The last two Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runners to arrive at Churchill Downs May 2 went onto the track for the first time May 3.
Danzing Candy on April 30 breezed through five furlongs in :59 4/5, with a gallop out to six furlongs in 1:13 2/5, in his final timed workout for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Back where he first learned to be a racehorse at San Luis Rey Training Center, Danzing Candy put in a surprisingly fast workout—at least to trainer Cliff Sise—in his first drill since his fourth-place finish the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I).
Danzing Candy is heading to Kentucky, but trainer Cliff Sise is going to alter the Twirling Candy colt's training schedule a bit in preparation for the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Danzing Candy, in the first timed workout since his breakout score in the March 12 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), went five furlongs in :58 3/5 March 26 at Santa Anita Park.
Unraced until November of last year, Danzing Candy emphatically announced his arrival on the Triple Crown trail with a gate-to-wire, two-length score over favored Mor Spirit in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II).
A week ahead of Southern California's next Triple Crown prep race, the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), three of the top contenders were on the track at the same time March 5 at Santa Anita Park.
Smokey Image and Danzing Candy put on an unintentional preview of the March 12 San Felipe (gr. II) during their morning workouts Feb. 27 at Santa Anita Park.
Both of Reddam Racing's Southern California-based Triple Crown contenders are scheduled to head out of town for their next, and likely last, preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Om, Prospect Park, and Bolo are scheduled to make their 4-year-old debuts in the Arcadia Stakes, but they'll all be encountering older horses for the first time.
Two days ahead of Santa Anita Park's second official Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) prep, another 3-year-old colt made waves with what could end up being his first step on the Triple Crown trail Feb. 4.
Three familiar runners will try to take down breakthrough La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Prospect Park in the $250,000 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT) Sept. 6.
Once a Triple Crown hopeful, Pam and Martin Wygod's Prospect Park may have found his true calling Aug. 9, with a dominating performance in the La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT), his first graded win in his first start on turf.
With a relatively low number of 3-year-old dirt stakes available during Del Mar's summer meeting, a group of well-regarded dirt prospects are heading to the turf for the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap (gr. IIIT).
For the second year in a row, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer appears to have an overwhelming favorite in the $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby (gr. II) July 4 at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Pam and Martin Wygod's Prospect Park will make his return to racing June 7 in the $100,000 Affirmed Stakes (gr. III) at Santa Anita Park, after an April infection forced the Tapit colt to sit out the Kentucky Derby.
Prospect Park is off the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) trail, trainer Cliff Sise said April 9, citing elevated white blood cell levels, a high temperature, and mucous.
Sise, Wygod, and Desormeaux all point to Prospect Park's last four jumpd, where he began advancing quickly on Dortmund to the wire, in the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe, as the main source of their optimism.
Of the 116 other horses nominated for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 4, only five have been entered to take on undefeated Dortmund in the West Coast's final Triple Crown prep.
Dortmund breezed six furlongs in 1:11 3/5 March 28, the third-fastest time of 31 moves at that distance at Santa Anita Park, just behind Bob Baffert stablemates Fame and Power (1:11) and Fantastic Style (1:11 2/5).
Harlan's Holiday, scratched Saturday from the Suburban Handicap at Belmont Park, will be flown from New York to California on Thursday to compete in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) Sunday, trainer Todd Pletcher informed the racing office.
Trainer Cliff Sise Jr. fired two bullets Saturday morning at Santa Anita, when he sent out Santa Monica Handicap (gr. I) probables Kitty On The Track and Reine des Neiges.
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