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.
Launching an inside move reminiscent of his winning rally in the Smarty Jones S. last time out, Far Right rolled late to get up by three-quarters of a length in Sunday's Southwest S. (G3) at Oaklawn Park.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star squeezed through on the rail to capture Saturday's Risen Star S. (G2) at Fair Grounds, propelling himself to the top spot on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
The Championship Series portion of the Road to the Kentucky Derby got off to a dramatic start in Saturday's Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream Park, where 4-5 favorite Upstart was disqualified for impeding Itsaknockout.
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.
A pair of scoring races were scheduled over the Presidents Day weekend (Feb. 14-16), but the Southwest Stakes had to be postponed to Sunday, Feb. 22, due to freezing conditions at Oaklawn Park.
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.
Upstart figures to be a strong favorite when he takes on seven rivals in the $400,000 Fountain of Youth (G2) over 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.
International Star (Fusaichi Pegasus), an impressive come-from-behind winner of the Lecomte S. (G3) last month, returns to Fair Grounds on Saturday for the $400,000 Risen Star (G2) over 1 1/16 miles.
Metaboss deployed a scintillating burst of speed down the stretch to take Saturday's $200,525 El Camino Real Derby (G3) at Golden Gate Fields, putting himself on the Derby trail with 10 points.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby is heating up.
As expected, the Mutuel Feld (#24), known to many racing fans as “All Others,” was the betting favorite when Pool 2 of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) closed Sunday evening, but that wagering interest was not the overwhelming favorite it was expected to be and Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) winner Texas Red (#21) emerged from a tight battle to be the favored individual horse at the end of three days of brisk betting.
Dortmund and Firing Line hooked up in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) in late December, with the former getting the win in a three-horse photo on the wire in track record-setting time.
Despite stumbling leaving the gate and trailing for much of Saturday's $250,000 Withers (G3) at Aqueduct, Far From Over (Blame) refused to be beaten in the 1 1/16-mile inner dirt test.
The mutuel field (#24), known to many racing fans as “All Others”, has been the favorite in each of Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) pools that have opened a calendar year since the wager was created in 1999, and there is no reason to expect that history will not be served when the opening pool of 2015 completes its Friday-through-Sunday (Feb. 6-8) run on Sunday evening.
G.H. Mumm has been named the “Official Champagne of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs Racetrack” after a three-year partnership was finalized between the two companies in late January.
Champion American Pharoah returned to the worktab Monday for the first time since he was scratched from the November 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) with an injury.