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Kentucky Derby Prep Race Preview (Feb. 17th)

2010 Kentucky Derby Handicapping – Road to the Derby Part 4

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The Road to the Kentucky Derby- February 16th

Leading up to horse racing’s premier event; the Kentucky Derby this May, there are close to 60 prep races between the beginning of the year and the end of April that will not only shape this year’s field, but give us a good idea which horses will go off as the favorite to win the Derby and possibly go on to earn the Triple Crown by winning the Preakness and the Belmont as well.

Here is a brief re-cap of the key races from last weekend.

The Sam F. Davis Stakes – Saturday, February 13th from Tampa Bay Downs

The Sam F. Davis is a grade III stakes race for three year olds with a total prize purse of $225,000. It is contested over a distance of 1 1/16 mile. This race was dominated by start to finish by one of the more promising Kentucky Derby hopefuls; Rule. Going off as an even money favorite, he led the entire way and buried the field by three lengths. Bet on the Kentucky Derby This was his fourth straight victory and his third straight stakes win. Schoolyard Dreams made a bid from the outside on the final turn to catch him, but faded down the stretch, finishing second. Uptowncharlybrown came in third, four lengths back. Rule is trained by Todd Pletcher out of Winstar Farm. His next outing will most likely be the Florida Derby on March 20th as a final prep race before the Derby.

The Robert B. Lewis Stakes- Saturday, February 13th from Santa Anita

The Robert B. Lewis is a grade II stakes race for three year olds with a total prize purse of $150,000. It is contested over a distance of 1 1/16 mile. The two favorites coming into this race were Tiz Chrome and American Lion, but an up and coming gelding named Caracortado, which means Scareface in Spanish stole the show with the come from behind upset win. Trailing down the stretch, he used a burst of speed to pull away from Dave in Dixie to win by 1 ¾ lengths. American Lion finished third and Tiz Chrome was fourth. Caracortado has now won all five of his starts, throwing his name into the hat for Derby hopefuls. He is trained by co-owner Mike Machowsky who races under Lo Hi Racing. His next race could be the grade II San Felipe on March 13th.

There are a couple of huge races scheduled for this weekend with major implications for some Kentucky Derby hopefuls. Two of the biggest include the El Camino Real Derby from Golden Gate Fields and the Risen Star from the Fair Grounds Race Course.



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  1. Matt Martz says:

    I have Rule down in the Top 10 for sure.