Will Take Charge will be the heavy favorite for the Grade 2, $600,000 Oaklawn Handicap on April 12. He is coming off of runner-up finishes in the Grade 1 Donn at Gulfstream and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap, both of which were run in track record time. Revolutionary was one of the early favorites for last yea'rs Kentucky Derby but hasn’t lived up to expectations.
Nine 3-year-old colts were entered April 9 in the $1 million Arkansas Derby Saturday. Tapiture, Strong Mandate, and Ride On Curlin lead the field. Tapiture, Ride on Curlin and Strong Mandate finished second, third, and fourth, respectively last out in the G2 Rebel, the prep for the Arkansas Derby.
The Grade 1 $1,000,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on Saturday features a large field of eleven going 1 1/8 on the dirt.
The Grade 1 $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby on Saturday features a field of eight runners going 1 1/8 miles. The field is led by California Chrome who won the San Felipe by 7 lengths and registered a huge speed figure. Candy Boy also is a leading contender having taken the G2 RB Lewis stakes last out.
The $200,000 Razorback Stakes at Oaklawn Park features a field of 8 older horses going 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. Taptowne breaks from the rail and has registered triple digit speed figures in three of his last five starts but is coming off a layoff.
The G2 $600,000 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park Saturday features eight up-and-coming three year olds going 1 1/16 miles on the dirt. The field is led by Tapiture who captured the G3 Southwest by 4 1/4 lengths last out over Strong Mandate and Ride On Curlin who finished second and third, respectively.
The Grade 3, $500,000 Gotham is the feature race on the Saturday card at Aqueduct. This drew a field of eleven three-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the inner dirt track. Extrasexyhippzster is going for three in a row having most recently won the Miracle Wood by almost four lengths at Laurel going 1 mile.
The Grade 2, $200,000 Top Flight Stakes for fillies and mares at Aqueduct on Saturday features a field of six going 1 1/16 miles on the inner track, lead by Teen Pauline who is on a two-race-winning streak, having beaten Flash Forward by almost 11 lengths last out and Centring by 15 lengths.
Sunday's $200,000 San Vicente Stakes for three year olds at Santa Anita Park features a cast of six promising runners going 7 furlongs. Kobe's Back breaks from the outside post and his best showing was two back when he finished a distant second to the talented Shared Belief in the G3 Hollywood Prevue at 7 furlongs back in November.
The G2 $250,000 Robert B. Lewis Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Saturday features a cast of seven. It includes the G3 Sham winner Midnight Hawk who is two for two lifetime now, Chitu who breaks from the far outside and has also won both his starts but has never gone beyond six furlongs.