Weekly Recap: A crop rich with sprinters

Heading into this weekend it was quite clear heading into this weekend that there are some talented three year-olds in this crop.  We’ve seen sensational performances going long (I Want Revenge, Quality Road), going short (This Ones For Phil, Notonthesamepage) and on synthetics (Pioneerof the Nile).  The featured event of the weekend was the Derby Trial (G3), the highlight of the opening week at Churchill Downs.  However, it was a three year-old earlier on the card that garnered the most attention under the Twin Spires.  Let’s take a look at some of the best performances of the weekend:

Withers:

Prudence is a very underrated aspect of horse ownership and when West Point Thoroughbreds announced that Mr. Fantasy was off the Derby trail it was clear they were making a prudent move.  They were rewarded with a nifty victory by their son of E Dubai in the Withers as he rode the rails while a rival lost his way on the backstretch.  He was quite game in the stretch drive and held off the aforementioned This Ones For Phil, who encountered some trouble at the quarter pole.  The preliminary plans for Mr. Fantasy are to go to the Preakness, which could be a poor decision given this guy’s seeming disinterest in going long.

Click here to watch the Withers.

Derby Trial

The Derby Trial looked like Silver City’s turn to vindicate himself for two poor efforts going long at Oaklawn Park.  The 7.5 furlongs seemed to be right up his alley and his inside post made saving some ground simple.  Unfortunately, races aren’t run on paper and Silver City did very little running in actuality.  He was with the pace for some time but when it came to crunch time Hull was there to take over and he finished gamely to score.  He’s now 3 for 3 and has won sprinting on dirt at Fair Grounds, on the Polytrack at Turfway and on the dirt at Churchill.  Like Mr. Fantasy, they’re looking to send this guy to the Preakness, which would be a regrettable decision given that he looks like  a promising sprinter.

Click here to watch the Derby Trial.

Churchill Allowance

Yes, we’re going to take a look at an allowance race from Saturday at Churchill.  It was the performance of Cash Refund, a  son of Petionville out of the talented mare Swept Away, that had everyone talking on Sunday morning. (http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-raci…urchill-opener)  He contested very fast fractions, took over when ready and drew off powerfully through the Churchill stretch to win by seven lengths.  He beat a decent field and did it with such dominance that he is clearly ready to try stakes company.  Early reports are that his Beyer figure was 110.  Look for him in the Matt Winn on May 16 where he may run into recent Bay Shore winner Capt. Candyman Can. 

Click here to watch the Cash Refund annihilation of an allowance field

Still to come this week in our little piece of cybserspace is a preview of the opening week at Belmont which begins Wednesday.  As far as Derby coverage, keep an eye out for our 2nd annual Contender Profiles, which will offer detailed descriptions of every contender.  Enjoy your Derby week and to get the juices flowing we’ll leave you with a montage of Derby stretch runs from 1987 to 2006.  See you Tuesday!

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One Response to “Weekly Recap: A crop rich with sprinters”

  1. Pat Cummings Says:

    Looking forward to hearing your sage advice!

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