I doubt he'll have as easy a time on the front end in the KY Derby as he did in the TB Derby, but he's got the best pedigree of any of the other speed horses thus far.
St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds along with trainer Graham Motion have not made a hard and fast decision on what Ring Weekend's final Kentucky Derby prep will be, but both the Calder Derby on April 5 and the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes on April 12 are on the table.
Old Friends has not had a great start to the year. Rest in Peace, The Name's Jimmy.
Very rarely is the Tampa Bay Derby a key race, and just like you, Mike, I did not like Ring Weekend going into this race. I still like Vinceremos best out of the TB Derby field, but I'm not sure that he will be a KY Derby winner. Still lots of questions to be answered.
On March 10, Untapable worked 5F in 1.01 flat (3/21) at Fair Grounds.
Per owner Patti Reeves, Mucho Macho Man came out of the G1 Santa Anita Handicap just fine.
If it couldn't be Mucho Macho Man, I'm glad it was Game On Dude with a history making performance.
With a tepid morning line favorite in the Tampa Bay Derby, it looks as though the winner could give bettors a windfall in terms of mutuel payouts for a $2 win/place wager.
Stevens will have to take it to The Dude early as MMM has that quirky love/hate relationship with the magical eighth pole.
Good point, Tom, but I do wonder if maybe there was an issue that her connections kept under wraps. If so, that would explain running her in a couple of AlwOCs off the layoff.
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