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Owners and trainers of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds who dream that their young horses will participate in the 2013 Triple Crown races have only a few days remaining to make their horses eligible during its early nomination period to compete in the coveted series of American classics that includes the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
The 139th annual runnings of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Churchill Downs Racetrack has established dates for three wagering pools for its Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) and a single pool for its Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”) in 2013.
Scheduled dates for the trio of three-day, Friday-through-Sunday wagering pools in the Kentucky Derby Future Wager are:
Jockey Miguel Mena capped a lucrative weekend at Churchill Downs by guiding 30-1 longshot Keep Up to a half-length win over 4-5 favorite Boisterous in the 35th running of the Grade III, $115,700 River City Handicap on closing day of the 21-day Fall Meet.
Uncaptured stamped himself as an early favorite for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) after a outlasting a tenacious Frac Daddy in deep stretch to win Saturday’s 86th running of the $171,150 Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) at Churchill Downs by a neck.
Somewhat reminiscent of 2009 Kentucky Derby-winner Mine That Bird, a horse that was privately purchased after racing in Canada sprung a major upset beneath the Twin Spires.
Shackleford, the popular multi-millionaire who triumphed in last year’s Preakness Stakes (Grade I), finished his stellar career in style with a front-running one-length victory over Take Charge Indy in Friday’s 138th running of the $447,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) at Churchill Downs.
Phipps Stable’s Boisterous, winner of the Red Smith Handicap (Grade II) and Knickerbocker (GIII) in his last two starts, will carry the top weight of 124 pounds when he faces 11 rivals in Sunday’s 35th running of the $100,000-added River City Handicap (GIII) for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs.
Afleeting Lady, the older half-sister of multiple Grade I-winner Shackleford, collected her third straight stakes win with a 2 ¼-length triumph over Brushed by a Star in the 97th running of the Grade II, $162,450 Falls City Handicap on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs.
Iroquois Racing Club LLC’s Gal About Town, runner-up to Sign in the Pocahontas (Grade II), headlines a competitive field of nine 2-year-old fillies entered for Saturday’s 69th running of the $150,000-added Golden Rod (GII) at Churchill Downs.