Horse racing publication: Jon White’s new Kentucky Derby rankings


Whats up, my identify is John Cherwa and welcome again to our horse racing publication as we prepare for an enormous weekend of Kentucky Derby prep races.

Couple of notes earlier than we get to the great things.

–Del Mar introduced it stakes schedule for this summer season. There are 34 main stakes price $6.75 million, up 30% from final yr. There are 5 Grade 1s: Bing Crosby Stakes (July 31), Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (Aug. 1), Pacific Basic (Aug. 21), Del Mar Oaks (Aug. 21), Del Mar Debutante (Sept. 5) and Del Mar Futurity (Sept. 6). If you wish to see all the schedule, simply click on right here.

–I preview Saturday’s Grade 1 $400,000 Santa Anita Handicap with a take a look at the undefeated 4-year-old Maxfield, who ships in because the 8-5 morning line favourite for the race. Need to know extra, simply click on right here.

Now, the great things.

Jon White’s Kentucky Derby rankings

Jon White is again along with his Triple Crown rankings. Jon is without doubt one of the foremost historians on horse racing in addition to being the morning-line maker at Santa Anita and Del Mar. He even has achieved stints as a steward. He does all of it. So, let’s get proper to it along with his Kentucky Derby rankings and previewing one other massive weekend, introduced courtesy of Take it away, Jon.

“Important High quality, who remained undefeated by splashing house to a 4 1/4-length victory on a sloppy monitor in final Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park, retains the highest spot on this publication’s rankings for the 147th operating of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Could 1.

“Life Is Good, who continues to be ranked No. 2, heads a subject of seven entered in Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita. The San Felipe additionally has attracted No. 7 Medina Spirit and No. 10 Roman Centurian.

“Biggest Honour climbs a notch to No. 3 this week after rallying from ninth to win Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile Fountain of Youth Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park. Shug McGaughey trains Biggest Honour, who has put collectively a three-race successful streak. Previous to the Fountain of Youth, the Kentucky-bred colt received Gulfstream’s Holy Bull Stakes.

“Tapit is the sire of each Important High quality and Biggest Honor. Important High quality and Biggest Honour every received a graded stakes race this yr on the identical day, Feb. 27. It was 20 years in the past on Feb. 27 that Tapit was foaled.

“Important High quality was fifth early within the Southwest when a lot nearer to the tempo than within the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He proved an emphatic winner of the Southwest as a 9-10 favourite.

“Skilled by Brad Cox, Important High quality now’s 4 for 4. The Kentucky-bred colt was voted a 2020 Eclipse Award following stakes wins within the Breeders’ Futurity and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

“Southern California shipper Spielberg, skilled by Bob Baffert, completed second within the Southwest regardless of a poor begin. This places the $1 million buy into the Kentucky Derby image after an 11 1/4-length defeat when fourth in Santa Anita’s Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Jan. 30. Spielberg received the Los Alamitos Futurity in his ultimate 2020 begin.

“Baffert shall be represented within the San Felipe by Life Is Good and Medina Spirit. I’ve put in Life Is Good because the 4-5 favourite on the morning line. Medina Spirit is the 7-2 second selection within the subject of seven, adopted by The Nice One at 4-1, Dream Shake at 5-1, Roman Centurian at 8-1, None Above the Legislation at 30-1 and Govenor’s Get together at 50-1.

“The San Felipe shall be Life Is Good’s third profession begin. This would be the farthest he has raced. The graceful-moving Kentucky-bred Into Mischief colt made a jaw-dropping debut at Del Mar within the fall. He received a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race by 9 1/2 lengths as an amazing 1-5 favourite.

“Life Is Good once more was despatched away as a 1-5 favourite in Santa Anita’s one-mile Sham Stakes on Jan. 2. He was simply cruising alongside and led by 4 lengths with a furlong to go. His lead then diminished within the ultimate furlong, however he nonetheless was capable of get the job achieved.

“Medina Spirit rallied to complete second within the Sham, simply three-quarters of a size behind Life Is Good. Medina Spirit then received the 1 1/16-mile Lewis in sport vogue by a neck on Jan. 30.

“Doug O’Neill trains The Nice One, who was a maiden when he misplaced the Los Alamitos Futurity by a nostril to Spielberg. When The Nice One returned to the maiden ranks for his subsequent begin, the Louisiana-bred colt received a one-mile maiden race at Santa Anita on Jan. 23 by 14 lengths in 1:37.28.

“When Life Is Good received the Sham on the identical distance, his ultimate time for one mile was 1:36.63. When Genuine registered a 7 3/4-length win within the 2020 Sham, he accomplished one mile in 1:37.57.

“Dream Shake goes into the San Felipe off a scintillating efficiency when unveiled in an particularly sturdy 6 1/2-furlong maiden race at Santa Anita on Feb. 7. Eighth early within the subject of 9, the Kentucky-bred Twirling Sweet colt handed rivals with a rush on the far flip, then stored on going strongly down the lane whereas drawing away. He received by 4 3/4 lengths for coach Peter Eurton.

“Roman Centurian is coming off his finest effort but in three profession begins when he completed a detailed second within the Lewis. Simon Callaghan trains Roman Centurian, a Kentucky-bred Empire Maker colt. Empire Maker received the 2003 Belmont Stakes.

“None Above the Legislation meets a lot more durable opponents after ending second at odds of 9-1 within the California Cup Derby at Santa Anita on Jan. 16. Peter Miller trains None Above the Legislation, a California-bred Karakontie colt. Karakontie received the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Mile.

“Govenor’s Get together most just lately ran third as a huge 119-1 longshot within the El Camino Actual Derby on Golden Gate Fields’ artificial floor on Feb. 13. Daniel Franko owns and trains the California-bred Govenor Charlie colt.

“Saturday’s San Felipe is one in every of three races Saturday that can reward the primary 4 finishers with 50-20-10-5 qualifying factors towards a beginning berth within the $3 million Kentucky Derby. There’s the 1 1/16-mile Tampa Bay Derby and one-mile Gotham Stakes.

“The Tampa Bay Derby has a dozen entrants. Tampa Bay Downs’ Tommy Creel has pegged Sweet Man Rocket because the 2-1 favourite on the morning line. Hidden Stash is the 4-1 second selection.

“Sweet Man Rocket is coming off a one-length win in Tampa’s 1 1/16-mile Sam F. Davis Stakes on Feb. 6. Invoice Mott trains the Kentucky-bred Sweet Trip colt.

“Hidden Stash, a Kentucky-bred Structure colt, got here on late and completed third within the Davis for coach Vicki Oliver.

“Extremely Motivated is the 8-5 favourite on David Aragona’s morning line for Aqueduct’s Gotham, which has drawn a subject of eight. Freedom Fighter is the 5-2 second selection. The others listed at odds decrease than 10-1 are Crowded Commerce at 9-2, Capo Kane at 5-1 and Wipe the Slate at 6-1.

“This shall be Extremely Motivated’s first begin since his glowing 4 1/4-length win within the Nyquist Stakes at Keeneland final Nov. 6. Chad Brown trains the Kentucky-bred Into Mischief colt. Brown additionally situations Crowded Commerce, who goes into the Gotham off a one-length debut victory in a six-furlong maiden race at Aqueduct on Jan. 28.

“Freedom Fighter and Wipe the Slate have been despatched to New York from Southern California to run within the Gotham. Baffert trains Freedom Fighter, who completed second to Live performance Tour in Santa Anita’s seven-furlong San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 6. O’Neill trains Wipe the Slate, who ran sixth within the Lewis following a 3 1/4-length maiden win at Santa Anita on Dec. 26.

“Listed here are this week’s Kentucky Derby rankings, courtesy of Xpressbet:

1. Important High quality (1)

2. Life Is Good (2)

3. Biggest Honour (4)

4. Caddo River (3)

5. Mandaloun (5)

6. Live performance Tour (6)

7. Medina Spirit (7)

8. Scorching Rod Charlie (8)

9. Keepmeinmind (9)

10. Roman Centurian (10)

NOTE: Final week’s rankings in parentheses”

Santa Anita preview

As is generally the case on the day earlier than an enormous day, Friday’s card is fairly mediocre. There are eight races with the same old 12:30 p.m. begin time. There are solely two turf races, one allowance/optionally available claimer and one maiden particular. We’re choosing the one allowance as our function, a six-furlong race for Cal-bred fillies and mares for a handbag of $63,000.

Kristi’s Tiger is the 2-1 favourite for coach Thomas Bell and jockey Umberto Rispoli. She has three wins and three seconds in 10 lifetime begins. She’s by no means received the stakes degree, however then once more, this isn’t a stakes race. Morning-line maker Jon White has co-second favorites at 5-2. There’s Sing within the Wind (Isidro Tomayo, Abel Cedillo) and Li’l Grazen (Manuel Ortiz, Tiago Pereira.) Sing within the Wind ships down from Golden Gate, the place she received final out and Li’l Grazen has received two of her final 4. Publish is round 3:45 p.m.

Listed here are the sector sizes, so as: 6, 6, 8, 5, 7, 8, 7, 9.

Ciaran Thornton’s SA decide of the day

THIRD RACE: No. 5 Legislation Professor (6-1)

Legislation Professor is 6-1 morning line and attracts Joel Rosario for coach Michael McCarthy. Mike is 23% second profession race like as we speak and 50% within the cash from 62 such begins for a revenue. A 59 second exercise final week for a horse racing protected is an enormous constructive. In actual fact, the previous few works have been nice together with the one previous to the debut. I hope we get 6-1 or extra. Additionally use There Goes Harvard the “different” McCarthy horse with Umberto Rispoli driving (he’s 33% for the coach). Additionally, the second profession race for this horse and a 59 second work as effectively. 12-1 is juicy. In Decide 5 bets I’m utilizing each these horses in addition to Fenway and Harbored Reminiscences.

Sunday’s outcome: El Diablo Rojo tracked in third however had nothing ending off the board.

Ciaran Thornton is the handicapper for, which provides each day full card picks, longshots of the day, finest bets of the day.

Los Alamitos weekend preview

Los Alamitos is the one sport on the town at evening. So, let’s flip issues over to advertising and marketing and media guru Orlando Gutierrez. Orlando, the ground is yours.

CC Perkinson, a winner of 93 races as a jockey and a former racing analyst on TVG’s “The Quarters”, is again coaching at Los Alamitos when she saddles the Clubhouse Trip filly Crookhaven Lass within the first race on Friday. It will likely be Perkinson’s first starter right here since Jan. 27, 2002.

“Perkinson claimed the 4-year-old for $5,000 at Golden Gate on Feb. 15 following the filly’s third consecutive runner-up effort. Crookhaven Lass will begin from the seven within the 1,000-yard race. will experience.

“Throughout her driving profession, Perkinson received 46 thoroughbred races, together with 24 at Los Alamitos. She additionally received 33 Arabian and 5 quarter horse races. She additionally received the 1998 Santa Rosa Marathon on Katella Lad at 870 yards. Perkinson skilled horses briefly in 2001 and 2002, saddling Coverage Maker to a victory at Fresno in October of 2001. Her steady was primarily based in Northern California.

“Apollitical Patty will make her first begin for brand spanking new proprietor Julianna Hawn Holt when she headlines the trials to the $427,500 Los Alamitos Oaks on Saturday evening. Twenty-three sophomore fillies shall be within the trials with the runners with the ten quickest occasions returning on Sat., March 27 for the ultimate.

Apollitical Patty, skilled by Monty Arrossa, had a magical season in 2020. She received California’s richest horse race of the yr, the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, and certified to the Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity. Julianna Hawn Holt, whose band of high-profile fillies and mares is among the many nation’s finest, acquired Apollitical Patty by personal buy after the Two Million.

“When requested how a lot Hawn Holt paid for the celebrity filly, Arrossa had a easy reply.

“’It was so much,’ Arrossa mentioned. ‘Mrs. Hawn Holt has many nice quarter-horse fillies and mares and I really feel that she added two excellent ones in Apollitical Patty and Aint She Tempting.’

“Hawn Holt had beforehand bought Aint She Tempting earlier than the Two Million ultimate. Apollitical Patty was the massive winner on that evening, whereas the Tempting Sprint filly bumped early and completed seventh. The 2 additionally met within the Golden State Million with Aint She Tempting ending second to Patty’s sixth within the ultimate. Apollitical Patty, the PCQHRA champion 2-year-old filly, shall be within the first of three trials, whereas Aint She Tempting shall be within the third.

“Sunday evening’s card will function the trials to the Grade 3 El Primero Del Año Derby. They are going to be headed by M & G Farms’ Constituent, the PCQHRA champion 2-year-old colt of 2020, plus Grade 1 stakes finalists Thats R Greatest Card, Gentleman Chuck and BF Outfoosed.

“Constituent completed final season with essentially the most wins by a 2-year-old male at Los Alamitos. His 5 victories have been second general amongst freshman sprinters behind Grade 1 futurity winner Apollitical Patty’s six wins. Constituent’s greatest win of the yr got here within the Restricted Grade 1 Governor’s Cup Futurity when the son of Seperate Curiosity outdueled stablemate Squid Phrase to win the 350-yard futurity by a nostril. He obtained his sophomore marketing campaign off to a flying begin after posting a 1 1/4 size victory in his 2021 debut on Jan. 17. Constituent posted the meet’s quickest 330-yard time of :16.728 in that race. Constituent is skilled by Valentin Zamudio.”

“The Los Alamitos $10,000 Decide 6 Promo remains to be being supplied right here on Sundays till additional discover. If there’s not a carryover going into Sunday’s program, Los Alamitos will seed the Decide 6 pool with $10,000. The whole swimming pools within the Decide 6 on the promo nights have averaged $67,000.”

Chris Wade’s LA decide of the day

SIXTH RACE: No. 1 Teller Bullet Mrl (9-2)

She has completed third in each profession begins and every has included some hassle within the journey. Eighteen nights in the past, the filly broke a bit gradual and inward to lose over a size of floor firstly and her early racing momentum in opposition to her excellent tripped rivals. She was capable of present a great quantity of pace after the lower than excellent getaway, however her momentum slowed after she discovered extra hassle nearing the wire. I nonetheless like her general effort and the determine earned that night makes her a contender for all of the board placings if she will be able to repeat the most effective qualities of that outing.

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And now right here’s the star of the present, Friday’s entries.

Santa Anita Entries for Friday, March 5.

Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California. thirty third day of a 81-day meet.


6 Furlongs. Purse: $24,000. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 yr olds and up. Claiming Costs $16,000-$12,500.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Bella Renella Kent Desormeaux 124 Rafael DeLeon 4-1 16,000
2 Raneem Abel Cedillo 124 Bob Baffert 5-2 16,000
3 It is a Riddle Juan Hernandez 120 Robert B. Hess, Jr. 5-1 12,500
4 Pasito Ruben Fuentes 124 Steve Knapp 8-1 16,000
5 Full Eclipse Tyler Baze 124 John E. Cortez 4-1 16,000
6 Miss Girl Ann Tiago Pereira 124 Dean Pederson 2-1 16,000


6 Furlongs. Purse: $25,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 3 yr olds. Claiming Costs $30,000-$28,000.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Better of Present Abel Cedillo 123 Steven Miyadi 5-2 30,000
2 Chrome of Our Personal Tyler Baze 123 Val Brinkerhoff 5-2 30,000
3 Lulu D’ Oro Ruben Fuentes 123 Victor L. Garcia 6-1 30,000
4 Huge Al’s Princess Jessica Pyfer 116 Victor L. Garcia 2-1 30,000
5 Brio Is Superior Eswan Flores 121 Lorenzo Ruiz 6-1 28,000
6 Zu Zu Flynn Geovanni Franco 123 Steven Miyadi 8-1 30,000


1 Mile. Purse: $61,000. Maiden Particular Weight. 3 yr olds.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Hudson Ridge Drayden Van Dyke 123 Bob Baffert 8-1
2 Lone Scout Kent Desormeaux 123 Robert B. Hess, Jr. 15-1
3 Star Sailor Juan Hernandez 123 John W. Sadler 3-1
4 Mucho Del Oro Tyler Baze 123 George Papaprodromou 20-1
5 Legislation Professor Joel Rosario 123 Michael W. McCarthy 6-1
6 There Goes Harvard Umberto Rispoli 123 Michael W. McCarthy 12-1
7 Fenway John Velazquez 123 Bob Baffert 5-2
8 Harbored Reminiscences Flavien Prat 123 Mike Puype 2-1


6½ Furlongs Turf. Purse: $33,000. Starter Allowance. 4 yr olds and up.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Rager Joel Rosario 118 Andrew Lerner 4-1
2 Metropolis Rage Flavien Prat 124 Mark Glatt 8-5
3 Fast End Juan Hernandez 124 Dan Blacker 2-1
4 One Flew South Umberto Rispoli 124 Gus Headley 4-1
5 Promise Nothing Edwin Maldonado 124 Daniel Azcarate 6-1


1 Mile. Purse: $35,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 3 yr olds. Claiming Costs $50,000-$45,000. State bred.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Full Management Alexis Centeno 112 Edward R. Freeman 3-1 45,000
2 Smoothlikebuttah Abel Cedillo 123 Steve Knapp 7-2 50,000
3 Sideways Suances Tyler Baze 119 Jeff Mullins 12-1 45,000
4 Sugar Kisses Tiago Pereira 123 Carla Gaines 10-1 50,000
5 Right here Comes Ralphie Eswan Flores 123 Gary Stute 4-1 50,000
6 Supersonic Flyer Edwin Maldonado 123 Leonard Powell 5-1 50,000
7 Half Hoping Jose Valdivia, Jr. 123 Mike Puype 5-2 50,000


6½ Furlongs. Purse: $35,000. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3 yr olds and up. Claiming Costs $50,000-$45,000. State bred.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Fursace Jose Valdivia, Jr. 126 Brian J. Koriner 3-1 50,000
2 Twin Actuality Alexis Centeno 115 Rolando Quinonez 15-1 45,000
3 Humor Me Harper Heriberto Figueroa 122 Ricardo S. Guillen 30-1 45,000
4 Girl Doc Tyler Baze 114 J. Eric Kruljac 6-1 45,000
5 Slewpys Final Music Geovanni Franco 126 Javier Jose Sierra 30-1 50,000
6 Twentyseventrouts Juan Hernandez 126 Mike Puype 5-2 50,000
7 My Tigress Flavien Prat 126 Richard Baltas 9-5 50,000
8 Elgofranco Mario Gutierrez 126 Ben D. A. Cecil 4-1 50,000


6 Furlongs. Purse: $63,000. Allowance Optionally available Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4 yr olds and up. Claiming Worth $20,000. State bred.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Beautiful End Eswan Flores 124 Joe Herrick 12-1
2 Jan Jan Can Juan Hernandez 122 Ronald W. Ellis 8-1
3 Kristi’s Tiger Umberto Rispoli 122 Thomas Ray Bell, II 2-1
4 Sing within the Wind Abel Cedillo 124 Isidro Tamayo 5-2 20,000
5 Li’l Grazen Tiago Pereira 124 Manuel Ortiz, Sr. 5-2 20,000
6 Time for Ebby Tyler Baze 124 Gary Stute 6-1 20,000
7 Homehome Mario Gutierrez 124 Doug F. O’Neill 6-1


1 1/8 Mile Turf. Purse: $36,000. Claiming. 4 yr olds and up. Claiming Costs $25,000-$22,500.

PP Horse Jockey Wt Coach M-L Declare $
1 Filled with Luck Eswan Flores 122 Steven Miyadi 4-1 25,000
2 New Yr Tyler Baze 120 Juan Andres Rodriguez 20-1 22,500
3 Marckie’s Water Abel Cedillo 120 Tim Yakteen 4-1 22,500
4 Noble Thought Umberto Rispoli 122 Robert N. Falcone, Jr. 5-2 25,000
5 Mo Bob Ruben Fuentes 120 Jesus Ramos 12-1 22,500
6 Transfer Over Tiago Pereira 122 Hector O. Palma 12-1 25,000
7 Fabozzi Juan Hernandez 120 Kristin Mulhall 6-1 22,500
8 French Getaway Mike Smith 122 Robert B. Hess, Jr. 7-2 25,000
9 Worthy Turk Mario Gutierrez 122 Reed Saldana 15-1 25,000

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