Articles posted April 10, 2007

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Despite Snow, Keeneland Opening Day Wagering Marks Fall

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Undeterred by waves of snow that lightly blanketed the Lexington area throughout the afternoon on Friday, Keeneland bettors set opening day records for on-track wagering of $2,000,304, and all-sources mutuel handle of $11,356,368.

Street Sense Turns in Final Blue Grass Prep

James Tafel's Street Sense, a major contender for the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) on May 5, tuned up for a run in Saturday's $750,000-added Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland with a five-furlong workout on Tuesday at Churchill Downs.

Rags to Riches Tops Final Oaks Future Pool

Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor's Rags to Riches, the Todd Pletcher-trained winner of the Las Virgenes (gr. I) and Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I), will be a heavy favorite when the third and final pool Churchill Downs' 2007 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager ("KOFW") launches its four-day run April 12.

Kentucky Derby Trail: Nobiz All Biz as Trail Heats Up

We had a little bit of everything this week, with Nobiz Like Shobiz back to his winning ways; the deja vu-like return of Team Giacomo; and some shifts in the Todd Pletcher power structure. So, with links to Funny Cide and Giacomo providing a sense of recent history, the Kentucky Derby trail heads into its final big weekend of preps.

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