- Shedaresthedevil picks up the win in Grade 2 Azeri Stakes
- Rebel Stakes won by Concert Tour
- Swiss Skydiver wins Beholder Mile Stakes
There was another big weekend of racing action in the United States this past week, as there was competitive action on the track at Oaklawn Park and Santa Anita. You can catch up on the action from around the States right here.
Shedaresthedevil wins Azeri Stakes
It was an excellent return to the track for Shedaresthedevil this past weekend, as the former Kentucky Oaks winner was victorious on her first start this calendar year. It was a strong run throughout from the four-year-old as she led from the early proceedings before being challenged by Letruska down the final stretch.
The Brad Cox-trained horse had just about enough to see off the challenge, as she held on by a short head to take the victory in the Grade 2 Azeri Stakes. She finished in a time of 1:42.57 after covering the one mile and 110-yard distance. Letruska was unable to get past the Kentucky Oaks winner despite a strong push in the final stages, while Getridofwhatailesu finished in third. Envoutante finished in fourth, while Motion Emotion was the last to finish.
Concert Tour Takes Grade 2 Success
There was also a Grade 2 success for trainer Bob Baffert at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, as Concert Tour won the Rebel Stakes very comfortably from Hozier. The three-year-old eventually won by a distance of four and a quarter lengths, as Baffert continues to press ahead with ambitions of a Triple Crown win for the talented horse. Baffert was full of praise for his horse after the race and even compared Concert Tour to American Pharoah.
The three-year-old finished at a time of 1:43.18 after covering the one mile and 110-yard distance and saw the horse pick up 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby. That means that Baffert now has four horses in the top 15 of the leaderboard, which also includes Spielberg, Medina Spirit, and Life is Good. Baffert also trained the horse that finished in second, as Hozier finished a place ahead of Big Lake and two places ahead of Super Stock.
Swiss Skydiver Bounces Back With Win
There was an excellent return to form this past weekend for Swiss Skydiver, who bounced back from a disappointing performance at the Breeders’ Cup to take victory in the Grade 1 Beholder Mile Stakes at Santa Anita on Saturday. It was a sight that all fans would have been happy to see, as the four-year-old finished in a time of 1:36.18, as she rode her rivals into the ground.
She eventually won by a distance of two and three-quarter lengths from As Time Goes By. Golden Principal finished back in third, while Harvest Moon and This Tea finished in fourth and fifth, respectively. Swiss Skydiver looks set to be among the favorites for the Apple Blossom or La Troienne next time out.