Four Kentucky Derby alumni contested the Pennyslvania Derby (G1) at Parx on Saturday, and the first three across the wire were familiar faces from the Run for the Roses. A close second behind Cyberknife in the Haskell (G1), Taiba turned the tables in an emphatic manner at Parx, tracking the pace and bounding clear to win by three lengths.
Zandon, far off the early pace, found his customary closing run and crossed the wire second. Cyberknife did not find the same kick but ran on well enough for third, another 3 3/4 lengths behind Zandon. Tawny Port, the only other Kentucky Derby entrant in the field, raced mid-pack early but faltered to a well-beaten 10th, 16 3/4 lengths adrift of Taiba.
Rattle N Roll, scratched from the Kentucky Derby, continues to shine on the circuit of Midwestern derbies. After victories in the American Derby and St. Louis Derby earlier in the year, he visited Remington Park for Saturday's Oklahoma Derby (G3). Bringing up the rear early, Rattle N Roll made a long, sustained run to win by a length and a half over King Ottoman.
Classic Causeway continued to hold his own in the turf division, setting the pace and keeping on for third behind Nations Pride in the Jockey Club Derby (G3) on Sept. 17. Ethereal Road returned to dirt on Saturday in the Bourbon Trail Stakes at Churchill Downs; he made a mild run in upper stretch but flattened out to fifth, 4 1/2 lengths behind Home Brew.
Mo Donegal, fifth in the Kentucky Derby before winning the Belmont Stakes, has been retired to stud. He had been out of training with a bone bruise, and his connections determined that he would not be able to make other major targets this year.
|1||Rich Strike||4th, Travers (G1)||Worked 5f Wed. at CD|
|2||Epicenter||1st, Travers (G1)||Worked 5f Sun. at SAR|
|3||Zandon||2nd, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)||No works since last race|
|4||Simplification||4th, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)||No works since last race|
|5||Mo Donegal||1st, Belmont Stakes (G1)||Retired to stud at Spendthrift|
|6||Barber Road||7th, Belmont Stakes (G1)||No works since last race|
|7||Tawny Port||10th, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)||No works since last race|
|8||Smile Happy||8th, Kentucky Derby (G1)||No works since last race|
|9||Tiz the Bomb||4th, Nat. Museum of Racing (G2)||No works since last race|
|10||Zozos||10th, Kentucky Derby (G1)||No works since last race|
|11||Classic Causeway||3rd, Jockey Club Derby (G3)||No works since last race|
|12||Taiba||1st, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)||No works since last race|
|13||Crown Pride||13th, Kentucky Derby (G1)||No works since last race|
|14||Happy Jack||6th, H. Allen Jerkens (G1)||No works since last race|
|15||Messier||15th, Kentucky Derby (G1)||Worked 4f Sept. 15 at SA|
|16||White Abarrio||5th, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)||No works since last race|
|17||Charge It||1st, Dwyer (G3)||Worked 4f Tue. at BEL|
|18||Cyberknife||3rd, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)||No works since last race|
|19||Pioneer of Medina||8th, Smarty Jones (G3)||Worked 5f Sun. at BEL|
|20||Summer Is Tomorrow||20th, Kentucky Derby (G1)||No works since last race|
|SCR||Ethereal Road||5th, Bourbon Trail||No works since last race|
|SCR||Rattle N Roll||1st, Oklahoma Derby (G3)|
No works since last race
Two runners from the 2021 Kentucky Derby contested the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) on Sept. 3, though neither ran in the money. Keepmeinmind, off of a winning allowance return on July 22, was in tight early, chased mid-pack and chased on to finish a flat fifth, 7 3/4 lengths behind Olympiad. He finished half a length ahead of Dynamic One, who raced at the rear most of the way and passed only a pair of tiring horses.
Brooklyn Strong has yet to win this year but has finished third in four straight stakes races. That includes his most recent outing on Saturday at Parx in the 1 1/2-mile Greenwood Cup (G3). He stalked the pace set by wire-to-wire winner Ridin With Biden, and though he flattened out in the lane he still held third, nine lengths behind the pacesetter.
Mandaloun, who last ran fourth in the San Diego Handicap (G2), has been retired from racing. The son of top sire Into Mischief raced under the silks of Juddmonte, and will stand at their farm in Kentucky.
|1||Mandaloun||4th, San Diego Hcp. (G2)||Retired to Juddmonte Farm|
|2||Hot Rod Charlie||3rd, Whitney (G1)||Worked 6f Sat. at KEE|
|3||Essential Quality||3rd Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)||Stands for $75,000 at Darley|
|4||O Besos||3rd, Commonwealth (G3)||Worked 4f Fri. at CD|
|5||Midnight Bourbon||5th, Dubai World Cup (G1)||Deceased|
|6||Keepmeinmind||5th, Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)||Worked 4f Sept. 15 at SAR|
|7||Helium||13th, Bold Venture (G3)||Worked 4f Sept. 17 at CD|
|8||Known Agenda||4th, 2021 Belmont (G1)||Stands for $10,000 at Spendthrift|
|9||Highly Motivated||2nd, Philip H. Iselin (G3)||Worked 4f Sat. at BEL|
|10||Sainthood||5th, 2021 Belmont Derby (G1)||No works since last race|
|11||Like the King||3rd, Niagara||Worked 5f Sun. at CD|
|12||Bourbonic||7th, Queen's County||Worked 4f Sept. 11 at SAR|
|13||Hidden Stash||7th, Monmouth (G3)||Worked 4f Aug. 27 at KEE|
|14||Brooklyn Strong||3rd, Greenwood Cup (G3)||No works since last race|
|15||Super Stock||6th, Blame||No works since last race|
|16||Rock Your World||9th, Twilight Derby (G2)||Stands for $10,000 at Spendthrift|
|17||Dynamic One||6th, Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)||Worked 4f Sept. 16 at SAR|
|18||Soup and Sandwich||8th, Alw OC (WO, July 22)||Worked 4f Sun. at SAR|
|DQ||Medina Spirit||2nd, Breeders' Cup Classic||Deceased|
Among 2020 Kentucky Derby runners, Necker Island made a good closing run in the Louisville Thoroughbred Society Stakes at Churchill Downs on Sept. 17, a race in which he was sent off the second choice. He finished third but was beaten only a head for top honors behind Miles Ahead and Isolate.
Two others from the 2020 Kentucky Derby recently raced in non-stakes company. South Bend contested an allowance optional claimer at Churchill on Friday, going six and a half furlongs on dirt. Though he remains winless on the year, he rallied from last to get up for place 4 1/2 lengths behind Bango. Sole Volante tried the Tapeta at Gulfstream for a handicap on Saturday; sitting last early, he improved only mildly to finish fifth, 3 3/4 lengths behind Lamplighter Jack.
Storm the Court, most recently fourth in an allowance optional claiming race on Aug. 21, is expected to return Sunday in the Tokyo City Cup (G3). The 1 1/2-mile distance will be the longest of his career so far.
|1||Authentic||Retired||Stands for $75,000 at Spendthrift|
|2||Tiz the Law||Retired||Stands for $35,000 at Ashford|
|3||Mr. Big News||4th, Alw OC (CD, Sept. 17)||Worked 5f Aug. 22 at CD|
|4||Honor A. P.||Retired||Stands for $15,000 at Lane's End|
|5||Max Player||4th, Suburban (G2)||Worked 4f Aug. 14 at CD|
|6||Storm The Court||4th, Alw OC (DMR, Aug. 21)||Worked 5f Sept. 19 at SA|
|7||Enforceable||8th, Alw OC (KEE, April 15)||Worked 4f June 19 at WO|
|8||Ny Traffic||4th, John Morrissey Hcp.||No works since last race|
|9||Necker Island||3rd, Louisville T'bred Soc.||No works since last race|
|10||Major Fed||7th, Alw OC (CD, Sept. 15)||No works since last race|
|11||Sole Volante||5th, Hcp (GP, Sat.)||No works since last race|
|12||Winning Impression||3rd, Alw (CD, Nov. 12, 2020)||Deceased|
|13||Money Moves||Retired||Retired for retraining at New Vocations|
|14||Attachment Rate||7th, Alw OC (OP, Feb. 21)||Worked 5f May 11 at CD|
|15||South Bend||2nd, Alw OC (CD, Fri.)||No works since last race|
Among 2019 Kentucky Derby contenders, Tax stepped sharply up in class off of his return win in the Battery Park Stakes at Delaware, returning Sept. 3 in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. He set the early pace, but succumbed on the far turn and weakened to eighth and last, beatne 18 1/4 lengths.
Long Range Toddy contested the same 6 1/2-furlong allowance as South Bend on Friday. Tracking in range early, he flattened out of contention around the far turn and finished fifth beaten 9 1/4 lengths by Bango.
Gray Magician visited Arizona Downs for the first time on Sept. 19 for a 5 1/2-furlong allowance optional claimer. Midpack for much of the race, he finished with good interest, closing up ground in the final furlong. But he crossed the wire fourth, three quarters of a length behind winner Larry's Legend.
|1||Country House||Retired||Stands for $7,500 at Darby Dan|
|2||Code of Honor||Retired||Stands for $10,000 at Lane's End|
|3||Tacitus||Retired||Stands for $10,000 at Taylor Made|
|4||Improbable||Retired||Stands for $35,000 at WinStar|
|5||Game Winner||Retired||Stands for $30,000 at Lane's End|
|6||Master Fencer||4th, 2021 Hakusan Daishoten|
|7||War of Will||Retired||Stands for $25,000 at Claiborne|
|8||Plus Que Parfait||10th, Jebel Ali Mile (G3)|
|9||Win Win Win||Retired||Stands for $5,000 at Ocala Stud|
|10||Cutting Humor||Retired||Stands for $1,500 at McDowell|
|11||By My Standards||Retired||Stands for $7,500 at Spendthrift|
|12||Vekoma||Retired||Stands for $17,500 at Spendthrift|
|13||Bodexpress||Retired||Stands for $5,000 at Barton|
|14||Tax||8th, Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)||Worked 4f Sunday at Saratoga|
|15||Roadster||8th, Buckland Stakes||No works since last race|
|16||Long Range Toddy||5th, Alw OC (CD, Sept. 23)||No works since last race|
|17||Maximum Security||Retired||Stands for $15,000 at Ashford Stud|
|18||Spinoff||4th, 2020 Woodward (G1)||No works since June 6, 2021|
|19||Gray Magician||4th, Alw OC (AZD, Sept. 19)||No works since last race|