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Jill Byrne analyzes the upcoming Kentucky Derby prep races
Blue Grass (G1) hopeful CODOY (Bernstein) breezed five furlongs Friday morning over Keeneland's Polytrack with John Velazquez aboard. Velazquez will ride the Mark Hubley colt back in the nine-furlong Blue Grass on April 10.
Working to the inside of stablemate LARRY APPEL (Songandaprayer), ridden by Mimi Davis, Codoy posted five-eighths in 1:01 4/5 and galloped out in 1:14 2/5. Keeneland clockers caught Codoy in fractions of :13 1/5, :25 4/5, :37 4/5 and :49 1/5.
EAST-WEST BATTLE SHAPES UP – IF FAVORITES STEP UP – When the sun rises on Saturday, April 3, only four weeks will remain before the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) at Churchill Downs. Saturday has taken on particular importance because the two horses who are considered the current favorites for the “Run for the Roses” – Eskendereya and Lookin At Lucky – will be competing on that day on opposite coasts in their final Kentucky Derby preps.
SOUTH / OAKS FUTURE FAVORITE BLIND LUCK TRIES DIRT IN FANTASY – Blind Luck, the filly that was favored in Churchill Downs’ 2010 Kentucky Oaks Future Wager has two things to prove as she faces a small field of three rivals in Friday’s $300,000 Fantasy Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park.
Gotham S. (G3) hero AWESOME ACT (Awesome Again) blew out a quarter-mile at Belmont Park on Thursday, putting the final touches on his preparations for Saturday's Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct. Although the move was not reported on the official worktab, trainer Jeremy Noseda commented about it on his website, jeremynoseda.com.
Grade 3-placed CODOY (Bernstein) is scheduled to breeze at Keeneland Friday morning in preparation for the April 10 Blue Grass S. (G1). Plans call for Codoy to take to the track between 8 and 8:15 a.m. (EDT) and breeze six or seven furlongs.
Victor Lebron will be aboard Codoy for the work; however, trainer Mark Hubley said he had not determined which jockey would ride the bay in the Blue Grass.
Assuming those already firmly positioned within the Top 20 Graded Stakes Earnings list perform well in prep races on April 3, 10 and 17 and exit those races in good order, it’s conceivable that it could take as much as $200,000 in graded stakes earnings to crack the Kentucky Derby 136 field on the first Saturday in May.
NBC Sports’ “Road to the Kentucky Derby” continues this Saturday with two graded stakes races featuring Thoroughbred horses vying for a spot in the Kentucky Derby (Saturday, May 1, 4 p.m. ET on NBC Sports). Live action from the Santa Anita Derby in Arcadia, Calif., and the Wood Memorial in Jamaica, NY, begins Saturday at 5 p.m. ET on NBC Sports.
Six horses have been added to the list of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds eligible to compete in the three American classic races that make up the 2010 Triple Crown after their owners paid a required $6,000 fee during its late nomination phase that concluded Saturday, March 27.