Blinkers Off 067: Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby Podcast Released

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Blinkers Off 067: Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby – April 4, 2014

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes preview the Grade I Wood Memorial Stakes at Aqueduct and Grade I Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park, as well the Grade III Fantasy Stakes at Oaklawn Park and Grade I Ashland Stakes at Keeneland.

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Oaklawn Report #12

Delta Flower is our First Star of the Week

Delta Flower is our First Star of the Week

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Sea N Suds (AR) – It was Arkansas Bred Stakes week at Oaklawn, and Sea N Suds stole the show on Sunday winning the Rainbow Stakes by a nose.  After a tough trip from the rail, Sea N Suds was able to get to the outside down the stretch and wear down Devilishly Clever and He Is a Roadster.  For the third straight race the horse demonstrated toughness and heart, two qualities that are great to have no matter what state you were bred in!  With Kelly Von Hemel as trainer, you would think Prairie Meadows will be the next time we see this one.

– 2nd Star:  Delta Flower (AR) – She was the easiest of winners Saturday in the Rainbow Miss Stakes, as she broke sharp and never looked back winning wire to wire by almost four lengths.  The race just confirmed her talents, as the race before was a blowout maiden score.  This one might have enough talent to try out-of-state company next time out if they can find the right spot.

– 3rd Star: Mallard’s Bro (AR) – He may be our third star, but there is no doubt his win was the most dramatic of the week!  After hanging out toward the back of the back the entire race, Mallard’s Bro gained momentum in the stretch, and was just able to nose past Devil and a Half at the wire.  The win was his first in three tries this year, and it was his first win ever at Oaklawn.  He’s now earned over 100k for his career, and will most likely resurface at Louisiana Downs next time out.

Flop of the Week

Trace Creek (AR) – He ended up being the favorite in the Arkansas Breeders’ Stakes on Friday after a ton of hype, but in the ended he was a well beaten 9th.  Considering you don’t get many chances to run against Arkansas breds once Oaklawn closes, this one has to be disappointing to the connections.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Federico Villafranco 68 22 16 7 $485,977 32% 45 66%
2 Steven M. Asmussen 114 21 26 11 $1,201,073 18% 58 51%
2 Chris Richard 73 21 11 8 $541,046 29% 40 55%
4 Cody Autrey 98 18 19 16 $538,449 18% 53 54%
5 Chris A. Hartman 71 16 13 10 $483,040 23% 39 55%
6 Brad H. Cox 57 14 9 9 $491,636 25% 32 56%
7 Joseph R. Martin 70 12 8 13 $247,560 17% 33 47%
8 Ron Moquett 93 11 10 6 $434,332 12% 27 29%
9 Randy L. Morse 66 10 9 4 $351,636 15% 23 35%
10 D. Wayne Lukas 82 9 8 10 $484,433 11% 27 33%
10 W. Bret Calhoun 41 9 3 6 $397,106 22% 18 44%
10 Roger A. Brueggemann 43 9 7 5 $268,497 21% 21 49%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Ricardo Santana, Jr. 234 43 40 20 $1,934,943 18% 103 44%
2 David Mello 187 32 30 22 $795,855 17% 84 45%
3 Norberto Arroyo, Jr. 217 31 30 32 $1,095,486 14% 93 43%
4 Ramon A. Vazquez 135 24 18 18 $630,021 18% 60 44%
5 Terry J. Thompson 168 23 13 19 $733,526 14% 55 33%
6 Ken S. Tohill 130 20 22 16 $615,428 15% 58 45%
7 M. Clifton Berry 114 18 9 12 $671,071 16% 39 34%
7 Jon Kenton Court 142 18 15 18 $587,884 13% 51 36%
9 Luis S. Quinonez 144 17 15 15 $644,302 12% 47 33%
10 Channing Hill 110 15 14 13 $744,895 14% 42 38%
10 Jareth Loveberry 146 15 18 14 $398,067 10% 47 32%

Owner Standings

Rank Owner Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Danny R. Caldwell 66 21 16 7 $475,117 32% 44 67%
2 Maggi Moss 41 13 8 5 $263,775 32% 26 63%
3 Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. 53 12 9 4 $327,050 23% 25 47%
4 Steve Landers 59 11 10 10 $206,147 19% 31 53%
5 Ulwelling, Al and Bill 30 7 4 2 $165,570 23% 13 43%
6 Zayat Stables, LLC 26 6 1 3 $236,934 23% 10 38%
6 William Stiritz 46 6 3 1 $205,026 13% 10 22%
6 Martin Brothers, Inc. 28 6 3 2 $89,373 21% 11 39%
9 Driver, James L. and Ywachetta H. 19 5 6 3 $260,437 26% 14 74%
9 Craig Drago 18 5 1 4 $168,795 28% 10 56%
9 Poindexter Thoroughbreds LLC 28 5 3 5 $134,984 18% 13 46%
9 N P H Stable 11 5 1 2 $73,407 45% 8 73%

Preview to Next Week

– Saturday: The Fantasy Stakes (Grade 3) – 3 Year Old Fillies – 1 1/16th Miles – Purse: $400,000

– Sunday: The Carousel Stakes – 4 Year Old Fillies and Mares – 6 Furlongs – Purse: $100,000

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Blinkers Off 066: Florida and Louisiana Derby Podcast Released

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Blinkers Off 066: Florida and Louisiana Derby – March 28, 2014

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes preview the Grade I Besilu Stables Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park and Grade II Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds, discuss the highly controversial PETA video and preview Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.

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Oaklawn Report #11

Brewing Wins the Gazebo Stakes

Brewing Wins the Gazebo Stakes

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Brewing (FL) – Isn’t it strange that Brewing became the first D Wayne Lukas three-year old to earn our first star of the week?  If I would have told you that before the meet I probably would have been laughed at by everyone, including his trainer!  However, Brewing has come on in a big way at Oaklawn, winning a maiden race and then the Gazebo Stakes in easy wire to wire fashion.  His running style suggests six furlongs could be his limit, and it looks like the Bachelor Stakes on closing weekend is where he will be pointed to next.

– 2nd Star: Glacken Too (FL) – This one hasn’t run a bad race yet, although his Sunday allowance win was definitely the best race of his young career.  The win was in wire to wire fashion, as he pulled away from all competition late to win by just over two lengths in the end.  Just like Brewing, a race like the Bachelor or Northern Spur Stakes could be a nice fit for this horse next time out.

– 3rd Star: Jake Mo (KY) – Jake Mo certainly is no stranger to Oaklawn as he ran in the Smarty Jones, Southwest, Rebel, and Arkansas Derby in 2012, and also ran here twice in 2o13.  What he has been a stranger to at Oaklawn is the winners circle, but that changed Friday when he won the feature race of the day.  The win gives Jake Mo two wins in a row, and now he could be pointed back to stakes competition next time out.  He had went a long time in between wins, but has found his form once again.

Flop of the Week

Dunkin Bend (KY) – His seventh place effort in the Gazebo Stakes this Saturday was very disappointing, especially considering the fact that projected heavy favorite Boji Moon had scratched from the race.  After the race is was found that Dunkin Bend has a breathing issue that will require surgery, so that explains the poor effort.  Still, he’s no doubt the flop of the week.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Steven M. Asmussen 105 21 25 9 $1,179,147 20% 55 52%
1 Federico   Villafranco 63 21 14 7 $457,337 33% 42 67%
3 Chris   Richard 69 20 10 7 $519,636 29% 37 54%
4 Cody   Autrey 91 18 18 13 $517,179 20% 49 54%
5 Chris A. Hartman 65 15 13 7 $460,616 23% 35 54%
6 Ron   Moquett 86 10 10 6 $413,257 12% 26 30%
7 Brad H. Cox 47 9 6 9 $341,936 19% 24 51%
7 Joseph R. Martin 63 9 8 13 $185,270 14% 30 48%
9 D. Wayne Lukas 76 8 8 10 $471,538 11% 26 34%
9 W. Bret Calhoun 40 8 3 6 $360,506 20% 17 43%
9 Randy L. Morse 58 8 8 3 $292,569 14% 19 33%
9 Roger A. Brueggemann 39 8 7 4 $250,197 21% 19 49%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Ricardo   Santana, Jr. 214 40 39 17 $1,817,137 19% 96 45%
2 Norberto   Arroyo, Jr. 202 31 29 29 $1,066,049 15% 89 44%
3 David   Mello 170 30 25 20 $735,322 18% 75 44%
4 Ramon A. Vazquez 121 21 17 18 $575,834 17% 56 46%
5 Terry J. Thompson 153 19 12 18 $637,276 12% 49 32%
6 Ken S. Tohill 114 18 20 12 $558,890 16% 50 44%
7 Jon Kenton Court 128 16 12 17 $504,569 13% 45 35%
8 Channing   Hill 105 15 13 13 $729,360 14% 41 39%
8 M. Clifton Berry 106 15 8 12 $557,944 14% 35 33%
8 Luis S. Quinonez 130 15 14 15 $549,174 12% 44 34%

Owner Standings

Rank Owner Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Danny R. Caldwell 61 20 14 7 $446,477 33% 41 67%
2 Maggi   Moss 37 12 7 4 $241,975 32% 23 62%
3     Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. 48 11 9 3 $307,840 23% 23 48%
3 Steve   Landers 56 11 9 9 $190,867 20% 29 52%
5     Ulwelling, Al and Bill 26 7 4 2 $162,582 27% 13 50%
6     Zayat Stables, LLC 23 6 1 3 $235,059 26% 10 43%
6     Martin Brothers, Inc. 27 6 3 2 $88,448 22% 11 41%
8     Driver, James L. and Ywachetta H. 18 5 6 2 $257,437 28% 13 72%
8 William   Stiritz 41 5 3 1 $192,398 12% 9 22%
8 Craig   Drago 17 5 1 4 $168,555 29% 10 59%
8     Poindexter Thoroughbreds LLC 24 5 3 3 $124,914 21% 11 46%
8     N P H Stable 11 5 1 2 $73,407 45% 8 73%

Preview to Next Week

– Friday: Arkansas Breeders Open Division Stakes – 3 Year olds and upward (Arkansas Bred) – 1 1/16th miles – Purse: $75,000

– Saturday: Rainbow Miss Stakes – 3 Year Old Fillies (Arkansas Bred) – 6 furlongs – Purse: $75,000

– Sunday: Rainbow Stakes – 3 Year Old Colts (Arkansas Bred) – 6 furlongs – Purse: $75,000

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Blinkers Off 065: Kentucky Derby Road En Fuego Podcast Released

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Blinkers Off 065: Kentucky Derby Road En Fuego – March 21, 2014

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes recap the controversial stretch drive in the Grade II Rebel Stakes from Oaklawn Park, and preview the last two 50 point races of the Kentucky Derby Championship Series at Turfway and Sunland Park with the Grade III Sprial Stakes and Grade III Sunland Derby.

[audio https://racingdudes.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/blinkers-off-065.mp3|titles=Blinkers Off 065: Kentucky Derby Road En Fuego]

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Kentucky Derby Point Standings with Analysis

Samraat is Your Current Kentucky Derby Points Leader

Samraat is Your Current Kentucky Derby Points Leader

1. Samraat – 60

Next Race: Wood Memorial on April 5th

Derby Status: Locked in

2. Hoppertunity – 55

Next Race: Santa Anita Derby April 5th or Arkansas Derby April 12th

Derby Status: Locked in

3. Intense Holiday – 53

Next Race: Louisiana Derby March 30th

Derby Status: Locked in

4. Wildcat Red – 50

Next Race: Florida Derby March 30th

Derby Status: Locked in

5. Ring Weekend – 50

Next Race: Questionable

Derby Status: Locked in

6. California Chrome – 50

Next Race: Santa Anita Derby April 5th

Derby Status: Locked In

7. Tapiture – 42

Next Race: Arkansas Derby April 12th

Derby Status: Locked in

8. Midnight Hawk – 32

Next Race: Sunland Derby March 23rd

Derby Status: In Good Shape

9. Albano – 24

Next Race: Louisiana Derby March 30th

Derby Status: In Good Shape

10. Uncle Sigh – 24

Next Race: Wood Memorial April 5th

Derby Status: In Good Shape

11. Vinceremos – 20

Next Race: ???

Derby Status: On the Bubble

12. Vicar’s In Trouble – 20

Next Race: Louisiana Derby March 30th

Derby Status: On the Bubble

13. General A Rod – 20

Next Race: Florida Derby March 30th

Derby Status: On the Bubble

14. Ride On Curlin – 15

Next Race: Arkansas Derby April 12th

Derby Status: On the Bubble

15. Havana – 14

Next Race: ???

Derby Status: Highly unlikely….like zero chance….

16. Cairo Prince – 14

Next Race: Florida Derby March 30th

Derby Status: Very likely, but no lock considering the point situation

17. Honor Code – 14

Next Race: ???

Derby Status: Unlikely

18. Kristo – 14

Next Race: ???

Derby Status: On the Bubble

19. Tamarando – 12

Next Race: Turfway Spiral Stakes March 22nd

Derby Status: Fairly good chance

20. Strong Mandate – 11

Next Race: Arkansas Derby April 12th

Derby Status: On the bubble

21. Bond Holder – 11

Next Race: ???

Derby Status: Zero Chance

22. Rise Up – 10

Next Race: Louisiana Derby March 30th

Derby Status: On the Bubble

23. We Miss Artie – 10

Next Race: Turfway Spiral Stakes March 22nd

Derby Status: On the Bubble

24. Candy Boy – 10

Next Race: Santa Anita Derby April 5th

Derby Status: Very likely, but has to run well in final prep

25. In Trouble – 10

Next Race: Wood Memorial April 5th

Derby Status: On the Bubble

26. Noble Moon – 10

Next Race: Wood Memorial April 5th

Derby Status: On the Bubble

27. Ami’s Holiday – 10

Next Race: ???

Derby Status: Highly unlikely

28. Cleburne – 10

Next Race: ???

Derby Status: Doubtful

29. Tanzanite Cat – 10

Next Race: ???

Derby Status: Doubtful

30. Surfing U S A – 10

Next Race: ???

Derby Status: Doubtful

31. Conquest Titan – 9

Next Race: ???

Derby Status: Still a slight chance

32. Casiguapo – 5

Next Race: ???

Derby Status: Doubtful

33. Financial Mogul – 5

Next Race: Wood Memorial April 5th

Derby Status: Doubtful

34. Classic Giacnroll – 5

Next Race: Wood Memorial April 5th

Derby Status: Doubtful

35. East Hall – 5

Next Race: ???

Derby Status: Doubtful

36. Schoolofhardrocks – 5

Next Race: Santa Anita Derby April 5th

Derby Status: Doubtful

37. Scotland – 4

Next Race: Maiden Special Weight

Derby Status: Zero Chance

38. Laddie Boy – 4

Next Race: Turfway Spiral Stakes

Derby Status: Doubtful

39. Chitu – 4

Next Race: Sunland Derby March 23rd

Derby Status: On the Bubble

40. Smart Cover – 4

Next Race: ???

Derby Status: Doubtful

Oaklawn Report #10

Close Hatches won the Azeri Stakes this Weekend

Close Hatches won the Azeri Stakes this Weekend

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Close Hatches (KY) – She shipped in and stole the show from the three year olds!  Sometimes horses struggle with the Oaklawn surface when shipping, but Close Hatches proved to be a champion Saturday when winning the Azeri Stakes and turning back several worthy challengers in the stretch run.  When you consider her race record, and also considering when she did lose last year it was to some seriously good horses, this one could be turning into a super star.  You’d think they’ll come back now for the Apple Blossom, and unless someone ships in with some serious class it could be lights out for everyone else who enters.

– 2nd Star: Hoppertunity (KY) – It’s a Rebel Stakes that we’ll be talking about for a long time, but through all the bumping, grinding, and controversy it was Hoppertunity who came out on top.  Is Hoppertunity the best horse moving forward?  That’s certainly up for debate, but it also doesn’t matter when it comes to this particular race.  All the credit must be given to jockey Mike Smith for this one as he made things as difficult as possible for Tapiture and jockey Ricardo Santana Jr.  Santana rode a brave race himself, but the veteran Smith did just enough to make the difference.  Hopefully we’ll see the top four finishers of this one all come back for the Arkansas Derby.

– 3rd Star: Golden Lad (KY) – Pletcher’s success at Oaklawn isn’t as strong as many of the other tracks he comes too, but Golden Lad broke that trend as he dominated the Razorback Handicap over a field that looked evenly matched.  The field is probably not the best Grade 3 you’ll find, but it still included several horses that like Oaklawn and were highly touted.  Who knows where he’ll pop up next, it could be virtually anywhere.  It would be nice to see him back in a month to run in the Oaklawn Handicap…but will he come to challenge Will Take Charge?

Flop of the Week

Govenor Charlie (KY) – He was bet down to the 2-1 favorite and thought of by most as being the better of the two Baffert horses that had shipped in for the weekend, but Govenor Charlie didn’t run a step in the Razorback step.  He was out-ran from the beginning, and never got into the race at any point.  With the track starting to play strangely his connections could point to that as an excuse, but to me it looks like he’s not a true two turn horse.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Steven M. Asmussen 92 21 20 6 $1,117,655 23% 47 51%
2 Chris   Richard 61 19 5 6 $472,416 31% 30 49%
2 Federico   Villafranco 58 19 13 7 $394,153 33% 39 67%
4 Cody   Autrey 81 17 16 11 $477,911 21% 44 54%
5 Chris A. Hartman 59 15 10 6 $441,515 25% 31 53%
6 Ron   Moquett 76 9 9 6 $389,282 12% 24 32%
6 Brad H. Cox 43 9 6 7 $335,329 21% 22 51%
8 D. Wayne Lukas 72 7 8 10 $410,471 10% 25 35%
8 Kellyn   Gorder 30 7 5 2 $285,976 23% 14 47%
8 Randy L. Morse 54 7 8 3 $278,087 13% 18 33%
8 David R. Vance 28 7 4 1 $162,441 25% 12 43%
8 Joseph R. Martin 58 7 7 11 $156,050 12% 25 43%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Ricardo   Santana, Jr. 195 37 34 14 $1,721,982 19% 85 44%
2 Norberto   Arroyo, Jr. 183 28 27 24 $973,504 15% 79 43%
2 David   Mello 149 28 18 19 $658,411 19% 65 44%
4 Ken S. Tohill 99 18 16 10 $526,001 18% 44 44%
5 Ramon A. Vazquez 108 17 17 16 $492,874 16% 50 46%
6 Terry J. Thompson 135 16 12 16 $555,867 12% 44 33%
7 Channing   Hill 98 14 11 13 $691,055 14% 38 39%
7 Alex   Birzer 165 14 20 14 $530,800 8% 48 29%
7 Jon Kenton Court 112 14 11 14 $412,090 13% 39 35%
10 Luis S. Quinonez 121 13 13 15 $489,342 11% 41 34%

Owner Standings

Rank Owner Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Danny R. Caldwell 56 18 13 7 $383,293 32% 38 68%
2 Maggi   Moss 32 12 3 4 $226,655 38% 19 59%
3 Steve   Landers 51 10 9 8 $175,719 20% 27 53%
4     Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. 43 8 8 3 $244,740 19% 19 44%
5     Ulwelling, Al and Bill 24 6 4 2 $149,162 25% 12 50%
6     Driver, James L. and Ywachetta H. 15 5 5 2 $238,737 33% 12 80%
6 William   Stiritz 40 5 3 1 $191,852 13% 9 23%
6     Zayat Stables, LLC 21 5 1 3 $174,792 24% 9 43%
6 Craig   Drago 15 5 0 4 $162,780 33% 9 60%
6     Poindexter Thoroughbreds LLC 22 5 3 3 $124,436 23% 11 50%
36     N P H Stable 11 5 1 2 $73,407 45% 8 73%

Preview to Next Week

– Saturday: The Gazebo Stakes – Three Year Olds – Six Furlongs – Purse: $100,000

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Blinkers Off 064: Oaklawn Park Stakes Racing Podcast Released

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Blinkers Off 064: Oaklawn Park Stakes Racing – March 14, 2014

The Thoroughbred Racing Dudes preview a huge weekend of racing at Oaklawn Park including the Grade II Rebel Stakes, Grade II Azeri Stakes and Grade III Razorback Handicap.

[audio https://racingdudes.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/blinkers-off-064.mp3|titles=Blinkers Off 064: Oaklawn Park Stakes Racing]

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Cali Swag: Big Cap Day at Santa Anita

It was a massive day Saturday at Santa Anita, and of course Mike Sekulic was on had to capture all the action.  Here are his great shots of Big Cap Day!  Photo’s include: Game On Dude, Will Take Charge, California Chrome, and many more!  Enjoy!

Oaklawn Report #9

Euphrosyne "Wins" the Honeybee Stakes

Euphrosyne “Wins” the Honeybee Stakes

Three Stars of the Week

– 1st Star: Work All Week (IL) – All this guy does is win races!  Saturday’s Hot Springs Stakes was his first Stakes race outside of Illinois bred company, but that didn’t matter as he scored a decisive win over a fast closing Alsvid and Apprehender.  The win makes this horse an incredible nine for eleven lifetime, and a winner of six straight races.  Now that he’s passed this latest test, you’d have to think graded stakes company could be next in the Count Fleet Handicap at Oaklawn during the Racing Festival of the South.

– 2nd Star: Euphrosyne (KY) – It was a wild running of the Honeybee Stakes this Saturday, and in the end it was Euphrosyne who got the money via a disqualification of Sugar Shock.  Sugar Shock looked like she was going to be the winner deep into the stretch, but then took a severe right turn and nearly ran over Euphrosyne, which made for a clear decision for the stewards.  It was one of the more curious stretch runs in race history, and could set up for an interesting rematch later on down the road.  However for now, Euphrosyne sits atop the leader board of Oaklawn three-year old fillies.

– 3rd Star: Carve (KY) – What a comeback race for Carve!  The hard knocking honest horse had a nice 2013 running well in several graded stakes races, but Sunday’s allowance win at Oaklawn may have been his best race yet.  It’s clear the horse has improved since last uear, and you have to wonder if a race like this one could spring-board him into the Oaklawn Handicap next time out.  The waters would obviously be deeper in that one, but after his last race it’s clear that he could be ready for the challenge.

Flop of the Week

Taris (KY) – The Maryland shipper came in hyped, and surprisingly the tote board hinted that she was more highly thought of than Florida shipper Please Explain.  Neither of the shippers were able to get the job done in the Honeybee, but Taris was by far the lesser of the two.  After seemingly having a perfect trip up front, Taris faded badly and finished sixth. Maybe the class jump was too high, or perhaps she didn’t handle the track.  Either way, it was a big disappointment for a highly thought of horse.

Trainer Standings

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Steven M. Asmussen 75 18 17 5 $904,259 24% 40 53%
1 Chris   Richard 55 18 4 6 $456,308 33% 28 51%
1 Federico   Villafranco 54 18 12 7 $348,153 33% 37 69%
4 Cody   Autrey 78 17 16 11 $476,851 22% 44 56%
5 Chris A. Hartman 54 13 10 5 $389,600 24% 28 52%
6 Brad H. Cox 41 9 5 7 $305,129 22% 21 51%
7 Ron   Moquett 65 8 8 5 $360,729 12% 21 32%
8 D. Wayne Lukas 64 7 6 10 $366,557 11% 23 36%
9 Mark E. Casse 42 6 4 7 $328,548 14% 17 40%
9 Randy L. Morse 48 6 8 3 $236,269 13% 17 35%
9 Roger A. Brueggemann 35 6 7 4 $212,813 17% 17 49%
9 David R. Vance 23 6 3 1 $145,102 26% 10 43%
9 Michael E. Biehler 23 6 3 2 $141,262 26% 11 48%
9 Joseph R. Martin 50 6 6 9 $135,697 12% 21 42%
9 J. R. Caldwell 27 6 4 6 $96,517 22% 16 59%

Jockey Standings

Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Ricardo   Santana, Jr. 167 33 31 12 $1,493,095 20% 76 46%
2 Norberto   Arroyo, Jr. 163 28 25 22 $907,067 17% 75 46%
3 David   Mello 123 23 15 17 $539,475 19% 55 45%
4 Terry J. Thompson 124 15 11 15 $532,518 12% 41 33%
4 Ramon A. Vazquez 96 15 14 16 $419,302 16% 45 47%
6 Alex   Birzer 147 13 18 12 $492,490 9% 43 29%
6 Luis S. Quinonez 106 13 11 13 $462,483 12% 37 35%
8 Channing   Hill 88 12 9 10 $581,464 14% 31 35%
8 Ken S. Tohill 82 12 15 9 $419,523 15% 36 44%
10 Jon Kenton Court 96 11 10 12 $341,772 11% 33 34%

Owner Standings

Rank Owner Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Danny R. Caldwell 52 17 12 7 $337,293 33% 36 69%
2 Maggi   Moss 31 11 3 4 $215,855 35% 18 58%
3 Steve   Landers 49 10 9 8 $174,739 20% 27 55%
4     Midwest Thoroughbreds, Inc. 40 8 7 3 $239,935 20% 18 45%
5     Ulwelling, Al and Bill 21 6 2 1 $135,662 29% 9 43%
6     Driver, James L. and Ywachetta H. 15 5 5 2 $238,737 33% 12 80%
6 William   Stiritz 38 5 3 1 $191,568 13% 9 24%
6     Zayat Stables, LLC 19 5 1 2 $168,488 26% 8 42%
6 Craig   Drago 13 5 0 3 $158,205 38% 8 62%
10 John C. Oxley 24 4 2 4 $216,169 17% 10 42%
10     Poindexter Thoroughbreds LLC 18 4 3 2 $106,690 22% 9 50%
10     Dream Walkin Farms, Inc. 24 4 3 2 $99,016 17% 9 38%
10     Martin Brothers, Inc. 21 4 2 2 $62,147 19% 8 38%
10     N P H Stable 10 4 1 2 $54,507 40% 7 70%

Preview to Next Week

– Saturday: The Rebel Stakes (Grade 2) – 3 Year Olds – 1 1/16th miles – Purse: $600,000

– Saturday: The Razorback Handicap (Grade 3) – 4 Year Old Males and Upward – 1 1/16th miles – Purse: $200,000

– Saturday: The Azeri Handicap (Grade 3) – 4 Year Old Fillies and Mares and Upward – 1 1/16th miles – Purse: $200,000

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