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A New York State of Racing

New York’s 2014 Kentucky Derby Contenders III

 
The Withers (G3), which is the second stop on the New York trail to the 2014 Kentucky Derby, turned out to be a good old-fashioned match race between Samraat and Uncle Sigh. The two New York-breds broke on the lead, quickly drew away from the rest of the field, and battled evenly all the away around the track. Both horses ran to their even money odds, but it was Samraat that would prevail by a length at the wire.
 
What made the race even more impressive was that Samraat ran back to his previous high Beyer Speed Figure when the race came up with a fig of 94. If you haven’t seen the race here it is and if you have, be sure to enjoy it again.
 
 
The early Triple Crown nominations were released on Saturday with six-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher  having a record 42 of the 413 nominees. It cost $600 for each early nomination and another $6,000 will be required by March 22nd to continue on the trail to the Triple Crown races.
 
Here is what has been happening with the New York Kentucky Derby Contenders that have already earned some 2014 Kentucky Derby points.
 
Cairo Prince moved to the top of the Derby points list for the New York contenders with his win in the Holy Bull (G2). This son of Pioneerof the Nile swept to lead around the clubhouse turn as the pace setters collapsed following a 1:10.2 first six furlongs. The early top three runners ended up finishing in 10th, 4th, and 7th place. ••• It is expected that Havana will make his 2014 debut on March 1st in the Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park. He returned to breezing on Feb. 1 going three furlongs in 0:37.75 at the Palm Meadows Training Center. ••• Honor Code has missed some training due to bruised ankles and has not breezed since Jan. 18. Trainer Shug McGaughey announced that he would miss the Fountain of Youth, but that the Gotham may still be possible. On Feb. 1 Honor Code returned to jogging at Gulfstream Park. ••• Intense Holiday is new to the NY Contenders list after earning two Derby points in the Holy Bull (G2). He circled the field to finish third after being in 10th place at the half-mile mark. ••• Out of training for a few weeks after coming out of the Jerome with an injury to his right front foot, Noble Moon has resumed morning gallops. Trainer Leah Gyamarti would need perfect training from this point on to make the Gotham on March 1st. ••• Scotland is building a resume as one of the most accomplished maidens in racing. He now has 4 Derby points and two third place graded stakes finishes after another troubled trip in the Withers. ••• We Miss Artie ran very well in his the turf return, but is still nominated for the Tampa Bay Derby and the Triple Crown races. ••• Wicked Strong finished a disappointing ninth in the Holy Bull (G2). After breaking last in a field of 11, he never did any running.
 
Here is the news amongst the NY Contenders that have yet to tally any of the required 2014 Kentucky Derby points.
 
On Holy Bull Stakes day at Gulfstream Park, Anchor Down broke his maiden in the third race. Send off at 1.30-1, this Tapit colt looked impressive coming off the pace while covering the six furlongs in 1:09.35 after a half-mile in 0:57.00. ••• Prior to a breeze on Feb. 2, Constitution had not had a published workout since Jan. 5. ••• Coup de Grace had the lead for the first half-mile of the Holy Bull (G2) and then quit badly after a fraction of 0:46.75. A very disappointed owner Rick Porter announced on the Fox Hill Farm website, “Chad [Brown] and I will discuss our options but the Derby trail is not one of them. We will probably take him back to one turn and see how he responds.” ••• After Juba’s most recent five furlong workout, Clocker Bruno De Julio (@Racingwithbruno) tweeted, “drifting, no gallop out, think something amiss, not surprised if we hear something soon.” ••• The owners of Ria Antonia announced that she will run in the Rachel Alexandra next and not take on the boys. ••• Surfing U S A was beaten by Top Billing in a first level allowance race. Although Top Billing got the best of him, Surfing U S A was much the best of the rest of the field after having set the pace from the start. ••• In his second start, while getting first time Lasix and blinkers, Tonalist easily beat a salty MSW field in which two Pletcher runners finished second and third. ••• Top Billing was last in the allowance field of seven after a half-mile, but very quickly swept to the lead around the clubhouse turn leaving Surfing U S A behind in second place. Trainer Shug McGaughey says that the Fountain of Youth on Feb. 22nd is next. ••• In a disappointing performance, Unknown Road finished fourth in a first level allowance race at odds of .20-1. He tracked the early leader in second place but came up empty in the stretch.  Unknown Road who had previously been listed as a ridgling has been gelded and could return to training in a relatively short amount of time.
 
The top Contenders listed here are in order according to the number of Derby points that they have earned.
 
Cairo Prince (Pioneerof the Nile)
4: 3-1-0 $472,000
Owner: Braverman, Namcook Stables, Clark
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Luis Saez
1st Holy Bull Stakes (G2) – BSF 95
2nd Remsen Stakes (G2) – BSF 88
1st Nashua Stakes (G2) – BSF 90
14 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 26-1
$200,000 Keenland Jan. 2012, $250,000 Keeneland Sept. 2012
 
Havana (Dunkirk)
3: 2-1-0 $708,000
Owner: Tabor, Magnier, Smith
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Gary Stevens
2nd Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1)
1st Champagne Stakes (G1) – BSF 93
14 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 26-1
$575,000 Barretts March 2012
 
Honor Code (A.P. Indy)
3: 2-1-0 $388,000
Owner: Lane’s End and Dell Ridge
Trainer: Shug McGaughey
Jockey: Javier Castellano
1st Remsen Stakes (G2) – BSF 88
2nd Champagne Stakes (G1)
14 Road to Kentucky Derby points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 10-1
Half-brother to Noble Tune, MGSW of $491,682
 
Noble Moon (Malibu Moon)
4: 2-1-1 $233,000
Owner: Treadway Racing
Trainer: Leah Gyarmati
Jockey: Irad Ortiz
1st Jerome (G2) – BSF 85
3rd Nashua Stakes (G2) – BSF 84
10 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 63-1
Half-brother to Mambo Fever MGSP of $124,010
 
Samraat (Noble Causeway)
4: 4-0-0 $283,200
Owner: My Meadowview Farm
Trainer: Rick Violette
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
1st Withers (G2) – BSF 94
1st  Damon Runyan – BSF 95
10 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
 
We Miss Artie (Artie Schiller)
6: 2-2-0 $327,000
Owner: Ken and Sarah Ramsey
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
2nd Kitten’s Joy (turf) – Gulfstream – BSF 86
7th Breeders’ Cup Juvenile – BSF 81
1st Breeders’ Futurity (G1) Keeneland – BSF 70
10 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
 
Scotland (Horse Greeley)
4: M-2-2 $67,400
Owner: Clarke, Braverman, Team D
Trainer: Anthony Dutrow
Jockey: Kendrick Carmouche
3rd Withers (G3)
3rd Jerome (G2)
2rd MSW Aqueduct – BSF 78
4 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
 
Uncle Sigh (Indian Charlie)
3: 1-2-0 $101,000
Owner: Wounded Warrior
Trainer: Gary Contessa
Jockey: Pablo Morales
2nd Withers (G3)
1st MSW (NY-breds) Aqueduct – BSF 93
2rd MSW Aqueduct – BSF 95
4 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
New York-bred $270,000 Saratoga 2012
 
Intense Holiday (Harlan’s Holiday)
6: 1-0-1 $111,900
Owner: Starlight Racing
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Joel Rosario
3rd Holy Bull Stakes (G2)
4th Remsen Stakes (G2) – BSF 84
4th Nashua Stakes (G2) – BSF 81
3 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
 
Strong Mandate (Tiznow)
5: 2-0-1 $432,900
Owner: Baker, Mack
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Joel Rosario
3rd Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
1st Hopeful Stakes (G1) – BSF 85
2 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: 27-1
Half-brother to Newfoundland, MGSW of $677,534
 
Wicked Strong (Hard Spun)
3: 1-0-1 $73,000
Owner: Centennial Farms
Trainer: Jimmy Jerkens
Jockey: Javier Castellano
9th Holy Bull Stakes (G2)
3rd Remsen Stakes (G2)
1st MSW Belmont Park – BSF 81
2 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
 
The rest of these Contenders have yet to earn any Road to the Derby points.
 
Anchor Down (Tapit)
1: 1-0-0 $24,000
Owner: Alto Racing
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
1st MSW Gulfstream – BSF 90
$250,000 Keeneland September 2012, half-sister to Sweet Lulu
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
 
Commissioner (AP Indy)
3: 2-1-0 $85,100
Owner: WinStar Farm
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Jose Lezcano
1st OC75/NW1 Gulfstream – BSF 91
1st MSW Saratoga – nine furlongs – BSF 78
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
 
Constitution (Tapit)
1: 1-0-0 $25,200
Owner: WinStar Farm and Twin Creeks Racing
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
1st MSW Gulfstream – BSF 84
$400,000 Saratoga August 2012
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
 
Cool Samurai (First Samurai)
2: 1-1-0 $52,600
Owner: Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Moss
Trainer: John Shirreffs
Jockey: Mike Smith
1st MSW Santa Anita
2rd MSW Belmont Park – BSF 77
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
 
Hartford (Tapit)
1: 1-0-0 $28,200
Owner: Stonestreet Farms
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
1st MSW GulfstreamPark – BSF 79
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
$700,000 Keeneland Sept. 2012
 
Juba (Tapit)
2: M-1-1 $15,400
Owner: Centennial Farms
Trainer: Jimmy Jerkens
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
2nd MSW Gulfstream – BSF 82
3rd MSW Aqueduct – BSF 78
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
$250,000 Keeneland Sept. 2012
 
Mosler (War Front)
2: 1-0-0 $49,000
Owner: Adele Dilschneider
Trainer: Bill Mott
Jockey:
1st MSW Belmont Park
4th MSW Saratoga
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
$1,050,000 Keeneland Sept. 2012
 
Ria Antonia (Rockport Harbor)
5: 2-0-0 $1,156,140
Owner: Loooch Racing Stable
Trainer: Jeremiah Englehart
Jockey: Javier Castellano
1st DQ – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) – BSF 81
5th Frizette (G1) – BSF 77
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
$7,000 Fasig Tipton Oct. 2012
 
Surfing U S A (Roman Ruler)
3: 1-2-0 $68,175
Owner: Stonestreet and Bolton
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Javier Castellano
2nd OC75/NW1 Gulfstream Park
1st MSW Aqueduct – BSF 83
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
 
Tonalist (Tapit)
2: 1-0-0 $28,950
Owner: Robert Evans
Trainer: Christophe Clement
Jockey: Joe Bravo
1st MSW GulfstreamPark – BSF 90
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
 
Top Billing (Curlin)
3: 2-1-0 $56,835
Owner: Farish and Hudson
Trainer: Shug McGaughey
Jockey: Joel Rosario
1st OC75/NW1 Gulfstream Park – BSF 93
2nd OC75/NW1 Gulfstream Park – BSF 91
1st MSW Laurel – BSF 71
Half-brother to SW Untouched Talent who sold for $5,000,000 as broodmare at Fasig Tipton Nov. 2012
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
 
Unknown Road (Bernardini)
3: 1-1-0 $40,460
Owner: JMJ Racing Stable
Trainer: Hushion/Stall
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan
4th OC50/NW1 Fair Grounds
1st MSW Fair Grounds – BSF 98
2rd MSW Aqueduct – BSF 83 – behind Coup de Grace
0 Road to Kentucky Derby Points
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 1: Mutuel Field 4/5
half-brother to MGSW of over $2,700,000, Banshee Breeze  

 

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Great recap on dozens of contenders Matt... short and to the point! I look forward to Mosler and Tonalist next starts.
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