04/30/2013 4:51PM

Churchill: Wise Dan tops BC winners on Derby, Oaks cards

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Wise Dan, winning the Maker's 46 Mile on April 12, runs in Saturday's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. − Three winners from the two-day Breeders’ Cup program last fall at Santa Anita are expected in action this weekend at Churchill.

Wise Dan, who capped his Horse of the Year campaign by winning the BC Mile, will run in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on the Kentucky Derby undercard, and Beholder, winner of the BC Juvenile Fillies, goes in the Kentucky Oaks.

The other BC winner who has drawn precious little notice this week at Churchill is Trinniberg, the BC Sprint winner whose connections confirmed Tuesday that he will run on the Derby undercard in the Grade 2, $400,000 Churchill Downs Stakes.

The seven-furlong Churchill was supposed to get a sizable field of older horses when entries for the entire Derby card were drawn Wednesday, with Delaunay, a dominant performer throughout the winter at Fair Grounds, among those who could challenge Trinniberg for favoritism. Other probables include Handsome Mike, Hierro, Laurie’s Rocket, and Unbridled’s Note.

Trinniberg, trained by Shivananda Parbhoo, has raced once since his 13-1 Breeders’ Cup victory, finishing 11th of 13 in the March 30 Dubai Golden Shaheen.

Marketing Mix in Distaff Turf Mile

Marketing Mix, runner-up in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, will kick off her 5-year-old season in Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Distaff Turf Mile.

On Tuesday, Marketing Mix completed preparations for her return by working a half-mile in 51 seconds over the Churchill Downs turf course.

Marketing Mix had a record of 4-2-0 from seven starts last year, including a victory in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita in September. The only race Marketing Mix did not run well in last year was the Distaff Turf Mile, in which she finished fourth, four lengths behind Hungry Island.

“She didn’t really fire last year in this race,” trainer Tom Proctor said. “It was a little heavy last year and a little wet, I don’t think she likes that the best.”

A terrific field is shaping up for the Distaff Turf Mile, including Hungry Island, Karlovy Vary, Stephanie’s Kitten, Channel Lady, Drama Drama, Miz Ida, and possibly Stopshoppingmaria.

- additional reporting by David Grening

Eric Rickard More than 1 year ago
The Wise Dan/ Point of Entry race should be a good one. Barring the wetness of the track; I like Point of Entry. Could be a Shug week.
Roy Roy More than 1 year ago
Roy Roy More than 1 year ago
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
Rosario was criticized for not winning on Animal Kingdom in the Gulfstream Turf Hcp but the fact is that AK is better on synthetic than turf. And Point of Entry is THE BEST HORSE IN THE USA at 1&1/8 miles on turf, bar none! We were licking our chops all week waiting for that race at The Gulf and we rolled the wheelbarrow that day. We had to roll 3 wheelbarrows home!!!
B More than 1 year ago
I hope you are right as I'm a POE fan. If this were a 1&1/4 miles, I would feel much more confident. Wise Dan could be awfully tough at this distance.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
In my book Point of Entry is the best turf horse in the USA at 1&1/8 miles. He's the winner of 5 GRI races last year on the turf, he's the Gulfstream Park Turf Hcp Champ defeating Animal Kingdom and he's in top form! Roll Big Dog, roll!!!
Perl More than 1 year ago
will you be rolling up the wheelbarrow.
J.L. Boey More than 1 year ago
Point of Entry won 3 G1 12f races last year, Wise Dan won 3 G1 8f races. Racing on the grass, a 9f race is almost like a 8f race. No 12f runner has the turn of foot to go with a top class 8f runner. It has happened many times all over the world, a top class middle distance (10-12f) runner cutting back in distance would not catch a top class miler at 9f.
ROBERT More than 1 year ago
Please tell me Wise Dans race will be televised.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago