Derby Alumni: Top 3-year-olds tune up for the summer

Derby Alumni: Top 3-year-olds tune up for the summer
Photo: Sue Kawczynski / Eclipse Sportswire

Classic Causeway, who finished 11th in the Kentucky Derby (G1) after stepping off and then re-entering the Kentucky Derby trail, found the winners' circle July 9 for the first time since sweeping both points preps at Tampa Bay Downs over the winter. Sent off at 26-1 in the Belmont Derby (G1), his first try on turf, Classic Causeway jumped to the early lead and carried the classy international field all the way around, holding by 3/4 length over Charlie Appleby raider Nations Pride.

Two of Classic Causeway's stablemates in the McPeek barn, both of whom also entered the Kentucky Derby, raced over the weekend as well. Tiz the Bomb, ninth in the Run for the Roses, finished ninth in the Belmont Derby. Rattle N Roll, scratched after not getting in from the Kentucky Derby also-eligible list, finished seventh in the Indiana Derby (G3) after clipping heels early and losing all chance.

Several Kentucky Derby alumni are pointing toward major early-summer races as well. Epicenter, who most recently worked on July 11 at Saratoga, is possible for the Jim Dandy (G2) July 30 at Saratoga. Cyberknife and Taiba are probable for the Haskell (G1), coming up July 23 at Monmouth Park, and Zandon is possible.

Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike returned to the work tab on July 9, working toward a later-summer goal: he is possible for the Travers (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 27. 

DerbyHorseLast RaceNotes
1Rich Strike6th, Belmont Stakes (G1)Worked 4f July 9 at Mercury Equine Center
2Epicenter2nd, Preakness (G1)Worked 5f July 11 at Saratoga
3Zandon3rd, Kentucky Derby (G1)Worked 4f July 9 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)Worked 5f July 10 at Saratoga
8Smile Happy8th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
9Tiz the Bomb9th, Belmont Derby (G1)No works since last race
10Zozos10th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
11Classic Causeway1st, Belmont Derby (G1)No works since last race
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)Worked 4f July 10 at Gulfstream Park
17Charge It1st, Dwyer (G3)No works since last race
18Cyberknife1st, Matt Winn (G3)Worked 6f July 9 at Churchill Downs
19Pioneer of Medina19th, Kentucky Derby (G1)Worked 4f July 8 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 Roll7th, Indiana Derby (G3)No works since last race

Preakness contenders Skippylongstocking, Simplification, Happy Jack, and Fenwick all returned to the work tab for the first time since their most recent starts within the last nine days, meaning every Preakness entrant is now actively breezing again.

The first of the Preakness contenders who may be back in action is Secret Oath, possible for the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) on July 23.

Preakness winner Early Voting is nominated for the Haskell (G1) but is not expected to go to Monmouth. Instead, he is being considered for the Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga. Third-place Creative Minister is probable for the other local Travers (G1) prep, the Curlin Stakes, scheduled for July 29 at Saratoga.

PreaknessHorseLast RaceNotes
1Early Voting1st, Preakness (G1)Worked 5f July 9 at Belmont
2Epicenter2nd, Preakness (G1)Worked 5f July 11 at Saratoga
3Creative Minister5th, Belmont (G1)Worked 4f July 9 at Saratoga
4Secret Oath4th, Preakness (G1)Worked 6f July 5 at Churchill Downs
5Skippylongstocking3rd, Belmont (G1)Worked 4f July 10 at Saratoga
6Simplification6th, Preakness (G1)Worked 4f July 2 at Gulfstream Park
7Armagnac7th, Preakness (G1)Worked 5f July 4 at Santa Anita
8Happy Jack1st, Allowance optional claiming (June 19, CD)Worked 5f July 4 at Keeneland
9Fenwick9th, Preakness (G1)Worked 4f July 8 at Churchill Downs

With the exception of Mo Donegal and Barber Road, the Belmont contenders have retuned to the work tab to tighten the screws for their summer goals.

Second-place Nest might be the first one back in action, as she is possible for the Coaching Club American Oaks. Aug. 6 at Mountaineer, Skippylongstocking probably will return to action in the West Virginia Derby (G3).

BelmontHorseLast RaceNotes
1Mo Donegal1st, Belmont (G1)Sidelined with bone bruising
2Nest2nd, Belmont (G1)Worked 5f July 8 at Belmont Park
3Skippylongstocking3rd, Belmont (G1)Worked 4f July 10 at Saratoga
4We the People4th, Belmont (G1)Worked 5f July 8 at WinStar Training Center
5Creative Minister5th, Belmont (G1)Worked 4f July 9 at Saratoga
6Rich Strike6th, Belmont (G1)Worked 4f July 9 at Mercury Equine Center
7Barber Road7th, Belmont (G1)No works since last race
8Golden Glider8th, Belmont (G1)Worked 4f July 2 at Belmont Park

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