The connections of Carpe Diem announced Monday morning that they would not run the colt in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.
ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Todd Pletcher said his Belmont contenders, Carpe Diem, Madefromlucky, and Materiality, walked the shedrow Sunday morning. This is typical for Pletcher horses who breezed two days prior. The day after the work, they all jogged on the track.
Pletcher indicated that he will announce his finalized rider assignments on Tuesday.
The 141st running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby promises to be remembered for its quality, with a dynamite field assembled for the 1 ¼-mile classic.
The 20-horse cast features no shortage of legitimate win contenders and the crème of the crop belongs to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. The three-time Kentucky Derby winner will send out the probable top two choices in the wagering, American Pharoahand Dortmund.
LEXINGTON, KY (April 4, 2015) – WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables’ Carpe Diem took command in upper stretch and cruised to a three-length victory over Danzig Moon in the 91st running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) before a crowd of 26,357 on Saturday.
Carpe Diem became the third horse to complete a sweep of the Breeders’ Futurity as a 2-year-old and the following spring’s Blue Grass, joining Round Table (1956-1957) and Dullahan
Seven of the eight contenders for Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1) trained on Keeneland’s main track Thursday morning. The eighth, Pepper Roani, arrived here before noon.
Post 1 – Ocho Ocho Ocho (Pictured Below): DP Racing’s Ocho Ocho Ocho, winner of the Delta Jackpot (G3) and Juvenile Turf Sprint Stakes (moved to the main track because of rain at Santa Anita), jogged to the backstretch and galloped an easy lap around the main track a little after 9 a.m. Trainer Jim Cassidy was in attendance.noon from Louisville.
LEXINGTON, KY (March 31, 2015) – WinStar Farm and Stonestreet Stables’ Carpe Diem, runaway winner of last fall’s Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) here and a leading candidate for the 141st Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), has been installed as the even-money favorite in a field of eight entered Tuesday for Saturday’s 91st running of the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G1).
The 1 1/8-mile Toyota Blue Grass serves as a major steppingstone for the $2 million Kentucky Derby and will be run on Keeneland’s new dirt track, the first time over such a surface since 2006.
The race offers 170 points toward qualification to this year’s Derby with 100 points going to the winner, a total that would ensure a spot in the Churchill Downs starting gate in a field limited to the top 20 point earners.
A total of 19 horses that ran in the Toyota Blue Grass at Keeneland went on to win the Kentucky Derby, with the most recent being StreetSense in 2007.