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WinStar Farm LLC and Stonestreet Stables' Carpe Diem certainly lived up to his $1.6 million dollar price tag as he pulled away from the 12-horse field in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Breeders' Cup Futurity for two-year-olds at Keeneland by 6 1/4 lengths.
Let's Go Stable's Daredevil accelerated to the lead entering the stretch of Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne at Belmont Park and dominated to the finish line, winning handily by a 2 1/2-length margin. Now unbeaten from two starts, the Todd Pletcher-trained colt has established himself as a top contender for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on November 1.
A sloppy, sealed track was no detriment for Jay Em Ess Stable's By the Moon on Saturday at Belmont Park as she pulled off a 2 1/4-length victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Frizette Stakes under jockey Jose Ortiz.
Qatar Racing's Peace and War earned her shot at Breeders' Cup glory when taking Friday's opening day co-feature at Keeneland -- the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades -- which is a "Win & You're In" race for the Juvenile Fillies.
Siena Farm LLC's homebred Angela Renee saved ground on the backstretch of Saturday's Grade 1, $301,750 Chandelier at Santa Anita Park, angled out rounding the turn under jockey Rafael Bejarano and held off the determined late run from 2-1 favorite Conquest Eclipse to score a 1 1/2-length victory.
After her impressive gate-to-wire, 2 1/4-length victory in Saturday's Pocahontas at Churchill Downs, GSN Racing LLC's Cristina's Journey was reported by trainer Dale Romans to have exited the race in good form.
As the first race in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" scoring series, and a "Win & You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Saturday's Grade 3, $115,500 Iroquois Stakes featured several promising two-year-olds at Churchill Downs. It wasn't the leading fancies, however, but the 11-1 shot Lucky Player who earned the Breeders' Cup ticket, and the 10 points toward the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Edging stablemate Bold Conquest by a neck, he topped the Steve Asmussen-trained exacta and also gave his freshman sire, two-time champion Lookin at Lucky, his first graded winner.
Los Alamitos Futurity Added to 2014-15 'Road to the Kentucky Derby' Series; Starlet Joins to 'Road to Kentucky Oaks'
The $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (Grade I) has been added to the list of races that comprise the 2014-15 “Road to the Kentucky Derby.” The series of 35 select races – 19 “Prep Season” races and 16 “Championship Series” races – will determine which horses qualify to the 141st running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 2, 2015.