Canonero II Wins!

CANONERO II, void of speed and unhurried for three-quarters, was forced to come to the extreme outside to launch is bid upon leaving the backstretch, continued to circle his field entering the stretch to take command. JIM FRENCH moved up along the inside on the second turn, was forced to come out between horses entering the stretch, but could not reach the winner. BOLD REASON, badly outrun for six furlongs, moved between horses until forced to steady when blocked in the upper stretch, dropped to the inside when clear. EASTERN FLEET, away alertly to gain a forward position along the inside, moved through in slightly close quarters leaving the backstretch, commenced drifting out in the closing drive and gave way willingly. UNCONSCIOUS, never far back while along the inner railing, came out for the drive and had little left. BOLD AND ABLE was sent to the fore at once, bore out entering the first turn, came back to the inside when clear to make the pace to the top of the stretch, at which point he dropped back steadily. LIST failed to enter contention while closing some ground in the late stages. TWIST THE AXE moved up after three-quarters to loom boldly on the final turn, but could not sustain his bid. IMPETUOSITY, was forced to check sharply when JR'S ARROWHEAD dropped over at the half-mile ground, losing his action, and failed to recover when clear. BARBIZON STREAK was caught in close quarters entering the first turn, and commenced dropping back after five furlongs. KNIGHT COUNTER was bumped and forced out entering the first turn. JR'S ARROWHEAD commenced lugging in at the half-mile ground and dropped back steadily. FOURULLA bore out badly entering the first turn. Overweight - Saigon Warrior, 1 pound. Scratched - Sole Mio.

Trainer

Jockey

Gustavo Avila

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Breeder

Edward B. Benjamin

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1950-1974

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Kentucky Derby 97 Race Recap

CANONERO II, void of speed and unhurried for three-quarters, was forced to come to the extreme outside to launch is bid upon leaving the backstretch, continued to circle his field entering the stretch to take command. JIM FRENCH moved up along the inside on the second turn, was forced to come out between horses entering the stretch, but could not reach the winner. BOLD REASON, badly outrun for six furlongs, moved between horses until forced to steady when blocked in the upper stretch, dropped to the inside when clear. EASTERN FLEET, away alertly to gain a forward position along the inside, moved through in slightly close quarters leaving the backstretch, commenced drifting out in the closing drive and gave way willingly. UNCONSCIOUS, never far back while along the inner railing, came out for the drive and had little left. BOLD AND ABLE was sent to the fore at once, bore out entering the first turn, came back to the inside when clear to make the pace to the top of the stretch, at which point he dropped back steadily. LIST failed to enter contention while closing some ground in the late stages. TWIST THE AXE moved up after three-quarters to loom boldly on the final turn, but could not sustain his bid. IMPETUOSITY, was forced to check sharply when JR'S ARROWHEAD dropped over at the half-mile ground, losing his action, and failed to recover when clear. BARBIZON STREAK was caught in close quarters entering the first turn, and commenced dropping back after five furlongs. KNIGHT COUNTER was bumped and forced out entering the first turn. JR'S ARROWHEAD commenced lugging in at the half-mile ground and dropped back steadily. FOURULLA bore out badly entering the first turn. Overweight - Saigon Warrior, 1 pound. Scratched - Sole Mio.