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Deep and Talented Field Set for Grade 1 Spinster
The $500,000 Grade 1 Spinster has drawn a top-notch field for the Breeders Cup Distaff win-and-youre in event October 4 at Keeneland with 11 fillies and mares set to contest the mile and an eighth event on the main track.
Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff hero Untapable is the 9/5 morning line favorite despite a comparatively less than stellar 2015 campaign where the Steve Asmussen-trained filly has just a single win in five starts. That win, however, was in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom and Untapable does have three second place efforts and one third – all in graded stakes races – to her credit. With 9 wins in 16 career starts, the Eclipse Award winning filly has earned over $3 million and is the clear-cut class of the field. She will break from post 3 under jockey John Velazquez.
Got Lucky in good form
Got Lucky is the second choice at 7/2 for trainer Todd Pletcher after finishing second in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign August 29 at Saratoga in her last start. Prior to that effort, the four year-old daughter of A.P. Indy has won back to back stakes races including a victory in the Grade 3 Molly Pitcher.
Lovely Maria tries to get back on track
Co-second choice Lovely Maria (7/2) is noted for her win in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks in May, but came back to run poorly in both the Grade 3 Delaware Oaks and Grade 1 Alabama, finishing fifth and sixth respectively. Lovely Maria, trained by Larry Jones, has already shown a liking for the Keeneland surface winning the Grade 1 Ashland in May.
For all the negative buzz about Nyquist's average speed figures and vulnerability, the newly crowned and much-deserving 2016 Kentucky Derby winner might just have the most impeccable credentials of any Derby winner in the illustrious history of the race - and certainly in the modern era.
On Friday at Churchill Downs, the field has been set for the 142nd running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks. The Grade 1 event, carded at a mile and an eighth, has drawn a full field of fourteen three-year-old fillies with one listed as an also-eligible.
With the final round of Kentucky Derby preps in the books, it seems improbable, but arguable that the March 12 Tampa Derby was the most useful and review-worthy of the 24 official point-bearing races in 2016.