No Distinction came out of his ¾-length victory in Sunday’s ninth race in good order, according to trainer Randy Morse. It was the second consecutive win for No Distinction, who turned heads when breaking his maiden at Oaklawn by 8 ¼ lengths in April. Morse mentioned the Woody Stephens (GII) on the Belmont Stakes undercard on June 8 as a possible next spot for the dark bay or brown son of With Distinction.
Mylute returned to the track for the first time since finishing third behind Oxbow and Itsmyluckyday in the Preakness (GI) and jogged beneath the Twin Spires under Maurice Sanchez shortly after the track opened for training at 6 a.m. on Friday. “He’s doing well and everything went well this morning,” trainer Tom Amoss said. The next start for Mylute has not been determined; however, it will not be the Belmont (GI) on June 8.
Jockey Jesus Castanon was not seriously injured when he was unseated in Thursday’s ninth race after his mount, Kruthen, stumbled and then fell at the start. “He’s a little sore, but he’s fine,” agent Terry “Jaws” Miller said. “He will ride today (Friday).” Castanon is named on six horses on the Friday card at Churchill Downs. Jack Bohannon, assistant to trainer Rusty Arnold, reported Kruthen was uninjured as well.
pprentice Gonzalo Nicolas, who won with three of his first 12 mounts at Los Alamitos, makes his Betfair Hollywood Park debut Friday when he rides Sofos Quick Logic in the third race.
Doug O’Neill celebrates his 45th birthday tomorrow. The trainer’s only starter is Conkate in the seventh race.
Trainer Ron Ellis, who won the Cool Frenchy Stakes with Teddy’s Promise May 4, is five victories away from 1,000 for his career.
With a victory aboard Heat Trap in Sunday’s ninth race, Victor Espinoza is now three shy of 3,000 career wins. Espinoza, who turns 41 today, will ride Foxy Boss for trainer Jim Cassidy in the fifth race and Warren’s Joe T for Jorge Gutierrez in the eighth. The Mexico City native also has two scheduled rides Friday; Nevada City (Mike Harrington) in the opener and Iconic Spirit (John Sadler) in the fourth.
The 17th season of live thoroughbred racing kicks off on Saturday, June 8 — Belmont Stakes Day — and continues through Virginia Derby Day on July 13.
Wine Princess, a chestnut daughter of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, breezed six furlongs at Churchill Downs on Thursday in 1:12.80. Trainer Steve Margolis said she is under consideration for the $175,000-added Fleur de Lis Handicap (GII) at Churchill Downs on June 15.
Trainer Dallas Stewart said Belmont (GI) hopeful Golden Soul, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), will work toward the third jewel of the Triple Crown on Friday or Saturday at Churchill Downs.
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