LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Orb’s impressive victory in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby overshadowed what otherwise was a disappointing race for several horses that ran at Gulfstream Park this year.
Charming Kitten finished ninth for the second-best finish among the seven Kentucky Derby entrants that raced at Gulfstream.
Itsmyluckyday, one of this year’s Gulfstream stars, finished 15th in the 19-horse field. Itsmyluckyday won this year’s Gulfstream Park Derby and Holy Bull (Grade 3).
On March 30, he finished second to Orb in the Florida Derby (Grade 1). Orb also won this year’s Fountain of Youth (Grade 2).
Verrazano, another prominent 3-year-old at Gulfstream this year, finished 14th. He was second behind Palace Malice after a fast half-mile of 45.33 seconds and gradually fell back in the field.
Palace Malice, another horse that raced at Gulfstream — Verrazano and Charming Kitten — are among the five Kentucky Derby horses trained by Todd Pletcher.
“That fast pace was just no good for him,” Pletcher said of Verrazano. “He just couldn’t handle it [the sloppy track].”
Verrazano had won all four of his previous starts.
After wining two races at Gulfstream, he won the Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs and the Wood Memorial (Grade 1) at Aqueduct.
The other Kentucky Derby results for horses that raced at Gulfstream were Frac Daddy at 16th and Falling Sky at 19th.
Charming Kitten was a star in Gulfstream turf stakes. He won the Kittens Joy and finished second in the Palm Beach (Grade 3) and Dania Beach.
The Kentucky Derby was Charming Kitten’s first race on a dirt track. He was never better than eighth at any call in the race.
Charming Kitten did “not have any kick left after rounding the final turn,” said his rider Edgar Prado.
Trinniber, whose home track is Calder, finished seventh on Saturday in the seven-furlong Churchill Downs Stakes (Grade 2).
Trinniber, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner, sped through the first half-mile of the seven-furlong stakes that was won by Delunay.
Awesome Belle beat Canadian Mistress by a nose on Saturday in the Mairzy Doates at Calder Casino & Race Course.
Awesome Belle was ridden by Fernando Jara and won the 1 1/16 mile stakes in 1:46.93. The race was scheduled for turf but was moved to dirt due to rains late last week.
Stan Gold trains Awesome Belle for owner Fred Brei. Calder will have 10 races on Sunday with first post time of 12:50 p.m.
The featured ninth race is the $55,000 Sumter at one mile and 70 yards on dirt for 3-year-olds and up.