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The cream of this year’s crop of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds has risen to the top once again as 366 members of that class have been nominated early for the 2010 renewals of America’s three classic races that comprise horse racing’s highly sought Triple Crown.
Holy Bull S. (G3) winner WINSLOW HOMER (Unbridled's Song) is off the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail after the discovery of a stress fracture in a cannon bone, according to a statement by owner Rick Porter on his website.
Champion two-year-old colt LOOKIN AT LUCKY (Smart Strike) and Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) hero VALE OF YORK (Ire) (Invincible Spirit) share the high weight assignment of 126 pounds on the 2009 Experimental Free Handicap, released Thursday by The Jockey Club and available at jockeyclub.com.
The synthetic era in California has been good to Hall of Fame horseman Bob Baffert, who for the second consecutive year has trained the nation's leading juvenile male using an all-California campaign. Following in the hoofsteps of 2008 champion Midshipman (Unbridled's Song) was Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman's LOOKIN AT LUCKY (Smart Strike), whose luck was all good save for an excusable setback by a head in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1).
After winning his first two starts convincingly over maiden special weight and allowance rivals, Zabeel Racing International's CONVEYANCE (Indian Charlie) confirmed his status as an exciting Kentucky Derby (G1) prospect with a 1 3/4-length victory in Saturday's $100,000 San Rafael S. (G3).
Fox Hill Farms' WINSLOW HOMER (Unbridled's Song), who had dominated lesser foes in his past two starts, smoothly handled his first major class test in Saturday's $150,000 Holy Bull S. (G3) at Gulfstream Park. Always traveling well beneath Ramon Dominguez, the Tony Dutrow trainee split rivals at the top of the stretch and outfinished 8-5 favorite Jackson Bend (Hear No Evil) by three-quarters of a length.
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Early Kentucky Derby odds from Twinspires.com
Updated: May 1, 2010 1:14pm EST
Pool Total: $7,364,146.36