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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.
THE FACTOR STREAKS INTO KENTUCKY DERBY 137 PICTURE WITH ROMP IN OAKLAWN’S REBEL – One of the most discussed questions on the road to the 137th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) was emphatically answered by The Factor during his victory in Saturday’s running of the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park.
Just a few days ago, barely more than a handful of horses were committed to Saturday's 98th running of the Louisiana Derby (G2), but come entry time, the hefty $1 million purse ended up luring a bumper crop of 13 aspiring three-year-olds at Fair Grounds. As expected, MUCHO MACHO MAN (Macho Uno) returns to the scene of his impressive victory in the February 19 Risen Star S.
It was water, water everywhere at Santa Anita Sunday morning as the heavens unleashed yet another winter storm, but it did not rain on Bob Baffert's parade.
The Hall of Fame trainer was basking in the glow of THE FACTOR's (War Front) devastating win in Saturday's Rebel S. (G2) at Oaklawn Park, and said that all options were open for the colt's next race.
Fog City Stable and George Bolton's THE FACTOR (War Front) made a successful two-turn debut in Saturday's $300,000 Rebel S. (G2) at Oaklawn Park, winning in such an emphatic style as to ensure his continued presence along the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail for the immediate future.
Bourbon S. (G3) star ROGUE ROMANCE (Smarty Jones) has been taken off the Triple Crown Trail with a fracture in his left forefoot, according to a report on Runnymede Farm's website.
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out two of the six starters in Saturday's 3RD race at Gulfstream Park, a one-mile allowance event for three-year-olds, and most of the attention was focused upon his Cal Nation (Distorted Humor), who was favored at 2-5 off a smashing 7 3/4-length debut maiden score in his previous start. But it was unheralded stablemate DANCE CITY (City Zip) that wound up proving best in a photo finish, re-rallying to the lead in deep stretch to post a nose decision.