Lewis Pell and Michael Eigner's Imawildandcrazyguy, fourth-place finisher in the 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), seeks his first win since July of last year when he tackles eight other horses in the $65,000 Challenger Stakes March 8 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Presious Passion and Icy Atlantic are two of the top contenders in the Jan. 26 event at Gulfstream Park.
Zayat Stable's Marcavelly, a 3 1/2-length winner of the Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Keeneland turf in his only 2007 start, could be the one to beat in an evenly matched field of 3-year-olds entered for the $150,000 Crown Royal American Turf (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/16 miles on the Churchill Downs lawn Friday.
Wagering on Raymond Cottrell, Sr.'s Birdbirdistheword, winner of the $1 million Delta Jackpot (gr. III) at Delta Downs in December, has been suspended for the April 12-15 Pool 3 of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager after trainer Ken McPeek ruled out a run by the colt in the "Run for the Roses" on May 5.
Post positions have been drawn for the next Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) stepping stone race, the March 31 Florida Derby (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park. Grade I winner Scat Daddy currently heads the field at morning line odds of 5-2.
Kenny McPeek has made a last-minute change and has decided to run Birdbirdistheword in Saturday's Florida Derby (gr. I), instead of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I), while Bold Start, who has been slated to run at Gulfstream, will now point for the April 7 Illinois Derby (gr. II).
With two more major stepping stones to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) taking place this weekend, three prominent trainers took a moment to discuss the outlook of their potential stars.
Michael and Doreen Tabor's Circular Quay has been installed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite in a field of eight 3-year-olds for the 94th running of the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) at Fair Grounds Race Course March 10.
Ten graded or group stakes winners are among 107 "early bird" nominations for the 94th running of the $600,000 Louisiana Derby (gr. II) March 10 at Fair Grounds Race Course.
Circular Quay, unbeaten in three starts, figures to be the heavy favorite in Saturday's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) at 1 1/16 miles at Keeneland.
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