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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Was Malagacy's Rebel performance enough to secure a place in the Derby Dozen?
Regardless of what is written down and published, there’s always another angle—another lead, another quote, another phone call that could add further depth to a story. These Denali graduates have added their own exclamation points to this one.
Mastery's injury and weekend results impact the Derby Dozen, which features the return of some old faces.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Bridlewood Farm, and Bob LaPenta came together two years ago to buy a Tapit colt for seven figures, and they've been rewarded by Tapwrit, now one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby.
Despite incurring some traffic trouble around the first turn, Tapwrit became the latest sophomore to make a play for a starring role in the ever-evolving 3-year-old male picture when he drew clear by 4 1/2 lengths in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2).
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) at Tampa Bay Downs.
When it was announced last week that track record-setting Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) winner McCraken would miss the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) with a slight ankle strain, a new level of opportunity was placed at the feet of classic aspirants.
Two people in the past month have asked me, “So, who is your Derby horse?” Yet I was as dumbfounded at the second asking as I’d been on the first. I have no idea who my Derby horse is. And for two good reasons.
The unbeaten 3-year-old colt raised his connections' optimism several notches Feb. 11 at Tampa Bay Downs, where he won the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) by 1 1/2 lengths.
The built up to McCraken's seasonal bow ended with results to match. Under some left-handed urging from jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., the unbeaten colt unleashed a wicked turn of foot down the middle of the track to win the $250,000 Sam F. Davis (G3).
|Trainer||Todd A. Pletcher|
|Jockey||Jose L. Ortiz|
|Owner||Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and LaPenta, Robert V.|
|Breeder||My Meadowview LLC|
|Tapwrit View Five-Cross Pedigree||Tapit||Pulpit|
|Tap Your Heels|
|Appealing Zophie||Successful Appeal|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, & Robert V. LaPenta||Denali Stud, agent||$1,200,000|
|Conquest Mo Money|
|Fast and Accurate|