Feb 04, 2005
Ghostzapper rivals face-off in Donn Handicap
By: SPORTS NETWORK
Hallandale, FL (Sports Network) - Roses in May and Saint Liam have
not faced each other on the race track, but they have a mutual rival who
can be used to gauge their respective abilities.
Roses in May will be making his first start this Saturday in the $500,000
Donn Handicap since he finished second to Ghostzapper in the 2004
Breeders" Cup Classic. Saint Liam came the closest last year to defeating
Ghostzapper when he was beaten a neck in the Woodward Handicap.
Roses in May and Saint Liam will begin their 2005 quest to surpass
Ghostzapper against each other in the Donn Handicap. Ghostzapper,
of course, was voted 2004 Horse of the Year off his victory in the
Breeders" Cup Classci.
The two five-year-olds top a field of six older thoroughbreds. Roses in May
will break from post five and Saint Liam will be next in post six.
Owned by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey, Roses in May captured five of six
starts last year for earnings of more than $1.7 million. Roses in May is
trained by Dale Romans and will be ridden by John Velazquez. His
biggest win last year was in the $750,000 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga.
Saint Liam is making his first start of the year since he won the Clark
Handiap in November at Churchill Downs. He bankrolled better than
$600,000 in 2004 when he won two of five starts. In the Woodward
versus Ghoszapper, he set the pace until the final strides at the same
distance as the Donn Handicap. Saint Liam is woned by Mr. and
mrs. William Warren, Jr. and trained by Richard Dutrow, Jr. Belmont
Stakes winning jockey Egar Prado has the mount.
Newly minted four-year-old Eddington will start from the inside post
with Eibar Coa riding. Eddington will try to make it three straight
wins on Saturday.
Owner Robert LaPenta has a pair of horses enter in the race. Pies Prospect
will break from post two and stablemate Seek Gold will start from
post three. Both are trained by Nick Zito.
Metroplex Mile winner Wishingitwas completes the Donn Handicap
field and will start from post four. The six-year-old will be ridden
by Brice Blanc.
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