Upcoming Runners!

All eyes, of course, this weekend will be on the Kentucky Derby, and while we don’t have a runner in this year’s field, MyRacehorse is wishing the best of luck to five of our trainers — Steve Asmussen, Chad Brown, Brad Cox, Saffie Joseph Jr. and Todd Pletcher — with their combined nine runners in the 20-horse field.

The MRH stable and our partner program, Edge Racing, have plenty of action to serve up this first full weekend in May, with five runners set to compete at four racetracks, including north of the border, at Woodbine.

We’ll start in Canada, where Duke of Love returns to the scene of his scintillating maiden victory last fall, in an allowance race on Saturday in Race 3. Trained by Canadian Hall of Famer Josie Carroll, Duke of Love won at Woodbine on debut in November with a very professional-looking, two-length victory, and was our very first winner in Canada! The now 3-year-old colt, who has an eye on the prestigious Queen’s Plate this summer, will be ridden by Justin Stein, who was aboard for his maiden win. Duke, as he is affectionately called in the Carroll barn, is the even-money morning-line favorite in the field of five set to go 6 1/2 furlongs on the all-weather surface. Post time is 2:18 p.m. ET/11:18 a.m. PT.

Later in the day, we head west to Southern California for Hero Status’ second career start at Santa Anita. The son of Flatter made a nice account of himself to finish third on debut last month for trainer Mark Glatt and we’re excited to get a bit more ground for him in this seven-furlong race, where he is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the nine-horse field with Edwin Maldonado in the saddle. Post time for Race 8 is 8:10 p.m. ET/5:10 p.m. PT.

On Sunday, we have ourselves another morning-line favorite in Lookwhogotlucky at Lone Star Park. The 3-year-old is taking a class drop in search of his first career win in Race 4 against five rivals in the one-mile dirt race. Lucky is trained by Steve Asmussen, the winningest trainer at the Texas track and the holder of 14 training titles there. Rodolfo Guerra has the mount. Post time is 3:59 p.m. ET/12:59 p.m. PT.

Edge Racing has two runners on Sunday. Kicking off the action is Sunsanddrinkinhand, who has the perfect name to run at Monmouth Park, which is located on the Jersey Shore. Trained by Kelly Breen, the conditioner of Edge Racing’s In Due Time who is headed to the Preakness Stakes, this gelding will be ridden by Paco Lopez in six-furlong dirt race that carries starter allowance conditions. Post time for Race 2 is 12:44 p.m. ET/9:44 a.m PT.

Later at Santa Anita, National Road will run for the first time in the Edge Racing silks in Race 6 for trainer Mark Glatt. The beautifully bred 4-year-old son of Quality Road, out of a Storm Cat mare, is among a field of 11 maidens running in the 6 1/2-furlong turf race. Ryan Curatolo has the riding assignment. Post time is 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

The teams at MRH and Edge Racing wish the best of luck to our runners and their partners, and hope everyone enjoys today’s Kentucky Oaks and tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby!

Kentucky Derby Overview & Picks

While we don’t have an entrant in this year’s Kentucky Derby, we’re certainly wishing the best of luck to the five MyRacehorse trainers that have runners in the field.

Steve Asmussen, Chad Brown, Brad Cox, Saffie Joseph Jr., and Todd Pletcher have a combined nine starters in Saturday’s 20-horse starting gate.

Let’s take a look at their runners for Derby 148, as well as the rest of the field for the world’s most-celebrated race. Following our Race Overview, we’ve shared our staff picks.

Field in Post Position Order with Morning-line Odds:

Mo Donegal (10-1) is one of three horses in the field for Pletcher, who has won the Derby twice before (Super Saver & Always Dreaming). The Wood Memorial winner is looking to buck a trend with the last winner of that New York prep to emerge victorious in the Derby coming in 2000 (Fusaichi Pegasus). Joel Rosario who rode Mo Donegal in the Wood Memorial has opted to go with second choice, Epicenter, but the colt is in the capable hands of Irad Ortiz Jr., who has had plenty of success with Pletcher. Obviously, the rail draw in a 20-horse field is not optimal (the last horse to win from the one-hole was Ferdinand in 1986). Mo Donegal does not figure to go to the early lead as he is a stalking-type, so the key here is to save ground while not getting jostled by his outside rivals jockeying for position going into the first turn of the 1 1/4-mile race.

Happy Jack (30-1) will be looking to give trainer Doug O’Neill his third Kentucky Derby win. It’s a tall task ahead for this colt, who has just one win in four starts on his resume. Blinkers come off for the son of Oxbow, who won the 2013 Preakness Stakes.

Epicenter (7-2) carries the Derby hopes of trainer Steve Asmussen who, despite all of his extraordinary success, has yet to win the Run for the Roses. The Hall of Fame trainer is very bullish on this son of Not This Time and has good reason to be. Epicenter enters the Derby in extremely sharp form following consecutive wins in the Risen Star Stakes and Louisiana Derby, respectively, with Joel Rosario aboard. His career-top Beyer Speed Figure of 102 is only second to Messier and Taiba in this field. This is a quick colt and he would be expected to be among the first flight of runners leaving the gate, pending a clean break.

Summer Is Tomorrow (30-1) is a Dubai invader and finished second in the UAE Derby. He’s a consistent sort, but the waters are much deeper in this spot than he has been facing in the Middle East.

Smile Happy (20-1) was undefeated in two starts as a 2-year-old for trainer Ken McPeek, including the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes over the Churchill Downs’ surface, which is a bonus. He has had to settle for second twice this year in his Derby preps, the Risen Star and Blue Grass. He was not disgraced in either race, and is certainly worth a look here at a price to finish in the money and to be used in exotic plays.

Messier (8-1) is one of the two horses in the field who previously was in Bob Baffert’s barn and is now trained by Tim Yakteen, who is making his first Derby foray. The colt was expected to finish ahead of his lightly raced stablemate, Taiba, in the Santa Anita Derby, when they both made their first starts for Yakteen. But Messier had to settle for a well-beaten second behind Taiba. Keep in mind, that was Messier’s first race since early-February, when he won the Grade 3 Robert Lewis by 15 lengths to earn a career-best BSF of 103. This speedy colt will be ridden by John Velazquez, who knows his way around Churchill Downs and has won three Derbies. If he’s anything like his sire Empire Maker, the 2003 Belmont Stakes winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up, the 10 furlongs on Saturday should be right up his alley.

Crown Pride (20-1) won the UAE Derby in his last start, defeating the aforementioned Summer Is Tomorrow by nearly three lengths. Bred and raced in Japan, Crown Pride is the fifth horse from Japan to run in the Kentucky Derby with hopes of becoming the first one to be draped in a blanket of red roses. He has caught the eye of many while training at Churchill and on Wednesday morning sizzled in a breeze for the race, prompting Daily Racing Form’s head clocker, Mike Welsch, to write: “Crown Pride was all the rage, and rightfully so, Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs after turning in a powerful and very impressive final breeze for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.” The success of Japanese-bred, owned and trained horses on American soil was on full display at last year’s Breeders’ Cup when Loves Only You won the Filly & Mare Turf, which was followed by Marche Lorraine taking the Distaff. Crown Pride will be ridden by Christophe Lemaire, one of Japan’s top international jockeys who will be participating in his first Kentucky Derby. Lemaire was aboard for Wednesday’s work.

Charge It (8-1) is another entry from the Pletcher barn. The son of Tapit finished second in the Florida Derby in just his third start and his first race following his maiden victory. Pletcher used the Florida Derby as a final and winning prep for his 2017 Ky. Derby winner, Always Dreaming. Charge It is definitely a nice colt, but he does concede some racing experience to most of the field. On the flip side, he’s looked terrific on the track at Churchill while training and that certainly counts for something.

Tiz the Bomb (30-1) is another entry from the McPeek barn and despite winning his last two starts, including the Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Steaks, looks overmatched here from the perspective that his best races have been on synthetic surfaces and the turf. He did, however, break his maiden in an off-the-turf race at Ellis Park last summer. The last time he ran on dirt, though, he was defeated by more than 20 lengths in the Grade 3 Holy Bull.

Zandon (3-1) is the morning-line favorite for future Hall of Famer Chad Brown, who is seeking his first win in the Derby. Much to like about this colt who will be making his fifth career start. He broke his maiden sprinting last fall at Belmont Park and then moved up to Grade 2 company to finish second in the Remsen Stakes, beaten a nose by Mo Donegal. Started 2022 with a less-than-ideal trip in the Risen Star to finish third and then strutted his stuff to win the Blue Grass Stakes. Top rider Flavien Prat, aboard for the Blue Grass, has the assignment. The colt has made a favorable impression on the track during his training at Churchill Downs with his huge and effortless stride. Additionally, post No. 10 has the highest percentage (28%) of top-three finishers since 1930 when the starting gate was first introduced. Read more about Derby post position stats here.

Pioneer of Medina (30-1) is the third entrant for Team Pletcher and gained his starting berth to the race earlier in the week with the defection on Un Ojo. Blinkers come off for this son of Pioneerof the Nile, who finished second in the 2009 Derby. His Beyers have been improving, even though he has yet to crack through with a stakes win and the competition looks too deep here for him to get black-type status.

Taiba (12-1) is a colt who has created plenty of buzz following his strong Santa Anita Derby win, which came in just his second career start and first two-turn race. Quite impressive to see him go from winning a six-furlong maiden special weight to racing nine furlongs in Grade 1 company and winning. He has impressive Beyers of 102 and 103. He will be ridden by Mike Smith, who has won the Kentucky Derby two times, including aboard the 2018 Triple Crown winner, Justify, and could become the oldest Derby-winning rider at the age of 56 on Saturday. Taiba, who does not wear blinkers when he races, had them on Wednesday morning when he had an easy three-furlong blowout. He had a similar move with blinkers on three days before his win in the Santa Anita Derby. According to Marcus Hersh of Daily Racing Form, there’s not many Derby runners who have just made two prior starts before running in the race; the only winner to do so was Leonatus in 1883. In recent years, the lone starter with that profile is Disposal, who finished 18th in 1992.

Simplification (20-1) comes from the barn of Antonio Sano, who saddled his first Derby runner in 2017 when Gunnevera finished seventh. Simplification, a son of Not This Time, held his own this winter in South Florida’s Derby preps, by winning the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes, finishing third in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, and second in the Grade 3 Holy Bull. He’s piloted by the extremely talented Jose Ortiz and had a solid bullet five-furlong work on April 29th at Gulfstream Park. Some trainers opt to arrive in Louisville early to allow their horses to have their final works over the surface they will compete on. Sano did not and it should be noted that this colt has never raced anywhere but Gulfstream Park in seven career starts. If he handles the Churchill surface, Simplification, at a price, could prove to be a crafty exotics play.

Barber Road (30-1) is a very consistent and willing runner, but with Beyer Speed Figures topping out in the 80s, he is up against it in this field.

White Abarrio (10-1) is looking to put trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. on the map as a Kentucky Derby winner. The son of Race Day, who was purchased for just $40,000 as a 2-year-old, has been an overachiever. He won both the Holy Bull and Florida Derby in consecutive starts and with two months between those races. Like Simplification White Abarrio did all his serious work for the Derby at his Gulfstream Park home base, but he does have the benefit of having a race over the Churchill Downs surface when he finished third in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes last fall. Following his final breeze last Saturday, DRF clocker Mike Welsch remarked that White Abarrio “looked terrific” going a half in 48.11 seconds with a strong five-furlong gallop out in 1:00.12. “Best seen from him yet this spring,” Welsch reported.

Cyberknife (20-1) is from the trainer/jockey team behind last year’s Kentucky Derby winner, Mandaloun, who was elevated to first place after the disqualification of Medina Spirit for a post-race medication positive. Trained by Brad Cox and to be ridden by Florent Geroux, Cyberknife enters the Derby in fine form, fresh off winning the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. The son of Gun Runner’s Beyer Speed Figures are on an upward trajectory and he fired a bullet six-furlong work last weekend at Churchill. He’s among the many in here with a fighting chance and a big performance from him would not be shocking.

Classic Causeway (30-1) was originally thought not to be pointing to the race after a poor performance in the Florida Derby, but trainer Brian Lynch had a change of heart because he suspects that the colt displaced his soft palate that day, which can lead to restricted air flow. Daily Racing Form reporter Marty McGee reported that Classic Causeway will wear a dropped noseband bridle in the Derby. The equipment discourages a horse from opening its mouth by increasing pressure lower on the nose. He will also wear a tongue tie, McGee reported.

Tawny Port (30-1) is another entrant for Cox and is a son of Pioneerof the Nile. He exits a victory in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland under Geroux, who opted to stick with Cyberknife, so the mount goes to Ricardo Santana. This colt is a winner of 3 of 5 starts, and is obviously a solid performer, but the field here is much tougher than what he has been facing.

Zozos (20-1) is yet another Cox runner who gets stuck with an outside draw, but keep in mind, seven of the last 11 winners (64%) started from post 13 or wider. He finished second to Epicenter in his last race in the Louisiana Derby with Geroux aboard and earned a career-top BSF of 98. The son of Munnings will be making just his third career start on Saturday. It’s a tough task, but if you like Epicenter, who beat him by 2 1/2 lengths, you may be inclined to back Zozos who will be a much bigger price. The only winner to exit from Post 19 was I’ll Have Another in 2012.

Ethereal Road (30-1) has four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas in his corner. But the son of Quality Road needs much more than that to pick up a piece of the purse here and looks overmatched.

ALSO-ELIGIBLES (Rich Strike and Rattle N Roll are on the also-eligible list and can draw into the field if there’s a scratch by 9 a.m. Friday).

Rich Strike (30-1) is winless in five starts since breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs last September in a $30,000 claiming race. If he were to gain entry in the field, he’s most likely looking at a finish position at the back of the pack.

Rattle N Roll (30-1) is another from the McPeek barn. He has a win and a third at Churchill Downs, but has been largely overmatched when facing stakes company, except for a fourth-place finish (beaten 8 lengths) in the Louisiana Derby, but then he subsequently ran disappointedly in the Blue Grass. The blinkers he wore in the Blue Grass will come off, if he starts in the Derby.

MyRacehorse Staff Picks:

Nick Hines (MRH Host & Analyst):

1.Mo Donegal
2.Smile Happy
3.Epicenter

Paige Marcinek (Midwest Racing Manager):

1. Epicenter
2. Zandon
3. Cyberknife

Joe Moran (West Coast Racing Manager)

1. Messier
2. Epicenter
3. Cyberknife

Harry Rice (East Coast Racing Manager)

1. Taiba
2. Crown Pride
3. Charge It

#FoalDerby Final Week Finalists

Hey MyRacehorse owners, it’s time to vote for the FINAL week of Spendthrift Farm’s and our #FoalDerby contest. If you haven’t heard yet, it’s an Authentic foal photo competition where breeders and fans come together and can win big! (winners will receive a MyRacehorse gift card and a Spendthrift Authentic hat!)

(More info:  https://spendthriftfarm.com/foalderby/)Votes are taken via Twitter & Facebook, and links for both finalists are below.

Twitter – Galloping Ami, Colt
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Twitter – Queen’s Wood, Colt
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But don’t worry if you’re not on social, use the SurveyMonkey link to cast your vote online. The final winner will be announced on Monday.

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Upcoming Runners!

MyRacehorse is heading into the weekend on a high note, following the exciting maiden-breaking victory from Sixtythreecaliber on Wednesday evening at Horseshoe Indianapolis.

Our filly showed her fierceness while battling in between rivals in the stretch for a nose victory in her second career start for trainer Tom Amoss and jockey Edgar Morales. This thriller of a race led to an outpouring of emotions from her owners on social media, applauding the victory that elevated the heart rate of many, with one partner writing, “I was on a plane that just landed. I took my phone off airplane mode immediately and just caught them loading into the gate. I was yelling so loud on the plane that the flight attendants asked me to keep it down.”

Looking to keep that type of high energy going forward this weekend, our stable has three horses in the entries.

Kicking off the action on Saturday is Salute to America, fresh off his maiden victory earlier in April for trainer Tom Morley. Salute to America is running in Race 8 at Belmont Park, a New York-bred allowance race carrying a purse of $80,000. The 3-year-old will be ridden by Hall of Famer Javier Castellano in the 1 1/16-mile turf race and will face nine rivals. Post time is 5:01 p.m. ET/2:01 p.m. PT.

Another of our weekend runners, Psychedelic Shack, is also coming off a maiden win, this one in his career debut. The 4-year-old is entered in Race 8 at Gulfstream Park on Sunday. Trained by Christophe Clement — who recently saddled MRH runner Miss Sakamoto to victory at Gulfstream Park– Psychedelic Shack is among 8 horses entered in the five-furlong turf race. Miguel Angel Vasquez is named to ride our son of Shackleford. Post time is 4:39 p.m. ET/1:39 p.m. PT.

Also on Sunday, Carpe Vinum is entered in the Grade 3, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes on the turf at Santa Anita. Our team and trainer Phil D’Amato will assess the field before making a final decision to run or await another spot for our mare who was second in her most recent start against allowance company. Ramon Vasquez is named to ride. Post time is 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT.

We wish the very best of luck to our runners and to their partners!

Weekly Wrap & Look Ahead!

Another week of April racing in the books resulted in another winner for the MyRacehorse Stable. This time it was Miss Sakamoto, who provided us with our fourth visit to the winner’s circle this month following the victories of Iron Works, Salute to America, and Search Engine.

Miss Sakamoto, a 3-year-old daughter of More Than Ready, took it to the boys big time while winning a maiden race at Gulfstream Park on Friday in heart-stopping fashion. The Christophe Clement-trained runner, the only filly in the field, flew down the turf course to stop the loose-on-the-lead pacesetter in his tracks and posted a half-length victory. Stopping the clock in a snappy 56.64 seconds for five furlongs, Miss Sakamoto earned a career-top Beyer Speed Figure of 74 for the victory.

It was really cool to see the enthusiasm for Miss Sakamoto from her partners, who excitedly shared their thoughts on her victory on social media. Many of them had fun referencing her name, which is a nod to a lyric in the song, “She Blinded Me with Science” and reads as follows: “Good heavens, Miss Sakamoto — you’re beautiful!”

We agree! And we’re excited to see what is next for Miss Sakamoto, who already has an ultra-consistent record of 1-1-1 in 3 career starts.

On Saturday at Aqueduct, Deep Cover returned to the races for the first time since January and really ran a terrific race to finish second after racing in extremely tight quarters down the backstretch and losing a couple of lengths and his momentum when his rider, Eric Cancel, had to take him up. For his runner-up finish, Deep Cover earned an 81 Beyer Speed Figure, a career-best. The New York-bred son of Mission Impazible broke his maiden last fall for trainer Tom Morley on the turf, a surface he relishes, and we know we’re going to have some good times with the gelding this year in the state-bred ranks.

Looking ahead to this week, we have Sixtythreecaliber entered to run Wednesday at Horseshoe Indianapolis (formerly named Indiana Grand) for trainer Tom Amoss. The 3-year-old daughter of Gun Runner will be making her second career start and is 5-1 on the morning line in the Maiden Special Weight at one mile on the dirt. Edgar Morales has the mount. Post time is 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

MyRacehorse’s partner program, Edge Racing, will see the career debut of Golden Quality, a son of Quality Road, on Thursday at Lone Star Park in Texas. Golden Quality is the 7/2 morning-line favorite in the Maiden Special Weight at six furlongs on the dirt. Trained by Robertino Diodoro, the 3-year-old colt will be ridden by Ry Eikleberry. Post time is 10:23 p.m. ET/7:23 p.m. PT.

Congratulations to our partners on the super efforts from Miss Sakamoto and Deep Cover, and good luck to the owners of our upcoming runners!

#FoalDerby Week 9 Finalists

Hey MyRacehorse owners, it’s time to vote for the ninth week of Spendthrift Farm’s and our #FoalDerby contest. If you haven’t heard yet, it’s an Authentic foal photo competition where breeders and fans come together and can win big! (winners will receive a MyRacehorse gift card and a Spendthrift Authentic hat!)

This weekly contest will go on for one more week, get your photo judging skills ready and enjoy some very cute foal photos.(More info:  https://spendthriftfarm.com/foalderby/)

Votes are taken via Twitter & Facebook, and links for both finalists are below.

Twitter – Truly Gifted, filly
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Twitter – Bella Aurora, filly
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But don’t worry if you’re not on social, use the SurveyMonkey link to cast your vote online. Each week the winners will be announced on the following Monday.
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Busy Weekend Ahead!

After last week’s terrific performances from the MyRacehorse Stable and our partner program, Edge Racing, which combined for a record of 1-2-2 with five runners, the action remains fast and furious this weekend, with 6 MRH horses entered over the course of the next three days, with a laser-sharp focus on our East Coast division.

It will be Celebrity News who carries our stakes banner this weekend as the 3-year-old New York-bred filly looks to make headlines in the $200,000 Park Avenue Stakes at Aqueduct on Sunday in Race 3. The daughter of the late and terrific sire Laoban ran so well on debut to finish second, trainer George Weaver and our racing management team were bullish on trying her in this 6 1/2-furlong restricted stakes. Manny Franco, aboard for that first race and who is very keen on the filly, has the mount. Post time is 2:23 p.m. ET/11:23 a.m. PT.

Kicking of the action this afternoon at Gulfstream Park in Race 1 is Miss Sakamoto, the 6-5 morning-line favorite. After two solid efforts in her previous races, we’re hoping the third time is the charm for our filly to graduate to winner status. It will be all about girl power as Miss Sakamoto is the lone filly in the seven-horse field. She will be ridden by Junior Alvarado for trainer Christophe Clement in the five-furlong turf race. Post time is 1:05 p.m. ET/10:05 a.m. PT.

A little later in the afternoon, we shift our focus to the Big Apple and Aqueduct Racetrack, where Carrothers takes on allowance competition in a mile dirt race for our Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and jockey Trevor McCarthy. Carrothers has been slow to show us the winning form he displayed in England on synthetic surfaces to start his career, but two big changes have taken place since his most recent race at Aqueduct. The 4-year-old son of Mshawish was gelded after his prior start and will also run in blinkers for the first time today. Since his gelding, and the addition of blinkers in his morning breezes, the Mott barn has observed a more focused and willing Carrothers. Post time for Race 8 is 5:01 p.m. ET/2:01 p.m. PT.

We’re looking forward to seeing Deep Cover return to the races and get back on the turf on Saturday in Race 5 at Aqueduct, in a six-furlong race for New York-breds. The son of Mission Impazible won on debut in a turf race last fall before finishing unplaced in his next start on the dirt. The 4-year-old received a brief freshener and has been training very forwardly for his return to competition for trainer Tom Morley, who earlier this month gave MRH a thrilling win with Salute to America. Eric Cancel has the mount on Deep Cover, who is the 4-1 morning-line second choice. Post time is 3:26 p.m. ET/12:26 p.m. PT.

Our Sunday action, in addition to Celebrity News in New York, includes two runners at Gulfstream Park, Mrs Whistler and Daddy’s Joy.

Mrs Whistler, a first-time starter, is on the also-eligible list and will need one scratch from the body of the race to draw into Race 5, a Maiden Special Weight turf sprint. The striking chestnut daughter of Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist has been training steadily for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. at the Palm Meadows Training Center. We’ve been enjoying watching the recent success of Mrs Whistler’s older half-sister, Elle Z, a winner of three stakes this year, and are excited for our filly’s career to get underway. Leonel Reyes has the mount, if Mrs Whistler draws in. Post time is 3:15 p.m. ET/12:15 p.m. PT.

Scratched last week because the race was taken off the turf, Daddy’s Joy is entered in Race 3, a 7 1/2-furlong claiming race on the grass, which looks like a cozy spot for our mare to be competitive. Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. has given the mount to apprentice Ailsa Morrison. Post time is 2:09 p.m. ET/11:09 a.m. PT.

Good luck to all of the partners in these horses, and enjoy the action, whether you’re on track with us, or cheering from home!

ICYMI: Dr. Berk Live Chat

In case you missed our live, interactive chat with MyRacehorse’s resident veterinarian Dr. Berk this past Friday, we’ve got you covered! Watch the full video where Dr. Berk covers a multitude of medical topics including EIPH, talks about ailments horses in the MRH stable such as Forbidden Kingdom, Chasing Time, and Psychedelic Shack have experienced, discusses treatments, as well as answers plenty of questions submitted by all of our owners in a Q&A segment!

Weekly Wrap!

Five of our runners hit the track this past weekend, for both MyRacehorse and our partner program, Edge Racing, and they each did their partners proud, combining for a beautiful record 1-2-2 for a 100% ITM!

Leading the charge was MRH’s Search Engine, who notched his second consecutive victory with a win on Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course under E.T. Baird for trainer Tom Amoss. The 3-year-old son of Flatter showed some grit in this half-length score, which was witnessed in person by many of his partners at the Illinois track, which is located just outside of Chicago. Search Engine broke his maiden in his previous start at Delta Downs in Louisiana and on Saturday was facing winners for the first time — which comes with its challenges — as well as meeting older horses for the first time. We’re so proud of our colt and are looking forward to more winner’s circle celebrations with this handsome chestnut.

We had two competitors at Keeneland in Kentucky on Saturday, both for Edge Racing, which accounted for a large turnout of our partners spending a fun day at the races at this jewel of a racetrack in the heart of horse country.

In Due Time, trained by Kelly Breen, finished third under Paco Lopez in the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes and picked up additional Kentucky Derby points. The son of Not This Time now has 24 points, which places him 22nd on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, with the top 20 gaining a berth to the Run for the Roses on May 7th at Churchill Downs. Even if there were to be defections, In Due Time may point to a different stakes rather than head to Louisville. No matter where his next race comes, the team is really pumped about this colt’s future and is looking forward to more excellent efforts in top-level competition from In Due Time, who has a solid record of 2-1-2 in five starts, including placings in consecutive starts in graded stakes.
Escape Route closed out the day at Keeneland for Edge Racing with his second-place finish in an $120,000 allowance race under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. for trainer Mark Glatt, who wasn’t on hand for the race because he was at Santa Anita Park to saddle MRH’s Hero Status, who was making his career debut.

Hero Status finished third in a very good first appearance on the racetrack under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who was extremely complimentary of the 3-year-old’s performance. Glatt echoed Smith’s sentiments and told our team, “I think the future is bright.”

To celebrate Hero Status’ maiden voyage, members of the MRH team hosted a lively event for the colt’s partners in the Silks Dining Room, and a very good time was had by all!

We were back at it on Sunday at Santa Anita with MRH’s Carpe Vinum, who finished such a gutsy second in an allowance race where she ran too good to lose. The race is illustrative of what we call “a tough beat”. Ridden by Abel Cedillo, Carpe Vinum, who was 5-1, lost by a whisker at the wire when defeated by the favorite, Thrumps Dream. It was not the smoothest of trips for our mare who was in traffic at the half-mile pole of the one-mile turf race and then was spun four-wide for the stretch run, where she was really motoring. Carpe Vinum had a huge gallop out past the wire, and it should be noted the last eighth of a mile was run in a very snappy 11.51 seconds.

Congratulations to all the owners of each of these horses who collectively made for a very exciting weekend for everyone involved. We have plenty of racing action coming up this week and will circle back with our weekly preview.