KENNEWICK -- The final weekend of racing at Sun Downs is upon us, with nine races today and 10 on Sunday.
And many of them are big.
Today's card will include fans having a chance to wager on and watch the Kentucky Derby, which is scheduled to go off at 3:24 p.m.
In addition to the Derby, the $16,700 Dick Monahan/AQHA Maiden Challenge Finals is set for the seventh race; and the $15,120 AQHA Pfizer Starters Allowance Challenge Finals is set for the ninth race.
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"The Starters Allowance winner moves on to the finals later this fall in Los Alamitos," said Sun Downs racing secretary Shorty Martin.
On Sunday, the day's top race should be the $30,611 Pot O'Gold Futurity. But close behind is the $24,300 AQHA Meriel/Distaff Challenge Finals.
"The winner of that also advances to the finals this fall in Los Alamitos," Martin said.
Favored in that race is Sheza Bad Habit, which actually won this event here last year, then finished third at the finals last fall in New Orleans.
Also scheduled to run is the $3,250 Wildhorse Au Revoir Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs, and the $3,439 Pot O'Gold Futurity Consolation.
Jesse J. Chavis is the top jockey of the meet coming into today's action, earning 10 firsts, six seconds and four thirds in 31 mounts.
Trey enters the final weekend with a bankroll of $362.60, all imaginary of course, and well above the $300 he started with.
For today's card, Trey will bet Jess Eye Am for the first half of the Daily Double, and $5 across the board on the horse.
In the second, it's Stitchtomylou for the second half of the Daily Double. We're boxing that horse in an exacta with Starswildcat.
In the third, we'll go $5 across the board on Vital Move.
We'll box an exacta of Graces Blue Apollo and A Dashing Wind in the fourth.
For the fifth-race Kentucky Derby, we'll take $5 across the board on Soldat, and we'll box a trifecta of Soldat, Pants on Fire and Stay Thirsty.
We'll take a $5 quinella of Hockey the General and Reason to Reckon in the fifth.
In the sixth, we're boxing a trifecta of Mountain Mustang, Black Canyon Bart and Hollywood Brass.
We like Hooters and Beer in the seventh at $5 across the board; and in the eighth we'll take Miss Slewledo for the first half of the Late Double. We'll also box an exacta of that horse with Voice of Angels.
Finally, in the ninth, we'll pick Full Snow Moon for the second half of the Late Double and $5 across the board on it.
That's $108 in wagers for the day.
First post at 1:30 p.m.
FIRST - Malon and Lola Cowgill Special, QH mdn, 2YO, Purse $1,200, 300 yards: 1. Jess Eye Am. 2 Lil Diamond A. 3. Ll Blade Runner. 4. Stolen Cartel. 5. Royal Blue Iceman. 6. Chicks First Prize.
SECOND - Homer Thoroughbreds Special, TB mdn, 3YO&up, Purse $1,300, 4 furlongs: 1. Glorious Game. 2. Myth Seeker. 3. Warbeast. 4. Mmmthatfeelsgood. 5. Pinotman. 6. Free Biscuit. 7. Starswildcat. 8. Stitchtomylou.
THIRD - TB clm $5000, 3YO&Up never won 3 races, Purse $1,700, 4 furlongs: 1. Vital Move. 2. Windsong Music. 3. Hoopdaloop. 4. Prince Chumaree. 5. Nibbles. 6. Indys Wild Child. 7. Vice'n Quiet. 8. Fly Pole.
FOURTH - Joey and Buddy Miller Memorial, QH mdn, 3YO&Up, Purse $1,300, 330 yards: 1. Algutis. 2. Sittin On a Secret. 3. Kipassecret. 4. Kash in My Wranglers. 5. Looks Like Texas. 6. Satin Design. 7. Graces Blue Apollo. 8. A Dashing Wind. 9. Kipas Pleasure. 10. Oldies Red Filly.
KENTUCKY DERBY - 3YO, Purse $2,000,000, 1 1/4 miles: 1. Archarcharch. 2. Brilliant Speed. 3. Twice the Appeal. 4. Stay Thirsty. 5. Decisive Moment. 6. Comma to the Top. 7. Pants on Fire. 8. Dialed In. 9. Derby Kitten. 10. Twinspired. 11. Master of Hounds. 12. Santiva. 13. Mucho Macho Man. 14. Shackleford. 15. Midnight Interlude. 16. Animal Kingdom. 17. Soldat. 19. Nehro. 20. Watch Me Go.
FIFTH - TB clm $2500, 3YO&Up which have not won a race in 2011, Purse $1600, 6 furlongs: 1. Reason to Reckon. 2. Rush Ahead. 3. Irish Yodeler. 4. Whatsamillion. 5. Tom West. 6. You Darn Right. 7. Hockey the General. 8. Native Dynasty. 9. You Can Win.
SIXTH - TB clm $2500, 3YO&Up which have not won a race in 2011, Purse $1,600, 4 furlongs: 1. Mountain Mustang. 2. Black Canyon Bart. 3. Hollywood Brass. 4. Slew Can Dance. 5. Dutch Apple. 6. Velvet Sword. 7. Abuse of Power. 8. Via Rodeo.
SEVENTH - Dick Monahan/AQHA Maiden Challenge Finals, 3YO, Purse $16,700, 350 yards: 1. Kipas Ace. 2. Mr Helzer. 3. Check This Diamond. 4. Ocean Runner. 5. Lds Amazing Grace. 6. Hooters and Beer.
EIGHTH - Jim Smith Farms Special, TB clm $2500, Fillies and Mares 3YO&Up which have not won a race in 2011, Purse $1,600, 4 furlongs: 1. Voice of Angels. 2. Angus Reef. 3. Call Me Emily. 4. Doozyburg. 5. Miss Slewledo. 6. I'llmakeyoufamous. 7. Crazy Is Good. 8. Snowbound Queen.
NINTH - AQHA Pfizer Starters Allowance Challenge Finals, 3YO, Purse $15,120, 350 yards: 1. Clear Blue Sea. 2. Fantastic Dasher. 3. Royal Star Mix. 4. Full Snow Moon. 5. Hazitall Too. 6. Dashing Strawfly. 7. Mr Easy Okie. 8. Legal Runaway.
Kentucky Derby Odds
Field for today's 137th Kentucky Derby, with post position, horse's name, jockey's name and odds:
1. Archarcharch Court 12-1
2. Brilliant Speed Rosario 29-1
3. Twice the Appeal Borel 8-1
4. Stay Thirsty Dominguez 17-1
5. Decisive Moment Clark 47-1
6. Comma to the Top Valenzuela 40-1
7. Pants On Fire Napravnik 20-1
8. Dialed In Leparoux 9-2
9. Derby Kitten Castellano 28-1
10. Twinspired Smith 25-1
11. Master of Hounds Gomez 20-1
12. Santiva Bridgmohan 18-1
13. Mucho Macho Man Maragh 12-1
14. Shackleford Castanon 21-1
15. Midnight Interlude Espinoza 13-1
16. Animal Kingdom Albarado 25-1
17. Soldat Garcia 18-1
19. Nehro Nakatani 6-1
20. Watch Me Go Bejarano 35-1
Trainers (by post position): 1, William Fires. 2, Tom Albertrani. 3, Jeff Bonde. 4, Todd Pletcher. 5, Juan Arias. 6, Peter Miller. 7, Kelly Breen. 8, Nick Zito. 9, Mike Maker. 10, Mike Maker. 11, Aidan O'Brien. 12, Eddie Kenneally. 13, Kathy Ritvo. 14, Dale Romans. 15, Bob Baffert. 16, H. Graham Motion. 17, Kiaran McLaughlin. 19, Steve Asmussen. 20, Kathleen O'Connell.
Owners (by post position): 1, Robert and Loval Yagos. 2, Live Oak Plantation. 3, Edward Brown Jr. and Victor Flores. 4, Repole Stable. 5, Just For Fun Stable. 6, Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum, and Kevin Tsujihara. 7, George and Lori Hall. 8, Robert LaPenta. 9, Ken and Sarah Ramsey. 10, Alpha Stables, Skychal Racing LLC and and Sand Dollar. 11, Mrs. John Magnier. 12, Tom Walters. 13, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing and Dream Team. 14, Michael Lauffer and W.D. Cubbedge. 15, Arnold Zetcher LLC. 16, Team Valor International. 17, Clark, Robertson, Braverman and Namcook. 19, Zayat Stables LLC. 20, Gilbert Campbell.
Weights: 126 pounds. Distance: 11/4 miles. Purse: $2,171,800 if 19 start. First place: $1,411,800. Second place: $400,000. Third place: $200,000. Fourth place: $100,000. Fifth place: $60,000. Post time: 1:24 p.m. PDT.