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Kentucky Derby Prep Race Preview (Mar. 4th)

2010 Kentucky Derby Handicapping – Road to the Derby Part 6

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The Road to the Kentucky Derby – March 4th

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 Miracle Wood Stakes –Saturday February 27th from Laurel Park

The Miracle Wood Stakes is an ungraded stakes race for three year olds with a total prize purse of $90,000. It is contested on a dirt track over a distance of seven Furlongs. Going off as the odds-on-favorite in a field on ten, Dont Blame the Cat was able to keep pace in the middle of the pack and grab the lead with less than 70 yards left to win by a length. Bet on the Kentucky DerbyCole T led the field through the halfway point before he made his move. Down the stretch Regal Warrior made a late charge but Dont Blame the Cat held on for the win. Regal Warrior was second and Cole T held on for third. Trained by Rick Dutrow, it remains to be seen if Dont Blame the Cat remains on the Derby Trail, but four out of the previous 14 Miracle Wood Stakes winners did run in a Triple Crown race.

The Borderland Derby – Saturday February 27th from Sunland Park

The Borderland Derby is an ungraded stakes race for three year olds with a total prize purse of $100,000. It is contested over a distance of 1 1/16 mile. The outcome of this race came down to steward’s inquiry after Raise the Bridle was the first to cross the finish line but was later disqualified for interference elevating Storming Saint from second to first and dropping Raise the Bridle to second. After pulling away from the pack, both horses repeatedly banged each other down the stretch causing jockey Luis Contreras to lodge a formal objection.  Storming Saint went off as the 9-5 favorite and this decision gave the colt his first stakes race victory. Amen Baby came in third and second favorite Tango Tango finished a disappointing sixth. Trained by Henry Dominguez, Storming Saint has not been nominated for the Triple Crown but will stay on the Derby trail with a possible appearance in the grade III $800,000 Sunland Derby on March 28th.

Some of the key races on tap for this weekend are the Sham Stakes from Santa Anita which was postponed last week due to rain, the Gotham from Aqueduct, the Gentilly Stakes from Fair Grounds, and the Palm Beach Stakes from Gulfstream.

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