Harlan's Holiday (outside) draws even with Booklet as they head into the final turn of the 2002 Blue Grass Stakes before drawing off to win.
Here is the field for the Wood Memorial (G1). Free past performances are available here from DRF.
|1||New York Hero||123||Pedersen||Arroyo Jr.||8-1||2||Spite The Devil||123||Jerkens||Luzzi||30-1||3||Kissing Saint||123||Lewis||Migliore||20-1||4||Funny Cide||123||Tagg||Santos||6-1||5||Senor Swinger||123||Baffert||Stevens||10-1||6||Indy Dancer||123||Pletcher||Velazquez||5-1||7||Sky Soldier||123||Beattie||Madrigal Jr.||15-1||8||Empire Maker||123||Frankel||Bailey||3-5|
The Wood came up a bit light because a few horses opted out to avoid running against Empire Maker, most notably Lion Tamer. If he is as good as he appeared in the Florida Derby, he should romp here. The track is expected to be wet due to heavy rains forecast for Friday. Post time for the Wood is 4:15pm EDT
Here is the field for the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1). Free past performances are available here from DRF.
|1||Acceptable Venture||123||Romans||Perret||30-1||2||Peace Rules||123||Frankel||Prado||7-5||3||Offlee Wild||123||Smith||Day||6-1||5||Crowned Dancer||123||Paasch||Desormeaux||20-1||6||Great Notion||123||Miller||Melancon||15-1||7||Ten Cents a Shine||123||Lukas||Smith||20-1||8||Lion Tamer||123||Pletcher||Velazquez||12-1||9||Brancusi||123||Biancone||Farina||8-1||10||Lots of Sizzle||123||Keen||Lumpkins||30-1|
The field for the Blue Grass is quite contentious as most of the horses who passed the Wood wound up here. There are several good horses who could win here given luck and a good performance. Peace Rules is a deserving favorite off his Louisiana Derby win, but don't be surprised if one of the up-and-coming horses upset him. Post time for the Blue Grass is 5:15pm EDT. Update: Badge of Silver suffered a hairline fracture in a cannon bone during a workout and is out for a while now.
Here is the field for the Arkansas Derby (G2). Free past performances are available here from DRF.
|1||Sell to Survive||118||Morse||Marquez Jr.||30-1|
|2||Crowned King||122||McKeever Jr.||Rennie||20-1|
|7||Region of Merit||122||Clement||Coa||4-1|
|10||Man Among Men||122||Mandella||Solis||4-1|
|12||Eugene's Third Son||118||Byrne||Sellers||3-1|
The Arkansas Derby has by far the weakest field of the three races. The best horse is probably Man Among Men, but he has to prove that after his last disappointing race. The other main contenders would be the top two finishers from the Tampa Bay Derby, Region of Merit and Aristocat, and Eugene's Third Son who was second in the Lane's End at Turfway. Post time for the Arkansas Derby is 5:44pm EDT.
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