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Kentucky Derby Prep Race Preview (Feb. 9th)

2010 Kentucky Derby Handicapping – Road to the Derby Part 3

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The Road to the Kentucky Derby- February 9th

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 Whirlaway Stakes – Saturday, February 6th from Aqueduct

The Whirlaway is a stakes race for three year olds with a prize purse of $100,000. It is contested over a distance of 1 1/16 mile. With Turf Melody an early morning scratch, there were only five entries for this race. The odds- on- favorite for was Eightyfiveinafifty, but after a fast start he could not navigate the first turn and was pulled up by jockey Jorge Chavez.Bet on the Kentucky Derby This opened the door for Peppi Knows and Papa’s Nice Cat to take the lead with Peppi Knows pulling away for good after the final turn to win the race by a length. Afleet Again, who went off as a 21-1 long shot made a late charge and finished second, while Three Day Push out ran Poppa’s Nice Cat to take third. Trained by Timothy Kreiser, this was Peppi Knows first win as a three year old after winning three times in five starts as a two year old including the Finger Lakes Juvenile Stakes back in October.

Hallendale Beach Stakes-Sunday, February 7th from Gulfstream

The Hallendale is a stakes race for three year olds with a prize purse of $125,000. It is contested over a distance of 1 1/16 mile on a turf track. Interactif went off as a 4-5 favorite and is being touted as a true Triple Crown contender. Leading down the final stretch, he could not hold off the surging Bim Bam who went on to win the race by a nose. Big Bam actually led for the majority of the race, but was passed by Interactif at the sixteenth pole. Asphalt finished third, two lengths back followed by Dean’s Kitten, then Our Champion. This was Bim Bam’s second win in his last three starts and he has never finished worse than third in nine races. In his last race he finished second in the Dania Beach Stakes back in early January and before that he won the Appleton Juvenile Turf at Calder back in November. He is trained by David Brownlee.

Santa Anita race track had to cancel their entire card last Saturday due to heavy rain. The Robert B. Lewis (grade II) Stakes has been rescheduled for this Saturday, February 13th. Another key race this weekend is the Sam F. Davis Stakes from Tampa Bay Downs.



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  1. Matt Martz says:

    I am going to be at Santa Anita on the13th. Providing we dry up. The forecast calls for sunny skies. The synthetic track gets sloppy because it drains poorly. Rumor has it that they are considering going back to a natural surface.