The Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series returns in earnest Saturday.

  Over the next nine weekends, 3-year-old Thoroughbreds will continue their quest for points in select races to secure a berth in the starting gate for the 145th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Saturday, May 4 at Churchill Downs.

  The Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve is action-packed this weekend with a quartet of races, led by Saturday’s Risen Star (GII) at Fair Grounds – the first “Championship Series” race that will award 50 points to the winner and 20 to the runner-up. The third and fourth-place finisher will earn 10 and 5 points, respectively.

  The “Prep Season” races, which award 10-4-2-1 points to the Top 4, conclude with Saturday’s El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate and Monday’s Southwest (GIII) at Oaklawn Park. Also, the penultimate race on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby is early Sunday morning at Tokyo Racecourse with the Hyacinth. – Darren Rogers

WAR OF WILL TOPS RISEN STAR – Lecomte (Grade III) winner War of Will has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite among 14 runners in Saturday’s $400,000 Risen Star (GII), the second of three Kentucky Derby qualifiers at Fair Grounds. The 1 1/16-mile race also serves as the first of 16 races in the Championship Season portion of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, with 50 points available to the winner.

  War of Will picked up 10 points winning the Lecomte with authority, scoring by a four-length margin as the 8-5 favorite, and it marked the first start on a fast main track for the former turf stakes performer. Owned by Gary Barber and trained by Mark Casse, the son of War Front will have to overcome an outside starting position after receiving post 13 and Tyler Gaffalione will be back aboard the stalker.

  Owendale comes next at 6-1 following a fine tally over a well-regarded allowance field on Jan. 17. By Into Mischief, the bay colt will make his first stakes attempt for Brad Cox and Shaun Bridgmohan retains the assignment. Lecomte runner-up Hog Creek Hustle has been pegged as the 8-1 third choice on the morning line and Florent Geroux sticks with the Vickie Foley-trained late runner.

  Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) runner-up Plus Que Parfait will try to improve upon a fifth in the Lecomte and Julien Leparoux rides for Brendan Walsh. Limonite, unraced since rallying third in the Kentucky Jockey Club, will open his 2019 season for Steve Asmussen and adds a new jock in Brian Hernandez Jr.

  After being scratched from the Lecomte, Mr. Money will make his first start since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI). Regular rider Gabriel Saez has the call for Bret Calhoun. Country House invades from South Florida for Bill Mott following a good-looking maiden triumph at Gulfstream Park and Luis Saez will accompany the Lookin at Lucky colt.

  Multiple turf stakes victor Henley’s Joy is scheduled to make his first dirt start and other contestants include Lecomte third-placer Manny Wah and Frolic More, who exits a rallying second to Owendale. Santa Anita maiden winner Kingly isn’t expected to ship from Southern California and his defection would allow Gun It to draw in from the also-eligible list. James Scully, TwinSpires.com

 

PREP SEASON CLOSES WITH EL CAMINO REAL AND SOUTHWEST STAKES – The Road to the Kentucky Derby “Prep Season” will close this holiday weekend with Saturday’s $100,000 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields and Monday’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (Grade III) at Oaklawn Park.

  The El Camino Real Derby, run at 1 1/8 miles over the synthetic Tapeta surface, attracted a field of 13 led by gutsy maiden winner Kingly for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and front-running allowance winner Anothertwistafate for Northern California-based conditioner Blaine Wright.

  Monday’s Southwest Stakes will be drawn Friday and is expected to feature Smarty Jones Stakes (GIII) winner Gray Attempt for veteran trainer Jinks Fires. The 1 1/16-mile race is a prep race for the March 16 Rebel (GII) and April 13 Arkansas Derby (GI). – Kevin Kerstein

 

UPCOMING ROAD TO THE DERBY RACES

 

Date         Race                                        Track           Top 4 Points

Feb. 16     Risen Star                                 FG               50-20-10-5

Feb. 16     El Camino Real Derby             GG              10-4-2-1

Feb. 17     Hyacinth#                                Tokyo          30-12-6-3

Feb. 18     Southwest                                 OP               10-4-2-1

March 1    Patton*                                     Dundalk       20-8-4-2

March 2    Fountain of Youth                    GP               50-20-10-5

March 6    Road to the Kentucky Derby*   Kempton      20-8-4-2

March 9    Gotham                                   Aqu              50-20-10-5

March 9    San Felipe                                SA                50-20-10-5

March 9    Tampa Bay Derby                    Tam             50-20-10-5

March 9    Jeff Ruby Steaks                        TP                20-8-4-2

March 16  Rebel                                       OP               50-20-10-5

March 23  Louisiana Derby                       FG               100-40-20-10

March 24  Sunland Derby                         Sun               50-20-10-5

March 30  UAE Derby                              Meydan        100-40-20-10

March 30  Florida Derby                          GP               100-40-20-10

March 31  Fukuryu#                                  Nakyama      40-16-8-4

April 6      Wood Memorial                       Aqu              100-40-20-10

April 6      Blue Grass                                Kee              100-40-20-10

April 6      Santa Anita Derby                    SA                100-40-20-10

April 11    Cardinal Condition*                 Chelmsford  30-12-6-3

April 13    Arkansas Derby                        OP               100-40-20-10

April 13    Lexington                                 Kee              20-8-4-2

 

# Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby

* European Road to the Kentucky Derby

 

ROAD TO THE KENTUCKY DERBY TOP 25

 

#      Horse                              Trainer                                    Points

1.      Game Winner                  Bob Baffert                                30

2.      Knicks Go                        Ben Colebrook                           18

3.      Signalman                        Kenny McPeek                           18

4.      Gunmetal Gray                Jerry Hollendorfer                      18

5.      Long Range Toddy           Steve Asmussen                           14

6.      Mucho Gusto                    Bob Baffert                                14

7.      Maximus Mischief             “Butch” Reid Jr.                          12

8.      Tax                                  Danny Gargan                           12

9.      Mind Control                   Gregg Sacco                               10

10.   Improbable                      Bob Baffert                                10

11.   Harvey Wallbanger           Kenny McPeek                           10

12.   War of Will                      Mark Casse                                 10

13.   Well Defined                   Kathleen O’Connell                    10

14.   Gray Attempt                   Jinks Fires                                  10

15.   Our Braintrust                  Mark Casse                                   6

16.   Code of Honor                 Shug McGaughey III                     4

17.   Network Effect                 Chad Brown                                 4

18.   Bankit                              Steve Asmussen                             4

19.   Everfast                            Dale Romans                               4

20.   Sueno                               Keith Desormeaux                        4

21.   Not That Brady                Rudy Rodriguez                            4

22.   Hog Creek Hustle              Vickie Foley                                 4

23.   Plus Que Parfait                Brendan Walsh                             4

24.   Mr. Money                        Bret Calhoun                                2

25.   Rowayton                         Jerry Hollendorfer                        2

   

TRIPLE CROWN NOMINEES DERMA LOUVRE, MASTER FENCER TOP HYACINTH FIELD – Triple Crown-nominated Derma Louvre (JPN) and Master Fencer (JPN) are among the 12 horses that were entered for Sunday morning’s Hyacinth at Tokyo Racecourse.

  The one-mile race for 3-year-olds, which goes at 12:25 a.m. EDT, is the third of four Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby prep races and awards points to the Top 4 finishers on a 30-12-6-3 scale.

  Entries will be finalized for the Hyacinth on Friday. For complete field details, visit: https://umanity.jp/en/racedata/race_8.php?code=201....

  Hiroyuki Asanuma’s Derma Louvre, a son of Pyro, previously finished second in the Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun on the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby in mid-December. The colt, trained by Hirofumi Toda, has a record of 5-3-1-0 with $447,672 in purse earnings.

  Katsumi Yoshizawa’s Master Fencer sports a two-race win streak for trainer Koichi Tsunoda.

  There were four horses from Japan nominated to the Triple Crown. Nobutaka Tada’s Romantico (JPN) and Shinji Maeda’s Zeruch (JPN) were not entered in the Hyacinth.

  Only one invitation to compete in the Kentucky Derby will be extended with preference given to the horses with the most points in the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby series.

  The Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby concludes March 31 with the Fukuryu Stakes at Nakayama. The race will award to the Top 4 finishers points on a 40-16-8-4 scale. – Kevin Kerstein

 

NEEDS SUPERVISION, POSITIVE SPIRIT CO-FAVORITES IN RACHEL ALEXANDRA – On the Road to the Kentucky Oaks – the Derby’s companion race for 3-year-old fillies on Friday, May 3 – Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Madaket Stable’s Silverbulletday Stakes winner Need Supervision is the 5-1 co-morning line favorite along with Michael Ryan’s runaway Demoiselle Stakes (Grade II) winner Positive Spirit in Saturday’s $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (GII) at Fair Grounds.

  The 1 1/16-mile race, with a post time of 6:29 p.m. EDT, will award the Top 4 finishers points for the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) on a 50-20-10-5 scale. – Kevin Kerstein

 

SPOTLIGHT HORSE: WAR OF WILL

 

·     Eyes will be on New Orleans Saturday for the return of Lecomte (GIII) winner War of Will – one of the top contenders in the mid-south for the Run for the Roses. War of Will, who recently closed at odds of 17-1 in the second Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool, defeated 11 rivals in the Lecomte by four lengths for his first stakes victory on the dirt. A son of top grass stallion War Front, War of Will broke his maiden over the “sloppy” going at Churchill Downs on Nov. 24 following four tries on the turf.

·     Owner information: Gary Barber is a legendary movie producer and prominent horse owner in North America. Barber, a native of South Africa, was the former CEO of MGM from 2010-2018 and co-founder of Spyglass Entertainment. Barber helped oversee hundreds of movies such as Tomb Raider, James Bond: Skyfall and Bruce Almighty. Many of Barber’s top horses are named after famed MGM stars such as Kentucky Oaks runner-up Wonder Gadot, who Barber named after Wonder Woman’s actress Gal Gadot   

 

·     Trainer information: Mark Casse is a second-generation horseman who is most known for training champion mare Tepin and Canadian Champions Sealy Hill, Uncaptured, Lexie Lou and Catch a Glimpse. Casse was born in Indianapolis, Ind. and grew up in Ocala, Fla. Casse’s father, Norman, was a trainer in South Florida and one of the founders of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company. Casse was a top trainer at Churchill Downs in the 1980s and relocated back to Louisville in 2012 where his son, Norm, oversaw a string of 40 horses. Casse is seeking his first victory in the Kentucky Derby (6-0-0-0). – Kevin Kerstein

 

PAST PERFORMANCES & HISTORY

 

Brinset.com Triple Crown Past Performances

https://bit.ly/2RFfFUk

 

Brisnet.com Risen Star Past Performances

https://bit.ly/2UYdaOZ

 

Brisnet.com El Camino Real Derby Past Performances

https://bit.ly/2SCYB6w

 

Risen Star Stakes History

https://bit.ly/2SH5seL

 

Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboards

http://bit.ly/1NkdWAX

 

THE RUNDOWN

 

John Battaglia Memorial

Friday, Feb. 15, $75,000, 3yo, 1 1/16 M (Polytrack), Turfway Park (R5), Top 4 Points: 0-0-0-0. 8:12 p.m. ET. TV: TVG.

 

  # Horse                       Jockey                      Trainer                    ML

  1. Echo Alpha Six         Ty Kennedy             Marshall Godsey Jr.  10-1

  2. Dabo                        John McKee             Dale Romans           12-1

  3. f-The Mackem Bullet (IRE)*     Luan Machado          Wesley Ward              2-1

  4. Dynamic Racer*       Euclyn Prentice Jr.    Ronald Kahles          20-1

  5. Wallace*                   Perry Ouzts              Kelsey Danner         12-1

  6. Maya Solomea           Abel Lezcano           Adolfo Macias          30-1

  7. Kentucky Allstar*      Rodney Prescott       Mike Maker              12-1

  8. Somelikeithotbrown  Rafael Hernandez     Mike Maker                6-5

  9. Zulu Legend*            Christian Pilares       Robert Gorham        20-1

10. Over Protective         Malcolm Franklin     Ronand Kinmon      12-1

 

* Not Triple Crown nominated

 

Miracle Wood

Saturday, Feb. 16, $100,000, 3yo, 1 M, Laurel Park (R5), Top 4 Points: 0-0-0-0. 2:30 p.m. ET. TV: TVG.

 

  # Horse                       Jockey                      Trainer                    ML

  1. Trainfourtwentyone* Anthony Salgado      Philip Aristone         12-1

  2. Alwaysmining            Daniel Centeno        Kelly Rubley               7-5

  3. Wendell Fong           Jorge Vargas Jr.         Jeremiah Englehart     8-1

  4. Mount Travers*         Horacio Karamanos Linda Rice                  9-2

  5. Tybalt*                     Kevin Gomez           Claudio Gonzalez       5-1

  6. Gray Magician          Flavien Prat              Peter Miller                9-2

 

Rachel Alexandra (GII)

Saturday, Feb. 16, $200,000, 3yo Fillies, 1 1/16 M, Fair Grounds (R11), Top 4 Points: 50-20-10-5. 6:29 p.m. ET. TV: TVG.

 

  # Horse                       Jockey                      Trainer                    ML

  1. Molto Bella               Julien Leparoux        Ian Wilkes                10-1

  2. Street Band               Sophie Doyle           Larry Jones               20-1

  3. Serengeti Empress     James Graham         Tom Amoss                6-1

  4. Positive Spirit            Manny Franco          Rodolphe Brisset        5-1

  5. Liora                         Channing Hill           Wayne Catalano       12-1

  6. Oxy Lady                  Adam Beschizza       Jack Sisterson             6-1

  7. Bell’s the One           Florent Geroux         Neil Pessin                 8-1

  8.                                  Eres Tu                    Ricardo Santana Jr.   Steve Asmussen   12-1

  9. Needs Supervision     Joe Rocco Jr.            Jerry O’Dwyer            5-1

10. Chasing Yesterday     Drayden Van Dyke   Bob Baffert                5-2

 

El Camino Real Derby

Saturday, Feb. 16, $100,000, 3yo, 1 1/8 M (Tapeta), Golden Gate Fields (R7), Top 4 Points: 10-4-2-1. 6:54 p.m. ET. TV: TVG.

 

  # Horse                       Jockey                      Trainer                  ML  

  1. Angelo’s Pride           Silvio Amador          Bill Delia               30-1

  2. King of Speed           Heriberto Figueroa   Jeff Bonde             10-1

  3. Data Hawk*              Ricky Gonzalez        Tim McCanna        30-1

  4. Anothertwistafate      Juan Hernandez        Blaine Wright           5-2

  5. The Creep*               Brice Blanc              Doug O’Neill         12-1

  6. Weekly Call*             Alonso Quinonez     Doug O’Neill         12-1

  7. Eagle Song*              Julien Couton           Mark Glatt                5-1

  8. Rey Coliman*           Catalino Martinez     Felix Rondan          30-1

  9. Kingly                       Evin Roman             Bob Baffert              2-1

10. Knight’s Cross           Diego Sanchez         Keith Desormeaux  20-1

11. Royal Insider*           Frank Alvarado         Eoin Harty             30-1

12. More Ice                   Abel Cedillo             Jerry Hollendorfer    8-1

13. Mayor Cobb              William Antongeorgi III   Jonathan Wong      20-1

 

* Not Triple Crown nominated

 

Risen Star presented by Lamarque Ford (GII)

Saturday, Feb. 16, $400,000, 3yo, 1 1/16 M, Fair Grounds (R12), Top 4 Points: 50-20-10-5. 7:02 p.m. ET. TV: TVG.

 

  # Horse                       Jockey                      Trainer                    ML

  1. Plus Que Parfait        Julien Leparoux        Brendan Walsh         10-1

  2. Roiland                     James Graham         Tom Amoss              20-1

  3. Mr. Money                Gabriel Saez             Bret Calhoun            12-1

  4. Chase the Ghost        Mitchell Murrill        Dallas Stewart           30-1

  5. Henley’s Joy              Manny Franco          Mike Maker              10-1

  6. Hog Creek Hustle      Florent Geroux         Vickie Foley               8-1

  7. Manny Wah              Channing Hill           Wayne Catalano       12-1

  8. Owendale                 Shaun Bridgmohan   Brad Cox                    6-1

  9. Country House          Luis Saez                  Bill Mott                   20-1

10. Limonite                   Brian Hernandez Jr.  Steve Asmussen         10-1

11. Dunph                      Jose Ortiz                 Mike Maker              20-1

12. Frolic More               Corey Lanerie           Dallas Stewart           10-1

13. Kingly                       Drayden Van Dyke   Bob Baffert              12-1

14. War of Will               Tyler Gaffalione      Mark Casse                 5-2

 

Also Eligible:

 

15. Gun It                       Ricardo Santana Jr.   Steve Asmussen         10-1

 

Hyacinth

Sunday, Feb. 17, 3yo, 1,600 meters, Tokyo Racecourse (R9), Top 4 Points: 30-12-6-3. 12:25 a.m. ET. TV: TVG/TVG2.

 

  # Horse                       Jockey                      Trainer                    

  1. R Rosso (JPN)*         Kohei Matsuyama     Takeshi Matsushita 

  2. Imeru (JPN)*             Ryuji Wada               Hidetaka Otonashi

  3. Orthographe (IRE)*  Hiroshi Kitamura      Masakazu Ikegami

  4. Oval Ace (JPN)*        Masayoshi Ebina      Noboru Takagi

  5. Derma Louvre (JPN) Christophe Lemaire  Hirofumi Toda

  6. Nanyo Izayoi (JPN)* Yutaka Take              Mikio Matsunaga

  7. Master Fencer (JPN)  Yasunari Iwata          Koichi Tsunoda

  8. Miyake (JPN)*           Nanako Fujita           Akira Murayama

  9. Make Happy (JPN)*   Mirco Demuro         Koichi Shinkai

10. Weitblick (JPN)*       Keita Tosaki             Shoichiro Wada

 

* Not Triple Crown nominated

 

Southwest (GIII)

Monday, Feb. 18, $500,000, 3yo, 1 1/16 M, Oaklawn Park (R9), Top 4 Points: 10-4-2-1. 6:10 p.m. ET. TV: TVG.

 

  # Horse                       Jockey                      Trainer                   

  1. Gray Attempt            Shaun Bridgmohan   Jinks Fires               

  2. Ninth Street              David Cabrera          Steve Asmussen        

  3. Cutting Humor          John Velazquez         Todd Pletcher         

  4. Boldor                      Ramon Vazquez        Steve Asmussen        

  5. Jersey Agenda           Ricardo Santana Jr.   Steve Asmussen        

  6. Super Steed               Terry Thompson      Larry Jones              

  7. Sueno                        Corey Lanerie           Keith Desormeaux   

  8.                                  Six Shooter               Stewart Elliott           Paul Holtus        

  9. Bankit                       Jose Ortiz                 Steve Asmussen        

10. Long Range Toddy    Richard Eramia        Steve Asmussen

11. Olympic Runner        David Cohen            Mark Casse

 

DERBY DETAIL

 

BAFFERT DUO KINGLY, CHASING YESTERDAY REPORTEDLY SCRATCHING FROM RISEN STAR, RACHEL ALEXANDRA – Trainer Bob Baffert’s duo of Kingly and Chasing Yesterday will not ship from Southern California and be scratched from the Risen Star (GII) and Rachel Alexandra (GII), respectively, according to the Hall of Fame conditioner.

   Kingly, a maiden winner at Santa Anita, is likely to run in Saturday’s El Camino Real Derby while plans for Chasing Yesterday have not been finalized.

   With the scratch of Kingly from the Risen Star, also eligible Gun It can draw into the field. – Kevin Kerstein

 

LONGSHOT BETTORS REJOICE AT RISEN STAR TRENDS – Over the last 10 runnings of the Risen Star, the average odds of the winner is 18-1.

   That stat, which is inflated by 135-1 longshot Ive Struck a Nerve’s narrow victory in 2013, could have handicappers searching deep within the past performances for Saturday’s 47th running of the 1 1/16-mile race.

   The last post-time favorite to win the Risen Star was El Padrino in 2012 and the last post time favorite to hit the board was Vicar’s in Trouble – who finished third in 2014. – Kevin Kerstein

 

GRAY ATTEMPT HOPES TO BECOME ONLY SECOND HORSE TWO SWEEP SMARTY JONES/SOUTHWEST DOUBLEDwight Pruitt’s speedy Smarty Jones Stakes winner Gray Attempt will try to become only the second horse to sweep both the Smarty Jones Stakes and Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

   The only other horse to sweep both races was Robert LaPenta and Harry Rosenblum’s Far Right in 2015. – Kevin Kerstein

 

THE APOLLO CURSE IS BROKEN BUT STATISTIC OF UNRACED 2-YEAR-OLDS STILL STAGGERING – While Justify ultimately silenced any believers in the Apollo Curse by becoming the first horse in 136 years to win the Kentucky Derby without a start as a 2-year-old, there are several Triple Crown nominees that hope to add their names to the historic list.

   Out of the 362 Triple Crown nominees, 109, or 30.1%, did not race as at age 2, including promising runners Hidden Scroll, Dessman, Soldado, Growth Engine and Global Campaign.

   At this point last year, Justify was on the cusp of making his career debut at Santa Anita on Feb. 18, 2018.  – Kevin Kerstein

PORTION OF NOT THAT BRADY PURSE EARNINGS DONATED TO BELMONT PARK CHARITY – Withers Stakes (GIII) runner-up Not That Brady will make his next start in the March 9 Gotham and  10 percent of his purse earnings will be donated to the Belmont Child Care Association, according to his owners.

   Owned in partnership by trainer Rudy Rodriguez along with Michael Imperio and Lianna Stables, the chestnut-son of Big Brown finished only a head behind Withers winner Tax at odds of 8-1. – Kevin Kerstein

 

SAM F. DAVIS RUNNER-UP KENTUCKY WILDCAT OFF TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL – Sam F. Davis (GIII) runner-up Kentucky Wildcat injured his right foreleg and had surgery to repair a condylar fracture, according to trainer Tom Albertrani.

   The impressive maiden winner is owned by Godolphin Racing. – Kevin Kerstein

 

SOMELIKEITHOTBROWN HEADS BATTAGLIA AT TURFWAY – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GI) third-place finisher Somelikeithotbrown heads a field of 10 3-year-olds in Friday night’s $75,000 John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park – a local prep for the March 9 Jeff Ruby Steaks (GIII).

   The 1 1/16-mile race over the synthetic Polytrack surface was originally scheduled for Feb. 8 but the card was cancelled due to wind chills in the lower 20s.

   Carded as Race 5 at approximately 8:12 p.m. EDT, the race is named after longtime Turfway Park and Churchill Downs track announcer and odds maker Mike Battaglia’s late father. – Kevin Kerstein

 

JIMMY WINKFIELD WINNER HAIKAL LIKELY TO RUN IN GOTHAM – Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin’s New York-based assistant Joe Lee reported Shadwell Stable’s Haikal could run in the Gotham Stakes following his rail-skimming victory in Saturday’s Jimmy Winkfield Stakes at Aqueduct.

   The bay son of Daaher rallied to get past pace-setting Joevia in the final strides of the Winkfield, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds. – Kevin Kerstein

 

OAKS, TURF CLASSIC NOMS DUE – Early nominations for the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) and the Old Forester Turf Classic (GI) close Saturday. For more information: http://bit.ly/2spFso1 – Kevin Kerstein

 

ROAD TO DERBY VIDEO SERIES

 

·        Episode 6: A Potential Super Star

https://bit.ly/2SUlYYC

·        Episode 5: Follow Trainer Kelly Breen as he Trains Son of Orb

     https://bit.ly/2SwgeF3       

·        Episode 4 :Kenny McPeek – The Underdog Trainer

     https://bit.ly/2tl1fyM

·        Episode 3: Breeders’ Cup Battle Produces Early Derby Favorite

     https://bit.ly/2UZkWrY R

·        Episode 2: A Twist in the Road at Keeneland

     https://bit.ly/2DBL05h

·        Episode 1: Neuroscience to the Iroquois Stakes

     https://bit.ly/2SR398P

 

TAKING SHAPE

 

The possible fields for Kentucky Derby Championship Series races are fluid as horsemen vie for points on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve.” Below are known horses mentioned to be under consideration for each race based on published news reports and other sources.

 

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH (GII)

Saturday, March 2, $400,000, 3yo, 1 1/16 M, Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, Fla., Top 4 Points: 50-20-10-5.

                                                                      Brisnet.com       Run

Horse (Points)              Trainer                    Prime Power      Style

 

Known Likely Starters:

 

Maximus Mischief (12)    Butch Reid Jr.           141.8                   E 7

Vekoma (0)                     George Weaver        136.8                   P 6

Code of Honor (4)          Shug McGaughey III 136.6                   E/P 4

Hidden Scroll (0)            Bill Mott                   133.0                   E 6

Bourbon War (1)             Mark Hennig            130.8                   E/P 3

 

Known Possible Starters:

 

Signalman (18)                Kenny McPeek         138.8                   P 2

Network Effect (4)          Chad Brown             138.4                   P 5

Global Campaign (0)      Stanley Hough          133.1                   E 6

 

GOTHAM (GIII)

Saturday, March 9, $300,000, 3yo, 1 M, Aqueduct, Ozone, N.Y., Top 4 Points: 50-20-10-5.

                                                                      Brisnet.com       Run

Horse (Points)              Trainer                    Prime Power      Style

 

Known Likely Starters:

 

Not That Brady (4)         Rudy Rodriguez        135.1                   E 8

Haikal                            Kiaran McLaughlin   132.7                   S 3

Mind Control (10)           Gregg Sacco             132.1                   E/P 5

 

Known Possible Starters:

 

Network Effect (4)          Chad Brown             138.4                   P 5

Omaha Beach (0)            Richard Mandella     135.0                   E/P 7

Global Campaign (0)      Stanley Hough          133.1                   E 6

 

TAMPA BAY DERBY (GII)

Saturday, March 9, $400,000, 3yo, 1 1/16 M, Tampa Bay Downs, Oldsmar, Fla., Top 4 Points: 50-20-10-5.

                                                                      Brisnet.com       Run

Horse (Points)              Trainer                    Prime Power      Style

 

Known Likely Starters:

 

Knicks Go (18)               Ben Colebrook         134.3                   E 7

Dream Maker (0)            Mark Casse               129.4                   P 4

 

Known Possible Starters:

 

Signalman (18)                Kenny McPeek         138.8                   P 2

Well Defined (10)           Kathy O’Connell      136.5                   E 6

Global Campaign (0)      Stanley Hough          133.1                   E 6

 

SAN FELIPE (GII)

Saturday, March 9, $500,000, 3yo, 1 1/16 M, Santa Anita, Arcadia, Calif., Top 4 Points: 50-20-10-5.

                                                                      Brisnet.com       Run

Horse (Points)              Trainer                    Prime Power      Style

 

Known Likely Starters:

 

Instagrand (0)                 Jerry Hollendorfer    136.2                   E 6

 

Known Possible Starters:

 

Game Winner (30)          Bob Baffert              153.8                   E/P 4

Improbable (10)              Bob Baffert              144.9                   E/P 7

Mucho Gusto (14)           Bob Baffert              136.4                   E/P 7

Omaha Beach (0)            Richard Mandella     135.0                   E/P 7

Gunmetal Gray (18)        Jerry Hollendorfer    128.5                   P 0

Nolo Contesto (0)           John Sadler              127.3                   E/P 4

 

JEFF RUBY STEAKS (GIII)

Saturday, March 9, $200,000, 3yo, 1 1/8 M (Polytrack), Turfway Park, Florence, Ky., Top 4 Points: 20-8-4-2.

                                                                      Brisnet.com       Run

Horse (Points)              Trainer                    Prime Power      Style

 

Known Possible Starters:

 

Tax (12)                          Danny Gargan         137.8                   E/P 7

 

REBEL (GII)

Saturday, March 16, $1 million, 3yo, 1 1/16 M, Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs, Ark., Top 4 Points: 50-20-10-5.

                                                                      Brisnet.com       Run

Horse (Points)              Trainer                    Prime Power      Style

 

Known Possible Starters:

 

Game Winner (30)          Bob Baffert              153.8                   E/P 4

Improbable (10)              Bob Baffert              144.9                   E/P 7

Mucho Gusto (14)           Bob Baffert              136.4                   E/P 7

Nolo Contesto (0)           John Sadler              127.3                   E/P 4

 

TWINSPIRES.COM LOUISIANA DERBY (GII)

Saturday, March 23, $1 million, 3yo, 1 1/8 M, Fair Grounds, New Orleans, La., Top 4 Points: 100-40-20-10.

 

SUNLAND DERBY (GII)

Sunday, March 24, $800,000, 3yo, 1 1/8 M, Sunland Park, Hobbs, N.M., Top 4 Points: 50-20-10-5.

 

UAE DERBY (GII)

Saturday, March 30, $2.5 million, 3yo, 1 3/16 M, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, Top 4 Points: 100-40-20-10.

 

Horse (Points)              Trainer                                                       

 

Known Likely Starters:

 

+Estihdaaf (0)                 Saeed bin Suroor

Walking Thunder (0)       Ahmad bin Harmash

+Red Cactus (0)              Bent Olsen              

 

FLORIDA DERBY (GI)

Saturday, March 30, $1 million, 3yo, 1 1/8 M, Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, Fla., Top 4 Points: 100-40-20-10.

                                                                      Brisnet.com       Run

Horse (Points)              Trainer                    Prime Power      Style

 

Known Likely Starters:

 

Harvey Wallbanger (10)   Kenny McPeek         129.0                   S 0

 

WOOD MEMORIAL (GII)

Saturday, April 6, $750,000, 3yo, 1 1/8 M, Aqueduct, Ozone, N.Y., Top 4 Points: 100-40-20-10.

                                                                      Brisnet.com       Run

Horse (Points)              Trainer                    Prime Power      Style

 

Known Possible Starters:

 

Tax (12)                          Danny Gargan         137.8                   E/P 7

 

BLUE GRASS (GII)

Saturday, April 6, $1 million, 3yo, 1 1/8 M, Keeneland, Lexington, Ky., Top 4 Points: 100-40-20-10.

 

SANTA ANITA DERBY (GI)

Saturday, April 6, $1 million, 3yo, 1 1/8 M, Santa Anita, Arcadia, Calif., Top 4 Points: 100-40-20-10.

 

ARKANSAS DERBY (GI)

Saturday, April 13, $1 million, 3yo, 1 1/8 M, Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs, Ark., Top 4 Points: 100-40-20-10.

 

LEXINGTON (GIII)

Saturday, April 13, $200,000, 3yo, 1 1/16 M, Keeneland, Lexington, Ky., Top 4 Points: 20-8-4-2.