Weekend Recap 4/13

Dance With Fate rallies to win the Blue Grass Stakes

Dance with Fate had to pass nearly all his rivals in the final three eighths as he rolled down the stretch to win the $750,000 Grade 1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday.  Sent off at odds of 6/1, The California shipper from the Peter Eurton barn was tenth early on Pablo Del Monte went out to set the pace with favored Bobby’s Kitten following him for much of the early going.  The pace was honest and Pablo Del Monte and Bobby’s Kitten brought the field into the stretch, but the Dance with Fate and Medal Count both came flying up with wide rallies.  Those two blasted to the lead at the eighth pole and Dance With Fate and Corey Nakatani edged clear in the final sixteenth to win by a length and three quarters over Medal Count.  Pablo Del Monte was third, over five lengths clear of Big Bazinga who ran fourth.

Hard Not To Like came roaring down the lane to get up and win the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes over Keeneland turf.  Sent off at a juicy 13/1 odds, Hard Not To Like went to the back half of the field as Cloud Scapes and Discreet Marq ( Top Selection) went out to the early lead.  Discreet Marq and Centre Court came up to get the lead at the top of the stretch, but plenty of challengers came up to them as a line of horses came to the wire together, with Hard Not To Like rallying between horses to get up for the win.  Discreet Marq held on for second, a nose in front of Abaco ( 3rd Selection) who got third at odds of 24/1.  Judy the Beauty ( Top Selection) dominated as the prohibitive favorite in the Madison Stakes.  Judy The Beauty rallied from mid-pack to get up and win by two and one half lengths over Better Lucky and Apropos ( Longshot) who ran second and third.

In the Shakertown Stakes it was bombs away as the two longest shots on the board ran 1-2 as Marchman went all the way on the lead at 23/1 and held off a late closing run from 33/1 Positive Side who came up just a neck short in the end as the exacta paid $1,202!  Occasional View ( Top Selection) scored a nice 6/1 win in the Commonwealth Stakes overcoming a wide journey under jockey Alan Garcia.  Occasional View had to circle the field going six wide but his momentum propelled him past Dimension who was a front runner the entire way until the final sixteenth and held to finish second.

Danza pulls a shocker winning the Arkansas Derby

Danza and Joe Bravo rode the rail to a huge victory in the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby on Saturday at Oaklawn.  Sent off at huge odds of 41/1, Danza sat just behind the early leaders Bayern (3rd Selection) and Thundergram who went out to set the early fractions.  Those two led to the far turn as Tapiture ( Top Selection) started to unleash his move and looked to be in with a big shot at the quarter pole.  But the seas parted down on the rail and Joe Bravo came bursting through with Danza to get up and grab the lead.  Down the lane Danza just continued to pull away, winning by almost five lengths in the end.  Ride on Curlin ( Longshot) came flying down the center of the track to get up for second while Bayern ran third.  In the Oaklawn Handicap it was the always awesome Will Take Charge ( Top Selection) who rolled down the center of the track to win the Grade 2 event by three quarters of a length over a very tough Revolutionary ( 2nd Selection).

The Instant Racing Stakes saw an upset when Street Story ( Longshot) got up late to upset favored Jojo Warrior.  Sent off at odds of 14/1, Street Story rallied from off the pace and passed Adrianne G ( Top Selection) who led to the final sixteenth.  Street Story was able to hold off Jojo Warrior ( 3rd Selection) who ended up second, ahead of Adrianne G who was third.  Sweetmarys Success ( 2nd Selection) completed the Superfecta that paid $408.80 for a buck.   Bourbonize ( Top Selection) rallied late to get up in the final yards to win the Northern Spur Stakes at odds of 6/1.  Fabulous Kid ( Longshot) led to mid-stretch but was inhaled by Bourbonize as well as Knock Em Flat ( 3rd Selection) who ran second.  Fabulous Kid held third while Six Spot ( 2nd Selection) completed a Superfecta that paid $789.60 for a buck.

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