Gemologist and Currency Swap, two of the more highly regarded members of the 2-year-old class of 2011, will make their belated 3-year-old debuts against one another in Friday's $80,000 allowance feature at Gulfstream Park.
Union Rags made a smashing return to action and solidified his status as the early favorite for the 138th Kentucky Derby by romping to victory Sunday in the 68th running of the Grade 2, $400,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes.
If the stars align just right and everybody sticks to their current plans, all three reigning Triple Crown race winners could wind up making their 4-year-old debuts on the same day, Feb. 11, at Gulfstream Park.
Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom launched his 3-year-old campaign on the grass, and there is a good chance trainer Graham Motion may use the same strategy to get Animal Kingdom legged up for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 31.
Trainer Eoin Harty said Sunday morning at Hollywood Park that Anthony's Cross will not ship from California to run in the Kentucky Derby, owing to concerns regarding a temperature the colt had in recent days.
With trainer Bob Baffert looking on, The Factor galloped Monday morning for the first time since his arrival at Churchill Downs on April 19 and for the first time since having minor throat surgery performed here last week.
A sloppy track on Kentucky Derby day should prove no problem for Nehro after the Arkansas Derby and Louisiana Derby runner-up splashed five furlongs in 1:02.81 over a very wet track Monday morning at Churchill Downs.