A brief-priced favourite and a longshot shocker received two Kentucky Derby prep races Saturday. Throw in a lightly-raced turf horse making his first begin on grime within the Grade One Santa Anita Derby and also you get a capsulized abstract of the weekend’s three qualifying factors races.
Corridor of Fame coach Todd Pletcher had two horses entered within the G2 Wooden Memorial at Aqueduct race observe, situated simply outdoors of New York Metropolis. He needed to be satisfied to take a shot with Bourbonic, who was 72-1. Now Bourbonic’s house owners can sit again, sip some Kentucky bourbon, and inform a tall horsey tail of how their thoroughbred was barely on the tv display screen for a lot of the race. How he charged down the homestretch, going from final to first, and put his nostril in entrance proper on the end line.
His stablemate, Dynamic One, had simply damaged his maiden final month when he received for the primary time in his fourth profession begin. Dynamic One charged to the lead in the course of the stretch, solely to get handed within the remaining stride.
You possibly can anticipate Bourbonic to be one of many longest photographs on the board on the primary Saturday in Might. The ultimate time of 1 minute, 54.49 seconds for the 1 1/8-mile race can greatest be described as pedestrian, though the observe might have been enjoying deep and gradual. You do should be in it to win it, so credit score Calumet Farm for taking a shot.
At bucolic Keeneland, Kentucky, heavy-favorite Important High quality needed to work additional exhausting to stay undefeated whereas successful the G2 Bluegrass Stakes. He was lastly capable of go Extremely Motivated within the final 40 yards after the highest two separated themselves from the remainder of the sphere on the prime of the stretch. He’ll head to the Derby as one of many favorites. Second-place finisher, Extremely Motivated earned his means into the Derby, including 40 factors to the ten he had beforehand earned when ending third within the Gotham on March 6.
Rock Your World set all of the tempo whereas successful the Santa Anita Derby in spectacular vogue. He had beforehand received his solely two profession begins on turf, however appeared very comfy when switching to the grime floor. Sprinting to the early lead in a really fast 22.42 seconds for the primary quarter mile, he was capable of gradual the tempo down whereas carving out a 24-second tempo within the second and third quarter-miles, catching a breather within the course of. Rock Your World then powered away down the stretch, with favored Medina Spirit simply taking second, 3 1/2 lengths behind. Each horses have greater than sufficient factors to qualify for the Run for the Roses.
Veteran coach John Sadler, discussing Rock Your World’s uncommon, turf-first path to qualifying for the Derby, mentioned: “There’s loads of other ways to hunt, I selected to put within the weeds.” The quotable coach, when discussing technique with jockey Umberto Rispoli, suggested him to “Go huge or go house.” In horse racing, there’s nothing greater this time of yr than successful a G1 and qualifying for the Kentucky Derby.
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