On Sunday Bob Baffert, trainer of Jaycito who sat at #19 on the Graded Staked Earnings List and eligible to start in the 137th Kentucky Derby, officially declared him off the Derby trail due to a bruised front right hoof that was not improving.
With Jaycito’s defection, Watch Me Go, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby but a disappointing 6th in the Illinois Derby, his most recent race, moves to #20 on the Grade Stakes Earnings List and now controls his own destiny on May 7th.
One runner who may have sealed his own fate is Silver Medallion. He was sent off as the 6-5 Post Time favorite in Saturday’s $200,000 Gr. 2 Coolmore Lexington Stakes, but ran an uninspiring 4th, leaving him behind a few other runners on Graded Stakes Earnings List. The winner, Derby Kitten is a turf runner and it is doubtful we’ll see him in the Preakness or Belmont Stakes, but the runner-up, Prime Cut could possibly find himself at Pimlico on Preakness Day (May 21st).
Recent Derby workouts… Mucho Macho Man @ CD 7f sy 1.29:20
Stay Thirsty @ CD 5f sy 1.00:00
Answer to Saturday’s Derby trivia question… What active jockey has over 3,000 career victories in 3 different countries, won over 50 different graded stakes races, including 7 Breeders’ Cups but has yet to win a Triple Crown race (Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont)? Corey Nakantani (who will ride Nehro in this years Derby)
In other Derby news, Comma To The Top, the gelding who barely got beat in the Santa Anita Derby will have a new rider for the Derby. Patrick Valenzuela, the 48 year old rider on the southern California circuit gets the mount. He was about 1989 Derby winner Sunday Silence.
If Comma To The Top wins the Derby, he’ll be the tenth gelding in the 137 runnings of the race to do so. Today’s Derby trivia question is… Nine (9) geldings have won the Kentucky Derby, but there have only been two (2) since 1929 when Clyde Van Dusen won. Who are they?
In Preakness news, the Maryland Jockey Club and sports marketing and event management company Corrigan Sports Enterprises, Inc. (CSE) announced the return of the “Down the Stretch for SGK” Preakness 5k. The race will take place Saturday, May 14 at Pimlico Race Course with part of the proceeds benefitting the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
For the second consecutive year runners will be able to compete on the historic Pimlico dirt course, where champion thoroughbreds like Secretariat and Seabiscuit once ran, and finish in the legendary Infield. In 2010, nearly 600 runners took part with Steve Jacobs, from Linthicum, MD, taking overall top honors in an impressive time of 17:42. Sherry Stick of Eldersburg, Md. (19:36) was the female champion.
“Runners are constantly looking for a unique experience and have numerous races to choose from in the area,” CSE president Lee Corrigan said. “Nowhere in the country do runners get the opportunity to run on a Thoroughbred track and infield with the prestigious history of Pimlico. Above everything, we are flattered to contribute to the effort to raise money for such an amazing cause and to be selected by the Maryland Jockey Club to manage the event.”;
Pimlico has partnered with Komen Maryland for the return of The People’s Pink Party to raise funds to aid awareness and research for breast cancer on Black-Eyed Susan Day, Friday, May 20. Highlights include the second annual Lady Legends For the Cure Race™, the inaugural Female Jockey Challenge and the welcoming of 87 breast cancer survivor guests for festivities with a special winners’ circle tribute. The Preakness eve card features seven stakes races, six for fillies and mares, headlined by the Grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. In addition, Pimlico and Komen will team up for a Health Fair and Fashion Show at Macy’s in the White Marsh Mall on Saturday, April 30. More information on The People’s Pink Party can be found at http://www.preakness.com/peoples-pink-party.
Seventy-five percent of the funds raised from this event will go to the Komen Maryland Affiliate to use for community outreach programs in Maryland and twenty-five percent will be used for life-saving breast cancer research.
The 5k race will begin at 10 a.m. It will start on the parking lot at Belvedere and Park Heights Avenues and circle one mile around the Pimlico dirt course. The route will continue around the Pimlico perimeter before finishing in the infield. Here is a map of the entire course: http://www.corrigansports.com/Assets/corrigan+sports/2011+preakness+5k+course.pdf.
The registration fee is $35. Each finisher will choose between a logoed lawn blanket or performance shirt as his or her race premium. Runners will also receive a 10% discount on any regular infield admission ticket to the 2011 Preakness InfieldFEST, featuring Grammy winners Bruno Mars and Train the following Saturday.
For registration information visit: http://www.corrigansports.com/Events/Preakness_5k.html.