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Forbidden Kingdom, Classic Causeway out of Kentucky Derby; Matareya Wins Beaumont Stakes

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Forbidden Kingdom, Classic Causeway out of Kentucky Derby; Matareya Wins Beaumont Stakes

Forbidden Kingdom and Classic Causeway will not compete in the 2022 Kentucky Derby. This is after giving up lackluster performances in major prep races over the last eight days. Reports says that Forbidden Kingdom will be sent to an equine medical facility. This is days after he performed poorly in the Santa Anita Derby. The son of American Pharoah and Just Loose set the pace in the early goings of the race. This is only to fade to the back of the six-horse field in the Grade 1 event. Richard Mandella, the trainer of Forbidden Kingdom, says that they will check if the horse has an ulcer. He assures that the three-year-old colt will not compete in the Derby, which will flag off on May 7. Before the debacle in the Santa Anita Derby, Forbidden Kingdom finished first three times and had one second and third-place results.

Kentucky Derby Updates

Meanwhile, the trainer of Classic Causeway rules out the horse’s entry in the Kentucky Derby. This is following a disappointing performance in the Florida Derby. Bryan Lynch confirms that the colt of Giant Causeway and Private World will not compete in the prestigious race. This is after he placed 11th in the Florida Derby on April 2. Classic Causeway places 11th in the Derby qualifying standings. This is due to his splendid performances in the graded-stakes preps this winter at Tampa Bay Downs. Forbidden Kingdom is at 15th in the standings before his lackluster performance in the Santa Anita Derby. 

The development will cause some changes in the Kentucky Derby roster of contenders. This is just a few weeks before the first gem of the United States Triple Crown. It will also force online horseracing betting fans to choose other entries that they feel have a good chance of winning the race. In a related development, Derby contention rules out Blue Grass Stakes third placer Emmanuel. He scored 25 points and would need a minor miracle to enter the race.

Kentucky Oaks News: Matareya Rules Beaumont Stakes

Matareya ruled the 37th edition of the Beaumont Stakes race on Sunday at Keeneland. The three-year-old filly out of Pioneer of the Nile and Innovative Idea won by 8 1/2 lengths over second placer Radio Days. It is the second straight win for the Brad Cox-trained Matareya. She finishes the seven-furlong (1.408-kilometer) race at a fast clip of one minute and 27.55 seconds. The filly grabbed the lead at the start of the race, but Lady Scarlet pushed through on the inside to take the upper hand at the halfway mark of the race.

Matareya crept closer from Lady Scarlet on the far turn and regained the lead down the stretch en route to the victory. Matareya’s win was worth US$241,000 and increased her earnings to US$374,267. Reagan’s Decision finished third while Lady Scarlet came in fourth. The race, however, does not give Matareya a big push toward the Kentucky Oaks. The winner receives 10 points. Four, two and one points are given to second, third and fourth placers, respectively. None of the fillies in the field are in contention for the Kentucky Oaks.  It will happen on May 6.

The world’s best online betting site will give continuing updates about the horses’ preparations for the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby in the coming weeks.