Betting Line paced the fastest mile by a 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track, romping to a four-length win over Racing Hill in 1:47.2 on Saturday night in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
Mohaymen and Nyquist — both unbeaten — will put their perfect records on the line Saturday in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The race is the final Florida prep for the Kentucky Derby.
The Florida Derby may shape up as a two-horse race between juggernauts Mohaymen and Nyquist. But that didn’t stop the connections of eight challengers from entering their horses to face the two heavyweights — and heavy favorites — for Saturday’s 65th running at Gulfstream Park.
It was all Mohaymen in the Fountain of Youth Stakes. The unbeaten colt and 2-5 favorite cruised to another easy victory, confirming his status as the nation’s top-ranked contender for the Kentucky Derby on May 7.
Only six horses are taking part in the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday — the smallest field for the historic race in 18 years. But what the race for rising 3-year-olds lacks in size, it more than makes up for in sizzle.
Making her third lifetime start and first in a stakes, Richard and Bertram Klein’s Cash Back kept her unbeaten record intact with a 1 3/4-length victory in Saturday’s $75,000 Melody of Colors for 3-year-old fillies at Gulfstream Park.
It was dark by the time they opened the starting gate for the Donn Handicap, making it difficult to make out the horses. But when the select field of older horses turned into the stretch, Mshawish was the first to reach the lights at the finish.
As much as he admired the horse, Kiaran McLaughlin wasn’t sorry to see American Pharoah hang up his racing shoes and retire to stud. Three times the 55-year-old Kentucky native took a shot at American Pharoah with his own 3-year-old, Frosted, and three times he fell short.