05/02/2016 2:54PM

The week that was in racing, April 25-May 2, 2016

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Barbara D. Livingston
Nyquist trains at Keeneland on April 29

Here's a collection of some of the biggest stories in horse racing, all in one place. Unless noted, all of the links here are to free stories on DRF.com.

Kentucky Derby contenders nearly ready

The 142nd Kentucky Derby is just five days away, and all of the contenders have posted their final workouts. Jockey Emisael Jaramillo was named to ride Majesto, who finished second to likely favorite Nyquist in the Florida Derby last start. Be sure to bookmark this page and check it regularly, both before and after Wednesday evening’s post position draw to keep up on the latest Derby news, analysis, and picks.

Three turf graded stakes

The week prior to the Kentucky Derby tends to be a bit slow in terms of big races. There were three graded stakes last week, all Grade 3 races on turf. On Friday, Olorda led the whole way in the 12-furlong Bewitch Stakes on closing day of the Keeneland spring meet. On Saturday at Gulfstream Park, Smokem Kitten and jockey Edgar Prado employed the same tactics, notching a wire-to-wire win in the Miami Mile Stakes. And at Golden Gate Fields, Alert Bay earned the fifth graded-stakes win of his career, holding off Grade 1 winner Gabriel Charles to win the San Francisco Mile by a neck.

Belmont spring meet begins

Friday marked the start of the spring meet at Belmont Park, which also means the return of turf sprints to New York racing. On Saturday, A Lot got the jump on Green Mask and then held that rival safe to the wire, winning the Elusive Quality Stakes. Sunday featured the return of Lady Shipman, who was much the best in the License Fee, her first start since facing males in the Grade 1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai five weeks ago.

10-year-old Ben’s Cat victorious in return

In his first start since turning 10, Ben’s Cat won his 31st career race and pushed his lifetime earnings beyond $2.5 million. Ben's Cat will now move on to the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf Sprint on Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico, a race he has won the last three years and four of the last five.

Golden Gate Fields hires Angela Hermann as race-caller

Golden Gate Fields announced Sunday that it has hired the first full-time female race-caller in the United States, Angela Hermann, to replace Michael Wrona, who has been hired as Santa Anita's announcer.

Breeding news

Uncle Mo never got a chance to run in the Kentucky Derby, but he has three from his first crop who are running for the roses. Also, California freshman sires Coil and Empire Way both got their first winners last week.

Horses to watch

Los Alamitos:
LOFTY CAUSE
Trainer: Patty Harrington
Last race: April 29, 1st
Finish: 6th by 9
Beyer: 24
This 2-year-old filly posted fast works and was bet to odds-on. But she broke inward, raced inside, found trouble into the lane, and faded. Creative Cause filly is better than shown.

DRF Plus subscribers can see the rest of Brad Free’s horses to watch from last week by clicking here.

reporting by Jim Dunleavy, Chuck Dybal, David Grening, Marcus Hersh, Mike Hogan, Marty McGee, Jay Privman, Nicole Russo, and Mike Welsch.

Ken Pitchford More than 1 year ago
get on nyquist