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Premier Pegasus, who earned $150,000 for his runaway victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $250,000 San Felipe at Santa Anita, jumped from No. 27 to No. 13 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.
The connections of Kentucky Derby (G1) contender PREMIER PEGASUS (Fusaichi Pegasus) were still basking in the glow of his 7 3/4-length conquest of Saturday's San Felipe S. (G2).
"He looked great after the race and we'll take a look at the Santa Anita Derby ([G1] on April 9) as the next step," said Raxon Cho, 17-year-old son of Myung Kwon Cho, 68-year-old owner/breeder/trainer of Premier Pegasus.
The Chos had plenty of reason to celebrate the most decisive San Felipe victory in its 74 runnings, topping Consolidator's 6 1/2-length win in 2005.
The early favorite for the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), Repole Stable’s unbeaten 2-year-old champion Uncle Mo, was just fine after stretching his legs against four overmatched opponents in Saturday’s $100,000 Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
But owner Mike Repole, having watched his son of Indian Charlie win his first race since a dominant victory in the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI), was the one who was trying to recover.
KENTUCKY OAKS FUTURE WAGER / POOL ENDS WITH KATHMANBLU AS SOLID FAVORITE – The single pool of Churchill Downs’ 2011 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”) looked very much like a wide open affair heading into the three-day betting pool, but Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stable’s Kathmanblu (#11) turned the race for the role of favorite in the pool into a runaway.
Repole Stable’s unbeaten champion Uncle Mo (#23), an easy winner in his 2011 debut in Saturday’s $100,000 Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream Park, emerged as the favorite in the second of three pools of Churchill Downs’ 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) – but not by much. The results of the pool validated the acknowledged status of America’s reigning 2-year-old champion as winner of last fall’s $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) as the favorite for this year’s 137th running
Trainer Joe Petalino says Grade 1 winner J P'S GUSTO (Successful Appeal) had been doing things too easily in his training leading up to next Saturday's $300,000 Rebel S. (G2) at Oaklawn Park, so the coach was more demanding Sunday morning of Gem Stables' three-year-old ridgling.
Champion and early Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie), an easy and impressive winner of his 2011 debut in Saturday's Timely Writer S. at Gulfstream Park, will most likely prepare for the 137th Run for the Roses in the $750,000 Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct on April 9, trainer Todd Pletcher said Sunday morning.