24 entered for Cal's Jamaica Derby
A total of 24 horses have been provisionally entered for the Cal's Jamaica Derby scheduled to be run on Saturday June 13. All the noted horses are there including Siempre Bueno, Alacrann, Ali Baba and Poker Star. Kronus after his win on Saturday in the Lotto Classic is also present. Noticeable absentee is Mom's Student who finished second in the 1,000 Guineas and won the Jamaica Oaks in glorious fashion three weeks later. Puddy Pooh, winner of the 1,000 Guineas but who ran below par in the Oaks, is entered as well. Colts and geldings carry 126 lbs and fillies 121 lbs in the Derby; no apprentice allowance is allowed in the 12- furlong event. The final list of runners will be announced on Monday June 8.
Kronus comes a-knocking in Cal's Jamaica Derby
The Richard Azan-trained Kronus is reviving memories of another Azan trained horse, Dorval who won the Lotto Classic in 1995 and then went on to win the Derby with Neville 'Chaka Chaka' Anderson in the saddle. Kronus won the Lotto Classic on Saturday, just able to nip Seeking My Dream and as a result has now entered the fray of strong Derby hopefuls. There is no doubt that Kronus will enjoy the extended journey of the Derby and his presence alone has added a strong and new dimension to the Derby. Azan seems to have developed the knack for producing big race winners and has already won the Derby with Dorval and Mark My Word, who was a Triple Crown champion.
Crunch time nears for Cal's Jamaica Derby
The Cal's Jamaica Derby is getting closer and closer, and trainers, grooms and jockeys are busy preparing their horses for by far the most prestigious race on the calendar. For most of the favoured horses in this year's renewal of the Blue Riband event, preparations have been mixed. Alacrann failed to impress on Lotto Classic Day going two turns at the Overnight Allowance level, while Ali Baba although not winning ran a good race in Open Allowance. Ali Baba has since that race returned to the exercise track and has been going through his paces. Ali Baba cantered nine furlongs on Tuesday, galloping five furlongs in 1:02.2 minutes to indicate that he is on target for his major objective. Kronus, the upset winner of the Lotto Classic, cantered 10 furlongs on Wednesday morning.