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Jill Byrne analyzes the upcoming Kentucky Derby prep races
British trainer Jeremy Noseda is mapping out plans for the royally-bred AWESOME ACT (Awesome Again), who was last seen flying home for fourth in the November 7 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G2). According to a statement posted Thursday on Noseda's website, Awesome Act will ship from his Newmarket headquarters to New York for the March 6 Gotham S. (G3) at Aqueduct.
Godolphin's undefeated MENDIP (Harlan's Holiday), a Triple Crown nominee, scored a professional victory in his three-year-old debut in Dubai on Thursday.
The Saeed bin Suroor pupil faced 13 rivals in the 1ST race, an about seven-furlong conditions event on the synthetic Tapeta surface at Meydan Racecourse. Four of them were his stablemates, including fellow Triple Crown nominees Cappiwino (Soto) and Fareej (Kingmambo).
The 2010 “Road to the Roses” Kentucky Derby Fantasy Challenge, a free online contest that allows racing
fans to manage a stable of Kentucky Derby contenders during the three-month buildup to the historic Kentucky
Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), is now open for registration. Located at www.RoadToTheRoses.com,
the game’s grand prize winner will receive a VIP trip for two to the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby in 2011.
“Road to the Roses” players earn points based on how well their fantasy stable performs in a
Saturday's $225,000 Sam F. Davis (G3) features a match-up between local star UPTOWNCHARLYBROWN (Limehouse) and Grade 3 winner RULE (Roman Ruler) at Tampa Bay Downs. A total of seven three-year-olds are entered for the 1 1/16-mile event, which serves as a prep for the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) on March 13.
AMERICAN LION (Tiznow) will make his two-turn debut Saturday while taking on four rivals in the $150,000 Robert B. Lewis S. (G2) at Santa Anita. The 1 1/16-mile event, rescheduled from last Saturday's card that was lost when the Pro-Ride failed to drain properly after heavy rain, is a major prep for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 3.
Champion 2-year-old Lookin At Lucky is the favored individual horse, but Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia is confident that the mutuel field, or ‘all others’, will again be the favored wagering interest in the opening pool of the 2010 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) that opens its three-day run on Friday, Feb. 12.
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(VIDEO) Jill Byrne discusses the Derby Prep Season.
When Santa Anita was forced to cancel racing this past Saturday after a deluge of rain, two of the track's significant three-year-old races scheduled for that day had to be postponed. Both the Las Virgenes S. (G1), a one-mile test for sophomore fillies, and the Robert B. Lewis S. (G2), a 1 1/16-mile affair, have been rescheduled for this upcoming Saturday.
Accordingly, the connections of BLIND LUCK (Pollard's Vision), a prohibitive favorite for the Las Virgenes, and AMERICAN LION (Tiznow), a leading contender in the Lewis, are fine-tuning their plans in light of the postponement.