As we move into the middle of the month of April, we are unbelievably at the end of the major prep races for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Time flies when you're having fun, or something like that. Both of today's big races, the Blue Grass Stakes and the Arkansas Derby, present us with a solid field of contenders, most of which are still looking for that "big" win that will stamp them as a legitimate contender for this year's Derby.
The Arkansas Derby will be televised on NBC SportsNetwork, while the Blue Grass will be shown on NBC. We'll see whether or not they cover any of the graded stakes races on the undercards but, given the couple hours of coverage, I would hope the other races won't be ignored.
This is your stakes day open thread.
Arkansas Derby 2013: Entries, Post Positions & Odds | Preview
Blue Grass Stakes 2013: Entries, Post Positions & Odds | Preview
Below are links to today's changes at Keeneland and Oaklawn, via Equibase:
Keeneland Scratches & Changes - Saturday, April 13, 2013
Oaklawn Scratches & Changes - Saturday, April 13, 2013
Below is the scheduled for today's major stakes action:
|13-Apr||KEE||Blue Grass Stakes||1||3yo||9.0||Synth.||4-Java's War||$11.20|
|13-Apr||KEE||Jenny Wiley||1||4up||f&m||8.5||Turf||1-Centre Court||$5.40|
|13-Apr||KEE||Vinery Madison||1||4up||f&m||7.0||Synth.||5-Last Full Measure||$37.60|
|13-Apr||OP||Oaklwan Hcp.||2||4up||9.0||Dirt||1-Cyber Secret||$15.00|
|13-Apr||AQU||Distaff Handicap||2||3up||f&m||6.0||Dirt||4-Cluster of Stars||$2.40|
|13-Apr||OP||Count Fleet Hcp.||3||4up||6.0||Dirt||3-Justin Phillip||$4.40|
|13-Apr||OP||Northern Spu||3yo||8.0||Dirt||5-Get Happy Mister||$16.20|