We are just one race away from the end of the Derby Prep season and will be moving into the Kentucky Derby Championship Series races which raise the points awarded for first through fourth place finishes. On Saturday, February 16th, Dice Flavor was a 9-1 pick to win the El Camino Real Derby, and he came through for trainer Patrick Gallagher running away with the victory. The win put Dice Flavor on the points board in a field of 14 horses that trail Goldencents and Shanghai Bobby.
2009’s Horse of the Year, Rachel Alexandra remains in serious, but stable condition almost a week after having foaling complications. The seven-year-old delivered a 140-lb filly, but was beset with an infection and some damage to her small intestine. She underwent surgery to treat the infection and repair her intestine, and is making steady progress. The foal, by Bernardini, is doing well at Stonestreet Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Rachel Alexandra remains popular with fans despite retiring almost three years ago. She won five grade I stakes races in her career, including the Preakness Stakes and the Kentucky Oaks. She finished her career with 19 starts, winning 13 times and finishing second, five other times.
Todd Pletcher’s undefeated colt Violence will make his next start in the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Violence has two graded stakes victories in his three career races, including his latest contest, the Cash Call Futurity back in December. Expected to join Violence in the Fountain of Youth are Eddie Plesa’s Speak Logistics, Mark Casse’s Sky Captain and Kiaran McLaughlin’s Elmutahid. The Fountain of Youth will kick off the Championship Series portion of the Kentucky Derby season as the points move from 10 points for a win to 50. The speculation is that gaining one win in any of the Championship Series races will likely be enough to earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby this May.
Capo Bastone, who just a few months ago was considered a Kentucky Derby prospect, got back into action this past weekend at Gulfstream Park, where he won an allowance race as a 3-2 favorite. Capo Bastone was formerly trained by John Sadler and had third place finishes in both the Frontrunner Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup for juveniles. He has since joined the stable of Todd Pletcher.
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