How’d the Midlantic-breds fare in Derby day stakes?
Still Having Fun. Photo by Viola Jasko/NYRA.
Several horses bred in the Mid-Atlantic competed in Kentucky Derby day stakes. How’d the Midlantic-breds fare? The answers:
- Daddy Is a Legend (PA) finished third in the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile on the green stuff at Churchill Downs. Under Manny Franco, Daddy Is a Legend rallied from eighth to earn the show spot, just over a length behind the winner, Beau Recall. The Scat Daddy filly has three wins and over $360,000 in earnings from 12 career starts.
- In that same Churchill Distaff Turf Mile, Valedictorian (NJ) stalked the early pace, but like all the other runners in the early vanguard — the top four after a half-mile all finished in the bottom half of the field — she faded from the scene and finished eighth under Luis Saez. The Kelly Breen trainee has 11 wins and $567,765 in earnings in her career.
- In the Grade 1 Churchill Downs Stakes, Still Having Fun (MD) didn’t make much impact en route to an eighth-place finish. The Tim Keefe-trained runner has four wins and $522,367 in earnings in his career.
- Prince Lucky (PA), the top-rated older horse in the latest Top Midlantic-bred Poll, was close up early in the Grade 3 Westchester before fading from the scene. The even-money favorite in the race, he ended up sixth in the seven-horse field. The Todd Pletcher trainee has six wins and over $480,000 in earnings in his career.
- Also in that same race, the millionaire Sunny Ridge (NJ), who has six wins and more than $1.2 million in career earnings, rallied from last to earn third under Jose Lezcano. He is trained by Jason Servis.