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The Week in Review: April 11, 2019
THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2019
by: Valerie Mellema
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Chasing Yesterday to Skip Kentucky Oaks
CHASING YESTERDAY, the half-sister of AMERICAN PHAROAH and Bob Baffert trainee will be skipping the Kentucky Oaks after a third-place finish in the Santa Anita Oaks last weekend.
"We're just going to give her a break right now. She's only had three outs. We're going to take her to Kentucky, and we'll train her. The quality's there. She only got beat three lengths by the favorite of the Kentucky Oaks," stated Baffert.
Winx to Make Final Start
It's not often that we get to witness a mare make multiple grade one starts, much less win 32 in a row. Her final start will be on Saturday. Of course, she couldn't prep for that final start without making some headlines first. The Street Cry mare had some pent up energy in the saddling enclosure this morning and let that energy out via a kick to the Longines sign. Fortunately, a lameness exam shows she is still in top condition and ready to run Saturday.
No Whip Day on Hold at Santa Anita
Last week the CHRB and jockeys had agreed to try out a day of racing with no whips. That decision has been changed by The Jockeys' Guild. Multiple riders and trainers have commented at how dangerous it could be for riders to not have their riding crops while riding. Due to the style that jockeys ride racehorses, they do not have full control of the horse with their legs. A riding crop can be used to correct their horses and keep them from running into other horses. Many horses are also trained to change leads by the whip.
The modern day whip is also very different from the crops of the past. "I think the new safety whips, or 'poppers' whips that they have today. It's more the use of a tool that isn't causing any harm or pain to horses, more just the actual popping sounds and the visibility of the whips in those situations," stated Mike Smith.
Arkansas Derby Post Positions Drawn
Post positions for the 1 1/8th mile Arkansas Derby were drawn yesterday at Oaklawn Park. IMPROBABLE received the inside post of the 11 horse field. IMPROBABLE will also be ridden by jockey Jose Ortiz. The colt is the seventh Arkansas Derby favorite in a row for Baffert and recently won the first division of the Rebel Stakes. He is the 8-5 morning line favorite.
OMAHA BEACH is the 2-1 second choice favorite and will break from post 3 under Mike Smith.
The full field includes:
Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Awards Announced
JUSTIFY was named Horse of the Year and Champion 3-Year-Old Male by the KTOB yesterday at the KTOB Awards Luncheon at Keeneland.
Several other top headline-making horses received awards yesterday as well including:
Two-Year-Old Male: Game Winner
Two-Year-Old Filly: Jaywalk
Three-Year-Old Filly: Monomoy Girl
Older Dirt Male: Accelerate
Older Dirt Female: Abel Tasman
Male Turf: Oscar Performance
Female Turf: Rushing Fall
Female Sprinter: Marley's Freedom
Steeplechase Horse: Balance the Budget
Racing Abroad: Roaring Lion
Broodmare of the Year: Stage Magic (Justify's Dam)
Have a great week!
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