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The early nomination deadline is fast approaching for owners and trainers who are pointing young racing stars in their care to the 139th running of the $1 million-guaranteed Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies on Friday, May 3 at Churchill Downs.
Champion Shanghai Bobby (#17) and rising star Violence (#21) are expected to vie for the role of individual favorite, but Churchill Downs Racetrack oddsmaker Mike Battaglia believes the “All Others” (#24) betting interest will be a strong fans’ choice in the first of three pools of the 2013 Kentucky Der
Champion Shanghai Bobby Leads Large Pletcher Team Among 369 Horses Nominated to 2013 Triple Crown Series
The early nomination period for the three races in the American Triple Crown has concluded with 369 3-year-old Thoroughbreds based in the United States and abroad eligible to bid for a rare sweep of the series of classic races that includes the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
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.