Apart, winner of the Super Derby (gr. II) in his most recent start, heads a field of six for the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) to be run Nov. 5 as a warm-up for day one of the Breeders Cup at Churchill Downs.
Odds-on favorite Jackson Bend, the third-place finisher of the Preakness (gr. I), tired badly after turning for home, as second choice Afleet Express sailed to a 1 3/4-length win in the $200,000 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III)
Triple Crown competitors Jackson Bend and Schoolyard Dreams are among a field of six that will contest the $200,000 Pegasus Stakes (gr. III), the June 19 feature at Monmouth Park.
Trainer Bill Mott said he's looking forward to his primary goal this summer for Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Drosselmeyer, the $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 28.
Eric Mitchell recaps Lookin At Lucky's Preakness run. Watch Video
Lookin At Lucky redeemed himself in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), as he took the lead at the top of the stretch and stubbornly held off pacesetter First Dude and Jackson Bend under new rider Martin Garcia may 15 at Pimlico.
A little gate training and an easy gallop was all Jackson Bend required May 14 to be honed for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
Pace will certainly be one of the key factors in the $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 15 at Pimlico, as Super Saver attempts to take down 11 rivals in the 1 3/16-mile race for 3-year-olds.
One by one, they stepped off the van--nine Preakness Stakes (gr. I) horses all traveling on the same plane from Louisville, Ky. The only two Preakness horses previously on the grounds were Dublin and Northern Giant.
Robert LaPenta and Fred Brei's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) hopeful Jackson Bend was aboard a flight from Churchill Downs along with many of the other hopefuls for the May 16 race that was scheduled to arrive in Baltimore May 12.
Officials at the Maryland Jockey Club said May 10 that Edward P. Evans' homebred A Little Warm would not be entered in the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), opening the door for First Dude to be entered.
Super Saver, winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), had his first workout since the May 1 classic when he breezed three furlongs in :36 3/5 at Churchill Downs on the morning of May 10.
Trainer Nick Zito confirmed May 5 that Ice Box, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will not be going on to Baltimore to compete in the May 15 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico.
WinStar Farms' Super Saver jogged a mile at Churchill Downs on the morning of May 5 in his first return to the track since winning the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
Pimlico Race Course officials said May 3 that Dublin, seventh in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will be shipping to Pimlico Race Course May 11 to prepare for the Preakness Stakes.
The two top choices in the first leg of the 2010 Triple Crown are based in California. Lookin at Lucky, the 3-1 morning-line favorite, and Sidney's Candy, the 5-1 second choice, lead a field of 20 3-year-olds in Derby 136.
In light of the defections of Rule and Eskendereya from the contenders list and the confirmation Devil May Care will be entered, here is the list of Derby hopefuls based on graded stakes earnings as of mid-morning April 26.
With the declaration of likely favorite Eskendereya from the Kentucky Derby, here is an updated listing of contenders by graded stakes earnings.
Jackson Bend, who is on the outside looking in as far as getting into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) field of 20, turned in a bullet five-furlong move April 22 at Churchill Downs for trainer Nick Zito.
Jackson Bend, runner-up in both the Fountain of Youth (gr. II) and Wood Memorial (gr. I) stakes, displayed a fondness for Churchill Downs as the Nick Zito trainee worked a fast four furlongs April 15.
Churchill Downs' official list of Kentucky Derby contenders by graded stakes earnings as of April 5.
Let's concentrate on the obvious: Sidney's Candy, Eskendereya were impressive; WinStar Farm could have as many as five starters.
Zayat Stables' Eskendereya likely solidified himself as the horse to beat in next month's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) by romping past five overmatched rivals in the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 3 at Aqueduct.
Eskendereya and Awesome Act turned in two of the most impressive Triple Crown prep efforts to this point in the season last out, and those two heavyweights will face off in the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 3
Calvin Borel has been named to ride Jackson Bend in the Wood Memorial, replacing Jeremy Rose.
With a lull in the stakes action, this is a good time to complete a Top 20 list in what has been a wide-open year.
Eskendereya shook off Jackson Bend rounding the final turn of the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park and romped home by 8 1/2 lengths under John Velazquez Feb.20.
With five 3-year-old stakes on the docket, this is easily the most important weekend of the Triple Crown prep season so far. Read Blog
Jason, Tom, and James Scully of brisnet/twinspires.com preview the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) and the Risen Star (gr. II). Watch Video
Led by Kingfield Stables' Buddy's Saint, an all-star cast of 10 3-year-olds was drawn for the $250,000 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 20.
The 3-year-old is one of the favorites for the Fountain of Youth (gr. II).
Winslow Homer moved into striking position approaching the turn, Winslow Homer splits horses at the top of the lane and held off 2-1 favorite Jackson Bend to win the Holy Bull by a length in his stakes debut Jan. 23.
Jason, Tom, and Rich Nilsen of twinspires/brisnet preview the Holy Bull (gr. III) at Gulfstream, and the LeComte (gr. III) at Fair Grounds on January 23. Watch Video
Gulfstream Park will host an important showdown between several of the most talented 3-year-olds in Southern Florida Jan. 23 when a field of nine square off in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III).
Robert LaPenta's Jackson Bend worked a bullet five furlongs in :59.30 on Jan. 16 at Palm Meadows for trainer Nick Zito. He is preparing for his highly-anticipated 3-year-old debut in the $150,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III).
Jacks or Better Farm's co-owner Fred Brei said Oct. 26 he has sold a majority interest in his homebred 2-year-old star Jackson Bend to Robert LaPenta for an undisclosed sum.
MAHUBAH'S CORNER, by Avalyn Hunter
Inspiring hope for small breeders is juvenile standout Jackson Bend, whose durability and precocity combined are traits this Florida homebred inherited from both sides of his pedigree.
Jacks or Better Farm's homebred 2-year-old colt Jackson Bend overcame a poor start and a late challenge from a contender to win the $400,000 In Reality Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder Race Course's Festival of the Sun on Oct. 17. The victory made him the seventh horse in history to complete a sweep of the open division of the Florida Stallion Stakes.
Dave Vivian sent out Soldier's Dancer to win the Calder Derby (gr. IIIT) in 2007 and Christophe Clement won the 2008 edition with Sporting Art when the race was run in the spring, and those two veteran trainers will have the favorites in the Oct. 17 renewal of the $100,000 event.
Freshman sire Hear No Evil, sire of the top Calder-based juvenile Jackson Bend, will move to Brent and Crystal Fernung's Journeyman Stud near Ocala, Fla., for the 2010 breeding season.
Jackson Bend and Rosebud's Ridge scored victories in divisions of the Florida Stallion Series for 2-year-olds at Calder Race Course Aug. 29.
Stakes winner Hear No Evil was represented by his first winner when his son Jackson Bend won June 4 at Calder Race Course.
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