With all eyes on Churchill Downs last weekend for the 137th G1 Kentucky Derby, Lane’s End-sired runners fared particularly well under the Twin Spires. In the Derby itself, MINESHAFT’s Nehro confirmed himself as one of the best three-year-olds in the nation with a runner-up effort in the Run for the Roses. The Mt. Brilliant Farm-bred, Zayat Stables-owned colt was previously second in both the G1 Arkansas Derby and G2 Louisiana Derby and is now probable for the G1 Belmont S.
On the undercard, SMART STRIKE’s Smart Bid and ROCK HARD TEN’s Doubles Partner ran second and third, respectively, in the G1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic.
On Friday, Kentucky Oaks day, STEPHEN GOT EVEN’s ever-game son First Dude, produced by the SMART STRIKE mare Run Sarah Run, got his nose down when it counted to take the G3 Alysheba S. at Churchill; Home Sweet Aspen, a three-year-old daughter of CANDY RIDE (ARG), held for second in the G3 Eight Belles S. after tearing through a half in :44 2/5; and SMART STRIKE’S three-year-old colt Air Support ran third in the G2 American Turf S. The GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Plum Pretty was produced by Liszy, an A.P. INDY mare.
Also over the weekend, CITY ZIP’s Gitchee Goomie was runner-up in the GIII Beaugay S. at Belmont Park, while out west, the brilliant Grade 1 winner Sidney’s Candy returned from a break to be second in the G2 Mervyn Leroy H. at Hollywood Park.
Not a bad weekend at all!