05/09/2016 5:29PM

The week that was in racing, May 2-8, 2016

Kim Pratt
Nyquist, with Mario Guitterez up, wins the Kentucky Derby to remain a perfect 8 for 8.

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.

Nyquist remains unbeaten, takes all of the roses

Nyquist entered the starting gate for the 142nd Kentucky Derby a perfect 7 for 7 and with his share of doubters, particularly those who doubted his ability at 1 1/4 miles. Barely more than two minutes later (2:01.31 to be exact), he joined Seattle Slew as the only horses in history to be crowned champion juvenile and remain unbeaten through a Derby victory. That victory left little doubt of his superiority over his peers and has scared off many of his usual rivals for the Preakness. For the final race chart and to catch up on all the Derby stories from DRF, go here.

Cathryn Sophia shows she can get the distance

Cathryn Sophia proved her doubters wrong and stormed away to a convincing victory in Friday’s Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Even trainer John Servis wasn’t sure she wanted to go 1 1/8 miles, after fading to third in the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland in April. Servis planned to cut her back to seven furlongs in the Grade 2 Eight Belles, before the defection of champion Songbird changed his mind.

The return of a champion

The Kentucky Oaks and Derby were the focus of the racing world on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday the focus of race fans shifted to Santa Anita. Champion mare Beholder was making her 6-year-old debut and her first race since a fever caused her to scratch from the 2015 Breeders’s Cup Classic in the Grade 3 Adoration Stakes, and her five rivals provided little competition. She sat outside of trouble and drew off easily, winning geared down for her 14th stakes win and seventh consecutive victory. Although she has unfinished business in 2016, owner B. Wayne Hughes mentioned after the race that he was considering bringing her back for 2017 [DRF Plus].

Graded stakes on Derby undercard

Six other graded stakes were run Saturday at Churchill Downs. Tepin had little trouble in the Grade 2 Distaff Turf Mile, which left her connections thinking of sending her to Royal Ascot [DRF Plus]. Taris captured her first Grade 1 in the Humana Distaff, stalking pacesetter Stonetastic before pulling clear late. Divisidero showed his love for the Churchill turf course and stamped himself as a player in the older male turf division with a narrow win over World Approval in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve. Catalina Red and Sharp Azteca gave trainer Jorge Navarro two wins on the day, in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes and Grade 3 Pat Day Mile, respectively. And Camelot Kitten prevailed by a head over Beach Patrol in the Grade 2 American Turf, for trainer Chad Brown and owner/breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey.

Graded stakes on the Oaks undercard

Curalina made her 4-year-old debut count, with a convincing win in the Grade 1 La Troienne. Eight-year-old Majestic Harbor showed little sign of slowing down, winning the Grade 2 Alysheba. Carina Mia missed the break but recovered to win the Grade 2 Eight Belles impressively. Catch a Glimpse extended her winning streak to six, taking the Grade 3 Edgewood Stakes. And Rocket Heat led every step of the way in the Grade 3 Turf Sprint.

Graded stakes at Belmont Park

French-bred filly Sea Calisi made an impressive North American debut Saturday in the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Stakes, trailing a slow pace most of the race before pulling clear late. Ironicus looked like his old self, winning the Grade 3 Fort Marcy in his first start in eight months. Anchor Down led wire to wire in the Grade 3 Westchester, pulling away late for the first stakes win of his career.

Breeding news

Nyquist’s Derby win helped his sire, Uncle Mo, have a big weekend, but Curlin had a strong week as well.

reporting by Jim Dunleavy, David Grening, Marcus Hersh, Byron King, Mike Hogan, Marty McGee, Joe Nevills, Jay Privman, Nicole Russo, and Mike Welsch

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why was there no photo finish posted for FOURTH place in the Derby.  The only photo finish posed was for third.  The closing speed of the #2 horse gave the #14 horse (who was declared fourth) a real question.