Irap proved his Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) win was no fluke when he caught fellow graded stakes winner Girvin on the line to edge out a victory in the $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown June 24.
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In the aftermath of a Triple Crown series that produced nine different in-the-money finishers in three races, leadership of the 3-year-old division is up for grabs.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown.
The Ohio Derby (G3) will feature four contenders who started in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), with Brad Grady's multiple grade 2 winner Girvin installed as the 2-1 morning-line choice in the nine-horse lineup.
When he enters the gate May 20 at Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness Stakes (G1), just how well Conquest Mo Money can run will be put to its toughest test.
Topped by Tapwrit's $1.2 million price, a dozen of the 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) were purchased at public auction, several of them more than once.
Daniel Robles is a groom for trainer Doug O'Neill.
Irap, the maiden who won the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2), could give his owners their third Kentucky Derby (G1) victory in the past six years, following Reddam Racing's triumphs with I'll Have Another and Nyquist.
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) winner Irap breezed one mile at Keeneland April 28 in 1:44 1/5 under Julien Leparoux.
The details in the Dozen make the difference as the Derby draws near.
Irap, who broke his maiden with a three-quarter-length win in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) April 8, put in his first move since that shocker, working a mile in 1:44 at Keeneland Friday morning.
Heading into April weekends we love seeing stories with headlines such as "Preps to Clear Derby Picture" because: a) the features always focus on the obvious, over-worn angles, and b) the results often prove them to be incredibly wrong.
How did the weekend stakes results impact the Derby Dozen? Did Blue Grass winner Irap make the cut?
The relative quiet surroundings of Keeneland's Barn 43 provided the perfect setting for the connections of Irap the morning of April 9 as they went about digesting what the son of Tiznow pulled off the evening before.
Reddam Racing's Irap moved to the lead turning for home and held off a late challenge from grade 1 winner Practical Joke to upset the 93rd edition of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland.
Chad Brown will send out Practical Joke in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) and the Eclipse Award-winning trainer likes that the April 8 race at Keeneland allows his two-time grade 1 winner an extra week of training.
Conquest Mo Money, an Uncle Mo colt who was purchased for just $8,500, will look to become just the third locally trained horse to win the Sunland Derby (G3).
New Mexico's hopes for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1)—for now, at least—appear to run through Judge Lanier Racing's Conquest Mo Money.
It appears Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs have another speedy colt ready to hit the Triple Crown trail.
Without a clear favorite among the five entered in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3), trainer Doug O'Neill, who has three of the five, is hopeful any or all of his horses will seize an opportunity to move forward.
Plenty of promising juveniles have fallen short in their first try at two turns, but Cheyenne Stables' Mastery shrugged off the looming question mark Dec. 10 in the $300,000 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (gr. I).
Undefeated Mastery is the commanding favorite for the Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (gr. I). He's also a colt under expectations.
Eldon Farm's Hirapour, the 2004 Eclipse Award winner as champion steeplechaser and a grade II winner this summer, will undergo a new treatment for a bone chip in his left ankle in hopes of racing this fall in the Breeders' Cup Steeplechase and the Colonial Cup (both NSA-I).
|Trainer||Doug F. O'Neill|
|Jockey||Julien R. Leparoux|
|Owner||Reddam Racing LLC|
|Breeder||Aaron & Marie Jones|
|Irap View Five-Cross Pedigree||Tiznow||Cee's Tizzy|
|Silken Cat||Storm Cat|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Aaron & Marie Jones||($140,000)|
|Two-year-old||Dennis O'Neill||Bobby Dodd, agent||$300,000|
Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.