How have you been since last week? Are you on the edge of your seats just as Pudge and I are on the edge of our stalls? Gee but yet another great weekend of racing competition to thrill us for the road to glory in the Kentucky Derby!! This weekend we see two more hopefuls stamp themselves as worthy of being bona-fide contenders for the great race on the first Saturday of May. Two late nominees in fact and setting track records while making all kinds of noise on the track. Just so thrilling and exciting!
So away we go!
March 23, 2013
Spiral Stakes, Grace 3, Turfway Park in Kentucky
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Trainer: Kelly Breen
WINNER: BLACK ONYX
The unique thing about Black Onyx besides being a 15-1 upset was that this was his Stakes debut! He put in a very outstanding performance by hauling out the win by 1 1/2 lengths. Ridden by Joe Bravo this cold is now a true contender for consideration for the Road to the Roses in May! Will one of those starting gates be his? We’ll see but it is sure looking that way!!
Black Onyx is a colt by Rock Hard Ten. Sterling Racing owns the brilliant dark beauty and his owner Sam Herzberg was there and proudly joined his horse in the winner’s circle. This is something I never tire of seeing – a horse with all his connections in unanimous support of a thrilling effort. Our equine friends work their hearts out to get there and seeing the connections there in person to cheer them on just makes my own heart race!
His next start is yet to be determined and with this 50 points for the Leaderboard he is now 3rd on the list behind Will Take Charge and Vyjack. Nice position to be in! Uncaptured took the place while Giant Finish was the show. Giant Finish may also be a late KD nominee too. Sure hope so!
While Black Onyx was in the 5th position for much of the race he made up the position by taking the lead coming out of the stretch and then it was all systems go! Great job and a thrilling ride. Congratulations and we look forward to the next start and seeing you at Churchill Downs in May!
March 24, 2013
Sunland Derby, Grade 3, Sunland Park, New Mexico
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Trainer: Bob Baffert
WINNER: GOVERNOR CHARLIE
Governor Charlie smashes his opponents by 5 lengths and set a track record with a time of 1:47:54 for the 1 1/8 mile race.
This colt is the son of Midnight Lute and just plain gorgeous as he is talented. he won 50 points for his chance at the Kentucky Derby Starting gate. He was ridden by Martin Garcia and is trained by the famed trainer Bob Baffert. He is owned by Mike Pegram.
The colt has a 100 Beyer figure in the race and took home $400,000 for his share of the $800,000 purse!! Once he broke through the stretch after the group was bunched for the start of much of the race he glided on to finish ahead of the field by 5 lengths in stunning fashion!
Pudge and I both have our radars on this one and we feel he is the real deal. We think that he will be a fine challenger and we are both looking forward to his next start. So stay tuned and remember his name!!
So there we are friends. Two more races down and a few more to go. The Derby is only a few short weeks away but in the meantime Pudge and I will have much reporting to do!
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Be sure to check with us next week for another thrilling weekend of racing!
All for Now!
Your friends in racing: Indy and Pudge ♥