Juveniles begin Road to the Kentucky Derby/Oaks; Hoppertunity targeting Dubai World Cup
Saturday saw a pair of Grade 1s as well as a number of races offering points to both the Kentucky Derby (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1).
At Churchill Downs, home of the Derby and Oaks, Airoforce (Colonel John) captured the Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2) over a sloppy, sealed track while Carina Mia (Malibu Moon) romped in the Golden Rod S. (G2).
Tonalist (Tapit), who captured the Belmont S. (G1) in 2014, came with a powerful late run to take the Cigar Mile H. (G1) and Forever Unbridled (Unbridled's Song) outdueld Carrumba in the Comely S. (G3) at Aqueduct.
The New York track also saw Mohaymen (Tapit) solidify his status as a leading Kentucky Derby candidate with a sharp 1 1/2-length victory in the $300,000 Remsen (G2) to remain undefeated in three starts. A few races earlier, Lewis Bay (Bernardini) captured her stakes debut in the $300,000 Demoiselle (G2) for two-year-old fillies, though her nine-furlong time of 1:53.41 was considerably slower than Mohaymen's 1:50.69.
At Del Mar in California, Chiropractor (Kitten's Joy) capped a graded double for owner Glen Hill Farm and trainer Tom Proctor. The sophomore scored in the Hollywood Derby (G1) while earlier on the card stablemate Family Meeting (Sky Mesa) upset the Jimmy Durante S. (G3). Also on the card, Dortmund (Big Brown) continued his winning returning in the Native Diver S. (G3).
In other news, Hoppertunity exited his runner-up effort in the Clark H. (G1) in good order and is now targeting the Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1) while Kelly Reilly asked the question: Will the home team keep the trophy for the 11th straight year in the Japan Cup?
Kentucky Derby Future Wager, Sire Future Wager fields announced
Churchill Downs on Tuesday released the names of the 23 individual horses that comprise pool one of the 2016 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). The first pool takes place this week beginning Wednesday and ending Sunday. The "All Others" option was made the 7-5 morning line favorite, while likely juvenile colt champion Nyquist is, at 10-1, the shortest individual choice.
For the first time, Churchill Downs will offer a Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager. The bet, which will be offered concurrently with the first pool of the KDFW, offers fans a chance to wager on the sire that will produce the winner of the upcoming Run for the Roses.
Ed DeRosa says the Future Wagers offer tremendous opportunity.
Dortmund won't make the trip to Churchill Downs for Friday's $500,000 Clark H. (G1), but trainer Bob Baffert will be well-represented by Hoppertunity, who makes a title defense against a strong field of rivals in the 1 1/8-mile centerpiece event of the fall meet.
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Also at the blog on Tuesday:
Grade 2 winner Taris (Flatter), last seen running third in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1), stretches out to a mile Friday for the $300,000 Go for Wand H. (G3) at Aqueduct.
The deaths of noted Grade 1 winners Yes It's True and Keeper Hill have been announced.
John Mucciolo recaps last week's action in his Del Mar notebook.
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