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Saturday, April 15, 2006

Casse, Husbands in Kentucky

Kentucky-bred SEASIDE RETREAT will attempt to run down the speed in today's $750,000 Toyata Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland racecourse and earn a trip to the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May.
Winner of Woodbine's Display Stakes last fall, the bay son of King Cugat is the first Woodbine-based horse to race in the Blue Grass since Steve Stavro's Granacus won the 1988 renewal.
Seaside Retreat, trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Patrick Husbands, is a fast improving colt but his outside post position and running style are negatives over the inside, speed nature of Keeneland's track.

Husbands is reunited with last year's champion turf mare AMBITIOUS CAT in the Jenny Wiley (Gr. 2, race 7) for Chiefswood Stable. The stretch-running mare is so much better on Woodbine's grass course because of the longer stretch run.

At Oaklawn Park, the Arkansas Derby is the final Kentucky Derby prep for red-hot LAWYER RON, who didn't scare away his rivals as 13 have entered to try and beat the son of Langfuhr.
Watch out for the improving NEW JOYSEY JEFF in the Ark. Derby


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