Wednesday, May 22, 2024

First Look: Kentucky Derby, Oaks preps + Saudi Cup

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This weekend’s U.S. graded-stakes calendar includes Kentucky Derby and Oaks qualifiers at Oaklawn that offer 50 points to the winners, with Timberlake returning in the Grade 2 Rebel and West Omaha starting in the Honeybee (G3).

And in the $20 million Saudi Cup (G1), White Abarrio, National Treasure and Saudi Crown lead a strong U.S. contingent. 

Keep track of graded stakes on HRN:
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Here’s an early look at the likely fields.


Saturday

Saudi Cup (G1), King Abdulaziz, 1 1/8 miles, 4-year-olds and up

White Abarrio will make his first start since winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic, facing the likes of Pegasus World Cup (G1) winner National Treasure and Saudi Crown, the gate-to-wire winner of the Louisiana (G3) last out. Lemon Pop brings a 14: 10-3-0 record to the contest, including a win last out in Japan’s Champions Cup (G1). The race will be drawn Wednesday, with the undercard drawn Tuesday.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Carmel Road

Quality Road

5.95

Abdullah Albadah

8th, 2023 Gotham G3

Probable

Last Race

8th, 2023 Gotham G3

2 Horse Silk Crown Pride Crown Pride

Reach the Crown

6.71

Koichi Shintani

11th, 2023 Champions Cup G1

Probable

Last Race

11th, 2023 Champions Cup G1

3 Horse Silk Defunded Defunded

Dialed In

6.60

Abdulaziz Khalid Mishref

2nd, 2023 Awesome Again G1

Probable

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Awesome Again G1

4 Horse Silk Derma Sotogake Derma Sotogake

Mind Your Biscuits

7.09

Hidetaka Otonashi

2nd, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic G1

Probable

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic G1

5 Horse Silk Hoist the Gold Hoist the Gold

Mineshaft

6.55

Dallas Stewart

4th, 2024 Pegasus World Cup G1

Probable

Last Race

4th, 2024 Pegasus World Cup G1

6 Horse Silk Lemon Pop Lemon Pop

Lemon Drop Kid

6.27

Hiroyasu Tanaka

1st, 2023 Champions Cup G1

Probable

Last Race

1st, 2023 Champions Cup G1

7 Horse Silk Meisho Hario Meisho Hario

Pyro

4.45

Inao Okada

5th, 2023 Champions Cup G1

Probable

Last Race

5th, 2023 Champions Cup G1

8 Horse Silk National Treasure National Treasure

Quality Road

6.62

Bob Baffert

1st, 2024 Pegasus World Cup G1

Probable

Last Race

1st, 2024 Pegasus World Cup G1

9 Horse Silk Power In Numbers Power In Numbers

Girvin

5.89

Ahmed Mohamoud

1st, 2023 Tale of the Cat LS

Probable

Last Race

1st, 2023 Tale of the Cat LS

10 Horse Silk Saudi Crown Saudi Crown

Always Dreaming

6.44

Brad H. Cox

1st, 2024 Louisiana G3

Probable

Last Race

1st, 2024 Louisiana G3

11 Horse Silk Senor Buscador Senor Buscador

Mineshaft

6.19

Todd W. Fincher

2nd, 2024 Pegasus World Cup G1

Probable

Last Race

2nd, 2024 Pegasus World Cup G1

12 Horse Silk Ushba Tesoro Ushba Tesoro

Orfevre

7.65

Noboru Takagi

5th, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic G1

Probable

Last Race

5th, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic G1

13 Horse Silk White Abarrio White Abarrio

Race Day

7.98

Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.

1st, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic G1

Probable

Last Race

1st, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic G1

14 Horse Silk Isolate Isolate

Mark Valeski

5.94

Doug Watson

1st, 2023 Al Maktoum Mile G2

Probable

Last Race

1st, 2023 Al Maktoum Mile G2

15 Horse Silk Scotland Yard Scotland Yard

Quality Road

0.00

Mutaeb Almulawah

13th, 2023 Saudi Cup G1

Possible

Last Race

13th, 2023 Saudi Cup G1

16 Horse Silk Luxembourg Luxembourg

Camelot

8.08

Aidan O’Brien

2nd, 2023 Hong Kong Cup G1

Out

Last Race

2nd, 2023 Hong Kong Cup G1

Rebel (G2), Oaklawn, 1 1/16 miles, 3-year-olds, 50-25-15-10-5 Kentucky Derby qualifying points

Timberlake, winner of the Champagne (G1) in October, makes his first start since finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Just Steel has finished second in two stakes starts this year, most recently in the Southwest (G2), ahead of three others entered here. Carbone was 2-for-2 before finishing seventh in the Southwest. Northern Flame is coming off an optional-claiming allowance where he led at every call and won by a neck.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk Carbone Carbone

Mitole

6.05

Steven M. Asmussen

Isaac Castillo

7th, 2024 Southwest Stakes G3

Entered

Last Race

7th, 2024 Southwest Stakes G3

2 Horse Silk Northern Flame Northern Flame

Flameaway

5.89

Kenneth G. McPeek

Julien R. Leparoux

1st, OP AlwOC (1/28/24-R8)

Entered

Last Race

1st, OP AlwOC (1/28/24-R8)

3 Horse Silk Common Defense Common Defense

Karakontie

4.45

Kenneth G. McPeek

Brian J. Hernandez, Jr.

5th, 2024 Southwest Stakes G3

Entered

Last Race

5th, 2024 Southwest Stakes G3

4 Horse Silk Tejon Pass Tejon Pass

Justify

5.34

Peter Miller

Chris Landeros

5th, OP AlwOC (1/28/24-R6)

Entered

Last Race

5th, OP AlwOC (1/28/24-R6)

5 Horse Silk Magic Grant Magic Grant

Good Magic

0.00

Eddie R Milligan

Harry Hernandez

10th, 2024 Southwest Stakes G3

Entered

Last Race

10th, 2024 Southwest Stakes G3

6 Horse Silk Dimatic Dimatic

Gun Runner

0.00

Steven M. Asmussen

Tyler Gaffalione

1st, OP MSW (2/3/24-R6)

Entered

Last Race

1st, OP MSW (2/3/24-R6)

7 Horse Silk Timberlake Timberlake

Into Mischief

6.17

Brad H. Cox

Cristian A. Torres

4th, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile G1

Entered

Last Race

4th, 2023 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile G1

8 Horse Silk Next Level Next Level

Vino Rosso

5.54

J. Keith Desormeaux

Jose Requelme

2nd, OP AlwOC (1/28/24-R6)

Entered

Last Race

2nd, OP AlwOC (1/28/24-R6)

9 Horse Silk Lagynos Lagynos

Kantharos

5.59

Steven M. Asmussen

Keith Asmussen

6th, 2024 Smarty Jones LS

Entered

Last Race

6th, 2024 Smarty Jones LS

10 Horse Silk Mena Mena

Hard Spun

3.79

Steve Hobby

Francisco Arrieta

2nd, OP AlwOC (1/28/24-R8)

Entered

Last Race

2nd, OP AlwOC (1/28/24-R8)

11 Horse Silk Just Steel Just Steel

Justify

5.95

D. Wayne Lukas

Ramon A. Vazquez

2nd, 2024 Southwest Stakes G3

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2024 Southwest Stakes G3

12 Horse Silk Woodcourt Woodcourt

Ransom the Moon

5.89

Cipriano Contreras

Emmanuel Esquivel

1st, OP AlwOC (1/28/24-R6)

Entered

Last Race

1st, OP AlwOC (1/28/24-R6)

13 Horse Silk Time For Truth Time For Truth

Omaha Beach

5.67

Ron Moquett

Rafael Bejarano

2nd, 2024 Ozark LS

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2024 Ozark LS

Honeybee (G3), Oaklawn, 1 1/16 miles, 3-year-old fillies, 50-25-15-10-5 Kentucky Oaks qualifying points

West Omaha, scratched from last Saturday’s Rachel Alexandra (G2), returns here instead. She has a record of 4: 2-2-0 and won the Silverbulletday by five lengths in her latest start. Alys Beach makes her first start since finishing third in the Alcibiades (G3) and in October and returned to the work tab in January at Fair Grounds. Band of Gold is 2-for-3 after winning the listed Martha Washington last out.

Razorback (G3), Oaklawn, 1 1/16 miles, 4-year-olds and up

Promise Keeper’s win in the Fifth Season was his first victory since 2021 and came in his first start for Robertino Diodoro. Frosted Departure was 1-for-10 last year and was fourth last out as the favorite in an optional-claiming allowance at Oaklawn. Octane lost a stretch duel by a head last out as the odd-on favorite in the Sunshine Classic.

Post Silks Horse / Sire Rating Trainer / Jockey Last Start / Next Start HRN
1 Horse Silk Seize The Night Seize The Night

Carpe Diem

0.00

Eddie Milligan Jr.

Cristian A. Torres

2nd, 2024 Fifth Season LS

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2024 Fifth Season LS

2 Horse Silk Frosted Departure Frosted Departure

Frosted

5.62

Kenneth G. McPeek

Ramon A. Vazquez

4th, OP SOC (01/12/2024-R8)

Entered

Last Race

4th, OP SOC (01/12/2024-R8)

3 Horse Silk Speed Bias Speed Bias

Uncle Mo

4.12

Ron Moquett

Rafael Bejarano

5th, OP ALW (01/13/2024-R1)

Entered

Last Race

5th, OP ALW (01/13/2024-R1)

4 Horse Silk Ain't Life Grand Ain’t Life Grand

Not This Time

4.84

Kelly R. Von Hemel

Martin Garcia

3rd, 2023 Cornhusker Handicap G3

Entered

Last Race

3rd, 2023 Cornhusker Handicap G3

5 Horse Silk Octane Octane

Brethren

5.17

Juan Alvarado

Julien R. Leparoux

2nd, 2024 Sunshine Classic RS

Entered

Last Race

2nd, 2024 Sunshine Classic RS

6 Horse Silk Midnight Rising Midnight Rising

Mendelssohn

0.00

Jordan Blair

Martin Chuan

1st, OP ALW (01/06/2024-R10)

Entered

Last Race

1st, OP ALW (01/06/2024-R10)

7 Horse Silk U S Army U S Army

Army Mule

3.79

Shawn H Davis

Luis Quinones

1st, 2023 Jeffrey A. Hawk Memorial LS

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2023 Jeffrey A. Hawk Memorial LS

8 Horse Silk Magic Tap Magic Tap

Tapit

4.45

Steven M. Asmussen

Tyler Gaffalione

1st, OP ALW (01/13/2024-R1)

Entered

Last Race

1st, OP ALW (01/13/2024-R1)

9 Horse Silk O P Firecracker O P Firecracker

Will Take Charge

5.47

Robert Medina

Isaac Castillo

3rd, OP ALW (01/13/2024-R1)

Entered

Last Race

3rd, OP ALW (01/13/2024-R1)

10 Horse Silk Promise Keeper Promise Keeper

Constitution

5.44

Robertino Diodoro

Harry Hernandez

1st, 2024 Fifth Season LS

Entered

Last Race

1st, 2024 Fifth Season LS

11 Horse Silk Notary Notary

Street Sense

4.79

Armando Hernandez

Emmanuel Esquivel

1st, OP AOC (01/26/2024-R10)

Entered

Last Race

1st, OP AOC (01/26/2024-R10)

12 Horse Silk Escapologist Escapologist

Good Magic

0.00

Kenneth G. McPeek

Brian J. Hernandez, Jr.

2nd, OP AOC (01/26/2024-R10)

Entered

Last Race

2nd, OP AOC (01/26/2024-R10)

13 Horse Silk Bolzy Bolzy

Gun Runner

0.00

Donnie K. Von Hemel

Francisco Arrieta

1st, OP ALW (01/28/2024-R9)

Entered

Last Race

1st, OP ALW (01/28/2024-R9)

Santa Ana (G3), Santa Anita, 1 1/4 miles (turf), fillies and mares, 4-year-olds and up

Linda’s Gift’s gate-to-wire win in the Astra Stakes last out was her second straight stakes win and came over three others possible here. Duvet Day, third in the Astra, is 0-for-4 since winning that event last year. Justique is looking for her first win since November 2022.

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