First Winner

Antonacci Wins First Race as a Trainer

Godolphin Flying Start graduate Philip Antonacci won his first race as a trainer Saturday when Advanced Strategy (Karakontie {Jpn}) took an allowance/optional claimer at Gulfstream Park. Antonacci said he's only officially been training on his own since January, but grew up spending summers in the barn with his brother, Frank, a trainer for their family's prominent Standardbred operation. "We're very excited about [the first win]," said Antonacci. "It was good for the whole team, a morale boost. We've only had four starters, so we've got a good percentage going right...

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Freshman Brody's Cause Gets First Career Winner

William Thompson Jr.'s Gospel Way (Brody's Cause) came from off the pace to graduate in his career unveiling at Woodbine Sunday afternoon. Sent off at 24-1 in the five-furlong main track test, the homebred settled in the second flight third early as Dancing Dragon (Old Forestor) established early fractions. Improving his position while two paths wide turning for home, the gelding bore down on the frontrunner through the lane, took over with relative ease and drew off to win by 1 1/4 lengths. The victory represented the first winner for...

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Freshman Sire Dariyan Off the Mark at Lyon-Parilly

Displaying an abundance of speed after a botched getaway, Princesse de Saba (Fr) (Dariyan {Fr}) became the first winner for her Haras de Bonneval-based freshman sire (by Shamardal) with a two-length victory at Lyon-Parilly. 1st-Lyon-Parilly, €14,000, Mdn, 5-15, 2yo, 5fT, 1:01.38, vsf. PRINCESSE DE SABA (FR) (f, 2, Dariyan {Fr}--Aniysa {Fr}, by Dalakhani {Ire}) blew the start and was detached from all six rivals, racing greenly, through the early strides of this unveiling. Moving into contention at halfway, the 6-5 favourite was shaken up to lead with 300 metres remaining...

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