Brad Free | Daily Racing Form ARCADIA, Calif. -- Paradise Woods will ship from California to Kentucky at the top of her game. The romping winner of the Santa Anita Oaks and the presumptive favorite for the Kentucky Oaks next Friday at Churchill Downs, Paradise Woods cruised through her final prerace workout Thursday at Santa Anita, after which trainer Richard Mandella made no attempt to hide his enthusiasm. "She looks like she's getting better to me," an animated Mandella said. "It looked like an afternoon gallop. I'm pretty excited." Paradise Woods and jockey Flavien Prat broke off behind workmate Milhaud, cruised outside and past that rival in the lane, and finished six furlongs in 1:12.40.
If Keith Nelson follows the man he is replacing in terms of longevity, he will be calling the races at Fairmount Park well into his 80s. Nelson, who turns 55 next month, is taking over the track announcer’s job that John Scully had for 32 consecutive years before retiring following last season’s meet. Throw in a previous stint Scully had before leaving town for a couple seasons and he was the voice of St. Louis horse racing for 4½ decades. And Scully followed a couple other St. Louis track announcers who went on to great fame — Dave Johnson and later Tom Durkin. Both moved on to prominent East Coast tracks and became the TV voice of the Kentucky Derby and other Triple Crown races for years. Nelson
David Grening | Daily Racing Form ELMONT, N.Y. -- Junior Alvarado will undergo surgery to repair his left shoulder and be out of action about two months, according to his agent, Mike Sellitto. Alvarado was injured in a spill at Aqueduct on Sunday's closing-day card. Though X-rays revealed no fractures, an MRI taken on Tuesday did show some minor damage to the shoulder. Alvarado had surgery on that same shoulder last December to repair a tear in his rotator cuff. Sellitto said Alvarado's doctor told him that without the surgery, there would be no guarantee that his shoulder would not pop out of its socket while riding. "You can't ride if your shoulder has a shot to pop out," Sellitto said. The