71-1 shot Generosidade wins San Luis Rey in huge upset

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ARCADIA, Calif. — Generosidade rallied late to win the $200,000 San Luis Rey Stakes for older horses by 1 1/2 lengths in a huge upset Sunday at Santa Anita.

Ridden by Tiago Pereira, Generosidade ran 1 1/2 miles on turf in 2:28.80 and paid $144.80, $45.60 and $7.60 at 71-1 odds.

Chile-bred Quick Casablanca returned $11 and $5.60, while Energia Fribby was another neck back in third and paid $12 to show.

Bred in Uruguay, Generosidade was making her third U.S. start in the Grade 2 race for trainer Paulo Lobo, who like Pereira is Brazilian.

“I was so excited because this is my second graded win in North America,” Pereira said. “We sat behind, we let the pace go and the last three-eighths, I was able to get outside and get up to win it.”

The victory, worth $120,000, increased Generosidade’s career earnings to $206,894, with five wins in 16 starts.

In the $75,000 Pasadena Stakes for 3-year-olds, Dressed in Hermes rallied three-wide turning for home and overhauled pacesetter It’s The Ice with a sixteenth of a mile to go to win by three-quarters of a length.

Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Dressed in Hermes ran a mile on turf in 1:37.71 and paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10 as the 2-5 favorite.

It’s The Ice returned $2.80 and $2.10. Sorryaboutnothing was another three-quarters of a length back in third and paid $4 to show.

The victory, worth $47,700, increased Dressed in Hermes’ career earnings to $219,300, with three wins in seven starts. Trained by Janet Armstrong, all three of the gelding’s victories have been on turf.

“He gives you confidence the whole time,” Smith said. “He’s a big horse so I was able to make my way out from the rail and down the backstretch. I let him stretch his legs out a little and it worked out great.”

Kentucky Derby modifies qualifying, elevates prep races

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Churchill Downs has modified paths to the Kentucky Derby and Oaks, awarding points to the top five finishers in qualifying races and increasing significance for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and late prep season events.

Most Derby prep races during the qualifying series for 3-year-olds will award points on a 10-4-3-2-1 sliding scale after using a 10-4-2-1 system since 2013. The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, run during the season-ending championships on Nov. 4 at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, will increase points from 20-8-4-2 to 30-12-9-6-3 to differentiate the Grade I event from others during prep season.

Select prep races for the 20-horse Derby field have elevated points from a 10-4-2-1 scale to 20-8-6-4-2 to increase their importance and motivate hopefuls to begin their 3-year-old campaigns earlier in the season, track officials stated in a release.

“We believe these modifications adhere to and amplify our goal of assembling the finest group of 3-year-olds in the starting gate for a race at the classic distance of 1\ miles on the first Saturday in May,” Churchill Downs vice president/general manager Mike Ziegler said.

The 149th Kentucky Derby and Oaks for fillies will be held on May 5-6, 2023. Derby qualifying season begins with Saturday’s $300,000, Grade III Iroquois for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs.

The point changes apply to Oaks qualifiers.

Elevated Derby preps include the Lecomte at Fair Grounds in Louisiana; Southwest at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas; Withers at Aqueduct in New York; Holy Bull at Gulfstream Park in Florida; Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita in California; Sam F. Davis at Tampa Bay Downs; and John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park in Kentucky.

Bob Baffert wins record 16th Del Mar Futurity with Cave Rock

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DEL MAR, Calif. — Cave Rock won the $302,000 Del Mar Futurity by 5 1/4 lengths, giving Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his record 16th victory in the Grade 1 race in which he finished 1-2.

Ridden by Juan Hernandez, Cave Rock ran seven furlongs in a stakes-record time of 1:20.99 on closing day at the seaside track north of San Diego. He lowered the old mark of 1:21.29 set by Declan’s Moon in 2004.

Baffert tied Phil D’Amato for the trainers’ title with 19 wins each at the 31-day summer meet. It was Baffert’s eighth title at Del Mar, but his first since 2003.

Hernandez won the jockeys’ title.

Havnameltdown, also trained by Baffert, finished second in the race for 2-year-olds. Skinner was another 4 1/4 lengths back in third.

Longtime Baffert clients Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman own the first and second-place finishers.

Cave Rock paid $2.80 to win as the 2/5 favorite. He earned $180,000 for the win.