|Probable Post 3:48 PDT|
|1 3/16 Miles. 3-Year-Olds. Preaknes (Grade 1). Purse: $1,500,000|
|7||Justify||Smith M E||126||1-2|
|5||Good Magic||Ortiz J L||126||3-1|
|2||Lone Sailor||Ortiz I Jr||126||15-1|
|6||Tenfold||Santana R Jr||126||20-1|
|3||Sporting Chance||Contreras L||126||30-1|
|4||Diamond King||Castellano J J||126||30-1|
BALTIMORE – For the first time, Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan (G2) and Saturday’s Preakness (G1) programs from legendary Pimlico Race Course will be streamed live at Pimlico.com and GulfstreamPark.com.
Handicappers Alfredo Alfonzo of Videohipico.com and Juan Carlos Palma will host and provide commentary on programs from Pimlico and Gulfstream while race calls will be provided by the popular Pedro Casella. Claudia Spadaro will be live from Pimlico providing updates and interviews with the sport’s top stars.
“We are very proud to offer these historic race programs at Pimlico Race Course in Spanish,” said Sal Sinatra, President and General Manager of the Maryland Jockey Club. “The staffs in Maryland and Florida have done a remarkable job putting these telecasts together, and The Stronach Group continues to make Thoroughbred racing more accessible for people throughout the world. We will see many memorable performances this weekend, and more people will be able to watch and enjoy this weekend of remarkable racing.”
Friday’s show kicks off with a preview at 10:30 a.m. with Alfonzo and Casella while Saturday’s Preakness telecast will begin at 9:45 a.m. with Alfonzo and Casella.
Friday’s first race at Pimlico is 11:30 a.m. Saturday’s first race is 10:30 a.m. with the Preakness scheduled to go off at approximately 6:50 p.m.
Wear Orange for Creativity, Enjoy Live Arts Performance and Witness the Fourth Annual William Walker Stakes
LOUISVILLE, KY (April 19, 2018) – Churchill Downs and Fund for the Arts have joined forces for the third year to kick off Derby week by celebrating Louisville’s extraordinary arts scene and live racing at Opening Night presented by Budweiser. The theme of this year’s Opening Night party on Saturday, April 28 is orange. It will feature live arts performances throughout the track and the third annual William Walker Stakes. Tickets are available at www.ChurchillDowns.com.
In honor of the evening’s celebration of local arts, guests are encouraged to include orange in their outfits because it represents creativity and encouragement. Orange will also be incorporated into the décor throughout the racetrack.
The evening’s featured musical acts on the Plaza Stage are The Jesse Lees from 7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. and The Louisville Crashers from 9:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.Guests will also enjoy dynamic and interactive live arts performances at every turn of the racetrack and on Churchill Downs’ Big Board, including musical performances, live painting, drama and more. Participating artists were chosen for how they incorporate orange into their performance in creative and exciting ways.
2018 Opening Night Performing Artists
- Acting Against Cancer
- Amberly Simpson & Dancers
- Bohemian Monkey
- Bri Bowers
- Casey McKinney
- DESTINED Dance Company
- Gilbert and Sullivan Society
- Grant Goodwine
- GSA Alumni
- Jecorey “1200” Arthur + NadaLoutfi
- Juggernaut Jug Band
- The Art of Kacy
- Kentucky Opera
- Kentucky Shakespeare
- Kuvebo! West African Drum and Dance
- Micah Chandler – violinist
- Tatiana Rathke + Jennifer Greb
- The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Louisville
- Tyler Robertson
- Wheeler Elementary Students
The fourth annual running of the $100,000 William Walker Stakes, a five-furlong turf sprint for 3-year-olds, will be the evening’s featured racing event. William “Billy” Walker Sr., one of Churchill Downs’ leading riders and trainers, was an accomplished expert on breeding and bloodlines for 25 years. The African American jockey guided Derby winner Baden-Baden to a two-length victory in 1877 and advised the breeder of five Derby winners, three Hall of Famers and Triple Crown-Winner, Sir Barton (1919).
During the evening, the Fund for the Arts, the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation and Churchill Downs will present Louisville’s third annual Award in the Arts presented by Woodford Reserve, Joy Mangano and the Unbridled Charitable Foundation, Inc. This is a separate sold out ticketed event in the Stakes Room that will celebrate recognized local artists and arts organizations, including Obie Award-winner Les Waters and novelist and producer Linda Bruckheimer, among others. The seven award recipients will be featured on the Big Board during the evening
Admission starts at $15 and Reserved Box seats start at $30. Courtyard tickets are $104 and Winner’s Circle Suite tickets are $125 and each includes admissions, full bar, small plates and a program. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. with first post at 6:00 p.m. Recommended attire is Dress to Impress cocktail attire that incorporates orange and fashionable headwear.
The Fund for the Arts partnership earned Churchill Downs an award from the Business Committee for the Arts of Americans for the Arts this year for exceptional commitment to the arts. Churchill Downs is one of 10 businesses across the country and the only one in Kentucky to earn the recognition.
About Churchill Downs Racetrack
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve on May 5, 2018. The track’s 2018 Spring Meet is scheduled for April 28-June 30. An eight-time host to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Churchill Downs will again be the site of that event on Nov. 2-3, 2018. www.ChurchillDowns.com.
About Fund For the Arts
Fund for the Art is a regional nonprofit with the mission to maximize the arts to drive economic development, education, and quality of life in our community. The Fund conducts one of the oldest united arts campaigns and supports world-class institutions, community organizations and arts-in-education. The Fund for the Arts also hosts power2give.org, an online crowd-funding platform for any 501(c)3 organization in Kentucky and Southern Indiana to post arts and culture projects and the nationally recognized NeXt! leadership development program for young professionals. For more information, visit www.fundforthearts.org.
In the Giant’s Causeway, Triple Chelsea took advantage of a duel between Lady Aurelia and Morticia and rushed past in deep stretch to post a 1½-length victory over Lady Aurelia with Morticia finishing another length back in third.
Trained by Joe Sharp and ridden by Adam Beschizza, Triple Chelsea covered the 5½ furlongs over a turf course labeled firm in 1:02.40. It was the first Keeneland stakes victory for both Sharp and Beschizza.
Morticia wrested the early lead away from Brave Daisey, who led the field through an opening quarter-mile in :22.26 with Lady Aurelia tracking in third and Triple Chelsea racing fifth and in the clear.
On the far turn, Lady Aurelia hooked up with Morticia, and the two raced as a team through a half-mile in :44.98 and 5 furlongs in :56.45 with Triple Chelsea running third on the outside before surging by late to claim the victory.
The victory was worth $60,000 and increased her earnings to $368,789 with a record of 20-8-2-6. Triple Chelsea is a 5-year-old daughter of Hat Trick (JPN) out of the Ocean of Wisdom mare Oceane Music (FR).
Triple Chelesa, who was fourth in this race last year, returned $18.60, $5.20 and $3. Lady Aurelia, ridden by John Velazquez, returned $2.60 and $2.10 with Morticia paying $2.40 to show under Jose Lezcano.
It was another 1¼ lengths back to Excessivespending, who was followed in order by Jennifer Lynnette, Storm the Hill, There’syourtrouble, Lady to the Max and Brave Daisey.
Adam Beschizza (who scored his first Keeneland stakes victory on Triple Chelsea)
“The race panned out beautifully. She’s definitely a filly that likes to be in a nice stalking position and we were following the right horses into the final eighth. It was just a question of (rousing) her.”
Joe Sharp (winning trainer who recorded his first Keeneland stakes victory)
On his decision to claim Triple Chelsea for $62,500 last September at Kentucky Downs
“I watched her replays and she just looked like a game filly that was very versatile. She’s just blossomed since we got her. She was in great condition when we got her and just found her niche. Adam learned her timing, and knew she needed to sit off it (the pace) a little bit and today everything just worked out.
“(She) won two of four at the Fair Grounds. At this time of year, options for turf sprinting fillies are a little limited. I felt she was in as good form as she’s ever been. I wasn’t excited to see Lady Aurelia in the entries, but it worked out.”
John Velazquez (rider of runner-up, 7-10 favorite and defending champion Lady Aurelia)
“She was a little aggressive the first part of the race and I think that cost her the race. And then she got a little flat the last sixteenth of a mile.”
Wesley Ward (trainer of Lady Aurelia)
“She ran a good race, and anytime you’re coming off a layoff, you’re always a little vulnerable. Last year in this race she was a little more relaxed. Johnny (Velazquez) said that the rider on the longshot (Rogelio Miranda on Brave Daisey) was chirping to his horse and hustling his filly along and that kind of kept Lady Aurelia from being as relaxed as she was last year. I take nothing away from the winner. She beat us on the square. (Lady Aurelia) hadn’t had a race and now she has so she should be ready.”
On whether the plan remains to return Lady Aurelia to Royal Ascot in England
“That’s what we’re here for.”
Jose Lezcano (rider of third-place finisher Morticia)
“(Morticia) broke good. She was right there, but the pace was fast. The other filly (Lady Aurelia), the front-runner ran hard. (She) just needs another race at this level.”
Robby Albarado (rider of fourth-place finisher Excessivespending)
“I had a beautiful trip, a great trip. I saved some ground, tried to get out toward the front. She (Excessivespending) ran great – I just got outrun today.”
Trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by his brother Kent Desormeaux, My Boy Jack covered the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track in 1:44.22.
Greyvitos led the field of 10 through early fractions of :23.28 and :47.11 while under no pressure as My Boy Jack raced far back in next to last. Approaching the far turn, Telekinesis went after Greyvitos while Desormeaux began picking off horses on the outside.
Turning into the short stretch, Telekinesis put away Greyvitos, but was quickly joined by My Boy Jack, who surged past in the final yards.
The victory was worth $120,000 and increased My Boy Jack’s earnings to $645,145 with a record of 10-3-3-2. It marked the second Grade 3 victory for My Boy Jack, who took the Southwest (G3) at Oaklawn Park in February.
A Keeneland sales graduate, My Boy Jack is a Kentucky-bred son of Creative Cause out of the Mineshaft mare Gold N Shaft.
My Boy Jack returned $5, $3.20 and $2.40. Telekinesis, ridden by Javier Castellano, returned $4.60 and $3.40 with Pony Up finishing another 2½ lengths back in third under John Velazquez and paying $3.40 to show.
It was another half-length back to Greyvitos, who was followed in order by Seven Trumpets, Zanesville, Honor Up, Navy Armed Guard, Gracida and Arched Feather.
Kirk Godby (whose Don’t Tell My Wife Stables co-owns winner My Boy Jack with Sol Kumin’s Monomoy Stables)
On My Boy Jack earning 20 qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby to increase his total to 52 and secure a place in the Kentucky Derby
“Unbelievable. Everyone knows we came here to get points and he got the job done today. We’re just thrilled. When I saw (jockey) Kent (Desormeaux) bring him out down the backstretch and we were within six or seven lengths, I felt pretty good about it. I was just hoping he had the gas to get home in the short stretch.”
Kent Desormeaux (winning rider of My Boy Jack)
“He was very, very comfortable in his stride and that was pretty much a repeat of his last start. Fortunately I didn’t grab a hot dog at the quarter pole and that made the difference.” (My Boy Jack closed from the back in the Louisiana Derby-G2 to finish third by three-quarters of a length.).
On the effects of his come-from-behind style in the Kentucky Derby
“I think it will (suit him) probably even better. We always tend to get a true, honest pace in the Kentucky Derby and I think he’ll enjoy that.”
Javier Castellano (rider of runner-up Telekinesis)
“My trip was perfect. I was in a beautiful position – it was what I was looking for. I cut the corner and saved a lot of ground. I tried to get the jump, but the other horse (My Boy Jack) came way from the outside. Unfortunately, the other horse has been running more lately. My horse has great potential for only running three times.”
Mark Casse (trainer of Telekinesis)
“I was very proud of him. He is playing catch-up. This is only his third start, so for him to run as well as he did, I think he is a superstar.”
John Velazquez (rider of third-place finisher Pony Up)
“The first part he seemed like he was a little bit sluggish. The first eighth of a mile was like, ‘Come on, buddy, we need to be a little bit closer here.’ Then, geez, the last part he came running. I needed to be a little bit closer the first part. But he ran well.”
Joel Rosario (rider of fourth-place finisher Greyvitos)
“He broke sharp and it seemed like he had a lot of energy. He looked good the whole way, it just looked like in the last part they ran by me. I kept trying but he got a little tired in the last part.”
Robby Albarado (rider of fifth-place finisher Seven Trumpets)
“He ran well. It was a nice bunch of horses he ran with out there today, but he’ll catch up to them.”
Vino Rosso rallied wide into contention rounding the far turn and after battling with Enticed to midstretch, the 3-year-old colt drew away to a three-length victory in Saturday’s $750,000 Wood Memorial (G2) at Aqueduct. He rebounded nicely from a disappointing fourth in the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and survived a stewards’ inquiry after drifting in and repeatedly bumping with the runner-up.
Owned by Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable, Vino Rosso picked up a 100-point prize in the Road to the Kentucky Derby qualifier and Todd Pletcher-trained son of Curlin joins stablemates Audible, Magnum Moon and Noble Indy in the projected 20-horse Kentucky Derby field on May 5. He left the starting gate as 4-1 third choice among nine runners.
Old Time Revival sped away at the start to establish a fast pace, reaching the opening quarter-mile in :22.96 with a 4 ½-length advantage and the half-mile point in :46.68 up by six lengths. Enticed stalked the runaway leader in second and Vino Rosso settled about 10 lengths off the pace in midpack with John Velazquez.
The pacesetter began to weaken on the far turn and Vino Rosso launched a bold rally about five-wide to reach even terms with Enticed as they hooked up in a two-horse battle turning for home. Enticed entered the stretch well off the rail but was angled several paths inward as Vino Rosso failed to maintain a straight path, angling in and repeatedly bumping his rival.
“I got close to him and he was coming out,” Velazquez said. “So, I made my horse switch leads and when he switched, I leaned on him a little bit, and then he pushed me out and my horse went right back on him. That’s what happened. I got him easy, anyway. He was holding his ground out and I was holding him back in. He was the horse to beat and I wasn’t going to give him a chance.”
Vino Rosso gained the upper hand in the final sixteenth of a mile and completed the 1 1/8-mile event in 1:49.79. Enticed easily held second as the 6-5 favorite, 2 ¼ lengths clear of Restoring Hope, who raced in third throughout as the 7-2 second choice. It was another six lengths to Firenze Fire in fourth.
Stewards immediately lit the inquiry sign and Junior Alvarado filed an objection for Enticed. After a lengthy review, officials ruled the bumping didn’t affect the final outcome and let the result stand.
Vino Rosso, a rallying third in the Sam F. Davis (G3) two starts previously, has now earned $620,500 from a 5-3-0-1 record. He completed the 1 1/8-mile distance in 1:49.79.
“He was a little farther back than I thought he would be, but when you take the pacesetter out, he really was close to the contenders,” Pletcher said. “I felt good about it. I was just hoping he would sustain his momentum around the turn, and he finished up and did great. We’re feeling like we’re seeing a horse that has that talent, and he’s doing well, and we felt like that mile and an eighth is something he’s looking for. This is the performance we’ve been looking for.”
E Five Racing Thoroughbreds and Stonestreet Stables’ champion Good Magic roared past Flameaway in the upper stretch and went on to score a 1½-length victory in the 94th running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) for 3-year-olds before a crowd of 14,269 on a brisk Saturday afternoon.
For the day, Keeneland set wagering records for all-sources handle, Pick 4 and Pick 5 pools. Total all-sources handle was $22,634,861, eclipsing the previous record of $21,736,983 set on April 9, 2016. The All-Stakes Pick Four ending in the Toyota Blue Grass did $1,065,002 versus the previous record of $733,800 set on April 8, 2017. The All-Stakes Pick Five handled $899,196, smashing the previous record of $653,827 on April 20, 2013.
On Sunday, Keeneland will offer a Pick 6 carryover of $30,688.
In the Toyota Blue Grass, Good Magic, trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Jose Ortiz, covered the 1 1/8 miles on the fast main track in 1:50.18. It was the first victory in the race for Brown and Ortiz.
The victory also gave Good Magic 100 points toward the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) to be run May 5 at Churchill Downs. Good Magic has 134 points toward the Derby, a total that will safely get him in the Derby starting gate that is limited to 20 starters.
The victory was worth $600,000 and increased Good Magic’s earnings to $1,855,000 with a record of 5-2-2-1. His other victory came in last fall’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) that earned him the Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old of 2017.
Purchased for $1 million at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, Good Magic is a Kentucky-bred son of Curlin out of the Hard Spun mare Glinda the Good.
Longshot Arawak led the field of 14 through early fractions of :23.55 and :47.40, with Flameaway in closest pursuit. Meanwhile, Ortiz had Good Magic racing in the clear in fifth place.
As the field reached the far turn, Flameaway took over with Good Magic moving to his immediate outside and Sporting Chance ranging up in third.
Good Magic took charge early in the stretch and erased any doubt of the outcome. However, in deep stretch, Sporting Chance veered to the outside under Luis Saez and forced Free Drop Billy and Irad Ortiz Jr. to alter course.
Sporting Chance finished three-quarters of a length in front of Free Drop Billy but was disqualified from third to fourth because of interference. The elevation of Free Drop Billy gave him 20 Derby points and 44 overall. Sporting Chance received 10 points to raise his total to 12.
Good Magic returned $5.20, $3.60 and $2.80. Flameaway, who has 70 points toward the Derby, returned $5 and $3.80 under Jose Lezcano with Free Drop Billy returning $3.60 to show.
Following Sporting Chance in order were Blended Citizen, Kanthaka, Tiz Mischief, Marconi, Zing Zang, California Night, Gotta Go, Machismo, Determinant and Arawak.
Racing continues Sunday with a nine-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET. Headlining the card are two stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the $200,000 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association at a mile on the turf and the $150,000 Beaumont (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select contested over the Beard Course of 7 furlongs, 184 feet on the main track.
Quotes from the $1 Million Toyota Blue Grass (G2)
Chad Brown (winning trainer of 8-5 favorite Good Magic)
On the difference between Good Magic’s Toyota Blue Grass victory and his third-place finish in the Fountain of Youth (G2) on March 3 in his last start
“In hindsight, (heading into the Fountain of Youth) he was probably a couple of works short. If you want to stay on the (Kentucky) Derby (G1) trail, you have to run when it’s time to get started. This horse came out of that race real well – bigger, stronger and has had some impressive workouts since. We were pretty confident coming into this race. I love the way he did it today.
“We’ll get him over to Churchill (Downs) and give him at least one work over the track and hopefully get him out to a mile and a quarter and hopefully he can handle it.”
On whether today’s performance resembled Good Magic’s win in the 2017 Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1)
“It did remind me of it. Jose (Ortiz) rides this horse so well, and once again he put him in a position to win the race. I loved where he was all throughout the race – became a matter of is he good enough and fit enough today?
“I thought it was an outstanding performance. He was well-placed early and kept steady throughout. Maybe we dock one point where it looked like he jumped a shadow near the wire, but that’s him. He’s going to look around a little bit. I was really happy how he ran today. For only two starts this year, I was hoping to be peaking for the Derby and hopefully we’ll advance another step on Derby Day. Looks like is a very good crop of horses this year and it’s going to be a tough race.
“This is our first Blue Grass – we ran second the last two years. Once you get a little taste of that – Keeneland in the spring – you start looking to bring one back next year to win this race. It’s important – I’m so happy to win this race.”
On seeing snow on the ground this morning
“I was worried. The timing for the Derby – I really don’t’ want to run (Good Magic in a Derby prep) beyond today. As happens in Kentucky, (the weather) can change by the hour. Thankfully it turned out to be a wonderful day.
“He seems to love Keeneland. I’m going to think about (his schedule leading to the Derby), talk to my staff about it, talk to my team. Right now, I’m leaning toward leaving him here a couple of weeks, maybe getting his first breeze out of the way here, on a track I know he likes. Then get him over to Churchill – he’ll have at least one work at Churchill.”
Jose Ortiz (winning rider)
“It was perfect, we had a good trip. We broke really well and everything went really well. The way I planned was to sit back a little bit off the front and everything turned out perfect. I was pretty confident on him because I know he’s a good horse out of the gate. I knew he was going to help me a lot and I was going to have a clear road to the first turn.”
On the meaning of winning the Toyota Blue Grass for Chad Brown
“It means a lot. I really love Keeneland, I’m going to stay here for the whole meet. I really want to win a title here.”
Jose Lezcano (rider of runner-up Flameaway)
“I got pressured the whole way around; (Flameaway) never got a breather. And you see, he’s very tough. He keeps running and he kept trying. I was happy to see him do well.”
Mark Casse (trainer of Flameaway)
“He never gave up. He’s just so classy, you’ve got to love him. I got what I asked for. I said I wanted a fight at the top of the lane, and we got one. Unfortunately, we were second-best today. I think Chad (Brown) did a tremendous job. It’s one thing to train a horse to be a champion, and another to train them after they’re champions. We’ve beaten the winner of the Wood (Memorial-G2, Vino Rosso) twice already. I think we can hold our head high. (Flameaway will) be heading home (to Churchill Downs) probably tomorrow.”
Irad Ortiz Jr. (rider of Free Drop Bill, who finished fourth and was elevated to third following the disqualification of Sporting Chance)
“He ran a good race. When I ask him, he goes. I finished fourth, but he ran a good race. He did everything I wanted him to do. I’m pretty happy with him. He’ll be all right in the Derby.”
Luis Saez (rider of Sporting Chance, who finished third and was disqualified to fourth)
“I thought he was going to win. He was perfect (until) we came to the wire. When I hit him he (veered) out. He did it twice today. I don’t know why he does that. He was perfect today up until then.”
D. Wayne Lukas (trainer of Sporting Chance)
“He has shied twice with Luis with the left-handed stick and I guess he doesn’t like it. He has never given any indication in the morning (training sessions). He is probably the easiest horse in the barn to train.
“We needed those 40 points (for second place) to get to the Derby and now we only have 12.”
Julien Leparoux (rider of sixth-place finisher Kanthaka)
“We had a good trip. He traveled very nice for me. The winner came from the outside of me, and went by pretty early. I just could not keep up with him.”
Corey Lanerie (rider of seventh-place finisher Tiz Mischief)
“I had a good trip. My horse didn’t show any speed. I was lucky enough to find a path on the rail, but when he got through, he just couldn’t get it done today.”
The Santa Anita Derby is being touted by many as the race of the year. The Kentucky Derby current number one pick Bolt d’Oro takes on the undefeated Justify (John Gunther bred) .
Justify is the current morning line favorite at 4-5 and Bolt d’Oro is 6-5. Justify is the talk of the country and has drawn more fan support and media hype since American Pharoah did winning the Triple Crown.
We asked our in house handicapper who she likes in the race