Mr. Jagermeister Ready For $100k Crocrock Sprint Championship

He won the premier Minnesota-bred sprint race in 2019 as the 2 to 5 favorite, drawing off to win by more than five lengths. Now Mr. Jagermeister is again entered in the Crocrock Minnesota Sprint Championship, one of six $100,000 statebred stakes that make up Wednesday’s Minnesota Festival of Champions.

Mr. Jagermeister missed the race last year after being sidelined following a disappointing fourth in an August allowance, not to resurface until February at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He ran well against some of the best sprinters in the country and arrived in Shakopee for the opening week 10,000 Lakes Stakes. The 6-year-old, trained by Valorie Lund, was sent to post as the 6 to 5 choice and dominated by 4 3/4 lengths.

Since then he has twice tried two turns at Canterbury and sprinted in a stake at Prairie Meadows, never finishing better than fifth. Mr. Jagermeister has been sidelined since July 14. A nagging hoof problem has been the culprit; a quarter crack that prevented him from training effectively. “He’s battled that all summer,” Lund said. The two recent works, including a 59.80 second drill Sept. 1 under rider Ruben Fuentes, indicate he might be the old Mr. Jagermeister.

“The bar shoe is off,” the trainer said. “We think [the hoof] grew out enough now. I was really pleased with the work.” It was that work she needed to see before she was convinced the 2018 Horse of the Meet should return.

The eight-horse line-up in the six-furlong sprint is a Canterbury greatest hits collection including 2020 Crocrock winner Fireman Oscar, all-time leading Minnesota bred money earner and 2018 Crocrock champ Hot Shot Kid, speedy stakes winner Drop of Golden Sun and likely 3-year-old of the meet Thealligatorhunter.

The Crocrock Sprint will go as race 9 on a 12-race program that begins at 4pm.

Mr. Jagermeister’s 2-year-old full sister Amaretto Di Amore, also trained by Lund and ridden by Fuentes, will run in the Northern Lights Debutante. She debuted Aug. 17, raced forwardly early before getting pinched back, dropping seven lengths off the pace, only to charge on late to finish second to Start Singing who she will face again Wednesday. The morning line has the filly slotted at 8 to 1.

Come Thursday morning, Lund will load 3-year-old Bodenheimer onto a van and haul him to Kentucky Downs to run in a 6 1/2 furlong Grade 2 turf stakes, the $600,000 Franklin-Simpson. The race will be the tenth on the Kentucky Downs Saturday program. Also entered is Mystic Lake Derby winner King of Miami.

A Race Of Epic Proportions

By Noah Joseph

Each year, there is always one stakes race that receives major attention. Sometimes it has to do with the history and prestige behind it. Other times it has to do with the purse money involved; or perhaps the quality of the horses competing in the race. In 2017, Canterbury had a race that would not only capture local attention, but make national news in the horse racing industry. That race was the Shakopee Juvenile and the battle between Mr. Jagermeister and Amy’s Challenge.

That summer, two juvenile race horses took Canterbury Park by storm. What made this interesting is that both horses came from very different backgrounds.

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Mr. Jagermeister

Mr. Jagermeister was bred in Minnesota by one of his owners, Kristin Boice. He was sired by Atta Boy Roy, a graded stakes winner who raced at Canterbury early in his career for trainer Valorie Lund, who also owns a part of Mr. Jagermeister and trains him.

Amy’s Challenge was born in Kentucky and was sold for $20,000 to Joe Novogratz, who turned her over to trainer Mac Robertson. Despite those differences, they both started their careers in very similar ways. Mr. Jagermeister won his debut on the 4th of July by 11 ½ lengths against Minnesota breds while Amy’s Challenge won her debut on August 6th by 16 ½ lengths against open company, including males. But after their smashing debut scores, both horses went on different paths.

Amy’s Challenge remained at Canterbury and reportedly attracted a $1 million dollar offer from

Amy's Challenge with Jareth Loveberry aboard
Amy’s Challenge with Jareth Loveberry aboard

an undisclosed buyer while Mr. Jagermeister raced two more times, finishing 2nd in a stakes race at Prairie Meadows in Iowa and winning the Northern Lights Futurity  at Canterbury, once again beating Minnesota breds, this time by 15 ½ lengths. Both horses were considered to be two of the best juvenile horses on the grounds and the two best juveniles in track history. So it was only fitting they would face each other in the final stakes race of the season on the final day of the season.

Canterbury billed the six furlong Shakopee Juvenile clash between Mr. Jagermeister and Amy’s Challenge as the race of the year, and the race lived up to its billing. The Closing Day crowd of 7,280 watched to see who would win the honor of Champion Two-Year-old of the season. Amy’s Challenge went straight to the front under Jareth Loverberry while Mr. Jagermeister followed under Andrew Ramgeet until the top of the stretch when the two ran side by side. The battle was on as the two dueled through the stretch, neither giving up. In the end, Amy’s Challenge edged away to beat Mr. Jagermeister by nearly a length. With that win, Amy’s Challenge not only secured Champion Two-Year-Old at Canterbury but was also named Horse of the Year at Canterbury.

After that race, both horses went their separate ways. Mr. Jagermeister went on to win seven stakes races, with most of them coming at Canterbury. He also won Champion Sprinter, Champion Three-Year-Old and Horse of the Meeting at Canterbury in 2018 and is still racing today.

Amy’s Challenge ran only one more time at Canterbury, as she went on to win stakes races across the country and was even Grade 1 stakes placed before being retired and bred earlier this year. In the end, these two horses etched their names in Canterbury history as some of the greatest to ever race here, and their one meeting was one that will never be forgotten.

Minnesota-Bred Stakes Stars Headline Sunday Racing

Sunday’s third race is not a stakes race but it sure feels like it.  The four Minnesota breds, Mr. Jagermeister, Drop of Golden Sun, Dame Plata and Cinco Star, in the six-horse field are stakes winners and the Arizona bred Beat the Heat on the rail has a stakes win as well. The Kentucky bred Dynamic Ruler on the outside is the only one missing that credential. Purse money is $34,000 for open company with $10,000 additional for Minnesota breds.

Mr. Jagermeister, winner of the six furlong 10,000 Lakes Stakes May 19, stretches out to Sunday’s one mile distance. Sprinting is his ‘A’ game but “He has run past six furlongs two times on the main track at Canterbury,” trainer Valorie Lund said.

Both those efforts were wins, the Wally’ Choice Minnesota Classic Championship in 2018 at 1 1/16 miles and the 1 mile 70 yard Minnesota Derby before that.

“So am I worried?” she responded to a question about distance, “No, not at all.”

Ruben Fuentes was aboard on May 19 and worked Mr. Jagermeister four furlongs on May 31. “What did they clock him in?” Fuentes’ agent Pete Antonucci, who watched the workout, asked. The answer was a bullet in 46 and 2. “He does it so easy,” Antonucci said. “[Ruben] says he rates really well.”

Drop of Golden Sun finished second behind Mr. Jagermeister in the 10,000 Lakes after jumping

Drop of Golden Sun

to an early lead. Last year he found his groove racing two turns winning both the Wally’s Choice and the Blair’s Cove. Those two figure to again dictate the early running.

“I may have stuck my foot in my mouth,” Tony Rengstorf, trainer and owner of Drop of Golden Sun, said. “I said I always wanted to run against Jag going long. I guess now I get what I asked for.”

Cinco Star, trained by Mac Robertson, has chased Mr. Jagermeister and Drop of Golden Sun on several occasions. His prep in the 10,000 Lakes should suit him well for the stretch out.

 

Dame Plata

Dame Plata is trained by Francisco Bravo. He has won four of 11 at Canterbury and the one mile distance is right in his wheelhouse. He also raced in the 10,000 Lakes, took significant money, but did not fire, losing by 9 ½ lengths.  His previous start, a sprint at Will Rogers Downs, was a smashing victory. “As he got older he got better going long,” Bravo said. Bravo has confidence in Dame Plata at this distance and has assigned Ry Eikleberry to ride. His pace tracking style should have him positioned to pounce if the speed comes back.

Racing on Sunday begins at 1 p.m. CT and post time for the third race, the start of the $1 Pick 6, is 2:10.

Road to Kentucky Contest to Feature Oaklawn

Going into Saturday’s Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, trainer Todd Pletcher had won the Kentucky Derby prep race four of the past eight runnings. Yet it seemed like he had been forgotten when his two entrants, who granted did not look great on paper, were sent to post at odds of 15 and 72 to 1. When the race resulted in a Pletcher exacta, with 72-1 Bourbonic on top of 15-1 Dynamic One, the exacta payout was $453 for a buck.  It is very possible that Pletcher saddles Bourbonic in the Derby and his odds are shorter in the 20-horse field than they were in the Wood.

The Road to Kentucky contest was turned upside down with that result as the double-point race awarded 2,228 points. Without Bourbonic, there was no path to victory. Nine players sniffed it out and they were the only ones of nearly 300 players to top 2,500 total for the week. Top score of 3,457 went to Julie Harrington and with that number she joins the top five overall.

This Saturday the free-to-enter Road to Kentucky Contest will feature Oaklawn Park with its Derby prep The Arkansas Derby plus an additional bonus race from Keeneland, the Lexington Stakes.

Four stakes are part of the 13-race Oaklawn card that begins at noon.  The Canterbury Racebook opens at 9am.

Concert Tour preps in the six-horse Arkansas Derby. Mr. Jagermeister will again face Whitmore and CZ Rocket when they line up for the $500,000 Count Fleet., the 11th race at Oaklawn.

Spring Tune Up Super Satellite Contests

Four sessions of Spring Tune Up Super Satellites remain. Each session runs weekly Thursday through Saturday with winners advancing to the May 8 Satellite. Entry to each day of the Supers is $10. One player for each 10 entries over the three-day span advances to the May 8 contest. Players can also buy into the May 8 Satellite for $100. In that contest, the top five players win two entries, valued at $1050, to the 25th annual Dog Days of Summer Contest.

There will also be an estimated $2,000 in cash prizes in the Satellite in addition to the aforementioned prizes. All the details are here for the Satellite and here for the Super Satellites.

Can Mr. Jagermeister Steal The Hot Springs Stakes?

Saturday’s Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest passes through Hot Springs, Arkansas and Oaklawn Park for the running of the $1 million Grade 2 Rebel Stakes. Also on the card are the Azeri Stakes with the return of 2020 Kentucky Oaks winner Shedaresthedevil, the $500,00 Essex Handicap, the Temperence Hill, and the $200,000 Hot Springs Stakes featuring Breeders’ Cup Sprint champion Whitmore, who has won this stake four consecutive years.

The Canterbury Connection in the Hot Springs Stakes is Minnesota-bred Mr. Jagermeister and trainer Valorie Lund thinks he has a good chance to win the six furlong sprint.

“It’s a very tough race,” she said. That might be an understatement as in the seven-horse field is the Exacta from the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. “You have a Breeders’ Cup winner and Eclipse Award winner.” Lund is referring to Whitmore who won the BC Sprint at Keeneland in 2020 and was subsequently named Eclipse Award winner as male sprinter.  The second choice on the morning line at 2-1 is C Z Rocket who won a pair of graded sprints in Southern California last year before finishing second behind Whitmore in the Breeders’ Cup. Neither has run since the Sprint.

“I really think [Mr. Jagermeister] is the speed of the race,” Lund said. There is concern however that Ron Moquett, trainer of Whitmore, may have entered a ‘rabbit’ in the speedy Firecrow. “I think he plans to send Firecrow.”

Mr. Jagermeister last raced Feb. 6 in the King Cotton at Oaklawn, his first start since Aug. 13. He set the fractions over a sloppy track before tiring slightly to finish third, just 1 1/4 lengths behind Baldor who is also entered in the Hot Springs.

“I was thrilled. I thought he was going in a little short,” Lund said.

There is but one workout on paper since that February race, a 58 and 4 bullet for five furlongs on March 6. Lund however says a prior workout went unrecorded and that the six-year old worked “a half from the 3/8ths” in what she has as 45 2/5 seconds. There were a couple of horses seven to nine lengths in front of him and Mr. Jagermeister “ran them both down” leaving the trainer breathless. “It was so visually impressive,” Lund said.

On Saturday, Mr. Jagermeister will break, under jockey Rocco Bowen, from post position three.

“We are expecting rain,” Lund said. Rain means slop and a lot of kick back.  “I wish he had an outside draw instead of the three. We’re going to have to jet out of there.”

So, yes indeed, this is a very tough race facing graded stakes winners and in Whitmore an 8-year-old who has won nine of 14 starts at Oaklawn, but Valorie Lund remains optimistic about Mr. Jagermeister. She always has been and he rarely has let her down.  “He looks and feels so good,” she said. “I really think we can beat Whitmore.”

Road to Kentucky Contest entry deadline is noon. The Racebook opens at 9am.  Here are the contest rules.

Another Lund Entrant With A Bullet Drill

H’rayforcaberneigh — a 3-year-old half sister to Mr. Jagermeister. They share the dam Frangelica. A caller asked Lund if the reported 34 2/5 work from the Oaklawn gate on March 4 was for real. The work was a full second faster than the next fastest three-furlong workout that day and that one was not a gate work.

“I was surprised,” Lund said. “She trains like she wants to go long. When she left [the starting gate], the gate crew went ‘Wow. That one’s fast.’ That day she was.”

H’rayforcaberneigh makes her career debut in the opening race at Oaklawn, a sprint, on Saturday.

“I do she think she wants to run long.  Maybe we can get a piece of it and then I stretch her out.”

Mr. Jagermeister Prepares For Return

Mr. Jagermeister is “starting to get fit” trainer Valorie Lund said Friday following the six-year-old Minnesota bred’s fourth workout since returning to training. All the works have come at Turfway Park in Florence, KY with the latest a very sharp 1:00.40 for five furlongs.

The goal for Jag is the Feb. 6 $150,000, six furlong, King Cotton at Oaklawn Park. Lund will have eight stalls at the Hot Springs, Arkansas racetrack, which opens Friday, and intends to ship horses early this week.

Lund is currently headquartered at a training center in Lexington but sends horses into Turfway, an hour and 10 minute trip from load to unload, on a regular basis to both breeze and race.

“We toyed with an allowance [for Mr. Jagermeister] at Turfway,” Lund said. But the plans did not come together so “he will have to gut it out” in the King Cotton.

Lund also trains Bodenheimer, who last year as a 2-year-old broke his maiden at Canterbury,

Bodeheimer at Canterbury Park

won the Prairie Gold Juvenile at Prairie Meadows and the Indian Summer at Keeneland before finishing eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. He will return to training soon with the target being a 5 ½ furlong turf sprint in early April at Keeneland.

Bodenheimer Pointed To Kentucky Downs; Mr. Jagermeister Out Of Festival

The undefeated 2-year-old colt from the Valorie Lund barn Bodenheimer will be headed to Kentucky Downs to race Sept. 12 in the $250,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Turf Sprint at 6 1/2 furlongs. The race drew 48 nominations with Bodenheimer one of the 12 top earners which would secure a spot in the starting gate. The colt began his career July 7 at Canterbury winning a 5 furlong turf maiden by 11 1/4 lengths. Next stop was the $50,000 Prairie Gold Juvenile Stakes on the dirt at Prairie Meadows where he won by a neck.

Mr. Jagermeister Done For The Year

Entries for the Minnesota Festival of Champions will be taken tomorrow but a familiar name will not be found on the overnight. Mr. Jagermeister, also trained by Lund, sprained his hock and will miss the event.  A three-time Festival winner of the ’17 Northern Lights Juvenile, ’18 Classic Championship and ’19 Classic Sprint, the Jag will be missed on the day that highlights the best of the state. “He was due for his next turnout,” Lund said, so the setback made the decision easy. Mr. Jagermeister is already in Kentucky. “I’ll give him 60 to 90 days off.” Race fans will see him next year.

Mr. Jagermeister is in Kentucky because that is where Lund and her stable will spend the fall and winter. Turf Paradise would be the normal location but with the track closed, perhaps forever, many including Lund were left scrambling. Lund made arrangements for space at Ashwood Training Center in Lexington. The facility has 300 stalls, training track, official timed workouts, and turnouts. As horses run their final race at Canterbury Lund will haul them to Kentucky. She already has her first load of six there and when another six are ready she will make another trip.  The location will allow her to ship horses to Kentucky tracks to race but also to others close by like the Ohio tracks. Lund plans for a small string at Oaklawn as well.

Satellite Storm, a Lund turf sprinter, most recently ran at Monmouth after a colossal win at Colonial Downs. When Colonial canceled the meet, Lund and owner Peter Seals looked for options, specifically five furlong turf races. Monmouth was chosen but the effort was lackluster, leaving Lund thinking she may have asked too much of the horse in that period of time. Satellite Storm is now at Ashwood and likely to run at Churchill in the fall.

Sale Topper Hip #43

Lund was also involved in Sunday’s MTA Yearling Auction, consulting with owners Barry and Joni Butzow who purchased the$42,000 sale topper, a Midshipman filly out of Sahm Sweetheart. “We shortlisted five yearlings,” she said. “This one  met all the specs.”

Here are the auction results.

 

State-Bred Stakes Highlight Wednesday Action at Canterbury Park

Three-day racing week Tuesday through Thursday; Two richest Minnesota-breds meet in 10,000 Lakes.

The two Minnesota-bred thoroughbreds with the highest career earnings, Mr. Jagermeister and Hot Shot Kid, will face off in the 10,000 Lakes Stakes Wednesday at Canterbury Park, racing six furlongs for a purse of $50,000. The 5-year-old Mr. Jagermeister, winner of 11 of 23 starts and $578,627 in purses, and 6-year-old Hot Shot Kid, who won five stakes, including the 10,000 Lakes, at the Shakopee, Minn. racetrack in 2019 and has amassed $545,404 in purses from 29 career starts, meet for the first time since the 2018 running of this same stake race. That year Mr. Jagermeister got the best of it finishing 8 1/2 lengths in front of second-place Hot Shot Kid. He then went on to win three additional stakes that summer before being named the Canterbury horse of the meet, an honor bestowed on Hot Shot Kid last year.

“This is going to be a very exciting race; a very competitive race,” Mr. Jagermeister’s trainer and co-owner Valorie Lund said. Leandro Goncalves has the mount. “[Mr. Jagermeister] is ready,” Lund said, but questions the prohibitively favored 2 to 5 morning line hung on her horse. “I’ve watched Hot Shot Kid training both here and at Oaklawn. He looks great,” she said.

Mac Robertson, perennial leading trainer at Canterbury Park and conditioner of Hot Shot Kid, is also quick to acknowledge the competition.  “Mr. Jagermeister is very good,” Robertson said, speaking Sunday from Delaware Park where he is preparing his East Coast string. He intended to run Hot Shot Kid at Keeneland but when that meet was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he changed plans and entered at Oaklawn where Hot Shot Kid ran a distant tenth in a sprint. Robertson has named last year’s leading jockey Francisco Arietta to ride. He also entered Cinco Star in the five-horse field.

The 10,000 Lakes is the second race on an 11-race program that begins at 4:30 p.m., while the co-featured $50,000 Lady Slipper Stakes is the sixth. Robertson and Lund are also represented in the Lady Slipper. Robertson will run 7-year-old Honey’s Sox Appeal and Ready to Runaway. Lund has entered Firstmate, a 5-year-old mare previously trained by Joe Sharp, for owners Barry and Joni Butzow of Eden Prairie, Minn. They must beat Lady Slipper defending champion Ari Gia and trainer Jose Silva, Jr.

“I’m tickled to have her,” Lund said of Firstmate. “There is a ton of speed in the race. I like the outside [post position] draw.”   Firstmate recorded the fastest four furlong workout of the morning on June 10 in preparation. “She did it so easy,” Lund said.

Robertson has a very strong hand in the Lady Slipper. “I wouldn’t trade my two for any of them,” he said. Honey’s Sox Appeal is a multiple stakes winner who Robertson said “was in a brutally tough race at Oaklawn and she didn’t run that bad.”

Ready to Runaway, claimed for $25,000, subsequently won three consecutive stakes last year at

Ready to Runaway

Canterbury. She raced three times at Oaklawn this spring with two third-place and one second-place finish, earning speed figures better than last year. “She’s never run a bad race really,” Robertson said. Not one to be without a plan, he considered potential strategy for Wednesday while examining the field. “We’ll probably send one and take one back. This is a really good race.” He also entered Clickbait, but she will be a scratch and is reentered for Thursday. The field includes 2017 Minnesota Oaks winner Double Bee Sting and Pinup Girl, winner of the 2018 Lady Slipper.

Racing resumes Tuesday and runs through Thursday with first post at 4:30 p.m. each afternoon.

Racing Continues; Mr. Jagermeister to Count Fleet; May joins MRC

Horse racing continues at a handful of tracks around the country with Tampa Bay Downs, Gulfstream, Oaklawn, Los Alamitos, Will Rogers, Fonner and Remington Park all conducting races. With limited opportunities, field size has grown and handle at tracks like Fonner are reaching historic levels. Currently there is something offered every day of the week and some evening racing as well with Remington quarter horses and Los Alamitos.   The Daily Racing Form website provides entries as does Equibase. Wagering through a licensed ADW is permissible in Minnesota and a sliver of the handle does benefit purses in Minnesota when racing in Shakopee  returns.

Mr. Jagermeister aimed at $350,000 Grade 3 Count Fleet Handicap

Minnesota bred 5-year-old Mr. Jagermeister, trained by Valorie Lund, is at Oaklawn and will be entered Wednesday for the April 18 Count Fleet Handicap, a 6-furlong sprint. He most recently raced March 7, finishing second to Whitmore in the $150,000 Hot Springs. With a dearth of racing elsewhere, Lund feels the Count Fleet may now attract a “Breeders’ Cup level” field of sprinters.

Governor Walz Appoints Steve May as Racing Commission Director

On March 27, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced the appointment of Steve May as the next executive director of the Minnesota Racing Commission. According to an MRC news release, May will assume his new duties in late April, succeeding Tom DiPasquale, who retired in February after serving as director since 2013.

The news release continues: May is the Director of Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Compliance for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. Previously, he was vice president and business manager of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, a national association that represents pari-mutuel racing regulators in most racing states, including Minnesota. May’s educational background includes bachelor and master degrees, including an MBA.

Minnesota Racing Commission chairman Jim Lane congratulated Governor Walz on his appointment of a respected, nationally known racing and wagering industry official to serve as director at a critical time for horse racing in Minnesota and the nation. “Steve May has had broad background in racing and pari-mutuel operations and is well suited by education and experience to lead the fine commission staff assembled here in Minnesota by his predecessor,” said Lane.

Three Derby Preps Saturday; R2K Handicapping Contest Features Tampa Bay Downs; Derby Future Pool 3 Opens Friday

Kentucky Derby prep races will be held from coast to the other Saturday with the Gotham at Aqueduct, the Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs and the San Felipe at Santa Anita. Canterbury’s Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest will focus on the first 11 races at Tampa which begins at 11:15am but also includes the other preps. Always in this free weekly contest the Derby preps count as double points.  Find the contest details on the R2k webpage.  The entry box closes with the first race at Tampa at 11:15.

The Tampa Bay Derby is a major prep for the First Saturday in May. It drew a field of 12 featuring Sam F. Davis winner Sole Volante and Chance It, winner of the Mucho Macho Man at Gulfstream in January. Trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. scratched Chance It from the Fountain of Youth due to his outside post and this Saturday has the four hole. The two will take the majority of the wagering action making others long odds for those looking to win the R2K contest with one fell swoop. The Tampa Bay Derby, one of five stakes on the card, is race 11.

Each Derby prep awards the top horses points and the 20 with the highest point totals can advance to the Kentucky Derby. The current leader is Ete Indien with 54 points, winner of last weekend’s Fountain of Youth Stakes but he will have company as each of the three preps Saturday will award 50 points to the winner.

The Grade 3 Gotham is the 10th race at Aqueduct with a 3:42 p.m. post and a field of 11. None of the entrants are included in this weekend’s Future Wager Pool 3 but the winner, despite his current credentials or lack thereof, will earn points sufficient to make the Derby field on May 2.  Mischevious Alex won the seven furlong Swale at Gulfstream by seven lengths. Based on his speed figure from the Swale, he should be one of the favorites in the Gotham. Flap Jack was the longshot winner of the Arlington Washington Futurity in September. He has been training at Fair Grounds and ships north to make his 2020 debut.

The San Felipe will also play an important role as Thousand Words, currently one of the top 3-year-olds, is entered along with Baffert stablemate Authentic, winner of the Sham Stakes. Storm the Court won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and is fourth on the Derby leaderboard. He ran fourth in the seven furlong San Vicente and needs to prove his BC win at 45 to 1 was not a fluke. All three are offered as betting interest in the Future Pool.

Anyone longing for the ‘old days’ when Santa Anita was king should appreciate the program assembled for Saturday. The 12-race card begins at 1:30pm. Four graded stakes include the San Felipe and the Big ‘Cap, the Santa Anita Handicap. Top to bottom the fields are full and the handle will be immense.

Kentucky Derby Future Wager Pool 3 this Weekend

The third Kentucky Derby win and exacta future wager pool opens Friday and is playable at the Canterbury Racebook through Sunday afternoon. The first Kentucky Oaks pool is also offered along with the Oaks / Derby Double Future Wager.

The opening odds sheet along with rules is available here.

Mr. Jagermeister In Action At Oaklawn

Minnesota bred Mr. Jagermeister is entered in Saturday’s $150,000 Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn. The tight yet competitive field of six will race six furlongs. Leandro Goncalves has the mount. They combined Feb. 8 for a win in the Phoenix Gold Cup for trainer Valorie Lund covering six furlongs at Turf Paradise in 1:08.

One-two finishers in the Feb. 8 King Cotton at Oaklawn, Share the Upside and Whitmore, are also entered. The pair met in last year’s Hot Springs and Whitmore had the upper hand beating Share the Upside by a length and a half.

Mr. Jagermeister has an allowance win at Oaklawn in 2019 and a second in a stake in 2018. He posted a workout over the surface on Sunday.