Derby Alumni: 9 horses back in action this weekend

Derby Alumni: 9 horses back in action this weekend
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A pair of 2022 Kentucky Derby runners trained by Kenny McPeek will go for top-level glory on the turf Saturday in the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Derby.

Tiz the Bomb, ninth in the Kentucky Derby, returns to grass for the first time since he ran second in the 2021 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. His stablemate Classic Causeway, most recently finished third in the Ohio Derby (G3), tries the lawn for the first time.

McPeek also trains Rattle N Roll, who returned to action last Saturday in the American Derby (G3) at Churchill Downs, and posted a confident two-length victory over Kuchar. Rattle N Roll is cross-entered in the Indiana Derby (G3) and Iowa Derby on Saturday, though McPeek has stated that he will go in the former at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

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Mo Donegal, fifth in the Kentucky Derby, bounced back with a win in the Belmont Stakes. He has been sidelined with bone bruising in his front fetlocks. He will be examined again in 60 days, with further plans outlined afterwards.

DerbyHorseLast RaceNotes
1Rich Strike6th, Belmont Stakes (G1)No works since last race
2Epicenter2nd, Preakness (G1)Worked 5f July 3 at Churchill Downs
3Zandon3rd, Kentucky Derby (G1)Worked 4f July 2 at Belmont
4Simplification6th, Preakness (G1)Worked 4f July 2 at Gulfstream Park
5Mo Donegal1st, Belmont Stakes (G1)Sidelined with bone bruising
6Barber Road7th, Belmont Stakes (G1)No works since last race
7Tawny Port1st, Ohio Derby (G3)No works since last race
8Smile Happy8th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
9Tiz the Bomb9th, Kentucky Derby (G1)Entered in Belmont Derby (G1) July 9 at Belmont
10Zozos10th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
11Classic Causeway3rd, Ohio Derby (G3)Entered in Belmont Derby (G1) July 9 at Belmont
12Taiba12th, Kentucky Derby (G1)Worked 6f July 7 at Santa Anita
13Crown Pride (JPN)13th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
14Happy Jack1st, Allowance Optional Claiming (June 19, CD)Worked 4f July 4 at Keeneland
15Messier15th, Kentucky Derby (G1)Worked 4f June 18 at Santa Anita
16White Abarrio2nd, Ohio Derby (G3)No works since last race
17Charge It1st, Dwyer S. (G3)Worked 5f June 25 at Belmont
18Cyberknife1st, Matt Winn (G3)Worked 5f July 2 at Churchill Downs
19Pioneer of Medina19th, Kentucky Derby (G1)Worked 3f July 1 at Belmont
20Summer Is Tomorrow20th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
SCREthereal Road6th, Ohio Derby (G3)No works since last race
SCRRattle N Roll1st, American DerbyEntered in Indiana Derby (G3) July 9 at Horseshoe Indianapolis

Hot Rod Charlie returned June 18 in the Salvator Mile (G3) for his first start since finishing second in the Dubai World Cup (G1). After a protracted battle with Mind Control, he crossed the wire second by a head. On July 2, Mandaloun made his first start since a ninth-place finish in the Saudi Cup (G1). Facing a strong field in the Stephen Foster Stakes (G2), he stalked the early pace but weakened in the lane to finish fourth, nine lengths behind Olympiad.

Dynamic One, 18th in the Kentucky Derby last year, has come into his own as a 4-year-old. The Todd Pletcher trainee most recently won the Blame Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 4, and hit the board in a pair of graded stakes before that. Dynamic One returns to graded stakes company Saturday in the Suburban Stakes (G2), where he has been tabbed the 7-5 morning-line favorite.

Helium, most recently second in an allowance optional claiming race May 22 at Woodbine, returns to dirt Saturday at Horseshoe Indianapolis for the Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Stakes. The Mark Casse trainee is the third choice on the morning line, behind Thomas Shelby and 2019 Kentucky Derby alumnus South Bend.

Brooklyn Strong returns to action Sunday at Belmont, as well. Most recently third in a $35,000 claiming race at Gulfstream Park, he steps back up in class for the Saginaw Stakes, where he will face five fellow New York-breds.

DerbyHorseLast RaceNotes
1Medina Spirit2nd, Breeders' Cup ClassicDeceased
2Mandaloun4th, Stephen Foster S. (G2)No works since last race
3Hot Rod Charlie2nd, Salvator Mile (G3)No works since last race
4Essential Quality3rd Breeders' Cup ClassicStands for $75,000 at Darley America
5O Besos3rd, Commonwealth (G3)Worked 4f April 27 at Churchill Downs
6Midnight Bourbon5th, Dubai World Cup (G1)Deceased
7Keepmeinmind4th, Travers (G1)Worked 5f July 7 at Churchill Downs
8Helium2nd, Allowance Optional Claming (WO, May 22)Entered in Michael G. Schaefer Memorial S. July 9 at Horseshoe Indianapolis
9Known Agenda4th, 2021 Belmont Stakes (G1)Stands for $10,000 at Spendthrift Farm
10Highly Motivated1st, Allowance Optional Claiming (BEL, May 28)Worked 5f July 2 at Belmont
11Sainthood5th, 2021 Belmont Derby (G1)No works since last race
12Like the King5th, Arlington (G3)Worked 4f July 7 at Woodbine
13Bourbonic7th, Queen's CountryWorked 3f June 30 at Calumet Farm
14Hidden Stash7th, Monmouth S. (G3)Worked 4f June 30 at Keeneland
15Brooklyn Strong3rd, $35,000 Claiming (GP, June 4)Entered in Saginaw S. July 10 at Belmont
16Super Stock6th, Blame S.No works since last race
17Rock Your World9th, Twilight Derby (G2)Stands for $10,000 at Spendthrift Farm
18Dynamic One1st, Blame S.Entered in Suburban S. (G2) July 9 at Belmont
19Soup and Sandwich4th, Allowance Optional Claiming (CD, May 15)Worked 4f July 6 at Woodbine

Max Player looked like a rising star in the handicap division after winning the 2021 Suburban Stakes (G2). Though he has been off the board in two starts this year, the Steve Asmussen trainee hopes to get back on track Saturday, when he will bid for a repeat in the Suburban.

South Bend, most recently fifth in an allowance optional claiming race on June 5 at Churchill Downs, also returns to the starting gate on Saturday. Trained by Bill Mott, he goes to Horseshoe Indianapolis for the Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Stakes, where he has been named the second choice on the morning line.

DerbyHorseLast raceNotes
1AuthenticRetiredStands for $75,000 at Spendthrift Farm
2Tiz the LawRetiredStands for $35,000 at Ashford Stud
3Mr. Big News4th, Allowance Optional Claiming (CD, Sept. 17)Worked 5f July 5 at Churchill Downs
4Honor A. P.RetiredStands for $15,000 at Lane's End
5Max Player6th, Brooklyn S. (G2)Entered in Suburban (G2) July 9 at Belmont
6Storm The Court5th, Allowance Optional Claiming (May 7, CD)Worked 5f July 4 at Santa Anita
7Enforceable8th, Allowance Optional Claiming (April 15, KEE)Worked 4f June 19 at Woodbine
8Ny Traffic1st, Chocolate Town S.Worked 3f July 3 at Belmont
9Necker Island2nd, Allowance (July 2, CD)No works since last race
10Major Fed4th, Allowance Optional Claiming (May 13, CD)No works since last race
11Sole Volante5th, Elkhorn (G2)No works since last race
12Winning Impression3rd, Allowance (Nov. 12, 2020, CD)Deceased
13Money MovesRetiredMoney Moves was retired for retraining at New Vocations.
14Attachment Rate7th, Allowance Optional Claiming (Feb. 21, OP)Worked 5f May 11 at Churchill Downs
15South Bend5th, Allowance Optional Claiming (June 5, CD)Entered in Michael G. Schaefer Memorial S. July 9 at Horseshoe Indianapolis

Tax, unraced since finishing tenth in the 2021 Pegasus World Cup (G1), has entered to make his first start since that race. The Danny Gargan trainee drew the rail for the Battery Park Stakes Saturday at Delaware Park. He was named the 3-1 morning-line second choice in the field of nine, behind only the inimitable 8-year-old Phat Man.

DerbyHorseLast raceNotes
1Country HouseRetiredStands for $7,500 at Darby Dan Farm
2Code of HonorRetiredStands for $10,000 at Lane's End
3TacitusRetiredStands for $10,000 at Taylor Made
4ImprobableRetiredStands for $35,000 at WinStar Farm
5Game WinnerRetiredStands for $30,000 at Lane's End
6Master Fencer (JPN)4th, 2021 Hakusan Daishoten 
7War of WillRetiredStands for $25,000 at Claiborne Farm
8Plus Que Parfait10th, Jebel Ali Mile (G3) 
9Win Win WinRetiredStands for $5,000 at Ocala Stud
10Cutting HumorRetiredStands for $1,500 at McDowell Farm
11By My StandardsRetiredStands for $7,500 at Spendthrift Farm
12VekomaRetiredStands for $17,500 at Spendthrift Farm
13BodexpressRetiredStands for $5,000 at Barton Thoroughbreds
14Tax10th, 2021 Pegasus World CupEntered in Battery Park S., July 9 at Delaware Park
15Roadster7th, Oaklawn Mile (G3)Worked 4f July 5 at Delaware Park
16Long Range Toddy3rd, Allowance (July 2, CD)No works since last race
17Maximum SecurityRetiredStands for $15,000 at Ashford Stud
18Spinoff4th, 2021 Woodward (G1)No works since June 6, 2021
19Gray Magician4th, $12,500 claiming (June 5, SA)Worked 4f June 25 at Santa Anita

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