Tuesday, April 19 2011
UNCLE MO, MUCHO MACHO MAN SETTLE IN AT CHURCHILL DOWNS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, April 18, 2011) – Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo, the strong favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) prior to his surprising loss in the $1 million Wood Memorial (GI), and Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team Racing Stable’s Mucho Macho Man, winner of the Risen Star (GII) at Fair Grounds, are settling in at Churchill Downs following separate arrivals on the grounds of the historic track on Monday morning.
The Todd Pletcher-trained Uncle Mo was led off a van by assistant trainer Michael McCarthy shortly before noon as the son of Indian Charlie returned to the scene of his victory in the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile that capped an unbeaten season and sewed up Eclipse Award honors as champion 2-year-old. He was accompanied on the flight from New York stablemate R Heat Lightning, the E. Paul Robsham Stable’s likely favorite in the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI) following emphatic victories in the Gulfstream Oaks (GII) and Davona Dale (GII) at Florida’s Gulfstream Park.
Monday, April 18 2011
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 UPDATE Monday, April 18, 2011
SOUTH (Arkansas, Louisiana) / HOME TEAM HOPE ARCHARCHARCH RALLIES TO WIN ARKANSAS DERBY AS THE FACTOR FIZZLES – Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (Grade I) turned out to be both a win for the home team and a family affair as 25-1 longshot Archarcharch closed from 10th to grab the lead in the stretch and then held off the late charging Nehro to win by a neck before 62,634 fans at Oaklawn Park.
Southern California-based The Factor, the 4-5 favorite who loomed as the possible favorite for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) with another lopsided win, failed to grab his customary early lead and faded to finish seventh in the field of 13 3-year-olds. The Factor was pushed early by J P’s Gusto, who rushed to the front out of the starting gate, and Dance City. The former faded to eighth, while Dance City held on for third.
KENTUCKY OAKS 137 UPDATE Monday, April 18, 2011
EAST (Maryland, New York) / POSSIBLE OAKS FAVORITE R HEAT LIGHTNING SHARP IN FINAL NEW YORK WORK, HEADS TO CHURCHILL DOWNS ON MONDAY – E. Paul Robsham Stables’ R Heat Lightning, the possible favorite for the 137th and richest running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) on May 6 at Churchill Downs, turned heads with a “bullet” half-mile work on Saturday at Belmont Park.
The Todd Pletcher-trained daughter of Trippi covered four furlongs over the Belmont training track in :47.50 in her first work since her April 2 romp in the Gulfstream Oaks (GII) at Gulfstream Park. The move was the fastest of 94 at the distance.
Friday, April 15 2011
Arienz, St. John’s River Head Trio of Late Nominations to 137th Running of $1 million Kentucky Oaks
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, April 15, 2011) – A trio of 3-year-old fillies headed by Robert and Lawana Low’s Arienza, runner-up to Joyful Victory in Oaklawn Park’s Fantasy (Grade II), and Dede McGehee’s Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) runner-up St. John’s River make up the roster of late nominees that are now eligible to compete in the 137th running of the $1 million guaranteed Kentucky Oaks (GI) on Friday, May 6 at Churchill Downs.
The three fillies were made eligible to run in America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies during its first late nomination period that raised the total of Oaks nominations to 120. The 117 original nominees to the 1 1/8-mile Oaks became eligible through the payment of a $200 fee on or before the Feb. 19 early nomination deadline. The late nomination period, which ended April 13, required payment of a $1,500 fee. Supplemental entries to the Kentucky Oaks, which would require payment of a $50,000 fee, will be accepted at the time of entry on Tuesday, May 3.
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 UPDATE Friday, April 15, 2011
SOUTH (Arkansas, Louisiana) / THE FACTOR IS 7-5 FAVORITE AGAINST 12 FOES IN ARKANSAS DERBY – George Bolton and Fog City Stable’s The Factor, an easy winner of the Rebel (Grade III) in first visit to Arkansas, has returned to “The Natural State” as a strong 7-5 favorite in a field of 13 3-year-olds entered in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (GI) at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark.
Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia indicated this week that an impressive victory in the Arkansas Derby would likely make the Bob Baffert-trained son of War Front the morning line favorite for the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 7.
KENTUCKY OAKS 137 UPDATE Friday, April 15, 2011
MIDWEST (Illinois, Kentucky) / GRADE I WINNERS TURBULENT DESCENT, TELL A KELLY RETURN SUNDAY IN KEENELAND’S BEAUMONT – Sunday’s $150,000 Beaumont Stakes (Grade II) at Keeneland attracted a power-packed field of six 3-year-old fillies headed by Grade I winners Turbulent Descent and Tell a Kelly, but the race is not expected to generate any starters for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) at Churchill Downs.
The Beaumont will be contested over Keeneland’s Beard Course, which measures seven furlongs and 184 feet.
Tuesday, April 12 2011
TOBY’S CORNER JUMPS TO NO. 4, MIDNIGHT INTERLUDE DEBUTS AT NO. 6 ON KENTUCKY DERBY 137 GRADED STAK
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, April 11, 2011) – Toby’s Corner, who upset previously unbeaten champion Uncle Mo in Saturday’s Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial (Grade I), jumped from No. 42 to No. 4 on the Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings List, and Santa Anita Derby (GI) winner Midnight Interlude debuted at No. 6. The list will likely determine the field for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Uncle Mo, despite fading to third at 1-10 odds, remains on course for Kentucky Derby 137 and is scheduled to ship to Churchill Downs on Monday, April 18. He tops the graded stakes earnings list with $1.36 million and is followed by Florida Derby (GI) winner Dialed In, who has $840,000.
Monday, April 11 2011
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 UPDATE Monday, April 11, 2011
EAST (Maryland, New York) / UNCLE MO STILL DERBY-BOUND DESPITE WOOD LOSS, TOBY’S CORNER EARNS TRIP TO RUN FOR THE ROSES – Although his once-perfect record is now scarred with its first setback, Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo is still bound for Churchill Downs and an expected start in the 137th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 7.
Also heading to Churchill Downs will be owner-breeder Dianne Cotter’s Toby’s Corner, the horse that sent a tremor through the racing world when he rushed past heavily favored Uncle Mo to win Saturday’s $1 million Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial (GI) at Aqueduct.
KENTUCKY OAKS 137 UPDATE Monday, April 11, 2011
MIDWEST (Illinois, Kentucky) / CALIFORNIA EXPORT LILACS AND LACE STUNS ASHLAND FIELD AT 48-1 – Lilacs and Lace, dismissed at odds of 48-1 despite stakes success in Northern California, led most of the way and held off Wyomia in the stretch to score a major upset in Keeneland’s 74th running of the $400,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (Grade I) and earned a start in Churchill Downs’ $1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI).
Favored Kathmanblu, the favorite in this year’s Kentucky Oaks Future Wager, finished third before 23,155 fans.
Friday, April 08 2011
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 UPDATE Friday, April 8, 2011
(EAST (Maryland, New York) / UNBEATEN UNCLE MO IS ODDS-ON CHOICE IN WOOD MEMORIAL – Unbeaten Uncle Mo, the strong favorite to win the 137th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) at Churchill Downs on May 7, is an overwhelming favorite to dispose of nine rivals in his final prep for the Run for the Roses in Saturday’s $1 million Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial (GI) at New York’s Aqueduct.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, bidding for a second consecutive Kentucky Derby victory following his 2010 win with WinStar Farm’s Super Saver, will saddle Repole Stable’s reigning 2-year-old champion in a bid to win the Wood for a second consecutive year. Pletcher won last year’s renewal with Eskendereya, who was a strong favorite for the 2010 Derby until an injury ended his racing career.
KENTUCKY OAKS 137 UPDATE Friday, April 8, 2011
MIDWEST (Illinois, Kentucky) / KATHMANBLU THE EARLY CHOICE IN ASHLAND – Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stables’ Kathmanblu carries a three-race winning streak and the role of morning line favorite into Saturday’s 74th running of the $400,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (Grade I) at Keeneland.
The 1 1/16-mile race over the Lexington, Ky., track’s synthetic Polytrack surface will be the final prep for Kathmanblu in her bid to win the 137th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI) on Friday, May 6 at Churchill Downs. The winning streak for the versatile Ken McPeek-trained filly includes the Golden Rod (GII) at Churchill Downs and the Rachel Alexandra (GIII) at Fair Grounds, both run over traditional dirt, and the Sweetest Chant on turf at Gulfstream Park.
Thursday, April 07 2011
DERBY 137 HOPES STAY THIRSTY, SHACKLEFORD ARRIVE AT CHURCHILL
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, April 7, 2011) – The roster of contenders for the 137th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) now on the grounds at Churchill Downs has grown to three with the arrivals Repole Stable’s Stay Thirsty, winner of the Gotham (GIII) and stablemate to Derby favorite Uncle Mo, and Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge’s Shackleford, runner-up in last week’s $1 million Florida Derby (GI) at Gulfstream Park.
Stay Thirsty was one of 17 horses from the stable of trainer Todd Pletcher that arrived Thurdsay morning from Florida. The son of Bernardini continues to be pointed toward the May 7 Run for the Roses despite a disappointing seventh-place finish in a field of eight in Sunday’s Florida Derby. He brings a record of 2-2-0 in six races with earnings of $300,000 to Churchill Downs. He has $260,000 in earnings in graded stakes races, which are used to determine the maximum field of 20 horses that will compete in Kentucky Derby 137.