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

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

Dear friends!

Greetings from my barn in sweet southern Georgia and Pudge’s barn in Manheim to you!! Are you getting ready for the Derby? One more weekend of preps to go and then the first Saturday in May is just around the corner!

It’s been a fun and exciting road and has kept Pudge and I on the edge for the most part. We think after this past weekend that the big lanky Dortmund is emerging steadily and surely as a very strong favorite for the Kentucky Derby. We also liked Carpe Diem’s performance tremendously at Keeneland and we saw a nice finish by Frosted in the Wood Memorial in New York. This weekend we’re going to be looking at American Pharoah and if he does as well as we think he stands a great chance to also be a heavy favorite for this coveted race in May.

And away they go….

April 4th

Wood Memorial
Aqueduct Race # 10
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Type: G 1 – 3 Year Olds
Purse: $1,00,000
Order of Finish: 1. Frosted 2. Tencendur 3. El Kabeir 4. Daredevil
Winning Jockey / Trainer / Owner:
Joel Rosario, Kiaran McLaughlin, Godolphin Racing

Race Recap: Great come from behind performance by Tapit progeny!

FROSTED settled into the three path heading for the clubhouse turn, continued at a considerable distance from off the rail proceeding down the backstretch, rider keeping something in reserve, tipped into the four path and was still in it entering the far turn, moved up readily towards the front runners, reaching a good striking position as the third fraction was being recorded, was about a length behind the runner up spinning into the stretch, responded positively when fully called upon, whittled away at the lead, eventually taking over for good with about a sixteenth to go, kicked away. TENCENDUR secured a forward position after the break, underwent a three wide journey to the quarter pole, picked up interest when asked, nearing the end of the backstretch, to press the issue as the widest of a threesome on the second bend, worked his way to the front to lead the field into the stretch by about a length, but with the top one lurking dangerously at this juncture, offered good resistance before relinquishing in the vicinity of the sixteenth pole, finished willingly to secure second. EL KABEIR unhurried in the two path, was asked to pick it up coming to the three-eighths pole, swung four wide into the stretch, got straightened away, mustered up a mild response to grab the show award, although never posing a threat to the top twosome. DAREDEVIL was rated prompting the pacesetter from the two path until the half mile pole, continued at the task, but now from between rivals on the far turn after the second place finisher arrived on the scene at that point, vied with vigor before backing away steadily racing down the stretch. TIZ SHEA D was pulling on the bit during the run towards the first turn, tipped into the two path just before reaching it and went about more professionally afterwards, kept watch on the front runners from between rivals for a good portion of the opening three-quarters, began to give way after going onward for another furlong. TOASTING MASTER broke alertly and established control in short order, showed the way from the inside, pilot initially applying a firm grip on the reins, was forced to defend the advantage being hounded by the top two finishers after leaving the backstretch, yielded despite getting put to a hard drive prior to the quarter pole and faltered. LIEUTENANT COLONEL was quickly guided over to the rail, gained ground on the front runners launching a middle move down the backstretch, stayed in contention for most of the way around the far turn then backed away.

Race replay:

Santa Anita Derby
Santa Anita Park Race # 8
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Type: G 1 – 3 Year Olds
Purse: $1,00,000
Order of Finish: 1. Dortmund 2. One Lucky Dane 3. Bolo 4. Prospect Park
Winning Jockey / Trainer / Owner:
Martin Garcia, Bob Baffert, Kaleem Shah

Race Recap: Dazzling Dortmund perseveres and wins commandingly despite a loose shoe.

DORTMUND bobbled some just after the start, had good early speed and set a pressured pace inside, inched away on the backstretch and second turn, kicked clear under urging in the stretch and was being flagged with the whip late. ONE LUCKY DANE prompted the pace between horses then stalked a bit off the rail, continued between horses on the second turn, was no match for the winner in the drive but bested the others. BOLO stalked the pace three deep, came four wide into the stretch and edged rivals for the show. PROSPECT PARK was in a good position stalking the pace between horses, fell back a bit just off the rail on the second turn, waited off heels leaving that turn and into the stretch, angled to the inside nearing mid stretch and was edged for third. CROSS THE LINE prompted the pace three deep then stalked outside a rival, continued
three wide on the second turn and into the stretch, drifted in some in the drive and was out finished for third between foes. BAD READ SANCHEZ angled in and stalked inside, fell back some leaving the second turn and into the stretch, was in a bit tight when crowded briefly in mid stretch and weakened.


Race Replay:

Blue Grass Stakes
Keeneland Race # 10
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Type: G 1 – Open – 3 Year Olds
Purse: $1,00,000
Order of Finish: 1. Carpe Diem 2. Danzig Moon 3. Ocho Ocho Ocho 4. Frammento
Winning Jockey/Trainer/Owner:
John Velazquez, Todd Pletcher, WinStar Farm LLC and Stonestreet Stables LLC

Race Recap: Captivating and Classy Carpe Diem wows the crowd and he runs from the pack! Whoa!!

CARPE DIEM pressed the pace early along the four path, continued pressure along the far turn while preparing to rope in the leader, fanned into the five path entering the lane, seized the lead entering the eighth pole and drew away in the final stages. DANZIG MOON was well placed
early along the six path, stayed in the six path in the far turn, made a bid in the stretch but was no match for the winner in the late stages. OCHO OCHO OCHO set the pace early in the three path, shifted into the four path in the far turn while losing the lead entering the lane and faltered late in the stretch run. FRAMMENTO was back early off the rail, stayed off the rail in the far turn and moved up in the stretch run. CLASSY CLASS chased the pace early along the five path, continued in the five path entering the lane while making a bid but weakened late in the stretch drive. GORGEOUS BIRD came out early and bumped rival shortly after leaving the gate, stalked the pace early along the four path, shifted into the three path in the far turn and faded late. UNRIVALED was never a threat. PEPPER ROANI was bumped early while no factor.


Race Replay:

What a spectacular lineup of racing we enjoyed and we hope you did too. Check out the replays and make your Derby pick.

This weekend we move to the final prep races of the season and then we will witness 2015’s Kentucky Derby. This is going to be an exciting race and one we are looking forward to. Last year we were pretty clear that it was California Chrome as the favorite and from an early point in the races, at least for Pudge and I. This year we have multiple horses we like really well but after watching Dortmund’s Santa Anita Derby performance we are leaning heartily and heavily toward him. We love all the contenders and those who competed in the preps as we know that it is a tough road to haul. Not everyone can get a gate on May 2nd, so following their journey is an honor and a privilege.

What’s Next!
Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park
Lexington at Keeneland

We will see you next week!

Your friends in racing! Indy and Pudge ♥


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