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John Asher's Kentucky Derby 136 Update for Friday, Feb. 26

WEST / SHAM COULD REVEAL NEW WEST COAST HOPES – “Hope” is the key word in Saturday’s $150,000 Sham Stakes (Grade III) at Santa Anita as only one of the 10-year-olds entered in the 1 1/8-mile race over the synthetic Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita has stakes…

Feb 26, 2010

Schoolyard Dreams, 'Charly drill for Tampa Bay Derby

At Tampa Bay Downs on Friday, two prime contenders for the March 13 Tampa Bay Derby (G3) recorded works. Sam F. Davis S. (G3) runner-up SCHOOLYARD DREAMS (Stephen Got Even) drilled five furlongs in a bullet :59 4/5, best of 19 works at the distance on the…

Feb 26, 2010

Dual Champion Gio Ponti Tops 81 Grass Stars Nominated to Derby Day's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic

Castleton Lyons Farm’s versatile Gio Ponti, who earned Eclipse Awards in 2009 that honored him as America’s champion older horse on both turf and dirt, heads a roster of 81 older grass stars nominated to run in the 24th running of the $500,000-added Woodford…

Feb 26, 2010

John Asher's Kentucky Oaks 136 Update for Friday, Feb. 26

CHAMPION SHE BE WILD, BLIND LUCK TOP 143 KENTUCKY OAKS NOMINEES – Nancy Mazzoni’s She Be Wild, winner of the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I) and the champion 2-year-old filly of 2009, and Mark DeDomenico LLC, John Carver and Jerry Hollendorfer’s…

Feb 26, 2010

Borel won't be aboard Super Saver in Rebel

Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2) romper SUPER SAVER (Maria's Mon) will not have jockey Calvin Borel aboard for his sophomore debut in the March 13 Rebel S. (G2) at Oaklawn Park. "We have a little conflict," Borel's agent Jerry Hissam said. "We'll be in New…

Feb 26, 2010

Kera's Kitten goes for second straight in John Battaglia

The top five finishers in last month’s WEBN S. return to Turfway Park Saturday for the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial S., the last local prep for the Lane’s End S. (G2) on March 27. Eight three-year-olds are entered for the Battaglia Memorial, run at 1 1/16…

Feb 25, 2010

Gulfstream allowance stars Homeboykris, Radiohead

Champagne S. (G1) hero HOMEBOYKRIS (Roman Ruler) will face six rivals on Saturday in the 3RD race at Gulfstream Park. The Richard Dutrow trainee will be making his second start of the year in the one-mile allowance following a fifth in the Holy Bull S. (G3)…

Feb 25, 2010

Setsuko, Nextdoorneighbor looking to make a splash in Sham

Ten runners will look to enhance their Kentucky Derby (G1) credentials when they line up in Saturday's $150,000 Sham S. (G3) at Santa Anita. The 1 1/8-mile event looks very contentious, with no graded winners but a number of promising individuals among the…

Feb 25, 2010

Stars set to shine in Davona Dale

A stellar field of eight sophomore fillies has been entered in Saturday's $150,000 Davona Dale S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park, and the one-turn mile event will be the highly anticipated stakes debut for two of the runners. The connections of COMIC MARVEL (Distorted…

Feb 24, 2010

Backtalk makes sophomore debut at Delta

BACKTALK (Smarty Jones), one of the early-season juvenile leaders last year when scoring back-to-back wins in the Bashford Manor S. (G3) and Sanford S. (G2), will make his seasonal debut in Friday's $75,000 Sportsman's Paradise S. at Delta Downs. The Triple…

Feb 24, 2010

Dryfly will miss Kentucky Derby

Smarty Jones S. winner DRYFLY (Jump Start) exited his ninth-place effort in Saturday's Southwest S. (G3) with an injury in his left front knee and will be sidelined through the Triple Crown. "He has what I would term an incomplete fracture," trainer Lynn…

Feb 24, 2010

Nine set for Borderland Derby

Nearly won a year ago by then unheralded Canadian juvenile champion Mine That Bird (Birdstone), who went on to capture the Kentucky Derby (G1), the $100,000 Borderland Derby at Sunland Park will be renewed Saturday and serves a stepping stone to the lucrative…

Feb 22, 2010