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The mutuel field (#24), known to many racing fans as “All Others”, has been the favorite in each of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) pools that have opened a calendar year since the wager was created in 1999, and there is no reason to expect that history will not be served when the opening pool of 2015 completes its Friday-through-Sunday (Feb. 6-8) run on Sunday evening.
G.H. Mumm has been named the “Official Champagne of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs Racetrack” after a three-year partnership was finalized between the two companies in late January.
Champion American Pharoah returned to the worktab Monday for the first time since he was scratched from the November 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) with an injury.
Willis D. Horton's Take Charge Brandi's (Giant's Causeway) lackadaisical run in the stretch of Saturday's $100,000 Martha Washington S. nearly cost her the race as Sarah Sis (Sharp Humor) offered a game late bid along the inside.
Champions American Pharoah, Take Charge Brandi, 34 Pletcher Hopes Among 429 Early Triple Crown Nominees
Zayat Stables LLC’s American Pharoah, the Eclipse Award winner for champion 2-year-old colt of 2014, and Willis D. Horton’s Take Charge Brandi, who mounted a year-end charge to earn the honor of America’s 2014 juvenile filly champion, head an accomplished roster of 429 3-year-old Thoroughbreds made eligible to compete in the 2015 Triple Crown during the early nomination phase for the series of three classic races that includes the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), the $1.5 million-guaranteed Preakness (GI) and the $1.5 million-guaranteed Belmont Stakes (GI).
Gulfstream Park played host to last week’s lone scoring race, the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes (G2) on January 24, and Upstart proved to be a smashing winner, romping home to a 5 ½-length decision in the 1 1/16-mile contest.
Ralph M. Evans' Upstart zoomed up on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard Saturday, thanks to a 5 1/2-length conquest of the Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream.
Forum Racing's Birdatthewire was facing a big class test off a maiden win last out, but the Dale Romans trainee passed with flying colors in Saturday's $200,000 Forward Gal (G2) at Gulfstream.
In the races prior to Saturday's Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park, a couple of up-and-comers stamped themselves as three-year-olds to follow.