Triple Crown Tracker: Skippylongstocking gets a win

Triple Crown Tracker: Skippylongstocking gets a win
Photo: Tuesday Allison / Coady Photography

Two 2022 Kentucky Derby contenders, Classic Causeway and Ethereal Road, contested the Grade 1 Saratoga Derby on Saturday at the Spa. Classic Causeway continues to look like a serious player in the sophomore turf division; he led much of the way and stayed on to finish third, 1 3/4 lengths behind Nations Pride. Ethereal Road, well off the pace from the beginning, never kicked on and finished ninth in his first turf try.

Taiba returned to the work tab for the first time since finishing second in the Haskell on July 23. He breezed four furlongs in 48.0 seconds at Del Mar on Aug. 6.

DerbyHorseLast RaceNotes
1Rich Strike6th, Belmont Stakes (G1)Worked 5f Aug. 1 at Churchill Downs
2Epicenter1st, Jim Dandy (G2)Worked 5f Aug. 8 at Saratoga
3Zandon2nd, Jim Dandy (G2)Worked 5f July 23 at Saratoga
4Simplification6th, Preakness (G1)Worked 5f July 29 at Gulfstream Park
5Mo Donegal1st, Belmont Stakes (G1)Sidelined with bone bruising
6Barber Road7th, Belmont Stakes (G1)No works since last race
7Tawny Port3rd, Jim Dandy (G2)No works since last race
8Smile Happy8th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
9Tiz the Bomb4th, National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2)No works since last race
10Zozos10th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
11Classic Causeway3rd, Saratoga Derby (G1)No works since last race
12Taiba2nd, Haskell Invitational (G1)Worked 4f Aug. 6 at Del Mar
13Crown Pride (JPN)13th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
14Happy Jack3rd, allowance optional claiming (July 24, ELP)No works since last race
15Messier15th, Kentucky Derby (G1)Worked 4f June 18 at Santa Anita
16White Abarrio7th, Haskell Invitational (G1)No works since last race
17Charge It1st, Dwyer S. (G3)Worked 4f Aug. 5 at Saratoga
18Cyberknife1st, Haskell Invitational (G1)Worked 4f Aug. 6 at Saratoga
19Pioneer of Medina19th, Kentucky Derby (G1)Worked 5f July 25 at Belmont Park
20Summer Is Tomorrow20th, Kentucky Derby (G1)No works since last race
SCREthereal Road9th, Saratoga Derby (G1)No works since last race
SCRRattle N Roll7th, Indiana Derby (G3)Worked 4f Aug. 6 at Churchill Downs

Creative Minister, third in the Preakness, returned in the Curlin Stakes July 29 at the Spa. Settled mid-pack, he made up some ground into the upper stretch. But he could not sustain his run through the final furlong and crossed the wire third, 6 1/2 lengths behind Artorius.

Preakness winner Early Voting returned to the races July 30 in the Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga. He set the early pace, but he could not hold off the cavalry in the lane. He flattened to finish last of four, 3 3/4 lengths behind Preakness second-place finisher Epicenter.

Preakness horses shined in the West Virginia Derby (G3). Skippylongstocking stalked the pace set by We the People, led near mid-stretch and won by 1 1/2 lengths over that foe. Simplification crossed the wire a clear third, 6 1/4 lengths behind the winner, after tracking the leading pair.

Armagnac tried the turf for the first time Sunday at Del Mar in the La Jolla (G3). He showed his customary speed and set a pressured pace in the race. But Armagnac flattened out late to finish fourth, 7 1/4 lengths behind Cabo Spirit.

Fenwick, ninth in the Preakness, returned to action in an allowance race Friday at Ellis Park. The one-mile race originally was carded for grass, but was washed off to a sloppy dirt track. He set the early pace but flattened out to finish fourth behind Uninvited Guest.

PreaknessHorseLast RaceNotes
1Early Voting4th, Jim Dandy (G2)No works since last race
2Epicenter1st, Jim Dandy (G2)Worked 5f Aug. 8 at Saratoga
3Creative Minister3rd, Curlin S.No works since last race
4Secret Oath2nd, Coaching Club American Oaks (G1)Worked 5f Aug. 2 at Saratoga
5Skippylongstocking1st, West Virginia Derby (G3)No works since last race
6Simplification3rd, West Virginia Derby (G3)No works since last race
7Armagnac4th, La Jolla Handicap (G3)No works since last race
8Happy Jack3rd, allowance optional claiming (July 24, ELP)No works since last race
9Fenwick4th, allowance (Aug. 5, ELP)No works since last race

Belmont Stakes fourth-place finisher We the People set the pace in the West Virginia Derby Saturday at Mountaineer. But he was unable to hold off the stretch charge of Skippylongstocking, who got the best of him once again. We the People chased on for second, 1 1/2 lengths beaten but 4 3/4 lengths clear of third-place Simplification.

Golden Glider entered the Curlin Stakes on July 29 for his first race since the Belmont. He tracked three wide and remained in range past the three-eighths, but he weakened in the lane and finished fifth beaten 10 3/4 lengths by Artorius.

BelmontHorseLast RaceNotes
1Mo Donegal1st, Belmont (G1)Sidelined with bone bruising
2Nest1st, Coaching Club American Oaks (G1)Worked 5f Aug. 5 at Saratoga
3Skippylongstocking1st, West Virginia Derby (G3)No works since last race
4We the People2nd, West Virginia Derby (G3)
No works since last race
5Creative Minister3rd, Curlin S.No works since last race
6Rich Strike6th, Belmont (G1)Worked 5f Aug. 1 at Churchill Downs
7Barber Road7th, Belmont (G1)No works since last race
8Golden Glider6th, Curlin S.No works since last race

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