Charles Fipke’s latest Grade I winner, Seeking the Soul, exited Saturday’s Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) win in great shape and may take aim on the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (GI) on Jan. 27, according to trainer Dallas Stewart.
“It’s such an honor to win the Clark,” Stewart said. “I hope he’s the second horse in the barn that will be in the Pegasus. We’ll see. I just want to enjoy this win a little longer and I’ll get with Mr. Fipke to figure it out. He’s in great shape after the race.”
Fipke and Stewart’s Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (Grade I) winner Forever Unbridled also is targeting the lucrative 1 1/8-mile race at Gulfstream Park.
‘ALL OTHERS’ EARLY 3-1 FAVORITE IN KENTUCKY DERBY FUTURE WAGER POOL 1 – The popular #24 “All Others” was the 3-1 early favorite through the first two days of wagering in Pool 1 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager.
The overall individual favorite in the future wager was Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) beaten favorite #2 Bolt d’Oro at 4-1. Other early favorites in the future wager include Good Magic (#10, 10-1); McKinzie (#14, 12-1); Montauk (#16, 13-1); and Principe Guilherme (#17, 16-1).
This week’s Derby Futures pool, which coincides with the lone Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager, is the first of four pool that will be conducted in the months leading up to the 2018 running of the famed “Run for the Roses.” Through two days of wagering, offspring sired by Medaglia d’Oro, including Bolt d’Oro, was the 9-2 early favorite.
Winning mutuel payouts on the $2 minimum bet will be determined by the odds that are in place at the conclusion wagering on Sunday at 6 p.m. (EST).
Kentucky Derby Future Wager Past Performances: http://www.brisnet.com/brisnet_promos/Derby18Future1.pdf
Kentucky Derby Sire Future Wager Past Performances: http://www.brisnet.com/brisnet_promos/Derby18SirePPs.pdf
For more information and live odds visit: https://www.kentuckyderby.com/wager/future-wager
MEET LEADERS – Perennial leading rider Corey Lanerie begins Saturday with a near-insurmountable 33-16 win lead over Ricardo Santana Jr. in the jockey standings as he attempts to secure his 15th Churchill Downs riding title in the last 17 meets. Julien Leparoux is third with 15 victories. … In the trainer standings, Louisville-native Brad Cox holds a three win lead over Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen 12-9 wins. Cox collected his first Churchill Downs training title in September when he tied for the lead with Kenny McPeek. Eddie Kenneally was third in the Fall standings with eight victories. … There was a four-way tie atop the owner’s standings between Randy Patterson, Stoneway Farm, Walking L Thoroughbreds, and Churchill Downs’ all-time leading owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, each with three victories. The Ramseys are hoping to secure their 30th Churchill Downs crown as the top owners.
MILESTONE WATCH – Entering the penultimate day of the Fall Meet, trainer Greg Foley (399) was one win away from 400 career victories beneath the historic Twin Spires while trainer Ian Wilkes is targeting 200 career victories at Churchill Downs (197 wins). Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. was three wins away from 200 career victories at Churchill Downs. … Trainer Mike Maker was three wins away from 2,000 career victories.
FREE ONLINE BRISNET PAST PERFORMANCES FOR CHURCHILL DOWNS – Brisnet.com is offering horseplayers complimentary past performances for each day’s races at the Churchill Downs Fall Meet. To download the free Churchill Downs past performances online, guests can visit: https://www.brisnet.com/product/past-performances/FPP.
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DOWN THE STRETCH – Saturday’s 20-cent Single 6 Jackpot has a carryover of $87,305 and will begin in Race 7 at 3:57 p.m.