A quick overview of the graded stakes winners from Friday and Saturday, along with there Beyer figure (from the DRF).
The top performance of the weekend (in terms of the Beyer number), came from Le Grand Cru at 27/1 odds in the Grade 3-Westchester Stakes at Belmont. The five year old Alan Jerkens trainee stalked early fractions of 46.15 for four and 1:09.52 for six before taking command in deep stretch to win by an easy 2 1/4 lengths over Convocation. Odds-on favorite Bribon (FR) attempted to move into contention coming off the turn but faded to a well-beaten fifth.
Other top performances from the weekend included Unrivaled Belle's vanquishing of Rachel Alexandra in the Grade2-La Troienne on the Oaks under card and Atta Boy Roy's win for Washington-breds everywhere in the Grade 2-Churchill Downs.
The first graded stakes race for two year olds took place on the Oaks under card and was won by Lou Brissie. Gotta start padding those graded earnings for Kentucky Derby 137. The real question is whether Lou Brissie will make it to the starting gate next May (he probably won't), it's whether he'll be racing next spring at all. Maybe he will and maybe he won't, but it seems more often than not we rarely ever hear from these spring juvenile winners again.