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Wagering Suspended On The Great War (#21) In Derby Futures Pool 3; Ward Declares Colt Off Derby Trail
Trainer Wesley Ward has confirmed to Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) officials that The Great War is no longer a candidate for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and the track has suspended wagering on the colt, listed as #21, in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).
Stellar Wind (Curlin) cruised to a 2 3/4-length victory while making her stakes debut in Saturday's $100,500 Santa Ysabel S. (G3) at Santa Anita Park, and in the process earned 50 points toward a starting berth in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Willis D. Horton’s reigning juvenile champion Take Charge Brandi is the brightest star among 154 horses on the roster of early nominations to the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies scheduled for its 141st running on Friday, May 1 at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”).
The Prep Season has concluded and the Championship Season is now in flight, with 14 scoring races remaining for Kentucky Derby hopefuls.
'All Others' Is Kentucky Oaks Futures Choice, Champion Take Charge Brandi Narrow Individual Favorite
Streaking Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Take Charge Brandi is a narrow choice as the favored individual horse, but the ever-popular Mutuel Field (#24), or “All Other 3-Year-Old Fillies,” will again be a solid favorite in the morning line odds for Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”), which opens a three-day run on Friday, Feb. 27 and concludes on Sunday, March 1.
'All Others' Solid Kentucky Derby Futures Pool 3 Favorite Over Baffert's Duo of American Pharoah, Dortmund
With just over nine weeks remaining until the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), uncertainty surrounds some of the Derby’s major contenders and it is reflected in the morning line odds for this week’s third of four pools of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), which launches its three-day run on Friday, Feb. 27 and concludes on Sunday, March 1.
Launching an inside move reminiscent of his winning rally in the Smarty Jones S. last time out, Far Right rolled late to get up by three-quarters of a length in Sunday's Southwest S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park.