For the 160,000 people crammed into Churchill Downs on Derby Day, picture-taking can run neck-and-neck with betting and sipping mint juleps amid a winning field of photo opportunities: sleek racehorses, daring fashion statements, celebrities and the twin spires.
Great Britain’s Scott Brash and 9-year-old gelding Hello Forever edged Qatar’s Sheikh Ali Bin Khalid Al Thani and 12-year-old Concordija by less than a tenth of a second Friday at the 43rd American Invitational show jumping competition.
The horses that are the celebrities of the show jumping spectacle get everything they need to leap high. They are the opera stars of sport. Not even LeBron James is as pampered as Cedric, the venerable freckled gray champion, or Hello Sanctos, the Olympic gold medalist.
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.