Claire Novak reports on the activities of Kentucky Derby and Oaks contenders Girvin, Classic Empire, J Boys Echo, Sailor's Valentine, and more.
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But for the toss of a dart, Girvin might not have been foaled and would not be a major contender for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Reporting from Churchill Downs, Claire Novak updates us on Kentucky Derby contenders Girvin, Master Plan, Always Dreaming, Patch, and the post position draw.
John Oxley's Classic Empire was made the 4-1 morning-line favorite for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) after drawing post 14.
Brad Grady's Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin took his first ever spin around the Churchill Downs oval when he galloped over the surface May 3.
McCraken appears to be on the upswing, Girvin going other way.
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As owner Brad Grady relayed Girvin's :59 3/5 time for his five furlong breeze April 29 at Keeneland, gathered friends and family let out a relieved cheer.
J. Keeler Johnson takes an early look at the potential pace of the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
Brad Grady's Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin is currently battling a quarter crack in his right front foot but his connections are still hopeful the son of Tale of Ekati can run in the May 6 Kentucky Derby (G1).
Amidst growing speculation regarding the status of Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) winner Girvin, trainer Joe Sharp said April 26 the colt is still on track to have his last serious workout for the Kentucky Derby (G1) in the coming days.
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Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) contender Girvin recorded his first breeze since winning the TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) with a half-mile move in :47 4/5 April 15 at Trackside Louisville.
Janis Whitham's McCraken arrived at trainer Ian Wilkes' Barn 26 at Churchill Downs the morning of April 10 following a third-place finish in Saturday's Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland.
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Girvin booked his trip to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (G1) with a 1 1/4-length victory over Patch in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) April 1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds.
In a Triple Crown prep season that has been full of chaos, Brad Grady's Girvin will hope to supply a bit of stability April 1 in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Brad Grady's lightly raced Girvin headlines the $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) set for April 1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, which drew their Louisiana Derby Day card March 25.
Peacock Racing Stables' multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera put in his final breeze March 25 for the $1 million Xpressbet.com Florida Derby (G1) April 1 at Gulfstream Park, leading a coast-to-coast slate of sophomore works.
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Coffee Pot Stables' homebred Farrell turned in an impressive move in her preparations for the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), drilling a bullet five furlongs in 1:00 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots March 18.
Mastery's injury and weekend results impact the Derby Dozen, which features the return of some old faces.
With trainer Joe Sharp on workmate Cool Arrow and his wife, former jockey Rosie Napravnik, at the helm of the stable's newest big horse, Girvin turned in first move since his win in the Risen Star (G2) and covered a half-mile in :49 March 11.
It's a week of changes for the Derby Dozen, including a new top dog. Also, new faces mean that some old favorites are now on the outside.
Risen Star Stakes (G2) winner Girvin has put together past performances that hint at the combination of careful planning and needed adjustments required in Thoroughbred training.
Late-breaking news that McCraken will miss the Tampa Bay Derby due to a minor ankle injury has scrambled things up at the last minute. And, there is another new face amongst the 12.
Both Brad Grady's Girvin and Coffeepot Stables' Farrell exited their Feb. 25 grade 2 victories well, according to their respective connections.
The Risen Star Stakes (G2) became an unlikely coming out party for Brad Grady's Girvin when he captured the $400,000 test by two lengths over Untrapped, earning 50 qualifying points on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Risen Star Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds.
|Jockey||Mike E. Smith|
|Breeder||Bob Austin & John Witte|
|Girvin View Five-Cross Pedigree||Tale of Ekati||Tale of the Cat|
|Silence Beauty (JPN)|
|Catch the Moon||Malibu Moon|
|Catch My Fancy|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Legacy Bloodstock, agent||($140,000)|
|Yearling||Grand Oaks||Legacy Bloodstock, agent||$130,000|
Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.
|Lookin At Lee|
|Conquest Mo Money|