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It’s a packed weekend for racing, with four Kentucky Derby points preps from coast to coast and three for the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks.

The storylines include the 2023 debut of Forte in the Fountain of Youth (G2) and Red Carpet Ready’s attempt to remain undefeated in the Davona Dale (G3).

In all, 14 graded stakes are on the calendar for Saturday and two on Sunday. Here’s an early look at the fields.


Kentucky Derby points preps – Saturday


Fountain of Youth (G2), Gulfstream Park, 1 1/16 miles, 3-year-olds, 50-20-15-10-5 points

Forte isn’t the only one making his 2023 debut. Blazing Sevens, fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile won by Forte and winner of the Champagne (G1), also gets his first start of the year. Five return here from the Holy Bull (G3), including winner Rocket Can and runner-up Shadow Dragon. General Jim is coming off a win in the Swale (G3).

San Felipe (G2), Santa Anita, 1 1/16 miles, 3-year-olds, 50-20-15-10-5 points

Tim Yakteen’s entries include colts formerly trained by Bob Baffert: Hejazi, National Treasure, Mr Fisk and Fort Bragg. Hejazai broke his maiden last out after finishing third in the American Pharoah (G1) behind stablemates Cave Rock and National Treasure. The latter went on to finish third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Sham (G3). Practical Move won the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) last out for Yakteen, with Fort Bragg coming in third. Chase the Chaos returns to dirt and tries his first graded stakes after winning the El Camino Real Derby.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk Chase The Chaos Chase The Chaos

Astern

6.09

Ed Moger, Jr.

Armando Ayuso

1st, 2023 El Camino Real Derby LS

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 El Camino Real Derby LS

2 Horse Silk National Treasure National Treasure

Quality Road

6.26

Tim Yakteen

John R. Velazquez

3rd, 2023 Sham G3

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Sham G3

3 Horse Silk Practical Move Practical Move

Practical Joke

7.02

Tim Yakteen

Ramon A. Vazquez

1st, 2022 Los Alamitos Futurity G2

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2022 Los Alamitos Futurity G2

4 Horse Silk Bluegrass Go Go Bluegrass Go Go

Sharp Azteca

0.00

Doug F. O’Neill

Edwin A. Maldonado

2nd, SA MdnOC (2/4/23-R7)

Entered

Last Race

2nd, SA MdnOC (2/4/23-R7)

5 Horse Silk Genius Jimmy Genius Jimmy

Jimmy Creed

4.79

Michael J. McCarthy

Kazushi Kimura

1st, SA MSW (2/4/23-R8)

Entered

Last Race

1st, SA MSW (2/4/23-R8)

6 Horse Silk Crypto Ride Crypto Ride

Clubhouse Ride

0.00

Craig A. Lewis

Umberto Rispoli

3rd, SA Str (2/11/23-R4)

Entered

Last Race

3rd, SA Str (2/11/23-R4)

7 Horse Silk Hejazi Hejazi

Bernardini

5.69

Tim Yakteen

Mike E. Smith

1st, SA MSW (1/15/23-R1)

Entered

Last Race

1st, SA MSW (1/15/23-R1)

8 Horse Silk Geaux Rocket Ride Geaux Rocket Ride

Candy Ride

5.84

Richard E. Mandella

Flavien Prat

1st, SA MSW (1/29/23-R3)

Entered

Last Race

1st, SA MSW (1/29/23-R3)

9 Horse Silk Fort Bragg Fort Bragg

Tapit

6.12

Tim Yakteen

Juan J. Hernandez

3rd, 2022 Los Alamitos Futurity G2

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2022 Los Alamitos Futurity G2

10 Horse Silk Skinner Skinner

Curlin

4.93

John A. Shirreffs

Victor Espinoza

1st, SA MSW (2/12/23-R6)

Entered

Last Race

1st, SA MSW (2/12/23-R6)

11 Horse Silk Mr Fisk Mr Fisk

Arrogate

4.45

Tim Yakteen

Frankie Dettori

1st, SA MSW (1/2/23-R9)

Entered

Last Race

1st, SA MSW (1/2/23-R9)

Gotham (G3), Aqueduct, 1 mile, 3-year-olds, 50-20-15-10-5 points

Lugan Knight won the Jerome last out by a half-length over Arctic Arrogance, who also is expected here after a second-place finish in the Withers (G3). Carmel Road and Fort Warren were switched to new trainers from Bob Baffert’s barn. Recruiter is 4-for-4 and tries graded company for the first time.

Probables weren’t available for the listed John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park, offering 20-8-6-4-2 Kentucky Derby points.


Kentucky Oaks points preps – Saturday


Davona Dale (G2), Gulfstream, 1 mile, 3-year-old fillies, 50-20-15-10-5 points

The top four finishers from the Forward Gal (G3) are entered here, including undefeated Red Carpet Ready. That was the second start for Undervalued Asset, who won her debut by 8 1/4 lengths. Leave No Trace makes her first start of the year after finishing second to Wonder Wheel in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Busher Invitational (listed), Aqueduct, 1 mile, 3-year-old fillies, 50-20-15-10-5 points

Shidabhuti is 2-for-2 and won an optional-claiming allowance here last out. Also probable for Chad Brown is Asset Purchase, winner of her debut here by 8 lengths in January. Capella is 2-for-2 for Brad Cox, with both starts on synthetic at Turfway.

Probables weren’t available for the listed Cincinnati Trophy at Turfway, offering, 50-20-15-10-5 Kentucky. Oaks points.

Other graded stakes


Saturday


Santa Anita Handicap (G1), Santa Anita, 1 1/4 miles, 4-year-olds and up

Newgrange started the year with a win in the San Pasqual (G2), with Hopper and Parnelli in second and third. Defunded had won two graded stakes before finishing second to Art Collector in the Pegasus World Cup (G1). Stilleto Boy, also entered here, was third in the Pegasus.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk There Goes Harvard There Goes Harvard

Will Take Charge

5.27

Michael W. McCarthy

Kazushi Kimura

11th, 2023 Thunder Road Stakes G3

Entered

Last Race

11th, 2023 Thunder Road Stakes G3

2 Horse Silk Parnelli Parnelli

Quality Road

5.57

John A. Shirreffs

Victor Espinoza

3rd, 2023 San Pasqual Stakes G2

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2023 San Pasqual Stakes G2

3 Horse Silk Newgrange Newgrange

Violence

5.72

Philip D’Amato

Frankie Dettori

1st, 2023 San Pasqual Stakes G2

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 San Pasqual Stakes G2

4 Horse Silk Stilleto Boy Stilleto Boy

Shackleford

6.70

Ed Moger, Jr.

Kent J. Desormeaux

3rd, 2023 Pegasus World Cup G1

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Pegasus World Cup G1

5 Horse Silk Defunded Defunded

Dialed In

5.89

Bob Baffert

Juan J. Hernandez

2nd, 2023 Pegasus World Cup G1

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Pegasus World Cup G1

6 Horse Silk Warrant Warrant

Constitution

5.67

Brad H. Cox

Flavien Prat

3rd, 2022 Cornhusker Handicap G3

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2022 Cornhusker Handicap G3

7 Horse Silk Heywoods Beach Heywoods Beach

Speightstown

5.34

John W. Sadler

Ramon A. Vazquez

3rd, 2022 San Antonio Stakes G2

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2022 San Antonio Stakes G2

8 Horse Silk Hopper Hopper

Declaration of War

5.34

Bob Baffert

Mike E. Smith

2nd, 2023 San Pasqual Stakes G2

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2023 San Pasqual Stakes G2

9 Horse Silk Scarlet Fusion Scarlet Fusion

Curlin

4.47

Joe Sharp

Edwin A. Maldonado

1st, 2023 John B. Connally Turf Cup G3

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 John B. Connally Turf Cup G3

10 Horse Silk Tisquantum Tisquantum

Constitution

0.00

Rolando Quinonez

Hector I. Berrios

Entered

11 Horse Silk Proxy Proxy

Tapit

7.54

Michael Stidham

John R. Velazquez

5th, 2023 Pegasus World Cup G1

Entered

Last Race

5th, 2023 Pegasus World Cup G1

Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1), Santa Anita, 1 mile (turf), 4-year-olds and up

Hong Kong Harry returns after compiling a 6: 5-1-0 record last year, including three graded-stakes wins. Balnikhov was beaten by a nose last out in the Mathis Mile (G2). Du Jour was second by a nose in the Thunder Road (G3) in his first start in over a year. Air Force Red was a neck back in third in the Thunder Road.

Buena Vista (G2), Santa Anita, 1 mile (turf), fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Quattroelle topped three others entered here in winning the Megahertz (G3) last out. Macadamia got her first U.S. win in five starts last out in a Santa Anita optional-claiming allowance.


Gulfstream Park Mile (G2), Gulfstream, 1 mile, 4-year-olds and up

Charge It returned after a seven-month layoff to win an optional-claiming allowance here on Feb. 5. The top four finishers from the Fred W. Hooper (G3) also are expected here. Endorsed rallied to beat Octane by 2 3/4 lengths for his second straight win.

Mac Diarmida (G2), Gulfstream, 1 3/8 miles (turf), 4-year-olds and up

Astronaut and Highest Honors make their first starts since finishing 1-2 in the Red Smith (G3) in November at Aqueduct. Bemma’s Boy returned from an eight-month layoff to finish a neck and a nose out of second in a Gulfstream optional-claiming allowance Jan. 1.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk Highest Honors Highest Honors

Tapit

5.23

Chad C. Brown

Irad Ortiz, Jr.

2nd, 2022 Red Smith G2

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2022 Red Smith G2

2 Horse Silk Master Piece Master Piece

Mastercraftsman

4.87

Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.

Tyler Gaffalione

7th, 2023 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational G1

Entered

Last Race

7th, 2023 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational G1

3 Horse Silk Value Proposition Value Proposition

Dansili

6.09

Gedaliah Goodman

Leonel Reyes

9th, 2022 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational G3

Entered

Last Race

9th, 2022 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational G3

4 Horse Silk Time for Trouble Time for Trouble

English Channel

4.12

Jeff Hiles

Junior Alvarado

6th, 2023 W. L. McKnight Handicap G3

Entered

Last Race

6th, 2023 W. L. McKnight Handicap G3

5 Horse Silk Henley's Joy Henley’s Joy

Kitten’s Joy

5.73

Mark E. Casse

Julien R. Leparoux

2nd, WO AlwOC (7/3/22-R10)

Entered

Last Race

2nd, WO AlwOC (7/3/22-R10)

6 Horse Silk Bemma's Boy Bemma’s Boy

Into Mischief

6.06

Michael J. Maker

Miguel A. Vasquez

3rd, 2022 Elkhorn G2

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2022 Elkhorn G2

7 Horse Silk Astronaut Astronaut

Quality Road

5.84

Thomas Albertrani

Luis Saez

1st, 2022 Red Smith G2

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2022 Red Smith G2

8 Horse Silk Barberini Barberini

Flintshire

4.12

Arnaud Delacour

Jorge Ruiz

10th, 2023 Tampa Bay Stakes G3

Entered

Last Race

10th, 2023 Tampa Bay Stakes G3

9 Horse Silk Shawdyshawdyshawdy Shawdyshawdyshawdy

Summer Front

5.47

Jorge R. Abreu

Paco Lopez

4th, 2023 W. L. McKnight Handicap G3

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2023 W. L. McKnight Handicap G3

10 Horse Silk Value Engineering Value Engineering

Lemon Drop Kid

4.79

Michael J. Maker

Jose L. Ortiz

2nd, 2023 W. L. McKnight Handicap G3

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2023 W. L. McKnight Handicap G3

11 Horse Silk Abaan Abaan

Will Take Charge

5.12

Todd A. Pletcher

Joel Rosario

9th, 2023 W. L. McKnight Handicap G3

Entered

Last Race

9th, 2023 W. L. McKnight Handicap G3

12 Horse Silk Wicked Fast Wicked Fast

Tourist

4.45

Michael J. Maker

Javier J. Castellano

3rd, 2023 W. L. McKnight Handicap G3

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2023 W. L. McKnight Handicap G3

13 Horse Silk Marwad Marwad

Intello

4.45

Nader Moubarak

Javier J. Castellano

5th, 2022 Virginia Derby G3

Entered

Last Race

5th, 2022 Virginia Derby G3

Canadian Turf (G3), Gulfstream, 1 1/16 miles (turf), 4-year-olds and up

Emmanuel came off a six-month break to win the Tampa Bay Stakes and is 2-for-4 since switching to turf. Steady On and Dakota Gold were a nose and a neck away from winning the Tropical Park Derby here last out.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk English Bee English Bee

English Channel

6.09

H. Graham Motion

Luis Saez

5th, 2022 Dinner Party G2

Entered

Last Race

5th, 2022 Dinner Party G2

2 Horse Silk California Frolic California Frolic

California Chrome

4.59

Armando De La Cerda

Junior Alvarado

2nd, 2022 Virginia Derby G3

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2022 Virginia Derby G3

3 Horse Silk Emmanuel Emmanuel

More Than Ready

5.28

Todd A. Pletcher

Javier J. Castellano

1st, 2023 Tampa Bay Stakes G3

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 Tampa Bay Stakes G3

4 Horse Silk Fort Washington Fort Washington

War Front

4.59

Claude R. McGaughey III

Jose L. Ortiz

3rd, 2022 Tropical Park Derby LS

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2022 Tropical Park Derby LS

5 Horse Silk Good Governance Good Governance

Kingman

4.45

Anna Meah

Julien R. Leparoux

9th, 2023 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational G1

Entered

Last Race

9th, 2023 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational G1

6 Horse Silk Shadow Sphinx Shadow Sphinx

Pioneerof the Nile

5.34

Michael J. Maker

Tyler Gaffalione

10th, 2022 Fort Lauderdale G2

Entered

Last Race

10th, 2022 Fort Lauderdale G2

7 Horse Silk Souper Dormy Souper Dormy

Into Mischief

5.12

Martin Drexler

Edgard J. Zayas

7th, 2022 Tapit RS

Entered

Last Race

7th, 2022 Tapit RS

8 Horse Silk Safe Conduct Safe Conduct

Bodemeister

4.34

Philip M. Serpe

Emma-Jayne Wilson

3rd, 2022 Knickerbocker G3

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2022 Knickerbocker G3

9 Horse Silk Dakota Gold Dakota Gold

Freud

4.67

Danny Gargan

Miguel A. Vasquez

3rd, 2022 Tropical Park Derby LS

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2022 Tropical Park Derby LS

10 Horse Silk Steady On Steady On

Pioneerof the Nile

0.00

Todd A. Pletcher

Irad Ortiz, Jr.

2nd, 2022 Tropical Park Derby LS

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2022 Tropical Park Derby LS

The Very One (G3), Gulfstream, 1 1/16 miles (turf), fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Lady Rockstar’s third-place finish in the Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G3) was her second start after a five-month layoff. Transient has finished in the money for seven straight starts and was beaten a neck last out in the La Prevoyante (G3).

Herecomesthebride (G3), Gulfstream, 1 mile (turf), 3-year-old fillies

Cairo Consort followed her third-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf with two stakes wins, including a score in the Sweetest Chant (G3) here last out. Blind Spot makes her first start since the Oct. 7 Jessamine (G2), where she finished ninth after a bad trip. She previously had won two straight.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk Anna Karenine Anna Karenine

Toronado

0.00

Chad C. Brown

Tyler Gaffalione

5th, 2022 Prix du Calvados G2

Entered

Last Race

5th, 2022 Prix du Calvados G2

2 Horse Silk American Rockette American Rockette

American Pharoah

4.45

William I. Mott

Junior Alvarado

7th, 2022 Golden Rod G2

Entered

Last Race

7th, 2022 Golden Rod G2

3 Horse Silk Malleymoo Malleymoo

English Channel

0.00

Jack Sisterson

Joel Rosario

6th, 2023 Sweetest Chant G3

Entered

Last Race

6th, 2023 Sweetest Chant G3

4 Horse Silk Riding Pretty Riding Pretty

Jack Milton

4.45

Eddie Owens Jr.

Paco Lopez

1st, GP AlwOC (1/12/23-R6)

Entered

Last Race

1st, GP AlwOC (1/12/23-R6)

5 Horse Silk Blind Spot Blind Spot

Cross Traffic

6.19

Saffie A. Joseph, Jr.

Edgard J. Zayas

9th, 2022 Jessamine G2

Entered

Last Race

9th, 2022 Jessamine G2

6 Horse Silk Revalita Revalita

Recoletos

0.00

Chad C. Brown

Jose L. Ortiz

Entered

7 Horse Silk Cairo Consort Cairo Consort

Cairo Prince

5.07

Todd A. Pletcher

Irad Ortiz, Jr.

1st, 2023 Sweetest Chant G3

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 Sweetest Chant G3

8 Horse Silk Papilio Papilio

Starspangledbanner

0.00

Mark E. Casse

Luis Saez

6th, 2022 Moyglare Stud Stakes G1

Entered

Last Race

6th, 2022 Moyglare Stud Stakes G1

9 Horse Silk Danse Macabre Danse Macabre

Army Mule

4.45

Kelsey Danner

Adam Beschizza

3rd, 2022 Matron G3

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2022 Matron G3

10 Horse Silk Moonage Daydream Moonage Daydream

Candy Ride

3.79

Jorge R. Abreu

Edgar Perez

1st, 2022 Stewart Manor LS

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2022 Stewart Manor LS

11 Horse Silk Tituba Tituba

Good Magic

0.00

Todd A. Pletcher

Julien R. Leparoux

1st, GP MSW (1/29/23-R7)

Entered

Last Race

1st, GP MSW (1/29/23-R7)

12 Horse Silk Sweetlou'sgotaces Sweetlou’sgotaces

Constitution

4.12

Raymond Handal

Javier J. Castellano

9th, 2023 Sweetest Chant G3

Entered

Last Race

9th, 2023 Sweetest Chant G3

Honey Fox (G3), Gulfstream, 1 mile (turf), fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Speak of the Devil makes her first start since finishing fourth in the June 11 Just a Game (G1). Before that, she won the Distaff Turf Mile (G2) on the Kentucky Derby undercard in her U.S. debut. White Frost won an optional-claiming allowance here in her first start in 14 months.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk Faith In Humanity Faith In Humanity

Lope de Vega

5.84

Chad C. Brown

Joel Rosario

1st, 2022 Pebbles G3

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2022 Pebbles G3

2 Horse Silk Sweet Enough Sweet Enough

Lope de Vega

0.00

Roger L. Attfield

Emma-Jayne Wilson

8th, 2023 Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf G3

Entered

Last Race

8th, 2023 Pegasus Filly & Mare Turf G3

3 Horse Silk Speak Of The Devil Speak Of The Devil

Wootton Bassett

6.12

Chad C. Brown

Irad Ortiz, Jr.

4th, 2022 Just A Game G1

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2022 Just A Game G1

4 Horse Silk White Frost White Frost

Candy Ride

5.34

William I. Mott

Junior Alvarado

2nd, 2021 Winter Memories LS

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2021 Winter Memories LS

5 Horse Silk Kahiko Kahiko

First Samurai

4.12

J. Kent Sweezey

Paco Lopez

8th, 2022 Suwannee River G3

Entered

Last Race

8th, 2022 Suwannee River G3

6 Horse Silk Miss Delicious Miss Delicious

California Chrome

0.00

Steve Klesaris

Javier J. Castellano

2nd, Bel Str (7/2/22-R2)

Entered

Last Race

2nd, Bel Str (7/2/22-R2)

7 Horse Silk Princess Theorem Princess Theorem

Nyquist

5.17

Brendan P. Walsh

Tyler Gaffalione

7th, 2022 Marie G. Krantz Memorial LS

Entered

Last Race

7th, 2022 Marie G. Krantz Memorial LS

8 Horse Silk Miss Yearwood Miss Yearwood

Will Take Charge

4.45

Ian R. Wilkes

Luca Panici

3rd, 2022 Jockey Club Oaks G3

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2022 Jockey Club Oaks G3

9 Horse Silk Touch Of Class Touch Of Class

Mizzen Mast

0.00

David Fawkes

Julien R. Leparoux

7th, 2023 Nelson J. Menard Memorial LS

Entered

Last Race

7th, 2023 Nelson J. Menard Memorial LS

10 Horse Silk Fast as Flight Fast as Flight

Air Force Blue

0.00

Brian A. Lynch

Jose L. Ortiz

Entered

11 Horse Silk Sweet Dani Girl Sweet Dani Girl

Jess’s Dream

4.67

Carlo E Vaccarezza

Luis Saez

1st, 2023 Sunshine Filly and Mare Turf RS

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 Sunshine Filly and Mare Turf RS

Tom Fool Handicap (G3), Aqueduct, 6 furlongs, 4-year-olds and up

Runninsonofagun has finished in the money in his last eight starts and was second by a neck last out in the Fall Highweight Handicap (G3). Little Vic and Drafted were no match for Repo Rocks in the Toboggan (G3) last out.

Sunday


Santa Ysabel (G3), Santa Anita, 1 1/16 miles, 3-year-old fillies

Justique and Pride of the Nile could take on undefeated Faiza again after the Bob Baffert filly beat them last out in the Las Virgenes (G3). Coffee in Bed won her Jan. 6 debut here at six furlongs. And Tell Me Nolies had one three straight before finishing eighth last out in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

San Simeon (G3), Santa Anita, 6 1/2 furlongs (turf), 4-year-olds and up

Earls Rock won the Thunder Road (G3) last out by a nose, with Air Force Red another neck back in third. Brickyard Ride would have his first start since finishing fourth in the May 29 Triple Bend (G2) here, and he’s been working well at Santa Anita.

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