Santa Anita Derby (G1) winner Roadster and juvenile champion Game Winner were among those to breeze over the Santa Anita Park main track April 26, both turning in their final works in preparation for the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Owner Peter Fluor, right, leads Roadster and jockey Mike Smith into the winner’s circle after their victory in the Grade I, $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTO
Making the Grade, which will run through the 2019 Belmont Stakes, focuses on the winners or top performers of the key races, usually from the previous weekend,
‘TDN Rising Star’ Roadster’s stock dipped slightly when Mike Smith chose to ride No. 1-ranked Omaha Beach instead of this $525,000 KEESEP Quality Road gray.
Stone Farm’s Hancock Back in the Derby with Roadster
Arthur Hancock III has bred two Kentucky Derby winners and owned and raised a third. Courtesy of the BloodHorse
By Eric Mitchell
Though trainer Graham Motion has won a Kentucky Derby and is in position to win it again in two weeks with Irish War Cry, it was his prowess with turf horses that first put him on the map in the U.S.