Added to “Won on all 3″: Zardana, the John Shirreffs-trained mare who beat Rachel Alexandra in the March 13 New Orleans Ladies Stakes at the Fair Grounds. The race was actually the 6-year-old’s fourth win on dirt (the prior three all earned in Brazil, in 2007), but her first in the U.S., where she has raced primarily on the synthetic and turf surfaces of Southern California, winning the 2009 G2 Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park (Cushion Track), and the ungraded 2009 Swingtime Stakes at Santa Anita (turf).
Added to “Won on 2 + ITM”: Noble’s Promise and Interactif. Saturday’s Kentucky Derby preps turned up two almost-Omnisurface Stars, with Noble’s Promise finishing a strong second to Lookin at Lucky in the G2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park (dirt) and Interactif placing behind front-running Sidney’s Candy in the G2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita (Pro-Ride). The Rebel was the first dirt start for the winner of the 2009 G1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood; Noble’s Promise also have a maiden win over turf at Ellis Park. In the San Felipe, Interactif, winner of the 2009 G3 Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland (Polytrack) and a maiden winner over dirt at Monmouth Park, was making his first start on synthetics.