5 Stakes Winners Highlight Weekend Racing Roundup
Five stakes races highlighted the weekend of racing in the U.S. while a pair big money horse races were all the rage in Dubai. A pair of 3-year olds stamped their ticket to the Run for the Roses May 7 as the Road to the Kentucky Derby nears. Gun Runner and Lani will be one’s to watch as both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes near. Here is a weekend racing roundup.
Gun Runner followed up his victory in the Risen Star last month with a 4 ½ length victory in the $1 million Louisiana Derby (G2) at the Fair Grounds. He’s secured his spot in the Kentucky Derby but critics note he’s yet to run fast compared to some of the other leading Derby contenders after posting a Beyer Speed Figure of 91 in the Louisiana Derby.
Lani staged a massive comeback in winning the UAE Derby (G2) in Dubai. The son of Tapit earned 100 Derby points and punched his ticket to the Run for the Roses May 7.
California Chrome was much the best in the desert Saturday evening in Dubai as the 2014 Kentucky Derby winner pulled clear in the stretch to win the world’s richest race in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G2). Two-time Preakness Stakes winning jockey Victor Espinoza added to his and accomplishments while making California Chrome the richest racehorse ever in American earnings.
Land Over Sea charged late and was best in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2); the leading Kentucky Oaks prep race.
Trainer Bill Mott notched three stakes wins at three different tracks Saturday. Take the Stand cruised to a front-running victory in the Grade II Mervin Muniz Memorial (G2) at the Fair Grounds. Tuttipaesi took the Santa Ana Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita, closing through a tight spot in the final furlong to edge Glory by a neck. Jockey Chris DeCarlo was aboard Tuttipaesi in his first mount at Santa Anita. Harmonize made a successful 2016 debut in the Sanibel Island Stakes at Gulfstream, her first race since last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.