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Graham Motion’s under-the-radar Kentucky Derby contender: Ring Weekend

March 30th, 2014

By J.J. Hysell

He lingers in the shadows of the more famous 3-year-old sons of Tapit, Florida Derby winner Constitution and Rebel Stakes runner-up Tapiture.

Ring Weekend, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby trained by Graham Motion, is the definition of an under-the-radar Kentucky Derby contender. He could move into the spotlight, however, as we draw closer to the first Saturday in May.

This gelding by Tapit is taking the unconventional route of training at Calder. He’s likely to have his last prep in the Calder Derby on April 5. The Calder surface is known for being a deep surface that is renowned for conditioning and building fitness.

Unlike some of his rivals – including Constitution, Rebel winner Hoppertunity and California-based Bayern – Ring Weekend has a solid foundation as a 2-year-old. He’s performed well on all three surfaces, although he seems to prefer dirt. Ring Weekend also boasts a top-notch pedigree with a strong stamina influence on the dam side in Cryptoclearance, who won at 10 furlongs.

Here’s video of Ring Weekend’s sharp work (5f, 1:00.40) at Calder on March 28. Note his effortless stride and smooth motion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RCL7HYBk4c

 

California Chrome emerging as leading Kentucky Derby contender

March 30th, 2014

By J.J. Hysell

San Felipe Stakes winner California Chrome is emerging as a top Kentucky Derby contender after his stellar training sessions at Los Alamitos have drawn attention.

The California-bred, who has won three straight races, continued preparations for Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby with a sharp four furlong work in :46.40 on March 29. “I had him galloping out in a minute flat,” trainer Art Sherman said after the work, via Los Alamitos publicity.

In addition to the speedy works, it appears California Chrome is one cool customer.

Art’s son, Alan, said:  “I came back to barn to check on the horses after Friday’s quake. All were awake except for Cal Chrome. He was resting.”

Here’s video of California Chrome’s work via YouTube.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsFoRJEbNrY

Kiaran McLaughlin, trainer of Cairo Prince, discusses issues with Kentucky Derby point system

March 27th, 2014

By J.J. Hysell

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who will lead top Kentucky Derby contender Cairo Prince to the Florida Derby Saturday, expressed his sentiments about the Derby point system implemented by Churchill Downs.

The system uses points awarded in prep races to determine who makes the gate on the first Saturday in May. Prior to the point system, a scale based on graded stakes earnings was used.

Cairo Prince, considered one of the top contenders for the Derby, currently has 14 points – 10 from winning the Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park and four for finishing second to Honor Code in the Remsen Stakes in November. While the exact number of points needed to make the field each year is impossible to determine because of scratches, that’s on the border of what’s considered comfortable. It’s preferred to have a least 20-30 points to have a chance.

Cairo Prince must finish in the top four Saturday to collect points. The Florida Derby offers 100 points to the winner, 40 for second, 20 for third and 10 for fourth.

“They tell you every year they’re going to try and sort things out, whether it’s graded earnings or a point system.,” McLaughlin said. “I don’t agree with what they have come up with right now, so I’m happy to speak loudly about it, and I’ll go to Churchill Downs to talk about it and see if the complaint box is open.  But anyway, hopefully we finish one, two, three, four, (on Saturday) and it’s not an issue.”

McLaughlin indicated the selection of races for the distribution of points is also one of his concerns and talked about what he’d change.

“I feel like that either point system or graded earnings, whatever they would choose, but also maybe like the Breeders’ Cup have a selection committee for, God forbid, the unforeseen crazy thing that’s going to happen sometime to somebody and have the last four spots (by) a selection committee; five spots, two spots, whatever you want,” he said. “But right now, to win on different surfaces around the world and get 100 points for races or 50 points, and then have proper dirt preps that have been there forever and the Breeders’ Cup be worth 10 points, I just don’t understand.”

The point system leaves little room for error in race planning. McLaughlin talked about the possibility of a sloppy track on Saturday. Cairo Prince has yet to run on an off track.

“Yes, he’s ready to perform a top race, an A plus race.,” he said. “We are a little worried . . . about the track weather-wise.  If it’s real wet, he’s never run on a real wet racetrack.  That’s always a concern.  But we feel like he’ll handle a wet track, and he is ready to go.  We just have had 60 days of great training.”

 

 

Honor Code off Kentucky Derby trail due to injury

March 23rd, 2014

Honor Code, last year’s Remsen winner who was second in an allowance in his 3-year-old debut on March 12, is off the Kentucky Derby trail after an injury was discovered Sunday morning, as reported by the Daily Racing Form and the New York Daily News.

Here’s more from Jerry Bossert of the New York Daily News: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/theraces/2014/03/honor-code-to-miss-the-kentucky-derby-0

It’s been a tough Derby trail for trainer Shug McGaughey, who won last year’s Derby with Orb. Top Billing, a promising son of Curlin, will also miss the Derby because of an injury.

Honor Code is from the last crop of sire A.P. Indy, who has had a stellar career as a sire but never registered a Kentucky Derby winner.

Kentucky Derby Gauge: March 19

March 18th, 2014

2014 KENTUCKY DERBY GAUGE

1. TAPITURE

Tapiture

Tapiture

He’s vaulted to the top spot after a surreal trip in the Rebel Stakes in which he forced his way into open space, was knocked and yet kept running alongside winner Hoppertunity. Although he came up short in that slugfest, this son of Tapit has proven to be the most consistent of the Kentucky Derby contenders. As I’ve mentioned before, this colt displayed a superior level of agility and athleticism even as a 2-year-old in the Kentucky Jockey Club. He’s also quick to respond to jockey’s cues. The Rebel was taxing, but also solid preparation for the 20-horse rumble on the first Saturday in May. The Arkansas Derby is a possibility and the stretch out to 1 1/8-miles will be his top test. His dam’s sire, Olympio, was a multi-surface threat who won the American Derby on dirt at 10 furlongs and the Hollywood Derby on turf at 9 furlongs.

                                 2. CONQUEST TITAN

No faith is lost, but there are concerns as he hasn’t returned to the work tab since finishing fourth in the Tampa Bay Derby. The Arkansas Derby was mentioned as a possibility as he has just nine Derby points. He’s a lightweight colt, so two taxing races close together – such as the Arkansas Derby before the Kentucky Derby – might not be optimal. His sire Birdstone won the Belmont (12 furlongs) and his dam’s sire Mineshaft won the Jockey Club Gold Cup (10 furlongs) and the Pimlico Special (9.5 furlongs).

3. CONSTITUTION

The precocious son of Tapit will take a major step up in class in the Florida Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher reported. “We just felt like he’s home, he’s 2-for-2 over the track, and even though it looks to be a very tough race with Cairo Prince pointing for it, we felt like it was the right spot for him,” Pletcher said. “He’s passed every test so far, but this will certainly be the biggest test he’s had.” I’ve ranked him high on the list despite the obvious obstacles – he has no points yet and yes, Apollo, he didn’t race at 2 – because I don’t see him as the usual Gulfstream need-the-lead, blossom-early type. His debut was proof he can overcome adversity, as he overcame a troubled start to win going away. He also boasts the perfect pedigree for the Churchill Downs strip, being a son of Tapit out of a Distorted Humor mare. He needs to overcome his habit of breaking slowly and rushing up.

4. HOPPERTUNITY

I pointed out his fourth-place Risen Star performance as “sneaky good,” and he followed up with a sharp, albeit rough, win in the Rebel that moves him up two spots. The victory not only showed he’s progressing on the right timetable, but he can also ship and run well without issue. The Arkansas Derby or Santa Anita Derby is next, and all he needs is a good showing for fitness as he’s already landed a spot in the gate, His sire was eighth in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, beat Hard Spun and Curlin in the 9-furlong Haskell Invitational and won the Brooklyn Handicap at 9 furlongs. His dam’s sire, Unaccounted For, won the Whitney Handicap at 9 furlongs and was second to Cigar in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at 10 furlongs.

5. TONALIST

He’s steadily training at Payson Park for his next assignment. While all options are open for this long-striding son of Tapit, trainer Christophe Clement said the Wood Memorial is a top consideration. That race could suit this colt very well and he’s one who is in desperate need of Derby points. His sire is known for middle-distance progeny, but his sons and daughters have historically fared very well at Churchill Downs. His broodmare’s sire, Pleasant Colony, won the 1991 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and was third in the Belmont.

6. RING WEEKEND

Trainer Graham Motion is back on the Derby scene with this son of Tapit, a gelding who pulled off the surprise front-running upset in the Tampa Bay Derby. He’s quite versatile, having won from off the pace and from an outside post at Gulfstream as well. He’s run well on all three surfaces and his only “off” race was his debut in the slop at Saratoga. He’s really blossomed in his 3-year-old season, and the path to the Derby could be unique but savvy as he’s likely for the Calder Derby on April 5. A race over that track could give the colt a solid foundation heading into Churchill Downs, where he was third in his second start. His dam sire, Cryptoclearance, is a solid classic distance influence. He won the Hawthorne Gold Cup at 10 furlongs, the Donn Handicap at 9 furlongs and was fourth in the Kentucky Derby, third in the Preakness and second in the Belmont.

7. BOURBONIZE

Bourbonize

Bourbonize

A diversion from Oaklawn to Sunland Park for the Sunland Derby could prove a smooth move for this tough gelding. He posted a fabulous bullet work on March 16 in preparation, and all he needs is a strong performance in this Derby prep to line him up perfectly for the Run for the Roses. He broke his maiden in a big way at Churchill Downs, so there’s no question of surface. New sire Tiz Wonderful is a son of the legendary Tiznow and was 2 for 2 at Churchill Downs in his short career. His dam’s sire, Halo’s Image, won multiple stakes races at 9 furlongs.

8. BOBBY’S KITTEN

The son of Kitten’s Joy is a wild card as he’s made a name for himself on turf but has yet to try dirt. His 3-year-old debut was a pro performance as expected as he beat a solid foe in Global View in an allowance at Tampa Bay. He’s likely to make his Derby prep in the Blue Grass Stakes, where all will be on the line as he has no Derby points yet. If he qualifies, he’ll be first-time dirt in the Derby, and all eyes will be on how he takes to the surface in the week leading up to the first Saturday in May. Sire Kitten’s Joy is a supremely prolific turf and synthetic sire and is also known for producing long-distance runners. On the dam side, there’s some standard dirt influence through Storm Cat. Full brother Major Marvel tallied most of his victories on turf but did win his debut on dirt at Charles Town.

9. GOLD HAWK

Gold Hawk

Gold Hawk

You gave up on him? I haven’t yet, not after he posted a sensational bullet six furlong work at Fair Grounds on March 17. His problem has been using up too much energy prior to his races. I’m giving him another chance as he prepares for a possible start in the Louisiana Derby. Sire Empire Maker won the Florida Derby, Wood Memorial and the Belmont Stakes and dam Caressing won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and the La Troienne.

 10. INDIANAPOLIS

No works yet and I might be in denial he’s not making the Derby. Still, I’ll leave him on the list until official word. His sire won the Travers at 10 furlongs and was very consistent at 9 furlongs against top company. His dam’s sire Beau Genius won multiple races at 9 furlongs.

DERBY GAUGE: TIER 2

11. CAIRO PRINCE

This son of new sire Pioneerof the Nile continues training steadily at Palm Meadows. He has drawn a lot of attention after his dominant Holy Bull performance and rightfully so. His campaign has been well-timed by Kiaran McLaughlin and he could come into the Derby with the perfect foundation behind him. Florida Derby is next. I remain curious about his ability at 10 furlongs.

12. CANDY BOY

The Santa Anita Derby is next. Gary Stevens is crazy about this colt, a son of Candy Ride who has been quite consistent since October of his 2-year-old season. Unlike most Candy Ride progeny who excel on turf and synthetic, this colt is better on dirt. It’s not a pedigree that screams 10 furlongs on dirt at Churchill Downs, but he did look impressive in the Robert B. Lewis.

13. MATADOR

The son of Malibu Moon continues to improve and was making a nice late rally in the Tampa Bay Derby. He’s fine on the surface switch and distance; the question is class as he’s possible for the toughest prep, the Florida Derby.

    14. GLOBAL STRIKE

One must respect any colt who can wing it on the front end and win the way he did at 1 1/8-miles in just his third start. The son of Smart Strike looks like he wants to run all day; he was second to Tonalist in his second start.

      15. STRONG MANDATE

He didn’t show any late kick in his fourth-place showing in the Rebel, and it appears others are passing him by – literally – in their progression. He looks better suited for shorter distances.

16. BAYERN

He’s back exercising after suffering a bruised hoof that has delayed his training and could be headed to either the Arkansas Derby or the Santa Anita Derby. The son of Offlee Wild is a Bodemeister type who didn’t start his career until January. Pedigree is solid, but I won’t be sold until he wins beyond a mile and beats a substantial field. What will happen when things don’t go his way?

17.  CALIFORNIA CHROME

Jaws dropped when he dominated the San Felipe Stakes to extend his winning streak to three. While the California-bred is obviously a legitimate contender, he’ll go into the Derby with at least nine starts and the dam side of the pedigree is predominantly speed. He’s listed as possible for the Santa Anita Derby.

18. INTENSE HOLIDAY

He continues to train very well at Palm Meadows and there’s no doubt he’ll be a player on the Louisiana Derby scene. His pedigree is more middle-distance friendly, and the Harlan’s Holiday progeny are often at their best in their juvenile season, but he’s one to keep an eye on.

19. COMMISSIONER

Let’s see if it was a traffic-troubled trip from the rail that hampered him in the Fountain of Youth. We’ll find out more in Saturday’s Sunland Derby, where he’ll need to be close to the pace.

20. KRISTO

Great pedigree for Churchill Downs, but the 10 furlongs is a question.

21. TEXAS RYANO

This maiden-winning son of Curlin is doubtful to make the Derby, but he is working on dirt at Santa Anita.

 

 

War Academy set to return Thursday

March 17th, 2014

By J.J. Hysell

War Academy, who was pulled up after taking awkward steps in last year’s Arkansas Derby, is set to make his first start since that race in an allowance Thursday at Santa Anita.

The Bob Baffert trainee is part of a six-horse field going six furlongs and Martin Garcia is named to ride.

War Academy launched his bid on last year’s Triple Crown Trail after winning his debut, finishing fourth in the San Vicente and winning an allowance on March 15. He went into the Arkansas Derby as the 9-5 favorite, but he did not finish the race. Jockey Mike Smith pulled up the son of Giant’s Causeway before the finish, citing that the horse “felt awkward” and he wanted to be safe.

War Academy has posted a steady tab of works at Hollywood Park, Los Alamitos and San Anita in preparation for his 4-year-old debut.

 

 

Kentucky Derby Gauge: March 12

March 13th, 2014

2014 KENTUCKY DERBY GAUGE

1. CONQUEST TITAN

Conquest Titan

Conquest Titan

With just nine Derby points after his fourth-place finish in the Tampa Bay Derby, Conquest Titan faces a challenge making the gate for the Run for the Roses. Because there’s still hope, he remains at No. 1, as I still feel he’s the best contender for the first Saturday in May. The speedy Florida tracks aren’t showing off his late-closing style and that’s hampered him as far as gathering points; however, nothing I’ve seen in his stakes races there has led me to believe that this colt isn’t a leader for the Kentucky Derby. He loves the Churchill Downs surface – but will he get there?  He’s a lightweight colt, so two taxing races close together – such as the Arkansas Derby before the Kentucky Derby – might not be optimal. His sire Birdstone won the Belmont (12 furlongs) and his dam’s sire Mineshaft won the Jockey Club Gold Cup (10 furlongs) and the Pimlico Special (9.5 furlongs).

2. TAPITURE

Saturday should shed more light on this appealing chestnut contender as he faces new – and tough – competitors in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn. A dominant win in that test could vault him into the No. 1 spot, as he’s also one who has shown an affinity for Churchill Downs. How he handles speedy types like Kobe’s Back will be quite telling; so far, he’s progressed perfectly for trainer Steve Asmussen. His dam’s sire, Olympio, was a multi-surface threat who won the American Derby on dirt at 10 furlongs and the Hollywood Derby on turf at 9 furlongs.

Tapiture

Tapiture

3. CONSTITUTION

The precocious son of Tapit will take a major step up in class in the Florida Derby, trainer Todd Pletcher reported. “We just felt like he’s home, he’s 2-for-2 over the track, and even though it looks to be a very tough race with Cairo Prince pointing for it, we felt like it was the right spot for him,” Pletcher said. “He’s passed every test so far, but this will certainly be the biggest test he’s had.” I’ve ranked him high on the list despite the obvious obstacles – he has no points yet and yes, Apollo, he didn’t race at 2 – because I don’t see him as the usual Gulfstream need-the-lead, blossom-early type. His debut was proof he can overcome adversity, as he overcame a troubled start to win going away. He also boasts the perfect pedigree for the Churchill Downs strip, being a son of Tapit out of a Distorted Humor mare. He needs to overcome his habit of breaking slowly and rushing up.

4. STRONG MANDATE

Will the Southwest Stakes runner-up turn the tables on Tapiture in Saturday’s Rebel? It’s quite possible considering it is his second race off the layoff for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. His sire is a two-time Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and his dam’s sire Deputy Minister won the Donn Handicap (9 furlongs).

5. INDIANAPOLIS

His status for the Kentucky Derby is questionable after he was sidelined by an illness that caused him to miss training. Trainer Bob Baffert: “He’s been jogging, but nothing serious.  He’s just in light training. . . I’m not going to push him.  If they can’t make that window, I don’t really press on, so I probably won’t know for another couple of weeks, but I’m not even thinking about it (Derby) right now.” The question is his distance top; it might be 9 furlongs. His sire won the Travers at 10 furlongs and was very consistent at 9 furlongs against top company. His dam’s sire Beau Genius won multiple races at 9 furlongs.

6. HOPPERTUNITY

The son of Any Given Saturday could emerge as a top Derby contender – or be removed from early lists – depending on his Rebel Stakes performance. This race is key for the Bob Baffert runner as he could earn enough points to land him in the gate and put him on a timetable for either another prep or to sit tight. He’s another who didn’t race at 2, but appears quite promising. How far can he go? That’s the question. His sire was eighth in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, beat Hard Spun and Curlin in the 9-furlong Haskell Invitational and won the Brooklyn Handicap at 9 furlongs. His dam’s sire, Unaccounted For, won the Whitney Handicap at 9 furlongs and was second to Cigar in the Jockey Club Gold Cup at 10 furlongs.

7. TONALIST

While all options are open for this long-striding son of Tapit, trainer Christophe Clement said the Wood Memorial is a top consideration. That race could suit this colt very well and he’s one who is in desperate need of Derby points. His sire is known for middle-distance progeny, but his sons and daughters have historically fared very well at Churchill Downs. His broodmare’s sire, Pleasant Colony, won the 1991 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and was third in the Belmont.

8. RING WEEKEND

Graham Motion

Graham Motion

Trainer Graham Motion is back on the Derby scene with this son of Tapit, a gelding who pulled off the surprise front-running upset in the Tampa Bay Derby. He’s quite versatile, having won from off the pace and from an outside post at Gulfstream as well. He’s run well on all three surfaces and his only “off” race was his debut in the slop at Saratoga. He’s really blossomed in his 3-year-old season, and the path to the Derby could be unique but savvy as he’s likely for the Calder Derby on April 5. A race over that track could give the colt a solid foundation heading into Churchill Downs, where he was third in his second start. His dam sire, Cryptoclearance, is a solid classic distance influence. He won the Hawthorne Gold Cup at 10 furlongs, the Donn Handicap at 9 furlongs and was fourth in the Kentucky Derby, third in the Preakness and second in the Belmont.

9. BOBBY’S KITTEN

The son of Kitten’s Joy is a wild card as he’s made a name for himself on turf but has yet to try dirt. His 3-year-old debut was a pro performance as expected as he beat a solid foe in Global View in an allowance at Tampa Bay. He’s likely to make his Derby prep in the Blue Grass Stakes, where all will be on the line as he has no Derby points yet. If he qualifies, he’ll be first-time dirt in the Derby, and all eyes will be on how he takes to the surface in the week leading up to the first Saturday in May. Sire Kitten’s Joy is a supremely prolific turf and synthetic sire and is also known for producing long-distance runners. On the dam side, there’s some standard dirt influence through Storm Cat. Full brother Major Marvel tallied most of his victories on turf but did win his debut on dirt at Charles Town.

Bourbonize

Bourbonize

10. BOURBONIZE

A little concerned as he wasn’t entered in the Rebel Stakes Wednesday as expected. New sire Tiz Wonderful is a son of the legendary Tiznow and was 2 for 2 at Churchill Downs in his short career. His dam’s sire, Halo’s Image, won multiple stakes races at 9 furlongs.

DERBY GAUGE: TIER 2

11. CAN’THELPBELIEVING

The son of Duke of Marmalade is likely a turf horse, but sometimes these long-distance grass runners can transfer to dirt. No doubt he’s got an affinity for endurance tests with his sharp performances so far at nine furlongs.

12. CAIRO PRINCE

This son of new sire Pioneerof the Nile has drawn a lot of attention after his dominant Holy Bull performance and rightfully so. His campaign has been well-timed by Kiaran McLaughlin and he could come into the Derby with the perfect foundation behind him. Florida Derby is next. I remain curious about his ability at 10 furlongs.

13. KOBE’S BACK

He’ll need to rely on his sire side for the stamina as there’s not much to pull from on the dam side, but one can’t ignore that powerful win in the San Vicente, his 3-year-old debut. We’ll get to know him better in Saturday’s Rebel Stakes.

14. STREET STRATEGY

The son of Street Sense is another who would have to buck the “Curse of Apollo,” and he’s an outsider for the Derby, but the gray colt is one who could step up in Saturday’s Rebel Stakes with Calvin Borel.

15. MATADOR

The son of Malibu Moon continues to improve and was making a nice late rally in the Tampa Bay Derby. He’s fine on the surface switch and distance; the question is class as he’s possible for the toughest prep, the Florida Derby.

16. CANDY BOY

Gary Stevens is crazy about this colt, a son of Candy Ride who has been quite consistent since October of his 2-year-old season. Unlike most Candy Ride progeny who excel on turf and synthetic, this colt is better on dirt. It’s not a pedigree that screams 10 furlongs on dirt at Churchill Downs, but he did look impressive in the Robert B. Lewis.

17. CALIFORNIA CHROME

Jaws dropped when he dominated the San Felipe Stakes to extend his winning streak to three. While the California-bred is obviously a legitimate contender, he’ll go into the Derby with at least nine starts and the dam side of the pedigree is predominantly speed.

18. GLOBAL STRIKE

I don’t know what Todd Pletcher’s plans are for this maiden winner, and he’s running against the clock, but respect for any colt who can wing it on the front end and win the way he did at 1 1/8-miles in just his third start. The son of Smart Strike looks like he wants to run all day; he was second to Tonalist in his second start.

19. BAYERN

According to DRF, he’s back exercising after suffering a bruised hoof that has delayed his training. The son of Offlee Wild is a Bodemeister type who didn’t start his career until January. Pedigree is solid, but I won’t be sold until he wins beyond a mile and beats a substantial field. What will happen when things don’t go his way?

20. KRISTO

Great pedigree for Churchill Downs, but the 10 furlongs is a question.

21. TEXAS RYANO

This maiden-winning son of Curlin is doubtful to make the Derby, but he is working on dirt at Santa Anita.

 

 

 

Bayern to scratch from San Felipe

March 6th, 2014

By J.J. Hysell

Bayern, undefeated in two starts for trainer Bob Baffert, will not run in Saturday’s Grade 2 San Felipe at Santa Anita due to a bruised quarter.

Baffert tweeted: “Bayern out of San Felipe . Bruised inside quarter.  Was looking forward to seeing him run Saturday.  Be OK soon.”

Bobby’s Kitten set to make 3-year-old debut at Tampa Bay Downs

March 5th, 2014

By J.J. Hysell

Bobby’s Kitten, one of the top 2-year-olds on turf last season. is set to make his 3-year-old debut Saturday in a turf allowance on the Tampa Bay Derby undercard.

Chad Brown

Chad Brown

The son of Kitten’s Joy, trained by Chad Brown and owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, won the Grade 3 Pilgrim Stakes and was third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Bobby’s Kitten, who has yet to try dirt, closed at 46-1 in Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 2 and was 28-1 in Pool 1 offered in November. He was not listed for Pool 3, which closed March 1.

Javier Castellano is named to ride Bobby’s Kitten, who drew the rail in a field of 10 going a mile. Also entered are Generous Stakes winner Global View, Inaugural Stakes winner Cool Cowboy and stakes-placed filly Maria Maria.