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Kentucky Derby Wagering, Prep Races & Track Highlights

This weekend at the Races….

Robert Lewis Stakes

Candy Boy continued his progress as one of the nation’s top 3-year-olds by capturing the Grade 2, $200,500 Robert Lewis Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita Park. Candy Boy, won’t start again until the April 5 Santa Anita Derby, also earned 10 points for the Robert Lewis win, and currently sits ninth on the Derby leaderboard.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager

The mutuel field (#24), or “All Others,” was the overwhelming favorite when closing at 3-2 in Poo1 2 of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Wagering in the three-day pool closed late on Saturday. The field was also favored in Pool 1, closing at odds of 4-5.

Honor Code (#8) was again the favored individual, showing odds of 12-1 at the time of closing. Holy Bull Stakes winner Cairo Prince opened at 8-1 and closed at 13-1 along with Top Billing, a new wagering interest.

Mucho Macho Man

Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man worked four furlongs in :47.14 Saturday morning at Gulfstream Park as he prepared for his next start in either the Santa Anita Handicap on March 8 or the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 29.

“He looked great,” trainer Kathy Ritvo said. “It’s hard to say too much else. He worked very good today. He’s very happy and doing really well.”

The workout was his first since taking the Sunshine Millions Classic by 14-lengths on Jan. 18.

San Antonio Stakes

Blingo upsets the Grade 2, $300,000 San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita Park on February 8, 2014. Favorites Game On Dude and Blueskiesnrainbows finished fifth and sixth respectively.

Winter Weather Continues to Close Tracks

For the fourth straight day, winter weather has forced the cancellation of live racing at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., on Sunday. The track also lost six of its races to wet weather last Sunday. Oaklawn expects to resume racing Thursday.  Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., also canceled its Sunday card because the maintenance crew was unable to work ice out of the Polytrack racing surface, the track said in a statement.

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