A Great and Historic Day For the O’Brien Family at the Irish Derby 2018 at The Curragh in Ireland
Twenty-to-one long shot Latrobe won the Irish Derby 2018 (G1) at The Curragh in County Kildare, Ireland on Saturday (2:32.62) with 19-year-old jockey Donnacha O’Brien onboard as trainer (and older brother) Joseph O’Brien defeated 2nd-place finisher Rostropovich (30/1) and 3rd-place finisher and heavy race favorite Saxon Warrior (4/5), both horses trained by their famous father Aidan O’Brien.
It was the first Win together for the brothers and the first classic Win as a trainer for Joseph who won the Irish Derby in 2012 and 2014 as a jockey in the respective saddles of Camelot—the sire of Latrobe, owned by Lloyd Williams—and Australia.
"It was incredible," proud papa Aidan O'Brien said of his two sons' performances. "It's one of those special days. What can I say?”
Delano Roosevelt (18/1) came in 4th place, The Pentagon (25/1) was 5th while Old Persian (12/1) finished in 6th in the 12-horse, 1½-mile Turf race between 3-year-old Males. Latrobe, who stalked most of the race, now has two straight Wins after 3 straight 2nd-places (Places) in his impressive 5 career Starts.
Several East Coast Tracks Cancel Racing Sunday and Monday Due to Severe Heat and Humidity
Belmont Park (Sunday), Delaware Park (Monday) and Parx Racing (Monday) were all ordered closed by stewards due to the lingering heat wave on the East Coast. The NYRA reportedly made every effort to run the card at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY, but temperatures made racing unsuitable and the day’s featured stakes race—the $100,000 Saginaw—for New York-bred 4-year-olds will run at a later date with racing set to resume Wednesday (July 4) with first Post at 1:30 pm ET/10:30 am PT.
On Sunday, Delaware Park Racetrack in Stanton, Delaware scrapped its card for Monday upon recommendation of the Chief Commission Veterinarian of the DTRC with more heat and stifling humidity forecast in the region with the NWS forecasting Highs Monday in the high 90’s with a Heat Index nearing a dangerous 105°. Like Belmont Park, live racing is expected to return Wednesday.
And, Park (Casino and) Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania also canceled its 10-race card on Monday—including the $200,000 Dr. Penny Memorial (G2)—due to the anticipated heat with the mercury forecast to hit 100° with a Heat Index near a torrid 108° according to AccuWeather.
Wonder Gadot Captures the First Leg of the Canadian Triple Crown at Woodbine on Saturday
Canada’s oldest thoroughbred race (1860), the $1m Queen’s Plate at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Etobicoke, Ontario, was won by Wonder Gadot (2:02.26) with John Velazquez in the irons on Saturday. Owned by Gary Barber and trained by Mark Casse, last year’s Sovereign Award-winning filly Wonder Gadot (3/1) finally got her first Win this calendar year (1-4-2 in 7 Starts in 2018, 4-4-3 12 career Starts, $1,199,053 earnings) at the 11⁄4-mile Queen’s Plate at Woodbine on the synthetic Tapeta surface, winning the first jewel in the Canadian Triple Crown by 4¾ lengths. The Queen’s Plate has been won by fillies 37 times.
Finishing 2nd was Aheadbyacentury (15/1) with Cooler Mike (30/1) in 3rd with race chalk Telekinesis (5/2) finishing in 5th place. The next leg of the Canadian Triple Crown is the 1³/16-mile Prince of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie Racetrack in Fort Erie, Ontario (July 24) with the one (full) lap, 1½-mile Breeders’ Stakes from the EP Taylor Turf Course at Woodbine (Aug. 18) the final lengthy test. Twelve horses have won the Canadian Triple Crown with Wando (2003) being the last to accomplish the rare feat.
Fillies Midnight Bisou, Safe To Say Have Nice Weekend With Mother Goose, Bison City Stakes Wins
Heavy favorite Midnight Bisou (2/5) did not disappoint in her first Start for trainer Steve Asmussen, as the daughter of Midnight Lute won the $1m, 1 1/16-mile Mother Goose Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park on Saturday (1:41.02) with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in saddle, who said, “She just keeps getting better!”
The 3-year-old filly shadowed pacesetter and previously undefeated Road To Victory to beat the boys and improve to 4-2-1 in 7 career Starts and 4-0-1 in 2018.
On Sunday at Woodbine, Safe to Say (3-0-3 in 9 career Starts) rallied in the final furlong to take and earn her first-ever stakes Win in the $225,000, 1 1/16-mile Bison City Stakes in the second leg of Canada’s Triple Tiara for 3-year-old Fillies.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Winner Futures Odds
(July 2, Bovada)
Crystal Ocean +250
Poets Word +650
Saxon Warrior +800
Dee Ex Bee +2000
Forever Together +2000
Kew Gardens +2500
Lah Ti Dar +2800
Best Solution +3100
Dschingis Secret +3100
Rare Rhythm +3100
Cliffs Of Moher +3700
Bye Bye Baby +5000
Desert Encounter +5000
Gold Star +5000
The Pentagon +5000
2018 KING GEORGE VI AND QUEEN ELIZABETH STAKES FUTURES PICK: Cracksman +350 (Bovada)