DERBY WEEKEND WRAP-UP: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Derby Weekend Wrap-Up

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

by Andrew Rdesinski

Here at Danonymous Racing, we’re happy to introduce a new recurring column series: the Derby Weekend Wrap-Up, with our own Andrew Rdesinski!

You may know Andrew from his write-ups of the racing action at Santa Anita Park every Sunday. Now, every week, Andrew will be giving us a rundown of all the important Kentucky Derby prep action from the previous weekend, along with his Derby top ten list.

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#1- Gunnevera

#2-Irish War Cry

#3 Classic Empire

#4 McCraken

#5 El Areeb

#6 Practical Joke

#7 American Anthem

#8 One Liner

#9 Lookin at Lee

#10 Mo Town


-No Dozing


-Ann Arbor Eddie


-Fact Finding


3yo races for weekend of 2/18/17 – 2/20/17

Laurel Park- Miracle Wood Stakes

Chart of Race

1st- O Dionysus

2nd- Everybodyluvsrudy

3rd- No More Talk

Slow fractions in this 3yo contest down at Laurel on Saturday, especially at a one-turn event. O Dionysus came off the slow pace and romped still, so that is in a way impressive. Knowing this race was just a stakes race for three-year-olds and not necessarily a Derby prep race, I expect the top two finishers to come back in a bigger race (if they decide to stay on Derby Trail).

Golden Gate Fields- El Camino Real Derby

Chart of Race

1st- Zakaroff

2nd- More Power to Him

3rd- Tribal Storm

Ann Arbor Eddie ran a very solid effort, but was disqualified from 2nd to 4th. It’s safe to say he did not show up to his potential today. Zakaroff came onto the scene in this race, with a big ground saving run where he ran right over the early pacesetters. I do not see anything coming out of this race that is going to be game-changing when it comes to the Derby Trail, but I do want to know if Zakaroff comes back as strong next time out.

Oaklawn Park- Southwest Stakes

Chart of Race

1st- One Liner

2nd- Petrov

3rd- Lookin at Lee

Uncontested went into this race as the horse to beat, but after running a 22.93 second quarter, he was tired by mid turn. That was when Petrov passed him after sitting the perfect trip right behind him. However, since Petrov was so close to Uncontested during the backstretch, he too was tired. As such, One Liner ran him down in the stretch, even if his stretch run was a little all over the place. Lookin at Lee came from the clouds to earn third, and like I have been saying for months, Lookin at Lee is my longshot closer to watch out for when making exotics. All in all, I want to see One Liner and Petrov come back, since they are new on my radar.

Aqueduct- Jimmy Winkfield Stakes

Chart of Race 

1st- Caledonian

2nd- Even Thunder

3rd- Sal the Turtle

Bavaro set a fast pace, and then everyone ran him down. Caledonian stumbled at the start and was game the whole way around the track. However, I think Even Thunder ran the best race, because he had the best trip. He seems to be the best stretching out if he decides to do that. Sal the Turtle can be something special if he gets experience  later this year. These are sprinters, so I do not expect any of these fellas to make the derby, but a big 3yo race nonetheless.

Japan- Hyancinth Stakes

1st- Epicharis

2nd- Adirato

3rd- Hypernova

I’m an amateur when it comes to racing in Japan, but Epicharis had the perfect trip,  won impressively, and earned himself an automatic bid to the Derby. Will he be impactful in the Derby or in the US, that I am not sure of. Adirato set the pace and almost held on, gutsy performance. Hypernova closed well to earn 3rd easily.

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