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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Bayern and Besilu Florida Derby (gr. I) victor Constitution headline 20 horses nominated to the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Nov. 28. 

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Constitution won all three of his career starts at Gulfstream Park, taking a seven-furlong maiden race Jan. 11 and a 1 1/16-mile allowance race Feb. 22 in which he defeated Tonalist, the eventual Belmont Stakes winner, and Wicked Strong, the eventual Wood Memorial and Jim Dandy Stakes winner. After winning the Florida Derby by a neck over Wildcat Red, Constitution was diagnosed with a hairline fracture while working toward a potential start in the Kentucky Derby. He is back in training and just weeks away from a return to racing.
Red Rifle is now a stakes winner on both dirt and turf. He won convincingly in the Yankee Affair Stakes at Belmont showing he can go the distance.
Constitution is doing everything right and should be on schedule for a late fall campaign.
Vinceremos draws a favorable post #9 in a field of 20 for Saturday's first leg of the Triple Crown.
Julien Leparoux will replace Edgar Prado on Vinceremos in the GI Toyota Blue Grass S.
Adison Tompkins, a 4-year-old girl from Palm Beach, Florida who was the recent subject of a March 5th article on LadyAndTheTrack.com about the Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center, visited the horse Vinceremos along with trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Javier Castellano at Pletcher’s barn at Palm Meadows Training Center in Boynton Beach, Florida last Sunday.
Steve Haskin comments on the contenders of the upcoming Florida Derby, but really focuses on horses with minimal starts such as Constitution, Bayern, and Social Inclusion. Steve expands on these horses with comparisons to horses off the Kentucky Derby trail, such as Honor Code. Will Cairo Prince be the last winner from last year to make the Kentucky Derby field?
Lightly raced unbeaten colt Constitution will make his stakes debut in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) on March 29 at Gulfstream Park. Gulfstream’s signature race which carries a total of 170 qualifying points for the May 3 Kentucky Derby (G1), with 100 to the winner.
The Tampa Bay Derby takes place Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Tampa Bay Downs in sunny Florida and features Vinceremos, the 2014 Sam F. Davis Stakes winner who is named after Vinceremos Therapeutic Riding Center. Even if you barely know a thing about horseracing, following a horse named Vinceremos down the Kentucky Derby Trail must be good luck, and here is why…
As of Monday, at least eight 3-year-olds were probable for the 1 1/16-mile Tampa Bay Derby, and it’s likely that Vinceremos, who won the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes for Pletcher at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 1, will be favored Saturday.
Red Rifle delivered a track-record performance at Sam Houston Race Park in handily winning the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup (VIDEO) for his first stakes triumph on the night of March 1.
Saturday in only his second start against a Stakes-quality field of promising 3-year-olds going 1-1/16th miles, Constitution dominated his adversaries, drawing away by 3 ¼ lengths and putting him at the top of everyone's radar for Derby contenders,
Constitution wins at first asking and becomes a TDN Rising Star!
The word was already out on WinStar Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Constitution even before his debut in Saturday's 4TH race at Gulfstream Park, and despite a slow start, the Todd Pletcher sophomore lived up to his even-money favoritism -- and advertised himself as a hot prospect for the Kentucky Derby trail.
Twin Creeks Farm and Taylor Made Stallions announced yesterday that the Grade I winner Graydar (Unbridled's Song) will be retired to his late sire's former residence, and Twin Creeks' Randy Gullatt didn't wait long to purchase some mares to breed to the 4-year old. Included was yesterday's sale topper, Little Bug (Dixie Union--Gin Running, by Go For Gin), who was knocked down late in the session for $410,000.
Grade I winner Graydar (Unbridled’s Song--Sweetest Smile, by Dehere) has been retired to Taylor Made Stallions for the 2014 season, where he will command a fee of $15,000, stands and nurses.
ELMONT, N.Y. - There has been a change of plans for Graydar and there will most likely be a change in the way handicappers perceive his chances in the Breeders’ Cup. Graydar will run in the $1 million Dirt Mile on Friday at Santa Anita and not the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday as originally planned, trainer Todd Pletcher said Saturday. Graydar, who has won 5 of 6 races, including the Grade 1 Donn in February, has only had one race since winning the Fair Grounds Handicap on March 30. Graydar, who had surgery to remove an ankle chip after that race, won the Grade 2 Kelso Invitational - a Win and You’re In race for the Dirt Mile - at Belmont on Sept. 28.
Graydar is looking to win his 4th Graded Stakes race with a win in the BC Dirt Mile on Friday, November 1st and remain undefeated this year in four different states on four different tracks. Photo by David Alcosser
The Kelso victory guaranteed Graydar in the $1,000,000 BC Dirt Mile.
ELMONT, N.Y. - Graydar returned from a six-month layoff with a solid effort, winning Saturday’s Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso Invitational at Belmont Park. Now, his connections must decide whether it was good enough to take a shot at the Breeders’ Cup Classic next month at Santa Anita.