The new roadmap for making it to the Kentucky Derby begins Saturday with two prep races where 2-year-olds can earn qualifying points.
First is the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes across the pond at Newmarket. The race represents the only qualifier in Europe as well and the lone turf race in the new “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series. It features a half-brother to 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown. Stories below:
Toronado misses Royal Lodge field (SportingLife)
The other race in the new series will be held later in the day at Santa Anita. The FrontRunner Stakes (G1), formerly known as the Norfolk, features Know More as the headliner, a horse who was mentioned in yesterday’s post. Below is a link to PPs as well as articles:
Know More a smart pick in FrontRunner (Bloodhorse)