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INDIAN WINTER (Indian Charlie) will test his mettle at two turns when he lines up for Saturday's $50,000 Turf Paradise Derby. Winner of the 6 1/2-furlong San Pedro S. in his 2011 debut, the three-year-old colt was re-directed to the 1 1/16-mile event after being scratched from last Sunday's seven-furlong San Vicente S. (G2) at Santa Anita. Martin Pedroza opted not to accompany him to Arizona, giving local rider Juan Rivera the mount, and Indian Water will break from the rail in the 10-horse field.
This week's 2011 Dubai International Racing Carnival meeting will feature a seven-race, all Thoroughbred, card highlighted by the 10th running of the UAE Oaks (UAE-G3) on Thursday.
Bob Baffert still has reservations about the 1 1/4-mile trip of the Kentucky Derby (G1), but he is willing to give THE FACTOR (War Factor) a chance at longer distances following Sunday's victory in the seven-furlong San Vicente S. (G2).
Mucho Macho Man banked $180,000 for his 1 ½-length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds and moved into a tie for seventh position on the Graded Stakes Earnings list that will likely determine the field for Kentucky Derby 137 on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs.
The NBC Sports Group will broadcast all three legs of horse racing’s prestigious Triple Crown, renewing the rights to the Preakness Stakes and reacquiring rights to the Belmont Stakes. As previously announced, NBC and Churchill Downs, Inc. renewed rights to the Kentucky Derby. This marks the first time that all three races will be on one network since NBC aired them in 2005. The agreements were announced today by Dick Ebersol, Chairman, NBC Sports Group, Tom Chuckas, President and Chief Operating Office, Maryland Jockey Club, and C. Steven Duncker, NYRA Chairman.
The even-money favorite in the January 17 Smarty Jones S. at Oaklawn, Robert Yagos' ARCHARCHARCH (Arch) took the unusual strategy of dueling for the lead before wilting to fourth, 13 1/4 lengths behind, in that one-mile contest.
Daily Racing Form reports that impressive Holy Bull S. (G3) winner DIALED IN (Mineshaft) will pass on Saturday's Fountain of Youth S. (G2), with trainer Nick Zito preferring to give the Kentucky Derby (G1) contender more time before his next start.
Zito will instead find another two-turn race for the unbeaten colt, who will still make the April 3 Florida Derby (G1) his final prep for the May 7 Run for the Roses.
In other Derby news on Monday:
Fog City Stable and George Bolton's THE FACTOR (War Front) ran to his status as the 4-5 favorite in Sunday's $150,000 San Vicente S. (G2) at Santa Anita, posting a three-quarter length victory on the wire for trainer Bob Baffert.
The three-year-old colt declared his candidacy for the Kentucky Derby (G1) when finishing up the seven-furlong test in 1:20 1/5 in just his third career start.
Trainer Kathy Ritvo was ebullient during training hours Sunday morning at Fair Grounds, and with good reason. That's because late Saturday afternoon her sophomore colt MUCHO MACHO MAN (Macho Uno), owned by a multiple partnership of Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One Racing, had established himself as a legitimate candidate for the Kentucky Derby (G1) 11 weeks away by winning the Risen Star S. (G2) at Fair Grounds.