2018 Kentucky Derby News & Notes

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Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:22 am

Bad weather prompts postponement of Kentucky Derby qualifiers in England

The two races this week in England that are part of Churchill Downs’s new European Road to the Kentucky Derby were postponed because of wintry conditions.

http://www.drf.com/news/bad-weather-pro ... rs-england
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Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:01 pm

The $400,000 Grade II Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park is today. Race 14 at 6:09 p.m. EST.

FREE DOP BILLY has been scratched.

http://www.equibase.com/static/entry/GP ... 4-EQB.html

Going to The Gotham at Aqueduct next Saturday.
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Sun Mar 04, 2018 9:28 am

Free Drop Billy Rerouted to Gotham

Albaugh Family Stables' Free Drop Billy will be entered in the $300,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) March 10 at Aqueduct Racetrack, after he was scratched March 3 from the Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... -to-gotham
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Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:19 pm

Louisiana Derby Among Options for Catholic Boy

More Than Ready colt worked a half-mile in :48 2/5 March 4.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... tholic-boy
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Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:33 pm

Firenze Fire Tunes Up for Gotham with :50.69 Half-Mile

Champagne Stakes (G1) winner on track for March 10 Gotham Stakes (G3).

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... -half-mile
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Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:42 pm

Another Try for Kempton's Kentucky Derby Points Race

European Road to the Kentucky Derby will award a single spot in the starting gate.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... oints-race
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Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:14 pm

Gronkowski to Start Next in Blue Grass or Wood Memorial
https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... d-memorial
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Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:40 am

Enticed Rebounds With Convincing Gotham Score

The Medaglia d'Oro colt added another graded stakes score to his résumé.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... tham-score
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Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:40 am

Hazit, Ride a Comet Headline Jeff Ruby at Turfway

The grade 3 is Turfway Park's Road to the Kentucky Derby event.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... at-turfway
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Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:57 am

My Boy Jack Seeks More Graded Glory in Louisiana Derby

Son of Creative Cause captured the Southwest Stakes last time out.

https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing ... iana-derby

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Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:09 am

This long Kentucky Derby streak ready to fall

Most people who have even a casual acquaintance with Kentucky Derby history know that the last horse to win the Derby without having raced at 2 was Apollo in 1882.

http://www.drf.com/news/watchmaker-long ... ready-fall
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Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:07 pm

Instilled Regard Aimed At Santa Anita Derby; Rosario To Ride
https://www.paulickreport.com/news/trip ... ario-ride/
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Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:46 pm

King Zachary, who broke his maiden by nearly eight lengths at Gulfstream, will run next in the Wood Memorial per trainer Dale Romans.

He has quite the distance-oriented pedigree, being by Curlin and having Giant's Causeway, Seeking the Gold and Seattle Slew on the damside.
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Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:00 pm

Looking through the entries, I can't believe Reynaldothewizard is still racing. How amazing would it be to see him repeat five years later?

EDIT: Whoops, wrong thread. I stand by the statement though ;)
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Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:07 pm

Ruggero looked really good moving over the track at Meydan on Wednesday. Dunno how he'll do in the UAE Derby but he's a very nice colt.
A filly named Ruffian...

Eine Stute namens Danedream...

Une pouliche se nommant Trêve...

Kincsem nevű kanca...


And a Queen named Beholder
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Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:36 pm

Is Ruggero already in via points earned in the Japan Road To the Kentucky Derby races?
IIRC, the UAE Derby is included as part of the American points system, and points earned in Meydan can't be combined with points earned in either the European or Japanese 'Road' races, and vice versa.
I wonder if Ruggero's owners want to see how he does against a more international field before they commit to the Derby?
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Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:06 am

BaroqueAgain1 wrote:Is Ruggero already in via points earned in the Japan Road To the Kentucky Derby races?
IIRC, the UAE Derby is included as part of the American points system, and points earned in Meydan can't be combined with points earned in either the European or Japanese 'Road' races, and vice versa.
I wonder if Ruggero's owners want to see how he does against a more international field before they commit to the Derby?
Sumahama is the Japanese points leader and there are no more points races left. Though I'm not sure if he is pointing to the Derby. He was not nominated. So yes Ruggero would be the point leader from Japan, as long as Sumahama doesn't come.
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Fri Mar 30, 2018 8:54 am

Mendelssohn might have what it takes to give O'Brien long-sought Kentucky Derby win

It’s probably fair to say that at this stage of his career – one of the best careers in racehorse-training history – Aidan O’Brien can live without winning the Kentucky Derby.

On the other hand, it’s probably fair to say he wouldn’t say no to the experience.


http://www.drf.com/news/mendelssohn-mig ... -derby-win
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Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:37 pm

Gronkowski Clinches Kentucky Derby Berth
A late change in racing plans didn't bother the equine Gronkowski March 30 at Newcastle in England, where the Kentucky-bred racehorse rallied to a clear victory in the Burradon Stakes.

With the win in the final European Road to the Kentucky Derby points race, Gronkowski stayed perfect in three starts on synthetic surfaces this season and punched his ticket to the Louisville classic.

The Burradon start was actually Plan B for the connections of the Lonhro colt, owner Phoenix Thoroughbreds and trainer Jeremy Noseda. After Gronkowski won the Road to the Kentucky Derby Conditions Stakes March 7 at Kempton Park, Noseda planned to ship him to the United States for a start in either the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland or the Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct.

But Feb. 23 Noseda said he'd changed his mind, in part because of a misunderstanding about the Derby qualifying points system. Points earned in the European Road to the Kentucky Derby do not cross over to the main Road to the Kentucky Derby leaderboard.

"We've had to change our plans due to the Kentucky Derby points system," Noseda said on his website.
More plus short video: https://www.americasbestracing.net/the- ... erby-berth

http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/lo ... rby-trail/
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