Two colts who won maiden races in December had the look of potential Kentucky Derby contenders in graded events for 3-year-olds Saturday...
Santa Anita, Aqueduct
winners are impressive
Two colts who won maiden races in December had the look of potential Kentucky Derby contenders in graded events for 3-year-olds Saturday.
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Flashback, trained by Bob Baffert, led virtually all the way and romped by 6 ¼ lengths in the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.
“We were hoping he would do something like that,” Baffert said.
Revolutionary, trained by Todd Pletcher, made a last-to-first move to take the Grade III Withers by a neck over Escapefromreality at Aqueduct in Jamaica, N.Y.
Both winners were heavily supported at the betting windows. Flashback returned $3 on a $2 win wager and Revolutionary paid $3.50. The Kentucky Derby is May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
Pletcher and Baffert have a combined 52 early nominees for the Triple Crown, with Pletcher having 29.
Flashback, ridden by Julien Leparoux, ran 1-1/16 miles in 1 minute, 42.95 seconds in the $196,000 race. Baffert also trains runner-up Den’s Legacy.
Revolutionary, with Javier Castellano aboard, had traffic troubles in the $200,000 Withers but fought through them. He ran 1-1/16 miles in 1:44.32.
WinStar Farm owns the colt, and its president, Elliott Walden, indicated Revolutionary will likely have one prep race before the Derby.
“This race was worth three in terms of education,” Walden said.
In races for 3-year-olds in Florida, Falling Sky ($17.80 to win) took the Grade III Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs; Honorable Dillon ($7.20) captured the Grade II Hutcheson, a 7-furlong race at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach; and Pletcher-trained Verrazano ($2.40) won a mile allowance at Gulfstream by 16 ¼ lengths in 1:34.80.
Bryan brothers lose
Brazil’s doubles team of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares knocked off top-ranked Mike and Bob Bryan 7-6 (8-6), 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and kept the United States from clinching the first-round, best-of-five Davis Cup match in Jacksonville, Fla.
The U.S. team led 2-0 after Friday’s singles matches. The Bryans have formed the most successful doubles duo in Davis Cup history, with a record 20 victories and a mere two losses when playing together.
In Sunday’s singles, John Isner of the United States will meet Thomaz Bellucci in the opener, with Sam Querrey taking on Brazilian Thiago Alves if the match is tied 2-2.
• Skier Patrick Deneen of Cle Elum finished second to reigning Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau of Canada in a freestyle World Cup dual-moguls final in Park City, Utah.
Deneen, 25, added silver to the bronze medal he won Thursday in moguls.
“I’m really happy with the way I’m skiing and hopefully I can keep it going for the rest of the year,” Deneen said.
• The San Jose Sharks are no longer perfect in the NHL, as visiting Nashville beat them 2-1 in a shootout.
San Jose, which won its first seven games, has earned 15 of a possible 16 points this season.
Nashville’s Craig Smith scored the lone goal in the shootout and Pekka Rinne denied all three Sharks shootout tries.
• Featherweight champion Jose Aldo retained his title with a unanimous decision over Frankie Edgar in the main event of UFC 156 in Las Vegas.
Aldo (22-1) has 15 victories in a row. Edgar dropped to 14-4-1.
• A freshman backup quarterback for Texas was arrested Saturday in Austin on suspicion of public intoxication and carrying a fake driver’s license.
Connor Brewer, 19, was booked into the county jail and released about 11 hours later. He has been expected to contend for playing time next season.
• Texas A&M defensive lineman Kirby Ennis, 22, has been suspended from the program after being arrested Friday on a gun charge. He was released on a $2,000 bond early Saturday.
• Purdue receiver O.J. Ross, 21, has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
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