An interesting name popped up on the undercard stakes nominations for Kentucky Derby Day, but Ken Ramsey says not to get the wrong impression.
Oscar Nominated isn't nominated to the Triple Crown, but he's headed to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) after his upset win in the $500,000 Horseshoe Cincinnati Casino Spiral Stakes (gr. III) April 2 at Turfway Park.
In light of a slow start that left him with plenty to do to close into a soft pace, Team Valor International and Gary Barber's Kasseopia put in an impressive run to get third in the Feb. 13 El Camino Real Derby (gr. III).
Larry Jones hopes to find an easy debut spot in the 1 1/16-mile Doubledogdare for grade I winner I'm a Chatterbox, who was rested this winter at Fair Grounds. Her first big target is the June 11 Ogden Phipps (gr. I).
John Oxley's Airoforce, who turned in an uncharacteristically dull effort in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) last time out, seeks to rebound in the $500,000 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) April 2 at Turfway Park.
Larry and Cindy Jones' homebred colt Jensen isn't nominated to the Triple Crown, but he will attempt to follow in the footsteps of his broodmare sire, Hard Spun, in the April 2 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway.
Funny Cide, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) and now a resident at the Kentucky Horse Park Hall of Champions, will visit Turfway Park April 2 as part of the Spiral Stakes (gr. III) program.
Beverly Anderson and Edward Seltzer's homebred Surgical Strike appears headed to the Spiral Stakes (gr. III) after a come-from-behind victory in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 12 at Turfway Park.
Son of Flatter put away rivals in the stretch for convincing win.
Wild Dude and Kobe's Back, who finished 1-2 in last year's San Carlos, return in the seven-furlong sprint but must deal with lightly raced and talented Calculator.
Gary Barber's Whatawonderflworld, who thus far has shown an affinity for turf and synthetic surfaces, is among a full field of 3-year-olds entered for the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 12 at Turfway Park.
A full field of 3-year-olds will line up for the $50,000 WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday, Feb. 20 for the 30th renewal of the 6-1/2 furlong race.
Turfway Park's winter/spring Thoroughbred race meet opens Jan. 1, with eight stakes highlighting the 46-day schedule. The meet runs through April 3 and includes the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III).
Queen Bee Racing's Toowindytohaulrox provided an opening-day shocker Dec. 26 at Santa Anita Park, unleashing a furious closing drive in the stretch to win the $100,000 Daytona Stakes (gr. IIIT) at odds of 21-1.
Live Oak Plantation's Florida Won returned to his winning form with a fast-closing victory in the $150,000 Seagram Cup Stakes (Can-III) Aug. 2 at Woodbine.
Grade III winner Went the Day Well, who finished fourth in the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has arrived in Uruguay and will stand for Las Zainas Farm, according to bloodstock agent Pablo Nunez.
Dubai Sky, winner of the March 21 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III), is off the Triple Crown trail after sustaining a cannon bone fracture in his left hind leg April 4.
Dubai Sky collected his fourth straight victory and second straight stakes with an impressive win in the $550,000 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 21 at Turfway Park.
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With an impressive win at Turfway Park last time out in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes, Royal Son appears to be the one to beat in the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III).
Upstart, winner of the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) and disqualified from first in the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II), breezed six furlongs at Palm Meadows March 13. Frosted and Imperia also worked.
After a five-furlong workout in 1:00 4/5 March 5 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Jeff Bonde said Metaboss is scheduled to race next in the 1 1/8-mile $550,000 Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 21 at Turfway Park.
Terry Hamilton's Heart to Heart is unbeaten in two turf starts at a mile this year and will bid for his first graded stakes win in the Jefferson Cup (gr. IIIT) Sept. 27 going that distance on the Churchill Downs lawn.
East Hall won the $300,000 Ohio Derby with a closing rush at Thistledown July 19, earning his first victory since a Nov. 24 allowance event at Gulfstream Park.
With a $300,000 purse, the 1 1/16-mile Ohio Derby has taken a step in the right direction in returning to the days when Lost Code, Broad Brush, Skip Away, Milwaukee Brew and Smarten graced the winner's circle.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|All Tied Up||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Almost Famous||Patrick B. Byrne||
|Arctic Slope||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Asserting Bear||Reade Baker||
|Big Bazinga||Katerina Vassilieva||
|Harry's Holiday||Michael J. Maker||
|Poker Player||Wayne M. Catalano||
|Smart Cover||Dale L. Romans||
|Solitary Ranger||Glenn Delahoussaye||
|We Miss Artie||Todd A. Pletcher||
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