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Winning Cause Surfaces in Marine Stakes


By Dick Downey

Winning Cause, the Grade III Coolmore Lexington Stakes winner that bypassed the Kentucky Derby, will try to keep his Polytrack winning streak alive in Sunday's 1 1/16-mile Marine Stakes at Woodbine.

Winning Cause, winless on dirt, has won three races at Keeneland, including a seven-furlong allowance just two weeks before the Lexington. Julien Leparoux returns in the saddle for Todd Pletcher.

Up with the Birds, trained by Malcolm Pierce, could be a formidable adversary with two wins from three starts on the main track at Woodbine. He exits a neck loss to Jack Milton in the Grade III Transylvania on turf at Keeneland after winning the Black Gold Stakes at Fair Grounds in early March. The Marine will be his third start of the year. Eurico Da Silva has the mount.

Ghost Hunter ran second to Winning Cause in the one-turn allowance race at Keeneland. Switched to dirt, he finished a close third to Bellarmine and Code West at Churchill Downs on Derby day just before the track was downgraded from a fast rating. The Marine will be only the fourth start for the colt, who is now trained by David Cotey after being transferred from Kim Chapman. Ghost Hunter will be ridden by Skye Chernetz.

Five Iron, trained by Brian Lynch, ran second to Uncaptured in last September's Swynford Stakes at the track. Most recently, he was second again in the Woodstock Stakes on April 21. He tried to climb on the Triple Crown Trial last October at Churchill Downs but finished sixth in the Grade III Iroquois Stakes. Sunday's race will be his third of the year. Luis Contreras will ride.

Josie Carroll trainee Drenched comes into the Marine off a front-running allowance win going seven furlongs at Woodbine. That was his first race against winners after breaking his maiden at Gulfstream Park on March 22 going a two-turn mile on turf in his sixth try. Todd Kabel will be in the irons.

Silent Admirer, a Dec. 15 debut maiden winner for trainer Reade Baker, will have a returning Emma-Jayne Wilson on board. The Marine will be his third start overall and his second one off a 4 1/2-month layoff. Last time out, he and Wilson were coupled with County Lineman and ran two-one at 2-5 odds running seven furlongs at Woodbine.


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