$200 K Twilight Derby Appetizing Undercard Race on BC Friday
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Wed 29/10/2014 - 01:12 EDT
The $200,000 Grade 2 Twilight Derby is the third of four undercard stakes races preceding the four Breeders’ Cup Friday races October 31 at Santa Anita.
Run at a mile and a quarter on the turf for three year-old colts, the Twilight Derby attracts a field of twelve led by 3/1 morning line favorite Ring Weekend who exits a pair of Grade 3 stakes victories in New York. Trained by Graham Motion, Ring Weekend has recorded two wins and two second place finishes in four lifetimes starts on the turf. His last two starts in the Grade 3 Saranac and Grade 3 Hill Prince both resulted in victories at the mile and one eighth distance employing an identical stalk and pounce style. He will be ridden by John Velazquez who rode the colt to victory in the Saranac.
Talco makes second U.S start for Sadler
Ring Weekend could face a serious challenge from 8/1 outsider Talco who ran third August 31 in the Grade 2 Del Mar Derby – his first start for trainer John Sadler after racing in France. With just seven career starts under his belt, Talco is still lightly raced and could benefit from the extra training. His October 26 workout from six furlongs -1:13 with dogs up – suggests he is doing well and ready to fire.
Always honest Divine Oath hard to knock
Divine Oath (9/2) sandwiched a pair of Grade 3 victories around a sixth place finish in the Grade 1 Secretariat in his last three starts. The Todd Pletcher trainee has four win in six lifetimes starts on the grass.
One of the most historic - and controversial - editions of the Kentucky Derby is in the books and the next leg of the US Triple Crown moves to Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course for the running of the Preakness Stakes. The 1 3/16 test over the Pimlico dirt track is drawing a wide-open field of three-year-old thoroughbreds gunning for the $1.5 million purse.
Led to the gate by pre-race morning line favorite Omaha Beach, a full field of 20 are set to line up for the 145th Kentucky Derby on late Saturday afternoon. They're running for a total purse of $3 million on the 1 1/4 mile Churchill dirt course and making their bid to follow 2018 winner Justify as Triple Crown champions.
The $100,000 Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes July 2 at Churchill Downs features a field of nine up-and-coming two year olds in a race that may be as confusing as it is competitive.
With the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster the centerpiece of a stellar Downs After Dark racing card June 18 at Churchill Downs, the expected field of seven older runners presents an interesting handicapping puzzle.