Three days of brisk wagering in the third of four pools in Churchill Downs Racetrack’s (“CDRT”) Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KOFW”) drew to a close Sunday evening with the Mutuel Field (#24), or “All Others”, as a 4-1 favorite, but three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert’s duo of American Pharoah (#1) and Dortmund (#6) were close behind the favorite in betting that reflected solid fan support for a wide-ranging group of contenders for the upcoming 141st “Run for the Roses.”
Trainer Wesley Ward has confirmed to Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) officials that The Great War is no longer a candidate for the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and the track has suspended wagering on the colt, listed as #21, in Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).
Stellar Wind (Curlin) cruised to a 2 3/4-length victory while making her stakes debut in Saturday's $100,500 Santa Ysabel S. (G3) at Santa Anita Park, and in the process earned 50 points toward a starting berth in the May 1 Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Willis D. Horton’s reigning juvenile champion Take Charge Brandi is the brightest star among 154 horses on the roster of early nominations to the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies scheduled for its 141st running on Friday, May 1 at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”).
The Prep Season has concluded and the Championship Season is now in flight, with 14 scoring races remaining for Kentucky Derby hopefuls.
Streaking Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Take Charge Brandi is a narrow choice as the favored individual horse, but the ever-popular Mutuel Field (#24), or “All Other 3-Year-Old Fillies,” will again be a solid favorite in the morning line odds for Churchill Downs Racetrack’s Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”), which opens a three-day run on Friday, Feb. 27 and concludes on Sunday, March 1.
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.
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.
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.
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.