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Three Kentucky Derby prep races highlighted an exciting weekend of action, but a champion sprinter ended up stealing the show. Roy H made his 2018 debut, and he dazzled to win with the easiest victory you will ever see. However, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks trails were highlights, as well. Check out who made our Three Stars of the Week after all of the action.
The reigning Breeders’ Cup Sprint Champion and 2017 Eclipse Award winner made his 2018 debut on Saturday, and it was fantastic. After taking back and stalking the pace early on, Roy H ranged up towards the leader at the top of the stretch and simply blew past the competition without even being asked to run. The win sets him up for a big 2018, and if he can hold this type of form, then there is no reason to think that he won’t be one of the top sprinters in the country once again. Several of the top sprint races will be on his radar this year.
Three Kentucky Derby prep races highlighted this weekend’s racing action, and in the end, it was the Grade 2 Holy Bull winner Audible who stole the show. After two impressive wins at Aqueduct against lessor competition, Audible showed up in the Holy Bull against much tougher and passed his class test with flying colors, winning the race by several lengths. After stalking the early pace, Audible took charge at the top of the lane and repelled the challenge from Free Drop Billy with relative ease. A win like this will certainly propel him to bigger and better races down the road, as the Todd Pletcher-trained colt has now become a legitimate Kentucky Derby prospect.
Let’s not forget about the Kentucky Oaks trail! Dream Tree stamped herself over the weekend as the leading candidate for the first Friday in May. Sunday’s Grade 2 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita served as a major prep for the Oaks, and Dream Tree left no doubt. After sitting in third for the majority of the race, Dream Tree took control in the stretch, and won going away with ease. The win makes her a perfect four-for-four in her career, with her pair of races around two turns being easy victories. The Bob Baffert-trained filly should be ready for a race like the Santa Anita Oaks next time out.
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