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2010 Kentucky Derby Handicapping – Road to the Derby Part 2

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The Road to the Kentucky Derby- February 1st

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 WEBN-Saturday January 30 th from Turfway Park

The WEBN is stakes race for three year olds with a prize purse of $50,000. It is contested over a distance of one mile. Lucky Chuck went off as the 3-1 favorite, but could not catch Kera’s Kitten who won the race by an easy 2 ½ lengths, leading the race wire to wire. Kera’s Kitten went off at 6-1 and won his third race in five starts. Slewzoom finished second and Lucky Chuck finished third, over five lengths behind. Kera’s Kitten is trained by Mike Maker. His immediate plans for the Colt include returning to Turfway for the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes on February 27 th and if all goes well have him pointed toward the Lane’s End Grade II Stakes on March 20 th. This was a great turn around for this horse as in his last outing, the Turfway Prevue earlier this month he stumbled out of the gate and never recovered finishing a disappointing seventh.

The Dancing Count Stakes-Saturday January 30 th from Laurel

(This race was postponed due to inclement weather)

The Dancing Count Stakes is a stakes race for three year olds with a prize purse of $70,000. It is contested over a distance of 6 Furlongs. There were six Maryland bred three year olds entered in the field, with Turbo Speed listed as the favorite at 8-5 in the early morning line. The Gelding is trained at Penn National by Bernie Haughton. He won all three of his starts in 2009 and finished third this year in the Count Fleet at Aqueduct. The rest of the field included Morumsco at 3-1, Cole T at 7-2, Our Commander at 4-1, That’sthequestion at 8-1, and Silver Pioneer at 20-1. There are no plans at this time to reschedule this race, but we will keep an eye out for Turbo Speed’s next scheduled start as he is definitely one to watch this “Road to the Derby” season.

Next week’s big races include the Black Gold Handicap from the Fair Ground, Whirlaway Stakes from Aqueduct, Louisiana Premier Night Price from Delta Downs, the Robert B. Lewis Stakes from Santa Anita all on Saturday February 6 thand the Hallandale Beach Stakes from Gulfstream on Sunday, February 7 th.

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