SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Tenfold overcame a distraction heading down the stretch and won the 55th running of the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday.
Despite swinging far to the right while challenging for the lead, Tenfold recovered nicely and held off Flameaway by three-quarters of a length. Morning line favorite Vino Rosso finished third.
Tenfold, ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. and trained by Steve Asmussen, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.49 over a fast track and paid $5.50, $2.80 and $2.30. Flameaway returned $3.90 and $2.70, and Vino Rosso paid $2.10 to show.
Reride was fourth and Sporting Chance last after swinging wide at the top of the stretch and pulling up.
Despite its $600,000 purse, the Jim Dandy drew just five entrants for the second straight year. The Grade 2 race is a major prep for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes, a 1 1/4-mile race for 3-year-olds slated for Aug. 25.
ARCADIA, Calif. — Santa Anita has canceled its eight-race card because of wet weather after 3+ inches of rain dropped on the Southern California racetrack in three days.
Officials at the track in Arcadia say heavy overnight rains and more rain throughout the day Thursday made it necessary to cancel. They say the track will make every effort to reschedule the races in the immediate future.
Track superintendent Andy LaRocco says an additional 2 inches of rain was forecast for Thursday.
Live racing will resume on Friday with eight races.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Derby’s purse will be raised to $3 million this May, an increase of $1 million and the first boost in 14 years.
Churchill Downs said Thursday the winner of the 145th running will receive $1.86 million. The runner-up will earn $600,000, with third place worth $300,000, fourth place $150,000 and fifth place $90,000.
The Derby purse had been $2 million since 2005 and $1 million from 1996-2004.
Track President Kevin Flanery attributes the increase to more bettors using historical racing machines – the electronic form of parimutuel betting – at a recently opened facility near the track.
The second and third legs of the Triple Crown offer total purses of $1.5 million in the Preakness and Belmont stakes.
The purse for the Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on May 3 was raised by $250,000 to $1.25 million. It had been worth $1 million since 2011 and was worth $500,000 from 1996-2010.
Churchill Downs also increased purses for some races on the Derby Day undercard on May 4.