This week’s Road to the Kentucky Derby features a stakes tripleheader on Saturday.

    Originally, four races were scheduled but the San Felipe (Grade II) has been tabled while Santa Anita’s track undergoes additional extensive testing.

    The $300,000 Gotham (GIII) at one mile begins Saturday’s stakes procession at 5:09 p.m. (all times Eastern) and is followed by the $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (GII) at 1 1/16 miles at 5:25 p.m. and the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (GIII) over 1 1/8 miles on Polytrack at 6:37 p.m.

    Aqueduct’s Gotham features the much-anticipated return of California-based Instagrand, who won his two juvenile sprints last summer by a combined 20 lengths.

    The Tampa Bay Derby is headlined by impressive Pasco winner Win Win Win, Sam F. Davis (GIII) hero Well Defined and runaway Fair Grounds allowance winner Dream Maker.

    Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GI) third and John Battaglia Memorial winner Somelikeithotbrown is the horse to beat in the Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park.

    Each lucrative race will help determine the lineup for this year’s $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I). A total of 85 points will be awarded to the top four finishers in the Gotham and Tampa Bay Derby: 50 to first, 20 to second, 10 to third and 5 to fourth. The Jeff Ruby Steaks point scale is 20-8-4-2.

    Total points accrued by 3-year-old Thoroughbreds in Road to the Kentucky Derby races will ultimately determine the preference list for the 1 ¼-mile classic at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 4.

    Also thrown into Saturday’s mix are a trio of Road to the Kentucky Oaks points-scoring races for 3-year-old fillies: the $250,000 Busher over one mile at Aqueduct at 5:40 p.m.; the $100,000 Bourbonette Oaks over one mile on Polytrack at Turfway Park at 5:51 p.m.; and the $200,000 Honeybee (GIII) over 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park at 6:09 p.m. – Darren Rogers

 

NEXT RACE PLANS IN FLUX FOR BAFFERT DUO GAME WINNER, IMPROBABLE FOLLOWING SANTA ANITA CLOSURE – Two of the top contenders for Kentucky Derby 145, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) champion Game Winner and Los Alamitos Futurity (GI) winner Improbable, were originally scheduled to face one another in Saturday’s San Felipe (GII) but following the postponement of the race, the two horses will breeze Sunday at Los Alamitos with their next race plans being determined following the work, according to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

    One of the options for the two Grade I winners could be Oaklawn Park’s Rebel (GII) on Saturday, March 16. On Wednesday, Oaklawn Park announced that if the Rebel drew 20 or more entrants, the race could be split in two divisions. Nominations close Friday and the race will draw Wednesday. If the split occurs, the purse will go from $1 million to $750,000 for each division.

    In accordance with Road to the Kentucky Derby rules about split races, a total of 63.75 points would be distributed in each division – 37.5 to first, 15 to second, 7.5 to third and 3.75 to fourth. The points correspond with 75% of the original purse. – Kevin Kerstein

 

INSTAGRAND GETS BACK TO WORK IN GOTHAM AT AQUEDUCT – Put away for the season after two authoritative victories to start his career last summer, Instagrand gets back to work Saturday in the $300,000 Gotham (GIII), a one-mile Road to the Kentucky Derby series prep at Aqueduct.

     Winner on debut at Los Alamitos by 10 lengths in June, Instagrand won by approximately the same margin in the six-furlong Best Pal (GII) at Del Mar in his next start for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. It was decided soon after that Instagrand would be put away for the rest of the season to prepare for a three-year-old campaign.

     “We think we have him prepared (for stretching out in distance),” Hollendorfer said. “We’re very happy to have Javier Castellano riding. I feel like our horse has speed and I think he can also rate if we have to.”

     While Instagrand has yet to earn any Kentucky Derby qualifying points, rivals Knicks Go and Mind Control have both done so. Knicks Go won the Breeders’ Futurity (GI) at 70-1 and placed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) at 40-1 last fall, but ran up the track in the Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) and Sam F. Davis (GIII) in his last two starts.

     “I think he did need that last race, especially on that Tampa track which can be a little tiring at times,” trainer Ben Colebrook said. “I think he’ll like the configuration (at Aqueduct) but the surface is a question mark. He has tactical speed which will help him. Maybe now that he’s in a race where he’s not the favorite, like the last two, maybe he’ll go back to the old Knicks Go.”

     Mind Control didn’t earn any points by winning the Hopeful (GI) or finishing unplaced in the Juvenile, but earned 10 when registered a season-opening win in the $150,000 Jerome on New Year’s Day over the Gotham track and distance.

     “He’s going into this race better than he went into the Jerome in terms of maturity and filling out. He’s really starting to put the muscle on in the right places,” trainer Gregory Sacco said.

     Front-running Not That Brady shortens up a furlong after finishing a game second in the Withers (GIII) last month. Stretching out from seven panels is Haikal, photo-finish winner of the $150,000 Jimmy Winkfield last time, while Bob Baffert sends in stakes-placed allowance winner Much Better. The field is rounded out by Tikhvin Flew and Family Biz.

     The Gotham awards Kentucky Derby qualifying points of 50-20-10-5 top the top four finishers, with the winner virtually assured of earning enough points to earn a Derby starting position. The Gotham can be watched and wagered on at TwinSpires.com. – Vance Hanson/Brisnet.com

 

DREAM MAKER, WIN WIN WIN BRING INTRIGUE TO 11-HORSE TAMPA BAY DERBYDream Maker returns to the stakes ranks after an 8 ½-length allowance romp and Win Win Win stretches out to two turns following a track record-setting performance. The promising 3-year-olds highlight a field of 11 in Saturday’s $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby (GII).

    Contested at 1 1/16 miles, the Road to the Kentucky Derby series qualifier offers points on a 50-20-10-5 scale to the top four finishers.

    Dream Maker romped when making his career debut at Churchill Downs last June but needed three months off before recording a disappointing fifth in the Hopeful (GI) at Saratoga. Trainer Mark Casse brought his charge back for the Breeders’ Futurity (GI) at Keeneland five weeks later but Dream Maker never fired after being roughed up at the break, retreating to last as the 5-2 favorite.

    Unraced for four months, the gray son of Tapit opened his 3-year-old campaign with a scintillating display of superiority at Fair Grounds. Dream Maker netted a 91 BRIS Speed rating winning a 1 1/16-mile allowance and was flattered when the runner-up came back to win. Florent Geroux will be back aboard.

    Win Win Win posted an impressive 7 ¼-length tally in the seven-furlong Pasco at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 19 and registered a field-best last-out BRIS Speed figure (101). A Florida-bred son of Hat Trick, the dark bay colt does his best running from off the pace and Irad Ortiz Jr. picks up the mount for Michael Trombetta.

    Sam F. Davis (GIII) upsetter Well Defined also rates as a major contender. The gelding has proven to be an all-or-nothing type for Kathleen O’Connell, recording three convincing wire-to-wire stakes wins when he makes the early lead and a pair of unplaced finishes in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Mucho Macho Man Stakes when he doesn’t, and there isn’t an abundance of speed in the Tampa Bay Derby field. Well Defined steps up to face better off a sharp performance but remains a threat to lead all the way with Pablo Morales.

    Other runners of interest include Tacitus, a Bill Mott-trained Tapit colt who will make his first appearance since a good-looking maiden win at Aqueduct in November; Outshine and The Right Path, the one-two finishers from a recent allowance at Gulfstream Park; and Swale (GIII) runner-up Zelden. – James Scully/TwinSpires.com


SOMELIKEITHOTBROWN INSTALLED AS 8-5 FAVORITE IN JEFF RUBY STEAKSSkychai Racing and Sand Dollar Stables’ Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Grade I) third-place finisher Somelikeithotbrown was installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s Jeff Ruby Steaks (GIII) – run at 1 1/8 miles over the Polytrack surface at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.

     Trained by Mike Maker, Somelikeithotbrown enters the Jeff Ruby Steaks following a victory in Turfway’s local prep for the race – the $75,000 John Battaglia Memorial. The colt by Big Brown sports a 6-2-2-1 record with $246,918 in earnings but is in search of his first graded stakes score.

     Among the competitors to Somelikeithotbrown in the Jeff Ruby Steaks is undefeated colt Skywire for owners Gary Barber and Lucio Tucci. Trained by Mark Casse, Skywire is 2-for-2 in his young career with a maiden victory in December at Woodbine and a six-length score in an off the turf, first level allowance, race at Gulfstream Park.

     Skywire, is hoping to be only the second horse in at least 10 years to win the 1 1/8-mile race after exiting a win on the dirt. The other horse to do so was Went the Day Well in 2012.

     The Jeff Ruby Steaks will award points to the Top 4 finishers in the race on a 20-8-4-2 scale. Post time for the race is 5:51 p.m. EST. – Kevin Kerstein

 

COURSE SPECIALISTS WIN EUROPEAN ROAD TO KENTUCKY DERBY SEREIS PREPS – The European Road to the Kentucky Derby wound its way through England and Ireland in the span of 20 minutes Wednesday evening, with course specialists winning the Road to the Kentucky Derby Conditions Stakes at Kempton Park and Patton Stakes at Dundalk.

     Both the Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes and Patton offered qualifying points of 20-8-4-2 to the top four finishers in the European Road to the Kentucky Derby series. The highest point earner in the series will earn an invitation to participate in the Kentucky Derby (GI).

     Jahbath, an odds-on favorite in both England and in the U.S. pools, won for the third time in as many starts at Kempton when taking the Road to the Kentucky Derby Conditions Stakes by two lengths under Jim Crowley. Getchagetchagetcha finished second by a half-length over Target Zone, with Chairmanoftheboard a neck behind in fourth.

     Owned by Hamdan Al Maktoum and trained by William Haggas, Jahbath paid $2.60 in the U.S. pool and covered one mile on the all-weather track in 1:38.78. A son of Mukhadram, Jahbath has now won four of five starts overall. However, the bay is not currently Triple Crown nominated. The only current nominee in the field, Spanish Mission, finished fifth.

     At Dundalk, Playa Del Puente edged Western Australia by a half-length to win the Patton Stakes, also over one mile on the all-weather. Numerian and Van Beethoven finished third and fourth, respectively.

     Owned by Huang Kai Wen and trained by Mick Halford, Playa Del Puente covered the course in 1:37.37 under Ronan Whelan and paid $6.40 in the U.S. pool. Third in his debut last August at The Curragh on turf, Playa Del Puente has won his last three in succession at Dundalk.

     Like Jahbath, Playa Del Puente is not currently nominated to the Triple Crown. Western Australia, whose run through the stretch was hampered from a bump by tiring leader Colfer Me, and fourth-place finisher Van Beethoven are. The Coolmore-owned duo earned eight points and two points, respectively. Western Australia now has a total of 10 points in the series. Points earned by non-Triple Crown nominees can be retroactively restored once the earners are made nominated.

     The final European Road to the Kentucky Derby series prep will take place April 11 at Chelmsford City, England. The Cardinal Condition Stakes will offer qualifying points of 30-12-6-3 to the top four finishers. – Vance Hanson/Brisnet.com

 

MEYDAN SUPER SATURDAY PROGRAM FEATURES ESTIHDAAF IN UAE DERBY PREP – The major prep for the March 30 UAE Derby (Grade II) will be held Saturday at Meydan Racecourse with the Al Bastakiya and features UAE 2000 Guineas (GIII) winner Estihdaaf.

     Owned by Godolphin and trained by world-class horseman Saeed bin Suroor, Estihdaaf stamped himself as one of the top contenders to the UAE Derby – a race on the Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series that will offer 100 points to the winner – following his 5 ½-length score in the one-mile Guineas.

     The Al Bastakiya will go as Race 2 with a post time of 7:35 a.m. EST. – Kevin Kerstein

 

DERBY DETAIL

WATCHING THE WEATHER –  Below is a look at the National Weather Service forecast for this weekend’s Road to the Kentucky Derby and Road to the Kentucky Oaks Championship Series races.

Track

Location

Weather

Race

Aqueduct

Queens, NY

Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.

Gotham Stakes, Busher

Oaklawn

Hot Springs, Ark.

Showers mainly before noon. High near 72. Chance of precipitation is 90%.

Honeybee

Tampa Bay Downs

Tampa, Fla.

Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Tampa Bay Derby

Turfway

Florence, Ky.

Showers, with thunderstorms. High near 55. Chance of precipitation is 90%

Jeff Ruby Steaks, Bourbonette Oaks

DERBY TRAIL SETBACKS The Road to the Kentucky Derby will have many ups and downs prior to the first Saturday in May. This week it was announced Southwest Stakes (Grade III) winner Super Steed will miss the Triple Crown season with bone bruising, according to his trainer Larry Jones.

     Also sidelined this week was Fountain of Youth (GII) fifth-place finisher Global Campaign, who will receive time off after grabbing a quarter during the race, according to trainer Stan Hough.

     Another horse suffering a minor setback was Smarty Jones Stakes (GIII) winner Gray Attempt. The speedy colt, who finished last in the Southwest, could make it back on the Derby trail in the April 13 Arkansas Derby (GI), according to trainer Jinks Fires.

ADDITIONAL TRIPLE CROWN NEWS – Hopeful Stakes (GI) runner-up and recent allowance winner Mucho will target the seven-furlong Bayshore (GIII) on April 6 at Aqueduct, according to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. … Churchill Downs will once again host Champions Day presented by TwinSpires on Tuesday, April 30. The event will feature a special autograph session with legendary jockeys and trainers with a collectible poster to support the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. For more information about Champions Day and to purchase tickets, visit: https://www.churchilldowns.com/calendar/2019-04-30. … The backstretch at Churchill Downs is scheduled to open on Tuesday, March 19 with the first day of training scheduled on Friday, March 22. Stall applications are due Friday.

UPCOMING ROAD TO THE DERBY RACES

 

Date         Race                                        Track           Top 4 Points

March 9    Gotham                                   Aqu              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.      War of Will                       Mark Casse                                 60

2.      Code of Honor                  Shug McGaughey III                    54

3.      Game Winner                   Bob Baffert                                 30

4.      Bourbon War                    Mark Hennig                               21

5.      Country House                  Bill Mott                                     20

6.      Knicks Go                        Ben Colebrook                            18

7.      Signalman                         Kenny McPeek                            18

8.      Gunmetal Gray                 Jerry Hollendorfer                        18

9.      Long Range Toddy            Steve Asmussen                           16

10.   Mucho Gusto                    Bob Baffert                                 14

11.   Tax                                  Danny Gargan                             12

12.   Mind Control                    Gregg Sacco                                10

13.   Improbable                       Bob Baffert                                 10

14.   Harvey Wallbanger             Kenny McPeek                            10

15.   Well Defined                     Kathleen O’Connell                     10

16.   Vekoma                            George Weaver                           10

17.   Gray Attempt                    Jinks Fires                                   10

18.   Anothertwistafate              Blaine Wright                              10

19.   Roiland                            Tom Amoss                                10

20.   Hog Creek Hustle              Vickie Foley                                  9

21.   Sueno                               Keith Desormeaux                         8

22.   Our Braintrust                   Mark Casse                                   6

23.   Hidden Scroll                    Bill Mott                                       5

24.   Bankit                              Steve Asmussen                             4

25.   Everfast                            Dale Romans                                4


THE RUNDOWN

AL BASTAKIYA

Saturday, March 9, $300,000, 3yo, 1 3/16 M, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai, Top 4 Points: 0-0-0-0. Post time: 7:35 a.m. EST

  # Horse                       Jockey                      Trainer                    ML

  1. Tone Broke               Mickael Barzalona      Steve Asmussen         15-1

  2. +Shanty Star              Bernardo Pinheiro     Rashed Bouresly        20-1

  3. +Divine Image           Brett Doyle               Charlie Appleby           9-2

  4. +The Song of John     Richard Mullen          Satish Seemar              8-1

  5. +Moshaher               Patrick Dobbs           Doug Watson            12-1

  6. +Al Hayette               Fabrice Veron           Ismail Mohammed     20-1

  7. +Fintas (GB)             Shane Kelly               Richard Hughes         30-1

  8. Superior                    Connor Beasley         Ahmad bin Harmash  15-1

  9. +Al Shamkhah           Royston Ffrench        Salem bin Ghadayer   30-1

10. +Grecko (ARG)         Frankie Dettori          Kenny McPeek          10-1

11. +Red Cactus              Elione Chaves           Bent Olsen               15-1

12. +Manguzi (FR)           Fernando Jara            Ali Rashid Al Rayhi    10-1

13. +Estihdaaf                Patrick Cosgrove       Saeed bin Suroor         2-1

14. +Tabarak                  Adrie de Vries           Rashed Bouresly        15-1

 

GOTHAM (GIII)

Saturday, March 9, $300,000, 3yo, 1 M, Aqueduct (R10), Ozone, N.Y., Top 4 Points: 50-20-10-5. Post time: 5:09 p.m. EST. TV: TVG, Fox Sports 2

  # Horse                   Jockey                          Trainer                    ML

1.   Family Biz             Kendrick Carmouche     Ed Barker                 30-1

2.   Knicks Go             Jose Lezcano                 Ben Colebrook          12-1

3.   Mind Control         John Velazquez             Gregg Sacco                9-2

4.   Much Better           Mike Smith                   Bob Baffert               10-1

5.   Haikal                   Rajiv Maragh                 Kiaran McLaughlin      6-1

6.   Instagrand             Javier Castellano            Jerry Hollendorfer        1-1

7.   Not That Brady      Reylu Gutierrez             Rudy Rodriguez           5-1

8.   Tikhvin Flew         Dylan Davis                  Steve Asmussen         12-1

 

TAMPA BAY DERBY (GII)

Saturday, March 9, $400,000, 3yo, 1 1/16 M, Tampa Bay Downs (R11), Oldsmar, Fla., Top 4 Points: 50-20-10-5. Post time: 5:25 p.m. EST. TV: TVG, Fox Sports 2

  # Horse                       Jockey                      Trainer                    ML

  1. Admire                      Robby Albarado        Dale Romans            12-1

  2. Sir Winston               Julien Leparoux         Mark Casse               12-1

  3. Lord Dragon             Jose Bracho              Jordan Blair              30-1

  4. Dream Maker            Florent Geroux         Mark Casse                 4-1

  5. Well Defined             Pablo Morales           Kathy O’Connell         7-2

  6. Outshine                   Joel Rosario              Todd Pletcher             8-1

  7. Win Win Win            Irad Ortiz Jr.             Mike Trombetta          5-2

  8. The Right Path           Joe Bravo                 Jorge Duarte Jr.         15-1

  9. Dunph                      Daniel Centeno         Mike Maker               20-1

10. Tacitus                      Jose Ortiz                 Bill Mott                   12-1

11. Zenden                     Samy Camacho          Victor Barboza Jr.        8-1

 

BUSHER INVITATIONAL

Saturday, March 9, $250,000, 3yo Fillies, 1 M Aqueduct (R11), Ozone, N.Y., Top 4 Points: 50-20-10-5. Post time: 5:40 p.m. EST. TV: TVG, Fox Sports 2

  # Horse                       Jockey                      Trainer                    ML

  1. Ujjayi                        Tyler Connor            Erin McClellan          10-1

  2. Espresso Shot            Eric Cancel               Jorje Abreu                 8-1

  3. Oxy Lady                  Javier Castellano        Jack Sisterson              5-1

  4. Enliven                     Dylan Davis              Kiaran McLaughlin    15-1

  5. It Justhitthe Wire        Rajiv Maragh             Kiaran McLaughlin    30-1

  6. Excess Capacity         Jose Lezcano             Steve Asmussen         30-1

  7. Filly Joel                    Jeffrey Sanchez          Rudy Rodriguez           8-1

  8. ++Dovey Lovey        Junior Alvarado         Gary Contessa           20-1

  9. Shelley Ann               Reylu Gutierrez         Jimmy Jerkens           20-1

10. Please Flatter Me        Alex Cintron             Mark Reid                   3-1

11. Always Shopping        Manny Franco           Todd Pletcher             4-1

12. Orra Moor                John Velazquez         Todd Pletcher             6-1

 

BOURBONETTE OAKS

Saturday, March 9, $100,000, 3yo Fillies, 1 M (Polytrack), Turfway Park (R10), Florence, Ky., Top 4 Points: 20-8-4-2. Post time: 5:51 p.m. EST. TV: TVG

  # Horse                       Jockey                      Trainer                    ML

1.   ++Crafty’s Dream      Rolando Aragon        Michael Evans           12-1

2.   Naughty Joker            Rafael Bejarano         Wesley Ward               9-2

3.   ++Birdie                   Abel Lezcano            Juan Fernandez           8-1

4.   ++New Roo              Luan Machado          Tommy Drury Jr.       15-1

5.   Into Trouble              Rafael Mojica Jr.        Ben Colebrook            4-1

6.   ++Red Rounder        Rodney Prescott        Mike Maker                 5-1

7.   ++Channel Princess   Perry Ouzts               Michael Ann Ewing     6-1

8.   ++Malibu Party         John McKee             Tracey Young            20-1

9.   ++Unapologetic Me   Tyler Gaffalione        Mike Maker                 6-1

10. Fun Finder                Brian Hernandez Jr.    Kenny McPeek            8-1

11. ++Diva Day              Malcom Franklin       Tommy Drury Jr.       15-1

12. ++Gold Credit          Declan Cannon         Ignacio Correas IV       6-1

 

HONEYBEE (GIII)

Saturday, March 9, $200,000, 3yo Fillies, 1 1/16 M, Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs, Ark., Top 4 Points: 50-20-10-5. Post time: 6:09 p.m. EST. TV: TVG, Fox Sports 2

  # Horse                       Jockey                      Trainer                    ML

  1. Perfect Reins              Richard Eramia         Steve Asmussen         15-1

  2. Motion Emotion        Jon Court                  Tom Van Berg            3-1

  3. Sunset Wish               Ramon Vazquez        Mike Stidham              6-1

  4. Bizwhacks                 Mario Gutierrez         Doug O’Neill            12-1

  5. Chocolate Kisses        Orlando Mojica         Mark Casse                 4-1

  6. Power Gal (JPN)        David Cohen            Mark Casse                 9-2

  7. Raintree Starlet           Alex Canchari           Brian Williamson         6-1

  8. Ultimate Mo              David Cabrera           D. Wayne Lukas        12-1

  9. Marathon Queen        Ricardo Santana Jr.     Steve Asmussen           6-1

10. ++Best Kept Secret    Kevin Smith              Benard Chatters         30-1


JEFF RUBY STEAKS (GIII)

Saturday, March 9, $200,000, 3yo, 1 1/8 M (Polytrack), Turfway Park (R11), Florence, Ky., Top 4 Points: 20-8-4-2. Post time 6:37 p.m. EST. TV: TVG

  # Horse                       Jockey                      Trainer                    ML

1.  +Dynamic Racer        Pede Prentice Jr.        Ronald Kahles           15-1

2.  Moonster                  John McKee             Dale Romans            20-1

3.  Five Star General        Declan Cannon         Arnaud Delacour         6-1

4.  Dabo                        Luan Machado          Dale Romans            10-1

5.  +Baytown Jimbo        Alexis Achard            Paul McEntee            20-1

6.  Skywire                     Gary Boulanger         Mark Casse                 3-1

7.  Counter Offer            Malcom Franklin       Ian Wilkes                10-1

8.  +Twelfthofneverland  Sheldon Russell         Ray Handal               12-1

9.  +Curlin Grey             Brian Hernandez Jr.    Kenny McPeek          10-1

10. Somelikeithotbrown    Tyler Gaffalione        Mike Maker                 8-5

11. Speed App                 Walter De La Cruz     D. Wayne Lukas        30-1

 

+Not Triple Crown Nominated

++Not Kentucky Oaks Nominated

ROAD TO DERBY VIDEO SERIES

 

·         Episode 7: A Big Race for an Intimate Track

        http://bit.ly/RTKDEP7

·         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

PAST PERFORMANCES & HISTORY

Brinset.com Triple Crown Past Performances

http://bit.ly/2C701vP

Gotham Stakes History

http://bit.ly/Gotham19

Jeff Ruby Steaks History

http://bit.ly/JRSteaks19

San Felipe Stakes History

http://bit.ly/SanFelipe19

Tampa Bay Derby History

http://bit.ly/TBDerby19

Road to the Kentucky Derby Leaderboards

http://bit.ly/1NkdWAX

SPOTLIGHT HORSE: CODE OF HONOR

 

·      Code of Honor stamped himself as a Kentucky Derby (Grade I) contender following his late-closing victory in last Saturday’s Fountain of Youth (GII) at Gulfstream Park. Owned by longtime horseman Will Farish and trained by veteran and Hall of Fame conditioner Shug McGaughey, Code of Honor could be following the path of former stablemate, and Kentucky Derby-winning colt Orb, to the first Saturday in May.

·      Owner information: Will Farish is a native of Houston, Texas and a lifelong horseman. Farish owns Lanes End Farm, one of the top sales and breeding companies in the world. Farish began owning racehorses in the 1960s and has since bred champions Mineshaft, A.P. Indy, Charismatic and Lemon Drop Kid. The former chairman of the board of Churchill Downs from 1992-2001, Farish has served a steward, vice chairman of the Jockey Club and a member of the Board of Directors at Keeneland. In 2001, Farish was appointed by President George W. Bush as the United States Ambassador to the Court of St. James. 

·      Trainer information: Claude Ray “Shug” McGaughey III has trained horses for 40 years and has won nearly every race in the U.S. including the 2013 Kentucky Derby with Orb. McGaughey, a native of Lexington, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004 – an achievement that encapsulated his career of campaigning champions Personal Ensign and Easy Goer along with Hall of Famer Lure. McGaughey, known for his quiet demeanor, was prominent in the 1989 Triple Crown with Easy Goer who was the runner-up to Sunday Silence in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes prior to his Belmont score over that rival. McGaughey has amassed 2,050 victories with his horses earning $145,692,479. – Kevin Kerstein


SCULLY’S KENTUCKY DERBY REPORT

 

CODE OF HONOR REBOUNDS, BOURBON WAR FINISHES FAST

Code of Honor orchestrated a turnaround in Saturday’s Fountain of Youth (GII), shrugging off a well-beaten fourth earlier in the Gulfstream Park meet to post a 9-1 upset, and the 50-point prize virtually guarantees a berth in a 20-horse Kentucky Derby field. John Velazquez was up for Shug McGaughey on the Will Farish homebred.

     Bourbon War enhanced his reputation as well with a fast-closing second and will take plenty of betting action when stretching out to 1 1/8 miles for his final Kentucky Derby prep race. Circumstances didn’t go as planned for 6-5 favorite Hidden Scroll, who dueled through fast fractions with a hopeless longshot before weakening to fourth.

     BRIS Speed numbers have been down for Kentucky Derby hopefuls this year and the Fountain of Youth didn’t come back fast. Code of Honor registered a 95 Speed figure, only the second winner this century who failed to reach triple digits, but remains eligible to improve upon the confidence-builder. He definitely appeared to need the race from a fitness perspective.

     Speed ratings can increase dramatically as 3-year-olds build toward the first Saturday in May and 2013 Kentucky Derby victor Orb, who was also trained by McGaughey, serves as a prime example. Orb garnered only an 89 BRIS Speed rating when opening his 3-year-old season with an allowance victory at Gulfstream but came back to post a 102 Speed winning the Fountain of Youth next out.

     Four qualifiers in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series were scheduled for this Saturday (March 9) but Santa Anita has canceled racing this week to evaluate track issues, delaying an anticipated showdown between top-ranked Bob Baffert-trained stablemates Game Winner and Improbable in the San Felipe (GII). No indication when the race will be rescheduled.

     The Tampa Bay Derby (GII) and Gotham (GIII) at Aqueduct are worth a total of 85 points to the top four finishers (50-20-10-5) and the Jeff Ruby Steaks (GIII) on Turfway Park’s Polytrack offers 34 (20-8-4-2).

     Pool 3 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager begins Friday and closes Sunday at 6 p.m. (ET).

Fountain of Youth

Code of Honor showed some speed leaving the starting gate from his rail post and eased back on the first turn to sit a good stalking trip in fifth, about eight lengths behind a blistering early pace in :22.80 and :45.69. Fractions were nearly a second faster than a Grade II sprint event the race before and Code of Honor took advantage while accelerating into contention on the far turn.

     Hidden Scroll was still clinging to a short lead in upper stretch but Code of Honor easily dismissed the tiring pacesetter and opened up a clear lead. Bourbon War rallied with a flourish on the far outside to make it interesting late, but Code of Honor held to win by three-quarters of a length.

     A smart debut maiden winner at Saratoga, Code of Honor fell out of the starting gate but rebounded to finish a solid second in the Champagne (GI) next out. Installed as the 5-1 third choice on the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile morning line, he was forced to scratch the morning of the race due to a fever. McGaughey planned to reroute the colt to the Remsen (GII) at Aqueduct in early December but removed him consideration after a subpar workout the week of the race.

     Code of Honor returned from a three-month layoff as the 4-5 favorite in the Jan. 5 Mucho Macho Man at a one-turn mile but never made an impact, retreating through the stretch to finish nearly eight lengths back in fourth. He was freshened 56 days in advance of the 1 1/16-mile Fountain and McGaughey attributed the improved performance to aggressive training preparations: “After the Mucho Macho Man, I said listen, we’re going to train him. If he takes it he takes it, and he took it. He was good with what we were putting into him, so we kept doing it and we felt like he was going to come down here (from Payson Park training center) and run well.”

     Code of Honor has stamina and turf influences in his sire line. He’s by Noble Mission, a son of Galileo and full brother to unbeaten European superstar and fast-rising sire Frankel. Code of Honor’s broodmare sire (Dixie Union) produced Belmont Stakes winner Union Rags, but the immediate female family raises some concern for distances past nine furlongs. His dam, Reunited, captured the six-furlong Thoroughbred Club of America (GIII) and raced exclusively in sprints during her 10-race career. She hails from Tivli, a stakes-winning daughter of Mt. Livermore (sire of champion sprinters Housebuster and Orientate) who never raced past 6 ½ furlongs from her 24 career starts.

     When asked about added ground, McGaughey highlighted the sire and his pupil’s disposition: “I don’t think distance will be a problem at all…(Code of Honor) is a very efficient kind of horse in the way he moves.”

     The 1 1/16-mile distance at Gulfstream features a short stretch (wire at the sixteenth pole) and Code of Honor took advantage of the configuration, appearing spent as Bourbon War blew past him in the gallop out between finishing poles. But considering he got little out of only one start over the previous five months, the lightly-raced sophomore had reason to be tired after passing an extreme class check.

     The chestnut possesses tactical speed and displayed a keen turn of foot while cornering better than Bourbon War, and the Fountain of Youth was his first two-turn start. The top two are under serious consideration for the $1 million Florida Derby (GI) at Gulfstream on March 30 and Bourbon War will be the shorter price again if both show up.

     Unlike the winner, Bourbon War was exiting an encouraging performance over the track. The Mark Hennig-trained Tapit colt powerfully dispatched entry-level allowance foes in mid-January and registered commendable BRIS Speed (96) and Late Pace (107) numbers for the 2 ¼-length decision. Bettors hammered him down to the 4-1 third choice from a 10-1 morning line on Saturday.

     Bourbon War reached the far turn almost two lengths behind Code of Honor and lost ground to his rival through the bend. He started making headway approaching the stretch and when Irad Ortiz Jr. guided his mount extremely wide, Bourbon War responded with a visually-impressive closing kick in the straightaway.

     He was the only one finishing at the end and ran out of room on the wire. Bourbon War established himself as major Kentucky Derby contender in the process and it was easy to come away bullish on his chances, but fast finishes for a minor award can be misleading sometimes because the horses in front are stopping. Bourbon War remains a developing type with an abundance of potential this spring.

     Hidden Scroll was knocked sideways leaving the starting gate by the horse to his immediate outside and Joel Rosario hustled his mount to establish forward position after the rough beginning. That didn’t work out well for an inexperienced colt. Hidden Scroll took his cue and set sail for the lead, outgunning 132-1 longshot Gladiator King, who eventually weakened to last after being run into submission by the overwhelming favorite.

     Bill Mott thought Hidden Scroll would be tractable enough to sit second behind a horse like Gladiator King and came away disappointed by his charge’s antics, but he recognized the silver lining and will keep the well-bred Juddmonte Farms homebred on the Kentucky Derby trail. Hidden Scroll performed like an enormous talent in his debut, winning wire-to-wire in a fast time (102 BRIS Speed rating), and kept fighting Saturday despite shortening stride by the completion of the far turn. Considering how tired he appeared, I was surprised to see Hidden Scroll nearly outfinish Vekoma, who got up in the final stride for third as the 3-1 second choice.

     Hidden Scroll figures to benefit greatly from the experience and whether it’s turf or dirt, the well-bred Hard Spun colt looks capable of winning big races down the road if he remains healthy. We’ll learn in the coming weeks whether he has the mental fortitude for a legitimate Kentucky Derby bid.

Other 3-year-olds of interest

Roadster returned in outstanding condition on March 1, squaring off against four foes in a Santa Anita entry-level allowance at a two-turn mile. Unraced since a third in the Del Mar Futurity (GI) on March 1, the Speedway Stables color bearer stalked the pace up close and advanced to collar the pacesetter leaving the far turn. He took a short lead while still under a hold in upper stretch and when Mike Smith asked for run, Roadster drew away sharply and won geared down late by a 2 ½-length margin. There was plenty to like about this performance and Roadster is in the barn of five-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert. A gray son of Quality Road, Roadster has the pedigree for longer distances being a half-brother to Ascend, winner of the 1 ¼-mile Woodford Reserve Manhattan (GI); and Moro Tap, who placed in the 1 ½-mile Louisville H. (GIII). It will be interesting to see where Roadster winds up next.

     Runner-up Nolo Contesto received a rough trip, stuck down on the inside most of the way, but appeared to be hitting his best stride late and galloped out well after the finish line. I don’t know why John Sadler didn’t ship the Jan. 4 maiden winner out of town for another prep race after scratching him from the Feb. 2 Robert B. Lewis due to sloppy track conditions, with Nolo Contesto missing no time on the worktab as he essentially waited a month for this allowance race, but the Pioneerof the Nile ridgling remains a nice prospect for Hronis Racing.

Previews

Instagrand broke his maiden by 10 lengths the first time out and followed with a spectacular 10 ¼-length victory in the Best Pal (GII) at Del Mar. A $1.2 million 2-year-old sales purchase, the son of Into Mischief remained on the worktab for the next few weeks before owner Larry Best announced the exciting colt would be given the rest of the year.

     He returned to the worktab in late December for Jerry Hollendorfer and the one-turn mile Gotham distance should benefit Instagrand, who appears capable of overwhelming the competition off the layoff.

     The Tampa Bay Derby looks like a good betting race. Win Win Win registered a 101 BRIS Speed rating for a track record-setting victory in the seven-furlong Pasco at Tampa Bay Downs and looms a major contender if handles the stretch out to two turns. Well Defined catches a field lacking early speed following a comfortable wire-to-wire upset in the Sam F. Davis (GIII) and is unbeaten from a pair of two-turn starts when able to dictate the pace. Dream Maker rates as another top threat following an 8 ½-length allowance triumph at Fair Grounds.

     Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (GI) third-placer Somelikeithotbrown made a seamless transition to synthetic like so many turf horses do when capturing the Feb. 15 John Battaglia Memorial by open lengths and will be the one to beat among 11 rivals in the Jeff Ruby Steaks.

Scully’s Kentucky Derby Top 10

1.        IMPROBABLE: Appears headed to the Rebel following San Felipe cancellation

2.        GAME WINNER: Expected to join stablemate Improbable in the Rebel

3.        COUNTRY HOUSE: Risen Star runner-up brings closing kick to Louisiana Derby

4.        WAR OF WILL: Seeks sweep of Fair Grounds prep races in Louisiana Derby

5.        CODE OF HONOR: Restored lost luster in Fountain of Youth upset

6.        BOURBON WAR: Fountain of Youth runner-up displayed dynamic late run

7.        ROADSTER: Established himself as one to watch recording sharp allowance win off shelf

8.        HIDDEN SCROLL: Talented colt’s lack of maturity showed in Fountain of Youth

9.        GUNMETAL GRAY: Grade III winner has been rallying into paceless races

10.     MAXIMUM SECURITY: Fast but unproven type to try a Kentucky Derby qualifier next time

LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS UPDATE

HONEYBEE TOPS SATURDAY TRIO OF OAKS RACES – Oaklawn Park’s $200,000 Honeybee (Grade III) tops a trio of Road to the Kentucky Oaks Championship Series races from around the nation that will be staged on Saturday afternoon.

    The 1 1/16-mile Honeybee, which attracted a solid cast of 10 fillies, is led by the Top 2 finishers in the Feb. 2 Martha Washington – Gary Barber’s Power Gal (JPN) and Alex and Joann Lieblong’s Marathon Queen.

    The Honeybee will award points to the Top 4 finishers on a 50-20-10-5 scale for the May 3 Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI). Post time for the race is 6:09 p.m. (all times Eastern).

    The Road to the Kentucky Oaks also will make a stop in Ozone Park, N.Y. for the one-mile Busher Invitational. Similar to the Honeybee, the Busher also will award the Top 4 finishers 50-20-10-5 points.

    The field of 12 fillies is topped by Repole Stable’s Busanda Stakes winner Always Shopping – one of two entrants in the race for trainer Todd Pletcher. Joining Always Shopping in the starting gate is her stablemate, flashy allowance winner Orra Moor for the Starladies Racing syndicate.

    The Busanda is carded as Aqueduct’s 11th race with a scheduled post time of 5:40 p.m.

    Saturday’s action on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks will conclude in the Bourbonette Oaks – run at one mile over the synthetic surface at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.

    The Bourbonette Oaks, which will award points to the Top 4 finishers on a 20-8-4-2 scale, features Churchill Downs’ all-time leading owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s highly-touted maiden winner Naughty Joker for trainer Wesley Ward.

LATE OAKS NOMINATIONS DUE APRIL 13 – The late nomination process to the Longines Kentucky Oaks will remain open until April 13. A $1,500 payment can be made by mailing a late nomination form: https://www.churchilldowns.com/horsemen/stakes/nomination-forms/ or by calling Churchill Downs assistant racing secretary and stakes coordinator Dan Bork at (502) 636-4470.

KENTUCKY OAKS NEWS AND NOTES – Trainer John Servis stated champion Jaywalk could return in the March 30 Gulfstream Park Oaks (GII) or April 7 Ashland (GI) following her fourth-place finish in last Saturday’s Davona Dale. … Trainer Chad Brown told Churchill Downs officials that he plans to late nominate Dunbar Road to the Longines Kentucky Oaks following her dominate maiden victory on Sunday at Gulfstream Park. … Aridel’s Davona Dale runner-up Cookie Dough and Busher Stakes entrant Filly Joel also plan to late nominate to the Kentucky Oaks, according to Churchill Downs assistant racing secretary and stakes coordinator Dan Bork. … Nominations to the Survivor’s Parade on Kentucky Oaks Day close March 17. For more information about the Survivor’s Parade, visit: https://www.kentuckyderby.com/visit/derby-week/oaks/survivors-parade. – Kevin Kerstein

ROAD TO THE LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS TOP 20

#      Horse                              Trainer                                    Points

1.      Serengeti Empress             Tom Amoss                                60

2.      Jeltrin                               Alexis Delgado                            50

3.      Jaywalk                             John Servis                                 35

4.      Bellafina                           Simon Callaghan                          32

5.      Liora                                Wayne Catalano                           31

6.      Restless Rider                    Kenny McPeek                            22

7.      $-Cookie Dough                Stan Gold                                   20

8.      Eres Tu                             Steve Asmussen                           14

9.      Champagne Anyone           Ian Wilkes                                  13

10.   Chasing Yesterday              Bob Baffert                                 10

11.   Positive Spirit                    Rodolphe Brisset                         10

12.   Needs Supervision             Jerry O’Dwyer                             10

13.   Feedback                          Chad Brown                               10

14.   Power Gal (JPN)               Mark Casse                                 10

15.   Point of Honor                 George Weaver                           10

16.   Always Shopping               Todd Pletcher                             10

17.   Vibrance                           Michael McCarthy                          8

18.   Enaya Alrabb                    Doug O’Neill                                8

19.   Mother Mother                 Bob Baffert                                   7

20.   $-Filly Joel                        Rudy Rodriguez                             6

$ Notified Churchill Downs officials that they will late nominate to the Kentucky Oaks

FUTURE WAGER

Betting in the third of four 2019 Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools is scheduled to open at noon (all times Eastern) on Friday and will close on Sunday at 6 p.m. The lone Kentucky Oaks Future Wager of 2019 also opens at noon Friday and is set to close Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Also available from March 8-10 is the Oaks/Derby Future Double. The $2 minimum bet requires fans to correctly select the winners of both the May 3 Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) and May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI).

KDFW FIELD                                       KOFW FIELD              

#      Horse                    ML            #      Horse                      ML

1      Anothertwistafate    50-1            1      Bellafina                     5-1   

2      Bourbon War          12-1            2      Brill                         30-1

3      Code of Honor          8-1            3      Champagne Anyone   20-1

4      Country House        50-1            4      Chasing Yesterday        8-1

5      Dream Maker          50-1            5      Dunbar Road            20-1

6      Galilean                  50-1            6      Enaya Alrabb            15-1

7      Game Winner           5-1            7      Eres Tu                     30-1

8      Gunmetal Gray       30-1            8      Feedback                  20-1

9      Harvey Wallbanger   30-1            9      Graceful Princess       50-1

10     Hidden Scroll          12-1            10     Jaywalk                       8-1

11     Improbable               8-1            11     Jeltrin                       15-1

12     Instagrand              10-1            12     Liora                        15-1

13     Intrepid Heart         50-1            13     Marathon Queen       50-1

14     Mind Control          30-1            14     Mother Mother         10-1

15     Mucho Gusto          20-1            15     Motion Emotion       50-1

16     Roadster                 15-1            16     Orra Moor                50-1

17     Signalman               30-1            17     Point of Honor         30-1

18     Spinoff                   50-1            18     Power Gal (JPN)       50-1

19     Tax                        30-1            19     Queen of Beas           50-1

20     Vekoma                  20-1            20     Restless Rider              8-1

21     War of Will             10-1            21     Serengeti Empress     10-1

22     Well Defined           50-1            22     Tasting the Stars        50-1

23     Win Win Win          50-1            23     Violencia                  50-1

24     Mutuel Field              4-1            24     Mutuel Field                8-1

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:  

 

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 Likely Starters:

Galilean (0)                     Jerry Hollendorfer      140.5                   E 8

Omaha Beach (0)             Richard Mandella       135.2                   E/P 7

 

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

Known Possible Starters:

Game Winner (30)           Bob Baffert               153.6                   E/P 4

Improbable (10)               Bob Baffert               144.7                   E/P 7

Long Range Toddy (16)    Steve Asmussen         134.9                   E/P 7

Our Braintrust (6)            Mark Casse               133.8                   E/P 7

Sueno (8)                         Keith Desormeaux     133.7                   P 5

Six Shooter (2)                 Paul Holthus             130.7                   P 3


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.

                                                                      Brisnet.com       Run

Horse (Points)               Trainer                    Prime Power      Style

Known Likely Starters:

War of Will (60)               Mark Casse               145.0                   E/P 7

Country House (20)          Bill Mott                   130.9                   S 2

Hog Creek Hustle (9)        Vickie Foley              130.2                   S 2

 

Known Possible Starters:

Roiland (10)                    Tom Amoss              129.3                   P 0

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.

                                                                      Brisnet.com       Run

Horse (Points)               Trainer                    Prime Power      Style

Known Likely Starters:

Anothertwistafate (10)      Blaine Wright            137.2                   E 8

+Hustle Up (0)                 Todd Fincher            137.0                   E 8

 

Known Possible Starters:

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

Cutting Humor (0)            Todd Pletcher           135.9                   P 4

 

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 Possible Starters:

+Estihdaaf (0)                 Saeed bin Suroor

+Golden Jaguar (0)          Ahmad bin Harmash 

+Moshaher (0)                Doug Watson

+Red Cactus (0)               Bent Olsen

Plus Que Parfait (4)          Brendan Walsh

Tone Broke (1)                Steve Asmussen

Superior (0)                     Ahmad bin Harmash

Walking Thunder (0)        Ahmad bin Harmash

 

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:

Vekoma (10)                    George Weaver         141.1                   P 5

Code of Honor (54)          Shug McGaughey      138.9                   P 2

Bourbon War (21)            Mark Hennig             134.9                   S 0

Harvey Wallbanger (10)     Kenny McPeek          129.0                   S 0

 

Known Possible Starters:

Hidden Scroll (5)              Bill Mott                   140.8                   E 6

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 Likely Starters:

Tax (12)                          Danny Gargan           137.8                   E/P 7

 

Known Possible Starters:

Vekoma (10)                    George Weaver         141.1                   P 5

Hidden Scroll (5)              Bill Mott                   140.8                   E 6

Code of Honor (54)          Shug McGaughey      138.9                   P 2

Bourbon War (21)            Mark Hennig             134.9                   S 0

Nolo Contesto (0)            John Sadler               130.2                   E/P 5

 
 

BLUE GRASS (GII)

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

                                                                      Brisnet.com       Run

Horse (Points)               Trainer                    Prime Power      Style

Known Likely Starters:

Signalman (18)                 Kenny McPeek          135.9                   P 1

Known Possible Starters:

Vekoma (10)                    George Weaver         141.1                   P 5

Hidden Scroll (5)              Bill Mott                   140.8                   E 6

Code of Honor (54)          Shug McGaughey      138.9                   P 2

Knicks Go (18)                Ben Colebrook          134.3                   E 7

Nolo Contesto (0)            John Sadler               130.2                   E/P 5

 

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.

                                                                      Brisnet.com       Run

Horse (Points)               Trainer                    Prime Power      Style

Known Possible Starters:

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

Roadster (0)                    Bob Baffert               135.0                   E/P 7

Nolo Contesto (0)            John Sadler               130.2                   E/P 5

 

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.

                                                                      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

Vekoma (10)                    George Weaver         141.1                   P 5

Gray Attempt (10)            Jinks Fires                 132.9                   E 8

Nolo Contesto (0)            John Sadler               130.2                   E/P 5

Lemniscate (0)                 Kenny McPeek          127.1                   E 8

 

LEXINGTON (GIII)

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

                                                                      Brisnet.com       Run

Horse (Points)               Trainer                    Prime Power      Style

Known Possible Starters:

Knicks Go (18)                Ben Colebrook          134.3                   E 7