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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TOP TEN CONTENDERS
#2-Irish War Cry
#3 Classic Empire
#5 El Areeb
#6 Practical Joke
#7 American Anthem
#8 One Liner
#9 Lookin at Lee
#10 Mo Town
-Ann Arbor Eddie
3yo races for weekend of 2/18/17 – 2/20/17
Laurel Park- Miracle Wood Stakes
1st- O Dionysus
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
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
1st- One Liner
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
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
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.