LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky Derby 140 is just a few weeks away, and Churchill Downs' Darren Rogers talks to WDRB about Derby, Oaks and races heading into the First Saturday in May.
The Kentucky Derby is May 3rd, and three year old hopefuls have been racing for weeks to try to earn enough points to get into the race. The top 20 point holders are the ones who get a chance to "Run for the Roses.
Saturday, April 5th marks two of the last four 100 point races--The Wood Memorial and the Santa Anita Derby. The final two are on April 12th with the Arkansas Derby and the Toyota Bluegrass at Keeneland.
Constitution made a name for himself with a win in the Florida Derby over fourth place finisher Cairo Prince. Cairo Prince had been the Derby favorite but now may not get into the race.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik is being heralded for her masterful ride to a first place finish on Vicar's in Trouble in the Louisiana Derby. The colt owned by Ken Ramsey.
Watch for San Felipe winner California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby. Seventy-seven year old trainer Art Sherman could become the oldest trainer to bring a horse the Kentucky Derby. It would be his first trip as a trainer, but Sherman was a "teenage "kid," when he went to work as an exercise rider for Rex Ellsworth. He accompanied the mighty California-bred Swaps to his Derby win in 1955 and later to Chicago for his match race against the vaunted Nashua. Now California Chrome will seek to become the first Cal-bred to win the Derby since Decidedly in 1962.
KENTUCK OAKS PREP
Saturday is also the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland, which is one of the final Kentucky Oaks prep races. It gives the winner 100 points. The Ashland is carded as the ninth race on Saturday's 10-race program with a 5:13 p.m. ET post time. First post Saturday is 1:05 p.m.
Testa Rossi leads the field. She began her career in Europe and joined trainer Chad Brown's barn for a fall campaign that included a victory in the Miss Grillo (G3) and a runner-up finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). She won the Florida Oaks (G3) on the grass at Tampa Bay Downs in her 2014 debut.
The other graded stakes winner in the field is Gary and Mary West's Room Service. Trained by Wayne Catalano, Room Service won the Herecomesthebride (G3) at Gulfstream on the grass in which she defeated Central Bank Ashland foes Candy Kitty and Seeking Her Glory.
The field for the Central Bank Ashland, from the rail out, is as follows: Istanford (Joe Rocco Jr.), Room Service (Bridgmohan), Macaroon (Luis Saez), On the Backstreets (Robby Albarado), Thank You Marylou (Julien Leparoux), Testa Rossi (FR) (Lezcano), Miss Besilu (Corey Lanerie), Rosalind (Rosario), Candy Kitty (Edgar Prado), Ireland (James Graham), Saturday Bliss (Chris DeCarlo), Seeking Her Glory (Rosie Napravnik) and Resistivity (Stewart Elliott). All starters will carry 121 pounds.
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