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Sunday, April 16, 2006

Lone Star next for Plate hopeful

Mike Pegram's WANNA RUNNER, who is quickly becoming the horse to beat in the Queen's Plate even though that race is still over two months away, will start next in the May 13 Lone Star Derby in Texas.
According to a report in the Fort Worth Telegram, Wanna Runner (El Corredor) is also still being pointed to the $1 million Plate.
"He's a really good horse," Baffert told the Telegram. "He's just now coming around and figuring things out."
Wanna Runner, bred by Yvonne Schwabe, won the recent WinStar Derby at Sunland Park. And in January, in the San Rafael, he finished third behind Brother Derek, the likely Kentucky Derby favorite.

(Pictured is Edenwold, last year's champion 2-year-old, who was scheduled to arrive from California, via Kentucky, last night to trainer Josie Carroll's barn. According to owner Jim Sapara, Edenwold, is "on schedule" for a journey to the June 25 Queen's Plate. Photo courtesy of Dave Landry)


  • At 6:52 PM, Blogger Milhouse said…

    Ahhhhhh....The stakes racing season is now officialy underway after Judith's Wild Rush and Abounding Truth pulled off impresive wins this past weekend. I thought that Husbands gave Abounding Truth a perfect ride. On paper it was a race loaded with speed and that was exactly how the it unfolded. 5 horses battled up front and Abounding Truth sat all by herself in the 2nd flight a length off the lead. I picked Sam-Son's High Button Shoes...she won the pace battle, but lost the war. Not without a fight though. She is one to keep an eye on.

    Jen, coming up next weekend are the Woodstock and Star Shoot, both major stepping stones for the big 3 year old classics (The Queen's Plate and Labatt Woodbine Oaks.) At this point do you know who is being aimed for these respective races? And you mentioned Wanna Runner as "the horse to beat" right now for this years Plate. Why do I have a feeling we may see this guy in the Preakness? He may not have the graded earnings for the Derby, but we all know the Preakness field is usually half the size of the Derby? Am I far off base with this thought? Happy Easter to all!


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