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Update: November 23, 2022 at 2:07 pm
GI Kentucky Derby Wheel Loader rich attack (Keen Ice) hopes to solidify his year-end title winning streak as he takes on the elders in GI Clark H. Friday at Churchill Downs.
Now, how can the 3-year-old men’s division title go. Taiba (gunman) and Electronic Knife (gunman) each has a pair of Points for recognition and Epicenter (Not this time) won HOLD Runhappy Travers S. In addition to finishing second in the first two stages of Triple Crown.
Rich Strike only has one top score in his name, but it’s a big one, taking home the commission with a whopping 80-1. Ignoring GI Preakness S., he failed to shoot GI Belmont S. in June, but showed improvement as he finished fourth in Travers. The chestnut was missed by intrepid Hot Rod Charlie (Oxbow) by just a head during the GII Lukas Classic at this location on October 1 and finished fourth overall, behind Taiba’s third place, in GI Breeders’ Cup Classic November 5 at Keeneland. Rich Strike clearly loves Churchill Downs, he broke his daughter 17 1/4 lengths in his other start at this venue and could put him in the category of a Class winner Dual I at the right time.
However, winning the Derby will not be easy. He faces a host of talented challengers, including GII Hagyard Fayette S. romper Western Willpower (Bernardini). runner-up full (Into Mischief), four-time 3rd place winner and third place The ultimate samurai warrior (Malibu Moon) also returns here. Also worthy of strong consideration is the purebred Godolphin Authority (faucet), was most recently seen finishing third behind Olympic Classics runner-up (Sightstown) in the GII Stephen Foster S. at this oval July 2.
Churchill’s post-Thanksgiving card also features GII Mrs. Revere S. is for 3-year-olds. GII Rubicon Valley View S runner-up. california angel (California Chrome) is at the top of the field, but if soccer ball (More than readiness) who won the GIII Matron S. appear this time, she could be in trouble.
Aqueduct hosts a pair of classified events, the GIII Long Island S. for the women’s turf routers and the GIII Comely S. for the sophomores on the main track. The latter features the return of the double classified winner Kathleen O. (start). Opening his account with the winning quartet, which included GII Davona Dale S. and GII Gulfstream Park Oaks, dark bay suffered his first career defeat by placing fifth in the GI Kentucky Oaks and was nowhere to be seen. since then.
Purebred Godolphin recall (Medaglia d’Oro) won a graded event at this oval this spring, the GIII Gazelle S., and had a final neck slip here in the GIII Turnback the Alarm H. November 4.
The end of Friday’s classified action is the GII Hollywood Turf Cup S. at Del Mar.
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