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One of the great elements of horse racing is that, well, you just never know. How good will they be? How good could they be? While there are so many variables, paths, and possibilities, it is equally fun and maddening to pursue the chances of a young horse.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens and Chantal Sutherland-Kruse, a two-time Sovereign Award winner in her native Canada, take America's Best Racing's readers inside the jockeys' room in 2014. Stevens and Sutherland-Kruse will provide answers to all sorts of questions such as how jockeys get paid, what goes on between races, whom they admire and what type of music and fashion style they favor.
In this edition of Inside the Jockeys' Room we learn a little more about how Sutherland-Kruse became a jockey and she also tells us the best advice she's ever received.
The Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby features eight three-year-olds that could have an impact on the Triple Crown Races but not in the way most people imagine. Horses that run well in the Illinois Derby have potential to return in four weeks and compete in the Preakness Stakes and face the winner of the Kentucky Derby, potentially playing spoiler to any Triple Crown chances.
With Keeneland planning to switch back to a dirt surface, it is fitting that the final Blue Grass to be run on Polytrack once again leaves us wondering about the Kentucky Derby prospects for the top finishers. That said, the top two in this race gave very strong efforts as they came from well off the pace to take the win and place spots.
There have been a variety of reasons to explain why a long list of outstanding horses has been thwarted in their bid to become the 12th Triple Crown champion.
Some are predictable; others are surprising.
On April 4, My Miss Sophia confirmed her class in the Grade 2 Gazelle Stakes, which she won by a dominant 7 ¼ lengths as the 4-to-5 favorite. The chestnut Unbridled’s Song filly had only two prior starts in her career with the most recent being an 11-length victory in a maiden race at Gulfstream Park.
When any horse wins a race at odds above 40-to-1 it’s fair to call the outcome shocking or unexpected. So when Danza crossed the finish line 4 ¾ lengths clear of his nearest challenger in the Arkansas Derby at 41.30-to-1 there were quite a few racing fans looking back at their programs or past performances to find out more about the winner. I was right there with them and even now this remarkable performance in one of racing’s most important prep races is really inexplicable except for the reality that sometime 3-year-old racehorses develop physically and mentally in a hurry. Significant improvement in a short time frame is pretty common with horses who are just beginning to figure things out and Danza sure seemed to figure it out at Oaklawn Park, where he punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby.
The morning of the Blue Grass Stakes was a testament to the region for which the race was named: the sun was shining, the sky was a deep American blue and there was just a hint of chill in the air as I made my way to Keeneland to experience Lexington’s most important Spring day of racing.
Danza entered the Grade 1, $1-million Arkansas Derby having gone nine months since his last victory. On Saturday at Oaklawn Park, he punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby, where he will have a chance to etch his name in Thoroughbred racing’s history books.
Maker’s 46 Mile Day is one of my favorite days at Keeneland – not only is it a great sign that spring is finally here, but it’s a fantastic day of racing; and in the last two year’s it’s starred my very favorite racehorse, Wise Dan. He won the Maker’s 46 Mile last year, and I was very hopeful to see a repeat performance in the 2014 edition.
Keeneland in the spring is a magical place; and in the morning, when horses are training, it’s even more so. The air still has a nip in it, but the sun is warm and blossoms are just starting to emerge to welcome the change of season.