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First Samurai wins on inquiry
By wire services
Published March 5, 2006
HALLANDALE BEACH - Corinthian came on with a rush in the stretch, and it appeared First Samurai was beaten in the Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park.
But an overaggressive Corinthian was disqualified Saturday for "squeezing" First Samurai, then forcing the Kentucky Derby hopeful into Flashy Bull before crossing the finish line first.
After a steward's inquiry, First Samurai was placed first, Flashy Bull second and Corinthian was dropped to third after finishing a length ahead of First Samurai.
"I thought he ran great," said Corinthian's trainer, Jimmy Jerkens. "I don't know why he did what he did."
In another top Derby prep, Brother Derek won the $200,000 Santa Catalina at Santa Anita.
In the other 3-year-old stakes race at Gulfstream, 14-1 shot Sharp Humor held off favorite Noonmark by a neck to win the 7-furlong, $150,000 Swale. Catcominatcha broke down after shattering his right front cannon bone and was euthanized.
Also, Harlington held off late-charging Contante by a neck and won the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap. Funny Cide, the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, finished seventh.
TAMPA BAY DOWNS: At 46-1 odds, Tasha Sangue won the $60,000 Wayward Lass Stakes by 2 lengths. The 6-year-old bay mare was the longest shot to win in the race's 22 years. Preach It was second and Pitanga third.
PLETCHER'S NEW TASK: Todd Pletcher will train the 2-year-old colt who recently sold for a world record $16-million. A team led by Coolmore managing partner John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derek Smith bought the unnamed horse Tuesday at Calder Race Course.