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.
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.
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.