With just over nine weeks remaining until the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), uncertainty surrounds some of the Derby’s major contenders and it is reflected in the morning line odds for this week’s third of four pools of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”), which launches its three-day run on Friday, Feb. 27 and concludes on Sunday, March 1.
I'm a Chatterbox (Munnings) proved her eight-length romp in the January 17 Silverbulletday S. was no fluke when capturing Saturday's $175,000 Rachel Alexandra S. (G3) over the same New Orleans track.
Ekati's Phaeton (Tale of Ekati) gained a measure of revenge on Saturday when taking the $200,000 Davona Dale S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park by a neck over Birdatthewire (Summer Bird) after finishing fourth to that rival in the Forward Gal S. (G2) in late January.
Condo Commando (Tiz Wonderful) led every step of the way in Saturday's $100,000 Busher S. at Aqueduct to making her sophomore debut a winning one.
With jockey Junior Alvarado up for trainer Rudy Rodriguez, the dark bay miss ran 1 1/16 miles over the fast inner dirt in 1:45 2/5 after finishing 4 3/4 lengths in front of Paulassilverlining (Ghostzapper) on the wire.
Owners and trainers of 3-year-old fillies who hope their young stars prove worthy of a spot in the starting gate for the 141st running of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s (“CDRT”) $1 million guaranteed Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) on Friday, May 1 have until Saturday (Feb. 21) to make their fillies eligible for America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies before the conclusion of its early nomination phase.
Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”), home of the Kentucky Derby and Longines Kentucky Oaks, and its charitable beneficiaries Bright Pink® and Horses and Hope today announced that the public can now nominate and vote for breast and ovarian cancer survivors to walk in the 2015 Longines Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade Presented by Kroger with supporting sponsor Kindred Healthcare.
Zayat Stables LLC’s American Pharoah, the Eclipse Award winner for champion 2-year-old colt of 2014, and Willis D. Horton’s Take Charge Brandi, who mounted a year-end charge to earn the honor of America’s 2014 juvenile filly champion, head an accomplished roster of 429 3-year-old Thoroughbreds made eligible to compete in the 2015 Triple Crown during the early nomination phase for the series of three classic races that includes the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), the $1.5 million-guaranteed Preakness (GI) and the $1.5 million-guaranteed Belmont Stakes (GI).
Forum Racing's Birdatthewire was facing a big class test off a maiden win last out, but the Dale Romans trainee passed with flying colors in Saturday's $200,000 Forward Gal (G2) at Gulfstream.
Eleven three-year-old fillies will travel seven furlongs in the $200,000 Forward Gal (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, a prelude for the Davona Dale (G2) and Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2).
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox sprang a front-running upset in Saturday's $125,000 Silverbulletday S. at Fair Grounds, earning 10 points toward the Kentucky Oaks.
Repole Stable's Overprepared (Quality Road) was one of the three new entrants when Friday's Busanda S. at Aqueduct was redrawn, and ended up wiring the mile-and-70-yard event under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.
The Todd Pletcher-trained bay filly stopped the clock in 1:44 3/5 and earned 10 points toward a starting berth in the Kentucky Oaks on May 1 at Churchill Downs.
Top Decile, a half-length second in both the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Alcibiades last fall, kicks off her sophomore campaign in the $125,000 Silverbulletday for three-year-old fillies at Fair Grounds on Saturday. Contested over one mile and 70 yards, the Silverbulletday is a prelude to the $150,000 Rachel Alexandra on February 21 and $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks on March 28.
Regis Racing's Seduire made her debut on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard Saturday thanks to a 2 1/4-length wire victory in the Grade 2, $201,000 Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita Park.
The Jerry Hollendorfer-trained filly ran 6 1/2 furlongs on the fast track in 1:15 1/5 under jockey Rafael Bejarano. She turned back challenges from both Xoxo and Callback to secure the win, which awarded her 10 points toward a starting berth in the Kentucky Oaks.
A plethora of speed in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Ynez at Santa Anita could set things up for a closer in the 6 1/2-furlong dash for three-year-old fillies, which offers the winner 10 qualifying points toward eligibility in the Kentucky Oaks.
Take Charge Brandi may have clinched an Eclipse Award as champion two-year-old filly by leading all the way in Saturday's Grade 1, $350,500 Starlet Stakes at Los Alamitos.
Willis Horton's well-bred filly added 10 more Kentucky Oaks points to her total of 30, which tops the leaderboard. She had scored 10 apiece for her previous victories in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and Delta Downs Princess.