Dueling Grounds Oaks & Dueling Grounds Derby Recap

Freydis The Red breaks the course record at Kentucky Downs and revels in the stretchout to secure her first career stakes success in the Dueling Grounds Oaks while Anglophile closes late to deny Far Bridge in a thriller for the 2023 Dueling Grounds Derby

Dueling Grounds Derby

Grade 3 – Purse $1,000,000 – 1 5/16 Miles – Turf – 3-Year-Olds

Far Bridge was the heavy chalk here but met traffic problems in the stretch, and could not reel in Anglophile, who held well after leading at the sixteenth pole.

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The Bryan Lynch colt was winning his first career stakes race and the handler said afterwards “I think the sky’s the limit for this little guy, especially for these marathon distances, We’ll just let the dust settle here, and we’ll look for bigger and better things down the road.”

The son of English Channel now has a 33.33% strike rate, (3 wins from 9 runs).

Jockey Declan Cannon blamed himself for the horse’s defeat in the Preview Dueling Grounds Derby but here he had the horse in perfect position behind the pace set by Wizard Of Westwood and saved ground on the inside all the way around.

Dueling Grounds Derby Race Video


The G3 Dueling Ground Derby was taken by Anglophile #Horseracing #Horseracingtips #Horsesoftiktok #Horsetok #Sports #FYP

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He went inside the leader and Battle Of Normandy at the furlong marker and fought off the late rally of Far Bridge who hung his chance away in the stretch.

Battle Of Normandy was third with the brave Wizard Of Westwood in the fourth spot.

Dueling Grounds Derby Race Payouts

1. Anglophile$23.40$6.16$3.38
2. Far Bridge $2.62$2.24
3. Battle Of Normandy  $3.82

WINNING TIME: 2 mins 08.93 secs

Dueling Grounds Oaks

Stakes – Purse $1,000,000 – 1 mile 5/16 furlongs – Turf – 3-Year-Old Fillies

Freydis The Red had been a late closing third when taking on Saffeen last time, and the extra distance here suited the daughter of Saxon Warrior.

Trainer Kennie McPeek was not as surprised as some on this first career stakes victory and said afterwards.

“I wasn’t surprised a bit, I think her last race (third in the 2023 Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes) we probably woulda, coulda, shoulda won it.

We felt the added distance in this one would benefit her.  Looking at the past performances going in, I thought the odds were very generous. Knowing her pedigree, I knew she would be capable.”

In the race itself, she was nicely away from the gates and travelled mid pack down the far stretch on the inside rail. She was behind a wall of horses entering the stretch but was eased into the five lane by Brian Hernandez.

Dueling Grounds Oaks Race Video


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When he urged the filly to go, she showed an electric turn of speed to widen and win by two and three quarter lengths at the wire with Sabalenka closing for second and Fairy Gem holding the fast closing Last Call for the third spot.

Dueling Grounds Oaks Race Payouts

1. Freydis The Red$17.64$7.70$5.66
2. Sabalenka $13.54$10.12
3. Flashy Gem  $6.54

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