Triple Crown Tracker: Rich Strike shines, Nest targets Beldame

Triple Crown Tracker: Rich Strike shines, Nest targets Beldame
Photo: Jenny Doyle / Eclipse Sportswire

Kentucky Derby 2022 winner Rich Strike faced older company for the first time on Saturday at Churchill Downs in the Grade 2 Lukas Classic. He chased closer to the pace than usual, made a strong run in the lane and was narrowly outfinished by 4-year-old Hot Rod Charlie. Rich Strike crossed the wire only a neck behind, a promising outing against a well-proven older horse.

DerbyHorseLast RaceNotes
1Rich Strike2nd, Lukas Classic (G2)No works since last race
2Epicenter1st, Travers (G1)Worked 4f Sun. at KEE
3Zandon2nd, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)No works since last race
4Simplification4th, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)No works since last race
5Mo Donegal1st, Belmont Stakes (G1)Standing 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, Hall of Fame (G2)No works since last race
10Zozos10th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
11Classic Causeway3rd, Jockey Club Derby (G3)Worked 4f Sat. at CD
12Taiba1st, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)No works since last race
13Crown Pride (JPN)13th, 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. 26 at SA
16White Abarrio5th, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)No works since last race
17Charge It1st, Dwyer (G3)Worked 4f Sept. 27 at BEL
18Cyberknife3rd, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)No works since last race
19Pioneer of Medina8th, Smarty Jones (G3)Worked 4f Sun. at BEL
20Summer Is Tomorrow20th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
SCREthereal Road5th, Bourbon TrailWorked 4f Sun. at CD
SCRRattle N Roll1st, Oklahoma Derby (G3)No works since last race

A pair of Preakness 2022 runners recently placed in stakes races.

Creative Minister returned to the track on Sept. 24, returning to ungraded company after his third-place finish in the Smarty Jones (G3). He stretched back out to the Preakness distance of 1 3/16 miles and suggested that these longer races might be where he belongs. With the rear of the main group early, he made a rally in the lane and missed by only a nose to Home Brew.

Also on Sept. 24, Secret Oath got away from Nest in the Cotillion (G1) at Parx. She made an early bid to chase a distant second behind Society, who was winging it on the lead. She flattened out late to finish third, behind the pacesetter and local long shot Morning Matcha, who closed inside Secret Oath for the place.

On the same card as the Cotillion, Preakness alumni Simplification and Skippylongstocking contested the Pennsylvania Derby, finishing fourth and ninth, respectively; Belmont alumnus We the People also finished eighth.

Saturday, Fenwick made his third start since finishing ninth in the Preakness. In a first-level allowance going nine furlongs at Churchill, Fenwick chased mid-pack and flattened out down the lane. He crossed the wire eighth in the field of 11, 15 lengths behind up-and-coming sophomore Open Road.

PreaknessHorseLast RaceNotes
1Early Voting8th, Travers (G1)No works since last race
2Epicenter1st, Travers (G1)Worked 4f Sun. at KEE
3Creative Minister2nd, Bourbon TrailNo works since last race
4Secret Oath3rd, Cotillion (G1)No works since last race
5Skippylongstocking9th, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)No works since last race
6Simplification4th, Pennsylvania Derby (G1)No works since last race
7Armagnac5th, Shared BeliefNo works since last race
8Happy Jack6th, H. Allen Jerkens (G1)No works since last race
9Fenwick8th, Allowance (Sat., CD)No works since last race

Belmont 2022 second-place finisher Nest, who has since won both the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) and the Alabama (G1) in triumphant fashion, is gearing up for her first start against older fillies and mares. She put in a final work at Belmont on Saturday, going four furlongs in 49.42 seconds. She is expected to enter Saturday's Beldame (G2) at Aqueduct.

BelmontHorseLast RaceNotes
1Mo Donegal1st, Belmont (G1)Retired to stud at Spendthrift Farm
2Nest1st, Alabama (G1)Worked 4f Sat. at BEL
3Skippylongstocking9th, Penn Derby (G1)No works since last race
4We the People8th, Penn Derby (G1)No works since last race
5Creative Minister2nd, Bourbon TrailNo works since last race
6Rich Strike2nd, Lukas Classic (G2)No works since last race
7Barber Road7th, Belmont (G1)No works since last race
8Golden Glider6th, CurlinNo works since last race

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