first two starts this year, broke through with an
authoritative decision over eight rivals on Saturday at Gulfstream Park, crossing
the wire 4 1/2 lengths the best in the six-furlong maiden special weight event
for trainer Allen Jerkens.

GODSEND (GB) (Royal Applause [GB]) compiled a 5-1-2-1 mark in Europe last
season before being imported to the United States and transferred to Wally
Dollase. Bred by the Queen of England, the sophomore filly made her U.S. bow on
Friday at Santa Anita and offered a terrific late run to get up in time for a
neck score in a grassy, one-mile optional claiming affair. Dollase probably
didn’t ask much from the youngster in her return, so Godsend figures to have
plenty of room for improvement.

A switch to turf proved to be the winning move for STANDING BRAVE (Broad
Brush) on Friday at Santa Anita as the three-year-old colt rallied from off the
pace for a one-length victory going a mile. The Bob Baffert charge is the first
foal to race out of 1998 Test S. (G1) runner-up Brave Deed (Aydeed) and really
took to the grass following an unplaced finish going 1 1/16 miles on the main