Zayat Stables’ Eskendereya likely solidified himself as the horse to beat in next month’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (gr. I) by romping past five overmatched rivals in the $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 3 at Aqueduct in a dominating 9 3/4-length victory.
Sidney's Candy overcame a stumble at the start to post an authorative front-running 4 1/2-length victory in the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) April 3, defeating odds-on favorite Lookin At Lucky, who was involved in a mishap on the final turn.
California shipper Evening Jewel (inside) took everything her rivals could throw at her but proved a determined front-running winner of the $400,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr.I) at Keeneland April 3.
Duke of Mischief made the right move at the right time to get the jump on favored Win Willy and hold him off late to win the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) at Oaklawn Park April 3.
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Blind Luck cemented her status as the one to beat in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) with an authoritative come-from-behind victory in the $300,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Oaklawn Park April 2.
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Facing open stakes company for the first time, front-running Compari ran his winning streak to six races by holding off Fluke by a half-length in the $150,000 Budweiser Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Santa Anita turf April 3.
Favored Ventana (right), ridden by a riled up Garrett Gomez, outfought Gato Go Win in deep stretch to post an exciting nose victory in the $150,000 Potrero Grande Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita Park April 3.
American Lion ran the race his connections have been waiting for all season April 3, taking the field in the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. III) all the way around the Hawthorne Race Course oval to score by 2 3/4 lengths and earn himself a trip to the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).
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Eightyfiveinafifty made a winning return nearly two months after failing to finish the Whirlaway Stakes, as he led at every call in the seven-furlong Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) and cruised to a 2 1/2-length victory under Ramon Dominguez in the $200,000 event.
Ammerland Stud’s Nordic Truce took advantage of a strong speed duel to go three-for-three in his career in the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds April 2, opening day of the Keeneland spring meet.