As the first race in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" scoring series, and a "Win & You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Saturday's Grade 3, $115,500 Iroquois Stakes featured several promising two-year-olds at Churchill Downs. It wasn't the leading fancies, however, but the 11-1 shot Lucky Player who earned the Breeders' Cup ticket, and the 10 points toward the 2015 Kentucky Derby. Edging stablemate Bold Conquest by a neck, he topped the Steve Asmussen-trained exacta and also gave his freshman sire, two-time champion Lookin at Lucky, his first graded winner.
Robert S. Evans' Tonalist was making just his fifth lifetime start in Saturday's 146th edition of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes but that didn't stop the Tapit colt from running down Commissioner to post a head win in the "Test of the Champion."
Kentucky Derby and Preakness hero California Chrome will break from post 2 in Saturday's Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, where he will aim to end the Triple Crown drought that racing fans have endured since Affirmed's conquest in 1978. The flashy chestnut has been installed as the 3-5 favorite to make history in the 1 1/2-mile classic at Belmont Park, both the oldest and longest of the jewels of the Triple Crown.