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Live Oak Plantation's homebred BRILLIANT SPEED (Dynaformer) caught Twinspired (Harlan's Holiday) in the final jump of Saturday's $750,000 Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland, winning the Kentucky Derby (G1) prep race by a nose.
An NBC film crew was on hand to film MUCHO MACHO MAN's (Macho Uno) final work at Gulfstream Park Saturday before trainer Kathy Ritvo ships her Kentucky Derby (G1) hopeful to Churchill Downs on Sunday.
Ridden by exercise rider Mike Herra, Mucho Macho Man was timed in 1:23 3/5, handily, for seven furlongs in a light rain shower over the fast main track at Gulfstream Park. Mucho Macho Man, who turned in fractions of :46 1/5, :58 and 1:10 4/5 on his way to his seven-furlong clocking, galloped out a mile in 1:38 3/5.
J J'S LUCKY TRAIN (Silver Train), who made an inexorable rally to take the Bay Shore (G3) at Aqueduct on April 9, could return to the Big A on April 23 to compete in the Jerome (G2) for three-year-olds, trainer Bill Anderson revealed.
While the seven-furlong Bay Shore and the one-mile Jerome are only two weeks apart, J J's Lucky Train is currently showing signs he can handle the two-week turnaround.
Three new shooters have added their names to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) after the late nomination period closed on Wednesday. ARIENZA (Giant's Causeway), ST. JOHN'S RIVER (Include) and STREET STORM (Stormy Atlantic) were all made eligible to run on the first Friday in May after their connections paid the $1,500 fee.
A trio of 3-year-old fillies headed by Robert and Lawana Low’s Arienza, runner-up to Joyful Victory in Oaklawn Park’s Fantasy (Grade II), and Dede McGehee’s Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) runner-up St. John’s River make up the roster of late nominees that are now eligible to compete in the 137th running of the $1 million guaranteed Kentucky Oaks (GI) on Friday, May 6 at Churchill Downs.
MIDWEST (Illinois, Kentucky) / GRADE I WINNERS TURBULENT DESCENT, TELL A KELLY RETURN SUNDAY IN KEENELAND’S BEAUMONT – Sunday’s $150,000 Beaumont Stakes (Grade II) at Keeneland attracted a power-packed field of six 3-year-old fillies headed by Grade I winners Turbulent Descent and Tell a Kelly, but the race is not expected to generate any starters for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at Churchill Downs.
George Bolton and Fog City Stable’s The Factor, an easy winner of the Rebel (Grade III) in first visit to Arkansas, has returned to “The Natural State” as a strong 7-5 favorite in a field of 13 3-year-olds entered in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (GI) at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.
UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie) went down to defeat in Saturday's Wood Memorial (G1), crushing the sprits of both admirers and detractors with his third-place finish.
Champion UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie), who suffered his first career loss when third in last Saturday's Wood Memorial (G1), has been diagnosed with an infection in his gastrointestinal tract, according to a statement released Thursday by his connections.
A smashing 6 1/4-length winner of the March 19 Rebel S. (G2), THE FACTOR (War Front) will be after another front-running victory at Oaklawn Park when he lines against 12 opponents in Saturday's $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1). The Bob Baffert-trained colt is one of the top-ranked contenders for the Kentucky Derby (G1), especially in the wake of Uncle Mo's (Indian Charlie) stunning loss last Saturday, and will likely secure the favorite's role at Churchill Downs with a repeat performance.