1 1/16 miles with a field of 12 although, a coupled entry: Transparent, Now and Then for Darley Stables.
PP, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Champion Boy (KY), E. Castro, 116, J.C. Guerrero
2. Escapefromreality (NY), D. Cohen, 116, D. A. Schettino
3. Ore Pass (CA), J. Pimentel, 116, M. J. Trombetta
4. Amerigo Vespucci (KY), E.D. Rodriguez, 116, T. Tullock, Jr.
5. Transparent (FLA), I Ortiz, Jr., 116, K.P. McLaughlin
6. Now and Then (KY), J. Alvarado, 116, K.P. McLaughlin
7. Siete de Oros (PA), A.S. Arroyo, 116, R. Preciado
8. Vyjack (KY), J. Rosario, 123, R.R. Rodriguez
9. Elnaawi (KY), C. Hill, 116, K.P. McLaughlin
10. Sky Captain (KY), M. Mena, 116, M. Casse
11. West Hills Giant. (NY), J.L. Espinoza, 116, J.P. Terranova III
12. Overanalyze (KY), J.R. Velazquez, 123, T.A. Pletcher
HRTV & TVG will air live - post time 5:02 pm EST
Also opening this Friday through Sunday (closing at 6pm EST) is the second Derby Future Pool via Churchill.
The wagering field is as follows with the initial Morning Line odds:
2013 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2
NO. HORSE ML ODDS
1. Code West 20-1
2. Delhomme 50-1
3. Den's Legacy 50-1
4. Dynamic Sky 50-1
5. Falling Sky 50-1
6. Flashback 12-1
7. Goldencents 20-1
8. Itsmyluckyday 12-1
9. I've Struck a Nerve (n) 30-1
10. Normandy Invasion 15-1
11. Orb (n) 12-1
12. Overanalyze 20-1
13. Oxbow 30-1
14. Palace Malice (n) 30-1
15. Revolutionary 12-1
16. Shakin It Up (n) 15-1
17. Shanghai Bobby 15-1
18. Super Ninety Nine 10-1
19. Titletown Five (n) 30-1
20. Treasury Bill 30-1
21. Uncaptured 30-1
22. Verrazano 10-1
23. Vyjack 30-1
24. All Other Three-Year-Olds 3-1
We'll see a rematch of the top again at Aqueduct too: Vyjack, West Hills Giant, and Elnaawi are expected to meet again in the Grade 1, $1 million Wood Memorial on April 6. Vyjack ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.09 and earned a 93 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort.
“That was beautiful,” Contessa said. “You see what he looks like turning for home, with the stride he’s got, he’s just an amazing horse.”
Contessa said he’ll give Rydilluc one chance to earn his way into the Kentucky Derby later this spring.
“I think we’ve got to go Spiral or Blue Grass and take a shot,” Contessa said. “He’s nominated to the Spiral and nominated to the Blue Grass, and I’ve followed a lot of horses who did this, turf to Poly then showed up in the Derby. So we’re not going to rule it out.”
Big weekend winner, Vyjack, who is now tied for 2nd in the points standings is at 15-1. Whereas Revolutionary is at 12-1 and Shanghai Bobby at 10-1.
This Saturday - March 9th - will focus on the Grade 3, $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby where the aforementioned Verrazano will be running. He has no points yet towards the Derby but a win here will give him 50 points, with 20 points for second, 10 points for third, and 5 points for a fourth-place finish.
Entries aren't complete yet but there are seven probables for the Tampa Bay Derby and "a couple more on the fence". According to the DRF 'several on that list – like Purple Egg, Falling Sky, and Honorable Dillon – have good early speed, so there could be a lively pace.'
The Rebel is worth 50 points to the winner, as well 20 points to second, 10 to third and 5 to fourth. At 1 1/16 miles it is Oaklawn’s final prep before the Grade 1, $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 13.
Currently Oxbow has 16-points and Will Take Charge with 10-points.
The field for Saturday March 9th's $350,000 Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby - will include Marylou Whitney's homebred Eton Blue. Timing wise 'Blues' trainer Nick Zito will be there. He won't begin serving a 15-day suspension for a clenbuterol positive until March 11.
post time approx 5:15pm EST 2013 Tampa Bay Derby
PP. Horse ... Jockey __ Trainer
1. Eton Blue ... J. Bravo __ N. Zito
2. Purple Egg ... E. Trujillo __ J. Cibelli
3. Honorable Dillon ... C. Lanerie __ E. Kenneally
4. Java's War ... W. Martinez __ K. McPeek
5. Dynamic Sky ... J. Rosario __ M. Casse
6. Verrazano ... J. Velazquez __ T. Pletcher
7. Offlee Fast ... J. Santana __ R. Pellegrini
8. Park City ... E. Prado __ T. Pletcher
9. Falling Sky ... J. Espinoza __ J. Terranova
Watch out for Purple Egg(which IMO is just about the worst name ever!). I disagree about the early speed-he tends to come off the pace more-but he likes this track and won his last race there late last year as a 2 year old. He was supposed to run earlier this year at Gulfstream but had a fever and was scratched. He has been breezing really well leading up to this and knowing his trainer she won't put them in unless she feels they have a real shot.
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."-Hunter S. Thompson
Watch out for Purple Egg (which IMO is just about the worst name ever!). I disagree about the early speed-he tends to come off the pace more-but he likes this track and won his last race there late last year as a 2 year old.
Since being gelded he does like Tampa and holds a track record at Tampa Bay. $75,000 Inaugural Stakes @ 6-furlongs Dec 1, 2012 won in a stakes-record time of 1 minute, 9.93 seconds, eclipsing Dream of Angels' 1:10.89 in 2006.
Thanks for the story behind the name-you are so right-Black Caviar is so much more classy than "Purple Egg". I thought it had to come from a kid naming him-makes it worse that it was a adult.
As far as the gelding-he was gelded way before he came down south. He dumped the jock on 2 seperate ocassions when they tried to start him before up at Momouth which is where he broke his maiden. It sure turned him around and got him going in the right direction-brain surgery!
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro."-Hunter S. Thompson
The other Derby points awarding race this weekend from Santa Anita will have two noted contenders: Flashback and Goldencents
Grade 2, $300,000 San Felipe Stakes, race 7, worth 85 points – with 50 going to the winner. Key stat is that both Flashback and Goldencents already have won at the San Felipe distance of 1 1/16 miles.
$300,000 San Felipe Stakes (Grade 2)
Race 7, approx 3:35 p.m. PST
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Carving (KY), R Bejarano, 118, B Baffert
2. Flashback (KY), J R Leparoux, 123, B Baffert
3. Goldencents (KY), K Krigger, 120, D F O'Neill
4. Kochees (KY), J Valdivia Jr., 118, M Pender
5. Hear the Ghost (KY), C S Nakatani, 118, J Hollendorfer
6. Tiz a Minister (CA), G K Gomez, 118, P G Aguirre
7. Salutos Amigos (KY), M Garcia, 118, E J Guillot
8. Omega Star (CA), J Talamo, 118, J A Shirreffs Blinkers On: Kochees
... suffered an ankle injury in a Saturday morning workout and will miss the Triple Crown series, trainer Keith Desormeaux said.
“It’s very disappointing,” said Desormeaux. “We’re still trying to pinpoint the exact nature of the injury. The vets still have to take more X-rays. It doesn’t look like it’s career-threatening and he’s not in peril. ..."
With horses making so many fewer starts than they once did, and those starts in key preps now tied to admission in the Crown and lucrative entry-fee awards in the Cup, unequal weights in these events are a worse idea than ever.
Even in non-handicap races on the Derby Trail, old allowance conditions once needed to attract full fields remain in place even though they are unnecessary anachronisms. There is no shortage of Derby candidates for the races where points must be earned to secure starting berths, but race conditions remain from a time when it might be hard to scrounge six starters without them.
As for the Tampa and San Felipe races of Saturday -
PP. Horse __ Jockey __ Weight __ Trainer
1. Carve __ C S Nakatani __ 117 __ S M Asmussen
2. Treasury Bill __ J Talamo __ 115 __ R W Ellis
3. Texas Bling __ M C Berry __ 119 __ D Durham
4. Delhomme __ G K Gomez __ 115 __ T A Pletcher
5. Hardrock Eleven __ T J Thompson __ 115 __ D P Banks
6. Den's Legacy __ R Albarado __ 119 __ B Baffert
7. Will Take Charge __ J K Court __ 122 __ D W Lukas
8. Stormy Holiday __ D C Bell __ 115 __ M Robertson
9. Title Contender __ L S Quinonez __ 115 __ W M Catalano
10. Oxbow __ M E Smith __ 122 __ D W Lukas
11. Super Ninety Nine __ R Bejarano __ 122 __ B Baffert
A - Coupled Entries - Treasury Bill, Title Contender
[For the FL Derby March 30] only three 3-year-olds confirmed as starters for the race, the highly regarded trio of Shanghai Bobby, Itsmyluckyday, and Orb.
Verrazano is being pointed to the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 6; Revolutionary, presently on course for the Louisiana Derby, also on March 30; Normandy Invasion (Wood); Delhomme (this weekend’s Rebel at Oaklawn); Overanalyze (Sunland Derby); Palace Malice (Louisiana Derby); Uncaptured (Turfway’s Spiral on March 23); Rydilluc (Keeneland’s Blue Grass on April 13); and Capo Bastone (Spiral).