Kentucky Derby

Gunnevera parked outside in Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The late addition of three decided outsiders to the field suddenly made Wednesday’s post-position draw for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby very relevant. And sure enough, the draw proved significant, with Fountain of Youth winner and 9-5 morning-line favorite Gunnevera assigned the far-outside post 11, a disadvantage with such a short run to the first turn in 1 1/8-mile races at Gulfstream Park.

Kentucky Derby: Who's hot, who's not for March 29

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Sunland Derby winner Hence has been added to the Derby Watch top 20 at 40-1.

WHO’S HOT

Kentucky Derby pedigree analysis: Local Hero

Local Hero

Hard Spun-Liam’s Dream, by Saint Liam

(Bred in Kentucky by Three Chimneys Farm; $500,000 purchase by e Five Racing Thoroughbreds at Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of selected 2-year-olds in training)

Blue Grass gains Practical Joke, loses Classic Empire

The Grade 2, $1 million Blue Grass Stakes on April 8 at Keeneland lost one significant player but picked up another on Tuesday as the connections of Classic Empire and Practical Joke finalized plans for their dual Grade 1-winning 3-year-old colts.

Conquest Mo Money misses late Triple Crown deadline

The connections of Sunland Derby runner-up Conquest Mo Money tried to make the horse a late nominee to the Triple Crown, but they missed the deadline and the nomination was rejected, confirmed a representative from Churchill Downs. In order to run in the Kentucky Derby, he will have to be supplemented to the race at a cost of $200,000 by time of entry.

Road to the Derby: Sunland Derby analysis

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Hence moved past Conquest Mo Money in upper stretch and drew away to a clear-cut victory.

Grade 3, $800,000 Sunland Derby, 1 1/8 miles, Sunland Park, March 26, 2017
(50 Derby qualifying points for a win, 20 for second, 10 for third, 5 for fourth)

Winner: Hence, by Street Boss

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Alfredo Juarez Jr.

Owner: Calumet Farm

Beyer Speed Figure: 93

Hence jumps into Kentucky Derby picture

Sunland Derby winner Hence was traveling back to his Oaklawn base on Monday, his spot in the Kentucky Derby secure as he picked up 50 qualifying points for his victory. But the path he will take to the May 6 classic at Churchill Downs is to be determined, trainer Steve Asmussen said.

Seven confirmed for Florida Derby, with Practical Joke on the fence

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Gulfstream: Seven confirmed for Florida Derby

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The field for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park was all but finalized last Saturday following a busy morning during which all eight potential starters put in their final works at four different venues around the local area.

Tapwrit headed to Blue Grass

Tapwrit, winner  of the Tampa Bay Derby in his last start, will head to Keeneland for the Grade 2 Blue Grass Stakes on April 8 for his final start before the May 6 Kentucky Derby, Aron Wellman, who runs the Eclipse Thoroughbred partnership, said Monday.

Japanese runner in Kentucky Derby unlikely

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Epicharis (right) finishes second to Thunder Snow in the United Arab Emirates Derby.

It is increasingly doubtful that a Japanese-based runner will compete in this year’s Kentucky Derby on May 6. Epicharis, the runner-up in the United Arab Emirates Derby on Saturday, has been removed from consideration by his connections, and the only other two prospects who could be invited by Churchill Downs are unlikely to participate, according to the Japan Racing Association.

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