Slim Shadey stands up for Simon Callaghan
Report: USA, Sunday
Santa Anita: John Henry Turf Championship (formerly Clement L. Hirsch) (Grade 2) 1m2f, turf, 3yo+
THE former Stan Moore-trained Slim Shadey (Simon Callaghan/Garrett Gomez) is on the way to the Breeders' Cup Turf for owner Phil Cunningham after holding off the favourite Turbo Compressor.
The four-year-old led throughout, leading by as many as eight lengths at one stage before scoring by two and a quarter lengths as a 4.2-1 chance to post a notable success for his British ex-pat trainer.
"Simon wanted me to be laying close with him - we felt like there wasn't a lot of pace in the race," said Gomez.
"But today he was fresh and he really caught me unexpectedly. I never really expected him to be pulling me on the lead like that. I had trouble getting him to settle into a good stride."
Slim Shadey loves Santa Anita's turf course and was winning his second graded event on the lawn after the Grade 2 San Marcos in January. He has also been second in pair of Grade 1s since being switched to the States.
Also on Sunday
Belmont Park: Matron Stakes (Grade 2) 6f, dirt, 2yo fillies
Leading two-year-old filly Kauai Katie (Todd Pletcher/Rosie Napravnik) initiated a juvenile graded-stakes double for her trainer at Belmont Park on Sunday with a runaway victory in the Matron.
Sent off 1-5 favourite for the $200,000 event, Kauai Katie took her unbeaten record to three as she cruised home for an easy seven-and-a-half-length victory over Baby J. She recorded a time of 1m11.26s.
"It was the first time she's been behind someone in the early part of the race," said Pletcher.
"Based on the way she's trained, we felt like she would do that, and she's done that in the mornings without any issues, but it's always nice to see them adapt to that scenario in the afternoon. She has a tremendous turn of foot. She just quickly put the race away and idled down the last part."
The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' is the obvious target, although the Juvenile Sprint offers an alternative option.
Belmont Park: Futurity Stakes (Grade 2) 6f, dirt, 2yo
Mike Repole's Overanalyze (Todd Pletcher/John Velazquez) completed his trainer's double with a last-to-first victory, running down the field in the final furlong to win going away by more than three lengths.
Remington Park: Oklahoma Derby 1m1f, dirt, 3yo
The $400,000 highlight of a card carrying more than $1 million in prize-money went to Politicallycorrect (Wesley Ward/Kent Desormeaux).
He ended Willy Beamin's six-race winning streak when he ran down the 2-1 favourite in the final furlong after circling wide down the stretch. The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile is the winner's target.