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Vegas No Show Looks to Win Jersey Derby in First Turf Try

Posted Thursday, Jul 18, 2013

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Vegas No Show is slated to compete in Saturday’s $60,000 Jersey Derby, the oldest derby in North America, having first been contested in 1864. Vegas No Show and a field of fellow 3-year-olds will travel a mile and a sixteenth over the turf, a surface that he will be attempting for the first time in his 11th career start. Although Vegas No Show does not have much experience on grass, Trainer Kelly Breen believes that he has the pedigree to perform well on the turf.

            “Well there’s a little rain in the forecast, but we’re going to run turf or dirt,” Breen said. “He’s never tried the turf but his breeding suggests he’ll like it, so we’re going to try it out.”

            A son of Hard Spun and the Lord Carson mare The Hess Express, Vegas No Show has competed in multiple Grade 2 races, and is coming off of a strong second place finish in an allowance event at Delaware Park (July 4) where he was edged out by a nose at the wire in his first try after a three month layoff.

 Leading up to that race the George and Lori Hall color-bearer worked four consecutive bullets. Vegas No Show posted mirror four furlong works of :47 handily on May 14 and June 18, and worked five furlongs on both May 21, when he went the distance in :57 handily, and June 25 when he breezed the 5/8ths in 1:00 3/5. All of these works were along the main track at Monmouth, the place Vegas No Show calls home.

            Gabriel Saez will be aboard Vegas No Show for the first time in the Jersey Derby, which goes as race 11 on Saturday’s 12-race card.   

 

 


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