Luis Saez will be thinking of his late brother Juan on Saturday when he rides Itsaknockout in the Florida Derby at Gulfstream. It’s a critical race on the road to the Kentucky Derby and another milestone in Saez’s blossoming career.
Despite landing the outside post in the field of nine for the major Kentucky Derby prep, track oddsmakers listed Upstart as the 8-5 favorite to prevail in South Florida’s biggest thoroughbred race of the year.
Trainer Richard Violette Jr. is hoping Upstart keeps his nose aimed directly toward the finish line in Saturday’s Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park for a redemptive victory that would validate his status as the top 3-year-old on the East Coast.
Classic Point outran Sweet Whiskey down the stretch and outlasted a late bid from long shot You Bought Her to win the $200,000 Inside Information (G2) on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. It was the first win for Jimmy Jerkens since his father’s death at age 85 on Wednesday following a short illness.
Wildcat Red was red hot at Gulfstream Park a year ago. Now, after failing to find success at other race tracks over the course of his 2014 campaign, the colt returns in search of comeback at the spot where he has done his best racing.
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Materiality, another 3-year-old trained by Todd Pletcher, won Saturday's Florida Derby and entered the NTRA 3-year-old poll in the fifth spot five weeks ahead of the Kentucky Derby.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (SportsNetwork.com) - Horse of the Year California Chrome is now scheduled to make his next start at Royal Ascot in England after finishing second in the $10 million Dubai World Cup.