is the grass any bluer...

is the grass any bluer...
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Longshot ANTHONY'S CROSS Improves in Derby Prep Race

ANTHONY'S CROSS - photo taken
at Saratoga last year

Slow and steady wins the race, right?  Well, not always, but slow and steady in the prep races for the Grade I Kentucky Derby seems to be a successful way of developing a bay colt by the name of ANTHONY’S CROSS in quest for the Garland of Roses.

With Jockey Joel Rosario aboard, ANTHONY’S CROSS nosed out favorite TAPIZAR (who finished fifth) last Saturday at Santa Anita to overpower the rest of the 3-year-olds in the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes. Since he’s proven he can win at a mile and one-eighth, coming on strong at the end, he seems to be a good pick to finish the Derby (1 ¼ miles) ahead of the others. 
ANTHONY'S CROSS working out at Hollywood Park recently
ANTHONY’S CROSS is by INDIAN CHARLIE and out of the 1990 Derby winner UNBRIDLED mare Screening.  He was purchased at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga for $300,000 as a yearling and is trained by Eoin Harty for Arianne De Kwiatkowski.  Kwiatkowski named him for her son, Anthony, 15, whose gold cross she carries. 
According to Harty, the blinkers used for the first time on ANTHONY’S CROSS helped him focus and win $150,000 , bringing his lifetime earnings to $195,020 -- his race record now two wins and two 3rd place finishes out of 6 starts.  

Another interesting payoff in that race was third-place finisher QUAIL HILL, who paid $48.60 to show, apparently due to the fact a lot of bettors wagered on TAPIZAR, who unfortunately later was discovered to have suffered a bone chip.  

So, with only 10 weeks until the First Saturday in May, ANTHONY'S CROSS is looking more and more like the horse to beat, although in the most recent expert poll, UNCLE MO is still the favorite among the horse wonks.  

As for me? I love a good longshot!  
see you at the races,

photos of ANTHONY'S CROSS courtesy of

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