Keen Ice, racing for the first time since his seventh-place finish in the March 25 Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), overpowered 1-2 favorite Shaman Ghost by three lengths.
Matt King Coal
- Bay Colt
- Born 2013
With back-to-back graded stakes victories to his credit coming in, Stronach Stables' homebred Shaman Ghost figures to be the overwhelming pick in the field of six entered for the July 8 $750,000 Suburban Handicap (G2) at Belmont Park.
Three runners entered the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (G2) April 22 for Loooch Racing and Imaginary Stables, and one got by with a little help from his friends.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Charles Town Classic (G2)
Stanford is back for a repeat bid in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (G2).
Repole Stable's Outwork needed every ounce of energy he had left April 9 to win the $1 million Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct Racetrack over longshot Trojan Nation.
Shadwell Stable's homebred Bernardini colt could step up in a big way in the April 9 Wood Memorial (gr. I), New York's final stepping-stone to the May 7 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Gotham Stakes (gr. III) winner Shagaf and Jerome Stakes (gr. III) winner Flexibility will both start in the $1 million Wood Memorial (gr. I) April 9 Aqueduct Racetrack, trainer Chad Brown said April 2.
It's too soon to know if Jose Ortiz will have a Derby ride this year, but he did pilot the promising Matt King Coal to an allowance win March 6. The son of Cool Coal Man is under consideration for the Wood Memorial (gr. I).
Trainer said Bernardini colt gained plenty of experience in stakes debut.
Field taking shape for Kentucky Derby prep March 5 race at Aqueduct.
J. Keeler Johnson shares his thoughts on four up-and-coming 2yos. read blog
|Jockey||Irad Ortiz, Jr.|
|Owner||Lady Sheila Stable|
|Breeder||John E. Shaw|
|Matt King Coal View Five-Cross Pedigree||Cool Coal Man||Mineshaft|
|Donna Marie||Came Home|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Eisaman Equine||Abbie Road Farm, agent||$25,000|
|Two-year-old||Linda Rice, agent||Eisaman Equine, agent||$250,000|
|Fall At Last|