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Materiality Holds Off Upstart In The Florida Derby

Materiality holds off Upstart to win the Grade 1 Florida Derby (Photo: Kenny Martin, Coglianese)
Materiality holds off Upstart to win the Grade 1 Florida Derby (Photo: Kenny Martin, Coglianese)

Materiality Holds Off Upstart In The Florida Derby

In what ended up being a two horse race, it was Materiality that won the Grade 1 Florida Derby over Upstart by a length and a half.

Jack Tripp took the lead out of the gate with a good break, but was soon taken on by Materiality with Upstart a length back in third. Itsaknockout settled in fourth, Quimet was in fifth, My Point Exactly was in sixth, and Ami’s Flatter was seventh. Indianaughty was eighth and the trailer was Dekabrist by more than 11 lengths.

On the backstretch Jack Tripp was still prompted by Materiality and Upstart was three wide. Quimet was fourth, My Point Exactly was fifth, Ami’s Flatter was sixth, and Itsaknockout was back to seventh. The trailing duo remained Indianuaghty and Dekabrist.

On the far turn the race turned into a match race between Materiality and Upstart as the other horses failed to make up any ground.

Throughout the stretch it was Materiality on the inside who repelled every attack from Upstart. He eventually pulled away to win by a length and a half. It was over 12 lengths back to Ami’s Flatter in third and Itsaknockout finished fourth.

The rest of the field, in order of finish, was Dekabrist, Indianaughty, My Point Exactly, Quimet, and Jack Tripp. The results chart can be found here via Equibase.

Materiality is by Afleet Alex out of the Langfuhr mare Wildwood Flower. He was ridden by John Velazquez and is trained by Todd Pletcher. He ran the one mile and one eighth in 1:52.30 while paying $5.60 to win, $3.00 to place, and $2.40 to show.

Materiality went off as the second choice at 9-5 behind Upstart who was even money.

For the win, Materiality earned his first 100 points towards the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard. Upstart earned 40 points to bring his total to 76, Ami’s Flatter earned 20 points for a total of 40, and Itsaknockout earned 10 points for a total of 60.

The Florida Derby was the third Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race on Saturday. The first was the Group 2 UAE Derby and the other was the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby.

The Road to the Kentucky Derby continues next week with the Grade 1 Wood Memorial from Aqueduct, the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby from Santa Anita, and the Grade 1 Blue Grass from Keeneland.

2015 Florida Derby Preview

2015 Florida Derby Preview

The final Road to the Kentucky Derby race on Saturday, March 28 will the Grade 1 Florida Derby. The other two races, the Group 2 UAE Derby and the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby, will have been settled by the time the Florida Derby goes off.

The Florida Derby will be at a mile and an eighth with 9 three year olds racing for a purse of $1,000,000. As with the other 2 Derby Preps on Saturday, the top four finishers will receive points towards the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard. The winner will receive 100 points, second place will receive 40 points, third place will receive 20 points, and 10 points will be awarded to the fourth place finisher.

The Grade 1 Florida Derby is carded as the 14th and last race on the Gulfstream Park card on Saturday with a scheduled post time of 6:48 PM Eastern Time. Free past performances can be found here.

1. Ami’s Flatter (8-1 Morning Line) – He started his career late in 2014 with a win in his debut at Woodbine going 7 furlongs. A move down south to Gulfstream saw him enter the Mucho Macho Man and finish second by 1 3/4 lengths. He was then shipped to Tampa for the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis, but he ran an even fourth. Despite that fourth place finish, he was sent back to Tampa for the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby where he ran a solid second behind runaway winner Carpe Diem. If the track is playing kind to off the pace types, he could sneak into the exacta.

2. Jack Tripp (20-1 ML) – He started his career on turf, but the turf career was short-lived after he finished sixth beaten 5 3/4 lengths. He then went to dirt for his next two races at Keeneland where he was second and then broke his maiden in his third start by 5 lengths. Since then he has been entered in four straight optional claiming races, but he has yet to finish better than third. Pass on his chances in this race.

3. Indianaughty (20-1 ML) – He started his career across the Atlantic in Great Britain with a third place finish over the polytrack at Kempton Park. He won his second start by 5 lengths at Linfield, again on polytrack. He was subsequently sent to South Florida and he made his turf debut a winning one by a head. Buoyed by that good performance, he was entered in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby and he failed to make an impact after battling for the lead. It is hard to endorse him here after that last race.

4. Itsaknockout (2-1 ML) – He has stayed here in South Florida for his first three races. He won his debut by a nose and then won an optional claiming event by 5 1/4 lengths. After those two wins, he went into the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and finished second by 2 3/4 lengths. However, he was awarded the victory controversially after Upstart was disqualified and placed second. He will be sitting just off the pace in this race once again is one of the obvious choices to win.

5. Quimet (20-1 ML) – He started his career with back-to-back turf races, but failed to do much in those events and was given a nearly three month break. He came back to run on dirt at Gulfstream and won his comeback race by half a length in a $50,000 maiden claiming event and then finished second by 1 1/2 lengths in an optional claiming going a mile and an eighth. He then ran in the Islamorada Handicap, but was decimated by 16 lengths while finishing fourth. It is hard to like his chances in this spot unless all the favorites do not fire.

6. My Point Exactly (30-1 ML) – His first race came here at Gulfstream with a 5 furlong dash. He finished seventh by 6 1/4 lengths and then was switched to dirt where he was sixth by 7 1/2 lengths. He broke through in his third start when he was given a route of ground. He won the mile race by 10 lengths and was then shipped to Louisiana Downs for the listed Sunday Silence Stakes. That race was on turf and he prevailed by a neck. He has not been seen since that race on September 6 and will probably need this race.

7. Materiality (7-2 ML) – The second Todd Pletcher entrant comes in this race undefeated, just as his other horse Itsaknockout. He broke his maiden by 4 1/4 lengths on January 11 going six furlongs in the slop and was then given nearly two months off. The short break did not adversely affect him as he won the Islamorada Handicap by 5 3/4 lengths. He did that in his first start around two turns as well and is a serious threat to the top two choices.

8. Dekabrist (30-1 ML) – The most experienced runner in this race with 13 starts, he has gotten plenty of experience in stakes races. He was entered in the Grade 3 Lecomte on January 17, but finished eighth by 12 lengths and was then entered three more times between January 23 and February 28. He did not hit the board in those three races and he will probably be lucky to finish in the top half of the field in the Florida Derby.

9. Upstart (8-5 ML) – The morning line favorite has six career starts to his resume and he won his first two in New York bred races. He then entered the Grade 1 Champagne and finished second by 2 1/2 lengths. He parlayed that into a start in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile where he finished third. Since then, he was moved to Gulfstream and he won the Grade 2 Holy Bull by 5 1/2 lengths. He won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth over Itsaknockout, but the stewards judged Upstart to have bothered him in the stretch and placed him second. He is a deserving favorite and must be included in any tickets.

Selections

This is a three horse race for the win and place. #9 Upstart has been ultra consistent in his career (6 starts, 3 wins, 2 seconds, and a third) while #4 Itsaknockout and #7 Materiality are both undefeated. It is hard to envision any of these three not winning and two of these horses not getting in the exacta. The only other real threat is #1 Ami’s Flatter if the pace is hot and the track is playing fair or kind to closers.

1. Upstart

2. Materiality

3. Itsaknockout

4. Ami’s Flatter

Check back on Saturday night for a recap of the Grade 1 Florida Derby.

2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 Announced

2015 Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 4 Announced

Churchill Downs has announced the individual horses for the fourth pool of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. The pool will open at 12 PM Eastern Time on Friday, March 27 and close on Sunday, March 29 at 6 PM Eastern Time.

Trainer Bob Baffert has the top two morning line choices in American Pharoah at 9-2 and Dortmund at 5-1. Carpe Diem is the third choice at 6-1 and “all others” is the fourth choice at 8-1.

Below is a list of each horse in alphabetical order with their morning line odds in parentheses.

1. American Pharoah (9-2)

2. Ami’s Flatter (50-1)  (New entrant in Pool 4)

3. Bold Conquest (50-1) (New entrant in Pool 4)

4. Bolo (20-1)

5. Carpe Diem (6-1)

6. Daredevil (30-1)

7. Dortmund (5-1)

8. Dubai Sky (30-1) (New entrant in Pool 4)

9. El Kabeir (20-1)

10. Far From Over (15-1)

11. Far Right (30-1)

12. Firing Line (12-1)

13. Frosted (30-1) (New entrant in Pool 4)

14. International Star (20-1)

15. Itsaknockout (30-1)

16. Keen Ice (50-1)

17. Madefromlucky (30-1) (New entrant in Pool 4)

18. Materiality (20-1) (New entrant in Pool 4)

19. Mr. Z (50-1)

20. Mubtaahij (30-1) (New entrant in Pool 4)

21. Prospect Park (15-1)

22. Upstart (15-1)

23. War Story (50-1)

24. All other 3 year olds (8-1)

The seven horses that were part of pool 3, but not in pool 4 are Danzig Moon, Khozan, Lord Nelson, Ocean Knight, Ocho Ocho Ocho, Texas Red, and The Great War.

All other 3 year olds closed as the favorite in pool 1 at odds of 3/5 that ran from November 28 through November 30, 2014. All others again closed as the favorite in pool 2 at odds of 5/2 that ran from February 6 through February 8. The third pool also had all other as the 4-1 favorite with American Pharoah at 8-1 and Dortmund at 9-1.

Bettors can also bet the an exacta with any combination of the 24 entries listed above. Live odds can be seen at KentuckyDerby.com or by clicking here between Friday, March 27 and Sunday, March 29.

There are three Kentucky Derby prep races this weekend. They are all on Saturday, March 28 with the Group 2 UAE Derby, the Grade 1 Florida Derby, and the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. All three races award points to the top four finishers in the amount of 100, 40, 20, and 10 to the first, second, third, and fourth place finishers respectively. The points go towards the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard and help secure a spot in the Kentucky Derby.

Carpe Diem Has No Trouble In Tampa Bay Derby

Carpe Diem easily won the 2015 Tampa Bay Derby (SV Photography)
Carpe Diem easily won the 2015 Tampa Bay Derby (SV Photography)

Carpe Diem Has No Trouble In Tampa Bay Derby

Despite not racing for over 4 months, Carpe Diem did not appear to miss a beat winning the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby. He is now in great position to make the Kentucky Derby the first Saturday in May.

Divining Rod took control of the race from the rail with My Johnny Be Good pressuring him from the outside. Moonlight Bandit was close in third while Carpe Diem was fourth about 2 lengths off the lead. Second choice Ocean Knight was in fifth, Danzig Moon was in sixth, Ami’s Flatter was in seventh, and Great Stuff was trailing in eighth.

Divining Rod continued to lead on the back stretch and into the far turn while My Johnny Be Good started to throw in the towel. Carpe Diem was still right behind the leader and began making his move. Ami’s Flatter was into fourth, Ocean Knight was struggling in fifth, Danzig Moon was in sixth, Great Stuff was up to seventh, and Moonlight Bandit was in last.

As they hit the stretch, Carpe Diem was well on his way to victory opening up 2 lengths by the stretch call. Divining Rod was back in second and Ami’s Flatter was third. It would be an easy romp home for Carpe Diem as he won by 5 lengths over Ami’s Flatter and Divining Rod in third. Danzig Moon was in fourth by 12 1/2 lengths.

The remaining order of finish was Great Stuff in fifth, Moonlight Bandit in sixth, Ocean Knight in seventh, and My Johnny Be Good in last. Souper Colossal scratched prior to the race. The Equibase chart can be found here.

Carpe Diem was ridden by John Velazquez and is trained by Todd Pletcher. Carpe Diem is by Giant’s Causeway out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Rebridled Dreams. He ran the one mile and one sixteenth in 1:43.60 while paying $4.00 as the even-money favorite.

For the win, Carpe Diem received 50 points for the win to bring his total to 64 points towards the Kentucky Derby Points Leaderboard. He sits in fourth place after the three Road to the Kentucky Derby races on Saturday.

Ami’s Flatter earned his first 20 points while Divining Rod earned his first 10 points. Toasting Master also earned his first 5 points towards the Kentucky Derby.

The next Kentucky Derby Prep race is the Rebel Stakes on Saturday, March 14 at Oaklawn Park.

2015 Tampa Bay Derby Preview

2015 Tampa Bay Derby Preview

The second Road to the Kentucky Derby race on Saturday, March 7 is the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby. Nine horses will compete in the one mile and one sixteenth race on the main track. The Tampa Bay Derby is the eleventh race of the day.

The winner of the race will received 50 points, second place will receive 20 points, third place will receive 10 points, and fourth place will receive 5 points. The points will go towards the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, which is how the 20 starters for the Kentucky Derby are determined.

The purse for the Tampa Bay Derby is $350,000 with post time scheduled for 5:23 PM Eastern Time. Free past performances can be found here.

1. Divining Rod (6-1 Morning Line) – He started his career with a win at Laurel by 2 3/4 lengths before coming down to Tampa in his first turf start. He was third by 2 1/2 lengths and was then entered in the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis here at Tampa on January 31. He just missed that win by a neck in a loss to Ocean Knight (the horse to his outside). That was his first start on lasix and he will have a chance to get excellent position, if not take the lead, from this rail post. He has a chance here.

2. Ocean Knight (2-1 ML) – The aforementioned Ocean Knight is a surprise inclusion here in the Tampa Bay Derby. His connections were going to run in the Gotham Stakes, but decided to keep him in Florida. He broke his maiden in his first try by 4 1/4 lengths at Aqueduct going 6 furlongs. He was shipped down to Florida for a start in the Grad 3 Sam F. Davis where he got up to win by a neck over his foe to the inside. He should have a great position in this race just behind the leaders and is the one to beat.

3. Carpe Diem (8-5 ML) – The morning line favorite hails from the barn of Todd Pletcher, but has not been seen in action for four months. He broke his maiden at Saratoga in his debut before stretching out in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland. That proved to be no problem, as he won by 6 1/4 lengths. His next, and latest, start was in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile where he went off as the 9-5 favorite. He made a big move entering the stretch, but was no match for Texas Red finishing second by 6 1/2 lengths. He will take some action, but he may not be 100% cranked up for this race. Still, he deserves to get a serious look on all tickets.

4. Ami’s Flatter (15-1 ML) – Another horse exiting the Sam F. Davis, he was fourth beaten 6 1/2 lengths in that race. He broke his maiden going 7 furlongs at Woodbine in his debut on November 9, 2014. A little break and he came back for the Mucho Macho Man at Gulfstream Park where he was second by 1 3/4 lengths. The blinkers and lasix are being add for this race and he is an intriguing long shot possibility if he can rate properly.

5. My Johnny Be Good (15-1 ML) – He was the third place finisher in the Sam F. Davis. He started his career at Arlington Park with a third place finish before breaking his maiden second time out at 7 furlongs. He then went to Keeneland and finished second in an allowance before winning by 14 lengths here at Tampa Bay at the end of 2014. He tried pressuring the pace in the Sam F. Davis, but weakened and finished third. He has never missed the board in his career and always gives his best, but will that be enough here?

6. Souper Colossal (6-1 ML) – He started his career at Monmouth Park going three for three including 2 stakes victories. His fourth start was in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but he failed to make an impact finishing 7th by 12 lengths. After a 3 month break, he went to the turf and won the Texas Glitter going 5 furlongs at Gulfstream. The concern here is whether his class level is up to the par of Ocean Knight or Carpe Diem.

7. Great Stuff (20-1 ML) – This guy is still a maiden having finished third in his first two starts and second last time out in his third start. He has come well off the pace in all three starts and missed by a head in his latest race. He will need to up his game considerably to challenge here.

8. Moonlight Bandit (30-1 ML) – After a poor debut at Keeneland (7th by 9 1/4 lengths), he went to Churchill and broke his maiden by 4 1/4 lengths. A try in the Grade 2 Remsen provided no answers to his ability as he struggled to an 11th place finish 26 lengths behind the winner. A try on grass last time out provided a third place finish, but it appears he has not found his niche yet. Pass on his chances.

9. Danzig Moon (12-1 ML) – This highly touted son of Malibu Moon broke his maiden last out at Gulfstream going a mile. He patiently waited until the stretch and drew off to a 4 3/4 length win. He will try to save ground and obtain a good position from this outside post and he can certainly provided some value to the exotics.

 

Selections

#2 Ocean Knight is the horse to beat given his affinity for running on this surface and his running style. #3 Carpe Diem looks like he will be a handful, but has not raced in four months and may need this race. #4 Ami’s Flatter, #5 My Johnny Be Good, and #9 Danzig Moon are all good options to add value underneath while #1 Divining Rod has a chance to pull the upset.

1. Ocean Knight

2. My Johnny Be Good

3. Divining Rod

4. Carpe Diem

 

Check back on Saturday evening for a recap of the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby.