Monday, March 28 2011
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 UPDATE Monday, March 28, 2011
SOUTH (Arkansas, Louisiana) / PANTS ON FIRE, SIZZLING NAPRAVNIK EARN KENTUCKY DERBY TRIP WITH LOUISIANA DOWNS UPSET – Pants On Fire, the more lightly regarded of two starters owned by George and Lori Hall, surged to the lead at the head of the stretch under sizzling jockey Rosie Napravnik, turned back favored Mucho Macho Man in mid-stretch and held off longshot Nehro to win Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby (Grade II) by a neck.
The victory in New Orleans earned the Kelly Breen-trained son of Jump Start a trip to Churchill Downs for the 137th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday, May 7. The win by Napravnik, who rode Pants On Fire for the first time, could make her the first female jockey to compete in the Run for the Roses since Rosemary Homeister Jr. piloted Supah Blitz to a 13th place finish in 2003.
Friday, March 25 2011
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 UPDATE Friday, March 25, 2011
SOUTH (Arkansas, Louisiana) / MUCHO MACHO MAN A STRONG FAVORITE IN $1 MILLION LOUISIANA DERBY – Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team One’s Mucho Macho Man, an impressive winner of the Risen Star Stakes (Grade II) in his first visit to New Orleans, will look to make an even stronger impression in his return to the Crescent City when he faces 11 rivals in Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby (GII) at Fair Grounds.
An impressive victory in the 98th running of Fair Grounds’ signature race would strengthen Mucho Macho Man’s credentials as a contender for the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 7.
KENTUCKY OAKS 137 UPDATE Friday, March 25, 2011
SOUTH (Arkansas, Louisiana) / INGLORIOUS TACKLES MCPEEK ‘B’ TEAM I FAIR GROUNDS OAKS – Two-time stakes winner Inglorious will bid for the biggest victory of her career and a possible spot in the starting gate for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) when she runs as the morning line favorite in Saturday’s $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (GII)..
Inglorious was a two-time stakes winner in Canada last year and finished a fast-closing runner-up to Kentucky Oaks Future Wager favorite Kathmanblu in the Rachel Alexandra Stakes (GIII) at the New Orleans track in her 2011 debut. Jockey Chantal Sutherland will travel from California to ride the daughter of Hennessy for trainer Josie Carroll.
Monday, March 21 2011
GATE-TO-WIRE REBEL WIN PUTS THE FACTOR AT NO. 5 ON KENTUCKY DERBY 137 GRADED STAKES EARNINGS LIST
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, March 21, 2011) – The Factor, who banked $180,000 for his gate-to-wire triumph in Saturday’s Grade II, $300,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, jumped into a tie for fifth position on the Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings List. The list will likely determine the field for the “Run for the Roses” on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs.
The $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) has been restricted to 20 starters since 1975. Graded stakes earnings accumulated in races on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” have determined the field for the 1 ¼-mile classic since 1986.
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 UPDATE Monday, March 21, 2011
SOUTH (Arkansas, Louisiana) / THE FACTOR STREAKS INTO KENTUCKY DERBY 137 PICTURE WITH ROMP IN OAKLAWN’S REBEL – One of the most discussed questions on the road to the 137th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) was emphatically answered by The Factor during his victory in Saturday’s running of the $300,000 Rebel Stakes (GIII) at Oaklawn Park.
George Bolton and Fog City Stables’s speedy gray-roan son of War Front proved that a victory at a two-turn distance is well within his scope. The latest star from three-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert’s stable passed his first distance test with ease in the 1 1/16-mile Rebel as The Factor jumped to the lead out of the starting gate and opened a clear advantage under jockey Martin Garcia on his run down the backstretch. The Factor shrugged off a challenge at the head of the stretch and drew off easily to score comfortably by 6 ¼ lengths in a winning time of 1:42.19 over a fast track.