Derby Kitten, (seen here) is a Kitten’s Joy colt, won today’s, GIII Coolmore/Lexington Stakes by 1 1/2 length, for 3yo’s only, going 1 1/16 mile, for a purse of $200,000, on “Last Call” day for Derby earnings here at Keeneland!
Coming 2nd by that 1 1/2 length was Prime Cut, 3rd was Casper’s Touch back another 3/4 length and your super ticket was filled out by Silver Medallion back another 2 3/4 lengths!
Derby Kitten sat dead-last for most of his trip here today, letting Silver Medallion, Casper’s Touch and Prime Cut slug it out on the front end here today! Then he came blasting home “downthestretch” passing all the early leaders to win today!
Some Take Aways,
No one earned enough Graded Stakes money to make the Derby field in two weeks! So “Last Call” had no takers here today!
Derby Kitten will be a fine 3yo turf horse off of his effort here today, as he rated nicely at the back of the pack and stormed home in a fine stretch run. Just like a good turfing horse should. So Colonial Downs and the Virginia Derby preps should be next for him!
Silver Medallion still has enough earnings to make this year’s Derby field but after today’s effort do they really want to run him in Louisville, 2 weeks hence?
Casper’s Touch and Prime Cut have fine racing days in front of them yet but not in Louisville anytime soon!
So how’d we do here for you today ? How about a complete board sweep of exactas, tri’s and super cash-outs!
Yes, we do know this place like we own it and we do right now as we rolled thru all the Graded Stakes races for a 2nd Saturday in a row at Keeneland picking up win ticket, after win ticket.
So thanks to our friends at Keeneland we’ve amassed quite a nice pot for all our Kentucky Derby day wagering needs in 2 weeks, as we played them, just the way we called them! Hope you did too!
So it’s on to Louisville now, just a fair-piece down I-64, for the beginning of the 2011 “Triple Crown” season with the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby just 2 Saturdays from now! It should be a wild one!
The morning line fav here is Cal Nation at 2/1. Cal Nation is coming out of that much-ballyhooed Allowance contest at Gulfstream with City Dance on Mar. 19th where he finished 2nd by a nose, after a bobbling-start! His, but a pair of career starts which puts us off him just a bit and 2/1 seems a bit over done so don’t solo him anywhere!
At 5/2 is Astrology fresh off his 2nd place finish in the GIII Sunland Derby last month! So maybe the mile distance will be more to his liking and set him up for a Preakness run! Tri’s and Supers for him if the sign’s are right!
At 5/1 brings us an odd pair in Justin Phillips and Adios Charlie!
Adios Charlie has but 2 sprints to his resume with the last one a 6 1/2 f maiden test win at Gulfstream in Mar. 5/1 sounds like a bit of a gift here, so supers for him only!
Justin Phillips well what can we say about him we haven’t already said at this blog in the past. His recent 3rd here in the GIII Bayshore Stakes is a step in the right direction but he’d have to win here to get our attention again! Super-size him until he does!
At 6/1 is Rattlesnake Bridge loser to Uncle Mo in that Timely Writer Stakes at Gulfstream over the winter! But it was a good 2nd in that mile contest and like Mr’s Charlie and Cal here, the two lifetime starts give us some pause but not enough to keep him out of our exotics thinking! Tri’s and supers for him, as well!
Out at 15, 20 and 30/1 are Gallant Dreams, Isn’t He Prefect and Starship Caesar respectively!
Perfect and Caesar are both late of Wood Memorial outings 5th and 7th respectively and are no real threat here tomorrow and Gallant Dreams is coming off a bumpy start to finish 3rd in that same Timely Writer Stakes, back a full 2 seconds behind Uncle Mo’s winning time that day! So a super, maybe, for him!
So we’ll try Cal Nation, Astrology with Rattlesnake Bridge and Justin Phillips in boxed tri’s and super in Adios Charlie and Gallant Dreams somewhere!
So Aqueduct closes its doors to live racing until Breeders’ Cup time in the fall this Saturday and next Friday, Belmont Park takes the “Big Apple’s” thoroughbred racing reigns as they prepare for the 3rd leg of the “Triple Crown Trail” this year!
This Saturday, the “Keeneland Graded-Stakes barkeeper” will announce “Last Call” time for any and all 3yo’s seeking graded stakes earnings and maybe a late invite to the big dance down I64!
WEATHER UPDATE: Keeneland’s weather today calls for rain and strong afternoon storms, so you may need to get out your rainy-day playbook everyone!
Live feed: This race can be seen live at DRF this Afternoon!
Yes, it’s “closing time” for the 3yo prep season and the “last round” this year will be served out on the Keeneland poly-track this Saturday in the GIII Coolmore/Lexington Stakes, for 3yo’s only, going 1 1/16 mile for a Cool/Lex$200,000 purse!
A field of just six has been assembled for this final “Swig” at a gate in thoroughbred racing’s biggest show!
So lets look over this fine field of equine-manhood starting with the M/L favorite in Silver Medallion at odds of 8/5.
Silver Medallion is a California shipper who came up a tired 4th in the Santa Anita Derby last time out! But previously, he did win the El Camino at Golden Gate Park over their version of “Poly”! So he does have “winning poly experiences” on his resume! He mostly here to pick up some much-needed graded stakes earning as he’s one of the Derby bubble-boys this year and a board hit would most probably send him on down I64 to Louisville! So if he’s gotta have a board hit that he’s gotta be in your exotics thinking here Saturday!
At 3/1 is Casper’s Touch up from the Florida circuit this winter! We thought Casper’s Touch was an up and coming 3yo over the winter with a nice 1 1/8 mile allowance effort at Gulfstream where he got tangled up in the stretch with El Grayling and had to check hard but still got loose to come a close 2nd to, “wait for it”, Shackleford! He then got severely outgunned in the GIIFountain of Youth with a poor 7th there, but rebounded with a win in a 7f tilt here at Keeneland on 4/8/11. So does Casper have the Touch here on Saturday, well tri’s and super’s would be fine for him here!
At 7/2 is Prime Cut who is up here, after wintering at the Fair Grounds where he was 4 for 4 at hitting the board there, mostly in Allowance efforts. His final effort there was a 1 and 70 win over another horse we had our eye on this year in Bind! Although this is his first trip to the poly, he’s a good entry here as his connections are looking toward bigger and better things from him. No, even with a win here he won’t make the Derby field but a Preakness run wouldn’t be out of the question with a win here on Saturday! Tri’s and supers for him!
At 4/1 is Derby Kitten, a Kitten’s Joy colt, with a fairly long resume for a 3yo, starting in 8 , mostly turf races so far! His last two outings were a pair of 2nd’s in two Florida turfing Stakes. So this 3yo is battle-tested and is on the come right now, as a GIII test is the next logical step for him. He’s not a Derby horse either, but a goal of, say, the “Virginia Derby” might be in the cards for him off a good showing here! Tri’s and supers for him, as well!
At 6/1 and 15/1 are the final pair for this GIII test in Hurricane Lake and Taptowne!
Hurricane Lake is out of the A.P. Indy line with just a low-level Allowance win at Golden Gate Park last month to his credit, in 5 starts, where he covered a mile in a pedestrian 1:38.93. Looking for a long shot to spice up a super, wait for post time if you are thinking of using him as he’ll probably be double-digits to 1 by then.
Taptowne, out of Tapit, is coming off big runs in Turfway Park’s version of Derby prep races where he finished 3rd in the WEBN Stakes, 2nd in the Joe B Stakes and 5th in the GIII Spiral Stakes last time out! So he has got poly stakes and graded stakes experience and the 15/1 sounds just plain wrong to us here. So if you are looking for that one horse who will blow up this race, well this one might fit that bill here on Saturday! Supers at least for him in this contest!
So we like, Silver Medallion,Casper’s Touch,Prime Cut with Taptowne and Derby Kitten in boxed 50 cent tri’s and cheat 10 cent supers if you can get them here.
Just remember, in a six-horse field like this, the payouts may not be grand, so don’t look for a major killing here because there probably won’t be one. But it’s been a crazy 3yo season so far and it is Keeneland too!
* Note: Jaycito has begged off this race here on Saturday as that foot is still giving him problems! He still has enough earnings to make the Derby field but he is going to be a question mark right up until the last-minute!
So it’s “Last Call” time this weekend at Keeneland for those seeking needed Graded Stakes earnings as the 2011 “Derby Trail” now fully transitions to the 2011 “Triple Crown Trail” and the first stop will be Louisville and the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby, just a scant 2 weeks away now!