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Jockey Rosie Napravnik is in the midst of her first full meet at Churchill Downs, but will take a break from riding beneath the Twin Spires this weekend to head to Pimlico Race Course, where she achieved her first victory nearly eight years ago.
Several Churchill Downs trainers are picking Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) winner Orb to win Saturday’s Preakness (GI) and are expecting the Malibu Moon colt to head to Belmont with a shot to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner.
With trainer Al Stall Jr. and jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. watching from the grandstand, Illinois Derby (Grade III) winner Departing worked a half-mile in :50.40 over a fast track at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning.
Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s homebred Good Deed, making her turf debut, took the lead out of the gate under Shaun Bridgmohan and cruised to a 4 1/4-length victory over Palazzo Babe in the $64,418 Unbridled Sidney for fillies and mares Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm’s Mylute, the fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), is a go for the Preakness.
Gary and Mary West’s Power Broker grabbed the lead at the top of stretch and drew off to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $51,384 allowance feature for 3-year-olds and up on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Power Broker completed the 1 1/16 miles on a sloppy track in 1:44.59.
GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm’s Mylute galloped 1 ½ miles under Maurice Sanchez shortly after the track opened for training Friday morning. A decision on the Preakness status of the fifth-place Kentucky Derby finisher will be made tomorrow morning.
Peter Callahan’s Hitechnoweenie surged to the front at the head of the stretch en route to a 5 ¼-length victory over favored Pedestrian in the $50,936 feature for fillies and mares on Thursday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Seven weeks after capping off his 27th birthday with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) on Fort Larned, jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. was on a roll at Fair Grounds with four victories from eight mounts.
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s Orb rallied from far off the pace to take command in mid-stretch en route to a 2 ½-length victory over longshot Golden Soul to win the 139th running of the $2,174,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) before a crowd of 151,616 on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Morton Fink’s homebred star Wise Dan overwhelmed six rivals to win the 27th running of the $546,400 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I), by 4 ¾ lengths over Optimizer at Churchill Downs.
Maggi Moss’ Delaunay swept past Trinniberg at the head of the stretch and drew off to a four-length victory in the 79th running of the $443,600 Churchill Downs presented by TwinSpires.com (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Tom Amoss and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Delaunay covered the seven furlongs on the sloppy main track in 1:22.35.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s homebred Stephanie’s Kitten, making her first start in more than six months, outgamed defending champion Hungry Island by a neck to win the 28th running of the $288,750 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile presented by Longines (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
James Spence’s homebred Aubby K disposed of pacesetting Jamaican Smoke in the upper stretch en route to a 1 1/2-length victory in the 27th running of the $345,600 Humana Distaff (Grade I), the first of three Grade I races on the Kentucky Derby Day program at Churchill Downs.
Stud Sampaio’s Berlino Di Tiger (BRZ) held off a late charge from 2009 race winner Chamberlain Bridge by a nose to win the 19th running of the $138,250 Twin Spires Turf Sprint presented by RAM (Grade III), the first of six graded stakes on the Kentucky Derby Day program at Churchill Downs.
PRINCESS OF SYLMAR / UNLIMITED BUDGET / DREAMING OF JULIA / SILSITA – The report on the four Kentucky Oaks (GI) fillies out of the Todd Pletcher barn was all positive Saturday morning following their major impact on the rich 3-year-old filly classic.
King of Prussia Stable’s Princess of Sylmar, the second-longest shot on the board at 38-1, caught Beholder in deep stretch to win the 139th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) for 3-year-old fillies by a half-length before the second-largest Oaks Day crowd in history, 113,820.
Martin Schwartz and Dell Ridge Farm’s Noble Tune, benefiting from a ground-saving trip under Javier Castellano, rocketed to the front in upper stretch and cruised to a 1 3/4-length victory over Admiral Kitten in the 22th running of the $234,200 American Turf presented by TwinSpires.com (Grade II) for 3-year-olds on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
WinStar Farm and Chuck and Maribeth Sandford’s Take Charge Indy swept past pace-setting Right to Vote at the head of the stretch and drew off for a six-length victory in the 10th running of the $339,900 Alysheba presented by Besilu Stables (Grade II) for 4-year-olds and up on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Maggi Moss’ So Many Ways charged past a tight pack of fillies in deep stretch to win the 58th running of the $177,150 Eight Belles presented by Xerox (Grade III) for 3-year-olds by a half-length over Fusaichiswonderful on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.