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Papa Albert scores over four-furlongs

Six-year-old chestnut gelding Papa Albert ( Nuclear Wayne Princess Lorna) scored a long overdue win on last in a $350,000-$300,000 claiming event over five furlongs (1000m) straight on March 2.

He returned two weeks later, stepping up to the claiming rank of $450,000-$400,000 and again was the winner going four furlongs (800m) straight on Saturday.

Ridden by Omar Walker, Papa Albert was again slowly out of the starting gates and raced behind the early pacesetters Super Glitterman (Samantha Fletcher) and Strikinglygorgeous (Anthony Allen) for the first half of the quick dash.

Walker got Papa Albert going inside the final two furlongs (400m) of the race and the Welsh Soutar trainee powered to a 4 length win. Prince Sammo (Anthony Thomas) came on for second place ahead of Strikinglygorgeous and Super Glitterman. The final time was 47.3.

Super Glitterman who finished third was disqualified and placed behind Strikinglygorgeous for causing interference.

Welsh Soutar on the double

Veteran conditioner Welsh Soutar completed a double on the 12-race programme on Saturday with Papa Albert and Jason's Gold.

Papa Albert, ridden by Omar Walker, won the second race by 4 lengths going 4 furlongs (800m). Papa Albert powered home ahead of Prince Sammo (Anthony Thomas), Strikinglygorgeous (Anthony Allen) and Super Glitterman (Samantha Fletcher) in that order. The final time was 47.3.

Soutar then completed the double when Andre Martin drove Jason's Gold to a 1 length win coming down the five straight lane. Jason's Gold tracked the leaders from close range before bursting through runners inside the final furlong (200m) to win going away.

Big Paul (Ryan Nelson) finished second, Milagro (Omar Walker) occupied the third spot while Princess Statistic (Tevin Foster) finished fourth with a final time of 1:02.3.

This the first win for Martin in a long while.

Lincoln Lungs notches first winner for the season

Trainer Lincoln Lungs got off the mark for this season after his six-year-old bay mare Flying Machine ridden by Trevor “Slicer” Simpson just got home in an Optional Claiming ($550,000-$500,000) event over 7 furlongs (1,500m).

It was an even start for most of the runners as Supertronics (Phillip Parchment) was the first to show on the lead but immediately he was surrounded by Agnes T (Odeen Edwards) and Willodeen (Linton Steadman) at the six-furlong (1,200m) pole.

The lead continued to alternate when Flowers Thirty (Shavon Townsend) surged to the front ahead of Agnes T, Meet Justin (Dane Nelson) and Willodeen heading towards the five-furlong (1,000m) marker. Approaching the home bend, it was time for Flying Machine to get into the thick of things and was soon challenging for top honours.

Flying Machine picked up the lead turning for home and Simpson then had to push as hard as he could and was able to hold off the fast-finishing Meet Justin and Willodeen in a time of 1:36.0.

Flying Bullet finally a winner

Flying Bullet, after 24 attempts, finally found the winning post in front in a maiden special weight event for native-bred four-year-olds and upwards over five furlongs (1,000m) on the round course.

After a couple of strides leaving the starting gates, Flying Bullet (Dane Nelson) was settled into fourth place behind the early leaders Mother Nature (Natalie Berger), Stormy Lady (Jerome Innis) and Alexa's Star (Javaniel Patterson).

At the half-mile (800m), Mother Nature tried to inject some pace at the front end with Alexa's Star dropping down into second position, looking quite dangerous approaching the home bend.

Turning into the straight, Mother Nature still looked strong on the lead, but Nelson produced Flying Bullet with a run through several horses surging to the lead with a furlong to go but the bay gelding then had to withstand a very late challenge from Secret Law (Romario Smith) and was lucky to last for the win by a head.

Alexa's Star was third and Brexit (Ruja Lahoe) fourth. The final time for the race was 1:03.3 with splits of 23.4 and 48.2.

Boss Izzy gets home

After weakening in the final furlong on last run over six furlongs (1,200m) on March 6, Boss Izzy returned 10 days later and lasted home by two lengths down the five-furlong (1,000m) course.

Ridden by apprentice Raddesh Roman, Boss Izzy ( He'stherealthingIntensified) broke well from the number seven post in the 10-horse field and was up close with the early leaders.

Boss Izzy stayed with the field for the first two furlongs (400m) of the race before he began to draw clear passing the dummy rails and went on to win easily.

Son Of Spartacus (Kiaman McGregor) finished second with Synchronize (Shavon Townsend) third and Lady Budget (Samantha Fletcher) fourth in a final time of 1:02.3.

Nine horses claimed on Saturday

Nine horses were claimed on the 12-race programme at Caymanas Park on Saturday.

In the second race, Shaun Williams claimed Mr Lyndhurst for owner Rahmos from Norman Smith; Oneil Markland claimed Princes Sammo for himself from Michael Francis and Ryan Darby claimed winner Papa Albert for owner Kevin Whitter from Welsh Soutar. All claims were made for $450,000.

Princess Statistic was claimed by Ian Alexander for himself from Ryan Darby; Milagro was claimed by trainer Kingsley Davis for owner Felix Whyte from Junior Small; Jason's Gold was claimed by Ryan Williams for himself from Welsh Soutar and Laguna Point was claimed by Ian Roberts for owner Andre Smith from Welsh Soutar from the third race. The claiming tag for all these horses was $250,000.

In the fifth race, Meet Justin was claimed by Alford Brown for owner CD Racing Stable for $550,000 from Rowan Mathie, while Danos La Paz was claimed by Johnny Wilmot for owner Carlton Watson for $550,000 from Fernando Geddes.

Omaha Beach beats Game Winner in Rebel 2nd division

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Omaha Beach edged 1-2 favourite Game Winner on Saturday in the second division of the US$750,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn after Long Range Toddy staged a neck upset in the first division.

Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Omaha Beach ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.42. The colt earned 37.5 points toward qualifying for the 20-horse Kentucky Derby field.

Trained by Richard Mandella, Omaha Beach pressed the pace, took the lead into the turn and narrowly held off Game Winner.

Trainer Bob Baffert had his two previously undefeated colts — Game Winner and Improbable — finish second in each division.

Game Winner was making his first start since November 3 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

In the first division, Long Range Toddy upset Improbable by a neck.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Long Range Toddy ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.49. The colt earned 37.5 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby. Improbable earned 15 Derby qualifying points.

Galilean earned 7.5 Derby qualifying points. Extra Hope finished fourth and earned 3.75 qualifying points.

Improbable, Galilean and Extra Hope shipped in from California, where Santa Anita has been closed in the wake of 22 horse deaths since December 26. Improbable had been set to run in the San Felipe on Saturday last at his home track.

Under Drayden Van Dyke, Improbable was forced four-wide around both turns but was in the lead until being tracked down by Jon Court and Long Range Toddy.

“Jon gave him a beautiful trip today and I love how he earned it late,” Asmussen said. “You could tell coming into the stretch he was loaded. He waited until they all lined out, didn't waste any ground and wheeled him out late like he should, and got rewarded for it.”

The Rebel was divided into two divisions after 19 horses were entered. The split meant the Grade 2 race, originally worth US$1 million, had its overall purse increased by US$500,000. Each division was worth US$750,000.


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