Animal Kingdom was last going into the first turn but first at the wire in the G3 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes, closing steadily to post a 2 3/4 length victory. In his next winner's circle photo, Animal Kingdom wore roses on the first Saturday in May. Graham Motion trains for owner Team Valor International. Alan Garcia was the Spiral's winning jockey.
Trainer Larry Jones proved again his talent with fillies when Summer Soiree romped on the lead to take the G3 Bourbonette Oaks by 10 3/4 lengths. Gabriel Saez was in the irons.
Swift Warrior had a new jockey, new trainer and new owners for his win in the Rushaway. Javier Castellano and the son of First Samarai dictated the pace and won by two lengths for trainer John Terranova II and owners James Dolan and James Covello.
Victor Lebron guided Ghost is Clear (7) through a steady closing run to get up in the final strides, defeating Philippe by a neck in the Hansel Stakes. Mike Maker trains the son of Ghostzapper.
Sweet Gladys rewarded savvy bettors with her 20-1 victory in the $50,000 Queen Stakes. "In her previous races she was really game," said winning trainer Bill Denzik Jr. "She's always been like that." James Lopez was aboard.