Wagering on Saturday's 132nd Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs shattered several records, including a North American mark for total betting on a single race, as an on-track crowd of 157,536 saw Lael Stable's unbeaten Barbaro dominate the "Run for the Roses."
Prior to Barbaro, the closest any Roberto-line horse had come to winning an American Triple Crown race was in 1988, when Roberto's son Brian's Time - like Barbaro, a winner of the Florida Derby (gr. I) - ran second to Risen Star in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and third behind Risen Star and Kingpost in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Although he has two horses entered in the 132nd Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), with Barbaro considered one of the favorites and Showing Up more of an outsider in the 20 horse field, Roy Jackson remains a cool customer.
On Kentucky Oaks day, if you're lucky enough, try to get down near the winner's circle before the big race.
Stalking Bettarun Fast swung four wide in the stretch to grab the lead under Aaron Gryder and went on to a three-quarters of a length win over Mystery Gal in the $100,000 Railbird (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Hollywood Park Saturday.
Odds-on favorite Foxysox, undefeated in four United States starts, circled her four rivals on the far turn and rallied through the stretch to post a 1 1/4-length win in the $100,000 Senorita (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-old fillies on the Hollywood Park turf Saturday.
Hello Liberty switched to the rail in deep stretch and passed tiring frontrunner Win McCool to win the $205,600 Nassau County Breeders' Cup (gr. II) on Saturday at Belmont Park.
No horse had won the Kentucky Derby with a five-week or longer layoff since Needles 50 years ago. But Barbaro showed how special he is by remaining undefeated and winning the 132nd running of the race by a wide margin.
English Channel, a top turf horse last year as a 3-year-old, may be even better this year, now two-for-two in 2006 after a win Saturday at Churchill Downs in the $454,900 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT).
Who is the favorite in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)? Well, the public is not sure.
Garrett Gomez jerked Pussycat Doll off the rail and the filly went by stablemate Behaving Badly to win the $291,000 Humana Distaff Handicap (gr. I) by one length at Churchill Downs Saturday.
Eibar Coa collected the 3,000th win of his career on Saturday when Bernie White Shoes easily won the third race at Belmont Park, Coa's second win on the card.
Mirabilis had been close in all three of her starts since arriving in the United States from France. On Saturday at Churchill Downs, she did better than get close, winning the $115,100 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (gr. IIIT) for her first win in a year.
Joint Effort put in a top effort Saturday, winning the $119,600 La Troienne (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies going away on the Kentucky Derby day undercard at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Russell Baze have won a lot of races together, mostly in northern California. But Saturday they began the stakes program on Kentucky Derby day with a win in the $229,000 Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II).
George Washington won the Two Thousand Guineas (Eng-I) on Saturday by 2 1/2 lengths from Sir Percy and Olympian Odyssey.
Leaning up against pillar on the second floor concourse is horseman Keith Asmussen. He's flanked by a pair of crutches.
They call it Chamber of Commerce weather. This year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) will be run on a beautiful day in Louisville, Ky.
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