Derby Hopefuls in Spotlight at Three of 'Super Six' Races

Kevin Stott

Thursday, April 5, 2018 1:39 PM UTC

Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018 1:39 PM UTC

The Wood Memorial, Blue Grass Stakes and Santa Anita Derby form a triple-header Saturday as Justify and other 3-year-olds continue their Kentucky Derby quest. Let's try to cash some tickets.

Horse Racing: Kentucky Derby Prep Race Weekend

It’s a monster weekend for Kentucky Derby hopefuls. Three of the final four Super Six races -- the Wood Memorial Stakes (Grade 2), the Blue Grass Stakes (G2) and the Santa Anita Derby (G1) -- are set for Saturday, with 100 qualifying points for the May 5 Kentucky Derby on the line as well as instant qualification into the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. NBC Sports Network will broadcast all three of Saturday's races (5:30-7:30 p.m. ET). The $1 million Arkansas Derby, on April 14, will wrap up the Super Six schedule.

Wood Memorial Stakes

Historic Aqueduct Racetrack from South Ozone Park, Queens, New York, is the site of this $1 million event. Enticed (25/1 to win Kentucky Derby, Bovada) is the favorite. The Wood has had 11 winners also win the Kentucky Derby — four of whom won the Triple Crown — but no Wood winner has won the Derby since 2000. The most famous loser in the Wood? The iconic Secretariat, who finished third in 1973. The draw for this year's Wood Memorial was Wednesday. Here are the post positions with morning-line track odds and jockeys:

1. Heartfullofstars 20/1 (Dylan Davis)
2. Firenze Fire 6/1 (Manuel Franco)
3. Evaluator 20/1 (Michael Dilger)
4. Old Time Revival 6/1 (Kenneth Decker)
5. Enticed 6/5 (Junior Alvarado)
6. Catch Twenty Two 50/1 (Naipaul Chatterpaul)
7. King Zachary 20/1 (Robby Albarado)
8. Restoring Hope 4/1 (Flavien Prat)
9. Vino Rosso 9/2 (John Velazquez)

Free Wood Memorial Pick: Enticed 6/5 to Win (No. 5)

Blue Grass Stakes

Good Magic (16/1 to win Kentucky Derby) is the favorite in this $1 million race at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. The draw was Tuesday. Here are the post positions with morning-line track odds and jockeys:

1. Zing Zang 30/1 (Shaun Bridgmohan)
2. Sporting Chance 10/1 (Luis Saez)
3. California Night 30/1 (Tyler Gaffalione)
4. Kanthaka 10/1 (Julien Leparoux)
5. Quip 6/1 (Florent Geroux)
6. Marconi 15/1 (Ryan Moore)
7. Blended Citizen 15/1 (Kyle Frey)
8. Gotta Go 30/1 (Ian Wilkes)
9. Tiz Mischief 30/1 (Corey Lanerie)
10. Free Drop Billy 5/1 (Irad Ortiz Jr.)
11. Good Magic 2/1 (Jose Ortiz)
12. Flameaway 6/1 (Jose Lezcano)
13. Machismo 20/1 (Jake Radosevich)
14. Arawak 30/1 (Fernando de la Cruz)

Free Blue Grass Stakes Pick: Free Drop Billy 5/1 to Place (No. 10)

Santa Anita Derby

Bolt d’Oro (7/1 to win Kentucky Derby) and Justify (8/1) are expected to battle it out in this $1 million event at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The draw was Wednesday. Here are the post positions with morning-line track odds and jockeys:

1. Instilled Regard 5/1 (Joel Rosario)
2. Orbit Rain 50/1 (Brice Blanc)
3. Bolt d’Oro 6/5 (Javier Castellano)
4. Jimmy Chila 30/1 (Mario Gutierre)
5. Pepe Tono 20/1 (Victor Espinoza)
6. Justify 4/5 (Mike Smith)
7. Core Beliefs 20/1 (Tyler Baze)

Many people anticipated a duel between McKinzie and Bolt d’Oro, but last Saturday trainer Bob Baffert announced McKinzie won't compete and will miss the entire Triple Crown series because of a leg injury. Baffert decided to race Justify here at Santa Anita Park instead of shipping him to the Arkansas Derby, so this will be a pretty big test for the undefeated colt, running his first stakes race, although he has won his first two races by a combined 16 lengths. San Felipe Stakes winner Bolt d’Oro has won four of five races; he finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last November. Justify (104, 101), Bolt d’Oro (101) and McKinzie (101) have recorded the four fastest Beyer speed figures this year among 3-year-olds and have been the only three thoroughbreds to eclipse triple digits, so a Bolt d’Oro-Justify matchup gives the Santa Anita Derby much sparkle.

Free Santa Anita Derby Pick: Justify 4/5 to Win (No. 6)

Kentucky Derby Qualifying Points Leaders

Audible 110
Noble Indy 110
Mendelssohn 100
Bolt d’Oro 64
Enticed 63
Bravazo 54
Promises Fulfilled 52
Magnum Moon 50
Runaway Ghost 50
Quip 50
Lone Sailor 42
Raya 40
McKinzie 40
Hofburg 40
Good Magic 34
Solomini 34
My Boy Jack 32
Flameaway 30

Bolt d’Oro (7/1 to win Kentucky Derby) remains atop the latest Kentucky Derby Media Poll (April 2). Rebel Stakes winner Magnum Moon (16/1) returns to the rankings at No. 2, with Mendelssohn (5/1) storming into the No. 3 spot after a dominating, record-setting 18¾-length win in his dirt debut, the $2 million UAE Derby last weekend at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Prior to that impressive performance, Mendelssohn was at 20/1 odds to win the Kentucky Derby.

Free Kentucky Derby Futures Pick: Justify 8/1 (Bovada)

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