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James Covello, AJ Suited Racing Stable and trainer Brian Lynch’s Power Alert (AUS) took the lead shortly after the start and then held off a late bid from Undrafted to win 21strunning of the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (GIII) Presented by Twinspires.com by three-quarters of a length.
Sumaya U.S. Stables’ Protonico, passed in the stretch by Noble Bird, battled back on the inside to post a head victory in the 12th running of the $400,000 Alysheba (GII) Presented by Big Fish Games.
Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, Protonico covered the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track in 1:42.34.
Bill Cubbedge’s Molly Morgan ducked inside of pace-setting Sweet Whiskey at the head of the stretch, spurted clear of the field and then held off late bids from favored Sheer Drama and Gold Medal Dancer to win the 30th running of the $300,000 La Troienne (GI) Presented by Twinspires.com by three-quarters of a length.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Feathered, making her grass debut, took the lead out of the gate and repulsed a stretch bid from favored Quality Rocks to win the 30th running of the $150,000 Edgewood (GIII) Presented by Forcht Bank for 3-year-old fillies by two lengths.
Scratch time for the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) passed at 9 a.m. Friday with no further defections from Saturday’s field thus leaving Charles Fipke’s Tale of Verve on the outside looking in.
Churchill Downs stewards were notified Thursday afternoon that Stonestreet Stables, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’sStanford would not run in Saturday’s $2,203,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI). His defection enables Mossarosa’s Frammento to secure the No. 20 spot in the starting gate and leave Charles Fipke’s Tale of Verve as the lone also-eligible.
Ocho Ocho Ocho (Post position 1, morning line 50-1) – Jim Cassidy (trainer) – “It is what it is. It’s a tough spot but what are you going to do? My plan, to be honest with you, is still to take hold and sit in the second flight. I’ve got to think Carpe Diem and a couple of those others are going to go but I don’t want to go with them, or sit behind. That’s what I’m going to talk to Elvis [Trujillo] about.”
Baffert Duo of Champion American Pharoah, Undefeated Dortmund Head Full Field of 20 Plus Two Also-Eligibles for Kentucky Derby 141
Zayat Stables’ champion 2-year-old of 2014 American Pharoah and Kaleem Shah’s undefeated Dortmund, both trained by three-time Kentucky Derby winner Bob Baffert, headline a field 20 horses and two also-eligibles entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 141st running of the $2,203,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs.
Stephanie’s Kitten Takes on Males in Woodford Reserve, Champion Judy The Beauty Faces Seven in Humana Distaff, Breeders’ Cup Classic Winner Bayern Returns in Churchill Downs, Coffee Clique Eyes Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Repeat
Stephanie’s Kitten Takes on Males in Woodford Reserve, Champion Judy The Beauty Faces Seven in Humana Distaff, Breeders’ Cup Classic Winner Bayern Returns in Churchill Downs, Coffee Clique Eyes Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Repeat, Conquest Typhoon Headlines American Turf, Undefeated Competitive Edge Tops Pat Day Mile
Godolphin Racing’s Wood Memorial (GI) winner Frosted and Ralph Evans’ ultra-consistent Upstart made their initial morning training appearances at Churchill Downs Wednesday. The two colts had arrived from South Florida Tuesday afternoon for Saturday’s 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI).