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Mark H. Stanley's QUIET TEMPER (Quiet American) returned to her winning ways on Friday when rallying for the victory in the $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) under jockey Robby Albarado. The Dale Romans-trained bay was sent off the near 3-1 favorite against her 10 rivals in this 1 1/16-mile test and stopped the clock in 1:44 2/5 on the fast track.
Like nurturing a champion Thoroughbred, the art of crafting fine bourbon whiskey takes time, patience and attention to detail. So it is with Woodford Reserve®, the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, which honors the country’s favorite horse race with a limited-edition Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle. The 2010 bottle features the work of nationally-acclaimed, Louisville-based artist Jeaneen Barnhart.
SOUTH / PLETCHER’S DISCREETLY MINE HEADS BAKER’S DOZEN IN LOUISIANA DERBY – E. Paul Robsham’s Discreetly Mine, a front-running winner of Fair Grounds Risen Star (GII) on Feb. 20, figures to have more company on the front end Saturday has he faces a dozen foes in the 97th running of the $750,000 Louisiana Derby (Grade II) at the New Orleans track.
SOUTH / JODY SLEW LIKELY FOR TODAY’S FAIR GROUNDS OAKS – Martin Racing Stable’s Jody Slew, winner of Fair Grounds’ Silverbulletday (GIII) and Tiffany Lass, is expected to be in the starting gate with 10 other 3-year-old fillies in Friday’s 44th running of the $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (Grade II) at New Orleans’ Fair Grounds.
El Camino Real Derby (G3) hero CONNEMARA (Giant's Causeway) is the only graded stakes winner in the 10-horse field entered in Saturday's $500,000 Lane's End S. (G2) at Turfway Park, and that fact explains his status as the 9-5 favorite on the morning line. A major Kentucky Derby (G1) prep, the 1 1/8-mile Polytrack test anchors the 12-race program that features six stakes.
Jill Byrne analyzes the upcoming Derby prep races
AWESOME ACT (Awesome Again) breezed six furlongs in 1:14 over the fast Belmont Park training track Thursday morning in his first serious move since posting a 1 1/4-length score in the Gotham S. (G3) on March 6. The move was likely his final serious timed work before an expected start in the $750,000 Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct on April 3.
A front-running winner of the San Rafael S. (G3) and Southwest S. (G3), CONVEYANCE (Indian Charlie) will make his final Kentucky Derby (G1) prep against eight rivals in Sunday's $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3).
Jill Byrne talks about what it takes to get a horse from the farm to the track