Indy’s Racing Thoughts! The Road to the Roses!!

Indy! Your friend in Racing!
Indy! Your friend in Racing!

Dear friends!

Whoa! Greetings from my barn in sunny Georgia and Pudge’s barn in snowy Manheim. Pudge tells me things have been warming up in Manheim as of late and Spring is nearly here. That is music to our ears and puts a spring in our hooves!!! We have been enjoying the Derby Preps and last weekend was a weekend packed full of races! Racing for the 3 year olds and the older horses too. Did you see Shared Belief win the Big Cap! Whoa he has wings. Never disappoints. Truly a talent.

Speaking of talent and excitement we have the details for the three Derby preps and away we go…..

First up:

Tampa Bay Derby
Tampa Bay
Distance: 1 1/16 miles
March 7, 2015

Top Finishers on the Board:
Win: Carpe Diem
Place: Ami’s Flatter
Show: Divine Rod

The Tampa Bay Derby (G2) showcased a thrilling stretch run for favorite Carpe Diem who was also even money. He stalked the pace early on and then won strongly by five lengths in this his 3 YRO debut.

Trained by hall of famer Todd Pletcher he handled the 1 1/16 miles route with a great run. He made it look so fluid. Johnny V. in the irons once again rides to victory.

Carpe Diem gains 50 to his standings on the Road to the Roses Leaderboard to add to the 14 he had. Now with 64 points to his credit he is looking mighty formidable!

Ami’s Flatter finished second for 20 points and Divining Rod gets 10 points for his effort. Fourth Placed Danzig Moon earned five points.

Source & Race Replay: http://www.kentuckyderby.com/prep_races/2014/tampa-bay-derby-0
Winning Time: 1:43:60

San Felipe
Santa Anita Park
Distance: 1 1/16 miles
March 7, 2015

Top Finishers on the Board:
Win: Dortmund
Place: Prospect Park
Show: Bolo

Dortmund won the $400,000 San Felipe Stakes by 1¼ lengths Saturday!! He wins yet again and continues to improve with each race. He is a solid contender for those gate in May. We are so excited about this young colt by champion Big Brown.

Martin Garcia was in the irons and his charge made a convincing run in the ten horse field The colt is trained by Bob Baffert, who now has FIVE San Felipe victories in his court. Both Garcia and Baffert have a great deal of confidence in this colt and getting the distance should not be an issue.

Dortmund earned 50 points for his performance in this race. The chestnut colt is one of Baffert’s two top Derby contenders. Baffert is also strong on American Pharaoh who is the other contender.

Prospect Park made a solid race too. Pudge and I were impressed with his strong 2nd place finish. He dug in but Dortmund dug in a touch harder once he knew Prospect Park was knocking on the door.

It’s all about Dortmund in this one. Ocho Ocho Ocho was defeated after carrying a multiple race winning streak. Tough break for him but we’ll see what he does next time out. He’s a talent too so stay tuned.

Source & Race Replay: http://www.kentuckyderby.com/prep_races/2014/san-felipe-0
Winning time: 1:41:65

Gotham
Aqueduct
Distance: 1 1/16 miles
March 7, 2015

Top Finishers on the Board:
Win: El Kabeir
Place: Tiz Shea D
Show: Classy Class

El Kabeir made a grand run in the stretch and cruised to victory after being stuck near the back of the pack for much of the race. Overcoming traffic he powered through for the win in a commanding fashion!!! He is a very solid contender and we’re hoping to see another performance like this if he heads to the Wood Memorial next.

Tiz Shea D earned 20 points for the show with Classy Class in third for 10 points. Toasting Master was fourth and picked up 5 points.

El Kabeir is trained by John Terranova. He also earned 50 points for the victory. He now has 75 points and most assuredly one of those gate positions at the Derby!

Way to go and now on to the Wood. His connections will stay in New York before heading to Churchill Downs. Stay healthy big guy and do your thing!

Winning time over a sloppy track: 1:45.46

Source & Race Replay: http://www.kentuckyderby.com/prep_races/2014/gotham-0

Well there we are!! Is the Road to the Roses becoming clearer for you or are you still torn! Pudge and I love this year’s contenders as we did last year too. California Chrome made it pretty clear to Pudge and I early on that he would be pretty strong in the Derby. This year we see several that we think are on a solid path. It’s an interesting year and an exciting one.

Next up this Saturday will be The Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. We had been looking forward to Take Charge Brandi taking on the boys but alas she has a knee chip and will sit this one out.

NBC and NBCSN will be showcasing the preps on TV starting on March 21st with a Derby Preview show. March 28th will be the Florida Derby and the Louisiana Derby on NBCSN. April 4th the Wood Memorial, Santa Anita Derby and Blue Grass Stakes will be televised on NBC and finally on April 11th, the Arkansas Derby will air on tv on CNBC. You don’t want to miss these races to stay tuned!

All for now,
Your friends in racing, Indy and Pudge ♥

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