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G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes @ Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 miles

10/6 Catholic Boy ( My Tip)
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Originally posted by horseshoe horseshoe wrote:

G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes @ Tampa Bay Downs 1 1/16 miles

10/6 Catholic Boy ( My Tip) 2nd


1st
2
Flameaway (2)
11.30
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Just to reiterate in my format what horseshoe has already posted.

G3 Sam F. Davis Stakes over 1 1/16 miles @ Tampa Bay Downs - Flameaway (Scat Daddy - Vulcan Rose) (10/1) led all the away in a boilover 1/2 length victory over heavy favourite Catholic Boy (4/6on) in a time of 1:42.44. Vino Rosso finished third to pick up his first qualification points. Flameaway however was not nominated for the Triple Crown races.

Next races - as we have the President's Day Long weekend to look forward in the USA

Feb. 17
G3 El Camino Real Derby over 1 1/8 miles @ Golden Gates Fields

Feb 19
G3 Southwest Stakes over 1 1/16 miles @ Oaklawn Park

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Can't trust a Catholic Boy any time he gets near Vino Rosso.
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EL Camino Real Derby Result:

1 PAVED

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President's Day Weekend

Listed El Camino Real Derby over 1 1/8 miles @ Golden Gate Fields, Albany, California - The filly Paved (Quality Road-Sirmione) started the 11/10 favorite and showed a fine pair of heels to blowaway the opposition in 1:50:04 becoming the only filly to win the race in 35 years. Unfortunately, this gal is not Triple Crown nominated nor will she looking at pounding the boys again as connections will try to balance a dirt/turf career in the future. None of the other pointgetters were TCrown nominees. The race looks like its on its last legs and it will interesting to see if it will be involved in the Road to the Kentucky Derby in 2019.

G3 Southwest Stakes over 1 1/16 miles @ Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas - California shipper My Boy Jack (Creative Cause - Gold N Shaft)(7/1) ridden by Ken Desormeaux came from way back on a muddy track to win by 4 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:46.00. Combatant picked up point for second for the third time with Sporting Chance in third place and favourite Mourinho (US). My Boy Jack moves into 13th place in the qualifying list.

The third race this President's Day Long Weekend was a race I missed reviewing. The event was the first in the Championship Series where the points garnered in victory would almost certainly lead to qualify place in the Kentucky Derby.

G2 Risen Star Stakes over 1 1/16 miles @ Fairgrounds, New Orleans - Bravazo (Awesome Again - Tiz o' Gold) battle for the lead with Snapper Sinclair and won by the shortest of margins in a time of 1:36.75 on a fast track. Starting at the long odds of 21/1 Bravazo regained his 2YO form when he was 2nd in the G1 Keeneland Breeders' Futurity in September. Bravazo is now the point leader and will probably be pointed to the G2 Louisiana Derby.

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March 3

G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park, Hallendale, Florida
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G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream Park, Hallendale, Florida
Promises Fulfilled (Shackleford - Marquee Deli) starting at 18/1 led all the way and caused a major boilover in defeating the 2YO champion Good Magic (7/10on) into 3rd place. Strike Power finished second getting his first points in qualification. The season opening run by Good Magic was needed and he will benefit from the outing.

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Some nice prep races around the country.

G3 Gotham Stakes (1 mile) @ Aqueduct, Ozone Park, NY
G2 San Felipe Stakes (1 1/16 miles) @ Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA
G2 Tampa Bay Derby  (1 1/16 miles) @ Tampa Bay Downs, Westchase, FL


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G3 Gotham Stakes: Winner=Enticed 7/2

G2 San Felipe Stakes: Winner On Protest Bolt D'oro From Mckinzie 13/8 (Great Race) From my eye Mckinzie wil beat Bolt D'oro next time they run

G2 Tampa Bay Derby: Winner=Quip 25/1



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A  few more additions of note to what horseshoe has given us.

Originally posted by horseshoe horseshoe wrote:

G3 Gotham Stakes: Winner=Enticed 7/2  - in a slow time of 1:38.24. 8/5 fav Free Drop Billy finished in a disappointing 3rd.  Enticed in 2nd place in the qualification points and has earned a spot in Kentucky Derby without needing another run.

G2 San Felipe Stakes: Winner On Protest Bolt D'oro From McKinzie 13/8 (Great Race) From my eye McKinzie will beat Bolt D'oro next time they run. Yes, I have to definitely have to agree with horseshoe here in that of the three preps runs on Saturday undoubtedly the strength of the Californian contingency was on display. It was a great battle down the straight - bumps and all. Bolt D'oro tops the standings and McKinzie is in 6th. Bob Baffert will probably avoid another clash like this before the KDerby so I envision that he will ship McKinzie out of SoCal and miss the G1 Santa Anita Derby.

G2 Tampa Bay Derby: Winner=Quip 25/1 Major boilover here but the last autumn's 2YO event the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes has now produced 4 return winners - Enticed, Promises Fulfilled, Bravazo and now Quip. Quip is in 5th place in the standings and also headed to Louisville.



Some other news which is of interest.

Mourinho (US) winner of the Smarty Jones Stakes and last start 4th in the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park was euthanized on Tuesday. Sad...

Two interesting events from Europe which also had impacts on the European Road to the Kentucky Derby. The events were postponed because of the "Beast of the East" chill were held this past week. Gronkowski won the Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes @ Kempton Park and is headed to the US to either start in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct or the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. The other winner was Aiden O'Brien's G1 Breeder's Cup Turf Juvenile winner Mendelssohn who won the Patton Stakes at Dundalk, Ireland and is headed for the UAE Derby in Dubai. There runners are looking to pickup "real" US qualification points.

This weekend action:

G2 Rebel Stakes over 1 1/16 miles @ Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs

G3 Jeff Ruby Steaks (hmmm) - formerly the Spiral Stakes over 1 1/8 miles @ Turfawy Park, Florence, Kentucky

The first race is considered a First Leg of the Championship Series which carries 50 points for the winner. The Jeff Ruby Steaks was demoted to a "Wild Card" race and only carries 20 points for the winner.




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Sad to hear about Mourinho, broken sesamoid

ps...Smith suspended for 3 days-re bump with Bolt D'oro
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G2 Rebel Stakes over 1 1/16 miles @ Oaklawn Park, Hot Springs

Lightly raced Magnum Moon (Malibu Moon - Dazzling Song) powered to 3 1/2 length win in 1:42.68 over Bob Baffert's trained Solomini with Combatant in 3rd picking up minor points again. We'll probably see Magnum Moon in the Arkansas Derby in April.

G3 Jeff Ruby Steaks (hmmm) - formerly the Spiral Stakes over 1 1/8 miles @ Turfawy Park, Florence, Kentucky

Non Triple Crown nominated Blended Citizen (Proud Citizen - Langara Lass) (6/1) settled in the back of the pack rounded tiring horses coming into the straight and came away with neck victory over Pony Up in 1:50.87.

This coming weekend.

G2 Louisiana Derby over 1 1/8 miles @ Fairgrounds, New Orleans.

G3 Sunland Derby over 1 1/8 miles @ Sunland Park, New Mexico
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G2 Louisiana Derby over 1 1/8 miles @ Fairgrounds, New Orleans. Noble Indy (Take Charge Indy - Noble Maz) fought back gamely in the straight when headed and won by a neck as the 11/4 favourite over Lone Sailor with My Boy Jack a 1/2 length away in third.

G3 Sunland Derby over 1 1/8 miles @ Sunland Park, New Mexico. Runaway Ghost (Ghostzapper - Rose's Desert) (4/1 fav) bolted in by 2 3/4 in a fast time of 1:49.20 defeating Dream Baby Dream with Peace 6 length away in third.


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G2 UAE Derby over 1900 metres @, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai

G1 Florida Derby over 1 1/8 miles @ Gulfstream Park, Hallendale Beach, Florida
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Originally posted by Brudder_A Brudder_A wrote:


Last weekend

G2 UAE Derby over 1900 metres @, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai

Much has been written already about Mendelssohn and his record breaking win in the Dubai World Cup thread. British bookies have him at 11/2 to win the KDerby.

G1 Florida Derby over 1 1/8 miles @ Gulfstream Park, Hallendale Beach, Florida

Audible started as the 8/5 favourite and unhurried early powered to the front as they entered the straight winning by a commanding 3 lengths in 1:49.48. Lightly raced Hofburg finished second and Mississippi was in third place. Catholic Boy disappointed in 4th but later was found to have bled and is now out of the Triple Crown picture.


This weekend is probably the best prep weekend:

G2 Wood Memorial over 1 1/8 miles @ Aqueduct, Ozone Park, NY

G2 Blue Grass Stakes over 1 1/8 miles @ Keeneland, Lexington, Kentucky

G1 Santa Anita Derby over 1 1/8 miles @ Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, California.

Other news.

Highly regarded McKinzie was withdrawn from the Triple Crown pursuit with an undetermined injury.

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Justify (Scat Daddy (USA) - Stage Magic (USA)) wins G1 Santa Anita Derby, Bob Baffert has a serious horse here. A more than adequate replacement for McKinzie.
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While the GI Kentucky Derby is the main event for the Rites of Spring in the US there's plenty of racing at Churchill Downs in watch over what really is a 2 day bonanza carnival with huge crowds. Thursday is also improving as more folks want to come down for what has become a huge party with many celebrities and of course those who just want to drink Mint Julips!

Thursday (11 races)

Listed Kentucky Juvenile Stakes (2YOs over 5f)

Friday (Ladies Day - 13 races)

G2 Eight Belle Stakes (3YO Fillies 7f)
G1 La Troienne Stakes (4YO+ F&M 1 1/16m)
G3 Turf Sprint Stakes (3YO+ 5f T)
G2 Alysheba Stakes (4YO+  1 1/16m)
G3 Edgewood Stakes (3YO Fillies 1 1/16m T)
G1 Kentucky Oaks (3YO Fillies  1 1/8m)

Saturday (Kentucky Derby Day - 14 races First Race 10:30, Last Race 20:20)

G1 Humana Distaff (4YO+ F&M 7f)
G2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (4YO+ F&M 1m T)
G2 Churchill Downs Stakes (4YO+  7f)
G2 American Turf Stakes (3YO 1 1/16m T)
G3 Pat Day Mile Stakes (3YO 1m )
G1 Turf Classic Stakes (4YO+   1 1/8m T)
G1 Kentucky Derby (3YO 1 1/4m) {Race 12 post 6:50}
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Second Leg of the US Triple Crown G1 The Preakness Stakes coming up this weekend.
KDerby winner Justify and 2nd placed Good Magic have been confirmed. This will be interesting!

Several other KDerby participant have also indicated that they will show up. Lone Sailor and DW Lukas has indicated that Bravazo as well as his other 3YO Sporting Chance will be there.

Quip, who bypassed the KDerby and lightly raced Tenfold are also preparing to start in the event.

Not sure if we will have a maximum field of 14 but given that Good Magic's connections are not backing off will make this race a bit more interesting.
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Hey Brudder , turf or dirt for the Preakness?
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Originally posted by Carioca Carioca wrote:

Hey Brudder , turf or dirt for the Preakness?


Hi Carioca.

Dirt at Pimlico Racetrack! A little shorter at 1 3/16 miles.

Here's an good link which goes over the differences in the 3 Triple Crown Tracks.

The article is from 2013 but the info about trace surface - dirt indicates that the "dirt" is not the same everywhere. I guess its no different from the grass tracks around OZ.

https://equineink.com/2013/05/13/triple-crown-race-tracks-and-how-they-ride/
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Field for G1 The Preakness Stakes

   1     Quip     Florent Geroux     Rodolphe Brisset     12-1         
    2     Lone Sailor     Irad Ortiz Jr.     Tom Amoss     15-1         
    3     Sporting Chance     Luis Contreras     D. Wayne Lukas     30-1         
    4     Diamond King     Javier Castellano     John Servis     30-1         
    5     Good Magic     Jose Ortiz     Chad Brown     3-1         
    6     Tenfold     Victor Espinoza     Steve Asmussen     20-1         
    7     Justify     Mike E. Smith     Bob Baffert     1/2on        
    8     Bravazo     Luis Saez     D. Wayne Lukas     20-1


Only eight showing up.
Weather has been wet all week.

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Maryland Jockey Club - Pimlico Racetrack, Baltimore, Maryland
Friday:

$100,000     Skipat Stakes 3YO+F&M    6f     
$150,000 G3 Adena Springs Miss Preakness Stakes 3YOF    6f          
$300,000 G3    Pimlico Special Stakes     1 3/16m 3YO+         
$100,000     Jim McKay Turf Sprint Stakes     5f     Turf     
$250,000 G2    Black-Eyed Susan Stakes     1 1/8m     3YOF     
$100,000     Hilltop Stakes     1 Mile     Turf  3YOF    
$150,000 G3    Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes     1 1/8m      3YO+F&M    

Saturday: First race 10:30AM

$100,000     James W. Murphy Stakes     3YO 1m Turf
$250,000 G2    Dixie Stakes 3YO+    1 1/16m Turf
$200,000     Chick Lang Stakes 3YO    6f     
$150,000 G3    Gallorette Stakes 3YO+F&M  1 1/16m Turf
$150,000 G3    Maryland Sprint Stakes 3YO+    6f
$100,000     The Very One Stakes 3YO+F&M    5f     Turf     
$100,000     LARC Sir Barton Stakes 3YO    1 1/16m
$1,500,000 G1    The Preakness Stakes 3YO  1 3/16m    Race 13 Post 6:48pm
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What he is doing at just his 5th start is quite incredible.

At the very least he is monumentally brave.



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