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Horse Racing, Kentucky Downs at The Downey Profile®

 

Kentucky Derby Road


Stakes Races Leading to the Kentucky Derby and Beyond
Post-Race Highlights and Quotes



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Jan. 17
1 Mile 70 Yards, Grade III LECOMTE STAKES, Fair Grounds ($200,000)

Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1

Jan. 19
1 Mile, SMARTY JONES STAKES, Gulfstream Park ($150,000)

Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1

Jan. 24
1 1/16 Mile, Grade II LAMBHOLM SOUTH HOLY BULL STAKES, Gulfstream Park ($400,000)

Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1

Jan. 31
1 1/16 Mile, Grade III SAM F. DAVIS STAKES, Tampa Bay Downs ($250,000)
No Points

Feb. 7
1 1/16 Mile, Grade III WITHERS STAKES, Aqueduct ($250,000)

Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1
1 1/16 Mile, Grade III ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES, Santa Anita ($200,000)
Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1

Feb. 12
About 1 Mile (1,600 Meters), Group 3 UAE 2000 GUINEAS, Meydan Racecourse ($250,000)

No points


Feb. 14
1 1/8 Mile, Grade III EL CAMINO REAL DERBY, Golden Gate Fields ($200,000)
Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1

Feb. 16
1 1/16 Mile, Grade III SOUTHWEST STAKES, Oaklawn Park ($300,000)

Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1


Feb. 21
1 1/16 Mile, Grade II BESILU FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH STAKES, Gulfstream Park ($400,000)
Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5
1 1/16 Mile, Grade II RISEN STAR STAKES, Fair Grounds ($400,000)
Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5


Feb. 28
1 1/16 Mile, JOHN BATTAGLIA MEMORIAL STAKES, Turfway Park ($125,000)
No points

March 7
1 1/16 Mile, Grade III GOTHAM STAKES ($400,000)
Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5

1 1/16 Mile, Grade II TAMPA BAY DERBY, Tampa Bay Downs ($350,000)
Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5
1 1/16 Mile, Grade II SAN FELIPE STAKES, Santa Anita ($400,000)
Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5

March 14
1 1/16 Mile, Grade II REBEL STAKES, Oaklawn Park ($750,000)

Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5

March 21
1 1/8 Mile, Grade III SPIRAL STAKES, Turfway Park ($550,000)

Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5

March 22
1 1/8 Mile, Grade III SUNLAND DERBY, Sunland Park ($800,000)

Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5

March 28
About 1 3/16 Mile (1,900 Meters), Group 2 UAE DERBY, Meydan Racecourse ($2,000,000)
Points: 100 - 40 - 20 - 10
1 1/8 Mile, Grade I BESILU FLORIDA DERBY, Gulfstream Park ($1,000,000)
Points: 100 - 40 - 20 - 10
1 1/8 Mile, Grade II LOUISIANA DERBY, Fair Grounds ($750,000)
Points: 100 - 40 - 20 - 10

April 4
1 1/8 Mile, Grade I TOYOTA BLUE GRASS STAKES, Keeneland ($1,000,000)
Points: 100 - 40 - 20 - 10
1 1/8 Mile, Grade I TWINSPIRES.COM WOOD MEMORIAL, Aqueduct ($1,000,000)

Points: 100 - 40 - 20 - 10
1 1/8 Mile, Grade I SANTA ANITA DERBY, Santa Anita ($1,000,000)
Points: 100 - 40 - 20 - 10

April 11
1 1/8 Mile, Grade I ARKANSAS DERBY, Oaklawn Park ($1,000,000)
Points: 100 - 40 - 20 - 10

1 1/16 Mile, Grade III COOLMORE LEXINGTON STAKES, Keeneland ($250,000)
Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1

April 18
1 1/8 Mile, Grade III ILLINOIS DERBY, Hawthorne Race Course ($400,000)
No points





Jan. 17: 1 Mile 70 Yards, Grade III LECOMTE STAKES
Fair Grounds ($200,000)
Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1
http://www.fairgroundsracecourse.com

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
International Star won the Lecomte in 1:43.62, followed at the finish line by War Story, Tiznow R J and Another Lemon Drop. More




Jan. 19: 1 1/16 Mile, SMARTY JONES STAKES
Oaklawn Park ($150,000)
Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1
http://www.oaklawn.com/racing

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
After the race, Mike Smith said what I think we need to know about Far Right. Jon Court, meanwhile, was disconsolate, and Ahmed Zayat said everything would be alright with Mr. Z. More



Jan. 24: 1 1/16 Mile, Grade II LAMBHOLM SOUTH HOLY BULL STAKES
Gulfstream Park ($400,000)
Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1
http://www.gulfstreampark.com

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
Bluegrass Singer looks like a miler after the Holy Bull, Frosted had a tougher trip than the winner, and the winner has really grown up since November. More



Jan 31: 1 1/6 Mile, Grade III SAM F. DAVIS STAKES
Tampa Bay Downs ($250,000)
No Points
http://www.tampabaydowns.com

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
Owner Barbara Banke said Ocean Knight had been training superbly, and Eion Harty was at kind of a loss as to why My Johnny Be Good didn't win. More




Feb. 7: 1 1/16 Mile, Grade III WITHERS STAKES
Aqueduct ($250,000)
Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1
http://www.nyra.com/index_aqueduct.html

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
Why there is cause to argue that the move by Far from Over was more impressive than a similar run by I Want Revenge in 2009. More



Feb. 7: 1 1/16 Mile, Grade III ROBERT B. LEWIS STAKES
Santa Anita ($200,000)
Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
Why did Firing Line give in to Dortmund? Baffert adds Silver Charm to the list of comparisons for Dortmund. More



Feb. 12: About 1 Mile (1,600 Meters), Group 3 UAE 2000 GUINEAS
Meydan Racecourse ($250,000)
No points
http://www.meydan.ae/#index

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
Maybe we have another rivalry working in Dubai. Mubtaahij led in the UAE 2000 Guineas with over a quarter-mile to go but was headed by Maftool about 3/16-mile from the finish, and they battled from there to the wire. More




Feb. 14: 1 1/8 Mile, Grade III EL CAMINO REAL DERBY
Golden Gate Fields ($200,000)
Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1
http://www.goldengatefields.com

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
Mike Smith: No way I was going to beat Metaboss. More



Feb. 16: 1 1/16 Mile, Grade III SOUTHWEST STAKES
Oaklawn Park ($300,000)
Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1
http://www.oaklawn.com/racing

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
Far Right gets more distance, one trainer is insulting to the people who support his job, and Mr. Z runs a fairly straight path. More

 


Feb. 21: 1 1/16 Mile, Grade II BESILU FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH STAKES
Gulfstream Park ($400,000)
Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5
http://www.gulfstreampark.com

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
With forwardly-placed runners often winning at Gulfstream Park, I wasn't surprised that Itsaknockout was near the lead early on. But he found himself between horses leaving the first turn, and he didn't look very comfortable. More

 


Feb. 21: 1 1/16 Mile, Grade II RISEN STAR STAKES
Fair Grounds ($400,000) Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5
http://www.fairgroundsracecourse.com

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
The result of this race was almost a carbon copy of the Lecomte, with International Star closing on the rail to win and War Story breaking poorly and coming on late to finish second. More

 


Feb. 28: 1 1/16 Mile, JOHN BATTAGLIA MEMORIAL STAKES
Turfway Park ($125,000)
No points
http://www.turfway.com

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
I was very pleased to watch Royal Son win the Battaglia, and I was just as disappointed to see what happened to The Great War. More




March 7: 1 1/16 Mile, Grade III GOTHAM STAKES
Aqueduct ($400,000)
Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5
http://www.nyra.com/index_aqueduct.html

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
Apparently El Kabeir is thriving from his long campaign. He's not had a layoff since he started racing in mid-August, but he's so full of energy that trainer Terranova took him out for training the morning of the Gotham. More




March 7: 1 1/16 Mile, Grade II TAMPA BAY DERBY
Tampa Bay Downs ($350,000)
Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5

http://www.tampabaydowns.com

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
After this dominant five-length win, Carpe Diem will be one of the top two or three favorites in the Kentucky Derby if he runs back in the Toyota Blue Grass like he did in the Breeders' Futurity last fall at Keeneland. More




March 7: 1 1/16 Mile, Grade II SAN FELIPE STAKES
Santa Anita ($400,000)
Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5
http://www.santaanita.com

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
Trainer Baffert said not too long ago that Dortmund was going to wait for the Santa Anita Derby because he was going through a growth spurt. I took him literally at first. More




March 14: 1 1/16 Mile, Grade II REBEL STAKES
Oaklawn Park, $750,000
Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5
http://www.oaklawn.com/racing

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
American Pharoah may have a one-dimensional running style, but he is athletic, can overcome trouble and looks like he can handle any surface. More




March 21: 1 1/8 Mile, Grade III SPIRAL STAKES
Turfway Park ($550,000)
Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5
http://www.turfway.com

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
We're pretty short on highlights and post-race quotes. Winning jockey Lezcano more or less gave a chart call of the race and said he asked his horse when he saw Conquest Typhoon coming. Jockey Smith said he thought Conquest Typhoon ran well. The trainers of the top two finishers weren't at the track. More




March 22: 1 1/8 Mile, Grade III SUNLAND DERBY
Sunland Park ($800,000)
Points: 50 - 20 - 10 - 5
http://www.sunland-park.com

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
Firing Line ran an excellent race, setting a track record with a time of 1:47.39. I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do in the Kentucky Derby and whether he can break a pattern of misfortune or poor running by horses that have won the Sunland Derby. More




March 28: About 1 3/16 Mile (1,900 Meters), Group 2 UAE DERBY
Meydan Racecourse ($2,000,000)
Points: 100 - 40 - 20 - 10
http://www.meydan.ae/#index


Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
We analyze times on the Kentucky Derby subscription page, but Pat Cummings over in Dubai feels that the 1:58.35 final time was pretty good, and Mubtaahij was geared down at the end of the race after spurting to an easy lead in the stretch. More




March 28: 1 1/8 Mile, Grade I BESILU STABLES FLORIDA DERBY
Gulfstream Park ($1,000,000)
Points: 100 - 40 - 20 - 10
http://www.gulfstreampark.com

Highlights and Post-Race Comments
Trainer Pletcher was very complimentary of Materiality in terms of what he has been from the time he was purchased through today. How often do you hear a trainer say a horse has a "big appetite"? More




March 28: 1 1/8 Mile, Grade II LOUISIANA DERBY
Fair Grounds ($750,000)
Points: 100 - 40 - 20 - 10
http://www.fairgroundsracecourse.com

Highlights and Post-Race Comments
International Star, like Upstart, Dortmund and Far Rigjt, has been ultra-consistent on the 2015 Kentucky Derby Trail. More




April 4: 1 1/8 Mile, Grade I TOYOTA BLUE GRASS STAKES
Keeneland ($1,000,000)
Points: 100 - 40 - 20 - 10
http://www.keeneland.com/default.aspx

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
I heard the "what did he beat?" mantra about Carpe Diem within hours after the race, but when you look around at the different Kentucky Derby prep races, isn't that phrase more often applicable than not? More




April 4: 1 1/8 Mile, Grade I TWINSPIRES.COM WOOD MEMORIAL
Aqueduct ($1,000,000)
Points: 100 - 40 - 20 - 10
http://www.nyra.com/index_aqueduct.html

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
My initial impression is that it did Frosted a lot of good to get back to New York on the main dirt track at Aqueduct where he'd already run two quality races. More




April 4: 1 1/8 Mile, Grade I SANTA ANITA DERBY
Santa Anita ($1,000,000)
Points: 100 - 40 - 20 - 10
http://www.santaanita.com

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
A question was raised today in the press box at Keeneland as to why Dortmund brought "only" $140,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale in May 2014. More




April 11: 1 1/8 Mile, Grade I ARKANSAS DERBY
Oaklawn Park ($1,000,000)
Points: 100 - 40 - 20 - 10
http://www.oaklawn.com/racing

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
I think it's safe to say there was one highlight in the Arkansas Derby, and it belongs to American Pharoah. Twitter lit up like a Christmas tree after the race, but you can't really go by that. More




April 11: 1 1/16 Mile, Grade III COOLMORE LEXINGTON STAKES
Keeneland ($250,000)
Points: 10 - 4 - 2 - 1
http://www.keeneland.com/default.aspx

Highlights and Post-Race Quotes
Divining Rod's feet are doing better, and bar shoes are no longer needed. Result: he ran the best race of his career. More




April 18: 1 1/8 Mile, Grade III ILLINOIS DERBY
Hawthorne Race Course ($400,000)
No points
http://www.hawthorneracecourse.com

Highlights and Post-Race Comments
Favored Cross the Line looked dull as dishwater the last five furlongs of this race, but Whiskey Ticket was game as he could be and hung on to win by a nose over the late-charging Conquest Curlinate. Those two were the only game in town by the time the finish line loomed up. More





 

 

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