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.
Order of Finish
|Pos||Horse / Age / Sex / TrueNicks / Pedigree||Jockey / Trainer||Margin||Earnings|
Bobby Abu Dhabi
Show Me Da Lute
denotes Keeneland Sales Graduate
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).
Mastery, the undefeated son of Candy Ride who was injured after winning the March 11 San Felipe Stakes (G2), will stand at Claiborne Farm upon his retirement, it was announced March 21.
Everett Dobson's Mastery, the grade 1 winner who was pulled up March 11 after his impressive San Felipe Stakes (G2) score, has returned to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's barn following successful surgery to repair a condylar fracture.
Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate worked seven furlongs in 1:25 March 12 at Santa Anita Park in his final move before shipping to Dubai March 13 for the $10 million Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1).
A sterling performance by Cheyenne Stables' Mastery in the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2) for a moment appeared to stamp him as the clear favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Cheyenne Stables owner Everett Dobson has a simple mantra heading into the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2) March 11 at Santa Anita Park. "In Bob we trust," the Oklahoma City resident said with a laugh March 8.
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.
Juddmonte Farm's Arrogate worked seven furlongs in 1:24, with a gallop out to a mile in 1:38 at Santa Anita Park March 5 in preparation for his next start in the $10 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) March 25.
Late-breaking news that McCraken will miss the Tampa Bay Derby due to a minor ankle injury has scrambled things up at the last minute. And, there is another new face amongst the 12.
Juddmonte Farm's Arrogate worked one mile in 1:38 2/5 at Santa Anita Park Feb. 27 and will make his next start in the $10 million Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) March 25, according to trainer Bob Baffert.
The always-popular "All Others" wagering interest was the narrow 5-1 favorite in the third of four pools of Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Future Wager, edging a tightly bunched group of individual contenders headed by unbeaten McCraken ( 5-1).
New Mexico's hopes for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1)—for now, at least—appear to run through Judge Lanier Racing's Conquest Mo Money.
Tom Pedulla of America's Best Racing recently spent some time with Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert to talk about this year's classics.
Champion Arrogate turned in his trademark visually impressive workout at Santa Anita Park Feb. 21, when he covered five furlongs in :59 in company with stablemate Whiskey Ticket.
The battle for the individual favorite in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3 is expected to be tight between reigning 2-year-old champ Classic Empire, unbeaten rising stars McCraken and Mastery, along with Irish War Cry.
The Southwest provides a new face for the Derby Dozen, and those knocking on the door include a Japanese hopeful, Epicharis
Did McCraken's victory in the Sam F. Davis propel him to the number one spot? Are there any new faces among the dozen?
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