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Donn Handicap marks return of Invasor|
Hallandale Beach, FL (Sports Network) - Invasor, the reigning Horse of the Year, is the presumptive favorite for Saturday's $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/8 mile race marks the return of Invasor to the races.
The Breeders' Cup Classic winner faces eight rivals in his first start since his victory over 2006 three-year-old champ Bernardini. Invasor will start from the inside post with Fernando Jara back in the saddle.
Owned by Shadwell Stable, the five-year-old is perfect in four North American starts which have included the Pimlico Special, Suburban and Whitney Handicaps. Last year he earned $3.79 million. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin was a finalist for 2006 Trainer of the Year.
Super Derby victor Strong Contender will break from the far outside post with Eclipse Award winner Edgar Prado riding.
Strong Contender opened 2007 with a fifth place in the Hal's Hope Handicap when he was 7-2. John Oxley owns and John Ward trains the colt who has earned $618,000 in eight career starts with four wins.
Also making his 2007 debut will be Magna Graduate who was fourth in last year's Donn Handicap behind Brass Hat. Magna Graduate will leave the starting gate from post 7 with jockey John Velazquez.
Owned by Elisabeth Alexander, Magna Graduate closed 2006 with a win in the Queens County Handicap at Aqueduct. In his career the five-year-old has won seven of 19 starts for more than $1.8 million.
Eclipse Award winner Todd Pletcher trains Magna Graduate who had a stellar 2005. Two years ago he fashioned a three race win streak by taking the Pegasus, Discovery and Clark Handicaps.
Completing the field in post position order are Halos Sailing, A. P. Arrow, Chatain, Tap Dancing Mauk, Hesanoldsalt and Barcola.
Premium Tap is being held out of the Donn Handicap as he is being prepared for the Dubai World Cup in March. His next expected start will be in Saudi Arabia on Friday, February 16.
Two stakes for three-year-olds are also slated for Saturday. The $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes at one mile and the $150,000 Swale Stakes at 6 1/2 furlongs are part of Gulfstream Park's Kentucky Derby prep races.
Remsen Stakes winner Nobiz Like Shobiz tops the eight-horse field for the Holy Bull which was won in 2006 by Barbaro.
Seven three-year-olds are entered in the Swale Stakes.
Eclipse Award winner Miesque's Approval is the featured name in the $100,000 Canadian Turf Handicap. The eight-year-old will take on seven challengers in the 1 1/16 mile event on the turf.2/1/2007 3:39:29 PM