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Feb 04, 2005

Ghostzapper rivals face-off in Donn Handicap


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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