Horse Racing News & Notes 1-24-13

The Kentucky Derby Prep Season is in full stride with the Holy Bull Stakes coming up this weekend, and we are in post-Eclipse Award mode, focusing on what is sure to be some great racing action. Once again, is happy to bring you some noteworthy news from around the racing world. Shanghai Bobby, the three-year-old Horse of the Year Eclipse winner makes his 2014 debut this Saturday at Gulfstream Park in the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes. The Todd Pletcher trained black colt has had a sensational start to his career winning all five of his races, including the last three, which were graded stakes affairs. He will be taking on a quality field as Dale Romans, Ken McPeek and Kelly Breen bring quality colts to the dirt for this one. Breen’s Bern Identity has been strong early in his career, winning three times in six starts and finishing in the money every time. Most recently he ran as the runner-up to current Kentucky Derby Championship points leader Goldencents, in the Delta Downs Jackpot. Dewey Square is trained by Romans and is expected to be a factor, having finished third in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, with two wins previous to that. Another one to watch on Saturday is McPeek’s Frac Daddy, who ran a strong second in the aforementioned Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs back in November. In all, Shanghai Bobby will be facing nine challengers in what could be his biggest test yet.

Ramon Dominguez (source: Joanna Poe)

On January 18th, just one day before he would win his third consecutive Eclipse Award as Jockey of the Year, Ramon Dominguez suffered a fractured skull when his mount, Convocation, fell in a race at Aqueduct. Dominguez was scheduled to ride a full card and then fly to Gulfstream Park for the Eclipse festivities, but that wasn’t to be. Due to bleeding in the brain, Dominguez was placed in ICU and diagnosed as being in critical condition. He has since been downgraded to stable condition and has moved out of ICU and to another hospital for ongoing care. He is expected to make a full recovery, but there has been no talk of whether or not he will resume his racing career. Dominguez, 36, is the all-time single season record holder for earnings by a jockey and is just shy of 5,000 career wins. wishes Dominguez and his family all the best in his recovery. D. Wayne Lukas has two consecutive victories in the Derby Prep Season with Oxbow winning the Lecomte Stakes and Will Take Charge taking the Smarty Jones Stakes. He is remaining quiet, however, on where we may see these up and coming colts next, and hinted that he may be ready to put another three-year-old out there in his quest to win his first Kentucky Derby since 1999; “We’re kind of in limbo about where to go with these horses, although we’re sure going to keep them apart as long as we can,” said Lukas. “We’re looking ahead at the races at Oaklawn and the Risen Star at Fair Grounds.  But I’m not likely to run one horse in all four of these races at Oaklawn.  On the other hand we have at least one more (horse) that I like, who might be this kind, so we have a lot of options.” {1} not only brings you the largest selection of Kentucky Derby tickets and ticket packages on the web, but we also work hard to provide racing fans news and information. Visit often to stay up to date with the current Kentucky Derby Championship Standings and to check out our Top 5 Derby Contenders, which is updated weekly. Also be sure to take a look at our latest article on Hub Pages related to D. Wayne Lukas and his latest victories in the Kentucky Derby Championship Series! {1}