Kentucky Derby runner General a Rod sold
General a Rod, runner-up in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and the third-place finisher in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, will remain with trainer Mike Maker and be ridden by Joel Rosario in the Kentucky Derby, according to the new owners. He will wear the silks of James Shircliff, who is a partner in both Skychai and Starlight, in the Derby.
I am proud of my involvement with both Skychai and Starlight Racing Partnerships, said Shircliff. I have been interested in acquiring this horse for some time and Im thrilled we were finally able to come to terms with Mr. Rodriguez.
Jack Wolf, whose Starlight Racing also owns a second Kentucky Derby candidate, Intense Holiday, will be the managing partner for General a Rod.
Jim and I go back a long way, said Wolf. We owned claiming horses together back in the mid-80s. Jims been talking to these people about General a Rod since January and we [Starlight] got involved six weeks ago or so.
When asked about Starlight being represented by two horses in the Derby, Wolf said you cant have too many horses in the race when it comes to the Kentucky Derby. Id like to have all 20.
Maker was made aware of the sale on Monday.
Im a bit surprised, but Ive been around the game long enough not to be surprised, Maker said when informed of the owner change for General a Rod. I havent been given any of the details of the arrangement just yet. Right now Im just going to keep training this horse as I have been to run in the Derby on Saturday.
General a Rod was scheduled to have his final work for the Derby at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.
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Kauai Katie led all the way Sunday against only three rivals. Javier Castellano was aboard for trainer Todd Pletcher in the race for 3-year-old fillies. The time was 1:23.32 for the seven furlongs on the fast track.
Kauai Katie paid $2.10 and $2.10 while Kelli Got Frosty returned $2.40. Secret Union was third, followed by Kimono. There was no show wagering.
New York racing shifts to Belmont Park on Friday.
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Information on the 2011 Kentucky Derby2011-04-07
The Kentucky Derby 2011 will be held on 6th and 7th may at the Churchill downs in the city of Louisville. Experiencing the Kentucky derby race live in the racing track is very exciting. This is the reason why the attendance in the Churchill downs surpasses any other races in the United States. Tickets for the Kentucky derby 2011 are still selling and if you are among the people who like watching it live, it is better to get your tickets early and experience the live action. Churchill Downs got incorporated in the year 1937 and since 1896 the race has always been ran at a 1.25miles distance. In order for a horse to participate in the Derby it has to be three years old. The first five horses to finish the race receive a purse share. The fastest time to ever be run was one hour, fifty nine minutes and forty seconds (1:59:40) by a horse known as the secretariat in the year 1973. That time record is still on since no one has been able to break it so far.
These are very interesting facts to learn about the Kentucky derby. There is more to the derby experience than the race which is what meets the eye to most people. The event is attended by very famous and rich people. It has also become somewhat of a fashion event. In the Churchill Downs, people also take time to dine in the levy restaurants in the downs. A taste of the derby food is something you want to try out where by participants go to sample different cuisines and wine from various popular destinations of horse racing located all through the United States.
Among the food in the derby there are two specific that are long standing since the founders day. These are the burgoo and the mint julep beverage. This is a stew made from beef, pork, vegetables and chicken. After every race, the winners are presented with a blanket of 554 red roses by the Kentucky governor. That is why the Kentucky derby is also referred to as run for the roses. Tickets for the Kentucky derby 2011 cost from around $25 to $40. These tickets provide general admission which in turn provides access to the paddock and infield areas. Incase of reserved seats, for oaks and derby costing $555 each package. Of course apart from the live action, the betting is another thing that horse racing enthusiasts look forward to during the Kentucky derby.
Official gambling during the Kentucky derby2011-04-07
Apart from the excitement spectators derive from watching the horse race, a considerable number of people are drawn to the Kentucky derby by the allure of making some money from the competition. One can make some extra money for themselves by betting on the winning horse though this is not a simple task as many may assume it to be. The prize money awarded to the person who correctly predicts the winning horse during the competition is quite handsome relative to what winners in other sporting events get for making correct predictions regarding particular aspects of the game.
Betting for the Kentucky derby often reaches its peak about two weeks before the derby day. Those intending to bet for a particular horse are keen on trends that could give them the required hint to guide them in picking a winner among the numerous horses which take part in the competition. Of late there are online companies which provide this information in the form a comparative table which provides the history and the odds of a certain horse winning the derby plus a rough estimate of the betting amount.
Handicappers have also of late taken keen interest in observing other competitions to help them draw prospects on which horse is likely to win the derby. These are good things to do. Handicappers are even advised to be keen on the outcomes resulting from training sessions and do the same regarding injury predictions. With this, a handicapper is better placed to make good prospects regarding a particular horse; this increases the likelihood of making a correct bet while at the same time minimizing the risk of losing their money.
Whereas the derby is the most anticipated competition, those intending to bet during the final competition will get useful tips if they have time to participate in the oaks competition which has numerous races. By participating in this competition, potential betters will get the additional opportunity of carefully looking at their racing schedules, think and refining their prospects before the final competition. Some of the betting plans available to potential betters include among others ; Boxes, Pick 3, Pick 6, Place, Quinielas,Show, Superfectas,Trifectas and Win. The Superfectas andTrifectas are a favorite for many because they offer a high probability of wining hand some prizes.
All said and done, the Kentucky derby will remain an important event that will not only attract horse race enthusiasts but also gamblers.