Pioneerof the Nile has won the Santa Anita Derby, holding off Chocolate Candy by one length.
Pioneerof the Nile ran 1 1/8 miles on the artificial surface in 1:49.17. He was sent off as the 4-5 wagering favorite after main rival The Pamplemousse was scratched because of a soft-tissue injury in one of his legs.
Chocolate Candy was second, followed by Mr. Hot Stuff and Take the Points.
Illinois Derby: : Musket Man went past four competitors after the final turn and used a big stretch run for a 2-length victory in the $500,000 race at Hawthorne Race Course in Cicero. The Kentucky-bred 3-year-old colt finished the 1 1/8 -mile course in 1:49.91. Giant Oak and His Greatness took second and third, respectively. Musket Man won a $285,000 first-place purse and burnished credentials as a top entry in the Kentucky Derby. Perfect Song, trained by Maryland-based Mike Trombetta, finished seventh. Perfect Song was ridden by Mario Pino, whose career has been based in Maryland.
Wood Memorial: : I Want Revenge won at New York's Aqueduct after making a great recovery from a poor start. The victory solidified I Want Revenge's status as one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby. When the starting gate opened, I Want Revenge was last to leave and fell way behind his seven rivals. But under a cool ride from Joe Talamo, the dark bay colt made a stirring run down the stretch, finding a clear path between horses at the eighth pole and pulling away for his second straight stakes win. I Want Revenge finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of West Side Bernie, with Just a Coincidence third in the 1 1/8 -mile Wood, New York's major prep for the Derby on May 2. The winning time for the race was 1:49.49 over the Big A's main track.
Ashland Stakes: : Hooh Why pulled a huge upset at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., foiling Stardom Bound's attempt at a sixth consecutive Grade I win. With substitute jockey Corey Lanerie aboard, Hooh Why took the lead at the quarter pole and never relinquished it. Gozzip Girl was a neck behind. Stardom Bound, better than an even-money favorite, had to settle for third. Hooh Why was the second longest shot on the board at 24-1. She won for the third time in 10 lifetime starts but for the first time in a Grade I race. Next up is likely an appearance in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.
Primonetta Stakes: : Cammy's Choice and Access Fee completed the six-furlong, $50,000 race at Laurel Park in a dead heat. Under the finish line in 1:09.70, with Cammy's Choice fully extended along the fence and Access Fee surging down the middle of the racetrack, the decision had to be determined by the photo-finish camera. "I thought I won it," said Julian Pimentel, riding Cammy's Choice for trainer Ed Lehman. "I saw the opening and went for it. I saw the horse to beat outside of me so I wanted to get the jump." Said Luis Garcia, riding Access Fee for Larry Murray: "I have never been involved in a dead heat for the win ever. I thought I won, but you have to leave it up to the placing judges." Cammy's Choice paid $3. Access Fee, the 6-5 favorite, returned $2.40.
Grand National: : Mon Mome, a 100-1 shot, won at Aintree in Liverpool, England, by 12 lengths, with the world's most famous steeplechase again marred by a horse death. Mon Mome was ridden by Liam Treadwell over the grueling 4 1/2 miles. The 9-year-old matched Foinavon in 1967 as the biggest long shot to win this race. Hear The Echo collapsed and died a few hundred yards from the finish. He was the fifth horse to die this year in the three-day meet. Butler's Cabin, a pre-race favorite, collapsed and had to be given oxygen.