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Kentucky Derby Prep Race Preview (Mar. 24th)

2010 Kentucky Derby Handicapping – Road to the Derby – VOL. 8

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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 Swale Stakes- Saturday, March 20th from Gulfstream Park

The Swale Stakes 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 seven Furlongs. As one of the top sprint horses in the world, it is no surprise that D’Funnybone went off as a prohibitive 1-2 favorite in this race. From the gate he was stuck in the pack all the way going into the turn, but finally broke free down the stretch and opened a sizable lead, going on to win by 1 ¼ lengths. Ibboyee was able to stay somewhat close to take second.

Privilaged hung on for third, another 2 ¼ lengths behind. This was this chestnut colt’s second stakes victory this year and his fourth overall. Back on February 2nd he won the grade II Hutcheson Stakes on this same track. Last year as a two year old he won the Saratoga Special (grade II) and the Futurity (grade II). Trained by Rick Dutrow Jr., D’Funnybone next race will most likely be in the Withers Stakes from Aquaduct on April 24th with an eye towards running in the Preakness Stakes in mid May. Bet on the Kentucky Derby

The Florida Derby-Saturday, March 20th from Gulfstream Park

The Florida Derby is a grade I stakes race for three year olds with a total prize purse of $750,000. It is contested on dirt over a distance of 1 1/8 mile. In the first major stakes race of the season all eye were on 9-5 favorite Rule, one of the projected favorites for the Kentucky Derby. With a run that will surely add this horse’s name to the list of Derby hopefuls, Ice Box stole the show with a dramatic victory by a nose over Pleasant Prince with Rule finishing third.

Neither of these two horses was expected to be a factor in this race as Ice Box went off at 20-1 and Pleasant Prince went off at 29-1. Rule did have a two length lead at the eighth pole, but could not hold off the two challengers down the stretch. Trained by Nick Zito, Ice Box has three wins in seven career starts but this was his first stakes race win. With this victory his next race will most likely be the Kentucky Derby.

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