Indy’s Racing Thoughts! The Road to the Roses! Fountain of Youth, Risen Star and The Southwest Stakes & More!

Indy in Georgia with his human!
Indy in Georgia with his human!

Dear friends!

Pudge and I sure hope you’re staying warm and out of trouble! This winter has been the coldest on record and even here in Georgia we have seen winter! Brrr! Pudge echoes the sentiment. Pudge has been enjoying making snow angels whenever he can however. I think he secretly luvs winter! But even with all this weather we are enjoying the Road to the Roses and the road is heating up with each passing week. Those coveted gates are looming closer each day and the first Saturday in May will be here before we know it!

So without further adieu, we’ll get started!! We have lots to cover and away we go!
The Championship Series Begins!!

First up: The Fountain of Youth
Date: Saturday February 21, 2015
Track: Gulfstream Park
Distance: 1 1/16 Miles

Win: Itsaknockout
Place: Upstart
Show: Frammento

The Race Recap:
Upstart was DQ’d this time around. Itsknockout was not able to steady and lost his momentum after Frosted who was tiring bumped into Upstart. Upstart was found to have impeded Itsaknockout and lost his nearly over 2 length victory in the disqualification. Frosted finished fourth.

Itsaknockout picked up 50 points for his win and a 2nd place position in the Leaderboard not to mention his perfect record intact!! Upstart gets 20 points while Frammento picks up 10 points.

To see the race replay and read more about the race please go to this link:
Source: http://www.kentuckyderby.com/prep_races/2014/fountain-youth-0

The Risen Star Stakes
February 21, 2015
Track: Fairgrounds
Distance: 1 and 1/16 Miles

The Risen Star was won by International Star!! This colt owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey has been shining bright and picked up 50 more points to put him in a solid first place on the Leaderboard. War Story took the place with 20 points and strong closer Keen Ice took the show and 10 points.

Superb performance by winning once again for trainer Mike Maker! This seemed a close repeat of the Lecomte for International Star and War Story. Will these two battle it out at the Derby this same way? We don’t know for sure but we are pretty sure that International Star is going to be a very strong contender and one to watch!

To see the replay and learn more about the race please go to this link:
http://www.kentuckyderby.com/prep_races/2015/risen-star

The Southwest Stakes
Date: February 22 2015
Track: Oaklawn Park
Distance: 1 and 1/16 miles

Far Right ran an excellent race in the slop. Very impressive win. Truth or Else took the place while Mr. Z took the show. Far Right took the shorter rail route again which reminded us of his race in the Smarty Jones Stakes. Mike Smith was in the irons and the colt gave him a fantastic ride.

To learn more details about the race and catch the replay, please go to this link below:
http://www.kentuckyderby.com/prep_races/2014/southwest-0

This past weekend the fillies have been busy too! They were off and running.

To see their race replays and all the details for the Devona Dale, Busher and Rachel Alexandra Stakes please go to this link:
http://www.kentuckyderby.com/road/schedule/oaks

There you have it friends!! The Road to the Roses for this week and stay tuned because the best is yet to come!

Your friends in racing!
Indy and Pudge ♥

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