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The top three finishers from Saturday's Gotham S. (G3) -- AWESOME ACT (Awesome Again), YAWANNA TWIST (Yonaguska) and NACHO FRIEND (Friends Lake), respectively -- could all square off once again at Aqueduct in the April 3 Wood Memorial S. (G1).
Gotham winner Awesome Act was bright and energetic in his stall at Belmont Park Sunday morning following his successful dirt debut.
Trainer Todd Pletcher sent out a brigade of workers, including several major Kentucky Derby (G1) hopefuls, at Palm Meadows on Sunday.
Fountain of Youth S. (G2) romper ESKENDEREYA (Giant's Causeway), with jockey John Velazquez aboard, took a half-mile spin on the fast track in :49 1/5. The well-bred chestnut is likely to line up next in the March 20 Florida Derby (G1).
Fountain of Youth (Grade II) winner Eskendereya made a strong move on Saturday into the role the individual favorite for the 136th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), but the “All Others” bet remained the overall fans’ choice with one day remaining in Pool 2 of Churchill Downs’ 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).
At Oaklawn Park on Sunday, Hopeful S. (G1) star DUBLIN (Afleet Alex) drilled five furlongs in a bullet :59 3/5, best of 56 works at the distance on the fast track. The Wayne Lukas colt was posting his final major move in advance of Saturday's Rebel S. (G2).
Oaklawn clockers caught the powerfully-built chestnut reeling off fractions of :11 4/5, :23 1/5, :35 1/5 and :47, and galloping out six furlongs in 1:13 4/5, as reported by Daily Racing Form.
At Tampa Bay Downs on Sunday, SCHOOLYARD DREAMS (Stephen Got Even) and UPTOWNCHARLYBROWN (Limehouse) turned in works for Saturday's Tampa Bay Derby (G3).
Sam F. Davis S. (G3) runner-up Schoolyard Dreams smoked four furlongs in a bullet :47 3/5, best of 64 works at the distance on the fast track.
Pasco S. romper Uptowncharlybrown, third in the Sam F. Davis, blasted three panels in :35 3/5 from the gate with his blinkers on.
According to uptowncharlybrown.blogspot.com, the Alan Seewald colt continued to gallop out through a half-mile in :47 3/5 and five furlongs in 1:00 1/5.
She suffered a surprising defeat earlier in the day at the hands of Crisp in the Santa Anita Oaks (Grade I), but Blind Luck remained a solid 9-2 favorite to win the 136th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) as the second of three days betting concluded late Saturday in Churchill Downs’ 2010 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”).
Michael Talla's CRISP (El Corredor) returned to the same distance over which she won the Santa Ysabel S. (G3) in January to take Saturday's $250,000 Santa Anita Oaks (G1) by a diminishing neck under jockey Joel Rosario. Closely tracking the pace set by All Due Respect (Value Plus), the John Sadler charge moved up to challenge the leader in the lane and got her neck in front of that one while 1-2 favorite Blind Luck (Pollard's Vision) came charging to just miss. Crisp stopped the clock in 1:43 2/5 for 1 1/16 miles over the Pro-Ride to move her record to 5-3-0-1.
Thriving on a trip that found him three- and four-wide much of the way, Peter Johnson Sr. and Teresa McWilliams' ALPHIE'S BET (Tribal Rule) had plenty in reserve through the stretch to wear down the speed and draw away as much the best in Saturday's $150,000 Sham S. (G3) at Santa Anita, a Kentucky Derby (G1) prep that had been postponed one week due to a water-logged track. Under Alex Solis, who guided The Pamplemousse to victory in the same race a year ago, Alphie's Bet drove home an 8-1 winner by 2 1/4 lengths in a time of 1:48 3/5 over the Pro-Ride.
Mrs. Susan Roy and Vinery Stables' AWESOME ACT (Awesome Again) had never raced on dirt before, but the English invader took to the surface like a natural with a convincing victory in Saturday's $250,000 Gotham S. (G3) at Aqueduct. In a fine training performance by Jeremy Noseda, the royally-bred chestnut was plenty fit for his sophomore debut, despite enduring the vagaries of a frigid winter in Newmarket.
'All Others' A Strong Favorite Over Lookin At Lucky, Eskendereya After Opening Session of Second Derby Futures Pool
Uncertainty surrounding the prospects of contenders for the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) was evident during the opening hours of betting in second pool of Churchill Downs’ 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) as the mutuel field, or “all others”, was the strong fans’ choice over favored individual horses Lookin At Lucky and Eskendereya.