Horse racing recap for Easter Weekend Graded Stakes Races

It was an enthralling weekend of horse racing action this past weekend; which included the return of spectators on track at the Keeneland Spring meeting. You can catch up on some of the biggest results from the past weekend right here.

Horse Racing Recap: Fire At Will Beaten On Return

Fire At Will was the biggest star on track at Keeneland on Friday, but there wasn’t a return to winning ways after a failed experiment on dirt at Gulfstream Park in February. The Michael J. Maker-trained horse struggled on his return to turf despite heading into the Transylvania Stakes; as the heavy favorite to claim the win. Fire At Will finished a length behind the eventual winner; Scarlett Sky, in the Grade 3 contest that kicked off the weekend horse racing.

He looked to be in a strong position to win the race after the early proceedings, as Fire At Will was the early pacesetter. However, an excellent turn of foot turned the tide in Scarlett Sky’s favor, as the Claude McGaughey III-trained horse held on to win by half a length from Palazzi, with Fire At Will a place further back.

Essential Quality Claims Another Win

While Fire At Will was the star of the day on Friday, it was all about Kentucky Derby hopeful Essential Quality on Saturday. The Brad Cox-trained horse was looking to remain perfect ahead of his date with destiny, and he narrowly avoided a scare to win by a neck in the Grade 2 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.

The 3-year-old was well clear of the chasing pack in the final furlong but held on well to claim the victory from Highly Motivated. The win at Keeneland, as part of the weekend horse racing results, has seen the talented 3-year-old emerge as the clear favorite for the Kentucky Derby next month. But he will likely have to find a little more when coming up against talented opposition at Churchill Downs.

Horse Racing Recap: Malathaat Wins Grade 1 Ashland Stakes

The Kentucky Oaks is shaping up to be a fascinating renewal. Three of the leading horses in contention were involved in the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday; which eventually went the way of Malathaat.

The Todd Pletcher-trained horse was exceptional in the race. She showed an excellent turn of foot to run clear of the chasing pack.

It was a first Grade 1 for Malathaat. There could be a chance that she could upset the odds at the Kentucky Oaks. Pass The Champagne finished in second, while Will’s Secret was a distant third. The 6/4 favorite for the Ashland Stakes was Simply Ravishing; but she finished the last of the six in this weekend’s horse racing result.

Among other weekend horse racing results; there was an excellent renewal of the Carter Handicap over the weekend, which went the way of Mischievous Alex. The 4-year-old eventually ran well clear of the chasing pack to win by 5 1/2 lengths from Mind Control. Souper Stonehenge finished in third.

Mischievous Alex Wins Grade 1 Carter Handicap

Modernist also won the Grade 3 Excelsior Stakes at Aqueduct on Saturday. Meanwhile, Search Results won the Grade 3 Gazelle Stakes.

There was also a 72/1 winner in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial Stakes. Bourbonic finished ahead clear of Dynamic Ore. The 3-year-old, trained by Todd Pletcher, is now priced at 12/1 for the Kentucky Derby.

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