Friday, April 4, 2014

April 4-6

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Zenyatta and Z13 celebrated their birthdays on April 1.  Zenyatta's 10th and Little Red's first!

Zenyatta expected to deliver her War Front foal
in the next several days!

'Little Red' (Z13 by Tapit) enjoying some birthday cake.

'Coz' (Bernardini) celebrated his 2nd birthday March 8.  He's in training at
Zenyatta's alma mater, the Mayberrys in Florida.  He's expected
to go to John Shirreffs sometime later this year to begin his formal training.

The Derby Prep races are winding down to a few key races this weekend and next weekend.  The WOOD MEMORIAL at Aqueduct on Saturday will see two of the exciting New York breds, SAMRAAT and UNCLE SIGH, take on the upstart Pioneerof The Nile colt, SOCIAL INCLUSION, who last out beat Honor Code at Gulfstream Park in an allowance race by 10 lengths.  Is he the real deal? Out west, at the SANTA ANITA DERBY, it's the battle of the Cal-based CALIFORNIA CHROME, HOPPERTUNITY, and CANDY BOY who will be trying to decide who's the big gun out west.  Candy Boy needs to get some points if he expects to make the starting gate in the Derby, while Chrome and Hopper have collected enough points to ensure them a spot.  On Sunday, PRINCESS OF SYLMAR, the 2013 sensation, will make her seasonal debut in the CAT CAY STAKES at Aqueduct. 

DOWN UNDER, at Rosehill in Australia, the world's richest race for Juveniles, the $3.5 Million G1 GOLDEN SLIPPER, will see the favorite, EARTHQUAKE, a filly, battle it out with two other fillies, MOSSFUN and BRING ME THE MAID, for Slipper glory.  A win in the BMW G1 would drive FIORENTE's total earnings past the $7 Million mark.  Read more     RESULT:  Mossfun beats favorite, Earthquake in thrilling renewal of the Golden Slipper!  Video replay:

Golden Slipper write-up

Also in other action at Rosehill, MOSSFUN wins the BMW over FIORENTE, spoiling her attempt at making history, joining other Australian greats.

Write-up of the race

Other news from Down Under:
74th Stakes winner for Street Cry as GALLATIN takes the Tulloch Stakes Race was renamed in honor of Nathan Berry:  Touching tribute to fallen jockey, Nathan Berry  More on honoring Nathan Berry - video

Byron King's Keeneland Handicapping notebook - April 5
James Scully (Brisnet) Ketucky Derby update
Jeremy Plonk's Countdown to the Crown - 4-4 edition
Road to the Crown - Links to all things KY Derby
Road to the Kentucky Derby - DRF's Derby Trail races with race replays, charts
DRF's Derby Top 20
Steve Haskin's Derby Dozen 3/31
Video - Pursuit of the Crown - HRTV

Races listed below in time ordered format including a link to a printable file. After a race has completed, you can return here to the 'CARD' for a link to the replay of the race once it is posted at BloodHorse.


Ann Maree's Time Ordered Races / Entries - Printable file

5:13 ET  Transylvania S (gr. III)  Kee  Apr 4 $100k  3yo  8.5f Turf R9   CARD

12:40 a.m. EDT - THE BMW-G1, Rosehill, A$1.5M (US$1.4M), 3yo/up, 2400mT R6 CARD
2:00 a.m. EDT - Golden Slipper G1, Rosehill, $3.5M ($3.2MUSD), 2yo, 1200mT R8  CARD

More on today's races
Timeform ratings say Earthquake, Mossfun, Bring Me The Maidwill fight out the Golden Slipper
Filly, Earthquake, ready to rumble in the Golden Slipper
Damien Oliver says Fiorente has earned place among great stayers
Fiorente replay of Australian Cup 2014
Fiorente replay of Melbourne Cup 2013

North America
4:00 ET  Calder Derby  Crc   $250k  3yo  9f    R7  CARD
4:00 ET  Echo Eddie S  SA   $200k  3yo S  6.5f    R 3 CARD
4:35 ET  Bay Shore S (gr. III)  Aqu   $300k  3yo  7f  R8  CARD
4:55 ET  Dahlia S Pim   $100k  3&up f/m  8f Turf   R9  CARD
5:00 ET  Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I)  SA   $400k  3yo f  8.5f  #   R5  CARD
5:06 ET  Gazelle S (gr. II)  Aqu   $300k  3yo f  9f  #   R9  CARD
5:22 ET  Ashland S (gr. I)  Kee   $500k  3yo f  8.5f AW #  R9  CARD
5:30 ET  Evening Jewel S  SA   $200k  3yo f S  6.5f   R6   CARD
5:40 ET  Wood Memorial S (gr. I)  Aqu   $1,000k  3yo  9f   R10  CARD
6:00 ET  Providencia S (gr. III)  SA   $150k  3yo f  9f Turf   R7  CARD
6:09 ET  Fantasy S (gr. III)  OP   $400k  3yo f  8.5f  # R9   CARD
6:14 ET  Carter H (gr. I)  Aqu   $500k  3&up  7f  R11  CARD
6:30 ET  Santa Anita Derby (gr. I)  SA   $1,000k  3yo  9f  *   R8  CARD

* = Derby Prep
# = Oaks Prep

4:57 ET  Cat Cay S  Aqu  $100k  4&up f/m  8f   R8  CARD
5:42 ET  Carousel H (L)  OP  $100k  4&up f/m  6f  R8  CARD

More on today's races
Princess of Sylmar returns to Aqueduct Sunday
Princess of Sylmar returns in Cat Cay on Sunday

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