Friday, April 29 2016
Kentucky Derby Update: Friday, April 29, 2016
KENTUCKY DERBY NOTES
BRODY’S CAUSE/CHERRY WINE – Albaugh Family Stable’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (GI) winner Brody’s Cause galloped 1 ½ miles following the renovation break under exercise rider Miguel Garcia for trainer Dale Romans.
Also galloping the same distance after the break was William Pacella, Frank Jones Jr. and Frank Shoop’s Cherry Wine. Faustino Aguilar was aboard the son of Paddy O’Prado who stands 25th on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.
Romans said his Kentucky Derby hopefuls are possible to breeze Saturday morning.
KENTUCKY OAKS NOTES - Update: Friday, April 29, 2016
CARINA MIA – Three Chimneys Farm’s Carina Mia, 17th on the Kentucky Oaks leaderboard, galloped after the break under exercise rider Penny Gardiner.
DOTHRAKI QUEEN – Magdalena Racing’s Dothraki Queen, 16th on the Oaks leaderboard, worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 after the break under jockey Gary Stevens.
“She probably went in 1:01. She flew the last eighth,” Stevens said. “I had a test drive with her last week at Keeneland (in a work) and today she wanted to get down to business.”
Trained by Kenny McPeek, Dothraki Queen won the Pocahontas (GII) here in September. Should she not makes the Oaks field, the $150,000 Edgewood (GIII) presented by Forcht Bank run at 1 1/16 miles on the turf May 6 is considered her next option.
Wednesday, April 27 2016
Aktabantay Seeks Fast Track to Graded Success in G3 Miami Mile
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Aktabantay made the journey from England to Santa Anita in 2014 to run in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1), only to be scratched due to an injury sustained in a stall mishap.
The British-bred colt didn’t get to compete in the $1 million race for 2-year-olds, but his connections came away from the experience with an observation that eventually led them to send him back to the U.S. for a 2016 campaign.
Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks Update: Wednesday, April 27, 2016
UAE DERBY WINNER LANI PUTS IN 3-FURLONG BREEZE;
VENUS VALENTINE WORKS HALF-MILE FOR OAKS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, April 27, 2016)
– Koji Maeda’s Lani, winner of the UAE Derby (Group II) in his most recent start, worked three furlongs in :37.40 with blinkers on over a track labeled fast during the 8:30-8:45 a.m. training period reserved for Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders.
Loki’s Vengeance seeks re-affirmation in Affirmed Success
ELMONT, N.Y. - Multiple stakes winner Loki's Vengeance returns to action Friday to defend his title against eight other New York-breds in the $100,000 Affirmed Success, the opening-day feature as Belmont Park begins its 54-day spring/summer meet.
First race post time is 1:30 p.m., with gates opening at 11:30 a.m. Admission is $5 and general parking is free.
Live racing returns to Belmont Park on April 29
Second annual Belmont Stakes Racing Festival set for June 9-11
ELMONT, N.Y. - Featuring the second annual Belmont Stakes Racing Festival, itself anchored by the 148th renewal of the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on Saturday, June 11, live thoroughbred racing will return to Belmont Park on Friday, April 29 for its 54-day spring/summer meet packed with exciting racing action and a variety of special events designed for fans of all ages.
Friday, April 22 2016
Gulfstream News & Notes - Thu 4/21
Majesto Turns in Final Local Workout for May 7 Kentucky Derby
Florida Derby Runner-Up Breezes Mile at Gulfstream Park West
Cold Snack Thirty Kicks Off Juvenile Racing Season with a Victory
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Grupo 7C Racing Stable’s Majesto was sent to the Gulfstream Park West track Thursday morning for his final local workout for a scheduled start in the Kentucky Derby (G1) at Churchill Downs May 7. The Gustavo Delgado-trained 3-year-old breezed a mile in 1:44 2/5.
The son of Tiznow is scheduled to ship to Kentucky Friday.
Wednesday, April 20 2016
Gulfstream News & Notes - Wed 4/20
Multiple Graded-Stakes Winner Grand Tito Tops G3 Miami Mile Noms
Daring Kathy, Notte d’Oro among 18 Nominated to Powder Break
Smile Sprint, Princess Rooney Designated ‘Win & You’re In’ Races
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL
– Grupo 7C Racing Stables’ Grand Tito is among the most prominent of the 25 nominees for the $100,000 Miami Mile (G3), a mile turf event for 3-year-olds and up that will kick off Gulfstream Park’s $5.575 million Spring-Summer Meet stakes schedule on April 30.
MOHAYMEN FIRES BULLET
MO TOM, LANI WORK TOWARD DERBY 142
LOUISVILLE, KY (Wednesday, April 20, 2016)
– Shadwell Stable’s Mohaymen, who had his five-race unbeaten streak snapped in the Florida Derby (Grade I) in his most recent start, put in his first work at Churchill Downs Wednesday in preparation for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and it was a bullet.
Sunday, April 17 2016
CREATOR PULLS THE UPSET IN THE ARKANSAS DERBY
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, April 16, 2016) – WinStar Farm’s Creator powered home from dead last in the field of 12 to pull off an upset in the 80th edition of the $1 million (G1) Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn in front of 65,000 people on-track Saturday, and in the process the colt created a guaranteed spot for himself in the Kentucky Derby.
The 3-year-old gray or roan son of Tapit had earned just 10 qualifying Kentucky Derby points by virtue of his third place finish last out in the $900,000 (G2) Rebel Stakes here March 19, but he now has a total of 110 marks courtesy of the 100 points awarded for finishing first in the Arkansas Derby.
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Quotes from the $150,000 Lexington (G3)
Peter Fluor (partner in Speedway Stables, winning owner of Collected)
“I was very impressed with (the effort). (Trainer) Bob (Baffert) did a very good job getting him ready. Lot of good horses in the race.”
On whether the Preakness (G1) might be an option for the colt
“I think that would be the most logical step, given the distance. We’ll see how he comes out (of this race), but that would be a thrill for us.”
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Quotes for the $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1)
Mark Casse (winning trainer of Tepin)
On whether he feels pressure since everyone expects Tepin to perform so well
“A touch. But I have to say something. (Owner) Mr. (Robert) Masterson – if it wasn’t for him – everybody wouldn’t get to see the great Tepin. He wanted to let her run another year (rather than being retired). It puts a little pressure on us. I love it.
“But I just don’t want to let her down. It’s hard.”
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