WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables’ Carpe Diem did not disappoint his many fans as the overwhelming 3-5 favorite in Saturday’s $1 million Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland, drawing off to a three-length victory in the prestigious 1 1/8-mile race.
Brereton C. Jones' Lovely Maria (Majesticperfection) earned her first stakes victory on Saturday when taking the $500,000 Ashland S. (G1) at Keeneland by 3 1/4 lengths as the 9-5 favorite.
The Larry Jones-trained filly not only earned her first stakes score, she gave jockey Kerwin Clark his first career Grade 1 win after decades in the saddle.
Godolphin Racing's Frosted denied the upset-minded 21-1 shot Tencendur with a strong late rally in Saturday's $1 million TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct.
Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables LLC and The Elkstone Group LLC's Condo Commando (Tiz Wonderful) earned her third straight stakes victory, as well as 100 points toward a guaranteed starting berth in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (G1), when capturing Saturday's $300,000 Gazelle S. (G2) at Aqueduct with jockey Joel Rosario aboard.
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The final round of major prep races began on March 28 with the Florida Derby, Louisiana Derby and U.A.E. Derby all offering points on a 100-40-20-10 scale to the top four finishers.
The solid gold trophy that will be presented to the owner of the 3-year-old Thoroughbred that wins the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 2 has arrived at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) and was unveiled to members of the media on Tuesday, March 31.
The 14-karat gold, handcrafted Kentucky Derby Winner’s Trophy, which will be presented to the winning owner in ceremonies in the Kentucky Derby Winner’s Circle following American’s greatest race, arrived in Louisville aboard a Brinks truck on Friday evening. The priceless trophy was unveiled to the public for the first time during a Tuesday media briefing in the Directors Room of the Churchill Downs Clubhouse. Alongside the Winner’s Trophy were three smaller sterling silver replica trophies that will be presented to Kentucky Derby 141’s winning trainer, jockey and breeder.
Kentucky Derby fans saw much to like during the three days of betting in the fourth and final pool of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s (“CDRT”)’ 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) but they were most attracted to three-time Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert’s “dynamic duo” of Zayat Stables’ reigning 2-year-old champion American Pharoah (#1) and Kaleem Shah Inc.’s unbeaten Dortmund (#7), who were the pool’s 1-2 betting choices when wagering concluded Sunday evening.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus) wore down Stanford (Malibu Moon) in deep stretch to post a neck victory in Saturday’s $750,000 Louisiana Derby (G2), completing a sweep of the three-year-old graded stakes at the Fair Grounds oval.
The lightly-raced Materiality (Afleet Alex) replicated the feat of stablemate Constitution (A.P. Indy) by taking the $1 million Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on Saturday in just his third career start.
Fletcher and Carolyn Gray's homebred I'm a Chatterbox (Munnings) earned her third straight stakes victory on Saturday when recording a 2 1/2-length victory in the $396,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) under jockey Florent Geroux.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum's Mubtaahij demolished Saturday's $2 million U.A.E. Derby (UAE-G2), stamping his ticket to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.
Two scoring races were offered last weekend (March 21-22), both offering points on a 50-20-10-5 scale to the top four finishers, and Dubai Sky and Firing Line stamped their Kentucky Derby ticket with victories in the Spiral Stakes and Sunland Derby, respectively.
The powerful hand held by Hall of Fame Thoroughbred trainer Bob Baffert heading into this year’s 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) is evident in the fact the two young stars from his stable – reigning 2014 2-year-old champion American Pharoah (#1) and unbeaten Dortmund (#7) – are the expected to be the top betting choices heading into this weekend’s fourth and final pool of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s (“CDRT”) 2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).
Three Chimneys Farm and Besilu Stable’s Dubai Sky, who ran an ongoing winning streak to four races with an impressive triumph in the $535,750 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (Grade III) at Turfway Park, and I Spent It, winner of the Saratoga Special (GII) and runner-up in the Hopeful (GI) for the partnership of Alex and Joann Lieblong and Three Chimneys, head a roster of nine horse made eligible to compete in the races of the 2105 Triple Crown prior to conclusion of its late nomination phase on Monday, March 23 (pending late mail). The late nominations raised the overall nomination total of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds eligible to run in 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) to 438.
Arnold Zetcher LLC's Firing Line romped by 14 1/5 lengths on Sunday in the $800,000 Sunland Derby (G3) to earn 50 points toward a starting berth in the May 2 Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Maybellene (Looking at Lucky) finished second by a neck to stablemate Callback (Street Sense) in the $200,240 Sunland Park Oaks, but ended up inheriting the victory on Sunday after her barnmate was disqualified for interfering with pacesetter Fancy and Flashy (Zensational).
The duo are both trained by Bob Baffert, and Maybellene earned 50 points toward a starting berth in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (G1) with the win, which was also her first stakes score.
Pin Oak Stable's homebred Don't Leave Me (Lemon Drop Kid) captured Saturday's $147,675 Bourbonette Oaks (G3) at Turfway Park by three parts of a length under jockey Jose Lezcano.