Category Archive: 2011derbycontenders

Apr
19
2011

R Heat Lightning at Churchill Downs

R Heat Lightning

R Heat Lightning arrived at Churchill Downs yesterday with stablemate Uncle Mo after a 2 hour delay in which the Tex Sutton chartered flight they were aboard was forced to divert to Dulles Intl. Airport near Washington D.C. when a warning light came on. The horses arrived at Churchill Downs without further incident.


Apr
19
2011

Uncle Mo at Churchill Downs

Uncle Mo

Todd Pletcher-trained Uncle Mo has arrived at Churchill Downs, along with stablemate (and Kentucky Oaks probable favorite) R Heat Lightning. Assistant Michael McCarthy is seen here unloading Uncle Mo around noon yesterday. The Tex Sutton plane carrying the two equine stars was delayed for 2 hours by a warning light that flashed on shortly after …

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Apr
15
2011

Contender or Pretender – The Factor

The Factor past performances

Well, my plan for this series was to start at the top of the graded earnings list and work my way down, which I failed the minute I started with Dialed In (who is #2). I then failed even further by jumping straight to the #18 horse (Santiva). Now that I’ve thoroughly destroyed any semblance …

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Apr
14
2011

Santiva at Keeneland

Santiva

Santiva got in a workout on the Polytrack before his run in the G1 Toyota Blue Grass stakes this Saturday. He is currently the 3-1 morning line favorite in the 1 1/8 mile prep race for the Kentucky Derby and will be ridden by Julien Leparoux for the first time.


Apr
13
2011

Contender or Pretender – Santiva

Santiva PPs

Santiva is running this weekend in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland. I’m expecting big things from him. Polytrack doesn’t seem to bother him—he has one synthetic race (the G1 Breeder’s Futurity at age 2, also at Keeneland), and while he encountered some issues at the start of the race that placed him …

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