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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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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.
EIGHTYFIVEINAFIFTY (Forest Camp) should be able to return to training in a week after receiving 14 stitches to repair a cut suffered during his premature departure from the racetrack during the running of Saturday's $100,000 Whirlaway S. at Aqueduct, trainer Gary Contessa reported Sunday morning.
Philip J. Messina's PEPPI KNOWS (Stephen Got Even) flattered the form of Remsen S. (G2) winner Buddy's Saint (Saint Liam) with a one-length victory in Saturday's $100,000 Whirlaway S. at Aqueduct, but the real story of the 8 1/2-furlong test was 1-5 favorite Eightyfiveinafifty (Forest Camp) blowing the first turn.
The cream of this year’s crop of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds has risen to the top once again as 366 members of that class have been nominated early for the 2010 renewals of America’s three classic races that comprise horse racing’s highly sought Triple Crown.
Holy Bull S. (G3) winner WINSLOW HOMER (Unbridled's Song) is off the Kentucky Derby (G1) trail after the discovery of a stress fracture in a cannon bone, according to a statement by owner Rick Porter on his website.
Champion two-year-old colt LOOKIN AT LUCKY (Smart Strike) and Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) hero VALE OF YORK (Ire) (Invincible Spirit) share the high weight assignment of 126 pounds on the 2009 Experimental Free Handicap, released Thursday by The Jockey Club and available at jockeyclub.com.
The synthetic era in California has been good to Hall of Fame horseman Bob Baffert, who for the second consecutive year has trained the nation's leading juvenile male using an all-California campaign. Following in the hoofsteps of 2008 champion Midshipman (Unbridled's Song) was Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman's LOOKIN AT LUCKY (Smart Strike), whose luck was all good save for an excusable setback by a head in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1).