MIDLANTIC-BREDS ON KENTUCKY DERBY, OAKS DAYS
Not exactly a bumper crop, but there are several horses that were bred in the Mid-Atlantic who are scheduled to face the starter in stakes at Churchill Downs this weekend.
Here’s who we’ll be watching this weekend:
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|Sharing||G2 Edgewood Stks. – Oaks Day||Maryland-bred sophomore Sharing hasn’t done much of anything wrong in her career, winning four of six, including last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. The Graham Motion trainee kicked off her 2020 campaign with a win at CD and followed that up with a good second in the Group 1 Coronation at Royal Ascot. She’s 6-5 on the morning line and will have Manny Franco up.|
|Horologist||G1 La Troienne – Oaks Day||Can this Jersey-bred take her show on the road? The four-year-old, originally trained by John Mazza and now helmed by Bill Mott, has six wins in her career — five at Monmouth Park. Johnny Velazquez will be aboard a runner who, at 4-1, is co-second choice on the morning line. She took the G3 Monmouth Oaks last out, but doubling up will be a tall order: last year’s champion sophomore filly, Monomoy Girl (4-5 on the morning line), awaits.|
|Fielder||G2 Twin Spires Turf Sprint – Oaks Day||2018, when this six-year-old won five times, feels like a long way away. The Pennsylvania-bred hasn’t won since late that year and is working on a 16-race losing streak heading into this contest. As a result, he’s 30-1 on the morning line. Paco Lopez will ride a horse whose lone stakes win came against fellow PA-breds two years back.|
|Field Pass||G2 American Turf – Derby Day||This Maryland-bred son of Lemon Drop Kid is, at 2-1, second choice on the morning line. A two-time Grade 3 winner, Field Pass was seventh last out — though beaten by only three lengths — in the $500k Saratoga Derby. The cutback to 1 1/16 miles probably won’t hurt; nor will the easier company (he was 15-1 last time). Tyler Gaffalione will ride for Mike Maker.|
|Daddy Is a Legend||G2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile – Derby Day||In addition to being a legend, Daddy is also a two-time graded stakes winner. The PA-bred Scat Daddy mare is a four-time winner in her career with earnings in excess of $500,000. The five-year-old will be making just her second start of 2020 in this spot and enters off a ninth-place finish, as the favorite, in a $100,000 stake at Ellis Park. In her prior start, last December, she was a very good second behind Got Stormy in the G1 Matriarch at Del Mar. Florent Geroux will ride a runner who’s 6-1 on the morning line.|
|Attachment Rate||G1 Kentucky Derby||The Virginia-bred Attachment Rate figures to be among the longest of longshots in the Derby; he’s 50-1 on the morning line. But he’s trained by the upset-minded Dale Romans and has been on the improve, entering off a solid second in the Ellis Park Derby that might have been the best race of his career. Joe Talamo is up.|