Atswhatimtalknbout lost the battle but could win the war. "Hopefully, that's the way it is," trainer Ron Ellis said Wednesday morning of the likely Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) favorite.
San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) winner Buddy Gil was in "great shape" Monday morning, trainer Jeff Mullins reported, and will begin preparing for his next start in the Apr. 5 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) after a couple of days off.
A record-smashing victory in the Florida Derby (gr. I) by Juddmonte Farm homebred Empire Maker made a strong impression on Kentucky Derby (gr. 1) fans across the nation. The mutuel field still emerged as a narrow favorite as wagering in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs' 2003 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) ended its four-day run on Sunday.
Unheralded Buddy Gil and jockey Gary Stevens came out of nowhere to hold off a flying Atswhatimtalknbout by a nostril in Sunday's $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita.
Empire Maker's smashing victory in the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I) Saturday has earned him solid favoritism among the 23 individual horses listed in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
On the eve of the biggest race of his career, the public is holding Juddmonte Farms' Empire Maker as the favorite at 9-1 among the 23 individuals listed in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
Most of the 10 candidates entered for Sunday's 1 1/16-mile San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) virtually are committed to run, despite a weather forecast that calls for a 70 percent chance of rain on Saturday and the likelihood of an off track.
With the field favored at 7-2 at the completion of the first day of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2, Louisiana Derby (gr. II) runner-up Kafwain attracted the most individual action Thursday.
There may be rain in the forecast, but Man Among Men will run in Sunday's $250,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita, weather or not.
Trainer Paco Gonzalez plans to send out longshot Buckland Manor in Sunday's San Felipe Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- Can Seabiscuit's long coattails help pull B. Wayne Hughes into the Kentucky Derby winner's circle?
The Hollywood crew that's responsible for the upcoming "Seabiscuit" film apparently got bit by the racing bug in the process and have negotiated a deal to buy part of a Kentucky Derby contender.
B. Wayne Hughes' Atswhatimtalknbout, winner of two of his three career starts, breezed 6 furlongs in 1:13 Sunday morning with former jockey Chris McCarron aboard, in preparation for the March 16 San Felipe Stakes.
Jerry Bailey has been named by trainer Bob Baffert to ride Santa Catalina winner Domestic Dispute in the March 16 San Felipe Stakes. Baffert made the move after the colt's regular rider, David Flores, opted to ride Atswhatimtalknbout in the 1 1/16-mile event.
Dark bay/brown colt, foaled March 27, 2000
A.P. Indy-Lucinda K., by Red Ransom
B. Wayne Hughes' Atswhatimtalknbout, a well-bred 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy who has shown rapid development in his brief career, earned a shot in stakes company for the first time with his convincing allowance win at Santa Anita Thursday, trainer Ron Ellis said.
Overlays were the rule on the first day of the 2003 Kentucky Derby Future Derby Wager as the bettors took a cautious approach, making the field the even-money favorite Thursday.
Patrick Biancone and Fabien Ouaki's Whywhywhy turned in his final work in preparation for Saturday's $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Sunday morning. Promising 3-year-olds Atswhatimtalknbout and Omega Code also worked Sunday.
Donald Dizney's homebred Apalachian Thunder defeated a promising field of 3-year-olds that included Atswhatimtalknbout and Listen Indy in Friday's $56,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita.
B. Wayne Hughes' Atswhatimtalknbout, whose impressive debut Jan. 4 caused many to label him a legitimate early Triple Crown contender, worked six furlongs in 1:11 2/5, handily, over Santa Anita's fast main track Sunday morning.
In a pair of high-priced maiden special weight events at Santa Anita Saturday, Fog City Stable's C.J.'s Honour and B. Wayne Hughes' Atswhatimtalknbout posted impressive victories.
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