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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Feb. 3 Racing News


Overflow Field in the WEBN
One horse of 14 entered in the WEBN Stakes is on our lists: Banjammer (Just In Case). This is probably a wide-open contest. More....

Four from Our Lists in GP Allowance
The third at Gulfstream Park on Saturday is one of those interesting nine-furlong entry-level allowance races for 3-year-olds, and this one drew six entries. Four of them are on our lists: Casper's Touch (Julien Leparoux aboard), El Grayling (Paco Lopez), Shackleford (Jesus Castanon) and Shadow Warrior (Javier Castellano). Casper's Touch is on Just In Case. The other three are on Worth Watching. Post time is 1:58 ET. More about the race....

Biondetti Not Derby-Bound
Biondetti finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs, but our research shows that to this day he has never put in a recorded workout in North America, and we didn't have him on any of our lists. So we contacted Godolphin to see what their plans are for the son of Bernardini--specifically, would they try to get him to the Kentucky Derby?

Godolphin responded in the negative. "There are no plans yet for Biondetti, but he will not be prepared for the Kentucky Derby," a spokesman said via email. "He will return to Europe for a summer campaign."

Kentucky Derby Future Odds
From Wynn -Encore Sports Book in Las Vegas. All the odds listed here are subject to change, but the sheet gives these odds on some prominent Derby contenders: Uncle Mo, 4-1; To Honor and Serve, 7-1; Dialed In, 7-1; Tapizar, 8-1. We checked, and they have Biondetti at 45-1.

No Racing at OP, AQU Today
There's no live racing today at Oaklawn Park, but the track will be open for simulcast racing and gaming. Nearly three inches of rain was followed by freezing weather that continues today.

Aqueduct announced this morning that live racing is off there for the second straight day. NYRA said the cancellation is due to "moisture in the track from recent winter storms" and that the extra day would be used for track maintenance to optimize conditions on Friday and the weekend. Aqueduct and the Belmont Café will be open for simulcasting, and NYRA Rewards telebet and internet wagering will both be available as well.

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