The withdrawal of Derby favorite Eskendereya due to a filling put a damper on the morning
Gallant Son overcame a wide starting berth to win the $100,000 Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) for his first graded stakes score April 25 on the turf at Hollywood Park.
Mambo Meister, second in last year's Miami Mile Handicap (gr. IIIT), got the job done this time for jockey Manoel Cruz when he nabbed favored Pinckney Hill at the wire on opening day at Calder Casino and Racetrack April 25.
Blind Luck worked at Hollywood Park, Bella Diamante worked at Lone Star Park, Evening Jewel worked at Santa Anita Park, Joanie's Catch worked at Calder, and It's Tea Time worked at Keeneland April 23.
Eskendereya joins the likes of Gen. Duke, A.P. Indy, and I Want Revenge as early favorites for the Derby that didn't make the starting gate.
Viva Pataca became the highest money earner in the history of Hong Kong racing when he scored a stunning win in the Audemars Piguet QEII Cup (HK-I) at Sha Tin April 25.
Following the defection of Eskendereya from the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia has installed Lookin At Lucky as then new morning-line favorite for the May 1 race.
Backtalk and Make Music for Me, two horses whose connections would like to get them into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) worked Sunday, April 25.
Todd Pletcher explains why Kentucky Derby favorite Eskendereya has been scratched. Presented by Taylor Made Stallions. Watch Video
The auction will be held May 10 at Fairplex Park in Southern California.
With the declaration of likely favorite Eskendereya from the Kentucky Derby, here is an updated listing of contenders by graded stakes earnings.
Atlantic City Race Course ended its six-day meet April 24 with encouraging gains in a critical year for Thoroughbred racing in New Jersey.
Eskendereya, favored for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), will not run in the May 1 classic due to a slight filling in his left front leg, according to Todd Pletcher.
Under a slight breeze that was helping dry out the Churchill Downs track, trainer D. Wayne Lukas sent grade I winner Dublin out early April 25 for his final breeze leading up to the Kentucky Derby.
Eastern tent caterpillars are numerous on our small Central Kentucky farm this year. They have defoliated the spring leaf growth on most of the wild black cherry trees and are now crawling around in great numbers on board fences, stone walls, and most points in between.
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