In just over an hour at Belmont Park, the Breeders’ Cup Classic likely came away with its three favorites. Take your pick — Havre de Grace, Uncle Mo or Flat Out.
Uncle Mo couldn’t make it, so owner Mike Repole will instead race Stay Thirsty as his horse in the 143rd Belmont Stakes. “Growing up in New York, and going to Aqueduct and Belmont 100 times before I was 17, this is what it’s about,” he said.
Animal Kingdom sped past the leaders in the turn at Churchill Downs on Saturday and roared down the middle of the stretch to win the Kentucky Derby. Jockey John Velazquez guided the 3-year-old colt to the front at the quarter pole then poured it on to beat Nehro by 2 3/4 lengths.
Looking for racing’s next star to emerge at Churchill Downs on Saturday? Look elsewhere, as a series of defections over the last month have turned a race typically consisting of a “who’s who” among the sport’s top 3-year-olds into a race of “who’s that?”