As if he needed it, Todd Pletcher has a potential seventh horse to vie for Kentucky Derby honors next Saturday, as his 2 trainees in Forty Tales with that white-hot Joel Rosario on board and Capo Bastone, came 1-2 in tonight’s $175,000, GIII Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial Stakes, for 3yo’s, going a 1-turn mile over a not so “fast” Churchill main track!
The 2013, $175,00, GIII Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial Stakesdemarcate two separate events on Saturday evening at Churchill Downs, it begins the graded stakes season for the spring meet here and ends the 2013 Derby Trail for this year’s class of 3yo’s.
The final 20 Derby Points for 2013 are up in the air here on Saturday night for group of 9 of them, as they’ll test themselves at a 1-turn mile distance over the hallowed Churchill main as the feature race here on Churchill’s opening night!
Todd Pletcher is sending out a pair from off his very deep bench of 3yo’s in Capo Bastone , 3rd in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile tussle and Forty Tales , 5th in the GIII Swale Stakes at Gulfstream last month.
The D. Wayne Lucas barn has a pair of 3yo’s in mind for this Saturday evening leg stretcher in Titletown Five , who is expected to be the early speed but faded to 9th in the GII Louisiana Derby last out and team-mate Tour Guide also a potential early speed and is also coming off a distant finish last out in a $75k Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn!
The Baffert barn is bringing Zee Bros with Mike Smith on board so they’re taking this race seriously, is coming a top flight Mdn win at Santa Anita going 7f in 1:22 flat and getting a 105 speed rating from Bris for the effort!
Officer Alex , comes in off a win in that aforementioned $75k Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn last out covering f’s in 1:10.4 to win by just a nose with a late kick!
So, Churchill Downs christens its 2013 graded stakes season this Saturday night with this 1-mile thriller for 3yo’s only as all derby trails now lead to Louisville, Churchill Downs and the 139th running of the GI Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands, just a scant 11 days from now!
The 2013 Kentucky Derby trail comes to its end here in Louisville this Saturday evening at, where else but Churchill Downs, in the opening night feature for the spring/summer meet in the $175,000, GIII Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial Stakes, for 3yo’s, going a 1-turn mile over that hallowed Churchill Downs main track with the final 20 derby points also up for grabs for the winner!
So, the 2013 Derby Trail season officially ends here at Churchill Downs on Saturday evening as the 2013 thoroughbred season turns a page and begins to write its “Triple Crown” chapter a week from Saturday here in Louisville, under the hallowed twin-spires of Churchill Downs in the 139th running of the $2,000,000, GI Kentucky Derby, Presented by Yum Brands!
Winning Cause , another 3yo out of that seemingly bottomless Todd Pletcher reservoir of 3yo’s, picked up 20 Kentucky Derby Points in a solid stretch move to win by 1 length in today’s $200,000, GIII Coolmore Lexington Stakes, at 1 1/16 mile over a “fast” Keeneland poly track!
2nd. went toGeneral Election at 34/1 and winner of the Battaglia Stakes at Turfway Park 2 back.
3rd. toPick of the Litter , and Cerro , rounding out the superfecta with just a couple of necks separating the 2nd, 3rd and 4th horses here today!
Trainer, Todd Pletcher said, he wants to see how Winning Cause , comes out of this race before making any possible derby moves! If he runs again in Louisville on May 4th it would be his 3rd race in 4 weeks!
Payouts and Winning Time,
Age Restriction: Three Year Old
Distance: One And One Sixteenth Miles On The All Weather Track