Imperative, found that lightning does strike twice in the same place as the 2014 Charles Town Classic winner found the finish line first (by a neck) again in this year’s sloppy track edition of the $1.25 Million, GII Charles Town Classic Stakesat Charles Town Races today.
N.Y. invader Matt King Coal, was a very game 2nd but did battled hard all the way down the home stretch, 3rd went an equally game War Story, with Bodhisattva, coming from the back of the pack to fill out today’s superfecta!
Race favorite Stanford, faded to an off the board and tired looking fifth finish after slugging it out in the slop with 80/1 shot Cautious Giant, on the front end in the early stages!
Classic Empire, rallied uplate in deep stretch to win by 1/2 length today’s GI Arkansas Derby putting him back in the Kentucky Derby conversation with 132 points.
Conquest Mo Money, took the runner -up spot and the 40 Derby Points to put him on the road to Louisville, whileLookin At Lee, took 3rd back another length back also with a big late run asSonneteer, 2nd in the GII Rebel Stakes last time filled out today’s super!
Malagacy, the race co-favorite was 5th but still has enough points for a May 6th, Kentucky Derby start!
Tapwrit, did as he has done before here in the GIII Sam Davis as he sat back early on letting the early speed burners like State of Honor, lead the way early on but upon entering the far turn Tapwrit, started threading his way thru his tiring running mates then went around a tired front runner in State of Honor, to roll home to a convincing 4 1/2 lengths win in today’s GII Tampa Bay Derby .
Gunnevera, who was sitting dead last halfway down the back stretch did what any son good of Dialed In would do over this Gulfstream main track as he rallied up quickly 4 wide on the far turn to snag a lead near the top of stretch then rolled home to 5 3/4 lengths and widening win over Practical Jokeand the front-runningThree Rules, who were just heads apart for 2nd and 3rd respectively with Talk Logistics, filling out today’s super for you!
The 2/5 post time favorite in Irish War Cry, could do no better than a very distance 7th finish in this important 2017 Kentucky Derby prep race.
Gunnevera, now with 64 Kentucky Derby Points is the new king of the Derby Points leaderboard this week and gains a May 6th berth into this season’s GI Kentucky Derby off this impressive win.