Derby Alumni: $1 million Penn trifecta has rosy ring to it

Derby Alumni: $1 million Penn trifecta has rosy ring to it
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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.

DerbyHorseLast RaceNotes
  1Rich Strike4th, Travers (G1)Worked 5f Wed. at CD
  2Epicenter1st, Travers (G1)Worked 5f Sun. at SAR
  3Zandon2nd, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)No works since last race
  4Simplification4th, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)No works since last race
  5Mo Donegal1st, Belmont Stakes (G1)Retired to stud at Spendthrift
  6Barber Road7th, Belmont Stakes (G1)No works since last race
  7Tawny Port10th, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)No works since last race
  8Smile Happy8th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
  9Tiz the Bomb4th, Nat. Museum of Racing (G2)No works since last race
10Zozos10th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
11Classic Causeway3rd, Jockey Club Derby (G3)No works since last race
12Taiba1st, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)No works since last race
13Crown Pride13th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
14Happy Jack6th, H. Allen Jerkens (G1)No works since last race
15Messier15th, Kentucky Derby (G1)Worked 4f Sept. 15 at SA
16White Abarrio5th, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)No works since last race
17Charge It1st, Dwyer (G3)Worked 4f Tue. at BEL
18Cyberknife3rd, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)No works since last race
19Pioneer of Medina8th, Smarty Jones (G3)Worked 5f Sun. at BEL
20Summer Is Tomorrow20th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
SCREthereal Road5th, Bourbon TrailNo works since last race
SCRRattle N Roll1st, 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.

, 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.

DerbyHorseLast RaceNotes
  1Mandaloun4th, San Diego Hcp. (G2)Retired to Juddmonte Farm
  2Hot Rod Charlie3rd, Whitney (G1)Worked 6f Sat. at KEE
  3Essential Quality3rd Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)Stands for $75,000 at Darley
  4O Besos3rd, Commonwealth (G3)Worked 4f Fri. at CD
  5Midnight Bourbon5th, Dubai World Cup (G1)Deceased
  6Keepmeinmind5th, Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)Worked 4f Sept. 15 at SAR
  7Helium13th, Bold Venture (G3)Worked 4f Sept. 17 at CD
  8Known Agenda4th, 2021 Belmont (G1)Stands for $10,000 at Spendthrift
  9Highly Motivated2nd, Philip H. Iselin (G3)Worked 4f Sat. at BEL
10Sainthood5th, 2021 Belmont Derby (G1)No works since last race
11Like the King3rd, NiagaraWorked 5f Sun. at CD
12Bourbonic7th, Queen's CountyWorked 4f Sept. 11 at SAR
13Hidden Stash7th, Monmouth (G3)Worked 4f Aug. 27 at KEE
14Brooklyn Strong3rd, Greenwood Cup (G3)No works since last race
15Super Stock6th, BlameNo works since last race
16Rock Your World9th, Twilight Derby (G2)Stands for $10,000 at Spendthrift
17Dynamic One6th, Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)Worked 4f Sept. 16 at SAR
18Soup and Sandwich8th, Alw OC (WO, July 22)Worked 4f Sun. at SAR
DQMedina Spirit2nd, Breeders' Cup ClassicDeceased

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.

DerbyHorseLast raceNotes
  1AuthenticRetiredStands for $75,000 at Spendthrift
  2Tiz the LawRetiredStands for $35,000 at Ashford
  3Mr. Big News4th, Alw OC (CD, Sept. 17)Worked 5f Aug. 22 at CD
  4Honor A. P.RetiredStands for $15,000 at Lane's End
  5Max Player4th, Suburban (G2)Worked 4f Aug. 14 at CD
  6Storm The Court4th, Alw OC (DMR, Aug. 21)Worked 5f Sept. 19 at SA
  7Enforceable8th, Alw OC (KEE, April 15)Worked 4f June 19 at WO
  8Ny Traffic4th, John Morrissey Hcp.No works since last race
  9Necker Island3rd, Louisville T'bred Soc.No works since last race
10Major Fed7th, Alw OC (CD, Sept. 15)No works since last race
11Sole Volante5th, Hcp (GP, Sat.)No works since last race
12Winning Impression3rd, Alw (CD, Nov. 12, 2020)Deceased
13Money MovesRetiredRetired for retraining at New Vocations
14Attachment Rate7th, Alw OC (OP, Feb. 21)Worked 5f May 11 at CD
15South Bend2nd, 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.

DerbyHorseLast raceNotes
  1Country HouseRetiredStands for $7,500 at Darby Dan
  2Code of HonorRetiredStands for $10,000 at Lane's End
  3TacitusRetiredStands for $10,000 at Taylor Made
  4ImprobableRetiredStands for $35,000 at WinStar
  5Game WinnerRetiredStands for $30,000 at Lane's End
  6Master Fencer4th, 2021 Hakusan Daishoten 
  7War of WillRetiredStands for $25,000 at Claiborne
  8Plus Que Parfait10th, Jebel Ali Mile (G3) 
  9Win Win WinRetiredStands for $5,000 at Ocala Stud
10Cutting HumorRetiredStands for $1,500 at McDowell
11By My StandardsRetiredStands for $7,500 at Spendthrift
12VekomaRetiredStands for $17,500 at Spendthrift
13BodexpressRetiredStands for $5,000 at Barton
14Tax8th, Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1)Worked 4f Sunday at Saratoga
15Roadster8th, Buckland StakesNo works since last race
16Long Range Toddy5th, Alw OC (CD, Sept. 23)No works since last race
17Maximum SecurityRetiredStands for $15,000 at Ashford Stud
18Spinoff4th, 2020 Woodward (G1)No works since June 6, 2021
19Gray Magician4th, Alw OC (AZD, Sept. 19)No works since last race

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