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MUCHO MACHO MAN (Macho Uno), hero of Fair Grounds' Risen Star S. (G2) a little less than five weeks ago and the strong favorite for Saturday's $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2), arrived back in New Orleans Wednesday from his Gulfstream Park home base and galloped once around the Crescent City oval Thursday morning immediately after the track renovation break.
With the defection of Rachel Alexandra S. (G3) winner Kathmanblu (Bluegrass Cat) to the April 9 Ashland S. (G1), INGLORIOUS (Hennessy) has become the top draw for Saturday's $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2). The bay lass finished well in the Rachel Alexandra to take second and could return to the winner's circle in Saturday's 1 1/16-mile test over the New Orleans oval.
A field of 11 three-year-old fillies was entered on Wednesday for Saturday's $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks (G3), the highlight of the Spiral S. (G2) undercard at Turfway Park, and the winner just may earn a spot in the starting gate for the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Katie Mikolay, the Fair Grounds handicapping analyst, will be the featured guest Friday on the "Kentucky Derby Trail" live chat between 7-9 p.m. (ET). Moderated by five-time National Handicapping Championship qualifier Tim Holland, the question-and-answer chat will focus upon the biggest racecard of the year at Fair Grounds.
Less than six weeks before the Kentucky Derby (G1), the Steve Asmussen-trained ASTROLOGY (A.P. Indy) will make his belated three-year-old debut in Sunday's $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3), a 1 1/8-mile event that virtually guarantees its winner a position in the starting gate for the Run for the Roses with its $480,000 winner's share.
Now that winter has passed, it’s time to start planning for the springtime’s most extravagant and glamorous sports party: the Kentucky Derby.
The field for the Spiral S. (G3) at Turfway Park on Saturday has attracted an overflow crowd of hopefuls. Preference to run is determined first by graded stakes wins, then by stakes wins, and then by career earnings. Eighteen are reported to be pointing toward the race but only a dozen can start. Entries will be drawn Wednesday at a cocktail reception in the Maker's Mark VIP Tent at Turfway beginning at 4 p.m. (EDT).
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, March 21, 2011) – The Factor, who banked $180,000 for his gate-to-wire triumph in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, jumped into a tie for fifth position on the Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings List. The list will likely determine the field for the “Run for the Roses” on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs.