Undefeated champion Nyquist drew post No. 13 and was pegged as the 3-1 favorite for Saturday’s 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby during Wednesday’s post-position draw in the Aristides Lounge at Churchill Downs.
A week after trying to run two rivals off the race course – and succeeding with one – at the Grand National, Senior Senator became the youngest Maryland Hunt Cup winner in 53 years Saturday with a front-running, logic-defying triumph for raw ability.
The 6-year-old rated deep in a field of 13 over the first two fences, then began to work toward the front at the third, a 4-foot-9 beast of full rails and solid posts. In front over the fourth, where a loose horse caused calamity for some, Senior Senator added to his lead with big leaps at the fifth and sixth and was 20 lengths clear over the seventh and eighth.
Kentucky Derby Week is underway. Technically it started Sunday, like every other week every month, every year. Still, you get the point. It’s Tuesday and it’s Derby Week.
Boyd Martin laughed at the thought. It was moments after winning the Asheville Regional Airport $75,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase on Blackfoot Mystery in February.
“I feel sorry for the jockeys who have ever ridden him,” Martin said.
There were three.
Fasig-Tipton's yearling inspection team paid a visit to Hurstland Farm April 13 to check out the nominees to the Saratoga sale. Photos by Linzay Marks.
The very first horse I syndicated in the first stable I set up to race horses owned by a group of racing partners was Political Ambition, the latest in This Is Horse Racing’s Horse Who Changed Everything feature, presented by EMBRACE THE RACE.
ST Publishing, publishers of the daily newspaper The Saratoga Special and the racing website This Is Horse Racing, will team for the third consecutive year with the New York Thoroughbred Breeders to produce a commemorative program for the organization’s Annual Awards Banquet this spring.
With 30 horses during the recently concluded meet at Saratoga and 40 at Belmont Park, Rudy Rodriguez was busy. Asked about making an appointment for a Stable Tour, Rodriguez laughed, “I’m here all day.”
Many would consider entering a winless horse in the nation’s biggest and most recognizable race to be unthinkable, illogical or even just plain stupid.
The last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of April do funny things to hours, minutes and seconds on certain Thoroughbred farms in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. It’s time for the Maryland Cup, North America’s oldest and most traditional steeplechase race.