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Despite rearing up when the starting gates opened and giving away many lengths to rivals, the Oneil Markland-trained Storming came with a strong run in deep stretch against the inside rails and was able to outbattle Flying Machine to win the first race over five-and-a-half furlongs (1,100m).

Ridden by apprentice Dane Dawkins, Storming took some time to recover from the awful start, as Loose Cannon (Omar Walker), Action Man (Oneil Beckford) and Peeping Tom (Wesley Henry) set the pace of the race.

Coming around the first bend, Loose Cannon began to open up on rivals as Storming started to round horses as soon as the field turned for home.

Loose Cannon gave way inside the final furlong (200m), and Storming surged through on the inside to gain the lead but had to dig deep to withstand the challenge from the fast-finishing Flying Machine (Dane Nelson).

Storming held on by a nose, while Loose Cannon was four lengths adrift in third. The final time was recorded at 1:06.3.


After eight career starts, Okahumpka, trained by Errol Pottinger and ridden by Wesley Henry, was able to release the maiden tag in a five-furlong (1,000m) straight event on Saturday.

Sent off at odds of 32-1, Okahumpka broke well in the middle of the track and matched strides with 7-5 favourite Amar (Ruja Lahoe) and Uncle Wal (Oneil Scott), who raced under the stands.

Coming across the dummy rails and entering the final furlong, Okahumpka began to pull away, but had to hold off late attacks from Lady In The Arena (Shane Ellis) and Prince Malik to get home by a neck. The final time was a pedestrian 1:02.0.


Five horses were claimed on the 10-race programme at Caymanas Park on Saturday. Neville Cooper claimed Loose Cannon for owner Connecticut for $550,000 from Wayne DaCosta; Carl Anderson claimed Storming for himself for $600,000 from Oneil Markland, and Nieve Graham claimed Flying Machine for owner O'Shaun Connection for $600,000 from Gary Griffiths from the first race.

In the sixth race, on a $180,000 claiming tag, Alford Brown claimed Big Black Nation for owner Barsher from Anthony Subratie, and Aldine Francis claimed Royal Girl for owner Gordon Buckner from Ray Phillips.


ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Long shot Kanthaka won the US$200,000 San Vicente Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths on Saturday last at Santa Anita, giving Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer a second Kentucky Derby prospect.

Ridden by Flavien Prat, Kanthaka ran seven furlongs in 1:22.62 at 11-1 odds in the field of six three-year-olds.

Hollendorfer also trains Derby contender Instilled Regard.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Nero finished in second place at odds of 9-1. All Out Blitz, another 9-1 shot, was some 12 lengths back in third.

Ax Man, the 2-5 favourite also trained by Baffert, was under intense early pressure from his post along the rail and faltered badly in the stretch to finish fourth.

“I would completely throw this race out,” said Drayden Van Dyke, who rode Ax Man.

Kanthaka was next to last midway around the far turn before cutting inside All Out Blitz a quarter mile from the finish of the Grade 2 race.

“He gave me a great run and he did everything right,” Prat said.

“He broke like a bullet, but then we had quite a lot of speed in front of us. So he sat really nicely behind the speed and made a really nice run around the turn.”

The victory, worth US$120,000, increased Kanthaka's career earnings to US$153,440, with two wins in three starts.

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