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.
Monday, April 04 2011
Last-To-First Florida Derby Win Puts Dialed In at No. 2 on Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, April 4, 2011) – Dialed In, who banked $600,000 for his last-to-first victory in Sunday’s Grade I, $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, jumped from No. 17 to No. 2 on the Kentucky Derby 137 Graded Stakes Earnings List, and longshot runner-up Shackleford is positioned at No. 20. The list will likely determine the field for the “Run for the Roses” on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs.
Uncle Mo remains the Kentucky Derby favorite and leads the way with $1.26 million in graded stakes earnings. He’ll continue his march toward Churchill Downs with a final prep race in Saturday’s Grade I, $1 million Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. After Dialed In ($840,000), the Top 5 is rounded out by Louisiana Derby winner Pants On Fire ($623,000), Arkansas Derby hopeful J P’s Gusto ($541,500) and Soldat ($540,000), who finished a distant fifth in the Florida Derby.
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 UPDATE Monday, April 4, 2011
FLORIDA / DIALED IN RALLIES TO EDGE LONGSHOT SHACKLETON IN FLORIDA DERBY – Robert LaPenta’s Dialed In rallied from last over a speed-favoring surface to wear down front-running 68-1 longshot Shackleford for a narrow victory in Sunday’s $1 million Florida Derby (Grade I) at Gulfstream Park.
The victory was the third in four career starts by the Nick Zito-trained son of Mineshaft, who closed as the 5-1 second choice to unbeaten Uncle Mo in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
KENTUCKY OAKS 137 UPDATE Monday, April 4, 2011
FLORIDA / PLETCHER’S R HEAT LIGHTNING HEADS GULFSTREAM PARK OAKS – Paul R. Robsham Stables’ R Heat Lightning was considered a major contender for the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) heading into Saturday’s $300,000 Gulfstream Oaks (GII), but her 8 ¼-length demolition of six rivals at Gulfstream Park could make her the filly to beat in America’s greatest race for 3-year-old fillies on Friday, May 6 race at Churchill Downs.
The 3-year-old daughter of Trippi, the odds-on 3-5 favorite in the Gulfstream Oaks, rallied three wide on the far turn in her debut at the Kentucky Oaks distance of 1 1/8 miles and drew away easily under jockey
John Velazquez. Island School rallied for second and 50-1 shot Salary Drive salvaged third. It’s Tricky, the 9-5 second choice, never threatened and finished fourth.
UNCLE MO IS FINAL POOL KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER FAVORITE OVER THE FAST-CLOSING DIALED IN
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, April 3, 2011) – The third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) ended early Sunday evening with unbeaten champion Uncle Mo (#22) favored to win the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), but Florida Derby (GI) winner Dialed In (#5) closed fast in the pool’s final minutes to end up as a solid second choice.
Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo was the 3-1 morning line favorite for the three-day pool and those were the odds on the Todd Pletcher-trained juvenile champion when wagering concluded at 6:05 p.m. (all times EDT) on Sunday, April 3. But the odds dropped sharply Robert LaPenta’s Dialed In during the pool’s final minutes in the aftermath of his last-to-first rally to edge longshot Shackleford in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The Nick Zito-trained Dialed In was a 10-1 risk when the starting gate opened for the Florida Derby at 5:46 p.m,, but his odds dropped sharply to 5-1 when wagering in the pool ended. Churchill Downs officials added five minutes to the pool because the results of the Florida Derby were declared officials so close to the end of the pool.
Sunday, April 03 2011
UNCLE MO A SOLID FAVORITE WITH ONE DAY TO GO IN DERBY FUTURES
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, April 2, 2011) – Fans of unbeaten 2-year-old champion Uncle Mo (#22) showed their support for the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) at the betting windows on Saturday and the Todd Pletcher-trained colt finished the day as a solid 5-2 favorite with one day to go in the third and final pool of Churchill Downs’ 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).
Repole Stable’s Uncle Mo, the 3-1 choice following Friday’s opening session of the three-day pool, ended Saturday as a solid favorite over the Mutuel Field (#24), which includes all 3-year-olds other than the 22 individual betting interests in Pool 3 and ended the day as the 6-1 second choice.. Also attracting strong support through Saturday’s betting were Rebel (GIII) winner The Factor (#19) at 8-1, Holy Bull (GIII) winner Dialed In (#6) at 10-1, San Felipe (GII) winner Premier Pegasus (#14-1) at 13-1, Remsen (GII) winner To Honor and Serve (#20) at 14-1 and Fountain of Youth (GII) winner Soldat (#17) at 15-1.
Friday, April 01 2011
KENTUCKY DERBY 137 UPDATE Friday, April 1, 2011
FLORIDA / SOLDAT DRAWS RAIL AGAIN, BUT STILL STRONG FLORIDA DERBY FAVORITE – Fountain of Youth (Grade II) winner Soldat drew the rail post and was assigned the role of favorite in a strong field of eight 3-year-olds entered for Sunday’s 60th running of the $1 million Florida Derby (GI) at Gulfstream Park.
The 1 1/8 mile race shapes up as one of the most competitive and intriguing preps on the road the 137th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), which is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs.