Horse Racing

Carmel Road to Head East to start for Yakteen in Gotham

classified bets Carmel Street will be looking to prove my Kentucky Derby (G1) credentials in transit to the East Coast for $300,000 Gotham Stakes (G3) a mile on March 4 at Aqueduct race track.

Carmel Street, a bay son of Quality Sugar placed second in the 1 1/16 mile Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) race on December 17 in Southern California.

He graduated with a lead in second place in August going a mile and two in Del Marplayed to his advantage through every call point and took home an 8 3/4 length win for Hall of Fame coach Bob Baffert.

To race against Tim Yakteen as his coach, Carmel Road qualifies for qualifying scores on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, in Gotham distributed on a 50-20-15-10 scale- 5 for the top five finishers. Baffert was taken by Churchill Downs Inc. banned from this year’s Kentucky Derby and his horses were barred from earning points in the race after a string of his runners tested positive for the drug, one of which resulted in disqualification. competition. Medina spirit in the 2021 Kentucky Derby.

Carmel Road is owned by SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Robert E. Masterson, Stonestreet Stables, Jay Schoenfarber, Waves Edge Capital and Catherine Donovan—a partner who also lobbied for several other potential matchday contenders. Derby.

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Carmel Road has trained quickly in recent weeks, blowing out five that lasted on: 59 February 20 at Santa Anita . Parkwhere both Baffert and Yakteen are located.

SF Racing managing partner Tom Ryan said: “He did a great job last week and finished brilliantly. “Last week’s work has caught everyone’s attention. He galloped there the hard way and wants to gallop further. He’s a horse feeling great at the moment and this is it. the time of year that you want your 3-year-olds to do well. The plan is for sure at the moment that he’ll run in Gotham as long as he’s in good shape.”

Bred in Kentucky by Thoroughbred Peter E. Blum, Carmel Sugar was purchased for $650,000 at Keeneland’s September 2021 Annual Sale. He got off the mare Unbridled’s song wins big bets Inspired .

Inspired as half-sister to the mare Medaglia d’Oro Treasure —the dam of a sophomore in 1st grade National treasures . Coincidentally, National Treasure is owned by the same partner as Carmel Road and can also target Derby points in the San Felipe Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita . Parkalso March 4.

“The National Treasure is Out Medaglia d’Oro mare, and you can see that in him. This one is a bit more compact at this point, says Ryan. “Both are well-proportioned and well-built ponies. We have a lot of faith in both.”

Ryan also mentioned Gotham as a possible landing spot for graded betting. Fort Warren , who recently joined the barn of Maryland-based air conditioning firm Brittany Russell. His participation in Gotham depends on how he works this weekend, with the $200,000 Bay Shore Stakes (G3) spanning seven parts on April 8 at the Aqueduct offering another option if He needs more preparation.

Ryan said: “He needed to pitch himself and tell us he was ready. “If yes, we will look. If not, we will consider Bay Shore.”

Fort Warren was purchased for $550,000 at Keeneland’s September 2021 Annual Sale and is outside the graded mare Bernardini La Appassionata —a full sister of a graded bet winner Wilburn .

This press release has been edited by BloodHorse Staff for content and style.


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