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The roster of contenders now on the grounds at Churchill Downs has grown to three with the arrivals Repole Stable’s Stay Thirsty, winner of the Gotham (GIII) and stablemate to Derby favorite Uncle Mo, and Michael Lauffer and W.D.
Stronach Stable’s Awesome Feather, the unbeaten 2-year-old filly champion of 2010 and winner of the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I), sits atop 117 talented fillies on the roster of early nominees to compete for a record $1 million purse offered for the 137th running of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Two-Time Turf Champion Gio Ponti, Defending Champ General Quarters Head Nominees to 25th Woodford Reserve Turf Classic
Castleton Lyons’ Gio Ponti, America’s champion turf horse in 2009-10, tops a roster of 79 older grass stars made eligible during the early nomination phase to compete in the silver anniversary renewal of Churchill Downs’ $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) on Kentucky Derby Day, May 7.
Solid Support for Uncle Mo, but 'All Others' is Favored (As Usual) in Opening Pool of Kentucky Derby Futures
There was plenty of support for unbeaten champion Uncle Mo (#23) during three strong days of betting in Churchill Downs’ first Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) pool of 2011, but the final result was very familiar: the mutuel field (#24), or “All Others”, ranked as a solid favorite when betting on the three-day pool concluded early Sunday evening.
Kentucky Derby fans across North America displayed their faith on Saturday in unbeaten champion Uncle Mo’s (#23) chances to win the 137th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), but that was not enough to knock the “All Others” (#24) interest out of the favorite’s spot in the opening pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”).
Fans Favor 'All Others', but Unbeaten Uncle Mo Not Far Behind After Opening Day of Derby Futures Pool 1
The betting interest known as “All Others” has been favored in every opening pool of Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) since the bet was created in 1999, but results of the first day of the 2011 Derby Future bet indicate that Repole Stable’s unbeaten champion Uncle Mo could possess the star power and public support to make history this year.
The Breeders' Cup and Churchill Downs today introduced the official event logo for the 28th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, to be held on November 4-5. The 2011 World Championships, consisting of 14 races and $26 million in purses over the two days, will be run at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby for a record eighth time.
Uncle Mo, the flashy unbeaten winner of the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs in November, enters this year’s 3-year-old season atop the Graded Stakes Earnings list that will likely determine the participants in the field for the 137th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Saturday, May 7.
2011 TRIPLE CROWN NOMINEES
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Headed by unbeaten Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) and Eclipse Award champion Uncle Mo, 364 3-year-old Thoroughbreds have been nominated early as prospects to contest the 2011 renewals of the three classic races that make up American horse racing’s Triple Crown.