Saratoga is just a few weeks away from their summer meet and the road to the 2014 Kentucky Derby will officially be open. According to HorseRacingNation.com, Todd Pletcher already has several barns full of two-year-olds that he is working out for the meet. Keep an eye on the maiden races this summer, so you can start to get a feel for who may emerge as Triple Crown race contenders as we move towards 2014.
An early contender to watch among the two-year-olds is Amarish, who is trained by Jeff Bonde and owned by Jerry Durant. In two races he has won convincingly, including pulling away from the field in impressive fashion in the Willard Proctor Memorial at Hollywood Park. He is expected to be a favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, coming up in November. Check out the link below to see the Amarish win in California!
Churchill Downs has proclaimed their spring meet a success in a release dated July 3rd. The track saw record attendance for the Kentucky Derby and the third highest attendance mark for the Kentucky Oaks. Night racing was moved to Saturday and the average attendance of those dates was over 24,000. Dale Romans was named the leading trainer of the meet for the ninth time in his career and Corey Lanerie earned the leading jockey title by riding 71 winners.
On Saturday, July 7th at Hollywood Park, I’ll Have Another will say good bye to his fans at his home track. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner suffered an injury that kept him from running in the Belmont Stakes and dashing hope of racing’s first Triple Crown winner since 1977. I’ll Have Another will come out to the track between races and it will be his final public appearance before moving on to Japan as a stallion.