11 graded races highlighted the day, which included three Derby Prep point races and one Kentucky Oaks prep race. The day started at Tampa Bay Downs where the track was wet but still called fast.
The 30th running of the Challenger Stakes for 4 year olds and up over 1 1/16th over the Tampa Bay Downs main track; was won gate to wire by the 7/5 favorite Last Judgement. Modernist closing for second and War Stopper finishing third.
The Hillsborough Stakes (G2T)
For 4 and up Fillies and Mares at 1 1/8th over the Tampa turf course was won by 9/2 Micheline; in a driving finish beating Morning Molly by a length and New York Girl finishes third.
Next up at Tampa Bay was the Florida Oaks (G3T)
Three year old fillies at 1 1/16 on the turf course, 3/5 favorite Jouster lead the whole way only to get caught at the wire by Domain Expertise (5/1) and Oyster Box was third.
The final big race at Tampa was the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) over the 1 1/16th main track in a race worth 50 Kentucky Derby points. Hidden Stash at 3/1 caught Helium (15/1) down the stretch and the two went head and head only to have Helium pull away for the win. Hidden Stash gets second and Moonlight Strike gets third.
The 8/5 favorite Candy Man Rocket was unimpressive and never was a factor in the race.
Meanwhile in New York
They had a pair of graded races in the Gotham but also the 46th renewal of the Tom Fool Stakes. The Tom Fool Stakes (G3); at 6 furlongs over the Aqueduct main track was won in impressive front running fashion by Chateau; 3.5 lengths ahead of Wendell Fong who was another 2 lengths ahead of Speed Pass. The Gotham Stakes for three year olds; and worth 50 Kentucky Derby points to the winner was a nose victory by 46/1 Weyburn beating Chad Brown; trainees Crowded Table and 4/5 favorite Highly Motivated.
In the final three year old race of the day
Santa Anita offered the San Felipe graded races; over 1 1/16th and featured the second choice in the KY Derby future pool Life is Good who was 9/2 to win the Run for the Roses. Life is Good (1/2) sprinted out early and led throughout the race turning for home drew; off to lead by as much as 9 lengths and won by eight overstable mate Medina Spirit with Dream Shake getting third. Next up at Santa Anita was the Grade 2 San Carlos over 7 furlongs for older horses.
Cal-Bred Brickyard Ride gave jockey Alexis Centeno; a ride right into the winners circle as he rolled to an easy five length victory over Tigre Di Slugo and Exaulted who got third.