Tepin brilliant comeback winner of Endeavour
Reigning champion turf mare Tepin made an impressive return to the races Saturday, storming through the stretch to take the $150,000 Endeavour (G3) at Tampa Bay Downs by 3 1/2 lengths. It was the fiver-year-old's first start since beating males in the Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) last October.
Earlier at Tampa Bay Downs, the longer-priced of Todd Pletcher's two entries, Destin, captured the $200,000 Sam F. Davis (G3) at odds of 4-1. Ridden by John Velazquez, the gray son of Giant's Causeway won by 2 1/4 lengths in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2). The favorite Gettysburg, also trained by Pletcher, ran fifth in the field of six.
Frank Conversation joined the Kentucky Derby picture by scoring a nice win in the El Camino Real Derby (G3), his second straight stakes win at Golden Gate Fields after taking the California Derby in January.
At Santa Anita, Bolo returned from a seven-month layoff to post an upset over front-running, odds-on favorite Obviously in the $200,000 Arcadia (G2) over a mile on the turf. Later on the card, Tara's Tango earned her first stakes win with a rallying victory in the Santa Maria S. (G2).
Also on Saturday, Penwith easily turned back a run from Sandiva to earn her first stakes victory in the Royal Delta S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park, while Dancing House gave Godolphin and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin another graded stakes triumph in the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie (G2) at Laurel.
Triple Crown hopefuls were out in force on Saturday at Fair Grounds and Gulfstream, working toward upcoming Kentucky Derby (G1) points races. Tom's Ready topped a busy Fair Grounds tab made up of Risen Star (G2) runners while Awesome Banner and Cherry Wine prepared for the Fountain of Youth (G2) at Gulfstream.
Posted at the TwinSpires.com blog late Friday was a preview of Monday's $200,000 San Vicente (G2), featuring juvenile champion colt Nyquist and multiple graded stakes winner Exaggerator. Also, foreign editor Kellie Reilly provided her weekly roundup of international racing news.
Discreetness entered in Southwest; Mohaymen breezes
Sham (G3) winner Collected and Smarty Jones victor Discreetness, top contenders in Monday's $500,000 Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park, will break from opposite ends of a 14-horse starting gate in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series prep race.
Mohaymen, undefeated winner of the January 30 Holy Bull (G2) at Gulfstream Park, returned to the worktab on Friday, breezing a half-mile in :47 3/5 over the fast track at Palm Meadows. A $2.2 million yearling by Tapit, Mohaymen is being pointed toward the February 27 Fountain of Youth (G2) by Kiaran McLaughlin.
Readying for a February 25 handicap at Meydan, a local prep for the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) on March 26, California Chrome was in beast mode as he worked seven furlongs in 1:24 2/5 on Friday.
In the latest pedigree profile of 2016 Kentucky Derby contenders, Kellie Reilly takes a look at Mor Spirit's breeding.
Laurel Park's Winter Carnival begins Saturday and will conclude on President's Day Monday with the General George S. (G3) topping the card.
'All Others' listed at 4-5 in KDFW 2
Unbeaten 3-year-olds Mohaymen and Nyquist top individual interests at 8-1 and 12-1, respectively, but "all others" is expected to be a heavy favorite in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager this weekend. Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia listed the mutuel field as the 4-5 choice on the morning line for pool 2, which gets underway Thursday at noon (EST) and runs through Sunday at 6 p.m.
Lady Sabelia will attempt to join elite company when she makes a title defense in Saturday's Barbara Fritchie H. (G2) at Laurel. The six-year-old mare will likely be a solid favorite over six rivals in the seven-furlong race.
A couple of California-based three-year-olds, Laoban and Bistraya, have been added to the list of probables for the February 20 TwinSpires.com Risen Star (G2) at Fair Grounds.
Former Canadian champion and Grade 2 winner Leigh Court snapped a four-race losing streak Tuesday in the $60,000 Mardi Gras at Fair Grounds.
Also at the TwinSpires.com blog on Tuesday:
Ed DeRosa and Vance Hanson discuss Songbird and Mardi Gras traditions in this week's Turf Talk.
James Scully takes a look back at the 2004 Southwest, the first of three starts at Oaklawn Park for eventual Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner Smarty Jones.
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