March 29 (UPI) — Recognized Agenda ran his method into the Kentucky Derby with a gentle upset win in Saturday’s Florida Derby, whereas Just like the King earned a visit down the highway from Keeneland to Churchill Downs with a victory at Turfway Park.
There additionally had been potential Kentucky Derby doings as far afield as Dubai and Japan. however these races finally could not flip up any contenders for the Churchill Downs basic.
In the meantime, numerous different necessary stakes had been runs at Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita and Oaklawn Park.
Earlier than continuing, let’s observe a exceptional feat by jockey Eric Cancel at Aqueduct. Cancel entered Sunday’s last program of the winter assembly trailing Kendrick Carmouche by 4 wins for the driving title.
He proceeded to reel off six victories, successful the crown by two whereas tying the New York Racing Affiliation one-day win report. And he did it whereas driving via foggy mist. “I used to be simply attempting to win as a lot as I can and go house comfortable,” the 24-year-old mentioned.
The Street to the Roses
They had been coming on the Kentucky Derby from all instructions Saturday — from Florida to Japan, from northern Kentucky to Dubai.
What number of of these winners get into the Run for the Roses stays to be seen however Recognized Agenda, a comparatively unknown amount earlier than his $1 million Grade I Florida Derby victory, appears the almost certainly.
Recognized Agenda got here into Saturday’s race with two wins. One was in a maiden race at Aqueduct on Nov. 8. The opposite, an optionally available claimer at Gulfstream Park in his final outing. Admittedly, he gained that final race by 11 lengths. However he nonetheless went to the put up Saturday as a relative lengthy shot.
Below assured dealing with by Irad Ortiz Jr., the Curlin colt tucked in alongside the rail, saved floor down the backstretch and got here out between horses to contend for the lead.
As soon as in entrance, he kicked away to win by 2 3/4 lengths, trailed by Soup and Sandwich and the favourite, Holy Bull and Fountain of Youth winner Best Honour. Recognized Agenda completed the 1 1/8 miles on a quick observe in 1:49.45.
“The directions had been to attempt to keep as shut as I can with out going too loopy and begin working my method out and put the horse within the clear exterior,” Ortiz mentioned. “I needed to go to the rail, and it labored out nice. After I took him out he began rolling.”
Coach Todd Pletcher, who gained the Florida Derby for a report sixth time, mentioned Recognized Agenda’s earlier race was a take a look at to see how he would run with blinkers and the way he favored the Gulfstream Park strip. He handed on each counts.
“It wasn’t an amazing discipline, however the way in which he did it, to win by 11 anytime in a race like that … I assumed it was not solely a powerful race however a step in the correct path,” Pletcher mentioned.
Pletcher mentioned the Florida Derby win “definitely stamped his ticket” for the Kentucky Derby. “The one thrilling factor about him, we have all the time felt like distance is not a difficulty for him. We really feel like 1 1/4 miles goes to be proper in his wheelhouse.”
Best Honour, regardless of the loss, has sufficient qualifying factors to get into the Kentucky Derby discipline and coach Shug McGaughey mentioned that is the place he is headed, all being nicely. “He belongs, so long as he is okay,” McGaughey mentioned.
The second 100-points race of the day was in Dubai, the place Godolphin’s Insurgent’s Romance powered to a powerful rating within the Group 2 UAE Derby on the World Cup undercard.
Coach Charlie Appleby strongly indicated the Kentucky Derby is just not within the playing cards for the Dubawi gelding, particularly since Godolphin already has Important High quality poised as the favourite for the Run for the Roses.
Panadol, a New York-bred Flatter colt, earned 40 factors for ending second but additionally appears uncertain for a visit to Kentucky.
The third 100-points race of the weekend was Saturday’s $250,000 Grade III Jeff Ruby Steaks on the Turfway Park all-weather course.
In that, Just like the King overcame some site visitors points and located sufficient late velocity to get house first by 1 size over Sainthood, who additionally had a troubled passage. Hockey Dad was a head farther again in third.
The favourite, Tarantino, bobbled at first, raced final of 11 and was eased via the stretch.
Just like the King, a Palace Malice colt skilled by Wesley Ward, ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.22 with Drayden Van Dyke driving. He completed second in his earlier begin, the John Battaglia Memorial over the identical course.
The winner of that, Hush of a Storm, was a late scratch Saturday in favor of subsequent weekend’s $800,000 Grade II Blue Grass at Keeneland, one other 100-points Derby qualifier however on dust.
“We spaced out a few of his races and I believe it is helped as a result of he is an enormous, rangy colt,” Ward mentioned of Just like the King. “He is all the time confirmed an affinity for grass and that is why we stored him on the Tapeta floor this winter with this race in thoughts.”
Ward, who has solely flirted with a Derby prospect as soon as, and that way back, mentioned the prospect is “very thrilling.”
There was a fourth potential Kentucky Derby shaper through the weekend — Saturday’s Fukuryu Stakes at Nakayama Racecourse in Japan.
That warmth was the fourth and last leg of the “Japan Street to the Kentucky Derby” however the winner and new collection factors chief, God Choice, is just not nominated to the Triple Crown and thus not eligible for the automated Derby berth.
The winners of the primary three legs of the collection are Triple Crown nominees and the provide will prolong all the way down to them based mostly on factors earned.
The “European Street to the Kentucky Derby” reaches its vacation spot Thursday at Chelmsford Metropolis in England. That collection, nonetheless, appears even much less probably that the Japanese “Street” to supply a starter for the brand new, 20-stall Derby gate.
For these unfamiliar with the British racing scene, Chelmsford Metropolis is situated in Essex, about 50 miles northeast of central London, conveniently situated on the A131 between Nice Notley and Nice Leighs.
Opened in 2015, it’s England’s latest racecourse and conducts its affairs over Polytrack. The Canine and Partridge is simply down the highway.
Additionally on the weekend 3-year-old agenda:
Cave Hill, a Godolphin homebred colt by Frosted, made his first all-weather begin a successful one within the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park. Cave Hill, with Declan Cannon up, rallied to the lead within the stretch and gained by 2 lengths.
He gained beforehand on the dust at Indiana Grand and the turf at Tampa Bay Downs. He may very well be a Preakness candidate.
Pool 5 (and last) of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed Sunday night with Important High quality the 4-1 favourite. Live performance Tour and “All Different 3-year-olds” each closed at 5-1. That 5-1 on “all others” appears a bit brief given the standard of the person pursuits.
Subsequent weekend brings three extra Kentucky Derby preps, every awarding factors on the 100-40-20-10 scale. Important High quality places his good report on the road within the $800,000 Grade II Blue Grass at Keeneland. Unbeaten Live performance Tour tackles the $1 million Grade I Arkansas Derby and the trifecta is accomplished by the $750,000 Grade III Wooden Memorial at Aqueduct.
The Street to the Oaks
Loopy Lovely, a bridesmaid in three of her final 4 begins, received the job finished when it counted, successful Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II Gulfstream Park Oaks with a late run that earned her a cross to the Kentucky Oaks.
The Liam’s Map filly raced final of seven early however fired on all cylinders when referred to as upon by jockey Jose Ortiz, handed all of the rivals and gained off by 2 1/4 lengths.
Millefeuille led briefly within the stretch and held second, 1 3/4 lengths to the nice of Aggressive Pace with the favourite, Con Lima, fading from the early result in report fourth. Loopy Lovely ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.41.
Loopy Lovely was second final 12 months within the Grade III Pocahontas at Churchill Downs and the Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland earlier than ending sixth within the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
She began her 2020 marketing campaign with a second-place end within the Grade II Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park.
At Turfway Park on Saturday, Adventuring, one other Godolphin homebred, asserted herself within the stretch run of the $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks, rallying to a 2-lengths win over Spritz.
Candace O got here from the again of the pack to choose up present cash. Adventuring, a Pioneerof the Nile filly skilled by Brad Cox, ran 1 mile on the all-weather observe in 1:37.31 with Florent Geroux driving. Adventuring was visiting from Honest Grounds, the place she broke her maiden in her third begin Feb. 16.
Visitant received first run to the lead within the stretch in Saturday’s $150,000 TwinSpires Kentucky Cup Traditional at Turfway Park and held off the late bid of the favourite, Set Piece, to win by 2 lengths.
The early chief, Artful Daddy, was third and 2019 UAE Derby winner Plus Que Parfait completed fourth. Visitant, a 5-year-old whole son of Ghostzapper, ran 1 1/8 miles on the all-weather observe in 1:50.12 with Deshawn Parker driving.
He was a stakes winner on the dust in California earlier in his profession and completed third within the Grade III Affirmed at Santa Anita in 2019.
Eye of a Jedi broke nicely, then took again in Saturday’s $100,000 Grade III Ghostzapper Stakes at Gulfstream Park, after which got here with a rush down the straight, drawing off to win by 5 1/2 lengths.
Final Judgment was better of the remaining, 2 1/4 lengths in entrance of Superfecto. Eye of a Jedi, a 6-year-old gelding by Eye of the Leopard, ran 1 1/8 miles on a quick observe in 1:48.83 for jockey Javier Castelanno.
In his earlier begin, he completed fourth within the Grade II Gulfstream Park Mile — a race that might transform a key one because the runner-up, Avant Garde, went on to complete third in Saturday’s Group II Godolphin Mile on World Cup evening in Dubai.
On Sunday at Santa Anita, Ax Man took the lead proper out of the gate within the $98,000 Santana Mile and drew off via the stretch to win by 4 1/2 lengths.
Restrainedvengeance was restrained early in final place however rallied to complete second, 1 1/2 lengths in entrance of Fashionably Quick. Ax Man, a 6-year-old Misremembered gelding skilled by Bob Baffert, ran 1 mile on a quick observe in 1:36.56 with Edwin Maldonado up.
Baffert additionally saddled the favourite, Mastering, who completed fourth.
Churn N Burn, who needed to drop into the optionally available claiming ranks to get his second profession win in his earlier begin, added the $200,000 Grade II Pan American Stakes to his resume Saturday at Gulfstream Park.
The 4-year-old Liam’s Map gelding led all the way in which, simply shook off a protracted shot problem halfway via the 1 1/2 miles and rolled house first by 2 1/2 lengths. Moon Over Miami and the favourite, Cross Border, completed second and third as Churn N Burn completed in 2:23.63 with Julien Leparoux within the irons.
“He is received a excessive cruising velocity,” coach Ian Wilkes mentioned of Churn N Burn. “And, particularly on this observe, he can carry it a bit and run a bit faster and carry on going. I used to be really glad nobody went with him. He was on his personal, in order that was good.”
Filly & Mare Turf
Going to Vegas received going early in Saturday’s $100,000 Grade III Santa Ana Stakes at Santa Anita, leaping out to the lead and lengthening the benefit late to win by 3 3/4 lengths.
The chances-on favourite, Mucho Uncommon, ran evenly to complete second, 1 size in entrance of Pink Lark. Going to Vegas, a 4-year-old Goldencents filly, ran 1 1/4 miles, beginning on the downhill turf course, in 2:00.80 over agency going.
Umberto Rispoli had the journey for coach Richard Baltas. She was fourth within the Grade II Buena Vista in her earlier begin and, earlier than that, had completed second in three consecutive races.
“As we speak was the primary time she confirmed us that form of acceleration,” Baltas mentioned. “The flip of foot was spectacular. It feels nice.”
Struggle Like Goddess got here flying within the stretch run of Saturday’s $100,000 Grade III Orchid at Gulfstream Park and was up simply in time to disclaim the even-money favourite, All the time Procuring, by a nostril.
Sorrel, making her first U.S. begin, discovered a late burst of velocity to take third. Struggle Like Goddess, a 4-year-old English Channel filly making simply her fourth profession begin, ran 1 3/8 miles on agency moving into 2:12.35 with Julien Leparoux within the irons.
She now’s 3-for-4 with a fifth-place end within the The Very One Stakes sandwiched betwixt the wins.
“Timing was necessary there,” successful coach Invoice Mott mentioned of the Orchid win. “I simply instructed Julien to let her get her ft below her and make a run. I stored it easy.”
Candy Bye and Bye mentioned bye-bye to her rivals within the stretch run of Saturday’s $100,000 Sand Springs Stakes at Gulfstream Park, kicking clear to win by 2 1/2 lengths because the even-money favourite.
Really feel Wonderful was second, 3/4 size in entrance of Abscond. Candy Bye and Bye, a 6-year-old Sky Mesa mare, completed 1 1/16 miles on agency moving into 1:39.49 with Irad Ortiz Jr. up. She was second within the Grade III Marshua’s River in her earlier begin going a flat mile.
I Get It received it — the victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Sanibel Island Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park. The Get Stormy filly rallied from final of eight within the 1-mile take a look at over agency turf and outfinished the favourite, World Tour, by 1/2 size. Hit the Woah was third.
I Get It completed in 1:36.11 with Jose Ortiz within the irons, scoring her first stakes win.
Grey’s Fable led all the way in which in Saturday’s $100,000 Grade III Kitten’s Pleasure Appleton Stakes at Gulfstream Park, turned again a problem and went on to win by 2 lengths in a minor upset.
Renaissance Frolic was better of the remaining, 1 1/2 lengths higher than Ever Harmful. Grey’s Fable, a 6-year-old Gio Ponti gelding, was making simply his eleventh profession begin and first of the 12 months after racing primarily within the optionally available claiming ranks earlier. He completed 1 mile on agency turf in 1:32.64 with Junior Alvarado driving.
In Saturday’s $100,000 Cutler Bay Stakes for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park, Annex raced in mid-pack, swung four-wide into the stretch and gained a three-way dash to the wire.
Fulmini was only a neck behind, trailed one other nostril by It Can Be Finished. Annex, a Structure colt, ran 1 mile on agency moving into 1:34.33 with Junior Alvardo up.
Whereas he stays undefeated, he is liable to provide coach Invoice Mott nightmares as his earlier margins of victory had been 1 size in his debut and a head within the Palm Seaside Stakes, whereas coming from far off the tempo in every race.
Outadore led early in Saturday’s $65,000 Animal Kingdom Stakes on the Turfway Park all-weather course and ran evenly to win by 1 size because the odds-on favourite. Gagetown was second.
The race might need been of little discover besides that Outadore, an Outwork colt, is skilled by Wesley Ward. Ward loves taking resembling him to Royal Ascot.
Outadore matches the ticket, too. He gained the Juvenile Turf Dash on the ultra-tough Kentucky Downs assembly final September and completed a good third within the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf final 12 months.
He misfired when despatched 1 mile on the dust at Remington Park in his solely different race earlier than Saturday’s victory. “His aim now has turned to sprinting,” Ward mentioned, not specifying on which aspect of the Atlantic Ocean he would possibly dash.
Basin dropped again to the rear of the sector in Saturday’s $100,000 Sir Shackleton Stakes at Gulfstream Park, shifted again into gear within the lane and break up rivals late to win by 1/2 size.
Frosted Grace led into deep stretch and completed second, one other 1/2 size in entrance of City Traditional.
Basin, a 4-year-old colt by Liam’s Map, ran 7 furlongs on a quick observe in 1:23.19 with Jose Ortiz driving. He was a Triple Crown candidate early final 12 months, dropped off that sample and had not raced since ending second within the Grade II Amsterdam at Saratoga in August.
“He is a high quality horse He trains rather well,” mentioned Basin’s coach, Todd Pletcher. “We felt like he was simply prepared. We did not wish to go excessive for the primary one again. We lower it shut, however we had him able to get the job finished as we speak. I believe he’ll transfer ahead from the race.”
Across the ovals:
Dreamalildreamofu stalked the early tempo in Saturday’s $100,000 Latonia Stakes for fillies and mares, received via between rivals late and ran on to win by 3/4 size.
Shade Me Fairly got here from final of 12 to complete second with Rogue Too relegated to 3rd.
Dreamalildreamofu, a 4-year-old Commissioner filly skilled by Brad Cox, ran 1 mile on the all-weather observe in 1:36.95 with Florent Geroux up. It was her fourth win from eight begins.
Tempt Destiny, the odds-on favourite, led from gate to wire in Saturday’s $150,000 Nodouble Breeders’ Stakes for Arkansas-breds, successful by 2 3/4 lengths.
Man within the Can was second, adopted by Bandit Level. Tempt Destiny, a Hamazing Future 4-year-old, ran 6 furlongs on a quick observe in 1:10.14 with Joe Talamo within the irons.
“He ran an enormous race,” mentioned successful coach Carl Deville. “We will see if he would possibly go two turns now. … There’s that huge race arising subsequent [the $200,000 Arkansas Breeders’ Championship Stakes on April 30]. There is a risk we might run in there.”
Saints N Muskets launched a rally with a furlong and a half to run in Saturday’s $75,000 Shantel Lanerie Memorial for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares and rolled on to win by 2 lengths over Snowball. She’s Gone d’Wild was third.
Saints N Muskets, a 6-year-old daughter of Musket Man, received 1 mile and 70 yards on a quick observe in 1:42.81 with Murrill Mitchell aboard.
Pound for Pound raced simply behind early chief Maga Man in Saturday’s $75,000 Star Guitar Stakes for state-breds, took over on the quarter pole and edged away to win by 1 size.
Jus Vigorous was alongside to take second by 1 1/2 lengths over Maga Man. Pound for Pound, a 6-year-old son of Redding Colliery, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.13 with Aubrie Inexperienced within the irons.
My Boy Tate stalked the tempo in Sunday’s $100,000 Haynesfield Stakes for New York-breds, rallied widest of all into the stretch and was simply up within the last strides to win by a neck over the odds-on favourite, Bankit. South Africa was one other 3 lengths again in third.
My Boy Tate, a 7-year-old gelding by Boys at Tosconova, accomplished 1 mile over a sloppy observe in 1:36.37 with Eric Cancel finishing the aforementioned six-bagger.
Tampa Bay Downs
Six $110,000 races for state-breds graced the Sunday card on the West Coast Florida observe. The situations: quick and agency.
Indy Lion led all through the Equistaff Sophomore Turf Stakes, then held on to win by a nostril over Officiating. The chances-on favourite, Chess’s Dream, completed third, a neck farther again. Indy Lion, a Congrats gelding, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.64 with Ronald Allen Jr. up.
Foreman pressed the tempo made by Willy Boi within the Ocala Breeders’ Gross sales Sophomore Stakes for 3-year-olds on the dust, dropped again a bit on the high of the lane and got here once more to win by 1 1/2 lengths over that rival. The others had been nicely again.
Foreman, a Chitu gelding, received 7 furlongs in 1:23.38 for jockey Daniel Centeno.
Me and Mr. C and the favourite, Shamrocket, rallied from the again of the sector to duel down the stretch within the Gray Goose Turf Traditional with Me and Mr. C prevailing by 1/2 size. Over the Channel was third. The 1 1/8 miles went in 1:48.55 with Centeno aboard the winner.
Odds-on favourite Faucet It to Win discovered a late burst of velocity within the NYRABETS Dash Stakes and kicked unfastened in deep stretch to win by 4 1/4 lengths. R Mercedes Boy was second.
Faucet It to Win, a Tapit ridgling, completed 6 furlongs on the dust in 1:09.43 with Antonio Gallardo up.
Summering pressed the tempo made by lengthy shot Elegant Lady within the Nice Acres Stallions Distaff Turf Stakes, eased by that rival and went on to win by a head. Class Lady gamely held second by 2 lengths over late-running Beautiful Luvy.
Summering, a 4-year-old Struggle Entrance mare, completed 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.50 with Jesus Castanon within the irons.
R Adios Jersey closed issues out with a 2 1/4-lengths victory over Psychic Means within the Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies on the dust. The winner, a daughter of Adios Charlie, ran 7 furlongs in 1:23.35 below Paco Lopez.