2020 GI Kentucky Derby

Medina Spirit Supplemented to Shared Belief

Medina Spirit (Protonico) was supplemented, at a cost of $1,000, to Sunday's Shared Belief S., a one-mile event for 3-year-olds on the Del Mar main track. The $100,000 contest will be the first start for the colt since finishing third--beaten five lengths--by Rombauer in the GI Preakness S. at Pimlico May 15.  His victory in the May 1 GI Kentucky Derby victory remains in limbo pending a Kentucky Horse Racing Commission ruling. "I've entered him, he's running," Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said. "I figure I'll use this as...

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Essential Quality to Bypass Preakness; Belmont Possible

Trainer Brad Cox told Steve Byk on At the Races Tuesday morning that champion Essential Quality (Tapit), fourth in the GI Kentucky Derby as the 29-10 favorite, will skip the GI Preakness S. May 15. The grey could be considered for the GI Belmont S. June 5, with Godolphin's Jimmy Bell telling TVG's Alicia Hughes that the Belmont is "part of the conversation, but that's not definitive at all. We're skipping the Preakness, that's for sure. Our primary goal is to run in the [Aug. 28 GI] Travers and we'll...

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First Mares in foal to Authentic, Vekoma

Spendthrift Farm's Horse of the Year and Champion sophomore Authentic (Into Mischief) and Eclipse finalist Vekoma (Candy Ride {Arg}) have had their first mares confirmed in foal. The winner of last season's GI Kentucky Derby and GI Breeders' Cup Classic stands his initial season for $75,000 S&N, while dual Grade I-winning Vekoma is standing for a fee of $20,000 S&N in 2021. From his official first day of breeding Feb. 10, Authentic has had two mares reported in foal--Aguilera (Unbridled's Song), dam of multiple stakes winner Bluegrass Singer, and stakes...

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