(Important High quality stays unbeaten coming into Saturday’s G2 Blue Grass Stakes / Coady Images)
This Saturday is “The Saturday” on the 2021 “Highway to the Kentucky Derby.”
The pretenders will likely be separated from the contenders.
The cream shall rise and so too will the stakes for the prime time runners.
You will have the Wooden Memorial in New York. Can Chad Brown and his gifted 3YO colt Danger Taking take the subsequent steps to Louisville in fashion?
You will have the Santa Anita Derby, and even with the lack of Life Is Good, this occasion is all the time a serious prep for the “First Saturday in Might.” Live performance Tour and Medina Spirit will throw down to determine which one is Workforce Baffert’s latest and newest Triple Crown menace.
And, you should have the G2 Blue Grass Stakes on the historic and delightful Keeneland Race Course in Lexington. Whereas the Blue Grass has not produced Derby winners prefer it used to, this can be top-of-the-line and most gifted fields in latest reminiscence. Important High quality — the undefeated “Champ” — will put rather a lot on the road towards the likes of Extremely Motivated, Keepmeinmind and a ton of expertise.
It’s time to punch the ticket.
It’s time to punch out.
Let the video games start.
Right here’s our seems to be going into probably the most thrilling weeks of the 12 months:
|Rankings||Horse||Sire||Coach||Jockey||Final Race||Subsequent Race||Feedback|
|1||Important High quality||Tapit||Brad Cox||Luis Saez||1st in G3 Southwest Stakes||April 3: G2 Blue Grass Stakes||Massive Race / Check This Saturday|
|2||Best Honour||Tapit||Shug McGaughey||Jose Ortiz||third in G1 Florida Derby||Might 1: G1 Kentucky Derby||Caught on Rail / Unhealthy Journey in FLA Derby|
|3||Live performance Tour||Avenue Sense||Bob Baffert||Joel Rosario||1st in G2 Insurgent Stakes||April 10: G1 Arkansas Derby||Workforce Baffert’s Prime Menace Now|
|4||Medina Spirit||Protonico||Bob Baffert||John Velazquez||2nd in G2 San Felipe Stakes||April 3: G1 Santa Anita Derby||Massive Race / Check This Saturday II|
|5||Sizzling Rod Charlie||Oxbow||Doug O’Neill||Joel Rosario||1st in G2 Louisiana Derby||Might 1: G1 Kentucky Derby||Who Will Rosario Choose to Experience?|
|6||Extremely Motivated||Into Mischief||Chad Brown||Javier Castellano||third in G3 Gotham Stakes||April 3: G2 Blue Grass Stakes||Watch Out Right here / Large Upset Coming?|
|7||Identified Agenda||Curlin||Todd Pletcher||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||1st in G1 Florida Derby||Might 1: G1 Kentucky Derby||Did Trampoline Into Derby Combine|
|8||Prevalence||Medaglia d’Oro||Brendan Walsh||Tyler Gaffalione||1st in GP Allowance||April 3: G2 Wooden Memorial Stakes||Avoids Massive Boys at KEE|
|9||Keepmeinmind||Loaban||Roberto Diodoro||David Cohen||sixth in G2 Insurgent Stakes||April 3: G2 Blue Grass Stakes||Faces Hardest Check But on Saturday|
|10||Caddo River||Exhausting Spun||Brad Cox||Florent Geroux||fifth in G2 Insurgent Stakes||April 10: G1 Arkansas Derby||What Occurred Final Out?|
|11||Mandaloun||Into Mischief||Brad Cox||Florent Geroux||sixth in G2 Louisiana Derby||April 10: G3 Lexington Stakes||What Occurred Final Out II?|
|12||Midnight Bourbon||Tiznow||Steve Asmussen||Joe Talamo||2nd in G2 Louisiana Derby||Might 1: G1 Kentucky Derby||Time Off Till KY Derby to Recharge|
|13||Rombauer||Twirling Sweet||Michael McCarthy||Kyle Frey||1st in El Camino Actual Derby||April 3: G2 Blue Grass Stakes||Nonetheless Coming to KY for BG?|
|14||Danger Taking||Medaglia d’Oro||Chad Brown||Eric Cancel||1st in G3 Withers Stakes||April 3: G2 Wooden Memorial Stakes||Time to Step Up and Step Out|
|15||Roman Centurian||Empire Maker||Simon Callaghan||J. Hernandez||4th in G2 San Felipe Stakes||April 3: G1 Santa Anita Derby||Ran Large In opposition to Sizzling Rod, However Final One?|
|16||Weyburn||Pioneerof the Nile||James Jerkens||Trevor McCarthy||1st in G3 Gotham Stakes||April 3: G2 Wooden Memorial Stakes||Does “Large Longshot” Now Have a Shot?|
|17||Proxy||Tapit||Michael Stidham||John Velazquez||4th in G2 Louisiana Derby||Might 1: G1 Kentucky Derby||Flat Late in LA. Derby…Hmmmm.|
|18||Helium||Ironicus||Mark Casse||Jose Ferrer||1st in G2 Tampa Bay Derby||Might 1: G1 Kentucky Derby||Not a Fan|
|19||Triple Faucet||Tapit||Bob Baffert||Flavien Prat||1st in Santa Anita MSW||April 3: G1 Santa Anita Derby||Pharoah’s 1/2-Brother Involves Occasion Late, However?|
|20||O Besos||Orb||Greg Foley||Martin Pedroza||third in G2 Louisiana Derby||Might 1: G1 Kentucky Derby||Can He Enhance Sufficient to Match?|
|20a||Soup and Sandwich||Into Mischief||Mark Casse||John Velazquez||2nd in G1 Florida Derby||Might 1: G1 Kentucky Derby||I’m Nonetheless a Skeptic|
|20b||Just like the King||Palace Malice||Wesley Ward||Drayden Van Dyke||1st in Jeff Ruby Steaks||Might 1: G1 Kentucky Derby||I’m Rooting Right here|