If his score in the Toyota Blue Grass (G2) was a fluke and his nose win in the Ohio Derby (G3) was just enough, Irap's five-length win in the $500,000 Indiana Derby (G3) was the best evidence yet that Reddam Racing's Tiznow colt is the real deal.
Order of Finish
|Pos||Horse / Age / Sex / TrueNicks / Pedigree||Jockey / Trainer||Margin||Earnings|
Bobby Abu Dhabi
Show Me Da Lute
denotes Keeneland Sales Graduate
While racing fans everywhere eagerly await opening day at Del Mar and Saratoga Race Course next week, there is solid stakes action across the nation July 15.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Los Alamitos Derby (G3) and Indiana Derby (G3).
Irap heads into the July 15 $500,000 Indiana Derby (G3) at Indiana Grand Race Course as the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the 11-horse field.
Irap proved his Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) win was no fluke when he caught fellow graded stakes winner Girvin on the line to edge out a victory in the $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown June 24.
In the aftermath of a Triple Crown series that produced nine different in-the-money finishers in three races, leadership of the 3-year-old division is up for grabs.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown.
The Ohio Derby (G3) will feature four contenders who started in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), with Brad Grady's multiple grade 2 winner Girvin installed as the 2-1 morning-line choice in the nine-horse lineup.
Undefeated grade 1 winner Mastery has been retired after arriving at Claiborne Farm June 12, according to representative Bernie Sams. The 3-year-old son of Candy Ride (ARG) will begin stud duty at the Kentucky operation in 2018.
When he enters the gate May 20 at Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness Stakes (G1), just how well Conquest Mo Money can run will be put to its toughest test.
Trainer Simon Callaghan acknowledges the $100,000 Lazaro Barrera Stakes (G3) May 13 at Santa Anita Park will be a unique experience.
Topped by Tapwrit's $1.2 million price, a dozen of the 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) were purchased at public auction, several of them more than once.
Daniel Robles is a groom for trainer Doug O'Neill.
Irap, the maiden who won the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2), could give his owners their third Kentucky Derby (G1) victory in the past six years, following Reddam Racing's triumphs with I'll Have Another and Nyquist.
Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) winner Irap breezed one mile at Keeneland April 28 in 1:44 1/5 under Julien Leparoux.
The details in the Dozen make the difference as the Derby draws near.
Irap, who broke his maiden with a three-quarter-length win in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) April 8, put in his first move since that shocker, working a mile in 1:44 at Keeneland Friday morning.
Back home at Santa Anita Park, Kaleem Shah's Aristocratic shrugged off a poor off-the-board finish at Oaklawn Park last time out to score impressively in the $75,000 San Pedro Stakes April 16.
Heading into April weekends we love seeing stories with headlines such as "Preps to Clear Derby Picture" because: a) the features always focus on the obvious, over-worn angles, and b) the results often prove them to be incredibly wrong.
How did the weekend stakes results impact the Derby Dozen? Did Blue Grass winner Irap make the cut?
The relative quiet surroundings of Keeneland's Barn 43 provided the perfect setting for the connections of Irap the morning of April 9 as they went about digesting what the son of Tiznow pulled off the evening before.
Reddam Racing's Irap moved to the lead turning for home and held off a late challenge from grade 1 winner Practical Joke to upset the 93rd edition of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland.
If there are no scratches in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) April 8, the 13-horse field entering the gate will be the largest for the West Coast's top Triple Crown prep race since 1981.
Chad Brown will send out Practical Joke in the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) and the Eclipse Award-winning trainer likes that the April 8 race at Keeneland allows his two-time grade 1 winner an extra week of training.
Conquest Mo Money, an Uncle Mo colt who was purchased for just $8,500, will look to become just the third locally trained horse to win the Sunland Derby (G3).
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