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Announcer relishes role as voice of Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) From his perch with a panoramic view of the world's most famous racetrack, the new voice of Churchill Downs will sit out one of the most anticipated moments of the tradition-soaked Kentucky Derby.

Larry Collmus will try to tune out "My Old Kentucky Home" while the crowd of 160,000-plus sings along and the thoroughbreds take to the Churchill Downs track. The veteran announcer says it gives him chills, and he wants to avoid being overtaken by emotion. (MORE)

Sinatra wins Big A feature

NEW YORK (AP) Sinatra beat Vinny Goodtimes by a half-length Wednesday in the $69,000 allowance feature at Aqueduct. (MORE)

Beholder wins Santa Lucia Stakes at Santa Anita

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Two-time Eclipse champion Beholder won the $75,000 Santa Lucia Stakes by 5¼ lengths in her 4-year-old debut at Santa Anita on Sunday, closing day of the track's winter meet. (MORE)

Flamboyant wins US debut at Santa Anita

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Flamboyant won the $75,000 La Puente Stakes by a neck in his U.S. debut at Santa Anita on Saturday. (MORE)

Dynamic Impact wins Illinois Derby in photo finish

STICKNEY, Ill. (AP) Dynamic Impact ran down 2-5 favorite Midnight Hawk in the stretch to win the $500,000 Illinois Derby by a nose at Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday. (MORE)

Mr Speaker wins Coolmore Lexington Stakes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Mr Speaker took charge down the stretch to win the $200,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday and earn 10 points toward the Kentucky Derby, but will be a spectator to the Triple Crown.

With just 17 total points at stake in this Grade 3 race and facing a two-week turnaround before the 140th Derby on May 3, the winner was a longshot for Churchill Downs. But the Shug McGaughey-trained colt lived up to billing as the favorite in this last-chance Derby prep, contending throughout before breaking clear in the stretch to win by four lengths and earn his second stakes victory. (MORE)

La Verdad wins Big A's Distaff Handicap

NEW YORK (AP) La Verdad dominated the $200,000 Distaff Handicap, winning by 3 1/2 lengths on Saturday at Aqueduct. (MORE)

Miss Da Point wins feature at Aqueduct

NEW YORK (AP) Miss Da Point rallied for a second straight convincing win at Aqueduct in the $62,000 allowance feature for New York bred fillies and mares on Friday. (MORE)

Touchofstarquality wins Big A feature

NEW YORK (AP) Touchofstarquality and jockey Cornelio Velasquez surged to victory with a four-wide sweep in the $67,000 allowance feature on Thursday at Aqueduct. (MORE)

Image of Anna wins Big A feature

NEW YORK (AP) Image of Anna rallied for a 3 1/2-length victory over Allie Sweet in the $67,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares on Wednesday at Aqueduct. (MORE)

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